These are the holy grails of the cannabis plants. They’re packed with tons of plant goodness — cannabinoids, terpenes, and more.
Your local dispensary probably has a mind-boggling selection of different strains, each with its own taste, scent, and effect profile. Some varieties may be more recreational, while others are more medicinal.
The flower you find for sale has probably been dried, cured, and packaged in jars, tins, or bags.
Buds can be smoked in a joint or pipe of some sort. This is the most common way for consuming flower. There’s no need to decarb buds that will be smoked as the smoking process achieves the same effect as decarboxylation.
Flower can also be ingested. Raw cannabis can be consumed (in foods and beverages) for the potential nutritional benefits it offers.(6
) But, to get the full force of marijuana (or CBD for that matter), the flower needs to be decarboxylated. When making edibles or homemade cannabis goods (e.g., infused butter, hand salve, etc.), the cannabis should be decarbed before extraction or infusion.