Cannabis products are advancing at a rapid rate and nowhere more so than in the beauty department.
I recently got to try out some cannabis infused soap from Abis.inc. Infused with cannabis and lemongrass essential oil, the aroma was wonderfully uplifting and stimulating and I couldn’t wait to try it! If Lemongrass isn’t your thing, they also have other scent packages, including Rooibos, Spearmint & Charcoal, Lavender & Rosemary and Lime & Coconut.
First off, it can’t make you high but when it comes to moisturizing your skin, this soap is in a class of it’s own! Made with coconut oil, coconut butter, shea nut butter and lye, your skin is deeply moisturized, cleansed and healed, all in one go. As I lay in the bath, I felt wonderfully relaxed as the refreshing smell of lemongrass wafted from the water. My skin was left feeling baby-soft and so smooth.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis make this soap perfect for those with skin issues like eczema or psoriasis. Cannabis also helps prevent drying of the skin, promotes skin cell regenesis and is also rumored to help balance out the skin’s natural pH levels.
I used the soap everyday for a month and I definitely noticed an improvement in the quality of my skin – it was softer but also seemed more supple with an overall healthier tone.
So, if you’re looking for the solution to your dry skin issues…..look no further than cannabis infused soap!
Delicious, refreshing and infused with 100 mg of THC, this is no ordinary fruit juice!
These delightfully elevating drinkables are called Bottom’s Up and are brought to you by Black Weed Nation, a Proudly South African venture,with two delicious tropical flavours: Mango Orange and Strawberry Lemonade.
The Mango Orange is delicious and sweet but you can still taste the cannabis a little. The Strawberry Lemonade is fun and bitter sweet – it reminded me of those sours sweets- with only a very subtle hint of the cannabis flavour coming through. I enjoyed both and found them both to be equally enjoyable.
Each beverage is imbued with a secret blend of five different cannabis strains – a balance of Indica’s and Sativa’s to give you both a head and body high and they use only full plant extracts so you also get all the benefits of the entourage effect. The creators use only organically grown cannabis, so although perfect for recreational use, these drinks are so packed full of goodness that they double-up as super immune boosters!
“although perfect for recreational use,
these drinks are so packed full
of goodness that they double-up
as super immune boosters!”
“We started marketing them as a recreational drink until someone who had bronchitis for over a month drank a bottle of Bottoms Up for three days and was cured,” says Black Weed Nation’s, Blitz, “We then realized that 100 mg+ THC in the drinks was the key to introducing South Africa to cannabis oil in a friendly, non-intrusive and attractive way.”
If you are using it to strengthen your immune system, Blitz suggests you get comfy and sip on your Bottom’s Up throughout the day and allow yourself to relax, rest and heal. “It’s also much easier to drink juice with such a yummy taste than it is to swallow FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil)”, said Blitz, “so now we have sick people ordering it to keep in their fridges and are sipping as they go.”
For recreational purposes, Blitzrecommends experienced cannabis users drink the whole bottle in one go, (Bottom’s Up!) however for novices, he recommends three sips and then wait 20 minutes before continuing, “The delivery system into the blood stream is efficient and more effective than anything smoked and does not give you that pukey feeling that give you if you consume too much edibles.”
“Oh, and you will get the munchies big time!”
And he wasn’t lying!
Both my hubby and I partook of the juices to see if it would affect us differently. After about half an hour we both felt the affects start coming in. The strength of the high increased in waves for about another half an hour, stepping up both in intensity and enjoyment. Hubby and I spent the afternoon feeling extremely chilled on the couch together while we cried laughing to old movies we Netflixed and stuffed ourselves with everything we could lay our hands on. It was a great way to spend a Sunday!
“You become a porn star
with no inhibitions”
Also of Special Note, Blitz tells me, is its abilities in the bedroom, “You become a porn star with no inhibitions…and all your pleasure hormones in the body flow freely, think multiple orgasms and heightened sensitivity. It’s hard to describe until both of you drink the drinkables together – you may even end up breaking the bed. Its that good.”
So, if you’re in the mood for a fun, lifted day or if you need to strengthen your body or beat the flu, Bottom’s Up provides all the goodness of cannabis without any of the unpleasant bitter taste.
“We have basically created a premium product to compete against the best indoor, moonrocks or dab available. Drink a bottle of Bottoms UP and see for yourself”
Fortunately Bottom’s Up also comes in a reusable swing-top bottle that is child proof, so you won’t have any accidents!
If you like the sound of these awesome products, then you’ll love that Black Weed Nation are also launching a cannabis infused ice cream range this Spring!
You can follow this innovative and exciting company on Instagram @blackweednation.
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 Kitchencreation. 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!
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?
Cannabis 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.
Keep 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!
Help 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.
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!
Did you know Cannabis sex lube can enhance your sexual experience without making you high? Abis Inchave 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
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.
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?
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?
I 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.
I 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.
By 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!
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-inflammatory, antioxidant 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
Finding 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 options – What’s not to love?
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
Fortunately 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 kissable, CannaMeds make an amazing lip balm.
Check CannaMeds out on Instagram to find out more about their products:
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, CBDand 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.
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:
As a sleep aid
As a treatment for anxiety
A pain reliever
As an anti-depressant
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
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.
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.
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)
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!)
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.
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!
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!
Maui Wowi (also spelled Maui Waui) is one of my all time favourite strains to smoke. I enjoy the sweetness in the flavour but I especially love it’s effects: light and energising, it’s great for getting me out of slump or helping to motivate me to do chores like house cleaning.
So, when I ‘wild harvested’ my very own coconut recently I decided to try pairing it with my own home-grown Maui Wowie.
About Maui Wowie
A Sativa hybrid, it originally hails from it’s namesake, Maui Island, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands.
Maui Wowie as a strain, was a game changer. The argument that “weed wasn’t as potent back then” is probably referring to a time before Maui Waui was developed. It was bred in the 60’s and was one of the first strains to greatly increase its THC content. The THC content of the average marijuana strain was around or under 8% whereas Maui Waui featured THC content well into the teens. These days it is considered to be a middle to high grade medication that provides a typical Sativa high with a few Indica perks.
Pairing Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is light and uplifting and creates a wonderful, energising euphoria. I decided to pair it with something equally as light and stimulating.
Looking to capture the sweet fruitiness of Maui Wowie, I chose to braise the coconut flesh in tropical fruit juice while juxtaposing this with the soft savoury flavours of the battered chicken strips.
The salad includes melon, paw-paw and blue-berries to help enhance the sweet experience while resting on a bed of fresh lettuce and rocket.
The Maui Wowie provides a light and happy body high. It’s mentally stimulating so dinner conversation flows. With lots of sudden sometimes humorous and insightful observations about food and the meaning of life.
As for the flavours, Maui Wowie sets the tone with an uplifting fruity flavour followed by waves of euphoria sweeping though your body. It elicits an emotional excitement that is rewarded by the sweet piquancy of the fruity flavours while the chicken adds a subtle nutty undertone with the hemp seeds.
To sum it up: the delicate balance of sweet and savoury make you feel like your taste buds are making love to your mouth.
RECIPE: Fruit Braised Coconut and Hemp Battered Chicken Salad (serves 2)
Braised Coconut Ingredients
Tropical Fruit juice (fresh is best)
Hemp Battered Chicken Ingredients
2 skinned chicken breasts
100 grams hemp seeds
100 grams flour (can also be almond or coconut flour)
Cut the coconut up into bite sized pieces.
Put in a pan with a little coconut oil and lightly fry the coconut flesh for a few minutes.
Then add the fruit juice – just enough to just cover the coconut flesh.
Turn the heat down and allow the coconut oil to simmer in the juice with the lid off.
Allow the juice to evaporate until slightly thick and then remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
Hemp Battered Chicken Strips
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C
Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips
Beat the egg until frothy
Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl together
Dip the chicken strips into the egg, allow excess to drip off and then dip it into the dry mix bowl – make sure the chicken is sufficiently covered.
Put the chicken onto pre-greased wax-wrap (I spray it with Spray n Cook to ensure the batter doesn’t stick to the wax wrap)
Put the chicken into the oven and bake for aprox 40 mins or when the batter starts turning a light brown.
Chop up all the fresh salad ingredients into your bowl.
Add the Feta
Add the chicken strips and then cover the strips in the braised coconut