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Caroline’s Corner: Thanksgiving Infusions in No Time

By | Food for thought

Less time making edibles means more time enjoying them.

While, 2018 might not look exactly like the Jetsons, weed smokers of the 70’s would be mind blown with the technology and innovation in our brave new world of edibles. Pot brownies served their purpose, they lived a good life, time to retire.

The benefits of THC and CBD infused items at the holiday table are obvious: elevated enjoyment of food and family with less anxiety with a thankful appetite. Always remember the importance of proper dosing and communicating to guests that there are extra special offerings about, so no one partakes unwittingly. Weed should only be an adventure for the willing and ready.

With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to enjoy living in the future and check out these zero-hassle and time saving ideas for bringing THC to the turkey table this year.

  1. Cocktail Hour. Legal Beverages  In-Stock Recreational in the Lobby Fridge ($18-24)

Mixing up some infused drinks is the perfect way to get the night started if you are looking to substitute alcohol or provide an alternative entirely. Taking seconds to whip up, you will be able to enjoy your infusion while working in the kitchen or entertaining your guests.

Legal has 4 flavors to offer in 100 mg sparkling beverages that are the perfect ingredient to the pre-dinner drink tradition without the alcohol: Lemon Ginger, Pomegranate, Rainier Cherry, and Cranberry.

I find the cranberry to be seasonable for both Christmas and Thanksgiving, and the best part is Legal offers this flavor as a 1:1 CBD to THC. For a socializing holidays like these, CBD is crucial to include in your edibles, because it will limit the intoxifying effects of THC that create the notorious “bad trip” of our teenage pot brownie lives of the past. Your CB1 receptors will insead be overwhelmed by a gentle body high.

I also really like that the Legal drinks are sparkling because it helps you get creative with mixers and fancy garnishes. Containing 100 mgs in the entire beverage, it is important to dose out the drink into 4-6 cups for guests, then a splash of fresh cranberry juice, club soda, a few shakes of orange bitters per glass and a lime twist. If you want a more adventurous or invested cocktail, just add any of the Legal drinks as your preferred dosage to the bevvies detailed here and over there.

THC and CBD infused drinks are all the rage right now, seriously, Coca Cola just showed up with stacks of cash. So be a cool host this Thanksgiving, not like a regular host.

2) Main Course. Ripple by Stillwater ($22) In Stock Recreational in three varieties: 100 MG THC, 5:1 CBD THC and 20:1 CBD THC

The best part of the Ripple dissolvable by Colorado-based company Stillwater, just as a    sugar packet can sweeten coffee instantly, so can one packet of Ripple turn ANYTHING into a THC or CBD packed edible. This is the modern era at its best. Jetsons on weed, man.

You could just dose your 10 MG THC packet in your water and call it a day, but you are living your best life so you  let your culinary inspirations take you to the gravy or the salad or basting the turkey with a CBD 20:1 reduction.

   Obviously you could have also done all those things before with cannabutter. And by all means, make cannabutter! It’s going to take an ounce and cheesecloth and a slow cooker and don’t forget the decarboxylation process, oh and about 12 hours loaded on top of all the other things you are doing to prep. Cannabutter is a time black hole that STILL tastes like the butter truck crashed into a grass truck.

Because Ripple is absorbed through your intestines, it can be dissolved in water, or most liquids or simply sprinkled on top of any food or side. Vegans coming to dinner? Gluten free issues? Just hate the taste of cannabutter like me? These are main issues that Ripple eliminates because the ingredients are very minimal and the effects are consistent, the quality cornerstone in a THC and CBD product. Ripple is also Keto diet friendly, sugar free and has no GMO’s, hippies.

Ripple pockets are also a fun party favor to give out at friends or family-Givings alike. When given a few THC packets to dose themselves and experiment across their nightly pallet sprinkling here and there, you hand these keys to infusions to your guests. Give Grandma a 20:1 packet and see her get loose.

3). Dessert. Koala Bars Available In Store Recreational 100 mg ($12) and Medical 250 MG ($19).

Easiest course to turn into an ready-made edible without a doubt, dessert. However, with so many candies and sweets available, it would be more fun to enhance a homemade pie or pudding. Break up a Koala Bar as a crust with some nuts and butter or melt it down into a tantalizing topping ganache.

The newly reemerged Koala Bars a budget-efficient way to show up with the dankest dessert in Denver. Koala Bars come in a salivating array of flavors: Key Lime, Banana Pudding, Machiatto, Mint Chocolate Chip, PB & J, Amaretto Orange, Strawberry Cheesecake, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Turtle, Bourbon Pecan, Tootie Frooty, Cookies and Cream, and Red Velvet. Let the edible be your inspiration to baking!

Another liquid dessert idea would be melting any of these delicious chocolates in a cup of cocoa or coffee as a cozy warmer to end the evening, melting your insides as you tuck in for a good cannabinoid and tryptophan soaked sleep.

This is the year to shake up the holidays with some infused offerings–the future is now! Come down to The Herbal Cure this week for more on these ideas and many others the budtenders are cooking up in their own kitchens all week. We have all the last minute edibles and flower you need, even on Thanksgiving Day! We are open from 9am-2pm on November 22.

 

    

 

     

 

Caroline’s Corner: Making Sense of the Midterm Elections & Bye Bye to Sessions!

By | Food for thought

Man, that Midterm post game extravaganza was pretty bananas: from the intern-rugby with Jim Acosta, to the ax that fell over Jeff Sessions’ job as Attorney General. What a bloodbath!
Very few are sad to see him go, especially those of us in the weed industry, or anyone who used cannabis at all, ever. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, bud!

Back here in Colorado, our governing bodies are a drastically different, chiller place than in Washington, with bipartisan support moving legislation through the chamber at a very efficient speed. The recent boom in jobs and real estate has burgeoned the economy to one of the top in the country. And where the money’s good, the pork barelling politicians turn shades of purple and hang out at the same smoozefests. Speaking of fabulous parties…
Our New Gay Governor! Jared Polis (D) was elected first openly gay governor in US history. Polis really went well out of his way to get the Weed Vote, even holding an industry-specific rally in October. I missed it, but I like the way the campaign trail is changing and a 420 stop in Denver will always be part of the road, in micro and macro politics.

According to State Representative Alec Garnett (D), last week Colorado glimmered as “a blue beacon shining in the middle of the country.” He pointed to the historic shift here in Colorado to the Democratic Party by unaffiliated voters that caused a sweep not seen since 1936.
“New voters, who are coming here for many different reasons, are changing the voting dynamic of the races here in Colorado. They came home to the Democrats last week.”

Is it that one party is cool with weed and one isn’t? Just hold on to your 2020 vote for a second!
Cory Gardner (R) went out of his way to have his own political spar with President Trump over the Cole Memo sideshow earlier this year. Gardner refused to vote on any judicial appointments until he had a close door meeting with the President over his cannabis constituent concerns.

According to DU Political Science Professor Dr. Seth Masket, this piece of political theater is actually very normal. “(Gardner) was sending a clear message to his constituents with those meetings, that he is in cannabis’ corner, that he will got to bat,” said Prof Masket.
He also pointed out that Session’s firing was not surprising or in anyway out of the ordinary. He explained that from the Roosevelts to the Clintons, after a midterm, presidents will always ax cabinet members or other staff for a proverbial midterm shakeup.
Dr. Masket again highlighted the joys of the state’s rolls in the Republic: “Colorado is a relatively functional state, parties are polarized, but they cross the aisle. It’s a small snapshot, but it’s almost the opposite of the nation.”

In decades past, being active in cannabis has always seemed like an act of resistance, but as time goes by here, weed is part of the process thanks to years of regulatory framework. Now that Sessions is out, weed smokers can all go back to be “good” people again.

Why “The Herbal Cure”?

By | Food for thought

Many of you ask how it all began-and for us it was back in 2009. We wanted to incorporate our name around Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and knew it had to be just right. A name that had meaning and that the community could relate to, and after long hard thought we came up with The Herbal Cure! THC for short, it was perfect.

The ultimate name that was easily relatable, so patients could read the name and know that they are getting true medicine that will help relieve them of their ailments. Coming up with a logo was our next mission, going through multiple different designs and finally coming to one final decision- a beautiful Kokopelli with added Rasta coloring, signifying the linking of distant and diverse communities coming together. \By using this design and our infamous THC abbreviation, we knew that we had a reputation to uphold and that our goal was to provide the community with some of the most premium cannabis this world has to offer. With that said, we are pleased to say that our company is coming up on our tenth year in this industry, with the sky as our limit!

Caroline’s Corner: Featuring the Fall

By | Company News, Food for thought

Welcome to Caroline’s Corner, a new weekly segment featuring words from our receptionist and resident wordsmith Caroline Briggs! This debut segment takes you into the lives of two of our employees.

        Working at The Herbal Cure is a waking weed fantasy most days, but with the crisping air upon us, the need to see the fall mountain menagerie became overwhelming last week. So my fellow budtender and mountain maven Jaime “Taco” Wakeen and I set out to see the aspens far from Denver with our cameras and a few goodies to enhance the trees. As a native shotgunning for a Cheesehead, I let Taco guide us out of Denver on I-70 while I regaled her with all the spots that have been ruined by the newbie leafers.

       Bypassing Berthoud Falls, we decided to opt for thinner air and venture farther up to Lake Granby. Actually, full disclosure, I had a delicious Coda Caramel and Corn chocolate square mixed into my coffee for breakfast as a Colorado version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. While no one could accuse me of being a basic b*tch, Taco could have definitely called me a terrible navigator. I was guilty of feeling my float and looking at all the trees for as long as I could.

         At last I found the perfect trail on my outdoor app, Monarch Lake, just above Lake Granby, on a road that Taco’s two wheel drive car would love. When we arrived at the trailhead, on par with this year’s policy, there were huge FIRE BAN signs everywhere. With fires getting worse and worse every year, and so many here in Colorado being human-caused, I don’t mess around with sneaking a joint into the woods anymore. The Pax Era 3 was the perfect trail buddy with one of The Herbal Cure’s new Guicy G pods, with all the stoney goodness of the live terpenes without the spark.

   Once we were fully elevated and acclimated, Taco and I had only been on the loop a few minutes when we spotted a juvenile moose munching in the marsh! Colorado native or not, there is nothing crazier than seeing such a massive creature at home in the wild. The thrill was also full immersive thanks to the vape and chocolate. The elation carried us through the rest of the hike, and again at the end, we saw an even bigger moose with a full rack! Unexpected and mind-blowing.

    Heading back to our lives in Denver, Taco and I tittered about the colors and the water and the animals and felt relieved to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. However, when we got out of the car, both of us groaned as our legs had stiffened and hardened in the 90 minute drive back.

      That’s when I remembered my favorite and crucial backpacking buddy: Mary’s Nutritionals Elite transdermal patch. I always slap one of these on almost every hike I go on, the next day was going to be a rough one because of my overlook in packing the patches. Passed down from budtender to budtender, the best advice I got this year from the staff at The Herbal Cure has been the Mary’s Nutritional patches.Especially with winter coming up, and Colorado’s favorite mountain activities on the horizon, I’ll definitely keep my vape and edibles close, but nothing helps the deep muscle soreness like one of those patches on my wrist. Before heading out for your fall hike, stop by The Herbal Cure to pick up a patch and experience the difference for yourself! Your muscles will thank me later!

3 Reasons Why Weed Will Stay Legal In Colorado!

By | Food for thought

You may have heard the news recently about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement to dial back the national policy on marijuana. While the news may have come as a shock – especially considering that both he and Trump promised that the current federal stance on cannabis would remain untouched – there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful! Despite all the information swirling around, we wanted to share a few facts below that outline why so many people in our state, from Senators to local politicians, to citizens from all corners of our communities here in Colorado believe that legal cannabis is here to stay!

– CO Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was told that the federal prosecutors within our state wouldn’t be targeting legal operations or medical patients. That means that their resources will still be focused on combatting the truly illegal aspects of the marijuana industry like unlicensed grows, people exceeding their plant count, and individuals transporting cannabis across state lines.

– Our state representatives have our backs! Fortunately, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and U.S Rep Mike Coffman have seen firsthand the positive effect created by dispensaries in Denver, and are committed to fighting for our State’s rights. And just in case you weren’t sure how serious they truly are, Corey Gardner is quoted as saying “Before I voted to confirm Attorney General Sessions, he assured me that marijuana would not be a priority for this administration. Today’s action directly contradicts what I was told, and I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding Justice Department nominees, until the attorney general lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.”

– Colorado does it right. The people of Colorado have spoken time and time again, and our state has become a benchmark for how legalized marijuana can truly have a positive impact on local economies. The cannabis industry has created thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars in revenue. It’s helped build infrastructure, reduce the number of drunk driving deaths, and created an entire program for educating our citizens about cannabis. Colorado residents far and wide have felt the positive effects of legal cannabis, even without consuming it themselves!

We hope that the next chapter of this saga unfolds into something more positive, and that the President and Attorney General listen to the people and representatives of Colorado. We pride ourselves on having the best weed in Denver, and we’re fortunate to have formed such a tight knit family of staff, patients, and customers. Cheers to another year of enjoying all the freedoms that our beautiful state offers.