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What is Decarboxylation of Cannabis: CBD-A vs. CBD

By June 10, 2016 March 18th, 2019 Industry News, News

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Decarboxylation is an essential step in the process of creating CBD hemp oil, which is a popular daily supplement that can be used to help potentially remedy a variety of ailments. Raw cannabis won’t offer the numerous benefits that you can get by using CBD, and while the science behind the process is complex, it is extremely important in creating the supplement that many people have come to rely on to improve their health.

Understanding Decarboxylation

So, what is decarboxylation? The scientific definition of this term is that it is a chemical reaction that will remove a carboxyl group and release carbon dioxide. The process converts inactive components in cannabis – which are not psychoactive – into active components, which unlock the effects that many people are looking for. With time, cannabis can go through the decarboxylation process on its own, or there are other ways that you can speed up the process.

The two main catalysts in the decarboxylation process are heat and time. Curing and drying cannabis over time will result in partial decarboxylation. Smoking and vaporizing can instantly decarboxylate cannabinoids as a result of the extremely high temperatures that are present, and this makes them immediately available for absorption via inhalation. However, people with respiratory conditions, children, or the elderly who are attempting to use cannabis for its medicinal purposes likely will not want to inhale the smoke, so being able to extract numerous cannabinoids and terpenes in the form of oil is often a better strategy.

Why Decarboxylation is Important for CBD

When discussing decarboxylation, the difference between CBD-A and CBD needs to be addressed. CBD-A is known as the acidic precursor to CBD, and when cannabis grows, it produces CBDA and not CBD. The same is true for one of the other main compounds of marijuana – THC – as the decarboxylation process is needed to turn the inactive THC-A into the psychoactive THC. In order to activate the CBD and to experience all of its benefits, it needs to be heated through vaporization, cooking, or smoking so that decarboxylation occurs. Even after the process has been completed, you still won’t get high by taking CBD, as the product is non-psychoactive and does not bind to receptors the same way as THC.

The decarboxylation process is important for getting the most out of the CBD. After the process activates it, CBD is available to be used within the body.

In the past, CBD-A has had a tendency to be overlooked with CBD getting the attention of medical researchers. However, there are several studies that are currently examining the potential benefits of CBD, as well, including:

Decarboxylation Temperature and Terpenes

When going through the decarboxylation process, the temperature that you use is extremely important. While a lower temperature will cause the process to take longer, delaying the process can actually be a good thing, as lower temperatures will allow you to retain more terpenes. The terpenes are the oils that give cannabis its unique smell and flavor, and they offer a variety of benefits. Some of the most popular terpenes in cannabis include:

  • Caryophyllene. A spicy smell, providing medical value for ulcers, arthritis, and gastrointestinal problems
  • Limonene. This citrus-smelling terpene offers anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and it can also help with depression and heartburn
  • Linalool. Medicinal value includes relief of depression and anxiety, and the terpene smells sweet like flowers
  • Myrcene. Myrcene offers an earthy smell and is good for relieving muscle tension, insomnia, and chronic pain.

Besides the fact that retaining as many terpenes as possible will allow for some of these benefits, there is another important reason you’ll want to keep them around in your CBD oil products – terpenes can actually boost the power of CBD and other cannabinoids, if they are present.

Decarboxylation Made Easy

If you are interested in trying out the decarboxylation process on your own at home, there are some simple steps that you can follow:

  • Preheat your oven to 230° F.
  • Break up cannabis buds and flowers by hand until they are in small pieces of one ounce or less.
  • Place the pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer, and make sure that the cannabis takes up the entire pan. There shouldn’t be any empty space.
  • Bake the cannabis for up to 40 minutes, stirring it every 10 minutes to ensure even toasting.
  • After the cannabis has turned a medium brown color and is dried, remove the baking sheet from the oven and give the cannabis time to cool. When handled, the plant material should be crumbly.
  • Use a food processor to pulse the cannabis until it becomes coarsely ground.

After the process, make sure that you store the cannabis in an airtight container so that it stays fresh until you need to use it to make extractions.

While the process of decarboxylation might be fairly simple and something that you can do on your own, extracting the CBD oil is another story. This is a complicated task that should be left to the professionals if you are hoping to get the maximum possible benefits from the CBD products.

Going Beyond Decarboxylation

At BioCBD Plus™, the online store offers a variety of products that contain water soluble formulations of CBD and other Ayurvedic herbs, such as turmeric (curcumin), saffron, boswellia and others. Their products are made from organic whole-plant CBD oil that has already gone through the decarboxylation process, ensuring that it is as strong and effective as possible while preserving those beneficial and synergistic terpenes and cannabinoids.

What separates BioCBD Plus™ from every other cannabis company is their all-natural technology for creating water soluble formulations which have a greater bioavailability when compared to CBD oil and other oils. Starting with organically grown hemp, the CBD oil is extracted using supercritical CO2 extraction for a pure and clean CBD oil free of any toxins or solvents. The CBD oil is then combined with curcumin (turmeric), heat and pressure to create the superior water soluble formulations that BioCBD Plus™ has become famous for.

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As CEO and Co-Founder of BioCBD Plus™, James Sol Radina brings years of experience and accumulated expertise from the CBD industry. His interest originated in early 2014, when James embarked on a major filmmaking project to travel and study CBD around the world. Together with a team of filmmakers, he sought out to interview top doctors, scientists, and researchers about CBD, which, at the time, was relatively lesser known, but was starting a buzz in the market. After seeing first-hand the results that CBD had in the patients and experts they filmed, James was “all in!” and his business pursuits began. James started BioCBD Plus™ in 2015, with the goal to fill a niche void that existed in the CBD industry. With the knowledge he gained through his study of CBD, combined with new scientific research, he created the world’s first water-soluble, 100% BioAvailable CBD. The proprietary formula is whole-plant based and more easily absorbable by the body than other CBD products on the market, and the company’s product suite has continued to expand following its demonstrated success. The strength of James’ passion for CBD is matched by his dedication to volunteer service. He incorporated a strong socially responsible model to BioCBD Plus™, which supports The Veterans Discount Program and other programs through donations of CBD products to those who cannot afford them. Since the start of the company, James has also continued to be the inspirational energy behind the company’s beliefs and marketing strategy, which are driven by his commitment to spreading the science-based truth about CBD and bringing the healing benefits of the product to as many people as possible.

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