Those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to travel may have visited Amsterdam and found themselves longing for the experience of cannabis cafes back home in America. Until recently, the idea of being able to smoke, vape, and ingest cannabis legally in a place other than the privacy of your own home has sounded like a dream come true. A recent announcement by the city of West Hollywood (WeHo) is now turning that vision into a reality.
Starting in 2019, this area of Los Angeles will feature multiple places where cannabis lovers can meet, mingle, and get high in a variety of ways. Positioning itself to become a world-class destination that will rival the best lounges in the Netherlands, WeHo implemented a rigorous process to determine what these new businesses would look like.
According to Eater, officials in WeHo began the screening process back in April of 2018 and received over 300 applicants across five different business license categories which will bring numerous new businesses into the area:
- Eight edibles-only consumption area cafes
- Eight consumption lounges where cannabis smoking, vaping, and edibles can be consumed on-site
- Eight medical dispensary services
- Eight new adult-use retail businesses
- Eight cannabis delivery services
A total of 40 new locations have been approved, including edible-only cafes, medical dispensaries, delivery services, lounges, and retail businesses. The application process alone cost thousands of dollars and once approved, organizations are still left to the task of securing a physical location and obtaining a WeHo business license.
Across the United States, only nine other consumption lounges even exist, with seven located in San Francisco, one in Denver, and one in Oakland. Experts believe that WeHo’s plan will increase cannabis tourism within The Golden State in a huge way.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
While most of the upcoming establishments are keeping their details under wraps, at least three of the future businesses have given a sneak peek of what’s in store.
Co-founded by a nutritionist, Aēon secured three of the 40 licenses and plans on opening a medical shop, adult-use space, and a consumption lounge. Rumors of holistic treatments including acupuncture may also be a welcome addition to their new spaces.
If you’ve heard of Jeff the 420 Chef, you’ll be pleased to know that he’ll be finding a new home at Budberry, a store, cafe, and lounge that’s slated for a WeHo debut. Earlier in the day patrons will be able to purchase cannabis-infused baked goods and can enjoy more adult beverages as things move into the evening hours.
Fine dining in LA is about to take on a whole new meaning thanks to the creative minds at The Antidote, a restaurant that’s focusing on integrating cannabis into every element of your experience. Both couches and booths, as well as more traditional seating, will give you room to enjoy a meal that gets you high or you can sign up for one of their private cooking classes. The idea at The Antidote is to integrate cannabis use into mainstream culture, eventually making a cannabis dinner just as normal as any other upscale plate of food.
Whether you live in West Hollywood or will end up making the journey to Southern California just to see what all the fuss is about, there’s no denying that this part of the world is about to become even more popular than before. WeHo has taken a huge step toward normalizing cannabis use and the future of lounges, clubs, and more has never been brighter than it’s about to be in 2019.
Stuff & Puff Berner’s New Cali Pre-Roll
Cannabis mogul Berber is about to drop the latest must-have pre-roll paper from his premium rolling paper brand, Vibes. A new alternative to the traditional cone, The Cali is a cylindrical pre-roll tube that’s been designed for optimum airflow for the optimal smoking experience.
In a press release, the Bay Area rapper says that he’s been rolling for over 20 years, and that over that time, he was constantly told by friends that they would smoke joints over blunts if they could roll them. So he and Vibes co-founders Greenlane developed this innovative alternative.
“As passionate smokers, and connoisseurs, we are gonna continue to focus on quality papers and products that consumers are missing, such as The Cali,” said Berner in a press release.
“All you have to do is stuff and puff with The Cali.”
The Cali is dedicated to those of us who like a big-smoke experience. We found the papers to burn very evenly and smoothly. They are also easy to extinguish and relight, and even burn evenly in areas where I packed too tightly or too loose (deliberately, before y’all start commenting).
Plus, The Cali pre-rolls are massive, so make sure you have plenty of herb on hand for your next session to fully enjoy the experience either with your homies or when you’re chilling alone.
The Cali is offered in three sizes — one, two, and three gram — across all four signature Vibes paper collections: Ultra Thin, Rice, Hemp, and Organic Hemp
Look for Vibes papers at your local retailer nationwide.
Psychonauts Celebrate Magic Mushroom Day
September 20 is Magic Mushroom Day. Similarly to stoners celebrating 4/20 and 7/10, and LSD enthusiasts celebrating 4/19, entheogenic communities around the world celebrate the psychedelic renaissance on 9/20.
The concept was coined in 2015 when Nicholas Reville, a mushroom advocate from Providence, Rhode Island, declared September 20 as an “educational day of action,” apparently citing the spirit of 4/20 as an opportunity to talk about psilocybin reform, regulations and, of course, rejoice in the magic of psychedelics.
“9/20 was chosen because it is at the beginning of autumn, when mushrooms are most plentiful; because it is close to the equinox, representing a change in direction; and because it echoes 4/20 and the successful movement for marijuana decriminalization and legalization,” said Reville in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Magic Mushrooms: The Next “Green” Wave?
Interest around the benefits and effects of psilocybin, the main active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been steadily growing over the last number of years, with legalization closely following.
At the last election in 2020, Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin with Measure 109 for mental health treatment in supervised settings.
At the same time, the District of Columbia decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic substances with the passage of Initiative 81.
Peep the Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection
Pepsi has partnered with Harlem-based designer and streetwear legend, Dapper Dan, to create The Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection.
As part of the Pepsi “Made for Football Watching” NFL campaign, the iconic collaboration brings the football fan apparel game to the next level with this limited-edition capsule collection created for fans to show up in style, no matter where they’re watching.
The Pepsi x Dapper Dan Football Watching Capsule Collection features fashion-forward football-watching pieces including a lounger, hoodie, bucket hat, and custom-patterned Pepsi can to ensure fans are fitted and geared up for every touchdown, sack and fumble.