CBD Oils vs. Smoking Hemp

Why smoking hemp might be your preferred method of consuming CBD

When I used to hear the word “hemp”, my mind would resort to sustainable clothing and my favorite seed milk. I never felt inclined to buy some hemp and roll it up into a joint, and I in fact didn’t even know that it was legal, me being under the age of 21 at the time. That all changed when the CBD trend skyrocketed, and I wondered, if it’s legal and beneficial for me to consume cannabidiol tincture, would it be the same for me to buy and smoke the flower? I would soon find that the answer was yes.

For cannabis to legally be considered hemp, it has to be tested under .3% in THC(tetrahydrocannabinol); meaning it won’t get you high. The concept of smoking something that doesn’t get you high still confuses stoners and conformists alike. Yet everyone and their mothers have been jumping on the CBD oil bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong. CBD tincture is a powerful natural medicine. However, I wanted to explore how smoking hemp, or high CBD flower could provide different, or even more relief to the patient.

After I began frequently adding hemp to my joint, and did some research, I found that smoking CBD has a different effect on the body than orally ingesting it. I am going to explain how and why it has different effects, and allow you to conclude with your own preferred method of ingestion.

Are you seeking long term or quick acting benefit?

One of the reasons smoking hemp has such a different effect than CBD oils is due to the difference in the metabolic pathway, or how it enters your bloodstream. For the CBD to provide benefit through orally ingested products, it has to pass through the GI tract and the liver. This means that it takes longer for CBD oil to bypass the blood brain barrier and take effect. In contrast, smoking hemp sends the CBD directly to your lungs, which creates almost immediate absorption into the bloodstream.

With that being said, orally ingesting CBD can have a longer effect on the body, depending upon the product. So if you’re having an anxiety attack or debilitating pain, smoking hemp will provide near instant relief. If you’re looking for conveniency and long term effects, orally ingesting might be your better option. Smoking flower for immediate alleviation in conjunction with CBD oil to maintain the effects can create a medicinal synchronicity that could be more beneficial than one form of consumption on it’s own.

  CBD absorption: smoking VS. orally consuming

In order to assess which is more potent to the body, we have to the look at the bioavailability in different methods of intake, or degree of which the CBD can be absorbed into the body. There are 6 ways of ingesting cannabidiols, all of which have a different rate of bioavailability. It is important to recognize this because although you might be paying for a 1000mg bottle of CBD oil, your body has a limited capacity of absorption which means you are only able to process 200mg of the bottle, at best. There have been a few varied studies to suggest the bioavailability percentage of oral CBD products is between 6- 20%. Although this is a wide range, the most optimistic percentage is still low compared to that of inhaling cannabidiol, which is up to 56% absorption.

Knowing the bioavailability of each product you consume will allow to calculate how much money you’re actually spending on the CBD that your body is able to absorb. For instance, if you spend $50 on a 200mg bottle of oral CBD oil, and you’re only able to absorb 40mg(at the very max), you’d be spending $1.25 per mg of CBD. If you spend $50 on a product that you’re able to inhale, such as a vape liquid with 200mg of CBD in it, and you’re able to absorb 35%(at the lowest), you’d be spending $.25 per mg of CBD. In other words, you’d be spending 80% more on oral CBD products for the same results.

Although I’d like to give an exact calculation for bud itself, there are countless variables that would go into the equation including the CBD percent of the flower, how long you inhale it, exactly how much you inhale when your burn it, etc. Refer to my sources below, specifically Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics for cited information regarding the high bioavailability rate of smoking CBD bud vs. orally ingesting it.

 CBD has to be heat activated for it to work at its full potential

As I started to see more and more oral CBD products on the shelves, I became curious as to the method of which these businesses were making it. I would check to see if they were using organic carrier oils and hemp product. I was also curious if they were heating the CBD at the necessary temperature for it to be activated properly(decarboxylated), which I knew a little something about from years of making edibles. I was surprised to find that a ton of the most well known companies weren’t. They are selling products that aren’t activated for the consumer to reap the benefits at full potential. Another piece of information that they left off the labels.

It is important to recognize the difference between CBD and CBD-A in order to understand why decarboxylation is done for some products and not others. The hemp plant is naturally grown with CBD-A, and any products that are made raw are actually providing that molecule instead of what their bottle says, which is generally pure CBD. The body is NOT able to convert the product into CBD unless it has been heated at its proper and rather low temperature of 230 degrees.  (see figure 1 on resource #2 listed below)

Although CBD-A does have some vague evidence tied to health benefits, CBD is the molecule that has been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety, depression, inflammation, chronic pain, epilepsy, and cancer in the patient. That being said, if you are interested in CBD for any of the reasons previously listed, I encourage you to do some research before buying any orally ingested products so that you know what you’re taking.

When you smoke CBD hemp flower, you are automatically activating it with the heat of the flame so that your body is able to process it and reap the full benefits of the molecule.


After assessing the longevity of benefits, my ability to absorb the CBD, and the importance of activating the molecule, I was able to conclude with my favorite method of consuming CBD, and I hope this information will help you do the same.  

My personal favorite way to get my dose of CBD’s is by simply buying the flower and smoking it. I’ll either add it to a joint with THC bud, or just smoke it on it’s own if I’m too busy to alter my mind. I  highly suggest smoking hemp to those that enjoy smoking anything(i.e. Tobacco, weed) but want a healthier and calmer alternative.

The good news is that hemp is completely legal to buy, and can even be sent to your mailbox. It is crucial to look for organic, high quality bud so that you will enjoy smoking it and get the most benefit for your buck. My favorite source for hemp products including frosty, organic buds is westcoastcbdsupply.com. They have superior customer service as well as some of the best hemp flower I’ve ever seen.

I intend to write more about CBD and the health advantages of consuming it in the near future, so keep your eyes out! For a basic introduction, check out my article, An Intro to CBD/. Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you have a beautiful week!

Please be aware that I am by no means discounting the healing power of orally ingested CBD products and am fully aware that it is the only means of consumption for many people. My intention is to educate and provide cited information for you to make your own conclusions.

Resources used:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2689518/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938896/

https://www.biocbdplus.com/what-is-decarboxylation-how-cbd-a-becomes-cbd

Becoming a happier person: 3 easy steps

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Reclaiming your happiness

You’re snuggled up under your sheets peacefully snoozing away. Your obnoxious alarm starts making its way into your dreams and before you know it, you’re pressing the snooze button for the third time. One of two things is going on. Either you’re hungover(whether it be from alcohol or an intoxicating work week) or, you’re subconsciously avoiding your reality.

We’ve all been there; hungover, yes, but also, so unenthused about life that we’d rather float around the dream realm instead of hopping out of bed and taking on the day. This feeling is merely a portrayal of life’s ebb & flow. One day we’re on top of the world, and the next day we’re facing inner war.

The good news is that we have complete authority over our minds, although it doesn’t always feel like we do. The trick is to learn how to grab the reins and start controlling your thoughts instead of letting them control you. How, you may ask?

I am going to provide three life changing exercises that have been scientifically proven to increase one’s psychological positivity, also known as happiness. I learned about these tools in my schooling, but I also have personally been using them for years, especially during times when I’ve been stuck in a rut.

I encourage you to frequently implement these exercises in your life whether you’re fighting depression or are simply seeking inner growth.

 

  1. Develop Gratitude

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Back to you and your beds love affair: Imagine you waking up, and instead of dreading having to get out of bed, you feel deeply thankful for being alive. Instead of being bored of your daily routine, you pay more attention to the blessings you rarely notice. Is it really necessary to be unhappy?

The likely truth is that there are more miracles in your life than there is affliction. After all, the chances of you being born is 1 in 400 trillion. Although you might be facing challenges in your life, your ability to transform your perspective gives you the option to feel happy at any point.

Practicing gratitude will not only make you instantly feel better, but will help retrain your brain so that it naturally produces more dopamine(the happy chemical).

 

Exercise: Buy yourself a journal or grab some paper. Write down 3-5 things that you’re grateful for. It can be anything. I like to focus on the basics, such as: a roof over my head, food to eat, the energy within me that keeps me alive. That sort of thing. Allow yourself to feel the gratitude as deeply as possible. If you’re prepared to jump into a life of happiness and abundance, start doing this exercise every morning or night(or both!).

 

  1. Learn to breathe

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The moment that you were born, you knew to take a breath. You knew that it was your life force without anyone having to tell you. It’s unfortunate that many people grow up and forget the power of the breath.

In today’s society, there are an abundance of distractions that cause people to forget to take full deep breaths throughout the day. The lack of oxygen to the brain leads to stored tension in the muscles. That tension leads to anxiety, which is ultimately a form of depression.

It’s time to let go of the tension. Start placing more focus on your breath, and begin using it as a tool when it seems as though your mind is working against you.

 

Exercise: Take a deep breath. Hold it in for 3 seconds. Let it go until your lungs are empty. Release the tension in your body as you exhale. Repeat. This practice takes less than a minute and can immediately transform your state of mind. When you are driving, take deep breaths. When you wake up, take a few deep breaths. The more you implement this, the more results you’ll see.

 

  1. Sink into the moment

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It is easy to assume that once “things get better”, you’ll feel happy. So you might work your butt off to become more successful, or sit around and wait for you life to change, but in truth, that isn’t going to make you happy in the long run.

Happiness starts with right now, in this very moment.

Although the past and the future seem so relevant, they are ultimately illusions. The past is a figment of your memory, and the future is a concept that is yet to exist. The most authentic reality you live in is now.

Remembering this will help you heal from painful memories as well as anxious feelings for what tomorrow brings. It’ll help you become more aware of your current blessings and encourage you to see situations for what they truly are.

 

Exercise: Stop what you’re doing(or thinking) and direct your attention toward your fingers. Do you feel the tingly sensation, the energy running through them? As you feel the sensation, look around the room and notice every detail. Try not to think about what you’re going to do after you’re done reading this article, and rather allow yourself to focus on the moment. The more you do this throughout the day, the more conscious decisions you’ll make. This will be your way of taking control of your mind and naturally becoming a happier person.

 

So there you have it. The solution to your blues. All that is left is for you to decide that you want to be a happier person, and start claiming authority over your headspace.

Although there are a plethora of exercises that could work, these three are the quickest and most powerful ones I know toward reclaiming your enthusiasm for life.

I intend to provide more tips and tricks regarding this topic in the future, but for now, I encourage you to consistently use these steps for improving your life and becoming the very best version of yourself.


How & why I broke up with coffee

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Quitting coffee

Imagine waking up feeling groggy and unmotivated. You’d rather stay in your cozy bed than wake up and take on the day. There’s only one thing that’s going to get you through your day, what is it?

Little over  a month ago, my answer would have been an iced americano. That, or a pot of freshly brewed Equadorian roast with coconut milk creamer. Ahh, just thinking about it makes my mouth salivate. However, those days are no more.

You see, I’ve had a wavering relationship with coffee. One day it had me on top of the world, and the next day I felt as though it claimed supremacy over my life. One day it would help me get everything done, and the next it had me feeling lifeless until my cup was refilled.

So I decided to step off the roller coaster and quit coffee all together. I’m just not the type to stick around for love- hate relationships.

There is a ton of contradicting information in the nutritional world regarding whether coffee is health food or not. Some will claim that it has rich antioxidants, promotes a healthy heart, and improves memory function. Other sources will point out that it is acidic which increases free radicals, lowers the immune system, and strips our body of nutrients.

The fact is that your body is incredibly unique. Bio- individuality reveals that one man’s medicine is another man’s poison. So if you feel like coffee genuinely brings benefit to your life, that is a valid observation. If you feel that it’s causing problems with your health or that you’re too dependent on its energy, that is also a valid observation.

What I have come to realize is that coffee is just not the drug for me. I was drinking it frequently to get through long days at work. I’ve always loved the taste and aroma of it, which certainly contributed to my dependency. But after some time, I started to experience adrenal fatigue and my body constantly felt dehydrated. My skin and hair was dull and I was dealing with a perpetual cold. That was when I made the connection; I previously hadn’t been drinking very much coffee, and as soon as I started to drink it more I started experiencing mild health issues.

It took me about 3 days after quitting to lose withdrawal symptoms that included migraines, worsening of my cold, breaking out, and fatigue. As soon as those 3 days were over, I started feeling like myself again. I got out of bed and instead of barely making it to the coffee pot, I was up and going almost immediately. It goes to show how much of an addictive drug coffee can be.

If you are an avid coffee drinker and are ready to reclaim your independence, I have a few tips that will help you recover as soon as possible. Here’s a few actions I took:

1. Quit cold turkey:

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Coffee isn’t tobacco or pharmaceuticals; you don’t have to ween off. Although it can be addicting and cause irritating withdrawal symptoms, quitting cold turkey(or all at once) is the way to go. You’ll be surprised how quick your body and energy levels can heal after quitting. I mean, it only took me 3 days! So start by avoiding it all together and you won’t keep getting sucked back into it’s trap.

2. Detoxify:

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After drinking coffee on a frequent basis, your body will develop a dependency, meaning it starts to expect that acidic dose of caffeine to hit your bloodstream everyday. If you don’t give your body what it expects, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. To minimize these symptoms, start detoxifying your body with nutrient dense foods. This will get your body back to its natural state and decrease your cravings. Make smoothies, take some spirulina, and drink lots of water.

3. Find a replacement:

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I believe there is a way to have a healthy relationship with caffeine by consuming it in moderation. With that being said, there are many delicious drinks and products you can make that will help you feel focused and energized. This will help you ditch coffee once and for all. As soon as I quit coffee, I replaced it with matcha lattes. I love the earthy taste and prefer the energy it gives me over coffee any day. See below for the recipe! Some great replacements are yerba mate, black or green tea, matcha, chai, maca root, green juice, vitamin supplements, ginseng, kombucha, and much more. All can be made into enticing hot or iced drinks that’ll make your forget the roasted bean water and move on with your life!

4. Examine your addiction:

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Our bodies are created to hunt for food, escape from predators, and travel the land. That means that you should naturally have enough energy to get through your day. If you feel rather addicted to caffeine or coffee, it might be a good practice to examine why you feel like you need to supplement. Are you getting enough sleep? Have you been eating whole, nutritious meals? Do you get in enough physical activity? If your answer is no to any of those questions, you might be dealing with deep rooted causes that are beyond your daily craving for coffee. This is actually very common. So don’t be hard on yourself, just reflect on any other lifestyle changes that might naturally increase your energy levels. Understanding your cravings is the first step to curbing them.

So whether you’re a die hard coffee chugger or sober off the bean, this is simply a recap of my experiences with quitting. My most important point is that you make intuitive decisions with your healing. You don’t need health articles or varying opinions, your body always knows what’s best. My body told me not drink coffee, so I listened. Now I rarely crave it and have been thoroughly enjoying my matcha lattes.

For those of you that are ready to quit, I’m here to help! Below you will find a recipe for my favorite replacement drink. Be on the lookout for more beverage recipes. There will be a new site page open tomorrow that will provide you with more healthy, energizing products to shop through. Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter that will provide you with exclusive content and one on one contact with me.


               Let’s talk coffee and health


Matcha Latte

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This Japanese drink is earthy, lightly sweet, and creamy. It provides a very focused and meditative energy without any crash included. It is rich in antioxidants and studies have shown that it boosts brain function. Recipe can easily be revised to your liking!

 Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

Herbs & teas:

1 tsp matcha green tea

Liquids:

12 oz. of dairy free milk ~ my favorite is Pacific Vanilla Hemp milk 

½ tsp of honey or agave

Instructions:

  1. If you have a milk frother or stirrer, simply mix the matcha and about 4 oz of milk. If your don’t have one, mix the matcha with a tiny bit of boiling water.
  2. Add the honey, mix in.
  3. Add the rest of the milk in cup.
  4. Either add ice or heat up in a stove/microwave.
  5. Enjoy!

Matcha:

Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder

Matcha Green Tea Powder

 

Matcha DNA Certified Organic Matcha

Kyoto Dew Matcha Green Tea Powder

MatchaDNA Milk Frother

BambooWorx Japanese Tea Set

4 Ways to Love Yourself on a Deeper Level

 

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 love yourself 

 

  1. Give yourself the compassion you seek from others:
  • It’s easy to fall into the victim’s mindset of expecting others to cater to to your happiness
  • Imagine the comfort and validation that you seek from others, now give it to yourself
  • Do the same in the physical world. Think of all the things you wish others would give you. Now give those things to yourself.

 

  1. Explore your past and forgive yourself for what has occurred:
  • The first step is to acknowledge those events that you’ve been suppressing, perhaps only being brought up at your lowest of moments
  • Imagine if someone you love had told you they had gone through all of the things you have, give yourself the compassion and forgiveness that you’d give them
  • We’ve all done things out of our set of morals and you’d be surprised by how much subconscious anger you can develop for yourself based off the mistakes that you know are apart from your true character

 

  1. Understand the miracle that you are even alive:
  • Understand that the odds of you existing are mathematically zero, and the divinity in your existence is essentially the Universe experiencing itself through you
  • Whenever you feel down on yourself for the way you look or something that you did, focus on the energy that is sustainably providing a current for you heart to beat and brain cells firing- there’s magic within you
  • The only body you’ll be with for the rest of your life is yours- learn to appreciate

 

  1. Self care: eating, exercising, treating your body as a temple:
  • It is impossible to perform at our highest potential or feel sustainable happiness if our bodies are not being taken care of properly, similarly to the regular attention you have to give to a car
  • Start identifying the ways you wish you’d eat/exercise/treat yourself, now just do it because your only barrier is limiting thoughts
  • Treat your body as an experiment and a temple- make whatever changes necessary and recognize the cellular beauty of your unique existence

 

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Happiness is a Choice

 

 

 

 

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I was in my sacred space, my loft bedroom looking over the coastal forest. I felt like I had just recovered from a storm, because for the first time in a long time, I was content with my life. The reason why: I realized happiness was within me, after being under a spell of thinking it is dependent upon my external situations.

 I had spent years of my childhood waiting for my life to get better, because as soon as I could reach the stage of understanding the context of life’s events, I wasn’t always given the prettiest pictures. Most people aren’t. That is where perspective becomes our most useful tool.

We’re all on different walks of life, experiencing many variables and having different reactions to the same events. That is what makes us unique. Our complex pathways made up of even the tiniest of decisions. Yet there is a commonality we all share, which is the ability to just be.

When you finally get a moment of peace and understanding is when you have gained a new perspective. Because you see, while looking over the forest and feeling content, I could have made up some story in my head as to why life still wasn’t good enough. But I didn’t. I chose sit in the moment and allow my self-made happiness permeate my mind. We all have this miraculous power within us; to create an oasis from our thoughts and problems.

I challenge you to sit with yourself. Feel the energy running throughout your body, feel the natural tingling sensation at the tip of your fingers. Allow yourself to feel happy. You don’t have to have any specific reason to feel content, other than the fact that you’re breathing right now. There’s a divine energy within you that is helping your heart pump and your brain neurons fire. That is enough to feel grateful for.

Whatever you are going through, I hope you continue to love yourself and remember that you are not your life’s events. You are separate from the drama in your life, but connected to everyone and everything around you. And when you’re overwhelmed with your surroundings, just close your eyes and let your breath be your escape.

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.

Affirmations: a beginners guide

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Affirmations

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Hi there, it’s me again! It has been one crazy week, but right now I’m sitting in the sun by the river, sipping on hemp milk matcha, watching the leaves fall, and am feeling inspired to touch basis with you about a topic that changed my life.

A few days ago, I turned 21 years old! I went out with my boyfriend, some family, and a few friends. Twenty first birthdays are well known to be hectic for most, and I think that would have to be an understatement regarding my experience. Let’s just say I’m glad to be home and have a fresh start before I begin knocking out some goals. As I ease back into daily responsibilities, I am having to utilize some of the more effective methods to gain my focus back.

I feel inclined to share with you one of the most powerful tools I’ve come across throughout my spiritual journey. It is the power of language, otherwise known as affirmations.

I discovered affirmations before I really knew of their potential. Whenever I went to my grandparent’s house as a kid, I would find sticky notes all over the fridge, on bathroom mirrors, and so on. Written in my grandma’s perfect handwriting would entail a powerful statement as simple as “I am loved”.

At the time, I didn’t understand the concept to its fullest capacity, yet I still followed my grandma’s footsteps and found myself writing similar affirmations in my journal. All I knew was that it made me feel good.

No matter your religion or spirituality, implementing affirmations into your life can be an extremely powerful practice that will develop a noticeable change in your physical reality.

In the bible, Proverbs 23:7 says “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”.  

Albert Einstein quoted “your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions”.

The Buddha proclaimed “All that we are is the result of we have thought”.

When you use affirmations, you are affirming yourself of the power you have in this world, and are providing yourself with the proper energy to manifest miracles in your life.

If you have ever gone through a rough patch where everything seemed to have been working against you, you might remember some of the thought processes that came about. You might have told yourself that you don’t deserve happiness, or that the world is a dark place. You might have affirmed whatever pain you were going through by reminding yourself and others how bad it was. At the time, you may or may not have noticed how these thoughts were renewing the negative energy and creating more problems.

For instance, I have found that when I attach myself to a negative situation(because I’m human too), I might start thinking about it in depth while I mindlessly clean the house, and before you know it, I stub my toe really hard and it becomes the cherry on top of my problems. This is an example of how negative thoughts can quickly manifest into a physical problem.

The beautiful thing is that it works the same way with positive thinking and speaking. When you choose to promote empowering and loving words, you are developing an energy within your heart and mind that is reflected in your outer world.

I’d have to say that the largest miracles in my life are a result of thinking and speaking affirmations. When I decided that I wanted to live in the tropics for awhile, I continuously told myself that I am capable of anything I set my heart to, and before I knew it, I was laying under palm trees in the white sand and thanking the Universe.

Even today, as I am working to expand my brand so that I can positively influence the world and have a career that I’m passionate about, I have to remind myself everyday that I have infinite creative energy and compassion to share with the world. My own words have become my highest source of motivation.

An important aspect of affirmations is that they are always said in present tense. Instead of saying “I will become healthy and happy”, you will say “I am healthy and happy”. Saying it in present tense allows you to really feel out what it’s like to live out your words. The feeling you have while saying it might be the most effective part of executing your goal.

Here are a few affirmations I have been using recently. I encourage you to say them out loud, or in your head, and really feel what it’s like for them to be true:

I have a healthy body, tranquil mind, and a vibrant soul.

I create happiness by appreciating the little things in life.

I am enough.

My job brings me financial abundance.

My positive attitude, confidence and hard work naturally draws in new opportunities.

I radiate success.

Life is full of love and I find it wherever I go.

I utilize my creative energy to positively impact others lives.

I don’t entertain negativity in any shape or form, I simply let it go.

My relationship is divine and my partner and I are perfectly matched.

I know that massive actions cures anything.

I am a fearless explorer and feel as though I’m always on vacation. <<< one of my favorites!

You can also create affirmations that focus on what you want to manifest in your life. Just remember to always say them in present tense, and to only use positive and empowering words.

There are many ways to implement affirmations in your life, and I believe the more creative ways you use them, the more power they hold in your life. A few ideas are:

  • Writing them on sticky notes and placing them around the house(like my grandma does)
  • Putting them in your car
  • Writing an affirmation on paper five times a day
  • Saying them to yourself in the mirror 10 times
  • Closing your eyes and meditating on the feeling your affirmation brings
  • Bringing them into the context of conversations with others
  • Empowering others with your favorite affirmations~ It feels just as good if not better
  • Create a drawing including your affirmation and color it in
  • Whatever works best for you 🙂

I genuinely believe that implementing affirmations in your practice will create an amazing change in your life, and I want to motivate you to start using them on a daily basis. Think deep and hard about the reality you want to live in, and turn that thought into a bold statement. If you feel willing to share, I’d love to know what your affirmations are for this week. I’ll be sure to get back to you and even send you a reminder next week of your chosen statement so that you don’t lose touch with your truth.

This week, my chosen statement is “I live in abundance”. I will incorporate this statement into my actions, my work, and my communication with others. It will create a shift within my life, and I will make sure to follow up with you on the impact it makes.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to improve your life by using the power of your words to reach your highest potential. Our world is ultimately a reflection of our minds and as long as we continue to have thoughts of love, growth, and abundance, the world will gradually change for the better.

I hope you have a beautiful week and really look forward to hearing back from you! If you know anyone that might benefit from the power of affirmations, feel free to forward this email or send them to my website, where this letter will temporarily be available to the public. Let’s work together to change the world.

Love,

Gabrielle


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A few tools that will help to implement affirmations into your spiritual journey:

50 daily affirmation cards

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

Sticky notes for your affirmations

The Affirmations Coloring Book

Eco- friendly notebook for affirmations

Colorful pens to write down affirmations

Healing from Burnout

 

 

For every high there is a low, every good a bad, every action a reaction. To experience it is living, to accept it is adult, to learn and rise above is to be strong.

Nishan Panwar

Life is all about ebb and flow. As we work toward our highest potential, it is important to appreciate the ups and downs within our progress.

In a society that expects you to consistently perform at your maximum capacity, there is also an avoidance of the subject of our lower states.

Which is why in this article, I am going to cover the topic of burning out; so that we as humans can work to acknowledge the reality of life and it’s fluctuating patterns.

In doing this we can learn how to find balance to prevent ourselves from burning out. We will also work toward building a society that focuses on the health of individuals, so that humans are encouraged to work through these low moments instead of being judged for them.

The inspiration behind sharing this information with you, is that I have experienced burnout throughout different times of my life, and have had to work through feelings of inadequacy when I wasn’t able to perform at the rate I was expected. I have had tendencies to put too much on my plate, and come out of it feeling fatigued, emotionally drained, and weak. I am not afraid to share this, because I know I’m not the only one who experiences burnout, and I’ve chosen to accept it as part of the human experience.

In this article, I am going to share with you what burnout is on a scientific and spiritual level. I am also going to share some tools to work through it when it comes. In future articles, I am also going to cover finding balance in your life to reduce these crashes as much as possible and have the energy you need to live out your highest potential.

What is burnout?

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ˈbərnˌout/

Noun

  1. The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion
  2. Physical or mental collapse due to overwork or stress

Seen through a spiritual point of view, burnout can be viewed as a result of imbalance. When you place too much energy into the productive areas of your life without focusing on your spirituality, relaxation, and relationships, you develop a lack of harmony.

There is a yin and yang, or inseparable opposites that is recognizable in human nature. Through contrasts as large as war and peace, and as simple as happiness and grief, it is quite obvious that change is both inevitable and intertwined. So goes with your health. Even through the most positive intentions, you will experience times of negativity.

For example, if you have ever set goals for self-improvement, such as daily exercise or high career performance, and placed all your energy into those goals without maintaining the other areas of your life, you might end up feeling drained and not wanting to continue bettering yourself. You might even feel:

  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disruption
  • Digestive issues
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Lightheaded
  • Migraines
  • Loss of body hair

This is burnout. I can reassure you that although these symptoms can be discouraging, you are capable of healing and finding balance within your life. So don’t lose hope.

From a scientific perspective, burnout is ultimately a disruption within your endocrine system. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that create hormones to regulate the immune system, metabolism, tissue function, sexual health, reproduction, emotions, and sleep patterns.

Some of the glands directly linked to burnout is the adrenal glands. They are two nickel sized organs above the kidneys, and are primarily responsible for producing cortisol.

It is suggested that when you overwork yourself, you are creating perpetual fight or flight arousal, which means you are consistently creating cortisol and begin to exhaust your adrenal glands.

Although cortisol is often seen as a negative chemical within the body, it is highly important for your body’s regulation of energy levels. If your adrenal glands start slowing the production of cortisol due to over compensation, your body starts to lose its energy. In other words, you start to experience burnout.

There is a substantial amount of scientific evidence regarding low cortisol levels and how it affects the human body, and you can even have your cortisol levels tested to see if it’s the root of your symptoms, but the term adrenal fatigue is not considered a medical term other than by the alternative health community. So I must disclaim that I am by no means a medical doctor, or verifying the validity of adrenal fatigue, and am basing this information off research and what I have learned through health coaching school.

So yes, your body can undergo physical and emotional sickness from overworking itself, but this is not recognized in the workplace, schools, or even some doctors offices.

Not all traditional doctors will ask how much energy you’ve exerted, as they are knowledgeable in the field of providing relief to symptoms instead of focusing on the underlying problem. It’s generally not accepted to call your boss or teachers and tell them that you can’t come in because you’re “burnt out” even though you’re feeling as sick as you would with the flu.

Which is why I am going to share with you some tools to overcoming adrenal fatigue, and redeveloping the energy you need to be living your best life.

4 natural tools toward overcoming burnout

  1. Redeveloping simple healthy habits:attractive-beautiful-beauty-1024389

When you’re constantly on the go and putting energy into everything but yourself, it can be easy to forget your most basic of needs, which can wreak havoc in your mind and body. Get back to the basics:

  • Drink more water: carry a gallon around, add lemon and cucumber if necessary
  • Force yourself to get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • Eat whole, nutritious meals that nurture your spirit and body
  • I’m sure you know which basics you need to focus on better than I could tell you

Don’t overwhelm yourself with integrating these habits, just allow your intuition to help you make the right decisions throughout the day that promote your well-being.

  1. Natural medicines:bamboo-bamboo-whisk-board-461428.jpg

The Earth has a beautiful way of providing the remedies we need to heal ourselves. There are a ton of natural solutions that I could list but these are few that I have used and how they serve to help:

I am not a doctor and do not advise you to use any of these natural medicines without medical approval.

  • 5-htp: derived from the seeds of an African plant, and used as an after-party remedy, it is a metabolic intermediate in your serotonin levels, meaning it can help restore the happy chemicals in your body.
  • Sensory Deprivation Tank: soaking in an enclosed tank of water that is mixed with large amounts of epsom salt and kept at 93.5 degrees will deprive you of your senses, and in turn allow your body to properly detoxify itself, while relieving your muscles, and increasing dopamine levels.
  • Tea instead of coffee: coffee has been proven to create cortisol in your body(see reference at bottom of page), and when consumed too frequently, can disrupt your endocrine system and not allow your body to heal itself. You might feel an intense urge to drink coffee to get through your burnout, but try your hardest to compensate with Yerba Mate, green tea, black tea, or even guarana/ginseng teas.
  • CBD oil: a chemical derived from the hemp plant, CBD is well known to help ease tension in the body, reverse/prevent inflammation, decrease anxiety, and relieve stress overall. It’s non psychoactive and completely legal. Check out my Hemp Healing page for more information about it. Westcoastcbdsupply.com is a great source for CBD products and flower, so keep an eye out for their inventory restock.

  1. Take a day off for self love:adult-attractive-beautiful-1261459.jpg

If you’re a parent or working full-time, this might seem impossible. There are ways to make it happen however, it will just require some intention. Whether you need to call in for one day off, or ask a family member to watch the kiddos, this could be a vital action toward reclaiming your energy.

Remember that it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes, because in order to fully be there for others, you should have your own health under control. Here’s a few ideas of what to do on a day of self-love:

  • Sleep in if you need to, or wake up early if that makes you happier
  • Focus on taking care of your basic needs, as described above
  • Write a list of all the areas in your life that need redirecting, then come up with ways to fit the changes in your schedule
  • Read a book
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Get a massage, or go to a sensory deprivation tank
  • Call the people you miss
  • Stretch out your stress, allowing the tension to escape your body
  • Buy yourself some flowers
  • Make your favorite meal, or go to your favorite restaurant

I’d like to know what other things you love to do and what a day of self-love looks like to you. You can either comment below or email me at gabdozier@gmail.com

Check out my Soul page that includes 4 ways to love yourself on a deeper level. Practicing self-love will speed up the healing process and reintegrate balance in your life.

  1. Redirect your focus:alarm-clock-calendar-close-up-908298.jpg

Something I’ve recently learned in health coaching school is the power of time management, as well as our relationship with time. It is important to recognize that time is our friend, not our enemy.

Telling yourself that you don’t have enough time in the day is simply lying to yourself. You always have enough time, it’s just a matter of redirecting your priorities. So yes, you do have enough time to meditate. It might just mean utilizing 10 minutes out of your day to sit and quiet your mind instead of watching Netflix or binge eating your favorite comfort food.

I encourage you to reflect on how you manage your time, and how it affects your stress levels. Buy a calendar, or daily planner to map out how much time you spend on each task. Reevaluate how you can incorporate more focus onto the areas of your life that need attention.

By defining what you need to do to find balance, you will experience less stress, and more clarity, which will in turn help to heal your body and create the change you want to see.

 

 

So there you have it friends; a lengthy but necessary excerpt regarding the reality of burnout and how to handle it.

While all of these tools are listed to help you heal and feel better, it is important to go about healing in a non-dualistic mindset. This means that instead of putting yourself down and labeling your energy levels as “good” or “bad”, rather embrace how you feel and accept it for what it is. Remember that the “highs and lows” are beautifully and inexplicably intertwined, and there not one without the other.

Good luck on your healing journey and I hope to hear feedback regarding your progress, your experience with burnout, and how you’re seeking balance in your life. Comment below or email me at gabdozier@gmail.com.

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References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2257922/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25035267

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/expert-answers/adrenal-fatigue/faq-20057906

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!

5 Ways to Naturally Cope with ADHD

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Coping with a fast paced mind

 

In my last post, I discussed the road toward being diagnosed with ADHD and why I chose to stop identifying with the label and quit taking medication. My intention now is to share with you how I cope with my right sided, fast-paced mind in a logical and number driven society.

I know I’m not the only one who’s struggles with staying focused. There are 6.4 million American children, about 5 percent of the population that are diagnosed with ADHD. The way I see it, there are 6.4 million children that are led to believe that there is something wrong with them because their mind doesn’t fit society’s standards. Taking medication to alleviate a personality trait is a very recent societal invention, one that works for some, but not for everyone. 

So whether you feel that you are frequently distracted, or you have been clinically diagnosed with ADHD, these natural coping mechanisms have the power to make a drastic difference in your life if you let them.

Here are the 5 methods I used to stop taking ADHD medication and harness my mind to reach a higher potential:

  1. Grow appreciation for how your mind works

 The fact is, your mind is incredibly unique and has a perspective unlike anyone else’s. The first step to coping with ADHD is to no longer view your thoughts as your enemies, and rather love yourself for the complexities in how you think. Stop being so hard on yourself and feeling inferior to those around you. With doing this, you will find a decline in negative emotions which will help you to harness your energy where you want it. If you keep emphasizing how hard it is for you to focus, it probably will be hard. If you keep telling reminding yourself how beautiful your mind is and how your concentration keeps improving, it most likely will.

  1. Edit your lifestyle

When I realized why school was making me so unhappy and that it was an institution not designed for my personality, I decided to do online school which would give me more flexibility and time to complete my assignments. Instead on focusing on why it was so hard for me to concentrate on math, I chose to focus on what I excelled in, which was writing and other creative subjects. You have complete power over your life, which means you have the authority to make the changes that will empower you instead of drain you. Write a list of changes you can make in your life that’ll tailor to your mind. It might seem hard or out of our comfort zone, but just one change might dramatically alter your day to day happiness.

  1. Eliminate substances that contribute to your problems

For me it was Red 40, alcohol, and animal products. None of those things were fueling me with the energy I needed to complete the tasks I needed to. When you have headaches, indigestion, and mood swings, it can really contribute to your ability to remain focused. When your body feels energized and healthy, it is much easier to work toward your goals. Learn what substances and foods are wreaking havoc on your life, and work toward avoiding them for the sake of your mental health. After all, mind and body are hand in hand.

  1. Quiet your mind

The most helpful tool I have come across is meditation. When I quit taking medication, I immediately started meditating and continued to do it everyday for a year straight. I healed my mind in inexplicable ways by learning how to let my thoughts pass by instead of clinging to each and every one that pops up. So take time out of your day, even if it’s just five minutes, to quiet your mind and let each though float by without associating to it. For me it has been a replacement for adderall and has brought me much more peace and happiness than medication ever did. For more information on how to meditate, check out my FAQ page and keep an eye out for upcoming articles.

  1. Take action toward loving yourself

Besides just loving yourself in general, it is important to do the little things to take care of your mind and body so that you can be your highest self and not have to worry about your ADHD. It might just be drinking more water, making sure you get enough sleep, or taking a bath with some candles lit. Take the small steps toward becoming your healthiest self and you’ll be surprised to see how much it affects your mind and thoughts. Check out my soul page, which covers 5 tips in loving yourself on a deeper level. This has been an essential part of growing past the label of ADHD, and associating with all the depth my personality has to offer. I’m sure it will be for you too.

 

 

These are some of the most important actions you can take toward growing and healing from inner turmoil caused by your complex mind. The last thing I could have done for my mental health, which I did not include in any of those points, is taking CBD on a daily basis. It has provided me with mental clarity so that I’m able to focus on my goals and feel like my best self. If you’d like to learn more about it, check out my artcile, An Intro to CBD!

No matter what you think might be wrong with you, I challenge you to connect with your highest potential and recognize the miracles within your life. And remember, ADHD is not the limitations of who you are as a human being.

My FAQ page offers a ton of written support regarding overcoming life’s challenges and becoming our highest selves.

As I disclaimed in my post regarding why I quit my ADHD medication, my intention is not to persuade anyone into quitting their medication without a doctor’s supervision and these methods at which coping can be paired with or without prescriptions.