Happy 4th of July! Yes, whatever it is that you’re declaring independence from this year, that day has come.
Here at edibles.org, as every year, we are planning a cannabis-filled July Fourth. If you too are leaving that boozy haze behind and uplifting yourself instead, read on for your very best 4th of July cannabis experience.
You won’t be alone; last year in the midst of coronavirus mayhem, Americans were expected to spend more on cannabis than on cookouts for July 4th. And while many of us are getting back out there somewhat, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going back to the bottle—or the huge, unmasked group.
It’ll be different for everyone this year, but whether you’re full steam ahead or still a little freaked out, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we love cannabis and we love a great Fourth of July! This year is likely to be better than last year, and it’s time to celebrate.
If you want to do so with some cannabis on board, those fireworks are really going to be something special.
As always, especially where bonfires and fireworks are involved, remember to consume responsibly.
Dos and Don’ts For Your Cannabis July 4th
Before we get into the actual edibles that will make your July 4th get together canna-rific, let’s get into the basics of etiquette for your cannabis get together. This year, maybe we’ll all declare independence from that random relation asleep on the sofa or that neighbor rambling on with a story while holding the joint.
Do Be Respectful
If you’re the host, set clear rules and enforce them. If you’re anyone else: follow them. Period.
If the host wants no one smoking inside, don’t. That’s it. Including in the bathroom, or wherever. Outside.
Go with what works for the host, abide by their rules, don’t litigate their reasonableness. If it’s not your kind of party, you do the next one!
Being respectful includes telling people if there’s cannabis in any of your food or drinks, obviously. It’s both generous and kind to bring infused food to share. But doing so and not clearly telling everyone and labeling what you have is bad form, and possibly dangerous. Give everyone a heads up about those cookies.
Do Choose the Right Strains for Your Dishes
Remember, a strain like 9 Pound Hammer or Hindu Kush is probably not the best party mood strain. If you don’t want to suck away all of the room’s energy, choose stimulating, uplifting strains like Jack Herer or Sour Diesel that are known for being not too heavy yet producing euphoric, happy, energizing qualities.
Do Be Prepared
Don’t kill your own vibe! If you’re smoking, bring extra bud, lighters, papers, and a grinder, or some rolled joints maybe.
And being prepared means not letting the munchies win! Be honest, even if you and your guests are getting your cannabis from food, the munchies are coming. Bring or make enough food and snacks to ensure you’ve got what you’ll need—and to ensure you don’t overmedicate, by the way, just because you’re hungry and waiting for “the real food.”
Do Stay Hydrated
Wherever you are, this year it’s going to be a hot one. Especially with cannabis on board, stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol if you can, and either way, water is essential—not just for your health, but also for your energy and mood.
Don’t Hold On To the Joint
Look, we’ve said it a zillion times, but it wasn’t enough, apparently. If you’re holding the pipe, joint, or whatever, DO NOT yammer on. It’s time to puff and pass. Talk later. The end.
Don’t Have a High Dose Before the Event—Especially as the Host
It’s not even a good idea as a guest, and leads to you being that dude passed out on the sofa. But as the host? Really bad idea.
Trying to manage any kind of party or cookout stoned out of your gourd won’t be fun for you, and it won’t for the guests, either. A special note of caution for party chefs: make things in advance, and taste in tiny bits. Be careful! Or you’ll end up there accidentally on party day. Yuck.
Don’t Be a Dick
Everyone who’s there is going to be sharing, right? Right. Don’t try and hoard something at a party, it’s just rude.
Your Cannabis 4th of July Menu
Whether you’re hoping to kick back until it’s time to blaze up and watch fireworks, or you have a huge, active day filled with outdoor activities, you need a game plan to keep yourself and your guests happy and medicated.
Call back to our Super High Super Bowl post, which is filled with amazing snack foods if that’s your July 4th jam.
And here’s an additional list of sweet and savory July 4th edibles that will allow you to elevate the barbeque, picnic, or potluck, or just your own backyard.
If you missed our Cannabis Cookouts, well…now’s the time to catch up!
We gave you our infused barbecue sauce recipe recently. You tried it yet?!
Layer it on a sliced meat sandwich or in jackfruit for your vegetarian guests, or slather it on ribs, whatever you like. So good.
Here’s our next tip: if you’re grilling hot dogs, burgers, carrot dogs, veggie burgers, whatever you got. Baste the buns in cannabutter and then toast them, either under the broiler or on the grill, your choice. Mmmmmm.
Would you rather you use cannaise for this? You can, just like you can for grilled cheese. Do it in a pan, grill the cannaise/cut side down over medium-high heat to toast.
Or how about something totally decadent and dude food-y, yet very July 4th, somehow? Yes, it’s the Grilled Cheese Hot Dog for when you just can’t decide which way to be an American, so you go for a double feature.
Grilled Cheese Hot Dog
- 4 potato hot dog buns
- 3 tablespoons softened cannabutter
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 hot dogs, split, but not cut all the way through, lengthwise (be careful!)
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese, sharp, in 4 portions
- 4 sliced green onions
Open hot dog buns and place them on a clean cutting board. With a rolling pin, flatten buns.
Blend cannabutter, onion powder, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Coat outsides of hot dog buns with cannabutter mixture.
Over medium heat in a large pan, sear hot dogs until they’re a little bit charred, around 1 and a half to 2 minutes per side. Work in batches if you need to.
In a skillet, place a bun, buttered-side down, with about half of the cheese, a hot dog, the other half of the cheese, and ¼ of the green onions.
Cook, covered, over medium heat until cheese begins to melt and bubble, and then close the bun with a spatula and turn. Repeat with all 4 cheese dogs.
Nachos Your Way
Naturally, you’re going to want these infused, so follow our basic recipe for that part. But then the rest is up to you.
Classic nachos are there in the recipe, but feel free to experiment:
- Try some potato nachos, pub-style, as an homage to the good old UK even as we celebrate being rid of their rule
- Drizzle either classic chip nachos or the potato version in your infused BBQ sauce and some crumbled bacon
- Kitchen sink that plate of nachos, people, it’s July 4th!
Make our deviled eggs! They’re SO good, and use your cannaise to make them a medicated treat AND a vintage classic.
This is one we love to share, and everyone loves to eat it! Bonus for the heavy hitters: make your own corn chips from tortillas by cutting them, spraying them lightly with oil, baking them until crispy, and then brushing them again with infused cooking oil. Salt and pepper to taste!
That Medicated Mayo Salad
We all love some potato salad, or pasta salad, or coleslaw—whatever. It all takes mayonnaise, so why not sub in our Cannaise Recipe? Or, if you prefer something less creamy and lighter, use an infused cooking oil and vinegar approach.
Red, White, and Blue Pot-sicles
It’s the perfect time to try our infused pot-sicles! Here is the basic recipe. To make three layers for the red, white, and blue look, here are some ideas of things to combine and puree for each layer:
- Red: Strawberries, raspberries, cranberry juice, cherries, sugar or other sweetener to taste
- White: Coconut or dairy milk, cream, or yogurt, sugar or other sweetener to taste, plus your cannabis source—see original recipe
- Blue: Blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar or other sweetener to taste if you’re super healthy—blue Kool-Aid or other fruit drink if not!
Remember, the infused part is usually the creamy layer!
If you’re grilling anything at all this summer for an infused feast, don’t miss your chance to add some grilled corn with cannabutter to that menu.
Just peel back—but don’t remove—husks from your fresh ears of corn, and remove the silk. Coat the corn with oil, and grill the corn with the husks well off the fire. This takes around 15 minutes or so, and they should look partly charred.
Once those babies are off the grill, slather with cannabutter, and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
If you haven’t yet made our Infused Mac and Cheese, the Fourth of July is a great time! Or what about those awesome Baked Beans from the Superbowl menu? Yes, please.
Let’s face it, whether you’re infusing dessert or not, you’re going to need to serve some. The munchies are inevitably coming to a party like this. We suggest our Classic Pot Brownies if you don’t care about the cute stuff, but if you want to be patriotic, we have a low maintenance and a high maintenance option, both making use of cannabutter:
American Flag Berry Pie
This is your easier option, if you whip up a cookie or graham cracker crumb crust with your cannabutter. No need to pre-bake, just add one quadrant of blueberry pie filling and three of cherry and you’re all set. Add stars and stripes with a can of whipped cream and suddenly you’re a homemaker and host.
Firecracker Bundt Cake
If you like baking, why not whip up a showstopper? All you need to infuse, really, is cannabutter, although you can also hit it with infused canola oil and/or milk. This gives people a lot more choice in how much they get!
Hint: If you want to, use cake mix
For the cake:
- 2 cups cake flour, or 1 and ¾ cups flour and ¼ cup corn starch, whisked together
- 1 and ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick or ½ cup softened butter or cannabutter, your choice
- 1/3 cup canola oil, infused or not, your choice
- 1 and ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- Optional: 6 to 8 tablespoons red, white, and blue jimmies or sprinkles
For the icing:
- 1 and ½ cups powdered sugar, divided into 3 bowls (more if you really want a lot of icing, but still in 3 parts)
- 3 tablespoons milk, infused if you like, one each bowl, as needed (you may not need the whole tablespoon for each bowl)
- red and blue gel food coloring
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a large bundt pan—14 cup capacity.
Combine all dry ingredients except sugars in a medium-sized bowl, including sprinkles or jimmies if you’re using them.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter or cannabutter and sugars. Cream on medium-high for several minutes. Scrape down, add eggs, and repeat. Scrape down sides again and change to whisk or whip attachment.
Stream in buttermilk, oil, and vanilla slowly with power on low speed the whole time. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until light and fluffy, fully combined, and filled with air—usually 4 to 5 minutes.
Add dry ingredients by hand. Fold in gently and carefully. Mix until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan and even it out. Bake until toothpick comes out clean and cake is golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely before turning out of pan.
To make icing, blend the milk, sugar, and color as needed in each of three bowls. The icing should be thin enough to drizzle over the cake with a spoon. Do so color by color.
Final Thoughts on Cannabis 4th of July
Let’s celebrate our freedom by sweating next to a grill! Or not—but whatever you do, enjoy your holiday by treating yourself to something truly delicious, and infused.