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What It Feels Like To Eat A 10mg/THC Marijuana Edible

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Since marijuana became legal in the state of Washington a lot of people I know are considering trying cannabis for the first time ever or in a very long time. A lot of these people are not smokers, not interested in smoking marijuana, but are really curious about trying marijuana edibles. Some of these people also have stories about how they ate homemade marijuana edibles back in the day where they got too high so they are freaked out to try them again.

I can’t blame them. I’ve experienced what it is like to consume too much THC from an edible and it freaked me out enough not to consume another for a couple of days. Actually, I was making infused cannabis chocolates and consumed too much from licking the bowl, spoon, and trying a sample on top of that. It was not the pleasant experience that I am accustomed to getting from taking cannabis. I gained some serious respect for edibles that day.

One great thing about being able to purchase Washington’s regulated marijuana edibles is that you should be able to easily figure out how much to take for your body depending on the effect you are going after. Gone will be the days of guessing how many bites to take and wondering what it will do to you. Now, you should be able to educate yourself on what a portion size of 10mg feels like for you, measure your edible portion size accordingly, and then be able to use them responsibly.

I went to Evergreen Herbal headquarters in Seattle to talk about this subject because their quality marijuana edibles are labeled really well and easy to measure 10mg/THC portions.

In the video, Marco brings up the point that eating a 10mg/THC edible is similar in intoxicating effects as a glass of wine or beer. I wouldn’t disagree with this comparison except that the effects of an edible can last for several hours which, by the way,  is a wonderful thing when you use the right amount for you. Everybody is different, so while 10mg might feel like nothing for me, it might feel like a lot or just enough for you.

My experience with edibles is that they don’t make you as mentally high as smoking or vaping but they do provide a lovely wash of body relaxation and a gentle mental uplift. That is, of course, if you are taking the right amount for your body.

When you eat an edible it can take 1-2 hours to fully feel the effects, depending on how you metabolize it. Many newbies make the mistake of not waiting long enough and thinking they don’t feel anything and end up taking more before the first portion kicked in. Oops, now you are too high and will be that way for several hours. Taking too much THC in an edible form could possibly be a very unpleasant experience, and again, it could last for several hours.

So, here are a few things I recommend if you are trying legal edibles for the first time:

Your goal is not to get super high, your goal is to learn how your body responds to marijuana edibles so you can know how much to take when you do want to get high. Pick a day when you are able to relax. Plan the time of day when you will take it and have something to preoccupy you while you wait 1-2 hours for the effects to kick in. Avoid drinking alcohol that day. Once you feel the effects you will then be able to make note of what 10mg/THC felt like for you. Was it hard to tell if you were feeling anything? Or did it feel like too much? If it felt like too much, take half next time. If it felt like nothing, you may want to try 15-30mg next time.

Since we are comparing edibles with alcohol, let’s assume that you wouldn’t responsibly guzzle an entire bottle of vodka in one sitting your first time drinking and then wait to see what happens. You would most likely only enjoy a drink or two from that bottle or you could suffer potential alcohol poisoning from overconsumption.  While nobody has ever been known to have died from too much THC, you don’t want to be that person who has a horrible experience on edibles and swears them off because you didn’t take it slow and learn how to eat them responsibly.

Marijuana edibles are wonderful when used properly. Do enjoy, Washington.

-TwiceBakedinWA

 

Raw Lemon Cream Hemp Pie

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The ongoing topic of food and moods keeps coming up in my world. Personally, food has the ability to make me happy or depressed, body and soul. For that very reason I regularly stick to foods that are known to boost my mood, promote an uplifted energy, and fight off depression.  I know that when I eat certain foods (like processed grains and sugars) I feel achy, sad, depressed, black and grey. On the other hand, I’ve also experienced that when I eat a regular supply of natural foods I am able to boost my moods and make my body feel less stressed.

Simply put, your moods are created by your brain. Your brain requires a balance of essential amino acids (protein), essential fatty acids (fats), and sugars (carbohydrates) to use as fuels and function optimally. Each time you eat whole, unprocessed food that the body can recognize and digest you allow your brain to do its job of thinking, dreaming, loving, and keeping you alive. Each time you eat an unnatural, processed food you rob your brain of being able to work at an optimal level. I think you can see where I am going with this. Feed your brain well.

Today’s hemp dessert creation combines a complete source of essential amino acids (hemp), fatty acids (coconut oil, hemp), L-tryptophan (cashew), and D-limonene (lemon) for a superfood dessert designed to trigger a happy button or two.

Raw Lemon Cream Hemp Pie

Crust:

3/4 C Dates, finely chopped

1C nuts, finely chopped

1/3C hemp hearts

2T coconut oil, gently melted

Filling:

1.5C  Cashews, soaked for (4-12 hours)

1 lemon, juiced and zested

1/4C raw honey

1/3C Coconut oil, gently melted

1) Mix crust ingredients and press into a pie pan.

2) Blend all filling ingredients until smooth and pour on top of the crust.

3) Chill. Sprinkle with orange or lemon zest and eat to your heart’s content.

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I encourage everybody to tune in to how the food is making them feel. Eat less of the foods that leave you feeling empty and fill up with more foods that allow your brain to perform without fog and dark clouds.

-TwiceBaked

Why I Avoid Cannabis Vape Pens

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I was first introduced to cannabis vape pens from another MMJ patient who was going on about how much they liked it for medicating. I tried it with excited anticipation and instantly felt let down by the experience. Although the effects were potent enough, it left me with a nasty taste of chemicals that really turned me off. I since have tried others from people who compellingly made arguments as to why their pen was good or their oil was superior  but something about the vape pen experience doesn’t feel right for me.

Plus, I have ongoing questions about these little medicating devices. The vape pen is a fairly new technology and the effects of long term use is not known. Are they really safe to be inhaling from regularly?

I decided to find out what experiences other patients are having when they use them. I talked to about 30 people who regularly use cannabis vape pens and here is what I found…

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People who use them love how discreet, convenient, and easy vape pens are for medicating on the go. They can be used pretty much anywhere. There were a few people who liked that the effects felt a little milder than dabbing their concentrates and that they were able to maintain an even level of homeostasis through their day.

The majority of people I talked to also had complaints about their vape pens. I repeatedly heard that they hated the taste, how frequently the pens break (even the spendy ones), oil leakages, how frequently they require cleaning, and how disappointingly mild the vape pen experience is for them. Two people told me that their pens gave them a cough and I also met a person who had a vape pen battery blow up in his hands causing severe burns to his palm and fingers.

I really wanted to find out what materials most people’s pens were made out of but the majority didn’t really know what their pens were constructed of. A lot of the pens that I have seen are made with plastic and/or have a lot of plastic parts although some are made with glass, ceramic and metal.

Let me be real here for a second. I don’t know of what parallel time warped universe I would need to live in for it to be okay to heat up anything plastic and breathe it into my lungs in an effort to ingest cannabis. Everything about that makes my body and brain cringe. I’ve heard repeated stories of people’s pens off-gassing the first few times a new pen is used but nobody has been able to tell me what chemicals they may have inhaled during those first few hits or any other chemicals they may be inhaling from the device itself with continued use. I don’t dig that.

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Then there is this little question I have about polyethylene glycol (PEG), the chemical that can be found in pre-filled oil cartridges to give the product a more fluid consistency.  Is this chemical safe to heat and breathe? While PEG is generally accepted as safe to consume, little seems to be known about the long term effects of consuming it through inhalation. Most people I talked to had little clue what PEG was although one person informed me it was also an ingredient found in antifreeze. The internet was not an overly helpful source. I found sites saying it was safe, maybe even “good for you” and I found sites saying it should never be inhaled. What is one supposed to believe?

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Since cannabis medicating is part of my long term health management plan I would like to know that the ways I am using it will not cause harm to my body.

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And, if I am inhaling unknown toxic chemicals with my medicine, is it really medicine anymore? Until more about the safety of vape pens is known, I will skip that electronic puff puff and just pass.

-TwiceBaked

The CBD Bathtub Bliss Soak

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The tea is brewed, music turned on, and the lights are turned down low. As the tub fills for my bliss soak, I sprinkle in spoonfuls of CBD bath salts and handfuls of epsom salts. The smell pushes my relaxation button.

I sink into the hot water and instantly take a big sigh. This is level one relaxation. I am here and nothing else matters right now. My mission is to relax and stay in here for at least 20 minutes to let my skin absorb CBD and magnesium from the salts. A timer was thoughtfully set in case I think I need to be doing something else before my 20 minutes is up.

I take a few minutes to settle in, breathe, and relax. This is holistic self care at its best. I’m not getting high, I’m getting calm. Tension and inflammation start melting away.

Getting CBD through my skin is one of my favorite delivery methods. I don’t have to eat or inhale anything, my skin does the job for me. 

Back to the bliss bath. I’m scrubbed up, hair is washed and now I am just waiting for the timer to go off. It is time to take it to the next level of relaxation. We add meditation. I remind myself that I have no where else to be that is more important than right here and focus on my breathing to relax a little bit more. I am able to find that bliss point where my body goes into full relaxation floating mode.

The timer goes off and I celebrate my ability to relax for 20 whole minutes by lingering in the tub for another 10. I get out of the bath feeling warm and good to the core that I have done something so nice for my body. I then proceed to crawl into bed and sleep like a log until sunrise.

Bliss can be found in a hot tub full of CBD infused water. Do something nice for yourself and find bliss.

-TwiceBaked

Spicy Pumpkin Hemp Pie

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I love pumpkin pie but since falling in love with hemp and quitting sugar I felt compelled to reinvent and upgrade this very important dessert. 

Free of gluten, dairy, eggs, and sugar but packed with spices and nutritional goodness this pie is easy to make and a treat to eat. Most of all, I figured out how to get the nutrition of hemp into the recipe so I could also eat it for breakfast and have quality energy for my day. 

Spicy Pumpkin Hemp Pie

Crust:

1/2 C walnuts

1/2 C hemp seeds

2T coconut oil, melted

6 dates

Filling:

1C cashews (soaked overnight)

3 dates

2T raw ginger, 

1 1/2T cinnamon

1/2T allspice

1/2T ground cloves

1 can pumpkin puree, 15 oz

1) Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor to be as smooth or crunchy as you like. Press into a pie pan. I greased my pan with a little smear of coconut oil.

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2) Combine all filling ingredients in a blender/food processor until smooth. Pour on top of crust.

3) Chill in fridge until set. About 30 minutes. 

4) Keep leftovers refrigerated.

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When I was first making the filling I didn’t think it was going to be sweet or flavorful enough but once the spices had a chance to meld and I tasted it with the date crust there was plenty of for the taste buds to enjoy. 

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Happy, hempy, pumpkin goodness. Indulge generously. 

-TwiceBaked

10 Ways CBD in Cannabis Can Improve Your Health

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One of the reasons I have been able to successfully use cannabis as medicine for multiple health issues is because it contains a compound called cannabidiol (CBD). This CBD component is responsible for regulating many functions in the body. It is kind of a big deal.

This week I have found myself in more than one conversation with people about CBD. It seems that a lot of people, even the ones who use cannabis, are not always too familiar with what CBDs could do for them to improve their health ailments.

So, I give you 10 ways that CBD could improve your health:

1) CBD is an antibacterial and slows bacterial growth. This is significant for those of us who are dealing with an imbalance of bad bacteria which can cause health problems such as gum disease, heart disease, and intestinal issues.

2) When you take CBD, it does not cause the typical “high” associated with cannabis. In fact, CBD works as a partner with THC to balance its psychoactive effects. My personal experience with high CBD cannabis medicines is that they leave me clear-headed, positive, energetic, and relaxed. I describe this state as feeling like myself.

3) CBD reduces inflammation. Let me repeat that, CBD reduces inflammation!! Inflammation in the body causes disease. Less inflammation, less disease.

4) CBD promotes bone growth. How many people do you know that have a musculoskeletal deficiency who would benefit from a non-toxic, natural medicine for bone growth? When I first learned that taking cannabis could keep my bones strong I think I may have teared up. There are not too many things I wouldn’t do to be able to age without a degenerating, scoliotic spine so to know that this is one of the potential benefits of the CBD medicine that I am taking leaves me feeling incredibly grateful.

5) CBD reduces function in the immune system. If you suffer with an autoimmune disorder calming your overactive immune system down is vital for your continuing health. When my immune system is overactive I have all sorts of funky things happen to me: migraines, body pain, numb fingers and toes, and so on. Having a medicine that can help me regulate immune function is more valuable to me than the words can find.

6) CBD relieves anxiety. How lovely is that? I’m a relatively even tempered person, I think, but I do deal with anxiety. I am aware that this is a side effect of having chronic pain but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. CBD’s allow me to relax and feel like somebody who can handle the regular stresses of life during spells of anxiety.

7) CBD relieves pain. This is by far the most dramatic thing that CBD does for me personally. To be able to have relief from the pain that is debilitating you and locking you within your body feels like absolute freedom.

8) CBD suppresses muscles spasms. I actually had to think about the last time I had muscle spasms because it has been a while. I used to get them all the time before I started using medicinal cannabis but now they are something that I used to get.

9) CBD reduces blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can cause havoc in the body. Ask any person with diabetes and they will tell you that regulating your blood sugar is vital to one’s health and vitality.

10) CBD reduces seizures. I don’t have personal experience with this one but I do know of people who have been able to reduce and in some cases stop the seizures that they experience by using high CBD cannabis.

Bonus:

11) CBD inhibits cancer cell growth. Oh, did I mention it fights cancer?

I am just scratching the surface here of what CBDs  can do for the body but that is a pretty impressive list, isn’t it?

How does one effectively get CBDs in their body? You’ll have to first seek out cannabis strains and medicines that contain high CBD. This will require a little homework and probably a little shopping around to find the one that is right for you. The most superior ways that I have found to get CBD through cannabis is by regularly taking it orally or applying it topically to the skin.

I would just like to add that my life drastically changed for the better when I found cannabis medicines with high CBDs. Thankfully I live in a part of the world that allows me to have safe access to this medicine.

May you have safe access to CBD too.

-TwiceBaked

Raw Hemp Peach Pie

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Mmmmm, hemp. Why am I mildly obsessed with this superfood? Firstly, hemp is one of the only foods on this planet that will provide you with complete protein, carbohydrates, AND omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids all by itself.  Hemp also packs a punch of fiber, B-vitamins, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc- just to list a few of its impressive stats. For this lover of all things nutrient dense,  hemp is a dream food.

This little love affair with hemp is how I came up with my recipe for Hemp Peach Pie. I needed to find a way to use up the accumulating summer fruit sitting on my counter and was craving dessert. I wanted it to be delicious enough to enjoy as a dessert but healthy enough that I could also eat it for breakfast the next day. I also needed it to be totally raw, free of processed sugars, gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. Simple, right? What I came up with was a super quick and easy recipe that seems to be impossible to flub up. 

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Raw Hemp Peach Pie

1C raw almonds, finely crushed

6 medjool dates, chopped

1t orange zest

3 bananas

2 peaches, diced

2/3C Hemp hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds)

1/3C raw chia seeds

1/3C fresh blueberries

1/2t cinnamon

1/4t cardamom

3T coconut oil, melted

1) Mix almonds, dates, and orange zest. Press flat into the bottom of a pie pan.

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2) Puree bananas and mix in chopped peaches, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, and coconut oil. Add blueberries and stir until just mixed.

3) Pour into pie pan on top of the almond date crust.

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4) Chill in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

5) Slice, serve, and enjoy.

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This recipe is so quick, easy, and delicious that it has become a regular thing coming out of my kitchen this month. While I haven’t made this pie the same way twice, it always seems to turn out and disappear fast. It is easily adaptable to different kinds of fruit and spices.

Dessert just got upgraded to being healthfully hempy.

-TwiceBaked