Celebrating Independence Day As Safely (and Stonily) As We Can

Red white and blue, barbecues, libations – FIREWORKS. The 4th of July has no shortage of fun and sparkling flair. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that Mary Jane also played her part in the festivities of the first Independence Day, as it wasn’t prohibited anywhere in the world as we know it until 11 years later in 1787, when King Andrianampoinimerina sat at the throne of Madagascar. Though cannabis was also criminalized in the US early 1900’s, it is now legal for medical use in 33 of the States, and for recreation in 11.

In 1763, John Adams, who, along with at least 11 US Presidents, was famously supportive of hemp farming, lobbied for its cultivation in a a notable piece he wrote to The Boston Evening-Post, under the pseudonym, “Humphrey Ploughjogger”. “Ploughjogger” explained that though growing hemp could be a lucrative endeavor, they were not well-versed in the process of dealing with the it in their area. To move forward, they’d need to unearth some botanical expert to guide them through from sow to reap. In the archived letter’s post script, the future President expressed to the publication a sentiment which rings true to this day: 

Seems to me if grate Men dont leeve off writing Pollyticks, breaking Heads, boxing Ears, ringing Noses and kicking Breeches, we shall by and by want a world of Hemp more for our own consumshon.” 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Americans are to continue social distancing and wearing masks wherever we cannot remain 6 feet apart from each other. The CDC, or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns against groups congregating within poorly ventilated enclosed spaces – making out-of-doors the safest choice for a gathering of any size, anywhere. Even in light of these circumstances, there are almost unlimited options for safely connecting with friends and family this holiday. Virtual celebrations are available to attend on the world wide web – even for fireworks shows! 

Regardless of how you choose to get down this Saturday, here at Leafpon, we think there’s always room at the table for some ganja, no matter the occasion. We found some pretty awesome recipes and a special strain to try this weekend, and wanted to share!

Ahleaf Cannabis (2020) featured a simple “How-to” for potent non-alcoholic cannabis lemonade via YouTube this month; the secret ingredient used in this recipe was cannabis powder.

A BBQ isn’t really a BBQ without the sauce, and infusing it with CannaHoney before slathering it on to some hot dogs and burgers, America’s  “Classic Must-Haves Of 4th Of July Food(s)”, according to an article in Everyday Health (2007), is a must-try! An inventive way to add pizzazz to the picnic, Cannabis Spatula (2019) posted directions for making “Cannahoney BBQ Sauce” on its webpage, which includes the quote, “WHOAH! This recipe should come with a warning.” So there you go!

After all that hot food, homemade marijuana ice cream is the perfect stoney way to cool down that scorched tongue ! Cook and writer Joella Jiménez’ recipe includes rum, and leaves room for customization with accoutrements such as chocolate chips or bits of fruit. Jiménez advised via Pevgrow.com (2020) that using either a sativa or hybrid which won’t cause too much drowsiness is best, unless winding up “Indacouch” due to a dank Indica strain is the aim. White Widow, a sativa-dominant hybrid is a widely adored strain; a consumer favorite due to its penchant for bringing fun and giggly vibes to social situations.  

Be sure to keep your fun foods and drinks far out of the reach of children, and do not operate any heavy machinery before imbibing marijuana. Maybe pass the matches to another friend or family member to emcee the front yard fireworks show this year. We hope everybody has a fun and safe holiday weekend, and wish America a “happy birthday!”