LEVO 101: Why Activate?
LEVO II comes with three settings: Activate, Dry and Infuse. Let’s dive in and understand a bit more about the Activate cycle, and where & when to use it.
If you’re cooking with flower, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the two primary compounds found in your botanical ingredients. They’re generally inactive in raw material and need to be “activated” through a process of heating before any psychoactive effects can be felt.
Activation removes the acid, or the “A” molecule, by releasing a carbon atom from a carbon chain. This can only be achieved through heat and time. With the LEVO II, we recommend our default setting of 240F / 116C for 30 minutes. Simply pack your Herb Pod with your materials (making sure to leave room for air to circulate), set your Activate cycle and relax (remember: this is a dry cycle- no oil or butter should be added until you begin infusing!). Once finished, add your oil or butter to infuse.
Keep in mind, activating is optional. If you’d like to minimize or skip the psychoactive component, skip the Activate cycle and go straight to Infuse.
Please Note: The time it takes LEVO to Warm Up to your set temperature can vary significantly, depending on factors like altitude, your cycle settings, and the type of ingredients you are using. Unlike a kitchen oven’s larger exposed heating coils, the LEVO uses an insulated laboratory heat-plate that heats from beneath the reservoir, so please allow a range of approximately 15-30 minutes to reach your set cycle temperature