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d7fa0109-09ec-4e27-8aad-a1bd45e23a01Herbert Fuego

Humans have been eating cannabis for well over a millennium, but society’s love for edibles has seriously ramped up over the last decade, as legal pot becomes more mainstream. Today, you can snack on much more than weed brownies in Colorado, with dispensaries offering candy bars, coffee and plenty of other food and drink options.

But the grandaddy of all cannabis edibles doesn’t get the same love. Majoun, the Persian creation containing dates, nuts, spices and hash, has been enjoyed in the Eastern hemisphere for centuries, and gained international notoriety in the ’50s, when Alice B. Toklas accidentally published the recipe in her legendary cookbook. Good luck finding it at local dispensaries, though: I’ve yet to walk into a pot shop with majoun on the menu.

So we decided to make our own.

interpening_lindsey_bartlett_10_Lindsey Bartlett

Some of us like our weed to be so dry that it ignites under sunlight, making that first hit a knockout. But most cannabis users want their stash to last. That’s where humidity comes in.

While many people curse humidity in the heat of summer, it plays a key role in preserving the quality of cannabis during storage. As anyone who’s kept a bag of weed for more than a few days knows, nugs can dry out fast without proper storage, but they can lose their flavor and potency, too. We caught up with Sean Knutsen, president of Boveda, a company that makes humidity-control packs for weed jars, to learn more about effective stash storage.

sueno (1)Herbert Fuego

Need a little spur in creativity to finish that essay or Powerpoint presentation? Cannabis isn’t always the cure, but there’s no doubt it will put you in a different state mind. That elevated perspective can take you to a new world for a few hours, kickstarting a brainstorm session or helping you critically review your work.

But that doesn’t mean any old strain will get the job done. Many varieties of cannabis can shut down creativity, motivating you to do nothing more than eat a box of corn dogs and laugh at the TV. Finding that inspirational mix of terpenes and cannabinoids is key, and we’re here to help.

Below are ten strains we’ve reviewed over that past year that have provided a creative boost, helping us read, write and rock and roll on a whole ‘nother level.

present_cansCourtesy of Present

Several Colorado craft breweries have been making hard seltzer drinks as a way to soften declining beer sales, but Left Hand Brewing is twisting the formula a bit: Instead of adding booze to flavored sparkling water, the Longmont brewery is making seltzer water with CBD.

Partnering with Berthoud hemp and CBD supplier WAAYB Organics, Left Hand has created Present, a line of bubbly drinks with 20 milligrams of CBD per can, and no alcohol, sweeteners or calories. The tasteless CBD distillate is derived from industrial hemp, which contains 0.3 percent THC or less, and is not intoxicating.

binske-jake-pasternack-courtesy-2019Courtesy of Binske

Those brothers behind Binske are at it again. The Denver-based cannabis company has just announced a licensing agreement that will put the Binske brand in eleven states around the country.

According to an announcement from the company regarding its new partnership with MariMed, a publicly held cannabis investment firm based in Massachusetts, Binske will soon be available to over 52 million people aged 21 to 61 in states with medical and recreational marijuana.

work_class_photos_by_lindsey_bartlett._20_Lindsey Bartlett

When a heatwave hits and you don’t have air conditioning, you have only a few options: Find a nearby pool, go to a movie, or drink something cold. For many of us, that means a frosty beer or chilled cocktail, but not everyone likes alcohol.

Some overheated folks would like to unwind with cannabis while the rest of their friends drink booze, but they can’t always do so without creating offense; times may be changing, but smoking will always bother others, no matter what’s inside those rolling papers. But there are alternatives: To help you stay high-drated this summer,here are five cannabis-infused beers, mocktails and other beverages.

vaping weedJacqueline Collins

Ever hear the saying “Rappers want to be ball players, and ball players want to be rappers”? In the business of getting us fucked up, cannabis and alcohol companies appear to go through similar yearnings.

Dispensary shelves already feature beers, hard seltzers and wines infused with pot instead of alcohol, while liquor stores hope that CBD-containing, rebranded non-alcoholic beers will appeal to increasing numbers of canna-curious customers.

Now a cannabis concentrate company wants to zig where drink makers have been zagging, releasing a hash pen cartridge that is supposed to taste like an India Pale Ale — or as my Midwestern uncle likes to call them, “pine cone beers.”

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