Ardent is a brand that requires little explanation to a vast amount of my customers. A brand that has been around for quite a while that makes only one product (plus associated accessories), a herbal decarboxylator/precision heater. The Ardent Nova was all the rage when I first opened my Bondi Herbal Vape Store and I sold out constantly. Ardent have stepped it up since and now I present to you the all new and massively improved Ardent FX. An all-in-one activation, infusion, melting and baking kitchen appliance that requires no prior knowledge in the cooking or herbal world. This process is smell-free, unlike other methods available. The Ardent FX (Flex) works well to activate ALL varieties of herbs for instant consumption, so not just one particular herb people! You may also decarb pollens, concentrates, kief and extracts. Make your own herbal remedies, customised specifically to your own needs in the comfort of your own home. A genius device that allowed you to activate (heat) your herbal materials in a safe and stealthy manner. A laboratory grade Decarboxylator, as a science nerd the whole process from start to finish thrills me!
TIP: Ardent offers a limited 1-year warranty from date of purchase.
SO WHAT IS DECAROBOXYLATION?
Year upon year of prohibition have resulted in incomplete, inaccurate, or just plain wrong information about decarboxylation – hurting not only medicinal patients, but the cannabis movement as a whole. Obviously, I am aware of the laws of this fine country, but I have encountered more and more customers who come to see me asking for advice on how to ingest (not everybody wants to smoke/vape) their medicinal cannabis (dry flower material) that they have been legally dispensed. So now what to do with my decarbed herb?? Well for a start you can just eat it straight away as it or place it directly into a capsule for ingestion. Infuse it into oil for cooking. You can vape or smoke it. Or maybe turn it into a topical cream or even a tea. The uses are kind of endless.
There was a time when those in the know decarbed in their oven at home. Great if you know what you are doing but also fraught with potential issues. You can also decarb in a slow cooker using cooking oils (or the machine). But let’s not forget that heating your Cannabis in your oven/stove will fill your home with an intoxicating aroma you may not want others to smell.
In a nutshell so as not to bore you. Unheated (raw natural state) cannabis flowers contain an “inactive” form of THC and CBD (THCa and CBDa). These acid forms were once considered ineffective/subpar for medicinal purposes, but latest (and very exciting) research has show that they too have a myriad of health benefits. CBD in particular seems to work in a vastly different way depending on whether it has been kept in its raw state or heated for activation. THCa has mild anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective benefits (no psychoactive effect) but the real magic of this healing plant occurs when THCa is converted into the infamous compound THC via decarboxylation.
Terpenes are the compounds that give a plant its scent. Scientists also believe that Terpenes play a bigger role by working synergistically with other compounds within the plant to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Decarbing effectively maintains the Terpene profile resulting in a more potent end product.
One final benefit that I find particularly interesting is the sterilisation aspect of decarboxylating. Don’t want to gross you out but botanicals carry spores, microbes and insect droppings. Try having a look with a magnifying glass – you may be very surprised! Those with compromised health should try to avoid introducing potentially hazardous toxins into their medicines.
ARDENT FX FEATURES
The Ardent FX is a very sophisticated machine, don’t be fooled by its simple looks. From start to finish it expertly monitors the temperature whilst you decarb, extract, infuse melt or bake your plant materials within. Open the box and you will be able to slide out the Ardent cocooned in its very own travel case. This high-quality, padded case has velcroed handles and a zipper for safe handling. 4 pieces sit inside; FX unit, FX lid, Power base and a Silicone Infusion Sleeve.
The actual device is 4 times larger that the original Ardent Nova with separate settings for you to choose from, pretty simple to make your choice as all are listed on the control panel. Even though it is exponentially larger there is no minimal fill with the FX, decarb as little as required as often as you like (can hold up to 4 ounces!). Your material does not need to be ground up either place in a whole bud, stems and all!
TIP: Do not overstuff/jam your material with.
Internally there is a high-grade stainless-steel cavity and the high-tech Vertical Thermal Heating Blanket plus Dual Sensors to create the perfect decarboxylation condition within each time. The outer walls of the Flex are designed to stay cool whilst working. A black lid lined with silicone sits upon the very top and the power base (plug attached) completely detaches.
TIP: Please do not use the handle on the lid to lift up the FX. It sits in place securely (helps keep odours in!) but will not stay in place if used to carry the unit. Always carry it from the base or better still always place it in its case when not in use.
4 settings are provided with the FX. Each easily selected via a simple press of a button. The entire process (decarboxylation) should take from 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 10 minutes. During this time the heat sensors are monitoring the temperature and prompting heating cycles that fully permeate all the material. Please do not open the Flex for any reason during the process. The internal computer and algorithm will control the entire process and the device will automatically turn off once complete. The following modes/settings are provided:
- 2 activation modes for when you are simply decarboxylating (A1 and A2 dependent on material being used).
- Infusion setting
- Bake setting
A purple silicone sleeve is provided in this kit, the purpose of this sleeve is to enable you to decarb thick waxes/concentrates very easily. Made from FDA Approved, food-grade and BPA-free silicone and designed to fit perfectly within the inner chamber providing a full silicone lining. This nifty little insert even has handles so you can easily handle it.
Cleaning couldn’t be any easier as the whole unit (minus detachable power base) can be placed directly into your dishwasher. Cool, huh?
- X1 220V Ardent Flex Precision Heater
- X1 Flex Travel/Storage Case
- X1 Power Base with American Plug (adapter required)
- X1 Silicone Concentrates Infusion Sleeve
- 220V (adapter required)
- Stainless Steel Cavity
- Vertical Thermal Heating Blanket
- Dual Precision Heaters
- Stay cool outer walls
- Detachable base
- No Kitchen required
- Make your own herbal remedies
- Easy to clean
- Decarboxylate, infuse bake and melt
- 4 settings
- Smell free