Ardent Nova Infusion Guide: How to Infuse in the Ardent Nova 

By Cheri Sicard
February 20, 2019

Those who have been following me a while know that I am a huge fan of the Ardent Nova 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 right in the Ardent Nova!

Welcome to the Ardent Nova Infusion Guide

You can actually infuse directly in the Ardent Nova! That's right you can make cannabutter, cannaoil and infused honey, cream, etc. right in the Ardent Nova.  It couldn’t be easier or neater as I show in the video above.

To be sure the Ardent Nova is small.  Likewise this a great infusion technique those who like to make small batch of infusions, like say 1/2 cup or less of cannabutter orcannaoil 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 the Ardent Nova!

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 Nova when making small batches of topicals, such as my infused wrinkle serum and eye serums (recipes are in my 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 Nova Decarboxylator

Just because the Ardent Nova infuses a small amount, does not mean you can’t make strong cannabis 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 Nova is only about the size of a portable coffee grinder, it's handy to tuck in a bag when traveling to make edibles on the go.  Even if you don't use the Nova to bake edibles (yes, you can do that), you can at minimum crate a potent infused oil you can use as a sublingual tincture.   And since there is virtually no odor while decarbing or while infusing in the Ardent Nova, 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 an Ardent Nova Infusion

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

When infusing in the Ardent Nova, 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 Nova: Step-by-Step (Video Demo top of this post)

1. First use the Ardent Nova 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 marijuana (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.


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.

New from Ardent: The Nova's Big Brother the FX, Decarboxylator, Infuser, Baker

Ardent FX: Cannabis Decarboxylator, Infuser, and Baker


A reader asked me if I had a coupon code for the Ardent Decarboxylator.  I didn’t at the time, but I wrote to the folks at Ardent and asked and they said sure!  So enter the code CANNACHERI at checkout and receive $30.00 off the price of this great gadget.

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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?

    • 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.

        • Honey is something I specifically cover in my online cooking course and in The Easy Cannabis Cookbook. But it is not unlike infusing other ingredients. Especially when using the Ardent Nova Lift. Decarboxylate your plant material and instead of butter, or oil, you use honey. Straining may take a little longer as it is a thicker liquid, but otherwise sub honey for the coconut oil or butter that I used in the video is all you have to do.

  • 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…

    • 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).

      • Count me in on that course. I’m a retired pastry chef but I’m lacking the right infusion and melting methods. I make about 100 chocolate chips at a time for my sister.
        I’ve used coconut oil, shortening, and butter with my chocolate, but some of the final refrigerated results were kinda soft and easily melted in your hand. The amount of the infused oil in chocolate is a concern also. I’ve done the dosing in the oil, but how much of that oil is necessary for a delightful 100 or so chocolate chips?

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

    • 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.



  • I have the ardent lift and have used it to decarboxylate bud prior to making my cannabutter. I love that it takes all the guess work out of decarbing!

    Can I put fresh trim in the ardent? Would I do it the same way that I decarb bud?

    • Yes you can. I usually let it dry out at least a few days to cut down on moisture content, but you can and of course the Ardent works great for trim as well as buds (and even concentrates).

    • If you are going to use it soon, put it loosely in some paper bags, put in a cool dark place, stir the contents around 2 or 3 times a day, for a few days and it will be fine. You can cook with it uncured as well, but I usually like to let it dry at least a little bit.

  • I usually infuse for longer than the Nova takes, can I run it through twice? I want to make sure it’s strong enough and have never seen a recipe that calls for only 2 hours of infusing.

      • Wow, thanks for the quick reply. I did run it through twice and the results were very good. The herb I had previously used was of higher quality but the second batch (ran twice) the edibles seemed to come on much faster and stronger. Waiting on some lecithin and my research should be complete! Thanks for the help.


  • Hi Cheri, by chance do you have a coupon code for Amazon? I’d like to purchase the Ardent on Amazon, but the the Cannacheri code doesn’t work there. Thank you

  • Hi Cheri, I have some old Morrocan hash, can I put it in coconut oil and heat it on the stove for a quick infusion?
    If I have to decarb it do I put the lump in as a hole or break it down?
    Would I mix it with oil after decarb ?

    Regards Ian

  • High Cheri, just bought the Ardent Fx and wanted to know if I can eat the decarbed product straight up or if I have to make it into oil or baked goods or eat it with a fatty meal to make it more effective?

  • Hi Cheri! I wanted to ask you about adding water while infusing to improve the taste. How would I go about this if I use the FX for making the infusion? I really want to improve the taste of my cannabutter and don’t have access to concentrates etc. I think my infusion is as strong as it will get as per Ardent’s test result (14g containing 2660mg thc to 108grams of butter, so about 700mg/oz) but please tell me if you have suggestions on improving the potency with less oil/butter as well.

      • I would assume adding water while the FX is infusing is something I shouldn’t do, but I would be very excited if I had a way to get more of the green taste out of the finished product. Also checked the potency article, but as I use the minimum amount of butter I can to submerge the material (0.46 cups of butter per 1/2 ounce of bud) I really don’t think I can get the butter any stronger as per ardent’s chart (700mg should be the max an oz of oil can hold).

        My daily dose is 380mg (2g of Bedrocan, the only variety I can get) and I’d like to find a recipe I can split into 8 or 4 daily doses and that doesn’t come with a ton of extra calories as I’m still in the process or losing weight. The problem I have with most recipes is to hide the taste I’d have to make large batches, but will be taking a more thorough look at what recipes you have to offer on your site. I think the peanut butter cookies looked pretty great, might make a better starting point than the gummies I tried to make yesterday.

  • Hi there! Can you make cannamilk via a jar in the nova? And is it possible with the FX too?
    Thanks so much, love your work x

  • would you recommend putting chocolate chip and a stick of butter in the FX? or just butter and stove top the chocolate chips to melt and add infused butter?

    • It would depend what you are making, but just to melt butter in the chocolate I would use a method that I could monitor it more because chocolate can get very tricky and seize.

    • Peanut butter in the machine I think would make a bit of a mess. If I wanted to medicate peanut butter, I would get natural peanut butter, the kind that has a big layer of oil on top, drain the oil, infuse that (you might have to add a little) then mix that back into the peanut butter.

  • I really appreciate the information. I’m in my 50s and remember all too well the “just say no” era. So much so that until about 2013 or so I lamented my youthful experimentation and felt like I had probably done some damage. But now I’ve started using the plant again because it helps me sleep And I have finally D programmed myself enough to get past all of the guilt that was imprinted in me all too well.

    The information that you provide has benefited me greatly, and I just wanted to send you my thanks!

    • Thank you for the kind words Joe. I understand. I came late to the party myself and was in my late 30s before I started using cannabis regularly. Like you, I had been raised on reefer madness and was afraid I might be helping some problems but creating others. So I started researching and found everything I had been taught was a lie. That made me really angry and I went from closeted smoker to outspoken activist in about 6 months and have not looked back since. Rather than treating it like a vice, people should CELEBRATE their cannabis use. All use is medicinal (as the late Dennis Peron said), and it is a very healthy habit.

  • Cheri, thank you for your informative site! I just wanted to pop in and say how MUCH i love my Ardent product. I used a very small crockpot until I was able to splurge on my nova lift, and Ive never looked back! No more odor, no more clock watching, just literally the press of a button to decarb, and another to infuse! Love love love this gadget as much as I love your advice. Thanks for being here!

    • Awesome. Thank you so much for commenting. I love hearing that. Ardent’s Nova and now the FX do make the entire cannabis cooking experience, from decarbing to infusing, easy, foolproof, and way less messy!

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