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Cannabis Infused Cocktail Hour Recipe: Freshly Squeezed Spiced Punch

Today isn’t the first time that we’ve reached out to Andrew Mieure the owner at Top Shelf Budtending. The professional budtender has been studying the art of cannabis mocktails under the master and his dear friend Warren Bobrow, writer of “Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, & Tonics”. Mieure’s main focus with his infusion work is to craft familiar cocktails that feature cannabis instead of liquor while Bobrow is adept both in cannabis infused mocktails and liquored up cannabis concoctions. At a fundamental level any alcohol can be infused with cannabis much like a tincture and then be used for any type of drink that we may prefer but this would take time, agitation, etc. In “Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, & Tonics” Bobrow goes into the many ways that cannabis can be infused into various beverages whether they feature liquor or not.

Before even getting started it’s absolutely imperative that we mention that cannabis and alcohol amplify each other when combined. It’s a good idea to just drink one of these delectable drinks for at least six hours before indulging in another cannabis cocktail. When dosage is monitored, both Andrew Mieure and Warren Bobrow believe that liquor and cannabis can be enjoyed simultaneously. As Mieure reminds us, “Remember, start low and go slow!”. Below we have a recipe from Warren Bobrow himself with detailed instructions on how to infuse the featured alcohol. This drink is seasonally delicious with a flavor set of spiced citrus and is absolute perfection for holiday entertaining.

Freshly Squeezed Punch with Cannabis Infused Rum & Nutmeg

Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Part Broiled Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Part Oloroso Sherry
  • 1 Part Cannabis Infused rum
  • 1 Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 1 grapefruit peel as a garnish

How To Make The Grapefruit Juice:

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Split grapefruit in half and apply around 20 splashed of Angostura Bitters to the fruit itself. Sprinkle ample amount of turbinado sugar over the fruit side as well. Roast the prepared grapefruit sides 35-45 minutes, remove and let cool. Once cool, squeeze every possible bit of the juice out of the grapefruit.

How To Infuse Rum With Cannabis:

Using the oven or a decarboxylating device decarb 1 ounce of Sativa cannabis flower, sativa generally has limonene and citrus based flavor and aroma set terpenes that will complement other flavors of the cocktail. Add an entire bottle of Rum to a magical butter machine with the ounce of cannabis and set on “160” for an hour. Strain the liquid thoroughly and rebottle.

Directions for Assembling the Cocktail:

In a highball or collins glass add ice, the chilled juices, and infused rum. Garnish with grapefruit peel and garnish with a pinch of nutmeg.

Anyone who liked this easy to follow cocktail recipe with an intricate flavor profile will absolutely love “Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations” by Warren Bobrow. We’re pretty excited to get a copy ourselves and find that this book might be the perfect holiday gift for multiple people on our list. Make sure to send us your photos after trying out this delightful, fresh cannabis cocktail recipe.


Planning A Dream Stoner Vacation to Jamaica

Doing a basic Google search for a Jamaican vacation or trip to Jamaica displays tons of results for ‘luxurious all inclusive package vacations’ and ‘Jamaican Beach & Golf Resorts’. And while these may be adequate vacay ideas for some, generally the cannabis smokers are looking for an experience of actual Jamaican culture. All inclusive package vacations tend to implant American ideals onto another culture and often times siphon earnings to foreign owners, leaving the surrounding villages destitute in poverty. We’ve decided to lay down some guidelines on planning a sustainable trip to Jamaica in which we are immersed in real Jamaican culture.

Bud and Breakfast

This website is revolutionizing the cannabis tourism industry by providing an Airbnb style aggregate vacation rental website. The difference with Bud and Breakfast is that each rental is cannabis friendly. When searching for a place to stay in Jamaica there are listings for hostels as cheap as $20 per night with a $400 per night Exodus Retreat with provided cannabis, natural hot springs, and an infinity pool. Whether we’re looking to stay in a luxury 5-star rental compound with a private chef, on a bunk bed with other smelly wayfarers, or anything in between Bud and Breakfast can find those accommodations in Jamaica, but it’s the extra step that we appreciate. For the first time ever cannabis connoisseurs have a place to find their ideal vacation, and that is something to be celebrated.

Procuring Jamaican Cannabis

Due to the American obsession with Bob Marley and Rastafarianism many thought that cannabis was already legal in Jamaica, but that isn’t the case. Cannabis was only legalized in the country in 2015 after government officials realized how much money was to be made from the plant. Although it is legal now for worldwide medical patients to hold up to two ounces it is still rather dangerous to go about procuring cannabis in Jamaica as if we’re in Colorado or Oregon. Since Jamaica is still a horribly impoverished place in the political space where the tourism income doesn’t necessarily feed the local income tourists aren’t completely safe travelling everywhere in the country. It is quite likely that a tourist will be offered ganja countless times between landing at the airport to arriving at their hotel, but many of these offerings are scams or ways to get tourists busted. The best way to get cannabis in Jamaica right now is to go through an inclusive hotel that provides their guests with high quality cannabis.

Ganja Activities

After legalization the Jamaican Minister of Tourism announced that there would be ganja infused experiences to enjoy soon on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Most of these projects are still in the works as the Jamaican government navigates what recreational cannabis looks like but there are still some fun marijuana oriented things to do since Jamaican and Rastafarian culture generally have stoner undertones. Go enjoy some real Reggae music or relax on a famously white sandy beach while toking on a joint. Whatever we choose to get into just always double check whether or not the space is safe and the activity is a good idea for tourists. The hotel/hostel concierge or staff are a great source for this information.

Ever since Cool Runnings was released we have all had a love affair with the bright, cheery country of Jamaica. It has also been a long rumored place to visit for the cannabis connoisseur. Following these rules will helps us to be sure that we capitalize on every aspect of this tropical stoner vacation. Would you go to Jamaica if you could visit anywhere in the world? What about Amsterdam? Tell us in the comments and we will make our next stoner vacay guide for you!


How To Throw the Perfect Dank Holiday Party

The holidays have officially arrived with the usual Thanksgiving kickoff. Love and Marij thought we’d put together some tips for anyone that is able to combine our yearly feast with the divine herb. As a younger stoner I often dreamt of Thanksgiving dinners completely saturated in cannabis, each dish medicated in it’s own special way. As I’ve gotten older it has become clear that a meal such as that would absolutely zap the party dead. There are eloquent ways to entice the senses without overdosing our guests with marijuana. These tips will help us seamlessly infuse cannabis into Thanksgiving. Throw a Danksgiving with these guidelines and watch the night unfold into a Thanksgiving that is talked about well into the new year.

Medicated Dessert Buffet

One of the most effective ways to infuse the food at Thanksgiving dinner with cannabis is to add an optional medicated sauce or dip instead of infusing the base part of the side or main dish. For example, medicate one gravy dish but leave the stuffing alone; this helps to ensure that people can control their own dosages despite the buffet spread.

Our favorite way to offer edibles is with a medicated honey bar. Adequate both for the cheese plate and the dessert bar, medicated honey can be the key to an epicly infused Thanksgiving. Put out a bowl of the medicated product and be sure to clearly label that the sweet treat is infused with cannabis. Honey can be served with a fruit & cheese plate with figs, brie, & butter crackers just as easily as being paired with apple pie & fruit tarts.

Mocktails

Top Shelf Budtending commonly recommends cannabis infused mocktails over serving both alcohol and herb together. Infusing beverages with cannabis can be a complicated or a relaxed endeavor depending on what kind of products are around. There are cannabis sugar companies and infused honey companies that make products well suited for a mocktail. Some marijuana infusion companies even carry drinkables that can be combined with other flavors for the most delectably effective cannabis mocktails.   

Party Favors

Supplying edibles for an entire party isn’t the cheapest endeavor, that’s why it’s a good idea to ask fellow Danksgiving goers to bring some flower or wax to share. If four to five guests each bring a joint or blunt for sharing then it’s likely everyone will be sufficiently stoned for the entirety of the dinner. This will also help take some of the budgetary constraint off of the event since the host is probably putting out quite a bit of cash to cover the food and drink.

Like always remember that dosage is crucial, especially when dealing with a party of full of people with varied tolerances. For anyone serving infused Thanksgiving dinner be sure to keep on eye on all guests and be sure that no one is overdoing it.


Treat Yourself: Moon Rore Organics

Maggie Murphy founded Moon Rore Organics in honor of her children after turning both to crystals and natural skin products to promote healing within her two children. The Usui Reiki healer and ecologically conscious mother combines intentional crystal energy with all natural products in sustainable containers in made to order cannabis infused beauty products.

For many years Moon Rore founder Maggie Murphy studied as a Usui Reiki healer who continually worked with healing crystal energies. Her first born son Achilles had serious issues sleeping and when they walked into a new age store he immediately picked up the insomnia relieving stone Howlite. The mother saw improvement in her son’s sleeping habits that very night and decided to further her studies of crystal energies. During the birth of the second child Murphy’s midwife had a severe allergy to fragrance oriented chemicals which caused the young mother to look more deeply into what exactly is in all of the products we put onto our skin. Once her daughter Rory was born she noticed that she had exceptionally sensitive skin, breaking out even from common brand name baby lotion.

The young mother started crafting body butters and lotions that would work for her sensitive skinned child and organically started combining these trusted recipes with the crystal healing shown to her after watching the sleeping struggles of her other young son. That is where the company and even the name came from, Moon for Achilles and Rore for her youngest Rory. The current Moon Rore Organics line contains body butter, body oil, and makeup remover but they take custom orders making this company fabulous for any cannabis bride looking for the perfect bridesmaids gifts and even bachelorette party favors.

Maggie let us know more about her in depth knowledge of crystals in a recent interview about topical cannabis products for headaches. For that article she specifically mentioned Lapis Lazuli, a gorgeous blue stone, as useful those that suffer from migraines and cites that it can also be helpful for chronic insomniacs.

For headaches the Reiki healer and crystal enthusiast mentions champagne aura quartz as ideal to relieve sinus or injury based headaches and amethyst for tension headaches. There is also a crystal called Shungite which is dark and ominous in color with a gold metallic sheen, this is a known cure all and a must have for any collector with interest in manifestation. Moon Rore Organics harnesses these healing crystal energies within their natural, chemical free products to provide exceptional body butters, makeup removers, and ritual oils.

Because of this infusion of crystals with the products and the harmful environmental impact of plastics Moon Rore Organics uses glass containers and packaging. Using all glass packaging also ensures less chance of a reaction from those of us with sensitive skin. Maggie is also invested in preserving the environment for future generations and moves through every motion of her life with an intention of working with natural resources rather than depleting them. When we asked her about sustainable packaging and manufacturing Murphy told us, “Intention based living is a major key in my daily routine and I feel using the sustainable packaging just fit and felt right.” This is one of the reasons that we’re head over heels for Moon Rore Organics, because they add to the community rather than taking from it.

There are tons of natural ways to heal aside from cannabis and one of our favorite parts of adult-use recreational cannabis laws is that we can now combine them to receive synergistic healing much like the cannabis crystal healing products offered at the Moon Rore Organics Etsy store.

What are your favorite modes of natural healing? Do you have crystals at home? Tell us everything in the comments!


How To Throw a Weed Centric All Around the World Party

One fun thing that recreational cannabis brings to the party is just that, a party. Cannabis entertaining could possibly be the next wave of professional homemaking. Actually it sort of is since the most famous homemaker in the world recently teamed up with equally as famous stoner Snoop Dogg in the newest show from either star, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”. Following in the footsteps of Queen Martha and Snoop D-O-Double G we decided to give readers some insight into throwing the most bangin’ themed parties with a cannabis edge.

An ‘Around the World’ party touches on themes in the form of party stations that are meant to celebrate various cultures around the world. At this point all the sorority girls in the house are jumping up and down with miniature claps because this was a common party theme back in college. Adding cannabis into the mix of this beloved party could be super fun and maintain the multi-cultural element that makes an ‘Around the World’ party so dang memorable.

Basic Setup

Before even diving into choosing which countries to represent take a look at the space and assess how many stations can be set up in the area. Once we have decided how much space we have for party stations we will know how many countries we will need to research. Each station will feature decorations, culinary delights, libations, and most importantly a culturally significant way to inhale or ingest cannabis. Each station will feature the makings and recipe for a signature cultural drink but we suggest also having a main bar where guests can either serve themselves or be served whatever their heart desires. Similarly, hiring a team like Top Shelf Budtending or Healthy Headie helps us be sure that no one overdoes it on the cannabis and ensures that our guests get exactly what they need.

Dressing up in costume only makes parties more fun but it is always important to avoid cultural appropriation. This is why we suggest that friends dress in a tourist costume (camera on a neck leash, bucket hat, cargo shorts, etc.) as a flight attendant, and even a sailor or pirate. Basically we will get all dolled up as our favorite traveller to travel ‘Around the World’ with all of our friends. Don’t worry if people don’t dress up, the host should be in their favorite ‘travel outfit’ since we are a part of the themed event itself. To make the party planning a little bit easier we’ve put together some stations to help throw the most legendary cannabis centric ‘Around the World’ party there ever was.

England

Any stoner that has travelled to the UK knows that Brits love to smoke spliffs which is tobacco and cannabis mixed together and rolled up into a joint. Have all of the fixin’s -tobacco, ground cannabis, papers, and tips- as well as some pre-rolled spliff at the English table. This is a common European way to indulge but we assigned the spliff to England because pop culture so frequently throws the two together.

The England table should also include some other crucial elements to help transport guests to another world, or at least another country.

England can also feature:

  • Gin & Tonics
  • Miniature Meat Pies
  • A Large, prominent English flag

Afghanistan

Some of the most potent Indica strains come from the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Because of this we are positive that this beautiful country should be featured at the party. Afghan people enjoy hashish from a hookah, so obviously this station of the party should transport guests to a hookah lounge where they can partake in real hashish while enjoying some culturally significant bites.

Afghanistan can also feature:

  • Korme Kofta or Lamb Meatballs
  • Whirling Cherry Cocktail (Get the recipe by following this link)
  • Pillows and floor seating, tapestries, and dimmed romantic light.

Germany

Germany is home to many technical innovations including the Storz & Bickel Volcano which was the most innovative vaporizer to ever hit the market. The German station should reflect their organized, clean nature with a couple of volcano vapes and extra bags. Don’t forget to include the grinders or pre-ground cannabis to be sure that everyone has just what they need.

Germany can also feature:

  • German Chocolate Cake & Black Forest Cake
  • German Kolsch, Altbier, Helles, and/or Maibock in steins
  • Utilitarian but comfortable furniture with bright light.

These three countries should give any party planner a good head start to setting up an ‘Around the World’ themed gathering that everyone is talking about for ages. What other countries would you include? I would probably also set up a dab station in the ‘US’ and perhaps some fresh, pure cones in Jamaica. What other themes for parties would you like us to break down for you?


Cannabis Singles Speakeasy on a Denver Rooftop

After such a fabulous success on the LA rooftop less than one month ago Molly Peckler from Highly Devoted Coaching paired up with Love and Marij once more to throw a Singles Speakeasy at the prestigious Metlo Rooftop in Downtown Denver, CO.

Just two short years after the first commercial sale of cannabis in the Rocky  Mountain State this event was intended to bring together any singles that may be looking for someone to share a bowl with.

As guests arrived they were greeted by a variety of vendors catering to their every need. On that crisp Autumn rooftop singles were greeted with warm hemp tea and nibbles from Jordan & Jane infused catering service.

As singles perused the various cannabis vendors and mingled they had multiple choices for how they’d like to get lifted. Top Shelf Budtending had a full event set up featuring tons of strains for those that prefer flower. The talented budtender waiting for any question that a guest may have was just icing on the cake.

For those that prefer dabs and concentrates the Healthy Headie was present alongside Top Shelf Budtending to provide dabs and volcanos fit for wax, shatter, butter, and all of the above. Between the two any types of inhalation was handled and singles were at ease as they began to embrace the loving ideology that goes along with marijuana use.

Dixie Brands were representing with tincture samples along with some bath soaks and lotions. Featured on their table was Aceso, the new CBD only line recently released by the edible & topical company. Other vendors included the stylish compartmentalized carry cases from Stash Logix.

For the more intimate couples and even just to feel sexy when we’re alone Evo labs brought samples of their award winning odorless cannabis infused personal lubricant to hand out to Singles Speakeasy guests throughout the night. The product is meant to heighten stimulation for all genders and in turn heighten the levels of physical intimacy that we can achieve with a partner.

After just a few short words in the first hour of the event from Molly Peckler guests were ready to mingle and explore how cannabis can open us up to love. The next Singles Speakeasy is taking place at a secret location in Orange County, California. Who is ready to hit the OC and meet their bowl-mate?

Photo Credit goes to: Jacob Blaskis, Marie Graham, and Maggie Murphy


Make Your Own: DIY Cannabis Meditation Candle

The use of aromatherapy dates back centuries to monasteries and temples across the globe so it’s no surprise that the scented candle industry continues to thrive. Aside from the aromatherapy connection to scented candles they can also have some other benefits. Candlelight most closely resembles sunlight in the way that it makes the shadows and angles in the room more gentle. As a result of the pleasing light we are able to focus better and find a deeper concentration than before igniting the flame.

A candle will nourish the environment and can even alter a surly mood and with the right aromas added in. Certain fragrances promote various emotions and trains of thought so intentionally scenting candles can be an empowering experience. Cannabis is an aroma that can help someone reach deeper meditative thought and promotes relaxation even in the most stressful environment. Many religious cultures used cannabis as incense before it was discovered as a psychoactive inhalant and cannabis scented incense can even be found in almost every head shop. Just in time for holiday season we are excited to break down how to make our own cannabis scented soy candle.

You Will Need:

  • 1 lb. Soy Candle Wax
  • Hemp Wick
  • 14 oz. Mason Jar
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 Piece Card Stock
  • A Double Boiler
  • Food Thermometer
  • Oven Mitts
  • 1 oz. Hemp Seed Oil

Step 1: Use the double boiler (a glass bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water also works) to melt the candle wax on medium-low heat. While watching the wax take the hot glue gun and adhere the wick to the very center of the bottom of the glass jar. Be sure to measure an excess of hemp wick to be trimmed later.

 

Step 2: While still keeping an eye on the melting wax cut the cardstock to be larger than the jar but with about ⅕ of the card removed to reveal a pouring area in the top of the candle. Cut a hole in the middle of the card stock to suspend the hemp wick completely perpendicular to the bottom of the jar. This prepares the candle receptacle for pouring.

 

Step 3: Once all of the wax is melted let it cool to 120-140°F before adding 1 oz. of hemp seed oil. This is also the time to add coloring for anyone interested. To speed up the cooling process pour the wax into a room temperature glass container.

 

Step 4: Pour the wax into the jar leaving about 1 cm of space from the top of the jar to the wax. Allow to cool completely and trim the wick to ½’’.

Feel free to decorate the jar and give out as gifts this holiday season, a welcome gift, or even for bridesmaids gifts. Cannabis scented candles can help make a yoga practice go that much deeper, enhance a meditation practice, help us release stress after a super long day, and even help a masseuse get out more tension. Hemp oil is available and legal across the country just as long as it remains lower than a specific percentage of THC (the psychoactive compound in the plant). It should be easy to find in almost any state and if not, online. Have you ever used incense or candles to enhance a specific mood?


Netflix + Burn One: Top 5 Best Date Night Movies

So long Netflix and Chill, four more states have welcomed recreational cannabis and we think the world should take a load off and burn one, Netflix and burn one to be exact. Getting close, or closer, with a special someone is a lot easier in the comfortable and intimate setting of our own living room which is why a movie night is one of the best date nights to add to our repertoire. These movies will enhance a movie night spent with a lover, just don’t forget the herbal refreshments.

5. Leap Year (2010)

Falling into the classic rom-com genre this is a great go-to for a newer couple that can’t decide on a movie because they’re cute and too nervous around each other. The film stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode as he escorts her across the gorgeous Irish countryside to take part in an obscure Irish tradition. Her plan is to propose to her boyfriend that just happens to be in Ireland on the day of the Leap Year. As her and her escort (Goode) travel she may change how she understands love and partnership, or she may not. The cliff hanger, the sweet anger flirting, and the intertwined love stories all make this a fabulous option for a couple’s night in.

4. Zootopia (2016)

This is one of the new released on Netflix at the moment and it truly is a must watch for anyone who loves family comedy or animation. Zootopia follows along as a little bunny as she defies all odds and becomes a cop. This light, fun movie is such a great choice for a date because we won’t run the risk of crying or getting political. And seriously, what’s better than smoking a blunt and watching a cartoon film!

3. Dope (2015)

Crime and comedy merge in this whirlwind story of three “geek” best friends who get swept up in the Los Angeles drug trade after going to a party that got busted by the police. The three well meaning kids go on an epic adventure through Los Angeles scraping past police and gangsters alike. The film was produced by Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. It is a perfect exciting pick for anyone who loves to stay on their toes.

2. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

As far as dates go, it’s hard to go wrong with a silly and hilarious movie choice and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is just that. The mock horror film combines slapstick and witty hilarity to knit quite the plot amidst all of the laughs and nonsense. See what happens when everything is taken the wrong way and we guarantee that there will be some laughs shared while any pair takes some time to Netflix and chill.

1. Dough

Ever wondered what happens when an elderly Jewish man and a young Muslim boy work together at a bakery? What if the young boy starts baking all of the goods with cannabis? This movie explores just that and serves and a poignant, witty take on modern society. We laughed, we cried, we couldn’t get enough of this heartfelt dramedy. It is possible that it could give us a good cry so be sure that isn’t a deal breaker on the date before clicking on Dough.

Of course we also love so many other films but these are the hottest on our list for date nights right now. What is your favorite movie to watch with your boo? Do you love to roll a fat one and snuggle up on the couch in the late Fall and Winter? We do!!


"Night Before" Fiance Gift Ideas for the Canna-Couple

The most memorable part of any wedding is the love that’s shared between the celebrated couple. One of our favorite ways that couples shower each other for their special day is with their Night Before fiance gifts. These gifts don’t have to be anything big, just little trinkets and treasures that remind a special someone just how special they are.

While cannabis is a very casual, mellow herb that entices the makeup free hippy in all of us at one time or another; a wedding is a classy affair. That is why there are companies emerging all over the nation that cater to the more elegant cannabis consumer, whether they are medical or recreational smokers. These in vogue gifts combine wedded bliss with canna-bliss flawlessly making them perfect for any fiance the night before the big weed wedding.

Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers

Started in Prague, Shine is a company that aims to take over the world and with their luxurious product we won’t be surprised if they succeed. Each 24K gold rolling paper is crafted with the finest edible gold. Shine combines this edible gold with a hemp blend base so it still burns extra smoothly, make sure to buy the 12-pack so our honey’s can share. This is the perfect gift for both sides of any canna-couple so that they can roll one up with their bridesmaids and groomsmen while they prepare for the big reveal.

AnnaBis Melissa Clutch

As the best selling bag from the first ever cannabis fashion brand AnnaBis, the Melissa clutch and wristlet are a must have for every lady stoner. Any cannabis bride would be absolutely tickled to open up their brand new Melissa wristlet. Not only is it super cute it is the perfect accessory to help a bride carry her cannabis, tools, and phone from her bridal suite to photos and onto the reception. The smell proof bag can also carry two medicine containers, eye drops, mints, a pipe, a vape, a lighter, and our phone; handy and adorable. Keep an eye out for new styles from AnnaBis for the 2016 Holiday season.

KushCards Interactive Stationary

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a heartfelt, hand written message from a lover. KushCards has taken the time honored tradition of greeting cards and taken it one step higher. Each of their customizable cards contains a little space to put a pre-roll; the perfect thing to lull a nervous bride or groom to sleep the night before the wedding. These cards are perfect for a Night Before gift for any fiance but that’s not all the NYC based company can do. KushCards can also create menus, invitations, and any event stationery that a cannabis wedding might need.

MaryJane Wedding Gift Box

The MaryJane gift box is an all inclusive gift option for either the bride or groom the night before. This cannabis themed wedding gift box includes two beautifully etched wine glasses, romantic hemp oil massage candles, etched glass bowls and paperweights, a clear heart nug jug, and an opal celebration pipe all packaged in a white satin lined box. Build the anticipation for the wedding night with this myriad of romantic gifts with a marijuana spin.

These are just a few weed wedding gifts suitable for a cannabis couple the night before their big day. We are specifically in love with the AnnaBis bags and Shine 24 Karat rolling papers, what is your favorite? Do you have any canna-brands that you just love to gift? Let us know in the comments.


AnnaBis Handbags: Stylish Ways to Store Your Stash

AnnaBis is a company started by women for women as the first luxury fashion brand for sophisticated female cannabis consumers. Love and Marij talked to their founder to learn a little bit more about the synthesis of fashion and function that is AnnaBis style since they’re reaching their first anniversary in just one month. Founder and CEO Jeanine Moss didn’t only let us in on the mission over at AnnaBis, she also gave us her expert recommendations pairing on sleek purses for any occasion.

For the ten years that I have had a medical card I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for various containers and zippered bags to repurpose as a place to store my cannabis. Whether the bag is squish resistant or smell proof; it generally serves some sort of purpose. Moss is a medical cannabis patient but still felt like a criminal when carrying her buds, “We have careers, families, own our homes, are role models – and here we are hiding our cannabis in tea tins and giveaway cosmetic bags.  And I was one of them!” And now AnnaBis handbags are ideal for a date night out, a girls lunch, and even your own special wedding day because they are elegant, discreet, and seriously cute. 

What Moss has given the sleek stoner is a place to store their cannabis that doesn’t scream “This is my stash!” like a plastic baggy or tea tin did to her when being pulled out of a Gucci bag. Jeanine Moss used her background in product development combined with her experience with women of sartorially saturated New York City to birth the genius idea of fashion forward, smell-proof handbags. As Moss tells it, “I realized that grown women were acting like teenagers sneaking around and pulling baggies out of their Louis Vuitton purses!  It just didn’t seem right.” Once Jeanine Moss realized that she wasn’t alone in the struggle she decided it was time to change the game.

What is AnnaBis?

AnnaBis is on a mission to keep stylish lady stoners feeling classy, organized, and free to be confident while holding their medical or recreational cannabis. They currently carry four styles of handbags including the ‘Chelsea’ slouchy cross body bag and ‘Melissa’ leather and vegan clutches in bold, bright colors and prints.  The ultimate girl boss even gave us a sneak peek at some Holiday styles and colors that will be released in a couple of weeks and all we can say is … yes. The best selling bag this year was the Melissa wristlet and clutch, and this season AnnaBis will release a slightly bigger bag with an external phone pocket so there’s more space in there for cannabis and gear. Moss and her team named the genius hybrid Maya and she told us, “She is going to fly off the shelves because she also comes in amazing colors like purple python and rose gold foil.” which are both perfect colors for a wedding!

When planning out the first AnnaBis bags Moss uses her massive experience in the consumer goods industry to pinpoint exactly what the modern female cannabis smoker wanted in a handbag. “In the beginning I was only going to create purse accessories … But women kept saying, “Also give me a handbag with the Aroma-Loc technology built in to go out at night.”  So that’s why we started making crossbody…(bags).” This is a sentiment that Moss and the whole team at AnnaBis carry with them as they move forward, when we ask them for it they will make it. Each of their handbags and vape cases use Aroma-Bloc™ Technology which is at a very basic level a special combination of materials to contain the smell rather than soak it into the bag’s lining. When creating new styles, Moss assures us that AnnaBis always takes what the women of the cannabis world tell them into account. From the organization and smell proofing, to the leathers, cloths, and styles; AnnaBis wants every woman of cannabis to adorn themselves with AnnaBis.

While acquiring all of this valuable research for their new Holiday line, the team found that women of cannabis wanted to know more about what was going on in legal cities, and AnnaBisGreenGuides were born. The company has created visitor guides for three exciting cannabis friendly cities (Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) that will expand into a larger series as time goes on. They’re truly helping women enjoy the healing herb on the go! Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk handbags.

Which AnnaBis Bag is Right For Me?

Every AnnaBis handbag and vape case features secreted away, smell proof pockets catering to every lady cannabis connoisseur, but how do we figure out which one is right for us? AnnaBis has made that easy by including a guide to choosing which bag is best on their webpage. The guide lets us in on how much storage is available in each bag and what type of pockets are hidden away inside. When we asked Jeanine about her preferences for specific events she filled us in on the little benefits of each creation. Jeanine informed us that the new colors and prints are to die for so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for new releases. “Snake print leather, black buff python, purple buff python, navy and black quilted leather, red lizard print, rose gold and pewter foil – whether you’re a boho, rocker, glam or classic – you’ll find something fantastic for your fashion and function.”

Date Night

When it comes to going out with that special someone for dinner or a fun cannabis event Moss says, “I love the Chelsea Crossbody for a date night because she’s elegant but discreet.” The phone is easily accessible in the external sleeve and you can fit almost anything you need in there. This bag is so ideal, everything that we may need on a date has a special pocket and the zippered airtight cannabis chamber is below the main compartment so there won’t be any smell cross mojination. Seriously, everything you could want, Jeanine says that she can stuff “my keys, small wallet, two pairs of glasses, lipstick, eye drops, hand cream, lighter – and there’s still room”. She also likes this bag for a date because there is tons of room in the cannabis compartment as well, so there will definitely be some herb to share.

Girls Lunch

During the Day Moss says her go-to bag is the Kirsten Crossbody (a new holiday style!) which she cites as the best small bag you can have since it’s big enough for everything short of a computer. It is a purse that gives us freedom to turn our long lunch into a cocktail because it translates so easily from day to night. The handbag also features a “faux lining flap” covering the Aroma-Bloc™ sealed compartment so as Moss says, “Someone can literally look inside your bag and not see the compartment where you store your medicine.  Lots of people like to take it to sporting events, concerts … for that reason.” Plus, it’s big enough to store a stash that will smoke out all your girls before lunch to make that conversation extra silly.

For the Wedding

Whether you’re in the bridal party, just going as a guest, or it’s your very own special day; an AnnaBis Whoopie Vape Case or Melissa Clutch are the perfect thing to carry while getting ready or while we’re at the event itself. The smell proof luxury clutches fit into totes and larger handbags or work great on their own. We’re also so excited for the Holiday 2016 line to hit the store because the rose gold and pewter foil are going to be excellent for any bride’s color scheme.

Where do you store your stash? I have a makeup bag that I use when I’m travelling but otherwise I’ve reserved an area at the bar in our dining room for our shared cannabis, glass, etc. Which AnnaBis bag is your favorite? Do you have any color or pattern recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

All photos taken from annabisstyle.com.

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Weed Etiquette: How To Use A Bong

Anyone new to the cannabis world might go through the same anxiety when handed a bong for the first time. There are ways to be sure that anywhere we go we will know how to take hits from the bong.

A bong, also called a water pipe, is a filtration smoking device that is often used to inhale smoke from cannabis, tobacco, and other herbs. The word bong dates back to ancient Thailand and is adapted from the Thai word baung, meaning a cylindrical wooden tube or container cut from bamboo used for smoking tree, kancha, hashish, or hemp plant. The construction of this common stoner smoking piece is similar to the more mainstream hookah but usually smaller and a bit more portable. Though many bongs are glass on glass pieces of art, a bong can be constructed out of any airtight and watertight vessel with a bowl and stem apparatus added. The bowl is meant to hold the dried herbs while the stem guides the smoke down to the water where it is cooled and then transported up through the mouthpiece and into the lungs.

How To Pack a Bowl

The first step in packing a bowl is to grind or break up the dried herbs using either our fingers or an herb grinder. We suggest always using a grinder with a kief catcher to ensure that you save that valuable by product for cooking or packing extra special bowls. Grinding herbs doesn’t only preserve kief, it will also lead to a smoother hit and help conserve our stash.

After the cannabis is broken up into a finer, easily smoked texture it’s time to assess the size of the bowl. Think of the bowl of a bong like a Yogurtland container, just because the container is that big doesn’t mean that anyone needs that much yogurt. Packing a one person snap might just take a pinch at the bottom, while those looking to get a party bowl cherried might prefer to pack it up to the brim.

Hitting the Bong

Once the bowl is packed and the lighter’s in hand we are ready to hit that bong. Before lighting, verify where the bowl pulls from the downstem, some cheaper plastic pieces will feature a back carb instead of a pullable bowl. It’s best to figure out just what type of bong we’re hitting before the herbs are burnt.

Now it’s time to get that lighter ready, exhale and put our lips up to the mouthpiece as we apply the flame to the herbs. Inhale as the heat is applied to build up smoke in the chamber between the water and our lips. When we turn off the lighter and pull the bowl piece the chamber will release and our continued inhalation pulls the smoke up into our mouths and lungs. Don’t worry about holding the smoke in for an extended period of time since it’s been proven that it will only get us high off of oxygen deprivation.

Mothership Glass

With this information we’re hoping that you feel more confident to engage in the act of smoking with friends, co-workers, and maybe even that special someone. Don’t let being worried about looking silly stop you from trying new things; everyone’s been there at one time or another.


Weed Wedding Glossary N-Z

Across the cannabis community it’s understood that there is a bounty of terminology that generally varies just a bit when we travel to a new region. This is the nature of every subculture that has ever existed, we tend to create our own language to not offend the normals that might be listening. With recreational cannabis as a modern reality the subculture has gone mainstream and it’s time for everyone to understand the lexicon of stoners around the nation.

 

We’ve laid out the very basics of the somewhat nuanced cannabis subculture terminology. In the interest of keeping it concise we’ve saved all growing terminology and plant stages for a different list. This should cover smoking and understanding the grades of cannabis.

Nail: An essential piece of gear for dabbing. Made either out of titanium or quartz, the nail is heated to optimal temperature to inhale terpenes in wax through a dab rig. [aka: domeless, banger]

Nug Run: This term implies that a concentrate is made from top nugs over trim.

Papes: Rolling papers made from various materials used to roll joints and cones. [aka: papers, rolling papers]

Party Bowl: A larger packed bowl of cannabis flower that is meant to be passed around a group of 3 or more.

Perc: Short for percolator, this is an addition chamber on a bong that cools the smoke and makes hits more smooth.

Pinner: A skinny joint or cone usually meant only for 1 or 2.

Personal: Originally nugs reserved by dealers for their own personal stash, now refers to anyone’s own cannabis.

Quarter: Common weight to buy of cannabis, refers to a quarter of an ounce. [aka: quad]

Regs: Low grade marijuana. [aka: schwag, reggies, dirt]

Resin: Black, smelly buildup that grows after combusting cannabis. Can only be removed by specialty cleaner or alcohol & rock salt.

Rig: A glass piece that features a nail meant to dab wax, terpenes and concentrates. [aka: dab rig]

Rip: A pull of cannabis smoke from any type of piece or rollie. [aka: hit, pull, toke]

Roach: The end of a joint, blunt or cone that’s too small to smoke.

Roach Clip: A clip that makes it easier to hit a roach without burning our fingers.

Sativa: A type of cannabis that is more psychoactive and tends to create a mental, uplifting effect.

Sesh: The act of smoking or getting lifted.

Snap: A small hit of cannabis meant only for one.

Shatter: Type of wax concentrate that is translucent and stable at room temperature.

Witches Butter from the Bay Area, CA

Steamroller: A glass cannabis piece much like a pipe with a larger chamber resembling the wheel of a steamroller.

Spliff: A cannabis joint or cone rolled with tobacco and cannabis. [aka: spicy]

Tarantula: Rolled cone that is wrapped in wax and then rolled in kief.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol): Psychoactive cannabinoid found in most smokable flower that is the reason for much of the psychoactive effects.

Tincture: An extraction of cannabis and/or other words that is liquid and taken sub-lingually, made either from glycerin or alcohol.

Topicals: Cannabis extracts that are applied topically through various different platforms. [aka: Balm, Salve, Lotion]

Trichomes: A small growth on cannabis that gives nuggets their sparkle and contains a large portion of the cannabinoids and terpenes. [aka: trichs, crystals]

Trim: The leaf that is trimmed off of nugs to make them more beautiful. This byproduct is often used to make concentrates, topicals and edibles.

Vape: A device that allows us to inhale cannabis vapors without cooking them too hot or burning them, ideal for a patient with poor lung capacity. [aka: vaporizer]

Wax: Concentrated form of cannabis made with butane, nitrogen, C02 and even hair straighteners. Used in dab rigs & vaporizers, wax has a much more highly concentrated cannabinoid and terpene profile; perfect for a high tolerance patient trying to kick opioids. [aka: butter, shatter, oil]

Weed Wedding: A wedding that includes cannabis in some way whether it is a cannabis bar, nug bouquet or marijuana centerpieces.

Weed Weddiquette: Etiquette to follow at a wedding that features cannabis.

Zip: An ounce of cannabis, a reference used by street dealers.

420: A number and date that is celebrated by stoners everywhere. The monicker dates back to the 1970’s but the true origins aren’t fully known.

710: When turned around the date spells out the word OIL, so dabbers have taken it upon themselves to use 710 to reference wax and as a date marked to celebrate.