DIY Summer CBD Brunch

It’s summer, friends! For me, that includes long hikes with my pup, trips to the pool, and of course grilling every meal for three months straight, no matter what it is. This blog, I’ve prepared a brunch recipe for you, and it’s all infused with local CBD products. A deliciously relaxing infused brunch screamed mid-June to me, so I’m excited for you to read it! I also included this great website, https://cbddosagecalculator.com/# that will allow you to use whichever dosage you deem correct for yourself. If you prefer THC in your recipe instead, I’d recommend using this site: http://www.howtoedibles.com/. But, again, in my original recipe, we’ll be using CBD. All of the products I’ve used can be purchased here at The Coffee Joint!

CBD Tea – from Pure Hemp Botanicals, based in Brighton, CO

  • 1 Hemptealicious Tea Bag, Spearmint Lemongrass flavor
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 tablespoon of almond milk
  • Local honey/preferred sweetener (to preference)

Boil 1 gallon of water. Once boiling, add 1 Hemptealicious tea bag and 1 tablespoon of almond milk. Leave on stove to cool and steep. Once cooled a bit, add preferred sweetener to pitcher. Pour in tea and stir. Store in refrigerator around 4 hours or until chilled; serve over ice.

*Note – the almond milk (or any sort of fat molecule) is essential! CBD is not inherently water soluble, so because Hemptealicious is made using the leaves and buds from industrial hemp plants, you need to add a fat molecule to grab hold of the CBD and pull it out into the water. However, you can also use regular milk, oat milk, coconut oil, butter, etc. Whichever you prefer!

Summer Salad + CBD Dressing – from Extract Labs, based in Boulder, CO

  • Summer greens (kale, spinach, various lettuces, sprouts, etc.)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Chopped walnuts (to preference)
  • Feta cheese
  • Homemade CBD balsamic vinaigrette

Dressing:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dijohn mustard
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Extract Labs 1000mg Unflavored hemp tincture
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare salad: toss greens to combine them. Chop berries and walnuts; crumble feta. Prepare salad dressing by combining all ingredients and shaking well.

Toss with dressing, add berries and feta, serve chilled!

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches – from Extract Labs in Boulder, CO

  • Zucchini
  • Bell pepper
  • Mushroom of choice
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Provolone cheese
  • Whole grain bread of choice
  • Olive oil
  • CBD shatter in your preferred flavor from Extract Labs

Chop veggies. In grill-pan over very low heat, add olive oil and desired amount of CBD shatter. Gently heat and stir until melted. Add vegetables and grill until desired softness is reached. Once veggies are done, assemble sandwich. Put back on grill just long enough to melt the cheese. Plate, cut, and enjoy!

Grilled Peaches with a CBD Honey Glaze – from Colorado Hemp Honey, based in Parker, CO

  • Fresh, ripe peaches
  • Cinnamon
  • Colorado hemp honey: raw relief flavor
  • Vanilla ice cream

Wash and cut peaches in half. Grill peaches to preferred consistency. Glaze with CBD honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill 3 minutes more to give the honey time to soak in. Serve peaches hot over vanilla ice cream!

Conclusion & Notes

I hope you and your loved ones are zen and feeling great after this brunch recipe! For all recipes, I used both produce and products that I love and tend to eat a lot. However, the sky’s the limit! Don’t be afraid to substitute an ingredient with something you’d rather try. For example, Extract Labs recently released a mango flavored tincture, and I think that might set you up for a really amazing salad dressing! Let me know if you have a CBD recipe that you love to make!

~written by Melinda Gardner~

Plant-Based Decriminalization

There is a new day dawning for plant based medicines, friends. The conversation around cannabis and psychedelics has changed vastly in the last decade, and the elections of 2019 have proven it. On May 7th, 2019 the city of Denver voted to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms, and on June 5th, 2019 the city of Oakland took it one step further, decriminalizing all plant-based entheogens. But what does that mean for these cities? And what now?

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Denver

In Denver’s case, psilocybin mushrooms have been decriminalized. While this does not mean psilocybin can be found in your neighborhood dispensary and it is still illegal to distribute them, it does mean that psilocybin becomes a low priority issue for law enforcement. They cannot arrest anyone (over the age of 21) for personal possession, consumption, or growth of psilocybin; it also prohibits city funds from being accessed to prosecute such cases.

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Oakland

As for Oakland, they took it one step further than the city of Denver. The voters approved the decriminalization of all plant-based entheogens, which isn’t just limited to psilocybin. This includes mescaline, ayahuasca, dimethyltryptamine as well as a few others. Basically, if it comes from a plant, you can’t get arrested in Oakland for it, and, like in Denver, law enforcement cannot use city funds to prosecute folks 21+ for possession, use or cultivation.

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What now?

So what now? Does this mean magic mushies will be legal soon? In short, no. While Denver and Oakland could in the future decide to put legalization on the ballot, in my opinion, what happens now is a steady paradigm shift in how we view these substances. The consensus around the country in recent years has been that the war on drugs was a failure, and with more and more clinical research being done, as well as powerful anecdotes coming out, public opinion is changing. The very fact that these initiatives not only made it on the ballot in the first place, but passed the first time, is a very good indicator of this. Now that these cities have broken the initial barrier, I think by the end of the summer we’re going to hear about a multitude more cities putting these kinds of initiatives on the ballot. And come next November, I think national conversation on psychedelics will steadily start to become the norm. Colorado and California obviously have unmistakable voting power, and the fact that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill to increase federal research of both cannabis and psilocybin last week is very telling of that. The times, they are a-changin’.

~written by Melinda Gardner~