THC-induced anxiety isn’t fun, but don’t throw away those nugs just yet.
It’s true, certain cannabis cultivars tend to give me anxiety. Unfortunately, despite my experience in the convoluted world of strain names every once in awhile I will end up with a strain that has me rocking back and forth trying to figure out an argument that I had in 2011. In a world where taxes have us spending a pretty penny on quality cannabis products, we can’t just throw away our flowers. For those of us on a budget we simply have to make it work, but how?
To tone down the anxiety, it is pretty much a given that I turn to Cannabidiol (CBD). In this case an edible option would technically work, but the time period between ingesting and the onset of effects is far longer than smoking. This means that we would have to eat the CBD edibles or hemp oil anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour before we smoke the anxiety-inducing strain. Instead of trying to be high and also have an exceptional concept of time, think of getting CBD-rich cannabis flowers instead.
If we can get our hands on a CBD cultivar that is 2:1 CBD to THC we can actually mix it with the other flowers that have been giving us trouble. Until we find out which terpenes are aggravators of our anxiety AND we have readily available terpene tests; from here we have to do some trial and error. I like to put equal parts of each strain in my grinder and test it in a place where I feel safe and comfortable (in case the ratio isn’t quite right and an anxiety attack comes). For those still feeling anxious, add more CBD. People that might want more psychoactive, play up the THC cultivar. To keep track of these mixtures, it is a good idea to keep a journal of our use. Goldleaf Journals just came out with a tasting journal that can work great for this purpose.
Also, please remember that there are other ways to deal with anxiety; whether it comes from cannabis or not. When a panic attack starts to swirl in I generally brew a cup of tea, get on my yoga mat, and/or go out into nature. My favorite CBD-rich strain for reducing anxious feelings? Harlequin. For all time. Yes, I’ve tried ACDC and Charlotte’s Web. I’ve had Cannatonic, Shark Shock, and Sour Tsunami. Harlequin is my jam.
As a pathway to God religion is one of the most useful tools for the human soul, but sometimes we get lost within the labels and lose our connection to divinity.
Raised Catholic until soccer took over my Sundays I didn’t find organized religion again until high school. Eventually, I chose to party over being a devout Christian at that age, I’m not the type of human that is able to do both. The party morphed over the years and eventually hit a downward spiral until I was about 25 and met an exceptionally abusive man. He never hit me, he just constantly called me a whore, slut, and other generally belittling names so that I believed that I could never do better. Eventually, I moved back in with my parents after that last fight had me cowering in the corner digging my own nails into my arms.
I continued dating him and to ensure that he didn’t scream at me and then dump me I basically hung out in my room alone. Desperate for human interaction I found that church was the only place that I could go without him losing it. What I found there wasn’t just a solid group of women to spend time with, it was a pathway to God. With continued bible study, prayer, and sermons I was able to realize that I didn’t need a negative relationship in my life and was able to let go. But the problem was that I didn’t have a concrete belief in some of the things that other people in church wholeheartedly believed. I just don’t find it factual that Jesus was literally a mystical son of God sent to Earth but I dug the metaphor. The continued fellowship and guidance from some key ladies in my life kept me at that home church until I made my next move to Arizona.
When I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona I didn’t find a new church since work sort of took over my life. I also had some doubts about my faith and where my faith was really channeling. Before I began my disaster relationship I had deeply studied the Buddhist and Pagan philosophies through various books and self-study. Since that was another thing that the man had hated about me my studies had become a sort of fantasy secret, but living in Flagstaff reconnected me to those roots. After trudging through the muck towards self-love and working on enjoying being alone I met cowboyfriend, an amazingly weird little Pagan cowboy snowboarder pirate. He literally makes no sense and it is one of my most favorite things. It gave me hope that I can be whatever I want, that a religious label is meaningless to me in my understanding of God.
A recent conversation with my older brother made me fully accept that I am not a Christian, the doctrine simply doesn’t jive with me. The reason that I enjoyed being Christian is that for once in my life people weren’t scared of me, they saw me as normal and our social interactions were more comfortable. Recently I read somewhere that God doesn’t have religion, people do. This felt so right to me and I started wondering why religion is in place in every modern society of people. It is obviously important to human societies all over the world and that is because it provides us with a pathway to God, who is the same entity over and over again no matter what book we’re reading. I feel fresh with this new understanding, where I once sat in a fog I now feel that without labels I can actually sit at Gods feet. I understand this isn’t a new idea but it is a newly solidified understanding in my own mind, and with that comes peace.
I know this is such a sensitive topic, but these are my feelings and thoughts on the matter. Since it had been so long since I shared with you guys I decided to share what’s been on my mind lately and I am doing so with the utmost respect to other’s beliefs.
You heard right, I said pharmaceutical grade Colloidal Silver to help support your immune system. Colloidal silver is a dietary supplement in the form of an amber colored liquid which contains various mixtures of ultra pure water and ultra fine silver particles. There is a man who took daily supplements of colloidal silver and turned blue, but the label itself says not to exceed 2 tsp per day after a two week period. So it looks like that guy just didn’t read the label, silver is safe to take but I’d recommend it at times when you feel a cold really coming on and not as a daily supplement like Gingko Biloba or Echinacea.
When I reached out the Natural Path Silver Wings I didn’t know they’d send me so many amazing products. They have made it easy for anyone to have colloidal silver in their bathroom cabinet between the brand’s bottles of various PPM in liquid tincture form and even a healing topical line with one type of ointment for moisture and one meant to dry skin out. I’ve been researching and boning up on how to properly use this item and the time finally approached. We went out to dinner in the teeny tiny town that we call home and our waitress very clearly had a coldy flu-ey thing. She was sniffling and coughing and had a stuffed up voice; the nice person in me let it slide but the passive aggressive person in me made notes to take tons of precautions to avoid getting sick.
Aside from making special tea blends with elderberry syrup the next couple of days I decided to break into the Natural Path Silver Wings and see what the fuss was all about. I’m going to start off by saying that I’m a seasoned veteran when it comes to yucky tinctures but colloidal silver has quite it’s own breed of yuckiness, I will preface this with the fact that I was taking 500ppm. The metallic taste hangs on just for a bit before melting away. But after having the sniffles and starting to feel scratchy in my throat it felt well worth it. My sniffles were completely gone the next day with just 1 tsp dosage, but I’m a person who eats a lot of veg and takes pretty good care of themselves. If you have a more compromised immune system I’d recommend following the bottle’s recommend 1 tsp twice a day. I’d use this product again, it’s a better alternative to getting sick and then getting high for three days on over the counter medication.
This jam packed cup of tea does feature a lot of different herbs compared to my other blends but I take feeling better pretty seriously. When I feel a cold coming on or have a nagging tummy ache I almost always turn to tea. This cup is meant to build up the immune system, open a closed heart, stimulate circulation, ease a stomach cramp or ache, and reduce headache pain.
As with all natural remedies, one cup of tea is a small piece of what it takes for strong physical health. Make sure to make this tea for one or two days and get plenty of water otherwise to help the cells of the body do their work. I’d also recommend upping the veggie intake, the best bet is to add one nutrient dense vegetable to each of our three meals for a day or so. Now for the fun stuff.
Simply Mix Together:
1 tsp dried elder flower
1/2 tsp dried purple echinacea
1/4 tsp dried rose hips
1/4 tsp dried hibiscus
1/2 dried peppermint
1 tsp Elderberry syrup
Put all of the dry ingredients into a tea ball and place into a big ol’ mug. Pour at least 6 ounces of boiling, not tepid, water over the tea ball. Pour the Elderberry syrup into the cup at this time and give it a couple of good stirs. Let the aromas of these flowers and herbs wash over our senses as you settle in to let the mug cool. Steep about 15 minutes, hibiscus can be too sour when oversteeped so be aware of a changing scent with long steeping.
While enjoying your cup sit with the mantra: I am strong.
For a long time now I’ve been very intrigued by the chakra system, specifically the role that colors play in chakra healing. Chakra means wheel in sanskrit which refers to the rotation of the energy center. This rotation takes place at the energy frequency that relates to a specific color. These chakra wheels are placed up the spine from the perineum to the crown of the head and progress in rainbow order.
Each vortex of spinning energy conducts a frequency that works off of specific physiological and neurological systems in the body. Chakras can be overactive, underachieve, and even blocked completely; this will mess up the flow of energy through the body. Balancing the chakras can be as easy as changing the music we listen to, the food we eat, and even the clothes we wear. When we wear one color quite a bit, that could mean that we have overactive energy in that vortex. Similarly, if we want to charge a chakra it’s ideal to add more of the corresponding color to our wardrobe.
The idea of wearing colored glasses to charge the chakra system isn’t a new one, but it is an ingenious one. Chakra charging by looking at the entire world through that color is a powerful way to accomplish a task that generally takes a long, slow investment of time. RainbowOPTX understands this power and has created super cute sunglasses that are also meant to charge our chakra systems empowering us to change for the better. Lately I’ve been starting my own business and have been really scared to just DO IT, so the yellow ‘I Do’ frames from RainbowOPTX felt like the best way to go.
For Fall I’m pairing my RainbowOPTX Round Yellow specs with my Patagonia beanie, vintage bomber jacket, and vintage band tees.
I’ve been wearing them for almost exactly a month and in that time I have completely turned around my finances and started to be on top of my work for the first time since I went freelance full time. That kind of power is a big step for me in this venture, and I can’t help but chalk some of it up to these frames that are meant to charge the Solar Plexus chakra. Yellow is meant to stimulate our mental faculties and help us maintain a happy, open outlook on the world. Balancing this chakra helps us to open ourselves to a zest for life making these glasses useful for those who suffer from depression. This accessory can help awaken our optimism, our confidence, and our happiness while also making everything just look super upbeat and happy. I loved wearing them and a girl at the gas station actually exclaimed, “Those are sick glasses!!” which made me feel happy.
I also chose the Violet glasses and will write up on those later in the month. For now I’m stoked on these cute yellow ones. Which RainbowOPTX glasses would you choose? Do you believe in chakra healing? Tell me everything in the comments.
Before we even launch in, be sure you’re working with greater celandine and not lesser celandine, not because of the nomenclature but mostly because all of this information is pertaining to greater celandine. This flower is a member of the poppy family and the whole thing emits a thick orange juice that can be applied topically for a number of ailments. The flowering plants are best picked when the sun is in Leo and the moon is in Aries.
Scientific Name: Chelidonium majus [aka: kenningwort, swallowwort]
Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by the Sun
Parts Used: entire flower, plucked when in flower and dried
Improves Function Of:
- Liver & Gallbladder
- Digestive tract
Aides In Relieving Symptoms of:
- Ringworm, worts & corns
- Upset stomach & loss of appetite
- Eczema & itchy skin diseases
Assists Spiritually With:
- Deflect entrapment & unwrongful imprisonment
- Helps with visionary work
How Does It Work?
Results show that celandine inspires bile production which is why it can clear the liver and gallbladder of blockages as well as help with digestive issues. Some studies even show that celandine can kill cancer cells.
What Do I Do With It?
The juice of the flower can remove warts, corns and ringworm and help sore eyes and when mixed with sulfur can cure itch. Boil lard and the roots together to create an ointment to relieve all of these issues. Also simply mix the juice with vinegar for warts and corns. Make a tea from the leaves and flowers for issues of the stomach. Use in a bath or a meditation pillow to aide in visionary work. Add to an amulet, incense or as a bath herb to deflect unfair imprisonment.
WARNING: Pregnant women should consult with a doctor before ingesting angelica is it can induce a miscarriage.
I have a couple of older jars of dry herbs on my shelf that I deemed noteworthy before later forgetting what exactly they were good for. In herbal magic Angelica root is the herb of Archangel Michael and is used to expel demons and bad energy. The herb itself, in my case I use the dried root.
Scientific Name: Angelica archangelica [aka archangel, master root]
Magickal Stats: Elementally fire, ruled by the sun
Parts Used: dried root, fruit, shoots
Improves Function Of:
- Digestive System
- Sex drive
Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:
- Nerve pain
- Premature ejaculation
- Cough, Cold & Breathing issues
- Menstrual Cramps & inducing period
- Arthritis & Inflammatory issues
Assists Spiritually With:
- Having visions of a guardian or karmic path
- Cleaning the atmosphere
- Expelling evil & exorcism
How Does It Work?
Angelica contains aromatic digestive bitters that can help with so many gut derived issues like flatulence, loss of appetite and menstrual cramps. It is also a great choice for colds because it can help expel phlegm while also clearing up breathing issues, coughs and colds. Applied topically, Angelica can cut back on nerve pain and premature ejaculation with it’s numbing effects.
What Do I Do With It?
When I work with this herb I make a tea with it, it is a bit thicker with a sweet flavor but it can also be put into a topical balm or lotion to help with nerve and joint pains. Burn the flowers, roots and/or stems to inspire ourselves to see our karmic path, it will also inspire healing and the exorcism of evil in any space or person.
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Elderberry syrup is one of my most favorite things, I’ve loved it since I worked at Medithrive in San Francisco. We carried an amazing medicated elderberry syrup that fought colds and got rid of body aches almost completely. Since then I’ve been so interested in the other ways that elderberries can be used. This cup of tea is adapted from the Wellness Mama‘s recipe for immune boosting tea using my own favorite blend of herbs. I personally felt a cold coming on yesterday and this blend is just what I needed to warm up my immune system and kick it into gear before Cowbae’s mom’s epic party coming up this weekend.
Simply Mix Together:
2 TB dried elderberries
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp dried ginger root
2 tsp dried echinacea
pinch of black pepper
1 tsp local honey
Combine 16 ounces of water, elderberries, turmeric and ginger root into a medium sized saucepan and simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the saucepan off of the heat and stir the echinacea leaves and black pepper into the pot. Let steep/cool for 10 minutes. Strain into 2 mugs and quickly stir in honey, 1/2-1 tsp depending on our preference. Draw the aromas of your cup into your senses and imagine yourself building a strong white light of energy around yourself. Use whatever healing light that you prefer, I like to imagine it sparkling and white. Drink your brew and emanate your protective, healing light and focus on the mantra: Healing is a power within me.
I’ve been really excited living this close to a national forest though I haven’t known where to start the exploring. I’ve been a suburbanite and a city girl. The country really isn’t my comfort zone but it’s certainly a place I’ve been dying to become one with. So when Cowboyfriend suggested we take our visiting friends out to forage for lobster mushrooms I was absolutely ecstatic for the adventure.
As we scaled the side of a small mountain we each found our own little paths through the fallen foliage and pine needles, attempting balance of taking in the wondrous nature while also intent on finding some bright orange ‘shrooms. It was a bit frustrating at first because I didn’t know what to look for and no one had found an example yet to show me. But then, aha! a brilliant idea struck, light up the magical cannabis joint and the healing plant will lead us to some mushies. About 2 puffs in Danfriend was admiring a the beauty of a wildflower and happened upon a little conglomerate of bright orange lobster mushrooms! The excitement washed over all of our faces as we began burrowing into the moist earth with our bare hands to pull out the delicate and deliciously weird looking mushroom. To find something so treasured right in our own backyard creates a feeling of pride and excitement that can’t be matched by many other things. We all continued on with our little bags and intent eyes, hoping to happen upon more bounty.
The sun began to set and we all worked more focused towards the base of the mountain in time for the sunset. As we came out of the trees into the pasture I felt that cool, sweet air that before this year I had only read about in books. That type of air that only says one thing, “say your goodbyes to today’s sun”. We stumbled out past the tree line and each step revealed another small view into the glorious skyline that evening had presented us with. And it all hit me, that excitement is everywhere. We can intently staring into the ground, searching for what our knowledge has taught us. Or we can walk into the space where our instincts guide us and stumble upon absolute greatness. But you know what, like everything else in this big gorgeous world, we should balance between the two. Because goals are important but we can’t remain so focused that we forget to notice nature’s gifts and surprises. Cannabis helps me with both. It helps me focus and stay on task while also holding onto my childhood wonderment.
Thanks magical joint for helping us find some mushies, and thanks friends for coming hunting with us. I think we found what we were looking for.