How I Decarb Perfectly Every Time
Decarboxylation is an essential process required to utilize cannabis effectively. You can decarb in the oven, but it only converts approximately 70% of the THC, leaving a lot of wasted cannabinoids.
I use the Ardent Decarboyxlator to decarb my cannabis perfectly every time. Watch my video to see how it works! (Read the transcript below.)
What is decarboxylation?
If you were to eat a raw cannabis flower, you would NOT get high. You could eat a bucket of raw flower and drink cups of raw cannabis juice and still, you will not get high.
Raw (both fresh and dried) cannabis flowers generally contain low amounts of activated THC, however, these buds contain high amounts of THCA. THCA is the precursor of THC. When heated, THCA loses a carbon molecule and becomes THC. THC is the cannabinoid that makes you feel intoxicated.
Cannabis must be heated to convert THCA into THC, this process, called decarboxylation, occurs during smoking or vaping when the flower is exposed to the flame or heat of the vape.
Can You decarboxylate cannabis in the oven?
Yes, you can decarboxylate your cannabis in the oven, however, it will only convert approximately 70% of the THC. You lose many cannabinoids when decarbing in the oven.
When you decarb in a standard oven(or even a small toaster oven) the temperatures fluctuate a great deal during the cooking process, this results in an incomplete decarboxylation.
When decarbing in the oven, it’s also easy to overcook the cannabis flower which results in over-conversion and the cannabinoids will convert into CBN. CBN still offers many medical benefits but is significantly more sedating.
The Ardent NOVA Decarbs Perfectly
The Ardent NOVA Decarboxylator is a smart device that follows an algorithm to heat your cannabis flower or concentrates at the perfect temperature for the ideal amount of time. This results in a near perfect decarboxylation, EVERY single time.
Perfect Decarb = More Potent Medicine
When you decarb your cannabis perfectly, your medicine will be more potent than if you used an oven. This means you”ll save money on cannabis in the long run by effectively utilizing your supply.
Best of all, the Ardent decarboxylator is incredibly easy to use. Watch:
[00:07] Hi, I’m Jessie, I’m a cannabis nurse and the founder of Marijuana Mommy, and today we are talking about decarboxylation and the Ardent Nova Decarboxylator.
[00:20] Decarboxylation is a process that the cannabis flower must undergo to make it medically activated. So when you break down and look at the basic chemistry of the cannabis plant, you’ll find 100 over a hundred different kinds of cannabinoids. And many of these cannabinoids are in a precursor form, which means that they need to be heated to be decarboxylated. So let’s talk about how we actually decarboxylated. Now you can decarb in your oven. Guidelines say you want to heat the flower between 220 to 250 degrees for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Now the process varies a lot and unfortunately ovens vary wildly as they heat up and cool down during the heating process. The Ardent Decarboxylator however, is a smart device that consistently heats the cannabis flower or concentrates at a consistent level for the perfect amount of time.
[01:29] And this results in a near perfect decarboxylation every single time, which is virtually impossible with your standard oven. So Ardent sent me this to test and I’m in love with it. It is so remarkably easy to use and takes all the guesswork out of decarboxylation. One of the other awesome features of the Ardent NOVA Decarboxylator is that you can use it to infuse small amounts of oils and butters with your cannabis after decarboxylation. So I’m going to show you how to do both of those.
[02:03] Here we go. My Ardent is already plugged in and you can see there is a green light that appears here and it’s just basically a one button control. So you just take off the top and then inside the Ardent is this metallic container with a silicone top. And this is where the flower goes to decarboxylate. I’m using about two and a half grams of flower. Ardent says you don’t need to grind it, but you want to break your flower into popcorn size buds. And that’s it. You put the top on and you place it back into the device and then you screw on your black top.
[03:18] Then you’re ready to go. All you have to do is press the button. Then after you press start the light will turn red and that means that the process has begun. You do not want to open it while it is decarboxylating. And again it is a smart device so it is going to utilize the sensors within the appliance to maintain the perfect temperature. And this means that the process time will actually vary and it can be anywhere between an hour and a half, to two hours and 20 minutes. But when it is ready, we will see this turn green. And then I will show you the next step.
[03:58] Okay. So decarboxylation has finished. You can see that the light has turned back from red to green. And I’m going to go ahead and unplug it. Now, normally I would wait for this to cool off because inside that container is hot. But I want to go ahead and move on to the infusion to show you how that works. So I’m going to open it up, going to go ahead and dump it. Oh, let’s see.
[04:46] And we have perfectly decarboxylated –well near perfectly dear decarboxylated –cannabis. So if you were decarboxylate in the oven, you would probably get around 70 percent decarboxylation, but with the Ardent NOVA Decarboxylator, it’s near perfect.
[05:05] Now you could use this decarboxylated flower and a number of ways.
[05:10] You could just eat it directly, grind it up, sprinkle it on your food.
[05:14] You could grind it up and pack it into capsules.
[05:17] You could infuse it into oil, which is what I’m going to do to be used in a later recipe or to be taken sublingually.
[05:26] You could even vape or smoke the decarboxylated flower directly, and this would actually be more efficient than smoking or vaping raw flower because you’re not relying on the heat of the vaporizer or the combustion of the flame to properly convert your cannabinoids. They’re already perfectly converted.
[05:46] What I’m going to do with this two and a half grams of decarboxylated cannabis flower is I’m going to infuse it into 30 milliliters, a extra virgin olive oil, and I’m gonna go ahead and just give it a little rough breakup.
[06:16] I already did the calculations for the to determine the THC of my final oil. And I have about just under 600,about 580 milligrams of THC here, IF the flower converted 100 percent. Now, just because the flower converts into THC 100 percent doesn’t necessarily mean that an oil infusion will infuse a hundred percent. Oil infusions usually pick up about 80 to 90 percent of the THC depending on the oil. So I’m expecting about a 86 to 90 percent infusion rate with this oil. I expect the final oil to contain about 490 milligrams of THC.
[07:09] Okay. So you take the flower, you put it into a glass or silicone cup, one that’s going to fit inside this container. So this device is for small batch infusions. If you’re doing a larger infusion, you’re going to need something a significantly bigger, like a magical butter machine. But if you’re infusing small amounts, this device is fantastic. Its just as easy as the decarboxylation process. You add the flower into the oil in either a glass or silicone container–it has to be small enough to fit inside. Then, you just place the container inside, replace the silicone top and just put it all back into the appliance.
[07:59] Then once again, the black top clicks into place, and plug it back in. Then our green light is telling us that it is ready to start infusing. once it turns green, the infusion will be complete and we will be able to strain and then enjoy our fully decarboxylated cannabis oil infused oil.
[09:02] After straining, we are left with completely decarboxylated infused cannabis oil. There is probably about 480 milligrams of THC in these few milliliters of infused olive oil.
[09:25] So if you are making edibles at home or tinctures or even RSO oil, the Ardent decarboxylator is a really, really fantastic device that can help save money in the long run by fully efficiently utilizing your cannabis flower.
[09:44] Hope you enjoyed the video. Thanks!