It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when I visited a Michael's store here in OKC, to pick up some canvas and paint for a photo shoot project I had in mind. Upon checkout, the cashier asked about my t-shirt and the meaning behind it. When I explained I checked out local dispensaries and the products they carried, she was excited and gave me a quest. She wanted to find VEGAN EDIBLES that were local and good. So I set out on a mission to do just that, and this is what I found. . .
It's nice to see cannabis edibles moving towards a healthier option. While the supply is still slim, there are brands committing to having a line with only vegan options. and other brands that carry both. On this quest I discovered a growing amount of vegan products hitting shelves and catering to consumers seeking animal-free products.
With vegan and vegetarian options sure to grow in the coming years, a multitude of animal friendly edibles are likely to hit shelves sooner than later. I hope to see more health conscious options available at a dispensary near you very soon as this trend advances. Now, wherever you purchase your cannabis edibles, you need to know if they're coming from an honest source that won't harm your way of living, especially if you're vegan.
Here is a list of dispensaries in OKC that presently carry vegan friendly options:
Craft Cannabis Company - Edmond
The Peak Dispensary
The Peak Plaza - Medical Marijuana Dispensary Oklahoma
Friendly Market on Hefner
Steve’s Greens Cannabis & Wellness
Cali Roots . 17996 NE 23rd St
The Green Lily
Kind Herb . 1935 E Reno Ave
Painted Nurse Apothecary
SPENagri dba Grand Wellness Center
Healthy Buds Dispensary
Route 66 Medical Cannabis Dispensary
Council Road Dispensary
Life Organics Wellness Shop
The Honeypot Shop
Chronic Solutions . 1120 S Air Depot Blvd #10
Native Releaf Dispensary
Kief Leaf CBD and Dispensary
APCO MED Medical Marijuana Dispensary OKC
There are indeed quality edibles companies that make vegan products out there for you, and it never hurts to ask your local dispensary if they can carry some vegan products...It's always nice to have options!
There's little transparency when it comes to what goes in the products on dispensary shelves. If you ask a budtender or dispensary if its products are organic and pesticide-free, they should know the answer. Don't ever take, "That's a loosely thrown-around term" for an answer. It's not.
Cannabis-infused gummy snacks are awesome for many reasons – they’re tasty and healthy, they store easily and make dosing a breeze. The best thing about gummies is how easy they are to make. With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of infused vegan treats that rival the quality of anything you’d find in a dispensary. You can make cannabis-infused vegan gummies at home just by switching gelatin out for agar powder.
Here’s what you’ll need.
1 Cup Fruit Juice or Fine Fruit Puree ¼ Cup Cold Water
1 Teaspoon Agar Agar Powder
1 Tablespoon Cannabis Tincture (here’s a step-by-step tincture recipe if you need it)
Sweetener (to taste)
Silicon Molds, if you have them (otherwise, ice cube trays or a lined sheet pan will suffice)
Begin by heating your fruit juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. While the juice/puree is heating, mix one teaspoon of agar agar with ¼ cup of cold water in a separate dish until completely dissolved.
Once dissolved and the fruit juice is at a low boil, slowly add the agar agar and water mixture, stirring constantly at medium-high heat for three minutes, adding extra sweetener if desired.
After three minutes, remove mixture from heat, cool slightly (make sure mixture is below 350°F), then add one tablespoon of cannabis tincture and thoroughly incorporate.
Pour mixture in molds (or in ice cube trays/lined sheet pan) and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes then refrigerate for another 20 minutes or until the mixture is set.
Once gummies are set, remove from the molds (or cut into bite-sized pieces if using a sheet pan) then toss in powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together.
There you have it, your very own vegan cannabis gummies! Once made, you can store your gummies in an air-tight container for up to three weeks. Remember to clearly label your gummies – especially if they contain THC – and store away from minors.
Time to Make Vegan Pot Brownies!
Cannabutter is the staple in cooking with marijuana. Since it is a plant, marijuana can be used as an animal product substitute. This is definitely the case with cannabutter.
You can easily make cannabutter yourself.
To make the vegan pot brownies, grab a box of vegan brownie mix, follow instructions but substitute the oil/butter with the delicious cannabutter you made!
Making homemade vegan brownies means there’s more room for creativity. There are many ways to spice up the traditional brownie mix for unique vegan pot brownies.
There are many ways to use peanut butter in your pot brownie mixture, (double-check and make sure the brand is vegan). Try using it as a filling by mixing peanut butter, cannabutter, salt, vegan milk of your choice, and vanilla extract. Or you can even use peanut butter as an icing.
Did this article make your mouth water?
Now you can cook pot brownies and fun vegan edibles. Whether you prefer the classic brownie or creative ways to indulge your sweet tooth, you can show off your baking skills to your friends or make yourself a delicious treat.
Just be careful when consuming too many edibles. It's always best to start off small and work your way up. Keep in mind, it takes longer for the effects to happen when eating compared to smoking, so give it an hour or two and see what happens.
Just remember, these food products aren't regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin approved new labeling, packaging and testing rules for food products that include medical marijuana, so make sure to read the packaging and that it meets Oklahoma standards.