Cannabis has been used recreationally for countless years, due in large part to the psychoactive effects of THC. As the cannabis industry grows, however, more people are interested in unlocking the medicinal uses of CBD, and the flavors of the terpenes and phytocannabinoids locked in the plant.
The key to all of the benefits, flavors, and complexities of the various cannabis-derived chemicals is heat. By utilizing heat and approaching the CBD boiling point, you change the acidic phytocannabinoids into non-acidic compounds. This unlocks both the therapeutic benefits of CBB, as well as the flavor compounds of the various terpenes found in hemp.
In fact, the substances we know as CBD and THC aren’t even naturally occurring in the plant until it’s heated. Let’s take a closer look at this process.