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Cannabis Health http://cannabishealth.com The Health & Science of Cannabis. Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:28:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Jeff’s 420-Irish Cream http://cannabishealth.com/jeffs-420-irish-cream/ http://cannabishealth.com/jeffs-420-irish-cream/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:19:51 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2337 Number of servings: 6 Ingredients 1 ½ cups Jamesontm Irish whisky (we are going to boil out the alcohol content) 5 Ice cubes 6 KIVA Terra Espressotm beans (5mg each*) 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 shot of espresso or 1 teaspoon instant coffee 1 cup heavy cream ½ cup sweetened

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Better than Bailey’stm…non-alcoholic. Infused with THC!  A totally unique experience!

Number of servings: 6

Ingredients

1 ½ cups Jamesontm Irish whisky (we are going to boil out the alcohol content)

5 Ice cubes

6 KIVA Terra Espressotm beans (5mg each*)

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 shot of espresso or 1 teaspoon instant coffee

1 cup heavy cream

½ cup sweetened condensed milk

1 Tablespoon Hershey’stm chocolate syrup

Steps

  1. Bring Irish whisky to a boil over a Medium/Low flame for 5 minutes to reduce and boil off the alcohol content. 
  2. To finish, (this is fun but be very careful!), using a long neck lighter, ignite the whisky in the the pot.  A light blue flame will burn on top of the alcohol for about 2 minutes until it has all evaporated.  Set aside to cool.
  3. In a blender add ice cubes, vanilla, espresso, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, Jamesontm and KIVA Terra Espressotm beans.
  4. Blend until smooth and creamy

Approximate THC per Serving* (5mg) based on KIVA‘s Terra Espressotm beans THC content

 

JeffThe420Chef logoJeffThe420Chef is a private cannabis chef, medible’s expert and Author of The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Collins Wave, June 2016). He is also a culinary instructor and media personality. The Daily Beast calls him the ‘Julia Child of Weed’, Newsweek calls him the ‘Ganja Gourmet’ and Elite Daily calls him ‘The King of Edibles’.  Inventor of ‘Tasteless’ CannaButter and CannaOils.  Courtesy : JeffThe420Chef’s ‘420-Irish Cream’ © 2016  JeffThe420Chef.    

 

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Hemp-based CBD’s Synergistic Effect on Human Health – “The Hemptourage Effect” http://cannabishealth.com/2328-2/ http://cannabishealth.com/2328-2/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:34:09 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2328 You may have already heard about the Entourage Effect present in high-THC cannabis sativa. But did you know that a similar dynamic exists with regards to hemp? Some cannabis consumers and advocates in the industry have been misinformed about the actual composition of some CBD-rich hemp products. This article will clear

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You may have already heard about the Entourage Effect present in high-THC cannabis sativa. But did you know that a similar dynamic exists with regards to hemp? Some cannabis consumers and advocates in the industry have been misinformed about the actual composition of some CBD-rich hemp products. This article will clear up a common misconception regarding high-quality, low-THC/high-CBD cannabis extract, also known as agricultural hemp.

…the interplay of all these bioactive compounds are capable of producing physiologic effects that we are referring to here as the “hemptourage” effect…
It may come as a surprise to some cannabis users that the total plant complex of the products my company, CV Sciences produces, called PlusCBDoil are made and extracted from sustainable European agricultural Cannabis sativa (hemp), and completely grown outdoors prior to harvest. This strain of hemp grows to over 15 feet tall, and when mature contains over 500 distinct compounds, including:

  • essential, mon, ploy, and saturated fatty acids;
  • six different cannabinoids;
  • five terpenes;
  • plant sterols;
  • natural vitamin E;
  • chlorophyll. 

Many of these bioactive compounds are known to have beneficial, therapeutic, and medicinal effects. Hence, the interplay of all these bioactive compounds are capable of producing physiologic effects that we are referring to here as the “hemptourage” effect.

Essential fatty acids have been a darling of the natural products industry for over three decades, taking the spotlight for the essential role that omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fats play for optimal brain, heart, vascular, muscular, joint, ocular (visual), hormonal, and skin health. These fatty acids are found readily in total plant complex-containing PlusCBDoil dietary supplement products completely derived from hemp.

Moreover, a cornucopia of cannabinoids exist in these hemp derived extracts, including THC, THCV, CBG, CBC, cannabinol, and, of course, CBD (in highest concentration). This is another fact that often gets lost in translation when some groups warn consumers about the “pure, isolated CBD” products that are also in the marketplace. Another key point about cannabinoids: not all hemp CBD products are created equally, so not all CBD products are capable of producing this hemptourage effect.

Cannabis terpenes have been a hot topic amongst scientists, enthusiasts, experts, and consumers in this space, and for good reason. Terpenes present in high caliber agricultural hemp such as amyrin, squalene, phytol, and humelene have been shown to interact with cannabinoid receptors and physiologic systems including immune, nervous, and gastrointestinal systems.

Plant sterols such as sitosterol, campesterol, and stigmasterol have been shown to help regulate blood lipids, such as cholesterol levels. As a matter of fact, the FDA allows for qualified health claims that credit sterol consumption with helping to keep blood cholesterol levels (an established cardiovascular disease risk factor) within the healthy range.admin-ajax 200

Naturally occurring vitamin E tocopherols are important, as most synthetic vitamin E supplements utilize only one (1) isomer out of the eight (8) different vitamin E isomers found in the body. PlusCBD Oil’s total plant complex contains this critical fat-soluble antioxidant known to help protect cell membranes and other structures like DNA from excess oxidative stress.

Finally, chlorophyll is another important bioactive compound found in Hemp CBD total plant complex products that are thought to protect cell structures and can bind other potentially harmful compounds due to their sophisticated heme ring chemical properties.

The Hemptourage effect is to hemp (high-CBD agricultural Cannabis sativa) what ‘entourage’ is to high-THC Cannabis sativa.
  We are just beginning to understand how these hemp derived botanical compounds may exert a synergistic or ‘hemptourage‘ effect on human health.

REFERENCES:

  • ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22. 
  • Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J
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Canna-Baby Luv Bites by ‘JeffThe420Chef’ http://cannabishealth.com/canna-baby-luv-bites/ http://cannabishealth.com/canna-baby-luv-bites/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:24:42 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2307 Try out my super easy recipe to make your Valentine a box of WHAT YOU’LL NEED Heart Shaped baking mold Your favorite brownie mix Dark Melting Chocolate White Melting Chocolate (to decorate) Food Coloring (for “striped” version) or Food “tattoos”  (optional) Large Glass Bowl Medium Glass Bowl Parchment paper INGREDIENTS

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Getting ready for Valentine’s Day?

Try out my super easy recipe to make your Valentine a box of Canna-Baby Luv Bites

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Heart Shaped baking mold
  • Your favorite brownie mix
  • Dark Melting Chocolate
  • White Melting Chocolate (to decorate)
  • Food Coloring (for “striped” version) or Food “tattoos”  (optional)
  • Large Glass Bowl
  • Medium Glass Bowl
  • Parchment paper

INGREDIENTS

Brownie

  • 1 Box Brownie Mix
  • Canna-Oil or Melted Canna-Butter (substitute the equivalent of the oil required per the recipe on the box – usually 1/3 cup)
  • Eggs (per recipe on back of box)

Chocolate Coating and Decorating (you can find these at Michael’stm Craft Stores or your favorite baking supply store)

  • 10 oz (or 1/2 bag) Melting Chocolate
  • Food Coloring (gels are the best)  or Food Tattoos

HOW TO MAKECanna Love

  1. Preheat oven to 340º (170oC) (DO NOT PREHEAT ABOVE 340º, this will weaken your brownies)
  2. Follow the directions on the back of the brownie box SUBSTITUTING canna-oil or melted canna-butter for the oil in the recipe
  3. Spray heart shaped molds lightly with cooking spray
  4. Spoon 1 heaping TBSP of batter into each mold (should fill about 2/3)
  5. Bake at 340º (170oC) for 25-30 Mins (add a few mins for higher altitudes)
  6. Brownies are done when you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out dry, without wet batter stuck to it.
  7. Let cool for at least 30 mins

Coating and DecoratingCanna Luv

  1. Place melting chocolate in a microwave safe glass bowl and microwave on high for :10 seconds
  2. Using a spatula, vigorously mix chocolate as it melts and gets smooth and creamy right before your very eyes!
  3. If chocolate is not totally melted after 2-3 mins of vigorous mixing. Microwave again for :10 seconds and repeat the process.
  4. Once chocolate is melted, smooth and creamy….
  5. Using a toothpick or small 2 prong fork to hold the brownie, carefully coat the brownie with the chocolate using a spoon or spatula.
  6. Shake off excess chocolate by taping your wrist a few times.
  7. Place smooth, chocolate covered brownie on parchment paper
  8. When all the brownies are coated, refrigerate for 30 Mins
    1. To add color swizzles,  melt colored or white chocolate in the Microwave following steps 1-4
    2. Using a knife or thin decorating spatula, scoop up some colored chocolate and vigorously shake back and forth over brownies creating the “swizzled” look. It helps to tap your wrist as you go along. (you may want to practice a few times over the bowl before you attempt on the brownies).
  9. Refrigerate for another 30 Mins and Voíla!

*Click on the THC/CBD Calculator link to figure out the approximate dose of THC per serving. 


JeffThe420Chef logoJeffThe420Chef is a private cannabis chef, medible’s expert and Author of The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Collins Wave, June 2016). He is also a culinary instructor and media personality. The Daily Beast calls him the ‘Julia Child of Weed’, Newsweek calls him the ‘Ganja Gourmet’ and Elite Daily calls him ‘The King of Edibles’.  Inventor of ‘Tasteless’ CannaButter and CannaOils.  Courtesy : JeffThe420Chef’s ‘Canna-Baby Luv Bites’ © 2016  JeffThe420Chef.    

 

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Strain Names: The History, the Problem, and the Solution http://cannabishealth.com/strain-names-the-history-the-problem-and-the-solution/ Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:19:03 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2264 It’s one of those hot debates that seem to never go away in the world of weed. Most people don’t have a clue about this genetic and economic quagmire. There’s a good chance what you think you bought from a dealer or dispensary isn’t legitimate. Sometimes you do buy truthful

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Strain names, my favorite topic.

It’s one of those hot debates that seem to never go away in the world of weed. Most people don’t have a clue about this genetic and economic quagmire. There’s a good chance what you think you bought from a dealer or dispensary isn’t legitimate. Sometimes you do buy truthful genetics and we will cover that. But more often than not, your ‘Girl Scout Cookies’ may be a rookie’s first grow from some craigslisttm swap. So that things don’t get too sticky, let’s break this bad boy down one step at a time. We’ll start from the top, with the science.

The Science

Scientifically speaking, terpenes are evaporating molecular hydrocarbon chains that produce smell.
There are arguably three species or subspecies of cannabaceae-cannabis that include sativa, indica, and ruderalis. Due to 80 years of government restrictions on cannabis research; cannabis linage and genetics have been an ongoing debate for decades. Now that we have been given a little slack, researchers like those at the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative at Colorado State University are mapping the global genomes of cannabis variety types.  At the same time, some other operations across the country are starting to fingerprint the terpene profiles of cannabis. Scientifically speaking, terpenes are evaporating molecular hydrocarbon chains that produce smell. Research like this will inevitably help limit the never-ending strain name dilemma.

One thing is for sure however; science agrees there is a strain name problem as suggested by the scientific article, The Genetic Structure of Marijuana and Hemp1; “We find a moderate correlation between the genetic structure of marijuana strains and their reported C. sativa and C. indica ancestry and show that marijuana strain names often do not reflect a meaningful genetic identity.” But where did it all start? Let’s talk about the history.

A History presented by Max Montrose of the Trichome Insitute

The History

Back when American soldiers were in Vietnam, four finger lids, sticks and beans existed in hippy sacs. There wasn’t a strain name dilemma at all. From the late 50’s to the late 70’s, the name that accompanied a type of cannabis was usually its place of origin. “Its called Thai Stick… My brother brought it back from the war dude, it’s some heavy shi*.” Thai Stick is from Thailand but (is) apparently distributed around South East Asia. Acapulco Gold is from Acapulco Mexico, Durban Poison is from Durban, South Africa, Afghani Kush from the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, Panama Red from Panama, and so on.

Back then Americans didn’t cross strains. Some smoked feral ditch weed and ‘schwag’ very low in THC and thus not that potent. Apart from C-grade schwag shipments from cartels in Mexico, the chronic Americans accessed was imported from other countries around the world. Thanks to the ‘War on Drugs’, cheap, organic, and relatively safe weed bloomed into a billion dollar black market offering both exquisite craft ganja and disgusting, harmful pot.

Thank you, Nixon administration, for helping the world develop such a sophisticated dankness market! After the Controlled Substances Act of 1972, cannabis enthusiasts retreated to their basements and mountain hideouts to grow in secret. Cannabis is still more federally illegal than cocaine and meth(ampthetamine), but I digress… In the mid 70’s, Berkeley students traveled to Afghanistan strain hunting for the type of cannabis Afghans used for their famous Hashish. They brought seeds back from Afghanistan and grew them at a similar latitude and longitude in northern California. The Afghan strains thrived in the emerald triangle, and many other strains did too.

Around the mid 70’s, growers started breeding more potent strains with large fluffy buds. The goal was to produce the most potent product possible while maximizing quantity per harvest. After many hybridizations (and ounces smoked) they had created a whole wave of new strains, and all these new babies needed names.  Strains named after their scent are hard to argue with. Grapefruit Haze, Lemon Diesel, Skunk 1, Blueberry, Grape Ape, Strawberry Cough. These strains are named after their terpene profiles (smells). These terpenes are chemically the same molecules that exist in the fruit and other natural/non-natural things where we commonly find these scents.

Outside of strains named after smells, there were a handful of black-market growers producing high quality genetics with specialized branding. Train Wreck, Northern Lights, Master Kush, Bruce Banner, and AK-47, to name a few. These became the legends of the next age; strains that could make any stoner go slack jawed instantly.

The Wild West of Weed

Before the dispensary circus of ‘09 in Colorado, black-market growers and dealers were coming up with strain names as fast as they could counterfeit big-name brands. Your dealer would explain to you the amazingness of his primo dankness through the strain name, because most dealers aren’t sophisticated enough to go into further details. Mr. Dealer might ask you, “You know AK-47 homie? Well this shi* is AK-48! What do you know about weed a step better than the best?” Yes there is really a strain called ‘AK-48‘. Katt Williams made fun of the name bragging game during one of his skits: “This shi* right here. This-this shi* right here, this is kripta chrona-cannalike! And every 2 weeks, this shi* gets stronger and stronger.” Every dealer wants you to think their weed is better so you buy their product and not the next guy’s.I4 Hippy Kush

I remember picking up some crondo from a homie and jumping for joy when he had my favorite type on deck: ‘Island Sweet Skunk (ISS)’. When my hook said he had ISS, he had ISS. On the other hand, when I was buying pounds off the street for a legal dispensary in 2009, pre-regulation, I had a harder time finding the real stuff. I’d buy wholesale bud and then retail it to medical marijuana patients (that’s how it worked back then). Four different dealers brought me 4 different types of weed that were all called ISS, or Blueberry that didn’t smell like blueberry, or AK47 that was long and sativa like and not large and AK-like at all.

Do people really make up strains’ names just to push product? YES! I’m guilty of it myself. Often times a pound of bud came without a name! Well we can’t sell weed without a creative name can we?  I printed out a blue and gold label (inspired by our local basketball team) and slapped a “Denver Nuggs” label on the jar. My favorite name I appointed to a jar full of sad looking dope was, “Sum-ah-dat.” The first guy that popped in the shop that morning exploded like a cartoon. He forcefully pointed to the jar with a lit-up smile and said, “Oh! Haha! Give me ‘Sum-ah-dat’!!!!” It was perfect.

Sunglasses are a perfect analogy for marijuana. When you buy sunglasses, they are usually black, plastic and all pretty much the same shape. When you buy weed, it’s usually green with reddish hairs and in nug form (cannabis bud that comes in nugget form). Dollar-store sunglasses cost $1 and Oakley™’s cost $100, what’s the difference? The products are virtually the same, yet one sells for much more due to a trusted brand name. How easy is it to fake Oakley™ sunglasses, Gucci™ bags, or Nike™ shoes? Stupid easy and it happens every day. The global counterfeit market is in the billions despite being highly regulated. Until 2010, the cannabis market had never been regulated. And that’s only in the state of Colorado. “I’m your drug dealer; it’s called Girl Scout Cookies. Believe me”.

The Problem with Strain Names

Let’s set aside malicious mislabeling for a moment to talk about cannabis morphology. Let’s say a hippie grower in Humboldt2 created ‘Master Kush’. He is your best friend’s – cousin’s – homeboy’s – friend of a friend. Let’s say you buy 10 of these Master Kush clones from a buddy… Now, you take these clones back to Colorado in hopes of growing the same tasty herb there. After all, you have real Master Kush. It should be the same Master Kush wherever you grow it, right?

What you don’t know is how the hell that hippie grew his crop. Let’s say the Humboldt hippie used organic humtea, a mixture of worm castings and seagull guano aerated in a reservoir with beneficial bacteria, and mycorrizae. The water pH is 5.5 and has 950-ppm nutrient content. His plants are planted directly in the earth, receive atmospheric CO2 at 320ppm, and grown consistently between 65-79 °F and 47% humidity. In other words, a typical Emerald Triangle California garden environment.

Once in Colorado, let’s say someone waters those Master Kush clones with neon colored- synthetic nutrients and unfiltered Denver city tap water at a 9.0pH. It’s 85 degrees in the indoor grow room with 75% humidity. The nutrients are at 1,200ppm, the CO2 is at 1500ppm via liquid injection from canisters. Half the year in Colorado it’s freezing outside; so you ventilate the frigid air to save on air conditioning. Unlike the California grow operation, this whole set up is hydroponic. Did you know dumping cold air and water on Kush varieties turns them purple? Well it does, and so all the sudden your Master Kush looks very different from the mother plant back in California.

You can easily find hundreds of types of cannabis carrying the same brand names, yet they are completely different from each other.

Why?

Because it’s not the same product, just the same brand name. This is the strain name dilemma we face in the cannabis market today.

Compare your product to the hippie’s finished product keeping in mind they are from the same mother and have the exact same genetics. It takes nothing more than common sense to see that the vast differences between these two grow methods would produce a very different looking bud. Your indoor, winter grown, hydro Master Kush buds are purple with orange hairs. The hippie’s buds are light green with dark red hairs. When you look up a strain online, at this point, how much do you care that what you are looking for is called Master Kush? You can’t guarantee it’s the same product you’re reading about online whatsoever.

How can you trust anybody?

How much can you trust someone who says they have a certain variety when it looks and smells completely different from what you’ve experienced before? Cannabis morphology is more complex than counterfeit sunglasses by far. Many books, apps, and websites help people understand strains by hosting photos of the strains uploaded by users. You can easily find hundreds of types of cannabis carrying the same brand names, yet they are completely different from each other. Why? Because it’s not the same product, just the same brand name. This is the strain name dilemma we face in the cannabis market today. Hey app(lication) and online strain detection companies! You’re not helping our industry progress, you are making things harder for patients and customers to understand!

So, what about this dispensary’s Blue Dream versus that dispensary’s Blue Dream? The product is either the same genetically, cut from the same mother, or they’re two completely different variety types. If it is from the same mother, and the dispensaries are in the same state the buds will typically show the same characteristics within a 70-100% range of each other. The 30% difference comes down to the grower, substrate, nutrients, and other technical grow-room factors. If all the factors are the same, and it’s from the same mother, the finished product should be identical.  Unfortunately it’s not always that easy, so what is the best way to go about this? The Trichome Institute's Interpening Pack

The Solution: Interpening

Interpening™….is the solution to the strain name dilemma.
At the end of the day, whether it’s from the black market or a neighborhood dispensary, you can’t trust strain names. So what does one do about this dilemma? The easy answer is to stop caring about the strain name all together. Instead, what you should care about is how the product you encounter will affect you. Understanding this gives you ultimate control over your smoking experience. There is technique that allows anyone to see and smell the difference between indica and sativa. This technique is called Interpening, and it’s the solution to the strain name dilemma.

Interpening ClassInterpening is a method that may be used to identify and understand cannabis, which is based on interpreting the plant’s terpenes and flower structure. We care about terpenes because they produce aromas that have different physical effects on the user. By examining both the terpenes and the flower structure, you can identify cannabis varieties and even predict the effect that the cannabis will have on you. Interpening™ also teaches you how to assess the quality of the pot, to determine whether it is unacceptable, decent, or a high quality product.

The most logical comparison for an Interpener would be a sommelier.  A sommelier is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, who normally works in a fine restaurant and specializes in detecting the subtle and unique features of wine. With a few simple observations, he/she can gather a substantial amount of information about the wine, such as where in the world the grapes were grown, what the weather was like during growth, and most importantly what to pair the wine with during a fine dining experience. Similarly, a well-trained Interpener cannot only identify strains of cannabis, they can also predict effects and detect unacceptable cannabis qualities.

The Trichome Institute™ has developed educational tools for the Interpener.  With the Interpening Guide™, Weed Wheel™, and Interpening Loop™ in hand, users are informed how to detect un-flushed, chemical infused, insect infested, old, mold/fungus carrying, and other unhealthy cannabis. The tools and guide also help users identify the healthiest and highest quality cannabis, all the way down to trichome ripeness.Interpening Class

Would you like to become an Interpener™?   “The Level 1 Interpening Certification will be available online soon! To learn more about the Interpening™ program, the different certification levels and more, take the Interpening™ tour at The Trichome Institute.    We’ll be offering regular courses soon.  To pre-order your Interpening™ pack as well as discover the comprehensive resources we offer, please visit us at http://shop.trichomeinstitute.com.    As a special offer to Cannabis Health readers, use ‘Promo Code’ CH16 for 10% off any purchase! 

References

1The Genetic Structure of Marijuana and Hemp, PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0133292, August 26, 2015

2Refers to a city located in the ‘Emerald Triangle‘, a region in Northern California which is named due to it being the largest cannabis-producing region in the United States and the world.

Max InterpeningMax Montrose is an authoritative voice for the cannabis industry. Max has been an educational adviser to government, business, and public sectors with over seven years of industry experience.

Max specializes in cannabis safety, education, and awareness. Working with lawyers, doctors, and scientists, Max educates everyone about the truths and complexities of cannabis culture and its industry. He is a founder of The Trichome Institute™, an educational content provider for the modern cannabis industry.

The Trichome Institute™ provides standardized cannabis training for employees and produces educational tools for the cannabis consumer. These cannabis “connoisseur”​ products along with Trichome’s training guide users to understand the process of “Interpening.”

Strain Names: The history, the problem, and the solution; A Trichome Institute Publication by Max Montrose, Copyright 2015: The Trichome Institute LLC, All Rights Reserved.”  Trichome Institute

 

 

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CannaButter Sesame Sandwich Buns by ‘JeffThe420Chef’ http://cannabishealth.com/2259-2/ http://cannabishealth.com/2259-2/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:36:38 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2259 IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*.  *Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in

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These delectable sandwich buns are not only delicious and nutritious, but will provide you a healthy dose of CBD to help your endocannabinoid system!

IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*.  *Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in your recipe.   See link in recipe to make your own CannaButter!
Makes 12 Rolls
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 Cups Super fine flour
  • 1/2 Cup high gluten flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 Packet Yeast Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Milk (95-110º)
  • 2 Tablespoons high CBD CannaButter + 2 Tablespoons unsalted grass fed butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
STEPS
  1. Preheat oven to 175ºF
  2. Combine 1/4 cup of the warm milk with yeast and a pinch of sugar. It should start to foam and bubble in about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients
  4. Slowly add in the rest of the milk
  5. Cut in the softened butter and cannabutter,  1 Tablespoon at a time
  6. Knead for about 7-8 minutes until the dough easily pulls away from the bowl.
  7. Roll the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased glass dish
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place dough in the warm oven.Let rise for 1 hour. It should double in size
  9. Remove from bowl, Sprinkle with flour and punch down to deflate.
  10. Rolls the dough into a thick rope and cut into 12 equal parts.
  11. Roll and flatten each part into a 3″ X 6″ rectangle and fold in 1/2 over itself. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  12. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and cover. Let rise for 1 more hour (outside of the oven).
  13. Fill a medium or large baking tin 3/4 full with water and place on the oven floor. Preheat the oven to 340°F.
  14. Bake rolls for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.  Bon Appetite! 🙂

This Recipe Uses a ‘High CBD’ concentrated strain of Cannabis

The Canna-Butter used in this particular recipe is considered high in CBD.   Thanks in part to cannabis’ legitimacy as a medical option, CBD is rivaling THC as the cannabinoid under stronger consideration.   CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, second only to THC when it comes to average volume.  Recently, research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the “high” or “stoned” feeling) that THC provides. CBD levels of over 4% are considered to be high.

This particular strain is named ‘Charlotte’s Web’.  It is believed to be the highest CBD strain in the world and contains 20% CBD.   High-CBD strain choices (whether from cannabis or agricultural hemp) makes it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily activities.


JeffThe420Chef logoJeffThe420Chef is a private cannabis chef, medible’s expert and Author of The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Collins Wave, June 2016). He is also a culinary instructor and media personality. The Daily Beast calls him the Julia Child of Weed, Newsweek calls him the Ganja Gourmet and Elite Daily calls him The King of Edibles.  Inventor of ‘Tasteless’ CannaButter and CannaOils.  Courtesy : JeffThe420Chef’s ‘CannaButter Sandwich Rolls’  © 2015 JeffThe420Chef.    

 

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Fluffy Canna-Onion Rolls (high CBD) By ‘JeffThe420Chef’ http://cannabishealth.com/2253-2/ http://cannabishealth.com/2253-2/#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:19:51 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2253 IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*. *Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in

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This recipe is truly one of a kind! Moist, flaky, fluffy and flavorful and chock full of CBD so you can start your day (and New Year) the right way!

IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*.
*Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in your recipe.

Estimated dosage per roll
@10% CBD: 13mg
@15% CBD: 19mg
@20% CBD: 25mg

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • ¼ warm water (95-110º)
  • 1 ¼ cup+ 2 TBSP High Gluten Flour
  • 1 ¼ cup + 2 TBSP All purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 TBSP raw cane sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 1 Large egg
  • ½  stick salted “Light Tasting” canna-butter (high CBD), softened
  • 2 TBSP Canna-Coconut oil (high CBD), solid but softened
  • ½ Onion (diced small)
  • 2 shallots (diced)

STEPS

  1. Dissolve yeast with ¼ cup warm water and a pinch of sugar.  Let sit for 10 minutes until it activates and foams.
  2. In a stand mixer, using the dough hook, mix flours, sugar and salt.
  3. Add in yeast, egg and milk until combined.
  4. Slowly add softened canna-butter to dough as it kneads.
  5. When dough is smooth and elastic and pulls away from the bowl, roll into a ball and place it in a large bowl.  Cover and let rise for 1 hour.  It should double in size.
  6. In a large pan, Sauté onions and shallots in 1 TBSP grass fed butter for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add a pinch of salt and sugar.
  7. Add in canna-oil.  (See recipe here) Continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes on Medium heat till lightly golden brown.  Remove from heat and let cool.
  8. Transfer dough to a large working surface and divide into 12 equal parts
  9. Spoon 1 teaspoon of onions into the middle each dough segment and roll tightly into balls.  Place rolls on parchment paper lined large baking pan about 2” apart.  
  10. Top each roll with leftover onion, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 400º
  12. Bake for 10 minutes and voíla!

This Recipe Uses a ‘High CBD’ concentrated strain of Cannabis

The Canna-Oil used in this particular recipe is considered high in CBD.   Thanks in part to cannabis’ legitimacy as a medical option, CBD is rivaling THC as the cannabinoid under stronger consideration.   CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, second only to THC when it comes to average volume.  Recently, research has shown CBD to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive effects (the “high” or “stoned” feeling) that THC provides. CBD levels of over 4% are considered to be high.

This particular strain is named ‘Charlotte’s Web’.  It is believed to be the highest CBD strain in the world and contains 20% CBD.    High-CBD strain choices (whether from cannabis or agricultural hemp) makes it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily activities.

JeffThe420Chef logoJeffThe420Chef is a private cannabis chef, medible’s expert and Author of The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Collins Wave, June 2016). He is also a culinary instructor and media personality. The Daily Beast calls him the Julia Child of Weed, Newsweek calls him the Ganja Gourmet and Elite Daily calls him The King of Edibles.   Courtesy : JeffThe420Chef’s ‘Canna-Onion Rolls’  © 2015 JeffThe420Chef.    

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Light-Tasting Canna-Oil by ‘JeffThe420Chef’ http://cannabishealth.com/light-tasting-canna-oil-by-jeffthe420chef/ http://cannabishealth.com/light-tasting-canna-oil-by-jeffthe420chef/#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:27:32 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2240 In both of Jeff’s  “Light Tasting Canna-butter and Canna-oil recipes, you are removing the chlorophyll and a significant percentage of the terpenes and flavonoids from your cannabis that affect the taste of Canna-butter/oil.  The CBD and THC are not affected; in fact, the ‘decarbing’ process activates its benefits. Number of servings:

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This second featured recipe helps you create the other foundation product you will use to create ‘medibles’, while allowing you to determine the amount of cannabis in the finished product.

In both of Jeff’s  “Light Tasting Canna-butter and Canna-oil recipes, you are removing the chlorophyll and a significant percentage of the terpenes and flavonoids from your cannabis that affect the taste of Canna-butter/oil.  The CBD and THC are not affected; in fact, the ‘decarbing’ process activates its benefits.

Number of servings: (8) 1 TBSP servings APPROXIMATE DOSE PER SERVING*

Preparation Time: 10 mins @10%: 30mg
Cooking Time: 4 hours @15%: 45mg
Idle Time: 24 hours + overnight @20%: 60mg
*Note: Cannaoil is approximately 30% more potent than cannabutter

IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*.
*Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in your recipe.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED  

  • Medium/Large sized pot
  • Fine mesh strainer and a Tea Strainer
  • Bowl filled with ice Water
  • French Press coffee maker 
  • Heat resistant glass dish or baking tin
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glass bell jar

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 oz. Oil (10 Tablespoons)
  • ¼ oz. (7g) Cannabis
  • Distilled water

STEP 1 – Soak and Blanch Herb

  1. Coarsely grind dry herb (also known as flower or bud) and soak in Distilled Water for 24 hours. Change the water halfway through. This cleans out a lot of the impurities that cause bad taste.
  2. The next day, drain the “cleaned” herb in the fine mesh strainer. Rinse with distilled water
  3. Place the rinsed herb in the tea strainer
  4. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  5. Place tea strainer in boiling water for 5 mins
  6. Immediately remove tea strainer after 5 mins then place in ice water for 1 minute
  7. Remove from Ice water and pour distilled water over the tea strainer to rinse out any residual impurities
  8. Remove herb from strainer and wring out excess water

STEP 2 – Dry and Decarb

  1. Spread cannabis evenly in a large baking pan and loosely cover with foil. Just lay the foil on top of it and let it sit overnight. Your cannabis should be dry by the next morning.
  2. Preheat oven to 300º
  3. When dry, crimp down foil and “bake” for 20 mins.
  4. Remove from oven. Let sit for 5 minutes so THC or CBD vapors can settle back onto the bud
  5. Remove foil and loosely cover with a couple paper towels. This creates a dark environment with airflow.
  6. Let pan sit covered with paper towels on the counter overnight to dry.  

NOTE: Your FINAL yield will weigh +/-20-40% LESS than your starting weight depending on how moist or dry your cannabis was when you started the process.

3 – Infuse Oil

  1. Pour oil into French Press placed standing up in a pot of simmering water
  2. Add decarbed cannabis to oil and cover French press.
  3. Gently push plunger to just above the oil. This will be your water line.
  4. Simmer for 3 hours. Check water level every 20 mins to insure the water level is even with the oil
  5. After 3 hours, plunge press and strain into Bell jar. Your final yield will be about 4 oz.
  6. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  7. To re-liquefy oil that has solidified, place oil container in a pot of hot water for 15-20 minutes.
Our ‘Featured Photo’ shows the strain of cannabis used for this oil.

This particular strain, named ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a Cannabis sativa L. strain with less than 0.3% THC that has gained popularity as an option for treating seizures as well as a range of other medical conditions. This potency is due to its high-CBD content, which was specifically cultivated for a young epileptic patient named Charlotte. This strain is effective with little to no psychoactive effects, making it great for those who don’t want their medication to affect their daily activities.   

JeffThe420Chef logoJeffThe420Chef is a private cannabis chef, medible’s expert and Author of The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Collins Wave, June 2016). He is also a culinary instructor and media personality. The Daily Beast calls him the Julia Child of Weed, Newsweek calls him the Ganja Gourmet and Elite Daily calls him The King of Edibles.   Courtesy : JeffThe420Chef’s “Light Tasting” Cannaoil  © 2014 JeffThe420Chef.    

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“Light Tasting” Canna-Butter by ‘JeffThe420Chef’ http://cannabishealth.com/2191-2/ http://cannabishealth.com/2191-2/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:22:03 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2191 IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*. *Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in

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My “light tasting” canna-butter is the basis of many of my guests’ favorite dishes. This is more of a bright yellow ghee (clarified butter) with a hint of green, and it’s perfect for baking and cooking light and healthy dishes with cannabis. It is also the base ingredient for my “Light Tastingedibles.

IMPORTANT! Make sure you know the percentage of THC and/or CBD per gram in the flower or bud you are using. You will need this information to properly measure and dose your servings*.
*Please refer to my THC/CBD Calculator to help you estimate the number of milligrams of THC and/or CBD in your recipe.

Number of servings: (8) 1 Tbsp. servings  (1 stick of canna-butter)
Preparation Time:  1 hour and 5 minutes
Cooking Time:  4 hours
Idle Time:  overnight to 12 hours

Approximate Dose Per Serving:
@10%: 23 mg
@15%: 35 mg
@20%: 46mg

What You Will Need:

  • Medium/Large sized pot
  • Distilled water
  • Tea Strainer (large)
  • Bowl filled with Ice Water
  • French Press coffee maker
  • Heat resistant glass dish or baking tin
  • Plastic butter dish with cover
  • Aluminum foil

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/3 stick (grass fed) butter (10½Tablespoons). Salted or Unsalted. (My favorite brand is Kerrygoldtm)
  • 1/4 oz (7 gms) Cannabis flower

STEP 1 – Soak, Blanch and Rinse Herb

  1. Coarsely grind dry herb (also known as flower or bud) and soak in Distilled Water for 24 hours. Change the water halfway through. This cleans out a lot of the impurities that cause bad taste.
  2. The next day, place “cleaned” herb in a tea strainer
  3. Bring water to a boil
  4. Place tea strainer in boiling water for 5 mins
  5. Immediately remove tea strainer after 5 mins then place in ice water for 1 minute
  6. Remove from Ice water and pour distilled water over the tea strainer to rinse out any residual impurities
  7. Remove herb from strainer and wring out excess water

DECARBING

THC and CBD are not active in raw cannabis. THC comes from tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and CBD comes from cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). These two acids are the precursors to THC and CBD, found in raw, live cannabis, but neither has any psychoactive properties on their own.

Both THC and CBD need to be “activated” through a process called “decarbing” (decarboxylation) before their effects can be felt.  Essentially, decarbing means removing the acid or “A” molecule from the THC and CBD, which happens by releasing a carbon atom from a carbon chain.
This can only be done through heat and time.
When you smoke cannabis, you decarb the bud via heat before it goes into your lungs.
But in order to cook with cannabis, you need to “activate” the THC and CBD by decarbing your bud before you can infuse it into your food.

STEP 2 – Dry and Decarb (This is an overnight process)

  1. Spread blanched and squeezed cannabis evenly in a large baking pan and lay a large piece of aluminum foil on top of it (don’t crimp it down to close). Let it sit overnight. Your cannabis should be dry by the next morning. (you can skip this step if you use a dehydrator)
  2. Preheat oven to 300ºF (1500C)
  3. When dry, crimp down foil and “bake” for 20 mins. This is how you decarb your cannabis.
  4. Remove from oven. Let sit for 5 minutes so THC or CBD vapors can settle back onto the herb.
  5. Remove foil and loosely cover with a couple paper towels. This creates a dark environment with airflow.
  6. Let pan sit, covered with paper towels on the counter overnight.
  7. * Weigh the next morning before you infuse so you know the amount of cannabis you used to infuse your butter.

*Your FINAL yield will weigh +/- 20-40% LESS than your starting weight depending on how moist or dry your cannabis was when you started the process

STEP 3 – Infuse Butter

  1. Melt butter in French Press placed standing up in pot of simmering water
  2. Mix decarbed cannabis into melted butter and cover French press. Press plunger to just above butter. This is now your water line.
  3. Ensure that simmering water is always at or just above your water line.
  4. Gently simmer for 4 hours. Check water level every 20 mins to insure the water level is even with or slightly higher than water line.
  5. After 4 hours, remove from pot, plunge French press all the way and strain ghee into butter container
  6. Refrigerate to re-solidify.
  7. Remove solidified butter from refrigerator and separate from butter dish onto a paper towel. This will remove any residual water that accumulated from the process.
  8. Dry carefully by blotting your butter with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
  9. Place back in butter dish and use within 1 month.

The Benefits of Using Clarified Canna-butter and Canna-ghee

Clarified canna-butter and canna-ghee are good for light sautéing (Low/Medium heat) because of the higher smoke point.  Your cooking pan has to remain at Low/Medium to keep the temperature between 320º-330º (160-165o C). You should not go above 350º (175oC) when cooking or baking with cannabis because the THC begins to vaporize at 355º (180oC). CBD begins to vaporize at 392º (200oC) . I suggest that recipes be cooked or baked at 340º (170oC) or below, and cooking times adjusted, since internal oven temps can fluctuate anywhere from 10-25º (5 to 10oC).

There are some other benefits of cooking and baking with ghee or clarified butter:

  1. Being able to prepare foods with the taste and texture of butter which can be tolerated by people with dairy sensitivities (because the milk solids have been removed).
  2. All ghee, but especially ghee made from grass fed butter (such as Kerrygoldtm) is rich in Butyrate, short chain fatty acid linked to an immune response that can decrease inflammation and help improve the digestive system.
  3. Grass-fed canna-ghee is rich in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Many studies have linked CLS to reducing bad cholesterol, increasing good cholesterol, improving insulin resistance and potentially fighting cancer.
  4. It is is rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.


JeffThe420Chef logoJeffThe420Chef is a private cannabis chef, medible’s expert and Author of The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Collins Wave, June 2016). He is also a culinary instructor and media personality. The Daily Beast calls him the Julia Child of Weed, Newsweek calls him the Ganja Gourmet and Elite Daily calls him The King of Edibles.   Courtesy : JeffThe420Chef’s “Light Tasting” CannaButter  © 2014 JeffThe420Chef

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First Ever THC/CBD Calculator Created for Cannabis Culinary Use http://cannabishealth.com/2177-2/ http://cannabishealth.com/2177-2/#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:01:01 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2177 feature image courtesy Jeffthe420chef via Newswiretm Press Release  JeffThe420Chef has teamed up with Medspoon and CW Analytical to create the first ever THC/CBD Calculator. The calculator uses a simple interface allowing any aspiring cannabis cook to better approximate dose per serving, while only requiring a few key inputs. Starting today, the calculator,

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Celebrity cannabis chef launches THC/CBD Calculator to help medical marijuana patients and recreational enthusaists determine the dosage of home made cannabis infused edibles

feature image courtesy Jeffthe420chef

via Newswiretm Press Release 

JeffThe420Chef has teamed up with Medspoon and CW Analytical to create the first ever THC/CBD Calculator. The calculator uses a simple interface allowing any aspiring cannabis cook to better approximate dose per serving, while only requiring a few key inputs. Starting today, the calculator, now in Beta mode, is available exclusively on JeffThe420Chef.com. The calculator is slated for release as an app for iPhone, iPad and Android in early 2016.

Financed in part by MedSpoon.com and CW Analytical, the THC/CBD Calculator was created by JeffThe420Chef and app developer, Dan Nascimbeni, a former culinary student of JeffThe420Chef who has been bringing technical solutions to the financial, medical, andecommerce industries for over a decade. The calculator, built around JeffThe420Chef’s proprietary dosing formula, is designed to help anyone cooking or baking with cannabis figure out approximately how many milligrams of THC and/or CBD are in their edibles.

“MedSpoon.com is happy to have teamed up with Jeffthe420Chef to address a major issue in cannabis cooking, dosage. By creating this lab tested THC calculator, any aspiring cannabis cook can better understand the dosage of their infused-food while encouraging best practice in extraction and infusion.”

VICTOR CLOUD, CEO/FOUNDER, MEDSPOON.COM

“Cooking and baking with cannabis is a science as much as it is an art, and it’s imperative that folks understand the potency of their edibles in order to insure an enjoyable experience for everyone”, says JeffThe420Chef.  “We are excited to offer this very important tool to help folks quickly figure out how potent their home made edibles are”.  For the most accurate results, JeffThe420Chef suggests that cooks follow his process for making “light tasting”cannabutter and cannaoil which can be found on his website, JeffThe420Chef.com.

Medspoon.com is happy to have teamed up with Jeffthe420Chef to address a major issue in cannabis cooking, dosage”, states Victor Cloud, CEO and Founder at Medspoon, “by creating this lab tested THC calculator, any aspiring cannabis cook can better understand the dosage of their infused-food while encouraging best practice in extraction and infusion.”

Emily Richardson, director at CW Analytical says “CW Analytical strongly believes that patients deserve the freedom to produce their own cannabis-based medicine. At the same time, it is vital that patients and their health providers have access to potency data needed for proper dosing. Tools like this calculator give patients a road map, allowing them to more easily create and effectively manage homemade cannabis medicines.”

About JeffThe420Chef:

Dubbed “The Julia Child of Weed” by The Daily Beast, “The GanjaGourmet” by Newsweek and “The King of Edibles” by Elite Daily, JeffThe420Chef is a private chef who has been cooking and baking with cannabis since 2007.  In 2014, he invented a method which effectively neutralizes the “cannabis” taste in his butters and oils.  Known for his “tasteless” and “light tasting” cannabis infused gourmet meals and edibles, JeffThe420Chef  and his recipes have been featured on television, radio and on numerous websites and blogs.  His upcoming cookbook, The Ganja Gourmet: The Joy of Cooking with Cannabis (Harper Wave) will hit bookstores June 28th.

About Medspoon:

MedSpoon.com is a community of cannabis cooking enthusiasts. Our education-focused site teaches people the basics of cannabis cooking, inspires with clever cannabis-infused creations, and encourages community members to share their own incredible edibles.

About CW Analytical:

CW Analytical was founded in 2009, and our mission is to assist cultivators, edible/ concentrate producers, and dispensaries in producing safe, clean medicine for patients in California. Through education, community outreach, and quality assurance testing, we are proud to help make a difference in our medical Cannabis community.

 

 

 

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Business is booming at the ‘Harvard of Pot’ in California http://cannabishealth.com/business-is-booming-at-the-harvard-of-pot-in-california/ http://cannabishealth.com/business-is-booming-at-the-harvard-of-pot-in-california/#respond Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:39:17 +0000 http://cannabishealth.com/?p=2161 This article appears courtesy of Sara Solovitch of The Washington Post with additional consideration by Oaksterdam University. Matt Lanke from Mississippi and Jean Kennedy look over homework before class at Oaksterdam University. (Peter DaSilva/For The Washington Post) Jean Kennedy has a BS in biology and a master’s in special education. Now,

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This article appears courtesy of Sara Solovitch of The Washington Post with additional consideration by Oaksterdam University.

Matt Lanke from Mississippi and Jean Kennedy look over homework before class at Oaksterdam University. (Peter DaSilva/For The Washington Post)

Jean Kennedy has a BS in biology and a master’s in special education. Now, she’s trying to decide what to do with her third degree: a certificate of achievement from Oaksterdam University, the Harvard Business School of marijuana.

“I’m Italian,” said Kennedy, 56, a retired high school biology teacher with graying hair and a heavy New York accent. “You know Italians, we grow tomatoes. Maybe I’ll grow some plants.”

Horticulture 102 is one of the many subjects Kennedy studies at Oaksterdam, whose storefront campus is set amid the hip cafes, restaurants and cannabis dispensaries of downtown Oakland. Founded in 2007, the school sees itself as a training ground for citizen advocates in the fight to legalize marijuana.

Oaksterdam is rebounding after a 2012 raid by the federal government, which deems marijuana a Schedule 1 illegal drug, the same category as heroin. Federal agents, many of them masked and armed, broke down the doors of the school with battering rams and sledgehammers, carting away an estimated 60,000 cannabis plants and scattering the school’s terrified faculty and students.

The university was devastated by the raid, which Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee dismissed as a “last-ditch effort” by federal authorities to enforce marijuana laws that were out of step with the times. Medical marijuana was approved by California voters in 1996. In the years since the raid, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized pot, making marijuana a legitimate business in parts of America, worth an estimated $3.5 billion a year.

Still, as Oaksterdam preaches the gospel of pot entrepreneurism, its history offers a lesson in harsh reality. Robert Raich, a lawyer who has twice argued legalization cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, makes that lesson explicit in Cannabusiness 102, where he warns students of the risk inherent in cultivating a Schedule 1 drug.

“Until the federal government changes the Controlled Substances Act,” Raich said, “I teach how to create defenses against possible hostile action by the government.”

Business at Oaksterdam is booming despite that risk. Today, the school employs 20 staff members and 150 instructors, including some of the biggest stars in the cannabis universe. Debby Goldsberry co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group medical cannabis collective, and Ed Rosenthal is often cited as the world’s leading authority on marijuana cultivation. The Oakland lecture hall holds 50 students and every seat is paid for.

The school is also branching out to satellite locations. There is a new campus in the works in Las Vegas, where two four-day seminars sold out this year, with 250 students paying as much as $995 apiece.

Last month, the school conducted a conference in Orlando, where about 300 doctors and nurses earned continuing education credits after learning to use cannabis to treat an array of medical conditions, including glaucoma and glioblastoma.

And the school routinely advises politicians from places including California and Jamaica on topics such as how to appraise applications for medical marijuana and dispensary licenses, and how to promote marijuana research and development.

At the main campus, the walls display photos of the school’s 23,000 graduates, who range in age from 18 to 65 and represent every state and 30 countries. Last month, about 30 California lawmakers drove from Sacramento for lectures on taxation and regulation, studying up for the possible passage next fall of an initiative that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Aseem Sappal, the school’s provost and dean, said he wants to build Oaksterdam’s credibility as a serious institution of higher learning.

“We have high school grads sitting next to oncologists and city council members. We have senators, governors, former congressmen — this is who we’re working with,” Sappal said. “We have skepticism because it’s a big joke, people just smoking pot. But the country is moving in this direction for a reason.”

As the legalization movement grows, Oaksterdam is even attracting students who say they have never smoked pot. One is Kennedy, the retired biology teacher, whose primary interest is in the plant’s medicinal benefits.

“My own sister thinks I’ve lost my mind,” she said. “But these are not crazy people. These are not potheads. When you come here, you see it: These are businesspeople.”

Kennedy is enrolled in the Classic Semester — 35 credit hours of basic and advanced classes during which an instructor lectures on the history and politics of cannabis, the plant’s nutritional and water requirements, its medical benefits, culinary delights and methods of ingestion. (A Classic Semester lasts 14 weeks and costs about $1,200.)

There are also classes on economics, business management, legal rights and cannabusiness. One of the messages implicit in an Oaksterdam education is that there is a lot of money waiting to be made.

“But it has to be done in a responsible, politically astute way,” stressed Chris Conrad, who lectures on cannabis history and politics. He is the author of several books on cannabis and hemp, and he has testified as an expert witness on the subjects in hundreds of state, federal and military trials.

“Oaksterdam has helped people understand that cannabis is just another business,” he said. “They don’t let you sell a hamburger without a license, and they won’t let you sell marijuana without a license.”

That makes sense to Chris Bergan, 22. About a year ago, Bergan dropped out of West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., to go into medical marijuana delivery.

“Business took off, and I started making way more than I would ever have with my English degree,” said Bergan, who runs his business entirely on his iPhone.

Oaksterdam offers a superior education as well, Bergan said.

“Over the last month, I’ve learned more about something I’ve been consuming since I was 14 than in all the years in between. It’s an incredible education. Did you know that there are 22,000 peer-reviewed studies on marijuana in the medical literature? I had no idea.”

The business potential of pot looms large at Oaksterdam. Australia is on the verge of approving medical marijuana. Canada is expected to legalize recreational use for adults. And a new study by CBRE Research, a commercial real-estate research company, shows that pot has powered the Denver real-estate market since Colorado legalized marijuana last year: More than a third of industrial space leased in the city is now used for marijuana cultivation.

Bergan says he hardly knows which prospects to pursue first. Whatever he decides, Oaksterdam says it is there to help.

“You have no idea how many people come here and end up going into partnership with someone they meet,” Sappal said. “If there’s a student in a class of 50 who’s an electrician, that’s a tremendous opportunity for networking. Because when you have an indoor grow, who’s going to set it up? You want someone who’s friendly.”

When Lee founded Oaksterdam in 2007, there was no place like it in America. A paraplegic who smoked pot to prevent leg spasms, Lee was a strong advocate for legalizing, regulating and taxing medical marijuana.

Then he went to Amsterdam, where he noticed “a teaching thing called Cannabis College, a little cultivation place next to one of the seed companies.” Back in Oakland, he placed a classified ad in the back of an alternative newspaper and, “as soon as the paper hit the racks, the phone started ringing.”

Thus, Oaksterdam — an amalgam of Oakland and Amsterdam — was born.

The school quickly grew to include 100 instructors on a 30,000-square-foot campus. But it also became a federal target. To save Oaksterdam — and himself — Lee cut off all involvement with the school and its related businesses, which include a dispensary and a plant nursery.

Although Oaksterdam never closed, it lost its lease and was forced to relocate from its old three-story building to a much smaller storefront. Its staff shrank overnight from 53 to three.

Ultimately, no charges were filed against Lee or the university. These days, he mostly works alongside his mother, Ann Lee, who in 2012 founded Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition.

And the school is so much a part of local politics that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) held a fundraiser at Oaksterdam a few weeks before her election last year. Meanwhile, students are once again pouring in from all across the nation.

On a recent morning, instructor John Geluardi addressed 42 students in a lecture hall crowded with grow tents packed with pungent plants under full-spectrum lights. When Geluardi asked how many people were from California, three students raised their hands.

Geluardi is a journalist and the author of “Cannabiz: The Explosive Rise of the Medical Marijuana Industry.” He teaches economics, predicting boom times to come if marijuana is legalized and taxed nationwide.

But those riches will be harder to realize until Congress changes the Controlled Substances Act, Geluardi said.

“Federal law makes it very difficult to do business. If you’re running a medical cannabis dispensary, you’re always on tenterhooks,” he told his students.

“Becoming a white market economy,” he said, would be “cannabis heaven.”

Solovitch is a freelance writer.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified cocaine as a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin and marijuana. Cocaine is listed under the federal Controlled Substances Act as a less-dangerous Schedule 2 drug. The story also overstated the number of industrial leases in Denver dedicated to marijuana cultivation. Between 2009 and 2014, a third of new industrial leases were devoted to that purpose.

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