Aromas and Recipes Abound in Cannabis-Focused Herbal Workshop
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A warm and familiar aroma filled the classroom at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism on Thursday. On the stove, beeswax pellets and CBD coconut oil melted together in a demonstration showing students how to create CBD-infused chapstick. A neighborhood cat, deemed Hercules by the VCIH staff, wandered through the classroom. The nearly-full workshop, Herbal Preps and Therapeutic Uses for Medical Cannabis, was taught by third year VCIH Clinical Intern Stephanie Boucher, who also works in the kitchen at the nearby Vermont Patients Alliance.
The workshop started with the basics of the cannabis plants, including the history of its medicinal use. Boucher led into more in-depth info on harvesting and preparing flower material, and recipes for salves, tinctures and hashes. In a nod to the VCIH, she also discussed the use of other herbs such as Jamaican Dogwood and Skullcap in combination with cannabis for a compound effect.
Boucher pointed to the importance of other herbs in treating ailments. In herbalism, she said, “I gravitated towards the medicine making piece of it … I really feel like in that workshop that cannabis is a gateway herb for introducing other herbs to people.”