Eating Raw Weed: A Look into the Future of Pot and Health

The Stoner’s Cookbook published the below article about eating raw weed. While reading it I was absolutely amazed by the nutritional properties of this incredible plant. It was mind blowing how much there is to take away from that article and how promising eating raw weed is!! Please be sure to read it; it’s linked at the end. I can see a future where this is an essential part of dietary health alongside basil, spinach, mint, and kale. Eat your greens, right? But after thinking about it, there are some questions. At $50 – $70 for an eighth of an ounce…surely buying cannabis for your smoothie or salad is going to be an expensive purchase.

Secondly, though the article points out the amazing and incredible properties, it does not lay out any dietary guidelines. It doesn’t inform us of how much we should eat to get the benefits. How far does 3.5 grams get us? An ounce?

Cannabis, and raw ‘food’ weed, is just too new to the dietary science scene for much research to have been done into the subject of consuming raw cannabis, but boy do we hope that people take a look into this. It is incredibly promising! Let’s say all of these findings make their way into peer reviewed work, some celebrity doctor goes on TV and says, “cannabis is the next superfood!!”, and let’s say, for the sake of argument that the superhealthfoodnut people start eating cannabis like the Koreans’ eat kimchi. I see this resulting in one of two realities. The optimal situation is that raw weed comes down in price big time, and everyone is healthier and better for it. It becomes served up like kimchi in both fancy restaurants and $10 a plate restaurants. Raw weed and smokeable weed becomes the defacto norm for most people. This scenario is like 20 years down the road, cannabis becomes normal and accepted. People are healthier and the world is a better place. We look back on the prohibition era as a major fuckup in the history of the world.

The second scenario is that prices remain high, it becomes a fad among the HealthNut elite, and only they really have the money to purchase it in the amounts required to consume it raw and reap the benefits. There are several different types of ‘food’ weed, but it’s unregulated by the FDA or regulated so poorly that the consumer never really knows what they are getting. Not widely and commercially available, in a ‘legal’ United States, roughly 40% of the market for raw weed is still black, mostly peer to peer. As a result of high prices and absurd regulations, food weed stays on the fringes of society and health. Despite the benefits it’s said to have, most people are not aware or simply are unable afford it as an option.

I hope and think, that as information is shared more and more that we can avoid the second situation. It has long been my opinion that cannabis should be widely available for adult consumption and a staple of both the medicine cabinet and a healthy lifestyle. After reading the article below, and pending scientific research, it is my hope that an edible form of cannabis can be widely available to people. If one plant – ONE PLANT – can have such incredible promise for human health in multiple forms of consumption, while being almost entirely harmless, then we as humans would need to entirely rethink health as a whole. Healthfulness could have a cannabis-centric approach. Or, at nothing less, a cannabis-centric health book or lifestyle book could be written and develop acceptance and a following if the right celebrity was attached. Haha, OK I’m a little baked, but I can envision an US Weekly headline “How I lost 15 lbs. on the Pot Diet – and Never felt better!” Or People Magazine – “Oprah’s New POT Diet – Lose weight and live happier and healthier!”  How many years away from this are we now? We can’t be that far. 3 years? 5? Cosmopolitan “How to Introduce Weed to Your Man in the Bedroom”. Men’s Health “The Ultimate Pot Regimen”. GQ “Ultimate Guide: How to Wear, Eat, and Consume Marijuana – in Style”. I just hope that in the not too distant future I can go to my local grocery store, grab some cage free eggs, nitrate free, antibiotic and hormone free turkey bacon, and some cooking weed for a healthy breakfast to start a healthy day* – and not have to pay black market prices for it.

The original Stoner’s Cookbook Article can be found here. We encourage you to read it!


*For the sake of brevity I left out a shitload of organic vegetables that I would include as part of a healthy breakfast. The example is targeted at our changing attitudes towards our food and health.

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Privacy and the Internet of Things

While Apple took a stand for privacy and against unreasonable requests from the US Govt and NSA this past week, the news isn’t all rosy.  Now, according to The Guardian and other reports, smart devices can be used to spy on you.  From Amazon Echo, to your samsung TV, to eventually your refrigerator, thermoatat, and virtually any electronic device will be connected by an Internet of Things that the government has every intention of exploiting for surveillance purposes.

This is both an exciting and concerning time to be alive, friends.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/09/internet-of-things-smart-devices-spying-surveillance-us-government?CMP=edit_2221

Beach Beasts of Burden

A lonely beach has always been good to me. Melodic ebb and flow, soft sand and hot sun, blowing good in the ocean breeze; the experience always brings me closer to the earth. It feels to me like proof that all things are interconnected, and uncovers what really matters in life.

I wonder my reaction if I happened upon a Strandbeest.

Amazing Dutch artist/engineer/complete badass Theo Jansen creates his Beach Beasts as living entities, and as such each sculpture (machine? animal?) “dies” and “evolves” as he learns what works and what doesn’t. This is STEAM at its finest.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the great City of Chicago, you can see his ‘beests live and in person. Until then, roll up, lean back, and form your own interpretation.

 

Improve Your Sneaker Game

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The sneaker game is big business, and it ain’t that way on accident. Inundated with images of athletes, rappers, and even Mark Cuban’s weak-ass Sketchers commercials, it’s hard to escape the Don Draper marketing effect. While I get by with a sturdy pair of Red Wings, slip-on Birkenstocks, and a couple pairs of Vans, I realize where they all end up; at best the landfill, at worst washed up on a pristine beach.

Nice steps are being taken for those that give a shit about our future: Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe and Adidas 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoes are great gestures by the big boys, but my favorite is a small player from Amsterdam. Oats, pictured above, not only look dope but are fully biodegradable. Put your favorite seeds in the stash pocket in the tongue, bury them, and watch your harvest bloom.

And trust me, Jordan will eat just fine without your $250 this month.

 

“Music to make you realize you’d rather be at home”

Music from the artist T_A_M, an Aberdeen based producer. This excellent mix is filled with curious sounds and downtempo vibes. For those of us who are unable to be at home, T_A_M does inspire us to relisten in the comfort of our own crib. But I argue that this soundtrack provides an excellent vibe for being out and about. 

Via i-D

From Fear to Beauty

First off, I realize what I’m doing to you Puff fans with this post. While many seek out unique experience and visuals with your daily puff, knee-jerkers might immediately see a see a nightmarish creature and skip right on by. That said, photographer Nicky Bay will change an outlook with these insane micro looks at some of the most hauntingly beautiful examples of evolution in our six and eight-legged cohabiters. If only I had a photo of that banana spider I found in my mid-range when I was 15…

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Bird Dung Spider

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