Is CBD Stronger When You Eat It, Like THC?

Every state with legal marijuana has limits set for the amount of THC in edible products, and this makes sense. Not only do edibles take a while to kick in (allowing for time to take too much), but when THC gets metabolized, it actually becomes a stronger compound. So what about CBD? Is CBD also stronger when you eat it, like THC?

If CBD is stronger when you eat it, we don’t know about it just yet. But we know that’s the case with THC, and that means if you’re eating edibles, you’re experiencing 11-hydroxy-THC. When it comes to cannabis, there are tons of options, even outside of standard THC. Now, users can try delta-8 THC, THCV, HHC, and more. It’s a new year, and a great time to try something different, so check out our deals to get your year flying right. Remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter all the latest news and industry stories, as well as exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other products. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


THC and CBD

Although we want to know if CBD is stronger when you eat it, it’s best to look at its half-brother delta-9 THC first. When I say half-brother, its because CBD and delta-9 share the same exact chemical formula of: C₂₁H₃₀O₂, but vary in the structure of their molecules, which provides for different effects from the two compounds. During research in the early-mid 1900’s, the difference between high-THC and low-THC cannabis wasn’t understood, or the role that CBD played, as neither had been isolated. In fact, discovering delta-9 THC was extremely difficult because scientists were often given hemp plants to work with out of confusion over where THC could be found.

CBD and delta-9 are what are called structural isomers because of the shared chemical formula. This means: “two or more organic compounds have the same molecular formulas but different structures.” There are different kinds of isomers that vary in different ways. Sometimes they are mirror opposites of each other, sometimes they are double bond stereoisomers like delta-9 and delta-8 which vary solely in the placement of a double bond, and sometimes there are other configurations as well.

Delta-9 THC is generally associated with getting high and psychoactive properties. In reality, though CBD is often considered non-psychoactive, this goes against the idea that it can be helpful with things like anxiety control and mood regulation. Though the idea of CBD causing some kind of high can be argued, it most certainly causes psychoactive effects, as those psychoactive effects are often the reason for taking CBD. This reputation of being non-psychoactive seems to be more in line with marketing campaigns used to separate CBD from THC in the minds of consumers. Or simply the confusion over what it means to be ‘high’, vs a ‘psychoactive’ effect.

THC and CBD

THC when eaten

The whole question of whether CBD is stronger when you eat it, comes from the idea that delta-9 THC converts to a metabolite which is stronger, when its eaten. For anyone who was unaware, the type of THC that makes us high when we eat edibles, is actually a variation of the type of THC that makes us high when we smoke a joint or use a vape. This is because when delta-9 is eaten, it goes through the digestive tract and is broken down by the liver.

This breakdown converts C₂₁H₃₀O₂ (also the chemical formula for CBD, remember) into C21H30O3, also known as 11-hydroxy-THC. This slight tweak to the chemistry makes a world of difference in the THC experience. As explained by Leafly researcher Nick Jikomes:

“The real difference between edibles and smoking or vaping is that with edibles, a much larger fraction of Delta-9-THC makes it to the liver first. There it gets converted to 11-hydroxy-THC.” He goes on, “So in other words, if you smoke or vape, the ratio of 11-hydroxy-THC to Delta-9-THC is quite low, and if you take an edible it’s much higher.”

When smoked, delta-9 gets into the bloodstream through the alveoli of the lungs. As blood is water based, the THC doesn’t break down well in this way. It binds to endocannabinoid receptors instead, and isn’t metabolized by the liver in large amounts. However, when eaten it goes through the digestive tract, and binds to a glurononide compound to create 11-hydroxy-THC. This version of THC is more water soluble, and therefore better at crossing the blood-brain barrier and getting around the body. Many believe this is at least partly why 11-hydroxy-THC can seem more potent, and explains why edibles cause a different reaction.

How is 11-hydroxy-THC different? Well, for one thing, the process by which THC is metabolized, slows down the onset of effects, and it can take 1-3 hours to feel the full results. This is in contrast to a near immediate effect when smoking. The effects of smoking peak within 30-60 minutes and then peter down, whereas 11-hydroxy-THC can produce a high that lasts for 4-6+ hours before starting to fade out.

While judging potency can be a little difficult, a 1973 study compared the effects of equivalent one mg doses of delta-9 and 11-hydroxy-THC, which were given intravenously to casual smokers. It was found that 11-hydroxy produced a quicker and more intense reaction. Whether 11-hydroxy is actually more potent is hard to say, as some research points to the two compounds being comparable. Whether or not it produces stronger effects, it most certainly produces longer effects, and the feeling has been noted to be much more of a body high.

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Is CBD stronger when you eat it?

All of this now brings up the question of whether CBD is also stronger when you eat it, like delta-9 THC. So to understand better, we’d need to take a look at what happens to CBD when its ingested. Truth is, there isn’t research at this point covering all aspects of the topic, which is probably why it doesn’t come up very often. Research, in the form of a systematic review, has pointed to half-life estimates for different routes of administration:

CBD in oromucosal spray produced a half-life of 1.4 – 10.9 hours, chronic oral administration made for a half-life of two–five days, IV CBD produced a half-life of 24 hours, and the average half-life for smoking it was 31 hours. Bioavailability for smoking was put around 31%, but no other administration method was investigated. It should be noted that though it doesn’t say anything about potency, oral administration also has a much longer half-life than smoking, which is similar to the elongated half-life of THC when eaten.

The main metabolite of THC when metabolized through the digestive tract, is 11-hydroxy-THC, although this exists along with tons of other metabolites that show up in smaller amounts. In terms of CBD, “Due to extensive Phase I metabolism, the pharmacokinetics of CBD is complex and the bioavailability of oral CBD is low across species. In general, the most abundant metabolites are hydroxylated 7-COOH derivatives of CBD that are excreted either intact or as glucuronide conjugates. The route of administration affects the pharmacokinetics of CBD and high intra- and intersubject variability is common in humans…”

The same study goes on to point out: “In an early study with healthy volunteers who were given 20 mg [3H]CBD by intravenous injection, 7-COOH-CBD was the most abundant metabolite in the plasma, while 7-OH-CBD was only a minor biotransformation product (in the original publication, the compounds are referred to as 11-carboxy-CBD and 11-hydroxy-CBD, respectively).”

This is interesting because 11-hydroxy-CBD is the equivalent metabolite of 11-hydroxy-THC, the stronger (or at least longer lasting) form of THC. Is this CBD metabolite also more intense, or does it provide a different effect? Is it even the reason for the longer half-life when eaten? Honestly, hard to say from what’s online. This demonstrates the still large black hole that exists in the cannabis research world.

If a comparable metabolite of delta-9 provides stronger (or at least different/longer) effects than delta-9, then wouldn’t we want to know the same about CBD metabolites? Perhaps 11-hydroxy-CBD – whether coming with different effects or not, doesn’t show up in large enough quantities to make a difference anyway. What we can see from half-lives, is that something similar must be happening with CBD as with THC, because the half-life is elongated when eaten. What this means exactly though? Jury is out.

Into the future…

CBD edibles

I find it interesting that while we know delta-9 converts in the body to 11-hydroxy-THC, that less has been examined regarding CBD’s counterpart 11-hydroxy-CBD, or the other CBD metabolites formed. In my mind, the immediate question is, is there a different or more intense form of CBD which is created when CBD is metabolized? If so, it could provide new ways of using CBD for treatment.

While the medical world likes to seem sure of itself to consumers, when looking closely into a topic like this, it becomes clear how many black holes there are. This makes sense as research into these compounds was stymied for so long due to prohibition antics, and also makes clear the need to not create these black holes again, by keeping research veins open on topics of concern. Had research bans not been instated, we might have had the answer to this question already.

CBD might not be the cure-all it was originally touted as, but it sure does come with some great benefits. With research re-opening on these topics, we can finally start to catch up to where we should have already been. And part of that is establishing exactly what happens to CBD when ingested in different ways, and whether active metabolites are formed that can change the way we use the compound.

Conclusion

This topic does best to highlight the need for further research into the idea of whether CBD is stronger when you eat it, or when its taken in any specific way. It also highlights the need to not shut off research topics, and to always keep moving forward in terms of information collection and use.

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Just Announced – High Times Cannabis Cup Michigan: People’s Choice 2022

We are stoked to announce the High Times Cannabis Cup Michigan: People’s Choice 2022. This will be the largest competition held in history, with more than 3,300 judge kits and 17 categories across recreational and medical products.

To keep things safe and compliant, the competition will feature a digital awards show only. Judging is done from home, and there is no live event. And that’s good news for consumers—judging is open to everyone who is eligible to purchase cannabis in the state!

“The People’s Choice Cups open up the coveted Cannabis Cup judging experience to the world in a time when people need it most,” said Mark Kazinec, High Times Director of Competitions & Events. “Judging is no longer reserved for the Snoop Doggs and Willie Nelsons of the world, and we have 10 times the amount of judge kits available than in previous years.

“While the majority of America is working from home, or not working at all, we now have the opportunity to test and rank quality cannabis products from a wide range of producers from the comfort of our own home to help crown the best in each state. For brands, this is the best way to get your product into the hands of hundreds of new consumers and get real feedback, especially in a time of no live events. For Judges, this is the best job you’ll ever have, and the best way to see which products work best for you.”

Historically, Cannabis Cups have been judged by up to 200 judges is as many as 10 categories. In an effort to keep the competition thriving during the onset of the pandemic in 2020, High Times created our People’s Choice events, opening the door to an ever-increasing number of judges and product categories than ever before.

“In previous years, Cannabis Cups were judged amongst only about 200 judges across eight to 10 categories,” Kazinec continued. “Since the inception of People’s Choice in 2020, we increased the number of judge kits from 200 to 2,000. This April, we are launching the largest-ever Cannabis Cup in history with 17 unique categories across Recreational and Medical products for a total of over 3,300 judge kits. We plan to increase distribution so that every area of Michigan is covered as best as possible. If this year is anything like last year, we expect lines of enthusiasts ready to purchase their kits at the select dispensaries, which may very well sell out within a few days.” 

The High Times Cannabis Cup Michigan: People’s Choice Edition is aimed to identify and award the best cannabis products in all of Michigan, all across a wide range of different categories, which are to be judged by the great people of Michigan.

These events wouldn’t be possible without the support from our partners. “A huge shoutout to the team at Red White & Bloom for taking on the Intake process with us which consists of 10-14 long, sweaty days of receiving product, building judge kits, and transporting to retailers. We’ll be announcing our other sponsors and retailer partners soon, all of whom make the success of the Cannabis Cup Michigan possible,” Kazinec shared.

May the best products win!

Michigan Entry Categories:

  1. Rec Indica Flower (4 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  2. Rec Sativa Flower (4 entries Max per Company)  (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  3. Rec Hybrid Flower (4 entries Max per Company)  (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  4. Rec Pre-Rolls (3 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  5. Rec Infused Pre-Rolls (2 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  6. Rec Solvent Concentrates (2 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  7. Rec Non-Solvent Concentrates (2 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  8. Rec Distillate Vape Pens & Cartridges (2 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  9. Rec Non-Distillate Vape Pens & Cartridges (2 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  10. Rec Edibles: Gummies (3 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  11. Rec Edibles: Non-Gummies (3 entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  12. Rec Sublinguals, Capsules, Tinctures + Topicals (3 Entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Adult-Use)
  13. MEDICAL Indica Flower (4 Entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Medical-Facility)
  14. MEDICAL Sativa Flower (4 Entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Medical-Facility)
  15. MEDICAL Hybrid Flower (4 Entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Medical-Facility)
  16. MEDICAL Pre-Rolls (4 Entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Medical-Facility)
  17. MEDICAL Edibles (3 Entries Max per Company) (State-Licensed Medical-Facility)

Entry Requirements:

Flower/Pre-Rolls: (228) 1-gram samples in retail-ready packaging. 3.5 gram samples will not be accepted.
Concentrates & Vape Pens: (228) 0.5-gram samples in retail-ready packaging. 1 gram samples will not be accepted.
Edibles: (100) samples in retail-ready packaging.
Sublinguals, Capsules, Tinctures + Topicals: (60) samples in retail-ready packaging.

Entry Pricing:

1 entry: $500
2 entries: $250 each, for a total of $500
3 or more entries: Fees will be waived

www.cannabiscup.com

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Largest Pot Brownie Tips the Scales At 850 Pounds!

Sometimes we argue over cannabis laws and what should be legal. Sometimes we argue over cannabis uses and what the plant can do. Sometimes we argue over the commercial industry and all the problems therein, and sometimes we argue over products and which ones are best. Today isn’t about arguing though, it’s simply about enjoying a pretty cool story of cannabis edibles. Yup, just recently, the largest ever pot brownie was created, weighing in at a massive 850 pounds!

If edibles are your thing, then the largest pot brownie made by Marimed is pretty awesome. Of course, there are plenty of other options that don’t involve an 850 pound brownie! Tons of other edible products exist like gummies; and if you’re more of a vaper, there are even more options on shelves. With the rise of the cannabinoid market, and compounds like delta-8 THC, THCV, and HHC, not only are a range of delivery methods available, but you can vary what kind of cannabis you use. Remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for deals on legal cannabis products, as well as all the latest news and industry stories. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


The story of the largest cannabis brownie

Well, let’s get right into this. Of all the stories to come out about cannabis, this is certainly one of the more interesting, fun, and delicious ones out there. On December 7th, 2021, Massachusetts cannabis company Marimed made history by baking the largest pot brownie ever made, crushingly big at 850 pounds. This purportedly set a new world record in terms of largest brownies.

How much THC does the largest pot brownie weighing 850 pounds have? According to Marimed, the hulking baked good contains a whopping 20,000 mg of THC. Now consider that a standard cannabis edible will have no more than 5-10 mg of THC if made legally. Which means this brownie has enough THC to get an entire town stoned. If you’re wondering how much space such a brownie covers, this amazing brownie stands at 15 inches tall, and three feet by three feet. That’s one huge brownie!

Marimed baked this amazing display of weed sumptuousness in honor of National Brownie Day, December 8th, and in promotion of the company’s new line of weed baked goods, dubbed Bubby’s Baked. If you’re hoping Bubby’s Baked will provide 850 pound brownies to customers, you’ll be a bit let down by the more normal edible sizes, and THC content that goes by state regulation – 5 mg per edible. The new line will include chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles with precision dosing, and a nice chewy consistency.

pot brownie

How was it done?

Now, there isn’t much reason for the average person to don a kitchen apron and prepare to make a colossal marijuana brownie. But if you did want to, here’s what Marimed had to use to get it this big. According to USA Today, Marimed cracked 1,344 eggs, poured in 250 pounds of sugar, mixed in 212 pounds of butter, required 5.3 pounds of vanilla extract, called for 81 pounds of flour, combined it with two pounds of baking powder, added in three pounds of salt, and finished it off with 122 pounds of cocoa powder. Not an activity to be done in a small kitchen!

In fact, it took five bakers to complete this brownie, using a very large commercial oven to do so. I mean, how many people live in a house that has an oven large enough to make a pot brownie of 850 pounds?

Prior to this monumental baking feat, Guinness World Records cited a 234-pound brownie as being the biggest ever made. Clearly, so long as the story is completely true, Marimed blew this old record out of the water with the now-largest pot brownie of 850 pounds. That’s literally over three times as big.

A bit about Marimed

Based out of Norwood, Massachusetts, Marimed calls itself a “premier seed-to-consumer vertically integrated multi-state operator.” According to the company, it acts as a consultant for those who want to go into cannabis production, helping with plans for design, development, operations, and financing.

In terms of the new line of baked goods that Marimed baked the largest pot brownie to promote, Ryan Crandall, the company’s Chief Product Officer and SVP of Sales, had this to say: “Bubby’s Baked fills a big hole in the edibles market that cannabis consumers crave – high-quality, delicious baked goods that stay moist and chewy.”

He goes on to point out the nostalgia of the product, saying, “For many of us, homemade brownies were our first taste of cannabis-infused edibles. Bubby’s recreates and elevates that nostalgic experience, infusing full-spectrum, craft-quality cannabis into timeless recipes, for a reliable high reminiscent of simpler times.”

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For those in Massachusetts who want to check out Marimed, its dispensary is located in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and called Panacea Wellness. These products can be found in other dispensaries all over Massachusetts, and by next year, Bubby’s Baked should also show up in dispensaries in Delaware and Maryland.

Largest brownie world title

As stated, Marimed created the largest pot brownie weighing in at 850 pounds. And as stated, this beat out the previous record of 234 pounds, which was given in 2013 to the company Alabama’s Something Sweet Bake Shop. So, this means Marimed is the new record holder, right? Well, not exactly.

According to Marimed via Chief Product Officer Ryan Crandall speaking to McClatchy News by email, Guinness World Records apparently isn’t going to count the company’s brownie. Why? Because the previous winner was for a regular brownie, not a cannabis-infused one. Said Crandall, “Unfortunately, Guinness World Records rejected our entry because they don’t accept cannabis-related records… That was a disappointment, but we’re still very proud of what we accomplished.”

Different publications of the story provide different endings for this largest, but officially unrecognized, pot brownie. While some sources say it will be divided up and sold to prospective buyers, others say it will be sold to a medical patient. In the state of Massachusetts, 20,000 mg of THC is the max amount allowed to a medical patient, making the large-ass brownie a sweet sale to someone who needs it medicinally.

The world of edibles

For those wondering where the tradition of the pot brownie started, it’s an interesting story that involves both the US, and France of all places. In the 1800’s, it became commonplace for elitist writers in Paris to gather at Club des Hachischins (appropriately titled ‘hash-eaters club’) to drink infused coffee and tea, and eat infused candies.

Skip ahead to 1954 in that same crowd, and Alice B. Toklas, the life partner of American author Gertrude Stein, put out the book the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook wherein she gave the recipe for ‘Haschisch Fudge’. This ‘fudge’ used ground cannabis, not hash, and did create a fudge more than a brownie. Apparently it wasn’t Alice’s original recipe, but a recipe she had gotten from someone else that she had been using to make this fudge.

cannabis edibles

Perhaps it would have subsided into nothing, but 14 years later in 1968, filmmaker Peter Sellers put out the movie I Love You Alice B. Toklas, which specifically featured a very uptight lawyer who comes to eat Alice’s fudge. This started the fad of the ‘pot brownie’, which grew immensely in popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960’s, and the general hippy rising of the time. Clearly from Marimed, and the slew of cannabis brownie options still available today, that fad has not died down yet.

Brownies, in fact, remained a staple and main player in the edibles scene until recent years, since their requirement of butter makes for an easy way to leach the THC out of cannabis, and into the oil. Now, with the emergence of nanotechnology and nanoemulsions, non-fat soluble ingredients can have cannabinoids like THC and CBD infused into them as well, by forcing oil and non-oil liquids together. Cannabis edibles can now be made out of anything, from potato chips, to gummies, to energy drinks, to chewing gum.

Conclusion

Most of us will never be equipped to create an 850-pound pot brownie. In fact, most of us really won’t have the tools or equipment to come close to that. On the plus side, with tons more constantly being learned about how to use weed, the options for at-home edibles is growing everyday. Whereas it used to be only brownies, cookies, and cakes made at home, its now possible to create your own gummies, among many other infused recipe options.

The world of cannabis food is actually rather wide, and pertains to many types of cooking. Aficionados can whip up all kinds of meals with cannabis ingredients, even very fancy ones. Whether made at home or bought, it’s even possible to celebrate holidays with infused options particular to the day, like Labor Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and more. So go ahead and buy yourself an old-fashioned pot brownie if you like, or pick up a newfangled gummy if you prefer, and if you’re really feeling motivated, whip up your very own cannabis creation.

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Personal Experience: Special Lassi in India

Arriving in India was one of the biggest culture shocks of my young life. Aged 18 and having just completed my first year at university I really didn’t know what to expect from a country famous for its chaotic streets as well as its beauty. I wasn’t disappointed. Almost immediately after stepping out of Delhi airport I was greeted by a symphony of horns and shouts mixing with a thousand alien smells.

I was about to embark on one of the craziest few weeks of my life. Who would have known that one of the most special moments on this adventure would involve Cannabis and the famous ‘special Lassi’. In this reflection of a personal experience i had with my friend Tom in the ancient town of Khajuraho I’ll take you with me on one of the most memorable Cannabis experiences I’ve had in my entire life.

Cannabis is not just present in western countries, it has a presence all over the world. It’s so interesting to learn how this incredible plant is used in different places around the world. Remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for deals on legal cannabis products, as well as all the latest news and industry stories. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


The Special Lassi

Cannabis and India have been long associated with each other. Making its way into the sub-continent between 2000 and 1000 BC, Cannabis is intertwined with Indian history. Unlike other historic cultures, populations in India used Cannabis for its psychoactive effects as well as for the structural properties of Hemp. Cannabis and its effects were even written about in sacred texts, such as the Atharva Veda, which also alludes to the god Shiva being a fan. In India, Cannabis can be mashed up and used as a substance called Bhang, a milky substance made up of the leaves, buds and stems of Cannabis plants.

This Bhang substance can be added to milk and et voila, you have a bhang lassi, or special lassi for tourists. These drinks are often unregulated in their strengths and it is not uncommon for unsuspecting tourists to go from 0-60, especially if they ambitiously ask for an extra strong one. It was drinking Bhang lassis that myself and one of my best friends Tom had a truly unforgettable experience on a trip to India a few years ago. An experience that started my love affair with Cannabis.

The Indian Trip: Cannabis in India

Tom was on his gap year and I had just finished my first year of university. I had promised him at some point that if he decided to go to India, I would pop out (ah student loan money) and visit him for a few weeks. I met him in Delhi and we toured around the so-called golden triangle in Rajasthan. If you’ve never been to India and have the chance to go… go. I have never been to a country so beautifully steeped in history, culture and kindness and of course the food. Cannabis is illegal in India, but seemingly omnipresent.

At every city we went to, someone offered us bhang or ganja. In many places we were stung by bad Cannabis. One gram we bought I’m sure was just tea leaves, but we smoked it in Tom’s Elephant pipe that he’d picked up at an airport. Nothing happened. At one point a taxi driver sold us some weed and joined us to smoke it, eventually forgetting that he had the rest in his taxi. We hadn’t had the best luck, that is until the last week of our trip.

Khajuraho 

After two weeks of driving around some of the most beautiful cities we could find on the map, we were stuck with how to spend the last few days of our trip. A French traveller that we’d met in Ranthambore had suggested a little town called Khajuraho. Khajuraho is most famous for a group of Hindu and Jainist temples that have intricate sculptures of people in various sex positions.

There are many theories as to what these temples were for, one being that the sexual images are on the outside, meaning people had to leave behind their desires before entering the temples, but they have now become a tourist hotspot. Tom and I cycled around a few of the biggest temples, taking pictures, but we were mostly concerned with the storm cloud that had been shuffling in over the city all afternoon. We cycled back towards the high street, dropped off our bikes and looked for somewhere to take shelter as the heavens began to open.

One More Please

Storms in India take on gigantic proportions, making the drizzle of England seem pathetic: Like comparing being soaked by an inconsiderate driver passing by a puddle to a full blown precipitation tsunami. The only shelter we could find was a little bar on one of the high streets that had a large tarpaulin smoking area full of fellow tourists huddled in and waiting for the storm to pass. A waiter came over and gave us a menu, handily plastered with stock photos of cocktails we couldn’t really afford. “If you like, we do special Lassis?” The waiter said to us, with a knowing grin. At this point in our trip, we hadn’t actually come across a bar that actively promoted special Lassis, and we still weren’t one hundred percent on what constituted “special”. “It’ll make the rain pass quicker,” was all the waiter said, so we ordered one to share. 

It went down easy. Too easy. The thick milky texture and the all too familiar taste of Cannabis oil blended perfectly together. After finishing the first in 6 shared sips, we ordered two more. One each. Not completely sure of what they would do to us. After being stung by the fake Cannabis earlier we were certain that they were going to be very weak. 20 minutes later though, as the rain grew stronger and played out it’s ever more percussive sounds on the tarpaulin we were both quite certainly stoned. We chatted for a while about all of the usual travel chat: people back home, girlfriends, university hopes etcetera, etcetera.

We were both having a great time, laughing and relishing this moment. Tom and I had been very close at school and it was great to feel like we were building back up that special bond. The waiter came back over with two more special Lassis, still beaming. He placed them down then beckoned us towards the entrance to the bar. “Come outside, you have to see this.” Tom and I looked at each other and stood up in unison. Whatever it was that was going on outside, we would follow this waiter. To us he’d gifted us the best drink of the holiday, so out we went into the storm.

The Storm and the Parrots 

Now, I’m not too sure exactly how high we both were at this moment in time, but something genuinely quite magical happened. Above our heads the storm was in full swing, great forks of lightning seemed to split the sky in half. Illuminating the grey, monolithic clouds which were now no longer ominous, but beautiful plooms of whirling mist. What seemed like hundreds of parakeets, spooked by the lightning, or just having a ball, were all leaving their nests in the trees on the side of the road. Little green dots, floating, swinging and darting about above our heads, lit up by the flash-bulb bursts of lightning, giving their wings a neon buzz. Their calls and chatters underscored by the great rumbling of the thunder storm. I looked over at Tom and he was staring with his jaw dropped all the way down to the floor. 

“Is this genuinely happening, or are we tripping balls?” I asked, half joking, but half worried that we were in some shared hysteria. The scores of townspeople around us stunned in silence at the scene above seemed to answer my question. It was truly magical. I’ve seen some incredible things before. I’d seen plenty on this holiday alone, but this blew them all out of the water. The parakeets were flying in formations, like Swifts do back in England. Synchronised patterns underneath the bright lightning sky. We stood there for about twenty minutes, not caring that we were drenched by the rain, but in awe of nature’s humongous flex above us. After a while, the storm began to die down and the parakeets became a little quieter too, as if they knew their show was drawing to a close. We both made our way back under the canvas and didn’t speak for another ten minutes, stunned by what we’d just seen. “Let’s head back to the hotel,” were the only words I could muster. Tom nodded and we went outside to grab a Tuk-Tuk.

The tuk-tuk home was almost as magical as the sights we’d just seen. We were both now quite high and the wind and rain brushing our faces as the tuk tuk shot through the narrow streets back towards our hotel was an experience. Slowly coming down, we both reflected on what had been an absolutely incredible end to our Indian experience. 

Reflections 

Cannabis has always been key to some of the best experiences of my life, getting high with friends, watching a show, but this was by far the most beautiful experience I’ve had on the drug. In fact it may even be one of the most beautiful moments of my life. Of course, the only issue is whenever I tell people about it, it just sounds like I was incredibly high and hallucinated a thunder storm in a city of sex temples, surrounded by hundreds of parakeets. Tom knows it happened for real though… and now you do too.

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The Art of the Modern Cannabis Party

We are so darn lucky.

And sometimes we forget how lucky we are, especially in
cannabis-legal communities. But why are we so darn lucky? Because most of us in
America can enjoy this fine herb much more than we could even a few years ago.

We can enjoy weed pretty much out in the open, on street corners and on Instagram Live, and we can do so (mostly) with impunity. It seems like old hat to some of us, sure, but the freedom with which we enjoy cannabis still stuns our elders. Of course, we owe these newfound freedoms to the activists who fought for decades on our — and the plant’s — behalf.

They fought so we could possess and consume marijuana
without fear of imprisonment. They fought for a more honest understanding of
this infinitely complex medicinal plant. And to a lesser extent, they fought
for our right to party with our preferred substance of choice. Thanks to their
hard work, our present day includes a whole new way to entertain: the
post-prohibition, consumption-friendly cannabis party.

Weed has long been a staple at many of the world’s best parties, but to have cannabis join the mix of legal substances served at events changes things for dinner parties, casual happy hours and Super Bowl celebrations alike.

And like any other substance, marijuana brings its own
traditions and rituals along for the ride.

So it makes sense that throwing a successful cannabis party is quite different than hosting a cocktail party or a beer-paired dinner — something I’ve learned in my years of producing cannabis events of all types and sizes via my agency Grasslands. My colleagues and I have produced expansive cannabis industry mixers for 800-plus guests, and we’ve thrown intimate dinner parties for eight.

But regardless of the cannabis party’s size, certain things
ring true for a successful consumption-friendly event. If you are looking to
host a successful weed party, there are a few lessons worth learning first.

Before you start planning your next gathering, here are a few things to consider.

Incorporate Different Types of Cannabis Consumption

Not everyone smokes weed, and not everyone enjoys edibles, so make sure you don’t forget to consider that as you’re stocking the cannabis bar for your next shindig. While some parties are built around a thoughtful selection of microbrews and spirits, successful cannabis events thrive on a variety of flower and a multitude of consumption devices, including (ideally) a vaporizer for the light-lunged.

Sativa-dominant strains might seem ideal for the party
atmosphere, and they certainly are for me — but we all have friends who trend
toward downer strains because the uppers make them anxious, so keep that in
mind, too.

Also, edibles are made to share, and they make an ideal
amuse-bouche, especially because they have an onset time that will help the
effects kick in just as you’re serving the entree. Just remember to…

Clearly Mark Your Edibles

I threw an intimate holiday party a few years ago where multiple friends posted pictures of my modest if comprehensive edibles bar because I came up with a design they found both helpful and never-before-seen: A small bowl held edibles with 2.5 mgs of THC, while a slightly larger bowl contained 5 mg candies, and an even larger bowl held 10 mg pieces.

Each bowl was carefully marked with the psychoactive content
of the candies inside, making for an ultra-modern serve-yourself snack bar, one
that allowed my guests to care- fully assemble the exact dose they desired.

Not only is this the responsible way to serve cannabis
edibles at an event, but it’s also a lot of fun seeing new adopters bite half
of a 2.5 mg candy as a toe-dipping exercise, and watching more experienced
consumers fearlessly knock down a handful of 10 mg gummies.

It’s a modern-day choose your own adventure.

Cater to Your Friends’ Social Media Addiction

A hand-drawn chalkboard menu at the bud bar. A thought-
fully organized display of cannabis products. Simple twinkle lights in a
houseplant. A bouquet of fresh and fragrant flowers, with marijuana flower
intermingling with lilies and baby’s breath. A record player with colored vinyl
spinning right ’round (and pumping out the hot jams).

Eye candy should be a part of any intentional gathering. And
for cannabis events, eye candy is a must. The concept is simple: Give your
guests something delightful to look at, something playful to take in. Be it
simple or elaborate, your guests will appreciate the shiny objects and
fantastical flourishes — especially in their elevated state.

Try Something Different

Whether we’re talking music or menu, cannabis parties are
the best parties to try something different — something wacky, something
off-the-wall, something unexpected.

I’ve noticed this in my own consumption habits: If I’m sober
ordering from a menu, I’ll likely take a safe route, asking the waitstaff for
something familiar or a dish I’ve eaten many times before. But if I’m high and
ordering from a menu, I’m likely ordering something much more adventurous,
something I would never order without the THC coursing through my veins.

I love adopting that spirit when assembling the menu or the
playlist (or both) for a cannabis party. Instead of my tried-and-true dinner
party playlist, I’ll put on the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt or the bebop of
Charlie Parker. And in- stead of serving my go-to dinner party favorite
manicotti, I’ll instead bust out an eat-with-your-hands Mediterranean spread of
chicken shawarma with chopped onion, tomato, lettuce, cu- cumber, hummus, rice
pilaf and toasted pita.

Cannabis opens minds, so take advantage and introduce your
guests to something they might not be expecting.

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2 Marijuana Mocktails to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Along with the cheer of the holiday season’s celebrations and get-togethers, there are of course countless opportunities to over indulge in all kinds of seasonal delights. Even while making resolutions of better self-care and healthier choices, it’s incredibly easy to be swept up in moments of making merry involving traditional cocktails and overdo it.

We’ve provided recipes for two alternative ways to celebrate. The first is a sweet, tangy, good and good-for-you cannabis-infused shrub. Shrubs, or “drinking vinegars,” originally developed as a way to settle the stomach during the pre-refrigeration era, and have been coming back in popularity as a versatile, flavorful ingredient in craft cocktails that adds the natural health benefits of fermentation and vinegar. The second is a refreshing drink that draws in pomegranate, a tart and beautiful seasonal winter fruit.

By drinking a mocktail made with a cannabis, you get the option of a very adult way to celebrate and get buzzed, without the guilt of ravaging your health and well-being that often accompanies consuming too much alcohol. Plus, no hangover! Just glorious, deep sleep. What a time to be alive!

All things in moderation, as the saying goes. The shrub recipe is for very potent 25 mg of THC per serving, so if you’re planning on having quite a few, or prefer a lighter version, half the amount of cannabis for 12 1/2 mg of THC per drink, and so on. Take it slow, allowing at least an hour before consuming another drink, and pay attention to other variables such as what and how much you’ve eaten that day. Enjoy and cheers to a healthy 2018!

Cranberry Rosemary Cannabis Shrub

Inspired by a recipe by Becky Streipe for a sweet orange rosemary shrub
Makes approximately 3 cups of infused liquid
2 grams of 15% THC cannabis flower = 300 mg THC
6 1/2 cup (4 oz) serving = 25 mg THC per serving
Yield: 6 1/2 cup (4 oz) drinks

Ingredients:

2 grams 15% or higher THC cured cannabis flower
1 cup white cranberry juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp liquid sunflower lecithin
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (plus more for garnish)
Chilled sparkling water
Orange peel for garnish
Fresh cannabis leaves for garnish, if available

Instructions:

(Pro Tip: Prep a day ahead of time to let the smell of vinegar fade before guests arrive. Any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to two months.)

1. Grind cannabis and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Put in the oven for an hour in at 240 degrees Fahrenheit to decarboxylate the cannabis (to transform the THCA into active THC)
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberry juice, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and 2 sprigs of rosemary.
3. Bring to a simmer and stir for 10 minutes.
4. Add the decarboxylated cannabis, mix thoroughly.
5. Add 1/2 tbsp liquid sunflower lecithin, and mix thoroughly.
6. Let cool to room temperature.
7. Carefully strain solids out of the liquid with a cheesecloth or coffee filter and funnel into a clean glass jar with an airtight lid.

To serve:
1. Pour 1/2 cup infused drinking vinegar into each glass for serving.
2. Add chilled sparkling water, and stir.
3. Add ice, then garnish with a sprig of rosemary, an orange peel, and the cannabis leaf. (I like to add a leaf as an easy visual indicator of which drink is cannabis infused, so party guests don’t forget.)

Seasonal Pomegranate Pot Mocktail

If the starting cannabis flower is about 10 percent THC, then 4 grams equal 400 mg THC total. As the recipe makes 3 cups of liquid/24 oz , each oz would contain about 16-17 percent THC. Since the mocktail calls for 3 oz of simple syrup, each drink would have 50mg of THC per serving — which is intended for an heavy user with no major plans for the evening —
I’d alter the recipe to 1 oz infused simple syrup for a light cannabis consumer, for a drink with 16-17 percent THC, and 2 oz infused syrup for a medium tolerance, for a drink with about 33 per activated THC per serving.

(Because of the way the drink is built, the sweetness of the syrup can be offset by the amount of sparkling water added to suit taste preference/dosage strength per mocktail.)

Ingredients:

3 oz cannabis simple syrup
Pomegranate sparkling water (can be substituted with regular sparkling water or club soda)
Pomegranate seeds
Cannabis leaf for garnish

Instructions:

(Tip: leave the fresh leaf in the drink, so the cannabis drinks will be easily identifiable)

1. Pour the sparkling water into a glass.
2. Add the cannabis simple syrup and stir thoroughly.
3. Top with more sparkling water, then garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and a leaf.

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Easy Edibles: Four Ingredient Ganja Frosting Recipe

Cooking with cannabis is a great way to enjoy the effects and benefits of marijuana. After years of decorating desserts with THC-free toppings because weed frosting doesn’t come in a can, I’m pleased to say those days can come to an end. Whether you need something to cover a cake, or just to dip pretzels in after the munchies show up, this super simple recipe is versatile and done in minutes. (If you haven’t made cannabis infused coconut oil before, here’s an easy step-by-step method)

Canna-Coco Vanilla Cream Frosting

Ingredients:

2 ¾ cups confectioners sugar (plus a little extra)
½ cup of cannabis infused coconut oil, liquid but not hot
3 tbsp milk (plus a little extra)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. The coconut oil should be liquid, but not hot, as heat will have an undesired effect on the consistency of the frosting. You can melt the oil in the microwave by heating at 15-20 second intervals and stirring to help along the melting. Coconut oil turns from a solid to a liquid at around 76° F so it shouldn’t take very long. The level of coconut flavor depends on the kind of oil

You’ll need an electric mixer to achieve the right consistency — it’s definitely a kitchen gadget worth having.  Fully submerge the mixers of the device into the ingredients before turning it on, a half-submerged mixer can equal a big mess as ganja frosting splatters all over the kitchen. Use the mixer on low/medium until the frosting is smooth and holding it’s shape. Depending on your preference, add a sprinkle of extra sugar to thicken the frosting or a few drops of milk to thin it.

Apply generously on cooled baked goods, or grab a spoonful straight away! Use a piping bag to spread the frosting, improvise by cutting the corner off a plastic gallon-size zip lock bag instead, or use a knife to spread. The great thing about a topping is you can use as much or as little as you’d like. Ganja treats are different for everyone because people’s bodies work differently, and can even differ from day to day depending on what you’ve already eaten, how much you’ve slept and where you are when the edibles kick in. Dosing of the frosting can certainly be adjusted depending on the desired psychoactive and/or medicinal effect and the tolerance of the muncher.

This recipe is also one that’s easy to experiment with. Food coloring can be mixed right in for colorful cakes (and I suggest green for obvious reasons). Adding sweetened shredded coconut will emphasize the tropical flavor, or dust with sprinkles or edible glitter for some extra flair. Make sure to sprinkle any solid toppings onto the frosting as soon as it is spread on the dessert, as the frosting will continue to solidify and the sprinkles won’t stick as well as time goes on. Because the coconut oil is sensitive to temperatures the consistency can be changed by slightly heating or cooling the frosting, so keep it around room temperature and adjust as needed. The possibilities are endless — use your imagination and snack on.

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Highten Sifter: Extract Kief With Ease

The Highten Sifter is the first table-top kief extraction machine that allows you to shake trichomes off cured cannabis within as little as 30 seconds. Create your own custom edibles, rosin and hash without harsh chemicals, using a ton of flower, or extensive processing times.  By saving the integrity and minimizing plant material after extraction, the Highten Sifter allows consumers to enjoy premium kief using all qualities of cannabis. Less plant material equals a cleaner taste and overall high.

After years of triathlon training and participating in numerous Ironman competitions, Highten Sifter founder Chad Johnson started using cannabis to alleviate muscle pain. He began consuming kief at home using a traditional grinder. Wanting a more efficient way to extract kief, Johnson created a hand sifter to process more flower at once. However, Johnson had holes in his rotator cuffs from training, and the vigorous and tedious movements needed for hand sifting were becoming too painful for him. Not ready to give up, the idea of an automated sifter was born.

Cannabis Now teamed up with Grizzly Pine, a Bozeman, Montana-based dispensary, to review the Highten Sifter and see what benefits come with automated sifting.

Skye Norquist, a professional chef of 10+ years, recently joined the Grizzly Pine team as their Edibles Manager. While generally infusing with BHO or isolate, she’s excited about the possibilities of a cleaner-tasting edible. Specifically, she’s working on a spice blend and infused salad dressing using freshly decarbed kief, and she’s also creating custom tastes using multiple strains.

After grinding some Platinum Pound Cake buds, we prepared the herb for the Highten Sifter by taking the recommended following steps:

  1. Freeze the material for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Grind material and freeze for another 30 minutes.

After running close to a full ounce in the sifter, we decided to take some material out, as it was looking heavy and not moving a ton. The second attempt produced much more kief. The machine’s combination of back-and-forth shaking motions and vibration had the material bouncing around like Flubber!

After running freshly ground buds for the first test, I decided to grab a quarter ounce of shake for the second. I grabbed a mixed strain bag from another local Bozeman dispensary, Sacred Sun Farms, and tossed it in my freezer once I got home. Wanting to get the highest yield possible, I let the shake freeze overnight.

The next day, I emptied the bag into the sifter and ran it for 60 seconds. This was a significant improvement compared to the freshly ground buds. Still hoping to extract more kief, I ground up the shake and refroze it for another 30 minutes. After running the sifter for about 10 minutes, approximately one gram of kief was extracted!

To complete the second test, I decided to bust out my handy tCheck to analyze the kief and remaining shake. The shake originally tested at 19.33%. After extracting one gram, the kief tested at 25.3% THC, and the shake 12.3%, giving me more bang for my buck.

I now had a gram of higher testing kief to turn in to hash, decarboxylate for an edible infusion, enjoy raw, or to top on a bowl. Additionally, while the shake tested at a decent percentage, it was still low enough for someone who is sensitive to THC to enjoy.

bowl of kief

Excited about the results, I instantly packed a bowl of fresh kief and took a hit. The terpenes and resins came bursting through my brain like the Kool-Aid man, and I happily hit the brick wall before being sent further into existential tranquility.

After landing back on Earth, I noted a few key takeaways:

  1. Using fresh or sticky buds will yield less results.
  2. The longer you freeze, the easier the kief will fall off the plant matter.
  3. Run dry buds or shake for faster, higher yields.
  4. You can extract at least one gram of kief from a quarter ounce in 10 minutes, saving hours.

The Highten Sifter is safe, user-friendly, easy to clean, and has durable construction. While there is an audible noise, it operates at 70 decibels, which is the the same level as a conversation, and it can be easily tuned out. Also, cleanup is a breeze. Just wipe off the stainless-steel trays with rubbing alcohol and toss them in your dishwasher. In comparison to a traditional grinder, the Highten Sifter can extract at least one gram of kief per quarter ounce of cannabis in around 10 minutes, saving the average consumer or dispensary hours. It’s also less expensive than other extraction methods, as you don’t have to purchase solvents or dispose of washed plant matter. You get an instant return by turning shake, popcorn buds or colas into a delicious, ready-to-use concentrate.

The Highten Sifter retails for $420, and the pack of four additional finer micron mesh trays, can be purchased for $150. The additional trays range from 70 to 150 microns, which extracts a finer kief, resulting in a more concentrated product best used for making hash or rosin. With a reasonable price point, the Highten Sifter is a great product for the daily cannabis user, home chef, or the canna-curious to all try. Highten is also launching a commercial-sized sifter, which can process up to 100 pounds per hour. How will you use your fresh kief stash?

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The Best Cannabis Christmas Cookie Recipe

The day is coming. The long awaited day that many people long for, and perhaps just as many dread. The day of supposed snowfall, gifts, beautifully decorated trees and the excuse to drink and eat as much as humanly possible. Yes, you’ve guessed it. That day is Christmas. Whilst Christmas time can bring with it many stresses and awkward conversations with family members you hardly ever see, there is lots to look forward to.

Food is definitely one of the parts of Christmas that brings absolute joy. So, why not spend some time making and preparing some special Christmas treats this season? And when we say ‘special’, we mean ‘special’. Today we’ll be taking you through a perfect cannabis Christmas cookie recipe for you to make this holiday. Whether you eat them alone, or with your friends, this is a recipe that will fill everyone who has them with euphoric energy. Merry Christmas.

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Cannabis at Christmas 

Christmas isn’t always an easy time for everyone. In fact, for some, it’s the worst time of year. Whilst, on the other hand, others find it to be the best time of the year. Mclean Hospital writes:

“According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of people surveyed said their stress increased during the holiday season, which can lead to physical illness, depression, anxiety, and substance misuse. The reasons given: lack of time, financial pressure, gift-giving, and family gatherings”

That’s why introducing cannabis into your December holidays might be ideal. The two most commonly-discussed cannabinoids, THC and CBD, both have effects that could add to your season’s celebrations and help with potential mental niggles. These include feelings of euphoria, giggliness, relaxation, sensory-enhancement, anti-anxiety and open-mindedness. Some believe that all uses of cannabis have at least some medical purposes – even if someone only has a puff of a THC joint to feel less socially anxious. Of course any consistent use of cannabis for medical purposes should be researched and perhaps even prescribed, but nonetheless, you might be surprised by how the wonders of cannabis can aid you this Christmas. So, how about these cannabis Christmas cookies?

Decarboxylation

Before we delve into this beautifully tasty recipe, it’s first important to explain the meaning of decarboxylation. If you already know the meaning of this integral word then feel free to skip to the delicious recipe, but if you perhaps don’t then listen closer. Decarboxylation is key to the making of any cannabis-infused food. But what is it? Well, have you ever tried to eat a raw THC cannabis bud and been surprised that there was no effect whatsoever. Perhaps now that would seem ridiculous, but when you were younger maybe you did give it a go.

Well, the reason it had no effect was because the cannabis had not been decarbed. CBDA or THCA are the two cannabinoids before decarboxlyation, and these cannabinoids don’t have any psychoactive effects. However, the moment they are heated up over time, their potential is unlocked and they become the well-known THC and CBD. To simplify, heating cannabis unlocks its popular effects.

That’s why cannabis is smoked, vaped, or heated and cooked if put in any edibles. Therefore, you cannot just throw some cannabis on top of a cookie and expect anything to happen. No. Cannabis needs to play an integral part in the cooking process. Let’s take a bite into this recipe. 

Cannabis Christmas Cookie Recipe

Delicious special cookies, with a hint of vanilla and Christmas

Note: Remember, it’s your choice which strain of cannabis you choose. It’s also your choice which cannabinoids and terpenes you decide to include in that strain. Do keep in mind that this recipe is assuming that the strain you choose has a THC percentage of around 20%. If it’s a lot more, then consider your portions and the potency of the cookies. 

What you’ll need: 

  • 5 grams of cannabis
  • 230 grams of unsalted butter
  • 225 grams of white sugar
  • 450 grams of flour 
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp of salt
  • 4 tsp of baking powder
  • Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter

Method to the Madness: 

Step 1 – Grind the cannabis into a finely ground substance. The smaller the pieces, the quicker and easier it will decarboxylate. 

Step 2 – Preheat your oven to 220 fahrenheit. 

Step 3 – Spread the cannabis evenly over some parchment paper in an oven tray and place it in the oven. Leave it there for 50 minutes, but make sure to check up on it every 10 minutes and mix it around. This will ensure it doesn’t burn. At the end, the cannabis should look a brownish green colour. Take the cannabis out, put it in a bowl, and place it to one side.

Step 4 – Preheat the oven to 350 fahrenheit. Again place parchment paper over a flat oven tray.

Step 5 – Pour the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat it until it’s creamy. This should take about 1-2 minutes. 

Step 5 – Add the vanilla and egg, and continue to beat until all of the ingredients are beautifully combined. 

Step 6 – Chuck in the flour, salt, baking powder and, of course, the decarbed cannabis. Start mixing again, but do it with care. It will feel drier now. Keep mixing until it is all combined but a bit lumpy. 

Step 7 – Spread some flour over your kitchen surface or chopping board so you can roll out the mixture without it sticking. Then, begin rolling out the mixture (dough). You should aim for a thinness of about 0.5cm. Keep throwing flour over it when necessary to avoid stickiness. 

Step 8 – Once you have successfully rolled out dough, use your cookie cutter to press out the shapes. These will be the cookies. Any shape is fine, although we suggest Christmas tree shaped cookies. 

Step 9 – Now you have the shaped cookies, you can carefully place them on the pre-heated parchment paper. Then, put them in the oven. Cook these in the oven for 10 minutes. The cookies should begin to look golden.

Step 10 – Take the cookies out of the oven and allow them to cool completely. This is the final cooking process. 

What Should I Have Them With?

So, now you have some beautifully tasty cannabis Christmas cookies. These cookies taste of vanilla and have a lovely sweet taste but perhaps you’d like something extra to go with it. Understandable. Well, we have some suggestions for you. 

Vanilla Ice Cream

Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of one of your cookies and serve it like that. This will ensure that no one has a dry mouth. Maybe even consider throwing some strawberries on top too if you fancy.

Melted Chocolate

Melt some chocolate (white, black or milk) in a saucepan and drip it over the cookie. Again, this will add some sticky, delicious wetness to your pudding. 

Silver balls & Icing sugar

Place some icing sugar on top of the cookies and decorate it with silver balls. This will definitely match the Christmas aesthetic. 

Chopped Banana & Cream

Chop some banana up and place it on top of the cookies. Then, douse it with some tasty cream. 

Plain 

Or, finally, maybe consider just keeping the cookie plain. They’re tasty enough on their own, and the euphoric cannabis side-effects should make them special enough. 

Conclusion

Whether you love Christmas or despise it, look forward to it or dread it, these cannabis Christmas cookies should put a smile on your face. Cooking can be a fun venture, if you enjoy what it is that you’re creating. These cookies are easy, fun, and creative. Plus, you know that by the end you’ll have a pile of delicious cannabis cookies that you can share with whoever you want this Christmas. Or, have them by yourself and watch a film. It’s up to you. Christmas is about relaxing. Christmas is about family. Christmas is about love. Christmas is about whatever you want it to be about. It’s only a day afterall. Whatever you decide to do this holiday, we wish you a merry time.

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How Vapes and Edibles Have Changed the Landscape of the Cannabis Industry

The marijuana industry is not what it used to be. It’s changed in so many ways that it hardly looks the same as it did just a couple decades ago. Some of the biggest motivators for change have been legalizations, and the advent of vapes and edibles, which have worked to greatly change the general landscape of the cannabis industry.

Vapes and edibles are awesome ways to catch your buzz in life. So if you don’t want to smoke any more joints or take any more bong hits, you’ve got lots of options. You don’t even need for it to be standard weed. There are so many possibilities from delta-8 THC, to hemp-derived delta-9, to THCV, that you can get a vape and gummies, of your very favorite compound. Take a look at out deals for delta-8 THC and more, and figure out which kind of product works best for you. Make sure to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


How legalizations changed the cannabis industry

First and foremost, whereas cannabis may have been used throughout much of known history, it was decidedly prohibited nearly worldwide for almost 100 years now. Prior to this recent 100 years, which legislatively started in the US with the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, hemp was a stable industrial material, and cannabis as a medicine had been used extensively, with written records dating back to China in 1500 BC, when cannabis was drank as a tea.

Cannabis has been smoked all over the world, but it wasn’t much smoked in the US prior to prohibition. Which means, one of the things to come out of the time of prohibition, was actually smoking cannabis, and not just ingesting it by way of medicine. This obviously doesn’t mark the beginning of cannabis being smoked worldwide or historically, but it does mark the beginning of it being smoked (en masse) in the US. Funny how that came out of laws to prohibit its use entirely.

Legalizations have also meant open recreational markets, and this means weed products on store shelves. I’d say ‘dispensary shelves’, but the reality is that with CBD being widely accepted, and with a bunch of cannabis compounds being marketed outside of regulation, it’s quite possible to get cannabis products off of many store shelves, not just official dispensaries. Though this was true of life before prohibition, at least to a degree, it certainly isn’t a practice that was experienced in the lifetime of people today until laws started changing.

smoke cannabis

Legalizations have also helped to change public opinion, though which comes first is a rather chicken and egg conundrum, as they influence each other. A decade ago, and back through almost a century, getting weed meant meeting a guy that took forever, who’d show up somewhere with rolled up bags of green in his pockets, and then sail off into the night when the transaction was over, always looking over his shoulder. Now, so long as you’re in a legalized location, you can go into a brightly lit store, check through a menu of options, and then pay a cashier for your legal merchandise.

How vapes changed the cannabis industry

The advent of both vapes and edibles have done much to change the cannabis industry of today. Technically neither is new, though, as the use of vaping can be traced back to Egypt in around 1554 BC. At that time, hot bricks or stones were used to create vapors, with henbane specifically mentioned. But that’s ancient history.

The modern history of vaping started with Joseph Robinson’s 1930 patent, though its unkwown if his creation was ever made. It wasn’t until 2003 that Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, made the first viable vaping product through his company Golden Dragon Holdings, redubbed Ruyan. Three years later, in 2006, electronic cigarettes hit US and European markets, kicking off the vaping boom.

According to a Singlecare article which references different research including Gallup polls, as of 2018, 9% of adults used vapes regularly or occasionally. Approximately 27.5% of kids in high school are vaping, and in 2019, a survey reported that more than five million middle school and high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month. From 2011 to 2018, the number of e-cigarette users went from seven million to 41 million.

In terms of specifically vaping cannabis, a survey from 2019 showed a 3% increase in use of vaporizers among college student smokers, which was up 6% from the year before that. This accounted for college-age kids 19-22. When looking at their non-school-attending counterparts, it went up from 8% in 2018 to 17% in 2019. Now consider that prior to 2003, vaporizers didn’t even exist, and now close to 20% of college-aged kids use them. That’s a pretty different looking cannabis scene.

How edibles changed the cannabis industry

When it comes to how vapes and edibles changed the landscape of the cannabis industry, it can literally be seen. Instead of a bong, pipe, or joint, you can see people puffing away on vaporizers, and better yet, you can’t smell smoke coming out of them. Vapes and edibles have done well to change the visual appeal of what getting high should look like in this industry.

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Edibles, much like vapes, have been around for plenty of time, whether talking about tea in China, or Bhang in India. But the idea of it that we know today, started in Paris in the 1800’s, among elitist writers who came together to eat hash brownies at Club des Hachischins. The practice was made more official with the publication of the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook in 1954, Toklas being the life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein. The brownies received even more press in 1968 with the release of Peter Seller’s movie I Love You Alice B. Toklas, which helped propel the idea of weed edibles into the mainstream.

For several decades, the ideas of pot and brownies, or pot and chocolate chip cookies, have gone together, but edibles always played a minor role in cannabis consumption overall. That is until the advent of nanotechnology allowed for nanoemulsions, which has changed how we consume edibles, and how much marketspace they take up. Nanoemulsions allow for opposing liquids – like oil and water – to be forced together, this making for infused foods beyond those using oil-based ingredients like butter.

With nanoemulsion technology, cannabinoids can be infused into anything from sodas to gum to candy, and the gummies market has really taken off as a result. Whereas edibles used to be a barely there thing, something that made an appearance at the random party, they now account for 11% of the marketspace between the states of California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. In fact, these states together showed a 60% increase in edible use through 2020. This information was put out by cannabis analytics company Headset, as part of its 2020 year end cannabis-use data.

Vapes and edibles change how the cannabis industry looks

The entire world of cannabis has a different visual appeal these days, then it did back during prohibition years. Vapes and edibles have made a massive aesthetic impression on the cannabis industry, which goes beyond just how it looks, obviously. Popping a gummy or sucking on a vape have replaced older methods of joints and pipes, though those products are still quite popular too.

The old image of a guy leaning up against a building and smoking a joint still exists, no doubt, but now he’s got a guy to his left smoking oil out of a vape cart, and a guy to his right popping gummies in his mouth. And they’re all getting really high. I remember going to parties years ago and there would be a ton of different pieces of smoking equipment to come out: bongs, bowls, bubblers, blunt papers, joint rolls, chillems, hookahs etc. And maybe a brownie would make an appearance. The last party I was at I passed around a vape as I sat already stoned on a gummy, which I brought more of for friends.

Apart from companies simply growing weed to sell in a dispensary, there are massive products markets that have sprouted up, with all kinds of compounds that can be vaped, and all kinds of edible foods to be eaten. In fact, these modes of ingestion have become so popular that fakes industries have popped up alongside legal ones. This because they are both forms of using cannabis whereby the weed no longer looks or smells like weed, and can therefore be replaced with a synthetic. Often times products are sold claiming to contain THC beyond regulated limits, and which likely are passing off cheap synthetics as the real thing.

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These days, dispensaries are spilling out the door with vape products and different kinds of edibles, as they have become important parts of the cannabis industry. By the time I got to a US dispensary, this was already the case, but I remember going to coffeeshops in Amsterdam, where it really was just about the weed. An American dispensary is like an entire supermarket compared to an Amsterdam coffeeshop, thanks in part to the advent of these new products.

Conclusion

The cannabis world has been doing much moving and shaking in the last few years. Some of the biggest changes have come in the forms of vapes and edibles, which have done much to change how the cannabis industry works, and essentially, what products are sold.

Just one decade ago the options seemed so much more limited. Today we have a world of options, a plethora of ingestion methods, and a constantly widening array of products. The weed industry looks very different now than it did in the past, and will likely look even different in the future.

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