Tag: edibles

Watch This: How Your Brain Reacts to Edibles

Gather ’round, pals, it’s time for science class. In this video, the narrator breaks down the ins and outs of what happens to your brain and body when you consume cannabis in edible form. Spoiler alert: you get uncontrollably high as shit for a long time. But why and how? That information is all in this video. Give it a watch, it’s pretty interesting. (And shoutout to the creator’s drawings of high humans—they’re really funny and adorable, just like all us stoners.)


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Try These 10 Delectable CBD Edibles

The superstar cannabinoid that is CBD is quickly becoming just as popular as THC, and the selection of cannabis-infused edibles on the market is reflecting that shift. Below, we outline 10 outstanding CBD-forward snacks and sweets, from chocolates to tea and everything in-between.

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(Courtesy of WYLD)

WYLD sticks to sustainable practices by sourcing local fruits to juice up their CBD gummies, which brings the fresh flavors of the Pacific Northwest right to the consumer. Their Strawberry CBD Gummies contain 100mg of CBD per container, so you can dose to your individual preference while sinking into the sweetness of this sugar-coated treat.

Available in: Oregon

(Courtesy of Honey Pot CBD)

Sweet and healing, Honey Pot’s CBD Honey is made with California wildflower honey and cannabis-infused coconut oil, packing 250mg CBD into each container. Drizzle it over toast, mix it into your morning tea, or eat it straight out the jar—we won’t judge.

Available in: California

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(Courtesy of Moon Man’s Mistress)

With 10mg CBD per cookie, Moon Man’s Mistress’s CBD Solar Flare Chocolate Chip Cookies will calm your mind while delivering an artisanal paleo cookie experience. These cookies are nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and low-glycemic, so you can feel good choosing a product catering directly to your health and well-being.

Available in: California

(Courtesy of Grön Chocolate)

Savory, salty, and sweet, Grön Chocolate’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar hits all the major flavor profiles you want while delivering 40mg CBD and 40mg THC in every bar. This chocolate is made with fair-trade practices and artisanal touches, such as the hand-harvested flake sea salt sprinkled over the top of each bar.

Available in: Oregon

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Boasting 5mg CBD to 5mg THC in each piece, Goodship’s CBD Raspberry Fruit Jellies promise a clear-headed, upbeat high that will flow with you throughout the day. Made with real fruit, you get 12 doses per container with these mouthwatering fruity candies.

Available in: Washington

Editor’s note: Leafly and Goodship are both owned by Privateer Holdings.

(Courtesy of Level+)

For the perfect morning (or afternoon) pick-me-up, Portland specialty coffee darling Coava Coffee Roasters worked with Level+ to create the Coava Cold Brew, which contains 5mg CBD per bottle for a microdose effect. Down a bottle and you can expect a level-headed vibe to get you through even the busiest days.

Available in: Oregon

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(Courtesy of The Venice Cookie Company)

The Venice Cookie Company has animal welfare in mind with their vegan Churro CBD Cookie made with applesauce, almond milk, and a 50mg CBD:50mg THC ratio. You’ll feel extra-relaxed as you sink your teeth into this delicious treat with all-natural ingredients.

Available in: California

(Courtesy of Kuza)

Packed with 200mg total CBD per bar (13mg in each piece), Kuza’s Grenadian Dark Chocolate with India Chili bar is both decadent and calming. Thanks to single-origin cacao from Grenada, you’ll discover notes of wood and spice in this 62% chocolate confection.

Available in: Worldwide

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(Courtesy of Mr. Moxey’s Mints)

Containing Echinacea root and Indian gooseberry, Mr. Moxey’s CBD Ginger Mints provide immunity-boosting benefits are as soothing as they are delicious. Each mint is pumped up with 5mg CBD and 1mg THC, meaning these little mints can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Available in: Washington, Oregon

(Courtesy of Pot-o-Coffee)

Using 99% pure isodiol CBD crystals in every pack, Pot-o-Coffee’s CBD Infused Green Tea aims to enhance the beverage with cannabidiol benefits. Enjoy a cup in the afternoon to get through that mid-day slump.

Available in: California


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The Haymaker: This Halloween Let’s Kill Some Cannabis Stereotypes

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott’s weekly column on cannabis politics and culture.

Let’s talk about Halloween and urban legends.

In the 1970s it was all about needles and razor blades. “Check your candy,” the grownups never failed to warn us before, during, and after our trick-or-treating sorties. “Watch out for needles and razor blades.”

‘Check your candy,’ we were told as kids. ‘Watch out for needles and razor blades.’

Watch out for what?!

The constant warnings—year after freakin’ year—made us wonder if secreting needles in Fun Size Snickers was a common adult prank, some weird sort of thrill like wearing lampshades on their heads, or engaging in sexual intercourse. As for the razor blades, well, what sort of psychopath would put razor blades in candy bars? Also: Who’s handing out candy bars big enough to hide a razor blade, and can I reach their house by foot?

In the late 2010s, cannabis-infused edibles have become the new needles and razor blades.

Like clockwork, law enforcement officials started pumping out the scary warnings last week. Local TV news stations broadcast the message. Here’s a bit of urban legendry from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office:

Philadelphia’s ABC 6 Action News team jumped on the case, repeating the scare on yesterday’s 5:30am newscast. Fox 29 got in on the act, too.

State police in Pennsylvania parroted the story. “Police base their warning on numerous recent reports of candy and other edible forms of marijuana in New Jersey and other surrounding states,” reported the York Daily Record. Philadelphia magazine got pranked too. Stations as far away as Texas repeated the tale.

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Calling Out the Nonsense

Fortunately, this year we’re finally seeing some significant pushback from mainstream reporters. In the Sacramento Bee, Matthew Martinez pointed out that “there is little to no evidence” of anyone giving an underage trick-or-treater “either mistakenly or with malice, a weed edible in place of candy.”

Here at Leafly HQ we were pleasantly surprised to see the Associated Press, which is usually the carrier of these viral scare stories, call out the New Jersey myth: “No apparent evidence that’s ever happened,” the news service reported.

These scare stories don’t just replace needles with infused edibles. They trade on and reinforce a nefarious stereotype about cannabis consumers—that they’re a bunch of irresponsible stoners who get a giggle out of drugging  children.

This woman put it pretty well in her response to the Fox 29 report:

Legalization is forcing those stereotypes to fade, but received “wisdom” about cannabis and people who enjoy it remains remarkably sticky in the American mind.

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Mike Pesca: C’mon, Man!

We saw an example earlier this week from Mike Pesca, the usually bright, insightful writer and podcaster for Slate. You may know Pesca for the sports pieces he does for NPR, those weekly “Sports for Nerds” spots where he’d explain the difference between a triangle offense and a cover-two defense. Or, more likely, the difference between a “touch down” and a “field goal.”

‘You realize, the specific demographic you’re trying to motivate are pot smokers. That’s a big ask.’

Mike Pesca, Slate podcast host

So Pesca got Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on his podcast and asked Booker about the senator’s Marijuana Justice Act, a legalization measure he introduced earlier this year. After explaining the need for the Act, Booker called out those “people sitting on the sidelines” and not acting to reform cannabis laws. Pesca responded: “You realize, the specific demographic you’re trying to motivate are pot smokers. That’s a big ask.”

Are you kidding me?

Eight states and Washington DC have legalized the adult use of cannabis. 29 states have legalized medical marijuana. Let me ask you, Mike Pesca: Who do you think passed those laws? Who worked for days, weeks, and years to pass those measures, not once in Congress but 38 times around the nation? Your “lazy stoners,” that’s who.

Booker wasn’t having it either. Here’s his answer to Pesca:

“I know in casual conversations in the Congress, many legislators who’ve done pot themselves. This pejorative pot smoker label doesn’t fly. So many Americans have used marijuana or have no judgement for people that do. It’s like saying, ‘Oh, those alcohol drinkers.’ We are a great society, a decent society, a good society, but our criminal justice laws do not reflect the heart of America and we all have got to do something about that.”

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I’m taking a lesson from Sen. Booker. He immediately recognized the slagging assumption and the journalistic laziness behind Pesca’s question, and Booker called him on it. He wasn’t letting that nonsense stand. More than anyone on Capitol Hill, Cory Booker knows how that same assumption—They’re just a bunch of stoners, who cares if they’re arrested—has led to the destruction of millions of productive American lives, and the mass incarceration of people of color.

In 2017, mainstream reporters are finally calling bullshit on the annual Halloween edibles scare. The next step is to call out the stereotypes that have ruined lives and put generations of hard-working, smart, productive adults who happen to enjoy cannabis, in prison.

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Tales of Terrifying Highness: The Alien Invasion of Me

Halloween and highness go together like cannabinoids and human brains, which occasionally interact in ways that add up to TERROR!!!, or at least light paranoia and fear. This is due to THC’s mimicry of the naturally occurring chemical dopamine, which can trick the brain into sending out errant warnings of danger, leaving the brain’s owner to invent reasons to be afraid. It’s a kooky loop, and thankfully, it can be avoided—or at least lessened—in a variety of ways. (Play offense by choosing a strain noted for anti-anxiety properties, and if you need to play defense, help yourself out of a fear spiral with carefully deployed black pepper or CBD.) But enough about brains. In honor of Halloween and cannabis and the pleasures of watching other people live through nightmares, here is the third installment of Tales of Terrifying Highness: Morgan Rowe’s…

 The Alien Invasion of Me

A goody two shoes in my younger days, I made it to 43 without ever getting high. But when recreational marijuana became legal in Seattle I realized how deeply I yearned to experience the euphoric laughter and Dorito binge-fests I’d seen so many people enjoy at parties and in  sitcoms over the years.

My boyfriend, a regular user, took it upon himself to whip up a batch of hash brownies.

My boyfriend, a regular user, took it upon himself to whip up a batch of hash brownies, both of us secretly hoping that, if I enjoyed the ride, we might find a new way to connect, thus correcting the course of our relationship, which was swiftly headed for disaster.

Soon I was deliriously intoxicated. Everything, absolutely everything was wonderfully, gut-wrenchingly funny. All the stress and worries I’d EVER had slipped off of me like a silk shawl. The world, my boyfriend, our relationship were all joyfully brighter and I was having a blast, sure that life was going to be a-ok and wishing I hadn’t wasted so many years being good.

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Remember that episode from the original Battlestar Galactica where the crew goes to the pleasure planet and everyone’s having a great time but then Starbuck gets on an elevator that refuses to take him where he wants to go?

No?

Well, Starbuck aims to go up a floor to frolic amongst the ladies. Instead, the elevator takes him DOWNDOWNDOWN and forces him out in the basement, where the native ruling class is kidnapping humans, wrapping them, spider-like, in webs, and eating them alive.

Why do I bring this up? Because in a matter of seconds,  I went from frolicking like Starbuck on the pleasure planet to realizing that I was at the mercy of a tiny but powerful alien in the process of devouring me.

In a matter of seconds, I went from frolicking on the pleasure planet to realizing I was at the mercy of a tiny but powerful alien in the process of devouring me.

The creature first appeared in my right arm, burrowing its way through my veins like a tiny square-shaped Pac-Man. Each centimeter that it traveled was transformed from a boring, thankless arterial roadway into a blisteringly vibrant space-age super highway of searing pain as if I was being set aflame by the propulsion thrusters of a small but powerful rocket ship.

I tried opening my eyes, but the kitchen lamp was now a solar death star. I reached out, then, with my voice, “I think we need to call somebody for help.”

My boyfriend, clearly still several floors above on the pleasure planet, only laughed.

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I was yanked back into the fray by the alien who was now blasting its way through the walls of my heart. My consciousness was gagged and bound. Not since I’d had my wisdom teeth out 25 years earlier, had I felt so trapped and helpless. Having been physically sedated with laughing gas, I was still lucid when the dentist started that procedure and I was horror struck to discover, as a masked man declared his intention to cut my head open and remove my teeth, that I couldn’t even wiggle a finger, much less raise an arm and defend myself.

Now I was being attacked from the inside out, paralyzed as the alien probed and electrified each nerve ending, sinew, and drop of blood pulsing from one chamber of my heart to another. I was in agony. Pain and pressure intensified; it was only a matter of time before my heart would explode.

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Just as I was on the brink of annihilation, the napoleonic alien left my heart and began to march  upward, giving me just enough wherewithal to squeak, “help must be called…”.

By the time the paramedics arrived, my captor had stormed the castle of my consciousness and was lighting fuses on each synapse of my brain.

By the time the paramedics arrived, my captor had stormed the castle of my consciousness and was lighting fuses on each synapse of my brain. Detonation was imminent.

I was surprised to discover that I was not Starbuck, who triumphed in the end, but rather the poor nameless sucker at the top of the episode lured to her death by the promise of unbridled pleasure, giddiness, and guilt-free Doritos.

The first responders were not impressed. The nonchalance of their actions belied any understanding that they were about to witness the first instance of spontaneous human combustion, though they were willing to take me to the emergency room “if you really want to go”.

Perhaps these paramedics were really cylons?

“If you can guarantee me that my head isn’t going to explode and my heart isn’t going to explode, I guess I’ll stay where I am.”

I could feel the roll of one guy’s eyes through the darkness of my still too bright house when he assured me “that nothing. is going. to explode.”

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I took a chance, decided to stay put, and consigned myself into the web of my lilliputian lord and master who soon exited my brain and began retracing his steps, a journey he repeated several times before the night was out. With each transit through my head the intensity of his presence faded just a bit, until I was once again alone, myself.

Except.…

When the paramedics disbanded, one older gent, who’d kneeled quietly by my side for the duration of their aborted rescue mission, leaned in and whispered in my ear, “Enjoy yourself, you’re going to have a great time!” And he was right. The walls came down between my boyfriend and myself, and for one glorious night we completely got each other.

Turns out I was Starbuck after all and rather than being harvested by aliens and disappearing for good, my alien captor gave me a new understanding of being alive. He literally set every nerve in my being aflame and when the pain and fear faded, I realized that my body was my very own pleasure planet. In the end, I kept the brownies and ditched the boyfriend. A very happy ending, in my book.


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Are Extracts Illegal in Arizona? Not So Fast

You don’t have to be a botanist to know that cannabis and marijuana are the same thing. A recent ruling out of Arizona, however, turns on precisely that distinction—and could have major consequences for the state’s patients and dispensaries.

At stake is the legality of cannabis concentrates, including vape cartridges, tinctures, dabbable extracts, and even edibles. If a higher court agrees with a Navajo County judge’s decision that “cannabis” isn’t covered by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, all those products could be declared illegal narcotics and pulled from store shelves.

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As Ray Stern of the Phoenix New Times explains, the ruling stems from an apparent contradiction between Arizona’s medical cannabis law and the state’s criminal code on cannabis:

The problem is that the [medical] law, which was approved narrowly by voters in 2010, includes a definition for marijuana and “any mixture or preparation thereof.” Yet Arizona’s criminal code on pot, written prior to 1960, defines both marijuana and a strange substance called “cannabis,” which comes from marijuana resin but apparently isn’t marijuana. It’s officially a “narcotic” under this old law, carrying a stiffer felony designation and penalties.

The friction between the two laws came to the fore this summer, when Navajo County law enforcement told a grand jury that a Prescott resident with a valid medical marijuana card was not legally permitted to possess “cannabis”—in this case, a few grams of extracted resin.

According to the New Times, an unidentified prosecutor on the case told the grand jury that “the medical marijuana act … does not authorize a person to use or possess cannabis.”

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It’s the kind of confusion one might expect a court to clear up. Instead, Navajo County Superior Court Judge Dale Nielson doubled down, writing in a ruling this month that the state’s medical cannabis law does not, in fact, allow cannabis.

“Without further definition, or information that cannabis can be extracted from a ‘dried flower,’ the court cannot find that this would include cannabis.”

court ruling

In a motion filed with the court, attorney Jon Saline, who represents the defendant in the case, had called the prosecutor’s claims “dishonest and misleading” and asked the Nielson to send the case back to the grand jury. But Nielson rejected the motion, allowing the felony charges to go forward.

The judge wrote that, under Arizona criminal law, “cannabis” is defined as “the resin extracted from any part of a plant of the genus cannabis, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or its resin.” (Cannabis “oil or cake” made from the plant’s seeds or stems, he noted, is an exception.)

“After review of the statues the court finds that the AMMA does not include cannabis,” the judge wrote. “The court reads that AMMA language of ‘any mixture or preparation thereof’ as making reference to the dried flowers of the plant and as such, without further definition, or information that cannabis can be extracted from a ‘dried flower,’ the court cannot find that this would include cannabis.”

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Saline has said he plans to ask the Arizona Court of Appeals to stay the case. “They’ll take it seriously because it’s a gray area of the law,” he told the New Times. “It’s an issue of statewide importance.”

Confusing the situation further, a ruling out of Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, ruled the opposite way. In 2014, after Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery hit a patient with a felony narcotics charge for having a single piece of THC-infused candy, a Maricopa judge ruled that the state’s medical cannabis law indeed “authorizes qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD oil, prepared from the marijuana plant.”

Neither the 2014 ruling nor Judge Nielson’s decision in October creates statewide precedent, meaning it’s not clear how courts in other jurisdictions might rule. Conceivably any patient caught with cannabis concentrates could be charged with a narcotics felony.

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Appealing the current case could help settle the issue—but the effort could fall either way. If the appeals court, or eventually the state Supreme Court, were to rule that “cannabis”—meaning extracts—were indeed illegal, it could mean mayhem for the state’s medical marijuana market. More than half of products sold at Arizona dispensaries sell cannabis concentrates.

Joe DeMenna, a representative of the Arizona Dispensaries Association, told Leafly on Tuesday the expects the matter to be resolved more smoothly.

“The Arizona dispensaries association is continually monitoring the situation in Navajo County,” he told Leafly, “and we expect the court to ultimately rule in a manner similar to the ruling in Maricopa County.”


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Canadian Edibles Get a Green Light, Licensed Producers Rejoice

If approved by the House of Commons, the new amendment will ensure cannabis edibles and concentrates will be introduced to the Canadian market no later than 12 months after recreational cannabis becomes legal next summer.

The post Canadian Edibles Get a Green Light, Licensed Producers Rejoice appeared first on Leafly.


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Recipe: How to Make Cannabis-Infused Cheese

“Cheese is milk’s leap toward immortality” — Clifton Fadimen, American intellectual and author

As a cheese lover and cannabis consumer, the fantasy of an cannabis-infused charcuterie plate drove me to discover whether or not you could infuse cannabis into cheese.

The short answer is, yes. Yes, you can infuse cheese with cannabis, and today I’m going to teach you how. The following recipe makes a farmhouse or farm-style cheese, which I chose for its simplicity. This creamy, lactose-rich type of cheese require very few ingredients and is perfect atop crackers and breads.

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Below is a short list of the ingredients and accoutrements you will need to start your journey as a novice infused cheesemaker.

Containers and Utensils

  • Measuring cup
  • Food thermometer
  • Cheesecloth (this comes in handy for making cannabis butter and coconut oil, too)
  • Food-grade twine/cloth string
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Sauce pot and glass nesting bowl to make a double boiler
  • 1 cheese bowl/ramekin 3-4 inches deep, preferably with a lid

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Ingredients

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Up to an 1/8th of your preferred variety fresh cannabis
  • The juice of a whole lemon (2 – 4 teaspoons)
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Herbs (optional)

Extras

  • Crisps, rosemary crackers, bagel chips, crusty bread, etc.
  • Quince paste or apricot jam
  • Hard salami or cured prosciutto
  • Pistachios, heirloom tomatoes

Directions

As with all cannabis edibles, the first and most essential step is decarboxylating your cannabis flower.

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Next, grind your cannabis into a medium fine consistency.

Place your cannabis in a small oven-safe bowl or dish and bake at 220 degrees for 30-60 minutes (or until the bud is nicely toasted and light brown throughout). Generally speaking, the more surface area the better, so a tray/baking sheet may work better than a bowl.

Prepare your double boiler by filling your sauce pot almost half full of water. Bring water to a boil and place glass bowl on top. This type of indirect heat will infuse your milk without scalding its delicate fats and proteins. Add your decarbed cannabis to the glass bowl and slowly pour in 2 cups of whole milk. Place a lid on your double boiler and let the milk infuse for at least 2 hours, stirring periodically to prevent a film from forming.

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Strain your milk mixture through several layers of cheesecloth, squeezing the contents of all residual milk. This infused milk can be added to coffee, poured over cereal, or used in a variety of other recipes.

Add your cannabis-infused milk and the rest of your whole milk to a sauce pan. Place milk on medium-low heat and bring contents to about 175 degree Fahrenheit or right before it begins to simmer. At this point, pour in your half cup of buttermilk to add acidity and fat content to our milk mixture. (Remember, THC binds to fat, which is why fat is such an essential ingredient to cannabis edible infusion.)

Immediately add two teaspoons of lemon juice to your milk + buttermilk mixture and remove it from the heat. This will begin the curdling process, where the milk will separate in to curds (our future cheese) and whey (residual milk liquid leftover). This process should take about 10 minutes and leave you with a thick formation of curds atop the liquid whey.

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Now we separate our curds and whey. Place several lays of cheesecloth over a strainer and place that strainer (or colander) over a bowl. Gently spoon your curds out of your bowl or pot. Do not smash them down just yet. Simply let the curds and whey separate, getting as much of the fatty curds as possible. Although your whey mixture might only have 1/10th of the potency as your fatty curds, save it for re-purposing in smoothies, pancakes, or sourdough bread.

Tie your cheesecloth tight with food-grade twine, then tie it to a wooden spoon and suspend it over a bowl for 30 minutes to drain the cheese of any excess liquids. After 30 minutes, open your cheesecloth and season your freshly made fromage blanc. At a minimum add salt, but feel free to customize your fresh cheese with herbs, spices, nuts, and berries. Pack your fresh cheese into a ramekin or serving bowl, cover, and let rest overnight. This will allow the cheese to gain a richer depth of flavor and be generally easier to serve.

Serve with a light drizzle of olive oil and cracked pepper, and bam, you’ve made homemade cheese! This creamy cheese can be used like a ricotta or cream cheese, so feel free to add it to or spread it on all sorts of foods. As with all edibles, dosage control is imperative. Start with less and enjoy your cheese over an afternoon. This will give you a better sense of the cheese’s overall potency and won’t be a total gut-bomb.

Adapted from this YouTube tutorial. Also, check out this DIY cannabis cheese video if you need additional help.


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CBD + Adaptogens = Beauty? This NYC Brand Thinks So

While you may have ingested cannabis for recreation or medicine recently, you probably haven’t considered consuming it to make yourself more beautiful. But cult-favorite natural beauty retailer CAP Beauty is taking edibles in a new direction. Their latest product is The Daily Hit, a CBD oil laced with reishi mushrooms and adaptogens. It’s carefully formulated to taste good in your kale salads and green smoothies, and is intended to make you glow from inside out.

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Co-founders Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima are well known in the industry for helping transform the natural beauty category from crunchy hippie products to luxury-oriented, Instagram-ready vanity table staples. With CAP (which stands for Clean and Pure), they’re applying their magic touch to cannabis—and as a testament to their success, the first batch of The Daily Hit sold out in two days. It costs $96 for 3.3 fluid ounces—and we’re sorry to say that it won’t get you high.

Pamer and DiPrima are well acquainted with the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, having sourced and sold CBD topicals from Denver-based cannabis brand Apothecanna in Pamer’s first store, Castor & Pollux, for years. Customers loved them. “[Cannabinoids] go deep,” DiPrima tells Leafly. “It felt more like something that you engage with and not something that you swallow as a supplement.”

Unlike other CBD oils on the market, The Daily Hit includes adaptogen herbs, which have been used in Eastern societies for centuries and have recently been en vogue as well as in Vogue (the September 2017 issue, to be exact). The term “adaptogen” was coined in 1947 by Russian pharmacologists Israel I. Brekhman and N.V. Nazarev, who observed that certain herbs could help the body fight the physical and mental side effects of stress.

For example, reishi mushroom, an ingredient in The Daily Hit and a popular adaptogen, is known for boosting immunity. Astralagus, another ingredient, is known for increasing blood circulation. And crushed-up sea pearl powder—yes, the same pearls used in your great-aunt’s favorite necklace—is a source of amino acids and, according to DiPrima, can help boost the glow of your skin from within. The CBD itself is sourced from an environmentally friendly grower in Europe. Users are encouraged to take half a teaspoon a day drizzled on their salads or blended into their post-workout protein shakes. “We absolutely wanted it to taste good,” DiPrima explains.

For the product’s launch, CAP Beauty partnered with Chef Mary Ellen Amato (known in New York for her award-winning sandwiches at Court Street Grocers) to create a healthy brownie edible, which was delivered to beauty magazine editors around the city for a mid-afternoon boost. They were tasty, so we’ve included the recipe below.

The next time you’ve got the munchies, prepare a batch of Amato’s CBD brownies using The Daily Hit or your favorite edible CBD oil. They’re delicious, healthy, and just might make you feel a little more beautiful.

Recipe: CBD Beauty Brownies

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Yields: 12 brownies

Approximate dosage: Depends on potency of CBD oil

Ingredients

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
4 tablespoons filtered water
⅓ cup coconut oil
⅓ cup coconut sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup full-fat coconut yogurt
1 teaspoon edible CBD oil (such as The Daily Hit)
¾ cup coconut flour
¼ cup quinoa or brown rice flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
½ cup cacao nibs (optional)

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a small baking tray with coconut oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ground flax and water. Allow mixture to sit for 10 minutes for the flax to absorb the water. Reserve.
  3. In a small saucepan, gently warm the coconut oil with the coconut sugar and maple syrup. Stir frequently to avoid scorching. When the sugar starts to dissolve, switch off the heat and let stand for five minutes to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the coconut flour, quinoa flour, and pink salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  5. Return to the sauce pan and add the vanilla extract, coconut yogurt, and CBD oil. Stir thoroughly to mix well. Add flax mixture and mix again.
  6. Using a spatula, gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Once batter is combined, pour into greased baking tray. Top with cacao nibs and bake for 15–20 minutes or until the top begins to harden slightly.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

*Note: The amount of cannabis oil specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your oil and the dosage you desire.


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12 Decadent Cannabis Chocolates Worth Your Money

Long gone are the days of dried-out “happy brownies” and overly herbaceous candies; in their place are delectable infused chocolates hand-crafted with care. From fudgy brownies accented with gold to colorful truffles that melt in your mouth, the bar for cannabis chocolates is being raised by each of the brands below.

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The following gourmet infused chocolates are among the best currently on the market, and each provides a perfect way to get elevated in style with a healthy dose of decadence.

(Courtesy of Coda)

Chocolate bars and hot chocolate are also on the menu at Coda Signature, but we like their positively stunning truffle creations best. With 10mg THC in each piece, these colorful sweets are not only visually impressive, they’re completely unique thanks to the addition of unique flavorings from juniper berries to tea leaves.

Available in: Colorado

Serra + Woodblock Chocolate

(Courtesy of Serra)

Serra’s chocolate bars are crafted locally in Portland with the help of local family-run Woodblock Chocolate manufactory, and contain only three simple ingredients: cane sugar, cocoa butter, and cannabis oil. Each bar aims to deliver a different experience (creativity, happiness, and so on) along with 5mg THC per serving. Reach for the Relief square, for instance, and be rewarded with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate featuring notes of lavender and cherry.

Available in: Oregon

(Courtesy of Kaneh Co)

As if it weren’t enough that Kaneh Co.’s delicious brownies are made with mouthwatering chocolate ganache and fudge, one in particular also contains a rather plush ingredient: 24-karat gold. The 24-Karat Brownie Bar takes the classic edible to an entirely new and lavish level. Topped with edible gold leaf and packed with 500 or 1000mg of THC, this delectable bar pairs top-tier decadence with a warming high.

Available in: California

(Courtesy of To Whom It May)

You could easily argue that To Whom It May’s vibrant packaging belongs in a museum, and we’d agree. With carefully selected ingredients—right down to the gourmet infused coconut oil—and impossibly delicious 70% dark chocolate in every piece, boxes contain a dependable 2.5mg, 5mg, 15mg, or 45mg of THC for easy dosing. Try the Smoked Almond Butter Truffle or Hazelnut Brandy Bonbon for a truly delectable chocolate experience.

Available in: California

(Courtesy of BlueKudu)

BlueKudu’s packaging is reminiscent of storybook tales and wild adventures, but it’s the chocolate that steals the show. With interesting flavors such as the citrusy Isle of Capri or the toasty Mesa Skyline, these decadent 100mg THC bars combine art with flavor to provide a bold infused experience.

Available in: Colorado

Marigold Sweets Co.

(Courtesy of Marigold)

Made strictly with organic, Fair Trade ingredients and 10 to 25mg THC per serving, Marigold Sweets Co. takes quality to new levels. Try their exceptional vegan Coconut Caramels, dipped in luxurious layers of chocolate and finished with matcha salt.

Available in: California

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(Courtesy of Altai)

With few ingredients—only 72% dark chocolate, cream, and milk—Altai’s artful Dark Bon Bons are simple yet enticing. Each piece contains either 10 or 25mg THC, and consumers can choose an indica or sativa selection depending on desired effects.

Available in: California

(Courtesy of Défoncé)

A team of artisanal chocolatiers man Défoncé’s exquisite shop, producing rich creations such as the matcha green tea bar or coffee chocolate bar. Each flavorful bar contains 180mg THC derived from sun-grown, single-origin cannabis, and bars are split into 18 even servings so you get a manageable dose. Try one or buy them all and sink into luxury as you float into the clouds.

Available in: California

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(Courtesy of 1906)

Holding chocolates shaped like precious gemstones, this box feels like an opulent gift rather than infused goods. Choose an individualized experience from among 1906’s four effects-based chocolates: GO for energy, MIDNIGHT for sleep, PAUSE for calm, and HIGH LOVE for a sensuality. Each chocolate contains 5mg THC or 5 mg CBD.

Available in: Colorado

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(Courtesy of Satori)

Boasting chocolate made with Cacao Fino de Aroma (one of the best cacaos in the world), Satori’s opulent bars belong on a pedestal. Each bar contains 140mg THC, and the Wild Strawberries took home High Times’ Best Edible Award earlier this year.

Available in: California

Proper Chocolates

(Courtesy of Proper Chocolates)

If mint chocolate is your treat of choice, go for Proper Chocolate’s 10mg Peppermint Patties. Cooling mint and creamy milk chocolate swirl into one perfectly dosed square to provide a mint chocolate fix with a touch of elevation on the side.

Available in: Washington

(Courtesy of Kiva)

Ranging from 60 to 180mg THC in an assortment of mouthwatering flavors like Mint Irish Cream and Vanilla Chai, Kiva’s dedication to providing high-quality infused medicine is readily apparent. Each bar contains cocoa beans that have been sourced worldwide for their quality, and each bite offers a smooth taste without the pungent cannabis flavor.

Available in: Arizona, California, Illinois, Nevada


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Avoid These 7 Common Mistakes While Cooking Cannabis Edibles

For years, I prepared my homemade cannabis edibles with the same process, blind to the small mistakes I was making along the way. Yes, I achieved a product that would do the job (sometimes too well), but I had no idea that I could improve the flavor and consistency all while conserving time, money, and product by tweaking just a few steps along the way. All it took was putting the cooking utensils down for a few hours and listening to a pro.

A few months back, I attended the Puff, Pass & Bake class led by Chef Torrin Panico, who led us through the process of cooking cannabis oil properly while addressing some common missteps along the way. As soon as I understood the basic science of decarboxylation and infusion, I saw all of the flaws in my own process.

There isn’t one right way to make quality cannabis edibles; experimentation, trial, and error are all a part of the craft. But consider these cooking tips and see if it changes your batch for the better.

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Mistake #1: Spending too much money on flower for cannabis edibles

Solution: A little goes a long way

I hear plenty of tragic tales of people throwing a half ounce of cannabis into a slow cooker thinking that’s how much cannabis it takes to make a cup of infused butter. Remember this ratio instead:

  • 1:1 – 1 cup of oil to 1 cup of ground cannabis (about 7-10 grams)

Lipids in the oil can only bind with so many cannabinoids, so exceeding this ratio is, by some standards, wasteful.

Buying less cannabis is one way to save money, but if you’d like to save even more, consider infusing your oil with cannabis stems, trim, or with cannabis flower that’s been vaporized (called “ABV,” or “already been vaped” cannabis).

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Mistake #2: Throwing ground cannabis straight in the slow-cooker

Solution: Decarboxylate cannabis in the oven first

Before cooking with cannabis, you must decarboxylate it. First, let’s be clear: don’t just throw unactivated, raw flower into your batter or dish. Not only will it taste bad, it won’t allow the cannabinoids to fully activate and bind to lipids. That means you won’t feel much of anything and will have only succeeded in wasting precious cannabis.

Many people know to decarboxylate cannabis in the oven first, but it’s worth noting here for anyone who doesn’t know or doesn’t see the point in doing so. You can skip this step and add your raw cannabis to the slow cooker to decarb in the oil, but you might find that this longer oil soak simply worsens the taste of your cannabis oil. It’s also more difficult to control the temperature in a slow cooker and you risk burning off essential cannabinoids, but in an oven, you can set the temperature low and keep it steady.

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Mistake #3: Heating and decarbing at the wrong temperatures

Solution: Know how hot and how long to heat your cannabis and cannabutter

Not only is it crucial to decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it, you have to decarboxylate it correctly. That means setting your oven to the right temperature, letting it heat for long enough, and mixing it to activate the most surface area. Generally speaking, you want to:

  • Heat the oven to 245°F (120°C)
  • Cook for 30 to 40 minutes
  • Mix the buds every 10 minutes

If you’re tight on time, you can set the oven to 300°F (150°C) and cook for 10 to 18 minutes, stirring every five minutes–but the low-and-slow method is always best when dealing with delicate cannabinoids.

When steeping the ground cannabis in oil, try to maintain a temperature between  160-200°F (low or medium on a slow cooker). Use a thermometer to check the temperature and let it cook for about three hours with the cover removed.

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Mistake #4: Grinding your cannabis into powder

Solution: Use a hand grinder for a more coarse grind

Ever wonder why your edibles have a strong grassy flavor? The grind of your cannabis might be too fine. Pulverizing your cannabis with a food processor or a coffee grinder until it’s a powder will:

  • Introduce chlorophyll to your oil, lending a strong plant-like taste
  • Cause your butter or oil to turn green (which may look appealing, but at the cost of flavor)
  • Make it impossible to strain unwanted, bad-tasting plant material

Once your cannabis has decarboxylated in the oven, grind it coarsely with a hand grinder. Cannabinoids readily bind to the oil’s fats, and a coarse grind will allow it to effectively absorb without pulling in unwanted plant material.

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Mistake #5: Improperly straining the oil

Solution: Strain with cheesecloth and let gravity do the work

Once you’ve infused your oil, it’s time to strain out the plant material. Cheesecloth is often recommended because it allows oil to pass through while separating it from the ground plant material, but only if you let gravity do the straining for you. Don’t squeeze the cheesecloth to get every drop of oil out. Milking it like this will push out a little more oil but a lot more plant material.

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Mistake #6: Baking too little oil into your dish–or, God forbid, way too much

Solution: Test the oil’s potency before incorporating it into a dish

Eating homemade edibles doesn’t have to be like Russian Roulette. You can run a “strand test” beforehand to gage how much infused oil you’ll need in your recipe based on its potency. Here’s how.

Take 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of your oil as a personal dose and add it to a food or drink. Wait an hour and see how you feel. This will help you determine what an appropriate single dose would be. Once you’ve determined how much oil yields your desired effects, multiply that dose per serving if making a shareable batch (if making a cake, pizza, a pitcher, etc.). Or simply scoop that perfect dose onto each individual dish (if infusing a plate of pasta, a cup of coffee, a piece of toast, etc.).

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Mistake #7: Uneven distribution of potency in an infused batch

Solution: Stir well. Really, really well.

We’ve all been there: you made a perfectly good batch of cannabutter for your brownies, but after eating an entire piece, you don’t feel a thing. So you eat another, and still don’t feel a thing. Your friend, however, ate half a one and is somewhere in the cosmos. What happened?

You probably didn’t stir the batter well enough. If making a batch of infused food, stir like your life depended on it. This will ensure that the oil is distributed evenly across the batch and that your perfect dose makes it into each individual slice.

If you aspire to perfect your infused dishes, be sure to stop by a Puff, Pass & Bake cooking class in Denver, CO, or Las Vegas, NV, to learn all the secrets (while having a jolly good time with other stoned people). When it comes to cannabis and cooking, there’s always more to learn.


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