The American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) is a nationwide group dedicated to bringing patients, caregivers and volunteers the facts they need to make informed decisions about whether cannabis is the right medicine for them, the laws surrounding "medical marijuana" by region, political activism and even handy recipes and guides to growing your own nontoxic medicine.
Their Mission Statement (from May, 2001) states:
“AAMC represents a fellowship of Health Professionals, patients, educators, clergy, caregivers, and community members. Included in AAMC membership are experts in the field of cannabis medicine including clinical applications, cultivation, history, and medical preparations”.
“The Primary Mission of AAMC is patient advocacy, patient rights, and support. Additional aspects of the AAMC Mission include clinical research and educating decision makers”.
- AAMC participates in the following activities in order to meet the goals of their Mission Statement:
- Ongoing discussions with community leaders and government representatives to promote safe access to medicine while limiting diversion
- Creation and distribution of educational materials
- Provision of an Internet Website
- Planning and conducting Medical Marijuana Schools for the general public, law enforcement, caregivers, health professionals, and patients
- Identification of medical, social, and legal resources for patients and caregivers
- Ongoing review of the current medical/scientific literature relating to medical cannabis
- Technical assistance to patients and caregivers in the establishment of affordable home cannabis gardens
- Identification and assistance in the provision of high quality medicinal cannabis seeds and clones for legitimate patient and caregiver gardens
- Assistance to hospice facilities and other patient facilities
- Provision of Continuing Medical Education for physicians and Continuing Legal Education for attorneys
- Statewide and National organizing including publishing of a newsletter and the hosting of regional and national meetings
In addition, the AAMC monthly newsletter also frequently features recipes. This one is of particular interest for those who wish to create “medibles”, edible snacks with cannabis oil.
Featured Recipe - Oils Well That Ends Well - A guide to Canny Cooking Oils (from the AAMC October 2013 Newsletter)
You may know all about cannabutter, tincture, and even elixir but how about oil? We’re talking now about oil extracts from whole cannabis (bud, trim, and leaf) that are wonderful in baking, sauces, and marinades.
Most folks think of hash oil when the term oil is mentioned. That is the subject of another entirely different preparation that this author still thinks is problematic.
Just as Cannabinoids go into solution in dairy fat (cannabutter and "mothers milk"), they also go into solution into a variety of oils, most particularly olive oil and canola. These oils are healthy all by themselves.
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat while canola is largely unsaturated and can give any dish a "flower" like aroma and taste while canola is largely tasteless. I prefer olive oil in stews, sauces, and marinades while canola works best for any baking recipe that calls for oil.
Look soon for "Zoot Suit Zucchini Bread" using Canny Canola. Both oils make for a great spread substitute for butter. Ever tried "Canny Toast"? Just dip a small brush into the cannaoil, "paint" your bread and pop into the toaster!
The principles of making "cannaoil" are the same as with making cannabutter. Low and slow is the key. I use a crockpot set on low. I would not try to make oil on the stove since the temperatures get too high and the risk of ruining the Cannabinoids is too great.
500 ml of extra virgin olive oil or canola
100-300 grams of chopped bud trim or 300-600 grams of chopped leaf depending upon the potency and availability of the cannabis.
Using more cannabis can produce stronger oil. The oil will both taste more "canny" and be more potent.
10-20 grams fresh chopped basil and/or thyme (optional for stews and marinades). Be creative. Depending upon the intended use of the oil you can customize your oil. Personally, I love to add dried New Mexico Red Chili flakes.
Heat the oil in a crockpot set on low. Once the oil is mildly hot add the cannabis (and other herbs like basil or thyme) with frequent stirring. Keep the lid covered and continue to stir with a wooden spoon every 15 minutes for the next 4-6 hours.
Strain the oil through two layers of cheesecloth into your container squeezing the oil through the cloth. Repeat one or two more times to make sure most if not all of the plant material is gone.
Store the cannaoil in an airtight glass oil jar with a cork stopper or screw top. Keep out of sunlight. Use just as
you’d use regular oil.
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