How to Make Marijuana Infusions in the Ardent Lift Decarboxylator

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Those who have been following me a while know that I am a huge fan of the Ardent Lift decarboxylator. In fact, this is the only special gadget I personally use in my cannabis cooking and that I recommend. Why? Because it takes all the guesswork out of decarboxylation and perfectly converts 100% of the THC-A in your cannabis into psychoactive THC. But I recently learned this little gadget can do even more than that!

You can actually infuse directly in the Ardent Lift! That’s right you can make your marijuana butter and cannabis oil (or infused honey, cream, etc.) right in the Ardent Lift!  It couldn’t be easier or neater!

To be sure the Lift is small so this is great for those who like to make small batch infusions, like say 1/2 cup or less of butter or oil at a time. I know from my emails that a lot of my readers usually make just enough for the recipe they intend to make at that time, and if that is your style of cannabis cooking, you are going to LOVE this method!  

I’ll admit that usually isn’t me, but infusing in the Lift it is so easy I am starting to rethink how I cook. And with its ability to decarb at 100%, you can make some mighty potent small batch infusions.

I also love infusing in the Ardent Lift when making small batches of topicals, such as my infused wrinkle serum and eye serums (recipes coming soon on my new online DIY Cannabis Topicals Course).  As homemade topicals do not contain the chemicals and preservatives lie commercial ones, they don’t keep as long and it’s likewise important to make them in small batches that you will use in a month or so.

Small But Potent Cannabis Infusions Using the Ardent Lift Decarboxylator

Just because the Ardent Lift infuses a small amount, does not mean you can’t make strong infusions.

For instance, I used a 1/4 ounce of cannabis to make a 1/2 cup of butter. Even using “average” cannabis with 10% THC, this comes out to about 25 mgs THC per teaspoon. Increase that to 20% THC cannabis and you will have about 50 mgs THC per teaspoon!

For lower doses, use less cannabis or weaker cannabis. For higher doses infuse more cannabis into smaller amounts, or use decarboxylated hash, kief, or hash oil, either alone or in conjunction with cannabis flowers.

Remember it is the per serving individual dose that is most important, although to calculate this you will need to know how much is in the entire batch of infused butter, oil, etc.  My FREE online dosing class and dosage calculator tool will help you customize any recipe in order to get the exact dosage you need.

The Most Discreet Way to Make Marijuana Infusions

Silicone sleeve for infusing Marijuana Butter and Cannabis Oil

Since the Ardent Lift is small, about the size of a portable coffee grinder, it’s handy to tuck in a bag when traveling to make edibles, or at minimum, a potent infused oil you can use as a sublingual tincture, wherever you go.   And since there is no odor while decarbing or while infusing, this method makes a discreet way to make marijuana butter, marijuana oil, and other infusions just about anywhere there is an electrical outlet, even in your hotel room, dorm room, or with roommates who might otherwise disapprove in the house.

How to Make Marijuana Infusions in the Ardent Lift Precision Decarboxylator

(Demonstrated in the video at the top of this page).

When infusing, do not put cannabis and liquids (or butter) directly in the metal inner sleeve like you do when decarboxylating. Instead use a small glass jar or bottle.  My health food store sells yogurt in small glass jars that are perfect to repurpose for infusing in the Lift. Glass baby food jars work well too.

Alternately, Ardent sells a silicone sleeve (pictured below) that fits inside the Lift. This has an added advantage of allowing you to infuse a bit more volume. They also sell “infusion kits” that have everything you need, including gourmet oils and either bottles or the silicone sleeve. These make great gifts, but know that you don’t need them in order to use your Ardent Lift for infusing.

Infusing in the Ardent Lift Decarboxylator

How to Infuse in the Ardent Lift Step-by-Step (Video Demo top of this post)

1. First use the lift to decarboxylate your cannabis. (Follow this link to learn more about decarboxylation if you don’t already understand this essential process.)

2. Place your decarbed cannabis (or decarbed kief, hash, or hash oil) along with whatever you are infusing in a small jar or in the special silicone infusion sleeve available from Ardent. In order to figure out a dosage that works for you, please refer to my free online dosing class.

marijuana infusions in the Ardent Lift

3. Do not cover the jar separately but do place both the purple silicone lid and black plastic lid on the Ardent Lift. Press the button to start the cycle.

4. It will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the infusion cycle. I usually let it sit a while after this to cool slightly before draining and straining.

5. You can strain in a couple of ways, both are extremely easy and neat:

draining and straining marijuana infusions made in the Ardent Lift

  • Use a small sieve, placed over a clean jar. Pour melted infused cannabutter or cannabis oil into the strainer into a jar. Gently press remaining plant material to exact as much infusion as possible. Cover and chill until ready to use. Freeze for longer storage.

OR

draining and straining marijuana infusions made in the Ardent Lift

  • Use a small pipe screen set inside a tiny funnel, you can order both from at Amazon. Place this in the mouth of a small bottle and strain your infusion directly into the bottle. The funnel, screen, and bottles are included with Ardent’s Infusion kits, along with (depending on kit) gourmet olive oils, coconut oil, and/or caramel sauces. The kits make nice gifts for anyone who owns an Ardent Lift Decarboxylator.

That’s it. You can now infuse small batches of butter, oil, honey, milk, vegan milk, cream, etc. in the same gadget that perfectly decarboxylates your cannabis. I LOVE multi-tasking kitchen gadgets. Especially ones as small as the Ardent Lift.

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    That is slick! I noticed that the infusion doesn’t look all green with plant material like it can with other methods.
    Would the process be the same with honey?

    • Cheri Sicard

      Yes, you can infuse most anything except alcohol in the Ardent Lift. The color will change depending on the strain you are using and the amount of it. This batch did come out light, but it was potent nonetheless.

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    Kevin E Schmidt on

    Cheri i am new with the lift and was wondering about infusing chocolate do i need to infuse coconut oil first to infuse chocolates or can I just put weed in chocolate in sleeve then strain chocolate or can I fine grind and leave decarbed weed in? Then pour in molds…

    • Cheri Sicard

      I would not infuse chocolate directly as chocolate is EXTREMELY finicky when it comes to temperature. It is not an easy ingredient to work with even without cannabis in the mix. It can scorch and get grainy easily and it all has to do with temperature. So yes, infuse the coconut oil and add that to the chocolate.

      As to adding ground up decarbed flowers, you could, but I don’t think it would be good texturally in the finished products (unless you maybe were also adding Krispies or something like that). I think coconut oil is the best bet, but this too gets tricky, as if you add too much it can give the finished chocolates a sticky texture.

      I am thinking of producing a chocolate course, but this is definitely a complicated topic beyond beginner cooking. At least to do well and have finished products that are like commercial chocolate (meaning shiny with snap).

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    Well, as for the chocolate course….do it! I am no chef but I don’t think I’d have a problem following your direction.

    Not really being a smoker, edibles are always the best option for me

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    Just received my Ardent Lift and decarbed. NO SMELL at all!! So easy to use. Next, moving on to make some cannabutter! Thank you so much, Cheri!

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    Just used my new Ardent Lift for decarboxylation and infusion. 8 grams decarbed flower into 2 ounces of good virgin olive oil. Worked perfectly. 1:45 decarb/ 2:08 infusion. Bought my unit with the proper silicone infusion sleeve.

    Note; The oil will keep draining slowly through a strainer after your initial drain so do not lose any product by not being patient. I also mixed some of the oily leftover bud (after infusion process) with some greek yogurt, ate it and got way buzzed.

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    Do you need to grind the flower before mixing with the oil to infuse it? Or can you put the whole flower in the glass jar with the oil? Any recommendations on what type of oil would be best if I plan to make canna pills out of it? Thanks!

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    The Ardent is a great tool that simplifies making infusions. However, I have rarely come across a product so cheaply made. I had read about the poor build quality before I bought it so I made extra special effort to be careful with it. Still, the outer case has cracked badly. Also, at one point the whole bottom electronics component separated from the unit. I have used duct tape to hold things together and it still works but man….be warned…it works, but it

    • Cheri Sicard

      I am sorry you had a problem. I have owned several and they work great, I did have a problem with one that had a crack and I wrote to the company and they replaced it, so you might want to try that.

      Best,

      Cheri

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    VICTOR LABINSKY on

    Should the Ardent Nova get hot on the outside as it decarbs? I just got mine and it gets pretty hot on the outside.

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