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Recipe: Infused Cinnamon-Cannabutter Coffee

Popular in the low-carb and keto communities (as well as with anyone who could use a little extra energy), the practice of blending butter into your morning cup o’ joe for an instant power-up has been making waves these past few years. Our recipe adds a touch of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and a dash of pink Himalayan salt—along with a dose of cannabutter, of course.

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Cinnamon-Cannabutter Coffee

Start to finish: 5–10 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Approximate dosage: 10mg THC*

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons (or 10mg worth) infused cannabutter*
  • 12 ounces brewed black coffee
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste

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Directions

  1. Brew coffee using your method of choice. (We recommend French-pressed coffee for maximum flavor.)
  2. Add coffee and all other ingredients to a blender and blend on high 30–60 seconds until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

Pro Tip: We recommend using grass-fed butter for added nutritional benefits.

*Note: The amount of cannabis butter specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabutter and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis or alcohol.

Traveling to California for Legal Cannabis? Here’s What to Know

It’s been a strange year. You’re forgiven if you don’t feel quite ready for 2018. But if you’re traveling to California for New Year’s Day and the state’s launch of adult-use cannabis sales, take heart! We’re here for you.

Sales Don’t Begin Everywhere on Jan. 1

If you’re counting on cannabis stores to be open near you on Jan. 1, don’t. Many parts of the state, including major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, won’t see legal sales begin until days or weeks after New Year’s Day. Others have decided to ban retail sales entirely. To help you plan, we’ve been putting together a list of cities where dispensaries are expected to be up and running.

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Why the uneven rollout? In the months leading up to Jan. 1, state and local officials scrambled to put rules in place. Not everybody finished in time for sales to start on Day One.

When Do Stores Open? When Do They Close?

Under current state regulations, retail stores can legally operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. That’s not to say they will keep those hours. Local jurisdictions can set more restrictive limits, so if you have a particular store in mind, you might want to call in advance or check its Leafly page.

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Bring Your ID

State-legal cannabis stores card customers more regularly than any bar I’ve been to, so don’t count on your gray hair to get you in the door. Be sure to bring a government-issued ID, like a state driver’s license, military ID, or passport.

The state’s adult-use stores are open to anyone 21 and over—you don’t need to be a California resident.

If you’re under 21, you’ll need a doctor’s recommendation to obtain medical cannabis products.

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Purchasing Limits

California imposes limits on how much a consumer or medical patient can purchase from a single retailer on a single day.

On the adult-use side, customers can buy up to 28.5 grams (one ounce) of non-concentrated cannabis, eight grams of concentrate, and six immature plants. Medical patients will have a higher leaf limit: eight ounces of cannabis. If a doctor’s recommendation contains a different amount, the patient can purchase an amount consistent with the doctor’s recommendation.

For certain other non-edible cannabis products, such as tinctures, concentrates, and topicals, the state is setting separate limits for medical and adult-use markets. Adult-use products can contain up to 1,000 mg of THC per package. Medical products can contain twice as much (2,000 mg).

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What About Edibles?

If you’re a regular consumer in California, you might notice some changes to available edibles. For both medical patients and consumers, the state will limit the serving size of edibles to 10 milligrams of THC, with no more than 100 mg allowed in a single product package. The limits are in line with those in other adult-use states, but they mean that a lot of edibles popular in California’s current medical market will be outlawed.

In an effort prevent products from being appealing to children, edibles will also be limited by shape—no human beings, animals, insects, or fruit. (Sorry, Conan O’Brien, no more infused Sour Patch Kids for you.)

One caveat: The state is allowing a phasing-out period for higher-dose edibles for medical patients with proper ID. So some of those edibles dosed above 100 mg per package will be available for a limited time on the medical market.

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If you do opt for edibles, start with a low dose and, for the love of all that is holy, be patient. Deciding to devour a second brownie while waiting for the first one to kick in could easily ruin your night.

What Should I Buy?

Don’t ask me, I’m just a news guy who puts tobacco in his joints. Luckily, folks here at Leafly have been hard at work pulling together some of the state’s best dispensaries and products. The picks come from the state’s existing medical market, but many of the same companies are gearing up to serve both medical and adult-use consumers in 2018.

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Be sure to check out the Leafly List for a selection of top NorCal and SoCal dispensaries.

Are Products Being Tested for Contaminants?

Yes and no. California’s new cannabis regulations include rigorous testing standards, but they won’t be in place at first. During the first six months of legal sales, retailers will be able to sell products harvested or manufactured before Jan. 1 regardless of whether it’s been tested by a lab. That’s nothing new for medical patients—the state’s 20-year-old medical cannabis program has never required tested at all—but it means cannabis could contain pesticides, molds, and other contaminants.

Any product that hasn’t been tested must be labeled as such.

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Cannabis products harvested or manufactured after Jan. 1 will be subject to testing that, over the course of the year, will gradually become more and more restrictive. Initially, samples will be tested only for potency and contaminants that pose a “high public health risk,” state rules say. By the end of the year, testing for contaminants that pose even “minor relative health risks” will kick in.

Consume Responsibly

Like most adult-use states, there aren’t many places you can light up legally in California. Consuming in public is illegal throughout the state. Wherever you choose to consume, please try to be respectful. The whole world will be watching California’s experiment with legalization. Lead by example.

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Keep It in California

California cannabis is legal—in California. It’s illegal to bring cannabis out of (or into) the state.

Can you get away with it? Probably. But avoiding what’s known as diversion out of legal markets is a key piece of protecting states from federal interference. Every person caught bringing products across state lines is an excuse for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to threaten a crackdown. Please don’t.

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Have Fun

You’re about to participate in what’s expected to be the largest legal cannabis market in the world. Enjoy yourself. Be safe. Be good to each other. This is a milestone the world’s cannabis community won’t soon forget.

Recipe: CBD-Infused Avocado Zinger Smoothie

Need a healthy boost? Check out our delicious and creamy avocado smoothie infused with healing CBD. With tasty vitamins from cool coconut water, relaxing CBD to calm the mind, and a spicy ginger kick at the finish, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day with this invigorating recipe.

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CBD-Infused Avocado Zinger Smoothie

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Approximate dosage: 5mg CBD per serving

Ingredients

  • 10mg of CBD tincture (buy a bottle or make your own here)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 small, ripe banana
  • 1½ cups of coconut water
  • 1½ tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped Thai basil
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Agave syrup to taste (optional)

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Directions

  1. Halve the avocado and remove the pit.
  2. Scoop the flesh from the avocado into a blender.
  3. Peel the banana and break it into chunks. Add to the blender.
  4. Add the tincture drops, coconut water, lime juice, sugar, ginger and chopped Thai basil.
  5. Purée. Add 1 cup of ice and purée until smooth.
  6. Pour into 2 glasses and taste.
  7. Stir in the agave syrup if desired.

*Note: The amount of cannabis tincture specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your tincture and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Palm Springs Is California’s Smoking-Hot Cannabis Tourist Destination

It’s high season in the Coachella Valley—for tourism and for cannabis.

Now’s the time to combine them both.

The Coachella Valley is one of your best bets for a cannabis getaway this weekend. It’s sunny, it’s Palm Springs, and it’s ready for adult-use retail.

If you want to visit California this weekend for a taste of historic cannabis legalization in the Golden State, the Coachella Valley—in particular the resort-town cluster of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs—is one of your best bets for a cannabis getaway.

It’s sunny and warm, it’s Palm Springs, and it’s open for business, unlike other weekender destinations—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe—that won’t open their adult-use cannabis stores for another week or so.

A longtime playground for movie stars, mobsters, and alternative lifestylers 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley has the key elements intrepid cannabis travelers need to ring in California’s new legal era:

  • Massive local cultivation
  • The most adult-use cannabis stores per capita in California
  • Cannabis-friendly lodgings throughout the Valley
  • Opportunities for stargazing in Joshua Tree National Park*

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Where to Purchase

Cathedral City (population: 54,056) has 12 medicinal dispensaries, many of which will be open for adult-use sales on Jan. 1. Here are the latest confirmed adult-use openings in Cathedral City:

Cathedral City Cathedral City Care Collective 36633 Cathedral Canyon Drive (760) 832-6417 Jan 1
Cathedral City Cathedral City Care Collective North 28201 Date Palm Drive (760) 832-6417 Jan 1
Cathedral City Green Cross Pharma 68730 Summit Drive (760) 832-7194 Jan 1
Cathedral City HOTN Cultivation Co. 68945 Vista Chino (760) 832-7614 Jan 1
Cathedral City Mother Earth’s Farmacy 36633 Cathedral Canyon Drive (760) 832-8348 Jan 1
Cathedral City No Wait Meds 68860 Ramon Road (760) 333-1338 Jan 1
Cathedral City P&S Ventures 36380 Bankside Drive Jan 1
Cathedral City West Coast Cannabis Club 68828 Ramon Road (760) 689-2582 Jan 1

Desert Hot Springs (population: 28,492) has 8 medicinal dispensaries. Here are the latest confirmed adult-use recreational cannabis sales openings in Desert Hot Springs:

Desert Hot Springs Deserts Finest 12106 Palm Drive (833) GET-KUSH Jan 1
Desert Hot Springs Green Pearl 64949 Mission Lakes Boulevard (760) 894-3146 Jan 1

Palm Springs (population: 47,689) has 6 medicinal dispensaries. Here are the latest confirmed adult-use recreational cannabis sales openings in Palm Springs:

Know Your Grow

It’s not just retail. A number of companies are expanding their operations in the Coachella Valley, including:

  • Canndescent, the first large-scale grower licensed in California. Canndescent started growing in Desert Hot Springs in September 2016. The company’s branded buds, joints, and Orange Box collections are sold throughout the Coachella Valley.
  • The Coachella Valley Patients Collective of Desert Hot Springs, which plans to operate the largest indoor growing facility in California, tapping out at nearly 400,000 square feet. The collective broke ground on the facility in September 2017.
  • Cultivation Technologies, another large-scale grower, broke ground in June on a 111,500-square-foot facility in Coachella. They plan to launch a local brand of cannabis, Coachella Premium, in 2018.

    Canndescent’s flower boxes: State of the art product & packaging, available at many Valley adult-use stores.

Shopping Tips: It’s Hot Out There

  • Stay hydrated in the desert with CBD-infused water. Look for Holy Hemp Water and CBD Living Water.
  • Stay protected against the desert sun. Many local cannabis stores carry cannabis-infused lotions and sunscreens.

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Where to Stay

  • Cannabis-Friendly AirBnB Rentals, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Joshua Tree and Idyllwild. One Coachella Valley property rental company manages 11 cannabis-friendly houses and apartment rentals. From $99-$699 per night.
  • The O Resort & Spa, Desert Hot Springs. The old resort’s new management is cannabis friendly—just don’t smoke or vape in the room, please. The clothing-optional mineral baths are popular with Europeans. 13 rooms, $79-$149 per night, or rent the whole place for $1,999.
  • Desert Hot Springs Inn, Desert Hot Springs. Cannabis-friendly mineral hot springs allows guests to smoke on the property and book CBD-oil massages. $159-$279 per night.
  • Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs. There’s a table on the deck set aside for cannabis smokers at this clothing-optional resort that’s popular with Europeans. From $169-$219 per night.
  • Hicksville Pines Chalet & Lodge, Idyllwild. There’s a cannabis-themed room equipped with a vaporizer in this colorful, cannabis-friendly property high up in the San Jacinto Mountains, an hour’s drive west of Palm Springs. Room 420 is $100 per night, others are $100-$250 per night.

Where to Play

  • Stargaze at Joshua Tree National Park. Take a jacket, a chair, water and whatever stash and snacks you need* and enjoy in-your-face views of the Milky Way and other awesome astro events.
  • Fly high, rotate and hike. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway ascends 2 1/2 miles up the San Jacinto Mountains—rotating 360-degrees during the 10-minute climb an hour’s drive west of Palm Springs. Skip the touristy restaurants and gift shop at the top and enjoy hiking more than 50 miles of pristine wilderness trails at 8,500 feet. Enjoy the ride down, too.

Where to Eat

  • King’s Highway Diner & Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs. Orange County taco king Carlos Salgado goes big on his intimate homage to his Mexican heritage, expanding into upscale comfort fare like chicken confit and carrot tamales, plus burgers, sandwiches and tacos utilizing Coachella Valley ingredients like cactus, grapefruit and dates.
  • Azúcar Restaurant and Bar, Palm Springs. Inside La Serena Villas hotel, Azucar is visually inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and spices its culinary offerings with Mediterranean flavors.

    How to Get There

Upcoming Events

Also: Palm Springs has approved cannabis social lounges. They’re not open yet, but stay tuned.

*Cannabis is, of course, illegal within the boundaries of all national parks, regardless of state law. So please plan accordingly and stay legal

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops #3: Josse

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops is a series of candid conversations with coffeeshop patrons about life, cannabis, and everything in between. In our third installment, Josse talks about writing poetry, reading Kerouac, and getting a tattoo of an Amsterdam zoo’s mascot on his forearm.

Name: Josse

Hometown: Amsterdam

Age: 18

Cannabis preference: Flower over hash; hat-tips to AK-47 and Super Lemon Haze.

Met at: Katsu

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops | LeaflyJosse poses for a photo at Katsu coffeeshop in Amsterdam. (Karina Hof for Leafly)

Leafly: What are your hobbies?

Josse: Well, first, going to school is a big part. It’s not as much a hobby, but it’s a big part of your life anyways.

Oh, you’re reading Kerouac. How do you like it?

I like it so far. It’s for the English literature list. The way he writes is very cool because it’s America after the Second World War. It’s interesting, as a European, to see the view of Americans after the war because it was a bit heavier over here. We experienced more of it—everybody, not just the people in the war. I’m not too much into history. But I like it.

I also draw, I paint, I write, I write poems. 

Is there a particular theme you explore in poetry?

No, not really. It just depends on my mood. I try to stay current, not outdated, not be too pretentious. That’s the biggest part, I think: I don’t want to be too pretentious or anything. I cringe when I read very pretentious things.

Do you have a writer or a poet you really admire?

In the Netherlands, in the 50s, you had a group—De Vijftigers, “The Fifty-ers”—and they were experimental. They tried to build this whole thing, just without any rules, without any boundaries.

Is your family supportive about your smoking weed?

Of course, when you’re young, you try to hide it at first. You try to kind of be sneaky, but at a certain point, you’ll come home and your eyes are like fucking red [laughs].  You’re like, “Yeah, OK, I’m stoned.”

I have some friends and at their houses, we just sit there under the exhaust fan in the kitchen. That’s where most Dutch people smoke if they don’t want it to smell bad. We smoked a joint there with a friend’s parents. They are kind of hippie-ish, so they don’t mind. They come home from work, they roll a joint first, and they sit around and listen to some reggae music. That isn’t the relationship I have with my parents. And I really don’t mind. I don’t think I would be very comfortable with that. Til I was 15, I think, I was straightedge.

Did you put an X on your hand?

I was kinda into that, but grew out of it before I put any tattoos on myself. Now I have [shows tattoo on inner forearm].

That’s a unique tattoo: Artis de Partis, the mascot of Amsterdam’s zoo. What does it say?

“Butterflies are to look at.” It’s a little sign they put up in the butterfly house.

This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

Lead image: Karina Hof for Leafly.

Recipe: Infused Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

There’s nothing quite like the comforting taste of chewy, homemade cookies right out of the oven—except, perhaps, a bit of cannabis to complement the enticing flavors. Bake these infused sweets with chunks of rich chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and a dash of sea salt for a delicious twist on the classic chocolate-chip cookie.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt

Start to finish: 2 hours 30 minutes (active: 30 minutes)

Yields: 12 cookies

Approximate dosage: 10mg THC per cookie* 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (or about 120mg worth, depending on your butter’s potency) of cannabutter, melted*
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • Flake sea salt, for topping
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper

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Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cannabutter, peanut butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer. When a fluffy consistency is reached, beat in the egg yolk.
  2. When the egg yolk is well blended, add the other egg and the vanilla and continue beating until well combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, add the flour and beat only until doughy. Stir in the chocolate chunks and mix until well distributed.
  4. Divide the dough in half, and cover each half with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from the refrigerator and divide into small, evenly-sized balls by rolling (we recommend covering your hands in flour to avoid sticking). Dough portion size should be a little smaller than a golf ball.
  6. Place dough on parchment paper about 2–3 inches apart. Flatten dough balls to about ¼ inch thick with your hand or using a flour-covered glass jar base. Sprinkle each with sea salt.
  7. Bake cookies until golden brown, usually about 7–9 minutes, rotating each sheet’s oven position halfway through baking. After baking, remove cookies immediately to cooling rack and allow to cool. Enjoy!

*Note: The amount of cannabis butter specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your cannabutter and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis or alcohol.

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops: Yalçin

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops is a series of candid conversations with coffeeshop patrons about life, cannabis, and everything in between. In our second installment, Yalçin talks music, Turkish medicine, and why he wishes his mother would try cannabis.

Hometown: Ankara, Turkey

Age: 49

Cannabis preference: Sativas, each day a different kind.

Met at: Katsu

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops | LeaflyYalçin poses for a portrait at Katsu coffeeshop in Amsterdam. (Karina Hof for Leafly)

Leafly: What do you do?

Yalçin: I work at Café de Paris, where I’m a manager. I’m in charge of overseeing everything, but actually it’s more like a bunch of shit-chores [laughs]. As hobbies, I really enjoy smoking and playing music.

What kind of music?

My main instruments are guitar and drum—the rest I’m still learning, and have been working at it for about two years. I really love reggae, and I also play blues, jazz, everything.

What effect does smoking have on you?

It brings me peace, spirit-wise, body-wise, pain-wise. It makes me more sociable than selfish. If I don’t smoke, I’m more selfish. I need to fill my wallet. I need to fill everything. Smoking lets me be a different way.

When did you begin smoking?

2010.

Did something in particular prompt that?

I was hooked on alcohol, hard drugs, meat, sex, money, fame, blah, blah, blah. But weed helped rid me of all those things I was hooked on, and it left me feeling at peace. I got rid of so many addictions. Thanks to weed, I became vegan. I see weed as something very positive. Very positive. My mother sees medicine as very positive. She has a bag with 50 different brands of medicine in it. I have one: weed.

Has your mother tried it?

No, unfortunately [laughs]. My mother ought to try cannabis oil. But if I offer it, my family will be done with me. They’ll say, “Yeah, you’re a junkie; now you’re going to turn your mother into a junkie.” I say, my mother is already a medicine junkie—she has that bag. Hey, in Turkey, on one street, you have 20 pharmacies; same story on the next street, and the next. So each street doesn’t have a coffeeshop, but it does have medicine shops.

Is general use of cannabis legal in Turkey?

No, they’ll put you in jail. They’re hard as nails. Real nice. A lot of money is made from drugs in Turkey, though you can’t do them there. And so here I am, sitting comfortably at Katsu. I make cool music, I work at Café de Paris, and live in Amsterdam. And to top it off, I’m Kurdish.

This interview has been translated from Dutch, condensed, and lightly edited for clarity.

Lead image: Karina Hof for Leafly.

Beyond Cannabutter: Glazed and Infused Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Gingerbread is a timeless classic with its robust flavors of molasses and all the best winter spices. It’s dark and dense (and dare I say it … moist?!). It’s really quite simple to make and is the perfect treat for any gathering you may have this holiday season. This cake is finished off with a kief-and-cinnamon glaze and is excellent served warm with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Cannabis-Infused Gingerbread Bundt

(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (active: 15 minutes)

Yields: 1 cake (8 servings)

Approximate dosage: 10mg per serving, or more if you infuse the cake (optional)*

Glaze Ingredients

• ½ cup rum
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• ½ gram kief, decarbed
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Cake Ingredients

• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• ½ teaspoon cloves, ground
• ½ teaspoon allspice
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ¾ cup butter, room temperature (sub with cannabutter for additional potency if you’d like)
• 1 ½ cups brown sugar
• 2 large eggs
• ⅔ cup molasses
• 1 cup hot water

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(Monica Lo/@sousweed for Leafly)

Directions

1. Lightly grease a 10” bundt pan and preheat oven to 350˚F.

2. To make the cake, whisk all-purpose flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter (or cannabutter) and sugar until light and fluffy. Start adding eggs one at a time while beating. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that the mixture is uniform.

4. Once uniform, fold in the molasses with a spatula.

5. Begin adding flour slowly to the wet mixture and continue to fold with the spatula. Alternate with a splash of hot water before moving back to adding more flour. Continue until all flour and water have been incorporated into the batter.

6. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 30–35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. To make the glaze, bring a small saucepan with the rum, sugar, kief, cinnamon, and ginger to a simmer over medium heat, about five minutes. Let the glaze thicken on low heat for another three minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

8. Remove cake from the oven and let it cool for 10–15 minutes before turning it out onto a rack.

9. Pour the glaze over the cake and let it seep in. Use a brush to get in the nooks and crannies. Let it cool before serving with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

About the People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Little by little, the world is legalizing, industrializing, and recreationalizing cannabis use. But come what may, a single place on the planet has long held, and may never shake off, its cannabis Shangri-La status: Amsterdam.

Since 1976, the Netherlands have made an official distinction between hard and soft drugs, and this has affected how the latter are regulated, giving rise to the Dutch cannabis café (or coffeeshop, in local parlance). Amsterdam has the most coffeeshops of any city in the Netherlands. For decades now, these venues have been able to sell up to five grams of cannabis per day to a single person, 18 or older, for consumption in situ or to go.

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10 Best Amsterdam Cannabis Coffeeshops to Visit

With such a lush history and yet a present-day embargo on the establishment of any brand-new ones, Amsterdam coffeeshops occupy a unique point on the canniverse’s space-time continuum. In philosophy, they embody a vintage prescience—or more paradoxically, a retro progressiveness—about the good that can come from a society’s liberal attitudes and a government’s pragmatic policies. In physicality, they are weirdly-wonderful sociocultural catchalls for the city’s inhabitants and its many visitors.

The exchanges in this series are excerpted from candid conversations with the people you meet in Amsterdam coffeeshops. They have been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

Use the sidebar to select a conversation, or scroll down for links.

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The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops: Catherina

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The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops: Catherina

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops is a series of candid conversations with coffeeshop patrons about life, cannabis, and everything in between. In our first installment, Catherina tells us about the time she met a Romanian bubble king, the process of holding onto good energy, and why being a street artist is the best job she’s ever had.

Name: Catherina

Hometown: Amsterdam

Age: 57

Cannabis preference: Haze sativa.

Met at: Katsu

The People You Meet in Amsterdam Coffeeshops | LeaflyCatherina poses for a photo at Katsu coffeeshop in Amsterdam. (Karina Hof for Leafly)

Leafly: What do you do?

Catherina: I make magic bubbles. I’m a street artist.

Are these your wands?

These are my magic sticks.

And you have soap that you add?

Yes, a special solution, which makes the viscosity of the bubbles better.

How is the work?

It’s the best job I ever had. It also brings me deeper into myself because I have to hold onto my good energy. Some people are very bold and very rude, and they take everything—they give me nothing in return. I find that self-confronting because I just want to make the people happy.

Is it a problem when it’s raining, which it often is in Amsterdam?

Actually not. The people walk by fast, so I wait until the rain passes. Like today, I finished early, because with this wind—I mean, you feel the people are restless.

What gave you the idea to do this?

I met this Romanian bubble king and he offered to teach me. It was at a café. That was in August, and I was like: “Nooo, that’s not for me. We are not going to pollute the planet with soap.” [laughs] And well, one and a half months later, I tried. He taught me, and we did it for a long time together. Then he left for warmer places, and I’m still on Dam Square.

Are you the only bubble-maker there?

No, sometimes others appear. But they are always quickly disappearing because they are not content with the money in the basket.

Do you remember the best idea you have had while high?

That question doesn’t cover my experience. I can have good ideas when I’m not stoned; I can have good ideas when I’m stoned—no difference. I have very high tolerance. The first time I smoked I was younger: Nothing, nothing happened to me. Only in the late 90s when the THC in the weed was increased, it had some effect on me. I smoke sometimes, and then I don’t smoke. I’m not a very regular smoker.

So it’s more fluid for you?

Yes.

Like bubbles?

Like the bubbles. It comes, and it goes.

This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

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