By now, it’s impossible not to have heard of the pandemic that’s sweeping the globe. COVID-19 is all over TV and social media and in the cautious eyes of grocery shoppers and essential workers alike.
As a result of this novel coronavirus, many of us have exchanged our normal lives for days spent self-isolating, quarantining, and social distancing.
In other words, we’re all spending a LOT of time at home.
So what to do with all this time?
Exploring the World of Cannabis…Staying sane during this time of stagnation is key. Now’s the time to dabble in a new hobby or learn an interesting skill. It’s a good opportunity to try something that you never would have made time for before.
That includes exploring the vast world of cannabis, all in the safety of your own home.
Ditch the joints and pipes and get out your notepad; it’s time to get in the kitchen and get creative!
We’re talking DIY cannabis-crafting. That includes:
- Cannabis-infused balms and salves
- Cannabis-infused butter and oil
- Cannabis-infused bath bombs
A COVID-19 Health Warning…
We’d like to reiterate to our readers the importance of personal safety during this health crisis, specifically in terms of smoking and vaping. Health officials warn that those who vape or smoke cannabis and other products are more susceptible to lung infections as a result of contracting the disease. In a recent CNN article, multiple doctors lay out the dangers associated with COVID-19 and drug inhalation.
"Vaping affects your lungs at every level. It affects the immune function in your nasal cavity by affecting cilia which push foreign things out...The ability of your upper airways to clear viruses is compromised," [one doctor] says.
The article also mentions this frightening statistic: “The odds of a Covid-19 case becoming more severe -- and at the most extreme, leading to death -- were 14 times higher among people who had a history of smoking compared to those who did not smoke”, [one doctor] said, citing a study from China published in the peer-reviewed Chinese Medical Journal in February. The study also found those with a history of smoking had a 14% higher risk of developing pneumonia.
In such unprecedented times, we encourage people to try the following creative methods of consumption over smoking or vaping. Cannabis oils, tinctures, and capsules are also good alternatives.
Before We Begin…Before cannabis-infused salves, balms, or oils can be created, there’s one important step: decarbing your cannabis. What is decarbing? Decarboxylation is a process through which the psychoactive components of cannabis are activated. Raw cannabis by itself does not have active THC or CBD, and requires heat or drying/ageing to activate these components. It’s important to decarb your cannabis before using it in a DIY, otherwise, the effects will not be the same.
Check out these at-home methods of decarbing (plus some helpful advice- including what not to do when decarbing your herb).
A key component in the creation of successful edibles is the use of cannabutter. Making cannabutter is practically foolproof, as it’s only made of two ingredients: cannabis and butter! There are plenty of recipes out there, and making cannabutter can be as simple or as complicated as you want. When first starting out, it’s a good idea to go easy on yourself and start at level one. Check out this simple, straightforward cannabutter recipe.
PS: Cannabutter isn’t only for edibles; it can be put into coffee, tea, or even spread on toast!
Cannabis Coconut Oil
If you’re looking for a healthier cannabutter alternative, cannabis-infused coconut oil is just for you. It can be used as a butter replacement in recipes or mixed into salves and balms to create a topical treatment.
Check out this awesome recipe for an easy cannabis coconut oil experience. One note for you guys: this blogger uses a decarboxylation device, which is very useful but not necessary! At-home methods work just fine.
PS: Not into coconut oil? Try an olive oil infusion!
Cannabis Bath BombTake your bathing experience up a notch, DIY style. Creating your own bath bombs is so much fun, and much like cannabutter, they can be as simple or complex as you’d like. If you already have a favourite bath bomb recipe, all you have to do is add in some cannabis-infused coconut oil and you’ve got an infused bath bomb. If you’re a newbie, check out this infused bath bomb recipe, or give this slightly altered one a try! There are lots of methods out there.
Cannabis Balm or Salve
Now that you’ve got your cannabis-infused coconut oil, you’re ready for another fun challenge. Say hello to cannabis-infused balms and salves, which are great for topical use. They affect only the area they are applied to, rather than curating any psychoactive effects. They can be infused with essential oils like peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and even menthol.
EdiblesThe array of cannabis-infused recipes out there is incredible and overwhelmingly vast. Whether you’re vegan, keto, paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, or anything in between, there’s a cannabis-infused recipe for you. Already a master chef? Try creating your own infused recipes!
Regular Cannabis-Infused Recipes:
Vegan Cannabis-infused Recipes:
- Chia Pudding
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Cashew Cream
- 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups
- Delicious Brownies
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Icing
Keto Cannabis-Infused Recipes:
- Coconut and Almond Fat Bombs
- Cheddar and Onion Waffles with Ranch Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Wings
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
Check out My Edibles Chef for more delicious infused recipes.
A Thank You From Freedom…
Covid-19 is a serious threat, and it’s incredibly important we treat it that way. Our hearts go out to our fellow Canadians and the struggles they’re facing. We know this is a tough time, and if we continue to work together as a community and nation, we’ll make it. That means staying home, staying apart, and staying safe.
For those working the front lines during this crisis, we thank you. For those stocking groceries and performing essential services, we thank you. For those staying home, we thank you.
We will get through this.