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

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

Ehlers-What?!

Hi Friends!

Today, I’m having a flare up and decided to post about what it’s like to live with an invisible disability, especially as someone who values their independence.

Many people don’t know the first thing about this so a basic explanation is that my connective tissue is fucked. I am hyper-flexible in every joint, and often dislocate joints without realizing it. This causes me to have daily pain although normally its just a constant achyness instead of pain, which I have learned to ignore most days. However, it also gives you incredibly soft skin, in fact its referred to as “velvety soft” skin, and I believe it also contributes to my great skin and hair growth, so benefits?!

Back to the point, most days I can ignore the pain and work and do all the usual day to day jobs. Sometimes this isn’t the case, I can’t speak for others but mine seems to ebb and flow. Some days, I almost feel normal just with achy and stiff joints, and other days I am at my max and even sleeping aggregates the pain.

Yes sleep can actually make my pain worse. Growing up I was a stomach sleeper, its like a constant hug, but as I got older I started tossing and turning because of my EDS. Both shoulders hurt, but I can normally sleep on one side for about 2 hours and then switch. However, my knees usually start to hurt soon after and then I get some pain in my lower back so I try to sleep on my back, which never works because I can’t sleep on my back, then I move to my stomach but then my shoulders begin to hurt from being hunched, so then I use two pillows to move my shoulders back, and it just continues until my alarm goes off.

Basically, no matter what I have to accept some pain. Right now I am sitting in a recliner chair with the massage function going on, I have a Hades on my lap, my comfy Aztec blanket, and my vape pen I should be good. But I can still feel the pain in my fingers, wrist, my shoulders are achy but I can only hold them back for so long before my mid back begins to seize up, then my lower back is just some stabbing pain, my hips are mad they have to be used to sit, and I forgot to bring a pillow for my knees to rest on.

So yeah, life is rough but the problem is that even I think that because I look fine I should be fine. Sometimes, I wear braces to give me support or use my cane but then I think that I am playing things up too much.

I guess it boils down to I don’t know how to act as a person with a disability. Everyday is rough and a struggle, but I can’t focus on the bad so I choose to focus on the good. I am also overly excitable, which I usually regret the next day. I have lots of energy, which makes me having a disability worse because I hate to miss out on things. So I push myself until I literally can’t any more, and this is why I use cannabis.

I find that smoking forces me to take things easy and rest, it also is one of the only thing that works. It doesn’t just magically take away my pain so I can get to work or be of any use. It just numbs things, and then I get high and then I can only focus on one things and so my pain just gets muted.

The other benefit of weed, is that I don’t feel constantly judged and don’t second guess everything, so I actually ask for help. This is something that I suck at, because my entire life I strived to be independent and fix my own problems. EDS has forced me to ask and accept help, but I still struggle with it daily. Kyle my wonderful husband and partner for 7 years has been by my side since I was diagnosed. He has seen me at my worse, and I literally had to debate myself to see if I should ask him to pull out cash when he was at the store so I could buy more weed. It took me five minutes to convince myself that it wouldn’t be a bother to him, this man has literally carried me many times when my ankle or knee gave out. He has helped lower me into a bathtub so I can soak in some bath salts, he has dealt with my high ass in a wheel chair at the airport and had to get us on the flight with me thinking I was on a real life roller coaster.

I am still learning that there is no one way to act, and I am going to try and be more lenient with myself. If you are struggling with these issues, just know that you aren’t alone and that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.