Both time and temperature must be set and monitored for an optimum conversion. Too little is as bad as too much heat. Whether you choose to go "low and slow" or "hot and fast", the conversion from THC-A to THC will follow the following trajectory.
My Decarboxylating Recipe
I decarb using the following steps:
Your cannabis is now decarboxylated. It will have turned a noticeable shade of brown or orange, but should not resemble the brown of tobacco. The dried decarbed buds will be very "frangible" meaning you can pick them up easily, but a gentle squeeze will turn them into crispy dust. This cannabis is now ready to be consumed as is, or baked into brownies, or washed with ethanol and made into a tincture on its way to an evaporated oil. You can also smoke decarboxylated cannabis, and some believe the effects are intensified as compared to smoking non-decarboxylated cannabis.
Mr.Tincture explores the cool things you can make with pure food grade ethanol.
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