If the start of December doesn’t get you excited for Christmas and the holidays, then you must be some sort of Grinch. Personally, we can’t help but feel a sense of merriment this time of year. Maybe it’s the weed, maybe it’s the weather. Regardless, we put together this list of ingredients to assist you in your holiday baking, specifically when it comes to cannabis edibles. Nothing like a batch of good food to get you in the holiday spirit.
It doesn’t matter what you celebrate because these recipes are so delicious that you won’t be able to resist. You can expect flavors and delicacies similar to the annual Starbucks menu — vanilla, cinnamon, praline, chestnut, cocoa, and so on. Try your best not to drool as you read through this list of cannabis edibles recipes.
THC-Infused Apple Cider
There’s nothing like a cup of warmth to warm you up after running errands in the below-freezing temperature. Curl up with a book after work and give in to your sweet tooth with this THC-infused apple cider recipe. Since this drink lacks the fats you’d normally find in a latte or eggnog cocktail (there’s no milk in apple cider), the best way to spice things up is with THC tinctures and oils. All it needs is a couple of drops to feel the effects. Let’s get this party started!
Cannabutter Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Who can resist the flavor of pumpkin spice this time of year? Everywhere you look it’s pumpkin this and pumpkin that. For breakfast, this year, treat yourself to some yummy pancakes with a hefty dose of cannabutter. The best cannabis edibles recipes use fat to help marijuana’s THC and CBD combine with the ingredients. Without this baking chemical reaction, you may not feel the psychoactive effects. For this recipe, you can use one of two fat methods…
- 1/4 cup of infused cooking oil
- 1/2 melted butter
Canna-Coconut Oil Gingerbread Truffles
Instead of making the typical gingerbread house, try something new with cannabis-infused truffles. Use coconut oil in this recipe for that fatty touch. Mind you, coconut oil and avocado oil are *healthy* fats, certainly healthier than your standard cooking oil. Feel free to use olive oil, as well. The body requires healthy fats to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and keep your heart in check. Research suggests that healthy fats can lower a person’s risk for stroke and diabetes.
We’re not quite sure where this dessert got its unique name but who cares when it’s so delightful. The standard monkey bread recipe calls for 1/2 cup of margarine or butter. Hello, fats! You’ll also find flavors of…
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 cup of brown sugar
Making Your Own Cannabis Edibles
While there are thousands — maybe millions — of recipes out there for cannabis edibles, baking is one of the best ways to go because of the natural bond between THC and food fats. This reaction is called Decarboxylation. It turns THCA, which does not produce mind and body-altering effects, into THC when heated up to a certain degree in the oven.
All the recipes above require at least 30 minutes in the oven, so the THC effects are practically guaranteed. Decarboxylation is absolutely mandatory in creating desserts with psychoactive effects. Unfortunately, the process is not as easy as dumping ground-up cannabis flower into a mixing bowl. Heat is your best friend in this scenario.
Since the holidays are all about family time, we urge you to keep certain dishes away from younger siblings. We don’t want 10-year old Johnny reaching for the THC-infused cookies or brownies. In the past, we’ve had customers label which recipes utilized marijuana with a green highlighter or a drawing of the cannabis plant leaf.