How to Medicate with Hash or Wax

5 Jun

How do you medicate with Bubble Hash, Hash Oil, Shatter, or Wax?

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Warm It, Don’t Burn It:

Bubble Hash, Hash Oil, Wax, and Shatter are better consumed by controlled heating rather than burning. Cannabinoids vaporize at 356ºF (180ºC) so it is unnecessary to heat them up to the point where inhalation might burn the lungs. It is easy for a long term smoker to simply pack a concentrate on top of a bowl, but this isn’t a viable choice for a patient who is suffering from a smoking aggravated lung condition.

However one study indicate that Cannabis may help with certain lung conditions.

A 2002 study found that cannabinoids appear to stabilize breathing in sleeping patients. So even if smoke inhalation isn’t optimal for lungs in the long term, studies indicate cannabis imbibed in a different manner can be helpful for breathing conditions.

What do you do if you want your concentrates without smoking them?

Hand-Held Vaporizers:

Vapor pens are a fantastic, portable way to take concentrated medication. Vapor pens, pre-loaded hash oil cartridges, honey oil syringes, and other forms are all available to current patients through the Goddess website. They look exactly like e-cigarrettes, so are easier to use in uncertain social situations.

Refills are available in a variety of strains and flavors which include Indicas, Sativas, CBD, and Hybrids.

Stationary Vaporizers

Standing vaporizers like the Volcano are powerful options for patients with at home medical needs, and most can be utilized for hash, oils, and waxes. Even vaporizers which are intended for use with dry bud can be modified for use with certain concentrates.

However, when it comes to simplicity, stealth, and mobility – hand-held vaporizers are a more multi-use choice.

Eat it

Concentrates are powerful when eaten.

However, they aren’t guaranteed to taste good.

Oils can be melted or mixed into drinks or food. Some patients have tried eating them straight by using a toothpick to scoop up small doses. Other patients go a different direction and make their their own edibles with Ganja Goddess Butter or Ganja Goddess Oil.

Our Mint Meltaway chocolates are edibles that are made with CO2 extracted medication.

With any method, patients trying a concentrate or edible for the first time should consume with caution in a comfortable environment. Use in small increments until the appropriate dosage is understood.

Direct Application

Some patients have called in and reported taking concentrated CBD or Hash oil and applying it directly to the area in question, for example in the case of skin or prostate cancer.

Goddess Delivers could not find any scientific studies supporting the effectiveness of direct application. Please let us know if you find any!

Dabbing

Wax, Shatter, and Hash Oil can all be dabbed. The process refers to taking a small portion of the concentrate and heating it on a hot surface, such as a nail or knife, and inhaling the vapor.

It is similar to vaporizing and is an effective method for medicating with shatter and waxes.

If a patient needs to medicate in a public or business environment, using a portable e-pen vaporizer might be a more discrete choice than dabbing, but that is entirely up to the medium used.

New Patients are Welcome

The Goddess Delivers knows that medicating can be a daunting task for new patients with no experience with medical marijuana. We’re here to serve you. If you have any questions that can’t be answered by these articles, please feel free to call in and speak to one of our representatives.

We won’t give you medical advice, but we will offer our personal opinions.

Talk to your doctor to see what medication is right for you.

Further Reading:
What is the difference between Hash, Oil, and Wax?
Do you carry Rick Simpson Oil?
CBD without the THC?
What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and CBD strains?
How to figure out what medication is right for you.

Citations:

Carley et al. 2002. Functional role for cannabinoids in respiratory stability during sleep. Sleep 25: 399-400

“UCSF Study Finds Pot Smoke Less Harmful Than Tobacco – CBS San Francisco.” CBS San Francisco. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.

“How To Medicate With Concentrates.” Medicating With Concentrates: Using Wax, Hash Oil, Shatter Or Ice Hash As Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.

Hash vs Kief vs Wax?

6 May

What is the difference between the different types of concentrates?

Kief

Kief is an unprocessed raw medication.

Particles of trichomes that fall right off the plant are collected and packaged into this powerful product. It is concentrated and fluffy in consistency. Often placed on top of bowls or joints, Kief is often used to increase the potency of the inhalation. This method of use is most effective for patients with extreme pain or physical discomfort, whose condition requires the most powerful result possible.

Hash

Human use of hash, both recreationally and medicinally, has been dated back to 3,000 BC. Purified stalked resins glands (the same as kief), also known as tri-cones, are compressed with heat. Water purified hash is known as “bubble hash” and has a paste like consistency that varies widely in color and texture.

It’s high THC content it is most effectively utilized through a vaporizer.

Hash comes in a variety of forms, including Bubble Hash and Hash Oil.

Bubble Hash is a solid, sometimes crumbly form of the medication, easy to manipulate as it holds it shape. Hash Oil is more fluid, making it easier to apply when it comes in a syringe.

Hash Oils are processed in a variety of different ways, including cold water, butane, and CO2 processing. With CO2 extraction, pressure is applied to carbon dioxide to turn the gas into a liquid which is then used as an inert liquid solvent. When the temperature is brought back up the CO2 evaporates, leaving behind clean and solvent free medication.

One of our favorite solvent free oils is the HGH solvent-free.

Wax

Processed with methods often involving butane, wax is a dense paste from yellow to dark brown. Butane processing involves first infusing dehydrated cannabis with butane then purifying with hot water immersion or a vacuum pump. It is a highly concentrated form that is broken off in small chunks to smoke.

Wax is difficult to use in a dry bud vaporizer due to the fact that it often melts when exposed to temperature. There are specific vapor pen cartridges that have heat coils inside them that are more optimal for vaporizing wax.

Why use concentrates?

Kief, Hash, and Wax all come from the marijuana plant and are powerful forms of medication. The differences range in how they are created, from the raw Kief to extremely processed Wax.

Talk to your doctor to see if concentrates are right for you.

Further Reading:
How to Medicate with Hash or Wax
Do you carry Rick Simpson Oil?
CBD without the THC?
What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and CBD strains?
How to figure out what medication is right for you.

Citations:

Usaybia, Abu; Notes on Uyunu al-Anba fi Tabaquat al-Atibba, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1965.

Inciardi, James A. (1992). The War on Drugs II. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. p. 19. ISBN 1-55934-016-9

“Dabbing into the World of Marijuana Wax: A Guide”. laist.com.

About CO2 Extracts.” Co2 Extracts, Supercritical Co2. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.

Processes. (n.d.). Eden Labs Blog RSS. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://edenlabs.com/processes/co2-extraction

420 – The Origin Story

20 Apr

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In the 70s the athlete spoke the word and the word was 420.

The term originated with a treasure hunt.

A group of high school athletes coined it when they took trips off into the forest to look for a hidden marijuana patch theoretically abandoned by a Coast Guard service member. The followed their treasure map, loaded their pipes, and went on adventures that would define language and expand communication.

They never found the patch.

Instead their forays into the wild found the gold in a term that launched a new national holiday. April 20th is the day that consumers celebrate a plant. With uses in textiles, nutrition, eco-fuel, and medication, it’s no surprise that this life sustaining plant has earned it’s own holiday even in the face of federal prohibition.

Yet hemp has been a part of humanity long before the failure of prohibition.

Evidence of hemp use has been found as far back as 2,000 BC.

That means that cannabis could be one of the original crops.

Cultivation of crops is how early humans moved from tribes into cities. Higher food production capability led to a denser population which led to increased scientific research and technological advancement. Modern society wouldn’t be possible with the development of agriculture.

Carl Sagan wrote: “It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.” (Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Origin of Human Intelligence p 191 footnote)

If cannabis was one of the original crops, as suggested by archeological finds, that would mean that it evolved with humanity. That would mean it’s genetic biology adjusted over time to best suit our needs for nutrition, healing, and textiles.

So what is the point of 4/20?

It isn’t just about getting high.

April 20th is the day we celebrate the joy of life and the evolution of human enterprise. It is a step towards a growing economy that is sustainably in alignment with scientific advancements in medicine and comfort. It is a day when medical patients take the time for gratitude for legalization.

4/20 is a day when we are grateful for nature.

It is a day we celebrate our symbiosis.

References:

Grim, Ryan. “420 Meaning: The True Story Of How April 20 Became ‘Weed Day’” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 20 Apr. 2010. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.

The 10,000-year World History of Hemp and Cannabis.” The 10,000-year World History of Hemp and Cannabis. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2014.

420 Specials!

16 Apr

420special1Check out our 420 specials available until Sunday night, 4/20/2014!

Prices have been reduced across the board!

Discounts and free bud with every order of Dragon’s Breath and Blue Dream.

Every order over $100 gets a free sample of Ganja Goddess Gingerbread or Kiva Chocolate Bars while supplies last!

Easter Exclusive: Bunny Bud
This candy sweet smelling sativa Blue Dream offspring is perfect for patients looking for an uplifting start to the flower season.

CBD without the THC

8 Apr

This opinion article is based on the cited research and is not offered as medical advice. See the provided resources for more information. Talk to your doctor about what medication and dosage is right for your condition.

Looking for a CBD medication without the THC?
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The Guru Dev CBD is the first tincture we’ve found that offers a huge dose of CBD without the psychoactive effects of THC. This has it’s upsides and downsides. Both CBD and THC cannabinoids have their medical benefits, they’re just useful in different cases.

What is CBD?

CBD, like THC, is a cannabinoid that is a natural component of cannabis.

The cannabis plant produces CBD. It is a crop that shows evidence of being cultivated by humans for textiles, nutrition, and spirituality as far back as 2,800 BC. Scientists have recently studied the CBD element of the plant to test it as a preventative and possible healing aid for a variety of ailments.

What is CBD useful for?

CBD does not get you high.

There currently exists preclinical research, some of which is sponsored by the US government, that suggests that CBD has anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsive, anti-psychotic, antioxidant, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective effects. (See below for research citations and links).

CBD also activates serotonin receptors, which leads to a gentle anti-depressant effect.

Research into the medical properties of CBD are piling up, making it impossible to argue against this potentially life saving, positive side effect, all natural medication. Yet CBD can’t do it all. Dr. Sean McAllister’s research at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found CBD to reduces breast cancer cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis by inhibiting Id-1 gene expression.

His best results happened when he combined CBD with THC.

The Goddess Delivers also provides medications with a healthy balance of the two cannabinoids, such as our 35% CO2 CBD Hash Oil and our Cannatonic CBD strain.

What is THC useful for?

THC gets you high, which is a medically beneficial effect.

One of the common uses of THC is an anti-nauseant for cancer patients going through chemotherapy, which contains cellularly destructive chemo drugs that make it difficult to maintain a healthy appetite. The Catch-22 of the situation is that the body needs proper nutrition to make it through the difficult process of chemo.

THC is used by chemo patients as an appetite stimulant and anti-nauseant.

Along with it’s uses for minimizing the negative side effects of manufactured drugs, the THC found in the nature provided cannabis plant has been used for pain relief and sleep aid in different countries throughout human history. The uplifting side effects of sativa strains are often used for creative stimulant and a general state of well being and happiness. The relaxing and sleep aid side effects of indica strains are often used for pain and muscle relief.

Since the 1950s, these effects have been vilified in US media and law.

There are many speculations as to why this happened, though the strongest arguments lie in the fact that at the time the plant was widely used to create a variety of environmentally sustainable products. The illegalization of cannabis removed a powerful economic competitor. Lucky for patients, this stigma against valuable medication and economic stimulant has faded in the face of scientific evidence and government studies.

Why use a product with only CBD and no THC?

Patients that use CBD only products like the Guru Dev CBD Tincture make that choice because of their medical needs. They are often concerned about the psychoactive effects of THC which can cause interference in everyday activity in patients that are not used to them. CBD only products offer medical benefits with a mild mood stabilizer without the stigmatized “high”.

For serious pain relief, a CBD only product will not work as well.

Talk to your doctor about what medication is right for you.

Further Reading:

Indica Vs Sativa vs CBD – How the different strains effect your body.
6 Steps to Becoming a Cannabis Connoisseur – How to work with your doctor to evaluate which medication is right for you.
Research Behind the Cannabis Cancer Cure – Links to more medical studies organized by cancer type.
CBD? – More information on cannabinods.
How CBD Works – Detailed information on exactly how the cannabinoid effects your body.

Resources:

“How CBD Works.” Project CBD How CBD Works Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.

“Medical Uses of Cannabis and THC.” Medical Uses of Cannabis and THC. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014.

“Cannabis (drug).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Mar. 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.

El-Alfy, Abir T, et al. (Jun 2010). “Antidepressant-like effect of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids isolated from Cannabis sativa L.”. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 95 (4): 434–42. doi:10.1016/j.pbb.2010.03.004. PMC 2866040. PMID 20332000.

Grlić, Ljubiša (1962). “A comparative study on some chemical and biological characteristics of various samples of cannabis resin”. Bulletin on Narcotics (UNODC) (3): 37–46.

Ashton, CH; Moore, PB; Gallagher, P; Young, AH (May 2005). “Cannabinoids in bipolar affective disorder: a review and discussion of their therapeutic potential”. Journal of Psychopharmacology 19 (3): 293–300. doi:10.1177/0269881105051541. PMID 15888515.

Jones, N. A.; Glyn, S. E.; Akiyama, S.; Hill, T. D. M.; Hill, A. J.; Weston, S. E.; Burnett, M. D. A.; Yamasaki, Y.; Stephens, G. J.; Whalley, B. J.; Williams, C. M. (2012). “Cannabidiol exerts anti-convulsant effects in animal models of temporal lobe and partial seizures”. Seizure 21 (5): 344–352. doi:10.1016/j.seizure.2012.03.001. PMID 22520455.

Kozela, E.; Lev, N.; Kaushansky, N.; Eilam, R.; Rimmerman, N.; Levy, R.; Ben-Nun, A.; Juknat, A.; Vogel, Z. (2011). “Cannabidiol inhibits pathogenic T cells, decreases spinal microglial activation and ameliorates multiple sclerosis-like disease in C57BL/6 mice”. British Journal of Pharmacology 163 (7): 1507–1519. doi:10.1111/j.1476-

a b c McAllister SD, Christian RT, Horowitz MP, Garcia A, Desprez PY (2007). “Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells”. Mol. Cancer Ther. 6 (11): 2921–7. doi:10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-07-0371. PMID 18025276.

The Week in Marijuana

9 Mar

Gupta: ‘I am doubling down’ on medical marijuana – CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the lead medical correspondent on CNN, has written another piece advocating for medical marijuana. In the piece he writes:

I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana. I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.”

Gupta, who was previously against medical marijuana, made a notable change in his beliefs 8 months ago with a piece titled “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed.”

Read the entire post here.

FDA Moves Forward With Marijuana-Based Drug To Fight Childhood Epilepsy – The Huffington Post

Orphan drug designation for a cannabis-based drug developed to treat childhood-onset epilepsy has been granted by the FDA. This means that the maker of the drug must demonstrate effectiveness in clinical trials. This is a huge step forward towards better access to proper care for those who need it.

Read the entire article here.

The Benefits of Medical Cannabis – Mercola.com

Who sees legalization as a threat? Well according to Mercola.com it’s the pharmaceutical companies who are afraid of seeing any new therapy that could “take away from their bottom line.” So what exactly is the case for legalization? One of the most powerful answers seems to come from this quote:

 

“Many may find the idea of medical cannabis abhorrent or somehow “wrong,” as we’ve been indoctrinated to view marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug that will lead you down a path of illicit drug use. Many fail to realize that prescription drugs actually have FAR greater potential to turn you into “a junkie.”

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana

3 Mar

Spanish Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer Cells – Collective Evolution 

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Collective Evolution picked up a video from CannabisPlanet.TV in which Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, discusses the biological process of how THC helps kill cancer cells. 

It’s a very informative video that really helps explain the seemingly miraculous effects of cannabis in medical treatment.

Read the entire article and watch the video here.

It isn’t just about marijuana in Colorado; hemp farming also is taking off – San Jose Mercury News

Perhaps the less discussed side of the marijuana legalization movement is the legalization of the cultivation and processing of hemp. Hemp, the far less potent cousin of Marijuana, can as of this weekend be legally cultivated for recreational, industrial and research uses. Colorado’s farmers who are interested in growing hemp can register with the state. 

Read the entire article here.

REVIEW: Rick Simpson Oils

18 Feb

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The Goddess Delivers has two versions of the Rick Simpson Oil: Canna Nector Honey Oil and Pharmaceutical Grade CBD oil.

Made with the same CO2 extraction process, Canna Nector contains no chemicals, fillers, or traces of butane that are side effects less optimal extraction methods. At high pressures, CO2 grabs hold of the medial properties from the plant and extracts them. Once returned to room pressure, it evaporates completely back into a gas, leaving the cannabinoids behind without residue.

It is a simple and clean option.

This all natural cannabis nectar comes in an applicator to refill vapor pens with minimal spillage or waste. It is a good choice for patients who want an effective and low effort medication.

For patients who want a heavier CBD medicated effect, try our CBD oil.

Our new Pharmaceutical grade CBD oil has 19.49% CBD, 20.77% THC, and .87% CBN. This is a great ratio with a lower THC count than other oils on the market which makes it a perfect option for patients who want to minimize the psychoactive effect of their medication.

For more info, check out:
FAQ: Do You Carry Rick Simpson Oil?
FAQ: CBD?
FAQ: Indica vs Sativa vs CBD

REVIEW: Platinum OG – Pain Relief without Sleepiness

6 Feb

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Our new Platinum OG is a delicious Indica with a gentle yet powerful touch.

Overview

With a THC content that regularly checks in at over 20%, this smooth strain is considered one of the heaviest on the market. It also allows you to stay awake to enjoy it. Unlike other Indicas, Platinum OG doesn’t make you sleepy. It provides all of the relaxation and pain relief euphoria without the slumber.

Taste

Platinum OG is tasty.

Along with the expected OG overtones, this strain has a rich, sweet Indica flavor with subtle hints of wood, like a rich coffee on a cold night.

Genetic

Platinum OG is another that doesn't have firm records of genetic descent, however it does have internet rumors of having Master Kush, OG Kush, and a hint of Purps in its breeding. Now Master Kush has some Skunk #1 in it's past, so if that is true that means that Platinum OG is not a 100% pure Indica strain. That hint of Sativa might be what makes this strain ideal for conscious pain management rather than a sleep aid.

Medical

Patients report that Platinum OG is medically ideal for migraines, hyper tension, ADD/ADHD, carpel tunnel, anxiety relief, and arthritis.

It is a great appetite booster and anti-nauseant so this strain would be ideal for patients going through chemotherapy who want to stay present.

Let us know how Platinum OG works for you!

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References

“Platinum OG Cannabis Strain Details.” Leafly. Leafly, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. .

“Platinum OG Packs A Powerful Punch.” Medical Jane Platinum OG Packs A Powerful Punch Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. .

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