Chelsea shapouri

A few weeks ago, I was in a car accident that changed everything I do completely. It changed the way I approach each day, caused me to appreciate some modern-day conveniences, and it put me in a position to do more thinking.

Don’t worry, I am happy to be alive and things are moving (slowly) along.

My Ma came to visit me last night to bring dinner over. We ended up at a nearby grocery store where, when at checkout, we were offered to take home any amount of the (very) overripe bananas nearby. Ma and I both decided to take quite a few. 

I have been using natural foods as hair and body conditioner for years, so I usually freeze bananas for this purpose. But, for the sake of an upcoming project, I decided that it would be fun to do something I don’t normally do – bake.

If you know me well, you know that I am not big on bread or sweets in any form, but I am also learning how to be open to new things.

New things?

I remembered reading recently about cannabis-infused baked goods. “That’s it!” I thought. As I will say often, cannabis is not yet legal in Texas. I am also not in a position to hop across state lines to Colorado or Oklahoma in order to borrow a friend’s test kitchen.

Instead, I opted for something I can do right where I already was – research. 

As I began reading, I stumbled upon something versatile. Cannabis-infused oil, better known as cannaoil, is exactly what it claims to be. If you know much about cannabis, the process of heating it with oil causes it’s “cannabinoids [to] dissolve easily in fats”.

Of course you can also do the same with butter, but for the purposes of this article, let’s stick with oil.

Cannabis-infused oil

Cannabis-infused oil can then be used for cooking, baking, in tonics, and also topically. 

I was pretty intrigued by the number of modern bakers utilizing cannaoils and cannabutters in their recipes. I can’t repeat enough the positive attributes of cannabis including boosts in mood, pain relief, “hair growth, and wound healing”

I wondered how I might use cannaoil when preparing meals.  I came across a variety of  recipes for: 

  • cannaoil-infused salad dressings, 
  • homemade granola, 
  • spreading the oil itself on toast. 

Having cannabis available in oil form officially makes it a jack-of-all-trades. 

Due to current legislation, I’m currently unable to bring this cannaoil to life inside of my Texas kitchen. However, I do hope to hear stories and read about the experiences of others who have tried this.

When infusing, please do so responsibly. Until next time.