Our bodies are rather amazing and complex vehicles which carry us through life. Like all vehicles, the body requires maintenance to perform at its best. If the body is a vehicle, then our muscles are most certainly the engines which keep us moving. Let’s take a moment to talk about how we fuel those engines.
While our engines may run on food and water, they also depend on vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in order to truly thrive. It can be easy to forget that our engines can become tired and sluggish when not properly cared for. Mother nature has given us some rather incredible healing herbs which can assist us as we care for our muscles.
The Relationship Between Healing Herbs and Muscles
Many herbs in nature have medicinal properties which we can use to enrich our lives. The herbs we will learn about today were chosen for their ability to assist our bodies with muscle healing and physical recovery. Each one of these herbs is native to the Southern Oregon area, and represents a small portion of over 40 medicinal herbs that are native to our bioregion.
Our muscles require rest and healing after physical activity and there are some ways you can assist them simply by adding herbs to your daily routine. Some medicinal plants that promote relaxation can help us calm the body and allow muscles to loosen up as we rest, while others with anti-inflammatory properties may help assist our body’s natural recovery process. There are even herbs that may assist our bodies in lubricating joints and tendons.
Essentially, we should think of herbs as additives to our fuel which help keep our engines on the road, and may even help them to perform at their peak. As any mechanic will tell you, preventative maintenance is the key to a long lasting and happy engine. OK enough car metaphors, here are some examples of how herbs may assist your muscles.
Adding Medicinal Herbs To Your Daily Routine
Many of these herbs can be enjoyed in a soothing and relaxing tea; or added to water, coffee and juices using an herbal tincture. Each of these medicinal herbs are available as convenient tinctures through our Ra Herbals line.
If you wish for something more hands on you might consider Hemp Topicals and Cannabis Topicals as a way of externally applying these herbs.
At Sun God Medicinals we have crafted many products to help get herbs into your daily regimen. We highly recommend our tinctures for convenience and portability, but nothing beats a good soothing salve or lotion when it comes to physical muscle massage.
With this in mind, we invite you to experience our Hercules product line, designed specifically for those looking to support their muscles in healing or to assist in general muscle relaxation.
Click here to learn more about Hercules products.
You’ve probably heard of THC and CBD, but another one of the many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant is Cannabigerol, or CBG. CBG is the precursor from which all other cannabinoids are synthesized, which is why it’s often referred to as the “mother” or “stem cell” of cannabinoids. This unique property imbues CBG with enormous therapeutic promise, making it a subject of great interest for researchers and consumers alike. Unlike CBD, which has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors and acts mostly through indirect interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBG is thought to elicit its therapeutic effects directly through interaction with the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. However, CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid much like CBD. This allows us to harness the beneficial effects of this compound without any intoxicating effects.
Research is relatively sparse regarding the therapeutic benefits of CBG, when compared to the apparent wealth of information available on THC and CBD within the cannabis science community. But there are early studies linking the compound to a whole host of potential therapeutic uses, such as:
Now with the launch of our Loki CBG product we’ve added back isolates of CBG to boost the CBG content for our customers. Learn more about our Loki 1000 Drops that are a 1:1 ratio of CBD:CBG if you want to focus on CBG products. However, know that all our other hemp products have trace amounts of CBG, CBC, CBN and other minor cannabinoids.
We expect in 2021 more and more hemp farmers will plant CBG-rich clones as phenotypes are isolated for CBG production. We hope you enjoyed learning about one of the newest cannabinoids to be extracted and researched and how CBG may be right for you.
On Mother’s Day, we take time to celebrate and appreciate the women that helped to raise and guide us into the people we are today. Some brought us into this world, others adopted us into theirs, and many we celebrate because they are important mother figures in our lives.
Psychologists suggest that strong bonds first form between mother and child during the feeding process. They link the feeling of being full after feeding to the feeling of being fulfilled. This may mean our first positive feelings towards our mothers are survival based.
Harry Harlow, a physiologist working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 1960’s, believed that comfort played more of a key role in the love that we feel for our mothers. He performed a study where he deprived young monkey’s of food and then placed them with two available mother figures, one which would provide comfort and no food; and one which would provide food yet no comfort. Time and time again the monkey’s would fill their bellies with food, but then run right back to their comfort mothers. Some would even come close to starving before leaving the warmth that their comfort mother was giving them to seek more food. His work supported the idea that a mother’s bond went far beyond simple survival.
Another study done by Mary Ainsworth suggests that a mother’s behavior has more influence then we may even be aware of. Her work focused on the idea that these relationships we have with our mothers in particular, give us mental representation of what our future relationships with others should look like. In some ways we crave love and fellowship more than we crave basic needs like food and comfort. This means the impact our mothers have in our lives is extremely significant.
Our mother’s put in a lot of work to shape us and build us into contributing members of society. Today’s mothers and Grandmothers are working full time jobs while making sure their children have good meals and a structured upbringing. Essentially, it is harder than ever to be a mother.
We had a customer who bought our Hypnos Hemp Sleep Aid Tincture share with us that she uses herbs to help her get more out of her night’s rest. She reported the Hypnos tincture allowed her to wak e up fresh and ready for her three children who currently require a lot of her attention. She was taking time to care for herself so she could be her best for the children. We love hearing about how more people are using the power of herbs to assist them to be their best, as they tackle the challenges of life. Sometimes though, our beloved mothers forget to take time to care for themselves. Mother's Day is our chance to help, and to remind them of how precious they are to us.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for mom, Sun God Medicinals has produced fantastic herbal products that have supportive herbs for any woman looking for a boost. The Eir line of products is formulated and compounded with women in mind, featuring supportive medicinal herbs traditionally used by herbalists for their hormone balancing properties, as well as support of the female reproductive system.
The Eir Women's Health Line includes many herbs to support women, such as:
BLACK COHOSH (Arctium lappa)
This mother’s Day, we hope you take time to celebrate the person who helped you become you!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Hemp Products Disclaimer: All Products Contain Less Than 0.3% THC.
During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, we have heard many concerns regarding inhalants and other methods of cannabis consumption in addition to concerns regarding longevity of products. We would like to take a few moments to share other methods, such as tinctures and the potential benefits that may may come with them. With that said, Sun God Medicinals has a great lineup of products including our herbal compounded tinctures that may support many people's concerns.
In comparison with other methods, tinctures present a long shelf stability ranging between 2-4 years of use or more. Of course this depends on storage conditions and the ingredients used, however this may provide a solution to the concern of longevity.
Our 1 oz tinctures offer around 30 servings per container. These servings are full of whole-plant herbal goodness with as many phytochemicals as we can extract like a wide spectrum of cannabinoid profiles. Our most common potency levels are around 500 mg of THC or CBD/bottle and provide approximately 16 mg/ serving size.
There has been some concern expressed recently regarding inhalants and the respiratory system. Tinctures are a great alternative method of consumption as they are used sublingually and present a 15 minute activation time for many people. Tinctures also provide easy convenience to the consumer and our herbal compounded tinctures are full of nourishing herbal supports like valerian root or elderflower.
We would like to highlight a few products that can help people cope with the realities of our current situation:
Panacea - Immunity Aid 500mg CBD
This is a great tincture formulated with a wealth of powerful herbs that helps your body's immune system bolster its natural defense system. It contains Reishi mushrooms, echinacea root, elderflower, and yarrow. All are fantastic herbs and a shroom that may help your body to prepare for battle!
Heka - Mental Ease 500mg THC or 500mg CBD
These tinctures are formulated to aid people who are experiencing worry and fear.
Using full spectrum cannabis or hemp paired with allied herbs such as skullcap, milky oat tops, and passionflower. These herbs have traditionally been used to aid in increasing ones mood and reducing onelevel of fear.
Hypnos - Sleep Support 500mg THC or 500mg CBD
These tinctures are formulated as a sleep aid and contain chamomile, hops and lemon balm - which are all herbs that support your body's ability to relax. Many people are experiencing sleepless nights which can put stress on their immune system as cell recovery is essential for whole body wellness.
Aja - Body Relief 500 mg THC or 500 mg CBD
This product line presents opportunities for overall body nourishment through the use of burdock root, Valerian root, licorice root, and nettle leaves.
Do you have questions about herbs for women’s health? Do you often feel that female health issues are not really being addressed at the level they should be? We at Sun God Medicinals want to share our insight into some potential herbal allies, lifestyle supports, and our new women’s health tinctures now sold at OLCC dispensaries in Oregon, for women to use during their most femme times.
First, let’s discuss hormones. What are they? How do they influence women’s bodies? On a very simplified level, the female body is like a giant hormone factory. It has many moving parts that don’t always meet the performance standards women are hoping for. Each organ is dependent, on some level, on the directions of the microscopic chemical compounds we call hormones. The main functions of these hormone messenger molecules are to regulate the metabolism for growth and developmental benefits, normalize sexual function for reproduction purposes, and of course support the human body’s varying emotional states.
There are a variety of reasons why hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and cortisol to name a few, fluctuate throughout our daily lives, but especially during the times of menopause and menstruation. So you can take a deep breath and feel relieved, because It’s not all in your head. Hormonal fluctuations are a normal occurrence to experience that often feel like: erratic mood swings, debilitating cramping and bloating and a variety of other unique symptoms that arise during the monthly hormonal shift of menstruation or during the transition of menopause.
Sun God Medicinals recognizes the importance of supporting female bodies during these dramatic hormone shifts. We have mindfully formulated tinctures that support both moon cycles and menopause experiences. We use whole-plant extraction processes to ensure each herb in our Eir Moon THC tincture and our Eir Menopause THC tincture encapsulates the diverse therapeutic constituents they may offer. The combination of the bioregional herbs chosen for these blends have both traditional context and modern research to allow you to experience the healing potential of ancestral herbalism.
Moon cycle, or ‘that time of the month’ for our lady friends, influences a woman's hormones significantly. Over the course of a month, the body moves through two main hormonal shifts that we can support using herbs and lifestyle adaptations. These phases during a woman's menstruation cycle are known as the Luteal, or estrogen dominant phase, and the Follicular, or progesterone dominant phase. Traditional herbal therapies are frequently used to help guide women through the debilitating symptoms of cramping and bloating, digestive discomfort, and the nervous system tension that goes hand and hand with women’s cycles.
Menstruation is also a time that we may consider reframing our view of this cyclical experience into one of purification. There are even some Native American tribes that view menstruation as a time of cleansing and rebuilding. As an act of respect for the women during this time, some tribes would incorporate female-only sweat lodge ceremonies to honor the revitalizing cycle the women are going through; they would use herbs such as Chaste Tree and Yarrow to support uncomfortable symptoms that may accompany a moon cycle- read more about commonly used herbs by native tribes.
In Ayurveda, the moon cycle is seen as an opportunity to shed toxins and allow for the regrowth of healthy tissues; this ancient eastern approach is referring to the purification of the reproductive organs and of the entire body. Herbs such as Fennel and Tulsi have been traditionally used to combat the varying symptoms of moon cycles and are still routinely prescribed by Ayurvedic healthcare professionals.
Similarly, during the transition of menopause a woman's body experiences a huge overhaul of the entire endocrine system - the group of organs which influence our hormone levels most. Many women find simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding hot flash triggers and regular exercise very beneficial for combating the unwanted symptoms that accompany the transition of menopause. Research has shown there may be benefits of regularly taking a Black Cohosh supplement to aid in hot flashes, boost the lobido, vaginal drying, emotional instabilities and excessive sweating.
The Sun God Medicinals team is always here for support and to answer any questions you may have about our available products. Happy healing and let the legends guide you!
We could all use a good massage every now and then. Often we find ourselves ignoring these urges, which can lead to tension in our muscles and nervous system overtime. Though we recognize that massages can be expensive, vulnerable, and inconvenient for many that does not mean you need to sacrifice the myriad of benefits massage has to offer- from increasing circulation to improving your immune function, the list goes on!
Sun God Medicinals knows the importance of massage and when paired with certain aromas, how immensely supportive a massage can be for physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Let our legends and aromatherapy guide you to the right massage oil or topicals for your next at-home spa day.
Each of our massage bath & body oils are a gentle, 100% natural therapy for the skin, as well as physical and emotional well-being with the right essential and fragrance aroma oils to support a range of effects from sleepy time to muscle tension.
Our Aja Massage Oil provides aromas of Lavender, Chamomile, & Clary Sage for help with body aches and discomfort. It is also compounded with herbs that may support circulation, the inflammatory process, as well as relieving stress.
Our Heka Massage Oil provides aromas of Sweet Orange, Cinnamon, & Cardamom for mental ease and stress relief. It is also compounded with herbs to support overall emotional and nervous system balance.
All of our massage topicals are a blend of luxurious oils, like almond and grapeseed oils, infused with whole-plant hemp to ease the muscles and bring relaxation, without the psychotropic effects of ingested Cannabis. We then carefully incorporate the appropriate essential oils that correlate with the desired body relief, allowing specific attention to be had on the areas of our body in need of the most support.
We really enjoyed this breakdown of the types of massage and target areas they correlate with in this article titled, The Benefits of Self-Massage. These practices are easily implemented after a warm shower or while in bed, after the muscles are relaxed. The practice of massage is even more advantageous when partnered with the potent healing abilities of plants such as Cannabis and other therapeutic volatile oils.
So start a massage train, or make it an intimate night with yourself or your partner, because you and your loved one’s deserve a bit of pampering. These practices are healthy additions into any self-care routine, and may increase your connection with others and self. We suggest gently warming your oils before your massage, creating a relaxing ambiance with candles or incense, and enjoying a soothing cup of tea before or after your practice.
By pairing therapeutic herbal remedies in conjunction with a self-massage routine you may be able to increase these benefits even further. Lucky for us, the Southern Oregon region is full of traditional herbal remedies that we extract and infuse into many of our Sun God Medicinals topical products, from our silky-smoothe oils to our potent salves and lotions. With all of the stress we have in our lives, it's important to take time to relax, release, and indulge in a little massage as a part of your daily self-care routine.
Let’s talk about something, well spicy… As the season of love quickly approaches, we are becoming more aware of the type of love we have present in our lives and how we can cultivate more. Luckily, there are numerous herbs for that pleasurable expression of love you have been searching for, and not so shockingly, these herbal allies have been used for centuries- so, let’s talk aphrodisiacs!
A very brief and annotated re-telling of the story of the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite, shines light on the progression of the history and integration of these powerful herbal elixirs and allies that blurred the line between medicine and magic. Aphrodite, of which aphrodisiac was later named, was famed for her delectable treats known to increase sex drive and performance. The only catch: in exchange for these much desired traits was the consumption of a few succulent and fresh...dove brains!
The ancient tales of Rome were not where the, well stranger, aphrodisiacs ceased to exist. From diverse Asian cultures using parasitic fungus and stinky durian fruit, to European staples such as whole mustard seeds and even animal blood. Luckily, with modern and traditional herbalism preserving and identifying the true potential of aphrodisiacs as a therapy, we are able to integrate a more “palatable” selection into our daily routines.
There are a variety of aphrodisiacs that are steeped in both science and lore, but one of our favorites is definitely chocolate! Ra Cannabis Chocolate Squares, available in both peppermint and orange flavors, are blended with a silky cocoa that is sure to tickle the senses. Chocolate, and more properly cacao, has been used by the Mayans for centuries for both ritual and daily consumption. It is considered an aphrodisiac because of how it can spike the dopamine of the pleasure center of the brain, resulting in “all the feels”.
Common herbals such as Rose, Maca, and Ginseng are great choices when starting to explore the potential of aphrodisiacs. Rose has traditionally been used to open the heart center, allowing for more vulnerable connections, while emanating a traditional scent of love. Maca, traditionally grown in the Andes of South America, has been used as a remedy for erectile dysfunction due to increasing levels of nitric oxide in the body, as discovered in recent studies. Ginseng, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, was commonly prescribed to alleviate sexual fatigue and provoke desire by using the warming and windy energies of this root- also known as “the natural viagra”. Check out these mocktail recipes using aphrodisiac herbs and spices that are not only alcohol free and libido boosting, but absolutely taste divine!
Sun god Medicinals compounds blends of potent aphrodisiacs and other supportive herbs, formulated to help you achieve your most pleasurable experiences yet! Supportive topicals such as the Heka THC Message Oil and Aja THC Message Oils will aid in relaxation and make a warming, soothing addition to your love life. These herbal products, and other herbs such as Cannabis, make great additions to any self-care routine, that can add that little bit of enjoyment to your day that you surely deserve.
Remember do not forget to love yourself, because at the end of the day, we all deserve a little bit of pleasure! Our team of herbalist and trained professionals are here to answer any questions you may have on this hot topic, and more, so please reach out because we LOVE to hear from our customers. Sending many wishes of healing and love your way!
Do you know your blood type? This is probably as far as your conversation extends when chatting about blood, but there is truly so much to know about the nutrient rich fluids pumping throughout your body. Did you know that blood pumps at a rate of five to six quarts per minute- that’s about 2,000 gallons of blood being circulated to each cell, daily! Our blood makes up about 7% of our total body weight, and is responsible for not only distributing hormones, electrolytes, gasses, proteins, glucose, and of course water (which accounts for about 90% total blood plasma), but blood is also responsible for our immune system health. This means that if your blood is unhappy and depleted, chances are your immune system is too..
When red and white blood cells undergo a process of separation using a machine called a centrifuge, the heavy, iron-latent red cells sink to the bottom of the tube and the more transparent fluid, or plasma, remains neatly afloat above. By separating blood we can further analyze the contents and hopefully provide insight into possible areas of support. Our diets and lifestyle choices play a huge role in our pulmonary health- from mindfulness and meditation for reducing blood pressure, to consuming red colored fruits and vegetables, which are particularly supportive for the heart and circulatory system.
Traditional herbal medicine has utilized circulatory herbs, such as Yarrow and Hawthorn, that support the large detoxification organs, like the heart and liver, in order to therapeutically address stagnation. These “symptoms” of stagnant energy can appear as arterial or vessel plaque, weak liver functioning, depleted kidneys or trouble urination, hormonal imbalances, and many other presentations. Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest specifically, utilized stimulating and nutrient rich herbs such as Dandelion Root, Burdock Root,Yellow Dock, Mugwort, and many other species of botanicals for both acute and chronic conditions. Each of these herbals were identified by healers and community members as important foods to integrate daily as to prevent diseases and other unwanted ailments, especially during the colder months.
Modern science has allowed us to translate these traditional herbal applications into researched findings to support the use of herbs such as Licorice root, Oat Straw, Nettle and the many other bioregional offerings, to support blood health and the overall detoxification process amongst all the organ systems. The American Botanical Council recognizes the important role certain botanicals, such as Hawthorn, can play in pulmonary disease prevention and treatment- read more on The Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E report of their scientific findings. This is another interesting outlook on the Traditional Chinese Medical model of utilizing herbs for circulatory health.
Integrating these therapeutic plants into your life does not have to be a complicated process- it can look as easy as a few droppers of tincture in your favorite beverage or a sprinkle of herbs as seasonings to your favorite meals, get creative and mix your own tea blend, or buy a pre blended product that resonate with you. Sun god Medicinals makes it easy to choose the right heart-supporting herbs to use in times when you can use a bit of support. Our Aja Relief THC Tincture makes a great compliment to any heart-opening routine through its rich blend of nervines, cardioprotective, and anti inflammatory botanicals. We choose these bioregional delights specifically to not only cultivate a sustained health within ourselves, but also the planet.
We are always listening and improving, and would love any feedback on our products. We are always here to help guide you toward the herbs and products that are right for you and your family. Let the Legends guide you!
Chances are when you think of powdered herbs, your mind jumps directly to the spice cabinet. Are we right? Well this is a great introduction to the world of powdered herbs and the therapeutic potential each herb possesses. The versatility of herbs in this form extends far beyond the popular go-to's like cinnamon and garlic powder. Research in both modern and traditional medicine has reflected the importance of powdered botanicals to support many conditions, and the multitude of ways to take them is mind boggling.
First, let’s take a look at the bigger picture- what is the brief history of powder herbs? Traditional Ayurvedic medicine, an Indian system of medicine founded upon the principles of balancing the mind, body, and spirit through individualized therapies focused on a preventative care model and specific lifestyle modification, has been utilizing powdered herbs for centuries. Herbs such as Ashwagandha, Cumin, Turmeric, Brahmi, Cardamom, Licorice, and many more herbal powders are traditionally used to support ailments concerning the immune system, inflammation, digestive distress, musculoskeletal discomfort, nervous system imbalances and much more. The medicinal uses of these herbs, and the hundreds of others used in traditional Ayurveda, are implemented per an individual's unique constitution, or dosha, and it is typical to see blends of five or more herbs in a single medicinal preparation. From both internal and external uses, research in Ayurvedic practices has taught us a solid foundation in the proper use of some of our favorite powdered botanicals.
Another great application for powder herbs is topicals or poultices; these can be used for minor burns, rashes, and other irritations in the same fashion as a paste mixed with a wrap like band-aid. Traditionally, they have been used to cool sunburns and relieve itchy outbreaks, but they offer a wide variety of cosmetic benefits as well. Astringent powdered herbs, such as Rose and Turmeric, make great face masks and scrubs due to the drawing and detoxing abilities of the plants. A commonly utilized Ayurvedic herb, Gotu Kola, is popularly used to reduce scarring, decrease symptoms of eczema, and it may help wounds heal faster. Our herbal and hemp infused massage oils, available in Heka and Aja blends, are formulated with herbs to support these ailments and more by capturing the therapeutic potential of these botanicals in each bottle, and even better, they are all plants that grow in our bioregion! We suggest applying after a warm shower, and if possible, place a warm towel over the area to allow the herb-infused oil, paste, or salve to absorb more easily into the skin.
We provide a variety of products that contain specifically formulated blends of these, along with other herbs that are bioregianally available that may support general symptoms such as aches and pains, trouble sleeping, and even adrenal overload. Our blended capsules are a convenient way to take your favorite powdered herbs, think daily herbal vitamins- and yes they come in a variety of “flavors” to uniquely address the symptoms you are experiencing. We have Aja Hemp & Herbal Capsules or Aja THC & Herbal Capsules for managing soreness and discomfort, Heka Hemp & Herbal Capsules or Heka THC & Herbal Capsules for worry and stress, and Hercules Hemp & Herbal Capsules for muscle ease.
We also offer products to encourage a restful nights sleep by highlighting Southern Oregon’s diverse botanical offerings of relaxant, adaptogenic, and nervine herbs such as Hops, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Cannabis blended together to create an easy before-bed capsule that may just help you realize that rejuvenating sleep you have been longing for. Sleep plays such an important role in our immune system health, and our overall well being. There is no reason to continue your routine of sleepless nights now that the power of these relaxing herbs is at your fingertip. Our Hypnos & Hemp Herbal Capsules or Hypnos THC Herbal Capsules for sleep support can easily be added to any night time routine, and may encourage that perfect night of deep sleep.
Each of the capsules mentioned contains powdered Hemp, as well as other supporting herb blends, formulated to slowly digest and release herbs into the body. The activation time of powdered herbs is very individualized depending on the strength of the metabolism, but research points to an average of about 45 minutes until active. We recommend a few sips of a hot beverage after taking your capsule to help it begin to break down quicker in the stomach.
Powdered herb capsules are just one of the many convenient ways to integrate botanical medicine into your life. There are so many recipes using herbal powders to make tasty treats such as energy bites, granola bars, smoothies, lattes, both sweet and savory delights, and the possibilities go on and on. We found this neat collection of recipes and more information on powdered herbs that we have found pretty inspiring. The definition of powdered herbs does not have to stop in the spice cabinet, and we can not wait to see what you create!
As always, please reach out with any further questions so we can guide you to the most supportive products, and find the herbs that are right for you!
Cannabis, like all botanicals, is complex and unique. We are learning more and more about the full benefits this plant has to offer. While many are familiar with THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for the intoxicating effect of Cannabis, THCa, or Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid affects the body in a similar way as THC, just without the notable head changes or other mental effects. This makes products that focus on THCa an obvious choice for anyone who wants the body supporting benefits of Cannabis, while maintaining cerebral clarity.
THC is responsible for the head high feeling cannabis provides. When there is a desire to utilize the beneficial compounds within cannabis without experiencing a high, THCa is the best recommendation.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or THCa, is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Some products are marketed specifically for their THCa. Products like these deliver THCa’s benefits without the risk of psychoactive effects, and as THCa gains notoriety, we’re likely to see this trend grow.
In order to produce the “high” the THC cannabinoid is famous for, THC must be heated up in a process known as decarboxylation, something that happens when you smoke or vaporize cannabis flower. Basically, this is why you can eat all the dry marijuana flowers you want and may not feel any psychoactive effects. Just because THCa doesn’t get you “high”, it doesn’t mean it isn’t an important cannabinoid and should be considered just as valuable as the over one-hundred other medicinal constituents found in Cannabis.
When fresh cannabis flowers (buds) begin to dry, THCa begins to break down in a natural degradation process. THCa products must be made with the freshest possible plant material in order to maximize the amount of THCa available for the final product.
One simple way to enjoy the benefits of THCa is in the Raw and Fresh tincture, limited edition and seasonally processed, by Sun God Medicinals. The freshly harvested flowers are cold-pressed in a carefully executed extraction process, as to maintain the therapeutic value of all of the Cannabinoid acids, and is then preserved with organic cane alcohol and a touch of local honey for a sweet finish.
Other ways to consume raw cannabis include juicing fresh flowers or leaves into your favorite smoothie, or adding fresh leaves to the juices you make at home. The fresh harvested leaves are either cold-pressed or juiced to release the nutritious and medicinal nectar from the plant, and this liquid can be infused into beverages, honeys and tinctures, or used as is and enjoyed. Adding dried cannabis flower is not recommended, as it will have begun to degrade the valuable THCa content during the drying process.
There are so many ways to incorporate this whole-plant, botanical medicine into your life and start to see the positive benefits of this herbal remedy. By educating ourselves on the active compounds in Cannabis, and how they interact with our bodies, we can determine the best ways to use this wonderful herb to obtain our desired medicinal effects.