Thanks dean! Looks good.
[Pat Crocker will be appearing at the Whole Life Expo 2018 Nov 9 – 11, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, lecturing on “Healing Cannabis Edibles” – how to make your own. She will share her experiences on how to incorporate cannabis extracts into various recipes to create safe and effective home remedies for relief from pain, insomnia, and more. She will explain how it affects the user and how to make safe edibles with reliable doses for those who want to avoid the risks of smoking.]
HEALING CANNABIS EDIBLES; exploring the synergy of power herbs (Healing Edibles Co., 2018, 252 pages, ISBN 978-1-7753903-0-5, $27.95 CAD paperback) is by culinary herbalist Pat Crocker (with 22 published cookbooks) and journalist Ellen Novack (who specializes in research on plant medicines that complement Western allopathic health care). Together they work well in presenting a “can-edibles” book that is an educational primer and health-oriented cookbook geared to helping people of all ages make informed decisions about can-edibles to improve their health. Currently, there will be no sales of edibles in Canada until a year from October 2018, so one will have to cook one's own edibles at home. The cookbook icon is still the High Times Cookbook, but that book dealt primarily with just adding cannabis to existing preps. Other powerful herbs are also covered: gentian, hawthorn, rose, mullein, gotu kola, skullcap, ashwagandha, et al. Eight major medical conditions are covered: appetite loss, athletic enhancement, anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, memory, pain, and sleep. Suggestions have been based on herbal research for best health benefits obtained by consuming food, beverages, tinctures, and spa producers. Bear in mind can-edibles are not yet legal, so you'll have to make the foods yourself. Each prep comes with calculations for a standard dose of THC/CBD in every serving. You can experiment safely with this food, but do avoid buffets. The drawbacks to wine pairing with cannabis is twofold – THC remains in body longer as the liver gives top priority to metabolizing alcohol, and if you have side effects from cannabis consumption, then these are intensified. The book could have been improved if it also used metric in the recipes, or at least had a metric conversion chart (there is one but only for carrier amounts, and the same one is repeated throughout).
Audience and level of use: those wanting to make can-edibles.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: smoothies for a variety of conditions; breakfasts; banana bites; mac and cheese minis; quinoa salmon cakes; no-bake energy bars; nerves buster tea blend; raisin oatmeal cookies; calming jellies; “cannamole”; baked chicken wings with canna hot sauce.
The downside to this book: no discussion on effects when mixed with alcohol.
The upside to this book: there is good material on being cautious with the use of cannabis and other herbs, particularly with side effects that come about because of existing medical conditions.
Quality/Price Rating: 90