Truffle linguine with a poached egg may sound delicious, but it’s also rich in cannabinoids, compounds that can modulate pain, inflammation, and other ailments.
Learn how to make this dish and how everyday ingredients can heal the body inside and out as Oaksterdam University hosts “Cooking with Cannabinoids” at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST Thursday, June 16, 2022.
The public is welcome to the live webinar, which will feature a cooking demonstration and chat with the authors of “The Cannabinoid Cookbook: Transform Your Health Using Herbs and Spices from Your Kitchen.”
Dr. Joseph Feuerstein, a renowned physician and professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University, joined forces with bestselling author and TV personality Chef Daniel Green to create this unique cookbook.
“There is no other book like this,” Feuerstein says. “There are plenty of books about using edibles with CBD and THC. I’m a big supporter of them and use them in my medical practice, but there’s no cookbook that teaches you how to stimulate the endocannabinoid system with a cannabinoid-rich diet.”
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are compounds that bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex communication system in the human body.
Responsible for maintaining homeostasis, the ECS helps regulate various bodily functions, including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, pain sensations, and more.
THC and CBD are sought-after cannabinoids, but cannabis is not the only plant that produces cannabinoids. They are also found in common herbs and spices like basil, rosemary, flax, oregano, cloves, and cinnamon.
The Entourage Effect
Feuerstein says he was inspired to write the book after realizing that many CBD products contain added ingredients like black pepper and turmeric.
“That piqued my interest,” he says.
He began to learn more about foods high in cannabinoids and how they contribute to the entourage effect, the theory that the effects of cannabis are a result of a synergy of all its naturally-occurring plant compounds as opposed to any isolated ingredient within it.
“I realized, with the help of Daniel, we could augment the entourage effect through food,” Feuerstein says.
Black pepper, for example, contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene, and turmeric is a CB1 receptor antagonist. They are often paired in CBD preparations to enhance the entourage effect — also known as the ensemble or cascade effect.
About the Authors
Feuerstein uses natural approaches instead of pharmaceuticals to treat severe, chronic medical conditions. Nutrition is a critical component of his treatment plans. He also has extensive experience recommending CBD and medicinal cannabis to his patients.
Yet his knowledge fell short when it came to cooking, and that’s where Chef Green came in.
“I could throw all the ingredients together in a smoothie, but how would it taste? How do you turn that into an actual menu?” he says. “Daniel is a very, very talented chef. He’s developed these recipes, each with numerous cannabinoids working in different ways. We are kindred spirits, using food as medicine.”
Chef Daniel Green, known as “The Model Cook,” has an extensive resume that spans cookbooks, television, and his own product line. He has appeared on the Food Network as a judge for Kitchen Inferno, and is a culinary investor in the new show Food Fortunes. At the core of all his endeavors is his dedication to healthy cooking, which made The Cannabinoid Cookbook a great fit.
The book appeals to people who already utilize the benefits of cannabis, as well as those looking to de-stress or optimize their health who may be reluctant to try CBD or THC.
“It can be done similarly through food,” Daniel says.
Cooking With Cannabinoids Webinar
During the pair’s webinar for Oaksterdam, Green will demonstrate how to make Truffle Linguine with Poached Egg, and Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. Participants will receive recipes so they can recreate the dishes at home.
Feuerstein says most people will have all the ingredients in their pantry, with the possible exception of truffles, which are pure anandamide, a natural chemical similar to THC.
“You can pick up white or black truffle-infused olive oil quite easily,” Feuerstein says.
Why Partner with Oaksterdam University?
Feuerstein says they chose to work with Oaksterdam to reach an audience familiar with the ECS, cannabinoids, and the entourage effect.
“Most of the population, including physicians, have no idea that they even have an endocannabinoid system. Literally, they’ve never heard of it. Your people are very educated about this and will really appreciate what this book is trying to do,” he says.