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This Oil Infusion Appliance Is The KitchenAid Of Cannabis |

This Oil Infusion Appliance Is The KitchenAid Of Cannabis

The LEVO II hits shelves in October, retails for $349.99 and is available in five colors.Courtesy: LEVO

While private pop-up dinners, farm-to-table feasts and Insta-famous chefs are ruling the cannabis cuisine scene right now, LEVO is changing the game for curious home cooks.


First launched in 2017, the appliance makes the infusion of oil and butter from dry cannabis flower as easy as the touch of a button and now, the company is readying for the release of the LEVO II—an even more streamlined experience packed with improved features and innovative technology.

For founder and CEO Christina Bellman, the journey from concept to countertop started in 2011, long before recreational legalization even seemed feasible (let alone a career in cannabis). Then a college student studying finance, international business and philosophy at New York University, Bellman had a self-described “lightbulb moment” while watching a group of friends attempt to make marijuana-infused treats in their dorm room.

With a complete mess left in the kitchen and the experiment taking up an entire day, she knew “there had to be a better way.” Already passionate about an organic lifestyle, Bellman soon graduated and decided to go all-in on an in-home infusion appliance, bootstrapping the research and development of LEVO for the next five years.

Bellman relocated to Denver in 2016 to start LEVO in earnest, leaving behind a day job working on go-to-market strategy for Fortune 500 companies. Now 28, Bellman has self-funded the company since the start and has grown it into one of the fastest-growing cannabis accessory brands in the country.

Since it hit shelves, LEVO has sold 10,000 units of the first-edition device and is available in 850 retail locations—most of which are dispensary partners. And with legalization ahead in Canada, LEVO has planted their seed through an exclusive partnership with the boutique accessory retail chain Tokyo Smoke and is heading out on a multi-city tour with Van der Pop for its Women Weed series. It will also launch a Canadian-friendly sub-site for direct ordering.

Christina Bellman with the LEVO I, which is still available for $149.99.Courtesy: LEVO

“The cannabis industry is in the shadow of the natural foods space. Just as people started to become more aware of additives in foods, consumers are caring more and more about the integrity of ingredients in infused products. I am most excited to see the awareness of microdose products and healthier food products increasing rapidly,” Bellman offers as one reason for her company’s explosive growth.

She adds, “People are beginning to using cannabis to enhance different taste and flavor profiles. We are coming to understand that the marriage of culinary and cannabis can be an immersive experience.”

Bellman named her company after the Latin word for “alleviate” and personally discovered that CBD was a natural and effective way to help with inflammation from an old knee injury. She uses LEVO to make oil for her homemade salves for everyday aches and pains and thinks the current CBD wellness craze is only going to make infusing at home more popular. 

LEVO’s head of brand Olivia Harris, who also boasts a New York City background in strategy says, “I honestly have never seen such a natural interest in a brand or product I’ve worked on like this before. What’s happening with LEVO is really special because it’s completely organic—we have done zero paid marketing, advertising or sponsored posts. People are expanding their ideas on how to use and consume natural medicine.”

Monica Lo in her San Francisco kitchen with LEVO.Courtesy: Monica Lo/Sous Weed

One way LEVO has already experienced cult-status in the culinary world? Through thoughtful partnerships with both cannabis and mainstream chefs. One of the brand’s earliest product testers was Monica Lo, more commonly known as Sous Weed. A pioneer of the cannabis chef movement and longtime photographer and creative director, her blog was born in 2015 as a passion to document her cannabis-infused creations using the sous vide method as a holistic pain management plan and to avoid alerting her landlord to the smell of the plant while she cooked.

“I was fascinated with the LEVO when it first came out. I love that it’s simple-to-use, quiet, and discreet. While I use the sous vide method for large batch recipe testing, the LEVO is also perfect for my single batch infusions and it makes the clean-up a breeze. It’s an accessible device for the home cook, great for beginners, and it looks stunning on the countertop,” says Lo.   

Functionality aside, Lo also credits the brands rapid rise to budget-conscious cannabis consumers.

“If you live in a legal state, you are probably experiencing higher prices due to new licensing costs and taxes. Edibles, oils and tinctures are getting increasingly expensive, which means people are finding it difficult to get the medicine in the prices and specific dosages they need. It’s one of the many reasons why more and more people are starting to make their own edibles.” 

The online (and coming soon via iOS and Android app), LEVO Calculator allows for precise measuring and dosing recommendations along with temperature pairings for different herbs and oils. Careful not to pigeonhole the product as only for cannabis oil infusions, LEVO works just as well for common kitchen ingredients like basil, lavender, citrus, vanilla and more.

“We really consider ourselves a crossover product , but more and more people are realizing the benefit of consuming cannabis is more than just about getting high. It’s an ingredient that’s useful for many other things and you can harness it the same way chefs have been using other plants for years. An herb is an herb is an herb,” says Harris.

Once you have a LEVO of your own, here are Lo’s s top three tips for infusing at home:

1. Consistent temperature and time: There are a bunch of wonderful cannabinoids that will degrade in higher temperatures which is why the consistent heat from a LEVO is perfect for infusions. The timer on the device will let you know when your infusions are finished so there’s no need to wait around.

2. No open flames: This one is a personal preference but I prefer the discretion of infusing with the LEVO or in a sous vide water bath. There’s no need to babysit an open flame on a stove top for long periods of time and there’s virtually no smell

3. Go beyond butter: Have fun with your infusions! Some of my most recent cannabis infusions include duck fat, lard, and sesame oil. 

And for some serious recipe inspiration, don’t miss Lo’s chef feature and recipe in Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen and Sous Vide Made Simple, both slated for release this fall.

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