Review: Healthy & High

Most edibles are dripping in unhealthy sugars and processed carbs so I was delighted to come across a delicious and healthy edible that was not only nutritious but also packed with 25mg of THC.

 This tasty treat is called High King (I only got the pun once I was actually high! ) is a CanDu Kitchen  creation. Packed with nutrition, this seed bar provides your body with all it needs to sustain  you and the generous dose of THC helps keep you energized and motivated.

If doing household chores usually makes you feel like slitting your wrists, then this seed bar is your salvation!

Energising and uplifting, the high came in subtle waves of increasing intensity  and it took about an hour for me to feel the full strength of the THC which made me feel nice and relaxed but not lazy.

I would definitely recommend this for a playful social gathering, perhaps a picnic or a stroll through the veld with some friends – whatever you decide to do, you’ll feel good doing it!

5 Questions To Ask Your Cannabis Oil Supplier

Finding cannabis oil is easy these days- it seems everyone and their aunt knows someone who’s making it. And what’s wrong with that? Nothing at all, as long as the person making it knows what they are doing and can answer a few basic questions about their products.

  1. What Solvent Was Used?

This needs to be your first question. Did they use alcohol – and was it food grade or industrial alcohol they used to extract the oil?

In the early days of cannabis oil extraction, people were using isopropyl alcohol to make their cannabis oil. Although effective, isopropyl alcohol contains harmful substances which are left in the oil after extraction. These harmful elements are then ingested when you use the oil, which is counter-productive to holistic healing.

You need to ensure your supplier used a food grade alcohol like ethanol to extract the oil. When healing your body, you want to ensure you are putting only the good into it.

2. Tested?

These days we know a lot more about cannabis and it’s make-up: THC, CBD’s and how they all interact with the body. Gone are the dark days where we didn’t know what strain was good for what ailment or having to guess the potency of oil.

In my experience, South African oil suppliers are no slackers when it comes to upholding standards and they have been diligently finding laboratories that will test their products and provide them with the relevant information. Anyone who is serious about making cannabis treatments for sale will have had their products tested.

Tests to ask for include: pesticides, heavy metals, solvent residue and potency (CBD:THC). As mentioned above, when you are taking a substance to improve your health, the last thing you want is it to have harmful pollutants that could sicken your system.

If you are paying money for the oil then you deserve to know exactly what you are buying – it’s that simple.

3. What’s The Potency?

If they’ve tested their oils they will know the ratio of THC to CBD as well as a few other things about the make-up of their oil.

For certain conditions, a higher ratio of CBD is more effective, whereas for other issues a high ratio of THC is better- do some research about which is best for you and then ask your supplier what they can offer you in their range.

4. What Strain?

Not all oil makers are in it for the money and many kitchen-pharmacists are doing it right – and for the right reasons – but they can’t afford the tests to prove it. If you trust your supplier and you know they grow their plants organically, then finding out the strain can be a beneficial alternative for working out the CBD:THC. The internet is a treasure trove of information on different strains, their genetics, flavours and general potency so this will give you a good idea of what effects you can expect. Keep in mind that each plant is different and soil, climate and care do play a large role in how potent your plant will be. The better cared for, the better the quality.

5. Is it Full Plant Extract ?

Studies show that cannabis works best when all the properties of the plant are extracted. This allows for the ‘entourage’ effect. The entourage effect refers to how the compounds present in cannabis work in concert to create a powerful healing effect. Recent studies have shown that isolates are far less effective, have unforeseen side-effects and typically become less effective over time. So, when sourcing your oil it’s a good idea to double check you are getting full plant extract and avoid products that promise you CBD or THC “only” products.

Never be afraid to ask your oil supplier questions – the more information you have the more specific you can be about your cannabis treatment   

 

 

The Cooking Underground – A Sneak-Peak into South Africa’s First Cannabis Cooking Class

Curious about what a cannabis cooking class might look like? Take a quick peak at South Africa’s first cannabis cooking class….

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It wasn’t your average Wednesday evening for six brave residents of the Dolphin Coast. They were off to a clandestine cooking class at a secret location.

Usually, when attending a cooking class, worrying about the police arriving unexpectedly is not a big concern. However, when that cooking class is teaching you how to learn the basics to safely and effectively make your own cannabis oils, it suddenly becomes a factor.

Of the group of six class members – five were women. Two of the ladies admitted that their husbands had wanted to attend but were too scared of the police to come – these six souls were brave indeed!

For this reason, I kept the location of the class a secret and only revealed it to the members just before the day of the class.  I wasn’t really expecting the cops to come banging down the door to our illicit class, but I prefer to err on the side of caution to be safe.

I deliberately kept the class small to keep the atmosphere relaxed and to ensure everyone had a chance to ask questions.

The aim of the class was to equip each person with the knowledge and skill to comfortaby make and use cannabis concentrate oil (FECO/RSO) and cannabis infused coconut oil. These are the basics when it comes to using cannabis as medicine or in food. With these two basic skills these people would be well on their way to effectively self-medicate and begin their journeys towards superior health.

The evening was fun, informative and uneventful -no blue lights and screaming sirens, instead we laughed, we shared, we learned. And by the end of the class there were six more people in the world capable of making their own cannabis oil and infusions…

If you’d like to find out more about the next cooking class click here

And if you’re curious what a cannabis cooking class looks like….here’s a brief break down of the evening in pictures….

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Class started with a quick introduction and an update on where we stand regarding the law and cannabis. Then we moved on to decarboxylation: what, why, when and how. 

 

 


cannabis alcohol drain

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Making RSO/FECO

Although the alcohol looks sufficiently strained it still needs to be put through a coffee filter to take off the fine plant material and dust.

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Demonstrating what the oil looks like once almost all the alcohol has boiled off. 

 

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Once all the alcohol is completely boiled off, it’s time to store it correctly. Everyone got to go home with their own ml of RSO/FECO!  making cannabis oil rso feco

 

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Making Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil

 

Straining off the coconut oil after pre-infusing the cannabis overnight.

 

 

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Voila!  Once the cannabis infused coconut oil was strained and drained, it was poured into 50 ml containers for class members to take home and try for themselvesIt’s that easy.

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Explaining individual tolerance and how to safely dose yourself and others….

…Then there were six more people in the world able to make their own cannabis oils and infusions. 

 

For the recipe to make your own cannabis infused coconut oil click here 

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Making Cannabis Infused Oils with Your Slow Cooker

This straightforward recipe for making cannabis infused oils in your slow cooker is so simple you’ll wish you tried ages ago.

 

The Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker

Easy-peasy – You no longer have to spend the whole day stuck in the kitchen keeping an eye on the stove to make sure the oil doesn’t boil – with the slow cooker method you simply set it up, switch it on and go to bed and in the morning, your oil is ready- what a pleasure!

No Smell – The second big benefit is that the smell is almost non-existent. The slow cooker method  contains the odors so you don’t have to suffocate in clouds of incense for fear of the neighbours smelling your herb.

Ingredients

infused cannabis oil 50 grams cannabis

500 ml oil (coconut/olive/almond/etc)

Water

You can use as much or as little as you like. The basic math is a 1:10 ratio of cannabis to oil. IE: 10 grams of cannabis to 100 ml coconut oil.

Equipment

Blender/scissors

2 x Container with lid (preferably glass not plastic) or bowl, string and wax wrap

Pantyhose

Bottle (for storage)

Method

  1. Put the slow cooker on to the ‘low’ setting and fill 2/3 with water.cooking marijuana leaves

  2. Put the cannabis in the container with the oil and pour the oil over the cannabis.

  3. Using the blender or scissors, chop the cannabis up into small pieces – not too fine but ensure there’s not large stalks that might rip the pantyhose later.

  4. Seal the container tightly or cover it in wax wrap and use the string to keep it secure.

  5. Place the sealed container in the slow cooker.

  6. Put the lid on the slow cooker and leave it to cook for 4-8 hours

  7. Once it’s finished cooking, switch off the slow cooker and remove the container from the water.

  8. Ensure the container is wiped dry of moisture on the outside before opening.

  9. Cover the opening with pantyhose and make a sieve over the top – ensure it is well secured.

  10. Pour the oil out through the pantyhose into another container.

  11. Once all the oil has been drained into the new container, seal this container and store it in a cool dark place.

marijuana infused oil recipe

Take Romance To New Highs This Valentines With These Local South African Cannabis Products

Tired of the clichéd hearts and teddy bears? why not sample some of our local cannabis products to elevate your romantic experience and get passions burning on Valentine’s Day?

marijuana cannabis valentine'sCannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries and according to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, regular cannabis users have sex 20% more often than than non-users. Cannabis has also been known to help elevate every aspect of your romantic experience – from improving your mood, heightening your appetite, increasing arousal and amplifying sensations.

Here are some of the best cannabis products on the South African market to help you make this a stand out Valentine’s Day.

Lip Balm

marijuana micro doseKeep those lips soft and kissable this Valentine’s Day with this all natural, cannabis infused lip balm. Not only is it made from all organic ingredients, it’s also the perfect way to micro-dose with cannabis. Each time you apply a little, the tiny dose of cannabis is absorbed through your lips, mouth and saliva into your system which allows you to enjoy the benefits without getting high. Keep your lips soft and and moist and watch the suitors come flocking!

Bath Oil

marijuana muscle relaxHelp you and and your partner get to into a sensuous mood with a steaming hot cannabis infused bath. Add this rich, all natural oil from Abis Inc to your bath water to soothe tense muscles, reduce painful inflammation and help you to take relaxation to a whole new level. It leaves your skin feeling satin-soft and oh-so-touchable.

Edibles

Marijuana edibles medibles Nothing wins a woman’s heart like chocolates….but infuse those chocolates with cannabis and you’re likely to win her body and soul too!

These delicious goodies from Candu Kitchens are an enjoyable and tasty way to ‘take your medicine’. The effects take about 30 mins to kick in and when they do, expect to feel relaxed, euphoric and in the mood to have some fun!

Sexual Lube

marijuana valentinesDid you know Cannabis sex lube can enhance your sexual experience without making you high?  Abis Inc have another wonderful product for the sexually adventurous. You can enjoy the benefits of cannabis without getting high. Not only does cannabis lube stimulate blood flow to where it is applied and relax tension but, for women, it comes with an extra benefit – it encourages the production of natural lubrication! – expect things to get a little wet and wild!

Pick Me Up’s

Magic mushrooms treat depression Valentine’s Day is not a celebration for all: for the single, the heart-broken, the depressed and the jaded, Valentine’s Day can be agony. Luckily for you, Stoned Tree Farm provides psilocybin infused honey capsules in micro doses, called Psican.

Psilocybin is the psychoactive compound found naturally in ‘magic mushrooms’ and has shown promising results in the treatment of depression and addictions.

The Psican dose is too small to make you feel high or hallucinate but it’s just enough to make you feel better about life in general. So, don’t spend this Valentine’s Day moping about in a cloud of angst – rather elevate your mood with all natural Psican and feel the love.  Image result for winky emoji

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Sweet Salvation: Cannabis Infused Honey

Cannahoney is a great way to take your medicine – a combination of two ancient power-house natural healers: cannabis and honey – what’s not to love?

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The Benefits of Cannahoney

As the name suggest, cannahoney is honey that has been infused with cannabis oil. Honey has been revered for its healing properties for thousands of years. It contains vital enzymes, vitamins and minerals which are essential to a healthy life. Infused with cannabis, these two natural substances have powerful healing effects that include anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory properties, treating coughs, wound care, insomnia, stress & anxiety, improving brain function and improving gut health. 

It’s also far more medically beneficial than smoking cannabis and cannahoney tastes a million times better than concentrated oil, that’s for sure! Who wouldn’t want to put that in their tea and drink it?

Me Time 

cannabis infused honeyI recently got to try a cannabis infused honey tincture from Stoned Tree Farm’s aptly named Me Time. It’s safe for all ages and is made with only food grade, organic ingredients.

The oil used to infuse the honey is made from organic cannabis grown by dedicated and experienced growers who have been carefully selected by Stoned Tree Farm. They also have their oils tested for pollutants and potency – so you always know what you are getting and you know it’s all goodness.

Their honey comes from hives that are set between mango, avo and nut farms and has a  smooth, dark and rich texture. 

The Me Time honey also comes in a nifty squeezy bottle. It’s perfect for keeping in your handbag or desk drawer so you can add it to your tea or coffee whenever you need.

When it comes to managing pain,  cannabis infused honey is the way to go. If you put a few drops of this tasty golden liquid under your tongue it works within around 15 mins and provides noticeable relief.  It’s  excellent for soothing stressed and anxious nerves and it even helps improve your mood. 

Easing Irritability and Tension

So, a few days ago, I found myself feeling extremely agitated and unfocused. I couldn’t concentrate for long on any one thing and everything was irritating me. This was making me tense and so my old nemesis, shoulder pain, began shooting excruciating jabs of pain out from my upper back, neck and right arm. This just added to my bad mood and so it took me a little while to realize that I was in the throws of some serious premenstrual tension.

Identifying the issue was all well and good but I had things to do and dragging myself aimlessly from one half-done thing to the next in a perpetual bad mood was helping no one. It was then that I remembered  the Me Time infused honey.

cannabis infused honey teaI put a few drops of the honey in my tea and I waited. But I was impatient, so I decided to put some of the infused honey under my tongue for quicker absorption and all I can say is – Yum! It was delicious – the familiar sweetness of the honey mingled pleasantly with the subtle yet distinct cannabis flavour and I had to stop myself from having more.

Within 15 minutes I could feel myself beginning to unwind. My first indication that the infused honey was working was when I finally completed a task in one sitting. My second sign was that I was no longer walking around under my own personal thunder cloud. I felt better. Not stoned but definitely uplifted. I could feel my whole body had relaxed and was no longer holding so tightly to the stress and agitation of before.

cannabis infused honey artBy the time this initial sublingual dose began wearing off, the honey I had in my tea earlier began to kick in and so I continued riding the wave of calm….feeling relaxed and better able to channel my energy in a more focused manner. Despite being ever-so-slightly high, I got so much more done that afternoon, thanks to the infused honey.

Be it to manage pain and inflammation, help you sleep, manage anxiety and stress or simply to give your immune system a boost – you aren’t going to find another medicine that’s as effective and as delicious as this. So, make yourself a special cup of tea and enjoy your day! 

To order your own infused honey click here

Click here to find out more about Stoned Tree Farm and their other products

Is It Time To Add Cannabis To Your Skincare Regime?

Cannabis topicals are gaining in popularity – from anti-anging to healing sores and easing pain – and all without getting high!

I have been looking for the perfect cannabalm for sometime now – mostly to keep my skin moisturised, heal environmental damage and also to use as a preventative for skin cancer and other skin issues.

Benefits of Cannabis Infused Balms

It should come as no surprise to anyone that cannabis possess skin-healing benefits. Known for it’s anti-inflammatoryantioxidant and anti-aging properties, it’s quickly becoming one the more popular treatments for eczema and other skin issues.

Because cannabinoid receptors are located all throughout the skin, CBD has the capability of interacting with those receptors to encourage homeostasis and healing.

Topicals are applied right to trouble areas so that the cannabis can work directly where it is needed. Although the cannabis can still be absorbed into your blood stream through your skin, it bypasses the liver and so you don’t get the psychoactive side-effects associated with orally ingested forms of treatment.

Finding the Perfect Cannabis Balm

cannabis skin heal marijuana balmFinding a well made cannabis balm in South Africa is easier said than done. There are balms, don’t get me wrong but too often they are made with cheaper ingredients or the consistency of the balm changes drastically with the heat.

So, when I discovered CannaMeds make a balm using all natural, organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging, I was over the moon. Rich and smooth with a delicate cannabis scent, I couldn’t wait to try it.

Organic, biodegdradable with Vegan-friendly optionsWhat’s not to love?

cannabis skin care Beautifully packaged in a biodegradable tin, CannaMeds ensures everything about their products is organic from ‘soil to oil’. The cannabis they use is carefully grown organically and indoors so as not to be exposed to potential pollutants.

One of the aspects I appreciate most is their attention to detail – they even carefully monitor how much heat is applied when making their products so that their customers can experience the full spectrum of healing properties offered by the cannabis plant by ensuring that none of these properties are accidentally burnt off. I love a company that goes to such great lengths to ensure we truly get the best of the best!

When you use their balm you can actually feel the care that has been taken in making their products. From the beautiful, biodegradable packaging to the decadent softness of the balm – this product does not disappoint!

CannaMeds also offers vegan options – using GMO-free soy way rather than honey. They also make tinctures and coconut oil infused capsules.

Moisturising and healing

Unlike many natural balms, the CannaMeds Healing Balm is soft in texture making it easy to apply. It was quickly absorbed into my skin, leaving it genuinely silky and smooth to the touch However, unlike with synthetic creams, my skin remained soft and moisturized for hours after.

This makes using the Healing Balm on my face a pleasure – it leaves my skin feeling satin-soft and revitalised but without the usual oily sheen that accompanies many natural balms.

CannaMeds Healing Balm is excellent for treating eczema, inflammation, acne, ageing or pain.

CannaMeds Product Range

cannabis tincture south africaFortunately for us, Cannameds makes more than balms – you can also order cannabis infused coconut oil capsules, lip balm or cannabis tinctures.

The capsules are made with organic coconut and even the actual capsule casings used are vegetable-based and vegan friendly.

They also make tinctures which are excellent for healing to manage pain, lift your mood or to help take the edge off. 

And for those in search of the ultimate micro-dosing method or if you just want to keep your lips looking moist and vegan cannabis infused coconut oil capsules kissable, CannaMeds make an amazing lip balm.

Check CannaMeds out on Instagram to find out more about their products:

https://www.instagram.com/cannamedsza/?hl=en

If you would like to order any of these amazing products send me an email at:  cannabisguruza@gmail.com 

Keep It Green: Cannabis, Chlorophyll and Healing Yourself

When we get sick the first thing we are told is to “eat more greens”. as it turns out chlorophyll, which is responsible for making plants green, also contains powerful healing properties.

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Cannabis and Chlorophyll

When it comes to cannabis there’s a lot of noise about CBD’s and THC but one of the most powerful healing properties in cannabis seems to get overlooked – Chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is responsible for the green colour in the leaves and because there is so much chlorophyll in cannabis, the plant is very, very green.

When it comes to cooking with cannabis, many people try to take the chlorophyll out because of aesthetics and flavour but I would argue that this is a mistake. Here’s why…

Reb Blood Cells: Chlorophyll is crucial in aiding with the restoring and replenishing of red blood cells, but, most importantly, it has the ability to regenerate our body. This is because haemoglobin and chlorophyll have similar structures. The main difference is that haemoglobin is built around iron whereas chlorophyll is built around magnesium. The primary function of haemoglobin is to transport oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body

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Chlorophyll is also rich in live-enzymes which help in the cleansing of the blood and which, again, enhances the ability of the blood to carry more oxygen.

Vitamins & Minerals: As it turns out, chlorophyll is an excellent source of vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E and K as well as beta carotene. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and provides you with vital minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and essential fatty acids.

Magnesium is also responsible for the green colour. The magnesium, which is the central molecule of chlorophyll, contains a special ring shaped formation which captures wavelengths of light. However, green is not captured and so the colour green is reflected back to our eye.

Magnesium is also known to provide a high alkalising effect on the body and delivers oxygen to body tissues and cells.

Spotting A Trend…It’s Oxygen!

Image result for oxygen cannabisOxygen is vital to our health and to our survival. I once went 40 days without eating any food and I was fine but find me a few minutes into a sever asthma attack and I’m turning blue and literally feeing the life ebb out of me. Oxygen is crucial for life and without it we die pretty quickly.

Every single cell in our bodies requires oxygen. Our cells are energized by oxygen in order for regeneration to happen. Oxygen is required for food motabilisation as well as the elimination of toxins and waste through the process of oxidation.

Our brain needs oxygen continually to process information and in order for our organs to function efficiently they need loads of oxygen. Basically everything that we take for granted: thinking, moving, eating, sleeping, feeling and talking, are all entirely dependant on oxygen for the energy to facilitate these processes.

In fact, oxygen is the only element that is capable of combining with just about every other element to basically build and maintain our bodies.Image result for oxygen brain

When your immune system is compromised by a lack of oxygen, you are more susceptible to bacterial, viral infections, colds and flu. Oxygen-deficient blood presents itself with a variety of metabolic disorders, most recognizable by excess uric acid which makes your body acidic rather than alkaline. Oxygen protects you against unfriendly bacteria and toxins and will help your body cleanse them from your system while keeping your body alkaline.

Oxygen has been used in a myriad of ways to heal. It is used to treat the sick and injured, it treats bone infections, wounds, carbon-monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness and now the sports field has opened its eyes to increasing oxygen levels to treat athletes.

Increased oxygen has been shown to heal cancers and reduce inflammation. When your body has enough oxygen you feel energised and motivated.

Cannabis, Chlorophyll and Oxygen

Image result for cannabisSo, we know that chlorophyll helps the body to maximize it’s oxygen intake and we know that cannabis has loads and loads of chlorophyll – it’s one of the most abundant properties found in this amazing plant. So, when you make oil and it comes out so green that it looks black – this is good! This is not only THC and CBD’s but a rich source of powerful, healing, oxygen creating chlorophyll.

So next time you cook with cannabis and everything goes a light shade of green, don’t despair, rejoice because the green is an integral part of the healing experience. The more chlorophyll you eat, the more oxygen your body is able to convert into your blood and the healthier you become. With oxygen-rich blood you are able to fight off disease effectively and you are able to heal more quickly.

If you have access to the fresh plant, then eating it raw is always best . Any heat begins to destroy or change vital nutrients so juicing the leaves or eating them in a salad regularly will provide you with the most long term benefits.

Of course, the chlorophyll is not limited to the concentrate oil – if you are growing for yourself, then eat the leaves (yes really!). Eating green plants raw is always best so if you have access to the fresh plant – use it!

It seems to me that the more I look into the cannabis plant, the more amazing it becomes and when it comes down to it, it’s best to keep it green!

Cannabis Terpenes and Cooking: How To Make Edibles Taste Like Your Favorite Cannabis Strain

Cannabis terpenes mean you can now make your edibles taste like your favorite strain of cannabis.

Pineapple Express infused cookies that actually taste like pineapple express (and not the familiar, generic flavour of chlorophyll)? Could it be possible? With one of the newest offerings in the cannabis market, cannabis terpenes mean there’s now a way to capture the flavor of your favorite strain in your edibles.

What are Terpenes

Terpenes are the fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic variety. They’re what give  Tangerine Dream it’s soft citrus notes , Sour Diesel its pungent fuel flavour and  Maui Wowie its sweet tropical aroma.

These oils are secreted in the flower’s sticky resin glands – the same ones that produce THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. And just like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and give rise to various effects – some can enhance your high while others can improve the pain reducing qualities of a particular strain – they each have their benefits. 

cannabis terpene, marijuana, dagga weed Food Grade Terpenes

Not all terpenes are food grade and therefore not all terpenes are edible. So, when I discovered a company that made food grade cannabis terpene profiles I couldn’t contain my excitement – finally I had a way of creating edibles that actually tasted like the strains I had used to infuse them with – oh the possibilities! True Terpene Profiles from Natural Terpenes produces liquid cannabis terpenes profiles which have been carefully blended to replicate the aromatic flavour of the strain they are named after. These terpenes don’t contain any THC but are known to assist your high and your health in various ways.

It comes in a little child-proof plastic container. Inside the container you get a tiny little bottle full of potent terpenes and a nifty little dropper to help you meter out your dose.

Choosing The Best Terpene Profile For You

 Choosing the Terpene Profile that is best for you can take a bit of research – different terpenes provide different benefits – some help you sleep, some help you eat, some help relieve pain, etc. Alternatively you can simply go with a strain you are familiar with or one who’s aroma you are really fond of.

For me it was Granddaddy Purple. I had some home-grown Granddaddy Purple (GDP) which I was enjoying immensely and which I wanted to use in some edibles. I’m also familiar with the aroma of GDP so I wanted to see if the liquid True Terpene Profile had successfully capture the floral notes of this strain and lastly, but most importantly, I wanted to try the effects of GDP”s blend of terpenes.

I was not disappointed. With light floral notes and a hint of sweetness the smell was intoxicating and I couldn’t wait to try it in food!

What Terpenes are in Granddaddy Purple

One of the dominant terpenes found in GDP is Linalool. (Say it, it’s fun!) Linalool provides those soft, fresh floral top notes – it also helps with the feeling of deep-ease and relaxation.

Linalool is used for a variety of reasons:

  • True Terpene Profiles Cannabis terpenes flavour flavor foodAs a sleep aid

  • A relaxant

  • As a treatment for anxiety

  • A pain reliever

  • As an anti-depressant

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-epileptic

  • AntiC-psychotic

The next most prevalent terpene in GDP is Humulene. Like Linalool and Myrcene (also part of the GDP terpene profile), Humulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory, is pain relieving, and has anti-cancer properties. It also works as an appetite suppressant, so it helps reduce the munchies.

Cooking with Cannabis Terpenes

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One way to get the right cannabis flavour into your baked goods is to infuse the icing with the terpenes.
  • Don’t overheat the terpenes! The most important thing to remember about terpenes is that they are very delicate and can be destroyed easily with heat. For this reason I wouldn’t recommend using them in foods where they need to be added at the beginning of the heating process, as with cookies or cakes., as the wonderful aroma will probably not survive the baking. 
  • Raw foods, salad dressings and sauces are all great places to use Cannabis terpenes in your edibles or, alternatively you can add the terpenes at the very end of cooking once the heat has been turned off.
  • Dilution is essential! It’s a very concentrated solution so you need to dilute it. Think essential oils and you’ll get an idea of the potency of these profiles. If you don’t dilute it sufficiently it can have an overwhelming flavor that is too strong to be pleasant – always start with one drop and work from there.

Cannabis Infused Terpene Flavoured Chocolate Recipe

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Infuse your chocolates with the delicate terpene profiles of your favourite strains.

I love, love chocolate so it’s no surprise that’s it’s also my favourite medible. I decided to try infusing chocolate with cannabis extract and to flavour it with the GDP terpene profile. The combination results in a delicate mixing of the GDP floral undertones and the rich chocolate flavour. Perfect as an after-dinner dessert.

Ingredients:

Dilluted Terpenes

1 drops of True Terpene Profile of your choice

25 gram coconut oil

Add one drop of your chosen food grade Terpene Profile into the coconut oil and mix thoroughly. You won’t not use all of this for this recipe but it will keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

Cannabis Flavoured Chocolates

100 gram melting chocolate

1 tsp of Terpene infused coconut oil

2 rice grains FECO (add more or less depending on your personal tolerance)

Method

Gently melt the chocolate – use the double boil method to prevent the chocolate from overheating.

Once the chocolate is melted switch off the heat and add the FECO oil and the terpene infused coconut oil and stir in very gently until thoroughly mixed. (Don’t stir too vigorously as this can also damage the terpenes – they are a volatile bunch!)

Pour into moulds and refrigerate until they set.

Then eat. Wait. Relax. Enjoy.

To order your own cannabis terpenes click here

 

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Cannabis Bath Soak – Ultimate Relaxation Therapy

There are few things more rejuvenating at the end of a long and tiring day than a hot, deep bath but add some cannabis infused oils and you take that relaxation to a whole new level.

Recently I was given some Cana Kiss from Abis INC to try out. Made from rich, all natural, vegan friendly, food grade ingredients – some of of the claims made are that it helps to ease aching muscles and joints and soothes menstrual cramps – so after a particularly brutal day in my reproductive cycle where the cramps were so severe that the pain extended right into my thighs, I decided it was time to test these claims out.

Menstrual Pain

On this particular day, I felt like a small animal was persistently trying to push itself out of my lower back. Not only was this causing me severe discomfort but – for those who don’t know this – in general periods make us ladies more sensitive to ALL pain, even pre-existing pain. So the shoulder ache that normally pulsed gently just off my radar was now throbbing deeply and noticeably. My neck ached too. And I felt miserable (as one does when your entire body aches inside and out).

Kissed By Cannabis

It was definitely time to try out Canna Kiss. I ran my bath and put a few generous blobs of the oil into the steaming water. (It’s made with nutrient-rich coconut oil which can sometimes be more solid and sometimes liquid depending on the ambient temperature but this is balanced out by the amazing benefits the coconut oil offers.)

As the oils melted in the water they released the sweet, uplifting aroma of ylang-ylang essential oil and….something else. It was subtle, that smell, but my sensitive nose found the soft undertones of cannabis released with the steam and it seemed to me that my body began relaxing just by smelling it.

I immersed myself into the hot water and my skin prickled with delight as I sank into it’s warm, soothing embrace.

As I lay in the bath I could feel the Shea Nut Butter encase my skin in a luxurious softness. It was rich and smooth and made my skin feel silky and deeply moisturised. I literally felt the cares, the worries and even the pain, melt away into the water. For the first time that day, I felt at ease. I was able to completely let go and relax and drift into a world of lightness and peace.

High On Life

Don’t worry – the oils don’t make you high – not directly. Because you’re not ingesting it internally you don’t experience any of the psycho-active side-effects normally associated with cannabis. However, up to 60% of everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, so the cannabis is still benefiting you but on a level too subtle to be consciously noticed.

However, cannabis is renowned for it’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and as I lay in the warm waters I could easily imagine the pain and toxins being drawn out of me and into the water.

A New Day

I lay in that bath for three quarters of an hour. The world outside the bathroom door stopped existing. The pain, the discomfort were all forgotten and as I languished in waters of warm relief I felt myself become the physical incarnation of Divine Bliss.

When I emerged from waters, cleansed and soothed I was in a whole new space. I was no longer bent in half with pain and self-pity – I was a whole new woman and this was a whole a new day!

Verdict

Whether you suffer from pain or you want to spoil a special someone with a luxurious experience in the comfort of their own home, this product will not disappoint. Indulge yourself or a special lady in your life with this all natural cannabis bath soak and you’re bound to score some serious points!

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