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Cannabis Terpenes and Cooking: How To Make Edibles Taste Like Your Favorite Cannabis Strain

Cannabis terpenes mean you can now make your edibles taste like your favorite strain of cannabis.

Pineapple Express infused cookies that actually taste like pineapple express (and not the familiar, generic flavour of chlorophyll)? Could it be possible? With one of the newest offerings in the cannabis market, cannabis terpenes mean there’s now a way to capture the flavor of your favorite strain in your edibles.

What are Terpenes

Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic variety. They’re what give  Tangerine Dream it’s soft citrus notes , Sour Diesel its pungent fuel flavour and  Maui Wowie its sweet tropical aroma.

These oils are secreted in the flower’s sticky resin glands – the same ones that produce THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. And just like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects – some can enhance your high while others can improve the pain reducing qualities of a particular strain – they each have their benefits. 

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Not all terpenes are food grade and therefore not all terpenes are edible. So, when I discovered a company that made food grade cannabis terpene profiles I couldn’t contain my excitement – finally I had a way of creating edibles that actually tasted like the strains I had used to infuse them with – oh the possibilities! True Terpene Profiles from Natural Terpenes produces liquid cannabis terpenes profiles which have been carefully blended to replicate the aromatic flavour of the strain they are named after. These terpenes don’t contain any THC but are known to assist your high and your health in various ways.

It comes in a little child-proof plastic container. Inside the container you get a tiny little bottle full of potent terpenes and a nifty little dropper to help you meter out your dose.

Choosing The Best Terpene Profile For You

 Choosing the Terpene Profile that is best for you can take a bit of research – different terpenes provide different benefits – some help you sleep, some help you eat, some help relieve pain, etc. Alternatively you can simply go with a strain you are familiar with or one who’s aroma you are really fond of.

For me it was Granddaddy Purple. I had some home-grown Granddaddy Purple (GDP) which I was enjoying immensely and which I wanted to use in some edibles. I’m also familiar with the aroma of GDP so I wanted to see if the liquid True Terpene Profile had successfully capture the floral notes of this strain and lastly, but most importantly, I wanted to try the effects of GDP”s blend of terpenes.

I was not disappointed. With light floral notes and a hint of sweetness the smell was intoxicating and I couldn’t wait to try it in food!

What Terpenes are in Granddaddy Purple

One of the dominant terpenes found in GDP is Linalool. (Say it, it’s fun!) Linalool provides those soft, fresh floral top notes – it also helps with the feeling of deep-ease and relaxation.

Linalool is used for a variety of reasons:

  • True Terpene Profiles Cannabis terpenes flavour flavor foodAs a sleep aid

  • A relaxant

  • As a treatment for anxiety

  • A pain reliever

  • As an anti-depressant

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-epileptic

  • AntiC-psychotic

The next most prevalent terpene in GDP is Humulene. Like Linalool and Myrcene (also part of the GDP terpene profile), Humulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory, is pain relieving, and has anti-cancer properties. It also works as an appetite suppressant, so it helps reduce the munchies.

Cooking with Cannabis Terpenes

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One way to get the right cannabis flavour into your baked goods is to infuse the icing with the terpenes.
  • Don’t overheat the terpenes! The most important thing to remember about terpenes is that they are very delicate and can be destroyed easily with heat. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend using them in foods where they need to be added at the beginning of the heating process, as with cookies or cakes., as the wonderful aroma will probably not survive the baking. 
  • Raw foods, salad dressings and sauces are all great places to use Cannabis terpenes in your edibles or, alternatively you can add the terpenes at the very end of cooking once the heat has been turned off.
  • Dilution is essential! It’s a very concentrated solution so you need to dilute it. Think essential oils and you’ll get an idea of the potency of these profiles. If you don’t dilute it sufficiently it can have an overwhelming flavor that is too strong to be pleasant – always start with one drop and work from there.

Cannabis Infused Terpene Flavoured Chocolate Recipe

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Infuse your chocolates with the delicate terpene profiles of your favourite strains.

I love, love chocolate so it’s no surprise that’s it’s also my favourite medible. I decided to try infusing chocolate with cannabis extract and to flavour it with the GDP terpene profile. The combination results in a delicate mixing of the GDP floral undertones and the rich chocolate flavour. Perfect as an after-dinner dessert.

Ingredients:

Dilluted Terpenes

1 drops of True Terpene Profile of your choice

25 gram coconut oil

Add one drop of your chosen food grade Terpene Profile into the coconut oil and mix thoroughly. You won’t not use all of this for this recipe but it will keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

Cannabis Flavoured Chocolates

100 gram melting chocolate

1 tsp of Terpene infused coconut oil

2 rice grains FECO (add more or less depending on your personal tolerance)

Method

Gently melt the chocolate – use the double boil method to prevent the chocolate from overheating.

Once the chocolate is melted switch off the heat and add the FECO oil and the terpene infused coconut oil and stir in very gently until thoroughly mixed. (Don’t stir too vigorously as this can also damage the terpenes – they are a volatile bunch!)

Pour into moulds and refrigerate until they set.

Then eat. Wait. Relax. Enjoy.

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Cannabis Bath Soak – Ultimate Relaxation Therapy

There are few things more rejuvenating at the end of a long and tiring day than a hot, deep bath but add some cannabis infused oils and you take that relaxation to a whole new level.

Recently I was given some Cana Kiss from Abis INC to try out. Made from rich, all natural, vegan friendly, food grade ingredients – some of of the claims made are that it helps to ease aching muscles and joints and soothes menstrual cramps – so after a particularly brutal day in my reproductive cycle where the cramps were so severe that the pain extended right into my thighs, I decided it was time to test these claims out.

Menstrual Pain

On this particular day, I felt like a small animal was persistently trying to push itself out of my lower back. Not only was this causing me severe discomfort but – for those who don’t know this – in general periods make us ladies more sensitive to ALL pain, even pre-existing pain. So the shoulder ache that normally pulsed gently just off my radar was now throbbing deeply and noticeably. My neck ached too. And I felt miserable (as one does when your entire body aches inside and out).

Kissed By Cannabis

It was definitely time to try out Canna Kiss. I ran my bath and put a few generous blobs of the oil into the steaming water. (It’s made with nutrient-rich coconut oil which can sometimes be more solid and sometimes liquid depending on the ambient temperature but this is balanced out by the amazing benefits the coconut oil offers.)

As the oils melted in the water they released the sweet, uplifting aroma of ylang-ylang essential oil and….something else. It was subtle, that smell, but my sensitive nose found the soft undertones of cannabis released with the steam and it seemed to me that my body began relaxing just by smelling it.

I immersed myself into the hot water and my skin prickled with delight as I sank into it’s warm, soothing embrace.

As I lay in the bath I could feel the Shea Nut Butter encase my skin in a luxurious softness. It was rich and smooth and made my skin feel silky and deeply moisturised. I literally felt the cares, the worries and even the pain, melt away into the water. For the first time that day, I felt at ease. I was able to completely let go and relax and drift into a world of lightness and peace.

High On Life

Don’t worry – the oils don’t make you high – not directly. Because you’re not ingesting it internally you don’t experience any of the psycho-active side-effects normally associated with cannabis. However, up to 60% of everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, so the cannabis is still benefiting you but on a level too subtle to be consciously noticed.

However, cannabis is renowned for it’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and as I lay in the warm waters I could easily imagine the pain and toxins being drawn out of me and into the water.

A New Day

I lay in that bath for three quarters of an hour. The world outside the bathroom door stopped existing. The pain, the discomfort were all forgotten and as I languished in waters of warm relief I felt myself become the physical incarnation of Divine Bliss.

When I emerged from waters, cleansed and soothed I was in a whole new space. I was no longer bent in half with pain and self-pity – I was a whole new woman and this was a whole a new day!

Verdict

Whether you suffer from pain or you want to spoil a special someone with a luxurious experience in the comfort of their own home, this product will not disappoint. Indulge yourself or a special lady in your life with this all natural cannabis bath soak and you’re bound to score some serious points!

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Food Pairing with Maui Wowie: Hemp Crumbed Chicken Salad with Fruit Braised Coconut – recipe included

Maui Wowi (also spelled Maui Waui) is one of my all time favourite strains to smoke. I enjoy the sweetness in the flavour but I especially love it’s effects: light and energising, it’s great for getting me out of slump or helping to motivate me to do chores like house cleaning.

So, when I ‘wild harvested’ my very own coconut recently I decided to try pairing it with my own home-grown Maui Wowie.

Gifts of nature: my wild harvested coconuts

About Maui Wowie

A Sativa hybrid, it originally hails from it’s namesake, Maui Island, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

Maui Wowie as a strain, was a game changer. The argument that “weed wasn’t as potent back then” is probably referring to a time before Maui Waui was developed. It was bred in the 60’s and was one of the first strains to greatly increase its THC content. The THC content of the average marijuana strain was around or under 8% whereas Maui Waui featured THC content well into the teens. These days it is considered to be a middle to high grade medication that provides a typical Sativa high with a few Indica perks.

Pairing Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is light and uplifting and creates a wonderful, energising euphoria. I decided to pair it with something equally as light and stimulating.

Looking to capture the sweet fruitiness of Maui Wowie, I chose to braise the coconut flesh in tropical fruit juice while juxtaposing this with the soft savoury flavours of the battered chicken strips.

The salad includes melon, paw-paw and blue-berries to help enhance the sweet experience while resting on a bed of fresh lettuce and rocket.

The Verdict

The perfect balance of sweet and savoury to lightly uplift and stimulate your mind and your taste buds

The Maui Wowie provides a light and happy body high. It’s mentally stimulating so dinner conversation flows. With lots of sudden sometimes humorous and insightful observations about food and the meaning of life.

As for the flavours, Maui Wowie sets the tone with an uplifting fruity flavour followed by  waves of euphoria sweeping though your  body. It elicits an emotional excitement that is rewarded by the sweet piquancy of the fruity flavours while the chicken adds a subtle nutty undertone with the hemp seeds.

To sum it up: the delicate balance of sweet and savoury make you feel like your taste buds are making love to your mouth.

RECIPE: Fruit Braised Coconut and Hemp Battered Chicken Salad (serves 2)

Braised Coconut Ingredients

Coconut oil

Tropical Fruit juice (fresh is best)

Hemp Battered Chicken Ingredients

2 skinned chicken breasts

100 grams hemp seeds

100 grams flour (can also be almond or coconut flour)

1 egg

Salt

Pepper

tsp Paprika

Salad Ingredients

Lettuce

Kale

Beetroot leaves

Blue-berries

Melon

Feta

Red pepper

Yellow pepper

Method

Braised Coconut

Cut the coconut up into bite sized pieces.

Put in a pan with a little coconut oil and lightly fry the coconut flesh for a few minutes.

Then add the fruit juice – just enough to just cover the coconut flesh.

Turn the heat down and allow the coconut oil to simmer in the juice with the lid off.

Allow the juice to evaporate until slightly thick and then remove from the heat and allow it to cool.

Hemp Battered Chicken Strips

Pre-heat the oven to 180 C

Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips

Beat the egg until frothy

Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl together

Dip the chicken strips into the egg, allow excess to drip off and then dip it into the dry mix bowl – make sure the chicken is sufficiently covered.

Put the chicken onto pre-greased wax-wrap (I spray it with Spray n Cook to ensure the batter doesn’t stick to the wax wrap)

Put the chicken into the oven and bake for aprox 40 mins or when the batter starts turning a light brown.

Salad

Chop up all the fresh salad ingredients into your bowl.

Add the Feta

Add the chicken strips and then cover the strips in the braised coconut

Enjoy!

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Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil: Finding The Right Dosage For You

For those new to using cannabis as a medicine, the terrain can often feel strange and risky.  However, with the right approach, using cannabis can be an easy and rewarding treatment.

First Time Users Take Note: It’s important to NOT increase your dose until at least the third day.

First time users often don’t feel the effects the first time they use it because their cannabinoid receptors haven’t yet been opened. By the second night these receptors are usually wide open to receive and you will most likely feel the effects to varying degrees. Many people feel that because they didn’t feel anything the first night that they haven’t taken enough and so they double up the next night only to find themselves suffering with symptoms of overdose – which, although harmless, can be unpleasant.

Figuring Out Your Dose

This is where personal responsibility is of paramount importance.

Even if you have smoked cannabis before, it is essential to start on the smallest possible dose (tip of a teaspoon), and gradually build up to increased dosages.

Don’t increase your dosage until the third night even if it ‘doesn’t feel like it’s working’.

Increase your dosage slowly over days or weeks. I advise people to increase their dose on the weekend so they can sleep in if they feel tired in the morning while their body adjusts to the new levels.

Treating Cancer

Those treating cancer are essentially racing against time and so it’s important to increase your dosage as rapidly as you can. Start with a tip of a teaspoon on your first night. Double it the next night.

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By the third night you should be able to have a half teaspoon easily, building up to tablespoons at your own pace.

By the fifth day you can start taking a tip of a teaspoon in the morning and at lunch time. Increase this dose as much as you can manage once a week.

Sometimes this is too strong and sometimes the patient does not report feeling any difference- everyone is different so it is imperative that you listen to your body and respect your tolerance levels.

Managing Chronic Conditions

For chronic conditions you would start small and slowly over days and weeks work your way up to a dose where you felt it was having the desired effect. You are able to take more time with chronic conditions so don’t rush the process, rather start small and increase your dose gradually.

Crisis of Healing

Cannabis has powerful anti-oxidants which work to release and clear our body of built up toxins. When we start using the oil we often experience symptoms of detoxificaion: mild headaches and mild nausea are the most common symptoms.

However, when using large amounts of oil we release large amounts of toxins into our systems and this can make us feel very ill. It may present as flu like symptoms or the condition you are treating may appear to be getting worse at first. This is what we refer to as a ‘crisis of healing’ – where the process of healing becomes too traumatic for the body resulting in extremely unpleasant side-effects.

If this happens to you, continue to take the oil but reduce your dosage for a week or so until your body has things back under control. Remember to drink lots of water to assist in flushing out the toxins and include dandelion tea in your daily routine to help your liver to process the toxins and cleanse the blood.

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What Does Using Cannabis Oil Feel Like And How Do You Know If You’ve Taken Too Much?

A Note On Tolerance

Each person has a different tolerance for cannabis oil. What this means is that different people can take different quantities without it effecting them. Some people have a high tolerance and feel little to no affects as they increase their dosage whereas other people have incredibly low tolerances and a very little amount of cannabis oil can have powerful physical and psychological affects on them. Each person is different, but it’s best to always start small and work your way up.

Important Note for First Time Users

Often the first time we use the oil it has zero effect on us. This is because our cannabinoid receptors are not yet open to receive the cannabinoids and so the first time you use it, it has no noticeable effect. That is not to say it is having no effect at all – it’s opening the pathways and making it possible for you to absorb the THC and CBD’s the next time.

Please DO NOT TAKE EXTRA OIL THE SECOND NIGHT  thinking that you didn’t take enough the first night. Many people make this mistake and it results in unpleasant symptoms. Do not increase your dosage until the third night and only if you feel you can.

So, what does taking the oil feel like?

Most people take between 45 minutes and an hour to feel the full effects of the oil. It can come on gradually for some people whereas for others it can feel quite sudden

  • A general feeling of well-being and happiness. Some people experience a very deep and real sense of euphoria
  • Increased thirst – this is due to the detoxification process so make sure you drink WATER not sugary sodas!

  • A feeling of drowsiness and extreme relaxation

  • Feeling a bit detached from your body

  • Increased flow of thoughts and ideas

  • Increased hunger

How do you know when you’ve had too much? 

When first establishing your correct dosage it can be very easy to take too much by mistake – if you experience any of the below symptoms then you need to reduce your dosage the following evening.

If you feel any of the following symmptoms you know you’ve taken too much:

  • Nausea and possibly vomiting

  • Dry mouth and insatiable thirst

  • Dizzy, a feeling of looseness in the body, very unstable and unbalanced

  • Paranoia – a very real sense of fear or foreboding

  • Anxiety attack – feeling that you are dying/having a heart attack/stroke

  • Hallucinations – very rare but possible

  • Rapid heart-rate – it feels like its beating out of your chest

What should you do if you’ve taken too much?  

  • It’s important to remember that no one has ever died from too much cannabis so CALM DOWN you are going to be fine.

  • If you have whole peppercorns available, put two or three in your mouth and suck on them – they are high in CBD’s which help balance out the effects of the THC.

  • Take a big glass of water with you and go lie down until you feel better- it will pass in a few hours.

  • If you have to get up to go to the toilet or fetch more water remember to use the wall for balance or ask someone to help you – don’t underestimate how dizzy you might feel -this is especially important for frail and older people who can’t afford to fall and hurt themselves.

  • For people who suffer from the effects of paranoia or anxiety, it might be best to phone a trusted friend and not be alone during this time. Paranoia is a powerful psychological reaction that plays on your fears and insecurities and although it won’t physically harm you, it can be very unpleasant to have to go through alone. The same thing applies for anxiety attacks and hallucinations. In these cases, go to bed as soon as you can and try to sleep through it.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CANNABIS INFUSED COCONUT OIL – Stove Top Instructions

Why Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is great for you for a multitude of reasons – great at reducing bad cholesterol and high in saturated fats – which makes it excellent for extracting both THC and CBD’s. And when you combine cannabinoids with fat, the fat actually helps the cannabinoids travel through your digestive and assist with better absorption of the different properties.

For more on how to find the right dosage for you, click here

Ingredients

500 ml Pure Virgin Organic Coconut oil

50 g Dry Cannabis

(Roughly 100 ml of coconut oil to 10 grams of powdered cannabis)

NOTE: I do not recommend decarboxylating the plant material unless you are specifically making oil to treat cancer where a highr THC ratio is required. For all other conditions no decarboxylating is required as you want to maximize your CBD’s and the heat from decarboxylating can destroy CBD’s. You will still convert THC-A into THC through the extraction process.

Method

  1. Separate the flowers from seeds and stalks. You can use a sieve to help with this process. Pull out any larger stalks and put the dried flower into a sieve and rub it through – the seeds and smaller stalks will be held back and the plant matter will fall through. 

  2. Break your cannabis up or use scissors to chop it finely.

  3. Gently melt the coconut oil – do not let it come to the boil.

  4. Double boil: Use a large pot with water in it as the base. Put the smaller pot with the coconut oil into this pot. The water in the bottom pot will help keep the coconut oil from getting overheated.Water has a boiling point of 100C which helps to keep the coconut oil at this temperature too.

  5. Use only enough oil to cover the cannabis amount used, work on 100 ml of oil to 10 grams of powdered cannabis for a good quality.

  6. Once the oil is melted, add the chopped cannabis. The oil must never bubble or boil therefore you have to keep a constant eye on the pot, stirring at regular intervals.

  7. If the oil starts to bubble reduce the heat immediately even if this means switching off for a while this is no problem – the oil must never boil or bubble.

  8. Continue with this process for six hours always checking the heat and keeping it on constant low heat, using a wooden spoon to stir at frequent intervals.

  9. Six hours may feel long but it produces the best possible oil.

  10. After six hours turn the heat off and let the oil cool. There is no harm in switching off and continuing after a few hours if time or circumstances do not permit, even if you are cooking on a fire.

  11. Once the oil has cooled but is still fluid strain it through a muslin cloth, stocking or a fine mesh sieve using the back of a teaspoon to press the oil through. It is much easier to use the cloth or stocking which you can secure over a bowl with an elastic band.

  12. Store the oil in glass jar and keep it in a cool dry place.

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    Coconut oil naturally solidifies in cooler temperatures and all you have to do is place the glass jar in some boiling warm water and let it melt. Always remember to open the glass jar before you put it in boiling water as it will crack and many patients have lost their valuable medicine in this way. You can also use your Cannabis Coconut oil in the solid form as butter or swallow it solid with water, like a pill.

  14. Do not leave the oil on the heat unattended – you will damage the cannabinoids and lose potency. Even street marijuana is expensive and this is a valuable lesson learned.

Coconut oil has a smoke point of 171 degrees Celsius. At 100 degrees and less it cannot produce any dangerous fumes because it will not create smoke at this temperature. So this recipe can be followed while cooking on gas, electricity, even fire, and anyone can make their own medicine with this recipe.