You know how you know marijuana is becoming mainstream? When a mainstream magazine starts featuring it as an ingredient. Bon Appétit, a food bible for many, has dabbled in recipe-related marijuana stories, like infused olive oil and the canna-cuisine of Colorado. But now they’ve taken it one step further by writing an entire etiquette guide on how to entertain with edibles. It seems to have taken recreational legalization in California to get the ball rolling. Kudos, Bon Appétit.
And now that “everybody’s doing it,” the media is starting to take notice in a big way. After all, when weed becomes the accessory du jour, you should probably start capitalizing on your readership. And you should most definitely host a party around it.
Bon Appétit has realized that if done correctly, marijuana can set the tone for relaxation versus getting shitfaced on liquor at a social gathering. After all, the unspoken goal of any host is to make sure guests are upright enough to help clean up.
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Inside the Bon Appétit user’s guide to Weed Etiquette 101, expert tips on dosage, what to serve, strains, pairing and timing.
If they’re a complete newbie, we recommend starting with five milligrams. You can always add more for the optimal high.
Just like the guidance of a sommelier, a budtender can navigate you through the turpine flavor profiles of Ghost Train Hayes, GirlScout Cookies, or Sunset Sherbert to best complement the dishes you plan on using them in.
To activate the psychoactive effects, the hash must be cooked at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time. It then has to bind with a fat source for the body to absorb the THC.
The relaxing (and sometimes sedating) indica will breed a much less social environment than sativa’s uplifting and cerebral effects, which will further engage people’s thoughts about what they’re smelling, tasting, and seeing.
The most basic rule of thumb is to keep weed away from mealtime unless it’s cooked into the food.
It can take up to an hour or so to feel an edible’s effects, so offering them as an alternative to happy hour is a good way to time your guest’s high to kick in when food hits the table.
For those wanting a more ritualistic experience, smoking and vaping are both nice to do at the end of a meal, the way people once enjoyed cigarettes. And, for when people don’t know each other very well, smoking and vaping are simple means of hyper controlling your dosage.
Getting your guests high shouldn’t feel like unearthing a bong from a pile of sweatshirts in a dark corner of your closet.
We can only hope that BA continues to explore cannabis and report back to its massive audience. We could all use some more high-end highs.