420 with CNW – Cannabis Cooking Classes Equip Maryland Patients with Edibles Making Skills

December 13, 2018 16:20:19

A couple that owns a gourmet condiment company in Baltimore has branched into a new niche of teaching medical cannabis card holders how to cook with cannabis. Will Parks and his wife Gwenele Parks decided to branch into cooking with cannabis because they are certified medical cannabis patients and needed other ways to consume their medicine instead of being restricted to smoking it. They imagined, and rightly so, that other patients were interested too.

Maryland banned edibles from its medical marijuana program, but the Parkses and others have partnered with some medical cannabis dispensaries in the state to teach people how to blend marijuana into various foods at home.

In order to avoid flouting the law, Will Parks and his wife don’t use actual cannabis as they conduct their cooking with cannabis classes. Instead, they use ordinary ingredients while teaching the concepts of infusing food with cannabis.

The couple has so far held six classes since July, with some sessions being sold out. Infusing food with cannabis makes the effects of the cannabis last longer since food isn’t digested and absorbed as quickly as smoking cannabis.

The number of patients on the medical cannabis program has been growing rapidly. For example, by November, the registered patients had more than doubled from the 22,437 who had got medical cannabis cards in April. This massive growth is fueling the demand for the lessons offered by the Parkses.

Many patients, such as Kiara Walker, said that they attended the classes in order to get skills to make edibles. The edibles can be carried around discreetly without attracting any of the stigma that is still directed towards those who smoke cannabis.

However, some people still regard cannabis edibles as another avenue for recreational users to abuse cannabis. Will Parks thinks such an attitude is wrong because people can abuse anything, including food and alcohol.

He emphasizes that the lessons he and his wife conduct pay a lot of attention to cannabis dosing so that patients aren’t exposed to the side-effects of consuming too much cannabis at once. Furthermore, this information on dosing is vital given that the effects of cannabis don’t start as quickly as is the case when you smoke the substance.

That wait time can expose you to the risk of eating too much, so knowledge about dosing requirements will safeguard you against that risk.

Will and his wife don’t just teach and leave it at that. They go a step further and give their students a packet of written instructions so that the people who attend the cooking classes can experiment with different recipes while at home.

This, however, doesn’t seem to quieten the critical voices against cannabis edibles and the classes organized by people like Will Parks and his wife. They say cannabis edibles can still end up in the hands of minors, but such critics forget that medical cannabis is also kept at home where minors may access it if care isn’t taken. Similar precautions are taken to keep edibles out of the wrong hands.

Nonetheless, Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and other participants in the marijuana industry applaud the creativity of Will and Gwenele Parks.

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