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Flower of the Week: Slymer

11 Oct


Slymer is our Flower of the Week for good reason: these frosty, dense nugs pack a Sativa-dominant punch! Featuring citrusy-lime notes, this strain is a phenotype of Chernobyl – a cross of Trainwreck, Jack the Rippes, and Trinity.

If you’re looking for a relaxing, mood-boosting strain that’s good for pain, anxiety, depression, and nausea, look no further than Slymer!

Microdosing: The Rise of Low-Dose Consumption

4 Oct

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 1.29.00 PMMicrodosing is becoming more mainstream, with low-dose edibles and tinctures popping up at many collectives around California. Microdosing is the art of consuming small doses to gain the benefits of the plant, while limiting psychoactivity and maintaining a clearer head.

The use of cannabis is a very personal one: many of us react differently to the wide array of products, doses, and cannabinoid / terpene profiles. Some consume for medicinal benefits, some recreationally, but all of us have different tolerances and reactions. This has given rise to microdosing – as more people are introduced to cannabis, the need for varied (and smaller) doses will become more of the norm.

One study shows the power of microdosing, which found that patients with advanced cancer experienced the greatest relief in pain from the lowest dose of cannabinoids, while the highest dose actually increased pain.

Another study illustrates this point with 4mg of synthetic cannabinoid being administered for PTSD. The results show that there was a great reduction in chronic pain and PTSD-related insomnia and night terrors.

As a low-tolerance consumer, I have spent plenty of time experimenting with the “perfect” dose for my needs: mainly, pain and insomnia. Before I knew about microdosing, I’d eat a 60mg edible and end up feeling worse than I did before – anxious, paranoid, nauseas, and unable to attend to my day-to-day tasks. This lead me to experimenting – and have since found that 5mg is my sweet spot!

A great place to start with microdosing is 2.5mg for a few days to keep track of the effects and your experience with that particular dose. For those who already have a tolerance built-up and want to experiment with microdosing, a tolerance break is recommended (a few days to a week). Petra Mints are an awesome option for those wanting to discreetly enjoy microdosing, and build from there!

– Lauren, Goddess Delivers Team

Flower of the Week: Tangie (Sativa)

28 Sep

Check out our new Flower of the Week series, featuring new strains available at Goddess Delivers. We are enjoying Tangie, a somewhat newer sativa strain from Amsterdam that crosses California Orange and Skunk. This strain is a good choice for those who lean towards sativa to help them keep lifted throughout the day, but prefer to stay away from the strains that keep them in their head a little too much.

Goddess members can order Tangie now for delivery!

Mackenzie Medicinals Product Highlight

26 Sep

Tinctures are gaining in popularity amongst cannabis consumers, both medically and recreationally – and for good reason!

Tinctures are an effective and healthy alternative to smoking, vaporizing, or eating edibles, and can easily be mixed into juices, teas, most food, or just taken under the tongue. They are quickly absorbed, too – affects can be felt as soon as 15 minutes after ingestion.

Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs, and come in both alcohol-based and non-alcohol options (olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, etc.) They’ve been used for many years by holistic practitioners, as it’s very simple to infuse the herb of your choice for a potent remedy. The cannabis industry quickly caught on and the market now has some amazing options for consumers.

We recently got two tinctures in from Mackenzie Medicinals: a 20:1 and a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio. William and Gail, the creators of these lovely products, started developing their tinctures soon after William was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. They explored their options, and found that cannabis helped immensely in his recovery. Ever since they have been sharing their passion with others.

I started my morning recently with a few drops of the 1:1 in my tea. The dosage is 10mg per ml, so being a lower-tolerance consumer, I decided to start smaller than suggested. The taste is amazing and so simple: subtle hints of cannabis detected in this coconut-oil blend. Typically, edibles and tinctures hit me fast, so after about 20 minutes, I started feeling it: my body was a little tingly and relaxed, and as time went on, these affects heightened. Later that afternoon, I took a few more drops, and ended up sleeping like a baby that night – which is rare for me!

Mackenzie Medicinals’ 1:1 blend is great for people who want pain-relieving and anti-anxiety benefits with less of the psychoactive side-affects.

If you’re looking for all-organic, oil-based tinctures, be sure to give Mackenzie’s Medicinals a try.

-Lauren, Goddess Delivers Team

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 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.

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!

To stay up to date on new medications, take a look at the collective’s website or follow us on Instagram!

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. .