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Cooking with Cannabis in Barrie

Elevating Cannabis Edibles to a Whole New Level

Sometimes it’s a good idea to look at the things we consider ‘the norm’ and shake them up to see if we can find a better alternative.

We sat down with Chef Jordan Wagman, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, podcaster, bestselling book author, and long-time cannabis enthusiast to talk about his revolutionary stance on cannabis-infused cooking.

According to Chef Jordan, unhealthy cannabis food is a common issue found in the edibles sector, since many of the edibles currently available on the market are full of unhealthy, counterproductive ingredients.

While this trend is slowly beginning to shift, healthier alternatives are largely overshadowed by the unhealthy edible options that are much more widely available. Chef Jordan explains,

“There are companies that are trying to make healthier [cannabis] food stuff, but still, it just doesn’t exist.”

With this in mind, he’s taken it upon himself to start single-handedly changing the perspectives of new and veteran cannabis users alike about how they can take advantage of cannabis-infused food.

Consistency is Key with Cannabis Edibles

Since its legalization, the cannabis market has exploded in Canada. This includes a massive variety of new edibles and cannabis drinks that have emerged.

Cannabis may come in many forms, but for cannabis users still purchasing illegal cannabis edibles and cannabis drinks from grey market dispensaries, they’re taking a much bigger personal risk than they may realize.

For new users especially, this can ultimately ruin cannabis for them before they’ve even really had a chance to figure out how cannabis can benefit them. Chef Jordan tells us,

“Everything depends on what I’m cooking. The forms in which I cook with the cannabis - I will use distillates, isolates, I will use raw flower, I use tons of terpenes – what’s really critical is this: I have 4L of infused coconut oil in my basement that’s been there for 4-5 years, and I’ll take a little nugget of it now and again, and I’ll eat it. I will never use that to cook for clients – EVER.

There’s something called a repeatable experience. I want you to come for the dinner you booked and then come back two years later and have a very similar experience. I can’t have you come and eat an edible, and 3 weeks later take one of those edibles home, and then have a different experience. That’s not creating that repeatability, and what happens inevitably is you lose that person. They can green out, they don’t have a good experience, etc. I will only use products that I buy, that I have labs, and I know where it’s coming from. The purpose of my experience isn’t to get you high, it’s to experience the whole plant. I encourage people to buy their cannabis, their distillates, their isolates, from reputable sources so they know what’s in it and its potency.”

You can always count on the fact that House of Cannabis is only offering legal, government-regulated weed products and accessories through any of our cannabis stores in Ontario.

This means you can always rest assured that any of our products are going to be manufactured to the Government of Canada’s strict guidelines, and you can count on them to always be consistent when you use them.

They’re also required to list their ingredients, potency, and recommended dosage on their packaging, which makes it much easier for new or inexperienced users to avoid accidentally overindulging.

Find the Benefits That are Meaningful to You

Once you’ve decided to take the leap and follow Chef Jordan’s advice about including cannabis into your own food at home, it’s important to understand exactly how you think cannabis-infused cooking can help you.

This way, you can cater your consumption to whatever benefits you think will work best for your needs. Chef Jordan has taken the time to learn about what’s going to work best for him. He explains,

“It’s all about inflammation [for me]. I take daily, 1,500 mg of CBD-A. It’s taken me many years to realize that my psoriasis, my inflammation, really reacts well to cannabis in its acid form – so non-decarboxylated cannabis – but that’s just me. And our endocannabinoid systems are so different. They differ from person to person. So, I think, we have to find what works for us [individually].”

Shop Local & Shop Seasonally

Purchasing the right kinds of ingredients to make cannabis-infused cooking involves more than just taking a trip to the grocery store.

Chef Jordan recommends taking a trip to your local farmer’s market instead, since that’s not only where he gets his ingredients most often, but it’s also where much of the inspiration for his dishes first manifest themselves.

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Buy Fresh Ingredients from the Barrie Farmers’ Market

There are few better places in the Barrie region to shop for fresh, local produce than visiting the Barrie Farmers’ Market.

Take a stroll through the aisles of vendors, and you’ll be able to find a wide assortment of seasonal fresh produce, meats, and a variety of other wonderful ingredients that you can use to design your next cannabis-infused creation.

Just remember: whenever possible, avoid using dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. The removal of these three ingredients has made a huge difference in Chef Jordan’s health, and he believes it can do the same for you.

After all, 30 pounds lost in 60 days just from removing these ingredients is enough evidence to speak for itself. Not to mention, the positive improvements that removing these ingredients made on Chef Jordan’s long-time battle with Psoriasis.

Visit the House of Cannabis Store in Barrie

We Can Help You Expand Your Cannabis Knowledge

When you want to learn more about the types of cannabis products available to you through any of our House of Cannabis stores in Ontario, it helps to get some guidance.

Any of the knowledgeable budtenders at any of our locations, including our cannabis store in Barrie, will be able to give you information about any of the weed products or accessories that we carry.

If you want to learn more about the technical side of cooking cannabis-infused dishes, consider picking up one of Jordan’s cookbooks - including his newest contribution to The Art of Cooking with Cannabis by Tracy Medeiros, which recently won a reader’s choice award.

You’ll be able to find some incredible valuable information that will help you start your journey to creating cannabis-infused culinary delights. You can also book an opportunity to work with Chef Jordan and learn directly from him, or enjoy a meal cooked by Chef Jordan himself. Just visit https://jordanwagman.com/ for more information.

Believe us when we tell you that your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it.

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