Cannabis strain pie pairings: complement classic pastry with extra terps

cannabis strain pie pairings

Tis the season to wear stretchy pants and do damage at the dessert table. From frosted sugar cookies to that fudge your aunt always makes at the holidays, now is the time to indulge. Pie is one of the most popular desserts to grace tables from harvest meal to winter solstice.

There are regional favorites, family recipes, and seasonal pastries that have become American delicacies come November and December. This year, GreenState decided to pair some of the classics with cannabis strains that will bring out the flavor and up the vibes.

Apple pie x Durban Poison

There are many home cooks who will swear by adding cinnamon to an apple pie filling, but some experts believe that the apples can do all the talking. A dash of ginger may bring out the flavor, but most times, a squirt of lemon juice is all an apple pie filling needs.

Apple pie can be overtly sweet. A lemon-forward cannabis strain like Durban Poison might brighten the flavor. Not to mention it may be just the right energy to keep a person stimulated after a huge holiday dinner.

Pumpkin pie x Garlic Breath

Classic pumpkin pie features a custard made from the festive gourd baked into a flaky crust. It is probably the most mentioned pie when people think of their favorite autumn pastry. Bring out that coveted pumpkin pie spice with a musky strain like Garlic Breath.

The even hybrid might balance the night as dessert turns into sweet wine and coffee, and the terpene profile features a crisp vanilla patchouli bouquet that could be the perfect pairing for this Thanksgiving classic.

Coconut cream pie x Kush Mints

Decadent, creamy coconut cream pie is a mix of tantalizing mouthfeel and sweetness that many love. This pie isn’t a must at holiday gatherings, but it is sometimes a wildcard on the dessert table.

The richness of coconut cream pie can be matched and complemented by the luscious profile of Kush Mints. With a combination of pine, citrus, and spice, Kush Mints may be the right flavor to balance a saccharine slice of coconut cream.

Pecan pie x Blueberry Muffin

Speak of sweet, pecan pie is a top-tier overtly candied pie that combines a honeyed nut filling in a buttery pastry. This is a pie that people either love or hate, but more than a small slice, and anyone is bound to have a sugar rush.

Bring up the brightness of the pecans with lemon-scented Blueberry Muffin, an indica hybrid with an excellent, clear flavor. The flavor of the pie is very one note, so rather than playing the sweet with an earthy cannabis strain, accentuate it by adding a profile that brings more depth. Blueberry muffin introduces fruit to the honeyed nuts, rounding out the experience by creating more depth.

Cherry Pie x Cherry Pie

Naturally tart cherries make for an excellent pie filling, and many agree. Some top cherry pie with whipped cream, others like it nude, just filling and crust. No matter how it’s eaten, it goes best with the cannabis strain that shares its name.

Light up a joint of Cherry Pie while eating a slice of cherry pie for a meta experience perfect for a cannabis pie pairing. The flavors may complement each other, the earth-forward weed grounding the bright, sour cherries. But at the end of the day, how could we not pair these two?

Wild card: Snickers salad x Apple Fritter

Midwesterners are familiar with the dessert known as Snickers Salad, a bowl of cream that often graces holiday dessert buffets. There are always variations of recipes, but most include cut-up Snickers candy bars, chopped green apples, Cool Whip, and pudding. Sometimes, there are grapes in there.

Pair Snickers salad with Apple Fritter and just lean into the conglomeration of sweet flavors that don’t often get to spend time together in one bowl.

This year, be intentional with what strains came home on Green Wednesday because those flavors could make after-dinner pie even sweeter.

Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.