No one forced you to eat that pot brownie, all those years ago...
... But, the damage was done.
That's a common tale by many - and a major reason most are unwilling to try ingesting cannabis as medicine. It was merely a lack of education that kept you from discovering the plant's full potential.
That's also why I don't worry about a State legalizing for recreation, with the biggest fear that too many will get too high. They also worry about the children. But with the high percentage of kids being born now under the Autistic Spectrum, and many more suffering childhood cancers, and severe seizures, cannabis is a safer option, once you know the facts.
I was ignorant to the many benefits of plants for most of my life. It was the miracle of cannabis that enlightened me to just how important all plants are to our survival on this organic planet. They were put on this earth for us. Not just for our consumption, but for our physical and emotional well being.
A study from New Zealand found that increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet, can improve your psychological well-being in just two short weeks.
There were more than 250 remedies with cannabis in the mix, up until the late 1930s, when the pharmaceutical companies were created, via petroleum byproducts.
Apothecary, the practice of using plant-based concentrates, is how most of the pharmaceutical companies we know today began.
If you know your way around the kitchen, you can make a plant-based concentrate. Most remedies are a matter of steeping, soaking, simmering, or cooking down an alcohol base - likened to a reduction, in culinary terms.
I always have something steeping in the cupboard, in the sun, on the stove; or brewing in one of my medicine-making-machines.
When practicing kitchen apothecary, a rice cooker becomes an alcohol reduction unit; a crock pot is just another way to steep the essential oils from a beneficial plant into a medicinal base.
Dosing with cannabis or plant-based remedies is the most proactive prevention against disease you can practice. Each person must find their dose, with the rule of thumb for activated THC from cannabis, "start low, go slow," or learn to extract from cannabis in a cold process, as heat is what activates the psychoactive properties of cannabis.
The following recipes are remedies I make at home on a regular basis, using many different types of plants and combinations for myriad conditions and prevention. These are the same recipes our ancestors made in the kitchen, passed down through generations, or purchased from the local Apothecary - eventually replaced by pharmacies with the synthetic drugs we know today. The major difference? Plants don't come with a list of negative side effects. They aren't a quick-fix band-aid, they prevent and heal.
My favorite deliveries are alcohol cannabis infusions with other beneficial herbs and spices. These tonics or tinctures are another dose added to my daily regiment of keeping plant concentrates in my system for wellness and prevention.
Bowl for pouring, glass jars, cheese cloth, strainer
Fine Print: I have personally heard from two people who have felt the effects of THC from this cold-steeped method.
Homemade Ganja Spiced Rum
Ganja Spiced Rum
1 liter dark rum
1/4 c. ground cannabis
1 whole cinnamon stick
5-6 cardamom pods
4-5 whole star anise
4-5 whole cloves
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. chopped Rosemary to 1 liter of gin (1/4 cup ground cannabis, as noted above)
Rosemary has many benefits, including fighting inflammation and infection. It's also said to stimulate brain function, giving clarity and helping with memory (National Institute of Health Study)
Chilies are excellent antioxidants, packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid; and vitamin B6 - which reduces homocysteine and chances of a heart attack (Chilly.com)
1 liter tequila
1/4 c. ground cannabis
1/2 c. chopped habanero chilies
Use for a spicy Margarita or beneficial shot. Can also use jalapeno or other chilies.
Shown here: Ganja Grapefruit Cocktail
Ganja Grapefruit Cocktail
1 liter vodka
1/4 c. ground cannabis
4-5 strips of grapefruit zest
Once decanted, add:
1 shot Ganja Vodka
1 shot Ganja Simple Syrup
Juice from whole grapefruit
optional: sprig of cilantro (shown above) or mint
Serve over ice
Chartreuse is made by the Carthusian Monks of La Grande Chartreuse, near Grenoble, France. It's made from 130 Alpine herbs according to a formula created in 1605. The recipe is proprietary, held by three Carthusian brothers.
Chartreuse Tonic or Tincture
1 liter Chartreuse
1/4 c. ground cannabis
Place in a glass container in a cool cupboard for one to two weeks, shaking often.
Can be used in cocktails, drank over ice, or put into tincture bottles with dropper for micro-dosing.
Adding chamomile to a cannabis infusion makes the perfect calming, restful nightcap; as both cannabis and chamomile induce sleep.
Note: see "Chamomile" page under "Apothecary" for more information and studies.
Citrus & Chamomile Nightcap
1 liter vodka
1/4 c. ground cannabis
1/4 c. whole chamomile flower
Citrus zest (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
Follow basic recipe, strain and decant.
Ganja Grapefruit Cocktail:
1 shot vodka
Juice from one grapefruit
Fill with sparkling water or grapefruit soda
Serve with a lime wedge, over ice
Cheese cloth, strainer, bowl w/pour spout, dropper bottles
The following tinctures require the same process as with the tonics listed above; let steep up to two weeks in a cupboard, shaking often. Strain and decant into bottles with droppers; or into pour-able bottles to administer with a teaspoon. As with other cannabis dosing, start low, go slow. A half a dropper or half a teaspoon to start; working your way up to a stronger dose, as needed. Common uses are for pain and sleep.
1 liter bottle orange liquor
1/4 c. ground plant material
1 stick of cinnamon
optional: 4-5 strips orange zest
Ganja Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 liter of ACV
1/4 c. ground cannabis;
or 1/4 c. chamomile flower;
or combination thereof.
Same recipe as liquor (above)... Steep, strain, decant.
Shown here was my daily regiment while I healed from dental surgery (see blog for story); including a rinse and daily dose of cannabis-infused Apple Cider Vinegar.
Dosing: Drink one to two tablespoons a day mixed in a half glass of water or juice.
Some documented benefits; good for digestion, reducing heartburn/acid reflux, lowers blood sugars.
My favorite daily dose. I cook with it, eat it with a spoon, or add it to my evening tea for a restful sleep.
1 liter honey
1/4 cup ground cannabis
optional: 1 stick cinnamon (cinnamon reduces blood sugar)
Crock Pot Method:
Add all ingredients to crock pot;
Steep on low approximately 3-4 hours;
Stirring often, keeping mixture from burning. If it gets too hot, turn it off, let cool-down, and start again. If your crock pot has a warm setting that's the better option, it may take a bit longer.
Strain with a cheesecloth (or use a loose cheese cloth bundle to steep - shown in photo above)
Dosing: 1/4 to 1/2 t. to cup of tea - start low, go slow
This recipe is made with heat, causing a psychoactive head-high.
The remaining plant material and honey from the recipe above makes a great tea.
Waste not, want not!
Add the strained honey and plant material from infused honey recipe to six cups of water in a large pot.
2 whole cinnamon sticks
10-15 whole cloves
10-15 cardamom pods
1 T. vanilla
5 black or green tea bags
Cover and bring to boil, then let simmer for 30 minutes
Strain and enjoy on its own or add a little milk
Note: Since this is a secondary soak for the plant material, it will not be as strong, or as highly activated with THC. But it is a nice additional daily dose, and a good use of the leftovers, which still have beneficial materal. Add the infused honey at night and have a restful sleep.
Check List: Strainer, lables, jars, crock pot, bowl w/pour spout, coconut oil (solid), cheese cloth
This base of coconut solid salve can be used topically on its own for pain and infection; mixed with other lotions; eaten by itself; or used in cooking and baking, replacing butter or oil.
Coconut Salve (solid)
Crock Pot Method:
One part plant material to three parts or more of coconut solid (equivalencies depend on how strong you want it)
Add all ingredients to crock pot
Simmer on low heat for 3-4 hours, stirring often to insure it won't burn.
Cannabis Coconut Suppositories
Can be made with chamomile or cannabis with simple salve recipe, above. There is no head high when using THC activated suppositories, as the delivery bypassed the liver.
Chamomile Coconut Solid
Cannabis-coconut salve, shown here prior to solidifying. Keep in fridge or in cool cupboard. If left by heat or in sun, it will melt.
Note: I use a Magical Butter Machine for most of my heat-based remedies; filling to the level lines for both coconut oil (solid must be melted first) and plant material; selecting the oil option. The Magical Butter Machine has temperature settings for oil, butter and tincture.
Equivalencies for infusing oils:
1/4 cup ground plant material to one liter of oil
Steep in a cool cupboard for up to two weeks, shaking often.
Steep in a crock pot for three to four hours, on low, stirring often. Crock pots can be unpredictable on heat setting, the trick is, not allowing it to sit and burn.
The same equivalents apply as with the tonics and tinctures
1/4 c. ground plant material to one liter of oil.
Herbal Dipping Sauce (shown above)
1/8 to 1/4 cup ea. chopped fresh herbs: oregano, basil, thyme, parsley,;
One head of garlic, chopped
Two parts cannabis infused olive oil; one part cannabis infused red wine vinegar.
Sea Salt & Pepper, to taste
Juice of one lemon
Steep in glass jar until ready to use. Keep refrigerated.
Oil can be infused with cannabis in a hot process in a crock pot (or Magical Butter Machine); or in a cold steep in the cupboard for up to two weeks.
The hot process will activate the THC; the cold process will be non-psychoactive, until heated or added to a hot dish.
Cannabis leaf, juiced and frozen in ice cubes for future use. The fresh, dry leaf will also keep in a crisper bin in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Poor Man's Juicing
Of the many patient profiles I've written, the most stunning account of juicing cannabis has been a young woman from Oregon, bed-ridden for two years, taking 23 prescription medications for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Dr. William Courtney helped his now wife, Kristen put Lupus into remission by juicing leaf.
...of leaf in your favorite smoothie is a powerful remedy and preventive against inflammation and subsequent pain; infection, digestive issues, and more, with no psychoactive properties.
Note: There are numerous juicing machines you can also use to juice other beneficial fruits and vegetables. Be mindful of any machines that may heat up in the process, as this will cause the THC to be activated and be psychoactive.
Chamomile, the other highly beneficial herb.
Studies show chamomile has a wide variety of benefits. Not just a calming cup of tea, chamomile concentrate calms anxiety, is a sleep aid, quells depression, and is an antioxidant.
Note: All of the above recipes can be made with chamomile or other beneficial herbs. For more information and links to studies on the numerous benefits of chamomile, visit the Chamomile page within the Apothecary page. Chamomile is calming and good for sleep, pain, and digestive issues; but it also treats depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and helps with many symptoms under the Autistic Spectrum.
Making Concentrated Oil from Plants
The following recipe is an alcohol reduction, which leaves only the essential oils of the plant in a concentrate.
Shown here, using 96 percent alcohol, available in Mexico.
Shown here using Everclear grain alcohol at 150 proof, currently legal in California.
1. Alcohol reduction begins with a high-alcohol content - otherwise, you will have water in the final product.
2. Fill a glass container with plant material (whole chamomile flower or ground cannabis).
3. Cover plant material with alcohol and let sit.
Note: I do a short steep, less than 15 minutes, as the essential terpenes come off quickly. Any longer and you'll get chlorophyll causing it will to be greener, lessening the strength of the beneficial compounds needed. This was shown to me from tests in a laboratory. Long steep, 47 percent activated THC; short steep, upwards of 90 percent activated THC - what's needed to kill cancer cells.
4. Strain and pour into rice cooker, set to WARM, keep lid open and cook by an open window (alcohol is flammable, follow these directions exactly.)
5. Keep an eye on it. If you must leave, shut it down, then start again. When it gets to a cup or so, transfer into a silicon mold in the bottom of the rice cooker to finish. The product will be sticky, with less waste remaining with the silicon.
6. When all alcohol is reduced, add one of two tablespoons of coconut and scrape sides to mix.
7. Uptake oil with a syringe and fill capsules or suppositories, using molds.
8. Keep in refrigerator. Use while fresh, though they will keep for some weeks.
Place a silicone pan in the bottom of the rice cooker to finish off remaining oil, as it will be extremely sticky.
1. After thinning with coconut oil, use syringe to fill capsules to desired amount.
2. Syringes or capsuels can be used as suppositories.
Note: Color will change as coconut solid solidifies. Color of oil should be golden brown.
Using a capsule maker allows you to fill many caps at a time.
Another type of capsule holder. Fill caps using a syringe.