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Nine Things Budtenders Do That Most People Don’t Realize

Ever wonder what budtenders do?  I mean, what they really do other than sell you cannabis?  We had the pleasure of speaking with budtender Amanda Bushere of Euflora Southlands, an all-star rec dispensary in Aurora, Colorado, to learn what the day-to-day is like for these front-line workers.  Below are nine things budtenders do that most people don’t realize.  There is so much more that goes on at dispensaries than meets the eye!

Budtenders have such a big impact on the industry, and this often goes unnoticed.  It’s time to change that!  Whether you’re a regular shopper at dispensaries, or are one considering entering the cannabis space, read on to discover how budtenders’ efforts are all about making your visit a positive experience.

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Nine Things Budtenders Do

1)  Adhering to ever-changing compliance regulations.

Imagine if the ground under your feet moved in different ways as you walked.  This is what it can feel like to work in the cannabis industry.  Regulations change rapidly, and although some may argue about the purpose of all the changes, they are ultimately for your safety.  If budtenders don’t stay on top of it all, and comply with even the smallest of changes, you wouldn’t even be able to make a purchase.  Now that’s a big deal.

2)  Sampling the products ahead of time.

Think of a royal taster, but for you, the consumer.  Yet instead of checking for poison, budtenders sample the products to get to know them first-hand so they can speak to you from experience.  Ask them anything!

A shot of the interior of Euflora Aspen, a Colorado-based cannabis dispensary.

3)  Continuing education.

Even after initial education and training are over, budtenders know how important it is to keep up with latest research on strains, genetics, terpene profiles, and innovative developments such as fast-acting edibles, unique cannabinoids, and more. This helps them have more precision with what options can be the most effective for you.

4)  Utilizing intuition when recommending solutions and products.

Knowledge is power and combining this with the sense of intuition takes their service to the next level.  Have you noticed how budtenders speak to you in a way that invites you to feel more at ease and genuine?  This helps them connect with you more deeply and get to know you better so they can use both their knowledge and their intuition to narrow down the best recommendations for you.

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5)  Budtenders genuinely aim to help you.

If you were to ask a budtender why they chose to do this work, one of the most frequent responses would be so they could help people feel better with the help of cannabis medicine.  So, when you feel like they are truly caring about you…they really do!

6)  Vibing out the space. 

Aesthetics are important and they know it.  Isn’t it nice to walk into a dispensary and really dig the vibe?  Budtenders consciously help create the atmosphere and tend to it throughout the day to make your experience the best it can be.

7)  They are listening.

Like, really listening to you…what you’re dealing with, how you want to feel, what products you love that have really worked for you.  They embody attentiveness through their listening skills and also pay attention to what works for other customers so they can share that information with you.  They don’t just sell, they help guide, offering advice such as to “start low, go slow” and when you’re just getting started with consuming cannabis, using micro-dosed edibles.

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8)  Helping you get the most value for your dollar.

Budtenders strive to help you get the biggest bang for your buck.  By bringing together daily specials, product spiffs, and an understanding of what you’re looking for, they strategize for you on how you can go home with the most value.

9)  Keeping their fingers on the pulse.

Their work doesn’t end when they leave for the day.  They keep connected in the community and industry, learning about new products on the market, such as the upcoming, luxurious Nové gummies and what’s the latest and greatest in the world of cannabis so they can be a better resource for you and their colleagues.

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Thank Your Budtender for Their Incredible Work

Are you part of the industry?  We'd love to hear different perspectives, whether you're a grower, extractor, manager at a dispensary, or business owner!  Reach out to us here and tell us your story for a chance to be featured.

Either way, next time you visit a dispensary, may you have a new appreciation of the person behind the counter helping you with your purchase.  Connect with your local budtender at these fine retailers.


Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Bread slices resting on a wood surface next to a Nove Honey Peanut Butter bar.

Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Drizzle

Can you smell that? It’s the smell of pumpkin patches, crisp fall leaves, cool weather, and flannel! There’s no better place to enjoy the autumn season than Colorado, and nothing gets people excited more than new, pumpkin-themed fall recipes. That’s why we’re partnering with the Fresh Baked Dispensary in Boulder to bring you our version of cannabis-infused pumpkin bread, drizzled with our Honey Peanut Butter chocolate bar.

Who is Fresh Baked Dispensary?

Fresh Baked opened its doors at the east end of Boulder’s Pearl Street in 2010. The medical dispensary eventually turned recreational in 2014 after Colorado legalized cannabis for adult-use. 

The company cultivates over 25 different strains, including their Colorado Cup award-winning cultivar, Jack Flash. Fresh Baked is recognized as a true pioneer of Boulder’s cannabis culture and builds their brand around providing cannabis with character to all of their patrons.

A green, Fresh Baked Dispensary-branded mug next to two Nove Luxury Edibles chocolate bars.

Best tips for baking moist and flavorful pumpkin bread

Baking pumpkin bread isn’t complicated, but following these tips will ensure it comes out perfectly moist and crumbly.

  • Be mindful of your spice ratios - How much spice you add to the batter can make or break the flavor of the pumpkin bread. Adding too much will make it strong and slightly bitter. Another tip is to always use fresh spices. Don’t downgrade your pumpkin bread with spices that have sat on your shelf for over a year. You may even want to grind the spices up yourself if you’re feeling extra fancy!
  • Don’t reach for the pumpkin pie filling in your cabinet - Pumpkin pie filling is already loaded with sugar and spices. Puréed pumpkin contains no additional ingredients, so you have total control over how much or how little spice you include in the recipe. Remember, you don’t want to overload your taste senses or your blood sugar levels. 
  • Keep all ingredients at room temperature - Mixing ingredients at room temperature makes it easier to blend everything together. It will also help the pumpkin bread rise more evenly if the batter’s texture is nice and smooth.
  • Avoid under or overmixing the batter - Since we’re not relying on yeast to make the bread rise, you’ll want to be careful mixing the dry and wet ingredients. The pumpkin bread will be too tough if the batter is overmixed. Undermixing it may cause uneven air bubbles and create pockets of uncooked batter.

A Nove Honey Peanut Butter bar resting on a striped, cloth napkin.  This is one of the key ingredients when making our cannabis-infused pumpkin bread.

Ingredients for Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 can pumpkin puree 
  • ¾ cup salted butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 
  • 1 Nové Honey Peanut Butter bar

Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Bread Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. Combine the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl and mix well, then add in the eggs and pumpkin.
  4. Add the flour last by mixing in a quarter cup at a time.
  5. Carefully pour half of the mixture into each loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes and test if it’s done using a toothpick! Put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes if the toothpick doesn't come out clean.  
  7. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  8. While the loaf is cooling, bring a small amount of water to boil. Once the water has reached a boil, turn the heat down to medium.
  9. Cut Nové chocolates into squares and put them in a wide-mouth mason jar. Place the mason jar into the water for 7-12 minutes or until it has melted smoothly.
  10. Once the chocolate has melted fully and the loaf has had a few minutes to cool, pour the chocolate onto the loaf and evenly distribute the chocolate.
  11. Let the loaf chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has solidified. 
  12. Cut the slices as big as you want and enjoy! 

*Nové chocolate bars contain 10mg of THC per square (100mg for one chocolate bar). The number of slices the loaf is cut into will dictate the dosing strength of each individual piece. If you cut it into 10 slices, each one will be around 10mg THC.

Cannabis-Infused Pumpkin Bread slices resting on a wood surface next to a Nove Honey Peanut Butter bar.

Add your own spin to pumpkin spice season using Nové luxury cannabis chocolates

Bringing this cannabis-infused pumpkin bread to a fall dinner party will definitely be a conversation-starter. Your friends and family won’t be able to resist the moist texture or the smell of warm spices in the air. 

Grab our Nové Honey Peanut Butter chocolate bar from Fresh Baked Dispensary and enjoy the twist to this classic fall recipe!


French toast on a white plate, topped with cannabis-infused dalgona coffee cream and spicy raspberry coulis.

Cannabis-Infused Dalgona Coffee Cream │ A Brunch Collab with Dead Veggies

Announcing our most delicious collaboration/giveaway yet!  Nové Luxury Edibles is partnering with creative foodies MattyEaats, LostBoys5280, and Keith Graham in honor of the launch of Dead Veggie’s new "Bloody Matty" cocktail mix (available 8/18).  This amazing giveaway includes the unreleased Bloody Matty mix, various Nové chocolate bar flavors, a bottle of spicy raspberry jam, and plenty more!  To add to this basket of goodies, Dead Veggies has created a new French toast recipe, topped with a cannabis-infused dalgona coffee whipped cream.  Get ready to have your Sunday brunches ramped up!

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Dead Veggies wants YOU to thank your vegetables!

Dead Veggies is a new food company based in Colorado creating kimchi-based condiments.  The founders, Matt and Daniel, started Dead Veggies to reimagine Korean food in a unique and contemporary way.  Having spent their entire lives eating and making kimchi with their families inspired them to create a product that authentically represented their experiences as second-generation Korean-Americans.

Matt and Daniel explain how “authentic” means a different standard for every person depending on their individual experiences.  For them, Dead Veggies lets them combine their cultural identities and produce a product “authentic” to their own experiences but prepared with traditional Korean methods.

What is Dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee is a whipped coffee drink made with instant coffee, sugar, milk, and water.  The coffee is layered with a frothy, whipped coffee cream on top and iced or hot milk on the bottom.  Because it’s such a simple drink to make, many people have been inspired to make their own variations, including ones made with matcha and pumpkin spice.

Where did Dalgona coffee originate?

Dalgona coffee has a very odd history.  And the truth is, the drinks themselves don’t even contain the main ingredient it was named after.

A Korean sponge-like sweet, Dalgona (달고나) is believed to have appeared in the city of Busan during the 1960s or 70s.  This food exists throughout many parts of the globe, but under different names.  Some of the alternate names for Dalgona include sponge cake (New York and Pennsylvania), cinder toffee (Britain), honeycomb toffee (South Africa), sea foam (California and Pacific Coast), and karumeyaki (Japan). 

The coffee drink itself is inspired by an Indian coffee beverage called phenti hui coffee, or beaten coffee.  The main difference is that phenti hui coffee pours milk on top of the whipped mix, whereas dalgona coffee does the reverse. 

Another odd fact about Dalgona coffee, as mentioned before, is that it’s not made with any dalgona.  The name was actually coined by South Korean actor Jung Il-woo during an appearance on a show called Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant in January 2020, after remarking how the taste of the whipped cream reminded him of dalgona.  However, the COVID pandemic was the largest player responsible for popularizing it. 

After social distancing orders began in South Korea, there was a significant rise in recipes and videos showing how to make dalgona coffee at home.  Pretty soon, DIY dalgona coffee recipes began appearing across multiple South Korean YouTube channels before becoming a viral sensation on Tiktok under the hashtag #dalgonacoffeechallenge.  Many people now refer to the drink as the official ‘quarantine coffee.’

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Best tips for making your own Dalgona Coffee

Although this is probably the easiest coffee drink you’ll ever make, there are a few things to remember to ensure you get the right taste and consistency. 

  • Use instant coffee ONLY

While you’d think it wouldn’t make much of a difference, many people will attest that instant coffee works better than ground coffee.  The ground coffee will not dissolve well in hot water compared to the instant.  The consistency of the drink won’t be the same and will have less frothiness to it.  That means K-cups are also a no-go.  Some have found drip coffee can work as well, but it can still be tricky to get just right. 

  • Don’t leave out the sugar

The sugar is key to getting the kind of frothiness you want for the foam.  Those who made the dalgona coffee without it found the cream doesn’t get as light or fluffy and won’t hold its form for long.  However, you can substitute it with unsweetened or other non-white sugars like brown, raw, or coconut sugar. 

  • It goes great with either hot or cold milk

As if this coffee drink couldn’t get any better, it’s great whether it’s hot or cold!  Non-dairy alternatives, like oat or almond milk, also work just as well.  But note that on this particular French toast recipe, milk is not necessary -- we'll just be using the cannabis-infused dalgona coffee cream! 

  • Using an electric mixer is easier and faster than doing it by hand

Hand mixers and electric whisks are far better and faster at mixing the whipped coffee cream.  While you can do it by hand, it will take much longer and may start to hurt your arm and hand after a couple of minutes.  Milk frothers also take a considerable amount of time and need to be very powerful to create such a thick and frothy texture.

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Recipe: French Toast with Cannabis-Infused Dalgona Coffee Cream

The sweet and bitter qualities of Dalgona coffee perfectly complement the tartness of Nové’s Raspberry Bramble bar.  With the addition of French toast, fresh raspberries, and a spicy raspberry coulis, this recipe is guaranteed to make anyone a breakfast hero in 30 minutes or less.  For a balanced breakfast, serve your French toast with the new, collaborative “Bloody Matty” cocktail mix from Dead Veggies and MattyEaats.

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Total: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Your Shopping List To Create Dalgona French Toast

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 T Instant Coffee
  • 4 T Granulated Sugar
  • 1 bar Nové Raspberry Bramble (50mg THC, 12.5mg per serving)
  • 4 T Hot Water
  • 3 ea. Eggs, Whole
  • 2 cups Milk, Whole
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 T Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 8 thick slices Korean Milk Bread (substitute with shokupan, challah, or brioche)
  • 2 cups Fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • Optional Whipped Cream

OPTIONAL:

Spicy Raspberry Coulis

  • 1 cups Fresh raspberries
  • 1 cups Granulated sugar
  • 1 cups Water
  • ½ ea. Jalapeno
  • 1 T Korean Chili Flake (gochugaru)
  • 5 oz Smuckers (or your favorite) raspberry jam
  • 1 oz. Elderflower liqueur (we used St. Germain)
  • 1 ea. Lemon juice/zest
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

Fresh toast topped with cannabis-infused dalgona coffee cream.  A Nove box and Bloody Matty are in the foreground.

Step One: Make The Cannabis-Infused Dalgona Coffee Cream

  1. Dissolve the instant coffee, sugar, and Nové Raspberry Bramble bar with hot water inside a mixing bowl.  To adjust the dosage, add more or less Raspberry Bramble (divide the total mg’s by 4 to calculate mg/serving)
  2. Using a whisk, hand mixer, or stand mixer, whip the mixture for about 5-8 minutes until stiff peaks form.  Scrape down the sides to ensure every bit gets whipped.  Keep cool in the fridge until ready to DEVOUR.

Step Two: Stir Together The Spicy Raspberry Coulis

  1. In a small saucepot, combine all ingredients except lemon juice/zest.  Bring to a boil, then immediately turn down the heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes. 
  2. Turn off the heat and add the juice/zest of one lemon. 
  3. Remove the seeds with a strainer or chinois and transfer to the fridge to cool down. 

Step Three: Fire Up The Skillet and Assemble Your Dalgona French Toast

  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk, eggs, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Set aside briefly until ready to use.
  2. In a 10-inch or 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Dip bread in egg mixture, soaking both sides.  Shake off the excess egg mixture from the bread and place the bread slices onto the hot skillet.  Season lightly with salt and pan-fry each slice until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes), then flip to cook the other side.
  4. Serve immediately with the cannabis-infused Dalgona coffee cream, spicy raspberry coulis, fresh raspberries, and a light dusting of cocoa powder - add whipped cream for an indulgent treat.

Step Four: Serve with Dead Veggies "Bloody Matty" Mix, Available 8/18!

Bloody mary cocktails with garnishes for brunch

The romantic chemistry between cannabis and chocolate is undeniable

This recipe is just a sampling of all the ways you can enjoy cannabis and food together, especially when using chocolate edibles.  We even added a few of our own cannabis-infused recipes to the blog

Our chocolate bar flavors can be combined with your favorite meals morning, noon, and night.  If you’re ready to start cooking, then use our store locator to find the closest Nové retailer near you! 


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How To Pair Beer and Cannabis Chocolates

A Match Made in Heaven

Pairing beer and cannabis together has generally been met with a quick ‘no’ from some people. Yet there are those who are finding ways to enjoy consuming both while doing it safely. 

We did a previous post on pairing wine and weed, and now, in honor of National Beer Day, we’re sharing how to pair some of Colorado’s best craft beers with our Nové luxury chocolates. Colorado is home to dozens of craft breweries and is known for high-tier beers within the industry. Pair this together with products from one of Colorado’s most reputable cannabis companies and you can’t go wrong.

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Why do beer and cannabis chocolates go together?

You’ve often heard not to mix cannabis and beer together. However, when done so responsibly, you’ll find that both substances actually compliment each other rather nicely. In fact, cannabis and hops are cousins

Although there’s been some debate behind this claim, scientists confirmed in 2002 that hops and cannabis were closely related and belonged to the Cannabaceae family, a species of climbing plants that produce petalless flowers. It’s not surprising when you consider how often beer and cannabis are described using the same adjectives; earthy, sweet, citrusy, spicey, etc. Cannabis and hops also produce some of the same terpenes, including myrcene, beta-pinene, and humulene.

Tips for consuming beer and cannabis chocolate

No matter how often you drink or consume cannabis, our motto is always "start low, go slow." When you drink alcohol, the blood vessels widen, making it easier for the bloodstream to absorb the THC from the edible. It not only enhances the high you’ll feel, but the side effects as well. This has led some people to experience what’s known as ‘greening out’.’ Greening out is a term used to describe someone who has ingested too much cannabis and begins feeling sick, followed by symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and anxiety.

A young black man holding a piece of Nove Cafe Cappuccino cannabis-infused chocolate up close to the camera.

Every person has a different tolerance for both weed and alcohol. What’s important is that you know your personal limits and monitor how your body responds. These tips can help you avoid overdoing it while still creating a unique and harmonious experience:

  1. Every square of our Nové chocolate bars is accurately dosed with 10mg of THC. As with most edibles, the onset of effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. You could split each square in half to start off or cut it into quarters. Our chocolate’s creamy, stable center is easy to cut through without making a mess.
  2. The safest way to consume cannabis and alcohol together is 2.5mg of THC with a 1-2oz pour of beer, about the size of a regular shot glass. Let the chocolate melt in your mouth a little before taking a sip. It’s better if both are around room temperature. 
  3. Keeping your beer and cannabis chocolate flavors within the same terpene family will enhance the tasting and avoid too many terpene clashes. For instance, drinking a sour beer while eating a minty edible won’t mix well with your taste palette. Sometimes a stout you thought would go perfectly with dark chocolate is actually too heavy or bitter. Not every beer or chocolate flavor will taste good together, so part of the process is about finding that balance.
  4. Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, is very acidic. Beer can be slightly acidic as well, but you want to avoid creating issues with your stomach. Imperial stouts and barrel-aged brews have a high ABV, so it’s best to stick with beers under 8%.
  5. We highly suggest drinking your beers from lightest to darkest so you can enjoy the progression in body and flavor. You don’t want your palette overrun by strong, bold flavors right out the gate. 
  6. If you are on any kind of prescribed medication, please DO NOT mix cannabis or beer with each other or anything else before speaking with your doctor. You must always consider your health and wellness first.

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Our top Nové chocolate flavors and Colorado beer pairings

Colorado is known for its delicious craft breweries and cannabis, to no one’s surprise. The incredible concoctions of terpenes and flavors are certainly worth trying, especially for National Beer Day! 

There are a ton of Colorado beers to choose from, but these six are some of our top choices for how they pair with our own chocolate flavors. 

Carver Brewing Co. Raspberry Wheat Ale with Rasberry Bramble

Raspberry is a popular fruit flavor to include in beer and chocolate. It’s only natural they’d go together. Carver Brewing’s Raspberry Wheat Ale has a strong aroma with a tart, dry finish. The raspberry filling in our bramble bar with the dark chocolate creates one rich, fruity mouthful.

Denver Beer Co. Maui Express Coconut IPA with Island Coconut

The tropical vacation never ends with this combination. The Island Coconut chocolate bar sports a hint of Madagascar vanilla for just an extra bit of sweetness. With the tropical, juicy fruit hop flavor of Denver Beer Co.'s Maui Express Coconut IPA, you get to let your mind stroll along a sandy, white beach.

Odell Brewery Good Behavior Crushable IPA with Sea Salt Caramel

The tropical fruit and peachy flavor of the Good Behavior Crushable IPA is an interesting combo with the Sea Salt Caramel chocolate. The milk chocolate balances well with the light body and crisp finish of the beer.

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Denver Beer Co. Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Porter with Honey Peanut Butter

What goes better with summer than a campfire under the stars? Denver Beer Co. literally put a s’more in a can. The lush chocolate porter with the smoothness of the Honey Peanut Butter bar is as creamy as you can get. 

Finkel & Garf Oatmeal Milk Stout with Cafe Cappuccino

Coffee and chocolate are two of the best flavors you could pair together! The Cafe Cappuccino bar tastes like sipping on a freshly ground espresso, especially with the white chocolate coating. Mixing it with the Oatmeal Milk Stout’s own chocolate and coffee flavors turns your mouth into a regular coffee shop.

Avery Brewing Co. Mint Chocolate Stout with Glacier Mint

Avery Brewing has a long-standing history of brewing some of the best beers in the industry. No better choice to pair our Glacier Mint chocolate with than their Mint Chocolate Stout. The peppermint and cacao nibs create a cool, tingling mixture with the mint filling from the chocolate bar.

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May chocolate and beer never disappear!

Knowing how to safely consume cannabis and alcohol together is the pinnacle of having an enjoyable experience. However, looking at the similarities between brewing beer and growing cannabis can give us a better understanding of how they’re related.

Supporting the local breweries in Colorado is just as important as supporting local cannabis businesses. Both are a craft and take years of dedication to master. Celebrate National Beer Day with one of your favorite brews and by using our store locator to pick up a Nové chocolate edible to pair it with. Our unique cannabis chocolate flavors offer the luxury, gourmet experience for half the price!


Nove Honey Peanut Butter cannabis chocolate resting next to fresh honeycomb and peanuts.

Tips for Consuming Cannabis Edibles

A Beginner's Guide to Consuming Edibles

Novices and experts alike are partaking in edibles as a regular method of cannabis consumption. It makes sense since you can pretty much add cannabinoids to almost any kind of food; from gummies and chocolate bars to full-course meals! A wide selection of delicious, infused treats is just one reason to buy from legal, licensed dispensaries. These retailers and the manufacturers they promote follow strict state regulations, ensuring that all products are tested for consistency at a certified lab. But, if you're new to shopping at your local pot shop, it's especially important that you follow our tips for consuming cannabis edibles. 

Have you been curious to see what the hype is all about? We’ve put together a list of guidelines so you can be prepared for your first edible experience.  

9 Tips for Consuming Cannabis Edibles

1. Start with a low dosage

You’ve may or may not have heard of the saying ‘start low, go slow,’ but it’s something all cannabis newcomers should remember. It’s never a good idea to try taking more than the recommended dose if you haven’t tried cannabis before. You can find plenty of stories from people who had a bad experience after consuming too much, too fast. 

2. Be patient

One important distinction between smoking and eating cannabis is the time it takes for the effects to start kicking in. When you smoke, the onset may only take a few minutes. But with edibles, you likely won't experience effects for 30 minutes to an hour after consuming; and, you should wait at least two hours before consuming more. Those who aren’t aware of this will sometimes eat another edible thinking the first dose wasn’t enough. This is a trap many first-time cannabis users can fall into, but it can be avoided if you stay patient and monitor how you’re feeling.

A man looking at his wrist watch. "Start low, go slow" is one of our tips for consuming cannabis edibles.

3. Don’t mix with alcohol

Mixing alcohol with edibles doesn’t make for a good combo. One issue with this is you’d be unable to distinguish whether the effects you’re feeling are from the alcohol or the THC. Another is the alcohol may increase the THC concentration in your blood, which was found in a study from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). 

4. Read the packaging closely

Just like how you read the nutrition labels on other foods, you’ll want to carefully read cannabis edibles' packaging. Legal market products will always show the amount of milligrams of THC per package and per serving. In Colorado, the standard at recreational dispensaries is 10mg THC per dose. But at medical retailers, some edibles can go as high as 100mg THC per dose! 

5. Know your tolerance level

Chances are if you’re not an avid cannabis user, than your tolerance is relatively low. The effects will always differ person to person, but sometimes even the recommended dose can be too much for someone just starting out. If you're new to consuming edibles and are nervous about how your body may react, eat just half a piece for a 5mg serving! Nové Luxury Chocolates' fillings are stable enough to cut through without making a mess. This way, you’ll get a better sense for how you feel and be able to judge whether you need another dose or not. Remember, you can always increase the dosage, but you can’t put back what you’ve already eaten.

A female model eating a half piece of Nove Cafe Cappuccino, a 5mg THC serving.  Microdosing is one of our tips for consuming edibles.

6. Eat a meal beforehand

It’s not a good idea to eat edibles on an empty stomach. Having a meal beforehand will help keep the edible's effects more gradual and consistent. Plus, this allows the body to be able to absorb more of the infused cannabis at a faster rate. In particular, one study from Science Daily discovered high-fat foods can speed up cannabidiol absorption. Lastly, it might help curb some of the munchies later on! 

7. Be in a comfortable space (figuratively and mentally)

Your setting plays a bigger part in your cannabis experience than you realize. This goes for your mental headspace, too. Keeping your head in a positive place and being in a familiar environment that isn’t overstimulating will help you stay even more calm and relaxed. Putting on your favorite music or TV show can also make everything more enjoyable while keeping you occupied.

8. Store your chocolate edibles in a cool place

What you don’t want to do is let your cannabis chocolate melt. This will make it harder to properly dose how much THC you’re ingesting. Besides, a cool chocolate edible straight from the fridge hits just the spot.

Nove Honey Peanut Butter cannabis chocolate resting next to fresh honeycomb and peanuts.

9. Key tip for consuming cannabis edibles: have a plan if you take too much

Even the most experienced cannabis consumer has gotten a little too high. But the good news is that no one has ever died from eating too many ediblesIf you accidentally overdo it, the first tip to remember is to breathe and stay calm. The symptoms will eventually pass, but one thing you can do is take a small dose of CBD to help lessen the intensity of the THC. Just put a few drops of the trupura CBD tincture under your tongue for 30 seconds, drink plenty of water, and find a quiet space to relax.

Elevate the everyday with Nové Luxury Cannabis Chocolates!

You have the knowledge and insight, now it’s time to indulge. Nové chocolate edibles can satisfy any sweet tooth and we have the flavors to prove it! Visit our store locator to find a dispensary near you and treat yourself to an everyday luxury.


Slices of pineapple on a cast iron skillet. Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle is a great cannabis recipe from Nove.

Cannabis Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle

A Tropical and Summery Cannabis Recipe: Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate

You’ll definitely want to have these caramelized grilled pineapples at your next cookout. They’re great for dessert or as a snack, especially covered in a cannabis-infused chocolate drizzle made with our Island Coconut Chocolate. The sweetness of the pineapple with the fresh, nutty flavor of the coconut is irresistible. The perfect treat that captures the essence of summer!

Slices of pineapple on a cast iron skillet.  Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle is a great cannabis recipe from Nove.

Ingredients for Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle

Serving size: 6

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored, and cut into even pieces
  • Wooden or metal skewers
  • 1 Nové Island Coconut chocolate bar (10mg THC/piece, 100mg THC/bar)

Inspiration source: Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple by The Recipe Critic

How To Tell If Your Pineapple Is Ripe

You don’t want to use a pineapple that isn’t ripe and ready to eat. You also want to avoid using one that’s overripe since the taste and texture won’t be the same. These tips can help you know how to choose a ripe pineapple from the store.

  • The skin should be firm but slightly soft when you squeeze it.
  • Ripe pineapples will smell sweet toward the bottom near the base of the pineapple. A slightly sour, vinegary smell indicates it’s actually overripe.
  • The color will be light to medium yellow with a mild green hue. Pineapples change from green to yellow when ripe. Some green pineapples can also be ripe, but not if it’s completely dark green.
  • It should have vibrant green, healthy frond leaves. 
  • Weight matters. Pineapples that are on the heavier side will have more juices, which means it’s ready to eat!

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Instructions for Cutting Your Pineapple

  1. Cut off about one inch from the top and bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Stand it upright and cut from top to bottom to remove the skin in strips. Go around the pineapple to trim off any remaining part of the peel and eyes.
  3. Cut the pineapple into four quarters lengthwise and remove the core from each quarter piece.
  4. Cut the quarters into smaller wedges.

How To Prep Your Pineapple for The Grill

  1. Toss the pineapple wedges into a bowl and coat them with the brown sugar. Put them on the skewers and sit for 10 minutes before grilling them. If you’re worried about the pineapple sticking, you can spray it with some canola oil.
  2. Grill over medium heat for about 7-10 minutes while turning them occasionally. You can tell the pineapple is done once it’s tender and golden brown with slight grill marks.

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Preparing the Coconut Chocolate Drizzle

An easy way to melt the chocolate is by using the double boiler method.

  1. Choose the dosage you want and break apart the Island Coconut chocolate squares.
  2. Fill a pot with 1 to 2 inches of water. Put a heat-safe glass mixing bowl over the pot and add the chocolate. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water. 
  3. Turn up the stove to low heat. The steam from the water will start to slowly melt the chocolate. 
  4. Continuously stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until it’s silky smooth. 
  5. Use a spoon to drizzle it over the caramelized pineapple and enjoy!

Nove Island Coconut cannabis luxury chocolate packaging next to a cut-open piece of chocolate. This bar is perfect for our Grilled Pineapple with Chocolate Drizzle recipe.

Our Luxury Cannabis Chocolates Will Level Up Your Summer Cooking

Everyone is going to want your new summer recipes! Our luxury cannabis chocolates are a game-changer for anyone wanting to experiment with cannabis-infused cooking. See where you can buy all of our Nové Chocolate flavors with our store locator.


A rocket salad topped with parmesan, almonds, and raspberries. The infused Raspberry Chocolate Salad by Nove is a must-try.

Cannabis Recipe: Raspberry Chocolate Salad

A Cannabis-Infused First Course

A great appetizer to a summer meal is a fresh salad. Add a little cannabis chocolate and you have a unique and delicious first course that’ll keep you in good spirits for the whole meal. We’ve elevated this raspberry chocolate salad recipe to a whole new level by including our Raspberry Bramble Chocolate to create a sweet and potent balsamic dressing.

A rocket salad topped with parmesan, almonds, and raspberries.  The infused Raspberry Chocolate Salad by Nove is a must-try.

Ingredients for Raspberry Chocolate Salad

Serving size: 4-6

Balsamic Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 square of the Nové Raspberry Bramble Chocolate (10mg THC per piece)

Salad:

  • Baby romaine, arugula, and baby spinach
  • 1 pint of raspberries
  • ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of silver almonds
  • 1-2 squares of the Nové Raspberry Bramble Chocolate (10mg THC per piece)

Inspiration source: Raspberry Salad with Cocoa Balsamic Dressing by The Fig Tree

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How to Make the Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

  1. Dose out two squares of the Raspberry Bramble bar.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a blender to mix together. Set the dressing aside in a mason jar for at least 10 minutes so you get the most flavor.

Making the Rasberry Chocolate Salad

  1. Get a large bowl and throw in the greens, almonds, raspberries, and cheese. (Make sure the salad greens are washed first.)
  2. Top off the salad with chocolate garnishes using the Raspberry Bramble Chocolate bar. You can either chop the square(s) up into bits or use a potato peeler to make chocolate curls.

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Infuse More of Your Favorite Summer Recipes with Nové Luxury Chocolates

There are all kinds of summer dishes that can be improved upon with cannabis. Luckily, we have plenty of other flavors you can try out. Our store locator will show you which dispensaries closest to you what flavors currently in stock. Being in the kitchen all day just got a lot more fun!


A bowl of cannabis-infused Chocolate Barbecue Sauce featuring Nove Cafe Cappuccino bar

Cannabis Recipe: Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

Your Go-To Cannabis Recipe for Backyard Barbecues

Nothing makes meat or veggies tastier than slathering them with barbeque sauce. It’s a staple for every outdoor cookout. But did you know it’s even better when you add chocolate?

The blend of spicy and smoky flavors with the rich, espresso center of our Café Cappuccino Chocolate creates a sauce that’s full of body and flavor. Our infused chocolate barbecue sauce recipe definitely brings an extra layer to a cook-out classic.

A bowl of cannabis-infused Chocolate Barbecue Sauce featuring Nove Cafe Cappuccino bar

Ingredients for Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

Serving size: about 2 cups

  • 3 squares of the Nové Café Cappuccino Chocolate, chopped (10mg THC per piece)
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of ketchup
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. salt 
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Note: When refrigerated in an air-sealed container, this sauce will last up to one week.

Inspiration source: Chocolate Barbecue Sauce by Saveur

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Cooking Instructions for Infused Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Throw in the garlic and onion and cook them until they’re soft. Usually, this takes about 4-6 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and reduce the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally for 5-8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

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Find Out What Dispensaries Carry Our Café Cappuccino Chocolate Using Our Store Locator

We supply multiple dispensaries across Colorado so our consumers have easy access to our Nové luxury chocolates. Our website includes a store locator to help narrow down your search. The Café Cappuccino is only one of our six chocolate flavors, so feel free to treat yourself to more than one chocolate bar!


Three frozen hot chocolates topped with whipped cream and striped straws. This cannabis recipe features Nove Glacier Mint.

Cannabis Recipe: Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

A Summertime Cannabis Recipe For You

The words ‘hot chocolate’ and ‘summer’ don’t normally go together, but this recipe with a twist says otherwise! Our take on frozen mint hot chocolate infused with our Nové Glacier Mint Chocolate makes for a fabulous sweet treat after barbequing in the sun all day. The best part is it takes less than 10 minutes to make. An easy, quick, and luxurious summer dessert to wind down with on a warm evening!

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Ingredients for Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

Serving size: 1

  • Chocolate syrup
  • 1 packet of hot chocolate mix
  • 1-2 cups of ice
  • ½-1 cups of milk (you can also use chocolate milk if you want it extra, extra chocolatey!)
  • 1-2 ice cream scoops
  • 1 square of the Nové Glacier Mint Chocolate (10mg THC per piece)

Optional ingredients:

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Here’s a quick tip: Put whatever glass you’re using in the freezer ahead of time so your drink stays cold longer! 

Inspiration source: Frozen Hot Chocolate Drink by Veena Azmanov

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How to Make A Cannabis-Infused Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

  1. Add all the ingredients and one square of the Nové Glacier Mint Chocolate into a blender. You can cut up the chocolate square so it blends easier.
  2. Blend for about 20 to 30 seconds until it’s smooth.
  3. Pour the drink out into a cold glass and finish it off with an extra scoop or two of ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Feel free to add whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles because why not!

Nove Glacier Mint cannabis luxury chocolate packaging next to a cut-open piece of chocolate.

More Nové Chocolate Flavors to Try Out This Summer

Give your taste buds a workout this summer by trying the rest of our Nové Chocolate flavors! All of our sweet and salty choices are made using single-origin, South American chocolate, elevating your edible experience to another level. Use our store locator to find our affiliate dispensaries and start making your summer days a little more uplifting.


Nove Luxury Cannabis Chocolates in production; sourcing sustainable chocolate is essential to our social promise.

Nové Sustainable Chocolate: Sourcing Sustainable Cacao and Protecting The Rainforests

Our planet holds hundreds of natural wonders. Some of the most impressive are the rainforests. Sadly, we have witnessed these forest monstrosities be annihilated through illegal deforestation, logging, and a jump in the number of cattle farms. According to The Nature Conservancy, the 6 million square miles of tropical rainforest that once existed has dropped to only 2.4 million square miles.

In an effort to raise awareness and encourage action, the Rainforest Partnership officially launched the first World Rainforest Day on June 22nd, 2017.

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What is World Rainforest Day?

World Rainforest Day is about celebrating the beauty of the rainforests and encouraging staunch action to preserve them.

Besides being home to over half of the world’s animals and plants, we can also thank rainforests for producing close to 20% of the oxygen we breathe. They’ve even been deemed the “world’s largest pharmacy." This is because nearly 25% of Western medicine includes ingredients from tropical rainforests.

The decline in tropical rainforests should be alarming to everyone

Seeing how rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystem (some surviving 70 million years and counting), it’s hard to imagine a world without them. However, the situation has taken a dramatic step back.

The World Rainforest Day’s website explains how 40 years of deforestation has shrunk the rainforests' landmass to the size of Europe. To put it into perspective, researchers estimate we lose about 40 football fields worth of rainforest every minute. In other words, this equates to almost 3300 miles lost a day. Very recently, Brazil’s national space research institute INPE recorded the rate of deforestation in the Amazon had soared to 60%.

In addition, it’s important to remember that rainforests provide for indigenous communities and their tribes. Many live off the land. Some have been persecuted for speaking out against the industries harming their ecosystem and way of life.

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What is the importance of sustainable sourcing?

The definition of sustainable sourcing is the integration of social, ethical, and environmental performance factors into the process of selecting suppliers. 

Expanding supply chains into developing countries is a common practice for industries wanting to produce at a higher capacity with lower costs. However, this comes with plenty of risks, such as failing to comply with local laws and regulations and supply disruption. 

The increased awareness of the negative impacts on the environment and indigenous communities has pushed companies to take responsibility. Therefore, many buyers now expect companies to work towards improving the sustainability of their supply chains. Initiatives like World Rainforest Day provide companies and consumers with the knowledge and resources for protecting the rainforests through impactful action.

Nove Luxury Cannabis Chocolates in production; sourcing sustainable chocolate is essential to our social promise.

How do we sustainably source our Nové Luxury Chocolate products?

Our efforts to be an eco-conscious business are never a last-minute thought. Above all, we believe luxury doesn’t need to have a high price tag or be provided through unethical means. 

Nové luxury cannabis chocolates are made with single-sourced, sustainable cacao from South America. This ensures workers receive fair wages and minimizes our carbon footprint with less transportation. In addition, all of our packaging contains no plastic. Everything is biodegradable, recyclable, and made from 33% post-consumer materials.

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Easy ways you can help protect the rainforest

Tackling global issues takes a strong community of people. Even one small action can make a huge impact. Times that by a few million and true change is inevitable.

Donations aren’t the only way you can contribute to protecting the rainforest. There are several things you can start doing right now!

  • For instance, try reducing the amount of wood and paper you use. Hemp-made products are making a strong comeback. The Hemp Business Journal estimates that it can be used for over 50,000 different products across a wide range of industries. Hemp can even be used as a building material! 
  • Buy products reasonably sourced or made from recyclable material. It not only encourages innovation for companies, but sustainable sourcing reduces operating costs, energy use, and waste production. 
  • Find companies that give back. Some businesses work in tangent with organizations where they’ll donate a portion of their proceeds to a cause they believe in.  
  • Support indigenous communities. By purchasing artisanal items and fair trade products from these communities, you’re helping sustain the rainforests and their livelihood.

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Eating sustainable chocolate is good for the environment!

Who knew eating chocolate could help preserve the rainforests? Sounds like a pretty good deal to us! 

Our promise to make sustainable chocolate products comes from our appreciation of rainforests. We thank them for everything they provide to the world. Be a part of the change by using our store locator to find where you can purchase Nové luxury cannabis chocolates.