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How To Host The Perfect Cannabis Thanksgiving

How To Host The Perfect Cannabis Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here in Canada, and we will show you How To Host The Perfect Cannabis Thanksgiving!

Of course, we’re thankful for weed – so host an adult-only cannabis Thanksgiving spread.

It’s time to get grateful and high!


  • Pick and choose your favourite Autumn-inspired and Thanksgiving recipes from the list below.
  • Enjoy easy or a little more intermediate recipes to take on.
  • Learn the basics of weed ediles 101.
  • Enjoy your time in the cannabis kitchen with our step-by-step instructions.

Setting The Thanksgiving Table

If you’re anything like me, you love a good spread. Here are my top 5 tips for hosting a Cannabis Thanksgiving:

  1. Decorate a gorgeous table with leaves, pinecones, warm oranges, deep greens and burgundy. A great place to grab your decor is a Dollar Store!
  2. Have a warm apple pie-scented candle or warmer? Maybe nice vanilla and caramel or pumpkin spice? Whatever you like, light it up!
  3. Ask everyone to bring a 420-friendly dish – why do all the work yourself?
  4. Have options for those who love weed or need to drive and stay away from it, like mocktails and weed-free versions of your snacks and meals.
  5. Pick the right music to set the mood and atmosphere!

How To Host The Perfect Cannabis Thanksgiving

1. Pumpkin Spiced Cake With Weed

Made with fresh fall ingredients, cream cheese, pumpkin puree and a dash of cannabis!

Made with fresh fall ingredients, cream cheese, pumpkin puree and a dash of cannabis!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 8x8 inch pan
  • parchment paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Spatula & Whisk
  • Stand mixer



  • 2 larger eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cannabis oil or regular canola oil
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste


  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup cannabis butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  • Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes (I baked 36 minutes) or until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, no batter.
  • Set cake aside on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting it so the frosting doesn’t melt.


  • To a large bowl (or to the bowl of a stand mixer) add the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, salt, and whisk until smooth and fluffy or beat with an electric mixer (or use the paddle attachment of a stand mixer).
  • Turn frosting out onto cooled cake and spread into a smooth, even, flat layer using a spatula or knife.
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2. Cannabis Apple Crisp Bites

Mini Apple Pie Bites with Cannabutter and an Oatmeal cookie crust.

Mini Apple Pie Bites with Cannabutter and an Oatmeal cookie crust.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 24 cup mini muffin tin
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 12 tbsp cannabutter `
  • 6 honeycrisp apples or any apples you love, peeled and cut into small mini chunks
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 24 cup mini muffin tin
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt cannabutter, apples, a dash of cinnamon, brown sugar, and 3 tbsp of water. Cook over medium high heat for 4-6 mibutes or until apples are very slightly softened.
  • In a small dish combine cornstarch and 2 tbsp of water. mix well, and then add to the pan whlie stirring continuously. Stir for a few minutes, and take off heat, let cool.
  • In a mixing bow combine flour, oats, brown sugar. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or your hands and it will look like crumbs.
  • Place the crust mixture into each mini muffin cup. Press along the bottom and sides to make a cup.
  • Place about 1 tbsp of apple filling in the crust, and then if there's any remaining crust mixture, sprinkle on top, add a little cinnamon if you like.
  • Bake about 15 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
    Drizzle with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
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3. Cannabis Pancakes With Pumpkin

Hosting a Thanksgiving brunch? Now there’s a yummy way to start the day!

Enjoy Fluffy, delicious pancakes with cannabis butter. Choose your Thanksgiving-themed toppings, like a little dollop of pumpkin puree and whipping cream. 

Add pecans, nuts, maple syrup or fresh fruit compote. YUM!

Fluffy, delicious pancakes with cannabis butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • 1 non-stick frying pan


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp cannabis butter


  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until there are no more lumps and the mixture is a smooth batter.Set a frying pan over a medium heat then carefully wipe it with an oiled kitchen paper tissue.
  • Once the pan is hot and oiled, pour in your desired amount of pancake batter. Cook for 1 minute on each side, or until golden. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven on low heat until the rest are finished cooking.
Keyword cannabutter, pancakes

4. Cannabis Pumpkin Spice Latte

Perfect for an after-dinner warm-up! Enjoy this Starbucks dupe that’s perfect in every single way.

Warm spices, cannabis and coffee. The perfect way to welcome Autumn and be grateful!

Warm spices, cannabis and coffee. Perfect way to welcome Autumn!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American


  • coffee maker
  • saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cannabis oil


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the coffee, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. Heat for 3-5 minutes, or until hot, but not boiling.
  • While the coffee is cooking, add the milk to the frothing pitcher and place over medium heat.
  • When the temperature reaches between 120-150°F, you can begin to use the frother. Remove the pitcher from heat and continue to froth when the temperature reaches 160°F.
  • Divide the coffee mixture between two mugs and add the desired amount of cannabis oil.Using a spoon to hold back the foam, add the hot milk to each cup. Aim for a 2:1 milk to coffee ratio.Spoon the remaining foam into each mug. Top with freshly grated nutmeg as desired.
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5. Cannabis Fried Chicken (or Turkey)

Traditionally, turkey is the way to go – but with cannabis, nothing is traditional and everything is wonderful!

Plus, after your high kicks in, this crispy chicken is amazing cold!!

Perfectly Crisp Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • Deep pan or deep fryer
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 1 tbsp EACH: cayenne pepper, pepper,smoke paprika, mustard powder & salt
  • 1 litre buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Buffalo hot sauce
  • 6 pieces Chicken drumsticks
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • Canola oil for frying


  • Place the chicken in a large bowl and toss with a half tablespoon each of cayenne, paprika, mustard powder, salt and pepper (you’ll use the remainder of these ingredients in a later step). Once finished, add the buttermilk and hot sauce to bowl.
    Marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for at least one hour, or up to 12 hours for maximum flavouring.
  • Double dredge the chicken like this:
    First remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk and place them on a wire rack to allow the buttermilk to drip off. Keep the buttermilk mixture nearby. Once finished, combine the flour, corn starch and remaining cayenne pepper, paprika, mustard powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Next, dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour and place on a separate wire rack until each piece of chicken is fully coated.
    Re-dip each piece of chicken into the buttermilk mixture (allowing the excess to drip off) and dip each piece in the seasoned flour to coat it for a second time, shaking off any excess flour
  • Heat canola oil to 360-375 F in a pan or deep fryer. Deep fry the chicken pieces for 6-10 minutes (until chicken is cooked through and golden brown).
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How To Make Weed Edible Staples

If you’ve never cooked with cannabis before, then you’re in the right place. Below, you’ll find two recipes; one for cannabis butter, and the other for cannabis oil.

Both are fantastic to master – especially before Thanksgiving – but if you’re new, take your time and enjoy the process.

Cannabis Butter & Cannabis Oil Recipes

I always encourage at-home cannabis Chef’s to double or triple your batches of weed butter. Freeze them in individual ice cube trays, and use them whenever you need them!

When you’re down to one ice cube tray, that’s your sign to make another batch and freeze again.

Make Cannabutter Using The Best Recipe & Guide To Get Perfect Weed Butter!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Boiling & Cooling 3 hours
Course Side Dish


  • 1 cookie sheet
  • 1 silicone spatula
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 butter mould or ice cube trays
  • 1 sheet of tin foil to line the cookie sheet with
  • 1 portion of cheesecloth to strain residues
  • 1 large mason jar with seal tight lid
  • 1 large cooking pot


  • 1/4 - 1/2 oz cannabis flower
  • 1 cup butter unsalted or salted - you choose!


  • Decarboxylate your weed by spreading the cannabis flower evenly on a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place in the oven at 240F, for 40-45 minutes
  • Grind your cannabis until it's fine.
  • Place the dried cannabis in a large mason jar, add butter and seal the lid on top. 
  • Place your closed jar in cold water, in a cooking pot, and let it come to a boil - and keep it boiling for about 2-3 hours - watch carefully.
  • Let it cool down, and strain your butter with a cheesecloth into a bowl.
  • Pour into butter moulds and place into the fridge, or ice cube trays into the freezer so you have about 1 tbsp of cannabutter per ice cub compartment.


This recipe is a relatively easy recipe to make for beginners and cannabis chefs alike!
Keyword cannabis butter, cannabutter, weed butter


Making cannabis oil, especially if you haven’t done it before, requires a little time and patience but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll have thousands of recipes to choose from where an infusion is the perfect choice.

You can substitute whichever oil you like to create the same results.

Whether it’s baking, cooking or a delicious drizzle on a salad or baked potato – weed-infused oil is a must-have in every cannabis Chef’s kitchen.

Here’s how to make it properly:

Easy, and perfect - goes with everything!
Prep Time 3 hours
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Baking or Cookie Sheet
  • sauce pan
  • Double Boiler
  • Mesh strainer or cheese cloth
  • Seal-tight container for oil


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup ground cannabis decarbed.


  • Heat oil and decarbed cannabis. 
    1) add oil and decarbed cannabis to double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan, and simmer on low for 2-3 hours. Make sure the temperature of the oil stays between 160-200ºF.
  • Strain and store the oil. Put mesh strainer or cheesecloth over container for oil and pour the oil/cannabis mixture through it. Do not squeeze it out—this will add more chlorophyll to your oil and make it taste more vegetal. Discard the plant material. The oil will have a shelf life of at least two months and can be extended with refrigeration.
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Interested in more information about how to properly decarboxylate your weed, click here. 

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