WASHINGTON — Weed and snacking go together like Cheech and Chong. Seth Rogan and James Franco. Harold and Kumar.
Of course, marijuana and the munchies can be combined into a singular, delicious experience — we all know about the classic “pot brownie.” But the marriage between baking and cannabis is becoming more creative now that recreational marijuana laws have been passed in several states, including Washington, D.C.
Washington state and Colorado were the first to legalize recreational pot in 2012, but Karin Lazarus, who has been called “the Martha Stewart of weed baking,” had already opened her Sweet Mary Jane bakery in Boulder a few years prior.
“I’ve always loved to bake and I started to read about the health benefits of cannabis, and I wanted to combine those two things,” Lazarus says.
“And I had won a baking contest and I had a little bit of money and I thought I’d rather put it into a cannabis bakery here in Colorado than… just a regular bakery. I thought it would be more successful because there are plenty of regular bakeries. So I just took a chance. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, this was in 2010.”
At that time, she was selling her THC-infused products to medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.
“There were a lot of people who thought I was out of my mind. But I just, I believed in it. And I’m glad I did.”
Nowadays, business is booming, and Lazarus just released a cookbook based on her THC-infused concoctions. It’s also called “Sweet Mary Jane,” and it contains 75 recipes for desserts made with one of three THC-infused ingredients — Lazarus calls them “Buddha Budda,” “Coconut Bliss” and “Hey Sugar!”
There are three levels of potency for each infusion recipe, and the infused ingredients can be used anywhere you would normally use the non-infused version.
Lazarus says the butter and coconut oil are easier to make because the recipes are less time-consuming, but it could be argued that the cannabis-infused sugar is more versatile.
Though there are some classic cookie and brownie recipes in the book, it also includes more involved treats like “Just Peachy Coffee Cake,” “Maple Pumpkin Moon Pies” and “Feel the Love Lemon Sandwich Cookies.”
You can also use the infusions in your own favorite recipes, Lazarus says.
But no matter what you decide to make, if you’ve never eaten THC-infused baked goods before, she recommends starting slow.
Use the recipes for the lowest-potency infusions, and when the treats are ready to eat, take it one serving at a time. The THC will be entering your system via your digestive tract rather than through your lungs. That delays the high, and could feel much different.
“It can take up to two hours for an edible to kick in. You may feel nothing, you know, and after 30 minutes you’re thinking, you know, ‘I don’t feel anything, I’m going to eat another one,’” she says.
“Don’t do that.”
“Sweet Mary Jane” is available wherever cookbooks are sold.