Curious about what a cannabis cooking class might look like? Take a quick peak at South Africa’s first cannabis cooking class….
It wasn’t your average Wednesday evening for six brave residents of the Dolphin Coast. They were off to a clandestine cooking class at a secret location.
Usually, when attending a cooking class, worrying about the police arriving unexpectedly is not a big concern. However, when that cooking class is teaching you how to learn the basics to safely and effectively make your own cannabis oils, it suddenly becomes a factor.
Of the group of six class members – five were women. Two of the ladies admitted that their husbands had wanted to attend but were too scared of the police to come – these six souls were brave indeed!
For this reason, I kept the location of the class a secret and only revealed it to the members just before the day of the class. I wasn’t really expecting the cops to come banging down the door to our illicit class, but I prefer to err on the side of caution to be safe.
I deliberately kept the class small to keep the atmosphere relaxed and to ensure everyone had a chance to ask questions.
The aim of the class was to equip each person with the knowledge and skill to comfortaby make and use cannabis concentrate oil (FECO/RSO) and cannabis infused coconut oil. These are the basics when it comes to using cannabis as medicine or in food. With these two basic skills these people would be well on their way to effectively self-medicate and begin their journeys towards superior health.
The evening was fun, informative and uneventful -no blue lights and screaming sirens, instead we laughed, we shared, we learned. And by the end of the class there were six more people in the world capable of making their own cannabis oil and infusions…
If you’d like to find out more about the next cooking class click here
And if you’re curious what a cannabis cooking class looks like….here’s a brief break down of the evening in pictures….
Class started with a quick introduction and an update on where we stand regarding the law and cannabis. Then we moved on to decarboxylation: what, why, when and how.
Although the alcohol looks sufficiently strained it still needs to be put through a coffee filter to take off the fine plant material and dust.
Demonstrating what the oil looks like once almost all the alcohol has boiled off.
Once all the alcohol is completely boiled off, it’s time to store it correctly. Everyone got to go home with their own ml of RSO/FECO!
Making Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil
Straining off the coconut oil after pre-infusing the cannabis overnight.
Voila! Once the cannabis infused coconut oil was strained and drained, it was poured into 50 ml containers for class members to take home and try for themselves. It’s that easy.
Explaining individual tolerance and how to safely dose yourself and others….
…Then there were six more people in the world able to make their own cannabis oils and infusions.
For the recipe to make your own cannabis infused coconut oil click here
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, CBDand 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.
Food Grade Terpenes
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:
As a sleep aid
As a treatment for anxiety
A pain reliever
As an anti-depressant
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
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.
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.
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)
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!)