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There is a lot more to cannabis than just smoking.
Just as Chef Jordan Wagman told us when he recently sat down to discuss his illustrious career, and the ways that he’s reshaping cannabis stigmas from within the culinary world,
“How are we going to bring people to cannabis? [People] who might appreciate the health and wellness benefits of cannabis, but they aren’t going to go buy a pack of zig-zags and go roll a joint? It’s become something that we’re all very familiar with – food and beverage. We connect over food and beverage all the time.”
And while there are a million and one different sweet and savory treats available to us as edibles, Jordan would have us reevaluate we’re looking at the relationship between cannabis and the culinary arts.
At his restaurant in Toronto, Ontario, Jordan is revolutionizing the way that both new users and veteran cannabis enthusiasts understand and enjoy cannabis-infused cooking.
According to Jordan, cannabis is often misused by chefs who are more focused on creating a certain level of ‘high’ for consumers; rather than focusing on incorporating cannabis into the food in a way that allows the plant to shine on its own. He tells us,
“Cannabis is simply just like basil, cilantro, and everything else that I use in my food stuff. It provides flavour profiles. The only difference is that obviously, depending on the cannabinoid, they can impart a euphoric feeling. So, you need to know what you’re doing.”
Cannabis doesn’t work the same way for everyone. There is no perfect strain or single type of cannabis products that will work effectively for every person.
Some people claim cannabis assists with managing their sleeping issues, others believe cannabis assists with chronic pain. Jordan 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].”
Take the time to learn about the cannabis products that you already know you enjoy, or the ones that you’re thinking about trying. Learn about how our bodies process cannabis products using different consumption methods, and how our bodies metabolize different types of cannabis in different ways.
Once you understand more about why certain products function well for you, you’ll be able to start searching for products that you believe will function most efficiently for you, as well as provide you with the experience that you’re hoping to achieve.
If you have any questions about Mississauga’s best cannabis strains, or any of the other weed products or accessories that you’ll find at House of Cannabis, you only need to ask. One of our budtenders will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
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For anyone that’s spoken with Jordan, he’s not shy about the changes that he had to make, so he could break the unhealthy trends that many of us don’t even think about that exist within the edibles marketplace. He explained,
“When I removed gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, I had to relearn how to do everything. I’m classically French trained, so if you gave me butter, sugar, and flour I could make you a thousand different things. Now remove [those things], how do you bake? I had to relearn how to create all of my food stuff. Now, all of my desserts are plant based – 100%. I’ve had to relearn how to make chocolate truffles and brownies and all those things that are so good, but now they’re also so good for you.”
Take this tip from a culinary expert and avoid dairy, gluten, and refined sugar whenever possible in your cooking. Look for healthier, tasty alternatives.
Use natural fats when they’re available to you. Stop throwing away bacon fat or buy avocado oil that can be used instead of butter. They’re both also a great source of flavour.
Eating healthy with cannabis-infused food does not mean you need to be making bland food.
Support local and always buy the freshest, seasonal produce from your local farmer’s market.
In Mississauga, Erin Mills Farmers Market serves that need for many food-loving locals across the GTA, bringing transparency and regular changes in stock to keep things interesting.
We shouldn’t get stuck in a rut, making the same dishes over and over. We may have some that we love, but variety is the spice of life, as they say. Jordan tells us,
“Everything I do is so seasonally based. My menus are based on when I go to the farmer’s market, the ingredients that I buy.”
There’s no better way to support healthier, clean-eating habits, while also supporting local community vendors and farmers, than letting your cannabis-infused menu be dictated by the best ingredients available to you locally throughout the year.
If you’re considering trying to create some cannabis-infused dishes of your own, you’ll need to stock up on some of the finest cannabis products you can find.
Thankfully, House of Cannabis stores have all the incredible weed products and accessories you could need to facilitate any type of cannabis experience you’re looking for, including an incredible selection of Mississauga’s best cannabis strains.
We care about making sure our customers are educated and comfortable before starting their next cannabis journey, so take the time to come into one of our House of Cannabis stores.
Once we’ve had a chance to get to know you, we can make personalized recommendations that will help you make the most of your cannabis experiences. You can even book a meeting or a meal cooked by Chef Jordan himself, through his website https://jordanwagman.com/.
Trust us, you’ll never have a better meal cooked for you (sorry, mom). Also, don’t forget to pick up one of his incredible cookbooks for lots of fantastic, flavourful recipe ideas.
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