#PotLunch Episode 55: Infused Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada

May 7, 2021

This recipe was adapted from here

You ever just wish you were on some tropical beachy island vacation sipping on…

May 7, 2021

This recipe was adapted from here

You ever just wish you were on some tropical beachy island vacation sipping on something that tastes like your locale? I know I'm not alone. Unfortunately, as I creep closer and closer to middle age I have found that alcohol and I are not a great combination. If not for the shenanigans, then for the hangover the next day. No thank you. 

But I still want to taste something beachy and that might make me feel a little bit looser and more chill. So I got to researching. Turns out there are plenty of virgin piña colada recipes out there on the web and some of them are begging to be infused (actually, all of them are). 

For this recipe you can infuse in one of two ways, you can do it simply with an alcohol-based tincture (check out this method here). Or you can attempt to infuse the cream of coconut. Personally I think you'll get a better overall infusion result if you use tincture because alcohol is a better solvent than the lower fat cream of coconut BUT infusing the cream of coconut imparts a nice flavor that will complement the drink nicely. So if you're not super concerned about potency or dosage, this is a great option. 

To infuse the cream of coconut I treated it like infusing any other milk. 

Tools

  • mason jar
  • cocktail shaker
  • baking sheet
  • mesh strainer and cheesecloth 

Ingredients 

  • Cannabis
  • 1 can of cream of coconut 
  • Pineapple juice
  • Maraschino cherries

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Roughly break up cannabis. Spread on baking sheet and cover with tinfoil. Bake for 15 minutes. For this recipe, I recommend about 3.5 grams. 
  2. Add decarboxylated cannabis to a mason jar. Pour 1 can of cream of coconut (found in your grocery store in the aisle with the other alcohol mixers). Add lid. 
  3. Place jar in a sauce pot, or crockpot, and fill basin/pot with water. Make sure there is a enough water to come up to the same level as the cream of  coconut and cannabis mixture in the mason jar. 
  4. Bring water to boil and boil for 90 minutes up to 4 hours. If using a crockpot, set on high for a few hours and walk away. If using the stove top, make sure to keep an eye on the water level and add HOT WATER ONLY to bring the level up. 
  5. Strain cannabis flower from the cream of coconut. Store in an airtight jar in fridge for up to two weeks. 
  6. In your cocktail shaker, or blender, add 6 ounces of pineapple juice and 1.5 ounces of infused cream of coconut over 1 cup of ice and shake about 15 times. If using a blender, blend until smooth. 
  7. Pour into a glass and top with 1 or 2 cherries and a slice of fresh pineapple. 
  8. Enjoy. And cheers! 

Watch me make this in the video below and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe while you're there too. 

April 16, 2021

Earlier this year I kept seeing ads for a potency testing device. I saw the ads enough that I was finally like, ok, I'll bite. Because who DOESN'T want to know how potent their homemade edibles are? That's probably the biggest downfall of making edibles at home: not knowing precisely how potent or not your final product is. 

I'll be posting a longer review about the actual device in a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, I want to show you the results of my decarb test. Most home edible makers recommend the standard 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes for decarboxylation. But I've seen charts out there that actually show a range of temperatures and times that could potentially work for decarboxlation. 

For this video, I tested three different combinations of temperature and time to find out which one might work best for my oven. For each test, I used 1.5 grams of cannabis (an indica called Crescendo from Cannasseur in Pueblo that they labeled as 22% THC). I mixed each sample of decarboxlated cannabis with 2 ounces of Everclear, and shook for 10 minutes before testing the tincture in the Tcheck. 

I decarbed samples at 300* Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, 240* Fahrenheit for 40 minutes, and 245* Fahrenheit for 55 minutes. And the best one? Well it was kind of a surprise for me. 

Let's take a look at the best, worst, and average for each sample in the table below. 

Sample
Best Test
Worst Test
Average 

300*F for 15 minutes

132.7 mg/tbs

63.4 mg/tbs

98.05 mg/tbs

240*F for 40 minutes

93.2 mg/tbs

72.1 mg/tbs

82.65 mg/tbs

245*F for 55 minutes

86.4 mg/tbs

23 mg/tbs

54.7 mg/tbs

That's right. 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes gave me the best overall infusion results. By a lot. 

Check out the video below to hear more about my thoughts on this decarboxylation revelation. 

February 25, 2021

Sometimes you just want an easy edible that you don't have to think a lot about. I hear you. The last few weeks that's about all I've been able to manage. Between seasonal depression and also the never-ending poo storm that is society compounded with the pandemic, it's been a miracle I've showered nearly every day. Some days that's all I can accomplish. 

I've seen a lot of folks around the interwebs infusing snacks that came from the grocery store. I thought it sounded too good to be true. It's not. It's incredibly easy. All you need is a little infused oil and an oven. 

You can watch me infuse cheetos, cheezits and chips on my youtube channel right now

Ingredients: 

  • coconut oil
  • cannabis
  • your favorite snacks

Tools: 

  • mason jar
  • sauce pot
  • strainer and cheesecloth
  • baking sheet

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Loosely break up your cannabis flower. Spread it in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Optional: cover baking sheet with tinfoil.
  3. Place decarbed cannabis in a mason jar. Cover with coconut oil (I like to do 1/8th ounce of cannabis per 1/4 cup of oil). Add lid to jar, finger tight. Boil jar in saucepot full of water (start with the jar in cold water) for 1.5-2 hours (or longer it's up to you). 
  4. Strain out cannabis flower from the oil. 
  5. Turn oven down to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  6. Take the desired amount of snack food. Drizzle as much or as little infused oil over the snacks. Toss to coat evenly. 
  7. Spread snacks on a baking sheet in an even layer and bake in oven for 30-60 minutes. Check on them every 10-20 minutes. They'll be ready as soon as they start to look dry again. 
  8. Eat and enjoy. 

See? Could that be any easier? 

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January 19, 2021

Episode 52 is an easy one. You've seen me do sugar a couple of times, and even brown sugar too. This is just an easy breezy extension of that. 

You'll want to get familiar with alcohol tinctures (I really like the method described in the pot pantry prep video). And then you'll want to make sure you have a strong blender, food processor or another grinder. 

Ingredients 

  • 7 grams Whole cannabis flower
  • 4 ounces Everclear, or other high proof grain alcohol
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Tools

  • Baking sheet
  • Mason jar
  • Cheesecloth and mesh strainer
  • Measuring spoon
  • Blender

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 240 degrees. Roughly chop cannabis flower. Spread it evenly across the baking sheet (optional: cover with tin foil). Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  2. Add flower to mason jar and cover with 1/2 of the alcohol. Mash with a spoon, or seal lid and shake, for 3 minutes. Strain flower from the alcohol; return flower to mason jar; cover with the remaining alcohol; mash or shake again for 3 minutes. Strain flower from the alcohol and discard flower. Store all of the tincture in a clean airtight container in a cool dark place. 
  3. Preheat oven to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread 1/2 cup sugar on a baking sheet. Add 1-2 tablespoons of tincture to sugar and mix well to incorporate. Bake sugar for 1 hour, checking/mixing every 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container. 
  4. Add sugar to a blender or food processor and blend it until it becomes a fine powder. 

January 13, 2021

I’m a daily cannabis user, and as of March 2017, a total treadmill and gym enthusiast. I know it probably sounds antithetical, to the uninformed, to be both a daily user and gym rat, but here I am. And I’m not alone. 

Anecdotally, many cannabis-friendly folks have commented that getting high to workout can help you push harder, with less injury. I would testify to that myself, except I haven’t worked out sober since college (read: until last year, I hadn’t worked out since college). 

However, I can testify that I’ve learned a lot about how to use my habit not only to reward myself after the workout but as a tool to get through it in the first place. Today, I’m going to share some of those tips to help you take advantage of your high for a better workout. 

This first one’s obvious, but…

Stay Hydrated

This is good life advice in general, but especially true if you’re going to be smoking, vaping, or dabbing your cannabis before a workout. As you can probably guess, it is because of that dreaded dry mouth.  

Having experienced it on more than one occasion (I’m not great at following my own advice), I can attest that dry mouth onsetting mid-workout is an awful, terrible distraction. I don’t know about you, but I find trying to gulp water mid cardio and between hard breaths is difficult to juggle. 

There is truly a difference between just being thirsty at the gym and having dry mouth. Drink plenty of water before you get to the gym, and plenty throughout the day after. Dry mouth on the treadmill is a total buzzkill. 

Hot tip! If you do start to feel like you’ve got cotton for gums but don’t want to slow down, sip and swish some water around your mouth while breathing through your nose. 

Find the Right Strain

More commonly, indica strains are known for couch lock and laziness; sativas for their more motivating, and energetic high. But as we’ve become more educated, we all know that it’s really about the terpene profile.  I like something that will give me a little pep but also allow for some muscle relaxation. I want to make it out the door, but also push through some of the initial kinks and pains as I get warmed up. 

This is what works for me, after some extensive at-home testing. I suggest you do the same if you have the opportunity and the means. Since all bodies are different, you’ll likely need to try different strains to find your perfect gym recipe. Some people find indicas give them a better result at the gym because of the more obvious muscle relaxation. 

Edibles as an Alternative

There have been times that allergies have affected my lungs, but not enough to want to skip a workout. That’s when I break out my trusty vape. Or if I’m incredibly well-stocked, I’ll indulge in an edible. A responsible dose, just like smoking, will increase your pain tolerance, give you a zen-like focus, AND an incredible body high. 

Although edibles do require a little more planning, they’re also great if you’re busy and on the go. They’re discreet, with no smell, and require almost no time to consume, since they’re generally pretty small. 

As a general disclaimer, I do not recommend this to those of you who are new to edibles or cannabis in general. So if you’re new to the scene, and you’re worried about maintaining your current lung faculties or being discreet, try vaping instead, as it’s considerably less harsh than smoking or dabbing. 

Don’t Give In to the High

If motivation is your concern, I have a few tips to make sure you stay focused and get your booty to the gym. It’s all too easy to sit down to chief up and before you know if you’ve smoked three times and you’re deep in an Instagram rabbit hole. 

First of all, put on your gym clothes before your pre-workout smoke session. Why? Because there are few things as shameful as taking those running leggings off without having worked out. Trust me. I’ve lived the shame. 

Second, find the right music and start playing it now. Something that won’t distract you from your task, but will give you a steady beat to keep pace with. For the treadmill specifically, I love Spotify’s running playlists.   

Third, enjoy your workout and pay attention to your body. Many cannabis users find that they are even more in tune with their body at the gym. Specifically when it comes to maintaining good form. A high workout is a perfect time to focus on how you feel. 

No Matter What, It Still Comes Down to Mindset

If you were to get as high as you’ve ever been, but in your head, you are saying, “this workout is going to suck,” the workout is going to suck.* Furthermore, it is going to be even suckier because you’d rather be on the couch. Your legs will feel like lead. The gym will feel meaningless. Life will feel meaningless. 

If your head is in that space, just don’t go. Or lower your expectations of what a great workout looks like that day, put on those sneakers, and pack that bowl. 

*With all that being said, I do believe you can turn a, “meh this workout will be ok,” into a full-on Tony the Tiger, “this workout will be grrrrreeeeaaaat!” with the proper amount of high from a motivating strain (and especially once the endorphins from the exercise start to kick in). 

One last tip. Make sure you’ve eaten a good meal before you get high and get sweaty. I know a lot of folks love the whole intermittent fasting and fasted cardio. I do not recommend getting high and working out on an empty stomach, especially if it’s not something you typically do.

As always, please make sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise or dieting program, whether you smoke weed or not. I am not a doctor, trainer, or a dietician. This advice is based on my own research and experience.

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