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Medical Marijuana: My Thoughts & Questions, Making Kombucha

Posted Jun 24 2010 10:29am
Hi Bloggies, how are you?  I am still recovering from my errand mania that I went on yesterday.  I didn't fully intend for it to turn into that kind of day, it just kinda happened.  And my wallet is lighter now.  It's amazing how Target, TJ's, and the grocery store will relieve one of hundreds of dollars, quickly.  I'll post over the weekend some of my finds.

Did you know that kombucha has been taken off the shelves of Whole Foods because of slightly higher than reported alcohol levels?  

Whole Foods Kombucha
( source )
AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods is removing a fermented, sweetened tea called kombucha from its shelves because of concerns over slightly elevated alcohol levels.
Whole Foods spokeswoman Kate Lowery said Thursday that a couple dozen kombucha suppliers agreed to a voluntary withdrawal of the products after conversations indicated the alcohol levels may be elevated.
She did not know how much alcohol the drinks contained. Product containing 0.5 percent or more of alcohol must carry a government warning.
Lowery said the Austin-based company is working with suppliers "to review these potential labeling issues for a swift resolution."
California-based Millennium Products Inc., which produces a dozen varieties of kombucha products including GT's, sold at Whole Foods, did not immediately return a call or e-mail from The Associated Press on Thursday.
Whole Foods has more than 290 stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Just google Whole Foods + Kombucha and there are hundreds of online stories about it.

Tonight or over the weekend I found a woman locally who has an organic Scoby she is going to give me!  That way I can start making my own kombucha!  This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, it interestingly enough just happens to coincide with the WF's situation.  Sort of like that psychic, ESP, universe serendipity that I mentioned I am prone to experiencing.

What's a Scoby?
Kombucha culture looks like a beige or white rubbery pancake. It's often called a 'scoby' which stands for ' symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts.The culture is placed in sweetened black or green tea and turns a bowl full of sweet tea into a bowl full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and health-giving organic acids.
Three  cultures or scobysAs the Kombucha culture digests the sugar it produces a range of organic acids like glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, butyric acid, malic acid and usnic acid; vitamins, particularly B vitamins and vitamin C; as well as amino acids, enzymes. And of course there are all the benefits of the probiotic microorganisms themselves. The Kombucha culture is a biochemical powerhouse in your kitchen.

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Once I figure out what I am doing because I am new to this, too, I will post about my kombucha-making attempts.  It's exciting to play with bacteria! 

See here for my Coconut Milk Countertop Kefir RecipeFun times with bacteria!  Let them work for you on your countertop!

From Yesterday...
Thanks for all the sweet compliments you left yesterday regarding my Blogger Meetup

And for letting me know if it's the law or not to use a headset when talking on your cell phone while driving.  Seems that Canadians have it as law, whereas in the U.S. it's about half the states it's law, and half it isn't.  It's the Law in California to use one while driving.

And most of you said that if you encounter a challenging or complicated recipe , (like many of the ones in my new cookbooks ) you generally try to first deconstruct it and break it down into something simpler, but that if it's just too out there, you skip it all together.   Me too!

And on the question of Gift Certificates or Not ?...most of you said you just want cash.   Period.  I hear ya!

Moving On...
The other day in front of the Grocery Store was a free magazine and since I like to see what events are going on locally, I like to pick up and skim the free magazines every now and then.  Never know what you're going to find, truly.

I noticed this:  A whole page devoted to medical marijuana as part of the Cannabis Collective Directory

"Free Joint w/ Holder for All New Members & Referrals"
Now, I have heard about getting a lot of free things when you join something or refer a friend, but a Free Joint is new to me!

Open 7 days a Week and Get a quick 420 Evaluation.  That way you can legally buy your Medical Marijuana.  I'm sure most everyone "qualifies" if you're interested in obtaining it....ahem.  

Or heck, why bother buying from a dispensaries when you can just grow your own with a Cultivation License

Never know what you're going to find in magazines these days!

This info is From the DEA
photo of Marijuana leaves
California Medical Marijuana Information
  • The assertion that all medical marijuana is headed for seriously ill patients is misleading. Statistics from the California Branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) shows that a survey of Californians reports the top three reported uses of medicinal marijuana: 40% Chronic Pain
    22% AIDS-Related
    15% Mood Disorders

    (23% All other categories)
  • In California there is no state regulation or standard of the cultivation and/or distribution medical marijuana. California leaves the establishment of any guidelines to local jurisdictions, which can widely vary. For example, Marin County allows up to six mature plants, and/or a half-pound dried marijuana. It's neighbor, Sonoma County permits possession of three pounds of marijuana, and allows cultivation up to 99 plants, and physicians may recommend more for "exceptional patients."

  • Local and state law enforcement counterparts cannot distinguish between illegal marijuana grows and grows that qualify as medical exemptions. Many self-designated medical marijuana growers are, in fact, growing marijuana for illegal, "recreational" use.

From the CA Department of Public Health
Medical Marijuana Program

The Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was established to provide a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for qualified patients and their caregivers.  The web-based registry system allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of qualified patient or caregiver's card as authorization to possess, grow, transport and/or use Medical Marijuana in California.  To facilitate the verification of authorized cardholders, the verification database is available on the internet at .
In 2003, Senate Bill (SB) 420 (Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003) was passed as an extension and clarification of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.  The Medical Marijuana Program, within CDPH, is administered through a patient's county of residence.  Upon obtaining a recommendation from their physician for use of medicinal marijuana, patients and their primary caregivers may apply for and be issued, a Medical Marijuana Identification Card.  Senate Bill 420 also required that the MMP be fully supported through the card application processing fees.  Both the state and the counties have authority to cover their costs for the program through these application fees.

From Marijuana Medicine .  A list of ailments that can be treated with Marijuana.  If you click Other... there are literally hundreds of "ailments".  Pretty much everyone has at least one of those things at any given time.   
Radiation Therapy
Chronic Back Pain
Migraine Headaches
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Other...   (i.e. insomnia, cough, diarrhea, knee/ankle/foot injury are included)

As an aside, since were talking about the Hemp Plant (marijuana), I am including the FAQ's about Hemp and Hemp Based Foods (hemp milk, hemp milk ice cream, seeds, clothing, etc.) from Living Harvest's Website

What are hemp seeds?

Hemp seeds are the edible part of the industrial hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L). They are tiny, round seeds, slightly larger than a sesame seed and have a light, pleasant flavor like toasted pine nuts. Hemp seeds can be pressed for oil, milled into protein powder, roasted or shelled and made into hemp foods.
Learn about hemp farming in Canada at:
Learn about the status of hemp farming in the United States at:

What is the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana?

The critical difference is that industrial hemp has only trace amounts of THC, the psycho-active component found in marijuana. This is why it is legal for us to convert this little seed into great tasting, nutritious foods. In fact, industrial hemp is so nutritious that it is rapidly gaining popularity as one of the most valuable sources of quality plant-based protein. It's also a rich source of Omegas, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, making it an ideal alternative for vegetarians and anyone with allergies to soy and dairy.

Will I get high eating your products?

Industrial hemp has no "drug" value and contains virtually no THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psycho-active component found in marijuana. The hemp seeds and hemp foods used by Living Harvest are certified by to contain 0.00% THC. Industrial hemp is legal and safe to consume and consumption of hemp foods will never cause failure on any type of drug test.

Where is industrial hemp grown?

Hemp food products are, now more than ever, facing a growing demand by US consumers. After the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, industrial hemp was unfortunately grouped with marijuana and deemed illegal to grow in the US. All hemp used in Living Harvest products is currently grown in Canada. Learn more at or sign up on our Facebook page to get news about how you can get involved.

How do you get milk from hemp?

Using a proprietary process, we grind the seeds and filter out the insoluble particles. This leaves a smooth liquid base for our hemp milks. We add a few other ingredients for function and flavor then aseptically package the milk for a shelf stable beverage.

Lots to Talk about, but first, Dessert! 

My No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (with an Extra Protein Option)

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Making Non-Mainstream Choices in Life & Parenting and Not "Defending" them

1. Do you like kombucha?  Have you ever tried it?  Have you ever considered making your own?  Do you consume other fermented foods because of how beneficial they are?

2. Marijuana.  Ever tried it?

3. What do you think about medical marijuana? It is: (my answers in parentheses)
a. Just a way for people who don't have a true medical need to just score some weed?  (yes)
b. A way for people who truly do need it for medical purposes to have legal access to it?  (yes)
c. Would you use medical marijuana (no, because I don't like it for me and my life path, but I don't care if anyone else wants to)
d. Do you know anyone who's used it?  Did it help them?  (yes, yes)

a. Do I care at all if someone wants to smoke weed, for whatever reason?  (no)
b. Does it matter to me if it's legally obtained, i.e. medical purposes, or bought illegally on the street?  (no, I don't care either way)
c. Do I see pot as a gateway drug?  (no)
d. Do I think pot lives up to it's reputation of making people slower and lacking ambition?  (it can for some people, not for everyone.  Eating foods you're allergic to or going through caffeine withdrawal can produce those effects as well)
e. Should we legalize all drugs thereby controlling quality and access to them?  (yes, in a nutshell, but this is tricky and worthy of hundreds of pages of writing which I don't have time for)

In a nutshell, I am extremely laissez-faire as it pertains to drugs, especially marijuana, and what people want to do with and to their bodies is their business.  Now, meth and heroine and harder drugs, I do take a different stance on those because of the crime and violence and spillover effects into society that those drugs and the people who use them can cause the rest of us, but that's a different topic.  Today's topic is Medical Marijuana.   

Tell me what you think about it?  I know I asked lots of questions, but I am curious to see what everyone thinks!  Would you use it?  Ever smoked marijuana?  Why or why not?

Stay Tuned For A Chocolate Contest...

P.S. Any rude, mean-spirited, judgmental, nasty, or just "not nice" comments (in my opinion) will be deleted.  I reserve that right as blog owner.  I don't moderate comments up front, but always reserve the right to delete anything after the fact.  If you don't like my rules, open up the discussion on your blog where you make the rules.  But here, I make the rules and don't want myself or fellow commenters to fall victim to haters and meanies.  That doesn't mean you have to agree with what I said; but I also don't have to publish things I deem over the top.

I am off for a busy day, have a great day everyone!  Enjoy the summer weather and unplug as much as you can!
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