Cannabis Crossword – Stoner Movie Trivia Extraordinaire

Today’s cannabis crossword is all about stoner movies! This puzzle includes trivia from films adopted as stoner cult classics and movies that were all about weed in the first place. Get stoned and be ready to play because this one is not as easy as it seems… What themes should we have in December? Let […]

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It’s Trim Time: A List of Everything You Need to Properly Trim Cannabis

Once again it is that season when the days grow shorter and harvest is completed, and so our thoughts turn to trimming. Not just the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner or trimming the Christmas tree, but to trimming the cannabis crop! Now that you have grown your plants to perfection, you’ll need to redirect your energy to manicuring the flowers which is the final step to show off the beauty of the bud.

After harvesting and drying them until the stems snap and excess moisture is evaporated, we like to wrap the bud covered branches in unbleached Kraft paper. We roll them into big “burritos” and stand them up in plastic tubs so they stay fresh – not too dry and not too moist –  and maintain temperature and humidity at 60º and 60 percent.

The next step is to prepare your trimming area, making sure it is clean and comfortable. I recommend putting plastic sheets on the floor, so you’re not grinding extra leaves and waste into your carpets, and also a plastic tablecloth on the large table you’ll be using. Some people prefer to sit on a couch with a trim tray on their lap but I find that it’s preferable to be able to spread out on a table and keep my back straight while sitting in a chair

Bucked cannabis rolled in Kraft paper.

Gear You’ll Need to Get the Job Done & How to Use it

Trimming scissors  

I recommend the orange handled Chikamasa brand, but if you’re trimming a very large amount you may want to have other styles on hand as well to switch between in order to avoid repetitive stress injury. I also suggest that if your hands start to feel tired, stretch your arms in front of you, turn your palms upwards and stretch your fingers wide. This is a good relaxation technique to employ occasionally.

Trim Bin or Large Tray

It is well worth the investment to buy a Trim Bin online or at your local grow shop or headshop. They are ergonomically designed to rest your hands in a comfortable position. Best of all, the built in 2-level screened system allows the kief to strain through to the tray below so you can collect the resinous trichomes that accumulate. They can be used to make cannabis butter, hash or simply sprinkle onto your joints for an extra boost. You can also use a simple flat tray or even a plate, but whatever it is, be sure to keep it clean.

Good Lighting

You’ll want a desk lamp with an expandable range such as this one. I like it because it offers natural daylight as well as a built-in magnifying glass and clamp-on mounting options. Always have good bright light, and be sure to protect your eyes with glasses or goggles. Another tip about your eyes while trimming: Be aware. Do not put your fingers in your eyes or the resin from trimming will sting like crazy! A magnifying glass is beneficial so you can observe the buds closely if you have reason to believe they have mold or powdery mildew.

Gloves

In the old days, no one wore gloves of any kind while trimming, and then we’d wonder why we were so high by the end of the day! Cannabis resin will gather on your fingers and seep through your pores, so not only will you have super sticky hands that take lots of scrubbing with oil to clean, but you’ll get too stoned to focus. There are several types of gloves on the market and people have their own favorites. Some trimmers prefer the ones with powdered latex while I like the textured nitrile varieties that are powder free. Sample a few to find what is to your liking.

A Reynolds turkey bag full of trimmed cannabis.

Turkey Bags

I wonder who it was that figured out that turkey oven-roasting bags hold in the smell of their contents so very well. Hence, back in the days of the “traditional” illicit market, growers used them so that no skunky smell gave away the clue of what was in their car as they drove the buds to their final destinations. At one point in the late nineties, the small village of Laytonville, situated in the heart of the Emerald Triangle, actually won an award from Reynolds Company for selling the most turkey bags! Over the years, it has become obvious that these bags really do contain the terpenes and freshness of your cannabis. I recommend you don’t buy the small expensive boxes of them at the grocery store, but go on-line or to your local grow shop where they are considerably less expensive in bulk. Also available now are “Ostrich Bags” which are really huge for larger plants.

Ziplock Bags

I use these for the shake and smalls leftover from trimming, and am sure to label them according to their cultivar. The shake, aka trim, can be used for making edibles or hashish. The smalls are what the farmer traditionally keeps and smokes while selling the full flowers. If this is your personal crop, and not for sale, you can just include the smalls with the full flowers, but you may still want to separate them as you don’t need to trim the smalls as finely.

Smalls Bowl

Just something funky will do – I  set this to the side of my trim bin to hold the small buds if you are separating them from the fully trimmed flowers.

Masking Tape & Sharpies

It’s always smart to label your cannabis as much as possible, especially if you have several cultivars. Use a dark black Sharpie to label the Kraft paper “burritos” once you take the branches down from drying. Then be sure to also label your bags with finished trimmed flowers so you never lose track of which strain is which.

Aprons

It’s best to wear some covering as your clothes will otherwise be covered with weed! Avoid knits, flannel and woolens that seem to have a magnetic attraction for leaves.

Plastic Tubs

Once trimmed, you’ll put your flowers into a turkey bag. Then store them in large plastic tubs in a cool and dark place. You may also want to take out some buds to place into well-sealed glass jars, preferably of a dark or opaque color, and again place these in a cool and dark place for storage.

Water Mug

Place a mug next to your trim space for dipping your scissors to keep them clean. This trick is not widely known but it really works. After every few buds, depending on the stickiness of the strain, just dip your scissors into the water, shake them off and continue. The dampness is just fine for the buds and it will keep your scissors so clean and smooth that you’ll never have to switch them out or dip them in alcohol.

Trim scissors being dipped into a mug filled with water.

Audiobooks and Podcasts

While you are snipping away, it really helps to listen to something entertaining. You’ll be surprised how fast the time goes. Best to avoid videos, as you need to keep your eyes on your work. I like to find some juicy, really long books that entice me to keep trimming away.

Trimming Techniques

Now that you are all set up, put on your apron and gloves and sit in your favorite trimming chair. First, you’ll have to “buck” the branches, which means removing any large stems and fan leaves — the large leafy matter that protects the buds but doesn’t have any real cannabinoids — and take each and every bud off of the branch. You’ll be left with individual buds that now can be manicured with your scissors.

Cut off any extra leaf and remove the small stem pieces so that only the bud remains in all her glory. Be careful not to trim it too closely as there is beneficial resin on some of the smallest leaves which serve to protect the bud. No one wants a “mowed down” look. Our rule for top shelf flowers is that no bud smaller than a nickel goes into the full buds bag – they go into the smalls bowl to be consumed in-house.

Take your time and get into a meditative rhythm. Remember to dip your scissors into the water mug after every couple of buds to keep your scissors clean so they don’t get sticky. Before you know it, hours have passed and you’ll have a nice pile of beautiful buds. Whether for commercial or personal use, now is the time to showcase to perfection the months of work it took to grow these plants.

So get your girls ready to greet the world and enjoy the trimming season! 

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México: Viene La Legalización de Cannabis. Y Usted…¿¿Se Lanza Ahora?? 

 

Esta semana la Cámara de Senadores aprobó una iniciativa que contiene el borrador de una Ley Federal para la Regulación del Cannabis (le “Ley del Cannabis”), la cual contiene reformas a la Ley General de Salud, así como al Código Penal Federal, y fue modificada por una útil Adenda. La iniciativa así modificada se encuentra en camino a la Cámara de Diputados para su discusión y, si todo sale bien, aprobación. Ésta es una gran noticia para la industria cannábica mexicana.

Aunque la iniciativa sometida en un principio a consideración de los Senadores presentaba rasgos previsibles (y quizá otras restricciones, más alarmantes), la Adenda resulta sumamente prometedora. Prevemos que, de aprobarse por la Cámara de Diputados, la Ley del Cannabis será publicada junto con el Reglamento Médico que comentaremos líneas abajo. México estaría con ello legalizando de golpe la totalidad del mercado cannábico, para todos los usos.

Un poco de contexto: como reporté previamente en este blog, con las reformas de 2017 a la Ley General de Salud y al Código Penal Federal se legalizó la cannabis con fines médicos y de investigación, incluyendo su uso, posesión, consumo, exportación e importación. En 2018, la Suprema Corte de Justicia generaría jurisprudencia al declarar, por quinta ocasión, la inconstitucionalidad de la prohibición del derecho al autoconsumo y el autocultivo para fines recreativos por parte de mayores de edad, y ordenaría a la Secretaría de Salud, la COFEPRIS (Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios) y demás organismos responsables promulgar la legislación necesaria para armonizar con la sentencia emitida, garantizando así, el suministro, distribución y venta de la cannabis.

El año pasado, una sentencia de la Suprema Corte de Justicia impuso el mandato a la Secretaría de Salud de emitir la legislación secundaria que permitiera hacer efectivas las reformas de 2017 antedichas, correspondientes al uso médico y de investigación, imponiendo para hacerlo como fecha límite (prorrogada) septiembre de 2020. El Reglamento aún no se publica. Pero, en el lado positivo, la iniciativa que acaba de ser aprobada por la Cámara de Senadores sí busca cumplir con el mandato de la Suprema Corte de 2018, el cual impuso una fecha límite para legislar el uso adulto, igual prorrogada ya algunas veces y que hoy vence el 15 de diciembre de 2020.

La Ley del Cannabis reglamenta el uso adulto o recreacional y el industrial (cáñamo). No obstante, expresamente deja fuera el uso médico, terapéutico o paliativo. Ello se debe a que 1) el uso médico ya es legal, como consecuencia de las reformas de 2017, mencionadas arriba y 2) dicho uso será expresamente reglamentado por un Reglamento Médico cuyo borrador –entendemos- está listo, y que esperamos sea publicado en el Diario Oficial de la Federación casi o al mismo tiempo que la Ley del Cannabis, de aprobarse.

Dicho lo anterior, a continuación, presentamos los cambios más disruptivos contenido en la Ley del Cannabis:

  • Se consolida el porcentaje del 1% en adelante en concentraciones de THC como el estándar base para considerar al cannabis como psicoactivo, lo que significa que México seguirá el estándar internacional y no el norteamericano.
  • El uso adulto, así como la posesión de hasta 28 gramos de cannabis se vuelven legales para mayores de 18 años.
  • Las personas físicas finalmente podrán solicitar permisos de autoconsumo y autocultivo para uso adulto: hasta 6 plantas por titular y 8, cuando en un domicilio habite más de un titular de permiso. No habrá necesidad de instalar barreras físicas para consumir: será suficiente asegurarse que el humo no llegue a menores de edad o fumadores pasivos.
  • Se crea el concepto de “asociaciones de consumo de cannabis psicoactivo”, una asociación civil sin fines de lucro donde titulares de permisos individuales de autoconsumo y autocultivo pueden realizar juntos las actividades inherentes al uso adulto, bajo requerimientos específicos y siempre que mantengan una distancia de, al menos, 500 metros de cualquier área recreativa, escuela, espacio libre de humo, etc.
  • Se prevé el otorgamiento de licencias para las siguientes actividades, de acuerdo a los fines permitidos: cultivo, transformación, comercialización, importación o exportación (aunque en este caso, no para cannabis psicoactivo) e investigación. Las licencias incluirán autorización para actividades auxiliares a aquéllas que se autorizan: transporte, almacenamiento y, en el caso de las licencias de cultivo y transformación, venta al siguiente eslabón de la cadena productiva, siempre que el comprador sea titular de la licencia correspondiente.
  • Se permitirá la verticalidad de licencias, y no habrá restricción alguna a partes relacionadas para solicitar otras licencias, lo cual abre la posibilidad de generar alianzas que cubran la totalidad de la cadena productiva. Sin embargo, la Secretaría de Salud y la Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica mantendrán la prerrogativa de restringir e incluso revocar las licencias, basados en consideraciones de competencia económica o justicia social. Se espera que las autoridades analicen el ejercicio de estas facultades caso por caso.
  • Las licencias de cultivo ampararán una extensión límite de 8 hectáreas a cielo abierto y 2 mil m2 bajo cubierta por titular. Se dará preferencia en su otorgamiento a aquellos grupos considerados vulnerables o afectados por el sistema prohibitivo (indígenas, ejidatarios, campesinos, etc.). Sin embargo, si un miembro de alguno de esos grupos desea solicitar una licencia, deberá obtener autorización previa de las autoridades ejidales correspondientes.
  • Los extranjeros, bajo las restricciones al capital extranjero ya contenidas en la Ley de Inversión Extranjera, podrán constituir una sociedad mexicana para solicitar sus licencias. 
  • Se creará el Instituto para la Regulación y el Control del Cannabis (el “Instituto”), un organismo desconcentrado de la Secretaría de Salud, que tendrá a su cargo todos los aspectos relaticos al control de la industria, lo que incluye las políticas y lineamientos para el otorgamiento de licencias.
  • Se reglamentará el cáñamo, si bien superficialmente.

Como puede verse, la iniciativa aprobada y su contenido son muy buenas noticias y, si no se modifica en demasía en la Cámara de Diputados, podría allanar el camino para que México se vuelva, gracias a su posición geográfica (al lado de los dos mayores mercados cannábicos del mundo) y clima, en una potencia industrial y mercado global para el cannabis.

Ahora bien, es importante que entendamos tres cosas:

Primero, usar cannabis ya es legal, gracias a las reformas de 2017 y a la jurisprudencia emitida por la Suprema Corte. Solamente no se encuentra reglamentado, que es lo que mantiene a la industria en un estado de incertidumbre jurídica.

Segundo, la existencia de reglamentación en sí misma importa más restricciones a las actividades que la falta de ella.

Tercero, si bien el cannabis será completamente legal una vez que la Ley del Cannabis y el Reglamento Médico sean promulgados, eso no significa que usted podrá solicitare licencias en cuanto dicha legislación entre en vigor. El Instituto debe constituirse, emitir su estatuto orgánico, lineamientos, etc. Así, una vez que ello ocurra, se deberá esperar 90 días para poder solicitar licencias de investigación, mientras que deberá esperarse 6 meses para licencias que amparen actividad con cannabis no psicoactivo y 18 meses para los permisos y licencias que involucren uso adulto y cannabis psicoactivo. Por lo que se refiere a licencias de cultivo, no podrán solicitarse mientras el Instituto no emita lineamientos de testado y trazabilidad.

Lo anterior resalta la conveniencia de solicitar licencias cannábicas antes de que la legalización tenga lugar. Sí, buscar licencias sin mediar un marco regulatorio puede ser más difícil, pero si las otorga la autoridad, necesariamente serán de alcance más amplio que las licencias que se otorguen una vez que entren en vigor la Ley del Cannabis y el Reglamento Médico. En efecto, como he escrito anteriormente, pueden evitarse las restricciones que se impondrán a la inversión extranjera en la industria cannábica, así como aquéllas que se impondrán a las licencias en cuanto a su verticalidad, amplitud de las actividades autorizadas y delimitación geográfica. Más allá de eso, los primeros solicitantes que tengan éxito estarán a años de distancia de sus competidores en términos de sentido local para los negocios, comprensión de las necesidades de los consumidores y, sobre todo, participación de mercado. Todo esto compensa con creces el solicitar licencias con anticipación y pelear legalmente cualquier negativa o rechazo de sus solicitudes. Después de todo, los mismos transitorios de la Ley del Cannabis prevén que “[t]odos los procedimientos, recursos administrativos y demás asuntos relacionados con las materias a que refiere este Decreto, iniciados con anterioridad a su entrada en vigor, se tramitarán y resolverán conforme a las disposiciones vigentes en ese momento.”

Así que ya lo saben: se viene un boom del mercado, pero hay que ir por esas licencias HOY.

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The best ‘high questions’ to contemplate when you’re, well, high

Cannabis consumers partake in weed for a myriad of reasons, including medicinal, to ease the body’s aches, pains, and anxiety, or  recreational, to spark creativity. The research is out on how cannabis specifically impacts our creative thoughts and work, but pretty much all consumers recognize that a good high can produce a flood of new ideas, thoughts, and — most of all — questions. All kinds of questions. 

Some of those questions may be existential in the vein of “what is the meaning of life?” Others may wander to the bizarre, “If a tomato is a fruit, then isn’t ketchup a smoothie?” There are whole communities on Reddit dedicated to chatting with people who contemplate both the smell of their feet and the origins of the Big Bang in the same sesh. Over on Twitter, both hashtags #HighQuestions and #StonerThoughts show the same kinds of musings. 

These questions are as sundry as you might think — maybe you’re thinking of one right now — though they do tend to fall into three basic categories. Here are some of the most compelling, funny, and groan-inducing high questions floating around on the internet

Compelling questions

You’ll want to spark up a fresh bowl of cerebral cannabis, like White Widow or LSD, before diving deep into these 13 compelling and thoughtful questions: 

  • Can you daydream at night?
  • If you’re in a competition by yourself, do you come in first or last?
  • If life is unfair to everyone, does that mean life is actually fair?
  • Which came first, the plant or the seed?
  • If actions speak louder than words, is speaking also an action?
    • Does being “up” for something mean the same thing as being “down” for something?
    • What time is it not?
    • If you try to fail, but end up succeeding, which did you actually do?
    • Who created God?
    • What’s the highest thing you’ve ever done?
    • Is getting high and remembering something from your past simply time travel?
    • What if scientists, philosophers, and researchers were high when they made their most important and noteworthy discoveries?
    • Who was the first person that saw cannabis and decided to smoke it?

    Funny questions

    Reach for some giggle-inducing Durban Poison or Mango Kush before laughing til your cheeks hurt with these 14 amusing questions:

    • If you smoke weed on a boat, does that make it seaweed? 
    • If you drop soap on the floor, is the floor clean or is the soap dirty?
    • If you get scared half to death twice, do you die?
    • Is the “s” or the “c” silent in “scent”?
    • If money is the root of all evil, why do they ask for it in church?
    • If you clean a vacuum, do you become a vacuum cleaner?
    • Who closes the bus door after the bus driver gets off?
    • If they use crash test dummies to test things, how do they test crash test dummies?
    • If oranges are orange, why are limes not called “greens”? 
    • What does water taste like?
    • Can dogs get a song stuck in their head?
    • Have you ever calmed someone down by saying “calm down?”
    • If you’re waiting for the waiter, aren’t you the waiter?
    • Who taught the first teacher?

    Groaner questions

    Load up your favorite bong with a bit of Gelato before pulling out your best dad jokes with these 14 groan-inducing questions:

    • Why don’t ribbed condoms taste like ribs?
    • What if every time we eat an apple, we’re eating a tree baby?
    • Is a gingerbread man made of house, or is his house made of flesh?
    • If an ice cube melts, is it floating in a pool of its own blood?
    • What do teeth taste like? Do everyone’s teeth taste differently?
    • If someone dies in a living room, is it still a living room?
    • If two vegans are arguing, is it still considered a beef?
    • If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it still a dog pile?
    • Why is it called a building when it’s already built?
    • How many people have stepped on the sidewalk I walk on every day?
    • If I hit myself and it hurts, am I weak or strong?
    • Who put the alphabet in alphabetical order?
    • Is there a synonym for “synonym”?
    • Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?

    We do know from research that cannabis can distort our sense of time, making it seem like it moves more slowly. Cannabis can also disrupt short-term memory and alter our sense of perception. So a question that seems very urgent and worthy of contemplation during one sesh might not even enter your mind the next time around. 

    If you haven’t yet answered the most mysterious questions of the universe while high, no worries. There are always new thoughts to examine.

    Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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    5 Great Must-Have Apps For Musicians And Artists

    Whether you’re on the SkyTrain and the perfect melody slips into your head, or get a message from The Based God asking for beats while you’re hiking (true story), the 21st-century musician is just a tap away from making their personal music goals possible virtually anywhere, thanks to the world of smartphone apps.  Like a […]

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    Ketamine, Psilcobyin and New Drug Therapies (Part 2): The Webinar Video Replay

    For anyone who was not able to join our Q&A webinar last week on psychedelics, we’ve got you covered! Below, please find the full webinar for your viewing pleasure.

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    What happens when you green out?

    It wouldn’t be unfair to say that 2020 has been one hell of a year, and the need to escape from reality — if even for a few hours — is more tempting than ever. Consuming cannabis can be good for what ails you in so many ways, from its medicinal compounds that could help calm inflammation and contribute to a better night’s sleep, to its ability to bring a feeling of euphoria that could take your mind momentarily off of the world’s troubles. 

    For all the myriad benefits of cannabis consumption, there can be a few downsides, especially for novice consumers, including the dreaded “green out.” Defined as an experience caused by consuming too much cannabis, signs of a green out include nausea, sweating, dizziness, vomiting, severe anxiety, increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and even mild hallucinations. 

    While the research is still out as to what precisely causes a green out, anecdotal accounts from consumers and doctors hold that THC — the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the high you feel while consuming — accountable. 

    Greening out and the endocannabinoid system

    All mammals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), composed of endogenous (internal) endocannabinoids, enzymes, and receptors. Humans often ingest exogenous (external) cannabinoids through cannabis consumption, most famously the non-intoxicating CBD and the aforementioned THC. But humans also produce two endocannabinoids on their own; anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol. 

    Both endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids bind to CB receptors called CB1 and CB2. These receptors are located throughout the body, including skeletal tissues, internal organs, and the skin to help create bodily harmony, or homeostasis. When your body is out of whack in some way, let’s say it needs to respond to a change in outside temperature for example, the ECS rounds up endogenous cannabinoids to help bring your body back to balance. 

    Though all of these exogenous and endogenous cannabinoids bind to CB receptors, anandamide binds in a way that more intuitively helps moderate systems like fertility, pain, depression, appetite, and so on. Too much THC, however, can bind excessively to CB receptors, which can make you feel like you’re on the road to a green out. 

    How high THC can lead to a green out

    In the era of legalization, consumers are clearing dispensary shelves of cannabis strains with THC percentages north of 20%, expecting a kick-ass high. However, a recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder and published in JAMA Psychiatry contradicts that notion. The research found that even though smoking high-potency cannabis will definitely boost the levels of THC in your blood, it won’t get you any higher than if you’d consumed a strain with lower potency. 

    Whether or not you green out has a lot to do with how frequently you consume, what type of cannabis you consume, and how much THC you can tolerate. For example, if you go a bit overboard on your first dabbing experience, or you consume that 100 milligram edible all in one sitting, you have a pretty good chance of greening out. 

    While there’s never been a case of humans dying from cannabis toxicity, consumers should always be mindful about how much they’re consuming, especially when it comes to high potency strains. One 2019 study found that cannabis use has been associated with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), thrombus formation, stroke, and death. There are some known symptoms of greening out, like rapid heart rate, that could exacerbate an underlying health condition. 

    How to avoid or get out of a green out

    If you find yourself in the green out zone, there are a few things you can do to ride the storm. 

    If you are with friends or people you trust, ask them to stay with you until you feel well enough to be on your own. Drink plenty of water, have a snack, and get comfy. If you can manage it, try deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or even take a warm bath. 

    The trick is to engage your mind with pretty much anything other than how terrible you feel, and to create a calm, reassuring environment for yourself. 

    Some studies have shown that counteracting too much THC with CBD may help tame a green out, while terpenes like beta-caryophyllene (found in black pepper) and limonene (found in citrus fruits) have been shown to recalibrate the feelings of anxiety that are part and parcel of a green out. 

    However, the best way to avoid a green out is to simply not consume too much cannabis, especially high potency strains. If you are new to cannabis, try strains that aren’t too high in THC, or strains that are at least more balanced by other cannabinoids. As tasty as it might be, don’t eat that whole edible. 

    Last but not least, if you are a consumer with a condition that could be exacerbated by any green out symptoms, particularly rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, anxiety, or vomiting, remember the cardinal cannabis consumption rule: start low and go slow. Your friends might get baked before you, but who cares? Safety first. 

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    Seasonal Cannabis Cooking: A Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Pie for Fall

    Eating seasonal food has become such a popular trend in recent years that today, almost any chef will tell you: By eating organic local food with the seasons, you are supporting local farmers who choose to grow sustainably. Eating with the seasons also means saving money on produce that is at its supply peak and nourishing your body with fresh food.

    Unfortunately, the trend of seasonal cooking has not yet reached into cannabis cuisine. However, in states that allow for homegrown marijuana or in places that have a thriving local cultivation scene, it is easy and environmentally beneficial to integrate cannabis into cooking — both in its various stages of growth and by pairing it with other ingredients — based upon the season.

    Ultimately, the best cannabis growing and cooking model for the environment is to grow organic cannabis outdoors with your own symbiotic vegetables and herbs, supporting local regenerative farmers when purchasing your other ingredients and then making the dankest food you can matching what’s available during that time of year.

    To fully adopt a seasonal cannabis model, you should start by either sowing seeds or planting clones outside after the last frost. During the summer’s vegetative state, you can pluck a few leaves during pruning and make a delicious, nutrient-dense juice with other fruits and vegetables. As the plant hits the flowering cycle in the early fall, you can prune off the smaller popcorn buds and make live resin or rosin from them, which you could then infuse into different cooking fats or spirits. And of course, after harvest, dried cannabis flowers can be infused into other seasonal ingredients to make edibles that are completely aligned with the season.

    Cooking seasonal cannabis dishes and using the plant throughout the different growth stages for food is beneficial for the environment for many reasons. By maximizing the use of parts of the plant that otherwise would be thrown away, such as the leaves, using cannabis as a seasonal ingredient reduces waste and also maximizes the utility of the resources used to grow the plant.

    In honor of the harvest season, I bless you with this exceptionally traditional and delicious seasonal pumpkin pie recipe. Happy harvest!

    Hashplant Pumpkin Pie Recipe

    Ingredients for filling:

    • 2 cups organic puréed sugar pumpkin
    • 1 can organic sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 organic whole eggs
    • 4 tablespoons (half a stick) organic cannabutter, infused with Hashplant
    • 1 ½ tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg)
    • 1 teaspoon maple extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Ingredients for crust:

    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) chilled sweet butter
    • 4 tablespoons ice water
    • 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

    Directions:

    Step 1: For this recipe, you need to start the dough the night before or one hour before cooking time for the crust to set properly. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. With a knife, cut the stick of butter into 8 slices and drop into the bowl.

    Step 2: Mix by hand until the butter starts to meld with the dry mix. Add in 4 tablespoons of ice water and continue to combine until the mixture is fully incorporated. Press lightly into a semi-flat circle about 6 inches wide and then wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or for 1 hour prior to cooking time.

    Step 3: When you are ready to prepare your pie dough, roll out onto a floured surface and transfer to a 9-inch pie tin. Flatten the dough into the tin and pinch the edges to form a crust on the top. Take a fork and pierce little holes throughout the bottom and sides of the crust. This prevents the crust from bubbling out during the baking process.

    Step 4: Preheat your oven to 375° Fahrenheit. In a separate bowl, mix the puréed pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, Hashplant cannabutter, maple extract, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice until fully combined.

    Step 5: Pour your pumpkin mixture into your pie crust and lightly tap the pan against a counter to release any air bubbles. Put into the oven and bake for 55 minutes. Pull from oven and let the pie set at room temperature. Decorate with fresh, organic whipped cream for the most comforting fall dessert. Enjoy!

    Dosage:

    If a gram of Hashplant flower tests at 19 percent THC, then butter infused with the gram would include 190 mg of THC. Therefore, substitute the number of your cannabis’s THC percentage and the amount of flower you have and do the math to figure out your dosing. If you want a smaller dose, cut the flower down to a smaller portion. For a larger dose, add in more.

    Strain Suggestions:

    When preparing this recipe for classic pumpkin pie, I would recommend pairing strains that possess earthy, hashy, woodsy or sandalwood-like terpenes and flavonoids. The following strains would be ideal: Hashplant, Alaskan Ice, Purple Haze, S.A.G.E, Herijuana or Burmese Kush. If you do not have access to these strains, then use your nose and taste buds to find other strains that have similar smell and flavor profiles.

    TELL US, have cooked seasonal cannabis-infused food?

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