Written by Kim Twolan, Mother Earth Co-op â™¥ Serving San Diego MMJ Patients Since 2005 â™¥ Cannabis Cooking with Kim
September was National Ovarian Cancer (teal ribbon) Awareness Month, as ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of womenâ€™s cancers.Â Each year, approximately 21,880 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.Â In 2010, it is estimated that approximately 13,850 women will die in the United States alone from ovarian cancer.Â Unfortunately, many women donâ€™t seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%.Â Recent research suggests that together the four symptoms of: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary urgency or frequency may be associated with ovarian cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer (pink ribbon) Awareness Month.Â In the United States, a woman has a one in eight chance of developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.Â Breast cancer is still the second most common cancer afflicting women following skin cancer.Â Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.Â Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women.Â It is the second most common cause of cancer death in Caucasian, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and First Nation/American Indian/Alaska Native women.Â Each year, approximately 191,410 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.Â Approximately 40,820 women will die in the United States alone from breast cancer.
The symptoms of breast cancer differ widely between patients and it is important to note that men are also susceptible to this disease.Â Overall, breast cancer is not painful and most patients do not usually feel ill in the early stages, however, most importantly, early detection is a key factor in increasing the chance of survival.Â A lump in the breast is the most well-known symptom of breast cancer or an area of lumpiness.Â A change in the skin around the nipple or a rash in the breast area is another common symptom.Â Many people find a lump in the underarm area rather than directly in the central breast tissue.
It is vital that everyone lives a healthier lifestyle and talks to their doctor or health provider about ovarian and breast cancer screenings and mammograms.Â Early detection and screening increases chances of survival tremendously.Â This is the key to making these diseases more likely to be curable. With that said, many of us today are trying to incorporate a healthier, greener, and more sustainable lifestyle.Â Hopefully, all of us are recycling, have our natural gardens, and are composting what we can.Â Â Cannabis is referenced as a healing herb in the bible.Â Laughter and spiritual equilibrium are an enormous help in healing and should be practiced often.Â We have a few new healing recipes for you this month with of course, our medicinal twist!
â€ Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999â€“2006 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2010.
Some of 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 Cookbook available at finer co-ops, collectiveâ€™s and physicianâ€™s offices or online at www.motherearthcoop.com/products
SAMâ€™S SPIKED COLADA SMOOTHIE
1 cup pineapple (fresh w/juice)
1 tbsp. canna coconut oil
2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup ice cubes
3 tbsp. cannabis (very finely ground)
1 cup coconut (fresh/chopped)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process mixture until completely smooth. Serve immediately; makes 2 healing servings.
Note: This healing beverage is reminiscent of a great Pina Colada with a curative twist. Itâ€™s great for anxiety, nausea and pain relief.
HEMPY PESTO BRIE KUSHETTA
8 slices French bread
1/4 cup hempseed
1/2 cup basil pesto
1 cup cherry tomatoes (chopped)
3 tbsp. cannabis (very finely ground)
1 (8-oz.) pkg. Brie cheese (soft)
Blend pesto, hempseed and cannabis together. Spread each slice of bread with pesto cannabis blend, top with cheese slices, cut to fit. Place in toaster oven or under the broiler and toast until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly. Top each slice with some cherry tomatoes and serve.
Note: This fabulous curative snack can be a meal, when served with a salad and fresh fruit. This appetizer assists patients with relief from nausea, cramps and pain.
BRENDAâ€™S BLACK SPICE SOUP
4 tbsp. cannabutter *
2 cups chicken broth
1 large red onion (chopped)
1 (15-oz.) can black beans
4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1/4 cup hempseeds
1 (4-oz.) can green chilies (chopped)
1/2 cup cilantro (fresh chopped)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 pkg. sour cream
1 tbsp. jalapeÃ±o chili
1 pkg. tortilla chips
1 tbsp. cumin
1/2 tsp kief
Heat cannabutter* in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onion, green chilies, pepper, garlic, jalapeÃ±o, and cumin. SautÃ© until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add beans with juices, broth, hempseed, and bring soup to boil; then reduce heat immediately to low. Mix well, cover and simmer until flavors blend, about 15 to 20 minutes. PurÃ©e soup in batches with a blender. Return purÃ©e to same pot. Mix in 6 tablespoons of fresh cilantro. Then season soup to desired taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls; makes 4 servings.
Note: Top with dollop of sour cream or yogurt and tortilla chips. Sprinkle with remaining 2Â Â tablespoons of cilantro and make that pain go away.
POCAHONTAS POTATO CASSEROLE
1 (32-oz.) pkg. hash brown potatoes
1 large onion (chopped)
2 cups Cheddar cheese (shredded)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 (16-oz.) pkg. sour cream
1/2 cup cannabutter*
1 (11-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
3 cups Corn Flakes (crushed)
Preheat oven to 420Â°F (215Â°C) degrees. Pour hash browns into a lightly greased large baking dish. In a large bowl, combine cheese, sour cream and soup. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine onion with cannabutter*, sautÃ© for 5 minutes. Add this to the soup mixture and spread it over potatoes in a prepared dish. Spread crushed corn flakes on top to cover. Melt remaining cannabutter* and pour evenly over corn flakes. Turn oven down to 350Â°, bake for 1 hour.
Note: This is an excellent casserole that assists in the relief of nausea, cramps, pain and tastes great.
RELIEF FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
1 tbsp. burdock root
2 drops cannabis tincture*
1 cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over the burdock root and let steep for several minutes and drink. This herbal tea is beneficial for treating gastrointestinal complaints as well as joint and bone conditions. The tea is considered to be a traditional blood purifier and diuretic. Up to 75% of the root is made up of complex carbohydrates known as fructo-oligo-saccharides (FOS), including 27% to 45% insulin. FOS significantly increases beneficial bifidobacteria within the gastrointestinal tract and eliminates bacterial pathogens. This ultimately stimulates the immune system and effectively suppresses abnormal cell growth. The high levels of FOS in burdock root and its water extract help to keep blood sugar levels constant and reduce hyperglycemia. After drinking the tea, place a few drops of cannabis tincture*(see recipe) under your tongue, hold for a few minutes for a quick boost to feeling better.
Note: Based on several studies with animals exposed to toxic chemicals, the tea very effectively protects the body against cellular damage and abnormal growths. This tea also has powerful anti-inflammatory activity based on studies and reduces liver damage from toxic chemicals.
Chinese medicine believes that good health depends on keeping our 7 basic emotions balanced. Scientific research proves that medical marijuana or cannabis assist in balancing our pain and emotions. The emotions identified above trigger physiological reactions in the body. Many western doctors, natural and Native healers, recognize or believe in the importance of aligning the patientâ€™s charka, the flow of chi or energy and keeping yourself balanced. The importance of good health is dependant upon balance. Balance in the patientâ€™s exercise, emotional and nutritional programs is imperative. It is also important to avoid extremes of any emotions. Purging the body and mind of toxins and toxic people also plays a great role in the healing process. The pH balance in your body also has a great impact in your physical balance, as the importance of good pH balance is demonstrated in plants. In other words, look for the underlying imbalance that is causing your illness instead of treating the superficial symptoms of the disease.
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, then 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.
Note: 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 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, 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!
Be kind to each other
Peace, Love & Gratitude