Are you interested in edibles but all you can find are recipes for brownies and cookies? You are not the only one! “Special brownies” have been the rep for marijuana edibles since, well, I’m not too sure, but at least the 60s. It is what everyone thinks of when they hear the mention of cannabis infused food. Now that cannabis is legal in many states across the country, there are a few companies stepping up to the plate with healthier edible options, but for the most part the industry is saturated with gummies, cookies, fudge, lollipops, chocolate, and anything else that’s loaded with sugars and/or sweetener. This is not ideal for those who intend to control their weight. Things are improving, though, and there are many in the cannabis community who are very concerned about general health & wellness. Although it may be hard to find healthy edibles at your local dispensary, it is 100% possible to make them at home. The recipes included in this article will help you learn how to incorporate cannabis into your healthy lifestyle. Make Canna Oil or Butter Before you get started, it is a good idea for you to check out our thorough instructions on how to make cannabis infused oil or butter and that you learn how to dose edibles properly. Keep in mind that a key component of making healthy marijuana infused food is making less potent canna oil, so that you can incorporate it into the foods that you are already eating and not have to worry about over-consumption. Think about being able to eat an entire serving of granola for breakfast rather than eating half a brownie. Cannabis/CBD oil capsules. Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/cbd-cbd-kapseln-cannabidiol-4470952/ With Medical Cannabis, Start Low, Go Slow Always remember to use caution when consuming edibles, as It is easy to take too much and have a very unpleasant experience. It is a good idea to start at a low dose and work your way up. It takes time for the active compounds in cannabis (THC, CBD, etc.) to take effect when they are being absorbed through your digestive tract, so it is important that you wait at least two hours before taking more. It is also worth remembering that, when THC passes through the liver, it becomes more potent. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the ways cannabis can be infused into healthy food options. Some Simple Cannabis-Infused Recipes Marijuana-Infused Salad Dressing This certainly has to be one of the healthiest options to start including canna oil in your diet. You can easily whip up this recipe and enjoy it with any mixed salad. You will need: 3/4 cup cannabis infused olive oil or avocado oil ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tsp oregano Salt and pepper to taste Simply combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk together before serving over your favorite salad. It’s a good idea to measure how much you are using, so that you can keep track of the effects and dose. Dressing can be kept refrigerated for up to two weeks. Wake and Bake Granola If you like to consume first thing in the morning, fuel up on this healthy and nutritious granola that will get your day started right. It also makes a great afternoon snack to keep you going. Ingredients include: 4 cups old-fashioned oats 1 cup nuts of choice – almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cashews are all great options Optional: add a spoonful of hemp seeds for an extra omega-3 and nutrition boost. ½ cup pepitas 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ cup infused, melted coconut oil ½ cup honey ½ cup dried fruit Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and preparing a large pan lined with parchment paper. In a large bowl combine oats, nuts, pepitas, salt, and cinnamon; mix well. Add in vanilla extract, infused oil, and honey. Mix until completely combined. Pour mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before mixing in dried fruit. Enjoy! Green Golden Latte – Cannabis-Infused Golden Milk Many people have been talking about the health benefits of consuming turmeric on a regular basis. It has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant, mainly due to the curcumin contained in it. A popular way of consuming turmeric has become the delicious golden latte. Check out this marijuana infused take on a vegan golden latte: 3 cups coconut, almond, or oat milk 1 Tbsp cannabis infused coconut oil 2 tsp ground turmeric ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground cinnamon A pinch of black pepper – makes the beneficial compounds in turmeric more bioavailable If you are interested in making a chai-latte like spice mix, lightly toast and grind in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder the following: whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cardamom and black peppercorns. Optional: A Tbsp of maple syrup or stevia Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk over medium heat until hot. Serve immediately – recipe makes 2 servings. This sort of recipe could be of particular interest for those who suffer from arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, insomnia, or Alzheimer’s. Golden Latte is good for you in general, canna oil or no canna oil, so don’t be put off making it for yourself even if you’re perfectly healthy! By Mohamed Mahmoud from https://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ | CC0 Public Domain Experiment with Other Ideas and Recipes I hope that these recipes help you get started learning how to make healthy marijuana infused food. The main thing to know is that you can add cannabis infused oil or butter to anything that would contain oil normally. You can experiment with different oils that can be used in various recipes. Here are some ideas: Saute veggies or meat in cannabis-infused cooking oil. Stir a Tbsp of infused butter into your coffee or add a Tbsp of infused coconut oil to your smoothie. Spread infused butter on toast – simple yet effective! Cook your eggs in infused cooking oil. Make homemade protein bars with infused oil. Get your medical marijuana card today and start making your medicated edibles asap! See a doctor today and get a physician’s recommendation for a medical marijuana card.