What better way to thrive off the warm-and-fuzzy feeling that Thanksgiving brings than with a home-cooked, infused meal? Or maybe a little extra something on the side to get you through the day. Either way, planning a menu is serious work. Luckily, there's plenty of time to get ready for the ultimate munchie holiday.
You'd be surprised how much you can work into a Danksgiving feast. No need to leave out the tried-and-true Thanksgiving holiday staples. Almost anything can become an edible recipe - and that's something to be thankful for.
The History of Danksgiving
Whether you've been introduced to the idea via social media or you're new to this self-proclaimed holiday, there's a lot of ideas cooking for this Danksgiving. More than a high-dea, Danksgiving has turned into something of an unofficial cannabis holiday where friends and family members pass around THC-infused treats.
'Danksgiving' picked up speed in 2006 and spike around the holiday each year (via Google Trends). Now with a rise of cannabis advocacy and recreational legalization, more people are celebrating with cannabis this holiday season!
An infamously enjoyable combination. Food and weed go together like, well, food and weed. Thanksgiving is no stranger to the munchies, whether that's from use of medical marijuana or just for fun. Let's get started on some of the savoriest, mouth-watering dishes you can whip up this year.
Remember to exercise caution. Never drive while under the influence of cannabis.
The Basics of Cooking With Cannabis
The basics of cooking with cannabis extract and concentrates are essential to successful meal preparation. Green Wednesday is usually a good time to stock up on all you'll need for the big day.
For our purposes, we will be focusing on preparing your Thanksgiving meal with Cannabutter and Cannabis Oil. If you are new to the world of cooking with cannabis, this section provides great foundational knowledge for Danksgiving recipes.
What Is Cannabutter?
One of the foundational ingredients for Danksgiving is your Cannabis butter. Cannabis butter, or cannabutter, can be purchased from a marijuana dispensary or created from scratch in your home.
To make cannabis-infused butter, you simply need 7 grams of ground cannabis and 1 cup of butter.
- Decarboxylate Your Cannabis- We must first activate the THC within your cannabis flower by decarboxylation. Decarboxylation converts the non-psychoactive THCA into the THC that we know and love. This can be accomplished by preheating your oven to 245' F. Place parchment paper atop a non-stick oven-safe tray and heat your cannabis for up to 40 minutes.
- Grind & Incorporate- Now you will grind the decarboxylated cannabis while melting 1 cup of butter with 1 cup of butter in a saucepan. As the saucepan simmers, add in your coarsely ground cannabis. Let simmer for up to 3 hours, never allowing a full boil.
- Strain & Refrigerate- After funneling your concoction through a cheesecloth (allowing it to cool first) you can place the solid butter in the refrigerator for about an hour to settle.
What Is Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil is another incredibly common way to cook with Cannabis. This Thanksgiving, create your own cannabis oil with just 2 cups of oil and 1 ounce of dried cannabis.
Equipment you will need
- Slow Cooker
- Mesh Strainer
- Large Pot
To make your own cannabis oil, simply follow the instructions below.
- Add oil to Slow Cooker
- Stir in Ounce of Dried Cannabis
- Heat on Lowest Setting for Three Hours
- Allow to Cool for Eight Hours
- Repeat Process Twice to Improve Potency
- Strain Mixture Into Bowl, Discarding Herb
- Store Oil in Sealed Containers, Refrigerate Overnight
Preparing An Infused Thanksgiving Dinner
Now that we've learned the basics of an infused dish, let's get creative. As you dream of Grandma's holiday feast, keep these cannabis-infused meal ideas in mind!
If you're looking for a way to add extra cheer to your Danksgiving gathering, look no further. We've got a way to transform your main course. The turkey itself is difficult to turn into an edible but there are ways to give its trimmings and preparation materials a little buzz. into a THC-laden treat with just a bit of cannabis butter.
After making your cannabutter rub, prepare your Danksgiving turkey by rubbing it down before roasting, resting, and serving.
Weed-infused pumpkin pie can be a delicious way to top off your tasty Thanksgiving meal. Rich in Vitamin A and brimming with antioxidants, all you need to turn this sweet treat into a THC-laden dream is 1/3 a cup of cannabutter. Velvet-smooth and deliciously herbal, our pumpkin pie recipe incorporate nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla with a bit of whipped cream.
Liven up your plate with a little edible gravy. This recipe adds a little excitement to your Thanksgiving meal without an overpowering taste of cannabis. You can create this beloved sauce with minimal cook time. All you'll need is 1 tbsp of cannabis butter and 20 minutes of prep time to enjoy this recipe.
An excellent treat on its own and an even better cup of cheer with a little THC. There are few better days to celebrate the holidays than with a warm glass of Apple Cider. This fantastic winter and fall treat is a great way to control your dosage.
All you need to convert your classic mashed potatoes recipe into an infused masterpiece is 1.5 cups of Cannabis Butter, set at room temperature. Mashed potatoes infused cannabis butter are a vital addition to the holiday weekend. Check out the full recipe here!
For a healthier alternative to your favorite mashed potatoes, opt for some whipped sweet potatoes and cannabis! Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of minerals and vitamins, including beta carotene.
No matter how you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, make sure to enjoy it in a safe way. Never drive intoxicated & Happy Danksgiving!