Impress Your Valentine With Chocolate-Tasting Tips From A Chef

I've been tasting chocolate — lots of chocolate. And let me begin by saying, as jobs go, this is a good one. Let's start this lesson by taking a minute to learn some very basic information about this sweet, nuanced treat.

This is not the milk chocolate you grew up eating, which is loaded with sugar. This is sophisticated, craft chocolate — what's often called "bean to bar."

These chocolate bars are about the unique flavors that emerge when cacao beans — found on cacao trees, which can be grown up to 20 degrees above or below the equator — are transformed into chocolate. The cacao pods have 20 to 40 seeds inside that are fermented, dried and then roasted into what we know as chocolate. Chocolate makers then add sugar (or not), spices, nuts, fruits and/or herbs.

If you want to further hone your chocolate know-how, Eagranie Yuh, a former chemist and pastry chef-turned-chocolate educator, wrote "The Chocolate Tasting Kit" (Chronicle Books.) It's a fun, informative book, with tasting notes meant to teach you not just all about chocolate, but also the best way to taste it.

Tips For Tasting Chocolate Like A Pro

You're probably asking, "There's a best way to taste chocolate?" Yes — like wine, like cheese, there is a correctway to do it.

  • Look at color and texture: These are all dark chocolate bars, but there's dark — and then there's real dark. The percentage you see on the label tells you how much cacao mass is in a bar. If a bar is labeled 70 percent, that means the chocolate bar contains 70 percent cacao mass (or cacao liquor) and 30 percent other ingredients. Also, is the bar shiny? Smooth?
  • Aroma: What do you smell? No need for pretension here. Earthy? Winey? Floral? Herbal?
  • Taste: Chocolate can be incredibly complex. Bite it in half and let it slowly melt on your tongue. Observe the flavors: wine, berries, citrus, floral?
  • Sip room-temperature water between each tasting.

A Few Of My Favorite Chocolates

  • Enna Chocolate, La Mosquitia, Honduras 75%: This 75 percent dark chocolate made in Epping, New Hampshire, is handcrafted from bean to bar in microbatches, from ethically sourced cacao, sugar and organic ingredients. Tasting notes: sweet almond, sugar biscuit, dried fruits, porcini, milk, bright, delicate, earthy, floral.
  • Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, Black Fig: Made in Humboldt County in Northern California, this chocolate is made from cacao and cane sugar. This bar is 72 percent dark with black California mission figs and cacao from Madagascar. Tasting notes: The figs add a chewiness to the chocolate and give it a very earthy flavor.
  • The Good Chocolate, Himalayan Salt 65%: Made in San Francisco, The Good Chocolate people say this is the first bean-to-bar chocolate made without sugar. It's 65 percent dark chocolate, 100 percent organic and made with Himalayan salt, which adds a great flavor. The mint-flavored bar is also excellent. Tasting notes: When you taste a chocolate without sugar, do you miss the sweetness? Not really. It's made with Stevia — a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana, native to Brazil and Paraguay — instead of sugar.
  • Azuca CBD, Chocolate Coin: This small, coin-shaped chocolate wrapped in gold foil is 61 percent cacao with 25 milligrams of hemp extract. The chocolate doesn't have a cannabis smell, but contains CBD. Tasting notes: I found that the chocolate ever so slightly relaxed my body (one coin is a tiny dose) but did not get me high or make me feel "weird." The reaction time is about 2 to 5 minutes — and it tasted great.
  • Waialua Estate Chocolate, 55% Cacao Hawaiian Cocoa Nib Bar: Made from American-grown cacao, this chocolate is rich, offers a great texture with crunchy cacao nibs on top, grown in Hawaii's nutrient-rich volcanic soil. Tasting notes: dark, fruity, semi-sweet.
  • Haute Chocolate Brooklyn, Salted Rosemary 80% Cocoa: These Brooklyn, New York, chocolates have great designs, are 80 percent cacao, and according to the label, "100% sexy!" Truly interesting flavors made by women for women, all from organic ingredients.
  • Fine & Raw Chocolate: Another chocolate from Brooklyn, these are made with organic beans from, according to the label, "sustainability-focused purveyors," and is produced "without dairy and uses unrefined coconut sugar to extract caramel notes."

Need Chocolate-Themed Recipes?

Here are three recipes you can turn to if you have a chocolate fix that just won't quit: Alice Medrich's best cocoa brownies, a dessert-like bread made with cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate and a dark-chocolate tart with sea salt.


Hudson Yards Gains a Fine Dining Restaurant Called Zodiac Room

Williamsburg pizzeria shutters

Pizza restaurant Fornino closed its Williamsburg location after 15 years in the neighborhood. It originally opened on Bedford Ave. but relocated to Kent Ave. in 2017. Locations remain in Greenpoint and seasonally at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6.

More Hudson Yards developments

The Neiman Marcus store planned for the Hudson Yards development project will also contain a fine dining restaurant called the Zodiac Room. It is slated to open March 15. Below the restaurant, there will be a bar called Bar Stanley, and on the fifth floor, there will be a coffee bar with prepared foods called Cook & Merchants, which will also have a cooking class kitchen.

Another Instagram food stunt is coming to the city

Tickets for the sixth annual Dessert Goals — a ridiculous dessert festival that of course promises many “Instagrammable” moments — go on sale at noon today. The festival takes place on March 23 and 24, and $17 general admission tickets come with access to a free candy bar at the event, as well as some beverages. More than 20 dessert vendors this year include Oddfellows Ice Cream and 10Below Ice Cream, though those desserts must still be purchased. And there will be an “Instagram garden” for maximum selfie potential, with a “Party Animal” theme.

Other openings and coming attractions

Chef Hong Thaimee opened a new location for her Thai concept Thaimee Magic at Urbanspace at 570 Lex. It serves traditional dishes like pad thai, tom kha soup, and curry. Mexican bowl spot Oxido is plotting a new location for Bryant Park at 1450 Broadway. When it opens on February 19, it will offer $1 burritos and bowls. And in the East Village, signage has arrived for the previously announced Harry Potter-themed coffeeshop.

Rocco DiSpirito’s restaurant comeback is now critic-approved

After a lengthy break from NYC restaurants, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito took over the kitchen at the Standard Grill earlier this year, and critic Steve Cuozzo writes that under his leadership, the restaurant “is serving the Meatpacking District’s best American dishes.” He approves the takes on poached black sea bass, beef short rib, dry-aged steak, and the vegetables, too.

An NYC chef speaks out on the city’s CBD crackdown

Ron Silver, chef and owner of American comfort food restaurant Bubby’s, penned an op-ed calling out the Department of Health’s recent crackdown on cannabidiol, or CBD, the additive that cafes and restaurants have been lacing treats and drinks with increasingly over the past year. Silver writes that CBD “reduces stress, alleviates pain, prevents seizures, helps with migraines and is a known antidote for opioid users.” He argues that the policy is especially “senseless” since marijuana legalization seems to be on-track in NYC.

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Marijuana yes, CBD no? City's senseless cannabidiol crackdown

A sample of cannabidiol (CBD) oil in a jar.

If I were a betting man, I would bet my restaurants that New York will legalize cannabis in 2019. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a majority of New Yorkers are on board. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get a historic issue right for future New Yorkers," de Blasio said in a recent report. "Legal cannabis is coming to New York state."

A state Health Department study released last July determined that the benefits of legal marijuana outweigh the risks. The department determined that legalizing the drug for New Yorkers older than 21 would not significantly raise smoking rates and could help reduce racial disparities in police enforcement.

The benefits are clear: cannabis sales would feed our tax coffers, there would be a reduction in unnecessary arrests, and the black market would eventually be eradicated.

So then why is de Blasio allowing his Department of Health to crack down on coffee shops and restaurants for selling cannabidiol? CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound that contains less than 0.3% of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). A quick Google search fully explains the clear difference between hemp-derived CBD—an ingredient that has been safely consumed by millions—and cannabis. Among its countless and versatile applications, CBD reduces stress, alleviates pain, prevents seizures, helps with migraines and is a known antidote for opioid users. And it does not make you high.

The Department of Health’s crackdown happened, by the way, less than two months after passage of the new Farm Bill, which affirmatively removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. In other words, it made hemp-derived CBD legal. We understand wholeheartedly that the Health Department officials want to protect New Yorkers and “are not permitting restaurants to add anything to food or drink that isn’t approved as safe to eat,” but how do they know it is not safe?

The agency is saying eateries to sell it as an additive but not put it in food. Now the conversation is getting murky. Restaurants have received no guidance from the city on the legal requirements of using CBD as an ingredient, despite requests by numerous small business owners and the New York City Hospitality Alliance.

In light of the shift toward legalization in New York and across the country, this aggressive approach of issuing fines and confiscating food containing CBD is irresponsible and unnecessary—and creating massive confusion among consumers who use CBD to combat a myriad of mental and physical health issues.

If New York wants to compete in the most exciting growth industry in our lifetime, we must adopt a robust and affirmative stance on hemp-based extracts and CBD in foods and supplements.

The informed public wants this product. And will get it. The smart localities will welcome it and reap the rewards in their tax base (or lose out, period). The market is moving and it is up to the local regulators to decide if they want to thrive with the industry or not. Because the industry will thrive; it will just relocate to where it is welcome.

New York City must take a deeper look at the Farm Bill as well as the myriad benefits of hemp-based products. Let consumers have what they have been promised and what was federally legislated. And for goodness sake, don’t turn back the clock on CBD when adult-use cannabis legalization is already on the docket—and, for New Yorkers, a sure bet.


How to Use CBD in Your Daily Routine

As many countries and several states in America start to legalize and welcome marijuana and hemp products, it’s no surprise that CBD has made its way into everything from grooming products to yoga studios. If you’re curious but not quite schooled on the best practices for implementing CBD goods into your routine, it can be intimidating to get started.

First things first: What is CBD? Founder and CEO of Ojai Energetics Will Kleidon explains that CBD products are those that contain the compound cannabidiol (CBD for short) that’s produced from the cannabis plant. There’s a huge variety of options and levels, but the most important differentiator is that CBD products should contain less than 0.3 percent THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.

Why does this matter? THC is what gives you that high feeling when you smoke pot or eat a weed brownie. This is partly what makes CBD products so widespread and accepted, since they can target a whole slew of issues without feeling out of control. “All vertebrates — including humans — have endocannabinoid systems and they are fueled by full spectrum CBD-rich extracts. The endocannabinoid system’s job is to make sure every other system of the body is working properly. CBD can help!” Kleidon explains.

From helping you zen out to treating skin issues, here are effective ways to use CBD products, recommended by the top experts.

Balance and Normalize Your Body

You’ve likely never thought much about your endocannabinoid system’s functionality, but Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen, founder of Ensohara, explains that these receptors for cannabinoids promote our balance for overall health and wellness. These include CB1 and CB2, and are definitely worthy of your attention.

“CB1 receptors are located in the brain, lungs, nerves, muscles, vascular system, and gastrointestinal tract. CB2 receptors are present in the immune system, bones, spleen, colon, pancreas, and liver,” Nguyen explains. When we use CBD products, either topically or via supplements, we actually work to stabilize and normalize all of these various areas, helping to make daily life — from thought to movement — that much smoother.

Anti-Inflammatory for Acne and Redness

Sadly, there’s no age limit on acne, since plenty of people suffer from flare-ups well into adulthood. Other folks may battle redness or other abrasions, and often find themselves searching for answers. You might find a solution in CBD oils, according to Mills Miller, founder of MINERAL Health. He explains that a dime-sized amount to your problem area uses the plant-based anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD to work its magic. Just make sure you’re mindful of how you apply to avoid any irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.

“Most CBD oil products use a fat-soluble carrier to increase bioavailability in sublingual applications,” he states. “Applying a sublingual topically can be as effective, but the excess oil should be removed after the skin has had an opportunity to absorb the cannabinoids.”

Start or Enrich Meditation

Some people (read: many) are guilty of not being able to fully relax in a yoga class, before they nod off to dreamland, or well, any time. Miller says a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue followed by 30 seconds of absorption and deep breathing can result in a near-instant flood of relaxation. While you should definitely check the laws in your state before you pack the drops into your yoga bag, this little addition to your flow could allow you to reach deeper — both in your body and in your mental capacity, Miller adds.

Strengthen Your Heart

Nguyen explains men especially face a range of health issues that includes high blood pressure and cholesterol, and when left untreated or ignored, they can cause potential debilitating effects. In addition to maintaining regular visits to your trusted physician for heart scans, calcium score, and CT angiograms, Nguyen says men might also see a dramatic difference in this all-too-important organ with the use of CBD hemp oil.

“CBD has receptors in all these parts of the organs, and after one to three months of use, my patients noticed that blood pressure, blood sugar, prostate, and cholesterol levels went down,” she explains. Though, sure, everyone’s experience is different and every body is unique, if you’re worried about your heart, it could be worth looking into.

Fight Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Whether your 9-to-5 is more like a “until your eyes bleed,” or you’re a new parent, or both of the above, nearly everyone battles seasons of increased stress. Though some people are able to get through the rocky periods without the assistance of prescriptions, Nguyen says far too many people become dependent on antidepressants or other medications.

She explains when meds are used long-term, the side effects can impact every part of your life — from sexual performance to increasing your likelihood to develop other issues. As a natural alternative, Nguyen says CBD oils and products have been clinically proven to fight against mental illnesses from depression and anxiety to PTSD and so on. When implemented into your routine, you may feel more at ease, your heart rate could slow down, and your mind clearer to face whatever comes your way.

Improve Your Public Speaking

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Social Anxiety Disorder impacts an estimated 15 million adults — or nearly 9 percent of the population. In fact, Nguyen says public speaking is a grave fear of many people — even leading executives. If you want to get a step ahead in your career or finally be able to talk in front of a crowd without breaking out into a sweat, Nguyen suggest using CBD.

“Research shows that pure CBD tincture makes SAD patients more comfortable with speaking in public, even with a better reaction from their audience,” she says. It makes you more confident thanks to its effects on the limbic and paralimbic brain areas, making it unnecessary to picture everyone naked before you open up your speech.

Promote Healthy Hair

Losing your hair may be an inevitable truth for many men, but there are ways to promote collagen and elastin in your locks while you have them. Steven Looi, director of strategy and investments for White Sheep Corp, explains that when a CBD oil formula rich in amino acids is applied to your scalp, it may result in stronger, thicker hair. And it can go a step further, perhaps even protecting your color, based on certain ingredients.

“Tyrosine, one of the amino acids found in CBD oil is responsible for melanin, the absence of which can cause your hair to go gray,” he explains. “The antioxidant properties of CBD oil also help reduce environmental and other oxidative stress and damage to hair.”

Ease Stomach Ache or Digestion

The use of medical marijuana has been allowed in many states and countries far before legalizing was ever a discussion. For those in chronic pain, and more specifically, those going through chemotherapy, this drug can make it easier to manage. As Looi explains, CBD has been shown to have anti-nausea and anti-vomiting properties, helping cancer patients to rest and heal more comfortably.

If you’re suffering from a stomach ache or a digestive issue, CBD can restore your gut health and keep you from running to the bathroom over and over again. It can be so effective for those who suffer from autoimmune struggles, says Jonathan Teeters, general manager of the CBD division for Azuca, noting, “Many people with sensitive digestive tracts consume CBD daily.”

Manage Pain or Soreness

Nagging headache that won’t go away? Exhausted muscles from yesterday’s workout? Teeters says his No. 1 recommendation for managing pain so he can exercise and stay fit is none other than CBD.

“CBD is the reason I no longer take 800 to 2,400mg of Ibuprofen every day. I vape CBD or consume high-CBD flower before workouts to reduce pain and inflammation in the short term,” he explains. “This helps me work out harder and longer. Pain and stiffness post-workout is mitigated with CBD, which keeps me in the gym and on the trail.”

Add to Lube to Last Longer

Most CBD oils use coconut oil extracts or other all-natural, gentle ingredients, making it a solid alternative to lube. Though you’ll want to be mindful of any sensitivities, Teeters shares that it can reduce inflammation on sensitive tissues, you can go for longer, and have a more pleasurable experience for everyone. If you’re part of the one in three men who sometimes finishes a bit too quickly, CBD expert and author Brandon Nolte recommends allowing this all-star ingredient to get you out of your head and into the bedroom.

“I've found that many men report using CBD to help them calm down if their mind is worked up or stressed,” he says. “This helps them get out of their head and more into their body, which puts them in the mood and makes sex more enjoyable.”

Sleep Better

Allowing you to stop cycling through the day’s to-do list and to let go of any anxiety lingering in your mind, CBD can help you catch those Z’s faster and sink into slumber more deeply, according to Nolte. It’s one of his go-to tools for insomnia or sleep ailments.

“Especially if I'm working late on a project and I try to go to sleep, it’s hard to turn my brain off. That's where CBD comes in. I keep a CBD tincture by my bed, and 10 to 15 minutes after use, I can feel a calming sensation in my mind that really prepares me to sleep,” he explains. “I try to use it only as needed, but when I do use it, it works quickly and doesn't leave me feeling drowsy in the morning.”

With all the uses of CBD we know about, it only makes sense that its popularity is climbing. Remember to check your state laws and availability and to ask your doctor before making any big CBD additions to your daily routine.

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Azuca Puts CBD Into Sugar So You Can Put It In Coffee (or Literally Anything)

While walking the Fancy Food Show floor this week, I was curious to see how many companies would use one of the trendiest products of 2019: cannabidiol (better known as CBD). While the number was surprisingly few (no more than three or four), I did see a few companies incorporating CBD into things like tea and chocolates.

Azuca wasn’t exhibiting at the show, but the startup was certainly there to make a splash. Started two years ago by Ron Silver, a chef at NYC’s Bubby’s restaurants, the company turns CBD (and THC) into water-soluble dry flakes that can be easily incorporated into any sort of food or drink product. They do this through a process called “dehydrofractalization,” (DHF for short), which allows them to put oil-based CBD molecules into water.

“Fundamentally, our products are a technology,” Jonathan Teeters, General Manager of Azuca’s CBD Division told me. In fact, they have three patents pending on their CBD technology.

This tech gives Azuca a few benefits. First of all, it allows them to infuse CBD into a wider range of products. Traditionally, THC and CBD (which are fat-soluble molecules) had to be dissolved into oil, which limited the ways they could be consumed. By making the molecules water-soluble, they can go into pretty much any food or drink item imaginable.

Secondly, Azuca’s products take effect much more quickly than edibles of the past: usually within 15 minutes, as opposed to several hours. And lastly, Teeters told me that their products are consistent and easy to dose (each serving contains 25 milligrams of CBD).

So far, Azuca has several CBD-infused products on the market: chocolate discs, granulated sugar, and sugar and stevia syrup. The company’s decision to put CBD in sugar/sugar syrup is interesting. It makes it super easy to add a hit of CBD to any sort of baked good or beverage, without worrying about dissolving it into baking oil (which is how edibles have been traditionally made in the past).

Azuca sells their sugar products wholesale to other edibles companies and direct to consumer online, but is also working with coffee shops who offer the CBD syrup as an add-on to everything from lattes to mochas. You might wonder why people want a hit of calming cannabidiol with their morning jolt, but it’s actually quite popular — I’ve even seen it in a few coffee shops in Seattle.

The products retail for roughly $5 per serving. That’s certainly more expensive than straight-up CBD tinctures, or other chocolates on the market. But according to Teeters, “you’re paying more for taste and tech.”

With so many new competitors in the market, taste and technology are the two main ways that brands can differentiate themselves. Azuca isn’t the only company making water-soluble CBD meant to give people a high-end edible experience — far from it. Companies like Tarukino and Stillwater have also developed technology to put both THC and CBD into everything from teas to wines to chocolates.

There’s still the teeny, tiny issue that CBD isn’t approved as a food ingredient by the FDA. But that hasn’t stopped dozens and dozens of companies from producing and shipping cannabidiol-infused products around the country. Teeters says that Azuca is just trying to stay as compliant as possible, though they have clearly taken a few steps to not rock the boat: for example, their labels read “hemp extract” instead of CBD. While technically true (as long as they use hemp-derived CBD), it could also be slightly confusing for those not in the know. But it all just goes to show how tricky it is to navigate the murky waters of CBD as edibles. Eventually, Teeters guessed the FDA might label CBD a supplement and regulate it as such.

Until then, he’s pushing to get the word out about Azuca’s CBD products and make them as consistent, reliable, and accessible as possible. “If it’s not accessible, it’s easy to take away,” he told me.

So far, Azuca has raised a seed round for $1 million. They gave me a bottle of CBD-infused simple syrup to try out, which I haven’t cracked open (yet). But maybe I’ll put a few drops in my morning coffee.

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Trendy hemp compound CBD set for big boost from U.S. farm bill

The status of cannabis component CBD as a trendy new superfood ingredient may be cemented this week by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The US$867 billion farm bill, headed to the president for his signature, would remove industrial hemp from a list of federally controlled substances, a major step as weed culture pushes into the U.S. mainstream. That would create a legal market for CBD that could be worth more than US$20 billion by 2022, according to research firm Brightfield Group.

“This is nothing short of seismic for the cannabis industry,” said Kristen Nichols, editor of the trade publication Hemp Industry Daily. “All the obstacles that cannabis faces stem from it being federally illegal.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, championed the hemp provision, aiming to boost farmers in his home state who are looking for another cash crop as tobacco consumption wanes. Congress passed the farm bill last week, and the president’s signature would legalize hemp-derived CBD, a chemical compound that doesn’t get you high but whose proponents say can be used for relaxation and to treat insomnia and inflammation.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the lesser known cousin of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. Found in pot and hemp, CBD is also the key ingredient in Epidiolex, a seizure medication that is the first cannabis-derived drug approved by the FDA.

Cocktails, Creams

The easing of marijuana restrictions in several states and Canada has put CBD on the map in recent months, with the suddenly buzzy ingredient, virtually unheard of until fairly recently, showing up in drinks, beauty products and tinctures. Around New York, cocktails and baked goods with CBD have been appearing on menus to draw in customers curious about cannabis.

Until now, regulations around CBD have been murky. The 2014 farm bill allowed industrial hemp production in some states. Still, hemp, which can be difficult to distinguish from marijuana, has been considered a federally controlled substance, a major obstacle for large companies seeking to use the ingredient in its products.

The formal signing of the current legislation would change that, potentially giving companies like Coca-Cola Co. a legal way to experiment with cannabis in the U.S. Next year alone, sales of hemp-derived CBD in the U.S. are expected to rise almost 10-fold to US$5.7 billion, according to Brightfield.

Coke has specifically said it’s interested in CBD as a potential ingredient for “functional wellness” drinks, a corner of the beverage industry that has drawn increased focus as consumers turn away from sugar. As it stands, hemp oil commands a premium price: The Colorado cannabis brand Toast sells a one-ounce bottle with 500 milligrams of CBD at a suggested retail price of US$100.

Still, it’s not clear how CBD’s use as an ingredient will be regulated by federal and state authorities and it could be months before details are ironed out. And while drinks and face cream with hemp-derived CBD will start hitting shelves in short order, larger public companies will most likely wait until the regulatory dust settles, Nichols said.

Latest Superfood

But that won’t mean a dearth of CBD products. There are scores of companies ready to flood the market with what’s viewed as the latest superfood, akin to kale or acai berries. Azuca, a New York-based company that makes CBD chocolate, simple syrup and sugar plans to sell its products wholesale to bars and restaurants around New York. They’re also pitching natural food stores.

The company was co-founded by Ron Silver, the owner of Bubby’s restaurants in Manhattan, where CBD drinks have been on the menu for the past few months. Kim Rael, co-founder and CEO of the company, expects the CBD market to get “very noisy” in coming months. And while it could be more than a year before there’s regulatory clarity, it’s only a matter of time before cannabis products are on the shelves of national retailers like Target Corp. and Walmart Inc., she said.

“It’s just a question of when,” Rael said.


The Cannabis Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

Don’t know what gift to buy for the holidays? We’ve got you covered. Our gift guide covers CBD, THC, smoking accessories, skin care, storage and other unique cannabis products.

CBD

JuJu Royal CBD-Infused Rosemary Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Each bottle of JuJu Royal CBD-Infused Olive Oil contains 250 mg full-spectrum CBD. This is top of the line CBD oil that taste incredible. The fresh rosemary herbs are pressed together with hand picked olives to create this delicious tasting herb flavored oil. The oil has a very strong rosemary taste with a hint of CBD. Pour it over pasta, dip crusty french bread or drizzle onto fresh fruit.


Ardent Sweet Quartet Caramel Infusion Kit

Ardent, makers of the NOVA Decarboxylator, discovered that the NOVA can be used as an infuser, with over 90% efficiencies. They released their DIY edible kits just in time for the holidays. The Sweet Quarter Caramel Infusion Kit comes with four flavors of caramels to turn your cannabis or concentrate into delicious gourmet treats. The kit comes with everything you need for infusing edibles.


Lazarus Naturals

To start the new year right, Lazarus Naturals has conciously crafted CBD products like their delicious tasting French Vanilla High Potency Tincture and their Cedar Citrus CBD Balm. It’s all natural, vegan, third party tested and non-GMO. More importantly, their hemp-derived CBD extracts are all made in-house.


Foria Awaken-Natural Arousal Lube with CBD and Kava

This gift is perfect for women who are CBD lovers. Foria Awaken is formulated wtih broad-spectrum CBD, kava kava extract and aromatic oils. The ingredients are all natural and organic. Foria has created the first intimate massage oil and aphrodisiac for women. The Foria Awaken enhances pleasure and at the same time decreases tension, dryness and uneasiness.


The CBD Jotter by Goldleaf

This is no ordinary pocket journal from Goldleaf. The high quality CBD Jotter comes with a lot of information for the CBD patient. Inside is a dosing guide, infographics and guided entry pages. It also has a patient-focused layout where you can list down the CBD products that you have tried, the potency and what CBD has best worked for your body. Great gift for the new CBD consumer.


Colorado Bath Company’s Bath Bombs

The Colorado Bath Company has blended lavender and sweet orange into their bath bombs. These essentail oils promote deep sleep. The scent is very noticeable when you take it out of the box. There are no artificial dyes or scents and the 100 mg CBD is placed in the center of the bath bomb preserving its freshness. Give this as a gift to someone who loves to relax in baths.


Azuca CBD-Infused Simple Syrup

This is a one of a kind gift. Azuca made a fast-acting cannabis sweetener, the 2 oz. CBD-Infused Simple Syrup. In one tablespoon, you get 10 mg of CBD. It is water friendly and blends easily into both hot and cold beverages. The syrup can be used in coffee, tea, hot cocoa, cold lemonade and more. Another awesome idea is to add it to your cocktail or mocktail. Plus use it as a syrup or glaze on baked goods; drizzle on fresh fruits, pancakes and waffles or add it to smoothies, oatmeal and juices. The possibilities are endless!


CBDFive Refillable Vape Pen Kit

The CBDFive Vape Pen is designed for the CBD users. It is styled with a rainbow metallic finish. There are two refillable CBD cartridges included in the kit: .5ml for CBD oil and 1ml for both CBD Oil& CBD Wax. It is equipped with pre-heat function, 400 mAh battery and 3 heating modes (3.4V/3.6V/3.8V).


Felix and Ambrosia’s CBD-Infused Water-Based Flavored Lubricant

Banana Cream Pie, Rainbow Rider, Not a Virgin and Humpking Spice. These are a few of Felix and Ambrosia’s Sweet Love CBD lubricants. They have 5 flavors plus a seasonal one. This is a water-based formula CBD-infused lubricant. Each 2.5 oz bottle contains 40mg of active CBD along with sugar-free organic flavoring.


THC, Vapes and Accessories

Kassi – World’s First IoT Cannabis Storage Hub

Kassi is a patent-pending smart hub for your stash. Kassi’s Israeli developers won 3rd place in Canna Innovation given by Raphael Mechoulam. It’s voice-activated with Alexa or Siri and has a ton of smart features like the mobile app tracks usage and regulated humidity.  The hub can receive alerts from dispensaries and reorder meds. It also has a digital scale and an electric grinder plus a dual storage chamber.


My Bud Vase, Deceptively Clever and Stylish Bongs

My Bud Vase just won Top Bong in the 2018 Canadian Cannabis Awards. This is a great gift for the cannabis smoker. It can be displayed as a vase in the kitchen or anywhere in the house. Gift their newest Signature Collection, The Cayote or for your closest girl friends, give them the porcelain vase Friends Collection – Monica, Phoebe or Rachel.


DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer

The MIQRO by DaVinci Vaporizer is 31% smaller than its predecessor the Da Vinci IQ. It also has an adjustable oven size so the user can choose exactly how much herbs to use under the same ideal heating conditions. The MIQRO is ultra portable and is one of the best dry herb vapes we have ever tested.


Heylo Pods for PAX Era Vape

Heylo has always been reputed to have the best tasting pure CO2 vape oils in Washington State and is founded by Lo Friesen, an awesome environmental chemist. The company has been awarded four first place awards by Terpestival, was recognized by Leafly as a one of the “People’s Favorite Concentrate Brands”, and received a 20/20 nod from the Northwest Leaf. Heylo then created about 12 high quality strains and placed them in a pod to be exclusively used for the PAX Era vaporizer. Our favorite is their high CBD strain vape pod.


Q-Cup Globe and Q-cup, Vape off the Quartz, not off the Metal!

The Q-cup Globe is for use with 510 MOD batteries. An ejector tool and a Q-cup is included. The Q-cup is an awesome delivery system for concentrates. With the Q-cup Globe device and the Q-cup in the device, you get more cleaner hits, better flavor and lesser residue left behind.


The Beboe Box – Inspired Sativa Blend Vape and Pastilles & Downtime Indica Blend Vape

This 3-piece set is the perfect gift for someone who loves THC and CBD. The gift box is luxurioiusly packaged in a rose gold design. In this Beboe box you will find Beboe Sativa Blend Cannabis Pastilles and two types of vapes: a Sativa blend vape and an Indica blend vape. All three are formulated with all-natural ingredients.


RYOT®16″ Pro-Duffle™ with SmellSafe®and Lockable Technology

RYOT has been known to make quality grinders, taster boxes and smell-proof bags. The RYOT Pro-Duffle is an awesome duffle bag. It is smell safe and traps in odors for discreet storage and transport of your herbs. The exterior fabric canvas is weatherproof. Inside, you can find modular carbon fiber paddings that traps odors in its pores.


Vibes High Fidelity Ear Plugs

This is not your traditional ear plugs folks. Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs allow you to avoid being exposed to sound that is uncomfortably loud and harmful, while still being able to hear clearly and talk with people around you. Sometimes the sounds at social or live events can be so loud that it makes these events overwhelming and uncomfortable. The Vibes solves that solution. Vibes lowers the volume of your surrounding environment to a more comfortable level, while retaining sound clarity.


O2Vape FLIP® Vape Platinum Edition

This is a one of a kind patent pending vape pen and is the only one that has a built-in USB charger. It has an award-winning 510 thread wickless ceramic cartridge with round mouthpiece. The O2Vape FLIP is a quality oil vape pen and what we love most is the key fob style design making this discreet and concealable.


Kim Rael Interview: CEO of Azuca, Fast Acting and Predictable Cannabis Edibles

Kim Rael, CEO of Azuca, has an extensive background as an operating executive and venture capitalist. Follow Azuca on Twitter @Azuca_co.

Prior to her career in venture, she co-founded an advanced energy company and held numerous management positions at Intel, where she managed a $200 million capital budget, led planning for a $1 Billion expansion, and held roles in finance, operations and strategic planning.

Before joining Intel, she served as an aide in the US Senate focusing on foreign affairs and science and tech policy.

With broad experience serving on both corporate and community boards, Kim was the Founding President for a Montessori Charter School, and has been featured as New Mexico Business Weekly Power Broker and Top 10 Women of Influence.

Recognizing a gap in the cannabis industry for trustworthy and predictable edibles, Kim teamed up with Ron Silver to develop and launch Azuca.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Kim. Read on below to get to know more about her and her company.


What made you decide to get into the cannabis industry?

Kim Rael: I have had a life-long interest in nature-based wellness, though most of my prior career has been in technology and finance.  A few years ago I took a sabbatical to discern what direction to take for my “second half of life” career.

I wanted to create a path where I could leverage my business, portfolio management and startup skills but deploy them in the sector that I am most personally passionate about.  That sector is wellness.

I honestly never expected the process to lead to cannabis, but when I met my partner, Chef Ron Silver, and did my due diligence on the industry and the fast-acting edible technology that he had created, I was sold. 

What are some trends shaping the industry? Where do you think it’s going?

Kim Rael: I believe that we have only scratched the surface of the application of cannabis for wellness.  

I believe that “non-traditional” cannabis consumers will emerge as a major force in the industry, and, in particular, in the aging baby boomer demographic.  

I hear story after story of cannabis helping people avoid opiods and addictive sleep aids, for example.

What I am passionate about is making cannabis helpful, understandable, approachable, safe, fun and predictable for all generations.  

That is what we are doing at Azuca with our line of fast-acting edible products and chef-quality ingredients. 

Edibles that kick in within 15 minutes? What’s the science behind this?

Kim Rael: Azuca has developed a proprietary process to make edibles fast acting and predictable.   

Instead of using oils and fats to bind active ingredients, Azuca’s patent-pending process enables a hydrophilic, or water-friendly product.

This distinction is especially important for medicinal users, whose liver function may vary dramatically—oil-based edibles must be processed by the liver, impairing the predictability of the experience.  

Azuca’s edibles bypass that lengthy trip through the liver to take effect in a groundbreaking 2 to 15 minutes—and the experience is predictable and controllable, every time.

What is your company’s strategy?

Kim Rael: Azuca offers both CBD and THC infused products.  

Our THC products are produced through licensed partners in jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for recreational and/or medical use.  

A core element of our strategy is to enable other edible brands to incorporate our technology into their existing product lines.

Our CBD products are launching through traditional natural food retailers, on-premise food and beverage outlets and direct to consumers on our ecommerce site.

How are you innovating?

Kim Rael: We deliver the highest quality, fastest-acting, most stable edible infused THC and CBD products in the world.  

Azuca’s infused sweeteners are also the most versatile. Because they’re water-friendly and not oil-based, they can be mixed into beverages without compromising taste and texture, and they’re free of any cannabis taste and smell.

Azuca’s syrups and sugars align with trends around elevated home-cooking and culinary creativity—they were developed to integrate easily into any consumer, culinary and commercial recipes.

We’re committed to partnering with forward-thinking brands to upgrade their products for the ultimate user experience.

Do you have any upcoming products you’d like to hint at?

Kim Rael: In addition to our traditional edibles and sweeteners, we will be launching highly innovative savory and zero sugar products in 2019.  

We are very excited about these new products. We are a culinary company in our DNA and the emerging flavor profiles in our upcoming products are unlike anything on the market today!


Thank you so much for taking the time to do the interview Kim! To know more about Kim and her company Azuca, please head on over to their website, Azuca.co.

About Azuca: Azuca is a line of fast-acting, consistent and all-natural cannabis edibles and ingredients that leverage a three-patent-pending technology from renowned NYC chef, Ron Silver.

Azuca’s breakthrough emulsification process makes cannabis molecules more water friendly, thereby increasing bioavailability and effectiveness, and minimizing wait time for a more controlled experience.

The line consists of a variety of THC-infused goodies including shortbread cookies, chocolate coins and Pâte de Fruit sold in the Massachusetts medical market, as well as CBD-infused sweeteners being sold direct to consumer and to restaurants, bars and coffee shops around NYC.

In addition to ambitious national expansion plans, the company also has plans for international expansion, beginning with partnerships in Asia.


Edibles Processor Confident Inconsistent Testing Results Can Be Resolved Through Collaboration with Cannabis Labs

As states across the United States legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis use, cannabinoid-infused edibles have quickly become one of the most popular products on dispensary shelves. For many consumers, this is the first impression and experience of the cannabis industry. Edibles, however, have gained a reputation for being variable in their potency. This situation has left edibles processors and analytical laboratories fighting to find and address the sources of variability in edibles potency. Variable results represent a challenge that everyone is very keen to resolve to improve consumer confidence, reduce costs and increase product consistency.

To discuss how processors work with cannabis testing labs and the crucial role this relationship plays we spoke to Kim Rael, CEO of Azuca – a producer of innovative, fast-acting cannabis edibles. Kim was also keen to discuss the importance of collaboration in resolving these variability-related challenges and what her experiences at Azuca have taught her.

Jack Rudd (JR): How does Azuca develop and optimize its formulations to meet customers’ needs?

Kim Rael (KR): Azuca brings to consumers the perfect intersection of culinary quality and innovative technology. We have three patents pending on our technology to make edibles fast-acting, predictable and micro-dosable. Most people experience the onset of our products within 15 minutes, and some as quickly as 2 minutes. We do this by making cannabinoid molecules hydrophilic, or “water friendly.”  (You know, oil and water don’t usually like to hang out together.) Our proprietary process essentially enrobes the cannabis molecule so that your body can absorb it through the soft tissues in the mouth and digestive tract. Traditional cannabis edibles are processed by your liver, which is why the onset time is so long and unpredictable.

Azuca’s purpose is to help people use this powerful, medicinal plant to live better, healthier lives. Our strategy is to revolutionize the cannabis edibles market. First, we offer a line of artisan batch, chef-quality edibles, including delicious chocolates and shortbreads (ginger, chocolate, traditional). In addition, we have a line of infused ingredients that give consumers the freedom to prepare and enjoy cannabis edibles. For example, a customer can use Azuca-infused sugars and syrups in any of their favorite beverages or recipes. In addition to our own line of edibles, we empower other cannabis edibles producers by licensing our “Azuca Inside” technology and ingredients to make their products even better and more fast-acting.

JR: At what points along the development, processing and manufacturing of your products do you use labs to analyze your products?

KR: We use only the highest quality ingredients from reputable suppliers, in the form of distillate and isolate, that have been tested for potency and contamination prior to being used in any of our formulations. After we have incorporated the cannabinoids into our formulas and then into final products, we send them to independent labs for a second round of testing, again, for potency, contamination, and food safety.

JR: What challenges have you faced when handling the analysis results provided by testing labs?

KR: The entire cannabis industry is in its infancy and as a consequence, the lab/analytical infrastructure is evolving rapidly, alongside the core industry. We have seen variability in the lab results when testing the exact same homogenized product at the same time at multiple labs, for example. In one case, the results varied by 30%. Additionally, as the regulatory framework has evolved prescribing what is an acceptable dosing variance, in some cases, it appears that the allowable variance from a regulatory perspective actually exceeds the baseline variability technically available on the analytical side.

My intent in discussing this challenge is not to accuse the labs of foul play, it’s quite the opposite. Working within an industry where the scientific community is still fighting the technical and legal battles necessary to even establish reliable reference-standards for testing means that reduction in variability is something we as an industry must work together on, for the ultimate benefit of our patients. Producers must work closely with our lab teams. It’s one of the most critical partnerships in enabling the rapid, safe growth of the industry.

JR: How do these challenges impact your business?

KR: The time and investment in testing, re-testing and understanding any variances in our lab results obviously takes a great deal of time, and it is a financial investment, ultimately adding to the cost of products for our customers. Clearly, we would like to drive down those costs and time lags, but never, ever at the expense of product safety and reliability. In some cases, I have seen products where the cost of testing exceeded the margin on the batch. Obviously, that is not scalable.

JR: How do you feel the labs can better serve businesses like Azuca and explain the results they provide

KR: As a customer of the labs, we want what every customer wants from any supplier: great service for a great price. We also need a real working partnership with our labs because the rate of change and innovation in our products and technology requires rapid testing turn-around. We also need the labs to fully understand and be fully transparent with us about their own variability and margin of error. Producers like Azuca rely on the labs for technical expertise and independent analysis not available in-house. We have had great support from our labs. For example, early on we were seeing unexpected data in our lab results. Our lab team and our production team worked together in a virtual “task force” to break down all of the results and isolate the potential causes, and then the final source, of the variability we were aiming to eliminate. The lab team was fully engaged as a partner in that process. I would also encourage all producers to tour the labs they work with and understand the analytical tools and process flows in the lab environment. It has to be a partnership, not a “lob over the fence” to the labs and vice versa.

Kim Rael, CEO of Azuca was speaking to Jack Rudd, Managing Editor for Analytical Cannabis.


The Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide 2018-19 Edition

2018/19 Cannabis.net Gift Guide For That Cannabis Smoker In Your Life

 

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here. Not that a reason is needed, but the holidays are the ideal occasion to gift the cannabis enthusiast in your life with awesome products that will make their 2019 (and beyond!) healthier and way more fun.

After all, there’s no better gift than cannabis! We’ve rounded up some of the best products in the market today and found a ton of affordable choices for your loved ones, including those who have been naughty ;)

 

Check these out: Happy shopping!

 

For Him

 

MIQRO Vaporizer: A super innovative portable vaporizer, the DAVINCI MIQRO is 33% smaller than previous models. Sleek, stylish, and simple yet powerful thanks to its fully functional and adjustable oven. The vape-loving man in your life will love this cutting-edge vaporizer that comes equipped with all the trimmings and accessories.

The Nuggy By Nugtools: Indulge the handyman in your life with the newest, super elegant Nuggy models in the market. It’s got more awesome features including a heat resistant Aluminum Oxide shell, a choice of 4 or 6 tools, and high quality springs that ensure safe snapping. You can also opt for the Original Nuggy, which is an insane 10-in-one smoking device made in stainless steel.

Canndescent Gift Box: These beautifully-packaged, limited-edition Canndescent Gift Boxes are the ultimate stocking stuffer for cannabis connoisseurs. Choose from a set of two or five, all of which feature premium cannabis strains in elegant glass jars.  That’s not all: they also include hemp wicks, branded matches, and rolling papers.

Veritas Farms Whole Hemp Oil Salve: Good quality personal care products for guys are few and far in between, but Veritas Farms’ essentials should be in every man’s dresser. It’s one of the rare farm-to-table brands in the market, and they make use of broad spectrum hemp oil that’s rich in phytocannabinoids.  The Whole Hemp Oil Salve is a top-notch personal care product that all guys will appreciate – because who says only women moisturize? Let your man’s natural scent shine through with the unscented salve, although we bet he’ll also love Cooling Menthol and Lavender Eucalyptus.

For Her

 

Cannabis Beauty Defined Anti-Aging Serum: CBD products make aging gracefully easy. The Cannabis Beauty Defined Anti-Aging Serum is a top-of-the-line skincare product that is designed to nourish skin and prevent damage caused by free radicals. Hemp-derived CBD is the active ingredient, and when you combine it with other super skin-loving ingredients like white peony and unique East-Asian Bi-Bong herbs, this product will give botox a run for its money. Ideal for the beauty junkie in your life no matter what age, because you can never be too young to start taking care of your skin.

Transdermal NanoSerum CBD with Resveratrol:  Your beauty-loving best friend or forever young-at-heart mom will be thrilled to receive the Transdermal NanoSerum CBD with Resveratrol. It’s got two of the most potent and natural anti-aging ingredients we know of today: resveratrol AND CBD! The patented, state-of-the-art NanoSphere delivery system used in this product enables all these goodies to penetrate the skin quickly and efficiently for ultra-fast healing.

Dr. Robb Mom’s Formula: Whether you’ve got anxiety or not, the holiday season can often be synonymous to stress. This special Mom’s Formula multivitamin contains CBD that is taken orally just like a regular supplement, to give that added calm and support from anxiety while promoting overall well-being. It might be made for moms, but it’s good for just about anyone.

For Foodies and Drink Lovers

 

Azuca CBD Simple Syrup: Making CBD-infused beverages has never been so simple. Azuca’s patent-pending technology makes these CBD-infused syrups blend effortlessly into any beverage or baked goods, so that you can enjoy all its therapeutic benefits with a delicious taste. This is a great gift for your grandparents, avid bakers and cooks, or coffee lovers. Accurate dosing, great taste, and easy to add into just about anything - the Azuca CBD Simple Syrup should be a staple in everyone’s kitchen.

mood33 Sparkling Herbal Beverages: Health junkies will love the mood33 herbal beverages, which only has 33 calories in each 12-ounce bottle. These products were formulated with the goodness of Ayurveda principles in mind. Choose from three blends: Joy, Passion, and Calm; each of which feature delicious and therapeutic ingredients which impart a specific mood. Mood33’s drinks allow you to consume discreetly in public, and make a terrific alternative to booze.

California Dreamin’ Sodas: These low-dose carbonated drinks pack a punch when it comes to refreshment and taste. It’s only made with cannabis, fruit juice, spring water, and carbonation so you get undiluted freshness and a mild buzz with 10mg of THC. Expect the high to set in within just 20 minutes! California Dreamin’ Sodas come in four lip-smacking flavors: Cranberry Apple, Pomegranate, Tangerine, and Grapefruit. These drinks make a great gift for anyone who appreciates a good, tasty buzz.

Goat’s Milk Sweet Quartet Caramel Infusion Kit: Now you can make your very own high-class edibles in the comfort of your own home. The Goat’s Milk Sweet Quartet Caramel Infusion Kit is a lactose-free cannabis infusion that is SO easy to use: just drizzle it over your favorite dessert or fruit. It comes in four flavors: Original Caramel, Spicy Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Bourbon Salted Caramel. It’s the first of its kind in the market, and eliminates the need to do messy and complicated decarboxylation at home. It doubles as an excellent infusion when paired with a gram of your favorite strain and the Nova Decarboxylator. Either way, this kit gives you elevated desserts in no time. Perfect for the sweet tooth in your life.

For Your Pet

 

(Note: None of these products contain THC, so there’s no need to worry about health risks or accidental pet poisoning.)

 

Rowley’s CBD Peanut Butter Dog Treats: All dogs love peanut butter, but Rowley’s took it one step further by creating a unique line of peanut butter-based treats infused with CBD. The end product is so gooey that your pooch will keep coming back for more! And no guilt here, pet parents: its CBD content means that it’s perfect as a healthy treat, but also beneficial for pups with health problems such as anxiety or arthritic pain.

Bark Bliss Hemp Dog Treats: Pet parents can give their furry kids extra TLC with these Bark Bliss Hemp Dog Treats. Made with only hemp-derived CBD, all doggie snacks in their line are grain-free and poultry-free; high in salmon-derived omega-3, low glycemic, and naturally preserved. Whether your pup is in their young age or in their golden years, Bark Bliss Hemp Dog Treats ensures they get the care and nutrition that they need. Check out their snack line: Hip + Joint Support, Calming, and Immune + Heart Support.

Treatibles Functional Hard Chews: Made with organic full-spectrum hemp oil, these super nutritious hard chews are chock-full of therapeutic properties for your dogs. Pet anxiety is one of the things that it can treat, but they also make good training treats for your pups. Treatibles come in holiday-themed flavors: sweet potato, pumpkin, and turkey.

For Fun

 

Quiver Sensual Pleasure Oil: Ideal for your lover or for your favorite couple this Christmas, the Quiver Sensual Pleasure Oil is one of the best cannabis-based lubricants in the market. Designed to enhance sensations, extend orgasms, and to lubricate, this all-natural oil is made with cannabis, organic coconut oil plus essential oils. A tiny dose of THC helps to relax soft tissue for maximum enjoyment. Quiver Sensual Pleasure Oil is unlike other lubes in the market: it’s been voted “Best Intimacy Product” by the San Francisco Chronicle Green State, and has gotten many other mentions for…. Well, getting the job done.

Pure Hemp Rolling Papers: Some people say that smoking flower will go out of style, but there’s still an undeniable fulfillment that comes with rolling your own joint. The purist in your life will love these Pure Hemp Rolling Papers, which come in different sizes from the classic 1 ¼ to king size papers at 52mm wide! These rolling papers also make a great gift for beginner smokers. Teach them how to appreciate the old ways of pot!

Cannabis.net Trucker Hat: This awesome cap is versatile enough to go with any outfit, for both men and women. It’s made with 47% cotton, and the rest is nylon and polyester, ensuring a super comfy fit for all occasions. Use it for hiking, at the beach, or even for running errands. Show your love for pot!

Goldleaf Recreational Tasting Journal: This cleverly-designed cannabis tasting journal makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys cannabis or would like to learn more about it. It makes tracking strains, highs, all kinds of cannabis easy, topped off with cool graphics on its pages. This beautiful tasting journal features 24 full-spread template pages, purveyor sections for writing down your favorite dispensaries and growers, terpene and flavor infographics, and elegant cream-colored pages.

There you have it! With these gifts, anyone will be jealous not to be on your list this Christmas.

 

Happy Holidays!