When you think about cannabis and food, typically edibles like pot brownies come to mind. But catering companies like Mangia Ghanja are taking the edibles game to a whole new level by bringing cannabis cuisine to consumers.
Mangia Ghanja makes all of its dishes from scratch, infusing organic ingredients with the balance of CBD and THC oil. CBD is the medicinal compound in cannabis, whereas THC is more psychoactive and will give you that high.
“We infuse in a micro-dosed way, so you’re not going to feel this huge head high, but rather you’re going to feel a sense of well-being,” said Ivan Wood, chef and co-owner of Mangia Ghanja.
Wood and his wife Anne, co-owner of the company, use just a little bit of cannabis extract at a time in their food, Anne explained.
“You can’t taste it, but you’re getting a really good dosage of cannabis in your food,” said Anne Wood.
“There’s a lot of medicinal qualities in cannabis, and you put it with healthy food and it’s perfect,” she added.
Elevated Engagements is also jumping on the cannabis bandwagon by providing cannabis-infused dinners and “budtenders” for its clients.
“So, ‘budtending’ is similar to a bartender that you would have either at a private event or a wedding, but we do that with cannabis,” said Joshua Plummer, co-owner of Elevated Engagements.
While both companies are based in California, where cannabis is legal, they still experience many obstacles within this ever-changing industry.
“It’s constantly keeping up with these laws and figuring out what works best for our business, and the laws just don’t make that easy,” said Anne Wood.
“Things have become slowly but surely more competitive, mainly because the state has limited the number of licenses and the way to become legal,” said Plummer.
Despite these setbacks, since recreational cannabis became legal in California, businesses like Mangia Ghanja and Elevated Engagements have seen an increase in requests from both corporate and private clients.
“I think that the future is really bright, and I think that once cannabis in and of itself is removed from a Schedule I classification, I think that you’ll start seeing restaurants opening up,” said Ivan Wood.