Recipe: Cannaflour & Zucchini Bread

It’s time to really embrace zucchini bread.

For those who have yet to indulge, it’s definitely a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

If you’ve ever wandered past a mound of zucchini in the grocery store or have a garden and grow the veggie, you may be starting to wonder exactly what to do with it. Let’s face it – there’s only so much sautéed zucchini one person can eat. It’s good, but it gets old after a while.

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Home Gardening 101

When a backyard suburban garden produces enough cannabis to sustain 20 of your closest friends for a year.

“It’s pretty wild to see a marijuana stalk grow to the circumference of a man’s bicep,” says Daniel Bennett as he circles around a raised bed garden in his backyard near San Francisco. “And the crazy thing is, this plant has about eight weeks more to mature before we harvest.”

The garden that Bennett is referring to rests on a suburban hillside in a quiet little neighborhood he’s lived in for 18 years. Thirty miles up the coast you can just barely make out the jagged skyline of downtown San Francisco hovering over the summer fog.

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Smoking Seniors

How one retirement community is coming out of the cannabis closet.

They are former biologists, engineers, therapists. They grew up under the influence of Richard Nixon and “Reefer Madness.” Some of them experimented with pot in their 20s. Others came upon cannabis much later, in their 50s. Today they have two things in common: They all live in a gated senior community called Rossmoor. And they all consume cannabis.

Rossmoor, just a few miles outside of Oakland – the capital of California’s legal marijuana market – is situated on 1,800 sprawling acres with meticulously landscaped grounds, pristine gardens, wandering creeks and flowing fountains. Named by U.S. News and World Report as “one of America’s best healthy places to retire,” it has all the trappings of a luxury retirement villa: two golf courses, three swimming pools and over 200 clubs, from ceramics, sewing and lapidary, to bridge, tap dance and cocktail affairs. And five years ago, the Rossmoor 420 Club was added to that list.

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Dispensary Review: Farma

A folk medicine revolution built on scientific research.

Visiting Portland for the first time, I land at PDX and go directly to Farma. I’m an inordinately picky pot snob feeling cautiously optimistic that I may finally have found the dispensary of my dreams, and Farma does not disappoint.

This sleek boutique is open to all adults 21 and older. The ambiance evokes a fancy pharmacy, and though there’s no need for a medical recommendation, the emphasis here is therapeutic rather than recreational.

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Filling the Coffers With Cannabis Cash

Some communities are cashing in on medical marijuana and raking in millions.

When its state contract was terminated in 2011, the Claremont Custody Center was a relatively small prison, housing just over 500 of California’s thousands of inmates. For years, its 77,000-square-foot expanse sat abandoned punctuating the misfortune of Coalinga.

The city, which has a population of over 16,000, started as an oil strike. Chevron still maintains an oil field that provides local employment, but until 2011, locals also had relied heavily on the CCC and nearby Pleasant Valley State Prison for jobs, with a local mental hospital and the agriculture sector picking up some of the remaining slack.

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Film Review: ‘The Scientist’ 

Documentary follows the life of the scientist who, among other achievements, discovered THC.

The role of the scientist has been a controversial position in society since the beginning of time. Laymen give them the grave responsibility of discovering, illuminating and dispensing the truth about the mysteries of biology, physiology and beyond. Yet, these same scientific saviors are often persecuted and portrayed as double-crossing defectors when their findings seemingly betray a common truth or reveal another possibility yet considered by the masses.

Like other groundbreaking, trailblazing and enterprising scientists throughout history, Raphael Mechoulam walked the line of decency with his pioneering research during a controversial time in Israel. In “The Scientist,” Zach Klein highlights Mechoulam as a fearless, purposeful innovator with an affinity for unearthing knowledge not being pursued by major groups throughout the world.

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Pot vs. Pain

Research confirms cannabis treats chronic pain.

In the 2014 book, “A Nation in Pain,” Judy Foreman offered a stunning picture of America’s growing problem with chronic pain.

Tucked quietly within that volume is Chapter 10, “Marijuana: The Weed America Loves to Hate.” In it Foreman concludes: “to put it bluntly, marijuana [for pain] works. Not dazzlingly, but about as well as opioids. That is, it can reduce chronic pain by more than 30 percent. And with fewer serious side effects.”

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Sculpting Killer Craniums

Annealed Innovations makes a mark with glass skulls.

In the always exciting glass scene of the Pacific Northwest — home to some of the finest glass artists anywhere in the world — it can be a struggle to stand out. But even in a shop full of killers, Nic Asturino of Annealed Innovations is making his mark.

Asturino decided to jump on the the torch after seeing his friends do production pieces in the early ’00s. When he first got to work, he dialed in his craftsmanship on spoons and sherlocks.

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