If you are going to be using your buds to make edibles or cannabutter, then you first have to go through a process of decarboxylation. This is essentially the process of heating up your weed to activate all of the parts of it that you love the most – the part that makes you stoned.
Before cannabis is heated, THC actually exists in its acidic form, THC-A. It is not THC-A that is responsible for making you high, so before cooking buds, you have to take this process upon yourself. This usually takes place naturally through the act of smoking, but since that won’t happen when making edibles, decarboxylation activates the THC through the process of heating.
How to properly decarboxylate
The buds should be broken up into small pieces. You don’t need to grind them down to a pulp. It’s enough just to break them up with your fingers. Lay them out on a baking tray in a single even layer and preheat your oven to 240 F.
The trick to doing this right is not to overcook them. You shouldn’t leave them in the oven for any longer than 30-40 minutes. Keep an eye on them, as the change in colour will be a good indication that they are ready. They should turn a darker green, but shouldn’t turn completely black. They definitely should not be burned!
It’s a good idea to flip them over occasionally with a pair of tongs so that they toast evenly on all sides. Take them out of the oven when they look ready or once you’ve reached the time limit. They are now ready to be cooked down into butter or oil and used in edibles! All of the intoxicating ingredients that you love as a stoner have been completely activated!