Cannabis In The Japanese Spice Mix Kaori Shichimi

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            We are all familiar with the classic marijuana laced brownies, and cannabis laced butter. The truth is that Cannabis has been used historically in the culinary arts. This page is dedicated to an ancient Japanese spice mix known as Kaori Shichimi. It was widely used to season grilled skewers ( yakitori ).[1] Not only do the flavors of the various ingredients compliment each other, but it's also designed for specific medicinal properties. I'm very much interested in learning to mix flavors appropriately because let's face it, not all Mary Jane dishes taste right. You gotta know how to work with flavors appropriately.

It was believed to and said to stimulate digestion and promote good health in general.[1] As Hippocrates once said, "Let food by thy medicine, and medicine by thy food." Not a lot of people know how to utilize the flavor of Mary Jane to work synergistically with other spices. On this page, you'll get a glimpse of how it was done throughout history. Mixing safe and effective botanical medicines together is really an art, and it takes knowledge and experience along with caution to do it correctly.

Kaori Shichimi[1]

Chimpi ( dried orange peels )

Cannabis seeds and/or flowers

Poppy seeds ( Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy )

Sesame seeds

Aosa ( seaweed )

Guinea pepper

Sansho ( Japanese pepper tree; Scientific name: Zanthaxylum piperitum )

When preparing Kaori Shichimi, Equal parts of the ingredients were combined, ground into a fine powder, and sprinkled over food to taste.[1] Please be aware that using poppy seeds in your meal can lead you to test positive for opiates on a drug test. If you decide to us Kaori Shichimi, please understand that you'll be ingesting very small amounts of opiates. Keep this in mind and note that you should be very careful with using the seeds as the potency can vary dramatically from batch to batch.

Poppy seeds also contain melatonin, and are rich in vitamins. Melatonin is made by the body and is required for sleep. Shamanically speaking, they are considered oneirogenic ( dream inducing ) by some herbalists. Sesame seeds contain tryptophan, which is the precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is the precursor to melatonin. Knowing all of this, you can begin to get a glimpse of the medicinal potential of this recipe.

Using herbs and spices in cooking adds a tremendous amount of potential additional health benefits to your meals. If you were to compare the phytochemical and vitamin content of plain rice vs rice that has been seasoned, you would see a dramatic increase in health giving alkaloids. It's my belief that the average American fails to utilize culinary spices and herbs, thus they are deprived of many essential minerals, phytochemicals, and other beneficial compounds. Going gourmet can not only leave you with a much more savory meal, but your body can also get the nutritional requirements that it needs.

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