We are so happy at the incredible response our community has had to our beloved Nova being able to infuse as well as decarb!
In our exhaustive pursuit of cannabis knowledge, we continued testing and are ready to share our awesome organic coconut oil infusion results with you here. We love extracting into different oils and keeping our edibles as varied as our cravings, and one we always have on hand is the ever-versatile Coconut Oil. With so many natural benefits, this organic coconut oil is a household staple.
Use it in food and lotion recipes – or just use as-is orally or topically. For those in need of infused suppositories (I’m talking to you period cramps), it can even do that!
With it’s many uses, mild flavor and ability to harden coconut oil is an essential for beginners and experts alike
Velvet Purp is a favorite strain of ours, and not only because of its naturally Ardent-purple color, but also because of its delightful smell and mellow, upbeat effect. Decarbed, it contains 17.2% THC, which is 172 mg of THC in each gram. Extracting one gram of decarbed flower into Coconut Oil gave us a little over 154 mg into the ounce of oil!
Starting flower testing below on the left, finished oil on the right.
How we infuse: We decarbed 1 gram of flower in the Nova, broke it up a little bit (no need to grind) and dropped it into our 1 ounce bottle of Coconut Oil to mix them. (You can also use the nifty silicone sleeve.) When you place the bottle into the Nova and press the button, the THC (or CBD, if you are using CBD flower) extracts right into the oil. A quick strain when it comes out, and your oil is ready to use! All fun and no sweat — which is more than we can say on these hot summer days…
The 1 gram of cannabis we started with had 172 mg of THC, and our final ounce of oil had 154 mg of THC. That’s an over 89% infusion rate with 154mg active THC using just one gram of cannabis. How amazing is that?
*Ardent’s infusion testing is always done with a flower to oil ratio of 1 gram of flower : 1 ounce of oil ratio, unless otherwise specified. This 1:1 ratio is a great indicator of what you can get out of 1 gram of cannabis and makes it easier for you to compare results. You can use more or less when infusing.
For easy, potent infusions at home with just a tiny bit of starting material grab your Precision Decarboxylator and your Coconut Oil Kit today!
Wonderful being able to make small amounts sometimes. Don’t always want 2 or more cups on hand! Great product and very well done video.
Previously I had read that after you decarb, you run the Nova for 1/2 a cycle after adding the flower to the oil. Does the infusion time need to be a full cycle of the Nova or half?
The infusion time is fine to just be a half cycle! Your oil will be just as infused as it would be with a full cycle!
I purchased your coconut oil kit and it was the most potent, simple infusion method I’ve ever used,
Well done! Been doing this for years… Now try infusing some honey. Next, make your own thc and/or cbd infused vape juice. I started experimenting with this last year with good results. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’m just sayin… ????
How do you infuse honey? I’m interested.
We have not yet lab tested making infused honey inside of our device!
I love making honey by mixing in infused coconut oil. I put my honey in a glass jar with a wide mouth and submerge it in a few inches of simmering water in a pot. Heat on low and stir so it loosens up. I then add the infused coconut oil — if it’s solidified sometimes I’ll put it in the simmering water for a minute to melt it. Then I stir the two together for a couple of minutes until they’re completely incorporated.
MCT oil is even easier since it’s easy to incorporate and keeps the honey loose/more “pourable.” I recommend that if there’s a choice but regular coconut oil is great too. Keeps very well!
Ok what do u do with the leftover bud after making coconut oil infuse?
In our lab tests, the remaining plant matter left behind, after an infusion, carried some minimal cannabinoids! The leftover plant material is called the raffinate and you can learn more about it and our lab tests here:
You are always welcome to experiment with the raffinate and let us know if you make something awesome!
Can I infuse for two cycles? Thank you.
The results if you decarb twice depend on the starting material of your flower!
If the flower is CBD, the following information will help:
All of our most current research about CBD so far can be found at
The determining factor in CBDa decarb is actually whether THCa is also present. Where THCa is present, even where CBDa is dominant, CBDa and THCa will decarb simultaneously and at the precision temps that work for conversion to THC. It is only where THCa is minimal or not present that CBDa may require longer (2 cycle) processing.
If the flower is mostly THC, the following information should help:
We find that some of our customers that are used to smoking or using ovens become quite accustomed to CBN rather then THC and notice the difference when this cannabinoid is less or not at all present.
To achieve similar levels of CBN as smoking or the over heating of an oven would you would simply need to over-decarb your product on purpose. To do this you would run the flower through one cycle with the unit – let the unit fully cool – and then run another cycle again.
The general idea is the more you overheat the higher levels of CBN and lower levels of THC you will achieve. We look forward to having more information on the exact levels at which the CBN rising and THC falls.
I tell you this has legitimately revolutionized the way approach making tinctures, edibles, etc. The “set and forget it” feature, although a crude comparison, is not without its merit as with my chaotic life I need a product that can RELIABLY take of a task WITHOUT supervision. This machine doesn’t just buy you time, if thats how you choose to think about, it frees time to do the things that bring you JOY. It makes this more than just a household item, but an absolute MUST, if your even a novice user of CBD or THC products.
I have used crockpots, temperature and time controlled crock pots….i’ve tried them all. None, are as efficient as the Arden. Period. Drop in flower, Set it, leave, pour in some MCT coconut oil (personal favorite :-), set it again, leave, come back, strain, enjoy. If there are two words that I appreciate the most its “leave” and…. “LEAVE”. It gives you the confidence, and opportunity to leave the process, do something else, and return to it WITHOUT worry…lets be real, there is levels to this, this stuff is on another level. Thank you!!
Do you have to decarb first? Wouldn’t that happen during the infusion. I want to infuse 1:1 CBD flower and keep the activation to a minimum.
Thanks for reaching out to us!
To start with let me explain what Decarboxylation means. Decarboxylation is the process of converting cannabis into its active form, making it bioavailable for the human body. It’s a critical step for any consumption method, especially those who prefer to consume via oral, sublingual or topical applications.
In short, Decarboxylation is the process of applying the right amount of heat and time to activate the THC in cannabis. You can’t experience any effects of cannabis (i.e. feel “high”) unless it’s been decarboxylated.
Happy Ardent came around. Understood benefits of decarb, but oven method was hit or miss at best. Since purchasing Ardent, I’ve poured over everything I could do with the Ardent. This foolproof method has helped me medicate many different ways. From cana butter to topicals, tinctures to vape oil with a high degree of THC accuracy. I love being able to experiment with 1 gram or less, to dial in what is perfect for me and a few friends. Thanks Shanel, you and your team should get a Nobel prize for machine and the well thought articles!
I made my first FX oil infusion, and would like to echo Jae’s comments about the FX’s ease of use being revolutionary. I’ve been making my own oil to treat my bone-on-bone knee for years as no products had the same medical effect as home cooked full spectrum oil had from getting around during the day to sleeping at night. But I still would buy my medicine half the time due to hectic schedule combined with how long and messy the project was from start through clean up.
Cooking the first batch of oil could not have been more carefree! Now that I’m used to set-and-forget decarboxing it would be really hard to go back 🙂 I especially appreciate the ease of cleaning the cooking chamber itself, what a difference from the mound of paper towels my previous method left me!
Thank you for a beautiful product,
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