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We've all heard of using apples as bongs but have you ever tried a pumpkin? Click here to read our pumpkin bong tutorial and a great THC pumpkin seed recipe. Soaking pumpkin seeds before roasting makes them exponentially more nutritious, easy to digest, flavorful, and crunchy! Learn how; it's easy! There are definite benefits to combining pumpkin, spice and cannabis and many ways to combine the benefits of pumpkin, spice and cannabis.

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Pumpkin Bong Tutorial + THC-Infused Pumpkin Seed Recipe

You’ve probably heard of using an apple as a pipe, but how about using a pumpkin as a bong? Pumpkin season is upon us, and we highly recommend giving this smoking apparatus a try. Not only is it an adorable creation to wow your friends with, but it makes for a uniquely tasty smoking experience as well!

Many people associate the flavor of pumpkins with pumpkin spice flavoring–cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.–but if you want to taste the true flavor of pumpkin, try using one as a bong. Shoutout to Nic Bailon at our Salem location for reminding me about this awesome fall festive cannabis craft!

You’ll need a pumpkin, a downstem, and a bowl piece to create your pumpkin bong.

To begin, choose your pumpkin. It should be big enough to accommodate some water and the downstem once it’s all emptied out. Beginners may want to look for a pumpkin on the smaller side so it doesn’t require quite as much lung capacity to inhale the smoke.

Next, carefully carve a lid into your pumpkin around the stem. Remove the lid and set it aside.

Then, the fun part: Don’t be afraid to get your hands messy! And don’t throw away those guts and seeds just yet; you might want them (more on that later)…

Fill the pumpkin with some water and replace the lid.

Next, choose a spot to place the downstem and carve a small hole to fit it. This part can be tricky, because the downstem should fit as snugly as possible–so take your time with it!

Drill or cut out another small hole for air intake (where your mouth will go). Optional: Insert a Moose Labs MouthPeace into the air intake hole for added comfort and a more bong-like experience.

Pack your bowl with the cannabis of your choosing, and light it up!

So what about those pumpkin guts & seeds from earlier? There are uses for both, but first, you’ll have to separate the guts from the seeds. The guts can be pureed in a food processor and used in recipes in place of pumpkin puree. The seeds make a great snack roasted in the oven, but we can do one better: Coat the pumpkin seeds in cannabis-infused coconut oil before roasting them to make a healthy, fall festive edible option!

Remember that pumpkins are biodegradable, so we don’t recommend using your pumpkin bong for any longer than a day or two. Once you’re done smoking out of it, just remove the downstem and it’s all prepped to make a jack-o’-lantern!

Crunchy Soaked & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Are you carving pumpkins, or perhaps cooking up a meal with fresh whole pumpkin? Don’t let the seeds go to waste! Instead, try our soaked and roasted pumpkin seeds recipe. Sure, you could skip the soaking and go straight to the roasting, and that is admittedly the quicker option. However, I think you’ll be intrigued to read more about the benefits of soaking pumpkin seeds before roasting them. It’s the only way we ever do it! Don’t worry, they’ll still be plenty crunchy. More crunchy than ever in fact.

Did you know? You can use this roasted pumpkin seeds recipe with any type of hard winter squash seeds. Butternut squash, acorn squash, hubbard squash, spaghetti squash – you name it! Like pumpkin seeds, all winter squash seeds are edible and highly nutritious.

Are roasted pumpkin seeds good for you?

Heck yes, and even more so once they’re soaked! Pumpkin seeds are notoriously rich in minerals, including magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, and zinc. They also contain notable amounts of protein, vitamins K and B2, folate, potassium, healthy (polyunsaturated) fats, and antioxidants. Compared to shelled pumpkin seeds you’re likely to buy in stores, homemade roasted pumpkin seeds with the outer shell still intact contain even more fiber. Fall season aside, we buy these organic sprouted pumpkin seeds to add on top of salads chili, soup, sautéed veggies, and other meals – all year long!

Why soak pumpkin seeds before roasting?

Fresh roasted pumpkin seeds can be a bit tough – both in texture, and on your belly. But soaking pumpkin seeds in a mild salt water brine before roasting them provides several benefits that help!

Increased nutritional value

Soaking pumpkin seeds reduces phytic acid content. Considered an ‘anti-nutrient’, phytic acid is a natural substance commonly found in grains, legumes, nuts and seeds – including pumpkin seeds. Phytic acid binds with minerals and thereby inhibits our bodies from absorbing those minerals, along with vitamins, proteins, and other nutrients in food. Phytic acid can also exacerbate unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms for some people, such as bloating and gas.

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Yet when you soak pumpkin seeds in water, it activates the sprouting process and neutralizes much of the phytic acids along with other enzyme inhibitors. This means soaked and roasted pumpkin seeds are more nourishing – because all those stellar nutrients in them are now more bioavailable! They are also easier to digest. This follows the same reasoning as why sourdough is healthier than other bread, or why sprouted grains and seeds are popular ‘health foods’.

Better flavor and texture

While it may seem counterintuitive, soaking pumpkin seeds before roasting them actually results in crunchier finished pumpkin seeds! The soaking process helps soften the otherwise chewy exterior shell of the seed, enabling it to crisp up better in the oven. Combined with the reduced phytic acid content, this makes soaked and roasted pumpkin seeds more gentle on your stomach and more enjoyable to eat! Finally, soaking pumpkin seeds in salt water means that some of the salt is absorbed and helps to flavor the seeds more deeply.

Flexible timing

Again, soaking pumpkin seeds before roasting is totally optional, but I find it worth the effort. And even though it’s technically an ‘extra’ step, I find it adds additional flexibility to your cooking schedule. Rather than rushing to roast the pumpkin seeds immediately after cleaning them out from the pumpkin, they can simply hang out in a bath until you’re ready for them. Or, you could even drain them after their extended soak, pop them in the fridge, and roast them a few days later.

HOW TO SOAK AND ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS

Ingredients & Supplies Needed

  • Fresh pumpkin seeds. You can use jack-o-lantern pumpkins, decorative pumpkins, baking pumpkins, or other hard winter squash seeds. For this particular batch of soaked and roasted pumpkin seeds, we used the seeds from several sugar pie pumpkins. The pumpkins were roasted too – to make a big batch of our favorite three-bean pumpkin chili (vegan) plus a few jars of homemade pumpkin puree to save and use in recipes later.
  • Sea salt
  • Water (enough to soak the seeds in a bowl)
  • Seasonings of choice
  • Mixing bowl and strainer
  • A baking sheet

Instructions

  • Gather your fresh pumpkin seeds. Separate the seeds from the pumpkin flesh as much as possible. Rinse the seeds well in a colander. Then, transfer the pumpkin seeds to a clean bowl to soak in.
  • Quick tip: Rather than scooping everything out of the pumpkin (guts and seeds included) I find it is easiest to pinch and pull the pumpkin seeds away from the pumpkin flesh by hand while it is still firmly attached inside. Then I scrape the seed-free ‘guts’ out after.

Look how clean the seeds are already, before rinsing! That’s because I pulled them away from the pumpkin flesh instead of scooping it all out together.

Soak the Pumpkin Seeds

  • Next, create a mild salt water brine to pour over the seeds. Combine about 1/2 Tbsp of salt for every 2 cups of water used. The salt provides flavor, but also reduces the ability for any harmful bacteria to develop in the water, similar to a fermentation brine.
  • Leave the bowl out on the counter and allow the pumpkin seeds to soak for 6 hours minimum, up to 24 hours. If we gut our pumpkins in the morning, we let the pumpkin seeds soak all day and then proceed to the next step before bed (letting them air dry overnight). Or, when we’re cooking or carving pumpkins in the evening, we soak the seeds overnight and drain them in the morning. (You could also drain them and then store them in the fridge for a couple days before roasting if that works best for your schedule.)
  • Before roasting, it is best to let the soaked pumpkin seeds dry out a bit before they go in the oven. They’ll be the most crunchy this way!
  • First, drain the seeds in a stainer and shake away excess water.
  • Next, we dry our soaked pumpkin seeds by spreading them out on a clean, lint-free tea towel. Doing this on a baking sheet makes it easy to move them around as needed. If possible, let the seeds air dry for several hours, tossing them on occasion. We’ve also expedited the process by patting them dry and proceeding to the next step sooner.

Season

  • Now is the time to get creative and season your soaked pumpkin seeds however you see fit! Keep it simple with a sprinkle of sea salt, or go all out and add a tasty mix of several seasonings. In this particular batch, we used coconut oil, salt, and a sprinkle of paprika.
  • Place the soaked pumpkin seeds (now fairly dry) in a bowl to toss with seasonings and evenly coat them.
  • At minimum, I recommend using melted coconut oil, butter, or olive oil plus a sprinkle of sea salt. We don’t usually measure, but about 1 tablespoon of melted oil or butter per two cups of pumpkin seeds is a good ballpark.
  • Sprinkle salt over as you would when seasoning vegetables or popcorn, but keep in mind they’re already mildly salty from the salt water soak. You can always add more later!
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Ideas for roasted pumpkin seed seasonings

Create savory roasted pumpkin seeds with the addition of paprika, garlic salt or garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle seasoning, curry powder, ‘everything but the bagel seasoning’, powdered ranch seasoning, nutritional yeast, or parmesan cheese.

You could also go the sweet route and make candied pumpkin seeds by using cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and even a little ginger powder, brown sugar or maple syrup. Check out our Sweet & Salty Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts recipe as a similar idea!

Roast the Pumpkin Seeds & Enjoy!

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Spread the pumpkin seeds out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Optional: line the baking sheet with a silicone mat or tin foil for easy clean-up.
  • Bake the soaked pumpkin seeds for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, until lightly golden and crunchy. Stir and toss the seeds several times throughout the process to promote even roasting, about every 15 minutes.
  • Keep in mind that soaked and roasted pumpkin seeds will be more chewy straight out of the oven, but will crisp up as they cool!
  • Once your roasted pumpkin seeds have fully cooled, transfer them to an airtight container with a lid for storage like this glass flip-top jar.

Can you eat whole pumpkin seeds?

Yes, you can absolutely eat whole pumpkin seeds. No need to remove the shell; just pop them in your mouth as-is! In the grocery store, you mostly see green-colored shelled pumpkin seeds. However, the outer shell of the pumpkin seed is 100% edible, and contains a lot of beneficial minerals and fiber too! And as we’ve already explored, soaking pumpkin seeds in salt water before roasting helps to make the normally tough, chewy outer shell more crunchy and much easier to digest.

That’s all there is to it!

All in all, you can’t go wrong with soaked and roasted pumpkin seeds. They’re delicious, extra nutritious, and incredibly easy to make. Not to mention, making homemade roasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect zero-waste solution to fall festivities or recipes that involve whole pumpkins. I hope you love this crunchy snack as much as we do!

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Is There a Relationship Between Cannabis and Pumpkin Spice?

Many of us grew up with the familiar scent of pumpkin pie around the holidays. The fragrance and taste of pumpkin and spices that enhance it has evolved into a significant market in the USA, especially during the fall months. You can find pumpkin spice products in just about every corner of your local store. Most of the appeal comes from terpenes, or the chemicals that give plants, fruits, and vegetables their appealing aroma and taste. Like pumpkin, cannabis also contains terpenes; they give the plant and flower a distinctive smell and flavor based on which ones are present in a particular strain. Each terpene has specific properties that can help medical cannabis patients treat their health conditions more effectively. Visiting one of our Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors to receive your recommendation can help set you on the road to treating your health conditions more effectively. Take a 5-minute eligibility survey to see if you pre-qualify for a Florida medical marijuana recommendation today!

Long before stores began mass-marketing pumpkin spice products, lots of Americans grew up knowing the smell and taste of pumpkin pie in the fall. The combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and clove creates a familiar and somewhat comforting fragrance that lifts our mood and helps us relax. Terpenes give off an unmistakable odor and create the taste we recognize year after year.

    • Limonene , the most abundant terpene found in pumpkin, has shown anti-inflammatory, stress-relieving, and anti-oxidant properties. It can also help lift your mood and may help provide protection from anxiety and cancer growth. In addition, it has been found to help with the absorption of other terpenes, particularly those found in cannabis. (1)
    • Pinene (α-pinene and β-pinene) acts to help us focus and stay alert. It influences the part of the brain responsible for regulating depression and mood; has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties; helps prevent the growth of cancer cells; acts as a bronchodilator; and can decrease oil production in patients with overly oily skin. (2, 3)
    • Linalool has proven pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to increase the effectiveness of anti-microbials via the entourage effect. In addition, it helps relieve stress and acts as a sedative; and is an effective mosquito deterrent. Linalool also has the ability to act as an anti-convulsant, proving to benefit people with seizure disorder. (4)
    • Myrcene, found in nutmeg, has a sedative effect as well as helping relieve chronic pain and inflammation. It is also a muscle relaxant and can help increase the absorption of cannabinoids in the body. (5, 6)
    • Carophyllene is a unique terpene because it has the ability to bind to and activate CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Present in cinnamon and cloves, it is helpful in treating anxiety, inflammation, and depression. It also has antioxidant properties and has shown potential in helping treat alcohol addiction. (7)
    • Camphene, found in cinnamon, is a powerful pain reliever, acting both on the body’s response to and perception of pain. This terpene also demonstrates potential as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, particularly when the inflammation is located in the lungs. It is important to note that camphene is highly combustible and can release carcinogenic smoke when brought to a high temperature, so it is best consumed in a tincture or used as part of a topical preparation. (8)
    • Zingiberene is a terpene native to many plants including ginger. It provides the ability for these plants to resist insect infestation and can actually be toxic to certain pests. [6]-gingerol, which transforms into zingiberene, has been shown to limit the growth of colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer cells. (9)
    • Bisabolol, also a component of ginger, has many benefits. It acts to help decrease inflammation and pain, lessens irritation due to injury or illness, and has antimicrobial as well as anti-oxidant properties. (10)

    There are definite benefits to combining pumpkin, spice and cannabis. Pumpkin contains complex carbohydrates as well as vitamins B and E, which have been shown to help improve mood and boost serotonin production in the brain, helping to ease symptoms of depression or the blues. Avoiding too much protein intake when eating pumpkin will help limit protein’s tendency to block serotonin production. (10) When consumed alongside cannabis, pumpkin can stimulate the mind and energize the body while helping your body relax.

    There are many ways to combine the benefits of pumpkin, spice and cannabis. Here are just a few ideas:

    • Infuse cannabis extract or distillate into butter or oil and use it in your favorite pumpkin pie, or cookie recipe.
    • Make a pumpkin cheesecake using canna-butter instead of regular butter or margarine when you prepare the crust. (11)
    • Slowly infuse cannabis extract or distillate into milk and use it to make a cannabis/pumpkin spice latte. (12)
    • Use canna-butter as an ingredient in pumpkin soup. (13)
    • For a new twist on an old favorite, make some cannabis pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. The pumpkin adds moisture to the cookie mix, keeping it from drying out. (14)

    While terpenes are an important part of cannabis, they are present in all plant matter. They contribute to the taste and odor of plants as well as helping protect them from insect infestation and destruction. They benefit humans as well by providing protection from cancer, relieving pain and swelling, slowing the process of diseases that attack the nervous system, and improving mobility. In addition, they have proven effective in slowing or stopping the progression of cancer cell growth. Terpenes have also been shown to improve mood, relieve the symptoms of depression, and ease anxiety. They can help patients with respiratory issues breathe more easily by relaxing breathing passages. As time passes and more studies are done, the benefits of cannabis and its components will continue to be revealed. Learning how cannabinoids, terpenes, and other substances present in cannabis and other plants will help us cope better, have less pain, and enjoy a more positive outlook on life. Speak to one of our Medical Cannabis Doctors about the best product, dose and route for your situation.

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