Cannabis Recipe: Cannabis Is Food, Food Is Medicine

Cannabis Recipe: Cannabis Is Food, Food Is Medicine

Cannabis can help us through such a monumental shift in our lives—whether it’s as a vice to escape the reality of it all, a way to calm anxiety and stress, or even as an immunity booster. 

Cannabis is well-known for producing physiological effects on the body. If dosed properly, it can provide relief and a calming effect. It’s important to start with small doses; if you take too much it can have the opposite effect by causing more anxiety.

Cannabis plants feed our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS regulates our organs, maintaining homeostasis stability and health.

What is the best alternative to smoking cannabis during quarantine? Maybe Edibles are the best for sure. 

If possible, replace cigarettes with CBD pre-rolls, which would provide cannabinoids to your endocannabinoid system. This helps reduce inflammation and actually produces a physiological response that will quell your anxiety and stress. If you don’t smoke cigarettes and you’re a cannabis smoker, it might be better to use cannabis edibles. You’ll also save money by making your own.

So how do we get through this quarantine period? have you ever tried making your own cannabis food?

Here are two recipes for Cannabis, we can make our own cannabis food, cooking with cannabis for health and wellness.

  • Weed Gummies
  • Medicated Lime Curry Chickpea Salad

How to Make Weed Gummies?

Gummies are a tasty and popular cannabis-infused treat that can be found on dispensary shelves nationwide. We’ll show you how to make weed gummies at home with this naturally-flavored and customizable recipe.

Weed Gummies

What You’ll Need

  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Dropper
  • Silicone gummy molds (you can also use a parchment-lined baking tray and cut into servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fruit juice or fruit puree, thoroughly strained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons(or to taste) maple syrup, agave, or sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon agar-agar powder
  • The desired amount of cannabis tincture

*This recipe yields roughly 50 gummy bear-sized servings. It’s up to you to decide how potent you want your gummies to be. A good serving size to start with is around 5 to 10 milligrams of THC. However, these gummies are so delicious that you may not want to stop at just one.

It may be a good idea to add less THC per gummy so that you can enjoy a few at a time!

Cannabis tinctures purchased at your local dispensary will usually label the amount of THC per milliliter of the product.

If you have a tincture that contains 30mg of THC per milliliter and you add 5mL, each of the 50 gummies would contain 3mg THC (30×5÷50=3).

If you’re using fewer, larger gummy molds, adjust your serving accordingly.

Weed Gummy Recipe

  1. Place your empty molds in the freezer so they are already cool when it’s time to use them.
  2. If you are making your own fruit puree, blend your fruit and strain through a fine-mesh sieve so that you are left with a juicy consistency.
  3. Add the fruit juice or puree to a saucepan. Heat on the stovetop on medium-low. Whisk in the lemon juice, sweetener, and agar-agar powder. 
  4. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  5. Continue to simmer for 3 minutes, whisking the entire time in order to prevent lumps from forming.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before stirring in your desired amount of cannabis tincture. Mix thoroughly to distribute the tincture evenly.
  7. Use a dropper to fill your individual molds. If using a parchment-lined baking tray, carefully pour in the liquid mixture so that it forms an even layer on the tray. 
  8. Place in the fridge and allow to sit for 30 minutes up to one hour.

Weed Gummy Cooking Tips

Our recipe calls for cannabis tincture, but you can use other infused cannabis products as well. For additional sweetness, consider using THC syrup instead.

For highly-concentrated gummies with a less weed-like flavor, you may want to opt for THC distillate. Distillates can be up to 99% pure THC and are almost completely odorless and flavorless, making them an excellent neutral cannabis additive. 

If you’re looking for a yummy serving of cannabinoids without the intoxicating effects, you can use a CBD tincture to create CBD gummies instead. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and while it won’t get you high, it could help you maintain a more relaxed demeanor during the day and get better sleep at night.

It’s important not to overheat whichever cannabis product you choose, as it can degrade at higher temperatures and lose potency.

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD need to be activated by heat or pressure to work effectively within the human body, but if you’re using any of the aforementioned cannabis products, the cannabinoids within the formula have already been activated through the process of decarboxylation.

What Is Agar-Agar Powder?

Most weed gummy recipes call for the use of gelatin to bind the ingredients and create a springy texture. While gelatin is cheap and widely available, it has serious drawbacks for some.

Gelatin is not vegan. In fact, it’s not even vegetarian. It’s made from the boiled skin, tendons, ligaments and bones of slaughtered animals, usually cows or pigs.

The presence of pork products means that most gelatin is also not Kosher or halal. Inclusivity is the name of the game, so our weed gummy recipe is gelatin-free.

On the other hand, agar-agar is so nice they named it twice. Agar-agar is derived from seaweed and makes a great plant-based alternative to gelatin.

It’s often used as a thickening agent in custards, sauces, and vegetarian marshmallows. This product is dried and sold in flake or powdered form in many Asian and health food stores. It’s also available at Whole Foods and online. 

The texture of weed gummies made with agar-agar differs slightly from traditional gelatin gummies. Rather than the harder, chewier texture of regular gummy bears, the texture of these is more similar to your favorite childhood fruit snacks(like Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks).

Weed Gummy Flavor Options

One of the best parts about this recipe is that it’s completely customizable! You can use just about any kind of fruit juice or fruit puree that you like. Apple juice is a common fan favorite because it’s cheap, easy, and delicious. Other fruity options include:

  • Orange juice
  • Cherry juice
  • Raspberry puree
  • Watermelon puree
  • And many more!

You can combine more than one flavor as well! Consider blending apple juice with blueberries or strawberries for natural color and flavor. For a more tropical vibe, you can mix orange juice with pineapple juice or guava.

If you’re using whole fruits instead of pre-made fruit juice, strain the mixture using a fine-mesh sieve to remove any fibrous material before using it in your recipe.

Fruits aren’t the only way to add flavor to your weed gummies. For those who partake, you can substitute some of the fruit juice with sparkling wine, such as champagne or prosecco.

Choose a dry or brut bubbly for less-sweet gummies, or a rosé version to add a touch of pink!

Consider which flavors will complement the weed strain used in your cannabis product. A strain’s terpene profile offers a variety of tasting notes that can range from citrusy to herbaceous.

You may want to cover up the cannabis flavor with other strong flavors, like pineapple and cherry, or accentuate it with complementary pairings. 

Seasonal Recipe – Medicated Lime Curry Chickpea Salad

This is a pantry-ready recipe for quarantine. Using canned chickpeas from the pantry and a bottle of CBD oil on-hand, for the win.

Medicated Lime Curry Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons CBD/hemp oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ medium bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ½ cup parsley leaves only, chopped

Instructions:

• In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Stir and allow the flavors to marry at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Yield:

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Note:

If you have leftovers, make hummus. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and slowly add olive oil while the motor is running. The amount depends on the quantity of the salad, so just add the oil slowly until you reach the desired consistency. Serve as crudités or with toasted pita bread.

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Christine
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VAPEBIZ’s news editor, keep up-to-date with daily news policies regarding Cannabis and Vape. Share some basic knowledge of cannabis, mainly focusing on the daily use of CBD products.

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