I had quite the jolt yesterday when I got home from the pharmacy. I had to go pick up some medications for my face lift next week, and came home with a bag of prescription pills. Because of the positive medical effects of cannabis, I was able to forego a few of the prescriptions, which is a good thing monetarily and physically. But the Big Thing? The Jolt? They prescribed opioid pain meds, and back in the days before medical cannabis, I was a huge fan of pills. And not just because they helped with my pain, though they did. There was something kinda insidious about those pills; I always wanted more even though I didn’t get better. I was even at the point where I would sometimes want to look in peoples medicine cabinets…. not good. So here I am yesterday with a bottle of Percocet and all I can think of is how differently I feel about them now. I know they can be effective with acute pain, so I’ll take a couple, but instead of trying to figure out how to get more like in the old days, I’m trying to see how few I can take. Quite the change! I’m telling you guys, this is a freakin’ miracle. I mean, I used to have a 3 drug rule…more than 3 different meds and I was no longer responsible. I thought I was so fun at parties, but I usually just fell asleep in a corner. Luckily I never got addicted but boy, I can sure see how it happens. Now, thanks to cannabis, I’m pain free, I get better each day, and I NEVER think about other peoples medicine cabinets!
Darlings – happy March! I have some more to say about the current CBD craze, as I never want you to waste your money or get hoodwinked. You’re probably hearing a lot about CBD right now, as Cannabidiol is one of the (many) cannabinoids in pot and doesn’t have a psychoactive effect. Folks who are concerned about getting high (like it’s a bad thing?) are taking to it like crazy, as are folks who have no other alternative because of where they live. I understand the allure of an easy painless fix, and honestly CBD does do great things. But so much of what’s on the market is funky; either from China, or covered in pesticides, or who knows what. The thing with CBD is, it’s from hemp, or Cannabis Ruderalis, the strain that has less than .03% of THC. Hemp has an incredible variety of wonderful properties, not the least of which is soil-cleaning capability. But because of that, if you don’t source organic hemp, you’re going to get a lot of heavy metals and other crap that was in the ground. All cannabinoids work together, so assuming one is going to do the trick isn’t going to get it. There’s an entourage effect with cannabis; all the goodies work together. So, if you must try CBD, read that label verrrrry carefully, and know that the whole cannabis plant is really your friend!
A few weeks ago I broke away from TV for an evening and got myself to Vashon Island for the VIMEA Meeting. VIMEA is the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance, and it was wonderful on many levels. It’s not just Vashon folks; people came from all over to hear the lecture and hang. Standing out in the rain at the Grange with people sharing goodies and swapping stories was great, and the lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo was even better. But what really stuck with me was the sweet woman sitting next to me. I had a copy of my cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ” in my bag which she saw. She said, “Oh wow, you have that cookbook too? Isn’t it great?” At which point I wanted to kiss her and hold her close, but instead I was appropriately (extremely) happy. And surprised! Here was someone I didn’t know who bought my book and liked it. The best part? She hauled out a Lemon Bar that she made from my recipe and shared it with me… and it was delicious! Plus I got a nice little buzz. The whole evening was a lovely combination of validation, gratitude, and excitement. So I do want to thank everyone who’s purchased “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”; knowing that the recipes work and people like it makes me basically overjoyed. Yay humans!
So, after 9 months of mostly fun and some hard work, Val Russell McKinley and I published our book, “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”. Response has been good and we’re slowly but surely getting the word out.
But! Turns out that’s the hard part. It seemed to me that after all our efforts, people would just automatically know that it’s a damn fine book, super useful, full of info. But as it turns out, one must push and prod all the time. That’s every day…..So we don’t want to bug you, but know that if you see a lot of posts about “EveryDayMaryJ”, we’re just trying to sell books!
I’m already working on some recipes and potions for the next book, but first I need to know you all are cooking with cannabis. So please – for your health, for the planet, and for us…..get “EveryDayMaryJ” and we’ll all be happier. And tell your friends! Thank you so, so much.
So after 9 months of mostly fun and some hard work, Val Russell McKinley and I published our book, “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”. Response has been good and we’re slowly but surely getting the word out. But! Turns out that’s the hard part. It seemed to me that after all our efforts people would just automatically know that it’s a damn fine book, super useful, full of info. But as it turns out, one must push and prod all the time. That’s every day…..So we don’t want to bug you, but know that if you see a lot of posts about “EveryDayMaryJ”, we’re just trying to sell books! I’m already working on some recipes and potions for the next book, but first I need to know you all are cooking with cannabis. So please – for your health, for the planet, and for us…..get “EveryDayMaryJ” and we’ll all be happier. That’s www.everydaymaryj.com – and thank you so, so much.
Darlings! To all of you who have come to a cooking class, read this blog, commented on a FB post, and/or purchased my cannabis cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ”, I say THANK YOU!! Thank you for wanting to learn about cannabis, for listening to my lectures, for watching my Hugo J. Treadwell get over his cancer…. again, THANK YOU! I truly hope that 2019 is a year for healing, growth, laughter, and lotsa love. The world is a crazy place right now, but know that by sticking together, helping each other and laughing more, we’ll get through this new year in great shape. I have to say that understanding what cannabis can do for your health will go a long way to making your 2019 smooth. Don’t forget the wonder that is cannabis; when life gets too nuts, a nice Indica will get you right. For a truly fun and fine 2019, stay medicated! With love and wishes for all good things… Mary
In my teaching cooking with cannabis one thing continues to stand out. Lots of people seem to be afraid of the high. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to folks about the healing properties of cannabis, and their main question is what about the high? Will I jump off a building/go crazy/eat the cat/ drool? Well, of course not, but some full grown intelligent humans remain scared of the pot. I blame prohibition; years of no or wrong information have left confusion in their wake. Now many of these same folks, because doctors are god, will take opioids and all the weird over the counter stuff, in spite of the side effects and a nasty high. I took pain meds for years, and let me tell you, that isn’t about euphoria. I found pills to be depressing and not healing at all, but cannabis – seriously great. And if you get a little goofy, or happy, or horny – isn’t that WAY better than being depressed and sad? So lose the pills and the over the counter stuff; you are an intelligent and brave individual…. try cannabis!!
There’s an analogy I use in class when we talk about CBD or cannabidiol, that wonderful popular non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. I like to say that it’s like taking a vitamin C pill; good for you and ok, but eating the whole orange is way better. Same with cannabis! Currently there’s a huge interest in CBD, which I think is great for getting people familiar with the healing properties of cannabis. But what kinda bugs me is that folks are missing out on all the other beneficial components of cannabis when they only focus on CBD. Now I know from teaching cooking with cannabis for years that some people are just plain scared of pot. I get it – years of propaganda has put fear in the hearts of many regarding the ‘high’. I’ve had people worried about hallucinations or jumping out of windows….I’ve found the best way to combat fear is with information and hopefully experimentation. There have been wonderful folks in class who had a lot of fear about pot, but with a little reading up and playing around they’re happy stoners now. I guess I’m saying CBD is great and better than nothing, but the whole plant is truly your friend!!
Hasn’t this been a year? I don’t know about you all, but my life has gone through some wonderful, painful, and epic changes. I truly feel that our friend cannabis absolutely helped me through the worst of it; whether emotional angst or weird body stuff, cannabis got me through. And the more I use cannabis and learn about its healing properties the more I understand the importance of this ancient healing plant. I’m absolutely grateful for this, as well as being grateful for you. I don’t want to be trite, but to all of you who have come to a Cooking with Cannabis class, asked me canna questions on FB, or needed input on CBD – thanks! To be able to help even a little, to see someone get off all those pills, to see a puppy calm and healed – that’s all down to the goodness of cannabis, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me help just a little. So very grateful for all of you!!
I was talking with my book partner, Val, the other day about the making of our cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ”. Initially way back in February, I thought it’d take like a month or so. Turns out I knew nothing! Thanks to Val and her photographer’s eye, we came up with a book that has truly mouth-watering photos and I think some fun content. But, I guess the point is that if it weren’t for Val, I’d probably be handing out recipe reprints on the corner somewhere. I tend to go fast and move quick, while Val has that wonderful calm, deliberate energy. It definitely takes different energies to birth something – whether a book, a business, or a baby. So, thanks are in order here for Val; thanks for being you. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the photos in EveryDayMaryJ – enjoy!!