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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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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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.