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Jungle Weed in the City

The oil's not black??

It’s the pound that just keeps on giving!

Before leaving the jungle I made sure to infuse some more coconut oil figuring that this condensed version would be a much (safer) way to travel with that much weed. And I was right sailed through the airport. Not that I advise for you to do this as a way to smuggle drugs but as I’m on a bit of mission in regards to smoke at the moment, I’ve spent the past year reading & researching as much as I can in regards to the serious medicinal benefits that this plant has to offer especially in edible form. I love both food & weed and I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to that much green not smack bang in the middle of an experiment anyway.

So with that in mind and a festival approaching, I decided to cook up some muffins, it’s been awhile since I’ve used the oil and since you wouldn’t exactly call it hot here in the Andes it had solidified into a greenish wax hmmm cos it’s black when it’s liquid!?

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Into a pan of boiling water, it went…..

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I cheated & bought a muffins ready mix box my kitchen is not exactly equipped to practice my own version of the Great British Bake off so I resigned to keeping it simple although I did swap water as an ingredient to milk..

Rebel!

Rebel!

I bought some strawberries & caramel.

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I chopped the strawberries into little pieces and added them to the mix which now included the oil.

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Then I waited.

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I took them out of the oven and ate one, it was hot!

I’m still waiting for that to kick in.

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The mini muffins have come out nice & gooey in the middle & crunchy on top, not bad for a ready mix ;-)

Posted by Dovesei 18:38 Archived in Colombia Tagged chocolate health strawberries weed cannabis muffins caramel edibles maryjane Comments (0)

Battling with Biters 5

FIGHTING BACK!!!!

SO like a fool I came back to the Jungle of the Sierra Nevadas - am I glutton for punishment? or do I just enjoy being tormented!??

Slavering myself in insect repellent while waiting for a taxi in the middle of the market in a sweltering hot Santa Marta, I thought I was ready or at the very least prepared for what might happen! As it turns out a nightmare of a journey up to Minca occurred, one which saw me have a little breakdown in the taxi - this was after over an hour waiting - (again just in case you forgot, it was sweltering heat in Santa Marta) - for the car to even move we were then informed that we were going on a detour to buy a table for the old American guy who's half pissed drunk & won't stop talking - big sniff!! - So we go buy the table if stuffed into the back along with the rest of us, we finally get moving out of town only to stop at the petrol garage 10 minutes later. Here in Colombia everybody has to get out of the car if it is being filled with petrol SO out we all get again into the sweltering heat & waited for the tank to be filled, then back into the car - this is when I had my mini meltdown, we were running late the sun was setting, solely because I didn’t want to be riding passenger on a motor taxi through the jungle in the dark which was now becoming a very real possibility I went on like a bitch it had nothing to do with Jorge the American jarr or the fact that the woman in front of me was breast feeding her baby and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, I mean nothing but what the fuck??? her boobs were so bruised so so so bruised, my heart went out to her but I was hot, hungry & tired and nowhere near where I needed to be and I wanted out of this fucking collectivo!!!

Back on the ridge for no more than 15 minutes and I had been done TWICE I can't tell you how much I haven't missed that feeling not one tiny bit as I bolted straight for the cream I wondered if there would ever come a time when the cream stopped working and I would just have to live with burning limbs!! seriously though, what would I do? carry around bags of limes!???

To live in the Jungle is to accept that Mother Nature RULES no questions no doubt she will always have the upper hand and it’s up to us to respect that if we choose to live within her domain. I want to work with her which is why I have been experimenting for the last while with DEET/chemical free insect repellents.

The first post from battling with biters was about DEET free products (scroll way down) & since then I have run out of my supply I desperately needed something else!

I read somewhere once about cloves and alcohol (vodka if your flush, bog standard antiseptic alcohol from the pharmacy if you’re like me) combined was a good natural repellent so with every intention of following the instructions of leave cloves soaking in alcohol for 4 days I put the cloves into the alcohol and went to a festival. 6 weeks later I’m still carrying the alcohol infused with cloves around in my bag not really sure what I’m going to do with it, I had also bought a pretty big bottle of citronella oil which, I was also carrying around in my bag!

I found myself moaning one day about flaming limbs - blah blah blah bore off ! I’m getting sick of hearing myself complain about bug bites so whilst talking to a fellow Londoner who lives here in the Jungle about natural alternatives to deet we realised that between us we may have found a perfect formula to repel death.

As off today (& we made this yesterday) 4 people have used our concoction, we have a name we have a rough sketch of our logo and we also have testimonies that our potion works it's only day one in a buggyish location but it’s exciting, tomorrow we make a larger batch and take it to a wider audience who're dealing with a particularly bad infestation of sand flies , if it works there it could quite frankly work anywhere. Our market research begins...........

Posted by Dovesei 12:00 Archived in Colombia Tagged nature natural coconut health oil bites mosquitos herbal deet_free sandflies mosquitos_repellent_deet_free cloves Comments (0)

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