Can You Destroy Your THC Content When Cooking Cannabis?
Even though marijuana has been around for a long time there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions still revolving around the plant. Some people will say that edibles are more potent and provide longer lasting effects, while other will swear by smoking it. The truth of the matter is that the effects can vary from individual to individual.
However, if you are going to go down the edible road, you need to know that you can destroy your batch if you don’t cook it right.
The Cooking Temperature Is Extremely Important
When you are cooking with cannabis temperature can make all the difference in the world. Cooking on lower temperature is ideal because higher temperatures can really degrade the THC content. Anything higher than 392 degrees Fahrenheit should be considered too high. In fact, when you are boiling water you don’t exceed 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is why it is recommended that you infuse your end product with water, while you are keeping a close eye on the temperature. This is especially true when you are trying to infuse the cannabis with oils or butter products.
However, there is an exception when it comes to cooking with batter. When you are cooking anything with batter, you want to cook on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that the THC gets inside the batter.
Know How The Decarboxylation Process Works
So, you just learned that cooking your cannabis with high temperatures could really degrade the THC content. This is because the raw marijuana plant does not actually contain THC. It only contains what is known as THC-A. THC-A is an acid. Decarboxylation or the addition of heat is what brings out the THC.
It converts the acid into a potent form of THC. In fact, the decarboxylation process actually increases the levels of THC. So, when cooking it is extremely important to avoid overcooking, but those are not the only mistakes that you can make when cooking with cannabis.
Avoid Scorching At All Costs
Not only is the temperature of the cannabis cooking important, but also it is also important to make sure that you do not scorch the final product. You don’t want to go through all the hard work of cooking your cannabis and end up with a foul tasting final product do you?
This is why when you are infusing your product you must do so with water. Infusing the cannabis with water on a low temperature will help avoid scorching and burning. Along with this, adding water goes a long way to adding flavor and appearance to the overall end product. When you are infusing you have to make sure that you are adding water levels that are equal to the oil or butter levels. For instance, if you add 10 ounces of oil, you want to make sure that you also add ten ounces of water.
Stick To Light Grinding
The biggest mistake that most people make when cooking with cannabis is over grinding the bud. You never want the end product to be too fine because it won’t taste as good and it allows more of the plant material to show up in the end product. The product will look greener and produce an herb flavor.