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!
So after 9 months of mostly fun and some hard work, Val Russell McKinley and I published our book, “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”. Response has been good and we’re slowly but surely getting the word out. But! Turns out that’s the hard part. It seemed to me that after all our efforts people would just automatically know that it’s a damn fine book, super useful, full of info. But as it turns out, one must push and prod all the time. That’s every day…..So we don’t want to bug you, but know that if you see a lot of posts about “EveryDayMaryJ”, we’re just trying to sell books! I’m already working on some recipes and potions for the next book, but first I need to know you all are cooking with cannabis. So please – for your health, for the planet, and for us…..get “EveryDayMaryJ” and we’ll all be happier. That’s www.everydaymaryj.com – and thank you so, so much.
In my teaching cooking with cannabis one thing continues to stand out. Lots of people seem to be afraid of the high. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to folks about the healing properties of cannabis, and their main question is what about the high? Will I jump off a building/go crazy/eat the cat/ drool? Well, of course not, but some full grown intelligent humans remain scared of the pot. I blame prohibition; years of no or wrong information have left confusion in their wake. Now many of these same folks, because doctors are god, will take opioids and all the weird over the counter stuff, in spite of the side effects and a nasty high. I took pain meds for years, and let me tell you, that isn’t about euphoria. I found pills to be depressing and not healing at all, but cannabis – seriously great. And if you get a little goofy, or happy, or horny – isn’t that WAY better than being depressed and sad? So lose the pills and the over the counter stuff; you are an intelligent and brave individual…. try cannabis!!
There’s an analogy I use in class when we talk about CBD or cannabidiol, that wonderful popular non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. I like to say that it’s like taking a vitamin C pill; good for you and ok, but eating the whole orange is way better. Same with cannabis! Currently there’s a huge interest in CBD, which I think is great for getting people familiar with the healing properties of cannabis. But what kinda bugs me is that folks are missing out on all the other beneficial components of cannabis when they only focus on CBD. Now I know from teaching cooking with cannabis for years that some people are just plain scared of pot. I get it – years of propaganda has put fear in the hearts of many regarding the ‘high’. I’ve had people worried about hallucinations or jumping out of windows….I’ve found the best way to combat fear is with information and hopefully experimentation. There have been wonderful folks in class who had a lot of fear about pot, but with a little reading up and playing around they’re happy stoners now. I guess I’m saying CBD is great and better than nothing, but the whole plant is truly your friend!!
Hasn’t this been a year? I don’t know about you all, but my life has gone through some wonderful, painful, and epic changes. I truly feel that our friend cannabis absolutely helped me through the worst of it; whether emotional angst or weird body stuff, cannabis got me through. And the more I use cannabis and learn about its healing properties the more I understand the importance of this ancient healing plant. I’m absolutely grateful for this, as well as being grateful for you. I don’t want to be trite, but to all of you who have come to a Cooking with Cannabis class, asked me canna questions on FB, or needed input on CBD – thanks! To be able to help even a little, to see someone get off all those pills, to see a puppy calm and healed – that’s all down to the goodness of cannabis, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me help just a little. So very grateful for all of you!!
This morning I had a long conversation with a dear friend facing a cancer diagnosis. She’s been on a ton of medication for a very long time for a variety of physical problems and is fed up with the pills. Her concern about cannabis though was one I hear a lot; i.e. I’m scared/nervous/embarrassed about using pot and getting high. Some folks still believe all the scary propaganda they’ve heard over the years and just don’t know how to take the first step. Luckily about half of the US has medical cannabis now, and if you live in an enlightened place you have access. But if a person still is filled with fear about being high, how to overcome it? Knowledge is huge here, and when people learn that cannabis can’t hurt you like opioids, or when they learn that it’s been medicine for millennia, that helps. But so many folks – who take pills and/or drink – are scared of being high. All I can say is it’s WAY better than being drunk…or in pain….or in a bad mood. Try the cannabis people – it will make you a happier, healthier human!
Lord have mercy I feel like I’m about the give birth! Our new cookbook, EveryDayMaryJ will be published really soon. I’m so excited, as this is a distillation of my years teaching cooking with cannabis. There are a lot of good, simple, delicious and stony recipes as well as lots of info and incredible pictures (food porn) by my great friend Valerie McKinley. Way back in February I was all oh, this won’t take long and, an ebook? easy! I figured we’d just gather all my recipes together and call it a book. Ha. Now I know differently – gestation takes time – but I do think it’s a good read and you’ll have fun with it. If you’ve never cooked with cannabis or want to know more about the whole thing, this is the book for you! Please check back here soon or check out my social media pages for updates. Val and I both hope you get happy healing and delicious food from our book, EveryDayMaryJ; check www.everydaymaryj.com for updates. More soon!!
Can you all feel the tingle in the air? It’s coming, that wonderful yearly turning away and the beginning of the gathering in…..I love Fall, and that spicy feeling that happens right around this time just makes me want to light the fire, even though it’ll be 78 later. What’s also happening of course is the girls – my beautiful cannabis plants – are getting ready . This year I grew several strains, and they all look a bit different. I’m figuring out the new drying system and getting excited to see what they’ll taste like. Honestly though the best thing about growing cannabis is being able to manage every phase of my medication. I’m also starting to use the big fan leaves like I would parsley; they have a light vegetal taste and look beautiful on the plate. Just getting ready for a fine fall over here, and hopefully a fine giant harvest from my girls!
Because for me it’s the best way! I’ve found in my years of cannabis use that there are two types of pot growers. There are the super science-y growers, who monitor all kids of esoteric variables to insure glorious pot. I do have to say I applaud their methods and embrace the incredible cannabis that is the result. Then you have your old school earthy types – this would be me. For me the plants feel not only alive but almost sentient (I know – weird) and I feel that they appreciate touch and talk as well as sun and soil. I like to talk to them several times a day and when I’m with my plants I like to be naked. I like to feel ’em and touch ’em and be one with them. And before I get too trippy I’ll stop – just know that naked cannabis gardening is the best way for me to feel da love!
All of my life my engine has run fast. Don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people that has to fight being 3 steps ahead in the conversation. I’ve had to learn to slow down and listen, as well as slow down and wait….Point is, my pal cannabis has been very helpful here. I’m not talking about getting all high and spacing out, I’m talking about the wonderful soothing clam that cannabis can provide. I’ve been able to breathe, take a minute, and truly listen now that my brain has calmed down a bit. I have also included daily mindfulness meditation as a part of my Mental Traffic Management plan, and that plus the Indica cannabis I use has equaled WAY better everything. Cannabis is not a miracle, and I do need to pay attention to how relaxed I get, but if you like me are a hyperactive nut case, cannabis will help fer sure!!