5 FUN HOLIDAY INFUSED CANNABIS EDIBLE RECIPES
The holidays are coming around and we don't know about you, but why would we eat some low-quality baked goods from a box at the grocery store when we could make our own holiday treats that have an extra kick?
Instead of buying something pre-made, make these holiday-inspired cannabis edibles for your friends or family. Just make sure they're properly labeled!
Not only do the below recipes taste good, but they'll help make the holidays merry and bright. Keep reading for our favorite holiday edible recipes, how to make them, and some tips on baking with cannabis, below.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START COOKING CANNABIS EDIBLES
Baking with Cannabis is a little different than baking some cookies, especially if you're a fan of the ones you peel off a tray and throw, pre-mixed into the oven. You can't just mix the bud in and call it a day, either- you have to do what's called decarboxylating it or heat it up enough to turn the THCA into THC, the active molecule.
It's not as complicated of a process as it is to pronounce, don't worry. All you need is about an ounce of flower or shake, a baking sheet, and an oven, but more on that later.
The second thing to know about baking with Cannabis is that your edibles are going to be much more potent than taking a hit or two from your normal bong.
Finally, you can either bake with pre-made cannabis products for baking, like Cannabutter, or you can make your own weed base. It's up to you, how much time you have, what you want to spend, and if you can chance making your home smell like a cannabis heaven or not.
HOW TO DECARBOXYLATE AT HOME
The easiest way to decarboxylate (decarb) is to grab a baking sheet, a food processor, and heat up your oven. It only takes 45 minutes and it improves the quality of your edibles in taste, but also in intensity!
Take about two ounces of shake or dry herb and spread it out on a baking sheet, while wearing gloves to keep in the bud's natural oils. Then, turn your oven to 240 and wait for it to preheat. With the bud well spread out, place it in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until it physically looks toasted. Let it cool and pulse it in the food processor.
Voila, now it's ready to go!
HOLIDAY RECIPES TO HELP YOU GET LIT
The way you integrate your decarbed weed into your recipe will differ with your personal preferences and what the recipe calls for, but stay tuned for another blog post about how to make cannabutter in a crockpot!
Nutella Cannabis Star Bread
Nothing says decadent like Nutella, and this bread will be a crowd (or personal) favorite for years to come. The recipe is by Jeff the 420 Chef and looks almost as good as it tastes.
To make it you'll need:
The recipe makes eight servings and ranges from 5 to 10 mg THC per serving, depending on how strong of cannabutter you use. You'll start by combining the sugar, flour, yeast, and salt, then add in milk, butter, and eggs. The hardest part about this recipe is making it into the star shape, but you could bake it as pull-apart bread or almost a coffee cake if you'd like.
Want to make it? Follow these directions.
Cannabis-Infused Apple Butter
Family driving you crazy? Things will go a lot smoother if you start your day out with some toast with medicated apple butter on it! If you've never had it, apple butter is a mix between apple jam and applesauce. It's liquid enough to spread easily, but not drippy, like applesauce.
It tastes great on everything from french toast to turkey sandwiches, to pancakes. And it's super easy to make! To make it you'll need:
- 2 Apples
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 & 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
- 2 Cups Cannabutter
To make, slice the apples in quarters and bake until soft, but not mushy. Then add everything to a food processor and mix until it's smooth. Place it in a jar and label it (!), then refrigerate until it cools. It should keep for two to three weeks, unless of course you and your family eat it all before then.
We support everyone here, which is why we're throwing in this recipe that you should absolutely not bring to dinner with your parents, but definitely dinner with your friends. It's a classic Jewish challah recipe with an extra kick added to turn your festival of lights into a festival of ... lit.
This recipe calls for a few more ingredients, like a bread machine, but it can be made without it. To make Canna Challah you'll need
- Lemon juice
- Bread flour
Set all ingredients in a bread machine, combine, then let the machine knead and rise for an hour. Knead some more, braid, then bake, and voila! You've either enhanced or ruined your ancestor's recipe. Depends on how you look at it.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE EATING CANNABIS EDIBLES (HOMEMADE OR STORE BOUGHT)
If you've never had an edible before, congratulations for wanting to expand your horizons. However, there's a learning curve - most beginners take an edible, don't feel anything, then eat another, thinking there wasn't enough THC. Do not do that! The rule of thumb is that edibles take about an hour to kick in, sometimes longer. You should never re-dose before the first 2 hours are up.
Edibles have a large range of potencies, depending on if they're homemade or store bought. Store bought edibles are going to be a little more predictable dose wise, just like the bartender is when they pour an alcoholic drink.
Homemade treats, however, are done more casually and usually end up stronger, so keep that in mind when eating your own. Finally, the most important thing to keep in mind about homemade edibles is that they need to be obnoxiously labeled. Your brother might laugh it off if he accidentally has some canna challah, but your grandmother or new brother in law may not be so amused.
Always remember to keep edibles out of the reach of children, especially if bringing them to holiday gatherings!
If you have more questions, need flower to make your own butter, or want to start out with commercial edibles, come see us in one of our WA or OK locations! Our budtenders will take great care of you. Be responsible and have a merry holiday!