Before cooking marijuana edibles with concentrates you’ll need to learn how to decarb wax (or BHO, shatter, dabs, butane honey oil). Decarboxylation is the process of gently heating your butane hash oil in order to activate the THC in a way that your body can process via ingestion. We’ll show you the best way to decarb shatter by using a low heat in your oven.
It’s very easy to learn how to decarb shatter, the secret is to heat it long enough that the chemical reaction completes but without overdoing it. If you decarb dabs too long it will degrade some THC into CBN (a cannabinoid that will make you sleepy). This may be desirable if you’re looking for a bedtime snack, but for most people who want to learn how to decarb BHO the goal is to maximize the THC content of your edibles.
Cannabis extracts are becoming ever more popular with the legalization of cannabis in many U.S states and the entire country of Canada. If dabbing or vaping these extracts are out of the question, how can you consume these extracts? Learn how to make edibles with shatter with our easy decarbing and infusion methods, both of which can be found below.
Follow along below as we provide helpful tips on how to make edibles with shatter. These methods also work with budder, crumble, hash, and rosin.
Making edibles with BHO
- 1gr BHO
- 2 teaspoons soy lecithin
- coconut oil (better choice), or butter (use the amount called for in your recipe)
Step 1. Figure out how much BHO to use,
I find about 0.1g of BHO per dose (edible) is perfect for me, however I’m a large guy with a very high tolerance, if my girl eats half that (0.05) she will be walking around with the sensation she has been decapitated. Again, be careful with your dosing; this stuff is very effective! You don’t want to lose your head.
For this example, we will make 20 servings (cookies, brownies, hard candies, whatever) and we will use .05 in each serving.
20 servings x .05/serving = 1gram of BHO.
Step 2. Decarb your oil. Do not skip this step.
Put your BHO on silicone baking mat, and place the mat in an oven safe bowl (If you don’t have a baking mat you can use parchment paper). The oil may bubble and expand, so be careful you have enough room on the silicone mat. Once the oven is at 200°F, heat your oil for 20min, then turn off the oven and let oil cool inside with the oven. Once cooled, the oil will be very sticky and sappy. Put it in the freezer until it gets cold (10 minutes), so it is easy to get off the silicone or parchment. Your BHO is now decarbed, or “activated” and ready to be ingested, or added to your baking mix.
Step 3. Add the BHO to your cooking oil.
Put your coconut oil (the amount your recipe calls for) in the microwave and heat until it is about as hot as coffee. Gather your BHO on the end of a fork or dabber, and LIGHTLY torch the BHO, holding it over the melted butter so it slowly drips into it. Be careful not to cook it. Only get it warm enough to melt off the fork. Once it has all melted in, stir. As long as the butter or oil is hot enough, the BHO will fully melt into it and be evenly distributed. Do not microwave your BHO or you may destroy it. Do not attempt to drip your BHO into a big bowl of cookie batter. It won’t distribute evenly.
Step 4. Add lecithin and make your brownies.
Now add a couple tea spoons of soy lecithin to your butter or oil, and then add the butter or oil to your recipe. The lecithin is not absolutely necessary, but will help make the medicine more biologically available to your body to absorb. This will make the effects stronger, and last longer. In turn, you can consume less of it to get the desired effect.
Step 5. Dosing.
Remember, as I said above, edibles effect people in different ways. Just because you can eat two cookies and feel great, doesn’t mean your buddy (the biggest stoner you know) can do the same thing. Edibles take a long time to “kick in”. I would suggest to start with 1/2 portion and wait 90-120 minutes and evaluate your condition. If you feel you need more, then eat the other 1/2 of the portion.
Use with caution. Eat at your own risk. Use only under close adult supervision. Light fuse and get away quickly. Don’t feed the bears.
How to Decarb Shatter for Edibles
Decarboxylation is the scientific process that takes place when cannabis is exposed to heat. In scientific terms, decarboxylation refers to a reaction of carboxylic acids that remove a carbon atom from a chain of atoms present within a plant such as cannabis.
When heat is applied to cannabis, it will remove a carboxyl group from the THCA cannabinoid (non-psychoactive) and creates the psychoactive Delta-9 THC. Decarboxylation also occurs when cannabis is smoked or vaporized.
How to Decarboxylate Shatter for Edibles
In order to decarboxylate your shatter (or budder/rosin/wax), you will need a few household kitchen items.
- Oven-prof Pyrex-style measuring jug or mason jar (no lid is needed)
- Oven tray
- Parchment paper
This method provides a foolproof method for decarbing shatter:
- Set the oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115 Celsius)
- Place the shatter into the ovenproof mason jar or pyrex measuring cup
- No lid is needed for this decarboxylation method
- Place the container with the shatter in it onto the oven tray and place into the oven once it has reached 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115 Celsius)
- Set timer for 35 minutes
- After approximately 10 minutes, you will notice bubbles in the shatter
- After the 35-minute timer has gone off, the bubbles will have started to disappear
- Decarboxylate for an additional 15 minutes
- Let the shatter cool for at least 10 minutes before starting an infusion
Visual cue: The shatter will begin to bubble when it starts to decarboxylate. Decarboxylated shatter will no longer be bubbling.