Published on: 05/24/18
It can sometimes be a tricky subject to bring up within certain groups: You want to tell them the amazing benefits of cannabis, but you're not quite sure how they’re going to react. Depending on their generation, it can be referred to as Pot, Ganja, Marijuana or Mary Jane, and the common misconceptions that surround cannabis can still leave many of us confused about the stigmas and legality.
Let's face; it over the years, cannabis has received a bad rap and the stigmas that surround this powerful plant are seemingly hard to break. In the past, the laws regarding this ‘drug’ were pretty black and white and it was deemed illegal in most places around the world. However, in recent years, research into its medical properties have induced waves of tolerance and legalisation of cannabis. In the US alone, it has been decriminalized in 13 states and has caused many other states to relax their laws, tolerating small amounts and approving it for medical use.
As research and the legalisation of cannabis are reasonably new, the confusion surrounding its legality and its psycho-activity can represent a point at which some people switch off and stop looking any further. The accusatory links to mental health problems and the assumption that all cannabis users are either ‘stoners’, ‘potheads’ or unmotivated dreamers can be hard stereotypes to shake. However, recent changes in legislation and the growing popularity of completely legal CBD products for health and wellness has helped cannabis clean up its image.
There is a Difference… I Promise You, There Really is!
Cannabis is made up of various compounds which all induce different effects. Just knowing the simple differences between CBD and THC can be a great way to introduce CBD to new users, who are worried about its legality and the possibility of being ‘high as a kite’ if they take it. To such doubters, you can confidently explain that CBD doesn't contain any THC (which is the psychoactive compound), can’t cause a high and that it’s legally available in most states. This can be an effective way to break the ice.
Once you have all the legality and ‘no high’ stigmas out the way, you can move on to tell them about all the wonderful benefits of CBD and roll out your impressive check list of health and wellness issues it can help with.
CBD and Gut Health
Gut health can now be linked to 60-80% of our immune health problems. So going with your gut has never been a truer statement. Poor gut health can be responsible for hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and other chronic health issues. Taking care of your gut health can lead to better digestion, fewer bouts of colds and flu, better memory, and less allergy responses.
Your endocannabinoid systems (ECS) receptors are found in your gut, from where they control your mood, immune system and hormone balance. Using CBD recipes to stimulate your ECS has shown to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.
The foods you eat to get your gut in tip-top condition should promote good bacteria and be anti-inflammatory. So here are a few hemp recipes that your gut microbiome will love and that you can easily incorporate into your diet.
1. CBD-Infused Broccoli
Your microbiome thrives on rich, plant-based fibre, so including vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, leeks, celery, and leafy greens into your diet is a great way to improve your gut health. You should be careful not to overcook them, as your microbes absorb more nutrients when they’re still a little crunchy.
- 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
- 3 tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 3-5 drops of CBD oil drops (personal dosage)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
- In a large bowl, toss the broccoli with melted coconut oil, salt, black pepper, hemp seeds and garlic. Spread the broccoli in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake until florets are tender enough to pierce with a fork and the edges are browned; about 15 minutes. Turn once halfway through the baking process and add red pepper flakes, if desired. After baking, squeeze lemon juice liberally over the broccoli and add CBD oil drops before serving.
The recipe has been slightly adapted from its original, which can be found here
2. CBD Kombucha
Kombucha is known as the ‘immortal elixir of life’. It contains a huge amount of probiotics and good bacteria that your gut just can’t get enough of. Adding CBD oil to this recipe will help to strengthen your immune system. Kombucha creates cellulose-producing bacteria which shields your cells from damage. Also reducing inflammation, which is said to be at the root of most diseases.
Kombucha is a fermented probiotic drink that takes some time to make. The ‘scoby’ (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) also known as the ‘mother’ is a thick layer of good bacteria and yeast that sits on top of the kombucha and gives it life.
(Makes 1 quart)
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1⁄4 cup sugar (for kombucha) or honey (for jun)
- 1 tbsp loose black or green tea, or 3 teabags (black for Kombucha, green for Jun)
- 3-5 drops of CBD oil drops (or your personal dosage)
- 1⁄2 cup mature Kombucha with mother (You can buy ‘a mother’ from health food stores or use one from a previous batch of kombucha)
- Bring the water and sweetener to a boil in a small cooking pot.
- Turn off the heat, add the tea, and let it steep about 15 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a wide mouth vessel (pitcher) and allow the tea to cool.
- Add the mature beverage and mix.
- Place the mother on top of the liquid with the opaque side up. Cover it with a dish towel and allow it to sit in a room temperature spot to ferment. Do not mix the beverage once you add the mother.
- Let it ferment anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks. The longer it sits, the more acidic it will become. Add drops of CBD oil. Taste your beverage and when it reaches a flavour you like, strain it into jars and place it in the refrigerator.
- You’ll have two mothers left behind: the one you started with and another one that formed during the fermentation process.
The recipe has been slightly adapted from its original, which can be found here.
3. Anti-Inflammatory CBD Turmeric Milk
Turmeric, ginger and CBD are well known inflammation fighters. When mixed with foods with a high fat content (good fats that is) like coconut milk, it can have an amplified effect. Teamed with other spices like cinnamon and black pepper it can help stimulate your gut.
- 2 cups plain organic coconut milk
- 2 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 2-5 drops of CBD oil drops (or your personal dosage)
- 1 tsp raw organic honey
- ¼ tsp ginger powder
- Blend ingredients well in a blender
- Pour into saucepan and heat for 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat until warm.
The recipe has been slightly adapted from its original, which can be found here. As most of our health is related to our gut health, reducing inflammation-causing foods and restoring a healthy balance of good bacteria can be the perfect way to improve your overall health.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).