The Firecracker Experiments: ABV Weed

Here at Sespe, we like to be frugal. Medicine is expensive, and we never waste a bit of it if we can help it. To this end, we have undertaken some experiments here in the Test Kitchen, using previously-vaporized materials to create some interesting edibles. There are many ways to make firecrackers, which are one of the easiest edibles possible, though definitely not for the fussy gourmet palate.

The science behind firecrackers is that an oily substance (butter, oil, or in this case, peanut butter) will extract the THC and other medicines from the leaves, and convert them to something you can absorb through your gastrointestinal tract. Peanut butter is also an ideal ingredient for its strong taste, which helps mask the fact that, let’s face it, ABV (already-been-vaped) weed is not delicious. I’ve read that baking firecrackers is not strictly necessary, that peanut butter itself will extract the medicine if left to sit long enough, but who likes to wait that long?

The ingredient list is simple: cinnamon graham crackers, oily (“old-fashioned”) peanut butter, and your vaped remains (variations on this recipe to be covered in future installments). I used slightly more than 1g vaped material per cracker sandwich, which I believe is a little on the high side as far as most recipes recommend. Now I understand the reason recipes don’t recommend using this much — it’s truly surprising how effective this “used up” medicine is.

So, the preparation: mix peanut butter and ABV weed well, spread on the sugary side of cinnamon grahams. Might want to consider adding just a touch of agave syrup for sweetness. Arrange into sandwiches, wrap loosely in aluminum foil. Bake around 30 minutes at around 325 degrees. About halfway through you’ll starts smelling good things — very encouraging! The result is a little on the dry side, but remarkably non-awful tasting. As for the medicinal effects, let’s just say I’m having a wonderful afternoon and I’m really appreciating my hair.

The Price of Gas is Too Damn High

We here at Sespe sincerely care about all our patients and regret that we are forced to make a small change in our minimum delivery amount due to the ongoing ridiculousness of gas prices. We can maintain the $40 minimum for Oxnard, Ventura, and Camarillo, but outside of those areas it is necessary to have a slightly higher minimum.

Effective 4/19/2012, minimum orders are:

Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo: $40
Ojai, Oak View, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Fillmore, Santa Paula and beyond in Ventura Co: $50

Sespe Creek Featured Medicine: Ground Owl Pain Lotions

One of the reasons that marijuana is such an effective medicine for so many ailments is that our bodies have elaborate receptor systems for the active ingredients. For that reason, it makes sense to take a multi-faceted approach to medicating, and the Ground Owl line of topicals is very popular among our patients.

The lotions are thick, fragrant, and come in two types: Calming Lavendar, and Invigorating Peppermint. Created and mixed up by hand by Sepse Member/Volunteer PeuYoko, these topicals are a treat at any time of the day or night, especially refreshing for those with dry, cracked skin. I’ve found they help heal small abrasions, as well as improve the general skin tone with regular use (I’m 51 and need all the help I can get with that!).

Hemp Wick Offers a Safer Alternative for Smokers

Sespe Creek Collective proudly carries Humboldt Wick, a 100% organic alternative to butane, matches, and naptha-based (Zippo) lighters, all of which carry their own health risks.

Medical research has found that butane exhaust inhalation can cause drowsiness (narcosis), asphyxia, cardiac arrhrythmia, and even dull the senses of smell and taste.

Humboldt Wick is all-natural hemp-based twine coated with beeswax, which burns so clean it’s approved by the American Lung Association. Recent studies have shown that moderate marijuana usage is not harmful to the lungs, so by adding the health benefits of cleaner-burning ignition soruces you have the comfort of knowing that you’re not adding anything harmful to your meds. Ask for a free sample with your next order!

Medical Cannabis in a Pill

Many doctors recommend using edibles and vaporizers over smoking our medicine, and for those of us who suffer from respiratory illness, this is a very important part of being able to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana without unpleasant side effects to our breathing.

As an asthmatic, I find that marijuana’s anti-inflammatory effects help my breathing in a substantial and noticeable way, and edibles are the best way to accomplish this — but as much fun as Fruity Marshmallow squares or fancy truffles are, sometimes you just want to medicate without any sort of hassle whatsoever, and that’s where caninol pills just shine. They’re small, convenient, portable, and most of all, effective.  My experience with them is that one in the morning gets the day off to a great start, with just the right amount of physical and psychoactive effects to help with the asthma, anxiety/depression, and TMJ pain that the medicine helps me cope with.

If you’re trying these for the first time, start with just one and give it at least an hour (or more if on a full stomach) to assess the effects.

Expanded Menu

Sespe Creek is pleased to announce a new edibles menu! From savory pretzels and chili lime peanuts to sativa agave syrup and sugar-free chocolate bars — Aren’t you feeling hungry just reading this? Check out the extensive testing and dosage information at auntiedolores.com

We are also thrilled to be carrying Ground Owl Pain Lotions in calming and invigorating blends, both 1 and 2oz sizes. Our volunteers have been self-testing these on our sore spots and are quite impressed with the results!