Every autumn we can always rely on the days getting shorter, the nights longer, the temps dropping with cool, crisp air, and pumpkin spice taking over everything you can see, smell or taste.
From coffee to donuts, cake, and the ever-present pie, getting your fix of pumpkin and cinnamon is everywhere.
While it may be overdone in the mass market, pumpkin spice can still be an enjoyable twist on classic foods and drinks. One part savory, and another part sweet; it’s a nice step away from the citrus sugars of summer and into the spiced, savory flavors of autumn and winter.
During this fall season, you can get all of the health benefits of real pumpkin and spices, and you’ll discover that it works exceptionally well with your cannabis routine. In fact, using spiced food can even enhance the benefits you get from cannabis.
Benefits of combining pumpkin spice and cannabis
The terpenes found in cannabis play a therapeutic role. There are, at least, fifteen different types of terpenes found within cannabis, mimicking those found in pumpkin spice. Myrcene is the most abundant, its rich smell, similar to that of cloves, is one of the chemical compounds responsible for reducing pain and inflammation.
Limonene is second and is found in all five of the pumpkin spices. This gives a citrusy note and helps improve mood and reduce stress.
The terpenes between cannabis and pumpkin spice help create a relaxing and soothing effect and, when combined with coffee (as always), also energize and stimulate.
They all work together to help warm you up for those chilly, fall nights or crisp mornings when it’s hard to get going. Once you get the hang of infusing cannabis into your PSLs, you can start to throw it into the way you cook and also more of your favorite beverages.
The pumpkin spice party
While pumpkin may have a sweet and buttery flavor, pumpkin spice is another party itself. With five essential flavors making up the guest list, you can expect some cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Pumpkin emulsifies the best attributes of all the spices.
Any of these various flavors can be used individually, but combined, they provide a fabulous mix of benefits for your taste buds and your body.
Pumpkin spice coffee
1 cup black coffee – rich flavor brews work best
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend**
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon heavy cream or half-and-half
1 dose of cannabis leaf or oil
1 teaspoon of pumpkin puree (optional)
**Pumpkin spice blend
1 teaspoon freshly ground cloves
1 teaspoon freshly ground allspice
2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoon ground ginger
4 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Mix well and store in an air-tight container
Make coffee as usual. As coffee preps, mix the pumpkin spice, sugar, cannabis, and cream together to form a slurry. Add pumpkin puree and stir well. Gently pour coffee into the cream, stirring well to prevent clumps.