Weed brownies will forever be an iconic edible for cannabis consumers. But now, cannabis recipes have reached new highs as they span the spectrum from simple pastries to fine dining. Cannabis gastronomy today is the result of pairing chefs with cannabis connoisseurs who put their creative energy into creating unique dishes.
Hope you don’t have the munchies because we’re about to open the cabinet of information about cannabis gastronomy becoming a global trend, how experimental chefs keep pushing industry boundaries, and the different types of edibles you can make at home.
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The Evolution of Cannabis Gastronomy
The evolution of the global cannabis industry has impacted many areas, including gastronomy. Cannabis edibles originated around 1000 BC in India when it was infused with other foods. Fast forward to today, and cooking and consuming cannabis edibles has become an art form. Growers always have plenty of stock of cannabis after a harvest to practice traditional cannabis recipes and experiment with other recipes.
Growing cannabis instantly makes you part of a community. Whether following our blog for tips on improving your grow, following cannabis content on social media, or simply sharing your latest grow progress with your group message thread, sharing has never been easier. Recipes are always a trending topic, with new dishes popping up daily. Seeing innovative cooking methods with cannabis has sparked a wave of novelty gastronomy trends.
Innovating in the Home Kitchen
Do you prefer cannabis edibles or smoking weed? The difference in each can change the effects and taste of your cannabis. A benefit to consuming cannabis edibles is that plant’s terpene properties can give food unique flavours. For example, the citrusy limonene terp in the Lemon Haze strain can add lemon lime flavour to any dish. And the Magic OG Kush has tons of pinene to give your recipe more herbal taste.
Traditional cooking is easily done in your own kitchen using ingredients most people already have. It’s why weed brownies and cookies are so popular. Making cannabis butter is a simple process involving baking weed and letting the THC absorb in melted butter. Once you have canna butter, substitute it for regular butter and cook as usual. New solutions for extracting and infusing THC into other products have led to more creative ways to cook with cannabis.
Other base products you can make at home to infuse THC include:
This variety expands your homemade menu to include cannabis-infused pasta from canna oil, cannabis tea made from canna honey, salad dressing from canna tincture, and the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich loaded with canna cheese.
In addition to absorbing the THC in a base product, chefs have also used it as an herb. Grind your weed to mix with salt, sugar, or any other herb/spice. These canna-spices can create tasty treats like cannabis popcorn and cannabis sugar cookies.
Want to get fancy? Chefs have transformed their love of cooking and cannabis into unique concepts—from five-course THC-infused meals to cannabis restaurants to edible CBD products designed for nutrition.
Types of edibles
There are cannabis recipes for any hunger or thirst cravings. Experimenting with foods and cooking methods can lead to some unique dishes. And just when you think you’ve mastered them all, someone will create something new to try.
Here are the popular recipe categories and the kinds of food you’ll find in each:
- Baked goods – easy to make at home in products like cookies, brownies, cake, bread, cheesecake, granola bars, cinnamon rolls, and pie
- Gummies – candy-style THC-infused products made from cannabis tincture or canna oil.
- Fine dining – one of the newest categories for cannabis gastronomy that uses various infusion methods. Menus can include entrees like seafood, steak, vegetables, puree, etc.
- Dips – give any food an extra buzz with cannabis-infused guacamole, hummus, onion dip, and salsa
- Beverages – prefer to drink your cannabis? Try THC-infused wine, cocktails, tea, lemonade, and coffee.
Foods to Pair with Cannabis
Cannabis is the food industry’s newest favourite ingredient. In addition to giving your home recipes an exciting twist, pairing it with the right food can enhance the flavour even more. Terpenes in cannabis interact with the flavour profile in other foods for a flavour-filled entourage effect.
The most well-known food pairing is cannabis with mangoes. Both share the myrcene terpene, making the sweet flavour more pronounced. Earthy terpenes make Chocolato and related strains great for pairing with dark chocolate. Give your spicy food more heat with spicy strains like AK-OG Kush with lots of caryophyllene terpenes. Herbal flavours from high terpinolene strains like Blue Magic enrich the taste of Mediterranean cuisine.
Join the Food Frenzy
Cannabis growers have access to the most important ingredient for green gastronomy: weed! Learning how to cook cannabis recipes is about following the instructions and practising. It’s important to note dosage levels in your recipe. Cannabis cuisine varies in potency and how it affects you once consumed.
Once you master the basics, you’re ready to experiment with your own creative recipes. Our premium cannabis seeds give you a range of terpene flavours and aromas to craft the perfect dish. You never know—your dish might become the next viral recipe!