I write about music, mind-altering substances, mental health, and food. I have over eight years experience in online publishing, marketing, and social media. cupcake ~at~ lorenacupcake.com
Jazz Joints: Pairing Cannabis Strains with VMP x Jazz Dispensary Records
Explore how different strains of cannabis sativa plant can alter the listening experience.
The Rap Round-up: Best of 2019
My recap of 2019 in hip-hop.
CupcakKe is Everything and More
I interviewed CupcakKe for the Fader.
Hip-Hop Duo Mother Nature Tracks Spiritual Growth on “SZNZ”
I chatted with T.R.U.T.H. and KLEVAH KNOX about the new Mother Nature album SZNZ.
Shamir returns to the spotlight with nostalgic, 90s-influenced alternative pop
I reviewed Shamir's new self-titled album for Chicago Reader.
50 Songs That Define the Last 50 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride
I contributed briefs on covered pioneering synth innovator Wendy Carlos (1971) and breakout lesbian songwriter k.d. lang (1992) to this list of important songs in LGBTQ+ history.
Ask a budtender: Does CBD really counteract the effects of THC?
Ask a budtender: How does weed lube work?
Ask a budtender: Could a tolerance break help me save money?
Ask a budtender: Are weed drinks actually good alcohol replacements?
Ask a budtender: why is weed packaging so extra?
Ask a budtender: What's the best way to get high?
Spoiler: the best way to get high is the way that works for you.
Taco Bell was always meant to pair with weed, not wine
I matched weed strains to Taco Bell menu items for the perfect pairing.
Can Mood-Lifting Limonene Help Seasonal Depression?
For the 2020 winter edition of my terpene column On the Scent, I covered the health benefits of limonene. The article ran alongside a recipe I developed and wrote for Baked Feta with Poppyseed Phyllo Crackers. [Available in print only]
This Pasta e Ceci Recipe Taught Me To Stop Worrying and Love the Instant Pot
One spoonful of pasta e ceci, a rustic stew with roots in Rome, will justify the Instant Pot’s spot on your counter.