Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce – all classic items on your Thanksgiving list. But some people plan on stocking up on a last-minute item on "Green Wednesday," the cannabis industry's Black Friday.
Cannabis is becoming a popular item in dishes on the Thanksgiving table this year. It's showing up in cocktails at bars and restaurants, in lotions in the beauty aisle, and now cannabis is on the Thanksgiving table.
"Maybe a little bit of stress relief from family members, or the stresses from the holidays," said Julia Germaine, co-founder of Temescal Wellness. "Infusing it into a fat or an oil. You can do the same thing with CBD flower."
When asked what she would go with for a cannabis-infused Thanksgiving food, Germaine went with sweet over savory.
"Pie. Apple pie specifically," she said. "It's really fun and easy to infuse the pie dough, and then you have a lot of options for what you can do with them."
Germaine explained that first you have to decarboxylate – or heat up – the marijuana at a low temperature to activate the THC.
"You can use a magic butter machine or do it on the stovetop so you can incorporate it that way," she said. "We also create a product that is concentrated extracts."
Strict state regulations require THC dosage to be clearly marked on any medical or recreational cannabis you buy.
“Like any type of baking, cooking with cannabis requires a little bit of math," Germaine said. "It's really important to start low and go slow. So we recommend maybe 5 to 10 milligrams of cannabis per serving for someone who's new."
If you do have cannabis-infused items on your Thanksgiving dinner table, you might want to have lots of other items that are not infused with THC. Because unlike chips, you probably only want to eat just one.
And just like with alcohol, make sure everything is labeled clearly and kept away from kids.
"Moderate your use and be really controlled in your baking environment," Germaine said. "Cannabis is a fun social substance to incorporate for the holidays if you can do it safely."
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