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Weed is Legal in Canada - Learning About Edibles


October 17, 2018 was a monumental day for marijuana enthusiasts; the day it became legal. Canada broke the internet with memes and celebrations. Currently, the only way to get legal marijuana is to buy it online or grow it. In 2019, it will be available in stores. 
 
“Lisa, you’re a food blogger. Why are you telling me this?”  
 Good question. As marijuana is a plant and that makes it a potential ingredient in food! I talked to green Chef, Michelle Rabin, and picked her brain about marijuana’s place in the food industry. 
 
As a recipe developer and food stylist, Michelle is a veteran to creating tasty edibles. She preaches safety when it comes to consuming edibles, because everyone has different tolerances to THC just as everyone has different tolerances to alcohol. She uses the distillate from marijuana to make a controlled concentration as an ingredient. The distillate is a powder or liquid that can be added to literally anything. Marijuana can be used to infuse oils, butters and sugars, but the concentrations are not controlled, she warns. 
 Michelle doesn’t suspect it will be popping up on restaurant menus. There are marijuana supper clubs that make a high dining experience, but weed isn’t the focus of the meal. The experience begins with an edible and the meals are catered and curated by world class restaurants to make this a truly special experience. There are also marijuana yoga classes that, like the supper clubs, start with an edible kicking in between 30min to 2hrs into the event. By the end of the event, everyone is feeling fine whether they ate an amazing meal or mediated at yoga. Edibles consumed in supper clubs and yoga are made by professionals with controlled concentrations and portions; curators want this to be an enjoyable, responsible and safe environment for all.  
 
I love food and yoga already, so I’m VERY intrigued. Are you? 
 
But, I had to ask...What does marijuana even taste like? As a foodie, I was expecting a completely different response; Michelle said the distillate actually doesn’t taste like anything. She explained that terpenes are what give plants scent and taste, but they are destroyed in the process of creating distillate. In edibles, the purpose is to get the consumer high, not to add flavour. Mystery solved. There are edibles with low THC and high CBD to help with sleeping and relaxation, if you’re looking relax, but not get high.  
 
Don’t worry, beer lovers, I didn’t forget about you! There are hemp beers already on the market, but don’t expect to see beer infused with THC until the regulations are all hammered out. Michelle said, and I agree, that weed and alcohol are not a good mix. Even the CEO of Province Brands(the first marijuana brewery in the world)Dooma Wendschuh, is encouraging customers to consume their products responsibly.  
 
So, that’s the quick and dirty on the world of edibles made with marijuana. As someone that has never eaten an edible, I learned a lot and it killed a lot of assumptions I had about them. Knowing which THC infused eats are made by professionals will make you feel safe...not paranoid. 😉 
 
A big thanks to Michelle Rabin for taking the time to chat and to Tianna at Punch Media for making it happen. 
 
Cheers, 
Lisa

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