Keeping Cannabis Kosher: Celebrating the High Holidays | Edibles Magazine™
When you think of a someone who sells weed, you probably don’t picture an Orthodox Jew. But mom and pop team Shifra & Alex Klein of Mitzva Herbal Collective, located in West Hollywood, California, are not your typical Orthodox Jews. We sat down the other day to discuss this exciting brand new niche of the cannabis industry. Alex described it as filling a void that they’ve seen in the community. There are so many Orthodox Jews who are ill and could use cannabis to relieve their symptoms but either can’t or won’t go to a dispensary for fear of being seen and the stigma attached to it; and even if they could, cannot eat most edibles since they are not kosher.
Kosher food has to be prepared in a certain way and with certain ingredients. When it comes to medicinal needs, a rabbi will usually allow it, but why have to eat something not kosher if you don’t have to! They explained that they wanted to include observant Jewish people, but not necessarily cater only to them. Also, they pointed out that a lot of non Jews also prefer kosher products because their ingredients are cleaner and more pure than non kosher products. “We knew this Rabbi in our community who was sick with cancer. He had been undergoing chemo and had gotten down to 90 pounds. They could no longer continue his treatment because he was too weak,” Shifra explains. “We got him some product and he got his appetite back, he was less nauseous, and was able to keep his food down again. He’s now back up to 140 pounds and is able to start chemo again. His daughter called us and said, ‘I don’t know if you understand how the morale of the house has changed, seeing your parent live again.
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