Summer 2018 is set to bring the legalization of cannabis to Canada, and I couldn’t be more excited! With April 20 (4/20) upon us and the end to prohibition near, there’s no better time, in my opinion, to talk about marijuana-infused foods. Sure, the Cannabis Act won’t immediately legalize the sale of edibles, but it will give Canadians the opportunity to purchase marijuana legally and cook with it at home. Amazing!
Here are a few things you should know:
1. You want to be at a 10!
Jeff the 420 Chef who uses marijuana as the key ingredient in his cookbook The 420 Gourmet wants people to understand proper dosing. If you want to have a good experience, the typical dose is ten milligrams of THC. Sure, you can buy edibles with 120 milligrams of THC, but that doesn’t mean you should eat the whole thing. Dose safely my friends, the goal is to enjoy your experience, not put yourself into a coma.
2. Don’t throw your pot into the pot
Before you start tossing your stash into recipes, you need to do a little prep work. Unlike other herbs, marijuana needs to be properly prepared before you use it. Sure, you might be tempted to toss some pink kush into your favourite cookie recipe, but that’s not going to do the trick, and it doesn’t really taste good.
Think canna oil for your treats and recipes! Remember, it’s important to clean your weed before you start. And never, ever cook your stash above 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have no idea what any of that means, watch how to Clean Bud and Make Artisan Canna Oil.
3. There’s so much more to edibles than brownies!
When you think cannabis edibles, it’s often brownies, candies and chocolate, but once you have your canna oil made, the sky’s the limit for what you can do with it in the kitchen. The cookbook HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis includes all kinds of creative recipes.
Try the ‘Medicated Butternut Squash Soup’ or ‘Seared Bone-In Ribeye with Garlic Herb Cannacompound Butter’. Both savoury dishes include variations of cannabis that have been cleaned, prepared and turned into an oil or compound. Yum and fun! You can also use your infused oil in salad dressings or try making cannabis pasta.
4. The Future of cannabis-infused food & beverage in Ontario
Over the next year, we will see a lot of new products and services start popping up when it comes to cannabis-infused food and beverage.
Province Brand’s entrepreneur Dooma Wendshuch plans to make a beer brewed wholly from cannabis, the first in the word, with a technology patent for the cannabis brewed beer just being filed last week. He says his product is ready to hit shelves in 2019 when the government plans to legalize edibles, and he has already bought an 80,000 square-foot brewery in Ontario to get started.
Second Cup is looking into converting some of its coffee shops into cannabis dispensaries and pot lounges (when legal).
Restaurants solely dedicated to serving cannabis-infused foods will also be something we can look forward to, but probably not until 2019.
With the legalization of marijuana, the food and beverage landscape is about to change across our country. I hope you have a lot of fun experimenting with cannabis in your kitchen, and enjoy all of the new products and services to come! I look forward to celebrating this delightful flowering herb come July 1.
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*As with anything, we ask that you enjoy responsibly!
As a southern Ontario farm girl, Stacey appreciates the hard work that goes into agriculture and is keen to support Ontario farmers. When she’s not writing copy or engaging on social media, you can find her dining at local small restaurants, cooking or enjoying Ontario craft beer and wine.