>>> FREE · FEBRUARY ’21 issue #75
CANNABIS & INTIMACY MAKE YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY AMAZING HEMP SPOTLIGHT
BLAZ HEMP A HIGHER LOVE: SEXUAL AWARENESS IN THE CANNABIS SPACE CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2021
>>> WHAT'S INSIDE & Intimacy 12 Cannabis Product Guide
18 Hemp Spotlight: Blaz 24 News from the Chamber
26 Higher Learning 30 A Higher Love
Sexual Wellness in the Cannabis Space
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MMG AGRICULTURE VANILLA CAKE
34 What's Good in Nevada 38 Get to Know Mae Bereal 40 Dear Plants: I Love You! 42 Operation Chronic Problem 44 Spotlight: Vegas Pressed 46 The Fight for Cannabis Equity 48 Exploring with Sarah Jane 52 Daily Dose 56 For What It's Worth 58 Cooking with Cannabushi 62 Cooking with Cannabis
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Happy Valentine's Day! This month we celebrate love. Our cover feature lays out a wealth of product options to support cannabis as it aids in relaxation, intimacy and anxiety relief. Consider picking up one of our team’s recommendations to enhance your Valentine’s Day. Our focus on love continues in our interview with Angela Mustone from High on Love. High on Love has some amazing hemp-based products that are sure to enhance your love life. In this issue we also pay homage to Black History Month as we spotlight the story of Las Vegas local Katree Saunders who has been greatly affected by the war on drugs. In addition, check out what The Chamber of Cannabis is working on in regards to social equity. And, be sure to read our spotlight on Mae Bereal - Mae is a phenomenal woman who has overcome many barriers within the cannabis industry and now holds multiple licenses in California as well as a unique hemp-based CBD line. Locally, please consider supporting the black-owned cannabis brands which will be listed at ceicnv.org all month long. As always, in our product section, our team introduces you to some of the awesome products available in our local dispensaries.
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Medizin 4850 W. Sunset Road
Nevada Made Marijuana 310 E. Warm Springs (702) 298-4830 nevadamademarijuana.com
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Nevada Wellness Center 3200 S. Valley View Blvd.
Acres Cannabis 2320 Western Ave.
NuLeaf 430 E. Twain Ave.
Curaleaf 940 E. Aultman Street
Blum 1130 E. Desert Inn Rd.
Cultivate 3615 Spring Mountain Rd.
Oasis Cannabis 1800 Industrial Road, #180 (702) 420-2405 oasiscannabis.com
Green Cross Farmacy 510 W. Williams Ave.
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Curaleaf 1736 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Euphoria Wellness 7780 S. Jones Blvd.
Exhale 4310 W. Flamingo Rd.
Jennyâ€™s Dispensary 10420 S. Eastern Ave, #100
Essence 5765 W. Tropicana 2307 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 7260 S. Rainbow, #104 6410 S. Durango, #115
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The Source 9480 S. Eastern Ave, #185 (702) 708-2222 thesourcenv.com
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The Sanctuary 1324 S. 3rd Street
The Sanctuary 2113 Las Vegas Blvd. North
The Source 6877 W. Sahara, #8 (702) 708-2000 thesourcenv.com
Thrive Cannabis Marketplace 2755 W. Cheyenne Ave.
Rise Dispensaries 9650 Pyramid Way (775) 461-3909 risedispensaries.com
Silver State Relief 175 E. Greg St.
Thrive 3500 W. Sahara Ave. 1112 S. Commerce St. 3698 W. Cactus Ave. Top Notch 5630 Stephanie St. Vegas Treehouse 4660 S. Decatur Blvd. Wallflower 6540 Blue Diamond Rd. Zen Leaf 9120 W. Post Road, #103
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>>> Cannabis & Intimacy Products to Make your Valentine’s Day Amazing
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This month, we salute love in every form by compiling a list of some of our favorite products to enhance your Valentine’s Day. Infused products are a wonderful way to celebrate a holiday (or any day) with the healing power of cannabis. Whether seeking relaxation, a little pick-me-up, or a soothing recovery option, we’ve got you covered! GREEN LIFE PRODUCTIONS Love Triangle Hybrid; Triangle Kush X Snow Lotus Average THC: 27-31% Limonene, Myrcene, Linalool From the moment you open the jar, Love Triangle will arouse your senses with a sweet, earthy, and pungent aroma. It’s what’s inside (and outside) that counts each nug is not only sizable, but frosted
over in trichomes accentuated with bright orange stigmas, and when you break it up… it’s stickier than a fresh honey bun. Once you ignite Love Triangle, you’ll be greeted with a pungent, rich-earthy taste with a slight hint of gas. It’s mood elevating, relaxing, and stimulating effects can often encourage creativity, relieve tension, and turn around that bad day you might be having. For those looking for healing relief, this strain may be helpful with managing mood disorders, in reducing inflammation, and helping reduce intraocular pressure.
formula designed to awaken your senses and stimulate your mind. Good for sensory enhancement, mood elevation, and energy. The Dosist Arouse pen is delivered by dose control technology and is available as a 200 dose/500mg formula pod or a 100 dose/250mg disposable pen. Locally, Dosist is a brand partner of Planet 13 so head over there to grab your pen today.
DOSIST Arouse Pen THC: 78.1% CBD: 0.504% Caryophyllene, Linalool, Limonene
Awake & Excite Cream is naturally stimulating and irresistibly sensational, soothing all your curiosities. This cream is water and sweat resistant, starts working in less than ten minutes and features slow-release technology. Created to
Arouse by Dosist is a 10:1 THC to CBD
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promote energy, affection and arousal, this is perfect for athletes, beginners, discreet usage, asthmatics, intimacy, pool time and dancing. Apply to a thin layer of skin, ideally the forearm, inside of elbow crease, behind knees, or bottom of feet. Pick this cream up at Las Vegas Releaf. CITY TREES Chocolate Agave Tincture THC: 750mg Satisfy your sweet-tooth with this City Trees’ dessert-inspired Chocolate Agave tincture. City Trees blends the natural sweetness of blue agave nectar, the cardiovascular beneﬁts associated with cocoa, and the nutritional boost of MCT oil for a well-rounded, luxurious experience. Extracted from the blue agave plant, this low-glycemic sweetener has a honey-like consistency and is a great alternative to other sugars and sweeteners. Agave nectar is also water soluble, making agavebased tinctures easy to mix into food and drink. Pick yours up at Oasis Dispensary.
into the mood, pinene as the focus to keep you there, and caryophyllene to help you relax and enjoy the moment, this strain is perfect for intimate moments. Pick this strain up at The+Source Dispensaries. VADA White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Bar THC: 100mg (Approximately twelve 8mg servings per bar) This White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Bar by VADA tastes delicious and would make the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Each dose has only 8mg THC making it ideal for relaxation without knocking you out. Pick this up at Las Vegas Releaf. MOTHER HERB Sex Candy THC: 19% Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene Perfect for Valentine's Day, this hybrid strain from Mother Herb produces a smell similar to a newly opened box of chocolates. As its name suggests, this strain is said to enhance the libido so be sure to try it with that special someone. This strain can be purchased at The Apothecary Shoppe.
of earrings, keychains, pins and more. Cute Berry Jewelry would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the special weed lover in your life. Order online at cuteberryjewelry.com. LAV8 CBD Detoxing Soak Hemp Derived CBD: 100mg LAV8’s CBD Detoxing Soak contains bentonite clay, Himalayan pink sea salt, epsom salt, flowers and more and takes bath time to another level. Organic flowers float in your water while the salts purify, the CBD reduces inflammation, and the clay detoxes your body. Use this to relax and unwind. Order online at lav8cbd.com. URB Delta 8 THC Chocolate Bar Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate
LAV8 Rose Gold Body Balm Hemp Derived CBD: 1500mg
CAMP Bahama Mama THC: 19.723% Hybrid; Tropicana Cookies X Black Banana Limonene, Pinene, Caryophyllene Bahama Mama by CAMP is a great, wellrounded strain for couples. Limonene can help improve mood, pinene can help with focus, and caryophyllene has the potential to provide inflammation reduction. If you consider limonene as a way to get you
The LAV8 Rose Gold Body Balm is in a class by itself. ‘Gold’, not only describes the color of the products, but also hints at its contents. Each body balm tin contains actual 24 karat gold. LAV8’s proprietary blend is mixed with organic rose essential oil, organic cocoa butter, organic jojoba oil and pure 24k gold then topped with organic rose buds. Allow this hand-crafted balm to penetrate deep within your skin to help combat dryness, muscle aches, arthritis, insomnia and more all the while rejuvenating skin cells. Order online at lav8cbd.com. CUTE BERRY JEWELRY Earrings Simone Russ, the artist behind Cute Berry creates artisan, handmade, cannabisthemed jewelry using polymer clay, silicone and resin. She offers an array
Delta 8 THC: 300mg (Breaks into twelve 25mg pieces) Urb Finest Flowers Chocolate delivers a sweet balance of chocolate and Delta 8 THC. Created with premium ingredients, Urb’s Delta 8 THC infused chocolate bar invokes a feeling of luxury with it’s smooth and creamy texture. Milk chocolate is perfect for those who enjoy the classic flavor of milk chocolate while their dark chocolate has a rich flavor and is a true indulgence for any chocolate lover. Order online at liftedmade.com. OMG THC White Chocolate Strawberries & Cream Bar THC: 100mg A luscious combination of strawberry and creamy white chocolate, these hand-made treats are the perfect way to say “Be Mine”
on Valentine’s Day! Solvent free, distillateinfused gourmet chocolate that is damn delicious, these bars each have ten servings of 10mg THC. Grab this at Planet 13. ONE-DERFUL Vape Cartridges THC: 80.90% CBG: 2.36% Limonene, Caryophyllene, Myrcene Check out The Source+Dispensaries who hand-picked the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year with a new line of flavored concentrates from One-derful. The distillate 500mg vape cartridges are available in vibrant flavors including Grape Kush, Pineapple Cake, Piña Colada and Blue Shandy. The cartridges are great for new or experienced consumers and offer a convenient and discreet experience with some of the highest-quality concentrates available in the market.
EVERGREEN ORGANIX Intimate Massage Oil THC: 100mg/bottle Crafted with pleasure in mind, Evergreen Organix Intimate Massage Oil brings the enhancing beneﬁts of cannabis to the bedroom. Speciﬁcally designed to enhance female experience, this oil is formulated with hypoallergenic ingredients and can be used as a sensual lubricant or infused into your favorite lotion or salve. Grab yourself a bottle at Silver Sage Wellness. DIXIE ELIXIRS Synergy Bath Soak THC: 100mg CBD: 100mg Eucalyptol, Cymene, Terpinene This Synergy soak has been reformulated with the added healing beneﬁts of a balanced CBD:THC ratio. Use SYNERGY Soak to ease stress and relieve anxiety and inflammation. SYNERGY Soak blends premium sea salts with aromatic herbs such as rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood to enhance the combined natural beneﬁts of CBD and THC. You can ﬁnd this soak at NuLeaf. MMG AGRICULTURE Vanilla Cake THC: 22% Limonene, Linalool, Caryophyllene A cross between Ice Cream Cake and Wedding Cake, this gorgeous flower highlights Limonene, Linalool, and Caryophyllene which creates a sweet vanilla and cakey aroma. Testing at around 22% THC, this deeply hued purple flower coated with silver trichomes will satisfy the needs of any cannabis consumer. This indica dominant strain is recommended for your last toke of the day when you are prepared to do nothing but relax. SLIPPERY COCO Luxury Intimacy Oil Slippery Coco is your personal luxury intimacy oil designed for all your sexual activities. This premium oil is carefully derived from the highest quality organic coconuts within the tropics of Asia. Slippery
OMG THC Dark Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans THC: 100mg Perfect for a quick pick-me-up! Velvety dark chocolate together with premium roasted espresso beans. With twenty 5mg individually wrapped THC servings per pack, you can easily opt for some now or later! The low dose of THC along with the dark chocolate is the perfect combination to help relax you without overly sedating you, making these great for intimacy. Pick these up at Reef Dispensaries.
The art of play and making love takes on a new meaning with the HighOnLove Chocolate Body Paint. Designed as an aphrodisiac in itself, this luscious and rich dark chocolate is made with premium grade hemp seed oil giving couples a satisfying taste for more. The effects take intimacy to a whole other level by releasing euphoric sensations and pure delight. Order online at highonlove.store. HIGH ON LOVE Sensual Massage Candle Turn up the heat and set the mood for a sensual massage with the luxurious, soy-based High On Love Sensual Massage Candle, blended with nourishing cannabis seed oil and coconut oil. The alluring scent of rose bud seduces your senses, while the sensation of warm oils against your skin encourages relaxation, loving exploration and romance. Made in small batches with premium, natural ingredients to guarantee the highest quality. Order online at highonlove.store.
Coco is all organic, vegan, pH friendly and guaranteed to satisfy all your sexual desires, no matter your special occasion. Order online at slipperycoco.com. PLUS Uplift Sour Watermelon Gummies THC: 100mg (Twenty 5mg gummies per pack) Day or night when you need a boost, PLUSâ€™ best-selling sour watermelon gummies have a small but uplifting dose of THC to help you feel euphoric and energized. A little sweet and a little sour, these gummies are a refreshing way to amplify any special occasion. Purchase these at Jennyâ€™s Dispensary in Henderson.
HIGH ON LOVE Dark Chocolate Body Paint
FLEUR CBDiesel THC: 11.26% CBD: 11.92% Myrcene, Pinene, Caryophyllene Looking to relax and rid yourself of anxiety without an abundance of psychoactivity? This strain is perfect! With balanced amounts of THC and CBD, you can count on CBDiesel to relax you and put you in the mood. Look for this strain at your favorite dispensary.
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HEMP SPOTLIGHT: BLAZ
Interview with Bryce Foreman - Co-Founder of BLAZ Hemp VEGAS CANNABIS MAGAZINE: Tell us about your background. BRYCE FOREMAN: My background… I come from an analytical background working 9-5 in large oil and gas companies which gave me a great working knowledge of the vital nature of large supply chains and all the systems that go into actually producing real products – which most of us don’t really appreciate to be honest. To get a product, any product from the creator's idea into a customer's hands is a myriad of small steps and reliance on working with many other humans along the way! VCM: What led you to the hemp industry? BF: I like to say hemp found me vs the other way around lol.. Getting a bit
burned out in oil and gas I took a step back and travelled for a year before landing a really sweet job at a large modern farming operation. I was able to be in on the ground floor and bring my experience in systems to help as the farm owners were transitioning from traditional crops to hemp trials… it was a lot of fun actually and really stoked my passion to try my own hand at creating a product with humans from a plant that is truly magical yet still relatively unknown to most… VCM: Tell us about your team. BF: Our team is unbelievable, growing from just myself and my co-founder/ investor in late 2019 (pre covid), to now occupying a major manufacturing facility, sales and distribution arm,
farming resources, and marketing team in well under one year! I like to think in terms of potential, human potential, really when you stop and think nothing on earth works without the dedication and the spark of human ingenuity, hard work and potential energy of humans! Our team is a human one and this gives me so much hope for the future! VCM: Do you outsource your hemp or do you have your own farm? BF: I spend a lot of my time visiting farms all over the country and selecting the best hemp for our products. Last year we made the decision to grow our own and partnered with one of the best farmers in California to produce specific strains whose flower meets the federal hemp guidelines and more importantly is great to smoke! Good terpenes, green in color and easy to roll with our machinery – no easy task let me tell you! But nothing worth pursuing comes easy and our Premium Hemp Smoke is a testament to that. VCM: What types of products do you focus on? BF: The products we focus on are hemp/ cbd rich, mass market smokeable formats. Currently this focus has revealed itself in the form of our
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fantastic Premium Hemp Cigarettes in 10 and 20 pack formats - we call BLAZ and BLAZ Menthol. In addition we have created a Hemp 100 size cigarette to appeal to the CBD enthusiasts called RESERVE and I’m super proud of this one in particular as it uses a sensational French hemp paper and a biodegradable filter which we wrap around the most flavorful hemp on the market and package in an ultra hip softpack emblazoned in our retro looking colors and signature BLAZ logo! It's really super sexy you should try it! In the pipeline we have an all hemp blunt – wrapped in the most amazing paper and filled with our signature hemp flower blend this product will knock your socks off and have you quickly re-thinking your swisher addiction! Ultimately what guides us is to have customers stop smoking nicotine and tobacco and pick up hemp which is full of cbd instead. Hemp flower CBD is better than nicotine plain and simple. So here at BLAZ we ﬁgured that if folks want a choice we have to offer it in the same format, at an amazing level of quality and at a similar price. All our products are packed with real hemp flower and because we mass manufacture them they can be sold at affordable prices consumers are used to paying for their tobacco products. Really focusing on quality is very important as in a new market a consumer needs to feel the real experience Hemp/ CBD can bring the first time they try it, so they will indeed pick it up again and make it a part of their ongoing habit. VCM: What are the benefits to smoking hemp? BF: By smoking hemp you can feel free to indulge your smoking habit without the fact you are ﬁlling your lungs with nicotine and by products of tobacco combustion. Hemp flower is also full of CBD, and from the data out there CBD consumption is on the rise to combat our anxiety, stress-ﬁlled world we live in today! Did you know that inhaling CBD is the fastest way to get these effects into your system? Much quicker and effective than oils or gummies or tinctures in fact, and that is important to the experience of CBD.
VCM: Any thoughts on the ease or difficulty of transitioning from tobacco to hemp? BF: Yes! Through our awesome social media community of humans (yes that word again) we have constant feedback on our products and its been nothing short of inspiring! The most striking so far was from a young woman whose Dad was dying of cancer and she was able to switch him from smoking his tobacco cigarettes to BLAZ and still maintain his lifetime habit but at the same time feeling relief. Truly heartwarming – the human condition is a marvelous one indeed. Overwhelmingly for those who have tried our product they have been pleasantly surprised how easy and indeed how uplifting the transition has been, because it is a twofold revelation – firstly it is extremely accessible, affordable and in the same format as their tobacco habit, the calming sensation of lighting up, inhaling and exhaling repetitively is exactly the same and secondly it feels great knowing you have lifted the weight of an addiction to tobacco off of your shoulders. Truly freeing. VCM: Big question for consumers - do these products get you high? BF: BLAZ products are made from federally compliant hemp which is less than .3 percent THC and full of CBD – this ratio is designed to not get you high. VCM: How do terpenes and other cannabinoids come into play with hemp smokes? BF: Terpenes are a big part of the BLAZ experience as we select flower that we ourselves would like to smoke. It's no secret that the hemp flower is replete with many cannabinoids which work together in humans to produce experiences and benefits scientists are still unlocking day by day. CBG for example is a cannabinoid that when inhaled, is super smooth and feels really calming along with CBD. It's safe to say we are excited about the future of this plant and what it holds!
VCM: What obstacles have you faced as you bring your product to mainstream stores (as opposed to cannabis dispensaries.) BF: I would say education is by far the largest obstacle – educating the store owners, the distribution buyers and the customers themselves. Most have not heard about hemp smokes but are very eager to learn and to try. In this new product category there is no cookie cutter strategy that applies to marketing hemp smokes. What we have found works the best is human to human. BLAZ sales reps on the ground visiting cities state by state store by store, human by human have yielded the best results so far and we plan to expand this approach across the country. Currently in 22 states and counting! The other way we are having success is through Instagram – engaging the country through gifting and influencer marketing has been really fun actually and a strong way to build brand awareness, loyalty and product adoption. VCM: Who/what inspires you? BF: I’m inspired by our customers, by my partners and teammates and by the new market opportunity in this evolving industry. My mom is pretty exceptional too! VCM: How can readers follow you and also order/find your products? BF: Readers can find us and order directly online on our website and follow us on Instagram @letsblaz. In many states they can find our products at their local smoke shop, liquor store, CBD store or even gas stations – we keep growing and growing!
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FROM THE CHAMBER OF CANNABIS The 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature convenes on February 1, 2021, and The Chamber of Cannabis will be leading advocacy efforts to legalize social use venues in Nevada through legislation sponsored by Assembly Judiciary Chairman Steve Yeager. Their partners in this effort include a diverse group of businesses and organizations that understand the importance of passing legislation this year. Founded in the fall of 2020, the Chamber’s mission is to expand opportunities for commerce, diversity, and competition in the Nevada cannabis industry. The organization’s members see social use venue licenses as a way to expand opportunities in the cannabis industry to more local businesses, including social equity applicants while creating jobs and increasing state revenue. “With the opportunity for social use venue legislation in the state at stake, the Chamber is working hard to grow its coalition and is seeking partners for its 2021 Social Use Campaign”, said Tina Ulman, President of the Chamber. “We are proud of the diversity of our partners and members and we hope that more businesses will choose to join our efforts to create a more robust, equitable, and diverse industry.” This is not the ﬁrst time social use policy has been considered in the Silver State. In 2019 the City of Las Vegas passed an ordinance allowing for social use venues, but the Nevada Legislature put a moratorium in place until the issue could be studied by the Cannabis Compliance Board. The CCB’s report is due to the Legislature this month. Additionally, cannabis was deemed an essential industry in the early stages of the COVID
pandemic. Despite this designation, and the almost $600 MIL of legal cannabis sold in 2020, it remains illegal to consume cannabis outside of your home, excluding most renters, and the tens of millions of annual visitors to Nevada, from legally having a place to consume. “As a legacy cannabis business in Nevada with a commitment to quality products for our customers and giving back to our community, we see the opportunity to own a social use venue as a way to expand our brand’s presence and provide more education for consumers. We also support the policy of social equity and want to see more opportunities for women and persons of color in the cannabis industry. We are proud to partner with the Chamber to see a smart, sensible policy passed this session.” Lisa Lawatsch, General Manager, Oasis Dispensary and Strategic Partner to The Chamber. “Currently we sell cannabis, but have made it illegal to consume it, which puts all consumers at risk of being penalized,” said Vice President Dani Baranowski. “After four years of legalization, the Chamber sees an opportunity to create a sense of urgency for legislators and regulators to revisit this matter and improve it,” she said. The Chamber of Cannabis is a non-proﬁt organization designed to unite cannabis industry professionals who strive to build a more inclusive industry. The Chamber provides opportunities to connect, share resources, and collaborate with like-minded members—both online and off. To attend a monthly meeting or learn more about becoming a member or partner for their Social Use Campaign, visit thechamberofcannbis.org or reach out to their team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGHER LEARNING >>>>>> Understanding Delta-8 THC The cannabis plant produces a wide range of potentially beneficial chemicals (sometimes called wellness molecules), including literally hundreds of varieties of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Functionally, flavonoids provide their host plants with pigmentation to attract pollinating insects and have demonstrated significant anticancer efficacy, among other health-giving biochemical mechanisms. Terpenes play the evolutionary role of deterring pests and predators while also attracting pollinating insects via their relatively pungent aromas. Terpenes have also exhibited considerable health benefits in hundreds of peer-reviewed research studies, including anticancer and anti-inflammation properties. The 146 cannabinoids discovered to date, all of which are exclusive to the cannabis plant, have demonstrated a range of wellness attributes. These include reductions in systemic inflammation, decreased seizure activity in epilepsy patients, pain management, relief from depression and anxiety, and even prevention of the neurodegeneration that accompanies common diseases of aging such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Science of Delta-8 THC Recently, the mainstream press has become enamored by a minor, and relatively rare, cannabinoid produced by hemp and cannabis officially dubbed delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Delta-8 THC is not the infamous molecule responsible for the sometimes significant psychoactivity, or “high,” of this herb when smoked or vaporized; that compound is delta-9 THC. Delta-9 and delta-8 THC are chemical siblings that researchers and scientists dub isomers or analogs. This means that they are very similar in terms of their molecular structures and other characteristics. Their minor differences, however, result in variable binding affinities with the microscopic receptors that populate the human endocannabinoid system (ECS). This change in cellular binding produces different outcomes from each compound. In some cases, the various outcomes of cannabinoid analogs are not only “different,” but polar opposite in response. An example is delta-9 THC, which stimulates appetite, while it’s varin analog THCV curbs appetite.
Delta-9 has shown to be molecularly less stable than delta-8, meaning it transmogrifies, or degrades, into other molecules more easily. In commercial applications, products containing delta-8 THC feature the advantage of a longer shelf life than those formulated with delta-9. Delta-9’s relative instability means that it is prone to degradation, typically via oxidation or exposure to UV light, a process in which it converts to either cannabinol (CBN; a cannabinoid with an especially sedative effect) or delta-8 THC.
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Despite their differences, delta-8 and delta-9 share many attributes. They both, for example, deliver psychoactivity. The discrepancy lies in their relative potency, with delta-9 THC being more psychoactive than the delta-8 variety. However, delta-8 and delta-9 also vary in the qualitative characteristics of their respective psychotropic outcomes. Patient and consumer testimonies indicate that delta-8 THC delivers a sativa-like effect featuring energy, focus, and creativity (helping consumers achieve what some label the flow state), but with a slightly lower psychoactivity level than delta-9. In terms of its presence in an individual plant, delta-8 THC is relatively uncommon and, like other cannabinoids such as cannabigerol (CBG), typically occurs in volumes well under one percent. Rather than plant extraction, commercial production often employs the laboratory synthesis of delta-8 THC and use of cannabidiol (CBD) or delta-9 THC as the starting material. Why are readers only now beginning to hear about delta-8 THC when Colorado and Washington State legalized adult use cannabis nearly a decade ago? Technically, this molecule became federally legal in the United States only as recently as December 2018 with the passage of the Farm Bill.
Market Potential of Delta-8 THC Based on both scientific research studies and anecdotal evidence in the form of consumer and doctor testimonies, delta-8 THC may turn out to be, from an economic and market activity perspective, of greater value than CBD. Thought leaders who advocate this position point to the psychoactivity delivered by delta-8 THC. It typically provides a more mellow and relaxed psychotropic effect than delta-9 THC. Studies indicate that the potency of delta-8 is roughly two-thirds, or 60-70 percent, that of delta-9. Some entrepreneurs are bullish on the market potential of this minor cannabinoid and are making significant investments into widely distributed products featuring the molecule. “I think delta-8 will dwarf the CBD market and can be bigger than any other cannabinoid in any other space,” said Nicholas Warrander, CEO of LiftedMade, in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine in January 2021.
A Clinical Doctor Weighs In Dr. Benjamin Caplan is a medical doctor and practicing clinician who serves as Chief Medical Officer for CED Clinic and the CED Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. In his capacity at the CED Foundation, Caplan has curated a large collection of peer-reviewed scientific research and related literature regarding the medicinal
Caplan emphasized the novelty of delta-8 THC in both adult use and medical markets and how this molecule appeals to the patients in his particular clinical practice. “Among the patients nationwide who are savvy enough to know about delta-8 THC, most are thrilled to have a therapeutic compound that supplies a less euphoric experience than it’s delta-9 sister,” Caplan told me during an exclusive interview for this article. “Other attributes of delta-8, including mild appetite stimulation, antioxidant effect, and relief from anxiety, pain, and nauseousness make it a fan favorite,” the pioneering doctor told me. Caplan warned of the risk of oversimplifying the message of how delta-8 tends to not produce paranoia among users, cautioning doctors and marketing executives to avoid stating—or even suggesting—that paranoia and panic attacks are never experienced with delta-8 THC. Like with any drug and as occurs with other cannabinoids and terpenes, sensitivities and negative reactions to delta-8 simply will occur in a small percentage of use cases. Those who suffer a negative response often are new users, where a lack of experience results in an overly potent dose—the pathway to anxiety and potential panic attacks. In medical cannabis patient populations such as those suffering social anxiety or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (a combined patient population that exceeds 60 million in the U.S. alone), panic attacks are obviously the antithesis of a desired outcome. “At especially strong doses, delta-8 can sometimes cause some feelings of paranoia, especially in new users,” said Caplan. Overall, however, the research-steeped physician emphasized the utility of delta-8 THC and how it may help some patients and consumers in ways that the delta-9 variant simply cannot. “While the combination of delta-8 and delta-9 often yields a less euphoric experience, it can be a very pleasant alternative to blends of delta-9 THC and CBD,” said Caplan.
Research Studies A range of research dating back roughly 50 years has documented the wellness benefits of delta-8 THC and its relationship to its popular sibling, the delta-9 analog. Discoveries to date include a significant safety profile and a lack of the negative side effects so common with many drug-based pharmaceutical therapies. A 1973 study reported that the delta-8 isomer of the molecule conveyed roughly two-thirds of the potency of delta-9. “Delta‐8 (THC) has activity in man similar to that of its double‐bond isomer, delta‐9‐THC. Its relative potency to the other isomer, as judged following both oral and intravenous administration, is 2:3.” A 1995 clinical trial study by Israeli cannabinoid research pioneer Raphael Mechoulam treated eight children who had “various hematologic cancers,”aged 3-13, with delta-8 THC. The study reported that the sometimes severe vomiting that results from
Dr. Benjamin Caplan at CED Foundation
efficacy of the chief wellness molecules produced by the cannabis plant, including cannabinoids and terpenes.
chemotherapy and consumption of cytotoxic cancer-killing drugs “was completely prevented.” The study also examined the overall safety profile of delta-8 THC, noting that negative side effects “were negligible.” The Mechoulam study also revealed that delta-8 THC binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS (many cannabinoids are exclusive in their binding behavior, attaching to or strongly favoring only one of the receptor types). Many studies indicate that psychoactivity results only when cannabinoids such as delta-9 THC, THCV, and delta-8 THC bind with CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system (CNS). Because delta-8 also binds with the CB2 receptors that are most dense in the body’s periphery (outside the brain and CNS), it may play a significant role in the management of pain and perhaps immune function and be of interest to the huge population of chronic pain patients that is estimated to exceed 67 million (20% of the population) in the United States alone. A 2020 study entitled “Oral Cannabidiol Does Not Convert to Δ8-THC or Δ9-THC in Humans: A Pharmacokinetic Study in Healthy Subjects” proved wrong the urban legend that CBD, when consumed by humans, might be converted to delta-8 or delta-9 THC and, thus, result in an undesired psychotropic effect. The study’s authors concluded that their results “may have clinical and forensic implications considering the potentially toxic effects of Δ9-THC and other cannabis constituents, including cognitive impairment and...psychiatric disturbances." Curt Robbins is a technical writer and instructional designer who has been developing science-based training content for Fortune 200 enterprises for more than 30 years. His clients have included Federal Express, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Northrop Grumman, National City Bank, the J.M. Smucker Company, and USAA. Robbins has developed more than 600 educational articles regarding cannabis and its various health components, including cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and the human endocannabinoid system. He currently serves as Director of Course Development for Higher Learning LV™ in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Jennifer Walker
A Higher Love:
Sexual Wellness in the Cannabis Space
Sexual wellness and female empowerment advocate, Angela Mustone, has been both a visionary and a driving force behind innovation and excitement within the adult and sexual health market for over 17 years. Incorporating her knowledge and experience with her newest endeavor, High On Love, Mustone brings a fresh and aesthetically-pleasing perspective to integrating sex and cannabis. Jennifer Walker: Thank you so much for talking with me today about your company, High On Love. You’re in Canada, yes? Angela Mustone: Correct… Montreal. And we just got a huge snowstorm, so we’re deep in snow right now. I’ve been traveling a bit too, I just returned from Colorado. JW: I was just looking at your website and checking out some of the products. I really love the design of the website...there’s a feminie aesthetic to it, but it’s also sleek and user-friendly, which is great… AM: Thank you so much! I like pretty things. I started off in the sexual wellness space, I used to work for California Exotic Novelties for 14 years. Previous to that, I came from the beauty industry. So when I started High On Love in 2018, I was noticing that a lot of the products in the cannabis space weren’t all that attractive or appealing. I wanted to create something that was pretty and gorgeous. I was thinking about details like packagingsomething that speaks to you as a consumer. You know how it goes, sometimes you pick something up because it looks nice and makes you feel good! I came up with the name High On Love (and trademarked it) and that’s how High On Love came to be. Even my THC products are stunning, I really want to redevelop the cannabis space. My mentor is a woman named Susan Colvin who used to be my boss at California Exotics and her claim to fame 30 years ago was a pink vibrator. I really follow her lead with what I’m doing with my brand. I know we’re restricted with the regulations in the industry, but there’s certain ways that you can still use creativity and take it up a notch with your products. I’m really excited about this industry and all the possibilities. JW: Well if that was your motivation, you’ve done a good job in translating that to what you’re presenting. Your products kind of remind me of Sephora- everything looks so gorgeous and well packaged. Are you doing full-spectrum? Isolate? AM: Right now I’m doing isolate since a lot of my products are water-based, so I want to make sure that things blend well. Since
I also ship my products overseas, I have to be in compliance with regulations, so I use hemp seed oil as well. My THC products, I’m doing my own strains and my own flower, as well. I’m modifying some of the genetics to create an experience for sexual wellness, so some of my strains will have relevant names. JW: I have specific strains that I like to use as well for certain activities. That’s where the education comes in- we like to educate readers on the various cannabinoids, terpenes and ratios that enhance or inhibit experiences. Education is key! AM: I agree. I’ve partnered up with a licensed producer here in Canada, and in Canada the cannabis world is very different. There’s a lot of corporate etiquette. It’s very different from working with the grows in the United States where they smoke what they grow. I am trying to educate the growers because, even though a lot of the interest is in the higher THC strains, I think it’s important to educate the public on the various strains available (which may not necessarily be high THC). There’s a lot of heavy regulations in Canada. JW: So you have your challenges dealing with the corporate environment but I imagine you might also face some pushback as a woman in the industry, too… AM: Oh for sure! I created my brand for me quite frankly, and people like me. I know what women want. I have a very strong voice within the business. JW: We’re running into some similar issues here in the U.S. in that there aren’t as many cannabis brands owned by people of color and not a lot of gender diversity, either. AM: I am excited by the fact that the grow that I’m working with in Colorado is woman-owned. It’s such a breath of fresh air working with a woman who gets it! JW: Have you officially entered the Nevada market? AM: I’m looking for the right partner there...I really want it to be fun and find a good fit. JW: How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your business? AM: When we locked down in March, my sales dipped like 80%. It was awful. But slowly, sales started increasing again. We had a great Christmas season so I’m hoping with Valentine’s Day approaching…February is usually our month.
JW: We definitely saw an ebb and flow here too within the industry. Slowly but surely, the industry is coming back…
better. It’s easily one of my favorite products. When I first saw it with the almond oil replacement, I cried! That’s how proud I was!
AM: I always say the main industries are alcohol, cannabis, sex and food. The main markets that people turn to for comfort, especially in stressful times.
JW: Are all of the products on your website hemp-infused?
JW: For Valentine’s Day, do you have any new products coming out?
JW: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?
AM: I have a gift set which includes Stimulating O Gel with a massager toy, and the Dark Chocolate Body Paint is very popular during Valentine’s Day season. It’s heart-shaped and really cute. JW: Do you have a large staff? AM: I have a decent sized staff. Someone in regulations, a designer, a copywriter, a social media person, accounting, operations, I have a lab that works on the production side. I work with a formulator and I work with a chemist, as well. I’m very particular about what goes into my products, I’m not shy about changing formulas if I think that it can be better. JW: That’s great, it sounds like a very boutique style of operations within your company. Very hands-on. Even though you’re creating the products at a higher volume, you still add little personal touches to the products that make them unique. AM: Absolutely. My bath oil for example- when I first started making it, we were using mineral oil. Mineral oil isn’t the cleanest product. So I replaced it with almond oil. My profit margins went down, but it was worth it because the product came out so much
AM: Yes, they’re all hemp-fused.
AM: I’d love to come out to Nevada! I want to do something special. I have travelled during the pandemic, I went to China for 3 days, I was talking to my friend in Tel Aviv about visiting, also. It’s so much easier to do business when you’re face to face instead of online or via video. It’s just more personal, there’s no comparison. JW: Are you originally from Canada? Are you bilingual? AM: I am from Canada but I lived in Colorado for a time, as well. I do business in Europe, Russia, China...I’m looking at Israel right now and the Middle East, believe it or not. I am bilingual, I speak French, English and Italian. JW: Impressive! Do you have any famous last words to impart to our readers? AM: I’m very proud of my brand. Whoever thinks about buying High On Love products should know that there was a lot of love and a lot of work put into it. The fact that customers find us and take interest in our products- I’m very grateful for that. I’m so grateful to be interviewed, as well!
Find High On Love Here: highonlove.store | Instagram: @Highonlove.official | Facebook: HighOnLoveOfficial | Twitter: @HighOnLove_HOL | TikTok: @Highonlove.official
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SOUL D' LICIOUS INFUSED Chipotle Fire Rub
SHWA VADA Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Bar MEDICAL ONLY
Are you a diabetic looking for a sweet cannabis candy bar to quench that midday stony hunger? Well, look no more because VADA has the bar your body’s been begging for. This sugar-free milk chocolate bar is rich with no lingering cannabis flavor so you can indulge in all its sweet glory, guilt-free. Each of these medical squares has around 8mg of THC and a decent amount of CBD so you can nibble on this chunk of chocolate all afternoon. In an industry surrounded by sugary goobers, it’s nice to see someone out of step with the herd. In my book, VADA is ahead of the pack.
Total THC- 438.34mg CBD- 88.11mg CBGa- 8.72 Servings- 12 THC/Serving- 36.53mg CBD/Serving- 7.34mg CBGa/Serving- 0.73mg
VADA Mango Boysenberry Gummies
Man, go get boysenberries from Knott’s Berry Farm. (Or “Knox” as my Grandma Pam used to call it.) Man, go boysenberries. That’s what I kept telling myself every time I bit the remainder of a Mango Boysenberry Gummy. It was a reminder of the days when I was little Billy just actin’ silly at Knott’s Berry Farm. Now, I’m just sitting here hoping that eating ten gummies does me no harm. These are scrumptious.
Total THC- 110.52mg Total servings- 10 THC/Serving- 11.05mg
One of the newest products out are infused spices for your own edible cooking purposes. I've come across many edibles including cannabutter but nothing where I can just add a product with no special skills required and get the same effect! Microdosing is perfect when each packet comes with 10 individually bagged servings that are infused with distillate creating flavor but does not overpower or have a cannabis aftertaste. Keep in mind CBG is also an ingredient and has a wide variety of medical beneﬁts when decarboxylated. With a gourmet blend of crushed chili pepper, paprika, and garlic, my ﬁrst attempt was biscuits and gravy for breakfast. For lunch, I sprinkled some on top of my Panda Express and by dinner time the steak and vegetables were on the barbeque as I turned up the music to my special herbs + spices and sat back to enjoy D' stars. Mmm.. Food!
Total THC- 107.733mg Total CBG- 3.588mg Servings- 10 THC/Serving- 10.773mg CBG/Serving- 0.36mg
NU LEAF Sundae Cake Disposable Vape Cartridge
NU LEAF TANGIE ZKITTLEZ
A beautiful indica ﬁlled with a hearty dose of THC and the soothing subtly of anxiety-reducing CBD. Myrcene eases you into the relaxation phase as a pinene punch ﬁlls the lungs (and spirit) with a peaceful sense of soothing euphoria. Breathe in relaxation, breathe out with a smile.
THC- 28.06% CBD- 0.07% Myrcene 10.9mg/g Pinene- 8.2mg/g Limonene- 4.1mg/g
SOUL D’LICIOUS INFUSED All Purpose Vegetable Seasoning
Easy like Sunday morning...like a sundae with a cherry on top... this disposable THC treat is more comforting than hot fudge ice cream cake (but just as tasty!) Loaded with pain-relieving caryophyllene and a soothing amount of CBN to aid in relaxation and the treatment of inflammation, this convenient vape cart will be your new go-to cannabis comfort “food” for mind, body and soul.
THC- 78.31% CBD- 0.22% CBN- 2.01% Caryophyllene- 18.2mg/g Myrcene- 2.8mg/g
This product is amazing, from the look and taste of it, to the way it makes you feel. I've never seen such beautiful diamonds. It looks like a chunk of glass. I was afraid of it shooting across the room when I broke it up. I actually found a small box, and broke it up inside the box in an attempt not to lose any of it. Watching it melt in the banger as I took a huge rip was the best part. I felt like I was melting along with it. Good shit City Trees. Spiked Apple Cider was amazing!
THC- 75.012% CBGa- 2.9% Myrcene- 22.238mg/g Limonene- 12.242mg/g Caryophyllene- 11.943mg/g a-Pinene- 5.999mg/g Linalool- 5.595mg/g Humulene- 3.383mg/g b-Pinene- 3.325mg/g
Welcome to the cannabis industry, Soul D’licious! You get my award for Best New Cannabis Product. However, Soul D’licious has been sprinkling their seasoning on foods all over the Western States for almost a decade. If there was a new local cannabis company to support, it is deﬁnitely Soul D’licious. It is absolutely refreshing to see a local boutique company rise up through the hedge-fund-owned cannabis businesses with a product that blows the rest of the competition out of the water. Don't let the "Vegetable Seasoning" fool you, if you're like me you'll be dusting all your meals with Soul D'Licious. The future of edibles will be flavored with Soul D’licious infused seasoning. Make sure that your dispensary carries it and if they won’t, then ﬁnd a new dispensary that does. Like I said, Best New Cannabis Product in Nevada.
Total THC- 100.69mg CBGa- 3.537mg Servings- 10 THC/Serving- 10.069mg CBGa/Serving- 0.354mg
CITY TREES Spiked Apple Cider
CAMP Bahama Mama
A pleasant sativa strain with a sweet tropical flavor proﬁle, let Bahama Mama carry you away to fanciful island life! Bask in the sunshine of lively limonene as your depression and anxieties lift and let the mild CBG effect ease your pain and inflammation. Creative and happy days are ahead with Bahama Mama… it’s nothing but calm seas and warm island breezes!
THCA- 22.49% THC- 19.72% CBGA- 0.39% Limonene- 7.0mg/g Pinene- 3.0mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.3mg/g
GREEN LIFE PRODUCTIONS Grateful Breath
This gorgeous indica-dominant hybrid flower with medicinal properties is one of our absolute favorites! Sweet and lightly fruity, the earthy taste is a breath of fresh air. This strain helps to alleviate inflammation while limonene melts away anxiety and depression. Full body relaxation can help with chronic pain. Breathe in, breathe out!
THC- 23.70% CBD- 0.43% Limonene- 7.12mg/g Caryophyllene- 5.84mg/g Linalool- 3.02mg/g Humulene- 1.73mg/g
GREEN LIFE PRODUCTIONS VCM
If you haven't yet tried this Vegas staple, get out from under your rock, put some shoes on them socks, and get your ass up to just about any dispensary and see what all the hype is about. This strain came to fruition about two years ago when GLP honored us with our own phenohunt, crossing the Glue on Fire strain that we gifted them with with Grateful Breath. The end result was VCM2, reduced down to just VCM. If you're oblivious to what that stands for, you must already be stoned. It’s Vegas Cannabis Magazine. Blaze it up! It's ﬁre!
THC- 20.073% Caryophyllene- 11.56mg/g Myrcene- 5.8mg/g Limonene- 3.97mg/g Humulene- 3.61mg/g Linalool- 1.81mg/g
GREEN LIFE PRODUCTIONS Limeade Kush
This was my favorite flower this month. The myrcene content at just over 12mg/g is absolutely hypnotizing. I've never seen a flower with so much a-Pinene, a bronchodilator which helps open up your lungs. GLP should get this into a vape cart immediately to help asthmatics and anyone with breathing problems. As for the flavor of this medicinal herb, it deﬁnitely has that gassy, OG undertone, with a lime wedge placed on the top of your glass bowl Can you dig it?
THC- 25.103% Myrcene- 12.207mg/g a-Pinene- 10.868mg/g Limonene- 8.083mg/g b-Pinene- 2.32mg/g Linalool- 2.018mg/g
TRYKE Pie Hoe
A dynamic indica born from the melding of two classics, this is a superior strain of exceptional quality. A total body relaxation experience with a sweet grape flavor and a hefty dose of myrcene to leave you feeling euphoric. Linalool calms and relaxes as pain lifts allowing deep tranquility. As my buddy Curtis says, Pie Hoe is what got him into the game in the ﬁrst place. So, have some pie, it’s good for you.
THC- 25.40% CBD- 0.06% Myrcene- 15.46mg/g Caryophyllene- 3.08mg/g Linalool- 2.78mg/g Limonene- 2.01mg/g
TRYKE Chem Cookies
A heavy indica hybrid, Chem Cookies combine all the goodness of Chemdawg and Girl Scout Cookies in one sweet and tangy puff. TRYKE is no stranger to grow rooms, and it shows. These tight nugs are so frosted you’ll feel like you’re eating powdered cookies at a stony bakery. But these buds are no joke. If you’re looking for a midnight snack to get you back to sleep, Tryke’s Chem Cookies are the perfect reason to get up so that you can get down!
THC- 28.20% Myrcene- 4.95mg/g Caryophyllene- 4.28mg/g Limonene- 3.77mg/g
KABUNKY Hendo Mendo
Nevada’s own specialty strain full of as much brilliance and terpene-rich variety as the state itself! Myrcene produces that indica-dominant relaxation as caryophyllene eases pain and melts away stress. Humulene offers up antiinflammatory assistance and limonene levels out your mood as you settle into a harmonious Hendo healing.
THC- 31.24% Myrcene- 7.47mg Caryophyllene- 3.62mg/g Limonene- 2.01mg/g Humulene- 0.93mg/g
KABUNKY Wedding Cake Terp Sauce
It won’t be long before all I can say about Kabunky is that they’re crushin’ it. Wedding Cake has been one of the most flavorful flowers in Nevada, so to concentrate it into a terp sauce is just... over the top. High in THC and abundant in terpenes, Kabunky Wedding Cake Terp Sauce is a mouthful of love which will have your belly and brain feeling all warm and fuzzy, making every event a special one. What else can I say, Kabunky… They’re crushin’ it!
THC- 84% Caryophyllene- 2.28mg/g Limonene- 1.5mg/g Linalool- 1.5mg/g Myrcene- 1.0mg/g
REMEDY Deadhead OG
When Jesus returns, he’s going to be wearing a hazmat suit and pufﬁng a big blunt of Remedy’s Bio-Jesus flower. With 28% THC and plenty of myrcene, walking on water won't be a problem and you’ll have an overwhelming feeling of empathy and kindness. Smoke enough of Remedy’s BioJesus and you might ﬁnd yourself volunteering to help others less fortunate. Something that this world could use more of. So roll up a thick one, spark up and get out in the world to commit random acts of kindness.
THC-28.03% Myrcene- 14.03mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.11mg/g Linalool- 1.71mg/g
A pick-me-up for anyone looking for a friendly, elevated lift (insert Grateful Dead whirling dervish image here). Earthy, piney and full of stress relieving and mood-elevating happiness. A cerebral lift mixes well with both daytime and nighttime activities and calms aching muscles, allowing you to get things done with ease. “Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!”
THC- 30.24% CBD- 0.05% Myrcene- 6.84mg/g Limonene- 5.53mg/g Caryophyllene- 4.82mg/g
REMEDY OG 18
What a power-packing smack to my cheeks this gave me. It wasn't the 27% THC that had an impact, it was the energetic terpene limonene that took over my body. This is a hybrid flower that deﬁnitely leans toward the sativa lineage. I love the piney-petrol indica flavor too. It's not often an herb has those two properties together. Get this and other Remedy products at many locations, but preferably at their home base, Silver Sage Wellness on Charleston and Decatur.
THC- 27.71% Limonene- 13.05mg/g Myrcene- 4.52mg/g Linalool- 4.52mg/g
REMEDY Strawberry Beltz Sugar
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GET TO KNOW Mae Bereal >>> BY JENNIFER WALKER
OWNER OF LAV8 CBD- cbd for holistic health, wellness & sustainability
Mae Bereal is no stranger to cannabis. As a teenager, she consumed cannabis to treat medical bouts of depression and anxiety. And, as a young woman, as she began having children she sought out education on the plant as her focus turned to a more holistic way of living. Today, Mae operates LAV8, her CBD company while also focusing on beginning her journey into the THC side of things. I recently had the opportunity to speak with her regarding her role as a religious woman of color who is raising four children while running a multitude of businesses. VEGAS CANNABIS MAGAZINE: You are not only a woman, but a woman of color, a mother of four and a woman of God. Did these things open doors for you or prove to be obstacles? MAE BEREAL: Honestly, both. When obstacles have arisen, I have been able to lean on my faith and push forward. It is never easy to be the first in an industry to do a certain something. In being the first, you then have to pave the way. It’s a trial and error process. If you don’t have the faith in it and the passion behind it, ultimately you are going to abandon it. For me, in the beginning, walking into a room as a religious, black woman was difficult but it was also empowering. And it gave people that I would speak to a different perspective which they could relate to and oftentimes it made them listen. It is a good time to be a woman of color in the cannabis industry as well as a mom. VCM: You took a leap and began introducing CBD products within your local church. How did that go? MB: It was difficult. Having to approach something delicately while understanding that there has been a lot of misinformation. Educating people is so important. Especially people who have been influenced by old propaganda regarding the cannabis plant. I took it slowly,
asking people to tell me what they knew so that I could then replace what they knew with actual facts. Once people began opening up, the next step was for them to tell me what their problems were, where they had pain, and I offered solutions to help. It was an easy swap for me to replace the chemical-ridden creams with non-toxic pain reducing topicals that I could assure them came from a plant created by God. Once you understand where people are coming from and why they believe the way they do, you can easily give them the information they need to go down a better path. VCM: Tell us about your own journey with cannabis. MB: I began consuming cannabis as a teenager. As a teen, I suffered with depression and anxiety and was at times suicidal. I was introduced to cannabis, and at that time I didn’t truly understand the medical impact of the plant. All I knew was that this flower made me feel this way and removed these feelings. I was a patient for a while and then as I began having children, with each child I had, I became more and more holistic. Eventually, I wanted to learn as much as I could about the natural healing powers of cannabis - why it worked and how it worked. I wanted to help other people who were going down the same path I had gone down. VCM: Tell us about your product line. MB: Currently, our product line includes a soak, various body balms, a beard balm and some essential oil products. Our Rose Gold products include 24 karat gold within them which actually has antibacterial properties. That, along with hemp-derived full spectrum CBD oil and other organic ingredients really sets our products apart.
VCM: When I received my products, I noticed there was a seeded insert which I assume is part of your sustainability efforts. MB: Yes, each order also receives a seeded piece of paper which has information about our company and our products as well as a QR code which takes you to our website. After reviewing the information on the paper, you can plant it, water it and watch it grow into wildflowers. Our mailers are also 100% compostable. We are working towards being a zero waste corporation. VCM: How can readers purchase LAV8 products? MB: Products can be purchased online at lav8cbd.com. You can also follow us on Instagram @lav8cbd. VCM: What are you working on for the future? MB: I have secured licensing in California on the THC side. My licenses include retail, non-storefront retail, manufacturing, distribution, cultivation, testing and events. My facility is at the end stages of being fully compliant. My goal was to have seed to sale licensing so that I had control over my products from beginning to end. This way, I am able to stand behind everything with no guesswork involved. VCM: Anything you want to add? MB: This month is Black History Month. And, what better month than this for me to be a black woman who has made history within the cannabis industry. The State of California recently sent out a press release stating that only twelve Event Organizer licenses were approved, and I was one of them. This is something that will be new to the state and I am so proud of being named one of the twelve recipients.
DEAR PLANTS: I L ove You! Plant life represents more than 98% of the earth’s total biomass. The diversity of plants across the world allows us to apply them to about every area of life, even when we are not noticing. We rely on plants for oxygen, food, shelter, industrial products, clothing, warmth, medicine, and more. Human existence depends on these pretty little living beings and we are not so different from plants afterall. According to Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, "human beings are natural organisms. Our genomes are developed and expressed in the natural world. The patterns and processes inherent in nature are inherent in us.” Both plants and humans rely on water, nutrients, and vitamins to convert and release energy. In both cases, our genes dictate our hormones and our growth and maturity depends on cell division. Both plants and humans partake in a circadian rhythm coordinated by their surroundings. While plants do not move voluntarily like humans, plants make movements to maximize efficiency of water, nutrient or light uptake by functionally shifting and nodding, twining, or contracting. These elements dictate each plant’s unique personality in the way they grow, shape, and form. As such important, unique living beings, what is not to love about them?
Plants as Medicine Studies have shown meaningful physiological effects of just being around plants. It is believed that these effects are achieved by simply breathing in nature and inhaling the naturally occurring plant compounds. Many countries have adopted forest therapy as a positive psychological and physiological benefit to humans. In Germany, there has been great success with their version of forest therapy, called Kneipp therapy. In Japan forest therapy is called Shinrinyoku which means, "taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing." Actually, the major phytochemicals of the forest atmosphere are terpenes, which are the largest class of organic compounds with more than 40,000 creating each plant's unique fingerprint. In Tahoe, surrounded by conifers, the forest contains phytochemicals rich in pinene, limonene, and caryophyllene among others, which have been shown to be great for the respiratory system, the brain, and general inflammation. Great power and great healing takes place when we look into the world of plants for some of today’s complaints. In the 1700s, all doctors were gardeners and botanists because most medicine was made directly from plants. In America today, conventional medicine aims to diagnose and treat a particular disease or condition, typically using a one size fits all approach. However, plants are still considered the most consistent sources for the discovery of new drugs. In fact, all medicine came from plants, fungi, or bacteria. Though health is not just the absence of disease, but rather the ability for our mind and body to be functioning at an optimal level. In alternative medicine, an herbalist or holistic health practitioner searches for the cause of the symptoms at many physical, emotional, and spiritual levels to create an individualized plan using natural, un-invasive modalities. Though plant medicine is not always suitable for every condition or situation, clients who use alternative medicine often see positive results on overall health and wellness, in particular improvements in fatigue and energy, pain, inflammation, digestion, mental and emotional function.
Outside of the United States, many countries rely on herbal medicine as a part of standard healthcare. Thousands of years of practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) created different versions such as Kampo in Japan, Ayurvedic in India, Jamu in Indonesia, and Hanyak in Korea. The differences of herbs, beliefs, and custom was mostly decided by the
bioavailability of plants in the region. Herbal medicine is still a part of everyday life and important in healthcare in New Zealand, African, South American, Eastern Mediterranean, and European regions.
Culinary plants Beyond using plants for medicine and healthcare, one of my favorite ways to integrate more herbs is to use more plants when cooking. Not just veggies though, heavily integrating the tiny bottles of flavor blasters we shake over our food to make it taste exciting. So many of the common herbs and spices used for cooking, like ginger, garlic, turmeric, parsley, basil, fennel, and thyme, are combined in higher doses in herbal medicine. Some of the more uncommon herbs like ashwagandha, dandelion leaf, and medicinal mushrooms like shiitake, lions mane, and maike are powerhouses that make great additions to dishes. Looking for desert recipes? Licorice root is 30-50 times sweeter than sugar and is a diverse medicinal plant, covering a wide range of benefits.
Plants in products The mass production of synthetic ingredients used in skincare products is damaging to human health and the environment. Although humans have almost always been exposed to chemicals, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a public report in 2008 indicating that the increase of industrialization has “dramatically changed the quality and the quantity of human exposures.” Certain chemicals added to everyday products have been shown to cause allergies, irritations, endocrine disruption, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity. A known carcinogen called 1,4-Dioxane has been added to as many as 22% of cosmetic products. This chemical has been directly linked to cancer. The FDA does not require manufacturers to add the chemical on the ingredient list, making it difficult to avoid. Harmful chemical preservatives like butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) have been linked to organ-system toxicity and cancer. Products containing these chemicals include but are not limited to sunscreen, hair and nail products, makeup, fragrance, dental hygiene, skincare, and anti-aging products. The EPA website suggests purchasing green products to reduce toxic exposures, air pollution, water pollution, climate change, and waste disposal and provides information on safer ingredients. Evidence shows that chemicals like Triclosan, a strong antibacterial, have been added to soaps and detergents introduced in the ‘70s. Since, it has been found that the chemical enters the water supply, killing algae, crustaceans, and fish.
House plants Surrounding yourself with house plants (from your local nursery) will not only bring life into your space, but many plants can be useful for air purification. Speaking of space, in 1989 NASA cleared a number of plants that demonstrated the ability to filter potentially toxic organic chemicals to use on the space stations. Some of these plants include heart leaf (P. oxycardium) and elephant ear (P. domesticum) philodendron, golden pothos (S. aureus), and spider plants (C. elatum).
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Operation Chronic Problem- You are the Problem! The story of Katree Saunders, a Nevadan Impacted by The War on Drugs for $100; Federal Prison, Loss of Marriage, Sexual Assault During Incarceration, and a Record that Follows By: Veronica Castillo worked at a test site, and a mother who was a stay-at-home mom, and raised by her older sisters Coree and Keira (thank you both for your service). She describes the topic of cannabis in her childhood home as:
In 1970, cannabis was outlawed with the Controlled Substance Act- also referred to as CSA. That year, the United States government decided that they would further control the ways we treat our medical conditions, and the plants that we are allowed to grow and consume. And then, in dictator form, president at the time (Nixon) in a move that further oppressed humanity, created the foolery agency known as the DEA. It’s all foolery. All of the shows and stories can’t be false right? I mean:
• Narcos- the story of Pablo Escobar, from the DEA’s perspective- told and showed us. • The story of Griselda Blanco (La Madrina), a woman that operated in the Miami-based drug trade- told and showed us. • The story of Barry Seal, a pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA- told and showed us.
And really, the list can go on and on. We can print a full issue on all of the examples and probably need a follow up issue. The DEA is a joke and ruins lives. It was definitely the case for Katree Saunders. About Katree Saunders- Before Operation Chronic Problem “I was made in Nevada (1980), born in Nebraska, and raised in Nevada”. Raised in Summerlin, Nevada, Katree says that her childhood was surrounded by love and support. She was born to a father who
“I was raised in a spiritual household that did not include cannabis education. My mom didn’t accept my cannabis use until I was older. When I was younger, she would always warn me about it being potentially laced. Safety was always a concern. It wasn’t until I was older that I began to educate her about the benefits of cannabis use as medicine. That’s when she saw the light”. Katree Saunders- Career Before Cannabis Prior to helping people heal through cannabis, Katree worked in health and wellness and the travel and tourism industries. “I planned itineraries for customers including hotel, air and ground travel, and entertainment. I also worked in the health and wellness industry by educating people on the benefits of Kangen Alkaline Water”. She mentioned that as a kid, she was really interested in general law, archaeology, and photography. Katree Saunders- Nevada’s Compassionate Care (NCC) and the DEA Katree started working with/for the NCC where she helped patients obtain medical cannabis cards from the Nevada medicinal cannabis program. Cannabis helped Katree heal from a list of medical conditions and physical injuries. Because of that, she wanted to help others in need get safe access to cannabis. She even met President Obama at Green Valley High School 2010 while volunteering for Organizing America. Not scared, she shook President Obama’s hand and told him that they needed to talk about patient rights as related to medical cannabis. It was during her time at the NCC, that
Katree helped an undercover DEA agent posing as a person in need, that Katree’s life changed. “I remember my mom calling me and telling me the DEA, FBI, and ATF were at her house looking for me and raiding it”. The undercover DEA agents were conducting what was known as Operation Chronic Problem, an investigation of Nevada based dispensaries involving raids conducted by metro police and federal agents. On the day the NCC was raided, Katree was arrested for and charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and hashish, distribution of marijuana- $150 value. In return, the cost to put Katree through the system over a plant was $20,000 including the $5,000 it took to book and process paperwork. “I remember being in shock, but not afraid because I knew I did not do anything wrong, worrying about my kids’ well-being, making sure that the patients’ information was kept safe, and praying that God would make a way, because I couldn’t see one”. Katree Saunders- Time Served in Federal Prison and Probation Katree was in prison for 4 months. During that time, her husband divorced her, took their children and moved away, and she was sexually harassed and assaulted by a U.S Marshal. Protect and serve….right? $150 was the cost of freedom, family, love, dignity, and more. “Prison was like ‘Club Fed’”. The holding facility was terrible, but while I was in holding, I took acting classes; our acting instructor was on the TV Show “Leave it to Beaver”, and I would pray a lot. I eventually prayed for someone to pray with as I was praying alone, and miraculously a prayer circle bumped into me while I was resting and I felt my prayers were answered. The
prayer circle I found was at Corrections Corp. America in Pahrump, NV”. Probation was in Katree’s future. After serving time in prison, Katree was released and The State of Nevada Probation Department obtained a court order preventing Katree’s doctor from prescribing Marinol (a trade name for a specific form of tetrahydrocannabinol- THC). Being on probation meant that she couldn’t consume cannabis. This caused yet another hardship. Katree was formally addicted to pharmaceuticals due to medical conditions and injuries (as stated above) sustained in car and other accidents. Cannabis helped Katree get rid of her addiction and so, because of probation, those same pharmaceuticals that caused hardship, were her only option for treatment. America looking out for their citizens… right? The system is designed to keep the oppressed- oppressed. Doctors and makers of opioids face no hardship. They are allowed to create addiction under the laws of the United States. The DEA isn’t here for them- they are here for plants. ABC News reports that America swallows/consumes over 90% of the world’s hydrocodone and 80% of the planet’s opioids. 80% of the planet’s opioids- and this is legal! The United States of America makes up only 4.6% of the planet’s population. BUT THE DEA IS HERE FOR PLANTS! Make it make sense America! Katree Saunders- Additional Contributions to the Cannabis Industry Katree has contributed so much to the cannabis industry and now, the laws in Nevada and many places keep her out. This shouldn’t be the case! Cannabis needs those with passion and experience: • NV Compassionate Care, While at NCC, Katree volunteered to collect signatures to get the petition on the ballot 2009. • Katree has written letters to local legislators and lobbied in Washington D.C. for safe access to cannabis. • Katree has advocated for the Safe Banking Act and the CARERS Act in our nation’s capital. She contacted Congresswoman Dina Titus,
Congressman Steve Horsford, and Senator Jackie Rosen in support of the Safe Banking Act and the CARERS Act. • Katree attends city council meetings in Nevada to advocate for safe access. • Katree worked with local and national organizations such as Americans for Safe Access, Coalition for Patients’ Rights in Nevada, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. • Katree advocated and supported the campaign for Vote 2 which legalized cannabis for adult use in the state of Nevada. • Katree protected over 800 patients from ‘Operation Chronic Problem’. • Katree helped implement retail, to safe access, to medical cannabis and supported implementation that created the market in which the industry made billions of dollars and tax revenue for the state of Nevada over the course of many years. • Katree has worked at multiple dispensaries and supported grand openings. • Katree provided and continues to provide patient education on the endocannabinoid system/ terpene profile. • Katree is a constituent with the Last Prisoners Project, Re-entry Program, helping bring awareness to the over 40,000 cannabis prisoners still incarcerated. • Katree is working with Americans For Safe Access, advocating for medical cannabis patient’s rights at a federal and international level with the United Nations.
And while this list is long, it still doesn’t cover everything that Katree has contributed. The list is meant as an overview because it truly doesn’t include everything. Katree Saunders Message to Nevada Law Makers When I asked Katree: You are a black woman that made waves, asked questions, sat at a table with the President, helped establish cannabis in Nevada, and Nevada says you can’t get a license; what do you want to say to the politicians keeping you out and those helping them? Her response was:“Systemic racism is backed by laws perpetuated by white supremacy so that oppressors can keep disenfranchised people most affected by the war on drugs, out of the legal cannabis market. They do this by enabling exorbitant fees and favoritism. I was actually told by a local politician, in a text message, ‘White people don’t
hand over $ and power - you have to take it, because you are a nobody.’ I demand that I have ownership in the legal Nevada cannabis market, which would include cultivation, dispensaries, etc. so I may one day have a MSO that is black woman owned. For all I have sacrificed for the community and the millions of dollars I have helped earn, I want to see real justice served. That the bills written in the Nevada State Legislature be inclusive of those most harmed by the failed War on Drugs, not a perpetual cycle of disenfranchisement. My family deserves to build generational wealth”. In Closing Katree is a passionate, educated, and experienced person. Though the government took time of her life away, gave her a record that makes it difficult to seek employment in the cannabis industry and others, left her with PTSD, and in the struggle of her life to be able to treat her conditions with cannabis- she remains kind hearted with a nurturing tone in her voice: “I just want to get back to work”. When I asked Katree if her life is starting to feel normal or close to it, she responded: “No, I feel like I am still having to fight a battle after I already fought the war on drugs. It has become more difficult to obtain normal things while still having to deal with a corrupt system that is set up for systemic oppression”. Katree represents a group of people that the system is keeping down. They served their time and are still treated like prisoners. Katree was charged with a non-violent crime and because of that record, it seems impossible for her to obtain employment. She has tried and while she primarily wants to work in cannabis, she is open to other industries. “I can’t get a job in the airline industry or even as a Lyft driver. My conviction really keeps me from the industry, after I helped create jobs and train people within it”. This has to change! For those interested in reaching out to Katree to chat employment/ collaboration/ partnerships/ donations email: empresstreez@ gmail.com. Also, follow her hashtags: #LetMyPeopleGo #LetMyPeopleGrow.
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TH: Oh my God, yes. First off, the emotional strength you have to have to do multiple jobs at once is something I didn’t expect to endure. Between keeping up with social media, advertising, building a website,
shipping, and hoping you're making the right decisions can be draining in the beginning. VCM: What are the advantages to your press-on nails as opposed to people visiting a salon for acrylic or gel nails? TH: My nails stick to your hands as if they were a full salon set, they don’t lose their shape, they’re strong and reusable and less than half the price you would pay for salon nails. It’s hard for people to get over the stereotype of the word “press-on” in itself, but trust me these aren't your typical 7th grade press-on nails. In addition, you can apply them in the comfort of your own home without wearing a mask which is comforting for a lot of people right now. VCM: How do you personalize your service? How do you know the nails people order are going to ﬁt them? TH: I personalize my service through practice and consistency and build upon my technique. I’ve always had an aesthetic eye which I believe sets my nails apart. As far as sizing goes, if you are local to Las Vegas I can size you personally. Otherwise, ﬁrst time orders are required to purchase a sizing kit or a (1) color set of 24 nails so I can document their correct sizes. VCM: What comes with a set of nails? TH: The application kit includes a cuticle pusher, nail ﬁle, buffer, alcohol wipe, adhesive tabs, and glue. VCM: What options do you have? For example, can people choose the length, shape, color, etc?
TH: Customers can choose between long square, short square, medium almond, long cofﬁn, medium cofﬁn, and long stiletto. Extra long lengths are available in certain collections, for example, the Valentine’s Collection includes xxl cofﬁn and xxl stiletto. All shapes are available in any color or customization of choice. VCM: Of the nails you have made, do you have a favorite set? TH: I don’t necessarily have a favorite set but my number one go-to set is the long, cofﬁn style in matte red. I love the dark brown stiletto nails and the holographic ones as well. VCM: How can readers order and also follow you on social media? TH: The best way to reach me is through Instagram @vegaspressed or my personal instagram @janaetaja. The @ vegaspressed instagram is the easiest way to see all of my current and previous work. Orders can be placed on the website vegaspressed.com. And, for Vegas Cannabis readers, enter VEGASCANNABIS at checkout and receive $5 OFF. VCM: Anything you want to add? TH: Thank you to everyone that has already ordered from me. I’ve never had one complaint about the quality or look of my nail sets, every set I've sold has received a “wow factor” feedback.
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In 2015, Shanel Lindsay was a medical marijuana patient suffering from chronic pain and inflammation caused by an ovarian cyst she developed after having her son. She was using cannabis to help but found it almost impossible to make an accurate medicine and was regularly eating ingredients, like butter, that she didn’t necessarily want to consume. Instead of relying on pharmaceuticals, she wanted to lean on the plant’s natural benefits but was frustrated that achieving proper dosage was such a difficult process. In addition to her genuine admiration and passion for the plant, a pivotal moment which inspired Shanel’s activism was her arrest for possession of marijuana in 2010, after decriminalization in Massachusetts. It was a situation that put everything she had worked for (including her career as an attorney) at risk and was a wakeup call that legalization without a clear equity focus and intent to remove racial disparities was not going to
happen without real, focused effort. She continues to fight today for equity in every aspect of the industry. Shanel launched Ardent after she discovered that using cannabis as an accurate medicine was almost impossible. Determined and motivated to find a solution, Shanel worked with scientists at MCR Labs and invented the original NOVA Decarboxylator & Infuser which streamlined the activation and infusion process for super efficient small batch home production. In the years that followed, Ardent introduced the Ardent FX, a portable, all-in-one cannabis kitchen and wellness device that has the ability to activate your plant material (including flower, kief, and concentrate), infuse, melt and bake right inside as well as a variety of specialized infusion kits. Last June, Ardent celebrated its 5-year anniversary and the company is now focusing on constructing a production and
distribution facility. They’ve taken over a new space to allow for the next phase of expansion which will allow Ardent to get more of their kits onto the market and branch into new verticals, including our wellness and beauty lines. Check out all of the Ardent products online at ardentcannabis.com. Shanel Lindsay is the founder and CEO of Ardent. She is also a Boston-based attorney, cannabis activist, and prominent voice for legalization and equity in the industry (people of color, women, small business owners and other individuals adversely affected by the War on Drugs). She was the author of the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative (aka Question 4) and appointed by the treasurer twice to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board. Shanel is also cofounder of Equitable Opportunities Now.
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By: Sarah Jane Woodall aka Wonderhussy A Veg as-based adventuress exploring weird shit in the desert...and beyond
If you’re anything like me, you’re a bit cynical when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong; a holiday celebrating love is great -- for the bottom lines of businesses selling everything from bubble bath to buttplugs! More than most, this holiday strikes me as a uniquely crass money making scramble. What marketing genius came up with the concept that a person has to buy stuff to prove his or her love? And it’s not even a sure bet- flowers, booze, jewelry…that stuff adds up, and half the time the relationship doesn’t last much longer than a TikTok! If only there were some way to guarantee your investment, to ensure you’d actually get something for your hard-earned cash. Well, guess what? There IS! This is Nevada, after all. And whatever else you say about us, you can’t say we’re not pragmatic when it comes to matters of the heart. We’re the only state to allow legal prostitution – so only here can you rest assured that the hard-earned cash you’re spending will definitely get you laid. That’s right, I’m talking about our legal brothels. Nevada has a fine tradition of these in-demand establishments, from the very first tents back in the 1800s mining days, all the way through to the 21 legal brothels operating today. I first became interested in brothels years ago, when I visited Sheri’s Ranch out in Pahrump with a biker friend. No, it wasn’t like that – we rode out for lunch! Sheri’s is (was, thanks to Covid-19, all the brothels are currently closed) exceptionally open about its business, and welcomes curious tourists to come in for a burger at the onsite sports bar. You can even take a tour given by one of the sex workers, which of course we did, and it was fascinating! I enjoyed it so much that I’ve been back a few times – once with my mom!
But for a weirdo like me, even more fascinating are the abandoned brothels that dot the sagebrush plains of rural Nevada – relics of a bygone era when enough miners and ranchers populated these areas to sustain such businesses. The first one of these I visited was the onceworld-famous Cottontail Ranch, just a few hours north of Vegas. Talk about haunting! The spirit of the women who plied their trade there over the decades was almost palpable, hanging in the rooms like a veil of old perfume. I entered through the front vestibule, where back in the day you would have faced a locked door with a little window, like a speakeasy, before the madame let you in. By the time of my visit, the door swung open freely, and I found myself in the old parlor – the social area where a bartender served drinks while the women lined up to be chosen by patrons. This room had long been stripped of most of its furnishings, but the walls were still covered in fantastically garish wallpaper featuring Art Nouveau-style cartoon ladies in various states of repose, falling from the walls in ragged strips of gothic decay. To either side of the parlor, long hallways led to rows of small bedrooms where the women conducted business. But now, little more than the occasional mattress and one lonely bottle of Charlie perfume bore testament to the thousands of dollars that had changed hands in these rooms. The stories that must have been told, the tears that had undoubtedly been shed…I could almost hear it all, echoing from the wood paneled walls and rising like mist from the shag carpeting. I’ve visited the Cottontail several times over the years, and each time it’s a little more fallen down, a little more vandalized. It’s really a shame for what was actually a historic Nevada business – not only was legendary Vegas casino magnate Howard Hughes known to frequent the brothel (he was said to be particularly fond of a worker named Sunny) but the madame of the brothel herself is worthy of at least a few pages in Nevada history books! Beverly Harrell was a nice Jewish girl from New York who, after a long and colorful stint in Hollywood, ended up running such a successful business out in the Nevada boonies that the Feds took notice and gave her a hard time. Rather than take it lying down (ha), she fought back by getting into politics herself – running for, and almost getting elected to, the State Assembly! She is buried in nearby Goldfield, and I’ve paid my respects at her grave.
But the abandoned brothel that had the biggest impact on my own life is way out on the western edge of the state, off U.S. 6 in the literal middle of nowhere about halfway between Tonopah, NV and Bishop, CA. I happened to be traveling through this ultra-desolate country on my way back from the Burning Man festival one year, and as I chugged up the lower reaches of Montgomery Pass, I spotted a group of abandoned buildings off to my left. A
huge propane tank out front bore the spray-painted legend “JANIE’S/ CLOSED/BEAT IT!” Well, that sounded like an invitation to me. So, needing a break anyway, I pulled into the driveway to take a look. It turned out to be a couple of dilapidated double-wide trailers with two long hallways running the length on each side – and having already been to the Cottontail a time or two, it did cross my mind that it might have been a brothel. But I wasn’t sure; it could have been a motel, so there was nothing to do but a little investigating. To this day I’m not sure why I whipped out my cell phone and took video – I wasn’t in the habit of doing so in those days, but for whatever reason I started filming myself as I crept along the first hallway, musing aloud as to what the place could have been. None of the bedrooms had bathrooms – just sinks, which indicated brothel…I guess? But then I got to the room at the end of the hall – and that settled it: floor-to-ceiling shag carpeting, and a heart-shaped hole in the floor where a Jacuzzi tub had obviously sat. Definitely a brothel! Anyway, I had all this video I shot, and when I finally got back home, I decided to upload it to YouTube and see if anyone watching knew anything about the place. This was way before I had ever considered making a living off YouTube, so I posted the video almost as an afterthought – but holy cow! The response I got was overwhelming! Not only did I get an email from guys who had patronized Janie’s back in the day, sharing their memories (in sometimes intimate detail!) with me, I also got a bunch of messages from people asking me to upload more abandoned stuff! At the time, I didn’t realize there exists a huge audience for the exploration of abandoned buildings – and the genre even has a name: urbex, short for urban exploration. I got a ton of messages from urbex fans and, luckily for me, there’s no shortage of abandoned and derelict structures in the Nevada hinterlands, so I was able to keep on shooting until I’d built a channel. Matter of fact, just another few miles down the road from Janie’s I’d stumbled on an entire abandoned town, complete with a burned out café and casino! So between “Abandoned Casino Ghost Town” and “Abandoned Janie’s Ranch,” I had me the beginnings of a YouTube channel…and it wasn’t long before I’d gotten enough views and subscribers to start making money. Eventually, I was able to bail on my gig as a freelance model and focus on YouTube full time- and here I am today, still crawling around wreckage in the desert for the amusement of all.
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But I owe it all to Janie’s…that lonely old abandoned brothel in the middle of nowhere. Since then I’ve explored other abandoned brothels, but Janie’s will always have a special place in my heart. So, this Valentine’s Day, as I sit in cynical solitude bah-humbugging fake Hallmark holidays, maybe I’ll splurge for a bottle of mid-shelf champers, and raise a toast- not just to Janie (whoever she was) but also to the thousands of working women who staffed these places over the years. The Nevada State Board of Tourism might not officially recognize you as such, but to me, you are as quintessentially Nevadan as a Las Vegas showgirl. And I’ll keep making videos to bear testament to your existence!
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The First Lady of the West Coast
BY SHARON lETTS
Medicating for the music, for life. The First Lady of the West Coast (FLOTWC), otherwise known as 1st Lady, hails from Oakland, California. She’s what we call a Renaissance woman: a poet, singer songwriter, music producer, entrepreneur, and cannabis cultivator. There’s nothing she can’t do once she sets her mind to it. First isn’t just a word in her name, she’s also the first black female cannabis farmer to have her own line of cultivars, under her company, HERBOLC. The line began in 2016, with her first cultivar, First Lady of the West Coast Kush, then Black Girl Magic OG, December Nights OG, and Shirley Ross OG, also known as, SRG. Black Girl Magic OG is an Indica dominant hybrid, 70 percent Indica and 30 percent Sativa, with a high terpene profile of Myrcene, A-Pinene, Limonene, and beta-Caryophyllene (BCP). The term Black Girl Magic comes from a movement begun by CaShawn Thompson began in 2013, as a way to “celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black women,” as well as congratulate them on their accomplishments, as penned in part by Julee Wilson of the HuffPost. FLOWC Kush, aka: FlotwcKush, is a Sativa dominant hybrid, 60 percent Sativa and 40 percent Indica, said to be dripping with trichomes. Shirley Ross OG is a new cultivar currently being tested, with the 1st Lady, stating it feels Indica heavy. This cultivar was created to honor her grandmother,
Shirley, who passed away on July 25, 2019. DecemberNightsOG is another new cultivar, also pending testing, with the 1st Lady, adding, “This one feels Indica dominant, with a fruity-loop fragrance and taste.” She’s especially looking forward to finishing up and introducing this cultivar that Joseph “Resin” Rezenee, the man who taught her to grow in Oakland. The cultivar was gifted to her from Resin and named by her Godson. Rezenee was formerly with Harborside Wellness, the Oakland dispensary founded by the DeAngelo brothers, Steve and Andrew. She initially came to Rezenee with a list of her own symptoms to address via a cultivar, namely depression and mood swings from a diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder. “When I was 17, I closed my eyes and said to myself, ‘God, can you hear me? It would be really dope to have my own cultivar line,’” she explained. “I manifested this, but Resin taught me to grow.” Another muse and teacher, Dukeoferb, is her breeder, helping her to develop all her cultivars - including the iconic, Black Girl Magic OG. “His last name is Erb, so I think that’s hella cool,” she added.
Treating Herself with Weed Her mother was a Police Officer for the City of Oakland, creating a precarious situation for experimenting with cannabis at home. One day, while her mom was at work, she and some friends decided to smoke weed for the first time out in the backyard of her family home. Scared and paranoid, initially, once the feeling settled in, she knew it was helping her. “The first time I smoked I knew it was medicine,” she shared. “I had attempted suicide as a teenager several times, and had been prescribed a lot of pharmaceuticals, but it all made me feel like a zombie and I was not productive. But God had a plan for me - I’m supposed to be here.” After smoking, the 1st Lady said she felt alert and alive for the first time in her life. “I felt creative again for the first time in a long time,” she
continued. “I could run and exercise, and it really lifted me out of the depression.” The effects of merely smoking cannabis are numerous, and include treating depression, quelling anxiety, and opening up the third eye, allowing creativity to flow. The 1st Lady said she began sneaking off to get high or self-medicate with cannabis, purposefully, ignoring her doctor’s warnings. “My doctor said that treating my depression with cannabis was the stupidest thing he’d ever heard of,” she said. “Every single one of my doctors said they would report me to the police if I continued self-medicating with the plant. So, I just stopped talking to them about it. I knew what was helping and what wasn’t.”
Daily Dosing for Bi-Polar Disorder A paper published in 1998 by PubMed, co-authored by the lategreat Dr. Lester Grinspoon, past Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, stated that cannabis acts as a mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder. The paper reports anecdotal stories from patients suffering from the disorder, successfully treating symptoms with cannabis, stating that the plant helps to relieve symptoms far better than conventional pharmaceuticals. One woman said it curbed her manic rages. Others said it allowed them to reduce the amount of prescribed mood stabilizers. Important to note: cannabis is an enhancer, and why opioid use declines in states where cannabis is allowed. Current patients this writer has profiled agree that cannabis does indeed stabilize their extreme mood swings, though many articles found online suggest that too much THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound within the plant that when heated causes a psychoactive response, can also trigger psychosis and neurosis, associated with the disorders manic episodes. Too much THC can also trigger anxiety, and patients must be proactive in the way they medicate. Smoking alone may not be enough, as the patient or partaker is only getting a fraction of the beneficial compounds by burning the flower. Using concentrates, such as smoking dabs or vaping, or ingesting low amounts of edibles seems to add to the efficacy, stating it gives them an overall feeling of well being for a longer amount of time.
Rise & Shine When the First Lady wakes, she bakes. Not to just get high, but to lift endorphins - which is really the same thing. Not stoned, which comes from the drinking culture of alcohol. Cannabis literally lifts endorphins and creates dopamine in the brain, successfully treating depression for many.
“I usually start my day with an Indica Hybrid of my own BlackGirlMagicOG,” she said of her morning ritual. “I’ll smoke about a gram or more, depending on how I’m feeling. I love starting my day with an Indica or a cultivar with citrus.” The citrus flavored terpene is called limonene, and is found in oranges, limes, lemons, etc. It’s benefits include aiding stress, anxiety and depression. One theory on terpenes is, the fragrance and taste you are attracted to are the ones your body needs. So, it makes sense, with a diagnosis of Bi-Polar, that this particular terpene is a favorite of the First Lady. Often she’ll make a smoothie using raw cannabis leaves with ginger, turmeric, and beet juice with honey and two teaspoons of sea moss. A study published in the National Library of Medicine’s site, PubMed, findings indicate that increasing fruit and vegetable intake for just two weeks treats depression. Making the old adage, you are what you eat, more true than ever. “I love the benefits juicing cannabis leaf with fruits and veggies brings to my body,” she said. “Raw cannabis juice is full of nutrients, and is just as beneficial as kale and spinach.” In fact, like kale, spinach, oregano, and a plethora of beneficial herbs, cannabis is a superfood. Meaning, it has the most beneficial compounds, able to address all of our biological systems, while strengthening our immune system. Top of the list for benefits from many plants is addressing chronic inflammation, which is the root of many evils, or illnesses, in our modern world, including chronic pain.
Mid-Day Medicating By afternoon, she says a good Sativa is necessary for an energy lift. “Straight Sativa cultivars are my go-to to get my creativity going,” she said. “I love it, because it adds a warm vibe and allows me to be creative, giving me new ideas for music. It’s also a good help with reading and studying - one of my favorite things to do. Mainly, it helps me focus, as well as brightens my mindset.” Another paper published in the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed, details the benefits and differences of Sativa, stating that Sativa cultivars are found to reduce the brain’s reuptake of serotonin, acting like the SSRI class of antidepressants, such as Fluoxetine and Sertraline. In boosting the amount of serotonin present in the brain, the right dose of Sativa has antidepressant effects.
Nighttime is for Ingesting Sometimes those suffering from insomnia need a little bit more of the plant to simmer down from the day and get much needed rest. Ingesting cannabis induces REMs, or the Rapid Eye Movement part of sleep that gives us the biggest recharge. Without deep sleep the
body can’t sufﬁciently regenerate, reset, and heal. “I’ll smoke at night, but I’m a night owl, so I’m up getting work done” she said. “I’ll do a mix of CBD infused edibles, like Space Candy. This gives me a more settled down mood, and I might listen to a little jazz, or do some cooking or watch a movie. CBD takes the edge off the day and allows me to relax - sometimes I’ll take an early evening nap before getting into a project.” She also smokes Indica at night, adding a blunt at the end of her work night, before bedtime. From the same NLM paper, Indica stimulates the endocannabinoid system in the modulation of a neurochemical called GABA, which then regulates dopamine release, also helping the patient to concentrate, treating anxiety, and subsequently, depression. That said, one theory out there is that Indica and Sativa cultivars are unstable, and a full terpene and cannabinoid proﬁle are desired with certain terpenes leading the mood enhancing compounds. “I like edibles, or medibles, but I save them for evening because they can sneak up on me,” she laughed. Lately, I’ve been developing product and edible lines, so I also taste test and experiment for effect.” The distinction between an edible and a medible depends on what the partaker is using it for - to recreate or medicate. This writer likes to say, “medicate to recreate,” because really, it’s all the same. Even if you just want to get high, your body is still reaping the beneﬁts of the medicinal compounds of the plant. Music is her life, but cannabis enhances her experience of writing, singing, and producing for herself and others. The plant keeps her mentally and physically on track, and able to support others in their creative endeavors. “While I enjoy the euphoria of smoking, cannabis is and always will be plant-based medicine for me,” she surmised. “The lyrics I write are meant to remind and inspire young men and women, and to remind them that they are Kings and Queens. Women hear the word b*tch so much - especially in rap music, they forget who they are. Not just black women, but women of all colors. I’ve learned to love myself and cannabis has been a big part of that.” Study showing increased fruits and vegetables treat depression: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5902672/ Cannabinoid Receptors and the Endocannabinoid System/Sativa vs. Indica: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5877694/ Dr. Lester Grinspoon paper on treating bipolar with cannabis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9692379/
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Reefer Madness, the War on Drugs, and Discriminatory Marijuana "People of color don't want to go to jail, so if their brother, their sister, their mom, or dad, or cousin, or friend was arrested for simple possession or public consumption, they're not gonna want to use it. Even in a legal market, even as medicine." — Dr. Rachel Knox Think back on the days and nights sitting there with your “buds” smoking pot, solving the world’s problems, and creating fantastical contraptions to smoke with and sell. Then perhaps misfortune raised her ugly head and you ended up being one of the many arrested and not unlikely if you are black, found yourself away from your family, friends, and the pursuit of happiness and prosperity in many cases for years. An example is Derek Harris, a military veteran, arrested in 2008 Louisiana for selling .69 grams of marijuana to a cop. Initially convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison was re-sentenced in 2012 to life in prison under the Habitual Offender Law. Derek was eventually released but mainly because of the growing concerns of Covid in incarceration. His attorney, Cormac Boyle made this comment, “Righting the harms done to a person through incarceration includes supporting their health, housing, and adjustment to their longdeserved freedom…” I feel that the ‘long-deserved freedom” should include having rights restored and in regard to this dissertation the ability to become part of the ‘legal’ industry that has been part of his life.
The general understanding is that black people are almost four times as likely on average to be arrested for cannabis possession. The American Civil Liberties Union concluded that even though white and black people consume cannabis at “roughly equal” rates, black people are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. An interesting fact I pulled out of this report is that since 2010 with the increasing number of states legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana this national trend in racial disparities has not diminished. The ACLU reports that there were actually more arrests for marijuana in 2018 than in 2015. In some states, black people were still six to ten times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.
People who have smoked pot most of their lives have likely encountered police. If you are one of them and ended up with a felony marijuana conviction you are not going to be a pot entrepreneur because the business has been designed to not allow you in. My logic would conclude that having a marijuana conviction of any degree would be the exception to the “excluded felony offense.” One would think that perhaps because you were part of the generationally fought battle against the illegality of pot you would be most appropriate for its business. But no… this is not in the legislature.
My point is, if someone with a felony possession charge wants to legally become part of this growing industry they are not allowed. Since blacks are disproportionately arrested it would only raise eyebrows and the legitimate question of whether legislature was created to actually stop blacks from becoming part of the cannabis industry. An industry which according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration alone, brought $411.3 million in excise tax, $98.9 million in cultivation tax, and $335.1 million in sales tax, totaling $845.3 million in tax revenue for the third quarter of 2019. So, an individual with a felony marijuana conviction (predominantly blacks) is not afforded the opportunity to becoming involved in something with an estimated economic impact of $77 billion in 2020. Ergo, the effects of the generations-long war on drugs are still prevalent in marginalized communities, particularly communities of color, even when it comes to business opportunities.
There is a very viable question of whether this legislature was created to specifically exclude black entrepreneurs from becoming part of this industry. After all, it is clear that black individuals have historically been disproportionately arrested and subsequently over sentenced for marijuana law violations.
As reported in the Marijuana Business Daily, in 2017, black entrepreneurs made up roughly 4.3 percent of cannabis business owners. Presently marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in 36 states and completely legal in 15 and the industry is set to continue booming. The opportunity for
prosperity is abundant over the board, you’ve done your time and you feel you can finally make some of the money you have talked about for hours during those smokey imaginative spells. But alas, you are not one of the privileged power players who have made sure they kept it all to themselves. No, not all the pot but all the money generated from its legality. Even if you are a young black entrepreneur, have no felony, with degrees and corporate business experience there are still insurmountable obstacles, mostly financing. Of course, everyone must overcome these extreme financial barriers to enter the industry. And while most banks won't finance cannabis businesses because it's still federally illegal, costs for even a start-up must normally have to be selffinanced or backed by venture capital. If you're rich and wellconnected, you already have the advantage. Fortunately, there are other ways of having enough money to start a business other than owning a couple of rich parents. Let’s look at the venture capital network. Venture capitalists are funding people who have access to them, whether you’ve gone to their school, you’ve worked for their companies, or are friends with their friends. Yes, it’s a self-propelling community, which I don’t see many minorities tapped into. To be fair, there are proposals out there claiming to close the gap on discriminatory practices in awarding licensing for pot related businesses, but even those seem to have language that once again raises an eyebrow. As a number of marijuana legal states have implemented social equity programs intended to give minority entrepreneurs a chance, they seem to be ineffective at best as they include controversial predatory language which hopefully is being successfully challenged. In Massachusetts for example, only two black applicants from the state's social equity program managed to obtain licenses although the state issued a total of 105 provisional and 79 final licenses. The federal legalization of hemp, or cannabis that does not contain more than 0.3 percent THC, opened a large and generally unregulated market of CBD products. Of course, this was marketed as a luxury wellness item, which once again precludes blacks in general. Dr. Rachel Knox, an endocannabinologist who specializes in how THC and CBD affect the body, notes that cannabis is medicinal and can be used for wellness but, “people of color, by and large, do not have the luxury to pursue wellness.” The Knox family is spearheading endocannabinoid treatment in the United States; Rachel Knox's mother, Dr. Janice Knox, founded the American Cannabinoid Clinics in Portland, Oregon. Her father, Dr. David and sister, Dr. Jessica Knox, also practice treating the endocannabinoid system with natural exogenous cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Although the effort to legalize marijuana, both recreational and medical, is making headway
in states across the country, many black patients are wary of its prescription. Dr. Knox clarified this, "People of color don't want to go to jail, so if their brother, their sister, their mom, or dad, or cousin, or friend was arrested for simple possession or public consumption, they're not gonna want to use it. Even in a legal market, even as medicine." Some clinicians with more advanced mindsets have finally concluded that the endocannabinoid system is heavily involved in a plethora of bodily functions, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, sleep, and metabolism. Although cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years the medical community generally dismisses it. If more doctors gave greater study to the endocannabinoid system and the benefits of cannabis perhaps the stigma of prescribing it would diminish and hopefully the criminalization of it likewise. It is clear, overall education will help combat the racist and classist stigmas. Hopefully, this will come sooner than later. Proper education will be of great significance in a battle that has raged on through decades of alarmist content about cannabis and those who use it. With anti-cannabis propaganda pushed by mainstream media and movies like Reefer Madness, millions were convinced that its use would force raving lunacy. Let us not forget President Richard Nixon's infamous "War on Drugs,” which helped perpetuate the demonization of both recreational and medical marijuana. While the crusade against American drug use was largely seen as a failure, many doctors are still skeptical of cannabis use and law enforcement still greatly targets blacks over others. While cannabis has been approved to treat a variety of conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, epilepsy, anxiety, sleep disorders, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it amazes me that it remains federally illegal and that state doctors don’t consider this to prescribe its use. Clearly as long as it's considered a Schedule 1 substance, many in the medical community will remain skeptical of its clinically proven uses and will bow to the power of the traditional pharmacological medications solution. Back to our original premise, the racial and legal inequity of the cannabis industry. It’s time to fight against this for black entrepreneurs and felons who have pot convictions. It’s time for this nascent cannabis industry to be dismantled and rebuilt on the legal front, business front, and medical front from the ground up. It’ll likely take years, but it’s not too late to be reformed for the better. As our world evolves so should this fledgling industry to allow minorities, felons, and those with the love of weed to build hope for their futures and the future of the industry. Always in Spirit and Truth
>>> BY Chef Chris Rodarte
CANNABUSHI An Infusion Series This month we celebrate Black History Month and our beloved Valentine's Day! Both help us battle the hate that unfortunately exists in our society with the greatest power of all LOVE. Originally, I was going to do something heart-shaped or even a nice infused chocolate covered strawberry dish. Maybe something beautiful and a little over the top. Instead, I wanted to share with all of you something I truly love doing. I've had the pleasure of feeding the homeless in the Las Vegas area for over a year now. Giving back to the community is truly important to me. I love the diversity of people we come across from many different walks of life. Through my friends in The Baked Ole' Ladies Network. We reach even more now than ever! Our vibe is our tribe! I'm so blessed to have friends like these (especially Ms. Rose) I had the pleasure of cooking this month's recipe with her the night before our Truly Grateful Sundays at Molasky Park in the heart of Vegasanother location we feed at besides C.A.R.E on Foremaster Lane off Las Vegas Boulevard. We didn't infuse it for our Sunday in the park, doesn't mean we can't have a little fun with it afterwards! So let's make it with LOVE!
Molasky Park Chili Ingredients 20 pounds of ground beef 12 cans (×2) 14.5 oz. Diced tomatoes 12 cans (×2) 14.5 oz. Dark Red Kidney Beans 4 cans (×2) 14.5 oz. Black Beans 4 cans tomato sauce 4 finely chopped Green Bell Peppers 8 finely chopped Cipollini Onions 2 packets of Mexican Moljido 1/2 cup Chili Powder 1/2 cup Garlic (minced) 1/4 cup Paprika 1/4 cup seasoned salt 1/4 cup Pepper
Instructions • First off you will want a couple big pans for your ground beef. You will want your oven to be preheated to 400°f. Break up and spread out the beef in your pans. Place in the oven for 30 minutes. Add a dash of seasoned salt and pepper. When completely cooked drain out excess oils. (Keep in mind this recipe is truly for an army but feel free to scale down for home use. As I do later in the recipe.) • While the meat is cooking away in the oven, start opening all those cans of tomatoes, beans, and tomato sauce. This recipe is fairly straightforward in it's build. We have two big pans of meat and so we need a couple big pots for cooking. Splitting everything evenly between the two. Making sure to rinse off the liquids from the beans. I used a big colander. • Stir everything together in your pots minus the ground beef or for this recipe we used two big turkey roasters. Talk about an upgraded crockpot! Start adding your dry ingredients so they can start adding more flavors to the chili and homogenize. • Once your meat is finished cooking, make sure to drain out the excess oils from your ground beef. Start adding the ground beef to each of your pots/ roaster. The other ingredients should be hot by this time. • Stirring your meat until it is finally mixed into your pots of chili. Let simmer for 4-6 hours. P.S. don't forget the LOVE! Just a dash will do!....now for my stoner's! • Take a medium sized pot and pour some of that chili in it. Add some infused chili oil. I added 1 tablespoon
of my own CannaBushi Spicy Chili oilroughly 15mg THC. (If you look back a few issues, I will teach you how to make it. Well….close. Using my Magical Butter Machine). • Add 2 tablespoons of infused sugar 98 mg each and .25 gram of fresh distillate. Cook over a low/medium heat for 15 minutes. Keeping it at a slow simmer. Enjoy! I hope you guys enjoy this infused chili. We didn't infuse it to feed the homeless but I bet they would have liked it as much as I did! I enjoyed making this and it sure did help feed an army. It also takes one to ensure that we can continue to give. Thank you to The Baked Ol'Ladies Network and friends who truly put their hearts into what we do! Happy Valentine's Day and let's celebrate Black History Month by choosing LOVE over hate. Feel free to reach out if you or your organization would like to donate food/ clothes/supplies or help! If you need to make Spicy Chili oil try using a Magical Butter Machine to do just that. Use my code CannaBushi at checkout for a Magical discount!
Chef Chris Rodarte aka Mr. CannaBushi is a ﬁve star Sushi Chef. Inventor of the ﬁrst THC/CBD infused dessert sushi roll in America. Traveling across America and working for some of the most renowned restaurants and Chefs in the country. Including Michelin rated Akira Back and Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant in the Bellagio. Nominated for the best Cannabis Chef in Las Vegas 2020 and the ﬁrst Cannabis Chef ever to be inducted into The Marquis Who's Who of America!! Check him out on The Chef Piero Show Episode #2 and soon Naked Sushi by CannaBushi on Vuuzle.TV!! Not to mention utterly thankful and grateful for it all… Shoot For The Stars! PHOTO OF CHEF CHRIS RODARTE BY: JENNY WINSLOW - JAY DUB PHOTO
COOKING WITH CANNABIS Elevated Dinner Party
>>> >>> BY BY CHEF CHEF GARRICK GARRICK UMLAND UMLAND
will know what to expect or how to react. If you can pair some nice infused mocktails with food that is recognizable, your guests will feel most at ease. The following recipes are super fun for everyone. In this first course I have put together two options. Both of these dishes work well together as well as give your guests a vegan option. You may also notice that in these courses I have chosen to use multiple forms of cannabis, both infused and in the plant material form. Remember to offer a full explanation of what your guests are about to enjoy and be ready for any questions that may arise.
Hope the first month of 2021 has been good to you all. As we continue our elevated dinner party discussion we want to talk about a few key topics. We’ve established the who, what, and where of the party last month, now let’s discuss the flow, the dosing and how to balance highs, and a delicious first course. As the chef and host of the party, you are in control of how you want the party to flow. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place prior to your party. Think of a good way to introduce your guests to the dinner party. You can do things like offer mocktails and present your guests menus and offer an explanation of the evening. It is also helpful to determine what the style will be - buffet, family style, or coursed menu. Don’t forget to think about the ambiance as part of the flow. Make sure to have a playlist that reflects your evenings’ vibe. Have something playing in the background that will ensure your guests remain nice and relaxed while the evening moves along. Don’t forget to think of the end of the party as well. How will you want the party to come to a close? I always like to include a small grab bag of CBD products and other offerings that are relevant to the evening. A very important aspect to the success
of an elevated dinner party is the proper dosing for guests. No two people are alike when it comes to how they may react to consuming THC. It is always best to err on the side of caution and “go low and slow” with your dosing. Offering different forms of THC infusions can help control how your guests may feel. A tincture can have a quicker effect than a coconut oil or butter. You also want to have offerings that are not infused as well. This will help some of your guests that may be hesitant in overindulging. Be sure to think about the style of your dinner party and how that decision may affect how you control the dosing. For instance, if you have chosen to do a buffet style dinner, you may want to have tags highlighting the level and form of THC in the dish. Make sure to offer explanations of what the guests can expect in your food. To help alleviate any anxiety or “over-highness” your guests may feel, be sure to include CBD throughout your dinner. Having CBD in your desert or after dinner drinks can help your guests manage their high and leave feeling the utmost joy in their experience. Please keep in mind that less will definitely be more when using cannabis in a dinner party setting. The introduction to the consumption of cannabis is important. Not everyone
Field Greens with Infused Sherry Vinaigrette Yield: 4-6 portions Prep Time: 40 Minutes Total Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients 1/3 cup sherry vinegar 1 large clove garlic 2 t dried oregano 1 t salt 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, infused 1 bag mixed baby greens 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 cucumber, diced 1 carrot, diced, 1 tomato, diced 3 hearts of palm, sliced 10 pepperoncini, sliced 2 grams decarboxylated cannabis Instructions Blend the vinegar, garlic, oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a blender until the garlic is finely chopped. With the blender running, slowly blend in the oil. Toss the baby greens, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, carrot, hearts of palm, and pepperoncini with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with more salt and black pepper, and serve. Using a hand zester, carefully grate the decarboxylated cannabis over each salad.
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Yield: 8 portions Prep Time: 30 Minutes Total Time: 60 minutes
Ingredients Wing Sauce 2/3 cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHotÂŽ) 1/2 cup cannabutter 1/4 t cayenne pepper 1/8 t garlic powder 1/8 t onion powder Blue Cheese Sauce 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/3 pound blue cheese (crumbled, divided) 1 t Worcestershire sauce
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Instructions Wing Sauce Combine the hot sauce, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in a pot and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring with a whisk. As soon as the liquid begins to bubble on the sides of the pot, slowly start to add the canna butter while stirring with the whisk. Once fully emulsified, set aside for use. Blue Cheese Sauce Warm cream in a 1 1/4-quart saucepan by bringing to a gentle simmer over a medium-low flame. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring as the cream thickens. Stir constantly to prevent the cream from burning or curdling. Add half of the blue cheese. Using a fork, mash and stir the cheese into the cream until a few lumps are visible. Once the cheese has completely melted, add the Worcestershire sauce stirring constantly to prevent burning. Continue to simmer 3 to 5 minutes more, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Slowly stir in the remaining blue cheese to incorporate it into the sauce. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the stove to prevent the cheese from melting completely, which would make the sauce runny. Garrick Umland is a chef, cannabis connoisseur, and hospitality professional specializing in product and brand development. Chef Garrick has worked under the expertise of Wolfgang Puck as well as the renowned Light Group. He brings years of knowledge, research, and innovation to projects throughout the US.
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