The Big Bhang Theory

Cannabis-infused dishes may be effective at taking holiday drama off the table

The table is nicely set, drinks are poured and dishes take up every possible inch of space. A perfectly roasted turkey anchors the holiday feast, surrounded by stuffing, mashed potatoes, plenty of gravy and a cornucopia of vegetable sides.

A toast is made, cheers to the cooks, and perhaps hands join in grace. Feasting commences.
Maybe, just maybe, this will be a drama-free gathering. Wishful thinking.

In between forkfuls of turkey topped with pomegranate-cranberry compote and second helpings of mashed potatoes, a discussion becomes heated. Someone hurls an insult or makes a derogatory remark.

Perhaps it’s a comment from the homophobic uncle or the racist cousin. A sister mentions the unemployment rate is at an all-time low and a brother, who’s been searching fruitlessly for work, takes the comment as a personal affront. Shouting ensues. Doors slam, guests stomp out.

Many people take a pass on holidays with family. They’d rather avoid the stress, drama and dynamics that trigger their inner 8-year-old. But what if you could take the edge off? Wouldn’t it truly be a wonderful life if everyone could chillax over holiday meals?

Cannabis-infused dishes could be the preventative for family meltdowns. Be sure to inform your guests, and under no circumstances should children be allowed to try these dishes.

If your guests are unfamiliar with cannabis or do not know their tolerance level, see how everyone feels after 45 to 60 minutes, the time it usually takes to feel the effect. The consensus is 10 mg or less per person as a microdose.

The recipes are purposefully indulgent to discourage consuming multiple servings. If you’re hesitant, make one dish that can easily be monitored, such as the pomegranate-cranberry compote. If you make two versions of a dish, keep the cannabis-infused one in a distinguishable serving piece so it’s easier to track. Depending on your guests, one cannabis dish might suffice but several are provided for variety.

This may be your best holiday season ever.

Too much of a good thing: What to do

A guest who overindulges could experience anxiety, paranoia or general discomfort. Mitigate the symptoms by trying the following steps.

  • Reassure your guest that the feelings will pass.
  • Provide plenty of water.
  • Supply a peppercorn pick-me-up. Crush them with the back of a knife to release the oils. The aroma can mitigate adverse effects.
  • Try pregnenolone supplements, which can mute the effects of cannabis, according to a study published in Science. It’s available over the counter.

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