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If you’ve been reading about the different chemicals in cannabis, then by this point, you definitely know what cannabinoids are. Cannabinoids are the center of research when it comes to cannabis and its medicinal effects, but there are other chemicals that can also affect your cannabis products: organic compounds called terpenes.


There are many different terpenes out there, and they’re important to take note of because they can greatly impact the flavor and smell of your cannabis as well as add to the effects of your strains and cannabis oil uses. Each common terpenoid is a natural way to enhance the effects of cannabis in your mind and body. This is important those who are disgusted by certain flavors, and it is important to take note of, when making edibles, in order to pair your flavors thoughtfully.


In this two-part series, we’ll take a look at some of the most important terpenes out there, so you can keep track of what you’re getting, as most labels will provide the top three terpenes.


Myrcene


One of these important compounds is called Myrcene, which you will usually see on labels as β-myrcene. This is one of the most common terpenes you can find in cannabis. This can actually affect you in the way of weighing you down a bit, making you sink into the couch. It’s usually highly present in indica strains, for this reason. Myrcene also assists all of the chemicals in your cannabis affect you more quickly and easily, by decreasing resistance and enhancing the terpenoid natural effects that could come from other terpenes in your strain.


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This compound also has some anti-inflammatory properties and can be used in conjunction with other preventative measures to help with ulcers. This essential oil is found in the leaves of many citrus fruits, so it gives off a citrusy scent, along with earthy and musky tones.


Limonene


Limonene’s name kind of says it all, as far as smell and flavor go. It’s very citrusy, so if you’re getting that sour, fruity smell from cannabis, it’s probably high in Limonene, which is good. You can find this terpene in normal citrus fruit rinds as well, and it’s easily absorbed by just smelling it. You can also use Limonene as an antifungal, which is why it’s often concentrated into oils and creams. It’s also known to help with weight-loss and is generally associated with an uplift in mood.


Limonene is also found in the skin of citrus fruits


Linalool


For those of us who get a little anxious from THC, you might want to be on the lookout for Linalool. It promotes calming feelings and can even assist with sleep. In addition to that relaxing feeling, Linalool can also promote health in the immune system, and it has been shown to inhibit the damage of cigarette smoking to your lungs. It has more of a floral scent and flavor, sometimes described to be similar to lavender.


Linalool will help with your insomnia, to keep you from falling asleep at your desk


Caryophyllene


This is one of the spicier terpenes that you may notice when you get cannabis products with a little kick. You will see Caryophyllene referred to as beta-caryophyllene or β-caryophyllene, similar to myrcene. This has a great terpenoid natural effect, as it can help with chronic pain, especially when combined with cannabis oil uses, like CBD, a miracle cannabinoid that you’ve seen us talk about quite often here at Medical Edibles. It also seems this could be a good preventative measure for any damage caused to the kidneys by anti-cancer drugs.


Borneol


This terpene is most known for its scent, and it has actually been used in Chinese Medicine for millennia. Borneol has a woody aroma that is very pleasant. It has been proven to be great for anti-insomnia and as a bronchodilator. There is a lot of research going into Borneol at this time as cancer-killer, as with many of the terpenes. It has also been recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties.


Making Use of Terpene Knowledge


Now that you know a bit about terpenes, you can start looking out for them on the labels, when you go to your dispensary. It’s always helpful to ask questions about the terpenes that may not be listed as well. Anyone at your local dispensary should know about these chemicals and be able to point you in the right direction. Getting to know the aromas associated with each terpene will also help you so that you can smell a product and get a feel for how that strain might affect you.


Of course, doing some online research into which strains have which terpenes can also help you, to ensure you head to the right dispensary for your needs from the beginning. Enjoy getting to know more about how terpenes affect your body, as you hone in on the right products for your lifestyle.


 

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For this review, I returned to Dixie Elixirs, the brand behind the THC Elixir I recently reviewed. The brand also has a THC tincture for sale, called Synergy Dew Drops. I had never tried a tincture before, and I was definitely excited to explore the possibilities with this one. It has an even ratio of both THC and CBD in the product (also a first for me). It has just over 40 mg of each chemical, depending on the batch, with my tincture weighing in at around 47 mg of each.


I decided that this would be a fun little edible to try out on a hike. I usually experience some joint pain that holds me back while exploring the great outdoors, but thanks to the benefits of CBD oil contained in the tincture, I was actually able to get up the mountain much more easily than I normally can.


The Taste


I have to make a point to talk about the taste of this product. It’s the first sensation you get, and even though it’s a very short experience with this tincture, it’s definitely worth noting. You have to take it by using the dropper, which has the milliliters marked on it, to know how big of a drop you’re getting. Since the whole bottle has a relatively low amount of THC in it, I think it’s safe to just go for the biggest drop you can.

 

The dropper allows you to use as little – or as much – as you would like.


Once the tincture hit my tongue, I noticed just how strong that herby flavor could be, in such a small drop of CBD THC Tincture. I got a hint of the vanilla flavor – which added some very nice sweetness – but the main flavor was the bitter cannabis herb flavor. Some people don’t like this, but as a tincture, it’s what is to be expected, as all tinctures taste concentrated. They never taste like food, which you may know if you’ve taken any other kind of herbal tincture. This was actually pleasant, compared to other tinctures I had used in the past.


The Experience


As I started to feel it kick in, the high of it was very light. It was very much in the head at first, but being in the sun and moving around helped that high along, as it relaxed me. It stayed mostly in the background, creating a deeply appreciative feeling in me. I stared at the sights and things around me far too intently, but it was nice to do. I definitely saw this trail in a different light, due to the specific kind of cerebral high I was getting.


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As I ascended the trail, I could feel my legs start to get a bit achy, but as the high started to set in more, I think the CBD effects did, too. Almost as soon as I noticed the ache, it slowly started to go away. My legs were not necessarily numb; the pain just started to fade on its own. This unexpected motivation got me to the end very easily. I usually never make it to the end without some real exhaustion, followed by the decision to push my legs to the limit, but this worked out nicely, as I felt no discomfort.


The timing for all of this was the most interesting part. It says right on the bottle that it will take only 20 minutes to kick in, which I thought was amazing. This was actually accurate, but it took longer than 20 minutes to get to the peak, where the full CBD effects kicked in, and so I was a little spaced-out during my hike. Once I was at the first-hour mark, I felt the CBD THC Tincture pretty much the rest of the day. Although I arrived at the familiar mountain around noon, the effects didn’t completely wear off until the sun went down. It was really nice to feel the tincture working in the background for that long, however, especially with the CBD there to help my joints, as well as prevent me from getting any sort of anxiety from the THC part.



Synergy Dew Drops combine THC and CBD in an elegant tincture.


Is It Worth It?


Of all the edibles I have tried, I really liked this one and would recommend it to anyone. Not many edibles are good for every person out there, but the CBD levels in this one make it so that this won’t be an overwhelming experience at all. You can look up Dixie Elixirs to find out where they have this CBD THC tincture for sale, or just scope out the best places to buy edibles online.

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In the world of eating your THC, the focus seems to be so much on snacks, or fully infused meals, that we forget about all the other possibilities for culinary applications. One of those great possibilities: edible condiments. No need to make your snack or meal into a day-long kitchen process, just to get it infused with some cannabis. If you’ve got these condiments around the house, you can make almost anything you eat into a cannabis snack.


THC Honey


This is a great condiment for every meal of the day. You can use THC honey for many baking uses, drizzled over breakfast, or you just can put it in your tea. For dinner, honey is great for making meals like honey garlic chicken, spreading on fresh bread with canna butter, or just giving some sweetness to any of your meats. Having a bottle of this around the house will make consuming your cannabis in a fresh meal much quicker and easier than making fresh edibles.

 

Honey provides a sweet option of drizzling some canna into your day.


There are a ton of brands making infused honey, but getting a THC Honey Pot Bear will get you that classic bottle that makes it feel like you’re a kid again (it’s a little different now, because there’s THC in the honey, but that’s the adult side of play, right?). You can also get a Honey Pot Bear with CBD if THC isn’t really your thing. For those of us that use CBD as medicine, this is one of the more enjoyable ways you can feel healthier.


Medicated Barbecue Sauce


If you’re into grilling, then you don’t want to miss out on this one. Medicated Barbecue Sauce is for medical use only, as of now, but if you’ve got your medical card, then this will be one of the coolest ways to start taking your daily medicine while preparing meals. This is a sauce invented by Tyrone Jones, and it’s their only product, as they’ve focused on delivering a solid sauce.


The sauce is made with 200mg of infused oil and is supposed to relieve “body aches, insomnia, nausea, inflammation, anxiety, muscle spasms, and poor appetite,” according to their website. This is great for chicken, ribs, burgers, or anything else you could want to throw some sauce on. This brand will also soon be unveiling their infused olive oil and steak sauce, so stay tuned for those exciting additions.

 

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THC Ketchup


Ketchup is the classic condiment. Pretty much everyone puts ketchup on their fries, and a lot of people go as far as adding it to their burgers or hot dogs. Having THC Ketchup in the house will go a long way for your dinners, cookouts, or when you bring home fast food and want to kick it up a notch. The people over at Yummi Karma make a ton of different snacks, but their little THC ketchup packets are one of their specialties, and they are soon to become readily available. You can find the best places to get your own THC ketchup online, in the meantime.


Cannabis Sriracha


This sauce has become extremely popular recently. It’s quite spicy, but it has a flavor that can make any meal great (and can be used sparingly). Most people put sriracha into wraps, or as a part of Asian-inspired dishes, which means you can get fancy with your cannabis cooking, once you get your hands on this sauce. There aren’t many brands currently selling cannabis sriracha, but Lorax Labs recently entered a very high-powered cannabis sriracha into a competition, and eager fans are hopeful that it will be on the market soon.


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Marinara Sauce


If you like to make pizza or go nuts for mozzarella sticks, then you’re definitely going to want to indulge in cannabis pizza sauce. You can hop on over and check out the different options at Clean Healing’s website. You can get this sauce is varied strengths so that you have a bit of control over how high you get. This also comes in a strictly CBD form, if THC isn’t your style. If you’re not sure exactly how to cook with this stuff, their website has recipes you can follow as well, making it easy to make a little cannabis pizza that fits your diet and lifestyle.


Medicated Hot Sauce


If you do love spicy food, you probably have hot sauce in your bag right now, and you put it on everything. If you want to turn that into a cannabis hot sauce you can enjoy with each meal, then Freddie Hott Sauce has you covered. Their medicated hot sauce has 420mg of THC in every 8oz of sauce, meaning you’re not going to miss out on feeling this one in your mouth and your mind.


As you can see (and soon taste), when it comes to edibles products, condiments open up a whole new range of delicious ways to enjoy cannabis-infused flavors with your meals. Whether you’re a sweet or savory person, chances are, there’s already something on the market that’s perfect for your particular taste buds.

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For this review, I actually ended up choosing a product that caught my eye at the dispensary a while back. I had seen the displays all over the city, but then I found out just how popular they were in Las Vegas, from my other edible enthused friends. Rather than miss out on the hype, I decided it was time to try the Glacé Dark Chocolate Mini BonBons, so I could share my own take on this visually appealing product.


Glacé Edibles is a part of the Nevada-based company, Libra Wellness. This part of the company focuses on gourmet chocolatiering, which makes for some great THC chocolate Instagram pictures at the same time.


 A closer look at Glacé Dark Chocolate Mini BonBons


The Look


Each of these little bonbons is its own art piece, truly. The way this edible paint is splashed on the chocolate gives a celestial effect that makes it look like these might be more for decorating than eating. I still have some left in the fridge – which of course I have to whip out every time a friend comes over – because they’re just that elegant.


The Taste


While I was cutting these up (which I would recommend), I first noticed how thick they were. Biting into the chocolate actually takes a bit of effort, which is so pleasing for this taste. It’s very rich, and you can taste the oil, but that salty, chocolate flavor does a great job of shifting the flavor into something uniquely pleasant.


It’s a great-quality dark chocolate from the get-go, but the decadence also comes through with their fruit flavors. In the assorted pack that I got, I had the raspberry and passion fruit flavors, in addition to that original dark chocolate. The passionfruit had a tropical flavor that I didn’t expect in chocolate, and the raspberry was that perfect dark heavy flavor.


What’s Inside?


For each of these three flavors, there’s also a unique cannabinoid balance. The least potent for THC in this batch was 30.69mg, which was the raspberry flavor. The passion fruit flavor had 39.6 mg of THC, and then the normal dark chocolate had the most, at 41.2mg. On top of being potent, as far as THC, they also have a bit of a few other cannabinoids.


 Even the packaging says luxe, using holographic text.


One of these chemicals, Cannabichromene (CBC), is sought out for its medical properties and use as an antidepressant. Cannabigerol (CBG) also has similar properties including inflammation reduction. The Chocolate has 2.15mg CBC and 0.61mg CBG, the raspberry has 1.43mg of CBC and 0.49mg CBG; the passion fruit has 1.87mg CBC with 0.72 of CBG.


The Experience


Surprisingly, the most intense experience came from the passion fruit flavor. Despite it having less THC, I took a smaller dose of this one than the chocolate, and it was much more intense. Each time, it took about 30 minutes to kick in, which was much quicker than expected.


With the normal chocolate flavor, my attention span was quite low. I felt kind of stupid but in a relaxed way. It kept growing over about three hours, which made me very glad to not be in public, but it was otherwise comfortable. The euphoria was definitely present, putting a glow over everything. It was much easier to just take a seat.


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The passion fruit was similar, but there was a lot more visual distortion, and the redness in the eyes was a lot more obvious. It definitely hit me like a brick, which I did not expect, after the chocolate had been so easy. Had I been prepared, I would have definitely taken it more easily, but it was fun to ride the way anyway.


The raspberry was a lot calmer, which was nice. I didn’t get much redness in the eyes, and I was able to navigate all the necessary tasks I had to work on, without much hesitation. It didn’t quite hide in the background, but it was much easier to set aside since it wasn’t as in-your-face.


Final Judgement


This is a great edible for people that want something that will last all day or night. The Glacé Dark Chocolate Mini BonBons each lasted for about six hours. The peak was very long, and it was a very gradual climb to get there. It was definitely a fun THC chocolate, able to provide relaxation and calming, after several stressful work days. Do your research, so you can find a dispensary that sells them near you, and make sure you’re prepared for this strong THC chocolate.

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Sifting through the weeds (literally) for reputable, up-to-date information on all things marijuana can be daunting. These days, everybody is jumping on the “best cannabis websites” bandwagon, for a chance to get your clicks or cash. Yet, like any free enterprise gold rush, many of these sites fall short of giving you reliable information, like current cannabis news, strain reviews, and legal explanations. Instead, you get incessant advertising pop-ups, poor reporting, and yesterday’s trends.


We’ve narrowed down the contenders, to deliver a concise list of the four best cannabis websites, each of which provides green-friendly, knowledgeable info to help you make sense of the market, like product and manufacturer reviews. Each site offers knowledge to speak to your lifestyle, and these battle-tested pros will keep you ahead of the curve. Don’t fall for the fakes and flakes; get where you’re going on the right, responsible road instead.


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Merry Jane


With a clever play on “Mary Jane,” the old-school term for marijuana, Merry Jane is jam-packed full of green-friendly news. From sobering articles that describe the current political climate to music and videos, this site has it all. Best of all, dispensary locations are provided, allowing you to navigate and analyze, for some savvy comparison shopping.


Merry Jane also has a community platform app called SESH, described as a “share your smoking experience” session, hence SESH. You can upload pretty much anything and connect with other users, which is great if you like the group vibe.


The Weed Blog


For a no-nonsense, straightforward site that might be right out of your dad’s newsfeed (if he’s also a canna fan), The Weed Blog delivers. Here, the current cannabis news is presented via a platform you can toke to on Sunday mornings, in your slippers, with a pipe in hand. There is a menu chock-full of top stories and culture grabs, and the add-ons make this one of the best cannabis websites around.


The Weed Blog includes such sections and articles as:


Cooking – Cannabis infused nut butter

Science – “Former Chairman of Epilepsy Foundation Wants CBD for Kids”

Policy – “Jeff Sessions Admits Feds Lack Resources for Small Marijuana Crimes”

Advocacy – “Veterans Get Green Light to Discuss Medical Marijuana With VA Doctors”

Growing – From specific strains for depression to tech advice

Events – Bud Camp: The Cannabis Profit Summit


The Weed Blog offers options that are laid out nicely, to keep you in the know, without feeling like you’re fifteen years old and discovering pot for the first time.

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Leafly


This site is one of the best cannabis websites for strain reviews (and more) on the net today. Leafly offers a rock-solid platform that brings the graphics of science to the world of strain descriptions.


Based on your high school chemistry periodic table of elements, Leafly sets up strains the same way. By clicking lettered tile symbols, you get an indica, sativa, or hybrid description. Each includes an “effects” scale, consisting of creative, euphoric, happy, relaxed, and uplifted levels, with a 1-5-star rating of favorites. Popular products and review information may include:


  • OG Kush – “cherished for its ability to crush stress under the weight of its heavy euphoria”
  • Sour Diesel – “invigorating sativa-dominant strain named after its pungent, diesel-like aroma”
  • Green Crack – “induces an invigorating mental buzz that keeps you going throughout the day”

You can find where any strain is dispensed, as well as reviews and photos of products. Additionally, LeaflyTV serves up some serious topics, related to all things edible friendly, staying-vapor rich and flowery fun, while relaying current cannabis news.


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High Times


Founded in 1974 as the go-to, Mother-Nature-friendly magazine, High Times is now one of the top community digital platforms centered around weed.


Visit High Times for up-to-date news, including topics like:


  • “The 10 Best Edibles of 2017”
  • “How to Get Paid to Smoke Weed”
  • “Could Cannabis Replace Traditional Labor Medications?”

Plus, High Times offers swanky merchandise, books, magazines, and even weed testing kits.


One of the best things about High Times is that the company sponsors “cannabis cup contests”, which celebrate the best strains in current cannabis news from across the globe. There is even information on how to compete in a cannabis cup yourself, perhaps using that sweet, frosty, red-haired flower you accidentally created (using organic raspberries and Miracle-Gro, of course).

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“It’s 420” is a phrase that has surfaced everywhere, becoming global. Entire online marketplaces for 420 deals now exist, giving rise to new product and even investment opportunities. But just what does 420 mean? If you’re curious about the meaning, where the term came from, and how it got started, you’re in the right place.

The mystery behind the origins of 420 has been the topic of many forums and smoke sessions, and this article aims to clear the smokescreen surrounding this blazing’ day, time, and phrase.

Many people have speculated about this number and debated the mystery surrounding the 420 origin. Here are some of the theories that have been hashed over, throughout the cannabis culture, for decades:

  • 420 was a radio call sign for marijuana-related offenses.
  • 420 was the number of cannabinoids in cannabis.
  • April 20th (4/20) was the date that legendary rock and roll artists Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin passed away.

While all of these are great guesses, none of them holds any validity, when it comes to 420 and weed. With this in mind, let’s look at the history of 420 together.


The origins behind 420 are actually based in a treasure hunt of sorts

The Waldos


It is rumored that, once upon a time, there was an immaculate, hidden marijuana crop, a crop of epic proportions, unlike any other found in the world. (There is even a sketchy treasure map hand-drawn, like something out of the Goonies.)

A group of high school kids that called themselves “The Waldos” decided to make it their mission to find this pot crop. They started meeting everyday after school, in front of the Louis Pasteur statue, at 4:20 pm.

The group started this routine after they got the hook-up on a map to the crop’s location, along with the blessing of an acquaintance’s brother. The brother supposedly planted this crop in Point Reyes, just northwest of San Francisco.

The Waldos included the following members – who, according to TIME Magazine, are all still friends and living in Northern California:

  • Steve Capper
  • Dave Reddix
  • Jeffrey Noel
  • Larry Schwartz
  • Mark Gravich

Initially, the term or phrase 420 was actually “420 Louis,” partially named for the statue the group would meet in front of. However, the gang later dropped the “Louis” part and just said 420.

Now we know that the 420 origin was a high school in California, but what does 420 mean? Quite simply, 420 means “let’s get high”. If you’re smoking a joint, bowl, or bong, it’s 420. 420 today means “it’s time to blaze,” thanks to the Waldos of yesteryear.

 

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Why 420?


Imagine if the Waldos had picked a different time to meet. If they had, we may be using an alternative term today. 4:20 pm just so happened to be when school got out, and when they could all gather in one spot, to go search for the sacred pot crop.

The term 420 stuck around because many people had no idea what it meant. Unless you were part of The Waldos or friends with them, 420 was meaningless to you. This made provided an excellent code for the group to use, without their teachers catching on to the scheme.

420’s Rise to Fame


A neat little piece of trivia is that the term 420 actually became famous, thanks to a legendary band by the name of the Grateful Dead. Dave Reddix of The Waldos landed a job as a roadie for the band’s bassist, Phil Lesh, and it was only a matter of time from there.

The Waldos would hang out during band practices, smoking joints while the Grateful Dead practiced their tunes. During this time, they would often reference 420 when they wanted to blaze, and, in return, the phrase stuck with the band members.

The Grateful Dead started using the term 420, and their popularity solidified the phrase in history. Then, sometime in the beginning of the 1990s, High Times magazine caught wind of the term 420 and published it in one of their magazines. Many people believe this is how the phrase 420 went global.


Today, the public’s attitude toward cannabis has shifted dramatically, making 420 more popular than ever

420 Today: Not Just for Stoners


Nowadays, 420 represents an entire culture, and one that is rapidly changing. The longhaired hippie stoners of the past are turning into executives and corporate entrepreneurs today. It’s not just jeans and tie-dyed shirts; it’s suits, dresses, and blouses.

420 is a special day all of its own. While those who partake in cannabis enjoy 420 day just about every day, the actual day itself only comes once a year. On 420 day (which is April 20th of each year, for obvious reasons), cannabis businesses, supporters, and advocates hold events that support the plant they love.

In the United States, thanks to cannabis legalization taking place, 420 is a day that is becoming more popular than ever before. Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, California, Nevada, and even America’s capitol, Washington, D.C., hold some fantastic 420 Day events that attract people from all around the world.

Today, the term 420 has spread around the world, thanks to the many individual seeds behind cannabis advocacy. It is said that a single seed can tip the scales, and when it comes to this “weed,” it’s obvious that cannabis culture did indeed get started in just this way.

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Marijuana Edibles That Have More to Offer Than the Typical Brownie

If you’re a fan of edibles, you know that the most popular form of THC chocolate is the infamous pot brownie. Almost since the dawn of the marijuana movement, “weed brownies” have become synonymous with those who like their desserts a little on the “green” side. However, with an increased acceptance of THC throughout society, there have been more experiments with medical edibles, chocolate in particular.

Do you enjoy the euphoric feeling that edibles give, but don’t want to subject yourself to baked goods like brownies all the time? Perhaps some variety would liven up your post-meal or snack options, while still quelling your chocolate cravings? This week, we explore the revolution of chocolate and marijuana edibles, which is exploding this year.

 

Cocoa beans and cannabis offer many winning combinations


Why is Chocolate Ideal for Marijuana Edibles?


The cocoa bean (the key ingredient in chocolate) has always been highly revered for its multitude of health benefits, its ability to boost sex drives (as an aphrodisiac), and of course, its yummy taste. Taking it a step further, the endorphins released in the brain when eating cocoa are relatively similar to those that signal a love connection in the brain. No wonder chocolate has been one of the go-to ingredients, as people have begun experimenting with cannabis goods.

Cannabis chefs and scientists alike find chocolate and marijuana to be the perfect pair, not only because chocolate easily covers the leafy taste that marijuana can dominate some foods with, but also because the two share chemicals that affect the appetite, mood, and level of pain perception: THC and anandamide.


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As you may know, THC boosts cannabinoid receptors in the human body, causing psychoactive and medical effects that make you feel warm, cozy, comfortable, and even euphoric. Anandamide, a lipid found in chocolate (and also produced in the human brain), is nearly chemically identical to THC and causes a light, natural high, which is why many people who don’t even use marijuana can find the food addicting to a certain degree.

When these two chemicals are combined, they can boost the effects of your chocolaty edibles, meaning you’ll probably feel higher and stay at that level for longer than with other edibles.

There’s More to THC Chocolate than Brownies


As mentioned above, we’re going to reveal a revolutionized world of marijuana edibles that include more than the traditional pot brownie. Not only are there hundreds of cocoa-infused recipes that you can try from the comfort of your own kitchen, but there are also many emerging products that are readily available, at your convenience.

 

THC Chocolate bars are changing up the dessert game

Here are some products that you may be interested in trying if you want to expand your horizons beyond brownies:

1. Kiva Marijuana Chocolate Bars

Do you prefer a traditional chocolate bar, in place of a heavy baked good? This brand of marijuana chocolate bars is highly revered and has great reviews. Not only do they satisfy your sweet tooth, but they also come in a variety of flavors ranging from tangerine chocolate to ginger chocolate, and even chai-latte chocolate bars!

2. “High” End Mindy’s Artisanal Chocolates

If you have a taste for high-end candies – like fancy peanut brittle, or toffee scattered on a bed of cannabis chocolate – Mindy’s Artisanal Chocolates may be right up your alley. This brand is known for their rich, creamy flavors that have an excellent blend of tastes and textures for you to enjoy. Mindy is a nationally acclaimed, James Beard Award-Winning Pastry Chef who enjoys giving back to customers who suffer from chronic conditions—or those who just love a great tasting edible.

3. THC Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Sometimes,  you don’t need something to snack on. Rather, it’s just as enjoyable to sip on something warm, while you enjoy your high on a cuddly night. This THC-infused hot cocoa is a must-try. You’ll feel cozy and blissful, by the time you reach the bottom of your cup.

What Are Your Favorite Chocolate Edibles?

If you’re a chocolate connoisseur, you owe it to yourself to try more than weed brownies. Although they are rich and may hit the right spot sometimes, there’s so much more chocolatey goodness emerging, as marijuana becomes legal across the states.

If you have an original chocolate cannabis edible you’ve fallen in love with, feel free to leave us a comment below. We would love to hear about your favorite edibles or chocolatey recipes that made your taste buds and endorphins jump for joy.

 

Author Byline: Maxine Samone, also known as The Curly Copywriter, spends her free time curating awesome articles, branding businesses, and documenting her journey on Instagram. Get daily news on everything hip and urban—including the best business practices for up and coming brands—by visiting www.maxinesamone.com.

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While reading through The Kitchen posts here at Medical Edibles, you’ve probably collected several tempting culinary options, from basic brownies to gourmet recipes. You may also be looking for ways to improve other recipes, or simply curious about experimenting in general, with your own edible cooking and baking. If you’re ready to dive in and want to make your own edibles, there are several key secrets to getting delicious (and powerful) results every time. By heeding these important warnings, you’ll guarantee that the first time gets you results you can feel, instead of duds.


Don’t Use Too Much Flower


When you make your own cannabutter, you might have heard from friends that the more flower you use, the better. That is not true at all. You don’t want to go out and drop a bunch of money on flower, only to stuff it into a small cup of oil. Remember to use only one cup of flower per cup of oil. The oil can only absorb so many cannabinoids, so you’ll genuinely be wasting flower if you overdo it.


Don’t Turn Your Flower into Powder


When you grind up your flower to start the processes, some people think that the finer it’s ground, the better. It may seem counterintuitive, but keep it coarse. Just using a regular grinder – like you use when you’re smoking flower – will actually get you a perfect breakup for it. No need to get too fancy.


Don’t forget to De-Carb


When you make your butter, heat will release the THC. Flower right off the stem contains THCA, which, when heated, will release the THC we’re looking for. When making butter or cooking in general, this release will occur as well, but you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you activate it beforehand, in a process known as decarboxylating.


Decarboxylating is simpler than it sounds. Put your weed on a tray, put it in the oven on a low setting (somewhere between 150-240°F), and wait until the weed is perfectly crumbly. This will means it’s activated. You can also use a food dehydrator if you would like, or you can use flower straight from your vaporizer. Cannabis that has already been vaped is still activated and can be used for making butter right out of the vape, which is perfect.  


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Remember that THC has a Boiling Point


When cooking THC, you need to remember that it actually boils at around 314°F, so you don’t want to go too far above this temperature. Many online recipes will call for you to cook your creations at about 350°F, but don’t do it. You shouldn’t have to go over 340°F. If you cook your THC at too high a temperature, it will start to break down, leading to less potent edibles. So, be smart and cook it “slow-and-low”, so you’re not regretting it later.


Think Savory


If you don’t want to make your own edibles out of fear that they will taste too much like the actual plant, then try to mask that taste with flavors that pair with or cover it. Savory flavors will always work best, as opposed to sweet, but a combination of sweet and salty works also, if you’re making cookies or brownies. If you do opt for something sweet, both caramel and chocolate can pair well with cannabis, as far as taste goes, so long as you favor the salty ingredients more than the sweet. It’s very hard to make it so that you don’t taste any cannabis in your edibles whatsoever, but staying away from fruity or ultra-sweet flavors is an important first step when you want to know how to make marijuana edibles taste great.


Consider Potency


You’re going to want to try your butter or oils before you do any cooking. Do the math, to figure out how much oil you think will end up in one serving, and give it a whirl, before you start cooking. You may find out that you need to use more or less than your initial guess because there are so many factors in the infusing process that could throw off your calculations.


If you do want to make your creations more potent, consider using sunflower lecithin. This substance makes fats bond together better, and it is thought to make our bodies break down more of the fatty substance that is THC, yielding stronger effects. On the flip side, If you want to make sure that these aren’t too extreme, consider throwing in a little CBD oil. CBD oil boils at a much higher point than THC, so using it instead can help keep friends from getting too out of their mind or too anxious.


While cooking and baking both require a bit of precision, to get the science of solid results down, being aware of these simpler tips will help you save time and money. At the same time, you’ll be able to craft some truly satisfying dishes, with an added bonus of some sweet relaxation after.



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Edible Reviews

Cherry Limeade Elixir was a first for me: a cannabis drink. I’ve been trying all sorts of foods containing THC, but a liquid is different. Dosage, as always, is important, but it’s much easier to drink too much, straight out of a bottle, than it is to eat too much. I was a bit worried, starting off with this cool product, but it turns out that Dixie Edibles has everything covered, thanks to their clever bottle design. But first, let’s talk taste.


A “Humid” Taste


I couldn’t help but include this take after I heard it. I let my partner try some of the Elixir, and he described it as having a somewhat “humid” flavor. It made perfect sense to me: this refreshing drink tastes and smells almost as if you’re walking into an artificial cave at a zoo or aquarium, but without any of the gross smells or flavors – as a bonus, Dixie doesn’t include any artificial flavors or coloring, either.


Just refreshing, cannabis-infused cherry limeade in here!


It’s a very “cool” flavor as if all of your senses are being hydrated. I couldn’t say I’ve ever tasted anything quite like it. You could definitely taste the cannabis flavor, and the cherry limeade paired well with it. The sparkling aspect of it was very light, but it added to the refreshment. It was almost as if I was drinking a melted Icee that actually tasted great.


Overall, the taste was an A+, especially because that unique sensation caught me off guard. It’s definitely important not to chug this one for the flavor, however.


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A Beautiful, Safety-Minded Bottle


To keep you from chugging, Dixie Edibles has a great design that makes dosing easy. The packaging itself is beautiful, taking on a unique shape, but the design is also intentional. Once you remove the cap, the Elixir has a half-full mark that is used to get the perfect dose. With this product, you will get you a 6mg THC dosage in 15ml of the drink. That is, of course, if you’re using the 100mg bottle; there’s also a 200mg bottle available, so be aware of what you’re buying.


The best part about the cap is that it’s extremely childproof. They designed this exclusive bottle to keep children from consuming THC as best as possible. I didn’t get too confused taking it off, as an adult, but I could see a child being unsure of the right way to tackle this bottle, due to its thoughtful design. You need to pull through the resistance to get it open, which is counterintuitive, but it makes it possible to keep this at home safely if you have a family. The bottle also provides a great seal, so your drink is fresh and sparkling every time.


Pretty to look at – yet inaccessible to children’s hands


The Experience


The bottle offers a mighty claim: it says you should start to feel the effects in 30 minutes. For all of the readers that have eaten edibles before, you might agree with me that this claim sounds a bit ambitious, right?


After I took my preferred dosage, I started making dinner, but I decided to take a bit longer with the process because I knew I was waiting for something to kick in before eating. It did kick in, after 45 minutes, but it wasn’t too intense. Over the next hour and a half, I felt a slow rise in the euphoria and disorienting effects.


At its height, I was feeling very lazy and very hungry, but totally comfortable on my couch. Weirdly enough, it felt as though I had been smoking flower instead of getting an ingested high. Luckily, I had snacks to help with the hunger and shows to binge on, so this was a perfect experience for me.


Despite how lethargic I was, I still felt awake. When it was bedtime, I just got in bed and lay there awake, thinking about plans and how to make them work. I didn’t get to bed for over an hour, but every way I laid was relaxing. It came as no surprise that this THC elixir was sativa-based, given how overactive my brain was, but I wasn’t upset about it. It was good “me” time, unlike the uncomfortable headspace bad edibles effects can leave users in.


This is definitely a great option for anyone looking for serious cerebral highs. It is an edible, so you wouldn’t expect it, but this really got my brain going more than anything else.


Dixie Edibles makes a number of different flavors, including Root Beer and Half & Half (think Arnold Palmer). If you’re curious, check out the stock of edibles at your local dispensary, or buy edibles online to see what your best buying options are.

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The Kitchen - Recipes

Thanks to the growing recreational legality of cannabis, it’s much easier to get your hands on a variety of different edibles. There are brands adding THC to products you may have never thought of as edibles possibilities, and the market has grown leaps and bounds from the classic brownie. While it may be fun to try all of these products, for many, the real enjoyment comes from creating their own. Several benevolent THC chefs have made this even easier, by sharing their top marijuana recipes with their subscribers.


The Youtuber Njchef is one such talented cannabis recipe creator, sharing his recipes in instructional videos. His channel also includes reviews of various cannabis products that give you a taste of what’s currently on the market. He’s got some great recipes for marijuana edibles posted to his channel, and he takes you step-by-step through the method behind each one, so you won’t be left in the dark.


To be able to cook with cannabis as much as he does, Njchef makes use of a special product called the Magical Butter Machine, which helps him make his infusions. This simple product gives you the oils or butter you need to make a lot of meals, but it’s certainly not the only way. There are loads of online recipes for Cannabutter or THC oil, which you can use to create the butter or oil used in his recipes if you don’t have this machine. However, it’s definitely a tool that will make your life easier, if you plan on cooking with cannabis as often as Njchef is.


Once you’ve got your gear prepped and ready to go, here are some delicious recipes to get your canna cooking adventure started:


Tennessee Fire Fried Chicken and Waffles


This is a recipe for the spice fans out there. This is meant to be a pretty fiery recipe, starting with his oil-based sauce, but if you’re not a spice person, Njchef ensures that this will work and taste great without the cayenne he uses for an extra kick. After explaining how to make the chicken, he moves on to the waffles, which he advises using your THC-infused oils or cannabutter in, to really get that stony kick. At the end of this recipe, you’re left with a sweet-and-spicy meal that can be served amongst your friends, for a new (and fun) experience. Some southern barbeque with a little bit of cannabis? Now that’s something you don’t often get from marijuana recipes.  


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Butterfly Shrimp Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette


For this recipe, Njchef assures his audience that this recipe is hard to screw up (which is especially great, if you’re new to cooking). Starting with a quart of blueberries, he then adds in the balsamic vinegar, followed by the sugar. He suggests mixing those ingredients together, before squeezing in some lemon and (slowly) adding your infused oil. The lemon thickens everything up together nicely, to achieve the consistency you’re looking for in a dressing.


From this point, Njchef takes you through his order of adding the vegetables and other oils and seasonings, and, of course, the infused vinaigrette, before adding your shrimp and onion on top. This is a really colorful meal that you can make for yourself or for a party, and it’s a great way for marijuana edibles to move you into that state of THC relaxation, over an easygoing dinner.


Canna-Pesto Infusion


This simple pesto recipe is one you can keep and use as a great base for many different dishes. For those Italian food fans, this can definitely be useful to have around, if you want to entertain friends during a non-traditional pasta dinner. This recipe stays in the blender, so it’s incredibly easy.


You start with the olive oil and then add as much garlic as you’d like (based on your personal preferences). After blending these two ingredients together, it’s time for the basil. Because you’re using a lot of oil – both olive oil and infused oil – you may want to add a decent amount of salt, to ensure you end up with an excellent balance, rather than a strong oil taste. As always, you want to add the oil slowly, so that you get all of the THC. Once completed, you’ve got a pesto that you can use for all of your meals, sandwiches, and snacks. If you’re really feeling adventurous, Njchef even has a video for gnocchi marijuana recipes, in which he uses this pesto (if you need a little gourmet inspiration).


Home cooking videos are definitely changing, and these simple recipes provide a great starting point if you’re someone who appreciates good cuisine, as well as good cannabis. In addition to YouTube, you can follow Njchef on Twitter, for more cannabis cooking adventure inspiration, or keep reading along with Medical Edibles’ The Kitchen, for regular videos and recipes for a stony, delicious time.


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