Archive for November, 2013

Dark Chocolate Coffee Spiced Hemp Bark

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Hemp, chocolate, and coffee- what’s not to love? I combined all three in a lightly spiced treat that will allow me to contribute something fun when I go to parties this holiday season. Did I mention it has hemp hearts in it? I love eating hemp!

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Dark Chocolate Coffee Spiced Hemp Bark

1 1/3C dark chocolate chips

1/4C cashews, chopped

1/4C almonds, chopped

1/3C hemp seeds

1/4 C chopped dried pears and raisins

1t cardamom

2T coffee beans,  finely chopped

1) Melt 1C of your chocolate gently in a double boiler and add cardamom.

2) Combine all your dry ingredients.

3) Pour melted chocolate over parchment paper and spread to about 1/4 inch thin.

4) Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the chocolate and press into the pan with your fingers.

4) Heat up remaining 1/3C of chocolate and drizzle over the top.

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5) Chill until set in fridge or freezer. Take out and break into bit size pieces and serve or store in in an airtight container in the fridge.

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These treats come out chocolaty, chewy, and crunchy. Perfect for taking to parties and giving as gifts.  Be kind to your belly and try not to eat too many at one time.


The Walking Stick: Cannabis Infused Toothpicks


I get giddy when I find new smokeless ways to ingest cannabis. Lucky for me, one sunday in Seattle at the World Famous Cannabis Farmer’s Market I ran into the good people of Kush Cream. To that point I had only tried their topical lotion and had no idea the vast number of products that they make. During an explanation of their products they pulled out the medicated toothpicks. Cannabis infused toothpicks. That made me giggle. Who comes up with this stuff? Apparently Kush Cream does. They gave me a bottle to try and I have to say that I’ve really liked having them available.


I have since taken walking sticks on numerous adventures and I appreciate how they allow me to discreetly medicate anywhere. Using them is super easy, you just keep one in your mouth for about 20 minutes switching which end you are sucking on half way. They have a pleasant and fresh taste. For me the effects are quick, mild and relaxing. I find them great for relieving physical and mental anxiety.

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So, when you see your family members popping toothpicks in their mouths after Thanksgiving meal, remember that one of them might actually be medicating with a Walking Stick.


Infusing Coconut Oil with Hash


I like knowing ways to cook with cannabis where you don’t experience a strong cannabis flavor  but still receive the potent medicinal effects. One way to do this is cooking with hash. Hash is a concentrated form of cannabis made up from the trichomes that are collected from the plant. You don’t need very much of it when you cook and it is super easy to work with. This day, I prefer to infuse it into coconut oil that can then be used in any recipe I might be making.

Hash Infused Coconut Oil

2 teaspoons hash

1C coconut oil

1) Activate your hash. Very important step. Heat oven to 240F and place hash inside for 60 minutes. Make sure your oven does not get hotter than 240F by using a thermometer. The hash will get a toasty color. Gently crush the hash with a back of a spoon to break it down to be powdery-like.


2) Add activated hash to melted coconut oil in a double boiler and cook for about 30 minutes stirring often and making sure the hash is fully infused. You don’t want or need to get this too hot, you just want to fully melt the activated hash into the oil.


3) Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before pouring it into a glass container. This oil can be stored in the pantry or the fridge. Use in cooking, baking, or take it straight.

Simple, right? The end hash coconut oil product smells and tastes great. And it is potent. This particular batch of oil was used to make just over 65 potent unbaked, sugarless cookies.  Each of those cookies provided a dose that lasted for several hours.

I used a hash from the Blue Dream cannabis strain which I personally find to be a beneficial daytime medicine. When ingested with coconut oil it works well for several hours on my body pain and is mentally uplifting and energizing. I do not take this strain too late in the afternoon or it will keep me up past my bedtime.

Got Hash? A little goes a long way.