As you know, we have been working hard on our presale units. While we have been producing the next batch of units, we have also been busy testing and building additional data sets related to some of the most frequently asked questions. Top on the list is the operation of CBD during decarboxylation. While its commonly believed that CBDa requires a higher or longer temperature than THCa for optimal conversion, the situation is much more nuanced. CBDa can be quite volatile, and as we have shown you before, high temps can quickly degrade potential CBD. It is in fact possible to decarb CBD with the same parameters as THC. The determining factor in CBDa decarb is actually whether THCa is also present. Where THCa is present, even where CBDa is dominant, CBDa and THCa will decarb simultaneously and at the precision temps that work for conversion to THC. It is only where THCa is minimal or not present that CBDa may require longer (2 cycle) processing.

We will be releasing a full battery of testing and discussion related to this topic to the public, but wanted to provide you a first exclusive look. You can see in the results below a high CBD strain decarbed in 1 cycle in the unit. Notice that the starting sample (C17-CBD Bravo) shows the raw plant material, dried and cured. You can see in the second results (D17-1 CBD Bravo), there was full decarboxylation of the CBD and THC while retaining all of the potential CBD (19%) and THC (8%).


 CBD before being decarbed

CBD before being decarbed

 Decarbed CBD

Decarbed CBD

We have also begun working on the formulations for our capsules, sublinguals, and topicals and will invite you to have first access to those. There are so many exciting things in store over these next few months, we're glad you're a part of it and please stay tuned!

The Curious Case of CBGa (Testing Results) + Happy Independence Day!

Hi Ardent Family!

We hope you have something fun or relaxing planned for the holiday. After our last message, we heard from a lot of you wanting to know more about the second aspect of the testing results we hinted at during our last message. Well, you know how much we love science, so lets get right to it!

We randomly test decarboxylators that are out in the field, just to make sure that we are always delivering consistent quality to our patients. This discussion uses the results from two units tested earlier this month.

THC Conversion

Patient #1 - A sativa strain named Juicy Fruit was our starting material, but kief, trim, or concentrates would have worked, too. The control testing of non-decarbed flower is on the left, marked JF Control. Remember it is critical to have the starting material test to compare with the decarbed results. It is the only way to show you aren't burning off any cannabinoids in the process. While its somewhat easy to convert THCA to THC, it is very difficult to do so without destroying a lot of THCA in the process.


In the control test to the left, there is a maximum potential THC level of 19%.* On the right side is the decarbed sample (we redacted the patients' names for privacy). With a precision decarb, we get full conversion of the maximum amount of THC possible, retaining the entire 19%. If you were dosing this, you could create a 190mg product using just 1 gram!

Patient #2 – Here you can see the same results with the second unit, full conversion without any loss of THC during the process. In addition to the THCA conversion, you might have noticed something else interesting happening during these tests. And it involves the chameleon-like CBGa.

CBG Conversion

There is a lot of interest in CBGa and for good reason. It reminds me of a stem cell, has it has the ability to convert into several different cannabinoids. CBGa is the building block for THC, CBD and CBC. In our starting control sample of Juicy Fruit, there is some CBCa, ready and waiting to become something amazing. Let’s see how it turned out:

Patient #1 – CBGa in the control converts to CBD and CBC

Patient #2 – CBGa in the control converts to CBD and CBC

We think its fun and educational to explore the different aspects of cannabis science. Let us know what you would like us to discuss next!

With Love and Gratitude,


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*to find the maximum available THC, multiply the THCA by .877 then add that number to any THC already present. Here for example, the maximum THC that can be derived from the starting material is 20% THCA x .877 = 17.5% + 1.5% THC = 19%. Where does the .877 number come from? The carboxyl group that we want to remove during decarb weighs 13% of the total molecule. So during proper decarb, when we are removing that molecule only, it will reduce the weight by slightly less than 13%; the 87% remaining weight is the converted THC.


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Decarb Myths Debunked

Decarboxylation is such an important yet misunderstood aspect of cannabis consumption. Decades of prohibition have allowed incomplete, inaccurate, or just plain wrong information to proliferate, not only to the detriment of patients, but to the cannabis movement as a whole.

To shed light on this topic and combat farce with data, we've compiled this guide, just the tip of our research, to address the most common decarboxylation myths. 

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