Being Norml, Talking Weed On The Streets Of Seattle

This past weekend I met up with Ah Warner from Cannabis Basics on the streets of Seattle near Pike Place to represent Norml Woman’s Alliance Of Washington. We stood on the street for a few hours talking to people walking by about cannabis.

While there were people who would come and talk to us, there were also a lot of people who would look at what our sign said and then purposely divert their eyes so as not to have to maintain eye contact. And then I got a “Booo” by one man walking by which I found to be an interesting reaction.

The point of us being there was to normalize in public what people who use weed look, act, and talk like and also strike up a conversation with other “normal-looking” people about cannabis, a subject that is new for many of them.

Overall, it was a good afternoon. I appreciate being able to experience a whole other level of awareness by being with other people who have such a passion for this amazing cannabis plant.

MJBA Women’s Alliance “Power To Lead”: Powerful Women Leading By Example

The women, the power, the love.

The women, the power, the love.

This past week I attended ‘The Power To Lead’ hosted by the MJBA Women’s Alliance at the Red Lion in Bellevue, WA.  This was my first MJBA Woman’s Alliance event that I have been able to make and I was not disappointed.

After being warmly welcomed by Morgan, MJBA’s leading woman, the owner of Washington Bud Company, Shawn Denae, got on stage as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.  We were graced with Shawn’s vibrant energy that took us on a journey through her personal stories of being in the cannabis industry while showering us with tidbits of inspiration and wisdom. She began by giving us an invaluable networking tip for the evening: “Be present with the people you are with and be curious about each other.”  At that point we all turned our mobile devices off and fully came into the room.

Next to speak was AC Braddock, CEO of Eden Labs.  I love being around this woman. As she stood on stage explaining that her company has grown by 400% she also authentically expressed how stressful it is to be the leader of a business that is growing so rapidly and how vital it is to lead with calmness. While this real live yogi stood there with beauty and grace, she told the room “You don’t know what you are capable of until you do it. So, do something- lead, follow, or get out of the way.” She also brought attention to the instant calm that she experienced when she entered the room that night regardless of the very stressful day she’d had.  I know the calm she is referring to. It’s like plugging yourself in for a recharge by just showing up and being present with a room of powerful, confident women who are leaders in their lives. Most women I talked to that night also told me that they had had a very challenging day and week but this night was exactly what they needed.

Shawn Denae came back on stage and said something that hit it all home: “Leadership is sweeping the floors when the floors need to be swept. It is vital to lead by example.” That simple concept felt like the common thread from everybody who spoke.

When Giana Lampreda of WAM Oil got on stage she gave her experience in the cannabis industry that many in the room could relate to…being surrounded by mostly men all day long and having to play a leadership role among men. Her advice was invaluable: “Let go of your ego to understand the insecurities of the people you are working with and you’ll discover a new way of doing things.” From a woman who has fought cancer with cannabis and daily is helping others fight for healthy lives, I couldn’t help but sit there in awe of how thankful I was to have known her power and for every single hug I have ever received from her.

After a ten minute break Diane Fornbacher, the publisher of Ladybud magazine, got on stage. Now, she is the reason I had been excited to be there in the first place. I’ve been a fan of her magazine, Ladybud, and the way that her eloquent use of words even just on social media sparks my imagination. At that point I couldn’t focus on taking pictures or anything else but absorbing every morsel she was about to spit out.

“Cannabis is the gateway to revealing ourselves to one another and the world.”

“The living death of a poet is not being able to express yourself.”

“What are we doing with our time as this person?”

“Who would I be if I gave up? Fuck That. “

It was a wonderful thing to meet her and to see into her eyes. What a beautiful soul.

Next, Anne VanLaneSeal of NWMJ Law for the cannabis industry got on stage and reminded us to be passionate and deliberate on how we conduct ourselves in business. She also reminded us to lead by example and realize how important what we are doing is in this country right now. “Have big dreams and do not fear the challenges.” Thank you for saying those words. 

Last, but not least was Debbi Whitlock. This beautiful woman of sunshine got on stage and shared her heartwarming experience with cannabis topicals. She reminded us that our health is our capital and to care for ourselves.

At one point she asked the room to raise their hands if they feel like they had found their calling. Looking around the room almost every single hand was up in the air…including mine. It was a powerful moment worth pausing for. “Don’t stop before the magic happens.”

I’ve been in a lot of rooms with only women in them. While most women will be nurturing, welcoming, and loving toward each other this group was different. These are a different breed of women, if you will. They know what they want, they know how to stand in their power, and they are confident in what they do regardless of the challenges that come with speaking up for what you believe in.

To be surrounded by that energy is invaluable. Thank you MJBA Women’s Alliance for providing a space for me to be inspired by others of my breed.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Adventures In Tacoma’s Cannabis Farmer’s Market

 

This week my adventures took me to The Patient Cannabis Exchange in Tacoma, WA. I didn’t go there with high hopes but I have kept hearing that is was a great place to visit so I thought I would give it a visit.

I was pleasantly surprised. While this place is not fancy it’s charm comes with the people inside. There was a lot of vendors to choose from offering a wide variety of flowers, products, edibles, topicals, and concentrates. I was really impressed with the amount of edibles that was available with really interesting options even for a picky girl like me. I also got to meet one of my favorite cannabis food bloggers, THChristi!

I ended up spending a little more time than I was planning to spend there because I was so warmly welcomed. The vendors were wonderful to talk to and the other people visiting made for an upbeat but mellow crowd to be part of.

I really appreciate the cannabis farmer’s markets that we currently have with medical marijuana in Washington State. This model of farmer to patient is incredibly helpful for patients who can get the best deal possible, learn everything about their medicine from the person who grew it, find the wide variety of choices that most patients need.

Not only that but the markets are a place for the MMJ community to meet other patients, come together, share stories, give hugs, and learn how to be part of positive change for medical marijuana.

Thank you to all the people who make these safe access points happen.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Chia Hemp Turtle Bites

Chia Hemp Turtle Bites

Dairy free, gluten free, egg free, and zero processed sugar. That describes the treat created when I tried to make a Hemp Turtle.  Those words also describe all of my food. It’s strict compared to most people I know and it takes commitment.

I rebel when necessary by making my own treats and reinventing food I’m craving to have hemp in it. Strange hobby, I know.

The Chia Hemp Turtle Bites in today’s recipe are a little tedious, require a chocolate/cookie mold of some sort, and will go fast. But they are easy to make, do not require an oven, and while not intended to be eaten in one sitting you would get a healthy dose of fiber, protein, and essential fatty acids if you did.

Chia Hemp Turtle Bites

1/4C coconut oil
1/4C raw cacao powder
1T raw honey
1C raw cashews, soaked
1/3C ground hemp and chia seeds
2t vanilla
1C medjool dates
1/3C pecans

1) In a double boiler, gently melt coconut oil, honey, and mix in raw cacao. Keep the heat low, you are only just melting it enough to mix it.

2) Pour a small layer of chocolate in your mold. Freeze to set.

3) Blend/process cashews until smooth, mix with ground hemp/chia seeds, vanilla, and dates.

4) Scoop hemp layer into mold on top of chocolate. Press a pecan half into the top and spoon another layer of chocolate on top. Freeze for a few hours to set.

5) Remove from freezer and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Chia Hemp Bites

Notes:

1) The amount of filling that this recipe makes is a more than the chocolate will take you, depending on how you put them together.  I recommend using the extra to make more turtles or different kinds of cookie balls by adding a little coconut flour, and nuts or chocolate.

2) The next time I make these I will make the chocolate layer a little thinner for a better mouth melting experience.

3) The middle layer came out a little softer than intended, but it is still post worthy.

Thanks for reading!

-TwiceBakedinWA

Coming Out To My Clients: “I Use Marijuana.”

Weed Sunrise

It seems that the number of people in my life who don’t know about the cannabis side of my world is dwindling. Some of these last remaining are my personal training clients. While I spend close time with these people once or twice a week (sometimes for years) some of them don’t know that I use cannabis, write a cannabis blog, work for a marijuana publishing company, or have ongoing cannabis related videos being posted on Youtube.

One reason for this is that from the second I start working with somebody our personal training/health coaching time is about them, not me. People come to me for all sorts of reaosns…help creating health habits, reaching fitness goals, nutrition recommendations, accountability, and motivation. They are given a dose of positivity, health homework, and encouragement when we spend time together. I generally avoid sharing too much about my daily physical challenges in an effort to keep things focused on them.

However, when appropriate I have let my clients into my health issues and how I use medical cannabis. The responses have always been positive and supportive toward me. Some clients have come back by telling me about their personal cannabis use or their “brownie stories” and others have found a new avenue to relieve anxiety, depression, and sleep problems without the side effects of prescription medication.

Letting people into this very private (and yet very public) side of my life feels vulnerable. Will they view me as less of a professional?  Will sharing my story benefit where they are in their journey?

Being open about my health and cannabis story with those who I am in close contact with is part of my own healing journey but is also something that I have always felt guarded about sharing in person. Not too long ago I wouldn’t have even talked about my back problems because I didn’t see the value of having to feel the heavy responses that I get from people. Now I can see that the heaviness shared in that moment is often a gift of expression of dark things that need to be let out. Sometimes for me but more often it opens the gateway for people to let out their crud or sometimes its just a simple moment where people can feel like they are not alone and be lifted by somebody else’s energy. It’s powerful stuff and I try to be mindful with how it is shared in an effort to remain a positive force on this planet.

Because, I’m TwiceBakedinWA, and dedicated to inspiring others to live healthfully.

Mom, My Brain Requires Cannabis

My Brain on Cannabis

This is a heavy topic filled with things that I don’t like to share. I write on because I know somebody else out there is dealing with this too and I want you to know that you are not alone. 

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged here, which is not my style. I’m usually here every week.

Well, to be honest I’ve just not been into this lately.  It’s not that I have nothing to say or topics to write about, its that my brain has literally not been itself. The gray matter has been in a severe low forcing me to deal with life without fully being there for me. While I can say that it is functioning better today than it was yesterday, managing a brain that requires extra attention can be exhausting.

My brain has had to deal with migraines since I was 9 years old. Thankfully they are not everyday and I have been able to prevent them from happening very often with lifestyle and cannabis but reading studies that show a correlation between a number of horrible ailments like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s for people who get migraines sits heavy with me. That’s not a future I can accept.

My brain has had to deal with depression since I was young too. I’ll never forget the first time that I had suicidal thoughts at age 13 and then also thinking at the same time how strange that thought was since I love life. While I’ve found ways to manage depression it is still something that my brain is afflicted with from time to time. I take dark feelings seriously because I am fully aware of what being in a depressed state is doing for my future older brain.

My brain has also been sending my nervous system jacked up messages since I was a child. My musculoskeletal system is the perfect example of this. It developed with severe scoliosis, muscle spasms, and since a tender age I have actively worked on creating and maintaining balance and ease when I walk and move. Since childhood I have also had to deal with a feeling that is like my skin is crawling if I have to sit still for too long. It’s not painful per se, but it is so uncomfortable that pain is be easier to deal with.

In my world, cannabis is used as a tool to help me manage the chronic conditions of my brain. Regularly taking it raw has made a noticeable difference in the frequency of my migraines, depressions, and muscle spasms, like they become a distant memory. Inhaling cannabis calms my nervous system down and lifts me above depressions that my brain may be experiencing in the moment. Cannabis topicals ease and stop the muscle spasms and eases the funky nerve stuff.

The quest to take care of my very special brain requires listening without judgement to the messages it sends me and loving it with healthy food, positive stimulation, meditation to practice calm, and cannabis.

If you have a special brain too, may you find peace today.

-TwiceBakedinWA

 

 

Raw Cannabis And Mango Popsicles

Raw Cannabis Popsicle

It has been about a year and a half  since I was able to first try consuming raw cannabis. I continue to say that there is nothing like raw cannabis. While every marijuana delivery method comes with benefits I have yet to experience anything like the goodness that I get when I eat it raw too.

Eating cannabis raw provides a meal with the cannabinoids in their acid state that allow you to consume a lot more of them. This morning, for example, I added 70g of raw cannabis pulp to a breakfast smoothie, about 1/3C. It did not make me feel high but I did feel very energized and positive as I took on my day.

I’ve been playing with freezing cannabis in popsicle forms this summer. Having cannabis served as a delicious popsicle is total a delight to my marijuana appreciating senses. Cooling, delicious, and fun to eat.

Raw Cannabis Mango Popsicles

Measure how much liquid your molds hold and plan accordingly. Mine held 1.5C of liquid. 

3/4 C raw cannabis juice

1 mango, pureed

3/4C coconut water

1/4 C blueberries

Option 1: Blend everything together except  blueberries. add blueberries into the mold and freeze. They will turn out a lovely green.

Option 2: Create layers by mixing coconut water with mango and cannabis juice seperately and alternating spoonfuls into the molds, adding blueberries to each layer. They will turn out as pictured above.

Enjoy these with a side of gratitude for being able to consume cannabis as food. Food is medicine, you know.

-TwiceBakedinWA

 

 

 

 

 

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