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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Cannabis Edibles Focus on Flavor, Not Just the Buzz

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

click to enlarge Toasted quinoa chocolate treats from San Francisco's Seventh House. Yeah, they're literally toasted. - MOLLY DECOUDREAUX/SEVENTH HOUSE
  • Molly DeCoudreaux/Seventh House
  • Toasted quinoa chocolate treats from San Francisco's Seventh House. Yeah, they're literally toasted.

Medical marijuana has provided solace for Californians with chronic pain, nausea, lost appetite, and other problems due to injury and disease. But not everyone wants to ― or even can ― smoke the stuff. Old-school edibles often contained prodigious amounts of the cannabis plant's fibrous leaves or worse, stems and seeds, resulting in baked goods that took on the texture and flavor of a jute rug. (So we're told.) But with the advent of legal outlets, a few enterprising cooks are refining recipes and producing medical edibles that are downright desirable.

Note: The following items are distributed via licensed dispensaries in accordance with California Health and Safety Code sec. 11362.5(B)(1)(A) & 11362.7(H), Prop 215, and S.B. 420. They are intended for consumption by persons with a prescription only and should absolutely be kept away from children.

Tetrahydrolcannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that has tonic properties, is best extracted in fats rather than water, so butter or oil can be used to create an infused base that delivers all the potency and none of the cardboard-y texture, since the solids are discarded. In fact, San Francisco's Seventh House offers infused artisanal olive oils that you can use in your own cooking. Infused with herbs ― other than the one you're thinking of ― a little dollop in your regular cooking oil will add a certain, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.

click to enlarge Organic, basil-flavored Rosemary Jane olive oil from Seventh House. - MOLLY DECOUDREAUX/SEVENTH HOUSE
  • Molly DeCoudreaux/Seventh House
  • Organic, basil-flavored Rosemary Jane olive oil from Seventh House.

But their star products these days are gorgeous infused dark chocolates, flavored with such things as chile and orange zest, candied ginger, or toasted quinoa. Yes, even the quinoa is toasted. Another crispy chocolatier, Oakland's Choco-Potamus, merges dark chocolate with sativa and milk chocolate with an indica-sativa mix into convenient little one-ounce (two-dose) bars.

One of the more prolific producers, Incredible Edibles also makes sweets like salted chocolate caramels, cookies, and rice crispy treats. But the company also create savory treats with infused "magic snacks," such as imperial spiced rice crackers, party mixes, and super-spicy nuts. Available through delivery service The Green Cross, Incredible Edibles' nibbles also offer suggestions on which products are appropriate for those with dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance, nut allergies, or veganism. How thoughtful.

Other bites in this series:

-Stroop Waffle, a cannabis cookie with Dutch roots

-Choco-Potamus, the ultimate marijuana chocolate

Sean Timberlake is the founder of Punk Domestics, a content and community site for DIY food enthusiasts. Follow SFoodie on Twitter: @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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