Archive for December, 2013

The Sweetest Cannabis Farmer’s Market in the Whole MMJ Universe

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One of the best things that I discovered last year was the Cannabis Farmer’s Market at the MMJ Universe in Black Diamond, WA. What was initially a nice drive in the country to a safe access place to get high quality medicinal cannabis has become one of my favorite places to spend a little time on a weekend afternoon.

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This little weekend market allows cannabis patients to smell and see up close cannabis flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and anything else your cannabis related medicating needs may require. Each farmer brings their own expertise and experience in growing and using cannabis for their own ailments. The information that they posses is invaluable to other patients, like myself, who are seeking to understand all the variety of ways one can use cannabis. It is wonderful to be able to meet the people who grew and processed your medicine.

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Over the past year I have seen the market develop too. Now it is open on Sat and Sunday, the concentrates seem to have gotten better, there are more medibles available, and the choices for great topicals have really expanded too. Did I mention that they also offer massages and yoga classes? I haven’t been to one of their Sunday yoga classes yet but I did get a free 10 minute massage while listening to live music the last time I was there. It was lovely.

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Maybe this weekend I’ll see you there!


Strawberry Hemp Chocolate Truffles

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I needed to create an original yummy treat I could be proud of for this weekend’s holiday party. I wanted it to have hemp, be raw, gluten free, sugar free, and vegan. I also wanted it to be delicious and a little fancy. What I created was easy but slightly more tedious than my usual style in the kitchen. However, because they were such a hit at the party, I’m going to say it was worth it.

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Strawberry Hemp Chocolate Truffles

For the Chocolate:

1C coconut oil, gently melted

1/2C raw cacao powder

5 medjool dates

For the Filling:

1/2 C cashews, soaked overnight

1/2C water

1 1/2C fresh strawberries

1/2C raw hemp seeds

1/2C coconut oil, gently melted

1/4t salt

3 dates

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2t vanilla

1) Blend filling ingredients until smooth and set aside.

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2) Blend chocolate ingredients until smooth.

3) In small paper cups or chocolate moulds pour in a thin layer of chocolate and put in freezer until hard. (about 5 minutes)

4) Pour a layer of strawberry filling on top of the chocolate and put in freezer until hard.

5) Pour a top layer of chocolate over the strawberry filling and put in freezer until hard.

6) Store in the freezer but serve at room temperature so the strawberry filling will be soft and creamy.

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A funny thing happens to me when I take food to parties these days. At least one person usually asks me if what I brought is medicated with cannabis. I will smile and tell them that it is not medicated but it does contain hemp.  Now, when I cook for other people I seem to put hemp in everything so it can start a conversation and more people can know how beneficial and delicious hemp is.


3 Ways To Effectively Layer Cannabis Medicine


This year I was introduced to the concept of consciously layering my cannabis medicine. Everybody definitely has different needs when using medicinal cannabis but one thing remains the same, the purpose is to boost your endocannabinoid system. The trick as an individual is to find the right strains, delivery methods, and amounts that will be effective for your particular health needs. The ambition is to take enough medicine for your condition while having energy during the day and good sleep at night. Often it can be helpful to combine two or three different cannabis layers to find the right mix for you.

3 Ways to Layer Cannabis Medicine:

1) Layer your cannabis strains. Every strain is different and will affect you differently. The old rule of sativas for day and indicas for night is a good one to start with. Different strains can compliment each other and may be used together to tune in a specific desired effect. One example is combining a high THC sativa strain with a high CBD strain to create an uplifting, energetic, functioning daytime medicine that doesn’t keep you yawning all day.

2) Layer your delivery method.  Each delivery method (inhaled, ingested, or applied topically) provides different benefits. Topicals give you a boost of CBDs, medibles give you long lasting body effects, and you can experience immediate effects from inhaling. It is not uncommon for me to start my daily pain management with a layer of topical cannabis on my skin, eat a medible, and then vaporize, if needed, while my medible  kicks in.

3) Layer your dosage times. If you know that your medible will provide you benefits for about 8 hours, you might consider taking another medible about 6 hours after the first. Or, if it is going to take 1-2 hours for your medible to take effect and you need relief before then you can layer by inhaling your cannabis or using a topical for more immediate effects.


If all of this sounds like a lot of cannabis, it can be. Sometimes when medicating with cannabis you need a little and sometimes you need a lot. Knowing how to combine the methods when you need a lot is a valuable skill in the cannabis patient’s toolkit.

Stay Layered,