Make These Summertime Cannabis Foods & Drinks
During these hot, sometimes unbearable, California afternoons you need to keep cool. The best way to do that is to eat and drink light, fresh foods and beverages. Unfortunately for many of us patients, dispensary shelves are mostly stocked with chocolatey and sugary options that can leave us feeling bloated and tired.
Instead of opting for these edibles, invest in some high quality mmj oil to make your own and experiment with infusing cannabis foods and drinks at home! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Cocktails aren’t just made from alcohol anymore. Cannabis cocktails are a festive way to celebrate a long, blissful summer day with your friends and family.
You can add cannabis oil to a refreshing, fruity virgin cocktail and instead of a nasty hangover you’ll get a revitalizing dose of medicine. If you are suffering from a wild night out, don’t hair the dog as one of these will definitely calm your mind and body. Create them using THC oil, or you can get really adventurous and make your own cannabis syrup. It’s simple.
Add 2 grams of finely chopped cannabis to 3 cups of boiling water and 3 cups of granulated sugar. Cover the pot and let it boil for 20 minutes, then reduce heat and allow the mixture to simmer 5-6 minutes while stirring. Let chill until room temperature. Get out your shaker and combine 2 tablespoons THC oil or cannabis syrup with a bit of pureed mango, pineapple juice, and club soda. Shake it up and enjoy!
Smoothies are having a moment right now. They’re delicious, fast and easy to make, and contain your daily serving of fruits and vegetables, especially handy if you’re on-the-go. Want to make your smoothie even better? Add a dose of oil while blending your healthy cannabis concoction.
Looking for a simple and nutritious green morning smoothie recipe? Blend 1/2 a banana, 1 cup of spinach or kale, 1 tablespoon of nut butter, 1 tablespoon of yogurt (optional), 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 tablespoon of cannabis oil.
Can you think of anything more refreshing on a hot day than getting your mmj dose through an infused popsicle? Bust out those popsicle trays you haven’t used since grade school and get creative! Add 4 tablespoons of THC oil to 2 cups of any sort of 100% juice you like. You can get extra creative and toss in some diced whole fruit like pineapple, strawberry, and blueberry. Let freeze until solid and enjoy!
Cannabis Infused Hummus
Hummus is a food you should always have in your fridge. It’s packed with protein, makes a more healthy addition to a salad or sandwich, and is great for dipping fresh veggies like carrots and celery.
Toss 2 cans of drained chickpeas, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoon of THC oil, 2 cloves of garlic, juice of 1 lemon, and 1 tablespoon ground cumin or paprika into your food processor. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and garnish with a little bit of fresh parsley.
Cannabis Infused Guacamole
Cannabis infused guacamole has summer written all over it, and couldn’t be easier to make! Try making this at the beginning of the week and you’ll be able to munch on it all week long.
All you’ll need is 2 large avocados, ½ teaspoon of salt, juice from 1 lime, 2 tablespoons minced red onion, 1 jalapeno, 2 tablespoons of cilantro, ½ a ripe tomato (diced), and, of course, we can’t forget ¼ cup of cannabis oil!
You can eat this guacamole with chips, add it on top of a grilled chicken breast, salmon, sandwiches, toast with an over easy egg, and so much more!
Taste These Summer Cannabis Foods & Drinks
We cannabis patients live busy lives that sometimes doesn’t leave time for cannabis kitchen experimentation. So it’s important to have healthy, ready-made products available to make getting your dose of medicine easy and convenient. These products below are perfect to try this summer: they’re light, fresh, and healthy alternatives to rich edibles.
Honey Pot is a classic California edible brand. Their infused honey is made with Cali wildflower honey and cannabis infused cold pressed virgin coconut oil. For patients who prefer CBD, they also have an entire CBD honey line.Try adding a bit of this honey to your tea, smoothie, or acai bowl.
You can try a small amount with a Honey Stick (around 5mg of THC or CBD) or get one of their super cute honey bears that come in 2 different sizes (50mg and 250mg). Products range in price from $7-$89.
Native Seed offers a variety of healthy, super food cannabis edibles. Their 1:1 Lift Bar Bites have an equal ratio of CBD and THC and are made from whole plant Northern California cannabis extract. Using whole plant allows your body to enjoy the full cannabinoid entourage effect. These bites are 20mg each, and come with 6 bites per bag (about $16).
The best part? These bars are crazy healthy! They’re packed with 12 grams of plant protein, lots of fiber, omega-3s, and nutrient packed superfoods. For you mmj patients with dietary restrictions, these bars are non-GMO, non-dairy, gluten-free, and organic.
The makers of Clean Healing Pizza Sauce decided to create their product because they recognized the lack of healthy edible options on the market. Since then, they’ve gone on to win multiple awards at High Times Cannabis Cups.
Their pizza sauces are made with cannabis concentrates from The Clear, one of the leading Cali concentrates brands. Each jar comes with the perfect amount of sauce for a single 10-12 inch pie and in three strengths, 60mg, 150mg and 500mg THC, though we recommend starting with the 150mg ($25).
While you can make any type of pizza you want, we suggest a margherita pizza. Simple, fresh ingredients make for a delicious, light meal that’s perfect to share with friends. It’s easier to make than it looks (you can substitute homemade dough for store-bought).
This sauce isn’t just for making summer pies. Use it to dip breadsticks, make pastas, or a veggie filled ratatouille. As a sauce base it you can make almost any Italian dish!
Made for you patients with dietary restrictions, Utopia has created a healthy edible option made with high quality ingredients including: real fruit or nut butter, coconut, almond flour, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla, and himalayan crystal salt. It’s no surprise they won first place at High Times’ NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup.
These macarons are gluten-free, raw, vegan, non-GMO, and kosher. Each has 50mg of THC and comes in single ($20) or 4-packs ($80). Try all five flavors: peanut butter, vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, and chocolate chip.
Throw it back to your childhood with these healthy, infused fruit leathers! For the health conscious cannabis patient, fruit slabs are a seriously delicious and nutritious way to ingest your medicine. They’re organic, vegan, and have 100mg of THC in each piece. Plus, the packaging is resealable, so dose according to your needs and save the rest for later. Try both flavors, The OG Mango, made with mango puree, and Mango Maui Wowie, made with mango puree, coconut, and coconut flakes (about $15 each).
There you have it. Light, fresh and healthy cannabis foods and drinks that’ll help you enjoy the rest of summer! Just remember, start with a small dosage, even if you have a high tolerance, and wait at least two hours before re-medicating. While buying these products is convenient, don’t be afraid to get creative. The recipes above aren’t set in stone so experiment and make something tasty using oil and/or other infused and non-medicated ingredients while you enjoy a beautiful summer day!