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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.

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


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.

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


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.

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

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


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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The Struggle Of Alcohol Brands Supporting, Yet Targeting The LGBT Community

Photo by Absolut/Illustrated by Sam Brosnan

Whenever a brand gets involved in a social movement, one of the first things you should wonder is if there is any shred of genuine interest, or are they just taking advantage of the moment.

In 2017, Pepsi got dragged when it chose supermodel Kendall Jenner to lead its Black Lives Matter-inspired commercial, and more recently Gillette caused quite a stir with its toxic masculinity-fueled commercial.

With LGBT Pride Month approaching this June, we’re already starting to see brands commit to LGBT products and promotions, and at least in Los Angeles, Pride Days are becoming a mainstay in professional sports, whether at Dodger Stadium or Banc of California Stadium, where the Los Angeles Football Club plays.

It’s great to see strides are being made to celebrate the LGBT community and maintain a culture of acceptance that wasn’t always there. The added awareness has become somewhat of a double-edged sword, however, and no brand is a better example of a cultural tug-of-war in this situation than Absolut Vodka.

Since at least 2012, Absolut Vodka has been very busy with their Pride campaigns, and just this week they announced their colorful Pride-inspired bottle would not only be available for Pride Month, but now permanently.

Absolut has had to tread carefully, however, as alcoholism has been a tragic subject in the LGBT community.

According to Alcohol Rehab Guide, “Up to 25 percent of the general LGBTQ community has moderate alcohol dependency, compared to 5 to 10 percent of the general population.”

You can imagine the struggle of having such a huge brand wanting to support a movement, but at the same time having to deal with that kind of heartbreaking statistic.

To further get a feel for this issue, Foodbeast designer Sam Brosnan, who identifies as part of the LGBT community, affirmed that “brand ties to the community helps increase exposure to LGBT issues,” but at the same time conjure deserved concern that an alcohol brand is specifically targeting a community that is at an elevated risk for substance abuse.

From the moment Absolut publicly advocated for LGBT rights, to even now, the spirit brand has been questioned for their motives.

As the close-knit community has grown, so has the commercialization of it.

Obviously, sponsorship is critical in festivals, particularly Pride Festivals that often host hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of guests globally. As with festivals of any kind, food and drinks are standard, and it helps when brands like Absolut or even Skyy Vodka provide support.

Skyy Vodka said it has supported LGBT rights for decades, being particularly vocal over the last five years in its support for gay marriage.  They’ve been known for teaming up with groups such as Freedom For All Americans, and even partnered with the LGBT-based Amazon Prime TV show, “Transparent.”

Absolut at least seems genuine in its support, not only releasing Pride-inspired bottles over the years, but actually reaching out to the Pride flag’s designer, Gilbert Baker, for help.

From there, they’ve partnered with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, collaborated in LGBT charity auctions, and in a unique promotion earlier this year released a bottle literally made from the extracted ink of hate signs and placards from protests around the world.

While the relationship between brand and social movement might always be a little torn, on the surface, Absolut seems to be bringing more good energy than bad.

So when you see that rainbow bottle in the liquor aisle, just know there is a lot of history and thought that has stemmed from it. In the end, it’ll be up to you to decide if it is worthy of being the drink you chug during your next celebration.

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Skittles Thought Going ALL WHITE Was The Best Way To Celebrate Diversity

June is LGBT Pride month, which means all month long we’re going to see every company in existence try to do something Pride-ish.

In an attempt to do their own Pride-related branding, SkittlesUK thought it’d be a good idea to go all white, because nothing says ‘accepting diversity’ like making everything one uniform color.

Their promotional video said, “You see, during Pride only one rainbow deserves to be the center of attention, so Skittles have given theirs up.”

Thank you for your sacrifice, Skittles, but you didn’t have to be so extra. Skittles was already tailor-made for Pride tributes, as their whole marketing revolves freakin’ rainbows!

There are some people calling racism, and while that’s a stretch, it’s kind of funny that Skittles didn’t think that would be an assumption that would attach itself to their campaign.




They released an additional video saying that they went monochrome because they didn’t want to steal Pride’s “rainbow thunder,” but in the process, still stole Pride’s rainbow thunder, as it’s generating so much heat.

The all-white Skittles obviously got some opposition, but in the end, it was an honest effort to do something different. On top of that, Skittles was donating money to LGBT charities for this, so you can’t get too mad.

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Nice: Rainbow-Laden Lucky Charms ‘Comes Out’ for Gay Pride Month


Sometimes it doesn’t take a 40+ person innovation team to come up with a brilliant, billion-dollar-Doritos-Locos idea. Sometimes, all you need is good timing.

Since 1964, General Mills brand Lucky Charms has brought sugary oat and marshmallow-laden cereal to the masses, but for LGBT Pride Month, the clever marketing team is casting the rainbow-friendly cereal in a whole new light.

Under the tag #LuckytoBe, the latest Lucky Charms ad campaign wants to remind consumers how lucky they are to be unique, to not all “look the same,” “believe the same things,” or, heck, “love the same people.” It’s cute, colorful, and 100% feel-good — enough so that even GLAAD is feeling the leprechaun love.

“Happy” Monday, indeed.

H/T AdWeek + PicThx Lucky Charms