Many people may be steered away from Cannabis by the idea of smoking or of being high. Well, we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to smoke or feel high to enjoy the wonderful health benefits that Cannabis has to offer.
For new cannabis users there’s more ways to medicate than ever. Not that long ago, most people’s experience with cannabis was little more than asking a friend to get a nondescript bag of buds from that friend with a hookup. Now, there’s a wide range of products available from dried flower to transdermal patches to chewing gum, sodas, oils, tinctures and of course, edibles.
Ask any average person walking down the street about the first they think of when you say the word ‘edible’ and they’ll probably say something like pot brownies. So much has changed in the world of edibles in recent years. You could fill a grocery store with all the different cannabis-infused foods that are now available. And classically trained chefs are getting into the weed industry as well using their understanding of complimenting flavors to make cannabis a feature ingredient.
It’s important to note, cooking with cannabis or eating cannabis doesn’t always mean getting high. More often than not, that’s true. However, the more we learn about other compounds in the plant like CBD or CBG, the more we’re learning to work with these non-psychoactive compounds to get them into our bodies orally.
The cannabis plant hosts hundreds of cannabinoids which generally act positively with the natural human endocannabinoid system (ECS). Various cannabinoids and some in combination interact directly or indirectly with neuron receptors to restore and repair damaging imbalances in bio-chemistry and neuro-chemistry.
You can control the degree of psychoactive effects you’ll feel and eliminate the risks of smoking by instead consuming delicious and nutritious edible Cannabis products. These products have a range of THC and CBD content, so you can find the ones that work and feel the best for you. The majority of edibles are designed to get the user high, but more cannabis chefs are experimenting with different form of cannabis that uses CBD oils and strains in their food.
CBD often appears on the market as an oil. We like to think of it like olive oil but with a different taste. It can be used in most cooking applications where olive oil would be used, or it could even be mixed in with olive oil.
There isn’t a right or a wrong way to cook with cannabis and all recipes can be altered to fit certain wants and dietary needs. Cooking with cannabis is an easy, simple way to get the correct dosage of cannabis whilst enjoying the side effects it brings. Cooking with cannabis seems a great alternative delivery system to smoking. For most medical and psychological problems, cannabis edibles and drinkables let you dose and deliver as you want. With cookies, brownies, butters, and oils, you can dose at your own pace and do it discretely throughout the day!
[Updated, originally published 24.03.2017]