Just over ten months after the legalization of Cannabis in Canada, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding this controversial plant. Smoking appears to remain the most stigmatized method of consumption and vaping has taken a huge hit as of late with the recent hospitalizations announced in mainstream media from users purchasing from unregulated sources.
That said, I have unquestionably noticed a shift in some circles, and dozens of individuals have reached out being canna-curious about edibles as of late. Cooking with cannabis seems to be becoming popular at an exponential rate and receiving lots of buzz on various social media platforms.
New to cooking with cannabis? One of the easiest ways to cook with cannabis is by making canna-butter. One of my favourite recipes can be found on Cannadish, here.
Perhaps you are interested in throwing a canna-party with friends? If so, you may be wondering about regulations revolving around sharing your edibles. Here are a few highlights from the OCS (Ontario Cannabis Store); "In Canada, buying or selling cannabis-infused foods (a.k.a. “edibles”) is currently illegal. You can make your own edible products at home for personal consumption or to be responsibly shared with individuals 19 years of age and older."
Now that we have covered the legalities, next time you organize a potluck and want to use cannabis in your confections, consider the following:
Do you like the taste of cannabis? If you do, you may not have to worry too much about this first one, especially if you are making a highly flavourful meal with your canna-butter. But if you do want to mask the taste, caramel and chocolate have been cited as a go-to ingredients for disguising the taste of weed in edibles. Additionally, savoury dishes are often easier for first-time canna-chefs to mask the taste. Not sure if you like the taste of cannabis? There are a lot of oils available on the market currently, some of which coming in smaller, affordable 30 mL bottles for example. Consuming unflavoured oils is a great way to decide how you feel about the taste of cannabinoids. If you are unsure about your tolerance level, remember to start low and slow. Everyone’s tolerance is different!
Health Canada announced that edible cannabis products will contain a maximum of 10 mg of THC per package when they are added to the legal line-up. If you are familiar with the illicit market, you may be thinking this dosage is lower than what you've seen. While this is true, 10 milligrams per package is a good baseline for at-home consumption, given that new consumers are suggested to start low and go slow. While long-time consumers may tell you otherwise, low dosages can still give you a good high. Checkout this informative article for my information on dosing!
Had a brownie 30 minutes ago and still don't feel the effects? While edibles may start to kick in within that time frame, it can take a couple hours to fully feel the effects. If you do have a dinner party, consider waiting at least an hour before serving the next course.
Whether you are looking to make edibles for yourself, or plan on hosting a party for your friends, remember that practice makes perfect. The first time I made a cannabis formulation it was definitely trickier than I had expected, but like anything, it got way easier over time.
What is your favourite edible? Let us know in the comments below!
Emilene, The Feminist of Cannabis