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The Spark: Best Southern California Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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So-Cal rocks its own personal style, and nowhere is that more apparent than the sunshine-soaked art walks through its biggest cities. Check out the best of San Diego and LA below.

Los Angeles

Ahhh, the City of Angels. Creative minds flock here to express their innovative talents and show off their hard work to the masses. If you’re a local, you’ll want to arrive early for the laid-back vibes and a chance to hit every gallery before closing time—and don’t skip on a chance to see the Sokamba Performing Arts Company put on live performances throughout the walk. Nibble on a decadent California-based infused chocolate bar like a sweet Satori as you wander on a self-guided tour chock full of stimulating statues, refined paintings, and rhythmical dances. Cool your throat parched from the LA heat with the iced sugar-and-spice Gingersnap by Philz Coffee on 8th.

Date: Second Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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If you enjoy the pared-down sound of live music—whatever genre it may be—then head over to First Thursdays at San Pedro. You can hear music emanating throughout the streets, galleries, bars, and restaurants all through this art walk. Leave no stone (or note) unturned, and bring a vape full of sensory Orange Crush to magnify the diverse sounds floating around you—it’s the perfect time to open your ears and discover something new and exciting. Take a break at Behind the Scenes Costume for an amusing time trying on outfits of your favorite characters and holiday figures, and be sure check out their incredibly detailed 18th Century Collection mirroring Marie Antoinette’s opulent style.

Date: First Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

The Venice art walk is run solely by volunteers, so you know the passion is high and the art hits close to home. This particular walk prides itself on community and shares work by tried and true locals that capture the famous cool of California lifestyle. Grab a bite at Hama Sushi for a chance to view their featured artists, and order the Sashimi Sampler to try all their best cuts. While you walk around, plan to sip on a spot of lemonade infused with your own citrusy tincture to bring out the vibrant vibes of the Venice streets while dodging the heat.

Date: Third Thursday, quarterly

Time: 6pm–10pm

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The Pasadena art walk is a once a year event that draws over 5,000 art-loving spectators. It’s an all-day event, so take your time at a favorite brunch spot before wandering through this creative scene. Pop into the Pasadena Museum of California Art to view some of California’s best works by lifelong Golden State artists—in particular, don’t miss LA native Kenny Sharf‘s trippy Kosmic Krylon Garage. The walk is an all-ages affair, so keep your medicine discreet by opting for White Rabbit THC Tablets and setting your sights on a number of spectacular visual displays.

Date: Once per year—October 14, 2017

Time: 11am–6pm

San Diego

San Diego’s largest art walk pulls in both local artists and creatives from across the nation. Home to the famous and extralively Gaslamp Quarter, it’s no wonder San Diego has also opened its arms to the equally energetic Southern California art community. You’ll want to stick to a classic California strain such as OG Kush for its euphoric effects and stimulating cerebral qualities as you walk along. Carve out some time for a sweet treat and ask for two scoops of creamy Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream at Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream to cool you down.

Date: Second Saturday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

Surrounded by lush rose bushes and fresh air, the yearly Liberty Station Fine Art Festival is a highly anticipated and absolutely gorgeous nod to the Arts District’s talented community. Breathe in some Space Queen for that euphoric sativa glow as you soak in the sunshine and take in stunning pieces all over the Arts District map—don’t pass up tent #701, where you’ll find vibrant paintings by Antonio Proa. Ready your belly for the mouthwatering Le Jambignon savory cheese crepe by Fabrison’s (found in the street food area) before calling it a day.

Date: Once per year—August 12 & 13, 2017

Time: Saturday—10am–6pm; Sunday—10am–5pm

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Next to the historical Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe filmed Some Like it Hot, you’ll find a dynamic art-forward community at Art-in-the-Park. Lazy Sundays never felt better than with a pre-roll of soothing Dutch Treat and a slow walk featuring stunning visual displays. Each artist featured in this walk is hand-selected by a five-person jury to ensure an awesome mix, so you know you’re seeing some of the best art San Diego has to offer.

Date: First and third Sundays, year-round

Time: 9am–4pm


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The Spark: Best Oregon Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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Galleries and showings are a way of life in Oregon, and cannabis goes right along with them. The following are the best of the best in Portland and Eugene.

Portland

According to Portland history, the Pearl District got its name from a local gallery owner who felt that the buildings in the old warehouse district were like “crusty oysters and that the galleries and artists’ lofts within were like pearls.” So it should come as no surprise that this little patch of artistic paradise regularly caters to more than 10,000 visitors during its vast and widely celebrated art walk. Grab some buzzworthy Oregon Pinot Noir for a close-to-home strain that will make you feel like a tried and true local before heading into the clean, bright Basic Space Gallery owned and operated by two Oregon natives. Hanging on the walls you’ll find Karen Cruickshank‘s oil paint collection that’s sure to take your breath away with its bursts of color and soft, rainy details.

Date: First Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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Show Portland’s Eastside a little love by crossing the Willamette River to the charming Eastside art walk. Pop into Bridge City Collective where you’ll find delectable edibles, including a wide selection of gluten-free to vegan options to satisfy your personal dietary needs while stimulating your mind. After munching on an infused caramel or two (we love Periodic Edibles‘ Sativa Orange Vanilla), ready yourself for a mystical time with an elevated mind at pushdot studio on 11th, where you can view some expertly shot photographs from the Lightleak Los Angeles series currently on display.

Date: First Friday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Last Thursday on Alberta Street is on its 19th season, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. This popular event takes over 15th through 30th Street, encompassing galleries, shops, open sidewalks, and restaurants. Come hungry for the plethora of food trucks that cater to the growing crowds, but stop by Tea Bar first to quench your thirst with their Sparkling Rose Lemonade sweetened with Egyptian rose petals. Keep those summer vibes going when you swing by The Green House to pick up a few energizing strains like Lemon Skunk to get you in the mood for a clear, warm night and thoughtful works of art.

Date: Last Thursday, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

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Eugene

Explore the artistic scene on your own or opt for a guided tour—either way, you’ll get a dazzling experience at Eugene’s First Fridays. Be entertained by complimentary events that occur throughout the walk, such as Fiesta Cultural or the upcoming Mural Tour on August 4. Mary Jane’s on 7th stocks something to satisfy all your cannabis needs, and if you opt for the tour we mentioned, nab some medicated gummies to chew on while you’re guided around the local art spaces. Keep your buzz going into the night and head over to the intersection at West Broadway and Charnelton to listen to the funky, post-R&B Chanti Darling from 8 to 10 p.m. on August 4th.

Date: First Friday, year-round

Time: 5:30pm–8pm


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The Spark: The Best High Art Walks in North America

With the summer months boasting longer evenings and warmer nights, it is the perfect time to explore your city and discover all the creativity it has to offer. And what better way to enjoy that creativity than with an elevated mind? After all, cannabis, whether used as inspiration or simply for viewing pleasure, has been a point of artistic influence for years.

So take a stroll through your local art walk after puffing on a pre-roll, and see just how gorgeous, interesting, creative, and thought-provoking myriad types of art can be when paired with the perfect strain. Below, we list some of the best art walks in major markets. Check out our picks, and who knows—you just might stumble upon the next Picasso.

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The Spark: Best Washington Art Walks to Enjoy While High

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The lush green state of Washington attracts introverted creative types from around the world. Here’s where to see the best of their work in Seattle, Olympia, and Spokane.

Seattle

In 1981, Pioneer Square introduced the first art walk to ever grace the USA. Assembled by a group of passionate art dealers, the event exploded in popularity and is now one of Seattle’s favorite monthly traditions. Not only will you have access to sidewalk showings and galleries, this little corner of Seattle has many public displays (like the famous Native American Totem Poles in Occidental Square) that you can view at any time. Before you go, plan to sink your teeth into the rich and delectable Bacon and Brie Burger in the heart of it all at BRGR Bar. Afterwards, load up on a solid sensory strain like Permafrost and see if you can spot a phantom or two on the city’s hair-raising SPOOKED in Seattle ghost tour.

Date: First Thursdays, year-round

Time: 6pm–8pm

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With the famous Lenin Statue taking Fremont’s center stage, and the popular sculpture of a massive troll peering out from under the Aurora Avenue bridge, this artsy neighborhood proudly wears its creativity on its sleeve. With so much inspiration surrounding these streets, it’s no wonder Fremont takes its art walk seriously—you’ll find everything from oil paintings to spoken poetry and live bands. An art walk so steeped in its unique surroundings deserves a bright, uplifting strain like the euphoric Fire OG. Stop by Fremont’s very own Have a Heart to nab a gram or two. But first, before the show, don’t miss a quick stop at Brouwer’s to beat the heat with a light and refreshing Steigl Grapefruit Radler (add a shot of tequila for a little extra buzz).

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 6pm–9pm

On second Thursdays, Capitol Hill’s incredible art galleries fling open their doors to showcase established artists and talented hopefuls alike. Before hitting the town or strolling down those brilliant rainbow crosswalks, drop by Ruckus Seattle for some discreet edibles—we recommend sweet hard candies to line your pockets as you bounce from venue to venue. With an elevated mind, you won’t want to miss the positively refreshing and absolutely magical garden store NICHEoutside or the enigmatic Ghost Gallery on Denny Way.

When: Second Thursdays, year-round

Time: 6pm–10pm

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Spokane

On the first Friday of every month, downtown Spokane lights up with local artists and their unique creations. In addition to the usual gallery openings, myriad restaurants and retail spaces offer their own special promotions during this monthly art walk to support the creative community. Make a pit stop at Lucky Leaf Co. to load up on oil or wax for your favorite vape pen for a discreet yet endlessly elevating experience. Curb your munchies with Iron Goat Brewing‘s spicy Thai Pizza, drizzled with Sriracha aioli and creamy peanut sauce. Check out displays from Iron Goat’s featured artists before heading out for more incredible art.

Date: First Fridays, year-round

Time: 5pm–8pm

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Olympia

The Olympia Arts Walk is a twice-yearly event that draws almost everyone in the entire city. Flush with hundreds of artists and over 100 businesses, Downtown Olympia makes the perfect space for creative talents and art enthusiasts. Stay until the sun goes down to witness the breathtaking Procession of the Species—a showcase that mixes elements of humanity and the natural world. You’ll want to reach for a pure Washington strain such as UW (named after the University of Washington in Seattle) before taking to the streets of Washington’s glowing capitol. 

Date and time: Spring—April 28 (5pm–10pm) & April 29 (12pm–8pm); Fall—October 6 (5pm–10pm) & October 7 (12pm–5pm)


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5 Tips for High People Attending Food Festivals

From the Bite of Seattle to the Taste of Chicago to the Maine Lobster Fest, outdoor food festivals are a beloved American tradition. They are also heaven on earth for high people, who can indulge their munchies with an astonishing array of foods while enjoying ace people-watching and other entertainments.

This weekend’s Bite of Seattle, for example, features comestibles ranging from deep-fried mac n’ cheese to alligator on a stick, alongside performances from several dozen musical acts.

How do you make the most of being high at a bustling public food festival? Here are five tips.

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1. Get yourself high with an appetite-enhancing, spirit-lifting strain

Aiming for a munchie-boosting strain is a no-brainer for cannabis users headed to food fests, but just as important is finding a strain that bestows a relaxing euphoria, rather than a heady intensity. This will help users surf the sometimes-challenging realities of food fests—slowly roaming crowds, frightful Porta Potties—with a minimum of stress.

Fest-friendly strains recommended by the Leafly Testing Team: Cherry Kush, Blackberry Kush, and Skywalker.

2. Never say no to a sample

 Every vendor at a food fest is there to put their best foot forward, risking hundreds of cruddy Yelp reviews by offering samples of their goods for free to the roaming masses. Repay their generosity and bravery by always saying yes.

You don’t have to eat the whole thing—preserving stomach space is important, and less-than-glorious samples should go directly in the trash—but pretty much everything at a food festival is worth biting once, especially when you’re baked and ready to Experience Flavor. (Vegetarian/vegan/celiac restrictions apply.)

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3. Be adventurous

For certain cannabis users, being high can create cravings for the familiar. This urge should be fought at food fests, where you’ll find plenty of familiar foods alongside plenty of unfamiliar foods. Why have a hamburger when you can have an elk burger? Why eat a regular Snickers when you can eat a deep-fried Snickers?

Now is the time to venture outside your comfort zone and aim for delights you can’t get anywhere else, even if it requires antacids and morning-after, stomach-calming bong hits. That said…

4. Don’t eat the entirety of anything you don’t absolutely love

 Your stomach space is limited, and consuming the entirety of something you don’t totally enjoy just because you paid for it is a lose-lose situation: You fill your precious stomach with meh, and eating the whole thing doesn’t make it cost less.

All decent humans are wary of wasting food, but food fests demand amnesty from this ideal.

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5. Be prepared to avert your eyes

A common component of highness is a heightened sensitivity to visual stimuli—this is why watching Koyaanisqatsi while high is delightful, while watching infomercials about abused animals while high is torture.

At a food fest, high attendees will find a vast array of things to gawk at, and not all of them are conducive to happiness. Among the potential bad-trip imagery: humans chewing food, ant-covered corn cobs lying in the grass, and human feet in flip-flops stepping on a dropped piles of soba noodles.

When things get hairy, look at the sky. Isn’t it beautiful?


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The Ultimate Cannabis Road Trip Through Oregon

Now for the real reason you’re here in late August. This summer, Oregon will play host to the path of totality (i.e. the swath of land where it’s possible to view full coverage of the sun) for the first solar eclipse to cross the whole country since 1918. Eclipses are a magical thing, and cannabis is guaranteed to magnify that magic. Stop in at Bend’s super-friendly Oregrown for some last-minute supplies before you head out of town.

As many as a million people could flock to Oregon alone to view the eclipse, which means a couple of things. For one, don’t expect to be able to travel to a viewing location on the morning of the event—traffic and crowds will be unprecedented (we’re talking standstills, not a crawl); and second, you need to book your travel plans now—as in, immediately after you read this.

The Ultimate Marijuana Summer Road Trip Through Oregon | LeaflyWine Down, a working ranch in Prineville, will host Moonshadow Festival, “the most Oregon-y solar eclipse event out there.” (Courtesy of Wine Down Ranch)

Many hotels have raised their rates astronomically if they’re not full already, and some campgrounds have been booked solid for years in advance of the eclipse: As such, your best bets for reasonably priced accommodations lie on privately owned lands. Many wineries and ranches, for instance, are opening their doors to campers, and a number of towns, parks, and properties have also put together makeshift festivals to celebrate. To party like a local, head for the Moonshadow Festival in Prineville—it’s going to be “the most Oregon-y solar eclipse event out there,” according to one of the most Oregon-y newspapers in Oregon.

Moonshadow will be held over four days at the Wine Down Ranch. Tent camping passes are $200 per person, and include commemorative glasses that you’ll need to safely view the eclipse. You don’t necessarily need to be there be there on the first day of four; just don’t cut it too close. If you don’t manage to buy tickets in time, alternate suggestions include the Totality Awesome eclipse camp in Madras, and Roshambo Art Farm in Sheridan (where ticket sales will fund construction of a new cidery, though some camping days are already sold out).

The Ultimate Summer Cannabis Road Trip Through Oregon | LeaflyMoonshadow attendees will be able to partake in yoga, hiking, stargazing, music, and more over the course of the four-day fest. (Nadezhda1906/iStock)

At Moonshadow, there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained until the day of the eclipse: live music, yoga, hiking, local food and drink vendors offering samples, and plenty of stargazing (the Perseids meteor shower will be tapering off, meaning a boatload of shooting stars). On Monday morning, wake up early and grab a prime viewing location—you don’t want to miss a moment of the eclipse’s gradual onset, starting at 9:00 a.m. As the phenomenon begins, settle in with your safety glasses, spark up a pre-roll, and get ready to share a once-in-a-lifetime memory with fellow fest-goers and other viewers around the world as the eclipse reaches perfect totality by 10:25 a.m.

Want to extend your road trip? Start off with our Washington itinerary, or hop on I-5 South and head to California where the third leg of our Ultimate Cannabis Roadtrip will begin. Keep an eye out for the next itinerary on Leafly soon!

Additional image credits:

Header: 4nadia/iStock
Portland: ivanastar/iStock
Oregon Coast: WestWindGraphics/iStock
Bend: estivillml/iStock
Prineville: Igor Zhuravlov/iStock

Note: This road trip itinerary is not intended to encourage unlawful cannabis consumption of any kind. Never drive under the influence of cannabis or consume in violation of any state or local law, and always keep your cannabis sealed and locked away in the trunk while on the road.


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Elevation Gain: How to Infuse Your Camping Meals

Camping is a unique sensory experience, incorporating the smells and sounds of the campfire, the rustle of breeze in the trees, and the sight of new and wild terrain around every turn. There’s only one way to make it all better—by heightening your senses with your favorite cannabinoids.

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Sure, you can bring a malleable silicone bong or your favorite pre-roll along for the ride, but for those seeking less traditional ways to incorporate cannabis into a camping trip, we give you an even better option: infused camping meals. The following breakfast, dinner, and dessert will awaken all five senses to the beauty of the great outdoors around you and turn your standard campfire fare into easily infused camping meals.

One-Pan Breakfast Hash

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This infused hash combines rustic ingredients with cannabis cooking oil for a camping wake and bake breakfast that’s the perfect way to set the mood for your day. The delectable dish is super-easy to cook using only a single pan and a hot fire.

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs (if you’re backpacking, bring these pre-scrambled in a clean bottle)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons standard olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cannabis-infused olive oil*
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetarian breakfast sausage, chopped (optional)

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Directions

  1. Cut the potatoes into half-inch wedges.
  2. Heat the non-infused olive oil in a frying pan or Dutch oven over medium heat and add the potatoes. Cover the pan and cook for 20–25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. About halfway through, add chopped sausage (if using).
  3. Add the chopped white onion, leave uncovered, and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring consistently. When potatoes are crisp and have reached a golden brown color, add the green onions, a pinch of paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Now it’s time for the eggs. Create four pockets in the mixture, crack an egg into each hole, and drizzle the infused olive oil over the entire dish. Cook until the egg whites have set, then sprinkle  cheddar cheese over everything. Stir the hash vigorously to ensure the infused oil has been evenly distributed throughout.
  5. Finish with a pinch of paprika, stir once more, and serve!

Pro Tip: For quicker prep, pre-chop your veggies at home and add seasonings before you hit the road.

Fire-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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These fire-roasted sweet potatoes are easy to cook and a perfect dish to complement fresh river trout or other camping catches. They can be seasoned in any way you desire—savory, sweet, or both—and are highly nutritious, making them the perfect post-hiking delicacy. Bonus: Since they’re cooked over coals in aluminum foil, cleanup is ultra-easy.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed
  • 1–2 tablespoons of cannabutter*
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Your choice of additional spices (suggested: garlic powder, chili powder, brown sugar)

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Directions

  1. Take two clean sweet potatoes and pierce in several places with a fork, then wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place foil-wrapped potatoes on fire pit coals and allow to cook for 60 minutes, turning halfway through.
  2. Remove and check to make sure the potatoes are soft throughout. (If not, place back in fire for another 10–20 mins.) When done, unwrap potato and cut in half.
  3. Add desired dosage of cannabutter and seasonings to taste. Close the potato and allow the butter and spices to melt into it for a minute.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Stoned S’mores

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What camping trip would be complete without s’mores for dessert? With crunchy graham crackers, gooey marshmallow, and rich chocolate, this is a classic nearly synonymous with campfires. It’s also effortless to add a cannabis twist by combining those beloved ingredients with delicious cannabis chocolate. Don’t forget a roasting stick!

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Place desired dose of cannabis chocolate on top of one half of a graham cracker.
  2. Toast marshmallow over flames until the inside  has softened and become gooey. Slide marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
  3. Top with a second graham cracker and let sit several seconds to ensure chocolate has melted. Then enjoy!

Pro tip: By switching off cannabis chocolate and non-medicated chocolate, you can enjoy multiple s’mores while still adhering to your desired dose.

*Note: The amounts of cannabis oil and cannabutter specified in these recipes are very loose suggestions; the actual amounts you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabis oil or butter and the potency you desire. 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.


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Elevation Gain: How I Survived Backpacking With My Friends Using Edibles

I love my backpacking friends, but they drive me crazy sometimes. We’ve been doing this for 25 years, after all.

During a weeklong trip every year, we hit the trail to some of North America’s most beautiful wilderness areas. It’s fun, but it’s intense. We’ve listened to each other’s disgusting bodily functions far too often, and know each other’s eccentricities as well as married couples do.

My eccentricity? I’m a worrier. I worry we have too much food, too little food, not the right kind of food. I worry about the difficulty of the trip, that we’ll have bad weather, that we’ll have a horrible time. But mostly, I worry about Ken.

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Ken is our neediest group member.

He can’t eat anything with garlic, he says, because it makes him sick. He won’t eat oatmeal, he says, because it’s disgusting. He gets overheated easily. He has chronically sore feet. And an aching back. And shoulders prone to dislocation. I want to be empathic, but it’s hard not to roll your eyes when you hear about one of Ken’s new afflictions.

“You really are a delicate little flower,” I told him during a 2004 hike in the Goat Rocks Wilderness of Washington state. Every year since, I’ve said it again—not always in the kindest way. Which brings us to this year.

This year marks our 25th year of hiking together. We’ve been to the Olympics, the Canadian Rockies, the Sawtooths, the Beartooths, the Sierras, the Appalachian Trail. And for this year, we decided on something special: To visit Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

To go along with this special trip, I decided it was high time for an experiment … in getting high.

I’ve long thought that cannabis makes me more easygoing, so why not get stoned while backpacking? Why not see if being stoned takes away my trail angst and made me be more accepting of Ken (and of all my hiking partners)?

Of course, the experiment carried the added benefit of being high in one of America’s most beautiful national parks. Who wouldn’t jump at that chance?

Base Camp

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My plan was to bring edible cannabis products. Of course, pot is not legal in national parks, but I was betting that the rangers in Colorado had better things to do than bust a 60-year-old backpacker. Edible products, I reasoned, were an under-the-radar way of getting high anyway, so there was little chance of running afoul of the law.

Our group needed some time to acclimate to Colorado’s elevation before starting our backpacking trip, so I opted to drive from Seattle and set up a base camp at Glacier Basin, on the eastern side of the park, while the others would fly into Denver. We would spend two nights at the car campground before backpacking from west to east across the park along the Continental Divide Scenic Trail.

I had the chicken cooking on the campfire and the beer on ice when my four friends pulled up, fresh off the airplane. Ken looked at me sadly, shaking his head.

“No carbonation,” he said when I offered him a beer. “I’m having trouble burping.”

I thought, “Here we go again.”

Luckily, I had been preparing for the group’s arrival by sipping on a Rainier cherry-flavored Legal Soda from Mirth Provisions, which contained a 10-milligram dose of THC. It was just starting to kick in. While Ken described a disturbing new problem with his back, I nodded sympathetically, said, “That’s too bad, buddy,” and served dinner.

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The Meltdown

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A day later, it was off to the west side of the park via picturesque Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous highway in the US, to the Onahu Trailhead to begin our backpacking adventure. In contrast to its crowded car campgrounds, Rocky Mountain National Park’s backcountry trails are gorgeous and marvelously empty. We arrived at our secluded campsite beside an exquisite waterfall in high spirits. All of us, that is, except Ken, who dragged far behind. He labored into camp, took off his pack and collapsed into his tent.

I popped three 5-milligram doses of Swifts sour drops and as the afternoon turned to evening, the cannabis took effect and I felt increasingly happy about being deep in wilderness, away from the crowds. I was so happy, I checked on Ken.

“I feel sick,” he said weakly from inside the tent. I patiently coaxed him to eat dinner and hoped for better things the next day. But in the morning, all was quiet in Ken’s tent. The rest of us had already eaten breakfast when he finally emerged.

“I have to quit,” Ken said dramatically. “I’m not having any fun. And I feel like I’m holding you guys up.” He looked pale and said he hadn’t slept at all during the night. After a little debate, it was agreed, but it felt odd. Ken had been on every trip for 25 years, and this was the first time he was dropping out. “I’m sorry, Kenny,” I told him as he left. “Feel better.”

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Onward Across the Divide

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For the next three days, we hiked along the Continental Divide Scenic Trail, with gorgeous views of the western slope of the Rockies gradually cresting at more than 12,000 feet. Each evening, I had 10-milligram THC doses of Illuminations hard candies from Verdelux. At one campsite, near a beautiful meadow, a moose rambled past our tents. At another campsite in a high basin, the setting sun turned the snowscape pink as a meltwater-filled stream rushed nearby. Several times a day, I found myself saying, “I wonder how Ken is?” Or, “I wish Kenny could see this!” Through it all, I stayed angst-free and Rocky Mountain high.

So yes, the experiment was a success. I managed to let go of my worrying ways, drop any petty irritations, and stay in the moment, enjoying Colorado’s incomparable beauty in a happy new way.

On our last day, as we crossed the Continental Divide, we briefly had cellphone reception. I quickly called Ken to see how he was doing. He had recovered nicely, he said.

“That’s great, Kenny,” I said with a mellow smile. “Can’t wait to see you again.”


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4 Fancy Recipes to Dress Up Your Cannabutter

It’s always a good idea to keep a batch of cannabutter on hand—whether you melt it into peppery mashed potatoes, spread it over fluffy pancakes, or slather your grilled corn on the cob, keeping it around is the easiest way to enjoy an edible whenever you wish. But let’s be honest—on its own, this most basic of infused toppings can get a little boring. Many people don’t enjoy the flavor of cannabis that comes through, either.

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How to make your cannabutter better? Whether you’re simply feeling like mixing things up or wanting to pack your dishes with extra oomph, look no further than our tried and true gourmet cannabutter recipes. These little pats of infused paradise are super-easy to make and will impress your guests with their visual appeal and delectable flavors. Not only that, they can be made in small portions anytime, and are ready to go in minutes!

Pro tip for beautiful results: Minimize the amount of green color that gets into your starting batch of butter by refraining from squeezing the plant material as you’re straining it.

Honey and Lavender Cannabutter

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Get out of bed on the right foot with a touch of calming lavender and sweet local honey in your cannabutter. You can slather this on toast or pancakes to spruce up your breakfast—pair it all with a cup of coffee for the perfect wake and bake brunch.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cannabutter
  • ½ teaspoon loose lavender petals
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

  1. Soften butter to desired consistency.
  2. Stir in honey and lavender petals.
  3. Enjoy!

Tip: Feel free to use infused honey over cannabutter for easier dosing—or use both to up the potency.

Roasted Garlic and Chive Cannabutter

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Perfect for cheesy biscuits or piping-hot baked potatoes, you can’t go wrong with roasted garlic and a touch of chive. Be the best cannabis host around by leaving these savory pats next to dinner plates for your (cognizant!) guests to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cannabutter
  • 1 head of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon chives
  • Olive oil

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Directions for Roasted Garlic

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Peel garlic bulb (leaving clove skins intact) and cut enough from the top of the bulb to exposing the insides of the individual cloves.
  3. Cut side up, place garlic bulb in baking pan and drizzle olive oil over cloves. Rub the oil into each clove, cover with foil, and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.

Directions for Butter

  1. Soften cannabutter to desired consistency
  2. Remove one clove of roasted garlic and mash in a small dish. Add chives and mix until combined.
  3. Mix cannabutter and chive-garlic mash together thoroughly.
  4. Enjoy!

Pro tip: You can either mix up a larger batch of this butter to use the full bulb of garlic, or save it for other delectable cannabutter combinations such as roasted garlic and rosemary cannabutter.

Roasted Jalapeño and Cilantro-Lime Cannabutter

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If you’re planning to bake some fresh halibut or are feeling like a treat with a touch of Mexican flair, reach for this delectable cannabutter recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cannabutter
  • 1 roasted jalapeño (for ease, we recommend picking up a jar of roasted jalapeños)
  • ½ teaspoon finely chopped cilantro
  • One slice of lime

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Directions

  1. Soften cannabutter to desired consistency.
  2. Cut jalapeño in half vertically and finely chop one of the halves. Save the other half or discard.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cannabutter, jalapeño, and chopped cilantro. Squeezed juice from lime slice into the butter and mix well.
  4. Enjoy!

Raspberry Jam Cannabutter

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One of our simpler gourmet-ified recipes, this sweet little number is just what you’ll want for warm scones or fresh-baked bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cannabutter
  • 1–2 teaspoons raspberry jam

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Directions:

  1. Soften cannabutter to desired consistency.
  2. Mix in raspberry jam.
  3. Enjoy! (See, we told you it was easy.)

Pro Tip: It doesn’t take much jam to truly flavor your butter, so play around with the amount (and flavors!) to get the perfect butter-to-jam ratio.

*Note: No matter how good it tastes, the amount of cannabutter you consume should always be modified based on the strength of your base cannabutter and the potency you desire. 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.


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Know Your Rights: US/Canada Border Crossing 101

That invisible line separating Canada from the United States can sometimes seem like a wall—especially when it comes to cannabis. Wildly different enforcement practices at the US-Canadian border can leave travelers in a haze: Americans traveling to Canada are more likely to be asked if they are packing heat than whether they light up, while Canadians can be banished from the US just for admitting to past marijuana use. Things will likely grow even cloudier as Canada prepares to decriminalize cannabis next year.

Len Saunders is a US immigration attorney in Blaine, WA, with an office less than four blocks from the Canadian border. Before Washington State legalized recreational marijuana, he was getting one or two marijuana-related calls a year from Canadians. These days, he gets that number in a week. Here are his suggestions for people traveling to the US-Canada border—from any direction.

Know the Law

Medical marijuana is legal in Canada and recreational marijuana is not, although that prohibition is largely unenforced. Meanwhile, medicinal marijuana is lawful in the District of Columbia and 29 of the United States, including in eight states where it is also legal for recreational purposes and in 12 of the 13 states that share a border with Canada. But cannabis remains illegal in any form or quantity under US federal laws and the federal government—which controls all land, air, and sea borders—bans the stuff regardless of what state law says. For all these reasons, marijuana is simply not allowed across the border—from either side – whether medically prescribed or not.

Marijuana is simply not allowed across the border—from either side—whether medically prescribed or not.

As for the ramifications of being caught: US visitors entering Canada with any quantity of cannabis will likely be turned away at the border. They may try again another day, though they shouldn’t be surprised if they draw added scrutiny.

Far harsher consequences await Canadian visitors caught bringing cannabis into the US, or even those who simply admit to having used it. Not only are they denied entry by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, they may also be deemed inadmissible to the US, and essentially banished. That’s significant if coming to the US in the future, for any reason—business, work, a Disney vacation—is important. Cannabis-packing Canadian border-crossers can also be fined, apprehended, or both.

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Obviously US citizens returning home can’t be denied entry, but they, too, can be fined. Non-citizens, however, face possible deportation. For immigrants who live in the US, being caught with marijuana or admitting to using it can affect future applications for citizenship or legal permanent residency. “A Microsoft employee on a work visa who is caught at the border with weed? He’s basically screwed,” as Saunders puts it.

Past run-ins with the law will also hurt. Canada and the US share criminal databases, the resting place for old convictions that will most assuredly lead to inadmissibility on both sides of the border.

But it doesn’t have to come to that. If all goes well, a stop at the border will involve nothing more than a primary inspection and a few questions from the officer about where you live and what your plans are. How you answer those questions may well determine what happens next. “Unless your passport is flagged, your primary inspection should last about a minute or less,” points out Alex Stojicevic, a Vancouver-based Canadian immigration attorney. Any number of factors can get you sent into secondary inspection, where “they can find out everything about you that’s available in a government database in under 10 minutes. You should behave as if you know that can happen.”

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Mind What You Say

Canadian officials won’t interrogate visitors about their marijuana use. But it’s not uncommon for US border officers to ask visitors if they use marijuana or are coming into the states to buy it. Saunders said he’s amazed how many people answer “yes”—to their detriment.

“It’s like asking about your sex life,” says Saunders. “There are some questions that are simply none of their business.” To be fair, not every officer will ask the question, and the level of scrutiny around weed is discretionary, with some crossings and officers far stricter than others.

Saunders said travelers should admit they are in possession of cannabis when they are, or that they’ve been charged in the past with a marijuana-related crime when they have, since a database search will reveal both. But when asked about personal cannabis use, he suggests visitors avoid lying by telling the agent they prefer not to answer. They’ll probably be denied entry anyway, just as they would if they said yes, Saunders says. But it at least it wouldn’t be compounded by also being barred for life.

“A Microsoft employee on a work visa who is caught at the border with weed? He’s basically screwed.”

Len Saunders, US Immigration Attorney

Hopeful development: In a recent letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and US Department of Homeland Security division heads, 18 Democratic members of Congress raised concerns over the devastating penalties for visitors and US immigrants who may be unaware of the disparities between federal laws and laws in states where marijuana is legal. They urged them to instruct their officers in states where marijuana is legal not to ask visitors and residents about their use or possession of marijuana, to develop policies for not penalizing them based on such behavior, and to build flexibility into guidelines for finding someone inadmissible because of it.

Prepare to Be Profiled

Border agents aren’t just listening to how visitors answer their questions; they are also looking for “tells.” One of Saunders’ clients, a wealthy 30 year old who owns a pair of dispensaries in Vancouver, was flagged crossing the border into the US after he pulled up to the booth in a new Ferrari. He was deemed inadmissible after admitting to prior use of marijuana. Along with your car, the way you look can also raise a red flag for U.S agents. As Saunders says, a “hippy look,” dreadlocks, or even a T-shirt sporting a marijuana leaf, might give CBP agents the impression you smoke, even when you’re telling them you don’t. “I frequently see young Canadians dressed as throwbacks to the 60s and 70s get sent inside [to secondary inspection],” says Saunders. “Rarely do I see a group of young professionals in business suits being questioned about marijuana use.”

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Check, Double-Check, Then Check Again

Being caught with cannabis can have devastating consequences, and you can never be too cautious. One of Saunders’ clients was denied entry and deemed inadmissible because he had forgotten about the three joints in his shirt pocket—until a drug-sniffing dog stopped at his car and started pulling on its leash. Another has been in a seven-year battle to regain his green card after officers found traces of weed on the floor of his car and he admitted that he’d smoked in the past.

Before heading to the border, clear any trace of marijuana from your vehicle, your purse, your wallet, your jacket and your pants pockets. Check for paraphernalia—discarded rolling papers under the floor mats or that neglected pipe in the glove compartment. Since officers are able to search your phone and explore your social media, scrub anything that can incriminate you, like that photo of you lighting up a spliff on Mt. Seymour.

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You’ve Been Busted and Banned. Now What?

If you’ve been deemed inadmissible by Canadian authorities based on a prior conviction, you have a good shot at a permanent fix. Depending on how long ago your conviction was, you can apply for criminal rehabilitation. And once you get it, it’s good for life.

The US government also allows those it has banished either because of a prior conviction or a bust at the border to waive inadmissibility. But a waiver is not quick, it’s not cheap and is something you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your life.

Canadians and other visitors who wish to continue traveling to the U.S. after being barred must submit the results of a criminal background check, proof of employment, two character letters, and a letter of remorse. The waiver will cost $585, take about six months to process, and will be good for 1 to 5 years. When it expires, you’ll have to do the whole thing all over again – for as long as you want to keep coming to the US.


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