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No one knows flavor better than a chef. In this episode of Senses, Dylan teaches Chef Brock how to appreciate the subtle tastes of cannabis. Using a clever blend of herbs and spices, Chef Brock and Dylan explore the synergistic relationship between cannabis terpenes and food.
“Terpenes are organic compounds that most plants produce,” explains Dylan. “They all have a very unique smell, a very unique taste, and every plant has different proportions of every terpene.”
Cannabis enthusiasts often talk about terpenes, but the plant isn’t the only herb that contains these remarkable aromatic molecules. The molecules flavor many common herbs and spices, including black pepper, rosemary, and cloves.
The cannabis plant can produce over 200 of these natural compounds, and different varieties feature distinct terpene profiles. It is the subtle differences in these profiles that give cannabis cultivars their unique flavors and perfumes.
In a way, these aromatic terpenes color our experience with food, which is exactly what Chef Brock and Dylan do in this episode. With the help of Doja, premium cannabis from the famed Okanagan Valley, the duo gives tips to viewers on how to unlock the bold flavors of cannabis.
The first step? Grinding your cannabis, which makes terpenes more available to taste. “It’s very similar to chopping up your herbs,” says Chef Brock. “When you chop up your herbs, you’re releasing all of your essential oils.”.
The next step—properly preparing your cannabis. The flavor and aroma of cannabis changes depending on how the herb is consumed. Smoking, for example, often burns terpenes and degrades their chemical structure. Vaporization, on the other hand, gently heats cannabis flower at low temperatures, avoiding combustion. As a result, vaporization tends to preserve more of the original flavor of the cannabis flower.
As always, and especially with edibles, start low and go slow. Carefully measure the exact quantity of cannabis you include in your infusion, and only consume within your demonstrated comfort level. We recommend opting for a low THC, high CBD varietal as one way to start low and go slow. Make sure to carefully mark any foods and products which contain any amount of cannabis, and always keep them out of the reach of minors.
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