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Healthy Edibles: Can You Have Your Weed Brownie and Eat It Too?

Tired of the same old fat- and sugar-packed cannabis treats? Want to enjoy the unique edible high without gaining ten pounds? Read on for the health-conscious person’s guide to cooking with cannabis.

Edibles, or cannabis-infused foods, are the health-conscious person’s way of avoiding the harmful effects of smoking marijuana. But when most people think of edibles, they think of sweet treats, such as the proverbial pot brownie—and there’s nothing healthy about a greasy, butter-laden brownie.

Instead of baking or buying fake, processed foodstuff, opt for cannabis-infused coconut oil, olive oil, or cannabis butter and tackle the cooking yourself. The following wholesome edibles are easy to prepare and chock-full of the vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants your body is craving. Gluten-free? Say no more!

Ganja Granola Bars

Do you like your granola bars chewy or crunchy? You get to decide when you make your own cannabis-infused snack bars. With gluten-free flour and alternative sweeteners, this buzz-time snack packs a tasty punch. The best part about making your own granola bars is that you get to pick your favorite ingredients—dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts, almonds, pecans—you name it! Click here for the recipe, from High Times.

Raw Vegan Energy Canni-Balls

These vegan-friendly energy balls taste like heaven—trust us when we say you won’t be able to eat just one—and are super easy to make. No baking required though they’re perfect for waking and baking. Soft and chewy, with plenty of nutrient-rich nuts and seeds, all you have to do is roll them up and pop them in your mouth. Click here for the recipe, from Cannabis Now.

Strawberry Ba-cannabis Smoothie

This is a stoner’s take on an old classic: the strawberry banana smoothie. With few ingredients, you can whip together this refreshing drink in under ten minutes, and the almond milk gives it a nutritious, nutty taste while also making it a solid option for people with lactose intolerance and dairy allergies. Don’t have strawberries on hand? Toss in your favorite fruit—frozen fruit works, too—along with bananas and blend it up. Click here for the recipe, from Eat Your Cannabis.

“Baked” Kale Chips

This recipe combines two of everybody’s favorite things. All you need is some fresh kale and a little cannabis-infused oil for drizzling. Add a little salt and the seasoning of your choice, pop the trays in the oven, and in under a half an hour you’ve got a crunchy snack that’s miles healthier than potato chips and will also get you high. Click here for the recipe from Cannabis Cheri.

Tips For Consuming Edibles:

  • Don’t eat edibles on an empty stomach.
  • Remember that your body mass, gender, age, metabolism can affect how high you feel. Err on the side of caution. If you’re a new user, start with a low dose.
  • The edible high feels different, even for heavy smokers. Most people agree it’s more of a body high.
  • There are major differences in the way your body absorbs marijuana when you smoke it versus when you ingest it. An edible high lasts longer.
  • The recommended serving size from the Marijuana Enforcement Division is 10 milligrams. Casual users should stick to this to avoid getting too high.
  • If you do consume too much and you feel too high, try to relax. Remind yourself that the feeling will pass and try to focus on your breathing.
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