The best weed strains to complement traditional Thanksgiving dishes

Published Oct 2, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET

Before you can truly learn how to make edibles like a pro, you will need to figure out the benefits and pairings of cannabis with other commonly used flavors and ingredients. Now much like working with scents, flavors are a personal experience, which is why so many people prefer different weed strains, and that discrepancy makes it nearly impossible to predict an out of the “ordinary” taste that you might like. However, just like with any other cooking, edibles are made from scratch using ingredients that are notorious for being most enjoyed when combined, so even if you do have a differing preference, some pairings are just reliable winners, no matter who you have to impress at the table.

When it comes to hosting big Thanksgiving dinner meals, we tend to go out of our way to show off our skills in the kitchen, but if you want to incorporate edibles into this holiday feast, then the best place to start is selecting weed strains that offer a pleasant terpene profile. To do that, you will need to plan out your meal ahead of time, as some types of marijuana will taste better with sweet desserts, while others might be best for a meat-based dish. Here, we will help you out by offering some base suggestions that include what we feel are some of the best weed strains to complement traditional Thanksgiving food options.

How to make edibles with the best weed strains

If you sit and think about some of your favorite holidays meals, one of the fondest memories that you have will be connected to taste and smell, which is why it is so important to pick the right buds for the job. Whether you plan on tossing decarboxylated grind in with the ingredients or turning some converted green into cannabutter or cannabis oil, the marijuana terpenes will significantly impact the overall flavor of your edibles. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the tastiest and most popular weed strains to pair with the basic staple items of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Meat / Gravy

Turkey is often the meat of choice that is chosen at this time of year, though some people opt for ham, or vegan-friendly alternatives. The best weed strains for meat will come with a peppery undertone that will help to spice up the meal:

  • Brainstorm Haze
  • Jack Skellington
  • Power Plant
  • Hashplant Haze
  • Yoda OG
  • Hippe Chicken
  • Mazar
  • Corleone Kush
  • Nightmare Cookies
  • Ice Queen

Stuffing

Though it is a common practice to cook an edibles side dish, like stuffing, inside of a turkey, the flavor that we expect from this bread- filled comfort food is a little bit different than meat. With stuffing the best weed strains will be the ones with a light nutty chestnut aroma:

  • Truffle Butter
  • MILF
  • Mendocino Madness
  • Aloha Berry
  • Jerico Haze
  • Night Nurse
  • Tigermelon
  • Kobain Kush
  • Sweet Lafayette
  • Afghan Hawaiian

Vegetables

Vegetables of all kind including corn, carrots, peas, cauliflower, broccoli and squash all have one thing in common, and that is a truly natural earthy taste. Though some might prefer a sweeter addition, if you are trying to enhance the flavors of the veggies rather than mask them, then these earthy uplifting strains might be just the ones that you need:

  • Dragon’s Breathe
  • Mad Dawg
  • Hustler Kush
  • Good Medicine
  • Chem Crush
  • Smooth Operator
  • Dream Beaver
  • Truth Serum
  • Purple Goat
  • Cashus Clay

Potatoes / Rice

If you think about some of the most commonly used spices that are used to prepare potatoes or rice sides, the one thing that really stands out and is included amongst common flavors of weed strains is Sage. These types of weed are ideal for an uplifting high, that taste just like the good old fashioned comfort foods uninfused version:

  • Chem Dawg
  • Jamaican Lion
  • Bloodhound
  • Ms. Universe
  • Wild Thailand
  • Alien Stardawg
  • Big Band
  • Summertime Squeeze
  • Bob Saget
  • Kool-Aid Smile

Pie

If there is one edibles dish that is often used as a name for tasty weed strains, it’s pie, and there are over 100 different pie related strain names to date. However, many of them aren’t the best-flavored options for such a sweet dessert, as most marijuana is named for reasons that go far beyond their terpene profile. If you are looking for a sweet addition to add to this traditional holiday treat, then check out one of these tree fruit weed strains:

  • Sour Apple
  • Game Changer
  • Blue Diamond
  • Space Candy
  • Kush-N-Cheese
  • Apple Jack
  • Dobiebird Daydream
  • Pink Panther
  • CBD Sweet Tooth
  • Superstar
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