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
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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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