Product Review: Level+ Infused Beverages Hone in on the Microdose

These beverages offer a simple ingredient line-up and a mellow buzz.

Microdosing, or consuming small amounts of cannabis to experience the restorative health benefits of marijuana without the haze of a strong high, is trending and more cannabis products are coming out to cater to this growing market. But what about taking it a step further and microdosing a product that is already a microdose? That’s where Level+ comes in.

Level+ infused drinks are made with natural ingredients and come with either 5 mg of THC or 5 mg of CBD per 16-ounce bottle. Cannabis infused drinks are an excellent way to discreetly medicate throughout the day and these drinks would be best suited to mellow out the stress of an intense day at the office or as a safe introduction for those who are new to cannabis edibles.

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Dogtown Pioneers: It’s All About the People!

When you stumble across companies that elevate the industry, you follow them. Dogtown Pioneers first caught my attention with their Ray’s Lemonade brand, and when I found out they were the subject of my garden review, my heart leapt out of my chest, spun around and danced—metaphorically speaking, of course!

Dogtown Pioneers owner and managerWith an operation running out of Clayton, Washington, Ray Kinney and his team have dialed in nine greenhouses, each holding 3000 square feet of growing canopy. The remaining square footage is designated as a mix of both indoor and outdoor grows, allowing this massive facility multiple avenues of growing techniques and product lines to fully utilize the processing side of their joint producer/processor license. With a newly launched RSO Gold product, a full extract cannabis oil, the Dogtown team hopes to get more products on the market that hold multiple benefits for consumers.

Dogtown Pioneers cannabis budWhile best known for their Ray’s Lemonade product line, which comes in several options of potency and flavor—and even a mix of CBD and THC—Dogtown also offers a coconut-based capsule for internal consumption. I’m a huge fan of the original Ray’s Lemonade, yet their Huckleberry flavor has stolen my attention (and taste buds). When making a quality cannabis-infused beverage, you have to start with the raw material, aka flower, which they also offer in a retail setting. Their flower strains and other high-quality products are a surefire win for the Washington recreational marketplace.

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Strain-Specific Snacks

Five tips for making easy strain-specific edibles at home.

Love strain-specific edibles but have a hard time finding them? You are not alone! As people learn more about the variety present in cannabis’ many strains, many find that only some of these options give them the effects they are looking for. For those strain-sensitive patients who prefer edibles, this can present a challenge. It’s not always easy to find the strains you need locally, but it can be almost impossible to find them in edibles. Since most edible companies leave the strain a mystery (or mix many strains together) it is hard to find specific strains when you need them.

Making edibles at home is a great way to bypass the problem but edible recipes can get complicated. Most people don’t want to labor over a pot for hours, constantly checking that the temperature is still in the perfect zone. If you have had a hard time making edibles at home, here are five shortcuts simplify this tasty task:

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RECIPE: Melted Brie and Infused Apple Butter Baguette

The recipe harnesses the flavors of late summer and early autumn for a satisfying and stimulating snack.

Summer warmth begins to rapidly decline each day as the seasons begin to shift again. With fall already fast approaching, cooler summer nights can cause one to experience cravings for warm comfort foods. One thing I grew up with (and looked forward to during the rapidly cooling season) is apple butter.

This delicious spread pairs well with a multitude of sweet, spicy, and citrusy cannabis strains, making it a very versatile ingredient for cooking. This recipe is more designed around items you may already have in the house: It’s a quick fix for moments when you crave warmth and comfort.

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ANNIE’S INFUSED CHOCOLATE BARS: Smooth High from a Dark Chocolate

Testing Info: 2.5mg THC per square

The taste of real dark chocolate lingers on my tongue. The raw cocoa kick of these Annie’s infused chocolates by Willie’s Reserve stays with me for nearly twenty minutes after I’ve finished my first assortment of the 2.5mg THC squares, which are ideal for micro-dosing.

A peaceful high takes hold of me over the next two hours, the effects coming on so gradually I hardly notice. The tension in my back dissolves and I find myself suddenly inspired to take advantage of the summer weather beginning to grace western Washington. I take a couple chocolates along with me, these ones sprinkled with extra goodies such as espresso beans and rich, chocolate-enrobed almonds.

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RECIPE: Poke & Pot — Perfect Together

Not all of us are able to wade in the waters of Waikiki, but if you’re yearning to consume cannabis Hawaiian style, this poke infusion is a delicious bet.

Think of poke as deconstructed sushi. The word “poke” means “cut in pieces” in Hawaiian, and the recipe consists of small bites of fish marinated and served with vegetables, fruit, fresh herbs and rice. It’s super tasty and easy to personalize: Poke is kind of the Hawaiian version of a burrito bowl — so flexible you can’t really go wrong.

I have infused poke using both coconut oil and, more recently, sesame oil. Infused sesame oil is a bit of an extravagance, but I love the taste and find it’s a delightful addition to other foods like hummus, salad dressings and stir-fry.

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THE CLINIC CARES: One of Colorado’s Oldest, Most Highly Acclaimed Dispensaries

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Located in the heart of South Denver, The Clinic is easily accessible from the highway and is an absolute must-stop for anyone near the University of Denver. With plenty of parking spaces and a large staff onsite, you can count on getting what you need. The shop environment is cool and sophisticated, with modern amenities and beautifully-themed hexagon shapes throughout. After taking a moment to appreciate the designs, an employee told me they were going for an ‘Apple Store’ type of vibe, which they perfectly captured.

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‘Cooking With Herb’ The Marley Way

Upon publication of her new cannabis cookbook, Cedella Marley reflects on how her father’s legendary love of cannabis, authentic Caribbean flavors and clean living influenced and inspired their family meals.

Bob Marley has become such a legendary icon that it’s sometimes easy to forget he was a real man who loved porridge and roasted fish, and sat down regularly and eagerly to supper with his family — including his eldest daughter Cedella, who still refers to the international superstar as, simply, “Daddy.”

Today, as legalization spreads across the United States, and around the world, his children have continued the family legacy through a number of projects, including the Marley Natural brand of cannabis products, and now, this beautiful new cookbook.

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‘Cooking With Herb’ Recipe: Spicy Jamaican Patties

A recipe for cannabis-infused spicy Jamaican Patties from Cedella Marley’s new book ‘Cooking With Herb.’

Ican eat patties hot, cold, for breakfast, on a hike, as my dinner… you name it! The meat patty is like the Big Mac of Jamaica — actually, along with jerk chicken, this is really like our national dish! It’s so perfect as a way to pass out herb in a fun, neat, and tidy package or tuck into your bag for the movies (hey, we all do it). You won’t find many burger shops or pizza parlors on the island but patty shops are everywhere. I used to go with Daddy to a place in Half Way Tree in Kingston for patties. He loved them because they were a bit different, stuffed with corn and peas (no meat since Daddy was a vegetarian), and they fried their patties instead of baking them.

I like mine on the more traditional side, except instead of a meat filling I stuff mine with a veggie mince (a crumbly ground meat substitute available in the freezer section where you find veggie

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THE HERBAL CHEF ON TERPENES: Chris Sayegh Breaks Down These Fragrant, Flavorful Oils

For our travel issue, I wanted to go over something that we all associate with memories: aroma! When most people think of cannabis, they think of the beloved delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As cannabis becomes more and more mainstream, some are becoming privy to the incredible benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). But if you want to stay on the leading edge of cannabis knowledge, you should familiarize yourself with the beneficial compounds known as terpenes.

Terpenes are any of the large group of volatile, unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees. Or in laymen’s terms, the flavor and aromatic profile found in anything that has an essential oil. Research now says that terpenes are not passive in their role in cannabis. That sweet, stimulating, piney smell you get off your XJ-13 or Jack Herer is not just what you will taste or smell in your hit—it plays a vital role in the high you experience as well. As a chef, this knowledge is key. When I a curate a dining experience, it is important for me to start with an extract that has a full terpene profile with the activated oil intact.

Another way I incorporate terpenes into the dining experience is by using them as an interactive aromatic centerpiece. We can even induce a certain feeling in the guest, depending on which terpene we put in the bowl. We add some CO2, some H2O at 210 degrees, and let the magic unfold into your olfactory system. Lavender is calming, and that’s not just because it smells good; terpenoid myrcenol is present, which induces a calming effect. So when you are at one of The Herbal Chef’s experiential dinners, smelling the amazing aroma of pinene that comes with a dish of Hamachi crudo with yuzu, it stimulates both your mind and your appetite.

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