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Elevate your holiday experience with these top cannabis strains to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner.
When paired with classic dishes such as an herb-encrusted roasted turkey and a delectable pumpkin pie, any marijuana strain can elicit pleasant mental and physical effects. Some strains, however, are more suited for the holiday’s rich fare.
No matter what blend of herbs, spices, and ingredients you use to liven up your meal, there’s a cannabis strain with a unique set of terpenes that can complement the dish’s signature aroma and flavor.
Not only will your Thanksgiving dinner take on a more psychedelic sensory experience, but you can enjoy feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and happiness during this family bonding time.
Whether you roast or deep fry your turkey, cannabis strains can add that extra layer of goodness necessary to enjoy this juicy and savory dish.
OG Kush offers holiday-goers a moderate dose of THC with an herbal, citrus, and peppery blend of terpenes. Choose OG Kush’s spicy and skunky aroma to complement the centerpiece’s lemon, garlic, and sage infusion.
During the main course of the dinner, you’re going to need a strain that gives you a boost of energy to power you through the multi-course meal, while also keeping you calm and relaxed.
White Widow is another energetic strain with a strong hashy and earthy smell. For a non-intoxicating experience, try White Widow’s high-CBD variety.
No Thanksgiving Dinner would be complete without a heaping side of creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes with a reservoir for gravy. From buttery Yukon Gold potatoes to aromatic thyme, garlic, and rosemary, a pungent cannabis strain makes this wholesome comfort food even better.
The legendary Jack Herer strain delivers a slightly spicy and piney aroma and blissful effects. Its relatively high concentration of pinene complements other pine-forward herbs such as basil and rosemary.
Any earthy-dominant strain such as Green Crack, LA Confidential, or 9 Pound Hammer will add a sharp herbal aroma to already aromatic mashed potatoes.
Stuffing is a classic Thanksgiving Dinner side or main dish, depending on your taste buds and appetite. It’s savory, moisty, and crispy all at once. Stuffing can run the gamut from savory to sweet, featuring sausage, cranberry, apple, spinach, artichoke, and anything else your heart desires.
Pair savory stuffing with a spicy, citrusy, and skunky Super Silver Haze for a hefty dose of energy. For stuffing on the sweeter side, go with fruity or sweet-smelling strains such as the balanced Berry White strain.
Parented by Blueberry and White Widow strains, Berry White has a noticeable berry and pine aroma that goes perfectly with any fruity and sweet stuffing, if you’re looking to amp up or temper its flavors.
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese may only be on the table to satisfy kids’ appetites, but there’s no denying it’s a delicious addition to the spread. Grab yourself a large portion of this cheesy side dish and some fresh cannabis buds. Luckily, some strains have a distinct cheese-like aroma due to terpenes such as butyrate, hexanoic acid, octanoic acid, methyl mercaptan, ethylmethyl acetic acid, and more.
Pair your mac and cheese with strains such as Dairy Queen, UK Cheese, or OG Cheese bring a cheesy and earthy aroma into your Thanksgiving pairings.
Add a fruity twist to the cheese smell with unique strains such as Blueberry Cheese, Sweet Cheese, and Blue Cheese. While cheesy terpenes may not be a fan favorite, they can instantly improve your mac and cheese with their pungent and sour smell.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole and candied yams deserve a cannabis strain pairing, too. Their sweet, gooey, and buttery taste is a result of the sweet potato, marshmallow, and brown sugar ingredients. Infuse a bit of tropical fruity aromas with the Fruity Pebbles strain, which offers potent muscle-relieving effects and an intoxicating cerebral rush.
There are numerous marijuana strains that can complement a traditional sweet potato casserole or candied yams dish. Candyland, Grape Ape, and Strawberry Cough add a different type of sweetness to your meal. Feel free to experiment and mix different fruity-smelling strains to complement your sweet potato casserole.
Finish off your Thanksgiving feast with a traditional pumpkin pie. This winter squash features an assortment of terpenes including limonene, which contributes to its slight tang. Pinene and linalool terpenes add floral and piney notes.
Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) can incorporate sweet, minty, and earthy aromas that can help you polish off your plate of pumpkin pie.
Vanilla Kush is another calming and complex-smelling strain to complement your pumpkin pie. It features strong notes of vanilla, lavender, and citrus, all of which add a sweet and tart dimension to the dessert. You can’t go wrong with any dessert-smelling strains such as Gelato, Creme Brulee, and Cherry Pie to wrap up the holidays.
Any marijuana strain can potentially enhance your Thanksgiving appetite. Prime your appetite and mood with a small to moderate dose of one or multiple strains before, after, or throughout your meal. After it’s all said and done, a relaxing and sleep-inducing marijuana strain can help you doze off into a peaceful slumber and rest from all the festivities.
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Gavin is a worldly adventurer and cannabis connoisseur, embarking on journeys that take him to the far corners of the globe to explore and document the varied effects, flavors, and histories of both renowned and lesser-known strains. From the misty high-altitude farms of the Hindu Kush highlands to the vibrant cannabis cafes of Amsterdam, Gavin's quest for knowledge spans continents. A recognized authority in the cannabis industry, he frequently lends his expertise to leading publications such as Cannabis Training University, where his captivating blog articles chronicle his unique experiences with different cannabis strains.