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Learn about cannabis

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is the term commonly used for the plant or flower of the Cannabaceae family. It’s been consumed by humans for longer than we’ve written stuff down.

Sativa and Indica

There are two main types of cannabis for human use: Sativa and Indica. Each has a different shape, size, leaf and effect. Crossed with each other, they make hybrids. Indica is generally considered to provide a calming and relaxing effect. Sativa can have more energizing, uplifting and cerebral effects.

Hybrids

And those hybrids? Somewhere between the two, with a dominant effect from one of the two parent plants.

THC and CBD

The active compounds in cannabis are cannabinoids. Cannabis has more than 100 of them, of which THC and CBD are the most common.

Odour

Ever noticed the distinct smell of cannabis? You can thank terpenes for that. They’re volatile aromatic compounds in the essential oil of plants, including cannabis.

Trichomes

Terpenes and cannabinoids like THC and CBD are both contained in trichomes, tiny and sticky hairs on the cannabis flower.

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All About Decarb

Statistics don’t lie: Canadians may be interested in cannabis, but not everyone is keen to smoke it.

 

A 2017 Statistics Canada review noted that, while dried flower still dominated sales, edibles based on decarboxylated (dried and activated cannabis powder) accounted for nearly a third of consumption. In the US, a report by cannabis industry analytics firm Headset discovered that 50 percent of sales went to smoke-free products.

 

But what is Decarb and how do you consume it? We asked HEXO’s Processing Manager David Snell for a few pointers.

 

What is decarboxylation and why do it?

“Decarboxylation takes all the potential THC-A and CBD-A, and turns them into their activated components through heat. Decarboxylation occurs naturally at room temperature, but we are catalyzing the process to effectively remove the carboxyl group.”

 

 What’s the difference between Hydropothecary’s Decarb line and decarbing cannabis at home?

“We use a proprietary method and are able to control the heat to get optimal conversion rates. Nearly all the potential CBD and THC is there. Decarb is activated and ready to consume.”

 

How would I cook with Decarb?

“You don’t. We’ve already completely converted it, so really, the only way to take it is to ingest it. Heat will trigger a rapid change and you’ll combust the activated THC or CBD.”

 

What are the options for using Decarb?

“I believe that the lower the temperature, the better. Keep any food with Decarb in it below the boiling point of water, which is 100C. In cooking, the shortest amount of time Decarb is exposed to heat, the better. The best bet is to incorporate Decarb into drinks, smoothies, salads or foods that are already cooked. We also offer capsules, which are quick and easy to make and take.”