Infundido Agave en Español!

Hola Amigas!! Estoy aprendiendo español y estaremos traduciendo algunas publicaciones. Me ayudarás a aprender? Por favor! El vídeo aún no está en español… tal vez después?!

https://youtu.be/ay0YFfuqCDg

Estoy muy muy muy emocionada para esta blog pero my primero vídeo YouTube por el Kocina de Kush, y comienza nuestra Munchie Mondays serie. Vámonos a la blog parte de esta publicación!

He estada usando THC y CBD para ayudar a mi Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome por años prefiriendo hacer el mío edibles; yo odiaba el proceso tradicional de infundiendo un aceite con marijuana porque olía y nunca supe mi dosis. Yo use principalmente para los beneficios para la salud, necesito conocer cuantas miligramos por porción.

Bueno aquí hay un consejo de él industria de cannabis: tu edibles favorita son hechos con aceite de cannabis con aceite CO2 ser un favorito entre profesionales de la industria.

Cuando ago mi edibles, compro alguna forma de concertado THCa cristales, CBD cristales, cera, o destilado. Lo derrito usando uña caldero doble improvisado, y luego agregó mis otras ingredientes.

Es realmente así de fácil, y con este método tendrás una nueva comprensión de cómo las empresas puede ofrecer asequible edibles mientras sigues ganando dinero. Porque no usas gran parte del producto!

Dosificación 101:

Cuando compras tu concertado, debería indicar una potencia total de cannabinoids y una potencia total de THC. Conozco algunas lectores solamente uso concertado producto de CBD, así que en ese caso usarías una potencia total de CBD.

Con el potencia total de THC, cuál es 71.25% por mía cera. Quiero que cado cucharada tenga 10mg de THC, desde mucho recetas llame por uno o dos días cucharada de agave. Un Google rápido me dijo que había 32 cucharada en una taza. Necesito 10mg por 32 porciones de agave.

Potencia deseada(10mg) x potencia de tu concertado(.7125) = 14.035mg actualidad

Actualidad(14.035) x Porciones(32) = 449.1228mg

449.128mg x 1000 = .449g approximadamente .45g de concertado

Sabiendo que necesito aproximadamente 45% of mío gramo, usar una escala digital o una cantidad aproximada. Mío escala digital esta roto o necesitas pilas; lo que básicamente significa que está roto 🤣

Ahora a la receta!

Toma tu cera, y colocar en la caldera doble derretir la cera. Puedes dejar que la cera se derrito por completo antes de agregar agave o agregue cera y agave para calentar juntos. Quiero mi agave espesar así que los calenté juntos.

El tiempo de fusión depende de tu concertado, pero mío tomo aproximadamente 30 minutos. Una vez derretido, uso una bata o licuadora de immersion por 15 minutos, con el calor de apagó pero todavía en una olla con agua.

Después 15 minutos, o más fresco, retirar del fuego y batir más. Acerca de 15-20 minutos. Dejar enfriar la mezcla de agave mantendrá la cera.

Transfiere el agave a un contenedor de vidrio, lo cual es crucial para preservar el sabor y porque la mezcla aún está tibia. Puedes usar el agave ahora o colocarlo en el refrigerador para espesar y enfriar.

Mantenga el agave infundido en la nevera para conservar.

Cómo fue eso?! No está mal! Uso eso agave en mi té o para aderezo para ensalada, bbq salsa, y recetas para el cuidado de la piel. Cómo usarás esta receta? Que le gustaría ver la próxima semana?

Auténticamente tuyo,

Kelcie Kush

Munchie Mondays – Infused Agave Recipe!

Hola Amigas!

Kush Kitchn’s first recipe! Infused Agave, vegan friendly, and with pro tips!

I am sooo excited for this post because it is paired with my first Youtube video for the Kush Kitchn, and begins our Munchie Mondays series. Let’s get to the blog part of this post!

I have been using THC and CBD to treat my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome for years preferring to make my own edibles; however I hated the traditional process of infusing an oil with flower because it smelled and I never knew what my the dosing was. Since I use this primarily for the health benefits, I needed to know how many milligrams per serving.

Well heres a tip from the industry: your favorite edibles are made with a cannabis oil with CO2 oil being a favorite amongst industry professionals.

Therefore when I make my edibles, I buy some form of concentrate from THCa crystals, CBD crystals, wax, or distillate. I then melt that down, using a makeshift double boiler, and then add my other ingredients.

It really is that easy, and with this method you will have a new understanding of how companies can offer affordable edibles while still making money. Cuz you aren’t using that much of the product!

Dosing 101:

When you purchase your concentrate, it will usually state a total cannabinoid potency and a total THC (or CBD) potency. Which potency total you use it up to your personal preference. If you don’t care for the psychoactive elements, then use the total cannabinoid potency; this maximizes product usage and total cannabinoid benefits. For those who want that high, use the Total THC potency. I know there are some readers who only use CBD concentrate products so in that instance you would use the Total CBD potency.

Now that we have out total THC content, which is 71.25% for my wax. You then need to understand the dosing. I wanted every tablespoon of agave to have 10mg of THC since most recipes I use call for one or two tablespoons of a sweetener. A quick google told me that there are 32 tablespoons in a cup, so I would need 10mg per 32 servings of agave.

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Desired Potency(10mg) x Potency(.7125) = 14.035mg actual

Actual(14.035) x Servings(32) = 449.1228mg

449.128mg x 1000 = .449g ~ .45g of concentrate

So knowing I need about 45% of my wax, I was able to estimate the wax needed. You can also purchase digital scales fairly cheaply but mine is either broken or needs batteries; which basically means it’s broken.

Now to the recipe!

Take you wax, and place in your double boiler to let it melt down. You can let the wax melt first and then add a cup of agave, or place the wax and agave in at the same time and let them warm up together. I wanted my agave to thicken up so I had them warm up together.

The time to melt will depend on they concentrate but mine took about 30 minutes. Once the wax melted, I took my immersion blended and mixed it for about 15 minutes, with the heat turned off but still sitting in the pot.

Once the measuring cup was cooler, I removed it from the pot and placed on my cutting board while I blended for another 15-20 minutes. I think this step is important because letting your mixture cool quicker will keep the wax emulsified.

I then transferred the agave to a glass container, which is crucial to preserve the flavor and because the agave is still warm. I then place the agave into the fridge to let it thicken up more, but you could use it at this point.

Make sure that you place the infused agave into the fridge when not using, this will help it last longer and ensure the effects.

How was that?! Not too bad right! I use this agave in my tea or also to make salad dressings, bbq sauces, and in some skin care recipes! How are you going to use this recipe? What would you like to see next?

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush

Coronavirus Anxiety + 10 Zebra Approved Ways to Pass the Time

HI AMIGAS!

Another post because I am gonna crush this blog stuff! Today, I’m gonna talk about anxiety because it it literally my base state and is now exacerbated due to Coronavirus Pandemic.

While I have had anxiety my entire life, I didn’t know what it was or that I had it until I moved out to Colorado. I have ADHD so I am constantly bouncing my knee or rocking back and forth, which I only realized I did after multiple people asked why I was always rocking or shaking. I also didn’t realize that the reason I liked being busy was because that was my way of escaping my anxiety.

Now that I’ve seen multiple counselor’s, I’ve learned that I hate quiet because that’s when those “voices” come back. Now I know they say if you hear voices your crazy, but that’s how mine manifests. There’s my normal voice, my depressed voice, my mother’s voice, and then segments of conversations that overwhelm my senses. When I’m calm or still, then it’s like a pop up add and I’m hearing or seeing a conversation and something about that sets me off. I exit out of that pop up ad, but then another one pop’s up, and it continues until my ‘screen’ is filled with comments about me not being good enough, valued, loved, smart, or any number of things.

So you can imagine how losing my job, and a Stay-At-Home Order inflames those thoughts, thus causing my mental care to go all over the place.

In the previous week, my emotions have literally been all over the place and it’s honestly impressive how many things I can be anxious about at once. Sure that’s not a great consolidation prize but silver linings, right?

With the Coronavirus Pandemic, it feels like that for once we are all united in our anxiety levels. No one knows what is going on, how this will affect us, or what the world will look like in a day or a week. We are all just trying to survive and prepare for the worst, and this causes conflict because we all handle stress differently. My anxious ass went immediately catatonic, once I was able to move then it was just sit in silence and smoke. I then spent two days under the covers, pretty much only leaving my room to go to the bathroom. Now, I honestly don’t know how I’m doing. Every hour seems to last two and I have four moods in that one hour.

If you have been watching the news constantly, (because you already binged most of Netflix) this might cause you to feel worse. I found that the longer I go without the news, the more I’m able to ‘forget’ about everything. As a politically minded person, I really don’t like feeling out of touch, but I need to because at this moment there’s not much I can do to help. Funds are tight so donating has decreased, I don’t have any power to change the views of Senate etc, and when you receive that much negative information, with no ability to help, it can take you to the worst-place. So here is your permission to step back, to just focus on self care, because you need to nurture yourself before you can help others.

Since we are in this Quarantine together here are some idea’s for passing the time!

  1. Get some sun – Your body needs that D! Vitamin D that is.

You can sit near a window, go on a walk (while maintaining 6 feet of space), if you can exercise outside go for it, or smoke a joint! Make sure to be smart and use SPF. If you can, make a little sitting area outside! Ours currently consists of a chair, a table, and a step stool that acts as a chair.

2. Play board or card games with the family.

Most people have a small collection of games, or at the very least a couple decks of cards. Play speed or war with kids to get them quickly entertained, this also works when you are trying to entertain a large family. Teach the kids about blackjack or poker and you can bet chores! Be careful my zebras, you will feel sore if you laugh and have too much fun, but I think it’s worth it!

4. Try out new crafts or learn a new skill!

Crafts will save you and some can be done fairly cheaply. Plus thanks you YouTube and Google you can learn pretty much anything online. Crochet and Knitting are fairly easy and require little physicality, if you have hand issues you may want to pass or only practice once a week. Painting can also be done in a multitude of ways, water painting to spray paint. I am gonna learn to make Pom poms and tassels to use for home decoration. Peruse Pinterest for some craft ideas or other suggestions

5. Catch up on your favorite musicians!

No, you don’t have to watch their Instagram Lives, unless you want; you know do you boo. Listen to their newest album or listen to one of your favorites. Maybe look up the lyrics and sing along, you could even turn it into a karaoke night! The other benefit is you can introduce other family members to the songs you love and expand your musical horizons.

6. Read a book, magazine, or blog.

In Olden Times, reading books was THE thing to do. I purchased some magazines a while back but never had the chance to read them. Some libraries are closed, but there are resources for books. If you have a library card, you can access online books and audiobooks on OverDrive. Due to coronavirus, more places are offering free access to books if you need more. If you can work out a way to maintain Social Distancing and swap books with friends then go for it!

7. Where all on the Podcast Train now!

I have been trying for years not to listen to podcasts! I know it’s silly but I just didn’t want to because literally everyone was listening and I wanted to rebel. Desperate Times = Desperate Measures. There are so many podcasts that it’s pretty intimidating. Thankfully you probably already know or have heard about Podcasts because again everyone is already doing this so we are fashionably late to the party! You can also search by interest, so I have found podcasts about weed and mindfulness. Podcasts are now the friends we need!

8. Call somebody!

Most of us have a phone so you can call, FaceTime, Google Duo, or Skype someone and catch up. It could be a friend or a family member, you could literally talk for hours or just a few minutes. Maybe go the extra mile and schedule a call, so you can have as much time as possible to connect

9. Schedule your day, even if you have nothing to do!

I don’t have much going on, but I have still created a schedule so that I feel productive. Now that I’ve gotten a handle on my mental health, I am scheduling study time and blogging time. Aren’t you proud of me? By creating a schedule I am keeping myself accountable; since there are still things that need to be maintained and jobs that need done around the house. I also have my husband to help keep me on a schedule, if you live alone maybe make a pack with a friend and then you can also schedule daily or weekly friend calls! You can also schedule a nap because these are the CoronaDaze.

10. Take an online class!

You can learn to code, take Harvard Classes, or learn an instrument. Expanding your mind and skill set will give you something to take up the front page of your mind. I love learning new things because it’s a whole new experience and I usually obsess about it for a couple weeks. This is exactly the time we need to obsess about anything else. Take this moment to better yourself, because it’s the only thing we can do at this moment. As for me I’m gonna learn more about blogging and website design.

What are you gonna do to occupy the time?

Coping with Depression

Today’s post is about depression and tools about dealing with Depression with a Chronic Illness

For the sake of honesty, I will admit I have suffered with depression most of my life, at least since 9 or 10 years old. Once I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, my depression came roaring back with a vengeance.

When I was diagnosed, I was in the best shape of my life. I had overworked my body which then caused my symptoms to come to the front. I went into a depression spiral that went something like this: working out and being healthy is pointless, but I need to be healthy and lose weight to decrease my pain, but working out is what made this worse, continue forever.

Ehlers-Danlos didn’t make my depression worse, it just gave me more reasons. Over the last five years, I have been working on my mental health. Especially related to EDS, the primary thing is changing how I view EDS. At first it was an unfair challenge, something that would weigh me down forever. Now I’ve seen how I have handled the surprising challenges due to EDS.

First, do whatever you can to get a counselor or therapist. We have made paying for mental healthcare is critical and essential. If I didn’t have my current therapist, I don’t think I would have been able to to fight the depression of losing my job. I have also experienced that I tend to carry my stress which makes my EDS worse; it also liberates my mind so that I can just focus on the EDS. As for financing it, things will depend on your situation. I didn’t want to deal with insurance and also wanted the option to try multiple therapists so I chose Betterhelp. I pay monthly and will “text” her throughout the day, and can schedule video or phone calls. I chose this route for so many reasons but the primary benefit is being able to choose my therapist. I can be quite closed off and wanted a therapist who would feel like a friend so I could actually open up to them. I liked being able to change my therapist with no judgement, and ended up meeting my current counselor who has been amazing!

I will write another post about organizing and purging but this is a crucial step in my everyday well being. About three times a year I go through and purge my house of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. I found that by decluttering I felt less stressed and also don’t have to clean as much. By having less clothes and things in general, I don’t feel overwhelmed and life just seems a little simpler so I can just care for my mental or physical health without feeling guilty for self care.

Little tip!

Create some flare up outfits, this has helped me so much. I have these super fun flare yoga pants that are all spandex so its like wearing a dress. I pair it with a black tank top, and if it’s cold I throw my favorite cardigan over it. I also have some cute and warm slippers that I wear around the house and then sandals or in the summer.

My next outfit is the classic sweatshirt with some jeggings! Yes, I know people make fun of these but I have found some that are wonderful. More durable texture like a jean but still soft and comfy. The extra thickness makes it look just like jeans so you feel cute. The sweatshirt is nice and warm and super lazy. Bonus it holds multiple vape pens and snacks! I’ve been using a scrunchie with a bow in my hair to make it look more pulled together.

For flares I keep my hair in a low ponytail or a braid. My hair is pretty wavy so keeping it braided prevents knotting up my hair while I sleep or recline. If my shoulders hurt more, or don’t have the desire to do my hair then it goes into a loose low bun. Sometimes I have meetings that I can’t reschedule, an\ I don’t like to do make up when I have a flare up. I found glasses and bangs allow me to get away with minimal makeup. I just straighten my bangs, apply a red or ruby lipstick, and put on some hoops. If you want to apply a foundation, I would recommend a BB cream or tinted moisturizer product.

All of these little things have made things better! I also try to put things where they make sense, so my pills go on my bedside table because I need to take them no matter how sore or tired I am. I have a tall cube organizer and place all my other personal care item at the top so I don’t have to bend over.

These are just a few examples of how I have streamlined my life since being diagnosed. What about you zebras out there? How do you cope with depression and chronic illness? Any tips you can share that have helped you with your day-to-day?

Life Updates and News!

Let’s just get into things

I’m unemployed. Still stings to say it but honestly I’m actually pretty thankful about it. I thought it was my dream job, and thought it was gonna give me the freedom to just create. There was way to much change going on without necessary leadership for guidance. It also became obvious that my creative freedom had very defined limits and that it was an uphill battle just to start, so like I said I’m viewing this as an opportunity.

Before I go further, I want to address how lucky I am that things worked out as they did. This privilege is allowing me to switch gears and focus while many out there are just figuring out how to survive and pay their bills. I want anyone who is struggling to know that I am with you and will continue to fight to make things better! You are needed, special, and loved.

Back to the content! I’m switching many focuses so I will be finishing my degree because I’m tired of being in school 🤣

As for the blog, I’m gonna switch things up a little bit. Firstly, I’m gonna be posting so much more! I’m gonna be giving out recipes and tips for integrating cannabis into your day to day life! This site will also become a place to learn about Multigenerational and Sustainable Living!

Be prepared for tips on making edibles, topicals, or other cannabis items. Be ready to learn about living with a ton of people in one house, and cheap and easy DIYs for your house! As always I’m in a state of nervous excited energy, be ready for all the posts!

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush