First of all, let’s make something clear: This is not just for couples, and not just for Valentine’s Day. As you probably know, CBD is very healthy for human bodies. So, if you are forever alone on this February 14th, keep on reading because this recipe will totally get your Endocannabinoid System working.
And for the couples out there, this could be a unique way to celebrate Valentines Day. Instead of making a dinner reservation at a fancy and expensive restaurant, try cooking this very healthy and nutritive hemp recipe:
- For main course, we have CBD pesto pasta with spicy shrimp.
- And, for Drinks, a CBD Mezcal Margarita.
And do not fret, lovely readers: hemp has high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and very low levels of THC, often less than 1%. So eating this recipe won’t get you high as a kite.
Yum! But before we get started, let’s have a closer look at hemp seeds and why they can be one of the most nutritious foods in the entire planet. It is often called the next “super food”.
Hemp seeds, or should we say, super food
The first thing we should say about hemp is how different this plant is from its sister, marijuana. There is often confusion thinking it’s the same plant. The misconception that hemp and marijuana were one and the same, led to the prohibition that has affected how society thinks about cannabis. Both hemp and marijuana are cannabis varieties. Hemp has very low THC levels: less than 0.3%, so it is not psychoactive. Also, it can easily adapt to extremely cold weathers.
According to records and cannabis historians, hemp has been cultivated for more than then thousand years. China was one of the first civilizations to grow hemp for paper and fiber. Hemp was very important for the Chinese civilization, as well as others, in order to expand throughout the seas. Hemp’s fiber was used for a long time to make ropes used in ships.
The uses and knowledge of hemp expanded to other continents through trade. Greeks, Moorish Spain and the British started cultivating hemp in vast fields. Later, the British brought hemp to North America. During the colonial period, hemp was cultivated all around the 13 colonies.
In addition, hemp seeds have a huge range of nutritional properties. The USDA National Nutrient Database says hemp seeds are a great source of:
- Healthy fats, like omega-3 and omega-6.
- Vitamines C, B, A and E
Let’s expand a little bit more on healthy fats. Hemp seeds are a great source of fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and omega-3 fatty acids. The body can’t produce enough essential fatty acids on its own, so you need to get it from external sources. And, besides fish, there is not much to get fatty acids from. Well, fish and hemps seeds.
Hope we have informed you about the health and nutritional properties of hemp.
Now, to the kitchen!
CBD Recipe for Valentine’s Day
Besides all the nutritional value of hemp, CBD also has a lot of benefits for your body. It can help you manage chronic pain, anxiety and it helps you boost your Endocannabinoid System. So this hemp recipe for Valentine’s Day is definitely the right choice. The recipe is for two people. So if you want to cook it just for yourself, or for a group of friends, adjust the measurements accordingly.
CBD Pesto Pasta With Spicy Shrimp
The main course consists of two parts: the pesto sauce and the spicy shrimp pasta. Let’s start with the pesto sauce.
CBD pesto sauce
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup of basil
- ½ cup of parsley
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Olive oil
- 10 ml of CBD Oil
- Salt and pepper
Wash and clean the spinach and basil. After doing so, place all of the ingredients in a blender. Don’t forget the CBD Oil! Blend all of the ingredients until you have achieved the desired consistency. Add water if you think the sauce is too thick. Keep the sauce aside for latter.
CBD spicy shrimp penne pasta
- 200 grams of penne pasta
- 250 grams of fresh and peeled shrimp
- 200 grams asparagus
- Cherry tomatoes
- Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- For the pasta, use a large pot to boil the water in. Then, add the uncooked pasta. Boil for eight minutes.
- Wash the asparagus, cut them into little pieces and add them to the water along with the pasta for the last 3 or 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In a saucepan, heat butter and olive oil.
- Add the shrimp, previously flavored with salt, pepper and the red pepper flakes. If you like your food spicy, add an extra pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook until the shrimp is pink on both sides.
- When the shrimp are cooked, add the pasta along with the asparagus.
- Add the pesto sauce to the pan and cook for five more minutes on low heat. Let that pesto sauce add flavour to the shrimp.
- Remove from the heat and add cherry tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese.
- Eat up!
CBD Mezcal Margarita
To make the experience complete, why not add a CBD cocktail to accompany that spicy pesto shrimp? This is an easy and quick to prepare cocktail,; the traditional Margarita, but with a little CBD on it. We are using CBD Tincture instead of CBD Oil because tinctures are alcohol based. When mixed with another drink, oil will float on top of the drink. However, for cocktails is better to choose tinctures because alcohol will integrate and mix perfectly.
- 2 ounces of mezcal
- 2 ounces of aquavit
- 1.5 cups of lime juice
- 1.5 cups of agave syrup
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 15 mg of CBD tincture
- If you like, add a cannabis leaf as decoration.
Shake all the ingredients together in a shaker full of ice. Garnish with a cannabis leaf and there you go! Now you have your pasta and your drink full of CBD and, obviously, love. Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy, And spread the love.