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Taking Weed to New Heights: 4 Herbs to Consume with Cannabis

Stacey Wellington

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By now, you are surely aware of how wonderful cannabis is. Whether it is for health or recreational purposes, this plant has something to offer. With this kind of potential found in just a few plants, you might be thinking: how can cannabis get any better? Well, you can enhance its effects by combining it with other beneficial herbs!

Why Combine Herbs?

  • For added excitement – Nothing beats having something to look forward to and mixing marijuana with various herbs certainly elevates the excitement cannabis has to offer.
  • For added flavours, aromas and effects – Marijuana already are medically beneficial, but if you are looking for additional or enhanced benefits, tastes and smells, other herbs can certainly help.
  • To take advantage of what they offer – It is always better to use an organic and effective option, and these herbs offer a natural addition to treatments.

Now, onto the plants you can use with marijuana. There are a few plants that have amazing synergy with marijuana and here are some of them:

Holy Basil

Holy Basil Plant

Also referred to as tulsi, this herb is known for its various medicinal properties. From its flowers to extracts, holy basil delivers numerous health benefits such as treating bronchitis, nausea and vomiting, even eczema! With properties similar to those of cannabis, this plant is indeed a perfect partner for marijuana.

You can use tulsi oil along with cannabidiol oil for treating skin issues such as acne and pimple breakouts. Moreover, people who like making gastronomic delights like pasta will find mixing holy basil and hemp a great option. Instead of making pesto sauce purely from either cannabis or basil, why not combine these two amazing plants for maximum taste and effect?

Hops

Hops Plant

This plant is in the same family as cannabis so there’s no wonder these two go together. Commonly used to make beer, hops is used to treat anxiety, sleep issues and attention disorders. With the same uses as medical marijuana, some cannabis enthusiasts brew a mixture of hops and weed to make beer with a different kick.

Just keep in mind that it is safer to intake a regulated amount of alcohol and cannabis, so keep your consumption in moderation. If you prefer to puff your weed, you might want to mix hops with your CBD vape oil instead of smoking it directly as it is reported to be safer.

Damiana

Damiana FlowerKnown as a plant with a slight psychoactive property, damiana can be mixed with your regular joint. With Valentine’s Day coming up, smoking a damiana-laced spliff can improve your date night as it is commonly used as an aphrodisiac. Combined with the pleasure-enhancing and libido-elevating properties of weed, this herb can certainly improve your sex life. Aside from smoking a joint, you can also purchase damiana tea, which you can infuse with CBD oil, making a perfect beverage to top off your night.

Herbal Tea Leaves

Just like with damiana tea, you can mix cannabis with other herbal teas. Whether you like brewing your own cup of you have ready-made tea bags in your pantry, mixing in a few drops of cannabis oil or dried marijuana buds into the mix can elevate your normal cup. You can use herbs such as chamomile, peppermint and other similar dried leaves for a weed-infused cup.

Using the cannabis plant to its fullest does not only involve using its parts. You can also improve what this amazing plant has to offer by mixing it with various beneficial plants. By doing so, you are only accepting what nature provides and putting them to good use.

 

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Yellowknife Chef to Develop Cannabis-Infused Multi-Course Meals

Stacey Wellington

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Cannabis-Infused Multi-Course Meals

Yellowknife chef Robin Wasicuna is working to develop a variety of multi-course meals mixed with a special ingredient: cannabis. CBC reports that Wasicuna has just finished a two-level program to become cannabis sommelier.

First Cannabis Sommelier in the NWT

According to Wasicuna, he is the first to be nationally certified for the specialty in the Northwest Territories (NWT). These experts are the equivalent of wine sommeliers in the cannabis world. While wine sommeliers specialize in various types of wine and perfect food pairings, Cannabis Sommeliers are experts in identifying the highest class of marijuana.

In an interview with Cabin Radio, Wasicuna said that he “undertook an intensive two-day course” with CannaReps, a Calgary-based company offering certification training. The program teaches students to determine the potency, ratio, quality and even production technique just by using their fine-tuned senses.

Infusing Cannabis into the culinary world

A chef and restaurateur, Wasicuna seeks to combine his culinary background with his newly acquired cannabis education, especially in light of the upcoming legalization of edible marijuana items in December.

Marijuana is popularly known as an herb with medicinal potentials. However, it has slowly been making its way into the culinary field, especially with its compatibility with many dishes and ingredients.

Wasicuna aims to further introduce the plant to the restaurant scene. The chef said that cannabis is primarily an herb, which can be used for dishes as a garnish just like basil and parsley. He also emphasized that eating the herb without decarboxylating will not make consumers high.

He also announced his plans to create four- to five-course gourmet meals. Aside from the multi-course meals, the marijuana sommelier also aims to develop a line of cannabis-infused jams, spreads and peanut butter.

Not all about getting high

The Canadian chef is keen to clarify that his journey into the world of CBD edibles does not aim to simply make consumers high. In fact, his enthusiasm for the plant and his desire to elevate it to the “food level” are key factors in him taking the sommelier course. He also wants to improve the image of marijuana enthusiasts as a “responsible community” and not “just a bunch of potheads.”

Instead of the psychedelic attributes of marijuana, he wants to emphasize the medical properties of the plant. He mentioned the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects of the plant, among other benefits of consuming it.

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Cannabis Recipes To Try this 4th of July

Jordan Webber

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4th of July Celebration

This coming July 4, 2019, the United States will be once more celebrating its Independence Day. People around the country will be making this day a celebration of sorts – from holding get-togethers, out-of-town trips, to bringing on huge fireworks displays, people who have a deep love for the county never fail to make a fuss on this day.

What the 4th of July Really is All About

Despite the 4th of July holiday being only recognized on the government level since 1941, the origin of the American Independence Day goes back to the 18th century. What many individuals don’t know about this momentous time in history is that after the Continental Congress expressed favor for independence on July 2, 1776, the 13 colonies also adopted this within two days.

According to History.com, the esteemed Thomas Jefferson drafted the document. This statement declared that the United States of America is no longer part of Great Britain.

Why Celebrate with Cannabis Recipes

 

4th of July Flag and Firecracker

Since the 4th of July is all about celebrating freedom, what better way to exercise your rights than by taking your dose of cannabis? After all, alongside celebrating hundreds of years of American freedom, you must also commemorate the legalization and accessibility of this in numerous states today.

So, during this significant time in history, revel in the sweet taste of cannabis and CBD products as you party your way through the Fourth of July. Take advantage of this day and have fun with fellow enthusiasts as well as family and friends.

Below are cannabis-infused and CBD oil-based recipes designed to give everyone in your group the time of their lives.

Grilled Meats with Cannabis-Infused Barbeque Sauce

Your get-together would certainly be incomplete without a cookout with your loved ones. If this is a tradition you have long been observing, you’ll be glad to know that you can further enhance the flavors of your grilled meats using cannabis-infused barbeque sauce.

For this recipe, you can choose just about any meat you love. Whether these are thick-cut porkchops or the perennial baby back ribs, you know you are in for a treat. Proceed with grilling the meat as usual.

To make the sauce, you would need ¼ cup of cannabis oil. If you don’t have cannabis oil, you can get pure cannabidiol oil and mix some drops with store-bought olive oil. You also need 2 cups of ketchup, 1 cup of water, ½ a cup of apple cider vinegar, 5 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 5 tablespoons white sugar, ½ a tablespoon of fresh ground black pepper, ½ tablespoon of onion powder, ½ tablespoon of ground mustard, and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

Combine all of these ingredients together in a big pot and let it simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Slather it on grilled meats, drizzle on nachos, or use it as a dip – the options are endless.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cannabutter

Your grilled dishes won’t be complete without sidings! On this hot and sizzling summer day, refresh your palate with some sweet grilled corn. Finish this off with a pat of cannabutter and you’re all set.

This simple recipe calls for 4 ears of summer corn, canola oil, 2 tablespoons of cannabutter, sea salt, and ground pepper. Additional seasonings you can garnish your corn with include green onions and chili powder.

To make this, simply peel the husks of the corn and grill it. Turn it occasionally until a slight char or crust have already formed. Afterwards, pat the corn with some cannabutter. If you do not have cannabutter on hand, you can just put a few drops of hemp oil on room temperature butter. Finish your siding by seasoning it with salt, pepper, chili powder, and green onions.

Medicated Mac and Cheese

Fans of all things cheesy will definitely delight upon seeing this medicated mac and cheese on your spread. A slightly more mature version of everyone’s childhood favorite, this is a filling meal on its own or as another side to your grilled meats.

This medicated mac and cheese calls for 4 tablespoons of cannabutter. However, you can easily substitute this for regular salted or unsalted butter combined with a few drops of pure cannabidiol oil. Apart from this, you also need half a pound of elbow macaroni, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, a teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of all-purpose flour, 3 to 4 cups of milk, 2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup grated gruyere cheese, 1 cup chopped cooked broccoli, and ½ a cup chopped and seeded tomatoes.

Other seasonings that will make this flavorful include a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 2 more tablespoons of salted butter. 1 ½ cups of breadcrumbs and another ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese will leave the top flaky and crunchy.

To make this, cook the macaroni according to directions. In another saucepan, heat your cannabutter and add the flour. Make sure to do this over low heat and stir continuously to prevent the mixture from burning. Add the milk and stir until the mixture comes out smooth. Next, add the different types of cheese, broccoli, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Incorporate the macaroni and make sure everything is covered well.

Pour these into ramekins or a casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs and cheese and bake for around 30 minutes. Once the cheese and breadcrumbs turn into a golden brown color, you’ll know the mac and cheese is done.

Mini Stars Berry Pies

Show some love for the homeland by creating mini stars berry pies that reminds you of the colors of the star-spangled banner. Tweak this recipe from Country Living and add some flair using your preferred Hemp oil to the filling. This will surely bring depth and earthiness to an otherwise tart filling.

For this recipe, you need a 15-ounce package of refrigerated rolled piecrusts and some flour to prevent the piecrusts from sticking on the surface. You also need 1 large egg, 1 ½ tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt. The main filling consists of ¼ cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of fresh blueberries, 1 ½ cup of chopped strawberries, and 1 ¼ cup of fresh strawberries.

Start off by spreading your piecrust and cutting these into 4 to 5 circles. With the remaining scraps, take your star-shaped cookie cutters and cut out some stars, then transfer all the dough to pie tins and crimp the dough along the rim of the tin. Make an egg wash and brush this along the edges of the dough and the stars and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar and chill for half an hour.

To make the filling, combine the rest of the remaining ingredients together, toss, and let sit for around 10 minutes. Once the fruits appear plump and juice, spoon some mixture on the piecrusts. Decorate the pies with the stars and bake for 30 minutes. Serve this with vanilla ice cream for a sweet ending.

Mango Mint CBD Lemonade

Want a drink that will quench your thirst? Look no further than this sweet mango mint CBD lemonade. With summer in full swing by then, you can easily get mangoes that can perfectly go with this drink. The rest of the mangoes, you can eat by yourself.

For this refreshing and delectable non-alcoholic beverage, you will need a piece of ripe mango, 2 tablespoons of chopped mint, 5 cups of cold water, 6 tablespoons of water, ½ a cup of cane sugar, and your CBD oil.

Blend the cubed mangoes and 6 tablespoons of water together until smooth. Then, pour the puree into a pitcher. Add the juiced lemons, sugar, and water to the pitcher and stir well. Don’t forget to add a few drops of cannabis oil and enjoy.

Casa Independence Day

Have a berry merry 4th of July with this tequila-based drink. While this recipe calls for a liter of Casamigos Blanco tequila, you can easily switch this up for whatever you have on hand. In addition to the tequila, you also need 17 ounces of fresh lime juice, 17 pieces of strawberries, and 17 whole blackberries. You will also need 10 ounces of simple syrup to sweeten this up.

To make this, blend the berries together until smooth. Strain this on a punch bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Drop your preferred cannabis tincture and mix well. Add ice and let cool. To make a worthy presentation, garnish the punch bowl with more berries. Watch your intake of this drink, otherwise, you’ll find yourself sipping on this until you’re a wee bit tipsy.

There you have it! Celebrate the 4th of July with these wonderful cannabis recipes. Invite fellow cannabis enthusiasts over and let them partake of the delectable feast you have laid out for everyone. Better yet, ask your family and friends to donate their time. They can help you make these recipes and you can bond over good food and great conversations while having the best company.

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Reading Literature: 5 Marijuana Books to Add on Your Must-Reads

Daniel King

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Marijuana Books

The subject of cannabis has long been a topic in almost every field. From science, health, politics, to arts. With this, it is no surprise that many literary works have already been published regarding the said plant – from its facts, mysteries, to endless possibilities. Despite the effort of most states to foil the dissemination of such works, many still managed to attain global recognition and support.

Excited to know what these literary works are? To cut to the chase, here are top 5 marijuana books to read this coming weekend:

  1. The Artificial Paradises by Charles Baudelaire

If you’re looking for a book to read and get lit, Charles Baudelaire’s The Artificial Paradises is an excellent first choice. Considered to be one of the French literary giants, Baudelaire presents a vivid and moving account as he captures the most surreal of visions into haunting words. Narrating his hallucinations with the utmost creativity, from the grandest to the most distressing images, Baudelaire managed to create a masterpiece out of his narcotic dreams that exquisitely relates the alluring yet deceptive ecstasy of hashish and opium that eventually led to his downfall.

Disturbing, enticing, and timeless, The Artificial Paradises is an absolute must-read for cannabis enthusiasts.

  1. Confessions of an Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey

Considered to be the first literary addiction memoir, Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater masterfully intertwines dreams, hallucinations, fears, ecstasy, and despair into one grand masterpiece. In this enduring autobiography, De Quincey describes his dreamlike visions and paranoia under the influence of laudanum with striking artistry.

Serving as a classic addictive piece, which even influenced later generations of writers, such as Baudelaire, Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an Opium-Eater will surely leave you “high” and spellbound.

  1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

If you’re not too fond of autobiographies and find more fascination in fiction, then Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man would be the perfect choice. Haunting, moving, and relatable, this critically-acclaimed novel has successfully changed the literary arena ever since its first publication in 1952.  Taking its readers to the hilarious yet scornful urban life and racial divide, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man will surely provide you a dazzling and painful reading experience, with, of course, some joints to spice up the plot.

  1. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño

Emerging as one of the most notable Latin American works of the century, which established Bolano’s international literary reputation, The Savage Detectives will take you to a compelling trip of two modern-day Quixotes as they try to find the enigmatic poet, Cesárea Tinajero across boundaries. Wild, poignant, and vigorous, The Savage Detectives will grant you an exquisite story that creatively stitches the real and the imaginary, people and nation, and yes, cannabis and literature.

  1. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Fariña

Beaming with youthful joys and wildness, Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me is sure to give you a Sixties kind of “high.” Published in 1966, the novel captures the classic college years with a nostalgic, witty tone that is sure to take you down the glories and horrors of Jazz Age ala F. Scott Fitzgerald. Presenting an unlikely hero, Gnossos Pappadopoulis, the novel will bring you to the chaos and tranquillity of gluttony, frat parties, women, art, deception, truth, and of course … marijuana.

It’s time to immerse yourself in the surreal yet fascinating world of cannabis within the literary universe.

With a cozy place to stay, a nice book on your lap, and CBD edibles and drinks, or even a CBD vape, is there a better way to enjoy the weekend?

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