Summer heat is comming, and with it the desire to consume fresh foods and drinks like fruit juices, salads, guacamole or, of course, pesto! Originary from the northwestern part of the country, from one of the smallest regions in Italy (Liguria), this delicious, classic Italian sauce has become a true classic across the planet, especially when mixed with pasta. Let us welcome it today to our Cannabis Kitchen section!
While the main ingredients of the traditional recipe are genoese basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt, parmesan or pecorino cheese and olive oil, there are plenty of variations of this popular sauce, like red pesto (with fresh or dried tomatoes) or using a wide variety of dried fruits which can be either mixed with the pine nuts or used to replace them (it is hard to find them in some places!). Today we invite you to make a delicious dish of pesto pasta with a new and exciting ingredient…you guessed right, cannabis!
Bhang Lassi is a very popular drink in India both for its aromatic smell and relaxing, spiritual effect. It is an ancient cannabis preparation enriched with seeds, spices, honey and milk which has been used for centuries in this amaing country. In this article we explain you how to easily prepare it at home!
Bhang Lassi and cannabis
The popularity of this beverage has its origins in the Hindu religion and is associated with the cult of Shiva: the followers of this goddess used – and still use today – to smoke Bhang (which means “cannabis” in Hindi language) in the temples dedicated to Shiva, also charas (which is hashish obtained by rubbing fresh plants with the hands). Without a doubt, sadhus are the most famous among the followers of Shiva, religious “holy men” who wander along the temples with their traditional clay chillums.
Cooking with cannabis encompasses a wide range of different preparations, from sweet to salty foods, in solid or liquid form. Lately, and despite both the difficulty of cooking with extracts like BHO and the current legislation in many places around the planet, the efforts of cannabis and cooking lovers have flourished in a large number of recipes. Without a doubt (munchies!) one of the favourite cannabis edibles among smokers are Space Cakes, which are made with cannabis butter and are easy to cook, tasty and rich in cannabinoids.
As we say, this is a very easy cake to prepare, always being a sure bet. Next, we detail a few different recipes to cook these delicious cannabis cakes.
Space Cake is appreciated around the world
There is a wide variety of recipes in the cannabis kitchen: from traditional recipes such as the renowned Space Cake (THC sweets) which are distributed in medical marijuana clinics in the USA, to fresh marijuana juices which have wide-ranging health benefits. Today we present you with a traditional recipe: a homemade brioche or bun, made with eggs and stuffed with Dawamesk – a marijuana resin based paste – which was used in the Middle East ages ago and approved by the Club des Haschischins at the end of the 19th century. This recipe is a tribute to the Haschischins and to our grandmothers’ cakes that we used to enjoy in the winter evenings (without cannabis!).
Dawamesk, marijuana marmalade
Dawamesk is a type of marmalade made of pistachios, fat, honey and cannabis
The origins of this eastern recipe are uncertain. Intake of marijuana in different forms was common: bang lassi, dawamesk, dorvanesk… This practice led to the emergence of several legends about marihuana, such as that of the Old Man of the Mountain, of whom it is said that he used these recipes to manipulate his soldiers by making them eat large quantities of cannabis without telling them that they were taking cannabis.
In Europe, it was not until the 19th century when Dawamesk was studied for the first time by a pharmacist (M. Louradour in 1842). The recipe of this cannabis marmalade may vary. Usually, it contains honey, pistachio or almond flour, fat and hashish. Its powerful effect triggered the interest of a group of intellectuals who were known as “Le Club des Hashischins“, who used to meet to use marijuana and experience its new and unknown effects in order to inspire their meditation practice and other exercises of intellectual nature. Continue reading
Pizza is a traditional meal which many people enjoys and that can be easily found in many places and meetings. Preparing a space pizza will give a different touch to our snacks or dinners, being both flavourful and psychoactive. Marijuana pizza has become a popular meal in asian countries like Cambodia or Vietnam, where it is sold under the name of Happy Pizza.
Typical places to eat Happy Pizza
In this article we propose an original and easy recipe for making a colourful marijuana edible dessert, a sweet delicatessen to enjoy with your best stoner friends. Actually, they are two combined recipes that provide a very tasteful and appetizing dessert enriched with hashish.
We’ll follow both recipes separately, mixing the final products at the end of the process and achieving a true piece of art. Let’s go then!
Black chocolate muffin, candied cherries and Marrakech butter
All the ingredients are ready
Ingredients for 4 muffins:
- 100gr black chocolate
- 100gr powdered sugar
- 50gr cannabis butter
- 50gr flour
- 2 eggs
- 4 candied cherries
The Cannabis Kitchen
Food is a great way to consume both medical marijuana or cannabis for recreational use. This method avoids the harm caused by combustion when smoking (and mixing it with tobacco), giving a more longer lasting effect than when smoked.
Sweets with marijuana and chocolate
In this article we will explain how to make marijuana sweets that can be easily preserved with the use of clarified butter, the preparation of which we explain below.
Clarified Marijuana Butter
Butter consists mostly of lipids, but also contains some protein (casein) and carbohydrates (lactose). By clarifying butter we recover the fatty part that interests us for extracting cannabinoids from the marijuana plant. This technique, easy to perform, will concentrate more active ingredients in the butter, but, above all, will improve its heat resistance and conservation. Continue reading
Why use coconut oil to cook with marijuana?
Preparation of coconut oil enriched with marijuana
The choice of coconut oil as a substitute for butter when cooking with marijuana responds primarily to the need to cook with vegetable ingredients: traditional butter, which comes from cow’s milk, is excluded from vegan diets and for this reason we can not always share our canna sweets if they contain animal products. In addition to these ethical reasons, this preparation also meets the demands of those who are lactose intolerant, and can not eat space cake cooked with ordinary butter.
The human body is not geared to digest dairy products. It is preferrable not to consume them, which also causes suffering of animals
There are other plant materials apart from coconut oil but it is noteworthy that coconut oil contains great qualities such as; a much lower toxicity than cooked butter, and a lesser impact on nature than that of the production of palm oil and derivatives made from it. Coconut oil is actually composed of 85% saturated fat, which ensures excellent cannabinoid extractions while resisting cooking without generating dangerous free radicals like other fats do.
It is made from the albumen of the coco nuts, that is, the nutrient reserves from the seed of the coconut. Coconut oil is treated and refined by various processes according to its intended purpose: Monoi, margarine, soap and cosmetics … For cooking, choose an oil that comes preferably from farms using organic farming methods and is untreated (some coconut oils are, for example, deodorised implying manipulations and modifications of the fat, what may limit its qualities). Continue reading
Making marijuana butter – process
Making marijuana butter is one of the best forms of administering cannabis for users of medical marijuana who do not want contact with the smoke and all its negative consequences. Although it is also a valid alternative for recreational users who want to venture further into their psychonautic trips.
It must be said that marijuana consumed in this way has a psychoactive power far greater than when smoked or vaporized, for two reasons:
- When smoking we only harness 40% of the green matter, and the rest goes up in smoke and volatilises. If we eat it, we harness 100% of the marijuana used.
- When THC passes through the kidneys, it undergoes a transformation which greatly increases its psychedelic potential. That is why we have to be very careful with the dosage.
Due to this increase in the potency, we make our butter with the more rancid remains of the marijuana harvest, as well as small resinous leafs and even large ones (less desirable).
The other great advantage of consuming cannabis in this way is its stability, since users know their ideal dose and all they have to do is to consume it every day until they need to make more butter. When smoking or vaporizing it is more difficult to achieve that stability.
Effects of cannabis butter
It is very important to know that when we have just made a marijuana butter we should be cautious when consuming it, starting with very small doses and gradually increasing the dose every day until we find the ideal dose for our ailment.
For those who are eating it for the first time is very important to remember that marijuana ingested in this way takes between half an hour to one hour to take effect, so it is recommended to wait at least this long before increasing the dose.