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! 

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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. 

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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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