LOTS TO TALK ABOUT
• How coffee can be infused in the roasting process, and the pros and cons of coating it in hemp extract oils or going the instant route.
• Finding a flavor balance with the “herbal” taste when infusing.
• Beyond cannabinoids like CBD, what are other plant compounds that have health benefits and/or influence flavor?
• The many varieties of cannabis-infused coffees on the market, from Keurig-style cups to gourmet blends.
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TOP MARIJUANA NEWS
After the smoke clears: What’s next for Northern California’s cannabis industry? The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry. Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions of dollars in property loss and scores of acres of scorched farmland and forests. –Report by The Cannabist’s Bruce Kennedy
Trump’s drug czar nominee withdraws after big pharma flap: Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Republican Pennsylvania congressman “has informed me that he is withdrawing his name.” He praised Marino as “a fine man and a great congressman.” –Report by The Associated Press’ Darlene Superville and Matthew Daly
Recreational marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study suggests: Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar. The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014. –Report by The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham
Soft on crime? Candidate advocates use of drug-sniffing bunnies: A Philadelphia-area mayoral candidate says he was serious when he vowed to investigate the use of drug-sniffing bunnies if elected — even though it appears to stem from an internet hoax. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Republican nominee Dave Gautreau broached the idea Thursday at a Phoenixville mayoral forum. –Report by The Associated Press