Cannabis is now legal for recreational use in 11 US states and for medical purposes in 33. This creates a great deal of opportunity for diverse applications of marijuana-derived products. In the states where it is legal, it’s possible to find cannabinoids in everything from oils and lotions to vape liquids. It’s even becoming popular in the fields of food and drink. So, what are the health benefits of cannabis and how can it be added to your diet? In this article, we answer these questions by exploring some of its culinary uses and positive aspects.
Why Use Cannabis Products?
While the use of cannabinoids in medicine is still very much at the experimental stage, positive effects continue to be recorded when they are used to treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain and Crohn’s disease to Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, epilepsy, and even anorexia. Even if you don’t suffer from a diagnosed condition, extracts such as CBD can be ingested or applied to the skin as a lotion to aid in relaxation, the soothing of aches and pains, and the relief of stress.
Finding the Right Strain
One of the easiest ways in which you can find marijuana products of good quality and be confident about their effects is by obtaining a medical marijuana card. Medical cannabis products are specially developed and selected by professionals, and if you reside in any of the states in which they are legal—such as Oklahoma—all you need to do is apply for an MMJ card online, consult a specialist doctor and fill in some paperwork. It’s important to understand the strength of each strain before you cook with it, as the body metabolizes marijuana in a different way when it is eaten. If in doubt, contact a specialist and discuss the matter with them before proceeding.
Adding to Your Diet
There are a number of ways in which marijuana products can be used in the kitchen. The most famous edible is probably the brownie, but the herb can also be added to cookies, muffins, and a range of other home-baked baked goods. You can even create cannabis butter or oil, allowing you to cook it into a far wider range of meals. There are almost as many flavors of marijuana as there are strains so depending on the type of cookery you’re doing, you might want to choose an earthier, herbier option, a sweet, fruity variety or even a strain with a hint of lemon.
Of course, you’ll need to consider the properties of the type you choose to ensure that it will affect you as required. Remember, by ingesting marijuana, you’re likely to experience a more intense, longer lasting effect. For this reason, it’s a good idea to be a little more sparing than you might be when smoking. CBD oil, a marijuana derived product, still retains the herb’s relaxing, dopamine-releasing qualities without the more intense effects of THC. You can find it in a wide variety of foods and drinks, including specially infused teas.