April 30, 2021 by Angela Laufer
The combination of cannabis-infused olive oil, broccoli, peppercorn, fresh rosemary & oregano makes this side-dish chock-full of tremendous anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties due to an abundance of a terpene (and cannabinoid) called beta-caryophyllene. To learn more about BCP and how it can benefit your body, check out the article Terpenes: Part 2- Beta-Caryophyllene.
*For this recipe, I used 1 teaspoon of infused olive oil, mixed in with some non-infused, extra virgin olive oil, so the entire dish could be evenly basted for the roasting process. Because it serves 4 people, this recipe would come out to be 4.27 mg of THC per serving. This lower percentage is a perfect amount for a side dish, in addition to perhaps another infused, main course. Say you would like to use 1 tablespoon instead; each serving would then contain 12.8 mg of THC. To figure out what your oil and serving’s THC content would be, our Concentrated Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil recipe has a formula to better explain and help you through the process. Knowing your dosage will help you remain educated, responsible and confident in your cannabis cooking ventures!
Step 1: Prep Your Broccoli & Herbs: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While your oven preheats, place your broccoli florets in a single layer on a roasting pan. (Overlapping the broccoli may make it steam instead of roasting.) Slice your herbs -rosemary & oregano- crosswise into thin pieces with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
Step 2: Combine Garlic and Oil & Baste: In a small dish or bowl, combine your *desired amount* of olive oil with your minced garlic. Using your basting brush, evenly brush your garlic oil over the single layer of broccoli. Because I used only a teaspoon, as previously mentioned, I added non-infused extra virgin olive oil to be sure to coat the entire dish for the roasting process.
Step 3: Season With Herbs: Sprinkle your thinly-sliced herbs over your broccoli, using as much or as little as you desire. Finish seasoning your broccoli by topping with freshly cracked black pepper -to taste-.
Step 4: Roast Until Fragrant & Starting to Brown: Roast broccoli for approximately 35-40 minutes, or until fragrant and the edges start to brown. You can cook it longer or shorter, depending on your own personal preference. Serve as a side dish or as an addition to your favorite recipes! Bon appetit (:
Cooking with Cannabis-Infused Ingredients
A good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to <5mg THC ; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. It can have the tendency to be a lot stronger, more intense, and can differ drastically from smoking it. For one, the effects can take anywhere from a half hour to 3 hours to fully metabolize, depending on an individual’s unique body and metabolic rate. In addition, because the THC is digested through your liver, and can more readily cross the body’s blood-brain barrier, the high can be stronger and last longer.
With that said, your infusion’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked, to the potency of your starting product, as well as taking into consideration if your strain was indica or sativa leaning. To test the potency and effect of your finished product, try a smaller amount (<5mg) and see how that dose affects you after an hour or so. Titrate your dose as desired, and you can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.