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   

 

 

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!