Hops and Cannabis, Close Cousins

Hops and Cannabis, Close Cousins

No other plant is as closely related to cannabis as hops. The two are the only economically important members of the botanical family — called the cannabaceae — which contain 270 aromatic species in all (Encyclopaedia Britannica). While cannabis has been bred for a wide variety of uses, from low THC hemp to the dankest green bud, the hop plant has had a more focused career as a main ingredient in brewing. It’s used for…

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Incorporating Cannabis into Healing Blends

Incorporating Cannabis into Healing Blends

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Herbalists have long been aware of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. For much of history, many medicine gardens contained a cannabis plant where it was used for tinctures, salves and smoke. Modern herbalists tend to view cannabis as an important one, but by no means the only powerful plant in the arsenal of medicinal herbs.   Mary…

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Panacea for All

Panacea for All

One Woman’s Goal to Give Back to the Aging and LGBTQ Communities Written by Art Cosgrove Panacea is an elegant and cozy dispensary which sits on a busy stretch of Sandy Street in Northeast Portland. Owned and managed by Melissa Egan, Panacea has been in operation since the start of Oregon’s legal cannabis boom two years ago. As a former industry outsider, Egan said her aim is to turn the dispensary into a new model…

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High St. Teas

High St. Teas

Humboldt Medicine   Victoria England’s British roots have crept into her new brand, High St. Teas, inspired by her longtime home in Humboldt and its beloved cash crop. Born in England, and raised in Mill Valley, California, it is was not until 1994 that she arrived in Humboldt County to attend Humboldt State University. By 2006, she felt that in order to stay in the region, she would have to start her own business. Thus…

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Farm Fresh Healing

Farm Fresh Healing

Pain, Cancer and Cannabis: A Love Story   Brandon Collier learned how to farm cannabis when he was just 15 years old. As a third generation farmer, he has cultivated cannabis for two decades in Bend, Oregon. When Collier was 13, he was hit by a car. The accident damaged several disks, which are now fused together. He has suffered from chronic pain ever since. “I consider myself fortunate to grow up within such a…

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The Best Strains for Making Cannabis Topicals

The Best Strains for Making Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals are quickly becoming known for their ability to soothe sore muscles and relieve pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia and other inflammatory illnesses. In some states, cannabis-themed spas are popping up to offer infused mud masks, salt scrubs and massages. Many people who have tried these topicals find them superior to over-the-counter medications currently available in drug stores. Topicals are basically ointments and salves administered onto the skin. Our skin is the body’s largest organ…

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The Winston House

The Winston House

Seattle’s First Canna-Friendly Airbnb Nestled in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the city’s very own bud and breakfast, Winston House, offers much more than imagined. I expected a chic, three story cabin on a quiet street… what I got was more than I envisioned.    In my head the house was simple, yet comfortable, with tie dye or Bob Marley tapestries adorning the walls under blacklights and glow in the dark pot leaves. The…

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Ganja Goddess Getaway

Ganja Goddess Getaway

Ganja Goddess Getaway hosted their Joshua Tree event in April 2017 at a private sanctuary overlooking the desert. Cannabis loving women gathered at a local store to catch the shuttle, and really get away from it all… all except that sweet, sweet cannabis. Deidra Bagdasarian, aka Miss Bliss, teamed up with Sailene Ossman, aka Mama Sailene, to create the Ganja Goddess Getaway series. Their goal — to give cannabis-minded women the opportunity to connect with…

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Lord of Bhang

Lord of Bhang

Cannabis in India Although cannabis is currently illegal in India, it has a long history of widespread use. It’s been an essential ingredient in Ayurveda, an ancient and holistic system of medicine, for thousands of years. An article in India Today cites the 4,000 year old Bhaishajya Ratanavali, a compilation of Ayurvedic formulas that mentions cannabis as a healing aid for a number of conditions, including epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. It is also commonly used…

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Can I Light Up on the Way to Enlightenment?

Can I Light Up on the Way to Enlightenment?

Insights into the Yoga-Cannabis Contradiction Cannabis-friendly yoga is getting as hot as “hot yoga” once was, grabbing press attention across the U.S. However, it’s undeniable that an overwhelming majority of “yogis” are anti-cannabis. This makes some of their alarming condemnations every bit as unsubstantiated and biased as anything Nancy Reagan ever put out, with extra helpings of mumbo jumbo. Here’s a typical example from the popular webzine, Elephant Journal, in an article titled “Marijuana and…

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