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Recipe: Single-Serve Strawberry Shortcake With Cannabis-Infused Sugar

With fresh, juicy strawberries atop smooth whipped cream, strawberry shortcake is the ultimate dessert pick for birthdays, weddings, and all kinds of exciting celebrations. If you’re anything like me, you tend to reach for this creamy treat over the usual spread, so why not kick it up a notch with a pinch of cannabis sugar?

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Adapted from Klancy Miller’s Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking for Yourself, you’ll love the added perk of creating single-size servings to beat your cravings. Add a packet of cannabis sugar and you won’t have to wait for that special occasion—get elevated any time with this delightful recipe.

*Note: For multiple strawberry shortcakes, simply double, triple, or quadruple the ingredient amounts listed in this recipe.

Single-Serve Infused Strawberry Shortcake

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 strawberry shortcake

Approximate dosage: Each packet of Ruby Cannabis Sugar contains 10-mg THC

Ingredients

Strawberries:

Mini cake:

  • 1 four-inch ramekin
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted, plus 1 tsp for the ramekin
  • 1⁄4 cup and 1 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 tsp baking powder

Whipped cream:

  • 1⁄3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Strawberries:

  1. In a small bowl, mix strawberry slices with Ruby Cannabis Sugar until evenly coated.
  2. Cover and set aside.

Mini cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using 1 teaspoon of butter, grease the inside of a 4-inch ramekin. With 1 teaspoon of flour, rotate the ramekin to coat it evenly and shake out the excess.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg white and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Stir in remaining 1⁄4 cup flour and 2 tablespoons butter, milk, vanilla, and baking powder. Beat until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into prepared ramekin, set on baking sheet, and place it in the oven. Bake for 24 to 26 minutes, until the cake is golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Set it aside to cool completely—about 30 minutes.

Whipped cream:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar and whisk gently to combine. If desired, add more sugar to suit taste preferences.
  3. Remove cake from the ramekin and cut horizontally into two. Place one side of the cake on a dessert plate and top with half of the whipped cream and half of the strawberry slices. Stack the second side on top and layer it with the remaining whipped cream and strawberries. Serve immediately.

*Note: The amount of cannabis product suggested in each recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your products and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Pairing the Power of Cannabis With Medicinal Plants

Cannabis’s reputation as an herbal medicinal remedy is well established: The list of ailments that cannabis can assist with is extensive and continues to grow as new research emerges. This makes it the perfect base for pairing with other medicinal herbs to target specific wellness goals.

Below, discover three different methods and six suggestions for combining cannabis with complementary medicinal herbs to create unique healing blends. Then, use these as jumping-off points to develop your own homemade herbal remedies—the possibilities are endless!

(Editor’s note: Always consult a physician before leveraging new herbs for their medicinal properties.)

Medicinal Cannabis Tinctures

Burdock roots

Tinctures are liquid extracts of a plant or plants, typically made with alcohol. At times, tinctures can be made with glycerin (in Washington, for instance, recreational cannabis dispensaries are not allowed to sell alcohol-based tinctures), but while these types of tinctures may taste more pleasant, one should opt for the alcohol-based variety when possible in order to achieve a healthier medicinal tincture.

Many pre-made cannabis tinctures can be found at legal dispensaries across the country, and they are also relatively easy to make if you have the time and patience. Likewise, there exist many pre-made non-cannabis herbal tinctures available for purchase online, or one can apply the same methods to make their own. Since recipes for making non-cannabis herbal tinctures tend to follow the same general guidelines as those specified in cannabis-specific recipes, it would not be difficult to make a custom blend by combining cannabis with another herb in high-proof alcohol.

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Two herbs to consider for such a tincture blend are burdock root and valerian root.

Burdock root is high in iron and full of potent antioxidants. It protects the liver, detoxifies blood, and can improve skin conditions. It also has a history of being used as a digestive aid and diuretic.

Valerian root is known as a sedative, and is typically used in the pursuit of sleep and reduced anxiety.

Adding either one of these (or both) to a homemade batch of cannabis tincture can provide an extra boost and incorporate additional healing properties. Be sure to dose these tinctures carefully, as you would with tinctures containing only cannabis.

Medicinal Smoking Blends

Chamomile flowersChamomile flowers

Another way to enjoy a soothing herbal blend is to combine a traditional cannabis toke with a sprinkle of something new. There are plenty of great medicinal herbs that can be smoked, and many shops even sell pre-made herbal blends. That said, when combining with cannabis, it may be best to start with a single additional herb to gauge its effects and explore its flavors prior to adding more. Two great candidates are chamomile and mullein.

Chamomile is great for relieving anxiety, promoting a sense of tranquility, and even assisting in sleep. Chamomile flowers have a flavor profile that is sweet and floral, so they may pair best with cannabis strains that have terpene profiles in the way of linalool, pinene, or limonene.

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Mullein, another herb which has mild sedative properties and encourages relaxation, is also capable of soothing the throat, which may help counteract any respiratory irritation caused by smoking cannabis. Additionally, mullein has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and expectorant benefits. The taste of mullein is very light and earthy. As such, it should pair well with almost any strain. It is truly one of the better herbs to use as a base in smoking blends for this reason, as well as for its gentle, soothing smoke.

Start with just a sprinkle on a bowl, or roll a modified “spliff” with a medicinal herb in place of tobacco to add a little something special to your nightly toke.

Medicinal Cannabis Beverages

Dandelion teaDandelion tea

Drinks are a great way to combine cannabis and other herbs for a soothing, healing beverage. Below are two delicious recipes for cannabis-infused herbal drinks.

Dandelion Cannabis Tea

Dandelion is so common that it may not occur to some that this wild flower actually has multiple medicinal benefits. In addition to containing a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients such as potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and D, it is also believed to promote good liver health.

Thus, dandelion kicks up the benefits of cannabis-infused tea, combining the healing properties of the two plants into a warm, soothing drink. Follow this easy recipe for dandelion tea and add your preferred dose of cannabis-infused tincture to complete the beverage.

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Lavender Tincture Lemonade

Lavender is perhaps the most ubiquitous herb for relaxation. Whether it’s in an eye pillow, an oil diffuser, or a lemonade, lavender gets the job done when it comes to soothing the senses and calming the mind. In addition to being great for relaxing moods, lavender is also a good source of calcium and iron.

Lavender-cannabis lemonade is a wonderful way to combine the two herbs into a delicious and refreshing summer-friendly drink that will delight and de-stress.

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Begin by following these instructions for a lavender lemonade recipe, infusing real lavender into the drink. Modify the recipe to include cannabis by substituting the honey for a cannabis-infused honey; or, alternatively, simply add your desired dose of cannabis tincture to the drink.

The world of medicinal herbs is vast with cannabis being only one of many possibilities. Explore and discover a variety of herbs that may enhance or diversify the cannabis experience while providing additional medicinal benefits.

Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is just that, simple. Usually composed of one part white sugar and one part water, this liquid sweetener just needs heat and time to do its thing. Since sugar water is inherently neutral, adding and steeping herbs, like mint or rosemary, can impart subtle or strong natural flavors depending on the cooking and steeping time. That said, you can also make a classic simple syrup using one cup water, one cup sugar, and Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)—simply follow the same directions below.

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A dear friend and baker shared her favorite recipe for crafting simple syrups at her café in Seattle’s University District and naturally, I brought the cannabis—specifically, a CBD-forward RSO. For our purposes, we are replacing our standard granular white sugar for honey as well as steeping ginger in our mixture to add a fresh zing. Follow this easy step-by-step guide to concoct a flavorful infused simple syrup that can complement mocktails, coffee and tea, ice cream, and many other beverages and dishes as a natural sweeter and CBD supplement.

Honey Ginger CBD Simple Syrup

Start to finish: 1 hour

Yields: 16 one-ounce servings (two tablespoons = one ounce)

Approximate dosage: 62.5mg CBD per serving

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Materials

  • Medium pot or saucepan
  • Measuring cup
  • Spatula (for stirring and pouring honey mixture)
  • Funnel
  • Spoon (for peeling ginger)
  • Strainer
  • Timer
  • Vessel for syrup, such as a Mason jar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey (preferably local, for its health benefits)
  • 1g (1000mg) CBD Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), or less for reduced potency
  • 2-inch piece of ginger (or as small as 1 inch for a milder flavor)

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Directions

  1. Peel ginger with spoon. Cut into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Combine honey and water in pot or saucepan.
  3. Add ginger and bring to a simmer. Stir periodically while simmering for 35 to 40 minutes.
  4. Add desired dosage of activated CBD full-plant extract oil (RSO) to your empty simple syrup vessel. Strain slightly cooled syrup into the vessel, then stir well to incorporate the RSO. Use caution and care! Hot simple syrup is much hotter, meaner, and stickier than hot water. Leave cap open or ajar until mostly cooled.
  5. Cap, shake well before using, and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Be sure to shake your syrup well before each use to ensure best (i.e., most consistent) results.
  • You can store and enjoy your infused simple syrup for about three weeks.
  • Considering adding 1–3 tablespoons this infused syrup to your coffee for a boost, or sipping it with lime juice and seltzer water for a refreshing twist.

Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Pots de Crème

Cannabis confections are not difficult to make. But honestly, the tradition of special brownies or cookies are comfortable recipes that confine the truly versatile catalog of cannabis-infused consumables to a single baked binary.

So, to elevate this noble herb, I leaned on my local Public Broadcasting Service (aka PBS), America’s Test Kitchen, and my brief stint at a bakery to whip up cannabis-infused “Pots” de Crème, adapted from this recipe.

Cannabis-Chocolate “Pots” de Crème

Start to finish: 4 hours 40 minutes (active: 20 minutes)

Yields: 8 servings

Approximate dosage: 40mg per serving (see directions for info on decreasing potency)

Materials

  • 8 small jars, glasses, or ramekins
  • 1 whisk
  • 2 medium mixing bowls
  • 1 mesh strainer
  • 1 medium sauce pot
  • 1 spatula
  • 2 small bowls, for your egg yolks and whites
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Plastic wrap

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon instant espresso powder (mixed with 1 tablespoon water)
  • 500mg (0.5g) activated full-plant extract (such as RSO), or less for lower potency

Directions

  1. Place bittersweet chocolate in one medium mixing bowl. You will be combining your hot ingredients and your concentrate in this bowl later in the recipe, so be sure it’s heatproof. Place a fine-mesh strainer over the bowl and set aside.
  2. Separate yolks and eggs whites into two different bowls. Cover and refrigerate egg whites for later use or discard.
  3. Whisk yolks, sugar, and salt in the other medium bowl until fully incorporated. Slowly add in half-and-half and heavy cream. Gently whisk mixture until smooth, trying not to create too many air bubbles in the process.
  4. Transfer mixture to medium saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with spatula. The mixture should slowly thicken over 8–12 minutes of constant agitation. Your custard is ready when your spatula holds a streak through the mixture or when mixture temperature reaches 175˚ to 180˚F.
  5. Immediately pour hot custard through strainer. This catches any milk particulates that may have formed during cooking.
  6. Mix in 500mg whole-plant extract (RSO) for high potency, 300mg for medium-high potency, or 100mg for average potency. Whisk in RSO until fully incorporated into the chocolate (don’t under-stir, or you may end up with some servings significantly stronger than others).
  7. Gently whisk in vanilla and espresso before dividing mixture evenly into your ramekins, jars, or cups. Gently tap containers against the counter to remove any air bubbles that may have formed during mixing.
  8. Cool pots de crème to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 72 hours. Press plastic wrap to the mixture to prevent custard from developing a skin. Garnish as desired and serve cold.

To Garnish

Serve with whipped cream and chocolate-covered cocoa nibs (which can found at Trader Joe’s and other natural groceries). If you can’t find nibs, chocolate shavings (even infused ones, if you want to up your potency), work great too.

Pro Tips

  • To calculate approximate potency, multiply the potency of your RSO by the number of milligrams you used in your recipe. For ours, 500mg x 65% RSO potency = 325mg activated THC, and divided by eight servings, we ended with about 40mg per serving.
  • Start low and go slow. Less in more when it comes to cannabis-infused edibles. THC’s effects feel more potent when the THC is processed by the liver rather than inhaled, and full-body effects can be both surprising and overwhelming for unseasoned consumers. This doesn’t mean edibles are off the tables, but rather, that they should be respected. Start small, eat half a crème and wait an hour or two, and then decide whether you need a full serving.
  • I recommend not eating edibles on an empty stomach. While doing so may expedite their effects and make the impact louder, the longevity of the experience will be severally truncated. Being aware of the amount of food in your belly and your relative metabolism will help you dial in the perfect dose for you. Just listen to your body, baby, and enjoy yourself!

Cannabis-Infused Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread always brings me back to my childhood. More often than not, my family wouldn’t eat all the bananas my parents tried to keep around the house for us, and it was my job (as a baker since I first got hold of an Easy-Bake Oven) to repurpose them before they went to waste. Banana bread is still one of my favorites; I often grab extra bananas at the store so I’ll have some brownish ones (you definitely want to use overripe fruit when you make banana bread) ready to mash a week or so later.

This recipe is a little more grown up than my childhood version. The cinnamon and orange zest are optional, but they balance out the earthy cannabis flavors quite nicely. In a pinch, lemon zest can be substituted. The best part: it makes a great breakfast, a light afternoon snack, or a sweet dessert. If you’re the wake-and-bake type, use your favorite sativa strain to get those thoughts rolling; if you’re more of a midnight snacker, try it with a heavy indica to help you relax and turn off for the night.

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Canna-Banana Bread

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (active: 20 minutes)

Yields: 12 servings

Approximate dosage: 10 milligrams per serving*

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½ cup cannabutter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (3 to 4 medium) overripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour the bottoms only of two mini loaf pans, or one large loaf pan.
  2. Beat the cannabutter and sugar with a hand mixer or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat at a low speed until well blended. Add the mashed bananas, buttermilk, vanilla, and orange zest. Beat at medium-low speed until smooth.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add them to the wet mixture while beating on low speed, and continue beating until just moistened.
  4. If using nuts, fold them in and pour the mixture into pans.
  5. Bake two mini loaves for 50–60 minutes, or one large loaf about 70–75 minutes. When done, a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let them cool completely (approximately two hours) before slicing. If stored in an airtight container, loaves will keep about five days at room temperature, or 10 to 12 days refrigerated.

Pro tips for a perfect loaf:

  • I always butter (or grease) my pans and then dust them with a light layer of flour whenever I bake cakes, brownies, or breads. This makes for a much smoother removal.
  • Position the oven rack so that the tops of the loaf pans are dead-center in the oven to prevent over-browning of the crust
  • Slather with butter (or more cannabutter) for an even better banana bread experience!

*Note: The amount of cannabutter specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your butter and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.