The cannabinoids and terpenes contained within the raw cannabis plant naturally occur in an acid form and are thus unable to interact fully with the human body. In order to demonstrate their full effects, these cannabinoids must first be decarboxylated, going through a chemical process that removes a carboxyl group and activates the cannabinoids, allowing for absorption into the human body. Heating the raw cannabis flower, whether through cooking, vaporizing, or smoking, decarboxylates the cannabinoids and allows for absorption into the human body. The cannabinoid CBDA, for instance, is converted to active CBD (Cannabidiol) which can then provide pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. Feel free to consult with your budtender for exciting recipes and ideas for cooking and preparing your medical cannabis.