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Thursday Infused Event Series: Gin & Chronic

The brainchild of Jamie Evans, aka The Herb Somm, Thursday Infused is a private culinary event series featuring some of the Bay Area’s best canna-chef’s.

I had the honor of joining cannabis creatives Monica Lo and Scott Peabody from SousWeed while they presented delectable infused small plates alongside some fantastic sponsors like, CBDistillery, Somatik, Skunk Factory, Focus Concentrates, Real Oyster Cult, Levo, and more.

To kick off the night and compliment the tasting menu, I created a DIY Gin & Chronic welcome bar using garnishes and botanicals that highlighting many of the various terpenes being paired throughout the night.

Guests had the opportunity to discover new brands and experience making simple CBD / cannabinoid-infused drinks using CBDistilleries hemp-derived tinctures.

Even those canna-curious guests, who do not typically consume cannabis, felt comfortable crafting themselves a low ABV drink (as they knew their would be no psychoactive experience) and simply enjoyed the mood-enhancing benefits of hemp-derived cannabis responsibly.

As with any Herb Somm production, the event was a overwhelming success and everyone came away with a greater understanding and appreciation for the cannabis plant.

Select events are typically hosted twice a month in San Francisco. You can sign up to their mailing list for your personal invite. And if you’re interested in trying out CBDistilleries tinctures, make sure yu use code CHRONVIVANT at checkout to save on your purchase.

DIY Gin & Chronic Setup


Ingredients

Botanicals & Herbs:

  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Basil

Spices:

  • Cardamon
  • Star Anise
  • Black Peppercorns

Berries:

  • Juniper Berries
  • Raspberries

Citrus / Fruit:

  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cucumber

Liquids:

  • Botanical Gin
  • Low Sugar Tonic Water
  • Soda Water

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Cannabis-Infused Oil: LEVO Infuser Edition

For this recipe, I‘ll be creating a great tasting cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil with my new user-friendly LEVO infuser (you can substitute the olive oil for any ingestible fat of your choosing).

If you’re like me, then you enjoy creating cannabis-infusions but loathe how messy and tedious they are to execute properly. That’s why I absolutely love LEVO. Thanks to the wonderful people at LEVO, infusing cannabis is now as easy as making coffee at home. If you don’t already have a LEVO infuser, you can use my promo code CHROVIVANT to save $10 off your purchase.

How To Clean Your Cannabis

Jeff the 420 Chef highly recommends you clean your cannabis (especially if your flower is not organic). He has a great technique for leaching out chlorophyll and impurities like pesticides and metals which involves soaking your coarsely ground herb in distilled water for up to 72 hours.

You can always choose to skip this step, but “cleaning” your herb prior to infusing certainly helps to remove much of the chlorophyll and contaminants that contribute to the “weed-forward” flavor in many infused products.

Easy Decarboxylation (Oven Method)

In order to infuse spirits or oils with activated THC, we first need transform the non-psychoactive THCA found in raw cannabis into medicated THC, via a chemical process called decarboxylation.

Don’t panic, this is just a fancy way of saying ‘heat up the bud’ and you can easily do this at home using your trusty oven in two easy steps.

Definition: Decarbing means removing the “A” molecule (Acid), from the THCA and CBDA. This happens when releasing the “A” carbon atom from “A” carbon chain, resulting in THC and CBD. The only way to achieve this is with heat and time.

Directions:

Step 1: Grind Your Bud

Grind and spread out your cannabis evenly on a medium-large baking sheet.

Step 2: Bake (Slow & Low)

Place the baking sheet with ground up cannabis in a pre-heated oven at 235-240 F for for 40-45 minutes (be careful not to exceed these temperatures as you can easily damage the THC).

And there you have it. Your herb has now been activated and is ready to be infused. Keep in mind, you can always skip this step and infuse with raw cannabis if you are looking to extract essential oils without any of the psychoactive properties.

How do you decarb your herb?