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banana ogHerbert Fuego

Banana flavoring has never been my favorite — we’ve been over this before: Banana-flavored treats aren’t worth the cellophane they’re wrapped in — but it does have its place in the cannabis world. The overripe-banana flavors in Banana Kush and Strawberry Banana pair exquisitely with the skunky, earthy notes of cannabis, and those strains deliver mellow highs that are perfect for relaxing after work. Unfortunately, it’s hard for Denverites to get past anything more than flirtation with banana-inspired strains, as those two are about the only ones you’ll find in the local dispensary market — but there is a third, albeit scarce, option: Banana OG.

01252019_bruce_cbd_peanut_butter_0066Kenzie Bruce

Cooking with cannabis has never been more mainstream, and it’s no longer limited to just THC. You can infuse food with CBD in the same way, and the cannabinoid’s accessibility and lack of psychoactive effects have made this a popular option.

Anyone who’s made edibles before knows that high fat content is key for maximum cannabinoid infusion, as cannabinoids bind to fat cells. One of the easiest, fattiest foods for creating edibles is peanut butter (or almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter, if you’re allergic to peanuts). It infuses quickly, and unlike butter or vegetable oil, can be added to foods without further cooking.

chemmy jonesHerbert Fuego

I’ve fallen prey to Chemmy Jones not once, not twice, but three times now. I can’t help myself, and neither can my nose. Those gas fumes keep fooling me, like some sort of horticultural hormone.

Chemmy Jones actually hails from the United Kingdom, where Connoisseur Seeds created the buzzing hybrid. Some online descriptions call it a “functional” strain, but I strongly disagree.

coffee-joint-canna-coding-chester-2019Britt Chester

The Coffee Joint’s most recent CannaCoding session featured industry professionals from Cannopy, Vangst and Flowhub.

The first rule of cannabis coding: well, there are no rules…yet. Legal cannabis is still very much the digital Wild West for coders.

The Coffee Joint, Denver’s only licensed pot lounge, has been hosting a series of sessions called CannaCoding, bringing industry professionals and prospective cannabis coders together to talk about the developing trade. 

shatter.marijuana.concentrate.lindsey.bartlettLindsey Bartlett

Neal Levine, a longtime member of the Colorado marijuana industry who’s now the CEO of the national Cannabis Trade Federation, sees the case for THC potency limits on marijuana concentrates recently made in this space as a Trojan horse for gutting the industry.

“When you start talking about potency and it’s not based on science, it sounds like reefer madness, the next generation,” Levine says.

gabriel_ettenson_dsc_1908_1Courtesy of Elixinol

When approximately one million people gathered in New York’s Times Square on December 31, 2018, most of them didn’t know they were standing in front of cannabis history being made as the ball dropped into 2019. But that night, a handful of hemp- and marijuana-related companies became the first of their kind to advertise in some of the most coveted real estate in the world. One of those companies was Elixinol, a hemp and CBD company based in Broomfield.

Don’t let the suburban headquarters fool you: Elixinol has been pushing the tired boundaries of cannabis advertising for some time now, building itself into an internationally known cannabinoid company. To learn more about the firm’s bid for Times Square and its plans for the future, we talked with founder and former physical therapist Gabriel Ettenson.

pineapple chunkHerbert Fuego

Pineapples have become too trendy. Don’t believe me? Go to a Target or H&M and you’ll find button-up shirts, shower curtains, cups, underwear and loads of other generic shit decorated with little pineapples. The same people are also abusing cacti — though they probably don’t even know that word and just call them “cactuses,” which is fucking wrong.

I refuse to let commercialization destroy my love for all prickly plants, including cannabis (anyone who’s trimmed weed knows how prickly trichomes are). Hit by full empathy for all three during a dispensary pit stop on my way home last week, I bought an eighth of Pineapple Chunk in the hopes of enjoying a relaxing evening.

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