These are taken from my OC Weekly product review column "Toke of the Week". It appears online and in print every Thursday. 

Life On (Canndescent) Cruise Control: Our Toke Of The Week!

There are few things this world offers as fantastic as coming across a good strain of flower. But being able to locate the strain and experience the same greatness multiple times in a row? That’s what cannasseur dreams are made of. In my opinion, Canndescent grows some of the best flower on the market. Not because it’s insanely strong or because the nugs are massive. Rather, every time you smoke the crystalline herb, you know exactly how you’re going to feel—even after you run out and get more

Create Magic With The MagicalButter Machine

Back when cannabis was still procured from a “dealer,” making edibles was a laborious project. It was usually messy, too, because it required turning herb into butter.  Fast forward to 2017: Making edibles has never been easier and making oils and topicals have also become an effortless task. No longer are we in the prehistoric era of cannabis—we’re officially in the age of discovery. And the invention of the Magical Butter Machine is proof of that. Thanks to the technology of this magical mach

Henry’s Original CBD Cannabis Smokes: Our Toke Of The Week!

Aside from the company name, one of the first things you see when scoping out a pack of Henry’s Original prerolls is the phrase “Heirloom Cannabis.” We all know what family heirlooms are and about heirloom tomatoes. But what about heirloom cannabis? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary the word heirloom “[denotes] a traditional variety of plant or breed of animal that is not associated with large – scale commercial agriculture.” Marinating on that definition, I realized how vital it is to

Be Your Own Medicine (Wo)Man With King Harvest Wellness’ Unwind Tincture

In October, I went to a music festival in Joshua Tree and came back with a terrible case of desert-dust-lung, which morphed into a hybrid of laryngitis and a cold. I couldn’t talk for a solid two weeks and it was nearly impossible to sleep thanks to aggressive coughing attacks, which made my stomach muscles sore. I couldn’t smoke a heavy indica to knock-out because my throat and lungs were shot. I also refuse to ingest over-the-counter drugs; NyQuil makes me feel like demons are trying to attack

Gratitude in Newport Beach Steps Up its Booze Game with CBD Cannabis Cocktails

Blending marijuana and alcohol can make for a sloppy combination. In fact, combining the two can make even the wildest of partiers spend an evening hugging the toilet. But Jason Eisner, the beverage director at Gratitude in Newport Beach, wants to change that by infusing cocktails with cannabidiol, or CBD—the non-psychoactive component of marijuana. Although marijuana is federally illegal, CBD is actually legal in all 50 states because it doesn't require the flower, or the buds that get you hig

Défoncé Chocolatier Chocolate Bars: Our Toke of the Week!

The best (or worst, depending on your point of view) part about these 420 artisanal chocolate bars is that they don't taste like your average weed chocolate. In fact, there's nothing about them that tastes like weed at all, which is unusual for spiked chocolate. That unmistakably green, earthy taste that lingers and often dominates the flavor of cannabis edibles simply doesn't exist with Défoncé. The chocolate tastes better than most of the options available in normal grocery stores, and it's e

Syrah by Know Label: Our Toke of the Week!

Product: Cannabis Infused Syrah by Know Label Price: $200-$250 for 750mL bottle (depending on vintage) Place of Purchase: There are numerous parallels between wine and weed. From the finicky harvesting process to the embellished verbiage used to describe flavor notes, the relationship between cannabis and grapes is as harmonious as peanut butter and jelly. Luckily the green rush has brought us one of the best products ever: weed wine. Now we'll never have to use cannabis

Green Card Greetings: Our Toke of the Week!

In the same way gifting someone flowers in a vase adds to the presentation, giving someone cannabis in something other than a typical nug jug, dispensary bag or Ziplock (if you’re really old school) is probably best. For one, most cannabis containers don’t mask the stank well. Secondly, it looks substantially classier when cannabis comes in an upgraded package. To that end, Green Card Greetings, a company from Dana Point, crafted the perfect cannabis bag. A Green Card Greeting serves as both a

805 Buddha Bliss Lip Balm: Our Toke of the Week!

The weather feels like it’s at record temperatures—and it’s still only July. Not only does that mean we need to load up on the (chemical-free) SPF, but it also means we need to moisturize our skin after sun exposure. One area that’s often neglected is the lips. We forget to protect them as well as replenish them. Additionally, most lip balms available are loaded with preservatives, and synthetic colors and flavors. 805 Buddha Bliss lip balm is one of the cleanest lip care products I’ve research

Feel The Cosmic Consistency With Canndescent’s Create

It’s hard to find a strain of cannabis (or any cannabis product, really) that’ll make you feel the same way twice. You might try a Blue Dream that makes you feel dreamy and energized, with thoughts as mutable as water. But when you go back to get more Blue Dream two weeks later it might make you feel dazed and confused, but too awake to drift into dreamland. Or it might knock you out. Basically, cannabis is like a box of chocolates: You have no fucking clue what kind of high you’re going to get–

Monday Munchies: Canndescent’s Festival Flowers

If you’re suffering from the Coachella blues, don’t fret. Not only is there one more weekend to groove on the Polo Fields, but Desert Hot Springs cultivation group, Canndescent, released a line of herb designed to keep the festival spirits high. The “Festival Flowers” line was created in celebration of Coachella and comes in five different strains: Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect and Charge. They don’t reveal the names of the strains, so you’re forced to look at cannabis from a different perspect

The “Nuggy” by Nug Tools: Our Toke of the Week!

Smoking is great, except when it becomes a pain in the ass. Whether it’s a resin chunk that clogs your pipe, a roach that’s been smoked to the point it burns your fingers or not having the right dabbing equipment— there’s nothing worse than not being able to smoke when you want to. Thankfully Nug Tools created the Edward Scissorhands of cannabis gear. Although it’s not something you smoke out of, it’s a tool that can help make smoking easier. The Nuggy is in the shape of a big green guitar pic—

Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels: Our Toke of the Week!

Product: Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Caramels by The Lord Jones Price: $25 Place of Purchase: ShowGrow; 1625 E. St. Gertrude Place, Santa Ana, Ca "For your royal highness" reads the Lord Jones scoop-neck t-shirt. But can edibles actually be fit for a queen? The answer is yes. Although edibles can be an especially frightening way to experience cannabis for the first time, if you're sampling one of Lord Jones' elegant low-dose whole-plant confections you'll surly maintain your wit and sani

MBox: Our Toke of the Week!

When marijuana is delivered to your door in packaging that looks like it was sent from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you know you're living in a new age of cannabis. In a previous Toke of the Week, we reviewed a subscription box that came with a bubbler, papers, a doob tube, a lighter and other smoking accessories. But the subscription game has changed substantially over the last several months.  Club M, the online cannabis membership, has set a new standard for cannabis-related mo

My Bud Vase “Prince” Bong: Our Toke of the Week!

In 2008, Coachella added Prince to its lineup two weeks prior to the festival, causing pandemonium in the music world—even Weekly music editor Nate Jackson did everything he could to sneak in that year. Prince’s performance lives on as one of the most profound Coachella moments. For one, the almost $400 ticket instantly became worth every penny for one. More importantly, he covered Radiohead’s “Creep,” which might go down as one of the best Radiohead covers EVER. Prince’s death still stings. Bu

Speakeasy710 Terpenes: Our Toke of the Week!

Product: Terpenes by Speakeasy710 Price: $50 per bottle Place of Purchase: Terpenes—which are responsible for giving plants their unique aroma and flavor profiles—are one of the most fascinating aspects of the cannabis plant. Cannabis has over 100 known terps in its molecular structure, making certain strains of herb smell like lemon, pine, mango, lavender, clove, etc. So if you’ve ever smelled weed and instantly recognized hints of citrus, you’ve experienced terpenes. But

Flurish CBD Gummies: Our Toke of the Week!

Everyone knows cannabidiol, or CBD, as the miracle component of cannabis. It helps stop seizures, relieves arthritis pain and migraines, and helps in the fight against cancer. People also often speak about the fact that it’s non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. Although it takes a lot more CBD to feel its effects than it would with THC—the psychoactive component of cannabis that makes us feel “stoned”—it’s still possible to get CBD high, which is what happened when I ate two pieces (

The Aficionado Box by Aventura Organics: Our Toke of the Week!

Product: The Aficionado Box by Aventura Organics Price: $350 Place of Purchase: www. There’s a difference between buying a bottle of two buck chuck and a 2012 Caymus Special Selection from Napa Valley— and the same goes for cannabis. That’s the mantra of Orange County's luxury cannabis club, Aventura Organics (AO). What you put into your body effects everything from mood, to appearance, to health, to mental agility; which should make the quality of what ever you're inge
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