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Freeganism and Cannabis: The Intersection of Hyperlocal Giving

Freeganism and Cannabis: The Intersection of Hyperlocal Giving

Freeganism is a philosophy of restricted investment in the customary economy and insignificant utilization of assets, especially through recuperating squandered merchandise like food. “Freegan” is a portmanteau of “free” and “vegan.” While freegans try not to purchase animal items as a demonstration of dissent against animal exploitation and capitalism, freegans, from a certain perspective, abstain from purchasing as much as possible as a demonstration of opposition against the food framework overall.

Freeganism is frequently presented as inseparable from “dumpster diving” for disposed of food, in spite of the fact that freegans are recognized by their relationship as an enemy of consumerism and against the industrialist belief system. Freegans engage in various practices besides urban foragings, such as wild foraging, urban gardens, sharing, trading, homesteading, guerrilla gardening, community gardens, community potlucks, community meals, sharing travel resources, community bicycle programs, free markets, skill shares, free stores, freecycles, and living off the grid entirely.

The Freegans’ objective of limited participation in private enterprise and strategies of recuperating squandered merchandise imparts components from the “Diggers.” The Diggers were an anarchist street theater group situated in Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco during the 1960s that coordinated free lodging and centers while offering rescued food. “Freegan” itself was supposedly concocted in 1994 by Keith McHenry, the creator of “Food Not Bombs.” This organization is an anarchist group that offers vegetarian and vegan meals as a dissent against militarism and as an approach to giving “solidarity, not charity.”

Freeganism’s underlying experts and precursors like Food Not Bombs were expressly hostile to industrialists, contending that private enterprise is liable for over-the-top utilization, the maltreatment of human workers and non-human creatures, and the misuse of assets. Freegans’ way to deal with hostile to private enterprise is comprehensively revolutionary in direction: rather than trying to hold onto state influence, freegans guarantee to be occupied with “prefigurative legislative issues,” utilizing squandered assets to construct another general public “in the shell of the old” in view of the upsides of “local area, liberality, social concern, opportunity, participation, and sharing.” Freegan practices, in principle, reject the commoditization of essential necessities, the basics of financial development, and an economy in light of cash trade, instead opting for liberating giving or sharing.

Freegans’ dismissal of veganism is regularly attached to their revelation of food squander, assessed as up to 40% of the food supply in the United States and other Western countries. For some, insights about the biological effects of food squander up to 12% of worldwide cropland and 23% of worldwide freshwater goes to create food which is never consumed-which includes vegan food products. Besides, the presence of vegan food in-store commercial chain dumpsters shows, as per some freegans, that the vegan hypothesis of social change is imperfect.

It has been claimed that being a vegan does not imply living an ethical life. Yes, vegans want to live a cruelty-free life. But a life that is environmentally sensitive, organic, fair trade, anti-consumerist, localist, and ethical? Freegans are persons who carry the concept of living a moral life to its logical conclusion. Although the vast majority of freegans are vegans or vegetarians, a tiny percentage will consume meat, dairy, or use other animal products such as wool if it would otherwise be wasted. All while keeping their impact on the environment to a minimum.

    With the advent of buy-nothing groups, free cycles, and community swapping — cannabis has long been a staple of the freegan community for decades. Seed sharing, clone swapping, edible bartering, flower gifting, sharing fan leaves for juicing, trading growing supplies, and trading genetics are just some examples of how freeganism intersects with the cannabis community. I have long been involved in this hyperlocal gift-giving community regarding cannabis since I was a teenager in 1997. That is why I find it important to spread this information as I get older so that we all can live a more mindful and sustainable life together. Legalization is wonderful; however, to be trapped within the confines of a capitalistic system, just like veganism, the cannabis industry can become something far removed from its original intent.

The following recipes first appeared in my 2012 cannabis cookbook, “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution- The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine,” traditionally published by Green Candy Press. It was the first cannabis pairing cuisine or strain-specific cannabis cookbook and was based on my 2010 strain edible pairing blog “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution.” Later in 2015, these recipes made their way into Munchies Vice, Bong Appetit for their first season before it became the show that we know it for today. Now, pairing cannabis strains with specific recipes or flavors is all the rage. Why these recipes, you ask? Because tomato season (May – October) is coming up and these would be the perfect fruit besides cannabis (a dray fruit!) to get involved in with your hyperlocal gift-giving community. A challenge for you: Try to get as many ingredients listed below for free by getting involved in a local freegan community. Good luck and enjoy!

Super Lemon Haze Olive Oil

Mise en place:

14 grams fully cured Super Lemon Haze

8 ounces olive oil


1) Decarb the flower at 220 degrees for 25 minutes on a lined cookie sheet. Pull from the oven and proceed to the next step.

2) On the stove, add the olive oil and ground cannabis (use your fingers to grind it up) into a double boiler, then turn the stovetop onto a medium-low setting. Make sure to stir in the ground cannabis completely so that the oil covers it.

3) Cook this mixture for 1 hour, then remove from the heat and strain with a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a measuring cup.

4) After the olive oil cools completely, pour it into a sterilized glass bottle of your choice, then secure the cap tightly. Store your cannabis-infused basic olive oil in the refrigerator. This olive oil will have a shelf life of 1 month when refrigerated.

*As a precaution, under no circumstances should the cannabis have any traces of moisture content left in them. Any amount of water no matter how minute will create the perfect environment in the oil to breed bacteria and can create toxins such as botulism.

Make sure the cannabis is 100% cured before infusing. If at any point the bottle begins to cloud, throw it away immediately as this means sources of contamination have taken root in your oil.

Product Yield:

This recipe for Super Lemon Haze Olive Oil produces 16 tablespoons or 48 teaspoons.

Product Dose:

Always shake the bottle before dosing. Start with one teaspoon, then work your way up to one tablespoon if needed.

If Super Lemon Haze’s THC content tests around twenty-five percent, then twenty-five percent of 1,000mg would be 250mg per gram. Substitute the number of your THC percentage and do the math to figure out your desired dosage per tablespoon. The whole process of cannabis extraction into oil has many variables. Therefore, always remember this and know that this dosage is a close estimate. Oven fluctuations, stovetop fluctuations, growing/curing errors, human cooking errors, or even misreading THC percentages on store brought products are small examples of errors that can happen. Be aware of this whenever you make edibles for yourself or others, as it can have an impact on home product quality.

Central Italian Super Lemon Haze Bruschetta

Mise en place:

6 plum tomatoes

8 fresh basil leaves

See Also

3 medium sized fresh mozzarella balls

3 cloves garlic

1 shallot

1 fresh small baguette

1 ounce Super Lemon Haze Olive Oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Sea salt and pepper to taste


1) Coarsely chop the tomatoes, basil leaves, mozzarella balls, garlic, and shallot. Gather all the coarsely chopped ingredients into a bowl and add the Super Lemon Haze Olive Oil.

2) Now add the balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and pepper. Toss the mixture until well lubricated by the oil and balsamic vinegar.

3) Slice the fresh baguette and lay the slices in an ungreased pan. Put the pan under your broiler in the oven for 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown and crispy.

4) Pull from the oven and spoon your tomato mixture onto the pieces of bread while the bread is warm. Serve immediately as an appetizer.

Product Yield:

This recipe for Central Italian Super Lemon Haze Bruschetta is merely an appetizer for up to 6-12 people and is intended to be a light dose of cannabis in case you plan to follow up with another medicated dish.