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Cannabis in Pots: Tips for Cooking Meals With CBD Oil

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Since scientists discovered multiple health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), it has become one of the most in-demand substances in the market today. Hence, manufacturers have come up with a wide variety of CBD-infused products in the market. From gummies and brownies to sodas and tonic water, this cannabinoid is slowly becoming a part of the American diet.

Research has shown that this compound derived from cannabis and hemp has a wide range of health-promoting properties. Aside from relieving pain, it can also help prevent and treat anxiety, depression, epileptic seizures, and other serious, life-threatening diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and a lot more based on clinical and anecdotal evidence.

Because of these health-promoting qualities, many mothers and homemakers are slowly using CBD oil (especially hemp-derived ones) in preparing nutritious and energy-boosting meals. Since medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 states, anyone can buy CBD oil for cooking online or in dispensaries. With this new ingredient, anyone can enjoy a hearty meal containing the healing powers of cannabidiol.

Tips for Cooking with CBD Oil

But before you experiment with CBD oil in your kitchen, you should first take note of some tips from cannabis experts:

Start Small

CBD oil is relatively new to your taste buds. Like any other ingredients foreign to you, need to find the right amount that will suit your palate. Cannabidiol has a particular texture that might not please some people. Some even have allergic reactions to this substance. So, to avoid problems, start with a small dosage in your salad, cookies, and even your coffee and smoothies. Then, gradually increase it once you and your family get used to it.

Buy Only High-Quality Brands

An inferior CBD oil does not only have an unattractive taste; it can also put your health at risk. In extracting cannabidiol from cannabis or hemp, many brands, particularly those with ridiculously low price may use toxic solvents. Also, it might contain high amounts of THC that can make you intoxicated or “stoned.” Instead of promoting health and wellness, buying inferior brands might even cause lead to health problems.

To buy high-quality variants, you should do some research online to find out which companies produce the best CBD hemp oil. Aside from determining the reputation of the manufacturer, you should also check whether the brand you are buying passes quality standards and lab results.

Temperature Matters

The overall quality of cannabidiol breaks down when exposed to extreme heat (more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit). So, to maintain the purity of CBD oil, you must not present it on a direct flame. Doing so can lead to the loss of terpenes and other essential nutrients where the substance’s health benefits come from.

Also, be sure to stir the food on a regularly during cooking. This action will help distribute the CBD oil throughout the dish while preventing it from overheating.

Store It Properly

Cannabidiol products are sensitive to both heat and light. The best place to store it is a cool and dry pantry. And while you can store it in the refrigerator, you should also check the temperature as CBD oil can become thick once it gets too cold.

If properly stored, CBD oil can last a year or even more. You should also be aware of the cannabinoid’s carrier liquid. Cannabidiol extracts are diluted in a carrier liquid such as oils from hemp seed or coconut. Just store your CBD oil in the same method you would use in storing the carrier liquid. Also, see to it that you keep it in a place that small children cannot reach.

By cooking dishes with CBD Oil, you can now have a delectable meal that would also boost the health and wellness of your family.

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Maker of Arizona Iced Tea to Enter Cannabis Industry

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Arizona Beverage Co., the company behind the popular Arizona Iced Tea is set to break into the marijuana business by engaging in a licensing deal with a leading cannabis CPG company, Dixie Brands Inc.

The said partnership will enable Dixie to manufacture and distribute cannabis-infused products under Arizona’s name. The products, which include vape pens and THC-infused gummies, will be sold through licensed dispensaries. If all goes according to plan, the product list is also expected to extend to beverages, such as tea, lemonade, soda, and coffee.

“The cannabis market is an important emerging category, and we’ve maintained our independence as a private business to be positioned to lead and seize generation-defining opportunities exactly like this one,” said Arizona Beverages Chairman, Don Vultaggio, in a press release. “The cannabis category is an ideal space to bring the flavor and fun of AriZona into new and exciting products.”

Under the arrangement, the New-York based beverage company can purchase a $10 million stake in Dixie brands. The initial term of the partnership between the two companies is set to last three years, with an option to renew twice for two years each.

“Arizona is a power brand and the most iconic and recognized CPG brand to extend into the cannabis market, providing the evolving cannabis consumer with a fun and flavourful experience alongside an iconic brand they know and love,” said Dixie Brands CEO, Chuck Smith.

This latest move done by Arizona isn’t the first unique turn the company has committed this year. Last July, it had engaged in a partnership with Adidas and sold tea-branded sneakers for 99 cents. The company’s entrance into the industry marks the first international corporation to announce such plans before the drug is federally legalized in the U.S.

Cannabis Industry  – It’s Bright Future

Lately, other beverage brands have been engaging in a series of partnerships with major marijuana key players. In 2017, Constellation Brands announced a 10% stake in the Ontario-based cannabis company, Canopy Growth Corporation. A year later, Coca Cola revealed it was in talks with Canadian company Aurora Cannabis to develop marijuana drinks. Molson Coors, another multinational brewing giant, has also announced plans to partner with cannabis producer Hexo Corp.

“This partnership marks a watershed moment for the popularization and expansion of the cannabis sector overall, and is another large step forward for Dixie Brands’ strategy to build a house of famous cannabis … brands,” said Mr. Smith.

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Big Alcohol Companies to Develop Cannabis Drinks

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With the recent breakthroughs in cannabis legalization, more and more companies have expressed interest in joining the marijuana trend. Recently, The Verge reported that so-called Big Alcohol wants to cash in on the potentials of the legal marijuana market.

Some liquor-focused companies have announced their development of cannabis-infused non-alcoholic drinks. The new line-up of products includes alcohol-free beers, seltzers and fruit punches, all infused with the plant.

Big alcohol firm Molson Coors recently acquired majority stocks from a marijuana-related joint venture with HEXO, a licensed producer of the plant. On the other hand, Anheuser-Busch InBev funneled $50 million toward another joint venture, this time with Tilray.

Lagunitas, a known manufacturer of hop-flavored cannabis sparkling water, is owned by Heineken. Another liquor business dabbling in marijuana includes Corona and Modelo which owns 38% of Canopy Growth in stakes.

Marijuana and alcohol

According to a resource of the American Addiction Centers, intaking both substances can “lead to significant issues.” This is because both substances have similar effects such as sedation, perceptual and hallucinogenic effects and judgment alterations. In higher doses, both can also reduce motor coordination and slow down reflexes.

The combined consumption of the two enhances the effect of both substances. Alcohol is known to increase and prolong the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As judgment is affected, individuals can also intake more liquor than they can handle, resulting in alcohol poisoning.

Meanwhile, there is no known occurrence of cannabis overdosing. However, overconsumption can lead to increased risk of death.

The market for Cannabis Drinkables

The Verge noted that there is really no market for cannabis drinks as records show that only 2 or 3% of the sales are cannabis beverages. However, alcohol players believe that the market for these products will increase.

Mark Hunter, CEO of Molson Coors, remarked that cannabis drink can occupy at least 20 to 30% of future marijuana sales.

Amanda Chicago Lewis from The Verge noted that drinkables contain low levels of THC, with only 2.5 milligrams per bottle. Because of this, consumers who want to feel the effects of the cannabinoid will need to drink a large amount of the beverage.

Aside from the low doses of cannabinoids in these drinks, another issue is the taste. Lewis mentioned that such products taste like “bong water,” which may not be appealing to many consumers.

With such concerns, alcohol companies are facing the challenge of increasing the demand for their marijuana products.

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Yellowknife Chef to Develop Cannabis-Infused Multi-Course Meals

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Yellowknife chef Robin Wasicuna is working to develop a variety of multi-course meals mixed with a special ingredient: cannabis. CBC reports that Wasicuna has just finished a two-level program to become cannabis sommelier.

First Cannabis Sommelier in the NWT

According to Wasicuna, he is the first to be nationally certified for the specialty in the Northwest Territories (NWT). These experts are the equivalent of wine sommeliers in the cannabis world. While wine sommeliers specialize in various types of wine and perfect food pairings, Cannabis Sommeliers are experts in identifying the highest class of marijuana.

In an interview with Cabin Radio, Wasicuna said that he “undertook an intensive two-day course” with CannaReps, a Calgary-based company offering certification training. The program teaches students to determine the potency, ratio, quality and even production technique just by using their fine-tuned senses.

Infusing Cannabis into the culinary world

A chef and restaurateur, Wasicuna seeks to combine his culinary background with his newly acquired cannabis education, especially in light of the upcoming legalization of edible marijuana items in December.

Marijuana is popularly known as an herb with medicinal potentials. However, it has slowly been making its way into the culinary field, especially with its compatibility with many dishes and ingredients.

Wasicuna aims to further introduce the plant to the restaurant scene. The chef said that cannabis is primarily an herb, which can be used for dishes as a garnish just like basil and parsley. He also emphasized that eating the herb without decarboxylating will not make consumers high.

He also announced his plans to create four- to five-course gourmet meals. Aside from the multi-course meals, the marijuana sommelier also aims to develop a line of cannabis-infused jams, spreads and peanut butter.

Not all about getting high

The Canadian chef is keen to clarify that his journey into the world of CBD edibles does not aim to simply make consumers high. In fact, his enthusiasm for the plant and his desire to elevate it to the “food level” are key factors in him taking the sommelier course. He also wants to improve the image of marijuana enthusiasts as a “responsible community” and not “just a bunch of potheads.”

Instead of the psychedelic attributes of marijuana, he wants to emphasize the medical properties of the plant. He mentioned the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects of the plant, among other benefits of consuming it.

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