A key process in the consumption and preparation of cannabis is decarboxylation. It’s the only way to truly experience its psychoactive attributes. Though this process requires a heating procedure, it’s critical to get these temperatures accurate to avoid disintegration of the matter. We discuss the ideal cannabis decarboxylation temperatures and explain why it’s important!
Why Decarboxylation Is Important
Simply put, decarb is the magic behind the potency of your cannabis plants. It’s defined as the chemical reaction under the right temperatures and releases a carboxyl group, converting non-active compounds into active ones. This is the method to reach the psychoactive benefits.
When smoking the plant, the heat of the flame activates the compounds. But in things such as concentrates, edibles, and topicals, they go through a rigorous process in the lab that achieves these methods via cannabis decarboxylation equipment.
An Overview of the Temperature Demands
Decarbing requires two things to coexist: time and temperature. Finding the right balance is essential, and it’s important to note that this isn’t an exact science. With that in mind, you can destroy the terpenes at an improper temperature for the wrong amount of time.
Decarboxylation at high temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or more can cause degradation, which would evaporate the terpenes. The ideal cannabis decarboxylation temperature ranges from 200- to 300-degrees, but the “sweet spot” hovers between 230- and 250-degrees Fahrenheit.
Properly Time and Temps
The good news is utilizing proper lab equipment makes this process easy to perform. But you will need to have a basic understanding of the two properties that make the decarbing work. Here are some examples of times and temperatures in the decarboxylation process for oil, hash, kief, and flowers.
- 212 °F, 2-4 hours for high CBD kief and hash
- 245 °F, 30-40 minutes for high THC kief and hash
- 250 °F, hot oil bath until the bubbles taper off
- 300 °F, in an oven for 10-18 minutes for high-THC flower
To learn more about decarboxylation and equipment, reach out to Beaker & Wrench today! We certify good manufacturing processes and offer quality services and equipment.