After doing an informal poll on Facebook, asking marijuana moms what medicated treats they would have their kids bake them for mother’s day, it turns out that only one request required the help of a pastry chef. That would be the “Ghirardelli 60% dark chocolate Chambord torte with a Ghirardelli milk chocolate ganache, a raspberry Chambord infused reduction sauce, with homemade whipped cream,” followed by a coy, “You know, nothing too complicated.” The rest of the responses were for two classics: brownies and cookies. So when my mother accidentally PM’d me on Facebook a recipe for chocolate chip cookies (for when she loses “that 10lbs”) instead of sending them to herself, I got inspired for a Mother’s Day recipe using the super-blissful indica-dominant Royal Kush. There once was a day when knowing mom’s favourite flower was a choice between peonies and roses, and now it means something much more. I chose Royal Kush because the strain (a cross between Afghani and Skunk #1) delivers happy, euphoric, stress-busting effects. It’s social, goes nicely with a Sunday brunch and takes longer to wear off than bottomless mimosas. Starting with a quickie tutorial on how to make cannabutter with Royal Kush (or any strain you like), here’s all you need to bake your mom some chronic healing on Mother’s Day.
1 lb butter
1 cup water
1 ounce of ground cannabis flower for a potent dose per serving
The longer you let the cannabis infuse the butter, the more cannabinoids will be present in the end product. Some edibles makers let their infusions simmer for 18 hours. Achieve this with butter by adding water periodically to regulate the temperature.
The Stove Top Method
Step 1: Melt the butter into the water in a saucepan and allow to simmer on low.
Step 2: Add the ground cannabis.
Step 3: Maintain low heat and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally and never allowing it to reach a full boil.
The Slow Cooker Method
Step 1: Turn slow cooker to low and add the water, butter, and all of the ground cannabis flower.
Step 2: Let the mixture simmer on low for 8 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
Step 1: Simmer for your desired amount of time.
Step 2: Pour the hot mixture through cheesecloth into a refrigerator-safe container (glass only, please). Discard the cheesecloth and spent plant material.
Step 3: Cover and refrigerate until the butter is fully hardened. The water will separate, making it easy to dislodge the butter and discard the water.
Step 4: Let the canna-butter sit at room temperature to soften to use in the two cannabis recipes below.
2 cups, minus 2 tablespoons, of cake flour
1 2/3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups cannabutter
1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 cup plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups of light brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 lbs chocolate chips (power move: grab mom’s favourite chocolate bar and chop it up)
Step 1: Sift both flours along with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a small bowl.
Step 2: Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter, and sugars until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
Step 3: Reduce speed and add eggs and vanilla.
Step 4: Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
Step 5: Fold in the chocolate chunks. Refrigerate dough for 24-36 hours. Do not skip this step.
Step 6: Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet as the oven preheats to 350 degrees.
Step 7: Bake for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool.
Math time – – how much cookie is one dose?
Every 1 gram of cannabis bud measures 1,000mg in dry weight. A strain with 10% THC, ten percent of 1,000mg would be 100mg. It is safe to assume then that a gram of cannabis renders at least 100mg THC. Using this dosing measurement formula, you can do the math to find out how much THC per serving your cookies contain.
You are starting out with an ounce of marijuana, that’s 28 grams. So, 28 grams of ground marijuana equals 2,800mg THC. 2,800mg divided by the recipe yield, (a classic cookie recipe makes 60 cookies) equals 46mg per cookie. You can make your cookies smaller or dilute cannabutter with unmedicated butter to adjust the potency of each cookie.
Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.