Hemp Tortillas

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups hemp flour
6 Tbsp corn oil
1 tsp cornstarch
3/4 to 1 cup warm water
salt and pepper

Method:
Combine flours, salt and pepper and cornstarch, add corn oil and rub into flour with fingers until it resembles small peas.

Add warm water a little at a time until the mixture forms a ball not to wet or dry.

Let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Roll out thin and fry in a lightly oiled pan for 2 minutes each side.
Hempy and crispy.

Enjoy 

The Secrets of The Endocannabinoid System

One of the most important systems in our bodies is often overlooked until more recently. The Endocannabinoid system is involved in establishing and helping to maintain homeostasis within the human body. Cannabinoids and their receptors can be found in all parts of an animals’ body from the brain, tissues, glands and immunity cells. For example, a life process called autophagy; the process in which cells isolate part of their contents to be recycled, happens with the help of this system. The cannabinoid system also assists in the communications between cells and other bodily systems.

Cannabinoids are substances in our body used to stimulate the Endocannabinoid system. Two molecules are found naturally in the human body, anandamide (the first cannabinoid receptor to be discovered) and 2-arachidonoylgylcerol (2-AG ), found mostly in the nervous system as well as human milk. Similar substances we find in plants, they are known better at delta-9-tetrahydrocannbinol (THC) as well as CBD and CBN. It is now being thought by scientists throughout the world that these substances are the co-creators of. Assisting in all aspects from conception, implantation, embryo growth, birth as well as nursing from our mothers, perhaps this is true.

Life is not possible if we are deprived of such natural substances. Starting with conception, both CB1 and CB2 receptors are found on the sperm cells. Levels of the cannabinoid AEA are needed to control the viability and mobility of the sperm. Both Anandamide and 2-AG are found in a woman’s uterus. These substances are essential for successful passage through the fallopian tubes and implantation into the womb. There is also a receptor that a cannabinoid will bind to; stimulating a child’s knowledge to suckle from its mother, making sure the child receives cannabinoids that will help strengthen their immune systems.

Dr. Dreher from Jamaica conducted many studies of pregnant woman who ingested cannabis from tea as well as smoking. He noted in the first few days of life, there were no positive or negative neurological effects; however, there was a great difference between the two types of children in the first month of life. He notes, “…The exposed babies showed better physiological stability, required less examiner facilitation to reach an organized state and become available for social stimulation”. Several years later the children were brought back and there was no difference in developmental testing between the two groups. Later Dreher studied the rate of infant mortality. He took just under 3,000 children and divided them between those with no cannabis in their systems and those who did. Those who were drug negative had an average mortality rate of 15, 7 per 1000 while the other group was significantly lower rate of only 8, 9 deaths per 1000.

More recently, Biotrial started a study at the Hospital of Rennes in France. Instead of using the natural cannabis plant, they created something synthetic. This was known as BIA 10-2427 (fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor. Basically this synthetic drug was used to block the necessary process that happens within the human endocannabinoid system. After 3 days on the trial drug 5 patients were hospitalized, one died as he was determine brain dead and the other 4 are expected to suffer from permanent neurological damage that is irreversible. This is just another example of how the government is trying to control cannabis for profit, when they are actually showing the population how important, how healing all these cannabinoids are.

There are numerous studies, articles, and information available to the general population. Cannabis and their cannabinoids, are able to heal all types of diseases, are important to our development from the time we are young. This information will not be shared, it is up to us to increase our own knowledge, the resources are there, we must educate ourselves and share the truth.

Source: THC INSIDER

Seek and Destroy – How Cannabinoids Selectively Target Abnormal Cells

A new study in the July issue of Biochemical Pharmacology elaborates upon a unique mechanism of cannabinoids’ anti-cancer activity. It is notable for demonstrating how cannabinoids work synergistically with the body’s immune system to stop cancer, unlike traditional treatments which destroy the immune system in the process of stopping cancer.

Researchers tested the effects of CBD, THC, and an endocannabinoid analogue called methanandamide on two lung cancer cell lines, A549 and H460, along with cells from a lung cancer patient. It found these compounds increased expression of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) on the cancer cells, which made them more susceptible to white blood cells called lymphokine-activated killer cells (LAK). However, normal cells were not affected this way, showing yet again that cannabinoids can selectively target abnormal cells while leaving healthy tissue alone.

LAK cells are a very powerful part of the body’s natural anti-cancer defense system. In fact, direct administration of LAK cells has been tested for cancer treatment, along with interleukin-2, a cellular signaling protein that activates LAK cells. This has shown promise, but like most pharmaceutical interventions there are unpleasant side effects. Using cannabinoids is a safer and potentially more effective way to take advantage of the body’s natural LAK cells.

This is not the first study to reach these conclusions. An April 2012 studyby many of the same authors yielded similar results, but the newer study is novel in its recognition of the role LAK cells play.

Given the direct and indirect anticancer action of cannabinoids on lung cancer, it makes sense that actual patients have reported success. A well known activist named Michelle Aldrich used cannabis oil in conjunction with chemotherapy to eliminate her lung cancer. Her surgeon, Dr. Peter Anastassiou, remarked that “he had never seen lung cancer totally eradicated by chemo, much less in four months.”

Another patient named Jeff shared his story in a video (below) about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma and five tumors on his left lung in July 2011. For treatment, he put two drops of cannabis oil on his tongue every morning, and eventually was declared cancer free on December 21st, 2011. In his case, there was apparently no traditional chemotherapy used.

Source: Illegay Healed

Cannabis Compounds That Could Help Combat Cancer, Alzheimers, Parkinsons .

Imagine there existed a natural, non-toxic substance that halted diabetes, fought cancer, and reduced psychotic tendencies in patients with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. You don’t have to imagine; such a substance is already here. It’s called cannabidiol (CBD). The only problem with it is that it’s illegal.

Cannabidiol is one of dozens of unique, organic compounds in the cannabis plant known as cannabinoids, many of which possess documented, and in some cases, prolific therapeutic properties. Other cannabinoids include cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Unlike delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, consuming these plant compounds will not get you high. Nonetheless, under federal law, each and every one of these cannabinoids is defined as schedule I illicit substances because they naturally occur in the marijuana plant.

That’s right. In the eyes of the US government, these non-psychotropic cannabinoids are as dangerous to consume as heroin and they possess absolutely no therapeutic utility. In the eyes of many scientists, however, these cannabinoids may offer a safe and effective way to combat some of the world’s most severe and hard-to-treat medical conditions. Here’s a closer look at some of these promising, yet illegal, plant compounds.

Cannabidiol

After THC, CBD is by far the most studied plant cannabinoid. First identified in 1940 (though its specific chemical structure was not identified until 1963), many researchers now describe CBD as quite possibly the most single important cannabinoid in the marijuana plant. That is because CBD is the cannabinoid that arguably possesses the greatest therapeutic potential.

A key word search on the search engine PubMed Central, the U.S. government repository for peer-reviewed scientific research, reveals over 1,000 papers pertaining to CBD – with scientists’ interest in the plant compound increasing exponentially in recent years. It’s easy to understand why. A cursory review of the literature indicates that CBD holds the potential to treat dozens of serious and life-threatening conditions.

“Studies have suggested a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on several conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral ischemia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory diseases, nausea and cancer.” That was the conclusion of researcher Antonio Zuardi, writing about CBD in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry in 2008. A 2009 literature review published by a team of Italian and Israeli investigators indicates that the substance likely holds even broader clinical potential. They acknowledged that CBD possesses anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antiepileptic, neuroprotective, vasorelaxant, antispasmodic, anti-ischemic, anticancer, antiemetic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and bone stimulating properties. Martin Lee, cofounder and director of the non-profit group Project CBD – which identifies and promotes CBD-rich strains of cannabis – agrees. Cannabidiol is “the Cinderella molecule,” writes Lee in his new book, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012). “[It’s] the little substance that could. [It’s] nontoxic, nonpsychoactive, and multicapable.”

It’s also exceptionally safe for human consumption. According to a just published clinical trial in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design, the oral administration of 600 mg of CBD in 16 subjects was associated with no acute behavioral and physiological effects, such as increased heart rate or sedation. “In healthy volunteers, … CBD has proven to be safe and well tolerated,” authors affirmed. A 2011 literature review published in Current Drug Safety similarly concluded that CBD administration, even in doses of up to 1,450 milligrams per day, is non-toxic, well tolerated, and safe for human consumption.

Yet despite calls from various researchers to allow for clinical trials to assess the use of CBD in the treatment of various ailments, including breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and schizophrenia, a review of the website – the online registry for federally supported federal trials worldwide – identifies only four US-based clinical assessments of CBD. Two of these are safety studies; the other two are evaluations of CBD’s potential to mitigate cravings for heroin and opiates. Sativex, a pharmaceutically produced, patented oromucosal spray containing extracts of THC and CBD, is also undergoing testing in North America for use as a cancer pain reliever under the name Nabiximols. The drug is already available by prescription in Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout much of Europe for the treatment of various indications, including multiple sclerosis.

Presently, however, options for US patients wishing to utilize CBD are extremely limited. Most domestically grown strains of cannabis contain relatively little CBDand many smaller-sized cannabis dispensaries do not consistently carry such boutique varieties. A handful of prominent cannabis dispensaries, mostly in California and Colorado, do carry CBD-rich strains of cannabis or CBD-infused products. However, in recent months, several of these providers, such as Harborside Health Center in Oakland and El Camino Wellness in Sacramento, have been targeted for closure by the federal Justice Department, which continues to deny evidence of CBD’s extensive safety and efficacy.

Cannabinol (CBN) is largely a product of THC degradation. It is typically available in cannabis in minute quantities and it binds relatively weakly with the body’s endogenous cannabinoid receptors. Scientists have an exceptionally long history with CBN, having first isolated the compound in 1896. Yet, a keyword search on PubMed reveals fewer than 500 published papers in the scientific literature specific to cannabinol. Of these, several document the compound’s therapeutic potential – including its ability to induce sleep, ease pain and spasticity, delay ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) symptoms, increase appetite, and halt the spread of certain drug resistant pathogens, like MRSA (aka ‘the Superbug’). In a 2008 study, CBN was one of a handful of cannabinoids found to be “exceptional” in its ability to reduce the spread MRSA, a skin bacteria that is resistant to standard antibiotic treatment and is responsible for nearly 20,000 hospital-stay related deaths annually in the United States.

Cannabichromene (CBC) was first discovered in 1966. It is typically found in significant quantities in freshly harvested, dry cannabis. To date, the compound has not been subject to rigorous study; fewer than 75 published papers available on PubMed make specific reference to CBC. According to a 2009 review of cannabichromine and other non-psychotropic cannabinoids, “CBC exerts anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and modest analgesic activity.” CBC has also been shown to promote anti-cancer activity in malignant cell lines and to possess bone-stimulating properties. More recently, a 2011 preclinical trial reported that CBC influences nerve endings above the spine to modify sensations of pain. “[This] compound might represent [a] useful therapeutic agent with multiple mechanisms of action,” the study concluded.

Cannabigerol

Similar to CBC, cannabigerol (CBG) also has been subject to relatively few scientific trials since its discovery in 1964. To date, there exist only limited number of papers available referencing the substance – a keyword search on PubMed yields fewer than 55 citations – which has been documented to possess anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-bacterial properties. According to a 2011 review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, “[A] whole plant extract of a CBG-chemotype … would seem to offer an excellent, safe new antiseptic agent” for the treatment of multi-drug resistant bacteria. A more recent review published this year in the journal Pharmacology & Therapeutics further acknowledges that CBG and similar non-psychotropic cannabinoids “act at a wide range of pharmacological targets” and could potentially be utilized in the treatment of a wide range of central nervous system disorders, including epilepsy.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin

Discovered in 1970, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is most typically identified in Pakistani hashish and cannabis strains of southern African origin. Depending on the dose, THCV may either antagonize some of the therapeutic effects of THC (e.g., at low doses THCV may repress appetite) or promote them. (Higher doses of THCV exerting beneficial effects on bone formation and fracture healing in preclinical models, for example.) Unlike, CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, high doses of THCV may also be mildly psychoactive (but far less so than THC).

To date, fewer than 30 papers available on PubMed specifically reference THCV. Over half of these were published within the past three years. Some of these more recent studies highlight tetrahydrocannabivarin’s anti-epileptic and anticonvulsant properties, as well as its ability to mitigate inflammation and pain – in particular, difficult-to-treat neuropathy.

Like CBD, THCV is on the radar of British biotech GW Pharmaceuticals (makers of Sativex). According to its website, the company has expressed interest in the potential use of tetrahydrocannabivarin in the treatment of obesity, diabetes and other related metabolic disorders. Though the compound has been subject to Phase I clinical testing, a keyword search on clinicaltrials.gov yields no specific references to any ongoing studies at this time.

Source : Alternt

Hemp Muesli

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
4 tablespoons whole hemp seeds
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cut chopped dried apricot
3 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
2 tablespoon hemp Seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:
Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a dark cupboard. Lasts for 3 weeks.

When you are ready to eat it, add to a bowl and include your your favorite milk or see our recipe for hemp milk.

Enjoy

Hemp Granola Bars

Ingredients :
1 cup hulled hemp seed butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup whole hemp seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Method :
Cream hulled hemp seed butter, brown sugar, honey, coconut butter and vanilla until smooth.

Stir in oats, coconut, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. Mix well. Stir in chips and pat into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan.

Bake at 350 F for 20 – 25 minutes

Enjoy

Hemp Crepe Batter

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup hemp flour
1 teaspoon corn starch
2 cups of milk
1/8 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup butter
Hulled hemp seeds for garnish (optional)

Method:

Place all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix thoroughly.

Add eggs and milk and whisk till smooth.

Melt butter in a small pot or sauce pan, add to flour and add mixture and wisk till well incorporated.

Place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge and wisk before using.

Place a medium non-stick pan on medium heat add 2 ounces of crepe batter to non-stick pan cook on one side for 1 1/2 minutes and flip gently with a spatula cook one more minute and place on a plate till ready to use. Sprinkle Hulled Hemps Seeds on top if desired.
Enjoy