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Healthy Eating and Cannabis

You throw open your fridge and start tossing out all the junk food. It’s time to make way for the new, healthier version of “you.”

But when you discover a half-eaten pot brownie in the back of the fridge, you feel torn. You love cannabis, but the amount of sugar in that brownie is a big no-no.

Why can’t you have the best of both worlds? Why can’t you make healthy eating AND cannabis a part of your daily life?

Well, guess what? You can.

Keep reading to learn how to do just that.

Why Make Cannabis a Part of Your Diet?

The medical benefits of cannabis are well-documented, which brings to mind this old saying: “Food is medicine.”

Food does more than just give us energy. The right kind of foods can help us ward off disease. It’s the ultimate preventative medicine, and when you consider cannabis’s role as an

● Antioxidant
● Anti-inflammatory
● Antidepressant
● Anxiety reliever
● Neuroprotectant

…then you can understand why Dr. Allan Frankel makes the bold claim that cannabinoids are essential nutrients. For him, healthy eating and cannabis go hand in hand!

Where Can You Find Healthy Cannabis Edibles?

Now that brownies, cookies, candies, and other sugary treats are off the menu (except on cheat days, of course), it’s time to find healthier fare.

Cannabis-infused honey and cooking oil are great items to start with.

You can add the honey to your tea, oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, pancakes (healthy pancakes, of course), or you can drizzle it on fruit.

Marijuana-infused cooking oil can be used for stir-fry, baking, or as a condiment on pasta, salads, and bread.

A Quick, Convenient Way to Eat Healthy

It takes time to prepare a healthy meal. If you’ve had a long stressful day at work or school, you may be tempted to order fast food or toss a frozen dinner in the microwave.

But if you want to avoid the temptation of processed junk food, try the following:

● On your day off, make a big meal with enough leftovers for the entire week. That way, you don’t have to cook every day.

● If you run out of leftovers or just don’t have enough time to make that one big meal, try Foodie Fit. They prepare and deliver fresh, healthy meals for people who are too swamped to make dinner themselves. Plus, they’re open seven days a week!

A Quick Guide to Making Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

(Recipe adapted from Buzzfeed)

What You’ll Need

● 1 ounce of ground marijuana
● 3-6 cups of olive oil (depending on how strong you want each dose to be)
● Slow cooker
● Cheesecloth
● Large bowl
● Potato ricer
● Airtight container


● Pour the oil into the slow cooker
● Add cannabis and stir until it’s completely covered by the oil
● Put the slow cooker on the lowest heat setting for three hours
● Allow the mixture to cool for 8-9 hours
● Pour the mixture into the cheesecloth and drain the oil into the bowl
● Use the potato ricer to squeeze the remaining oil out of the cheesecloth (you can also just squeeze it with your hands)
● Pour the oil into an airtight container and store in your fridge

What do you think about combining healthy eating and cannabis? Have you ever made cannabis cooking oil? Do you have a favorite recipe you want to pass along to your fellow cannaseurs? Share your comments on the Essence Facebook page!

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