Cooking with Cannabis. Your Thanksgiving Recipe Resource.
Cooking with Cannabis. Your Thanksgiving Recipe Resource.
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All of us at Three Wells love any holiday that celebrates gratitude, family, friends, and mindfulness, especially holidays that begin with the letter T. So, no matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, whether it’s with family, friends, or you’re feeding a complete stranger, it is our sincere hope that the day brings warmth and wellness into your life.
Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday centered around food. It transcends culture, race, religion, and gatherings may have their own traditions. It doesn’t matter if you’re vegan or an affirmed carnivore, there is room for all palettes and preferences. Hummus and pita bread are equally at home with Ranch dip and potato chips. Smoked or barbecued turkey? Either makes incredible next-day sandwiches. Deep fried turkey? I’ve heard its delicious and adding ketchup is certainly a personal choice.
Thankfully, the cultural landscape surrounding cannabis has changed dramatically over recent years. If you’re considering including it in some edible form at your gathering, we thought we would make it easy for you. We scoured the internet for recipes, ideas, and professional advice to point you in the right direction. At the end of the article we included links for volunteer opportunities if you are seeking a way to give back to your community.
Turkey Day Cooking Advice from Cannabis Chefs
Before becoming a cannabis chef, Cheri Sicard, AKA Cannabis Cheri, was a professional food writer and recipe developer. She’s the author of The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook: Over 120 Tasty Cannabis Infused Recipes. For Cheri, “there’s no reason to have to choke down bad tasting or boring edibles in order to receive the benefits of edible cannabis.” Follow the link above because Cheri has a fried turkey recipe along with recipes for injected marmalades and appetizers like bacon-stuffed dates.
Seattle-based Chef Unika Noiel founder of LUVN Kitchen posted a few recipes for her Danksgiving day. Her love and specialties are southern cuisine and soul food. If you’re looking for infused butter, candied yams, or cornbread recipes, get them here.
Chef Daniel Asher is the chef and partner for the River & Woods restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. He is passionate about sustainable sourcing and food justice for more than 20 years. He is also credited with defining authentic farm-to-table cuisine in Denver. Read his cannabis Thanksgiving suggestions here.
Chef Holden Jagger is the co-founder of Altered Plates, a members-only culinary cannabis club based in Los Angeles, California. Holden excels at matching the flavors in cannabis with the flavors in food. He also cultivates his own cannabis plants and considers cannabis a vegetable, exploring the non-psychoactive parts of the plant. For infusion ideas, read about them here.
Three Wells contributor Angel Teger gave us edibles advice for Halloween Treats in a recent article. Angel is a cannabis community veteran activist and way back in 2014, BuzzFeed shared some of her recipes. She has the entire TG meal covered from Ganja Gravy to Cannabis Butter Roasted Turkey. Read about Danksgiving here.
More Cannabis Recipes for Adults
If you want learn some recipes via video, our friends at FoodBeast make it easy for items like “Green” Bean Casserole, Cannabis Cranberry Sauce, Mary Jane Mashed Potatoes, and THC Turkey. Of course, there are a plethora of possibilities for cannabis concoctions on YouTube.
Further Internet sleuthing found a Magical Turkey and other recipes from our friends Magical Butter.com. Pinterest has a seemly endless selection of recipes with pretty pictures that will absolutely make you hungry. The LA Weekly also has some excellent suggestions. For leftover turkey ideas, our colleagues at Edibles Magazine have an epic Medicated Casserole recipe.
If you’re looking for more culinary or product ideas, visit our Edibles page.
Whatever you decide as the cook, you must absolutely plan accordingly to avoid over indulgence by one or more guests. A good rule of thumb is to keep any THC dosage on the weak side and alternate between infused, non-infused, and CBD only recipes. If alcohol is served, remember, this increases reactions to THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis). You should also consider the very real possibility of food allergies or other intestinal intolerances and provide alternates as needed. Talk with all of your guests to give them the various menu items and content breakdowns. Unless they are close family or good friends, assume they know nothing about cannabis-infused food that contains THC, or the lag time for effects to set in. For many, this may be their first experience with edible cannabis, so do all you can to make it a positive one. After all, once consumed, it can’t be undone. Plan it right and be an observant host.
Live Well. Be Well. Do Well.
Thanksgiving is about gratitude for all the things that fill our lives with joy. It is a holiday that is celebrated in many different ways representing the multi-colored fabric of our nation. This is its inherent beauty. But we must all remember that it is important to give back to our communities and help those who are less fortunate. Three Wells wanted to provide some resources if you’re thinking about volunteering during the holiday, or any time afterwards.
We hope the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is enjoyed by you, your family, and friends. In case there might be troubled waters at your gathering, we’ll be posting a Cannabis Thanksgiving Etiquette Guide to help get you through the day.
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Philip Rebentisch is a writer and the Content Editor for Three Wells.