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RECIPE: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies with 10mg CBD ea.

Recipe by Chris Bedrosian

http://florasmercantile.com/blog/2017/2/15/recipe

COCOA/BUTTER MIX
8 oz    Bakers Cocoa
1 stick    Butter (unsalted)
1 cup    Whole milk

DRY INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup    All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon    Baking Powder
½ teaspoon    Salt

WET INGREDIENTS
2 large    Eggs
½ cup (packed)     Light Brown Sugar
¼ cup    Organic Cane Sugar
1 teaspoon    Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon (5 Droppers)    Flora’s Hemp Extract 1,500 (= approx.. 250mg cbd total)

STIR IN AT THE END
12 oz    Semi-Sweet Chocolate (chips or chunks)


INSTRUCTIONS – make sure all your ingredients are measured out and ready. 
In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients
In a large bowl, beat eggs & sugar until light and fluffy.  Add extracts & mix well. 

In microwave safe bowl, melt butter until just liquid and then add milk and stir well. Add 8 oz of Bakers Cocoa and then mix/melt ingredients in a microwave, on short bursts (stir a lot) until the cocoa and butter are fully incorporated (not too hot!) – it should come out like play-doh.


Add Cocoa/Butter Mix to wet ingredients, 1/3 at a time, and beat well. 

Mix in dry ingredients and then add the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks.  The batter should be a little stiff and hold its shape when scooped out – the cookies should come out medium soft. If you want a bigger dose of cbd per cookie, this is a good recipe to goose up with a few more squirts because the extra rich chocolate flavor helps to cover up the herbal flavor of the extract.

Portion out into 24 balls. You can freeze the dough balls (wrap well) and bake up as many as you like hot and gooey and fresh!

TOOLS: 
Microwave & Microwavable Bowl
Electric Beater
Baking Sheet & Parchment
Bowls & Mixing Spoon
Measuring Cup & Measuring Spoons
Large Spoon or Ice cream Scoop or Medium Disher

Add ½ Cup    Chopped Nuts (Walnuts or Pecans are great!) for a nutty variation!


TOTAL TIME: 45 min.  (PREP: 20 min.) – Makes 24 3” round cookies


BAKE: 300 (F) Degree Oven for 18-20 minutes. Cookies should come out medium soft.  

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RECIPE: Peanut Butter Doggy Crackers with CBD

Hemptastic Doggy Crackers (25mg of CBD)

Recipe by Chris Bedrosian - Flora's Mercantile & Hemp Emporium 

 

WET INGREDIENTS

4 oz                                         Chicken Stock (No Salt)

2 Droppers Full                      Flora’s Hemp Extract 500

1 oz                                         Organic Coconut Oil

1 oz                                         Organic Peanut Butter

 

 

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 ¼ Cup                                 Organic All Purpose Flour (7 oz)

¼ Cup                                     Organic Oats (Rolled or Steel Cut) (1.4 oz)

¼ Cup                                     Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds (1.2 oz)

 

 INSTRUCTIONS

Mix wet and dry ingredients in a medium bowl until well incorporated. Flour table lightly & knead dough for 2 to 5 minutes – just enough so it holds together well and a little bit of gluten is developed.  Form dough into a 2” round log, wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for ½ hour.  Cut dough log into ¼” pieces and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. (TIP: If you turn the dough log ¼ turn after each cut it’ll help keep its round shape.)

 

BAKE: 300 (F) Degree Oven for 30-40 minutes. Crackers should be light colored & crispy. Rotate halfway and cool on baking sheet (this will help them dry out even more) and store in airtight jar for up to one month.

 

SUBSTITUTION:  For an easy re-do you can substitute cheese (Parmesan works great) for the peanut butter - add sage, thyme or other tasty herb and a little salt & pepper and you’ll have a quick and delicious (& nutritionally dense) batch of Home-Made Cheese Crackers for snacks or dinner!  And if you are feeling really ambitions, before cutting the dough, you can roll the log into sesame seeds or suchlike for added crunch & protein.

 TOOLS:

Baking Sheet & Parchment

Knife

Plastic Wrap

Bowls & Mixing Spoon

Measuring Cup & Measuring Spoons

TIME: 15 minutes to mix & create dough log. 30 minutes in the fridge. 5 minutes to cut and layout. 30 minutes to bake. TOTAL: 1 hour, 20 min.

http://florasmercantile.com/blog/2017/1/17/recipe-peanut-butter-doggy-crackers-with-cbd

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THC Magazine - Chris Bedrosian & Hemp In Food (Dec. 2016)

THC – The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine

December 2016

(Published Magazine Page 68 & 69)

Business & Politics / Regulation of CBD Hemp Foods

The Regulatory Perils of CBD-Infused Foods

By Matthew Van Deventer (typed directly from the magazine article by Chris Bedrosian – please excuse any typos!)

At the 2015 INFO Expo, Chris Bedrosian, founder and owner of Flora’s Mercantile & Hemp Emporium, discovered the healing benefits of CBD for the first time and when an advocate handed her a syringe of the stuff. She’d been consuming medical marijuana for quite some time, particularly to keep her asthma and hypoglycemia in remission, but she didn’t know that CBD derived from hemp was strong enough to potentially cure cancer.

“When I found out that CBD cures cancer I was really angry, because if I had known I would have gotten it for my sister who died of cancer,” says Bedrosian. She spent the next six months researching the compound.

During those six months, Bedrosian, an experienced baker, perfected and tested recipes for baked goods infused with CBD derived from hemp. In April 2016, she started selling them at farmers’ markets in hopes of getting CBD goods into the hands of the people who need them.

That same month, she quickly took the next step in her business and geared up for wholesale operations by applying for a wholesale license from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). However, she ran into a roadblock – a big one. The CDPHE denied her the license.

“You indicated your operation would be engaged in the production of baked goods that include industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) as ingredients. Industrial hemp seed and oil derivatives are approved food ingredients; however, federal regulations currently prohibit the use of CBD in food,’ reads a letter regarding the application.

It goes on the remind Bedrosian that she is a risk of enforcement, even from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if she produces or transports hemp against federal regulations.

The CBDPHE is Colorado’s state-level equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has a similar stance on hemp, explains Garrett Graff, and associate attorney at Hoban Law Group.

Per FDA regulations, CBD is treated as a Schedule I controlled substance and is therefore considered an “adulterant.” As a result, it is illegal to distribute CBD products across state lines as well as incorporate it into food products.

“[CDPHE] has basically taken guidance from the FDA and adopted the same position, that CBD should not be incorporated into products, primarily food products, like the ones Flora’s makes. And so they’ve taken this position that CBD is an adulterate. That’s basically the puzzle piece in terms of denying Flora’s their license,” says Graff.

However, this ruling conflicts with two major pieces of legislation, says Graff. The Farm Bill supports the cultivation and manufacturing of industrial hemp by academic institutions as well as private parties as long as they are in accordance with state law.

Further, the Consolidate Appropriations Act passed by Congress in 2016 states that funds cannot be used to prohibit the sale, processing, transportation, or use of industrial hemp in states that allow it.

As for the state level, the Colorado Industrial Hemp Act protects anyone dealing in or working with industrial hemp from civil and criminal cases.

“Under [the Colorado Industrial Hemp Act], the state legislature clearly paved the way for industrial hemp to be cultivated and products to be produced with derivatives of industrial hemp, and any agency action to the contrary would contradict its legal authority,” says Graff.

Graff disagrees with the DEA’s August announcement solidifying the agency’s stance against cannabis and tightening regulations on processing and transporting industrial hemp. He points out that the government doesn’t do a good job at differentiating between hemp and marijuana and that CBD regulation should be made separately from marijuana regulation, because it has not psychoactive component.

“Without saying anything adverse to the marijuana industry – I think it’s perfectly fine the way it is – there should not be any adverse impact of marijuana regulations and the restrictive regulations of that material on industrial hemp when such is not psychoactive or even allegedly has the risks that marijuana does,” says Graff. “That is the distinguishing factor.”

After challenging the ruling, Bedrosian did end up getting a (wholesale food manufacturing) license from the CDPHE, along with a stern reminder that her (food) products can’t have CBD in them.

She was, and still is selling her CBD-infused products through Colorado’s Cottage Foods Act, which allows people to sell a certain amount of baked goods and garden vegetables every year through farmers’ markets.

When Bedrosian was in a conference with her lawyer and the CDPHE, a representative told her that selling CBD-infused foods at farmer’s market is not allowed but not specifically disallowed, largely because there is no licensing (requirement to be Cottage Bakery in Colorado).

THC reached out to the CDPHE for clarification. However, when we asked them about their stance on CBD, CBD in Food, and denying Bedrosian a wholesale application, they did not respond.

Bedrosian now has a freezer full of packaged and labeled CBD-infused cookies, brownies and sweets, gallons of CBD oil (in honey), as well as bags of hemp buds ready to be processed. Thanks to the CDPHE, Bedrosian’s wholesale bakery operation is on hold, but it hasn’t stopped her from getting CBD out into the world.

Instead of edibles, Bedrosian sells other products in stores that aren’t advertised as food. “You can’t sell it as food, but you can sell it as cosmetics all the livelong day,” she says.

Her oils, honey, capsules and seed packets recently hit the shelves at Chicago Market, a Polish grocery off of Colfax Avenue and Carr Street (in Lakewood, CO).

The owner of Chicago Market, Krystyna Miller, has been using hemp products herself for some time. She has a display near the register of everything available. It’s one of the first things customers see as they walk in the door.

“I don’t see a problem with it,” says Miller who shrugs off the whole controversy around CBD.

She sells Flora’s CBD extract tinctures called “Go-Go Juice” as well as other hemp extracts packed with terpenes. She also sells honey, hemp capsules and teabags filled with hemp and CBD. There are also packet of hemp seeds for “planting,” and well, if you happen to put them on your cereal I the morning so be it.

Products can also be found at Buddha’s and Goudha’s in Boulder and other small shops in the Denver area.

Bedrosian is also revving up her farmers’ market operations to keep promoting her baked goods, and people can still buy them directly from her facility (Cottage Bakery) in Lakewood. However, it’s not a sustainable market without being able to go big. Farmers’ markets are often a jumping off point for businesses. Further, it costs Bedrosian an additional $1,200 annually (liability insurance for the commercial kitchen / baking space) because her products contain CBD; that’s four times as much as she paid for a standard baking operation when she lived in Boise, ID.

Perfecting the recipes was an intricate and timely process, making sure baked goods weren’t overpowered by the hemp taste. It’s important each item is chock-full of CBD, like in the 30mg range – only a small portion of that is absorbed when eaten, says Bedrosian. It depends on who’s eating it and even what they ate during the day, because the compound best metabolizes with fat.

“It is like a micro-dose and that’s what I do, I do food. So, food to me, that makes sense, eating a little bit in your food every day as a preventative measure versus having to take a big jab of Rick Simpson oil every day to cure cancer,” says Bedrosian. “So, this is what we’re trying to do, is just get it in food a little bit every day. Heath department says we can’t do that.”

She says she was the first person “dumb enough” to tell the truth on her application, because she isn’t looking to hide anything; she wants to do the right thing. “It’s important to do what we are doing. To lie about it would take away from it,” she says.

 

(text in parentheses have been added by myself, Chris Bedrosian, for clarity)

 

LINK to Blog Post regarding Flora's application to CDPHE for a Wholesale Food Manufacturing License: http://florasmercantile.com/blog/2016/8/17/new-post-date-title

 

 

 

 

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