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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Episode 346 – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Andrew Livingston and first-time guest Ngiste Abebe join host Heather Sullivan to talk about the growth in legal marijuana jobs and the pressing need to address social equity disparities within the entrepreneurial community. Produced by Shea Gunther.

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New York Governor Reveals Amendments To Marijuana Legalization Plan Weeks Before Budget Deadline | Marijuana Moment

New Jersey Lawmakers Send Marijuana Compromise Bill To Governor’s Desk, Setting Stage For Legal Sales | Marijuana Moment

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Friday, February 19, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// N.J. legal weed revived again as Murphy gets another reprieve from lawmakers. But it’s far from a done deal. (NJ.com)

// Draft of bill aims to curb underage use of concentrated THC set potency cap in Colorado (KOAA News 5 NBC)

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


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// Cannabis bill with no commercial production cap passes committee (Taos News)

// Tax Court Rules Against Harborside In 280E Case (Green Market Report)

// Oklahoma medical marijuana sales surpass $800 million for 2020 (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Oregon marijuana firms enjoy booming market fueled by pandemic consumers shunning illicit suppliers (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Oregon marijuana firms enjoy booming market fueled by pandemic consumers shunning illicit suppliers (Green Market Report)

// Tilray Delivers Solid Quarter As Revenue Rises 20% (Green Market Report)

// NFL Explores How Marijuana And CBD Can Be Used As Opioid Alternatives For Players (Marijuana Moment)

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// New Mexico adult-use marijuana bill advanced by state House panel (Marijuana Business Daily)

// South Dakota AG abandons effort to defend adult-use marijuana initiative (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Washington Lawmakers Approve Drug Decriminalization Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)


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// New York Governor To Send Amended Marijuana Legalization Plan To Lawmakers Amid Criticism (Marijuana Moment)

// Massachusetts medical cannabis patient numbers top 100,000 (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Michigan’s marijuana industry surpasses Oregon in cannabis jobs report says (Michigan Live)

// Recreational pot sales have more than doubled since Maine’s market launch (Central Maine)

// Mississippi Senate Approves Alternate Medical Marijuana Program Hours After Defeating It (Marijuana Moment)

// Canopy unloads British Columbia cannabis greenhouses at large loss (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Cannabis spurs creative but unrealistic ideas study shows (Marijuana Business Daily)

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// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bill Takes Another Step Toward Finish Line (Marijuana Moment (Center Square))

// Colorado Marijuana Sales Almost Hit $2.2 Billion in 2020 (Denver Westword)

// South Dakota governor to delay medical cannabis program until 2022 (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Colorado awards first adult-use cannabis delivery license (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Cannabis MSO Green Thumb nets $100M through initial US stock sale (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Columbia Care Raises C$25 Million Primarily From Single Institutional Investor (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Canopy Growth Records $829 Net Loss In Third Quarter (Green Market Report)

// Aurora Cannabis Reports $292 Million Net Loss Even As Revenue Rises (Green Market Report)

// Marijuana Legalization Has Majority Support In North Carolina Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Weed stocks tank as Reddit trade loses momentum (CNBC)

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// South Dakota judge strikes down state’s marijuana legalization vote (Leafly (AP))

// Virginia lawmakers pass landmark recreational marijuana legalization bills (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Schumer Hosts First Formal Meeting on Legalizing Weed as VA GOP Opposes Legalization (Hill Reporter)


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// Deadline for Murphy to Act on NJ Marijuana Bill Pushed Back (NBC Philadelphia)

// Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race (CNN)

// California Clears Up Confusion Over Marijuana Industry Coronavirus Vaccine Eligibility (Marijuana Moment)

// New Jersey Governor Signs Psilocybin Bill To Immediately Reduce Penalties For Possession (Marijuana Moment)

// Wisconsin governor proposes medical recreational cannabis legalization (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Marijuana concentrate sales up 40% as more consumers turn to the product category (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Legal Marijuana Is More Popular Than Joe Biden $15 Minimum Wage Or Rejoining Climate Agreement Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

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// Illinois Sets New Marijuana Sales Record In First Month Of 2021 (Marijuana Moment)

// New York Lawmakers Slam Governor’s Marijuana Legalization Plan While Touting Legislature’s Own Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bills Clear Procedural Floor Hurdles Ahead Of Friday Deadline (Marijuana Moment)


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// Legal recreational cannabis sales in Canada outstrip illicit spending for first time (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Jazz Pharmaceuticals Is Buying GW Pharmaceuticals in $7.2 Billion Deal (Green Market Report)

// Funding for marijuana companies surges after Democrats win control of White House Congress (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California cannabis agency creates uproar by revoking 300-plus business permits then reinstates most (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Washington Lawmakers Introduce Long-Awaited Bill To Decriminalize All Drugs And Expand Treatment (Marijuana Moment)

// MassRoots Wants To Be The Greatest Come Back In the Cannabis Industry (Green Market Report)

// Michael Thompson Freed After 24 Years In Prison For Marijuana Sale Now Crowdfunded Campaign Buys Him A Home (Inquisitr)

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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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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Three US senators announce plans for major federal marijuana reform (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bills Sail Though Committees As Key Friday Deadline Nears (Marijuana Moment)

// Black entrepreneurs are underrepresented in Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry (Detroit Metro Times)


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// Top Minnesota Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bill For 2021 (Marijuana Moment)

// West Virginia awards medical cannabis dispensary licenses many to MSOs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Biden’s USDA Takes First Meeting With Hemp Industry To Learn About Market Needs (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizona’s new recreational cannabis firms see strong sales possible supply issues on horizon (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Clean-Up Marijuana Bill To Resolve Governor’s Underage Concerns (Marijuana Moment)

// Idaho Lawmakers Approve Resolution That Would Quash 2022 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives (Marijuana Moment)

// Oregon first U.S. state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs (CTV News (AP))

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Friday, January 29, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Arizona medical cannabis firms qualify for second grow permit regulators say (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Top New York Lawmaker Says Pass Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Bill Before Governor Negotiations (Marijuana Moment)

// Pennsylvania Governor Includes Marijuana Legalization In 2021 Priority List (Marijuana Moment)


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// Minnesota Governor Urges Lawmakers To Pursue Marijuana Legalization Amid Budget Talks (Marijuana Moment)

// California Marijuana Workers Can’t Get COVID Vaccine Answers As Maryland Prioritizes The Industry (Marijuana Moment)

// Michigan cannabis operator brings in $50 million from small investor offering (Marijuana Business Daily)

// TerrAscend Closes C$224 Million Capital Raise (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Marijuana software firm Agrify prices IPO to raise $54 million (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Ayr Strategies to Move Forward with $75 Million Arizona Cannabis Acquisition (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Top Pennsylvania Official Restores Marijuana Flag After GOP Lawmakers Allegedly Got It Removed (Marijuana Moment)

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