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KIVA Confections Elevates Cannabis Culture at Outside Lands Music Festival

Photo by Omari Allen

Recently San Francisco held their 11th annual Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. Like any music festival, the bill featured a long list of performers across a wide range of genres. Aside from great music, the main draw to Outside Lands is its emphasis on food, wine, and art. San Francisco is known for its restaurant scene and with Napa Valley and Sonoma nearby, its wine scene is pretty poppin’ too. Each year Outside Lands invites visitors to feel like a San Franciscan for a weekend in what may be described as a love letter to the city. 

Another thing San Francisco is famous for is it’s cannabis culture. Haight-Ashbury, a district widely known as the birthplace of the hippie movement, has had a storied history with cannabis. The first well known cannabis dispensary, or “head shop,” was called Ron and Jay Thelin’s Psychedelic Shop, which opened in 1966 and grew, along with others, to become a major hub for the hippie movement. Steeped in counter-establishment ideals and widespread drug use, the movement was regarded by mainstream society as naive and idealistic. Popular terms used to describe hippies were tree-hugger, beatnik, granola, liberal, and the most notorious, stoner. 


Photo: MK Feeney on Flickr, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The “stoner” image still stigmatizes cannabis culture, although the movement dissipated long ago. Only in recent years has the word shed some of its negative connotation, gaining popularity through entertainment and the internet. With access to information and a global community, the benefits of cannabis began to see the light of day. One example of progress was this year’s aforementioned Outside Lands Music Festival. It wasn’t the first year OSL allowed visitors to consume cannabis, but it was the first time it has been legally sold at a music festival. I was curious to experience the “experiment” first hand, especially the booth by California-based brand, KIVA Confections. The edible market has evolved considerably in the past few years and KIVA is at the forefront.


Photo by Omari Allen

KIVA Confections was started in 2010. Their goal was to offer cannabis edibles that were potent, consistent and tasty.  At the time, the cannabis edible market was less regulated, having a more inconsistent homemade quality. KIVA co-founders Scott Palmer & Kristi Knoblich saw an opportunity to elevate the cannabis edible. Searching for fresh approaches to cannabis infusion, they consulted with a local chocolatier which helped bring everything into focus. They next met with expert cannabis cultivators and certified analytics laboratories to ensure the highest quality product. Like with any start up, it took some effort before they landed on the perfect edible. Fast forward to today and KIVA Confections, through efficacy, food safety, and business integrity, has become one of the leading California-based cannabis edibles. They have maintained their mission to offer a premium cannabis experience for customers. I witnessed this first hand during my visit to their confectionary booth at Outside Lands.


Photo courtesy of KIVA Confections

If you’ve never attended Outside Lands, it is made up of different “lands” which offer unique experiences. For example, if you’re looking for libation, there is Beer Land and Wine Land. And for “canna-bation,” there’s Grass Lands, a sprawling stoner paradise perfectly situated under a shadowy canopy of tall blue gum eucalyptus trees. The Grass Lands were definitely the chillest land around, filled with a wide range of cannabis vendors, smoking sections and interactive activities. Located squarely in the center, and standing out amongst the more subdued color palettes of neighboring vendors, was the KIVA Confectionary booth. 

Photo courtesy of KIVA Confections

The booth was shining white with gold trim and had a See’s Candies feel, an aesthetic akin to quality confectionaries consumers are typically familiar with. Workers were dressed in white dress shirts with black aprons, wearing white 5-panel baseball caps which added a hip, yet classy feel. Festival-goers bustled around the booth, patiently waiting to get their hands on one of KIVA’s confections. My personal favorite was the dark chocolate KIVA bar with the Camino pineapple habanero gummies being a close runner up. KIVA’s chocolate tastes rich, full and creamy yet has a subdued bite with a balanced sweetness. Their gummies melt in your mouth. The pineapple habanero flavor leaves a slight tingly feeling on the tongue, adding a spicy kick to the sweet flavor profile. With only 5 milligrams of THC in each serving, microdosing KIVA’s confections offers a smooth and subtle high, perfect to experience over the course of a day. Interactive stations included mazes, a gumball machine, mystery drawers and a life-sized chocolate fountain, which unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of swimming in.

Photo courtesy of KIVA Confections

KIVA Confections elevates cannabis culture through its aesthetic and focus on quality. The care they take can not only be tasted, but felt through the clean product design, informative packaging, and potency. With a blind taste test, it’d be hard to know that cannabis is in the product. But, you can certainly feel it. Like the cannabis taste, the microdosing effects are subtle as well — the perfect amount for first time cannabis edible users. Coincidentally, this aligns with the recent resurgence of “hippie ideals” in the last few years. In a time where legal medical and recreational cannabis use is prevalent, getting high doesn’t overshadow the actual benefits of cannabis use like it once did. By making more artisanal and thoughtful products, KIVA’s approach is helping to de-stigmatize the “lazy stoner” image. 

The confectionary booth attracted a wide range of festival-goers of various age groups and backgrounds, displaying how the culture is evolving into something the average consumer can enjoy.  It’s only a matter of time before cannabis-infused products are a norm at your local grocery store.

Photo courtesy of KIVA Confections
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DIY Your Pride With Medicated Make-Your-Own Donuts

It doesn’t take much convincing to see that there’s something about the LGBTQ+ community and cannabis that go together like JVN and a midi skirt. Not only are they a natural fit as once taboo topics and lifestyles only now being embraced by the public on a more national scale, but in addition, the cannabis industry owes a sizable debt to the Queer community, who served as some of the earliest activists for medical legalization in response to the AIDS crisis. Were it not for those individuals, cannabis access as it exists today may not have been possible.  

While there aren’t enough baked goods in the world to pay that debt of gratitude, these medicated, decorate-your-own donut recipes using product from Blüm Dispensary might start the ball rolling. Like any good Pride, these donuts are all about creativity and resourcefulness, taking something accessible and elevating it with flavor and flair.

Lemon Lime Galaxy Glazed Donuts

Ready in 25 minutes
Serves 6

Pineapple Express, a Sativa-dominant hybrid, features notes of pineapple and cedar paired with the scent of fresh apple and mango. Together, they make for a flavor profile that will satisfy even the pickiest citrus lovers.

Ingredients
6 store bought glazed donuts
3 cups powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons milk
1-ounce or 2 tablespoons Kwik Ease Pineapple Express Hybrid Cannabis Infused Beverage (half the bottle)
2-3 varieties of bright food coloring

Preparation

1. Sift powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in milk until incorporated into a thick glaze. Mix in Kwik Ease Pineapple Express Hybrid Cannabis Infused Beverage.

2. Divide glaze into 2-3 bowls. Add 3-4 drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly until the desired color is achieved.

3. Place donuts 2 inches apart on a cooling rack with a parchment lined baking sheet beneath.

4. Using dedicated spoons, drizzle each donut with a single color at a time and allow 15 minutes for glaze to set.

Chocolate Strawberry Covered Donuts

Ready in 20 minutes
Serves 6

Not only is this chocolate award winning, but its medium-high cocoa percentage (73%) marries beautifully with the sweet ripeness of fresh strawberries for a donut so good it’ll test your restraint.

Ingredients
6 store bought glazed donuts
1½ cups melting chocolate
6 segments Bhang Cannabis Infused Dark Chocolate (10 mg THC per segment)
1 cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and cubed

Preparation

1. In a double boiler pan, bring two cups of water to a boil. Place melting chocolate into the upper pan and reduce heat to low. Stir until smooth.

2. Incorporate and melt Bhang Cannabis Infused Dark chocolate. Stir until smooth, then remove chocolate mixture from the heat.

3. Generously coat the face of each donut with melted chocolate and set on a cooling rack.

4. Garnish liberally with strawberries.

Tip
No double boiler? No problem! You can melt chocolate in the microwave, it just takes a little patience and a watchful eye. Placing your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 10 second bursts at 20% power, stirring in between to keep chocolate even and smooth.

Pride Rainbow Sunburst Donuts

Ready in 10 minutes
Serves 6

While many products have captured the taste of a rainbow, only this recipe will give you the look AND feel of one. After all, what captures the childlike joy of seeing a rainbow quite like an adult version of a gummy rope

Ingredients
6 store bought glazed donuts
1½ cups powdered sugar
4-5 tablespoons milk
6 Flav Cannabis Infused Belts (Strawberry, Mango & Watermelon), trimmed to ¾” pieces

Preparation

1. Sift powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl.

2. Whisk together powdered sugar and milk to form a smooth glaze.   

3. Dip one donut face into the glaze and set on cooling rack.

4. Place belt pieces on top of glaze in a clockwise pattern until a starburst effect is achieved.

Happy June Blüm!

As always, remember that cannabis edibles, especially tasty ones like these, should be clearly marked to avoid consumption by children.

  • Edibles contain THC but because it passes through your stomach & intestines to get into your bloodstream, you may not feel the effects for between .5 to 4 hours. So, don’t overconsume these tasty treats in search of a buzz. Do not exceed the recommended serving or you may end up with far more THC in your system hitting you all at once, which can be unexpected, disorienting and dangerous.
  • Desserts should be bomb, and these are, but we all have a tendency to overindulge when it comes to the sweet stuff. Take your time and savor these badass desserts; you will not only savor them more but the experience will be more enjoyable because you will avoid a cascade of THC hitting you all at once because you snarfed down the entire plate in like two seconds. Be safe. Be smart. Enjoy.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, it is illegal in other states. You must be aware of whether your state allows marijuana use of any kind, and follow the law in your state.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. 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.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so, and always read the label or recipe to make sure you are not consuming more than the recommended serving size, or quantity of products or ingredients containing THC. Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana or other products containing THC and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana and THC can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and other machinery. These recipes should be made by individuals not under the influence of any controlled substances. Do Not Try To Make These Recipes While Intoxicated or Under the Influence of any Drug including THC or Marijuana – You Might Hurt Yourself or Someone Else!

Created in partnership with Blüm

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How To Transform Your Favorite Cannabis Edibles Into Easy No-Bake Desserts

Cannabis edibles have been around for ages, but their purpose and design have shifted greatly since they were first adopted by the greenery-loving generation that came before us. Plus, the legalization of cannabis in California – and other states – paved the way for a massive influx of new products on the market, edibles being one of the categories that expanded the most.

While anyone can argue both the pros and cons of legalization, this product development in the realm of edibles has done a great job at conquering one of the biggest fears behind the treats: overdosing. Current recreational laws in California require edibles to not exceed 10mg per serving or 100mg per package, in addition to mandating regular potency testing, taking much of the guesswork out of consuming.

Since consumers now have a better understanding of the amount of cannabis they should be consuming per edible product/package, we can take it even further and treat edibles more like an ingredient. That’s right, it’s time to hop in the kitchen and let your imagination run wild, like a true FOODBEAST!

Here are five no-bake desserts we made using cannabis products from our go-to spot, Blüm dispensary.

1. Peppermint Almond Joy

Ingredients
12 Kiva Peppermint Pattie Terra Bites
1 cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup coconut butter, melted
½ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 bar
THC per serving: 10mg

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Time: 50 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes

Directions

1. Place Kiva Bites in one bowl, and chocolate chips in another. Melt both in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring in between. Mix both chocolates together. The Kiva Bites become more like a paste when melted because of the filling, so use a small whisk to incorporate the two. If you want more of a minty taste, whisk in the peppermint extract.

2. Using a spoon or pastry brush, spread chocolate on bottom and sides of candy mold. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, or until chocolate is set.

3. Fill candy molds with melted coconut butter. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until coconut butter is somewhat hardened but still soft. Place two almonds in the coconut butter, just like an Almond Joy. Put back in the freezer for 15-20 more minutes, or until coconut butter is set and almonds are secure.

4. Cover frozen coconut butter and almonds with the remaining melted chocolate. Place back in the freezer to set. Store in the fridge or freezer and let thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating.

2. Edible Cookie Dough

Ingredients
⅓ cup sugar
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
½ cup almond butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
½ bar Bhang chocolate, chopped

Servings: 5
Serving size: 1 scoop
THC per serving: 10mg

Total Time: 10 minutes

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and coconut oil. Add almond butter and mix again. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk again until fully incorporated.

2. Mix in almond flour and coconut flour. Add in chopped chocolate. If you want more chocolate without the added THC, chop up some of your favorite bar and add it to the mix!

3. Enjoy alone or with your favorite toppings! Suggestions include chocolate granola butter, almond butter, chocolate sauce. Store in the fridge!

3. Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
Big Pete’s Cookies
Your favorite ice cream
Your favorite decorations
Dark chocolate and/or white chocolate

Servings: as many as you want!
THC per serving: 20 mg (10mg per cookie)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 20-30 minutes
Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Directions

1. Grab two Big Pete’s cookies and your favorite ice cream. Scoop one mini scoop of ice cream onto a cookie. Take the other cookie and place it on top. Roll the ice cream sandwich in

2. your favorite mix in. We used sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.

3. Place mini ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to set. While they are chilling, melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted, stirring in between. Drizzle chocolate over frozen mini ice cream sandwiches. Let chill in the freezer until ready to eat.

4. Gummy Fruit Pops

Ingredients
Fruit of choice – we used kiwi and strawberry
Liquid of choice – we used aloe juice and coconut water, but you can use soda or any juice
Smokiez Gummiez

Servings: 10
Serving size: 1 popsicle
THC per serving: ~ 20mg

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 5-6 ½ hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes to 6 hours 5 minutes

Directions

1. Place fresh fruit in a blender and mix until there are no chunks. Pour a 1-2 inch layer of the fruit puree into the popsicle molds. Freeze for 2-3 hours, or until solid.

2. Once the fruit is solid, add your liquid into the popsicle molds and place back into the freezer for around 1-1 ½ hours. The goal is for the liquid to be mostly frozen, but not fully solid so you can insert your gummies.

3. While your popsicles are freezing, take fun cookie cutters and cut designs out of your Smokiez Gummiez. This is totally optional, but very fun! Please note, if you DON’T cut the shapes out of the gummies, the total THC per serving will increase.

4. Once gummies are cut into shapes, use a toothpick to gently insert the gummies into your semi-frozen popsicles. I added a bit of chopped fresh fruit here, too.

5. Freeze popsicles for another 2-3 hours until frozen solid. Serve!

5. Mocha Chia Pudding

Ingredients
1 bottle Therapy Tonics Semi-Sweet Cannabis Espresso
½ cup coconut cream
Just under 1 cup milk of choice (can also do more milk and omit coconut cream)
Maple syrup, to taste
Vanilla extract
Cinnamon
Sea salt
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ cup chia seeds

Servings: 5
THC per serving: 11mg

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 3-4 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes to 4 hours 10 minutes

Directions

1. In a quart-sized jar, combine Therapy Tonics Cannabis Espresso, coconut cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt. Apply the lid and shake until the mixture is smooth and fully incorporated.

2. Gently stir cocoa powder into liquid mixture and shake again. Add your chia seeds and stir one last time. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, until the chia seeds have absorbed the pudding mixture.

3. Serve in a glass layered with fresh whipped cream and topped with your favorite garnishes! We did chocolate curls and chocolate covered strawberries.

 

Photos by Analiese Trimber

 

Disclaimers:

  • Edibles contain THC but because it passes through your stomach & intestines to get into your bloodstream, you may not feel the effects for between .5 to 4 hours. So, don’t overconsume these tasty treats in search of a buzz. Do not exceed the recommended serving or you may end up with far more THC in your system hitting you all at once, which can be unexpected, disorienting and dangerous.
  • Desserts should be bomb, and these are, but we all have a tendency to overindulge when it comes to the sweet stuff. Take your time and savor these badass desserts; you will not only savor them more but the experience will be more enjoyable because you will avoid a cascade of THC hitting you all at once because you snarfed down the entire plate in like two seconds. Be safe. Be smart. Enjoy.
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, it is illegal in other states. You must be aware of whether your state allows marijuana use of any kind, and follow the law in your state.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. 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.
  • Do not over consume any drug or controlled substance, even if it is legal to do so and always read the label or recipe to make sure you are not consuming more than the recommended serving size, or quantity of products or ingredients containing THC. Always use good judgment when consuming marijuana or other products containing THC and do so responsibly.
  • Marijuana and THC can impair your judgment and the ability to operate kitchen appliances and other machinery. The events portrayed in this article occurred under the supervision of individuals not under the influence of any controlled substances. Do Not Try To Make These Recipes While Intoxicated or Under the Influence of any Drug including THC or Marijuana – You Might Hurt Yourself or Someone Else!

Created in partnership with Blüm