For over a thousand years, the Berbers or Amazighs, of Morocco have made a sweet, savoury mixture of dates, nuts, honey, spices, and hashish : the sweet dish, which has become perhaps the most time-honoured marijuana recipe in the world, is known popularly as mahjoun.
The sweet, savoury treat also found favour among "American expats who traveled in Morocco, including notable writers such as [the Beat novelist of Naked Lunch] William Burroughs and [composer] Paul Bowles, who hung out in Tangiers getting high," according to High Times.
Mahjoun aficionados appreciate its smooth, energetic buzz, which is typically felt quickly compared to other edibles - within 20 to 30 minutes, according to some consumers - although you'll still want to wait it out before eating a bunch, just to be on the safe side - and moves from an enervating and uplifting buzz into a mellow, fuzzy high.
You can enjoy this ancient cannabis recipe on its own, or incorporate the finished product into one of the many recipes developed by Edible Complex, which sells ready-made mahjoun to customers in legal states. They've also devised some incredible treats ranging from Chocolate Cake with Hazelnuts and Mahjoun, to Pear with Mahjoun Spiced Cheese Ravioli.
While the recipe below doesn't have the blend of 40 exotic spices promised in the Edible Complex version, here's a basic mahjoun that you might be able whip up using ingredients already in your kitchen.
- ½ cup of raw shelled pistachios
- 1 teaspoon hash
- 4 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp butter, melted (or cannabutter)
- ¼ tsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp tumeric
- 1/8 tsp salt
In a food processor, grind the pistachios to a fine meal: if the hash you're using is hard, or chunky, add it to the food processor as well until it's If your hash is chunky or hard, add it to the food processor to break it up.
Add dates and process until mixture is thoroughly combined. Add melted butter, arrowroot, honey, sugar, cinnamon, turmeric and salt. Process again until combined.
Scoop mixture into tablespoons and use your hands to form it into balls: if it's too crumbly, add more honey and mix. If it is too wet, add more ground nuts.
h/t High Times