With the launch of our new Canna+ Herbs Course, we’ve been exploring the many ways you can safely and responsibly invite cannabis (Cannabis sativa) into your herbal practice with intention and respect. One of our favorite ways to do that is to use cannabis-infused oils and butters in culinary creations. But before we dive into the recipe itself, it’s important to take a moment to consider dosage and safety when working with this powerful plant.
A Preview of Cannabis Dosage & Safety
When we refer to “cannabis” throughout this blog post, we’re referring to both CBD-rich hemp and THC-rich cannabis. It’s up to you (and the regulations in your location), to determine which one you choose to work with.
The potency of cannabis recipes will vary based on the type of cannabis flower you’re using, the potency and quality of your plant material, extraction methods and efficiency, and storage practices. Given there are several variables that impact potency, there are a few helpful guidelines for dosing cannabis preparations that home herbalists can lean on:
- Start with a low dose and slowly work up if needed. THC-rich cannabis is certainly a low-dose botanical, and should be regarded with care because of its potential to create altered mental and physical experiences. Even CBD-rich hemp, which can contain THC at levels of 0.3% or less, can create an altered state if consumed in large amounts.
- Every person is different, and therefore the embodied experience one has with herbs like cannabis varies from person to person. Just because a specific dose works well for one person doesn’t mean it will work well for the next person!
Starting with a low dose of cannabis and working up slowly if needed is a good idea for understanding your sensitivity or tolerance to this plant, and it also represents a practice of respect and mindfulness. As herbalists, part of one’s work is creating relationships with plants, and that is especially important with plants that have the ability to create mood-altering experiences. Overall, starting low and slow will help you avoid the potentially undesired experience of becoming too “high” from THC-rich recipes while finding the dose that works best for you in various situations.
Note: Always label your cannabis preparations and recipes, including potency information, and keep all cannabis products, preparations, and recipes out of reach of children.
This is a large topic, and we encourage you to check out our Canna+Herbs Course for significantly more information on dosage, safety, and so much more.
Chamomile Canna Bedtime Biscuits Recipe
These savory biscuits are super versatile because you can pair them with cheese and olives if you’re in the mood for something savory, or drizzle them with a bit of lavender honey (see below) to satisfy your sweet tooth. A great bedtime pairing, chamomile and cannabis work together to prepare your mind and body for a restful night’s sleep.
It is important to determine the legality of cannabis in your location and the regulatory policies for purchase, use, cultivation, and sale to understand what you can and cannot legally do prior to attempting cannabis preparations.
Chamomile Canna Bedtime Biscuits Recipe
This recipe is vegan and dairy-free, but feel free to substitute butter and cow’s milk throughout if that’s your preference. Yield: 12 biscuits, with approximately 1⁄4 teaspoon of cannabis oil per biscuit.
1⁄2 cup vegan butter
1 tbsp cannabis-infused coconut oil (Note: This dosage should be adjusted based on your cannabis infusion’s potency. Remember, start low and slow! If you are new to cannabis, start with a dose that will give you no more than 1 mg of THC or 10 mg of CBD per serving.)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) flower powder
1 tbsp calendula (Calendula officinalis) flower petals (optional)
3 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp salt
1 cup (8 fl oz) dairy-free milk of your choice
1⁄2 cup vegan butter
Lavender Honey: These bedtime biscuits are even tastier with the addition of lavender honey, and lavender adds additional sleep-supporting properties, too! To make lavender honey, combine 1⁄4 cup honey with 1⁄4 cup powdered lavender flower buds. Stir to combine, then drizzle over each biscuit to serve.
This recipe is a sneak peek into the Culinary Canna-Recipes ebook, which is available as an optional add-on to the Canna+Herbs Course.
This information presented in this blog post on cannabis is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Herbal Academy and the publishers and instructors of this post hereby exclude all liability to the extent permitted by law for any errors or omissions in this post and for any loss, damage, or expense (whether direct or indirect) suffered by a third party relying on any information contained within this post.
It is important to check with your country, state, and county about the legality of growing, purchasing, and using cannabis products in your location to understand what you can and cannot legally do. The legality of hemp and cannabis varies internationally, and within the United States, legality varies on the federal versus state level as well as the county level. Any cannabis with a THC content over 0.3% is strictly regulated and is not federally legal in the United States; it is also illegal to possess in some states and counties.
If cannabis is legal in your location, always use the lowest possible dose necessary to achieve desired effects. If keeping cannabis products in your home, always properly label them, including information about potency. Keep all cannabis products out of the reach of children. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery directly after using cannabis products containing THC.
Speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before making adjustments to your diet or lifestyle and prior to introducing herbal and nutritional supplements as they may affect any treatment you may be receiving. You are advised to disclose any and all nutrient and herb supplements you are using to your healthcare team.