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Cannabis Cafe forums; I used to have these memorized but I'm starting a new cooking project today, and can't remember the exact temperatures ...
Temp THC burns, decarbs, and bonds?
I used to have these memorized but I'm starting a new cooking project today, and can't remember the exact temperatures at which THC:
1) is vaporized
2) bonds to fat molecules
If any one could remind me, I'd really appreciate it.
The mixed lingo between potheads and chemists and pothead-chemists make researching this WAY harder than it really ought to be. Funny, I remember it being pretty easy...
So far, I've got
Please help fill in the blanks; I'll have all the ingredients by tonight and I'd like to be prepared by this evening, so I can sell samples at a party tomorrow.
Thanks for nothing jah. Just playin, but I got all the info I needed. I felt a bit stupid for forgetting it, but people are usually impressed when I retain any information whatsoever. For aspiring THC chefs, here are the stats, all in Farenheit:
222/+: Decarboxylation (Carboxyl groups removed, making weed more potent. I recommend 225 for up to half an hour in an oven, to avoid burning.)
325-355: THC bonds to fat molecules
355-392: THC "boils" (vaporizes; avoid this temperature)
I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work - R.I.P. George Carlin
Hahaha! Believe it or not, I've been told that, yes, decarboxylation does improve the high when smoked. The science behind that is shaky at best, but there is a large enough number of cooks who will make this claim that I don't feel comfortable to simply dismiss it with my offhand.
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cooks yes, because you have to alter your THC-A into THC before bonding it to fats or even ingesting it. but when you smoke it you already are doing that conversion when you light it up.
Originally Posted by Gamberro
I think those numbers regarding bonding to fat may be inaccurate... I've heard of it happening at much lower temperatures, as it is oil soluble.... all heat does is speed up solubility and help melt the trichomb heads...
and decarboxylization happens at room temperature and up, the hotter you go the faster it happens..
what temperature THC degrades at would be a more interesting question... rather, does it degrade below or above vaporizing temp... if below, then you gotta be careful, if above, then you h ave nothing to worry about as long as you're staying below the vaporizing temp...
Originally Posted by mikejuwanna
bingo... the same reason some recipes dont call for decarbing before you add it to the recipe it will get decarbed later
don't heat your weed in an oven at 225F for any amount of time. at 215F thc will combust in the presence of oxygen. This is slow but, when warming up a vaporizer, it is not a bad place to start.
decarboxylation does not require any specific heat to occur. heat is only catalytic in the process. When thc decarboxylates, that means it is released from the carbon molecules(marijuana flower) and bonds, typically, to free-floating oxygen molecules. In other words, decarboxylating will reduce the potency of your weed.
When vaporizing start at 180F until then your finally get a fat cloud upon exhaling. This may take up to 15 minutes. raise up to 400F at regular intervals. Be sure to wait for the smoke to build back up in the chamber before going back at it.
when cooking, the range you are looking for is between 186F and 215F. When using most oils (I use olive oil and I know that this is the case) raising the temperature above 215F will have a toxic affect on your oil. Irreversible denaturation occurs and even more so thc will start to release into the atmosphere.
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