Does This Pumpkin Hemp Pudding Make Me Look Like An Activist?

Pumpkin Chia Hemp Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Hemp Pudding

Do I seem like a cannabis activist to you? I do write about cannabis but I don’t really consider myself an activist. My imagination thinks of activists or advocates as people rallying in the streets, regularly meeting with legislators, and being very outspoken about their beliefs. I think of myself as meekly sharing the health benefits of dietary cannabis and displaying positive images of a ‘normal’ person using it.

While it wasn’t my original intention when I started the blog, I’ve become aware that the very act of sharing my cannabis use with the world is a form of activism although I would like to think that I am just over here inspiring people to live a healthier lifestyle.

I am in love with the nutritional perfection of the mighty cannabis plant. I think people deserve to know that they can eat it for nutritional and health benefits without ever getting high. The thing is that you can’t really talk about hemp and cannabis without eventually bringing up the politics and legalities of it. You also can’t get people to be interested in changing the ridiculousness of prohibition without sharing the benefits of the plant and helping them understand that it is not the harmful drug we have purposely been misinformed about for decades.

This is what is swimming around in my brain these days. How can I, and we, effectively spread wellness with cannabis and hemp? Well, I’m starting by sharing the many ways to eat it.

Here, I give you a recipe that is perfect for November, breakfast, dessert, and your digestive system. Good health to you!

Pumpkin Chia Hemp Pudding

2C pumpkin puree

1/4 orange with peel, pureed

2T maple syrup

1t allspice

1/2t cardamom

1T cinnamon

1t vanilla

1C coconut milk

1/2C water

1/2C hemp seeds

1/2C chia seeds

  1. Combine all ingredients to form a thick soupy consistency.
  2. Chill in refrigerator overnight. The chia seeds will absorb most of the liquid and the finished product will be a thick pudding consistency.
  3. Enjoy frequently as breakfast and dessert.

‘The Cannabis Spa At Home’: A TwiceBaked Book Review

Making Cannabis Topicals at home.

Making Cannabis Topicals at home.

About a month ago I received a book in the mail from Sandra Hinchliffe, the Hempista, who has just published a book called The Cannabis Spa At Home. This is her second published book, a how-to guide for making marijuana infused lotions, massage oils, ointments, bath salts, spa nosh, and more.

I was so excited to receive it, read the whole book from cover to cover, and have already created two of the recipes. I made the, ‘Herbal Spa Jar Oil Jar’ that is still curing in my cupboard and will be ready to in two more weeks. I also made the healthy ‘European Sipping Chocolate’, to drink while I was making the massage oil. Yummy! The recipes were easy to follow and modify as needed.  Exactly what I would hope for from a quality recipe book.

I did have one minor personal dislike: The title of Chapter 3 is called ‘Let’s Get High on Bath Salts.’ While I fully understand that it is meant to just be a cute play on words, as somebody who is reading the book to find healing recipes, I found the words to be somewhat offensive and disrespectful for anybody and their families who may have died using the deadly synthetic drug commonly known as ‘bath salts.’ The rest of the book is so lovely that this odd title just stuck out like a sore thumb. So, I actually took a pen to my book and retitled it ‘Let’s get Highly Relaxed on Bath Salts.’

The book has inspired me to try making some kind of lemon lavender lotion or massage oil next. Actually it kind of makes me want to throw a topical making girl party and teach my friends how to do it too!

Thank you Sandra Hinchliffe for sharing such a beautiful piece of work with the world and inspiring us to look after ourselves. Keep up the great work!


Managing Your Mental Health: 4 Remedies For Depression


As I rolled a joint this morning to find an appetite and be motivated to juice some raw cannabis, I felt the need to also Periscope about it being Mental Health Awareness Week and how I manage my own mental health.

I needed to reminisce about my entire last week spent in the dark because of a fairly debilitating migraine. Not only was there a migraine, but my mind was inundated with creativity, and my empathic senses were set to intense. That migraine was followed by a very severe depression. Talk about being in a funk.

Of all the health issues I deal with, depression alarms me the most. It’s a pretty serious thing and I believe it requires immediate attention although it can take some time to lift out of. My depressed brain doesn’t eat the same, can’t think the same, doesn’t love the same, and isn’t able to feel the same. I just sort of go into a numb mode.

Fortunately I have not been depressed every day of my life and have learned ways to manage it when it does rolls in.

4 Things I Recommend To Manage Depression:

Sleep: Make getting a full night of sleep a lifestyle priority because this is the time that your brain literally cleans itself. Don’t feel bad for taking a nap during the day as needed.

Exercise: Physically move yourself for at least 30 minutes every single day. Outside in nature is ideal. Gardening, walking, dancing, lifting weights, whatever- just move. Moderate exercise releases dopamine in the brain which makes you experience happy. It is very important to feel moments of happiness and light during a depression.

Eat good food and stay hydrated: You can’t get enough nutrients at this point so think vegetables and healthy protein, like hemp, that is also high in fiber and omega3 fatty acids. The healthier your gut is fed the better your brain will feel. Avoid processed sugar in all its forms as it is a major depressant.

Use Cannabis: I find it beneficial to use cannabis to help regulate receptors in my brain when I’m given depressed moods. Nothing is quite as quick and effective to set your brain right and give you the ability to feel positive things again as smoking or vaping a little cannabis.

Remember You Are Not Alone: Try not to spend too much time alone and isolated, if you are depressed. Do reach out to other people no matter how hard and if you know somebody who deals with depression do reach out to them because even just a thought from somebody else provides a valuable lift.

Love to all who read this. Stay lifted. 


P.S.  Now you can Follow @Twicebakedinwa on Periscope for live cannabis juicing and health talks.

The Women In Cannabis Who Keep Me Lifted


Last night I attended MJBA Women’s Alliance ‘Power To Influence’ at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, WA. Surrounded by lady politicians, business owners, advocates, moms, and grandmas I had my spirits lifted and was reminded why I am sitting here right now plinking on a keyboard about cannabis.

When I joined my first women’s cannabis group, a couple of years ago, I didn’t have my face on my blog, any kind of social media around it, and was nervous to come out publicly as a cannabis blogger and user. It was then that I attended a party with Washington Bud Company’s, Shawn Denae, and expressed my concerns about having my face attached to marijuana. She gave me a look I’ll never forget and told me that they are all putting themselves way out there so if I mean what I’m doing, then go for it. The very next day I updated my blog to include a picture of myself and never looked back. I’m not sure she even knows she did that for me and I am forever grateful that she did.

But this is what I’m talking about. When I hang around these women in cannabis I am spoken to candidly while still feeling supported and I am reminded that I am not alone on this path. I have a whole tribe of powerful women in my camp who want to see me succeed and celebrate with me.

Knowing the women in cannabis that I do has definitely changed me. When I see how brave, ambitious, and hard-working they are I feel empowered to do more.

Also, one of the best things about spending time in the cannabis industry is that it has expanded my personal vision of what it means to be a female. Cannabis ladies are a special breed and by bringing together our diversities, we are the ones who will also be lifting the world into normalization after legalization.

Exercise, Scoliosis, And Cannabis: There Is No Space For Ego


Remember the things you were able to physically do a decade ago? Can you still do them? This week I rediscovered an old photo album of a yoga photoshoot I did a decade ago. It was beautiful but it was also eye opening because I no longer lived in the same body that could do those poses.

The scoliosis I have been dealing with since age 10 told me back then that it would be wise to capture my spine movement I was able to physically do because one day I may not be able to do them. I never imagined that day would seemingly come so fast.

As I was looking at these old photos, I realized that I could now only do about half of the poses the way they looked in the pictures. Major ego check.

Then I started thinking about how different it was when I used cannabis way back then. I would smoke weed before I exercised to enhance my workout and be able to focus and feel on a whole new level.

Ego check number two…

These days I’m using cannabis not to enhance my workout but to actually be able to do the workout. When I get up early in the morning my back doesn’t want to workout and will protest by being sore and tight. I usually apply a cannabis topical to my torso, take some kind of CBD edible or tincture, and vaporize flower when I have it. Having to modify my intention with why and how I use cannabis is a reality check.

My morning workouts themselves have changed and are rarely high energy because my spine doesn’t want that. It wants gentle, low-key, and mellow first thing in the morning so I usually end up doing stretches and core work.

This whole experience of having to maintain a scoliotic spine is a humbling one. I have only so much control over it but it is still my job to care full-time for this little body while I live in it and be able to learn from the lessons that it provides me. Tuning in with cannabis and exercise allows me to keep the relationship with my body a positive one although that remains a major task.

If you are dealing with scoliosis or back pain I encourage you, as I do myself, to just keep moving. Respect the messages your body is sending you in its pain. Use cannabis with positive intention so you can live a higher quality of life and wellness. And then release your ego as soon as possible.


Raw Cannabis Juicing: You’ll Probably Have To Become A Grower

Weedgoat in the Raw Cannabis Juicing Garden

Weedgoat in the Raw Cannabis Juicing Garden

Raw cannabis juicing is a lifestyle discipline that I wholeheartedly embrace, but it requires a lot of effort and plants. For the past few years I have relied on the kindness of other cannabis growers to supply me with raw cannabis they were otherwise discarding or allow me into their gardens to defoliate their plants. This year, however I started tackling the idea that I can grow my own for juicing.

The very idea of growing my own is an intimidating one. I don’t have much privacy or property and I live in a rainforest that only gets sunshine in the summer. Plus my research on what is required for a raw juicing routine has suggested that I need to have 30 plants so as to be able to juice one a day. This is not legal or sustainable for me. So, I’m trying to see what kind of raw cannabis experience I can have with a few plants and if it would still be beneficial.

Last summer I grew a couple of plants but they did not produce much, were stricken with spider mites and powdery mildew,  and turned out to not something I wanted to eat. This year has been a different story.

My garden didn’t get any bigger, but my plants sure did. I started with healthy clones in nutrient rich, organic soil and they grew into trees that I have had to work to keep smaller than my fence so as to keep them as discreet as possible. I also planted mint, sage, and lemon balm around my garden as a potential bug barrier. So far any growing issues have been minimal and spider mites are non-existent. That in itself feel like a huge accomplishment.

I water them with filtered water only when they need it and have been feeding them things from my kitchen that I would feed myself to manage a healthy gut microbiome, nothing fancy or store bought. The other day, for example, I made a smoothie for my plants made of sauerkraut, kelp, mushrooms, and molasses- they loved it. I didn’t learn that recipe that from a book, I’m just experimenting with what feels right and learning how to read plants and developing my own growing style.

I’ve been picking leaves off of my plants once or twice a week, stripping the foliage way down and frequently feeling like I may have over plucked. Each time, though, the plants will bounce back and pump out even more leaves. This plant really does grow like a weed. While I am not getting enough matter off of them to be able to take multiple servings every single day, I have been able to get enough to at least blend with daily and that in itself feels beneficial albeit energetically different from taking multiple raw cannabis juice shots every day.

I feel somewhat accomplished to have gotten this far in my cannabis journey. I’m still not anywhere near where I would like to be as a grower, but having to attend to this plant has taught me tricks that I can also apply to my vegetable garden and is plugging me into the idea that I can grow a lot of my own food even in my small yard.

I’m highly grateful for all this plant is capable of and the cannabis growers in my life who have encouraged and empowered me to stand up and boldly grow my own. Can we just legalize already it so that anybody who wants to can grow and juice their own too?


Hempfest 2015: This Protestival Just Keeps Getting Better

Last weekend I attended the 24th annual Hempfest in Seattle on the waterfront of Myrtle Edwards Park. This was my third time attending the Protestival and I thoroughly enjoyed all three days there. While in the past years I have been a volunteer and attendee, this year I was there representing MJ Headline News and MJBA to capture as much of the experience as possible.

On Friday, true to Seattle weather, there was thunder and lightning and torrential downpours shortly after the park opened to attendees. I was soaked to the bone walking to the far end of the park with my boss, David Rheins, who was scheduled to speak. When we got there the speakers were all huddled under the backstage tents of the McWilliams/Black Memorial stage and there wasn’t an audience. The stage manager was still giving the mic to the speakers who were there to have their voice heard. It was there that I met Roger Tilton, Senate State Candidate from New Hampshire:

Saturday and Sunday brought much nicer weather and crowds of marijuana enthusiasts. When not hanging out at the MJBA booth, I was walking from one end of the park to another, checking out vendors, visiting with speakers and guests backstage, and making videos for Marijuana Channel One.

This Hempfest was much different than the last two in that I was able to fulfill a goal of being able to capture and share with the world this unique event in the cannabis industry and culture.

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Hempfest for making sure I could access all I needed to and a thank you to MJBA for giving me platform that allows me to go more places and share with the world what happens behind the scenes.


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