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!
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!!
We are a couple of proud mamas: today is the day our labor of love, EveryDayMaryJ, was published! Over the better part of 2018, we have enjoyed working together on this project, researching and developing recipes, taste testing, making photographs, book designing and more.
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COOKBOOK SOON!! I find it funny that back in February when we were thinking about the book I was all ‘no sweat, this won’t take but a few weeks’. Talk about live and learn. Turns out writing a whole cookbook about Cannabis and getting the most beautiful pictures and having smart people look at it takes time. But as we’re almost there I want to say a giant heartfelt thanks to my great friend and collaborator Val McKinley. Val has an incredible eye for art and light, and a wonderful calm demeanor which believe me is a great asset. Some of us are a bit hyper (!) and Val energy is great. So stay tuned, as shortly there’ll be a fun cannabis cookbook filled with info, recipes, stories, and pictures of Hugo J. Treadwell. EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis, will be here soon. Onward!
Can you all feel the tingle in the air? It’s coming, that wonderful yearly turning away and the beginning of the gathering in…..I love Fall, and that spicy feeling that happens right around this time just makes me want to light the fire, even though it’ll be 78 later. What’s also happening of course is the girls – my beautiful cannabis plants – are getting ready . This year I grew several strains, and they all look a bit different. I’m figuring out the new drying system and getting excited to see what they’ll taste like. Honestly though the best thing about growing cannabis is being able to manage every phase of my medication. I’m also starting to use the big fan leaves like I would parsley; they have a light vegetal taste and look beautiful on the plate. Just getting ready for a fine fall over here, and hopefully a fine giant harvest from my girls!
Because for me it’s the best way! I’ve found in my years of cannabis use that there are two types of pot growers. There are the super science-y growers, who monitor all kids of esoteric variables to insure glorious pot. I do have to say I applaud their methods and embrace the incredible cannabis that is the result. Then you have your old school earthy types – this would be me. For me the plants feel not only alive but almost sentient (I know – weird) and I feel that they appreciate touch and talk as well as sun and soil. I like to talk to them several times a day and when I’m with my plants I like to be naked. I like to feel ’em and touch ’em and be one with them. And before I get too trippy I’ll stop – just know that naked cannabis gardening is the best way for me to feel da love!
A year ago my darling fluffy feline Hugo was diagnosed with kitty cancer. Now HJT is a high strung, allergy prone, absolutely loveable ball of cat. He sleeps with me under the covers and talks to me all the time. When the vet told me he was going to die soon I was a mess. Then I thought hey! what about cannabis? I started giving him about 3 mg. of a glycerin cannabis tincture and now………He’s fine! I mean all better no cancer completely well fine. I’ve noticed too that he doesn’t seem to have all the allergies anymore. I know that there’s a lot of folks with similar stories about pets and cannabis, but I wonder about veterinary research into cannabis dosing for pets? I’ll be taking him back to the vet soon and I really can’t wait to see what thy say. Again, proving cannabis cures, one mammal at a time. Yay Hugo J. Treadwell!!