New Recipe: Cooking with cannabis at the Arkansas Times Marijuana and CBD Wellness Expo

Before the days of medical marijuana, the term “edibles” was not a part of the stoner vernacular. At least it wasn’t when I was coming of age. Eating weed was quite literally eating weed by grinding up the garbage herb we referred to as “schwag,” often consumed when “nugs” or “dank” or “kind bud” weren’t available, and just folding the crispy, dried-out flower into the store-bought brownie mix. Don’t try that at home.

Thankfully, those horribly-flavored days are behind us. Now you can go into a dispensary and purchase dull-colored gummies and chocolates in the shape of triangles (kids are apparently afraid of triangles) that are infused with medical cannabis oil (THC or CBD). Dispensaries are regulated by the Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control agency and aren’t allowed to sell edibles that might appeal to children, so baked goods like cookies and brownies are prohibited. But there’s nothing stopping medical marijuana patients from baking cannabis in their home kitchens, and it’s never been easier. There’s a slew of recipes online for how to convert flower into oils and butters, which requires a process called decarboxylation. If that sounds intimidating, patients can purchase cannabis-infused grapeseed oil from dispensaries for their home baking needs.

According to Natural State Medicinals vice president of culinary operations Trevor Swedenburg, the most common misconception about cooking with cannabis is that it’s difficult. Swedenburg was in the kitchen at the Albert Pike Masonic Center with his associate John Rice at the Arkansas Times Medical Marijuana and CBD Wellness Expo on Saturday to clear up any misconceptions about cooking with cannabis. They demonstrated a recipe for CBD-infused banana bread, a recipe Swedenburg said is a good, easy introduction into DIY edibles. The banana in the recipe can also be interchanged for one cup of most fruit mashes, Swedenburg said.


The recipe calls for one unit of medicated cooking oil. Each unit contains 1,000 milligrams of CBD. Swedenburg said he always suggests considering the number of servings per recipe so you’ll known how much CBD is in each serving.  Swedenburg and Rice also had several varieties of cake pops on hand that were free of CBD, but people had the opportunity to dip the cake pops into a CBD-infused tempered chocolate that had 10 milligrams of CBD per dip.

Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chilson attended one of the four lectures on Saturday. Check out his photos in the slideshow below.

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