FOOD & TRAVEL

As we travel the world we encounter many different cultures and the many ways they incorporate cannabis into their diet.  Here are a few traveling articles and recipes that we've collected throughout the years that you can make at home.

First, A Quick Flight Travel Tip:

 

If you smoke the CRONIC, the question of flying with your stash has most certainly crossed your mind. Understandably, many people use cannabis as medicine and would never consider leaving home without it. The simple answer is: it’s still illegal to fly with weed, but TSA isn't interested in busting you for a vape pen and a few joints.

 "TSA security officers do not search for marijuana." - TSA.gov

If you're looking for the secrets of how to sneak weed on the plane like the peanut butter jar idea... think again. These guidelines are for responsible, mature adults who are not interested in acting devious. The answer depends on where you’re flying, how much cannabis you intend to carry, and how much risk you want to assume. 

 

Who's in Charge?

Before we proceed, lets clear up a common misconception – TSA officers are not cops. They do security work, but their job is not to enforce the law. What about the canines? Those are likely bomb dogs, as opposed to drug dogs, if you’re in the domestic terminal. Note: This pertains to domestic travel only!

The TSA has also publicly stated on its website that its officers “do not search for marijuana or other drugs,” but warns that its agents are required to turn over those found with cannabis or other drugs to local law enforcement (aka the cops). That said, your departure city and destination are important as they will dictate the laws you are subject to if you were to get caught. Because cannabis is illegal nationally, the federal legality will not change with location. However, you will be subject to the individual state’s laws and the airport’s laws, if applicable. Keep in mind there is a whole other set of rules for paraphernalia so you definitely need to do something about those unique weed accessories you're carrying.

 

What happens if you do get caught?

The outcome will vary greatly depending on whether you get caught in Colorado or Arkansas. For instance, the Denver International Airport made cannabis possession illegal on airport grounds despite its legality statewide. However, they probably aren’t going to do anything if you get caught. In 2014, 29 people were caught trying to leave Denver International Airport (DIA) with cannabis and in each instance, police declined to issue citations – the passengers were allowed to board planes after throwing out the cannabis or concentrates. The result would likely have been wildly different if the same person was caught leaving Arkansas International Airport, where the penalty for possessing up to 4 ounces of marijuana is punishable with up to a year of jail time and fines up to $2,500

 

How Much Cannabis Can I Fly With

The amount of weed you can fly with is directly linked to your departing state’s possession limits. For example, if you are flying with weed on a plane within a state with legal cannabis programs, you can fly with an amount up to that state’s legal medical and/or recreational limit. Just be aware that if you land in a state with less friendly cannabis laws, you are now at risk of being charged with possession.

 

…Please buckle your seatbelt, secure your stash and prepare for takeoff!

We Visited Some Cannabis Grows In Colombia To Figure Out If The Hype Is Real

By Javier Hasse

If you’ve been keeping up with the state of the international cannabis industry, then you’ve probably heard of Colombia being poised as the next major hub for cannabis exports.

 

With the perfect climate and geography for cultivation, low production costs, a vast network of experienced professionals in the field (illegal experience is still experience!), and the green-light from the INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) to grow and export over 25 percent of the world’s total production quota (40.5 tonnes), Colombia has had investors drooling over the chance to break into the world’s next star in the realm of legal cannabis.

 

“To date in the legal cannabis industry, it’s largely been all about the indoor, high-end flower as a key product category. Going forward, the growth of concentrates, edibles, and pharmaceuticals means that this will less and less be the case,” said Tom Adams, managing director and principal analyst at BDS Analytics. “Colombia’s advantages as a low-cost, outdoor growth venue will place the country’s cultivators in good stead in worldwide markets.”

 

However, skeptics may look hard past all the buzz to wonder if Colombia’s purported role as a major supplier for Canada’s legal market is no more than hype, created by speculation around the rising South American pot star’s favorable regulations and media coverage of Canadian firms investing in its soil.

 

So to determine if Colombia’s cannabis scene is actually all that, we had to see it to believe it. With our bags packed with as many pairs of shorts our closets had to offer, a collection of sunglasses and the remains of last summer’s sunscreen lotions, we headed down there for a first-hand take on the situation.

 

We landed at an airport by the sea in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta, where we would check out a couple of farms owned and operated by Avicanna — a Canadian cannabinoid research company that recently partnered with one of the largest agro companies in the world. To date, it’s also the only cannabis-focused company to be accepted into Johnson & Johnson’s incubator, JLABS @ Toronto – as reported by High Times in 2017.

 

All details aside, the farm extinguished any doubt left in our minds about cannabis in Colombia: The land of Shakira and Carlos Vives is exploding with more than just pop music!

 

A Little Context

Just last month, the Colombian company Ecomedics S.A.S. (doing business as Clever Leaves) became the first to legally ship cannabis to Canada, in what became the first export to ever receive authorization from both Health Canada and the Colombian National Narcotics Fund.

 

Other big, publicly-traded companies like Khiron Life Sciences, Pharmacielo, Aphria, the Wayland Group, Chemesis International, the Cronos Group, Canopy Growth, and Aurora Cannabis have also made multi-million dollars investments in the country.

 

Colombia actually began tracing a path towards legalization almost 30 years ago, when Law 30 passed, which legalized medical production. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that a set of regulations was established, and the production of cannabis was officially legalized.

 

Today, psychoactive and non-psychoactive forms of cannabis are legal, provided they’re bred for medical and scientific purposes. Recreational adult use remains illegal but possession of up to 20 grams and cultivation of up to 20 plants is decriminalized by the Supreme Court.

 

Regulations governing cannabis exports are still evolving: New Frontier Data’s 2019 report on the Latin American Cannabis Market states that only oil-based products are allowed to be exported. Even the Clever Leaves landmark shipment is still more promise than fact, since that first exported batch is meant only for lab testing, rather than for sale.

 

From 0 To 100 In A Second

We first visited Avicanna’s cannabis farms in May of 2018, as part of a trip that revolved around a symposium on medical cannabis in Santa Marta.

 

The Avicanna team mentioned they were building out one of the first legal marijuana grows in Colombia, and offered to give us a tour. They warned us there was not much there yet, except for a few buildings and some workers. However, the dream-like scenery of a soon-to-be mountainous cultivation site, just miles away from white sandy beaches and the even whiter snowy peaks, was definitely a sight to behold.

 

With no idea of the magic awaiting us at Avicanna’s grounds, we visited the same day, as it turned out, that the company’s first small plantlets arrived from their nursing and propagation facility. As the team prepared to plant each tiny clone carefully into its pot, we realized this would become an all-nighter: The plants had to be in the ground before the sun rose again so that their cycles would remain unchanged.

 

We observed legendary master grower Sergio Puerta (who has more than 30 years’ experience growing weed) smile to see his babies planted legally, for the first time ever. Puerta has lost friends, sleep, and entire crops to senseless prohibition policies — hence, the prospect of growing cannabis out in the open was a dream come true. Even his parents and wife were there to witness the historic moment.

 

After our visit to Avicanna, we spent the rest of the week at the symposium, speaking with cannabis scientists, executives, and growers about Colombia’s destiny to become a world-class cannabis producer. Yet, however interesting these conversations were, they left us somewhat disappointed — the concept of weed fields stretching for miles on end seemed to be more talk than reality.

 

At the time, Colombia’s “cannabis” fields, were empty, save for a few bulldozers roaming about. We then learned, however, that all licensed cannabis growers were just starting out, since back then, the state had only recently issued permits.

 

Return To The Hempire

As months went by, we wondered about what might become of Colombia’s potential to become one of the largest cannabis producers in the world. We figured that potential was bound to be realized sooner rather than later, especially considering that it takes five cents to produce a gram of cannabis in Colombia, versus $1.50 in Canada.

 

But while there was a lot to say about Colombia’s potential, we had yet to witness material proof of it actually becoming this promised land of pot. For all we knew, this could easily be a flunk.

 

Then, in early January — more than six months after our last visit to Colombia — we got a call from Aras Azadian, Avicanna’s CEO working out of the company’s Canadian headquarters, and Lucas Nosiglia, the firm’s president for Latin America.

 

“We’re about to start the harvest,” they told us, and we jumped at the prospect of getting to see Colombia’s first-ever commercial cannabis harvest. Two weeks later, we boarded a plane in Miami (with unjustified fears of airport delays caused by the U.S. government shutdown) and within a few hours, we were back. Having stashed our sweaters in our bags, we were now soaking up the Caribbean sun.

 

A driver wearing a company V-neck was waiting for us outside the seaside airport. We joined him on the back of a huge pickup truck and drove away. It felt like we were characters in an old drug cartel movie, about to meet the powerful drug lord to strike a deal. But no, we shook our heads, that was an old-world paradigm.

 

Colombia was now going legal, and everything we were doing there was strictly within the law.  We settled into a sense of comfort, lending itself to the excitement, as we waited to see what these guys had accomplished in only six months.

 

Out of Our Dreams

Our tour began at a lab and an indoor grow. Everything looked all right, unexpectedly high-tech (especially considering we were in the middle of the mountains in the Caribbean), but altogether in line with what we’d seen before on our many tours through American cultivation facilities.

 

The peopled guiding us smiled. They knew what we most looked forward to seeing, but of course, Colombians know to keep the best course for dessert.

 

As we walked up the hill, each step felt like a heartbeat. We knew we were about to see the same babies all grown, but we didn’t expect the scene to look so much like our fantasy: a vast field of open-air crops, rooted in the soil, and protected only by a thin canvas ceiling.

 

They first took us through the characterization and research area (or ‘ship’, as they called them), where stood roughly 60 different cannabis varieties, all ripe and ready to harvest. Next up, were the commercial ships. In there, all plants looked exactly the same — and with good reason, as the company is only cultivating two stains of low-THC, CBD-dominant strains for commercial purposes — both for Colombia’s legal medical market and for exports.

 

But what we saw in there was much more than a beautiful harvest of cannabis. It was the confirming omen of Colombia’s future. The Land of Cannabis. Legal, and for the world.

Cannabis Flan (Custard)

by Danielle Espinel “La Mariajuana”

Today I’ll tell you how to make a homemade marijuana flan (almost better than your grandmother’s). There are things that, although the years go by, do not change; but they can evolve. For example, Sunday family meals. Maybe you don’t go as much as you did with your parents to your grandparents’ house, but I’m convinced that Sunday is synonymous with family for you too. 

 

Today I remembered those Sundays and thought about making a homemade flan. But since I want to give it my own touch, I’m going to make a marijuana flan and It gives for approximately 8 servings.

 

Flan Ingredients:

 750 grams of milk

5 eggs

Cannabis (one or two grams)

Sugar (about 10 tablespoons)

A vanilla pod for flavoring

 

Candy Syrup Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of water

100 grams of sugar

A few drops of lemon

 

Steps to follow:

 Now that you’ve got everything, let’s start with the flan:

To do this, the first step is to heat the milk. Do it over medium heat so it doesn’t stick.  Once it is warm, you can add the previously crushed marijuana and add the vanilla pod so that the milk gets the flavor and aroma of it. Stir for 15 minutes and let stand.

 

- As you're waiting put to preheat the oven during 10 minutes to 200 degrees and in a separate bowl we beat the eggs with the sugar. When the mixture is ready, add the milk with the cannabis that has already been tempered.

 

- We take a mold to put in the oven, pour the mixture and put it on top of a container, also for the oven, which we will have filled with two fingers of water. We put the mold with the mixture over that container.

- But beware, not a drop of water can get into the pan with the flan mix. If you do, the dessert will not fully custard.

 

- Now you have 60 minutes to let the flan make, so in the meantime, if you like, you can make the homemade candy. It’s very easy. Just add the sugar to a saucepan over medium heat, then add the drops of lemon and lastly, the spoonful of water.  Stir and make sure it doesn’t stick or boil (in that case, lower the heat) and wait for the mixture to take on the brown color typical of homemade caramel.

 

Is it 60 minutes already? Take a fine-tipped knife, open the oven carefully so you don’t burn yourself, click in the middle and if the knife comes out clean, then it’s ready. If not, leave it for a few more minutes (about 5-10) and check again.

 

When it is ready, simply take it out of the oven, leave it to cool to natural temperature, pour it into a dish where you have previously put the homemade caramel, serve and enjoy your Marijuana Flan Dessert.

 

For more information about cannabis and other cannabis recipes please visit www.cannalatino.com

Where to travel 'n' toke in Canada

By Michele Sponagle

 

Oh, come all ye faithful. Canada, from east to west, has plenty of destinations ready to welcome traveling tokers over the holidays. Consider these favorites:

 

Haliburton Highlands

When the hysteria of the season has become too much, head for the tranquility of Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands. Go snowshoeing, dogsledding or downhill skiing around the wooded areas of Eagle Lake. Then bed down for the night at the luxurious Sir Sam’s Inn & Spa, Canada’s first openly cannabis-friendly resort. Book a room with a walkout balcony or patio, so you can step out for a puff, or take a toke anywhere outdoors on the property. Inside your suite, soak in an oversized spa tub or nibble on munchies next to a wood-burning fireplace. It’s an adult-only resort, so book a sitter and leave the kiddies behind.

 

Revel in B.C. bud legacy

They don’t call it Van-groovy for nothing. Vancouver, B.C., boasts North America’s least-expensive weed. To get a great overview of where to buy Christmas gifts for bud-loving pals, book a Weed and Wine Tour, combining visits of the city’s top dispensaries and wineries in nearby Langley. Hang out with friends over a cannabis-themed dinner courtesy of The Nomad Cook, aka Travis Petersen, a former MasterChef Canada contestant who hosts pop-up events throughout the year and caters private parties. Before heading home, plan a visit to the Downtown Eastside’s “pot block,” a cluster of dispensaries and hangouts like the popular New Amsterdam Café.

 

Maritime charm

Saint John, N.B., sits on the north shore of the Bay of Fundy. It’s a laidback city with a robust culinary scene and a casual vibe, ideal for a pre- or post-holiday getaway. Get to know the local 420 scenes at The Green Room Lounge, a private BYOB lounge that supplies the essentials like e-nails, dab rigs and vapes, plus comfy couches and board games. When hunger hits, cab it to The Coop Bar & Grill and order a pile of chicken wings finished with cannabis oil-infused sauce. Check out the province’s take on legal weed sales at a Cannabis NB store. There are two local locations where you’ll find everything from seeds to single pre-rolled joints.

 

Urban cannabis crawl

 As Canada’s biggest city, Toronto has plenty to offer bud lovers — also too much. A curated tour is a great way to hit the highlights. If you’re meeting up with pals over the holidays, opt for a luxe option: a three-hour guided vapour-lounge tour in a Hummer limousine for up to eight people, available through Canadian Kush Tours. Want a more hands-on experience? The company also offers classes on joint rolling and cooking with cannabis. Swing by Kensington Market for a smoke on the “potio” at the Hotbox Lounge and use the Christmas money from grandma to buy weed-themed clothing, books and accessories. Munchies will be satisfied at Cannabis & Coffee in the Entertainment District, a ganja-positive space offering specialty tea, coffee and bowls of sugary cereal (more than 60 types).

 

Rocky Mountain high

Alberta has the highest number of legal pot providers in the country, with more than 300 licensed private outlets, making it an ideal holiday destination for cannabis fans. In Calgary, tokers can check out well-known sellers like Fire & Flower or Four20, which will soon sell edibles as phase two of legalization kicks in. Still not sure where to buy? Canada High Tours offers a one-hour dispensary tour. Once you’re well stocked, point yourself in the direction of the nearest ski resort or to Banff National Park where consuming cannabis is allowed and the highs are spectacular.

420 Chile Beans

 

Ingredients:

2 15oz cans of premium black beans (drained)

2 15oz cans of black-eyed peas (drained)

2 15oz cans of dark red kidney beans (drained)

2 medium sized sweet onions chopped

8-12 ripe plum tomatoes chopped

1/3 cup dry red wine

1-2 pounds of chopped beef (stir-fry style)

1-2 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder

1-2 tablespoons dried New Mexico chili flakes

3 tablespoons Lea and Perrins

3-4 large tablespoons high quality cannabis butter

 

Directions:

Place the beans in a large pot under low heat. When steam begins to rise add the spices, wine, liquid smoke, and Lea and Perrins. After about 30 minutes to one hour (with occasional stirring), add the tomatoes and onions. Stir-fry the beef in a small amount of extra virgin olive oil to which you’ve added 6-8 cloves of fresh garlic. Add the browned beef to the pot (the cooking one silly).

Allow the chili to cook with weed slowly for 1-2 hours over low heat with stirring. Add the pot butter no more than 30 minutes prior to serving. Blend the butter in and wa-la.

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