Decarboxylation is the magic behind making cannabis a potent additive to food. Simply put, it's a chemical reaction that is achieved through heating up raw cannabis to a temperature at which it releases a carboxyl group and becomes psychoactive. Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate the compounds within the plant. Cannabinoid acids, which are found in the trichomes of raw marijuana flowers, are inactive cannabinoids that have an extra carboxyl ring attached to their molecular chain.
The THCA in cannabis begins to decarboxylate at approximately 220 degrees Fahrenheit after around 30-45 minutes of exposure.
Decarboxylation is easy enough to do at home using tools you likely already have in the kitchen.
A chemical reaction that results from heating a cannabinoid to the point of removing a carboxyl group, thus enhancing the cannabinoid's ability.
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