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Review: Lift Decarb

The Lift Decarb takes out all the guesswork of decarbing marijuana.

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If the Lift Decarb were on the market five years ago, it would have saved me a ton of time and aggravation.

For the folks out of the loop, decarboxylation is the process of converting raw cannabis into its active form. It’s a crucial and critical step for folks who are looking to make edibles. If you’re not doing this, then you’re wasting your buds.

When marijuana is harvested, it doesn’t really contain any THC. Instead, it consists of THCA. When you smoke a joint, for example, you’re actually decarbing the weed as you smoke it, converting it to THC.

Decarbing is a tedious process which consists of parchment paper, preheating ovens, and maintaining a certain temperature for 45-60 minutes. And not to mention the smell of barely burnt marijuana engulfing every inch of your home. It’s a pain in the ass, but something you absolutely need to do.

When you decarb at home, you never really know if you did it right. A couple of degrees in temperature or a couple of extra minutes can ruin a whole batch. There isn’t any room for error. The whole point is to burn THC without really burning it all off. It’s a complicated process.

READ MORE: Review: Ardent FX – an easy bake oven for edibles

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Thankfully I got an opportunity to get my hands on Ardent’s Lift Decarb, with promises that would claim to save me headaches and aggravation from doing it the old fashioned way. And from my first few runs with it, I couldn’t be happier with it. The Lift Decarb takes all the guess work out of it and provides you with decarbed herbs at its maximum potency.

Using the Lift Decarb is insanely easy. Simply load the lift with cannabis flower, concentrate, or with kief. From there, seal the lid and tap the decarb button. All there is to do is wait about an hour and 15 minutes, and you are done. That’s all there is to it. The Lift does all the heavy lifting. I was actually quite surprised to see how effortless it was.

Under the hood, the device uses multiple sensors and a thermal heating core in order to get the most optimized temperature. It even makes sure everything is evenly heated, something you don’t usually get with a normal oven.

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Image: Kevin Raposo

The end result was flawless. I’ve made tons of batches of cannabutter in my day, and from all of those batches, my best one came from when I used the Lift Decarb. Seriously, I’m not making this up. After the decarb process is complete with the Lift, you can visually see how a proper decarboxylated bud looks like when the process is done correctly. Like I mentioned before, you never really know if you decarbed your herbs to its full potential. Thankfully, the Lift takes all that hassle out of it.

I really enjoyed my experience with the Lift and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys making and consuming edibles. Honestly, this will save you a ton of time. And you don’t have you to always second guess yourself during the process. With the Lift, you can set it and forget it. It’s a really great option, and I totally give it my two thumbs up.

The Lift Decarb sells for $210, which for some folks, can be a little up on the higher side, in terms of price. But in my opinion, it’s worth every penny. It also comes backed by a 1-year warranty if any problems arise. But again, it’s a pretty straight forward device that I can’t imagine malfunctioning down the line.

A Lift Decarb unit was provided to KnowTechie for the purpose of this review. 

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