The internet is now full of all sorts of pieces about cooking with marijuana and the Thanksgiving holiday in particular is a popular time to discuss recipes. There are cookbooks being produced now that teach people all about how to indulge in cannabis in creative ways through food. Have you ever considered putting marijuana in your Thanksgiving Day meal?
There are very few topics the masses can agree on, but the one thing uniting people this time of the year is the dread of a drama-filled Thanksgiving, complete with political spats and alcohol-spurred disputes.
Some might find comfort in online venting via the Thanksgiving Drama Reddit board, while others look to a little herbal therapy by infusing their holiday meal with cannabis. Yes, that’s a thing.
For those who aren’t sure of where to start, Chef Oscar Toro of New York City-based Jue Lin Club and Daniel Saynt, founder of private social group The New Society For Wellness, offer up a few tips for newbies. Saynt hosts an annual cannabis-infused Thanksgiving event dubbed “Danksgiving,” which is whipped up with Toro’s help.
How do you decide which cannabis oil is best for the dishes?
The flavor profile of strains can vary from each type of cannabis based on the terpenes in the plant. For Dankquet, we choose oils and flowers that would best complement our meal, aiming for a more citrusy Limonene in our fruit-based relish and choose a musky Mycrene for our meatier portions. It’s important to know the level of terpenes in your flower to best pair it with dishes and oils for the meal.
Which Thanksgiving dishes should you add cannabis oil to?
It works really well as a gravy since guests can choose portions of the amount they want. Mashed potatoes and stuffing are also good choices as they are used to equally distribute any oil or butter you’re creating for the meal. I find it best to choose strains to share in various dishes and limit the potency to enjoy the food while keeping your dosage at a safe level. At the NSFW kitchen, we use a Levo oil infuser. It’s like the Keurig of infused oil. [It’s] super easy and a small amount of flower can go a long way providing over a cup of oil.
How do you keep guests from getting too high?You don’t want the meal to be overpowering, so we limit the amount of flower used in infusion. We also lead heavier on the first course and diminish potency throughout the meal so that the time for the first dose to kick in lines up with the second/third course. This entices the appetite and enhances the rest of our sitting. We also ask guests what their preference is and stay within a 10-25 mg of CBD oil per setting.