Consider creating a box out of something with a high thermal capacity - such as bricks. Bring them up to temperature in an oven, using an infared thermometer (found at any cooking store or online) then place your material in the "box", for the allotted time. The thermal box will act as a capacitor to smooth out the fluctuations common to an oven.Can anyone recommend the best way to 'do' the decarboxylation? My oven is WAY too difficult to hold such a constant temperature. I've heard of the "decarboxylation box", but have no idea what that is. Is this a home made gadget, commercial device, what?
Thanks for coming in with that!Mitchell's link on decarboxylation of THCA is excellent, but a number of people might be a bit intimidated by the degree of science and chemistry in the paper so I thought I'd do my best to convert it into English. If I slip into the nerd zone, accept my apologies now.
That's what I understood too, or at least that is how it is commonly explained. I think there are supposed to be 100's of different cannabinoids of which THC and CBD are mostly the only ones that get mentioned. I wonder how much those others contribute to the pleasantness of the plant's high, it must be complicated to test them all out, but all the same is it that only THC and CBD are mostly mentioned because we know the others are not significant, or because it is assumed that the other cannabinoids only contribute on a much lower level? Some folk like the stronger THC% the more the better, but other folk say they prefer not necessarily the strongest THC% strain but some lesser one where in spite of a lower % the 'sum of all the parts' gives an effect that they prefer more, I wonder do we know that THC and CBD are the key ones or do we just assume it.THC and CBD are the primary bioactive components most people are interested in, in marijuana. There are terpenes that give it a nice smell/flavor, and have a mild mood effect as well, but THC and CBD are the ones that keep us coming back.
I was reading some articles that Shanel Lindsay wrote about decarboxylation, where she had a laboratory test the amounts of THCA successfully decarbed to THC from using methods like the kitchen oven/home methods and found that often a significant percentage was not decarbed (in the range of 10% - 30% give or take), so therefore the resulting edible or infusion was not getting the benefit of the full amount of THC possible from the herb because some of it was still remaining as THCA. Given that everyone has a different approaches of time and temperature it seems to me there is a general assumption that no matter what method and time/temperature is used, that full decarboxylation is assumed to be the result. I can't help thinking that unless a lab can show that a 'home method' is fully converting THCA to THC, then to assume it is fully decarbed may be wrong if instead it is only partially decarbed.Now the important part - how hot and how long. Unfortunately, reality doesn't give us simply answers. The full answer implies that the higher the heat, the shorter the time required, but at a loss of the nice smelling terpenes.