Infusers & Cooking
Alongside portable herb vaporizers, we also sell a variety of cannabis infusers and decarboxylators for making high-quality cannabis edibles. If you’re looking for a simple, no-mess cannbis edibles solution, then a high-quality decarboxylator or infuser is a great idea!
While you can infuse oil and butter with dry herbs without the help of an infusion machine, it is better and much simpler. With the push of a few buttons, you can create evenly dosed edibles for a more even-keel experience. You can enhance your next recipe with one of vapor's dry herb infusion machines. We offer machines and accessories from LEVO, MagicalButter, and Ardent.
What is Cannabis Cooking?
If you have the luxury of being able to obtain your medicine from a legal dispensary near you, you may have noticed the large selection of edibles that are beginning to overflow the shelves. Pre-made, pre-packaged cannabis-infused treats are more accessible to patients nowadays than ever before. Unfortunately, many edibles are still packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other unhealthy ingredients. While these processed food delights can be an easy way to get medicated on the go, many medical marijuana patients prefer making their own medicated snacks and infused meals — and for a good reason. Join us as we explore all of the popular cannabis cooking techniques and become a master chef in no time!
Using cannabis as medicine begins with understanding the basic science of decarboxylation and why it is crucial in making edibles, tinctures, and topical treatments. To get the full medicinal value out of your cannabis, it needs to be heated to a temperature that is just not possible to obtain in the human digestive system. The major downside of decarboxylating is that some of the more volatile terpenes (and other aromatics) that give the plant its signature aroma and flavor are lost during the process. Adding an equal amount of raw material to the decarboxylated materials may improve the taste and/or smell of your creations, but learning how to decarboxylate cannabis from the get-go properly will save you a lot of time energy, money, and product when cooking with cannabis.
The Decarboxylation Process
The predominant compounds found in cannabis are THCA and CBDA. THCA is the major cannabinoid in Cannabis, while CBDA predominates in fiber-type hemp. THCA and CBDA accumulate in the secretory cavity of the glandular trichomes, which largely occur in female flowers and most aerial parts of the plants. The concentration of these compounds depends on the variety of cannabis and its growth, harvesting, and storage conditions. When locked in their acidic forms, THCA and CBDA are not bioavailable to the body’s cannabinoid receptors. Occurring either naturally within the plant or upon “decarboxylation” (heating the plant material), these acids are non-enzymatically decarboxylated into their corresponding neutral forms (THC and CBD).
THCA is non-psychoactive (meaning it does not produce mind and body-altering effects). If you want to achieve the full psychoactive effects of your butter, fats, oils, sugars, or alcohols, decarboxylating the plant material to convert the THCA to THC before the infusion is essential.
Control of heating temperatures and times is critical when cooking with cannabis. Heating cannabis also converts THC to CBN. At about 70% decarboxylation, THC is converted to CBN faster than the THCA is converted to THC. Higher CBN levels will produce more sedative effects.
Studies show cannabidiol (CBD) has tremendous medical potential, especially in treating seizure disorders and pediatric patients. Indications also suggest CBD lowers blood sugar, making it desirable for treating diabetes. Its sedative properties make it useful in treating stress-related and sleep disorders. CBDA and CBD are non-psychoactive. Unlike THCA and THC, converting CBDA to CBD will not make a psychoactive product. CBD has a calming effect. This makes it ideal for treating children, the aged, or patients that prefer less psychoactive effects. THC vaporizes quicker than CBD, so decarboxylating higher CBD varieties may produce higher CBD-enriched material. However, if you are not using a high CBD strain, extending the heating process may accomplish no more than burning off the THC.
There are much debate and opinion on this process and very little scientific evidence to establish the best method. The only real way to prove the safety, consistency, and potency of your cannabis products is to have them lab tested.
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis
- Forewarning: There will be a powerful odor of cannabis during this process.
- Preheat oven to 225° F / 110° C.
- Line an oven-safe dish (or a rimmed baking sheet) with parchment paper.
- Breaking up cannabis buds into smaller pieces by hand, place the dish's material close together but not stacked on one another (the less unused space, the better).
- When the oven is preheated, bake for about 20 minutes to remove the moisture (depending on the material's freshness). Watch for the plant color to get darker (light to medium brown shade). When it is time to remove from the oven, the material should be crumbly looking.
- Set plant material aside and wait until it is cool enough to handle. Turn oven up to 240° F / 115° C and wait for it to preheat again.
- When the cannabis is cooled, lightly crumble by hand and distribute evenly over the dish's bottom.
- Cover dish with aluminum foil, crimping the edges tight to seal and return to the oven. Continue baking for another 45-60 minutes for higher THC and 60-90 minutes for higher CBD.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool fully before removing the foil. Depending on the material you use, it may be fine enough and require no further processing. If not, you can place the material in a food processor or blender, pulsing the cannabis until it is coarsely ground. Be careful not to over grind the material, as you do not want a super fine powder.
- Place in an airtight container (glass preferred) and store in a cool, dry place.
Best Cannabis Cooking Gadgets Of 2021
Making your own edible cannabis products in the kitchen can sound like a daunting project if you’ve never tried it before. Yes, cannabutter and related products can take a little time to master —but there are more recipes available than ever before and a host of kitchen gadgets that can help everyone from total novices to experienced growers. Here are some of the most helpful gadgets we’ve stocked for your kitchen cannabis adventures.
LEVO I Herbal Oil and Butter Infuser
Restaurant chefs and skincare brands have long revered herbal infusion as their secret ingredient. With LEVO, you don’t need to be a trained chef, beautician, or chemist to enjoy the benefits of herbal infusion. From salad dressings to scented candles, there’s no limit to what you can create!
- Infuse up to 16 oz of oil or butter at the touch of a button
- Easily infuse herbs, fruits, and more using the herb pod.
- Smell Control - reduce the aroma disbursement.
- Take full control of your recipes with precise time and temperature controls.
- Make clean-up a breeze with dishwasher-safe components.
- No additives, solvents, or emulsifiers are required.
- Teflon Free and Non-Toxic
- Easily stores in a closet, pantry, or cupboard.
- Unit measures: 6.6" L x 7.5" W x 12.7" H
- Includes a 3 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
Magical Butter MB2E Botanical Extractor
If you’re a beginner and not really sure where to start, this Magical Butter extractor is a godsend. It takes care of the tricky business with managing temperatures and stirring for you. Just pick your cycle, add the ingredients, and start it up: The smart pitcher will take care of the rest, producing 2 – 5 cups depending on your specific recipe. And speaking of recipes also comes with a great beginner cookbook for making butter, drinks, candies, sauces, and much more.
When finished, you can choose cleaning cycles at the end of production to prepare the extractor for your next session. Plus, the device's contained nature will help keep the smell controlled while you are cooking. Basically, it’s like a little Instant Pot for your edibles and one of the best gifts for edible fans who are still learning the ropes.
Ardent Fx Decarboxylator - Herbal Activator And Extractor
The Ardent FX is an all-in-one portable cannabis kitchen that does it all. Featured on Vice's Most Expensive with rapper 2 Chainz, the FX is the first-ever decarboxylation machine on the market. It's super easy to use! Just add your preferred material to decarboxylate (or activate) and extract, infuse, melt, or bake perfect herbal remedies, oils, butter, edibles, and more, all in one appliance.
Also known as the "Easy-Bake Ardent," this machine is almost four times larger than its predecessor, the Ardent Nova. It also features separate settings for activating all your favorite cannabinoids. It works with any herbal plant material, including flower, kief, and concentrate. It's completely odorless so that it won't stink up your kitchen. The Ardent FX is the perfect addition to your butter makers and other extract tools in your store. Customers will be amazed by its user-friendly features and versatility.
The manufacturer offers a one-year warranty on the Ardent FX.
If you have any questions about decarboxylators or infusers, please send us a message on any social media platform or directly by e-mail and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!