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Imagine…How One Precious Life Can Affect So Many

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Imagine…a world with complete medicinal freedom; where the only thing standing between you and the medicine you need is your doctor. Can you even picture it?

 

In high school, they taught us smoking one joint was the damaging equivalent of inhaling an entire pack of cigarettes. Marijuana was so harmful it was classified with heroin and considered a top tier threat by our government, and our government had everyone’s best interest at heart: its job was protecting us from the harms we couldn’t even imagine. Huh???

 

I watched my country, America, come together through 9/11/01. I was in grade school andScreen Shot 2013-03-20 at 3.31.26 PM witnessed American flags popping up endlessly; swinging above people’s doorsteps, stickers in car windows, proud banners hanging from store to store. What I saw was proof of my country’s resilience, unity and loyalty.

 

So, now that I see the world through a slightly more experienced lens, I recognize that America is not just comprised of heroic acts of kindness and love seen in moments of great far-reaching pain. It is also composed of the tragic moments not quite potent enough to be widespread news, but too hideous to even imagine.

 

blogger-image--2067957546Nearly four and half months ago, a four-year old child named Cash Hyde passed away in the arms of his father from a brain tumor. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor at one and a half years of age and was told he only had a few weeks to live. They began chemo right away and this brave little soldier stood up to battle. When the doctors told his parents that he didn’t have any time left at the age of two, his father did what any parent would; he went out looking for a better answer. The best part is, he found one. He went to a ‘legal’ dispensary and bought MMJ oil because cannabis had been shown to have anti-tumor properties. He personally gave his child the oil through his feeding port and within weeks the tumor was gone. Imagine such a miracle! Of course, the doctors wouldn’t credit an oil, but they didn’t deny the results, either.

 

Then U.S. Attorney Melinda Hagg decided that the Department of Justice didn’t haveScreen Shot 2013-03-20 at 3.34.32 PM enough critical problems to deal with. Heroin seizures had more than doubled from 2007 to 2011, etc., yet she focused her energies and resources on attacking the cannabis industry instead. The state where Cash Hyde and his parents live stopped carrying any cannabis oil – all the dispensaries were scared out of business. The tumor returned. Despite the outpour of help from around the country, medicine arrived too late…

 

The tumor came back. Cash had gone too long without his life saving marijuana oil.

 

Cash rests in peace now and we are so grateful to know he never has to suffer again.

 

But still, I’m left frustrated. Our country, founded on the principles of religious freedom and a live-and-let-live policy, is now somehow being run by an overreaching and meddling bureaucracy. So what, imagine with me if we let people take whatever palliative measures they see necessary? Maybe our loved ones might suffer less? Maybe they might live?

 

Cash DateI can’t passively accept that Cash died just because some people are too closed-minded and uninformed to realize that lives are at stake here. We owe it to Cash (and our country) to fight this battle to the finish line. Take a stand and fight for the right to access the medicine of your doctor’s choice. Just imagine if the next person needing the medicine is your child.

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Talking to Someone who uses MMJ for Chronic Illness

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Medical Marijuana alleviates the symptoms caused by many chronic illnesses, from cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, and anorexia to migraines. It has been known to treat nausea, headaches, migraines, myalgia, light sensitivity, anxiety, depression, pain, epilepsy, and spasticity, and it has even been shown to reverse Glaucoma.

 

Marijuana is also a recreational drug for many, thus thrusting those using it for pain relief into a group they never signed up to join. The truth is, these patients are part of an invisible group called the “chronically ill.”

 

“When people we care about are in pain, we want to offer words of encouragement, help ease their pain and motivate them to stay hopeful. Unfortunately, our words of cheer can often be misinterpreted by those who live with chronic illness. Rather than feeling supported, our words can evoke the feeling of “she doesn’t understand my life at all.” This can permanently affect our relationships.”

 

With National Invisible Chronic Awareness Week having just passed, it seems only appropriate to discuss this topic but with a focus on chronic pain eased by marijuana.

 

I have taken some of their tips given for talking to a loved one suffering from chronic illness and applied them to the common issues with which MMJ users deal on a regular basis.

 

WHAT ‘NOT’ TO SAY:

 

You look so good!

 

Although this seems like a compliment, it’s frustrating to an ill person. Although he or she may wish to look better than they feel, it seems as though you are saying, “You can’t really be sick. You look fine to me.” Those using medical marijuana may be able to mask their symptoms after medicating and, while you are only trying to be positive, it invalidates a person’s pain and symptoms.

 

You need to just stop lying aroundthinking and get busy.

 

True chronic illness doesn’t heal itself because of distraction. When chronic pain sufferers turn to MMJ to relieve their symptoms, many of their moments on the couch can be misconstrued to represent the common stereotype of the couch-locked burnout. Although some people may dwell on the details of their illness, it can seem emotionally overwhelming when your life revolves around new symptoms, medication side effects, infections from a lowered immune system, and the illness itself. He or she would likely love to do something fun, but fatigue and pain prevent it.

 

You should try this new supplement instead of MMJ.

 

Cannabis has unique pain relieving chemical compounds called Cannabinoids that are present only in this plant. No other plant in the world will do exactly what MMJ does. Just because marijuana is an herb doesn’t mean that any other herb found at a natural heath store that says “pain relief” is a replacement. Each person’s body chemistry is unique and it is critical to discuss your regimen with your doctor and get their approval before making any changes.

 

I wish I had the luxury of being sick and getting to smoke all day instead of having to go to work.

 

Most people want to be able to work, and being physically unable to do so can cause great depression. The added worry of being labeled a ‘stoner’ is the last thing a sick person needs. Those with illness realize they don’t have the burden of getting up and going to work each day, but they also have medical bills that they may never be able to pay off, as well as fears of not being able to support themselves. They don’t have as much free time as you think. The medical appointments, pain and paperwork take a large portion of time.

 

Don’t give in. You need to fight this illness.

 

Those who are ill are fighting their illness every day they wake up and get out of bed. They use marijuana as a supplement to their pain management because of the vast array of symptoms it can treat. And on the days they can’t get out of bed, they are determined to still have a life that is full of joys and memories, special events and loved ones. By taking medication or trying a new therapy or deciding to use MMJ for as long as they need it to find relief, they are not “giving in.”

 

Illness is caused by stress. You just need to learn to cope better.

 

While illness can be exaggerated by stress, stress rarely is the source of the genetics that Anxietycause illness. One of the symptoms MMJ treats is anxiety or stress, and so by using MMJ they are treating their stress but the cure or resolution of the illness doesn’t lie in stress management. Their problem is their illness. These patients are simply choosing to mitigate their stress while managing pain and other symptoms. Those living with an illness are doing the very best they can to cope, but comments like the ones above make them, well, stressed.

 

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS ON WHAT ‘TO’ SAY:

 

I don’t understand, but I care about you.

 

You don’t have to get a personal understanding of what they are going through. You just need to respect their need to use Marijuana and do your best to accommodate them when they need to medicate. You don’t have to try to fix their illness, and instead of saying, “I know exactly how you feel,” an ill person would love it if you would just admit, “I don’t have any idea what you are going through, but I am here if you need to vent.”

 

Sometimes we just need one person who will listen without judging and then we can move on to other topics.

 

If you need to cry, I have plenty of tissues.

 

For those people who are unfamiliar with MMJ, its effects can vary and regulations are needed, until then it can be unpredictable in its effects at times as each person reacts differently. A person dealing with chronic pain may from time to time over-medicate causing a range of MMJ’s negative side effects, including emotional sensitivity, anxiety, coughing or even the sweats. The alternative, pain pills dispensed at your local pharmacy have a much longer list of potential negative side effects as well as higher likelihood that the user will experience these side effects.Between the emotions certain medications cause, plus the stress on our marriages, careers and more, we occasionally need to cry.

 

Instead of being one more person who says, “Don’t cry,” tell your friend you will sit with her while she cries. It is an intimate gift that only true friends will offer.

 

I’m bringing dinner Thursday. What can you eat?

 

People who are chronically ill rarely have anyone bring them a meal or take their kids for a play date. Since moms and dads with illness do their best to keep up with life, they are seen out and about and they “look just fine.” But you may never know how much they suffer silently in their home. Many MMJ users never smoke the medicine. Many eat foods in which THC has bonded to the fat molecules within the food through the use of heat (e.g. baking or frying). They may not be able to eat until after medicating. Try not to be offended if when sitting down to the dinner table, they need an extra minute before the meal to medicate.

 

A meal for the family or babysitting the kids so parents can have a date night is a great way to provide support.

 

I am going to the store tomorrow. What can I get for you?

 

If you are running some errands, let your friend know in advance so he or she can write a short list. Being able to pick up heavy things can also be helpful, like a gallon of milk or laundry detergent. Bring them into the house and ask if you can put them away. They will never say it, but you have probably just saved them hours of pain and possibly extended the time before they next need to medicate.

 

You are going through so much, yet you still have such joy. How do you do that?

 

If you see a friend who is coping well with his or her physical limitations, ask yourself what you could learn.

 

Rather than saying, “Thank goodness that isn’t me; I could never do that,” ask them what motivates them when they are in pain, or how they prioritize to make the most of limited energy. Where do they find hope when the circumstances look bleak?

 

Those who live with illness learn a lot about the ups and down in life and would love the opportunity to share the wisdom they have discovered.

 

Smoking medical marijuana for pain isn’t about having a good time or fitting in, it’s about surviving under the best conditions available. If you know someone who uses MMJ for pain, I urge you to respect that need and leave your pre-conceptions at the door. The majority of us were taught in our childhood to be skeptical of marijuana and those that use it. It’s important to remember that with all stereotypes, there is some truth behind them.

 

Marijuana is like any other drug in that: If you choose to abuse or overuse it, you can expect an increase in the negative side effects such as impaired cognitive functioning and memory problems and your chances at maximizing its benefits dwindle. Being sick doesn’t change that fact. The difference with MMJ is you can NEVER die from an overdose and you have control over whether or not you let it be a negative or positive force in your life. Help those in your life who need MMJ to see it as a positive force in their life here to aid in their recovery or assist in their palliative measures and nothing more. Often the best thing you can do is just offer support. So don’t worry too much about what you say or what you do. Just let them know you are there when they need a helping hand.

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5 Steps To Making A Non-Psychotropic Cannabis-Infused Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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5 Steps To Making A Non-Psychotropic Cannabis-Infused Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Total time:
 Approx. 5 minutes or less depending on your blender strengthServings: 2-3Difficulty level: Beginner
Vegan and gluten free!

What You Will Need:

  • 7-10 raw cannabis leaves, freshly picked (within 2-3 days)
  • 1 cup original hemp milk
  • 1/4 cup of shelled hemp seed
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 7 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • Sprinkle coconut sugar on top at the end (optional)

 

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Steps To Making Cannabis Strawberry & Banana Juice As A Dietary Supplement

 

  1. Start by slicing up your frozen banana depending on your blender strength.
  2. Fill blender with 1 cup hemp milk.
  3. Add in the solid fruit and then top with cannabis leaves.
  4. Finish with hemp seed, honey, and/or coconut sugar (optional).
  5. Mix manually, in short spurts, being careful not to overheat the cannabis inside the blender (doing so will activate some of the plants cannabinoids).

 

The cannabis plant produces fresh leaves and buds that are a complete protein and a great natural source of healthy omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It’s important to use fresh leaves and fresh buds, picked right off of a living plant (or properly fresh frozen). Old buds, cured for people to smoke or vaporize, are not suitable for creating a non-pyschotropic juice (eg. no high).

 

One large banana has over 400mg of potassium and 3 grams of fiber. On average, a banana also delivers more than 20% of your daily value of Vitamin C and B6. Bananas also strengthen the good flora in the gut and ease digestion. Bananas have also been linked with keeping blood pressure in check and boost the metabolism. It’s recommended that you allow your bananas to develop brown spots on the skin before consuming to allow the antioxidant count to reach its highest point.

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Strawberries are also high in potassium, lowering blood pressure and decreasing chances of strokes. Strawberries are antioxidant powerhouses linked to decreasing tumor growth and inflammation. The folate count makes them an ideal food choice for pregnant women and those suffering from depression.

 

One cup of hemp milk contains 3 grams of protein, 900mg Omega 3 ALA’s, and is lactose and cholesterol free.

Blend Slowly And Carefully; Do Not Overheat It

This process will require a healthy amount of blending. However, it is important that you are careful to blend the ingredients slowly, in spurts, so as not to overheat the cannabis leaves. Even a tiny bit of heat results in the raw cannabis further converting from THC-A (cannabinoid acid) to THC. Not a good thing if you want to stay sober after you consume your infused beverage.

 

What you want to do is keep the temperatures low, juice the whole cannabis plant, and in doing so, you will receive the full range of benefits that cannabinoids have to offer, engaging what is known as the entourage effect. The cannabis leaves and buds that the recipe calls for provide the body with much needed cannabinoid acids, specifically THC-A and CBD-A. These acids found in cannabis have been shown to help reduce or eliminate epileptic seizures, treat certain forms of cancer, and assist in the management of many other ailments.

 

Warning: Patients consuming beta-blockers that are wary about consuming too much potassium, may want to avoid a drink as high in potassium as this.

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Non-Psychoactive Cannabis & Carrot Juice Recipe

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Non-Psychoactive Cannabis & Carrot Juice Recipe

How to Make Non-Psychoactive Cannabis & Carrot Juice

Total time: Approx. 5 minutes or less depending on your blender strength

Servings: 2-3

Difficulty level: Beginner

Vegan and gluten free!

What You Will Need:

  • 7-10 raw cannabis leaves, freshly picked (within 2-3 days)
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups chopped organic carrots
  • 1 slice of organic lemon, skin included, no seeds
  • thin slice of organic ginger, no skin
  • 6 ice cubes

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Steps To Making Cannabis & Carrot Juice As A Dietary Supplement

  1. Start by slicing carrots until you have about 2 cups worth.
  2. Cut one slice of lemon and remove any seeds.
  3. Remove skin from the outside of a small piece of fresh ginger.
  4. Cut a thin slice from this ginger and add it into the blender with the other ingredients (Note: You may want to grate the ginger if your blender is not strong enough to break it up evenly.)
  5. Fill blender with 2 cups coconut water.
  6. Add in the remaining solid ingredients.
  7. Mix manually (in spurts) being careful not to overheat the cannabis inside the blender.

The use of carrots (and especially carrot juice) as a therapeutic agent is an ancient practice. Carrots are rich with biotin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, organic sodium and more. However, many people do not know that most of these nutrients are concentrated just beneath the skin of a carrot, so try not to peel off its skin if you are looking to eat healthy. It’s recommended that you simply brush the carrot’s skin (with water) until the the dirt is cleaned off.

“Carrot juice can pull heavy metals from fatty tissue where they reside, bind them up, and discharge them from the system.” – American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 1985

Dr. William L Courtney gave me his personal recommendation for this juice, which is 10 parts carrot to one part cannabis (leaves and buds). After giving this a try a few times, I’d be inclined to agree. It’s the perfect drink for those who already love carrots in their soup, dipped in dressing, and diced into salads.

 

This process will require a good amount of blending. It’s important that you are careful to blend slowly, in spurts, so as not to overheat the cannabis leaves. Even a tiny bit of heat results in the raw cannabis further converting from THC-A (cannabinoid acid) to THC. Not a good thing if you want to stay sober after you consume your drink. What you want to do is keep the temperatures low, juice the whole cannabis plant, and in doing so, you will receive the full range of benefits that cannabinoids have to offer, engaging what is known as the entourage effect.

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The cannabis leaves and buds called for in the recipe provide the body with much needed cannabinoid acids, specifically THC-A and CBD-A. These acids found in cannabis have been shown to help reduce or eliminate epileptic seizures, treat certain forms of cancer, and assist in the management of many other ailments.  In general, cannabis is a complete protein and a great natural source of healthy omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

 

One obstacle patients may face when juicing cannabis with carrots is having to deal with the vast amounts of the fiber after mixing. This fiber creates a foam at the top of your drink that most some people may consider too thick to drink with ease. Regardless, if you can get past the unpleasant texture, studies show you may be doing your body justice. After all, juice derived from carrots contains more Vitamin A than nearly any other juice. Vitamin A helps the liver flush out toxins from the body, making this a great recipe for detoxing your body. In fact, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (October 1985), “carrot juice can pull heavy metals from fatty tissue where they reside, bind them up, and discharge them from the system.”

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Congress Passes New Spending Measure To Help End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Congress passed a 1,603 page federal spending measure this past Saturday evening that had a provision included that effectively ends federal prohibition on marijuana. The new measure blocks the Department of Justice (DOJ), which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from allocating and spending funds chasing after legal, retail and medical marijuana operations in the United States.

 

Included under this new umbrella, state-level hemp laws are also not to be interfered with. At the same time, the bill also contains a provision that impedes the implementation of Washington D.C.’s approved recreational marijuana initiative.  Activists for full marijuana legalization are definitely torn on this one, but many can’t deny that this is a big step in the right direction.

Congress Ends State-wide Medical Marijuana Prohibition

Many people have concerns that a less-tolerant administration in the future will try to revise the bill. Regardless, this is the first time since cannabis was initially made illegal nationwide with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 that we have seen national support for ending prohibition. “The war on medical marijuana is over. Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance. Removing patients from the line of fire shouldn’t have required a bill but now that one has passed, it is safe to say that states with legal medical marijuana are going to be sleeping a lot easier now.

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Allen St. Pierre of NORML, has said he believes that this shift in medical marijuana policy is representative of the changing demographic of our government officials across the board. “More and more baby boomers and millennials are moving into positions of power and doing away with outdated policies,” he goes on to say.

Washington DC Caught in the Crossfire

With Obama signing this into law this week, federal agents are no longer allowed to raid any legal medical marijuana or hemp operations. However, this victory is part of a two sided coin.  On one end, we have something to celebrate but on the other, Washington D.C. has been caught in the crossfire for no discernible reason.  With the passing of the federal spending bill, D.C. was blocked from implementing its recreational marijuana programs.  There is hope that D.C. will continue to actualize their plans based on a technicality.

“…this shift in medical marijuana policy is representative of the changing demographic of our government officials across the board.” – Allen St. Pierre of NORML

The text of the bill says no funds “may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated” with recreational use of drugs illegal under federal law.  “Some advocates I’ve spoken with aren’t so sure” the bill blocks legalization, Marijuana Majority chairman Tom Angell told The Huffington Post. “It all hinges on the definition of the word ‘enact.’”

 

This triumph sends a strong message to America and all her states.  Your vote did have an impact; legalizing on the state level has influenced the federal government.  So many patients still live in fear even though their state has legalized medical marijuana and their doctor has written them a prescription to use a wonder plant to cure their ailments. Now, they can actually feel safe and protected by the law again.  For so many patients, legality has been reason enough to suffer, to die earlier than necessary, and to choose prescriptions over cannabis.  This kind of revolution changes the conversation.

Federal Government Eases Up On Medical Marijuana Patients

For the first time since the mid 1970’s, the federal government has gotten closer to providing disability-equality than we have ever seen. In November, 1976, Robert Randall won in court against the federal government forcing them to provide him with the only known cure to glaucoma: cannabis. Since then, the medical marijuana program has had a maximum of 15 patients at any given time and was closed to more entries in 1992. Only four patients remain in the program today.

 

While the federal government won’t be providing the nation’s ill with free cannabis, they have agreed to guarantee their peace. “This is a victory for so many, including scores of our wounded veterans, who have found marijuana to be an important medicine for some of the ailments they suffer, such as PTSD, epilepsy and MS,” says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R- Calif.), co-sponsor of the medical marijuana protections bill.

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The 2014 Emerald Cup Winners Announced, Event Recap

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The 2014 Emerald Cup Winners Announced, Event Recap
 

The Emerald Cup is all about celebrating the Emerald Triangle in North California and the wealth of quality that the local cannabis communities produce.  The contest is entering its eleventh year and was originally exclusive to organically grown flower entries. This year, that is changing. The Emerald Cup 2014  now allows for other medicinal products ranging from solvent-less concentrates to infused edibles. Even topicals have their place.

 

There is also a Breeder’s Cup, where the final winner will be advertised in the Emerald Cup edition of Skunk magazine, win two tickets to a Jamaica vacation, and enjoy unlimited patient demand from dispensaries all over California.  The breeder is supposed to have a line of products available to the prop 215 public.  The final category is a photo competition that has to be taken from the 2014 season.

Sonoma County Welcomes The Cannabis Community

The 2014 Emerald Cup was held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the same location High Times held their Cup back in June.  The crowd was filled with many of the same faces and products, but the atmosphere was vastly different.  It was much calmer, with kinder people.  Jonah Tacoma of Dabstars wasn’t standing on a stage yelling over every other vendor.

“One of the most unique aspects of this competition was the fact that it cost no money for vendors to submit an entry into the competition(s).”

What I appreciated most was the sense that everyone was sharing the space equally.  With so many modern cannabis events dominated by concentrates and lines to take free dabs, it is refreshing to see an event like The Emerald Cup stick to its roots.

 

That being said, The Emerald Cup 2014 did have a wide array of unique and topshelf products for medical marijuana patients to shop and sample.  There was no wrong way to medicate and the options were virtually endless; no settling necessary.  The artwork was inspiring and creative from hand-designed hats, professional photos done by DoobieDuck to one of a kind art by Grace Slick.  Children are not normally seen at cannabis events, however, the Emerald Cup provided a children friendly area allowing parents to attend with their entire families.  No children were allowed into the 215 area.

the emerald cup

One of the most unique aspects of this competition was the fact that it cost no money for vendors to submit an entry in to the competition(s).  They moved back the final due date for submissions twice, finally ending on December 1st.  The judges were so overwhelmed with submissions to sift through, they had to eat an edible every few hours just to complete their judging requirements in time. This definitely leaves a lot to be questioned as to how accurately they could rate the effects of each product, but it was apparent that effort was taken to ensure that as many vendors as possible could enter without money being an obstacle.

 

Many big name giants in growing, extracts, edibles, and glass were in attendance.  Ed Rosenthal had a table selling and signing his books, Dennis Peron was spotted walking around saying hello to fans, and DJ Short had a booth selling shirts and Blueberry space cakes. Hitman Glass‘s Dougie bought a booth across fromQuinn Glass.  The display of gorgeous heady pieces was a delight and many of the greatest pieces found loving and appreciative homes.

 

Outdoor musical attractions took place all day featuring the Wheeland Brothers, Hirie, Thrive, Stick Figure, and more. Sunday night’s indoor performance included Nahko and Medicine for the People, Christafari and Ozomatli.

The Emerald Cup 2014: Home To Top-shelf… Everything

The Emerald Cup entries were kept visible in glass display cases inside the Hall of Flowers.  The cluster of attention around the entries was nonstop, making it rather difficult to look through the entries carefully.  With a total of 900 entries, there was a lot of cannabis to look over. For the looks of things, the Emerald Cup crew was overwhelmed by the turnout and the support.  They sold out of tickets on the first day and hit maximum capacity by 3pm.

 

The food trucks that lined the streets outside of the 215 section carried delicious organic food, including vegan and gluten-free options.  There was always hot coffee, chai tea, fresh juices, and vegan pies available. Even grilled cheese with bacon if you were lucky enough to catch the them before the bacon ran out.

 

Slightly Stoopid performed indoors at the close of the first night. The crowd was mesmerized.  The energy that Slightly Stoopid was exuding made it clear they felt at home. The entire auditorium wouldn’t stop cheering until Slightly Stoopid came out for one final song.  Tribal Seeds and Zack Darling opened for Slightly Stoopid, where they were joined on stage by Uncle Don Carlos.  Reggae music filled the stadium and every once in awhile the lights would shine out on the crowd to display a dancing mass cocooned in a smoky ambiance.

The 2014 Emerald Cup: The Results & Winners Announced

The announcement of winners was hard to follow, but we have compiled a list of winners for the 2014 Emerald Cup best flower competition. The top 5 finalists are as follows:

1st place:

Collective: Healing Harvest Farms   Strain: Sweet Serenade

  • The Sweet Serenade strain was known for its big, dense buds that were extremely packed with crystals. There was a cardamon and eggnog, zabaglione, cherry turpentine flavor that was reported as having a big expansion in the lungs, coupled with a clear mental high. Marked great for creative focus.

2nd place:

Collective: Healing Harvest Farms   Strain: Black Lime

  • The Black Lime strain had big, beautiful buds that would catch the eye of anyone walking by. This strain had a strong gasoline smell that was unforgettable. The stoney buzz would come in vibrant waves.

3rd place:

Collective: OrganiCann  Strain: Cheese

  • The Cheese strain was emerald Green in shade with light brown hairs. Its firm buds filled the air with a deep skunk stench reminiscent of roasted peppers, rose, lavender, dried mango. There was a touch of mint on the exhale. This strain was celebrated for its ability to encourage an open-minded, feel-good high.

4th place:

Collective: Peace in Medicine   Strain: SFV OG x Blue Power

  • This entry was tightly trimmed and loaded with golden trichomes. It contained a super strong pine & mothballs stench, similar to stinky, minty dirty armpits… and it tastes like it smells!  This strain is popular for its ability to create a brain spiraling/vibratory head stone that is exciting and great for social events.

5th place:

Collective: Healing Harvest Farms   Strain: Zklittlez

  • The Zklittlez strain is said to smell like Tangerine juice and tequila with some lime. Tastes like candy cane with a full smoky rich flavor. It’s a nose tickler capable of producing a full-headed high.
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How To Make Cannabis Infused Sweet Potatoes That Are Vegan, Gluten-free

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How To Make Cannabis Infused Sweet Potatoes That Are Vegan, Gluten-free
Total time: Approx. 1 hour
Servings: 3-4
Difficulty level: Easy
Vegan, gluten free, nuts optional

What You Will Need:

  • 2-3 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp raw brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
  • 3 tbsp infused coconut oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Infused Sweet Potatoes Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan, cover sweet potatoes with water.  Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until tender (25-30 minutes.)
  3. Strain and then allow to cool.  Once cooled, peel and dice potatoes.
  4. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with non stick spray and arrange the diced potatoes evenly.
  5. In a small saucepan, blend coconut oil, syrup, brown sugar, and shredded coconut over low heat, stirring constantly until evenly blended. Approximately 3-5 minutes.
  6. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes and then coat with nuts, if desired.
  7. Bake 5-7 minutes at 300 degrees.  Serve warm.

 

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Cannabis-Infused Sweet Potatoes: The Final Outcome

It can be hard to believe sweet potatoes are so healthy when they taste so delicious.  While they have more natural sugar than a regular potato, sweet potatoes are more nutrient-dense and contain less calories.  Beta-carotene is responsible for the orange color of sweet potatoes and converts into Vitamin A in the body; a medium size spud gives you more than 400% of your daily value.  For this reason, infusing sweet potatoes with cannabis gives you an even bigger edge on your natural vitamin intake for the day.

 

If you are serving diabetics, or simply wish to use a healthier syrup, consider using coconut nectar. Coconut nectar is one of the lowest glycemic options available, if not the lowest.  Either way, this dish is sure to be a big hit over the holidays.

 

For more on information regarding the consumption of cannabis, please refer to Medical Jane’s Cannabis Classroom.

 

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Review: Cannabis-Infused Soap By BudSuds Provides Patients With Natural Bars Of Soap

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Review: Cannabis-Infused Soap By BudSuds Provides Patients With Natural Bars Of Soap

If you are like me, you dislike how most mainstream bars of soap leave your skin feeling dry and rubbery.  Not only that, many brands include a long list of unrecognizable and unpronounceable man-made (in a lab) ingredients, leaving a majority of people in the dark about what they are actually rubbing into their skin each and every day. Where most companies focus on keeping costs down, one company believes that soap should be made with natural ingredients and a little bit of love.

 

BudSuds is a manufacturer of infused cannabis soap bars based in New England. BudSuds was started by Amanda and Joe, Massachusetts natives, about a year ago.  The couple has known one another since elementary school, became high school sweethearts, got married, and now live in the very house where Amanda grew up as a child.

What Is In BudSuds Soap Bars?

Each honeycomb BudSuds soap bar contains raw African shea butter, raw cocoa butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, local honey and/or beeswax, clay, hemp oil, essential oils, sodium hydroxide (not found in final product) and cannabis plant materials. The ingredients are not only recognizable but they are truly stellar choices for soap.  Amanda took classes on soap making and product knowledge gaining any bit of information she could get before beginning her journey.

 

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Realizing that no one was making soaps that actually contained real cannabis, the couple discovered that many skin conditions weren’t being offered any alternatives.  She and Joe have now cornered the market creating soaps that sell out faster than they are able to make them.  Each of the scents are given cute names such as Blue Cheese Eucalyptus, Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mint, and Lemon Kush Honey.

My Experience With BudSuds Soap Bars

I chose to take a bath for my review of the AK47 Lavender BudSuds.  The first thing that caught my attention was the adorable packaging.  These products are both fragrant and visually appealing.  The only other company that has ever gotten me this excited about a bath would have to be Lush, but they don’t have any products that contain cannabis.

 

Once I removed the packaging, my bathroom filled with a calming and distinct lavender scent.  When I got the soap wet and began to create a lather, I actually took notice of how large this bar of soap truly is.  This is definitely not some cheap bar of soap you would find at a hotel.  This bar competes with the thickest of Dove’s soap bars and has moisturizers in their original organic form — that I especially love to use to keep my skin smooth.

 

I was worried that the coconut oil and shea butter might leave an oily residue on my skin but the suds rinsed right off, leaving my skin just the right amount of soft with the perfect touch of perfume. When you add oils such as these to your bath, you can often be left with an oily mess. However, with BudSuds, the bottom of the tub was just as I found it when I started. I have never needed to moisturize less after a bath.

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How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds

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How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is time to start deciding what recipes you plan to make. For the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer, medicated pumpkin seeds are a light, healthy, and discreet option that won’t spoil your dinner. Subtle snacks that don’t involve a lot of prep time and will last in your pocket, easy to munch on all day long provide you with the most freedom. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of fiber, protein, and minerals making them an excellent choice for medicating.

How To Make Infused Pumpkin Seeds This Thanksgiving

When deciding what seasoning to use on your pumpkin seeds, you really can’t go wrong as long as you select flavors that you love and I can teach you how to go in a couple different directions.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • 5-6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
  • VEGAN
  • GLUTEN FREE
  • NUT FREE

Infused Sugar-and-Cinnamon Seeds

What you need:

  • 2 cup unshelled or ¾ cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons medicated coconut oil
  • 1 1/2  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar of your choice (I use blonde coconut sugar)

Infused Garlic Salt Seeds

What you need:

  • 2 cups unshelled or ¾ cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons medicated coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce or (Annie’s vegan Worcestershire sauce)
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions For Making Either Flavor:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (355 degrees Fahrenheit)
  2. Combine the liquid medicated coconut oil and all the spices in a small bowl. Stir until evenly mixed and then add pumpkin seeds.
  3. raw seedsToss seeds in the oil spice mixture. Make sure to coat each seed completely and then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. (I put down a layer of parchment paper to save myself a messy clean-up later.)
  4. Every fifteen minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir the seeds around. You’ll want to continue this pattern until the seeds have lightly browned.

The longer they are cooked, the more cannabinoids will boil away and the higher the chance of overcooking the seeds, so watch carefully and only cook until lightly browned.

 

Allow to cool and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to extend their life.

Infused Pumpkin Seeds: Versatile and Fast Acting

If you wish to medicate with shelled pumpkin seeds, you’ll have to suck on them for awhile before chewing them. This allows to you to ingest the cannabis oil sublingually, affording a quicker and more dependable onset time, as well as limiting the possibility of over-medicating.

 

Pumpkin seeds carry the highest amount of tryptophan, one of the nine essential amino acids, of all foods with110mg in each 1/4 cup. Tryptophan is most commonly known for being in turkey, and helps the body produceserotonin, a neurotransmitter chemical which helps regulate mood and healthy sleep patterns.

 

This is ideal for Thanksgiving, when you want something easy to snack on that won’t fill you up. As always, start low and go slow. I recommend using medicated coconut oil because you are aiding your heart health and digesting two antibacterial super foods: cannabis and coconut oil.

 

Don’t be afraid to play with the seasonings or experiment with this recipe year round.  It’s hard to find a healthier seed that tastes so good.  This Thanksgiving I am thankful for medicated pumpkin seeds!

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How-To Make A Cannabis Infused Blueberry Banana Smoothie

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According to Dr. Courtney, the pioneer for juicing cannabis and founder of Origins of Cannabis International Foundation, cannabis is a dietary essential. When we decarboxylate or heat the cannabinoids found in cannabis, we lose ~99% of the health benefits when the THC-A is converted into THC. The THC-A found in raw cannabis is filled with essential amino acids and other astounding properties that directly influence our immune systems, tapping into a wide range of therapeutic and reparative benefits.

Raw Cannabis, Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

For today’s medical marijuana how-to article, I am sharing my personal blueberry banana smoothie recipe. Adding fruits to smoothies helps cover the bitter taste of cannabis (it has a very sharp taste similar to a wheat grass shot) and boosts the smoothies nutrient levels. As you may or may now know, most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.

 

Consult your caregiver or physician about your sugar intake before making this recipe, especially if you suffer from cancer or any other sugar-feeding disease.

 

As a general rule of thumb when cooking with cannabis, the fresher the leaves, the better. If you have access to live plants, make the juice fresh each morning. Just be sure to consume the leaves within three days of being cut and cleaned. You also only want to use flowers when the glands are clear and turning cloudy/milky white, but not yet amber.

 

Be sure to rinse your leaves with water to remove any excess residue before getting started. Treat the leaves as you would any other vegetable by storing them in the fridge when not in use, to extend their shelf-life.

 

Ingredients You Will Need: recipe

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen whole blueberries
  • 1/2 cup regular almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 15 fresh cannabis leaves and 2-4 2in. fresh cannabis buds (If you do not have access to this much cannabis, feel free to add spinach in replacement.)

Editor’s Note: I aim to use fifteen fresh leaves a day plus two to four 2in fresh raw buds, the recommended dose for the chronically ill patients by Dr. Courtney. I suffer from Late Stage Lyme disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder. If Lyme disease is not caught early, many people suffer long term symptoms. Juicing cannabis has helped me tremendously to keep my symptoms at bay. My doctors have approved my consumption of natural sugars, however, it is advised that consult your doctor before making this at home, especially if you have any health concerns.

Tips To Making A Delicious Cannabis Smoothie

 

Frozen fruit isn’t mandatory. I prefer to use frozen fruit to help the drink stay colder longer. You may want to cut up the banana before freezing it if you make your own. Depending on the strength of your blender, chopping up a whole banana can become troublesome and you’ll end up with a couple surprise banana chunks. A Blendtec is strong enough so I did not cut mine up, but it is not necessary for you to purchase that blender! It just may take longer to get the consistency you desire.

 

I recommended drinking the smoothie within fifteen minutes or less because chia gels, thickening the material of your smoothie. Depending on your tastes, you can always omit the chia or wait until it gels up, if you prefer it that way.

 

The hemp and flax seed both add a rich, nutty flavor. If you wish to cut back on those, know you are losing protein and healthy omegas. You can train your taste buds so don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone or ramp up slowly. Another option you may want to consider is almond milk, as this will increase the creaminess of the smoothie more than half a cup of almond milk + half a cup of coconut water (as called out in the recipe above).

smoothie

The motor of the blender does release some heat, so you will want to keep the cannabis as far away from the blade as possible, so as not to decarboxylate the cannabinoids, increasing the psychoactive effects while decreasing the amount of THC-A present. I blend all the other ingredients first, only adding the cannabisafter all other ingredients are completely blended. Blend the cannabis on pulse until the smoothie is your desired thickness.

 

Dr. Sulak, a well known MD in Maine that treats thousands of patients with cannabis, suggested that people should consider only blending smoothies using quick pulses, to avoid creating heat from the friction.

Final Thoughts And Friendly Advice

This cannabis-infused blueberry banana smoothie recipe will make ~21 ounces and comes to ~422 calories.  Until the USDA considers cannabis a food, we are unable to give the exact calorie count. The calorie count listed includes all of the ingredients except cannabis.

 

The great thing about making cannabis-infused smoothies is that there is no one, perfect way to do it. Also, you really can not mess up too bad. Even if you don’t like the flavor of your infused creation, you can always add more of something sweet (like strawberries) to the mix and re-blend with a few quick pulses.

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