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Pot Brownie Bracketology Championship: The Cannabist vs. Our Editor’s Mom

April 4, 2016

Welcome to Leafly’s Pot Brownie Bracketology, where March Madness meets reefer madness and we search low and high to discover the absolute best cannabis brownie recipe ever.

The contenders: Triple Chocolate Brownies (by The Cannabist) vs. Our Editor’s Mom’s Brownies (by Mrs. Barbara Martin)

The story: Throughout our Pot Brownie Bracketology project, we’ve broken our bracket into two divisions: brownies that were originally intended to contain cannabis, and those that were not. The best brownie of each type meets in our championship round to help us answer whether it’s better to use a dedicated pot brownie recipe or if it works just as well to hack your favorite recipe and create your own.

Read on to find out whether our editor’s mom’s brownies, with cannabutter added, can beat the infused recipe that The Cannabist claims “takes pot brownies to the next level” – and moreover, which recipe was voted to be the absolute best cannabis brownie recipe of all time.

Brownie A: Triple Chocolate Brownies

The Cannabist's triple chocolate cannabis-infused brownie
Get The Cannabist’s cannabis-infused brownie recipe here

Creator: The Cannabist

Original recipe contains cannabis? Yes

Over the course of the tournament: The Cannabist has turned in consistently solid performances in every category and every round, soundly besting its opponents by a huge 4.5 points (round one) and a decisive 2 points (round two).

Most valuable ingredient: The topping. Fresh raspberries, blueberries and whipped cream do indeed take this recipe to the next level.

Judges’ notes:

“Wonderfully fudgy texture.” –Kristin Kofmehl, event coordinator

“Effects lasted hours. Sustained high, but never became uncomfortable. Would eat again.” –Sara Dilley, photo editor

Best Pot Brownies: The Cannabist’s “Next-Level” Triple Chocolate Recipe


Brownie B: Sam’s Mom’s Brownies

Cannabis-infused chocolate brownie with raspberries
Get Sam’s mom’s raspberry-filled, cannabis-infused brownie recipe here

Creator: Mrs. Barbara Martin of Brisbane, Qld., Australia

Original recipe contains cannabis? No

Over the course of the tournament: These brownies logged the highest score of the entire tournament in round one, besting Martha Stewart, 22 to 17.5 – a point differential equaled only by The Cannabist’s 21.5 to 17 win over High Times in the same round. Round two, however, was the closest call in the tournament – Sam’s mom’s brownies squeaked by Julia Child’s with a mere half point difference in score.

Most valuable ingredient: Refrigeration. That these brownies are served chilled accentuates the fruity, fudgy characteristics of the recipe, and tames the cannabis flavor.

Judges’ notes:

“The flavor had a nice balance…the raspberries made for a nice touch. I haven’t had the giggle fits like that in a while.” –Sharee Church, sales support specialist

“I hate fruity brownies.” –Bailey Rahn, associate editor

“What, I don’t get to judge my mum’s brownie?!” –Sam Martin, managing editor

Best Pot Brownies: Our Editor’s Mom’s Cannabis Brownie Recipe


Scores (Average of Two Judges):

  The Cannabist Our Editor’s Mom
Appearance 3.5 4
Aroma 3.5 3.5
Texture 4.5 3
Flavor 4.5 3.5
Potency/Effects 2.5 3
Total 18.5 17


The best cannabis brownie recipe ever is… Triple Chocolate Brownies by The Cannabist! Congratulations to The Cannabist and recipe creator Laurie Wolf. This recipe is the best we’ve seen, and an absolute must-try – file it away in your recipe collection and plan to use it for years to come.

Want to see how the whole competition played out? Check out our complete Pot Brownie Bracketology home page!

Pot Brownie Bracketology: The Search for the Best Cannabis Brownie Recipe Ever

Note: Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.