Mystic Marijuana: Autumn Equinox (New Moon in Virgo)

Over twenty years of experiencing hindrances as a young brown soul has introduced fear of loss and failure to my psyche. When we work twice as hard or find strength to preserve, fear seems to be inseparable from hope. Restlessness has developed into one of my principle hindrances. I find myself resting in a moment of peace, but my attention can often slip, scanning for anything on the horizon that lends itself to worry. 

There are your own stories that point to your childhood, raising questions, like, “Is that why I am the way I am?” If things had been different, what hinderance would I have instead? Some of my stories built around my childhood were confusion about my father's affection and/or witnessing my mother's fragile circumstances to earn money. I know other people with similar stories, but have different hindrances.

I inherently knew the doubt my ancestors wished to annihilate was to let go of despair over my father's approval and to let go of love if I wish for love to return. Up until my twenty somethings the intensity of my worries still didn't erase my childhood memories, but admitting my pain and having other people hold it in kindness is healing. Through healing, forms of an old culture die. The new culture is created by a few who are not afraid to be insecure. That feeling of being insecure, even groundless, increased my ability to stay in the work, to be healed. I did not give up my ground on which to stand and was not anchored by society's ideals of love to prevail. My father slowly warmed up and unlocked his caged spirit. He did not even realize that he had something to give and that he could give it, because he was cut off from his own world, his own way of life, worn out by tasks to provide for his family; elation of worthiness to receive love, let alone give it. Fast forward to now and everyday to come, I am reminded of my father's sincere care for his family. My father returning back to the Philippines reaffirmed my awareness that earth will always work to create and maintain the conditions to support life. 

In the end, we cannot depend on the hope of results. Your work will be apparently worthless if you’re not free of worrying. As my spirit continues to mature, I realized my mother also got used to the idea of not meeting her own expectations, like me,  and more and more started to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the righteousness, the truth of the work itself. She gradually struggled less and less for an idea and more on people. We don’t need specific outcomes, we need each other. 

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An effective nurturer goes beyond the attainment of knowledge of techniques and motions. A good nurturer is the embodiment of health, discipline and compassion. How good you are depends upon how much of yourself you give during a never-ending training process (New Moon in Virgo).

Many elements beyond technique can be taken into consideration. Here is one of them below, along with a Filipino idiomatic expressions/proverb. 

INSPIRASYON (INSPIRATION for Confidence)

Ang nakikinig sa sabi-sabi ay walang tiwala sa sarili.                                                                  (When you listen to hearsay, you have no confidence in yourself.)

The inspiration coming from your instructor, your clients, and your techniques will help you in what you are doing and gain confidence. But above all, the inspiration (in-the-spirit) from within, will give you confidence, and with it humility.

~ J-Na$ty

Cannabis 101: Intro to Shopping Legal Weed

Hey babes, hope you are taking care of yourselves and are enjoying your life! This post is from our Cannabis 101 series, which breaks down some of the "basics" of weed --- from identifying the different types of strains, to understanding some of its legal history. This post contains some tips for those just getting legal shops in their states on the east coast and throughout the country, and curious about where to start and what to ask your budtender when you go inside. Sometimes, though glorious, all the options can seem overwhelming and like anything, the more informed you are as a patient or customer, the happier you will be with your selection, and your experience on your weed journey will be much smoother :)

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1. Let your budtender know if you want flower, concentrate, or edibles
Most dispensaries have a wide selection of products including pre-rolled joints, loose weed of all weight (up to an ounce per person in WA state) , vapor cartridges, or wax for dabbing in an oil rig. Knowing ahead of time if you're looking for something to smoke in a pipe, something already rolled for you, something to eat, or a topical will help your budtender know which products to show you. 

2. Let your budtender know what kind of high you are looking for
It is fun to experiment and try on different types of high, however it is helpful to have a starting point when talking to your budtender as it will speed up the selection process! Figure out if you are looking for a more cerebral, mental, and stimulating Sativa high, a more relaxing, body-centric, calming Indica high, or a Hybrid combination of both.

Samoas from Theory Wellness

Samoas from Theory Wellness

3. Let your budtender know your price range
If you don't they will likely show you the most expensive thing, which will likely be really nice, but they probably have something good in your reasonable budget (don't ask for the best weed in the store for $5 please!)

4. Let your budtender know if you have any allergies etc
This is more important, obviously, when dealing with edibles, which can come in almost any food item you can think of. Paying close attention to the ingredients can ensure you are not confusing any negative allergy effects with the effect of the weed, and also so you don't end up sick.

Ku$h action shot post-legal pick up

Ku$h action shot post-legal pick up

5. Let your budtender make suggestions :)
Budtenders talk about weed, look at weed, sample weed all day long, so similar to a wine connoisseur they will have good suggestions, but the better you articulate the type of experience you're after, the better their suggestions will be. 

Some spots/ companies on the east coast we recommend trying are:

Theory Wellness ~ MA
Theory Wellness is a new medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility in Massachusetts. As one out of only 10 companies allowed to operate in the state, they have quickly differentiated themselves through their focus on small batch, unique genetics and their dedication to expanding well-being through cannabis therapies. Knowledgeable budtenders can walk you through your first experiences. Tell them we sent you!

DC Taste Buds ~ Washington, DC
DC Taste Buds is an edible company run by Victoria Harris, Warren Brown, and Anna Leis. As DC's ONLY black and brown-run edible company and a team equally comprised of chefs and growers, they deliver soul and top-notch quality. Products will include doses and flavors for everyone and is a great place for those looking for excellent edible experiences. Check them out in DC dispensaries very soon, peep our caramel popcorn review, and stay up to date for the in-store release!

The ladies of DC Taste Buds

The ladies of DC Taste Buds

Pink Fox ~ Washington, DC
Pink Fox is a cannabis lifestyle brand based also in Washington, DC. Though you can order Pink Fox merchandise (such as T-shirts and hats) from anywhere in the country, if you are local you may also call to schedule an appointment to shop retail and receive a treat! Through supporting initiative 71, Pink Fox is able to provide cannabis and cannabis-infused gifts to their clients aged 21 and over as a thank you for supporting the brand. Since they technically do not sell weed, but rather support the cannabis lifestyle, chat them up while you shop for answers on weed facts or personal preferences without pressure of a sale. 

If you want a little more basic info still before making your first legal purchase, read up on THC and how to tell what kind of high you are after here!

We will make more suggestions for spots/ brands around the country. If there is somewhere you love and recommend drop it in the comments or send us an email!

~ Kenya Ku$h~

 

All Information Displayed In This Post Is For Educational Purposes Only, And Is Not To Be Construed As Medical Advice Or Treatment For Any Specific Person Or Condition. Cannabis Has Not Been Analyzed Or Approved By The FDA. Individual Results May Vary.

Orphan Radio Session ~ August 27 Live at Love City Love

Hey hey! Hopefully you are caught up with our sessions on UK/ Berlin/ Seattle - based Orphan Radio. In our 1-2hr sessions we fuse our resident DJs sounds with our own musings. 

During this session, Cousin Chris kicks off the music, we talk the recent eclipse, new moon feels, and poems, before J-Nasty closes out! Happy listening, let us know what you want us to talk about next.

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Cannabis 101: "Cannabis: a history" Review

Time for another valuable lesson on the policies, politics, and history surrounding cannabis in the west. This book report comes from one of Stoney SPICE's papers for her college class, The Business of Cannbis. Read below for her partial assessment of Cannabis: a history by Martin Booth and cannabis's legal history in the USA.

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Cannabis: A History took me through a world that I had not realized existed. Sure, I knew that cannabis had been around in many cultures for many, many years. But little did I know the plant, solely used as a commodity, had such value to nations, particularly the U.S. That being said, I found it very interesting to learn the ins and outs of Britain’s forced trade with the New World settlers that began with a fiber better known as hemp.

When the colonizers ventured to the 'New World', Britain was at the time a major producer of hemp...or at least they were trying to be. Because hemp grew wild in so many places throughout southern Europe, it made it almost impossible to regulate a trade within the country and charge people when they could go gather what they needed in the hills themselves. But what about trading with the settlers in what was soon to be the United States? For hemp was not as abundant to them just yet. Or, what about forcing the new settlers to grow the hemp, ship it back to Britain for processing, and then ship the finished goods back to the settlers and sell it to them? Perfect!

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During the 15th century hemp was not commonly used for medical or recreational use by the settlers, but to make thread, rope, cloth, paper, and food. This made hemp an important commodity worth the struggle and man power to produce. Colonies that were in Maryland and Virginia were known to be the main producers of hemp. Cannabis Indica being known for more temperate climates was more popular in these areas, but the settlers surprisingly enough grew Cannabis Sativa, making them responsible for introducing her to these areas.

Talk about the recreational use of cannabis amongst the colonizers is still up for debate. Though many of the 'founding fathers' were known to grow the plant, rumors float around historians' mouths that George Washington, being a hemp farmer dabbled for pleasure, as well did Thomas Jefferson ( though if true, it seems the plant had no effect on their moral conscious as both were devoted slave owners). But that doesn’t change the fact that hemp is still thought to have been grown strictly for trade and the widespread use of the fiber. If settlers during this time period were looking to use a mind-altering substance, they were more likely to use opium before consuming the resin that the female plants produced.

Cannabis: A History has done an excellent job of opening my mind to the history of hemp and cannabis in the west. Taking me on a journey through time and explaining the importance of cannabis/hemp to cultures around the world, I'm finding that this book is a must read for any doubter of the impact this plant has and has had on the world today.

~ Stoney SPICE ~

Swisher Sessions: Ep 7 Original Pink Grapefruit mix by Eddie Bermuda

Eddie Bermuda is a Washington native now commanding the 1's & 2's in sunny L.A. Catch him live on NTS Radio & stream lining frequencies across the globe.

"Summer's almost to an end and it's time for the last of the BBQ's with friends, late nights + early mornings catching the sunrise, and time to embrace new love and green smoke, . You can throw this mix on in any scenario and it will set a vibe. " ~ Eddie Bermuda

 

Holistic Healing: Restorative Resistance Bath

Battling white supremacy is tiring--- physically, mentally, and emotionally. For black folks especially, along with our indigenous & brown sisters, we absorb a lot of toxic energy throughout our day, some that we are conscious of (like people trying to run us over with their cars or yelling slurs at us) and others that we may not necessarily register (like someone glaring at the back of our head or talking ill of us out of earshot). It is critical for any black, indigenous, and woman of color to regularly clear this energy from our aura. It is necessary even if all you are doing is going to work, moving through mundane tasks as there is much dark, shadow energy lurking in the air.

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Of course, we know that many of you do not stop there, and if you do we would encourage you to do a little bit more and reach a little bit more outside of yourself during moments of justified anger and hurt. If you are someone who takes every opportunity in front of you to educate someone, put an ignorant person in their place, and stand up against white supremacy, you know that that takes an additional toll on your spirit and body. Self-care rituals, such as this restorative bath are totally crucial to maintaining your mental, physical, and emotional health necessary for long-term resistance. I would recommend incorporating cleansing baths into your overall routine, maybe once a week or corresponding with the new and full moon. I want to emphasize, however, that self-care DOES NOT mean being selfish and self-centered with your energy. Just because you are sad doesn't mean you can hide away and not fight. We need you to fight, as you need yourself to be your savior. Self-care is the recharging of your bodily battery so you can continue to be engaged and active, and not just when the media gasses you up again.

I love to take baths whenever I am feeling out of whack. I always take a bath on the first couple days of my period as the heat, salts, and herbs work miracles on a heavy, cramping uterus. However, even if you are not on your period or do not get periods, baths can be incredibly relaxing, cleansing (physical dirt and psychic energy), and restorative. Feel free to add whatever you want to your tub, you can be very creative depending on what you want to focus on, however these ingredients are my go-tos for a cleansing bath.

Prepare your tub/ bath space and set the mood with whatever crystals and candles are calling to you. To absorb negative energy and give grounding energy, try working with black obsidian and black tourmaline. To provide overall clarity, try working with reliable crystal quartz. If you're in need of a little extra love, grab some gentle rose quartz.

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restorative resistance bath add herbs:

  • peppermint
  • lavender
  • rose petals (fresh or dried)
  • mugwort
  • sage

add essential oils:

  • tea tree
  • eucalyptus 
  • jasmine

other embellishments:

  • sea salt
  • epsom salt
  • cannabis-infused bath salts
  • agua florida
  • rum (for spiritual cleanse)
  • beer (for skin clearing/softening)

decorate water with any flowers or bubbles you desire.

stay strong, and keep pushing babies! 
xo Kenya Ku$h

 

Mystic Marijuana: Eclipse Full Moon in Aquarius

Finally we’ve arrived to Eclipse season --- a potentially redemptive journey through discovering the self’s most battered path. It may feel like a death trap, driving ridiculously fast on a road full of steep cliffs without guardrails and a crazy crowd of outraged people or bureaucratic zombies attempts to threaten. Beware of 'conclusive' evidence when others try to diminish your worth via white supremacy and patriarchal culture. America’s social ambience isn't a dazzling stage on which we can tell our story. Full Moon in Aquarius gives us energy to avoid living our life according to the needs and expectations of others who face the disease to maintain dominance through various forms of psychological assault. We no longer need to hold on to these systems that never supported us. This Full Moon Eclipse sheds light on radical change, in part, because we've lived through our fears and hardships, and continue to live on. Our vitality can be transmuted into awareness.

Culmination and completion of this emotional chapter speaks to our prayer for strength, to put to rest our isolation. Now we can really step into our personal power and share it in meaningful ways, because when we hide our gifts and passion, nobody gets to witness or benefit from them. Our gift stems from our origin, we return not through learning, but by remembering our true identity. To remember that we are the remedy who take charge of our own miracles and happiness. Since all energy moves in spirals, we can plow the course, where all the places inside us that are broken are the right places to make us evolve into the wounded healer. What remains true, is, the roots go deepest where the wind blows strongest. 

Perhaps this partially explains the widespread air pollution in the PNW, as wildfire builds to clog us with smoke, intensifies friction between energies, unable to air out. When it is difficult to see clearly, literally and figuratively, life becomes unpredictable. After the sun, moon, and earth align, an eclipse burns through the sky. Meaning it is a potent time to let go of the past, purify, or detox. Cleanse your body and environment, rid of any clutter. Eat lightly, always consume lots of fresh water, and food with strong life force. Whenever our energy field becomes so dingy that you can’t see the world around you clearly or have trouble hearing messages from your soul, smudging or smoke from the burning of herbs helps to symbolically wash your space. When you take the time to purify yourself and environment, not only do you feel lighter and brighter, but you’re also a clearer channel for the light. The brilliance that pours through will not even be stuck by some rock that society places to try and stop it. In order to clear this path, use the smoke of incense or sage, cup your hands into the smoke and wash it over the top of your head, saying, “firm earth uphold me, wisdom guide me, eyes look out for me.” Then cup the smoke to your eyes, closed, say “dark to light, night to day, within our minds we light our way.”

words ~ J-Na$ty
pictures ~ Kenya Ku$h

Review: Orange Blossom by Falcanna

Living in the city and being synched to the internet makes you a real life, fast-paced, single (or few) task-minded, instant machine-- a robot of sorts. While I am not suggesting the removal of the internet (because, hello, cool), I do think that over time it can rot us especially when we are starved of nature living in cities. Seattle, as far as cities go, has a good amount of access to nature including parks, lakes, and trees, but I remember the unique heat and caustrophobic feeling of cities in the summer when the sun reflects off the skyskrapers and the bodies are all sticky no matter what, and the tempers are short. It is very necessary to retreat into nature whenever possible to help settle your mind and body from all the buzzing and background noise of modern life.

Recently, J-Nasty and I were lucky enough to be invited to a private holistic healing center in the south of Washington, in a rare patch of landscape similar to that of a Californian vineyard. The ground was dry and red, the property was dense with trees and we never saw a neighbor (except for a few cats and heard a few coyotes cackling) throughout our trip. While we brought enough food and weed as if to indulge, the setting of the land, the plants growing on it, and all the marvels of the clear night sky was definitely its own kind of high.

Apple Pie by Princess Nokia...best visualization of us the farm <3

In the late morning, after practicing yoga under the bright sun, reading, and eating fruits, we rolled up a blunt of Orange Blossom, a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid. The nugs were light green, dusted with white sugar and a few orange hairs like sprinkles, looking like some sort of fruit snack. As soon as we cracked the bag, the gentle citrus scent wafted through the air, more light like an essential oil, than dank or stinky like some other strains. I used a grinder to break down the nugs, but it would've been easy enough to do by hand. Light and fluffy, like the stuffing of a pillow, it was easy to roll up and not so light where you feel like you need to use more weed than usual to fill the wrap.

The taste was in line with the smell, light and citrusy, however the high was surprisingly heavy. After finishing the blunt, both J-Nasty and I drank a strong cup of coffee as we were about to help put some plants in the soil and felt a little too loose and comfortable with this bud to perform that kind of task. However, after some potent sips of delicious, pioneer-brewed coffee I felt ready to play in the dirt, though still super high. The fresh air, bright sun, cool breeze, and sounds of animals acts like an additional terpene in the plant, and with the orange taste lingering on m fingers, I felt like my hands were blessing the plants as we gardened as I knew they were blessing me. 

This plant was testing around 33% THC and though I'm always kind of skeptical of numbers reported over 30%, this was definitely a super potent high. We smoked some of the host's CBD weed afterward and it was a dream with a perfect balance of clarity and calm. I would definitely recommend using this Orange Blossom strain to escape into the woods, to the beach, to the park, a backyard, a creek---whatever piece of nature you can find access to and enjoying some uninterrupted, quiet(er) deep breaths alone or with loved ones. 

~Kenya Ku$h