8 Cannabis Strains and Candy Pairings

It’s that time of year again. Our favorite candies have hit the shelves for Halloween. With everyone getting in the spirit, there’s no better time to pair up your candy of choice with strains that complement it. Start getting ready for Halloween now before the candies and cannabis you love have already been gobbled up. Which candy’s your fave? Are you a peanut butter cup junky, or a Starburst lover? Or maybe you’re all about Halloween classics like candy corn. Either way, there’s a strain that pairs perfectly with your go-to candy. Here’s the pairings that are satisfying our munchies this spooky season. 

 
Wedding Cake is one of the cannabis strains that pairs great with chocolate

M&Ms and Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake is one of the best cannabis strains to pair with M&Ms. This strain is as sweet as it sounds. It work with these classic colorful chocolates because it brings out the fruity undertones of the chocolate. The natural sweetness of the strain enhances the sweet, sugary taste candy-coated chocolate. The earthy and floral notes of the cannabis compliment those of the cocoa bean. And not only is Wedding Cake the perfect sidekick for the classic M&Ms. It also compliments peanut, caramel, and other varieties of this beloved treat. 


Wedding Cake Cannabis Strain Effects

In the last few years, Wedding Cake has become a more popular cannabis strain, and for good reason. Among other benefits, this indica-dominant hybrid strain is known for providing relaxing and euphoric effects. It calms both the mind and the body. Trick or treating can get stressful. Making the costumes, keeping the kids happy…and don’t forget to post the Instagram photos! Wedding Cake will help you stay calm and collected all day.

Lamb's Bread is one of the best cannabis strains to smoke with the buttery sweetness of candy corn

Lamb’s Bread and Candy Corn

Candy corn is one of those controversial candies. You either love or hate it. If you’re on team candy corn, chances are it’s to the point of candy addiction. Just one candy corn is never enough. So, since you’re gonna be compulsively chowing down on handfuls, try it with a cannabis strain like Lamb’s Bread. This sativa brings out the butteriness of these tricolored candies. Candy corn is super sweet—like creamy vanilla and marshmallow combined. But, under that flavor, there are hints of nuttiness. Lamb’s Bread enhances with that nuttiness with overtones of pine and herbs.

 

Lamb’s Bread Cannabis Strain Effects

Lamb’s Bread is a strain known for its energetic and uplifting effects. It’ll give you the energy you need to get through the long slog that Halloween can be. It’s known for long-lasting cerebral highs that’ll keep you feeling uplifted and energetic all day. Fun fact: this strain was a favorite of the one and only Bob Marley, the king of reggae! Now there’s a good costume idea….

The citrus notes in this cannabis strain are perfect for Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids and Pineapple Express

A sour-to-sweet gummy is the perfect pairing for Pineapple Express. Sugar-coated Sour Patch Kids will initially make you pucker. That’s the perfect time to take your first hit. As the sour flavor moves into sweetness territory, take another hit. Pineapple Express is one of the most renowned hybrid strains. It has notes of fresh apple as well as its namesake, fresh pineapple. Roll it up in our Galactic Rolling Papers and, with each hit, you’ll experience new citrus flavor combinations. 

 

Pineapple Express Cannabis Strain Effects

Pineapple Express is a hybrid of sativa and indica that’s strong, but not overly so. It’s a lovely amalgam of physical and cerebral effects. It’s meant to relax you without putting you to sleep. Pineapple Express is the perfect cannabis strain to enjoy early on in the evening with your Sour Patch Kids. Take a hit when you’ve flipped away from handling the stress of getting costumed kids ready and you’re just waiting for the doorbell to ring. Or try it for a minute of sanity while you’re zoning out to Adult Swim. This strain is also great for taking the edge off that anxiety we’re all feeling about trick-or-treating during the pandemic. It’s benefits are also touted for sore muscles and joints—or if it’s that time of the month on top of everything else.

With it's berry aroma, Blue Dream is a great cannabis strain to pair with berry Skittles

Berry Skittles and Blue Dream

Yep, not just any Skittle, but specifically the berry-flavored varieties. One of the most popular strains, Blue Dream, has a beautiful, sweet berry aroma, that makes berry Skittles its perfect candy companion. The right Skittle flavors to delight your taste buds while enjoying Blue Dream include berry punch, strawberry, melon berry, wild cherry, and raspberry. But they all taste the same to us. So just pop a few in your mouth and take a hit. You’ll be berry glad you did. 

 

Blue Dream Cannabis Strain Effects

Blue Dream is one of the more potent strains. If you’re a newbie, just be careful about how much you imbibe. Blue Dream’s euphoric calm can help keep you in a positive mood. One of the sativa-dominant hybrid strains, Blue Dream starts with a head rush that descends into full-body relaxation. More stimulant than not, it’s also said to combat depression. And that can be a necessity as we continue to navigate the new normal of pandemic life.

Sweet and nutty, Bubba Kush pairs perfectly with peanut butter cups

Bubba Kush and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Who doesn’t love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Pairing the orange-haired Bubba Kush strain with the creamy, nuttiness of a peanut butter cup is exactly what you need right now. Bubba Kush is an indica-dominant cannabis strain that’s also sweet and nutty, with hints of coffee and chocolate. This taste combo is one of our most indulgent. Roll it up just as indulgently in our L’aperitif Pre Rolled Cones.

 

Bubba Kush Cannabis Strain Effects

Bubba Kush is a dreamy cannabis strain that’s powerful enough to de-stress you, even in 2021. This indica hybrid is famed for inducing a mind-blanketing euphoria as well as deep muscle relaxation. It’s perfect for the pandemic’s greatest hits—anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Just a warning, though, you could wake up surrounded by Reese’s wrappers, blissfully unaware of when you fell asleep.

Girl Scout Cookies is one of the best cannabis strains for Junior Mints

GSC and Junior Mints 

We all have our favorite Girl Scout Cookie cannabis strain…ours is the Thin Mint. That’s why we’re pairing it with another candy classic, Junior Mints. GSC (aka Girl Scout Cookie) is a classic hybrid with strong flavors of lemon and mint. Junior Mints’ dark chocolate coating and velvety filling help highlight the underlying, sweet notes of GSC, making these two a winning match. 

 

Girl Scout Cookies Cannabis Strain Effects

With an intense cerebral high that can last for hours, our minty combo might launch you straight into the stratosphere. As much as stress might make you want to go all out, take it easy if you’re a beginner. Thin Mint will give you a strong body buzz that can leave you lethargic on the other end. Both the languor and its appetite-inducing properties fit right in, though, with our now ubiquitous loungewear. This pairing is perfect for a sweat-panted evening and a slow-start morning after. Here’s a House tip, put the JM’s in the freezer. You’ll definitely thank us. 

The sweet citrus aromas of Gelato make it a great cannabis strain to pairs with Starbursts

Gelato and Starburst

Complimenting its fruity parent strain, Sunset Sherbet, Gelato hits you immediately with sweet notes of citrus, lavender, and a touch of strawberry. We pretty much just listed out every Starburst flavor. So this pairing is a given. Starburst’s flavors are bright and not too heavy. Similarly, this is one of the hybrid strains that can induce a mellow, balanced high that’s conducive to socializing (distantly, of course) on Halloween night.

 

Gelato Cannabis Strain Effects

Gelato is one of our favorite strains to get into a creative mood. And Starbursts are that sugar spike you need to stay up till the last few trick-or-treaters stop by. This indica-dominant hybrid is known for psychedelic effects like sound sensitivity and time dilation. So definitely give it a go to take a stress break, or just to make your Halloween a little pleasantly spookier. Gelato is, however, a particularly pungent cannabis strain. If you’re trying to keep your consumption discreet, look for an edible version.

Combined with Hot Tamales, Jack Herer is a cannabis strain to give you a nice kick in the pants

Jack Herer and Hot Tamales

Jack Herer—ah yes, the infamous sativa-dominant hybrid that’s sometimes better than a cup of coffee. JH is one of those cannabis strains that can snap back at you. That’s why we paired it with a spicy candy that’s never subtle—Hot Tamales. The kick you get from hot tamales stands up to the sometimes overwhelming skunkiness of Jack Herer. 


Jack Herer Cannabis Strain Effects

When lit, JH has an herbal aroma that hits quickly. It’s meant to induce a balanced mental and physical high. More enlivening than disorientating, try this cannabis/candy combo when you’re looking to keep alert and happy. Pack it up in our Le Pipe ceramic one hitter, and get motivated. And if  Halloween night doesn’t go as well as you wished it would’ve, JH and Hot Tamales are the perfect way to wake and bake.

No matter whatever happens this Halloween, you can at least count these 8 combos to help keep you sane. And if none of these sweets are chocolatey enough for you, try our molten cannabis brownies.

Cooking with Cannabis Latin Style

Cooking with cannabis is one of our favorite things to do. Infused food has come a long way over the past few years. It’s so much more than just brownies and gummies. Many Latin dishes lend themselves spectacularly to edibles. So we decided there’s no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month than by sharing our favorite infused Latin recipes with you. Here’s a full menu. Start with a cannabis cocktail to complement an appetizer of infused empanadas. Then move on to a main course of seafood and finish up with an infused tres leches. iBuen provecho!

How to get started cooking with cannabis

First things first, to make any infused dish, you’ll need cannabutter. You can buy it, or make it yourself. If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, we suggest starting with this easy recipe to make your own cannabutter. Once you’ve got cannabutter, you’re ready to get cooking!

Dosing with edibles

Before you put your apron on, let’s talk about dosing. When you consume cannabis, you want to pay attention to dosing. Cooking with cannabis is no different. Typically, cannabis chefs plan meals with a total 30mg THC per guest. That’s what our menu here is geared toward as well. But, of course, the dosing can easily be adjusted to fit your needs. If you’re a microdoser, you can adjust the THC content in these recipes much lower. That’s really easy to do. Just proportionately substitute some regular butter or oil for some of the infused variety that each recipe calls for.

Cannabis infused cocktails

Whether you’re looking to spice up your happy hour or just starting to dip your toe into the waters of cooking with cannabis, start with a cocktail. Cannabis cocktails are easy to make and great for anyone who’s new to cannabis cuisine. And they’re delicious. This cannabis-infused cocktail recipe is perfect for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month or to enjoy year round.

A margarita recipe from the Queen of infused Drinks

For all things cannabis cocktails, Jamie Evans is your go-to. While this isn’t exactly cooking with cannabis, Jamie’s truly an expert on all things cannabis cocktail. Earlier this year, we got the scoop on her new book, and she shared a recipe with us that we think you’ll love. Her Spicy Melon Margarita has the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, and refreshment.

SPICY MELON MARGARITA EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

Fine-mesh strainer

One 8-ounce (240-ml)

Sterilized Mason jar

Saucer

Citrus juicer

Old-fashioned glass

Shaker tin

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

Spicy Melon Margarita, an infused drink by Jamie Evans

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INGREDIENTS (1 SERVING)

WATERMELON JUICE

1/2 small seedless watermelon

CHILE SALT RIM

1 tablespoon (9 g) salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder or standard chili powder

1 lime wedge

SPICY MELON MARGARITA

3 ounces (90 ml) watermelon juice

1 ¼ ounce (38 ml) fresh squeezed lime juice

½  ounce (15 ml) Infused Rich Simple Syrup (see recipe in Cannabis Drinks)

½  ounce (15 ml) tequila blanco

½  ounce (15 ml) mezcal

½  teaspoon Aperol

1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds (set 1 round aside for garnish) 

Lime round, for garnish (optional)

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INSTRUCTIONS

TO MAKE THE WATERMELON JUICE 

Place the watermelon flesh into a blender or food processor. Purée for 1 minute or until the watermelon chunks turn into juice. Using a fine-mesh strainer, separate the pulp from the juice over an 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Discard the pulp, and set the jar aside.

TO CREATE THE CHILI RIM

Combine the salt and chile powder in a shallow saucer. Rim the glass with a lime wedge. Then dip the glass into the salt mixture creating the chile rim. If you have Tajín on hand, this works great, too!

TO MAKE THE SPICY MELON MARGARITA

Add all the ingredients into a shaker tin, including the watermelon juice and the jalapeños. Add ice, cover, then shake for 25 seconds. Fine strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño rounds or a lime wheel, and enjoy!

Savory Cooking with Cannabis

Are you ready to make a seriously delicious cannabis infused food? Start off simple, with one of Chef Keena Moffett’s savory recipes. Keena makes cooking with cannabis both easy and delectable. Her infused beef empanadas are really quick to make. So they’re perfect as an appetizer. Or you can also use them for your main dish.

INFUSED BEEF EMPANADA  Ingredients

This is a quick recipe with a cook time of only 20 minutes that makes 15 empanadas with a dose of ~13.33mg THC in each.

FILLING

  • 4 tablespoons cannabis butter (200mg THC)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)
Chef Keena Moffet's Infused Beef Empanadas are the perfect way to start cooking with cannabis

INFUSED BEEF EMPANADA INSTRUCTIONS

FILLING

Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the ground beef, stir until the meat is fully cooked.  Allow to cool completely before filling the dough

ASSEMBLY

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200C)   
  2. Place a generous amount of the beef filling on the center of each empanada disc.
  3. Fold the empanada discs over the filling. Gently seal the edges with your fingers. To seal, crimp the edges of the empanadas with your fingers or use a fork to press the edges together.
  4. (Optional) Refrigerate the empanadas for 30 minutes to an hour, or make ahead overnight.
  5. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Brush the empanadas with the whisked egg.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For more recipes, tips, and tricks for cooking with cannabis, check out Chef Keena Moffett’s YouTube channel.

Main Course: cannabis-infused blue crab

For your main course, go a little lighter with some seafood. Sisters Shanelly and Roshelly Pena from Higher Dining make some of the cannabis-infused recipes. In spring 2020, they told us about how they’ve been cooking with cannabis to bring their cuisine to another level. One of their most popular recipes is their cannabis-infused locrio de jaiba con coco. We were lucky enough to nab the recipe from them for you.

LOCRIO DE JAIBA CON COCO BLUE CRAB COCONUT FRIED RICE

Serving size 3-4

RICE INGREDIENTS

1½ cup of uncooked rice

1 13-oz can of coconut milk

1 tbsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of cannabis oil

RICE INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium saucepan, stir in coconut milk, salt, and cannabis oil. Bring to a boil, and add rice. Stir and cook on high heat for 5 minutes. Lower the heat to low, and cover for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid, stir, and serve.

CRAB INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp of cannabis oil

1 tbsp of chopped shallots

1 clove of garlic finely minced

1 tsp of salt

¼ cup of chopped celery

¼ cup of carrots diced small

½ cup of corn

1 tbsp of tomato paste

1 tsp of sriracha

3 tbsp of white wine

¼ cup of coconut milk

1 cup of blue crab meat

4 blue crab legs

3 cups of cooked rice

Cannabis oil to drizzle

Chopped cilantro (to garnish)

CRAB DIRECTIONS

On a wok, or in a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tbsp of cannabis oil and add shallots. Cook shallots on medium for about 2 minutes and then add garlic. Allow the garlic and shallots to sweat a bit in their own juice. Then add celery and carrots—cook for 3 minutes. Add the corn, followed by tomato paste and sriracha. After the tomato paste and sriracha have been thoroughly combined with the other ingredients, add the white wine and reduce or cook on high heat for 30 seconds

 

Up your cooking with cannabis game with this Latin seafood dish

Add the crab legs, crab meat, and coconut milk and allow to sit on low heat for 5 minutes. Mix in cooked rice. Make sure all of the white rice attains color—light pink. Once rice is mixed in, drizzle with cannabis oil and stir. Serve and garnish with cilantro for a final touch of flavor.

Infused Dessert—A Sweet Latin Treat from a gourmet chef

Last year we got to chat with Chef Angelina Bastidas. She made a name for herself on both Top Chef and Bong Appetit. Now she graces Chicago’s fine dining scene with her delectably infused dishes. Her favorite food to cook is tres leches—infused, of course. Here’s the recipe she swears by for this quintessential Latin dessert.

​​CANNABIS-INFUSED TRES LECHES INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ cup RSO infused butter 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 5 large eggs 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk 
A tres leches cake is one of the best ways to start cooking with cannabis

CANNABIS-INFUSED TRES LECHES INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer (or using a large bowl and whisk), cream eggs and sugar until pale yellow. Next, on medium speed, add infused butter and vanilla. Follow with sifted baking powder and flour, lastly adding zest. Once all ingredients have been incorporated, place in a buttered or oiled baking pan or quarter sheet tray with parchment. Bake cake until a toothpick is clean, about 20-25 minutes. While the cake is baking, in a clean mixing bowl, whisk whole milk, condensed, and evaporated milk until combined. 

Once the cake is fully baked, let cool until slightly warm. Add the three milks; cool the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight to set. Garnish with the Chantilly cream or fresh strawberries.

 To keep up with what chef Angelina’s cooking up in her kitchen, follow her on Instagram, @chefangelinabastidas.

Learn How to Make Seriously Delicious Infused Food

Infused food is growing up. It’s not just about hash brownies anymore. (Not gonna lie, we still love them!) As yummy as cannabis sweets can be, Chefs like Keena Moffett are leading the way with mouthwatering savory infusions, too. Between her cookbook, her YouTube channel, and her upcoming home delivery infused meal kits, Pot & Pans, she’s got an edibles option for all of us. We caught up with Keena to find out why she’s all aboard on the savory train. 

Tell us about what first got you into making infused food

I started making infused foods in 2015 when I found out that my son’s childhood friend had cancer. I wanted to find an alternative consumption method for him, besides smoking. So, I took many of the recipes from the commercial bakery I used to own and created my own cannabis cookbook in 2016.

We love your cookbook, Cannabis Creations: Beyond the Brownie! What would you suggest as the first recipes that novice cannabis cooks should try from it? 

I think cookies are always easy for people to make. So for sure start there. They’re easy for dosing, too. You can have as many or as few as you want to achieve the desired result.

Infused Food Chef Keena Moffett

You’re more focused on savory infusions these days—what’s the best thing about them?

I love savory foods because they span all kinds of cuisine and culture. Over time, sweets can get old—most of us eat far more savory meals per day than we eat sweets. Also, savory foods don’t alienate folks who can’t have sugar for health reasons or lifestyle choices.

 

You have guests coming over in an hour. What infused food are you making? 

An hour is tight. So I’d probably make some infused wine. But, if I had the base prepared in advance, I’d probably make some assorted flatbreads. You can have all kinds of variety with flatbread just like we do with pizza. To top them off, I’d make an infused tomato mix. Then, I’d top it with goat cheese, arugula, and bacon. I might even drizzle them with balsamic glaze. It’s a crowd pleaser.

Advice for pairing strains and food? 

I’ve never been a strain girl. If I’m cooking with purpose, I look for certain terpene profiles. Otherwise, I just cook whatever I have on hand. But look for strains that are kinda spicy or even skunky for infused food that’s savory. Go with more citrus-y strains for sweets.

Desert island infused food? 

Donuts! My favorite cheat food. But, on the savory spectrum, I love a good empanada because you can make them savory or sweet. I’ve shared my empanada recipe with you below.

Are there some terpenes that work better with sweet edibles and others that work better with savory? 

I think any good creative cook could cook either with whatever terpenes they like. But I think myrcene and caryophyllene are great with savory foods, while linalool and limonene are nice with sweets.

What’s the one trick that everyone should know before they start making their own edibles? 

Math! I know some people hate math, but you just gotta understand measurements, conversions and such! It’s also helpful for general cooking to understand how to use measuring tools. Most importantly, have fun. Edibles are about exploration and trying new things.

You’re working on a new infused food venture that sounds amazing—tell us all about it. 

Pot & Pans is a subscription-based infused recipe kit company for the Fearless Foodie! We reimagine home-cooking favorites into infused dishes. We provide the complete recipe along with infused ingredients for an easy at-home savory edibles experience.

Where can we follow and learn more about infused food from you?

My IG is @dine_and_flash, and my YouTube cooking show is at www.youtube.com/keenamoffett

Infused Beef Empanadas

This is a quick recipe with a cook time of only 20 minutes that makes 15 empanadas with a dose of ~13.33mg THC in each.

Filling

  • 4 tablespoons cannabis butter (200mg THC)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)
Chef Keena Moffet's Infused Beef Empanadas are the perfect way to start cooking with cannabis

Infused Beef Empanada Instructions

Filling

  1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft.
  2. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add the ground beef, stir until the meat is fully cooked. 
  4. Allow to cool completely before filling the dough.

Assembly

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200C)   
  2. Place a generous amount of the beef filling on the center of each empanada disc.
  3. Fold the empanada discs over the filling. Gently seal the edges with your fingers. To seal, crimp the edges of the empanadas with your fingers or use a fork to press them the edges together.
  4. (Optional) Refrigerate the empanadas for 30 minutes to an hour, or make ahead overnight.
  5. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Brush the empanadas with the whisked egg.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For more Latin cooking, check out Chef Angelina Bastidas’ tips. Or go Asian, with Spicy Silken CBD Cold Tofu. 

Host a Relaxing Fête Inspired by Linalool

IRL entertaining is finally back on our tables! So it’s the perfect time to use scent-laden terpenes, like linalool, to set the mood for your summer entertaining. Cannabis isn’t just CBD and THC. Its terpenes also contribute to how each strain will make you feel. You know how champagne can sometimes make you giddy, while red wine perhaps mellows you out? Knowing your terpenes helps you choose the cannabis strains that will set the mood you’re looking for.

We’re going all-in on a terpene-enhancing tablescape to celebrate the return of summer socializing. Here’s our tips for a linalool-inspired dinner party. It’ll give you and your guests the ultimate experience in relaxed, summer conviviality. 

What’s a terpene again?

Terpenes are found in all plants. They give flora their distinct fragrances. Cannabis is especially gifted in the terpene department—with at least 100 of them. They affect us because our sense of smell connects to the brain’s memory and emotion centers. But there’s also some evidence that terpenes might affect our brain cells directly like other cannabinoids as well. For more on terpenes, check out our myrcene-inspired lunch.

What does linalool smell like?

Linalool is a sweet, floral aroma with a hint of woodiness. It’s the same terpene that gives lavender and lilacs their intoxicating scents. In cannabis, though, linalool isn’t normally the dominant terpene. Instead, it functions in concert with others.

 

Benefits of Linalool

If you’ve ever slept on hotel sheets that are lightly scented with lavender, you already know the benefits of linalool. Its soothing aroma quiets anxiety, dispels depression, and aids in restful sleep. But there’s more! Linalool may also have cellular effects. One study shows that this terpene reduced the destructive effects of stress by preventing shifts in white blood cells. Another suggests that linalool is also an anti-inflammatory.

Lavender Bunch Tied with Hemp

Any Side Effects?

That’s a trick question. Linalool doesn’t have any side effects unless it’s super concentrated in a lab. Overall, us humans respond incredibly well to this terpene. Case in point, linalool is used in 60%-80% of the perfumed hygiene and cleaning products you’ll find on the shelves in your local drugstore. 

 

Our linalool tablescape for summer 2021

Linalool is soothing. So is terpene-rich lavender. We focused on this fragrant flower and shades of its namesake color as the anchor for our tablescape. To keep the feeling light, we offset it with touches of bright white, clear crystal, and a hint of blue. We love starting with a fantastic tablecloth to anchor our look. This one’s geometric herringbone pattern is perfect for keeping our floral-themed plates modern. Since we went with such a strong pattern on our tablecloth, we opted for simple white napkins. Then we built on our lavender and white theme with a rustic vase full of the aromatic flower. We layered purple cabbage canapé plates on top of vintage floral dinner plates. For stemware, we love the contrast of textured champagne flutes with the clean lines of our clear crystal water goblets. This fairly simple setting packs a big punch of summer style. 

Purple Herb Bowl and One Hitter with Vintage Crystal Table Lighter

What do you need for a cannabis-friendly tablescape?

For a cannabis-friendly meal, include smoking accessories, just like you would for cocktails. We set this table with our new Barrow Street Herb Bowls—in Adela Lavender, natch! They’re great for guests because they hold just enough flower for one guest and then double as their personal ashtray. We also laid out matching Le Pipes. These ceramic one-hitter pipes are especially good for cannabis-curious friends. They make trying cannabis elegant and easy. They hold just enough flower for 1-2 hits. They’re also super simple to pack and light. Plus, they’re a snap to clean. For the rolling pros, we added our Galactic Rolling Papers. If you’re hosting outside, like we are, these hemp papers can also double for guests as oil blotting sheets for a quick makeup fix. To complete our setting, we added a vintage crystal table lighter.

 

Cannabis Strains with Linalool

Of course, the most important part of the evening is your cannabis. The following strains have varying degrees of linalool: Lavender, Do-Si-Does, Scooby Snacks, Zkittlez, Amnesia Haze, Master Kush, Pink Kush, Special Kush, OG Shark, LA Confidential, Chem Dawg, and Skywalker OG.

Linalool Cannabis-Friendly Tablescape

Lavender Cocktail

For your guests who drink alcohol, here’s a gorgeous cocktail to make the evening feel even more special. It’s a stunning way to get everyone into the lavender mood even before they sit down at your table. Bonus, the bottle will look amazing on your table, too.

Lavender Gin Cocktail Ingredients

1 ½ ounces Hendricks gin

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ ounce Creme de Violette

Soda water

Ice

Lavender Gin Cocktail Instructions

Add gin, lemon juice, Creme de Violette, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds. Then strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with lemon slices.

Linalool-infused Foods

For a fully linalool-enhanced dinner party, don’t just include floral arrangements with the terpene. Go all the way and plan your menu with it in mind. Whether you make an infused menu or not, think basil, cilantro, guava, peach, plum, pineapple, and passionfruit. Lavender might seem like a risky flavor choice for entertaining. Most of us rarely think to add it to our meals. But don’t forget that it’s an incredibly popular ingredient in tons of products that we all already use. 

Pair lavender with the right flavors

Because this flavor can be strong, you’ll want to use lavender along with other equally strong flavors. Lavender works well with acidic notes. That means it’ll complement tart and fruity ingredients like citrus—juice or zest. You can also pair it with creamy ingredients. It’s a great way to gourmet up ice creams and custards. In savory dishes, try using lavender to season meats with strong flavors, like lamb or venison. Most of all, soak up that linalool, relax, and enjoy!

Purple Cannabis Friendly Outdoor Tablescape

Where we got it

Herringbone tableclothSsshhh, don’t tell, but we snagged this one on Wayfair.

Flatware—Lenox Portola

Champagne flutes—Godinger Alba in amethyst

Canapé plates—House of Hampton Orr in blue purple

Floral plates—vintage

Vase—vintage

Crystal lighter—vintage Ronson

Expert Tips on Crafting The Perfect CBD and THC Infused Drinks

Infused drinks are having a moment. While there are quite a few new commercial elixirs hitting dispensaries, they’re still only available in a few states. So we’re excited to experiment more with our own cannabis cocktails at home. As usual, Jamie Evans, founder of The Herb Somm, is out front. Her new book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home tells you everything you need to know.

 

We’re so excited about your new book on infused drinks—give us the highlights.

My goal with this book is to share all of the secrets I’ve learned throughout my wine and cannabis journey! Different from other books in this category, Cannabis Drinks offers something to everyone, from beginners to experts. For the newbies, this book provides an in-depth look into the basics of infused drinks and general cannabis 101. I highlight the differences between CBD and THC, bioavailability rates, and the entourage effect. For would-be cannasseurs, I detail how to evaluate flower with sensory techniques. Of course, I also cover how to dose infused drinks and how to serve them. There are also several essential how-tos and infusion guides that break down things like decarboxylation and heating techniques. I also focus on options for those who only want to use CBD and/or THC. So the book presents many different approaches to enhancing beverages at home. 

  

This book is also customizable, allowing you to choose your preferred dosage. There are recipes for low-dose smoothies, shakes, juices, coffee drinks, tea, spirit-free mixed drinks, and cocktails. Plus, for those who require higher doses, there’s a section on how to increase the potency of the DIY infusions.

 

What’s the most versatile ingredient for infused drinks of all kinds, not just cocktails?

Cannabis-infused simple syrup. Whether you’re making a spirit-free mixed drink, cocktail, or tea, it’s one of the most versatile ingredients you can use to craft beverages at home. I highly recommend making a big batch so you can enhance just about any drink that needs a touch of sweetness. Cannabis-infused honey is also a great ingredient to stock your bar pantry with. It’s the perfect match for smoothies, hot tea drinks, etc. My book teaches how to make both of these infusions as well as bitters, shrubs, sour mix, and more.

I encourage everyone to try making the infusions that are included in the book. But, if creating a homemade infusion is too intimidating, you can simply infuse the recipes using an unflavored commercial tincture. You can choose the path that’s right for you.

Cannabis Drinks, the new book on infused drinks by Jamie Evans

The last time we talked to you, we focused on your CBD book. How do the infused drink recipes in that book relate to the recipes in your new book?

My passion for cannabis mixology deepened while writing my first book, The Ultimate Guide to CBD. (For the scoop on that, check out our last sit-down with Jamie.) After writing the beverages chapter, I learned so much more about the craft. I also realized that my preferred method for consuming cannabis is infused drinks. I discovered so many creative ways to infuse beverages at home. My new book, as its title implies, dives much deeper into cannabis drinks. It provides a wealth of techniques so you feel confident making any type of infused drink. While The Ultimate Guide to CBD is a wonderful lifestyle book, Cannabis Drinks is all about the beverages! 

When you can start hosting again, what’s an easy aperitif/appetizer that you love to whip up?

With warmer weather just around the corner, one of my favorite aperitifs to serve before dinner is an Aperol Spritz! But I like to add fresh citrus juices and homemade infused Citrus Spice Bitters (featured in the book) to enhance this refreshing cocktail. In Cannabis Drinks, I’ve included a recipe for a Blood Orange Aperol Spritz, but with summer ahead, you can easily swap the blood orange juice for fresh-squeezed pink grapefruit juice with the pulp removed. Make sure to add a slice of grapefruit to the glass for some extra flavor and aromatics. For a food pairing, crostini topped with cured meats, soft cheeses, and seasonal fruits and vegetables is a fantastic match!

 

Favorite type of garnish for infused drinks?

Most of the time, garnishes will be the first thing your senses will encounter with that first sip. So the aromatics of the garnish are important. I recommend using visually appealing items that complement the rest of the ingredients in the drink and add a pop of color. For this reason, I love using fresh-cut cannabis leaves and seasonal edible flowers. Cannabis leaves are also great to use because they visually signal that the drink is infused. So there’s no confusion.

Spring Queen, a gorgeously garnished infused drink by Jamie Evans

Your go-to infused drink for coping with 2020?

Throughout 2020, I was writing Cannabis Drinks. Since I was mixing up so many different types, there really wasn’t one go-to infused beverage. Personally, I love low-dose cannabis cocktails. But if you’re planning on mixing alcohol and cannabis, I highly recommend sticking to the golden rule: start low, go slow. Keep in mind that both alcohol and cannabis are potent intoxicants. For best results, when you mix them together, do so in moderation and stick to a low dose of THC (between 1 – 5 mg max per drink).

 

Must-have basic infusion to keep on hand behind the bar?

A cannabis-infused alcohol tincture is a must-have for behind the bar. It allows you to easily dose drinks. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make at home. All you need is decarboxylated cannabis flower and high proof alcohol to act as your solvent for extracting phytocannabinoids. In my book, I teach how to make your own tincture in two different ways. Depending on the equipment you have at home, you can use a heated or a freezer method. Unlike oil tinctures, which separate from other liquids, alcohol tinctures blend perfectly, allowing all of the ingredients to harmonize.

With Cinco de Mayo coming up next week, can you share a recipe for celebratory infused drinks?

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here’s an infused margarita recipe from Cannabis Drinks. Since it calls for fresh watermelon juice and jalapeño peppers, I call it the Spicy Melon Margarita.

SPICY MELON MARGARITA EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

Fine-mesh strainer

One 8-ounce (240-ml)

Sterilized Mason jar

Saucer

Citrus juicer

Old-fashioned glass

Shaker tin

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

Spicy Melon Margarita, an infused drink by Jamie Evans

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INGREDIENTS (1 Serving)

WATERMELON JUICE

1/2 small seedless watermelon

CHILE SALT RIM

1 tablespoon (9 g) salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder or standard chili powder

1 lime wedge

SPICY MELON MARGARITA

3 ounces (90 ml) watermelon juice

1 ¼ ounce (38 ml) fresh squeezed lime juice

½  ounce (15 ml) Infused Rich Simple Syrup (see recipe in Cannabis Drinks)

½  ounce (15 ml) tequila blanco

½  ounce (15 ml) mezcal

½  teaspoon Aperol

1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds (set 1 round aside for garnish) 

Lime round, for garnish (optional)

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INSTRUCTIONS

To make the watermelon juice 

Place the watermelon flesh into a blender or food processor. Purée for 1 minute or until the watermelon chunks turn into juice. Using a fine-mesh strainer, separate the pulp from the juice over an 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Discard the pulp, and set the jar aside.

To create the chili rim

Combine the salt and chile powder in a shallow saucer. Rim the glass with a lime wedge. Then dip the glass into the salt mixture creating the chile rim. If you have Tajín on hand, this works great, too!

To make the Spicy Melon Margarita

Add all the ingredients into a shaker tin, including the watermelon juice and the jalapeños. Add ice, cover, then shake for 25 seconds. Fine strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño rounds or a lime wheel, and enjoy!

We love how curated your instagram is, any tips for those looking to elevate their instagram game?

Something that’s helped my account grow over the years is to focus on a particular topic or beat. When I first launched my company, I tried to cover everything in cannabis. Now, I primarily just focus on infused foods and beverages as well as culinary cannabis experiences. That content is aligned with what my viewers prefer to see.

 

Can you share 5 of your favorite profiles to follow on instagram?

Here are five of my favorite accounts to follow now if you love cannabis-infused food and drinks! 

 

@sousweed

Monica Lo is a pioneer in the culinary cannabis space as well as a master at using the sous vide method to create delicious cannabis-infused recipes from an Asian American kitchen. Her page also includes stunning food photography, which she captures on her own. Be sure to follow Monica if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Jamie Evans, the go-to expert on infused drinks

@smokesipsavor

Rachel Burkons is another pioneer in the culinary cannabis space as well as my co-host for our monthly IG Live show, The Herb & Smoke Show. Rachel also comes from a long history of working in the beverage space. We have a lot of fun mixing up drinks together. She’s also hilarious, so I think you’ll enjoy her IG Reels.

@bigbadwolfsf

Chef Haejin Chun of Big Bad Wolf is one of the coolest chefs around. I was lucky enough to collaborate with her on a few dinners before the COVID 19 pandemic hit last year, and just love how real she is on IG. Her food is also amazing! Be sure to keep an eye out for her weekly IG Show on @Herb every Tuesday.

@chefamanda.co

I was recently introduced to Chef Amanda Jackson after she attended one of my cannabis mixology classes to celebrate the launch of Cannabis Drinks. I love her Instagram page! She is a very talented chef based in Los Angeles and features some delicious recipes as well as her favorite cannabis products. Her food photos will make you hungry.

@wenyerhungry

I came across Chef Wendy Zeng’s IG page after she won @elevatejane’s “Elevated Eight” cooking competition. Wendy makes some beautiful infused cuisine using fresh ingredients from her impressive urban garden. She was also just featured in Discovery’s Chopped 420 cooking show. Be sure to tune in and witness her culinary talents first hand. 

 

Where can everyone get your new book, Cannabis Drinks: Secrets to Crafting CBD and THC Beverages at Home?

To purchase Cannabis Drinks, please head to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or a bookstore near you! You can also find the book on my website at www.TheHerbSomm.com or on my Instagram channel @TheHerbSomm. Cheers, and enjoy!

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