Many people are convinced that Marijuana causes brain damage with use over time. Which in turn ends up making them overly silly, lazy and dumb. But in reality this is all propaganda that pours out of government officials and paid doctors mouths.
The chemical in marijuana is known as Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This chemical compound binds to the endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter, anandamide. Marijuana stimulates the alpha-wave activity in the brain, which produces a deep meditative, euphoric and relaxed state. This also sets the stage for profound creativity and pain relief. This stimulation in the brain unlike alcohol or other hard drugs, will not kill or wear out brain cells. While it is true that marijuana temporarily impairs short-term memory, once the high fades your short-term memory will be back to normal again.
Out of all the clinical studies in the past none of them showed evidence that marijuana causes brain damage. Unfortunately, there needs to be more clinical studies that are un-biased on the positive effects of marijuana on the brain. In 1977 the American Medical Association officially announced its support for the decriminalization of marijuana in the United States.
Medical marijuana has a wide spectrum of uses that help people cope on a daily basis. Cancer patients use the drug to stimulate their appetite, stop pain, slow down tumor growth, and boost their immune system after aggressive chemo treatments. Non-cancer patients use the drug as an effective measure against migraines, insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, nausea, glaucoma, rheumatoid arthritis, debilitating medical conditions, muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, menstrual cramps, depression, mood disorders, drug/alcohol addiction and AIDS. Marijuana is one of the safest known substances to man and you cannot overdose or become addicted to it. The minimal side effects marijuana produces such as cottonmouth or hunger are trivial when compared to the side effects of the prescription pill industry.
Alot of research is funded by the government or other authority figures that do not condone the legalization of marijuana. What does this mean? They pay the doctors very good money to either blatantly lie or tweak the studies so that the results are in their favor. If you are read a study on medical marijuana, see who funded the study before you believe everything that it says. Also do not believe every article on the internet that you read they can be just as bias if not worse. Research, research, research and then come to your own conclusion. That is what I did before I traveled down the path of medical marijuana.
Unfortunately, most medical marijuana edibles are highly decadent and calorie dense. Of course they taste and look great, but by incorporating these devilish treats into daily consumption they will end up wreaking havoc on your waistline in the long run. My solution? Low low glycemic, high fiber, and organic ingredients. They make for a delicious and satisfying treat without all the guilt. One such recipe follows below:
Protein No Bake Flax Cookies
Mise en place:
1 cup canabutter of your choice
1/2 cup organic peanut butter
1 and 1/2 cup vanilla non-gmo protein powder
1/4 cup flax seed
1 packet Stevia powder
Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. It will begin to form a dough. If the dough is too gooey for you taste, simply add more protein powder. Chill for 10 minutes. Remove from fridge and roll into cookie form. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Store in the fridge or freezer for a cold treat. Makes 14 servings.
*The serving size will depend on the amount of grams of THC in the butter. The rule of thumb is 1 gram per serving. If your cannabutter only has 7grams worth, you can add 7grams worth of tincture to the recipe without any adverse effects. Just add a little more protein powder to thicken.
This blog is intended to explore the legal aspects of the medical marijuana culture in direct correlation with the cooking and baking world. More specifically, the evolution of this industry in Colorado. I will also touch on the health benefits of marijuana and when balanced with good nutrition/exercise can help promote a longer and more fulfilling life. I will include recipes, health tips, personal experiences, podcast interviews, dispensary and restaurant reviews. It is my hope that you enjoy my journey down the rabbit hole as much as I do. This blog will teach you how to pair specific strains with specific dishes to create delicious edibles in the privacy of your own home. This strain specific cooking to impart the flavors of the strain into specific dishes is something I started since I moved to Colorado. With my passion and love for the cannabis plant, I plan to teach people how to medicate deliciously while respecting the medicinal qualities of this god send.
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
-Carl Sagan quote on Marijuana