Just when you think you’ve experienced all there is to love about bacon, you learn about cannabis-infused bacon. Aside from the marvel that is the union of these two royalties, the real ingenuity lies in utilizing the bacon fat for activation of the THC in the cannabis (similar to cannabis-infused guacamole). This allows preparation of a medicinal meal using the raw plant, as opposed to purchasing or preparing cannabis oil or butter. Further, the versatility this offers is invigorating; is there a dish that isn’t improved with the addition of bacon? Let your mind run wild.
Recipe for Bacon-Infused Cannabis (or “Bacanna-bliss”)
- Bacon, sliced
- Cannabis, ground into a fine powder
Preheat oven to 225°F. Spread the ground cannabis onto a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
Place the desired number of bacon strips (let’s not kid ourselves here, you’ll probaby use the whole package) on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Once the cannabis is done baking, remove and preheat the oven to 275 °F. Sprinkle the baked ground cannabis over each strip of bacon, adding more or less depending on the desired potency (it may be easier and/or faster to use a salt shaker for this process).
Bake the bacon for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the strips, and sprinkle cannabis over the other side. Bake for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!
All leftover fat on the cookie sheet is medicinally active, so you may want to save it and get creative! One quick option is to soak up the grease with bread and voila: cannabis bacon bread. You could also use it as an oil substitute for egg scrambles, stir fry, etc.
If you’re feeling adventurous, consider making bacon cups. Instead of laying the bacon flat on a cookie sheet, cover the back of a muffin tin with tin foil and wrap bacon around each of the cups. Depending on the size of the cups, you may want to slice the bacon strips in half. Sprinkle each bacon mold with ground cannabis like you would strips. Bake for 20 minutes at 275 °F (no need to flip and season halfway through).
Note: Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.
image sources: collage (bacon maple bar, bacon-wrapped asparagus, broccoli bacon salad, bacon burger, bacon-wrapped scallops, bacon cupcakes, bacon squares, bacon jam, proscuitto-wrapped melon) and bacon cups