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!
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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.
Earlier this year, the OLCC adopted new rules that significantly limits consumer access to whole plant hemp medicine at OLCC licensed stores. The short version is, these new rules mean that all hemp products in the OLCC system manufactured on or after March 1st, 2019 cannot contain more than 10mg of THC in a package.
As per the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Federal law dictates that CBD products derived from hemp are legal as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC. All of our hemp products can easily meet the Federal requirement. However, due to the OLCC's decision to restrict THC content by volume per package rather than by percentage, it's impossible to continue to manufacture some of our Oregon-grown whole hemp flower products at their current potency while still keeping the THC content under 10mg. We believe in whole plant and whole flower healing whenever possible, and we're not willing to sacrifice our values as a company to adhere to the state's whims. We believe in the power of all the herbal goodness from all plants.
As a result, we're reformulating some of our certified organic products to contain lower quantities of our whole hemp flower extract, keeping the total THC volume below 10mg, and in turn reducing the total volume of CBD to no more than approximately 250mg. Unfortunately, one of our most popular products will have to be retired from the OLCC market until OLCC changes their rules: our Ra Hemp Classic Green Dragon Tincture. We're sorry to see it go, but you can still order remaining stock until it's gone! We MADE bunch in February right before the rule change so we still have some in stock.
The team at Sun God feels that these new OLCC rules are absolutely outrageous. Our Founder & CEO, Brie Malarkey, personally lobbied the OLCC and state legislators when these new rules were still being discussed and pleaded with them to take reasonable action. Instead, they chose to create a state-level restriction that's more strict than Federal law--a huge step backward for Oregonians seeking safe access to whole plant and whole flower solutions. However, we will not give up! Join us in continuing to lobby the OLCC to make reasonable and fair guidelines for the sake of all Oregonians, and for family-owned whole plant businesses! We encourage you to write to the OLCC voicing your displeasure and disagreement with these new guidelines, and ask that they reconsider their approach to limiting THC in hemp products in Oregon. firstname.lastname@example.org
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From our Sun God team thoughts on our products, Oregon medicinal herbs, and ingredient transparency.