Lobster and Cannabis
Maine is known for its picturesque coastline and rich maritime heritage, and has long been celebrated for its amazing and sustainable lobster fishery. However, there’s a budding new industry taking over the Pine Tree State that’s adding a twist to the economy and culinary scene – cannabis.
Lobster & Cannabis Together in Recipes
Over the years, lobster has been prepared in countless ways, from lobster rolls to lobster bisque, and cannabis is creating a new movement of lobster preparation and elevating classic recipes.
In 2016, Maine passed the Marijuana Legalization Act legalizing recreational use in the state. This has paved the way for people to take their health and wellness to new levels, as well as inspired inventive chefs and cannabis enthusiasts to experiment with infusing cannabis into a variety dishes including lobster, and even better, butter for lobster.
Lobster & Cannabis for Health and Wellness
Cannabis has gained significant attention in recent years for its potential health and wellness benefits. It’s important to note, though, that while there is a growing body of research supporting the benefits of cannabis, its legal status and regulations vary widely across the country. Also, the effects of cannabis can vary based on the strains, dose, and individual response.
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. It contains compounds called cannabinoids, the most well-known, of course, being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which plays a role in regulating various physiological functions. Cannabis can be used medically to help with pain management for conditions like arthritis or neuropathy, and it’s helpful for many fishermen suffering from chronic pain or overuse injuries. Cannabis alleviates pain by interacting with the body’s pain receptors.
Cannabis can also help people suffering from epilepsy, neurological disorders, cancer-related symptoms, and support mental health.
It’s important to note that, just like some people can’t eat lobster because of an allergy, cannabis is not for everyone. For some people, cannabis consumption can cause negative side-effects, dependency, and impaired cognitive function. Fishermen that choose to use cannabis need to be careful how and when they use it because they need to prioritize safety and alertness when operating a fishing vessel. Of even further importance (and unfortunately) cannabis is still federally illegal, and fishermen with federal fishing licenses and federally documented vessels need to be especially aware of this fact.
Just as cannabis can support aspects of health and well-being, so can lobster! Lobster is arguably a perfect food for health. Low in fat and calories, a 3.5-ounce serving of lobster has 20 grams of protein (and about 1 gram of fat, 90 calories, and no carbs).
Lobster is also rich in vitamins and minerals and is rich in vitamin B12, selenium, zinc, and copper. Vitamin B12 is good for nerve function, and selenium and zinc are incredibly important to support immune system support. Lobster also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which support the immune system, reduce inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, and improve cholesterol levels. Keep in mind, though, that Omega-3s can be found in higher abundance in fattier fish like salmon, but lobster does have some Omega-3s that can benefit health.
Maine, renowned for its captivating coastline and maritime heritage, is witnessing an evolution in its culinary and economic landscape as cannabis makes its mark alongside the mighty lobster industry, ushering a new era of creativity and adding a unique twist to traditional recipes. In this unique convergence of two iconic elements of Maine’s identity—lobster and cannabis—the Pine Tree State continues to evolve, offering residents and visitors an enticing blend of culinary innovation and wellness exploration.
For some inventive lobster and cannabis recipes, please visit our recipe page. And of course, you will need lobster, so have a look at the delicious fresh and flash frozen lobster we have to offer in our shop. Sorry, we don’t sell cannabis…
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