08/20/2017 – Sunday | Blog: The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System


The Endocannabinoid System. Have you heard of it? In 1988 we discovered our first cannabinoid receptor in a rat’s brain. Then in 1993 another type of cannabinoid receptor was found as part of the immune and nervous system. Thus making the 1992 discovery of anandamide the endocannabinoid, a naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, all the more interesting.

 

But what is a cannabinoid?

 

Cannabinoid (noun): Any of a group of closely related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis.

 

Wikipedia says, “A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Ligands for these receptor proteins include the endocannabinoids (produced naturally in the body by animals), the phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis and some other plants), and synthetic cannabinoids (manufactured artificially). The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major constituent of the plant. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects.”

 

Well isn’t that interesting, cannabis is full of cannabinoids, our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids. No wonder so many people have found relief or improved their health with cannabis, the compounds found in the the plant are synergistic with our own bodies! Let’s talk about what cannabinoids do.

 

What is a cannabinoids job?

 

To interact with cells in your body to produce health benefits. After the receptor is engaged, multiple pathways are activated. It was thought that cannabinoid receptors mainly inhibited the adenylate cyclase, and positively influenced inwardly rectifying some channels. However, a much more complex picture has appeared in different cell types, implicating many more other channels.

As a frame of reference we are learning the following benefits:

THC

Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD

CBD

Anxiety, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Depression, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Psychotic Disorders

CBC

Anti-Depressant, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Tumor, Encourages Brain Growth

CBN

Anti-Asthmatic, Antibiotic, Appetite Stimulant, Pain reliever, Potential Medication for ALS Patients, Potential Medication for Glaucoma, Sedative

CBG

Antibiotic, Antidepressant & Mood-Stabilizer, Anti-Tumor, Pain Reliever, Possible Treatment for Psoriasis

THCv

Anticonvulsant, Neuroprotective, Promotes Weight Loss

CBDv

Anti-Epileptic, Anti-Nausea

Delta(8)-THC

Anti-Nausea, Appetite Stimulator

THCa and CBDa

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Improved intestinal function, Improved neural function

 

Intriguing information right? I mean look at all of those conditions! How many of you or people you know suffer from a variety of the listed ailments? Some people are using very expensive and harmful pharmaceutical drugs to aid in the battle against many of those symptoms. Many will suffer from side effects from those pharmaceutical drugs while trying to treat themselves, ironically creating a whole new problem or host of problems. If only they had a naturally occurring system in their bodies that could aid them in relief with a simple plant-based compatible medicine!!! Oh wait, they do. (This is also why full lab testing profiles are so important ladies, know what cannabinoids and terpenoids at what concentrations are in your medicine!)

 

It is time to embrace the reality of Cannabis. It is no longer the boogieman but a saving grace. Cannabis is providing children suffering from seizures and cancers with a better quality of life, enabling our seniors to battle parkinson’s, alzheimer’s and dementia, assisting the mentally ill with an alternative and partner in achieving quality mental health. Let us not overlook the importance of easing anxiety and depression that is so widespread among women. How many of us are cannabinoid deficient? Well, that’s a whole new blog post in itself ladies.

So that is our summary The Endocannabinoid System, and with that we wrap our Summer of Truth campaign. We hope you enjoyed the last 3 months worth of content and you learned something new! Be sure to buy YOUR Summer of Truth merchandise for August with “The Endocannabinoid System” messaging, remember 50% of proceeds go directly to the ASPCA!!! Last day to purchase is TUESDAY, August 22ND!!!

 

If you would like to continue to increase awareness about the endocannabinoid system in one of our stylish Femme Nuri designs please view our Instagram account for our “Entourage Anchor” designs and merchandise. Also available as framed prints!!!

To make an ‘Entourage Anchor” merchandise purchase:

1.) Send an email to: info@femmenuri.com

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References:

http://herb.co/2016/02/06/top-10-cannabinoids/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocannabinoid_system

https://www.marijuanatimes.org/the-endocannabinoid-system-a-history-of-endocannabinoids-and-cannabis/

http://icrs.co/

August 2017 Merchandise Launch

Our August Merchandise Launch for 2017



How to order:

Until our store is up and running we are offering manual merchandise sales. Help spread awareness with our sweet but subtle design.

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  • Use subject “Name of Set” 
  • Provide size (XS-XL)
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You will be sent a Paypal invoice for the full amount. Shipping is free. Your order will be processed once payment is complete. These are donation driven sales to support our organization. Thank you for your support!

Our amazing panel of Speakers for Saturday’s event!

The following are our amazing speakers who will be sharing their insight and experience this Saturday at Eve Encinitas!


FREE Educational Event this Saturday!

Free educational event

Empowering your health with Hemp & CBD


Bring your friends to Eve Encinitas this Saturday, July 29th, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to our gathering for enlightenment regarding how hemp and CBD can improve your health. Our event is to educate women in a sociable, comfortable setting to get better acquainted with hemp and CBD, including products.

We feel it is important to provide an opportunity for women to share their stories and why they have an interest in hemp and CBD. Who better to learn from than another mother or female peer? This is the oral tradition we use for all other curiosities and so it is with hemp and cannabis for Femme Nuri.

In support of this goal our event will host an educated speaker, providing a general overview regarding hemp and CBD. To include a hemp product storefront hosted by Elixinol for guest convenience!

Take advantage of this FREE, fun, educational event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 29th. Get introduced to products in a friendly, community setting where you can try before you buy while socializing with peers.

Register here:     https://hemphemphooray.eventbrite.com


06/11/2017 Femme Nuri VLog

Six cannabis & hemp products I use everyday. (That DO NOT get me high.)



Hello ladies!

 

I wanted to share with you today, 6 products I use everyday that contain cannabis, hemp or both, that DO NOT get me high. They are some really great products I think you should know about to elevate your education on the many benefits of this plant!

 

Okay so to begin, my first product is a bit of a caveat, I use it daily when I am in possession of it, I hoard these products because I enjoy them so much! This is Hemp Angels Halo Hemp Soap in Gardenia. The only reason I still have this is because it is kept in my lingerie drawer! I really love this skin nourishing soap, a couple of winters back we were in Vegas, so dry! I luckily brought my hemp angels soap and swear it is what saved my skin, I had forgotten moisturizer that trip! I even use it on my face, it is that cleansing and gentle. Great product, highly recommend it!

 

Next is my Crave CBD Skincare regime of moisturizer and CBD oil serum. These are all wildcrafted, artisanal products, no chemicals or harsh fragrances. All natural ingredients that perform as well as my former high end skin care such as Strivectin, Clinique and Estee Lauder.

I use them sparingly to great effect and satisfaction. Such a wonderful alternative to the many chemical filled options out there, one more small way to help detox your body by not using polluted products.

 

From there we move on to my deodorant, it is by KB Pure Essentials. I have tried some great natural deodorants but this is my favorite, and I am going to tell you why. This is a rich lotiony formula that has great scents to choose from and comes in the stick applicator like commercial deodorant. It minimizes wetness but I really use it for the odor control. Our bodies need to sweat, I’m cool with that as long as I don’t stink. I love the Lemon Verbena and Cool Melon. (They make a really silky lotion too!)

 

Moving right along to product number 4, CBD Works 200 mg CBD lotion in lavender. I really love this product as a body lotion. I use it on my arms daily because they get the most exposure, I’ve noticed my skin texture and appearance on my arms has improved from some prior sun damage and my elbows stay more moisturized. That is actually a thing with me so I am digging this lotion performing in this manner. It is like an added bonus. I like the way it smells, it blends well with the scents of my other body products.

 

Ahhh Awakened Topicals Cannabis & Calendula lip balm, this is my favorite lip balm, seriously. I grew up on calendula in medicinal products so it is a memory trigger every use. It is a great moisturizing lip balm that doesn’t need a ton of reapplication and works well post-sun exposure. I was gifted this one by a kind gentleman at an event in ChinaTown in January 2016. I barely have any left and am trying to make it last until I can find another. Yah I’m talking to you Awakened Topicals, where in San Diego can I get this balm and do you still make it?

 

And last but not least…Legion of Bloom ZANA Ayurveda & CBD oil roll-on. I carry this in my purse to roll on my neck for tightness and tension. I use this when I feel the onset of a headache by applying it where I feel the pain or tension directly. I’ve even used it simply by rolling it on my wrists to sniff to sooth my mild nausea. It is a beautiful, luxurious oil that smells lightly of wintergreen with a hint of earthy undertone that absorbs completely into the skin.

 

So these are the 6 things I use everyday made with hemp and or Cannabis that do not get me high, You can find links to the websites for all the products I’ve mentioned in the description if you would like to follow up and try any of these products for yourself. If you have any questions about these products feel free to email: info@femmenuri.com

I hope you enjoyed this video and that you learned something new! Thank you for your time.


#1 – https://www.hempangelproducts.com/

#2 – https://kbpureessentials.com/

#3 – http://craveskincare.com/

#4 – https://cbdworks.org/

#5 – https://www.awakenedtopicals.com/home

#6 – http://www.thelegionofbloom.com/home

 

 

A Community Seminar regarding CBD as medicine, Speaker: Allison Ray Benavides

For those unable to attend, here is speaker Allison Ray Benavides from our February 28, 2016 Community seminar regarding CBD as medicine.


We are so grateful to have such generous friends who donate their time and wisdom freely. Thank you Allison.

Pediatric Cannabis Support

March 2017 | ClubM Box | Volume IVX, EXCHANGE

ClubM Box | Vol. IVX | EXCHANGE

EXCHANGE brings us a collaboration between the Emerald Exchange & ClubM beautifully crafted to complement one another. The Emerald Exchange experience being of community and sharing Northern California craft to a Southern California audience suits this gal just fine. To have a ClubM box cultivated with vendors from the event was a wonderful way to commemorate a piece of cannabis history.

After reading and removing the cover letter the true bounty of this month’s box is revealed. Cultivators from Humboldt, Sonoma and Mendocino are represented with premium cannabis flower, concentrates and edibles.

Redwood Roots (4) .5 gram SFV OG pre-rolls

These cleverly packaged pre-rolls provided a nice level headed, muscle relaxing experience. A true San Fernando Valley OG.

High Street Teas English Breakfast tea 25 mg THC

Ohhhhh ladies, I mean look at this branding! BEE-U-tea-Full! (She also offers other blends) Such a discreet and comforting way to medicate, especially for those of us who love tea! Imagine the possibilities, what a tea party you could host with this tea!

The Jelly Shamans Super Berry Jam with Hemp derived 40 mg CBD

The Jelly Shamans do it again, with their small, artisanal batches, their products are sublime. The taste may have you eating it straight from the jar! Fear not, since it is hemp derived CBD you’d be just fine.

PURR glass smoking tip

For a patient who enjoys smoking pre-rolls or joints I found this device convenient, it is easy to clean and can be used more than one way. I prefer you use mine as an additional tip to any pre-roll.

Shine On Farms 1 g Headband pre-roll

Advertised as a potent hybrid I found it a mildly sedative overall relaxing strain.

Deviant Dabs Shatter 1 g

This fantastic floral shatter was a delight, a pleasant, euphoric effect with mild pain management. It is a wonderful social selection for a higher tolerance patient like myself.

Green Goat Farms Cannabis oil .5 g

Wow, this is the first concentrate I have ever smelled that was so similar to actual cannabis flower, super terpy, I loved it! Heavy sedative but creative and clear headed effect for me. Great bouquet, clean taste.

Satori Dark Chocolate 90 mg THC (10 mg pieces)

A little candy bar that goes a long way, these 10 mg squares pack a punch! Blended with premium cacao you can smell upon opening. The effects did not take long for me. Since learning how edibles become more potent as digested I am telling you as a higher tolerance user, I FEEL this 10 mg. Make sure to have a back up dark chocolate nearby because the taste will have you considering eating more than it would be advisable. Duly noted.

Humboldt’s Finest 1 g pre-roll

Humboldt’s Finest provided a full gram pre-roll as their addition to this Emerald Exchange collaboration for March 2017’s Vol. IVX ClubM box, EXCHANGE. A creative addition to this luxury subscription line-up.

We hope you enjoy your #perfectmoments as much as we do. If you don’t already belong to ClubM you can join here: CLICK ME

Eating your cannabis, How are edibles infused? Understanding infusion.

Let’s talk about eating your cannabis – Part II – Understanding infusion & ingestion.

How are edibles infused?

I would like to begin with my original resource and favored acquisition, The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook by Robyn Griggs Lawrence. If you do not have a copy and intend to cook with cannabis I highly recommend you pick up a copy, a well rounded source on using cannabis for cooking.

Edible extraction science simply put is that honey, milk, oils, and butters all bind with THC-a and CBD-a, when heated gently they extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter and convert them into THC and CBD. Alcohol and glycerin maceration may also be used to extract cannabinoids, heating increases processing time and potency with this method.

I will cover the topic to the best of my knowledge, I am not a doctor nor a culinary professional, the following is my understanding of the data available to me.


Raw Cannabis

In its natural state is infused and includes plenty of terpenes, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory treating CBD, a complete protein containing omega fatty acids and essential amino acids. Patients can juice raw cannabis fan leaves or eat raw cannabis flower daily allowing them the therapeutic benefit with little to no psychotropic effect. Leaves can be juiced or chopped and added to salads, flowers are recommended to blend into smoothies or juice, cannabis is bitter it is recommended to complement accordingly with your ingredients to achieve the best flavor. Cannabis seeds fall under raw cannabis, minimal THC content with a nut butter taste. Easy to consume and can be eaten shelled like sunflowers seeds or ground into powder and mixed into oils. The golden rule of edibles applies for raw cannabis as well, start low, go slow; Effects may take 1-3 hours.

We have come to learn that cannabis high in THCa, the acidic, raw, non-psychotropic form of THC has been shown to have immensely successful therapeutic value. This value is appreciated by those treating children with cannabis.(1) Consuming unactivated THC-acid therapies is great for many older patients looking for an alternative to the “high” but still getting the benefits of treatment. Patients treating with MS, ALS, autism and fibromyalgia report successful anecdotal results from THCa therapies.(2)  THCa has also been proven to be of medicinal benefit to those dealing with nausea.(3)(4)

THCa sublingual tinctures can be found at most dispensaries.


Oils & Butters

These cooking fats are commonly used in most edibles. They are infused by heating the cured cannabis, your selected fat and water together, then straining out the infused fat/oil from the water and plant matter. Ratios depend on desired potency and will vary batch to batch. For optimal infusions the method is low and slow at no more than 200 degrees fahrenheit. Ghee infused with cannabis is another option for the lactose intolerant and can be stored unrefrigerated for up to 6 weeks. All of these vehicles offer the means to add activated cannabis to any meal.
The effects of THC are intensified by protein rich, fatty foods, they come on fast and diminish quickly with sugar and when THC is mixed with alcohol it may cause paranoia. When baking with infused fats never exceed 300 degrees fahrenheit and increase cooking time by 50 percent.(5) Every time you heat your infused butter or oil you run the risk of burning off cannabinoids so know that. THC that is processed through the liver last longer and is more potent. Many patients look to edibles as alternative to smoking cannabis but find the inconsistency in dosing problematic.


Concentrates

Concentrates are typically infused over a low heat melting into oil or butter. Using concentrates reduces the herbal flavor and are far more potent than using plant matter. Solventless products are preferred for health reasons, bubble hash and dry sift being optimal. When working with waxes and other firm concentrates may require more effort in the beginning dissolving the concentrate but little straining of impurities at the end of the process.(6) Some edibles are made with concentrate infused oil/butter and some have cannabis oil sprayed on top(7). Keif is the powder in the bottom of your grinder, trichomes from your cannabis. Hash is heated and pressed trichomes. When using hash or kief, once decarbed, they can be added directly into the recipe or food in some cases. (8)

There are many edibles on the market infused with concentrates, read labels, ask questions; How was the concentrate processed or where was it sourced from? Edibles made with concentrates tend to be more potent with a quicker onset, with edibles effect already being more potent, and with longer lasting effects should all be taken under consideration. 


These are important things to know and understand about edibles. We need to know how edibles are infused and what we are putting into our bodies. How was the cannabis in your edible processed? Use this information to make the best treatment choice for optimal results. There are various appeals to edibles beyond that of those looking to not smoke. Edibles effects last longer and therapeutic benefits outlast the high, raw cannabis and cannabis seed add another layer to holistic nutrition aspects and if you are looking for a potent edible try one infused with concentrate. 
Thank you for your interest in learning more about how cannabis edibles are infused. Next week we will discuss micro and nano dosing.


References:
***Get your CookBook here!***
Making our own THCA medicine for pediatric epilepsy  (1)
Pure Analytics (2)
Getting familiar with THC (3)
THCa and CBDa (4)
Medical Jane (5)
The Cannabist (6)
The Denver Post (7)
Cannabis Cheri (8)

 

Cannabis – Getting Started a.4

Medicate responsibly.

It is understandable that a patient may over medicate at some point, edibles can be tricky to manage and leave a wake of victims in its path. To help manage this always have a CBD product on hand. When our bodies have too much THC for our conscious liking or physical management, ingesting CBD will balance out your endocannabinoid system to a more grounded state, sometimes in a remarkable amount of time. (I have used CBD oil to cure a dreadful hangover achieving results in an almost unbelievable fragment of time. Purely anecdotal speculation, of course, there is no proof it wasn’t the few sips of cold water I managed to keep down or the forkful of a vague rice dish that followed the oil.) I keep a CBD spray tincture on hand for these situations. It is nice to have a remedy at hand that works so quickly, I choose an alcohol based tincture for that reason. Rapid response when sprayed under the tongue.

 
Get comfortable with your choices, utilize services like Healthy Headies to introduce you to the necessary equipment for helping to choose the method of ingestion best for your needs. They are an in-home demo service that allows you to see and handle the available devices in order for patients to make an informed decision. That is pretty awesome, I mean when was the last time Home Depot called you up and said, “Hey we have all the new year’s vacuums in, how about we come over and let you or you and some of your friends try them all out for free so you can pick out your favorite?” Never, that’s when.

Femme Nuri – Our Favorite Things 2016 – Day 5

Femme Nuri

Our Favorite Things 2016


Day FIVE

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5. PAX Era https://www.paxvapor.com/era/

This sleek new addition to the PAX line caught our attention. A pen that uses its own vaporizer pods of concentrate for consistency in a discreet modern design. We love it and so will the cannabis-vaporizing women you know. (games included, retails $90 USD)

 

Femme Nuri – Our Favorite Things 2016 – Day 2

Femme Nuri

Our Favorite Things 2016


Day TWO

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2. The Hmbldt pens http://www.hmbldt.com/

We are big fans of the new Hmbldt pens. Not only are they sleek looking and high tech, but we love their formulas and delivery method for more precise dosing. A beautiful combination. Choose from Bliss, Sleep, Calm and Relief. (Retail value $100 USD)