The Fall season can mean the kickstart to stress season. The busy holidays are just around the corner and we may already feel ungrounded. Root down to rise up with one of my favorite Fall Recipes Pumpkin Soup (non-medicated) topped with Cannabis Infused Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (medicated).
I used a little bit of Ayurvedic influence when putting this together. Ayurveda is a lifestyle practice and sister science of Yoga. Ayurvedic medicine is popular because it's not only said to promote better health for your body but also your mind. Dr. Deepak Chopra has a great blog on Ayurveda where you can learn more.
The fall & winter season is a time where the elements of wind & air are stronger. This energy is known as Vata and this increase can effect our emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.
When Vata is high, it can make one feel more anxious, agitated, and unable to focus. It can also cause insomnia and digestive problems. Vata effects our nervous system increasing "fight or flight" mode.
This is why it's easy to overeat and over drink around the holidays. We don't feel grounded.
The ingredients I use in these recipes are grounding and help reduce Vata. The descriptions listed for each ingredient are based on Ayurvedic tradition.
Pumpkin - Sweet and grounding representative of the earth element which helps balance Vata. It is rich in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega 3s as well as providing a good dose of fiber. Pumpkin contains minerals like magnesium and potassium which helps balance blood pressure and relax muscles. The vitamin A supports healthy skin & immune system.
Ginger - Pungent & Sweet. This spice strokes the digestive fire & improves assimilation of nutrients. In Ayurveda ginger is recommended for joint discomfort, motion sickness, and improving metabolism.
Turmeric - Bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. In Ayurveda, it supports a healthy inflammatory response, it has antibacterial properties, is an antioxidant, and is good for joints.
Cinnamon - Sweet and spicy. It stokes the digestive fire, helps clear respiratory passages, promotes healthy circulation & joints.
Other lifestyle enhancements you can make to reduce Vata are to eat cooked warm foods, wear warm clothing, have routines (and stick to them), meditate, and keep a journal. For those of us who smoke Cannabis, this is a good time to switch to edibles as smoking increases Vata.
Cannabis can work therapeutically to reduce anxiety when used responsibly. This Cannabis infused pumpkin seed recipe is an edible which has a different effect on the body than smoking Cannabis. If you're new to Cannabis, use CBD oil as it will not give you a high but will still provide therapeutic benefits. Then gradually start to increase the amount of THC (the psychoactive ingredient). Taking an edible has a longer lasting effect and can also take about 30-45 minutes to take effect.
CBD is anti-inflammatory and can provide pain relief. It is can also reduce anxiety and improve the immune system. A big part of this is due to the effects on our Endocannabinoid system.
Recreationally, add some THC and these Spiced Pumpkin Seeds are a great party treat! So many edibles are rich in sugar and fat. We don't necessarily need more of those foods around the holidays. Plus, the spices on the pumpkin seeds add an extra health benefit!
Both recipes are very simple with only a few ingredients. The soup can easily be made in a large batch then frozen in smaller batches so that you're meal prep is good for weeks! The Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are great on soups, salads, and as a snack.
Grounding Pumpkin Soup (unmedicated)
1 Sugar Pumpkin; Chopped
1/2 white onion; chopped
2 carrots; chopped
2 celery stalks; chopped
1 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ghee or olive oil
32 fl oz Vegetable Broth
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional spices: Turmeric, Cinnamon, and Ginger.
Sautee garlic and onions with any spices you're including in ghee or olive oil. Then add carrots & celery and cook for about 5 minutes. Next add Vegetable broth with pumpkin and simmer for 30 minutes.
Wait until the soup is at room temperature. In small batches, add soup mixture to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Cozy Up Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 cups of Pumpkin Seeds; soak for 24 hours
1 tablespoon Cannabis Oil
Optional spices: Cinnamon, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Ginger
This recipe was adapted from Cannabis Cheri
Heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.
Place Pumpkin seeds in a bowl and mix with Cannabis Oil. Click here to learn how to make Cannabis Oil. Add Spices and mix. Then spread pumpkin seeds on baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes.
Effects and dosage vary based on strain and your own biology. According to the original recipe, it is about 20 mg THC per serving (4 servings) IF you made your Cannabis oil from average cannabis (10% THC) and used 1/2 ounce of marijuana to make 1 cup oil.
I used THC that was more like 18% and it felt more like 2-5mg. This is great for microdosing. Again, start low dose with a small amount of pumpkin seeds just to see how your body reacts initially.
Fit Tip: Stay hydrated whenever you consume edibles. A side effect of Cannabis is dry mouth which that can trigger food cravings aka The Munchies. Try sipping a grounding tea like Cinnamon, Ginger, or Chamomile.
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*Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.