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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 Surprising Difference Between Sweet Potato and Yam

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Hold onto your hats, because I’m about to drop some knowledge that might blow you away: Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same things. And most likely, you have never tasted a yam.

If you’re as stunned by this news as I was, you’ll want to know the truth. What have you been serving on your Thanksgiving dinner table? Did you think that sweet potato casserole was really filled with yams? Let’s find out.

What’s the Difference?

Sweet potatoes are the orange or copper-tan root vegetable you’d find at most grocery stores. They’re a member of the morning glory botanical family. Yams, on the other hand, are related to lilies, palms and grasses. They grow primarily in the tropics and can usually be found only in ethnic grocery stores in the U.S. And neither one is really a potato.

Fun fact: These tubers aren’t potatoes. The term “sweet potato” is a misnomer. Real potatoes like your trusty russet belong to the nightshade family.

Not sold yet? You can distinguish a yam from a sweet potato before you even bite in. Sweet potatoes have thin, smooth skin and orange or white flesh. Yams have rough, dark skin with an almost hairy texture, and the flesh inside is often white or purple. While you can find potato-sized varieties of both, yams are typically larger and can be up to five feet long!

And those reddish-brownish garnet yams? They’re sweet potatoes with a false identity.

The taste is equally distinguishing. Sweet potatoes are flavorful and moist while yams are often starchy and dry. Looks like it’s a good thing we don’t use them for our sweet potato pie.

So Why Do Some People Refer to Sweet Potatoes as “Yams”?

Let’s take a look at history, shall we? Back in pre-Civil War America, grocers typically only sold white-fleshed sweet potatoes. When the orange variety was introduced into the market, sellers wanted to distinguish the new species from the old. Instead of explaining how the two sweet potatoes were actually varieties of the same plant, producers and shippers began calling the orange ones “yams,” after the African word nyami meaning “to eat.”

Today, you might still find produce labeled as yams in a grocery store, but more likely than not, it’s mislabeled.

Now that you know the difference, impress your family across the dinner table by explaining that you could never make your extra-crunchy sweet potato fries with yams!


Article by Emma Kumer from Taste of Home.

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Here Are 6 Quirky Stories About Sweet Potatoes You Probably Have Not Heard Yet

Uber-healthy compared to your standard spud, sweet potatoes are nature’s orange-hued, starchy candy. Put ‘em in pie, dunk some in ketchup, or top with mini marshmallows; you can do a lot of deliciousness with these guys. They’ve also got some quirky stories to share.

 

Their aroma took an entire town hostage

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The community of Farmville, North Carolina (no relation to the game) experienced an emergency when an entire silo of dried sweets was engulfed in flames. Natural Blend Vegetable Dehydration had firefighters pumping upwards of 26 million gallons of water into the structure to extinguish the fire. The resulting smoke wafted throughout Farmville for over three weeks. This demonstrated that there is, in fact, too much of a good thing.

 

They’ve been lead singer in a band

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Well, at least on the silver screen. Former American Idol contestant and Dancing with the Stars champ Kellie Pickler portrayed a tuber in a full-length film in 2014. Her character’s name was Mirabelle, and that flick was VeggieTales: Beauty and the Beet. As the lead singer of her family’s band, Mirabelle — we mean Pickler — belted out eight of the 10 featured songs. Wonder if she got any produce perks at her local supermarket?

 

Sweet potato diets were a thing

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Diets are nothing new. The ones celebrities are following seem to get the most attention, though. And Korean celebs have got potatoes on their mind, as one of these weight loss plans involves copious amounts of them. K-pop girl group Secret shared their diet that involved consuming five sweet potatoes in a week. The reasoning: low calorie count + high in fiber and water = dropping a deuce more frequently. Heck, if it works . . .

 

Two varieties are saving malnourished populations

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Researcher Sunette Laurie was on a mission to find the perfect sweet potato for farmers to harvest in South Africa. The requirements: higher dry matter content, a firm texture, and sweet taste. After testing a dozen varieties in various climates for adaptability, she narrowed it down to Purple Sunset and Implio ones. Her efforts now nourish natives with crops that counter the prevalent Vitamin A deficiency. You go, girl!

 

Musicians make excellent sweet potato sales reps

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Ms.Patti LaBelle currently sells a line of sweet potato pies exclusively at Walmart. Thanks to a superfan, a video praising the dessert went viral with over 10 million views. It also made Patti’s pies in such high demand that the chain is in the weeds trying to keep up with orders. However, she is not the first crooner to make a profit off the orange veg. Singer Lloyd Price manages Icon Food Brands, which includes Lawdy Miss Clawdy sweet potato cookies, named after his first hit.

 

Vardaman, Mississippi loves their sweet potatoes

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The town is the self-proclaimed “Sweet Potato Capital of the World,” and they celebrate their devotion with a week-long festival in early November. It’s been going on for 42 years and counting in the area named after James Kimble Vardaman, former Mississippi governor and senator. Festival highlights include tractor judging, pageantry, and (of course) pie-eating contests. If you can’t wait ’til November, then head to Benton, Kentucky in April, where they hold a Tater Day Festival that includes a carnival, baking, and canning competitions. Time for a road trip, sweet potato fans!

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How To Make Gnocchi And Two Other Types Of Sweet Potato Noodles

Here in the US, we tend to relegate sweet potatoes to desserts, ignoring them in the supermarket’s produce section until Thanksgiving. While we’ve been caramelizing and marshmallow-izing our sweet potatoes, other countries have brought the decadence much earlier into dinner.

Japchae

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If you’ve experienced the delicate sweetness of the noodles in Japchae (or Chap Chae), you’ll probably find it hard to believe the Korean dish didn’t always include them. The core elements of Japchae were established in 17th century Korea’s version of Master Chef where various dishes were prepared for King Gwanghaegun. Yi Chang’s winning combination of vegetables would eventually include the tenderly cooked vermicelli made from sweet potato starch.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz Sweet potato glass noodles (or 1 package)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced in strips (optional)
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 3-4 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 cup beef (preferably ribeye or tri-tip), cut into thin strips or in small cubes
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • For the meat marinade: 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • pinch of salt, pepper, and sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • For the noodle marinade: Olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Bring water to boil. Add the noodles and let it boil about 6 minutes. Drain water and squeeze the water out of the noodles. In large bowl, drizzle olive oil over noodles and stir constantly with chopsticks to prevent the noodles from sticking together. Add the noodle marinade and set aside.
  2. Marinade the beef; in small bowl, stir the beef in the beef marinade. Set aside and let it marinade about 20 minutes.
  3. In large skillet, add the sesame oil over high heat. Add meat, mushrooms and onions (if you’re using any) and stir about 3-4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, rice wine, and apple cider vinegar, stirring occasionally. Add the marinaded noodles to the skillet and stir to mix. Add the spinach, and continue to cook, covered, for about 4-5 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Add the salt and pepper and sugar to taste or add more soy sauce if it needs it. Continue to stir well with chopsticks or tongs until well mixed. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour the beaten eggs onto a griddle or a flat pan over medium heat. (You will want to cook the eggs slowly rather than fast. The texture will be better if it is cooked over medium heat.) When the eggs are cooked, remove from heat and slice it into ½-inch strips.
  5. Top japchae with sesame seeds and sliced egg strips and serve.

Gnocchi

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Columbus brought sweet potatoes to Europe from the Americas and they were the object of some culinary confusion for a couple of centuries. In 1830, Joseph Bonato, a doctor, botanist, and all-around smart guy, determined that they were edible and would thrive in Northern Italy. Venetians ran with it and are credited with substituting sweet potatoes with regular potatoes in gnocchi, an Italian dish marked by its pasta vs. dumpling identity crisis.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. mashed roasted sweet potato, drained in fine mesh sieve for about 2 hours
  • 6 oz. ricotta cheese, drained in fine mesh sieve for about 2 hours
  • 1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • a pinch of brown sugar
  • about 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling and shaping gnocchi.

Instructions

  1. Combine sweet potato and ricotta in a large bowl. Add parmesan cheese, salt, and brown sugar. Stir until well-combined. Fold in flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, until a dough is formed. Try to incorporate as little flour as possible–the dough should be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that you can’t work with it.
  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 3 pieces. Using your palms, roll and stretch each piece into a 20-inch rope. Add more flour as needed.
  3. Use a knife to cut each rope into 20 one-inch pieces. If you like, you can shape gnocchi using the tines of a fork; place gnocchi on fork and gently press the center with your thumb, rocking back and forth.
  4. Boil finished gnocchi one or two handfuls at a time in a large pot of salted water for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a baking sheet to cool.
  5. Saute gnocchi in a tablespoon of butter or olive oil over medium-high heat until heated through and starting to brown, about 6 minutes. You can also add minced fresh herbs (like sage or rosemary), garlic or caramelized onions.

Harusame

Japanese for “spring rain,” it’s pretty difficult for this take on Chinese glass noodles to get anymore adorable. When dry, the noodles resemble the frenetic nature of Albert Einstein’s hair, but once cooked, they make angel hair pasta look massive. Harusame, a staple in summer salads, tends to be made from potato starch, but the sweet potatoes or yams are used in certain varieties.

Ingredients:

  • 2 package of harusame noodles
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1/2 carrot

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seed, optional

Method:

  1. Slice the cucumber, spring onion, and carrot into thin strips.
  2. Beat the eggs. Heat a drop of oil in a non stick pan. Make a thin omelette with the eggs. Cut the omelette into thin strips.
  3. Cook the noodles according to the manufacturer’s instruction. Drain.
  4. Mix the ingredients for the dressing until the sugar has dissolved. Mix all the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl or individual serving dish. Pour the dressing over the salad generously and toss to mix.
  5. If you intend to serve this dish chilled, keep the ingredients in the refrigerator before you mix them with the dressing.

 

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11 Outrageous Friendsgiving Recipes That Will Wow Your Friends

Every so often, we hold a friendly competition among our network of Foodbeast friends and family. This year, we reached out to 11 of our favorite Instagram chefs for a Thanksgiving challenge.

The idea was to take Thanksgiving dishes and create something beastly out of it. For the challenge we invited @tymbussanich, @makesushi1, @TheJoshElkin, @mealsandreels, @thetipsytable, @new_wave_foodie, @jerseydanks, @missfoodieproblems, @grubfiend, @dudefoods, @thevulgarchef and @taesoon84.

Man, even looking at these is putting us in a food coma.

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#FoodbeastFriendsgiving in full force. Get a load of these TURKEY, BACON, CHEESE & GRAVY poppers from Make Sushi! Show off your #foodbeast Thanksgiving leftover creations with us!

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Thanksgiving Burrito Bowl

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A sliced Hasselback sweet potato with candy bacon, streusel and topped with roasted marshmallows.

Stuffing Waffle Leftovers Sandwich

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Thanksgiving Log

 

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Thanksgiving Log || #FoodbeastFriendsgiving

New Wave Foodie's contribution to #FoodbeastFriendsgiving is a THANKSGIVING Log! Cranberry roll, deep fried, wrapped with a ham and stuffing roll, deep fried again and wrapped with bacon. What are you making with your leftovers this week?

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Mt. Lefoverest

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Jive Turkey Sliders

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Thanksgiving Biscuit Cone

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Cone! || #FOODBEASTFRIENDSGIVING

DudeFoods.com brought the ULTIMATE fire this #FoodbeastFriendsgiving: A THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS CONE! A biscuit cone packed with mashed potatoes, corn and turkey topped with gravy and a cranberry.#FOODBEAST!

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White Castle’s New Turkey Sliders Are Stuffed With Your Favorite Thanksgiving Sides

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Now that Halloween’s over, we’re quickly gearing up for Turkey Day. Funny how our two favorite holidays are back-to-back. In honor of Thanksgiving, White Castle is introducing three new Turkey Sliders.

Made with Butterball turkey burger patties, the sliders feature a variety of different Thanksgiving sides in a set of three. The Turkey Dinner Slider’s is stuffed with sweet potato waffle fries and cranberry sauce. The Cranberry Turkey Slider is slathered with only cranberry sauce. Finally, the Bistro Turkey Slider boasts a tangy Bistro sauce.

You can also get the sweet potato waffle fries as a side along with a cranberry spritzer with Sprite, Brand Eating says.

The trio of Turkey Sliders will only be available at White Castle through the holiday season.

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This Is Not a Sweet Potato, it is Delicious Ice Cream

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In Japan, land of all that is inexplicably and uselessly cool, there’s a tube of frozen cream that looks, and supposedly tastes, just like a sweet potato. Because f*cking Japan.

First introduced in 2011 by the Imuraya Confectionary Company, this frozen yaki-imo (roasted sweet potato) has, after a three year hiatus, returned to stores for fall, bringing along with it all manner of confusing and creamy goodness. The outer skin is a rosy, sweet potato-flavored wafer, and the insides are made of sweet potato-flavored cream, sweet potato paste, and bits of chocolate.

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If you think about it, there’s actually a fair amount of real sweet potato in this thing, which means it’s practically healthy. Ergo, feel free to a couple. Or you know, fifty.

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Smortato is a sweet potato stuffed with s’mores

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