Itâ€™s almost springtime, meaning itâ€™s time to wake up, get involved and spring back into action. Â The earth is coming back to life again and now is the time to renew, recharge and freshen up the world around us. Â Springtime brings a variety of new life to the earth, and food is high on the list. Â Although the diversity might not be as high as it is in the summer and fall, there are still an excellent number of selections that are most tasteful in the spring. Â Of course, with spring comes the celebration of St Patrickâ€™s Day, which has a tendency for people to have tons of fun! Â Some patients are susceptible to the cough and flu season, and arthritic pain flares up. Â So we had to include a few remedies, fresh spring salads and a few traditional Irish dishes with our medicinal twist!
Continuing from last month on the benefits of adding hemp to your life, here are more benefits. Hemp seed has one of the maximum concentrations of polyunsaturated fats and an ultimate balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Â Hemp contains 54.4% linoleic acid (Omega-6), 18.3% linolenic acid (Omega-3), 3-4% gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and 1-2% stearidonic acid; and as such, is one of only 4 oils to do so and is the most economical one of these oils. Hempâ€™s ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is about 3.75:1, which mirrors the primitive diet man evolved on for 2.5 million years. This ratio of fatty acids has been shown to prevent and even reverse Alzheimerâ€™s disease in animal models and humans (Yehuda et al, Int J Neurosci, vol 3, 141-9, 1996).Â Polyunsaturated fats have been shown to be beneficial for the prevention of heart disease, especially Omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp contains phytosterols (B-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campestrol) in concentrations which are known to decrease cholesterol. In fact, the US FDA allows the claim that plant sterol and stanol esters reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels.
Hemp contains chlorophyll which is anti-carcinogenic. The phytosterols have been shown to be anticarcinogenic as well (Phytosterols as Anticancer Dietary Components, Awad and Fink, Recent Advances in Nutritional Sciences, 2000, pp 2127-2129). Hemp is a source of complete protein, offering 17 different amino acids including all of the essential ones. This protein is relatively high in cysteine and methionine, which are two sulfur bearing amino acids that are usually deficient in vegetable proteins.
Remember, hemp seed oil can be cooked with provided that the temperature does not go above 350 degrees F (180 F). Â NEVER use hemp seed oil for frying due to its high concentration of polyunsaturated fats.
Planting season is almost here as growers are getting ready to plant for the next season, and it is important to keep your energy level up.
The following recipes are taken from Mother Earth Co-opâ€™s â€œSpecial Medicinal Recipes â€“ A Medical Cannabis Cookbook.â€ Â Kim Twolan Â© 2008
RELIEF FOR COLDS
2 medium ginger roots (sliced)
4 sticks cinnamon 1/2 medium lemon (sliced)
4 cups water
13 whole cloves
2 grams of kief
2 tablespoons peppermint (chopped)
1 tbsp honey
Place all ingredients except kief in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, then add kief and honey and continue to simmer on low for about 13 to 20 minutes. Strain liquid with cheesecloth or a strainer and drink one cup of this hot brew every two hours and you will be feeling better!
Note: Use this herbal remedy when you first notice the beginning symptoms of a cold.
EASING ARTHRITIC PAIN
1 cup carrot
1 cup fresh beets
1 cup celery
1 cup cucumbers
1 tsp cannacoconut oil*
1 tsp shelled hemp seed
Blend well in juicer and drink up. When arthritis flares up try drinking one pint to one quart of this remedy daily divided in doses.
Note: Arthritic pain is caused by inorganic calcium deposits in the cartilage of the joints and consumption of too many carbohydrates.
*Cannacoconut oil is coconut oil infused with high grade medical cannabis.
SALMON RIVER SPECIAL
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup beets (pickled)
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/8 tsp smoked salt
1 tbsp shelled hemp seed
1/2 medium European cucumber
1/4 tsp kief 4 oz. smoked salmon
In a bowl combine the sour cream, cream cheese, kief, beets and fennel seeds and stir well. Place a cucumber round on a platter and top with a dollop of the beet mixture. Roll up a salmon strip and place on top of the beet mixture. Repeat with the remaining cucumber rounds. Makes 6 curative servings
AVO CANNAOIL VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup cannacoconut oil*
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup hemp seed oil
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
6 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1 tbsp cannabis (finely ground)
1/4 medium avocado
1 tbsp fresh oregano (chopped)
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1 tbsp fresh sweet basil (chopped)
1/4 cup shelled hemp seed
Slightly heat up the cannacoconut oil so it is liquid. Â Blend fresh herbs and all ingredients together in food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Â Store in a tightly covered container. Â Allow vinaigrette to stand at least 24 hours for maximum flavor.
Note: Enjoy with a crisp green salad. A great salad mixture is fresh organic baby lettuces and all the fresh herbs. Â This special vinaigrette will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.
K2â€™S SPECIAL SHEPPARDâ€™S PIE
1 lb. ground sirloin
7 medium red potatoes (mashed)
1 medium onion (chopped)
2 cups corn cut off the cob
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 (15-oz.) can cream corn
4 tbsp cannabis (chopped)
1 cup Cheddar cheese (grated)
Pre heat oven to 340 F (180 C) degrees. In a large saucepan over medium low heat brown onion, garlic and sirloin together until meat is no longer pink and onions are translucent. Mix in cannabis with meat mixture and pour into a greased casserole dish. Â Add corn and cream corn on top of meat and layer the top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle cheese on top of mashed potatoes. Bake at 340 degrees for 45 minutes to 55 minutes. Â Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting. Â Serves 6 to 8 patients.
Note: This is a great comfort food, easily digested and loved by most patients.
Please remember, be extra kind and respectful to each other, and do your part to promote peace and cultivate awareness in our community.
Wishing you a hempy journey to a healthier you!
Peace & Love