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April 2020

GREEN CHOCOLATE BARK

2020-04-06T11:11:17+00:00April 6th, 2020|

We’re in the middle of the pandemic right now and all I want is comfort. These sprang to mind yesterday as I was contemplating my accidental purchase of bulk white chocolate. When you make these have a friend over, otherwise you, like me, might eat them all. Make them by the recipe the first time, then after that have fun and go crazy. Yours in comfort…. Mary

GREEN CHOCOLATE NUT BARK

I came up with this after accidentally ordering white chocolate chips in bulk; turns out it was a good purchase! The only issue here will be trying not to eat the whole batch at once. For one cookie sheet of bark, you’ll need:

1 C. whole pecan halves, toasted (place on a cookie sheet with parchment or a silicone mat in a 350 oven for 8 minutes or till lightly brown and fragrant)

1 package (11 oz.) white chocolate chips – get the good ones

2 to 3 Tb. full plant cannabis butter (you can use CBD or plain butter too, if you don’t want to be high)

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 C. dried sour cherries, chopped

Zest of one lemon

Maldon sea salt for sprinkling on the top

When your nuts are beautifully toasted, take them out of the oven and let cool a bit. In a double boiler melt the chips, and when they’re almost melted add the butter, salt, and vanilla. Stir till it’s all blended then add the chopped cherries. Pour this carefully over the toasted nuts, spreading out so all the nuts are covered and the chocolate is mostly smooth. Then sprinkle the lemon zest and the Maldon salt over the top, and put the whole pan in the fridge. Let this cool and harden up – takes about an hour – then remove and either cut or break into appropriate pieces. SO GOOD and a fine way to get your cannabis!

Other combos: Milk chocolate, dried raspberries, and almonds, or dark chocolate, orange zest, and pistachios – have fun!!

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Need to chill??

2020-04-01T09:47:55+00:00April 1st, 2020|

Fellow humans…..how are you doing? Here we are in an unprecedented, in our lifetime anyway, situation. It’s been fascinating to notice /observe the ways we are adapting and surviving. It is times like this when I do have hope for us as a species, because even though we’re in some ways in a mess of our own making, we have the capacity to figure it out. However, we do need to find ways to manage the pervasive underlying stress, and this is where cannabis can truly help. Whether you prefer CBD only or like the full on THC experience, the compounds in cannabis are perfect for stress relief. If you’re a fairly hyper person, right now a strong Sativa dominant strain might not be your best bet. Cannabis terpenes have a huge effect on how the plant will affect you, so for stress relief, try more Indica dominant strains high in  Linalool, Caryophellene, Myrcene, Humulene and others for calming, anti-inflammatory, and sedative effects. If you enjoy CBD products go ahead and up those miligrams; the nice thing about CBD is even tho you won’t get all of the benefits of THC and other cannabinoids, if you need more take it as you won’t get too high. Please take a look at my cookbooks, “EveryDayMaryJ” (available at www.maryjwhite.com) or “The CBD Cookbook for Beginners”, on Amazon.  I also have a ton of cooking videos on YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/user/maryjwhite1/videos?view_as=subscriber. I want you to be as healthy and happy as possible, not just during a pandemic but all the time. Cannabis is great medicine, and like I always say it’s not about getting high, it’s about getting well. If you do enjoy the high though….now’s the perfect time! Please take care of yourselves, make some fun cannabis treats, and remember to chill. With love    Mary

March 2020

A New World

2020-03-24T09:40:59+00:00March 24th, 2020|

Life as we know it has changed. We’re currently in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and we are all being impacted one way or another. I know in a month or so we’ll feel differently, because right now is scary and weird, unsettling and confusing. I also know that in a month or so we’ll have different views on communication, new ways of interacting, and hopefully a new appreciation for each other. But in the meantime…..damn. I want to let you know that I’m working with a couple of real smart people to get my classes online. Obviously not everyone can come to West Seattle for hands-on cannabis cooking classes, so online teaching could rock. Seems like a lot of us will be making huge adjustments, but…..this could all be good. I’ve been trying to figure out how to scale up so more folks can learn about cannabis, and this could be it. Same with my YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/maryjwhite1/videos?view_as=subscriber) I’m going to be doing a lot more ‘regular’ cooking videos; I’m thinking a lot of people are going to start cooking at home. So I want to say, we are all in this together and I have every hope life will be smarter, better, and happier on the other side. With love. Mary

February 2020

2020!!

2020-02-10T10:32:15+00:00February 10th, 2020|

Gawd! I’ve been so tied up with other stuff I’ve completely forgotten to blog. So – happy 2020 my sweets! I truly hope that this year we all advance, evolve, and find more joy. I’ve been trying to expand; doing a lot more YouTube, (https://www.youtube.com/user/maryjwhite1/videos?view_as=subscriber),  podcasts, (https://open.spotify.com/show/0gTw5xXrjvhOFXOhVRLh7Q), and even The Weed Tube! I’m trying to get all the words out about not only cannabis cooking but the wonders of CBD and hemp. If you haven’t already, I’m encouraging you to take a look at my cookbooks; “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cookng with Cannabis” on this website, and “The CBD Cookbook for Beginners” on Amazon. They both have a ton of info and some great recipes if I do say so myself. And as always, if you ever have questions or concerns about cannabis, edibles, CBD, or pretty much anything, I can help. Wishing you all a beautiful, joyful, healthy new year. With love… Mary

October 2019

Pets ‘n Pot

2019-10-08T15:34:34+00:00October 8th, 2019|

Every complex animal; humans, dogs, elephants, everyone, has an endocannabinoid system. This is a regulatory system in the body that responds to cannabinoids and helps maintain health. So cats and dogs, our fur friends, can get healthy happy and calm with cannabinoids, particularly CBD. You all might know that my cat Hugo J. Treadwell got over his cancer with a full plant (THC) compound, but that’s quite tricky. I’m not a vet and there are few guidelines for dosing pets with THC, but CBD is much easier to work with and really helps. CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in all cannabis but is especially prevalent in hemp, as it has no more than .03% THC. Because CBD has no psychoactive effect it’s not going to mess up your puppy or confuse the cat. And if you have a pet who has skin issues, hates thunder and fireworks, or deals with anxiety, you need to check out CBD. Please be aware that some of it is ‘dirty’ or may contain THC or other compounds you don’t want. It’s def best to get organic, tested CBD from a dispensary or make your own. And if you’re interested in making your own, check out my CBD for Pets classes at www.maryjwhite.com. Remember, human or fur bearing, cannabis cures!

August 2019

Gettin’ Better

2019-08-30T20:35:20+00:00August 28th, 2019|

The other day I was adding up all of the entities I know that have been helped and healed with cannabis. Some of the critters have been using my full plant tincture, and some have been enjoying the calm that comes with CBD. My human friends have all benefited from cannabis, mostly with micro-dosing and topicals. Molly, who has Type 1 diabetes, has no more trouble with her hands. Sean, who has funky knees, can now walk with no pain. I was finally able to get rid of my cane, which is great. The longer we use cannabis as medicine, the more we learn about terpenes and cannabinoids and all of the other incredible stuff in pot, the more we understand that cannabis is incredible medicine. Here are some of my friends who are better now, with the fur bearers first: Hugo J. Treadwell, Diesel, Gizmo, Willie Nelson, Toby, Charlie, Chainsaw, Baby Girl, Cody, Sophie….the list goes on. And for humans, they include Julie, Susan, Fred, Toni, Helen, Joe, Marsha, Lindsey, Karen, Molly, Andy, Tom, Megan, Ramona, Marie, Kathy…..you get the picture. Point is, cannabis is wondrous medicine and it’s very much worth your time checking it out. To learn more, take a look at my cookbook, “EveryDayMaryJ” (available on this website) or come to a class – I’d LOVE to see you!

June 2019

CBD for YOU and ME

2019-06-27T16:44:50+00:00June 27th, 2019|

You all might have detected a certain disdain from me in the past regarding CBD. As you might know, CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. It has some wonderful medical applications and can be very helpful with anxiety, inflammation, PTSD, epilepsy, and a host of other things. I have always maintained though that CBD is just one of the over a hundred beneficial compounds in pot, and is much more effective in a whole plant extraction. There is an entourage effect with cannabis; in other words, it’s much more effective when you use the whole plant – the CBD, CBN, CBG, THC, and other cannabinoids work better together. But if you’re employed somewhere that drug tests, if you don’t want to be ‘high’, or if you’re just starting out with cannabis, CBD is a good way to go. I have several friends and family members who love my CBD caps, and I have a few friends who use it on their fur babies for stress and pain. So – if you want to try some pot but don’t know where to start, or if you have some medical ailments that pills aren’t curing, I strongly suggest trying some CBD. Get the good stuff from a dispensary, get the whole plant if you can, and see what even a little bit of the cannabis plant can do for you. Of course I can show you how to make a ton of fun things with CBD – check the calendar at www.maryjwhite.com and come on over. Remember, cannabis does cure!!

May 2019

It’s Cannabis Business Dammit!

2019-06-04T05:12:58+00:00May 17th, 2019|

By now you all know I’m out here trying to sell my book, “EveryDayMaryJ” to dispensaries. It’s great to meet all the cool people at the nice dispensaries and exciting that folks will be reading my book. BUT  – I have to bitch. I’ve been teaching my cooking with cannabis classes since 2012 and have dealt with lots of folk in the industry. I’m running into a real issue lately and I don’t want to blame it on the cannabis, but more often than not about 2/3 of the people I deal with are flaky. I mean seriously flaky. Like “I don’t know our email address here” flaky. Yesterday I thought I had an appointment with a guy in Bellingham. Several emails and texts, and we were to meet in BHam between 11 and 12. I drive all the way up there and then discover he’s not where he said he’d be, I can’t get hold of him, he won’t answer the phone or a text….. And I ended up waiting for an hour and a half then driving all the way home. Did he ever get in touch? Did he ever reply? NO! Same with a media gal who’s been in touch with ‘urgent exciting projects’ twice. I send her info, pictures, whatever is needed then….nothing. So I guess I’m saying, fellow cannabis business people, please act like business people! Answer a damn email, reply to a text. Lets pretend we’re all trying to make positive change in the world by helping people get access to cannabis. And let’s pretend we’re freakin’ grown ups! There – I got that off my chest. THANK YOU.

April 2019

A Big Realization

2019-06-04T05:12:32+00:00April 12th, 2019|

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!

March 2019

CBD??

2019-06-04T05:13:07+00:00March 7th, 2019|

Darlings – happy March! I have some more to say about the current CBD craze, as I never want you to waste your money or get hoodwinked. You’re probably hearing a lot about CBD right now, as Cannabidiol is one of the (many) cannabinoids in pot and doesn’t have a psychoactive effect. Folks who are concerned about getting high (like it’s a bad thing?) are taking to it like crazy, as are folks who have no other alternative because of where they live. I understand the allure of an easy painless fix, and honestly CBD does do great things. But so much of what’s on the market is funky; either from China, or covered in pesticides, or who knows what. The thing with CBD is, it’s from hemp, or Cannabis Ruderalis, the strain that has less than .03% of THC. Hemp has an incredible variety of wonderful properties, not the least of which is soil-cleaning capability. But because of that, if you don’t source organic hemp, you’re going to get a lot of heavy metals and other crap that was in the ground. All cannabinoids work together, so assuming one is going to do the trick isn’t going to get it. There’s an entourage effect with cannabis; all the goodies work together. So, if you must try CBD, read that label verrrrry carefully, and know that the whole cannabis plant is really your friend!