August Cooking With Kim

The continued intention of this article is to reveal alternatives and copious ways of optimistically reaching a more natural cure of certain ailments and making some medical treatments further humane and tolerable. Our purpose is to support patients to find hope and alternatives to ease the pain of their illness and to help improve the quality of life.  For optimal outcome, medical marijuana should be used in context with a physician’s recommendation, nutritious diet, exercise and rest with a balanced lifestyle.

The tendency of a possible cannabis overdose is virtually unheard of in the smoking world; however, when it is eaten, it changes the way the substance is absorbed into the system. People have reportedly gone to the hospital thinking they overdosed after eating too much cannabis.

A reliable rule of thumb for edibles, that you are not familiar with, is to try a portion and wait before taking another – this will ensure a pleasant experience. The safest, is to wait one hour with edible food that is ingested and fifteen minutes for tinctures that are absorbed under the tongue and into the blood system.

To date, no one has ever overdosed or died as a result of marijuana.  According to the 2003 medical report “Death by Medicine” by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio and Dorothy Smith, 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine mistakes. According to the report, about 106,000 are from prescription drugs, which always come with a multitude of side effects.  Being a conservative number, experts estimate it to be more like 200,000 because of underreported cases of adverse drug reactions and doctors fear of retaliation for those mistakes. That’s the equivalent of six jumbo jet crashes a day for an entire year.  Where is the government and media attention for this tragedy? Where is the government support for stopping these medical mistakes before they happen?

According to the study led by Null, which involved a painstaking review of thousands of medical records, the United States spends $282 billion annually on deaths due to medical mistakes or iatrogenic deaths. Today, health care comprises 15.5 percent of the United States’ gross national product with spending reaching $1.4 trillion in 2004.

The problem with a majority of prescription drugs is that they don’t treat diseases; they merely cover the symptoms. Null’s report cites the five most important aspects of health that modern medicine ignores in favor of the almighty dollar: Stress, lack of exercise, high calorie intake, highly processed foods and environmental toxin exposure. Sadly a large majority of traditional physicians are trained to dispense prescription drugs that cover symptoms instead of addressing the causes of poor health and prescribing things like proper diet, a balanced lifestyle and exercise treatment.

We continually have patients that are finding tremendous comfort and pain relief from the benefits of great edibles and tinctures with medical cannabis.   This month’s recipes will help cool you down while medicating in the warm summer weather.

Some of the following recipes are taken from Mother Earth Co-op’s “Special Medicinal Recipes – A Medical Cannabis Cookbook.”  Kim Twolan © 2008 Cookbook available at finer co-ops, collective’s and physician’s offices or on line at www.motherearthcoop.com/products.

CREAMSICLE SPIKED SHAKE
(Beverages)

2 scoops orange sherbet
1/8 tsp kief *
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice

Place sherbet, ice cream, milk, kief *, vanilla and fresh orange juice in a blender and mix thoroughly until smooth. Pour into two large glasses and enjoy.  A healing version of an old time favorite, it’s reminiscent of a Creamsicle Popsicle.

TOTALLY BAKED CHEESY DIP
(Appetizers)

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp dill (chopped)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp cannabis (ground)
1/2 cup Monterey cheese (shredded)
1/8 tsp lemon pepper
1/8 tsp onion salt
1/4 cup hempseeds
2 tbsp garlic (fresh chopped)
1 (14-oz.) jar artichokes

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) degrees. Combine mayonnaise, cheeses, onion salt, dill weed, cannabis, lemon pepper and artichoke hearts. Mix well and pour into a greased baking dish. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes until cheese is bubbling. Serve this curative dip with toasted or fresh French bread or garlic crackers.

BUFFY BERRY BLASTED SOUP
(Soups)

2 cups strawberries
3 tbsp cannaoil *
1 cup raspberries
1 tsp cinnamon
2 medium peaches (chopped)
1/4 tsp allspice
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 cups cranberry juice
1 tbsp brown sugar

Combine all the fruit, wine, juices, cannaoil* and spices in a large soup pot. Cover and simmer over a very low heat, for 10 to 13 minutes until fruit is tender. Add brown sugar for taste. Cool soup by chilling in refrigerator for at least one hour, or more. Makes 6 to 8 medicinal servings. Garnish this therapeutic soup with slices of strawberries and dollop of whip cream.

DR. BEN CAYENNE SALAD
(Salads)

3/4 cup barley
2 small scallions (chopped)
3 cups corn kernels
4 tbsp dill (fresh chopped)
1/2 cup green peas
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
4 small plum tomatoes
2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh)
3 tbsp cannaoil *
1 head lettuce
1 stalk celery
1/2 cup Feta cheese

In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked barley, corn, peas, tomatoes, cannaoil *, celery, scallions, dill, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or so before serving. Line each individual serving plate with a few lettuce leaves and distribute the mixed ingredients over them. Garnish with a sprinkle of Feta cheese over the top. Makes 6 to 8 healing servings.

Note: Wonderful aid in appetite building, suppressing nausea and anxiety with a light taste.

GREEN SPIRIT SWEET POTATO SHERRY
(Vegetarian)

2 med sweet potatoes
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups brown sugar
6 cloves garlic (finely)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 cup dry sherry
1/2 tsp thyme
4 tbsp cannaoil *
1 lb green beans
1 medium onion
2 tbsp hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) degrees. Cut sweet potatoes into spear like French fries. Place in large greased baking dish. Add 2 cups of brown sugar, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of sherry. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, basting every 10 minutes. While waiting; place cannaoil *, onions, garlic, 2 tbsp of brown sugar and green beans in a frying pan.  Sauté over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the other half cup of sherry; toss well, sauté another 2 minutes. Remove mixture from oven, toss in sautéed green bean mix. Serve and enjoy.

Note: Wonderful treat that assists patients in sleeping and with relief from nausea and pain.

HINDU KUSH CURRY COD
(Fish)

4 tbsp cannabutter *
1/2 cup nuts (soy, cashew, almonds)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 cups pineapple (unsweetened)
1 lb cod (cut in pieces)
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 cup milk (soy or dairy)
2 cups brown rice (cooked)
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup coconut (shredded)
1 tbsp curry powder

Sauté onion and garlic in cannabutter*. Add fish. Cover and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until it flakes. Mash cod. Add soy milk and seasoning. Stir in nuts. Cover, simmer 1 to 2 minutes. Add pineapple; simmer for 1 to 2 minutes longer. Serve this medicinal fish over brown rice and garnish with shredded coconut if desired.

B.E. BEER BUZZ BREAD
(Breads)

3 cups all purpose flour
1 (12-oz.) can of beer
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
1 tsp salt
1/8 cup cannabis
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp dill

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) degrees. Lightly grease and flour a loaf pan. Combine all ingredients together; mixing well. Pour into prepared greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Makes one healing loaf.

Note: Medicinal breads are most palatable for those who have difficulty eating. Bread is a comfort food and this therapeutic bread alleviates nausea and pain.

* “KIEF” is an age old way of extracting trichomes from plant material. Kief is the product derived from the kiefing process. Kiefing is a method in which you rub dry trim, buds and small leaves with crystals on them, over a silk screen. The THC glands will form a powder that comes through the screen, which is used in cooking or for smoking. It is usually a pale green to light brown dependant on the strain of the cannabis. Kief powder that is pressed together is called hash.

Kief boxes are sold at some smoke shops and are easier to work with than the silk screens. In a kief box, the screen is above the collection drawer allowing the THC glands to pass through the screen, into the collection drawer. This makes it easy and compact, for the average user to collect the kief and use for smoking or cooking.

* Cannaoil is high quality food grade oil such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil, olive oil or canola oil that has been infused with high grade medical cannabis.

* Cannabutter is dairy butter that has been infused with high grade medical cannabis.

The recipes for cannaoil and cannabutter can be found in the first copy of Nug Magazine or online at www.MotherEarthCoOp.com

Steve

Author: Steve

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