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Cannabis Recipe: Creamsicle Cupcakes

Cannabis Recipe: Creamsicle Cupcakes

Use this easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipe to make these delicious cannabis-infused creamsicle cupcakes at home.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Yield: 14 cupcakes

Equipment

  • 14 Baking cups
  • 2 Large mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric Hand mixer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup kief-butter or cannabutter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • Candied oranges for topping (optional)
  • Gold candy stars for topping (optional)
photo of a cannabis-infused creamsicle cupcake made using this recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside. 
  3. Combine the cream, orange juice, orange extract, and vanilla extract into a liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
  4. Add the cannabis-infused butter, sugar, and orange zest to the other mixing bowl, and blend using the electric hand mixer set on medium-high speed. Blend about 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture is fluffy. 
  5. Add one of the eggs and blend until well combined. Then do the same for the second egg.
  6. Add one-third of the flour mixture and combine using the hand mixer set on low.
  7. Add one-half of the cream mixture and combine using the hand mixer set on low. 
  8. Add one-third of the flour mixture and combine using the hand mixer set on low.
  9. Add the second half of the cream mixture and combine using the hand mixer set on low.
  10. Add the remaining one-third of the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  11. Fill each of the 14 baking cups about 3/4 full with batter.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  13. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool for another 1 hour.
  14. Frost each individual cupcake with the vanilla buttercream frosting and garnish with a candied orange and gold stars.

ENJOY!

Recipe Notes 

Leftover cupcakes can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

You can create a home-made piping bag for the frosting by cutting the corner off of a plastic baggie. Fill the baggie with the icing and then squeeze it out in a circular motion onto each cupcake, building upward, through the hole in the corner.

Half and half can be substituted for the heavy cream.

This recipe for Cannabis-Infused Creamsicle Cupcakes was adapted from Martha Stewart’s Orange Curd Cupcakes recipe.

How to Register for Medical Cannabis in Virginia

How to Register for Medical Cannabis in Virginia

The State of Virginia’s medical marijuana program is almost here, and soon there will be at least four dispensaries operating in the Old Dominion. Depending on Gov. Ralph Northam (D), that number could be as high as thirty. In order to participate, patients will first need to register with the state and be issued an ID card.

Virginia’s Medical Cannabis Program

What began originally as CBD-centric legislation, has now morphed into something that more closely resembles a bona fide medical marijuana program. Despite this shift, lawmakers have been reticent to refer to SB 1557 explicitly as a medical marijuana program, opting instead to use the phrase “Low THC Oil Program.”

Currently, SB 1577 only extends to cannabis extracts. So, while patients won’t have access to actual marijuana flower, the umbrella of “extract” opens up the possibility of a litany of different cannabis products including capsules, inhalers, lozenges, patches, and even lollipops.

How to Register

To begin the registration process, you’ll need three things:

  • Proof of Identity (name, age, residency. These things will be covered by a valid Virginia Driver’s License ) 
  • A written recommendation from a registered practitioner
  • $50 to cover the registration fee

Unlike in other states, Virginia doesn’t have a list of pre-approved conditions that can qualify a person for access to medical marijuana. What this means is that any doctor, provided that they are registered with the board of pharmacy, can recommend medical cannabis to any patient so long as they believe it will benefit them.

If your health provider is not registered and wishes to remain unregistered, Virginia NORML has compiled a list of licensed practitioners here.

Once you’ve acquired all the necessary paperwork, you’ll need to visit the Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) Initial Applications site to begin the registration process. Here you will be required to enter your name and social security number. If you’re not already in the licensing system, you will be prompted to create an account.

Once you’ve logged in, select “initial application” from the menu on the left-hand side. Then select “Pharmaceutical Processing” from the dropdown menu marked “Profession.” On the dropdown menu marked “License Type” select “Registered Patient for Cannabis Oil.” For the final dropdown menu marked “Obtained by Method,” you’ll select “Initial Application.” Now, click the start application button.

From here, you will complete the registration process by paying the $50 fee, and by mailing, faxing, or emailing your documents listed above to the provided address. It may take the Board of Pharmacy up to ten days to process your application. Once you’re approved, your ID card will be sent to you by mail. 

Where to Find Medical Cannabis

Once you’ve completed your application process and received your ID card, the next step will be to visit one of the VMCC’s (Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition) processors. The first of these locations expected to open is Dharma in Bristol, which is predicted to be operational as early as this month. Greenleaf in Richmond is expected to shortly follow suit. So far, the other two confirmed locations, Beyond/Hello and Columbia Care, have yet to make public statements regarding opening dates.

A Love Letter to Chemdawg

A Love Letter to Chemdawg

This is a love letter to the infamous Chemdawg cannabis strain, celebrated in a stream of consciousness.

Euphoric peace and nostalgia flash over me in the middle of a conversation with a close friend. The annoyances of the day disappear. Self-created problems are abruptly no more. The overcast that lingered in my head throughout the day parts and the setting-sun eases me into the evening. Losing track of the conversation, I’m sliding deep into relaxation when another feeling comes to my attention––nostalgia, a sense of good days well spent.

Suddenly, I see my past love across the room. Our eyes meet and fill with excitement. We reconnect talking about the great times and joyously revel in our spontaneous reunion. Our night is just beginning, and we are going to let it flow as it may. This flood of the senses begins only a quarter of the way through the blunt.

Hearing what sounds like the teacher in a Peanuts cartoon, I close my eyes and dance. Swaying with relaxation, euphoria, and creativity, I’m remembering the first time I ever smoked Chemdawg. Suddenly, the music playing in the background catches my attention. I hear every instrument in the song, from the bass to the shaker used in the percussion. This is a familiar song, yet I’m hearing the shaker for the first time. Wallowing in the music, I softly hum a melody as if I am another instrument in the composition. As I hum louder, my friend who no longer sounds like a cartoon says, “Can you believe that?” Kicking me out of my performance like I’m waking up from a dream in the movie Inception, I am quickly aware that I have no idea what my friend is talking about. I abandoned the conversation long ago. So, there was only one thing to say, “Sorry man, I didn’t hear a word you said. Chemdawg took me places.”

Chemdawg Cannabis Strain

The strain fueling the experience described above is the legendary Chemdawg which may also be spelled Chemdog depending on who you talk to. It is one of the first strains I ever smoked. It is pungent, flavorful, and packs one hell of a punch. The attributes of this strain have spawned many of the stereotypes given to the typical smell and taste of cannabis. It is the progenitor of countless well-known strains including Sour Diesel and OG Kush. Even with its lineage and status in the cannabis industry, its true origins remain a mystery.

Many U.S. breeders believe Chemdawg to be a cross of Thai and Nepalese sativa landrace strains. Other’s trace its discovery to a kind bud (kine bud, a movement for higher quality cannabis) seed exchange between two cannabis enthusiasts at a Grateful Dead concert in the ’90s, and still others swear it is an offshoot of a Colorado strain called Dog Bud. The true origin of the infamous Chemdawg strain may be lost in time, but that has not stopped it from becoming a staple in cannabis culture.

The effects of this hybrid hit quickly and with force. Not like a punch to the face, but more like taking off in a plane––fast, smooth, and headed for the sky. It’s like climbing into a hot bath at the end of the day. Stress melting without the couch-lock level of physical relaxation, it’s relief without sedation. The cerebral effects are euphoric and creative. A sense of happiness enters with relaxation almost instantly, leading to smiles and giggles all around.

Chemdawg is a great strain for the late afternoon or a social gathering. It’s a strain that sets the kind of mood where conversations flow, problems are forgotten, and laughs are abundant. With these powerful cerebral effects, Chemdawg also has a reputation as a strain that effectively relieves symptoms for medical marijuana patients suffering from conditions like anxiety, stress, and post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD).

It is an experience that I would personally rank third only to Skywalker and Northern Lights, but those are love letters for a different day.

Living A Balanced Life With Cannabis

Living A Balanced Life With Cannabis

The idea that cannabis is used purely to burn brain cells and veg-out is an increasingly archaic trope perpetuated in stoner comedies and red-eye memes. As the legal cannabis industry has grown exponentially over the last twenty years, the millions of dollars poured into research are beginning to change our understanding of how cannabis can benefit people in sickness and in health.  

“Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency.” –– Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.

It is not known for sure if Aristotle toked but if he did, you can be sure he did it in moderation. The ancient Greek scholar was a firm believer that the key to true happiness lay in living a balanced life. His ethical philosophy could be said to be built around the concept of the Golden Mean, the middle ground, the happy-medium that allows us to live our best lives by getting baked and keeping fit, and finding new ways of making these seemingly contradictory lifestyles complement each other.

Cannabis As An Exercise Tool

For centuries, marijuana has been used to treat symptoms of some very serious diseases and provide unique relief for others. More recently, we are also beginning to learn more about how cannabis can improve the wellbeing of healthy, active people too. By striking the right balance between the various active ingredients, like cannabinoids and terpenes, cannabis can aid and improve recovery time after exercise and intense workouts.

By utilizing the different cannabinoids –– more appropriately called phytocannabinoids since they are plant-derived –– contained within cannabis and harnessing what is known as the entourage effect, research shows it can do more than relieve pain and aid muscle recovery post-workout. It can also boost concentration and performance before and during exercise. 

The over-use of popular pain relievers (such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) poses potential health risks, and the “epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses” is killing thousands of Americans every year. Cannabis offers athletes and exercisers a safe and natural alternative.

Tailor-Made Therapy

A quick crash course in what cannabinoids are and what the entourage effect is will shed more light on how striking the right balance with the cannabis you use and the exercise you (know you should!) take can improve your life in a more holistic way.

Most people have heard of two of the most prevalent cannabinoids in cannabis –– THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is psychoactive while CBD is not. However, they are not the only cannabinoids in the plant. More than 100 other cannabinoids have been identified, and it is high time we invited some of these guys to the party!

Some of these 100 lesser cannabinoids have already shown some promising health benefits. Cannabinoids such as cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) can have a positive impact on everything from pain, inflammation, serious illness, depression, and even acne, to supporting the homeostatic processes controlled by the endocannabinoid system like mood, sleep, and appetite.

Utilizing the entourage effect is the key to harnessing the full potential of these active, natural chemicals. The entourage effect is the theory that all the compounds in cannabis, including cannabinoids and terpenes, work together, and when taken together as a whole, they are more effective than when just one is taken alone. The entourage effect is tailor-made therapy for the mind and body.

Terpenes are the gorgeous smelling aroma molecules found in cannabis, and like cannabinoids, they are produced within the plant’s trichomes. Terpenes have the capacity to affect much more than just how stinky and sticky marijuana is. Like cannabinoids, different terpenes affect different aspects of the body. Some can combat stress; others give us energy or fight insomnia. For example, the alpha-pinene terpene potentially affects alertness and memory retention. The linalool terpene can be a calming sedative and mood booster.

Striking The Right Balance

Nevertheless, even 2,500 years ago Aristotle realized that we are all different and unique, and what works for one may not push the right buttons for another. It is all about exploring and discovering what works for you and your body.

Most of us know that cannabis is, essentially, good. It is one of nature’s many gifts to an often undeserving mankind. As the science continues to improve and we learn more about how cannabinoid and terpene content translates into effects felt, we can cultivate marijuana’s universal positives and fine-tune them to suit us, as needed, on an individual level.  

More and more people are ditching the traditional steroids, opiates, and anti-inflammatory drugs in favor of a more natural, healthy, and effective alternative. Whether our goal is to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, get ripped and run a marathon or get couch-locked with a bucket of Ben & Jerry’s and 52-inch screen, marijuana can help. It’s all about striking the right balance.

5 Best Paying Entry-Level Jobs in the Cannabis Industry

5 Best Paying Entry-Level Jobs in the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing job sectors today, and there are several well-paying entry-level jobs within it. The global legal marijuana market is reportedly worth 17.7 billion dollars, and in the United States, legal cannabis operations employ five times as many people as the coal mining industry—a historic barometer for the health of the blue collar job market. 

Economic tensions are on the rise as more and more working and middle class jobs disappear due to automation and the Covid-19 pandemic. These days, many Americans are struggling with unprecedented unemployment rates, and may be looking to make a career change. If you’re on the job hunt, the booming cannabis industry just may be the perfect fit for you. After all, our parents always did encourage us to do what we love.

Here’s a list of some of the best paying, entry-level, cannabis related jobs for those looking for a green new gig.

Flower Trimmer 

Before those beautiful buds can be packaged and smoked, they have to be trimmed. Trimmers are responsible for manicuring cannabis, and pruning away all the excess leaves. Historically, trimmers were hired seasonally, but these days many cultivators keep trimmers on year round to help manage other tasks around the grow.

If you’re someone who likes to work with their hands and doesn’t mind getting a little sticky, bud trimming may be the best option for you. Starting off as a trimmer is a great way to get you foot in the door, learn valuable skills, and gain relevant experience that will help you launch your cannabis career.

Budtender 

Budtenders are the friendly face of the cannabis industry. New dispensaries are opening up all over the country everyday, and they need people to work behind the counter. Being a budtender is more than just operating a cash register and handing people their weed—budtenders are cannabis experts who can help guide consumers to the product that’s perfect for them.

If you’re an outgoing person, with vast cannabis knowledge, look into becoming a budtender for your local dispensary. These jobs are extremely coveted, and dispensaries often receive hundreds of applications when spots open up. Having past experience in sales, retail, or the hospitality industry can be extremely helpful, and a passion for cannabis is a must.

Cannabis Courier

Marijuana delivery is totally a thing now! Oftentimes, suppliers of medical marijuana need to hire drivers and couriers to bring cannabis to their patients who are unable to physically make it to the dispensary. In certain locations, recreational dispensaries also offer delivery services to simplify things for their consumers. Grow facilities also hire couriers to deliver their harvest to the dispensaries.

You’ll need a valid driver’s license, insurance that’s up-to-date, a working vehicle, and a clean driving record to land one of these gigs. 

Extraction Tech 

Transforming cannabis flower into a concentrated liquid or wax is one of the most vital jobs for modern cultivators. Working under the tutelage of a master extractor, extraction techs are responsible for helping create tinctures, oils, shatter, and anything that falls under the umbrella of cannabis concentrate. In a way, they’re the alchemists of the cannabis industry.

If you’re someone with previous lab experience or a background in science, then you may be the perfect candidate for the position of extraction tech. If you can work your way up to master extractor, you’ll have one of the highest paying jobs in the industry!

Security 

Despite the fact that cannabis has become an above board industry, the need for security hasn’t disappeared. Due to federal prohibition, cannabis businesses are barred from working with banks. This means that for now, cannabis is a cash only endeavor. Wherever there are large quantities of cash, there are thieves looking to steal it.

Cannabis security jobs can range from standing guard at a dispensary, to making sure product makes it safely from the cultivators to the sellers, to installing and monitoring surveillance equipment.

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