Why You Need a Decarboxylator

Want to Cook with Cannabis? Don’t Overlook This Essential Kitchen Tool

April 17, 2019 Home By
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Gram for gram, getting high off edibles requires more weed than virtually any other kind of cannabis consumption.

About 30 percent of available THC will find its way into your bloodstream when smoking a joint and up to 80 percent through a vape. Edibles? Only from 4 to 20 percent. This is why you get a decarboxylator, which, for the uninitiated, is like a super-precise countertop oven used to maximize the THC content in flower.

When you smoke or vaporize cannabis, you’re performing an immediate version of the decarb process, but you’re also burning off a significant amount of potential THC. Both methods deliver THC to the bloodstream more efficiently than edible consumption, so it doesn’t really matter. When it comes to edibles, however, decarbing is the difference between a diluted experience and a real high.

Ardent’s Nova decarboxylator is the one to get. Put your bud inside, snap the lid shut, push the button and two hours later, you’ve got more THC-dense cannabis than you had before. It calculates the needed temperature and time for you based on what’s inside it.

If you don’t want to drop close to $200 on a weed potency device, there are plenty of in-depth guides online to decarbing pot in the oven, microwave or sous vide circulator. The problem with all of these is time, heat consistency and smell. The Nova doesn’t reek, doesn’t require any monitoring or forethought and works with a single button push. If you’re interested in cooking with weed, it’s a must.

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Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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