How to Decarb Trim

Your trim isn’t worthless. If you’re reading this post about how to decarb trim, you probably already know this is true.

But while you know the value of your trim, you’re wondering how to decarb it. In this post, we cover how to decarb trim and some excellent ways to make the most of it.

how to decarb trim

How to Decarb Trim, Step-by-Step

Decarboxylating your trim will ultimately ensure you experience a better buzz. While you can make some relatively potent edibles using trim that has not been decarbed, this process will allow you to activate your THC and CBD.

The process involves heating your trim to the point that you convert inactive THCA and CBDA into active cannabinoids. However, you can still get benefits and even some intoxication if you simply toss your trim in a slow cooker with some butter.

The easiest way to decarb trim is to spread it out on a baking sheet or something similar. Make sure to put some parchment paper down on the baking sheet, as well. Here’s the step-by-step process to keep in mind for decarbing trim:

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 235 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius). Then, cover the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and spread your cannabis trim over it.

Step 2: Bake Your Trim for Around 40 Minutes

If your trim is fresh, you might want to bake it for a little bit longer. This will dry out the trim and remove most of the moisture.

Sometimes, a hygrometer is used to check how much moisture is left in cannabis flower. But since you’re working with trim, you don’t need to worry about this at this point.

Step 3: Remove From Your Oven & Allow it to Cool

Once the trim is nice and dry, you’ll remove the baking sheet from your oven and allow it to chill for a bit. Decarboxylation is now finished, and most of the THC-A and CBD-A should have converted into active THC and CBD that’s ready for consumption.

How to Store Trim for Butter

In some cases, you might not be ready to use your trim. You might want to wait for a few days, and if this is the case, you’ll want to store trim for butter creation.

If you’re planning to store trim for butter, it might be best to stick to sugar leaves. Fan leaves don’t have as many cannabinoids and therefore, they’re not as valuable. Sugar leaves are the close trimmings from fresh buds.

Allow your trim to dry in a box that’s lined with some grease-proof paper (parchment paper should work for this purpose). Once the trim is dry, you can toss it in a tin until you’re ready to use it. However, if you don’t feel comfortable leaving it in a tin, you can put it in the freezer, as well.

Some cultivators dry trim in shoeboxes and store it in coffee-mate tines. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that freezing it may result in an unpleasant taste.

How to Decarb Trim FAQ

What do you do with fan leaf trimmings?

Fan leaf trimmings are not as cannabinoid-dense as sugar leaves. Because of this, some people consider throwing them away. However, keep in mind, you can still make some potent edibles by infusing butter with fan leaves.

100 grams of fan leaves can infuse four sticks of butter quite nicely!

If you want to keep some trim on hand for cooking purposes, store it until you’re ready to use it.

How do you make dabs from trimmings?

You have three methods you can use to extract dabs from your trimmings. Butane extraction, ethanol extraction, and supercritical CO2 extraction will all work for dab extraction.

For butane extraction, you’ll use a hydrocarbon solvent – usually, butane. Since butane is nonpolar, it works to extract terpenes and cannabinoids without extracting chlorophyll. Make sure to use high-quality commercial butane to bypass impurities.

Can leaves get you high?

Yes, cannabis leaves can get you high. However, keep in mind, it’s best to use leaves to infuse a fat, such as butter or coconut oil. If you plan to use leaves to infuse fat, know that you’ll need more leaves than you would need flower as the leaves are not as potent.

Should I trim sugar leaves during flowering?

If you’re looking to make something potent using your trim, your best bet is to trim sugar leaves during flowering. However, if you’re considering trimming sugar leaves during the flowering stage, this could be problematic.

While it’s ideal to trim lower branches of your plants to give them more direct access to resources, these branches and sugar leaves should remain during the flowering stage. Fan leaves, on the other hand, could be trimmed during the flowering stage to offer a better airflow for the lower canopy.

Louis Levey is the Content Success Manager and Founder at No Strings Content. He's passionate about helping cannabis businesses use content to attract, educate, and convert audiences. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida, but he currently lives and works remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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