Cooking with cannabis has been a favorite activity among many Americans for decades. However, as the laws around marijuana have become more favorable in recent years, many herb enthusiasts are discovering ways to make the process more straightforward and less time-consuming. Gone are the days when you would need to use an unreliable oven to decarb your weed. No longer does making a batch of cannabutter mean that your kitchen will become an overwhelming mess. If you are looking to explore making homemade edibles, or if you would like to streamline your current methods, here are some THC edible essentials you absolutely need in your kitchen.
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When it comes to making edibles, the precision of your recipes will depend on your ability to accurately measure the weight of your plant material before you decarboxylate it. An electronic kitchen scale that measures in grams is perfect for this purpose.
If you are among the many cannabis enthusiasts who love to make homemade THC gummies, you need a dedicated gummy mixer. The LĒVO Gummy Candy Mixer offers a foolproof way to make delicious cannabis gummies at the required time and temperature. The mixer does all the hard work, so you can put away your saucepan and whisk and walk away until your mix is mold ready. Best of all, it’s easy to clean. It can make up to one package of LĒVO Gummy Mix per batch.
With all the hype around making homemade edibles, it is safe and so important to remember that dosage is key. Different people have different tolerances. For some, eating too low of a dose won’t produce the desired effects. For others, eating too high of a dose may lead to overwhelming consequences. To avoid overconsumption and find the dose right for you, Cannabutter Digest’s dosage calculator can help take some of the guesswork out.
Furthermore, it has been found that having a higher ratio of CBD to THC can help make an edible high more mellow. If that is something you aim for, the calculator can help you find the cannabinoid proportion most likely to give you the experience you desire.
When previous generations wanted to make a batch of THC edibles, they needed to:
- Find an appropriate place with space to dry out their bud
- Decarb their flower in an oven
- Infuse their butter, honey, or oil at low temperatures on the stovetop
- Strain their infused butter from one container into another through a piece of cheesecloth
These steps required multiple pieces of equipment and constant attention before the baking could even begin. Furthermore, oven and stove-top methods tend to create conspicuous, strong aromas and the potential for burning your cannabis.
Today, countertop infusion machines, such as the LĒVO II, LĒVO C, and LĒVO Lux, allow you to perform all these steps in a single device. Placing your cannabis in a pod within the machine, you can decarb (“activate”) and infuse your product by pressing the appropriate buttons. The LĒVO II and LĒVO Lux have an additional dry cycle so you can add fresh garden herbs to your weed infusions, if you want, to tailor your edibles to your specific therapeutic needs and flavor preferences. The removable components of each LĒVO machine are machine washable, drastically reducing your cleanup duties.
Each machine offers a few special perks:
An all-around best infusion machine, LĒVO II lets you infuse up to seven grams of weed into up to two cups of butter, oil, or other liquid. You can choose the time and temperature for your infusion, and dispensing the finished product happens at the push of a button.
This machine is excellent for small businesses or people who want to make large batches. The LĒVO C allows you to infuse up to one ounce (twenty-eight grams) of cannabis into up to 6 cups of liquid. This machine offers a touchscreen menu for ease of use.
The LĒVO Lux is the most luxurious infuser on the market. Its metallic finish looks extra attractive on your kitchen counter. The Lux has a dry+ cycle with a mini hvac system, making drying fresh garden herbs faster and more efficient. It also comes with three unique dispense modes for improved dispensing of different carriers.
Extra Power Pod
If you are looking to make edibles with extra potency, LĒVO is here to help. While the LĒVO II and LĒVO Lux can infuse up to seven grams of weed in a single pod, they have the capacity for an optional second pod as well. With an additional LĒVO II or LĒVO Lux Power Pod, you can make your edibles up to twice as strong. You can also purchase an extra Jumbo Pod for your LĒVO C for those moments when the dishes are dirty.
An herb press will allow you to make the most of your infusions. The press will fit perfectly into your LĒVO infusion pods, so you can use the press to squeeze out every last drop of your precious infused oil or butter.
Whether you are making baked goods, salad dressings, gummies, or topicals, different fats and liquids work best for different recipes. LĒVO offers a wide variety of oils to suit your needs, including:
- Ghee (clarified butter)
- Coconut oil
- Coconut/Avocado oil
- MCT oil
You can find loads of inspiration for recipes on the LĒVO website and here at Cannabutter Digest.
Storage for Edibles
Once you have done the fun work of making your THC edibles, you may be wondering how long they will stay fresh. As with any other food, cannabis edibles have a shelf life that depends on their ingredients and how you store them.
To keep your weed edibles from spoiling, store them in an airtight container or a sealable bag that will maintain their freshness. You can also keep them in the refrigerator or freezer to help prolong their shelf life. As long as the food does not go stale or moldy, the infused THC should remain active for up to six months.
In addition to preserving freshness, the other matter of vital importance is to keep your edibles out of the reach of children. Ensure that your goods are labeled correctly to prevent others from unintentionally getting high.
When baking with cannabis products, always remember to get your weed from a trusted and reputable source. The market is largely unregulated in the United States but there are plenty of ethical distributors to choose from.