Reviewing some hemp products I’ve tried lately (week of January 11, 2021)

1. PuroCannagars Delta-8 THC Cartridges

I remember the moment that I realized, “Whoa, delta-8 THC does get you high,” like it was yesterday. It wasn’t very long ago – maybe a few weeks ago, when I was puffing on one of these PuroCannagars delta-8 cartridges that it hit me – I was getting stoned from the delta-8. I thought this was kind of cool, since delta-8 products can be purchased from hemp brands as they are derived from hemp. No medical card needed. Anyone can have this legal sort of high. I wondered how many other people had realized this, too. Reddit was where I looked, and not surprisingly I found a whole subreddit of people that had found some form of relief or joy or benefits from delta-8 THC.

These cartridges from PuroCannagars have a taste that’s mild and the vapor is smooth, not too harsh when vaping. I could actually vape this all day, it’s so mild and overall good during use. Basically, this was the product that opened my eyes to the fact that delta-8 THC is effective and probably has its place in many people’s lives. And it’s legal, and plant-based.

2. Industrial Hemp Farms CBD Flower in the strain Casino Cookies

This flower is good, but nothing to really write home about. It’s your standard CBD flower; dark green, dense, small-ish nug size. It smokes well, and I really enjoyed it when mixed with CBG flower from hhemp.co.

3. hhemp.co CBG Flower

Okay, this is one of my favorite hemp products I’ve found lately. The CBG flower from hhemp.co that I tried – they offer just one strain: “The White” – is delightful. I can’t speak to just how much this flower has helped me; it’s phenomenal how its effects are so chill and perfect for daytime. I don’t know if I would say that CBG flower is stronger, but the “high” if you can call it that is more noticeable than that with CBD. CBG doesn’t really produce a high on its own, but being that CBG is the precursor to other cannabinoids like CBD and THC, I wonder if some of the CBG does get converted to THC during smoking. Because the feeling from smoking CBG flower is different from being high, but it is noticeable. I really like it. Available at hhemp.co – use code ELLIEK for 10% off.

Overall, I’ve really been enjoying finding out more about all the different cannabinoids that hemp and cannabis have to offer. It really goes to show that cannabis and hemp are not just for getting high, but perhaps that their different cannabinoids all have different uses. I plan to keep seeking out the best hemp products to report back on.

Cherie went to a volunteer hemp event

Cherie La’Donna contributed some awesome photos for this post from a volunteer event that happened in Ruskin, Florida on January 9, 2021. This event was put on by Carma Corps and Green Hat Gals.

Judging by the photos, this event looked like it was a lot of fun! There were big hemp plants, little hemp plants, and smiling volunteers all around. Check it out for yourself:

Photo credits: Cherie La’Donna, Tracy David, Joshua Linney, Gabby Frasier, Patti Jean, Bebe Barcus

Gluten-Free Edibles by Cherie: Peanut & Cocoa Cookies with Cannabis

Cherie La’Donna is the contributor who offered up her recipe for some delicious, gluten-free edibles.

Recipe:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup crunchy or creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Cannabis distillate

Of the recipe, Cherie notes, “I added the concentrate distillate to the peanut butter as it seems to cover up the medicine taste from the distillate.”

She also notes, “I also used a silicone muffin pan instead of parchment paper. This batch made 33 cookies. They freeze well! I used one gram of Birds of Paradise from Growhealthy for my cannabis distillate.”

  1. Gather all supplies. You will need a silicone muffin pan and a medium saucepan.
  2. Combine sugar, butter, milk, and cocoa in a medium saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a rolling boil.
  4. Separately, warm distillate until it is liquefied and add to peanut butter by mixing both together.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat; cool one minute.
  6. Add peanut butter with distillate; stir to blend. Add oats, peanuts, and vanilla; stir to mix well. Quickly drop mixture by heaping teaspoons into silicone muffin pans. Cool completely. Store in a cool, dry place.

Interview with a Medical Marijuana Patient

This interview subject chose to remain anonymous but is a 30-year-old female who uses cannabis and is a Florida medical patient.

Q: What made you want to share your cannabis story with me?

A: Using marijuana kind of changed my life. I think a lot of people need it, but I think a lot of people are afraid because they don’t realize that recreational use and using it medicinally is completely different. It’s not about getting stoned, it’s not about getting high and it’s not about how much THC you have. And when I learned those things, I just thought everyone else should know this.

Q: How long have you been using cannabis?

A: It’ll be a year in May – so about 9 or 10 months.

Q: For what medical purposes do you use cannabis or how does cannabis help you?

A: I use it for PTSD and anxiety, and I also have really bad panic attacks so that’s mainly what I use it for.

Q: So it basically helps you with the symptoms from those ailments?

A: Yeah, I mean it saved me from having so many panic attacks. I went from having maybe 2 a week to having pretty much none. It’s pretty amazing.

Q: How else has your life changed since you started using cannabis?

A: I was at the point where I was going to quit school, and having the panic attacks was just ruining my life. I wouldn’t be able to be here and do the things that I do and accomplish without it.

Q: What is a misconception you think people have about cannabis or people who use it?

A: I feel like there are so many. One misconception is – back in the day, when you were a kid in school or at least for me – we had the D.A.R.E. Program that told us that cannabis is like the worst thing ever, and that weed is a gateway drug, and all that. But it’s not really though. I think the biggest thing for me is that people assume that if you use cannabis, you also use other drugs. Like, illegal substances. And it’s like, not true.

Q: That’s true, using cannabis does not mean you’re necessarily using anything else.

A: Yeah, that’s just my main misconception is that people think it’s a gateway drug – it’s not.

Q: Do you have a favorite method of using cannabis?

A: I like to use multiple methods – my go to methods are theragels, I really like sublinguals, and vapes.

Q: Do you find that certain strains work better for you than others?

A: I guess so, yeah. I think so, but I think it depends more for me how I use it.

Q: Do you have a favorite dispensary?

A: I’m a huge fan of Surterra. Huge fan, love them.

Q: Just out of curiosity, if you could change anything about the medical program in Florida, what would you change?

A: I definitely think it’s too expensive. The products themselves are too expensive. If prices were cut even 25%, I feel like it would make a huge difference. It is expensive to be a patient, but I can understand a doctor appointment being expensive. But the products themselves, are too expensive.

Q: Do you think we should be able to grow our own?

A: I’m cool with home grow, but would I actually grow my own? I don’t really have a green thumb. Most of my plants die except for my cactus, so, yeah.

Q: What else do you want people to know about cannabis and what else should people know?

A: Don’t be so scared. Don’t be afraid of it, it’s not gonna bite ya. A lot of people’s anxiety, and their quality of sleep – maybe you just need to smoke a joint and go to bed. You know? My doctor had be on a bunch of medications, and I was like, I’m 30 and I was taking 7 pills and it wasn’t working for me. And just a simple plant changed everything. So I think people should just not be afraid. Just give it a shot, and do the research. 

Q: Well that’s pretty much all I have – thank you for letting me interview you.

A: Thank you!

5 Hemp-Derived or CBD Ingredients Our Kitchens Are Missing

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small percentage from sales made through the links provided.

Hemp is growing in popularity, and so are the numbers of ways it can be used in our everyday lives. One place that CBD products are hoping to land is in our kitchens.

In this quick listicle we’ll lay out a few CBD or hemp products you may not have known were available.

1. Stigma Coffee CBD Oil

Stigma CBD creates CBD products and one that caught my eye was the Coffee CBD. This is a concoction made from MCT oil, hemp extract, coffee extract and vanilla extract. One review on the Stigma site states, “Whoa! That is smooth.” Currently my mornings include both coffee and CBD, but never quite in this format. Put this on my list of ones to try in 2021.

2. Loud Grandma Chili Crisp Oil

Available via Pot d’Huile, this is not your grandma’s chili oil. That first line felt like a cheap shot, but there’s still time to save this paragraph. Loud Grandma is a CBD-infused chili oil that I for one am dying to try. I have hit that point in my twenties when I’m just looking for cheap, non-harmful thrills and Loud Grandma is one of those. While it may not be cheap – $29 for a 60ml jar containing a total of 120mg CBD – it does certainly sound thrilling. And relaxing, at the same time, what with the CBD and all.

3. Colorado Hemp Honey

Colorado Hemp Honey is that sweet middle ground where honey and CBD mix and mingle. I don’t know exactly why, but CBD and honey just seem to go together. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so, since there’s a whole company and probably others dedicated to CBD honey. Honey is easy to add to teas and other food applications, making it a practical way to add CBD to your daily life.

4. Glow Water CBD Tea

While it may not be the only one of its kind, Glow Water CBD Tea seems to be a fairly popular brand for CBD teas. Like honey, tea is something that can be easily added to your everyday routine, making teas a potentially revolutionary way to consume CBD.

5. Hemp Hand Towels from Etsy

I looked, and it seems like one of the best places to find hemp kitchen towels is Etsy. Let us not forget that hemp is promising not just because it produces CBD and some other cannabinoids, but because its fibers have a multitude of potential uses such as in fabrics. The pictured towels are from Bohempia on Etsy, but there were several other sellers marketing some as well.

Hopefully this list gave you some insight into some hemp products that might find their ways into some of our kitchens this year. I doubt this will be my last hemp or CBD listicle, so I’ll catch you in the next one!

Müv Ice Cream Cake Cannabis Review

With New Year’s Eve around the corner, I wanted to make sure I had some flower on hand to help ring in the new year. So today I decided to pick up an eighth of tier 1 flower in the strain Ice Cream Cake from Müv.

The nugs are dense – smaller than I expected, but dense. Their coloring is a beautiful blend of deep purples and greens. The buds are covered in sparkling trichomes.

This morning I was feeling some heightened anxiety over things both in and out of my control, so I was relieved to sit down and pack a bowl when I did.

After just a few hits, I was melting into a relaxed state and feeling far more calm than I had been before.

I could see this strain being helpful during more anxious times, like it was today for me. 

Have you tried the strain Ice Cream Cake?

Plants and pills aren’t mutually exclusive

We’ve heard it time and time again in the cannabis community: plants over pills! I absolutely think this saying has the spirit; after all, I for one am all for celebrating cannabis in just about any context, and if weed made you stop taking pills and that helped you? That’s awesome.

The thing that gets left out of plants over pills, though, is the idea that they can coexist in one’s life. And the people who use both cannabis and pills because they have to.

I’m definitely not saying you need both pills and plants in your life, or that anyone needs anything. I just know that there are some people who “find relief” from their symptoms through the use of a combination of herbal and traditional medicine. And I know because I’m one of them.

There was a time, shortly after I started using cannabis for medicinal purposes, that I decided to quit taking my prescribed medicines in an act of rebellion or something. An act of breaking free from big pharma, out of the grasp of these pills that I seemed to depend on. The thing is, I did depend on the pills I was taking then. They had been helping me, and when I went off of them, bad things happened. It took me months before I realized I couldn’t persist without certain medications.

It didn’t mean I had to stop using cannabis, necessarily. It just meant I needed to go back onto at least some of the medications I had been taking before. I decided I could live with that. I could live with taking certain prescribed meds, and I could keep using cannabis too. Why not?

All of this is to say, when it comes down to it, don’t let a saying like “plants over pills” sway you from doing what’s best for you. Everyone is unique, and we don’t all fit into the boxes that people set out for us. We don’t always do what people expect. And I have been using meds and cannabis together for several years now with positive results. Perhaps I’m one of the few, but I know I’m not the only one.

Müv Rosemary Mint Hydrating Lotion Review

Müv Rosemary Mint Hydrating Lotion Review

2020 is full of surprises. If I said I thought I’d find a quality skincare product nestled in amongst a line of medical marijuana products, I’d be lying. No offense to the cannabis industry whatsoever; I know there is a lot of product formulation magic happening behind the scenes of the legal pot industry at any given moment, and I have a lot of respect for the people involved in that.

I just thought lotion would be a bit of an after thought for a dispo, but after trying Müv’s Rosemary Mint Hydrating Lotion on a whim and then reading the ingredients like the curious one that I am, I was floored and delighted by what I found.

The list? It goes a little something like: Aloe leaf juice, safflower oil, vegetable emulsifiers, organic rose hip oil, squalene, shea butter, cannabis extract, green tea, vitamin E, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance.

The lotion’s first ingredient is aloe

At $20 for the 1.7fl oz. bottle, I don’t know what I was expecting but aloe juice as the first ingredient was not it. I’m impressed, as I think that’s the mark of a highly moisturizing lotion. And the results are there. After the first try I could tell this was something special. Now I slather it on myself nightly and it lives on my nighstand, or next to my person at all times (it’s lying next to my iPad as I type this).

2020, man. It’s not all bad.

Müv Strain-Specific RSO Tincture Review

This tincture oil from Müv has just a few ingredients: strain-specific RSO, MCT oil, sunflower oil, and peppermint oil. The taste is mild, and pleasant overall. According to the packaging, each drop contains about 1 milligram of THC. On the dropper, there are markings for different increments up to 1ml. The packaging doesn’t say how much THC is in a full, 1-ml dropper (the whole bottle is worth 30ml of product). I figured out that 10 drops is about half a milliliter. Using this math, we can probably assume that the full dropper is worth about 20 drops. Either way, the one drop = 1mg dosing method seems pretty straightforward so patients can always use that in order to dose very accurately.

I can tell you from experience that taking a full 1ml dropper is enough for at least me to feel effects, and strong ones. The effects for me after consuming a 1ml dropper full of the tincture oil included feeling relaxed but still with mental clarity, in a good mood, and a lot of physical relaxation. It’s been about an hour and fifteen minutes since I consumed the 1ml dropper, and effects are currently in full swing. Since it’s nighttime, I’m feeling pretty good about how this tincture is effecting me, but if it were daytime I would need to use less of this in order to efficiently function during work hours.

Perhaps the RSO is what makes this tincture so effective, being that RSO is a full spectrum extract containing a multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes and minor cannabinoids. All I know is it’s pretty early and I’m already ready for bed. Though, I could see myself staying up and relaxing with a book or some other light entertainment before that.

Seeing is this product is easy to use and dose, is very effective, and can be found in different strains at various Müv locations, I would definitely use this again in the future.

Columbia Care Pre-Rolls

I recently picked up a five pack of pre-rolls from my local Columbia Care. I’m grateful for the consistent, top-notch customer service at my local store, as an aside. Anyway, let’s talk pre-rolls.

These pre-rolls burned well, down to the filter. No canoe-ing, nothing out of the ordinary when it came to how it burned.

The taste was pretty good; not too harsh or bad tasting, for a joint. Joints sometimes seem to have somewhat of a strong taste as the paper and cannabis burns, but these guys weren’t too bad. The strain was Mojito, a sativa-leaning strain that’s 80% sativa and 20% indica, according to the packaging label. THC percentage is 16.5%, also according to the label.

I would buy these again, perhaps the next time I am in need of pre-rolls. Since I’m not great at rolling my own joints and I prefer the 0.5g size joints as opposed to a full gram, this option from Columbia Care is a good one for me.

Retail price: $27 for a 5-pack of 0.5g-sized pre-rolls

Buy again?: Yes