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Las Vegas dispensary sees rush for cannabis butter, other ingredients for 'baked' Thanksgiving

Posted at 8:50 PM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 06:43:24-05

This Thanksgiving, some people rushed to stores to pick up cannabis infused ingredients to enjoy their traditional meal in a different way.

"Always ask your guests if they're Ok with the ingestion," said David Rivera, store manager of Essence Las Vegas.

"You should never give someone a false high," added Rivera.

Rivera says cannabis-infused ingredients such as olive oil and butter have been in high demand.

The butter has been the hottest seller and is used in nearly every bit of the traditional holiday menu, according to Rivera.

"Instead of using the full serving of regular butter, you would use half of your regular butter and then use the rest with the infused butter," said Rivera.

Rivera says there are endless ways to incorporate cannabis into the big day from basting the turkey to serving up garlic mashed potatoes and even pastries.

The Essence Las Vegas blog has a few, simple holiday recipes.

"I would suggest that you always go slow, because you can always take more, but you can't take it back, said Rivera.

Rivera also recommends using cannabis infused ingredients in one dish to start and says it could take between 45 minutes and 2 hours to feel the effects.

Rivera reports some people say the ingestion of cannabis helps with digestion.

"Usually, during Thanksgiving, we tend to over indulge, [cannabis ingredients] are kind of a good way to mitigate those effects or mitigate that feeling of fullness," said Rivera

Sales of recreational cannabis in Nevada have been better than expected since it became legalized.

Nevada predicts the state will receive close to $70 million in revenue in 2019.