Spirulina

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green “algae” (cyanbacteria) that is a complete powerhouse of nutrients. This is an ancient freshwater algae that has been living on this Earth from the beginning of time. Though it seems as if it is a ‘newer’ superfood, it has actually been consumed for centuries by humans for its nutrient rich healing properties. Spirulina grows naturally in lakes, rivers and ponds; originating from tropical climates such as Mexico and Hawaii. 

Benefits:

  1. Nutrient Powerhouse:
        • Protein: As with the rise in popularity of plant based diets, this algae has become a very popular food choice for its high protein content. With about 60% of each serving being a complete protein, it is the highest source of plant based protein in existence. Often times with other plant based sources of protein such as beans, nuts, and seeds, they will have to be paired with another food to attain all amino acids to be a complete protein. But spirulina is already a complete protein by itself, serving as the most effective plant based source of protein. This plant based protein is also very easily digested and absorbed by the human body. 
        • Iron: Meat is a very commonly known source of iron for many. But for those looking for a plant based source, look no further. Spirulina provides you with roughly 11% of your daily need in just one tablespoon. Spirulina is also a very bio
        • Calcium: Compared to milk, there is over twenty-six times more calcium in one serving on spirulina. 
  1. Decrease Anxiety and Depression: 
        • The elements of Spirulina are known to help balance the brain chemistry, promote better brain functioning and prevent depression. One amino acid found in spirulina, tryptophan, is essential in the body’s process of producing serotonin. Serotonin is the happy chemical in the brain that elevates mood and alleviates depression. Tryptophan can also help the body get a better nights sleep. 
  1. 3. A Powerful Antioxidant: 
        • Oxidative stress is known to cause free radicals in the body, which are extremely detrimental to ones health. One side effect of free radicals is a chronic inflammation, which then leads to a variety of chronic diseases and physical ailments. Spirulina has a very large concentration of antioxidants, which fight free radicals. The main active component is phycocyanin, which also gives Spirulina that blue-green color. Phycocyanin is the power behind Spirulina’s amazing free radical fighting properties, lowering ones overall risk for chronic disease. 
  1. Helps Rid of Heavy Metals:
        • Spirulina is known to bind to heavy metals in the body and flush them out of the system. Seeing as Spirulina is very high in chlorophyll, which is a nutrient that helps remove toxins from the bloodstream and helps to give the immune system a boost as well.
  1. Extreme Immune Boost:
        • Spirulina is rich with beta-carotene and phycocyanins, which are plant pigments that act as very effective boosts to the immune system. The phycocyanin specifically helps fight the damage to cells that would have otherwise caused disease in the body. 

How to consume:

There are a number of ways to consume spirulina, but my personal preference is capsule. Some refer to the taste of spirulina as ‘nutty’ and love to sprinkle it over a salad. Personally I think it tastes extremely fishy and the flavor isn’t necessarily to my liking. So I prefer to take capsules, just purely to avoid the taste. But if the taste doesn’t bother you, spirulina can be mixed in a smoothie, juice or just a glass of water. Your method of consumption is based on personal preference, one way is not better than another.

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One single tablespoon (roughly 7 grams) of Spirulina powder contains:

      • Calories: 20
      • Protein: 4 grams
      • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance
      • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
      • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
      • Copper: 21% of the RDA 
      • Iron: 11% of the RDA
      • Also containing significant amounts of calcium, 

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Do si do

 

This strain, BOOM. That all I can say. It sure does hit hard and fast, take two hits and you will most definitely feel it. This is not your typical Indica-dominant hybrid, I feel strangely energized and focused. I took a few hits of this and busted out like an hours worth of work! Not the typical way I would spend an afternoon after a bowl of indica. But this do so do was quite amazing. Not to mention the beauty of the strain, purple tints to the lime green leaves and the orange hairs, absolutely stunning. There was a sense of relaxation brought upon during this smoke sesh, just enough to put my body at ease releasing any aches and pains that were standing in the way of an enjoyably productive day! A strain that comes on very fast, after 2 hits accompaning that burst of relaxation in my body, my mind wanted to work and I continued to work for a few hours. A pleasant yet unexpected beam of focus came from this smoke! I love when strains surprise you!

I would even go as far to say that this could be a very nice daytime strain, if you’re looking for a relaxed and happy day. Overall Highly recommend 🙂

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Lemon Zittlez

Okay first off let me just stop right here. THE TASTE. This literally tastes equivalent to a yellow sour skittle. I stopped and made each of my roommates try it to understand its magic and one after one their jaws dropped so surprised that weed could taste like that. Yeah well it did and it’s great so I would advise you go get some lemon zitttles just for the taste! Terpenes are gods work, they really are.

Okay well now for the real effects, since it is an indica you get the calming sensation almost immediately. Then comes the happiness, like a gentle wave rushing over your body. I also got a sense of focus (probably stemming from the lemon lineage), nothing too strong or overpowering, but just a subtle sense of relaxed focus. Just enough to pay attention to a documentary or a tv show with an in-depth plot. The relaxation will prompt you to sit and chill, but the happy focus will prompt you to want a little bit of entertainment. Perfect for a rainy day Game of Thrones marathon or a documentary and pizza kind of night. Be aware though, this strain will also bring out the inner muchie monster, so be prepared with plenty of snacks or else you will end up at a grocery at 10 pm- eyes wide and too high to even decide what you want to get.

Blackberry Soda

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          This strain was one I bought on a whim, when visiting a weed lounge I (of course) forgot the most important component to a weed lounge. THE WEED. But this was a blessing in disguise because I came upon this gift of a strain. Being an indica dominant hybrid I was hesitant, but the bud tender assured me I would not be disappointed and holy shit he was right. I thoroughly enjoy trying new strains so I very rarely repeat buying strains (unless special circumstances) and this right here is a special circumstance. I will be heading back to the same dispensary to pick up some more blackberry soda very soon. This was the first strain in a very long time that brought on a serious case of the giggles. I was laughing so hard, I was crying! She came on slowly and left the same way, so no immediate slap in the face of high and no immediate drop off either. Also on the contrary to popular indica belief, this one encouraged my talkative side. The indica relaxation effect did come up and slowly fill my body/mind. But it was just the perfect amount of relaxation to not interfere with my giggly mood! Overall this is a great strain, especially if you are looking to hangout with some good friends or watch a very funny movie.

Canna-Cacao Doughnut Holes

Canna-Cacao Doughnut Holes

This recipe blends two of my favorite plants in the whole world, Cacao and Cannabis. Cacao offers natural anti-depressant properties, is a high source of antioxidants, highest plant-based source of iron, and is an intense heart-opener. And for all of those (like me) suffering from food allergies, this recipe is 100% gluten free and vegan. It is quite simple to make and has even simpler ingredients. ENJOY!

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup canna-coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

With these you have quite a few options, I found this recipe originally as a doughnut recipe, I tweaked a few of the ingredients to make it gluten and dairy free and also changed the size because cupcakes are so much more fun. But the size and shape of the end product is based on what tools you have on hand.
For the doughnut holes: I used mini cupcake pan or add some more buckwheat flower until the consistency is think enough to hold shape and spoon into little balls and place on a cookie sheet. Cook at about 350 for 8-10 minutes. Checking after the first 5 minutes because they will cook fast.

For muffins: Place the batter into a muffin pan and cook at 350 for 12-15 minutes, again checking often to ensure they don’t burn.

For Doughnuts: you can use a doughnut pan or thicken the batter and shape the doughnuts yourself, cooking at 350 for about 10 minutes.

*The recipe for canna-coconut oil can be found here!*