According to the internet, the age of space tourism is a matter of time. And while civilian space exploration may have been set back a few years due to the pandemic, the impending global economic crisis, and the arrival of “murder hornets” in the continental United States, with the right cannabis edibles, you can achieve civilian space travel in your own living room whenever you want.
Eating cannabis is a potent, immersive, and unique experience – which can also be delicious even if you aren’t that handy in the kitchen. Edibles produce a much different high than smoking weed, which kicks in instantly and wears off before too long. Edibles, on the other hand, must be absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract, and they can take well over an hour to kick in. This is actually part of the fun of taking edibles – downing an innocent-enough looking cookie, feeling perfectly normal so you do some chores around the house, get lost flipping through Netflix and then – liftoff. Once edibles hit, they produce a powerful body high that can last much longer than smoking weed.
Edibles are a great option for weed fans and the cannacurious who maybe don’t like smoking or futzing around with preparing joints and paraphernalia, but still want to get high. It’s also a good option for those who can’t smoke marijuana because of respiratory problems.
As recreational marijuana legalization has become a reality in states across the country, edibles have gone through a renaissance of sorts and are now a feature on the shelves of dispensaries from Alaska to Massachusetts. And these aren’t your parents’ pot brownies of yesteryear – today’s edibles run the gamut from THC gummy worms to energy drinks to gourmet chocolates to all types of “craft edibles” that usually have “artisan” written somewhere on the box. There is also a rising trend of cooking with cannabis, as can be seen in the newfound popularity of cannabis cookbooks, as well as cannabis cooking shows where marijuana is the centerpiece of the meal, and not simply the lure that gets people to come to your dinner party in the first place.
One of the best, most surefire ways to take the guesswork out of edibles is to make your own cannabis infusions. This allows for precision edibles that 100% of the time, work every time.
What is the LEVO II, and what’s in these chicken wings?
As the name perhaps suggests, the LEVO II is the second incarnation of the LEVO, a state-of-the-art infusing machine that does a whole lot more than just make cannabutter, thank you very much.
The LEVO II story begins back in 2011, a halcyon time less than a year after the launch of Instagram when people made food even though they didn’t yet realize they needed to be photographing it too.
This was when LEVO’s Founder & CEO Chrissy Bellman had her “lightbulb” moment, according to the company. Bellman was “watching a group of friends struggle to infuse in a small dorm room,” which left their kitchen a mess and also wasted an entire day. Bellman doesn’t say what they were trying to infuse, but being that this was a dorm room, we hope for their sake, it was weed and not truffle oil or a lavender hand salve. Facing such failure, most students would give up edibles and simply smoke their weed, and/or drink any alcohol or solvent in the room. Not Bellman!
Instead, over the next five years, she “bootstrapped the engineering and development of LEVO” at night after working her day job at a number of Fortune 500 companies. In 2016 she launched a pre-order campaign, and today, in 2020, LEVOs can be found in more than 800 retail locations.
The raison d’etre behind LEVO is to empower customers to choose all the ingredients that go into their food, without any chemical additives (technically, THC is a chemical, but you know what they mean), and produce infusions without messy kitchen tops, emulsifiers, solvents, or additives.
How the LEVO II can make your life easier
If you’re making your own edibles, then technically, you’re already cutting out the middleman. The LEVO II takes this even further by decarbing your weed and infusing your oil (or butter, etc.) all in one device.
The LEVO II has three settings: activate, dry, and infuse. The machine’s default “activation” setting of 240F/116C takes the guesswork out of this step and accounts for the fact that edibles recipes often have varying temperatures for decarboxylation, and different ovens can provide different results.
There isn’t a default setting for infusion. Instead, you customize it according to the herb you’re infusing and the oil you’d like to use. Once your infusion is finished, the LEVO’s gravity dispenser reduces air bubbles and moisture, which helps extend the shelf life of your cannabis oil.
The LEVO II is also a smart device, and it connects wirelessly to a free app, through which you can control and set the various cycles of your infusion remotely. You’ll also get an alert once the different stages are complete, and you can save your favorite settings for the next round.
How to use the LEVO II
First things first, decarboxylate the herb. Decarboxylating “activates” the cannabis, allowing the THC to work and for you to get high and not work. You can customize the activation stage if you’d like, but the company recommends you use the default setting. All you need to do is add the pod protector to the bottom of your herb pod (good thing you paid attention in Sex Ed!), dry off your weed, and then loosely pack the pod. Be careful not to overpack it. Close the lid and select ACTIVATE. Select your desired time and temperature or default, and press start.
If you haven’t picked out a recipe yet, this would be a good time.
Next up is the infusing stage.
First, take the filled herb pod and put it in the reservoir where it says “place pod here.” Next, select the oil or butter you want to use in liquid or solid form. Add up to 19 ounces to the reservoir so that everything in the herb pod is completely submerged. Shut the lid, select INFUSE, and set your time and temperature and press start.
LEVO II makes this step especially easy. On the company website, you can find an online calculator where you select the herb and oil or butter you’d like to use, and it will show you the time and temperature to use.
What kind of edibles can you make with the LEVO II?
With the LEVO II, you can make any kind of edible that uses an oil infusion or cannabutter. The oil and butters that are listed on the site’s calculator include MCT oil, glycerin, avocado, corn, grapeseed, sesame, ghee, almond, canola, olive, butter, and coconut.
This includes just about every edible you can think of from THC gummy bears (made with coconut oil) to brownies (cannabutter is best) to a nice dinner salad drizzled with THC infused olive oil.
It’s up to you really.
- Ceramic coated reservoir
- Silicone stirrer
- Slanted reservoir for easy pouring
- Infuse up to 19 ounces of oil
- Use up to ½ cup of marijuana in each infusion cycle recipe
- Wi-fi capable with free app
- Wide range of colors (jet, meyer, alpin, robin, cayenne)
- Default setting for easy carboxylation
- Customizable timing and temperature
- 6.9 x 7.9 x 13 in.
- Weighs 9.25 pounds
- Power output: AC 110V 50/60Hz 250W
What do users say?
The LEVO II has a rating of 4.5 stars based on 188 user reviews. Of the reviews, 75% gave the machine a 5-star rating. Users gave it high marks for “easy to clean,” “easy to use,” and “value for money.”
Users have shared their one recipes and recommendations for optimizing the machine, as well as their experiences dealing with the company in the event there was an issue with the LEVO II.
For the most part, they describe it as easy to use and to clean, and the people who really like the LEVO II? They REALLY like the difference it’s made in helping them craft their own edibles at home.
So, should you get it?
Like a college degree, learning how to make edibles can open all types of doors and improve your quality of life. Luckily though, it’s a lot less expensive and not nearly as time-consuming.
With the LEVO II, you have what may be the easiest way yet to make flawless THC infused oils and butters that you can keep on the shelf any time you’re having company (or a lazy Sunday) and want to make some edible magic.
It takes out the guesswork, the mess, and the hassle – and leaves all the good stuff. And if you still need to convince your significant other why you need to shell out that kind of money for a cannabis oil maker, the Levo can also handle a wide range of herbs in addition to cannabis, including root vegetables like garlic and ginger; herbs like rosemary, thyme and basil; and even delicate plant matter like mustard seed, vanilla, and lavender.