Browsing: Stoner MacGyver

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Nobody likes to spend the holidays alone, but what’s an anxious single who’s trying to mingle supposed to do when cold feet and a zesty burp hit? Spray a little hemp in your mouth, according to Boulder’s Honest Hemp Company. The company’s Super Breath Blast Nano Spray, a quick spritz of hemp-infused peppermint freshness, highlights a new consumption method for cannabinoids.

cannablis balls Benjamin Schleider

Cooking with cannabis adds more “BAM!” than anything Emeril Lagasse ever put in a dish, but how about creating something that doesn’t require any cooking at all?

These vegan cannabliss balls, whipped up by Westword and Tia Mattson in her Denver kitchen, only require a food processor and refrigerator to make, and they’re a tastier option than that fruitcake collecting dust on your kitchen counter. 

hemp farming in ColoradoBen Droz

Hemp, marijuana’s non-psychoactive counterpart, can be turned into a large variety of products. And in 2016, Colorado farmers produced half of the hemp grown in the United States. Even after more states started growing the crop in 2017, Colorado still planted over three times more of it than any other state in the country, with North Dakota and Kentucky following next, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

But Colorado’s ability to process the plant is limited, because it doesn’t have a decorticator, a machine that separates hemp’s stringy outer layer, called the baste, from its woody core, known as the hurd. Traditional farming equipment and wood chippers get jammed up by the fibers, a kink that Cuno Hansen, head of clothing company All Seeing Colorado LLC, aims to fix by bringing in the state’s first decorticator.

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In an effort to learn how cannabis use affects driving, Colorado’s two major universities are studying the change in a driver’s balance, movement ability and reaction time after consuming pot  – but to better mirror consumption trends, the study uses subjects who just smoked something much more potent than the schwag our parents grew up with.

Lindsey Bartlett

Growing and processing industrial hemp has become a big business as barriers break down in states with legalized cannabis. Now one Boulder laboratory is starting a study with a university agriculture program to learn more about desirable hemp genetics, much as that program has studied grapes for the wine industry.