Beyond brownies: new ways to enjoy marijuana edibles

When you ingest raw cannabis oil, the taste can be intense, bitter and herbaceous. Some may enjoy it, but it's not for everyone, which is why many home bakers use chocolate in edible recipes like baked goods to mask the taste. However, as weed enjoys...

When you ingest raw cannabis oil, the taste can be intense, bitter and herbaceous. Some may enjoy it, but it's not for everyone, which is why many home bakers use chocolate in edible recipes like baked goods to mask the taste. However, as weed enjoys a growing cultural and legal liberation, the potential for marijuana-infused edibles will go a lot further than special brownies.

Expanded home cooking options

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The easiest and most traditional way to obtain edibles is to make your own. Home cooks who are willing to perform a little bit of experimentation and who have access to concentrates or plant matter have even more options available to them.

Resources like The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook and The Ganja Kitchen Revolution offer new avenues that go beyond sweet treats, helping you infuse THC into everyday meals. The Internet is also rife with how-to guides, recipes, and videos to aid aspiring cannabis chefs.

Recipes run the gamut from seafood ceviche to the comfort of homemade mac and cheese. Even salads are an option, as you can top them with a marijuana-infused vinaigrette. Beyond these, there are also soups, party dips, and snacks ranging from healthy to deep fried delights. However, it's important for home chefs to be aware of proper dosage, which can be difficult to control in homemade edibles.

Edibles from dispensaries

Marijuana is finding its way into a growing number packaged food products as well. These are a great alternative for consumers who don't feel comfortable in the kitchen or have limited time to cook. Companies like Canna Cola, Dixie Elixirs and Sprig now make THC- and CBD-infused sodas and fruit drinks, while others like Ganja Grindz and Mad Hatter offer infused tea and coffee products.

The market doesn't simply stop at sweets or drinks. There are now lines of CBD-infused pizza sauce, potato chips made with shatter, and even ice cream. The caveat to these packaged, ready-to-eat goods is that they're only available in certain regions. Canadians still have limited access to pre-made edibles.

Candy controversy

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The most controversial recent edible innovation is marijuana-infused candy. From the packaging to the molds, these products look very similar to childhood favourites from the candy aisle; the difference is that these chocolates, lollipops and gummies contain THC. Some people are concerned that children could confuse these products for their benign counterparts and experience unintended consequences after ingesting them.

For adult users, candies are an important product in the burgeoning foodie marketplace. They often provide a lower dose than brownies or cookies, making them useful for users looking for greater control over dosage as well as people interested in trying edibles for the first time.

Edibles have already become one of the biggest segments of the legal marijuana industry. As the legalization movement spreads and the plant finds greater acceptance among those looking for a recreational buzz, the list of ingestible cannabis products is only likely to grow.

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