Saturday, January 16, 2021

Decarboxylation: The Step by Step Guide to Decarb Cannabis

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@MagicalButter shares with you their steps for decarboxylation. Learn how to decarb cannabis, herbs and botanicals. 

Ingredients

The botanicals, herbs or cannabis you plan to use in your MagicalButter machine.
How To

Important:

NOTE: Decarboxylation is only for specific, rare herbs and exotic flowers. Do NOT attempt with common culinary herbs or fruits, as it will remove their moisture and flavor.

NOTE: Your oven may not be a precision appliance; this is normal. Most ovens operate on an approximation, average, or range of values for any given temperature.

Therefore, calibrating your oven is essential to accurate decarbing and baking. Do NOT skip this vital step, or your sample could be destroyed.

After calibration is completed, proceed to Phase 2. 

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Phase 1: Calibrate your oven

  1. Place an oven thermometer inside your oven, and close the door.
  2. Preheat the oven to a desired decarb temperature. In the Decarboxylation Guide below, the great majority of consumers will want to use the first (lowest) temperature listed.
  3. Once the oven signals that it has finished preheating, take a temperature reading. This will tell you if the oven actually reached the desired temperature you had set.
  4. If the actual temperature reading on the thermometer differs from your oven setting, then raise or lower the setting by that amount to compensate when decarbing. For example, if your setting is 250°F but the thermometer reads 270°F, then your oven runs hot. You would then compensate by lowering your setting 20 degrees, to 230°F. 
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Phase 2: Decarb your herb

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Wait until oven is fully preheated before proceeding. Do NOT exceed recommended temperature.
  2. Break up flowers and buds into smaller pieces with your hands.
  3. Place botanicals inside DecarBox baking shell, and firmly press lid down on all sides to seal.
  4. Bake 30 minutes on center oven rack. Do NOT exceed recommended duration.
  5. When time is up, remove DecarBox from oven. Let cool completely, or chill in freezer 10-15 minutes. This step is believed to help preserve certain beneficial phytonutrients. Your sample is now ready for any cycle in your MagicalButter botanical extractor. 
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Decarboxylation Guide:

While 250°F/121°C is the optimal temperature to activate T-C, slightly higher temperatures (along with longer cook times) are effective at activating other beneficial cannabinoids like C-D and C-N, should you choose to highlight them instead.

Please note that while higher temperatures/times help activate C-D and then C-N, each higher temp/time can also diminish the effect of a previously activated cannabinoid.

TargetTemperatureMinutes
T-C250°F/121°C30-45
C-D280°F/140°C60-90
C-N320°F/160°C90-120

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Chef Notes:

If you do not have a DecarBox, use an oven roasting bag or on a rimmed baking sheet.

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Make sure the pan is the correct size so there is not an empty space on the pan.

Bake the cannabis for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so that it toasts evenly.

When the cannabis is darker in color—a light to medium brown—and has dried out, remove the bag or baking sheet and allow the cannabis to cool.

It should be quite crumbly when handled. 

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Thank you MagicalButter for sharing your awesome recipe! Get your MagicalButter machine at MagicalButter.com and start cooking!


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