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A chef whose devotion to comradery and quality is infectious. Beverly Hills is home to some of Los Angeles’ greatest

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hotels, and among them is the beautiful Four Seasons Los

diving into plates that are anything but modest in portion

Angeles. With a modest location and streamlined elegant

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Culina serves a multitude of menus from breakfast,

childhood in the Tuscan province of Lucca, Italy, Moriconi

lunch, and dinner, to dessert menus that are the creation

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of executive pastry chef Federico Fernandez. Fernandez

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creates desserts made with decadence and a delicate

Moriconi has constructed a menu that has every element of rustic Italy, and his devotion to always presenting ingredients that bring out the best in one another makes every dish absolute culinary divinity. Culina is a restaurant concept that embodies a sense of warmth, with flavors that span the Italian region and a subtlety of flavors that derive from Moriconi’s childhood. The food he creates 18 APRIL 2019 Los Angeles


“ON SUNDAYS IN LUCCA, ALL THE FAMILY WOULD BE TOGETHER, AND I REMEMBER HELPING MY MOM BUILD THE LASAGNA DI GRAZIA.” – CHEF LUCA MORICONI

nature that pair seamlessly with Moriconi’s creations. Together, they have curated something every savvy gourmand craves: passion on a plate. The breakfast menu showcases dishes such as challah French toast, avocado dream, matcha waffles, and an Italian skillet, while lunch offers pastas made in-house. Lunch features an intrinsically Italian lineup offering prosciutto e melone antipasta, tonno scottato insalate, lasagnetta vegana, and chef’s famous papparadelle al cingiale made with braised wild boar sugo. Chef’s dinner menu is far more in-

(cinghiale in umido) with polenta or pappardelle pasta.” He

depth. Serving up dishes with my favorite funghi—truf-

has fond memories of cooking with his mother and being

fle—dinner is full of elation. Chef hasn’t foraged for truf-

surrounded by relatives, sharing those memories togeth-

fles in California, but he grew up foraging in Italy, and they

er. “Lucca is a beautiful city; quiet and very proud of its

are instrumental in Italian cuisine, which is why they’re a

own recipes,” he continues. “Like the new spring garmugia

component in the dishes he creates.

soup, Lucca is the inspiration behind it. Another ingredient

Having the pleasure of dining with chef and hearing sto-

is melons. Melon is served on most Tuscan menus, and I

ries of his youth made each dish he brought out abundant

use it in the beef carpaccio, and I’m so happy I can source

in authenticity. As his creations came out of the kitchen

those from our local farms.”

and to the table, I asked chef a few questions about his life in Lucca, the menu, and more.

Curating a feast of antipasti, chef’s menu includes the vellutata di zucca made with butternut squash purée, pumpkin

With a charming Italian accent and a truly warm de-

seeds, and mascarpone cheese; zuppa ribollita a stew made

meanor, chef Moriconi—though he prefers you call him

of Tuscan vegetables, borlotti beans, and roasted ciabat-

Luca—describes the dishes he had growing up and how

ta that tastes like something you’d enjoy in your grand-

they inspired his Culina menu. “On Sundays in Lucca, all

mother’s kitchen; and the insalata rustichella served with

the family would be together and I remember helping my

Tuscan and baby kale, bresaola, oven-dried tomato, pecori-

mom build the lasagna di grazia. Or tasting wild boar stew

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casseruola, and pollo al marsala, it’s the mind-altering braised wild boar served as the star of the cinghiale numido con polenta plate that steals my heart and appetite. There is an old Italian saying, “Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiere,” which means eat to live, not live to eat. In Italy, the joy of food is more about soulful sustenance and togetherness than it is about gorging, and that mindset lends to the thoughtful menu Moriconi has curated. For a sweet finish, Chef tells me about the dolci Fernandez has put together to pair with his menu. “The millefoglie is one of my favorites that he makes. The fresh seasonal

tonno e rapini is a lovely version of tuna tartare. What raises

truffle shaved at the table in front of the guest enhances

the bar is the inclusion of pickled garlic, red onion, and the

the guest experience. The culmination of ideas between

Calabrian chile oil. The added element of fire showcases the

truffle and honey gelato and the millefoglie has all the right

tuna beautifully. Another starter you definitely should add

combination of flavors and textures. The difference of in-

to your tasting experience is polpo grigliato, charred octopus

gredients pique the interest of our guests that may never

that has elements of both salt and smoke served alongside

have had truffles on their desert.” The dolci is as extensive

green beans, watercress, smoked potatoes, and cauliflow-

as the lunch and dinner menus, and the on-site vinoteca

er purée frisée. The dish offers a careful balance of earth,

and cocktail bar sends your experience over the top.

water, fire, and air.

Wine is a special part of Moriconi’s Italian roots. “The

For the main course, you can’t afford to pass up the ri-

wine for me is special because it reminds me of harvest.

sotto piave zucca. I haven’t had a risotto that tasted like

During harvest, all the family would come to help my fa-

this. The dish has a dance of flavors, but the delight be-

ther make the wine. The smells of making wine are seared

gins when chef comes out with a round of Piave Vecchio

in my memories. The wines from Lucca are hearty and full

cheese artfully hand-carved into what looks like a royal

bodied, and the character and right amount of tannins

crown, and sitting inside is the freshly made risotto with

pair flawlessly with meat dishes and hearty soup like our

butternut squash and rosemary woven into it. Chef gently

zuppa ribollita.” Culina’s selection of unique wines exceed

stirs the risotto, and as the cheese melts into it, he then

expectation. Some wines you absolutely must try are the

dishes it into a rustic bowl and tops it with drizzles of Villa

2016 Vorbeg 2016, 2016 Palistorti, 2016 Di Valgiana, the

Manodori balsamic vinegar.

Montenidoli Fiore, and Vernaccia Di San Gimignano. This is

While there is an amplitude of main courses to choose from including the Branzino alla martina ara, salmone in

a restaurant I highly recommend experiencing. You’ll leave with a belly full of Italian comfort and passion. sensimag.com APRIL 2019 21


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NATASHA IN THE HAUS How calling a custom ice cream pint a cool house led to the birth of Coolhaus.

In a world of ice cream flavors, you want the standout,

chitecture (food and architecture) to sweets-loving Ange-

and thanks to Coolhaus founder and LA native Natasha

lenos. The rest is history. Case’s commitment to empower

Case, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Coolhaus was born

women in business thrives as Coolhaus is a proud certified

when Case received her degree in architecture and city

women-owned company. Curious about the brand and

and regional planning. When she was working as an archi-

the journey, we did a Q & A with Natasha to gain more

tect intern for Disney’s Imagineering, she would bring in

insight into what makes Coolhaus so very cool and to find

homemade cookies and ice cream she cleverly named af-

out what’s ahead.

ter famous architects and designed one-of-a-kind homes for the ice cream that she aptly titled “cool houses.” When

In the cultural shift and bellowing female voice happily

Case was laid off, she decided to take a risk and do some-

sounding loudly in today’s society, how has Coolhaus al-

thing completely crazy: buy a postal truck on Craigslist and

lowed you to bring about social change?

take her cookies and ice cream, which she decided to call Coolhaus, on the road—to Coachella.

Coolhaus allows me to bring about social change by leading by example and practicing what I preach. Women found-

That is where this ice cream and cookie empire began.

ers are all part of the same team and are here to empower

Once Case decided this was what she loved most, she and

one another with our unique mindsets. Coolhaus allowed

wife Freya Estreller took their newfound passion for far-

me to be a mentor and evoke change in my community.

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How does your background in architecture and de-

What was the most valuable advice you were given when

sign aid in developing flavors? Do you find that you see

you decided to buy the postal van and head to Coachella?

things in terms of linear and emotional confines much

In that same vein, what was the most hindering?

like when imagining a structure, room, or design?

Having so little money and resources to work with was

Architecture always influences my vision when con-

without a doubt hindering. However, the most valuable

structing flavors for Coolhaus. I call on my creative spir-

advice came from our friends who were so excited and

it to create nostalgic flavors and help tell the story with

supportive of our wackiness—which really gave me the

architecture.

fuel to go on, knowing that even if I failed I had a team rooting for me.

Growing up, what was your favorite ice cream flavor? And your wife’s? My favorite ice cream then and now is cookie dough, and Freya loves rocky road, which we don’t make, but our Campfire S’mores is very similar.

What is in the pipeline for brand development? Any new flavors, products, or sammies coming out? April is a very exciting month, as Coolhaus is releasing six new dairy-free flavors, including pints and sammies, as well as seven new dairy flavors online and in retail.

The playfulness in Coohaus seems to conjure total abandon. What is your personal influence behind the ev-

Tell us about the process of creating vegan-friendly

er-growing product line?

products.

I love for things to always be playful and am looking

We set out to accomplish our ultimate goal of creating

to constantly reinvent Coolhaus through innovation. We

vegan products with no compromise on taste, quality, and

drive a lot of attention to the uniqueness of the brand.

texture for ice cream lovers who are dairy-free! I’m thrilled to say that we did it, and we did it differently by bringing

With a hugely popular brand, did you ever imagine your

more uniqueness, flavor-wise, and innovation with our in-

desire to feed people genuinely tasty comfort

gredients, using a base made from peas,

foods could catapult into such success?

brown rice, and cocoa butter. We even

I actually did. I knew that by doing something

took it a step farther, creating not just

simple and focusing on quality I could create

pints, but super premium dairy-free ice

something really great and repair a product and

cream sandwiches. There is truly, truly

industry that has been bastardized.

nothing like it on the shelf.

Coolhaus offers a budding array of sweet, heavenly goodness online at COOL.HAUS.COM .

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SAMMIES FLAVORS: Birthday cake, cookie dough, vanilla, cookies and cream, mint, salted caramel, strawberry, peanut butter, salted chocolate, s’mores ICE CREAM PINT FLAVORS: Street cart churro dough, campfire s’mores, chocolate molten cake, milkshake and fries, best of both worlds vanilla, dirty mint chip, bananas foster, midnight munchies, farmer’s market strawberry cheesecake, buttered French toast, chocolate love, balsamic fig and mascarpone, salted caramel, and new dairy-free flavors TBA

What keeps you inspired? Taking something all the way from an idea to a product is so gratifying and inspiring. Seeing how others connect to them really keeps you going. When you’re not happily and gluttonously knee-deep in sweets, what culinary indulgences do you dabble in? It’s all about a great cocktail. I love a Manhattan or dry martini using Freya’s own gin brand, Future Gin. I also love to cook with anything from our garden, and of course, ab-

Coolhaus emits a total love for beautifully curated fla-

solutely love Neapolitan pizza.

vors and ingredients. With flavors like the balsamic fig and mascarpone, it’s clear you (and your team) are food-

What is one of the greatest business lessons/practices

ies. What is the strangest concoction(s) you’ve played

you’ve learned and implemented along the way?

with, ingredients wise? Any you loved but had to ditch?

You can walk through a wall if you don’t know it’s there.

We once created a Waldorf salad-inspired flavor, and... it didn’t work. Using aged cheese is just gross in ice cream,

If you could give readers one nugget of advice about

although some people did love it.

the value of utilizing knowledge and imagination, what would you say?

Any chance you’ll launch more gluten-free sammies for

It’s important to have an element of spirituality when

die-hard ice cream sandwich lovers who can’t eat gluten?

you are a leader. It’s a special wavelength that allows you

Something big is launching in 2020, although I can’t say what! Gluten-free customers can enjoy our dipper bars, and a ton of our pints are gluten-free.

to inspire your team. COOLHAUS sammies and ice cream can be found online, in grocers around the nation, or if you’re a food-truck fan, you can find the Coolhaus ice cream trucks at the Culver City and Pasadena storefronts. COOL.HAUS.COM // @coolhaus

Tell us about the Midnight Munchies flavor. The Midnight Munchies flavor is chocolate peanut butter ice cream with chocolate-covered pretzels and peanut butter cups.

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{homemade } by DAW N G A R C I A

THE KUSANAGI AND CAKE Celebrating all things fantastical with our taste buds this month.

PART 1: DRINK

story, it must be approved by five others who have been

This cocktail hailing from the Far East is a product of the

through the 1886 bar program. “The five-palate rule test is

innovative minds of Cameron Masden, Head Barman of

an essential tradition to our creative process and how we

The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena, and Nathan Baker. The

select our cocktails,” explains Masden. “The 2019 Winter

libation? The Kusanagi, named for the legendary sword

Cocktail Menu features 12 cocktails by eight contributors,

made from a dragon tail gifted to the Japanese sun goddess

and the Kusanagi is the first new drink on the list.”

Amaterasu by the storm god Susanoo to make up for his misdeeds. In recent years, this sword was acquired by 1886 and transformed into a true dragon’s tail cocktail. “There are two integral components found everywhere in the world: a regional spirit that everyone drinks and a mythology or tall tale that stems from lessons for children, creationism, or in place of science for how the world functions,” explains Masden. “Sometimes these legends are cultural or political, sometimes both. Ultimately, the spirit and history tie directly together.” Much like every hero must brave a test of endurance, all

Kusanagi INGREDIENTS

• 1 droplet Hellfire bitters • ¼ oz orgeat syrup • ½ oz hibiscus syrup (1886 makes in-house, but you can buy it as well) • ¾ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice • 2 oz Haku vodka INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker.

potential concoctions must go through The Raymond 1886

STEP 2: Shake and strain into a chilled coupe/martini glass.

“five-palate rule” test. Once a cocktail has a name and a

STEP 3: Garnish with a fresh orchid. Enjoy responsibly.

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PART 2: DESSERT You must always be ready to indulge in something beautifully sweet, especially after a fiery cocktail. With blueber-

• 1 cup sugar • 1 tsp ground mahleb (or pure vanilla extract) • 3 medium eggs

ries, lemon, and pine nut cake as the perfect accompani-

• ½ cup milk (almond milk preferred)

ment to the Kusenagi, we leave the Far East for London

• Icing sugar for serving

to join home cook Amaryllis Aphrodite Tsegou. Creating

INSTRUCTIONS

beautiful culinary renderings on her blog, The Tasty Other

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter bottom and sides

(THETASTYOTHER.COM ), Tsegou has a unique, yet uncom-

of a round baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper

plicated approach to cooking. “This is exactly how I love a

and set aside.

cake to be: simple, sweet, delicious, maybe a little messy,

STEP 2: Combine blueberries with lemon zest and basil.

but, oh, so satisfying,” explains Tsegou. “I suddenly missed

Set aside.

making cakes, and this one is a damn simple one. While

STEP 3: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

it’s not fancy or exceptional, there’s a lot to be said about

STEP 4: Beat butter and sugar until pale and smooth; add

small, familiar comforts.”

the lemon zest and mahleb and combine. Add each egg,

Blueberry, Lemon, Pine Nut Cake

one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add milk and combine.

INGREDIENTS

STEP 5: Add dry ingredients, one big tablespoon at a time,

• 1½ cups fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry

with the mixer running, until incorporated.

• 1 med. lemon, juice and zest • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced • 2 cups plain flour • 2 tsp baking powder • ½ tsp salt • ½ cup unsalted butter, very soft

STEP 6: Spoon half of batter onto the pan and top with

basil blueberries. Cover with remaining batter and flatten top with the back of a tablespoon. STEP 7: Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until the

top is golden brown and an inserted bamboo skewer comes out clean.

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{travelwell } by DAV I D D U R A N

A NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER Aurora Borealis is the kind of experience one can only hope to have at least once. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing it twice. After being teased by a faint sighting of the Aurora Borealis a couple years ago while on a trip to Iceland, I was pretty excited to have a second opportunity to potentially see the lights in Canada’s Yukon Territory. And because Canada had recently legalized cannabis, I was looking forward to an extra special light show this time around. The evening temperature dropped to a frigid -36° Fahrenheit, so I bundled up in every layer I brought with me and carried along two critical items to maximize the experience: my headphones and my vape pen. As soon as we arrived at the site, we were blessed with an immediate light show. With no time to set myself up the way I had planned, I looked up and enjoyed the show until the lights flickered away. About an hour passed before the magic returned, and this time I was ready to experience the lights as I had always dreamed of seeing them—high and with a carefully curated soundtrack. I was inside a heated yurt, eating cookies, totally lost in my own headspace when I heard what sounded like an orchestrated collective gasp. I quickly zipped up my coat, pressed play on my iPhone, and waddled outside in my heavy winter gear. I had been hitting my vape pen pretty regularly up until this moment, so I was in the perfect mindset. As I exited the yurt, I looked for a spot away from the others where I could have some alone time with the lights, even though I probably could have been standing in a sea of people and would have been clueless as to their presence. Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” came on. I looked up, and I was suddenly in another world. 34 APRIL 2019 Los Angeles


I WAS INSIDE A HEATED YURT, EATING COOKIES, TOTALLY LOST IN MY OWN HEADSPACE, WHEN I HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE AN ORCHESTRATED COLLECTIVE GASP.

The lights on this particular evening were extraordinary. The entire sky was shimmering with waves of lights flashing from one side to the other. I would be completely hypnotized by one light display only to realize that if I looked the other way, another, just as brilliant display was also taking place. I had a few moments of panic because I didn’t know where to look. My senses were happily overwhelmed. At moments, I could feel the actual energy from the lights going through me. It was all very dreamlike, and I questioned myself a few times because of, well, the weed, but thankfully, the photos I would later see of that moment matched up to my memories—and just like that, this Aurora sighting would top the list of the most incredible experiences of my lifetime. The following Yukon venues offer opportunities to experience the Aurora Borealis for yourself. Please note that cannabis is not required but is highly encouraged—if it’s your thing.

THE TRADITIONAL WAY It’s important to note that all the incredible photos of the Northern Lights within this article were taken by my tour guide on the actual night I witnessed them, with Arctic Range Adventure. There are multiple options for viewing the Aurora Borealis with the simplest being a late-evening tour. Guests are picked up from Whitehorse and driven about 20 minutes outside of the city center PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARCTIC RANGE ADVENTURE

to the Aurora Center Yukon, a private viewing space that has heated yurts to help stay warm while waiting for the lights to make an appearance. The tours come with expert guides and photographers who are more than happy to help explain the phenomenon as well as take your photos with the lights. ARCTICRANGE.COM

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MY SENSES WERE SO HAPPILY OVERWHELMED.

viewing in mind, offering a new opportunity to experience

have multiple days on the ground as the Northern Lights

the Yukon and ever-changing nature by bringing it clos-

are never guaranteed. Your flight will take you above the

er to you than ever. The resort’s new Aurora Glass Cha-

clouds so you can enjoy the view. AURORA-360.CA

lets are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern Lights, all while lying comfortably

A STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE

in your warm bed. The large floor-to-ceiling wraparound

For a unique take on the Northern Lights, this three-

windows open up into the northern sky, directly in front of

night winter program allows guests to experience the

the bed. NORTHERNLIGHTSYUKON.COM

magic of the lights through the eyes of the First Nations. Listen to stories passed along by their ancestors and

THE AURORA FROM THE SKY

learn about living on the land during the winter months.

True Aurora chasers will want to grab a seat on this

Guests will experience this unique cultural opportunity

flight. This once-in-a-lifetime experience takes guests on

surrounded by the magnificent landscapes of Kluane

a private charter jet, where they will have the best access

National Park while staying in the comfort at Mount Logan

possible for seeing the Northern Lights. This new experi-

Lodge, which also has a private yurt and cabin option for

ence is extremely limited but more flights will be added

that next-level experience. The multi-day trip combines

each season. The 737 aircraft, provided by Air North, will

hands-on cultural immersion into Yukon’s First Nations

sell 80 seats and fly at 36,000 feet sky high to give guests

Culture, breathtaking natural wonders, and exhilerating

a spectacular light show. Special multi-night packages

winter activities such as dogsledding, snowmobiling, and

are also available. When booking this option, it’s best to

ice fishing. YUKONTOURS.CA

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THINGS YOU MAY HAVE NEVER KNOWN ABOUT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, AKA AURORA BOREALIS.

1. Aurora is the Roman goddess of dawn, and Boreas is the Greek term for the north wind.

2. Gas particles from the earth colliding with charged particles from the sun’s atmosphere cause the Northern Lights to appear. These protons and electrons travel millions of miles.

3. Dating as far back to the 1600s, people have been in awe of the Northern Lights’ wonder, and some Inuit believe the lights act as the spirits of their ancestors playing a game.

4. While many colors are visible, if you witness pure blue light, consider yourself lucky as that is very rare.

5. Aristotle is among the first to give a scientific account of the lights back in 4th century BC. He concluded they were flames of burning gas. A 13thcentury study called “The King’s Mirror” suggests the lights are reflections from Earth’s oceans.

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CBDo or SPEC IAL REPORT

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CBDon’t? When it comes to cannabidiol, confusion reigns supreme. We’re going back to the basics to clear it up for you. by L E L A N D R U C K E R and S T E P H A N I E W I L S O N

Disclaimer: The following conversation didn’t happen—NOT EXACTLY, NOT WORD FOR WORD AS IT APPEARS HERE. BUT IT’S ROOTED IN REALITY. CBD IS ON EVERYONE’S MINDS, BUT INFO ABOUT IT IS ON NO ONE’S RADAR. IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS ALONE, WE’VE FIELDED CALLS AND QUERIES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AS FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY REACH OUT FOR ADVICE. The questions below are on the lips of curious consumers who have heard they need to be taking CBDs but

Yes, it’s confusing. Here’s a handy cheat sheet: Cannabis sativa: plant species.

they don’t quite know what this means. We’re here to

cannabis: a subspecies of Cannabis sativa containing

help. First thing’s first: it’s CBD, not CBDs.

more than trace amounts of THC. It remains federal-

Jane Doe: What is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

Jane: So it’ll get me high?

ly illegal, classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, in the same category as LSD and heroin. The government claims cannabis has no medicinal purposes and a high potential of abuse. hemp: a subspecies of Cannabis sativa with no more

No, that’s what non-psychoactive means. You’re think-

than 0.3 percent THC by weight. When the federal gov-

ing of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. That’s the com-

ernment outlawed “marihuana” in the 1930s, it did so us-

pound associated with feelings of euphoria.

ing broad language that banned all Cannabis sativa—in-

Jane: But you said CBD comes from cannabis. Isn’t that what weed is called nowadays?

cluding hemp. The prohibition of hemp just came to an end last December, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

You are correct. Cannabis is how people refer to what

Jane: What does this have to do with CBD?

used to be called “marijuana,” a word with racist under-

CBD is found in Cannabis sativa varieties, so it can be

tones best removed from the modern lexicon. Cannabis

derived from both cannabis and hemp. But not all types

is short for Cannabis sativa, the scientific name of the

(or strains) of either necessarily have any CBD content at

plant species that includes both cannabis—the kind that

all. Some have a high percentage of CBD. Growers breed

gets you high—and hemp, the kind that doesn’t.

plants to maximize or minimize the cannabinoid content.

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Because cannabis remains federally illegal, CBD de-

Jane: So what are the effects of CBD?

rived from a plant with more than trace amounts of THC

There are all sorts of claims out there. But are any of those

is illegal as well. This doesn’t apply in the 10 states where

claims backed by science or data? Not really. A highly infor-

recreational cannabis is legal. However, it is illegal to

mative deep-dive into CBD published by Vox sums it up per-

take it across state lines—but don’t let that stop you.

fectly: “Anyone who tells you anything definitive about what

As hemp broke free from prohibition late last year, the

CBD—or THC for that matter—does to your body is lying.”

DEA reclassified hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.1 per-

Cannabis prohibition, ongoing since 1937, outlawed more

cent THC from a Schedule I to a Schedule V drug—one with

than personal use; it blocked scientific studies of the plant’s

a low potential of abuse, similar to low doses of codeine.

medicinal properties and potential. Today, there’s a huge

Jane: Are you saying the effects of eating a CBD cookie or two are the same as taking a dose of prescription cough syrup? That’s intense.

void where research should be. That void has to be filled

No. Keep in mind, this classification is from the same agency that still claims cannabis is as dangerous as heroin—that highly addictive drug responsible for a growing number of overdose deaths each year as its popularity grows in the wake of the opioid epidemic. The DEA claims cannabis is just as bad. As heroin. This despite the fact that you are as likely to die from a cannabis overdose as you are from a unicorn attack. But I digress. No, eating CBD cookies won’t have the same effect as taking a codeine-laced prescription med, despite what the DEA would have you believe. (The DEA rescheduling allowed for the first cannabis-derived medicine approved by the FDA for the treatment of a rare seizure disorder to enter the marketplace through typical pharmaceutical channels last fall. There are now two cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals on the market.)

with the very basics that can be built upon. There’s not even an official cannabis seed bank or strain database in existence from which scientists can pull reliable information needed to conduct the studies from which we are so desperate to learn the results. The process is basically just getting started, and it’s going to take awhile. Decades even. That said, there is strong anecdotal evidence as well as some small studies that point to medicinal properties and health benefits. Secretions from the flower of the cannabis plant contain more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids—CBD and THC among them—that interact and bind to receptors within our body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates basic functions like sleep, cognition, and stress. Cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, CBN, THCa, THCv, and so on are said to provide relief to an array of symptoms and ailments—migraines, insomnia, stress, Crohn’s, PTSD, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cramps, cancer, and more. Like magic. Until science tells us otherwise.

CBD is a miracle compound, said to fix whatever ails you. Or not. Depends on which you trust— science or marketing.

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Jane: Me too! I think I read the same article. So, what’s the best kind of CBD? Oh my. There’s only one kind of CBD. But there are all sorts of factors that affect its quality and your experience. Some factors to keep in mind: 1) Is it derived from hemp or cannabis? 2) If it’s derived from hemp, where is the hemp from? The US imports a lot of hemp from China, where the list of approved pesticides is far from safe. You don’t want to be ingesting that.

Jane: So what does taking CBD do?

3) Is it a CBD isolate? Was the CBD isolated from the other plant compounds during the extraction process?

Again, studies are limited, but the ones out there show

This is an important factor for anyone who’s sensitive

that CBD is anti-inflammatory. It also can provide relief

to THC or who may be subject to drug testing

from anxiety and stress, induce calmness, and may even

4) Or is it full spectrum? The opposite of an isolate,

counterbalance anxiety brought on by THC in some can-

full spectrum refers to an extraction method that’s

nabis users. That’s part of something known as the en-

sometimes called “whole plant extract.” These include

tourage effect, but we’ll save that for another day.

all of the cannabinoids found in the plant.

Jane: That’s it? All this hype for something that may reduce anxiety and inflammation? Yep. There’s a whole lot of anecdotal evidence about it being an effective treatment for other ailments, but there’s not a whole lot of science. Yet.

5) How will you ingest it, or get it into your body? Are you smoking it, putting some drops of a tincture under your tongue, drinking a beverage infused with it? 6) How much are you supposed to take? There are millions and millions of CBD products being sold

We can thank the prohibition for getting us here—to

today, with more coming out every day. The market is large-

a place where a plant byproduct, federally illegal for all

ly unregulated, although the FDA does prohibit marketing

but the final 10 days of 2018, was a $350 million industry

CBD as a dietary supplement. New York State officials re-

in 2018. And that’s by conservative estimates. The Hemp

cently imposed rules blocking restaurants from serving

Business Journal puts that number closer to $1 billion.

CBD-laced menu items and drinks. Other than that, CBD is

I blame savvy marketing and risk-taking entrepreneurs eager to capitalize on the post-prohibition “green rush.”

regulated a lot like the vitamin and supplement industries, which is to say not at all. Companies can’t make claims

CBD is everywhere right now—even in the gift bags at

about health benefits, but can make claims about what’s in

the Oscars in the form of infused chocolate and luxe lo-

the product without any data to back it up. Last month, NBC

tions. You can smoke it, you can ingest it, you can drink

Miami collected an array of CBD products and sent them

it, you can vape it. You can spray it on your face, rub it on

to a third-party lab for testing. The majority had much less

your body, or pay a massage therapist to do that for you.

CBD than the labels claimed. Some had none at all.

You can drop a bomb and soak in a bath of it, you can

Jane: How much CBD should I be taking?

chew gum made with it, you can give it to Fido as a treat. What you can’t do is ignore it. CBD dominates headlines, piques interest, generates anecdotal testimonies to its healing powers, and is marketed to you hard by a growing range of companies introducing new infused products and new brands in hopes of capitalizing on the buzz. They don’t all have your best interest at heart. Be skeptical.

Jane: But…I should be taking it, right? I’ve heard I should be taking it.

No one knows. This whole CBD thing is an experiment, and we are all the subjects. If you use or are just curious about CBD today, you are at the consumer end of a great trial that includes users, growers, producers, sellers, and now government. Until more extensive research is done— which will take awhile—you’re pretty much on your own to find the right products and dosages that work for you. You’ve got to separate the hype from the reality. You’ve got to be willing to experiment, which can get pricey. If you

According to articles on the internet, you definitely should.

spend $50 on a bottle of CBD pain cream and it provides no

It’s a miracle compound, said to fix whatever ails you. Or

relief, will you be eager to try a different brand? It’s up to

not. Depends on which you trust more: science or market-

you. And your wallet. If the whole thing stresses you out,

ing. Personally, I’m a sucker for marketing.

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INDIO: KIND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Celebrating cannabis, togetherness, food, drink, music, and taking a break from the daily grind, Sensi partnered with the Kind Music Fest for a one-day

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JADE WILLIS

pop-up music festival. People of all ages gathered to dance, smoke, eat, and play together in the desert, complete with obstacles courses, inflatable rides, bean bags to chill out on, and more—all in the name of kindness.

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{HereWeGo } by E L I D U P I N

Kiss the Ground // Good Culture KISSTHEGROUND.COM

// GOODCULTURE.COM

KISS THE GROUND A little green for farmers.

This spring, the General Mills Foundation has pledged

restaurant is mission-driven and impacting the farmers of

$650,000 to help agricultural movement Kiss the Ground

tomorrow,” says Ryland Engelhart, Cafe Gratitude co-own-

launch a farmland program that will help regional farmers

er and co-founder of Kiss the Ground.

lower their carbon footprint and transition into regenera-

Each restaurant will source one menu item from farm-

tive agriculture practices. It’s a huge step in furthering the

ers and ranchers who are part of the Farmland Program,

mission set out by Kiss the Ground and organic companies

as well as donate $2 from every select menu item sold to

like Good Culture, alongside the Soil Health Academy and

the Farmland Project. It’s a win-win for diners, farmers,

several other farmer training programs.

ranchers, and chefs.

“Soil is our common ground,” says Lauren Tucker, exec-

Through a partnership with Good Culture, eight farmers

utive director of Kiss the Ground. “When we care for our

will receive full scholarships to participate in the Farmland

soils, we can infiltrate more water, reduce pest pressure,

Project. “Good Culture is committed to healthier, more

build resilience to unpredictable weather, continue to pro-

sustainable food, and we only get there when that food

duce healthy food, and even pull carbon out of the atmo-

comes from healthy origins,” says Jesse Merrill, co-found-

sphere. Customers, farmers, and ranchers should all work

er and CEO of Good Culture. “Kiss the Ground’s Farmland

together to inspire a soil and climate revolution.”

Program goes right to the source, working with farmers

Several Los Angeles restaurants have partnered with Kiss the Ground to implement agriculturally sound soil and farming practices into their own culinary programs, including natural and vegan-friendly Sage Vegan Bistro and Brewery (all three locations), West Hollywood’s Gracias Madre, Pasadena’s Café Culture, and LA’s Lately and Nature Restaurant. “As a restaurant owner and operator, making changes is often difficult with all the moving parts of a restaurant. Kiss the Ground’s Farmland Program gives restaurants an easy way to tell a great story, really participate in changing the food system, and allow guests to be inspired that your 50 APRIL 2019 Los Angeles

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