Cooking is sometimes described as a science and that applies in few cases as much as it does in cannabis cuisine. With the growing legalization of marijuana, there’s been an explosion of creative chefs using tinctures, waxes, and flower to make mouth-watering edibles never seen before.
Illinois: Mindy Segal
Mindy Segal, a Chicago-based award-winning chef, is most known for her gourmet restaurant and dessert bar HotChocolate. But in 2016, she partnered with Illinois’ largest cannabis cultivator to found Mindy Segal Edibles. Her infused sweets, reminiscent of chocolates from an artisan candy shop, are available at dispensaries throughout the state of Illinois. They include a dark chocolate almond toffee, chocolate sea salt caramels, and strawberry sparkling wine hard candies.
Arizona and California: Payton Curry
After Chef Payton Curry attended the world’s most prestigious culinary school and worked at award-winning restaurants in California, he founded edible company Flourish. The concept is to not only make edibles that are tasty, but healthy too.
Curry goes beyond just CBD and THC by incorporating terpenes, the oils that give cannabis flowers their unique smell and flavor. The company says they take dosing seriously, with a range of potency from extremely strong to CBD-only edibles. And, of course, their products—from an addictive onion dip to a chocolate peanut butter pudding with 300 mg of THC—are next level. Flourish edibles are sold in dispensaries in Arizona and California.
California: Stephany Gocobachi
Chef Stephany Gocobachi and her partner Akhil Khadse are taking all the local organic trends in California and applying them to the cannabis world with their brand FlourChild Collective. The ingredients for their seasonal homemade jams and granola come from nearby farmers. Unlike many edibles at dispensaries, they’re not designed for people who want to get as high as possible. They’re about helping people incorporate cannabis into their everyday lives. A scoop of jam is only 2.5 mg of THC which, spread on some toast in the morning, could be a delicious and less intimidating way for cannabis newbies and patients to wake and bake. For now, you gotta be in California to pick up these delicacies.
Everywhere: Jessica Catalano
Chef Jessica Catalano pioneered strain-specific cooking. She creates recipes that harness the flavors of sativas, indicas, and hybrids which naturally go well with certain foods. For people who live in states where marijuana is still illegal, she has a book, “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cooking.” She also has an extensive online archive of cannabis recipes organized in categories from “drinks” to “breakfast and brunch.” So if you were just about to close this article in frustration cause you don’t live anywhere near a dispensary, you’re in luck. Some of Catalano’s mouth-watering dishes are even made with kief if you’ve got some sitting at the bottom of your grinder.