Fresh Cannabis Pulp, All The Healthy Kids Are Doing It

Fresh picked cannabis leaves.

Fresh picked cannabis leaves.

I get excited about having raw cannabis leaves during the summer growing season. Fresh picked they are so fragrant and plump I intuitively feel like I am about to make a good choice for my body if I eat them.

While frequently I will run leaves through a juicer to extract pure cannabis juice, I also like to simply put them into a blender with a little water or coconut water and make a pulp.

Fresh Cannabis Pulp

Fresh Cannabis Pulp

I store that pulp in the fridge and use it in smoothies and other yummy summertime beverages. It will keep in the fridge for about three days.

You can freeze the pulp in ice cube trays to preserve it further, but you will lose the live enzymes and affect the flavor.

Why blend and use the pulp over juicing? One reason is fiber. Bringing this superfood fiber into your nutrition will feed and “cleanse” your digestive system. When your digestive system is running right, your brain will run right.

Happy Raw Cannabis Blending!

-TwicebakedinWA

Dr. Ethan Russo On Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency

This week I made the trek to Vashon Island to see a talk on Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency by Dr. Ethan Russo at the monthly VIMEA meetup.

Speaking to a full room of cannabis patients, growers, processors, and enthusiasts, Dr. Russo zoned in on chronic medical conditions that demonstrate endocannabinoid deficiency.

One of the biggest things that I took away was his point that the fact that the brain and the gut are very connected. You can’t have a healthy brain without a healthy gut and vice versa. I also appreciated that he mentioned other natural ways to boost your endocannabinoid system: proper sleep, cardiovascular exercise, and consuming an anti-inflammatory diet.

I totally get that dealing with an endocannabinoid deficiency is about bringing your body into homeostasis. It seems simple enough to just use cannabis to boost your system but it really takes effort to put the other lifestyle pieces together.

As Dr. Russo stood there talking in depth about migraines I was ironically sitting in the audience with my hat low because my eyes were feeling sensitive to the lights and I had my own migraine coming on. I left feeling more determined than ever to keep on my own health regimen with the passion it requires even despite the migraine that put me in bed the next day.

I am very grateful to have been able to see Dr. Russo speak and to learn more about not only cannabis but ways to help the very conditions I am dealing with. What a treasure.

-TwiceBakedinWA

5 Years On Weed

I just mentioned two powerful methods of using cannabis for wellness that don't get me high. Do I still use other methods that are psychoactive? Absolutely, and as often as is compassionately necessary.

I am going into my fifth year as a cannabis patient. What a ride it has been. When I was first going through the process of getting a legal doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis I was dealing with scoliosis, severe pain, muscle spasms, migraines, depression, anxiety, low immunity, and digestive sensitivities.

Actually, I still deal with many of those issues but I have learned how to manage them better using cannabis. My journey with medical marijuana has allowed me to explore in depth the many ways to use cannabis for absolute relief of my symptoms.

Not only that, but I have seen another side of my health restored where I am not just using marijuana to only relieve my symptoms, I am able to use it to experience what it feels like to mentally and physically thrive when everything is running right.

My approach to medical cannabis has been a holistic one. I know that it is a superfood like no other and consuming it in its raw form gives me energy and makes me feel alive. Raw cannabis has also, more than once, provided a lift from depression, which to me feels more significant than even the pain relief.

Let me just say that this medical cannabis stuff is work. At least the growing and the juicing part of it is. I juice raw cannabis and that requires that I collect leaves, more than I can currently grow myself. I am part of a medical cannabis collective where one of my jobs is to prune plants which gives me plenty of fresh plant matter during growing season. I am so grateful to have this arrangement available to me because it took me a lot of networking to find it. I can’t imagine not juicing it now as part of my long-term health management program. 

While at one time I dismissed that a topical could be effective for my conditions, I now find myself also using cannabis topically for relief of more things than just pain. I use them to relieve migraines, menstral cramps, muscle spasms, muscle soreness, and even anxiety. I’m so thankful to have a simple potion in my bag that I can apply no matter where I happen to be and where I don’t even have to think about whether I am taking an indica or sativa. I no longer travel anywhere without a topical on me and I try to keep a healthy stash on hand in my medicine cabinet.

All this being said, I want more than relief in this life, I want to experience what it is like to thrive. I’m not looking to get high and zone out, I’m looking for the ability to climb mountains and check in.

For those of you who have followed me along the way, thank you so much for your support.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Seattle Cannabis Freedom March 2015: We Don’t Want Your Drug War!

On Saturday hundreds of cannabis activists and enthusiasts gathered in Volunteer Park and then took to the streets of Seattle for the sixth annual Cannabis Freedom March.

The police escorted procession was led by Ah Warner’s Cannabis Basics car with hemp activist Joy Beckman standing out of the sunroof with a blow-horn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4VQK0tyMtM&list=LLW0HZVnHpIyEpZ0Z1CU7o8Q&index=6

While nobody was being obnoxious about their public pot smoking and being very respectful to the multitude of police traveling with us, I can report there was ample pot smoking in the park, along the march, and when we arrived to Westlake to see live music and more speakers.

The highlights of the day included some very motivating and empowering speakers like Danica Noble of NORML’s Women of Washington talking about parental rights for people who responsibly use marijuana:

Morgan from MJBA’s Women Alliance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uatly_8IRrI&index=78&list=PL1PttceL7NFxEfQgqjBtcUAKHtHUro2iG

Shawn Denae from the Washington Bud Company:

A sweet moment with Nana’s Secret, Cecilia Silverton and TwiceBaked talking about medical marijuana topicals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFCB1PtrcqI&list=PL1PttceL7NFxEfQgqjBtcUAKHtHUro2iG&index=82

Filmed on location: MJBA’s Week in Weed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HsHhVLTbHk&list=PL1PttceL7NFxEfQgqjBtcUAKHtHUro2iG&index=81

I came home from the march feeling empowered and thankful to be part of such a kind, forward thinking, and hard-working cannabis community.

The Dream Of Marijuana Business Is Alive In Portland

Yesterday I traveled with the Marijuana Business Association to Portland, OR where about 75 local cannabis entrepreneurs gathered at the Lucky Labrador for a monthly MJBA Meetup.

It would appear that the dream of running a marijuana business in Portland is alive and strong. The people that came out were very enthusiastic for what is happening in Oregon’s newly forming cannabis industry although many of them still seem to be figuring out how they will fit into it.

I was reminded of what it felt like to be in a room of cannabis entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in Washington even just a year ago. A lot of the people there were just starting to come out to the business world, their friends, and their family that they are into weed and they may even get into the business of it. It made me smile to think of the progression of my own journey from out of the weed closet to all over the internet.

I left the Portland MJBA Meetup somewhat amused how people there view Washington kind of like a competitive sister state. I heard a few times that people think Oregon is ‘going to get it right’ and be the model for the rest of the world looking to legalize. I wonder if those people will still feel that way after a year of dealing with the OLCC as they navigate an industry that is literally changing day by day.

An Evening With Dr. Ethan Russo: The Terpene AfterBuzz

VIMEA meetup 4/15/15

VIMEA meetup 4/15/15

On Tuesday I took a little adventure on a ferry over to Vashon Island for the monthly Vashon Island Marijuana Industry Alliance (VIMEA) Meetup. It was the second one that I have been to and it did not disappoint.

The first time I went to one of their Meetups was last month and it was there that I initially met Dr. Ethan Russo and learned that he would be speaking this month. I immediately put that event into my schedule.

Meeting Dr. Ethan Russo

TwiceBakedinWA with Dr. Ethan Russo

In case you don’t know, Dr. Ethan Russo is a world renowned cannabis researcher, neurologist, and author. He spent an hour talking to a very packed house about terpenes and the entourage effect. I was sitting on the floor in the very front with my notebook and pen taking down the points that didn’t go over my head.

I’ll share two of my takeaways:

1) When it comes to taking CBD, more is better.

2) Terpenes are best taken through the skin or inhaled from the air.

After the event there was an inhaling celebration of another kind by the 135 attendees outside as one would expect from a devoted cannabis community.

Check out the after buzz with myself and Virginia from PhytaLab here:

I have a whole new respect for the cannabis medicine that I take daily from this evening. Thank you to VIMEA for putting it on and to Dr. Russo for so graciously sharing your knowledge.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Having ‘High Tea’ With A US Virgin Island Senator

This week I had the pleasure of attending Green Lion Farms in the Sodo district of Seattle for “High Tea,” a special event put on to welcome and celebrate a visit from the US Virgin Island Senator Terrance “Positive” Nelson and his delegation.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event but Washington’s cannabis business industry surprised me and came out in force to welcome this special group. There was live music, a few speakers, fancy little sandwiches, fresh cannabis leaf centerpieces, and a steady flow of tea.

I talked to almost everybody from the traveling party and what struck me the most from all of them was being reminded what it was like to live outside of the cannabis bubble I seem to be dwelling in. Here in Washington I am experiencing the normalization of cannabis while in the Virgin Islands it is still a taboo subject.

Just a few short years ago it was a taboo subject in my social world too. However, now that I openly use it medicinally and have a job that involves the marijuana industry, it is no longer allowed to be au untouchable subject.

I’m grateful to be part of this ever-expanding bubble where cannabis is normal and a regular topic for conversation.

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