With Christmas just around the corner and the growing spotlight on marijuana edibles as an alternative to smoking, we put together the best 5 gifts for the cannabis cook in your life. Each product was selected to either make cooking with cannabis easier or add some unique flair to the kitchen of cannabis cooks. Whether you’re holiday shopping or looking for your own guilty pleasures, these gifts are sure to delight!
1. Magical Butter Machine
This is the all-star gift for the cannabis cook. If you’re familiar with cannabis cooking, you probably know that you start nearly every recipe with the preparation of your cannabutter. This can be a real hassle and time waster if you or your cook wants to get right down to business. This machine does the hard work for you and helps to produce consistent cannabis butter. $175
2. The Essential Cannabis Cookbook
Jessica Catalano is one of the most respected cannabis cooks in Colorado or anywhere else. Her book “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution” is the self-proclaimed Bible of Cannabis Cuisine. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle, so you can prop up your iPad while tearin’ it up in the kitchen. Wether a newbie to cannabis cooking or an experienced ganja gastronomist, this book will inspire. $12-$16
3. Weed Shaped Cookie Cutters
These pot leaf shaped cutters will add some flair to any type of cookie! This is a simple and affordable gift and will be put to good use even if the recipe doesn’t contain cannabis. We highly recommend some green sprinkles to go on top of your fun and festive cookies! $7
4. Weed Leaf Baking Pan
This baking pan will set your recipes aside from the rest of the crowd. The non-stick silicon baking pan will help make infused goodies that look the part. The silicon pan will prevent your treats from getting stuck in the pan and is dishwasher safe. $12
5. Pot Holders
These put the “pot” in pot holders. The bright green holders are dishwasher safe and will be a good reminder to not reach directly for the pan when you’re baked and baking. This inexpensive and practical gift works cooks and smokers alike and will keep your mittens safe when you’re pulling your goodies out of the oven. $8
2014 has been the year marijuana edibles have truly become mainstream. Chocolate bars, elixirs, candies, insert food name here.. and there’s a possibility it’s for sale in a medical marijuana dispensary somewhere. Edibles have had their up and downs since recreational legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington went into effect in each state. From the highly publicized New York Times Columnist going a little heavy on pot brownies to unfounded local media warnings of THC laced Halloween candy, (by the way no incidents were reported) marijuana edibles are presenting a sticky situation for regulators. Just last month the Colorado Department of Health came out with strong recommendations to nearly ban all edibles sales, only to back track shortly there after.
Regardless of the regulations surrounding marijuana edibles in dispensaries, for many, ingesting is the only to consume marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. This has sparked at home cooking cannabis movement of sorts, with several niche communities gaining large ‘cannabis-foodie’ followings.
While cooking with cannabis at home is a great way to medicate, it’s important to have an idea of the dosage of THC in your cannabutter. As noted in The Cannabist, Jessica Catalano experienced cannabis chef and author of “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution”, it all starts with the percentage of THC of strain (flower) you are cooking with. She notes that most strains test at around 10%, with strains testing at 15-20% being above average, and anything above 21% being considered exceptionally potent.
For every 1 gram of cannabis (in bud form) it has about 1,000mg of dry weight. If a strain has approximately 10% THC, ten percent of 1,000mg = 100mg. With that said, one gram of the cannabis used in this example would result in approximately 100mg of THC content.
While this is a handy cheat sheet to properly dose we realize not everyone remembers algebra, so we created an app to make it even easier. There’s 3 steps:
- Enter the amount of cannabis
- Enter the number of servings
- Enter the approximate THC %
Based on the information you enter, we calculate the approximate THC in each serving, measured in milligrams, based on the equation above. It’s really that simple. For quick reference, here is our cannabutter recipe.
(We’ve used the app multiple times, with different strains and desired serving strengths. Every time we were very pleased with the results)
It is highly recommended for edibles beginners to start out at 5-10mg of THC per serving. A mantra gaining steam in Colorado is “Start Low, Go Slow”. Though gimmicky, if taken seriously, mishaps can be avoided. The onset and effects of ingesting marijuana is much different than traditional smoking methods, it’s important to wait a minimum of 45 minutes after initial ingestion before eating more.
(Legal Stuff: In no way are we endorsing use of our application for illegal cannabis use. Use at your risk)