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CBD-Infused Mozzarella Is The Cozy Warmth We Need This Quarantine

There’s multiple ways to relax amongst these stressful periods of self-isolation, with comfort food and CBD being two of those methods. One cheesemaker is bridging the gap between the two but putting them together into a single CBD mozzarella cheese.

Cheese supplier Caputo Cheese is getting ready to launch their Elevated Cow product line, which takes cannabidiols and infuses them into fresh mozzarella cheese. Owner Natale Caputo has been working on the infused cheeses for the past couple of years and is finally ready to bring it to market.

The CBD-infused mozzarella will come in three different varieties: 5 oz. Ovoline, 8 oz. Bocconcini, and 12 oz. slices. Elevated Cow claims that their mozz comes with a potency of 5 mg of CBD per ounce of cheese. They also verify each batch with lab test results that are sent out to those who purchase it, and will post trackable results to their website.

While CBD mozzarella sounds like an amazing thing to purchase, for now, this will be restricted to restaurant purchase only. This does mean, however, that pizza restaurants and other places selling cheesy creations in the US will be able to create CBD-infused cheese concoctions.

Caputo is targeting to release the CBD mozzarella sometime around 4/20.

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Move Over White Claw, CBD Seltzer Is Here

Hard seltzers were as omnipresent during the summer of 2019 as FILA Disruptors were in 2018. No matter the occasion, they were there. Where there was a gathering, there was a White Claw. Or a Truly. Or, less fortunately, a Bon & Viv. Now, as daylight grows sparse and cold weather enters the picture, Queen City Hemp looks to shift seltzer’s focus toward winding down, not turning up, with the recent expansion of their CBD seltzers.

Originally released in 2017, the seltzers were previously only sold online in the form of a multi-flavor case of 24. Now, they’ll be available in single flavor 6-packs and 12-packs. 

In addition, both single cans and packs of the seltzer will be for sale in most grocers and convenience stores throughout Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, making these cans of relaxation more accessible than they’ve ever been.

Exactly how much relaxation is in each can, though? It’s tough to say. Indeed, each 12oz can of seltzer comes infused with 5mg of full-spectrum CBD. But CBD’s effects are tricky and determined by a host of factors, like weight and tolerance. To see how much of an effect this dosage might have — or might not have — peep our semi-review of a CBD lemonade from earlier this year.

Queen City Hemp’s CBD seltzer comes in a few flavors: Blood Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, and Lemon & Lavender. To pick up one, or all four, of these flavors, visit their website where the new 6-packs and 12-packs are available, along with the old 24-packs.

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Kickback This Fall With CBD LEMONADE

 

The other day, I walked into a grocery store and saw an entire rack of CBD products being sold, from topical creams to essential oils. Even after months of being legal here in California, it’s still odd to see such open consumption of a marijuana-based product. But CBD is everywhere now, being marketed as the magic extraction that provides the stress relief of weed without the high. It’s sold in every way possible– coffee, food, you name it. Hell, even Neiman Marcus sells overly expensive, bug-sized CBD products. Now, it’s being sold in a lemonade, as LA-based Kickback recently dropped a CBD lemonade.

Their new drink comes in three flavors, Mellow Mango, Strawberry Sunshine, and the ever-descriptive Lemony Lemon, that can all be purchased from https://enjoykickback.com/

Now, the thing with CBD products now-a-days is that it’s easy to get caught up in the linguistics of the branding and end up not getting quite what you bargained for. 

According to the wrapper on the Mellow Mango, each bottle contains “5mg of Broad Spectrum Nano CBD” and is also infused with the terpene myrcene, which is a different chemical extract of marijuana. Due to Kickback’s “proprietary extraction method,” their CBD, when combined with myrcene, creates an effect five times that of “regular CBD.” So, by their calculations, each bottle contains what “feels like” 25mg of whatever regular CBD is considered to be.

Now, I’m no scientist, but as a reader of words, my eyebrows were firmly raised. Doing some preliminary research, the effects of myrcene are murky

So, naturally, it was time to try these guys out. My editor, Reach Guinto, and I popped open the slickly designed glass bottles (he the Strawberry Sunshine and I the Mellow Mango) and glugged away, hoping for the best. 

Taste-wise, I was a fan of mine. Mellow Mango also comes with a hit of ginger which gives it a needed zing that keeps you coming back for another drink. Reach, on the other hand, was not a fan of his drink’s taste, but kept it pushing for the content. It takes a warrior’s mindset to be a Foodbeast.

He was, however, a fan of his drink’s effect.

“I feel pretty relaxed right now, man.” he went on to tell me a while later. 

As did I. It might not have removed my anxieties (nothing short of a meteor striking the Earth and physically removing these worries would do that), but I felt relaxed and a calm mindset come over me post-drink.

Who knows if it feels like 25mg of “regular CBD,” the bottom line is the drink does, in fact, have some effect, and is a marijuana-based product that’s available for the public. You’ll see no complaints here. 

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The First Ever Fast Food CBD Item Will Be Sold By Carl’s Jr. On 4/20 Only

It was only a matter of time before cannabinoids got into fast food, considering how the trend has been sweeping across the nation. Carl’s Jr. is officially making itself the first fast food chain to test an infused item, as they’re releasing a CBD-infused burger on 4/20.

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The Carl’s Jr. test item is called the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight. It consists of two beef patties cooked with pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, crisscut fries, and a CBD-infused Santa Fe Sauce. Carl’s teamed up with Bluebird Botanicals to get the CBD oil to make their sauce with, ensuring that each burger has 5 mg of CBD inside of it.

For those wondering, CBD is the non-psychoactive part of marijuana (which is known as THC). You won’t get high from ingesting it, but it will act as a relaxant and calming agent, and has been rumored to help with everything from pain management to mental health.

Carl’s Jr. has decided to only sell the burger at a single location in Denver on 4/20. Since Colorado was the pioneer state to breakthrough and legalize marijuana, it makes sense to start selling fast food that contains CBD or cannabinoids in the same state.

The address of the sole Carl’s Jr. selling the infused burger on 4/20 is as follows:

4050 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO

The burger will be available from 6 a.m. local time through closing.

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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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CBD-Infused Doughnuts Now Located In Los Angeles, Here’s Where To Find Them

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, known for their mastery of both delectable choices, are capitalizing on the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in California by creating a new iteration that’s infused with CBD.

For those unfamiliar, CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis and is known for its therapeutic properties. CBD-based products and foods are currently booming, so Astro threw their hat into the craze and just created CBD-infused doughnuts that continue their penchant for exquisite treats.

The doughnut, which in specific is a Chocolate Birthday Cake Doughnut with CBD-Infused Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, is a welcome treat to Angelenos looking to take their already notoriously chill Cali vibe to deeper levels of relaxation. And at 60mg of CBD in each doughnut, eating one whole will have you feeling like you’re wrapped in a veritable Snuggie of chill mode. Trust me, I was the happy guinea pig to try.

These CBD chocolate doughnuts are going for $5 a pop and are currently available at the Downtown Los Angeles location of Astro, with availability soon at the forthcoming Santa Monica location opening at the end of March. Happy chilling and munching, L.A.

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Chef’s Buffalo Fried Cornish Hen Showcases The Culinary Potential Of Terpenes

Cannabis and CBD-infused foods are becoming more popular as legalization spreads across the nation. Companies like Coca-Cola are even taking the edible trend into consideration as fervor continues to spike, having been in reported talks with Aurora Cannabis to develop potential products.

As a result, other compounds derived from cannabis are also getting attention for their benefits and potential usage in food. A particular category coming into the spotlight more frequently are terpenes, which are aromatic oils found in foods and plants. Terpene extracts have no psychoactive effects and can be derived from either the cannabis plant itself or extracted from foods and sold in concentrated form.

While terpenes are found in a variety of plants other than cannabis, their effects on mental health and the psychoactive experience have made them part of the conversation. Lagunitas has already collaborated on a sparkling beverage combining hops with several terpene profiles to put a new spin on the adult-beverage category.

This usage of terpenes has continued in the pop-up dinner scene, where these extracts are often used to elevate the experience through an approach similar to wine pairings with coursed dishes. A recent Foodbeast x Blüm Cannabazaar dinner was a strong example of how the two pair together for a heightened culinary affair.

The meal was prepared by Chef Luke Reyes, known for his low-dose and infused meal experiences put on by cannabis catering and events firm La Hoja. Reyes sourced a “Lemon Haze” terpene extract to pair with the limonene and myrcene profiles found in Canndescent’s “Connect” flower. Reyes added this terpene extract as a part of a unique take on ranch dressing.

Chef Reyes’s dish was an elevated version of buffalo wings, with buttermilk fried Cornish game hen playing the role of chicken. Those wings were tossed in a fermented chili hot sauce and garnished with the terpene-infused ranch and garnished with a salad featuring pickled celery, carrots, and fresh cannabis leaves.

The “Lemon Haze” terpene was paired with the dish because of its citrus notes and calming effects. It’s an interesting ingredient to add, since the compound has been reported to be beneficial, even if it’s not taken alongside cannabis.

One could describe this as “culinary aromatherapy,” since inhaling those scents during the meal enhance the overall experience. Limonene, for example, which is found in lemons, has been shown to elevate a person’s mood.

In the case of the Cornish Game Hen wings, the aromas from the “Lemon Haze” terpene combined with the fried chicken was a pairing of comfort food and heightened relaxation, making folks feel content and chill at the focal point of the meal.

Moments that incorporate this type of aromatic experience are starting to gain some traction in the world of food, and rightfully so, considering fine dining is an all-encompassing sensory experience. Regardless of whether it be with cannabis or not, we may start seeing more terpene dishes and drinks in the future.

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10 CBD-Infused Snacks That You Can Start Incorporating Into Your New Year’s Diet

The new year is here, y’all, which means you’ve probably made some resolutions regarding your health. Maybe you want to start meal prepping, or maybe you’d rather indulge in more tasty AF meals throughout the year (#treatyoself). But if one of your goals for 2019 is to chill the heck out, then you might want to incorporate some CBD-infused snacks into your diet. Why? Because they look irresistible. Also, thanks to CBD’s relaxing assets, they’ll also make you feel calm, cool and collected in the new year.

If you haven’t hopped on the CBD train yet, you might be wondering why companies are adding it to their food products. To be honest, the answer is simple. For starters, CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. Meaning, CBD won’t get you high like THC will (so don’t get your hopes up). Instead, cannabidiol is known to help its consumers feel relief from anxiety, pain, and a handful of other medical conditions. So why wouldn’t companies want to add it to their snacks?

Whenever I have CBD in my gummies or through my coffee (yes, that’s a thing), I’m at peak relaxation. However, CBD’s benefits may vary from person to person — so don’t base your reaction off of mine. If you’re hoping to give it a try for yourself, scan the following items and add ’em to your cart.

 

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies, $22 

 

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TBH, I’d dunk these CBD-infused cookies by Pure Hemp into my milk any day. If you’re not into chocolate chip cookies, though, you can check out the other flavors on Pure Hemp’s website. There’s literally a ton of them, such as CBD Cinnamon Cookies and CBD Sprinkle Cookies.

2. Potato Chips, $25

 

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Those of you who are craving something salty can order Jay’s CBD Potato Chips from Earthshine Organics. If I had a bag of these, I’d be chillin’ on the couch without a care in the world.

3. Flaming Hot “Weetos,” $28

 

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Out of all of the CBD snacks I’ve come across, I think these would be my favorite. I’m a sucker for spicy food, so Flamin’ Hot Weetohs from Earthsine Organics are going on my grocery list ASAP.

4. Cake Pops, $11

 

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Those of you craving a CBD for dessert can try one of these cake pops from Diamond CBD. IMHO, these are probably the cutest CBD desserts I’ve ever seen.

5. Sour Worms, $35 

 

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Okay, guys. I’ve tried these ones, and they rule. They’re not too sweet, and they’re not too sour. If a Sour Patch Kid and a Gummy Bear had a CBD baby, this would be it. You can buy a package on Pure Hemp’s website.

6. Caramels, $35

 

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TBH, I think caramel candies are underrated. They’re sweet, chewy, long-lasting and even better infused with CBD. You can buy a bag for yourself here. (P.S. Could you imagine having a CBD caramel-covered apple? Did I just invent something?)

7. Coconut Bites, $14.99 

 

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Coconut fans, rejoice: You have a handful of CBD-infused snack options to choose from, all thanks to Weller. The company’s new CBD Coconut Bites are now on the market, and their flavors will make your mouth water.

7. Hard Candy, $20

 

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Who doesn’t like hard candy? Thanks to Cannabinoid Creations, you can now suck on CBD-infused goodies — and the flavors are hard to pass up. One of them is Cartoon Cereal Crunch, which apparently tastes like your favorite childhood cereal. #TBT.

8. Lollipops, $10

 

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Anyone trying to really enjoy the CBD goodness can buy one of these Peace Pops from Pure Hemp. Each pack only comes with one pop, which shouldn’t be a problem considering the fact that lollipops usually take a while to finish. They also come in a handful of flavors including Sour Apple, Watermelon, Strawberry and Tangy Orange — so pick your favorite.

9. Chewing Gum, $20

 

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Who doesn’t want fresh breath? Thanks to Relax Winter Breeze Gum by Earthshine Organics, you can refresh your palate and relax your mind at the same time. With one of these packs in your pocket, friends will be begging you for a piece.

10. Honey, $50

 

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Whether you’d rather spoon your honey out of a jar or pour it into your morning beverage, you’ll probably dig Colorado Hemp Honey. It contains naturally-occurring CBD, which means your morning cup of tea is about to level up a notch.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and load your virtual carts with these CBD-products and try them out for yourself. Take it slow, though, and make sure you take each product’s CBD content into consideration before indulging. And most importantly, don’t forget to share ’em with your friends when they raid your kitchen for the goods.