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What Concentrates Need To Be Decarbed For Edibles?

Heady Vermont Staff 17 Jul 2021

Cannabis consumers new to making edibles may or may not know that eating certain cannabis concentrates without decarbing them first will provide little to no intoxicating effect at all.

Raw cannabis flower contains cannabinoid acids, non-intoxicating substances that convert into the psychoactive substances tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) or cannabinol (CBD) through the process of decarboxylation.

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Some concentrates will need to be decarboxylated into the active forms of THC and CBD. However, not all concentrates need to be decarbed before use, as some have already been decarbed during the production process.

Use the chart below to determine whether your cannabis concentrate needs to be decarbed prior to using it to make edibles. Then check out our handy guide to decarbing cannabis concentrates!

How to decarb cannabis concentrates

How To Decarb Cannabis Concentrates

Decarbing cannabis concentrates is nearly the same process as decarbing traditional cannabis flower.

To do so, simply put the concentrate that needs to be decarbed put into an oven-safe container and, depending on the type of concentrate you are using, bake at the recommended temperatures and cooking times below.

We recommend decarbing each type of concentrate as follows:

Decarbing BHO

Materials needed:

  • Desired amount of BHO
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven thermometer

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C). Make sure you use your thermometer to test the oven temp before placing BHO in the oven.
  • Line your baking sheet with your parchment paper.
  • Put your wax, shatter, crumble, or budder on the center of your parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes. You will want to watch your concentrate very closely and make sure it doesn’t overcook. Once it has melted down and starts to really bubble, you know it is ready.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Decarbing RSO

Materials needed:

  • Large stockpot
  • Cooking oil (like canola oil)
  • Heat proof container for RSO or CO2 oil (silicone or glass)
  • Desired amount of RSO or CO2 oil
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Tongs
  • Thermometer

Directions:

  • Fill a stock pot about a quarter way up with cooking oil.
  • Place sealed container (silicone or glass container) with RSO or CO2 oil into pot with oil.
  • Began heating oil on medium-low heat.
  • Heat oil to 200°F (93°C), watching very closely and checking temperature with your thermometer. Break up bubbles with a spoon.
  • Once you’ve reached the temperature of 200°F, turn off the stovetop and remove pot from heat.
  • After about 1-2 minutes or when the bubbles have started to mellow out, remove concentrate container from oil with tongs. You can also leave it in until the bubbles have completely stopped for a more potent oil with stronger effects.

Note: Decarbing concentrates will make them thicken up, so they will be easier to work with while they are a little warm. 

Decarbing kief

Materials needed:

  • Desired amount of kief
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula
  • Oven thermometer

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C). Make sure you use your thermometer to test the oven temp before placing kief in the oven.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread kief around evenly in the center of the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.

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