Decarboxylated kief refers to kief that has undergone the process of decarboxylation. Kief is a highly potent and concentrated form of cannabis that consists of trichomes, which are tiny resin glands that contain cannabinoids and terpenes.
Decarboxylation is a chemical process that involves heating cannabis or cannabis extracts to activate the cannabinoids. In its raw form, cannabis contains cannabinoids in their acid form, such as tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). These acid forms are not psychoactive and do not produce the desired effects when consumed.
When kief is decarboxylated, it is heated at a specific temperature and for a certain duration to convert the inactive cannabinoid acids into their active forms. This process removes a carboxyl group from the molecule, resulting in the conversion of THCA into delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBDA into cannabidiol (CBD). These are the active cannabinoids that are responsible for the psychoactive and therapeutic effects of cannabis.
Decarboxylated kief can be used in various ways. It can be added to edibles, infused into oils or butter, or mixed into joints or bowls for smoking. Since the cannabinoids are in their active forms, decarboxylated kief offers a more immediate and potent effect compared to raw kief.