Cannabis Parties–A trend of the future…

Now that cannabis use is becoming more normalized and legal in various parts of the country and world. That I want to talk about something fun and exciting—Cannabis Parties.

What is a cannabis party? A cannabis party is party that is focused around cannabis usage and not alcohol. Make sure to tell people that these are children free events.

In Maine, we legalized adult use of cannabis and we have also had medicinal cannabis laws since 1999. So having a party with a bunch of people was completely legal. Know you local laws before hosting your own cannabis party. I have now had two amazing cannabis parties this year.

Cannabis parties can be for fun for everyone. For people with little experience with cannabis to long standing cannabis users and medical patients. It is a place to meet people and exchange stories, process, grow techniques, recipes, and of course get to try new cannabis strains, edibles and ect. The cannabis shop talk that happens when you bring cannabis growers, extractors and patients together can be an amazing learning experience and networking opportunity. The cannabis shop talk is my favorite part—I am in my element and it is invigorating.

As a host of a cannabis party it is good to make a verity of stuff. I had couple of strains of cannabis I grew and had people sample and tell me what they thought. I also asked my guest to bring and cannabis buds, dabs, or edible they wanted to share as well and most people did that were constant cannabis users. (Don’t expect occasional or light users to bring any as they don’t usually have much anyway)

I made a verity of edibles for people to try, as I love cooking and cannabis, so I tend to experiment with various foods. For my cannabis parties I had made infused cheese cake, lemonade, ice tea, cookies, and candies.Putting all infused foods on one table and letting people know what is and is not infused.

It is equally important to have non infused foods available as well. This is why I did a BBQ as well with a main course and several sides such as chips, pasta salads, veggie trays and more. Some people get the munchies from cannabis and don’t want them over indulging on cannabis edibles to satisfy their hunger. Have lots of water! People are likely to get dry mouth and want to quench their thirst. Both times I held these events more water was drank than soda. I had a large beach cool full of bottle water in ice. As the focus was cannabis not alcohol, I did not provide any and only a couple people had brought any and they only drank a small amount.

I also found that it is very helpful to have other things going on as well. I had card games going apples to apple and cards against humanity has everyone rolling in laughter. I eventually moved the party outside to a fire pit. This allows those that need time to cool down after consuming cannabis; possibly a larger dose than they are use to. If you are hosting a cannabis party, a cool down time needs to be part of your plan. You can’t feed people edibles, smoke and dab; then expect people to leave in a short period of time.

With cannabis being the center of the party verses when alcohol is the center of the party it makes for a more enjoyable atmosphere. Angry drunk fights just don’t happen. People are relaxed and in an enjoyable mood. This is why we must work to normalize cannabis use. It is a way better option than alcohol and safer at that.

I have really enjoyed having these parties and plan on hosting more of them in the future.

Have you ever had a cannabis centered party?

Have you been to a cannabis party before? Did you like it better or worse than a party with lots of beer?

Answer these questions and Tell me what you think about cannabis parties in the comments below…

And as always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

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HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis Book Review

If you are new to cooking with cannabis or are an old hand in the kitchen with cannabis. HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis is a great resource. Not only is the basics of infusing cannabis into oil and butter, but has several good recipes as well. Everything from drinks and dips to pastas and full out entrees and of course cookies, brownies and other sweets too.

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So far, I have made two of these recipes. I made the and modified the Spinach and Artichoke dip and the Hot Drink Golden Delight. Both are very tasty and the Golden Delight is now one of my new favorites to make. Especially on these cold winter days.

For those that want to get out of the rut of only eating cannabis sweets or for those that want to learn how to optimally use cannabis while cooking pick up your own copy of HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis, and get cooking with cannabis.

As always,

Spread Cannabis Knowledge!
FibroMan

Hot Golden Delight

This is a super easy recipe to make and will make a potent edible that you can adjust the potency on with ease. I also found that this particular medible effect can be felt quicker than most medibles. I suspect that this is due to it being a drink and getting digested faster.

What you will need:

2 1/2 cups Coconut Milk
3 Tb Local Honey
1 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp Cannabis Infused Butter

Mix all ingredient except Cannabis infused butter in blender.

Pour blended ingredient into saucepan and simmer for 5-7 minutes then pour into 2 coffee cups add 1 tsp Cannabis butter into each serve immediately.

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I found this recipe in the Book, HERB: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis.

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A few notes on this recipe. To increase of decrease dose add or subtract canna-butter as needed. I use 2 tsp per serving.  (Start at 1 tsp per serving and adjust from there.) It should also be mentioned that “coconut milk, cinnamon, honey, and turmeric contain powerful antioxidants”.(HERB) Also if you use local honey instead of generic honey it contains local pollen processed by the bees to aid in allergies to pollen as well.

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FibroMan

Need to know how to infuse cannabis into butter for this recipe? Read my article on Infusing Cannabis into Oil or Butter.

 

Cannabis Spinach & Artichoke Dip

If you have always wanted an infused cannabis food that was not dessert or sweet then this might be your answer.

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This recipe I found in Herb: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Cannabis, However I did make a few changes to the recipe.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup Cannabis Infused Coconut-oil
  • 1 TB Chopped Garlic
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese ( 1/4 of that set aside for topping)
  • 2/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 2 TB Chopped Jalapenos
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 cup of Cannabis Fan leaf Fingers (cut each finger off each leaves off discard steams)
    • Replace Cannabis fan leaf fingers with Kale or Spinach if unable to acquire fan leaves.
  • 1 cup frozen thawed and drained Spinach. (next time I make this I’m going to try with fresh spinach)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Canned Artichoke-hearts
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Bread Crumbs

Pre Heat oven to 325F degrees.

While the oven preheats melt cannabis coconut oil on low heat in a sauces pan. Add Garlic and cook for two minutes.Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl Blend together Mayo, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, 1 cup Parmesan cheese,  artichokes, spinach, Jalapenos, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Once well blended add in Spinach and Cannabis Fan leaf fingers. Mix well then add in the cannabis coconut oil and garlic you set aside. Bend for 1-3 minutes.

Pour into a 1.5 pint bread glass bread pan.

In a separate bowl mix together the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Then top the dip with it.

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Cook for 20-30 Minutes or until golden brown.
(optional: Broil top for 2 minutes to crisp top)

This recipe makes 4 cups. The recommended serving size is 1/3 cup. Although I found that I needed to eat 2/3 cups to equal one of my cookies. That becomes a meal. So this recipe is nice for an occasional change up in medibles but not practical for everyday medication. None medical users might get more out of this recipe due to most non medical users having lower tolerances than your typical weekend users.

Don’t forget….

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
FibroMan

 

 

Infusing Cannabis into Oil or Butter

I personally prefer coconut oil. Why coconut oil? That answer is simple. Coconut oil is 100% fat, whereas butter is around 60% and even clarified butter is only 80% and cannabinoids bond to fat. Therefor coconut oil will have more cannabinoids per serving that using butter and many other oils. I should also note that coconut oil will work in any recipe that requires butter or an oil so it is extremely versatile and coconut oil contains healthier fats.

The method I use to infuse coconut oil can also be used to infuse butter or other oils as well. Having a oil or butter to use in the kitchen is the first essential step to cooking with cannabis.

To infuse cannabis into the fat of your choosing you will need the following items.

  1. Crock pot
  2. Large Mixing Bowl
  3. Strainer
  4. Cheese Cloth
  5. Zip tie
  6. 16oz of coconut oil (butter or other oil)
  7. 1oz decarboxylated cannabis buds (or 4oz of cannabis trim)
  8. 1 cup of water

Set the crock pot to keep warm. Add the cup of water and coconut oil into your crock pot and let it all melt. Then add in the decarbed cannabis.

Important, for best result I emphases the cannabis must be decarbed before adding it to the oil or butter to activate the THC.

Mix the cannabis in the oil or butter every few hours keeping the crock pot on keep warm the entire time. Let this mix sit in the crock pot at least 8 hours but can keep it going longer up to around 14 hours to increase maximum potency.

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Turn off the crock pot and let it cool for about 30-60 mins. In the meantime, line the strainer with several layers of cheese cloth (6-10 layers) and set the cheese cloth lined strainer in the large mixing bowl. Once your oil or butter has cooled it is time to pour it through the cheese cloth. Lift the strainer and let most of the oil or butter has gone into the bowl. Grab the cheese cloth and make sure all the cannabis is trapped inside and zip tie the cannabis inside the cheese cloth.  With all the cannabis trapped inside the cheese cloth and if the cannabis has cooled enough you can squeeze out the rest of the trapped oil or butter. You can keep this used cannabis and use if for making a less potent batch of oil or butter. I recommend making an 8oz batch of oil or butter with the left over cannabis. Or you can make a cannabis salve like in my article Topical Cannabis Salve replacing the trim in that recipe with this leftover cannabis.

Use caution and make sure that the cannabis is cool enough to squeeze or hot oil will burn you. If in doubt set aside the cannabis in the cheese cloth to cool in a separate bowl before squeezing.

Inside the mixing bowl should be the cannabis infused oil or butter still mixed with water. If any cannabis is still in the oil; clean the strainer line with cheese cloth and strain one more time. If clear of cannabis debris set the bowl in the refrigerator overnight. This colder temperature will help with the oil or fatty butter to separate from the water because the oil and fat float to the top of the water and become a solid in colder temperatures.

Once the oil or butter is solid then use a butter knife to slide along the side of the solid oil or butter and pop the free carefully. Discard the water and scrape the bottom of the oil or butter to get the rid of the film. What remains is your infused oil or butter.

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If making cannabis coconut oil, I recommend adding one more step to this process. Put the infused coconut oil back into a cleaned crock pot and let it melt on keep warm. Once fully melted pour the coconut oil into ice cube trays. (These ice cube trays should only be used for this purpose after this) Then freeze the oil over night. Once you have your ice cubed infused coconut oil put into a Tupperware or into the empty coconut oil container. This just makes handling coconut oil easier. I just weigh out or melt what I need when I need it.

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That is how to infuse cannabis into your favorite oil or butter and as always….

“Spread Cannabis Knowledge!”
FibroMan

Marbled Dark Chocolate Peanut-butter Medible Cookies

Let’s ditch these pre-made box cookie packages. Simply enough the box cookies don’t allow you to add enough medicine. Take for example peanut butter cookies. One box I have asks for 3 Tablespoons of oil. So you add 3 tbs of infused oil and you get easy medibles. But ones that are not super effective.

Here I will layout an easy peanut-butter cookie recipe. This recipe will require 1 cup  and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Each cup has 16 tablespoons in it. Now can you see where the benefit to a little extra work can payoff.

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Recipe

1 cup cannabis infused coconut oil
1 tablespoon cannabis infused coconut oil
–melted with 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup Organic peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cup all purpose flower
2 Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon backing powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Using a bender mix infused coconut oil (1 cup) with sugars and eggs.

Then mix in the flower with baking soda and baking powder.

Using a double bowl method melt coconut oil (1 tablespoon) with 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips. Once fully melted mix into dough and allow dough to set in the fridge for 60 mins.

For dosing and consistency in size use a tablespoon to make your peanut-butter dough balls. Then use a fork to make the crisscross pattern. Use parchment paper on your cookie sheet to prevent sticking.

Cook at 350 F for 10-12 mins and let cool on cookie sheet.

Enjoy!

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FibroMan

 

Cannabis Bundt Cake

Things are a little crazy right now. Finals are approaching and I have been incredibly focused on my research paper. However that does not mean that I am going to leave you without something cannabis related. I have made a new cannabis dish.

This one is super easy to make. Get your favorite cake mix or use the French vanilla flavor like I did. Follow the directions on the box for bunt cake except substitute butter for cannabis coconut oil or infused butter.

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To make this cake even better you need to make your own frosting and of course infuse it with cannabis.

1/3 cup of Cannabis infused butter or oil

4 ½ cups conventioneers sugar

1 ½ TSP of vanilla extract

In a bowl beat butter or margarine until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar, beating well.

Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. Slowly beat in remaining sugar. Beat in additional milk, if needed, to make of spreading consistency.

After your cake cools add frosting and ta-da you have your own cannabis infused cake. I do warn that the cake is very hard to get an accurate dose out of but is absolutely delicious.

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FibroMan