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

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

LEGALIZE! and Expunge

HI FRIENDS!

Today’s post, I will be focusing on an article by Tom Angell for Forbes. A quick summary is that this article focuses on Congress’ plan to vote on Legalizing Cannabis Federally! I am (obviously) a huge proponent on legalizing, however this official vote does bring insight to the divides and hidden intricacies of legalization. Let’s get into the nitty gritty friends!!

Firstly, the legislation is called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act. This would be a huge win for the cannabis industry and is the only way we should progress as cannabis becomes less of a taboo. The MORE Act would not only remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) but would also designate money to be used to benefit those affected by the “War on Drugs.”

If this passes, this would be the end of cannabis prohibition and the beginning of a whole new world!

That may seem a tad over-dramatic, but that’s how I roll. Seriously though this would really begin a whole new type of cannabis industry. It would allow states to decide how to regulate. It would affect how businesses work, it may allow for cross-state transportation; meaning my company in Colorado could ship products into New Mexican dispensaries and vice versa. Who knows, maybe with the entire country smoking or eating weed then we can all get along!

A lady can dream. Yes I am high whilst writing this, I mean its a cannabis blog, so now lets get back to the point at hand!

Legalization alone is not enough, we must also be mindful of the thousands of people who are incarcerated. The war on drugs, targeted black and hispanic people and are the ones who are sitting in jail due to possession. They also have a very difficult time to find jobs after jail, which leads to a never ending cycle. When cannabis becomes federally legal, it wouldn’t make sense to continue to incarcerate them and would not be fair for them to have a record for using something that is now legal, and shouldn’t have been illegal.

Yes you heard me right, cannabis shouldn’t have ever been illegal. This federal legalization is long overdue, and it is important that we expunge the record of all cannabis convictions as a result. Legalization and Expungement are like peanut butter and jelly or mac and cheese. Sure you could have one without the other, but it only combined that you experience a perfect harmony.

So there we have it, I also included sources if you want to read for yourself.

Do you guys want to more learn about the political side of cannabis, the daily lifestyle, or how to’s? Or all of the above! Let me know!

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush

Angell, T. (2019, November 16). Vote To Federally Legalize Marijuana Planned In Congress. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2019/11/16/vote-to-federally-legalize-marijuana-planned-in-congress/amp/#referrer=https://www.google.com&_tf=From %1$s.

Resing, C. (2019, April 22). Marijuana Legalization Is a Racial Justice Issue. Retrieved from https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/drug-law-reform/marijuana-legalization-racial-justice-issue.

Authentically Yours,

In yet another “Getting To Know Me” post (hopefully you sang this like in the King & I) I will be explaining my sign off of choice!

Authentic is defined as ” of undisputed origin; genuine. ” If something is authentic, you know it is real and you don’t have to second guess anything.

I crave authenticity. I doubt that makes sense, but its the easiest way I can explain why being authentic means so much to me. I grew up hiding my self hatred and horrible home life. I always felts like I was playing a role because no one cared about my true self.

Thankfully, I met my wonderful husband Kyle and he has helped me to regain my self, my voice, and my authenticity.

What you see is what you get with me. It has taken me years to become comfortable with myself, and honestly I still have ways to go.

Be prepared; this blog is not for the lighthearted. I will be open and honest about my life, I will probably cuss because I like to cuss. Also I am an out Liberal Feminist Latina so if you don’t like any of those words, then this may not be the blog for you!

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush

Why Sativa Zebra?

You are probably looking at this site and thinking “Why did this chick choose the name Sativa Zebra for her blog?” Good Question!

Sativa! Cannabis has been traditionally categorized as either a Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid. Sativa strains are believed to have uplifting, social, creative, and energizing effects. Indica strains are believed to have relaxing, calming, and tranquil effects; while Hybrid can have varying effects due to breeding. As we get to know each other, you will learn that I have a lot of energy. Like, a lot guys! I am easily excitable and have had nicknames like Bubbles and Energizer Bunny.

Why Zebra? Well the Zebra is the mascot for those who have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder. I won’t go into all the details but I was diagnosed in July 2013, and have daily pain literally everywhere. My pain used to be so horrific that I struggled to work 4 hours a WEEK! I turned to cannabis to mitigate my pain, and keep from using narcotics and opiods, and have never turned back!

The other reason I chose Zebra is because Zebras are herbivores, which is what I am now. I made the decision to go plant based in May 2019, and this has also incredibly helped me to manage my daily pain.

Hopefully, this will help you to understand me a little bit better! If you want to learn more about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome you can go on over here,

https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/what-is-eds/

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush

Welcome to the Sativa Zebra!

Hello Friends!

I am Kelcie Kush aka the Sativa Zebra! I am a woman who uses cannabis daily to treat my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome; I also work in the cannabis industry specifically in extraction and concentrates.

I decided to start this blog because I need a place to talk, share, and connect with others like me. Living with a disability is tough enough, especially when your disability is invisible. Cannabis has radically changed my life and I want to share my knowledge with you to help others in my situation.

On this blog, I will be sharing knowledge about cannabis products edibles, topicals, and more. I will review products as I try them, and maybe even review shows and movies whilst high AF! This space will be wildly honest, and jumbled up collection of thoughts; thus this blog will parallel my brain.

I guess this would be considered a lifestyle blog, but I’m not going to try to sell you my lifestyle. There is no one way to be or live so I will show you mine and give you my honest opinions and reasons for living as I do. I just want to create a non-judgmental, loved based community.

Let’s Get To Having Fun!

Authentically Yours,

Kelcie Kush