Best Baked Edibles 2022 | Amy & Al's Edibles | Cannabis | Phoenix
Nate Nichols
Bud-Tender at White Mountain counter

Back before marijuana was legal in Arizona, we experienced plenty of homemade weed-infused baked goods, and none of them were what you could call tasty. So treats by Amy & Al's Edibles are practically a revelation. Amy & Al's has been on the local cannabis scene for a while, which has given them plenty of time to hone their baking and infusing skills. The company makes cookies, brownies, and truffles in a variety of dosages, plus other treats such as hard candies, gummies, and cannabis-infused honey. We regularly pick up the bags of mini cookies in flavors including snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, and peanut butter. At 10mg each, one is just the right dose for us, and all taste great. The chocolate brownie is the standout, though — rich and moist, we can't even taste the cannabis in the 100mg bar. Amy & Al's home dispensary is White Mountain Health Center, but you can find their products at dispensaries all over town by checking the website.

Truly, we are living in a golden age of cannabis innovation. First, they put THC into beverages. And now, Sweet Dreams Vineyard has taken the alcohol out of typically alcoholic drinks and swapped it for THC. The Scottsdale-based company offers two products, Cannabernet and Marijuarita, that mimic the taste of wine and margaritas, respectively, but without the alcohol that some consumers don't want. Instead, the two items are each sold in two sizes — 6.3-ounce and 25.4-ounce bottles — and each bottle comes in strengths ranging from 10 to 100 mg for the small size and 25 to 100 mg for the large size. The blueberry and pomegranate flavors shine in the Cannabernet, and the tartness of a margarita is on full display in the Marijuarita (that one is best served over ice). Both varieties are a great way to have a drink and achieve a relaxed state of mind without the booze.

Imagine this: Whatever you're eating or drinking at the moment, it has the capacity to get you high. That's the purpose of Sprinkle THC, a powder that turns anything into an edible. Created in Scottsdale, Sprinkle THC products are flavorless and odorless and claim to be sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly. The basic product comes in boxes of 10 tear-open packets and is available in 10- and 25-mg dosages. Plus, there's a sleepytime version that adds 3 mg of melatonin to 10 mg of THC, a THC/CBD combo option, and a 1000-mg jar for users to measure out custom amounts. Whichever version you go with, Sprinkle does what it says: adds some THC goodness to our onion dip, strawberry smoothie, or what have you. You can find Sprinkle products at dispensaries such as Curaleaf, Harvest HOC, and Jars Cannabis.

Local artist Desi B. Glass makes space-age type glass rigs to consume wax, concentrate, or oil — a.k.a. cannabis concentrate. He utilizes propane and an oxygen torch to heat the glass and a kiln to anneal the pieces and keep the pieces warm between steps. He creates a Dab Bot rig, a 7-inch glass sculpture that resembles a robotic monkey. He also makes an Abduction rig, a glass diorama depicting an alien in a spaceship hovering above a glass cow floating in mid-air, it would seem. The glass work is so detailed and out of this world that it commands between $1,500 to $2,500 per piece, and Desi still can't keep them in stock.

Stoney Chicken makes Sherlocks, the calabash-style pipes known for their dramatic curves and made popular by depictions of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Stoney Chicken, who likes to keep his given name private, makes the funky pipes out of glass artistically formed via fire and a set of shaping tools. Stoney's last few Sherlocks, which take him about three hours each to create, resemble ornate woodgrain. Stoney then posts the Sherlock photos on Instagram, drawing hundreds of interested stoner fans. Some fans become artistic collaborators who adhere their glass sculptures to the Sherlock. Earlier this year, Stoney Chicken won a People's Choice Award at the World Series of Glass in Las Vegas. Want one of your own? It's best to message Stoney on social media, as he travels all over the U.S. to sell his Sherlocks for $60 to $120 depending on size, and double the price if a glass frog is attached. And the Sherlocks are by no means his only glass creations — check out his Instagram to see everything Stoney Chicken is capable of.

#MSW is the hashtag for Mary Jane SmokeWear, the local apparel company outfitting the 420 movement since 2009. MSW's mission, according to its website, is to spread peace, love, and cannabis via dope art and chill vibes. One of their latest T-shirt designs depicts two joints that form a cross; another is a tank top that reads #dopesquad. On the company's Instagram and Facebook pages, where they've garnered over 10,000 followers, a model sports the company's new headgear in bright tie-dye patterned colors; the text underneath the brand name reads "POTHEAD." Mary Jane Smokewear isn't just splashed all over the internet; at a recent Marijuana Industry Trade Association event in Phoenix, one guy rocked MSW's new Ganja Turtles tee, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles parody that pictures four turtles smoking up in a van.

"Although realistic — it's not consumable." That's the disclaimer at the top of the Nug Jewelz website. The local jewelry company makes pieces from recycled hemp and resin that are then dyed and shaped to resemble real-life marijuana nuggets and diamond-shaped jewels. The custom pieces are then hung as pendants, attached to necklaces, embedded into rings and beads on bracelets, dangled on earrings, and pinned onto garments. And besides the realistic-looking pieces, Nug Jewelz sells little bong-shaped earrings, chakra bracelets, logo T-shirts, and more. The nugs are handmade here in Valley, sold at local dispensaries, popups, smokeshops, and cannabis conventions, and distributed throughout 50 states and eight countries.

Every First Friday, we make it a point to stop in at the two locations of Bud's Glass Joint. Sure, they're not art galleries, but they're located in the heart of the two primary First Friday hubs and there's always something going on — glassblowing in the courtyard of the Roosevelt Row location, or maybe a drum circle at the Grand Avenue outpost. While we're there, we can't help but check out everything Bud's has to offer, which is pretty much all that you need to indulge in a smoke session, from bongs and vapes to grinders and papers. There's also plenty of what you might call "hippie stuff": incense, tie-dyed clothing and accessories, and more. It all adds up to Bud's being our go-to spot for ganja-related goods.

When Proposition 207 passed in November 2020, it didn't just legalize the purchase of recreational marijuana. It also allowed people to grow marijuana at home — six plants per person up to a max of 12 plants per household. We've got a black thumb, but the people we know whose home grows are thriving get their gear through GrowersHouse. The company is based in Tucson and does much of its business online, but there's a retail location in west Phoenix if you'd like to see the goods in person and take them home right then and there. GrowersHouse has everything a home grower needs, from lights and humidifiers to nutrients for your plants, drying racks, and way more. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and eager to help you in your home grow endeavors.

Jackie Mercandetti

Cheba Hut is the ultimate stoner grub and hangout spot. Bob Marley music? Check. A menu that calls its 4-inch sandwiches "nugs," 8-inch sammies "pinners," and footlong subs "blunts"? Yes. Fellow stoners vibing out and noshing on toasted subs? Of course. And house-made Rice Krispies and Fruity Pebbles treats melded together by plenty of marshmallows? Absolutely. The subs may sound familiar, as they're named after cannabis strains, like the White Widow with chicken, bacon, and ranch, and the Griefo with cream cheese, guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and lots of veggies including mushrooms, cucumbers, and black olives. Valley locations are spread out from central Phoenix to Glendale, Ahwatukee, Mesa, and Chandler, and some are even open until midnight for those late-hour munchies.

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