The use of cannabis is slowly being legalized in most states in the US – 33 states allow medical uses while 11 allow recreational use.
It is no wonder that cannabis-infused meals and treats have been making the rounds both in the market and on the Internet. Medically, marijuana is used in the treatment of several illnesses relating to pain and muscle control.
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What is Curry?
On the other hand, curry has become the western term for dishes using an assortment of spices common in Asian cuisine.
Its distinct flavor, together with the health benefits from the different herbs and vegetables used, further adds to its renown. Different regions in Asia have made given their own, distinct touch to the curry.
Indian curries typically go for that dominating, complex taste with the use of ginger, peanut, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, and cardamom Meanwhile, Thai curry offers a refreshing and tangy taste with its use of fresh coriander, basil, ginger, lime, lemongrass, and galanga.
Depending on the cuisine used, cannabis is usually introduced into the recipe in the form of oil, milk, or butter.
For the curry, cannabis-infused coconut oil will be used. Now, this begs the question: is the use of cannabis as an ingredient in a curry a good idea? Let us check one of these cannabis-infused curry recipes:
A Recipe for Cannabis-Infused Thai Green Chicken Curry
Below is a sample recipe for a traditional chicken curry recipe commonly used in Thailand. It is basically a complete meal, including meat, vegetables, and rice. The following recipe is intended for four people, adjust accordingly.
- 1 whole chicken breast
- 1 whole onion
- 200g cashew nuts
- 2 pcs green peppers
- 1 pc zucchini
- Curry paste
- 300g white rice
- 400ml cannabis-infused coconut milk
- Cook rice
- Pour a spoonful of olive oil in a pan and fry the curry paste until it releases the scent.
- Add chopped onions and stir for 5 minutes
- Add the cannabis-infused coconut milk and continue stirring until it boils. Expect the curry to separate from the milk.
- Add the chicken and cook to a slow boil for 10 minutes.
- Add the vegetables and wait for 5 minutes.
- Once ready, grind the cashews and season it as toppings over the curry.
Curry paste is available in your local grocery or market, usually imported from Thailand itself or from any of its neighboring countries.
Although you can obtain and mill the spices to create your own curry paste, purchasing pre-made ones from the store makes the preparation of this meal a lot easier.
Lastly, it is important to note that ingested cannabis, in any form, takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes before taking effect.
Also, the potency of the effects depends on the amount and the particular strain used. For a list of Sativa strains, you can choose from, check out this article from the Weekend Gardener because Sative might have really a strong flavor and effect.
Taste-wise, the use of cannabis adds an earthy taste to the tangy, slightly spicy taste of the Thai curry, without one flavor competing with the other.
Moreover, the use of ginger and lemongrass provides a refreshing feel to the dish while the cannabis, depending on the strain, can induce feelings of lightness and a physically relaxing sensation.