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Just last weekend, a friend was telling me about soaking marijuana in vodka for three days before making what he described as "fabulous cocktails." (Well, no kidding.) Now I discover in The Australian that he wasn't so off base. In fact, you can build a whole meal around cannabis. The newspaper reports that ice cream, cake and beer made with pot have been cleared on health grounds by the country's top food watchdog, "despite fears the 'marijuana munchies' could trigger positive drug tests."
The decision results from an appeal by Andrew Katelaris, a former doctor in Sydney who was de-registered for supplying medical marijuana to patients, who said, "Our vision is that anything you can do with soy beans or dairy you can do better with hemp seed." In fact, Food Standards Australia New Zealand found that industrial hemp contained such low levels of the psychedelic ingredient known as THC that no one eating food containing it would feel the effect. (Oh, yeah. They should try my friend's brownies, which I always thought paired nicely with vodka-and now I know why.) FSZNZ even went as far as to say that "hemp seed is nutritious food containing sizeable amounts of protein, polyunsaturated fats and dietary fiber." So maybe now hemp advocates will stop making those ugly macrame bags and turn their attention to the dinner table instead.
- Pot for grandma? Read about how middle-aged adults are buying marijuana for their ailing parents at ParentDish.com.
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