Have you ever used raw cannabis to make a medical topical cream, oil, or tincture but it didn’t turn out right or had no effect?
This is likely because you didn’t decarboxylate the raw flower first and convert the THC-A and CBD-A into THC and CBD.
Decarboxylation in short is how you activate CBD-A and THC-A as well as other chemicals in cannabis.
Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide. Usually, decarboxylation refers to a reaction of carboxylic acids, removing a carbon atom from a carbon chain.
Through this process you can make potent edibles, tinctures, salves, ointments, oils, etc…
To decarboxylate your flower you need to grind it up, put it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and heat it in an oven between 110-120 C 230-248 F for approximately 40 minutes. If you want more CBN you can leave it in longer as THC begins to degrade and turn into CBN at approximately 70% decarboxylation.
For kief the same process is applied.
If making butter for baked goods this is unnecessary as the baking process will activate the THC-A and CBD-A.
Once decarboxylated it is now ready for use in your medicinal goods and will give you more therapeutic benefits.
I hope this helps some of you in your quest to make quality medicinal products at home to ease your ailments.