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Golden Canna Latte RecipeBy Margaret Sung RHN, CHt.
Turmeric and ginger teas are a part of the daily lives of the Okinawa people of Japan. Okinawa is also known as “Longevity Island” because they have the highest population of centenarians (people who live to one hundred years or more). Researchers believe it's their overall approach to life that contributes to longevity. They see their mind and body as a whole.
Foundational considerations like overall diet, physical activity, a sense of connection, emotional and mental health are all contributors to holistic health. And while this tea is not a magic longevity elixir, the small daily doses of what we put into our body can make a difference in the long term.
- Turmeric contains curcumin which is an antioxidant that can boost the immune system
- Ginger boosts the immune system and can protect against infections
- Raw honey is a natural antiseptic and can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus antioxidant
If you buy turmeric powder, careful not to buy curcumin powder, as it’s not the same thing. Curcumin is a component of turmeric. Don’t worry if you only have curcumin, just add a pinch of pepper to help your body absorb it
- Buying organic ingredients will ensure bioavailability (better absorption by the body) and decrease the amount of potential chemicals and pesticides going into your body
- Turmeric’s beautiful bright orange colour may stain the blender and clothes so be careful. But don’t worry, it won’t stain your teeth
Cook time: 3 mins
Total: 8 mins
Servings: 2 cups (one large mug)
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1/4 tsp organic turmeric powder or 1-inch fresh turmeric root
- 1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground organic ginger or 2 inches fresh ginger root (half of this if you don’t want it spicy)
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cannabis infused coconut oil
- Add 2 cups of water and coconut milk (or milk of choice) and bring to a boil
- Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, coconut canna oil, and hot water/milk mixture into the blender and blend for a few minutes
- Add the desired amount of honey into a mug
- Option to strain the mixture into a mug for a smoother texture, or enjoy as is
Eating cannabis means it goes through the entire digestive system. This causes a delayed onset so give yourself anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to feel any effects. Eating cannabis also means it may last longer.
If you’re new to cannabis, use the ‘start low and go slow’ method to find your sweet spot. This means starting with the lowest possible dose. Step up with the same dose every few hours or until you find the amount that works for you. It helps to be in a space where you feel relaxed and comfortable because cannabis can often enhance an experience. Pick an evening where you have nowhere to be and nothing to do. Everyone’s system is unique meaning cannabis will affect people in different ways.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, psychiatrist or mental health professional. I am sharing my experiences as a medical cannabis consumer and a holistic nutritionist. Please discuss with your primary health care provider first before experimenting with cannabis.