Classic PGA Cannabis Tincture (the cupboard method)

Classic PGA Cannabis Tincture (the cupboard method)

everclear cannabis tinctureThe past six weeks at Wake & Bake HQ have been filled with tinctures and topicals. We’ve made Honey Tinctures, Weed Lube/Cannabis Massage Oil, Organic VG Tinctures, a CBD Tincture, a Classic PGA Tincture using the Magical Butter, Organic Vodka Tincture, and infused cini minis.

But this incredibly simple classic tincture  is so special, that I couldn’t wait to share it any longer. Why is it so special? Well, for one, it only requires:

1 Jar

Some Cannabis (anywhere from 10-30 grams)

Pure Grain Alcohol (Everclear)

A Towel to cover the jar

While I LOVE edibles, there’s something appealing about the simplicity of this method (read: no dishes). It’s also really simple and sweet to consume cannabis via a little apothecary-esque dropper. You can make a decent sized batch of this so you quickly get to know what dose is appropriate for you and don’t have to adjust it very often. Discreet, fast-acting, easy to dose, long shelf life, potent and effective, 1 dirty dish… what’s not to LOVE about tinctures?

marijuana tincture

This Classic Pure Grain Alcohol Cannabis Tincture is made with just two ingredients: decarboxylated cannabis and Everclear. It has been a brewing for 6 weeks in my cupboard with fairly minimal input. I wasn’t planning on the input being so minimal when this experiment began. The plan was to be crazy diligent and scientific about these tincture trials. But I’m a libra. So, there’s that.

The day I started this, I was D-E-termined to shake and test the jars of cannabis tincture in my cupboard regularly and methodically. I vowed that every damned day I would:

  1. Shake the jars.
  2. Uncover the jars.
  3. Grab a dropper and test the tincture. Occasionally take a picture.
  4. Write down how I feel.

This lasted for three days. The everclear was green and so strong that it burned the shit out of my mouth, throat and nose. It made my eyes water after a couple of drops, but I didn’t feel much of anything going on. I decided that it wouldn’t be worth it to keep testing it every day until I found the exact day that it was fully active.

mmj tincture

Predator, my experiment assistant.

I would just wait.

I would swirl them every day, wait a couple of weeks (two-four max) and test to see when the tincture was the perfect strength for me to take less than 10 drops of that intense grain alcohol.

I damned well WOULD just wait, and swirl, and wrap the whole thing up.

But I totally didn’t.

marijuana tincture

The busy-as-all-shit holidays came and went and I would occasionally think, “OH SHIT! The tincture trials!!!!” but without all of the capital letters and exclamation points. I’d shake the jars, smell the contents, and move on with my day.

That was until today. I finally finished answering every single comment that was on this here blog. I was so in the weeds that there were over 60 comments in the docket, and since I love interacting with you guys, I tried to answer all of them with consideration; thoughtfully and consciously with proper grammar. Which took for-fucking-ever.

cannabis for tincture

I kept coming across questions about tinctures and I was finally like, ”OH SHIT! The tincture trials!!!!”  but that time there were all caps and exclamation points because I’d completely forgotten about the tincture in my cupboard.

I shook the jar up, opened the lid, let the hobo smell evaporate and took ten drops of this bad boy. All I can say is…


The everclear sting is still there, but it’s less pronounced. It definitely had a “green” taste to it. But, it delivers fast, easy-to-dose treatment. If you’re going for flavor or if you’re looking for a delivery method for an ill little one who has been prescribed medical marijuana, this may not be the tincture for you (stay tuned for the Honey and OVG tinctures, because those definitely are for you).

If you’re looking for an easy way to make a fast-acting-medicinal tincture, this recipe turned out to be incredibly low input and delivered a quality product. I really only swirled the jars a couple of times a week and covered them with a towel. It was so unintentionally easy. It’s always shocking to me how this stuff can be so simple and how people on the internet make it so complicated.


Is there a more methodical way to do this? Probably.

Is there a more difficult way to make this? Fo sho.

Does this method work?

Hells yes…

You can swirl the mixture around more often if you’ve got a daily kitchen witch routine going. You good little kitchen witch, you.


(the incredibly simple cupboard method)


1. In a quart or pint mason jar, mix:

2 cups Everclear

20-30 grams of Cannabis (trim or broken up buds that have already been DECARBOXYLATED)

2. Cover with lid and place in a cool dark place.

3. Swirl around the mixture and test occasionally.

4. When the tincture is effective, strain the plant material and pour into dropper bottles. Label and store in a cool, dark place away from children and unstable adults.

Start with 4-5 drops and work your way up. You should begin to feel the effects quickly (within a minute) and you’ll experience the solution’s full strength in 15-30 minutes. Adjust your dose from there.

For more information about measuring the THC dosage of your cannabis tincture, check out the post on determining the strength of your oil. The same math applies to figure out the total mgs in your tincture.


You can absolutely divide this recipe to accommodate for how much cannabis you have.  Just make sure the alcohol covers the material so things don’t get funky.

Okay! Well, I’m half assed in the saddle again and can’t wait to post the rest of this tincture series and share my overall favorite one with you (spoiler alert: I won’t be giving any spoilers).

So… do you have a better method? Did all of that make sense? Please keep the questions and comments coming. I absolutely LERV hearing from you guys and it’s so much fun connecting with all of you <3

Much love,




A Response to FORIA (with Gingerbread Snack Bars)

A Response to FORIA (with Gingerbread Snack Bars)

gingerbread mmj snack

Be Aware: Most of this post is in response to FORIA (the notorious company that makes Cannabis Lubricant for California residents) for some comments that they made on Wake & Bake’s Weed Lube posts on Facebook. If you just want to skip all of that and get to the recipe for these awesome and wholesome Cannabis Infused Gingerbread Snack Bars, just scroll on down to the bottom.

Well, well, well… After I dropped that weed lube post, things got a little crazy around here. I got lots of feedback and questions and comments, and I hear you all loud and clear…

You want to know more about weed lube.

But you know who doesn’t want you to know more about weed lube? Foria. The company blasted onto Facebook and responded to a few of the Wake & Bake Weed Lube posts and left comments like this:

And if you’re too lazy to make your own, buy it all ready made! www.ForiaPleasure.com certified for potency and purity. Each dose is regulated and we guarantee our flower is grown without chemicals or pesticides. This is important when you are putting a product on your sensitive areas. The vaginal tissue is extremely absorbent and you don’t want to subject your body to harmful toxins!

and this…

If you are in a rush with all the usual last minute holiday preparations, buy your #CannabisLube already made! www.Foriapleasure.com - Foria is guaranteed for its potency and purity. Made from chemical/pesticide-free flower, Foria is safe to use on your most sensitive tissues. Don’t risk introducing toxins in to your body if you don’t know exactly where your #Cannabis is coming from or how it was grown. FORIA Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

I was going to make a couple of jokes, give out some respect to the Foria peeps and move on. But I read it again and I just couldn’t shake the feeling that something was a little odd about their response and the fact that they did it on several posts. I mean, it’s just a simple post from a no name blogger about a product that really only has one thing in common with their own (where you put it).

At first, I was like “COOL! Foria posted on my weed lube thing!” And then I read it again and I started seeing things like ”If you’re too lazy to make your own”, “Each dose is regulated”, “harmful toxins” and “purity”? And I thought, “Come on, Foria. Just, come on.”

homemade marijuana lube

BEWARE!!!!  It’s not “regulated”, “certified for purity”, or “guaranteed”! Shit’s scary out there. 

First off, please quit trying to scare people from making their own cannabis infused products at home. Fear tactics are so not sexy.

And using the “if you’re lazy” argument? If the best thing about your product is that it’s mysterious and that it’s “ready made”, you’re going to have some issues when folks like me start coming out to tell people that making cannabis infused products is super EASY, and that ANYONE can do it without special tools or expert knowledge.

And besides, are Californian’s supposed to be the only people who have access to the wonderful wonders of cannabis lubricant? I don’t think so.

I do, however, really really really agree with one of the things FORIA had to say in response to my post…

Don’t risk introducing toxins in to your body if you don’t know exactly where your #Cannabis is coming from or how it was grown.

So, Foria… Now that you mention it… Where was your weed grown? How was it grown? Was it grown in a warehouse, a greenhouse, outside? You say you don’t use “chemicals or pesticides”, so what do you use?

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What does your weed look like, Foria?

I wouldn’t normally ask, because I generally don’t care what other folks are doing, but you guys kinda brought it up. And the way you said it makes it seem like you believe that your consumers have the right to know where the weed comes from that you make your product with. And I TOTALLY agree.

In the past several years, the farmer and I have worked on enough “organic” farms and in “organic” restaurants to know that using words like “pesticide & chemical free”, “purity” and even “organic” can mean jack shit depending on who manages, runs or owns the operation, how much they really know or care on any given day, and (sometimes) how much their employees -the people who handle the end product- know or care on any given day. I’ve worked at establishments where every other word in every email newsletter is “organic” or “local” and where, behind closed doors, you’d still find gnarly easy-to-cook ingredients shoved in the back of the cupboards, to be used discreetly.

And in this industry, things seem to be even more muddled. We heard one particular grower use the phrase “organic” and “no chems” a billion times over the course of the several months that we knew him. And when we were grow-sitting, in a small shed off to the side, we found several big bottles of an ancient, long-since-banned PGR, called Gravity. It’s one of the worst things you could put on your plants and put in your body and holds the record for the highest PPM count of Paclobutrazol at a whopping 516ppm (which is crazy). But we’ll talk about Paclobutrazol some other day…

I think you get the point. So, please FORIA, won’t you show us your grow?

Here… I’ve got a deal for you. I’ll show you ours if you show me yours.

I know. It’s dirty.But that’s because, you know, plants.

mmj grow

And I’m dirty. But that’s because, you know, hippies.


And since I the farmer and I legally grow everything we cook with, rub on our bodies, and inhale, we know exactly where our cannabis came from and how it was grown. So, I agree, Foria. We should all know where our weed came from. And for folks who can’t grow it in their own back yards for whatever reason, that means that companies like yours and dispensaries that claim to be organic, should pull back the curtain and let us see what “organic” looks like to them.

medical marijuana grow

This is what it looks like to us.

You know what they say? People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Well, our current greenhouse is covered with plastic that’s probably made in China, so we don’t have that issue. But seriously… we’re not perfect. We use plastic, and have a roll of paper towels in the house. Fuck, I had Chinese take out in a styrofoam box a few weeks ago. I’m not saying that we’re the golden children of living organically (whatever the hell that means). We do what we know, and what we can, and sometimes, in the spirit of our most recent ancestors, just say “Fuck it. Chinese!”

It’s just that the farmer and I are both just shit exhausted of hearing these meaningless claims like “pure”, “chemical & pesticide free” and “organic” that are used over and over again to sell products. Using that kind of rhetoric is like poking holes in swiss cheese. Fucking pointless.

By now, we all have to understand that a USDA organic label means fuck all, and it’s time that we really start talking about what’s in all of this shit and whenever it’s possible and fun, making and growing our own.

So… do you wan’t to know what we put in our grow, Foria? Gladly. We’re working on putting together all of that info so we can let people know how how damned easy and inexpensive it is to grow this beautiful and sacred herb, organically, in accordance with the natural laws of this planet’s environment. We hope to have a lot of that information put together very soon to disseminate for free on the internet.

But just so you have an idea, our raised bed soil is created from a composted mix of: volcanic ash (azomite), kelp, guano, green sand, peat, coco, hydrolite, pumice rock, oak leaves, hand-harvested elk poop, and hay from the front field.

The only things we use for pests all year long are diatomaceous earth and neem oil.

We grow one crop seasonally using that magical energy source called the sun.

That baby puts out 3,860,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watts per second.

Which kinda puts LED’s to shame.

If you grow using a method like the Farmer’s, you can cultivate a good amount of cannabis for about $100-$400/lb in the first season. And every year after that, the number goes down to $30-120/lb. This doesn’t include labor, but it does include a greenhouse, clones, organic nutes, soil, building materials, etc. It does take some time and effort on your part. And if you’ve ever grown a garden before, you know that this is a combination of a shit-ton-of-time and really enjoyable work. It’s an incredibly rewarding labor of love that can save you so much money on weed.


People who make a lot of money from selling marijuana legally or otherwise, don’t really want you to know that growing marijuana and making cannabis infused products is simple and can be very inexpensive (if you’re not spending all of your money on bullshit that the industry markets to people who don’t know what they’re doing just yet). I wouldn’t say that they promote the idea, but they definitely don’t mind if you think that growing and processing marijuana is a difficult, expensive, and labor-intensive job that you (as a lazy stoner) would want to pass on to a licensed grower, dispensary or lubricant company.

If it’s something that takes an expert, something that not everyone can do, you can charge a lot more for it… Say $3200/lb for decent marijuana, legally purchased one ounce at a time, or $88 for a bottle of weed lube.

I’m not saying that everyone MUST grow their own weed or that it MUST be cheap or that you MUST show everyone what you’re up to all of the time. I completely agree that there is a place in this world for ready made, quality, fun and amazing products. There’s room for professional growers, lube companies, dispensaries and Chinese food. Why the fuck not?

I just think that Foria was right.

We really need to start asking questions about what we’re really buying, where it came from, and what it was made with.

So, Foria… We showed you ours. Now it’s your turn.


Okay… Now that that’s all out there, let’s make some super cute healthy holiday-themed snacks!


These chewy Gingerbread Snack Bars were inspired by this beautiful post on Oh She Glows (an eternal love of mine) about year ago. I’ve tweaked some things, and added marijuana and bam! We’re glowing even brighter this holiday season. They’re vegan and gluten-free if you use GF oats and flour.

1. Preheat oven to 350° and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt and combine:

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree

1/3 Cup Organic Molasses

2 Tbls. Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

1/3 cup Coconut, Apple or Raw Sugar

3. In a food processor, pulse:

1 1/2 Cups Oats 

until you have a mix of whole and ground oats.

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine:


3/4 Cup Flour

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Ginger Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries or Currants

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until combined.

6. Scoop the dough into the prepared pan, cover with a second peice of parchment paper, and press until mixture is evenly spread out.

7. Bake for 20-25 Minutes, until firm.

Cool for 30 minutes before slicing into 8 bars.

8. In a medium mixing bowl, combine Maple Icing ingredients:

2 T Cashew Butter (you can make your own)

1 T Maple Syrup

2 tsp. Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Spice

8. Scoop Maple Icing into a sandwich baggie and snip off the bottom

corner. Cut into 8 equal bars. Evenly distribute Maple Icing on each bar. Serves 8

cannabis infused gingerbread snack bars

 These are so simple, filling and not too sweet. They’re quick and delightful. They’re everything the holidays should be.

I have a couple more holiday recipes to share from Harambe for the Holidays with Rita Marley before Christmas so stay tuned!

Much Love,


I Dare You: Homemade Weed Lube

I Dare You: Homemade Weed Lube

I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a few days, and I was going to sit on it for a few more months until 4/20 or Valentines day or for something romantic. I was going to take my time and make up a zillion puns for this homemade wee lube. I was going to spell check and organize and maybe make some kind of an infografic. But I just could. NOT. wait. anymore.


Happy Solstice Ladies and Gentlemen!

homemade marijuana lube

This whole cannabis lube thing started when I received a call from a wonderful woman who wanted to ask some questions about some of the baking temperatures in Wake & Bake. One thing led to another and she eventually asked if I’d ever used cannabis infused coconut oil on my lady parts.

Foria had just been released, and all over the internet, articles were popping up with titles like: 8 Things to Know About Getting Your Vagina High [The Frisky] and I Tried That Cannabis Lube and Got High as a Horney Kite [Cosmo] and even I Got My Pussy Stoned with Weed Lube [You’re the best, Vice]. I was like, “Whhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? I want some of that shit.”

marijuana lube

When I read this, from Matthew Gerson (Foria’s Creative/Wellness Director), I was sold on the idea of the cannabis/vagina connection:

“I have some marijuana plants growing right now,” he explained. “And if you spend time with this plant, it’s a fascinating weed. Marijuana is essentially a very horny female plant. It’s the female that is harvested and secretes the fluid, wants to be pollinated, and when it’s pollinated becomes stressed out and produces more and more. There’s this weird connection between the human female and the female plant. We have evolved with plants. We have a receptor that successfully absorbs THC. We have that capacity to absorb the pollen the plant secretes because our physiology co-evolved.”

Then I saw that Foria was only available in California, and that it costs $88/bottle (for 30 servings), and I was like “Whaaaaaaaaaaat? Maybe I’ll make my own someday.”

marijuana lube

And then I pretty much forgot all about it.

Then, this awesome lady called me (because if you have the first edition of the cookbook, you’ve got my numba), and literally dared me to use my canna oil as lube. She said, “I dare you,” and I did it. Not right then, but I eventually got around to it.

So I’ll start out this post by saying that if you already have some weed infused coconut oil, you already have cannabis lube. Just let it melt in your hands and go to town. You’ll feel it more if it’s the only form of marijuana that you’re using at the time, but you should notice a difference either way. And there you have it! Voila! Weed lube! But… 

marijuana lubricant

I couldn’t just stop there. I had to take this weed lube thing to the next level and make something that was edible, slick, and long-lasting with some aromatherapy tossed in for the hell of it.

Nailed it.

This “Love Butter” can be used as cannabis lube, massage oil or as a pain-relieving salve. It’s whipped, so it has an incredible texture to it and it melts quickly in your palm creating a slippery surface that doesn’t need to be re-applied constantly.

It takes about 10-30 minutes to start really feeling it, so you can do a little prep by applying it to yourself ahead of time, or you can get your lover to give you a massage while you wait for it to take effect.

If you’re wondering what using Weed Lube feels like, the ladies at Vice and Cosmo are much less shy about talking about their lady bits on the internet than I am, so go there for more detailed experiences with weed lube.

But… ahem… Ladies… I will say that your vagina can in fact get high. I’ll also say that it’s an incredible experience. And as a testament to how amazing this stuff is, I declare that there will always be weed lube in my household. And it will probably be labeled as massage oil (because I’m a puritan at heart).  And by the by, this stuff is also an incredible, muscle relaxing massage oil… but I’ll get to that later.

I made a big batch of this cannabis lube in the Magical Butter machine so I could experiment with different essential oils and techniques. Most loved essential oil: Ylang Ylang. Best technique: whipping that shit.

cannabis lube

You can make a smaller batch on a double broiler on the stove or in your crockpot. The recipe is simple and easy to divide if you don’t want to use a lot of material on weed lube.

If you’re itching to upgrade, you can get $25 off a Magical Butter machine by using this code. I’d highly recommend the MBM if you regularly make batches of oil that are over 2 cups and if you make a variety of products like tinctures, salves and oils… but I’ll get to that later too. Let’s focus on what’s really important here…


what's in weed lube

1. In a Crockpot or MB Machine, combine:

2 Cups Unrefined Shea or Cocoa Butter (both are edible, Cocoa Butter tastes better)

1/2 Cup Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup Sunflower or Grapeseed Oil (can also use Jojoba, but it’s not edible in large amounts)

2. If using a crockpot, keep it on warm/low for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

2b. If using a Magical Butter, press the 160° button and the 2 Hr Butter button, and walk away.

3. Pour the oil into a large mixing bowl (or into a couple of smaller mixing bowls if you’d like to try using different essential oils). Add:

A few drops of Essential Oils per cup of lube: Jasmine, Sweet Orange, or Ylang Ylang

4. When it begins to solidify, get out your beaters and whip the weed lube until it’s smooth and luscious (yes… fucking luscious).

5. Spoon your amazing homemade weed lube into shallow wide-mouth jars. Label and store in a cool dark place, out of reach of children and pets. Not intended for use with condoms as the oil can degrade the latex and cause condoms to break. 


Using this Weed Lube for Topical Pain Management

So, I mentioned that this lube is also a great massage oil and pain-relieving salve and I wanted to talk about the wonders of topical treatments. Using cannabis topically is a great way to relieve pain without experiencing any of the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Another fun fact? You can use marijuana on your skin as localized pain relief without testing positive on a drug test.

Topical treatments are my favorite way to treat pain in my lower back and shoulders. I love that I can just rub it on and be pain free and clear headed all day.

To use this weed lube for topical pain management, just rub it on the affected area until you feel relief. Apply throughout the day as needed.

cannabis lube

I’ll have posts up soon for beeswax salves, tinctures and more holiday food so stay tuned for all of that! Also, enter the Wake & Bake Bundle Giveaway while there’s still time :) And if you’re the kind of person who’s almost always late with holiday/birthday/anything gifts, we’re rolling on with the W&B Holiday sale… so you still have time to get something unique for your favorite cannabis enthusiast. Check out the shop to see what’s on sale (hint: everything!)


I know you’ve got questions… Lay ‘em on me…

Much Love,




*Disclaimer: Keep out of reach of children, pets and unstable adults. Do not operate heavy machinery under the influence of any intoxicant, including marijuana. This is not intended to treat or cure anything. I’m not a doctor. It’s just lube. This recipe is intended for medical marijuana patients and for those who live in states where cannabis has been legalized. Please support legalization efforts in your state and/or nation.

Not Baking with Cannabis: Really Special Brownies

Not Baking with Cannabis: Really Special Brownies

pot brownies

“Fake it ’til you make it.”

It’s a piece of advice my mom used to dole out whenever I’d lost confidence. You could say I was raised with a fake it ’til you make it mentality. For better or for worse, I’ve spent my fair share of time doing things I wasn’t quite qualified to do. I’ve bullshitted(?) my way through discussions that I had no business participating in. And I’ve put myself way way out there (like that one time when I made a book, and another book, and another one) before I even knew What TF I was doing. I think it all comes down to this one piece of advice.


Remember that one time, when I said that THESE were the best special brownies that I’d ever made in my entire life? Well… that was completely true at the time. The caveat: they were only the second special brownies I’d ever made, and the first ones were created with a Betty Crocker mix like 6 years ago. I’ve never been a brownie person. Even when I was a fat kid, I preferred finer delicacies like salted butter on pop tarts or an entire package of Oreo fillings to satisfy my sweet (gross) tooth.

So, why did I say they were the best I’d ever made, like I just whip up brownies on the reg?

I was faking it.

But, my oh my, brothers and sisters… We have arrived. When it comes to brownies, I’m calling it. We’ve finally made it. And guess what, these brownies are faking it too.


These brownies are adapted from a recipe at Fork & Beans that has been haunting me lately (halloween recipe pun!). Last night, I tossed these together as an offering of gratitude to the farmer for being incredible and supportive and delightful and handsome and for chopping and stacking the wood AND making dinner. What a champ.

The joke around the homestead is that I can’t cook/bake/food process/grow/stretch anything without taking a picture of it. I silently vowed that these brownies would just be for eating so I could say, “Neener neener. I made these brownies specifically for normal human consumption”.

But you know what guys?

I was faking it.

Because these special brownies are magical AND beautiful, and there was just no way that I wasn’t going to put these things on a tree stump with good lighting and go to town.DSC_0034

These really special brownies are everything I love in a dessert: super fast, insanely easy, crazy healthy, chocolate, and no bake. They’re even (dare I say it?) raw. A word to the wise, macadamia nuts are damned expensive ’round these parts. But I get organic cashew pieces in bulk for about $5/lb (about $2/cup) so I’d rather sub out the macadamia nuts for more soaked cashews. I order Raw Cacao Powder at Vitacost when there’s a big sale going or when I have a coupon burning a hole in my pocket, on and stock up on organic sweetners (especially Maple) around the holidays when they’re marked down for holiday baking time. Now that you know for sure that you never want to enter a grocery store with me, unless you also love spending a ridiculous amount of time doing price per ounce calculations, it’s time to make some…

Raw Cannabis Infused Special Brownies

1. PREP! Line a loaf pan (for fatty brownies) or an 8×8 pan (for thin brownies) with parchment paper. Soak:

1 cup Organic Raw Cashew Pieces

1 cup Macadamia Nuts (or more Cashews)

for 2 hours.

2. Combine in food processor until crumbly:

the Soaked Cashews and Macadamia Nuts
3 T Walnuts

3. Add:

1 cup Oat or Almond Flour

½ cup Raw Cacao or Cocoa Powder

3-4 Diglet or Medjool Dates (chopped)

2 T Maple Syrup (or honey or agave)

2 t Coconut Oil

4. Process until ingredients form into a smooth dough.

5. Press the dough into your prepped loaf or 8×8 pan.

6. In a blender, combine ganache ingredients:

2/3 cup Raw Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder

1/3 cup Maple Syrup, Honey or Agave

¼ Cup Green Monster Oil (cannabis infused coconut oil)

7. Pour Ganache over your “brownie dough” and sprinkle with:

Chopped Cacao Nibs or Chocolate Chips

Chopped Walnut Pieces

8. Chill for 20 minutes, until firm enough to slice. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for long-term storage.

Serves 12 depending on the strength of your cannabis infused oil. This recipe contains 12 teaspoon servings or 4 Tablespoon servings of infused oil. Please see the post on dosage for more information and always test the strength of your oil before using it in recipes.


I’m sure you’re wondering if there’s a moral to this blog post about special brownies that would probably just be about special brownies if couch therapy rates fit into the budget of a self-employed writer. Well, since you asked…

When I was young and I thought I couldn’t do anything well, that I couldn’t focus or commit, that I couldn’t get people to see who I really was, that everything I did was sub-par, my mom would tell me to fake it until I made it. And the shit you’re told as a child sinks in deep. It’s taken nearly 30 years, but I think I finally understand what she meant by it. Faking it doesn’t mean that you have to pretend that you’re better than you are, that you know more than you do, or that you can do things you know nothing about until you get to do the things you love and become the person you want to be.

Faking it just means keeping your shit together and moving forward. It just means taking stock of whatever it is that you love and whatever it is that you want in this life and keeping it together. When haters start to hate and trolls downvote your shit on Reddit… Keep doing your thing. And when you get bored or lose faith or get uncomfortable and insecure… Keep doing your thing. Faking it doesn’t mean you have to nod in agreement when you have no idea about analytics, or smile when you’re sad, or talk about how awesome your life is on social media when you really feel like something’s not right.

It means that there are times when you’re responsible for manufacturing your own confidence.

Whatever you have to do to get it or wherever you have to look for it, faking it means finding confidence when that nagging critic in your dome says, “you suck” or “you can’t” or “you’ll never.”

And that’s today’s life lesson from someone who writes about marijuana snickerdoodles and takes three hours to pick out a printer… So how exactly am I going to tie this all together, you ask?

Go make this Really Special Brownie recipe! You may have to fake it (but you definitely won’t have to bake it) before you make it.

VOILA! Full circle ;)

special brownies

So! Now that you’re all crazy inspired by my words of wisdom, go make some “brownies”. After you do that, don’t forget enter the 12 Blaze of Kushmas Giveaway (see the upper right hand corner of this post). You can win a bundle of all things Wake & Bake and can enter every day until the 22nd of December.

There’s also a sale going on for everything in the Wake & Bake store (including e-books, tank tops, Mrs. Rita Marley’s holiday cookbook and more!), and if you order soon, I can get everything out in time for your holiday gift-giving pleasure.

I just want to take a quick moment to say thank you to all of you for all of your questions and feedback this year. I absolutely LOVE doing this and I look forward to sharing more and more with you in the years to come.

Much love,


Cannabliss Ice Cream: Pumpkin Spice (Vegan)

Cannabliss Ice Cream: Pumpkin Spice (Vegan)

DSC_3202It’s been almost a year since I started this project. And when I sat down to write this post for this incredible Pumpkin Spice Cream, I was confronted by all of the mistakes and triumphs of creating this little cookbook and blog and I felt the need to write something today that didn’t sound like I was cheerleading for coconut ice cream or training for the Pun Olympics.

It’s delicious!

I-T-S delicious!

I-T-S DE-LIC-IOUS A-N-D it has weed in it!

I’ve got spirit, yes I do.

But fall is turning into winter, things have slowed down and sunk in, and all I want to do today is write something without exclamation points.  So I figured I’d write about what’s actually on my mind without sinking into blogger tone and talking about how AMAAAAAZING this ice cream is :) ;) <3 !


Before Wake & Bake began,

I was a contract writer and community development enthusiast trying to push something, anything, into existence. I wrote product descriptions and blog posts to get by as I tried to build an admittedly complicated interdependent food model in a small community in Colorado.


In hindsight, even when I was do-gooding my hardest, I was never really trying to fix the world or even to make it a better place. I just wanted to force it to make a little bit of sense. When I thought about food, resource management, the 99%, the new world order, paleo diets, etc., my mind started to short circuit. I couldn’t seem to grasp a single bit of truth or clarity, not down the rabbit hole or in the newspaper, not in history or food documentaries or in all of the self help on the shelf (except for Deepak and Tolle… because those dudes = legit).

For some reason, it all seemed set up for failure. The “American Dream” seemed distorted, undesirable and unattainable. To me, it all felt rigged.

After asking “Why?” for a while, you can’t help but come in contact with all of the things that are completely backwards on this planet. Some people go headlong into how to hone in our wasteful culture and fall in love with reducing, repurposing and recycling. Some make it their mission to stop air and water pollution, and send out emails upon emails about the Keystone pipeline and the EPA. Others see the world’s largest populations dealing with poverty, war and disease and set out to a faraway place where desperation goes to die. Some folks crash into the illuminati and bang their heads against the wall for a few years, going down every rabbit hole on youtube, reading Behold a Pale Horse and waking up feeling like they should probably buy some semi-automatic weaponry while there’s still time.

And some people get to food and hang out there. It’s one of the more enjoyable forms of truth in this world. While the food system is admittedly f*cked and completely ass-backwards, it’s something that you can actually take into your own hands and do something about. It’s a form of protest that comes with melons. And it’s beautiful. People who say growing your own food is hard must have never brought their own compostable containers for leftovers, sent out a mass environmental protest email, checked out the vaccine list you need to knock out before heading to Ghana, or looked into WTF the DIA is.

baby melon

“It’s like a form of protest that includes melons.”

When I landed at food,

I became convinced that if people started connecting with (growing) their own food, that things could be a lot less confusing and that people would finally have an opportunity to feel empowered. I set off to learn how to do that. That was almost four years ago and in the meantime, I’ve been taught to grow, harvest, and prepare more types of food than I knew existed.

If you’ve never grown food before, all I can say is that it’s one of those rare things in the world that still makes sense. I think that’s the reason that people sometimes have a hard time grasping some of the basic concepts of gardening and farming. In a world where nothing makes sense, the things that do, don’t. And that’s where we start to make things more complicated than they ought to be.

Sometimes that lesson takes a while to sink in. When you finally learn that you’re going to be a lifetime student when it comes to flora and fauna, that’s when this world starts to come into focus.

red amaranth


In an existence where we know we don’t know, where we can be curious and open to mystery, everything begins to makes sense. Order looks less complicated and more connected.  Your world grows bigger by getting smaller.

While working on Wake & Bake this past year, I started to feel like I wasn’t really helping anyone anymore. I wasn’t really showing anyone what was possible, what inspired me. I wanted to make a book that was fun. I wanted to break the living stigma that marijuana makes you lazy or dumb. I wanted to make something out of nothing. It sounded like a great idea. But lately, I’ve felt like starting this company was a job, and that my private life was private, and that growing food and standing up to “the man” had nothing to do with weed food. I started to feel like people just wanted me to tell them about how strong their cannabis oil would be if they used three handfuls of 8 month old shake from the back of their closet, a bundle of twigs and an eighth of chronic. It wasn’t very fulfilling, and I started thinking that it wouldn’t last much longer.

But then…

… seemingly out of nowhere, the parents started writing in. They asked questions about CBDs and shared stories about their children who experience hundreds of siezures a day with no relief from conventional medication. Doctors reached out to talk about their projects with children and their studies on rare debilitating disorders and the effect of cannabis on those disorders. While buying some Everclear to make a tincture, the man checking me out asked if it could possibly help his son who had a stroke when he was 11 and has been having seizures for the past five years.

And the answer is… I don’t know.

I don’t know.

But I am so. Damn. Curious.

I want to know what bringing this medicine back to the world will do. I want to know who it will help and how. I want to know about the studies, and your children, and I want to know how marijuana helped you heal. I want to seek data. I want to hear your stories, find answers to your questions, and I want to help share this information with the world.

And I still want to talk to you about growing. I want to show you how growing your own marijuana and your own food can connect you to the most powerful medicines known to man and to the undeniable truth of natural law. And I want to continue to share how to bring food and cannabis together, sometimes in a fun way, but ultimately in a way that can compliment and accelerate the healing process.

Get ready for Wake & Bake to take on a more meaningful role in this conversation.  I won’t be telling you how potent your oil might be (but here’s a post about figuring out dosage), and I may still use the occasional pun, but I want to hear from you about things that matter to you. So… what on God’s green backwards-as-hell-earth do you want to know about?

Let’s do this.

In the meantime…

this Pumpkin Spice coconut ice cream is AAAAAAHHHHMAZING!!!!!!!!!DSC_3203

Do it.

1. Line an 8X8 inch pan with parchment paper.

2. Shake up:

2 Cans of Full Fat Coconut Milk (not lite)

3. Open and pour the cans of coconut milk into the parchment lined pan.

4. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

5. Using a knife, cut ¼ chunk of the frozen coconut milk out of the pan. If it got super frozen, leave it out to thaw for a half hour to an hour.

6. In a food processor, combine:

Frozen Coconut Milk Chunk

1/2 t vanilla

1-2 T Maple Syrup

Pinch or Two of Pumpkin Spice

2-3 T Pumpkin Puree

Pinch of Salt

1 t Cannabis Infused Oil (melted)*

6.a. Stir in optional chunky ingredients (chunks of chocolate/cookies/hot fudge swirl/etc.)

7. Once Smooth, pour into a small glass container. Immediately put in the freezer.

8. Every 10 minutes, stir until it gets firm enough to scoop out (about 30 minutes).

Serves: 1 depending on the strength of your oil. Test your dosage before using in recipes. This recipe contains 1 tsp servings of Green Monster Oil.


Much love,


Determining the Strength of your Cannabis Oil

Determining the Strength of your Cannabis Oil

how to dose cannabis

The most FAQ in the Wake & Bake inbox is always always:

“How strong will my cannabis oil be?”

I often get messages that say things like:

“If I put in three handfuls of shake that’s been in my closet for 6 months with some stems and leaves my friends gave me and an 1/8th of chronic, how strong will my oil be?”

There’s a simple answer to this question… I have no idea. There are too many variables involved for me to guess at whether or not your oil will require 1 teaspoon or 1 Tablespoon. The good news is… you get to find out!

For the purposes of the recipes on this blog and in Wake & Bake:

1 Serving = 1 teaspoon* of Cannabis Oil

*If you want to know how to determine the mg dose of your cannabis oil, see below.

But, odds are, your perfect serving won’t be exactly 1 teaspoon. So…

How Much Should I Take?

While dosing is a science, it’s not exact. Calculating the dosage depends on a variety of factors like:

  • purpose
  • tolerance
  • cannabis strain and storage

Purpose: In my experience, if you’re using edibles for daytime chronic pain relief or depression, and you have a strong desire to function, small doses of about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon taken throughout the day seem to be the most beneficial. If you’re using it to help you sleep, but don’t want to have the notorious weed food hangover (which is way better than that other kind of hangover… you just tend to be sleepy and less alert), starting with a teaspoon in a sleepy tea blend of valerian root, mint and chamomile and working up to the perfect dose worked very well for me. If you and your friends want to get really really baked for something like the Superbowl or a partay, 1/2 tablespoon-1 tablespoon of the peak harvest oil in my kitchen would really really do the trick.

Tolerance: Even if you smoke lots of marijuana, edibles can have a completely different effect on you. However, if you continue to eat edibles as a form of treatment (or recreationally), your tolerance will go up and you’ll have to adjust your dose accordingly.

Strain/Storage: I cook with the trim and LARF (small fluffy buds) that comes from the marijuana we grow organically in our own backyard, and my dosage changes when I use different material from different plants, harvest at different times, and use different methods. When I toss in some trim that wasn’t stored very well, it affects the dosage. So even though I know what my weed has been through and which lady it came from, I still don’t know exactly how strong it will make my oil until I try it.

The oil that is sitting in my kitchen right now is effective as a mild-moderate painkiller at 1/4 teaspoon and will put you to sleep for the night at around 1 teaspoon. The potency of your oil will vary. As a cannabis home cook, you’ll learn how to test your oil by using yourself as a human guinea pig. The key is starting with the lowest safe amount (1/4-1/2 teaspoon) and working your way up from there by taking another 1/4 teaspoon dose every hour or so until you get the desired effect. Once you know what the perfect serving size for the oil is, tweak the following recipes by adding more or less cannabis oil and increasing the use of regular coconut oil in each recipe. 


Determining THC Dosage in Milligrams

When you buy an edible in a store, it will have a measurement in mg. But how do they get that number?

It’s math time!

1 gram cannabis = 1000mg dry weight

On average, most marijuana strains contain about 10% THC. That would mean that out of 1000mg of dry weight, 100mg of that would be THC.

Sounds easy, right? For every gram of cannabis, you’d get a 100mg edible. Right? Well cowboy, hold your horses. Some strains of marijuana are much higher than 10% THC, and could increase the THC content of your edible exponentially.

Take this Skywalker OG…

skywalker strain

According to this genius website, Skywalker OG contains around 20% THC.

And this Maui Waui…

maui waui

She’s around 12% THC.

And this Mystery Nugget…

mystery cannabis photo

She could be anywhere from 10%-21% THC.

So… If we bake a big cookie using 1 gram of Skywalker OG, it would be approximately 200mg.

If we bake that same cookie using 1 gram of Maui, that cookie would be approximately 120mg.

And if we bake that cookie using 1 gram of mystery nugget, that cookie could be anywhere from 100-210mg.

If you get your cannabis from a dispensary, you’ll know exactly how potent your strain is and can dose your baked goods accordingly by doing a teeny tiny bit of math. If you grow your own or just don’t know, you’ll have to test it yourself before using in recipes. What a pity.

I hope that sheds some light on your questions about dosing! Please let me know if you have any more questions and I’ll update this post as we find new answers.


Much love,








Danksgiving Side: Herb-N-Herb Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Danksgiving Side: Herb-N-Herb Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

cannabis infused mashed potatoes, cannabis holiday recipes There’s no doubt about it. It’s (buh buh buhhhhhhhh) The Holidays. We’re only four days away from the feast day to end all feast days. Here at Wake & Bake HQ, that means we’ll be praising all of the gods of Danksgiving. After that we’ll slide right into Nap Friday. Before we know it, it’ll be Highnukka. And after that it’s Kushmas. Then, it’s game over until Easter… which unfortunately doesn’t fall on 4/20 again this year, because I was really on a roll with these marijuana holiday puns.  Since we’re already all up in the holidays, I’d like to spend the rest of this week sharing new holiday-themed cannabis-infused recipes so we’re not all stuck eating the same ole “special brownies” this year.

Now… I don’t want to sound like a Scrooge McDuck. But every year it seems to get harder and harder to get swept up into the magic of the holiday season. Let’s all get something straight here. American winter holidays are good for three things:

1. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2. The Christmas Tree Smell
3. The license to eat decadent foods morning, noon, and night for an entire month only to whine about this behavior, put yourself on a guilt trip, and fast for the first three days of January before launching yourself back into the holiday cookie tin.


Let’s enjoy it while we can.


Yesterday, I shared one of my favorite cannabis infused appetizers: Artichoke Dip. Today, we’re launching into the main meal with one of my favorite infused sides. This recipe is included with a bunch of other new stuff in Wake & Bake: a cookbook which is on the presses and will be ready to ship out soooon! If you can’t wait for a hard copy, I kicked off Cyber monday a week early so you can download the e-book for 50% off!


marijuana infused mashed potatoes

Herb-N-Herb Roasted Garlic Mashers

One of the best ways to incorporate cannabis into your main meal is in the taters. These Herb-N-Herb Roasted Garlic Mashers pair perfectly with the subtle flavor of cannabis and fit in well with virtually every holiday meal. Plus, they’re uncomplicated and impossible to fudge up.

1. Preheat oven to 425°

2. Cut the top off of:

1 Head Garlic

3. Drizzle garlic with Olive Oil and cover with tinfoil. Bake until fragrant and tender (about 30-40 minutes).

4. In a large stockpot, combine:

2 Pounds of Potatoes

Cold Water (enough to cover potatoes)


5. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.

6. Once potatoes are tender and garlic is roasted, remove garlic cloves and smash with a wooden spoon. Drain the potatoes and mash until smooth.

7. In a large mixing bowl, combine:

Mashed Potatoes

Smashed Garlic

1 T Dried Parsley Flakes

1/2-1 tsp Onion Powder (optional)

2 T Green Monster Oil or Infused Walnut Oil

3 T Coconut Oil

1/2-3/4 Cup Almond milk *unsweetened)

8. Mash all ingredients until smooth. Serve warm.

Serves 6 depending on the strength of your oil. Always test your oil before using in recipes and adjust recipe as needed. This recipe contains 6 t doses of marijuana infused oil.

So… What are you all making “special” this holiday season?

Much love,


Cannabliss Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Cannabliss Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Cannabliss Ice Cream

This morning, someone sent me an email asking if I was still “actively blogging.” That was a good question, and it really inspired me to get on my ass and write some sh*t. I’d say that I’m more of a semi-retired blogger these days. I still check my email, but I rarely put on my blogger hat on, and you can bet your ass that I won’t be putting on pants with a zipper for the next week (or ever).

Aren’t you glad I’m back?

I’ve written so many posts in my mind the past few weeks while slaving over some awesome holiday stuff in the kitchen (gingerbread cookies, sweet potato pie truffles, pumpkin/maple bars). And while I didn’t share anything last month,  I’ve been cooking and yoga-ing my ass off to create a bunch of new books and a ton of blog material (maybe I’m more of a blogging ninja monk, hanging out in my cave before coming to whoop some ass)…. Man, there are already so many asses in this post. I guess I’m rusty. Anyone want to look up synonyms for the word ass?

weed food party time

So… that’s what life looked like 2 days ago… and yesterday, I got sick from eating too much candy food… Moderation in everything folks.

Where was I? Oh yeah. I’m making way too many books right now. Want to hear about it? Want to hear about it right now? You wan’t to hear about it later? Want to never hear about it? Too bad.

Spoiler Alert: I’m working on two cookbooks with Mrs. Rita Marley and a cannabis and yoga book called Cannabliss Yoga… All things to be totally stoked about! But today, I’m doing something even more stoke-worthy. I’m coming out of semi-retired blogger glory to share some good/bad news and an INCREDIBLE, EASY and super VERSITILE recipe for homemade coconut milk ice cream (with marijuana or without).

Oh yeah.. About that bad news… I’m a bit past my deadline on going to print on the second edition of Wake & Bake. It’s still only available for pre-order and it won’t be available for a couple more weeks. To anyone who ordered it when I switched over several weeks ago… It’s on its way! And it’s going to be way way WAY iller. Since Wake & Bake 2 won’t be released now, I decided to really really beef up the second edition with a TON of new recipes and advanced tutorials. It’s going to be delightful… But it’s going to take a minute.

So, now that you know that I’ve just been on a book making spree, and that I still love and care about you and your access to healthy and tasty weed food recipes, let’s get to my new favorite thing on this planet.

Vanilla Cannabliss Coconut Milk Ice Cream (with marijuana) 

Frozen Coconut Milk


1. Line an 8X8 inch pan with parchment paper. This is a necessary step. If you don’t line the pan, the coconut milk will be in there until it melts again, and then you’d have to freeze it again, and then you’d have to re-thaw it, and then you’d have to do that until you go… duh… I should use parchment paper. Then line the pan, pour the twice melted coconut milk into it and voila! You’ve completed step 1.
2. Shake up:

2 Cans of Full Fat Coconut Milk (not lite). I sometimes use the Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened. I sometimes use another one that I forget the name of.

3. Open and pour the cans of coconut milk into the parchment lined pan.
4. Freeze for a few hours or overnight. Using a knife, cut ¼ chunk of the frozen coconut milk out of the pan. If it got super frozen, leave it out to thaw for a half hour to an hour.
5. In a food processor, combine:

Frozen Coconut Milk Chunk

1/2 t vanilla

1-2 T Maple Syrup

Pinch of Pumpkin Spice/Cinnamon (optional, but shit, it’s fall)

Pinch of Salt

1/2t -1/2 T Cannabis Infused Oil (melted)*

5.a. Stir in optional chunky ingredients (chunks of chocolate/cookies/hot fudge swirl/etc.)
6. Once Smooth, pour into a small glass container. Immediately put in the freezer.
7. Every 10 minutes, stir until it gets firm enough to scoop out (about 30 minutes).

*The potency of your oil is subject to the techniques you use and the quality of your trim/buds. If you use the Easiest Cannanbis Infused Oil recipe, your oil may be less potent than if you decarboxylate your marijuana and add sunflower lecithin to your oil. Always test your dosage by starting low and going slow. When I make oil these days, I start testing at 1/8-1/4 teaspoon. On my last batch, it was purrrdy strong at ¼ Teaspoon. When I first started, I used oils that were good at about ½ Tablespoon-1 Tablespoon. So I know first hand that those variables can completely change your results.

weed ice cream

So… can you see how many possibilities there are with this recipe? I’ve already made a mint cocoa, nanner/nut butter, gingerbread, and… wait for it…

A Cannabliss Ice Cream Latte


Cannabliss Latte in a Pipemug

Behold… The Pipemug: an excellent lifestyle choice brought to you by Zang Products.

Oh yeah. I got my snotty barista on yesterday. And check that sh*t out… There’s nothing better than some homespun coconut ice cream and coffee in a loaded Pipemug. I brought this one to the farmer for his coffee break and he was way nice to me for the rest of the day. I mean, he’s usually very nice, but he was like, waaay nice to me. Plus he stayed up until 3am workin’ hard to support his semi-retired-blogger-wife-to-be. Thanks Pipemug!

coconut ice cream in the food processor


All you do is get to step 5, and scoop the ice cream directly onto a hot cup of coffee or Yerba Mate and sprinkle with (you probably guessed it)… Pumpkin Pie Spice/Cinnamon. Which is optional again, but it’s fall… dammit. Use the Pumpkin Pie Spice now while you can.

Chunky things like cookies probably wouldn’t work in a latte, but organic flavorings like mint or hazelnut would probably be amazing.



While the farmer and I are moving out at the end of the month, and we’re trying to get al of these books out for the holiday season, and it’s harvest time, and we’re busy busy all day… In spite of all that, life has become very sweet. Long days in the kitchen and long weekends with the most playful, intuitive, joyful and intelligent yogi goddesses a woman could ask to be around. Winding down this crazy year in this beautiful place with the farmer, my husband-to-be, my favorite human being on the planet.

Spending the chilly, dry southwestern colorado evenings snugged up next to the person you love (after a summer of pushing the covers onto each other and building pillow barricades for body heat deflection)?

Spending a rainy day catching up on sleep and watching Harry Potter that you scored at library?

Putting pumpkin pie spice in everything?

Yes. Please.

and… Thank you.

Fall is such a beautiful time for slowing down and taking the time to really be grateful for all of the beauty that’s in your world. It’s there. You just have to look at it.

Even though you’re insanely busy. Even though things may not be going perfectly. Even if you overextended the shit out of yourself. Even if you don’t feel so hot, and your tired and you’re ready for a beach in Thailand. Even if you want to sleeeeeep. Take a moment right now to be grateful.

And then eat ice cream.

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