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Cannabis Love Juice

Cannabis Love Juice

Cannabis Love Juice

I woke up this morning with a stiff body and a desire for a fresh juice to take with a morning shot of cannabis juice. I needed something simple and easy to digest first thing.

What I ended up building was a juice with beets, raw cannabis, and apples. Love juice. The end product came out super red, sweet, and delicious.

Cannabis Love Juice:

1 apple

1 large red beet

1 handful of raw cannabis leaves

  1. Put all ingredients through the juicer.
  2. Drink immediately.

What Is Low THC Dosing?

 

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Like many cannabis patients in this current era, when I started using medical cannabis I had little direction as to how to be using it right for me. The reality is that because cannabis is such a unique medicine for each individual your doctor can’t exactly tell you how much to take or not take, you can only figure that out together by taking it and adjusting doses as necessary.

While cannabis is non-toxic we each have our own threshold for how much cannabis is right for us as an individual. Don’t take enough and you won’t experience all the benefits or take too much you won’t experience all the benefits. Find your sweet spot and the body can find true homeostasis.

One of the things I am grateful to have learned is the concept of low THC dosing. When I initially started using cannabis I did so with the intention to not get too high but to be able to function and still have relief for chronic pain. I didn’t know about CBD and I had yet to experience the benefits of topicals and raw cannabis juicing. So, it was all about the THC.

As it turns out I tolerate THC very well, can take it all day long and figured that since I could tolerate so much my body needed that much and it must be okay to do so long term. It used to be nothing to take a 150mg THC bedtime edible or a 50mg THC edible first thing in the morning and focus on whether the varieties of cannabis I was using were daytime energizing or night time relaxing.

Then I started focusing on increasing my intake of other cannabinoids like CBD and THCA and utilizing terpenes. I also embraced this idea of thoughtfully only taking a low dose of THC as part of my overall consumption which involved a change in how I was using cannabis. Less vaping and high THC edibles and more CBD tinctures/edibles, raw juicing, and topicals.

I started a new cannabis journal with the intention of discovering my ideal usage with smaller amounts of THC. Turns out my body functions well with lower doses of THC than I initially was using. The change also increased my sensitivity to THC which is a very pleasant thing for somebody who has a high tolerance.

I take this cannabis stuff very seriously because it is part of my long term wellness and chronic pain management program. It is imperative to dwell in my homeostasis sweet spot so that I can truly achieve the wellness that lives within me.

So, when it comes to THC (and cannabis in general) start slow, go low.

-TwiceBakedinWA

5 Ways To Use Cannabis For Period Pain

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This post is for the ladies out there who have ever had cramps, bloating, anxiety, muscle tightness, nausea, poor sleep, tender breasts, or any other physical experience around their menstruation experience. I feel you.

I have had all sorts of crazy things happen to my body around menstruation and I for sure use cannabis as a gentle and natural way to make my body more comfortable as I attempt to celebrate being a woman every month. Here are 5 ways I use cannabis for period pain.

  1. Cannabis Infused Bath: Soaking in a 30 minute infused bath helps to relieve muscle cramps, anxiety, and promotes restful sleep if done before bed. Personally, I like to take a mid-day bath and find it rejuvenates my body and lifts my feeling of wellbeing.
  2. Cannabis Infused Lotions and Salves: I don’t go anywhere without a cannabis topical on me. Sometimes, I only apply it to the areas that hurt (low back, pelvic area), but my most preferred way is to apply it allover the torso and pelvic area for maximum effects.
  3. Cannabis Suppositories: The pelvic area is rich with blood vessels and using a suppository will make your lower body relax like nothing else and provide a healthy dose of cannabinoids as this method of taking it allows for maximum absorption. Using a suppository might seem strange at first but after you experience relief, its not strange anymore.
  4. Infused Edibles: I use cannabis infused edibles in two different ways right now. In the daytime I take a CBD tincture that allows for an alert mind and less-inflamed body and in the night time I will take an edible with THC when I need help sleeping and long-lasting pain relief.
  5. Vaping: This solves most problems in the moment. Anxiety, pain, and nausea are all made better with a few inhales of vaped flower or concentrate.

I’m not done yet…there are a lot of natural remedies but my old standbys for relief are also primrose oil, cuddling up with a hot water bottle, using relaxing essential oils, and extending myself plenty of self compassion.

-TwiceBakedinWA

 

2015: My Lifestyle In Cannabis

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MJBA at Seattle Hempfest

Adventures With The MJBA: Seriously, it is never boring at the MJBA. For a year and a bit I have happily worked on their social media team and captured videos for Marijuana Channel One.  Around the fall I needed to change my schedule and stepped away from the daily social media work I was doing on MJ News Network. Really though, my adventures with MJBA continue on and 2016 looks like a bright year for all of us. Many thanks to David, Morgan, and Roxann for making this one of the most fun jobs I ever did have.  

 

Meeting Jerry Whiting From LeBlanc CNE. If you don’t know Jerry Whiting, let me just tell you that he is a thunder and lightning storm of vibrant positive energy in the cannabis world. After being introduced to his CBD rich tincture earlier this year and trying a few different batches it quickly became one of my favorite go-to medicines for inflammation, migraines, back pain, and muscle spasms. Without a doubt his tinctures and liniments have provided me me a higher quality of life in this body. Thank you so much, Jerry, for spreading your knowledge, kindness, and generosity, my way.  

Dr. Ethan Russo and TwiceBakedinWAMeeting Dr. Ethan Russo. I initially met Dr. Russo by randomly striking up a conversation about raw cannabis juice at a Vimea event on Vashon Island. While I didn’t realize who he was until he handed me a business card, I was tickled pink to have met a neurologist who also knew so much about cannabis. Over the summer I got to see him speak multiple times about terpenes and cannabinoids and learn from his decades of research. Dr. Russo showed me what I should seek out in cannabis for my conditions and reminded me to always take the smallest dose of THC necessary rather than looking for the highest dose tolerable. Meeting him was definitely a treasure for me in 2015.

The Depression And The Migraines.  I really struggled in 2015 with what seemed like more migraines and deeper depressions  than I have seen for a long time and while that may not seem like a positive thing it pushed me to study. I learned so much this year about sleep, the brain, immunity, and gut health that despite all the pain and anguish, I came through alive, wiser, and more equipped to continue life in this body for another trip around the sun.

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MJBA Women’s Alliance

The Women of Cannabis. I found myself at over a dozen female only cannabis professional and social events this year. One standout favorite was the MJBA Women’s Alliance Retreat last July in Hoodsport where a small group of big thinking women spent time in nature brainstorming ways to make the cannabis world better and then went off and started following through. The beauty of these women is that they are full of life, down to earth, they work hard, and they know a lot about cannabis. One of my goals this year was to spend more time with women in the industry and I would say that is a continued goal for next year as well. This uplifting community of women is a beautiful part of the cannabis movement and one that I am grateful to be part of.

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Raw Cannabis Juicing Garden

Growing My Own Cannabis. Successfully, I was able to grow healthy, organic CBD cannabis for regular raw dietary consumption all summer. Learning from experienced organic cannabis farmers was a major game changer. Ideally I would be able to grow all year but for now I am grateful to be able to do what I can in the summertime. Starting next year, when the medical cannabis laws change in Washington, the only way I will literally be able to access raw cannabis is to grow my own so I am very thankful for all the gardening experience that I gained this year.

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Random Recognition. Being recognized for my work on TwiceBakedinWA was a very welcome theme in 2015. Not only did I get accolades online like this article listing me as number 8 in the top cannabis health websites but I also met new online followers at every single event this year. It is such a treat to have my works acknowledged and to see my intentions come back to me in a positive way.

Thank you for reading and sharing my adventures in health and food and cannabis. May 2016 bring abundant health and may we all be able to learn more about how cannabis and get it legalized in many more places.

Happy New Year! -TwiceBakedinWA

 

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!

-TwiceBakedinWA

Managing Your Mental Health: 4 Remedies For Depression

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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. 

-TwiceBakedinWA

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

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