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If you have a lot of fan leaf trim and don’t want to waste it, you’ve come to the correct location. Cannabis leaves are incredible, and here are five creative ways to utilize them.
Smoothies: The Easiest Option
Cannabis leaf contains similar nutrients to other green leaf smoothie staples like kale and spinach, including folate, iron, calcium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. It’s a good source of dietary fiber and flavonoids. It also has the ideal ratio of omega 3 to 6 fatty acids for joint health as well as brain wellness. And it won’t make you high at work!
Note: Despite the fact that eating raw cannabis leaves will not get you high, it’s conceivable that you would fail a drug test if you do so.
Cannabis Leaf Smoothie Recipe
For a great super green smoothie, mix the following in a blender:
- 1/2 cup cannabis leaf
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 an avocado
- Top up with coconut water
It’s also convenient to prepare the components ahead of time and freeze them before mixing them in ziplock bags (or beeswax wrap bags if you want to be environmentally friendly). You may take it with you on the go in the morning. Aren’t they magnificent cannabis leaves? They actually do freeze well – aren’t they fantastic?!
Leaves that are not blanched can cause botulism to develop on plants, so before freezing them, it’s a good idea to blanch them. Pick them out of the boiling water with your hands and then into a bowl of cold water. Remove the ice from the bucket and drain it. Freeze them as soon as possible.
Bhang: The Ultimate Nurturing Drink
Bhang is a popular Hindu medicine that has been used in India for centuries. It’s a lovely immune-boosting and stomach-healing tea made from various sacred herbs. It’s a delicious, warm, milky drink that’s used in Ayurveda to aid digestion and blood pressure. Some Northern Indian martial artists use it for insurance and focus as well as to help them resist the extra calorie intake needed before battling.
- Place one half tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil in a large pan on medium heat.
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 ground cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon fennel, and 1/2 teaspoon anise are fried for a few seconds to release the flavor of the spices.
- Turn the heat down low.
- Add 2 cups of whole milk or a can of full-fat coconut milk.
- Add 1/2 cup cannabis leaf to the pan.
- Simmer for half an hour.
- Continue stirring gently until the mixture begins to condense.
- To taste, add a spoonful of rosewater and sweeten with jaggery sugar, honey or maple syrup.
- Strain and serve.
Edibles: Don’t Have CBD Oil or Bud? You Can Still Use Cannabis Leaves for Edibles
You’ve undoubtedly heard about decarboxylating your leaves before putting them in your dish to activate the chemicals. Visit this WayofLeaf article for a comprehensive guide on the subject.
In a nutshell, if you whirl them in the blender and bake them at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 – 90 minutes (depending on the moisture level of the leaves) until they start to brown, you can use them in any recipe.
Another option is to make delicious cannabis coconut butter. This is great for gourmet Keto fat balls or protein bites with a sweet twist and it’s a fantastic standby. It’s a wonderful standby that keeps well in an airtight container if kept away from the stove and the sun. Avoid placing the jar near the stove or in direct sunlight as coconut oil can go rancid; this recipe may be scaled up to double or triple depending on your crockpot capacity.
Cannabis Leaf Infused Coconut Oil Recipe
- Finely grind your decarboxylated leaves.
- Melt 1 cup coconut oil in a crockpot.
- Add the ground cannabis leaves and 6 cups of water.
- Leave to cook overnight.
- Pour the warm but not yet completely cooled oil through a nut milk bag/cheesecloth and squeeze. Get as much of the cannabis-oil mixture as possible through the strainer.
- Leave the brine in the fridge to solidify for a few hours.
- Remove the oil from the top of the water and refrigerate in an airtight container.
Here’s a great power ball food recipe that includes cannabis coconut butter.
1. Put all these ingredients in a blender:
- 1 tablespoon cannabis coconut butter
- 1/3 cup dates
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- 1 teaspoon of water
2. Blend until they form a rough paste.
3. Scoop out the mix and shape into balls.
4. Roll in chopped nuts.
They keep in the refrigerator for at least a week
Cannabis Infused Honey: Can Be Used for Baking, Raw Baking or to Add to Coffee or Tea
With this golden nectar, you’ll get a double anti-inflammatory effect. The cannabis leaves must be decarbed in the oven as described above for this one.
Cannabis Infused Honey Recipe
- Add 2 cups honey and 2 cups water to the slow cooker.
- Make a hemp bag by cutting a 10-inch square of cheesecloth or using a nut milk or cold brew coffee bag. Add 2 tablespoons of ground cannabis leaves and seal tightly.
- Drop the bag into the honey solution in the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours.
- Remove the wax honeycomb from your hive and carefully pour the honey solution into a jar once it has cooled.
- Wipe off the extra with a paper towel and wash the crockpot before the honey hardens or becomes difficult to remove.
Cannabis Hair and Skin Cream: Takes Some Work, But Worth It
Cannabis oil is a multitasking treasure. Cannabis oil moisturizes the skin and hair, affecting the local endocannabinoid system. This salve may be used as a scalp treatment and as a facial mask. It can also be applied to specific regions to reduce inflammation and stiffness in the muscles and joints by massaging them.
Make this into a massage lotion by combining 1 part cannabis with 2 parts shea butter and mixing it together in the same way you would for edible coconut butter. This is a similar procedure to edible coconut butter, but with more leaves and the need for a stick blender. Make up a stronger version of the coconut butter recipe above if you don’t have one. If you have decarbed leaves on hand, feel free to use them.
To make a smaller batch, you may simply scale this recipe down; however, it’s more difficult to blend with the stick blender in small amounts.
Cannabis Skin Cream Recipe
- Melt 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup almond oil, and 1 cup shea butter in a crockpot.
- Add 4 cups ground cannabis leaves.
- Top up with water up to the max fill line of the crockpot.
- Cook overnight,
- Squeeze through a cheesecloth bag.
- Skim off the oils and discard the water.
- Return the oils to the crockpot until they have softened again. Usually, about half an hour should do it.
- Blend with a stick blender until combined into a creamy consistency.
- Add up to 10 drops of lavender essential oil, up to 10 drops of rosemary essential oil and up to 10 drops of clary sage essential oil.
- Blend again to mix.
- Store in a glass jar.
The essential oil combination above is a fantastic all-around partner to the cannabis’s effects, but it isn’t required. The following are also effective if you’re making it for a specified purpose:
- You may use ginger oil to enhance the effectiveness of an alopecia scalp treatment by reducing the other oils proportionately.
- The tincture can also be used to treat rashes and eczema. Use chamomile and oregano oil, but don’t exceed 10 drops of oil in total.
- You can use 20 drops of frankincense oil when making a muscle salve or tincture. Add peppermint to cool the muscles, while adding juniper will warm them.
Never Waste Another Leaf!
Whether you’re using cannabis as part of your wellness regimen or just want some tasty, efficient ways to consume plant remnants, hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to go zero waste with your plants. Let us know how it goes!