Potato latkes are a Hanukkah tradition. And latkes aren’t on the Hanukkah menu just because they’re delicious. The crispy fried treats symbolize the miracle of the oil after the Macabees successfully drove the Syrian army out of Jerusalem. The story goes that there was only one day’s worth of olive oil to light the menorah in the temple. But the menorah burned bright for eight nights—the reason Hanukkah lasts for the same amount of time.
If you’re looking to take your Hanukkah celebration to the next level or want a way to include your medication in the holiday celebration, why not infuse your latkes with cannabis?
We recommend using a cannabis tincture to infuse the latkes, but you can choose the marijuana oil that you like best. It can be one that’s high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) if you want a psychoactive effect, or if you’ve found that THC helps with your pain or poor sleep.
You can also choose a hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil instead. This would be a great option for cannabis newbies or for people who are mainly interested in easing inflammation or anxiety.
Instead of infusing the actual latkes with cannabis, we chose to medicate one of the most popular latke toppings: sour cream. While you could make the latkes with cannabis-infused cooking oil, a way to more easily personalize the cannabis dosage for each guest is to stir the cannabis oil into the sour cream.
You could split the sour cream into two bowls and infuse one but not the other so people can choose the medicated topping—or simply bypass it. Another option is to serve the latkes with personal ramekins of sour cream for each guest. That way you can give people a truly individual cannabis dose, taking into consideration their tolerance and desired effects.
Plus, eating the cannabis with the fat in the sour cream means the therapeutic cannabinoids become more bioavailable for your body to use.
We hope that including cannabis or hemp-derived CBD into your Hanukkah celebration makes the holiday all that more special, relaxing and enjoyable. As always, label the infused sour cream, and keep it away from children and pets.
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