Tuesday, July 18, 2023
What Constitutes a Vegan Edible?
A product is considered vegan if its ingredients and manufacturing process are devoid of animal products. This prohibition extends to ingredients derived from animals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) sourced from animals.
Certain brands make it easier for consumers to identify their vegan products by labeling them as "vegan-friendly" or "suitable for vegans." If it's not explicitly stated on the packaging, you can examine the ingredients list and any allergen warnings. If there are alerts for meat, dairy, or eggs, the edible is not vegan.
If you're still uncertain, you can check the company's website. If the information isn't available there, it's safer to opt for a clearly labelled vegan alternative.
Spotlight on Vegan Edible Brands
The vegan edible brands landscape is ever-evolving, providing consumers with many companies and edible variations to choose from. However, due to regulations and operational challenges, many of these brands are only accessible in select locations.
Let's start exploring some of the top brands in the market.
Kiva has held a dominant position in the edibles category for years. The company is renowned for creating high-quality products that cater to a wide spectrum of tastes among edible consumers. Kiva has multiple sub-brands, all of which are vegan. Their Camino sour gummies range offers numerous flavors, including strawberry, blackberry, watermelon, citrus, and orchard peach. Each gummy is available in 5mg and 10mg doses. Kiva products can be purchased in-store or online through their licensed retailer in several states.
Oasis offers Mini Peanut Butter Cup packs that are vegan, non-GMO, made from sun-grown cannabis, and packed with extraordinary flavor. Each pack contains 100mg of THC (10mg per edible), providing users with an average dose of cannabis with each edible. Oasis is a 2022 Cannabis Cup winner and a preferred choice for vegan edible enthusiasts. Oasis products are only available in California.
Fruit Slabs, established in 2015 by a legacy grower in California, is a brand that offers one of the healthiest fruit roll-ups you'll find. The brand's entire line is vegan and made without adding sugars, artificial ingredients, pectin, or gelatin. Each slab is made with organic fruit and stored in a biodegradable bag. Fruit Slabs can be found in California and New York, and consumers in Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, and Oklahoma can expect these products to arrive in their dispensaries soon.
Vegan Edible Recipes
Edibles used to be synonymous with unhealthy foods like cookies and brownies. While these treats are delicious, consuming them in excess isn't conducive to a balanced lifestyle. However, nowadays, you can buy or make your own infused treats—healthy, unhealthy, or somewhere in between. Consider trying out these DIY vegan recipes:
Vegan Infused Cookies
Tools You 'll Need:
Whisk or two forks
Cannabis-Infused Cooking Oil (½ cup)
All-purpose flour (2 Cups)
Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
Coconut Milk (2 Tablespoons)
Salt (1 Teaspoon)
Vanilla Extract (1 Teaspoon)
White Sugar (¾ cup)
Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper while the oven preheats.
Combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt in your mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the white sugar and infused oil using an electric mixer for approximately one minute.
After the mixer has completed its cycle, add the vanilla extract.
Stir in the flour mixture, adding coconut milk in one-tablespoon increments until it combines.
Wrap the combined dough in plastic and let it chill for about 30 minutes.
Once chilled, roll the dough onto a flat surface. Aim for the dough to be between a quarter- to a half-inch thick.
Dip your cookie cutter into flour before cutting out cookie shapes.
Place the shapes onto the baking sheets.
Bake the cookie dough in the oven for roughly 10 minutes.
After baking, remove the cookies from the oven. Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes, then enjoy!
Tools You 'll Need:
Gummy mold and vegan mix (You choose the shape)
Agar Agar powder-do not substitute with flakes (2 teaspoons)
Fruit juice or your preferred liquid (1 cup)
Sweetener of your choice (2 tablespoons)
Place your gummy mold on a large plate and set it aside for later.
Combine your juice, sweetener, and Agar Agar Powder in a saucepan, then bring it to a boil.
Once boiled, remove your saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. Stop cooling once the liquid starts to harden. You can optionally transfer the liquid to a bowl to cool more quickly.
Use the dropper to transfer the liquid from the saucepan to your gummy molds. Continue this process until the molds are filled.
Chill the filled molds in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Once cooled and hardened, the gummies are ready to be enjoyed immediately or stored for later use. Remember, it's best to store cannabis in a cool, dark place if you're not planning on using it immediately.
You can repeat this process to create gummies in various flavors.
Vegan Stir Fry
Tools You 'll Need:
Cooking gloves (Optional)
Knives or Vegetable crusher
Rice cooker (Optional)
Veggie steamer or Steam basket
Wok or Frying Pan
Infused THC oil or tincture (1 tablespoon)
Bell pepper (½ cup)
Broccoli (½ cup)
Crushed garlic (1 tablespoon)
Cubed tofu (½ cup)
Diced eggplant (½ cup)
Green beans (½ cup)
Hot sauce (2 tablespoons)
Red chili (1)
Salt (1 teaspoon)
Sesame Oil (2 tablespoons)
Soy sauce (1 tablespoon)
Steam any necessary vegetables for 3-5 minutes. This recipe can be made using any vegetables you prefer.
While the vegetables are steaming, prepare your rice.
Set both aside once done.
Add your raw, non-steamed vegetables and spices to a wok or frying pan. Fry until crisp.
Add your steamed vegetables to the pan. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed.
Add your sauces and mix thoroughly.
Remove the stir fry from the heat once done.
Add your infused oil and mix again.
Allow the meal to cool before enjoying!