There are a few different ways to decarboxylate herb but our favorite way here at Boundless Technology is simply by using our vaporizers. But, before we get into that let’s talk about exactly what decarboxylation is!
Decarboxylation is the process in which time and heat are applied to flower in order to remove a carboxyl group and carbon dioxide. So what the heck does this mean? By allowing your herb to bake at a low temperature for an extended period of time helps your herb to activate its present cannabinoids. This naturally occurs when you smoke, vaporize, or bake herb. This is important because without it there would be no (much less of) present active cannabinoids for desired absorption and consumption.
This is also important because our herb units work wonderfully for decarboxylation! We know making edibles can be a bit intimidating so we wanted to break down the process from sesh to snack.
The first thing you’re going to need when beginning the process of decarboxylation is three+ grams of your desired herb in order to sesh. If you’re short on time and looking to do this all in one day we recommend using the Tera for the most oven space and highest temperature capabilities. If you have a bit more time and plan to finish the process in the future, any of our dry herb units will get the job done as well.
So after you have vaporized your desired amount of herb you are going to need to decide on a fat or oil to cook your herb in. This is needed in order to take the activated cannabinoids from the herb and infuse it into your desired oil. So whether you prefer Crisco, coconut oil, canola oil, olive oil, or butter, be sure to use about ½ of a cup per three grams of flower. If you’re looking for something a bit more concentrated then simply remove the amount of oil you want to infuse or add more decarboxylated herb. Keep in mind that oil can only absorb so much so try not to overload it.
Once you’ve decided what oil you’re going to use you will need to grab both a decarboxylated herb and a small saucepan; you’ll need a larger one if you’re doing a larger batch. Most cannabinoids activate around 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit so be sure when cooking on your stovetop that you keep a low, medium heat. Place the oil into your saucepan and begin slowly melting it before adding your decarboxylated herb. Once the oil has melted evenly place and incorporate the herb into the oil. Gently stir every so often for around 45 minutes to an hour. Once you’ve infused your oil fully with the decarboxylated oil you will need to use a cheesecloth or very fine strainer to remove the herb in order to drain the oil into your desired container for storage. Once the oil has cooled you can use it to make anything your heart desires!
Now that you have all this oil you’re going to need some recipes to get started which is why our team decided to compile a few of our favorite infused recipes. Continue reading for both ideas and foodgasms.
Before we get into cooking a five course meal let’s start with the basics. Baking is probably the easiest way to infuse your edibles. Whether you prefer cookies, cake, or brownies these all have oil or butter in them. So even if you aren’t the greatest baker in the world, most pre-made boxed baking goods will give you an opportunity to infuse as long as it requires again some sort of oil or butter. If you’re looking to step outside of the box, here are a few easy baking recipes to start out with. Also, if you’re already a baker at heart here’s a few recipes to infuse that will be a bit more of a challenge.
Now that we’ve covered a few good recipe ideas let’s get into the many forms of infusion. As follows is a basic recipe from Leafly that we adjusted a bit to fit our decarboxylated flower from our Boundless seshes.
Stove Top Infusion Recipe
- Take your decarboxylated cannabis from your Boundless vaporizer of choice and grind the decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder (by hand will do just fine as well).
- Melt the butter. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a stock pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
- Add the cannabis. As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground cannabis product. Simmer. Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
- Strain the cannabutter. Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. (Tip: Squeezing the cheesecloth may push more bad-tasting plant material through).
- Refrigerate the jar of butter. If excess water forms at the bottom of the jar, you can remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out. (The butter will need to refrigerate for about an hour before removing the water.) Dose carefully. Refer to dosing information below before adding your butter to any snacks, dishes, or desserts.
Slow Cooker Infusion Recipe
If cooking over a stove top is a bit intimidating for you we’re also sharing a basic recipe from Leafly on how to make cannabutter in a slow cooker, that we adjusted a bit to fit our decarboxylated flower from our Boundless seshes.
- Set your slow cooker to low, or somewhere around 160ºF. (Tip: Avoid exceeding 200ºF to prevent burning or wasting cannabinoids. You can also add a little water to help prevent scorching.)
- Add the butter and decarboxylated cannabis from your Boundless vaporizer of choice
- Stir occasionally.
- After about 3 hours, turn off the crockpot and wait for the butter to cool.
- Strain as above
If you’re looking for a sweeter option Wikileaf has a great recipe on how to infuse coconut oil with your decarboxylated flower from your Boundless Tech unit. Coconut Oil is often used in baked goods but also in skin care, beauty, and shower products which can be easily infused as well.
- Fill the pot with water and put it onto the stovetop over medium heat. The goal is to get the water almost boiling, but not quite.
- Take the decarboxylated flower from your Boundless Product and gently dump the flower into the mason jar with the oil. Tightly seal the jar with the lid.
- Place your tightly sealed jar, with the oil and cannabis inside, into the pot of nearly boiling water. When the temperature is right, you should see little bubbles on the side of the pot or a slight rolling on the surface. When you find that sweet spot between boiling and not, lower the heat and keep it at that middle ground for the remainder of the infusion process. If you happen to have a kitchen thermometer, ideally the temperature should be above 160℉ and below 200℉. Keep a close eye on your oil and adjust the water level and temperature as needed over the next few hours.
- Let the coconut oil do its thing for the next 3-5 hours. Now is a good time to roll a joint.
- After 3-5 hours have passed, take the jar out of the pot. Place a strainer over an airtight container and pour your oil into it, straining out any leftover plant matter as you go. If you have cheesecloth, line your strainer with it for extra straining power. Press lightly on the flower with a rubber spatula or spoon to make sure all of the oil is squeezed out. It’s completely normal for the weed to look and feel crispy like it has been fried. Once all of the oil has been strained, seal your airtight container, and your coconut oil is now ready to use!
As you can see there are so many different ways to infuse your food at home with the flower that you consume during your boundless Technology sessions.