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Interview with a cannabis chef: Monica Lo and her fresh cannabis chimichurri recipe

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Chef Monica Lo grew up in a household with a love for food, where every meal was made from scratch. From a young age, she was spending quality time in the kitchen with her mom, “prepping the mise en place or pleating dumplings.”

This love of food evolved over the years, turning into a passion project that from which sprang forth “various food blogs” back in the days of Tumblr. Eventually, as the years went by, she eventually launched her own site, becoming the creator of Sous Weed – Cannabis-Infused Recipes From an Asian American Kitchen.

Lo got her start in the culinary world through art with a background in advertising and design. Her career evolved into food styling and photography classes during time she spent in New York. Later, she moved to San Francisco and started having pop-up dinners and events.

She learned the way many of the greatest do: through the foundations of cooking taught by her parents. In this case, intertwined with their Taiwanese and Chinese traditions.

Monica Lo meets cannabis

Chef Monica Lo has been building her career in the culinary space for years, and continues to bubble with fresh and fun ideas.

In 2015, Lo’s cooking journey took a turn towards cannabis. It began with a workout injury – a herniated spinal disk. She was prescribed a mix of opioids and acetaminophen by her doctor, but the medicines “destroyed” her stomach. “[It made] the whole situation worse,” says Lo.

“Raw or cooked, this plant is delicious! It’s not always about the THC or CBD; cannabis is a nutrient-dense vegetable to be treated as a culinary challenge like any other.”

– Monica Lo

Eventually, seeking relief from the pain without the terrible side effects she was experiencing, Lo tried a cannabis edible.

“That night I slept so well,” says Lo. “From that day on I knew I had to make my own edibles.”

There was just one problem. Lo lived in a strict no-smoking building, which meant the smell of cannabis wafting from her kitchen could be trouble, smoking it or not. She couldn’t cook it on a stovetop or crockpot, so she had to get creative. Fortunately, at the time, Lo was working as Creative Director for a sous vide start-up.

Sous vide is a cooking technique where food is vacuum sealed in a bag and then cooked to precise temperatures in water baths. The technique allows for greater precision and consistency, and has been around in the culinary world since the 70s, but didn’t really take off in the US until the 2000s. From there it’s grown and has become more accessible to home bosses.

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Lo decided she would put her start-up’s machines to the test, and to her delight, it worked. Lo says, “Since the cannabis flower and cooking oil are sealed in an airtight bag and placed underwater to infuse – there’s no smell! Plus, I can make multiple cannabis infusions at once, using all my favorite cannabis strains. I would use these infusions in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.”

Embracing the plant and its unique qualities

Lo doesn’t hold back from the possibilities when cooking with cannabis.

She uses various cooking oils, fats, butter, sugars, and alcohol for the base of her infusion, and says she prefers both fresh and dry cannabis flower and leaves.

“To get the full spectrum of benefits, you should use whole plant material. There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified,” Lo reminds us, while celebrating broad-spectrum cooking. She believes cannabis can be an accompaniment in dishes, rather than an additive to hide and disguise.

“The flavors of cannabis should be welcomed, not hidden.” says Lo. “The lovely terpenes that give each cannabis strain its distinctive smell should be celebrated.”

Lo says that by using a gentle method like sous vide, it’s possible to infuse more phytocannabinoids and terpenes into cooking oils, and this allows her to consider her food pairings more carefully.

“For example,” says Lo, “I like to infuse a strain that smells funky and garlicky into lard or Schmaltz to use in savory dishes. Or I’ll infuse a lemony, citrusy strain into olive oil to use in a salad dressing. On the flip side, I also chop up my cannabis fan leaves to use in a chimichurri, or juice it to color my dumpling dough. It’s an opportunity to be creative!”

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Ultimately, her journey into cannabis cooking helped Lo manage her back pain in a less invasive manner and take back control of her life. She documented the process on her blog and Instagram, and as a result, doors opened for her to collaborate with “really amazing people and brands” in the cannabis industry.

“It’s been quite the adventure,” Lo says.

Edibles for everybody

Monica’s latest venture is the launch of her cookbook, The Weed Gummies Cookbook. Lo says it has been her dream since she started to publish a book, and she hopes her practical cookbook can be a go-to resource for the cannabis curious of all levels.

Photo of Monica Lo's book cover for Monica Lo’s latest venture is The Weed Gummies Cookbook.

“Homemade edibles are cost-effective, discreet, and delicious! The Weed Gummies Cookbook offers approachable ways to incorporate a variety of cannabinoids into your routine. With step-by-step instructions and color photos, you’ll also get tips for safely handling and labeling your confections.”

At the end of the day, Chef Monica hopes the takeaway from her brand, Sous Weed, is that cannabis can be used as a superfood ingredient, as opposed to only a psychoactive additive.

“Raw or cooked, this plant is delicious! It’s not always about the THC or CBD; cannabis is a nutrient-dense vegetable to be treated as a culinary challenge like any other. My goal is to encourage and empower people to make their own infusions at home.”

Chef Monica Lo’s cannabis chimichurri recipe

Photo of cannabis leaves, garlic, and herbs next to a photo of bright green chimichurri on a spoonCannabis chimichurri recipe by Monica Lo. Photo credit: Monica Lo, Sous Weed®

Chef Monica Lo says, “If you’re growing a cannabis or hemp plant at home and you’re unsure of what to do with all the fan leaves–just eat it! While the leaves, in the raw state, won’t get you high, they can still provide you with a wealth of health benefits. Plus, it makes an awesome chimichurri.”

Prep time:

10 mins

Cook time:

No cooking necessary

Recipe yield

Makes about 2 cups

Recipe ingredients

• 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

• 1/4 cup raw cannabis or hemp leaves, finely chopped

• 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano, finely chopped

• 1 small shallot, finely chopped

• 4 garlic cloves. finely chopped

• 1 red jalapeño, seeds removed, finely chopped

• 1/2 cup red wine vinegar

• 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil*

• Juice of 1/2 lemon

• 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

• 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

Recipe instructions

1. Chop all ingredients separately.

2. Add ingredients into a bowl and mix well.**

3. Salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve on skirt steak or roast chicken and enjoy.

*Substitute regular olive oil with your preferred dosage of cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil if you’d like.

**To make a creamier dipping sauce that tastes amazing on empanadas, blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor.

Follow Chef Monica Lo on Instagram to stay up to date on her recipes, books, and adventures. Click here to check out more of her recipes on Leafly.

Rae Lland

Rae Lland is a freelance writer, journalist, and former editor for Weedist and The Leaf Online. With a focus on culture, music, health, and wellness, in addition to her work for Leafly, she has also been featured in numerous online cannabis publications as well as print editions of Cannabis Now Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @rae.lland

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5 Benefits of High Potency CBD Oil

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Want to know why more CBD is better? Let’s take a look at 5 reasons you might want to go with higher strength CBD oil.

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CBD oils come in a variety of strengths based on how many milligrams of CBD there is in that bottle of product. You may be taking your CBD every morning and night but feel as if you could be missing something. It could be that you’re doing OK on your current CBD strength, but that you are missing out on some of the perks of a higher strength CBD oil.

1. You Get More Results with Higher Strength CBD Oil

More strength equals more benefits for a lot of people, and there’s a good reason why this happens. Our bodies are biologically equipped to process CBD through a specialized body system called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. For whatever reason, some of us have very efficient systems that go through the CBD a little quicker or we simply need more CBD than others.

Flushing this system with CBD ensures you get more of those wonderful CBD benefits like an enhanced sense of well-being, a more stable and balanced sense of calm, and the best nights of sleep you have had in years. If your current CBD is falling short, go with a higher strength and watch those benefits unfold for you!

One other note on benefits: High strength CBD formulas are often labeled full spectrum. This means a few things:

  • You get the added benefit of the entourage effect: More cannabinoids equals a more well-balanced and enhanced experience with CBD.
  • You get the benefit of more cannabinoids: CBD + THC (the power duo!) + other minor-yet-helpful cannabinoids like CBG and CBN, plus flavonoids and terpenes to round out the cannabis plant profile in your CBD formula.
  • These formulas are the best choices for those who need more help with mood regulation and sleep.
  • Athletes rave about the enhanced experience of full spectrum formulas for post-workout support.

2. Research Supports Higher CBD Concentrations

Most research studies supporting CBD’s benefits focus on higher doses of CBD and their effects, while the evidence for lower doses is lacking. If you have been using CBD and aren’t quite getting the results you want, it could mean that you simply need a higher dose. Take a look at what you’re using currently and what the next levels of strength are available. Move up to the next strength and reevaluate how your CBD is working for you.

3. Easier and more convenient

High potency CBD oil makes your CBD regimen so much easier. If you keep taking more and more of your regular CBD oils to get the results you want, then high strength CBD lets you get more power from just one or two servings a day.

Calculate the dosage you are taking right now:

  1. How many milligrams of CBD are in your CBD bottle?
  2. How many doses are in each bottle?
  3. Divide the number of milligrams by the number of doses to get your dosage for one full serving.

Rather than having to increase your servings (taking an extra half-dropper or supplementing with a second softgel, for example) simply move to a stronger CBD strength and make your regimen easy, convenient, and more efficient. Plus, you won’t have that many bottles to order each month.

Don’t worry, you can still take your yummy post-gym gummies you love. Layering CBD products is totally fine, but be aware of how much CBD you take each day in case you want to make any adjustments to your regimen. (Like when you-know-who comes for a visit and you need a little extra CBD support?)

High strength formulas come in easy-to-measure CBD tinctures, CBD gummies, and the popular CBD capsules and softgels which you take with a glass of water.

4. Higher Strength CBD Means Higher Bioavailability

Your endocannabinoid system in your body utilizes all the CBD available to keep your body in balance and support a variety of bodily functions. When you take CBD – in a tincture, capsule, softgel, or edible – some of it gets lost in digestion, so not all of the milligrams of CBD listed on the bottle will actually be available for use.

Using a higher strength CBD means that more CBD will be bioavailable – ready for use – for your body to process and apply, helping your body reach the homeostasis and balance that feels so good.

5. More Bang for Your Buck!

What happens when you stop taking double doses of your lower-strength CBD? You get more bang for your buck! Using a higher strength CBD formula instead means fewer bottles to buy and less to take at each dose. It will cost you less overall to get even more benefits…which sounds like a win-win for your body and your wallet!

All in all, the high strength CBD product formulas have a lot to offer in terms of benefits, convenience, efficacy, and cost. Try them and see if they don’t work so much better for you!

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CBD Tea Effects: Uses And Benefits

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How come you feel so lethargic in the evenings? You might be experiencing stress and anxiety throughout the day. If you drink CBD tea in the morning, it reduces anxiety and helps your body chill out, perfect for those days when you need to chill out.

Whether your workload is becoming too much, or you’re stressed about missing a deadline, CBD tea is a natural solution that can help. The consumption of CBD is possible in multiple ways, most notably through tea consumption. The consumption of CBD tea is sometimes used to alleviate pain and anxiety and to aid in sleeping, weight loss, or weight management.

The average supermarket doesn’t sell CBD tea, but specialty shops or online sellers might. Learn how to make CBD tea at home, what it contains, and its potential health benefits.

CBD Tea: What Is It?

CBD Tea is derived from cannabis, a plant that contains cannabidiol (CBD). Organic substances are used in the formulation, and none of the caffeine is present.

There are no chemical additives in CBD tea because it consists of organic plants. The use of this herb is legal across the United States, and it contains no THC at all. You can purchase and sell it anywhere in the country. It is important to note that our hemp plant is grown on farms that comply with strict regulations by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another chemical compound in the cannabis plant that contributes to anxiety and epilepsy. CBD exhibits therapeutic benefits without causing psychoactive effects. As CBD does not contain THC, it is not intoxicating and can be consumed daily without harm.

CBD Tea: What Is It Used For?

CBD tea has been used for centuries to relax, increase focus, and improve overall health. It is well known that CBD tea is a natural sleep aid. The relaxing effects of this tea can help you unwind and fall asleep faster, giving you more restful sleep.

The calming effects of CBD tea are also significant for people who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks. In addition to helping you relax and get some restful sleep, it can also help reduce anxiety symptoms throughout the day and help you stay calm even when stressful situations arise.

People who suffer from depression often find that CBD tea helps lift their spirits and get them through their day without feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts or feelings, making it an excellent choice for people with depression-related disorders like bipolar disorder or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

CBD Tea Preparation And Consumption

Cannabis tea and other edible forms, such as gummies, encounter absorption problems. As fat-soluble molecules, cannabinoids require other oils and fats to be absorbed into the body.

To meet the needs of health-conscious consumers, many pre-packaged CBD tea bags contain fat-rich ingredients such as coconut oil. CBD tea can also be consumed after a meal or with a fatty snack to increase its absorption by your body (Devinsky, 2014).

CBD tea can be made in various ways; soaking hemp plants in hot water is the easiest. Processing hemp flowers and mixing them with binding agents are necessary to extract CBD from them.

Purchasing pre-packaged CBD tea bags is a convenient way to start CBD tea if you’re new to it. In addition to hemp, tea leaves, and other herbs, they typically contain different ingredients. These bags are identical to ordinary tea bags and only require boiling water to be steep.

In addition, you can also prepare tea with hemp oil. When making it at home, decide which type of tea to add to your CBD tea might seem overwhelming. Adding a fragrant herb like peppermint or cinnamon to hemp can mask its earthy flavor if you don’t like it.

You may choose a specific type of tea based on your intentions, as some herbs and teas are similar to CBD in terms of their health benefits. While research on herbal tea has focused on CBD, it is possible to make CBD teas at home.

The following suggestions may be helpful.

CBD Tea Benefits

The benefits of hemp oil aren’t only about how easy it is to prepare and how delicious it is, but also about what it has to offer, including:

  • Sleeping in a restful manner
  • promoting good health
  • Inflammation and pain relief
  • Seizure prevention and reduction
  • Managing stress better
  • Healthier heart

Several benefits of herbal teas are one of the reasons why CBD tea has become so popular in recent years. Let’s explore the benefits of CBD tea in more detail.

  • Increasing the quality of sleep

The consumption of chamomile tea before bed or during insomnia has been a therapeutic solution for generations. In addition to chamomile tea, adding CBD to the mix makes it even more powerful. Research suggests CBD can alleviate the effects of PTSD, such as nightmares, REM sleep behavior disorder, and insomnia.

You can get a better night’s rest with the soothing aroma and amazing flavors of CBD tea. The goal is to relax the body and mind by addressing the source of the problem, which could be stress or pain. Of all study participants, 66.7% reported better sleep and ease of falling asleep when using CBD daily. Having a cup of CBD tea before you sleep is excellent.

CBD tea can relieve or eliminate vomiting and nausea. This is because it is rich in CBD oil, which has natural antiemetic properties. Taking this medication is an absolute necessity for people who suffer from nausea or vomiting caused by certain drugs or treatments, such as chemotherapy. Additionally, good health tea may help prevent the side effects of chemotherapy, such as appetite loss, organ toxicity, and discomfort.

  • Inflammation and Pain Relief

An intense migraine or any other type of chronic pain can profoundly impact your life. In addition, CBD tea may yield endocannabinoids that are useful for treating pain and discomfort. Neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids bind to nerve receptors and reduce pain in certain people.

Furthermore, CBD also helps promote faster healing by interfering with CB receptors, which promotes anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Reduce and Prevent Seizures

People struggling with epilepsy often have difficulty alleviating their ailments with conventional medications, and more and more are turning to CBD to control their symptoms.

Most people are already aware of the approval of CBD for treating seizures related to Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. These are the most severe epileptic forms. A drug containing CBD, Epidolex, has been certified by the FDA to treat seizures triggered by these special types of epilepsy.

Several anecdotal reports and new research indicate that CBD products may relieve epilepsy patients struggling with seizures. These include CBD tea and edibles. In a 2018 study, they administered the hemp plant extract twice daily for 14 months to epilepsy patients, and found that 68% of participants experienced fewer seizures.

Nevertheless, as studies are still in progress, CBD will not replace traditional epilepsy medications any time soon. The available research and case studies are insufficient to recommend CBD to epilepsy patients. CBD tea may be the best option for you to take advantage of CBD.

Tea is a tranquilizing drink that soothes the soul, making it the drink of choice when we feel restless or tense. Our bodies and minds relax when we sip on tea as a ritual.

The anti-anxiety properties of CBD make a cup of tea even more relaxing with CBD infusions. The body and mind are less likely to suffer adverse effects from stress.

In 93.3% of cases, CBD alleviated symptoms of stress and anxiety as recorded in a study by the UOW by analyzing genetic data from strains. Social anxiety disorder sufferers who used CBD during public speaking reported reduced anxiety and discomfort. The evidence indicates that CBD tea can reduce anxiety and stress while reducing its adverse effects on your body.

  • Cardiovascular Health Improvement

Several studies have shown that CBD can be good for your heart. It can help reduce inflammation, which is usually a symptom of heart disease. It can also alleviate hypertension (high blood pressure), a condition where your arteries could become damaged and may reduce oxygen and blood flow to your heart.

Further, CBD reduces free radicals, which could result in oxidative stress, damaging cells, and increased risk of heart disease and other health problems. Alternatively, cannabis tea contains antioxidants that reduce the dangers associated with it.

What Is The Offshoot Of CBD/Hemp Tea?

Generally, CBD products are safe to consume, but a few side effects occur. The side effects of CBD tea are even less than those of other supplements containing CBD. Please be aware that there may be some mild side effects, such as:

  • Mouth sensation of dryness
  • sleepiness
  • Having digestive problems
  • Headaches

Despite this, we must emphasize that these adverse reactions are rare, whereas the pros far surpass the cons.

Taking CBD Tea To The Next Level

Following our step-by-step guide to making CBD-infused tea, here are some popular ways to enjoy this special beverage:

1. CBD + Chamomile Tea

Even though chamomile tea is known for its calming properties, combining it with this soothing cannabinoid will have a very relaxing effect, so combining the two will have a great impact. The tea is ideal for a pre-bedtime cup and any time when you need to relieve pain, stress, or just relax.

2. CBD + Green Tea

If you are looking for something that is medically effective, then green tea is the way to go. A wide variety of health advantages come with its consumption, from lowering the risk of heart disease to decreasing inflammation and improving brain function. These types of tea benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.

3. CBD + Ginger Tea

The combination of CBD oil and ginger tea may be just what you’re looking for if you like your spicy tea. When you have stomach pains or cramps, ginger tea can be very helpful. It has many health benefits, including rejuvenating the digestive system. This beverage also reduces inflammation. Consider brewing ginger tea with CBD oil, cinnamon, and coconut milk for extra flavor and body.

4. CBD + Peppermint Tea

The benefits of peppermint tea range from digestive aid to pain relief to oral health and hygiene. Combined with CBD oil, peppermint provides a soothing effect that relieves pain and stress.

Does CBD Tea Make You High?

It is common for people to ask if CBD gets them high, particularly people who regularly undergo workplace drug screenings. They also ask if the tea contains any THC or trace amounts of THC. Simply put, CBD tea does not make you high because it does not have the psychoactive effects usually associated with cannabis.

Those who wish to enjoy the benefits of cannabis discreetly and elegantly should consider CBD tea. The CBD tea’s taste is enhanced by easy-to-use ingredients, resulting in a delicious drink.

Conclusion

CBD tea is a potent anti-inflammatory tool when used in conjunction with a nourishing diet and lifestyle. Adding CBD oil to a cup of tea is the easiest and most convenient way to make it, or you can use a pre-packaged tea bag. The tea world contains various flavors, including black, green, herbal, and CBD, so you can easily get your favorite one without ruining your taste in the first experience.

While the results come slowly, their long-term nature may appeal to those having trouble with other popular dietary approaches. We know that many are curious about CBD but aren’t sure where to begin.

So, learning how CBD works and its health benefits are the best ways to start with CBD Tea. Most people have not experienced any side effects after taking CBD tea. Still, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before beginning any type of consumption.

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Cannabis cultivators prepare for start of pot sales

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SHELDON SPRINGS, Vt. (WCAX) – Recreational marijuana dispensaries in Vermont can open as early as Sat., Oct. 1, they should have the license in hand to do so. And the whole industry is scrambling ahead of the big day. That includes cultivators, who have been waiting for this moment for years.

“It’s like Christmas Eve, 11th hour,” said Jane Lanza of the Family Tree Hemp and Cannabis Company.

With less than 24 hours until the first recreational pot sales begin in Vermont, cultivators are now undergoing what they say is a race to the finish line.

“We’ve been up all night long preparing for this, unwrapping or unraveling of the marketplace here,” Jane said.

The Family Tree Hemp and Cannabis Co. is a 600-plant grow operation in Franklin County. Ben and Jane Lanza own the business and are excited to say the least.

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“Manufacturers, cultivators, retailers, you know we’re all bouncing emails off of each other late last night and getting ready. So, it’s a lot more exciting than cramming for a test, but that’s what it feels like. It’s reminding us of college a little bit,” Ben Lanza said.

The Lanzas have been working exclusively with CBD for the past four years. After being granted multiple recreational marijuana licenses, that’s since changed.

“So we use our cultivation license to grow the plants, select them, phenotype, choose what we want for oil, flower, smoke, etc… And then we use our manufacturing license to extract it into a solventless oil and we make all chemical-free products,” Jane explained.

What will be on store shelves as of Oct. 1 is pretty much exclusive to flower and prerolled joints, at least from Family Tree.

The Lanzas do make CBD edibles using a certified cannabis kitchen and are planning to use that knowledge to make THC edibles. But they say those will be rolling out a bit later than the rest of their products.

“As the law is written, CBD manufacturers can’t also do THC in the same facility. So many of them are having to await their license before being able to help with those products,” Jane said.

Their indoor-grown flower is en route to stores, specifically FLORA in Middlebury and Mountain Girl in Rutland, though they hope to expand as more dispensaries open. They say their soft gels and oils which you can ingest won’t be far behind.

“Sugar-added and skin care and stuff will follow toward the new year,” Jane said.

Regardless of the form it takes, cultivators like the Lanzas are now able to sell their product out on an open market, and they say that is a feat in itself.

“Feels like it’s been a long time coming, and the idea that we can now share all of the different cannabinoids as medicine and not just some of them is awesome,” Ben said.

The Lanzas say they’re happy they didn’t have to leave Vermont to pursue their business ventures.

They also want to wish everyone in the industry the best of luck and congratulations as things get going.

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