Cooking with Cannabis Latin Style

Cooking with cannabis is one of our favorite things to do. Infused food has come a long way over the past few years. It’s so much more than just brownies and gummies. Many Latin dishes lend themselves spectacularly to edibles. So we decided there’s no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month than by sharing our favorite infused Latin recipes with you. Here’s a full menu. Start with a cannabis cocktail to complement an appetizer of infused empanadas. Then move on to a main course of seafood and finish up with an infused tres leches. iBuen provecho!

How to get started cooking with cannabis

First things first, to make any infused dish, you’ll need cannabutter. You can buy it, or make it yourself. If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, we suggest starting with this easy recipe to make your own cannabutter. Once you’ve got cannabutter, you’re ready to get cooking!

Dosing with edibles

Before you put your apron on, let’s talk about dosing. When you consume cannabis, you want to pay attention to dosing. Cooking with cannabis is no different. Typically, cannabis chefs plan meals with a total 30mg THC per guest. That’s what our menu here is geared toward as well. But, of course, the dosing can easily be adjusted to fit your needs. If you’re a microdoser, you can adjust the THC content in these recipes much lower. That’s really easy to do. Just proportionately substitute some regular butter or oil for some of the infused variety that each recipe calls for.

Cannabis infused cocktails

Whether you’re looking to spice up your happy hour or just starting to dip your toe into the waters of cooking with cannabis, start with a cocktail. Cannabis cocktails are easy to make and great for anyone who’s new to cannabis cuisine. And they’re delicious. This cannabis-infused cocktail recipe is perfect for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month or to enjoy year round.

A margarita recipe from the Queen of infused Drinks

For all things cannabis cocktails, Jamie Evans is your go-to. While this isn’t exactly cooking with cannabis, Jamie’s truly an expert on all things cannabis cocktail. Earlier this year, we got the scoop on her new book, and she shared a recipe with us that we think you’ll love. Her Spicy Melon Margarita has the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, and refreshment.

SPICY MELON MARGARITA EQUIPMENT

Blender or food processor

Fine-mesh strainer

One 8-ounce (240-ml)

Sterilized Mason jar

Saucer

Citrus juicer

Old-fashioned glass

Shaker tin

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

Spicy Melon Margarita, an infused drink by Jamie Evans

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INGREDIENTS (1 SERVING)

WATERMELON JUICE

1/2 small seedless watermelon

CHILE SALT RIM

1 tablespoon (9 g) salt 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder or standard chili powder

1 lime wedge

SPICY MELON MARGARITA

3 ounces (90 ml) watermelon juice

1 ¼ ounce (38 ml) fresh squeezed lime juice

½  ounce (15 ml) Infused Rich Simple Syrup (see recipe in Cannabis Drinks)

½  ounce (15 ml) tequila blanco

½  ounce (15 ml) mezcal

½  teaspoon Aperol

1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into rounds (set 1 round aside for garnish) 

Lime round, for garnish (optional)

SPICY MELON MARGARITA INSTRUCTIONS

TO MAKE THE WATERMELON JUICE 

Place the watermelon flesh into a blender or food processor. Purée for 1 minute or until the watermelon chunks turn into juice. Using a fine-mesh strainer, separate the pulp from the juice over an 8-ounce (240-ml) Mason jar. Discard the pulp, and set the jar aside.

TO CREATE THE CHILI RIM

Combine the salt and chile powder in a shallow saucer. Rim the glass with a lime wedge. Then dip the glass into the salt mixture creating the chile rim. If you have Tajín on hand, this works great, too!

TO MAKE THE SPICY MELON MARGARITA

Add all the ingredients into a shaker tin, including the watermelon juice and the jalapeños. Add ice, cover, then shake for 25 seconds. Fine strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño rounds or a lime wheel, and enjoy!

Savory Cooking with Cannabis

Are you ready to make a seriously delicious cannabis infused food? Start off simple, with one of Chef Keena Moffett’s savory recipes. Keena makes cooking with cannabis both easy and delectable. Her infused beef empanadas are really quick to make. So they’re perfect as an appetizer. Or you can also use them for your main dish.

INFUSED BEEF EMPANADA  Ingredients

This is a quick recipe with a cook time of only 20 minutes that makes 15 empanadas with a dose of ~13.33mg THC in each.

FILLING

  • 4 tablespoons cannabis butter (200mg THC)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, whisked (for egg wash)
Chef Keena Moffet's Infused Beef Empanadas are the perfect way to start cooking with cannabis

INFUSED BEEF EMPANADA INSTRUCTIONS

FILLING

Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the ground beef, stir until the meat is fully cooked.  Allow to cool completely before filling the dough

ASSEMBLY

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200C)   
  2. Place a generous amount of the beef filling on the center of each empanada disc.
  3. Fold the empanada discs over the filling. Gently seal the edges with your fingers. To seal, crimp the edges of the empanadas with your fingers or use a fork to press the edges together.
  4. (Optional) Refrigerate the empanadas for 30 minutes to an hour, or make ahead overnight.
  5. Place the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Brush the empanadas with the whisked egg.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

For more recipes, tips, and tricks for cooking with cannabis, check out Chef Keena Moffett’s YouTube channel.

Main Course: cannabis-infused blue crab

For your main course, go a little lighter with some seafood. Sisters Shanelly and Roshelly Pena from Higher Dining make some of the cannabis-infused recipes. In spring 2020, they told us about how they’ve been cooking with cannabis to bring their cuisine to another level. One of their most popular recipes is their cannabis-infused locrio de jaiba con coco. We were lucky enough to nab the recipe from them for you.

LOCRIO DE JAIBA CON COCO BLUE CRAB COCONUT FRIED RICE

Serving size 3-4

RICE INGREDIENTS

1½ cup of uncooked rice

1 13-oz can of coconut milk

1 tbsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of cannabis oil

RICE INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium saucepan, stir in coconut milk, salt, and cannabis oil. Bring to a boil, and add rice. Stir and cook on high heat for 5 minutes. Lower the heat to low, and cover for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the lid, stir, and serve.

CRAB INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp of cannabis oil

1 tbsp of chopped shallots

1 clove of garlic finely minced

1 tsp of salt

¼ cup of chopped celery

¼ cup of carrots diced small

½ cup of corn

1 tbsp of tomato paste

1 tsp of sriracha

3 tbsp of white wine

¼ cup of coconut milk

1 cup of blue crab meat

4 blue crab legs

3 cups of cooked rice

Cannabis oil to drizzle

Chopped cilantro (to garnish)

CRAB DIRECTIONS

On a wok, or in a cast iron skillet, heat 1 tbsp of cannabis oil and add shallots. Cook shallots on medium for about 2 minutes and then add garlic. Allow the garlic and shallots to sweat a bit in their own juice. Then add celery and carrots—cook for 3 minutes. Add the corn, followed by tomato paste and sriracha. After the tomato paste and sriracha have been thoroughly combined with the other ingredients, add the white wine and reduce or cook on high heat for 30 seconds

 

Up your cooking with cannabis game with this Latin seafood dish

Add the crab legs, crab meat, and coconut milk and allow to sit on low heat for 5 minutes. Mix in cooked rice. Make sure all of the white rice attains color—light pink. Once rice is mixed in, drizzle with cannabis oil and stir. Serve and garnish with cilantro for a final touch of flavor.

Infused Dessert—A Sweet Latin Treat from a gourmet chef

Last year we got to chat with Chef Angelina Bastidas. She made a name for herself on both Top Chef and Bong Appetit. Now she graces Chicago’s fine dining scene with her delectably infused dishes. Her favorite food to cook is tres leches—infused, of course. Here’s the recipe she swears by for this quintessential Latin dessert.

​​CANNABIS-INFUSED TRES LECHES INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ cup RSO infused butter 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 5 large eggs 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk 
A tres leches cake is one of the best ways to start cooking with cannabis

CANNABIS-INFUSED TRES LECHES INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer (or using a large bowl and whisk), cream eggs and sugar until pale yellow. Next, on medium speed, add infused butter and vanilla. Follow with sifted baking powder and flour, lastly adding zest. Once all ingredients have been incorporated, place in a buttered or oiled baking pan or quarter sheet tray with parchment. Bake cake until a toothpick is clean, about 20-25 minutes. While the cake is baking, in a clean mixing bowl, whisk whole milk, condensed, and evaporated milk until combined. 

Once the cake is fully baked, let cool until slightly warm. Add the three milks; cool the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight to set. Garnish with the Chantilly cream or fresh strawberries.

 To keep up with what chef Angelina’s cooking up in her kitchen, follow her on Instagram, @chefangelinabastidas.

Our Favorite CBD Lotion for the Winter Ahead

With the holidays coming up, we all start to think of radiance. From tree lights to candles, it’s a way to brighten the deepening darkness of winter days. And, of course, we all want to be equally radiant in our holiday pics. So this time of year, our thoughts are turning to pre-holiday skincare. Since it went legal, we’ve tried a ton of CBD lotion. But this is our skin, and we’re not just gonna put anything on it. We want our CBD and our hyaluronic acid, too. So we did some sleuthing and discovered 707 Flora. This luxe, spa brand has deep roots in both cannabis and cutting edge skincare. So we asked the line’s founder, Joan Sutton, to tell us why we should make the switch to CBD beauty.

Joan Sutton took CBD lotion luxe with 707 Flora

How did you first connect with cannabis?

I first tried cannabis with my older sister when I was 14. I didn’t use it on the regular until a few years later. It was a game-changer for me. My mind has always run a million miles a minute. I picture it looking like a highway with a dozen lanes—all of them constantly racing with hasty thoughts. The cannabis slowed me down and helped me focus. I hid it forever from my family and especially in business. People expected teenagers to smoke pot. But corporate VPs couldn’t openly consume without judgement or worse. So I hid it for my whole adult life, until I launched my brand. Even though cannabis has been legal for years in California, it wasn’t until 707 Flora was on the market that I felt comfortable talking about it. But after I started the conversation, it made me realize how important destigmatizing marijuana use is.

 

Where does the name 707 Flora come from?

707 Flora comes from the 707 area code of Humboldt County and the Emerald Triangle. That’s where my farm is. Many consider Humboldt the foundation of the modern cannabis industry. We wanted to pay homage to it and draw attention to this very special part of California. And, of course, Flora represents the cannabis flower which is where the plant produces most of its active ingredients.

What makes 707 Flora skincare special?

Our skincare is special because it truly marries skincare technology with cannabis science. For over 30 years, I developed hundreds of products for some of the world’s largest beauty brands. Since CBD became legal, we’ve seen a ton of CBD lotion. Because it’s “on trend”, a lot of traditional beauty companies rushed CBD products to market. Also, lots of cannabis brands have dipped their toes into the beauty space without really understanding the physiology of the skin. With 707 Flora, I wanted to bridge the gap between high performance skincare and hemp cannabis treatments. Our skincare products really accomplish that. They’re hemp-based and have luxurious, spa-like textures. Our formulas are also clean, dermatologist tested, vegan, and cruelty-free.

With your experience as a beauty product development expert, what led you to create a line that focused on CBD?

In 2017, I attended the High Times Cannabis Cup with my partner, Wesley Titus. He’s been a trailblazer in the cannabis industry for decades. Initially, I tagged along as an outsider looking in. He introduced me to some long-time friends who had won awards, and we started an in-depth conversation about terpenes. I have a ton of experience developing fragrances and working with essential oils. So my mind started swirling. I realized that beauty and cannabis had a lot in common. The conversation was so inspiring. I was teaching them, and they were teaching me. I was astounded by the science, passion, and culture. Wesley and I both left the event completely inspired to create a brand using the power of cannabis. I immediately went to work, educating myself about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). I focused on its relationship to the skin in order to formulate CBD lotion that would deliver visible results and have a profound effect on overall skin health.

What are the main benefits of using CBD skincare?

With skincare, we’re generally treating the epidermis of the skin. That’s the top layer of the skin, and it consists of several inner layers. The basal layer is the innermost layer of the epidermis. That’s where new skin cells are born. We have cannabis receptors (CB1 and CB2) throughout our bodies that work as regulators for things like inflammation, pain, and anxiety, etc. We also have CB1 and CB2 receptors at the basal layer of the skin. They work as pathways to communicate to the nucleus of the cell what our skin needs. That’s why CBD is ideal in skincare. CBD acts like an adaptogen. It works on the skin to bring balance and good health.

707 Flora includes a lot more than just CBD lotion—what other ingredients are in your line?

Effective skincare seldom relies on the performance of a single active ingredient. Instead, a group of raw materials work as an ensemble. When I started formulating for 707 Flora, it was really important to me to include the skincare staples I believe in. Then I also brought in other active ingredients and adaptogens that complement the benefits of full spectrum CBD. So,our products go beyond just CBD lotion. We use some of nature’s finest actives. That includes microalgaes, seaweed, and antiaging hero ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid. At the same time, the best formulations retain a kind of elegant simplicity. So we kept our line clean and free of unnecessary additives and fillers.

Tell us about each of your skincare products and what they can do for us

Core Cleanser

Our Core Cleanser is a hydrating foaming cleanser that gives you the freshest start. Its fine exfoliating beads are gentle and completely eco-friendly!

Daily Moisturizer

Our Daily Moisturizer is a a one-step skin quencher. It’s a lightweight water-based cream that also works as an amazing makeup primer. It’s for those of us who love a light cream but still need moisture and nutrients.

707 Balm

707 Balm is our on-the-go skin fix. It’s a multipurpose SOS balm. Use it on lips or any area with dry skin for soothing moisture. It’s my saviour!

707 Flora's full complement of CBD lotion and cleansers

Moisture Matrix

Our Moisture Matrix is a leave-on night mask that’ll have you waking up with deeply hydrated, dewy skin. It also has prebiotics to enhance your skin’s microbiome. It’s truly overnight magic.

Revitalizing Eye Cream

I developed our Revitalizing Eye Cream after getting frustrated that my makeup was continuously creasing around my eyes. This eye cream uses blur technology to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also mattifies your skin. I like to mix some with my concealer with it before applying it under my eyes. It also helps with dark circles and puffiness.

Youth Boost Serum

Youth Boost Serum is our “radiance remedy.” It works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while revealing a smooth, glowing complexion. It has a silky texture that glides easily onto skin. The texture is so fresh that it absorbs instantly.

How fast will we notice 707 Flora CBD lotion working? 

You should experience the difference right away. Your skin should feel more hydrated and healthy. But there’s also a cumulative effect. In a blind consumer panel, we saw increased visual results especially at the 4-week mark. That makes perfect sense because CBD lotion works on that basal layer of the skin where new cells are born. And the cell renewal process takes approximately 30 days. The newer healthier cells should be surfacing about a month after you start using it.

Fave terpene or strain? 

Oh, I love fruity terpenes like myrcene. I actually recreated a natural myrcene scent profile for some of our 707 Flora products. A lot of terpenes are allergens that can irritate the skin. In fact, the FDA prohibits us from using natural myrcene in that way. That’s why I recreated its scent. My favorite mj strain is Sundae Driver, a true hybrid and fruity.

For those of us who’ve been all about retinol, what’s the difference between it and CBD lotion?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A. It has a lot of benefits for the skin, including pore-size reduction, anti-aging, and increased collagen production. But, for many, those benefits come with a price—irritation and increased sensitivity. Retinol strips down the skin. CBD lotion works to bring the skin into balance and help it do what it does naturally. CBD and retinol are both good, just different. And neither are miracles! If you are using strong retinols, you could use CBD lotion to help calm irritation. The real magic happens when you have the right combination of actives in effective delivery systems that address your particular needs.

You also make tinctures, including a brand new one that sounds absolutely delicious—Cozy Cocoa. What can your tinctures do for us that a CBD lotion can’t?

We formulated our CBD + Turmeric Tinctures to enrich overall wellbeing and encourage beauty from within. They do that with a blend of high-grade hemp extract, high-potency turmeric, and coconut-derived MCT oil. This combination of CBD and turmeric is the ultimate skin destresser because it works on the skin from the inside out. CBD tinctures are also one of the fastest and most efficient delivery systems of cannabinoids to the body. We recommend incorporating 707 Flora CBD + Turmeric Tinctures into your beauty and wellness routine to encourage a glow that truly comes from within.

Along with CBD lotion, 707 Flora makes cleansers, serums, and balms.

Besides CBD lotion, how do you like to consume cannabis? 

I like flower. It’s the best way to slow down my brain. I also love Wesley’s homemade edibles. He has a lot of old-school Humboldt recipes.

If someone wants to start with just one 707 Flora product, which one do you recommend?

Depending on their skin type, I would recommend Core Cleanser or Moisture Matrix. Both are our bestsellers for a reason! Try the gently exfoliating Core Cleanser to refresh skin and dissolve away impurities. And Moisture Matrix is great for dry skin.

How can we find out about your newest product drops?

The best way to keep up with 707 Flora is by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on Instagram.

6 Next-Level Smoking Gifts for Holiday 2021

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are almost upon us. More than ever,  everyone we know is already holiday shopping to make sure they get those gifts on time. Adding to the joy of the season and the FOMO, most of us are actually getting to spend the holidays with our loved ones in person, too. After such a rough holiday season last year, this year can’t help but bring heightened expectations. So we’re here to make your gift giving as thoughtful as possible this year. Of course, that includes smoking gifts for the cannabis lovers in your life. We won’t steer you wrong. Here’s our 2021 gift guide.

ULTIMATE STOCKING STUFFERS

Looking for something special but small to slip in their stocking? You’re sure to knock their socks off completely with either of these exceptional smoking gifts.

Le Pipe is the ultimate smoking gift

LE PIPE | $32

Our Le Pipe now comes in six gorgeous colors—one to match every outfit. Our ceramic one hitter embodies New York style. It’s minimalist in design but maximal in impact. Choose from Adela Lavender, Birgit Blue, Gentileschi Green, Mickalene Marigold, O’Keeffe Camellia pink, or Signature Pink. Regardless of the color, our sleek ceramic one hitter is sure to delight. And who can’t always use a new pipe? It’s the perfect gift you don’t have to think twice about.

SOHO HOLDER | $32

They might think they have everything…but they don’t. Because our Soho Holder is brand new! This hand-blown borosilicate glass holder will add sophistication to their everyday sesh. And they won’t just feel fabulous using this holder. This gorgeous accessory also safeguards your throat, fingers, makeup, and clothes. The length of the holder cools your smoke before it gets to your throat. It also keeps your fingers away from the flame and keeps your rolling papers off your lips—or anyone else’s. Choose from Emin Orchid pink, Gentileschi Green, Keun Cornflower blue, or Taeuber Tuxedo white.

The perfect smoking gift—our new Soho Joint Holder
Our artsy joint holders and pretty rolling papers make wondering smoking gifts

SMOKING GIFTS FOR YOUR ARTISTIC FRIEND | SOHO DUO | $35

This one’s for that friend who always makes an entrance. They step to a different beat, like Folktronica—yep, that’s a thing. Their hero is Swedish painter, Hilma af Klint. And somehow they rock sequins as daywear. We don’t know how they do it. But we love them for it. So make their smoking gifts as artistic as they are with our Soho Duo. This gift set includes our most artsy accessories—our new Soho Holder and our Paula Flores Collection Rolling Papers. They’ll adore our sophisticated joint holder. They might look like seductively gossamer jewelry. But an artist in California hand blows them for us in resilient borosilicate glass. This joint holder will give them that extra dash of fancy that they crave. Choose from Gentileschi Green or Emin Orchid Pink. Plus, gift them with a new artist to obsess about. Our pretty rolling papers come wrapped in the vibrancy of an original painting by internationally acclaimed Latine artist, Paula Flores. Endear yourself to them even more with the fact that a portion of the proceeds from your gift went directly to support the artist. 

Our matching one hitter and ashtray are great practical smoking gifts

SMOKING GIFTS FOR YOUR STYLE MAVEN SIBLING | DOWNTOWN DUO | $65

Matching sets are one of those things that will always be in style. You know it’s true. It’s one thing to have a dramatic green dress. It’s a whole other level to add fabulous shoes to match. A matching set is double the chic. We love matching our pipes to our outfits. But they’ll love our Downtown Duo with a monochrome Le Pipe ceramic one hitter and herb bowl/ashtray. No matter whether they grind their mix into our Barrow Street Herb Bowl, use it as a unique footed ashtray, or both. They’ll smile every time they puff with this most practical of smoking gifts. Choose from Adela Lavender, Gentileschi Green, or O’Keeffe Camellia pink. Match your gift to their bedroom decor. Or choose a contrasting color that will really pop on their nightstand.

Forget about stuffing their stocking—gift them our Stuffed Stash Bag

SMOKING GIFTS FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE | STUFFED STASH BAG | $99

Do something more than just stuff that special someone’s stocking this year. Indulge them instead with our Stuffed Stash Bag! Our luxe Crosby Pouch isn’t the usual stash bag that’s doomed to dark colors to stay looking chic. In pale Signature Pink, the Crosby is still stain-resistant, antimicrobial, and odor-resistant. That’s because we used state-of-the-art Krypton performance fabric. So the outside of the Crosby has a soft chenille hand with a matching, textured pink satin lining. But that’s not all! Exclusively for this holiday, we’re stuffing our posh stash bag with matching pink puffware. First, they’ll love our bestselling ceramic one hitter, Le Pipe, in Signature Pink. Then they’ll adore our seductive new Soho Cigarette Holder in Emin Orchid. And finally, you’ll gift them with our pink king-sized Signature Rolling Papers. This year, give them everything they really need to have the happiest of holidays.

SMOKING GIFTS FOR YOUR SPOUSE WITH THE VICTORIAN THROAT | COMING SOON!

Do you long to share your daily sesh with your spouse, but they can’t get into it because of their delicate throat? Tested by our most fragile-throated, we have a new gift set on the way that’ll solve this problem forever! We can’t share the details yet. Not until just after Thanksgiving. But our exquisitely designed, high-tech marvel will have you sharing the intimacy of a sunset smoke with your boo just like you’ve always wanted. Sign up for our mailing list or follow our Insta to be the first to know when they drop.

Secrets to the Perfect CBD Bath

Our founder, Kristina Lopez Adduci, is obsessed with taking the perfect CBD bath. As a daily indulger, she’s become quite the guru. She’s constantly trying out the newest CBD salts and bath bombs. With the holidays just around the corner, ’tis the season for self-care. So we asked Kristina to share her ever-evolving secrets to the art of the bath.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALLY START TO ENJOY TAKING A BATH?

I’ve been a lover of the bathtub since I was child. My parents literally had to pull me out of the tub all the time. As I got older, people made fun of me for my love of baths. “It’s just bathing in dirty water.” But I still don’t take baths just to get clean. I take baths for all sorts of other reasons. Most often, I take a hemp bath to unwind and recalibrate. Sometimes, though, I’m looking to energize myself. And on other days, I’m looking for healing.

"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.

Sylvia Plath

IT’S MORE THAN A BATH…

When I was growing up and my mom would get home from work, the first thing she’d do is take a bath. I’d follow her into the bathroom, sit on the toilet, and she would tell me about her day. Some days we would laugh. And some days we’d cry. But whatever she was going through, the bathtub became a symbol of tranquility for us. It was a sacred place for my mom and me. To this day, if I don’t feel well, I draw a bath. And now the addition of hemp bath products have taken bathing to a completely different level for me. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a bad day mentally or physically. For me, taking a bath cures a multitude of ills. 

FAVORITE BATHTUB?

The copper bathtub at Soho House in Amsterdam. First, it has an incredible view, overlooking the picturesque canals. Plus, copper tubs retain heat better than porcelain. That means my baths last way longer.

The ultimate tub for a hemp bath at Soho House in Amsterdam

DO YOU REMEMBER BATH OIL BEADS?!

OMG, yes! When I was a kid, I’d take my moms and just pop all of them under water. I loved the fancy ones that were shaped like seashells, those were always the hardest to pop. They did stick to the tub. So that was pretty annoying for my parents who would find remnants of popped bath beads. Now there’s a product idea! I wish someone would make CBD bath oil beads….

FAVORITE ICONIC BATHTUB MOMENT?

There’s so many! I have to say, there’s a scene in Paris When It Sizzles where Audrey Hepburn bathes in a seashell tub. I don’t mean it was just shaped like a seashell. I mean that the entire bathtub was covered in seashells. I doubt it was comfortable. But it still made for an iconic scene.

FILL IN THE BLANK—EASIEST WAY TO SCREW UP A GOOD BATH IS ___________.

Lighting! There’s nothing worse than getting jazzed to run a bath and it being too light or too dark. Bright lighting totally ruins my vibe when I take a bath. I shut off all the lights except for one. Then I light a gorgeously scented candle.

TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR BATH TIME RITUALS

For me, the water has to be piping hot. There’s nothing worse than a lukewarm bath. I run the water first, fill the bathtub halfway. Then I add the CBD product that will give me what I need that day.  Before I hop in, I dry brush my entire body. That  helps with detox because it cleanses your lymphatic system. And, bonus, it’s also a great way to fend off cellulite.

FAVE PRODUCT FOR A RELAXING Hemp BATH?

For a relaxing CBD bath, I sprinkle in Unplugged Essentials Recovery Queen Soak. It has hemp-derived phytocannabinoids. It also smells incredible!

BEST PRODUCT FOR AN INVIGORATING CBD BATH?

To energize myself with a bath, I love Lord Jones’ High CBD Formula Bath Salts. They don’t just have CBD. They also include arnica and calendula as well as a blend of Epsom and pink Himalayan salt. They make me feel tingly all over! And the scent is really invigorating, too. It’s a bracing combo of evergreen and citrus.

WHICH CBD PRODUCT DO YOU USE TO SOOTH PAIN?

When I’m in pain, I’m all about Buena Botanicals bath bombs. They’re full of CBD. And they come in great scents like bergamot, ylang ylang, and black currant pomegranate. I also love that Buena is Black-owned

What about bathtub accessories?

I have a great bath caddy. That’s where I lay out my Le Pipe and a candle. If it’s been a rough day, I’ll have a glass of red wine at the ready, too. If you’re looking for the best bathtub caddy, this is the one I have. I love it because it has a wide, flat surface that holds everything I need. That occasionally even includes an iPad. My other must-have accessory is a good dry brush. If the Swedes didn’t invent dry brushing, they definitely perfected it. The best dry brushes are handcrafted by Iris Handwerk. The bristles are real horsehair. So they’re not too stiff. And they feel great on your skin.

CBD BATH PLAYLIST?

I have 3-year-old twins. So sometimes I need a little extra self-care. If I lock the bathroom door, my husband knows that I’m decompressing with a CBD bath soak, and he’d be wise not to disturb. I’m usually listening to Moby or Massive Attack. If I remember to bring my iPad, I’ll watch Rick and Morty.

WE HEAR YOU KNOW QUITE A BIT ABOUT FACIAL MASKS—TELL US YOUR SECRETS!

They always fall off! I have a few problem areas, like dark spots and dull skin. So I like to use facial masks that have a blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acids. Drunk Elephant makes a wonderful face mask that I use once a week for 20 minutes.

HOW DO YOU END YOUR BATHING RITUAL?

I always get out of the tub before the water is has drained. I hate the feeling of being in an empty bathtub. I’ll usually take a final hit from my pipe, and, voilá, that’s my perfect CBD bath!

New York Gets a New Immersive Cannabis Experience

With legalization, cannabis experiences are multiplying with lightning speed. High culture cannabis events are creating a new cannabis scene with a distinctly New York vibe. First, there was Happy Munkey’s art-and-cannabis extravaganza at the Van Gogh show. But the newest high culture cannabis event is The Stone Age NYC. This exhibition is a gorgeous interaction of art, cannabis, and activism that’s right off art gallery row in Chelsea. 

Don’t expect Stoner Stereotypes

Regardless of its name, don’t expect stoner stereotypes. This immersive art installation showcases both the plant’s delights and the destructiveness of its prohibition in BIPOC communities. Sasha Perelman and Liz Santana are the driving forces behind The Stone Age NYC. In it, they’ve created one of the most moving explorations of the plant that we’ve ever seen. That’s no surprise. Because this isn’t their first time around the event block. Liz is a seasoned producer who’s created programming for heavy hitters like Netflix and Disney. And Sasha produced her first cannabis experience in 2017. It was such a hit that Rolling Stone dubbed it “the best pot party in California.”

So, if you’re in NYC this fall, have a smoke or pop an edible. Then head to this must-see show. But first, read on to get all the behind-the-scenes details from Sasha herself. 

What was your inspiration for creating a cannabis experience like The Stone Age NYC? 

NYC is the epicenter of the world. It’s the melting pot of cultures, art, fashion, business, theatre, and more. With the announcement of cannabis legalization,  creating our flagship in New York is divine timing. It’s an opportunity to educate mainstream audiences and build up conscious consumption.

The Stone Age NYC focuses on 7 states of being—enlightenment, pain, awareness, euphoria, arousal, creativity, and mindfulness. Talk to us about how that plays out. 

Regardless of your relationship to cannabis, we can all relate to these 7 states of being as foundations of the human condition. So we focused this cannabis experience on them. We also wove in cannabis education and drew on the intersections between them all.

Enlightenment

This section of our cannabis experience acknowledges the plant’s role as a psychoactive substance. It can expand consciousness and support spiritual growth. Participants step off of busy NYC streets. Then we guide them through a heightening of their senses and their self-awareness. 

Arousal

This part of the installation explores the dynamic interaction of sex and cannabis. Those are two commonly stigmatized topics. The artists explored these often difficult conversations through 4 stages of arousal. Those stages include anticipation, excitement, plateau, and orgasm. Each stage of our arousal activation draws on the parallels between cannabis and sex.

Creativity

This part of our cannabis experience highlights the plant’s ability to cultivate creativity and help us express new ideas. That includes how to discover, interpret, and perceive new ways of thinking. Historically, cannabis has complemented inspiration and ingenuity. So The Stone Age NYC encourages visitors to be imaginative and carefree as they play with our creativity activations.

Euphoria

This section showcases the euphoric high you can get from THC. That starts with how THC floods the body with feel-good dopamine. Guests step inside a vortex of crystal energy that immerses them in a new age of cannabis culture and plant-based wellness.

Mindfulness

This part of the installation examines the role that cannabis has in practicing mindfulness. Cannabis can support the synergy of the body, brain, and spirit into blissful alignment. As visitors absorb this section, we prompt them to choose their favorite way to practice mindfulness. That includes journaling, visualization, and practicing gratitude.

One of the states of being focused on in The Stone Age NYC's cannabis experience is pain, and is a commentary on Big Pharma's role in the opioid crisis

Pain

Our Pain section starts with a commentary on the role of Big Pharma in the opioid crisis. The installation leads visitors through a hazy maze that simulates the highs and lows of opioid addiction. We also provide information about what cannabis has to offer instead. We’ve defined that in terms of pain relief and how it might relieve the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Awareness

The Stone Age NYC is working in partnership with The Last Prisoner Project. LPP is a nonprofit coalition that’s dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. This awareness aspect of our cannabis experience features thoughtful call-to-action integrations. They’re meant to promote the visibility of social justice reform and community engagement. We aim to educate visitors on the sweeping effects of The War on Drugs and the prison industrial complex it fostered. Specifically, it examines the role that cannabis prohibition has played in mass incarceration for communities of color. Viewers are drawn through art and poetry. We commissioned them from currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. Along with these works, there’s a timeline of the War on Drugs. Visitors are able to scan QR codes that provide resources for signing petitions, making donations, and reading educational material for real-time calls-to-action.

Tell us more about your partnership with the Last Prisoner Project

We value the work Last Prisoner Project is doing as a national non-profit. They bring awareness and resources to those impacted by the War on Drugs. When you’re creating an experience centered around cannabis, it’s so important to bring the conversation about social justice and racial injustice to the table. Tens of millions of people have been arrested for cannabis. 40,000 people still sit in prisons around the country for it. We want to ensure that people know these astonishing statistics. We also want them to know how they can support efforts to free every victim of the War on Drugs.

Why art and cannabis? 

There are many reasons. Cannabis has been used as a creative catalyst for centuries. It can expand our minds, enhance our senses, and deepen our perspective. Art is also integral to NYC. It’s the art world capital of the world. This city is home to renowned museums, galleries, and a vibrant street art scene. We’ve been very fortunate to partner with extraordinary local artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces throughout the space.

What’s your favorite part of the cannabis experience you’ve created? 

We’re not allowed to pick favorites. Because we love all our kids equally! The experience as a whole is truly remarkable. It’s informative, thought-provoking, unique, and truly transformative. 

How would you like to see New Yorkers’ relationships with cannabis change after they experience The Stone Age NYC? 

We’re hopeful that attendees walk away feeling more empowered, informed, and inspired. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a cannabis consumer or not. The experience is so multi-dimensional that there’s something for everyone.

Edibles or inhalants? 

Depends on the activity. But I’m definitely having a love affair with edibles!

Why did you make the switch from corporate events to work with controversial industries like cannabis?

Because cannabis helps enhance the quality of people’s lives. It’s a catalyst for profound conversations. These are the kinds of discussions we should be having on a much larger scale. 

 

The Stone Age NYC includes work made by wonderful artists, like Distort (a personal fave for us)—how did you decide which artists to include? 

Our creative director, Anna Sibel, was instrumental in corralling the perfect army of artists (including Distort). She’s been working with us since we started conceptualizing the experience. She was also really instrumental in identifying the right artists for each space.

Art is an integral part of The Stone Age's cannabis experience in NYC

What’s your endgame when you’re creating a cannabis experience? 

There is no endgame. We intend to keep growing. That includes cultivating community as well as redefining old narratives and stereotypes. Most importantly, we intend to keep enhancing the quality of people’s lives through plant wellness.

How can people get tickets to and learn about special events at The Stone Age NYC? 

Come check us out if you’re in NYC. 607 6th Avenue. The show will be on until the end of November…maybe longer. 🙂 We’re also on IG  @welcomethestoneage and online at thestoneagenyc.com. If you’re not in New York, look for us in cities near you in 2022!

Header image courtesy of Johnny Nunez.

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