OpEd: Stay Healthy and High

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Welcome to the Mirror's Food and Wine Issue, the last one before the menu changes for every fine restaurant in Florida.

Why, by next year at this time you will be able to order sativa- infused muffins at the Floridian, and baked cannabis apple pies from the Capital Grille. You will be using canna butters on your bagels.

Indica Wines will be offered in nightclubs to ease the stress of your day, and medicinal marijuana will be smoked in cigar bars. But don't worry. The pilots flying your plane won't be able to indulge. There will still be hotels that won't allow cannabis to be consumed on their properties

Nevertheless, the medical marijuana dispensaries opening soon in a neighborhood near you will feature a large selection of edibles. However, these are often overpriced pre-made, pre-packaged cannabis infused treats that are making their debut in the market as a novelty. Unfortunately, many edibles still come packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other unhealthy ingredients.

While these processed food delights can be an easy way to get medicated on the go, many medical marijuana patients prefer making their own medicated snacks and infused meals — and for good reason.

There's nothing like a home made bowl of penne pasta for dinner, sautéing grape tomatoes, scallions, baby shrimp and crushed red pepper in canna-olive oil. And do you realize how easy it will be to infuse your mac n' cheese with a dose of THC oil? Linguini will never taste the same again.

Cooking with cannabis is an art form. You have to learn the science of decarboxylation. Worry not. From Bob's News to Barnes and Noble, bookstores are offering a host of 'How-To' cookbooks with classic and high class culinary recipes for your brownies. They won't be like Grandma's.

The medical marijuana industry has cultivated a wealth of new magazines for cooking purists, from The Cannabist to Edibles

The cannabis culture is emerging digitally as well. Go online and you can read books entitled 'Marijuana Cooking Basics,' or a popular feature, '10 Common Marijuana Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.'

Be your own healthy hempster. Stock your pantry with high-quality, potent infusions of cannabis in coconut oil and olive oil. Use those basic infusions to medicate a healthy diet full of whole grains, nuts and seeds, leafy greens, lean proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables to discover the healing power of real food.

Once you master the art, it's time to woo your partner. Heck, you are going to get some action tonight especially after you feed your better half strawberries dipped in cannabis-infused chocolate. Make the glaze with a tad of canna-coconut oil and melted chocolate, and allow the strawberries to be coated with this sexy enticement. Press the strawberry against your lover's mouth ever so gently.

Need a quick refresher after a long workout? Time to indulge in a medicated smoothie, or THC dosed iced tea. Now there's some kick in those drinks. Me? I had a Raspberry Hemp Milk smoothie after a taxing flight from Seattle to San Diego. Mmmm, good.

Every month High Times Magazine features a favorite new recipe. Your choices can include Mary Jane's kale chips, ganja granola bars, super sensei oatmeal cookies or my own favorite, a grilled mango and peach pot salad.

Thanks to our new constitutional amendment, you too can soon become a medical Jane. So damnit, become an activist and let your legislators know you want our new law to treat marihuana as a medicine not a menace. Fight for dispensaries and wide distribution, so you can cook your way to personal freedom, unrestrained by government interference.


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