Five Healthy Weed Edibles To Get You Through Summer
With the classic edible being a brownie, and common takes on marijuana edibles ranging from ice cream to rice crispies, you may be thinking how to possibly create healthy weed edibles. However, we’ve created a list of a few options that are as delicious as they are good for you – and none of them involve a boring salad! Instead, we’ll be suggesting some fairly straightforward recipes but with the added taste and smell of cannabis. We’ve suggested which of True Blue’s terpenes and natural flavors we think would make good enhancements to these recipes, but follow your inner chef and create some new cannabis-flavored recipes of your own!
Here are five healthy weed edible recipes:
Green Smoothie: A classic green smoothie with a special kick. Start your morning with a fruit and vegetable packed green smoothie full of healthy vitamins and the fuel you need to get through the day. The best part about this smoothie is that you don’t really need a specific recipe. You can wing it, or add a couple teaspoons of cannabis infused coconut oil to your tried-and-true recipe. Pro-tip: skip the ice and use frozen fruit instead! Enhance the taste of this drink even more by adding some of our cannabis flavorings like Berry or Banana Kush.
Hummus and Pita Chips: Hummus makes the perfect summertime snack, and infusing the taste of hummus with your favorite True Blue terpenes will make it even better. Hummus is packed with protein, and is acceptable for a vegan diet as well, making it a win-win for everyone. Check out this recipe from Herb for how to make homemade cannabis-infused hummus.
Avocado Toast: Avocado toast has been a popular food trend for a while now, and believe it or not, you can make the taste even better. Simply mash some cannabutter or cannabis infused coconut oil into your avocado before you spread it on your toast. Avocados are loaded with potassium, healthy fats, and fiber. For extra protein and an Instagram-worthy dish, add a fried egg on top.
Banana Ice Cream : Okay, we know we just ragged on ice cream above as being one of the less healthy edible options. But did you know you can enjoy this delicious treat with just one ingredient? Just take a couple of frozen bananas and puree them in a blender or food processor until they are roughly the texture of soft serve. If it gets a little too melted, pop it in the freezer for a bit after blending. You’ll get the same great taste without having to go off your diet! For an added kick, add some cannabis infused coconut oil, and a few drops of one of our more tropical cannabis flavors like Banana Kush or Pineapple Express .
Watermelon Steaks: For some people, watermelon steaks are a summer classic, for others, it’s likely something you’ve never even heard of. This treat consists of grilling or baking thick slices of watermelon until charred, resulting in a texture similar to that of raw tuna. The result is a classic dish with a distinctive taste that you’ll never forget. Check out this recipe for how to add a weed flavor twist to this meal. Consider adding True Blue’s Sweet Melon natural cannabis flavoring to help enhance the flavor of the watermelon, or go a little more gourmet by adding a few drops of our Thin Mint Cookies .
Making Your Medical Marijuana Even More Enjoyable
For all you medical marijuana users out there, there are other options besides vape pens out there. If you’re looking for other creative ways to add THC to your diet to meet your medical needs, all of the marijuana-themed recipes we’ve just gone through can be especially helpful for you. Maybe you don’t like the taste and smell of pure cannabis extract. No matter your prescribed cannabis strain of choice, whether it’s Sour Diesel or Grape Ape, you can add the oils from those cannabis strains to virtually any food and get your fix.
True Blue Has The Pure Terpenes You Need
Are you planning on trying out any of the above recipes this summer? Check out our entire selection of pure food grade terpenes and natural flavors to flavor weed edibles to fit your taste. If you want to indulge in the natural flavors of marijuana without getting high, check out our strain profiles , that capture the taste of all of your favorite strains. As always, our weed flavor drops do not contain any THC or CBD, so you can enjoy the flavor of your favorite cannabis strain without any psychoactive effects or a trip to your local dispensary. Get your terpenes today!Forget brownies! These five healthy edible recipes are perfect for keeping the pounds off this summer. Enhance these dishes with your favorite terpenes!
Cannabis Edibles Aren’t as Safe as People Think
Share on Pinterest Overconsumption of cannabis can happen more easily when it’s used in edible form and it can have adverse effects on a person’s health, especially in youths and older adults. Getty Images
- Both young and older adults are at greater risk of overconsumption and accidental ingestion of cannabis edibles.
- Unlike inhaled cannabis, ingested cannabis must be digested first before being absorbed.
- This delay can lead inexperienced users to inadvertently overconsume because they might not feel the intended effects immediately.
Despite their appearance, cannabis edibles — sweet treats like gummies and chocolate bars infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of marijuana — can be risky for some users.
They may look just like candy, but these potent products definitely aren’t for kids. And that’s part of the problem.
In a new article appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers outlined the most prominent risks associated with cannabis edibles for different users and found that young people are among the most at-risk when it comes to overconsumption and accidental ingestion.
The other most at risk: older adults.
And for those two groups, there are some serious potential adverse health problems that can sometimes result in a trip to the emergency room or just a really, really bad day.
In places where marijuana is legal recreationally and there’s data available, cannabis edibles still remain just a small part of the overall industry. However, in some cases, as in Colorado, they’ve put a disproportionate number of people in the hospital.
There are specific reasons for that, some of which are owed to the difference in how the body processes cannabis based on how it’s consumed.
It’s well established that cannabis edibles take significantly longer than inhaled marijuana to enter the bloodstream.
Smoking results in a near instantaneous onset, whereas consuming cannabis commonly takes between 30 to 60 minutes. But that can vary depending on many different factors including the user’s metabolism and the contents of the edible itself.
“Overconsumption is a significant concern because of the delayed time to onset of its intended effects. Unlike inhaled cannabis, ingested cannabis must be digested first before being absorbed, and once it has been ingested, it’s on board, which means people might not feel effects immediately and hence inadvertently overconsume,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, MPH, an author of the research and faculty member at the University of Toronto.
Other significant factors in determining how quickly an edible could kick in include: sex, weight, diet, and tolerance to cannabis.
The effects of marijuana edibles also last a lot longer than smoking, with peak THC blood levels occurring around 3 hours after consumption.
The latency of the high from edibles can frequently result in an all-too-common scenario for some users: eating the edible, not feeling the effects immediately, and then consuming more.
By the time the effects are felt, the user could be in over their head.
There’s the potential for cannabis-induced psychosis, which results in paranoia, confusion, and hallucinations.
Particularly in older adults, cannabis can also result in cardiac events.
Last year, the Canadian Journal of Cardiology published a case report on a 70-year-old man who had a heart attack after ingesting a cannabis lollipop.
Cannabis is known to affect the cardiovascular system and can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
Previous research has shown a higher risk of heart attack following the use of cannabis.
But overconsumption also presents specific risks for different age groups, as outlined in the new Canadian report.
For youths, the risks outlined include panic attacks, psychosis, and hyperemesis syndrome — a serious condition that results in uncontrollable vomiting.
There are also potential long-term effects from cannabis consumption beginning at a young age, including “impaired brain development and poor mental health.”
Older adults, the other at-risk group outlined in the report, may experience increased cognitive impairment, risk of falls, heart arrhythmia, and various drug interactions.
According to Loh, these two groups are at higher risk because, “[They] have different metabolic rates and pharmacokinetics than other groups and hence respond differently… For seniors, many may have other conditions that might place them at risk of overconsumption and other indirectly related health issues.”
Rais Vohra, the Medical Director for California Poison Control System Fresno Madera District, told Healthline that his experience in dealing with emergencies associated with cannabis edibles are consistent with findings in the report.
He emphasized how important it is to keep these products out of the hands of children in order to avoid accidental exposure.
“What we really try to repeat over and over again is that kids and cannabis don’t mix. We really should be treating these edibles like we do alcoholic beverages and prescription medications and really trying to keep them out of the hands of toddlers and children who can accidentally ingest them,” he said.
And prevention is the best measure because when it comes to treating cannabis overconsumption, there are few options besides just riding it out.
“There’s really no antidote to marijuana toxicity. So, whenever somebody is having these effects of marijuana intoxication you really have to just give them supportive care and let time do its thing,” said Vohra.
“As their body metabolizes the cannabis they will become normal again. It may take a day or two and in the meantime they may require intensive supportive care,” he added.
Vohra said that when it comes to marijuana overconsumption he commonly recommends “home observation,” meaning a trip to the ER probably isn’t necessary.
However, for some extreme cases — particularly in young children and infants — a visit to the hospital is a good idea.
Good regulation of cannabis edibles is the first step in making sure no one ever ends up in the ER because of them.
In Canada, these regulations demand that edibles are stored in plain, child-resistant packaging and require a standardized health warning sign on them.
“Common sense and best business practices dictate that in a legally regulated adult-use market, cannabis-infused edible products ought to be readily distinguishable from non-infused products by their packaging. Moreover, such products ought to be properly and accurately labeled for potency and cannabinoid content and served in childproof packaging,” said Paul Armentano, the Deputy Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Armentano was not affiliated with the report.
The report also calls for more widespread community-based education around edible cannabis and encourages physicians to more openly discuss marijuana usage with their patients.
“I think that any step that we add to ensure safety, they all synergize. At the community level people just need education and reminders in many different forms that these products can be hazardous,” said Vohra.Overconsumption of cannabis can happen more easily when it's used in edible form and it can have adverse affects on a person's health, especially youths and older adults. ]]>