Stoner Approved Recipes Outsiders often conclude that cannabis users are all the same, fitting into the stereotypical stoner image that has been projected since the ’60s. However, this could not be further from the truth. One of the only real attributes that are shared amongst the majority of weed smokers is the appreciation of food and good munchies. Cannabis opens many a culinary door for home cooks and consumers alike. Whether you like to bake up a pan of edibles or a meal for a host of friends, cannabis can be integrated into thousands of tasty and unique recipes. Delicious Options for New and Experienced Home Cooks From brownies to pasta, we scoured our resources and found some of the best cannabis-infused, stoner-approved recipes out there. Because we encourage inclusion, family, and friends, our first recipe is for more of a communal dinner or for a potluck dish. Cannabis Mac and Cheese You got us. This one is a bit of a cheat. However, we think you will not only forgive but thank us in the end… it requires Cannabutter and a simple boxed macaroni and cheese dinner kit. Ultimately this is an excellent chance for integration that does not occur to everyone right away. Ingredients 1 Boxed mac and cheese dinner kit 1-2 Tbsp Cannabutter (more or less to taste) Instructions Cook the noodles in the kit according to their cook instructions Add in the correct measured amount of milk and powdered cheese Add 1-2 Tbsp Cannabutter (more or less according to taste) Mix thoroughly and let cool at least five minutes before enjoying! Peanut Butter Quick Bread Quick bread makes for an excellent cannabis-infused treat because it is convenient and contains common ingredients found in the everyday pantry. This bread is both moist and rich in flavor, providing consumers with an intense, sustainable, and long-lasting high. Ingredients 2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 4 Tbsp Cannabutter ½ Cup sugar ¼ Cup brown sugar 1 Large egg 1 Cup milk Instructions Heat your oven to 340-degrees Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and set aside for later Take your mixing bowl and beat your Cannabutter and sugar on low speed until the ingredients become fluffy. Now mix in your peanut butter, egg, and vanilla, continuously scraping down the sides of the bowl for a thorough mixture. Add in your flour and beat with a mixer until thoroughly combined. Your batter will be thick at this point. Add in the milk and beat until smooth. Pour your batter into a loaf pan until it is spread evenly. Bake it for 50 minutes or until your bread bounces back after indenting it with a finger. Allow the bread to cool within the pan for at least 15 minutes. Remove and place it on a cooling rack until completely cool. Enjoy! Cannabis Spaghetti and Sauce Spaghetti is an age-old meal that is great for families, potlucks, or group dinners. What you might now know is, it is entirely possible to create a delicious, THC infused spaghetti sauce that will delight your taste buds and allow you to relax. This is a perfect dish that will feed many at your next canna potluck! Ingredients 8-Ounces tomato paste, canned 2 Tbsp Canna-oil ½ Cup onions, chopped ½ Cup red pepper, chopped ½ Cup Cannabutter ½ Cup distilled water 1 Garlic clove, minced 1 Bay leaf ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ½ tsp thyme 16-ounces dry spaghetti Instructions Mix all the ingredients except the noodles within a large saucepan Allow it to simmer for 1 hour and 45 minutes Get water boiling and cook your pasta until al dente Allow the sauce and noodles to cool Serve and enjoy! Cannabutter Pan-Seared Steak The majority of the population enjoys a good steak from time to time. And after all, what is better than a juicy steak and baked potato for dinner after you smoke? Yep, you guessed it – THC infused pan-seared steak! Ingredients 5 lbs. Ribeye steak. Preferably one that is at least 1.5 inches thick 1 Tbsp olive oil (Or canola oil if you do not have olive oil) Salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp Cannabutter Instructions Begin by preheating your oven to 500-degrees while bringing the steak down to room temp. (Allow it to sit out at least an hour Place a frying pan on the main burner and heat it on high for 5 minutes Brush the steak lightly with the oil of your choice then add seasoning as desired Place your steak in the center of your hot frying pan. Cook it for 1-2 minutes then flip Place your Cannabutter atop the steak and place the pan into the oven Cook for 2 minutes, flip, and cook for 2 more minutes Remove the pan from the oven and place the steak on a plate before wrapping the plate in foil for 2 minutes Following this resting period, go ahead and serve with the sides of your choice Velvety Canna-Mashed Potatoes I think it is safe to say that mashed potatoes are one of the more universal, well-loved foods in existence. Eaten from Ireland to American and everywhere in-between, this popular dish only gets better with the addition of Cannabutter. In fact, this would make for a great addition to the previous steak recipe (see above). Ingredients 2 ½ lbs. russet or Yukon potatoes Salt and pepper to taste 4 tsp. Cannabutter 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 ounces cream cheese Instructions Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil Peel and wash your potatoes, cut them into 2-inch cubes and place them in the water Turn the heat to medium and boil until potatoes are soft – 15 or so minutes Remove from heat and drain before placing the potatoes in a bowl Hand mash while adding in your butter, Cannabutter, and cream cheese, mix thoroughly with a hand mixer Serve and enjoy! Cook your Stoner Heart Out As you can see, the extent of foods that can be turned in cannabis-infused dishes is quite unlimited. Whether you are searching for a great main course or that perfect dessert for friends, all you need is some Cannabutter and a can-do attitude! Give a few of these recipes a try and see how truly easy it can be. Before you know it, you will be the go-to Canna-chef for your family and friends. With a little hard work you will be hosting dinners in no time!
The cannabis industry is healthier than ever with legalization spreading throughout much of Canada and the United States. While this legal status is new, cannabis has been used since at least 1000 BCE. Despite the common outlook of those outside the culture, marijuana is not used just to “get high”. In fact, the spread of legalization for medicinal reasons is in rapid effect due to its bounty of honest to goodness benefits. From pain relief to stress relief and help with depression, cannabis has proven itself effective for a variety of discomforts and ailments. The real kicker here is that long-term use of marijuana is much less harmful than the regular use of numerous pharmaceuticals—it is much less addicting as well. While the majority of us understand this fact, there is an undeniable stigma around it that has kept it from universal legalization. It is only recently that we are beginning to see widespread acceptance and the support of non-consumers at the polls. This long-standing stigma has instilled with it a variety of marijuana myths that are believed by many to this day. These typically negative myths are what ultimately feeds into the fear, enabling marijuana’s illegal status to be upheld across several countries. It is Addicting One of the more common mistakes made by outside eyes is relating cannabis to the more harmful substances like cocaine, tobacco, and some pharmaceuticals. With such a comparison it is easy to see why people assume cannabis is addicting. Technically speaking, marijuana does not have addicting ingredients/chemicals like the commonly used drugs out there. However, anything can become psychologically addicting. Those who find themselves mentally reliant on marijuana are considered to have marijuana use disorder that occasionally needs treatment. Cannabis Lowers the Mental Capacity We have all heard it time and time again –negatively impacts your mental performance. This is perhaps the longest-standing myth where cannabis is concerned, and it is understandably worrisome. However, where there are health concerns such as this, there is scientific research. While marijuana can cause memory-loss while intoxicated, there is absolutely zero-proof that this can lead to permanent damage. Furthermore, there is evidence that it is absolutely not harmful when used casually. Cannabis Causes a Lack of Motivation and Poor Performance We have all heard the adage that marijuana will have you sitting idly by while life just keeps on moving. Remember the commercial with the deflated woman, “high on marijuana”, plastered to the couch like a melting candle? Ads like this have long instilled this idea over the past few decades. However, through a few studies, research has shown that regular use of marijuana does not affect motivation or performance levels. Speaking personally, it actually tends to get us moving! Effects of Marijuana One of the reasons many believe cannabis is such a harmful indulgence is because they believe it to be a gateway drug. What is a gateway drug? Many believe that marijuana use will lead you to sample other, more serious drugs. While those abusing heroin, LSD, and the like have likely previously consumed THC, this does not go both ways. When making the comparison between these two very different groups of people, you will see that there is absolutely no link between cannabis use and the use of hard drugs. On the contrary, marijuana is incredibly useful in helping those addicted to hard drugs through the recovery process. It is one of the least harmful ways to get relief from those nasty withdrawal symptoms. Cannabis Leads to Crime It is quite common among the majority to believe that cannabis causes, creates, or encourages crime in one way or another. However, if you have indulged in the past, then you know that marijuana has quite a calming and passive effect. This reduction in aggression actually makes users less likely to commit a crime. However, because cannabis is so widely criminalized, cannabis use in itself is the only real thing turning users into criminals. In fact, you will find that they are what makes up the statistic—not threatening criminals. There is a Chance for Overdose Because cannabis is so often compared to harder drugs, many assume that you can overdose as you can with heroin, opiates, cocaine, etc. However, you can rest easy knowing that this has never happened even once. While it is not likely that you are going to smoke yourself to death, too much consumption of anything can cause a negative reaction. Of course, if you use marijuana and you do have a negative reaction, you should probably find another way to relax. Marijuana Kills Brain Cells This has been the big one for as long as we can remember. And it is indeed a scary thought. With these rumors whirling around there have many scientific study done on the matter. As it turns out, cannabis does NOT, in fact, kill brain cells. The weird thing to consider here is that alcohol does kill brain cells, causing permanent damage, yet it remains legal around the world. That’s something to think about for sure. Enjoying the Benefits of Marijuana Safely and Effectively The world will still likely hold on to a couple of these myths as time passes, however, it is likely to become accepted worldwide in the future. With any luck doctors and scientists can work together to integrate cannabis into patient care plans instead of medication. Until then, at least you know that all those myths you have heard over the years do not have much truth to them. Furthermore, the safe and legal use of marijuana is beneficial for plenty of people of all ages, genders, cultures, races, etc!
CBD oil is gaining prevalence in becoming one of the most sought out natural remedies for just about anything. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating agent derived from cannabis. CBD can be processed into various forms including tinctures, topicals, or edibles, but is mostly found in the form of oil for accessibility. Though research about CBD is still in its infancy, here are some things about CBD that have been proven by scientific evidence to be beneficial. 1) PAIN RELIEF From acute, chronic, to neuropathic pain, preclinical studies have found CBD to be an effective treatment in both symptom management and symptom relief all while mitigating negative side effects found commonly in prescriptive medications. Conditions that are commonly treated with CBD include: · Arthritis (inflammation) · MS pain · Muscle pain · Alzheimer’s · Kidney Disease · Chronic Pain It has been noted that patients suffering from arthritis and musculoskeletal pain are the most prevalent users of therapeutic cannabis products (Bruni et al., 2018). 2) ANXIETY RELIEF CBD has become an effective method in both lowering anxieties and reducing the associated symptoms. CBD oil has been observed to benefit those suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder. CBD may help alleviate anxiety by · Lowering stress levels · decreasing physiological effects related to anxiety More so than just people testifying that their anxieties and symptoms have reduced, Crippa, Derenusson, Ferrari (2011) showed in their study that changes occur in brain activity in response to CBD oil, specifically the hippocampus, a region associated with regulating mood and in turn anxiety. 3) CBD OIL IMPROVES SLEEP Though CBD oil may already improve sleeping conditions through lowering anxiety, it has also been shown to manage insomnia, sleep apnea, and generally improve one’s quality of sleep. CBD can improve sleep by · Regulating your circadian rhythm · Increasing the likelihood of sleeping dreamless · Stabilizing the body during REM sleep 4) ACNE TREATMENT CBD oil is becoming a popular ingredient in skincare products thanks to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. Though this claim requires more scientific evidence, it is believed that CBD prevents activity in the oil-producing glands which is often a cause of acne. CBD oil can help acne by · Reducing redness · Diminishing breakouts · Calming the skin · Soothe wrinkles 5) SEIZURE TREATMENT CBD oil is making headlines as an alternative treatment for those suffering from epilepsy. A study treating 57 epileptic patients with CBD ranging from children to adults showed an overall reduction in mean monthly seizure frequency (Hausman-Kedem, Menascu, Kramer 2018). Though it’s true efficacy still needs to be thoroughly assessed, many cases appearing on the news have outlined how beneficial CBD has been in reducing seizures and other epileptic symptoms. The underlying message here is that CBD can be utilized in many different, helpful, and life-changing ways. Despite its’ momentum towards normalized usage, there is still much left to be said and done about the side effects and whatever undiscovered potential that it may hold. It’s important to keep this into consideration when deciding if CBD oil is right for you!
When it comes to THC consumption, there are several ways to do so with varying results. While smoking provides immediate benefits, edibles are potent and long-lasting, ultimately providing a different experience. Furthermore, these baked goodies are a safe and easy way to enjoy the benefits of THC on the go. The real advantage here is their capability to provide affects you do not necessarily experience from mere inhalation. In fact, the consumption of edibles has been linked to more of a body buzz type of high as opposed to the effects received from smoking. With the spread of dispensaries across the country, it is easier than ever to purchase various edibles ranging from cookies to candy. However, if you are someone who indulges frequently, you will ultimately find yourself spending a pretty penny in the long run. The solution? Homemade edibles of course! The best part is, you don’t have to be Betty Crocker in the kitchen to whip up something tasty. Below are the easiest edibles to create in your home kitchen. The Humble Firecracker This humble little treat is not the tastiest on the list, but they do happen to be one of the best considering the speed and potency. Made from simple, household ingredients, this is one that can be thrown together last minute with minimal bud. The secret behind the firecracker’s success lies in the decarboxylation. Before you construct this nifty peanut butter and herb sandwich, the weed itself is put into the oven on low heat to convert the THCA into THC. When baked within the peanut butter the THC is absorbed by the fats from the peanut butter. If you do it just right you can achieve a pleasant and long-lasting buzz. Following the decarb practice, you will want to coat one side of each graham cracker with a generous amount of peanut butter. Top this off with the ground bud and stir it into the peanut butter with a toothpick. Once you sandwich the two crackers together and wrap them in foil, they are ready to bake. In under 15 minutes, you can enjoy a quick snack and a bit of relief. Cannabis Tea To all of the hot tea fans out there, this one is for you. Not only is it a smooth and convenient way to enjoy your herb, but it also provides that much-needed mid-day pick me up. While I have found this to be less effective than firecrackers, it is definitely worth a try at some point. With a simple tea bag, a tea bag holder, the liquid fat of your choice, and some hot water – you can brew a great cup of cannabis-infused tea. You can also have fun experimenting with different additives and types of tea. We suggest squeezing in a bit of honey or juice from your favorite citrus fruit for optimal flavor. Once you have broken up your cannabis you want to coat it in some sort of fat. For the purpose of drinking, you will want to stick with a liquid oil. We recommend coconut oil or butter. Get your water on its way to boiling and put your weed and tea inside a tea ball. Turn the heat to a simmer and steep your ingredients for thirty minutes. It is that easy to both take in THC and a warm, comforting beverage. The Microwave Brownie For many of us, the word edible quickly triggers thoughts of brownies and the like. This is of course due to their classic popularity, rich flavor, and ease of preparation. While a hot pan of baked fudgy brownies is unbeatable, cannabis brownies are in fact time-consuming. Luckily, when you are craving chocolate with a hint of THC, there is a much quicker option. With brownie mix, a mug, oil, some bud, and a microwave, you can quickly cook up a cake-like canna-brownie in minutes. There are several varieties of the microwave cake/brownie, so the mix you choose is really up to you. To craft this chocolatey treat, all you need to do is prepare your brownie mix according to the box, sauté your cannabis in butter until it is light brown and crispy, and microwave it for 45 seconds. Ultimately you will end up with a relaxing, melt in your mouth product. Add chocolate chips or berries for more variety and flavor. Not only are these a breeze to mix up, they can be as potent as you like with simple or big, bold flavors. Kief Cookies This simple edible is quick and easy with very little work involved. They are especially ideal when you have a good deal of kief built up in your grinder. Depending on how frequently you use your grinder, kief is more concentrated than the actual flower and can produce quite the surprising little baked good. The best part is, you can easily alter the potency by adding more or less kief to the cookie of your choice. To get started, collect your kief from within your grinder. Now, transfer it to some sort of smooth, dry surface like a rolling paper. It then needs to go into the oven at 220-degrees to decarb. While this process takes place, prepare your dough and form your cookies. When the kief is done decarboxylating, simply make a thumbprint in each cookie and add as much kief as you would like. Surprisingly enough, the weed taste barely comes through, allowing you to enjoy both the effects and the flavor. Becoming an Edible Chef If you enjoy the effects of edibles without the price tag, we strongly suggest trying out some of these easy to bake delights. Whether you choose to go the firecracker route or microwave brownie route, you will find these methods to be time conserving and highly beneficial. Experimenting with different flavors and methods is highly encouraged as well as the use of different strains. From pain relief to chronic anxiety and insomnia, an edible here and there can go a long way toward relief, relaxation, and well-being.