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!


Marijuana-Based CBD Oil Is The Next Big Thing On Jewish Restaurant Menus

A quick foray into the world of Jewish cooking reveals a surprising amount of CBD and marijuana products, from Orthodox Union certified edibles like the ones Mitzvah Herbals offers to Jeff the 420 Chef’s ouvre to kosher-certified industrial hemp producer GenCanna, all created with this trending non-psychoactive form of weed. While the world waits for weed to be legalized, and the restaurant industry plays catch up, it’s all about CBD, or cannabidiol, a form of cannabis that won’t get you high but might keep you calm.

On the legalization of CBD, Catherine Goldberg, who calls herself a cannabis entrepreneur, says “it’s babysteps. Necessary to get it going. And it’s basically free money.” Indeed, the CBD industry is poised to be worth $2 billion by 2022 and Bloomberg is already making lists of companies poised to list their products on the market.

Goldberg created Chai Havdalah, a weed-infused dinner party where Jewish chefs are encouraged to reinvent their great grandmother’s recipes. “Jews are anxious people,” says Goldberg, who uses cannabis instead of Adderall, “and I’ve noticed this trend where lots of Jews don’t like to drink and they like to sit and get high and debate philosophy instead.” Goldberg is one of those alcohol teetotalers, choosing instead to medicate her genetically inherited anxiety with marijuana. And thus her Pot Shabbats, which she’s been privately having since she was sixteen, became her public Chai Havdalahs, which she’s been having for over a year in Oakland, LA, and Denver, Colorado. (Naturally, she’s got her eye on Park Slope, Brooklyn.)

“I think Judaism and cannabis are deeply connected,” says Goldberg. “So it’s nothing new that the chefs are using their grandma’s grandma’s recipes and kind of reinventing it with cannabis.” Goldberg encourages Jewish chefs to explore their heritages in a different way (see Joan Nathan’s weed-infused roast chicken recipe for a prime example) and for Goldberg, CBD is an excellent way to start experimenting with the food of the future.

These parties are hosted in private homes as a way of getting around the fact that THC, the fun, psychoactive part of marijuana, is technically classified as a schedule 1 drug, making it difficult to serve without a selection of permit, both state and local. Selling CBD, or Cannabidiol, which is technically already legal, means buying from federally-approved sellers and using CBD derived from hemp and not cannabis. And while state agencies like the New York City Health Department have recommended legalizing weed, the federal government have proven taciturn even to hemp. But as statutes of marijuana consumption weaken across America, more and more restaurant owners and chefs are privately tweaking their menus and getting ready for the day when people will request a CBD or THC-infused tuna sandwich for lunch.

For Ron Silver, Bubby’s, his 28-year-old Tribeca restaurant was the perfect place to experiment with putting CBD on the menu. These days almost anything drinkable on Bubby’s menu, from an Americano to lemonade, can be infused with Azuca, which is Silver’s personal brand of CBD edibles, oils and sweeteners. “As powerful as penicillin is, as many lives as it has saved, I think CBD and cannabis has the potential to be even greater than that,” he said. Silver takes a daily dose of CBD and is convinced it has lowered his blood pressure. “My uncle has rheumatoid arthritis that just went away,” he said. “Part of that is because of the way CBD affects inflammation in the body.”

Silver is a man with a vision of a world where weed is legalized. He believes with every fiber of his being that cannabis is a human right and every tourist pouring off the High Line and into his restaurant should be given the ability to try it. In his vision of a world where weed is easily accessible, it ceases to be a tool for harassing people of color. “You can walk through any prison and see what that means,” he said. “That alone is a reason to get rid of this insane law.”

“I’d bet good money we’ll be seeing weed legalized within the next two years,” said Silver. He did, in fact, start Azuca, a company dedicated to artisanal edibles, so it looks like he did bet good money on it. And he’s far from the only restaurateur waiting to make money off the burgeoning cannabis industry. The world is waiting.


Holiday Gift? Forget the Jewelry or SmartTV. Instead, Give the Gift of Cannabis.

In 2018, cannabis has become a commercial powerhouse in the entrepreneurial world, as ten states and the District of Columbia all have legalized it for recreational use, thereby removing many of the weed's long-time legal obstacles and enabling cannabis brands to launch everything from luxury-grade prerolled marijuana cones, to skincare and beauty creams, to edibles and at least one high-end (pun intended) rolling tool.

Some of these products contain THC, the psychoactive constituent of marijuana that gets you high. Others contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which contains no THC but is touted for its pain- and stress-relief qualities. CBDs may well soon be legal everywhere, because the new 2018 Farm Bill seeks to legalize the cultivation of hemp nationwide.

Some cannabis products come from the marijuana plant; some come from a variety of Cannabis sativa: hemp. Whatever the source of the products you're buying and their legal status where you live -- which you should check -- cannabis products are being marketed not only for the nontraditional products listed above but also for clothing, shoes, even -- would you believe -- building products and auto parts.

The common denominator to all these new commercial uses is the fading of cannabis's "stoner" stigma: Marijuana is no longer something to be consumed in the shadows. It may even be becoming, dare it be said? fashionable.

So, in that spirit, if you're one of those people "high" on the holiday festivities surrounding Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, consider putting a cannabis gift under the tree, or beside the menorah or kinara, for that special someone. In that context, this cannabis gift guide starts off with a kiss ...

Mistletoke, from Zoma Cannabis.com, offers both a cannabis and a philanthropic twist. This (very) limited edition item intertwines boughs of mistletoe with three trimmed stems of (smokable) Zoma Envirocann organic cannabis. It's available, free, to the first 50 Los Angeles residents who contact info@zomacannabis.com.

No purchase is necessary but customers are invited to donate to One Tree Planted, a charity dedicated to reforestation after the California widefires. Zoma Cannabis will match those donations.

Next ...

Recommended by the creators of "The Marijuana Show"

The Marijuana Show, on Amazon Prime, has been dubbed "The 'Shark Tank' of Cannabis" and is headed by the dynamic duo of entrepreneurs Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins. "We receive thousands of auditions a year and typically have only ten [cannabis entrepreneurs] appear each season," Paull explained by email. "So, by the time we film, we are already a fan of the cast members, their companies and/or their products."

In that light, zeroing-in on the beauty/relaxation categories, Paull and Robbins offer this curated list of suggested products, some of them offered by Club Hemp, which Robbins and Paull co-own (the "Sephora for the cannabis industry," Paull dubs it):

The Club Hemp Power Pack: Paull calls this a "first aid kit for superheroes." The pack contains CBD oil-infused drops to put into your favorite beverage to boost energy and focus and a pain remedy. "Chill" helps you relax and sleep better. "Power" is an anti-pain spray for external maladies. "Energy" is an energy booster and substitute for coffee. $69.95, offered for the holidays at $49.95.

Restored Balance Spa Package. Five products in this skincare system cleanse, tone and moisturize while delivering collagen and micronutrients to your skin. Price, regularly $249.95, on sale at $199. 

Annabís handbags"The first 'high fashion' for women that we had seen," Paull quips about these bags. What makes them relevant to this list is that their secret pockets use something called Aroma-Block technology to cover up the cannabis odor their owners may be carrying.  Prices, $35 to $245, depending on the bag chosen.

My Bud Vase offers beautiful designer flower vases designed by the artist Doreen Sullivan. The vases double as "hide in plain sight" bongs. Prices, $60 to $269.

Stonedware Co., out of Portland, offers beautiful porcelain pipes finished with a food-safe glaze (some with 22K gold trim); ergonomically designed for ease of use. Prices, $55 to $170.

More from the topicals market

Papa & Barkley make whole-plant, terpene-rich topicals that can be used for all sorts of beauty, self-care and pain relief. Deck your halls with boughs of balm. $80.

Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics is offering a holiday gift bundle containing a natural skin cream, a cream to counter PMS, an overall skin cream and an anti-pain cream. Regular price, $263. Holiday price, $199.

Lazarus Naturals is offering tinctures, $32 up to $200, even including one for pets, and the following CBD-infused product bundles:

Edibles

Azuca offers CBD-infused edibles. One product category is its simple syrups, suitable for coffee, tea and cocktails, available in different size bottles, $10.95 to $113.85 (on sale for the holidays at $75.90), and sold online. Sold at the Boston dispensary Mayflower are goodies like Azuca's shortbread cookies, $30 a container; chocolate "coins," $30 a container; Azuca's version of Pâte de Fruit candies, $25 a container; and infused sugar for baking, $60 a container.

La Vida Verde offers cookies, made with coconut nectar, lemon zest and Himalayan crystal salt. Cookies, $20 (Tinctures also sold, $35 to $40).

Mr. Moxey's Mints are discreet, micro-dosed treats that are also a breath of fresh air. $40

Clothing

22Red: Offers unisex tees, $20, and hoodies, $50; the clothing line plans to expand to hats, sunglasses and other apparel (the site also offers vapes and pre-rolls)

Tools

OTTO, by Banana Bros, is an AI-powered "smart grinder and cone-maker; if you choose it, it's probably one of the more unusual stocking stuffers out there. This grinder uses proprietary artificial intellgence to automatically grind weed and fill a pre-rolled premium cone (a fancier kind of joint, for smoking). $129.99.

Jane West Beaker, designed by glass producer GRAV labs, is striking to look at as well as functional; it makes for an attractive alternative to the traditional tabletop water pipe. The beaker is made from hand-finished borosilicate glass and is available in the colors cobalt blue, cloud white and mint green. Available here. Price, $225. 

Blends

State Flower: offers prerolls and flowers, sold in California dispensaries. Prices not listed.

Zoma cannabis: offers prerolls, sold in California dispensaries only. A box of six, $45.

Higgs: offers cannabis prerolls, sold only at 11 California dispensaries. Prices not listed.

Eden Extracts offers cartridges and batteries for vaping, sold at Garden of Eden in Hayward, Calif. and various other California retailers. Prices not listed.

Happily holidays, everyone!


Holiday Gift? Forget the Jewelry or SmartTV. Instead, Give the Gift of Cannabis.

In 2018, cannabis has become a commercial powerhouse in the entrepreneurial world,as ten states and the District of Columbia all have legalized it for recreational use, thereby removing many of the weed's long-time legal obstacles and enabling cannabis brands to launch everything from luxury-grade prerolled marijuana cones, to skincare and beauty creams, to edibles and at least one high-end (pun intended) rolling tool.

Some of these products contain THC, the psychoactive constituent of marijuana that gets you high. Others contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which contains no THC but is touted for its pain- and stress-relief qualities. CBDs may well soon be legal everywhere, because the new 2018 Farm Bill seeks to legalize the cultivation of hemp nationwide.

Some cannabis products come from the marijuana plant; some come from a variety of Cannabis sativa: hemp. Whatever the source of the products you're buying and their legal status where you live -- which you should check -- cannabis products are being marketed not only for the nontraditional products listed above but also for clothing, shoes, even -- would you believe -- building products and auto parts.

The common denominator to all these new commercial uses is the fading of cannabis's "stoner" stigma: Marijuana is no longer something to be consumed in the shadows. It may even be becoming, dare it be said? fashionable.

So, in that spirit, if you're one of those people "high" on the holiday festivities surrounding Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, consider putting a cannabis gift under the tree, or beside the menorah or kinara, for that special someone. In that context, this cannabis gift guide starts off with a kiss ...

Mistletoke, from Zoma Cannabis.com, offers both a cannabis and a philanthropic twist. This (very) limited edition item intertwines boughs of mistletoe with three trimmed stems of (smokable) Zoma Envirocann organic cannabis. It's available, free, to the first 50 Los Angeles residents who contact info@zomacannabis.com.

No purchase is necessary but customers are invited to donate to One Tree Planted, a charity dedicated to reforestation after the California widefires. Zoma Cannabis will match those donations.

Next ...

Recommended by the creators of "The Marijuana Show"

The Marijuana Show, on Amazon Prime, has been dubbed "The 'Shark Tank' of Cannabis" and is headed by the dynamic duo of entrepreneurs Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins. "We receive thousands of auditions a year and typically have only ten [cannabis entrepreneurs] appear each season," Paull explained by email. "So, by the time we film, we are already a fan of the cast members, their companies and/or their products."

In that light, zeroing-in on the beauty/relaxation categories, Paull and Robbins offer this curated list of suggested products, some of them offered by Club Hemp, which Robbins and Paull co-own (the "Sephora for the cannabis industry," Paull dubs it):

The Club Hemp Power Pack: Paull calls this a "first aid kit for superheroes." The pack contains CBD oil-infused drops to put into your favorite beverage to boost energy and focus and a pain remedy. "Chill" helps you relax and sleep better. "Power" is an anti-pain spray for external maladies. "Energy" is an energy booster and substitute for coffee. $69.95, offered for the holidays at $49.95.

Restored Balance Spa Package. Five products in this skincare system cleanse, tone and moisturize while delivering collagen and micronutrients to your skin. Price, regularly $249.95, on sale at $199. 

Annabís handbags"The first 'high fashion' for women that we had seen," Paull quips about these bags. What makes them relevant to this list is that their secret pockets use something called Aroma-Block technology to cover up the cannabis odor their owners may be carrying.  Prices, $35 to $245, depending on the bag chosen.

My Bud Vase offers beautiful designer flower vases designed by the artist Doreen Sullivan. The vases double as "hide in plain sight" bongs. Prices, $60 to $269.

Stonedware Co., out of Portland, offers beautiful porcelain pipes finished with a food-safe glaze (some with 22K gold trim); ergonomically designed for ease of use.Prices, $55 to $170.

More from the topicals market

Papa & Barkley make whole-plant, terpene-rich topicals that can be used for all sorts of beauty, self-care and pain relief. Deck your halls with boughs of balm. $80.

Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics is offering a holiday gift bundle containing a natural skin cream, a cream to counter PMS, an overall skin cream and an anti-pain cream. Regular price, $263. Holiday price, $199.

Lazarus Naturals is offering tinctures, $32 up to $200, even including one for pets, and the following CBD-infused product bundles:

Edibles

Azuca offers CBD-infused edibles. One product category is its simple syrups, suitable for coffee, tea and cocktails, available in different size bottles, $10.95 to $113.85 (on sale for the holidays at $75.90), and sold online. Sold at the Boston dispensary Mayflower are goodies like Azuca's shortbread cookies, $30 a container; chocolate "coins," $30 a container; Azuca's version of Pâte de Fruit candies, $25 a container; and infused sugar for baking, $60 a container.

La Vida Verde offers cookies, made with coconut nectar, lemon zest and Himalayan crystal salt. Cookies, $20 (Tinctures also sold, $35 to $40).

Mr. Moxey's Mints are discreet, micro-dosed treats that are also a breath of fresh air. $40

Clothing

22Red: Offers unisex tees, $20, and hoodies, $50; the clothing line plans to expand to hats, sunglasses and other apparel (the site also offers vapes and pre-rolls)

Tools

OTTO, by Banana Bros, is an AI-powered "smart grinder and cone-maker; if you choose it, it's probably one of the more unusual stocking stuffers out there. This grinder uses proprietary artificial intellgence to automatically grind weed and fill a pre-rolled premium cone (a fancier kind of joint, for smoking). $129.99.

Jane West Beaker, designed by glass producer GRAV labs, is striking to look at as well as functional; it makes for an attractive alternative to the traditional tabletop water pipe. The beaker is made from hand-finished borosilicate glass and is available in the colors cobalt blue, cloud white and mint green. Available here. Price, $225. 

Blends

State Flower: offers prerolls and flowers, sold in California dispensaries. Prices not listed. Prices: $15 for single prerolls; 3.5-gram jars of flower, $55; 5 packs of pre-rolls, $45.

Zoma cannabis: offers prerolls, sold in California dispensaries only. A box of six, $45.

Higgs: offers cannabis prerolls, sold only at 11 California dispensaries. $45 for six pre-rolls.

Eden Extracts offers cartridges and batteries for vaping, sold at Garden of Eden in Hayward, Calif. and various other California retailers. Prices not listed.

Happily holidays, everyone!


Ingredient Spotlight: CBDs

You may have seen a new acronym popping up on restaurant and bar menus: CBD. It's short for cannabidiol, a compound in cannabis and hemp. Though CBDs lack the psychoactive properties of THC—in other words, they won't get you stoned—they are purported to have myriad health benefits, such as pain relief, inflammation mitigation, anxiety alleviation and acne reduction. However, there have not been many mainstream studies on CBDs, they have not been approved by the FDA for medical purposes, and they can have negative side effects, such as dizziness and depression, so talk to your doctor before trying them out.

CBDs are legal or quasi-legal in a number of states, so chefs and bartenders are beginning to work them into dishes and drinks. They usually take the form of powders or oils, making them easy to incorporate. To make them even simpler to use in culinary applications, chef Ron Silver created a line of CBD-infused sweeteners, including simple syrup and demerara sugar. Silver founded Azuca to make them and he began highlighting them this spring at Bubby's, his New York City restaurant. Guests have the option of adding a 25 milligram dose to any beverage.

However, since the laws concerning cannabis and hemp are in flux in many states—and the latter is still illegal on the federal level—he did have some worries about offering CBDs. "I was concerned about how they were going to be perceived," he says, "and that the laws were going to quickly change and then I was going to be doing something wrong by having them on the menu."

Though it took Silver some time to convince his own staff that selling CBDs would be a positive for the business, the public was more than ready. CBD-amped drinks have been a strong seller and Silver says they've received no complaints about them, though people constantly ask if they will get high or taste the hemp (they won't do either). He's planning to add more CBD-boosted sweeteners to his lineup at the restaurant and through his company, including flavored syrups, maple sugar, date sugar, coconut sugar, stevia and agave syrup.

New York bars have been equally quick to jump on the CBD bandwagon. Late this summer at Saxon + Parole, bar director Maxime Belfand began offering a trio of zero-proof cocktails specifically designed to highlight the purported benefits of CBDs: a ginger and mint swizzle, a spritz with non-alcoholic vermouth and grapefruit and the booze-less Seedlip spirit with tonic. "The idea was to make them more health-minded," he says. "Though now we let people add CBDs to whatever they want—tea, coffee or [alcoholic] cocktails."

In addition, The Lobby Bar in Manhattan's Ace Hotel offers a pommeau-fortified, CBD-enhanced Rosebud cocktail; Brooklyn's Grand Republic Cocktail Club has the Last Dance with Mary Jane featuring hemp CBD, as well as mezcal, absinthe and Singani 63; Tijuana Picnic in the Lower East Side has the CBD-laced Salad Daze forged from mezcal, tequila and Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur; and at JIMMY at the James in SoHo, the Jeff Spicoli special cocktail comes garnished with CBD infused gummy candies.

For sweet tooths who want a CBD fix, Monarch & the Milkweed in Burlington, Vermont offers chocolate truffles boosted with them, while Baltimore, Maryland's Full Circle Artisan Palacespecializes in CBD doughnuts.

Expect to see more CBD-infused edibles and potables in the coming months, as further states relax or retract their cannabis laws. To keep you chill while you wait for them to show up at your favorite eatery or taproom, you can always order a six-pack of Recess, a newly launched La Croix-style sparkling water infused with CBDs.


Da Capo To Serve Cannabis Cocktails

Da Capo, located at 322 Columbus Avenue (between 75th and 76th Streets), operates as an espresso bar by day, serving Italian espresso, specialty drinks, pastries and paninis. At 5PM, Da Capo transforms into a specialty cocktail bar with tons of cool drinks on their menu. 

And now included in that list of cool drinks are CBD (Cannabidiol) cocktails, Patch.com first announced.

Da Capo has partnered with weed edibles company Azuca to offer cannabis-infused sweeteners which customers can add to their drinks (or you can get a special CBD cocktail).

The company states that CBD can help relieve pain and anxiety, and Da Capo is the second NYC establishment to partner with them.

So, will these drinks get you stoned? 

Well, here’s the product description on Azuca’s website …

Made to mix effortlessly into drinks and recipes, our hand-crafted syrups never contain more than 7 ingredients. Compared to the average flavored syrup on the market, you’ll find Azuca Syrups to be quite a bit more wholesome and incredibly delicious.  And because Azuca Syrups are faster-acting, you can serve them socially and they’ll take effect in a few minutes, instead of hours later.  

So you’ll feel something, most likely. But I don’t think we’re talking Half Baked, Big Lebowski stoned.

Since Da Capo opened their west side location they’ve become really popular. So these new products will either increase their customer loyalty and / or expand their customer base.

For those seeking more unique and adventurous ingredients, they also have an absinthe cocktail (their Sazerac, made with absinthe, rye, demerrara and bitters).

Their cocktail menu has gotten a ton of positive reviews for its depth and inventiveness.

Da Capo has also collected lots of praise for their coffee, service and food. And they frequently host events including wine, booze and coffee tastings, food workshops and live music.

People have really grown to like this place since they opened (which was October of 2017). Their original location is on the UES, at 1392 Madison Ave.


Upper West Side Cafe, Lounge Adds CBD Syrup To Menu

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — An Upper West Side coffee bar and lounge is hopping on the CDB (Cannabidiol) trend by rolling out a line of specialty cocktails featuring a CBD syrup that's designed to mix evenly with beverages.

Da Capo on Columbus Avenue between West 75th and 76th streets has partnered with the company Azuca to feature its cannabis-infused sweeteners, the restaurant announced. Customers have to option to add Azuca's infused simple syrup into any of the establishment's beverages or to order a special CBD cocktail.

"Our mission is to make Da Capo a one-of-a-kind, premier dining concept by fostering a restaurant experience that balances chic sophistication with comfort and relaxation, day or night—all while holding ourselves to the highest standards in espresso and cocktails," Craig Marx, a partner in Da Capo, said in a statement.

Marx added that a partnership with Azuca "felt like a natural complement to Da Capo's overarching values and vision."

Da Capo is the second New York City business to partner with the cannabis company. Azuca claims its CBD products such as sweeteners and syrups are superior than traditional oils because they blend more easily into drinks.

"Debuting on the menu at Da Capo marks the kickoff of our wholesale strategy as we work towards stocking Azuca at top bars, restaurants and coffee shops in New York City—and soon, nationwide," Kim Rael, Azuca's CEO, said in a statement.

Da Capo opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. The business serves up coffee drinks until 5 p.m., when it transitions into a cocktail lounge.