When Joline Rivera walked out of her doctor’s appointment with a grocery list rather than prescribed pills, she started to view food as medicine for the very first time. This life-changing moment led her into the food industry where she continued to learn more about the relationship between food and treatment.
After witnessing a friend’s father suffer from lung cancer and seek relief from cannabis in the process, Joline discovered and connected with BeeFuse Technology who developed the method of honey infusion through bees. She worked with them to bring to market Red Belly Honey, the only honey in the world infused by bees.
One spoonful at a time, Joline makes believers out of skeptics. Red Belly Honey’s sweet jar of alleviation is the world’s first hemp honey infused by bees, not humans.
Hunter Lewis, Editor-In-Chief at Food & Wine magazine and previous CBD skeptic calls Joline a “culinary cannabis visionary”, and the publication itself says, “Red Belly Honey stands out in the wild, wild west of CBD as a product that actually deserves your attention.”
Joline’s sister company Kitchen Toke is the one and only media source dedicated to informing consumers about culinary cannabis for health and wellness. When you add cannabis to the recipe, you allow a fresh, transformative and innovative meal to enter the kitchen. Are you ready to give it a try? Here’s what you need to know to get started!
Healing your body with medicine is common and oftentimes a no-brainer, but when it comes to healing your body with cannabis, some people have reservations. It’s no secret that there’s a stigma. It’s where terms like stoner and pothead came to light. And even social media makes it hard for reputable cannabis businesses like Joline’s to market their verified products.
The bigger challenge is CBD brands can’t advertise on Google or most social networks.
While hemp is legal, the hashtag #CBD is still deemed unacceptable. If Joline were to add this organic label to a relevant Instagram or Facebook post of hers, it would increase the chances of her page getting shadow-banned, blocked and even removed. For those who don’t know, shadow-banning is a form of weeding out a user’s content. This ensures that people who do not already follow that account will never be able to see its feed.
“Not being able to use social media to promote is like running a business with one arm tied behind your back.” --Joline Rivera
Digital and social media marketers constantly stress the importance of using applicable hashtags to boost engagement, interaction and likes. So, imagine the crutch this causes for Kitchen Toke and Red Belly Honey. Instead, Joline uses hashtags like #infusedbybees, #functionalfood and #naturemade to reach her target audience.
Why settle for over-the-counter, nondescript drugs when you can pick out, prepare and cook the exact medicine that you’re putting into your body? A common misconception surrounding culinary cannabis is that it will automatically make you feel high. This is not the case. Joline says that adding cannabis to the mix won’t make you feel on-edge or anxious but will reduce any inflammation and pain that you’re experiencing.
All Joline asks is that you keep an open mind to these healthy alternatives, which is why she offers free, 6-gram snap packs of Red Belly honey to first-time customers. The convenient, travel-friendly packaging helps you relax when you’re away from home and perfect for when you’re on the go!
From refreshing ice pops to sweet tooth inspired popcorn treats, Joline’s cannabis-infused recipes will satisfy cravings and ease all tension! The Kitchen Toke website details dishes, snacks and desserts for you to incorporate into your meal prep routine!
A little something to take the edge off!
A refreshing tropical drink that combines tequila, cucumber juice, passion fruit juice, agave syrup, orange blossom water and CBD bitters. Consider topping the drink with kombucha, a flower garnish or cucumber.
Yum.. a teaser before the main course!
This dish combines tomatoes and minced garlic and is seasoned generously with salt and pepper, and tossed in oil and vinegar. Each side of the bread is brushed with olive oil and baked until toasted. This dish makes about 12 crostini and has about 3.8 mg THC each based on a 15% strain.
A taste of summer? Count me in!
The Coconut-Lime Ice Pops contain coconut milk, sugar, lime juice, zest and are infused with coconut oil. This chilled snack makes about 12 pops and has about 3.8 mg THC each based on a 15% strain.
Joline is the #1 source for culinary cannabis. Stay up to date with new product launches, recipes, blogs and more at redbellhoney.com and kitchentoke.com, and be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook at @redbellhoney, @kitchentoke and @jolinerivera!