I asked an earlier question whether drying and curing was necessary if you plan on simply extracting the cannabinoids using coconut oil in a slow cooker. The couple of responses I received suggest that it isn’t necessary, but that curing “brings out flavinoids and terpenes as well as increases potency over time.” So, I have decided to go through the curing process.
However, I’m now wondering about the necessity of trimming. Since you can/should use the fan and sugar leaves for extraction (even though they have fewer cannabinoids), isn’t trimming a waste of time? Couldn’t I just dry the plant as usual, trim everything off the stem, cure as normal, grind to a medium consistency, decarboxylate, and then use the material in a slow cooker to create my extract?
(As an aside, is it necessary to decarboxylate? Wouldn’t the heat in the slow cooker do this?)
Thanks for any feedback.