How To Properly Prepare Weed Turkey

Jessica McKeil October 25, 2019 0 comments

The very best weed turkey is not infused bird, but gravy and sauces.

If you are planning to add cannabis into the Thanksgiving meal, you’ll want to make sure everyone gets the right dose. You don’t want Aunt Carol sliding under the table after the salad course, so make this year’s weed turkey feast something delicious that everyone can finish.

The following is a safe guide to a THC-laden Thanksgiving meal. These are the cooking tips and dosing guidelines to make sure your friends and family get the experience they expect.

Preparing the Right Dose For Infused Meals

With a multi-course meal laid out before you, the combined potency can quickly get out of hand. So, if you choose to infuse every single dish with cannabutter, tincture, or olive oil, only the most experienced guests will make it to the end.

To keep even the cannabis novice guests comfortable and avoid acute cannabis intoxication (also called greening out), you can make the infused dishes optional. This is easily accomplished by creating infused sauces, side dishes, and desserts instead of THC-rich mains, like a full-weed turkey.

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family cheering at dinner

Tips for Keeping the Cannabis-Infused Meal Fun For Everyone

  1. Prepare some sauces and side dishes to add THC into.
  2. Choose low potency (ten percent THC or under) strains of cannabis for your infusions.
  3. The more CBD, the better, as it reduces the length and strength of the intoxication by preventing some of the THC from binding to CB receptors.
  4. Label everything clearly.
  5. Estimate the rough doses in advance based on expected serving sizes, include this information on labels or a master menu list on each guest seat.

How to Calculate Dose

There are several online calculators that take the headache out of the equation, but you can also calculate dose without any online tools.

For cannabutter and cannabis oil, you’ll want to know the following:

  • How many grams?
  • What is the THC content (percentage)?
  • How many cups of oil or butter does the recipe need?
  • How many servings?
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It’s easier to work with an example — so let’s keep it simple:

  • you have 1 gram of cannabis
  • potency of the strain on hand is ten percent THC
  • recipe calls for 1 cup of butter
  • 4 guests

The Calculation:

  1. Convert grams to milligrams: 1 gram x 1000 = 1000 mg of cannabis
  2. Determine THC content in milligrams for total: 1000 mg of cannabis divided by 10 percent THC = 100 mg of THC
  3. Add butter and THC together = 1 cup of butter contains 100 mg of THC
  4. Divide by servings = 1 cup (100 mg) of butter divided by 4 servings = 25 mg per serving

As you can see, in this example, after infusing the cup of butter with one gram of cannabis, you’ll end up with 100 mg of THC in that cup. If each guest was getting the full cup, there could be some leaving the meal early.

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weed turkey (or the gravy at least) looking great

Standard Dosing Guidelines for Every Level

  • Beginners — Under 5 mg

For those who have never tried edibles, you may want to stick with the non-infusions during dinner and instead enjoy a puff or two from a joint. Play it safe to make sure even the beginners have a good Thanksgiving dinner.

For those who have dabbled in edibles before, but have a low tolerance for THC, keep the dose under 5 mg for the entire evening. In our example above, with one cup of infused cannabis, a beginner would only need one-two teaspoons to stay under 5 mg of THC.

  • Experienced — 10 to 15 mg

Most people who already love edibles settle into a standard dose of 10 to 15 mg at a time. Especially in a social setting, like Thanksgiving, this is a perfect dose for most people. In the above example, this works out to roughly seven teaspoons of butter.

  • Advanced – Over 20 mg

Anyone with a high THC tolerance can often handle 20 mg and upwards. This is just under a quarter cup of the cannabis butter we made earlier.

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Pantry Products to Make Ahead

For the following recipes, you’ll need two staples in your cannabis kitchen: cannabis Butter and cannabis Sugar. Thankfully, these can both be made ahead of time.

Something else to do ahead is confirm the potency. Because you may be using cannabis that has more or less THC, you’ll need to follow the equations above to calculate how much THC per serving you’ll end up with.

Remember, you can always combine regular butter with the infused cannabutter to lower the potency of a dish. The same goes for cannasugar.

How to Make Great “Weed” Turkey (with Infused Gravy)

As mentioned before, we highly recommend keeping the weed out of the turkey, and instead infuse the gravy. It’s a much better flavor profile, and it allows all your guests to dose themselves based on their preference and tolerance.


  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Drippings from the turkey
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  1. In a large saucepan, add all turkey drippings and cannabutter into the pan. Over medium heat, stir to combine.
  2. Add flour, stirring for one minute.
  3. Add red wine vinegar and chicken stock. Only add enough stock until it reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Turn the heat down to low, and simmer with the lid partially on for fifteen minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve hot.

weed turkey being done, this family eats an infused apple pie

The Perfect “Green” Apple Pie

Recipe adapted from Cannadish.


  • 5 baked apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • A tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • A tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cannabutter

2 tsp cannasugar

2 tbsp milk

Premade pie shells


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine cannabutter and flour in a large saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Once combined, add regular sugar and spices. Bring to a simmer.
  4. While stirring, add lemon juice, vanilla, and finally the apples.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes while mixing slowly.
  6. Prepare the premade pie shells, poking the bottom of the crust with a fork multiple times.
  7. Add pie filling into the shell and cover with the second shell. Crimp edges and cut steam vents into the top.
  8. Brush the top of the pie with milk, and sprinkle with cannasugar.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes, and cool for 30 minutes before serving.
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How will you add a little dash of cannabis into your Thanksgiving meal? With the above recipes, you can easily create a weed turkey that allows each guest to control their THC level.

This Thanksgiving, with these comfort-food infusions, everyone will experience the post-turkey bliss.

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Jessica McKeil

Jessica McKeil is a freelance writer focused on the medical marijuana industry, from production methods to medicinal applications. She is lucky enough to live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where the cannabis industry is exploding. When not writing, she spends much of her time exploring in the coastal forests.