Infused olive oil is a simple, healthy way to consume cannabinoid compounds for medicinal purposes. You not only receive the medical benefits of the THC and other psychoactive ingredients, but the herb-y cannabis flavors enhance the dish!
To help aspiring cannabis connoisseurs make the most of cannabis infused olive oil, here are some cold prep recipes that allow the full range of flavors and psychoactive compounds to be experienced without being broken down by cooking:
Pasta Salad with Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
The mix of tangy, rich flavors and cold-prep nature, pasta salads are the perfect culinary marriage for infused olive oils.
This incredible tomato basil pasta recipe from AllRecipes pairs cooked fusilli pasta with fresh-diced tomatoes, basil and plenty of sharp cheeses. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar for a bit of tanginess to enhance the fruity flavors of the tomato dices.
Pan-Seared Chicken with Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
Using infused olive oil to actually cook with would be a waste, considering that THC’s vaporization point is around 315° F. However, cooking in the pan with a separate oil before drizzling fresh, room-temp infused oil on top can be an amazing way to “spike” a dish with rich flavors while appreciating all the savory undertones created from the non-infused, heated oil.
Consider using this recipe from BBC’s Good Food site, using a non-infused oil to brown the chicken at first. After the point, the recipe suggests to “add chopped tarragon and olives” and to “bring back to bubbling,” then cut the heat off for three to six minutes to let it cool. Next, drizzle lightly with infused olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh tarragon to serve.
Kale Salad with Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
Kale is an amazing vegetable packed with nutrients, but it can be too bitter and tough fresh.
This kale salad recipe from A Cedar Spoon tempers that harshness by massaging oils and seasonings into the kale, breaking down cell walls in the process. You can substitute regular EVOO for our infused variety, and add it in light drizzles as you work the kale leaves with your hands. You should also take to heart when they suggest to try adding “things like avocado, grilled chicken, nuts, dried fruits, tofu or your other favorites” to enhance the dish.
Bruschetta with Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
What could be betta’ than a plate-full of bruschetta? Using infused oils to make it, that’s what!
Bruschetta recipes are simple and can be conjured up on the fly. Infused oils add a little extra herbiness that works well with the sweet tomatoes and savory garlic undertones. Add cracked pepper for even more depth of flavor.
Bonus: Ice Cream!
Olive oil’s rich, complex fattiness can actually compliment sweets. Drizzle a little infused olive oil on some French vanilla ice cream and a pinch of coarse sea salt. You would be amazed at how sophisticated and delicious the flavor profile becomes!
Make sure that for all these recipes you use a high-quality cannabis infused olive oil, stored in a dark place below 70° F and never heated above 300° F. You can also find other high-quality edible cannabis products at Euphoria to snack, cook and experiment with to your heart’s content.