The Benefits of Treating Arthritis With Cannabis Topicals

Arthritis is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition characterized by joint swelling, pain, and stiffness, along with a decreased range of motion.

As a consultant for cannabis patients, I often work with those who are suffering from arthritis and looking for alternative ways to manage the painful condition. Often these patients come to me when they have exhausted the conventional options.

When arthritis gets severe, painkillers (such as opiates) are usually the primary treatment that these patients are receiving. But opiates have their limits. Patients adjust to their dose and it has to be continually increased. In some cases, opiates can actually increase sensitivity to pain. Many have already reached the highest allowable dose and will receive less and less relief from the drug as time goes on. Patients who have been relying on that pain relief are suddenly left without any recourse.

Thankfully, cannabis offers new hope for safely and effectively managing arthritis. As a potent painkiller and anti-inflammatory agent, cannabis has helped many with their arthritic symptoms. It can also be used safely in conjunction with opiates, so patients who are still using opiates, or tapering off of them, don’t have to worry about dangerous interactions. Research shows that cannabis use actually allows patients to decrease their opiate use, and in states where cannabis is legally accessible, opiate-related deaths have gone down by 25 percent.

In addition, research suggests that cannabis can do more than just ameliorate the symptoms of the condition, it may also be able to reverse it, leading to increasing improvements in mobility, inflammation and pain. Research shows that arthritis patients actually have a higher level of CB2 receptors in their damaged joints, than most.

One study, conducted in Canada, researched the effects of topical applications of cannabis on rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers behind it believed that saturating the patients CB2 receptors with cannabinoids will not only aid with pain relief but may actually repair the joint damage that has already been done.

Treating Arthritis with cannabis topicals

In my own experience with arthritis patients, topical applications of cannabis have been extremely helpful. Patients often complain that the topical isn’t doing much at first, but with regular saturation, they experience a gradual but significant change in their pain and mobility.

Those looking to try treating arthritis with cannabis topicals should start by finding a topical cannabis product that they can regularly apply. For patients with mild arthritis, you might start with a regular strength topical. I am a big fan of Leafy Botanicals’ hard lotion balm, as well as their massage oil. These topicals not only work well, but they smell delicious, with hints of lavender and rosemary.

For those with more severe arthritis, I recommend Fleurish Farm’s extra strength balm. This incredibly potent product was designed specifically with arthritis sufferers in mind, and I have seen it deliver immediate pain relief to some of the most severe arthritis patients I have worked with. This whipped balm is unscented and made entirely of oils that score a zero on the pore clogging scale, so it is light and hypo-allergenic enough for even the most sensitive skin. It’s also infused with high-quality rosin, a solventless cannabis concentrate, which contains powerful terpenes in addition to the cannabinoids found in most topicals.

Whether you are using topicals, edibles or inhaling it, cannabis can help ease the pain of arthritis and may even lead to long lasting improvements in joint health. If you are one of the 50 million people struggling with daily arthritis pain, cannabis just might be the perfect solution. Talk to an MD who specializes in cannabis to find out if it is right for you.

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Amazing Raw Cannabis Smoothie Recipes

A tall glass of fruits and vegetables blended with chopped, raw cannabis leaves and a tiny fresh bud or two, is just one of the methods of medicating that is gaining considerable attention. Because THC is activated by heat, using the raw plant allows for people to experience the benefits of CBD — from relief of inflammation to help with seizure disorders and anxiety — without making them high. That isn’t to say that this beverage can’t be enjoyed with a piece of a cannabis cookie, but drinking raw cannabis is purely medicinal.

Since most folks don’t have a juicer, these recipes use a blender. The plant is fibrous and can get stuck in the blades of the blender, so the weed that will be juiced must be thoroughly chopped before adding it to the appliance.

The two recipes here are quite different in their flavor profile. One is filled with fruits and vegetables, which translates into lots of nutrients and vitamins. It’s refreshing and light. Try playing around with the ingredients for a taste that’s just right. The second drink has health benefits as well, though it might feel like a super rich and creamy shake. Most of these ingredients might already be in the house to make these drinks.

Fresh Green

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups coconut water
1 avocado
¼ cup cilantro
¼ cup parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh cannabis
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Pulse on low to start, turn to high and puree until smooth.

Bananarama  

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 large banana, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 ½ cups almond milk
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup chopped fresh cannabis

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Pulse on low to start, turn to high and puree until smooth.

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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// North Dakota Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee (Marijuana Moment)


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The Best Delta 8 THC Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Special Someone

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If you’re here, then you’re already considering getting a cannabis gift for your loved one this holiday and we couldn’t agree with that decision more. If you’ve been following the weed trends lately, you’ve noticed that Delta 8 THC is everything right now, and it makes sense… I’m mean, it’s basically legal THC that you can order anywhere, it doesn’t get much better than that!
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These edibles are made with full spectrum, Delta 8 THC extracted from legal hemp, so they’re full of terpenes and flavonoids as well.  There is no delta 9 in these edibles so you get all the therapeutic benefits of THC without the cloudy and sometimes anxious feelings that accompany it.

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Everything You Need To Know About Delta 8 THC Gummies

In the cannabis market, both edibles (gummies specifically) and Delta 8 THC are undeniably popular products, and they only continue to gain recognition as trending wellness products that are both fun, and good for your health.

So, what happens when you combine these two trends into some potent, delicious, and discreet Delta 8 THC gummies? Well, then you have the best of both worlds. A type of vitamin gummy that you can take anywhere, they offer numerous therapeutic benefits and a mild high, all while allowing you to remain focused and keep things on the legal side of the spectrum. Does it get any better than that?

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What is Delta 8 THC?

Before we really dive into the information about gummies, it’s important to know exactly what Delta 8 THC is, and how it’s different from Delta 9 THC that you would find at most dispensaries. Delta 8 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring, minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Although structurally similar to Delta 9 THC, which is one of the plant’s most abundant compounds, it’s quite different and only found in trace amounts in the plant. Delta 8 is not even produced by the enzymes in cannabis, rather, it is created when Delta 9 THC oxidizes and slowly degrades into Delta 8. Further degradation of Delta 9 would create the cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol).  

So, what exactly is the difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC? It all comes down to one molecule, which can make a huge difference in the world of chemistry. As the name implies, Delta 8 THC has a molecular bond on the 8th carbon chain, whereas Delta 9 has this bond on the 9th chain.

Similar to its more dominant counterpart, Delta 8 THC is a partial agonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, meaning there are effects to be felt in numerous different parts of the body, despite having weaker psychotropic potency. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes delta-8 THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.”

Medical Benefits of Delta 8

Numerous studies dating back to the 1970s, most of which come from Israel and were conducted by Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his associates, found Delta 8 to be associated with a number of different health benefits – for example, it can be used to treat anxiety, as a sleep aid, and for pain.

Initially, it was being researched to determine what kind of effects this cannabinoid could have on the immune system, what but they found was that Delta 8 could play an important role in fighting cancer. This was first observed in a 1974 study that determined delta-8 THC alone slowed tumor growth, and when combined with CBN (cannabinol) actually caused tumors to shrink after 20 days. Another study in 1995 on children with leukemia, showed a high rate of efficacy for treating the cancer, while also controlling nausea and vomiting caused by other therapies.

The latter study was conducted at Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital and the Hebrew University located in Jerusalem – once again, led by Raphael Mechoulam. The creators of the study noted that “at the same this research was occurring, there had been 480 successful treatments of cancer with delta-8 THC.”

What remains somewhat of a mystery still, on a scientific level anyway, is exactly how the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 THC compare with those of Delta 9. According to another study from the 1970s, they found Delta 8 to have 2/3 the psychoactive effects of Delta 9, which is substantial, but still enough that a user will feel some noticeable effects.

All About Delta 8 THC Gummies

When it comes to edibles, they’re a completely different ball game than smoking flowers because the method of ingestion will have a huge impact on your overall experience. When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, the active compounds are absorbed into your bloodstream almost immediately.

However, when you eat an edible, it has to pass through the digestive tract. There, it’s absorbed by the stomach, then the active compounds are metabolized by the liver. The process is much lengthier and it takes more time for the cannabinoids to get into your bloodstream, but it’s more potent and has a longer half-life; meaning you will feel the effects for much longer than you would if your were smoking.

That said, delta 8 gummies are a totally different world than flower and vape, but still not as potent as delta 9 THC so you don’t have to worry about getting stoned into oblivion when munching on these. They range in strength from 5mg to 50mg of delta 8 THC per gummy. The ones I tried were 25mg and I took three. I’m lucky to not suffer from any type of chronic pain, but I currently have a wrist injury that has been annoying to deal with and the delta 8 gummies were exactly what I needed.

They alleviated my pain without making me feel stoned or groggy, and I was able to stay focused on my work and obligations throughout the day – something I was struggling to do being distracted by pain and discomfort when doing day-to-day tasks. As much as I love smoking weed, sometimes I need to be a bit more clear-headed, and on those days I choose delta 8 products.

Another added bonus that I’d be remiss to not mention, is the amazing sleep I had that night. I fell asleep quicker than normal, slept soundly all night, and felt fully rested the next morning. If you’ve been following some of my other articles, you may know that I suffer from mild insomnia so good sleep can be hard to come by for me.

Where to Buy Delta 8 THC Gummies

In my opinion, they’re worth checking out and can be of interest to any type of cannabis user. Someone who uses CBD regularly can try Delta 8 if they want something a bit more potent, and someone who uses THC products regularly can check out Delta 8 if they want to feel the medical benefits of marijuana with milder psychoactive effects.

There are many online retailers currently selling a variety of Delta 8 THC products, including an assortment of gummies and other edibles. But your best bet, if you want trustworthy products from companies that have already been vetted, is to subscribe to the Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter and check out our weekly deals on edibles, vapes, flowers, and other products.

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Edibles: How to Make Canna-Butter and Canna-Oil

The process to make canna-butter and canna-oil are the same, but I prefer to make my extractions using whole buds, not leaves or stems because the better and stronger the cannabis you use, the better the final product will be. It is best to make a strong extraction and dilute it to personal tastes with plain butter or oil when you prepare a meal.

You can extract cannabis into any cooking oil, I personally choose coconut oil for its health benefits. Additionally, it has a high fat content which means it binds to a lot more of the cannabinoids you are trying to ingest.

Most of my recipes suggest a serving size that contains between 2-3 teaspoons of medicated butter or oil. If I am planning a progressive dinner I will use less in each of the courses so I don’t overwhelm my guests. On occasion I will offer a medicated garnish that is optional, some folks can use it if they wish.

Ingredients:

1 ounce dried cannabis flower
2 cups butter or two cups oil; coconut, canola, olive, peanut

Equipment:

Large saucepan
Wooden spoon
Large clear bowl or container
Cheesecloth
String, rubber band or tape

Instructions:

Step 1: Place the marijuana in a food processor or blender. A coffee grinder will work as well, the finer the powder the better.

Step 2: Place a large saucepan on the stove and add enough water so that it is about four to five inches deep. The most important thing to remember is that the marijuana needs to be a good two inches from the bottom of the pan at all times.

Step 3: When the water is at a full boil add the butter and allow it to melt fully.

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Step 4: Once the butter has melted, turn down the heat to low and add the marijuana. The mixture needs to cook slow and low, so be prepared to have it on the stove for about 3 hours, and never allow it to boil. Boiling is harmful to the cannabinoids. Stir the mixture every fifteen minutes.

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Step 5: At the start of the process the mixture will look watery and the cannabis not yet incorporated. The butter will begin to change color, and the mixture will begin to appear dark and thick. It is a striking difference that is virtually impossible to miss.

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Step 6: While the canna-butter is cooking set up the bowl to hold the finished product. Place a double layer of cheesecloth over the top of the bowl. Hold it in place with tape, string or a rubber band. Make sure to leave a little slack in the cheesecloth so you don’t make a big mess when you pour in the mixture.

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Step 7: When the mixture is thick and glossy, strain the marijuana butter over the bowl, carefully so as not to spill. When the saucepan is empty carefully undo the twine or rubber band, pick up the cheesecloth from all four sides and squeeze out all of the remaining butter. Remember that everything will be hot, so be careful. This part of the process can also be a bit of a mess, but well worth it!

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Step 8: Allow the canna-butter to cool for a couple of hours. It’s never good to put something hot in the fridge. Place in the refrigerator until the butter and water has separated. The butter will have risen to the top layer and become solid. The THC and other properties have now attached to the butter, and you are just about there.

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Step 9: Run a knife around the edge of the bowl and lift the butter off.

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Step 10: Place upside down on your work surface and scrape off any of the cooking water. Your canna-butter is ready. Enjoy!

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5 edibles for consumers on the go

We’ve all been there: You want a little psychoactive oomph added to your day, but you’re on the move. The conspicuous rigamarole of rolling a joint on the fly is not an option, and you learned a lesson last time about gobbling a potent, infused cookie before heading out the door and going about your business. So what’s a bud-friendly busybody to do?

Edibles can be a fickle beast, especially for the novice consumer. Dosing is often tricky, and there are countless product types available in the legal market, ranging from weapons-grade brownies and low-dose gummies, to lush delicacies like Italian-style drinkables or these elegant burnt caramel truffles. Figuring out which brand or what form of edibles works for you and your needs can feel like traversing a marijuana mindfield. So we’re here to help.

Below, we’ve highlighted some infused treats that will complement the lifestyles of active, on-the-go tokers — regardless if you’re a newbie or a pro. 

Sonder Space Crystals

Calling all 90s kids: the ingenious folks at Sonder developed a cannabis remix of Pop Rocks, aptly named “Sonder Space Crystals.” These babies are nearly indistinguishable in appearance and sensation to the original candy, but enhanced with some innovative infusion tech. 

A single-serve pouch of crystals includes 10 milligrams of THC, and Sonder offers zany flavors like Peachy Passion, Stoned Fruit, and Pineapple Party. Best of all, they’re made using sublingual nanoemulsion technology, so consumers will feel the effects within 15 minutes, compared to most edibles’ typical hour-long onset. 

On top of being low dose and instant-release, Sonder Space Crystals are neatly packaged in slim pouches that can easily fit in a wallet or pocket. These qualities make the product ideal for anyone trying to get lifted while out and about. Just rip one open, pour it in your mouth, and let these canna-crystals titillate your tongue and brain alike. 

Available in California.


Mondo Meds 

Say you don’t have a sweet tooth, but are still looking for an edibles experience akin to the infused Pop Rocks detailed above, what product should you reach for? Mondo Meds might just scratch that itch. The dissolving cannabis powder, also described as a “powdered tincture,” is ideal for adding some magic to any beverage or dish your heart desires. 

Similar to Sonder, Mondo’s infused offerings are fast-acting, with effects felt within 15 minutes. A jar of their powder includes 200 milligrams of THC, as well as a precision scooper that enables controlled doses of 5 milligrams of THC. Ladle some powder on to your tongue, or mix it into your coffee, tea, or food — it’s that simple. 

Mondo has a slight taste of cacao, and will be your new favorite “secret ingredient” for any meal, whether you cooked it yourself or picked it up from a restaurant. With this product, the limits of infusion are boundless.

Mondo CBD available nationwide. Mondo THC available in California.

1906 Go Beans 

The name of this edible says it all: New Highs 1906‘s GO Beans are literally intended for those on the go. These dark chocolate-covered coffee beans are packed with cannabis, caffeine, and L-theanine — a concoction designed to “help you get all the life stuff done, whether that’s an endurance workout or an epic to-do list.” 

Instead of starting your day with a large Red Eye and huffing a joint packed with a strong sativa, opt for the 1906 GO Beans instead. The product’s stimulating and mind-altering effects essentially allow you to kill two birds with one stoner. And since there’s only 1 milligram of THC in each GO Bean, the risk of overdoing it is slim, making these edibles perfect for incorporating into your morning routine. 

Available in California.


Cann Social Tonics

Drinkables, the beverage equivalent of an edible, are still in their salad days as a product category. Despite major investment from big players in both the cannabis and alcohol industries, the market size for infused drinks was reportedly around $200 million in 2019. And that’s not saying much: the partnership between cannabis monolith Tilray and Anheuser-Busch InBev to develop a drinkable product involved a $100 million investment alone.

So even though infused drinks are slowly gaining steam in the legal landscape, that doesn’t mean they aren’t already awesome in their current state. And for consumers with active lifestyles, you couldn’t find a better wavvy beverage than Cann Social Tonics

A single can of Cann only packs 2 milligrams of THC, so you can “have one or have five,” as the brand suggests on its site. “No hangovers here, just the right amount of lift wrapped up in a delicious beverage.” Ideal for bringing to the beach, a barbecue, or a picnic, Cann’s stoney sippers are a tasty and low-maintenance option that will put the high in your highdration. 

Available in California.


Kiva Camino Gummies 

Our last edibles pick is a tried-and-true classic: Kiva Confections‘ Camino Gummies. These premium sweets are sold in packs of 20, with each gummy containing 5 milligrams of THC. With sleek and discrete packaging, the THC-filled tins can easily fit in your back pocket, purse, or even the cupholder in your car without raising suspicion.

The gummies are “tailored by terpenes,” meaning the brand intentionally implements certain terpenes and flavonoids alongside the cannabinoid content, leading to a more directional high. And with delectable flavors like Pineapple Habanero, Watermelon Lemonade, and Blood Orange, you’ll never touch another bag of Haribos again. 

The gummy line gets its name from El Camino Real road in California, and the edibles were designed to “evoke the enchanting experience of travel and exploration.” For on-the-go pot lovers, you couldn’t ask for a better roadside companion.

Available in California.


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5 Must-Read Books for Cannabis History Lovers

Obviously, cannabis is trending: Weed has been making headlines left and right!

It’s all about what’s next for the popular plant, from the future of financial projections to groundbreaking advancements in the medical world. While this deluge of news keeps cannabis enthusiasts on their toes and creates buzz in the industry, modern cannabis coverage can leave some holes in perspective for those who may not be well-versed in the plant’s background and historical significance.

Having a grasp of cannabis history lends us a deeper understanding of some of the current hot topics in the cannabis world, like equity in the industry, why cannabis is still federally illegal and how the truth about its healing potential has been intentionally suppressed.

For anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the plant’s past in order to help them understand the present and even postulate its future, these books will point you in the right direction. But keep in mind that these are just a handful of great reads that will begin to give you a more well-rounded view of what’s going on now. Use these suggestions as a starting point for your research and keep looking for other books that will augment your cannabis education.

“Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America”

By Box Brown

If you’re interested in learning about how and why cannabis became illegal but not really into the traditional route of reading and researching, then this nonfiction graphic novel might fit the bill. Author Box Brown offers insight into why cannabis prohibition was introduced, breaks down the emergence of the War on Drugs and how decades of propaganda have contributed to the disproportionate incarceration of black people. It’s both entertaining and educational and though it’s illustrated, it doesn’t take away from the strength of its content.  

“Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabis”

By Mark S. Ferrara

Beyond the clatter of politics, legislation and legalization, there’s an oft-forgotten element to cannabis that doesn’t get nearly the same amount of coverage and that’s it’s deeply intricate connection to spirituality throughout history. This book offers a global perspective on how humans have been using cannabis to expand and enhance their consciousness for centuries. It’s equal parts cannabis history and religious history.

“Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific”

By Martin A. Lee

In this book, you’ll get a deeper look at cannabis’s ascent from a subcultural phenomenon to its current position as a mainstream topic of conversation. It covers cannabis from its prohibition to its rise in popularity through the lens of an award-winning investigative journalist with careful attention to detail. It’s a good read for anyone interested in cannabis from a number of perspectives, whether that’s medical, recreational, scientific or economic.

“The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy”

By Jack Herer

This classic book is just as much a part of cannabis history as the information inside of it. Written by infamous cannabis activist and advocate Jack Herer, this book was originally published in 1985 and is a useful reference for anyone who wants to take a look into how the similar the political climate around cannabis was then and now. In addition to some history, you’ll also learn a lot about the seemingly endless list of hemp’s uses and get some wisdom into why it’s taken so long for it to be legalized.

“Pot in Pans”

By Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Lovers of cannabis-infused edibles will enjoy this book all about weed’s culinary roots. It’s an interesting look at how different cultures throughout time have utilized the plant as cooking ingredient through with a historical lens that offers facts as well as anecdotes. You’ll also be treated to a few recipes throughout the book in addition to learning how cooking with cannabis has survived the ages.

TELL US, what’s on your cannabis history reading list?

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New Year’s Resolution: Eat Healthy Edibles

Another New Year comes, and we find ourselves once again making goals, resolutions and promises to ourselves and others. For many people, making healthy food choices is always top of the resolution list, as the over-indulgence of the holidays inevitably ends up expanding the waistline.

New diets for the New Year also can re-shape our relationship with food. When it comes to edibles, people tend to first think of brownies, cookies and other sugar-laden products. And if you swore an oath to take on a plant-based diet or low sugar diet, then how are edibles going to fit into your new lifestyle choice? Edibles do not have to be merely consumed through sugary vessels to be enjoyable, as there are a wide range of savory recipes that will keep your diet on track. Learning to pair the terpene and flavonoid profiles of strains to the savory food items you have will ultimately make your edible experience more enjoyable. Think of each strain as a unique spice with specific flavor profiles that also brings a specific medicinal outcome.

Some of my favorite healthy edibles recipes include sautéed summer veggies made with the Island Sweet Skunk strain, Yugoslavian finger squash baked with some Mr. Nice canna-butter, and a gluten-free CBD cookie made with refined sugar substitutes.

But this recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, also makes for an incredibly delicious and healthy snack, and is made with decarboxylated kief from the Herijuana strain so that you don’t have to consume any canna-oil or canna-butter! Enjoy responsibly.

Recipe: Roasted Herijuana Pepitas

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Pepitas come from the Oilseed or Styrian pumpkins, and possess the unique quality of being shell free. Inside the pumpkin flesh, these little green seeds grow like any other pumpkin seed but without the hard, outer white shell. They are extremely high in fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins, which cannot be destroyed by heat. So, both raw and roasted pepitas contain the same nutritional content. The strong earthy sandalwood flavor profiles of Herijuana compliment the earthy flavors of these pumpkin seeds, making it the perfect seasoning. The medicinal effects of Herijuana are very narcotic, which is perfect for the numbing of severe body pain and muscle spasms. It is also great in treating anxiety-related conditions and insomnia. Enjoy these seeds over your smoothie bowls, yogurt, trail mix, granola, or even by the handful as a filling snack. Cheers to good health and a positive New Year!

Mise en place:

2 cups green plain raw pepitas

Olive oil

Black Hawaiian Sea Salt or regular Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

½ gram decarboxylized Herijuana kief (Instructions on how to decarboxylize here)

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the seeds onto two sheet pans and drizzle olive oil over the seeds. Now flip and turn all of the seeds into the olive oil, making sure that all of the seeds are lying flat on the pan.

Step 2: Season the seeds with the sea salt of your choice and black pepper. You may choose at this point to sprinkle the kief over the pumpkin seeds or wait till after they are roasted.

Step 3: Roast the seeds for 15 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir up the seeds then roast for another 5-10 minutes or until crunchy.

Step 4: Pull from the oven then scoop up all the seeds and olive oil with a rubber spatula into a jar or container. Enjoy warm from the oven!

Dosage:

If one gram of Herijuana tests at 50 percent THC, 50 percent of 1,000 mg would be 500 mg. Substitute the number of your THC percentage and do the math to figure out your desired dosage. If you want a smaller dose in this recipe, cut the kief down to a smaller portion such as a ¼ or 1/8th. If you want a larger dose, add the amount you desire.

Strain Suggestions:

I would recommend strains that possess earthy, woodsy or sandalwood like terpenes and flavonoids. The following would be ideal: Hashplant, Alaskan Ice, Purple Haze, S.A.G.E, or Burmese Kush.

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