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How to Decarboxylate Shake and Trim- For Tinctures

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Today we are going to talk about- How to Decarboxylate Shake and Trim – For Tinctures

Decarboxylation is the first and most important step to infusing foods with cannabis. In this video you will find out why it’s important to decarboxylate cannabis, what you will need from your kitchen and how to successfully decarboxylate cannabis shake and trim.

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Why it’s Important to Decarboxylate Shake and Trim:

The two main factors for decarboxylation to happen are heat and time. Drying and curing cannabis over time will cause a partial decarboxylation to occur but cooking with cannabis requires THC and CBD to be activated through decarboxylation. 

Fact: If you were to eat raw cannabis shake and trim, it is very unlikely that you will feel the effects of THC. Raw cannabis contains very little or no THC or CBD until it’s activated through smoking or decarboxylation.

Fact: In order to get the benefits of THC or CBD you must activate cannabis through decarboxylation.

What you will Need to Decarboxylate Cannabis Shake and Trim

In order to decarboxylate cannabis at home, all you need is cannabis, an oven set to 240 degrees, some parchment paper, a baking tray and aluminum foil.

Fact: You don’t need expensive decarboxylating machines to activate cannabis.

Fact: Decarboxylation can be done in your own kitchen by baking the dried cannabis in an oven at a low temperature for a certain period of time.

Oven

Oven Thermometer (Used to verify oven temp)

Baking Tray (Rimmed)

Aluminum foil

Parchment paper

Ingredients:

Cannabis Flower 28 grams of shake and trim

How to Decarboxylate: Cannabis Shake and Trim

To maintain the highest levels of THC potency, you should keep oven temperatures as close as possible to 240°F (160°C). Use an oven thermometer to double check the temperature within your oven.  The temperature on your dial may not represent the actual temperature within the oven.

Fact: It’s important to regulate temperature controls when decarboxylating cannabis. Heat is needed to decarboxylate, but extreme temperatures can destroy the THC and CBD contained in cannabis.

Chefs Notes:  Optional -Oven Thermometer (Used to verify oven temp)

1. Pre-heat oven to 240°F (160°C).

2. Line a flat baking sheet or rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.

3. Do not grid cannabis to a fine powder, doing this will put more plant material into the medium that you are infusing.

4. Spread your coarsely ground cannabis evenly over the baking sheet or rimmed pan so that the heat distributes evenly, cover with foil.

Make sure the baking sheet or rimmed pan is the correct size so there is little or no empty space on the pan when you spread out your cannabis.

5. Bake the cannabis at 240°F (160°C)-for 40 minutes. This will activate your cannabis and give it a roasted, nutty smell. (Try to minimize the times you open the oven to regulate the temperature.)

6. Remove from oven, let cool. Your cannabis is ready to infuse.

7. Make sure to store the decarboxylated cannabis in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Chefs Notes: Heating recommendation for THCA to THC decarboxylation is to bake the flower at 240° F for 40 minutes. Heating recommendation for CBDA to CBD decarboxylation is to bake the flower at 240°F for 90 minutes.

Final Note: Use a THC/CBD calculator and enter your numbers. Keep tract of these numbers and always label your final product so you are aware of how much you are taking per dose.