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Two Glossy
Magazines,
CBD-Infused
Dinner
Parties, and a
Flower Set for
the
Cannabis-Curious

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Cannabis is legal in only a handful of places, but curiosity about the plant is everywhere. And CBD is infusing our culture—quite literally. In LA, we’ve seen CBD-spiked cocktails at Gracias Madre, a vegan restaurant in West Hollywood. And at the Now, one of our go-to spas in the city, a fifty-minute Swedish massage is available with a peppermint-infused CBD balm.

As the cannabis groundswell continues, we predict there will be more and more companies putting good design, thoughtful conversation, and easy-to-use products into the world. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to whet your CBD appetite.

  • 1

    CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION

    There are a handful of cannabis-centric content sites aimed toward destigmatizing cannabis consumption. Among them, Miss Grass, founded by Anna Duckworth (an alumna of Dosist) and Kate Miller, wants to normalize the conversation around cannabis, particularly for women. There’s a guide to pairing rosé with cannabis, five CBD products to help you get through the workday, how to avoid a cannabis hangover, and a recipe for a CBD-infused salad. There is also a nicely curated shop, which sells

    everything from modern porcelain pipes from House of Puff and crystal ashtrays to CBD-infused lip balm, tinctures, and cold-pressed olive oil, infused with CBD of course.

    There are a handful of cannabis-centric content sites aimed toward destigmatizing cannabis consumption. Among them, Miss Grass, founded by Anna Duckworth (an alumna of Dosist) and Kate Miller, wants to normalize the conversation around cannabis, particularly for women. There’s a guide to pairing rosé with cannabis, five CBD products to help you get through the workday, how to avoid a cannabis hangover, and a recipe for a CBD-infused salad. There is also a nicely curated shop, which sells everything from modern porcelain pipes from House of Puff and crystal ashtrays to CBD-infused lip balm, tinctures, and cold-pressed olive oil, infused with CBD of course.

    Also on our radar: the soon-to-be-launched High Ends, a site for women who, as they put it, 1) like Rihanna and 2) enjoy cannabis. Topics up for discussion: women in the weed industry (chefs, dispensary owners), women working to legalize cannabis, and more.

    Model blowing out smoke

    Photo courtesy of The High Ends

    Model posing with a vape

    Photo courtesy of Miss Grass

  • 2

    C IS FOR CHOOSE YOUR
    OWN ADVENTURE

    When Canndescent CEO Adrian Sedlin set out to launch a premium cannabis line, he looked to household names like Apple and Google for design cues. He landed on this sleek orange box; inside are five glass jars with cannabis flower and all the fixings: rolling papers, hemp wicks, you name it. All Canndescent flower is grown (indoors), dried, and packaged at the headquarters in Desert Hot Springs. And the flower jars are named for the vibe you’re going for: Create, Cruise, Connect, and so on. If you’re holiday shopping in a dispensary-friendly neighborhood, check out the store locator.

    CANNDESCENT Anton Eye

  • 3

    PRINTED MATTER

    Broccoli is a beautifully designed, female-led, weed-focused magazine from Anja Charbonneau, the former creative director of Kinfolk. The issue is free; you just cover the cost of shipping. Charbonneau’s goal is to cover weed through an artfully curated fashion, design, and lifestyle lens—and it’s working. The first issue featured flower arrangements by Amy Merrick; the most recent issue includes an essay on hemp and Japanese culture by Hisako Nakatani and another by cannabis chocolatier Rachel Gallagaher on eating weed.

    Gossamer entered the scene last year as a media company for people who smoke weed, but on 4/20 it launched its first print issue. High points include an easy-to-understand guide to CBD, plus shorter pieces from some of our favorite young writers, like Molly Young, as well as a particularly hilarious take on how to do Tinder while

    stoned. There’s a great Conversations hub on the site, full of as-told-tos from the likes of our own senior beauty editor Megan O’Neill and Beboe cofounder Clement Kwan; they’re thoughtful and beautifully executed, often exploring the nuances of smoking weed. It’s not all light. Gossamer doesn’t shy away from tackling important topics, like the racial disparity in marijuana arrests: See the discussion between Tsion Lencho of Supernova Women (an Oakland-based organization for women of color in the cannabis business) and politician Adem Bunkeddeko, who just ran for Congress in New York’s 9th district.

    Gossamer entered the scene last year as a media company for people who smoke weed, but on 4/20 it launched its first print issue. High points include an easy-to-understand guide to CBD, plus shorter pieces from some of our favorite young writers, like Molly Young, as well as a particularly hilarious take on how to do Tinder while stoned. There’s a great Conversations hub on the site, full of as-told-tos from the likes of our own senior beauty editor Megan O’Neill and Beboe cofounder Clement Kwan; they’re thoughtful and beautifully executed, often exploring the nuances of smoking weed. It’s not all light. Gossamer doesn’t shy away from tackling important topics, like the racial disparity in marijuana arrests: See the discussion between Tsion Lencho of Supernova Women (an Oakland-based organization for women of color in the cannabis business) and politician Adem Bunkeddeko, who just ran for Congress in New York’s 9th district.

    Gossamer Magazine Broccoli weed magazine

    Photo courtesy
    of Broccoli

    420 magazine
  • 4

    BONG APPÉTIT

    A solid compendium of cannabis recipes, this cookbook has something for every taste: yogurt-marinated lamb, corn biscuits, a cucumber and citrus salad, and weed brownie sundaes from chefs like Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer of Kismet and butcher Erika Nakamura of White Gold. Across 256 pages, the Munchies editors smartly break down the science behind infusing butter, milk, and oils with cannabis, and they touch on marijuana politics, too.

    Bong Appetit Bong Appetit Bong Appetit

    Reprinted with permission from Bong Appétit: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed by the editors of MUNCHIES, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Photograph: Marcus Nilsson.

  • 5

    CULINARY CANNABIS

    Pairing weed with dinner? Easy. Putting weed in your dinner? Not so much. We heard about the guys at Plant People hosting farm-to-table CBD dinners over at the Freehold in Williamsburg. Chef Gabe Kennedy (who cofounded Plant People with Hudson Gaines-Ross) started the brand and the dinner series with a simple goal: to bridge the gap between mainstream culture and cannabis culture. A recent menu included Little Gem lettuce, hemp, pepitas, and hearts of palm, plus a red kuri squash soup topped with Plant People’s Elevated Olive Oil. Over on the West Coast, former USC organic chemist turned chef Chris Yeng launched PopCultivate, a roving series of dinners where, say, a Thai basil pear tart is served with an (optional) dash of CBD.

    Freehold Brooklyn PopCultivate
  • 6

    SMOKE SHOW

    On the heels of California legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the guys at Highsnobiety put together a twenty-four-minute documentary, High End: The Regal-ization of Cannabis, about the shifting reality of the cannabis customer. Well-designed products from MedMen, Beboe, Lord Jones, and Bloom Farms quickly came to the forefront with a luxury customer in mind—designing beautifully packaged candies, rose-gold vape pens, even cannabis topicals. It touches a bit on regulation and a bit on policy, but in true Highsnobiety form, these guys really focus on branding and design and how it’s influencing the cannabis industry.

    HighEnd

  • 7

    LISTEN IN

    The Colorado-based Stanley Brothers have been longtime trailblazers in the cannabis space, first with the development of Charlotte’s Web, a line of oils and capsules that use whole hemp plant extract. On Breaking Ground with the Stanley Brothers, they tackle a little bit of everything and tap their network for a series of unfiltered discussions. The first episode, with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, on cannabis as a means to potentially combat the opioid crisis, is particularly compelling. They also speak with Dr. Staci Gruber (director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core at McLean Hospital), who is leading the charge in cannabis research.

    Listen In
  • 8

    HIGH-END MERCH

    While marijuana’s crossover to high fashion is still in its infancy, we’re starting to see hits of it from some of our favorite young designers. Case in point: When Highsnobiety launched its documentary on 4/20 earlier this year, it collaborated with Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman on a limited run of marijuana-leaf-emblazoned sweaters and beanies made from the same super soft cashmere the brand is known for. Meanwhile, LA-based designer Jacquie Aiche’s ten-year-old Sweet Leaf collection—which includes pavé pot-leaf charm necklaces, hoops, lighters, and even a snakeskin doob tube—remains a bestseller. (She regularly adds ceramics and even sweatshirts to the collection.) Speaking of stashing your wares, we loved the inherent cheekiness of Barrineau’s acrylic California clutch, an ode to its home state, which looks good no matter what you choose to put inside it.

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