Oh how far we’ve come Clarity Community – now that we know how to choose and infuse a fat, how to calculate potency and how to dose responsibly, all that’s left is to explore some yummy recipes and perfect flavour pairings for your infusions!
As a reminder, once your oil is infused, further heat will degrade the cannabinoid content. For this reason, it’s best to use your fat in a recipe that doesn’t require heating or is only heated to low temperatures, such as salad dressings, smoothies, and raw desserts. However, don’t let this discourage you from using your oil in baked goods and other fun pursuits. As many will attest, it’s more than worth it to lose a bit of potency in pursuit of some decadent infused brownies or cookies. (I mean, come on – sugar, fat, AND THC? Who could pass that up!)
So without further ado, here are some of the most popular pairings in the world of cannabis-infused cuisine.
Chocolate – The Best Flavour
Chocolate: Ahhh, the timeless brownie! Chocolate’s musky flavour masks and compliments the more intense and “burnt” aspects of cannabis oil. As well, some of the compounds present in chocolate can actually modify and enhance the psychoactive, sedative, and euphoric properties of THC.
Lemon: Lemon’s high limonene content and overpowering citrus tang compliment the natural brightness of fresh cannabis and serve as a pleasant foil to the deeper, more earthy twist of cannabis extracts. Limonene exerts uplifting and mood-boosting effects on the human body. It may even “enhance the bioavailability of cannabinoids” – in short, help the active compounds in cannabis get where they need to be!
Mango: While not a common pairing per se, the fables surrounding ripe mangoes and cannabis have a basis in reality. The main terpene in ripe mangoes – myrcene – is also the primary terpene in cannabis. Myrcene amps up the relaxing and sedating effects of cannabinoids. In fact, some studies suggest that the only difference between “indica” and “sativa” strains is myrcene content, with indicas having at least 0.5% by weight. Because of this synergy, mangoes may significantly enhance your high!
Earthy Spices: Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and black pepper compliment the herbaceous, woodsy, and earthy profile of cannabis oil. Black pepper and cloves exhibit high levels of beta-caryophyllene and myrcene, respectively – beta-caryophyllene may reduce the intensity of THC’s high, and myrcene may enhance it.
Aromatic Herbs: Dill, basil, thyme, sage, oregano, mint – almost any herb can compliment and redirect the flavours of cannabis in a savoury dish. Aromatic herbs are also major plant sources of terpenes, which, as stated above, can act synergistically to modify the effects of cannabis. Look to google for more in-depth info on which herbs house which terps.
Ice Cream, Milk, Yoghurt, etc: Anything with a high fat content will help aid absorption of fat-soluble substances! Cannabis infused chocolate milkshakes make pretty wonderful summer treats (but did you really need an excuse?).
Strong Sauces: Sauces with a lot of flavour like ketchup, barbecue sauce, horseradish, mustard, hummus, guacamole or anything else along those lines will really effectively mask flavours, very handy for sandwiches. Bonus point if it’s high fat!
Orange Juice: Not only does the sharp flavour of orange juice disguise tincture extremely well, the quick vitamin C/sugar rush can quickly deal with an edible overdose and balance you out!
Your First Recipes!
I’ll also include some of my favourite recipes below. I’ve included no-bake and low temperature recipes only, but feel free to use your infusions in any way you see fit:
Raw Vegan Fudge – This is a raw vegan fudge that doesn’t require any heating. Rich, decadent, and just waiting to be infused!
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough – If you thought nothing could be better than snacking on cookie dough, wait’ll you try this heart-healthy, infused, and 100% salmonella-free raw peanut butter cookie dough! This recipe uses only 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, making it perfect for beginners!
Perfect Fudgy Brownies – This is brownie recipe utilizes lower temperatures for a more dense, fudgy finish. As an added benefit, it’s also perfect for sparing cannabinoids and terpenes those high temperatures.
Infused Eggnog – This infused eggnog recipe from Leafly uses cannabis trichomes (also known as “crystals” or “kief”) for a low-fuss and heartwarming infused beverage. Perfect for cozying up by the fireplace this holiday season. A sous-vide is ideal, but you can also get by with a saucepan and an instant-read thermometer.
Above all, don’t be afraid to have fun and experiment – that’s what cooking is all about (and cannabis, for that matter)! Experimentation will find new flavour pairings and take you to new heights. If you have any unanswered questions, suggestions for future content, or ideas for infused recipes that haven’t been included, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].
Until next time, happy trails – may your infusions, your candles, and your lights all be “lit!”
About the author
Lana Tong is an aspiring Endocannabinoid Psychopharmacologist and Squirrel Behavioral Therapist based in Victoria, British Columbia. She’s passionate about cannabis as a medicine, entheogen, food, fiber crop, and so much more. Lana hopes to one day swim in a pool filled with organic CBD-infused coconut oil – we all have dreams, right?