Did you know that Snoop Dogg puts his blunt in the microwave for 11 seconds before he lights up? In a 2010 interview with musician and media personality Nardwuar in Vancouver, Snoop can be seen rolling a blunt and popping it into the microwave for a few seconds. According to him, the microwave helps to “trap all the ingredients.”
It turns out Snoop may be on to something there.
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If you’re familiar with edibles, then you’re not new to the process of decarboxylation, and it involves heating weed to activate the THC. But for those who are hearing this term for the first time and who may be a bit skeptical about all this, let’s get technical and break down what this means.
Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that causes a carboxylic acid to release carbon dioxide. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, THCa, is a carboxylic acid. During the decarboxylation process, THCa gives off one carbon atom and two hydrogen atoms (which forms carbon dioxide CO2). The decarboxylation process also converts cannabolic acid (CBDa) into CBD.
THCa is the natural state of THC found in the cannabis plant. THCa won’t get you high because it can’t stimulate your cannabinoid receptors. However, when you apply heat during the decarboxylation process, the chemical structure of THC changes to Delta 9 THC, activating the THC and making it possible for this compound to interact with your endocannabinoid system and get you high.
Decarboxylation is essential when making edibles because they may not be subjected to heat before they are consumed. And if the THC and CBD are not activated, you will not experience anything when you consume them.
Now, you may be thinking, if decarboxylation is so important, why doesn’t everyone do it before smoking? Why do you smoke weed and get high without any decarboxylation? Well, when you light a joint, the heat readily decarbs the weed and activates the THC. So, there’s decarboxylation taking place, but it’s happening on the go as you puff.
Decarboxylation is usually done with an oven and not a microwave. When decarboxylating weed for edibles, the rule of thumb is to bake the weed at about 120º C for 30 to 45 minutes. But Snoop is using a microwave, and he is only baking his blunt for 11 seconds.
Before we delve into what happens when you put a blunt in a microwave, it’s essential to explain how a microwave works. Instead of producing natural heat like an oven, a microwave has waves that target water molecules (moisture) in the food or anything you put in the microwave.
The waves cause the water molecules to vibrate, and this generates heat. If you’ve ever rolled a blunt, then you know the importance of getting your tobacco leaf wet to ensure everything doesn’t fall apart. The wetness of the blunt makes it perfect for a microwave.
We aren’t sure about the wattage ratings of the microwave that Snoop is using; however, a 900 Watt microwave can reach up to 104º. Snoop throws his blunt in the microwave for 11 seconds at this temperature; some decarboxylation will occur, albeit on a smaller scale.
So, when he lights his blunt, he will already have some readily available psychoactive THC apart from the THCa that is being converted to THC when he takes a puff. This ultimately translates to a more intense high.
It’s not just the THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids affected when you put a blunt in the oven. The terpenes in the weed are also affected. Terpenes contribute to giving marijuana strains their unique flavor, among other things. Terpenes can evaporate when exposed to high temperatures for a long time.
During the decarboxylation process for making edibles, a large percentage (if not all) of the terpenes in the weed is lost in the heat. But with Snoop’s technique, it’s improbable that any of the terpenes will be lost. Instead, as the microwave heats the blunt, if any percentage of the terpenes is transformed into vapor, they’ll be trapped by the blunt wrap. And this will make the blunt more flavorful.
Another ingenious perk of microwaving a blunt is making the roll firmer as the microwave will slightly dry up the moist tobacco leaf. If you roll a blunt and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour, you’ll notice that it is much firmer when it is dried. Also, it is easier to light and doesn’t go off quickly.
The same thing happens when you put the blunt in the microwave, but you don’t need to wait long to get the same results.
We all know that Al Capone was a notorious gangster during the prohibition era, but did you know that he also has his own line of cigar wraps? That’s right. The Al Capone cigar wrap is a premium tobacco leaf wrap that is perfect for rolling your own cigars.
The Al Capone wraps come in three different flavors: original, cognac, and rum. They are all made with natural tobacco leaves and are slow-burning, so you can enjoy a perfect smoking experience every time.
What makes the Al Capone wraps so special is that they are pre-cut to the perfect size and have a self-adhesive strip for easy closure. They are also packed in individual pouches, so you can be sure that they are always fresh.
If you’re looking for the perfect cigar wrap, look no further than the Al Capone wraps. They are sure to give you a smoking experience that you won’t soon forget.
There are some benefits of microwaving your blunt for a few seconds before lighting up. This is not simply conjectured, and we’ve tested this out and know that it works.
Should you heat your blunt in a microwave before you light it? That’s entirely up to you. We don’t recommend that you follow anything blindly. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, go ahead and try it out, and if you like it, voila! You’ve found a new ritual to enrich your smoking experience.
If this doesn’t sound like something, you’ll ever want to do, at least you know about decarboxylation and why it is essential when making edibles.