Cannabis 101 Recipes

DIY Holiday Edition: Cannabis-Infused Cookies

The holidays are finally here, and with everyone in the kitchen this week whipping up Holiday cookies, what about kicking it up a notch with a batch of cannabis cookies?

Whether you’re planning a non-traditional holiday party or enjoying some quiet time at home, these cookies are sure to get you in the spirit. Best of all, they’re easy to make and don’t require granny’s specialty baking skills.  

In honour of the season, we’re sharing some holiday-inspired cannabis cookie recipes even a novice baker can handle. These recipes require cannabutter, so before we jump into making the cookies, let’s make some cannabutter first.

First Things First: How to Make Cannabutter

Cannabis butter, also known as “cannabutter,” is a marijuana-infused butter that you can add to recipes as a substitute for regular butter. This is a creative way to amp up any of your recipes, especially during the holiday season.  

TIP: Play around with the type of cannabis to change the effect. For higher potency in each bite, look for marijuana that has 20% THC or higher. You can opt for a strain with a balanced CBD-THC ratio, or look for a higher CBD ratio for a more calming and non-psychoactive effect. 

Here’s an easy recipe to make cannabutter:

  1. Decarb the cannabis: Preheat your oven to 245ºF. While it’s preheating, place your grinded cannabis on an oven-safe tray covered with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Place the tray in the oven and set a timer for 30-40 minutes. Older, drier cannabis may require less time. Every 10 minutes, gently shake the tray to expose all the buds to the heat evenly. 
  2. Melt the butter: Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a saucepan. Simmer on low heat and let the butter melt. Adding water helps regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
  3. Add the cannabis: As the butter begins to melt, add your coarsely ground cannabis and mix it well.
  4. Simmer: Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
  5. Strain the cannabutter: Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off in the pot, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. Just keep in mind that squeezing the cheesecloth may push more bad-tasting plant material through. You have cannabutter!
  6. Refrigerate the jar of butter. Keep your cannabutter in the fridge to keep it fresh. It will last about two weeks in the fridge, and up to 6 months in the freezer.

What Are Some Other Ways to Infuse Cannabis Cookies?

You’re not limited to only using cannabutter in your baking, there are other ways to infuse your holiday treats this season. Alternatively, you can use:

  • CBD oil: You might want to opt for CBD-infused oil, especially if your favorite recipe calls for oil instead of butter. CBD may not have the jolly effects of THC, but it offers a wellness feeling like no other. We recommend  the CBD 50 Plus Formula Oil | 30ml (50mgCBD/ml) for rich CBD infused cookies. 
  • Cannabis sugar: Cannabis-infused sugar is another great alternative to cannabutter if you have a bit of time on your hands. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and your cannabis tincture, mix well. Let the sugar air dry for 48 to 72 hours and you’re ready to start baking!

It’s important to note that each ingredient brings its own special something to the recipe, so play around and find out what works best for you. Just keep in mind that the recipes below all use cannabutter.

Holiday Cannabis-Infused Cookie Recipes

Holiday cookies are an opportunity to let your creativity shine. The options are endless! But if you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few recipes for some delicious cannabis cookies. 

Christmas Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies are a classic holiday treat, dusted with powdered sugar and packed full of nuts or candy of your choice. 

These delicious treats hail from a few cultures, including Mexico (Mexican Wedding Cookies), Russia (Russian Tea Cakes) and Italy (Italian Wedding Cookies). Most people call them simply snowball cookies since they, well, resemble snowballs!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cannabutter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts or candy of your choice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

TIP: Set aside additional powdered sugar to roll the cookies in. 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, grab a large bowl and mix the cannabutter, regular butter, sugar, and vanilla. Then stir in the flour, nuts or candy (if you’re using) and salt until the mixture forms a dough that holds together.
  3. Shape the dough into small balls (about 1 inch). Set them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Once your oven is ready, place the balls in the oven and bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are set. Do not let them stay in long enough to brown; you only want them to set. 
  5. Remove them from the cookie sheet and place them on a rack to cool slightly.
  6. Roll the warm cookies in powdered sugar and set them back on the wire rack. Let them cool and re-roll them in the powdered sugar again.
  7. Enjoy! 

Cannabis Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread is a classic winter flavour, and a staple this time of year. Swapping in cannabutter will give this traditional recipe a unique twist! 

  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted cannabutter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Add the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, ginger, and cloves) to a large mixing bowl. Mix well until all dry ingredients are combined.
  2. In a clean bowl, blend the cannabutter and sugar on high using an electric mixer for two minutes. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients. 
  3. Add in the egg, vanilla and molasses. Reduce the speed of the electric mixer to medium and blend the ingredients for another two minutes. Slowly add flour to the mixture.
  4. Use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough. Leave it on a cookie sheet to chill for at least two hours before moving on.
  5. Use cookie cutters to cut out small gingerbread man shapes. If you want to get crazy, get a knife and turn the whole thing into one giant gingerbread man cookie.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F. and while you wait, remove all of the excess dough.
  7. Bake the gingerbread for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. For a giant cookie, baking will take closer to 15 – 20 minutes.
  8. Once the cookies have been baked, remove them from the oven and let cool for at least one hour. 
  9. While you wait, add all of the icing ingredients to a mixing bowl, and blend them until smooth.
  10. Using an icing bag, decorate the cookies. Be creative! 

Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms

These delightfully soft and chewy cannabis peanut butter blossoms are a tasty, classic treat and a delicious way to get high. You can also add a bit of cannabis sugar for that extra boost. 

  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup white or cannabis sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup cannabutter 
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 45 chocolate kisses 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. While you wait, line the baking sheets with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl. 
  3. In a large-sized bowl, mix together the brown sugar, sugar, peanut butter, and cannabutter using a hand mixer. Cream on high until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat well. 
  5. While mixing, gradually add the flour mixture until all ingredients are well incorporated, and the dough is formed.
  6. Roll the dough into 1-1½ inch balls.
  7. Roll each dough ball in sugar. After, place each ball on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  8. While baking, remove any foil and wrapper from the kisses.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and quickly press a kiss into the centre of each cookie while the cookies are warm.
  10. Place the cookies back into the oven for 3-5 minutes, until the cookies are firm and a light golden colour.
  11. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Let cool for 1-2 minutes before devouring.

How to Figure Out the Right Dosage for Your Cookies

Knowing the right dosage for your cannabis cookies is important – after all, you don’t want to spend the entire holiday party on the couch.  

Calculating the right dosage can be tricky, as it depends on the quantity of the flower in the infuser and your tolerance level. The golden rule is to start small and gradually increase after waiting for at least two hours. As edibles take time to kick in, you may want to watch how many you eat.

You can also use this edible dosage calculator to make your life easier. 

Happy Baking!

Now that you have some great recipes to try, it’s time to have fun and get creative! If you enjoyed this DIY holiday edition, feel free to share the article with your family and friends. 

Just make sure you enjoy these tasty holiday cookies safely and responsibly. 

If you are anticipating the new year just like we are, check out our website for the best sativa strains to look out for in 2022 to keep up with the latest cannabis trends. From us here at Leaf Lab, Happy holidays!

Cannabis 101

What Are Terpenes? The Sources That Impact Your Experience

Terpenes are an organic combination of carbon and hydrogen that occur naturally in the essential oils of plants. They’re also known as the fragrant compounds that dictate the smell of many plants and it is said that smell keeps predators at bay and attracts pollinators.

Some common plant sources of terpenes include thyme, tea, Spanish sage, cannabis, and citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, and lemons.
There have been hundreds of terpene compounds discovered in the cannabis plant.

Cannabis cultivators are prioritizing terpenes in their strains to enhance the flavor and scent of their cannabis. Some cannabis strains are particularly rich in terpenes giving them a strong aroma. Interestingly, there are many medicinal uses for cannabis terpenes, which we’ll discuss later in this article.

What Are The Effects of Cannabis Terpenes?

Taste and smell are both subjective experiences that differ from person to person. To have the optimal cannabis experience, you always have to consider what’s best for yourself. Do you prefer flowery scents? Citrusy? Or do you prefer something spicy? It is important to remember, everyone experiences terpenes differently and what may work for you, may not work for someone else.

Additionally, terpenes can provide therapeutic effects such as anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial properties, and pain relief among other benefits. Cannabis terpenes pack several different scents and flavors into your cannabis. When combined with THC and CBD, terpenes are known to leave you feeling cool and relaxed.

The Entourage Effect – How Do Terpenes Affect Cannabis?

Studies show that CBD alone tends to be less effective than when combined with a small amount of THC and terpenes. This is known as the entourage effect. Cannabinoids along with terpenes can help to increase the effectiveness of cannabis.

A 2011 study found that terpenes with similar aromas usually have similar effects. Some physical benefits terpenes can provide include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, pain relief, and reduced muscle spasms. The mental3 benefits of terpenes can include reduced symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, stress, and depression.

The Most Common Cannabis Terpenes

Enough of that, let’s get into the fun stuff!



Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. It has a distinct herbal and citrus aroma. Myrcene also has a sedating effect and is a potential muscle relaxant. Myrcene coupled with THC can reduce pain and inflammation.



Pinene is commonly found in the needles of pine and conifer trees and unsurprisingly has a pine aroma. This terpene has similar anti-inflammatory effects to myrcene. Pinene can also act as a bronchodilator, which helps with conditions such as asthma.

Limonene (Terpene)


Limonene has a citrus aroma and can assist with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The aroma of limonene can have mood-elevating properties. It can also have antioxidant properties to help with inflammation.

Caryophyllene (Terpene)


Caryophyllene or β-caryophyllene has a woodsy aroma with tinges of spice. This terpene can be found in black pepper and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which can help in the treatment of duodenal ulcers.



Humulene gives off an earthy aroma similar to the flavour of the beer. Research suggests that humulene contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Linalool (Terpene)


This terpene can be found in a few cannabis strains, but naturally occurs in lavender. Linalool has a strong floral and mild spice aroma. This terpene is mostly used in essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. Ongoing studies have suggested that linalool could help with seizures.

Linalool is also known for its relaxing properties. When it’s consumed along with CBD and THC, linalool can reduce paranoia and anxiety.



Terpineol has a floral aroma that’s reminiscent of lilacs. This terpene is often found in perfumes. Terpineol is known for its strong sedative effects and is commonly used in aromatherapy.


Bisabolol, also called a-bisabolol and levomenol, is a terpene that is known for delivering a fresh floral aroma that sometimes includes a sweet hint of citrus or spice. Discovered and first isolated in 1951, it is commonly used as a fragrance ingredient in cosmetic and dermatological products, including aftershave cream, deodorants, lipstick, and sports creams.

This terpene is found in many plant species other than cannabis, including chamomile (which has been shown to contain up to 50 percent bisabolol), sage, and South American (Brazilian) candela tree.

Medicinal Efficacy of Bisabolol

Bisabolol has been revealed by many research studies to deliver significant medicinal benefits, including skin repair/healing and anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Studies have shown that bisabolol conveys additional health benefits, including analgesic (pain management), antibiotic, anticancer, and antioxidant properties.

In addition, bisabolol has demonstrated the unique ability to increase the absorption of other medicinal molecules by the dermal layers of the skin. This makes this terpene a potentially valuable companion ingredient in topical formulations.

Can Terpenes Get You High?

While terpenes can enhance the various beneficial effects of consuming cannabis, they will not get you high on their own. If you were to extract and separate the terpenes from a cannabis plant, you would get a distinct taste. However, consuming terpenes on their own will not produce or give you any noticeable psychoactive effects.

What Is The Use of Cannabis Terpenes?

In the cannabis industry, terpenes are used to concentrate cannabis products and produce new flavor combinations. They’re also used to improve the natural smell and flavor profiles of certain strains. Terpenes can be added to restore some that may have been lost during the plant extraction process.

Many cannabis producers make it a priority to preserve the full cannabinoid and terpene contents of the raw cannabis plant without alteration.

If you have any more questions regarding terpenes or cannabis in general, please feel free to contact us here.