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Cosmic Poetry: Promi$e

Promi$e


written/photographed by: Kenya Kush
styled by: J-Nasty
starring: Ya$$a, Taylar Elizza Beth, DoNormaal <3

I know you think I’m shady, but
I promise I ain’t scheming.
I’m just building villages
To take over the world.

Only vices are dinero and the
Weed and the pearls,
So don’t think I’m some basic,
Lying, counterfeit girl.

I stay up on my grind
Just to make my parents proud
And get that good good you be
Serving by the pound.

Just a hu$tla not a ho,
I got a past, you know, but so?
Always loyal til the end
Call me your samurai girl.

Don’t have to worry bout me, baby,
I ain’t out here actin rude
I’m just living in my dreams
And the past and my moods.

If I’m less than what you need
I’m sorry give me time;
I try my very hardest cuz
I want you to stay mine.

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: Girl Scout Cookies
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Classifying a genuine Girl Scout Cookies strain comes as easily as deciphering a diamond from a Cubic zirconia. Once I got my hands on this strain, I examined it carefully. The sparkly cannabinoid crystals shined so bright it stung my eyes. Immediately, I snapped it open to be embraced by its minty fragrance, and the fresh zest awakened an excitement in me.  From the hairs, a succulent sweet sap hardened my fingertips trying to break it apart into a dusty spell. Packing it tightly into a Dutch Masters wrap, I smudged the bud's sticky grime off my index and thumb to seal and then light its sorcery. I definitely recommend trying the GSC with a Dutch wrap, its pure leaf, popular on the East coast, known for its slow burning pleasure. And you know what they say, slow motion is better than no motion. 

One expansive puff and an enigma of an emotion that I can’t describe rushed from the bottom of my gut buzzing through the crown of my head. This unfathomable secrecy whispered to my subconscious that I was free to roam. Girl Scout Cookies would be the best any time-of-the-day type of strain. Really, you could have an unpredictable day, but stress-free and free from the world's superimposed rules running your daily routines. 

A blanket of contentment embraced me as I puffed so hard on the Dutch wrap that my eyes rolled back and sunk into my sockets. It was barley noon and it felt like more time was added to my day. What next? I spent more of my afternoon having a date for two with Girls Scout Cookies. My physical aches were reduced probably from its OG Kush origin, but an accelerated process conjured confidence in my brain--probably the Durban Poison in the mix kickin' in and up a notch. Precipitated drops of THC appeared on my nose from its effects working like a mean machine, pumping out the sweat of satisfaction. Jetting for the door to find what lies ahead, I welcomed a cool breeze to wash my face. Standing there was a neighborly fine-looking man whacking…at his garden. At this point was it the GSC or his garden tools making my heart sing??

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Untroubled by my usual inhibitions, I ran towards him. Befriending a stranger to lie in his bed of flowers, he offered to split a pint of Hennessy. We pulled huge gulps from the bottle, falling into a lap of luxury, counting clouds carelessly without exchanging words. 

The wave of possibilities brought by the GSC’s creative tide finally washed away. As I snapped back to reality,  I slammed my door to purse my lips around the Dutch wrap once more. That day I felt like an ambitious lover in my own erotica novella or a queen attending to ceremonial house keeping duties. Trapped in a tower and cornered by my fiery tantrums, I was rescued by my savior and protector, Girl Scout Cookies.