Many people make many foods, drinks, and tinctures from the cannabis plant but do not feel the psychological effects when eating or drinking because they have not activated the cannabis oil.
Unless you are using marijuana to roll your joints or use it with a vaporizer, you do not need to activate the cannabis oil.
Without this important step, the psychoactive effects of cannabis are very weak, or even non-existent. Decarboxylation of your cannabis is a must-do before cooking.
Therefore we will show you how to decarb weed without oven. So you can completely decarb weed in the simplest and fastest way.
Why Need to Decarb Weed?
First of all, it is important to understand that the essential oils (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant are mostly not in an active state. An activation (decarboxylation) is required to convert the inactive acid component of the cannabis oil to the active form. This activation is done with the action of heat.
Under the influence of heat, the inactive THCA in the plant under these effects will convert to active THC, inactive CBDA will convert to active CBD, inactive CBCA will convert to active CBC…and so on Compared to more than 100 other cannabis essential oils found in the cannabis plant.
If you proceed to extract cannabis oil without completing the decarboxylation stage, the resulting extract is not strong enough for therapeutic use.
Although the essential oils found in the natural cannabis plant are in the inactive acid form, they still have natural healing potential. For example, THCA shows antioxidant & anti-inflammatory/infectious and neuroprotective effects but does not produce high psychoactive effects. The psychological high effect only appears under the action of THC essential oil.
The process of activating cannabis essential oil is a chemical reaction that releases CO2. You need to activate the cannabis essential oils to get the effect when using cannabis for healing.
The Deciding Factors in Decarb Weed
#1 Temperature and time
- The higher the temperature, the faster the decarburization.
- High temperatures will also cause some of the terpenes to be lost. Terpenes are substances that cause a characteristic odor, and also have a great deal of medical value.
- High temperatures (around 121 degrees Celsius) will cause the THC to be evaporated.
The higher the moisture content of the cannabis, the longer it will take to decarb.
#3 Contact area
- Marijuana should be finely ground and spread thinly upon activation.
- Do not grind cannabis too finely, as this can cause your product to contain a lot of impurities later on.
- Spreading the cannabis evenly on the plate will help distribute the heat more evenly.
- Activating cannabis will vaporize the Terpene. Volatile terpenes will help prevent the product from having a strong cannabis smell.
- Decarb cannabis at lower temperatures for a longer period of time to preserve terpene due to its desired medical values.
How To Decarb Weed Without Oven?
#1 Use a frying pan
When you don’t have an oven, you can decarb weed manually with a pan on the stove. The procedures are the same as when using the oven.
First, you need to choose the number of ingredients to activate. Then use a tool or blender to pulverize the ingredients. Note that it is not pureed into a powder, just finely ground the ingredients.
Next, spread the ingredients evenly into the pan. You can mix this ingredient with olive oil or coconut oil. Preheat pan to 250 degrees F for 30 to 60 minutes. The oil will start to turn green and that’s an indication that it’s activated.
#2 Use a Decarboxylator
The Decarboxylator is a machine specially made for the purpose of activating cannabis. Basically, this machine is super easy to use as you just need to put the weed in the machine and start it. Then wait a bit and you have got a great effect of cannabis.
This machine is widely available on Amazon and you can easily order it. However, it comes with a hefty price tag.
#3 Using the sous vide method
The main sous vide method is to vacuum the weed, then boil it at a suitable temperature. This method is suitable for those who own a vacuum cleaner.
The sous vide method is also widely applied to many other foods. In this case, you should completely vacuum your cannabis. Then boil with clean water at 250 Fahrenheit for a minimum of 90 minutes.
However, this method is not as effective as the above methods.
#4 Dry in the sun
This method will activate the weeds to their full potential, but it will probably be enough to get them activated and have some effect.
This method is simple, inexpensive and suitable for anyone, especially those on a tight budget. Thereby, you just need to put the weeds in a dish placed in the place where the sun shines the strongest all day.
However, to achieve the best effect, it is best to do it on sunny, cloudy days. And the temperature should be hotter than 100 degrees F.