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It seems that I have always had excellent results with my method of making Cannabutter, freezing it, and then later using it in recipes calling for butter.  I guess I was initially lucky for having found a good recipe for making Cannabutter.  I use the method of heating the butter, cannabis-blooms and then later, the separation water in a glass bowl that is suspended in a larger pot of boiling water, therefore, my butter is never heated above 100°C during the decarboxylation process.  During the baking/cooking processes in which I used my Cannabutter, I try never to go over ~170 or 180°C.

(You can view my Cannabutter-making process in another Topic where I showed you my Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: 

Cannabutter: (~15g cured or dried bud into 250g butter\\\\\\or if using vape-depleted material, use ~30 to 50g into 250g butter, just be prepared for a different taste.)


But the reason for this Topic is not to brag about my Cannabutter.  Rather, I have found some exciting new information about the process of Decarboxylation that I would like to share with you.  We all already know that THC-A (THC-Acid), as it is found in the plant, must be heated by some means in order that it is converted into THC, which is the activated form that causes the effects that we enjoy.  Similarly, CBD-A (CBD-Acid) is converted into CBD, which exhibits specific medicinal uses.  So far, what you have read above is not new, but what follows is new, at least to me..  Apparently, by controlling closely the temperature and especially the DURATION of the decarboxylation process, you can produce specific grades of Cannabutter containing variously different amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (Cannabidiol) or CBN (Cannabinol) or CBE (Cannabielsoin).


My intention here is to share the information of an article with you, and I feel it is only fair (and possibly required) that I give thanks and full credit for this short article to the author and publisher of this information:  The author is Xavi Petit whose published Instagramm is: @cannabiskitchenclub.  Another published Webtipp for Xavi is: Cali Terpines at www.caliterpenes.com.  Xavi's article is found on page 28 of the January issue Nr.1/2020 magazine called "grow! magazine".  "grow! magazine" is produced by Winni Fleckner, and it's published website is: www.grow.de.  I found the magazine informative and fun, so check it out if you wish.


I was surprised to see this magazine offered in a regular grocery store in Germany.  Germany seems more and more accepting of the Cannabis-Culture.  It was the LAST one on the magazine rack, so I snapped it up real fast.  So, without any further delay, I shall translate the article from German to English for you (with the aid of Google-Translate), please forgive possible errors.  [If I add any comments, they will be found in square brackets.]



Xavi's Know-How:  Decarboxylation


For cannabis connoisseurs, this process is simply the be-all and end-all.  The result and how the effect ultimately unfolds depends on the quality (and variety) of the cannabis flower - and the way in which it is decarboxylated.  This can work with fats and heating or with alcohol - the stomach then takes care of the absorption.  But also over heat in the oven [or in the heat produced by burning the material in your doobie or pipe]: With decarboxylation, THC-A (THC acid) and CBD-A (CBD acid) transform into THC and CBD, as the body can process it, and of course with the desired effect.


THC-A takes at least 30 minutes at 80 to 125 degrees Celsius to convert to THC.

At 155 degrees Celcius, it [THC] starts to burn, producing cannabinol (CBN), which has a strong soothing and pain-relieving effect.  Above 185 degrees Celcius, this [CBN] also fizzles out [is destroyed].


CBD-A takes around 60 minutes between 90 and 135 degrees Celsius to become CBD.

Above 165 degrees Celcius it becomes CBE, which finally burns over 195 degrees Celcius.





Happy Cooking StrainHunters,



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