In 2016 it seems people are becoming more open-minded to the idea of using cannabis in multiple ways. For years a lack of education on the matter had many believing the only way to access the benefits of the herb was to smoke it. As time progresses, more and more people are beginning to understand the truth about cooking with cannabis and are discovering what’s right for them through comfortable experimentation. Herbal lifestyle juggernaut MagicalButter.com is at the forefront of the movement.

With 24 states plus D.C. now supporting medical cannabis in the U.S., it’s only natural that people want more reliable information about it. Thanks to websites like MagicalButter.com, you can easily find plenty of facts based on tasted and tested science. So whether or not you’re a connoisseur of food and cannabis, here are seven principles you need to know about combining the two:

  1. Cannabis tastes good
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Many edible products tend to mask the compelling, delicious taste of herb, but it can instead add flavor to your dish. Turning your medicine of choice into a delicious meal offers up a healthier way to enjoy the benefits of botanicals. Infusing coconut oil, olive oil, and butter makes for a one-step delivery system that can benefit any food experience. Using this method creates a deep, nutty flavor profile, which can be easily paired with meats and stews or even apple pie! This Meatloaf Cupcake with Loaded Smashed Potatoes recipe from MagicalButter is living proof you can combine the best of both worlds.

  1. There is a lighter side to edibles
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The only limit is your imagination in what you choose to create. The market is saturated with high-sugar and calorie-laden treats, but taking it into your own hands can change everything. Cannabis can be paired with pretty much anything and should be considered a normal cooking spice just like rosemary, marjoram, or mint. Everything from a simple salad dressing to full-blown vegan cuisine can offer up green, healthy alternatives for consuming cannabis. MagicalButter.com has put together an incredible recipe list, including a Green Goddess Gazpacho. This refreshing, cold soup is one of the healthiest on the menu and perfect for a light meal occasion.

  1. Choosing the right strain is key
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The strain you choose to cook with will affect the outcome of your experience, so be sure to understand the difference between sativa and indica strains. Adding an uplifting sativa like a Sour Diesel-infused tincture or coconut oil in your morning coffee or a chill indica like Mr. Nice in your evening tea are examples of choosing what is right for the occasion. Knowing what you are ingesting is key. No Lie Pistachio Butter Brownies, an instant classic from MagicalButter, should serve as inspiration for incorporating medical cannabis into your diet. The possibilities are truly endless. A recipe like the after-dinner brownies above would make for a super relaxing night!

  1. Cannabis-infused liquor: two alcohols in one
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THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is actually a type of alcohol that is soluble not only in fat, but also in ethanol. Have you ever had the pleasure of trying cannabis-infused adult beverages? Tinctures have become very popular, and infusing your liquor of choice with essence of cannabis can make for a very potent cocktail. (Go easy here, as one alcohol molecule definitely amplifies the effects of the other.) The process is easier than you think when using the MB2e. You could be whipping up an Apple Pie Whiskey Cocktail in no time! Begin experimenting with your favorite cocktails, and take herb-infused mixology to the next level!

  1. Cannabis-enhanced food experiences can benefit you
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It’s important to think about how your everyday life experience can be enhanced by edibles. Adding cannabis to your diet can make for more interesting dinner parties (inform the guests as to the elevated menu!). It can also bring out a creative culinary side you may not have even known about. Consider adding a dose of bonus botanical to an appetizer. It will set the table for an unforgettable experience for your guests. Magical Cheesy Garlic Bread is a delight that will be gobbled up in no time — better bake up a double recipe! It really could be this simple to up the ante on your next meal. Incorporating cannabis into your recipes can change everything, and it’s definitely easier than most people realize.

  1. Making it ahead of time cuts prep work
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Cannabis-infused butters and oils are a super easy way to add herb to your cuisine. Plus, they can be made ahead of time to cut down on the amount of work that goes into each meal. Following the simple recipes and instructions that come with the MagicalButter machine will leave you with butter, oil, or tincture ready to go whenever! The MagicalButter Coconut Oil formula takes the guesswork out of your prep work, providing you with an efficient way to make enough oil to last. There is a whole world of possibilities, and this is just the beginning of a brand-new realm of cannabis culinary creations.

  1. It’s more fun to do it yourself

Keep in mind, as with any food, homemade is safer and healthier. Buying pre-made products can be a crapshoot, as there is no way to control quantity and quality. So, consider experimenting on your own to create the desired dose that works with your unique body composition. There are literally thousands of recipes out there to choose from, and none better than from MagicalButter’s own Chef Joey Galeano. He has the expertise to help you “head” in the right direction when whipping up delicious cannabis concoctions. Check out this mouth-watering video and recipe for Maple Bacon Bourbon Butter Sauce that will blow your mind!

The world of cooking with cannabis is endless, and the MB2e machine makes it an easier and more rewarding experience. If you found these seven tips about cooking with cannabis helpful then SHARE them with your friends on Facebook to give them some super green ideas!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees” — veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.