Cooking with Cannabis: Way Beyond Pot Brownies
In the 1980s during the AIDS crisis, the medicinal benefits of cannabis baked goods made national headlines as San Francisco’s own Brownie Mary whipped up 50 dozen batches a day.
Mary’s brownies helped reduce AIDS-related symptoms such as weight loss, nausea and pain. People even donated cannabis so she could distribute medicine to sick people free of charge.
Consumption was so effective that it essentially spearheaded a nationwide medical marijuana movement. San Francisco became the first city in the country to legalize medical marijuana in 1991.
Thirty years later, cannabis-infused products are so popular that there’s even a cookbook on the topic. Foodie author Tracey Medeiros has released “The Art of Cooking with Cannabis — 125 CBD and THC-Infused Recipes from Across America.”
The cannabis cookbook features recipes and introduces readers to organic farmers, award-winning chefs, artisans and food producers who are helping to demystify cannabis and its culinary uses. Medeiros’ interviews reinforce the many health and wellness benefits of cannabis.
Here are some of the recipes included in the book:
- Chicken Kale Meatballs with Cherry Tomato and Pesto Sauces from Chef Jordan Wag-man
- Avocado Mash with Nori and Cucumber from Chef Michael Magliano
- CBD-Infused Vegan Gluten-Free Miso Broth from Jessica Catalano
- THC- and CBD-Infused Smoked Cheddar with Green Chili Stone-Ground Grits from Chef Kevin Grossi
- Sh’mac and Cheese from Carly Fisher
- Vegan No-Bake Cashew Cheese Cake from Chef Maria Hines
Recipes are divided into three categories—CBD, Hemp, and THC—each adapted to meet cooking and tolerance levels. Insightful sidebars offer informative tips and how-to guides, helping the cook to use cannabis with ease and confidence.
To learn more about cannabis, including its medicinal benefits, join Green Dream Cannabis Tours for a true San Francisco experience. As the birthplace of legalization, San Francisco is the best place in the world to take a cannabis tour!