Best Places to Smoke Weed

Smoking weed abroad can be a great way to enrich your experiences in a foreign land. However it’s a good idea to do your research before travelling as the laws on marijuana vary dramatically around the world. Here are just a few great locations you can visit that are ideal for the travelling pot smoker, in no particular order:

Amsterdam - Easily the most obvious choice to start off our list. Amsterdam has long been revered as the destination location for pot smokers around the world. Famous for its cafes that sell weed as well as being home to the world’s largest flower garden, Keukenhof.

Mexico - A few years ago Mexico decriminalized possession of up to 5 grams of weed. Mexico’s climate is also perfect for growing marijuana. However, be prepared with a bribe if the police catch you carrying more than the limit or smoking in public.

Switzerland - Another country that has recently decriminalized marijuana is Switzerland. With it’s gorgeous landscapes and world renowned chocolate, who wouldn't want to get high and enjoy all of the beauty that the country has to offer?

Vancouver, BC - Known for it’s BC Bud, Vancouver is widely regarded as the marijuana capital of Canada. Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Vancouver is rich in culture and surrounded by nature. While weed technically is still illegal, it’s highly tolerated by the local community and law enforcement.

Montevideo - Possession of marijuana has been legal in Uruguay since 1974. But they aren’t stopping there. Uruguay is looking to soon pass a bill that will allow it’s government total control over the entire marijuana industry with plans to price weed at $1 per gram.

Denver, CO - As the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, Colorado not only has bragging rights, but a booming market as well. Bringing in over $50 million in sales revenue in their first full year of legalization, Denver may have a whole new reason to be known as the mile high city.

Nimbin, Australia - Though cannabis has been decriminalized in many states across the country, Nimbin is the true heart Australia's love for marijuana. Here weed is openly grown, sold and consumed on the streets. Nimbin’s local community has been campaigning for the end to marijuana prohibition since 1993.

Seattle, WA - Coming in a very close second to Colorado, Washington state also voted to make weed legal in 2013. Since 1991, Seattle has been host to the largest weed festival on Earth known as Hempfest. Every year in August, cannabis enthusiasts from around the world travel to this west coast metropolis to share their love and knowledge of cannabis.

Barcelona, Spain - It’s hard not to be inspired in a city as beautiful as Barcelona. It’s breathtaking architecture, art and active nightlife are sure to capture your imagination. Barcelona is also home to multiple cannabis festivals such as Spannabis and the High Life Expo. While weed has been decriminalized here, it’s not legal to buy, sell, or smoke in public.

However, you can legally carry up to 40 grams of the stuff — just make sure to obtain it somewhere discreet.

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Top Stoner Recipes Part 2

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
A scoop of this is sure to put a smile on your face.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ quart ice cream freezer container
  • large saucepan
  • fine strainer
  • large bowl
  • 2 cups CannaMilk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, broken into pieces

Directions:

  1. Combine CannaMilk, half-and-half, ½ cup sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan and whisk together thoroughly. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly until mixture starts to thicken, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl while gradually adding 1 cup of the hot canna-cream from the saucepan. Return hot canna-cream and yolk mixture to the saucepan while whisking constantly.
  3. Heat everything for an additional 2 minutes; stir constantly.
  4. Pour the canna-cream mixture through a fine strainer and into a large bowl. Discard any solids.
  5. Chill cream uncovered in refrigerator for 1 hour; stir occasionally. Place plastic wrap on top of cream mixture after 1 hour. Let chill for another 12 to 24 hours.
  6. Pour cold cream mixture into 1½ quart ice cream freezer container. Stir in vanilla extract, peppermint extract and food coloring. Place container in freezer.
  7. Remove container from freezer after 3 hours (before it freezes completely); stir in dark chocolate pieces. Return container to freezer for another 6 hours, or until ice cream is firm.
  8. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping and serving.


Banana Canna-Cream Pie
The pie you’ll go bananas for.
Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups CannaMilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • large tupperware container w/ lid
  • 1 – 9-inch pastry shell, pre-baked
  • 4 large bananas
  • 1 cup whipped cream (or Whipped CannaCream)

Directions:
Preparation time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes (plus 8 hours to chill)

  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and CannaMilk together in a large saucepan. Stir until smooth.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the CannaMilk mixture bubbles and begins to thicken. Reduce heat to low; heat for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Beat eggs slightly in a small bowl. Add ½ cup of hot CannaMilk mixture to beaten eggs; stir together.
  4. Add eggs to the saucepan with the rest of the CannaMilk mixture; stir together. Increase heat and stir constantly to bring filling mix to a slight boil.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  6. Transfer filling mixture to Tupperware container. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. Spread half of the chilled filling into the 9-inch pastry shell.
  8. Slice bananas and lay on top of the filling, making sure to cover the whole surface.
  9. Pour the rest of the filling over the sliced bananas.
  10. Top the pie with whipped cream.

Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving.

Chicken Pot Pie
Pardon the pun.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup marijuana butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup marijuana milk
  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)
  2. In a saucepan, combine the chicken, peas, carrots, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside.
  3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in marijuana butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and marijuana milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over it. Cover with top crust, seal the edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Watermelon Gummies
For the sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh, ripe watermelon, cut into chunks (or 2 cups juice)
  • 7 Tablespoons grass fed gelatin
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons THC Infused Cannabis Tincture
  • Optional, depending on the sweetness / ripeness of your watermelon: 1/4 cup raw honey, Stevia, or Agave

Directions:

  1. Blend the cut-up watermelon in a blender, then strain to remove pulp.
  2. Measure out the gelatin powder you will need.
  3. Add half of the juice you are using to a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the juice.
  4. Leave the juice & gelatin mixture alone for a few minutes: the gelatin will dissolve.
  5. Take the remaining fruit juice and warm it gently. Warm it, don’t let it get hot or simmer.
  6. Slide the grass fed gelatin & juice mixture into the pan with the rest of the warm juice on the stovetop. Whisk until everything is combined and smooth – there shouldn’t be any visible bits of gelatin.
  7. Stir in any extra ingredients – in this recipe those will be raw honey and fresh lemon juice.

Now your homemade gummies are ready to pour into molds so that they can actually be gummies once they have refrigerated and set.


Butternut Squash Soup
A Fall favorite to keep you warm during the cold days.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs butternut squash
  • 3 tablespoons of cannabis-infused oil or butter (view recipe)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage leaves
  • 1.5 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 5 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of cannabutter to finish

Directions

  1. Begin by peeling your squash, cutting it in half and scooping out the seeds. Then cut the squash into chunks. Place the chunks in a steamer basket and steam for 30 to 45 minutes, until fork-tender. 
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot and add the diced onion, celery and carrots, along with the herbs. Sauté the veggies over medium heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown.
  3. Add the steamed squash, salt, and the vegetable stock or water. Simmer the soup, covered, for about 20 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender in batches. Return to the pot and season to taste with salt and pepper.


Roasted Garlic and Mary Jane Mashed Potatoes
It’s all about the herbs.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds unpeeled red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups of Cannabis Butter (or mix of canna-butter and virgin butter), room temperature
  • 5 ounces Romano cheese, grated
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cover quartered potatoes with 1” of cold water in a large pot. Cook on high until tender but still firm, approximately 45 minutes.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, slice top portion off of heads of garlic and remove excess papery skin.
  4. Drizzle garlic with olive oil.
  5. Wrap garlic tightly in foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Let garlic cool slightly then press on the bottom of the garlic clove to push it out of its paper. Set mushy cloves aside.
  7. Drain the potatoes.
  8. Stir in butter, cheese, roasted garlic, salt and oregano.
  9. Mash with a potato masher or mixer.


Stoner French Toast
Redefining the term “wake & bake”.

Ingredients:

  • 8 teaspoons cannabutter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 12 slices Challah
  • Maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Melt 4 teaspoons of cannabutter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Soak each piece of bread in the egg mixture for about 10 seconds each side.
  4. Fry each piece of bread in the melted cannabutter until each side is golden. As the bread soaks the cannabutter, add more for each batch, teaspoon by teaspoon.

Serve warm and top with maple syrup.


The Pot Brownie
The staple of all Stoner Treats

Ingredients:

  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup pot butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Microwave chocolate and pot butter in large bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted.
  3. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts.
  4. Spread in greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.

 


Cannabutter
http://gizmodo.com/cooking-with-cannabis-how-to-make-weed-butter-1500453696

Guacamole
http://culinarycannabis.org/ganja-guacamole/

Pesto
http://www.thesmonkey.com/blog/recetas-cannabicas-1-salsa-pesto-con-marihuana/

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/recipe/mint-chocolate-cannabis-ice-cream/showallcomments?utm_source=mantis&utm_medium=recommend&utm_campaign=mantis

Banana Cream Pie
http://eatyourcannabis.com/banana-cannabis-cream-pie/

Chicken Pot Pie
http://www.mrstinkysgreengarden.com/2012/12/recipe-marijuana-chicken-pot-pie.html

Watermelon Gummies
http://emarijuanarecipes.com/thc-infused-sour-watermelon-gummies-recipe/

Butternut Soup
http://hightimes.com/read/delightfully-dosed-butternut-soup

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ateger/roasted-garlic-and-mary-jane-mashed-potatoes

French Toast
http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/recipe/stoner-french-toast

Brownies
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Cannabinoids: Investigating THC, CBDs and Why they Matter

Investigating cannabinoids

Cannabinoids: Investigating THC, CBDs, and Why They Matter

THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is probably the most commonly known compound related to marijuana use. Within the stoner community most people would probably be able to tell you that THC is the chemical compound in marijuana that gives you the feeling of being "high." While that technically is true, there is a lot more at play when consuming any form of cannabis.

THC is a chemical compound known as a cannabinoid, which is naturally produced by cannabis plants. It is the principal psychoactive constituent in cannabis.

The human body naturally produces chemicals known as endocannabinoids, whose function is to maintain internal stability and health. Very simply put, endocannabinoids are a way for our body's cells to communicate with one another. When consumed, cannabinoids affect the body by attaching themselves to the same receptors that endocannabinoids use.

What your average stoner may not know is that at least 85 different cannabinoids have been isolated from the cannabis plant. One such cannabinoid that has been receiving some much- deserved attention in recent studies is Cannabidiol, or CBD (not to be confused with Cannabinol or CBN). One noteworthy fact about CBD is that it does not get you “high”. CBD can actually counter the high caused by THC. Obviously, this may be of little interest to any recreational marijuana users. However, as a form of medical treatment, this information could be revolutionary in the way society perceives cannabis.

"Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere". -ProjectCBD.org

The ability to harness cannabinoids for specific medical treatments could prove to be priceless in the near future. Before any of that can happen, a lot of minds will have to change. In most countries, laws surrounding marijuana and THC are strict. The laws surrounding CBD, however, are less clear. In the United States, CBD is still technically illegal under federal law. The recent legalization of marijuana in Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Oregon are evidence that the U.S. is open to progressive ideals. There is also pharmaceutical development underway for a form of CBD, called Epidiolex, which was cleared by the FDA to be tested with children suffering from severe epilepsy.

With more research and knowledge on the benefits of cannabinoids as a form of medical treatment, paired with the growing support within the United States to legalize marijuana, perhaps it won’t take long to unlock the hidden potential of the cannabis plant and the ability it has help those who need it most.

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ProjectCBD.org

25 Celebrities Who Smoke Weed

celebrities smoking weed

It’s not easy being famous. Constantly having the eyes of the public fixated on your every move can be stressful. Some celebrities have actually built their career around being a frequent pot smoker. Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Tommy Chong. None of these names really come as a surprise when talking about celebrities smoking weed. But as marijuana legalization continues to spread, more and more celebrities have been admitting that they too indulge in a smoke from time to time. 

Seth Rogen
Probably the least surprising name on this list. Seth has literally made a career out of being a loveable on screen pot head. Seth is also a member of National Organization for the Reform Law (NORML).

Dave Chappelle
This star of Half Baked and Chappelle’s Show has made no secret of his love for miss Mary Jane in the past. 

Kevin Smith
Mr. Smith is a very busy man with many irons in the fire. But that doesn’t stop him from getting together on a weekly basis with his producer friend Scott Moser to smoke a bowl and record Smodcast.

Johnny Depp
Film Review magazine once quoted Depp "I'm not a great pothead or anything like that . . . but weed is much, much less dangerous than alcohol."
Johnny Depp is set to be starring in Kevin Smith’s follow up to Tusk next year in Yoga Hosers with Depp and Smith’s best friend daughters in the lead roles. 

Zach Galifianakis 
On an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Galifianakis smoked a joint on the show and attempted to pass it around while discussing the legalization of marijuana.

Justin Timberlake
"Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off," Said JT after confirming he “absolutely” smokes pot, in a 2011 interview with Playboy magazine. "Some people are just better high."

Miley Cyrus
In September of 2013 Miley told Rolling Stone magazine "weed is the best drug on Earth."

Natalie Portman
Harvard graduate and Oscar winner Natalie Portman told Entertainment Weekly about how she "smoked weed in college." She has since said goodbye to weed, stating. "I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now."

Justin Bieber
Self-proclaimed badboy Justin Bieber may not say much to the media about his relationship with weed. But his toxicology report from his arrest in January 2014 says it all.

Bill Maher
A strong advocate for the legalization of marijuana, Bill Maher sits on the board of NORML as well as The Marijuana Policy Party.

Jennifer Aniston
“I enjoy it once in a while,” said Aniston on smoking weed to Rolling Stone magazine. “There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.”

Donald Glover
Former Community star Donald Glover often makes mention of smoking weed in his rap songs under his alias Childish Gambino. Glover can be seen enjoying his Pax vaporizer in this interview with Andpop.

Lady Gaga
"I smoke a lot of pot when I write music," Said Gaga in an interview on 60 Minutes.

Cameron Diaz 
In an interview with George Lopez, Cameron Diaz recalled going to the same highschool as Snoop Dogg "he was a year older than me. I remember him there ... he was very tall and skinny, wore lots of ponytails in his head, and I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him. I had to have."

Kristen Stewart
"You can Google my name, and one of the first things that comes up is images of me sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe with my ex-boyfriend and my dog," said Stewart in a 2012 interview with Vanity Fair.

Brad Pitt
Recalling his decision to quit smoking pot in the late 90s "I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope, I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut, and I really got irritated with myself." said Pitt in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Megan Fox
America's war on drugs is "all propaganda." said Fox in a 2009 interview with British GQ, "I can't tell you how much bullsh*t I've been through because I will openly say that I smoke weed. People look at it like it's this crazy, hippie, f*cked-up thing to do. And it's not! I hope they legalize it, and when they do, I'll be the first f*cking person in line to buy my pack of joints."

Susan Sarandon
When asked to name one major Hollywood event that she showed up to stoned. Sarandon replied "Only one? I would say almost all except the Oscars."

Kirsten Dunst 
"I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does." Said Dunst to The Daily Mail "If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place."

Rihanna
In 2012, MTV tweeted an article about Rihanna smoking weed at Coachella. Her response? “@Rihanna ran out of fucks to give."

Adrianne Curry
The first round winner of America's Next Top Model and self proclaimed nerd queen can often we found on Instagram and Twitter making her stance on weed well known.

Morgan Freeman
Though he’s been through some tough times with Drugs and Alcohol in the past. As Morgan said in a 2003 interview with The Guardian “Never give up the ganja.”

Madonna
In a 1994 appearance on the David Letterman Show, Madonna made a scene by dropping 13 F-Bombs during her interview. In 2009 she returned to the show and explained to Letterman "It wasn't because I was excited about you. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on."

Barbra Streisand
“I'd take out a joint and light it. First, just faking it. Then I started lighting live joints, passing them around to the band, you know. It was great, it relieved all my tensions.” Said Barbra in a 1972 Rolling Stone interview. “Other acts up and down the Strip heard about what I was doing. Little Anthony and the Imperials, people like that, and started sending me the best dope in the world. I never ran out."

President Barack Obama
In an on air interview in 2006, Barack Obama said of smoking weed. "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point,". Well said Mr. President. Now if only this were a real tape from your college days.

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