“Canna Christmas” is quickly becoming a very popular cannabis holiday. Get out your baking supplies and prepare yourself for a wonderful holiday season.
Have Yourself a Merry Cannabis Christmas
4/20 might be the oldest “holiday” associated with cannabis, but cannabis aficionados love to celebrate Christmas with some extra holiday “cheer”. Maybe it’s due to all the feasting. Perhaps it’s the nature of spending time with family and friends that brings out the social side of cannabis. And turkey bags have long been associated with cannabis cultivation – the airtight seal superbly contains the smell. Whatever the reason(s), turkey day has grown to become a celebration of the beneficial properties of cannabis.
As firm believers in the therapeutic and ritual use of cannabis, Medallion Wellness is here to support you, however, you choose to honor this holiday. We keep our menus well-stocked in preparation for the holiday season. If you have any questions or need assistance if you have something special planned, please give us a call at (888) 354-0139 where our helpful budtenders await your call.
Cooking with Cannabis
Whether you are planning a holiday feast for just trying to make some delicious homemade edibles for the first time, there are some important things to consider before you break open the oven. The two most popular ways to cook with cannabis are to make cannabis butter or cannabis-infused oil. Both are simple processes, but they take time. You’ll want to leave enough room in your schedule to prepare. Don’t try to rush a cannabis dish the morning before your 2 p.m. potluck!
Choose Your Favorite Flower
Before you get started with baking, you should select which flower to use. This choice should be shaped by what you know of the guests. Are you looking to relax after dinner, watch a classic, like Dazed and Confused or The Big Lebowski, and possibly enjoy a turkey snooze? Or do you just want to cook with some CBD and enjoy the medicinal benefits without the psychotropic properties? Make sure you let the other attendees know which type of flower you selected so they receive the benefits they want to receive. This is also important if you are getting a recipe off the internet. A recipe might be written for low/high THC content and if you are cooking with a strain at the opposite end of the spectrum, your own version might carry a very different potency. Make sure to check how much cannabis is required for the recipe. If the recipe calls for 7-10 grams, which is a common amount, and you mix in 28 grams, you’ll get quite a different result.
Select your Recipe
Some recipes might do better with cannabis butter, or cannabutter, and others might work best with oil. Cannabis-infused honey might even be an option for some recipes. Olive oil and coconut oil are two popular oils to infuse with cannabis for use in a variety of recipes. This is important because you don’t want to start making cannabutter then realize that cannabis olive oil will synergize better with the hummus or tomato sauce you have planned.
Decarboxylate the Cannabis
This is extremely important. Decarboxylation prepares your cannabis for cooking. It’s also called “decarbing” but please be aware it doesn’t free your cannabis meal from carbohydrates (although we wish it did!). Instead, decarbing activates the cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. Smoking or vaporizing cannabis flower will naturally decarboxylate the flower. But if you are cooking with it, you have to prepare it properly. Without decarboxylation, you might receive a few complaints that 1) the dish doesn’t taste good because it’s too earthy and 2) the dish isn’t strong and they don’t feel anything. There is a standard process for decarboxylation using your oven.
- Preheat your oven. The standard is 245 degrees Fahrenheit but if you are in a hurry, you can set it higher. Just remember to adjust the time frame.
- Break up any large colas or buds into smaller pieces.
- Lay the buds on either a non-stick baking tray or line your tray with parchment paper.
- Cook for 30-45 minutes. Turn and stir the buds a few times.
- Once you finish decarboxylation, grind your supply and place it in a suitable container.
Heat Oil and Butter and Mix in the Cannabis
Start with your butter or oil in a medium saucepan. When it begins to heat up, start mixing in your cannabis. Turn down the heat to low. This process uses low temperature or sous vide cooking. You want to keep the saucepan on low heat for 2-3 hours. Stir the mixture! For the best end result, it’s important to stir to keep the cannabis as evenly spread throughout as possible.
Strain and Store
Unless you want to have flakes of the buds in your recipe, you’ll want to strain your oil/butter after you’ve heated and stirred. Stash the butter in your refrigerator and keep the oil in a safe location such as the pantry until you are ready to cook the full recipe.
Popular Holiday Recipes with Cannabis
Most people associate cannabutter with brownies, cookies, and other baked goods. But cannabutter has a wider variety of applications than you might first realize.
Cannabutter Friendly Holiday Recipes
- Mashed potatoes
- Pumpkin pie
- Macaroni and cheese
- Cranberry sauce
- Bread stuffing
- Rice stuffing
- Green bean casserole
- Use the butter directly on corn on the cob
- Any recipe that calls for butter
Family Conversation During the Holidays
Your family’s holiday dinner might not be suitable for a cannabutter dish. But you might be wondering what to say if holiday conversation turns to the topic of cannabis. Here are a few simple routes you can steer the conversation toward to avoid any unnecessary adversarial debates.
Cannabis cultivation has a long history in the world and in the United States. There is evidence it was first used 5,000 years ago in Romania. Hemp was farmed around the world, including the colonial U.S., for centuries and offers great efficiency as paper, rope, and other items. It was used as a patent medicine (over-the-counter commercial products sold as medicine) in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries.
If the history of cannabis is too touchy or might instigate a debate you wish to avoid, then you can always pivot to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, specifically CBD (cannabidiol) and another rare cannabinoid CBG (cannabigerol). CBD and CBG lack the psychotropic elements that people associate with THC yet still contain the important medicinal benefits. An array of therapeutic uses have been identified for cannabinoids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex as a treatment for epilepsy. This makes it the first cannabis-derived medicine to earn official FDA approval.
Maybe you don’t have the ability to cook or share in a full-blown cannabis feast, but you still wish to partake during the holidays. You can browse our menu of cannabis products and select some for you to celebrate either before or after the meal.
- Flower – The most popular ingredient for cooking, but you could also smoke or vaporize before your feast to increase your appetite and assist your taste buds. Or you could imbibe afterward as a way to soothe the turkey hangover effect.
- Edibles – You might not have time to cook and enjoy a full cannabis dinner. Don’t worry, we have precooked edibles available for you to enjoy any time during the holiday. Don’t drive – stay safe!
- Tinctures – Tinctures are growing in popularity due to their ease of use and reliable effects. By just dripping a few drops under your tongue, you can partake before a long day of cooking at home or after you arrive at your destination.
Delivery and Curbside Pickup
Medallion Wellness wants to make your life as convenient as possible. We offer CannaTaxis delivery from Fresno to Stockton and from Sonora to west of Tracy. Our delivery minimums vary depending on location, but you can learn more about our delivery service online or by calling (888) 354-0139. If you are close to one of our storefronts, you may opt for curbside pickup. Curbside pickup must be ordered online. Be sure to select PICKUP on your order form. Curbside pickup is also cash only.
No. While your baking activities might generate a faint hint of cannabis odor, that aroma will be confined to your kitchen. Baking cannabutter is not like smoking a Bob Marley size joint in your backyard.
Cannabis recipes will stay fresh for the same amount of time as a non-cannabis recipe. Make sure to properly store or refrigerate whatever you cook as necessary. And wrap it up if you have pets that love to nibble!
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