When I met last week’s guest J.P. Holyoak, the Chairman of the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, I was surprised to learn he is a conservative dad who never smoked pot and throughout most of his adulthood he was skeptical about the merits of cannabis. Of course, that changed when he learned how medical marijuana could help his young daughter who suffered from a severe seizure disorder.
Even though he’s now an expert, he once had to overcome a learning curve. Through trial and error and listening to experts, he found the best formulations, dosing and methods of medicating his daughter. He acknowledged that cooking cannabis edibles takes some education.
There are a lot of people out there like J.P. who learn to appreciate the incredible healing benefits of marijuana. New patients and parents must also learn the best way to use it. Learning how to smoke it is easy. Chances are that, on any given city block, they can find a neighbor who would be happy to share their knowledge. For patients who don’t like smoking marijuana, or parents who don’t want their children smoking medicine, a little investigation will help them find other simple ways to medicate: vaping pens, tinctures, oils, wax, salves and, perhaps the most enjoyable, edibles!
Unfortunately, high-quality and properly measured edibles are expensive and hard to find, and if you aren’t familiar with dosing, they can be hard to manage. Making marijuana edibles at home can save money, but the nuances of cooking cannabis take education.
That’s something my guest today, Chef Payton Curry knows a lot about. He owns a popular eatery in Scottsdale, Arizona and is in the process of opening a commercial kitchen to supply edibles to dispensaries. With a burning desire to help children, their parents and patients learn to get the most out of medicinal marijuana, he moonlights as a cannabis chef teaching people how to prepare medicated food with whole plant cannabis and calculate proper dosing in their recipes.
We aren’t just talking pot brownies here. Chef Curry is cooking cannabis with whole grains, organic vegetables, oils and veggies well as vegan and gluten free edibles. With recipes for “MunchEase” like Crepes of Wrath, Am I There Yet, Baked with Kine-Ness, Yummus and Mary-Nara Sauce he has a wonderful way of making medicinal food fun to prepare and eat.