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5 Foods That Bind With Cannabinoids To Float You Higher

The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving, as is the information that’s available to us. This is due, in part, to research that has examined what exactly cannabis is and does. With increased attention on whether the THC and CBD compounds within cannabis can potentially provide a multitude of health benefits — besides the obvious psychoactive experience – crucial awareness has begun to spread.

For those unfamiliar, THC and CBD are the two most well-known cannabinoids often attributed as the source of happiness, endorphins, and relaxation that cannabis provides, though there are actually more components at play. For example, terpenes are a group of hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of many plants – including the cannabis plant – that are garnering more attention for potentially being responsible for creating those calming effects.

Because terpenes are a primary component of essential oils, they are frequently found in foods, as well. Terpenes, combined with valuable vitamins in certain foods, can potentially heighten symptoms typically associated with cannabis consumption, in addition to produce sensations similar to the effects of cannabis on its own.

With a little education and willingness for experimentation, it’s possible to munch in a way that lifts you to a higher plane and keeps that feeling going. Since the effects of cannabis vary widely from person to person, we recommend keeping a journal handy to notate your own experiences in order to help find out which cannabis and food combinations seem to work best for you!

1. Sweet Potato

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Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes are known as a powerful mood-boosting food. They are packed with complex carbohydrates and Vitamin B that both produce serotonin, the happy chemical in the brain.

As a plus, sweet potatoes are low in fat and protein, thus making it easy for serotonin to affect your mood. Similarly, some cannabis studies have concluded that certain strains of marijuana, particularly sativas, can be helpful to those with anxiety and depression because of their uplifting qualities. For those who are looking to boost their sativa-induced happiness a bit further, try adding a basket of sweet potato fries, as they might make a perfect partner.

2. Omega-3 Rich Foods

Nuts, fish, avocado, and quinoa are all high in omega-3 fatty acids. Interestingly enough, the acids are actually thought to bind to cannabinoids, thus potentially enhancing the properties of cannabis. Grabbing a small snack of walnuts could kick start the trip and extend it longer than usual. These healthy foods are also far more beneficial to the body than stereotypical, greasy junk food associated with the munchies.

3. Herbs


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There are so many herbs with beneficial terpenes, it’s hard to narrow them down! Pinene and limonene are particular examples of terpenes found in both the herbs you use in your kitchen, as well as in cannabis, possibly lending insight into why we so fondly refer to it as THE Herb. Sage and thyme are known for their pinene, while lemon basil, lemon thyme, and lemongrass are high in limonene.

Pinene has been known to open up the lung passages, which could theoretically make it easier for cannabis to soak into the bloodstream and heighten your experience. Just like vitamins in sweet potato, limonene has been known to relieve anxiety, depression, and stress. A cup of herbal tea to compliment the herb could give a healthy boost in the clouds when it’s hard to pick yourself up.

4. Mangoes


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Mangoes are highly regarded in the cannabis community for their enhancing effects. Mango is a unique fruit that contains myrcene terpenes, also found in cannabis. When consumed together, the myrcene in mango binds to the myrcene in cannabinoids leading to a stronger payout.

It has been recommended to drink mango juice about an hour before a proper session to get the most benefit. But again, when it comes to cannabis, every person is unique and learning your own cannabis preferences and tolerance may take some careful experimentation.

5. Broccoli


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Last but definitely not least, it’s no secret how wonderful broccoli can be for your health. From potassium content to collagen-building benefits, broccoli is one powerful superfood, and the anti-inflammatory properties have been reported to double with cannabis consumption.

Pain management is a top incentive for chronic pain patients, many of whom seek cannabis as an alternative to opioid painkillers; having a side of broccoli with cannabis could power up this side effect. The two both resemble trees, making them look kind of like distant cousins! In addition, broccoli is high in terpenes that bind with cannabinoids seamlessly, and may be beneficial in fighting depression as well.

Some of our healthiest foods are what we really should be considering as the perfect munchie pairing with cannabis. Between the potential for drawing out stronger health benefits to helping elevate you to a higher plane, there is more to these plants and vegetables that must be recognized!

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  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement, promotion or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found in significant proportion.
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White Rabbit Ice Cream Exists and Has The Internet Going Nuts

White Rabbit is a candy that milks nostalgia from all who have experienced it. The famous rice paper surrounding the candy melts in your mouth leaving a sweet and creamy texture. It’s something that never lost its classic appeal, but has always deserved a moment in the spotlight.

Foodbeast’s managing editor, Reach Guinto, envisioned evolving that creamy flavor even further and suggested it as an ice cream flavor to Los Angeles ice cream shop chain, Wanderlust Creamery. This collaboration transformed the dream of White Rabbit ice cream into a reality.

Inspired by fond memories of childhood, White Rabbit ice cream was born. Wanderlust mixes real pieces of White Rabbit candy into a custom milk and buttery base, creating an ice cream that delivers an adaptation true to its origin.

The reaction to this ice cream is well-deserved, yet the scope of its reach is far beyond what anyone expected. It first debuted in honor of Lunar New Year with plans to only have it available through the month of February, but it catalyzed a feverish desire to covet it.

For some perspective, Wanderlust’s most popular flavor sold 40 gallons within one week in the middle of summer’s peak in July, while 39 gallons of White Rabbit ice cream sold in just a day and a half.

Not only is Wanderlust struggling to meet the demand, they are have difficulty sourcing the essential White Rabbit candy itself. Wanderlust is cleaning out wholesale stores such as Laksi, in Los Angeles, but so are other unnamed creameries who have been inspired to jump at the chance to craft their own version. Owners Adrienne Borlongan and Jon-Patrick Lopez drove all over Los Angeles trying to find a distributor, until they got in contact with one all the way in San Francisco to help.

“We were worried people won’t be able to get it,” shared Borlongan, speaking on if folks would understand and appreciate an ice cream flavor based on the Asian candy. However, examples of consumer fervor within this recent boom came in the form of some patrons traveling as far as 300 miles away only to discover it had already been sold out upon arrival.

Virality is a powerful but misunderstood aspect of the Internet world, and it’s unclear how or when White Rabbit ice cream exploded into a media frenzy, but Borlongan has her suspicions, “I think it started with Subtle Asian Traits [Facebook page] sharing it last week,” she stated. Since then, the Foodbeast and Wanderlust creation has been featured in news outlets around the world and was a trending topic on WeChat, a social media and messaging app with over a billion active users. Also, other scoop shops globally began creating their own versions of White Rabbit ice cream as well.

White Rabbit ice cream will not be around for much longer, but due to high demand the creamery has decided to make it available through March. We can only hope for a permanent spot in the Wanderlust Creamery collection, but all parties are pleased with this dream coming to fruition in the best possible way.

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Kiva Introduces 24K Gold Coated Edibles for St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, it’s time to devise your plots for celebration. As usual, there will be drink specials and parades galore, but the cultural shift of marijuana legalization brings new avenues of festivity for people to partake in.

St. Patrick’s Day is the greenest day of the year and it’s about to get even greener. Green beer and cocktails are an expected element of the night, but now there’s an alternative form of indulgence at the end of the rainbow. Kiva Confections is launching a limited edition Pot O’ Gold Peppermint Pattie Terra Bite edible for the occasion.

 

Each soft peppermint fondant bite is covered with rich dark chocolate and coated with edible 24K gold, of course; how could it be St. Patrick’s Day without a glimmer of gold? These edibles are crafted with California cold water hash and said to contain 5MG of THC per piece.

These golden bites will be the first truly St. Patrick’s Day themed edible on the market. Could this be the beginning of a new holiday themed trend? Only time will tell. For now, it is always recommended to dose with caution as Kiva built its reputation on potent and tasty edibles. Beginning March 4th, Californians will be able to order their own Pot O’ Gold via the Eaze delivery app.

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New M&M Flavors Inspired by Mexico, Thailand, and England Are Up for the Annual Flavor Vote

The variety of candies available to us is truly a reflection of our tastes. Folks want fresh and unique ideas on their palates in the same way we want it for our technology. M&M understands our hankering for the distinctly delicious and has released three new flavors for us to judge to our heart’s content. 

These new flavors spotlight the countries of Mexico, Thailand, and England for this year’s internationally inspired Flavor Vote, a yearly contest that gives consumers the power to decide which flavor deserves a permanent spot in the line-up.

And in the running this year, introducing: Mexican Jalapeño Peanut, Thai Coconut Peanut, and English Toffee Peanut.

M&M designed these flavors to genuinely represent their respective countries and guide taste buds on a personal vacation. Think of the right balance of chocolate and Mexican spice, the fresh coconut in the tropics of Thailand , and the elegance of Great Britain’s classic toffee candy. 

True to the international theme, M&M is offering one lucky voter an opportunity to vacation in all three countries. “We believe flavors have the power to transport you, and this time, we are making that journey a reality by offering participating fans the chance to win a trip around the world,” stated Allison Miazga-Bedrick, Brand Director, M&M’s.

Cast your vote and enter for a chance to win on www.flavorvote.mms.com, or text “Vote” to 84444 and follow the instructions. M&M fans can vote once per day until May 17.

The winning flavor will be announced August 2019 and become available nationwide shortly thereafter.

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Dip Your Pizza Into Ranch that Tastes Like Pizza Dipped in Ranch

Pizza and ranch is an indulgent combination of savory and creamy flavors. My pizza order isn’t complete without several ranch sauces on the side to dip at my heart’s desire. Pizza lovers alike covet this legendary team.

But here we are in 2019 and this classic pairing has just been dethroned for an ambitious fusion. Hidden Valley Ranch just revolutionized the way we dip our pizza by releasing a brand new Ranch-Dipped Pizza flavor, part of their Blasted Creamy Dipping Sauce line. It’s the sauce I didn’t know I wanted or needed, but here I am, drooling over the opportunity to have extra pizza flavor on my pizza — via the omnipotent sauce that is ranch.

Take a moment to consider the possibilities. You could have the taste of pepperoni on Hawaiian pizza, sausage pizza, even anchovy pizza. Or why stop there? Put it on your fries, your burger, your hot wings!

This new dip’s comrades include a Buffalo Ranch and a Zestier Ranch, meaning twice the garlic and twice the onion. Imagine a pizza party with all three and the savory freedom to fuse them into the ultimate sauce.

I think this is what the founding fathers meant when they devised the American dream: life, liberty, and the pursuit of pizza-flavored ranch.

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5 Companies That Transform Food Waste Into Revolutionary Opportunities

Farms, grocery stores, and homes send 60 million tons of edible food to the landfill annually while 40 million people in the U.S. struggle with food insecurity. Although those statistics are troubling enough, they leave out a significant amount of byproducts that are lost as a result of food processing.  

Upcycling is popular in the do-it-yourself community as a way of taking what would be trash and repurposing into functional designs for the home. Edible upcycling is the idea of taking nutritious food byproduct as a result of our beer, juices, and cereal processes and repurposing it for versatile and delicious snacks. 

Fortunately, there are a few companies who have seen this opportunity and snatched it up! These are the edible upcycling pioneers of byproducts.

1. ReGrained

Almost 200 million barrels of beer are brewed annually which means there is an enormous amount of nutritious grain ending up in landfills. Daniel Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz of ReGrained discovered the possibility of repurposing the residual grain while home brewing in college.

In comes Supergrain+ flour, a concoction devised by the team to bring life to this byproduct in an incredibly versatile way. Supergrain+ is unique in its fiber and prebiotic constitution making it exceedingly nutritious. For now, ReGrained has produced granola bars using the flour, but are experimenting its uses. Just recently they tested a pasta recipe by substituting 20% of the usual flour with theirs and discovered that it increased the nutrition substantially.

In 2018 they upcycled about 40,000 pounds of grain and project to reach a million this year. Kurzrock shared that they envision closing the loop between breweries and the consumer to ensure this valuable byproduct is utilized to its full potential.

2. Toast Ale

Now what if the procedure was reversed? Bread is produced by the pounds in order to create the vision of abundance at grocery stores. Far too much bread is baked to satisfy customers even if it’s more than what will sell. Consequently, day old bread is tossed because it no longer appeals to an expectation of perfection despite its utility.

Toast Ale discovered a way to turn that abandoned, yet edible bread into a line of beer. They have developed Pale Ales, IPAs, and craft lagers from bread donated by Adelie Foods of London, UK. Additionally, Toast Ale collaborates with bakeries local to their brewery to create new beers named after its origin city such as Bristol, Sussex, and Nottinghamshire.

3. Coffee Flour

Harvesting of the coffee bean is often not thought of because of its universal presence. There is an abundance of coffee brands and shops to the point where it’s taken for granted. What we don’t realize is that coffee is often harvested by small farmers only three months a year. This means job insecurity is a resonating problem for these farmers for the majority of the time.

Coffee Flour identified a valuable part of the coffee plant that is wasted: the cherries. The coffee plant grows nutritious cherries along with the beans, but they are perceived as a useless byproduct. Farmers dump them in rivers or let them rot in piles without another alternative. This releases methane gas and pollutes valuable river resources.

The founders of Coffee Flour made a revolutionary move by converting these cherries into a nutritious flour containing a ton of fiber, iron, antioxidants, protein, and potassium. This flour can be then used in cookies, breads, granolas, and even ketchup. Not only does Coffee Flour help farmers reduce their pollution and waste, they provide them with a way to harvest throughout the year and secure a sustainable income

4. Wize Monkey

Similarly, Wize Monkey has identified the use of another unappreciated element of the coffee plant: the leaves. Coffee leaves contain beneficial antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, but are neglected just like the cherries. The founders of Wize Monkey worked with Nicaraguan farmers to conceive a coffee tea that has the smooth flavor of green tea with the potential to infuse effortlessly with other flavors.

Just like Coffee Flour, Wize Monkey has provided an avenue of income for Nicaraguan farmers without the need to work with a 3rd party company to produce their coffee tea. This could positively impact their education, stability in the home, and future generations to come.

5. Pulp Pantry

Thousands of pounds of organic pulp end up in landfill each week. This pulp actually contains half the nutrients of the original fruit or vegetable with only one-third of the sugar. Pantry Pulp devised a way to upcycle pulp into delicious and nutritious granolas. They source their pulp from juiceries such as Project Juice, Little West, and Made with Love Wellness and give it new life.

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7-Eleven Is Selling Realistic DIY Sushi Candy And We Tried It Out

Japan is known for its cool and unusual snacks because their use of aesthetic and flavors always grab attention. Years ago I came across a YouTube video of someone making sushi candy out of powder and water. There was no explanation, just the quiet sounds of a little plastic spatula mixing the powder together.

Now, years later on an every day trip to 7-Eleven, I came across the same cute box with illustrations of delicious sushi gracing the cover. It made me stop in my tracks. How did this 7-Eleven even consider ordering this? It doesn’t even matter, my time had finally come to give this tiny food kit a try.

The Box

This adorable little box depicted what I guess should come of this project. The instructions on the back seemed simple enough. The arrows show where to begin and where to take it. The Japanese was cryptic to me, but luckily the box directs you to Popin’ Cookin’s website where you can find instructions in English.

The Tools

When you open the little package you get an assortment of packets, a tiny plunger and spatula, and a small black rectangle of “nori.” Each of the little packets will make either rice, tuna, egg, salmon roe, or soy sauce. The little plunger is to put the perfect amount of water for each section of this bento box. The packaging itself serves as a guide for how big to make your rice ball and how long to stretch out the seaweed.

The Rice

There’s one thing strange about this kit: The box says “sugar powder cake mix,” with its online description stating it as grape flavored, though all I can smell is bubblegum. The “rice” looks and has the exact texture and stickiness of sushi rice which is a little eerie. I don’t know what to expect of the taste.

The Egg & Tuna

Next comes the egg and tuna mixes. Each of their sections have little details of swirls and lines so that the gelatinous mixtures will have the markings of egg and tuna. Since the box says to wait 3 minutes for it to form, let’s move on to what else we can get into in this box.

The Salmon Roe

Now, for what I was really fascinated by: The salmon roe. This requires a watery mix for the orange-hued liquid to be dropped into in order to form the tiny balls of “roe.”

As a side note, handling the plastic spatula was an experience within itself. When mixing the powder, the spatula makes light scratching noises against the plastic. Because the compartments are so small, you are forced to make gentle movements to avoid overflowing any of the mixtures into the wrong cell; I was put into a meditative state because of the necessary focus. The motions and sounds of mixing were entrancing and it recalled a similarity to the ASMR videos I love.

Despite my intention to be as cautious as possible I am just not coordinated enough for that kind of precision. Some of the rice powder from earlier had sprinkled into various chambers and my “roe” suffered because of it. They were less like eggs and more disfigured into comma-like shapes. It was fun to see the small eggs form as if it was a science experiment. As soon as the orange fluid comes into contact with the blue water, it rushes to arrange together without getting stuck to the others.

The Soy Sauce

I understand that soy sauce is an important part of sushi, but the visual of it in this situation made me a little uncomfortable. The brown color represented soy sauce exactly and that’s not exactly appetizing for candy, even if it doesn’t taste like it.

Stretching the seaweed was no easy feat. I wanted it to be as smooth and perfectly straight as it looked on the box. It had the texture of thick gum and the more I pressed into it, it brought out thin white lines instead of a solid and shiny black color. On the other hand, the measuring space for the rice was satisfying to use. I measured my little rice balls happily and honestly, if I didn’t have it I would have probably made them all too big.

Assembly Time!

The instructions say to split the egg and tuna in halves to make your sushi. As a tuna lover I have to say it looked so real, the color is perfect as well as the consistency. The egg was a nice color but egg isn’t usually as slimy! The seaweed wrapped around the rice well enough but I couldn’t figure out how to seal it closed without squishing all of it.

My Masterpiece

Here is my masterpiece! Okay, some angles are better than others.

Now as for the taste?

When I popped the tuna into my mouth it was the strangest sensation. The texture of the sushi was on point. It was exactly what you would expect from it, but the taste was so sweet. It wasn’t grape or cake or bubblegum, it was just sugar. The texture of the fish was perfect, and the egg a little slimy. The salmon roe had a skin that popped and released the juice into your mouth just like popping boba. It was fun, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat more than one to be honest.

The Verdict

It was a fun little project. It satisfied my tiny food obsession and I got the ASMR tingles from the mixing and squishiness of the rice. The taste, however, was awful and I probably would not recommend that you eat this. If the sushi firmly held its shape it would not have been so bad. The texture of the sushi was almost too realistic and the melt in your mouth experience I love from quality fish was not what I needed from this sugary clump.

I saw several other kits at 7-Eleven that make noodles, rice cakes, and donuts. Those are a little scary after the flavor I got from this, but honestly I’m still going to try it.

To my knowledge, this can be found only at the 7-Eleven in San Gabriel, CA on Las Tunas drive for $7.99.

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Yard House Is Now Serving Up ‘Magic’ Color Changing Margaritas


Everyday life can be dreary and dull and most of us look forward to the weekend for that pick-me-up at our favorite bar. But honestly, even that turns into a routine as we fall into the habit of nursing the same cocktail that’s cared for us before. 

I think it’s time for us all to pursue a little extra magic in our life and Yard House is ready to deliver.

Yard House has just unveiled their new Magic Margarita in 75 locations across the U.S. Margaritas are a blessing on their own, but this one comes with a little something special.

Don Julio Blanco tequila is infused with butterfly pea flower and bitters overnight to concoct the perfect flavor. The butterfly pea flowers turn the tequila sapphire blue, but it doesn’t stop there. When ready to serve, the margarita will come with a sidecar of citrus agave. Once poured in, it catalyzes an acidic reaction, magically changing the color of the infusion right before your eyes.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this may be the perfect last minute date idea for your special someone. A new special menu has rolled out along with this cocktail featuring Braised Short Rib Ravioli and a Filet & White Cheddar Melt.