By Gradi Jordan
Coming from a Mormon heritage, I learned the joys of Jell-O early, along with how to infuse it with cannabis, from my hippie mother. I wrote about it for Ladybud Magazine in 2014 (www.ladybud.com/2014/03/11/medicated-Jello-O-a-caretakers-dream) and hope it helps bring relief, as this tends to be a good option for patients with swallowing or appetite issues.
As parents, caretakers, physicians and all types of nurses and allied health professionals come to realize, respect, and acknowledge the benefits of cannabis, many are faced with the question of how best to administer the essential, extracted oils of the cannabis plant.
From butter to oil to tinctures to crampy muscle rubs and even capsules, the medicine is available from a variety of sources and will hopefully be available in all aspects throughout states such as Utah.
One recipe, which many Utah moms in particular might be familiar with, already is Jello-O gelatin – all kinds of Jello-O gelatin recipes, in fact. Jello-O is an innate part of Utah culture and, although the butt of many jokes, it is an essential part of the state’s culture during weddings, funerals, and holidays.
Jello-O can be made into many easy recipes that most patients can usually tolerate. By offering a variety of recipes that can be modified to fit a range of patients’ needs, this article will hopefully find an audience in those parents, caregivers and patients and offer some form of relief in a simple, home-kitchen-friendly recipes.
Jello-O recipes typically call for both hot/boiling water and cold water. To make medicated Jello-O, use hot water according to recipe, but replace the cold water with vegetable glycerin-based cannabis tincture(find recipe at https://pinkboots420.com/2019/01/05/learn-to-make-your-own-cannabis-tincture). Once the tincture is dissolved in the gelatin, the oils will be extracted.
Courtesy of WardRecipes com, an actual site dedicated to recipes from local Wards and Relief Societies and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, these recipes represent the best of Mormon Jello-O Culture:
STRAWBERRY JELLO-O SALAD
6 oz. pkg. strawberry Jello-O
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 ½ cup fresh strawberries
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cup non-dairy whipped topping
*You will need 1 ½ cup tincture for medicated version.
Clean berries. Mash with ½ cup sugar. Dissolve Jello-O in 2 cups boiling water. Add 1 ½ cups cold water (use 1 ½ cups tincture for medicated version), the strawberries, cottage cheese, and whipped topping. Pour into 9 x 12 inch glass pan. Stir once or twice as the salad is setting up.
BANANA PINEAPPLE SALAD
2 lg. pkgs. lemon Jello-O
No. 2 can crushed pineapple, drained, save juice
½ pkg. miniature marshmallows
4 bananas, quartered and sliced
2 Tbsp. flour
½ cup sugar
Juice from pineapple
1 egg, beaten
½ pt. whipped cream
Maraschino cherries, cut
*You will need 2 cups tincture for medicated version
Dissolve Jello-O in 2 cups boiling water. Add 2 cups cold water (substitute 2 cups tincture for medicated version). Then add pineapple (drained), marshmallows and bananas. Let cool until set. Stir flour and sugar into pineapple juice. Add egg. Stir and cook until smooth. Cool and add whipped cream, nuts, and cherries.
2 sm. (3-oz.) pkgs. lemon Jello-O
2 cup 7-UP (may use diet 7-UP or water)
1 (20-oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained, save juice
2 sliced bananas
2 cup small marshmallows
*Use up to 2 cups tincture for medicated version, substituting for 7-UP.
Dissolve lemon Jello-O in 2 cups boiling water. Add 2 cups 7-UP (substitute tincture for all or part of the 7-UP). Let sit until “mushy.” Mix Jello-O mixture, pineapple, bananas, and marshmallows. Let sit in a 9 x 13 inch dripper pan.
When set, make the following for topping:
2 T. flour
½ cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 cup pineapple juice, add water enough to make 1 cup
2 T. margarine
Combine flour, sugar, egg, and liquids and cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add margarine and let cool. When cool, mix with 1-cup Cool Whip. Spread over Jello-O mixture.
RASPBERRY JELLO-O SALAD
2 lg. pkgs. raspberry Jello-O
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
12 oz. Cool Whip
1 cup sugar
3 (10-oz) pkgs. frozen raspberries
*You will need 2 cups tincture for medicated version.
Dissolve Jello-O in 3 cups boiling water. Add frozen strawberries; stir until thawed. Add 2 cups cold water (substitute 2 cups tincture for medicated version). Take out 1 ½ cups Jello-O mixture and place in a separate container. Place remaining Jello-O in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Cover and chill until firm. Blend cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Combine Cool Whip and reserved Jello-O mixture. Gently stir together. Spread on top of the Jello-O and refrigerate.
Obviously, there is a plethora of recipes which most families in Utah are familiar with and can undoubtedly be utilized in all manner, and specifically according to the patients’ needs. You can create your own medicated Jello-O recipes or modify ones you find online or in cookbooks by substituting tincture for cold water.
By the way, the raspberry Jello-O recipe above is OUTSTANDING, a family favorite, medicated and non, for generations.
All caregivers, whether parent, friend or paid by the state, should be aware and familiar with options such as cannabis in various forms, and try to offer these options over any type of narcotic or other deadly prescription medication. Please enjoy all of these recipes responsibility and share them with any current cannabis patients or anyone who could possibly benefit from its use.
Gradi Jordan is a mom, cannabis job connector, marijuana curator, edible creator, writer and educator. Learn more about her and her work at https://pinkboots420.com.