April 6, 2014

medical marijuana edibles

Canna Stroop Waffle

San Francisco Bay Area Collectives

The era of the Canna Chef is fast upon us. The days of underground home kitchens like Brownie Mary’s have long passed and edible manufacturing has since graduated to commercial kitchens worthy of any mainstream top chef. Shawn D. Smith is one of those chefs, crafting unique hand-made cannabis edibles for Edible Ideas. His creations are made from locally sourced ingredients and full of the kind of flavors one expects from the best restaurants in the world. Yes, that good. Think truffles, layer cakes, and in this case a thin traditional Dutch waffle, or stroopwafel, filled with caramel and brushed with chocolate. Edible Ideas makes the Canna Stroop Waffle in their small craft East Bay kitchen and serves them up at a variety of Bay Area collectives. I sourced mine from The Apothecarium, a standout San Francisco dispensary.

Each waffle is hand rolled, hand pressed and hand filled, sticking to the century old traditions of the stroopwafel. The caramel is made using raw ingredients cooked slowly on the stove until brown and gooey. Edible Ideas improves upon the traditional Dutch stroopwafel recipe with the addition of cannabutter added to the caramel, and a strip of chocolate brushed across one of the waffle’s sides. Adhering to strict standards, Edible Ideas has their cannabis tested for content and plant health. High CBD + THC oil is extracted from the cannabis via an alcohol distillation method and is tested again. The resulting pure cannabis oil dissolves well into melted butter, allowing for a safe, consistently potent cannabutter which is the basis of many of Edible Ideas’ recipes, including the Canna Stroop Waffle.


Each waffle is hand rolled, hand pressed and hand filled, sticking to the century old traditions of the stroop waffle. The caramel is made using raw ingredients cooked slowly on the stove until brown and gooey.

Canna Stroop Waffles comes in 3 sizes: 4 dose, 8 dose, and 12 dose. I sampled the 4 dose. At nearly 4 inches in diameter, this large waffle is toasted brown in color with a strip of chocolate that teases you to take a bite. The first nibble brings on the aroma of cinnamon, the sweetness of chocolate and the crispness of the waffle.  Bite further to break through the integrity of the gooey caramel. The slight taste of cannabis blends well with the overall flavor of the Canna Stroop Waffle, just as Chef Shawn envisioned.

As a daily cannabis user, I chose to eat just half of the waffle, the equivalent of 2 doses worth of marijuana medicine. After about 45 minutes, I started to feel lifted and lighter. Fifteen minutes more and the medicine really took effect. One hour into the experience, the effect of the Canna Stroop Waffle is far more body high than cerebral. Relaxing waves pulse through my body and a mild numbness is felt in the outer extremities. As with all edibles, I encourage new patients to go easy, as eating the complete waffle might offer more numbing pain relief than may comfortably be experienced in public. The peak experience felt after eating a Canna Stroop Waffle will last a solid 3 hours, with residual relief lasting considerably longer.

The Canna Stroop Waffle is more than just potent, tasty cannabis medicine. The delicious flavors represent expertise acquired through decades of work, applied with the sensibility and passion exhibited by the most successful cannabis pioneers. I’ve got the distinct feeling we have much more to expect from Chef Shawn D. Smith and Edible Ideas.

March 19, 2014

Marijuana Strain Space Queen from Gold Rush Delivery, Statewide California

Space Queen

Gold Rush Delivery, Statewide California

GENETICS

Born and raised across the pond, Space Queen (Romulan x Cinderella 99) was originally created by Vic High and made available for purchase through the BCGA (British Columbia Growers Association). Rumor has it that when Vic had heard about Mr. Soul’s Cindy 99, he was sure she and Rom would be a match made in heaven. He may have been on to something, but the original Space Queen managed to disappear long ago. Through her spawn, TGA Genetics put some hardcore heart and soul into recovering the lost lineage of our beloved queen. In her resurrected state, Space Queen F2 is also affectionately referred to as Space Jill. TGA spent over a year breeding four mother plants to achieve desired results from an old packet of Vic’s original seeds. A Sativa Dominant Hybrid, many choose Space Queen for quality, not quantity. She is clearly a favored flower for TGA, as Space Queen appears and reappears in a wide variety of marijuana strain genetics they have bred over the years.

Interested in socializing with Space Queen without having to seek her out? Gold Rush Delivery will have her escorted directly to your doorstep. They offer laboratory-tested medication that is provided by reputable growers with green practice verification (available to qualified medical marijuana patients in the state of California). Placing an order with these guys will most certainly give you a rush.


…skewers of pine penetrate charred pineapple chunks, lemon and lychee fruit, slathered in a creamy honey butter…a mouthful of wet tropics with undertones of spiced, peppery soil and vanilla…

BOUQUET

Though the flower’s appearance is bright, its bouquet is loaded with the darkness of dank. Something akin to a deep, earthy cellar, overflowing with the juiciness of ripened tropical fruits. Crushed pineapple mingles with the tartness of wild cherries and lemon. Notes of succulent papaya and the sweet softness of lychee fruit soothe the acidity, encouraging a harmonic balance within the bouquet. Chips of spiced cedar and fresh pine stretch across the soil flooring, absorbing what moisture they can from the intoxicatingly exotic punch filling the air. The aroma is absolutely divine. One might even say that it is fit for a queen.

With such high standards, Space Queen’s vessel is of course no exception. Her structure is thick, tight and textured. Short, springy pistils radiate warm colors of the sun as they pop and weave into the flower’s tapestry. Buried under a trichome winter wonderland of space dust rests a spectrum of heavily saturated greens. The brilliance of their color has become lost beneath the layers of frosty crystals consuming them.

Space Queen from Statewide California Dispensary Gold Rush Delivery

FLAVOR

With all of the aromatic delight that Space Queen has to offer, it is impressive how easily a clean, piney freshness shines through in a dry hit. When lit by flame, skewers of pine penetrate charred pineapple chunks, lemon and lychee fruit, slathered in a creamy honey butter. Even in a fiery state, the flavor continues to carry a mouthful of wet tropics with undertones of spiced, peppery soil and vanilla. The acidity and creaminess of Space Queen tirelessly play out their tug of war battle over your taste buds without either side ever winning.

EFFECT

Uplift your spirits to infinity and beyond with the potent powers of Space Queen. Offering a euphoric lightness to both body and mind, she truly is a super spacey kind of gal. She’ll fill you with motivation for movement, without the harsh raciness that can accompany the stimulation of a sativa driven strain. Each puff launches you further into orbit as a loyal subject to the almighty queen. Her presence is inspiring, reminding you to seize the moment with creative intentions and a smile on your face.

Space Queen from Statewide California Dispensary Gold Rush Delivery

March 13, 2014

Marijuana Strain Pink Lemonade from Green Leaf Express, San Francisco

Pink Lemonade

Green Leaf Express, San Francisco

GENETICS

The fragrant terpenes wafting from this thick and curvaceous flower tell us she has some killer genetics no doubt, but what are they? Pink Lemonade strain (Purple Kush Pheno x Lemon Skunk x ??? ) is a bit of a genetic conundrum. Traits of the flower could lead one to guess that the strain Sweet Pink Grapefruit wears the mystery genes. Instead, we followed a trail that led us to a charming and cuddly strain by the name of Fuzzy Wuzzy.

Lemon Skunk dominates the flower’s overall appearance, but if Fuzzy Wuzzy was a genetic contributor, Fuzzy Wuzzy has the bouquet on lock down. At first glance, we did question the presence of a Purple Kush phenotype. By the end of our visit with Pink Lemonade strain, we realized Purple Kush likely played a part all along.

We may not be clear about this lusty lady’s lineage or where she came from, but we do know where you can find her. We sourced our exceptional sample from Green Leaf Express (delivering from Daly City to San Francisco). If you are ordering Pink Lemonade strain off their menu, be prepared to have your expectations met, and then blown away.


…floral notes float atop the wet juiciness of ripe guava and grapefruit, while freshly roasted coffee beans slowly brew in the background. As candied aromas fade, a rich and spicy cedar moves in for the closing act…

BOUQUET

As if the genetics weren’t complicated enough, Pink Lemonade strain continues to baffle our minds and now our senses. Like an iced glass, the flower is frosted with frothy lemon trichomes. Durban Poison jar from CRAFT CollectiveSparkling bubbles of carbonation burst into your olfactory, heavily laced with the unmistakable sweet and sour of pink grapefruit. A tropical aroma soaked with low hanging guava lurks below the acidic citrus twist. As candied aromas fade, a rich and spicy cedar moves in for the closing act. Plump rosebud calyxes occasionally sprout from the full, shapely flower. Long, delicate threads of hazelnut pistils carefully stitch their way through the flower’s frosty layers of lemon ice and lime sorbet.

If left uncontained, Pink Lemonade strain will permeate the room with freshly squeezed grapefruits. This flower is icky sticky and rich in oil. The residue it leaves behind will temporarily grace your fingertips with the citrusy sweet aroma of pink grapefruit.

FLAVOR

Pink Lemonade strain teases the palate through a complex array of mouthwatering flavors. Taste testing with a dry hit reveals a sophisticated greyhound (gin and tonic with a splash of pink grapefruit, a twist of lime and a sprig of pine). Moving on to combustion, floral notes float atop the wet juiciness of ripe guava and grapefruit, while freshly roasted coffee beans slowly brew in the background. A second toke brings on the flowery sour of guava blossom liquor and lemon zest, exhaling into a pink lemonade soil. As the session continues, dark roast coffee beans and cherries dipped in pools of warmed cacao nibs are being served. They last long enough for you to enjoy the final flavors of dark, indica-berry wine. Every good performance deserves an encore, and as the star of the show, pink grapefruit plays aftertaste in your mouth.

EFFECT

From the uplifting, euphoric highs of Lemon Skunk and Fuzzy Wuzzy, to the crashing lows of Purple Kush and Fuzzy Wuzzy, Pink Lemonade strain has it covered. Initial effects elevate the mood and the mind with undertones of calm relaxation. Muscles are soothed and smiles are widened as a fit of ‘giggles and happies’ whisks you away. Don’t be fooled by your first impressions of this sassy strain so full of furtive joy. As time passes, her indica traits creep above the sativa, activating a slow melt of the body and mind, transforming your entire being into a puddle of pure bliss.

Pink Lemonade from San Francisco Dispensary Green Leaf Express