Free Cannabis Information Session in Chicago!

Greetings Blogees!

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I got into the cannabis industry. Other than stalking companies and volunteering, businesses are looking at a candidates level of education and willingness to learn. So attending free sessions on cannabis education is crucial to a well-fed resume, especially when having extensive professional experience is so difficult to do in an industry that’s still new!

So, here ya go! 606CannaBliss will be hosting an informational session on the history, legality and registration process; followed by a Q&A! Light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, September 2, 2018

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: 444 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611

Please RSVP: 606cannabliss.eventbrite.com

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High THC Isn’t Always Necessary.

Strain: GG4 (FKA Gorilla Glue #4)

Cultivator: PTS (East St. Louis, IL)

I don’t always post cannabis pictures of my usage or my stash. But I want to highlight something. Look at the label, that’s an average amount of THC. But this ish is smokin. I’m good and buzzed.
The more you consume cannabis, the less important the need for super high THC strains should be…as far as getting high. Pain and medical condition relief is way different. THC is also a healing and sedative cannabinoid, so patients prefer higher percentages.

But it’s important to vary your use with strains that are both low and high in THC, and maybe high in another cannabinoid, like CBD. And trust, it’s a very relaxing feeling.

But just for the buzz?

You don’t need a super high (26% and up) THC strain to get stoned. What you want is a fruitful terpene profile and a great method of consumption.

The terps listed include humulene, which is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory (calm dem nerves!). B-Caryophyllene is an anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, anti-alcohol craving, also anti-inflammatory terpene. I’m a medical cannabis patient for PTSD, so when I need to feel calm, relaxed, yet uplifted (plus stoned, duh lol), I look for strains like these. So as you can see, you can consume a strain that, based on the terpenes AND THC level, will match the effects you need. The THC works hand in hand with the terps!

Btw, s/o to Grav Labs gor this awesome glass blunt! I love their products.
#Terpenes

#WCW-Mama Ifrica

Hello and High my lovely blogees!

First and foremost, to all of you on the east coast, especially Washington, D.C., PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I’M SENDING PROTECTIVE ENERGY AND POSITIVE VIBES! STAY SAFE!!! Make sure you all check on your loved ones!

Now, let’s get to know Mama Ifrica, this week’s #WCW! I remember listening to today’s #WCW for the first time in college, and her music being part of the soundtrack to my cannabis journey. Her voice is amazing, soul stirring, and a tool of activism!

Born Ventrice Morgan in Montego Bay, Jamaica to reggae/ska legend Derrick Morgan. Raised as a rastafarian, she was taught the importance of ganja (cannabis) for health and the religion.

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After winning a talent competition in Montego Bay, she continued to perform and light up the stage at festivals and local concerts. Her big break came in 1998, when Tony Rebel heard her perform at an event honoring the late Garnett Silk, another reggae legend. Rebel asked her to join his group, Flames Production Camp, and they performed in the world reknown Reggae Sumfest later that year.

Her solo career is littered with hits, including  “Daddy,” “Below The Waist,” and “Randy, her music also expressed her connection to cannabis and its importance. “Sensimilla” was one of my favorites, along with “Medical Marijuana”, her latest album!

Since this she has gone on to work as a solo artist after having built a reputation for herself. The Queen has produced such singles such as “Randy” and “Boxers and Stockings” which are a mainstay on local airwaves. Her music shows strong ties to her Rastafarian beliefs as most of her lyrics are laced with these principles. She has also amassed a large following due to the raw nature of her lyrics as she is not afraid to put her own struggles on display as is evident by songs such as “Daddy” and “Below the Waist”.

The Queen never lost touch with her community, being a volunteer and organizer of numerous efforts, and using her music along the way.  Additionally, she gained international fame as co-producer for “,” a song for the United Nations Celebration of the Year of Volunteers. Millions of people were touched by that song, and her place as a reggae legend was secured.  Her music continued to advocate the use and need for cannabis.

Check these lyrics from “Sinsemilla”:

Sinsemilla give me a vibe sah
To blaze in my chalwah
Getting me higher
Sinsemilla give me a vibe sah
To blaze in my chalwah
Getting me higher

Nuttin nuh sweet like a good spliff
Before or after yuh meal
Especially if yuh just mek love to Oneil
Eeeh Camiel
It sweet like sugar
Mi sure fi a fact it mek man work proper
Babylon stop curell mi herb field with yuh chopper
Before di prophet haffi tell yuh say yuh can’t tan yah
Long time Isreal a chant fi Hoshanna
Isanabraka watch the eden a flatter
So how wi full a joy always happy
A di lambs breed weh always deh inna wi meddi

And here’s one of her many performances:

 

Lift ya spliff for the queen! Thank you Queen Ifrica for your music, your spirit, and your fight!

Stay elevated blogees!

 

Note: Although she is rumored to be anti-LGBTQ, which is devastating, I am honored to highlight another Black woman’s efforts in cannabis. Having to separate my personal beliefs from the goal of this blog is my job, but I remain very clear in my stance, regardless. I SUPPORT AND AM A MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY.

 

 

The Endocannabinoid System-Part One

Hey blogees! You know I love talking terpenes! To understand them better, it’s good to know about the endocannabinoid system.  I like abbreviations, so let’s call it the ECS, and if it wasn’t for cannabis the system may still be undiscovered. So what is it? The body’s system of cannabinoid receptors, that’s what! But I suck at scientific terms, so let’s dive in!

Every single plant has its own unique set of chemicals and cannabinoids are the chemicals unique to cannabis. With over 100 different of these chemicals found in the cannabis plant, narrowing the combinations unique to each strain is part of the crucial research performed on the endocannabinoid system.

Our bodies have different systems, like the digestive system or circulatory system. What your elementary schoolbooks may have missed was the ECS.  Probably because it took up until 1964 for the system to be discovered (I think my school books were published before that. Damned public school system). Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Dr. Yechiel Gaoni discovered the molecular structure of THC, which is the primary and only psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis.

The ECS is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.” Uh, thanks Wikipedia. Long story short, our bodies have two main cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. The ECS  participates in the regulation of:

  • appetite
  • pain-sensation/touch
  • pre and postnatal development
  • memory
  • mood
  • stress

Additionally, the ECS affects how we react to physical movement, specifically exercise, in terms of the mood boosts humans usually feel after a good workout (yes, there’s a such thing called “runner’s high”). This system also mediates how high you get from cannabis, and the level of satisfaction you feel from the high. I’ve even read that the system specifically keeps you from getting too high, but that’s a bit objective, given that everyone experiences different levels of effects from every type of cannabis.

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Source: Hightimes.com

Next time we will revisit the endocannabinoid system, but we are going to break it on down to how both receptors (CB1 and CB2) react to cannabinoids in the cannabis we consume.  For a preview, meet my boo Cannabis Man below. He’s the perfect boyfriend, always showing me exactly where and how the chemical compounds benefit the body, so romantic!

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Source: MarysMedicinals.com

 

Catch ya next time blogees!