There’s Something About Mary in the Limelight

Is it how she makes you smile, her intoxicating scent or just how you feel when your together? What is it about Mary Jane? I swear I’m in love with her and as her popularity grows so is everyone else too!

 

I don’t live in a recreational state yet. But things are changing and it’s mind blowing how fast it’s actually moving. How more and more people are giving Mary the thumbs up! Even my Dad, who believes a frying egg is your brain on pot, voted yes for recreational marijuana in our primary a few weeks ago. In fact, he was the one who told me about the vote in the first place. “You better go vote,” he said.  Of coarse I did and spread the word. I was even sending mass text messages the day of as a reminder:

Vote Yes 4 Weed!

Everybody pretty much said in their own words, “I got you! ” or “Most def.” Actually, I’m pretty sure more people voted yes on marijuana than actually voted for a governor. And it came as so surprise that the candidates that will be moving on through the election also support the legalization of marijuana. Which is so awesome!

It’s not exactly where we need to be yet. For example, on the day of the election the thought of standing outside the polling place for a few hours with signs and stickers did cross my mind. But then the thought of being harassed by the police and definitely searched.. and that the polling place was a school…then me with my track record.. It just wasn’t worth the risk.  But progress is progress and the vote passed with a YES!

Sooner or later we’ll get out of the nose bleed section:

Truth is, I like the nose bleed seats better because up there you can get away with things, like smoking a blunt. But once we go recreational I’m thinking I’ll be vaping right behind home base.

Don’t do what I do, they say I’m a bad influence and all, but already in the grocery store when that shopping cart road rage kicks in…I’ll sneak puff or two of my cannabis oil cartridge..lol! And man does it really chill me out! To the point where ramming the dumb ass who’s blocking the entire aisle while in la la land with absolutely no manners or concern for the rest of the world, doesn’t seem important anymore. That says a lot right there. Even though never have I actually rammed anyone with a shopping cart, well not on purpose anyway. To chill, hit a vape and remove the thought is a blessing. If we all just passed blunts (or vape pens) it’s possible we’d find world peace. No, I’m not running for Miss America, but maybe world peace can be a reality? And if is, trust me, it’ll all be thanks to Mary Jane!

Want to hear a crazy fact? Even evolution has naturally selected her to be our soul mate. For real, all creatures, except bugs, have an endocannabinoid system housed in their body. (That’s why I could get my dogs high.)

This system was first seen in sea squirts 600 million years ago.  The endocannabinoid system uses the cannabinoids in cannabis to give us that good high feeling, but the cultivation and preservation of the endocannabinoid system by the evolutionary process has nothing to do with weed. Evolution has selected the endocannabinoid system on it’s own. Which means cannabis must make living here on earth easier. Since that’s why life cultivates and retains all mutations. And it just so happens life has chosen weed! Which makes a lot of sense because there’s just something about Mary and she’s sparkling in the limelight right now!

 

 

Entourage in Full Effect

Aromatherapy has been around for at least the past 6000 years. And as we know from my post, “There’s a lot more to Weed than just Smoking it,”there’s an aromatherapy aspect to cannabis thanks to the predominate terpenes in each strain. So what if you could light a terp infused candle the next time you light up for a sesh?

Thanks to Kush Candles now you can!

Kush Candles were created with the cannabis community in mind. Each candle has a unique combination of essential oils and terpenes to truly capture the essence of each strain.

Terpenes are great for aromatherapy. For example, Myrcene, known to not only help the effects of THC take effect more quickly, but also allows your body to absorb more of it! Because the entourage effect magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant’s individual components so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

Kush Candles are infused with the 4 most commonly found terpenes in cannabis:

Myrcenecloves myrcene

  • Aroma: earthy, musky, herbal
  • Effects: “couch-lock” effect, relaxing
  • Most commonly found terpene in cannabis
  • Lowers the blood to brain barrier. In the case of consuming cannabis, it allows the THC to take effect more quickly
  • Shown to increase the maximum saturation level of your CB1 receptor, leading to much stronger effects of THC.

Which can find in their Purple Haze or Maui Wowie candles.

Linalool

  • Aroma: sweet, floral, herbal
  • Effects: calming, relaxing
  • Used for centuries as a sleep aid
  • Lessens anxious emotions provoked by THC
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Can significantly reduce lung inflammation

Which you can find in their Blue Dream  or White Widow candles.

a-Pinene

  • Aroma: Pine, fir, earthy
  • Effects: alertness, memory-aid
  • Two types of Pinene (α-pinene and β-Pinene)
  • α-Pinene is the most widely found terpene in nature
  • Used for years as an anti-cancer agent in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Which you can find in their Lavender Jones or OG Kush candles.

Limonene

  • Aroma: strong citrus smell, like lemons and oranges,with notes of sweetness
  • Effects: energizing, uplift in mood and attitude
  • Highly absorbed through inhalation
  • Assists in the absorption of other terpenes

Which you can find in their Pineapple Express  or Peach OG candles.

And with Valentines day around the corner I couldn’t think of a better way to set the mood than with a terpene infused candle. You can find a great article for more information on terpenes here on Leafly.  But definitely put your order in with Kush Candles sooner than later because I ordered my white widow and grandaddy purp candles for Christmas and they did not arrive on time. Another option for terp candles comes from Hemper, their aroma candles collection is about to launch but you can order candles right now here from Hemper for just $9.99 which is cheaper than Kush Candles set at $14.99 (both plus shipping). Not sure how fast Hemper ships but I’d keep them in mind to reach an entourage in full effect.  Be sure to check out my Stoners Guide to Valentines day on February 1st here at Smokette.net!

And as always stay lit!

I Got My Dogs High and They Liked It

Yes you read that right! I got my dogs high and they liked it! Turns out humans are not the only mammals with cannabinoid receptors, in fact most mammals do and you can definitely get your dogs high. However safety is of utmost importance.


The amount of cannabis given to your doggie is very important. There have actually been reports of dogs dying :

They have to ingest a pretty large amount of weed to actually die, Downing said, but it doesn’t necessarily take a lot to have an adverse effect.

But in the same breath, Cannabis can be especially helpful for older dogs suffering from hip dysplasia and glaucoma, common issues with a majority of older pets. It also helps to alleviate pain, stimulate appetite, and lead to a better quality of life. Cannabis-infused tincture is one of the best forms to cannabis to give to your pet.

I fact ,

The late Dr. Doug Kramer, known as the “Vet Guru” risked his career by promoting medical marijuana for dogs. He developed a homemade tincture for his very own dog that suffered from cancer. He realized the benefits she had from using marijuana which made her last few months much more comfortable. He started Enlightened Veterinary Therapeutics, the country’s first vet to offer medical marijuana for dogs and other pets.

Another great and safe option (also what I did) are these homemade cannabis infused dog treats! I made them for my dogs:

The the effects looked like this:

Followed by some napping,  silly dog smiles and munchies, they were so licking their chops for more! Plus, the pumpkin helps to alleviate any stomach issues, and promotes healthy digestions. Plus, it’s a great way to use any leftover jack-o-lanterns from Halloween!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked/canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon grease (melted)
  • 3 Tablespoons cannabis butter (melted)
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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix your pumpkin, egg, and salt together.
  3. Slowly add a cup of flour at a time (until the consistency is more doughy, and less sticky)
  4. Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness, and cut into shapes
  5. Bake for 20 minutes on one side, then turn over and bake another 20 minutes.
  6. Let the treat cool-down for 10 minutes before basting with melted bacon grease & cannabis butter.

Let’s even have our dogs lit! And Definitely check out The Weed Scene for some awesome recipes like this Dank Cheesecake:

that you might have already seen on my Instagram @Smokette_

 

There’s a lot more to Weed than just Smoking it

Cannabis, weed, ganja, pot, whatever you call it. If you smoke it or not you know it gets you high. And when it comes to drug test all we worry about is THC. But there’s a lot more to weed than just smoking it and THC is only one of the several cannabinoids found in this beauty of a plant….

Our bodies actually house what is known as the the endogenous cannabinoid system: “Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment.”

This plant has power! And it is a cure to so many different illnesses that it’s astonishing! And that’s all thanks those these wonderful things called cannabinoids.

THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) the one we are most familiar with has it’s psychoactive properties that get us high but CBD (cannabidiol ) can stop cancer.  

Actually several cannabinoids found in marijuana have demonstrated the ability to stop cancer angiogenesis and metastasis, while inducing apoptosis. Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown to be the most effective so far.

In English, cannabinoids prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading, then makes them commit suicide.

There’s :

  • CBN : Which is actually a breakdown product of the famous THC. It helps us sleep, increases our appetite, is an anti-convulsion, anti-inflammatory, is even an antibiotic, it helps with pain, burns and more.
  • THCA :The precursor to THC and a great reason to try a raw cannabis smoothie!  Because not only does it help you not vomit, not get bitten by bugs and happens to be a great anti-inflammatory, Raw THCA is an antioxidant! And can prevent cancer and possibly Parkinson’s Disease.
  • CBG : With it’s antibacterial effects is known to kill or slow bacterial growth, reduce inflammation, (particularly in its acidic CBGA form,) inhibit cell growth in tumor/cancer cells, and promote bone growth.

And when looking at the medical benefits to marijuana it’s important to know that all it’s components work together to create this wonderful thing known as the “entourage effect” that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components.

Consider terpenes for example. There’s an aromatherapy aspect to weed too because the delicious scent it carries is all thanks to the predominate terpenes in its’ strain.

Marijuana’s bouquet of terpenes—that “riot of perfumes,” as the poet (and hashish-eater) Arthur Rimbaud once said—plays another important role.

Terpenoids and cannabinoids both increase blood flow, enhance cortical activity and kills respiratory pathogens. When it comes to choosing which strain is right for you, it’s recommended that “the nose knows.” If you like how it smells, your probably going to like the effect. There are over 200 different terpenes: linalool, myreene, delta 3, etc. My favorite being  Limonene, with it’s citrus smell, found in white widow, along with:

And then we have the concentrates! Rosin, live resin, Co2, Pho…

According to High Times, “The rosin revolution is real”   

Concentrated cannabis products, such as shatter, wax, pre-filled vape pens and related extracts are in incredible demand across the country. And if you have already tried it then you know why! For me I need so little to get such a huge impact! And that’s because buds, typically contain between 10-20 percent THC (getting as potent as about 30 percent, in rare cases), in contrast concentrates can offer between 60-95 percent THC, making for a much more efficient way to get your medicine. For more on concentrates I recommend Mass Roots.

There’s a lot to know about cannabis and how it helps us. I’m not an expert and so I have provided several links throughout this post for you to get more info. In conclusion I hope that what you get out of this is that I put everything together for you. The cannabinoids, terpenes, concentrates, endocannabinoid system, and the entourage effect. I didn’t go into great detail about each, because I’m not an expert, instead I just provided you with the links. Like an all in one everything you should know about weed grocery list in a way. The cannabis movement is something that’s very important to me and I just wanted to put it out there that weed does way more than just get you high and we should all try to educate ourselves to the best of our ability.

Stay Lit!