• The plan was simple: dinner and a hike, right?


    One could say a deep conversation was the main culprit to our trouble. Yappin' away about the universe and life– you'd think we would keep track of time but time kept track of us and then when it got dark...we lost the track. Our lack of panic was quite alarming yet strangely comforting, we were calm and collected. "It's not our time to die, we'll be fine", I threw it out there. Our instincts kicked into overdrive and we began to forge our way back home in complete darkness. Out of the woods and onto a dark pavement that stretched for miles. Blind but left with 4 other senses to guide us. A long route ahead of us with an occasional car passing by– we didn't waste any opportunity to use their headlights for a guide. By chance a car revealed a hidden road sign to us. 

    "WARNING: Now entering bear Country"...well that's just dandy. Nocturnal adventure with the possibility of wild unpredictable and not so cute fuzzy bears. Two things could happen right now: panic or action. So we sprint forward in the opposite direction. Maybe we jinxed ourselves by dissecting and laughing at Jimmy's cryptic letter. Jimmy wrote me fan mail, random guy– the type you meet and they cling. What woman doesn't love a fucked up letter from a random older guy– especially with endearing lines like "Didja get my card last week? Didja, Didja, Didja?".

    Yes, I did Jimmy and I've had many friends read it to help me make sense of it too. Jessi was the first one to tell me ..."Don't reply". By now I was imagining that he had a voodoo doll of me and was inserting pins into my body while cursing my name. "Didja feel that, Didja, Didja?" Yeah, maybe I did.

    We kept our focus. Jessi brandished her knife and I manned a sizable rock in my right fist. We discussed our plan of action in case a creep or a bear pounced us. "I'll pound it on the head with the rock and you can slit its throat". The sudden smell of fruity skunk quickly alerts my consciousness that I'm also carrying precious pot as well. Jessi reminds us of how ridiculous we must look.... knives, rocks & pot lurking in the darkness like two feral creatures. Suddenly we're the predators not the bears or the creeps. Feeling like two teenage girls who do what they want and find trouble for fun.

    There is a long road ahead of us and we have no water. I am trying to occupy our minds with a practical conversation like "If we were stranded in the woods for a couple days and...". I asked Jessi if she'd gut a deer if I knocked it out with a rock. I don't do guts I told her. "Hell yeah, I'll gut a deer", she said. I proceeded to discuss how we'd cook it over the fire and bring the rest of it with us along for later. Another car passes by and we're getting closer to city lights. Our legs are tested as we jog up hill here and there just to speed the whole distance of the journey up. Where is the fear? We have none, just two girls on a mission.
    Written by: Marta Anna Teresa Podkul





    The Gonzo High Octane Edible


    This edible was inspired after getting lost in a national park with Marta at night and had to find a way out in the pitch dark in bear country. We were both inspired that night after an intense journey filled with many revelations. She wrote the above story with just a tiny taste of Gonzo journalistic style and I decided to create a powerful energetic edible that would match the Gonzo allure.

    This edible is designed for people who want a huge burst of energy, sustained energy from a Sativa, and who don't worry about carbohydrates. This is an energy bar that will deliver a high powered energetic body high for situations that are physically demanding. Enjoy!

    *Warning: This edible is not designed for terminally ill people, people with cancer, diabetes or any other severe diseases that would not benefit from a high glycemic load. It is specifically designed for healthy active people who are in need of an energy burst in such activities as running, hiking, trail running, kickboxing, ect. Because of the high amount of natural sugar in this edible it is recommended not to over indulge. Use this edible only as a natural sports enhancer for specific physically demanding situations that you may be in.

    Mise en place:

    2 cups organic rolled oats
    1 packet organic strawberries and cream instant oatmeal
    1/2 cup cannabutter with 9 grams of 100% Sativa of your choice
    1/2 cup organic peanut butter
    1/2 cup organic dried cherries
    1/2 sweetened condensed milk
    1/4 cup organic honey
    1/4 cup organic flax seeds
    1/4 cup organic chocolate chips
    1/4 cup organic coconut flakes
    1/4 cup organic skim milk
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Directions

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a pan add the condensed milk, skin milk, honey, peanut butter, and cannabutter then put on low. Stir until combined which is about 2 minutes. Add the oats/oatmeal, cherries, flax seeds, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir till combined which is about 2 minutes.

    Take the pan off the stove. Then pour this mixture into a small greased sheet pan. Level the oatmeal mixture out and sprinkle crushed coconut flakes on top. Put into your preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Then turn your oven down to 300 degrees and bake for 5 minutes. Pull from the oven. When the pan is no longer hot to touch, melt the chocolate chips and drizzle it over the energy bards. Then place the sheet pan in the fridge to cool for 1 hour and to set. Pull from the fridge and cut into 9 trail sized energy bars. Store any energy bars you are not using in the fridge.

  • Check out my latest interview with Chris O'Keefe where I answer questions on the medical cannabis edible industry in Colorado on http://thecannablog.com/uncategorized/interview-with-jessica-catalano-from-the-ganja-kitchen-revolution

    *Logo design courtesy of Tyler Kittock
  • Chris O'Keefe is a medical cannabis grower and science major here in Denver, CO. He runs a blog called http://thecannablog.com/ where he has resources for patients about growing tips to techniques with informative strain reviews and screen shots of a variety of strains. He goes into the science behind many products in the medical cannabis industry and raises awareness by publishing information for patients. In this interview I asked Chris O'Keefe questions that I felt were very important topics in our industry. Check out his blog http://thecannablog.com/ for great information and be on the lookout on his blog with an upcoming interview with me on edibles here in Colorado :)


    1) What are the pro's versus con's of hydroponic grows and soil based grows? Which do you recommend to first time growers?

    There are many pro's and con's to growing in either soil or hydroponics some of which I will not go in to detail. At the core with hydroponics the main things you have to deal with negatively would be the standing water of a reservoir, which can always be an issue as well have not having any room for error when feeding or maintaining your plants because hydroponics is such a sensitive system that if a water pump goes out or you give to much of a certain nutrient you can kill your crop in less than a few hours. With that said it can be the best way to grow, you have what knows as or what I call the Peddle & Break System in a hydro setup. This is the ability to control how much of what nutrient and when its introduced to the plant down to the parts per million of the water, allowing you do have the utmost control of your plants life cycle and grow cycle being able to alter either the weight, growth or resin production in a controlled environment. In regards to soil you do not have as much control with nutrients as you do hydro nor having the tendencies to be as clean or tidy seeing that your dealing with an organic substance. One of the best things about soil as a medium though is the room for error and forgivness that you have, seeing that you are not directly suspending or feeding the plants roots in water or nutrient solution instead it is protected within the soil because it does not have direct contact with the water but has to absorb it through the medium. I ultimately would always recommend soil for any beginner or budget grower.


    2) How do you feel about pharmaceutical companies wanting to isolate CBD's into extracted pill form without balancing it with THC?

    I think in order for medicinal cannabis to further progress obviously as a medicine that of course we need to do research and isolate specific cannabinoids. CBD especially, seeing that it has all the medicinal properties of THC but containing only about 10% of the psychoactive effect that THC has when consumed. Not only would a CBD rich concentrate be healthier and better than any thing on the market for the laundry list of ailments that cannabis helps but it would be 100% safer than any of the experimental pharmacuticals available just based on the side effects alone. I think that once enough states go medicinal, a national system will be put in place as well as the rescheduling of cannabis, when that happens big pharma can come in for the medicinal aspect and I can focus on recreational growing, but I don't see that happening for at least 5 maybe 10 years.


    3) What is your stance on Colorado's proposed bill for a Marijuana DUI of 5 nanograms via a blood draw from suspected drivers? Especially after William Breathes blood draw?

    Well considering ones tolerance gradually increases when frequently using cannabis this shouldn't be a big surprise because we see the same thing in people who take pharmaceuticals on a regular basis. And with Mr.Breaths testing I would have to say that Colorado put its society first before ever thinking about the patient. Which understand in some cases may not be bad, but until they can randomly street test for every pharmaceutical that is readily available, I definitely think they need to wait before assuming every patients with 5. nanograms or more is impaired even in the slightest way. Oh not to mention forcing you to remove your bodily fluid for testing. Invasive much?


    4) Many dispensaries and caregivers are still pushing butane hash oils regardless of the fact of the multitude of dangers that are assocaited with this extraction. Do you feel this is negligence and why?

    Not only is Butane Hash Oil or BHO dangerous to manufacture because of the process in which you have to make it but the main ingredient in the process Butane in nature is carcinogenic and mutagenic especially once consumed. California has made it so any one caught producing or distributing BHO will get a 50k fine and up to 5 years in prison and even a reported case of long term exposure to butane causing HIV/Aids due to the mutagenic properties not to mention basic symptoms like irritation, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, symptoms of drunkiness, tingling sensation, suffocation, convulsion and coma can happen if just consumed in a small amount. This is mainly do to the fact that your body actually breaks butane down in to two separate chemicals which is Sec Butanol and Methyl Ethyl Ketone after the initial butane is consumed. Aside from a few reports how ever there are no long term clinical trials of BHO, but considering that we have C02 extraction today which is the best way for procuring cannabis concentrate that even the U.S Government has a patent on CO2 extraction in regards to cannabis. Sadly the majority of large BHO producers in Colorado came from California, I say of course it is negligence.


    5) Are you fearful about the future of Colorado Medical Marijuana after the U.S Attorney John Walsh's letter to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers? What are your thoughts on this topic?

    While still respecting the U.S. Attorney, I am not as fear full as some of my peers. For the sole purpose that it is our constitutional right as Coloradans and if you are doing business in accordance to state law you should have no reason to be afraid of what the U.S Attorney said. As far as I know the IRS has just begun audits in Colorado and has had successful audits in California with no flaws what so ever from the well know Harbor Side Health Center. This has become a legitimate industry with legitimate business licensing and taxation with representation.



  • Mmmm.....bacon! Cannabis pairs well with a multitude of different foods and flavor combinations but sometimes simplicity is key. A hunger pang for organic uncured hickory smoked bacon and a large amount of kief had me in the kitchen again tonight. Enjoyed alone, with eggs or in a BLT this Maple Leaf Kief Bacon is sure to please any meat lover.

    Mise en place:

    1 package organic uncured hickory smoked bacon 12 oz
    3.5 grams decarboxylized Maple Leaf kief
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    Directions:

    In a cold pan lay out the bacon, sprinkle with kief and garlic powder. Slowly bring up the temperature of the pan to medium low. Cook for the required time found on the back of the package you bought or until crisp. When the cooking time is up place the slices of bacon on a room temperature plate only. Do not lay the bacon on a paper towel or blot the bacon. Pour the bacon grease into a glass bowl to cool.

    Now you have medicated bacon and medicated bacon grease! Store the bacon grease in the fridge and use to cook with, bake or spread onto bread.





  • Many people have been asking me if I had any gluten free recipes up my sleeve, specifically sweet ones. And while many are coming out in my upcoming book with Green Candy Press, I do have one specific cookie recipe I would like to share with everyone now. Who can resist a delicious chewy chocolate chip cookie with kief in it that doesn't taste gluten free? I can't!


    Mise en place:

    2 cups gluten free flour
    1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or more to your liking)
    3/4 cup kief (of your choice) butter
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

    *Ensure that all of your ingredients are gluten free by reading the labels before buying or cooking with them.

    Directions:

    Heat your oven to 375 degrees then combine all of your dry ingredients into a bowl. In another bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Now add your dry ingredients into your creamed mixture until combined. Add in your chocolate chips until fully incorporated and spoon this mixture onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or a light golden color but do not over bake or they will not turn out chewy. Cool and enjoy :)