#54: Best Decarb Method

Earlier this year I kept seeing ads for a potency testing device. I saw the ads enough that I was finally like, ok, I’ll bite. Because who DOESN’T want to know how potent their homemade edibles are? That’s probably the biggest downfall of making edibles at home: not knowing precisely how potent or not your final product is. 

I’ll be posting a longer review about the actual device in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, I want to show you the results of my decarb test. Most home edible makers recommend the standard 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes for decarboxylation. But I’ve seen charts out there that actually show a range of temperatures and times that could potentially work for decarboxlation. 

For this video, I tested three different combinations of temperature and time to find out which one might work best for my oven. For each test, I used 1.5 grams of cannabis (an indica called Crescendo from Cannasseur in Pueblo that they labeled as 22% THC). I mixed each sample of decarboxlated cannabis with 2 ounces of Everclear, and shook for 10 minutes before testing the tincture in the Tcheck. 

I decarbed samples at 300* Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, 240* Fahrenheit for 40 minutes, and 245* Fahrenheit for 55 minutes. And the best one? Well it was kind of a surprise for me. 

Let’s take a look at the best, worst, and average for each sample in the table below. 

Best Test
Worst Test

300*F for 15 minutes

132.7 mg/tbs

63.4 mg/tbs

98.05 mg/tbs

240*F for 40 minutes

93.2 mg/tbs

72.1 mg/tbs

82.65 mg/tbs

245*F for 55 minutes

86.4 mg/tbs

23 mg/tbs

54.7 mg/tbs

That’s right. 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes gave me the best overall infusion results. By a lot. 

Check out the video below to hear more about my thoughts on this decarboxylation revelation. 

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