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5 Foods That Bind With Cannabinoids To Float You Higher

The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving, as is the information that’s available to us. This is due, in part, to research that has examined what exactly cannabis is and does. With increased attention on whether the THC and CBD compounds within cannabis can potentially provide a multitude of health benefits — besides the obvious psychoactive experience – crucial awareness has begun to spread.

For those unfamiliar, THC and CBD are the two most well-known cannabinoids often attributed as the source of happiness, endorphins, and relaxation that cannabis provides, though there are actually more components at play. For example, terpenes are a group of hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of many plants – including the cannabis plant – that are garnering more attention for potentially being responsible for creating those calming effects.

Because terpenes are a primary component of essential oils, they are frequently found in foods, as well. Terpenes, combined with valuable vitamins in certain foods, can potentially heighten symptoms typically associated with cannabis consumption, in addition to produce sensations similar to the effects of cannabis on its own.

With a little education and willingness for experimentation, it’s possible to munch in a way that lifts you to a higher plane and keeps that feeling going. Since the effects of cannabis vary widely from person to person, we recommend keeping a journal handy to notate your own experiences in order to help find out which cannabis and food combinations seem to work best for you!

1. Sweet Potato

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Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes are known as a powerful mood-boosting food. They are packed with complex carbohydrates and Vitamin B that both produce serotonin, the happy chemical in the brain.

As a plus, sweet potatoes are low in fat and protein, thus making it easy for serotonin to affect your mood. Similarly, some cannabis studies have concluded that certain strains of marijuana, particularly sativas, can be helpful to those with anxiety and depression because of their uplifting qualities. For those who are looking to boost their sativa-induced happiness a bit further, try adding a basket of sweet potato fries, as they might make a perfect partner.

2. Omega-3 Rich Foods

Nuts, fish, avocado, and quinoa are all high in omega-3 fatty acids. Interestingly enough, the acids are actually thought to bind to cannabinoids, thus potentially enhancing the properties of cannabis. Grabbing a small snack of walnuts could kick start the trip and extend it longer than usual. These healthy foods are also far more beneficial to the body than stereotypical, greasy junk food associated with the munchies.

3. Herbs


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There are so many herbs with beneficial terpenes, it’s hard to narrow them down! Pinene and limonene are particular examples of terpenes found in both the herbs you use in your kitchen, as well as in cannabis, possibly lending insight into why we so fondly refer to it as THE Herb. Sage and thyme are known for their pinene, while lemon basil, lemon thyme, and lemongrass are high in limonene.

Pinene has been known to open up the lung passages, which could theoretically make it easier for cannabis to soak into the bloodstream and heighten your experience. Just like vitamins in sweet potato, limonene has been known to relieve anxiety, depression, and stress. A cup of herbal tea to compliment the herb could give a healthy boost in the clouds when it’s hard to pick yourself up.

4. Mangoes


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Mangoes are highly regarded in the cannabis community for their enhancing effects. Mango is a unique fruit that contains myrcene terpenes, also found in cannabis. When consumed together, the myrcene in mango binds to the myrcene in cannabinoids leading to a stronger payout.

It has been recommended to drink mango juice about an hour before a proper session to get the most benefit. But again, when it comes to cannabis, every person is unique and learning your own cannabis preferences and tolerance may take some careful experimentation.

5. Broccoli


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Last but definitely not least, it’s no secret how wonderful broccoli can be for your health. From potassium content to collagen-building benefits, broccoli is one powerful superfood, and the anti-inflammatory properties have been reported to double with cannabis consumption.

Pain management is a top incentive for chronic pain patients, many of whom seek cannabis as an alternative to opioid painkillers; having a side of broccoli with cannabis could power up this side effect. The two both resemble trees, making them look kind of like distant cousins! In addition, broccoli is high in terpenes that bind with cannabinoids seamlessly, and may be beneficial in fighting depression as well.

Some of our healthiest foods are what we really should be considering as the perfect munchie pairing with cannabis. Between the potential for drawing out stronger health benefits to helping elevate you to a higher plane, there is more to these plants and vegetables that must be recognized!

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  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement, promotion or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found in significant proportion.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California, Nevada and several other states, it is illegal to purchase or sell marijuana in many states without a prescription, and under any circumstances in others. Know what the law is in your state and follow it. Even in states where marijuana may be legally purchased, sold and consumed, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume marijuana products of any kind.
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Cup Noodles Doubles Down On Veggies In Their Latest Flavor

If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter studying for a tough exam, or worked into the early morning hours on an important project for work, you already know that Cup Noodles is the perfect companion to satisfy your hunger when time is of the essence.   

After unveiling a new recipe last year with 15% percent less sodium, no added MSG, no artificial flavors, and the same great taste, Cup Noodles continues to innovate their products in tastier ways fans love. This year, they’ve yet again revolutionized the concept of noodles in a cup in a very veggie way by adding a full serving of veggies**.

Cup Noodles has yet again revolutionized the concept of noodles in a cup, and is changing the game in a very veggie way.

Now, your favorite Cup Noodles flavors, like chicken, beef and spicy chicken, are packed with vegetables like broccoli, green beans, edamame, carrots, corn, and more. With this introduction, Cup Noodles Very Veggie is the first noodle cup on the market with a full-serving of vegetables.

Adding more vegetables to this affordable meal is something Leslie Mohr, Vice President of Marketing of Nissin Foods USA, said has been a long time goal for the company.

“We believe in listening to our consumers, and following our recipe change last year, the number one consumer request was more vegetables — so that’s what we’ve done,” Mohr said.

“We’ve taken our beloved Cup Noodles product and kept the noodle amount the same – we’ve just added more vegetables! We all know we need to be eating more vegetables, and we’re thrilled to be rolling out a product that allows consumers to do that easily.”


Cup Noodle fans can now find Cup Noodle Very Veggie at Albertson’s/Safeway, 7-Eleven, Food Lion, Shoprite, BJ’s and 99 Cents Only stores. So be sure to stock up, and slurp away!

***One package of Cup Noodles Very Veggie contains ¼ cup dehydrated vegetables, and when prepared in accordance with package directions provides 1 serving of vegetables (1/2 cup equivalent).

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Marie Callender’s Adds Chili Pot Pie And Vegetarian Broccoli Cheddar To Line

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When you’re suddenly craving a pot pie in the late hours of the nigh, there aren’t too many options. Sure, you can wait until the next day and hope the craving’s still there, or you can grab a quick frozen fix. Usually, the frozen dinner aisle of the closest all-night grocer will have to do.

Marie Callender’s has announced the addition of three new Pot Pies in their frozen food line. First up is the Homestyle Chili Pot Pie. This features seasoned beef combined with tender bean chili. Next, there’s the Broccoli and Cheddar Pot Pie which has a gooey cheddar sauce and veggies. Finally, the classic Chicken Pot Pie upgrades to a larger family sized pie that serves up to six people.

The pies all feature a made-from-scratch flakey crust. As far as frozen pies are concerned, they taste pretty good. Curious to see how the new chili and broccoli pies will compared to the classic.

Each single serving pie is available for $3.29 and the family size for $9.99.

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McDonald’s Once Invented Broccoli That Tasted Like Bubblegum, Willy Wonka-Level Stuff

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We have to hand it to McDonald’s for creativity. It was reported that Don Thompson, current CEO of McDonald’s, was asked at an event what the brand was doing to produce better health options for its younger customers. Besides portioning off french fries and adding apples, it was revealed that a special broccoli was once developed for kids.

What could be so special about this broccoli that it could find a place on a fast food menu? Maybe that it tasted like bubblegum.

The bubblegum broccoli never made it past development stages, however, as Thompson admitted that it wasn’t really that impressive. Apparently it just confused kids with its taste. What, really?

Still McDonald’s gets points for such a Willy Wonka-inspired development.

Meanwhile, somewhere in a heavily-guarded McDonald’s lab, there’s gotta be a few samples left. Just biding their time.

H/T Consumerist

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How to Make Broccoli & Cheese-y Cheese Wontons

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The perfect poppable appetizer these wontons are packed with broccoli, goat cheese and cream cheese then fried to golden brown perfection. There’s veggies in there so don’t worry it’s totally diet friendly.

Created by Chef Justin Warner, Season 8 Winner of The Next Food Network Star, this Asian-American fusion dish was created to pair with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc, which also happens to be a main ingredient in the dipping sauce.

Fried and made with booze these wontons are basically the grown up version of your childhood side-dish of broccoli with cheese, but much better. Sorry Mom.

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Broccoli & Cheese-y Cheese Wontons

 

Ingredients:

For Stuffing:

  • 6 oz chopped broccoli florets (use fresh not frozen. We’re doing FOR REAL)
  • 4 oz goat cheese, softened
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp minced shallot
  • 2 tsp minced parsley
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

For Preparation:

  • 25-30 wonton skins
  • 1 egg white
  • oil for frying

For Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp Robert Mondavi Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

 Directions:

  1. Moisten some paper towels and wrap the broccoli with them.
  2. Put the moistened broccoli parcel on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 2 minutes on high power. Carefully place the florets in a mixing bowl with the cheeses, shallots, parsley and kosher salt.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, a fork or a rubber spatula, mix the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  4. Put heaping teaspoons of the mixture in the center of the wonton skins.
  5. Brush some of the egg white on the edges of the wrapper and seal.
  6. Continue until you run out of filling.
  7. Place these guys in the fridge while you make the sauce.
  8. Preheat the oil in a Dutch oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Put the soy sauce and the Sauvignon Blanc in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil.
  10. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
  11. Fry the wontons in the 350 degree oil, in batches of 3, or until they are golden brown.
  12. Drain on paper towels and serve hot, with the sauce and a cold glass of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc.

Recipe and Photography by Chronicles of a Foodie

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Kale, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Cabbage are All the Same Species

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It turns out that most of the healthy dark green veggies we love all trace their roots (hehe) back to the same mustard plant, brassica oleraceaThe family includes cabbage, kale, collards, cauliflower, romanesco broccoli, kohlrabi, and brussels sprouts, each variety chosen for certain traits like flower buds, large leaves, and edible stems. And yes, the process is quite similar to breeding puggles to labradoodles.

In its uncultivated form, brassica oleracea is known as wild cabbage. So try updating a raw kale salad with some broccoli or brussels sprouts thrown in. If all the ingredients are from the same family, they’ve got to get along right?

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One Man’s Weekly Nutritional Intake, as Told By Pop-Tarts and Broccoli

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UK-based graphic design student Ryan MacEachern is one guy who knows how to make lemonade from lemons. Maybe even literally! Apparently, someone told him to put those graphic design skills to use by visually documenting his habits over the course of a week. Ryan, brilliant martyr that he is, decided to ditch the junk food over the course of a week, slowly making it prettier and more depressing.

But instead of just giving up those sugar sweets and fatty favorites, Ryan used the foods (along with some other colorful additions) to graph out his new diet. Unfortunately, he didn’t actually eat a bowl full of candy as part of his diet. That would be crazy. I guess.

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