Our ‘Brownie Mary’ Moment: Favorite Pot Recipes For Patients

Cannabis butter (Cannabis Training University, Wikimedia Commons)

Long ago and far away, I was covering the medical marijuana issue in California and had the honor to meet a legendary old woman nicknamed Brownie Mary. I wrote in The New York Times way back in 1996:

If marijuana is ever legalized and “magic brownie” mixes ever appear on the shelves of America’s supermarkets, there will be one obvious candidate to become the Betty Crocker, the Mrs. Field, the Sara Lee, of cannabis baking. Her name, as almost any San Franciscan can tell you, is Brownie Mary. Her real name is Mary Rathbun. But her famous brownies, her great kindness to AIDS patients and her repeated arrests have made her such a public figure here that no last names were needed when, for example, the city officially declared Aug. 25, 1992, to be Brownie Mary Day.

Mary died long ago, but now that Massachusetts has legalized marijuana for medicinal use, this could be a Brownie Mary moment for many of us. Come January 1, patients with cancer and other diseases certified by a doctor will legally be able to buy marijuana. But smoking it is not good for the lungs.

Recipes range from marijuana ice cream to garlic bread to lasagna and ‘medical snickerdoodles’

So readers, we’d like to gather some favorite recipes to share with marijuana patients. Here’s a recipe posted in tribute to Brownie Mary, for “High On The Range Walnut Brownies.” I see Aunt Sandy’s Medical Marijuana Cookbook on amazon.com, and another, Marijuana Cooking: Good Medicine Made Easy.

It sounds like pot is a highly versatile ingredient; I see on Big Buds (“Your one source for growing medical marijuana”) that recipes range from marijuana ice cream to garlic bread to lasagna and “medical snickerdoodles.”

Readers, contributions? We assume, of course, that they would come from your sojourns in the 17 other states where medical marijuana is legal. Or that you can extrapolate recipes that use ingredients with similar properties.

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  • http://www.420photo.com/ 420photo.com

    Marijuana ice cream!! Ha

  • Guest

    Marijuana ice cream!! Ha

  • http://www.advancednutrients.com/ General Hydroponics

    Well that’s a yummy recipe you suggest us. I like to wish you and
    your family a very happy Christmas and New Year. Also I wish you and the other
    readers to know about the Cannabutter Recipe of marijuana. Its easy to make and
    taste. You can visit the page for detail recipe – http://bigbudsmag.com/lifestyle/recipes/article/fool-proof-cannabutter-recipe-march-2012

  • Barack O (choom gang member)

    http://skunkpharmresearch.com/decarboxylation/
    this website details the process of making cannabis orally active.

  • TommyC

    THC is a fat soluble chemical and therefore can be absorbed by anything with high fat content, most often butter or oil. It is true that marijuana must be heated in order to release THC, but this process should be slow to insure that none is wasted. Therefore it is best to make the butter or oil with a double boiler (fondu style) and allow it to simmer for many hours. After this the plant pieces should be removed by use of a strainer or ideally a cheesecloth. Then the butter or oil can be used in any recipe that calls for it! However it is important that anyone cooking with marijuana pay close attention both to the ratio of cannabis to butter in the original mixture, and the ratio of butter to serving sizes of whatever they may be cooking, especially if they are a first time user.

    Hope this is helpful ;)

  • MelissaJane

    I’ve never cooked with pot, but it’s my understanding that you can’t just eat it and get high – it has to be cooked (or burned and inhaled), right? I’d be interested in an article about the science of cooking with (or otherwise ingesting) cannabis.