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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!

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.

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

Indica vs Sativa vs CBD

23 Jan

What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and CBD heavy strains?

CBD – Cannabidiol

CBD is one of the 85+ cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike THC, on average it has no psychoactive properties. Current medical studies suggest that it has medical applications to conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, bipolar disorder, nausea, convulsion and inflammation, and multiple sclerosis spasms. It has also been observed inhibiting cancer cell growth.

In layman’s terms, CBD is more medical and less intoxicating.

Sativa

Unlike CBD, the term Sativa doesn’t always refer to a balance of cannabinoids in the plant. The two terms Indica and Sativa refer to differences in genetic breeding. Sativa dominant marijuana strains tend to grow taller and thinner, with a grassier smell to them.

Sativa strains are thought to be better for mental cognition.

Effects attributed to Sativas include:
Energy to accomplish tasks
Creative stimulation
Positive thoughts
Clear mind

Patients report using Sativas strains when they need medication during the day and need to be productive in a variety of environments. The chemical composition of Sativas generally are higher in THC with little to low levels of CBD.

Indica

Indica dominant strains tend to be shorter and thicker, better for confined spaces such as indoor grows. They often have a sweet or sour oder. Cannabis Indica have a broader thicker leaf that distinguish them from the Cannabis Sativa plant.

Indica strains are thought to be better for physical pain and relaxation.

Effects attributed to Indicas include:
Treatment for headaches and migraines
Relief from spasms and seizures
Reduced Anxiety and Stress
Pain relief
Relaxation

Patients report using Indicas when they need to go to sleep at night and don’t have to be highly functional. The chemical composition of Indicas are generally made up of moderate levels of THC and CBD.

References

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.

“What are the differences between Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa, and how do they vary in their potential medical utility?”. ProCon.org.

“Difference Marijuana Cannabis Sativa and Indica, Sativa or Indica Marijuana Seed Strains.”. Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds Seed Bank.

6 Steps to Becoming a Cannabis Connoisseur

12 Dec

Cannabis tasting is a sophisticated process.

Similar to wine tasting, Cannabis evaluation is based on the complex elements of it’s texture, appearance, strength, and flavor. The composition of the soil that nourishes the plant, the cleanliness of the air, the temperature shifts throughout the season all influence the final qualities.

So how does a Cannabis Connoisseur evaluate quality?

Step One: Keep a journal.

With each new strain record the effects.

Each individual patient reacts to the medication differently. No two bodies are the same. They act and react to medications in personal ways. So it is up to the doctor and patient to work together to find the right balance. It is also up to the collective member to take the time to learn which plants fit their needs.

Keeping a dedicated record is the best way to optimize the experience.

Step Two: Vaporizing.

Some of the flavor are lost in the burning process. For full enjoyment of the tasty trees, vaporization is a cleaner way to evaluate the complexity of cannabis. Vaporizers come in a variety and shapes and sizes, including ones that can also serve as e-cigarrettes such as the Gentleman’s Brand Vapor Pens.

Step Three: Categorize

Wines can be labeled into broader categories, such as Reds and Whites, then smaller ones such as Cabernet or Pinot Noir.

The larger categories for marijuana are Indicas, Hybrids, Sativas, and CBD heavy strains.

For smaller groupings you can label them by genetics, such as Thai Stick, Purples, OG Kush, or Afgany, but there is so much crossbreeding that the strains are constantly benefiting from diversity and evolving into stronger and more effective medications.

Another classification is the individual’s interpretation.

This can include the full range of fruit flavors, such as grapes, citrus, blueberry, melon, strawberries, etc. It can also include savory elements such as honey, coffee, woody, tea, etc. There are also qualities that might not be quite as appealing, such as hints of chemicals, diesel, or ammonia.

Products such as the Ganja Goddess Capsules can’t be categorized by flavor, but they can be organized based on their effects.

Step Four: Engage the soft palate

When tasting, use deep breaths to inhale slowly and deep into the solar plexus, focusing on bringing the medication to every corner of your respiratory system.  Breathe out through both the nose and mouth so that the pallets of both scent and taste are activated at the same time. Exhale all the way, attempting to make the exhale even longer

Step Five: Space them Out

Proper wine tasting involves spitting the wine out, so that the evaluator doesn’t get drunk. Excessive intoxication desensitizes the taster to the subtleties of the strains. So for more accurate evaluation of the effects of each strains, the patient should follow the recommended dosage instructed by the doctor.

Step Six: Share Your Knowledge

Share your knowledge online with your collective! Post comments to this blog or email us your findings so that we can parse them out to the rest of our members.

The more knowledge we share, the more we have together.

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The Brooklyn Weed Fairy

20 Oct

Gawker, The Huffington Post and Gothamist  are all reporting that New York City has their own answer to California’s Ganja Goddess (yours truly).

“These are tough times,” reads a subway station flyer with a small pinch of marijuana taped to its surface “take this weed & keep your spirits high.”

So reads the calling card of Brooklyn’s Weed Fairy.

We can’t imagine why anyone would smoke something they found taped to a piece of paper in Brooklyn, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Just like the Goddess, the Weed Fairy also has a twitter account that, until quite recently, was very silent. One of the Weed Fairy’s most recent tweets said that the strain being plastered around the borough is the sativa dominant hybrid, Kushage.

The Huffington Post had an exclusive phone interview with the Weed Fairy, who explained that she was distributing weed that she had no intention of smoking.

Despite the media attention the Weed Fairy could still be planning to provide her cannabis to the men and women of Brooklyn:

The weed fairy also seems to be interested in expanding her efforts into the music industry:

https://twitter.com/TheGardenBreath/status/391385942960775168

We wish the Weed Fairy and the residents of Brooklyn the best of luck.

Now, your city might not have a fanciful Weed Fairy, but why would you want to scrounge around subway stations hoping for a bowl of  mystery weed when The Goddess Delivers right to your door?

Do You Carry Rick Simpson Oil?

15 Oct

cannanectorYes, it is called Honey Oil.

Rick Simpson oil, like other oils, is made from extracting the cancer fighting elements out of the cannabis plant. It and other oils like it are made using a CO2 extraction process, also known as Supercritical fluid extraction.

This method involves using high pressure to force carbon dioxide through plant matter, causing a separation of the matter. This isolates the pure essence of the cannabis resulting in a pure, transparent, amber oil. The CO2 method leaves behind no residue, where solvents such as butane can potentially leave behind undesirables which alter the flavor of the oil.

Honey Oil is a pure THC and CBD heavy option created with the CO2 extraction method.

Other similar oils we carry include the Pure Gold and the 10% CBD.