November 2014


Review: Cannabis-Infused Soap By BudSuds Provides Patients With Natural Bars Of Soap

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Review: Cannabis-Infused Soap By BudSuds Provides Patients With Natural Bars Of Soap

If you are like me, you dislike how most mainstream bars of soap leave your skin feeling dry and rubbery.  Not only that, many brands include a long list of unrecognizable and unpronounceable man-made (in a lab) ingredients, leaving a majority of people in the dark about what they are actually rubbing into their skin each and every day. Where most companies focus on keeping costs down, one company believes that soap should be made with natural ingredients and a little bit of love.


BudSuds is a manufacturer of infused cannabis soap bars based in New England. BudSuds was started by Amanda and Joe, Massachusetts natives, about a year ago.  The couple has known one another since elementary school, became high school sweethearts, got married, and now live in the very house where Amanda grew up as a child.

What Is In BudSuds Soap Bars?

Each honeycomb BudSuds soap bar contains raw African shea butter, raw cocoa butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, local honey and/or beeswax, clay, hemp oil, essential oils, sodium hydroxide (not found in final product) and cannabis plant materials. The ingredients are not only recognizable but they are truly stellar choices for soap.  Amanda took classes on soap making and product knowledge gaining any bit of information she could get before beginning her journey.




Realizing that no one was making soaps that actually contained real cannabis, the couple discovered that many skin conditions weren’t being offered any alternatives.  She and Joe have now cornered the market creating soaps that sell out faster than they are able to make them.  Each of the scents are given cute names such as Blue Cheese Eucalyptus, Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mint, and Lemon Kush Honey.

My Experience With BudSuds Soap Bars

I chose to take a bath for my review of the AK47 Lavender BudSuds.  The first thing that caught my attention was the adorable packaging.  These products are both fragrant and visually appealing.  The only other company that has ever gotten me this excited about a bath would have to be Lush, but they don’t have any products that contain cannabis.


Once I removed the packaging, my bathroom filled with a calming and distinct lavender scent.  When I got the soap wet and began to create a lather, I actually took notice of how large this bar of soap truly is.  This is definitely not some cheap bar of soap you would find at a hotel.  This bar competes with the thickest of Dove’s soap bars and has moisturizers in their original organic form — that I especially love to use to keep my skin smooth.


I was worried that the coconut oil and shea butter might leave an oily residue on my skin but the suds rinsed right off, leaving my skin just the right amount of soft with the perfect touch of perfume. When you add oils such as these to your bath, you can often be left with an oily mess. However, with BudSuds, the bottom of the tub was just as I found it when I started. I have never needed to moisturize less after a bath.

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How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds

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How To Make Cannabis Infused Pumpkin Seeds
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is time to start deciding what recipes you plan to make. For the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer, medicated pumpkin seeds are a light, healthy, and discreet option that won’t spoil your dinner. Subtle snacks that don’t involve a lot of prep time and will last in your pocket, easy to munch on all day long provide you with the most freedom. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of fiber, protein, and minerals making them an excellent choice for medicating.

How To Make Infused Pumpkin Seeds This Thanksgiving

When deciding what seasoning to use on your pumpkin seeds, you really can’t go wrong as long as you select flavors that you love and I can teach you how to go in a couple different directions.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • 5-6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy

Infused Sugar-and-Cinnamon Seeds

What you need:

  • 2 cup unshelled or ¾ cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons medicated coconut oil
  • 1 1/2  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar of your choice (I use blonde coconut sugar)

Infused Garlic Salt Seeds

What you need:

  • 2 cups unshelled or ¾ cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons medicated coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce or (Annie’s vegan Worcestershire sauce)
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions For Making Either Flavor:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (355 degrees Fahrenheit)
  2. Combine the liquid medicated coconut oil and all the spices in a small bowl. Stir until evenly mixed and then add pumpkin seeds.
  3. raw seedsToss seeds in the oil spice mixture. Make sure to coat each seed completely and then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. (I put down a layer of parchment paper to save myself a messy clean-up later.)
  4. Every fifteen minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir the seeds around. You’ll want to continue this pattern until the seeds have lightly browned.

The longer they are cooked, the more cannabinoids will boil away and the higher the chance of overcooking the seeds, so watch carefully and only cook until lightly browned.


Allow to cool and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to extend their life.

Infused Pumpkin Seeds: Versatile and Fast Acting

If you wish to medicate with shelled pumpkin seeds, you’ll have to suck on them for awhile before chewing them. This allows to you to ingest the cannabis oil sublingually, affording a quicker and more dependable onset time, as well as limiting the possibility of over-medicating.


Pumpkin seeds carry the highest amount of tryptophan, one of the nine essential amino acids, of all foods with110mg in each 1/4 cup. Tryptophan is most commonly known for being in turkey, and helps the body produceserotonin, a neurotransmitter chemical which helps regulate mood and healthy sleep patterns.


This is ideal for Thanksgiving, when you want something easy to snack on that won’t fill you up. As always, start low and go slow. I recommend using medicated coconut oil because you are aiding your heart health and digesting two antibacterial super foods: cannabis and coconut oil.


Don’t be afraid to play with the seasonings or experiment with this recipe year round.  It’s hard to find a healthier seed that tastes so good.  This Thanksgiving I am thankful for medicated pumpkin seeds!

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How-To Make A Cannabis Infused Blueberry Banana Smoothie

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How-To Make A Cannabis Infused Blueberry Banana Smoothie
According to Dr. Courtney, the pioneer for juicing cannabis and founder of Origins of Cannabis International Foundation, cannabis is a dietary essential. When we decarboxylate or heat the cannabinoids found in cannabis, we lose ~99% of the health benefits when the THC-A is converted into THC. The THC-A found in raw cannabis is filled with essential amino acids and other astounding properties that directly influence our immune systems, tapping into a wide range of therapeutic and reparative benefits.

Raw Cannabis, Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

For today’s medical marijuana how-to article, I am sharing my personal blueberry banana smoothie recipe. Adding fruits to smoothies helps cover the bitter taste of cannabis (it has a very sharp taste similar to a wheat grass shot) and boosts the smoothies nutrient levels. As you may or may now know, most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.


Consult your caregiver or physician about your sugar intake before making this recipe, especially if you suffer from cancer or any other sugar-feeding disease.


As a general rule of thumb when cooking with cannabis, the fresher the leaves, the better. If you have access to live plants, make the juice fresh each morning. Just be sure to consume the leaves within three days of being cut and cleaned. You also only want to use flowers when the glands are clear and turning cloudy/milky white, but not yet amber.


Be sure to rinse your leaves with water to remove any excess residue before getting started. Treat the leaves as you would any other vegetable by storing them in the fridge when not in use, to extend their shelf-life.


Ingredients You Will Need: recipe

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen whole blueberries
  • 1/2 cup regular almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 15 fresh cannabis leaves and 2-4 2in. fresh cannabis buds (If you do not have access to this much cannabis, feel free to add spinach in replacement.)

Editor’s Note: I aim to use fifteen fresh leaves a day plus two to four 2in fresh raw buds, the recommended dose for the chronically ill patients by Dr. Courtney. I suffer from Late Stage Lyme disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder. If Lyme disease is not caught early, many people suffer long term symptoms. Juicing cannabis has helped me tremendously to keep my symptoms at bay. My doctors have approved my consumption of natural sugars, however, it is advised that consult your doctor before making this at home, especially if you have any health concerns.

Tips To Making A Delicious Cannabis Smoothie


Frozen fruit isn’t mandatory. I prefer to use frozen fruit to help the drink stay colder longer. You may want to cut up the banana before freezing it if you make your own. Depending on the strength of your blender, chopping up a whole banana can become troublesome and you’ll end up with a couple surprise banana chunks. A Blendtec is strong enough so I did not cut mine up, but it is not necessary for you to purchase that blender! It just may take longer to get the consistency you desire.


I recommended drinking the smoothie within fifteen minutes or less because chia gels, thickening the material of your smoothie. Depending on your tastes, you can always omit the chia or wait until it gels up, if you prefer it that way.


The hemp and flax seed both add a rich, nutty flavor. If you wish to cut back on those, know you are losing protein and healthy omegas. You can train your taste buds so don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone or ramp up slowly. Another option you may want to consider is almond milk, as this will increase the creaminess of the smoothie more than half a cup of almond milk + half a cup of coconut water (as called out in the recipe above).


The motor of the blender does release some heat, so you will want to keep the cannabis as far away from the blade as possible, so as not to decarboxylate the cannabinoids, increasing the psychoactive effects while decreasing the amount of THC-A present. I blend all the other ingredients first, only adding the cannabisafter all other ingredients are completely blended. Blend the cannabis on pulse until the smoothie is your desired thickness.


Dr. Sulak, a well known MD in Maine that treats thousands of patients with cannabis, suggested that people should consider only blending smoothies using quick pulses, to avoid creating heat from the friction.

Final Thoughts And Friendly Advice

This cannabis-infused blueberry banana smoothie recipe will make ~21 ounces and comes to ~422 calories.  Until the USDA considers cannabis a food, we are unable to give the exact calorie count. The calorie count listed includes all of the ingredients except cannabis.


The great thing about making cannabis-infused smoothies is that there is no one, perfect way to do it. Also, you really can not mess up too bad. Even if you don’t like the flavor of your infused creation, you can always add more of something sweet (like strawberries) to the mix and re-blend with a few quick pulses.

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Florida: I Want to Come Home and My Fate is In Your Hands November 4th

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I want to come home and my fate is in your hands November 4th. In 2011, I had to move out of Florida, so that I could legally access medical marijuana to treat my Late Stage Lyme Disease. It was not an easy decision; it was a matter of life and death. Here is my story…


I’m a fifth generation Floridian. My family roots run deep in Florida, from the keys all the way up to Jacksonville. I grew up on the beach, wore flip-flops religiously no matter where I traveled, and can still wear a hoodie during 80 degree F weather on a humid Miami night. My entire family lives in Florida, from my fifteen-year-old brother, Cody, my parents, my cousins, my best friends, to my great Aunt Edith who just turned 100 this past September. I missed her birthday party because I must live where I am legally able to treat myself with medical cannabis, in California. My only choices in Florida are to be a criminal, or to be addicted to prescription narcotics; neither of those choices is acceptable.


I was born in Miami in 1989, went to grade school in Tampa, and attended Florida Statealexis University on a Bright Futures Scholarship. During my freshman year spring semester, I went camping with a bunch of friends from my dormitory for the weekend. We all slept outside in sleeping bags around the campfire…not worrying about a thing. Over the next six months, I experienced many strange symptoms, wound up in the hospital several times with severe fevers, a bout of strep throat one time, and dehydration, but in the excitement of college life, I shrugged off the warning signals.


neurons, transferring pulses and generating information.June 6th, 2008 was the day my life changed forever. Excruciating nerve pain, that would haunt me for the next five and a half years set in, rendering my arms useless. I couldn’t unscrew bottles of water, pull open a door, push shopping carts, even write with a pencil. I was at the mercy of the loving support of my friends and family, on the goodwill of other people. The dozens of doctors that “treated” me had nothing to offer me, except narcotics…not even a diagnosis! Each doctor I tried failed to alleviate my pain or improve my condition in any way. Over a three-year period, they prescribed Gaba pentin, Vicodin, Percocet, lorazepam, and cyclobenzaprine. The drugs made me tired, and altered my mood, and did nothing for my pain. Worse, I had grown up in a family that consciously minimized pharmaceutical use.


One day, a friend suggested I try cannabis. Pot? No way! I had been taught my whole life that marijuana was a gateway drug; but having exhausted every other option my family could think of, I figured that trying one more “drug” couldn’t hurt. The immediate relief shocked me. Finally, something worked! I had discovered a wonder drug that could interrupt my misery. My mood improved, the visibly bulging vein on my neck would subside, and I could and would actually relax.


The only problem was that I couldn’t access it legally. Living in constant fear that I wouldLeaf Of Cannabis get caught, I kept the marijuana a secret from everyone, except a close few friends. I shared the secret with my doctors but they wouldn’t acknowledge its efficacy. So, I kept my medical use hidden; only using cannabis when the pain was so agonizing that I was on the verge of incapacitation. I felt guilty that it helped me…like I was letting everyone in my family down. But without it, I could not sleep, eat, or escape the incessant pain wracking my body. Eventually, I had to accept that living with the risk and the guilt was better than not living at all.


In June of 2010, a doctor in Florida diagnosed with Late Stage Lyme Disease with a Western Blot test. My infectious disease doctor prescribed a six-month regimen of daily Warning Signintravenous and oral antibiotics. I was prescribed Marinol, the synthetic form of THC, but it did nothing to help my pain. Within six months, the intense doses of antibiotics had destroyed my gut. My infectious disease doctor paused the treatment, as if to wait the storm out, just waiting until he could put me back on antibiotics. Visit after visit (at $500 a pop) went by with no change. My digestive system was trashed; it wasn’t repairing itself, and I dropped from 130 lbs. to 89 lbs. My family was worried I might not survive.


So, we looked for different doctors. I saw a nutritionist, and then an acupuncturist, and I found mild relief with craniosacral chiropractic therapy. Even though it felt like I was tryingHand Silhouettes Protecting A Human Brain Or Mind - Mental Healt everything, no real progress was felt or seen. I had no local family in Tallahassee. My boyfriend, Aaron, graduated from FSU a year and half before me; I had had to suspend my studies for a few months because I simply couldn’t function. Steadfast, he stayed in town to take care of me while I finished my degree. He even had to wash my hair. Chronic pain does not just alter the person suffering; it affects everyone who cares for and about that person.


But even with Aaron’s generous assistance I was still fading. I needed alternative treatments for a body ravaged by the Lyme spirochetes and, now, by mega doses of antibiotics. And I needed the cannabis to survive; it alleviated my pain and stimulated my appetite. Without it, I believe I would have died.


3D Map of CaliforniaMoving to California wasn’t a decision we came to lightly. My parents agreed that it wasn’t safe for me in Florida. I couldn’t risk arrest for my health any longer. I wouldn’t survive jail in my condition. As we drove cross country, through states that had even stricter marijuana laws than the one I was leaving, I felt more trapped than ever. We will never be free until every state in America has legal access to cannabis. Patients live in fear unable to travel to visit doctors or out of town family. Forget vacations. Anywhere that I can’t take cannabis, I cannot visit. How can we call ourselves the “land of the free” when some of us are shackled this way?


In California, I found a new infectious disease specialist, Dr. Harris, who is ranked number one in the state for treating Lyme disease.


The only thing that helps my pain is medical marijuana,” I mentioned with trepidation.


For the first time in my life, the doctor didn’t break eye contact when I said that but insteadDoctor nodded along agreeing that my medicine of choice was, in fact, medicine. I can say that through his open, alternative approach to my disease, my life has remarkably improved.


Three years later, I juice cannabis daily that I grow in my own closet. Juicing cannabis does not get the user “high” but has been proven to contain the curative properties. After three years of intensive natural treatments, California law has allowed me to heal in peace by providing me with the freedom from fear and pain. My California infectious disease doctor is an MD; he treats people with antibiotics and pharmaceuticals, as well. The point is that people need and deserve choices. Unfortunately, my body required an option that wasn’t “on the table” in my home state. Your vote could change that.


The care I received from my doctors in Florida was restricted. We must provide FloridaYes on 2 doctors and patients deserve to have the ability to participate in the whole conversation. This is why I ask you, old neighbor, to get out and vote Yes on 2 this November 4th. I want to be in Tampa when Aunt Edith turns 101 and when Cody graduates from High School down in Miami. Please let me come home.

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