Pairing Cannabis with Cuisine

Forget the old stereotypes of couch-locked stoners with the munchies scarfing down whatever junk food is at hand. Legalization and destigmatization have led today’s epicureans to transcend the traditional pairing of wine and food to explore a new frontier: cannabis and cuisine.

Now, keep in mind that unlike wine pairing, cannabis pairing is in its fledgling state, so there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. In an article called Haute Pot Pairings: Inside the World of High-End Marijuana Cuisine, Rolling Stone looked at the trend. Ginger Edwards, co-owner of a pot-friendly Oregon bed and breakfast told the magazine, “This is not like wine, which has a long history of pairing from different regions and a large repertoire to draw from. This is a new field, and we had a blank slate. We’re the ones making some of the first pairings.”

What do you need to know to take your innate enjoyment of both cannabis and food to the next level? Well, it all begins with terpenes, the aromatic oils secreted by the glands of plants that give them their specific taste and flavor. In previous blogs, we’ve looked at the terpenes linalool and pinene and learned how they lend their attributes to various strains of cannabis. Today we’ll consider ways to combine the terpenes in cannabis with those in food to create complementary flavor profiles that will enhance your experience of both.

  • Determine your central theme. Whether you start with a particular dish, certain strain, or simply a dominant terpene, you’ll want to build your experience around one central theme. A good example involves myrcene, a terpene that’s abundant in mangoes.

According to Leafly, “anecdotal evidence suggests that eating a ripe mango prior to consuming cannabis may accentuate or extend the psychoactive effects of cannabis; some have suggested that this is due to the fruit’s concentrations of myrcene, which is naturally synergistic with THC and allows cannabinoids to more easily bridge the blood-brain barrier.”

For a starter to your myrcene menu, you might consider a mango-centric appetizer followed by a cannabis strain with a high myrcene profile. Because the terpene is also abundant in thyme and lemongrass, a main course like this Lemongrass and Thyme Roast Chicken with Hoisin Glaze would be a perfect addition to your menu.

  • Determine how you’d like to consume. Remember that this experience is about savoring flavors, and you don’t want anything to interfere with that goal. For that reason, you may want to consider foregoing a joint – the burning paper flavor could detract from the flavor profile. A pipe, or better yet, a vaporizer, are better suited to this task.
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And remember, like Ginger Edwards says, “It’s trial and error. We’re at the forefront of this new exploration. You’re engaged in research in an unknown field – of taste and euphoric pleasure.” Bon appetit!