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Elise McDonough

Elise McDonough is a cannabis edibles expert and author of the Bong Appétit cookbook and The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, and Leafly's Product Specialist for Northern California. A veteran of the cannabis industry since 2002, McDonough has sampled over 500 edibles as a judge for the Cannabis Cup.

Most popular articles

California Dreamin’: 11 Cannabis Options for the Best Sleep of Your Life

Could cannabis provide a safer way to secure a natural, restful night's sleep? We sure think so, and so does science.

Elise McDonough - July 23, 2018

The Best Single-Origin Vape Cartridges in California

The best vape cartridges contain full-spectrum oil with original terpenes intact. Here’s where you can find pure strain-specific oil cartridges in California.

Elise McDonough - July 31, 2018

7 New Gadgets That Make Dabbing a Whole Lot Easier

Want to transform an ordinary vape pen into a dab rig? Ever wondered, "What if Swiss Army made a dab tool?" Check out these ingenious new gadgets that make dabbing much easier for the casual cannabis consumer.

Elise McDonough - July 10, 2018

Vegan? Sugar-Free? Yep! Healthy Edibles for That California Life

Tired of cannabis being the healthiest ingredient in your edibles? Enjoy these sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo & vegan edible options in California.

Elise McDonough - June 13, 2018

7 Classic Strains You Can Still Find in California

The most sought-after heirloom strains are as hard to track down as rare vinyl records. But that makes the search more fun and the rewards all the sweeter.

Elise McDonough - June 28, 2018

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The best OG Kush in California—Leafly’s critic picks 2019

A celebrity panel blind taste-tested six OG Kush finalists—the first-place finisher will blow your mind.

Elise McDonough - November 6, 2019

Bake Like a Boss With California’s Best Legal Infused Oils, Butters, and Ghee

Precision-dose dinner with Zendo, Potli, Heavenly Sweet, Clarified Confections, Om, and Vireo.

Elise McDonough - July 31, 2019

‘What Are California’s Best Cannabis Delivery Services?’

Leafly road tests Emjay, Mellow, Sava, Eaze, Puffy, and CaliXPress in California.

Elise McDonough - July 24, 2019

Music Festivals, Legal Cannabis Sing a Hit Duet in 2019

Northern Nights officially sanctions cannabis sales and smoking. Outside Lands, Hempfest, and Thing Festival might as well.

Elise McDonough - July 16, 2019

Beer Brewers on New Cannabis Beers: ‘They Should Just Stop’

Lagunitas’ Hi-Fi Hops takes first place in a blind taste test of five cannabis drinks.

Elise McDonough - July 15, 2019

Meet the women leading America’s CBD wellness revolution

Aliza Sherman and Dr. Junella Chin want you to know that yes, CBD is cannabis, and it can help you.

Elise McDonough - June 27, 2019

LGBTQ, Cannabis Cultures Unite in These Pride Products for 2019

Buying select cannabis joints, gummies, bath bombs, and vape pens this June supports the LGBTQ community.

Elise McDonough - June 13, 2019

Father’s Day 2019 Gift Ideas for the Cannabis-Loving Dad

New gardening books, vape pods, joint rollers, and humidors for cool dads.

Elise McDonough - June 11, 2019

2 Chainz, Sublime, The Game, Post Malone Battle for Your Cannabis Dollar

Major and minor celebrities have new flowers, pre-rolls, edibles and extracts for you.

Elise McDonough - May 16, 2019

Utopia Shines Bright Like a THC Diamond in California

Making hash from 300 pounds of cannabis per day, Utopia distills the essence of cannabis, “THC diamonds,” for aficionados only.

Elise McDonough - May 2, 2019