Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving menu! While turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are something to savor all on their own, there’s one thing that can make these Thanksgiving staples even better: a touch of cannabis.
Cannabis-infused Thanksgiving dishes are something that can make your Thanksgiving dinner all the merrier. Of course, before you serve a cannabis-infused dish, you’ll need to check with your guests (or fellow guests, if you’re headed to a potluck) to make sure they’re all down to get high off your food. But once you’ve got the green light, you can use our simple recipes to create a Thanksgiving meal that will be one for the books!
Read on to see our ultimate guide to a cannabis-infused Thanksgiving, full of recipes for cannabis-infused Thanksgiving staples that are sure to delight you.
Two Notes on Cooking With Cannabis
Before we get into our cannabis-infused Thanksgiving recipe guide, we wanted to give a couple of general notes on cooking with cannabis. If you’re already an experienced cannabis chef, feel free to skip to our recipe below! But if you’re new to cooking with cannabis and are trying it for the first time to turn your Thanksgiving into Danksgiving, we recommend reading this section to ensure your cannabis-infused meal is expertly prepared.
Note #1: On Decarbing Your Cannabis
First, if you’ve never cooked with cannabis before, know that decarboxylating your cannabis before you infuse it into butter or oil will help you avoid two common issues: low potency and a poor taste. Decarboxylation is a process that allows the THCA (a nonreactive cannabinoid) that naturally occurs in raw cannabis flowers to convert into THC (the cannabinoid in cannabis that causes a high). When you smoke cannabis, decarboxylation happens naturally due to heat. But if you were to eat raw cannabis without decarboxylating it first, you would mostly consume THCA rather than THC. So, failing to decarboxylate (or “decarb”) your cannabis before making an edible can lead to a weak or inactive edible.
Some recipes for cannabis-infused butter or oil include steps that decarb to create THC during the ganja infusion process. While this can be effective, we recommend decarbing your cannabis before infusing it into butter or oil, since this generally leads to a better taste.
How to Decarb Cannabis: One of the easiest ways to decarb cannabis is by heating it in your oven. To use this method of decarboxylation, first, preheat your oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place your cannabis buds on a baking tray lined with parchment paper (note: parchment paper helps prevent sticking). Next, place your tray in your preheated oven to decarb for 30 to 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, remove your tray and gently shake it to mix your cannabis buds and ensure even exposure to heat. After a total of 30 to 40 minutes, remove your cannabis from the oven and allow it to cool. Now, you have decarbed cannabis that’s ready to be used in a cannabis butter or oil recipe!
Note #2: On Testing Strength
If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, understand that it can be hard to know how strong your cannabis-infused butter or oil is without trying it. While many infusion recipes will include how much cannabis you should use, consider this a guideline rather than a definitive amount. Even when you use the same amount of cannabis as a recipe suggests, the resulting strength of your infusion can vary depending on how strong your strain is and how your cannabis bud is exposed to heat during the cooking process. Then, additionally, how strong you want your butter or oil to be is very personal. Everyone’s tolerance level is different. You may find that you want your cannabis butter or olive oil to be either more or less potent than the suggested amount of cannabis in your recipe provides.
Because of all this, we generally recommend testing the strength of your infused ingredients before adding them to recipes (especially if you’re new to cooking with cannabis). You can prepare your cannabis-infused butter or oil a few days before you plan to cook your Thanksgiving meal, then try a small amount to test its potency and effects. That way, you’ll have time to adjust your recipe if you need to. You may decide you want to change the amount of cannabis you use in your recipe, decide to switch to a Sativa vs. Indica strains, go with a higher CBD or lower CBD blend, and so on. Or, you may just have confirmation that your recipe turned out perfectly the first time! Whatever your results, we recommend making your cannabis-infused butter or oil in advance so you’ll have time to make whatever changes you want before serving your recipe to your guests at the big meal.
Cannabis-Infused Thanksgiving Recipes: Your Holiday Season Cannabis Cookbook
There are so many ways you can infuse classic Thanksgiving dishes with cannabis. One of our favorite ways to easily make any recipe a cannabis recipe is by incorporating a bit of a cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter) into your dish. Just by adding a bit of cannabutter, you can quickly make any meal into “green cuisine.” Below, see our recipe for cannabutter and many stoner-friendly Thanksgiving recipes that incorporate it!
Cannabutter Recipe: Your Green Thanksgiving Essential
- 1 Cup of Butter
- 1 Cup (7 to 10 grams) of Coarsely Ground Cannabis, Decarboxylated*
- 1 Cup of Water
*Note: To learn how to decarb cannabis (and why we recommend doing so), see Note #1 in the previous section.
- Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter in a saucepan or stockpot. With your burner on low heat, heat your butter and water until the butter is melted and the mixture is well combined.
- Add 1 cup of coarsely ground cannabis to your butter and water mixture, keeping your burner heat on low. Stir to combine. Allow your mixture to simmer uncovered for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally to ensure your butter does not burn. Your mixture should simmer and never come to a full boil.
- Remove pot from heat and strain the cannabis buds from your cannabis-infused butter using a fine-mesh strainer. Press into the plant matter in the strainer after your initial pour to ensure you squeeze out all the butter.
- Allow your cannabutter to come to room temperature, then enjoy it! Your cannabutter can be used immediately or can be stored in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to use it.
Note: While we have many recipes that include cannabutter listed below, feel free to use a bit of this cannabutter in any of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes! This delectable cannabutter works well with savory side dishes like casseroles or green beans, and in sweet recipes like apple pie or brownies.