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CBD 101: Let’s Start from Scratch

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It’s not just about the weed and the smoke anymore. There are other ways that the marijuana plant can benefit your body. And people are going crazy for it. It’s called CBD.

CBD has been a mainstay in the health and wellness world. Especially, hemp CBD. Whether it is taken orally or used topically on the skin, this is not a fad and is actually so much more than a trend. It is incredibly beneficial for your body. But it can all be a little confusing? Can’t it? So wait, there is hemp CBD and then marijuana CBD?…that’s’ right…and we have got you covered!

What is CBD (cannabidiol)?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids produced by the ever-so-magnificent cannabis plant. In fact, you may be familiar with the cannabinoid THC!  These cannabinoids are characterized by their ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system. CBD stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and helps with a number of potential medical issues. I mean what could be better?

But I bet your thinking… wooh… slow down girl. Do we have an endocannabinoid system? That is 100% correct. And it benefits from the active use of cannabinoids. Even cooler – you have CB1 and CB2 receptors built into your system when you’re born.

Now there are some differences out there, that you should know. Most importantly some of it is legal. And some of it is not. For now!

Marijuana Vs. Hemp

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Charlotte’s Web was named after Charlotte Figi, a young Colorado girl with severe epilepsy whose constant seizures were stopped by this strain. It is high in CBD and low in THC.

Both hemp and marijuana come from the plant species Cannabis sativa L. Cannabis sativa can yield a [brother] hemp or a [sister] marijuana. Hemp can legally only have trace amounts of THC. If hemp has more than 0.3% THC, it’s legally not hemp. Hemp Cannabidiol has been shown to be safe to use by everyone including children, women that are pregnant or nursing, and those who want to use it as an alternative treatment to pharmaceuticals.

But, Which One is Best then? 

The main difference when thinking about marijuana-derived vs hemp-derived CBD comes down to the plant differences more than the oil/extract. It’s kinda like milk chocolate vs. white chocolate- there’s a slight difference in taste but they’re both chocolates when it comes down to it. So what becomes the tiebreaker? Legality.

There are Benefits in it for You!

  • Relieves Pain and Inflammation.
  • Has Antipsychotic Effects
  • Anxiolytic – reduces anxiety
  • Helps to Fight Cancer
  • Relieves Nausea
  • May Treat Seizures
  • Lowers Incidence of Diabetes
  • Promotes Cardiovascular Health

Forms of CBD

  • Capsules
  • Marijuana Strains
  • Topically – soaps, lotions, etc
  • Tincture
  • Oils
  • Edibles

Check in next week to learn more about the FORMS OF CBD and how they will benefit you right now and in the long run!

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Moonrocks: What Are They And How Do You Smoke Them?

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If you are looking to elevate your high, it’s time you try moonrocks.

You have probably heard about them or been asked if you have ever smoked them. It is some sort of weed product. But it seems quite rare until you meet someone who has actually tried moonrocks. And it is actually quite easy to make your own, you don’t necessarily have to purchase them from a local dispensary. Some have called them the “caviar of cannabis” due to its delicacy quality. If you are like me – your first introduction to moonrocks was like smoking your first joint. Brand new, a little weird and you really don’t know what to do. But, we are here to help guide you.

What are Moonrocks?

Moonrocks are a cannabis product that is popular in the connoisseur world. For those who want to want that elevated experience moonrocks are bound to get you high.

The OG moon rock first hit the scene by the rapper Kurupt and Dr. Zodiak (Death Row Records). This product became trademarked but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own. While Kurupt’s brand is well-known for quality, another moonrock could be the complete opposite.

The potency and quality of your moonrock will depend on the products used to make them. Making sure you buy your moon rocks from a reliable producer is important. Nobody wants low-grade weed for a moon rock. But if you have all the products at home, you should definitely try to make this yourself.

Moon Rocks are THC concentrate to the max. Essentially cannabis buds (historically Girl Scout Cookies) dipped in or sprayed with hash oil, then rolled in kief. Though the potency of each batch of Moon Rocks is different base on who makes it, it usually is claimed to be around 50% THC.

How to Smoke Moonrocks

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Glassware and pipes are the best way to smoke Moonrocks. via Leaf Science

Moon Rocks are honestly only recommended for advanced cannabis users. But, if you’re ready for this there are some tips we recommend.

Glassware: Use a bong, pipe or whatever glassware you like most. Moon Rocks are not like cannabis flower. It’s thick and oily and rips apart.

No Joints: This really won’t roll up well in a joint. And the likelihood of your blunt staying lit – is low!

Smoke with Flower: The greasy, thick texture of moon rocks can make them difficult to light. But if you throw some ground cannabis on top it will be like the Kindle to the fire!

Make Sure Your Calendar is Free: This isn’t something to smoke if you still have tasks to complete, or you want to hit the gym. So make a plan for it!

Stay Hydrated: You won’t want to move a single muscle once the rocks hit you. So have water ready for the pasties, for the coughing effects and your dry mouth.

Snacks: The same goes for the snacks. You will probably get the munchies once the high kicks in.  Have a pizza ready, or your favorite snacks!

Environment: Be in a comfortable and vibe-encouraging environment. Make sure your soul and spirit are in their happy place. Have the people are you who make you laugh and don’t forget your favorite pillow and blanket.

How to Make Moonrocks? Do you need Weed?

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“Moonrocks” start out with fine cannabis buds, they are then dipped in hash oil and sprinkled with kief. via HERB

Though Moon Rocks are commonly made with Girl Scout Cookies flower or concentrate – you can really make your own Moon Rocks with whatever strain you’d like. All you need is the following:

  • Your favorite strain/flower
  • Your favorite concentrate/hash oil
  • A big bowl of kief from the bottom of your grinder
  • Some tongs
  • A liquid dropper

Click here to see a step-by-step guide on how to make Moonrocks!

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The 13 Best Products for Natural Skin Care

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It’s not always about the cannabis plant and what we can do with it. However, it goes to show the power of one plant. But there are also other products that are key to natural skin care and beauty.

The best thing about living close to the earth is that you’ll start to feel more connected. Eating healthy, living healthy and acting healthy are all key. The cannabis plant has been known for its natural skin care benefits on top of getting your medication. The THC and CBD have shown powers over inflammation and pain on top of topically curing rashes, scars, and even acne. But the cannabis plant isn’t the only natural skin product that is beneficial for our us. And remember – everything connects. So if you feel like making any of these oil THC or CBD infused, it will only be more helpful to you.

13 Best Products for Natural Skin Care

Coconut Oil

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Research shows that the antimicrobial properties of extra virgin coconut oil can have a powerful effect against acne. via A Health Blog

Everyone loves coconut oil because it is super versatile and great for literally everything. Its benefits are never-ending from strengthening underlying epidermal tissue by removing dead skin cells and protecting us from sunburns. Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties which help fight against chronic skin diseases and inflammation.

It can be used in your hair and skin to help cleanse, moisturize, remove makeup, heal wounds or scars quicker, and prevent razor burn. Coconut oil used internally is also beneficial for your looks. It’s healthy properties with help clear skin and helps with gut healing. Plus, it makes for a great natural lube option!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree has been used for hundreds of years to fight breakouts, redness, and inflammation of the skin. Its uses include working as a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal. Tea tree’s volatile essential oils come from approximately 230 different plant species and the primary active ingredients help reduce harmful bacteria. Many chemical compounds found within are capable of traveling through air, pores of the skin and mucous membranes to provide healing benefits. So if you are struggling with acne, this is a great option for healing.

Apple Cider Vinegar

An extremely versatile and inexpensive natural skin care product apple cider vinegar has a huge list of benefits. It aids in helping to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clearing skin problems caused by gut issues, cleansing the skin and helping to stop acne. In addition, apple cider vinegar has antifungal properties. It is not only beneficial to the skin but to your gut as well. It also contains highly beneficial acetic acid and certain vitamins like potassium and magnesium which helps for detoxifying the skin, boosting liver function and balance overall gut health.

Raw Honey

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Eating honey is beneficial for our health as it can boost energy, regulate blood sugar, beat insomnia, aid weight loss and improve digestion. via Top 10 Remedies

Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. Not only is is beneficial in reducing breakouts, providing moisture and wound healing but it helps to fight allergies and is antiseptic. It’s also been included in treatments used to heal bacterial infections, dandruff, diaper dermatitis, psoriasis and more. It is perfect for homemade natural skin care and great or full skin exfoliating.

Sea Salt

Sea salt comes loaded with tons of minerals and nutrients like magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium that it absorbs from the sea water where its produced. Many of these minerals are the same ones found in our skin cells and within our bodies. So, real sea salt can help balance, protect and restore the skin. The salt contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts, remove dead skin cells and irritation. In addition, it will help to balance oil production and help the skin retain moisture levels. Sea Salts are perfect for at home scrubs.

Avocado Oil 

An ultra moisturizing fatty oil what contains vitamins A, D and E. With this heavy fatty oil it helps to absorb into the skin. Avocado oil is beneficial for sunburns, boosting collagen and reducing inflammation of the skin. It can be used topically and used orally like all these natural options. Whip up some fresh avocado combined with essential oils, honey or a carrier oil to replenish hydration and leave skin feeling dewy.

Lemon Essential Oil

Great smelling and powerful – lemon essential oil is a strong antibacterial with many skin benefits. The lemon with help to diminish any ache breakouts caused by bacteria. It is also really beneficial in healing scars or age spots. So add drops in with any of these wax based oils. This super versatile oil can be used as a teeth whitener, laundry freshener, cellulite cream, face wash and household cleaner! And it is pet-friendly!

Argan Oil

Native to Morocco, argan oil is so healing because of its rich vitamin A and vitamin E content. Not to mention, its packed full of various antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. Argan is not only great for gently moisturizing skin, but it also boosts the shine and health of your hair. Applying a small amount daily with help with irritation, itchiness, eczema and even bug bites.

Aloe Vera

From burns to itches, to overall healing aloe vera has been popular for centuries. Most recognize it as a way to heal a bad sunburn but it also contains bacteria-fighting ingredients. This helps to fight inflammation, itchiness and combats fungal infections. Aloe vera plants produce two substances used for medicine: the gel found in the cells in the center of the leaf, and the latex that’s obtained from the cells just beneath the leaves’ skin. Both these substances aid in skin care and health.

Jojoba Oil

This oil is extremely popular for its moisturizing abilities. In addition,  it can help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, acne psoriasis and wrinkles. It’s also been known to reduce balding and unclogging hair follicles. Jojoba oil is unique because it is a polyunsaturated wax. As a wax, jojoba oil is especially useful for protecting the skin, providing moisture control, and soothing the skin and hair.

Almond Oil

There are so many nutritional benefits of almonds. And if you don’t have a nut allergy then this is a great way to smell great, reduce inflammation and combat bacteria. It has shown beneficial for treating skin rashes, acne or dryness. It is a great base for creating your own homemade lotions with some essential oils for the smell.

Shea Butter

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The benefits of shea butter are enormous. This includes dry skin, blemishes, age spots, wrinkles, and skin conditions. via Healthy but Smart

It smells delicious, goes on smooth and is great for moisturizing dry skin. It has been around for hundreds of years within Africa and is still being used and cultivated for a natural option for skin products. Plus, it is inexpensive yet super effective at reducing flaking, redness or itchiness.

Castor Oil

While it can be a little messy and oily, Castor oil is great for cleaning your face, scaring or any sort of dryness. All you do is mix a little castor oil with another oil such as coconut and massage into your face. Lastly, rinse with warm water to carry away impurities.

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Hemp Seeds: The Benefits, The Evidence and CBD!

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The cannabis plant is extremely powerful. It creates both hemp and marijuana. And naturally, hemp provides added benefits to CBD absorption when used together.

We all want the best results from the supplements and vitamins we take. One of the most important factors come down to if we can properly absorb them. For example, you have probably heard doctors or your mom recommend taking your vitamin C with a glass of orange juice. Why? Because orange juice helps with absorption. So the same idea applies to CBD. Hemp seeds have an added bonus factor in helping this process.

How Does it Work?

CBD absorption is actually quite easy. CBD contain chemical properties too. So, it’s all just a little bit of science. CBD and other cannabinoids are fat soluble. Meaning it needs fatty acids with water or protein.

Hemp seeds have fatty acids, cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). They are absorbed by dissolving into the membrane of the cells within the intestines. These then form into lipoproteins which contain water-soluble phosphate. Are you following still? These then travel through the lymphatic vessels before hitting the bloodstream.

Seems complicated… but guess what? Your body is doing it on its own. So you really don’t need to think about it like you do about tying your shoes or brushing your teeth.

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

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Hemp Seeds or Hemp Hearts are crunchy, nutty, and slightly sweet bites of power-packed nutrition. via Azure Standard

  1. Nutritious: Technically these seeds are a nut that contains high amounts of protein. Hemp seeds are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Plus, they are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids: omega-6 and omega-3.
  2. Reduces Heart Disease: Contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which is used to produce nitric oxide in the body. This aids in lowering blood pressure and reducing heart disease. The gamma-linolenic acid helps to decrease the inflammation within the body.
  3. Benefits Skin Disorders: A good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. Studies have shown this to benefit skin conditions along with the gamma-linolenic acid. Hemp oil can be used to relieve irritation and itch.
  4. Plant Based Protein: By weight, hemp seeds provide protein percentages similar to beef and lamb. In addition, they are a complete protein source, which means that they provide all the essential amino acids. Plus, hemp protein is easy to digest!
  5. Easing Menopause and Menstrual Pain: Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), found in hemp seeds, produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin (milk production). Furthermore, the GLA in hemp seeds may help to regulate hormone imbalances in menstrual pain and inflammation with menopause.
  6. Aids in Digestion: Hemp seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a valuable source of nutrients for the beneficial digestive bacteria while insoluble fiber adds bulk to your gut and may help food and waste pass through the gut easier.

Higher Hempality

While some terpenoids that belong to CBD such as myrcene may end up in your hemp seed oil it just had beneficial effects. The power of the hemp seeds anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties show its benefit for you and your body.

Overall, looking at the properties of CBD and then the properties of hemp seeds and hemp seed oil it seems its just beneficial to use all cannabinoid-rich extracts. Little THC, little CBD, little hemp. Hemp seeds are easy to purchase at any store (might be in the organic section). You can add them to just about any recipe or just on top of some yogurt. This cannabinoid-rich product shows many added benefits to your CBD use. So why not try some hemp seeds today!

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