The Ultimate Guide to Marijuana Brownies: Tips, Recipes, Folklore, and more!


The Ultimate Guide to Marijuana Brownies
Pot Brownies, Weed Brownies, Magic Brownies, Ganja Brownies, Alice B Toklas Brownies, no matter what you call them, Marijuana Brownies are and seem to have always been, the snack of choice for cannabis edibles fans.  So much so that some people seem to think that is the only food you can make from marijuana!

So it suddenly dawned on me that even though I have hundreds of marijuana recipes on this site and in my books, I had very few brownie recipes.  Perhaps it’s because I try to teach people that there are soooooooo many other foods you can medicate besides brownies.  But regardless of how many other great recipes there are, marijuana brownies, weed brownies, and pot brownies are the most searched for terms when it comes to marijuana edibles.  So give the people what they want I say!  

It makes sense that pot brownies are so popular.  They taste great.  They are easy to make, usually in a single pot (no pun intended) or bowl, so there is little mess.  They are easy to pick up and eat.  And they pack well and are freezer friendly.  What’s not to like?

marijuana brownies for every tasteMedicating and Dosing Marijuana Brownies

While I include some great recipes for marijuana brownies on this page, know that it is pretty easy to medicate most any brownie recipe.  That’s right, you can take your Grandma’s favorite brownie recipe and medicate it!

Most brownie recipes contain significant quantities of butter (hey, I never said this was health food). Likewise, it’s easy to swap out the butter in your favorite brownie recipe for marijuana butter.  Occasionally brownie recipes will use marijuana oil, in fact two of the recipes below use infused coconut oil.  Of course you can always use decarboxylated kief or hash to medicate marijuana brownie recipes too (the Peppermint Candy Cane Brownie recipe below is a great example).

The challenge comes with dosing, as some recipes use so much butter, you might find yourself creating a super potent brownie.  No problem, take my Free online Marijuana Edibles Dosing Course to learn how to custom dose your marijuana brownie recipes. It only takes about 10 minutes to take the course, but you’ll be rewarded with more accurate and consistent results whenever you make marijuana brownies, or any time you cook any recipe with cannabis!

Freezer Friendly Marijuana Brownies!

One of the great things about brownies (besides how good they taste) is the fact that they freeze well! This is even more handy with medicated brownies as you will probably not want to, nor should you, chow down on an entire batch at once.  Freezing can significantly help with portion control.

For freezing cannabis brownies, bake and assemble the brownies as directed, allow to cool completely, then cut into individual portions. Wrap each portion, label well, and freeze. Later you can remove just what you need from the freezer at any given time, bring to room temperature, and enjoy. If you are impatient, you don’t even need to wait. My friends are known to eat browmies straight from the freezer! 

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Pot Brownies in Pop Culture

Pot brownies are so closely tied to the public’s perception of marijuana use, they have even been the star (or co-star) on the big screen.  I’m sure there are many other examples, but here are two of my favorites.

High School
High School, marijuana brownies in movies (2010)
– This little known stoner comedy apparently went straight to video, which is unfortunate because it’s better than that. A high school valedictorian facing losing a scholarship over a failed marijuana drug test concocts a plan with his buddy to serve the entire school pot brownies so everyone else will also fail the test. Scene stealing performances by Colin Hanks as a straight laced teacher, Michael Chiklas as a school principal Harry Anslinger would have been proud of, and especially Adrien Brody as “Psycho Ed” a gun toting drug dealer whose stolen stash provides the brownies’ main ingredient, make this slapstick over the top comedy tons of fun.

I Love You Alice B Toklas (1986) — Peter Sellers’ uptight lawyer character transforms after falling in love with a free spirited hippie played by Leigh Taylor Young in this light hearted comedy.  Marijuana brownies are an important supporting character in the script as they serve as the catalyst for Sellers’ transformation.

Alice B Toklas Brownies Were Not Really Brownies

Alice B Toklas, lifelong partner of literary giant Gertrude Stein, will always be remembered in the public consciousness for her marijuana brownies.  But the weird thing about it is, Alice B Toklas never actually made marijuana brownies. It is doubtful that she even really made the medicated recipe for “Hashich Fudge” in her cookbook.  How even that recipe became known as a marijuana brownie in pop culture is anyone’s guess. Alice’s Haschich Fudge, bears little resemblance to a brownie, or fudge as we typically know it for that matter. The Toklas recipe is an amalgamation of pulverized marijuana buds mixed with dried fruits and spices. Since there is no baking involved, it’s questionable how high any of Paris’s literary and artistic elite would have gotten off the non-decarboxylated cannabis in the “fudge.” Nonetheless the legend of the Alice B Toklas brownie lives on.  

BMarijuana Brownies as a Political Statement

Long before California legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996, Mary Jane “Brownie Mary” Rathbun was known for distributing medicated brownies to AIDS patients, an activity that got her arrested three times. The joke was on the prosecutors because Mary Jane’s grandmotherly appearance inspired public sympathy and each arrest brought more positive attention to the cause of medical marijuana.

In addition to her baking talents, Rathbun lobbied for California’s first medical marijuana laws along with fellow activist Dennis Peron, first at a local level in San Francisco and later helping to pass Proposition 215 that made California the first state to legalize medical marijuana. She was also involved in establishing the country’s first medical marijuana dispensary, The San Francisco Buyers Club.

Brownie Mary passed away in 1999, but her influence and name lives on with California’s Brownie Mary Democratic Club, the first political party affiliated cannabis club. Conceived by registered nurse Lanny Swerdlow and modeled after the “Stonewall Democrats,” a gay rights club, Brownie Mary Club chapters directly lobby legislators in order to provide an alternative voice to the heavily funded, law enforcement backed, opposition to cannabis legalization.


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