It's not an edible and it's not always a tincture: Here's what you need to know about sublinguals

It's not an edible and it's not always a tincture: Here's what you need to know about sublinguals

Onset times are probably one of the most important things to consider when consuming cannabis and yet not enough conversation is happening around sublinguals. While cannabis is often consumed to amplify a moment in time, to enjoy the fullness of living in the present, or to relieve some immediate discomfort, the response time can sometimes take longer than we need.

Sublinguals are fast acting without affecting the respiratory system and provide measured dosage without the delayed, prolonged and intensified effects of edibles. Sublingual administration is far more efficient than smoking. You can think of bioavailability as efficiency. Sublinguals are an alternative ingestible form of cannabis. The effects of a 2.5 mg sublingual are NOT the same as a 2.5 mg edible.

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How the term "recreational" is often misused in cannabis conversation

How the term "recreational" is often misused in cannabis conversation

Recreation is usually used to emphasize an act of leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, entertainment, amusement. But are these not all things that in some way contribute to good health? When we think about the diseases that invade the body, we have to understand the root cause of those diseases: which is the physical equivalent of some spiritual, emotional or mental imbalance that influences the body. Cannabis is a wellness tool, a healing herb, that extends beyond the self-depreciating labels that limit us to our productivity and dismisses everything outside of that as “recreational” considering the most widely accepted understanding of the term. I invite you to dive deeper to harness your creativity, ability to outgrow old ways of thinking and being to be renewed, to redefine cannabis on your terms and be present and intentional in creating your relationship to cannabis, whether for it medicinal properties or creative expression.

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Herb on the Side of Caution: The Safest Way to Travel with Cannabis

Herb on the Side of Caution: The Safest Way to Travel with Cannabis

Like many parts of the US, cannabis is criminalized and carries ridiculous penalties for possession. I’m by no means encouraging people to risk traveling with cannabis. But I will speak on my experiences. I’d like to preface this by saying it’s important to do your own research and make the best and most safe decision for you!

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Cannabis and Spirituality 002: Religious Revelations

Sunday is the only day of the week that everyone can agree is sacred. Whether you attend church, masque, fast or feed the homeless, Sunday is the day we take care to replenish the spirit, whether it’s through acts of selflessness or self-care.

Because I usually spend the day running errands early in the day, buying flowers or grocery shopping for the week, I tend to listen to Sunday sermon broadcasts on the radio. My understanding is that even though I don’t practice a particular religion, the word is still a word no less. And every so often I find myself pleasantly surprised at just how divine spiritual texts are in their essence.

The most recent sermon I tuned into focused on Revelations 22:2. It reads:

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Cannabis and Spirituality 001: Exploring Cannabis Though a Spiritual Lens

One of the great gifts of spiritual knowledge is that it realigns your sense of self to something you may not have even ever imagined was within you. Spirituality is a lens through which we view life and a gauge by which we evaluate it. Empirical findings have identified spirituality as a potential health resource. While many use cannabis for both its medicinal and mind-altering properties it also assists us in gaining more inner perspective when used in spiritual practices.

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Girls just want to have bud: An infused guide to Galentine's Day

Girls just want to have bud: An infused guide to Galentine's Day

Cannabis is often best served is in a social setting. You naturally become more talkative, everything is in the spirit of fun and lightheartedness, all because your senses are heightened. That’s usually everyone’s first experience using cannabis, with a friend skipping class, at a party or kick back with your squad. But we’re grown a** women now. Here’s how infused guide to enjoying cannabis with a splash of Sunday fun day.

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The Working Woman’s Guide for Managing Adulting and Your Cannabis Intake

There’s an art to adulting. While you can’t always control how fast life comes at you, you can control how you prepare for and respond to the demands of the day. Despite what many of us have been led to believe, you can be a working professional, a freelancing creative, or a young entreprenuer, and enjoy cannabis. Even on a daily basis. Here’s how to be highly productive while stoned.

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Your Herb-Infused Guide to a Good Night's Sleep

You may ask, why not just have cannabis-infused honey? That’s very well an option too! But if you’re like me, one teaspoon in a cup of honey can easily turn into five. Personally, I enjoy the ritual of smoking. And after, a tea spoon of raw honey is how I get my dose of antioxidants and an instant immune system boost. Here are all the reasons honey and a blunt before bed will lead to better sleep.

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The Nose Knows: A Crash Course On The Science Of Good Weed

A rule of thumb when making a purchase is to go with what smells best to you. Whether it’s your first time stepping into a legal cannabis establishment or you’re a connoisseur of sorts, the rule still applies. It can be overwhelming having access to a large variety of cultivars—a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding—especially if you’re used to getting what you get from your around-the-way dealer.

“The Nose Knows” philosophy that applies to essential oils, aromatherapy candles, and just about anything else we use our knows for, also applies to cannabis! It’s usually a strong indicator that you’ll enjoy the effects. Why? Because the aromas coming from the flowers you’re smelling are known in the cannabis community as terpenes. They onset certain effects when consumed and are primarily responsible for determining if the experience will be sedative or energizing or somewhere in between, not whether a strain is categorized as Indica or Sativa.

Often times people depend on their bud tenders, their dealers, or someone else to tell them what they're getting is gas or top shelf. Everyone can agree, there are times when you’ve smoke something you expected to be flight only to feel underwhelmed. An easy way to avoid having this experience is by trusting your body to make the decision simply by letting your nose do the work.

Terpenes influence your mood and add to the overall medicinal potential of the herb, and to that extent your body is intuitively relaying to the brain what your body needs. The truth is, “Good Weed” is all about personal preference. It’s the reason why two people could smoke the same weed and one person could find it impressive while the other thinks its trash.

Take limonene for example, this terpene is the major component of citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges and is accompanied by energizing and uplifting effects. It’s no wonder that it can be found in strains like Super Lemon Haze or Sour Diesel. The terpene linalool on the other hand is found more in purple strains, and is stress-relieving and sedative in its response.

Could Cannabis Be Your Gateway to Full-Spectrum Plant Medicine?

“Western medicine tries to identify one compound, one effect. Here, we’re not. In traditional medicine, it’s a very holistic approach.” —Jean-Marc Montalvo

Cannabis is an extension of the plant queendom. That includes herbs, fruits, vegetables and every other living thing you put in your body that comes from what we like to call Mother Nature. An elevated mood, lower stress levels, mental agility and better overall health are all things that can be attributed to using cannabis as a wellness tool. Plants are living, breathing organisms with thousands and thousands of years of information to share. When our bodies break down foods or adaptogens, nontoxic substances, especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote homeostasis (i.e. cannabis), for nutrients, they are able to provide healing and promote wellbeing to our mental facilities, physical and emotional bodies.

Cannabis, like all other plants, is very complex but somehow manages to navigate the human body as an ally against sickness, disease and illness. Across many cultures and traditions, cannabis has been used for its medicinal and healing properties as an ancient medicine. Before there was modern medicine, people relied on herbal remedies. In fact, a lot of pharmaceuticals are derivatives of plants and herbs. While some medicinal drugs are designed synthetically, many are either made with or designed to emulate natural plant.

Common examples include:

Morphine, which originates from the opium poppy plant.

Amoxicillin and penicillin, two of many antibiotics on the market today, which comes from a fungus called Penicillium.

Aspirin, which contains compounds extracted from white willow tree bark.

Menthol, which is derived from Mint.

We know that unlike aspirin, white willow bark contains the chemical that prevents ulcers and stomach problems. And we know studies have demonstrated that garlic can be more effective as a broad-spectrum antibiotic compared to prescribed antibiotics that the body becomes resistant to over time.

This is why in many cases, it’s best not to isolate one cannabis compound, such as THC, but to consider products that contain both primary cannabinoids: THC and CBD. This is what’s known as the entourage effect:

The effects of each cannabis strain depend on the interaction between ALL of the compounds in the plant, otherwise known as the “Entourage Effect” of cannabis.  Every compound in the plant interacts to produce a wide range of effects.  Some compounds amplify the euphoric effects of cannabis, while others help to reduce the undesirable effects associated with primary compound, THC. A second primary compound, CBD, helps to reduce some of the psychoactive effects associated with THC while enhancing the medicinal properties of the plant.

What Cannabis reminds us is: full-spectrum plant-medicine is greater than the sum of its parts.

It starts with simply looking for that LOUD, some fire or simply quality, pesticide-free flower. But it shouldn’t stop there. Cannabis is the gateway to discovering other herbs and other inhabitants of the plant ecosystem. Plant-based medicine is the first step to exploring new ways of eating and living more mindfully.


What Is A Tolerance Break? And Other Healing Herbs To Try When You're On A Cannabis Hiatus

A tolerance break is a short-term break from cannabis, or a sort of restart, to clear one’s head and body of cannabinoids, notably THC. Over time, and with considerable cannabis use, you build up a tolerance. While research points to cannabis having no addictive properties, it also shows that people have to smoke more to feel desired affects after prolonged periods of time.

If you started with two puffs and have since graduated to a 2-joint minimum to feel a buzz, you may be in need of a tolerance break.

study by Dr. Miles Herkenham of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the cannabinoid receptor system and its tolerance to cannabis came to the following conclusion:

“The effect … is time- and dose-dependent, and is reversible, and thus appears to be cannabinoid-receptor mediated … The result [of the study] has implications for the consequences of chronic high levels of drug use in humans, suggesting diminishing effects with greater levels of consumption.”

To reverse this, people choose to reduce their rate of consumption. Surprisingly, it only takes 4 days to reestablish a lower tolerance to marijuana. Choosing to abstain completely during this 4-day period makes it so more noticeable, psychoactive effects of cannabis can return at fuller potency which can influence the effectiveness of cannabis, and the way it interacts with the mind and body.

To that end, it’s not unlikely that after many years of use you decide cannabis has served its purpose—helped you heal your physical body, contributed to your spiritual growth and navigate emotional trauma—and you decide to extend your tolerance break for weeks or even years. Cannabis is meant to bring you back to homeostasis, balance within yourself. There may come a point where you’ve fully developed into yourself and you no longer need cannabis to be a teacher. And that’s OK! Cannabis is amazing for encouraging a deeper level of innerstanding, understanding and overstanding, self-awareness and a greater sense of wellbeing. Mother Earth has many ways to teach and heal us.

If you decide to break from cannabis, or quit completely, try other healing herbs like Lion’s Mane or Reishi functional mushrooms for an elevated mood and brain boost. If mushrooms aren’t for you, try incorporating more turmeric and ginger to your diet. Both reduce inflammation in the body and are great antioxidants.

It’s important to remember cannabis is a part of a much larger plant ecosystem. You’ll be surprised to learn there’s various holistic approaches to remedying the mind, body and spirit.

Channel Your Inner Green Goddess: 17 Benefits of Growing Your Own Cannabis

I recently announce that I’m partnering with Black Girls With Gardens (BGWG) to present a series focused on Black girls who grow cannabis.

If it sounds lit it’s because it is!

BGWG is a collective dedicated to providing answers, tips, and inspiration to women of color interested in gardening. BGWG was created with the intention to “create a space for like minded women to support each other and connect with their ancestral, environmental background.” BGWG was so instrumental in giving me the confidence to start my own garden. There is something powerful about a community of women embracing such a sacred practice. After all, it’s rooted in women’s divine ability to manifest! And it doesn’t stop at farm to table meals, but extends to the herbs and flowers you grow to naturally nourish and heal your mind, body and spirit. It’s no wonder why the GGG + BGWG collaboration seemed to evolve so naturally.

The Black Girls With Gardens series powered by GGG highlights the women gardeners growing cannabis in their own backyards, their basements, and even on their balconies. Cannabis is a healing plant! And if you’ve ever wondered why you should grow cannabis, or you’re on the fence about where to start, stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are more than a few reasons why growing your own cannabis would make a great new project.

  1. Cannabis is a plant-based medicine. Unlike many other medications, cannabis allows people to cultivate their own natural remedy and develop a deeper appreciation for the plant.

  2. In doing so, there is absolutely no need to wonder where your cannabis is coming from and if it is responsibly harvested, pesticide free

  3. Cannabis is the gateway to a plant-based lifestyle. If you’re already a cannabis user that cares about quality flower, it’s not hard to adopt that same approach to the foods you eat and the products you use.

  4. Growing your own cannabis allows those who may not have considered gardening to start growing something they are familiar with, and enjoy.

  5. Or it allows people who are already gardeners to challenge themselves to grow—something they may have never otherwise considered. 

  6. And let’s be honest, cannabis is expensive! If you’re in a legal state like California tax can be as high as 34.5% and if you’re in a nonlegal state, a quality flower eight may run you $50 to $60.

  7. Clones are usually pretty cheap. If you’re going to pay $20 for gram, you might as well buy a clone.

  8. Another great thing about growing cannabis: you get to experiment. With clones, from seed, with a pot, in the ground, or with neither, using just water and nutrients.

  9. You develop a new support system from the cannabis community around you. Cannabis is something most people feel good talking about because it feels good to do. You’d be surprised as how excited people are to talk about cannabis once you spark the conversation.

  10. Being informed about the grow process gives you the ability to inspire others, impact change and incite more meaningful conversations around health and wellness.

  11. On a macro level, you develop a deeper sense of community between yourself and the natural world.

  12. You spend more time outside, breathing fresh air and soaking up the sun which is an excellent source of vitamin D and a natural mood enhancer. 

  13. It’s good exercise. Growing your own plant sounds like way less work than it is. Get ready for a good arm workout and squatting poses.

  14. You don’t lose money but you might end up saving some. Granted, it’ll take a full 9 months to see a return on your investment. It’ll be worth it nonetheless.

  15. It’s an investment in yourself! A master cultivator and friend of mine Nezi once told me: If you can grow weed, you can grow anything. If nothing else, growing cannabis will absolutely make you appreciate partaking much more.

  16. And if you harvest more than you can smoke, in time, you'll have a great sleeping aid. Over a long period of time, cannabis that is not consume degrades in TCH and CBN, the sedative compound found in cannabis, is what you’re left with.

  17. There’s nothing to it but to do it. If you’re even the least bit curious, go for it! It’s an eye-opening experience. It’s a beautiful way to get back to nature and channel your intentions to create something un-bud-leave-ably beautiful.