Besides dried flower, the only other form of cannabis that you can currently purchase from government retail stores is in cannabis tinctures, often referred to as cannabis oils. These oils can be administered as either oral drops or oral sprays, and they can have varying levels of CBD and THC. Sublingual dosing is pretty efficient; dropping some of these oils underneath your tongue should allow effects to come on within 20 minutes and reach their peak after about an hour. I love sublingual dosing and will noticeably start to feel my CBD after about 20-30 minutes, way quicker than traditional edibles, which take at least twice that time. The problem that many others have with sublingual dosing however, is that they cannot stand holding the oil in their mouths, either because of the texture or the flavour of their oil.
Luckily, humans have invented some creative methods to ingest things that their minds think of as “yucky.” For ingesting alcoholic beverages, this comes in the form mixing cocktails to cover up the bitter taste of ethanol. And when it comes to ingesting the herbaceous cannabis plant, we have a ton of sweet confections to mask the taste of our leafy greens.
So, if you need a little spoonful of sugar to help your medicine go down, I have two recipes that you can add your oral dose of cannabis oil to. The only downside to fully ingesting the cannabis oil, rather than letting it absorb through the membranes beneath your tongue, is that the oil will need more time to metabolize and take effect. In other words, you will have to wait closer an hour for the oils to take effect this way, more like when you are eating infused cannabis edibles.
1. Make Your Own CBD Gummies:
❀ 2/3 Cup – Pureed Berries (fresh or thawed frozen)
❀ 1/3 Cup – Water
❀ 1 Tbsp – Lemon Juice
❀ 2 Tbsp – Honey (or liquid sweetener)
❀ 3 Tbsp – Unflavoured Gelatin
❀ 3-4 Tbsp – CBD Tincture / Diluted Cannabis Oil
❀ In a saucepan over MED-LOW heat combine: berries, water, lemon juice, and honey.
❀ Add in your desired cannabis oil.
❀ Slowly whisk in gelatin & keep stirring until all smooth.
❀ Remove from heat & use a dropper to fill some silicon molds with your mixture.
❀ Cool for 20 mins in the fridge.
Since cannabis tinctures are already prepared to be directly ingested, when you create edible recipes with tinctures/oils, all you need to do it mix it in well for even dosing, and ensure everything is warmed over low heat, to avoid evaporating your cannabinoids.
This recipe for gummies is surprisingly easy and uses only natural ingredients, so you can feel comfortable about the extra sweetness that you may be ingesting.
2. CBD “Coconut Clouds”
❀ 3 cups- Finely shredded unsweetened coconut
❀ 1 cup- Blanched almond flour
❀ 2 tbsp- CBD Oil (Or, multiply your usual dose of oil by 30)
❀ 3/4 cup- Honey or Liquid Stevia
❀ 160ml can- Coconut milk
❀ 1 cup- Vegan dark chocolate chips
❀ Add all 6 ingredients together in a large bowl & mix until well incorporated. For a finer texture, mix all of the ingredients in a blender. If batter is too crumbly, add more liquid (honey or coconut milk). If the batter is crumbly, add more liquid (honey or coconut milk) for a more mold-able product.
❀ Form into 30 small balls or discs. Place rounded balls inside a lidded container & leave inside the fridge until they are set.
❀ If your batter was mixed well, each ball will contain a single One ml dose of CBD. So, be careful not to overindulge too much on this heavenly dessert.
Despite these “coconut clouds” containing only a total of 6 ingredients, the recipe still allows for a lot of possible modifications, making it edible for almost any restrictive diet out there. I personally use honey as my non-refined sugar, although vegan substitutions such as maple syrup or agave nectar are perfectly feasible. Additionally, for people who are totally sugar-free or ketogenic, liquid stevia can be used as a sweetener, or anything else sweet and sticky. This recipe works best with blanched almond flour, which is gluten-free. Although, regular all-purpose flour can be substituted in at the same ratio but the recipe will then call for slightly less viscous sweetener, as it will bind together more readily. The one thing I would never change here is the bitter dark chocolate, since it is absolutely essential in balancing out the rich sweetness.
This no-bake dessert recipe, with a little bit of CBD, can take you to cloud 9, where sickness, sadness, or pain is no longer a problem.