How To Be a Productive Stoner

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Since I’ve embarked on this journey of working from home I’ve found that I’m starting to take advantage of my commute being to the couch and my work clothes verging into the no pants territory. Although I am generally effortlessly comfortable this lifestyle can hinder my productivity if I’m not too careful. Throw cannabis in and I’m just one extra bong toke from losing my whole work day to a Netflix binge or a Googling spree. Like most of these stoner struggles I figured that I wasn’t alone so I though someone in the world would appreciate my little list of rules to keeping a work from home day productive. We’re out there guys, completely able bodied humans that happen to prefer cannabis as medication and don’t watch cartoons all day with cereal slowly dripping out of our mouths. When used properly cannabis can be downright inspirational, especially for the modern day writer.

Medicate in your workspace.

Have you ever heard that theory that if you walk through a doorway you’ll change your mind frame and lose your thought stream? For example, you’re walking to find an object and when you get in the room that it stays in you forget what it is altogether. I use this same concept in my idea of medicating in the space that you work in. I’d even recommend getting a special piece for while you’re working and one for play. See, even with the right strain you can get off on a mental tangent and lose 4 hours cleaning the house if you have to walk to your work space from the place that you medicated. Have everything set up, for me that requires a laptop and usually coffee next to it, and then medicate and get straight to work. Seriously it’s the only way.

Know your strains!

I was giving a friend recommendations on strains specific for him and I became saddened because Southern CA doesn’t give a lot of information regarding the true genetics of a strain. The only real way to have power in a dispensary is to have a common knowledge of strain names, then you’ll know which ones make up a hybrid by looking at the terminology used. Everyone is different so I don’t feel super comfortable saying only get 100% Sativa strains or no full Indicas because some people need full Indica cannabis to get through the day with out pain. My recommendation is that you don’t try to get work done while medicating with a brand new strain. First smoke, vape or eat this new type of medicine in order to test out whether or not it works for your system in a controlled space. Then sort of maintain a mental rolodex of the verbiage used in each strain, for example if you like Blue Dream then see something called Purple Dream you know that you like at least half of that genetic plant.

Have a plan.

Last but not least, get a plan in place before medicating. Back in college when I was writing papers on philosophy I would first write an outline and then medicate and fill in the outline with the creative inspiration that was provoked. Don’t medicate before creating an outline of the work you’d like to complete. If you’re not a writer just add some structure, think about what it is your workday looks like before jumping in with a thick stone going. Structure is imperative to success, it’s something I had to learn the hard way.

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Cherry Diesel for the Anxiety Free Work Days

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[Cherry Kush x Turbo Diesel][70% Sativa]

I usually don’t choose Sativa strains, but as I’ve begun to balance my body and mind I can throw them into the mix more often. I work from home and can get sidetracked by lounging when there’s tons to do around the house. A good sativa hybrid will help to keep me motivated when other strains just bog me down to the couch. These magical sativa dominant hybrid strains almost make me feel like a rainbow road has appeared ahead of me and I know exactly what to do with my day assuming I stay focused on the task at hand. This medical cannabis strain is perfect for motivating and lifting dampened spirits simultaneously, a glorious balance between Sativa and Indica.

Cherry DieselHow Does It Hit The Senses?

The aroma is pungent to say the least and definitely embodies the familiar diesel smell. Layered on top of the diesel is a fruity cherry that lingers all the way through to the taste. Cherry Diesel grows in a divine spear like structure that is ever so reminiscent of the Sour Diesel back genetics. Cherry Kush appears in the dark purples and light green hues that are complimented by light yellow orange pistils.

What Are The Effects?

This one rises up through the temples to immediately ignite a spark in the mind. Ocular muscles are relaxed and aware simultaneously as the mind follows suit. Euphoric, energetic and uplifted is equally matched with a relaxed awareness about life. The first 10 minutes after medicating are crucial to the train of thought that medicating takes. From this I mean, you have the power to decide what you focus on but a sort of tunnel vision will certainly kick in. For example, you could have work to target but you decide that researching the moon cycles is a good idea and all of a sudden you’re in deep focusing on the wrong task. Just get to work right after medicating if you’re looking to use this strain for that purpose.

Vanilla Kush for the Stress Prone Mind

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[Kashmir Hash Plant x Afghani Kush] [90% Indica]

When life is delivering the lemons far to fast to keep up with the sugar it’s sometimes appropriate to turn to cannabis as a means to cope. Of course this isn’t healthy all the time, but dealing with stress can be too intense for some to do sans medication and in my opinions cannabis is far more healthy than prescription medications. Cannabis can help to relieve stress and anxiety simultaneously, it is a great herbal remedy for these extremely common ailments and has very few side effects aside from hunger and lethargy.

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How Does It Hit the Senses?

This robust nug is rounded and bulbous with an intoxicating scent. You’ll be overwhelmed with earthy cocoa and hints of sweet guava that creates an almost vanilla aroma. Dark forest green and indigo cover each beautiful bud. Vanilla Kush won’t be the densest but it isn’t leafy either, just a nice mixture of the combination of the two. I always recommend breaking up the buds with a grinder but you won’t lose anything aside from keif breaking this one up with your fingers.

What Are The Effects?

The first relaxation of Vanilla Kush kicks in the mandibles, the jaw starts to loosen and relax about 3-5 minutes after inhalation. Immediately after this jaw tension dissipates the mind will begin to release anything from the day, week or month that it might be grasping tightly onto.  Eventually the pain relief moves throughout all of the tendons, muscles and joints as if it is a wave of comfiness. Feel complete and utter relaxation in mind, body and spirit; let your cares completely melt away in every sense of the word. The effects sit heavily in the face and eyes and will definitely make you feel couch locked high if you let it.

Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain to Relieve Stress & Anxiety

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[Durban Poison x Grand Daddy Purple][60% Indica]

Sometimes my first experience with a strain is in back genetics, that is how I first met Cherry Pie. I noticed that the strain was a back genetic in Girl Scout Cookies which I absolutely love. So when I finally had the opportunity to medicate with Cherry Pie herself I was so dang excited. Bay Area growers restructured the classic Cherry Kush to create this relaxing and uplifting hybrid strain that is taking the medical states by storm. The strain can be found at different dispensaries in Arizona and is worthwhile for anyone with chronic pain, insomnia or severe anxiety. This isn’t a super heavy strain so don’t worry beginners, you can enjoy this medication too.

How Does It Hit the Senses?

Bud structure of Cherry Pie is bulbous and more rounded than other more spear or pine tree shaped nuggets. It is so blanketed in trichomes that the color appears almost light green with tinges of deep reddish purple. These trichomes that are found generously coated across the bud make each nugget super sticky, you’ll gum up a cheap grinder with this one. In the smell there is a rich blackberry sweetness that is only complimented by a bright saffron that combines to push forth an almost minty aroma. Real Cherry Pie will have a hint of Thin Mints in both the flavor and the taste of the smoke.

What are the Effects?

Medicinal effects will begin to take hold anywhere from 3-10 minutes after inhalation. Effects begin in the ocular region and immediately take hold in the mind where you’ll feel an immense need to just let go. Cherry Pie will have you feeling uplifted and ready to take on the day, no matter what it entails. There will be some minor pain relief as the effects slowly loosen up the intricate muscles surrounding the spine. Manage both stress and anxiety with an extremely alert and active mind for the first couple of hours after medicating. There is a bit of an Indica couch lock that creeps in as the bud begins to wear off, beware of those overwhlemingly lethargic feelings.

Gorilla Glue for Deep Introspection

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[80% Sativa][Sour Dubb x Chem Sister]

Once in awhile a strain comes around that absolutely blows my mind, and trust me after 5 years working in the medical cannabis industry this is truly rare. Joesy Whales accidentally created this strain when a Sour Dubb plant got a little to handsy with Chem Sister in his grow room, so I guess that we can thank the universe for this happy accident. Although it is a Sativa and Chem based, I don’t get headaches or anxiety from this heavy hitter. If you’re sensitive to Sativa strains I would take a long, relaxed look at Gorilla Glue.

Not since I lived in San Francisco have I been so pleasantly surprised by the well roundedness and sheer audacity of strain as I have been with the Gorilla Glue that I’m slowly parcelling out right now. We put a small nug on the top of the jar it was in and it actually stayed stuck there even when the jar was turned upside down. Sticky, stanky and transcendental; everything I look for in a cannabis strain.

How Does It Hit The Senses? 

The Gorilla Glue bud structure can only be described as turd like, you know those strains, don’t make that face at me. The buds are longer and reaching but still have that thick bulbous body with a dense compaction of calyxes. Rolling dark green and white green combine to make the buds almost seem to hold a green white sheen. That sheen is also probably due to the epic trichome seas that are washed over the entire bud. In fact the strain gets it’s name from how the trichs “glue” up the trimmer’s scissors after curing. Their aroma is absolutely breathtaking. The aroma overwhelms the senses with a strong lemon citrus that finishes with the tiniest hint of mint, much like Durban Poison but with more lemon than pine. As you inhale the vapor or smoke from Gorilla Glue the taste buds are enlivened with a rich chocolate flavor that finishes with the unmatchable diesel aftermath just lingering around as the effects come into play. If you are attempting to grow Gorilla Glue be patient you’ll get a moderate yield after 9-10 weeks.

What are the Effects?

Immediately after inhalation you’ll feel the ocular and brain systems dissipate any pressure that you may been holding onto. Unlike a lot of strains that I feel drizzle down my spine to deliver their pain relief, this one slides into the heart space to release shoulder tension and lighten the hearts connection to the mind. Feel relief from depression and anxiety as worries seem to just melt away within minutes of medicating. As the effects kick in you will certainly maintain your mental faculties, although I tend to get lost within them so I don’t recommend driving or handling any heavy machinery before medicating with Gorilla Glue. This is where the introspection comes into play, Oh Man. I’ve had writers block, I’ve been feeling hopeless about many of my career plays recently and I’ve been downright lazy; Gorilla Glue changed all of that. Medicate with this strain and write an epic poem or enjoy an enlightened conversation with a loved one; and if you’re feeling so inclined it will facilitate some epic TV watching. Also, don’t worry too much about munchies with this one. I’m immensely impressed because Sativa strains don’t generally get me this hard but I’m converted now after some serious time with Gorilla Glue.

The Origins of Carajuana

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I’ve been writing on this blog for awhile and it was all under the assumption that I was giving people instruction on how to utilize cannabis as a medicine. But recently it was called to my attention that not everyone automatically assumes that’s the case. In honor of 420 I thought that I would share with the interwebs exactly what cannabis as medicine means to me. In high school and even my first year of college, smoking weed was a recreational thing. I use that vernacular because cannabis is medicine, weed is a party drug; shifting the perspective starts with specification of vernacular. Anyways, it wasn’t until I quit college soccer and started medicating my severe depression and mild anxiety with binge alcoholism that I began to search elsewhere for a means of medicating this internal pain.

I was drinking quite a lot of vodka every single night until I threw up or passed out with the spins. I had sallow, yellowed and broken out skin and never had good digestive tendencies; everything hurt. A therapist had told me to take anti-depressants but I was REALLY on the fence about messing with my body chemistry like that. My roommate at the time was a medical cannabis patient in California and drew me into her world of cannabis. Going into a dispensary for the first time opened my eyes to the different strains, edibles and hashes that existed in the world. I was enthralled that the right cannabis strain or product could remove my depression and anxiety while also not making me barf my brains out and feel like shit. It seemed silly that the whole world wasn’t hip to the jive of this beautiful plant. Around this time I also started practicing yoga and I found that the combination of the two was pretty legendary. Right then and there I set a goal to make it a priority in my life to share with other people that they can overcome their severe depression with the right combination of different holistic methods. You don’t always have to medicate yourself and remove the color and vibrancy from your life, take a different step first.

After about 5 years medicating I was called up to the big leagues. That means that I got a job at one of the hippest cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco city. I felt on top of the world and I immediately decided that I needed to be a sponge. That I now had the opportunity to learn from the source of retail and come into contact with all aspects of the medical cannabis industry. Since the industry wasn’t very researched yet, I think that the most important and educational experiences for me in the dispensary scene were conversations with my fellow budtenders (now consultants.) With out research most of the knowledge was gathered from field work, meaning that we all talked about strains and their effects and learned about these things from each other. Flash forward and I’ve now worked at 4 dispensaries in 2 states and have used my little brain sponge to gather so much valuable & reliable information. With all of these little tips and tricks I plan to keep myself and my family as healthy as possible, and I also hope to post information here as a means to share my passion for natural health and wellness with all of you. Happy 420 to all of you beautiful human beings, please remember that cannabis is medicine and use this holiday for the greater good! If you’re at Hippy Hill give a cop a Highhh five and then shout “CARAAAJUAANNNAA” and run away for me.

Partners in Healing: Massage + Cannabis

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I spent a lot of time sore as all get out growing up because I was competing in sports at a pretty competitive level. My bones also hurt all the time to which my mom would always reply that I had growing pains and tell me to drink more water. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized a couple of things, first off that my mom was right and those truly were growing pains and I could probably always use more water. Secondly I learned that the medicating with cannabis can help receptors in the endocannabinoid system (which spreads through our entire bodies all the way to our skin cells) to relieve pain, water wasn’t the only answer. It is common knowledge that massage is an effective way to relieve pain, but combining cannabis products directly with massage and body work hasn’t been talked about enough. These symbiotic modes of pain relief work together to heighten the healing abilities of each holistic healing tool.

  • Relax the muscles 

Sometimes while getting body work done it can be hard to let go. The bodyworker is generally trying to find the tension and work it through your body, but the tension sometimes fights back. This is probably due in part to pain sometimes being connected to emotional trauma. At times the body will tense itself to avoid it’s ability to release tension, cannabis can combat this issue and help the bodyworker get deeper. CBD and other body specific cannabinoids help muscles to release tension on their own which will create  window where the masseuse can find the real knots in your back, legs, arms, etc.

Medicating with cannabis through inhalation or micro-dosing edibles will definitely do the trick. Inhalation won’t last as long as edibles in terms of muscle relaxation but it will still work to mellow out the body if you use the proper strain. If possible, get some topical cream made with cannabis or isolated CBD for the masseuse to use. I explained all about topical cannabis salves in a previous post, if you have access to medical cannabis in your state I’d urge you to please try the stuff. Always check with a bodyworker before bringing cannabis lotion in their place of business in case they are uncomfortable with cannabis as medicine.

  • Calm the mind

This is a hard one for a lot of us, including me. My brain is like a waterfall, constantly cranking out random thoughts to make sure that my mind isn’t able to rest, always assessing every single thing that is happening within a giant radius. Well, meditation is the best way to quiet the mind, but cannabis can help with that. This is widely disputed but I’m positive that cannabis (when used properly) can work as a fabulous meditation tool. A lot of the time while I lay on a massage table my mind sprouts with thought and I miss out on all of this great healing that I could be achieving if I’d already quieted the mind before I hopped on the table. Of course a talented bodyworker will deliver a clear mind and relaxed body; but imagine the work that they could do with an already calmed individual, these results are possible with a pre-massage session or a dropper full of tincture an hour before getting on the table.

  • Tips and Warnings

First and foremost, both cannabis and massage can dehydrate you so please hydrate well with water before and after the massage. This is especially important for anyone planning to dose with any amount of edibles because they dehydrate you the most of all intake modes of medical cannabis.

Also be sure to only use a THC infused cannabis balm after discussing it with your bodyworker. It is not likely that the masseuse will have any effect from using the balm aside from more relaxed hand muscles that usual. The balm does smell very intensely like cannabis though, so the masseuse needs to know what they’re doing before they open that jar. There are CBD only pain balms that are federally 100% legal so don’t worry, there’s always an option.

Last but not least, never medicate with a strain for the first time before getting on a massage table. Only use a dose that has been measured and used before so that you already have a conscious idea of the exact effects that you’re dealing with.

 

Pineapple Express Cannabis Review

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[Trainwreck x Hawaiian][Sativa Dominant Hybrid – About 70%]

One of my most favorite faeries that I’ve met in my travels through various cannabis dispensaries liked to ask everyone what their spirit fruit was. My immediate answer was that I am a pineapple, which is only partially nailed down by my love for all strains pineapple. Pineapple Express obviously became a household name after the feature film came out, but I feel like that took away from the epic value of the strain medicinally. The strong effects combine those found in both Indica and Sativa strains to weave an intricate cornucopia of healing.

How Does It Hit the Senses? Obviously there is a deliciously rich pineapple aroma that emanates from each bud. This smell becomes more complex with the layered bouquet of sweet, tropical lemon geranium with the lightest hint of vanilla almond. The dense bud structure is a bit like a fat pine tree, with a tip at the end of each bud and a thick solid base. Each bud will appear in an almost lime green that is delicately sprinkled with dark green leaves. Pistils are a goldenrod orange and grow in a uniform fashion throughout the entire nug. As far as taste goes the vapor or smoke will be all pineapple, all the time. The musky lemon flavor of train wreck only heightens the pineapple flavor from the Hawaiian genetics.

What are the Effects? Effects take their full hold in about 5-10 minutes and they do so with almost a cyclone of combined relaxation and stimulation in the mind. Feel the temples loosen and stress melt away while also titillating and invigorating the mind to a place of motivation. Tense muscles will relax familiar with the feeling of an Indica but don’t expect couch lock, munchies or de-motivating side effects. This is a Sativa that just so happens to melt away tension and stress like nobody’s business. Pineapple Express is perfect for the cannabis patient looking for daytime pain relief and anyone that is vulnerable to de-motivation when medicating.

Phantom Cookies: Medical Cannabis Strain Review

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[Granddaddy Purple x Cherry Pie]

I really love this strain and covet it as a Sativa dominant counterpart to Girl Scout Cookies. There is a definitely buzzing about the brain but with some familiar Indica effects layered onto this unique and complex medication. Some strains have a specific way that they hit the mind in a physical sense, but this one just gets your dome on an all around scale. There aren’t a lot of negative things to say about Phantom Cookies, perhaps be aware that the strain can cause some anxiety in stressful work situations if it has never been used before.

How Does It Hit The Senses?

Phantom Cookies has the same familiar GSC bud structure with the addition of being delightfully sticky. The buds are almost square and extremely rock dense. They purple out just a little bit sometimes in almost a black purple hue, the nuggets are mostly kelly green with milky white trichomes draped all over buds. The aroma dabbles in a sweet, spicy and rich saffron with undertones of cardamom to create the pleasant scent of a spiced cookie.

What Are The Effects?

Immediately feel the mind buzzing and the eyes become completely aware and then release all of the tension or inflammation that they may be carrying. Relaxation will wash thoroughly over you as the strain begins to really take hold about 5 minutes after inhalation. Phantom Cookies takes hold of the body and mind to relax the entire spirit from a stressful day or before a stressful situation depending on the person medicating. Be sure to try this strain in a comfortable setting because it can create some anxiety and even confusion, making it a bad choice for any job that requires a steady mind.

Cannabis & Yoga: A Match Made in Heaven

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There is a longstanding tradition of assuming that stoners are lazy, fat, and have a bag of Cheetos permanently attached to their hand. But this isn’t the case… all the time. There was actually a study done at the University of Nebraska that showed pot smokers to have a smaller waist circumference than those who have never smoked marijuana. With this in mind and due to the fact that I always rip a huge bowl before I go outside to practice yoga I thought that the world should know, cannabis paired with yoga practice can heal ailments.

When I was about 19 I had first started binge drinking and fell into a serious depression. I cried all the time and drank a fifth of vodka every 2 days. My skin was sallow and broken out in acne and most of all my heart was absolutely empty. I had always smoked cannabis but mostly as a party tool, something used to have fun or make me want to eat a ton of pizza. At this age I went to the doctor and got my first cannabis card, a piece of paper with a little metal seal that granted me access to all of the medical cannabis dispensaries in California, which was like Disneyland for a 19 year old in San Francisco.

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Going into dispensaries, seeing & smelling different strains, actually knowing what I was smoking; these things all helped me to realize that cannabis is a powerful medicine for the body and mind. Amidst this period in time I also started practicing yoga from Kate Potter’s Namaste series for FitTV as a mode of exercise since I had just quit the college soccer team and was starting to flab up. I noticed that together, yoga and cannabis were helping to brighten my life and dissipate my chronic depression. When all the psychologist wanted to do was prescribe me a pill that would strip the vivacious spirit within me along with my sadness, I could use this plant that grew from Earth and a sequential movement of my body instead. My practice slowly became less about being fit and more about finding a space of nothingness in my mind with which to heal it. Combining these two metaphysical tools built a foundation of health in my mind, body and spirit that was unmatchable at the time in my life to any personal realization.

This post has evolved, I had meant to make a case for medicating before practicing yoga. But instead I have remembered a goal that I set for myself back at 20 when I grew and started on my path to spiritual awakening. People need to know that combining yoga and cannabis can quiet, calm and relax the depression, anxiety, anger ridden mind when used correctly. I call out to everyone who has trouble being happy or who suffers from irrational mood swings. Talk to your doctor about cannabis, go take a yin yoga class. These things will help, you don’t have to be alone. You’re not weird. Brains are intense and it’s often those who think and feel deeper than the average bear that end up battling mental disease. I love you, if you read all the way down thanks. Apparently I needed to let that one out. ❤