Ah, food and cannabis. Few things in life go so well together than a bag of weed and the munchies. Of all my favorite things I can write about, these two definitely make it on the list.
With the increasing number of marijuana strains in the market today, it kind of makes sense for people to experiment with different food pairings to see which combinations provide the best experience. Like a fine wine and rare steak, the right strain of cannabis can go a long way to enhance a meal.
After all, both food and marijuana contain terpenes which are the natural flavors and aromas found in food and plants. Put the right ones together and you may just have one immaculate experience that could threaten the size of your waistline. Just Kidding.
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We’re not promoting binge eating on Doritos here. We’re going to keep it classy. Instead, we want to talk about cannabis and food pairings that balance and complement each other to provide a unique high culinary experience. Ready to see what these pairings are? Check them out!
1. Super Lemon Haze Strain & Salmon
The next time you’re having salmon, make sure to pick up some Super Lemon Haze strain to go with it. The taste of squeezed lemon juice on the salmon is even more emphasized once you take a few puffs of this zesty strain.
The THC on this one is quite strong (20%-25%) so be sure to take only the amount that you need before gorging on your meal. Don’t be surprised to find yourself having a few laughs by the dinner table as the Super Lemon Haze can induce giggles.
2. Blueberry Strain & Yogurt
Yogurt pairs up pretty well with most sweet strains but nothing beats having it with Blueberry Strain which comes in a citrusy, sweet, berry flavor. It has quite a pleasant berry aroma with potent THC levels of up to 19%.
The deep relaxing body buzz and cerebral euphoria you feel from this indica dominant hybrid is complemented by the cold and creamy texture of yogurt. Not to mention, yogurt supplies good bacteria to your gut leaving you feeling full but not bloated. Consider adding other toppings to your yogurt like nuts, fruits, seeds too for that extra health and high kick.
3. Cookies and Cream & Tomato Soup
Sounds like a weird pairing doesn’t it? You’ll be surprised to find out just how appetizing these two are together. The sweet, toasty flavor of Cookies and Cream combines perfectly with the tangy yet creamy taste of tomato soup, inducing feelings of relaxation, satisfaction, creativity, and happiness.
This balanced hybrid gives you the best of both worlds making you feel uplifted and relaxed at the same time without the heavy sedated feeling. It’s perfect to use any time of day so don’t be afraid to whip up a bowl of tomato soup the next time you light some Cookies and Cream bud. You can also pair this with cured meat so the saltiness balances out the sweetness of Cookies and Cream.
4. Black Domina Strain & Chocolate Cake
Duh! What better strain to pair chocolate cake with than one that tastes like coffee and nuts? The Black Domina boasts those exact flavors making it the right marijuana strain to pair with your all-time favorite dessert. It’s a product of a four-way cross between Northern Lights, Hash Plant, Afghani SA and Canadian Ortega and is 95% indica.
It starts with a strong punch inducing feelings of euphoria followed by a numbing body buzz and possible couchlock. Make sure to finish eating your slice of cake before this even happens otherwise, you’ll end up falling asleep. Don’t worry about feeling like a bloated fatty if you do finish that cake. The indica content of Black Domina will take care of you since it’s known to soothe a full belly.
5. Grape Ape Strain & Blueberries
For the ultimate burst of flavors in your mouth, try combining Grape Ape with blueberries. The indica dominant strain tastes like sweet grape and berries with a lingering sweet, floral aroma. And with its high THC content (17%-18%) and ability to stimulate one’s appetite, it won’t be hard to get the munchies for something as delicious as blueberries.
6. Purple Haze (the Backup Plan for Dinner Disasters)
Alright, sometimes the food will be a disaster. If your girlfriend is still learning how not to burn her casserole, or your grandma lost the plot with her 1950’s-style cooking –sometimes a little psychedelics might be just what the doctor ordered.
A surefire way to make you forget about burnt crusts and tinfoil-tasting lasagna, Purple Haze, with all of it’s Jimi Hendrix-inspired kush goodness will take the edge off and make you so hungry you’ll ask for seconds.
How to Pair Cannabis Strains with Food
These are just a few examples of pairings you can do. We hope this gives you an idea of how to mix food and cannabis together. If you’re still confused on how to mix and match the two together, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Understand terpenes
As mentioned earlier, terpenes are what gives food and cannabis their unique smell and taste. Once you understand this and learn to identify the subtle differences of flavors and aromas of both food and cannabis, it becomes easier to pair the right strains and dishes.
2. Trust your senses
Most cannabis strains will be named after the strong flavor profile they have. Strains like Lemon Pie, Liquid Butter, Mango Kush, and Grape Ape are obviously named after the dominant flavor they have so take these into consideration when picking strains. Also, don’t forget to do your research to see the complete flavor and aroma profile of each.
Your preferences are a big factor too for whether a pairing will taste good or not. Find out what you like and try mixing up with your favorite flavors combinations. There’s really no right or wrong here so there’s no point trying to achieve the most perfect mix.
3. Complement or balance flavors
If you’re a big foodie, you probably already know what flavors and aromas tastes great with what. Take advantage of this knowledge by experimenting with different flavor combinations. You have a few options. You can complement the taste of the food you’re eating by smoking a similar tasting strain or you can pick a contrasting flavor to balance it out.
Pairings you try will not always be perfect. Take note of scents and flavors you tasted and the ones that you liked, making adjustments along the way.. Again, don’t worry about getting it right. Food is always enjoyable regardless of what strain you pick. The pairings are just there to make the experience even more enriching.
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Got any cannabis and food pairings you can recommend? Share them in the comments below.