An Intro to CBD

When I started smoking pot at a young age and was lectured at, my excuse was always that it is healthy, it helps me sleep, and it makes me happier. At the time, I said that but I didn’t know the extent to that truth, and probably mostly smoked it out of rebellion. Now, years later, I have gone through my fair share of bud, and continue to use it, however more aware and educated of the benefits it has.  

One aspect of marijuana that I learned is that it’s made up of more than 400 chemical entities.The most commonly known and strongest link to your “high” is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. There are products that you can buy that essentially have separated compounds of marijuana for different medical purposes. That’s right, you can reap the benefits of marijuana without getting stoned. If this had been more commonly known when I was a teenager, maybe I wouldn’t have had an excuse to get high!

A recently trendy and essential compound of the marijuana plant is called Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. It can be taken in the form of oils, capsules, hemp pre-rolls and bud, edibles, and so much more. The best part: it’s legal. An 18 year old could potentially order high CBD/low THC weed online and face no consequences- as long as their parents are chill with it of course.

I take CBD oil on a daily basis, about 50mg a day and sometimes more if I’m dealing with soreness or cramps. There’s a lot I could write about it, and will probably cover it in more depth in future articles, but here’s a quick understanding of what CBD is and how it could potentially change your quality of life:

  1. It can heal your body and mind:

A few well known benefits are:

  • curing cancer tumors
  • preventing the growth of free radicals(which are the cause of cancer)
  • helping people with substance abuse
  • reducing seizures for the epileptic
  • reducing diabetes
  • relieving anxiety and depression
  • alleviating cramps(I can attest to that one)
  • so so much more.

If you are suffering from one or more of these ailments, please don’t hesitate to try CBD as it may drastically improve your health and overall well being.

  1. It does NOT get you high:

                    As I covered earlier, there are different compounds in marijuana, some that get you high, and some that don’t. CBD does not. Many kids with epilepsy and elderly that aren’t looking for the psychedelic effects will take CBD and don’t notice any head change. This is GREAT for you big aspirers who get couch lock every time you hit the joint. The closest to a high you’ll feel from CBD is the intense relief from any pain you might have.

  1. It might save you money:

A good bottle of CBD oil, which can greatly benefit someone diagnosed with ADHD, costs roughly $120 and can last the whole month or longer . You can spend more or less depending upon the quality. There are expenses associated with health problems that aren’t talked about as much, such as taking days off work, physical or mental therapy sessions, and an overall decrease in productivity. And while your insurance might cover your Oxy’s or xanax, chances are that you’ll be paying more out of pocket down the road to treat your side effects. We can skip that whole mess and cure the root of the problem with cannabidiols.

  1. It is generally made from legal hemp plants:

Although CBD’s can be isolated from plants that contain high THC, it is mostly made from hemp plants that are less than .3 percent THC and have high cannabidiol levels. Hemp is legal to have/grow and is used for making sustainable clothing, healthfoods, biodegradable plastics, and lots more.

 

 

After seeing my dog’s seizures stop immediately from a few droppers of CBD oil, and after taking it for months and seeing a radical shift in my health, I am confident to say that it is a revolutionary medicine. It has been and will continue to act as a potent remedy for people suffering from all types of health issues.

The disclaimer is that everyone has different bodies and genetic makeup meaning what works for me might not work for you. CBD’s have helped hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, but there are people who don’t sit well with it for whatever reason. Just like how some people can eat dairy and others can’t. Side effects and allergies are extremely uncommon but also mild, so don’t worry about going into anaphylactic shock from a little CBD. Try it out if you’re looking for a potent remedy or for preventive health, you’ll most likely love it and reap the benefits you need most.

I buy my CBD oil from http://www.westcoastcbdsupply.com and have had an awesome experience with their customer service and quality of products. Although it wasn’t easy at first to drop the money on an oz bottle of oil, I found that it was an investment in the most important thing- my well being. Knowing that I have a remedy for hungover mornings and muscle pain from standing so long at work, I am at ease and have more time in my day to enjoy the moment.

Feel free to do your own research, look into testimonials, and make your own decision as to whether CBD could help you or someone you know. It might just be the remedy you’ve been seeking.

Lavender Hemp Milk

Ever since the lavender bloomed in Bend, I’ve been into lavender everything. It’s soft purple and relaxing scent draws me in every time. There are so many ways to utilize the healing benefits of lavender but finding ways to drink it is getting the full sensory experience.

I don’t drink cow’s milk for many reasons, including the environmental implications, treatment of the animals, and I just find it odd to drink the milk of another animal.  Nut/seed milk contains no cholesterol, healthier fats, and nutrients that can’t be found in traditional milk. So I drink hemp, almond, soy, rice, cashew, and coconut milk. They’re all delicious in their own ways, but hemp  is personally my favorite. It is creamy, nutrient dense, and flavorful. Hemp is also an amazing plant, and I love exploring the uses it has.

So, with my neighbor’s front yard covered in lavender, and a large bag of hemp seeds in my cupboard, I put them together and created lavender hemp milk!

It can be consumed plain, heated(good option before bed), in cereal/oats, and is delicious as creamer in coffee and tea. You’ll enjoy the aromas while making this recipe, it might be the most relaxing cooking sesh you’ve ever had. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Makes 4 cups

Lasts 6 days

Produce:

1.5 tbsp lavender

Nuts/seeds:

½ cup of hemp seeds

Liquids:

3 cups water

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp agave syrup

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Blend for two minutes.
  3. Strain with cheesecloth, a mesh bag, or thin strainer. (optional: not straining will retain more nutrients)
  4. Refrigerate until cold.
  5. Enjoy!

Breakfast on a Budget

Tofu scramble & Potato Hash

One of my favorite morning meals can appeal to college students and LA housewives alike; it is easy on everyone’s schedule, budget, and waistline.

This meal costs $1.75 per person.

You read that right.

It is savory, filling, plant-based, and made with whole vegetables that will nourish your day.

Note to carb- phobes: Potatoes, when cooked properly are great for providing energy to the body. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Eaten in moderation and with a proper balance of fats and vitamins, carbs are essential for providing your body and mind the energy it needs to sustain itself.

Ingredients:

(serves 2 people)

Produce:

2 small red potatoes ($.75)

1 small Yukon gold potato ($.50)

.25 lbs Crimini mushrooms ($1.25)

Protein:

Half a block of firm tofu ($1.00)

Oils & Spices:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp red chili pepper

1/2 tbsp garlic salt

Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare produce and tofu.
  2. Heat up oil. Throw in potatoes, add spices, cook until soft. Gradually add water if potatoes stick to pan.
  3. Saute tofu and mushrooms with spices in a separate pan for about 7 minutes.
  4. Bam, done! Enjoy your meal.

Why I Stopped Using ADHD Medication

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Coping with a fast paced mind

I’ll start from the beginning. When I was in early High school, I felt like there was something wrong with me. I had an awful time sitting through class and would often drift into la la land while the teacher lectured us about postulates and linear equations. I took advanced classes and would go home with a stack full of homework. The challenge was, my attention span lasted about 10 minutes. Which meant I would sometimes stay up all night long trying to complete a few hours worth of homework.

Beyond that, I dealt with emotional turmoil because instead of properly processing the challenges I went through, I let my fast paced mind take hold of me. So, under the illusion that a doctor would fix my problems, we scheduled an appointment.

I went in, told my doctor how I felt, and he sent me home with a few evaluations that I was told to give to my teachers and older family members. I brought them back after everyone filled them out, and he had them assessed. He told me I had a high chance of having ADHD. There is no way to physically test if someone has it or not, so it is presented in terms of likelihood.

He prescribed me two medications. Vyvanse in the morning, which is a stomach activated non-stimulant, and then Adderall for when the Vyvanse would wear off.

I can definitely say that it helped me focus. In fact, it made me hyper-focused. I would meticulously clean my room, find enjoyment out of math homework for once, and most of the time forget to eat. I was becoming really skinny because I religiously exercised and never had an appetite.

At first, I was happy with the “improvements” it was bringing to my life. But after some time, I started to see the flaws in which it brought. For starters, I had to continue upping my doses because I quickly grew a tolerance for both medications. I was nervous that I’d have to keep increasing my dosage for the rest of my life. Second of all, if there was a day where I ran out of medication and couldn’t get a refill, I felt absolutely incompetent. I would stay in bed all day and feel brain dead. Lastly, I realized that I no longer enjoyed writing, music, or art as much, and those have always been some of my deepest passions.

I could tell people were worried about my weight and could sense a change in my personality. It was a very serious thing at a young age to be completely shifting the chemical foundation of my mind.

It wasn’t until I started learning more about the structure of our society that I started understanding why I thought I needed medication to be normal. Humans are expected to act and be a certain way, which is why the school systems are seeking high test scores instead of encouraging kids to focus on their passions. I realized I was taking a few pills to conform to the expectations of others.

The fact is that I have always had a strong right side of the brain, and have felt more in tune with my creativity than my logical thinking. As soon as I learned to appreciate this instead of view it as a hindrance, I felt motivated to come off of my medication and find natural ways to cope with my fast paced mind. As easy as it made my life and as addicted I was, I still chose to quit overnight because I knew in my heart that it was taking away from my true potential.

I was on pharmaceuticals for about a year, and it has been almost four years since I have used them. When I look back at my writing during that time, I see an author restricted from her highest capabilities and stuck in structure rather than truth. It has been liberating to find relief in substances that bring genuine positivity to my life, instead of feeling incomplete without taking a few pills.

If you take medication to cope with your inner challenges, that is okay. But if you feel that it is bringing you more problems than solutions, it might be time to start exploring various ways to cope. If you are experiences side effects that are negatively impacting your health, I highly encourage you to talk to your doctor as there are always alternative solutions. If you’ve felt an underlying need to stop taking your medication, again, have that discussion with your doctor.

I want to remind you that are whole, complete, and absolutely beautiful whether you take medication or not. The purpose behind this article is to inspire anyone who feels incompetent in this society to assess your qualities and find the positives in what seems to be your downfalls.  It is also my intention to be as raw as possible so that we can share this imperfect human experience together. And as always, I encourage you to envision the life that aligns to your truth, and live it out.

To see my methods at which coping with my distractions, check out my article 5 ways  to Naturally Cope with ADHD.

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Disclaimer: that I am by no means encouraging anyone to quit taking prescriptions without doctor supervision. This is a touchy subject and I have no intention to offend anyone who uses medication as a tool in their life, as this is simply based off my own experiences. I encourage everyone to follow the path that feels right to you.

Chia pudding

 

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Yummm

When beginning my health journey as a vegan about four years ago, I was on the hunt for replacement foods that would satisfy my cravings. One of the first recipes I came across was chia pudding, and ever since it has been one of my all time favorite meals as a dessert, breakfast, and snack.

Chia is a nutrient-dense superfood that contains copious amounts of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, and it even has more omega 3’s than salmon, gram for gram! It’s gelatinous consistency when put in liquids is helpful with pushing toxins out of your intestines and cleansing the gut. So it’s delicious, and absolutely guilt free.

Chia can be bought in bulk sections, or in individual packages in almost any natural foods store. I have bought massive bags of chia from the organic section at grocery outlet, which is something I suggest you check out!

This recipe is sweet, healthy, and reminds me of tapioca pudding. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: overnight

Ingredients:

Produce:

Raspberries

1 mango

Nuts & Seeds:

  1 cup chia seeds

Liquids:

4 cups coconut, almond, or hemp milk

1 tablespoon agave syrup

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract(optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the chia seeds, alternative milk, and agave together in a tupperware bowl.
  2. Let sit in the fridge overnight.
  3. Top with raspberries, mango, and drizzle some agave.
  4. Indulge!