Psychedelicatessen: Cannabis Cashew Candy

After relocating to Humboldt 15 years ago to embark on an adventure in cannabis, an enterprising young woman named Wendy has single-handedly started a THC gummy business that embodies the values of the wonderful place she calls home.

“The beauty, the kindness, the ability to be who you want without judgment” are what make Humboldt such a special place, according to this thriving transplant.

Made with organic, high-quality, vegetarian ingredients, Space Gems gummies are the perfect low-dose treat for health-conscious patients. With access to fantastic hash, Wendy has focused on creating her treats with ice water extracts.

“I didn’t have answers for people about the health effects of ingesting BHO, so it made me feel better to use something made without butane,” she said.

Wendy runs Space Gems with the help of two full-time employees, and you can find her fantastic products in eight dispensaries in Northern California, including Humboldt Patient Resource Center. Each sweet or sour gummy contains 10 milligrams of THC, making it easier for patients to titrate their desired dose.

“I don’t want people to be so obliterated that they can’t function,” Wendy remarked. “I want people to be able to go on and enjoy their day.”

Wendy’s hash-infused Paleo cashew candy recipe uses coconut sugar, a unique sweetener that’s low on the glycemic index, making it accessible for diabetic patients. Produced from the nectar of tropical coconut palm blossoms, this sugar is made by boiling the nectar into a thick caramel, and then grinding it to a fine crystal. With a high nutrient content, coconut sugar releases energy slowly, sustaining the human body throughout the day without jittery sugar “highs” and crashing “lows.”

Simple to create at home, this recipe uses a few high-quality ingredients for a tasty treat that expresses the potential for cannabis to provide nutrition, relieve anxiety and soothe pain.

“Blazed Nuts” Medicated Paleo Cashews

2 cups organic cashews
1 cup organic coconut sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp organic vanilla
2 tsp  cinnamon
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
2 grams solventless rosin (or other type of hash)

First, heat the coconut oil on low in a small pan. Add the rosin or hash and mix together until completely dissolved. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan, combine cashews, coconut sugar and water together over medium heat. Stir often with a rubber spatula until water has evaporated, about 7 to 10 minutes. Mixture will thicken, turning a deep brown color and temperature will reach 240ºF on a laser thermometer.

Remove mixture from heat, and quickly stir in the rosin-coconut oil infusion along with the organic vanilla and cinnamon. Pour on to a sheet pan lined with parchment and let cool. Once cooled and solidified, you can break the clusters up. Store in an airtight container. These nuts average approximately 280 to 330 milligrams of activated THC in a 1/2 cup.

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