Everyone is CBD’ing just about everything recently and at-home infuser machines are trending upwards in terms of sales, people searching online and, of course, the entire cannabis community get uber creative. In an industry that’s projected to grow to over $5 Billion in the next couple years we have to see what all the fuss was about.
Overall, infuser machines allow you to brilliantly infuse oil, butter, and the like with dried herbs. In the original sense, we actually mean herbs (think: rosemary, basil, thyme). However, typically marketed to marijuana enthusiasts, many popular picks allow them to make all forms of weed butter (yep, that’s a thing), a wide variety of yummy CBD-infused gummies, brownies, and everything in between.
We love a trend, clearly, but this seems to be more than just a new trend and quickly becoming an everyday essential for regular at-home use. While most may use it for all their weed-needs, there are some brands that actually want you to use it to make all sorts of different foods, infused-drinks, desserts, and even things like lip balms, face scrubs, shower steamers, candy, and way, way more.
We’re normally not total sticks-in-the-mud (although, saying it that way kinda makes us one), but let’s be honest, most of the cannabis fans already know about these, love them, and have them.
So we decided to test-drive one to see if we could make something food-related by using one. We’ll list the one we purchased below, but overall we actually kind of dig using it. First off, it was actually pretty easy to use and we know nothing when it comes to cooking, baking, or anything in the kitchen, really. Well, we can make a pretty mean iced coffee. We started off simple by just trying some rosemary butter. What’s kind of cool about it is that since you’re choosing the ingredients you already know what’s going into your creations so, in some sense, it’s a bit healthier than buying from the store. Plus, it’s kind of fun. Oh, and Keto fanatics love this.
Then we got kind of daring and tried out a recipe for Cinnamon Maple Butter French Toast. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. That one was a bit trickier, but still doable. One thing to note is that when you’re making some of these infusions they can take a bit longer than you’d think. For example, with the french toast we had to break up the cinnamon sticks (no biggie) and then add in the butter into the machine (no biggie) and then chose the appropriate cycle and let it go for the full 1-hour required. While an hour certainly isn’t a big deal it’s not like this is super fast and something you can throw together at the last minute, so plan accordingly!
Another reason why people are becoming obsessed is because of all the different CBD-infusions you can do like:
- Golden Milk
- Hot Chocolate
- Hand Moisturizer
- Scented Roller Balls
You get the point. There’s a ton (a ton!) you can do with this. Sky is certainly the limit, but make up your mind quickly because these are getting more and more difficult to find in stock.
Overall, we’re kind of hooked. We’re not huge into weed and the like, but are definitely going to experiment a bit with CBD. Anything that’ll help us chill the F out and help lower our anxiety level, we’re all for. But we really liked it from a healthier food and drink perspective (including cocktails) and while we may not use it every single day, it’ll really come in handy when we’re feeling creative in the kitchen, during the holidays, and when we need that much deserved drink at the end of a long and miserable day. So, do it!
If you’re looking to give this a go, check out our picks for some of the best infuser machines (so far) in 2021.
LEVO II Infuser Machine
For the Kitchen Gadget Lover
One of the most popular brands in the infusion machine space is LEVO and, spoiler alert, it’s the one we bought. You’ll be proud to display this one on your kitchen counter. It comes in a bunch of really trendy colors like robin blue, cayenne red, Meyer yellow and more. It lets you dry, activate, and infuse and, even better, it’ll allow you to store and save your settings and monitor everything via the app. Oh, and did we mention it’s dishwasher safe? Game. Changer. Learn more here!
The Magical Butter Machine
Amazon Ratings: +2,600
For the Budget-Friendly Shoppers
Probably the most common known among the infusion community, you can snag this one on Amazon for a relatively low price (in comparison to some other brands). You can make tons of different things like brownies, smoothies, cookies, sauces, soups, and a whole lot more. We loved the cleaning cycles where you can choose from 1-hour to 8! Plus, this one comes with a purity filter, silicone oven mitt, and cookbook. Learn more here!
Ardent Cannabis Nova FX Infuser
For the Weed/Cannabis Fans
If you’re looking for one of the most popular options in the cannabis circles, go with this option from Ardent Cannabis; the Nova FX. This one is new, improved, and bigger than their original best seller (over 3x bigger). Cleanup is really simple and one of the best parts is that it’s smell free so you’re not going to get busted by family and friends, you know, if you don’t want to. A bit on the pricer side, but it allows you to activate, infuse, melt, bake, and more. Have at it! Learn more here!
Active Gear Guy Machine
Amazon Ratings: +570
For the Beginners
If you’re new to the game and want to learn and not spend a ton, check out this top seller from AGG. Make your favorite butters, oils, edibles, and everything in between. Plus, the decarb feature is included. Score! Learn more here!
Hi Herbal Infuser
Amazon Ratings: +140
$129.99 (7% Off!)
For the DIY’s
Another great option and not overly expensive! This one from Hi will help you make your favorite maple syrups in about 45-minutes and experiment making your own alcohol tinctures in around 4-hours. A decent bang for your buck, it also comes with a measuring cup, glove, strainer, organic herb filter, and even recipe book. What more do you need? Learn more here!
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