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Here’s where to snag CBD dishes and drinks for a really chill summer in NYC

New York City is going green. Well, not in the energy-efficient way, but in the way that the 4/20-related substance CBD (cannabidiol from the hemp plant) is slipping its way into the city’s dishes and drinks. CBD is said to provide a natural (and legal) calming effect, as well as help reduce inflammation. This summer, take a chill pill (in the form of meatballs, cocktails, lattes and more) and…

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Living the High Life: Ron Silver and His Three Bubbes

I admit to being one of those New Yorkers with a bad attitude toward change. Not only do I dislike change in general, but when it comes to my adopted city, I’m gutted every time I return to find my old neighborhood restaurants have closed, changed hands — or even if they have redecorated. As a chef, I like consistency and simple, sure things, and I’m sensitive to red flags on a menu that I…

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The Sweet Science of Azuca

They say timing is everything and, for Ron Silver, the time to shake up the edibles market is now. In much the same way as tobacco smoking has declined over the last few years, smoking dried cannabis flower has also fallen out of favor. At the same time (and possibly as a consequence) the edibles market has exploded in popularity. Forbes Magazine notes that sales of edibles are rising in states…

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CBD BRANDS SEE HIGH POTENTIAL IN HALF-BAKED CATEGORY

Made by hand, the dark chocolate espresso chews from Lord Jones are designed to attract the most discerning of foodies. They're sourced, the company says, with the finest Ecuadorian dark chocolate and packaged in a colorful cardboard box emblazoned with the brand's royal crest. But these aren't your grandmother's chocolate chews. The confections contain CBD, an extract derived from hemp plants…

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8 PLACES TO TRY CBD-INFUSED FOODS

Sample a calming tea, soup, and more. As the number of states legalizing marijuana rises, the cannabis industry’s offerings have become both more popular and more diverse. While many people are familiar with THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, CBD is also gaining traction. Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not have THC’s intoxicating effects. Instead, it has relaxing, anti-inflammatory…

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NYC chef brings cannabis edibles to city with Massachusetts on horizon

For nearly 30 years, Bubby’s has been a staple dining destination in New York City, and now chef and owner Ron Silver has set his sights on the booming cannabis industry in New York and Massachusetts with his new venture, Azuca. Azuca is a line of fast-acting cannabis-infused sweeteners and syrups that are currently available at Bubby’s locations and will launch in Massachusetts sometime this…

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The Ladies Of Cannabis Are Crushing It

The ladies of cannabis are crushing it lately. From Tilray naming a woman-led board to these women and their accomplishments.Dr. Michele Ross was just named to the board of NanoSphere Health Sciences. She has a doctorate in Neuroscience and is the author of Vitamin Weed: A 4-Step Plan To Prevent and Reverse Endocannabinoid Deficiency. In 2013, she founded IMPACT Network, a 501c3 nonprofit…

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There Are Only Six Acceptable Bagel Flavors

All this newfangled stuff is trash, full stop. I’m heavily biased toward bagels. I’m East Coast-born, Jewish, and currently residing in New York City. Bagels are not only one of my favorite breakfast foods; they're part of my heritage as well. Whether your loyalties lie with the almighty Manhattan bagel or its smaller, sweeter cousin up north in Montreal, the bagel is a versatile and celebrated…

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Sweet N’ High: Cannabis-Infused Sweetener For Your Kugel

For a self-proclaimed “bad-boy Jew”, Ron Silver has done pretty well. He operates two massively popular Bubby’s restaurants in New York - and seven in Japan. He and wife Melissa have four adorable kids. He even co-authored a book on Bubby’s Homemade Pies in 2007. Now, Silver’s tapping his rebellious roots to launch a different kind of edible: Cannabis-infused sweeteners whose high-tech…

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Office Toking: What Does a Weed-Friendly Work Day Look Like?

It’s only a matter of time before marijuana and work go hand in hand. Right?Ah, work. The thing we do to pay rent and the reason we never get to spend time in the homes we pay rent for. While the work week has (for better or worse) drastically changed over the last few decades, spending nine hours in front of a computer screen will always be a bummer no matter how optimistic you consider…

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