Cannabis Infused Food
ANTHONY FRANCIOSI ON CANNABIS INFUSED FOOD
Ever since pot became legalized in Colorado and the other decriminalized states, cannabis-infused edibles have had a growing presence in the marijuana marketplace. Nearly 5 million marijuana edibles were sold in Colorado in 2014 alone, and culinary connoisseurs came out with countless varieties of pot cookies, candy, and even a cannabis-infused protein bar for health-conscious 4/20 folk. All of these new marijuana snack innovations are making many foodies wonder…what are the implications for this promising new pot edibles industry? How can I, too, become a culinary cannabis connoisseur?
Ganja guru Anthony Franciosi has the exclusive inside on the current status and future of marijuana-infused edibles. As one of the nation’s top pot experts, he provided his commentary on the cannabis culinary industry, its challenges, and the best way for foodies to start crafting their own marijuana-infused edibles.
“As the marijuana industry gains speed in the U.S., entrepreneurs are definitely seeking out ways to combine food and cannabis and many have already done so. Edibles companies in the state are producing everything from medicated chocolate truffles to popcorn and even coffee. In regard to the challenge of bringing cannabis into a dining type of environment, when you purchase cannabis from a dispensary, you are not allowed to consume any on the premises. This creates a problem for anyone trying to incorporate cannabis into a restaurant type of environment. There are also no places in the state that I know of who openly advertise a BYOC “Bring Your Own Cannabis” environment similar to a “Bring Your Own Beer type of restaurant, but I imagine that that might be one way to incorporate cannabis into the dining world.
Personally, I know that a slice of dark chocolate cannabis-infused cheese cake would definitely be on the bill if offered to me at my favorite local restaurant. I think the issue lies in the licensing problems that would arise from offering cannabis products in a standard restaurant or bar model. One thing people can do today to incorporate cannabis in food is buy infused coconut oil or other types of cooking ingredients from their local dispensary and then use them in their recipes at home. Cannabis-infused butter is perfect for making marijuana brownies, cookies, muffins, and so much more. I think the prospect of pairing cannabis with food like wine or even with wine is an excellent idea and one we will likely see in the near future as cannabis continues to be decriminalized.” – Anthony Franciosi, founder of Ant’s Organic Cannabis
Colorado “Pot-repreneur” Anthony Franciosi is the founder of today’s top all-natural ganja gem: Ant’s Organic. Created as a way to holistically relieve pain from sports injuries, Ant’s Organic utilizes all-natural cultivation methods to produce only the finest organic and eco-conscious cannabis products. www.antsorganic.com