For the first time in history, tis the season for legal cannabis gift giving. San Diego is one of a few cities that had its act together last January, and because of it, a bevy of products became immediately available at dispensaries all around the city. A particular highlight has been watching local companies spring up and gain wider audiences, something that is likely to only continue at a fast clip in the coming year.
With a focus on food-friendly, sustainable and, where applicable, local products, here are a few recommendations for cannabis-friendly gift giving.
KB Pure Essentials CBD Lotion
Remember when gifting lotions from Gap Beauty or Bath & Body Works was all the rage? It’s time to resurrect the sentiment, at least, and local brand KB Pure Essentials gives good reason to: they source their CBD from only the highest quality purveyors and operate a company that leans on consumer education.
Juna Gold THC Tincture
Founder Jewel Zimmer’s background as a fine-dining pastry chef and certified sommelier in San Francisco inspired her farm-to-table philosophy for Juna, which makes products with no chemicals, GMOs or herbicides.
Juna’s Gold tincture ($73) takes oral cannabis ingestion to new, um, heights: this oil has a light, silky, floral flavor and is based in coconut oil, making it ideal for cooking or just slipping under the tongue for enhanced holiday socializing. Find it at Torrey Holistics in La Jolla or order online.
Kaneh Co. Edibles
Local-to-San Diego Kaneh Co. specializes in legal cannabis baked goods, making this the ideal gift for the host or hostess that loves to provide a different kind of buzz for their guests. With everything from hazelnut caramel brownies to chocolate paleo bites, the folks at Kaneh have everyone covered for a good and delicious time. As a guide, for cookies, each contains 10 milligrams of THC--a pack will contain 100 milligrams, total.
Jetty Extracts Dablicator
San Diego-based Jetty Extracts has created what they call a better way to ingest cannabis oil with their Dablicator. Ideal for dabbing, orally ingesting or smoking with flower, their oils are free of pesticides, chemicals and fillers and are created with flower grown in California. The Dablicator is also small and portable, releasing precise 0.5 milligram doses of THC or CBD, meaning it’s ideal for people on the go that just want a little pick me up throughout the day or night.
Mary’s Medicinals Distillate Cartridge Kit
The 3:1 CBD:THC cartridge offers a relaxing sensation without the intense high often associated with a straight THC vape. Mary's formulas are 100% natural with no pesticides, fillers or additives and the all-in-one kit includes a refillable Pyrex cartridge and adjustable voltage battery.
Perfect for newbies to cannabis, Mary’s Medicinals Distillate Cartridge Kit ($88) is a prime starter pack for your friend who is interested in dabbling in cannabis now that it's legal in California. Find it online and at many local dispensaries.
SInce I know many Edible San Diego readers are skilled home cooks, I would be remiss not to include MagicalButter. The machine is the world’s first countertop botanical extractor designed for infusing the essence of healthy herbs like cannabis, sage and lavender into butter, oil, grain alcohol, lotions, and more.
A trip to MagicalButter’s website reveals a special holiday bundle for $209.95, which includes a whole host of accessories to get one started, like a butter tray, decarboxylator and MagicalButter machine. The website is also chock-full of recipes.