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Just Kavalicious: Vegan Gluten-Free Kava Banana Nice Cream

Just Kavalicious: Vegan Gluten-Free Kava Banana Nice Cream

You scream, I scream, we all scream, for Vegan Kava Banana Nice Cream! A wonderfully delicious and healthy dairy free option – this creamy dessert is sure to please even the most die hard ice cream lover. A smooth blend of frozen bananas, full-fat coconut…

Vegan Gluten-Free Big Bud Blueberry Beet Juice

Vegan Gluten-Free Big Bud Blueberry Beet Juice

No matter where a person lives or how cautious they might be, the simple fact is that the environment has toxins. Over time, these toxins will accumulate in the body, causing damage to the cells. Juicing is a simple and delightful way to dramatically improve…

Raw & Vegan: The Power Of Juicing Cannabis

Raw & Vegan: The Power Of Juicing Cannabis

Juicing cannabis is the new frontier in the health food and medicinal scene that has been slowly emerging out of the shadows. There are incredible health benefits that have been discovered and are continuing to be discovered as more people take interest in this method. Juicing cannabis may very well be the next “Wheat grass craze” as the medical marijuana industry paves the way in alternative healthcare.

The human body believe it or not, houses a Endocannabinoid system in which its receptors regulate a whole slew of physiological processes including the mediation of cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabinol, and cannabidiol, are the three cannabinoids we are most well versed with. Cannabidiol or CBD, is gaining much attention due to the fact it carries a large amount of health benefits without getting the user high.

There are many methods that can be employed to create nutrient dense drinks in the privacy of your own home. There are 3 recommended methods for juicing in which the patient can use the buds, sugar leaves, or fan leaves. Most people only want to smoke or decarboxylate the buds for the obvious psychoactive and medicinal properties of THC, which makes it less desirable for juicing. While yes you can juice buds, the reality is that you are wasting high concentrations of THC when you only want CBD’s. And in my opinion, buds are best saved for smoking, vaping, and making edibles. So what does that leave? Sugar leaves and fan leaves. Sugar leaves are best reserved for making the various forms of hash, concentrates, topicals, balms and salves. Yes, you can bake and cook with sugar leaves but in my opinion that should be saved for a last resort for multiple reasons, which is discussed in my book. You can juice with sugar leaves, but again, you are wasting a smaller amount of THC that is better saved for the aforementioned. Fan leaves are where it is at. Full of CBD’s the leaves will relieve inflammation, nausea, anxiety, debilitating illnesses and act as an effective treatment against cancer. Not to mention the high mineral, vitamin, and antioxidant properties without getting “high”. And that is just the tip of the iceberg concerning medicinal benefits.

I would highly recommend using fan leaves as it is the most logical and practical out of the three options. A great way to utilize non-sugar leaves from a grow is to flush the plants with distilled water before harvest time and collect the good fan leaves to juice. This method of harvesting fan leaves comes from a “waste not” mentality and is a great way to use the remaining leaves for additional health benefits. This maximizes the medicinal uses of your plants without leaving much plant matter to be potentially turned to waste. But the most efficient and consistent way to juice would be to have plants that are only kept in the vegetation state in your home. What this allows is the ability for you to juice on a daily basis by freshly picking your leaves when you want to. And do not forget, it is perfectly fine to save fan leaves from strain varieties in the freezer if it is impossible to have plants in veg state in your house.

Once you figure out which method of harvesting fan leaves is right for you, the fun begins with mixing in different specific strains, fruits, and vegetables for amazingly delicious flavors. I started strain specific cooking and baking to impart specific flavors from buds into the edibles I was making when I moved to Colorado many years ago. And I found in my juicing journey that flavors of strains even transcend through the leaves when juiced. The beauty of juicing is that it is highly personalized and limitless. The sky is the limit when it comes to the creativity of flavors that can be created through the juicing process. A great way to tell what kind of flavors each strain will impart is the smell of the leaves. Take a leaf in your hand then squeeze and roll it between your fingers to release the terpenes. Place it under your nose and inhale. This is a clear indication of what flavor profiles are going to be released into your juice. You could also go the route of smoking, vaping or eating an edible that uses that strain variety for flavor profile testing as well. The former is much more simplistic and efficient. Strain specific recipes are so valuable in many culinary applications for flavor profiles in general, and juicing also benefits from this school of thought.

Now that you have had a little taste of my journey through juicing, it is time for a delicious drink recipe for you! I have the pleasure of juicing not only for myself but for my boyfriend Erik. He has found that cannabis juice in the mornings offer him many positive health attributes that set him off feeling amazing throughout the day. Sustained energy, high nutritional value, the ability to fill you up without suffering a heavy stomach, upbeat mental focus and the feeling of a centered body without becoming high are all reasons he partakes in this drink.

There are a few words of caution when it comes to juicing and how it can affect people with sensitive digestive systems or compromised immune systems. The first is that the leaves on the cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis all have tiny microscopic hairs that are almost like thorns that can be highly irritating. People with sensitive digestive tracks should use caution as it may irritate the lining of the throat, stomach, and intestinal lining. My best advice would be to use the following recipe but only drink it in small amounts to see how your body reacts to the juice. I have personally found, combinations of high acidic fruits paired with a good juicer seem to dampen or even eliminate the effects of irritation on sensitive stomachs by breaking down these tiny hairs. Secondly, you absolutely need to make sure that the plants you are juicing on are not infected with any kind of microbes, fungus, diseases, or pests. Anyone with a weak or compromised immune system could potentially become ill by ingesting plant material that is not clean. Lastly, I highly recommend that when you juice, that you only juice from organically fed plants and not plants that are using chemical nutrients.

This drink recipe and all of the knowledge contained within this article is my gift to the reader to improve the quality of their life. Be creative and make your own fruit, vegetable, and strain combinations so that you may enjoy the gift of Jah to its fullest potential. The following recipe uses fan leaves from Durban Poison which lends a sweet lemon and citrus flavor with a slight hint of spice which really round out and balance the fruit flavors in this drink. Happy juicing!

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Gluten-Free Vietnamese Lemon Kush Kief Spring Rolls

Gluten-Free Vietnamese Lemon Kush Kief Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are commonly known as “summer rolls” in Vietnam. These rolls can be filled with a variety of fresh ingredients that reflect the freshness of the spring and summer months. Lemon Kush’s lemony taste with floral and mint undertones deepens the flavors in this…

Vegan Gluten-Free Cannabis Frosted Raw Brownies

Vegan Gluten-Free Cannabis Frosted Raw Brownies

Sativa Dominant Hybrid Strain Chocolope suggested for best taste and results. Chocolope Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 95% Sativa 5% Indica Chocolate with sweet fruit and smoky notes. Chocolope lends a deep chocolate flavor with hints of sweet fruit and a faint smokiness that makes these…

Vegan Gluten-Free Raw Blood Orange Cheesecake

Vegan Gluten-Free Raw Blood Orange Cheesecake

The edge, it calls all the thrill seekers in all corners of the world, a state of mind where death dances wildly and seductively, beckoning. Where most people would run away in fear of death, others, the wild at heart, chase him. This chase allows for a certain sense of challenge within the elements coupled with the ultimate prize feeling of being “free”. How far can I go? How far can I push it? There is an intense urge fueled by passion towards the vehicle that one uses to chase this sort of thing.

Standing over a ledge of the mountain is enough for some to get weak in the knees let alone the idea of hurling yourself down it. Cranking my feet down into my board, the wind whispering into my ears as the mountain slopes call my name with their white laden crystals glimmering in the distance. The thoughts begin to take hold as I take several centering breaths to align my spirit. Will I hit a hidden patch of ice and lose control, washing out like a semi jackknifing on the interstate? Like a junkie chomping at the bit, I scan the slope side before I let my board start its descent. Carving down steep terrain, heel then toe, champagne powder sprays off the serrated edges of my board like a wave.

Intense drops begin to increase my speed to 35 mph before the mountain begins to flow into large humps reminiscent of a camel’s back. I find my line while releasing my edge right before the snowy terrain hurls my body through the air causing me to take flight just like Icarus. It is in this moment that I sense a taunting of sorts to push the limits. The wind presses against my googles as gravity pushes me back down onto the slopes with the loud thump of my board landing. I carve hard down a black diamond run and turn even harder into a beaconing tree run. Trying to keep my speed while carving around endless shrubbery, it isn’t until a small hidden gnarly tree root causes me to flip head first into a roll down the terrain that I notice his presence. I hear a whisper within the wind, “Not your time yet…” as I slip down the hardened snow, gathering every bit of strength to slow down my tumble where possible.

The speed of my fall allows me to dig my heels deep into the snow, turning my body and pulling me up from the ground while maintaining motion back into my predetermined line. Snow falls from the tree branches that whip past my body in large clumps and I can hear him say “Nice save”. I take another sharp turn, this time right, as I traverse hard on my toe edge out of the trees and back onto the black diamond run. On this blessed weekday run, it is clear for miles, as all the tourists are busy locked into their Monday to Friday work grind. Craving hard, back and forth, I gain more speed then I take my line. 40mph isn’t enough, I push faster, and I want 50mph or more.

It is runs like these that one wants to push the limits, but you know that by doing so, every move must be executed to perfection and you must commit. To commit fully, you have to let go. But by letting go, you are also directing inviting his presence to ride with you completely.

In this moment, the constant chatter of the world begins to fall completely to the wayside. An ethereal quite begins to blanket over my surroundings as adrenaline courses through my veins. Straight-Lining down the mountain, in perfect balance as to not catch an edge that would throw me to my death, I reach my nirvana: A state of complete freedom, happiness, grace, and disconnect from all the bullshit of the world. His white horse gallops alongside me out of the corner of my eye, nostrils flaring and mane wildly thrashing in the wind. “The Edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are ones who have gone over. The others–the living–are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later.” – H.S.T

This recipe is designed for all the thrill seekers out there. Whether looking to have an incredibly high amount of cannabis to aid in heavy mind and body recovery or to seek spiritual enlightenment, this recipe is for you. After consuming this edible, you will feel every cell in your body vibrate and feel your consciousness expand in exhilarating crescendos. Healing energy will wash over you, filling all of your cannabinoid receptors to maximum capacity. The day after, your body will be re-aligned spiritually and you will sense the feeling of being on another level coupled with no aches or pains of the physical body. You will awake, feeling completely anew and refreshed.

What better vessel than the cheesecake for this? Historically, the creation of the first cheesecake can be traced back to Samos, a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea. A simple recipe of spring wheat flour, cheese (either feta or mizithra), and honey were mixed then baked in a brass pan. The Greeks considered this cake to be a rich source of energy and consumed it during various occasions. In 776 B.C, the Greeks served this delicious cake to their first Olympians.

This delectable cake was looted by the Roman Empire as they conquered Greece. The Roman’s began to modify the Greek recipe by adding eggs and crushing the cheese instead of turning it into a paste. They also served the cake warm, where the Greeks served it at room temperature. As the Romans began to expand their empire even further, they brought their modified version of the cake to Europe. The different countries of Europe began even further modifying the recipe using ingredients that were native to their area. By this time, ingredients such as sugar, yeast, and butter were finding their way into Cheesecakes.

Finally, by the 18th century, Cheesecakes began to take the form we are most familiar with, more of a dessert. When Europeans immigrated to America, this sweet cake came with them and was passed down into the hands of Americans. Cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, extra egg yolks, ricotta cheese, and fruit toppings were ingredients that came into play depending on what state the cake was bring prepared in.

Vegan cheesecake isn’t as scary as it sounds. In fact, this style of cheesecake is great for people who suffer from lactose intolerance or late onset lactose intolerance (my significant other), people who want to lead a vegan lifestyle, people who want an alternative healthier version of the cake or even for people who want to try something different. And with the addition of a blood orange gelée infused with reclaim extract, this is probably going to be the most enjoyable cheesecake recipe you ever make. And I promise, making this is not as hard as you think.

This recipe comes with a warning, because you are recycling oil from a heavily used rig, it is going to be extremely potent. The oil that clings to the walls is already decarboxylated and is not something that should be thrown away. This oil can be used in a second extraction method using everclear which you can add to edibles. There is no true way of knowing at home what the dose in milligrams or even grams is, unless you can send the extraction off to a lab to be tested for potency. Therefore, it is recommended that you treat this edible with respect and know, no matter how much you ingest, you are going to be okay. This edible is not for the faint of heart, and by making this recipe you are taking full accountability to enjoy it responsibly.

Mise en place for Cake:

  • 1 sun dried organic vanilla bean
  • 2 cups raw unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1 ½ cups raw unsalted cashews 
  • ½ cup Medjool Dates (remove the pits!)
  • 10-12 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons raw melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup plus ___ concentrated lime juice plus 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup dried sweetened coconut flakes
  • 6 small ramekins
  • 2 bowls
  • 1 food processor

Directions for cake:

  1. Add the cashews into one bowl and the macadamia nuts into another. Pour cold water over each until the water level rises above the nuts. Let these bowls hang out on your counter top for 4 ½ hours, uncovered. The water will soak into the nuts and expand them making them softer.
  2. When the 4 ½ hours are over, rinse and drain the cashew and macadamia nuts. Add the macadamia nuts, sweetened coconut flakes, and dates into a food processor. Pulse until it becomes a fine crumb mixture (think graham cracker crust). Take this mixture and evenly mold into the bottom and sides of the ramekin, creating your vegan cheesecake crust. Set aside on your work space.
  3. Clean your food processor, or wipe the inside with a damp towel. Now add the cashews, 10 tablespoons water, lime juice, coconut oil, and the entire inside of the vanilla bean into the food processor. Process this mixture until completely smooth and creamy. If you want to thin it out a little more, add 2 more tablespoons. Pour mixture into evenly into the ramekins and place into the freezer until firm.

Mise en place for Blood Orange Gelée:

  • 6 slices of 1 medium sized blood orange
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 teaspoons toasted coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons everclear infused with reclaim
  • 1 sauce pan
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 small bowl

Directions for Blood Orange Gelée:

  1. Add the everclear to a very heavily oil laden rig. Shake it violently then let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Shake vigorously again, until all the reclaim dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Pour ¼ orange juice into a small bowl and add the 1 teaspoon gelatin. Stir and let this mixture sit for at least 5 minutes. Add ¼ cup of blood orange juice to the pan and sugar, then bring to a boil. Now add the gelatin mixture and whisk until completely dissolved. Add 1 more teaspoon gelatin if you want a thicker Gelée at this point. 
  3. Pull the pan from the heat, and let it rest. Do not pour the Gelée while it is boiling nor let it get too cold. You want it just right. Now either, add a slice of blood orange to the tops of each cake then pour the Gelée over it or pour the Gelée first then garnish with a fresh blood orange slice. Cover each cake with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for 2 hours. After 2 hours, pull from the refrigerator and enjoy!

Written for: Skunk Magazine Volume 9, Issue 7

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Vegan Gluten-Free Super Lemon Haze Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Vegan Gluten-Free Super Lemon Haze Mexican Guacamole Recipe

Serves 4, as an appetizer INGREDIENTS: 4 Haas avocados 1 sweet white onion 2 small heads of garlic 1 cup small cherry tomatoes 1 lime 1 ounce of Basic marijuana Olive Oil (recipe below) 1 level teaspoon paprika 1 level teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon…