Have you gone to a dispensary and seen a strain called “Kosher Kush?” Well, it may not be just a name. In fact, a Rabbi may have blessed the seeds for the Cannabis plant it comes from!
Yaakov Cohen, who wrote a first-person piece on ‘Newsweek,’ noted his background before explaining the process. “I was already involved in kosher certification before, so when I got to San Antonio I became head of the local kosher agency. I got most of my training and experience there, and when I left San Antonio for Houston, I started my own kosher agency.”
During this time, his 5-year-old son was diagnosed with Brain Cancer, and after trying every form of treatment including chemo, which was very hard on his son, they began looking to Cannabis for a solution.
“We flew to California and hooked up with a doctor, who gave us a prescription for raw cannabis flowers that we had to juice. Because, according to the doctor, if you juice the raw flower, it has all of the beneficial properties without the psychoactive effects,” said Cohen. Shortly after beginning this process, Cohen found out how hard it was to obtain the medicine his son needed while not residing in California. They tried other forms of treatment, and even flew to Manhattan to try another experimental treatment before passing away.
Others began approaching Cohen for Cannabis advice, and eventually led to him getting involved in the Cannabis Community, and work with others to offer Kosher forms of Cannabis including speaking with other Cannabis companies at MJBiz Conference (MJBizCon).
For those who are confused as to WHY Cannabis would need to be Kosher, here are some tidbits of information from Cohen:
- “Because for many Jewish people, the legality or illegality of cannabis is only half the problem. The other half is they cannot know if what they are consuming is kosher or not—if its production abides by Jewish dietary laws.”
- “Kosher laws specify what we can eat (cloven-hoofed animals, like cows; and sea creatures that have scales and fins, like fish), and excludes everything else. Bugs, for instance, are out—just like shrimps are. So, if you were chewing on raw cannabis leaves, and these leaves were infested with bugs, and you accidentally ingested those—that would be a transgression.”
- “… gummies and capsules: both are often made with gelatin, which is basically melted cow bones—or even pig bones. Not appetizing to begin with, but the issue for us is that even a cloven-hoofed animal is not kosher unless it’s been ritually slaughtered. So, if you’re consuming cannabis in gummy form, you have no way of knowing that the gelatin is kosher.”
Judging by the notes over a few articles checked, you should always check with the dispensary you are buying from when purchasing a “Kosher” labeled product to make sure it’s truly Kosher. That includes anything from Flower to Edibles to Concentrates!
ABOUT KOSHER KUSH
According to Leafly, “Kosher Kush, offered now in seed form from DNA Genetics, originated in Los Angeles as a clone-only strain. Winner of High Times Cannabis Cup’s Best Indica in 2010 and 2011, as well as Best Strain in 2011, Kosher Kush produces staggering levels of THC. Known as one of the most odiferous OG Kush-related strains, it has a unique yet familiar smell reminiscent of rich earth and fruit, and is considered by many to be one of the tastiest smokes around. The high experienced is typical of many heavy strains, producing pronounced relaxation and pain relief, with sleep often following close behind.”
WHERE CAN I FIND KOSHER KUSH
Check Weedmaps to see where you can locate Kosher Kush in your area by clicking here.
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