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Film festival aims to reduce marijuana stigma as New York moves closer to legalization - Cannabis News

When the first NYC Cannabis Film Festival was held in 2015, organizers hoped to minimize the stigma surrounding marijuana use in the public's perception.

Now, with recreational pot already legal in 10 states, this year's festival could be the last before New York becomes the latest state to lift its prohibition on the drug.

"I think this is just the beginning, and I think this is a very exciting time we're in," Michael Zaytsev, the founder and CEO of High N.Y., which organizes the annual festival, told CBSN on Saturday. 

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How Much Better Is Yoga If You're High? - Cannabis News

Heightened senses, enhanced self-awareness, a feeling of lightness... wait, are we talking about a post-yoga savasana or getting stoned?

On the surface, pot and yoga seem like a pretty natural fit (and it's not like this is the first time people have mixed weed and working out).

But do yoga teachers actually recommend toking up while you downward dog?

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Stop Wasting Weed: Here’s How To Make Joints Burn Slower - Cannabis News

Stop wasting weed and learn how to make joint burn slower with this guide.

It’s not how the joint looks, it’s how it burns. Getting a joint to burn properly—slowly, evenly—can be difficult and mystifying, even for veteran joint rollers.

But learning to roll a joint that burns this way will not only improve your smoking experience but save you cannabis that would otherwise go up in smoke.

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Here’s How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites - Cannabis News

Spider mites are all too common a problem for cannabis growers. Whether you’re growing cannabis indoors or outdoors, you’re more likely to find spider mites in your crop than any other type of pest.

They’re microscopic. They’re arachnids. They will suck the life out of your beautiful plants.

Spider mites are only about 4mm in size (0.04 inch). Their size makes them difficult to identify, as they will look less like spiders than tiny freckles on your plants’ leaves.

You will likely find them on the underside of your cannabis plants’ leaves. If your plants’ green leaves are covered in a sea of yellow or white dots, chances are you’ve got spider mites.

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Why Growing Your Own Cannabis Is the Best Resolution for 2019 - Cannabis News

Who grows the greatest cannabis on earth? You do, or at least you can, and it’s not as hard as you might think.

But if 2019 is going to be the year you pop your first seeds or root your first cuttings, now’s the time to start planning and preparing for a spring planting.

You can get started by reading Leafly’s two primers—one for those growing indoors and one for those growing outdoors.

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DIY Bath Soaks, Tarot, and Weed: Women Embrace Ultimate Girl Time at Tokeativity's "Glitter & Gold" - Cannabis News

The group’s mission statement champions female empowerment and the normalization of cannabis.

In an era when everyone is glued to their phones — clicking, liking, rarely looking up — sharing cannabis is a simple way to connect in real life.

It encourages you to pop your screen into your pocket, ease your tech neck, breathe, and savor the present moment.

So, on a sunny afternoon in December, I was really looking forward to unplugging from virtual social networks, getting high, and instead plugging into a real network at Glitter & Gold, an all women's affair, hosted by Tokeatvity. 

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Cannabis Christmas: The shifting culture at your holiday party - Cannabis News

In Canada, the first holiday season post-legalization has opened up a social minefield for those unsure how their use will be perceived and for others uneasy about acknowledging a new era, says one cannabis observer.

Reena Rampersad doesn't hide her love of weed, but she's discreet when socializing with people she knows are not regular users.

The Hamilton resident is mindful that many people still do not approve of recreational use, even though it's now legal.

That disparity is glaring when she goes out for dinner at a nice restaurant and still feels compelled to sneak around.

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The Holiday Gift Guide For The Cannabis Lover In Your Life - Cannabis News

Let’s be completely honest, the gift that a cannabis lover really wants is cannabis. But, in general, stoners do have preferences, and buying a joint for a real lover of bud can be like getting a fancy bottle of wine for a connoisseur.

You don’t want to end up with the wrong strain or grower.

In the end, it’s often easier to help them up their usage and appreciation game by getting them a weed-adjacent present.

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As marijuana industry grows, modern chefs tackle edible weed - Cannabis News

Edibles spending in Canada and the United States topped $1 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow more than $4.1 billion by 2022, analysts say.

With a culinary background, Stephanie Hua felt in 2015 that there weren’t many edible cannabis products that spoke to her, so she decided to make some.

That year, the San Francisco-based chef started “Mellows,” which serves handcrafted marshmallows infused with 5-milligrams of THC, a low-dose, Hua said, because of her lower tolerance.

The marshmallows have led her to co-write a cannabis-centric cookbook for Chronicle Books that contains recipes that are more elegant and modern than the typical pot brownie, Hua said.

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What is Aquaponics? Meet The Coolest, Most Eco-Friendly Way To Grow Weed - Cannabis News

If you’ve been exploring different ways to grow cannabis, you might be wondering: “what is aquaponics?” Here, we provide all the basics of this sustainable system.

Aquaponics is probably the coolest way you can grow weed, and also the most self-sustaining system -- once it is carefully calibrated.

This system grows fish and plant-life in such a way that allows both to support each other’s growth, with minimal intervention from the grower.

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Cannabis accessories you can display on your coffee table - Cannabis News

Aesthetics play a significant role in how cannabis products are received by first-time users as the pace of legalization picks up speed in North America.

Sophisticated, unexpected and elegant designs will allow companies to disassociate themselves from the stigma traditionally attached to cannabis consumption, securing new consumers among both habitual users and the canna-curious.

Until recently, the design of cannabis accessories was of questionable quality. 

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What is SCROG?: Save Space and Yield More Bud With the Screen of Green Method - Cannabis News

SCROG, short for “screen of green,” is an indoor cannabis training technique. There are many different techniques that help indoor growers maximize their space, but scrogging is one of the most popular. 

SCROG is a training technique that helps indoor cannabis cultivators maximize their light usage and the number of top buds, or colas, their plants produce.

If you leave a single plant in a pot to grow without training, chances are it will develop just one central cola.

With SCROG, however, every branch develops into a decent-sized cola. This coaxes out high yields from as few as one to five plants. 

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Weed Chefs: Coming to a Screen Near You - Cannabis News

There’s something deeply satisfying about getting high and drooling over images of a gorgeous, marijuana-infused dinner — and a new crop of shows offer a look into how these intoxicating feasts are made.

Take Viceland’s Bong Appétit, by far the biggest hit of the genre. Last year, it was nominated for a James Beard award, a top honor in the cooking world.

The first two seasons featured dreamy sequences about sourcing local ingredients, bite-sized lessons in how to infuse various fats and oils with marijuana and, at the end of each episode, a giggle-ridden dinner party populated by the kind of chill stoners who would never judge you for being too high.

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Cannabis Nutrients: A Masterclass By Jorge Cervantes - Cannabis News

Plants, just like humans, need a well-rounded variety of foods to live happy and healthy lives. Cannabis plants are no exception, needing a wide range of nutrients to develop fragrant buds which burn cleanly.

There are two basic kinds of nutrients. There are mineral nutrients, which are naturally found in soil and can usually last a few weeks before they need to be replenished by the grower (though supplementing these nutrients can help the plant grow faster).

These nutrients can be supplemented after a soil test using store-bought fertilizers and nutrient solutions.

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These colleges now offer courses in cannabis - Cannabis News

Colleges are preparing students to work in the sector as lawyers, accountants, chemists and botanists.

Want to get in at the ground level in a growing industry? Look no further than these colleges and universities offering cannabis courses, majors and minors.

Marijuana is now legal in some form in more than two dozen states, after three states loosened their laws in this month’s midterm elections.

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Designing for the New Culture of Cannabis - Cannabis News

Say goodbye to drab, institutional interiors and trippy accoutrements -- top-tier designers are making the face of marijuana more beautiful, smart, and inviting.

Since California voters passed a proposition to allow the use of medical marijuana in 1996, 30 more states and Washington, D.C., have followed suit.

Of those, nine have also legalized it for recreational use. In October of this year, Canada became the second country to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide. (Uruguay did so in 2013.)

And with it's emergence from the shadows of the law, marijuana is getting a total makeover.

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Filmmaking Couple Touches on Medical Marijuana's Social Stigma - Cannabis News

Remembering Us, a forthcoming short film from Denver’s BS Filmworks, may be a needed step to change the stigmas surrounding cannabis, as well as stigmas attached to other issues.

Cannabis historically catches a bad rap in motion picture, depending on your views of the sweet leaf.

It may have started with Reefer Madness in 1939, which created an initial scare about the dangers of cannabis use.

Skip ahead four decades to the slack-jawed ramblings of Cheech and Chong, followed by such films as Friday, Half Baked and Pineapple Express, and cannabis in motion pictures became a caricature of mislabeled stereotypes.

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Cannabis plants can have healthy properties beyond buds - Cannabis News

When your doctor reminds you to be sure to eat your greens, the recommendation probably doesn’t include cannabis plants. But maybe it should.

“(Cannabis) makes me feel about 10 years younger. It gives me energy, just amazing energy,” said Pam Dyer, a Spokane-area medical marijuana patient, health blogger and a founder of the Eastern Washington chapter of Women of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana).

Since becoming a medical marijuana patient about seven years ago, Dyer has been experimenting with ways to eat the parts of the marijuana plant that don’t have psychotropic effects. This includes turning stalks and leaves into tasty smoothies.

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What to Do With Cannabis Stalks, Leaves, & Stems From Harvest - Cannabis News

One way to reduce your cost of growing and waste is to look into ways you can use the nutrient-dense portions of the plant that normally get tossed out.

Growing cannabis is all about producing large, aromatic colas, but at the end of harvest, we’re left with much more than just that—stalks, leaves, soil, and roots.

Largely these materials end up in the dump or in your city’s composting program, but what if you could utilize these materials to cut down costs and improve your next harvest?

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Melissa Etheridge Talks Art, Culture and Marijuana Advocacy In The Legalization Era - Cannabis News

It’s been a little over a year since singer, activist and marijuana entrepreneur Melissa Etheridge was arrested for cannabis possession by federal agents in North Dakota near the U.S.-Canada border.

Her tour bus was stopped and searched shortly after touring in Alberta, and agents discovered a vape pen containing cannabis oil.

Etheridge, who’s become an outspoken advocate for legalization in the years since she started using the plant medicinally after being diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s, told Marijuana Moment in a new interview that the experience of being busted did not deter her.

Rather, it has motivated her to continue advocating for patients and spreading the word about marijuana’s therapeutic potential.

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University of Connecticut to Offer Class on Cannabis - Cannabis News

UConn will be offering a class in the spring on the science of growing marijuana.

Gerald Berkowitz, a professor of plant science, will teach “Horticulture of Cannabis: From Seed to Harvest,” which UConn Today reports is one of the first classes of its kind in the country.

Berkowitz told UConn Today there are career opportunities in the cannabis industry and the course is in response to a “tremendous student demand” for academic training.

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Here’s What You Need to Know to Throw a Lit Weed Wedding - Cannabis News

As legalization spreads, progressive canna-centric weddings are becoming a trend. But throwing a weed wedding isn’t as simple as having flower arrangements adorned with fan leaves and buds.

It was a late Wednesday afternoon. 60 people gathered at Frank Sinatra’s former residence in Woodland Hills to witness Jeff and Serena Baleja walk down the aisle.

But their wedding was far from traditional. After Jeff and Serena kissed to solidify their new union, Jeff reached into his pocket and pulled out two joints. 

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Five Classic French Dishes You Can Infuse with a Cannabis Tincture - Cannabis News

Getting high with haute cuisine.

Using cannabis-infused butter or oil to make your edibles is easy. But using a tincture simplifies things even more.

The dropper makes it super convenient and easy to measure doses, whether you want a microdose or melt-your-face-off experience.

All you need to do is read the label on your product and dose your meal based on how you want to feel. Unlike infused butter and oils, however, tinctures should not be cooked because the heat will destroy the cannabinoids. 

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Here’s Why Millennials Are Choosing Cannabis Over Alcohol - Cannabis News

“For the first time, trends in alcohol and marijuana use are substantially diverging, suggesting that the historical relationship between these two drugs may be changing.”

Ever had one of those mornings when you wake up cringing, not only from a throbbing headache, but all the residual pain commensurate with a hangover?

If so, you understand the consequences of having too much to drink.

It turns out that more and more millennials are gladly waking up with a little dry mouth instead. 

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Cooking with cannabis growing in popularity as users seek more than just a sugar high - Cannabis News

Long considered a closeted activity, cooking with cannabis isn’t just for the super stoner anymore.

The first time Holly Hukill tried to make cannabis-infused desserts it was, in her own words, “a complete disaster.”

“I burned the butter,” said Hukill, product development director at Serra, a Portland, Oregon-based weed dispensary.

“And the cookies were just awful.” Making your own edibles, Hukill explained, requires a lot of trial and error. 

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California Small Craft Pot Farmers Excited For Regional Cannabis Appellations - Cannabis News

In the coming years, California is going to give cannabis a label that tells its story: how it was grown and where it comes from.

These days, wine drinkers might take for granted that a bottle of wine with the word “Napa” on it actually comes from grapes grown in Napa Valley.

That labeling is now codified in California law, just like a wine labeled “Bordeaux” must come from one of the 54 wine appellations in Bordeaux wine region of France.

In the coming years, California’s other famous crop is going to get some designated appellations of its own.

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Vegas' salute to the cannabis culture: A 24-foot-long, fully functional bong - Cannabis News

There are two flights of stairs curling around the head-turning glass bong, all 24 feet of it. There also will be an elevator to ferry people from the ground floor — where the pipe’s 100-gallon reservoir sits — to the mouthpiece high above.

It weighs more than 800 pounds and the bowl can pack a quarter of a pound of marijuana.

It has elements in the glass that will make it glow — greenish mostly — while bathing in black light.

Jason Harris, the artist who made it, said it’s his artistic opus to the cannabis culture. “I make giant bongs,” he said. “They are my voice to make noise in the world.”

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What To Do With Leftover Marijuana Stems - Cannabis News

When it comes to cannabis, having leftover stems is just part of the package. Here’s how to use them.

In this current era, saving some cash is more important than ever, especially when it comes to weed.

And one hack for sticking to a budget is reusing and recycling, like harvesting kief from a grinder, or coming up with creative ways to use your stems.

Once you see that stash get down to the stems and dregs, you’re bound to wonder, is there THC in stems?

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Top Tips for Using Hash as a Culinary Ingredient - Cannabis News

Here’s a bold prediction: in five to ten years, everyone will be using hash like a seasoning, sprinkling half-grams of full-melt into soups and stews, adding un-pressed cannabis trichomes to smoothies, sauces, and desserts … the sky’s the limit.

Currently, using prized extracts to flavor food is seen as an extravagance, but future trends will bring hash within the reach of everyday epicureans—much like gourmet items such as truffles and saffron.

The idea of using hash as an ingredient is gaining momentum, powered by an increasingly mainstream cannabis culinary movement and made possible by a regulated market.

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Pairing pot: What marijuana is right for your meal? - Cannabis News

Now that chefs are exploring how weed might go together with their food, some are working out pairing sequences based not on how the different marijuana strains taste, but the effect they’ll likely have on their guests.

When it comes to critiquing alcoholic beverages, most of the focus is on how it tastes.

Sometime color comes into play, or body or texture, and not infrequently a drink’s history makes it into a review, but what critics don’t tend to write about is what kind of drunk it gets you.

That might be because, despite anecdotal evidence that tequila makes you wild and red wine makes you sleepy and whiskey makes you belligerent, scientists insist that ethanol is ethanol and drunk is drunk.

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Cannabis on the Menu at Your Next Hotel Restaurant or Spa? - Cannabis News

As states continue to legalize, cannabis-based edibles and spa treatments are ready and waiting for you on your next visit to a luxury hotel or resort.

More hotels and resorts plan to offer cannabis-based menu items and wellness treatments, as laws around the country relax toward medicinal and recreational use of the drug.

And customers — both locals and guests — seem to be thoroughly enjoying them.

Jessica Schupack, a Los Angeles resident who works in marketing is a regular at the Hollywood Roosevelt, where she loves ordering the mojito ($18) infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a nonintoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. 

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Haute Pot: How High-End California Chefs Are Cashing In On Marijuana - Cannabis News

Leave it to California to combine high-end cuisine with the kind of ingredients that might actually get you high.

It's an increasingly lucrative niche for chefs in San Francisco and Los Angeles — cities already well known for trendy food culture.

Chefs and entrepreneurs making cannabis-infused foie gras and "stoner souffles" have been featured on not one but two series devoted to gourmet ganja: the Netflix competition program, Cooking On High, and the Viceland show Bong Appetit.

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These Chefs Are Killing The Cannabis Culinary Game - Cannabis News

We gathered a list of ten people combining food and cannabis in creative ways that are heavy on quality ingredients and technique. These people have scads of knowledge to drop.

For the longest time, cooking with cannabis meant spending too long making cannabutter on your stove or in a crockpot so that it could be thrown into some brownies or Rice Krispies treats.

It wasn’t fancy but it got you baked and — let’s be real — that was the goal.

But increased legalization has led to refined cultivation that places quality kush in the hands of culinarians who see it as another ingredient to be explored in the context of their craft.

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Cannabis 101: What Is ‘Dank’ Marijuana Anyway? - Cannabis News

When your friend says they’re coming over with some “dank” weed, they’re immediately setting the expectations high.

The word “dank,” though a great descriptive word all around, has become synonymous with cannabis culture and it means that the herb before you is simply the best.

But what makes dank so good? Dank, simply defined, means “unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly,” at least at dictionary.com.

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Cannabis Glass Artist Creates Pipes And Bongs Shaped Like Tasty Donuts - Cannabis News

“I think legalization has made functional glass art more appealing to the masses. The donuts seem to cross many demographics, because you can now purchase an intricate piece of art without worries of it getting taken by the police.”

Brian Owoc loves donuts. "There's just something about donuts that makes people want to smile,” he says. “It is such a familiar, nostalgic, happy thing to so many people.”

Twenty years ago — while working the graveyard shift as a baker at Dunkin’ Donuts — the Portland, Maine, glassblower remembers heading home from a long night making those sweet doughy treats and diving into his home studio to blow off steam and melt glass.

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The Rise of the Ganja Sommelier - Cannabis News

Like a wine sommelier, a good ganja somm knows how to pair customers and cannabis products.

Yes, the green rush is upon us and with it, a new profession: The Ganja Sommelier.

Like the wine expert at an upscale restaurant who walks you through the night’s best food and wine pairings, the ganja sommelier has the expertise and knowledge to guide you towards the ultimate cannabis experience.

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Meet the women giving cannabis culture a style makeover - Cannabis News

Fashion-forward weed designs buck stigma and bring pot paraphernalia out in the open.

Female entrepreneurs are carving out their own space in the male-heavy cannabis industry — and they're doing it with style.

Until now, the stoner culture aesthetic has looked more like Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke or Seth Rogen's Pineapple Express than something you'd find in lifestyle reads like Goop or Vogue.

But with legalization, pot is going mainstream. New fashion-forward accessories like sleek vape pens and hand-crafted ceramic stash jars are being created to appeal specifically to women, who represent a fast-growing market for weed.

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How Weed Edibles Are Shedding Their Stigma In The Food World - Cannabis News

Marijuana-infused foods are evolving far beyond pot brownies.

At one point in cannabis culture history, mastering the art of baking the perfect weed brownie was considered a rite of passage, but those days are long gone.

Thanks to the development of medical marijuana programs and the decriminalization and legalization of recreational cannabis in multiple states, the THC-infused world of eats has evolved far beyond brownies, cookies and admittedly impressive dispensary snacks and moved into the culinary space.

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12 Cannabis Books That Changed the Game - Cannabis News

Twelve books in all, presented here in chronological order, not just for sake of easy reference, but to better tell a story that’s unfolded over many years.

All kinds of books pair well with weed, from the headiest philosophy to the most escapist fantasy or science fiction.

However, the following list of game-changing cannabis books will focus squarely on tomes dealing directly or indirectly with the plant itself, while still running the gamut of novels, memoirs, how-to, science, creative non-fiction, history, cookbooks, and humor.

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Stirring the Pot with Cannabis Chef Andrea Drummer - Cannabis News

"My mission is to make cannabis cooking a broader conversation among a more diverse group of people and not just preaching to the choir."

There was once a time when Andrea Drummer was completely against cannabis.

That is until she met a cannabis advocate whose success and productivity as an attorney challenged her point of view and opened her mind to the possibilities of how she could use the botanical wonder in her own profession.

She started a culinary events company called Elevation VIP Cooperative and began curating high-end fine dining experiences via private cannabis-infused functions and invite-only VIP dinners in Los Angeles. 

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Cooking With Cannabis: High-End Cuisine Rediscovers a Once Taboo Ingredient - Cannabis News

Western palates aren’t yet accustomed to cannabis, but they soon might be.

As states continue to roll back tight regulations on the recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana, there’s a highly skilled and creative subset of people who are crafting the way the future era of legal pot is going to taste.

We’re talking about chefs, of course.

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How to order cannabis leaf tempura from an L.A. restaurant's secret menu - Cannabis News

Along with the tempura cannabis leaf, Shibumi’s special dishes include vegetables flavored with cannabis-infused sauce, made like a miso paste, which is often mixed in with sesame paste in Japan.

You enter the sleek Shibumi restaurant via a clandestine doorway next to a parking garage in downtown LA.

Now the hush-hush concept continues inside – those in the know can request off-menu cannabis-infused dishes, including a battered pot leaf.

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Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked - Cannabis News

In 420-friendly states, a growing cadre of chefs, confectioners, and entrepreneurs is intent on pulling weed out of its dank past and into our locavore, organic, chef's-menu-laden food present.

If you've taken two bites of a weed brownie, you know that they can fail in a number of ways: They're dry and crumbly, or flavorless, or stale, or too weak, or (more likely) too strong, maybe so strong that you forget what it feels like to stand up, and you begin to long for a bottle of Sprite as big and welcoming as the Statue of Liberty.

The first weed brownie I ever ate was a grave mistake, taken before a New York–to–Boston bus ride that became a study in acute paranoia and the healing properties of a rest-stop McDonald's.

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Southern California Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand - Cannabis News

Despite the name, the point isn’t to get high at Kikoko’s tea parties.

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica, and roughly 7o people have gathered for a tea party. Over the clinking and clanking of tea cups and saucers, the guests converse about the usual things—their work, the weather—but ultimately weed is the word on everyone’s lips.

That’s because cannabis is in their cups. 

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6 Upcoming Cannabis Books - Cannabis News

These exciting new books will keep your cannabis knowledge up to date.

Cannabis has found its way into just about every facet of culture and lifestyle from food and fashion to medicine and spirituality and beyond.

With so much happening in the weed world, sometimes you need more than an article or think piece to really get some in-depth understanding and keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the industry.

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Beyond Cannabutter: Light and Infused Carrot Chiffon Cake - Cannabis News

Fly high with this light-as-a-feather chiffon cake bursting with herbaceous carrot and bright citrus notes.

It’s pillowy soft and oh-so-luscious—especially when served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a pinch of lemon zest.

End your springtime dinner party on a sweet note with this infused dessert.

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Marijuana In College: Why Universities Are Offering Cannabis-Focused Classes (And Where You Can Find Them) - Cannabis News

It's no surprise people are looking to get educated on marijuana and the business possibilities around it.

The legal cannabis industry is growing at an unprecedented pace.

While estimates vary, U.S. sales in 2017 stood somewhere between $8.2 billion and $8.8 billion according to BDS Analytics.

This figure is expected to surge to roughly $35 billion by 2022, GreenWave Advisors managing partner Matt Karnes told Benzinga in a recent conversation. 

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Vermont Chefs Talk Cooking With Cannabis - Cannabis News

Marijuana cuisine has come a long way since the pot brownies of a generation or two past, when home cooks tossed butter melted with weed (sometimes including stems and seeds) into a recipe.

In the spring of 2014, Dave Weiner was a food judge for High Times magazine's Cannabis Cup in Denver.

Weiner, who lives near Stratton Mountain, received a kit with about 45 edible products containing cannabis and an app for recording his scores.

He had a week to judge the food — from sour gummies to pizza sauce, from Thai iced tea push-up pops to beef jerky — in categories including effect, flavor, packaging and product originality.

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The Low-Dose Cannabis Experience of Chef Luke Reyes - Cannabis News

Creating dishes and culinary experiences that are as fun as they are unique, Chef Luke Reyes makes the art of the cannabis edible look easy.

Reyes—along with business partners and friends Ryan Hope and Ben Gilovitz— recently founded La Hoja in Southern California, a cannabis catering and events company devoted to bringing the low-dose cannabis experience to dinner parties and events.

For instance, they served their special “potsickles” at recent Coachella parties.

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The Quest for an Ancient Culture’s Cannabis-Filled Cooking - Cannabis News

The Svans, from Georgia’s Caucasus region, had their weed culture (and plants) uprooted.

Khachapuri, the cheese bread native to Georgia, is a regional staple. But a local rumor holds that the Svans—an ancient community living in the highest settlements of the Caucasus—eat a fragrant, weed-filled iteration.

From the moment a Georgian friend told me about this elusive dish, I couldn’t stop thinking about it—I wondered what it tasted like, whether anyone still made it—and, naturally, whether or not it would get me stoned.

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