Pot brownies are mouth-watering edibles that do not need much introduction. They are healthy, tasty, and potent. But have you ever thought about how ancient pot edibles are? Did you know that cannabis sweets once inspired the most talented people in the world history? Here is a list of five facts from the history of weed brownies that will definitely impress you.
Cannabis-infused products were widely used in the ancient world both for pleasure and medical purposes. Thus, Chinese emperors brewed marijuana tea, and Shen Nug even documented the effectiveness of the herb in treating rheumatism and gout. In ancient Egypt, cannabis products were used by Pharaoh Rameses II and even ordinary Egyptian women. Indians created bhang, weed-infused milk with ginger and garam masala. But the first pot brownies were made by nomadic tribes who mixed hash jam with nuts, spices, and dried fruit.
Marijuana also inspired such great intellectuals as Alexandre Dumas, Charles Baudelaire, Honoré de Balzac, and Victor Hugo. They added hashish to their coffee as a psychoactive substance, which helped them write books and discuss ideologies at their Parisian club called Club des Hachichins or “Club of the Hashish-Eaters.” The club was active in the 1840s, then later in 1857, Fitz Hugh Ludlow published his autobiography book The Hasheesh Eater in the U.S. In his book, the young journalist described his experiences of using hash tincture.
Alice B. Toklas, the life partner of Gertrude Stein, introduced the concept of cannabis brownies to the pop culture in the 1950s. When she published her infamous book The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, it contained a recipe for “Haschich Fudge,” which brought the idea of weed brownies to the American pop culture.
Alice's recipe contained such spices as coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, and peppercorns, which were ground and coupled with chopped peanuts, figs, stone dates, and almonds. Then, this mixture was combined with sugar and sativa dust and made into balls “about the size of a walnut.” The author recommended eating these brownies with care and caution, not more than two balls at once.
Today, The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook is a must-have culinary book for any home chef who wants to bring marijuana to their table. But did you know that High Times spent 15 years writing it? The book includes the best recipes from the foods column “Psychedelic Kitchen,” which was written by Jim Wilson a.k.a. Chef Ra over the course of 15 years. Perhaps, this is the reason why homemade pot brownies cooked according to these recipes are especially tasty.
Mary Jane Rathbun or “Brownie Mary” put her life on the line when she cooked cannabis-infused brownies for AIDS patients in her outlaw kitchen in the ’80s and ’90s. Despite a series of arrests, she had a strong position that cannabis is helpful for severely ill people. Even to the court hearings, this brave lady came dressed in clothes with pro-weed buttons. Thanks to her activism, California became the first state that adopted medical marijuana initiative by voting in 1996.
Nowadays, marijuana is infused into a wide variety of products besides brownies: chocolate, drinks, candies, and gummies. However, weed brownies remain the most favorite food of cannabis connoisseurs.