Never mistake the homemade pot brownie found at a frat party for the marijuana dispensary's pot brownie. So much more goes into the making of the medical-use treat -- higher grade trimmings and quality butter, for starters. Plus a brownie like Big Sexy's Sinful Sweets Peanut Butter Confession, available in most L.A. dispensaries, has just the right dosage and the correct strain of cannabis to give a patient suffering from depression an uplifting, energizing feeling. A patient looking for a muscle-relaxing edible, say, would probably want to go with the cannabis-laced ice cream instead.
Because such things have to be carefully considered, patients with doctor's recommendations need the guidance of caregivers at marijuana dispensaries. It wouldn't be wise to walk into a store and randomly choose from the variety of edibles available: from oral sprays, pills and tinctures, to ice cream, pastries and granola bars, to peanut butter, tea and honey. Each is made with a different strain of cannabis -- sativa, indica and hybrid -- which produce different effects and are beneficial to specific illnesses.
For those who don't have a doctor's recommendation and have never been in a pot shop before, here's a peek at some of the edibles available in medical marijuana dispensaries. The following were purchased at Zen Healing in West Hollywood by a medical marijuana patient with a doctor's recommendation. Also included are his "tasting notes."
Our volunteer patient had a sweet tooth but for those more interested in savory edibles there are frozen personal-size pizzas (for around $25 at the Venice Beach Care Center) and bagel bites available as well as olive oil (usually one tablespoon a dose).
It's not recommended to cook with the olive oil, however, since THC starts to break down at 315-320 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you ever do get a hankering for a vegetable LaGanja (lasagna) or Ganja Ganoush, you can always fly to Denver and visit the first pot restaurant in America, Ganja Gourmet.