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Oklahoma restaurant owner experiments with cooking with cannabis – KOCO Oklahoma City

Jarros Friedel has his medical marijuana card and has been experimenting with recipes that go beyond the standard of gummies and brownies.One of the recipes the co-owner of Guyute’s in Oklahoma City has been working on is a chicken confit. He makes the oil at his house.”We grind up the cannabis. We put it in the oven at 220 for about an hour,” Friedel says in a video he sent to KOCO 5. “Once it’s decarbed, you set up a double boiler and heat it to about 140, put cannabis in oil in mason jar in a double boiler. Let it sit there. It becomes infused after about an hour, hour and a half. Strain oil.”And that wasn’t the only cannabis component to the chicken confit.”We made some verblanc sauce to put over the top of it with our infused cannabis butter,” Friedel said, “and the infused cannabis butter actually does have a smell to it.”KOCO 5’s Abigail Ogle: “I guess that just adds to the high, essentially?”Friedel: “Yes, absolutely. This is almost 200 milligrams per tablespoon, so it’s gonna put you out.”Friedel said the high amount of marijuana won’t really affect the taste or the smell of the chicken confit.Restaurant professionals aren’t the only ones getting creative in the cannabis kitchen. Lauri Dykstra started exploring marijuana recipes when she had stage 2 breast cancer.”Anything that you love to make, you can add a little bit of cannabis oil to it,” Dykstra said.People at a reputable dispensary will help customers buy what they need.”You just start out with a really low amount and see what you can tolerate,” Dykstra said.That aspect is key as experts said it can be harder to gauge how much marijuana you’re ingesting when you eat it compared to smoking it.”The critical thing is obviously getting the dosing correct, which is more difficult than it might seem,” Dr. Steven Ross said.How the cannabis is ingested also should be taken into consideration.Ogle: “Would you say that it’s more potent this way? To eat it rather than smoke it?”Friedel: “Absolutely. It’s very much more potent this way.”Ogle: “So what serving of this would be? One piece of chicken?”Friedel: “Yes, one piece of of chicken and some potatoes and asparagus and onions.”Ogle: “Would you be OK to drive after that?”Friedel: “Legally, I don’t believe so. It helps pain a lot. And nausea. And insomnia. Running a restaurant, being here until 4 to 5 in the morning, it really helps to ease your pain, helps you go to bed really easy.” It’s important to note that the restaurant owner KOCO 5 spoke to said they are not selling any dishes with marijuana, just experimenting with recipes in their kitchen.At this point, it would be illegal for a location to cook a cannabis dish and serve it to someone at a restaurant, even if the customer has their medical marijuana card.

Jarros Friedel has his medical marijuana card and has been experimenting with recipes that go beyond the standard of gummies and brownies.

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One of the recipes the co-owner of Guyute’s in Oklahoma City has been working on is a chicken confit. He makes the oil at his house.

“We grind up the cannabis. We put it in the oven at 220 for about an hour,” Friedel says in a video he sent to KOCO 5. “Once it’s decarbed, you set up a double boiler and heat it to about 140, put cannabis in oil in mason jar in a double boiler. Let it sit there. It becomes infused after about an hour, hour and a half. Strain oil.”

And that wasn’t the only cannabis component to the chicken confit.

“We made some verblanc sauce to put over the top of it with our infused cannabis butter,” Friedel said, “and the infused cannabis butter actually does have a smell to it.”

KOCO 5’s Abigail Ogle: “I guess that just adds to the high, essentially?”

Friedel: “Yes, absolutely. This is almost 200 milligrams per tablespoon, so it’s gonna put you out.”

Friedel said the high amount of marijuana won’t really affect the taste or the smell of the chicken confit.

Restaurant professionals aren’t the only ones getting creative in the cannabis kitchen. Lauri Dykstra started exploring marijuana recipes when she had stage 2 breast cancer.

“Anything that you love to make, you can add a little bit of cannabis oil to it,” Dykstra said.

People at a reputable dispensary will help customers buy what they need.

“You just start out with a really low amount and see what you can tolerate,” Dykstra said.

That aspect is key as experts said it can be harder to gauge how much marijuana you’re ingesting when you eat it compared to smoking it.

“The critical thing is obviously getting the dosing correct, which is more difficult than it might seem,” Dr. Steven Ross said.

How the cannabis is ingested also should be taken into consideration.

Ogle: “Would you say that it’s more potent this way? To eat it rather than smoke it?”

Friedel: “Absolutely. It’s very much more potent this way.”

Ogle: “So what serving of this would be? One piece of chicken?”

Friedel: “Yes, one piece of of chicken and some potatoes and asparagus and onions.”

Ogle: “Would you be OK to drive after that?”

Friedel: “Legally, I don’t believe so. It helps pain a lot. And nausea. And insomnia. Running a restaurant, being here until 4 to 5 in the morning, it really helps to ease your pain, helps you go to bed really easy.”

It’s important to note that the restaurant owner KOCO 5 spoke to said they are not selling any dishes with marijuana, just experimenting with recipes in their kitchen.

At this point, it would be illegal for a location to cook a cannabis dish and serve it to someone at a restaurant, even if the customer has their medical marijuana card.

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4 Cannabis Peanut Butter Recipes (That Will Make You Even More Popular with Friends) – Greencamp

Who can ever turn down one big spoon of peanut butter? We can’t, that’s for sure – especially if we add a little bit of cannabis inside.

That’s why we prepared four different recipes for you. We want you to try them out and then enjoy all the compliments you will receive once you serve them to your friends.

But before we start, there are two things to keep in mind. First, it’s very important to calculate the proper dosage of cannabis in your butter. Rule of thumb: never put a lot at the beginning. Start low and add more later.

While cannabis dosage differs from person to person, we have guidelines on weed measurements you can use to test out and follow as you measure out your weed and cook your peanut butter to your preferred potency. It can also simply help you define what measurement units mean in actual amounts of weed.

Second, an essential part of the process to cover is cannabis decarboxylation. In each of these recipes, you’ll have to use cannabis that is decarboxylated. This process activates the cannabinoids found in cannabis, making them easy for the body to absorb.

The Process of Decarboxylation

Don’t worry, the decarboxylation process may sound like a hard thing to do, but in reality, it’s a piece of cake.

Utensils you will need:

  • Baking Tray
  • Baking Sheet
  • Tinfoil

Start with preheating your oven (approximately 100ºC). Use a baking tray and add a baking sheet on it. After that, place your cannabis on the sheet and tent it with tinfoil. You want to spread the cannabis out as much as you can, but don’t try to cram in too much on the tray.

Place it in the oven and wait for 50 minutes. The length of time is a guideline only. It really depends on the oven. When your cannabis becomes dry and brown with a crumbly consistency, you know it’s done.

Now that you have decarboxylated your cannabis and have it all ready and prepared for your peanut butter, let’s jump straight into the recipes.

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter

Let’s warm you up with the easiest recipe. You won’t be making your own peanut butter from scratch for this one.  Instead, you’ll be using store-bought peanut butter.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serving: 1 Person

Level: Beginner

Take one small bowl and add two tablespoons of peanut butter. Add inside one tablespoon of olive oil and mix it until you get a smooth texture. After that, add in your cannabis and mix it well. When you’re done, put it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Keep in mind that this peanut butter will have crumbles. If you are not a big fan of that crumbly texture, you can easily make cannabis-infused olive oil and use it in the recipe to get a smooth butter-like texture. There are a lot of variations you can try and get it closer to your preferences.

Homemade Cannabis Peanut Butter

This recipe requires a little bit more effort since we’re going to make our own peanut butter instead of using peanut butter from the store.

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Serving: More than 5

Level: Beginner

Since we’ll be making peanut butter from scratch ourselves, let’s take a look at the list of ingredients. This way you’ll know what to prepare.

  • 5 Cups of peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • ¼  Cup of peanut oil
  • Cannabis

Put the peanuts, salt, and honey in a blender and grind everything for a couple of minutes. When there are no crumbles, add the peanut oil and blend it for another two minutes.

Add your cannabis and keep blending until you achieve the desired texture. If you prefer your peanut butter a little crumbly, don’t blend it too much, and if you like smooth peanut butter, blend it for a couple more minutes.

Put everything in a bowl with a cover and place it in the freezer. Each time you want to serve your peanut butter, give it a little stir with a spoon.

Haitian Cannabis Peanut Butter

If you’re tired of regular peanut butter and you want to spice things up a little bit, this is the recipe for you.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Level: Beginner

What ingredients will you need?

  • 2 Cups unsalted raw peanuts
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of red pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar or honey
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of salt

When you look at all the above ingredients, it doesn’t seem like the stuff you would expect in peanut butter, right? Well, all those ingredients combined make heaven in a jar!

If you want to make original Haitian peanut butter, you need to roast the raw peanuts for a couple of minutes.

Put the peanut oil into a pan and add the two cups of raw peanuts. After two or three minutes of stirring, transfer the mixture into a blender. Use the spatula to scoop the leftover oil from the pan and add that into the blender, as well.

Add in the other ingredients – the red pepper, salt, and brown sugar or honey. If you want to follow the original recipe, add sugar, but if you prefer honey, then use that, instead. The taste will remain the same. Blend everything for a minute or two and add your cannabis. Keep blending until you get a creamy texture.

When you’re done, put everything into a jar and leave it in the freezer.

Enjoy!

Thai Cannabis Peanut Butter

Lastly, we’ll leave you with another different, yet tasty recipe. The process of making this Thai-inspired peanut butter is similar to all the other recipes we’ve covered. The only difference is the spices.

You’ll need things like soy sauce and red curry, but once you’re done you’ll have a rhapsody for your palate.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Servings: 3

Level: Beginner

There are nine things you’ll need to make this Thai cannabis peanut butter.

  • 1 1/2 Cups of coconut milk
  • 1 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste
  • 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar or honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of peanuts
  • Cannabis

Start by adding everything but the cannabis and the peanuts into the blender. Again, you can choose whether you want to add brown sugar or honey, just don’t add both. Mix them until you get a creamy texture and then add in your cannabis and peanuts. Blend for one minute (or less) and you’re done.

This peanut butter should ideally be crumbly, but if you don’t like that use cannabis olive oil instead, and don’t add in any of the peanuts. Again, it’s all about your preferences. Place it in the freezer and wait a little bit before serving.

Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

As you’ve already noticed, we mentioned a couple of times that you can use cannabis-infused olive oil. Cannabis olive oil is easy to make, and you only need a few things and a little bit of time.

If you aren’t a fan of crumbly peanut butter, and you wish to use infused oil instead, you can make it by combining olive oil and decarboxylated cannabis and cooking it for a couple of hours. You don’t have to stir constantly, so it doesn’t require a lot of effort.

When you’re done, wait until it cools down and then strain it. That’s it – your cannabis olive oil is ready to be used in other great peanut butter recipes.

Why should you make cannabis peanut butter? Well, first of all, it’s a great treat and you can enjoy it anytime you crave something sweet. But not only that, it’s also a great base for a lot of different things. If you have a jar of it in a freezer, you can easily make cookies, crunch bars, smoothies and more, all without any effort.

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The One Mistake Most New Cannabis Cooks Make – The Fresh Toast

So you’re new to cannabis — welcome! You’ve likely already started enjoying and experimenting (always in moderation). The edibles at your local shop look so yummy, don’t they? But $15 for a brownie?! You’ve been baking your entire life. How tough can it be to make your own?

The answer: It’s not. But it’s likely not the same kind of baking you’re used to. To cook with marijuana properly (meaning effectively, as in, the marijuana doesn’t take over the flavor of the dish completely and it’s the correct dosage), you need to take the step even the most enthusiast “baker” down the street is probably forgetting — decarboxylation.

Please. Come back. Sit down. This isn’t going to be a lecture on organic chemistry. I mean, if you want that, go here. But decarboxylation is something you haven’t likely done before, right? It’s still a novel idea in modern American cooking when home chefs prepare their own ingredients.

What It Does

(Briefly) chemically speaking, decarboxylation removes carbon atoms from a carbon chain. For our purposes, it will convert THCA to THC. THC, one of the two most discussed compounds in cannabis, is the main cause of the euphoria associated with it. It already exists in raw marijuana you buy since as it dries it converts THCA to THC. Decarboxylation jump-starts the process.

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How to Do It

You will need ground marijuana (finer is better), a baking sheet/pan and, if you have it, baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover the pan with a sheet of the parchment. Evenly lay the herb out on the paper. Bake at 225 for 45 minutes.

RELATED: I Used A Decarboxylator To Make Weed Beer And It Was Amazing

As with barbecue, there are hundreds of Vital Secret Rules on how to improve. Two things to consider when modifying this recipe: Higher heat may burn the marijuana and make it less effective and taste worse. Low and slow may be the way to go, but it will release more odor and 75 minutes at 200 degrees might be too much of a time commitment — though that gets great results.

Other advice: Ventilate the area properly and use a timer. Especially if you’ve already been indulging.

What Now?

Your cannabis is now ready to be added to butter or made into tinctures or flavored oils. My personal favorite is cannabis-infused oil brushed on grilled salmon toward the end of cooking. When using cannabis butter in recipes use the same amount of butter as called for in the recipe.

Butter and oils are better than dumping marijuana into the batter. THC is oil (and alcohol) soluble. So when you infuse, you get more of the effect, less of the strong plant flavor.

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A Word About Dosage

The main issue regarding cooking with cannabis is that it is illegal under federal law so there is no standard “dose.” And most states where it is legal label THC content, but that substance has varying effects on people. Unlike alcohol where most adults know what one drink will do to them. Or two. Tell the salesperson at the shop you will be baking and note the strain its THC percentage you will be using in your recipe. When cooking, start with a little. Use Jeff the 420 Chef’s calculator to gauge how much THC you will be adding to servings. Write this down. After eating make some notes and some suggestions less/more for next time.

RELATED: 5 Ways To Figure Out THC Dosage With Cannabutter

Keep in mind smoking marijuana can have an effect in five minutes and is gone in two hours or less. The body processes edible cannabis differently and it can take an hour or more to have an effect, which can last up to four hours. The potential danger is a newbie can eat, not feel anything in 30 minutes, then eat more. Then become Maureen Dowd. Start low and go slow until you know what works for you.

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Best California marijuana seed and clone shops of 2020 – Leafly

Best California marijuana seed and clone shops of 2020 | Leafly


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America’s cannabis-growing heartland—the Emerald Triangle—celebrated Valentine’s Day a little differently than the rest of us.

While lovers popped bottles of champagne, Humboldt County growers prayed over and germinated their 2020 cannabis seeds, said Brian Smith, buyer and inventory manager at Satori Wellness, a licensed cannabis retailer in McKinleyville, Humboldt County, California; population, 15,177.

‘You should definitely be popping all your seeds off by the end of February and beginning of March.’

Brian Smith, inventory manager, Satori Wellness

“Oh yeah, it’s a tradition in Humboldt County to pop seeds on Valentine’s Day,” Smith said. “We got the full moon, then the equinox coming. You should definitely be popping all your seeds off by the end of February and beginning of March.”

Missed the big occasion? Don’t stress. Hundreds of legal stores in California stand ready to sell you prestigious seeds for your garden this year. It’s peak seed-selling season, store managers say, and more adults 21 and older can tap more legal genetics from more legal outlets than ever before.

Thanks to Prop. 64, passed in 2016, adults 21+ in California possess the unambiguous legal right to grow up to six plants on their property and keep their harvest. An outdoor plant can yield up to a pound on the high end, so a decent gardener could grow about six pounds this year—that could be a six-year supply, assuming you smoke a gram every day.

Still, most Californians haven’t visited a legal weed store—legal sales are just a little over two years old.

Below, we direct first-timers and veterans alike to the best California cannabis stores that sell seeds and clones.

Los Angeles marijuana seed stores

Buds & Roses

Los Angeleno weed nerds looking to grow a personalized, exotic strain flock to longtime all-star outlet Buds & Roses, located in the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown, said owner Aaron Justis.

The iconic Prop 215 club survived the Prop. 64 transition and stocks a wide variety of legal cannabis seeds as a matter of principle. Buying, collecting, growing, and making new seeds ensures plant diversity, Justis said.

“We’re really into the genetics and what’s new out there and getting them out there to the people,” he said.

Buds & Roses stocks Southern California’s most solid lineup of Purple City Genetics, Equilibrium Genetics, and Rebel Grown seeds.

PCG touts hyped crosses like Zookies x Super Lemon SMAC. Go Rebel Grown for the undisputed king of OG Kush and Chem genetics. Equilibrium’s 2020 hot sellers include Burmese Bananaberry or Forbidden Heat, Justis said.

Los Angeles Farmers Collective

Also in LA: Don’t miss Los Angeles Farmer’s Collective—home of the Jungle Boyz, SoCal’s elite, exotic, indoor flower brand.

This year, Los Angeles Farmer’s Collective carries Jungle Boyz’s Creamsicle #10 and Divorce Cake #1. Plus, don’t miss out on all their Zkittlez Cake crossed to Grape Topanga #6, Gelato #33, or TK Lato #1.

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Best San Francisco cannabis seed and clone stores

SF Elevated

Eight hours north from Los Angeles, San Francisco is a global ganja crossroads and hobby gardener’s playground. Several stores promise the best legal seeds and clones of cannabis’ entire history.

Around San Francisco, new store SF Elevated carries Purple City Genetics and Equilibrium. On Mission Street, Mission Organic Center carries seeds from Medicine Man including Tropical Zittles (Purple Punch x Zkittlez).

Harborside

Harborside in Oakland remains the go-to choice for clones from Dark Heart Nursery. But you can look for Dark Heart clones all around the Bay, like in Pacifica’s Lytt, SPARC Santa Rosa, 7 Stars Richmond, or Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose.

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Dark Heart Nursery clones bring the heat to every corner of California. (David Downs for Leafly)

Dark Heart Nursery clones bring the heat to every corner of California. (David Downs for Leafly)

Best San Diego cannabis seed and clone stores

Urbn Leaf

All the way down south in California, San Diego has fully licensed the legal cannabis industry, from seed to sale. Two years into commercial sales, retail marijuana stores are just beginning to entice home gardeners with fresh seeds.

At the Urbn Leaf chain of stores, customers young and old, experienced and novice, surprise budtenders with seed requests. Packs of 20 regular seeds from Humboldt Seed Co. sell for $124. Grow a classic like Trainwreck or the new Pineapple Muffin.

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Best Santa Cruz, Mendocino, Humboldt cannabis seed and clone stores

If you want the best wine grapes, you go to wine country. Want the best cannabis genes? Point your map app at cannabis country. Gas up the car, charge up the phone, and pull out some cash for this genetics odyssey. Or make sure to hit these spots next time you’re passing through.

Santa Cruz Naturals

An hour south of San Francisco lies the stoner Valhalla of Santa Cruz—where lush coastal mountains hide greenhouses and gardens and the pumping point break of Steamer’s Lane keeps the vibes irie. The two go-to seed spots are Santa Cruz Naturals of Aptos or Watsonville.

Satori Wellness of Humboldt County

Champagne, France, rocks some badass wine grapes. Similarly, Humboldt County is stunting in cannabis genetics.

Everyone from mom and pop growers to big ballers with cash stream into Satori Wellness in McKinleyville this time of year for the best seed selection in the world. A huge drop from all major breeders came in Feb. 1.

“Seeds are on a roll. I’m moving through some units,” said Brian Smith, the inventory manager.

Hints of gas, nuts, salty caramel, and cream merge in the trending cultivar Caramel Cream. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co)

Hints of gas, nuts, salty caramel, and cream merge in the trending cultivar Caramel Cream. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

The two-year-old store is affiliated with award-winning Talking Trees farms and carries their clones. Also in season in 2020, Humboldt Seed Co.’s Magic Melon, Caramel Cream, and feminized Notorious THC.

“It takes a lot of work to get them all in. We’ve established ourselves as the premier store and our seed selection has gone with it,” Smith said.

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Compassionate Heart in Mendocino

At Compassionate Heart, Ukiah, seed sales are peaking for the year, staff said. In-house brand Lempire Seeds is crushing it with the Lempire Strawberry Banana Slush. Also score exclusive Dying Breed Seeds, plus Terp Hogz seeds, and DNA Genetics seeds.

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Even more rural California cannabis seed stores

You never know where you’ll find the next addition to your personal cannabis genetics library. Download the Leafly app and use it on the road to peruse menus and discover gems like these:

So get out there and grow a pound in 2020. The best way to keep cannabis diverse and people-powered, is for the people to grow their own, said Justis.

“We want to get these seeds out to people to let them breed with it, let them play with it, make new genetics—so they can preserve it.”

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The best new marijuana strains to grow in 2020 – Leafly

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Legalization’s onward march into the mainstream means that more gardeners than ever can grow some cannabis. Michigan and Illinois added medical marijuana cultivation rights this year. Oklahoma is in the midst of a legal medical genetics boom. The list goes on and on. Adult-use cannabis is legal in 11 states and more than 30 states have medical marijuana laws. Check your state’s cultivation rules here.

‘The more people working with this plant, the more we are going to be able to do with it.’

Jason Matthys, founder, Equilibrium Genetics

As winter’s end nears and spring approaches, it’s time to get cracking on seed and clone plans for 2020. You can walk into a licensed store in California, Oregon, and several other adult-use state, show a valid ID, and pay about $50-100 per pack of ten seeds, or about $30 for a small starter plant called a clone. Online, seed sales are less regulated—for full details, read how to buy seeds legally.

Here are the best new cultivars and clones to grow in 2020—selected based on interviews with the world’s most influential breeders, what’s available legally in stores and online, and data trends in popular strains. Let’s grow a pound!

Update your OG

Take a modern mainstay—OG Kush—and give it a twist or refine it in your garden this year. Lots of breeders in many states offer OG Kush genetics of some form or another.

Watermelon OG

One classy, easy win is Watermelon OG, from Mendocino County’s Dying Breed Seeds. Undisputed champs of The Emerald Cup, Dying Breed Seeds’ founder Brandon Parker said to look for Watermelon OG seeds in the licensed California store Compassionate Heart, Ukiah. Online, Neptune Seedbank sells authentic Watermelon OG seeds.

Further refine your OG library with Dying Breed’s Sour Eddy Bx1 ($500 a pack of 10 unsexed seeds). Why priced so high? These seeds tap into a genetic pipeline that has been pumping out gas terpenes nationwide since the ‘90s. Dying Breed’s “Very Special” line is an OG Eddy #21 (Sour Pheno) crossed to OG Eddy. 

For more OGs, see also: Compound Genetics’ Supreme Diesel (Jet Fuel Gelato X Diesel); Humboldt Seed Co.’s Collie Man Kush; Chem Fuego from Lucky Dog Seed Co.; GaitorBait from CSI Humboldt; Rebel Grown’s Triangle Double OG Sour or Double OG Sour; Bodhi Seeds’ Black Triangle; Massive Seeds’ Playboi OG; Seed Cannabis Co.’s Humboldt OG in Oklahoma.

Simplify with autoflowers

Over in Washington, DC, cannabis activist Adam Eidinger recommends any autoflowers to medical growers—as well as adult-use growers living under decriminalization. Autoflowers are user-friendly; fast-finishing seeds and clones for in or outdoor growing.

Autoflower Magic Melon

Found on the West Coast as well as in Oklahoma, Oregon, and Maine, Humboldt Seed Co.’s Autoflower Magic Melon is a no-brainer. Funky fuel and raspberry reek from ripe Magic Melon buds. The cultivar came from a selection of 10,000-plus plants over multiple generations by elite growers.

Magic Melon chunks out automagically. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

Magic Melon chunks out automagically. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

This autoflower version puts some of Humboldt’s finest cannabis genes into the hands of novices to play around with and get stoked. “It’s a lot of work so it’s great to see it out there,” said Nat Pennington, co-founder of Humboldt Seed Co.

See also: Dutch Passion Seed Company’s Auto Lemon Zkittle, Auto Daiquiri Lime, and Auto Critical Orange Punch

Level-up your hash stash

Cannabis culture has broadened past the crude, dried, cured buds. We appreciate rosin, dry ice hash, and flan. But to get to that next level, you got to grow something frosty.

GAK

For 2020, our money is on Dying Breed Seeds’ 2020 GAK crosses. Dying Breed keeps winning hash awards at the Emerald Cup, and their secret is great source material.

Award-winning hash comes from terpy, icy-looking buds; the more unique-smelling, the better. That’s what you’re dialing up when you run GAK. Its lineage is not public, but there’s GAK Nana (GAK x Banana Pudding), GAK Smooovie (G.A.K. x 4 Locoz), and GAK Gas (GAK X OG Eddy), for when you’re ready to get out of the Prius and into a Maserati.

Dying Breed’s Parker said GAK grows well indoors, outdoors, and in a greenhouse. “She’s a very large-producing, fast-finishing hash plant. The flowers look like a glistening disco ball of resin and its main flavors are pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry puree. We’re calling it #thenewfruit. We have a jar right here in the car, so I can open it up and smell those terpenes and put them in the air. It smells that good, and it’s what I pride myself on.”

See also: Rose Gold from Archive Seed Bank and Hermetic Genetics’ Oregon Hash Plant.

CBD it up

Not everyone is a cannabis macro-doser. Go super-light and approachable in your garden with some of 2020’s CBD strains to max out your CBD supplies for the year. CBD seeds can vary from equal parts THC to CBD, to near-zero THC varieties.

It’s a golden era for terpy, CBD-rich strains in 2020. Scoop up Dying Breed’s CBD seeds line; Talking Trees Seeds’ Pineapple Tsunami CBD; Dutch Passion’s CBD Auto White Widow, CBD Auto Charlotte’s Angel, or CBD Kush; and Delicious Seeds’ Blue Ace CBD Auto.

Stay trendy with a Gelato, Runtz, or Cookies cultivar

Always a crowd-pleaser, Cookies descendant Gelato—and its offshoot Runtz—is number one because it delivers. It’s darkly colorful, dense, icy-looking, and loud.

The Bling

The number of new Gelato crosses is overwhelming, but our money is on a clone of The Bling, from Dark Heart Nursery in California, available statewide.

Go to a store that sells clones, plop down $30, take that cutting home, put it in some rich soil, add bright light and pure water, and Boom! Now you’re growing Gelato crossed to OG Kush and Humboldt Frost, selected from 3,000 plants via Humboldt Seed Co. and Happy Dreams Genetics’ Mr. D.

The Bling gives off 12 abundant terpenes, including gobs of myrcene, pinene, and limonene, and rarities like nerolidol and camphene.

See also: Cannarado’s Biscotti Dough, Crockett’s Lemon Banana Sherbert, Purple City Genetics’ Gelato #33 x Melonade, and Elev8 Seeds’ Runtz.

Get terp-tastic with Squirt

Since weed is legal, breeders can be more open about the work that goes into a new strain. Thanks to nationally available legal brand Humboldt Seed Co.’s 10,000-plant “pheno hunt,” anyone can stand on the shoulders of cannabis genius and grow something legendary.

New strain Squirt is intriguing because it comes from Blueberry Muffin—a blockbuster mega-pheno-hunt strain. Specifically, it’s Blueberry Muffin backcrossed three times with Tangie #118.

No males invited: Feminized Squirt makes it rain terpenes. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

Squirt makes it rain terpenes. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

“It’s probably one of the most strong terpene strains we’ve ever had,” said Humboldt’s Pennington.

Squirt pairs gobs of sophisticated terps with an average of 20% THC, which makes it mild enough for even novices to enjoy. Humboldt Seed Co. also sells feminized Squirt seeds so you never have to worry about male pollen ruining all the fun.

Chase pure landraces

Some consumers pine for old school landrace genetics. They reminisce about Acapulco Gold or Thai bud. Luckily, the Bay Area, CA, is home to decades of cannabis landrace explorers, and a lot of that stuff is surfacing post-Prop. 64.

African Pepper

In 2020, Equilibrium Genetics is touting an African sativa—Malawi—crossed to Trainwreck Haze—it’s called African Pepper. The plant stretches tall, gets huge, and finishes somewhat late, perfect for pros who stagger their harvests. Its spear-like buds are mottled green and orange with a dominant sweet, grassy Trainwreck smell.

Not for the low-tolerance novice, “It’s got that really spacey up high; it’s great for being creative or going about your day. It’s really energetic,” said Jason Matthys, seed operator at Equilibrium Genetics.

In 2020, EQ Genetics debuts Nigerian, Kenyan, Ghanaian, Ethiopian, and Swaziland-sourced seeds—”just stuff that’s made its way into my hands from different friends that may have taken different trips here and there,” he said.

This year, Humboldt Seed Co. works with brand Marley Natural to resurrect verified Lamb’s Bread, the mythic sativa of Bob Marley and Rastafarian culture in Jamaica.

See also: NorStar Genetics Chelumbian; Green Source Gardens’ Coyote Goo.

Try weird Breaths and Faces

It’s a big year for so-called “Breath” and “Face” strains. Whaaaat? you say. Bear with me.

This all started with OGKB, also known as OG Kush Breath—a really funky-smelling, couch-locking, pulse-racing OG. No surprise, high-THC breeders paired OGKB with another punisher called Face-Off OG. This stanky, gassy, awesome stuff powers the popular Do-Si-Dos of today. In 2020, Do-Si-Dos crosses proliferate, while other breeders work the parent lines, too.

Motor Breath

There’s Motor Breath, Garlic Breath, Peanut Butter Breath, and GMO Cookies—“All the breaths are firing in 2020,” said Kevin Jodrey, a longtime genetics expert at Wonderland Nursery in Garberville, California.

Pie Hoe Face

Over in Washington, researcher Dominic Corva would love to run some Pie Hoe Face—that’s Cherry Pie and Face-Off OG from Portland’s legendary Archive Seed Bank. Archive also has DosiFace, Larry Face OG, and Face on Fire.

See also: Notorious THC; Bay Exclusives’ OG Pie Breath; Elev8 Seeds’ Lemon Dosi; MediKind’s Rocket Fuel x Ghost of Lee Roy.

Notorious THC delivers maximum stone. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

Notorious THC delivers maximum stone. (Courtesy of Humboldt Seed Co.)

Attack that MAC

Beginning Dec. 13, for two days straight, from morning until after dark, industry growers from around the world lined up for hours and waited patiently to get their hands on some new MAC crosses.

Reclusive breeder Capulator held court while wearing a bearded disguise (a throwback to the illicit days) and sold seed packs for up to $240 a pack. MAC—which stands for “Miracle Alien Cookies”—is a strong contender for 2020’s strain of the year.

MAC reinvigorates Cookies with more genes rooted in Chem and OG, plus wild card landrace sativa Columbian. The resulting nugs are chunky, dense, dazzling, and dank. MAC has bag appeal, nose appeal, and maximum THC for the connoisseurs.

We’re trying some Sunset MAC (Sunset Sherbet x MAC) outdoors this year, while indoor growers are seeking out seeds online for MAC Stomper, Banana MAC, MAC and Cheese, and Jungle MAC.

See also: Cap’s Frozen Lemons F3 and Commando.

Zkittlez in the garden

Popular cultivar Zkittlez emerged seemingly sui generis from the Emerald Triangle hills to upend Cookies’ terpene dynasty. Sweet, syrupy, fruity, thick, and stony, Zkittlez now has global fans and dozens of awards associated with it.

Watermelon Short Cook

In 2020, Zkittlez crosses are fantastic and widespread. Take a look at Watermelon Short Cook from Dying Breed Seeds, a foundational Zkittlez breeder. Also check out Rainbow Belts from Archive Seed Bank in Oregon, which features Moonbow (Zkittlez x Do-Si-Dos).

See also: Archive Seed Bank’s Light Speed; Barney’s Farm Gorilla Zkittlez Emerald Mountain Legacy’s Royal Limez

Have your Cake and smoke it, too

Lastly, we pay respect to the Cakes. Ice Cream Cake, Lava Cake, Wedding Crasher, Kush Mintz, Sundae Driver—we love the lot with these sedative, potent, dense cultivars. Homegrowers will produce tons of Cake-related strains in 2020 as the Cookies epoch marches onward.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

We especially like Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Humboldt Seed Co. because it’s so widely available as a clone from Dark Heart Nursery. It smells and tastes like it sounds, with a sweet tropical pineapple aroma coupled to a scrumptious sweet and spicy cake smell.

See also: Cannarado Birthday Banger; Elev8 Seeds’ Gelato Sundae, Giscotti, or Sundae Punch.

And this is just a taste of what’s popular and available in 2020. There are literally thousands of strains to choose from and the best part of cannabis is how you personalize it. Buy two beloved cultivars, cross them this season and select the offspring for your specific terroir in 2021. Having quality cannabis genetics on-hand can be an asset for yourself, family, and friends for generations to come.

“The more people working with this plant, the more we are going to be able to do with it. We can’t do this by ourselves,” said Matthys.

What strain are you excited about growing in 2020? Leave us a comment below!

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David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He’s written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including ‘Marijuana Harvest’ by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

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New Laws Clear the Way for High-end Cannabis Dining in Metro… – Hour Detroit Magazine

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Just over a year ago, Michigan joined the 11 U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana. As lawmakers put the finishing touches on state licensing and regulations, various culinarians are fine-tuning recipes that will allow them to contribute to the projected multibillion-dollar industry through food. 

Using microdosing, a method that incorporates low doses of the psychotropic drug into meals, chefs are masterfully adding cannabis-infused oils and spices into sweet and savory dishes alike to offer guests a slight buzz. Across the country, cannabis is baked into pizza crust and sprinkled into breakfast staples like lox and bagels. And locally, chefs are entering the cannabis arena with unique catering businesses. 

Serving as educational experiences, immersive dinners that incorporate cannabis in each course help to demystify cannabis cuisine. Chefs, including Michigan native Enid Parham, use their tablescapes to introduce clients to the plant, which was not long ago deemed taboo. “I always perceived cannabis to be a bad thing because I grew up in the Nancy Reagan era of DARE,” says Parham, also known as Chef Sunflower. Parham has ventured into the cannabis world with LuckyPistil Catering. “Being a dialysis patient, my dad smoked cannabis to cope with his pain. I remember flushing an ounce down the toilet thinking I was helping him quit drugs — boy, how wrong I was.” Today, Parham says her hope is that clients will leave her dining events (which feature dishes like squid ink pasta with infused sun-dried tomato mushroom sherry sauce) “inspired to explore the world of cannabis with an open mind.”    

Recent marijuana laws make it easier for chefs to have honest conversations about the ingredient with guests in these intimate settings. Chi Walker and Jenna Michlin, co-founders and head chefs at Femmes de la Fleur, go so far as to say legalization has lifted the taboo associated with marijuana. “A few years ago, it wasn’t commonplace to talk about marijuana usage so openly. Now, it’s everywhere,” Michlin says. “I think the overall acceptance has expedited the demand in the market.” Walker adds, “With legalization, we’ve been able to destigmatize usage and create spaces for people to be open about their personal and experimental usage.” 

Increased public awareness has likely contributed to the broad range of locals lining up for cannabis dining experiences like Femmes de la Fleur’s — that and highly intriguing menu items, such as locally foraged roasted chanterelle mushroom soup and Rock and Rye Short Ribs served with polenta. “Our clientele is a true hodgepodge of folks,” Walker says. “It’s your everyday white-collar suburbanite attorney, your grandparents, the young cute couple on the block, those seeking more holistic approaches to pain management. People of all walks of life.”

Gigi Diaz, executive chef of Detroit-based catering company Cannabis Concepts, is mindful of cooking for this diverse clientele, including those with dietary restrictions. “I do vegan and vegetarian food as well,” she says touting her pan-fried cauliflower steak encrusted in infused potato flakes and drenched in a mushroom cream gravy. “It’s a really delicious meal.” For Diaz, the 2017 winner of the internationally acclaimed High Times cannabis chef competition, cooking with cannabis is scientific. Those potato flakes, for example — Diaz takes russet potatoes, dices them, soaks them in a housemade cannabis tincture, dehydrates them, and then pulverizes them to make tiny potato flakes. “There’s an artisan concept to it, and that’s what we pride ourselves on.”

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What can’t you infuse in Washington? – The Spokesman-Review

While infused edibles aren’t a huge part of the state’s legal recreational cannabis market – they make up about 9 percent of marijuana sold – it sometimes seems like you can buy almost anything infused with pot. From champagne to potato chips, sweet treats to coffee, soft drinks to ramen, there’s a huge variety of sweet, savory, smooth or crunchy treats infused with flower available. But there are a few edibles you can’t purchase in Washington, and a few reasons why. Brian Smith, communications director, and Kathi Hoffman, cannabis laws and rules coordinator, for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, recently provided guidelines for what is OK to sell and what is not. “The following criteria will be used when determining approval of marijuana infused edibles,” they wrote in an email. A marijuana processor may infuse food or drinks with marijuana provided that: (a) The product or products do not require cooking or baking by the consumer; (b) Coatings (frostings, sprinkles, etc.) applied to the product or products are compliant with the requirements of WAC chapter 314-55; and (c) The product and package design is not similar to commercially available products marketed for consumption by persons under twenty-one years of age, as defined by WAC 314.55.105 (1)(c). For the last item above, the referenced WAC specifically lists gummy candies, lollipops, cotton candy, or brightly colored products as prohibited. It goes on to include fruit or vegetable juices (not including shelf-stable concentrates); fruit or vegetable butters; pumpkin or custard pies, or any pies that contain egg; dairy products of any kind such as butter, cheese, ice cream, or milk; and dried or cured meats as also being prohibited for sale. Marijuana-infused vinegars or oils for cooking also have restrictions. They aren’t allowed to be infused with any other product, like herbs or garlic, so you will have to add those separately to whatever you are cooking. “Infused vinegars or oils can pose food safety risks,” wrote Smith. “The primary concern is the extremely dangerous and sometimes deadly microorganism, Clostridium botulinum (C. bot), which can cause botulism.” There are also guidelines regarding edible packaging. Any product in a package that may be “too appealing” to children won’t be allowed on store shelves. Calls to poison centers about kids accidently ingesting edibles have increased in states where recreational marijuana is legal. Smith says multiple factors may have contributed to that growth in calls. “The presence of the Poison Center “Not for Kids” logo on edible products with the phone number was designed to generate phone calls,” he said. “Also, because it’s now legal for adult use, more people likely feel comfortable reporting it.” In 2018, the WSLCB announced banning the sale of many hard candies, chewy candies, tarts and chocolates, later modifying the restrictions. Edibles can’t be sprayed with colors, molded into shapes other than balls or bars, or have frosting or sprinkles. For those who don’t want to get high, but are seeking the potential benefits of CBD (cannabidiol), take note that CBD edibles can only be sold at cannabis retailers. CBD derived from hemp – which does not have the psychoactive effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana – is often used in lotions and supplements for relaxation and pain relief, and is sold just about everywhere. But the state Department of Agriculture does not allow CBD as an ingredient in traditional foods, and recently cracked down on sales at non-cannabis retailers. “Advertising and claims about CBD and its potential benefits are everywhere these days,” wrote Smith. “The truth is that very little still is known about CBD. It may have been a misconception of the public that CBD was allowed in food products. Cannabinoid extracts like CBD are not allowed as a food ingredient under federal and state law. Marijuana processors licensed by the state can produce CBD-infused edibles for sale in state licensed marijuana retail stores only.”

Tracy Damon is a Spokane-based freelancer who has been writing professionally for 20 years. She has been covering i502 issues since recreational cannabis became legal in Washington.