Cannabis in the Kitchen Grows Even More Popular
In the U.S., we are never surprised when a new “trend” occurs and calls out to people to jump on board and enjoy it. And when it comes to the ever-growing popularity of cooking with cannabis – including the number of cookbooks being published, with recipes galore – it’s no different.
Cannabis-infused edibles are available in a variety of products; from baked goods to cooking oils to THC- and CBD-infused drinks, even ice cream, and they are not only tasty, but they offer the desired effects of cannabis.
Even one of the elite culinary magazines, Food & Wine, has come out with a “Guide to Culinary Cannabis” as well as other articles and recipes featuring cannabutter. In the last decade, marijuana has moved into the mainstream and, quite literally, landed on dinner tables everywhere because of companies like this, and the legalization of marijuana that’s occurring in state after state.
More chefs and diners are also getting into “the green rush.” On a daily basis they are exploring the versatility of the cannabis plant in truly imaginative ways. Not just infusing foods, they are also pairing inhaled marijuana with food, and testing the full spectrum of flavor profiles and psychoactive effects of many cannabis strains.
A highly important recipe that everyone should learn how to make is cannabutter—cannabis-infused butter—because it is a key ingredient in infused edibles. It’s generally less expensive than buying CBD oil, and making it from scratch is easier than you may think. This essential recipe can be made with either butter or coconut oil for dairy-free, plant-based cooking. You can spread it on your morning toast or use it to make your favorites – from CBD brownies to pancakes.
This is also a trend, however, that people need to better understand in order to stay safe. To put it simply, marijuana and hemp are cousins in the cannabis family. The primary difference is that marijuana contains more THC (tetra-hydro cannabinol), which has psychoactive effects on the human brain. Hemp, on the other hand, has extremely low levels (0.3% or less), and is nonintoxicating. Both contain a multitude of cannabinoids and terpenes—compounds that have been proven to help relaxation, provide positive mood changes, and decrease inflammation—and have no psychoactive effects.
It’s important that consumers do their research before purchasing and cooking with CBD products. When it comes to THC edibles, states where recreational marijuana is legal require testing for potency and contaminants by a third-party lab. A good sign that the product you’re considering is legit, is that there will be a label on the product from an accredited lab.
As previously stated, the cookbooks out there are numerous and have a ton of recipes to try out. In addition, there are those focused on specialty areas, such as wholesome foods, sweet tooths, small bites and appetizers, connoisseurs – even old-school recipes. Thus far, in 2021, among the “best of the best” cookbooks are:
1. “Cooking with Cannabis” (by Laurie Wolf). The New Yorker called Laurie Wolf “the Martha Stewart of Cannabis” – high praise, indeed. In this cookbook, Wolf offers high-quality recipes that will impress both cannabis and cuisine lovers.
2. For beverages, check out, “Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics” (by Warren Bobrow). Cannabis-infused beverages have become a multi-billion-dollar market. High-end beverages without any alcohol content are a great way to consume cannabis, and they complement any meal. The book also includes recipes for infusing regular drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade.
3. When it comes to desserts, “Baked: Over 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats” (by Yzabetta Sativa) is the way to go. Now in its’ second edition, the author offers honest advice on how to cook with the world’s most versatile plant. And all recipes, like the Aloha Hawaiian Bread, are delicious.
4. “Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen” (by Stephanie Hau), is also quite popular because it puts flavors first, and has been called ‘an excellent entry-level guide for the inexperienced home cook’.
And these are just a few. To learn more about cannabis cooking, how to make cannabutter, and to purchase an ultimate cookbook that focuses on what you want to learn and create in your own kitchen, do your research on the Internet today.
Most of all, enjoy!
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