Written by Kim Twolan, Mother Earth Co-op â™¥
Proudly serving San Diego MMJ patients since 2005
This is a unique month in the medical marijuana community with 4:20 being celebrated throughout the nation.Â At the same time, medical marijuana arrests and persecutions continue right here in San Diego and across our state and nation.Â Law enforcement and political officials continue to waste a disgusting sum of money, time, and resources trying to accomplish a futile goal that goes against the will of the people. The total number of marijuana arrests (approximately 800,000 per year) far exceeds the total number of arrests for all other violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault (U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), Bureau of Justice Statistics. July 2003. Prisoners in 2002).Â Multiplying these totals by the DoJ prison expenditure data reveals that U.S. taxpayers are spending more than $1 billion annually to imprison marijuana â€œoffendersâ€, including medical marijuana patients, caregivers, and providers. Meanwhile, our jails and prisons continue to be overcrowded with real criminals. Of course, several hundred thousand more Americans are arrested each year for violating marijuana laws, costing taxpayers another $8 billion annually in criminal justice costs.
We all have to strive for and convey maximum peace and understanding towards each other.Â The medical marijuana community is beneath a microscope and continues to be unjustly targeted. It is crucial that we stand together.Â Letâ€™s commemorate a time of peace and be thankful for everything that each and every one of us is doing to assist and educate the public and cultivate awareness of the countless benefits from medical marijuana; like, the fact that it has no side effects and has caused zero deaths.
With the warm weather around the corner and all the fun get togethers, we have included a few remedies: fresh spring beverages, appetizers, salads, and a few exciting dishes with our medicinal twist!
The following recipes are taken from Mother Earth Co-opâ€™s â€œSpecial Medicinal Recipes â€“ A Medical Cannabis Cookbook.â€Â By Kim Twolan Â© 2008.Â Cookbook available at finer co-ops and collectives,Â Â physicianâ€™s offices, and online at:
CLARENCEâ€™S CHRONIC HIGH BALL
6 oz pineapple juiceÂ Â Â Â Â Â 4 cups watermelon (seedless, cubed)
1/8 tsp kief Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 (12-oz.) bottle sparkling water
1 tbsp lime juice (fresh) Â Â Â 1 lime (fresh sliced)
In a blender or food processor, combine pineapple juice concentrate, kief, lime juice and watermelon. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into individual goblets or glasses over crushed ice. Pour chilled sparkling water evenly into each of the goblets and stir.
Note: Garnish with fresh lime and watermelon slices and enjoy this healing beverage.
GARLIC LIFT OFF
10 cloves garlic (chopped) Â Â Â 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese (grated)
1 cup cannabutter Â Â Â Â Â Â 1/4 cup cilantro (fresh chopped)
1 tbsp hempseedsÂ Â Â Â Â Â 1 loaf Italian or French bread
Mince garlic by chopping finely. Mix in with the cannabutter. Grate cheese and melt cannabutter in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds (to make the cannabutter easier to spread). Spread the mixture on the bread, sprinkle with hempseeds and cilantro, and place under the broiler for approximately 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and getting a bit crispy and brown, dependent upon individual taste.
Note: Great comfort food and helps to relieve the symptoms of nausea. Also, try placing pieces of bacon on top of the cheese and broil to perfection.
2 tbsp cannabutterÂ Â Â Â Â Â 8 slices bread (sliced thick)
2 medium shallots Â Â Â Â Â Â 2/3 cup heavy cream
4 garlic cloves (chopped)Â Â Â 2 tbsp cannabis (finely chopped)
2 lbs mushrooms (sliced ) Â Â Â 1/8 tsp smoked salt
4 tbsp fresh herbs Â Â Â Â Â Â 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
(chives, rosemary +)
In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the cannabutter over medium low heat until it stops foaming. Add half of the garlic and shallots and cook until lightly browned. Add half of the mushrooms and sautÃ© over medium heat until softened and their liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate, and then repeat with the remaining cannabutter, shallots, garlic and mushrooms. Return the reserved mushrooms to the skillet, stir in the chopped mixed herbs, cannabis and sautÃ© for another minute or two.Â Meanwhile, toast the bread. Stir the cream into the mushroom mixture and season with salt and white pepper to taste. Butter the toast, if you like, and divide the mushroom mixture evenly over each slice; serve immediately. Serves 8
CRAZY DAZE SALAD
3/4 cup barley Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 scallions (chopped)
3 cups corn kernels Â Â Â Â Â Â 4 tbsp dill (fresh, chopped)
1/2 cup green peas Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh)
4 medium tomatoes (diced) Â Â Â 1 head lettuce
3 tbsp cannaoil Â Â Â Â Â Â 1/2 cup Feta cheese
1 stalk celery (chopped) Â Â Â 1 tbsp hempseeds
In a large mixing bowl, combine the barley with the remaining ingredients except the lettuce and feta cheese. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or so before serving. Line each individual serving plate with a few lettuce leaves and distribute the salad over them. Serves 6 to 8.
Note: Garnish with a sprinkle of feta cheese over the top.
SCALLOP VEGGIE VORTEX STIR-FRY
2 tbsp cannaoil Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 tbsp cannabis (finely chopped)
1 medium white onion Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 lb. scallops
2 tbsp garlic (chopped) Â Â Â 1 cup sprouts
1 bunch broccoli Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 cup rice
8-oz mushrooms (sliced) Â Â Â 1 (4-oz.) jar artichokes (diced)
2 medium carrots Â Â Â Â Â Â 4 tbsp Stir-Fry sauce
1 cup peas Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 bunch cilantro (fresh, chopped)
4 small scallions (chopped)Â Â Â 1 bunch chives (fresh, chopped)
Dice vegetables into small pieces. Cook rice and set aside. In a large frying pan or wok heat cannaoil. Slowly add garlic, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots and onions.Â Stir-fry several minutes, until onions are slightly brown and broccoli is a deep green. Add scallions, cannabis and scallops, mix well. Add artichokes and sprouts, continue stirring. Mix in 2 tablespoons stir-fry sauce until all veggies are evenly coated. Add rice and stir. Finally add 2 more tablespoons stir-fry sauce and mix until rice is brown. Serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Note: Garnish with cilantro and chives.
DANAâ€™S DANK DATE SQUARES
2 cups dates (chopped) Â Â Â 1 tsp baking soda
1 cup hot water Â Â Â Â Â Â 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup cannaoil Â Â Â Â Â Â 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 large eggs Â Â Â Â Â Â 1/2 cup nuts (chopped)
1 1/2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350*. In a bowl, combine dates and water; set aside to cool (do not drain). In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and cannaoil together.Â Add eggs, flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add dates. Pour into a greased and floured 13 x 9 baking pan. Combine the topping ingredients; chocolate chips, brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350* F for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.Â Makes 24 curative servings.
Note: This curative treat is one of the most requested and favorite. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk or warm chi tea.
HERBAL HEADACHE RELIEF
2 tbsp valerian (dried) Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 tbsp rosemary (dried)
2 tbsp skullcap (dried) Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 tbsp peppermint (dried)
2 tbsp cannabis (chopped)Â Â Â 1 tbsp hempseed
2 tbsp chamomile (dried) Â Â Â 2 tbsp honey
Grind all herbs in a coffee grinder or food processor until powdered. Blend with enough honey to bind. Break off small, pill-sized pieces. Roll into a ball, then flatten slightly. Dry. Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool dark place. Use 1 or 2 doses (pill-sized pieces) to help relieve a tension headache.Â Wait one hour before next dosage.
Note: The shelf life of this herbal remedy is only a few weeks as it breaks down rapidly. Therefore, you should use within two weeks of grinding.
PEACEFUL & LOVING LIFE
2 heaping ounces compassion Â Â Â 3 dozen lbs. peace
2 large quarts of understanding Â Â Â 1 large bottle gracious listening
2 whole lbs. love & true caring Â Â Â 3 heaping bags forgiveness
1 packed bag selfless giving Â Â Â 2 bunches true understanding
1 whole lb. patience Â Â Â Â Â Â 2 packed lbs. caring insight
1 rounded cup kindness Â Â Â 2 ounces complete passion
2 large jars real sharing
Mix all ingredients well together. Toss in lots of laughter and liberal smiles. Serve generously to all those around you with true love and peace in your heart. Note: Please share with others and practice peace and random acts of kindness each and every day.
Wishing you a hempy journey to a healthier you!
Peace & Love