It’s Cannabis Business, Dammit!

By now, you all know I'm out here trying to sell my book, EveryDayMaryJ, to dispensaries. It's great to meet all the cool people at the nice dispensaries and exciting that folks will be reading my book. BUT  - I have to bitch.

I've been teaching my cooking with cannabis classes since 2012 and have dealt with lots of folk in the industry. I'm running into a real issue lately, and I don't want to blame it on the cannabis, but more often than not, about 2/3 of the people I deal with are flaky. I mean seriously flaky. Like "I don't know our email address here" flaky.

Yesterday, I thought I had an appointment with a guy in Bellingham. After several emails and texts, we were to meet in BHam between 11 and 12. I drive all the way up there from West Seattle and then discover he's not where he said he'd be, I can't get hold of him, he won't answer the phone or a text…I ended up waiting for an hour and a half, then driving all the way home. Did he ever get in touch? Did he ever reply? NO! Same with a media gal who's been in touch with 'urgent exciting projects' twice. I send her info, pictures, whatever is needed, then…nothing.

So, I guess what I'm saying here, fellow cannabis business people, is this: please act like business people! Answer a damn email, reply to a text. Let’s pretend we're all trying to make positive change in the world by helping people get access to cannabis. And let's pretend we're freakin' grown ups!

There - I got that off my chest. THANK YOU.

A Big Realization

I had quite the jolt yesterday when I got home from the pharmacy. I had to go pick up some medications for my face lift next week, and came home with a bag of prescription pills. Because of the positive medical effects of cannabis, I was able to forego a few of the prescriptions, which is a good thing monetarily and physically.

But the Big Thing? The Jolt? They prescribed opioid pain meds, and back in the days before medical cannabis, I was a huge fan of pills. And not just because they helped with my pain, though they did. There was something kinda insidious about those pills; I always wanted more, even though I didn't get better. I was even at the point where I would sometimes want to look in peoples’ medicine cabinets…not good.

So here I am yesterday with a bottle of Percocet, and all I can think of is how differently I feel about them now. I know they can be effective with acute pain, so I'll take a couple, but instead of trying to figure out how to get more like in the old days, I'm trying to see how few I can take. Quite the change! I'm telling you guys, this is a freakin' miracle. I mean, I used to have a three-drug rule: more than three different meds, and I was no longer responsible. I thought I was so fun at parties, but I usually just fell asleep in a corner. Luckily I never got addicted, but boy, I can sure see how it happens.  Now, thanks to cannabis, I'm pain free, I get better each day, and I NEVER think about other peoples’ medicine cabinets!

More on CBD

Darlings - Happy March! I have some more to say about the current CBD craze, as I never want you to waste your money or get hoodwinked.

You're probably hearing a lot about CBD right now, as Cannabidiol is one of the (many) cannabinoids in pot and doesn't have a psychoactive effect. Folks who are concerned about getting high (like it’s a bad thing?) are taking to it like crazy, as are folks who have no other alternative because of where they live.

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I understand the allure of an easy painless fix, and honestly CBD does do great things. But so much of what's on the market is funky; either from China, or covered in pesticides, or who knows what. The thing with CBD is, it's from hemp, or Cannabis Ruderalis, the strain that has less than .03% of THC. Hemp has an incredible variety of wonderful properties, not the least of which is soil-cleaning capability. But because of that, if you don't source organic hemp, you're going to get a lot of heavy metals and other crap that was in the ground.

All cannabinoids work together, so assuming just one is going to do the trick isn't going to get it. There's an entourage effect with cannabis; all the goodies work together. So, if you must try CBD, read that label verrrrry carefully, and know that the whole cannabis plant is really your friend! 

Island Time

A few weeks ago, I broke away from TV for an evening and hopped on the ferry to Vashon Island for the VIMEA Meeting. VIMEA is the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance, and it was wonderful on many levels.

It wasn’t just Vashon folks; people came from all over to hear the lecture and hang. Standing out in the rain at the Grange with people sharing goodies and swapping stories was great, and the lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo was even better. But what really stuck with me was the sweet woman sitting next to me.

I had a copy of my cookbook EveryDayMaryJ in my bag, which she saw. She said, “Oh wow, you have that cookbook, too? Isn’t it great?” At which point I wanted to kiss her and hold her close, but instead, I was appropriately (extremely) happy. And surprised! Here was someone I didn’t know who’d bought my book and liked it.

The best part? She hauled out a Lemon Bar that she’d made from my recipe and shared it with me… and it was delicious! Plus, I got a nice little buzz. The whole evening was a lovely combination of validation, gratitude, and excitement.

So I do want to thank everyone who’s purchased EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis; knowing that the recipes work and people like it makes me basically overjoyed. Yay humans!

Glorious Lemon Bars - the recipe is in "EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking With Cannabis" by Mary J. White. Photo copyright Valerie McKinley, all rights reserved.

She said, “Oh wow, you have that cookbook, too? Isn’t it great?” At which point I wanted to kiss her…

Getting the Word Out

So, after 9 months of mostly fun and some hard work, Val Russell McKinley and I published our book, "EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis". Response has been good and we're slowly but surely getting the word out.

But! Turns out that's the hard part. It seemed to me that after all our efforts, people would just automatically know that it's a damn fine book, super useful, full of info. But as it turns out, one must push and prod all the time. That's every day.....So we don't want to bug you, but know that if you see a lot of posts about "EveryDayMaryJ", we're just trying to sell books!

I'm already working on some recipes and potions for the next book, but first I need to know you all are cooking with cannabis. So please - for your health, for the planet, and for us.....get "EveryDayMaryJ" and we'll all be happier. And tell your friends! Thank you so, so much.

2019!!!

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Darlings! To all of you who have come to a cooking class, read this blog, commented on a FB post, and/or purchased my cannabis cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ”, I say THANK YOU!! Thank you for wanting to learn about cannabis, for listening to my lectures, for watching my Hugo J. Treadwell get over his cancer…. again, THANK YOU!

I truly hope that 2019 is a year for healing, growth, laughter, and lotsa love. The world is a crazy place right now, but know that by sticking together, helping each other and laughing more, we’ll get through this new year in great shape. I have to say that understanding what cannabis can do for your health will go a long way toward making your 2019 smooth. Don’t forget the wonder that is cannabis; when life gets too nuts, a nice Indica will get you right. For a truly fun and fine 2019, stay medicated! With love and wishes for all good things…  Mary


Nothing to Fear

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In my teaching cooking with cannabis classes, one thing continues to stand out: lots of people seem to be afraid of the high. I can't tell you how many times I've talked to folks about the healing properties of cannabis, yet their main question is, what about the high - will I jump off a building/go crazy/eat the cat/drool? Well, of course not, yet some full-grown, intelligent humans remain scared of the pot.

I blame prohibition; years of either misleading or no information have left confusion in their wake. Many of these same folks, because “doctors are God”, will take opioids and all the weird over the counter stuff, despite the side effects and nasty high. I took pain meds for years, and let me tell you, that is not about euphoria. I found pills to be depressing and not healing at all; but cannabis is seriously great! And if you get a little goofy, or happy, or horny - isn't that WAY better than being depressed and sad? 

So, lose the pills and the over the counter stuff. You are an intelligent and brave individual.... try cannabis!!

Our Pal CBD

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There's an analogy I use in class when we talk about CBD or cannabidiol, that wonderful, popular, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. I like to say that it's like taking a vitamin C pill; good for you and ok, but eating the whole orange is way better. Same with cannabis!

Currently there's a huge interest in CBD, which I think is great for getting people familiar with the healing properties of cannabis. But what kinda bugs me is that folks are missing out on all the other beneficial components of cannabis when they only focus on CBD. Now I know from teaching cooking with cannabis for years that some people are just plain scared of pot. I get it - years of propaganda has put fear in the hearts of many regarding the 'high'. I've heard people say they’re worried about hallucinations or jumping out of windows.

I've found the best way to combat fear is with information and hopefully experimentation. There have been wonderful folks in class who initially had a lot of fear about pot, but with a little reading up and playing around, they're happy stoners now. I guess I'm saying CBD is great and better than nothing, but the whole plant is truly your friend!!

Feeling Grateful

Hasn't this been a year? I don't know about you all, but my life has gone through some wonderful, painful, and epic changes. I truly feel that our friend cannabis absolutely helped me through the worst of it; whether emotional angst or weird body stuff, cannabis got me through. And the more I use cannabis and learn about its healing properties, the more I understand the importance of this ancient healing plant. I'm absolutely grateful for this, as well as being grateful for you. I don't want to be trite, but to all of you who have come to a Cooking with Cannabis class, asked me canna questions on FB, or needed input on CBD - thanks! To be able to help even a little, to see someone get off all those pills, to see a puppy calm and healed - that's all down to the goodness of cannabis, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me help just a little. So very grateful for all of you!!

Making a book

I was talking with my book partner, Val, the other day about the making of our cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ”. Initially way back in February, I thought it’d take like a month or so. Turns out I knew nothing! Thanks to Val and her photographer’s eye, we came up with a book that has truly mouth-watering photos and I think some fun content. But, I guess the point is that if it weren’t for Val, I’d probably be handing out recipe reprints on the corner somewhere. I tend to go fast and move quick, while Val has that wonderful calm, deliberate energy. It definitely takes different energies to birth something – whether a book, a business, or a baby. So, thanks are in order here for Val; thanks for being you. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the photos in EveryDayMaryJ – enjoy!!

Publication Day!

We are a couple of proud mamas: today is the day our labor of love, EveryDayMaryJ, was published! Over the better part of 2018, we have enjoyed working together on this project, researching and developing recipes, taste testing, making photographs, book designing and more.

We hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of our ebook - it’s chocked full of delicious recipes, photos, cooking techniques, and information about all things cannabis.

Click HERE for more info. Available for Amazon Kindle Fire®, Apple iPad®, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Welcome to our website!

Crunchy canna cups with peanut butter and dark chocolate

Publication of Every Day Mary J, A Practical Guide to Cooking With Cannabis is days away, and we’re getting really excited. This cookbook is all about what I’ve learned teaching Cooking with Cannabis for the last seven years, with a lot of recipes, tips, and anecdotes. The photography, from the incredible Val McKinley, will impress the hell out of you, and the recipes – well, we think you’ll be blown away. Come back really soon for purchasing info.

YAY CANNABIS!