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How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites On Houseplants, For Good!

Spider mites look like tiny white spiders that create webs on houseplants, and they are extremely destructive pests. It can be difficult, but don’t worry, you can get rid of spider mites on indoor plants, and eliminate them FOR GOOD!

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding a spider mite infestation on one of your beloved indoor plants.

They are one of the most destructive plant pests there is, so it’s super important to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

But the good news is that, when it comes to getting rid of bugs on houseplants, these guys are pretty easy to control.

Simply follow the natural spider mite treatment methods below, and you’ll be able to eradicate this annoying pest, for good!

Here’s what you’ll find in this guide for getting rid of spider mites on houseplants…

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What Are Spider Mites?

Spider mites are tiny bugs that can attack many different types of plants, and can be a major problem on indoor plants. Often times they look like tiny white spiders on plants, but can also appear to be tan, red or black.

They create telltale spider webs on houseplants, which they use for protection and to crawl around on. Since they are so small, spider mites aren’t noticeable until their population explodes.

You’ll likely notice the webbing on plants first, and then see the mites when you take a closer look. It will look like there are tiny spiders crawling all over your plant.

Spider mites thrive in warm, dry conditions and can become a major problem during the winter, when your dry house becomes the perfect breeding ground for them.

If you see small bugs crawling around in your houseplant soil rather than on the leaves, then you might have fungus gnats instead of spider mites. Here’s how to get rid of fungus gnats in houseplants soil.

Otherwise, if the bugs are crawling around on the plant leaves, and you see spider webs on houseplants, then keep reading…

Spider mites look like tiny white spiders on plants

Indoor Plant Mites Identification

Spider mites are easy to identify, and finding spider webs on plants is a dead giveaway.

They tend to start their webs on the underside of leaves and at the leaf joints, so that’s why they usually go unnoticed for so long.

They are sneaky little suckers. Like I mentioned above, they are difficult to see, and usually by the time you discover them on a houseplant, it’s already been heavily damaged.

You might notice the whites spider web on plants first, or the plant leaves may just look dusty. From a distance, the houseplant might look like it isn’t getting enough water and the leaves are drying out.

If you notice any of these, take a closer look. Hold the plant up to the light and look under the leaves. It may take a minute, but you should be able to see the tiny mites moving around on the fine webbing.

Spider Mites Webbing and Bugs

Spider Mite Life Cycle

Spider mites multiply very quickly and, in the right conditions, can double their population every couple of weeks.

Spider mites become fully grown about a week after they hatch. It only takes a few weeks for an adult female to lay hundreds of eggs, and for those eggs to start to hatch.

The end result is in an exponential growth in their population over a very short amount of time.

Since the eggs are invisible to the naked eye, and the adults are minuscule, most people don’t discover spider mites on their houseplants until after the population has exploded.

Webs and spider mites on houseplants

Where Do Spider Mites Come From

The tricky part about mites is that they can come from anywhere, and you’ll probably never know where they came from in the first place.

But, here are several common places where spider mites can come from…

  • Buying a new plant that has mites
  • Repotting plants with unsterile potting soil
  • Moving your plants outside for the summer
  • Flowers and vegetables brought in from your yard and garden
  • Since they’re so small, they could easily come in through the screens of open doors and windows

Spider Mite Damage On Houseplants

Spider mites are one of the most destructive houseplant pests. They can heavily damage or even kill a houseplant in a very short period of time.

They suck the sap out of the leaves making them look discolored, speckled, curled under, dried or shriveled up.

The infested leaves will shrivel up and die, and usually fall from the plant, which will ultimately kill the houseplant.

Spider mites can kill indoor plants pretty quickly, so it’s important to take fast action to get rid of them as fast as possible.

Spider webs on plants is a sign of spider mites

How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites On Houseplants

Once you discover the infestation, it’s super important to begin spider mite treatment immediately, before they spread to the rest of your collection.

The first thing you should do is to quarantine the infested plant and inspect all surrounding houseplants for mites. You want to contain the problem immediately.

There are chemical pesticides that are specifically designed for mites. But spider mites may develop resistance to them in a short time.

So, I don’t recommend them (plus these types of chemicals are toxic to humans and pets, so I wouldn’t recommend using them anyway).

It’s best to use safer pest control methods and products to get rid of mites on houseplants. You can learn more about natural pest control for your houseplants here.

Below you’ll find the best methods that will work for treating a spider mite infestation on your houseplants…

Spider mites on indoor plants

Spider Mite Treatment For Indoor Plants

The best way to avoid heavy spider mite damage to your houseplants is to start treating the plant as soon as you discover the pests.

As soon as I notice the spider webs on any of my plants, I bring the plant to the sink or bathtub.

Then I wash the leaves with my homemade insecticide soap, and rinse the leaves well to wash away as many of the dead mites as I can.

After cleaning the leaves, I use a variety of home remedies for spider mites, and all of them are very effective for controlling plant mites indoors.

Keep in mind that pesticide sprays, even organic ones, can damage sensitive plants, so it’s best to test it on a few leaves before spraying the entire plant.

Also, be sure to focus your sprays on the undersides of the leaves, this is where spider mites lay their eggs.

Spider Mite Insecticide Soap

To kill mites on plants, use an organic insecticidal soap, or mix a solution of my homemade spider mite insecticide soap (recipe below).

My homemade spider mite insecticide soap recipe:

  • 1 tsp of mild liquid soap
  • 1 liter tepid water

Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and then spray directly the leaves of your houseplant. This homemade spider mite killer is great for getting rid of the bugs right away.

Homemade spider mite insecticide spray

Use Neem Oil For Spider Mites

Neem oil is very effective to control spider mite infestations long term, and also works for pest prevention as well.

I like to buy neem oil concentrate, and make my own spray for mites on plants using the recipe below.

While neem oil does kill bugs, it can take some time to get rid of spider mites, so I use it after washing the leaves and spraying the plant with insecticidal soap first.

A pre-mixed horticultural oil or hot pepper wax spray also work very well for controlling spider mites on houseplants by repelling them.

My homemade neem oil spider mites spray recipe:

  • 1 1/2 tsp of pure neem oil concentrate
  • 1 tsp of mild liquid soap
  • 1 liter of tepid water

Use neem oil for controlling spider mites indoors

Keep Humidity Levels High

Since spider mites thrive in dry conditions, keeping the air around your plants humid is one of the best spider mite pest prevention methods. Ensuring your plants are properly watered is important to keep them well hydrated.

Misting houseplants regularly helps to prevent spider mites. You could also try leaving a container of water near the plant, or use a humidifier to help keep the humidity up around your plants.

If it’s really dry in your house, then I recommend getting an inexpensive indoor humidity monitor so you can be sure the air around your houseplants isn’t too dry.

Getting rid of mites on plants by misting them

In addition to washing and spraying the plant, you can trim off heavily infested leaves and throw them into the garbage to get rid of even more of the spider mites and eggs.

Be sure to throw the infested leaves into the garbage outside of your house! Don’t prune all of the leaves from your plant though.

How To Prevent Spider Mites From Ever Coming Back

Keeping your plants healthy, and maintaining adequate soil moisture are two of the best ways to prevent spider mites on indoor plants.

A soil moisture gauge is a great tool to use to figure out how moist the soil is, and ensure you’re watering your plants properly.

Here are a few other tips for getting rid of spider mites for good…

  • Mist sensitive houseplants regularly, and keep the humidity level high around the plant
  • Use neem oil as a preventative spray or as a leaf polish to keep your plants leaves clean
  • If you move your plants outdoors for the summer, be sure to debug all of your houseplants before bringing them back indoors

They key to getting rid of spider mites for good is good houseplant care habits, and keeping your houseplants healthy. Healthy houseplants are the best way to prevent recurring problems with spider mites and other houseplant pests. Also make sure you check your houseplants on a regular basis for any signs of problems.

If you’re sick of battling bugs on houseplants, then my Houseplant Pest Control eBook is for you! This eBook is jam-packed with information about how to get rid of bugs on indoor plants, using organic pest control methods. It shows you how to identify common pests, and how to prevent recurring infestations so you can debug your houseplants for good. Download your copy today!

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Share your tips for how to get rid of spider mites indoors in the comments below.

About Amy Andrychowicz

I live and garden in Minneapolis, MN (zone 4b). My green thumb comes from my parents, and I’ve been gardening most of my life. I’m a passionate gardener who loves growing everything from vegetables, herbs, and flowers to succulents, tropicals, and houseplants – you name, I’ve grown it! Read More.

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Darlene Borcherding says

We have recently brought our huge Boston ferns back inside for the winter. Are they likely to get red spider mites from our forced air heat registers? One of them is about 4 ft. away from one. We’ll place bowls of water near them, of course. Should we spray them with neem oil altho we don’t see any bugs yet? Thank you so much!

Amy Andrychowicz says

If they have had problems with spider mites in the past, then I would spray them regularly as a preventive treatment. Otherwise, I would just keep a close eye on them to watch for bugs, and treat them if any show up.

Brandi Washington says

Great article. Thank you so much for this. Would it be a good idea to leave a jar of water near the plant for the entire winter?

Amy Andrychowicz says

You sure could give it a try, it will help to add a bit more humidity in the air to keep the spider mites at bay. But if that’s not enough, then misting or running a humidifier might work better for you.

Thank you so much for this page, i found my Areca palm infested with webs sooooo gross. I was so worried I bathed my palm twice with the soap and water mixture. Literally wiped every leaf twice over.

I ordered neem oil which is harder to find than thought. SO just to be clear soapy water spray is good for right now while the mites may still be around, so continue that for how long? and then add neem oil solution once every few weeks? Sorry if this was already asked. Thank you in advanced.

Amy Andrychowicz says

You’re welcome. Sorry to hear your plant is infested with spider mites! That is never fun. You can stop using the insecticidal spray once you start using neem oil. Yes, then spray the neem oil every few weeks. Here’s an article that talks about exactly how to use it… How To Use Neem Oil Insecticide On Houseplants. Good luck!

Vallye Chandler says

I have spider mites on my tomato plants. After I wash the plants well with the soap and water is it safe to use the need oil on the tomato plants, or just continue with the soap and water?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Bummer to hear your plant has spider mites! You can safely use neem oil on the leaves of your tomato plants, no problem. Just be sure to test it on a few leaves first to make sure it doesn’t cause damage. And don’t spray while it’s sunny outside, either do it in the early morning or evening, or on a cloudy day.

Anam tahir says

Hi there. I’ve just discovered spider mites on my monstera and hoping to use your soap method. How often should i spray the plant? Will the soap leave a residue I need to wipe off?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Oh no, sorry to hear your plant has spider mites! Wash the leaves with the mild liquid soap as I mentioned above first, then rinse them well. That will get rid of most of the adults and eggs. Then you can spray the plant once every few days until all signs of the mites are gone. Good luck!

I have spider mites on my meyer lemon tree. Is neem oil safe ?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Yes, neem oil is safe to use on your meyer lemon to help get rid fo the spider mites. But just be sure to test it on a few leaves before treating the whole plant to make sure it doesn’t damage them.

Lita Collazzo says

my potted basil plants were beautiful and then suddenly they were drained shriveling and drooping. I noticed this faint web with tiny little white.specs So I am guessing it is spider mites. I am wondering if after I wash the basil plants with the gentle soap solution and treated with oil, will the basil still be edible?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Yes, it sounds like spider mites to me. For herb plants, I would recommend misting them with water, and washing the leaves with the water/soap mix using an organic liquid soap. Personally, I wouldn’t use neem oil on edible leaves.

Alana Kuhnert says

So I just discovered spider mites on a plant. I sprayed them off with sink hose and then just did the soap and water spray. I ordered neem oil and will be here in a couple days. How often should I spray the soap mixture and the neem oil ? And then for preventative purpose…how often would I spray the neem oil ? Thank you

Amy Andrychowicz says

Oh, bummer to hear your plant has spider mites! Neem oil has a residual effect, so you only need to spray the plant every few weeks. Here’s more info about how to use it… How To Use Neem Oil On Plants.

Maria Montrond says

Hi I have an indoor plant infested with spider web.i don’t have neem oil, is there any other oil to substitute for neem?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Oh bummer, sorry to hear that you plant is infested with spider mites. Simply keeping the humidity high is usually enough to get rid of them. But, you could also try horticultural oil, or regularly washing the laves with insecticidal soap as alternatives to neem oil.

Kathy Stanford says

Hi, I don’t have any Neem oil but do have powdered sulfur. I just sprayed a solution of 1/2 t. sulfur and 1t. castile soap in 1 L of water on my plant. Have you ever done this? Or has anyone else? It’s an Elephant Ear and I’ve moved it away from my other plants. I really don’t want them on my orchids!

Amy Andrychowicz says

No, I have never tried using powdered sulfur, and I’ve never heard of using it for killing spider mites either. So I can’t speak to it. Good luck, I hope it works for you! рџ™‚

Do we leave the unscented Castile soap, neem oil & tepid water mixture spray on the plant? Are we supposed to pour it on the soil too?

Amy Andrychowicz says

Yes, you can leave the neem oil/soap solution on the plant. You don’t need to pour it into the soil unless you see bugs in there. Spider mites live and bred on the leaves, so you only need to worry about spraying the foliage to get rid of them.

Hi..my okra and bean plants are totally infested with spider mite..i am spraying with a soap solution every day but not much result..I’ll try ur tips and hope for the best

Amy Andrychowicz says

Oh no, sorry to hear your plants have spider mites! You could also try the neem oil solution I mentioned above to see if that takes care of them. Good luck!

Spider mites are one of the most destructive houseplant pests and they multiply quickly. But spider mites are fairly easy to prevent and control.

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Zod strain

Here you can find all info about ZOD from Moxie 710. If you are searching for information about ZOD from Moxie 710, check out our Basic Infos, Gallery, Strain Reviews, Shop-Finder and Price Comparison, Lineage / Genealogy or User Comments for this cannabis variety here at this page and follow the links to get even more information. If you have any personal experiences with growing or consuming this cannabis variety, please use the upload links to add them to the database!

Basic / Breeders Info

ZOD is a mostly indica variety from Moxie 710 and can be cultivated indoors (where the plants will need a flowering time of ±60 days ) and outdoors . Moxie 710s ZOD is a THC dominant variety and is/was only available as feminized seeds.

Moxie 710s ZOD Description

Zod is a strain that is a mix for everybody. From buds that produce chunks the size of two-litre soda bottles to snow covered cherry-flavoured golf balls, Zod is sure to have something to shake up your taste buds. It’s a strain for advanced growers and pheno-hunters alike. With about six different phenotypes to look for with yields ranging from 400-500 grams per meter squared. Expect sweet to sweet-kushy flavours. Most will show areas of purple, but one or two will stay a brilliant lime green with dazzling orange hairs.

Genetics: Viper City x Kryptonite
Flowering time: 55-60 Days
Type: Inidica Dominant
Grows: Indoor & Outdoor
Yield: High

Where to buy ZOD cannabis seeds?

ZOD from Moxie 710 is available only as feminized seeds. Regular seeds are not available at the moment. In 2 seedbanks, we found 3 offers between EUR 9.48 for 1 feminized seed and EUR 54.00 for 6 feminized seeds. If you are looking to buy ZOD Cannabis Seeds from Moxie 710 somewhere – have a look to our ZOD Price Comparison page with all current offers from all the connected seedbanks and shops – or visit one of the following tested, trustworthy and recommended seed-shops directly to check out their current ZOD offers: Oaseeds and Mary’s Seeds.

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ZOD Lineage / Genealogy

  • ZOD »»» Viper City x Kryptonite
  • Viper City
    • »»» Grape Kush x Lemon OG
    • Grape Kush
      • Grape Kush probably
        • »»» Mendo Purps x OG Kush x Grapefruit
        • Mendo Purps
          • USA »»» Mostly Indica
        • OG Kush Probably
          • »»» Chemdawg x Probably
          • Lemon Thai x Hindu Kush, Pakistan
            • Lemon Thai »»» Sativa
            • Hindu Kush, Pakistan »»» Indica
          • Chemdawg
            • Unknown Indica »»» Indica
        • Grapefruit
          • Unknown Hybrid »»» Indica/Sativa Hybrid
    • Lemon OG
      • »»» Lemon OG Kush x Joe’s OG Kush
      • Lemon OG Kush
        • USA Mendocino »»» Indica/Sativa Hybrid
      • Joe’s OG Kush IBL
        • »»» SFV OG x IBL
        • SFV OG x Lemon Pledge
          • SFV OG
            • OG Kush SFV Cut (specified above)
          • Lemon Pledge »»» Unknown Strain
        • SFV OG (specified above)
  • Kryptonite
    • »»» Green Crack x SFV OG Kush Bx2
    • Green Crack
      • »»» Skunk #1 x Unknown Indica
      • Skunk #1
        • Skunk #1
          • »»» Afghanistan x Mexico x Colombia
          • Afghanistan »»» Indica
          • Mexico »»» Sativa
          • Colombia »»» Sativa
      • Unknown Indica »»» Indica
    • SFV OG Kush Bx2
      • »»» SFV OG x SFV OG Kush
      • SFV OG (specified above)
      • SFV OG Kush
        • »»» SFV OG x Afghani #1
        • SFV OG (specified above)
        • Afghani #1
          • »»» Afghanistan x Afghanistan
          • Afghanistan »»» Indica
          • Afghanistan »»» Indica

Map of the ZOD Family Tree

ZOD User Comments

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JHydro – 03.07.2017

So far 2 of 6 are herms for me.

Dabmasterzac – 09.02.2017

Okay so the first zod germination i did was outside in a solo cup. Tried getting a few other strains to also but none of the others did (OUTSIDE).after it sprotted out of the dirt i put in my veg room.1 1000 wat and a veg spectrom light. This stain grows fast. Withen a month the plant is around 2 and a half feet to 3 feet ( didnt take exact measurements. Have her as a mother as of now aroind 5 and a half 5 tall). And by the way im usimg a special blend of dirt, only use water. Clones taken off the mother will get around 5 feet in a 5 weeks. Witch was to long for me actully cuz withen thw first week of budding them they have grown almost a foot. Had to tie all them down towards the middle of the room. The plant has a nice smell to it even when it not budding. Ill be sure to post more after it buds. Also i have all the difftent types. Only have 2 growimg at the moment tho.

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Can hemp seeds make you test positive for marijuana?

DENVER — Forty percent of Americans buy organic foods, and one of the most popular items is hemp seeds. Controversy over whether hemp seeds can have the same effect as marijuana has some worried.

You can find plenty of hemp products at your local health food store. Seeds can be sprinkled on your favorite meal and there’s even a hemp shake these days.

Hemp is popular because it’s a great diet supplement for people allergic to soy, containing about 11 grams of protein in a single tablespoon.

Lani Banner of The Vitamin Cottage explains, “It is a complete protein, contains all of the essential amino acids in the ratio that the human body requires.” But some worry hemp contains THC, found in marijuana which is in the same family of plants.

This year, the military banned soldiers from eating products with hemp seeds. The reasoning was that the seeds might skew a soldier’s drug test. We decided to have the seeds tested at Forensic Laboratories in Aurora.

Our subject was a mother of three who doesn’t want us to use her name, but agreed to take part in our test.

She enjoys the health benefits of hemp, but wants to make sure she’s not making a mistake and says, “For my children, I want to set an example for them that it’s important what you put in your body and drugs are not the way to go.”

After eating a salad with three times the amount of hemp seeds usually found in packaged yogurt, our subject submitted a urine sample to the lab to begin the testing process, which was repeated twice.

She also used a good amount of hemp lotion.

Dr. Laura Bechtel revealed to us that the results were negative for THC. Bechtel says the lab does job drug testing on a routine basis and does not find THC traces in people who eat hemp as a health food but do not use marijuana and adds, “People have to realize it’s going to have to take a large amount of seeds, a bag of seeds or more to test positive.”

Experts say if you want to have confidence in what you’re buying, check the label every time. Since hemp seeds that are hulled lose their THC, make sure to buy seeds that are produced in Canada, where exported hemp products fall under tough standards.

Lani Banner of The Vitamin Cottage says, “You can look at the back of the label for the symbol for the test pledge, this is where the companies pledge that they are testing all of their hemp seed products to ensure that it has undetectable levels of THC.”

The symbol looks like a small circle or tear drop shape that says “test pledge.” Learn more information about the benefits of hemp products here.

DENVER — Forty percent of Americans buy organic foods, and one of the most popular items is hemp seeds. Controversy over whether hemp seeds can have the same effect as marijuana has some worried. You can find plenty of hemp products at your local health food store. Seeds can be sprinkled on your favorite meal and […]

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How to Make a Liquid Marijuana Cocktail

Whenever I’ve had this drink, everyone around me wants to know what’s in it.

What Is a Liquid Marijuana Cocktail?

Whenever I’ve had this drink, everyone around me wants to know what’s in it. It looks so appealing, and it always strikes their curiosity. Then, once they have a sip, they love it!

The Liquid Marijuana is a delicious fruity cocktail that, contrary to its name, does not actually contain any marijuana. It’s the green color and the optional cannabis-shaped pineapple wedge garnish that gives it its tongue-in-cheek name.

When you order this drink at a restaurant or bar, it’s always hit or miss as to whether the bartender has even heard of it—let alone know how to make it—so it’s best to be prepared with the knowledge of how it’s made.

A Word of Caution

Depending on your personal tolerance level for alcohol, you might want to err on the side of caution if you’re away from home or if you don’t have a reliable means of transportation back to someplace safe. This drink can cause different reactions in people who are more sensitive to alcohol.

I say this from experience. After about two of these, I’m feeling pretty good and probably shouldn’t be allowed to drive. This drink contains a mix of several strong liquors, so please, keep that in mind when consuming it.

Please drink responsibly.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Malibu or coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz Midori or watermelon liqueur (make sure it’s green)
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Captain Morgan or spiced rum
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • Splash Sprite or lemon-lime soda
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge and/or cherry (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker, or even directly into drinking glass.
  2. Mix or shake, and serve.
  3. Optional garnishes: pineapple and/or maraschino cherry.

Variations

Some other options could be to use vodka instead of rum or orange juice instead of pineapple. Or if you have a creative mind and a variety of liqueurs, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own masterpiece! But if you want it to be some derivative of the Liquid Marijuana, you might want to keep it at least green in color.

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Tawny (author) from Kennesaw, GA on February 05, 2020:

I’m sure if you get creative you could work some in there! Maybe soak some pineapple in oil or something and use it as a garnish 🙂

Kelley Marks from Sacramento, California on February 04, 2020:

It’s a shame not to put some THC in that drink, but I’ll bet a person or two will try! The color certainly matches the name, though. Love to try it some day.

This drink is always a winner with anyone who has tried it and likes fruity drinks. Disclaimer: It does NOT contain any marijuana.

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How to Buy ‘Pot’ On Amazon

As California takes a big step toward legalizing marijuana, a synthetic—and legal—form of pot is getting attention. Kia Makarechi on why “K2” is feared by potheads and conservatives alike.

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“I trust marijuana,” says Craig X Rubin, outspoken pot-legalization advocate and marijuana consultant to the Showtime series, Weeds. “I don’t trust K2.”

It’s not often that Rubin finds himself in the same camp as conservative lawmakers, but that’s where he landed this month when a drug called K2 found its way into the national spotlight. An herbal mixture sprayed with a synthetic drug that is supposed to approximate the effects of marijuana, K2—legal and available online—has local legislatures racing to criminalize it.

“Why would you trust chemical corporations to spray some mystery substance on some mystery plants?” asks one pot smoker.

And in a rare bit of synergy, pot smokers seem to agree that the new drug offers few positives for all of its risks. For people who like their drugs organic and chemical free, K2 is the narco equivalent of a high-fructose, down-market energy drink.

“I would never smoke mystery shit—are people aware of what they’re buying?” asks a film and television producer in Los Angeles. “Why would you smoke some synthetic substance when one of the most appealing factors of marijuana is that it is all natural?”

Rubin agrees, noting that “while the herbs in these mixes might be legal, that doesn’t mean that can’t kill you. Why would you trust chemical corporations to spray some mystery substance on some mystery plants?”

“Mystery” is a word that pops up often when pot smokers talk about K2, and indeed, the manufacturers and distributors of drugs like K2 are, not surprisingly, shrouded in secrecy. Rubin says no one really knows who they are. “These are real quiet individuals that are just trying to make some cash, and they’re not going to brag about it.” Bouncing Bear Botanicals, a company that was raided by officials after news reports revealed it as a purveyor of K2 (despite the fact that the substance was not yet illegal), was “not interested” in providing comment, and emails to K2-Incense.com received no response.

How dangerous K2 actually is remains murky. The drug became news when it reportedly spurred 59 calls to U.S. poison centers since the beginning of this month. Then a toxicologist in Missouri announced he’d seen thirty teenagers in six weeks flow through local emergency rooms, tripping on the drug. On March 10, Kansas became the first state to ban the substance, and similar bills in other states are working their way toward law.

Unfolding against the backdrop of California’s bid to legalize and tax marijuana, the ballot initiative for which was approved on Wednesday, the K2 madness has illuminated America’s schizophrenic drug policy. If the reports about some of K2’s effects are true—hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, vomiting and, in some cases, tremors and seizures, according to the Missouri doctor—it appears to be far more harmful than weed.

The science of JWH-018, the synthetic chemical sprayed onto most of these “herbal blends,” has been around for about 15 years. First synthesized by Clemson University chemist and professor John W. Huffman (hence the “JWH”), the chemical was created to see if the therapeutic effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, could be mimicked. Eventually, the recipe was stolen and the substance began turning up in incense that supposedly produced a calming effect in those who enjoyed it, mostly in Canada and across Europe. It wasn’t long, of course, before someone decided to smoke it.

The science behind the psychotropic effects of the JWH-018 compound is not yet complete. JWH-018 appears to excite the same CB1 and CB2 receptors that THC does. Unlike natural weed, however, the synthesized version is four times more potent when binding with CB1, and seems to have a three-fold preference for the CB1 over the CB2 receptor. This is relevant because it is the CB2 receptor that gives marijuana its medical properties—it affects pain and inflammation levels in the body. It thus appears as though K2 may provide a potent high, it lacks the medicinal properties that helped legitimize the pot-legalization movement.

For all these reasons, it’s hard to imagine that K2 would exist if it weren’t for marijuana being illegal. One 23-year-old former drug user notes that someone would only choose a “fake” alternative, even a legal one, “if it was cheaper, and worked as well or better than the illegal stuff.” For drug users of most levels, she noted, “Cost, effectiveness, and availability are far more important than the legality.”

It should be noted that fake marijuana is nothing new. “‘Fake pot’ has appeared in High Times magazine for over 20 years,” Rubin says. “What’s different is the whole chemical side of it—but the marketing engines, the publicity strategies are always the same.”

Even family-friendly Amazon.com sells a handful of “premium incense” blends through its Marketplace sellers. Incense has always served as a smokescreen for substances that are not just lit in the corner of a room, but also rolled-up in a sheet of Zig-Zag. An herbal mix called Passion Flower is the number one seller in the “Everything Else” category on Amazon, along with “tobacco” pipes, rolling paper, and bongs. Another product, called Blueberry Haze, is marketed as “the new standard in legal herbal hybrid buds.” The product description reads, “This isn’t the haze your [sic] gonna want to share with your friend once you smoke it.”

Many of the reviews for the “Premium Blend Smoke Herbal Incense” mentioned K2 by name, and one reviewer even equates the two. “I have bought K2 Summit in the past and I felt it was too strong for my liking (and a little pricey). I recently tried the Premium Blend K2 and I was pleasantly surprised by it’s effects.”

K2 has spurred typical posturing on the part of politicians. (Missouri State Rep. Ward Franz’s statement, “We don’t know much about this, but it’s going to end up killing somebody,” is, in itself, an oxymoron.) But the real reason that K2 has caught people’s interest is because of how reflects back on regular marijuana, or what dedicated smokers refer to as “God’s herb.”

The DEA, despite its haphazard raids on clinics in states where medical marijuana is legal, is fighting a battle it and everyone else knows it will never win. And since marijuana and cannabinoid substances can be patented (the federal government already owns a few), some are musing that marijuana could be America’s next big agricultural boom. But for now it’s clear that K2 or any “alternative marijuana” is not going to overtake the real thing. As Rubin notes, “I’m not going to trust chemical corporations to spray unknown plants to give me a ‘weed-like’ effect when I can have real weed. This ‘alternative herbal weed’ isn’t herbal at all, and it’s hardly an alternative.”

Kia Makarechi is an intern at The Daily Beast. He is a senior at UCLA, where he is the Senior Viewpoint Columnist for The Daily Bruin.

As California takes a big step toward legalizing marijuana, a synthetic—and legal—form of pot is getting attention. Kia Makarechi on why "K2" is feared by potheads and conservatives alike.

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Healing Herb Seeds

Grow your own medicinal herb garden with our selection of healing herbs and medicinal herbs. We’ve done our research over the years, and together with our own experience and supporting documentation, we’ve built up a good knowledge of natural herb-based remedies that can be used to treat minor ailments and irritations.

The healing herbs we list can be grown as a ‘natural medicine cabinet’ in your own back garden, balcony or window box.

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Angelica Seed

Great for using as a vegetable, crystallising, pot pourri, medicinal uses or flavouring your own gin! A hardy herb plant that looks just as good in the ornamental garden.
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Anise Seed

Young leaves can be used in salads, stems and roots in soups to add a hint of liquorice. Harvested seed can be used to flavour breads, cakes and liqueurs. Half hardy.
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Basil Seed ‘Sweet Genovese’

Use leaves in salads, tear it over pasta or in soups and stews; its classic warm and ‘spicy’ aroma is unmistakable however it is used.
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Basil Seed – Holy Basil

A variety of basil sacred to the Hindu faith. Also used in Thai cooking! Has pretty pink/purple flowers with green leaves and mauve stems, very fragrant.
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Bergamot Seed

A herb that is good in salads, and for flavouring fish and meat dishes. Also makes a refreshing herbal tea. Lemon-orange scented – delicious.
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Borage Seed

Herb seed. Pretty blue flowers that bees and pollinating insects love. Tasty in summer drinks such as Pimms and salads – or can be cooked and used in a similar way to spinach.
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Caraway Seed

Herb seed. Seeds are traditionally used in a diverse range of dishes especially Indian and Asian cuisine. Caraway dates back to the Stone age and was once used in love potions!
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Catgrass Seed

Herb seed. Also known as Cocksfoot Sparta. For cat lovers! Cats eat this sparingly for essential vitamins, and it is said to help remove fur balls.
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Catnip Seed

Herb seed. Catnip or Catmint is adored by cats. They love to roll around in the plant! It is also good for deterring rats, aphids and ants.
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Chives Seed

Onion-flavoured perennial herb which has so many uses in cooking! It also looks pretty in the garden and attracts bees. Every garden should grow chives!
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Coriander Seed ‘Leisure’

Cultivated for more than 3000 years. Coriander is an invaluable herb for culinary use, and essential for much of Mexican and Indian cooking.
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Cumin Seed

Seed of this plant is commonly used in Indian cooking, adding a particular zest and piquancy. Simply delicious and easy to grow.
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Dill Seed

An excellent last-minute garnish for fish dishes! This attractive herb has many, many uses, including as a breath freshener.
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Fennel Seed

Excellent in bread, salad and soups. Has an aniseed flavour. Can be used to reduce hunger pangs! Attractive grey-green foliage.
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Garlic Chives Seed

A ready supply of delicious garlic-flavoured leaves. The flavour is not as strong as that of garlic bulbs, but it’s easy to grow. Perennial in habit.
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Golden Purslane Seed

Half-hardy annual with very succulent golden round leaves.
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Hyssop Seed

Intense blue flowers can be used as a garnish, or the leaves used sparingly in salads. A shrubby, hardy, perennial plant, a real favourite with bees.
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Lemon Balm Seed

A lovely scented, hardy perennial herb. Leaves can be used to make herbal tea or ice cream. Thought to slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Lemon Grass Seed ‘East Indian’

A lovely lemon-scented herb that is so popular in Thai and Chinese dishes. Very easy to grow but does require winter frost protection.
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Lovage Seed

Lovage has a pleasant celery-type taste. Yellow flowers. Perennial in habit and reaches 6 feet (2 metre) in height. A real centrepiece for the herb garden.
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Marjoram Seed

Tender perennial, grey-green foliage herb plant with pretty pink flowers. Great addition to many dishes as well as having medicinal benefits.
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Oregano Seed

Hardy perennial also known as wild marjoram. A good accompaniment for haddock. Easy to grow.
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Parsley Seed ‘Champion Moss Curled’

Traditional, curly-leaved parsley. Delicious and so versatile in the kitchen. Also plant alongside roses to repel rose beetles.
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Parsley Seed ‘Hamburg’

The bonus with this herb / vegetable is that you can eat the leaves like Parsley and the roots like Parsnip.
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Parsley Seed ‘Italian Giant’

Tall variety of parsley with a large, flat leaf. Aromatic and vigorous. Excellent in soups and as a garnish. Easy to grow.
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Purslane Seed

Half-hardy annual with very succulent round leaves. Delicious tossed sparingly into summer salads or great in Indian and East Asian dishes.
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Rosemary Seed

Very popular seasoning herb that smells amazing! Great accompaniment to lamb. Perennial in habit.
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Russian Comfrey Seed

Primarily used and prized by organic growers as a fertiliser. Makes an excellent potash feed and it’s easy to grow.
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Russian Tarragon Seed

Milder flavour than French Tarragon but much hardier. This highly prized herb is blended into Hollandaise sauce and used to flavour vinegar.
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Saffron Crocus Corms

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world (sold by weight) – what better reason for growing your own? The flowers also look beautiful!
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Sage Seed

An exceptional perennial herb with a good flavour, anad particularly useful during the winter. Great with chicken.
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Summer Savory Seed

A lovely annual herb with a bushy habit. Has a mild peppery flavour with beautiful pink/white flowers. Good in salads or stews. Easy to sow and grow.
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Tansy Seed

A hardy perennial herb with a strong aromatic flavour and yellow brass-button flowers. A good insect repellent but also useful as a culinary herb. Flavour is sometimes likened to Rosemary.
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Thyme Seed

Thyme likes a full sun position, is evergreen and a hardy perennial. Very aromatic, and great for Winter cooking!
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Winter Savory Seed

A hardy, perennial variety with a very strong flavour. Attractive white flowers and dark green leaves. Likes a sunny position.
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Wormwood Seed

Pretty silver-leaved herb, looks stunning in the moonlight! Hardy perennial with many medicinal uses. Excellent to repel mice and insects.
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Weed At Work: The Productive Smoker’s Guide To Smoking Marijuana On The Job

Work sucks, I know. Very few people have the luxury of working a highly enjoyable job.В That’s why it’s work, and they give you money.

Aside from your dull tasks or stressful meetings, you also have to deal with being in a small space with a bunch of very different people, which can be awful! But you can always smooth those workplace wrinkles by sneaking a little toke on the clock.

Some people are terrible workers when they’re high. It all depends on the job, though.В Cops shouldn’t be blazing in the squad car, but teens who work at Popeyes are definitely fine to rip on the job.

If you’re someone who can accomplish your duties while stoned, you’ve got it made.В If not, I’m sorry. Get back to work.

Now, for the lit worker, keep in mind these four simple tips.

Remember, the one-hitter is your best friend.

The one-hitter is the perfect smoking device for quick and discreet sessions (if you don’t have a vape pen, which is pretty self-explantory). If you stand behind the dumpsters and spark a big joint, there will be a lot more smoke, which isn’t great, assuming you’re at your JOB trying to keep this on the low.

A one-hitter puts more of the weed smoke in your lungs than out into the atmosphere, and itВ usually looks like a cigarette. Anyone spying on you will think you’re on a nicotine break (unless said spyВ gets close enough to take a whiff).

Additionally, the small size of the one-hitter’s chamber is an automatic rationing. You don’t want to overdo it and become catatonic at your desk.

Just a dollop’ll do ya.

Walk it out.

You should ideally smoke outdoors. Alleys and tops of parking garages are great for this. Hot boxing your car is out of the question, unless your boss doesn’t mind you reeking to high heaven of a college dorm room.

After you do your deed,В take a walk around the block. Air yourself out.В Even if you don’t notice the smell, it’s still there. You’re just accustomed to it.

Simply handling the weed flower can stink you up, so it helps to wash your hands. If you do smoke a joint, ditch the roach somewhere. Nothing tips everyone off more than a stinky little roach sitting in your pocket or cigarette box.

Keep a stoner kit handy.

Hold on to eyedrops, mints, anything that helps you cover it up. I’m not a cologne guy, and most people can tell when you’re spritzing something on to cover something else up, but if that’s your thing, go for it. I’d prefer Febreeze, but whatever.

Stick to sativa strains.

At the very least, smoke hybrids — unless you’re great at managing an intense, lazy, body high while having to interact with coworkers and upper management.

Sativa strains give you more of a cerebral high, which means you can focus and use the weed’s stimulation to your advantage. Keep in mind, however, that smoking too much of any strain will be detrimental to your productivity.

Hope these tipsВ help, office drones.

After you get high, hopefully none of your coworkers corner you with a boring tale of their uneventful weekends. Good luck!

Work sucks, I know. Very few people have the luxury of working a highly enjoyable job.В That’s why it’s work, and they give you money. Aside from your dull tasks or stressful meetings, you also have to deal with being in a small space with a bunch of…

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Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Inhalers

Most of us know someone with asthma or other lung conditions that benefit from the use of inhaled medication from a metered dose inhaler, a vaporizer, or a spray for the mouth or nose. Delivering medical marijuana using these same methods is growing in popularity for an increasing number of patients because of how easy they are to use as well as how quickly they work. Patients affected by medical conditions that cause acute pain, difficulty breathing, muscle spasms, or other symptoms can benefit from these delivery systems. A Florida Medical Marijuana Doctor can help explain how it might help ease your symptoms. To find out if you pre-qualify to become a medical marijuana patient, take our quick eligibility survey .

There are a variety of different ways to use medical marijuana. While people often think of routes like smoking, tinctures and oils, or edibles, researchers are finding new routes for delivering marijuana’s benefits most efficiently to the parts of the body that need it most. This is especially important to people with health conditions that cause sudden and strong symptoms like shortness of breath, muscle spasms, seizures, intense pain, migraine headaches, and the nausea and vomiting caused by cancer or chemotherapy. Being able to get relief in minutes or even faster can make a significant difference in a patient’s quality of life.

Bioavailability is defined as “…the relative amount of a drug administered in a pharmaceutical product that enters the systemic circulation in an unchanged form and the rate at which this occurs.” (1) First- pass metabolism refers to how drugs taken by mouth are absorbed and processed through the digestive system before entering the circulation; this process often affects the amount and quality of the medication available to the body. (2) These are important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a route for any type of medication, including MMJ. Certain routes provide more rapid effectiveness than others because of how the drug is processed and how quickly it reaches the area that needs to be treated. One such highly effective route is oral inhalation via smoking, vaporizing, or using some form of inhaler. As the medication is inhaled it goes to the lungs, where the majority of it is absorbed and made available to the body almost immediately. (3) These concepts are important when deciding which route to use for your particular situation. Here are some examples of the bioavailability of different routes of marijuana administration:

  • Smoking a joint – approximately 30% THC
  • Vaping – 50-80% depending on the device and consumer
  • Edibles – 4-20% (the reasons for this are still being explored but may have to do with first-pass metabolism, what the patient has eaten, stress levels, activity, and a number of other factors)
  • Sublingual Tinctures – 40-50% (most likely due to sublingual absorption avoiding the first=pass effect)
  • Topicals – 5-10% (the skin acts as a barrier, preventing the psychoactive effects of THC while providing positive therapeutic outcomes)
  • Inhalers – these have effects similar to smoking or vaping with a couple of significant differences. They deliver pure, uncontaminated product without additives. In addition, an inhaler provides a way to determine a precise dose each and every time it is used. Inhalers tend to be more effective for rapid relief due to the purity and increased levels of THC or CBD delivered with each use. (4)

Aside from bioavailability, there are other benefits to using an inhaler for MMJ. Because they don’t involve lighting or burning the plant matter, no carbon, other toxins, or irritants are released into the lungs. This can be especially helpful for people who experience lung irritation when using a method that involves burning the plant or extracting its beneficial components and adding thinners or solvents to them. Inhalers are discrete and give off no odor, which makes them easier to use in public. In the case of patients with COPD, bronchial asthma, or emphysema, the THC being delivered directly to the lungs enables it to help patients breathe easier almost immediately by relaxing and enlarging bronchioles (breathing tubes), which spasm and tighten when stressed. (5) A study done in 1973 showed THC administered via a metered-dose inhaler had a dilating effect on the lungs of patients with bronchial asthma and may have a longer effect than other medications that work in a similar fashion. (6)

Another item to be aware of is the Cannatol nasal rescue inhaler. This device was developed specifically for use by patients with seizure disorder, but is also being studied for use by patients with migraine headaches, cluster headaches, glaucoma, and shows promise in helping decrease self-harming behavior in autistic children. (7) This inhaler interrupts the activity of overstimulated circuits in the brain, slowing or stopping the symptoms they produce. (8) Someone having a seizure or migraine attack may be unable to take a pill, use a vape pen, or eat an edible; the bioavailability of MMJ through the nasal membranes is high and rapid so effects are often felt within minutes if not faster.

There are CBD-only inhalers also available in most states that can help with a variety of disorders including:

    • Seizures — while THC helps a seizure in progress, CBD oil taken as part of a daily routine can help decrease the amount, severity, and length of seizures on an ongoing basis.
    • Nausea – whether caused by chemo, antibiotic therapy, or other intestinal disorders, it can be effectively treated by an inhaler even when the patient is unable to tolerate oral meds.
    • Anxiety – CBD has been shown to have a calming effect on patients suffering from anxiety due to a variety of causes.
    • Depression – Cannabidiol has proven mood-lifting effects, which can be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from temporary or ongoing depression.
    • Diabetes – CBD helps moderate the need for supplemental insulin by boosting the efficiency of insulin produced by the body as well as helping increase the storage and usage of glucose in the bloodstream.
  • Weight Loss – Acting to help regulate insulin levels and maintain a healthy weight is a noted benefit of CBD.
  • Pain – One of the first uses of medical marijuana was for the pain associated with glaucoma. Since then, CBD has been used to relieve the discomfort associated with cancer, AIDS/HIV, MS and other autoimmune disorders, and many other chronic pain issues. (9,10)

MMJ patients looking to control their THC intake through the practice of micro-dosing may find using an inhaler is a good way to accurately and consistently get the precise amount of medication they need. Most edibles come in 10mg doses, and that may be too much for someone who only wants to use 2-3mg at a time; dividing a small edible can be difficult and the results can vary in size as well as dose. Vaping and smoking doses vary with the potency of the product. Tinctures can create portability and storage issues. Inhalers are small, portable, and easy to use while delivering a specific dose with each puff. Some of the newer products available in other states even have a dial that allow patients to determine their own dose.

While the availability of marijuana inhalers is still extremely limited, it is a growing trend in the US and worldwide. These devices offer discreet, precise, and rapidly bioavailable doses to patients who need and want this delivery system. The development of more ways to use and benefit from medical marijuana is an exciting thing to watch, and the positive effect it exerts on the lives of patients is noteworthy. Medical marijuana is a rapidly growing and important part of the healthcare market. Speak with a Florida Medical Marijuana doctor to see how it can improve your quality of life.

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My daughter has just come off Targin which is a controlled drug. This is her tenth day off it and now I’ve had to call a house Dr to give her pethedine for the pain . I’ve heard about the cannabis inhaler with sml amounts of thc and would like to purchase one. We live in Western Australia and I would love some feedback as to how I can do this. Kind regards Maureen Curtis

Everything You Need to Know About Cannabis Inhalers Most of us know someone with asthma or other lung conditions that benefit from the use of inhaled medication from a metered dose inhaler, a

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Hemp seed pesto

Happy Thursday! As of today, I have exactly two weeks of my crazy summer Chem II class remaining. Given that I haven’t slept more than 4-5 hours nightly on a weeknight since class started, I’m excited to realize that I’m more than halfway done. Phew.

It will come as no surprise to readers that I’ve found a way to squeeze hemp seeds into pesto. I love hemp seeds–they’re one of my favorite easy sorts of vegan protein and healthful fatty acids–and they can make a more nutritious alternative to other nuts and seeds in all sorts of recipes. This hemp seed pesto recipe can be used for pasta, as a topping for roasted veggies, as a spread on vegan sandwiches, or as a means of adding flavor to salads.

A single serving of shelled hemp seeds provides us with:

  • Complete protein (all twenty amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids)
  • Essential fatty acids (EFA’s)
  • An ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium

Impressive, no? I have a bunch of hemp recipes on my blog, and they include:

And my nutrition powerhouse chia seed power pudding:

At the moment I’m enjoying this untraditional pesto on zucchini noodles, regular noodles, salads, toast, over roasted veggies, and in pasta salad. The list goes on–and I’m delighted to have a new, higher protein hemp pesto recipe to add to my pesto collection.

  • 2 tightly packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1-2 cloves roughly chopped, fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  1. Place the basil, garlic, and hemp seeds into a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse about 10 times, to help break down the basil.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients. Process till smooth, adding an extra drizzle olive oil if needed to thin the pesto. Serve.

Two nights ago, I served this wonderful pesto over a bowl of zucchini pasta with sundried tomatoes, edamame, and cherry tomatoes from the Georgetown farmer’s market:

It was a quick and summery lunch bowl!

This all goes to show that a small modification in a traditional recipe can multiply its nutrition in really significant ways. Using pine nuts in pesto is just fine, but hemp seeds truly have more to offer in terms of essential nutrients and protein. Putting them in pesto is an easy and efficient way to offer yourself a few more benefits from your meal, without sacrificing taste or turning something you like into an unpleasant form of “health food.” Enjoy!

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just tried this and currently eating it. just perfect! thank you!

D’oh! Hemp is still illegal here in Australia, even for consumption ?

just tried this. came out a treat! and I’m a stupendously bad cook. I didn’t need as much water, but perhaps that was something to do with the basil. wonderful! thanks!

This looks delicious! I went to Cafe Gratitude and had theirs recently so I’m really excited to make it for myself. Thanks so much for sharing.

Wow! Thanks for all of the great recipes and ideas- Please keep them coming. It’s inspiring and exciting to try new things and stay healthy at the same time.

Hi thanks for the recipe! Confused about the water though. I didn’t add it all and the pesto was still really runny. Help?

Have you authored a cook book, by chance? You have a real talent here-your food is delectablnts unique (and pack a nutrition punch)! I am quite a foodie & I’d love buy a recipe book(s) by you.

Check out the site http://www.eatseed.com for seed products. Great prices and cool site. Thanks for the recipes!

I just made this yesterday and it is divine!

I’m a huge hemp seed fan! And since I live in Canada I can buy them in bulk from a local farmer! I made this a few nights ago. It was delicious and it didn’t taste ‘hempy’ at all. I only used about 1/4 water though since it was already fairly liquidy. I didn’t add any oil and it was still rich and creamy.

I know what I’m making for dinner tonight.

Thank you for the recipe.
Brad

Looks delicious! I love hemp too and just snagged some samples packets from Whole Foods today.

Good luck with the rest of chemistry. As a former science teacher I can tell you it does get better!

I think basically all of your recipes are in my bookmarks so that I can make them when I get home. I hate being in the booneys. Send me some.

You are a genius at inventing recipes that appeal to both my taste buds and quest for nutrient density. It’s these types of super simple recipes using refreshingly few ingredients (!) that I typically already have on hand that tend to remain in my regular rotation. (I still can’t get over your sweet potato hummus…craving my next batch!)

I am so excited to make this pesto tonight. I am hoping you will catch up on those zzz’s this weekend. Have a wonderful one and take good care, Gena!

Gena, I am SO EXCITED to make this! This is such a GREAT idea. And I actually really love the nutty taste of hemp seeds. And love pesto. I’m slightly bummed now, because I’m going out of town today and won’t be back in my kitchen to try this for a couple weeks haha. BUT I’m also excited to get out of the city for a bit! ? Great recipe lady!

I love hemp too. I wish it wasn’t so expensive though. Sigh. I must try your pesto and the dip!!

drooling like crazy. why am i too cheap to buy a spiralizer, but spend $20 on dinner (at least) all the time. No logic!

This looks so delicious! I love pesto and have a lot of fresh basil growing…which means I’m definitely planning on trying this!

I love hemp seeds! I haven’t gotten as creative with them as you have. They’re mainly a smoothie staple for me. I should definitely try harder to incorporate them into my other meals. I have a whole bag of them sitting in my fridge. I wonder if they would still hold onto some of their nutritional value if baked into something…

I recently bought hemp seeds because of the frequency in which they appear on your blog and I love them so much.

I’ve eated hemp protien for a while and founds its taste to be a little bitter, so I was apprehensive about using the seeds, but I’m so glad I finally caved.

I will be trying this recipe.

I’m allergic to nuts so I can’t eat traditional pesto. I’ve made it with sunflower seeds but would never have thought to try hemp seeds. Thank you for this yummy-looking recipe!

I adore hemp too! Seeds, oil, soap, fabric – it’s all great. I love using hemp oil in my hummus for a nutty flavour.

Obviously I meant pesto* ?

I love this pest idea. It looks amazing!

Wow! Love all the info about hemp seeds. I’m a chia seed fanatic but haven’t heard too much about hemp…I once tried hemp milk but hated it, I think it was heavily sweetened. I’m definitely going to try out some recipes with hemp after this, thanks!

Woohoo, I’m a hemp fanatic too! ? Thanks for all the great recipe reminders! But the pesto recipe sounds divine, I can’t wait to try it this weekend!

Genius recipe. I love how this bowl o noodles is more than just noodles and sauce. I definitely prefer pesto sauces with zucchini noodles over raw tomato sauces. You can actually eat this one as a meal to satisfy my massive appetite.

Can’t wait until Chem is over so you can get some rest and we can finally see each other!

Oh, how I love hemp. Pretty funny actually…I’m currently chowing down on a HUGE kale salad, doused in a creamy smoked paprika dressing that uses hemp oil. mmmmm

Uuuuhhhh, that looks amazing! I think the edmame beans are such a neat addition! Crunch and color. Again, I am sending you love and wishing for you to have super human strength to get through your semester! But with all the amazing foods you are putting into your body, combined with your seemingly bottomless pit of will power, I have no doubts you will be amazing.

I make pesto all the time, but never thought of subbing hempseeds! Great idea..will definitely try it next time.

Perfect timing, as I just came into a boatload of both fresh basil and hemp seeds! A favorite tip of mine for excess pesto is to freeze it in ice cube trays. Once frozen, the little blocks of pesto can be thrown in a freezer bag and they will keep for a while. When you’re ready for pesto, simply take one or two cubes out and let thaw on counter. Thanks for the recipe, I really will be making it tomorrow!

A totally different pesto experience! Looks really delish.. I usually have pesto on my home made chicken pesto pizza, and this would be my next target for pesto! Thanks!

Hi Gena, I know this is all about hemp but in my country hemp is apparently “not for human consumption” so it’s not sold anywhere and I don’t think it can be imported/sent here.

Are there any alternatives to using hemp seed? I LOVE the look of your protein packed cheesy hemp kale chips but I don’t know what I can use instead of the hemp. I do have another fabulous kale recipe that uses only tahini, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, nama shoyu and garlic but I reeeeeally want to try yours! Thanks!

I have so many of your hemp seed recipes bookmarked, but I can never find hemp seeds anywhere. The day I do I’ll be eating like a king!

Order at iherb.com, ships to most of the world! great prices and fast service.

Don’t forget Amazon.com – I now find the most of my organic and raw products there…..like Hempseed (I know -it’s not raw) and that sometimes includes Free Shipping.

Hi Kaitlyn – Bob’s Red Mill carries them. They have displays in Whole Foods stores and other grocery chains nationwide. If you are outside of the U.S., they may ship to you via their online store. Check out: http://www.bobsredmill.com

Hemp + pesto = perfect fusion.

Rock out the rest of your chem course!!

love the idea of using hemp seeds, I am not a fan of pine nuts, well actually i hate them and my body does like them either…thank goodness for hemp seeds ?

and craving your chia house pudding, so good!

Thanks for this! I’m a lover of hemp seeds as well and have been thinking about doing a hemp pesto (since I’m also growing basil in the back yard this year)–now you’ve done it and I can make yours! Can’t wait to try it out. ?

brilliant idea! I just made pesto the other night and the pine nuts cost me a fortune for a teensy container. Hemp seeds aren’t cheap but they’re less expensive than pine nuts and better for you too. I will definitely be trying this recipe soon. Thanks!

I love your love for hemp- it’s definitely turned me on to the nutritional powerhouse seeds :)!
You never cease to amaze me with your creative recipes- can’t wait to try this one out! Hemp rocks ?

Great alternative to the regular pesto! Pine nuts are quite expensive, compared to the BIG buckets of hemp seed that I buy. Time to spiralize some zucchini! Good luck with your Chem and sleep ?

My brother got ambitious and bought a bag of hemp seeds and didn’t know what to do with them, so they sit and sit and sit. I just moved back home, so now I shall show him the greatness of hemp with your awesome recipes!! thanks!

I love hemp pesto! It’s probably one of my favorite pestos ever.

Interesting comments about sleep: I didn’t use to sleep much for years, but ever since I started turning around toward recovery from my lowest weight, I’ve generally needed 8 hours (the first year, I sometimes needed _12_–couldn’t believe it!) Sometimes I get away with 6 or 7, but not for long, and when I’m doing a lot of exercise (as I am now), I need at least 8 and sometimes 9. I often think that it would be wonderful to be able to get up two hours earlier, but it seems like something one really can’t push.

I love how your food is always so beautiful and well-rounded. I’m just coming off a stint of trying to go back to ‘mostly fruit’ (I shared in my last post how/why it hadn’t worked and thank goodness for my husband giving his feedback and thank goodness I could listen to him)–and have also noticed that reading about how ‘food reward’ correlates with obesity has led me to eschew all ‘rewarding’ foods most of the time. I’d love to talk with you about this whole thing sometime, trying to help others with my experience: for now, I’m thinking of instituting a challenge on my blog to make something ‘rewarding’ at least once a week.

Ela, I had the same experience with weight vs. sleep required. I must admit, I love the feeling of being able to sleep in.. Something I was never able to do while underweight. Despite the fact that I follow a healthy diet, I still need my 8+hrs!

Just yesterday I relinked all kinds of zucchini pastas of mine. It was amazing to me how many newish readers wrote in that zuke pasta was news to them or that they’ve never tried it. Guess I’ve been hanging out in the blogosphere too long; I assumed everyone uses raw zucchini as noodles ?

Love the hemp-errific post!

Hemp seeds are SO versatile and unlike cashews (or almonds!) no soaking time making them so nice for blending into things.

And I also love hemp towels and pants. Uber soft stuff!

And here in San Diego, I live next to about 17 dispensaries. Hemp ‘o plenty here ?

What a great idea to use hemp seeds in pesto! I need to give this a try.

This super healthy hemp seed pesto recipe is a perfect way to squeeze more protein and essential fatty acids into traditional pesto sauce.