While “flowers” and sweets are standard on Valentine’s Day, to really impress that special someone in your life, you’re going to need to think outside the proverbial chocolate box.
My partner’s #1 love language just so happens to be “Acts of Service,” so for bae, there’s nothing more impressive or romantic than mixing up a signature cocktail.
Jeff the 420 Chef highly recommends you clean your cannabis (especially if your flower is not organic). He has a great technique for leaching out chlorophyll and impurities like pesticides and metals which involves soaking your coarsely ground herb in distilled water for up to 72 hours.
You can always choose to skip this step, but “cleaning” your herb prior to infusing certainly helps to remove much of the chlorophyll and contaminants that contribute to the “weed-forward” flavor in many infused products.
So what are cannabis bitters, you might ask?
Cannabis bitters can best be defined as an aromatic flavoring agent made from infusing a variety of botanical ingredients, roots, barks, fruits, and herbs (including, yes, herb) in a high-proof spirit or grain alcohol.
In order to infuse spirits or oils with activated THC, we first need transform the non-psychoactive THCA found in raw cannabis into medicated THC, via a chemical process called decarboxylation.
Don’t panic, this is just a fancy way of saying ‘heat up the bud’ and you can easily do this at home using your trusty oven in two easy steps.
Definition: Decarbing means removing the “A” molecule (Acid), from the THCA and CBDA. This happens when releasing the “A” carbon atom from “A” carbon chain, resulting in THC and CBD. The only way to achieve this is with heat and time.
Step 1: Grind Your Bud
Grind and spread out your cannabis evenly on a medium-large baking sheet.
Step 2: Bake (Slow & Low)
Place the baking sheet with ground up cannabis in a pre-heated oven at 235-240 F for for 40-45 minutes (be careful not to exceed these temperatures as you can easily damage the THC).
And there you have it. Your herb has now been activated and is ready to be infused. Keep in mind, you can always skip this step and infuse with raw cannabis if you are looking to extract essential oils without any of the psychoactive properties.
How do you decarb your herb?