Archive for March, 2013

Crockpot Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

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One of the things that got me excited about adding vaporizing to my medicating options is that I can save the used cannabis matter and use it again later for cooking. Yet another perk of being combustion free!  So, over the past couple of months I’ve been accumulating a tin of toasty vaped flower and finally saved enough to cook with. It was kind of exciting since I have never done any cooking with cannabis that has been vaporized before.

I’m happy to report that my first experience cooking with ABV (Already Been Vaped) cannabis was awesome. Since the bud had already been decarboxylated when it was vaporized, I was able to skip that step. I gladly skipped that step! If you have ever spent your hard-earned money on an ounce of marijuana that you were cooking with, you know exactly what I mean when I say that it can take a little courage to put your flower in a hot oven and then mix it in oil. 

I kind of followed a recipe for directions but adjusted the measurements according to ratios that I have had good success with in the past. I also simplified the directions so that all you do is put everything in the crock pot and turn it on. I guess I really didn’t follow the recipe at all but it still turned out.  It was ridiculously easy and the finished product came out beautifully potent.

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Vaporized cannabis flower

Easy ABV Cannabis Coconut Oil

1C previously vaporized cannabis flower

1C coconut oil

cheesecloth

1) Put the coconut oil and the dry matter in the crock pot and set on low.

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2)Let it brew over night and stir every once in a while. This batch sat for 17.5 hours. 

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3)Drain the oil through a cheesecloth. Or damp paper towel if you are like me and get to this point in the process and remember that you have no cheesecloth. 

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The color went light green as it cooled.

4) Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.

I sampled just 1 teaspoon to test its strength this morning at 10:45am. It is now 7:30pm and still working. So, yes, it is potent. I ended up getting 3/4 of a cup of finished oil. That is about 36 single teaspoon servings! I would have been able to squeeze out more if I had proper straining cloth instead of paper towels. Lesson learned.

I love the fact that I got twice the use out of my cannabis just by mixing it with oil that I already use on a daily basis. Now I have a healthy and effective infused cooking oil in my pantry that I feel good about medicating with. Oh, did I mention that I supposedly can use it as a topical too? I’ll let you know if that works out.

Until next time…vape, bake, and enjoy eating your greens.

-TwiceBaked

Raw Cannabis and Spirulina Green Smoothie

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This week I was given a bag of raw cannabis leaves. For those of you who know how much I like to eat the color green AND how much I enjoy all things marijuana, you know that I am in heaven. I have been using them in everything from smoothies to salads.

One important thing to know about eating cannabis (and any leafy green vegetable, actually) is that you will get a bigger nutritional payback when you eat it raw. When you cook a green most of the nutrients are destroyed that were there to work synergistically  with each other in your body. If you are new to eating raw leafy greens, it’s ok.  The more you get accustomed to them and the better you get at preparing them, the more appealing they become. At least that is how it has been for me and most people I know.

When you are eating raw cannabis it is worth your time to completely chew the leaves down before swallowing. This allows the enzymes in your saliva to mix with the food, start the digestive process, and sets you up for better nutrient absorption.  I actually suggest this for everything that you eat. Take your time, chew, breathe.

Of course, if you put your green leaves into a blender as part of your smoothie you don’t have to worry about cooking it or chewing it! The smoothie recipe that follows was my breakfast one day this week. It gave me energy and filled me up without any psychoactive effects from the cannabis. And it came out the prettiest color of green.

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Raw Cannabis and Spirulina Smoothie

6 cannabis leaves

1 blood orange

1 banana

1T hemp seed

1T spirulina

1C coconut milk

1/4C fresh coconut (totally optional)

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1) Blend.

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2) Enjoy.

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So much good from a beautiful green plant. 🙂

Until next time…Eat Your Greens!

-TwiceBaked

Eat Your Greens, Marijuana Style

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Like most people I know, my experiences with eating marijuana before becoming a mmj patient were limited to eating brownies with friends at the odd party or on camping trips. I didn’t know anything about how to make them or where to get them. However, that changed drastically once I started using cannabis for pain management.

When I got my mmj recommendation a friend gave me a gift package of medicated treats to try from the dispensary where he worked. There were medicated lollipops, gummy bears, candies, chocolates, infused butter, truffles, cookies, tincture, Rice Krispie squares, and body lotion. I tried it all. I can tell you that it was the most fun experiement that I have had to do for my spinal issues to date. I became a whole new person that could move easier and had a much brighter outlook on the world and my health situation.

About two weeks into trying everything it became apparent to me that I needed to be making my own medibles. The side of me that likes to eat healthy wasn’t pleased with the quality of the medibles available to me. There was no question that they worked well for pain and were delicious but I wanted to be able to consume my medicine without also having sugary treats every single day. I’m trying to live healthy here! It was also around that time that I discovered my allergies to gluten and dairy. That also erased 99% of the medibles that are available in dispensaries. Most were not labeled well and therefore not to be trusted when dealing with food allergies.

So, I started making my own infused coconut oil and tinctures. I would use the coconut oil in my cooking, baking, or just take a little spoonful straight down the hatch. I would use the tinctures in my tea or would do a “pot shot” with a serving of tincture plus a little juice, water, or pickle juice (I know, weird) in a shot glass. I did that for about a year.

These days I have access to many more quality options from people who have been doing this much longer than me. I have found concentrates that I can slip in my food or tea, infused peanut butter, infused teas, cannabis capsules, and even somebody who makes amazing gluten-free, vegan treats. It feels good to have different medicine options that easily fit in with my health needs.

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My current medibles: capsules, tea, peanut butter, and concentrate. All sugar free!

There are some big advantages to using medibles. For one, they last a really long time- like 6-8 hours per dose. They also allow you to take your medicine quickly and discreetly anywhere you happen to be. They are ideal for pain because of the lovely dose of cannabinoids that relax the body, reduce inflammation, and relieve muscle spasms. Eating your medicine does not make you super “high” unless you consume too big of a dose. It more so relaxes your body and makes you feel happier. At least that’s what it does for me.

I have found two downsides to eating my medicine. First, it can take 1-2 hours to fully feel it take effect. However, with a little planning I can usually predetermine when the best time is to medicate. For example, I know that mornings are the time of my day where I experience the most pain. So, rather than taking my medicine when I get up and waiting for two long hours for relief, I will keep a small quick dose on my nightstand and take it two hours before I plan to get up. It eases the process of getting out of bed and allows me to determine if I need to layer another dose in with my breakfast. It’s all about planning ahead with medibles. The only other disadvantage is figuring out dosing. It can be easy to eat too much and overmedicate especially when you are trying a new batch of something or an unfamiliar medible. But, those things can all be fixed with something called portion control, restraint, and patience. All things that I have been taught from eating my medicine.

I love being able to use a medicine that is so versatile. It can be a pick-me-up morning cup of tea, part of a gourmet meal, or a sweet treat. It can even be a quick capsule just gulped down. The options are becoming endless and delicious.

Until next time, Eat Your Greens!

-TwiceBaked