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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.

 

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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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The Snubbz Smoke Silencer Review

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When smoking cannabis, being subtle about your usage in public places can be problematic — especially if you live in an area that still has stringent laws against the use of cannabis.  When you travel away from home, this issue intensifies tenfold.

snubbz differenceSuffering from lyme disease, I consume cannabis just to eat, sleep, and get through the nerve pain each and every day. I can not stop taking medical cannabis just because I am traveling or in a public setting that requires me to be there for long periods of time. Because of this, I am always looking for new products that can help keep me out of trouble, but aid in my medical routine.

 

When it comes to a discreet medication, smoking cannabis is the least inconspicuous consumption method (compared to tinctures, pills, edibles, etc).  As anyone who’s been around a pot smoker knows, cannabis has a strong, pungent aroma that can fill any-size room rather quickly. It can pass up air vents to “disturb” nearby neighbors or get latched to the fibers of clothing, carpeting, and even the walls.

What is the Snubbz Smoke Silencer?

The smoke silencer by Snubbz is a device that allows you to enjoy an odorless, smokeless, stress-free session. It comes with a ‘cherry topper’ attachment that you hold down tightly to the bowl for ten seconds after each hit to cover the smoke from being released.

 

You then exhale into the Snubbz smoke silencer pouch, which acts as a filter releasing only clean air.  Your biggest issue will be making sure that you have a place to put things down and pick them up during your process.  You are holding a packed bowl, a lighting mechanism, the pouch, and the cherry topper. It may be wise to do this sitting in front of a desk and to plan for a moment before beginning, depending on how discreet you wish to be.

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Smoke is stealthy and you’ll have to do your part by properly placing the cherry topper over the entire open spoon, clearing the bowl before setting it down so it doesn’t sneak out the carb or mouthpiece, and carefully closing your lips around the mouthpiece of the pouch to ensure no smoke seeping out the corner of your mouth into the room.  You then lift off the ‘cherry topper’ inhaling any remaining smoke and exhale out into the Snubbz pouch.  I noticed the tiniest bits of smoke escape out the carb cap and a little out the sides of my mouth my first attempt, but the guest I was sharing the room with didn’t take notice at any part of our stay.

My Experience With The Snubbz Smoke Silencer

The Snubbz pouch is estimated to hold approximately 200 hits depending the size of your exhalations.   The cherry topper is formulated to withstand heat up to 450 degrees F, leaving you no worries about melting silicone to the top of your bowl. The cherry topper can be cleaned with alcohol and Q-tips to remove any residue.  No remnants of any cannabis leaves you free and clear to travel at ease.

 

For those who want maximum discreetness, the Snubbz team includes stickers for you to cover the front and back sides of the smoke silencer’s pouch.  Once the pack becomes difficult to exhale into, it’s time for a new pouch.  I used it during my whole trip and it’s still going strong!

 

The customs agents did ask me what the Snubbz was on my way into Canada, but they didn’t confiscate it or interrogate me further.  As far as smoking accoutrement goes, this is a tool intended to keep you out of trouble and give you greater control of your smoking desires.  If you would like a visual tutorial, there are various videos on YouTube that demonstrate the Snubbz smoke silencer in action.

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLAIMER – These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Growing Cannabis Efficiently: Time is Money!

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Creating a home garden should be enjoyable and cost-effective. Spending more upfront can often save you time but only if you know which equipment to buy and how to properly use it. My caregiver, Aaron, and I have read all the latest material shared by the world’s most prestigious indoor growers from Jorge Cervantes, Ed Rosenthal and Greg Green. Their tips have greatly impacted our personal grow for my Lyme Disease pain. We are sure their prized secrets will come in handy for you as well.

 

Cannabis grows just like other plants. It requires light (not necessarily sunlight), a growing medium (soil), and water. The plant’s DNA does the rest.

 

So, you’ve decided where, what, and how you will legally acquire your medical cannabis clones (or seeds), the first step is to choose the best location in your home. At a minimum, a small two ft. x two ft. closet will do. You can fit either two small plants or one big plant snugly in this size closet for maximum flower production. If you have more space, feel free to adjust your number of plants (and lights) accordingly. Make sure that you can seal this area from all light in order to foster your plant’s night cycle. You should also research the strain you want to grow and check that you have ample space for your plant’s projected height and light requirements. Decide between seeds and clones. Clones are often more efficient for a small grow.

 

Depending on the needs of the strain, you may water as sparse as twice a week for soil plants. For hydroponic, the water should be changed once a week (or less, if you can afford some automation). Your time in a soil garden will be spent brewing a batch of nutrients, watering and allowing the pots to drain, and pruning. Schedule as much as two hours in your garden, twice a week.

 

Let’s go over the lighting: the cheapest and most efficient light that will produce a flowering plant is called a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL). It’s a good idea to get the highest wattage CFL that you can find. No less than 32 watts per 1 square foot of plant. When it comes to lighting, the more the merrier; your plants will do better under more wattage, as long as they can stay cool (under 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Another cheap alternative is a T5. These are similar to the lights in the ceiling inside your local grocery store; they’re long and skinny and produce light on the blue side of the spectrum, which is better for the vegetative plant.

 

The plant will remain in the vegetative cycle as long as there are 18 hours of light per day or more. Once pre-flowers have developed and it’s time to flower the plant, switch to 12 hours of light per day and be sure the growing area can be sealed off for the plants’ essential 12 hours of darkness, in order to produce flowers. Professionals use what is called a High Pressure Sodium light that has the capability of shining 1000 watts of light onto the plant, optimizing its growth and resin (THC) production.

 

Do not make this upgrade without insuring you will be able to properly ventilate the light and keep the room below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A portable A/C unit and/or fan may be necessary.

 

Now onto the growing medium: for an easy start use a basic high quality soil mix from your local gardening shop. It’s a good idea to go to a store that is known for selling cannabis related growing supplies. Never use cheap dirt. This is “fast food” for your plants and the results won’t be anything to brag about. The pros use what is called an aeroponic system, a.k.a. hydroponic. Here, the water is kept low enough so the root tips only dangle in the nutrient-enriched water, while the exposed roots are constantly misted. Essentially, the roots grow in a small box or bucket of air with a humidity level close to 100%.

 

When it comes to your water/nutrients, the sales pitch becomes confusing. Yes, you can do like the pros and spend hundreds on top-grade fertilizers but, as an amateur, you should start with a basic two-step, vegetative and flowering nutrient program. Follow the directions on the label and experiment with your strains to see if they can take a little extra fertilizer. They sell the nutrients in powder form for cheaper, but you’ll have to do a lot of heavy mixing (It’s not so much fun to shake 5 gallons of water for 20 minutes). I suggest the liquid nutrients to speed things up. It’s a good idea to purchase a digital Parts Per Million (PPM) measuring device. You’ll use this to ensure you are controlling the nutrient level.

 

Tap water works well but only if it has sat out uncapped over night to remove the chlorine. You can upgrade to bottled distilled water but this usually has to be pH balanced. It’s a good idea to get a pH test kit for your water to be sure your plants’ root system will be able to absorb the nutrients instead of being shocked by bitter water. It is often cheapest, but not time efficient, to use household grocery and animal scraps for feeding your plants. The list is virtually endless consisting of things from rabbit poop to coffee grinds, hair to molasses. Each organic material maintains its own levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.

 

Now, watch your extra bedroom or closet space turn into a better roommate then you ever had in college. She will slightly raise your electricity bill and demand your time twice a week, but she keeps quiet, pays her rent and then some. And sooner than you know it, you will be saving lots of money on your trips to the Dispensaries and Co-ops. Spending the money on equipment upgrades for your garden may eventually lead you to a fully automated garden that lives inside your home. Your extra plants and extracted THC from your leftover plant matter can be sold to dispensaries.

 

Remember: be frugal about your purchases and do your research on all investments before financing. Time spent is money lost. Only splurge on products that are proven to save you time or double your return. Most importantly, have fun and happy growing!

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