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PBR Is Making Seltzers Infused With THC Instead Of Alcohol

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Pabst Blue Ribbon has announced a new venture with the creation of its Pabst Labs cannabis company. With it comes a brand new cannabis-infused beverage to kick off the brand. 

Pabst Labs is launching a Cannabis-Infused Non-Alcoholic Selzer with a bit of lemon. 

While cannabis-infused drinks have become popular over the years, Pabst joining the fold marks a potential turning point in major growth for THC-infused beverages in the years to come.

The seltzer will be available in 12oz cans that feature 5mg of THC. While the lemon flavor will be the only flavor available at the time of launch, Pabst says other flavors are already in development. 

A test launch of the cans will soon hit select California dispensaries. The beverage can also be purchased directly to Californian residents through Shop.PabstLabs.com.

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Kiva Confections Introduces Cannabis-Infused Hot Chocolate

Continuing their spirited foray into holiday inspired cannabis treats, Kiva Confections is now offering limited edition Hot Chocolate. Their latest invention uses the same fast-acting technology as the previously released Turkey Gravy which took Thanksgiving dinners to new heights. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Kiva’s fast-acting technology, it utilizes individually encapsulated molecules that allow for faster THC absorption than your typical edible. These molecules are isolated and small enough to be absorbed by our body’s endocannabinoid receptors. What this means in layman’s terms is that you can feel the effects of Kiva’s Hot Chocolate within a record 15 minutes. That’s almost 15-30 minutes faster than most edibles and allows for a more predictable cannabis experience. 

Kiva’s premium edibles are created with the goal of removing the unpredictable effects that usually accompany your typical garden variety edible. By focusing the window to 15 minutes, it offers first time users, or infrequent ones, to have more assurance in their experience. Kiva’s thoughtfulness combined with unique ideas like their new limited edition Hot Chocolate will undoubtedly add joy to your holiday high. Each pouch is infused with 5mg of THC and like traditional hot chocolate, comes in powdered form. You can find Kiva’s limited edition Hot Chocolate at dispensaries throughout California while supplies last.

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Bringing Pot To The Potluck: Inside A Weed Infused Thanksgiving Dinner

Take a second to envision your ideal thanksgiving dinner. For me, it’s a table surrounded by my closest friends and family. The tabletop is packed with every potato dish imaginable, stuffing, cranberry sauce and drinks. The kitchen echoes with laughter and the rhythmic clanking of dishes. In the center of the table, a large carved turkey sits, steaming, oozing the luscious, seasoned juices the night’s appointed chef prepared for us to enjoy. And the two most important things, a few homemade pumpkin pies — and my bong.

While most of us who partake in cannabis might not be able to bring our favorite party favor to a family thanksgiving, I had a chance to experience the next best thing at Blüm’s 1st Annual Blüm THCsgiving POTluck.

I was stoked for the festivities to begin, long before dinner started. I got word that some heavy weights from the Orange County food scene would be catering our potluck. Heritage Barbecue, was an awesome surprise, due to the buzz they’ve created around the OC brewery scene. For some context, Heritage has been a pop-up barbecue spot, drawing tremendous early morning crowds at breweries from Fullerton to Huntington Beach and beyond. And just based on my general curiosity surrounding the non-dairy ice cream trend, I heard Hug Life Anti-Dairy Ice Cream was on dessert duty, so my interest was definitely piqued.

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It’s been a few years since California voters decided recreational cannabis should be a God-given right to anyone over the age of 21, and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. That was the vibe Blüm delivered at a private residence tucked in the Laguna Beach foothills on a foggy November evening, as strangers and new friends gathered to celebrate one of the longest unspoken practices in the history of Thanksgiving — getting high before dinner.

With the help of a few High Style THC-infused beers, a sip or two of some Kikoko Teas tasty cannabis-infused sangria, a variety of Henry’s Original pre-rolled joints and a unique Thanksgiving turkey-shaped glass pipe, I was ready to give thanks with everyone I came in contact with. Most of all, I was ready to eat! Still, nothing could have prepared me for the Turkey Day miracle I experienced at the dinner table.

Four words: Heritage. Barbecue. Smoked. Turkey. That’s the only thing I can think about since that night. This was masterful turkey, the best turkey I’ve ever eaten. It was the best turkey you’ve ever eaten. In fact, that turkey inspired me so much, my dad and I are going to smoke a turkey on Thanksgiving. I’m going to smoke other things too, but smoking a turkey for the first time ever will be a great father/son bonding experience. Even if it’s not Heritage standards.

I spoke with Danny Castillo, owner and pit master of Heritage, about what made his turkey so damn delicious. The magic happens after a five-day brine, which consists of salt, sugar, rosemary, thyme, garlic, sage and lemons. After, he uses a mixture of paprika, salt and pepper as a dry rub to coat the outside of the bird. The rest is pretty straightforward with temperature and just watching it to achieve the desired color you’re after. Thanks for the tips, Danny. If we’re lucky maybe Danny will add his artisan smoked turkey to Heritage’s menu when their first brick and mortar opens in San Juan Capistrano in 2020.

So, there I was, glassy-eyed, stuffed to the brim with a combination of the best smoked turkey ever, Social’s delicious brussels sprouts, countless dinner rolls and High Style — when the dessert tray rolled out. My eyes grew bigger with every available item, colorful Rice Krispies treats, cookies, cakes, brownies, the list went on.

If you know me, dessert isn’t always a walk in the park — when it comes to my dairy allergy. Hug Life hit the spot, but my craving for munchies was still peaking, after two cups of Reese’s Peaces I still wanted more.

When it comes to sweets, it’s pretty easy to pick what I want to eat — but not always the best choice considering my dairy allergy. Yet, I was surprised to see a THC-infused, dairy-free treat screaming my name. Kiva Camino Gummy topped No Bake Cheesecake Bites — made with dairy-free cream cheese, graham crackers and reduced Kiva Camino Gummies. I probably a dozen, at least.

As the night came to an end, I began to reflect on the evening, my body & mind vibrating with highness, my mouth stuck in a blissfully permanent grin. As we hopped in our Uber, I couldn’t wait to share this experience with my friends. Then it hit me, a few years ago, something like this might have been impossible to talk about, yet it felt so natural.

While it might take a few years before I can clear space for my bong at Thanksgiving dinner table, it was a pleasure to attend Blüm’s 1st Annual THCsgiving Dinner to enjoy some quality time with like-minded folks celebrating life as they see fit. Hopefully, my experience can illustrate that just a simple evening with friends can be accomplished anytime, with some good food, and some open minds. I think that’s enough to be thankful for all year.

So, same time next year?

 

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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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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.

 

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  • 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.
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Blue Moon’s Creator Is Now Developing The First Ever THC-Infused Beers

With cannabis-infused foods on the rise in the U.S., it was only a matter of time before a big name jumped into the field. The man who created Blue Moon for Coors Brewing Co. is officially getting into the marijuana business with THC-infused beers.

Keith Villa, who retired from Coors a couple of months ago, is working on making beer that actually gets you high.

According to Forbes, federal regulations prevent the combination of psychoactives and booze in the same product, but Villa is getting around that by taking the alcohol out of his beer and replacing it with THC, meaning you could still get a buzz, minus the hangover.

Villa’s new company, CERIA Beverages, aims to create these THC-infused beers in amounts proportional to a brew’s typical alcohol content. If an ale has 4-4.5% alcohol, for example, CERIA’s version would replace that with a comparable amount of THC. The company is working with ebbu to translate alcohol contents into THC dosages.

CERIA would then make the initial booze and distribute it to dispensaries, who would then add the THC in pre-determined amounts before selling to consumers. This allows the dispensaries to customize which strains go into the beer, making for custom psychoactive and relaxation experiences each time you sip on one of these.

If you’re interested in trying this non-alcoholic, psychoactive beer, you won’t need to wait long. CERIA plans to be on store shelves by this fall in Colorado, and is looking to spread to other states where marijuana is legal, soon.

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Cotton Candy Edibles Are Now A Thing And Should Be At Theme Parks Everywhere

In the world of edibles, we’ve seen everything from cannabis-infused snacks, to full-on dinners, and while you probably thought you’ve seen it all, the edible culture is crossing over to stadium food culture.

B-Edibles in San Diego created cannabis-infused cotton candy, so you can get that elevated feeling, all while feeling like a kid at a carnival.

Made with organic cane sugar, organic flavors, and lab-tested Co2 cannabis extract, the gluten-free, non-GMO “Candy Floss” has all the key terms that us millennials like to see in a product.

They have a few different flavors, like Rose petals, watermelon, lavender, and apple, available in 1 ounce containers, or spun on a stem at events.

The sweet edible seems to be popular among its small, but strong following, but one fear, like most edibles, is the unpredictable serving sizes. The containers have 100 milligrams of THC, so while you’ve got that sweet cannabis melting in your mouth, you can’t be too sure how much is enough.

When B-Ediles caters events, though, they do infuse the candy to the individual’s preference, so there is some control there.

This could very well be the future of carnivals and sporting events. Well, probably not any time soon, but you can only hope.