Nova Decarboxylation Review

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Who has two thumbs, a big jar of cannabis to play with and is obsessed with all things decarboxylation?

This girl!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but I’m going to go ahead and just repeat it. Decarboxylation is one of the most important techniques for getting effective and potent edibles, every time, no matter what you’re making (edibles, tinctures, topicals, etc.).

I’m learning more and more about it every day and it’s definitely upleveling my edibles game.

I’m working on a decarb series right now to share a bunch of new posts, data and experiences (including one where I eat a decarbed bud a la carte because… science). But today I want to share some info about a product that I’m really excited about.

I’ve recently noticed that a lot of you end up here after Googling “decarboxylation machine” and I had one reader ask me if I’d ever tried the Nova from Ardent Cannabis. Since I make more edibles and cannabis topicals than ever these days, I wanted to see if having a dedicated tool for decarboxylation is really worth it in the long run. I mean, why buy something that I can do in my oven? Right?

What I found out was incredibly surprising. It was so surprising that I’m vowing right now that I’ll never ever ever decarb in anything but the Nova again. Why? Keep on reading…

What is Decarboxylation?

[I wrote a detailed post on decarboxylating weed a while back, but this post will contain some more up to date data than that last one.]

The process and reasons behind decarboxylation are relatively simple, but because cannabis is still just coming out of the closet, baking your cannabis before cooking with it seems mysterious. It’s like some kind of hippie alchemy or marijuana urban legend.

But it’s more science-d up than those things and it’s one of the keys to creating effective edibles and tinctures.

  • Decarboxylating cannabis uses heat to convert THCA into THC by removing a thing called a “carboxyl group” from the compound.
  • You want to do this if you want a psychoactive experience (to get high) because THC is psychoactive, while THCA is not.

There are a lot of myths about the process of decarboxylation and I was so excited to read this post from Ardent Cannabis that really lays it down and corrects some of the misconceptions about temperatures and methods. It’s really awesome that people are getting the data together and giving us new resources to draw from to make better and better medicine with less plant material.

decarboxylation machine

 

It’s even more awesome that they created this little purple dream machine that completely decarbs your material every single time. Why is that so awesome? Well, the data shows that…

Oven & Toaster Oven Decarboxylation Causes THC Loss

One of the things that I started to notice from decarbing material in different ovens over the past couple of years was that the same materials created batches of oils that had different potencies.

Since I’m still waiting for an inexpensive and reliable home test kit to come onto the market (fingers crossed), I have no idea how much THC was in different batches and have to use the human gunea pig test along with a little dosage calculating guesswork. At any rate, I had a feeling that when I made the oven switch 6 months ago and a year before that, something had changed even though my decarb method hadn’t.

Ardent’s testing showed exactly how much I was potentially missing out on due to oven temp fluctuations and changing ovens due to moving. I was shocked. I was also shocked when I found out that my toaster oven would have done a better job.

Check this out…

 

oven decarboxylation thc lossOven decarbing can cost you a 33% loss of THC.
toaster oven decarboxylationA decarb in the toaster oven will lose about 16%.

Can anybody say “no bueno”?
While decarboxylation in an oven or toaster oven is definitely better than skipping the decarb process entirely, you’re definitely not getting the most out of your weed.

Your Decarb Method Could Be Costing You Money

I use material left over from my home grow, so I can always just make/eat/massage in a little more even if I’ve lost some of the THC in my weed. Cannabis flows freely from my backyard and I’m a lucky duck in that way. But that hasn’t always been the case, and when I lived in the prohibition states, every bud was precious to me… and it was really really expensive.

So I started doing a little math. Say you’re somewhere on the east coast or the midwest where an ounce can run around $300.  If you decarb in the oven, you’re losing over $100.

After learning all of this and coming to grips with how expensive and wasteful it is to decarb in the oven, I’m totally on board with the idea of transforming all of the cannabinoids in your bud into their active form.

Decarboxylation in the Nova… 0% loss. 100% THC conversion.

nova decarboxylation effectiveness

Okay… It might say that in some lab findings, but does it really work? Will you really notice the difference?

Well, It totally works. Wanna know how I know?

I experimented by eating two nugs that were the same weight of the same variety of cannabis. One was oven decarbed and the other was nova decarbed. I tested it on different days after eating similar things, at the same time of day and here’s what happened…

I definitely felt the effects of THC after eating both of the nugs. It took about the same amount of time (30 minutes) for me to begin feeling really effective pain relief. The one that was decarbed with the Nova had a noticeably stronger effect and pain relief lasted for about 3 hours longer.

After a few weeks, I’ve been able to use my Nova decarbed material regularly. What I really love about using the Nova is that it takes about half of the material to get the dose I normally use.

 

How The Nova Works

nova decarboxylation reviewThe Nova is possibly the simplest device on the planet. You put your bud or trim in the machine, cover it with the silicon lid and then seal it with a plastic lid. Plug it in and hit the power button. It turns green when your bud is fully decarboxylated.

According to the folks at Ardent in this Fuck Combustion thread that answers every question you could possibly have, the machine cycles for 90 minutes and doesn’t exceed 120°C. But all you need to know in order to get fully decarbed bud is how to push a button.

 

Pros

the nova decarboxylation machine

If you’ve read any of my other reviews, like this one about the Magical Butter Machine, you know that I loooooove pros and cons lists. So, let’s do this!

Smell-proof: This is one of the biggest pros outside of the stuff we’ve already covered. The Nova is airtight and doesn’t smell at all, which makes it a dorm room and apartment friendly device. When I decarb in my oven it fills my house with the distinct aroma of toasting weed. Not so with the Nova. I completely forgot that I was decarboxylating a batch several times throughout the process because I couldn’t smell it.

Flavor: Remember when I ate one bud that was oven decarbed and one that was Nova decarbed? The Nova bud tasted less bitter and more fruity. I’m so excited that my future oils and edibles will benefit from the flavor enhancement.

Full decarb saves money: Obvs. If you use less pot, you spend less money.

Use less cannabis: Again… If you use less pot, you use less pot.

Keeps more terpenes and cannabinoids in tact: With the Nova, you don’t risk temperature fluctuations that could annihilate every single terpene and cannabinoid in your weed. 

The Nova is Cleaner: My previous method always left me scraping the kief off of my pan with a plastic card. Not sure if it’s the surface material or the level of heat, but I haven’t had an issue with this in the Nova.

Cuuuute!!!: I know this shouldn’t matter and will make me sound like I’m 12… but look how darn cute this little machine is. OMFGeee!!!! Mine is purple, but it looks like the Lift comes in different colors (more on that in a minute). Sitting next to my Magical Butter, it just makes my kitchen look too precious.

One Button Operation: A monkey could work this thing, which is incredible because you’re making medicine. Anyone can operate this decarboxylator in virtually any condition.

one button to rule them all

Cons

So, using the Nova for decarb will definitely save you money/weed, and it’s really easy to use, but there are a couple of downsides.

Small Capacity: The Nova only does small batches. If you’re decarbing dense bud, you may be able to fit an ounce or so, but for trim, it could be less. I hope they’ll make a bigger one if I ever start doing commercial stuff, but for home use it’s a decent size.

If You’re Not in a Medical or Rec State, You Can’t get a Nova: For reasons known to the Ardent folks, they can’t sell a device used specifically for cannabis outside of the states where cannabis consumption is legal. However, you can decarboxylate your “herbs” by using their sister decarboxylation machine called the Lift which you can get here [update: the same coupon code –WAKEANDBAKE works to get $30 off the Lift]. 

It Costs Money: Reading the opinions on Fuck Combustion threads was really shocking. I mean, I know better than most how opinionated and hardcore cannabis enthusiasts can be, but people who had never tried the machine were downright nasty about what a “waste of money” it is.

So let’s revisit this… Yes, the Nova costs $250. And that’s some dough. And if you want to save some dough, you can go here and use the code WAKEANDBAKE for $30 off. But that’s still some dough, right?

So here’s what I’ll say about cost… It’s not for you if you make brownies once a year for Superbowl Sunday. It’s not for you if you’re an internet troll who claims they could do the same thing with an empty aluminum can and a pot of water on top of their stove. No offense… it just aint for you.

BUT if you make tinctures, candies, or capsules, regularly, I’d consider it essential. If you decarb more than a couple of ounces a year and you want to make sure you’re not losing money and THC every time, then it’s absolutely worth it for you. If you’re looking for an amazing gift for your rad stoner girlfriend or sick relative, then the Nova is absolutely for them too. 

For Special Brownie Points

So, it’s past my wordcount and my bedtime, but I’d love to turn it over to you guys. Have you used one of these? What are your thoughts? Are you a troll who has never seen one of these, but wants to tell me a thing or two? Have at it! Although, if you cuss, make personally disparaging remarks or insult another reader, I’m going to delete that and you’ll have wasted some of your precious moments on this earth.

 

Much love,

Corinne

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73 Comments

  • Reply
    Fiona
    August 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Corinne,

    I have really enjoyed your review of the Nova Decarb machine. I am a newbie with medical marijuana in Canada and just used both the Nova machine and the Magical Butter Machine. I made virtually the same coconut oil as you have in your cookbook and it was great. My medicine works quickly depending on whether I put it under my tongue like a tincture or just swallow it. After reading your post though I have a question. Would swallowed decarbed oil be considered a tincture or an edible? I need a portion of my meds to go to my stomach first as I have IBS. I found my meds didn’t work as well for IBS when I vaped. The oils were suggested by my counsellor but the Licensed Producer that I had chosen had run out and wasn’t expecting anymore for two weeks, so I just got down to making my own oil and was very pleased with the results.

    • Reply
      Corinne
      August 27, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Fiona!

      I think you could consider it an edible as long as you swallow it and it sounds like that’s the most effective way to medicate since you want the medicine to make contact with your stomach. Have you tried capsules yet?

      Much love,
      Corinne

    • Reply
      Eliah Holiday
      December 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I totally did not know this little device existed. My main issue was concerning the smell as I live in an apt. building. Didn’t know about the loss of potency using a regular oven. Informative article, thank you!

  • Reply
    Mark
    August 21, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Hello,

    I have been trying to decarboxylate some extracts (C02 oil) in coconut oil. I have been using a scientific hot plate with a magnetic stirrer. I am using this method, because i find that when i decarboxylate the C02 oil just by its self it usually changes color from light and golden to darker and by decarbing it in the coconut oil it also retains more of its terp’s. the problem is that i am finding that the temperatures and times are extremely different from decarboxylating just the flower alone.

    I have so far used 258’F for 210 minutes, the coconut oil and Co2 oil mixture are heated with a consistent heat and being stired the whole timel

    I have been doing many lab tests. with the above method the last test came back 30% thc and 66.6% THC-A

    do you have any in sight in to this. is ther a different decarboxylation temp and time for this method?

    is the mixtuer of the coconut oil and C02 oil changing something on a chemical level that would change the rates of Decarboxylating?

    If you have any insight into this i would be forever grateful.

    thanks,

    Mark

    • Reply
      Lucinda
      December 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Mark, I have been doing this for awhile now and this is the way I do it: I use MCT oil (coconut oil that is clear not white like Crisco), you need a double boiler, a sauce pan with a metal insert and you put water in the pan and heat your shatter or concentrate in the insert on a medium heat, you add equal or double the amount of MCT oil, that is your choice and you can play with that for your needs, heat on low to medium for 2 min. and your done, you can place it in a vape cartridge or even eat it. It will darken over time, however if you only make enough for a month or so this is not an issue, storing in the dark helps but is not needed.

  • Reply
    Kat
    August 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Corinne,

    I am wondering what the difference is between the Nova and the magical butter machine? I was going to buy the magical butter machine since it can decarb as well so what would be the point in buying a Nova?

    Also I tried the weed lubricant (cost me a lot of money and time from start to finish) and sadly it had no effect. I decarbed my weed in my toaster oven. Would this be why it didn’t work? It also clogged up every spray bottle top I’ve tried so I had to use a spoon to apply it – bleh!

    • Reply
      Corinne
      August 27, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I didn’t know you could decarb in the magical butter. All of the stuff on their site suggests oven decarbing first. It makes sense that it could, but I wonder why they don’t recommend it…

      Also, I’m not sure about the toaster oven decarb/weed lube connection. Have you tried eating a bit of it to see if it’s effective as an edible?

      • Reply
        Stu
        September 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

        They don’t decarb. I have a Magical Butter Machine V2 and it only goes to 210 degrees F. Not hot enough to decarb. The original machine went to, I believe, 255 or thereabouts. So it definitely had more heat, but any of the new ones won’t do you any good as they’re too low.

  • Reply
    Jamin
    September 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    The NOVA is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Place a nug in your lip, like a dip; blend it up in a smoothie; smoke it or vape it; put it in your coffee; add the finely ground buds to your favorite salves or lotions; soak it in alcohol for a facial cleanser; make a suppository with coconut oil and stick it up your butt! (Not joking- Google it) Get one now, and you’ll be glad you did

    • Reply
      Corinne
      September 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Ummmmmm…. did you just say suppository? That’s an upcoming post for sure! Thanks so much for sharing!!

      • Reply
        Diana
        October 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm

        Hi Corinne:

        Suppositories are smart for cancer patients who are treating themselves with any version of “Rick Simpson Oil”. Cancer treatment protocols require a patient to take several grams of oil concentrate every day, which is WAY more THC intake than the average person could handle and still function. Plus, by taking most of their dose as a suppository, the medicine bypasses the stomach, liver and kidneys and is more readily bio-absorbed (far better than ANY other method of dosing). The cannabis is non-psychoactive when taken this way, so they can get their dosage without impairing their ability to work or function.

        My wife has stage 4 uterine cancer, MMMT, and she receives her medicine 3x per day via suppositories, plus CBD capsules (non-psychoactive). The challenge is to find something to mix the decarbed oil concentrate with that will set up in the freezer when poured into molds. Coconut oil has a low melt point, so we prefer to use organic cacao butter as the ‘carrier’.

        We would love to see a story about this. I predict that in the not-too-distant future we will be able to walk into a suppository compounding ‘bar’ and choose from a list of supplements/ingredients/medicines to mix up our own daily doses of whatever we want — therapies that can be quickly absorbed with no chance of negative digestive impact.

        Thanks for so much great information!

        • Reply
          Jamin
          October 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm

          Respectfully, just a couple things I disagree with about your post…

          “Cancer treatment protocols require a patient to take several grams of oil concentrate every day, which is WAY more THC intake than the average person could handle and still function.”

          According to Rick Simpson’s official website- the goal towards the end of treatment protocol is for a patient to be able to take one gram of oil concentrate per day, not several. Also, by this point in the treatment cycle, a patient has already built up a tolerance to the oil by taking smaller amounts leading up to this time.

          “The cannabis is non-psychoactive when taken this way [as a suppository] so they can get their dosage without impairing their ability to work or function.”

          Method of application has no bearing on whether or not the cannabis is psychoactive. It depends on the strain of cannabis used. I have had very euphoric and psychoactive experiences with cannabis suppositories.

    • Reply
      Steve
      April 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      The magic decarboxylating numbers are 100/100. That is 100 C (212f) at 100 mins.

  • Reply
    Steve
    September 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Hi,
    Has anyone gotten a “Lift”, for those of us in states where it’s still “prohibited”?
    Are there ANY differences??

    • Reply
      Mark Kipper
      January 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      I just got my Lift today. I already decarbed 2 batches (probably about an ounce) of bud. I did notice that when I take off the lid for the inner canister, there is some condensation on the underside of the lid. Is this normal? Is it no bueno to “double decarb” your bud?

      • Reply
        Jamin
        January 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

        Yes, that is normal. And you are right- double decarb is no good.

  • Reply
    weedgranny
    October 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Steve, Just received a Lift yesterday, tested it out last night…it does what they say it does! I don’t see any difference at all between the 2 units, other than the color. When I looked at these a year or so ago?, you could order one no problem regardless of which state but once FDA/Big gov’t got involved…they could no longer be sold as-is to every state. Looks like they had to make the 2nd version wording different to get around FDA issues, hence the Lift is for “culinary herbs”!

    The Lift operated right out of the box, add your ingredients, push the button, & in 90 mins. your golden brown & ready for your “recipes”! So happy with the ease of use! It worked exactly like that!

    I will mention one thing…there is a VERY SLIGHT vaped smell within a foot or so of the unit while working. This does not linger or fill the whole area, just right at the unit itself within a foot or 2. Someone mentioned to cover the black top with foil to seal in any lingering scents so I haven’t tried it but that sounds like a great idea!
    It’s a fainter, milder scent than vaping & not everyone knows what vaping smells like. It wasn’t instantly recognizable like the scent of fresh herbs/smoking but I wanted to mention it.

    This could be from the quality of the herbs and/or could be due to some fit issues? There is an inner silicone top under the black plastic top. It sits on top of the inner can that holds your herbs & the black top screws/seals down over that. I suspect a little scent is leaking out of the can during operation because the silicone inner seal is not actually designed to screw down & seal. That was probably a cost-saving measure during product development of the first units.

    It’s more expensive to have the inner metal can threaded & the silicone threaded to give a complete seal. Plus they probably figured the black top would be a sufficient seal.
    The bottom black plastic of the unit also had an issue, as mine overlapped in one spot. It sealed and functioned properly but had the cosmetic overlapping. I suspect these 2 areas are where the faint smell leaks out.

    Having said all that, it did NOT affect the use of the unit, or the outcome/quality of the decarbed herbs!
    Myself, I was happy with the results! Am I sending it back? No way in Hell! LOL

  • Reply
    haley
    November 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Plugged my Nova in for the first time and hit the button but no light/indicator shows if its on or not? Really wish this had a simple but explicit user manual. For example can you tell me which way is up/down/correct for the purple inner-tube?. Also should the purple “seal lid” as they call it actually seal? the lid that came with mine makes NO seal and I made the mistake of turning it over and everything fell out. For a $210 machine Im very disappointed all around.

  • Reply
    Lucinda
    December 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Yes you can vape MCT oil, most of the vape cartridge we buy in Washington are MCT oil, it is medium chain therefore it is safe. Do your research!

    • Reply
      Jamin
      December 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      I thought I had done my research… seems to be some conflicting information out there (imagine that) I was concerned about Exogenous Lipoid Pneumonia. Are you saying that the vaporization of MCT into the lungs will not cause ELT?

      • Reply
        Lucinda
        December 6, 2016 at 10:31 am

        Yes, there are a legal manufacturers here in Washington state and they use MCT oil and I have done it for over a year and have never had any ill effect. Look at Ionic vape al lhere product are made with MCT oil.

      • Reply
        Lucinda
        December 6, 2016 at 10:31 am

        Yes, there are a legal manufacturers here in Washington state and they use MCT oil and I have done it for over a year and have never had any ill effect. Look at Ionic vape all there products are made with MCT oil.

  • Reply
    Sierra
    December 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Do you have to grind the flower before or after it goes in the NOVA? Great article!

    • Reply
      Jamin
      December 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      It does not need to be ground

  • Reply
    Eric Repp
    December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I cannot wait to get mine and start using for extracts that i use for cooking

  • Reply
    Akiba
    December 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Tell me, how does decarbing work?

    • Reply
      Jamin
      December 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

      First, Go to http://www.google.com. Then search for “decarb cannabis”, then click on the first link at the top.

      • Reply
        EM
        March 2, 2017 at 8:30 am

        Hey Tom, a little help with the lecithin thing please. I’m a noob at this, and i KNOW I read somewhere about lecithin but I can’t find the article. I thought it was here. My Lift is at the FED Ex down the street according tom the tracking, and my herbs are ground (in prep of conventional decarb), so I wanted to get some lecithin if it actually helps. Looked IT up on Webmd and it does everything but grant eternal life according to it’s write up, but how does it help in medicine?

  • Reply
    mark momb
    December 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I have been decarbing using the oven. I get pretty baked on the cookies i make. I use a 1/4 oz cannabis with 2 sticks butter to get my canna butter. I seem to get 40-45 cookies following the cookie baking instructions on the back of a ( National Brand ) chocolate chip package.

    I can’t wait to see how the NOVA decarbed cookie batch turns out, and if it will have more strength to what i have been experiencing.

    Mark

  • Reply
    Tom
    January 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Corinne:

    What is the operational and end-result difference between the Lift and Nova? I live in a Legal MMJ state and I was sent the Lift. I contacted Ardent but have not received a reply. Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Tom

    • Reply
      Jamin
      January 1, 2017 at 11:58 am

      From what I gather, the only difference is the color. My NOVA is purple. Your LIFT is probably green, right?

    • Reply
      Rosann Gomez
      January 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Same thing happened to me Tom. I’m in a legal state, ordered a Nova and was sent a Lift. It’s purple but clearly labeled Lift. I sure hope there isn’t any difference. It was a very long wait to get delivery on it.

      • Reply
        Corinne
        January 9, 2017 at 7:47 am

        Hi Rosann and Tom!

        I spoke to the folks over at Ardent to get some clarification on all this. The only difference between the Nova and the Lift is the name and the information that comes with the device. There’s nothing different, but because we still live in the prohibition era, companies have had to get creative. Delivery will be much faster now that they’ve made some big changes to their production process, but I’m sorry it took a while to get yours.

        I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

        Much love,
        Corinne

        • Reply
          tom
          January 9, 2017 at 11:11 am

          I received an email from Shanel from Ardent and the Lift and Nova are the same unit internally and operationally. She said moving forward that all units will be under the Lift name. Thanks for all your responses/help. Happy cooking!!!!

          • Corinne
            January 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

            Thanks Tom! Shanel is amazing and I’m glad she clarified that for everyone.

            Much love,
            C

  • Reply
    Tom
    January 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Has anyone decarbed hard black Afghani hash or shatter I
    The Lift/Nova? Results?

  • Reply
    Tom
    January 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Has anyone decarbed hard black Afghani hash or shatter in
    The Lift/Nova? Results?

  • Reply
    Martina
    January 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    So what is the difference exactly between the nova and the lift one you mentioned if you live in other states?
    Thanks!
    Martina RM

    • Reply
      Tom
      January 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I received an email from Shanel from Ardent and the Lift and Nova are the same unit internally and operationally. She said moving forward that all units will be under the Lift name. This device is the. Edit!!!! Happy cooking!

      Tom

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    January 16, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    How do I get one the Nova?

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Did you see Tom’s comment Jennifer?

  • Reply
    Tom
    January 16, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Jennifer:
    I believe you can order from this website or from Ardent’s website at:
    http://www.ardentcannabis.com/product/nova-decarboxylator. I believe Corinne’s website and Ardent’s site have a coupon code to get a discount. I can tell you this… The Nova (now being called Lift), are the same unit internally and operationally. It is the easiest, fool proof way to decarb flower, solid hash and shatter/wax and… to make Corinne’s wonderful recipes.

    Happy, creative cannabis cooking!

    Tom

    • Reply
      Corinne
      January 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      Jeeze! You’re the best Tom 🙂 I’ll have a bit less carpel tunnel because of you. Thanks so much for laying it down so concisely.

      Much love,
      Corinne

      • Reply
        Tom
        April 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

        Morning Corinne:

        3 Quick Questions…,

        (1) how long will coconut cannaoil last ?
        (2) should I keep it in the fridge, freezer or cool dark cabinet?
        (3) is liquid coconut oil any better than solid?

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  • Reply
    Lori Anne
    January 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Corinne. I’ vet been making cookies with cannabutter. Does the cannabis need to be decarboxilated before making butter? Also should I decarb kief before using in my recipes? Some of my recipes does not use butter and/or very little oil so I use kief for those recipes. Any recipes for canna chocolate candy?

  • Reply
    Jarrad Feeney
    February 14, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Hello, really enjoyed the review and bought a nova/lift after reading. I was hoping you, or someone could tell me the wattage rating on this appliance. I can’t find a data badge nor can I see anything technical in the instructions manual.

    Many thanks

  • Reply
    marty m.
    February 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Hi, I was browsing your recipes and came across this review. I’ve tried contacting ardent a couple of times with no response. Went to FuckCombustion and saw most of their comments were about how unresponsive the company is. Quite a few comments on the poor quality control and the short time the machine stays functional. Now that you have been using it for some time are you still happy with it? Was yours ordered and delivered normally or were you supplied with a custom built review copy? Have you ever asked them why there doesn’t seem to be a UL or CSA sticker to show it has been tested? I am more interested in CBD decarb’ing and do not mind CBN production so I was wondering whether running the herb through 2 cycles would aid this. Thanks if you (or someone else) can answer any of this. And if you actually can get a response from the company can you find out why they don’t seem to be responding to any emails?

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      Tom
      February 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Marty:

      I ordered my Nova/Lift (same product) and it arrived a few days early than stated by Ardent; which was AWESOME! I have had the Lift for 4 months now and so far it has been performing as promised. It really makes decarbing flower, hash, shatters/waxes quite EASY and odor free (unless you stick your nose right up to the unit).

      I too question the UL, CSA and CE labeling.

      As far as the CBD decarbing, I would not run two sessions. I would try and see first. Use 3.5gms and decarb one sample at one time process and the other 3.5 for the sample of the 2 times process. Of course, you could also get a high CBD dominant strain and decarb that.

      It has taken time for them to respond and they they do they apologize. I think they are a small somewhat start-up with just a few employees all doing multi-tasks (still no excuse) and probably attending all the MMJ Conferences/Trade Shows.

      Good luck with your decarbing efforts!

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      Corinne
      March 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Hi Marty!

      Sorry for the delayed response, but I wanted to check with the folks at Ardent so I could fully answer some of your questions. I understand that you may be frustrated by the delayed responses via email, but I feel for Shanel at ardent. I too, am a one woman show, and there’s just no way to get back to everyone in a timely manner while running a business single handedly.

      I’m very happy with my Nova still and have had the best experience with the device. Any new products have issues from time to time, but I know that Ardent replaces any units that aren’t functioning and when I read through the fuckcombustion thread, that’s what I saw. Mine was ordered and delivered normally, and I got the same machine everyone else did. They have expedited shipping now, which I would have loved when I ordered mine, but free shipping just takes a bit longer. I understand that Ebay and Amazon have ruined people’s expectations when it comes to free shipping, but it’s difficult (if not impossible) for most small businesses to provide both fast and free shipping.

      And… Yes, you do run it through 2 cycles for CBD decarbing.

      I hope that helps!

      Much love,
      Corinne

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        Walt Socha
        March 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

        Hi Corinne,
        Thanks for your comments about CBD. Do you know if Ardent has done any lab tests on decarbed CBD?
        thanks,
        walt

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      EM
      April 8, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Short time it remains functional? Wish i had read that before I bought lol. Mine died the third time I tried to use it, just as I got a couple of ounces of good stuff (yeah, I live in a dark state, supply is hard), so now we will see about their return and replacement policy. As soon as I hit enter, I will start the return process, I’ll keep you posted on how it works.

      While they have seemed disjointed in their dealings up til now, they HAVE fulfilled every commitment they have made me, so I feel fairly confident this trade will go fairly smoothly……… *looking for wood to knock on*………..

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    Rosemary Erickson
    March 2, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Hi Corrine~
    Love your review and the Q &A about the nova…mine is now on order! I will be decarbing it for use in edibles, so a a couple questions. Do I mince to herb first before it goes into the Nova? Secondly, once the decarb process is complete, I will be making coconut oil canna for my edibles. Do I have to use low temp recipes for the brownies and such, as not to ruin my decarb product?

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      Tom Cohen
      March 2, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Hi Rosemary:

      You do not need to break up or grind your buds. I have made numerous brownie batches with the recommended oven temp and they come out fine–great actually! I also put lecithin in my coconut oil, which really helps. I would also suggest using a small electric hand mixer over a spoon or wisk to mix. I feel you get better distribution of the oil/medicine in the batter. Hope this helps.

      Happy baking…

      Tom

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        EM
        March 2, 2017 at 8:31 am

        gonna try this again and see if it goes to the right location this time lol:

        Hey Tom, a little help with the lecithin thing please. I’m a noob at this, and i KNOW I read somewhere about lecithin but I can’t find the article. I thought it was here. My Lift is at the FED Ex down the street according tom the tracking, and my herbs are ground (in prep of conventional decarb), so I wanted to get some lecithin if it actually helps. Looked IT up on Webmd and it does everything but grant eternal life according to it’s write up, but how does it help in medicine?

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          EM
          March 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

          Actaully (as usual lol) I found it AFTER I posted to you. It’s in the coconut oil article: https://wakeandbake.co/cannabis-infused-coconut-oil/

          Anyway, if you have anything to add, please do,I feel one can never learn to much or have too many sources. I have a crap ton more to learn before I go completely crazy lol, may I learn and prevent before that happens.

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          tom
          March 2, 2017 at 11:41 am

          Hi EM:

          Lecithin is a yellow-brown colored fatty substance found in all living things (it’s a gooey substance that makes up about a third of your brain). Lecithin is used throughout your entire body as a major ingredient in each and every cell membrane. Besides the fact that your brain absolutely loves this stuff, lecithin provides other benefits when it is included in marijuana infused oils.

          First, lecithin gets more cannabinoids into your brain and other cells and it gets them there faster since, Second, lecithin increases the effectiveness of the cannabinoids as well as the intensity of the effect. Also, lecithin acts as an emulsifier in the infusion process, helping more cannabinoids to bond with the oil molecules. Lecithin is used in many foods and pharmaceuticals. I have been using soy, but now I am going to use sunflower. I think Corinne will agree that Sunflower lecithin is now widely-regarded as being a better alternative to traditional soy-based lecithin. I use a tablespoon of granules per cup of oil/butter. Hope this helps!

          T

          • EM
            March 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

            @Tom: That was awesome. Thanks.

            Just got my lift. Only a half ounce it turns out, not an ounce like I thought . I had read, oh well, not a deal killer. I’ll try it tomorrow. Was hoping the magical butter maker would come in too, but I was too cheap to pay for the fast shipping for it……, so I’ll do the mason jar method again.

            One more question: I ground this before I found out I didn’t need to. It won’t hurt anything or over decarb will it?

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        Rosemary Erickson
        March 3, 2017 at 5:29 am

        thanx, Tom…trying to follow the tried and true 🙂

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        Tammy
        March 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

        Hi Corrine!! Thank You SO MUCH for ALL of this GREAT INFO!!! I just got my Lift today!!! And my MagicalButter Machine came yesterday!! I have one Question: Does it matter how dry my flower is before I put it in the Lift? I’m not sure if that’s a stupid question or not, but I’m just not sure if I need to rehydrate it a little? I don’t want to waste anything. THANK YOU for your HELP!!!

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    Bree
    March 12, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Hello Corinne!

    I am a residence in a state where weed is not legalized recreational yet. But, I often make cannabis oil with coconut oil.

    I started this process when my 2 year old dog was have horrible seziures. She would have at least 3 month, if not more, for over a year. The next step was putting her on medication that the vet recommend. The side effects for this certain medications was horrifying. So i began doing my research and I found cannabis oil. It has worked for humans so why not dogs?

    I figured that I would just but some in her treats that Imake for her ( she absolutely loves them!!). I have been making it now for about 8 months now and my dog has at ONE seizure.

    After reading this article, I really want to invest in the Nova dexarboxylater. The issue is that I live in a state where marijuanna isn’t legalized. Also, I don’t see me travel to a state where it is anytime soon. How am I able to go about this?

    I just hate knowing that the oven method makes you loose 1/3 of the THC.

    Thanks for your time and sorry for the long post!

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      Tammy
      April 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      You can still get the nova. It’s called the lift in states where weed isn’t legal yet. I live in a state where it’s not legal but I was able to order the lift and it’s the exact same machine as the nova. (:

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    Jack
    March 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    How can I test the thca to THC. I guess in theory we know but how do I know for sure

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    Armando
    April 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I need this device badly!!!

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    Teddy
    April 16, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Hello,
    I am fairly new to making edibles and have been very hampered by the odor it causes. I have been simmering on low the ground bud in coconut oil for 90 minutes then using the oil for baking brownies (this is from a recipe I found online). This product sounds like the perfect solution to the odor problem, but I am not really understanding what you would do with the bud after it has gone through the decarbing process in the LIft. How do you add it to the coconut oil?
    I am also very interested in making my own oil for vaping. I only just bought some and really love how discreet it is, but I found it gave me migraines. I am thinking if I make it myself with MCT maybe this wouldn’t happen…?
    Any insight you can give I would appreciate.
    Thanks so much for your great articles! I am learning a lot 🙂

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    Patti
    April 17, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This thing looks like a great solution! Yesterday I feel like I over baked by materials. I’m bummed!

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    Grace Adelizzi
    April 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Loved reading about the NOVA I want it so bad I have such a hard time decarbing I can never seem to get it just right

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    John
    April 25, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    On order

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    momma_cheney
    July 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks Corinne! You and your cannabis coconut oil recipe are my bible for edibles! I only make a 2-3 batches of brownies a year for personal use and share with friends because I don’t like to smoke, but you’re right! Coming up with that much $$ for the Nova is going to be hard! (I feel like I have to get it because I live in a mid-row townhouse in a VERY anti-mj state!) I’ve been following your “blog” for years and have really enjoyed your writing as much as your recipes!

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