Unconventional Recipes: Cooking with Sticks

Written and photographed by Renee Thompson

*Edibles should only be shared and eaten by consenting adults and/or medical patients. Cannabis ingredients should be stored in a safe place away from children.*

 When I first started smoking, I thought the only useful thing a leftover cannabis stem could do was clean out a bowl in a pinch. It wasn’t until I started getting into edibles that I learned you can actually use sticks in cooking. The first thing I ever made was a simple stick tea. Unlike a high from smoking, I have found that using sticks in edibles leads to a less powerful taste and less intense high than cooking exclusively with buds. This type of high is more of a physical one and is great for managing pain. But you can also cook with a combination of sticks and flower if you want to get the best of both worlds. The more earthy tea-like taste of the sticks pairs wonderfully with nuts in cookies or spices in curries.

Finding Your Happy Place

Know that anything with sugar, oil, or butter in a recipe can be substituted for a medicated equivalent, but pay attention to how much you add in. In recipes that only call for a tablespoon or two of butter I usually use all cannabutter, but in recipes with more than a ½ cup of butter I usually only use half cannabutter in order to better control my edible experience. This is because everyone processes THC differently, so it is extremely important to start small and start slowly. If you are new to taking edibles, try using less potent THC ingredients or half of the suggested amount in recipes. It is extremely important to decarboxylate your flower and sticks so that the mixture stays intact enough for the stomach to absorb it but also be altered by the heat to activate the THC.

After everything is decarboxylated you can experiment with everyday cooking, like mixing it with salt or other spices. I have found that adding a few pinches of decarboxylated bud can bring out new flavors in everyday foods like pasta or salad and in some cases a very light high. Keeping a journal is a must when making your own edibles. You can experiment with different recipes, dosages, decarboxylation time, infusion time, and amounts of bud to sticks. Keep an eye on yourself and how you feel, and adjust your recipes slowly. Finally, when consuming a final product you haven’t tried before, try eating half a serving then waiting 30 minutes before having more. Remember that you can always have more later but you can’t travel back in time once the edibles have activated.

Pairings

Certain foods mix well with edibles because they contain molecules that can enhance the THC experience. For instance, when I made pancakes with stick butter, I topped them with a mango syrup and the experience was much more intense than just having a pancake with maple syrup. This is because mangoes have myrcene terpenes, which are known to interact with and even enhance THC. Similarly, chocolate has anandamide inside of it, which can bind to the brain in a similar way that THC does. So using these ingredients in addition to medicated ingredients can create intense feelings without using up your whole cannabis supply.

It may seem like a lot of work, but making your own edibles is a great way to have a more personal relationship with how you get high or medicate. At first, there might be some trial and error, but the pay-off is more than worth it. Working on basic cooking skills helps a lot too, and if you’ve waited for a reason to get into baking, kombucha or breadmaking, now is your time. Above all, listen to your body and be as creative as you can!

Stick Tea

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Decarboxylation Time: 40 minutes

Activation Time: approx.15-40 minutes

Serving: 1

         Ingredients

                     -1/2 tsp of sticks

                     -1/2 tsp tea

                     -1 cup of hot water

         Directions

 1. Decarboxylate your sticks by placing them in an oven safe glass pan for 40 minutes at 220-240F. Stir them every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning.

2. In a tea strainer, reusable tea bag, or cheese cloth, place the sticks and tea inside.

 3. Let the mixture steep for ten minutes in hot water.

 4. Consume and enjoy!

Butter with Sticks

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Decarboxylation Time: 40 minutes

Activation Time: approx. 20-45 minutes

Servings: 8-12

         Ingredients

                     -1 stick of butter

                     -2 TBS of water

                     -2g of sticks

                     -0.5g of flower

         Directions

1. Grind the sticks and bud using a grinder. The sticks should be finely chopped, and the bud should be finely grated.

2. Use a mortar and pestle to finely grind the sticks and stems, or put them through the grinder two-four more times.

3. Once this is done place your mixture in a glass oven safe pan or inside a metal pan with tin foil. Let the mixture bake at 235F for forty minutes. Stir them every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning. This will decarboxylate the ingredients. 

4. Fill a small saucepan 2/3 of the way with water and place a metal bowl on top creating a double boiler. On a medium heat, melt the butter inside the metal bowl and wait for it to melt.

5. Once the butter has melted and the stick and flowers have decarboxylated, place the mixture in a stainless-steel tea strainer and turn the heat down to low.

6. Add the 2 TBS of water to the melted butter and let this mixture cook for four and a half hours, stirring the mixture every half hour. To make the butter absorb all of the THC goodness, when you stir the butter open up your strainer carefully and press down on the butter soaked stem/flower mixture with a spoon letting any excess butter drip into your bowl.

7. There should be a visible change in color and odor in your butter. Once this is achieved do a final drain of your tea strainer and put the butter mixture in a container with a lid. The butter should harden after three hours. Take the butter out of the container and drain any excess water that may be inside. Place back into the container or cook with it immediately. Store the butter in the fridge for up to a week.

Tiger Butter Fudge

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Chill Time: 40-60 minutes

Decarboxylation Time: 40 minutes

Activation Time: approx. 20-50 minutes

Servings: 13

         Ingredients

-2 TBS coconut oil (Infused with 1.5g sticks and 0.5g flower)

-1/2 cups peanut butter

-1/4 cup white chocolate chips

-1/2 cup of milk or dark chocolate chips

         Directions

1. Decarboxylate your ingredients, and infuse the coconut oil using the double boiler and tea strainer method on a low heat until there is a visible change in color/odor.

2. Mix in the peanut butter with the infused coconut oil until it is completely melted. Keep on a low to medium heat to avoid burning.

3. Add white chocolate chips, wait until they have completely melted into the peanut butter before taking it off the heat source.

4. In a separate double boiler, place the milk or dark chocolate chips in the bowl on a low heat until completely melted. 

5. In a glass oven-safe dish or pan place about ¼ of the peanut butter mixture. Be sure to cover as much of the bottom as you can and work quickly before the mixture hardens.

6. Add about 1/3 of the milk/dark chocolate mixture in various areas of the pan. Mix lightly with a chopstick.

7. Alternate between adding the peanut butter mixture and the milk/dark chocolate mixture until they are both depleted. You should end with milk/dark chocolate to get the distinctive tiger stripes.

8. Use the chopstick to design the tiger stripes, I recommend using s-shaped swirls. Stop when you have reached a nice design, but before the two mixtures are completely incorporated.

9. Place in the fridge for 40-60 minutes, the fudge should be solid and cool to the touch.

10. Take out of the fridge and cut 13 even slices. Store in the freezer for a week or the fridge for a week and a half. 

11. Consume one slice at a time, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating more. Enjoy with strawberry ice cream for a canna-peanut butter and jelly flavored sundae.

High Recommendations: Delta Nine Fruit Punch

written and photographed by Renee Thompson

*Edibles should only be consumed by consenting adults/medical users, and make sure to store them in a secure area away from children. *

I started dabbling in medicated beverages once I moved to Eugene for school. As someone who uses THC and CBD to manage a few chronic conditions, I thought that they were a great cost-effective way to get relief. Most beverages cost around $12-16 before taxes, and some contain several servings per bottle. The first beverage I started getting regularly had a blackberry lemonade flavor and worked relatively fast for an edible. Similar to syrups and other tinctures, you mix small portions of these beverages into a juice or soda, wait about 10-40 minutes, and enjoy a nice calming experience.

One day while looking through the Space Buds Dispensary delivery list, I found another medicated concoction that caught my eye: The Delta Nine Fruit Punch Beverage. It only cost $14, before taxes, and was at my door in under forty minutes. The red syrup-like beverage was packed in a cough syrup like bottle and smelled like a pineapple-cherry lollipop. The Delta 9 company also make the same beverage in orange and pink lemonade flavors and some of their products are made in Bend, Oregon.

The feeling I experienced with the recommended tablespoon dose, which contains roughly 4.1 milligrams of THC and 3.7 milligrams of CBD, left me with a sense of calm, creativity, euphoria, and a light tingle on my tongue. I personally like to use these products for pain and stress management, and Fruit Punch worked wonders in those departments after about 25 minutes. Without using other THC or CBD products, these sensations and feelings lasted for about three hours. But, I have found that when used before smoking, edibles make it so that I need less flower to elevate me to where I’d like to be. Consuming products like Fruit Punch from Delta 9 can be a great way to curb spending on flower, which at times can be pricey.

After several trials, I think my favorite mixture is using the Fruit Punch Beverage with POG, also known as passion fruit-orange-guava juice. This mixture is like the ultimate fruit punch since the natural and artificial flavors in the medicated beverage pair well with the tropical flavors in the juice. The Fruit Punch product also tastes great with Sprite on ice. The carbonation works wonderfully with the fruit flavors and tastes a lot like Hawaiian Punch with Sprite. Since the product itself only has 1.4g of sugar per serving, the sweetness from the soda mixture is not overbearing. But, for those looking for a less sweet option, I’d recommend mixing the product with a homemade aqua fresca or a store bought one like the Santa Cruz Passion Fruit Mango Agua Fresca.

While consuming edibles of any kind, I strongly suggest starting small. In the case of the Fruit Punch Beverage, I would suggest a newbie to start with a half tablespoon and wait up to two hours before having more. This strategy can help you avoid the infamous “I’m too high” edible experience which occurs when you have too much too quickly. To avoid this, try planning calming activities, like drawing or yoga, to do for once the edible kicks in. More experienced users should start with the recommended serving size, but if needed can double that dosage to have a more intense experience. Since the body processes liquids faster than solid foods, medicated beverages can be a great option for those of us that hate waiting for edibles to activate. I highly recommend it for those looking for a tasty way to mix up their routine.

What’s My Tolerance?

written by Alexandra Arnett, photographed by Nina Compeau

We’ve all heard the words “cannabis tolerance,” but what exactly does that mean, and how does it work? 

Developing a tolerance toward cannabis means that your body has become accustomed to the physiological and psychological effects of cannabis. This typically results in the need to use higher doses over time to reach the same level of intoxication as the times before, or the desired level. Cannabis tolerance is most prevalent in daily users of cannabis. The main theory surrounding cannabis tolerance is the desensitization of CB1 receptors by THC. What this means is that, over time, the use of THC can wear out the binding ability to CB1 receptors. According to the research, daily users of large amounts of cannabis develop tolerance at higher rates than those who use occasionally. However, developing a tolerance to cannabis seems to vary by person, and this is likely the result of everyone having unique endocannabinoid systems.

Variations in a person’s endocannabinoid system also relates to dosing; what works for some, may not work for others. For new cannabis users, dosing cannabis can be scary, especially when it comes to edibles. Cannabinoids have a biphasic dose-response curve. What this means is that less can actually be more: after a certain dose, the cannabinoids become less effective. The best dosing strategy is to start low and go slow. Through a campaign called “Try 5,” Oregon put in place the 5mg of THC per serving rule and consequently the 50mg package limit for edibles. These rules are intended to protect people from ingesting too much at once and having a bad or unpleasant experience. In addition, it was also meant to protect children and pets from any negative side effects if they were to get into edibles. Today, you can find “single-dose” 50mg THC edibles made to eat in one bite for those with higher tolerance levels, or you can find packs of edibles with various serving sizes of THC in each bite for smaller doses. 

For extracts, concentrates and tinctures, the OLCC has limited their THC levels per package to 1000mg of THC. So whenever you see a cartridge or a dab and see 87% THC, it means there is 870mg within the entire product. For example, say the serving size for a specific cartridge is 0.05g in a product containing 870mg of THC. Doing the math, per 0.05g dab from a 1g cartridge, you would get 43.5mg of THC in a single serving.

To help remediate a cannabis tolerance, try switching up the strains of flower or concentrate you’ve been smoking for a new profile of cannabinoids and terpenes. If you’ve been using a lot of vape pens, move away from the distillate cartridges and splurge on the Live Resin cartridge next time. By changing up the profile of cannabinoids and terpenes, you are able to help “reset” the receptors they interact with. If after switching up the strain you still find a hard time reaching your desired effect, take a break for a day or two if possible. The longer you wait, the more time your cannabinoid receptors have to get back to baseline. This also means that the longer you wait, the more likely it will be that potential adverse effects, such as dizziness, nausea, and paranoia, may occur as well. Also, it is important to note that just because you aren’t receiving an “intoxicating” high doesn’t mean the cannabinoids and other compounds aren’t working in various ways to benefit your body. For some, like cancer patients, a tolerance to the “high” of cannabis is a good thing because they are often taking very high milligram doses of THC. 

If you’re a customer at a dispensary in Oregon, you should be handed a little card with two warnings on it, one for pets and children and one for pregnant women. While frequent customers and medical patients may take these cards for granted, the OLCC created these with good intent. Dogs have a higher concentration of CB1 receptors in the brain than humans do. This means that THC without higher levels of CBD can be harmful to dogs or make them sick, and may cause respiratory issues that may lead to death if left untreated. The OLCC also restricts any company from marketing a product toward pets to deter people away from giving their pets cannabis products. You may see CBD for pets at your local retail store, but these are unregulated products and many should NOT be used for pets or even humans. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all cannabis is bad for animals, but pet owners should take caution with these products. Sourcing from a reputable company and purchasing from a licensed dispensary are the first steps you should take if looking for CBD products to give to your pet. 

Currently, there is not much research on the topic of cannabinoids and dogs or cats and veterinarians across the country are restricted from discussing cannabis medicine with pet owners. One state, California, passed AB 2215 which gives veterinarians the ability to “discuss” cannabis with pet owners and are working on SB 627 which would allow for medical recommendations of cannabis to pets by veterinarians.

References

Ramaekers, J. G., Mason, N. L., & Theunissen, E. L. (2020). Blunted highs: Pharmacodynamic and behavioral models of cannabis tolerance. European Neuropsychopharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroneuro.2020.01.006

4/20 Eats

written and photographed by Kimberly Harris

Warning: This article is for the personal use of adults 21 years of age or older in a cannabis-legal state. Edibles must be made for personal use, at home and consumed by a knowing and consenting adult. Any other use of edibles like distributing for profit or unknowingly dosing a person is illegal. Let’s keep this fun and legal, know your limits and laws before making or consuming edibles. 

Edibles are delectable—and dangerous. Without the right understanding, one’s indulgence can turn into an intense high. But if you’re anything like Ashleigh Horner, sometimes you’re searching for exactly that. Horner has been making homemade edibles since 2015. She was a budtender for three years in Eugene and Portland. Now, Ashleigh works at Claywolf, an oil processing company, as a packager.

Her first pan of edible lemon bars led her to start making meals like cannabis infused pancakes and steaks. “I like to cook. Sometimes when I smoke too much my lungs hurt, so it’s nice to eat and get high rather than to smoke more,” says Horner. “I don’t mind the taste of weed because I smoke so much that I’ve adapted to like the flavor of it.” 

Horner uses Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) to infuse sweet potatoes for her latest edible meal. RSO is a fully activated oil, which means users don’t have to worry about the science behind activating it, like decarboxylating flower in the oven. 

Ingredients:

–       1 sweet potato 

–       Bunch of cilantro

–       1/2 cup of  butter

–       1 Lime 

–       1 tbsp of paprika

–       1 tbsp of cumin 

–       1 tbsp of garlic powder

–       1 tbsp of oregano 

–       A pinch of cinnamon 

 –       Rick Simpson Oil – the recommended serving size is 14.9 milligrams (approx. the size of a grain of rice)

*Recipe can serve a single person, but the amount of RSO depends on your preference of a high. “It’s hard to tell how edibles hit people because it’s different for everyone. Just go slow and start with a small serving,” said Horner.

  Medicated Sweet Potato Hash

Steps:

1)    Cut the sweet potato into chunks.

2)    Heat the butter up just enough to be combined with the serving size of RSO. 

3)    Mix until the RSO is mixed all the way through the butter. As the mixture is stirred together the butter will start to turn an unattractive, dark yellow color. 

4)    Set the butter and RSO mixture aside. In a separate bowl, mix together the potatoes and spices to taste. Stir the ingredients together to season the potatoes. 

5)   Cut the lime in half. Squirt the lime halves into the bowl of seasoned potatoes, then mix. Roll the lime on the counter before cutting to get the juices flowing properly. 

6)    Place a cooking pan on the stove top, turn it up to medium heat and empty the bowl of seasoned potatoes into the pan. 

7)    Pour the butter and RSO mixture into the pan. Turn the stove top down to a medium-low heat. Keep it on a lower heat so the butter mixture doesn’t burn– the medicated oil can burn out with it! 

8)    Cover the pan and let it sit until the potatoes are soft, approx. 20 to 30 minutes. Check on the potatoes while they are cooking by poking them with a fork to see how soft they are. 

“When I cook, I add seasonings here and there that I see fit. Cooking is supposed to be fun and yummy,” says Ashleigh.

9)    After the potatoes are soft, put cilantro in at the end to avoid letting the greens turn too brown. 

10) When the potatoes are cool enough, eat and enjoy your creation with caution. 

According to Ashleigh, RSO infused foods can taste like cannabis, but with enough spices and lime, the sweet potatoes totally mask the flavor. Other friends tried Ashleigh’s potatoes and thought they tasted nothing like cannabis, which is a signal to users to be cautious when consuming homemade edibles. 

 Ashleigh recommends using a fatty substance like butter, cooking oil or coconut oil to mix with activated cannabis oil because the THC bonds to fat and that’s what gets you high. A mistake she’s made in the past is not blending the THC well enough, so edibles can be unevenly medicated. Avoid disproportionation by mixing cannabis oils and fatty substances well and pouring the mixture evenly into your cooking. 

You Mean There’s Weed In That?

Words by Skyla Patton | Photo by Michael Davies

At this point, humankind has found a way to put weed in just about everything you can think of. Have we gone too far? Nah. Edibles are popular for many reasons; their potency and easy dosage process, as well as being a great alternative to smoking, make them a hot commodity. Whether you’re taking the first steps into finding the right edible or a seasoned cannasseur trying to branch out, these edibles are a fun way to get a great high.

Cannabutter

The most commonly used ingredient in at-home edibles is the same as most recipes: a whole lot of butter. Cannabis-infused butter, better known as cannabutter, is easy to make and will open up a whole new world of delicious cannabis sweets and treats.

The first step to making your own cannabutter is called decarboxylation, which is essentially baking the weed at a very low temperature to convert the molecules into THC. This produces the “stoned” effects we’re looking for. Do not skip this step! While it may sound a little too scientific right off the bat, this is a key aspect in ensuring your butter is potent and effective. Preheat your oven to 245ºF and spread a cup of buds (roughly 7 to 10 grams) out on a nonstick baking sheet. Use parchment paper too if you have a bad history of burns with your cookware. Bake the buds for about 40 minutes, shaking them around with a spatula every 10 minutes or so to ensure even temperatures, and voilà, your cannabis has now been decarboxylated and is ready to be ground up and turned into something delicious.

Adding the butter is the easy part. Melt a cup of butter and a dash of water over low heat (this will keep it from burning) on the stovetop until it’s almost entirely liquid before adding your ground cannabis from earlier. Keep the heat super low and simmer the concoction for two to three hours, stirring regularly and ensuring it never comes to an actual boil. After the time is up, strain the liquid into a container of your choice through a cheesecloth, and boom! You now have savory cannabutter at your disposal for a plethora of different recipes.

Important!: Make sure you test the dosage of your butter before going crazy with a recipe! Taking too much of any edible or having a sky-high dose unknowingly will make for a less than fun experience for everyone involved. Try a half a teaspoon of your butter on a cracker or toast and wait to see how potent it is. This is a great way to get a better grasp on how much you’ll need in any given recipe.

Brownie Recipe

Brownies are a cult classic in both the cannabis world and among the general population, renowned for their diverse recipe possibilities. The best thing about DIY edibles is that you have complete control over how much weed is actually going into the product, and you know how much you can handle as an individual. Making edibles at home can be risky business, but with the proper knowledge and preparation, you’ll end up with homemade brownies that can satisfy your sweet tooth and send you to the moon at the same time.

You can substitute your favorite brownie recipe or add in extras like nuts or caramel, but here’s a consistent one to follow to get started. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan of your choice with nonstick spray or butter. Melt 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate in a mixing bowl and combine it with the cannabutter, 2 cups of sugar, a dash of salt and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Add 3 eggs individually and mix in between each until everything is combined. Finally, add in 1¾ cups of flour and mix one last time. Pour into your greased pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on your preference and oven. Let cool and serve in small squares at a dinner party, or eat them all to yourself. We won’t tell.

Apex CBD Hemp Protein Powder

Including hemp in your morning protein smoothie may not be common sense quite yet, but it’s actually crazy good for you and is currently the craze of the exercise industry. Vegan, non-GMO and gluten free, this nutrition-packed protein powder is perfect for the bodybuilder who tends to be a little more au-natural. One serving, or 50 grams, of this protein holds boasts 86 milligrams of CBD and zero percent THC — so you won’t have to worry about toppling over or craving a triple chocolate brownie after tossing this into your smoothie.

Little known to the general public, hemp is actually a phenomenal source of protein and can be utilized to really amp up your daily workouts. It contains essential amino acids our bodies need to function at peak levels of performance. If you’re someone who holds organic produce near and dear to your heart, hemp products and protein powder will be the best thing since sliced bread. Best of all, this brand is even locally distributed straight out of Bend. Order your protein powder online at Apex Shop.

Drip Sweets Ice Cream

It’s not a strange story to hear of someone lighting up a joint, taking a few long puffs and then, before they know it, ending up with a half-eaten pint of ice cream in their lap. One of the top five dangerous munchie cravings, a sweet treat like gelato or a cone is often reached for to ease cottonmouth and rumbling stomachs. Why not cut out the middleman? Drip Sweets, a Portland-based marijuana candy company, brings us exactly that: cannabis-infused ice cream. Offered in two classic flavors, salted caramel and cookies & cream, this is the perfect solution to a bad case of the munchies.

With the serving sizes conveniently located on the packaging itself, dosing is easy-peasy with this edible. Even downing the whole carton won’t leave you bedridden. Drip Sweets sends a message of positivity, letting your imagination run free and truly enjoy your experience, whatever it may be. If you’re not sold already, this is an all-female run company, founded and run by women who are passionate about cannabis and satisfying sweet cravings. You can find Drip Sweets at local dispensaries like Mary Janes, TJ’s Organic Provisions and Modern Forest.

Dr. Jolly’s Peanut Butter Cups

Do you love peanut butter cups? Are they the first thing you crave after taking a few puffs of an indica? Dr. Jolly’s is here to save the day with over 40 milligrams of THC packed into a handful of delicious peanut butter cups. Creamy peanut butter is rolled in savory chocolate and packaged locally in their main distribution center in Bend, Oregon. This sweet treat is the perfect movie popcorn pairing or after-dinner relaxer after a long day.

Depending on your tolerance, just one or two of these cups will be the perfect body relaxer and provide a mellow high of giggles and coziness. For the more experienced, eating them together could be the recipe for a solid night of sleep and an especially delicious dinner, but be sure to pay attention to your own body and start slow to ensure a positive experience. Dr Jolly’s peanut butter cups conveniently split up the dosage between several cups in each package, so it’s easy to take a few nibbles and see how it makes you feel. Bonus tip: keep a bag of unmedicated Reeses Cups on hand in preparation for the munchies so you’re not inclined to just swallow the others whole. Check out these tasty sweets at dispensaries like Eugene OG, TJ’s Organic Provisions or Emerald City Dispensary.

Magic Number Ginger Beer

This craft-brewed beverage is topping the charts of weed-infused treats with it’s bubbliness and savory ginger flavor. Blazing the trail of the “cannabis revolution,” Magic Number produces this out-of-the-box experience locally in Bend at their Canna-Brewery. Similar to another infamous cannabis product of theirs, infused cold brewed coffee, medicated ginger beer has flooded the shelves of dispensaries around Oregon as the latest and greatest way to get a sweet high.

The drinks are as magical as they are refreshing, made up of fresh Peruvian ginger and pure cane sugar to add a little sweetness. Sold in 12 oz single-serve bottles, this local company makes it even easier for the consumer by putting the magic number right on the bottle. Available in 3mg, 10mg and 25mg, there’s a dosage for all types of connoisseurs — although you do have to have a medical card to qualify for the highest dose as it’s not for the faint of heart. A smooth combination of indica and sativa, these tasty beverages are sure to make a float on the river just a little bit closer to perfect.

Wild Urban Condiments

Do you slather every meal you eat in a savory sauce or seasoning? Are you addicted to Tapatio or Jack Daniels BBQ? Hot sauce lovers rejoice; they’ve found a way to put weed in that, too. Wild Urban Condiments, ran by an international executive chef with over 30 years of experience in the culinary industry, is bringing hot sauces, barbecue rubs and even pesto infused with cannabis oil to a dispensary near you. While they come in small packages of little over two ounces, each sauce packs a whopping amount of THC and the classic tastiness of the hot sauces and rubs we’ve come to love.

The BBQ sauce, loaded with nearly 45 milligrams of THC in each bottle, is a perfect pairing for any meat or vegetables that need an extra kick. If you’re interested in a bit of spiciness itself, their hot sauce offers 50 milligrams of THC and a biting chili pepper heat to compliment any taco or pasta you can think of. If you’re more into sweet stuff, fear not: they also offer a wide range of gourmet chocolate snacks and sauces to go with your favorite dessert. Priding themselves on cooking every bottle from small, hand-crafted batches, Wild Urban’s cannabis comes straight from good ol’ Oregon and is even pesticide free. Check out SpaceBuds or Eugene OG for these cool additions to your dinner tonight.

Green & Grub: A Pairing Guide

words by Skyla Patton | photo by Sierra Pedro

Picture this: it’s date night, and you’re taking your significant other out for a night on the town. You pick the best five-star restaurant in town, settle down in your window seat and the waiter hands you a pairing menu. One side depicts the most delicious food you’ve ever heard of, and the other is photos of huge, mouth watering… buds?

Well, it may be awhile before fine restaurants let your light up at the dinner table, but there’s no reason why you can’t get ready for that day by practicing at home. Check out these suggestions for successfully pairing your green with your grub.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand the components of the strain’s terpenes and aromas to fully understand what flavors will best match up. Terpenes are the naturally formed compounds in the bud that gives it it’s unique smell and flavor when smoked. These compounds are also found in most foods, which explains why identifying the smell and flavor would make a more successful pairing! Pay close attention to these details in selecting which strains you want to puff on while making your grocery list for the evening.

The art of pairing different marijuana strains with different flavor palettes works similarly to the pairing of wine and food. The strongest aromas and flavors of each wine are connected to the complementing aromas and flavors of food to make a delicious combination that best suits each other. Each flavor and aroma is meant to enhance that of the other, and there are two ways to do this: congruent pairing and complementary pairing. Congruent pairing is accomplished by combining two items with similar traits, like smoked cheese and a dark wine, whereas complementary pairing is combining two items that add to the other, like coconut and lime.

Use Your Nose

Buds often give off some pretty intense aromas. Even someone who is less familiar with the world of weed can usually catch hints of different flavors after taking a good whiff of a new strain. If you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for, head over to a dispensary and ask a budtender on staff. They’re usually more than willing to lend an expert hand and they can help you differentiate between a sweeter bud and something a little more spicy. Let these initial impressions guide you, and try not to think too hard about it. It’s not as complicated as it can feel at first! If a strain has strong hints of blueberry, scoop up some vanilla frosting and blueberry cupcakes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or, if you’re more interested in the complementary side of pairing, combine that blueberry aroma with a slice of angel food cake and fresh fruit sprinkled on top. A few strains that will inspire and get your inner chef pumped are Blue Cheese, White Russian, Chocolate Chunk and Berry Kush.

Pay Attention to Titles

While some strain names are less than helpful to the uneducated eye, like Alaskan Thunderfuck or Golden Goat, most titles will give you a very good indication of what to expect when smoking them. Strains pick up their titles from the flavor they put off, the aroma both as a bud and as smoke and occasionally from physical appearance. This is especially true when the name has an obvious connection to a flavor or specific food product. It can be a huge help in matching it with the perfect snack! An easy example is Tangie, a strain produced from sativa that is rich with the scent of citrus and tropical fruits. Now, focus on the citrus and think about what you would put lemon or lime on; sprinkled over roasted chicken, mixed into a fresh quinoa salad or served with an ice-cold pina colada. All of these things and more, would make for a delicious aftertaste to a few puffs of this strain. A few popular strains that are easy to identify are Peaches and Cream, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Kush and Pineapple Express.

Have Fun With It

There’s really no way to go horribly wrong when it comes to smoking your favorite bud and cooking delicious food. It’s important to do your research and put effort in when trying new pairing matches, but above all, your enjoyment of both the green and the grub is what’s key to having fun with this experiment. Play with flavors you already know you like, or go for a standard classic of Girl Scout Cookies and a tall glass of milk. Personal preference should always take priority over following the rules. Pairing a strain that you know you don’t enjoy to try and make snickerdoodles taste better won’t be any fun for you or the snickerdoodle! The possibilities are endless, so make sure to have fun with it.

Our Top 5 Pairing Examples

  • Chocolate Chunk and Brownie Sundaes: A chocolatey combo will satisfy the sweet tooth craving in everyone with an indica strain rich in cocoa flavors and a classic dessert with a melting scoop of ice cream on top.
  • Blue Cheese and Buffalo Wings: This easy indica-heavy pairing is great for a date night dinner at home and makes for a delicious meal of spicy, juicy wings and a creamy cheese flavor to complement it.
  • Lemon Kush and Apple Pie: This hybrid dish is perfect for dinner parties, combining the sweet smell of citrus with a fresh apple pie smothered in whip cream to create a killer dessert everyone will love.
  • Pineapple Express and Roasted Ham: The granddaddy of complementary pairings, the sweet taste of pineapple sativa will wow the crowd when combined with savory smoked ham fresh out of the oven.
  • Orange Haze and Mandarin Chicken Salad: A great dinner for one or even appetizer, mandarin chicken salad can only get better with the addition of sweet orange sativa.

 

 

Live Life WYLD

words by Sierra Pedro and Kelsey Tidball | photo contributed by WYLD

Have you ventured into the wonderful world of edibles yet? Whether you’re already an edibles fan or you have yet to try them, you’ve got to hear about one of the best edibles companies in the Pacific Northwest. WYLD, an Oregon-based cannabis company founded in January 2016, makes edibles so elegant and tasty, you’ll think you’re eating something from a gourmet candy store. WYLD specializes in gourmet, hand-crafted chocolates and gummies that are delicious, sweet and adventurous. The company was founded by born-and-raised Oregonians Aaron Morris and Rene Kaza, who are both UO alumni, and Chris Joseph, a PSU alumnus. WYLD’s products are perfect for the Pacific Northwest spirit. Take them hiking, give them as gifts or get some for yourself for a relaxing night in. If you haven’t tried edibles yet, you’re definitely going to want to try these. We promise they’ll become a new favorite treat.

Sold in over 400 stores across Oregon, WYLD products can be found wherever your heart may take you. Their gummies are made with real fruit and packaged in an elegant and unique prism-shaped box perfect for carrying on a hike or any other outdoor adventure. Each box comes with ten pieces of candy in a convenient, child-proof airtight container. These edibles are great for beginners and experts alike. When first trying these products, WYLD recommends starting with a ¼ or ½ dose — these gummies are specifically designed at a small 5mg dosage to help WYLD enthusiast find the perfect amount that works for their system. Remember to consume in small amounts to begin, you can always take more later!

WYLD currently offers gummies in raspberry, marionberry, strawberry and pomegranate flavors. We recommend trying their newly-introduced pomegranate 1:1 gummies for a wonderful, tart and tropical taste with a balanced blend of 5mg THC and 5mg CBD per serving. These bad boys were just launched in October, and we’re absolutely WYLD about them! If you’re looking for a product to help you wind down, reduce stress and sleep better, try the strawberry CBD-enhanced gummies. If you love all things PNW, try the indica-enhanced marionberry gummy. This classic, Oregon berry taste paired with its relaxing effects are sure to help you wind down and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. What we love most about these products is that there is no cannabis flavor lingering around, only amazing sweet, tart and fresh fruity flavors. Looking to explore or get things done? The raspberry sativa gummy is the perfect, uplifting adventure buddy! Are you more of a chocolate kind of person? Their white chocolates are perfect for on-the-go, and they’re price-friendly, too! WYLD’s products range from $3 to $24. Chocolates come in ten-pack or single-serve options. They are sure to provide a wonderful taste of a classic fruit and cream combination. Try the blood orange white chocolates for a sweet, sativa-enhanced experience, the indica-enhanced peach white chocolates for a relaxing experience, or the strawberry hybrid white chocolates for a more traditional taste.

By now, your mouth is probably watering and you’re wanting to run to the nearest dispensary to pick up a serving or two of these treats. Visit wyldcanna.com/findus for WYLD’s interactive map to find a store closest to you and to pick some up for your next party, event, or night in with friends. Don’t wait too long — a WYLD adventure is waiting for you. #LiveLifeWyld

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Exceptional Edibles: Gourmet Treats For Your Next “Retreat”

words by Anna Glavash | photo by Trevor Meyer

It’s important to know cannabinoid profiles when choosing between the different types of edibles out there. Some are THC-dominant, others are all CBD and some contain both, with 1:1 ratios or a variety of other proportions.

When most of us think of edible cannabis, we think of the psychoactive effects of THC. But there are many other ways CBD, a non-intoxicating, therapeutic cannabinoid can behave in the body. We visited Moss Crossing, recent winner of best dispensary in Eugene Weekly, and talked to edibles cannasseur and budtender Jessie Daher about her favorites and when to eat them.

“For me, getting into edibles was the key to unlocking a better lifestyle and quality of life in general. I had severe insomnia for years that was feeding into other chronic pain issues. Once I got that handled, I realized what deep sleep felt like. Now I use edibles every night,” says Daher. So how can we know what to expect from these different products? “1:1 products are amazing for insomnia and chronic pain. THC and CBD work together synergistically to promote relaxation and healing in the body. You can’t go wrong. CBD in particular is preventative, and a lot of people don’t realize that. They think CBD is just to treat a problem. It’s actually better to prevent one. It’s one good way to lower inflammation and decrease cortisol [a stress hormone] in the body long term,” says Daher.

Retreats CBD Gummies by Willamette Valley Alchemy (Eugene) $19

  • CBD
  • 3 gummies per package
  • 24 mg CBD, 1 mg THC per gummy

These tropical gems are nothing like Haribo Bears. Made by hand right here in Eugene with real fruit purees and no artificial ingredients, they come in passionfruit, grapefruit, and strawberry flavors with blueberry launching soon. Retreats are “one of the strongest CBD edible products out there. They’re great if you tend toward anxiety or want to prevent inflammation,” Daher says. There’s also a THC version if you want psychoactive effects. Each batch is strain-specific, kind of like a single-origin coffee or chocolate bar, except Retreats uses locally-grown flower.

Mr. Moxey’s Mints CBD Herbal Pastilles by botanicaPORTLAND (Portland) $30

  • 5:1 CBD : THC
  • 20 Mints per tin
  • 5 mg CBD : 1 mg THC per mint

For the proper people. “Not only are they discreet, easy to take with you and tasty, you’re not going to have the psychoactive effects either.” These are perfect thing if you’re a microdoser and want to pop one or two at the end of your long day to unwind. With a 5:1 mg ratio of CBD:THC, the effects are very subtle. Mr. Moxey’s Mints won first place in the 2017 Dope Cup for the CBD Edible category. Find out why.

Junk Marshmallow Bon-Bons by Leif Goods (Portland) $24

  • 3:2 CBD : THC
  • 9.4 mg CBD : 6.8mg THC per bon-bon
  • 6 bon-bons per box

Vegan marshmallows. Covered in chocolate. Topped with chocolate salt. Yes, the salt is infused with chocolate. Far from junk, these are the ultimate indulgence. The near-equal ratio in this product makes it a favorite among those with complex medical issues, but it’s also great for anybody looking for a balanced high.

Leif Goods Peanut Butter & Jelly Organic Chocolate Bar $24

  • 1:1 THC : CBD
  • 42 mg THC, 47mg CBD per bar
  • 10 servings

The golden ratio (and maybe the golden ticket too) can be found in this chocolate bar. It’s truly amazing how much it tastes like a PB&J sandwich. The secret is the strawberry powder sprinkled on top. Chocolate is also a quick way to get results. “It’s a vasodilator, so it helps your system absorb the cannabinoids a lot faster,” Daher explains.

Cinnamon Maca Almond Butter by Lux (Bend) $17/27

  • THC
  • 500 mg per jar
  • Available in a 6.5 oz or a 1.27 oz. jar

Want to keep the good times rolling on a backpacking trip? Just toss this jar in your bag. With a malty, butterscotch flavor, Maca is a powdered root. According to Lux, the Incas used it for strength and stamina, and this THC formula will make your hike all the more enjoyable. Imagine cookie butter that tastes like graham crackers, but good for you. Yes, you can consider this a health food. Lux already took home first place for Sweet Edible in the 2017 Dope Cup. It’s delicious right off the spoon, or if you’re snacking, why not add some to sliced apples or toast, or drizzle on a smoothie or granola bowl. Though it’s tempting, we don’t recommend eating the whole jar.

Piqmiup Tea in Lemon & Jasmine Harmony Sativa Blend by Upward Cannabis Kitchen (Portland, OR) $14

  • THC
  • 5 mg each
  • 3 tea bags

There’s not much a cup of tea can’t cure. Daher says these are another good option for microdosing and a good way to get THC into your system quickly. Piqmiup comes in several blends including indica and hybrid. They’re made with looseleaf tea, other herbs like lavender and cannabis distillate, which is flavorless. Sativas are more energizing, indicas are calming, and a hybrid is, well, somewhere in between.

Magic Number Ginger Beer (Bend) $5/$7/$9

  • THC
  • 3, 10, or 25 mg per 12 oz. bottle

Daher says people can’t get enough of these drinks, which are a favorite among the edibles crowd. Why? Because they’re super affordable and get into your system a bit faster. What’s not to love? The best part is that the mg marks on the 25mg bottle show you where to stop drinking to control your dose. We’ve heard these make amazing floats, and yes, Moss also sells medicated ice cream. Cheers!

Eugene’s Top 10 Munchie Must-Haves

by Nicole Scopelliti | photo by Lauren Bruce

When the late night cravings come calling, don’t fret. Eugene is home to many satisfying and affordable restaurants, cafes and food trucks that are guaranteed to satiate even the mightiest of munchies. Whether you’re searching for a savory burrito or looking to dive into the sweeter side of donuts and ice cream, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied. Below are some of Eugene’s  best places to grab some grub when you’ve got the munchies. Go ahead, treat yourself!

The Dough Co.

Not only does The Dough Co. serve up the best calzones around, it’s also home to the perfect combo: warm cookies and milk. For just $7.50, you can receive a piping-hot calzone delivered to your doorstep. Among The Dough Co.’s most requested calzones are the Potato and Bacon calzone, filled with bacon, potatoes and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and the Broccoli and Cheddar calzone. For $6, you can receive a batch of four cookies. Choose from flavors including chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar and oatmeal. It gets even better! The Dough Co. delivers until 3 a.m. every day of the week.

Give The Dough Co. a call during your next munchie escapade at 541-485-7459, or visit the restaurant at 1337 Hilyard Street from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., seven days a week.

Burrito Boy

After picking up a new strain at Cannabliss’ the Sorority, head to the nearby Burrito Boy location, located right across the street from The Hub. Whether you want all the fixings or you like to keep it simple, Burrito Boy has it all. If you’ve got a case of the super-munchies, try a Chile Relleno or Taquito Combo Plate. Burrito Boy also has an impressive array of side and snack items, which are perfect for a lighter pick-me-up. The quesadillas and nachos are great choices, especially for those wishing to forego meat. Burrito Boy is located at 510 E. Broadway and is open 5 a.m. – 12 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 24 hours a day from Wednesday through Saturday and 12 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Sy’s New York Pizza

If you live close to campus and are craving an authentic slice of New York-style pizza, stop by Sy’s. Enjoy a slice of your favorite pie or grab a whole pizza and enjoy it in a casual, chilled-out setting. Sy’s also sells garlic knots alongside their renowned pizza, which are the perfect fix for an intense case of the munchies. Order Sy’s New York Pizza via HungryDucks.com, or visit the restaurant at 1211 Alder St. on Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Whole Foods Market Hot Bar

Health-conscious cannisseurs can conquer the munchies, too! The Whole Foods Market Hot Bar offers a variety of options, from salads and vegan mashed potatoes, to roasted chicken and macaroni. Whole Foods Market is conveniently located near The Hub and is a short distance from campus, making it a viable dining option for students. Choose to eat in the bright, modern eating nook located near the Hot Bar, or purchase the food to go. Pro tip: it’s best to hit the Hot Bar in the afternoon and earlier in the evening, as the food tends to be the freshest then. Whole Foods Market is located at 353 Broadway, and is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Cheba Hut

Cheba Hut is the perfect spot to grab some grub in a relaxed, cannabis-inspired environment. With over 30 “toasted” subs and a variety of “cotton mouth cures,” Cheba Hut is guaranteed to curb even the most extreme case of the munchies. Try Cheba Hut’s Dank sub, featuring marinara, Genoa Salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese, or the White Widow sub, featuring grilled chicken breast covered in ranch dressing, mushrooms, bacon and provolone cheese. Cheba Hut also offers many vegetarian options as well, including the Magic Mushroom sandwich filled with portabella mushrooms. Check out Cheba Hut’s chilled-out vibe for yourself at 339 E 11th Ave from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prince Pucklers

Stop by Prince Pucklers for a late night snack that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. With an outdoor patio, it’s the perfect spot to hang out during the warm evenings of spring term. Explore a wide variety of gourmet ice cream flavors such as Peppermint Stick, Green Tea, Salted Caramel and Red Raspberry Cheesecake. Prince Pucklers’ Euphoria Ultra Chocolate Sundae, a cult favorite topped in warm dark chocolate sauce, is guaranteed to please. Dairy-free options are also available. Prince Pucklers is located on 19th and Agate, and is open daily from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Voodoo Doughnut

When the munchies strike, head to Voodoo Doughnut for a classic Voodoo Doll doughnut filled with raspberry jelly or the ultra-delicious, fruit-loop covered The Loop doughnut. The menu is affordable and the downtown location isn’t too far from campus. Visit Voodoo Doughnut and order the Maple Blazer Blunt doughnut, a doughnut rolled into a blunt shape and covered in cinnamon sugar, with a tip dipped in maple frosting and red sprinkles. Voodoo Doughnut is located at 20 E. Broadway and is open 24 hours Thursday through Sunday and 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Uly’s Taco Shack

Although a popular spot for those who have the “drunchies” after a night at the campus bars, Uly’s is also a satisfying grub option for the munchies. If you find yourself near campus on Friday or Saturday night, you can expect to find the Uly’s Taco Shack food truck parked across the street from Taylor’s Bar from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Be sure to order the ever-popular Trifecta which includes one of each taco from the menu. Even though the menu is small, the portions are satisfying. Uly’s Taco Shack is located at 894 E. 13th Ave and is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant

Takeout food: the stereotypical “munchie meal,” for good reason. When you’ve got the munchies, you need a quick, convenient and delicious cure. Maple Garden serves up quality, authentic Chinese food at affordable prices, making it a perfect option for those with refined tastes but a college student’s budget. Try the Szechuan Spicy Beef Noodles if you’re looking for a kick. If you’re feeling mellow, try any variation of Chow Mein and a side of Pork Egg Rolls or Veggie Spring Rolls. Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant is located at 1275 Alder Street and is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. You can also order from their menu via HungryDucks.com.

McMenamins E. 19th Street Cafe

If a warm basket of tater tots and a cozy atmosphere appeals to you, look no further. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe offers a relaxing space to hang out and eat delicious food with friends. Whether you’re ready to chow down on a burger or prefer hummus and pita bread, McMenamins will fulfill your munchie needs. Check out its happy hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and after 10 p.m., where you’ll find discounted food and drinks. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe is open 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Sunday. Check it out at 1485 E. 19th Ave. Their food is also available for takeout.