When her mom Sherry began suffering from day-ruining migraines, daughter Suzanne had a remedy: try cannabis, Mom!
Sherry had been a recreational user in the past, but she found replacing her migraine meds with cannabis had amazing results. Suzanne saw an opportunity to create an organic, gourmet cannabis product that could be used as daily medicine, and thus Highland Pantry was born.
Rooted in these whole health values, Highland Pantry focuses on making versatile and delicious wellness edibles (wellibles) that are as nourishing as they are delicious. We love everything these ladies stand for, and we bet you'll love them and their amazing almond butter too!
Can you tell us a little bit about working with your mom for Highland Pantry? Did you always know cannabis was a part of her life, and if not, how did that conversation go?
Sherry: After a 25 year break from the recreational use of marijuana, my children suggested I try it again as a remedy for my migraine headaches. I’ve had migraines since I was a kid, but with the onset of menopause their frequency and intensity increased, along with my dosage of heavy medications. After taking 100 mg of summatriptan, there’s not much I can do effectively but sleep – and that usually results in relief from the headache. However, once I started medicating with cannabis, I was able to function through my day: work on the computer, phone, etc. – all with no pain. So I really have my daughter and son to thank for helping me with my pain relief!
Suzanne: As my mom was rediscovering the benefits of Cannabis, my mode of consumption shifted as well. Rather than consuming for purely recreational purposes, I began to use Cannabis as true medicine to help my scoliosis-related pain. Realizing how we were benefiting from this amazing plant, an idea took hold. I had been working to build a gourmet, small batch gluten free baked-goods brand called Rosewood Pantry and realized there was a real opportunity for products with the same integrity in the Cannabis space. Looking at the edibles landscape, we realized the space was already saturate with sweets! We knew there was a need for something new, something healthy, something organic and sugar free. So it seemed natural for us to merge our love of food with the desire to create products that are organic pantry staples anyone can enjoy while helping them build a nutritious snack or meal.
What makes almond butter such a great choice for a "wellible" (wellness edible)?
Our almond butter is made from organic almonds and cannabis oil, that’s it! Almonds are a non-mold, healthy fat that makes a perfect conduit for the absorption of cannabis in the body. Packed with protein and nutrients, each packet of HP almond butter is the perfect on-the-go snack to keep you balanced throughout your day, or night.
How do you like to incorporate almond butter into a typical day?
Suzanne: I like to take it on a hike, to yoga, or eat it in on toast as an afternoon snack
Sherry: My favorite is in a blueberry/banana smoothie, or slathered on an apple.
You guys seem like a socially-conscious company, which we love! What values do you think cannabusinesses need to incorporate into their products and services?
The pillars of HP’s philosophy are responsible medicine, community enrichment, and education. We believe these are core values any Cannabusiness should embody. Cannabis is about curing people. While we believe our product does just that, we know its not enough to stop there. We believe in the importance of “spreading the love” to everyone.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone starting their own cannabis & wellness company?
Understand your customers. Wellibles are not just sweet treats for stoners- not that there’s anything wrong with that!! Many times edibles are the only way that patients can find relief from their pain or discomfort. If their illness is also keeping them from eating, a protein-based edible serves the dual purpose of relieving their symptoms and delivering nutrients at the same time. So my advice is to keep in mind the whole well being of your patients.
Today, we have the honor of sharing Highland Pantry's newest recipe with you. Be sure to check out their site for more delicious ways to use their infused almond butters!
Tell us about this recipe!
A friend recently turned me on to this recipe (non-medicated, originally) and after trying it out with our CBD almond butter, it has become my go-to breakfast smoothie.
I always love to pair my cannabis with caffeine when I need a little pick me up and this easy, delicious morning meal is the perfect way to keep my body calm and my mind alert for whatever the day may bring. Not to mention, it is so yummy! Espresso gives this smoothie, and you, a little extra buzz.
The Buzzy Bee Smoothie
1 Highland Pantry Almond Butter packet (I used CBD for this one)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp honey (you can also use agave, or 1-2 dates)
3/4 cup almond milk (or milk you prefer, its a lso great with hemp milk)
2-4 shots of espresso, OR 1/4 cup cold brew OR 1/4 cup strong coffee (*you'll want to cool the coffee before using)
Knead & Squeeze your HP almond butter packet until contents are evenly distributed
Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor or Vitamix. Blend ingredients until combined and smoothie takes on your desired consistency.
*Add 1 extra shot of espresso for the extra pow!
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