20 Apr 2013

hemp recipe roundup for april 20th + a rant

In celebration of April 20th (a.k.a. 420) - the day once a year groups of people around the world come together to enjoy the natural delights of cannabis in all it's forms, legal or otherwise - I have decided to do a hemp recipe roundup, so throughout the post there are linked photos - click them for the recipes! I also have a bit of a rant about supporting the legalization of marijuana. I am NOT saying everyone should smoke weed, but I do believe we should have the RIGHT to, if we want. It is part of our duty as promoters of plants (and discouragers of government dishonesty and manipulative corporate profiting) to promote this wonderful green plant! Read on.


I don't want to lose my beloved readers over this controversial topic, but I also need to be honest. I really feel that supporting the cannabis plant - including marijuana - is an important part of my job as an individual who promotes an eco-friendly, cruelty-free and healthful, wholesome lifestyle and at the same time REFUSES to live a life reliant on major corporations, drug companies, agribusiness, chemicals and toxins.


Essentially - part of my being vegan is a devotion to HOLISTIC living. Supporting and encouraging the legalization of beneficial medicinal herbs that have been used for thousands of years by intelligent civilizations is directed connected to my chosen holistic lifestyle.


When you look at the controversy around marijuana - it is almost identical to the controversy around meat, dairy and other animal products. Let's take a look:

Initially, when the scientific data was not able to be conclusive, animal products were thought to be healthy and so the government promoted eating them. Companies and farmers selling animal products grew to giant corporations and now we fast forward several decades to today: the science IS conclusive and it tells us animals products are disastrous for our bodies, the planet and of course with factory farming - we see the brutal torture and murder of innocent creatures reach the billions each year. Yet because of long-held and deep-rooted traditions, beliefs and convictions, many still are clinging to what they learned when they were growing up - that meat and milk makes you strong! They may never learn of the dishonest reality behind these foods because the government and major animal product corporations are purposely hiding it from them, under packs of lies, crimes and distractions. Why? As always, because of profits. They are not evil people, just business people. There is too much for the government and these corporations to lose now. For more on this, read the China Study, Eating Animals, and Mad Cowboy, and watch Food Matters and Food Inc.

If animals products are good for us - why are the top two killers in America cancer and heart disease? Why will every one in three children be diagnosed with diabetes? Why does the factory farming industry produce more pollution that all transportation combined? Because it's a lie - processed, factory farmed animal products AREN'T good for us.


Now let's compare this to marijuana, shall we? Initially, when marijuana entered American culture (largely by Mexican workers) the scientific data was not able to be conclusive so marijuana was perceived as a toxic drug. It is sad it became categorized as drug rather than a plant since it is firstly a plant, and the word drug negatively groups it in with cocaine, etc. The government thought it would have a negative effect on the country and so it basically used scare tactics to discourage the use of marijuana with no concrete evidence behind the claims they made.Fast forward a few decades to today: the science AND history is conclusive and it tells us that marijuana has been enjoyed for generations upon generations without a problem - in fact it can be beneficial to many. It takes away pain, produces a relaxing mood, brings about a euphoric feeling, all while treating a large number of serious diseases. Yet because of long-held and deep-rooted traditions, beliefs and convictions, many still are clinging to what they learned when they were growing up - that marijuana is a scary, evil substance that can ruin your life! They may never learn of the actual positive reality behind of plant because the government and many major corporations are purposely hiding it from them, under packs of lies, crimes and distractions. Why? As always, because of profits. There is too much for the government and these corporations to lose now. For more on this, read The Benefits of Marijuana, and watch Grass: The History of Marijuana, The Union, In Pot We Trust, and Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story.

If marijuana is bad for us - then why has it never caused a single death while alcohol, cigarettes, processed food and prescription drugs combined kill millions every year LEGALLY? Why has marijuana been enjoyed for centuries by ancient cultures who praised it's medicinal and spiritual benefits? Why is it succesfully used a treatment for glaucoma, depression, cancer, anorexia, AIDs wasting, nausea and multiple sclerosis? Because it's a lie - cannabis does NOT have to be bad for us.


The stories are the same. Profits keeping the truth from the confused public so government and corporations can continue making money, at the expense of the health of the planet and its inhabitants. Let's stop listening to the lies and start thinking for ourselves. As people who are choosing this alternative, plant-based lifestyle - we need to promote the love and respect of plants! At the same time, we need to explain the ugly truth behind processed animal foods, factory farming, pharmaceutical drug companies, and this reductionist way of living that so many have grown accustomed to. It is time to find our roots in holistic methods and mindsets. A part of that duty is understanding the beauty of the plant marijuana, and letting go of it's stigma.

39 comments:

  1. Perfectly written! More posts like this! We need to educate each other about the truth behind Everything. We donnot smoke ourselves BUT the lies and Everything behind this massive industry is simply.. ugly! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Rock on with your bad self, chicky. Amen! Thanks for this informative and truthful post. I'll be sharing on Facebook and Twitter for sure! You make some really great points, and it's well-written and easy to understand. Much appreciated, babe. Thanks!

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  3. I totally appreciate your perspective, and the information you've delivered here - not to mention the recipes! :-) Are you familiar with Granny Goodwitch on Facebook. I'm going to share this with her. She'll be delighted. Peace.

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    1. Oh! I will check her out right now. Thanks! =D

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  4. Fantastic! It's great that you have the balls (hemp balls?) to write about something controversial like this. Hopefully the world wakes up and realizes the truth. Thanks for an awesome website.

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    1. Haha yyeaah hemp balls. Thank you!!

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  5. Great post Emily. Thanks for taking the time to write it and come from the side of it just being a plant that is medicinal and us veggies need to support all plants!

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  6. Great post Emily! Agree wholeheartedly!

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  7. I appreciate your post and have an open mind about these plants, however in my opinion all people have crutches. We all lean in varying degrees on something and marijuana can be a big addiction to some people. The U.S. does not have a good system of dealing with and helping these people through their dependance. In addition to the greed of making a large portion of money for a small effort and casting ones conscience aside which is currently going on, I think this topic is one to be careful with. Many believe these plants do one thing and nothing more. I cannot get high from my hemp clothing or hemp seed. These plants, in my opinion, should be more utilized and less mysterious; marijuana can be abused, be aware of your struggles and deal with emotional issues accordingly. Thanks for your post. Let us all educate ourselves!

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    1. Agreed! That is a real problem that will need much attention. I just didn't feel like I should focus that that here, I'm more just talking about mindsets. I truly appreciate your opinion and perspective! Cheers.

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  8. Love this post, thanks for sharing your thoughts! While I don't partake in cannabis anymore, I have witnessed firsthand it help many people with chronic pain and anxiety. I also find all of the by-products of the male plant - hemp - do be the many solutions to our issues - i.e. plastic, food, bio-fuel, building materials etc.

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    1. I know exactly what you're talking about and I am in 100% agreement. Yay for sustainable solutions!

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  9. Uhh the general consensus from international scientists and researchers is that smoking cannabis IS very harmful to developing brains (and it's not fully 'grown' until at least your mid-20s). In under 25's cannabis use increases the risk of lifelong mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression etc.
    Yes there may be some use for it in an older population with chronic pain, but any move towards the legalisation needs to take into consideration how it's going to be delivered only to those who need it.
    Also, smoking is a TERRIBLE delivery method for any drug- you are still going to be inhaling the carcinogens (cancer causing substances such as tar which are also contained in cigarettes.

    Aside from smoking it, I'm totally on board with other uses of the plant. Sorry for my rant back- I'm a student doctor and uninformed opinions on topics such as this, on which a huge amount of research exists really gets up in my grill.

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    1. True that! I don't think smoking is the ideal way to get it in your body either, and of COURSE it shouldn't be legal for just anyone. But that wasn't what I wanted focus on here =) I really appreciate your opinion! Cheers!

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  10. I was thinking of writing something like this on my blog too, but I think yours sums it up pretty well. Before learning about what hemp actually is, I always thought it should be illegal since its an addictive drug that can ruin people's lives. Being an architecture student and a plant-based eater, I soon learnt about how sustainable and efficient hemp would be as a building material, clothing material, paper, and food. For instance, you can make hempcrete by combining hemp fibres with limestone. It would be an effective material in earthquake prone areas, since it is lighter than concrete but is sturdier. It also grows A LOT faster than timber or cotton. I mean seriously, look at this sexy house(http://inhabitat.com/nations-first-hempcrete-house-makes-a-healthy-statement/). BUT of course, when I told my dad about this he thought I was crazy because you can never make a house made of marijuana, and if it were ever possible the people living in it would just get high. Totally not true.

    Also, as you have pointed out before its a great source of protein as it contains all 21 known amino acids; therefore it contains the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce. You can also use it for paper, clothes, and possibly even a car (Henry Ford did it! And he powered said car with soybean oil from what I remember). Just goes to show how beneficial hemp is, don't you think? I don't think people should be encouraged to smoke it though (I never would), but I completely respect your opinion.

    Another thing is that in my opinion, refined sugar and junk food is even more addictive than marijuana. Coke is the most bought item in grocery stores here in New Zealand, closely followed by Sprite and Diet Coke. The Coca Cola Company appears 4 times in the top 10 bought items in the supermarket from what I remember. That is just ridiculous. This may be seen as over the top by some people, but when you compare drug addicts to sugar addicts they're practically the same. The only exception is that drugs are illegal and sugar isn't. If you tell a sugar addict to give it up because it can potentially ruin their lives by giving them diseases, do they give it up any quicker than a drug addict would? Don't think so.

    Anyway, I think that is a long enough rant from me, haha.

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    1. You should totally do a post =D I agree with everything you're saying! On the same page 100%.

      Much love!

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  11. I am for legalization of marijuana but haven't consumed it myself in any form for a decade. I do believe in its anti-nausea properties but have sadly seen firsthand how mental (not physical) addiction has affected numerous individuals. Over and prolonged use can cause paranoia, create a dependency for anxiety reduction, low motivation/drive and insomnia. In teen users it can become a gateway drug to more harmful and addictive drugs. Knowing these facts does not however mean it should remain illegal; indeed, legalization would create better education and better regulation of levels of THC.

    I'm convinced the negative aspects are due to the higher THC concentrations produced by newer strains of the herb as well as drug-laced versions to get people addicted. Had marijuana not been criminalized in the early 20th century (hemp was used for centuries on ships as netting and ropes; the constitution was written on hemp; our forefathers smoked their own marijuana; native Americans and other indigenous peoples have smoked it, used it for medicinal purposes) I don't think it would have as many side effects as it does today. In countries where marijuana consumption is legal or decriminalized, there's strong elementary educational programs to combat underage drug use.

    Marijuana and aspirin are classified in the same category. Alcohol and heroin are in the same category. Clearly one is worse than the other. Take it out of the hands of the dealers and make it legal to keep it safe.

    Hemp is a fast-growing plant that has numerous environmental benefits. Paper production (reducing deforestation), cloth (clothing, textile), fuel(reducing oil dependency) to name a few. Not to mention jobs it would create for its production, cultivation, and processing. It's health benefits have been already discussed by others above.

    My hope is that someday it will again be legal to grow hemp and that marijuana use will be decriminalized. Thank you for your post.

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    1. Excellent comment and perspective - thanks so much! Really appreciated.

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  12. I love the rant! And also your recipe roundup. There is actually an interesting perspective on the "war on drugs" and it centers around the minority population. You mentioned that marijuana was largely brought in by the Mexican immigrants and so you touched on it a bit. The idea with this perspective is that the government bans substances that are used/profited by/associated with minorities as a form of control. It's easier to demonize and lock up minorities with an explicit law banning the very substance that they are known to use ... if that makes sense. Which, according to this theory, is largely why alcohol is "okay" because it is the majority population that consumes it.

    We are so far removed from those times that it's hard for a lot of people to see but it makes complete sense! An interesting thought I just wanted to share. I had heard it in college and then again in grad school.

    Love your site and your recipes!

    M

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    1. Oh wow that is fascinating! Maybe I'll watch a doc on that when I get my studying done today =) Thanks!

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  13. Again loved your post and recipes <3
    The pot thing for me is...as a teen(30ish yrs ago) I started with pot and went thru any and all drugs after that...same with my youngest son :( I know this isn't what your post was really about but smoking it just to smoke it like many do it can easliy and does easily lead to other drugs/activities,,,and never mind the health damage to all the under-age using/abusing... Yes as a plant for making products like cloths ect. or as medicinal use great but how do we do this sucessfully, is it ever going to be a possibility??

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    1. We've managed to land on the moon - I think we can find ways to help people stay responsible with herbs =) Much appreciated comment! <3

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  14. Hmmm Cannabis. Such a hot bed for contention. While on the one hand it can be an amazing substance, pain relief, appetite inducing,intoxicating! There is definately not enough information to totally discount its negative impacts on the human body. Sure the authorities have got the whole WAR on drugs including Cannabis wrong but to simply state that no death has been caused by cannabis is misleading. Its on the whole an under the table culture. Alcohol and tobacco are in the public eye so understandably have a much greater public scrutiny, and we see the effects of alcohol on the news daily, in car accidents, alcohol induced violence, accidental intoxicated deaths, the devistating impact of alcoholism with cancers, Acquired brain injuries, destruction of families through alcohol related violence etc etc.... Cigaretes and the massive scurge they have caused (dont need to go into details there). But Ive seen first hand the effects of cannabis abuse also. Emphysema, Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Psychosis. These can and do lead to death. Ive never understood why alcohol & tobacco are legal & Marijuana, Opiates etc are illegal. Have governments learnt nothing in this long protracted war against the people!

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    1. Thanks for the informed opinion! I see what you are saying and I am glad to hear your thoughts =D

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  15. Ah, just made a creamy hemp seed pesto sauce today! Same wavelength, girl. Well...I guess all of Van was on that wavelength haha. I appreciate your honesty and I am strongly suspicious of any and all information coming from government, mainstream news, and big companies. I think when it comes to marijuana we really have to get back to looking at the roots (I'm so punny) of this plant and it's uses in older cultures and civilizations. I'm big into using essential oils for healing, so I really agree with the point of how powerful plants can be. It's funny how they have been used for bazillions of years with little to no side effects yet we keep choosing drugs that have to list 20+ side effects within a 30 second TV commercial.

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    1. Hahahha yesss ... Oh Vancouver <3 Yep - same wavelength 100%! XOX

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  16. I had chills while reading this! Well said!!!! Thank you for posting this. It truly aches me to see humans become such robots to things (factory farmed animal products, etc.) that will kill them, and their children and loved ones, if they don't change. And on the whole marijuana issue...dont even get me started! It is hard to see such ignorance all around.

    Thank you!

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    1. Woot! Wonderful to hear, Desiree! <3

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  17. Very well written post. Love the fact that you've given a well-rounded, balanced viewpoint and I do completely validate the therapeutic benefits of marijuana when it's used in a controlled manner. Sadly, I've also experienced the negative effects of THC in an all-too-personal way. I have a family member who's an addict and his life is slowly falling apart as a result of his addiction. He can't hold down a job, he's lost friends, he's in huge debt and he's falling down the slippery slope towards other drugs... it's breaking my heart, so whenever I read articles like this I can't help but feel a little angry. But, in saying that, I agree with you that THC can have therapeutic benefits when it's used in a controlled, monitored way. I do think that the risks of addiction/abuse are the same whether it's legalised or not legalised, so we might as well legalise it so that those who are truly in need (and law abiding!) can have access to it for therapeutic purposes. Thanks for this post, and for sharing your views x

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    1. Thanks very much for your story - I do appreciate the honesty and I am definitely not denying smoke pot is a problem-free act. Every one is different so everyone will react to things differently, thus of course it's not for everyone. But like I said - I don't think everyone should be smoking marijuana - they should just have the right to, if they want to and if it's a healthy choice for them. =)

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  18. Just discovered your blog, like five minutes ago, and thought this would be my new go-to blog. But I am leaving the page now, as I can not even begin to understand your view on weed. I've smoked it more than once during my days at university (a few years back, we all go through that stage, but I will never ever go back), and I don't think it should be any more legal than any other drug. It provoces me when people say otherwise, because it is a drug. It could probably help for some symptoms for certain deseases, but it also makes you sluggish, indifferent and, for me, gave a feeling of being absolutely hammered. No way should that be legal, people would be smoking and driving and other dangerous combinations.
    Sorry about posting as anonymous, but it's not something I'm proud of trying, and it's very much looked down upon here in Norway.

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    1. Thanks for the perspective! I really do appreciate your comment and opinion on the topic. Like I said in the post - I don't think everyone should smoke weed because for some people (a minority) it has negative effects, but I also don't think it should be a legal crime to enjoy the experience of ancient herbal medication, for those who like it and for those it works for. With such a big population, there will always be a few people who misuse or misunderstand a substance, behavior or product - that doesn't mean we should make everything illegal. I hope you understand what I'm saying =)

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  19. Right on Sister! I didn't see this on 4/20 cuz too busy out spreading the 4/20 love here in Portland. The medical Cannabis community is so amazing. We live in this world but we don't have to be of this world. That's all.....for now. Grateful.

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  20. "If animals products are good for us - why are the top two killers in America cancer and heart disease? Why will every one in three children be diagnosed with diabetes? Why does the factory farming industry produce more pollution that all transportation combined? Because it's a lie - processed, factory farmed animal products AREN'T good for us."

    Because people consume far too many processed foods! People eat too much fast foods, junk foods, sugars! And not enough of what's good for us. LEAN local NON factory farmed meat, LOCAL or homegrown veggies. And because people don't exercise! Or because people smoke, drink too much, etc. Blaming all of the above on eating meat is completely ridiculous! It's a very one sided view point. While I do believe in eating a diet that consists on mainly veggies and fruits, etc. I also believe in a diet that includes local pasture raised grass fed/finished humanely raised meats.
    And why do people have diabetes? BECAUSE THEY EAT TOO MUCH JUNK AND SUGAR! I am 100% against factory farming. I don't buy any meats at my grocery ever. All that they do is terrible! I agree with you on that.

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  21. Exactly. You have your eyes open and see the truth.

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em