MMJ: Precision Dosing with Ardent

I love that we are finally beginning to see mainstream patients turn to cannabis a legitimate option.

Cooking with cannabis is fun, enjoyable and many times, medically necessary, but how do you know you are doing it correctly? With weed science being something that not everyone is an expert in, we’re glad to see companies like Ardent filling the void. Keep reading to learn more about Shanel Lindsay, Founder and President of Ardent, and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition.

What is your name and title?

Shanel Lindsay, Esq., Founder and President of Ardent

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How / Why did you get into the cannabis industry?

I’ve been a medical marijuana patient for more than 15 years, and consistently struggled to dose accurately with my medicine. I eventually began testing my material in the laboratory, and was amazed to discover the loss that occurs when using kitchen tools to make cannabis medicine. I realized I could develop a technology to help any patients to consume cannabis in the right dosage and form they were seeking. That’s when I created the decarboxylator. It allows patients to transform the plant into an accurate therapy at the touch of a button. With a streamlined, precision device, the patient gets peace of mind knowing that this important has been done correctly and the ability to make any cannabis product at a fraction of the cost.

What do you like most about cannabis?

The positive health benefits of course; the fact that consuming cannabis helps people with both chronic and short term illnesses. I also love that we are finally beginning to see mainstream patients turn to cannabis a legitimate option.

We’ve heard great things about Ardent and your new decarboxylator. Can you tell us more about it? How does it work? Why is decarboxylation important for cannabis consumers?

Decarboxylation refers to the process of converting raw cannabis into its active bioavailable form, and it’s a critical step for administration.  Done with imprecise tools (like the oven or the crockpot) wastes around 30% of the available medicine, costing patients a ton of money and making accurate dosing impossible. Our decarboxylator uses dual precision sensors, a fully encapsulating heating core and decarb algorithm to deliver precise, permeating heating cycles that perfectly activate flower, kief, trim, or concentrate. Patients save money and have a simple, discreet way to make any cannabis product, including edibles, topicals, and sublingual therapies.

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Do you enjoy using cannabis? If so, what is your favorite strain?

Absolutely. On the uplifting, energetic side my favorites are Sour Tangie, Dream Queen, Clementine, Stardawg.  For pain and inflammation I steer towards Kosher Kush, OG Kush and Cookies strains.

How do you like to customize your marijuana experience?

I like to incorporate my cannabis therapy into an overall health and wellness plan. I pair my medicine with different dietary elements in order to enhance the effects. I like fresh made edibles, so I often decarb flower or kief in the morning so I can blend mix it in with my meals throughout the day.

How has marijuana helped define who you are?

Cannabis, and really the fact that it has been illegal and so stigmatized has for sure shaped who I am.  I saw early on that I was going to have to develop a thick skin and fighting spirit to defend my own freedom and push to change the perceptions around this amazing plant.  Becoming a professional and parent, it was hurtful not only to be judged for cannabis use, but to see the devastating effects of the racially and socioeconomically biased war on drugs. But there is an overwhelming joy in this struggle, when that change is made, and you can see firsthand people taking control of their health, and for some, finding relief when there was no hope left. In a deeper sense, it has shown me the fallacy in judging or condemning things before fully understanding them.

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What is the Northeast Cannabis Coalition? What part do you take in the group?

I am Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition, and we are a group of cannabis business owners who are dedicated to ensuring that cannabis legalization rolls out the right way, both in Massachusetts and as adult use spreads across the Northeast. We are focused on empowering small business owners and entrepreneurs, providing them opportunities to network, expand their businesses, and connect with funding sources.  Our Startup High entrepreneur and investor showcase was the first of its kind in Massachusetts and we are excited for this year’s event as well as focused development sessions we are hosting for entrepreneurs in the space.

How have you dealt with canna-bias throughout the years?

Science and data.  People fear or ridicule cannabis most often because they are uninformed. You’d be surprised how quickly just one data point or study can begin to open a skeptic’s mind to the possibilities.

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In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit to legalized marijuana?

Safety, access and equity. When cannabis is illegal, there are no protections for patients, many of whom are often already very sick.  With legal cannabis comes standards and the ability to access the variety necessary to determine the right material and administration method for the patient or the person using for wellness. Legalizing cannabis begins to dismantle the biased enforcement mechanism, an important step toward true equality in civil rights.

Tell us a little about the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance.

MPAA is the primary stakeholder for the Massachusetts medical cannabis program. The MPAA represents a coalition of cannabis patients, providers, and organizations that worked to pass Question 3 to legalize medical marijuana in 2012. MPAA fights for implementation of MA’s medical marijuana program, and is on the front lines advocating for patient access both at the state and level. The executive leadership and our advisory board works with a base of over 15,000 supporters to impact safe access through educational endeavors and direct advocacy with elected officials and in cities and towns across the state.

In your opinion, how has the recent trends in the recreational cannabis industry affected medical marijuana patients?

We bear the huge responsibility of protecting medical patients and the medical program as we move towards adult use. The two programs (medical vs. adult use for health and wellness) absolutely need to remain separate.  For patients, accessing tax-free medicine is critical, and there are certain strains and products that medical patients need that aren’t commercially popular. A safe space for patients will always be crucial, and we as an industry need to advocate for those protections.

What do you believe the future of marijuana holds?

While it’s tough to say what will happen on the federal level, there was an overwhelming and very public acceptance of cannabis last election day.  More people are understanding the hypocrisy of prohibition and realizing the potential of cannabis and hemp.  There is no going back once a person is personally impacted, so I expect we will continue to see a strong focus and interest on cannabis legalization and advocacy efforts throughout the nation.

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What are you working on next?

We are expanding to better serve demand, both in the U.S. and abroad. Launching our line of consumables is also top priority. Patients are constantly contacting us, especially requesting the sublingual administration methods, which to me are one of our most exciting developments.

Learn more about Ardent here on their website.

 

Photos: Courtesy of Ardent

How to Keep Edibles Safe at Your Next Party

Most parties these days feature marijuana, either in the form of edibles or flowers, in addition to alcohol and banging music. Thanks to the recent passage of legalization in several new states, this will be an increasingly common occurrence at gatherings.

Marijuana helps people unwind, relax and have more fun than usual, but if you aren’t aware that you are partaking in an edible, the experience may not be so positive.

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Toke Tank’s The Queen of Clovers (Beth) recently shared some advice with Men’s Journal about keeping edibles safe at a party; click this link to read the article!

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Pina Colada Bread with a Cannabis Kick!

Tangy pineapple and coconut flakes party together in this recipe to create the ultimate mouth fiesta – with a canna-kick. Use fresh or canned pineapple and sweetened coconut flakes; it’s a delightful taste of summer in fall or winter. Continue reading Pina Colada Bread with a Cannabis Kick!

Your Danksgiving 2016 Menu

Happy Danksgiving! We hope you’re ready to spend the day with people you care about and have the wonderful opportunity to infuse weed into your culinary creations! Here are our recommendations for your 2016 Danksgiving table. Continue reading Your Danksgiving 2016 Menu

Herb’d Basting Butter for Roasted Turkey [Danksgiving]

No Danksgiving turkey is complete without a delightful dressing of herb butter; it’s essential for keeping the turkey moist and flavorful during its journey in your oven.

Your Danksgiving turkey deserves to be dressed in the best; a flavorful herb butter is key to keeping the turkey moist and flavorful while it’s roasting. While cannabutter is a classic basic marijuana edible, we took it up a notch and created Herb’d Basting Butter, which is created using an amazing new tool, the Magical Butter machine (disclosure: it was provided for review). Continue reading Herb’d Basting Butter for Roasted Turkey [Danksgiving]

Cranberries with Rum-Soaked Raisins, Toasted Pine Nuts and Canna-Applejack [Danksgiving]

No Danksgiving table is complete without a hearty side of candied cranberries; if there’s marijuana involved, that’s even better. We asked Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, to share her version of this classic recipe. As Robyn explains, “As the country’s attitude and laws about cannabis continue to mature, so does the way this wonderful herb is grown and imbibed…today’s cannabis consumers want organic, sustainably grown cannabis expertly infused with the desired flavor and effect into restaurant-quality, home-cooked food and drinks.” Continue reading Cranberries with Rum-Soaked Raisins, Toasted Pine Nuts and Canna-Applejack [Danksgiving]

Magical Mashed Potatoes [Danksgiving]

Creamy, buttery, cheesy and cannabis-filled, these Magical Mashed Potatoes are a staple of the Danksgiving table. You won’t even want to pass them around and may eat them all yourself! Continue reading Magical Mashed Potatoes [Danksgiving]

BAKED Apple Pie [Danksgiving]

Nothing is better than a warm apple pie on a cold fall day; that’s why BAKED Apple Pie is the perfect addition to your Danksgiving Menu. With a crispy crust loaded with powerful weed-infused butter, you and your guests will swoon into a sophisticated, stoned stupor. Here’s how you make it:

Start with the Cannabutter. See the recipe here.

For complete dosing instructions, check out this article. Continue reading BAKED Apple Pie [Danksgiving]

Hemp Seed Farmhouse Bread [Danksgiving]

Hemp seed won’t get you high, but there are several health benefits, in addition to its yummy earthy and hearty taste. The addition of hempseed is just what this basic farmhouse bread is begging for; you can either bake it whole as a large loaf for a family-style Danksgiving meal, or divide the dough up into small balls and bake into individual rolls. Continue reading Hemp Seed Farmhouse Bread [Danksgiving]

Creating a Cannabis Appetizer Plate [Stoner Soiree]

Have a marijuana-themed party or picnic coming up? Warmer weather is approaching and getting outside to enjoy nature is the perfect time to pack some tasty goodies. You’ll want to create the perfect snacks and appetizers to cater to your friends’ munchies.

Besides edibles and cannabis-infused products, everyone enjoys a fine charcuterie board. An artisanal creation packed with meats, spreads, cheeses, nuts and pickled items, it’s a stoner favorite you won’t want to miss. Continue reading Creating a Cannabis Appetizer Plate [Stoner Soiree]