How to Cook with Cannabis

Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl
Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl

Before we hop into how you can cook with cannabis and somethings you want to consider when doing so, it’s first good to know why you might want to try making edibles. Sure you may have tried a bunch of other cannabis forms like vaping, topicals, and blunts, but when your body digests a cannabis-infused edible, you get a completely different experience. 

An edible may take a bit longer for the effects to kick in, sometimes around 30 minutes to a few hours, but when it does, it’s a euphoric feeling. When you ingest an edible it has to pass through your liver which then has to break down and metabolize the delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC which hits harder than any other form of marijuana.

Another great reason for learning how to make your own cannabis-infused oil for cooking recipes is that you will save money in making your own edibles. If you find that you are always buying premade cannabis items like cookies and candies, why not try making some on your own?

When it comes to cooking with cannabis there are many ways to go about it. You can use tinctures, which is easy, but not as fun, and can get pretty costly down the line if you like to cook with marijuana often. Or you can make your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, which can go a long way. However, there are some things to consider when making your own cannabis-infused oils for cooking. 

Know Your Strain

Like any marijuana item, everything affects you a little differently. So before you get started, think about how you want your final product to affect you or your guests, if you intend to make something to share with others. Do you want something high in CBD for a relaxing feeling? Maybe you want an energetic Sativa to boost your mood and get you feeling more productive? Or are you thinking about curling up on the couch with a sedative-inducing Indica? 

However you are feeling, just make sure you get the strain you want before moving forward with your oil. A good rule of thumb is to pick a strain that has low THC levels, something that you might use to vape that is around 10-15% THC. As for the amount of cannabis you use, an ounce is usually good enough, but it is up to you. 

Also, make sure that the strain you use is a rich terpene profile to get the most health benefits out of your oil. 

Wooden table with rolling pin and cookie dough with marijuana leaf cut out

What Are you Using to Make Your Oil?

When it comes to making the oil or adding your marijuana to your food there are a couple of ways you can go about it. As mentioned previously, an easy way to get what you want is to buy a tincture and add that into your mix. It’s easy to do but can get pricey. 

Making your own oil out of a flower, stems, trims, or flower that has already been vaporized (ABV), is a common way of making your own oil. One big thing to make sure of is that you completely dry out your flower or stems before adding it to your oil. 

You Won’t Know Your Dosage

One downside to making your own edibles and edible oil is that you won’t know the dosage of your final product. Sure, you will know how much marijuana you used to make it, but that doesn’t that mean you know the exact amount of oil that is in each piece. 

You might make a batch of brownies and eat one and not feel a thing while your friend had one and is over the moon. What could have happened? You probably didn’t mix your batter well and the oil was unevenly distributed. When mixing the oil make sure you mix it very, very well. This will help to get an even amount of cannabis oil throughout your mixture and help with even dosages. 

Another thing you can do to test the potency of your oil is to try a little bit before adding it to your mixture. Take a ¼ or ½  a teaspoon for yourself as a personal dose and add it to your food or drink. Sit on it for about an hour and see how it affects you. Then you can use that as a baseline when adding the oil to your mixture for your food. 

Hand adding drops from tincture to pasta

What Type of Oil Are you Mixing With?

The type of oil you mix your cannabis with can make a big difference in taste. You want to aim for a high-fat oil like coconut or canola oil. Just be aware that canola oil has a higher smoking/boiling point than coconut oil. 

When infusing your cannabis with the oil, you want to submerge it in the oil and keep it at a consistent heat. There are many different ways of doing this. Some people like to use a saucepan, and with doing this you have to make sure you keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to get so hot that you scorch your cannabis but you want it to be hot enough for the cannabinoids to infuse with the oil. Use a thermometer and try to keep it around 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

You can also use a slow cooker which has a little less maintenance to it but you always want to keep an eye on it. This is also much easier to set temperature-wise as you can go low and slow. 

Another method is using the oven, also a slow and steady method but requires a little more from you. You want to heat the oven to 245 degrees, cook for about 30 – 40 minutes and stir the buds every 10 minutes. 

Now that you know how to use cannabis to make your own cannabis-infused oil and some things to keep in mind when making it, what will you make first? Don’t forget to stop by your local From The Earth dispenser to pick up a few flowers to get your recipe started. With so many strains, flavors, and degree of potency, you’ll be using cannabis oil for every meal!

How to Make Marijuana Part of Your Wellness Routine

Marijuana leaf, lemon, lavender and cup of tea on marble slab
Marijuana leaf, lemon, lavender and cup of tea on marble slab

These days everyone is focused on their wellness and well-being. From working out, to practicing mindfulness, and eating healthy, we want to do what’s best for our bodies and stay physically and mentally fit for the days to come. 

But have you ever considered adding cannabis to your wellness routine? Marijuana and wellness can go hand in hand quite easily. You might be asking, what types of marijuana are good for adding to your wellness routine? Just about anything you can think of. Edibles, solubles, topicals, and creams are just a few things you can add. Here are some ways you can incorporate them into your everyday wellness routine. 

Womans hands holding tincture with marijuana leafs around

Adding Marijuana to Your Food or Drink

Some might think this sounds weird, but we are not talking about smoking a blunt and eating snacks. Marijuana tinctures are a simple and easy way to add a little buzz to your beverage. 

In the morning, try adding a few drops from your tincture into your coffee or tea as you start your day. Be sure to have your day in mind and pick a high CBD to THC ratio to help you focus on your tasks and not get stuck on the couch. Having a high CBD ratio will also allow you to destress and concentrate on the tasks at hand. 

Tinctures are always great to have with you as they can be easily added to your routine. Whether you decide to add it to your drink or take it sublingually, you can use it throughout your day to destress and focus.

During the day, if you find yourself stressed and needing a little bit of a pick me up to get you through the afternoon, try a little something with Sativa and a low THC level to help boost creativity and overall well-being. 

Marijuana and Your Work Out

Adding marijuana before, after, or during your daily workout routine can benefit you in many ways. If you like to vape, vaping a blend with a low THC ratio helps to open your mind and help you to even workout a little longer than you typically would as it can have time-altering effects on your brain. Vaping is also easy on your lungs, so they won’t take a hard hit. This is a great idea if you like to practice yoga or tai chi to really open your mind during your workout session. 

If you are a hardcore gym-goer and like to get your blood pumping, try a blend with more CBD and an energy-boosting Sativa. Cannabis is a proven anti-inflammatory agent that can help you to workout longer since your muscles won’t be hurting as quickly as they typically do. It will also help you to recover more quickly once your workout is done so you won’t be too sore and achy after a hard and rigorous workout. 

Marijuana Massage

After that hard workout, you had this afternoon, you might want to lay down and relax. You could probably go for a nice massage to work out your muscles too. Massages can help with a variety of issues from anxiety to headaches. Adding marijuana to your massage is perfect as it helps in aiding these problems you may have as well as helping to aid in better sleep, relieve tension, and more. 

Reach for a cannabis-infused topical to quickly soothe a pain point on your body for fast-acting relief. There are many topicals to choose from like

  • Balms
  • Body Creams
  • Body Oils
  • Bath Bombs
  • Patches

Using a CBD infused topical can help to reduce acute and chronic pain in your joints and muscles and target them for quick relief. They will also help to reduce inflammation and promote relaxation. The benefit of creams and oils is that you can apply them liberally as needed and not get a head high from THC and still receive the relief you need. 

Be wary with the topical you choose, as like any cannabis-infused product, they all have different effects and durations. Patches typically have a higher THC dose and enter your bloodstream for a quickly induced high. While a 1:1 bath bomb will soothe your pain and help you to relax and unwind without too much euphoria that you can still concentrate and get on with your day. 

Young woman meditating in grass in outside open area

Marijuana Mindfulness

Meditation is a perfect way to start your wellness journey. As it is a cornerstone of wellness, practicing meditation can help you to ease your mind and block out stress from a busy and tiring day. Mindfulness meditation is all about focusing your mind and becoming one with your body and soul. Though it may sound hard at first, adding marijuana to your mindfulness meditation will help you to stay focused and quiet your mind. 

Practicing mindfulness meditation with the addition of marijuana has been around for thousands of years. Marijuana helps to broaden your mind and really focus on what is happening. Body mindfulness can be especially euphoric as you focus on the way your body feels. From the top of your head to the tips of your fingers and toes, it’s all about focusing on your senses. Do you have a tingling feeling anywhere, are you touching anything, what is your space like? All of these are even more enhanced with the addition of marijuana as you can really hone in on these feels and focus all of your energy on your senses. 

To help in your meditative mindfulness journey, find a hybrid that can give you full-body properties for all-over relaxation but not too much of a head high that you feel totally sedated and out of it.

Conclusion

As you focus on your wellness and well-being, see how you can add marijuana into your wellness routine. Whether it be from a tincture in your morning coffee or a topical cream as you unwind during the evening, marijuana can help to take the stress out of your day. 

The New Vanguards of Southern California: From The Earth

Although the Golden State’s regulated cannabis industry has yet to live up to its incredible potential, dozens of companies are setting new standards with their elegant branding, eye-catching design and groundbreaking consumer experiences.

Among these new leaders, companies like March and Ash, Calma and From The Earth have helped spark a resurgence of Southern California cannabis retail, combining business savvy and substance with the right amount of flash to appeal to a broader market. These forward-thinking businesses not only offer consumers a massive selection of products in a boutique retail setting, but have the infrastructure in place for expansion.

From The Earth

After opening two retail stores in Southern California and branching out of state to open a shop in Michigan, From The Earth’s CEO, Dan Zaharoni, was feeling stymied.

“You always feel like you should be bigger,” he says. “We want to have larger dispensaries with a much more luxurious environment, kind of like a Whole Foods vibe.”

So when it came time to open the company’s third store in California, Zaharoni wanted to break through and create something that truly signified who the company is and where it is heading.

And in Long Beach, From the Earth was able to do that because it built the 8,300-square-foot flagship store from the ground up, allocating 3,300 square feet for the company’s distribution hub and setting up the rest as a template for the retail chain’s future endeavors.

Through the wooden fixtures, abundant plants and a hanging wall garden, the store’s interior design illustrates the connection people have with their environment and the planet. The floral patterns along the walls that include pink, purple and fuchsia cannabis leaves embrace cannabis culture and are symbolic of the company’s reverence toward the plant.

“We really go back to an organic, hippy-trippy, retro vibe, like the flower-child days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, in our stores,” Zaharoni says. “As a company that really promotes the organic, healthy way of life that cannabis promotes, we wanted our environment to match that.”

The return-to-nature spirit aligns with the company’s mission of “Learn, Live and Grow” but behind the scenes, From The Earth has built an infrastructure geared toward expansion.

 

The company is already in the process of building two more Southern California stores and has a licensing agreement in place to rebrand another operator’s shop into a From The Earth location.

From The Earth is also licensed to open five dispensaries in Missouri, one of which is already built and waiting for the green light to open from state regulators. The Missouri shops will carry a similar aesthetic as their Golden State counterparts, while ensuring each location fits well with the personality of its community.

“When we go to new locations, we like to have local people as our partners,” Zaharoni says. “I don’t want to go to Missouri and try and do that by myself; I want to find Missouri people who know the Missouri way of life and partner with them.”

In California, From The Earth has licenses for retail, delivery, distribution, manufacturing and as an event organizer, as well as a proprietary delivery service it intends to bring to other states eventually. But its emphasis is squarely on the retail sector.

“All the ancillary pieces that we have are really to support retail,” Zaharoni says. “We have our own brands that come from our manufacturing facility. We self-distribute so that we’re working with the manufacturers to bring the products into our stores. All of it is leading up to the retail experience.”

Within the next year, Zaharoni expects the chain will have tripled in size to a total of 12 retail stores. And to fuel the company’s expansion, From The Earth has filed documentation to complete its initial public offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

“We are going to be the first American cannabis company to go public in Israel,” he says. “That’s going to put us in the position to access the capital market, and we’re going to become a very acquisitive group. We’re going to be doing a lot in the next year.”

From The Earth Appoints Courtney Dorne as President

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2020 — From The Earth (“FTE”), the full spectrum U.S. cannabis lifestyle company and 2019 Weedcon Dispensary of the Year, today announced the appointment of Courtney Dorne, a successful entrepreneur and proven leader in the cannabis space, as FTE’s new President.

Dorne has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions with specialties in marketing and sales, product development and operations management. She joins FTE from Vertical Companies where she was the former President of Brands, responsible for new business development and edible product development. Dorne was central to building and launching multiple unique Vertical-owned brands across the U.S., one of which she spearheaded as the original creator and designer. Prior to Vertical, she spent 20 years as President of Fresh and Ready Foods of Nevada working to grow the business she helped start while still in high school. In her very first leadership role, Dorne successfully increased annual sales from $1.7M to 25M, effectively managed three manufacturing facilities with a total of 500 employees and negotiated all major management contracts.

“Courtney has been tremendously impressive in expanding high-growth companies and brings with her an instinct for leading teams and building valuable industry relationships,” said Dan Zaharoni, CEO of From The Earth. “We are thrilled to have a talented professional who clearly understands the cannabis market join our leadership team.”

Since 2010, Dorne has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), initially joining the Las Vegas chapter and currently participating in the Hollywood chapter where she is included in the chapter’s leadership ladder. She has held multiple leadership roles throughout her membership, previously as Chair of WBN (Women’s Business Network), and currently as the organization’s Pacific Regional Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

About From The Earth
From The Earth, a full spectrum cannabis lifestyle company founded by Kintu Patel and Jayson Quinones, comprises multiple entities and projects that make up a vertically integrated cannabis enterprise. With a team of experts in cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales, From The Earth has utilized cutting-edge technology, a commitment to quality and experienced personnel to create one of the most recognizable and well-respected brands in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Retailer From The Earth Makes Social Justice A Priority With New Partnership

Since its inception, From The Earth, a minority-founded and operated cannabis retailer, has made diversity and inclusion within the industry a top priority. Proving they walk the talk, FTE recently formed a partnership with Fruits of Our Labor, a black-owned business that employs ex-convicts to manufacture a wide range of vaporizers and glass blunts. For both FTE and Fruits of Our Labor, which was founded in Maryland by 22-year-old Alvin Edwards, this relationship is a great way of helping people and communities adversely affected by the war on drugs.

“I’ve been in philanthropy the last 25 years,” said David Moss, chief development officer at FTE. “It’s a big part of my core values. For FTE, we pay forward and give it back. It’s not all about making a buck.”

The partnership came into being after Edwards reached out to Mars Wright, a transgender activist and influencer, who also serves as FTE’s social media marketing director. Edwards, who is part of the trans community, had been following Wright on social media and decided to contact Wright after launching Fruits Of Our Labor.

Wright then brought the idea of a partnership with Fruits Of Our Labor to the FTE team and shortly after, FTE placed Edwards’ first major order. Currently, the products will be stocked in all FTE dispensaries across California, Michigan and Missouri. According to FTE’s Moss, FTE is not taking any equity in Fruits Of Our Labors.

Edwards began his business after saving $5,000 from revenue he generated from a retro video game shop he operated with a friend. With that money, he purchased a small rental building to found and incubate Fruits Of Our Labor, which now has a staff size of 15.

Edwards hopes the partnership with FTE will be a steppingstone for other similar partnerships and have a beneficial effect on struggling black communities.

“I want to show that you can be black and not rely on people and build it yourselves,” said the Baltimore native. “It can really be a big market for this area. Right now, we don’t have real leaders for this. I want something that will be positive and rebuild our communities.”

Presently, medical marijuana is legal in Maryland but not adult use.

Moss said the partnership with Fruits Of Our Labor is the first of its kind for FTE. He said FTE is hoping to ink other relationships similar to this partnership. Right now, for example, FTE is in the final stages of producing a “mini documentary” on a young black man who was arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana.

“This was a good kid,” said Moss, describing the subject of the project. “He was in culinary school, had dreams of becoming a chef and owning a restaurant. We’re hoping to help him create brands and he participated with royalties and equities. We’re looking to do all sorts of things with social justice and leveling the playing field.”

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