Hemp & Cherry Energy Bites


1/2 cup hemp seeds hulled
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
10 dates, pitted & coarsely chopped
Pinch salt
3/4 cup dried tart cherries


Add 1 cup hemp seeds, coconut oil, water, cocoa powder, dates and salt to a powerful blender or food processor. If using regular blender, soak the dates in warm water for 30 minutes & then drain prior to blending. Process until smooth, scraping the sides with spatula. If necessary, add more water to help the “dough” move around. Transfer to a medium bowl, add dried cherries and mix to combine. Place in a freezer for 20 minutes to harden a bit.
Using a small scoop, drop balls of “dough” into a bowl with remaining 1/2 cup hemp hearts and using 2 forks or by shaking the bowl, coat the energy bite in hemp seeds. Alternatively, you can coat only the bottom of the ball. Repeat until run out of “dough”.


Cherry Watermelon & Hemp Smoothie


1 cup frozen, whole, pitted, cherries
½-1 cup of frozen watermelon (if you don’t like your smoothies too cold you can put half a cup of frozen watermelon in and pair that with half a cup of fresh watermelon)
½-1 cup of mango chunks
1 banana
½ cup of coconut water
½ cup of soy milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice!)
2 Tbl chia seeds
2 Tbl hemp seeds
Optional Add Ins:
1-2 cups of raw spinach (there’s so much fruit you won’t even notice!)


Add in your chopped fruit and blend until smooth.
Add in your liquids, chia, and hemp seeds and blend until everything is smooth and well incorporated. Garnish with chia and hemp seeds!



A new survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills.

The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults under 40 were likely to give up all three of these for medical cannabis.

The most startling revelation, and one that will have Big Pharma running to their crony lawmakers, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.

In addition, 52% said they substituted cannabis for alcohol and 32% said they substituted it for illicit substances. These results indicate a very promising trend of people moving away from dangerously addictive and deadly substances in favor of a miracle plant that has never caused an overdose death.
As The Free Thought Project has reported before, the U.S. is in the midst of a painkiller epidemic, with overdose deaths skyrocketing as Big Pharma has secured its grip on government and mainstream medicine. Opioid painkillers and heroin have driven overdose deaths to the point where they are now the leading cause of fatal injuries in the U.S. Alcohol is also killing Americans at a rate not seen in 35 years.
The results of this survey confirm that cannabis is the answer to all of these problems.

Americans for Safe Access has a comprehensive breakdown of conditions that cannabis can treat, and comparisons to prescription pills.

Chronic Pain
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
We are just beginning to confirm the benefits of cannabis on other conditions such as anxiety which is normally treated with pills such as Xanax, insomnia which is normally treated with pills such as Ambien, and antidepressants which are treated with pills such as Zoloft. All of these prescription drugs can cause debilitating addiction or severe side-effects.

Although the war on drugs put a stop to medical cannabis research for decades, in recent years we have seen a surge in studies being performed, as prohibition crumbles and theSchedule 1 classification of “no medical benefit” is exposed as a farce.

Source: TheFreeThoughtProject


Chocolate Hemp Ice-Cream


– 2 tsp hemp seeds
– (2) 14-ounce cans coconut cream OR full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight in the fridge.

– 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder powder

– 14-16 ounces pitted dates (if not sticky and moist, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)

– 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

– 1/2 cup hemp milk

For Flavors

– 1-ounce coffee, cooled

– 6-8 leaves fresh mint (crushed, fine)

– Cacao nibs


Prep. Time: 30 min

(1) Place a large mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.

(2) In the meantime, add moist, pitted dates to a food processor and process until small bits remain. Then add hot water a little at a time until it forms a thick paste. Set aside.

(3) Without tipping the cans, scoop out the coconut cream from the cans of coconut cream OR coconut milk, reserving the clear liquid for other uses. Place in chilled mixing bowl.






2 cups fresh basil, packed
1/3 cup hemp seeds
2 garlic cloves
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 cup cashew cream

Blend cashews and water in a high speed blender. I used a Vita-Mix which will help get it ultra smooth.
In a food processor, blend basil, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and hemp seeds until coarsely blended and then drizzle in olive oil while processing until smooth.
Stir in cashew cream.
Spiralize a raw zucchini into pasta, or cook brown rice pasta according to package directions. Top with creamy hemp seed pesto and grape tomatoes, and garnish with fresh basil.

Medical Cannabis May Prevent Suicides, Study Finds

A new study shows a decline in suicide rates in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

Published last week in the American Journal of Public Health, a group of economics researchers found that medical marijuana laws led to a sharp drop in suicide rates among young men.

The results seem to support the belief that marijuana can be used to cope with stressful life events, says study co-author Daniel Rees, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver.

“In keeping with what advocates of medical marijuana would argue, that is, if you’re depressed, if you have to cope with a stressful situation, marijuana actually helps.”

Rees notes that some research suggests marijuana works as an anti-depressant, but the evidence isn’t conclusive. On the other hand, medical marijuana laws have also been linked to less alcohol consumption – particularly among young men.

Less alcohol consumption following medical marijuana legalization could also explain the drop in suicide rates, he says.

But the study was the first time researchers have looked at medical marijuana laws and suicide rates. Rees believes more research needs to be done to be sure.

“The relationship really does seem to exist. But we don’t have a lot to say about mechanism.”

Rees, along with co-authors D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University and Joseph Sabia of San Diego State University, compared changes in annual suicide rates between 1990-2007 of states that legalized medical marijuana and states that did not.

Suicide rates seemed to decline overall among the 12 states that passed laws during this period. But the only statistically significant decrease was in men 20-39 years old.

The team’s previous research has also shown a strong correlation between medical marijuana laws and reduced traffic fatalities

Source : Leafly Science

Study Finds Cannabis Safer Than Alcohol Or Tobacco

Using a novel method to measure the risk of mortality associated with the use of various legal and illegal drugs, scientists have confirmed what earlier studies have indicated: alcohol is the deadliest, while marijuana is the least risky.

According to the study, at the individual level, booze presents the highest risk of death, followed by nicotine, cocaine and heroin, suggesting the risks of alcohol consumption have likely been underestimated in the past. Marijuana was found to be significantly less deadly and sat at the other end of the spectrum, in agreement with previous research which has consistently ranked it as the safest recreational drug. While this may not be what governments want to hear, it highlights the need to use scientific evidence whilst creating policies regarding the use of licit and illicit drugs.

It seems that much of the world made up their mind a long time ago about the dangers of illegal substances. This, combined with the fact that it’s difficult to assess and classify the risk of drug abuse in people, means that few studies exist in which scientists have compared the dangers of different drugs. Furthermore, since illegal drug abuse is regarded as a bigger problem for society than using other known harmful substances, such as alcohol and even various prescription drugs, governments have tended to go for restrictive policies that are more often than not based on emotion and educated guesses.

Despite the difficulties, a few studies have attempted to assess the risks of various drugs, such as looking at how addictive and toxic they are in terms of acute and chronic use, but these have attracted criticism because some judgments may have been subjective rather than scientific. In an attempt to rectify these issues, scientists came up with a new risk assessment technique, called the “Margin of Exposure” (MOE) method. Put simply, this looks at the ratio between the dose which characterizes adverse effects and the amount that people typically use. The drugs they looked at were heroin, cannabis, nicotine, alcohol, methadone, amphetamine and MDMA.

As described in Scientific Reports, they found that, at the level of individual use, four substances were classified as high risk: alcohol, nicotine, cocaine and heroin. The others fell into the so-called “risk” category. However, if we look at the risks for the population rather than the individual, only alcohol was considered high risk. According to the results, cannabis is around 114 times less deadly than alcohol and was the only drug out of those examined to pose a low risk of death.

That being said, the researchers hasten to point out that these results do not mean, in any way, that drinking a moderate amount of booze is worse than taking heroin. A lot of the harm associated with drug use is not due to the drug itself, but rather the environment in which it is taken, for example sharing dirty needles, and this wasn’t taken into account by the study.

While this study sought to address criticisms of earlier work, and yet still produced similar results, it’s necessary to note that it still has important limitations, some of which the authors have identified in the publication. For example, studies examining the long-term effects of drugs are lacking, meaning the only risk they could assess was death, rather than cancer incidence, to name just one. Furthermore, although cannabis was deemed the least risky, the study did not take into account the method of cannabis use. While the components of cannabis may not pose significant health risks, smoking cannabis poses a risk because of the inhalation of irritants. Eating it would therefore be a safer route of exposure, but this is not addressed by the authors.

Criticisms aside, what is the take-home message? According to the authors, time would be better spent focusing on managing the risks of alcohol and tobacco, rather than illegal drugs. Furthermore, they suggest that for low risk drugs like marijuana, regulation rather than prohibition would be a better and more justified approach.

Source: IFL Science


The health benefits of cannabis are inarguably high and its sister plant hemp is equally beneficial for the body and the environment. Hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient dense seeds on the planet and, if used more frequently in the production of consumer items, could significantly decrease deforestation and the use of both fossil fuels and pesticides. Hemp can be consumed raw, ground into meal, and made into oil or a vegan milk substitute. Only a few short years ago, hemp was a rare sight in your grocery store or on the label of your favourite shirt. Now, it can be found in our food, accessories, clothing, body products, plastics, cars, paper, and construction materials. Hemp can even be used as fuel and as medicine, helping to slow cancerous tumor growth. Despite all of these diverse uses for hemp, we continue to use products that are unsustainable and hazardous to the environment instead.

Why Hemp Usage Is Rising

As discouraging as this seems, hemp is already starting to play a more relevant role in the marketplace and I believe this will only increase over time. Hemp poses a serious threat to many industries including oil and gas, fashion, pulp and paper, construction, and transportation. Although there are many forces actively working to prevent hemp from expanding into potential markets, including governments and market leaders, it is inevitable that hemp usage will increase now that it’s been legalized in more countries. To read more about why it became illegal in the first place, check out our article here.

Hemp was legally defined as distinct from marijuana in the United States in 2014 and hemp sales have risen continuously since then. Industrial hemp used to make consumer products is not psychoactive, thus it does not affect brain function and is not considered a drug because it has less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (the active chemical in cannabis) on a dry weight basis. In the US, the Hemp Industry Association stated that annual retail sales from hemp products reached approximately $620 million in 2014 and natural and conventional retailers experienced a 21.2% combined annual market percent growth rate. Naturally, as sales rise, more innovative hemp products are developed and launched in the marketplace.

My Top 5 Favourite Consumer Goods Made From Hemp:

Hemplify: This innovative, all-natural alternative to Gatorade and energy drinks contains hemp extract, vitamins (A, B1 [Thiamin], B3 [Niacin], Pantothenic acid [B5], B6, B12, C, D, and E), electrolytes, and omegas. Unlike many sports drinks, it doesn’t contain sugar; Hemplify is sweetened with Xylitol, a birch bark extract that aids in the absorption of hemp extract into the bloodstream, as well as Stevia and Glycerin, which are derived from natural plants and fruits.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: These certified non-GMO shelled hemp seeds are well balanced in essential fatty acids, amino acids, and omegas, and are comprised of 30% pure plant-based protein. Hemp hearts make an excellent addition to smoothies, parfaits, rice dishes, cereal, salads, and more.

Hoodlamb Parkas: Available for men and women, Hoodlamb parkas are made from a combination of hemp, organic cotton, and recycled PET and Satifur, Hoodlamb’s special formula for a soft and cruelty-free faux-fur lining. I can personally confirm that these jackets are perfectly designed to withstand below-zero weather (and that’s in comparison to my previously-owned Canada Goose jacket).

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps: Dr. Bronner’s has a wide range of liquid soaps suitable to clean literally anything from your hair to your dirty dishes (my personal favourite is the Lavender). Dr. Bronner’s is also a great company to support, as it’s a cruelty-free, fair trade, non-GMO, organic, vegan brand that utilizes natural ingredients and recycled packaging.

Saje’s Shaver Saver: This 100% natural product is designed to help irritated skin post hair removal using soothing essential oils, hemp, and other hydrating ingredients. Alternatively, the product can be used as a faster, convenient alternative to moisturizer.

Source: Collective Evolution

5 Amazing Medical Benefits of Cannabichromene (CBC)

1. CBC encourages brain growth

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For a long time, it was thought that the brain stops developing once you reach a certain age. Turns out, this is not the case. Cells responsible for memory and learning, for example, are continuously made via a process called neurogenesis. In folks with dementia and Alzheimer’s, neurogenesis is altered.

A study published in 2013 suggests that CBC can encourage neurogenesis. A group of researchers tested the effects of adult, mouse neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs) outside of the body. NSPCs are special types of cells that can differentiate into a variety of other cells, aiding in brain recovery and growth.

The team found that CBC increased the viability of these cells, meaning the cannabinoids improved their function.

2. An Antidepressant

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CBC is a non-psychoactive compound. This means that those looking for medical relief without a high might appreciate CBC as a medical alternative. Though THC and CBD are commonly thought of as antidepressants, research suggests that cannabichromene can also lend a helping hand.

Using rodent models, researchers from the University of Mississippi found that rats treated with CBC performed significantly better on stress tests. Chronic stress is considered one of the primary trigger factors for depression. The better you can adapt from stress, the less likely you are to experience depression.
3. Anti-inflammatory

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Inflammation is at the root of many modern diseases. While a little inflammation is a healthy immune response, it seems to run rampant in conditions like autoimmune diseases, allergy, and even psychiatric conditions like depression and schizophrenia.

Any compound that has potent anti-inflammatory properties is as good as gold in terms of health benefits. CBC definitely delivers in this department. It’s well-known that THC and CBD are inflammation-fighters, but cannabichromene deserves some cred as well.

A 2010 study found that CBC worked as an anti-inflammatory alone, but it’s inflammation-busting powers are amplified when combined with THC. The combination of the two cannabinoids was more successful in fighting inflammation than either one of them alone.

4. Pain fighter

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This little cannabinoid may have a big impact on pain. 2011 research found that CBC and CBD both stimulated pain-reliving networks in animal models. Early research from the 1980s found that CBC again worked with THC to produce potent analgesic effects. The pain-fighting properties of both cannabinoids increased when combined. CBC has mild analgesic properties on its own.
5. Antibacterial and antifungal

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Apparently, the 1980s were a hay-day for CBC research. Another early study found that CBC had significant antibacterial properties. The cannabinoid put dreaded E. coli and staph colonies in their place. CBC also had “mild to moderate” anti-fungal properties as well.

This information goes hand-in-hand with a more recent study, which found that CBC and other cannabinoids were as effective as Vancomycin against MRSA.

Cannabinoids are fascinating chemicals. Not only do they have powerful medicinal qualities as individual compounds, but they work together synergistically to create more potent effects. Each and every cannabinoid deserves some time in the spotlight. With more research on cannabinoids coming out every year, we’ll only continue to unveil the amazing healing powers of the cannabis plant.

What do you think about CBC? Share your thoughts with us on social media or in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
Source: Herb


Coconut & Hemp Dessert

Ingredients :

1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup almonds, ground
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons water


Process the oat flour, almond flour, coconut, dates, and vanilla in a food processor until broken down into crumbs.
Add the hemp seeds and water. Process again briefly to incorporate.
Press the mixture into the bottom of 4-6 ramekins (depending on the size of them and thickness of crust)
Coconut Filling
Here’s where the agar fun begins. I used canned coconut milk (important to use full fat). You could use fresh by blending coconut pulp and water. Make sure it’s thick. I don’t have access to young coconuts at this time.
1/2 cup water
Full 1 3/4 teaspoon agar powder
1 can coconut milk
Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2-3 drops stevia
1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Bring the water barely to a boil in a small saucepan.
Sprinkle the agar over top and whisk it in thoroughly.
Turn the heat to medium, making sure its a low boil and keep whisking until the agar dissolves (4-6 minutes).
Add the coconut milk, vanilla bean, and maple to the blender. Add the agar mixture. Blend until completely smooth. Add stevia, to taste.
Add the coconut oil and blend again.
Pour the mixture over the crusts.
Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or until set.
Berry Topping
About 2 cups of assorted berries
Chia Seed
Squirt of lemon juice
2-3 drops stevia
Blend the berries ON LOW in a blender, to keep some texture. Add some chia, lemon, and stevia.
Blend on LOW a bit longer.
Transfer to a bowl. The mixture will thicken up a little within 30 minutes.
Spoon over the chilled coconut filling.

Source:Sweetly Raw