#WCW-Andrea Drummer

High there lovely blogees, how’s it floatin?

I’m dancing while I type this because it is the BOMB day of the week, oh yes, Women in Cannabis Wednesday. This week I’m excited to feature Andrea Drummer, cannabis chef and industry pioneer. Let’s get to it!

You may have seen her on Viceland, Chelsea Handler, and in numerous cannabis publications. Chef and co-owner of Elevation VIP, Drummer has set a new standard in cannabis cuisine. Starting with an infused recipe she made for her friends, she started Elevation in 2012 and expanded the cannabis co-op into a an exclusive dispensary that specializes in infused food…and I’m not just talking brownies!

She’s the top demanded private chef for celebrities, social events, and art/fashion shows. With an education from Le Cordon Bleu, plus her own expertise, she isn’t making gummies and cookies for dispensaries. She discovers pleasant pairings of food and strains of cannabis, creating recipes that are elegant and delicious. Plus they leave you high. Quick video of her explaining her craft below, enjoy!

 

BADASS. And another example of how opening cannabis businesses is also advocacy. Exposing the wide world of herb in different platforms educates people on its benefits. Plus, another minority succeeding in the industry. It’s an uphill battle, but the journey can be so dope!

Andrea Drummer, I infused my chamomile tea with some Clementine Kush because that’s about the classiest thing I got at the moment. So, this cup’s raised to you!

Make sure to visit the Elevation website here: www.elevationvip.com

 

Sources: https://wwwelevationvip.com/product

https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/8x98ep/female-chefs-are-leading-the-cannabis-cuisine-revolution

http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/this-private-chef-is-using-marijuana-to-take-gourmet-dining-to-a-higher-level-7420743

 

#CannaProud

You know what love for breakfast? A big stack of pancakes and some hashtags. Click on one word and boom, a plethora of more internet lol. So here’s another one for your statuses and snaps: #CannaProud.

What does it mean?

Conversation is necessary. Cannabis will continue being this taboo, behind-closed-doors type of subject matter if people don’t start displaying their true stance. It needs to be organic, the discussion on cannabis usage, support, and economic need. You don’t even need to enjoy marijuana to know the crimes are outrageous. I meet residents who qualify for their state’s medical cannabis program  but are afraid or ashamed to discuss it with friends and family.  Let’s remove the stigma. Let’s be proud we are gaining education and relief!

IF you take anything from reading this blog, pass it on. Do more research on what you find here. Discuss it with your loved ones. You may be introducing someone to cannabis that could really benefit from it, or needs help getting legal resources.

It’s ok to discuss how wasted we got at happy hour in the office, but it’s unprofessional to talk about the billions of revenue dollars created by the cannabis industry?

PUH-LEASE!!!

Let’s make it OK to talk to about weed. Grandma may not approve…or she may have a stash of Critical Kush in her jewelry box. You’ll never know. But even our beloved granny needs to know that she, too can benefit from being #CannaProud.

Say it loud, say it #cannaproud!!

“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point. –MY President, Barack Obama. 

Medical Monday-Headaches and Cannabis

Does smoking weed give you a headache? Does smoking weed make a current headache worse?

Yes and no, yes and no.

But, there’s one thing you can be sure of. If you are smoking and develop a headache, or your current headache is getting worse from smoking…STOP SMOKING.

It could be the type of strain you’re consuming or your body’s current condition.  One thing is for sure, it’s a surefire sign that you are slightly dehydrated, and smoking could worsen those conditions.

I know what you’re thinking, wtf man? Look, drink plenty of water. You should be drinking water anyway, sheesh. If you get frequent migraines or headaches, it could be a result of something more serious. Get it checked out. If you are a cannabis patient, talk with your specialist. If you aren’t, talk to cannabis consultants.

MY best advice for headache relief is non-caffeinated tea, complete darkness, and sleep. But there absolutely are cannabis strains that aid in headache relief, especially ones you don’t have to smoke. Remember my PotBot app recommendation on Friday? Use it to log how different strains affect your headaches.

The less stress in life, the less headaches. Isn’t that the point of getting high anyway?

Dope App Alert!-PotBot

Happy Friedday blogees!

Ever thought of keeping a weed journal? Nah? Yea me either.

But it’s highly recommended if you really want to get to know your strains, how they affect you, and the best method or condition for consumption. Patients are recommended to keep track of how different strains effect them for medical purposes, and dispensaries depend on their customers’ reactions to their products.

PotBot is a great app that logs everything from your conditions or desired effects, recommended strains, even nearby dispensaries. There’s nothing worse than ingesting cannabis that gives you a sleepy effect when you have a 2 hour meeting ahead of you. Know your bud folks!


 

PotBot is like a little bud buddy you go back to and ask questions about strains you’ve tried, or should try. It’s really fun and informative, download and get to swiping for the weekend!

Hurricane Maria-The Devastation to Puerto Rico’s MMJ Industry and Needed Revenue

Even in the midst of one of the worst natural disasters in American history, Donald Trump reminded the nation that Puerto Rico is in debt. Thanks, Duck.

Well, Cheez-It Face was right. Puerto Rico is almost $75 billion in debt. The introduction of medical marijuana was expected to create new jobs and businesses, in addition to providing needed medicinal alternatives.  Hurricane Maria destroyed the country from end to end, postponing the growth and operation of medical cannabis businesses. Unfortunately, the process to become a patient or business owner already was very complicated.

Just about everything needed to operate a cannabis grow business or dispensary is almost double the cost of operating in the states.  Electricity is higher, the need for more security is higher, the cost of cannabis is higher, and the cost of outreach is higher.

There are only 29 dispensaries in Puerto Rico, and although the country’s laws have lightened up, patients are allowed to purchase cannabis products from the ONE dispensary they are assigned to. WIth about 5,000 patients and almost double waiting to become patients, many cultivators ended up housing too much weed because there aren’t enough patients buying it.

Additionally, approved patients and medical tourists found the prices are more than double in the states…on average $80 for an eighth. (An eighth refers to an 8th of an ounce. Even from MY experience, I’ve never seen an eighth cost any more than $40. And even THAT would be the top shelf, *kisses fingertips,* primo, grade A herb.

 

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So longer story short, Maria wiped out the little that PR was working with. Recovery has begun, but not rapidly enough. Cannabis is illegal federally. So PR cannot get any coins from the US for medical cannabis relief. Don’t forget the electricity lost, the dispensaries that couldn’t open, the plants destroyed, and the patients that couldn’t get medicine. Fortunately, the country has temporarily allowed patients to go to any open dispensary. If businesses can’t open, and patients can’t get medicine, jobs and new businesses can’t be developed. NEEDED revenue is being lost day by day.

As the country recovers in every way necessary, send prayers, good energy, donations, and any other help possible to our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico.  The following list was posted on PBS. org for sites to donate.

Peace and bud, lovely blogees.

 

 

#WCW-Edie Moore (Interview)

High and hello! Hey, thanks so much for being a reader, I hope you’re also a follower. That way you’ll never miss my favorite day, Women in Cannabis Wednesday!

This week’s #WCW is the lovely Edie Moore, another pioneer in Illinois Medical Cannabis! I met Edie at a mixer for the IL Women In Cannabis. We kept in touch and she made sure to let me know about meetings, events, not to mention her page is a wealth of information. Remember everyone, networking is EVERYTHING in this industry, and Edie was gracious enough to spend some time breaking it down!

You may want to whip out your notebooks for this one folks!

Edie Moore is one of the original owners of the only minority-owned firm, Illinois Grown Medicine, to receive cannabis licensure in Illinois.  She has since expanded to advise other firms in other markets.  Edie has been a featured speaker at Women Grow, Common Sense Cannabis, and The DOPE Show.  

Recognizing that the opportunities for success in the national cannabis community were overwhelming to many of her friends and colleagues, she looked for a way to break down the content and entry points into more manageable opportunities.  Her firm HUE Platform is a media space that delivers original and informative content and promotes business connections and diversity in the local cannabis industry.  HUE was a 2017 recipient of Chicago Community Trust’s Acting up Grant to produce their Cannabis on the Table microfilm series.

Edie is passionate about reforming cannabis policies in communities of color. To that end, she is a founding board member of Chicago NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  With over 150 chapters, NORML’s cannabis activism began in the 1970’s and affects cannabis opinions and policy from the grassroots level to Capitol Hill.

Her latest project is CannaPhysEd, a collaborative group that speaks directly to physicians and other healthcare workers about the science of cannabis and encourages training and education for recommendation to their patients.

Source: E. Moore

Get to know more women in cannabis! Just like Edie, women are breaking down doors and barriers so more communities and demographics can reap the benefits medicinally, politically, and economically!

Edie Moore, you’re this week’s Clear As Smoke #WCW, and this blunt’s for you!!

Cannabutter? I Hardly Even Know Her!

High lovely green lovers! It’s baking season! Literally, lol. It’s near the cold-weather holidays, Halloween included, and more people will be inside. Time to make some baked goods for your baked friends. A very popular base for cannabis baking and cooking is cannabutter, and I’m gonna tell you how I make it!

Below: My 1st batch of cannabutter, sniff, memories!

 

Because I follow a mostly vegan diet, I’ll also post a coconut oil alternative. Oh yes honey, I got you!

What you’ll need:

Crockpot, oven, baking sheet, mason jar or other glass container with lid (air tight!), cheesecloth, 4 sticks of butter, 1 cup of water, and 1 ounce grinded cannabis/trim. Don’t grind it too much, you want to be able to strain the leaves out when it’s time. Oh, you have to decarboxylate the herb. That’s a pretty term for heating the herb to release the cannabinoids, which results in the psychoactive effects you feel when eating edibles. In scientific lingo, it is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide. Point is, it helps to make your butter BUTTA. Let’s get started!

  1. Decarb: Heat oven to 200 degrees, spread roughly grinded cannabis on baking sheet with parchment paper. (If you don’t have parchment paper, you’ll have to stir around the cannabis occasionally while it bakes so it doesn’t stick or burn.) Cover with foil and bake for an hour.
  2. Add butter, water, and herb. Cook on low setting for at least 8 hours, no more than 24 hours. The longer it cooks, the more cannabinoids!
  3. Rubber band the opening of glass container or jar with cheesecloth. Strain mixture into jar. You may have to let it cool as you strain it, because you need to squeeze the remaining liquid out of the herbs through the cloth. That’s the good stuff.
  4. Close container and refrigerate overnight. The water will separate from the butter. Use a butter knife to lift the now hardened butter away from the liquid, discard liquid. Don’t worry if some of it drops into the water, shake it off or pat with paper towel.
  5. I’ve seen multiple recipes say it lasts for up to a month if refrigerated, 6 months if frozen…I dunno bout dat lol. It taste the best and still has the most effect within 2 weeks refrigerated, 3 months frozen.

And there you go! Now, if you want to use coconut oil, which can be cooled to a butter like consistency, or kept in the cabinet, it’s a little more involved.

  1. Follow step 1 from above.
  2. Add oil, water, and herb. Cook on low setting for 3 hours, then turn off and let sit for 8 hours. Repeat this process one or two times, depending on your patience and how strong you want your oil to be.
  3. Follow step 3 from above.
  4. Want butter consistency? Store in airtight container in the fridge. Want to keep it oily? Cool! Nah, I meant the type of dark space where it should be stored. In both cases, it lasts between 8 months to a year. So the extra work is worth it!

In order to know how many milligrams of THC is in each serving of your delicious butter, you have to know how much THC is in your cannabis! If you don’t, I would suggest not trying to measure, just be aware of how much butter you need to feel that butter buzz! Here’s a great THC cannabutter calculator website I snatched from the good folks at Leafly.com! THC calculator

I hope you all have fun infusing your favorite recipes with cannabutter! And trust, that cannaoil comes in handy; can even be used on your skin!

Oh, and if you have about $150 and not the patience for anything you read up until this point, I heard great things about the Magical Butter Machine, check em out: Magical Butter Machine

Remember, when you consume cannabis via food, it takes a little longer to feel the effects than if you smoked or vaporized. So be careful and don’t scarf down your goodies thinking, “it’s not kicking in, I’ll eat some more.” I’ve witnessed those being the last words  of some people before they get sick. Be careful with edibles my beautiful blogees.

Alright, I’ve got some social media arguing to do. Don’t judge me…it’s cleansing lol. Have a wonderful rest of the day, and end it with a little hay!

 

“I don’t like the drugs but the drugs like me.” –Marilyn Manson.

 

Let’s Talk About Sex…and Weed.

Remember the Salt N Pepa hit “Let’s Talk About Sex?” Replace the word “baby” with “and weed” in the chorus and you’ve got today’s blog in a nutshell. Sing it with me now!

“Let’s talk about sex (and weed), let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things that may be.”

I love sex. It’s great, it’s just the bees knees. Combined with my other love, marijuana, it’s a threesome that is indeed very satisfying. But is sex and cannabis ALWAYS a match?

Well, yes and no. You want to be aware of what kind of cannabis you’re consuming, how, and of course, how much.  Think about it, sex after a romantic glass of wine may differ from sex after 5 shots of tequila. The same happens with cannabis, so know what you’re puffin before you get to stuffin. Ok that was just terrible. I’m ashamed to say I came up with that.

I read everything, from porn site discussion forums to articles on medical websites. My findings are best expressed in pro/con format. So slip into something more comfortable, and dim the lights…you’re reading from a screen anyway. It’s time to talk dirty.

 

 

Pro: You’re high. Not only are you feeling sexy but your partner is too, every song sounds more melodic, every kiss tastes better, and man oh man the feeling is more intense. But speaking of intense…

Con: Ever heard of the phrase “too high”? Whether true or not, consuming too much cannabis can definitely result in feeling lethargic or sleepy. Not exactly the vibe you want for sex. But post-sex? Sure! Plus a decrease in speed can come in handy…

Pro: Time slows down, including the length of orgasm. Couples and individuals across all demographics agree that a good stoned bone feels like it lasts longer and the climax is even higher than you are. Bom chicka wow…WAIT…

Con: Yea, wait indeed. Men and their partners reported men either taking too long (or not long enough) to reach climax. Additionally, heavy cannabis use can lower sperm count and can sometimes cause vaginal dryness.  Buzz kill. Fortunately for us…

Pro: Cannabis stimulates sexual creativity. So if climax was reached too early, go another round. If it’s taking a while, use that time to have fun! Unless…

Con: You’re just not into it. Informal medical studies have shown decreased testosterone levels even in people who like doing it while high. Meaning, lower libido. AKA, “not tonight, honey.” Don’t blow out those candles yet, because…

Pro: Cannabis is AWESOME for masturbation. Oh yea. Rubbing one out while baked is a great way to get to know what strains affects you best (or worst) while in that va va voom state of mind. It’s also a great stress reliever, helps you relax, and it’s your body. Show it a little love here and there!

The pros and cons still vary from person to person. Just be aware that when choosing to get down, be careful. Whether cannabis or alcohol it’s important to know your limits so you are in control of your decisions. I mean that, because I love you.

So toke up and get down, with your sexy self.

“Your love is a kind of special treat, a personal stash…I’m hooked on you, chocolate star. I got the munchies for your love.” –Bootsie Collins

#WCW-Supernova Women

High lovely blogees!

You know what today is, oh yeeeeeah. It’s Women in Cannabis Wednesday and this week, Supernova Women are receiving my kneel and bow-down for their efforts in the cannabis industry.

The definition of supernova is a star that suddenly increases greatly in brightness because of a catastrophic explosion that ejects most of its mass. These women are definitely growing stars, helping others shine in the midst of a shaky, racially biased industry.

These women do work.

Established in 2015, Amber Senter, Andrea Unsworth, Nina Parks and Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho founded Supernova Women in an effort to educate and empower people of color to enter the legal cannabis industry.

In addition to hosting valuable workshops and discussion series, these ladies are advocates of decriminalization. They hold expungement clinics to provide the public with state law policies, rehabilitation information, and legal assistance. And did I mention they provide FREE services too? Come through ladies!!

I never shy away from discussing the importance of inclusivity of minorities in the cannabis industry. These powerful women are pioneering that effort. I found this awesome WNYC podcast interviewing the organization and the obstacles they faced in a predominantly white industry.

Amber, Andrea, Nina, and Tsion, this blunt’s for you. Thank you for all your efforts in underrepresented communities and further proving why none of us would be anywhere without our beloved #WomeninCannabis.

Peace and bud!