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Mindful Mary J: Marijuana and Meditation

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In a world of daily stress and anxieties, the human mind can often come under a lot of pressure which can directly affect your mood. Meditation is a great way to ease your mind and get more value for your energy. But how about taking it one step further?

While meditation is beneficial for your mental and physical health on its own, there is one more ingredient you can add to the mix. Marijuana. Whether you are smoking recreationally or medically adding meditation to a small part of your day or week may add energy to your day.

Cannabis does affect everyone differently so trying to meditate after smoking may not actually be for you. However, it may help you to become aware of how marijuana affects you. The right indica strain can help to relax you and to reduce the mental distractions. However, for some, sativa strains may are better to elevate their energy and awaken their mind during meditation.

So, if you’d like to improve your memory, slow down the aging process or support your immune system, meditation and marijuana is the route to go.

Beneficial for All

What if you could increase the power and healing potential of your marijuana and mental wellbeing?

Meditation and marijuana have added benefits for everyone. Overall, there is nothing wrong with mindfulness and feeling connected to anyone. But there are clinical conditions that it can have added benefits too:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • PTSD

Best Cannabis Strains for Meditation?

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Lamb’s Bread is originally from Jamaica with proud effects. via Marijuana Break

  1. Lamb’s Bread: An amazing strain for energy and positive thinking. Plus, it is said to be one of Bob Marley’s favorite strains. Finally, this sativa will taper off into a more meditative buzz which is great for a mid-day smoke.
  2. Granddaddy Purple: This cerebral indica will help with full body and mind meditation. It has a powerful euphoric side and helps to deal with stress and anxiety. Perfect for night time when you want to meditate before you go to sleep.
  3. Blue Dream: This hybrid balances full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration. This helps to ease the mind during meditation. If you are over-stimulated and need to meditate before an event, speech, dance show, whatever – this will set the mind straight.
  4. Northern Lights: This famous strain is known for its psychoactive effects and ability to induce a cerebral dreamy like state. Use this for moments when you need answers. This one will help with any panic or anxiety attacks.
  5. Laughing Buddha: An award-winning sativa that is very happy and upbeat. So if you are having one of those days, this is a great strain to kick you out of the gutter and get you laughing. Its tranquil abilities may have you gaining faith back into the world.

How To Meditate While Your High

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Cartoon Steps to Meditation. via Mindful Ambition

Research has suggested to first meditate sober and getting the hang of that process first. Then,  start slowly introducing marijuana into your meditation. No special people. No special equipment. You don’t even need to leave your house. Just you, a room and some cannabis.

  1. Find a room where you can be in silence and undisturbed for at least 20minutess.
  2. Find a comfortable position on the floor, bed or chair. Make sure it’s a position you don’t need to move from.
  3. Place your cannabis within arms reach and set your timer
  4. Set timer for 10 minutes.
  5. Inhale deeply, Hold your breath for a few seconds. Exhale and then repeat until you start to feel calm and relaxed.
  6. Start with your feet: do you feel any tension?
  7. Now, your lower back. Continuing to move up through each part of your body removing the tension.
  8. Start to focus in on your breath – inhaling and exhaling. Don’t try to control it, just let it go! Do you have any thoughts?
  9. Once 10 minutes is up, reach for your marijuana and take your first dose.
  10. Set your timer for another 10 minutes.
  11. Notice the marijuana high as it starts to kick in through your body. How does it make you feel? Does it change your breathing?
  12. Just observe and breathe.
  13. Repeat steps 5-8.
  14. When the session is complete, feel free to repeat this again.
  15. Now you should feel super relaxed or even a little sense of euphoria.

Higher Meditation

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Cannabis is perfect for focusing the mind when combined with meditation techniques. via Leafly

Overall, breathing and meditation are super beneficial for your overall health and coupled with marijuana create a powerful result. Control your breath – control your thoughts. When cannabinoids in cannabis interact with these receptors, they produce euphoric, relaxing effects. So take advantage! So when you smoke up, instead of Netflix, just start with a meditation.

This will continue to have benefits in your life full of stress. We all have it. Work, job, family, errands and the list goes on. So treat yourself – treat your mind – treat your soul. Start today.

According to the Rastafari philosophy, “the herb is the key to the new understanding of the self, universe, and God. It is the vehicle to cosmic consciousness.”


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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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