Written by Canna Chef Kim ~ Mother Earth Co-op â™¥
Serving San Diego MMJ patients since 2005
Every month, we try to bring awareness to our readers and keep a healthy vibe going. This month, there are a few important things that we want to bring attention to. May is brain tumor, skin cancer, and hepatitis awareness month. We also need to touch on edibles, again.
We have frequent reports of unpleasant non-cannabis side effects from edibles. Some collectives and dispensaries are serving edibles with questionable labels. When you see a label that claims to have 2.8 to 5 grams of hash or kief per servings, I ask you to please DO THE MATH and think it through. These labels are very misleading. In reality, it takes approximately 112 grams of premium medical cannabis to make less than 12 grams of hash. The average space cake turns out about 24 pieces and that would mean the baker who claims 2.8 to 5 grams per serving would have put 72 grams (2.5 ounces) to 120 grams (4.3 ounces) of medicinal hash in one cake!! I guarantee that if you made such a cake, your patient would be in no pain and would not be moving out of the bed for a while. So letâ€™s wise up, pay attention, and demand honest labeling. Edibles should always come with a medical warning label that clearly demonstrates the productâ€™s ingredients, dosage recommendations, where the edible was made, and an expiration date to assist a patient in making a more informed decision on medicating. In reality, true medical cannabis edibles usually contain about .30 grams of cannabis. Some of the medicinal cannabis bakers in the Los Angeles market use an X system to rate edible strength of 1X to 5X, which usually means 1x = .20 g and 5X = 1g per serving.
Ultimately, the effects you experience from an edible will depend on you, the type, strain and quality of medical cannabis that was used: indica, hybrid or sativa. There are a few places that are suspect to questionable ingredients since there have been reports of patients staying up and talking all night or having so much energy that their bodies had a gritty, edgy feeling. This is not the side effect of an edible. Even if it is made with a strain that is 100% sativa, it isnâ€™t going to happen. The only proven results of well made medicinal cannabis edibles are often associated with: relaxation throughout the entire body, analgesia and pain relief, sedation and sleep.Â Pay attention and be aware of labels with false insinuations, and ask your provider if you donâ€™t understand.
Speaking of paying attention, we also need to pay attention to our bodies. There are different types of cancer that behave very differently. For example, lung cancer and breast cancer are very different diseases. They grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. That is why people with cancer need treatment that is tailored to their own specific body and type of cancer.
Brain tumors may have a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches to a stroke. Different parts of the brain control different functions, so symptoms will vary depending on the tumorâ€™s location. Brain tumors are great mimics of other neurological disorders and many of the common symptoms could indicate other medical conditions. The best way to determine a brain tumor is with a type of brain scan known as an MRI or a scan known as a CT scan. Possible symptoms of a brain tumor include:Â a new seizure in an adult, gradual loss of movement or sensation in an arm or leg, unsteadiness or imbalance (particularly if it is associated with headaches), loss of vision in one or both eyes (especially if the vision loss is more peripheral or double vision, and mainly if it is associated with headaches), hearing loss with or without dizziness, and speech difficulty of gradual onset. Other symptoms may also include nausea or vomiting (which is most severe in the morning), confusion, disorientation and memory loss.
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer. Skin cancer affects one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Of these cases, more than 65,000 are melanoma, a cancer that still claims nearly 11,000 lives each year. The annual rates of all forms of skin cancer are increasing each year, which should urge you to get knowledgeable and share the growing public concern. It has also been estimated that nearly half of all Americans who live to the age of 65 and beyond will develop skin cancer at least once. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change in the appearance of the skin, such as a new growth or a sore that will not heal.
Protecting your skin during the first 18 years of life can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%. One severe sunburn during the first 15 years of life can double the risk of skin cancer. In addition, physicians recommend that you conduct a monthly self skin exam to check for changes in moles, warts and other blemishes on the skin, especially parts that are exposed to the sun. Detections and regular examinations are still the most important tool for catching any cancer early and treating it effectively.
This month, we have a few new healing recipes for your favorite patient with, of course, our medicinal twist! Some of the following recipes are taken from Mother Earth Co-opâ€™s â€œSpecial Medicinal Recipes â€“ A Medical Cannabis Cookbook.â€Â Canna Chef Kim Â© 2008 Cookbook available at finer co-ops, collectives and physician offices or online at www.motherearthcoop.com/products
JILLIAN GINGER ORANGEADE
1 cup honey
5 cups orange juice (fresh)
5 qts. water
2 tbsp. cannabis (very finely ground)
1/4 cup ginger root (fresh sliced)
2 medium oranges (fresh sliced)
In a large saucepan, combine honey, water and ginger root. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in orange juice and cannabis. Cool for 15 minutes. Remove ginger. Place almost all orange slices in orangeade, reserving a few slices for a garnish. Refrigerate orangeade for at least one hour or until chilled. Serve over ice and garnish with orange slices.
FRUITY BLASTED EXOTIC SOUP
2 cups blueberries
2 tbsp. orange juice
2 cups strawberries
3 tbsp. cannaoil*
1 cup raspberries
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 medium peaches (chopped)
1/4 tsp. allspice
4 cups cranberry juice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp. brown sugar
Combine all the ingredients in a large soup pot. Cover pot and simmer over a very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until fruit is tender. Cool soup, then pour into blender or food processor and mix on medium speed. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour. This recipe makes 6 to 8 medicinal servings.
Note: Garnish with slices of strawberries and a dollop of whip cream or yogurt.
HONEY HEMPY NAVEL VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup cannaoil*
1 tbsp. cilantro (fresh chopped)
1/4 cup orange juice (fresh Navel oranges)
1 tsp. hemp seeds
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. smoked salt
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. lemon pepper
Blend all ingredients together over low heat on a stove top for 10 minutes and cool. Pour it in a food processor or blender and mix on medium speed. Store in a tightly covered jar and refrigerate.
Note: This vinaigrette is great on a crispy green salad or the Puffington Special Salad.
PUFFINGTON SPECIAL SALAD
12 cups mild salad greens
2/3 cup black olives
1 small red onion (sliced into rings)
8 spears of asparagus
6 blood oranges (sectioned)
1/2 cup candied pecans
Put the greens in a large salad bowl. Top them with the Honey Navel Vinaigrette dressing and toss lightly until mixed. Distribute the mixture into 6 salad plates and add the onion rings, orange sections, olives, and asparagus, and top with nuts.
Note: Add the blood orange sections just before serving. Do not over mix to prevent the festive color from bleeding on the rest of the ingredients.
HEMPY NUTTY CRUSTED HALIBUT
6 Halibut filets (5 oz portions)
1 large egg (whipped)
1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
1/2 cup macadamia nuts (chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1/4 tsp. smoked salt
3 tbsp. cannaoil*
1/2 tsp. kief*
Preheat oven to 350ÂºF (177ÂºC). Heat skillet over medium-low heat; add cannaoil and a half of garlic (2 chopped cloves). Place hempseeds, the remaining garlic, nuts, salt and kief in a flat bottom plate and mix well. Dip fish in whipped egg mixture to coat the entire filet and dip in nut mixture to cover all sides.Â Â Place one crusted side of the fish into the hot oven proof skillet and sear until the crust appears golden brown. Then, turn the fish over and cover it with any remaining nut mix; bake at 350ÂºF in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes. (Cooking time of the fish may vary depending on the thickness of the filet). Serve immediately.
MYSTIC MIKEâ€™S MAGICAL SPACE CAKE
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup cannabutter* (softened)
2 large peaches or pears
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350ÂºF (177Âº C). Combine the cake mix with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, mixing until crumbly. Set aside a 2/3 cup of this mixture and use the rest to press onto the bottom of an ungreased 13â€x9â€ pan. Slice fruit into thin portions. Arrange fruit over the mixture in the pan. Mix sour cream thoroughly with egg and spread over the fruit layer in the pan. Top with the reserved crumbs and bake for 40 minutes.
Note: Great comfort dessert when served warm with ice cream or whip cream.
â€œKIEFâ€ 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 then used for cooking or smoking. It is usually a pale green to light brown depending on the strain of cannabis. Kief powder that is pressed together is called hash.
Note: Kief boxes are sold at some smoke shops and are easier to work with than silk screens. In a kief box, the screen is above the collection drawer, allowing the THC glands to pass through the screen and 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 any high quality food grade oil such as coconut oil, hempseed 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
Wishing you a hempy journey to a healthier you!Â Please remember to continue the 2011 challenge of being kind to each other and practicing random acts of kindness each and every day!!!