As the pages on the calendar turn and we move into fall, I’m reminded of waking up on chilly mornings smelling apples baking. My grandma could cook, ladies and gents, and this treat was like having dessert for breakfast. The only complicated thing about the recipe is coring an apple; how many of you have an actual apple corer in one of your kitchen drawers? I know I don’t. I use a thin paring knife with a 6″ blade, like you would use for filleting fish, and a metal spoon. Cut a cylinder around the core as best you can and dig the core out with the spoon – it’s a bit of work, but there’s really no way to screw it up. If you accidentally cut all the way through and leave a hole, don’t worry about it. Just use a small baking dish that lets the liquid ingredients cover the bottom of the apple, and it will absorb all the tasty goodness.
Our friends over at VICE have an interesting piece about the unusual professions the cannabis industry is spawning, like “cannabis critics”, the people who sample new strains and tell you all about them. Since cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug and consequently no one can do true, recorded research, dispensaries and producers have long had to rely on feedback from users in order to be able to describe their medicine’s unique qualities. At Cannaceutics, our strain characteristics and reviews come from our patients telling us how the medicine affected them.
“We are the frontline guinea pigs for legalization. We try these various strains to show that there’s a very big difference between them, and different people need them for different reasons,” [critic Jake] Browne continues. “The more that becomes normalized, the better we’ll be able to serve people.”
The normalization of the cannabis industry is important in the sense that cannabis is still seen by many people as a dangerous, addictive drug that will definitely lead to other, harder drugs. It helps to see a cannabis review in a mainstream newspaper, rather than in an alternative weekly publication, or not at all. It’s a positive thing that cannabis users come from all walks of life, from many income levels, and many segments of society. The old “stoner stereotype” doesn’t really fit the majority of patients anymore, either. Sure, you’ll still see plenty of tie-dye and Birkenstocks in dispensary waiting rooms, but you’ll see more and more professionals in business dress, parents bringing their kids with them to pick up medicine, and retired people, just like in a pharmacy.
Check out the column at VICE for a look at cannabis criticism.
“Wednesday’s action was a setback, but it doesn’t mean the measure is dead. A version of the same MMJ protections is included in the Senate appropriations bill that was approved in July. That means the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer language might survive in the final version of the bill hammered out in a joint House-Senate reconciliation committee.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the amendment’s cosponsor, noted in a tweet that a vast majority of Americans and members of Congress supported the rights of medical marijuana patients…”
Read more at Leafly.
Shanah tovah! Cannaceutics would like to celebrate bringing in our organic Cannahoney with a (non-traditional) honey cake recipe! Traditional honey cakes tend to be less sweet and a little drier than, say, a light, fluffy-textured birthday cake. I love a piece of a less-sweet-than-usual cake with a cup of coffee, but that’s for, like, an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, not a celebration. I went a little different way and chose a Greek honey cheesecake. The fat from the ricotta cheese will enhance the effects of your medicine!
I had always been afraid of cheesecake recipes, having heard how hard it was to get them to come out right. Honestly, this recipe seemed like a breeze – and I haven’t baked anything in many, many years! The only real issue I found is during baking, when a cheesecake can crack on top. It’s only an aesthetic thing, and you’ll be topping yours with sugar and spices, so put away any worry about a crack, and if you get one, hide it with something tasty!
I went with 8 servings out of a 9″ pie pan, getting about 17mgs of THC per piece. The entire cake will have 136mgs of THC, so just divide 136 by the number of pieces you decide to cut to get the milligrams per piece.
Cannaceutics is happy to announce we have added organic medicated honey and coconut oil to our products on offer! How cute is this guy?
Our organic cannabis honey comes in a 6-ounce “honey bear” container. As with most of our edibles, Cannaceutics makes its cannahoney with whole cannabis plant extract, and the oil is emulsified (mixed in) using lecithin, a natural food additive that ensures that the cannabis oil does not separate from the honey. Using cannabis extract rather than infusing the honey with flower buds kicks up the THC content and helps the honey to metabolize efficiently in our bodies, which means it’s very effective for pain! Our honey contains 318mgs of THC and 36.6mgs of CBD for the full bear. That breaks down to about 10mgs of THC per teaspoon and there are 32 teaspoons (doses) in the container. You can use the honey in the exact same ways you use non-medicated honey; for sweetening tea or coffee, on toast or in a peanut butter and honey sandwich, or you can substitute the honey for other sweeteners like white sugar (be sure to look up the equivalents for subbing a liquid sweetener: 2T of honey will generally not produce the same result as 2T of granulated sugar, especially if you’re baking.)
There are plenty of benefits to honey even when it’s non-medicated. Some people apply honey directly to the skin for wound healing, burns, and sunburn, or as part of a facial mask. Medicated honey might be even more effective for wound healing, since cannabis has shown promise in reducing acne and skin irritations like eczema. Honey has also been shown to reduce H.pylori bacteria, the cause of stomach ulcers.
Our new organic medicated coconut oil comes in a 3-ounce jar that contains 215mgs of THC and 25mgs of CBD. That’s about 36mgs of THC per tablespoon, or about 12mgs per teaspoon. The oil can also be used exactly as you would use regular coconut oil; most people use it for cooking or baking, but you can also toss a tablespoon into a smoothie for extra nutrition and medication, or even do a medicated version of bulletproof coffee, if you have a high-speed or immersion blender. Coconut oil can be used for an all-over moisturizer; it aids in wound healing and may lessen scarring. Combined with a few drops of an essential oil, it could even be used as a cannabis-infused massage oil!