Self-sufficiency, sustainable lifestyle, foraging, gardening, harvesting, preparedness, homesteading, plant medicine, and herbal knowledge are more important now than ever! Our herbal and Hemp (Cannabis sativa), knowledge resources of the power of plants will be our Natural Rx. This will sustain our very lives, especially if we believe in the magical powers of Cannabis and herbs. A lot of people depend on the big pharmaceuticals for their daily existence, and, depending on the level of dependence, has the potential to wreak havoc on the immune system. Conversely, Cannabidiol (CBD), from Hemp (Cannabis sativa), has the capacity for providing wellness toward many ailments. For example, CBD can help alleviate multiple sclerosis, anxiety disorders, obesity, neuropathic complications, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and Huntington’s disorders and so much more.
Do you live near a community garden? If not, do you have access to woods for foraging? The concept of community gardens is not new. The lived realities of communes/community gardens have been happening over centuries. In a community garden, you are asked to participate in digging and planting, including a variety of many other communal jobs. Some community gardens charge an initial fee to purchase needed items; once the fee is paid, then you are permitted to pick various fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs as you wish for yourself or your family. Some of the gardens offer individual plots or help in working on one big plot. Community gardens occur in urban office settings and rural areas, including suburban communities.
In my area of Nashville, TN, there are many Hemp growers with whom I maintain friendships. Hemp is legal to grow on apartment balconies, home decks, and inside one’s home with permission from state agencies. The Hemp growers I know were once tobacco growers; they grew awesome vegetables, fruits and also raised animals for meat sales. Once the laws changed (2018 Farm Bill Provides information for Industrial Hemp), allowing for Hemp production, some farmers and burgeoning farmers, all over the USA, begin making choices toward Hemp (Cannabis sativa) growing opportunities
Hunters and Gathers
You do not have to live in the Stone Age to make such fantastic, nourishing, and Hemp infused foods like Kief, CBD oils, CBD isolate frozen popsicles, meats or vegetables, and bone broth. Do you know what Hemp Kief is? According to Wikipedia and my farmer Hemp friends, it is known as cannabis crystals; it is sifted from the dry hemp leaves. Afterward, the cannabis crystals fall through a mesh screen, hence – Kief! It is ready to be used, you do not have to make it into butter as it is ready for your partaking! On a cold day, I will often brew some warm coconut milk (1 cup), with added Kief (1 teaspoon of Kief), 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric honey, splash cardamom, and 1 tablespoon of carob powder.
Hemp Veggie Broth
So, are you vegetarian? If so, there is broth for you, too! Have you made veggie broth with veggies, now you will add Hemp, always use herbs and spices? My best girlfriend is an animal lover who adopts and fosters animals; she is also a vegetarian. Let us make a superfood with Hemp that I love making for my vegetarian friend, with added Hemp buds, chopped kale, and a grain of buckwheat.
Hemp Veggie Broth
4 cups of filtered Water
3 tablespoons of Coconut oil or Olive oil
1 full chopped onion, plus Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) and Garlic (Allium sativum)
2 cups of peeled chopped Kale and Acorn squash
1 cup of shelled Hemp seeds (Cannabis sativa), from the grocery store)
1 cup of Buckwheat
1/3 cup of any type of Mushrooms
2 teaspoons of Red Pepper (Capsicum annuum), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), salt,
2 teaspoons of CBD Hemp Oil that you will make or drops from the health food store
(there are some online, just remember that it is important to know your purchase source AND where they got it from)
You can use 2 tablespoons of dried Hemp buds, roll them into your hands and then release the flavors; cook it while the broth cooks at an extremely low temperature.
Use a medium stainless-steel pot or a crockpot turned on low heat. I do not sauté’ my onions or garlic (it’s optional).
Cook on low heat for two hours – do not boil! Cook on low heat for two hours, again, do NOT boil. The healing properties in the hemp plant will be lost if ever boiled!
For more recipes and to read Carol’s various publications on Hemp and Cannabis, and her range of skincare visit her website here.