Welcome to Psychedelicatessen, the weekly column that explores the world of cannabis cuisine, featuring recipes from the great chefs and ganjapreneurs who fuel our appetite for adventure.

As the nation focuses its attention on the Super Bowl, many folks have noticed that the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos hail from states where pot is now legal, spurring speculation that all the weed in the air somehow allowed these teams to gain a competitive advantage. While cannabis isn’t considered a performance enhancing drug, it certainly can help NFL athletes recover from concussions as well as pain from sprained ankles and sore muscles. 

Many football fans also celebrate this holiday by incurring brain damage -- not from taking hard hits on the field, but from drinking alcohol to excess. Widespread and socially acceptable, drinking binges on Super Bowl Sunday are potentially responsible for the death of billions of brain cells, accidental alcohol poisonings, and hundreds of thousands of hungover partygoers commuting to work on Monday. Let’s start a new, healthier trend. Instead of chugging the Budweiser, substitute bud-infused food for a fun evening that will leave you feeling fine the next morning!

A classic sports bar snack, these medicated Buffalo-Style Hot Wings were created by Cannabis Cheri, an activist and author living in Southern California, who believes in sprinkling a little bit of hash into everything. “These wings have tang, spice, and crunchy fried goodness,” Cheri says, “It’s the ultimate snack food that every football fan would love.” The sauce for the wings is spiked with cannabutter, while the blue cheese dip is enhanced with a bit of kief. Also elevating our evening were liberal applications of Mike’s “Dab a Little, Glob a Lot” cannabis-infused hot sauce!

Cheri, like many herbal enthusiasts, was hoping for a Super Bowl showdown between two teams from legal cannabis states. When asked which team she is rooting for, Cheri replies “I love both of these states, so either way, I can’t lose!” 

You can meet Cannabis Cheri at “The Art of Edibles” panel at the Medical Cannabis Cup on February 8 at 5p.m. in the Seminar Dome.

Buffalo Style Hot Wings

From The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook

Ingredients:

-3 pounds chicken wings

-Oil for deep frying

-1 cup flour

-1 teaspoon salt

-1 ½ teaspoons black pepper, divided

-1 teaspoon plus ½ teaspoon garlic powder

-1 teaspoon paprika

-¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

-¼ cup unsalted butter

-¼ cup Cannabutter

-1/2 cup vinegar-based hot sauce such as Tabasco

Preparation:
Prepare chicken wings into “drumettes” by using poultry shears or a sharp knife to cut off wing tip at the first joint. Then cut the chicken wing again at the elbow joint. Discard tips or save for another purpose, such as making chicken stock.

Combine flour, 1 teaspoon each salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and ¼ teaspoon (more to taste) cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine well. Use tongs to dip wings in flour mixture to lightly coat. Set aside on a wire rack and let rest for 5 minutes.

Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees F or heat enough oil to cover wings in a large deep skillet. Fry coated wings for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and meat is cooked through. If necessary, fry in batches so as not to overcrowd the skillet or fryer. Drain wings on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. 

In a large skillet melt butter and cannabutter over medium-low heat. Stir in hot sauce, and ½ teaspoon each pepper and garlic powder. Stir together until mixture is well blended. Add fried chicken wings and toss to coat in sauce. Serve immediately with crusty bread to mop up any excess sauce.

Variation: Instead of frying, grill wings over a medium-hot fire for about 7 minutes per side or bake* in a 400-degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Proceed with sauce as above.

*I baked the wings, opting for a healthier choice. My oven took about 35 minutes to get the wings browned, and I brushed them with a little bit of cannabutter. Two wings with a generous application of cannabutter sauce was enough to get comfortably high. Make sure to serve plenty of un-medicated wings too!

Blue Cheese Dressing

Ingredients:

-6 tablespoons sour cream

-2 tablespoons buttermilk

-1 tablespoon lemon juice

-1 gram kief or finely ground dry hash

-4 ounces crumbled blue cheese

-¼ teaspoon salt

-½ teaspoon black pepper

-2 tablespoons finely chopped chives

Preparation:
Prepare dressing by whisking together sour cream, buttermilk, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Sprinkle kief or hash over the mixture and whisk to combine. Stir in blue cheese, salt, pepper and chives.