Strain Review: Night Terror OG

Do not let the name of this strain deter you from trying it. Night Terror OG is one of my favorite strains to incorporate into my nighttime routine and it is everything but a nightmare. As an indica cannabis strain it’s perfect for an end to my long or stressful days and usually has me to sleep in about an hour. I usually use some right after dinner before my nightly shower/meditation session.

THC levels of Night Terror OG range between 18-21%. Its high will cause my eyes to droop, a tingly sensation starts spreading from behind my eyes, down my spine and into my body to relax it. A sense of peace will overtake my mind as my racing thoughts come to a halt. As the high fades, I’ll fall into a deep sleep without remembering any dreams, thus this strain’s name and use for eliminating bad dreams. I usually wake up ready to go, which is why it’s my favorite for Sunday nights!

Not many negative effects have been reported when using Night Terror OG, besides your typical dry mouth and eyes. Note most strains can induce paranoia or anxiety when consuming higher doses, however, I have not had any negative experiences with this one. Check out my list of my favorite strains to use that don’t trigger my anxiety here!

Let me know how you feel with this strain, have you used it before? Is it one of your favorites? Sound of below!

Until next time tribe,

XOXO

The Corona You Don't Want

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So, I know most of you have heard about the coronavirus and it’s rapid spread in China. Within the age of games like Plague, where the objective is to, as the virus, wipe out as many people as you can; it’s scary to think about the realities of the situation at hand. I’ve always really been into learning about virology and infectious diseases because 1) someones got to 2) it’s something we should all be concerned about given the failing effectiveness of antibiotics.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. They’re usually spread through direct contact with an infected person.

The coronavirus gets its name from the crown-like spikes on its surface, according to the CDC. (Corona is Latin for crown.) Including the newly identified form of the virus, there are a total of seven coronaviruses that can infect humans, the CDC says. Other well-known coronaviruses include SARS and MERS.

The new virus called 2019-nCoV spreads from person to person, but the CDC recommends that anyone who may have been exposed to the illness monitor themselves for 14 days after close contact with an infected person. Symptoms to watch for include fever, cough, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, body aches, sore throat or vomiting and diarrhea.

The best way to protect yourself? Wash your damn hands. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before and after caring for a sick friend or a family member. Remember you must wash them for at least 20 seconds.

Other good ideas are to disinfect high traffic areas in your home and the spaces you frequent. If you feel even slightly ill, do the right thing. Stay indoors and practice that self care we have all come to know and love. This includes drinking tea (especially lemon and peppermint, my favs), taking warm showers to sooth aches, pains and coughs and getting tons of sleep, let your immune system do it’s thing.

In the meantime, incorporate these five herbs into your meals for a delicious added boost of immunity to keep the coronavirus and other bugs at bay.

1. Oregano

Oregano is a popular herb in the mint family that’s known for its impressive medicinal qualities. Its plant compounds, which include carvacrol, offer antiviral properties.

In a test-tube study, both oregano oil and isolated carvacrol reduced the activity of murine norovirus (MNV) within 15 minutes of exposure (Source).

MNV is highly contagious and the primary cause of stomach flu in humans. It is very similar to human norovirus and used in scientific studies because human norovirus is notoriously difficult to grow in laboratory settings (Source).

Oregano oil and carvacrol have also been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1); rotavirus, a common cause of diarrhea in infants and children; and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes respiratory infections (SourceSourceSource).

2. Sage

Also a member of the mint family, sage is an aromatic herb that has long been used in traditional medicine to treat viral infections (Source).

The antiviral properties of sage are mostly attributed to compounds called safficinolide and sage one, which are found in the leaves and stem of the plant (Source).

Test-tube research indicates that this herb may fight human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), which can lead to AIDS. In one study, sage extract significantly inhibited HIV activity by preventing the virus from entering target cells (Source).

Sage has also been shown to combat HSV-1 and Indiana vesiculovirus, which infects farm animals like horses, cows, and pigs (910).

3. Basil

Many types of basil, including the sweet and holy varieties, may fight certain viral infections.

For example, one test-tube study found that sweet basil extracts, including compounds like apigenin and ursolic acid, exhibited potent effects against herpes viruses, hepatitis B, and enterovirus (Source).

Holy basil, also known as tulsi, has been shown to increase immunity, which may help fight viral infections.

In a 4-week study in 24 healthy adults, supplementing with 300 mg of holy basil extract significantly increased levels of helper T cells and natural killer cells, both of which are immune cells that help protect and defend your body from viral infections (Source).

4. Fennel

Fennel is a licorice-flavored plant that may fight certain viruses.

A test-tube study showed that fennel extract exhibited strong antiviral effects against herpes viruses and parainfluenza type-3 (PI-3), which causes respiratory infections in cattle (Source).

What’s more, trans-anethole, the main component of fennel essential oil, has demonstrated powerful antiviral effects against herpes viruses (Source).

According to animal research, fennel may also boost your immune system and decrease inflammation, which may likewise help combat viral infections (Source).

5. Garlic

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Garlic is a popular natural remedy for a wide array of conditions, including viral infections.

In a study in 23 adults with warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), applying garlic extract to affected areas twice daily eliminated the warts in all of them after 1–2 weeks (Source).

Additionally, older test-tube studies note that garlic may have antiviral activity against influenza A and B, HIV, HSV-1, viral pneumonia, and rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. However, current research is lacking (Source).

Animal and test-tube studies indicate that garlic enhances immune system response by stimulating protective immune cells, which may safeguard against viral infections (Source).

To find out more about the virus and steps you can take to protect yourself, check out the CDC website here.

Holiday Sexy Time Gift List

For those of you who were able to join me for my Insta_Holaa takeover on Instagram this past weekend, tell your friends we had a blast! Not only did we talk about the importance of sexual health, but we got to review some pretty cool toys as well. Make sure you check out their IG page for more sex and sensuality positive content. Hub of Loving Action in Africa (HOLAA!) is an online platform that houses knowledge that goes into all realms of sex and sexuality as it pertains to all aspects of African sex and sexuality. This is a space where women and gender non-conforming people of all sexualities can come together and engage with each other and the world. Check out my gift worthy list below with some of the toys we reviewed and some extras. Thank me later!

Adam and Eve Thruster

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In all honesty, this was a game changer for me. It’s really customizable with all the different modes that you can use. The shape is super comfortable and and it’s very easy to use. The only drawback for me is the charging mechanism which is magnet based. it can be extremely frustrating at times as it tends to slip off.

BOMBEX Clitoral Sucking Vibrator

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THIS IS A MUST HAVE! I REPEAT, THIS IS A MUST HAVE! Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the reviews from all the other happy customers. For this price, you cannot beat this quality. This is hands down my favorite toy I’ve ever owned. It’s small, easy to use, waterproof and powerful. With a couple different cycles, you can customize your play so it never gets boring.

LONOVE Tongue Vibrator Stimulator

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If used correctly, this toy can be loads of fun. It’s a bit aggressive, the vibe on this one is super intense. I like using it vertically instead of horizontally as it’s a bit easier on the lady bits. I have to be in a certain mood to use this, but for the price, it’s a steal.

Adam and Eve Realistic Dildo

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With a suction cup you can attach to any surface and a realistic feel, you won’t even need a partner for your holiday fun. It’s not uncomfortable when being used since it’s bendable to accommodate your unique shape and it’s non-toxic so that’s always a win. With customizable colors, your pleasure is totally up to you.

With this holiday list, you can’t go wrong. Bless the lucky person in your life with a gift that will keep on giving all year. 😛

As always tribe, I’d like to hear from you. What are some of your favorite toys? Have you tried any of the ones on this list? What are your thoughts?

Until next time,

XOXO

My New 21 Day Meditation Challenge

Lately, I’ve been focusing on my energetic work. I’ve been dabbling in the metaphysical, and have been trying to hone my manifestation skills. I found that when I need a manifestation the most, it always happens without a doubt, but recently, I’ve been pushing myself to manifest things more quickly, and in a more complete way. While I was meditating recently, I realized that I was holding on to a lot of anger, towards past people and past situations, and even though I had let those situations and inviduals go, I couldn’t ignore the fact that I was still freaking pissed off.

I realized that this tether to anger might be just the thing I need to let go off if I ever want to expand the world I live in right now. I was watching one of my favorite Youtube creators Aaron Daughty, and he introduced an idea to me that I had never heard of before, though I understand and live by the concept everyday. He made a video on the the Map of Consciousness, which was created by Dr. David Hawkins, a psychiatrist, who experienced several life-altering events throughout his life.  Following each event, he noticed a change in his state of consciousness from an ego-based/ mind focus to a completely overwhelming state of overpowering bliss where he felt a constant, steady connection with the “Presence”.

With this dramatic change in his level of consciousness,  he decided that he must pursue the reason why it had changed and how he could describe the changes to help mankind in the pursuit of enlightenment.  His driving desire was to “address the causes of the endless stream of spiritual distress and human suffering”.

The Map of Consciousness is a numerical scale whereby one can measure positive from negative, power from force and truth from falsehood. Dr. Hawkins believes that every word, every thought, and every intention creates what is called a morphogenetic field, or attractor field, and that these energy fields can be measured by a very simple process. This process is actually a well-established science known as  Kinesiology.

Kinesiology is defined as the study of muscles and their movements, especially as applied to physical conditioning. The study of kinesiology first gained scientific attention from the work of Dr. George Goodheart, who pioneered the specialty he called Applied Kinesiology, after finding that benign physical stimuli such as beneficial vitamin and mineral supplements would increase the strength of certain indicator muscles, whereas hostile stimuli would cause those muscles to suddenly weaken.

In the late 1970s, Dr. John Diamond refined this specialty into Behavioral Kinesiology where indicator muscles would strengthen or weaken in the presence of positive or negative physical, emotional and intellectual stimuli. Dr. Hawkins’ research took Dr. Diamond’s technique several steps further, by discovering that this kinesiologic response conveys man’s capacity to differentiate not only positive from negative stimuli, but also anabolic  from catabolic, and very dramatically, the truth from lies.

The Map of Consciousness reflects millions of calibrations of statements, thoughts, photos, art, music,  and influential world leaders in every discipline and in almost every area  of human endeavor.  The research carried on for over 20 years to come up effectively with an anatomy of consciousness that reflects the entire human condition.

Briefly, here are the energy levels outlined by David Hawkins:

  • 20: Shame
  • 30: Guilt
  • 50: Apathy
  • 75: Grief
  • 100: Fear
  • 125: Desire
  • 150: Anger
  • 175: Pride
  • 200: Courage
  • 250: Neutrality
  • 310: Willingness
  • 350: Acceptance
  • 400: Reason
  • 500: Love
  • 540: Joy
  • 600: Peace
  • 700-1000: Enlightenment

Although Hawkins goes into great detail about the various levels of consciousness, he points out two turning points as most crucial. “On our scale of consciousness, there are two critical points that allow for major advancement. The first is at 200, the initial level of empowerment: Here, the willingness to stop blaming and accept responsibility for one’s own actions, feelings, and beliefs arises – as long as cause and responsibility are projected outside of oneself, one will remain in the powerless mode of victim hood. The second is at the 500 level, which is reached by accepting love and nonjudgmental forgiveness as a lifestyle, exercising unconditional kindness to all persons, things, and events without exception.” (Hawkins 2002, 238).

These two thresholds are primary challenges for many individuals today. Moving beyond them represents a significant barrier which can only be overcome through a significant shift in personality. After moving beyond these realms, progression into increasingly higher states is very natural and less challenging.

This is exactly what I am grappling with now, attempting to resist my natural urge of being suspicious, guarded and reactive, being able to let go of past hurts and experiences, and being able to treat all people with love, regardless of any details. I’m a firm believer of ‘you get what you get coming to you’, and if someone is actively hurting people, I don’t see the issue with them being served a nice big heaping slice of karmic pie. Being aware of what I know now though, I can’t afford to let past people and energies affect what I want to manifest into my life. So I started a 21 day meditation challenge by practicing the Ho’oponopono Meditation, a healing meditation made famous by Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, a native Hawaiian therapist who is said to have cured an entire ward of criminally insane patients, without ever meeting any of them or spending a moment in the same room.

“Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Similar forgiveness practices were performed on islands throughout the South Pacific, including Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand. Traditionally hoʻoponopono is practiced by healing priests or kahuna lapaʻau among family members of a person who is physically ill. Modern versions are performed within the family by a family elder, or by the individual alone.”

This meditation is a healing prayer intended for daily use for a total release and cleansing. Forgive, let go, apologize, move on. I’m going to be trying this meditation over the next 21 days, and do a check in to see if I still feel the same that I do now. Join me if you see fit, I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.

To complete the meditation, begin by first setting an intention about a person or situation that you want to let go of, heal from, or improve your relationship with in your life. Keep this person or situation in mind as you repeat the following:

I am sorry.

Please forgive me.

Thank you.

I love you.

Here is a helpful guided meditation video that may help you in your meditation practice:

Sound off below! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time,

XOXO

5 Ways CBD Can Help With Endometriosis

In recent years, there have been a lot of studies on the positive health effects of cannabidiol (CBD). And, as it turns out, there are a lot of conditions that CBD can help with. In this article, I am going to go over the five ways that CBD can help with endometriosis.

I recall speaking with one of my college classmates about her complicated experience with endometriosis. After diagnosing herself, she struggled to find relief for the symptoms that are associated with this condition.

The sad truth is, this is an experience that is all too common. Not much is known about this condition or how it develops and many women find the currently available treatments of painkillers, hormone therapy or surgery too expensive or not effective enough as they are not suitable for long term use due to possible side effects.

A general lack of awareness by both women and health care providers, due to a ‘normalisation’ of symptoms, results in a significant delay from when a woman first experiences symptoms until she eventually is diagnosed and treated.

Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years, usually between the ages of 15 to 49, which makes approximately 176 million frustrated women in the world.

What is endometriosis and how can CBD help with it?

So, what is endometriosis and how can CBD help with it? It is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside your uterus, which is called ‘the endometrium’, is found in places outside of the uterus in your body, where it creates a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue since the body can’t actually shed any of it as it normally would.

Endometrial tissue can develop on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other abdominal locations. Unlike typical menstruation, the blood and tissue shed from these misplaced cells are frequently trapped in your body.

This cyclical pattern can become excruciating, triggering inflammation and scarring as your body struggles to reabsorb the dead material. The symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after sexual intercourse, heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue and infertility.

On top of this, it can have an impact on general physical, mental, and social well being. Because this is a problem that affects so many women worldwide and is associated with the normal cycles women experience every month, it is not a problem that will likely just go away.

Not all is lost, however, as emerging research is highlighting cannabis, a well-deserved newcomer to western healthcare, as a possible answer.

Women across the world have been using cannabis and hemp extracts to treat endometriosis, menstrual cramps and other gynecological complications for millennia. In the last few decades, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD have been effective therapies with relatively few side effects.

One reason scientists are enthusiastic about these compounds is the recent discovery that the body’s natural endocannabinoid system is integral to the healthy functioning of the female reproductive tract.

Related: The Effects of CBD on the Human Body

Imbalances in these neurotransmitters are often linked to reproductive complications and diseases, including endometriosis, and it seems that careful use of phytocannabinoid supplements, topicals and suppositories could make a huge difference in the underlying imbalance.

Cannabinoids like CBD and THC have been shown to stop unhealthy cell multiplication

Your body usually has everything it needs to help keep you at your optimum health, including tools to prevent the growth of sick or defective cells and to destroy them before they become a problem. This natural process is known as apoptosis.

Unfortunately, apoptosis seems to be impaired in people who suffer from endometriosis and similar disorders.

The endocannabinoid system is involved in apoptosis and stopping cell growth. Perhaps the most famous application of these effects is in cancer treatments. When certain cannabinoid receptors are activated (either by the body’s endocannabinoids or by plant-sourced THC), they can prevent cancer cells from multiplying.

Similar research has shown that activating these receptors inhibits endometriotic tissue from proliferating in mice.

CBD can prevent excessive endometriotic cell migration

A frustrating problem for women who chose to surgically remove their endometriotic lesions is the recurrence rate. Endometriosis and the scar tissue it creates frequently come back.

However, scientists recently discovered that endocannabinoids are involved in regulating cell-migration, which is basically the movement of cells. Molecules like CBD can stop endometriotic cells from migrating by blocking the activation of the GPR18 receptor.

It’s important to note that molecules like THC activate this receptor, and could potentially increase cell migration. This suggests that women who self-medicate with THC should consider counterbalancing its effects with CBD.

THC and CBD can starve the source by inhibiting vascularisation

For anything in your body to grow, it needs a steady supply of nutrient-rich blood. Likewise, endometriotic lesions can only grow if they develop a network of blood vessels, a process called vascularisation or angiogenesis, to receive the required nutrients.

Although research on the influence of cannabinoids on endometriotic vascularisation is still growing, many promising studies have shown that both THC and CBD can inhibit the vascularisation of these lesions.

CBD can help reduce the nerve pain that comes with endometriosis

Some women suffer from deep-infiltrating endometriosis, a more painful form of endometriosis that embeds deeper into abdominal tissue because the lesions contain a much higher density of nerves.

Endocannabinoids regulate nerve growth, and their receptors (CB1) are expressed on the nerves that innervate endometriotic lesions. Molecules like CBD interfere with innervation by preventing the activation of this receptor.

However, this might suggest that using THC without the counterbalancing effects of CBD could result in a long-term increase of endometriosis innervation.

CBD and THC can tag-team pain signals

Nerves that innervate endometriotic lesions can increase the pain of endometriosis. These nerves also contain endocannabinoid CB1 receptors and when THC activates this receptor it can help decrease pain.

CBD also helps relieve feelings of pain but through other targets. Most notably, CBD is capable of desensitising the pain receptor TRPV1, the main job of this receptor is to detect and regulate body temperature as well as to provide a sensation of scalding heat and pain.

Scientists are still uncovering the different ways that cannabinoids like CBD and THC impact endometriosis and standardised medical advice could be years away. Until then, careful self-experimentation with guidance from your doctor is probably the best way to determine the optimal combination of cannabinoids to complement your current endometriosis treatment.

Many women have already incorporated cannabinoids into their self-care routine. Whether or not you incorporate cannabinoids into your self-care routine, there are many alternative treatments available if a purely pharmaceutical or medical treatment is falling short.

Product Review: Keep Your Glass Clean

It’s no secret that my favorite way to medicate is using bongs and glassware. Not just because the effects often are stronger are like, 10X stronger and faster, but because I love collecting glassware. They’re beautiful pieces of art, and just like smoking itself is an experience, so is taking a hit with a bong. Why not be living art? One of the things I find myself frustrated with however is how dirty my glass pieces can get with gunk and buildup, which only takes away from your visiual experience and can get you labeled as a lazy stoner who never cleans their tools (yuck). Luckily, I recently found two products that have turned my cleaning nightmare into a dream, keep reading to find out!

So, if you are familiar with glassware, you’ll know that the gunk that accumulates after use does not come out easily, even with most cleaning solutions and water. Since I intend to consume from my bowls after cleaning, I faithfully stay away from heavy duty cleaners, as you don’t want to put your health at risk when smoking after cleaning since residue from the cleaners, no matter how much you wash it off, is still present on the surfaces of your glassware. It’s especially important not to expose your bowl to this, since it is the part of your glassware that is exposed to the product and to heat.

The two products that have worked very well for me are Formula 420 and Piece Water.

Formula 420 1X solution has a citrus smell that I enjoy very much while cleaning my glassware. With weeks of buildup, I wanted to see how well it could clean even the most built up gunk. In about two rounds of washing, my bong was sparkling clear just like it was when I left Capital Vape Supply Glass Shop in DC (one of my favorite haunts). It is a bit slippery when handling the glass with the product inside so I’m just very careful with my bigger pieces.

Before I even get to that point is where Piece Water comes in though. My friend introduced me to the product at a shoot we had and I fell in love ever since. Piece Water is an all natural solution that helps your glassware not get as dirty when in use. It’s a blend of mineral, vegetable, and fruit extracts that’s All Natural and Non-Toxic! It also acts as filter that I find makes for cleaner & much smoother hit.

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Using both of these products, Piece Water to prevent buildup, and 420 solution to clean regularly keeps my pieces toxic free, clean and beautiful to look at. Not to mention, functioning really well. Give these products a try today! Want to support my blog? Order your products through me!

What do you use to clean your glassware? Sound of below and share with a friend!

From Drug Kingpin to CBD Savior: George Martorano’s Inspirational Story

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George Martorano, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1988, is said to be the longest-serving, first-time, non-violent offender in the Federal Bureau of Prisons in US History. However, upon his release in October 2015, has turned his experiences into a platform to continue to advocate for CBD with the creation of Hip Hemp Cafe, becoming a trailblazer for cannabis advocacy in the US. 

He spent more than three decades in a series of “supermax” facilities after pleading guilty to running what prosecutors said was a $75 million-a-year narcotics ring, has undergone the ultimate re-brand as an entrepreneur and advocate in the cannabis space, this time very much legally.  During Martorano’s 32 years in prison, much had changed in the U.S. surrounding cannabis and its legality. Finally, after 32 appeals in as many years, he was released at the age of 65 under the DOJ’s compassionate release program. Now he’s just opened the Hip Hemp Cafe, a coffee shop and CBD boutique in downtown Philadelphia.

He began his journey in CBD when he was in prison. “Marijuana was a death sentence for me, so I sought to find the positive,” he said. Once out of prison and while lecturing at events dedicated to reform, he met the mothers and wives of prisoners who started their own businesses of creating homemade CBD-infused products to help their sick child or parent. 

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Hip Hemp Cafe will market items like “Mugshot” hemp face creme and a “Cowboy” CBD strain for pre-rolls. “It’s going to be named after me as a conscious example for prisoners who come home to not return with a chip on their shoulder,” he said. “I’m taking the cowboy thing – a negative name the prosecutor gave me when busting me in Houston – and making it positive to lead by example.” he said, smiling.

If you’re somehow unaware, CBD is a non-intoxicating compound extracted from industrial hemp, the look-alike cousin of psychoactive marijuana. Some believe CBD has numerous health benefits. It has been touted as a near-magical supplement and used to reduce anxiety and treat inflammation. With the FDA recently approving Epidiolex, a CBD based prescription to treat some rare forms of childhood epilepsy, there has been a sparked interest in emerging evidence for CBD as an effective treatment for any other conditions. George shared that he practices what he preaches, and utilizes it himself. “I use it myself. I believe in it.” He prefers to smoke hemp flower high in CBD. “I take it for relaxation. I do so many things now, I need to relax, hemp and cannabis are those things that help you connect with what your body needs to heal itself—the whole point of the endocannabinoid system.”

Martorano is just as passionate about the message behind cannabis. He maintains the movement is about looking to find ways to aid the plight of sick individuals with limited means. “No one should walk away remaining sick when we can help them.” He also speaks methodically about his outlook on many prison reform measures to local and national legislatures. His attempts to make non-violent inmates feel like human beings is something he is very passionate about. “Some do deserve prison, I can tell you that,” he shared, informed by the innate knowledge of having experienced the system the hard way, “however, just because you are in or have gone to prison does not make you any less human, it’s important that we understand that, people make mistakes, let’s approach healing holistically.” 

 “Branding is the wave of the future when it comes to cannabis and can be a great stepping stone, but these brands have to get into this for all the right reasons, for the consumer’s sake. I’m never putting my face on an inferior product for the money, it’s about healing.” he shared, as he opened up about what keeps him going everyday. CBD is a mindset. If you don’t understand it and accept it mentally, your body will reject it physically.”

George Martorano and his crew want your healing journey to begin at Hip Hemp Cafe, so be sure to visit the closest location near you and spread the love. Also follow them on IG: @hiphempcafe. Tell them Hailey sent you!

Find Your Zen: CBD Tea

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CBD is having a major moment. It was more popular on the internet than Kim K and Beyonce combined within the last week. With the recent approval by the FDA for the use of a CBD product to treat epilepsy, the once-shunned oil is now basking in the mainstream spotlight. As the popularity of CBD grows, it’s made its way from the leaves of the hemp and marijuana plants to baked goods and beverages across the globe.

Personally, I think CBD tea is a delicious way to incorporate the oil into your daily routine. The best part is that you don’t have to run out and buy some specially formulated brand. You can simply add a few drops of CBD oil to your favorite teas and bask in the glorious flavor of the tea drinking experience. Read on to find out how you can make a cup of tea with a dash of CBD oil. However, if you’re not the DIY type, I would highly recommend Buddha Teas. My favorite flavor is the Peppermint. It is amazing in the morning commute!

CBD tea is a blend of tea leaves and CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol. CBD is a compound found in the leaves of the cannabis plant. In its oil form, it contains no THC — the psychoactive main ingredient in marijuana. It does not make users feel high and can be consumed in a variety of ways.

CBD tea is available in tea bags, but can also be brewed simply by adding a few drops of CBD oil to any tea. The natural oil is not water-soluble so fat is usually added to improve to absorption of the oil when added to foods and beverages.

The legality of CBD is dependent upon its source in the United States. CBD derived from marijuana is illegal because it is classified as a schedule I controlled substance. However, CBD derived from the hemp plant is legal. CBD can be extracted from a variety of small-scale and industrial hemp products including hemp seeds.

CBD is a relatively new product in the mainstream market. Additionally, regulations prevented the benefits of CBD from being studied for many years. As a result, high-quality research on the health benefits of CBD products is scarce. However, some research has shown evidence that CBD may be beneficial for the following health conditions:

  • Pain relief from arthritis
  • Eases asthma symptoms
  • Alleviates chronic pain
  • Soothes upset stomach
  • Targets nervous system function
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Benefits heart health
  • Offers neuroprotective effects
  • Reduces acne symptoms

In 2018, a drug made from cannabidiol called Epidiolex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy. The drug was approved specifically for use in treating two childhood epilepsy conditions: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It’s important to note that all other purported health benefits require additional research to prove efficacy.

Pour yourself a cup of hot tea and enjoy the benefits of CBD oil. Similar to CBD coffee, CBD tea is a blend of loose leaf tea and CBD extracts. You can find it on the market as CBD-infused tea bags or simply make your own blends right at home by adding a few drops of CBD oil to your favorite tea. 

For the best CBD tea, I recommend using organic ingredients and natural ingredients. This helps to preserve the flavors of the tea. Remember to opt for water-soluble CBD varieties or incorporate fats into your tea to improve the bioavailability of the CBD oil to get the full range of benefits 🙂

Product Reviews: CannaCell

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CannaCell® is super powered cultivated from hemp stem cells.
Hemp Stem Cells are naturally occurring phytocannabinoid antioxidants extracted from the mature stalk of the hemp plant. They have antioxidants that help defend against free radicals and counteract premature aging due to oxidative damage, pollution, and UV sun exposure.

I’m not going to lie. Growing up, I had a the struggle face. I had problematic skin out the ass. I was literally trying every product there was but never found something that actually worked. To make it worse, I had combination skin. Extreme combination skin. My cheeks would be dry to the point where skin was peeling, and everywhere else was oily to the touch. My shirt always looked like I was constantly frying chicken. My skin would always ‘get used’ to something too. If a product worked, in a couple months, it would stop working as effectively and eventually stop working all together *shudders* I had problem skin.

Throughout my life, I figured out what worked and what didn’t but I also seemed to be struggling to find a product I absolutely loved. I’m 24 now, I’ve been using CannaCell Happy Day Cream and Cleansing Foam for about 3 weeks now, and my skin has transformed. I have this anxious tick, I tweeze my chin for hours, and because of that, I have darker spots around my chin. I’ve realized that the area looks less irritated than normal, which to me is super surprising, which I have never seen before in a product. UPDATE: I realized that after about a month, my skin kind of got used to the product and I started having more and more breakouts. However, my skin still felt super clean and I loved that the moisturizer gave my skin an extra lift even with the increase in breakouts. I would defiantly keep using the moisturizer and even the foam wash, but for the cost of these items, I’m sure that I can find one more cost effective alternative. I would recommend this product for individuals who have low maintenance skin or those whose faces get dirty a lot as it does clean so well, I just can’t only utilize this product because I have combination skin.