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Fibromyalgia, Cannabis & a Healthy Lifestyle

By: Rachel Grano
Founder of Cannabliss Health

I have always been drawn to cannabis, I grew up with her and she’s travelled with me most of my life except during pregnancy, early motherhood and during jobs prohibiting it. I love her smell, the way she tastes and most importantly how she makes me feel. I had no idea why cannabis worked so well for me in managing my plethora of life debilitating symptoms, until my fascination with the Endocannabinoid System was revealed!

I am a self-taught cannabis educator, with the most important lesson being my own experience. Several years ago I was involved in a high-speed, rear-end collision leaving me in a constant state of severe pain. I was prescribed an abundance of pharmaceuticals in an unsuccessful attempt to ease my severe, at this point, unexplained symptoms. I was referred to every specialist imaginable and even completed over a YEAR of physical therapy before finally receiving the diagnosis of having Fibromyalgia. Not that having a label for a myriad of symptoms helped me in any way, since the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown leaving treatment more than difficult. I personally experience chronic widespread body pain, specifically in my neck, back and hips, as well as chronic fatigue, diminished cognitive ability, insomnia, anxiety and depression. All these symptoms are indicative of a failing Endocannabinoid System according to Dr. Ethan Russo, a neuroscientist who is a pioneer in researching the ECS. He believes, as do I, that these conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and irritable bowel syndrome, with unknown epidemiology and no know cure, are caused by an underlying Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency.

My health was steadily declining and I felt lost, scared and alone. Then, my long lost sister, Mary Jane re-entered my life and I started to see a change. Living in CA at the time enabled me safe and legal access to medical cannabis, which I began to use to self-treat my symptoms. Even as a once experienced user, I had no clue how to get the full benefits from it and the products available at the time were mostly high in THC and didn’t contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids necessary to create the entourage effect. This lack of guidance I experienced when I first started using cannabis medicinally instead of recreationally is what drives me to help teach others how to safely supplement with cannabis in self-treating various conditions.

What I did know, is that the pharmaceuticals I was being prescribed were causing more symptoms and actually making my condition worse! I effectively supplemented with cannabis to titrate myself off ALL of these DRUGS including OPIOIDS! During that time, I also changed the other things I was putting into my body; I eliminated alcohol and consumed an anti-inflammatory diet, which led to the loss of over 60 pounds and to the start of getting my life back! Starting to feel better physically enabled me to start working on my mental health. With the help of cannabis, I was able to open mind further and look inward to find my own spirituality that had been missing throughout my entire life. Having gained an understanding of how to utilize food as medicine and adding routines including self-love, meditation and a clean diet to my cannabis regimen, has created an over all sense of well-being that has brought me as close as possible to having a handle on this debilitating condition.

Unfortunately, financial circumstances forced us out of California back to my hometown in North Carolina, which is a prohibition state. Not having the safe and legal access to medical cannabis I once had, left me in quite a position and back in a substantial amount of pain. I have dedicated the last year to researching legal CBD and other cannabinoids naturally present in hemp, which are not prohibited by law here, and how they can be combined with terpenes present in other foods to help enhance the legally low (0.3%) THC available.

This research inspired me to create Cannabliss Health, an education initiative in my area to teach the public about the Endocannabinoid System and how highly effective cannabis is at treating a vast majority of chronic conditions. It is also what sparked my long time cannabis advocacy to be ignited into activism enabling me to speak out against the injustice of prohibition. I recently took a position with North Carolina NORML (National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws) on the board as the communications director to really make an impact in changing the conservative minds and utilizing the platform to help educate others and empower them to change minds as well in hopes of restoring our fundamental human rights to cannabis. 

Cannabis & Intimacy

By: Shannon

In 2008 I quit smoking cigarettes and cannabis to prepare my body for getting pregnant. Six years later after two babies, one 2nd degree tear and an emergency c-section, my body was a wreck, sex then became painful. It became so painful at times I just couldn't do it, not to mention the exhaustion from two kids and working part time from home it was like my vagina decided that was it, she was done and closing up shop. My husband got a card from a dispensary and bought a vaporizer, he insisted I try it. I was apprehensive as my last experience smoking cannabis gave me severe anxiety but with the advice of a naturapath we tried the strain Maui Wowie vaporized at a low temperature. I was astonished when sex not only didn't hurt but I said to my husband these exact words "my vagina felt like velvet!". 


Next day, while visiting a local dispensary we saw a strain called "velvet vagina" and had a good laugh. I went home and researched this "velvet vagina" phenomenon and sure enough, many women told the same story after using cannabis to help with painful sex. Cannabis has had other health benefits for me but that one by far has been what has kept my sanity and my marriage together.
Shannon Chiarenza
Founder Weed Mama
weedmama.ca

How Cannabis is different NOWe

Article:https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/why-i-traded-in-my-wine-for-weed/



“Let me introduce you to the new world of weed, where women treat insomnia not with a sleeping pill but with a joint, ease cramps with a CBD capsule instead of Advil and unwind with a puff on a vape pen rather than a glass of vinho verde. Forget everything you know about pot and the people who use it — this is weed 2.0, and it’s so different from its previous iteration, it may as well have a different name. Which is why its proponents don’t call it weed, or pot or even marijuana. Instead, they refer to it by the plant’s proper name: cannabis.”

It’s Cannabis Basics Education Day and I am thrilled to share this article with you. I have read it atleast 6 times in the last two days and have the link saved in my notes so I can come back to it again and refer to it as needed.

This is an article by Carely Fortune, in MacLean’s magazine, sharing her personal experience of why she traded her wine for weed and how she “tried cannabis when she was younger” but didn’t like it and was so turned off by it she never wanted to try it again. Girls, I know there are some of you out there shaking your head like YES ME TOO- and you are not alone!
I hear this a lot- but I want to share the good news with you that cannabis isn’t like that anymore!

I feel like clapping just writing that. Cannabis is SO DIFFERENT than it was years ago and when you find the right Cannabis Coach, educator and source, your experience will add quality to your life and enhance your lifes’ experiences! ☀️


This is exactly what Casey discovered and so much more. This is a must read for you, your sisters, your mom, your grandmother, your step moms, the woman that are like your family even though you’re not related, your tribe, your daughters, your work buddies- this is for YOU!
Pic: MacLeans.ca

A Quick Bite on Edibles

By: Brittany Chaffee


Let’s talk all things edible! Except for panties - at least not today. In the past few years, cannabis-infused eats and treats have made a huge wave in the cannabis market. While you’ll still find the old reliable pot brownie at your local dispensary, you’re now bound to find an assortment of candies and beverages that’ll tickle your taste buds and your brain. From taffies, mints, and gummies to sodas, coffees, and “mocktails” - the marijuana menu is endless. You can literally create any simple or gourmet cannabis concoction you crave with an infused oil, butter, or ghee. And for all the bacon lovers out there, I’ve even met a girl who infuses bacon fat for some of her recipes (sorry ladies and gentlemen, she’s not single).

If you ever find yourself wanting to get creative in the kitchen and infuse some flower, the most crucial step is to decarb it. Decarb is short for decarboxylation which is the process that activates the THC/CBD in the cannabis flower. See, raw cannabis starts out with THCa/CBDa and doesn’t have any psychoactive effects - hence why just eating.the flower won’t do much but get weed in your teeth. Totally a waste and no fun! Cannabis has to be burned or heated to a certain degree for the desired effects to take place. So, heat the little “a” away in THCa and have yourself a better day. Poetry.

Now, edibles can be tricky when it comes to consumption. Since everyone metabolizes what they ingest differently, results can absolutely vary. The key to an enjoyable edible experience is to start slow and small. Take note of how your mind and body feel before consuming cannabis in any method, but especially with this one. Try to be aware of any changes you might be feeling. If after 90 minutes you have no desired effect setting in, then try another small portion of whatever you’re consuming and wait it out. Seriously...wait...it...out.

Though edibles are a tasty way to medicate, they aren’t for everyone. Effects can last anywhere from two hours all the way up to 12 hours or more depending on the dosage. If you find yourself too high for too long stay hydrated, grab a healthy snack, and get artsy in that adult coloring book you haven’t had time for. You’re gonna be juuust fiiiiine. On the other hand, some people never feel effects from eating cannabis no matter how high of a dosage they consume. This is due to a deficiency in the enzyme that breaks down THC in the body. Luckily you can still explore other consumption methods such as sublingual, vaping, smoking, or even suppositories (yes, I said suppositories) and find what works best.

By: Jessie a.k.a. The Mommy Jane

Most of us have heard by now that, “Eating mango before you ingest, increases the effects of Cannabis” but have you ever wondered why? The answer is in the terpenes. There are 30,000 different types of terpenes found in nature, hundreds being in the cannabis sativa plant. Terpenes are an aromatic compound responsible for the smell and flavor of most plants, and play a big role in the over all sensory effect and experience with each unique Cannabis strain (cue Entourage Effect).


Terpenes are what give cannabis noteworthy scents like bubble gum and familiar flavors such as grape in strains and in fruits (ex. Cotton Candy Kush and cotton candy grapes). They also manipulate how your head and body feel with THC and CBD. So when you eat a mango before smoking cannabis, you are consuming a specific terpene: Myrcene. This fragrant oil is in both indica-heavy medicinal strains and food such as mangos. Once ingested, the Myrcene cuts through the blood brain barrier to increase your intake of cannabinoids, which in turn, does in fact get you “higher”.

Cannabinoids are almost exclusively found in Cannabis, but terpenes found in Cannabis are found in other plants as well. So go ahead and stop and smell the Geranoil, it’s in every rose and geranium plant you’ve ever savored, and almost every Cannabis strain you’ve probably tried. Terpenes are meant to attract humans to seriously therapeutic plants like rose and geranium and cannabis. With that being said, the next time you're in a dispensary and are at a crossroads between strains, close your eyes and follow your nose. The terpenes will guide you to the strain your body needs, to give you the most out of the Cannabis plant.

Cannabinoids are almost exclusively found in Cannabis, but terpenes found in Cannabis are found in other plants as well. So go ahead and stop and smell the Geranoil, it’s in every rose and geranium plant you’ve ever savored, and almost every Cannabis strain you’ve probably tried. Terpenes are meant to attract humans to seriously therapeutic plants like rose and geranium and cannabis. With that being said, the next time you're in a dispensary and are at a crossroads between strains, close your eyes and follow your nose. The terpenes will guide you to the strain your body needs, to give you the most out of the Cannabis plant.

When you find the right terpene profile, you’ll know, because when your body has the perfect amount, you won’t feel altered at all. What you will feel is complete and whole. That’s the Entourage Effect of THC, CBD, and Terpenes in harmony, and that is homeostasis, the true benefit of Cannabis. 

Cannabis & Tree Hugging

By: Cortney Cameron

I’d like to share one of the activities in the Nature Spirit Walks Tarot: 22 Sensory Activities to Enjoy in Nature book. The activity is “Tree Hugging” for the Strength card. I’ve also written an expanded introduction (not in the book). You can skip the introduction and head straight to the activity, if you’d like.

Introduction

Trees are ancient beings, not only in that they can individually live thousands of years, but also in that the first trees appeared hundreds of millions of years ago—in a shape that most people would recognize even today as a tree. Our planet is frequently termed the “blue planet” after its distinguishing seas, but “green planet” would be no less accurate a descriptor. An ocean planet would scarcely be recognizable as our own to today’s eye, so essential are trees to our world’s function and identity—and yet many millions of years ago, this was case. Taking the first step from the waters onto the sunbaked primordial lands, where the lifting embrace of water could no longer shield them from heat and gravity, trees invented vascular systems, roots, woody tissues, and protective cuticles. Arguably, the rise of trees paved the way for the rest of life who followed, moderating the climate with oxygen and stabilizing the land with their roots. Providing shade, shelter, food, and comfort from the dawn of our own species, many cultures a “Tree of Life” from the more abstract version in the Abrahamic Garden of Eden, to the more concrete World Tree motif that recurs in culture around the globe. A whole book could therefore attempt to document the spirituality of trees—indeed, many have—and still not fully capture the rich cultural traditions regarding these magnificent and ancient beings. What else could you anchor to one point in the ground, and providing it with nothing what sunlight, water, and dirt passively fell on that location, spiral into a grand structure a hundred feet tall?

One distinctive feature of trees as a mental group is that despite the inarguable diversity—from the baobab, dragon’s blood tree, redwoods, bamboo to rainbow eucalyptus—every tree seems cut from the same wood, so to speak. As few people would identify the silhouette of say, a dog, by the word “mammal” rather than the more specific canine descriptor, as would call the outline of a tree a “beech” rather than simply a tree. Perhaps, as animals ourselves, we are biased towards seeing these rooted entities, which operate on time scales far beyond our experience, as more similar to each other than we ourselves are to our locomotive brother-species. Conversely, perhaps a tree would name the image of a person and a cat as simply an “animal,” finding little difference between such creatures that rootlessly wander the face of the earth. On the other hand, perhaps our intuition that all trees share a kinship points to a deeper knowledge. Indeed, each month, new research finds that trees function as a mega-organism or society, communicating and sustaining one another through their roots or expansive fungal networks, such networks allowing them to nurture weaker members of their own species. In these communities, some trees are apparently “favored” more than others—perhaps the trees’ relatives—in much the same way humans tend to favor their own families. A few trees exhibit “maternal instincts” where they, through shading, force their young to grow slowly and steadily, developing a dense and sturdy wood, against the youngster’s wishes to shoot up as fast as they can (and developing weak wood in the process).

Finally, while many think of trees as unyielding, many trees are actually flexible so that they can move a bit in the wind without damage. This flexibility is a key aspect to such trees’ survival, reminding us that strength does not always mean being rigid and unbending but rather persevering and behaving justly. In fact, strength (or fortitude) is one of the four cardinal virtues and has been described as willful bravery or righteous action in the face of pain or hardship—or more succinctly as “endurance of the soul.”

Card: Strength
Theme: resilience; adaptability; courage; strength
Pay attention to: trees; rocks; ants; horses; large animals
Activity: Tree Hugging


Trees are ancient beings, not only in that they can individually live thousands of years, but also in that the earliest trees appeared hundreds of millions of years ago. The rise of trees paved the way for the rest of life to follow, moderating the climate with oxygen and stabilizing the land with their roots. Research continues to provide evidence that trees have their own intelligence, functioning as mega-organisms or societies, communicating and sustaining one another through their roots or expansive fungal networks. Trees have offered shade, shelter, food, and comfort since the dawn of humanity, and many cultures feature a “Tree of Life.”


On today’s Walk, connect with a tree that most catches your attention right now. For now, don’t worry too much about why you find yourself drawn to a particular tree—just follow your instincts.


Approach your chosen tree, noting its characteristics. Is it expansive and stately, a wise elder with many years of experience? Is it a youth, sprightly with great potential? Is its foliage sparse or bushy? What is the overall color? Note whether, in today’s wind, it sways or makes sound. Is this tree different from those nearby in some manner? Is it a loner, off by itself, or social, with a group?


As you arrive, place your hand on the bark. What color is it? Is it smooth or rough? Is it deeply creviced, so that your fingertips can probe the cracks? Do you see any other organisms, such as lichens or ants? Is there an aroma? Turn your gaze upwards, observing how high its canopy reaches. Does your impression of the tree change now that you’re up close?


Next, wrap your arms around the tree. How does the tree feel on your chest and as you breathe? If the tree’s size warrants it, lean your body against the tree, letting it support you. Observe the sensations passing through you. How does it feel to share your weight with the tree?


Sit at the tree’s base, letting your back rest on its trunk. For a moment, imagine that you, too, are rooting in this place. Envision your roots snaking down through the earth, connecting with the tree’s. How does this feel? If you imagine that you can exchange nutrients and information, what does the tree share with you? What do you share with the tree? Ponder this for some time. When you are ready to leave, tell the tree farewell and thank it for its time, providing one final embrace before you part.
Excerpted with permission from Nature Spirit Walks: 22 Sensory Activities to Enjoy in Nature (www.naturespiritwalks.com). 

Cannabis & Pregnancy

As you all know from my legal disclaimer, I am not a DR or medical specialist of any kind.

I shared three articles last week to get the conversation started and to provide a safe place for woman to share their experiences. The three articles were:

-https://herb.co/marijuana/news/jamaican-study-gives-surprising-insight-into-cannabis-pregnancy


-https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/10/health/cannabis-marijuana-dispensaries-pregnancy-study/index.html


-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1957518

It was so beautiful! So many woman reached out with amazing stories of how they used cannabis before, during and after pregnancy.

I loved everyone’s stories so much that I’ve decided I am going to use some of these woman’s stories to create a cannabis and pregnancy podcast series using our Lady Nowe platform.

Personally, I’m with these woman-from my on experiences and my knowledge and research I would continue to use CBD and use it topically if I were pregnant and especially if I experience postpartum, I would use what strain worked best and what delivery method worked best for me. Just as so many other woman that have made the best choice for themselves, their family and their right to quality of life.

I don’t want to get too into my opinions and the whys but I just wanted to share and to send love to everyone that is doing what they KNOW FEELS RIGHT! It’s a personal choice and I am here to love you. We are here to love each other in this Lady Nowe space and to keep each other safe and provide support.

Feel free to share with me anytime or on the page and I will let you know when the podcasts will be released! 

Cannabis & PMS

By: Dr. Taryn Deane

Marijuana + PMS


A common infliction that unfortunately has been culturally accepted as normal, when in reality is a condition that can and should be treated appropriately. Wouldn’t it be nice if this was a time we could celebrate - since it signifies our ability to reproduce and keep our species alive - as opposed to dread and struggle through?


Luckily, nature has provided us a wealth of tools that can help ease the hormonal swings that happen to nearly ALL women, every single goddamn month.


Without boring you with the details as to why this happens in some people and not others, I’ll let you in on a couple quick notes. The liver is our main detox organ. It breaks down most drugs as well as estrogen. When it is overburdened (too many parties, drugs, alcohol, sugar, pharmaceuticals), it acts up. The emotion associated with the liver in Chinese medicine is ANGER - hence why we get a little irritable when aunt Flo comes to town.


Two important things before I lay out some treatment strategies:


1. The Diva Cup - if you are still using pads and tampons, please stop. Not only are you slowly but surely destroying the planet with your gross trash, but you’re also totally disconnected with how much blood you’re losing each month and the quality of it as well (clots and colour changes can indicate issues like ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids).


2. The Copper IUD - if you are still using hormonal birth control, go see an ND and get a protocol to come off safely. The Paraguard is my preferred method because although the first couple periods may be heavier and more painful, this thing lasts 5-10 years and you never have to think about it again (say goodbye to forgetting to take the Pill). No hormones, no issues maintaining your fertility when you come off, no side effects, no increased chance of blot clots killing you. Plus it’s way cheaper and WAY better for the environment.


Treatment-wise, you’re going to want to arm yourself with the following:


- Magnesium - bisglycinate is the preferred form as it is better absorbed and causes less diarrhea. This nutrient is depleted with stress and is a natural muscle relaxant, decreases anxiety and helps with headaches, insomnia, constipation and cramping. It is a godsend. Take up to 600mg/day.

- B6 - B vitamin that is used in the liver to break down drugs and hormones (up to 300mg/day). You’ll notice better moods and better energy.

- Vitex or Chaste Tree - this incredible herb regulates progesterone levels and reduces symptoms associated with too much estrogen.

- Indole-3-Carbinol - from broccoli this nutrient helps the liver detox excess estrogen.

- Diet - avoid sugar and refined foods, increase fibre in diet (35-45 g/day), decrease caffeine

- Castor Oil Packs - reduce pain, inflammation and cramping. Rub a layer of the oil over your stomach/uterus, right side under the rib cage, or back (wherever you feel pain), lay an old t-shirt over top and add a hot water bottle for 15-20 mins when you have pain, up to 5 times/week.

- Cannabis - smoking or edibles will help tremendously with pain and mood issues.


Happy menstruating, ladies!

Cannabis & Parenting

By: The 420 Moms

As more states begin to legalize, parents are trying to destigmatize their medicinal cannabis use. Even in an illegal state, non-smokers are starting to be accepting of marijuana users - to an extent. It's still incredibly taboo for some and pressuring others to accept it won't do anything but backfire. That's why advocates and activists should always be knowledgeable of basic cannabis education and the health related benefits.


When approaching the situation with your children is a whole different story, though. You're not changing their minds on a subject they don't agree with, like you'd have to with a non-smoking adult. You must teach them what it is, why some people use it and all the many benefits and uses that come from the plant. Answering their questions honestly and truthfully when they ask will only create a positive understanding for you and your kids.


All our children are under 5 years of age and we still try to use it as discreetly as possible. Especially in an illegal state where it's just not tolerated, and could potentially do more harm than good being open with them right now. Most children associate smoking with being bad, so seeing mommy hit the bowl is not happening any time soon. When our children are more mature and older, the conversation will be had. And when the time comes to where they are adults, we'd hope they'd decide to medicate with marijuana before excessively using alcohol.


We hate having to hide our cannabis use, but we understand their minds don't comprehend why we're doing it just yet. As stay at home moms, puffing a joint on the back porch with your coffee, before the kids get up, creates a relaxed, euphoric feeling that helps start the day off better and parent better.

Once medicated, it allows us to become more creative in the way we interact with our little ones. On a day we're not medicated, we might just get up, make breakfast and let the kids free play - but when medicated with cannabis, you're more likely to get up, let the kids help with breakfast and join them for some silly reenactments of their favorite characters. Life can also be very hectic and unpredictable, using marijuana medicinally relaxes the mind and helps one unwind from unnecessary stress. For us, it's been an amazing coping mechanism to handle the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to enjoy at the end of a long day.


Our interactions are a lot more playful with the use of cannabis and it has only helped us connect better with them. Children are fragile and see the world in a different light, cannabis has opened our eyes to their little world on a deeper level. We often forget they see beauty in the simplest things. Cannabis use in moderation has only seemed to improve the way we parent our children.


We grew up in the 1990s with the DARE program. All our 90s kid viewers, y'all remember what we're talking about, right? A police officer walking around the class with a picture of cannabis, telling us how it'll rot our brains? Yeah, that program. We weren't educated on basic cannabis education from our parents, so it left us feeling that using it was wrong.
We realized later on that most of their "facts" were completely inaccurate. To say those facts were true for everyone was outlandish. What's even worse is that a lot of the children believed them. With the evolution of the internet, it has become a lot easier to maintain the correct facts from reliable sources. It's always good to know the pros and cons of anything you decide to put inside your body and not just accept the one-sided argument we received in elementary school.


Our parents indulged in cannabis use while they were younger, then quit once they had kids or smoked while we were kids, but it wasn't talked about in either household. Surely not when we were as young as we were during the DARE program. It wasn't until high school, when both of us had already started medicating often before our parents decided to discuss it with us. By this time, we already knew it wasn't this scary, hard drug like our teachers tried to warn us about.


As adults, we both agree that our parents should have been the ones having that conversation with us first. And as adults with children, we both agree that we will be having that conversation with our children first. Answering all their questions and concerns, honestly and truthfully.

Cultivation: Soil VS Hydroponic

By: Alecia Weisman

There are many differences between soil and hydroponic cultivation techniques. When grown properly, indoor, hydroponic plants can yield a more potent product, but soil cultivation yields product with unique flavor that comes surprisingly close in potency.

Hydroponic cultivation methods facilitate precise control over each aspect of the growing process. Hydroponic plants are mostly grown indoors, although it is possible to grow hydroponically in a greenhouse. Growers can use a variety of soil-less media to supply the roots with an optimum amount of nutrients. These media include water, mist, coco coir, rock-wool, a mix of clay pebbles & peat moss, and more. Though hydroponic methods provide the grower with a higher amount of control, they also pose greater risk if something goes wrong. Hydroponic growing is very unforgiving and a slight shift in PH or temperature can be devastating for the plants. For this reason, hydroponic growing is best-suited for seasoned growers. Hydroponic cultivation is also very resource intensive, requiring high set up costs.

Soil cultivation can be done indoors, outdoors, or in a greenhouse. Soil provides a dynamic root ecosystem and its complexity makes it tough to control; however, the presence of that ecosystem provides an effective buffer for change, making the soil environment more resilient to changes in PH, temperature and water availability. Soil-grown plants rely on air pockets (in the soil matrix itself) and the microbiome to balance oxygen levels and nutrient uptake rates. Soil is much more suitable for beginner growers, as these plants are much more forgiving to change.

Outdoor, soil-grown cannabis can take advantage of the sun and surrounding terrain for a more eco-efficient grow. Much like grapes grown for wine, the cannabis cultivated in soil outdoors also assumes a unique flavor, aroma, and quality reflective of the microclimate that it is cultivated in. The Legion of Bloom is based in Sonoma County, where the warm temperatures, hours of sunlight, and a mildly-arid environment lends itself to quality-grown outdoor cannabis. 

By: Dr. Taryn Deane

 study health as it relates to sexuality and the difference between those who are in tune with their desire and those who aren’t. I’ve been curious to find out exactly how this relates back to symptoms that may be popping up, for me and my patients.

There is no topic that exists with as great an inherent duality as that of sexuality.

Sex is the only way that you & I are here right now. Sex is creation. Sex is what connects us all. Sex is a natural urge. We are designed for sex.

And yet, it’s wrong to talk about it. Shame and sexuality go hand-in-hand (and not in a good way). Desire on the other hand feels a little easier to grasp.

We are desire. It is the essence of the human Soul, the secret of our
existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished
without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an
injustice fought, or a love sustained apart from desire. Desire fuels our
search for the life we prize.
—John Eldridge

COMMON SEXUAL DESIRE CONCERNS:

Can’t Orgasm - aka. anorgasmia - thought to occur in about 10% of women. Primary or secondary. Global or situational. 1/3 experience orgasm regularly during intercourse, 1/3 can reach orgasm with intercourse but need extra stimulation. 1/3 never by orgasm but can manual or oral.

Low Sex Drive - the excuses often hear are: I’m tired, no time, annoyed/irritated, just don’t want to, I don’t feel well, I’m not into it, not today, maybe tomorrow.

or having a partner who has low sex drive or can’t orgasm - often much more difficult to handle as this is a sensitive topic, not so easy to bring up casually.

KEY FACTORS:

Numerous! Today I want to focus on what we CAN control and that is ourselves and our perception of our environment (not so much the environment itself ie. society and it’s effed up views on sex).

Religion is great. I was actually raised catholic and I think there’s a lot of beauty that exists in the church still. But let’s be real here. It hasn’t really been doing much for the promotion of healthy sexuality (bans on birth control and abortion, only teaching about strict abstinence, child rape, all rooted in guilt and shame).

The reality is, it really only comes down to one thing, which luckily is malleable:

YOU

Why do you want what you want? What does that say about you? Is it okay to want what you want, especially when it comes to sex?

I recently learned a term that I’m in love with. Sexual Fluidity is taking gender and sexual preference out of the equation and loving another human being for the sake of love itself.

A big proponent of this idea is the genius, Miley Cyrus, who has been quoted to say: “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”

In the end, whatever you want is right.

This begs the question, how do you love yourself despite your labels, circumstance, history or all the things that could and will happen to you to make you question your worth and ability to receive utter and complete pleasure?

We are all capable.

It is in fact, innate. We were that way as a child - so what happened?!

Well, our environment did. The pressures that come with conforming to society’s expectations of you as an individual, or more often, you as a recognizable label. We like to group and name. The problem is, we’re multifaceted and constantly adapting.

We can buffer our response to our surroundings by building up self-love, feeding it, instead of self-loathing. This bubble is precisely what makes you resilient.

And what better way to engage in self-love then regular, high quality orgasms?

Here are some tips to get you there:

1. Let Go - be present, forget about the to-do list
2. Lead the Way - focus on turning them on, get excited about it
3. Love Yourself - do what makes you feel sexy (nice panties, do your hair up nice, etc.)
4. Lubricate - coconut oil, saliva, oral sex (sex is not fun for anyone without wetness)
5. Listen Up - sexy music, moans
6. Look at Erotica - read or watch others getting it on (movies, porn clips, literature)
7. Let Them In - open up, share something that makes you feel vulnerable
8. Loosen Up - have a drink, exercise, meditate, experiment with marijuana (for many women cannabis can fast track all of the above steps to create a space where desire is welcome)

Give them a try! Let us know how it goes.

Desire is a teacher: When we immerse ourselves in it without guilt, shame,
or clinging, it can show us something special about our own minds that
allows us to embrace life fully.
—Mark Epstein, Open to Desire 

Coco Ana Chocolates, Edibles

By: Kameran, BBlunt Daily


Looking for the perfect hostess gift this holiday season? Skip bringing a bottle of red wine in favor of cannabis-infused chocolate confections. 


With cannabis enthusiasts adopting a more sophisticated and discreet approach to getting high, edibles are quickly becoming the fastest growing segment in the industry. 


In fact, edibles are estimated to become half of the exploding legal cannabis market by 2020. According to Forbes, the legal cannabis market is worth $7.2 billion and is growing 17 percent year over year, with recreational sales estimated to jump from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $11.2 billion in 2020. With those statistics, it’s not surprising to see more and more entrepreneurs entering the edible market.


While gummies and low-end candies are the mainstay, forward-thinking edible artists are turning their attention to the upscale cannabis consumer, offering more refined products that appeal to this market segment.


Coco Ana Chocolate, owned by chocolate makerCoralie Bordes, is one California company poised to become a major player in this new high-end market. 

Ms. Bordes is making an innovative chocolate edible that focuses on quality and consistency as much as the elevation and is doing her part to push the whole culture forward.


This San Diego native has been baking since she was a child. After honing her craft chocolate skills nearly three years ago, she invested in a handful of chocolate making machines and began makingsmall-batch single origin chocolate for her friends and family.


Inspired by her parent’s heritage, her father is French and her mother is Trinidadian, her chocolate confections are a nod to both cultures. From the cultural influence of Trinidad, which is home to some of the world’s finest cacao, and France, which leads the way in the art of finechocolate confections, she developed her chocolatediscs. 


It was only after her personal struggle with insomnia, and after researching the positive effects of medical marijuana on this condition, did she consider melding her chocolate making passion with helping others [work on this but you get the point]. Thus began her foray into edibles, infusing her chocolate discs with a micro-dose of marijuana.


Coco Ana Chocolate products use a 70% French dark chocolate, showcasing a strong chocolateflavor with subtle red berry notes. The Indica discs are infused with a strain-specific CO2 cannabis extract that has an earthy and woody flavor, while the Sativa discs have more of a citrusy and berry flavor. 


The succulent chocolate discs are dosed at 10 mg THC and packaged in sets of twelve discs. The discs were designed to be easily broken into halves or quarters, a plus for the micro-dose enthusiast. 


Ms. Bordes believes combining the virtues of dark chocolate and cannabis will help people maintain a healthy lifestyle. She supports local businessthrough buying local and strives to use organic ingredients as much as possible. Challenged to eliminate the oft-criticized pungent aftertaste, the discs were designed to deliver a smooth, richly chocolate flavor.  The product is vegan, gluten, and dairy-free and offered as Indica or Sativa.  It is ideal for enthusiasts looking for a discreet, laid-back, easy to consume bite of chocolate.  


“People love the taste of my products, from the chocolate which has subtle red berry notes to the cannabis extracts which have wonderful terpene profiles delivering pleasant flavors,” Bordes said, “Depending on the dose, people feel uplifted and content with the Sativa discs and loose and relaxed with the Indica discs.”


The discs are also perfect for those looking to amplify the flavor of high-end chocolate edibles with a smooth wine. “I recommend pairing Coco Ana Chocolate discs with a smooth red wine which emphasizes the complex flavor profiles of the chocolates without overpowering them,” she said, “a lighter bodied red wine like a Pinot Noir would pair excellently.”




Coco Ana Chocolate products are available at Urbn Leaf in Bay Park, Golden State Greens in Point Loma & Apothekare in Kearny Mesa. www.cocoanachocolate.com

Sublinguals

By: Leslie Siu, Co-Founder of Mother & Clone

I'm Leslie Siu, CEO and co-founder of Mother & Clone. We created a sublingual cannabis spray that activates in 60 seconds and lasts just about an hour. The effects are pretty worry-free - users experience a gentle rush at the 60 second mark that is slightly euphoric. When we were formulating this product, we had all of our friends and family in mind. People who were either parents, entrepreneurs,career folk, or people who experience daily anxiety. Before we started this company, I would use all forms of cannabis including edibles, sublingual, and vaping. So, when we started out, I had wondered if I would become a true Mother & Clone "consumer". Turns out, I use it every day and genuinely prefer it over other methods or brands. There is no guessing game, I can get high "right here, right now" anywhere, on my own terms, and on my own schedule. I know I won't be able to overdo it and that I can handle any situation. I can use my spray at the YMCA right before I walk into the cardio room. I can use my spray in a movie theater. I can use my spray as a way to "treat myself" in the evenings instead of a glass of whisky (my drink of choice). 

Tinctures

By: Callie, www.kalikare.com

Watch this video from LadyNowe's YouTube Channel to hear my friend Callie, talk about what tinctures are, how KaliKare makes them and what aliments they treat!

How to Decarb and Make Your Own Capsules

By: Kait MacKinnon

I work as a Concierge at
Marijuana For Trauma in Oromocto, New Brunswick.
The main role of my job position is to assist clients
with product processing. Most clients have their
preferred method of consumption, and their medicine
needs processed from it’s original bud form which
Licensed Producers send it to you in. That’s where I
can help!

One of the most popular ways to take your medical
marijuana is through capsules. There are a few options
when it comes to capsules: dry herb, MCT or coconut
oil capsules. Today we are covering dry herb capsules.
To begin, your medicine needs to be activated. This is
done in a process called decarboxylation. Your
medicine gets placed into a casserole dish with a lid
and put into the oven for a particular time and
temperature. Depending on which strain you are using
will determine how long this step will take.

THC – 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes
THC / CBD Hybrid – 265 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes
CBD – 265 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes

When the decarboxylation process is complete and your timer beeps, it is very important to make sure
you allow your medicine plenty of time to cool before further processing. While your marijuana was in
the casserole dish under the heat, it was activating all the cannabinoids in the medicine for your body to
use. Cannabinoids are chemicals within the marijuana that bind to cells in your body and that is where
your medicinal effects are produced. If you were smoking a joint, the medicine would become activated
as it is smoked, but when using cannabis in capsule form the decarboxylation process is extremely
important to start with before capsulizing so your body can process it better.

To make capsules, you are going to need to grind up your
medicine when it’s cooled. The best tool to use for this is an
electric coffee bean grinder. You can usually put about ten grams
of decarbed marijuana in at one time and grind it up. When you
are done, a small paintbrush is a great tool to use to clean the
inside of the grinder to insure you’ve retrieved all your medicine.

There are many types of capsule making sets which you can
purchase at different smoke shops. Some are smaller, made
from plastic and process 24 capsules at a time. These types
are more affordable but will take a longer time to process a
larger amount of medicine. There are other capsule sets you
can get, which are glass and can make up to 100 capsules at
one time. These are ideal for 30 gram tubs of medicine as
when you are complete each capsule will have 0.3 grams in
it. That makes it much easier for measuring intake.

You’ll need to purchase capsules for the size trays you are working with. They come in 1, 0 and 00 with
the most common being the 00 size. Once purchased, you will need to separate the capsules, and place
the bottoms in the bottom of the tray to be packed, and the tops in the top tray. You will sprinkle your
ground up dry herb along the bottom tray and slide back and forth using a card or tool provided in your
capsule making kit. Once naturally filled, use your tamping tool to pack it down tightly and repeat. You
can generally do this 2-3 times before the capsule is fully packed.

Cannabis capsules are a safe, easy, effective and discreet way to
medicate. When storing your medicine, ensure you avoid any
prolonged exposure to heat, light and oxygen. This will preserve the
life in your medicine.
Happy medicating, and follow me @MediKait88

A naturopath’s guide to medical marijuana

The naturopathic medical program touches on many subjects such as Traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy and nutrition, but in the end, it all comes back to the healing power of nature.  There is no place where this is better demonstrated than in the plant world of botanical medicine.


Unfortunately, due to the legality of the subject matter, our training when it comes to medicinal marijuana is poor so those of us who are interested in finding solutions for patients using the most widely used herb on the planet, are left to discover it’s magic through self-study and case studies.

Throughout this process, I have been floored by the screaming evidence of its benefit when it comes to multiple conditions, often centred around diseases which are otherwise untreatable.

Knowing that the safety profile is better than most drugs on the market today, it continues to frustrate me that more information isn’t made available to the medical profession and the community of individuals it is supposed to be serving.  

This is a plant that can grow just about anywhere, has no potential for long-lasting side effects, very few drug interactions and zero toxicity. This plant alone has never killed anyone.

The benefits are endless. I have been privy to stories of it helping with: joint pain, headaches/migraines, anxiety, depression, ADHD, skin conditions, asthma, lack of motivation and concentration, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, PMS, labor pains, lack of appetite and so on.

Not only that, but on a social/spiritual level, for many, it provides an avenue for accessing the creative brain, allowing musicians, artists, actors and writers to produce art that displays their talents that the public then gets to appreciate and value.

This is a herb that mitigates side effects from heavy duty drugs used in cancer treatment and HIV management and manages neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

When working with an education dispensary staff, patients are able to be strain-specific in choosing a species with actions targeted to their complaints.

It can be formulated to provide very specific medicine: high or no high, edible, inhaled, topical - you name it, it works. The effects are immediate (with the exception of edible) and relatively long-lasting. With programs such as CannaTherapy, new users can breath a sigh of relief knowing that their questions can be answers and their exploration safe.

Mother Nature has gifted us with this beautiful plant with it’s multi-faceted uses, it’s time that it gets the respect it deserves. Let’s peel back the stigma and open our minds to the potential of widespread cannabis use creating a new wave of patient-driven healthcare - we so desperately need it! 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol—CBD—is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned”. It actually can counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an the perfect choice for patients looking to ease inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, arthritis, ADHD, skin discomfort and skin disorders, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and MUCH MORE. cancer fighting properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses and safe for children.

CBD can be smoked, vapes, topically used, consumed in extract, oil or capsule form or by decarbing and cooking in food!

If you have further questions about CBD, how you can treat any diagnosis or want guidance on how to incorporate CBD safely and beneficially into your lifestyle reach out to me here or at info@ladynowe.com

Life changing

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Cannabis and PMS

I used to have periods that would literally make me so sick I’d be in the hospital at times and always at home for two days missing school and/or work because it was like I had the flu. I’d be in so much pain, have cold chills, body aches, diarrhea, anemic at times, couldn’t eat, just wanted heat, my bed and sleep and be alone to cry a lot and sleep some more. I now have periods and I can function with my daily life and any other fun things I have planned. ️

I know my body so I can tell my period is coming before it’s here. I’ll start drinking tea that’s made for PMS/hormones. I drink Tasha Tea Girl Power but there are a ton of tea out there you can try that does the same thing. My favourite things, as some of you know are tea and joints, so while I drink this tea about 2 days leading up to my period and throughout it (2-3 times a day) I’ll smoke at least one indica joint with my tea, if not 3 throughout the day. Once my period is actually here I smoke indica (my favourite is Rockstar) all day. It usually takes about 20 minutes to feel the healing of the plant after the first joint and then it feels like she’s holding you and taking care of you. I may still feel bloated but NO PAIN. NO HEADACHES. NO FLU SYMPTOMS. For new users I don’t recommend smoking indica all day! Start with a few puffs-low and slow. Feel it out. You can then always come back and have a few more puffs. A sativa with a high THC may also do the trick for new users and for those that want to try a few puffs and still have a lot to do that day. A CBD capsule is another good option. I take one a day but if you experience a lot of pain you can work up to 2-4+ a day.

Epsom salt baths are also amazing and limit caffeine. A vegan lifestyle or limiting animal products around your monthly cycle will eliminate inflammation which I’ve learned is the #1 cause of period pain and pain in general.

If you have any questions about how to implement cannabis, options, strains and more into your lifestyle and how to have the best as best can be period, send me a direct message or email me at info@ladynowe.com

How Much Of My Medical Marijuana Can I Travel With?

As a medical marijuana patient I drive with my cannabis every day and we love to travel and are often flying places. When you are traveling within canada, You can bring no more than your 30day limit that you have been prescribed for from your doctor. I am prescribed 5g a day, so my 30 day limit would be 150g. 

I’ve had to find this out on my own as a patient and cannabis coach. This was not told to me by my doctor. Hence why I love sharing information! 

I’ve traveled with it in my carry on and checked in luggage. My cannabis is in the container I received it in, in the mail, with my prescription info and license producer number right on it. I can not tell you how many times I have been stopped and been told that I need to show my pink slip or my card. The pink slip hasn’t been needed for YEARS- therefore this is a lie, you don’t need that. The card they are talking about is the “card” you receive when you buy from an illegal dispensary-therefore that are asking me for an illegal document! No dispensary, anywhere in Canada is legal. What they are supposed to do is call the 1-800 number on my prescription bottle and ask the licensed producer to confirm that I am a patient and that I am within my limit. Myself and others have missed flights due to the fact that they don’t know this, we’ve had he police called on us and more. My intent is to share and then you, as a patient and friend, can stand firmly and confidently in your choice of lifestyle. Own your power. 

CBD Oil and My Child

You may be familiar with Charlotte’s Web and have heard how CBD (cannabidiol) is now commonly being used for epilepsy and seizures, but CBD is actually amazing for kids with auto-immune diseases, ADHD, Autism, cancer and much more!


Adults have said to me "I want the benefits but I don't want to get high" and parents are worried about administering CBD for the same reason. I am so happy to share that CBD DOES NOT give you a "high" or psychoactive effects. Therefore you get all the benefits from the cannabinoid from in the cannabis plant herself that she is offering for us on this plant to use and heal!


For the most effective results,  I recommend administering the oil as a drop under the tongue, holding for about 30 seconds and swallowing.

I will be honest, as an adult, the taste of CBD oil is gross and children will definitely think the same thing! I mix the oil with yogurt  and have heard of others mixing with juice to mask the taste of the oil. I don’t find it mixes well but have taken oil and then “chased it” with juice.


Another form I love, is filling an empty capsule with the oil and administering it in capsule form. Much easier and a good option if your child can swallow pills easier than trying to consume it as is on the 👅 tongue. 

I am not a doctor so follow the dose that has been prescribed and recommended (always start low and slow). 💓