Posts Tagged ‘seattle’

The Healthy Cannabis Lifestyle Project

A few years back, at some cannabis industry event, I met Jerry Whiting. If you’ve ever met Jerry, you probably know he is a jovial, kind, and generous man who does a lot for the cannabis community and has a great deal of knowledge about using the plant for improving health in those with serious ailments and also those who are healthy and wanting to stay that way.

Jerry and pj

Jerry was the one who introduced me to the experience of regularly using cannabidiol (CBD) as part of my cannabis regimen. His line of LeBlanc CNE high CBD and low THC tinctures proved to be life altering in my long term cannabis use. He is also the one who taught me exactly how to decarboxylate cannabis without all the bad information that exists out there on the interweb. Here is a link if you want to learn how to decarb too…

This year Jerry, through his brand LeBlanc CNE, launched an educational cannabis health podcast  peppered with special guests and his own very entertaining stories. I am happy and privileged to be a regular contributor on the podcast. Here is the show Jerry and I recently did about using cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle.

I also recently launched a motivational food and health blog, Butterfly Sessions, as part of my work as a holistic health coach. Follow me there for motivation to keeping a healthy lifestyle and original recipes of seasonal, hemp, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free meals and treats that are easy to prepare, delicious, and nutritious.



The Women In Cannabis Who Keep Me Lifted


Last night I attended MJBA Women’s Alliance ‘Power To Influence’ at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, WA. Surrounded by lady politicians, business owners, advocates, moms, and grandmas I had my spirits lifted and was reminded why I am sitting here right now plinking on a keyboard about cannabis.

When I joined my first women’s cannabis group, a couple of years ago, I didn’t have my face on my blog, any kind of social media around it, and was nervous to come out publicly as a cannabis blogger and user. It was then that I attended a party with Washington Bud Company’s, Shawn Denae, and expressed my concerns about having my face attached to marijuana. She gave me a look I’ll never forget and told me that they are all putting themselves way out there so if I mean what I’m doing, then go for it. The very next day I updated my blog to include a picture of myself and never looked back. I’m not sure she even knows she did that for me and I am forever grateful that she did.

But this is what I’m talking about. When I hang around these women in cannabis I am spoken to candidly while still feeling supported and I am reminded that I am not alone on this path. I have a whole tribe of powerful women in my camp who want to see me succeed and celebrate with me.

Knowing the women in cannabis that I do has definitely changed me. When I see how brave, ambitious, and hard-working they are I feel empowered to do more.

Also, one of the best things about spending time in the cannabis industry is that it has expanded my personal vision of what it means to be a female. Cannabis ladies are a special breed and by bringing together our diversities, we are the ones who will also be lifting the world into normalization after legalization.

Being Norml, Talking Weed On The Streets Of Seattle

This past weekend I met up with Ah Warner from Cannabis Basics on the streets of Seattle near Pike Place to represent Norml Woman’s Alliance Of Washington. We stood on the street for a few hours talking to people walking by about cannabis.

While there were people who would come and talk to us, there were also a lot of people who would look at what our sign said and then purposely divert their eyes so as not to have to maintain eye contact. And then I got a “Booo” by one man walking by which I found to be an interesting reaction.

The point of us being there was to normalize in public what people who use weed look, act, and talk like and also strike up a conversation with other “normal-looking” people about cannabis, a subject that is new for many of them.

Overall, it was a good afternoon. I appreciate being able to experience a whole other level of awareness by being with other people who have such a passion for this amazing cannabis plant.

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


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.



Peanut Butter Hemp Balls For Seattle Hempfest 2014

Peanut Butter Hemp Balls

Tomorrow starts a very full weekend for myself and thousands of other people in Washington who will be gathering for not only Seattle Hempfest 2014 but also the first ever CannaCon marijuana business and lifestyle expo in Tacoma.

I’m going to be attending both events over the course of the next four days capturing what is going on with MJ News Network and enjoying the festivities. Super exciting doesn’t begin to explain the energy that surrounds this weekend.

Hempfest 2014/cannaCon

On Saturday I will be at Seattle Hempfest and Peanut Butter Hemp Balls have been created as something to pass out to other hemp enthusiasts at the festival.

In the video you will see me attempt to form the cookies into balls and watch me partly fail. I had refrigerated the dough overnight and that made it too dry to form. If you make this recipe, don’t do that.

Peanut Butter Hemp Balls

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup dates

1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)

1) Combine shredded coconut and dates in a food processor until it becomes a cookie dough texture.

2) Mix in hemp and peanut butter until fully combined.

3) Mix in coconut flour until fully integrated. (more may be needed if the mixture is still too ‘wet’)

4) Mix in chocolate. The dough will look crumbly.

5) Form crumbly mixture into balls.

6) Refrigerate in an airtight container.


If you see me this weekend, please come and say hi!



The First Of Day Legal Retail Weed In Washington

I was there for the opening of the first retail marijuana store in Seattle on Tuesday. Cannabis City, a little store in SoDo that sits beside a Subway and is now a major focal point of the city since it is the only place one can legally buy cannabis in the city. I wanted to go there to experience what it might be like to be a recreational user. I was curious to see who would show up to such an event and if it would be the major lines and masses of people like they had in Colorado.

It was not like Colorado, apparently, because there were way less people, like hundreds, not thousands. The event, while exciting, felt well planned, safe, and pretty chill. The crowd was super mellow, no surprise there. When I got there I kind of just stood across the street for a few minutes to observe from afar before jumping into the scene. There was press everywhere and camera lovers from politicians to business promoters and activists who took advantage of the event for publicity.

I made a little video while there and circulated with the people that were in line. I was surprised how many people were from out of town and how many locals were casually showing up who never thought they would be able to get a decent spot without waiting all day.  While standing near the back alley a truck drove by and a guy leaned out the passenger side window offering a quarter ounce of marijuana for $60. Everybody in line ignored him and smiled at each other as they drove off.

While these people were standing in line for hours in the blazing noon sun to get a couple of grams of marijuana, I had consumed a solid dose of cannabis coconut oil on my breakfast. As I stood among these regular “recreational users” I remembered what it was like to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and figure out what to order for the first time.  Very exciting and overwhelming. Their experience, however, was limited to a couple of grams of prepackaged dry flower and a four strains to pick from. Still, very exciting.

My experience in a medical cannabis collective is very different. There are multiple flower strains, CBD strains, concentrates, edibles, the variety almost feels endless when it comes to the choices I have as a patient in Washington right now. I am thankful for every single one of those choices as somebody who uses cannabis daily for pain management and neurological health. I am also thankful to live in a place where my ‘non-medical’ friends now have safe, legal access to cannabis too.

My First Seattle Hempfest


Were they throwing weed or roses to the crowd?

This past weekend I attended my very first Seattle Hempfest.  I was told the best way to experience the festival was to volunteer so I signed up to work Friday and Sunday, the two days that I could attend. During my shifts I got to see the action of crowds in the park, check out the vendors, see the backstage areas, meet a lot of the speakers, and witness more pot smoking than I have ever seen in my entire life.

On Friday I happened to be there when a helicopter flew over the Main Stage crowds and threw something out the windows to the people below. Now, I’ve heard two different stories about what was actually being tossed to the crowds. One report said they were throwing rose petals while another told me that they had tossed dime bags down to the crowd. I wasn’t quite close enough to be able to say  what it was for sure. Maybe it was rose petals AND dime bags.

Over the two days I was there, as I was running through the park, I was able to pause long enough to see and hear some of the speakers.  Their passion and love for cannabis moved me. I wish I would have seen more of the speakers.


New Jersey Weedman


I got to see and meet a lot of the people that I have only ever known online until now. I love that.


Coral Reefer and SafeTDriver.

I wasn’t there on Saturday when the Seattle Police Department was handing out bags of Doritos with a short list of the I-502 laws but I was able to snap a picture from somebody who did. There were 1000 bags given out. Some people ate their chips, some are saving the bag as a collector’s item. I have to say that the police were awesome there. They definitely provided a good sized presence but they were all friendly and did an impressive job of responding to the crazy things that are bound to happen in a crowd that size.


The police kindly helped this man find some clothes.


On Sunday I was corralled into being in a hemp fashion show. I wore a silk hemp wedding dress. While I don’t need to get married anytime soon I would seriously find a place to wear this dress because it felt so amazing on.  Just another random Hempfest adventure.

Hemp silk wedding dress.

While there, I was struck with how many families were attending together. Once I got over kids being around cannabis (which is vastly different from how I was raised), I was able to see how nice it was to see families getting out and seeing the world together. The vast mix of all ages and backgrounds made for wonderful people watching and a comfortable vibe.

Would I do it all over again? Heck ya. I met new friends, experienced new things, and even got a tan.

See you next year, Seattle Hempfest!