How Bong Appétit’s Jason Pinsky Became TV’s First Cannabis Producer

For years, cannabis consumers have been portrayed as lazy stoners in the eyes of mainstream America. Meanwhile, activists have been working hard to legalize, destigmatize and normalize its use.

Lives are being enhanced thanks to this miracle plant, and every day, we learn something new about its incredible capabilities because of pioneers like Jason Pinsky, the world’s first credited cannabis producer responsible for everything weed on VICELAND’s hit culinary show, Bong Appétit.

Jason Pinsky

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Conquering the 7 Summits, 1 Edible at a Time

The 8,848 meter tip of Mount Everest is a far cry from the relatively flat plains of northern Indiana. It was probably an even further cry from the thought of then early-20s Tommy Danger. But as it happens, fate will often take you further than you ever dreamed.

Danger began his personal journey while setting up a 5K in his small town to raise money for a 14-year-old girl with cancer. She ultimately ended up losing her life, leaving Danger to wonder how this young girl could be taken away, while he remained as healthy as he had ever been. That pondering began a trek, beginning with a cross-country bike ride and ending with a mountain peak—with a little weed throw in too.

In Tommy’s own words:

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Recipe: Go Bananas with Cannabis Infused Banana Salsa

This infused salsa recipe calls on the natural sweetness of bananas and the complimentary terpene profile of Glass Slipper cannabis flowers to bring something nice to your spice.

Salsa has a long history that can be traced all the way back to the ancient Aztecs: In Mexico, Aztec nobility would combine chilies, tomatoes, ground squash seeds and sometimes beans to make a dish that would evolve into contemporary salsa. With the Spanish conquest of Mexico came the “discovery” of tomatoes, the Aztec recipe and the birth of the name “salsa.”

Salsa was being manufactured y commercially as early as the 1800s, but by the 1970s, people coast to coast began discovering Mexican food and sales of salsa skyrocketed. Today, salsa’s popularity has grown so large that it rivals ketchup in sales figures.

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Snoop & Martha: Best Buds

How an unlikely friendship budded into TV magic. “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” VH1

Here’s a promising candidate for understatement of the year: Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg were both a pretty big deal in the ’90s.

The decade witnessed the launch of the now-famous Martha Stewart Living magazine and television program, which catapulted Stewart’s already-rising profile to full celebrity status. By 1995, her picture graced the cover of New York Magazine, which declared her “the definitive American woman of our time.”

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Psychedelicatessen: Chocolate-Dipped Cannabis Cookie-Dough Pretzel Bites

You’ll crave these decadent morsels that combine sweet and salty flavors with a dose of THC.

Cannabis cook Keena Moffett ran a professional bakery for years before she became inspired to add weed to her creations. Driven by the desire to create edibles as an alternative to smoking for patients in need, Keena authored an e-book featuring many of her signature recipes, including mini-cheesecakes, pecan pie, molten lava cakes, and doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies galore, all infused with cannabis.

These wonderful munchie bites combine the deliciousness of cookie dough with the classic sweet-and-savory tastes of chocolate-covered pretzels. Keena has developed a recipe that removes the raw egg, eliminating the risk of salmonella poisoning from the cookie dough, and then sandwiches this amazing substance between salty pretzels covered in melted chocolate.

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Are You the Next HIGH TIMES Midwest Top Cannabis Chef, or Can You Crown Who Is?

Calling all cannabis chefs and edible foodies! Competitors and judges are needed! Enter the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup Cook-Off, June 24 & 25, at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan presented by MagicalButter.com.

It’s not just a contest, but an immersive cannabis experience! Submit this form NOW to apply for your chance to compete!

Within the Magical Butter Edibles Tent at the HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, a heated competition is going down. Challenging top cannabis chefs to create their best dishes in a fast-paced, head-to-head battle to determine whose flavors are the freshest and whose techniques are the most refined and innovative.

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CANNABUTTER DONE BETTER

Cannabutter is one of the oldest infusion techniques known to stoners worldwide. From the infamous “weed brownie” to today’s fine confectionary treats, cannabutter acts as the primary ingredient in most edible recipes.

Unfortunately, most cannabutters taste like ass. Whether your buddy didn’t know the difference from schwag and quality flower, or someone realized too late they didn’t strain the butter, leaving you to pick nugs from your teeth, most of us have had as many bad experiences with homemade edibles as we have good. Here are a few pointers to put you on the right path to a POSITIVELY memorable evening:

You get out what you put in:

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Get Your Drink On: Dose Directly with Dank Drinkables

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word edible? For most people, brownies, gummies and other dessert-like treats come to mind. Yet, there’s a whole market of cannabis-infused beverages, or drinkables, that are great for both first-time and experienced users.

Drinkables are a great way to socialize with cannabis because hanging out and having a drink is already familiar territory. It may be impossible to get your 65-year-old mother to smoke a joint, but put a cannabis cocktail in her hand (knowingly!) and there’s no telling how much fun she could have.

“Grabbing a cocktail and socializing is an activity heavily ingrained in our society, so the act of drinking only seems like a natural fit for cannabis and a healthier alternative at that,” said Andrew Mieure, cannabis social use expert and founder of Top Shelf Budtending. “Imagine a time when all the guests are walking around a swanky nightclub with cannabis cocktails in hand, smiles on their faces, a perfect buzz to dance to and no hangover in the morning. This is the future I am trying to help create.”

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Cali’s Dirty Cannabis Crisis: Popular Edibles Claimed to Be Tainted with Pesticides

About a month after California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November—creating for the state’s booming marijuana industry, already on pace to record roughly $1 billion in taxable sales that year, opportunity for stupendous growth in the near future—attorney Mark Morrison met someone he describes only as a cannabis industry “insider.” 

In the course of a “casual conversation,” Morrison says the insider shared a little secret: Most of the products sold in California’s more than 1,000 medical cannabis dispensaries are tainted with pesticides.

Medical marijuana has been legal for adults in California since 1996, and cannabis has been openly and widely available for sale in storefront retail outlets since at least the early 2000s.

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