You can get stoned any night of the year, but 4/20 is nearly upon us, dammit, and you deserve better than a limp joint and leftover pad thai eaten by the light of the fridge. Live a little. Take that ganja and infuse it into butter, oil, milk, and sugar, and fuck around a bit. We're not talking boxed brownie mix; we're talking about a full-fledged gastronomical ball-out—apps, entrees, desserts, even a cocktail—that'll get you high and appease your munchies. Two birds, one stoner.
Let's start with the basics.
Cannabis-infused oil is gonna be the easiest way to turn any recipe into an earth-shattering edible. This only takes a few steps—you've got to decarboxylate your weed in the oven, throw it in a saucepan with oil, then strain the leftover bud, leaving you with a simple, potent base for cooking.
The same technique works for butter, in case that's more your speed.
Once you've got this infusing thing on lock, you'll probably want to infuse every liquid you can get your hands on—and let us assure you, cookies dipped in weed milk is just as amazing as it sounds.
RECIPE: Marijuana Milk
The technique is a little different when it comes to making infused sugar, but it's not much more complex. You essentially infuse high-proof alcohol (like Everclear) with decarboxylated weed, then bake granulated sugar in the booze until it evaporates, leaving the THC behind.
RECIPE: Weed Sugar
Alright, time to put these infusions to good use. The simplest way to enjoy butter, or in this case, cannabutter, has got to be a quick bowl of garlicky angel hair pasta, dusted (okay, buried) with parmesan.
RECIPE: Parmesan and Garlic Pasta
4/20 falls on a weekday this year, but, if you're lucky enough to have the day off, you might start celebrating at breakfast. You, yes, you, can make gravlax at home, and you can infuse them with weed. This is not a drill.
RECIPE: Homemade Gravlax
Those of us working 9-to-5s, on the other hand, won't be able to get festive until dinnertime. How about a prime rib with weed-laced chimichurri? This recipe from Bong Appetit: Om Edibles is rustic, rich, and lit as hell.
RECIPE: Prime Rib with Chimichurri Sauce
Or maybe you're in the mood for some real-ass Italian chicken—this gorgeous, hearty cacciatore recipe comes from Nonna Marijuana, the coolest weed-cooking grandma you never had. It also happens to be a perfect potluck dish—no pun intended.
RECIPE: Chicken Pot-cciatore
Here's a traditional latke recipe with some chutzpah. That is to say, these potato pancakes are fried in weed-infused canola oil. This recipe's got your best interest in mind—it instructs you to drain the latkes on a bed of rice or couscous to help catch the excess cannabis oil, because "You can't eat a paper towel!"
RECIPE: Laid-Back Latkes
We obviously have a weed brownie recipe. Don't call us basic. Fudgy, rich brownies made with that cannabutter are the quintessential edible for a reason.
RECIPE: Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
Remember that weed sugar we mentioned? It's just begging for you to roll fried dough balls in it. Don't disappoint that weed sugar, and don't disappoint yourself. Just be forewarned that after eating a couple of these, you'll want about a thousand more—with or without the ganja.
RECIPE: Sugared Doughnut Holes
To finish off one hell of a mind-numbing meal, you'll probably want a nightcap—and this'll definitely do the trick. Through a wet decarb process, you can get a pretty controlled amount of weed infused into your vodka before shaking it up into a cocktail. Because, you know, 4/20 is all about moderation.
RECIPE: Infused Liquor