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Business Of Cannabis: "Killer Weed" Review

Killer Weed by Susan C Boyd and Connie I Carter provided great insight into Canada and their war on the marijuana business. This was not just about any marijuana business however, this book focused on British Columbia a.k.a the war on “BC Bud” and the grow operations. These grow ops were thought to supplement not just Canada, but the entire US nation filtering through Washington. Killer Weed broke down the facts and provided key examples as to how the media portrayed the industry versus the actual statistics. The amount of energy put into busting grow ops, especially those within racialized communities, is quite astonishing.

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Where American government tends to racialize black and brown people in the war on drugs, Canada, to my surprise, racialized the Asian community above all others, specifically, Chinese and Vietnamese. Vancouver BC was portrayed and classified as the main hub for heroin dens and marijuana grow ops that filtered into the US. Washington State has stated their position by being very outspoken on the fact that the USA is being overrun by Canada’s drugs and forever claiming that “Canada, Mexico and South America has always been seen by the U.S. government as a threat.”

With pressure coming from the big bad U.S. to get their expansive drug runs under control, Canada’s law enforcement, the Mounties or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), began to switch gears and not bust your everyday average Joe marijuana user but start laying the law on the “major” grow ops that now “consumed” Canada. This was considered a $1-8 billion business. As pointed out by authors Boyd and Carter, the projected value of the market in itself is a large dollar amount with a very wide range. Carter also states that their projected numbers on the underground marijuana businesses are extremely unreliable, almost as if they are so unaware of the actual numbers and statistics that make up their War on Drugs.

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Throughout the book, you start to get the feeling as though the media and the Mounties worked together in an effort to spread fear. Citing examples on how just about every news station was only reporting on a wild marijuana bust that of course involved a person of Asian descent terrorizing an all-white community with their drug/trap house in white suburbia, or how someone was robbed at gunpoint and later was busted in the act of using the money they stole to buy pounds of marijuana for mass distribution.

One point made that I found very interesting was that Parliament would have many motions brought to the floor to increase harshness of penalties against people who poses marijuana and are involved in marijuana grow ops (over 80% of these incarcerations were people of Asian descent), but the evidence brought to the floor was in fact false evidence. The statistics ultimately did not support their claims as to why penalties should be increased, this led the bill(s) to be dropped. This fight still goes on to this day. The RCMP has had many claims against them, pointing out that their public relations department “fluffs the news/reports” to cause fear in others, as well as profiling and racializing. Feeding their mission to not regulate but discriminate. Sound familiar?

~ Stoney SPICE ~ 

Holistic Healing: Pussy Power (Period Pain Relief pt 2)

Ok, welcome back, children. I hope you all enjoyed our last post about some of the best strains to use for your period. I want to welcome you to follow the Pussy Power series, which is going to focus on learning natural and alternative methods of healing/caring for our vaginas as part of the ultimate goal of de-colonization and reclaiming our full ancestral/feminine powers. Going through my own journey of learning, unlearning, and experimenting with my sexual/reproductive health has been an enlightening, though often lonely journey, but I feel called to share some of what I've learned so maybe some of you can skip the hardships and get straight to the sweetness ;) Hopefully we can share our knowledge and have the most bomb pussy squad running around town.

I want to stick with our periods for a while because, damn, I feel like everything I learned in middle and high schools are no longer relevant--from what I use to collect menstruation, to the medication I use, and most importantly, my attitude toward bleeding. Last month, we discussed the best strains of weed to smoke as pain pill alternatives for pesky cramps, and this week I want to give some non-weed options for those who don't/can't medicate or those looking for maximum effectiveness. As always living a healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining your vaginal health. Peep some of my holistic favorites below and let me know what else you use to manage period pain. 

1. Baths/Heating Pad
This is my number one favorite remedy because it works almost instantly. When I feel like I'm gonna die I strip and hop in a hot, hot bath. I change up what I add to my bath, but it usually always includes epsom salts (infused or non-infused), tea tree and lavender essential oils, and some rose petals. As soon as I'm fully submerged, I immediately feel the pressure in my uterus disappear...Water truly heals (in case you need another reason to protect it!). It is also pretty cool to see the different patterns your blood makes in the water :) If you have access to a tub, I would highly recommend relaxing in the tub as long as you can. If you don't have a tub, try a hot shower. If you get caught while out, I find the portable/disposable heating pads to be helpful. 

2. Blackstrap Molasses
This stuff looks like tar and is not the best tasting stuff either (lol). It is a by-product of the sugar refinement process. The sugar cane goes through a series of refinement based on the grade of sugar desired (raw, white etc.) Blackstrap Molasses is everything that gets stripped basically. Because of this, this was what slave masters used to designate for slaves to use as sweetener (though it's not sweet AT ALL and slaves were the ones who produced the same sugar they were denied). Little did the white masters know, this is actually packed full of nutrients including Potassium, Iron, and Magnesium, all of which relieve muscle cramps and soreness (so fuck you!). Taking 1-2 teaspoons (or tablespoons if you're like me) right when you feel cramps coming on actually relaxes the uterus rather than just block pain receptors like pills. 

3. diuretic teas/ water
Drinking tons of water even when you don't necessarily feel like it is always critical when on your cycle. Again, water heals! I find heat in general to make me feel better while menstruating, so I like to drink a lot of tea. Teas such as cranberry and hibiscus help prevent bloating and can help ease cramps. If you're trying to induce your period (when you can tell it's coming and have discomfort) try drinking some dandelion tea. 

4.Deep Breathing
It sounds almost insultingly simple to suggest breathing as a remedy to period pain, but honestly nothing works faster or more directly than focusing on your breath when a wave of painful cramps comes. There is always an instinct to shrink away from the pain, to hunch over, and hold our breath when we feel it hit. However, I want to encourage you to take a deep breath in and when you breathe out imagine your uterus exhaling as well. Come face to face with the pain and keep your deep breathing up until you feel little by little tension ease out of your abdomen and your whole body. If you pair this technique with massaging your abdomen, you can literally feel the cramps dissolve. 
 

5. Sex/Exercise
Ok, let me preface this by saying in regard to sex and exercise while menstruating---sometimes you feel like it and other times you don't. But, if you can muster the strength to work out or you get horny while bleeding, sweat it out (lol)! Exercise produces endorphins and you get the added hot shower afterwards, while sex actually helps clear out what's already trying to cum out (hehe) , giving your uterus less work to do :) 

Holistic Healing: Best Strains for Menstrual Pain

Every woman's experience with her menstrual cycle is different. My college roommate always told me the only difference she noticed during her period was that her gums bled when she flossed and she slept lighter. I, on the other hand, DIE every single month. In high school I used to get sent home every month by the school nurse after catching me sneaking into her office to vomit and lie on the cots during class. I, like a lot of young girls, was put on hormonal birth control with the promise of reducing period pain. This worked for me for a while, but after discovering some of the longterm effects of the pill, I took myself off it. When I relapsed on it out of fear of managing my fertility (another, longer post coming soon) I had horrible side effects---I felt insane from random mood swings and felt suicidal at times. I quickly realized this was not going to work which left me back at square one with dealing with my period pain.

 Luckily around the same time I started working as a budtender and learning about the functions of different strains. A lot of factors including exercise, stress, diet, and sleep can affect severity of cramps, but even leading a healthy lifestyle I still experience intense period pain and rely on my herbal medication as a healthier alternative to pills. Through my research and personal experiences I compiled this list of some of the most effective strains for surviving your period. 

As a general rule, if you're in search of a a strain to relieve pain head for a heavy indica, which will provide heavy sedation and muscle relaxation. Another great thing to look for during your cycle are strains that are high in CBD, which is a compound that though non-psychoactive has anti-inflammatory and analgestic properties, which are both great while menstruating. 

Lavender: This indica has a slightly sweet flavor to it and is definitely my go-to for cramps. Lavender is high in linalool, which is a terpine known for its super calming and sedative properties. I like to mix in actual lavender flowers as well for the added linalool and flavor. 

Lavender shot: Amongst the Wolves TV

Lavender shot: Amongst the Wolves TV

Dynamite: I don't come across this strain as often as I would like, but when I do it is always a good one for cramps. Some strains actually help ease the physical sensation of cramps, while others, like this one, just make you feel very far away from it. Meaning I am still aware that something is happening in my uterus, but it just doesn't hurt. 

ACDC: This high CBD strain is the bomb diggity shit forreal! If you smoke it by itself you will only feel a slight "high" but your body will feel amazing like you just went on a run and took a shower and had a snack afterwards. If you mix it with one of your indicas this will give you the heavy sedation and high from the THC and the euphoria and pain relief from the CBD. I would highly recommend always keeping some high CBD stuff around and mixing it with your other strains as you see fit.

Blackberry Kush: This is one of my favorites because it is a HEAVY hitting indica and I love weeds with fruity tastes. The Blackberry is a little heavier than Blueberry (my weed wifey) so I turn to it during my cycle. I'll smoke a blunt of this before lying on my heating pad because it makes you stationary, which is fine because on my first day I'm not trying to do much anyways. 

Blackberry Kush

Blackberry Kush

Check out these strains and see if they provide relief for your menstrual pain. I would also recommend combining your herbal remedies with some topical CBD cream and other natural remedies such as Blackstrap Molasses and diuretic teas such as cranberry and hibiscus. How do you manage period pain? Let us know. 

~Kenya Kush~

Review: Sherbet

Sherbet is one of the most magical weeds a unicorn-loving girl could dream of. It is grown in pots fertilized with moon dust, watered with mermaid tears, and harvested by the Virgin Mary. The smell and taste alone make this extremely-hard-to-grow strain worth shelling out top dollar (which in the state of Washington you do). The plant itself has very low yield, making it pretty unprofitable for growers to take on. However, like most of the best things in life, the struggle of hard work makes the reward so sweet (literally).

When you open a jar of Sherbet the aroma hits you immediately and makes you feel like Dorothy lying in a field of poppies, but instead of poppies the flowers are pale purple and they smell like honey ice cream. Just one whiff of the bud will begin to relax you, an effect further intensified when you smoke the indica-dominant strain. Another pleasant surprise is that the taste is just as sweet and smooth as the smell (especially wrapped in a chocolate blunt), making it extremely easy to smoke.

Every time this strain comes through my shop my co-workers go crazy and buy it up, but like a good cynic I held out. This time for some reason I decided to splurge and I’m glad I did because when the first day of my menstrual cycle came and I was flattened to the bed with my heating pad, I reached for the unicorn strain. About halfway through the blunt I realized that I no longer had any pain and my cramps had seemed to slow down in frequency. Any strain that can give me a strong buzz and make my first day easier has a special place in my heart. Lost in an ice cream parlor dream, I can’t find any faults with my new lover, Sherbet.

~Kenya Kush~

Taste/Smell: Sweet and smooth — hints of honey and vanilla.
Color: Blend of bright green and pale purple. Sugar coated with tons of vanilla sprinkles (aka trichomes).
Texture: Fluffy and slightly sticky.
Method of Consumption: blunt
Smokeability: 10/10
Overall Satisfaction: 10/10