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preparing cannabis for edibles

Discussion in 'Cooking With Cannabis' started by Edgar9, Jan 11, 2014.

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    Edgar9

    Edgar9 Active Member

    Okay, we all know that to prepare cannabis for smoking or vaping it's best to dry to about 60% RH and then give the buds a nice month or two cure.

    My question is can I just do an extended dry, and skip the cure, if I'm using the buds just for edibles?

    It would be a lot easier to just hang dry an entire plant dedicated to edibles for 2, 3, or even 4 weeks, and just skip the cure. Then after drying cook with it.

    I've researched this question and everyone says you have to "decarb" the herb. Some say that when you cook the bud to make butter/oil that decarbs it.

    Any experts out there?
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    alwaysvaped

    alwaysvaped Member

    I am by no means an expert, but I am a pretty good cook/baker. I finished a 1 plant outdoor grow in October. The plant is Angel's Breathe, I got XXz's of bud and Xz's of good trim/popcorn. The bud I properly cured in jars and smells great with the faint scent of mango. The trim was just left on a screen to dry over a weeks time because I wanted to cook with it and did not think it mattered. I decarbed it at 240 degrees for 40 minutes in the oven. I then used 1 cup of coconut oil to extract 1/2 cup of pressed trim using the crockpot/water method over 8 hrs.
    I made a peanut butter/oatmeal/coconut cookie using a melon baller for equal dosing. They were very potent, but I could taste the "greenness" of the oil because of the lack of cure. The oil itself had the obvious smell of chlorophyll. My next batch I did the same process as above using the cured bud and it tasted a lot better, but I could still taste and smell the weed. My next batch I did everything else the same, but used "volcano poop" or vaped bud in the same quantity. The cookies turned out awesome with no taste of weed and the small cookie will keep a smile on your face for 4 hours. So now I vape all my buds lightly at 370 degrees which leaves plenty for the oil extraction. The oil now has a sweet smell on its own and I get twice the doses from the same medicine. Talk about win win.
    None of this except the cookie recipe is my idea, I just read a lot and learned from others mistakes/success's. The remainder of weed left after the extractions for this or my tinctures gets baked into peanut budder which I use to make doggie biscuits for my elderly K9 companions with bad hips/issues. I used the basic recipe which was posted in this forum for the treats. It honestly works very well on the dogs and can go from pain relief to serious "doggie pillow lock" with the dosage. I just wish I would have had it to help my previous dogs in their final days to ease their pain.
    The rest of my trim will be used to make my arthritis balm. The green color works just fine with the emu oil/coconut oil, shea butter, capsicum, menthol and beeswax. The balm is really outstanding and is almost instant in pain relief for muscle aches and joint pains. Sure am glad I discovered my new multi-purpose medicine that even I initially thought was just to get "stoned" with. My PTSD is better and I am a much happier/healthy person. My wife uses the cookies as a aphrodesiac/sleep aid and dogs like the "treats" almost as much as I do.
    Some things are too good not to share and I just wanted to say thanks to my "teachers" and am glad to have found this site to learn from. I'm not an expert in anything of this, but wanted to share what has worked for me and my family.
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    NorthRiverNugz

    NorthRiverNugz Member

    Great question Edgar9. I am curious to know the answer to this myself. If I had to guess I would think that the cooking process would decarboxylwhateverucallit,

    I think no matter what the curing can be skipped. Isn't the cure to make nicer smoke?
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    NorthRiverNugz

    NorthRiverNugz Member

    Great question Edgar9. I am curious to know the answer to this myself. If I had to guess I would think that the cooking process would decarboxylwhateverucallit,

    I think no matter what the curing can be skipped. Isn't the cure to make nicer smoke?
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    gioua

    gioua Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't risk it mold/mildew issues.. inconsistency in drying.. etc....I use 85% of my harvest in medibles.. I have taken buds and left them in the sun for a day w.o decarbing then used them in medibles.... however.. there is a greener flavor when this happens..

    you can jar all your stuff and then decarb later on the entire jar by placing it in the oven..

    [video=youtube;23-4wYqrCtU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23-4wYqrCtU[/video]
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    AlGore

    AlGore Active Member

    Seems like 240 for 40 is a bit high. Video seems like a pretty good methodology.

    I'm started finding I usually over degrade basing it off temp and time using flower/trim. A

    nd my most recent cooks I'm using concentrates and decarbing based on dem bubbles, as you are actually watching the process happen and know when it's over.

    Check out... http://skunkpharmresearch.com/decarboxylation/
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    gioua

    gioua Well-Known Member

    240 for 40 does seem a bit much.. 5gs of bubba kush and using this temp was a great result.. even on the graph shown in your link the peak is about 292f for about 27 mins
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    AlGore

    AlGore Active Member

    252 I think you mean. But correct. I used to do 250 for 25 based on that graph but based on skunkparm's suggestion I've been heating my coconut oil to 250 and putting the bho in until there are only a few bubble left, I'm not a fan of the heavy cbn effects that comes when you cook it too long/hot.

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