Hurricane in a Teacup

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. A steaming hot cup of cinnamon tea on the front porch in the morning is a part of my morning ritual along with a well-packed bowl of good intentions, if I’m lucky. The next part is making sure I take all the rest of my pharmaceuticals and to make sure that my husband does the same.

My name is Amy. I am a wife, aunt, bio-mom and a loyal friend. I suffer from chronic migraines, body pain associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Spinal deterioration. This is just a small taste of my chaos. I wasn’t really sure where to start with my new article adventures. I’ve been described as “a hurricane in a teacup”,  the one to go to when you need someone to be-friend, and “that crazy woman that hugs you really tight!”

I used to smoke for fun as a kid and enjoyment at parties in my twenties. In my 30’s I started getting sick. I got up to a little over 300 pounds due to inability to function like a normal human. I went to doctor after doctor… they told me it was all in my head and I knew damn well it wasn’t! So, I turned to marijuana for help, relief, something. Anything really to stop the pain that I was in. And it helped. Eventually, the weight started to come off. it’s still a work in progress. I am still fat but I am fun!

My blood pressure was skyrocketing due to all the immense stress I was under with issues and home and my husband having health issues in his own right and it caused other health issues like my tooth loss which you can’t help but notice when you meet me. You will find that I am an open book when it comes to my life and am happy to talk about ..well anything really!

Two years ago my husband of 18 years altogether, passed out at work. After taking him to the ER, he has diagnosed with Diabetes, a Brain Tumor, and a heart issue. That was on a Friday. On Sunday, they cracked his skull open and removed the tumor, put a titanium plate in his head and sewed him back up. On Tuesday the put in a pacemaker.. and stitched him together one more time. It has been two years since our life was turned upside down and inside out. Michael actually was told by his Neurosurgeon that if Marijuana was legal in this state, he would have prescribed it immediately. As my husband recovered, I used marijuana to keep myself together so that I could be the best caregiver that I could to my husband. He’s my everything.

My husband is still recovering. Michael is 12 years older than I am, he has memory loss and thought process issues sometimes. He no longer has the ability to read as well or work out math problems like he used to since the surgery. It  took away much of who he was. Neither of us were prepared for that.  Arthritis all through his body but due to the fact that he has to go to a pain clinic, he isn’t able to obtain the full benefits of using marijuana. I personally think it’s ridiculous that they test for pot but they do. This is just one of the many reasons I want to help change the laws. Stay tuned for more!

 

Chicken Soup with Canna-Dumplings

It’s that time of year! When you put on a big pot of Chicken soup and smell it cooking all day. The kind you fix for a game day when family and friends are getting together, and yes, sometimes, just by ourselves; that quiet, yummy, delicious bowl of soup! Well, this recipe is all of those. So, the more you make, the more you can feed! Bon appetite!


Ingredients

Chicken Soup Ingredients:
1 49 ounce can chicken broth
½ lb. chicken breasts, skinned and boneless
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 cup sliced or baby carrots
½ cup chopped dill or parsley


Canna-Dumpling Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canna-butter 
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley and/or dill.


Chicken Soup Directions:

  1. In a large saucepot combine the broth with the chicken and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove any particles that float to the top.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for another 45 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken, cut in pieces and return to the pot. While the chicken is simmering, prepare the dumplings.

Canna-Dumpling Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Pulse. Add cold canna-butter and pulse until crumbly. Add milk to form a soft dough that begins to form a ball. This recipe makes 6 good size dumplings or more smaller ones.

  2. Drop the dumplings into the simmering soup. Cover and cook for 15 minutes without lifting the lid. When the dumplings are done they will have floated to the top of the pot and be tender and tasty.

No-Bake Chocolate Cannabis Cookies Recipe

No-bake marijuana cookies are a winner everyday of the week, but most especially  on the weekends. The weekend is on the way and who wouldn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie and some milk? They are just yummy! A great gift or snack for the adult family and guests. The recipe below is easy to follow and easy to make.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
½ cup cocoa
½ cup of cannabutter
½ cup of milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter

Directions:

Combine the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk in a saucepan. Boil for one full minute. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla, and oatmeal. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 mins.

Top 10 events in Marijuana Policy for 2016

This is the top 10 events that have shaped our country in 2016. Things were beginning to change for the better in marijuana reform. Let’s see where we go with this new administration.

#1 Adult Use Marijuana Laws Win Big on Election Day

Voters in eight states on Election Day decided in favor of legalizing marijuana. Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada backed statewide initiatives regulating the adult use, possession, and sale of cannabis. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota endorsed initiatives either legalizing or expanding the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes. Twenty-nine states now recognize the medical use of cannabis by statute, while eight states permit its adult use and retail sale


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#2 Record Percentage of Americans Say Marijuana Use Should Be Legal

A greater percentage of American adults than ever before say that the use of cannabis should be legal. An October Gallup poll reported that 60 percent of respondents back legalization, the highest percentage ever reported by the poll. Sixty-three percent of respondents age 18 or older endorsed legalization in this year’s American Values Survey, a 30 percent increase in public support since 2014.


                                

#3 Marijuana-Related Tax Revenue Exceeds Projections.

Tax revenue collection from retail marijuana sales is greatly exceeding initial projections. In Colorado, regulators took in $129 million over the 12-month period ending May 31, 2016 – well exceeding initial estimates of $70 million per year. In Washington, tax revenue totaled $220 million for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2016. Regulators had initially projected that retail sales would bring in only $162 million in new annual tax revenue. In Oregon, marijuana-related tax revenues are yielding about $4 million per month – about twice what regulators initially predicted.


#4 Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Less Prescription Drug Use

Patients who have legal access to medical cannabis mitigate their use of prescription drugs, particularly opiates. Data published by University of Georgia researchers in July reported that patients in medical marijuana states spent $165 million less on conventional prescription drugs, particularly those used to combat anxiety, depression, and pain. Separate data published in September in the American Journal of Public Health reported lower rates of opioid prevalence in medical marijuana states, while an April study commissioned by Castlight Health also reported lower rates of opiate abuse.

 


#5 Teens’ Marijuana Use, Access Falls In Era of Legalization

Fewer teens report being able to obtain marijuana, according to federal data released in 2016. Data reported by the US CDC in September found the percentage of teens that perceived cannabis to be “fairly easy or very easy to obtain” fell by 13 percent between the years 2002 and 2014, while separate data compiled by the University of Michigan determined that younger teens are finding it more difficult than ever before to procure the substance. The CDC report concluded, “[S]ince 2002, the prevalence of marijuana use and initiation among U.S. youth has declined” – a finding that is consistent with prior studies.

 


 

#6 Anti-Marijuana Zealot Selected For US Attorney General

President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as US Attorney General. Senator Sessions has been one of the most outspoken opponents of marijuana law reform in Congress. He received a failing grade on NORML’s 2016 Congressional Scorecard for stating, “[G]ood people don’t smoke marijuana.” He has been confirmed and is currently focusing on “drug dealers”!

 

 

 

#7 Medical Cannabis Laws Associated With Fewer Traffic Accidents

The passage of medical marijuana legalization is associated with reduced traffic fatalities among younger drivers, according to data published in December in the American Journal of Public Health. Investigators from Columbia University reported: “[O]n average, MMLs (medical marijuana laws) states had lower traffic fatality rates than non-MML states. …. MMLs are associated with reductions in traffic fatalities, particularly pronounced among those aged 25 to 44 years. … It is possible that this is related to lower alcohol-impaired driving behavior in MML-states.”

 


 

#8 DEA Reaffirms ‘Flat Earth’ Position With Regard to Scheduling Marijuana

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration in August rejected a pair of administrative rescheduling petitions challenging the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical utility. The decision continues to classify marijuana in the same category as heroin. In a separate announcement, the DEA acknowledged for the first time that it will consider issuing cannabis cultivation licenses for private entities engaged in “commercial product development.”

 

 


 

#9 Twin Study: Marijuana Use Does Not Adversely Impact IQ

The cumulative use of cannabis by adolescents has no direct effect on intelligence decline, according to longitudinal data published in January in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Investigators evaluated intellectual performance in two longitudinal cohorts of adolescent twins. Participants were assessed for intelligence at ages 9 to 12, before marijuana involvement, and again at ages 17 to 20. They concluded: “In the largest longitudinal examination of marijuana use and IQ change, … we find little evidence to suggest that adolescent marijuana use has a direct effect on intellectual decline.”

 


 

#10 Cannabis Use Not Associated With Increased Health Care Utilization

Marijuana consumers do not access health care services at rates that are higher than non-users, according to data published in August in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed the relationship between marijuana use and health care utilization in a nationally representative sample of 174,159,864 US adults aged 18 to 59 years old. They concluded, “[C]ontrary to popular belief, … marijuana use is not associated with increased healthcare utilization, [and] there [is] also no association between health care utilization and frequency of marijuana use.”

 


Strawberry Infused Muffins

 

With all the warm weather, I’m ready for spring. That means fresh fruit and berries!  While strolling through the grocery store the other day, I saw some delicious looking strawberries. Well, that led to this month’s recipe! Strawberry infused muffins and a cup of coffee, now that’s a wake and bake for sure! So, try this recipe and let me know what you think.


Ingredients

1cup of flour
1/2 cup of quick oats
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup of cannabis butter
1 cup of milk
1 cup of fresh strawberries


Directions

Step 1: Mix together the oats, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: In a smaller bowl mix together the egg, milk, and marijuana butter.

Step 3: Make a crater in the large bowl and then pour in the liquid mix from the smaller bowl.

Step 4: Stir it up a little, don’t stir until smooth, it should be lumpy.

Step 5: Carefully insert the strawberries deep into the mix, you can slice the strawberries into halves and quarters if you wish..

Step 6: Pour the mixture into a muffin tin, using muffin liners, make sure that you leave room in each muffin tin for them to rise, your mix should fill about 75% of the capacity of the liners.

Step 7: Bake for 25-30 minutes in an oven which has been preheated to 380F-400F.

Step 8: Leave to cool on a wire rack, and then enjoy!

Top 5 Strains in 2016

Let’s take a look back at the 5 most popular strains of 2016, this is a list of the top five favorites. Today’s marijuana is definitely stronger than what you grew and smoked in the 70’s. It’s not only stronger, but comes in different flavors too! From lemon to orange, even blueberry! With all the different strains out there, how do you know what’s  going to be the right one for you? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for, because some strains are more popular than others. After a little research, here’s a list worth taking a look at. All of these strains, as you know, come out of legal states. Just saying…

5. Gorilla Glue

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Specifically no. 4, Gorilla Glue #4, developed by GG Strains, is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid’s supremacy is no longer a secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Gorilla Glue #4.


4. Girl Scout Cookies

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Girl Scout Cookies, or GSC, is an OG Kush and Durban Poison hybrid cross whose reputation grew too large to stay within the borders of its California homeland. With a sweet and earthy aroma, Girl Scout Cookies launches you to euphoria’s top floor where full-body relaxation meets a time-bending cerebral space. A little goes a long way with this hybrid, whose THC heights have won Girl Scout Cookies numerous Cannabis Cup awards. Patients needing a strong dose of relief, however, may look to GSC for severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss.


3. Jack Herer

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Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain that has gained as much renown as its namesake, the marijuana activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Combining a Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk cross, Sensi Seeds created Jack Herer hoping to capture both the cerebral elevation associated with sativas and the heavy resin production of indicas. Its rich genetic background gives rise to several different variations of Jack Herer, each phenotype bearing its own unique features and effects. However, consumers typically describe this 55% sativa hybrid as blissful, clear-headed, and creative.


2. Herijuana

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Originally bred by Woodhorse Seeds, Herijuana is a combination of the highly regarded Humboldt County Afghan indica called Petrolia Headstash and an outdoor hybrid from Kentucky known only as the “Killer New Haven” strain. This combo was worked by breeders for 15 generations to create an inbred line (IBL), meaning that most of the seeds will grow into plants that are nearly identical. Herijuana produces large dense flowers on an open, stretchy plant, with aromas and flavors ranging from spicy earth and sandalwood to hashy fruit. THC levels have been measured at over 25%, and the high provides a heavy, almost numbing feeling.


1.  O G Kush

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OG Kush makes up the genetic backbone of West Coast cannabis varieties, but in    spite  of  its ubiquity, its genetic origins remain a mystery. Popular myth maintains that Chemdawg and Hindu Kush parented OG Kush, passing on the distinct “kush” bud structure we see in many strains today. However, we can’t be sure because OG Kush first came from bag seed in the early 90s. The earliest propagators (now known as Imperial Genetics) are said to have brought the seeds out of Florida to Colorado and southern California, where it now flourishes. There are many different phenotypes of OG Kush, some of which include Tahoe OG, SFV OG, and Alpha OG.