Holidays

Six Ganja-Inspired Gifts for the Holidays

Happy Holiblaze!
Happy Holiblaze! iStock/AlexeyBorodin
Thanks to online retail, you don't have to get stuck at the mall during holiday shopping season. That doesn't eliminate the stress of choosing the right gifts, though: After pondering all the possibilities, many of us fall back on buying a bottle of booze, some golf balls or a gift card. But since Colorado has an entirely different spectrum of presents — the pot-related kind — from which to choose, why not take full advantage of those options?

Although it's about to conclude four years of legal recreational sales, our state's cannabis industry continues to innovate, creating products and consumption methods that were unheard of when this grand experiment started in 2014. The CBD craze has only added to that, giving us another platform for cannabis use, one that employs the same consumption methods for very different effects.

To impress both the stoners and the squares on your list, here are six cannabis gift ideas guaranteed to be a hit during the holidays — and beyond.

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Jane West's new coffee comes packed with 240 milligrams of CBD per bag.
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Hemp Coffee
One of the easiest ways to add a little CBD to your day is in your coffee, as cafes around Denver begin offering the hemp-derived cannabinoid as a supplement. That addition can double the cost of a $3 coffee, though, and not everyone wants to search for the handful of coffee shops around town carrying it. For your favorite home brewer, buy a bag of CBD-infused coffee instead. The cannabinoid's effects can help calm the anxiety of being over-caffeinated while also tackling inflammation and minor pain. 

Strava Craft Coffee has been pushing CBD beans longer than just about anyone, selling 12-ounce bags of various roasts that carry anywhere from 30 to 240 milligrams of CBD in varieties called "Restore," "Elevate" and so on. You can buy them online or at various coffee shops around Denver for anywhere from $20 to $55, depending on the amount of CBD.

Cannabis-industry veteran Jane West also recently entered the CBD coffee arena. Her line is more condensed, offering light and dark roasts with 240 milligrams of CBD per 12-ounce bag — but it's also cheaper than Strava's 240-milligram option, selling at $48 per bag online. I like the chocolate, nutty flavors of the Costa Rican light roast before work, but the fruity, luscious notes of the mocha java dark roast blend are perfect for a cold weekend morning.

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Cannabis Cookbooks
This idea might seem outdated, but the evolution of cannabis cookbooks has been similar to the evolution of legal edibles: Once the real chefs get involved, the flavors and possibilities go up a notch. Not that there's anything wrong with pot recipes from years past, but it's always a kick to consume literature in a modernized way — and cooking with pot's never been more fun than it is today.

For the aspiring chef in your group, the Bong Appetit cookbook from Vice's food branch, Munchies, is a kick-ass compilation of 65 dishes and drinks that also breaks down how to infuse various cooking oils for different flavors. The recipes include such easy-to-make condiments as infused chimichurri and main courses like butter-basted chicken from chefs and cannabis wizards including Vanessa Lavorato, Ry Prichard and Elise McDonough. Trust us, it's a fun read.

If you like to roll up a magazine for someone's stocking each year, check out the work of the staff at Kitchen Toke. In this seasonal magazine, chefs and journalists cover topics such as dietary nutrition for medical marijuana patients while teaching readers how to plan the perfect infused holiday feast or post-workout CBD meal, and the stories are accompanied by top-notch photos and illustrations.

For those who like to invent their own reefer-based recipes, consider Goldleaf's new cooking journal. The first several pages of the volume are filled with helpful information about terpene flavor pairings and infusion techniques, but most of the book consists of empty recipe templates to spur culinary creativity.
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Herbert Fuego is the resident stoner at Westword, ready to answer all your marijuana questions.
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