New Study Finds That Legal States Have Lower Rates of Cannabis-Impaired Driving
by Chane Leigh
Did you know that pesto is the second most popular pasta sauce on the planet? Amid the rise of legal cannabis, pesto is getting a potent twist.
Pesto—a blend of aromatic herbs, salt, oil, pine nuts, and cheese—is crammed with essential antioxidants that will bolster your health and could even prevent the onset of serious diseases. It was the Genoese of Liguria that introduced this condiment to Ancient Rome at some point in the Middle Ages. To this day, the staple of Italian cuisine is still enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
Add cannabis to the mix and pesto becomes a nutrient-packed powerhouse for flavoring dishes!
Firstly, don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to get “stoned” or “high” to enjoy cannabis-infused pesto, or any other cannabis-infused recipe for that matter. It is entirely possible to cook with cannabis and not experience the plant’s psychoactive effects.
Cannabis’ primary compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is only abundant when THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is exposed to heat via the process of something known as “decarboxylation.” Since pesto does not require any heat to prepare, it’s possible to create a cannabis-infused pesto dish you can enjoy without experiencing intense psychoactive effects.
When left in their raw state, the cannabis plant’s leaves are non-psychotropic, meaning that you can add weed to your dishes and not plummet into a couch-locking state. Instead, it is entirely possible to combine raw cannabis and hemp products into your diet purely to enjoy the following health benefits:
Studies have also spotlighted cannabis’ potential to relieve nausea, stomach cramps/menstrual cramps, and promote relaxation. The only thing to keep in mind is that edibles can take longer to release their effects than smoking cannabis. This is because edibles must be digested before the plant’s active cannabinoids can interact with the body.
Be aware that effects of edibles and cannabis infused products tend to set in anywhere between 60 and 120 minutes post-consumption, depending on the individual. Depending on wether you are using CBD-infused oil or another kind of cannabis oil, plan accordingly to ensure safe consumption. If you’re a pesto fan interested in trying out an unconventional way to get the benefits of cannabis in your diet, then check out this simple cannabis-infused pesto recipe below.
The best thing about pesto is that it can be served in a variety of ways, such as with pasta salads, rice, mashed potato, risotto, fish, roasted vegetables or meat. Plus, this cannabis-infused pesto is delicious when served hot or cold.
If you’re not a fan of basil or garlic, then try parsley, spinach or cilantro. There’s also the option to replace pine nuts with almonds, pecans, or walnuts. Spice lovers can bulk up the flavor of their cannabis-infused pesto with some jalapeño. For those with dairy intolerances or who aren’t fans of cheese, nutritional yeast works well as a substitute.
As a general rule for consuming any edibles for the first time, it is advised to start with a small serving to test how the infused product effects you and go from there.
Don’t forget to inform your dinner guests about the cannabis content of your infused pesto. Since everyone’s biochemistry differs, the effects of cannabis will vary depending on the person. It is possible for cannabis to have a synergistic effect on people who consume other types of medication, which is why it is essential to tell your guests that the pesto contains traces of cannabis!
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