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Infuse your meal with ‘liquid gold’

Since table harvesting began as a Northern California phenomenon, the region still boasts a rich plethora of olive oil producers, including Long Meadow Ranch, Round Pond, Trattore Farms, Lucero, O Organics, McEvoy Ranch, and Terra Savia. Olive oil is often referred to as liquid gold because it is a product that brightens and accentuates the quality and flavors of a meal, but the original description of the “liquid gold” was by the Iliad poet Homer. The healing properties of olive oil are also well established, and the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was the first to famously describe olive oil as “the great healer”, which is suitable for both today’s eaters and users.

The use of canna oil, or oil infused with cannabis, has become a trendy and compelling form of medication. It is also a good example of a product that can potentially impart flavor and function when used in cooking or baking or when drizzled over a prepared food as a “finishing oil”. Oils can be made with CBD, THC, or both. Note that CBD is often better suited for medical users as it does not cause psychoactive reactions.

As with all marijuana products, take it easy when sampling as the products vary in dosage and affect users differently.

Anthony Franciosi, founder of Honest Marijuana Company, has wise advice: “In terms of delivery, smoking and ingestion can be seen respectively as the bullet train and bicycle of the cannabis consumption world.

“Smoking marijuana can deliver the THC to your system and take you from normal to high in a matter of minutes or even seconds (like a bullet train). In contrast, ingesting marijuana can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours or more to get you where you want to go (like a bicycle).

“In addition, compared to smoking marijuana, ingesting your weed results in a much more intense high. To make the intake even more appealing, the effects of this method of administration can last for 4 to 6 hours (compared to the 2 to 3 hours for smoking).
“Due to the slow onset time and potency of cannabis ingestion, it’s important not to get impatient and eat more in an effort to speed up the process.”

gvo-8-5oz-1Orchards in Grass Valley has a 250 ml (8.5 ounces) bottle of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to “enhance just about anything,” which is as good a starting point as any. This producer provides laboratory tests and 762 mg of THC per bottle. There is also a smaller 1-ounce bottle that rocks six doses for a total of 90 mg per bottle. Fans of the Sam’s Sundae at the ever-popular Bi-Rite Creamery near Dolores Park may want to up their home ice cream game by using the oil to make ice cream, and don’t forget sea salt to please your inner foodie. The Grass Valley product has a pleasantly mild finish to better accentuate the dairy notes.

MaGooch gravity lock olive oil is one of the strongest and most potent oils on the market, with 1300 mg in 1.5 fluid ounces. You might miss the olive oil and bread dip bowl when you first go with this pick, which works well with carbs from bread, pasta, and grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as sautéed shisito peppers or squash. You can also try pouring judiciously over tacos or other high-protein dishes, a great option for those upcoming fog belt Indian Summer grill parties.

vcc-not-so-virgin-olive-oil-510x600Not so virgin olive oil from the Venice Cookie Company works well for sipping, if that’s your preferred method – just start with a quarter teaspoon for the best experience, then make sure to drink water afterward. Nightly use of the savory variety works well for these: think salad, soup, pasta, or maybe a light sprinkle over chicken or fish. If you’re actually using the oil for cooking (rather than dripping on it as a finishing oil), keep in mind that heat reduces potency and olive oil has a distinctive flavor that isn’t neutral like other cooking oils. The Not So Virgin oil is made using “whole plant extracts from sustainable sun grown cannabis and tests every batch to ensure consistent potency and patient safety” and has a potency of 400mg THC and 25mg CBD per bottle.

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