Alright guys. It’s time for a personal news flash. At 41 weeks pregnant, I’d landed a new gig and just found out my new boss is… wait for it…
The Snoop D-O Double G.
I’m not sure what kind of karmic boomshakalaka this is (or why I would ever try to use that word), but this is how it went down:
- I applied for a gig as a cannabis food writer (because that’s a job that exists now).
- They were down.
- I started writing shit and really had no idea what it was for.
- I got an email about the launch of the site with this link in it.
And at the risk of sounding like a completely starstruck a-hole, working for this guy’s startup…
…is definitely the good good.
Is it okay that that’s my all time favorite Snoop Dogg video? If you skip to 3:15, I think you’ll agree.
No? Maybe you’re more of a Sensual Seduction kind of person?
At any rate, nothing changes the fact that at this very moment my mom is downstairs trying to explain to my dad who Snoop Dogg is. And I have no idea what’s happening right now.
All I know is that I’m so excited to be writing for what Mr. Snoop Dogg is calling the “encyclopedia of cannabis”- Merry Jane– and I also know that decarboxylation is absolutely essential to making potent cannabis oils, butters, and tinctures. So let’s get to the point of this article and start by learning what decarboxylation is, and how beneficial it is and how to do it.
Shameless Plug Time: There’s a section about decarboxylation in the second edition of Wake & Bake which is currently some percentage off for the Barefoot & Pregnant Book Sale! It’s currently available in Hardcover, Softcover and as a Digital Download.
What Is Decarboxylation?
Decarboxylation is simply “a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2)” [wiki]. When it comes to marijuana, decarboxylation effectively removes the COOH group from the THCA molecule by releasing H2O (water) an CO2 (carbon dioxide), turning it into the psychoactive THC. This release of water and carbon dioxide naturally occurs during the drying process and happens instantly when you burn one down.
When making edibles, its easy to take this step for granted. Decarboxylation happens haphazardly (to some degree) when we heat oil or butter to infuse it with cannabis or when we put that oil into things like Canabanana bread and toss them into the oven. But if you want fully activated material to use in cannabis capsules, raw edibles, super medicinal tinctures, or activated topicals like cannabis lubricant, decarboxylation will make all of your efforts worthwhile.
There are several reasons why decarboxylating cannabis is so important when making potent and medicinal edibles, tinctures and topical…