Happy Danksgiving

Ngaio explores cooking Thanksgiving dinner with marijuana

Ngaio Bealum is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at ask420@newsreview.com.
Ngaio Bealum
is a Sacramento comedian, activist and marijuana expert. Email him questions at ask420@newsreview.com.

Is it possible to make an entire Thanksgiving dinner using cannabis-infused foods?

—The Weedish Chef

Of course. The active ingredients in weed are fat soluble, so if you have some pot-infused butter or oil, you could add some weed to almost any dish on the table. But if every dish is loaded with pot, all of your guests will probably be asleep even before they eat the turkey. It’s probably best to just make one or two pot-infused dishes. Or you could make cannabis-infused gravy. Mmm. Gravy.

Did the pilgrims smoke pot?

—May Flowers

I have no idea. But I do know that hemp was an essential crop for early Americans. In fact, some colonies made hemp farming mandatory. People were also allowed to pay their taxes with hemp. That’s right.

Hemp was so valuable, people were allowed to use it instead of money. Britain wouldn’t allow the colonies to process their own hemp. They had to send it back to England to be made into cloth and stuff, then England would sell the finished products (cloth, rope, thread, etc.) back to the colonies at inflated prices. And everyone knows George Washington was big fan of the plant. He would even separate the male plants from the female plants, and we all know it’s the female plants that get you high, so you can draw your own conclusions.

Happy Danksgiving! What are you thankful for?

—Pot Pilgrim

I am thankful for many things. Most of them aren’t weed related. But if you want to know what I appreciate about the world of marijuana, I can think of a few things.

I am thankful to the scientists and doctors that study the medicinal aspects of cannabis. Despite enormous interference from the federal government, these brave clinicians have gathered proof that cannabis helps people deal with Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other diseases and afflictions. To all of the scientists that are discovering the many benefits of cannabis, thank you.

I am extremely grateful to all of the cannabis activists. Even the crazy ones. Hell, especially the crazy ones. It takes a certain amount of chutzpah and idealism to think you can challenge the government. To all of the people that organize rallies, attend city-council meetings, offer court support, visit prisoners, circulate petitions and all of the other things that go along with being in the forefront of the battle to relegalize weed, I offer you thanks and a second helping of pie.

I would also like to thank the politicians that are finally coming around to the idea of weed legalization. I know for some of you it’s a cynical ploy to remain in office, but I thank you just the same.

And to all of the readers of this column, I thank you all for your comments and criticisms, and for your questions and answers. I couldn’t do this without you. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.