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America’s First Cannabis Cafe is Now the World’s First Cannabis & Food Drive-Thru

The new norm is a phrase that’s been used ad nauseam lately, but has been pretty unavoidable. Yet, the concept of a new norm was something that fit nicely when America’s first ever cannabis cafe opened in West Hollywood, California last year. It was regarded then as a hope for a new norm where cannabis can be consumed in a restaurant setting.

Debuting back in the fall of 2019, what’s now known as OG Cannabis Cafe has had to recalibrate its operations even since the pandemic and shelter in place orders have turned the restaurant world upside down. While marijuana is deemed essential, the cafe had to close since it was deemed a restaurant and not a dispensary. But after working with the city of West Hollywood to find a safe way to continue operating, the OG Cannabis Cafe will now be re-opening as the world’s first cannabis and food drive-thru.

Launched today with daily hours of 12:00pm to 8:00pm, the OG Cannabis Cafe will be serving up menu items like Hot Chicken Tenders, Vegan Nachos, and Sugar Cereal Bread Pudding. As for the cannabis portion, they will be offering flower, concentrates, pre-rolls, vaporizers, edibles and accessories.

For deets on how to arrange and order delivery or pickup, check out their website.

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New THC Gummy Is First With CBN, A Cannabis Compound That May Help With Sleeping

Always on the cutting edge of cannabis infused edibles, Kiva Confections has announced their latest creation, Camino Midnight Blueberry Gummies. These new chewy delights continue Kiva’s canna-crusade by being the first to incorporate CBN. CBN stands for cannabinol. Different from CBD and THC, CBN is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is typically found in aged THC. Bursting with medicinal potential, research has revealed that the combination of THC and CBN benefit restlessness, counteracting the morning-after groggy feeling THC typically produces alone. 

The National Sleep Foundation reports that an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorder and intermittent sleep problems that can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. With the new Camino Midnight Blueberry Gummies, Kiva gumshoes leveraged their powers of deduction to create custom combinations of cannabinoids and plant-based terpenes that offer a uniquely relaxing mixture of THC and CBN. Each gummy uses 5mg of THC and 1mg of CBN with an added hint of chamomile and lavender oil that help support a healthy night’s rest. 

Suffice to say, we’ve come a long way from counting sheep. Rather than potentially risky medication, Camino Midnight Blueberry Gummies presents a natural, yet sweet and chewy alternative to sleeplessness. Retailing at $18 each, Camino Midnight Blueberry Gummies can be found at dispensaries throughout California.

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Cannabis-Infused Sriracha Hot Sauce Exists, Is Also Fast-Acting

Potli THC Sriracha

The love for Sriracha hot sauce is practically ubiquitous, what with the way Huy Fong’s marketed their take to the tune of universal recognition and appeal. But such extensive appeal doesn’t grow legs without a sauce that’s comprehensive in its application on damn near any food and dish. Simply put, Sriracha sauce has earned its place in the pantheon of daily hot sauce go-to’s.

But what if I told you that Sriracha can reach another level of allure through a little bit of cannabis? Yes, you read that right, the possibility of a medicated, THC-infused Sriracha sauce is in fact a delicious reality thanks to the brilliant folks at Potli. Founded by Felicity Chen and Christine Yi, Potli offers CBD-infused food and cooking essentials, which range from honey to chili oil.

Potli THC Sriracha

As part of an exclusive Lunar New Year release, Potli will be officially announcing today the drop of this cannabis-infused Sriracha hot sauce that’s aiming to elevate your next meal in more ways than one. That’s because nano-emulsified THC used in it allows for faster, more efficient absorption. Translation: your tastebuds and mind-state are taking the elevator up a few floors in about 15 minutes or so.

Availability for now is limited to select dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay Area, with wider availability trickling in throughout this week. If you’re not near a California dispensary, buy Potli’s other THC-free products online at www.potlishop.com.

For more info, check their website.

Also, for more of my commentary on this weed-infused Sriracha sauce from Potli, check out the latest episode of the Foodbeast podcast, The Katchup, below.

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KIVA Feeds Your Holiday Spirit With New Cannabis-Infused Turkey Gravy

The holidays are right around the corner and Kiva Confections have cooked up some cannabis-infused turkey gravy for your Thanksgiving grubdown. It’s a limited edition sauce you’d probably reserve for your Friendsgivings, unless your family is super cool like that. Besides the savory flavor choice, it reportedly only takes 2-15 minutes to feel the effects of Kiva’s latest invention. It’s roadrunner fast and sounds like the perfect topping for your Thanksgiving favorites. 

The fast-acting effects are achieved by using technology involving individually encapsulated molecules that transform cannabinoids. These isolated molecules are small enough to be absorbed directly into your body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors, part of the endocannabinoid system, are located throughout the body. They play a role in a range of physiological processes including mood, appetite, pain-sensation, and memory. With this technology, Kiva’s turkey gravy is fast-acting and said to offer the most bioavailable cannabinoids in edible form. Bioavailability in cannabis is the percentage of CBD that is actually absorbed into the bloodstream. You no longer have to wait 30 minutes or more like traditional cannabis-infused consumables. Fortunately, the packaging provides clear directions for first time users.

Not stopping at gravy, Kiva plans to use the new technology for an extended line of holiday-inspired products arriving this December. How does cannabis-infused hot cocoa sound? I’m willing to bet peppermint sticks is somewhere in there, or maybe cannabis-infused cotton candy that resembles Santa Claus’ beard. I’m making this up of course.

Time will soon reveal what Kiva Confections has in store for our holiday spirits. Until then, you can quell some curiosity by trying out their new turkey gravy. Southern California-based folks can get their hands on the sauce starting today at all Sweet Flower locations and in NorCal at Grassroots in San Francisco.

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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!

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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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A Foodie’s Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide For California’s First Legalized-Holiday

The following Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide content is intended for persons over the age of 21 in California. If that is not you, please go find other delicious content.

With marijuana now recreationally legal in California, ‘tis the season to consider greenery as a gift for your friends and loved ones. What better way to celebrate the first legalized-holiday here in Cali, than with a cannabis holiday gift guide, amiright?

Admittedly, I’m just as curious as you all might be when it comes to what products would make the best cannabis holiday gift guide. Especially considering that the normalization of their use is still very new to the majority of legal cannabis consumers. But trust, walk with me, and we’ll navigate these murky bong waters together.

Forward-thinking dispensaries, such as Blüm in Santa Ana, CA, are great spots for both the pot-loving and pot-curious, with their knowledgeable staff and wide selection of premium quality cannabis products.

Whether you’re giving for the connoisseur, the foodie or the health conscious in your life, this Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide is here to guide you through the holi-daze of gift giving in the name of wellness or even if you’re just curious. We got you:

Dosist Pens

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Dosist was thinking higher when they created cannabis vape pens that ensure accurate dosing with each puff. These pens are great gifts for beginners who are still building up their tolerance for THC, because you’re getting exact dosing with each hit. Dosist has pens available in various specific formulas like bliss, passion, and more.

Henry’s Original Smokes

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Pre-rolls are always clutch when you’re looking to take some flower on the go but don’t have the time to roll up one. Or if you’re like most of us, we’ve yet to perfect our joint rolling technique. With Henry’s Original Smokes, you’re covered and have the peace of mind knowing you’re puffing on heirloom cannabis grown by expert cultivators.

Double Barrel Vape

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Should you have that special someone in your life who simply enjoys the finer things, perhaps this Double Barrel Vape would be of interest. The Double Barrel Vape grants you the power to mix and match different oil and concentrate blends in unlimited combinations. It’s equipped with two separate barrels intended to house different oil blends. Have it your way and puff away, friends.

Canndescent Pre-Rolls

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Ultra-premium pre-rolls are Canndescent’s thing. These pre-rolls ensure you’re lighting up with only the best, even when you’re on-the-go. Perfect for the connoisseur you know.

 

Kiva Confections Terra Bites Blueberries

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Foodies and relief-seekers alike appreciate the pleasant duo of tasty blueberries and luscious chocolate in Kiva Confections’ Terra Bites Blueberries. These medicated blueberries are a manageable 5mg each. That makes it easy to monitor your high, which is extremely advised the way these things are so addictive. If I’m going to a theme park, I usually have a few of these on deck. The Magic Kingdom is much more magical on these berries.

Kiva Confections Holiday Bars

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Kiva’s penchant for tasty THC-laced treats is known far and wide to discerning consumers. It’s only natural that the highly regarded brand of edibles gets in on the holiday spirit with their new themed chocolate bars.

Plus Blueberry Gummies

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Looking for some elevation ASAP? Try Plus’ dosed cannabis blueberry gummies. At just 5mg a piece, they’re a convenient and controllable snacking option for the THC-lovers in your life.

Kiva Camino Gummies: Pineapple Habanero

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Each flavor of Kiva’s Camino gummies are designed to transport you to your own happy place, with a Cali-specific vibe, of course. The fruity stimulation is enhanced with only the finest terpenes, ensuring maximum arousal of the senses. For example, the Pineapple Habanero flavor is an uplifting trio of fresh pineapples, kickin’ habanero, and inspiring sativa terpenes. These gummies are the perfect invigoration to put you in that “California State of Mind.”

Mellows Marshmallows

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These low-dose, artisanal gourmet marshmallows are an indulgent treat for the astute sweet tooth you know. Mellows are a unique, medicated treat that ditches the old notion of low-grade edibles as the only way for foodies to get lifted. Plus, they’re small batch and singular in quality, making it super easy to dose.

 

Breez Cannabis Sprays

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Like getting blown on Binaca, Breez cannabis sprays have got your back if you’re looking to get medicated and minty fresh breath. Or, if you have that one homie whose breath is kickin’ harder than Conor McGregor.

Kush Queen Bath Bombs

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If you want your loved one to take relaxation to the next level, shower them with Kush Queen Bath Bombs this Christmas. These lush bath treats use lab tested cannabis oil and premium oil blends. They’ll make you feel all kinds of ways — namely rejuvenated, soothed, and energized, without all the psychoactive effects.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

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For those looking for alternative pain relief, without the spacey results, look no further than the CBD cannabis balm from Papa & Barkley. Their highly regarded balms provide “releaf” to applied areas sans any psychoactive properties.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Body Oil

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Papa & Barkley definitely know how to bring the “releaf,” this time in their body oils. Perfect for enhanced massage experiences or simply easy application in hard to reach spots, this body oil is a great way to relax the senses and distribute crucial cannabinoids into problem areas.

We were able to find all items highlighted in this Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide at Blüm. Find your nearest location here.

 

Disclaimers:

  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm. 
  • 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, 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.