NOVA: Maximize Potency, Not the Smell


A new trend is emerging as cannabis consumption is losing the stigma of the past. Consumers are finding new ways to activate the beneficial ingredients found inside marijuana to be used for homemade edibles and tinctures. Decarboxylation is the process used to activate raw cannabis into the bioavailable form. This allows marijuana to be consumed in ways other than smoking or vaping the flower.

After giving birth to her son, 16 year medical marijuana patient, Shanel Lindsay started exploring new ways to make consuming cannabis more convenient. Not wanting to smoke around her son, she looked to making her own edibles and tinctures at home.  She tried activating her marijuana by making butter and oil on the stove and oven, but the results were inconsistent and filled her house with the scent of weed.

A good mother’s drive is unmatched, so Shanel stated working with thermal and electrical engineers at a lab in Framingham, Massachusetts. The result was the creation of the Ardent NOVA Decarboxylator.

Billed as the “first” and “only” odorless precision decarboxylator currently available on the market, the little purple-colored machine is an easy-to-use heating device for those who need accurate dosing.

The process starts simply placing buds inside the NOVA, then sealing the lid and pushing the start button. For an hour and 15 minutes, the NOVA uses two sensors to activate the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by heating it to exactly 220 degrees. This temperature ensures the users will maximize the potency of their marijuana for safe consumption.

Ardent is a biotech and medical cannabis startup established by Lindsay. Along with NOVA, Ardent has produced several other products for the market. Before starting Ardent, Shanel was a former attorney that took part in writing bills for cannabis in Massachusetts. Her personal goal for the company is to educate people about cannabis through science and data.

“We want people to see that there are effective, all-natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals, and I believe NOVA is a gigantic step forward in offering that to the public,” Lindsey told The Heights.

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