Crazy Easy Infused Butter

Welcome back to another Munchie Monday’s in my Kush Kitchen!

Guys, I used to hate making infused butter aka cannabutter. It was a long and smelly process but it’s necessary for any Kush Kitchen.

After some research and experimentation, I have found the best way to make you own cannabutter!

I am obsessed with my Instant Pot, like my immersion blender, it’s well loved and has become a staple in my kitchen. I’m sure any other pressure cooker would work just as well, but you may need to tweak the time or settings.

I knew I needed to make 2 sticks of cannabutter, with one stick containing 100mg of extract

200mg (mg I want in butter) / .7125 (Potency) = 280.701mg

280.701mg * 1000 = .281 g of wax needed. Further rounded to .28g of wax.

*** I used more cannabis CO2 oil in mine because future recipes require it. The butter amount remains the same.

Place your concentrate into a glass dish or canning jar. The instant pot comes with a wire rack for steaming, or use a different way elevate the dish. Place dish and fill the pot with water. The water level should rise midway up the container.

Close your pressure cooker and seal. Set to high pressure for 7 minutes, turn off warming feature.

When the instant pot finishes decarbing our concentrate, do an instant realize. You can cover the steam spout with a towel.

Place softened butter into your container. It will begin to melt and mix into our oil. Place the lid on with the valve set to seal. Place on high pressure for 15 minutes.

Once again do an instant release of pressure. Mix the butter to ensure even dispersion. Remove from instant pot, and blend for about 5 minutes while bowl cools down.

Place in fridge and let cool for 1-2 hours.

That’s it! Literally!

You can use this butter in cookies, brownies, to flavor your veggies! Use in a ‘baked’ potato, or mix with cinnamon for a cinnamon butter to pair with toast or biscuits.

Don’t use this to sear or fry food as that will cause the THC to degrade. This butter is meant to add flavor and should not be used if the temperature will go over 350F

How are you gonna use this recipe? What infused recipes would you like to see?

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush

Better Sleep with a Chronic Illness 5 items Zebra’s need for better sleep!

Being a Zebra, is difficult not only am I constantly making sure I walk properly so I don’t trip and dislocate something, but sleeping is a nightmare. I toss and turn because after a while things start to hurt and then I need to move.

Even though I sleep a lot I never felt rested so by the weekend; I’m exhausted and don’t want to do anything but sleep. Being extraverted, I felt angry that I couldn’t have more fun because I was unable to fell rested.

After talking to my doctor, changing prescriptions, and making some changes to my sleep routine, I am able to wake up far more rested. Thus letting me get more done throughout my week while still being able to have fun and spend time with my family. I do encourage you to talk to your doctor! We decided to change my anti-depressant to one that also has pain relieving side effects, we also added a nightly anti-anxiety and sleep aid so that I can fall asleep quicker.

The following items have helped me, as a Zebra, to wake up more rested and refreshed!

1. A WEIGHTED BLANKET

Everything you heard is true! I thought I would hate a weighted blanket, but it helps me fall asleep quickly and makes my sleep more restful. I fell into a bad habit of not being able to sleep, so I spent all day in bed trying to rest, but that made things worse. Using the blanket has decreased the time it takes for me to fall asleep, and I hardly notice the blanket now. It did take some time to get accustomed to the blanket, the first night I only used for about half the night. My weighted blanket is the standard 15 pounds, which I chose to make sure I could fall asleep and as a daily weight-lifting challenge. You may want to purchase a lighter weight or make your own, but seriously if you do nothing else get one of these!

2. AN EYE MASK bonus if it also serves as headphones

I have been using an eye mask for years because it forces me to fall asleep. I used to spend hours awake just trying to fall asleep but constantly opening my eyes. Using an eye mask cancels out all of those distractions and I don’t worry about lights waking me up. I recently made an upgrade and chose an eye mask that included head phones, and I love it. It is bright pink and huge and is perfect with the crazy schedules that my husband and I have. I can turn on a meditation or music on the headphones to help me fall asleep or to keep me sleeping when Kyle wakes up at 4am.

3. A FOAM ROLLER

I know this sounds weird, but it really has helped be ‘loosen’ up at the end of the day. I get muscle and joint pain, which makes sleeping really difficult. I have started a 15 minute decompress routine, I use the foam roller to massage my neck, back, and most of my muscles. I usually place it under my neck for a minute, and then slowly move it down to my lower back. If an area needs more time to stretch, I will sit there and rock back and forth to gently loosen up my muscles. It also helps me elevate my knees when I’m sitting in bed, or placed behind my lower back support.

4. ALL THE PILLOWS!

Okay, maybe not all the pillows but I do have a lot of pillows because I never know which one will help me when I have joint pain. I have 2 regular pillows, and use one for my head, the second can be cuddled or prop up a shoulder. I also have a body pillow for when every joint needs extra love and help. I found a less fluffy body-pillow works best for me because I like to use them for gentle sleep support.

5. TOPICALS!

A topical is any product which is applied to the skin like a lotion, cream, or salve and they have given me targeting pain relief. You can make your own topicals fairly easily (subscribe to my blog for future recipes) but there are many decent ones in the Colorado market. I prefer topicals that are in a stick or tube, like a chapstick or deodorant container, because it is way less messy. The other benefit is that in a tube it becomes like a targeted massager so that I can both apply the topical, increase blood flow, and work out any knots all with one product! Pretty cool right?!

I have noticed a huge change in my sleep quality since using these in my sleep regime, and am constantly looking for more ways to getter better sleep. What has helped you sleep better?

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush

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?