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Ultimate Guide to a Cannabis-Infused Thanksgiving

ultimate cannabis infused thanksgiving guide

Thanksgiving means celebrating the things that we hold closest: friends, family, food, and our favorite plant. With each passing Danksgiving, we bring new infused dishes to the table, and it always leads the table’s conversation. Ready to have your food become the centerpiece? Check out our delicious cannabis-infused Thanksgiving recipes and important preparation information below! Before we get into all of that, there are a few things to keep in mind for your infused Thanksgiving. 

Weed Thanksgiving Etiquette

First things first, you must always disclose that you’re serving infused food to your guests! Even if you’re just using CBD in the meal, it’s the polite thing to do, and your guests may have personal reasons like poor bodily reactions or job restrictions that keep them from consuming full-spectrum hemp or marijuana products. 

Pouring cannabis-infused oil out of the FX

Ideally, food is divided, dosed, and even labeled as accurately as possible. For liquid sides, like cranberry sauce and gravy, consider dosing per spoonful, so your guests can monitor themselves. You should balance the meal with a diverse selection of cannabinoids – maybe a CBG-infused appetizer, a THC-infused entree and some sides, and CBD-infused dessert. 

So, who should attend this special Thanksgiving dinner? Cannabis conversations are not as taboo as they’ve been in the past, but they may still be too controversial for certain family members. Consider inviting your inner circle, plus a few other canna-curious friends who won’t feel uncomfortable, and expect an engaging evening. You could always host a “Friendsgiving” as well and enjoy an infused meal there instead of trying to incorporate cannabis with your family members.

Make sure to have your friends arrange an Uber, Lyft, or some type of ride home as well. Or have them stay over for a fun Friendsgiving sleepover! 

What to Know About Cooking with Cannabis for Thanksgiving

Cooking with cannabis isn’t too much different than regular ol’ cooking. With the Ardent Nova and FX, you can turn any food into an instant edible by simply sprinkling decarbed herb over top, or mixing it in as you cook. You can infuse cannabis into butter, oils, and fats for a more discreetly flavored dose and for some added bioavailability. 

Enjoy a cannabis infused Thanksgiving with the Ardent FX and recipes

Decarbing Your Cannabis

Decarboxylation is the process of activating your cannabis plant material, and it’s critical to the edible, topical, tincture, capsule, etc. making process. It’s a scientific function of heat and time, and we’ve made it nice and simple. Read our guide to decarboxylation to learn how to do it effortlessly at home. 

Decarbing Your Cannabis

How to Measure Your Potency

Ardent technology gets you as close to perfect decarboxylation as possible. With over 97% activation in each decarb cycle, a one gram nugget at 20% THCA converts into roughly 200 mgs of usable THC. 

Kief is about 40% stronger, so take that into account when you’re cooking using that medium. When using a concentrate, your wax usually contains over 90% THC, so use caution when portioning things out. We’ve also created this helpful guide for accurately dosing cannabis which should help you get your servings dialed in.

Our Favorite Cannabis-Infused Thanksgiving Recipes

infused cannabis turkey

Weed Turkey

Ingredients

-Turkey

-1 cup of butter 

-4 cups of chopped garlic

-2 tablespoons onion powder

-2 tablespoons oregano

-2 tablespoons basil 

-2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

-Plenty of salt and pepper 

-Fresh rosemary leaves

-Cannabis plant material, as desired

-Ardent Nova or FX

Directions

  1. Allow your turkey to fully thaw, removing the undesirable parts, then using ice packs to keep the breasts frozen, allow the turkey to sit out for an additional hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Decarb the bud in the Nova or FX, using the A1 setting for THC-rich material and A2 setting for CBD-rich material. 
  3. Toss in the butter, and allow it to infuse on the infuse setting. Allow the cannabutter to cool in the fridge until solid. 
  4. Starting from the neck, place pieces of cannabutter between the turkey skin and meat, throughout. 
  5. Coat the skin in your herbs, spices, and chopped garlic. 
  6. Bake the turkey until the breast temperature reaches 150 degrees, keep basting and adding herbs throughout. Dark meat should register around 175 degrees. 
cannabis gravy, weed infused gravy recipe

Cannabis Gravy

Ingredients

-3 tablespoons butter

-3 tablespoons flour 

-1 cup of Turkey “juice” from cooking 

-2 cups of chicken stock 

-Salt & pepper

-Thyme, sage, parsley to taste

-1 gram of cannabis 

-Ardent Nova or FX

Directions

  1. Decarb your cannabis inside the Nova or FX on the A1 setting for THC-rich material, and A2 setting for CBD-rich material. 
  2. Add butter to the Nova or FX, and allow it to infuse on the infuse setting. 
  3. In a saucepan, melt the cannabutter and slowly whisk in the flour for roughly one minute. Then pour in the turkey juice. 
  4. Bring your roux to a boil until it has thickened. 
  5. Add herbs, spices, and half of your broth. Mix. Reduce heat. 
  6. Add the remaining broth to the mixture slowly, using more to reduce thickness and stopping once desired thickness is met. 
weed infused stuffing recipe

Weed Infused Stuffing

You can save yourself the hassle, and try delicious holiday stuffing in three ways with our Cannabis-Infused Gravy & Stuffing Sampler Kit, which includes everything you could possibly need for an infused stuffing feast. If you feel like making your own, here’s how:

Ingredients 

-1 large onion, diced

-4 stalks of celery, chopped 

-⅔ cup butter

-salt and pepper

-sage, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, to taste

-12 cups of air dried bread pieces

-4 cups chicken broth 

-Cannabis plant material

-Ardent Nova or FX 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Decarb plant material inside the Ardent Nova or FX, using the A1 setting for THC-rich material, and A2 setting for CBD-rich material. 
  3. Add butter to your Ardent unit, and allow it to infuse on the infuse setting. 
  4. Add cannabutter, herbs, onion, and celery to a pan over low heat. 
  5. After about 13 minutes, toss in bread pieces, salt, pepper, and half your broth. Slowly stir in more broth as needed, not allowing it to get soggy. 
  6. Place mixture inside an oven-safe glass dish, brush with melted butter, and bake for about 40 minutes. 
weed infused cranberry sauce recipe

Cannabis Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

-¾ cup sugar

-½ cup orange juice

-½ cup water

-12 oz. cranberries

-Cinnamon to taste 

-Sprinkle of salt

-Cannabis plant material

-Ardent Nova or FX

Directions

  1. Decarb plant material inside the Ardent Nova or FX using A1 for THC-rich material and A2 for CBD-rich material. 
  2. Combine all liquid ingredients in a saucepan on low heat. 
  3. Add cinnamon, salt, and decarbed bud. Stir. Allow it to come to a simmer. 
  4. Once most of the cranberries have softened, about 10 minutes, remove the sauce from heat and allow it to cool for about 30 minutes. 

weed infused pumpkin pie recipe

Infused Pumpkin Pie 

Ingredients

-1 can pumpkin

-1 can sweetened condensed milk 

-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-½ teaspoon ground ginger

-¼ teaspoon cloves

-¼ teaspoon salt

-1 pie crust

-Cannabis plant material

-Ardent Nova or FX 

Directions

  1. Decarb plant material inside the Ardent Nova or FX using A1 for THC-rich material and A2 for CBD-rich material. 
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine pumpkin, egg, condensed milk, spices, and decarbed bud. Mix. Pour liquid into crust and allow it to bake for 15 minutes. 
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 35 minutes. 
  4. Top with whipped cream and serve with ice cream. 
cannabis thanksgiving with the Ardent FX

Infused Thanksgiving Leftovers

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers! If you were not able to host or be a part of an infused Thanksgiving, you can infuse your leftovers! One of the easiest ways to do this would be to decarb your hemp or marijuana and then infuse it into butter to make a cannabutter. From there, you can simply add butter to your mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and anything else! Once your weed is decarbed, you can also sprinkle it on top of your turkey, cranberry sauce and any other leftovers you’d like to infuse. 

What are you infusing for your Thanksgiving? Let us know on Instagram and tag us to have your infusions be featured on our channel!

Enjoy your cannabis-infused Thanksgiving!