This $50 Weed Pizza Could Be The Future of Edibles
When Chris Barrett started to grow weed in California several years ago, he found out it wasn’t for him. But it wasn’t the growing that he didn’t like—it was the isolation.
The 45-year-old was, however, inspired by the cannabis community he met there, primarily the experiences he had at the infused dinners he attended. When he returned to New York he started putting together similar high-end infused dinners; think multiple courses of lobster and steak.
There was one problem, however: His customers would get hungry after dinner was served.
“The chef would stop cooking at midnight, but the party would go to 4 AM,” Barrett told me in a phone conversation. “Around two o’clock, everyone’s high again, a bit hungry. They don’t want steak or lobster but they want something.”
So the lifelong businessman did what any other entrepreneur would do: He gave the people what they wanted. He started making infused pizza, and after receiving feedback from customers that they would be willing to pay $50 plus delivery for Barrett’s creations, he decided to dedicate his time to pizza. Thus, Stoned Pizza was born.
Stoned Pizza is exactly what it says it is. The shop offers the standard spread of your average New York pizzeria, from garlic knots to chicken wings to desserts. All of it is infused, and to a novice edible consumer the potency is no joke: 340 milligrams per pizza, or 40 milligrams a slice. For reference, in California, ten milligrams of THC equals one serving.
Anyone who adheres to New York’s current cannabis laws may balk at Stoned Pizza’s existence—with good reason. While New York is considered a liberal state (Democratic nominees have won the state in every presidential election since 1988), one wouldn’t know it looking at its weed laws. Recreational usage is a big “no” for now, and even medicinal cannabis in the state is pretty limited. While Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to pass a weed legalization law by June of this year, he also acknowledged that the implementation wouldn’t be easy. Not to mention, the latest attempt to legalize weed in neighboring New Jersey just failed.
Yet, the law hasn’t stopped Barrett and other cannabis distributors in the state from hawking their wares relatively openly. Stoned Pizza, for example, isn’t hard to find: They have multiple Instagram accounts. Clicking through some of the hashtags on Barrett’s posts sends you down a rabbit hole into a world of edible suppliers in New York.
With such potent yet allegedly good-tasting (not to mention easily accessible) product, could Stoned Pizza be where the future of the edibles industry is going? Barrett is confident that New York will legalize weed soon, and he may be correct. Furthermore, as weed legalization becomes a bigger issue in the 2020 election, countrywide legal weed may no longer be a pipe dream.
But does that mean that in the next few years we could all be getting blasted out of our minds from the pizzeria around the corner? Is infused Rainbow Cookie Gelato the next CBD seltzer?
Well, it’s complicated.
“There’s a lot of excitement around infused dinners and the concept of a cannabis restaurant—and we’re going to get there,” Elise McDonough, MUNCHIES’ Bong Appetit cookbook’s co-writer, longtime High Times staffer and former judge of their Cannabis Cup, said in a phone interview. “They’re getting there in West Hollywood, there’s going to be cannabis-infused restaurants within the next couple years, and that will be amazing.”
But McDonough, who has been in the cannabis industry since 2002, doesn’t see the regulated market going in that direction: “Where I see the regulated market going is towards effects-based products.” Manufacturers, according to McDonough, have begun “designer combinations” of edibles using different cannabinoid and terpene mixtures, marketing their products as having different effects, such as increasing creativity or easing anxiety.
As of 2019, legal edibles need to adhere to pretty strict regulations. In California, edibles are limited to a ten-milligram THC dose per piece and 100-milligram total per package. Gummies cannot be shaped like humans, animals, or fruit, and packaging cannot have branding that makes it look like something intended for children. McDonough herself wrote about how legal edibles in the state became “boring” due to the stringent laws.
Indeed, the regulated edible manufacturers that MUNCHIES spoke to believe the industry is going toward more testing. “We’re focused on making cannabis safe and approachable by really taking a scientific approach,” said Jake Heimark, the CEO of edibles brand PLUS Products. This trend toward a more streamlined, efficient way to get high is starting to take hold in the industry, with vape pens increasing in popularity over the last few years.
A quick scan of PLUS’s products offers a completely different experience than that of Stoned Pizza. PLUS offers edible gummies (no funky shapes, as per the law) that range from 0.5 to 5 milligrams of THC per gummy capping out at 100 milligrams per tin. They offer a variety of strains in addition to CBD gummies—a far cry from an eight-slice pizza infused with 340 milligrams of THC.
For Heimark, the future of the legal industry will hone in on the molecules that McDonough mentioned. “I think that the leading companies five years from now are not only going to be dialed into the THC and CBD molecules,” he told MUNCHIES over the phone, “But all the other things in cannabis, which are terpenes and CBT, or THCA and THCV.” In the future, Heimark maintains, companies can help customers understand how all these elements work together and how they affect you and your high.
Meanwhile, the focus is on dosage and consistency. “We have a responsibility—all the companies in cannabis have a responsibility—to actually help get the consistency right,” Heimark said. PLUS tests its products four times to assure the dosage is correct.
It’s a similar story for KIVA Confections, a brand that sells edible sweets like chocolates and gummies. According to co-founder Kristi Knoblich Palmer, testing has been a key component of the company since it launched in 2010.
“The foundation of a positive experience is getting the right dose,” Knoblich Palmer said. While California deems ten milligrams of THC one serving, KIVA found in their testing that ten milligrams can still be a high dose for beginners. This lead the company to settle on five milligrams as their standard dose. According to Knoblich Palmer, “We felt like five milligrams was a far more reasonable place for a newbie or somebody very sensitive to cannabis to begin.”
Knoblich Palmer went on to say that even five milligrams can be too much for some, so some of their products are 2.5 milligrams per serving.
Legal companies like KIVA and PLUS are opting to position themselves in the market as a way into edibles for consumers, rather than solely a product for experienced or heavy users.
Since state regulation, Heimark says customers have begun to expect consistency from their edibles. “I think that the legal industry is moving from one where historically it was only about how great your food product tastes,” Heimark explained. “Now companies are just pressured from consumers to really step up and make sure that the products work the same way every time.”
This desire, and companies’ corresponding focus on the new/law-abiding cannabis consumer do not apply to the black market—which is in fact thriving even in the legal state of California. This is due to a wide variety of reasons, such as cost (taxes), contempt towards what purveyors see as the corporatization of the industry, and the dosage regulations. If New York and other states follow California’s lead when legalizing weed, that means that similar regulations may be coming their way—which doesn’t bode well for Stoned Pizza.
“Pretty much every state that has legalized cannabis edibles must be lab tested and packaged according to these very stringent standards,” McDonough said. “Right now it’d be really hard to do pizza.”
Stoned Pizza has obviously survived despite its illegality, and Barrett insisted that he’s never gotten into trouble with law enforcement. “I’ve never been hiding,” he said. “They’re going to get me for pizza?”
While weed laws in New York leave much to be desired for people who want to use weed recreationally, in the past few years statistics show that New York City specifically has relaxed enforcement of low-level possession. Very recently, police announced they will not arrest people for THC oil possession unless it contains K2 chemicals. Furthermore, the state is looking to ban drug testing for weed for job applicants.
Barrett said that it’s actually Instagram, not the NYPD, that has continued to shut down his accounts every few months as a result of its policies. (Barrett and his team operate several accounts for Stoned Pizza in case this occurs again; their current most-followed account is @iamthepizzapusha.)
As the stigmatization around weed lessens, the laws may relax as well. Knoblich Palmer believes the California market is “a bit overregulated right now … We need to work together to help normalize cannabis and show people that cannabis isn’t deserving of the stigma that it has.”
Whether the law will become more lax and lead to a return of the “fun” edibles of yore remains to be seen. But with cannabis restaurants on the horizon and cannabis cafés becoming a “thing,” it may one day be possible for both tiny gummies and potent pizzas to coexist in the legal market.
For now, Barrett will keep doing what he’s doing. “We sell America’s favorite foods and we pair it with America’s favorite drug,” Barrett said. “This is only the beginning.”
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How to Make a Delicious Cannabis Pizza
Delicious Cannabis Pizza
Also known as Happy Pizza, cannabis pizza is an excellent option for laughing with friends, provided you keep in mind the basic rules about cannabis use when you eat it. We explain step by step how to proceed so that you can be successful in your next meeting with your colleagues.
I was looking at previous feeds on cannabis news and I just found out that I hadn’t read this one: “A Massachusetts dispensary sells a cannabis pizza”. The article talks about the success of the product for medicinal purposes, as Bob Marley put it:“Pot is the cure of a nation; alcohol is destruction”.
But on top of that, it is very appetizing. And who doesn’t like pizza? I, who declare myself a fan of healthy eating, also like this type of food, especially if it’s homemade and I can add a touch of cannabis.
It is not surprising that in some Asian countries, such as Cambodia, it is sold under the name Happy Pizza. If you have tasted it, you know better than anyone else that the effect is usually laughing, in addition to being thirsty. My friends told me that they feel a kind of tingling in their bodies.
In the meantime, I’m telling you how to make a cannabis pizza, which is the purpose of today’s article. In addition, if you are new to the kitchen of cannabis, I would also like to remind you of some important aspects before using it.
But let’s go, let’s get started. Take the paper and a pencil, an apron and come cook with me. I promise you that during its preparation and afterwards, once you have eaten it, you will have a good time.
⚠️ How to make a cannabis pizza step by step
A famous pizzeria says that “the secret is in the dough”, however, in cannabis pizza the “secret” ? can be anywhere you want it: in the dough, in the tomato, in the oil you add to the ingredients or, for example, as a substitute for oregano, being one more ingredient that is added to the dough.
You will have to choose where you want to add it. You can make it in dough or ingredients, but be careful! You know that smoking cannabis is not the same as using it and that the effects are very different from one person to another, so here’s my first tip: add as little as possible.
The recommended measure is half a gram of cannabis per person, but if someone has never used it, you can even reduce it. Anyway, my advice is never to exceed that amount. Why is that so? Very simple: the goal is to have fun and not to make a bad trip.
But that’s not all: I know you’d like to mix pizzas and beers, which is typical of a dinner with friends, but think that mixing cannabinoids with alcohol is never a good option, no matter what the degree. Also, water, coca cola or other soft drinks aren’t bad either, is it?
Some tips before using cannabis
So don’t forget these tips at all times. And now yes, let’s go back to the recipe for cannabis pizza or Happy Pizza, as it is called, for example, in Cambodia and which is also found in some Amsterdam cafés.
If you wish, so that you can choose where to add cannabis to your pizza yourself, let’s divide these steps into three blocks: how to make pizza dough with cannabis; how to make homemade tomatoes with cannabis; and lastly, cannabis as another ingredient of the homemade pizza. Let’s get started!?
📱 Cannabis pizza dough
How to make homemade pizza dough with cannabis (prescription for 4 people). For its elaboration you will need:
Ingredients for homemade pizza dough with cannabis
- 400 grams of flour (if it is specially designed for this type of recipe, better than better because it will be crunchier)
- 200 ml of water
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of cannabis oil (in this case, you can do it yourself – I’ll explain how – or much simpler, you can buy it. We recommend hemp oil!!
Before making the dough, I explain briefly (because I don’t want to focus on it) how to make cannabis oil with olive oil for cooking. You need something:
- olive oil,
- a strainer
- 30 grams of cannabis (which will be used for several recipes).
Step 1: Grind the cannabis as much as possible.
Step 2: In a saucepan, heat the oil over low heat and when hot, pour in the cannabis.
Step 3: Stir occasionally for two hours.
Step 4: After this time, take the container where you want to keep the oil – which can be closed – and filter the oil. You can squeeze the pieces of cannabis a little, but keep in mind that nothing falls into the container. Leave to cool and keep in a dry place away from the sun.
Steps for cannabis oil with olive oil
Now that you know how to make the oil, you decide whether you want to make it in-house or you prefer to buy it. In any case, the steps to make a cannabis pizza dough are as follows:
Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and knead until compact. It will be ready when it no longer attaches to your hands.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
Step 2: Let stand a few minutes (5-10 minutes will be enough, but if it is 20, better than better).
Let stand 20 minutes
Step 3: On a clean table sprinkle a little flour and put the dough you left in the shape of a ball and start stretching it on the sides. The easiest thing is to make a square, but if you want it round, you can stretch it and cut it to the size of a cake mould, for example.
Start stretching the dough
🎯 How to make cannabis tomatoes for pizza
If you want the tomato to be the one that contains the secret ingredient we’ve already talked about, take note of the simple way to do it. You’re gonna need:
Ingredients for Marijuana Pizza Tomato Sauce
- 180 grams of crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of cannabis oil (homemade or purchased)
- 2 tablespoons of cannabis butter (here the recipe link) or, if not, 4 tablespoons of oil, although the combination of the two gives it a better flavour
- Half a cup of water
- Half onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- salt, pepper and thyme to taste (a half spoonful will suffice, but depends on your taste)
Once you have all the ingredients, the steps to make homemade cannabis tomato sauce are as follows:
Step 1: Heat oil over medium heat. Once the temperature is right, add the onion and garlic clove, taking care not to burn them. Why? If it burns, the burnt flavour will remain in the tomato sauce. Just brown them.
Step 2: once golden, add the remaining ingredients: tomato, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3: stir occasionally until all ingredients are well integrated and cover, leaving to rest for a few minutes on medium-low heat.
Step 4: after this time, your tomato sauce will be ready, but to make it perfect, you can pass it in the blender and remove the onion or garlic pieces, so that it remains light. Delicious tomato lollipop!
Steps to prepare tomato sauce with cannabis
🚀 The final touch to make a Happy Pizza
This is the last part of the cannabis pizza recipe. We’ve already seen how to make pizza dough with cannabis; we’ve also seen how to make homemade tomatoes with cannabis, which, as you know, is the basis of all pizza in the world, and now you just have to choose the ingredients you’re going to add to your pizza.
Personally, I like simple pizzas: ham and cheese; ham, cheese and mushrooms or pineapple; even with an egg in the middle! I love it when the yellow opens all over the pizza! ?I know it sounds dirty, but it’s… so delicious!
Add your favourite ingredients to the tomato.
But, each taste, choose the ingredients you like best and add them to the homemade tomato sauce you’ve already poured on the pizza dough. It is not a question of overflowing either, but of bathing her well so that she soaks the dough.
Finally, the final touch: sprinkle a pinch of crushed cannabis as if it were oregano. What do we get this way? That the taste and aroma of cannabis be soaked in pizza
Sprinkle a pinch of crushed cannabis
Have you already prepared it? Then, open the oven that you have previously warmed and for 10 minutes at 200 degrees and introduce the pizza carefully so as not to drop anything. In 20-25 minutes (depending on the type of dough you have made), it will be ready and crunchy.
Bake pizza in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.
Don’t forget the details of preheating the oven; it is important that it is hot enough for cannabis to work,
Finally, if you like crispy pastry well enough, when it’s almost ready, add 3 to 5 minutes of grill, making sure it doesn’t burn, roast it a little.
Now you have everything you need to prepare a delicious pizza to your taste: we’ve told you how to prepare the dough, homemade tomato sauce and finally, how to give a special touch to your cannabis pizza or Happy Pizza as it is marketed in some Asian countries.
In addition, we have also mentioned some tips on cannabis use: remember that it is not the same as smoking it at all. The effect is much longer to achieve. It can take up to two hours, so don’t eat multiple servings thinking the results didn’t work
As I told you at the beginning, this type of recipe with cannabis tends to thirsty and some people say that they also felt tickled in different parts of their bodies. Has this ever happened to you before? Do you have any culinary advice?????
I’d like to hear from you and see if you liked the article. If so, once again, let me abuse your trust and ask you to share in social networks, in addition to enhancing the article. Let everyone make their own pizza and have fun! Enjoy your appetite!?
Cannabis pizza is an excellent option for having a good time and laughing with friends, ⚡ taking into account the basic rules on marijuana use.