Cannabis edibles are great. You can get high without smoking, enjoy the same health benefits, and have a delicious treat all at the same time. But what if you don’t want to eat the dairy and eggs that are in most baked goods or the gelatin used to make most gummies? Are there vegan cannabis edibles out there?
As a matter of fact, there are. Some are store-bought and ready for you to buy and consume, while others exist in the form of recipes that you can follow in your home kitchen.
Making Cookies, Brownies, and More
The pot brownie is a classic of the edible cannabis world, and there are lots of recipes out there that teach you how to make them vegan-friendly. The biggest change, if you’re used to making traditional non-vegan pot edibles, is that you’ll need to make or buy cannabis-infused cooking oil instead of butter.
Spend some time on the internet finding recipes that look tasty. Experiment with them to find your favorite. It’s okay — they’re vegan!
You can even think outside the brownie box and learn how to make other vegan cannabis edibles. People have created recipes for infused vegan stir fry, soup, popsicles, chocolate bars, and much more. If you’re feeling adventurous, try creating a brand-new recipe!
Cannabis gummies are wonderful. They look and taste like the gummy candies you loved as a child (and probably still love more than you’d like to admit), and they’re available in lots of different forms: gummy worms, bears, fish, you name it. They come in a variety of flavors and can be sweet or sour.
They also contain gelatin, a product made from the collagen in animals’ connective tissues. It gives gummy treats their sticky yet firm texture, but they’re not very appealing to vegans, and they can cause digestive upset if you overdo it.
There is another option. Vegans and vegetarians can still have cannabis gummies simply by replacing gelatin with agar-agar powder, a plant-based thickening agent. All you need besides the powder is fruit juice or puree, cold water, and a top-quality cannabis tincture that can be found at a licensed cannabis dispensary. You can add sweetener if you want.
There are lots of recipes out there, so have fun and experiment.
A Note on Dosing
Vegan edibles are a great way of enjoying weed healthfully, but make sure that you get the dosage right. First, make sure you know how many milligrams of cannabinoids are in every drop of your tincture. As a rule of thumb, one tincture bottle usually has 15 ml of liquid and 100 mg of cannabinoids in it.
Divide the total milligrams that you use with the number of servings to get the total amount of cannabinoids per serving. For example, if you’re making gummies and you get 20 of them, you’ll have 5 mg per gummy — a safe beginner dose.
Buying Vegan Cannabis Edibles
Baking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay. Ask your friendly cannabis expert at MMD to show you their selection of vegan cannabis gummies, cookies, or candies. Moreover, you can find us at Vegan Fest in NoHo where we have a regular presence.