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3 Delectable CBD-Infused Recipes to Whip Up on 420

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The month of April brings more than just one holiday. Sure, Lent and Easter Sunday should not be missed, especially for Catholics who observe this religious occasion. However, for stoners and weed enthusiasts, this month is highly anticipated for the coming of 420. This unofficial holiday celebrates not only how far the cannabis movement and culture has come, but also the increasing awareness towards marijuana and CBD oil.

With 420 being a momentous event for many stoners around the world, celebrating and making a big deal out of it is certainly one you should not miss. Whether you want to invite people into your home or make plans to attend a friend’s party, making plans with your closest buds is a must.

What is a celebration without having food, right? When you expect to get munchies as the day progresses, having delectable food that’s yummy and healthy should definitely be on the table. Apart from serving CBD oil edibles, below are some easy CBD oil-infused recipes you can whip up on 420:

CBD Oil and Finger Foods!

Kale Chips

If you expect people to get hungry over time, having healthy snacks on hand is a must. Kale chips are one of the tastiest snacks you can serve your guests, perfect for a night of talking with your friends and for watching stoner-themed films.

To make this, all you need are a pound of organic kale, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, the zest of one lemon, around two tablespoons of lemon juice, a generous drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and a small amount of your CBD oil.

Cut the kale into bite-sized pieces and discard the stems since this can be bitter. Mix this together with the other ingredients in a small bowl. Once you have incorporated everything together, spread the leaves onto a tray and bake it for at least an hour and a half. If you wish, you can also add parmesan on top so you can enjoy cheesy goodness with every bite.

Nachos with Guacamole

No gathering is complete without the crowd favorite: nachos with guacamole. This is perfect if you want to bring something light and refreshing to the party, something which almost everyone will appreciate.

For this recipe, you will need 4 pieces of smashed, ripe avocados, a cup of diced tomatoes, half a cup of chopped white onions, half a cup of finely chopped cilantro, two tablespoons of lime or lemon juice, and five drops of your favorite CBD hemp oil. All you need to do is mix all of these ingredients together and you are done. However, to let the cannabidiol fully incorporate in your guacamole, it is highly advised to let the mixture sit for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Serve this with your kale chips, store-bought crispy nachos, and even some carrot and celery sticks! This versatile dip is even perfect for toasts topped with an egg.

Sloppy Joe Tacos

If you want to take your favorite comfort food to new heights, making Sloppy Joe tacos will definitely take the cake. Bon Appetit’s recipe is easy enough to follow, using only select ingredients. For the filling, you will need 2 pounds of ground beef chuck, around 2 tablespoons of olive olive, chopped yellow onions, chopped garlic cloves, a can of whole peeled tomatoes, a bottle of tomato-based chili sauce, a quarter cup of Worcestershire sauce, and spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin.

After browning the beef, you will need to cook the garlic and onions. Add the tomatoes and cook until thickened, and add the remaining ingredients and cook until a crust forms. Add 3 to 5 drops of CBD hemp oil, mix, and let it sit until you are ready to serve.

Taco shells, lettuce or cabbage, and sour cream will complete this meal.

There you have it! These three easy cannabis-infused recipes will certainly be the highlight of your gathering during 420.

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Maker of Arizona Iced Tea to Enter Cannabis Industry

Stacey Wellington

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Arizona Beverage Co., the company behind the popular Arizona Iced Tea is set to break into the marijuana business by engaging in a licensing deal with a leading cannabis CPG company, Dixie Brands Inc.

The said partnership will enable Dixie to manufacture and distribute cannabis-infused products under Arizona’s name. The products, which include vape pens and THC-infused gummies, will be sold through licensed dispensaries. If all goes according to plan, the product list is also expected to extend to beverages, such as tea, lemonade, soda, and coffee.

“The cannabis market is an important emerging category, and we’ve maintained our independence as a private business to be positioned to lead and seize generation-defining opportunities exactly like this one,” said Arizona Beverages Chairman, Don Vultaggio, in a press release. “The cannabis category is an ideal space to bring the flavor and fun of AriZona into new and exciting products.”

Under the arrangement, the New-York based beverage company can purchase a $10 million stake in Dixie brands. The initial term of the partnership between the two companies is set to last three years, with an option to renew twice for two years each.

“Arizona is a power brand and the most iconic and recognized CPG brand to extend into the cannabis market, providing the evolving cannabis consumer with a fun and flavourful experience alongside an iconic brand they know and love,” said Dixie Brands CEO, Chuck Smith.

This latest move done by Arizona isn’t the first unique turn the company has committed this year. Last July, it had engaged in a partnership with Adidas and sold tea-branded sneakers for 99 cents. The company’s entrance into the industry marks the first international corporation to announce such plans before the drug is federally legalized in the U.S.

Cannabis Industry  – It’s Bright Future

Lately, other beverage brands have been engaging in a series of partnerships with major marijuana key players. In 2017, Constellation Brands announced a 10% stake in the Ontario-based cannabis company, Canopy Growth Corporation. A year later, Coca Cola revealed it was in talks with Canadian company Aurora Cannabis to develop marijuana drinks. Molson Coors, another multinational brewing giant, has also announced plans to partner with cannabis producer Hexo Corp.

“This partnership marks a watershed moment for the popularization and expansion of the cannabis sector overall, and is another large step forward for Dixie Brands’ strategy to build a house of famous cannabis … brands,” said Mr. Smith.

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Big Alcohol Companies to Develop Cannabis Drinks

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With the recent breakthroughs in cannabis legalization, more and more companies have expressed interest in joining the marijuana trend. Recently, The Verge reported that so-called Big Alcohol wants to cash in on the potentials of the legal marijuana market.

Some liquor-focused companies have announced their development of cannabis-infused non-alcoholic drinks. The new line-up of products includes alcohol-free beers, seltzers and fruit punches, all infused with the plant.

Big alcohol firm Molson Coors recently acquired majority stocks from a marijuana-related joint venture with HEXO, a licensed producer of the plant. On the other hand, Anheuser-Busch InBev funneled $50 million toward another joint venture, this time with Tilray.

Lagunitas, a known manufacturer of hop-flavored cannabis sparkling water, is owned by Heineken. Another liquor business dabbling in marijuana includes Corona and Modelo which owns 38% of Canopy Growth in stakes.

Marijuana and alcohol

According to a resource of the American Addiction Centers, intaking both substances can “lead to significant issues.” This is because both substances have similar effects such as sedation, perceptual and hallucinogenic effects and judgment alterations. In higher doses, both can also reduce motor coordination and slow down reflexes.

The combined consumption of the two enhances the effect of both substances. Alcohol is known to increase and prolong the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As judgment is affected, individuals can also intake more liquor than they can handle, resulting in alcohol poisoning.

Meanwhile, there is no known occurrence of cannabis overdosing. However, overconsumption can lead to increased risk of death.

The market for Cannabis Drinkables

The Verge noted that there is really no market for cannabis drinks as records show that only 2 or 3% of the sales are cannabis beverages. However, alcohol players believe that the market for these products will increase.

Mark Hunter, CEO of Molson Coors, remarked that cannabis drink can occupy at least 20 to 30% of future marijuana sales.

Amanda Chicago Lewis from The Verge noted that drinkables contain low levels of THC, with only 2.5 milligrams per bottle. Because of this, consumers who want to feel the effects of the cannabinoid will need to drink a large amount of the beverage.

Aside from the low doses of cannabinoids in these drinks, another issue is the taste. Lewis mentioned that such products taste like “bong water,” which may not be appealing to many consumers.

With such concerns, alcohol companies are facing the challenge of increasing the demand for their marijuana products.

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Yellowknife Chef to Develop Cannabis-Infused Multi-Course Meals

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Yellowknife chef Robin Wasicuna is working to develop a variety of multi-course meals mixed with a special ingredient: cannabis. CBC reports that Wasicuna has just finished a two-level program to become cannabis sommelier.

First Cannabis Sommelier in the NWT

According to Wasicuna, he is the first to be nationally certified for the specialty in the Northwest Territories (NWT). These experts are the equivalent of wine sommeliers in the cannabis world. While wine sommeliers specialize in various types of wine and perfect food pairings, Cannabis Sommeliers are experts in identifying the highest class of marijuana.

In an interview with Cabin Radio, Wasicuna said that he “undertook an intensive two-day course” with CannaReps, a Calgary-based company offering certification training. The program teaches students to determine the potency, ratio, quality and even production technique just by using their fine-tuned senses.

Infusing Cannabis into the culinary world

A chef and restaurateur, Wasicuna seeks to combine his culinary background with his newly acquired cannabis education, especially in light of the upcoming legalization of edible marijuana items in December.

Marijuana is popularly known as an herb with medicinal potentials. However, it has slowly been making its way into the culinary field, especially with its compatibility with many dishes and ingredients.

Wasicuna aims to further introduce the plant to the restaurant scene. The chef said that cannabis is primarily an herb, which can be used for dishes as a garnish just like basil and parsley. He also emphasized that eating the herb without decarboxylating will not make consumers high.

He also announced his plans to create four- to five-course gourmet meals. Aside from the multi-course meals, the marijuana sommelier also aims to develop a line of cannabis-infused jams, spreads and peanut butter.

Not all about getting high

The Canadian chef is keen to clarify that his journey into the world of CBD edibles does not aim to simply make consumers high. In fact, his enthusiasm for the plant and his desire to elevate it to the “food level” are key factors in him taking the sommelier course. He also wants to improve the image of marijuana enthusiasts as a “responsible community” and not “just a bunch of potheads.”

Instead of the psychedelic attributes of marijuana, he wants to emphasize the medical properties of the plant. He mentioned the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects of the plant, among other benefits of consuming it.

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