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marijuana adsElizabeth D'Amico

Marijuana advertising works on kids whether they’re the intended audience or not, a new study maintains.

According to “Planting the Seeds of Marijuana Use,” assembled under the auspices of Elizabeth D’Amico, a licensed clinical psychologist and senior behavioral scientist with the RAND Corporation, the more medical cannabis ads an adolescent sees, the more likely he or she is to use or express an interest in consuming the substance and to view it in a positive light.

beautiful marijuana strainsThomas Mitchell | Toke of the Town

When it comes to how the five senses perceive cannabis, the nose will always be king. The eyes aren’t far behind, however, and are extremely important in finding defects on your buds, such as mold, mildew, mites and other undesirable traits. After getting past all the health-code stuff, though, you’ll find vivid shades of violet, blue or scarlet, milky and amber trichomes, and rusted, tan pistils that can remind you of anything from a sunset to snow-covered Christmas tree.

I’ve been lucky enough to check out hundreds of sexy strains with this gig, some of which are so gorgeous that it’s bittersweet to break them apart and burn them to ashes. And 2018 hasn’t disappointed, with Denver’s pot shops pumping out a gallery of ganja that even my mediocre photo skills can’t ruin. Here are ten of the prettiest strains I’ve smoked so far this year.

edibles recipesCourtesy of Stillwater Brands

There’s no shortage of online recipes and techniques for infusing butters and oils with cannabis, but today’s consumers often want to take things a step further. No longer satisfied with space cakes and brownies, some potheads want a more elegant edibles experience. Unfortunately, infusing complex dishes and drinks that aren’t heavy in fat can be difficult, as THC bonds to fat molecules.

So some of Denver’s best chefs and mixologists teamed up with Stillwater Brands, a company that specializes in powdered CBD and THC distillate, to create dank and delicious recipes as 4/20 nears. The tasteless Ripple powder is made to mix in with food and drinks in various doses, making your cannabis kitchen adventures much easier — and impressive — than they used to be.

blue moon brewing founder Keith VillaCourtesy of Ceria Beverages

Keith Villa was working at Coors Brewing in 1995 when he created an unfiltered, Belgian-style beer that became the inspiration for the Blue Moon Brewing Company, which got its start as a special division in Golden and soon spread to locations at Coors Field and then RiNo. When the brewmaster retired from what’s now MolsonCoors early this year, he hinted that he had a plan to create a new beverage with “cutting-edge” ingredients.

And now we know what those are: Villa and his wife, Jodi, have partnered with an established Colorado cannabis extraction lab to start Ceria Beverages, a new line of THC-infused drinks with the “same onset time as alcohol,” according to a press release announcing the company’s launch.

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