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. 

 

 


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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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making cannabis oil

 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

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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. 

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 Infused Coconut Oil: Finding The Right Dosage For You

For those new to using cannabis as a medicine, the terrain can often feel strange and risky.  However, with the right approach, using cannabis can be an easy and rewarding treatment.

First Time Users Take Note: It’s important to NOT increase your dose until at least the third day.

First time users often don’t feel the effects the first time they use it because their cannabinoid receptors haven’t yet been opened. By the second night these receptors are usually wide open to receive and you will most likely feel the effects to varying degrees. Many people feel that because they didn’t feel anything the first night that they haven’t taken enough and so they double up the next night only to find themselves suffering with symptoms of overdose – which, although harmless, can be unpleasant.

Figuring Out Your Dose

This is where personal responsibility is of paramount importance.

Even if you have smoked cannabis before, it is essential to start on the smallest possible dose (tip of a teaspoon), and gradually build up to increased dosages.

Don’t increase your dosage until the third night even if it ‘doesn’t feel like it’s working’.

Increase your dosage slowly over days or weeks. I advise people to increase their dose on the weekend so they can sleep in if they feel tired in the morning while their body adjusts to the new levels.

Treating Cancer

Those treating cancer are essentially racing against time and so it’s important to increase your dosage as rapidly as you can. Start with a tip of a teaspoon on your first night. Double it the next night.

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By the third night you should be able to have a half teaspoon easily, building up to tablespoons at your own pace.

By the fifth day you can start taking a tip of a teaspoon in the morning and at lunch time. Increase this dose as much as you can manage once a week.

Sometimes this is too strong and sometimes the patient does not report feeling any difference- everyone is different so it is imperative that you listen to your body and respect your tolerance levels.

Managing Chronic Conditions

For chronic conditions you would start small and slowly over days and weeks work your way up to a dose where you felt it was having the desired effect. You are able to take more time with chronic conditions so don’t rush the process, rather start small and increase your dose gradually.

Crisis of Healing

Cannabis has powerful anti-oxidants which work to release and clear our body of built up toxins. When we start using the oil we often experience symptoms of detoxificaion: mild headaches and mild nausea are the most common symptoms.

However, when using large amounts of oil we release large amounts of toxins into our systems and this can make us feel very ill. It may present as flu like symptoms or the condition you are treating may appear to be getting worse at first. This is what we refer to as a ‘crisis of healing’ – where the process of healing becomes too traumatic for the body resulting in extremely unpleasant side-effects.

If this happens to you, continue to take the oil but reduce your dosage for a week or so until your body has things back under control. Remember to drink lots of water to assist in flushing out the toxins and include dandelion tea in your daily routine to help your liver to process the toxins and cleanse the blood.

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What Does Using Cannabis Oil Feel Like And How Do You Know If You’ve Taken Too Much?

A Note On Tolerance

Each person has a different tolerance for cannabis oil. What this means is that different people can take different quantities without it effecting them. Some people have a high tolerance and feel little to no affects as they increase their dosage whereas other people have incredibly low tolerances and a very little amount of cannabis oil can have powerful physical and psychological affects on them. Each person is different, but it’s best to always start small and work your way up.

Important Note for First Time Users

Often the first time we use the oil it has zero effect on us. This is because our cannabinoid receptors are not yet open to receive the cannabinoids and so the first time you use it, it has no noticeable effect. That is not to say it is having no effect at all – it’s opening the pathways and making it possible for you to absorb the THC and CBD’s the next time.

Please DO NOT TAKE EXTRA OIL THE SECOND NIGHT  thinking that you didn’t take enough the first night. Many people make this mistake and it results in unpleasant symptoms. Do not increase your dosage until the third night and only if you feel you can.

So, what does taking the oil feel like?

Most people take between 45 minutes and an hour to feel the full effects of the oil. It can come on gradually for some people whereas for others it can feel quite sudden

  • A general feeling of well-being and happiness. Some people experience a very deep and real sense of euphoria
  • Increased thirst – this is due to the detoxification process so make sure you drink WATER not sugary sodas!

  • A feeling of drowsiness and extreme relaxation

  • Feeling a bit detached from your body

  • Increased flow of thoughts and ideas

  • Increased hunger

How do you know when you’ve had too much? 

When first establishing your correct dosage it can be very easy to take too much by mistake – if you experience any of the below symptoms then you need to reduce your dosage the following evening.

If you feel any of the following symmptoms you know you’ve taken too much:

  • Nausea and possibly vomiting

  • Dry mouth and insatiable thirst

  • Dizzy, a feeling of looseness in the body, very unstable and unbalanced

  • Paranoia – a very real sense of fear or foreboding

  • Anxiety attack – feeling that you are dying/having a heart attack/stroke

  • Hallucinations – very rare but possible

  • Rapid heart-rate – it feels like its beating out of your chest

What should you do if you’ve taken too much?  

  • It’s important to remember that no one has ever died from too much cannabis so CALM DOWN you are going to be fine.

  • If you have whole peppercorns available, put two or three in your mouth and suck on them – they are high in CBD’s which help balance out the effects of the THC.

  • Take a big glass of water with you and go lie down until you feel better- it will pass in a few hours.

  • If you have to get up to go to the toilet or fetch more water remember to use the wall for balance or ask someone to help you – don’t underestimate how dizzy you might feel -this is especially important for frail and older people who can’t afford to fall and hurt themselves.

  • For people who suffer from the effects of paranoia or anxiety, it might be best to phone a trusted friend and not be alone during this time. Paranoia is a powerful psychological reaction that plays on your fears and insecurities and although it won’t physically harm you, it can be very unpleasant to have to go through alone. The same thing applies for anxiety attacks and hallucinations. In these cases, go to bed as soon as you can and try to sleep through it.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CANNABIS INFUSED COCONUT OIL – Stove Top Instructions

Why Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is great for you for a multitude of reasons – great at reducing bad cholesterol and high in saturated fats – which makes it excellent for extracting both THC and CBD’s. And when you combine cannabinoids with fat, the fat actually helps the cannabinoids travel through your digestive and assist with better absorption of the different properties.

For more on how to find the right dosage for you, click here

Ingredients

500 ml Pure Virgin Organic Coconut oil

50 g Dry Cannabis

(Roughly 100 ml of coconut oil to 10 grams of powdered cannabis)

NOTE: I do not recommend decarboxylating the plant material unless you are specifically making oil to treat cancer where a highr THC ratio is required. For all other conditions no decarboxylating is required as you want to maximize your CBD’s and the heat from decarboxylating can destroy CBD’s. You will still convert THC-A into THC through the extraction process.

Method

  1. Separate the flowers from seeds and stalks. You can use a sieve to help with this process. Pull out any larger stalks and put the dried flower into a sieve and rub it through – the seeds and smaller stalks will be held back and the plant matter will fall through. 

  2. Break your cannabis up or use scissors to chop it finely.

  3. Gently melt the coconut oil – do not let it come to the boil.

  4. Double boil: Use a large pot with water in it as the base. Put the smaller pot with the coconut oil into this pot. The water in the bottom pot will help keep the coconut oil from getting overheated.Water has a boiling point of 100C which helps to keep the coconut oil at this temperature too.

  5. Use only enough oil to cover the cannabis amount used, work on 100 ml of oil to 10 grams of powdered cannabis for a good quality.

  6. Once the oil is melted, add the chopped cannabis. The oil must never bubble or boil therefore you have to keep a constant eye on the pot, stirring at regular intervals.

  7. If the oil starts to bubble reduce the heat immediately even if this means switching off for a while this is no problem – the oil must never boil or bubble.

  8. Continue with this process for six hours always checking the heat and keeping it on constant low heat, using a wooden spoon to stir at frequent intervals.

  9. Six hours may feel long but it produces the best possible oil.

  10. After six hours turn the heat off and let the oil cool. There is no harm in switching off and continuing after a few hours if time or circumstances do not permit, even if you are cooking on a fire.

  11. Once the oil has cooled but is still fluid strain it through a muslin cloth, stocking or a fine mesh sieve using the back of a teaspoon to press the oil through. It is much easier to use the cloth or stocking which you can secure over a bowl with an elastic band.

  12. Store the oil in glass jar and keep it in a cool dry place.

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    Coconut oil naturally solidifies in cooler temperatures and all you have to do is place the glass jar in some boiling warm water and let it melt. Always remember to open the glass jar before you put it in boiling water as it will crack and many patients have lost their valuable medicine in this way. You can also use your Cannabis Coconut oil in the solid form as butter or swallow it solid with water, like a pill.

  14. Do not leave the oil on the heat unattended – you will damage the cannabinoids and lose potency. Even street marijuana is expensive and this is a valuable lesson learned.

Coconut oil has a smoke point of 171 degrees Celsius. At 100 degrees and less it cannot produce any dangerous fumes because it will not create smoke at this temperature. So this recipe can be followed while cooking on gas, electricity, even fire, and anyone can make their own medicine with this recipe.