Have you tried hiking high? There is something a little extra about communing with nature when you have a little cannabis in your veins.
Camping season is here! This is particularly exciting for anyone who consumes cannabis and loves the outdoors. If you’ve never been camping or hiking high, what are you waiting for? You’ll get a boost in health benefits from the great outdoors, and the spiritual connection you’ll gain from the experience is sure to stick with you.
Moreover, not only will it help you unwind and have some fun after a long day of trekking, but it will also give your body and muscles some TLC (in the form of THC). For anyone hiking with a big pack on their back, this is a big bonus. You already know that, despite the wonders of wild camping and hiking, it’s no walk in the park.
More and more athletes are swearing by cannabis to improve their performance and relieve any post-workout soreness, so why not take a leaf out of their book? Hiking high isn’t just a hippie cliché anymore; it may be the key ingredient to a successful camping trip.
We’re sharing three simple edible recipes that you can make over the campfire to try on your next outing.
Gimme Green S’mores
No camping trip is complete without s’mores! You don’t need to bring any extra tools like a pan or portable stovetop, so this is a great one if cooking isn’t your forté or you don’t like lugging around extra equipment.
- Graham crackers
- Bar of cannabis-infused chocolate
In place of chocolate, you could mix cannabutter with Nutella or a different chocolate spread (or peanut butter!) of your choice.
- Place infused chocolate on top of graham cracker. If you are using a spread instead of a bar, also spread your cannabutter on the cracker.
- Place marshmallow on a stick and roast in the fire.
- Remove from fire and immediately place on top of chocolate-covered graham cracker.
- Place a second graham cracker on top of the marshmallow and wait a few seconds for the chocolate to melt.
After a long day of hiking, your body may be experiencing low-level hypoglycemia or an off-balanced endocannabinoid system. The rapid influx of sugar and cannabinoids may help you give you the boost you need to set up your tent before checking in for the night. Keeping your sugars balanced is also especially important if you’re planning on a hike-heavy trip.
If you want a little extra boost of vitamins and healthy sugars, orange slices taste great with s’mores.
Campfire Roasted Potatoes
On the healthier side, there’s nothing like refueling with some hearty comfort food after a long day of hiking. This recipe serves as an excellent and tasty side dish that’s still really easy to make and clean up. All you need is a fire, a fork, and some aluminum foil.
- Salt, pepper, herbs to taste
You can also use sweet potatoes for a more nutritious version. As for herbs, we recommend rosemary, thyme, parsley, or chili powder for a spicy kick.
- Clean potatoes and pierce them with a fork in several places.
- Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil.
- Place potatoes on fire pit coals and let them cook for about an hour, or until they are soft throughout.
- Remove from fire, unwrap and cut potatoes in half.
- Spread cannabutter on potatoes.
- Season with salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.
- Close the potato for a few minutes to let the butter melt and herbs sink in.
- Carefully enjoy, it’s firepit-hot!
For added protein, sprinkle a bit of cheese on top. If you’ve got a pan, you can also add a Tex-Mex mix by frying up some diced onions and red peppers, sweet corn, and black beans. This turns your potatoes into a filling, nutritious meal high in fibre and vitamin B6. And may I personally recommend that these potatoes are also great with fresh caught fish fried canna-butter? You will not be disappointed!
Make it Spicy
A 2006 study showed that capsaicin (found in chilli peppers) is often likened to caffeine. So, a capsaicin and cannabis filled potato could help induce alertness. If that’s what you’re after, add some chilli peppers to your potatoes for an eye-opening breakfast side. To turn into a complete breakfast meal, add a bit of egg and chilli to your Tex-Mex mix for on top of your potatoes.
End the Day With the Stars and a Spot of Cannabis Tea
You can also enjoy this soothing beverage at breakfast. Fireside at the end of the night is the perfect way to drift off to sleep. You can even make a thermos batch to sip throughout the day as you hike. You will need a pot for boiling water unless you make a batch at home before you leave.
- Tea of choice
- Steaming-hot water
- Optional: milk (dairy or non), sugar, and/or honey
- Boil water over the campfire or using a portable stovetop.
- Brew tea and stir in a teaspoon of cannabutter.
- Finish tea to your liking (milk/sugar/honey).
Note: mind your dosage! Edibles are notorious for being more potent than other forms of cannabis. If your dosage is too high, you may end up feeling sick (which is the last thing you want when hiking).
If you’re a newbie, or have a lower body mass, stick to a low dose of 5-10mg and wait at least 4 hours before hiking high. Even if you’re a more experienced consumer, remember that this is the wilderness where things can seem really strange and scary if paranoia kicks in. Stay safe by following the mantra: start low and going slow. If the worst should happen and your high is about to ruin your camping trip, chew on some chilli peppers (from your potato recipe) or peppercorns. These will also calm any nausea from over-indulgence.
While hiking high, cannabis can help decrease muscle pain and increase stamina. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts who use cannabis as a performance enhancer report that it helps them work out for longer, focus more intensely, and relieves any muscle pain or soreness post-workout.
Furthermore, edibles are a great option for a camping or hiking trip because they are more discreet than smoking. You won’t have to worry about disturbing anyone with the smell of smoke.
Do you have any special camping recipes for hiking high? Let us know in the comments!