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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Pot d'Huile's flavor is grassy and subtle, and versatile enough to pair nicely with a lot of food. Pizza? Yes. Salad? Of course. Maybe I even took a swig of it right out of the bottle. Maybe I did that twice. There's a lot of room for inventiveness—just make sure to keep the oil below 314° F to retain the oil's psychoactive effects.
Crespo turned to Allison Comiso Bordsen, a biochemist and molecular biologist with experience experimenting in the cannabis space. "She makes the magic in the bottle," Crespo said. "She came up with the formulation, she did all of the testing, and was able to create something dosage specific."
Pot d'Huile checks a lot of boxes for the millennial food aficionado. It's a THC-filled extra virgin olive oil made with California-grown olives and California-grown cannabis. Yannick Crespo, a former finance guy, wanted to create an edible product that was easy to use and easy to control, but didn't know how to realize his dream. "We needed a scientist to actually create this product," Crespo told me.
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"We recommend lightly dosing the first time around," Crespo said. "Five milligrams is what we recommend people start with. We don't want people to feel overwhelmed on the first go around. Peoples' tolerances vary greatly."
If you're in California, you can buy the oil online or in select San Francisco dispensaries in two sizes: 125ml ($50) and 25ml ($16). Unfortunately, no shipping the oil elsewhere. "We'd be breaking federal law if we were to do so," Crespo said. "We are only within the state of California," though he does plan on setting up sister entities in different states to offer more people the opportunity to enjoy his product.
On a recent mild mid-summer night, my friends gathered in a Los Angeles backyard for a pizza party. Some people brought the host wine. I brought the host drugs—in the form of Pot d'Huile, a California-grown, cannabis-infused olive oil. Pizza was made, wine was poured, and weed was drizzled.
On top of helping lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, we can now add “a nice buzz” to reasons we love olive oil. Pot d’Huile is a cannabis-infused EVOO that can be used in place of regular olive oil in any recipe. I had the pleasure of trying it out myself at a recent cannabis dinner, hosted by Jamie Evans (aka The Herb Somm) and Devika Maskey of TSO Sonoma, and it was an “elevated” dining experience indeed.
Pot d’Huile will be launching two new products around the end of April, including the 1:1 THC to CBD olive oil product I tried firsthand, and a 1:1 CBD-only olive oil. These will be available at select dispensaries across California, priced at $16 for the 25ml bottle and $50 for the 100 ml bottle. If you can’t wait until then, the 1:1 THC-only olive oil is currently sold at certain Bay Area dispensaries.
Throughout the dinner I attended, guests were able to self-dose each course to their liking. We started out by dipping rustic breads into Pot d’Huile, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it tasted, well, just like olive oil. Despite being infused with weed, I didn’t get any of the lingering flavors of cannabis that normally exist with traditional edibles. Guests around me began experimenting with their own pairings, and found that adding a teaspoon to the served Winter squash soup added a flavorful layer to the dish. Although onset time can vary person to person (it can be delayed by up to two hours for some), the party really got started about 30 minutes into the dinner. The endless wine definitely played a factor, but I noticed a mellow, full-body relaxation creeping up on me, and others felt the same.
Pot d’Huile was designed for use by both culinary professionals and folks cooking at home. Using high-quality cannabis flower and certified extra virgin olive oil sourced by Northern California farms, the San Francisco-based product boasts fantastic taste in addition to consistent dosage. There’s one milligram of THC per one milliliter of olive oil, so if you’re new to edibles, begin with no more than one teaspoon (five mg to five ml) to first gauge how your body responds.
Not only did this weed-infused olive oil make me rethink the many ways cannabis can be incorporated into one’s lifestyle, but I was mainly impressed by the uncompromised flavors. The fact that it tasted good in addition to making me feel good was a definite bonus. I can see it enhancing dinner dates with my boyfriend and meals with friends, and I’m excited to start cooking with it at home!