Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil Goes on Sale in U.S.

The makers of 'Pot d'Huile' say users of their cannabis-infused olive oil can "work with their own culinary creativity to develop healthful, delicious food that also offers the cannabis experience they are looking for.”

Jan. 26, 2017
By Julie Al-Zoubi

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Pot d’Huile aims to sat­isfy the culi­nary crav­ings of both gas­tronomes and cannabis con­nois­seurs. Certified extra vir­gin olive is infused with cannabis extract to pro­duce Pot d’Huile. Its users are able to con­trol their dosage and experience. 

The cannabis infused olive oil, which can be used in place of reg­u­lar olive oil, is guar­an­teed to bring a touch of piz­zazz to even the drea­ri­est dish. Carolyn Insley, Pot d’Huile’s account coor­di­na­tor promises, Users will cer­tainly feel the effects of cannabis.” 

Pot d’Huile’s olive oil is made from Hojiblanca and Arbequina olives sourced from a fam­ily farm in North California. The cannabis extract is derived from California-made Gorilla Cookies.” 

When asked for sug­gested ways to use the prod­uct, Insley told Olive Oil Times, Pot d’Huile is at home in a range of recipes includ­ing salad dress­ing, hum­mus, olive oil cakes and cook­ies. Instead of rely­ing on the unhealthy (and often un-deli­cious) prod­ucts cur­rently on the mar­ket, users can work with their own culi­nary cre­ativ­ity to develop health­ful, deli­cious food that also offers the cannabis expe­ri­ence they are look­ing for.”

Insley added, Because of the neu­tral fla­vor and sim­ple dos­ing in Pot d’Huile, the prod­uct has a wide range of uses for home cooks as well as culi­nary pro­fes­sion­als. It can essen­tially be used as any olive oil. It is impor­tant to note, how­ever, that the oil should not be heated above 314 degrees to main­tain its potency, so cook­ing tech­niques such as fry­ing and sautéing are not recommended.” 

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Pot d’Huile was founded in 2015 but its mak­ers had to over­come major chal­lenges to per­fect the prod­uct. Yannick Crespo, the brain behind Pot d’Huile, admit­ted, Our first try tasted awful.” Extensive research was under­taken to find an effec­tive way to neu­tral­ize the grassy fla­vor of cannabis and elim­i­nate unde­sir­able chem­i­cals while main­tain­ing a pre­cise dose. Numerous extrac­tion machines were dis­carded for fail­ing to pro­duce a sat­is­fac­tory product. 

Biochemist Allison Comiso Bordsen was even­tu­ally recruited by the upstart. She devised a suc­cess­ful pro­cess­ing method that ensures con­sumers receive the max­i­mum ben­e­fits from the prod­uct. The process is a closely guarded secret, Insley said. Pot d’Huile can­not be patented as cannabis remains ille­gal under fed­eral law. 

Insley said Pot d’Huile was founded as an answer to the dis­ap­point­ing state of edi­bles in a food cul­ture that val­ues qual­ity ingre­di­ents. By bring­ing California food cul­ture up to speed with California cannabis cul­ture, PDH aims to give users the abil­ity to con­trol their dosage and expe­ri­ence while deliv­er­ing a high-qual­ity prod­uct on par with other gourmet food­stuffs val­ued in the California market.” 

Pot d’Huile’s mak­ers claim, we are the only olive oil that’s dosage-spe­cific and fla­vor-neu­tral.” A fifth of a tea­spoon of Pot d’Huile deliv­ers one mil­ligram of tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC). The rec­om­mended dose for light cannabis users is two to four mil­ligrams, which has a sim­i­lar effect to a glass of wine. Seasoned cannabis users can enjoy five to ten mil­ligrams; the equiv­a­lent of three glasses of wine. 

Pot d’Huile will retail for $42.50 for a 100ml bot­tle. Each bot­tle con­tains 100 grams of (THC) and the full scope of the ter­penes plant. This ensures con­sumers will ben­e­fit from its med­i­c­i­nal” ben­e­fits. The oil’s potency can be reduced by mix­ing it with reg­u­lar olive oil. Pot d’Huile can be stored for up to 6 months in a cool, dry place. 

Medical use of mar­i­juana is legal in 30 US states. Recreational use is per­mit­ted in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts, Washington and Washington DC. Overall, around 20 per­cent of Americans can access cannabis for med­ical or recre­ational use. 

Pot d’Huile goes on sale this month in San Francisco.



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