The holiday season is upon us, which means households across the country are celebrating with cheerful music, bright decorations and delicious food. From Thanksgiving turkey to Christmas cookies, there are plenty of festive delicacies to indulge in. And, if you’re a cannabis fan, you’ll be happy to hear that holiday food pairs well with marijuana.
Cannabis-infused food is a great way to unwind, get into the holiday spirit and consume marijuana without smoking. Best of all, you don’t have to be a professional chef — all you need is quality ingredients, a little bit of knowledge and some creativity. Let’s take a closer look at how to cook with cannabis and a few of the best stoner food ideas for the holidays.
How To Cook With Cannabis
If you’ve ever experimented with 420 dinner ideas, you know stoner cooking isn’t as simple as throwing some marijuana into a recipe. Here are a few key things you must do beforehand:
- Choose a cannabis product
- Calculate the dosage
- Prepare the cannabis
First, pick a cannabis product to cook with. While some simple recipes may call for CBD oil or THC powder, most stoner recipes require infusing cannabis flower into another ingredient, such as oil, butter or fat. You should also take into account the cannabis bud’s aromas and flavors, as they can influence the overall taste of your food.
Once you’ve selected your cannabis, the next step is calculating the dosage. Multiply the milligrams (mg) of cannabis by the THC or CBD percentage, then divide by the serving size. For example, say you’re making a brownie recipe that calls for one cup of butter and yields 25 servings. If you add 5 grams (5,000 mg) of 20% THC cannabis to the butter, you’ll have 1,000 mg THC (5,000 x 20%) overall, which comes out to about 40 mg per serving (1,000/25).
The final step is heating the buds. Dried cannabis buds feature cannabinoid THCA and CBDA, which are acid forms that don’t offer noticeable effects. Before you can enjoy the marijuana, you have to convert these cannabinoids to THC or CBD through heat (or decarboxylation). Start by breaking the flower into small pieces, then spread them on a tray. Heat the tray in the oven at 225ºF for 45 minutes, then let the pieces cool before transferring them to a sealed container. “Decarbed” cannabis can last for three to six months, giving you plenty of time to prepare your holiday recipes!
Best Holiday Food Ideas for Cannabis Users
Now that you know the steps behind cooking with cannabis, it’s time to start creating some merry, marijuana-infused dishes. Here are five of the best stoner snacks to make this holiday season.
1) Eggnog With a Twist (Egg Nug)
When it comes to holiday beverages, you won’t find anything more festive than eggnog. The creamy texture, warm spices and sweet after-taste make this drink a seasonal favorite. If you want to spice it up even more, try making cannabis-infused eggnog (or “Egg Nug”). Just follow your favorite eggnog recipe, but swap out the regular milk for cannabis-infused milk. Complete the recipe by garnishing with spices and — for an extra special touch — a marijuana leaf.
2) Cannabis Infused Stuffing
Are you looking for stoner dinner ideas to celebrate Happy Danksgiving? Try making cannabis infused stuffing. It’s festive, easy to make and — when done right — delicious. All you have to do is add cannabis-infused butter to your traditional stuffing recipe (or boxed stuffing), and you’ll have a flavor-packed, savory dish perfect for a 420 Thanksgiving. Feel free to customize it further by adding extra meat, vegetables or whatever else you enjoy.
3) Cannabis Infused Whipped Cream
There’s no doubt that whipped cream is a great food for stoners. It’s delicious both on its own and as a garnish — what’s not to like? And, it’s the perfect accompaniment to tons of holiday desserts. If you’re interested in cannabis-infused sweets, but don’t want to go through the trouble of adding marijuana to each individual dish, just make a batch of cannabis infused whipped cream. Simply add decarbed cannabis directly to the cream, then let it infuse for an hour before cooling and whipping it. Serve with apple pie, chocolate cake or any other festive treats!
4) THC Maple Syrup
From pancakes and waffles to pork chops and French toast, there’s no shortage of dishes that go well with syrup. Add a kick to your breakfast and meat dishes this winter by swapping out traditional maple syrup for THC syrup. You can infuse cannabis into syrup by melting it on the stove, or simply buy a ready-made THC syrup product. Drizzle it on your holiday favorites for some added sweetness, then sit back and enjoy!
5) THC Gingerbread Men
Nothing screams “holidays” quite like gingerbread men. Not only are they fun to decorate, but the spices will warm anyone up, even on the coldest of days. And, believe it or not, they’re a great vehicle for cannabis. The easiest way to make THC gingerbread men is through cannabis-infused butter. If you want to get really creative, you could make THC-infused frosting and dress up your gingerbread man in a little cannabis cardigan. Don’t forget to add a smile!
Getting Rid of Marijuana Cooking Odors
There’s no better time to indulge in stoner meals than the holidays. Unfortunately, there is a downside to cooking with cannabis: the odors. Decarbing and cooking marijuana leaves behind a strong scent that cannot be masked by baked goods and spices. If you’re looking for a way to make delicious, cannabis-infused holiday favorites without the odor, Cannabolish is here to help.
For over 30 years, we’ve developed safe, plant-based solutions that absorb and remove odors without toxic ingredients. We offer a stock of marijuana odor eliminating sprays, candles and gels, all of which are validated by third party testing. Our goal is to help marijuana users consume and cook cannabis easily, without worrying about the smell. Shop now to discover more!