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These posts are highlights of Pot Appetit, a pot lifestyles project I produced from 2010 to 2012.  Content includes articles, reviews and guides covering medical cannabis dispensaries, products and services; articles on cannabis and cuisine; and articles on pot tourism. Where noted, Pot Appetit content published in High Times and the Sacramento Bee. Questions? Contact [...]

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My recipes in High Times cookbook

Two of my recipes — pot carrot cake and pot caramels — are included in The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, published in April 2012. Here is the full recipe for my chewy pot caramels.  My other recipe in the book is based on a carrot cake recipe I learned in culinary school. I discuss [...]

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Cookies Fit for a Claus But Baked with Cannabis

BY ED MURRIETA In this season of fresh-baked Christmas cookies, the creation story of Uncle Buck’s new line of medical cannabis edibles — hand-scooped raw cookie dough that can be purchased at medical cannabis dispensaries and baked at home — has the ring of holiday renewal. Founded two years ago this February, Uncle Buck’s is [...]

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Like Salt for Cannabis: CBD Flavors THC’s Effects

Al Coles samples one of his Alta California tinctures. BY ED MURRIETA CBD is like salt. Add a pinch of cannabidiol to tetrahydrocannabinol and, suddenly, that THC in your system responds like a tomato sprinkled with sodium — richer, balanced, complete. “It’s a yin-and-yang relationship,” said Al Coles, founder of Alta California, a Stinson Beach [...]

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Baking with Julia Child: Cannabis Butter Dries the Batter — But Bon Appetit!

BY ED MURRIETA The first sign something was amiss arose when the sugar didn’t cream into the butter in the mixing bowl. I’d chosen to use 2 ounces of cannabis butter and 2 ounces of unsalted butter in the batch of Julia Child’s roasted plum cakes that I hoped would relieve the swelling in my [...]

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Coffee? Wine? Beer? Drink ‘em If You’ve Got ‘em: What to Pair with Pot

BY ED MURRIETA In the film “Wings of Desire,” the actor Peter Falk, playing the actor Peter Falk, takes a break from the set and visits a Berlin coffee stand, where he muses on simple pleasures — “good things” — to an eavesdropping angel. “To smoke. Have coffee. And if you do it together, it’s [...]

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The Farmers Market’s Shake ‘N’ Bake Gives Your Bud More Bang

BY ED MURRIETA The baggie containing brown, powdery cannabis was marked Shake ‘N’ Bake. I asked if that’s the dispensary’s culinary blend — perhaps for a batch of pot-crusted pork chops. “It’s kief,” the cannabis consultant at The Farmers Market said. “Throw your bud in, coat it with kief. Ten bucks for any eighth, five [...]

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The Pen is Mightier Than the Bong, or Mini Vaporizers Got the Right Stuff

BY ED MURRIETA Much like science and technology have fed molecular gastronomy to the point that home cooks can extract not just the flavors of food but the essence of food, advances in medical marijuana paraphernalia help patients extract and enjoy the vaporized essence of cannabis — the cleanest, most effective and least harmful way [...]

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Munchies Meet Freight Train of Tantalization — a Burger Beauty Between South Sacramento Pot Shops

BY ED MURRIETA As numerous operators of medical marijuana dispensaries have and are learning, location, location, location drives this business, too. So what better location for Burger Junction than between two medical marijuana dispensaries? People who suffer chronic pain, insomnia, glaucoma, breast cancer and other ailments all eat, and everyone needs at least one burger [...]

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Unity Puts Heart and Feet into the Community

BY ED MURRIETA The patients at Unity Non-Profit Collective are not just people who suffer from breast cancer, diabetes and other conditions treatable with medical marijuana. They are, in fact, patients who help finance medical research into those conditions. Unity and its patient-members raise money through events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the [...]

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Mary Jane’s Wellness: $10 Grams, Roll-Your-Own Jack Balls and a Retail Buzz on Sunrise

BY ED MURRIETA Big, bright, clean and staffed by friendly budtenders who do their homework, Mary Jane’s Wellness does customer-service right — serious like a jewelry store, with a little frivolity of a candy store. All of Mary Jane’s marijuana is advertised as top-shelf and goes for $10 a gram, about $3 to $5 less [...]

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Feed Your Head: A Pot-Infused Edibles Primer

BY ED MURRIETA PHOTOS BY KURT HEGRE “Edibles” refers to a category of medical marijuana products and ingredients that are eaten for therapeutic benefit. Cannabinods in marijuana provide their greatest benefits when they enter your body’s blood stream and are processed through your liver. The effects of eating marijuana are different from the effects of [...]

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The 411 on 420 Doctors: 10 Tips for Ensuring Your Medical Marijuana Success

BY ED MURRIETA Finding the medical marijuana doctor who is right for you is the same as finding the right doctor for any medical condition. Here are 10 tips for getting the most medical benefits and the best customer satisfaction when seeking your medical marijuana recommendation.

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Pot Appetitoons: Why Cheerleaders (and Other Athletes with Chronic Pain) Need Medical Weed

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Tasting Sacramento’s Po’ Boys of Pot: $3 Joints

A $3 joint can look this good? BY ED MURRIETA Joint. Spliff. Pre-roll. By any name, it’s arguably the most known and widely recognized vehicle associated with smoking pot. It’s certainly the most convenient. It’s portable. It’s easy to share — making it a truly social medium. You can even eat one — as medicine, [...]

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Hash Helper: The Tortillas That Kief on Giving

BY ED MURRIETA Something about the dispensary smelled bad. It wasn’t just that I was in Tacoma, a town known for its pulp mill aroma. It was that I’d been admitted as a bona fide patient of this Tacoma medical marijuana dispensary last year based solely on my membership in the Cannabis Buyers Club of [...]

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Pedaling for Pot in Sacramento: Like Amsterdam on the American River

SUMMER TRAVEL SPECIAL Enjoy two of Sacramento’s popular activities and attractions: bicycling and medical marijuana dispensaries. Stop at cafes, museums, parks and produce farms along the way and, hey — who needs Amsterdam this summer? BY ED MURRIETA SACRAMENTO – If you’re a medical marijuana patient and a bicycle enthusiast, California’s capital city is the [...]

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The Apple of My Eye: Pot-Buttered Apple Rings

BY ED MURRIETA I was on the outskirts of Boonville, in the heart of Mendocino County, when the pot-laced apples began to take hold. I remember thinking: Damn, these are good peaches. They were apples, mind you, but in my condition — my vision was a jangled burst of sun and squints and shadows on [...]

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Caramels Mixed with Pot Butter, Hash, Honey and Chocolate Make the World Taste Good

BY ED MURRIETA I’ve got a Holy Grail among pot edibles: one-bite delights whose recipe is easily tweaked to deliver different dosages; a confection that can be infused with multiple pot preparations; a sweet, chewy treat that can be studded with different flavors and textures; and something that can be attractively packaged with a shelf [...]

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Start with Soda Pot: Ganja Granita, Ganja Ice Pops and Ganja Gelatin Made Easy

BY ED MURRIETA My problem with medical marijuana soft drinks — Orange Kush, Doc Weed, Kush Cola and all their carbonated cannabis-infused cousins that are bottled and sold double and triple strength — is the suggestion that I am going to drink half, maybe a third of the bottle and save the rest for later. [...]

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Butterly Love: Add Culinary Flair to Cannabutter

BY ED MURRIETA In French kitchens, they call it beurre composé. In American kitchens, butter plus another ingredient–herb, spice, nut–is known as compound butter, our blunt description of churned dairy blended with flavors and textures. And in medical cannabis kitchens, the most common compound butter is naturally cannabutter — a blending of butter and cannabis [...]

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Pot Tourism: Destination Humboldt

BY ED MURRIETA ARCATA, Calif. — When I embedded in Humboldt County before last fall’s vote on Prop. 19, visions of cannabis vacations danced in my head: a potpourri of pot tastings, meet-the-grower field tours and cannabis-infused spa treatments — like a wine country weekend, but with marijuana. I’d check into a hotel, where, next to plush [...]

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VIDEO: Talking pot tourism on L.A. public television

I appear in a segment about pot tourism for Los Angeles public television station KCET. The full program about pot legalization can be viewed here.

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Get High on Scaling, Know Your Ingredients, and Other Baking Tips

BY ED MURRIETA The sweetest of sciences, baking relies on specific ingredients, accurate measurements, exacting times and temperatures, and blind faith. With the high cost of ingredients — 1 pound of cannabutter retails for $60 at one of the dispensaries I frequent — you’ll want to make sure you get things right.  Even the stonedest [...]

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