Hot Snacks Summer 3: Cannabis-infused Tapas

Oooh, who feels like getting fancy—and tasty—and cannabis-friendly? We thought so! Let’s finish up our tribute to this waning Hot Snacks Summer with a delicious venture into the world of cannabis-infused tapas.

Okay, it’s time once again to think about little bites of joy to get us through the rest of this summer. (And let’s face it—there’s never a bad time for delicious finger foods.) We’re back to keep selling you on the idea that microdosing your way through summer with some tasty infused snacks is the move.

So often we here in the edibles world get hung up on how to make edibles stronger, but many people who make their own edibles do so in order to microdose or just carefully control how much cannabis they consume (not to mention its quality). We wanted to create a little mini series for this season, because we know delicious infused snacks are something we should all be able to get behind.

Back here in Part One we went on an Infused Dip Flight, and if you ever need a delicious cannabis-infused dip for any occasion, you’ll find it there.

Last time in Part Two, we went there with Infused Finger Foods. Good for anytime, and for a huge party or just a few friends!

This time in Part Three, we’ll finish up with some classier small plate offerings of our favorite Cannabis-infused Tapas. Don’t you love Spanish food? Well, it’s even better with cannabinoids.

Can You “Museum Dose” Psychedelics and Microdose with Cannabis?

For people who use psychedelics, especially medicinally or aesthetically, the museum dose is an important concept. Coined by the pharmacologist and biochemist Dr. Alexander Shulgin referring to psilocybin, the “museum dose” of 0.5 to 2 grams at most allows the user of that psychedelic to achieve more obvious effects than with a microdose or minidose, but remain more functional, avoiding a totally immersive psychedelic experience.

The result is the ability to remain grounded enough to participate in public activities and interact normally with others and the outside world (in a museum for example as you view paintings) while the psychedelic augments your reality and expands your mind to some degree. So, is it safe to add cannabis to this mix in tiny doses? And what about microdoses of cannabis and museum doses of things like psilocybin?

Many users feel that shrooms are better on their own, but many people use cannabis with microdoses of psilocybin. Some users feel that cannabis toward the end of a trip can assist in creating a softer comedown from after psilocybin’s energizing effects or augment their experience synergistically.

According to the 2017 Global Drug Survey report, compared to other drugs on the market, psilocybin sends the fewest people to the emergency room. Among the biggest risks users face from using psychedelic mushrooms is actually just confusing poisonous species for psychedelic varieties, according to Popular Science.

Similarly, the safety record for cannabis is well-known, and no one has ever died after a cannabis overdose. Opioids and other potentially deadly drugs simply affect the body and mind differently. Therefore, although few published studies on their combined effects exist, most experts infer that taking the two non-toxic compounds together is probably not toxic.

Furthermore, it seems clear that this tandem use is already happening in the community—and probably has been for some time. Given the traditional use of psychedelics for religious and mental health uses, and the historical use of cannabis for cultural and medical reasons, it seems likely that this dual use has been naturally occurring for centuries in the community.

Cannabis Etiquette

Remember, whenever cannabis and parties comes up, keep a few basics in mind:

Ask the host if it’s not you. And if you have a partner or a roommate, actually have a conversation about this.

Do not just show up with a tray of infused goodies not even knowing if the host is comfortable with it and instantly force an awkward mood. If what you’re bringing is just for your recreational use, you should still ask your host.

Label everything well. It’s not just good manners, it’s a legal thing: you need to be sure everyone who sees your treats knows what’s in them and what to expect from them. This includes general strain effects and potency. There’s a big difference between a 1:1 THC/CBD 2mg gummy and a cookie with 15mg of Zkittles in it.

If it’s illegal, just don’t. In your own home it’s your own risk, but you’re also exposing your guests. And in someone else’s home, breaking the law is sort of past bad etiquette.

Treat people and their things with respect. Remember, these are people you care about, so treat them well. What type of party is this? Avoid bringing infused goodies where there are kids, people you don’t know well, people from your partner’s workplace, etc.

Cannabis-infused Tapas

Ah, Spain. Where you can literally pick away at delicious, bite-sized bits of dinner all night long! Well, sort of. I guess we’re saying that we love tapas, and we think they are excellent edibles!

Why? Well for one thing, typically tapas dishes are created and served with generous helpings of olive oil. In this case, you’ll be using some of your infused EVOO in the dish, and you can serve with it as well if you like.

This is a simple round-up of some of our favorite tapas to lend some cannabinoids to:

Marinated Olives: Combine 8 ounces of plump green and black olives; 1/3 cup olive oil or EVOO, however much of that infused as you prefer; 2 teaspoons citrus zest; 1 clove garlic, crushed; ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes; and herbs (1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried oregano) in an airtight jar. Refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours. Serve at room temperature—or in a marinated olive cheese ring! See below.

Marinated Olive Cheese Ring: Slice 1-8 ounce package cream cheese, very cold, and 10 ounces of sharp white cheddar cheese, very cold, into ¼-inch slices. Arrange cheeses, alternating cream cheese and cheddar slices, upright in a ring on a serving plate with your marinated olives piled in the center. Drizzle leftover marinade over olives and cheeses. Sprinkle with capers and/or chopped pimientos to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Angels on Horseback: Remember our bacon-wrapped dates? These are their cousins, made exactly the same way, but with apricots in place of dates, and whole almonds plus cheese. After they’re roasted the same way as the dates, serve with sweet and savory dipping sauce. Or, if you love the originals, add some chorizo to them for tapas night!

Garlic Mushrooms (or Prawns): Halve or quarter 10 ounces of small mushrooms and sprinkle with salt and pepper, or just salt and pepper 8 ounces of prawns. Sauté 3 cloves garlic, smashed, in a skillet over medium heat with ¼ cup olive oil, infused to whatever extent you like, until garlic is golden brown—about 10 minutes. Remove garlic and discard. Turn heat to high and add mushrooms and/or prawns to pan when oil is hot. Cook until just golden for the mushrooms, and until done through and charred at the edges for the prawns, about 2 minutes. Serve with more infused oil and more garlic if desired.

Patatas Bravas: Boil 3 pounds fingerling potatoes in salted water until tender; allow to cool. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Fry the potatoes in batches for about 5 minutes, until slightly brown in spots. Drain and serve with sea salt, parsley, and garlic canna-mayo—just add crushed garlic to your cannaise.

Stuffed Mushrooms: Remember these from last week? Just as good for tapas, and aim for fillings like manchego cheese, pimenton, jamón, saffron, and other Spanish flavors.

Pan con Tomate: Slice a baguette or other long loaf in half lengthwise, and spread with a softened compound of 1 stick of butter total, part of which should be cannabutter; at least 4 cloves of garlic, crushed; and ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil—all whipped in a food processor. Then on top of the tomato butter spread, add a layer of garlic paste and salt and pepper to taste. Broil a few minutes until bubbly.

Final Thoughts on Cannabis-infused Tapas

Ready to fancy it up at your place with some tapas infusions? These bite-sized treats are truly a gourmet feast, both for your taste buds and your mind.

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