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Cannabis Infused Thanksgiving

Your Guide to the Ultimate Cannabis-Infused Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, and you can’t wait to stuff your face with food, watch football, spend time with loved ones, and wash tons of dirty dishes.

Okay, forget the dishes part. Nobody likes doing those.

But with a cannabis-infused Thanksgiving dinner, you can make every aspect of this holiday even more enjoyable.

 Of course, you’ll need to check with your dinner guests first to make sure they’re all down to get high off your food. Once you’ve got the green light, use these simple recipes to make your Thanksgiving meal one for the books!

Cannabutter: An Essential Ingredient!
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without copious amounts of butter. Switch out that regular butter with cannabutter, and you can easily transform most meals into truly “green cuisine.”

Use this simple cannabutter recipe to get started.

CAUTION! The amount of cannabis suggested in the recipe is just that – a suggestion! You’ll need to take everyone’s tolerance level into account when deciding how strong to make the butter.

PRO TIP: Prepare the cannabutter a few days before the big meal, and eat a little bit to gauge its potency. That way, you’ll have time to adjust the recipe if you need to.

Canna-Basted Turkey

Now that you have your cannabutter, you can use it to baste the main dish: your turkey!

If you need a turkey recipe, try this one, compliments of Martha Stewart.

Don’t forget: when basting the turkey, be sure to work the cannabutter under the skin as well as on top of it. After the turkey has been in the oven for an hour, baste it every 30 minutes with the juices that have gathered at the bottom of the pan.

Cannabis-Infused Garlic Mashed Potatoes
(Adapted from Taste of Home, serves 6 people)


  • 8 medium red potatoes (quartered)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of regular butter
  • 1/2 tbsp of cannabutter (more or less, depending on potency)
  • 1/2 cup of fat-free milk, warmed
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

    Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

    Drain the water. Add milk, butter, garlic, and salt. Use a potato masher or a fork to mash all the ingredients together. Mix in cheese.

    Cannabis Cranberry and Orange Relish Sauce
    (Adapted from Buzzfeed, serves 8)


    • 12 oz. bag of cranberries
    • 1 orange
    • 3/4 cup of agave (or sugar)
    • 1/4 cup of water
    • 1 tbsp of cannabutter (more or less, depending on potency)

    Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the orange, and cut it into thin slices. Put the zest slices, agave (or sugar), 1/2 the bag of cranberries, and the 1/4 cup of water into a pot. Cook over medium heat and stir for 5 minutes, or until the cranberries have all burst. Add the rest of the cranberries, along with chopped pieces of orange, and cook until the remaining cranberries have burst (about 2 minutes). Stir in the cannabutter and enjoy!

    Want to do a Thanksgiving table scape but fresh out of ideas? You can check out this Pinterest link to get inspired. Use the designs as they are, or add your own cannabis flavor to them!

    And if you have any cannabis-infused Thanksgiving recipes you want to share, post them on the Essence Facebook page. Happy Turkey Day!


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