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LEVO: Dream Machine for Your Kitchen Counter

That’s Dope – JULY 2019

LEVO: Dream Machine for Your Kitchen Counter

by Christine Leonard

Oil of the Gods

LEVO technology puts countertop cannabis infusion at your fingertips

Take the mystery out of buying premade edibles. After all, the best way to know what’s going into an edible is to make it yourself. Whether you’ve been waiting for the right time to jump on the edible bandwagon or you’re a seasoned kief chef, the convenience of rendering your own countertop oil infusions might be the best option for your body and your wallet.

Making the art of crafting DIY edibles easy, the LEVO is a remarkable and somewhat pricey little culinary gadget that is designed solely for the purpose of turning your botanicals (i.e. cannabis flowers or other edible herbs) into tasty and economical oils and butters.

The brainchild of ganjapreneur Chrissy Bellman, LEVO introduces homemade infusions to the average consumer, offering a high-quality, healthy alternative to store-bought products, which may contain undesirable solvents and additives. Dishwasher safe and available in a range of appealing colours, these sleek appliances occupy no more space than a Keurig and can also be used for processing herbs of all kinds into restaurant-caliber sauces and compound-rich skincare products. Simply load in your favourite botanical along with your choice of consumable oil, butter or glycerin, set the timer and return to a golden bounty. Why not skip the fuss and muss of the laborious, time-consuming and, let’s face it, distinctly smelly traditional methods of deriving your own cannabis-based infusions? Simply press a few buttons, walk away and return to dispense your infusion into a mason jar. Wham! Bam! Careful with that amber jam!

Eliminating unwanted emulsifiers, smoke and packaging, the basic LEVO model will set you back $199.99 USD and contains a stainless-steel reservoir that can infuse up to 16 oz. at one time. Priced at $449.99 USD when ordered from the manufacturer, or a comparable $459.99 from Canadian-based suppliers like TrimLeaf.ca, the LEVO II has “Activate” and “Dry” cycles that decarboxylates your chopped cannabis flowers and leaves for you. This means that the herbs are pre-dried and lightly cooked before infusion, unlocking their full potency. Both machines deliver carefully controlled and consistent heat that is applied for the duration of the infusion process to retain the bud’s desirable terpene (organic compounds) profiles, yielding the maximum flavour, odour and therapeutic benefits.

No need to hover in the pantry – connecting to the LEVO app allows you to control your concoctions on the go, while also having access to LEVO’s Herb and Oil Calculator, custom recipes and more. Relax, man. Thanks to the unit’s WiFi connectivity, you can remotely set and check on your infusions and monitor the machine’s progress on your phone.

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What to do with the triumphant oils of your kitchen witchery? There’s any number of ways to use canna-butters to create palatable treats ranging from salad dressings to cocktails. Fortunately, enterprising cookbook publishers aren’t far behind the cannabis industry when it comes to providing tasteful instructions and mouthwatering recipes that anyone can use to infuse their mealtime with a little me time.

THREE DOPE COOKBOOKS REVIEWED

by Christine Leonard

Move over, Alice B. Toklas: Cannabis cookbooks are on fire!

Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed
by the editors of Munchies

Ten Speed Press, $40 CDN ISBN: 9780399580109 (Oct. 2 2018)

A proper MUNCHIES and Viceland television series joint, Bong Appétit is packed with 65 “high-end” recipes for your cannabis-tuned palette. Sophisticated North African Broccoli Salad and Sausage Pappardelle Bolognese dishes are mellowed out by ‘scripts for fun nosh like Green Mac and Cheese and chocolatey Stoner Candy Bites with kettle chips and rainbow sprinkles.

Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen
by Stephanie Hua with Coreen Carroll

Chronicle Books, $28.99 CDN ISBN: 9781452170442 (Nov.6 2018)

“Let’s make some tasty edibles, and let’s not fuck up our friends.” Complete with a discussion of the effects and benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes, this gorgeous tome provides advice on enjoying and entertaining with unique recipes using sous vide infusions, canna-honeys, magical maple syrup and a seriously addictive hazelnut spread.

Get Baked: Space Cakes, Pot Brownies and Other Tasty Cannabis Creationsby Dane Noon and Lex Lucid

Spruce $10.99 CDN ISBN: 9781846015618 (May 8 2018)

Witchetty grub for raucous tea parties. This potent UK export rolls out 40 recipes for hash-filled tucker, from savoury main meals to the sweetest of treats – The Ultimate Brownie. Suggesting a subtler stone for those who prefer a discreet, smoke-free high, Get Baked serves up history, humour and hand-drawn tomfoolery.

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