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What if I tried this CBD Salve on my Carpal Tunnel?
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I wonder what would happen?

As a photographer & graphic designer—like most working professionals—I rely on the usability of my hands daily. I wish I knew about CBD Salves when I developed carpal tunnel during both of my pregnancies. I literally could not do simple tasks with my thumb, any little bit of pressure sent stabbing pain up my thumb and wrist. I couldn’t even push the button on a remote control let alone navigate a mouse. I had to strap on my super sexy wrist wraps and force myself to give work a rest.

Now that I’ve reached my glorious forties, the carpal tunnel has finally caught up with me in real life. A couple of weeks ago while putting on makeup, I swiped the brush ever so slightly in the perfect position to activate that CT and send shooting pain up my arm. I pulled out the sexy wrist straps and began to pray. My husband was concerned and after a day of nursing this new disability, we were considering calling an orthopedic surgeon, because I NEED my thumb! It’s crazy how much we rely on our parts functioning properly.

As I sat helpless at my computer not typing,, I looked around my mess of a desk and it was like I got the idea at the exact same time I laid my eyes on my Organic Sunflower CBD Salve by Made From Dirt. What if I tried this CBD salve on my carpal tunnel? I wonder what would happen?

I rubbed the salve all over my hands and begin massaging into my thumbs. It hurt, but a good kid of hurt. It didn’t instantly take the pain away, but it numbed the pain a bit. After a couple of applications and a few hours, the inflammation had gone downsignificantly. I still had some pain, but not as sharp.

Two days later. I woke up and started my day per usual and realized something was different, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it… The pain was gone and I had full functionality of my thumb! I couldn’t believe it. Unbelievable. Two days and my symptoms are gone.

This has by no means ‘cured’ my carpal tunnel or joint pains, but I have officially added massaging those overworked joints with CBD Salve along with hand stretches into my daily routine. I’m so so grateful for this relief.

xo, Jen

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Self Care Tips: DIY Face Masks
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When hearing the word "Spa", you may think of a plush bathrobe or aromatherapy. For me, its the image of me lounging in the shade and a face mask with cucumbers on my lids. With so many big brand products on the market claiming to have the "secret sauce" for glowing healthy skin, it can get confusing and frustrating making investments on products that either backfire causing breakouts or cost you your left hand to buy. 

Before diving into how to create your own spa-like experience, let's talk about how and why you may be struggling to find the perfect mask. First and foremost, we're all different! Big brands generalize toward the market they have success in and in most cases, it depends on trends. Let's be real here...AIN’T NOTHING GENERAL ABOUT US! We all have different genetics and body chemistry meaning we process everything differently in both our internal and external environments. 

If you receive consistent breakouts, have oily/shiny skin, dry/flaky skin or just straight up have sensitive skin, these "Generalized" products may be harming you more than helping. Our advice, always choose natural. And no, not the $2100 one (unless that's the one that does the trick, more power to you!) instead use real, natural, one-time use masks that can be prepared with ingredients from your kitchen and garden.

First and foremost, establish which type of skin you have. For the most part, there are 4 which you may be familiar with if you shop for masks on the regular. Check out our "The Skin You're In" post to learn more!

 

OILY / DRY / COMBINATION / SENSITIVE

 

The 5th category which was not listed above is what we're trying to get and that's "NORMAL SKIN"; whatever that means. As mentioned before, we are all different and have specific needs in order to have clear, glowing skin. Now that we know what kind of skin we have, let's work our way toward that goal! 

Before whipping up your special blend, please keep in mind that none of these are going to magically clear up your skin overnight. If anything, depending on which one you try/the type of skin you have, the masks just MIGHT do the opposite and bring up impurities from deep below the surface (which is a GOOD THING!). With proper hydration, healthy diet and a solid AM/PM routine, the journey to radiant skin will unfold majestically. 

 

OILY SKIN

If your skin is oily, it is because your body is making up for lost hydration. So we want to apply a mask that deeply hydrates the skin to allow it to become supple perfection.

Banana + Honey + Lemon Mask

1 Ripe Banana, Mashed

1 TBSP Honey

Lemon Juice

Mix all of the ingredients together using a fork and apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm water. Mist with a natural toner like Rose Water or Witch Hazel and apply a breathable moisturizer. Try to avoid extremely heavy creams that could potentially block your pores and cause more breakouts.

 

DRY SKIN

Once again, you're more than likely skipping out on moisturizer and not drinking enough water. Dry skin can be irritable in all senses of the word between being itchy, tight or just plain uncomfortable. Let's rehydrate and bring some elasticity back!

Avocado + Aloe Vera + Oats

1/2 Avocado, Mashed Up

Aloe Vera Pulp, Mashed Up

2 TBSP Oats

Combine together using a fork until smooth. Apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Remove using warm water and apply a natural toner like Rose Water or Witch Hazel and apply a hydrating moisturizer. 

 

COMBINATION SKIN

Ah, yes, the most common skin type, Combination. You're oily, you're dry, you have AMAZING days where there isn't a blemish in sight and there are days where you want to wear a bag over your head with eyes cut out. Battling the extremes of oily and dry skin is a tough road but believe us when we say, IT GETS BETTER! One thing is for sure in balancing out our skin to "normal" is internal hydration. The more water you drink the more hydrated your skin. This trick alone can help clear up a list of problems no mask needed! However, on the days that need some extra TLC, give this mask a try.

Rose + Yogurt + Honey Mask

2 TBPS Rose Water

1 tsp Dried Rose Petals

1 TBSPHoney

2 TBSP Greek Yogurt, Plain

Combine all ingredients together and apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm water, apply a natural toner like Rose Water or Witch Hazel and moisturize with a breathable moisturizer.

 

SENSITIVE SKIN

Do you find your skin getting irritated easily and sometimes for what feels like no reason whatsoever? You probably fall in this category. Having sensitive skin is extremely difficult to maintain and finding products that wont harm your precious face and neck can feel never ending. In protecting yourself against rashes and breakouts, try this mask and the following tips;

Oatmeal + Yogurt + Honey Mask

2 tsp Cup Oatmeal

2 TBSP Yogurt

1 tsp Honey

Combine the ingredients together and apply to your face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Remove with warm water and pat dry. Apply natural toner like Rose Water or Witch Hazel and a gentle moisturizer.

 

ALL SKIN TYPES

Hopefully the masks above are helpful in one way or another. We like treating ourselves to a mask at least once a week, maybe twice if we feel called to do so. Let us know which ones worked for you and if you have any special mixtures you like to make! Additionally, every skin type should follow these tips to keep healthy and happy clear skin. 

  • Free + Clear Laundry Soap - Many BIG brands have artificial dyes, fragrances, and other chemicals that can be contributing to the struggle of clear skin.

  • Change your Pillow Case - Just a few times a week should do the trick.

  • Wear Natural Sunscreen - Every skin type should do this to protect from harmful UV rays.

  • Stay Toned - Keep a small bottle of witch hazel, rose water, or aloe water available for misting throughout the day.

On our personal journeys to healthy, happy, glowing lifestyles, self care is ALWAYS the first step. Taking the extra time to reflect on ourselves, mentally clearing any clutter of negativity, self-doubt, and stress before moving toward physical maintenance makes the experience all the more fruitful. Happy healing to you all!

xo, Kushyy

Marijuasana: Vital Prana Meets Dank Ganja
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By Whitney Miller

Since I’d never been to a cannabis infused yoga class before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I arrived to the private residence where class was to be held. Upon entering, Marijuasana founder Stacey Mulvey immediately made me feel welcome, as she did with everyone else who arrived. She offered us tea, CBD oil from Bluebird Botanicals, and passed around a joint, earning the title Hostess of the Year in my mind. The treats were generously shared, but classes are BYO (bring your own). I packed a few things with concentrates to share, setting up in between Stacey’s rolling tray and the beautiful mandala beads she had for sale.

Stacey’s service expands, profoundly, on what a lot of us have experienced at home—doing yoga to compliment a good sesh. However, Marijuasana takes us out of the bedroom and into a communal environment with classes that focus on mindful movement incorporating cannabis consumption and encouraging a deeper connection with the self. For attendees, it’s an incredibly warm, welcoming environment. As a safe space for stoners, Marijuasana is bringing the cannabis community even closer together, drawing in people of all types. It was through her own yoga practice that Stacey became aware of the connection between her mind, body, and cannabis—and as a trained instructor, she teaches just that, providing aid in the fight to normalize the use of marijuana.

Classes are designed to allow for plenty of social time, so we seshed, drank CBD infused tea, and chatted prior to taking our mats. Once we began, the lights dimmed softly and the warm sound of uplifting music filled the room. Stacey’s soothing voice would suffice to gently rock one to sleep, if not for the rejuvenating yoga flow that kept us moving, occasionally on our toes. Throughout the routine transitioning through positions, Stacey shared timely reminders on how to stay present tucked with tidbits on how the cannabis was simultaneously, synergistically benefiting our bodies. Something about Stacey and Marijuasana makes it easy to absorb her passion, it shines through her every token of support shared throughout the class. Incredibly, I found the combination of yoga and cannabis really can strengthen one’s focus on moving mindfully, both in yoga and life—the key mission of Mulvey’s Marijuasana.

The class took a break midway to enjoy more tea and share another joint. By the end of my first Marijuasana class, my body and mind felt truly connected. Stacey’s teaching style and the atmosphere she created made it a one of a kind experience. The Marijuasana routine is tailored to accommodate all skill levels, whether it’s someone’s first time or they’ve been practicing for years, you will be challenged without feeling intimidation. I highly recommend signing up for a class when one is available near you. It’s a great opportunity for your personal wellness, and to connect with others who have a similar interest. I enjoyed my experience so much, I just had to learn more about her journey and the creation of Marijuasana.

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When did you draw the connection between consuming cannabis and mindful movement?

I had a wonderful experience after being educated about CBD oil at the Denver High Times Cannabis Cup in 2013. At the Cup, I had broken a two year period of abstinence from cannabis. What better time and place, right? About this same time I was wrapping up a rigorous training program to become a Pilates teacher. The program demanded that I learn certain skills in my body that I simply wasn’t getting. Bottom line: I wasn’t very good. There was an exhibitor booth for a brand that carried CBD oil and I was intrigued with CBD, so I asked my local dispensary to start carrying it, which they did. Then one night I was doing my normal practice, but this time I took huge doses of flower and this CBD oil.

What happened?

I’m on my living room floor doing some stretching when I get this overwhelming sense of...all I can say is, it felt like I had an actual ownership of my body. Like, I not only could truly sense my muscles, my bones, and all the tissue in between; but they were mine. I had complete dominion over everything and it was all apart of me. I felt control. It was the happiest and most sincere form of power that I’ve felt, and I’ll never forget it. After that, everything clicked. I could do things in my program that I just wasn’t getting before. The body has its own innate intelligence, most of the time that intelligence is difficult to verbalize because it doesn’t translate unless it’s in you. You can describe it to another, and give them tips on how to find it, but it’s not there until they find it for themselves. Cannabis and CBD boosted my body’s IQ and helped me find the connections I just wasn’t making before. After that experience, I realized how cannabis is this incredible aid to mindful movement and I became a devotee.

So this is where Marijuasana was born...

The inspiration came from this experience and then wanting to help others learn about cannabis and mindful movement and how it may benefit their body and mind. Beyond that, CBD was so crucial in my own discovery. I also want to educate as many people as I can that this is somethings that’s available, legal and non-intoxicating. My hope is that if I can educate people about CBD and other cannabinoids that perhaps the stigma towards THC based cannabis will soften. For those with the narrow minded view that hemp and cannabis are deleterious, I’m hopeful that the route for changing that perspective will be via their bodies.

When did you first start practicing yoga?

I first started practicing yoga about 15 years ago. My practice then expanded to include, and at various times focus on, other forms of mindful movement like Callanetics, pole dance and Pilates. Really though, it’s all yoga.

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"My goal for attendees is to find something novel. At minimum, it could be a tidbit about marijuana and the fact that it is good for you, or a new person in their community that shares an enthusiasm for weed. At best, it is a new way of feeling or understanding their own body, because that translates to a new understanding of themselves."

Everyone will have their own personal experience, but what are your primary goals for those who attend Marijuasana?

My goal for attendees is to find something novel. At minimum, it could be a tidbit about marijuana and the fact that it is good for you, or a new person in their community that shares an enthusiasm for weed. At best, it is a new way of feeling or understanding their own body, because that translates to a new understanding of themselves.

What does your family think of it all? Has your success with Marijuasana influenced their views?

I have two sisters and a brother, and they are my biggest supporters and fans, but I wouldn’t say my parents accept me. However, there are signs of tolerance. My entire extended family is Mormon, and I find that mostly they ignore me. I can assume they aren’t claiming to be related to me in any of their communities despite the fact Marijuasana has become so popular. Little by little, some of my cousins have started to hint they may not be as scandalized. I had a cousin email me and joke that the next time there is a family reunion, I should bring the brownies.

Coming from a Mormon family, what gave you the courage to strike out on your own? Has there been backlash from the conservative community you grew up in?

I don’t know if it was courage so much as a need to prove myself wrong. I had the benefit of working in cannabis in a communications role with another company, and that’s when I saw an opportunity for “contemplative cannabis” as I call it. There were two competing voices, the fearful voice that said everyone would hate me and that I’d be a failure, and one that said, do it, and fuck the haters. And as it turns out, the message that’s based in fear is usually the one that’s full of shit.

It's no surprise that classes are selling out, how are you meeting the growing demand?

Indeed, I must. A Marijuasana teacher training program is in development, as well as events in Las Vegas, Denver, Portland, Seattle, Anchorage, Boston, New York and DC. I used to teach pole dance, so something to be on the lookout for: 420-friendly lap dance lessons. Ladies only, of course.

 

About Stacey Mulvey  /  Stacey Mulvey loves teaching movement, viewing it as a spectrum of energy--from yin to yang and everything in between. She began practicing and teaching mindful movement in Callanetics after having an epiphany about mortality and taking control of her own quality of life. Eventually, Mulvey discovered that cannabis helped her concentrate and enhanced her motivation. Mulvey studied at Naropa University in yoga, painting, and psychology. After completing her coursework honing her skills in mindful and meditative practices, Mulvey launched Marijuasana and dedicates her life to the coalition of cannabis and yoga.

 

About Marijuasana  /  Marijuasana is a pop up yoga event series, offering hemp and cannabis infused yoga classes in Denver, D.C., Boston, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and more. Movement integrated with cannabis evokes a unique sensory experience. Classes are warm and social, with grounded and expressive yoga for all levels. To learn more, visit http://www.marijuasana.com.

 

About Marijuasana Online  /  You can wait for Marijuasana, the popular cannabis-infused yoga event, to visit your city or you can become a Marijuasana Online member, which gives you access to exclusive wellness videos lead by Marijuasana founder, Stacey Mulvey. This way, you can join her inspired, and lifted, mindful movement practice in the comfort of your own home.  https://www.marijuasana.com/yoga-videos/

 

About the Author  /  Whitney Miller is a professional photographer, coffee addict, nature lover and cannabis enthusiast with a passion for words. Having grown up in a conservative community on the East Coast, she wishes to use her B.A. in English from Eastern Mennonite University to spread light and love. Originally from Virginia, Whitney currently resides in Denver, CO. 

 

Photography courtesy of Marijuasana

Cannabis & Migraines—Simple Relief
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Did you know migraines are being classified as a women's health issue? More than 70% of American migraine sufferers are women, with women also reporting longer and more frequent migraine attacks. Still migraines remain a bit of a mystery, and most sufferers don't even are diagnosed and under-treated.

Check out how Cannabis can be used to treat migraine headaches and the advantages it has over traditional meds.

What is a Migraine?

The simplest explanation is a severe headache accompanied by nausea and vomiting. However, if we look at the facts, we can see that it’s not so simple at all:

  • About 10% of Americans suffer from migraines. This is over 30 million people!

  • Migraines are a severely disabling disease and a leading cause of disability.

  • There’s no known cure and they are difficult to treat.

  • Migraine affects about 28 million women in the U.S.

  • 85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.

Cannabis for Migraines

The use of medical cannabis can not only help prevent migraines, but it can also stop migraines that have already begun.

How Does Cannabis Help?

The symptoms of migraines include severe pain and nausea. Marijuana is a powerful pain reliever and it can also help combat vomiting and nausea. Besides its analgesic properties, marijuana has anti-inflammatory qualities that can treat the chronic inflammation known to trigger migraine headaches. Finally, marijuana helps to offset the harmful effects of stress, that can worsen or induce migraines.

Cannabis Benefits for Migraines

  • Immediate relief with smoking or vaporizing

  • Easy to control dosing

  • Few long-term side effects (especially when compared to pharmaceuticals)

  • Fewer drug interactions

  • Reduced risk of addiction

Cannabis Versus Traditional Medications

While there are some traditional treatments for migraines, there are some things to weigh them against. For example:

  • Overdose Risk

  • Drug Interactions

  • Cardiac Side Effects

  • Kidney and Liver Damage

  • Risk of Stroke

  • Stomach Ulcer and Pain

Cannabis Strains for Migraines

Let’s start this out by saying that every strain will affect everybody differently. We suggest you visit your medical cannabis shop and consult with the budtenders there. That being said, the following strains have been known to help diminish migraine symptoms or stop them altogether:

Have you ever used cannabis to treat a migraine? Let us know in the comments!

Original article by Bjorn Wallman published on The Weed Blog

Self Care Tips: The Skin You're In
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In a world where the perfect fresh faced selfie with a poppin' natural highlight is a must, having a full understanding of how to take the best care of our skin is crucial. With countless brands all promising beautiful, radiant, skin, it can get difficult figuring out which is the best choice for you.

In most cases, there are mainly 4 skin types:

OILY / DRY / COMBINATION / SENSITIVE

There are countless quizzes online to give you an idea of what type you have however to save some time, the broad answers are these;

OILY SKIN - Exactly as it sounds, shiny, and quite literally oily

DRY SKIN - Tight, flaky, and you guessed it, dry

COMBINATION SKIN - A bit of both, oily and dry at times

SENSITIVE SKIN - Easily prone to bumps or rashes from fragrances/dyes or doesn't mix well with hot or cold climates

Depending on which category you identify with, there are numerous avenues to getting glowing, supple, healthy skin! Check out our DIY Face Masks post for ways to naturally balance your skin.

xo, Kushyy