While smoking is still the preferred delivery method for most cannabis consumers, a growing number are turning to edibles, and for good reason. Ingesting cannabis orally not only saves your lungs, it gives the user a different, more long-lasting result while distributing the soothing, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties of the plant more evenly throughout your body.

There’s good news for those who want to try edibles. Gone are the bad old days of dumping a bag of cheap homegrown into a brownie mix and trying to gag down the dry and often foul-tasting results.

While nostalgia buffs and gluttons for punishment can still consume their cannabis that way, there are now an astonishing array of options. Cannabis-infused oil or butter can be mixed into almost anything, be it drinks, soups, burgers, nachos, or the more traditional sweets.

For those who still like to put the bake in getting baked, here are some cannabis cookie options to try.

Ready made

Anchorage-based Momo’s Bakery and Soldotna-based Lady Gray Gourmet Medibles make a variety of boxed and ready-to-eat cannabis treats that are available at many cannabis retailers statewide. Momo’s makes April’s Lemon Dreams, a white chocolate drizzled lemon-flavored sugar cookie, and Crinkles, a brown sugar and spice cookie. Each cookie delivers the regulated maximum of 5 mg per serving, as do all edibles sold in the state. Chocolate lovers may want to try Lady Gray’s Mocha Chocolate Chunk, a dense, espresso-tinged mini cookie topped with chocolate chips and a sprinkle of sea salt. Boxes contain four or five cookies, on average, and prices range from about $24 to $42, depending on the store.

Take and bake

If you prefer to eat your cookies hot out of the oven, Lady Gray offers Orange Milk Chocolate Chip cookie dough that you can buy in the store and bake at home. These popular cookies can also be purchased ready to eat. Prices and servings are similar to the ready-made options and vary from store to store.

Kits

Want to have the fun of making the cookie but don’t feel equal to the task of doing everything from scratch?

Pakalolo Supply Co. in Fairbanks offers a kit with all of the ingredients to make a special batch of Hula Delight cookies.

Each kit contains the cookie batter mix, 7 grams of cannabis trimmings, 4 ounces of coconut oil, cheesecloth and instructions on making your own, fresh canna oil. Just add the oil to the enclosed pineapple, mango, ground coconut and macadamia nut batter mix, and in no time at all you’ll be eating “homemade” canna-cookies.

Each kit makes about 24 cookies and is priced at $50.

Truly homemade

Love to bake and feeling ambitious? These Chewy Ganja Ginger Snaps may be right up your alley. As with all edibles, the effect can take up to 1 1/2 hours to kick in, so consume slowly and sparingly until you determine the right amount for your needs.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at dchomicz@AlaskaCannabist.com.

Chewy Ganja Ginger Snap

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup melted cannabutter*

1/2 cup unsulfured molasses

2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling dough

2 large eggs

7 ounces crystallized ginger, cut into small chunks

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Combine all dry ingredients except sugar in a medium bowl and stir well until all spices are evenly mixed.

Cream the cannabutter, sugar and molasses with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth. Add eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly, scraping sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.

Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Add crystallized ginger chunks when wet/dry mixture is almost fully blended. Mix until dough is shiny.

Roll dough into approximately 25 balls. Roll balls in white sugar and press down slightly with a hand or fork.

Bake at 325 degrees 8 to 10 minutes or until the top of the cookie starts to crack.

Cool on rack or eat while still hot and melty!

*cannabutter can be purchased at most cannabis retailers. For those who want to make their own, instructions are readily available online.  

Recipe from Love’s Oven Bakery and High Times magazine.

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