New York Entrepreneurs Betting on Billion-Dollar Future of Hemp

A former bank executive and a former counterterrorism agent are running the first legal hemp farm in New York State, and they’re harvesting superfood products, like baby greens salad mix, pasta and cold-pressed oil.

JD Farms’ co-owners, Mark Justh and Dan Dolgin, bought 1,500 acres of land nearly a decade ago with the idea of growing organic veggies, until they learned that hemp was more than just a cover crop as protection against weeds.

“I’d been approached about growing medical marijuana. But I thought, what can I produce that has a competitive advantage?” Justh told Bloomberg News. “How do I compete with the Midwest, with Ukraine? I realized it was a question of government regulation. Then, Dan got involved, and we saw the possibility of hemp as a food product.”

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How To Makes Edibles That Don’t Taste Like Weed

This article was originally published on Benzinga, and updated for exclusive re-publication on HIGH TIMES.

Cannabis legalization has resulted in the creation of all kinds of weird, unexpected, unconventional jobs, like rolling blunts for Snoop Dogg—for a whopping $100,000 a year. Among the many people with strange jobs, there’s one who certainly deserves an article of his own: Jeff The 420 Chef.

Jeff, a cook and baker often called “the Julia Child of weed,” specializes in preparing dishes with cannabis in them. What differentiates him from other canna-chefs, however, is his method, which allows him to create “light tasting” and “tasteless” cannabutters and cannabis-infused oils. This means that, unlike most edibles out there, Jeff’s food does not taste of weed or “plant,” if you will.

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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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Massachusetts Medical Pot Dispensary Selling Marijuana Pizza

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary has created a culinary delight for patients who don’t want to smoke their pot or eat it in the form of sweets.

Quincy-based Ermont Inc. has been selling cannabis-infused pizza for about three weeks to rave reviews.

Director of Operations Seth Yaffe says the company has a whole range of marijuana edibles, but he wanted to offer meals that patients could eat without a lot of sugar.

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Are You the Next HIGH TIMES NorCal 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 3 & 4, in Santa Rosa, California.

It’s not just a contest, but an immersive cannabis experience! Visit the HIGH TIMES Application Form NOW to apply for your chance to compete!

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An Elevated Edible for Conscious Connoisseurs

This post is sponsored by Binske.

Think about the best piece of chocolate you’ve ever eaten. Was it handmade, organic and sourced from rare Peruvian cocoa? Imagine that bar of chocolate in Colorado, infused with top shelf cannabis. Now we’re talking Binske.

Binske is the first truly gourmet cannabis brand in Colorado. Creator, Jacob Pasternack, looked at the cannabis industry and asked, “What’s the marketplace? What gap can we fill?”

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6 Scrumptious Cannabis Cookies

Getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar has never been so psychedelic!

Cookies are a classic, easy to make baked good that provide convenient portion control and simple THC dosing. There are a variety of cannabis-infused cookies at every dispensary and retail store in states with legalized marijuana, so go ahead and find the one that’s right for you!

Do you like massive THC doses along with amazing flavor? Then seek out “The Elvis” from Venice Cookie Company, which contains a whopping 1000 milligrams. Looking for a rookie cookie with a low dose? Try Dr. Norm’s tiny chocolate chip cookies with just 5 mg of THC. Seeking an easy way to have fresh-baked pot cookies at midnight? Keep some Take n’ Bake medicated cookie dough from Big Pete’s Treats in your freezer for an impromptu edibles sesh.

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Is Cannabis Chocolate the Ultimate Edible?

Cacao beans have been revered since ancient times as food and medicine, considered an aphrodisiac due to the presence of tryptophan, a serotonin booster and phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamine. Scientists debate whether the beans used to make chocolate have enough of any of these chemicals to make anyone horny, though ethnobotanist and “Medicine Hunter” Chris Kilham has never doubted.

“While there are a great many agents in nature that boost libido and enhance sexual function,” he said, “chocolate alone actually promotes the brain chemistry of being in love.”

It’s said that the Aztec emperor Montezuma used cacao beans like Viagra, popping handfuls of them before he got it on. The Olmecs of southern Mexico fermented, roasted and ground cacao beans for consuming (usually drinking) as early as 1500 B.C. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés wrote to Spain’s King Carlos I about “xocolatl,” a drink that “builds up resistance and fights fatigue.” Cacao made its way to Spain and across Europe, where it became the preferred morning and bedtime drink of the upper classes.

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6 Sexy Cannabis Chocolate Bars

Versatile, practical and predictable, the advantages of cannabis-infused chocolate are numerous.

It’s shelf-stable and freezes well, homogenizes easily for precise THC doses and it’s flexible for use in a variety of recipes. New cannabis chocolate companies enter the market constantly, each working to distinguish themselves from competitors on dispensary shelves. While pioneering brands such as Bhang, Kiva and Day Dreamers established themselves early as the preeminent cannabis chocolate companies currently enjoying tremendous market share, newcomers offer their own unique interpretations of how to marry cannabis with chocolate to create amazing, tasty bars.

Creating a wonderful synergy when combined with cannabis, cacao could be considered a medicinal super food in its own right. Raw organic cacao contains more antioxidants than blueberries, along with active ingredient theobromine, known as a potent stimulant. Also included in the “food of the gods,” the so-called bliss chemical anandamide contributes to the good vibes contained in pure raw cacao. These effects are the reason why chocolate is traditionally considered to promote the loving feelings that humans associate with romance.

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