Can CBD Really Help With Skin Care? Taking a Closer Look

A woman applying skincare cream

A woman applying skincare creamWhen it comes to beauty and wellness, there are so many fads that come and go. We have all heard horror stories from our parents and grandparents about the seemingly ridiculous things they used to do to whiten their teeth or make their pores smaller. Even a glimpse back through a beauty magazine from ten years ago would be enough to make us cringe. 

That being said, it is natural to feel an air of skepticism when seeing new wellness routines come on the market. Normally, it is best to apply the rule ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’. But does this logic apply to CBD? Our greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme wants to take a closer look at CBD and how it helps with skin care, as well list a few of our favorite products you should try.

 

What is CBD?

To sum it up quickly, CBD is an oil that is extracted from a cannabis plant. Its longer, scientific name is ‘cannabidiol’, and is one of the 100+ different cannabinoids found in a cannabis plant. These cannabinoids are found in the leaves and the buds of cannabis plants and are then extracted and separated.

Once it has been extracted, CBD is a colorless, crystalline structure. At room temperature, it exists in its purest form. CBD can either be derived from a marijuana or a hemp plant. However, CBD that comes from marijuana crops tend to be more potent and effective than when it comes from hemp. The use of CBD has many benefits, including pain relief, stress relief, helping with anxiety and mood swings, and yes, this can even include helping with skin conditions!

 

Skin Benefits of CBD

One of the primary characteristics of CBD is that it is an anti-inflammatory. This means that it can help lessen any irritation on the skin. Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis are all known for causing skin to become inflamed and irritated. 

Eczema and Psoriasis 

In one study, 20 participants with eczema and psoriasis were given CBD cream to use over a span of two months. They were to apply the cream twice a day. The majority of participants showed improvement, especially in regards to inflammation. While none of the participants reported any issues as far as allergic reactions of flare ups, it is important to remember that every person and skin type is different. 

Treating Acne

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, and it can occur for any number of reasons. Oily skin, poor diet, a hormonal imbalance – you name it, and it can make our face break out. However, when CBD is combined synergistically with other ingredients such as tea tree oil, the results can be quite positive! 

Jeanette Jacknin, MD, who is a board-certified dermatologist in Solana Beach, CA and specializes in CBD skin care, states the following: “There are CB2 receptors on sebaceous glands, which produce oil. According to research, CBD influences the sebum production of cells and has an anti-inflammatory component.”

Sunburns

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s all the more important to be mindful of skincare, especially in regards to sun protection. When outdoors for long periods of time, whether you are hitting the beach or doing some lawn care, it’s important to make sure you’re wearing sunscreen as well as a hat and sunglasses. Though if you forget or you still wind up with a sunburn, CBD can help.

Again, thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities, CBD can help lessen the redness and stinging sensation associated with sunburns. Apply to the affected area and keep an eye on the difference that it makes! 

Ongoing Research

While more in-depth research needs to be done, further studies are being conducted all the time, and in growing frequency. This is thanks to the continued widespread legalization of CBD and other cannabis products. At long last, cannabis research is getting the time and effort it deserves. 

CBD oils and face serums on a tray

5 Tips to Be Mindful Of

Just like when using any new beauty or wellness product, it is vital to do your research first! We recommend talking to your dermatologist to get their insight prior to completely swapping out any prescription medications for CBD. Here are a few other suggestions we have:

 

1.) Apply to a Small Area

Whether you are trying to treat your eczema or a simple sunburn, don’t get overly carried away with your new skincare product. Instead, use it on a small area at first to see how it reacts. Trying to apply this to your full body only to receive an adverse reaction would not be ideal. While most individuals don’t have a negative reaction to CBD, it is still wise to be mindful of that first application. 

2.) Do Your Homework

While we are very confident in the products that we sell here at our greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme, when shopping elsewhere, it is important to do your research. Unfortunately, some companies slap ‘CBD’ on the label without actually putting any quality behind their work. Read through reviews, research the company, and if you are visiting our store, talk to one of your knowledgeable staff members. 

3.) Check for Legal Status

While CBD is legal in most of the United States, it is still important to make sure that you are purchasing from an authorized and licensed cannabis dispensary. These stores are the ones that are truly legalized to sell CBD and/or other cannabis products. 

4.) Shop Smart

Is the product you are buying actually infused with CBD, or is someone just trying to cash in on the title? Again, this is where doing your research and shopping at a real cannabis or greenleaf dispensary will come in handy.

5.) Start with a Serum

One of the best things you can try to start out with is a serum. That is because they are easy to layer and are highly concentrated. They don’t come with other ingredients such as what you might find with a cream or lotion. 

 

Have Questions

If you have questions about using cannabis skin care products, no worries! Pop by any of our locations, including our greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme, and allow us to get you helped out. We want to be a guide for your CBD journey, and make sure that you are getting the best product for you! 

Everything You Need to Know About a Getting a CBD Infused Massage

CBD oil stacked on top of massage stones

CBD oil stacked on top of massage stones

More and more recently, many salons and spas have been incorporating a new option to their list of services: a CBD infused massage. While it might seem like CBD is everywhere these days as it gains popularity thanks to widespread legalization, it isn’t just a passing fad! CBD comes with a whole host of health benefits. Today, our weed dispensary in Santa Ana wants to take a little time to take a closer look at CBD infused massages, and exactly why you should get one right away!

 

Combining Two Holistic Health Options


Massage: An Ancient Medicine 

Massage has existed for a very long time. More refined practices date back to ancient parts of Asia, used to treat a variety of ailments and injuries. However, with time, the formal practice of massage has shifted into a more widespread audience, even making headway in the Western world. While massages can be done at home, there is nothing quite like the experience of booking with a licensed massage therapist. 

The benefits of massage are unprecedented. While of course it can help to alleviate pain in aching joints and muscles, it also goes beyond that. It can improve circulation, lower heart rate and blood pressure, improve immune health, and even decrease stress. 

CBD Oil

Some of the most popular products we sell here at our weed dispensary in Santa Ana are CBD infused massage oils and balms. These are applied topically, and are great for relieving pain and reducing inflammation without having any of the ‘high’ sensation or psychoactive effects. Plus, these products are typically made with a variety of other all natural ingredients, such as lavender, essential oils, eucalyptus, and more!

Better Together

So what is a CBD infused massage? To put it simply, it is when a massage therapist utilizes the healing properties of CBD oil or balm instead of a standard lotion or cream. It quite literally combines the best of both worlds!

 

CBD Massage Benefits

Though we have touched on them briefly, let’s delve in and take a closer look at the benefits of getting a CBD massage!

Reduces Anxiety

Did you know that over 40 million American adults struggle with anxiety? This is a huge number! Anxiety can be quite crippling for some of those affected. While some use to treat with prescription medication, others might benefit more from holistic measures, such as massage and CBD. CBD is well known for its ability to reduce anxiety and leave the mind feeling calmer and more relaxed. Add this to a restorative massage, and you should be feeling blissful in no time!

Improves Blood Flow

Poor circulation is another health concern that both CBD and massage can help with! For those who have poor circulation, they frequently experience fatigue, become tired easier, and may even feel numbness or pins and needles sensations in their extremities. Getting a regular massage with CBD can work to improve circulation and alleviate these symptoms. 

Decreases Inflammation 

When we have inflammation going on in our bodies, it can be extremely painful. In fact, it is the key culprit behind joint health issues such as arthritis. When joint inflammation occurs, it can be hard to walk or complete day to day tasks, let alone work out or complete strenuous exercise. When combined synergistically, massage and CBD can really help to bring about inflammation relief and in turn, improve overall quality of life. 

Improves Sleep

It is hardly a secret that Americans are tired. Most are even downright exhausted. If we suffer from one or more of the aforementioned ailments, it can only make fatigue and exhaustion all the worse. Stress and anxiety keep many awake at night, as does joint pain or body aches. One restless night leads to another and before you know it, it is hard to shake this vicious cycle. If you are looking for improved rest and a better night’s sleep, CBD-infused massage could very well be your new best friend. ‘

A person using CBD massage cream on their hands

Side Effects of CBD Massage

Whenever you go to try something new, especially in the realm of health, it is important to ask about the side effects. The good news is that CBD is generally recognized as safe to use for adults, at least topically. When consuming orally, there may be some mild reactions such as drowsiness, fatigue, or even nausea. However, this is typically not the case with topical products. 

Though if you have questions or concerns about using a CBD oil during your massage, talk to the therapist you booked with! They would be happy to help you feel more comfortable with using topical CBD products. It is possible that they might have some health screening questions for you in return.

No Psychoactive Effects

Even though we mentioned it above, we feel it is important to reiterate that topical CBD products have no psychoactive effects. When applied to the skin, you will not feel any sort of ‘high’ sensation, head, body, or otherwise. 

Massage Aftercare

The most important thing you should know following your CBD massage is that you shouldn’t shower right away. If you can, try to give it at least 24 hours before you bathe. This will give the CBD oil ample time to absorb and give you the maximum impact, even long after you have left the massage therapy salon. Typically, the side effects will feel their most potent within the first two hours after the massage is complete. 

Also, just like with any massage, be sure to rest, relax, and drink plenty of water to keep purifying your body of the toxins. If you can, avoid strenuous exercise.

Weed Dispensary in Santa Ana

While booking with a licensed massage therapist is highly recommended, you are more than welcome to try a few products at home as well. Our weed dispensary in Santa Ana has a wealth of topical CBD products available, ranging from oils to lotions to bath bombs you can pop right into the tub. Our helpful staff would also be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about CBD to make sure you are buying the right product for your needs. 

The 10 Best Cannabis Products to Elevate Your Summer Fun

A hand holding up a cannabis nugget in front of a lake

A hand holding up a cannabis nugget in front of a lakeThe sun is out and that means it’s time for summer fun! Surfing, visiting the beach, lounging by the pool, going to concerts, taking hikes on your favorite nature trail – no matter which activity you love, there is a cannabis product that can help to elevate the experience. Continue reading to learn about some of our favorite recommendations and just what is available courtesy of our marijuana delivery services in Port Hueneme!

1.) From The Earth’s Gummies

We are so proud of the fact that we are now creating our own line of gummies! The sour watermelon or sour peach option are both the perfect flavors for summer and the price is extremely affordable. Buy a few packs of our THC gummies to throw in your beach bag or to enjoy while hitting up a music festival. Either way, you will be glad to have these with you.

2.) Mari Y Juana’s Soda

Nothing quenches thirst quite like a cannabis infused soda. If you want to elevate any pool party or backyard BBQ, be sure to pick up a pack of sodas from Mari Y Juana. With a wide variety of flavors to choose from, including pineapple, guava, and tamarindo, you will be sure to find something for everyone. With 10 mg of THC per bottle, you will experience a refreshing drink along with a high sensation.

3.) Care By Design’s Joint and Muscle Cream

Are you sore from a workout, hike, or bike ride? If your favorite summer activity has your body feeling worn out, then it’s time to invest in your recovery. Care By Design’s joint and muscle cream is a great solution to help you recover and bounce back quicker. This Affliction Cream is made with both CBD and THC along with the healing properties of shea butter, aloe vera, and other soothing botanical ingredients. Place your order and get it from our marijuana delivery services in Port Hueneme the same day!

4.) Key Lime Pie Punch Bar

One of the best flavors of summertime is by far key lime pie. But you don’t have to be a pro in the kitchen or spend money at an expensive baker to experience this delightful summer treat. Instead, pick up a Punch Bar from Punch Edibles. Made with a 100 mg of THC per bar, this tasty snack will have you feeling high in no time.

5.) Papa and Barkley’s Releaf Tincture

Green tea drinks and fruit smoothies are two common favorites to enjoy during the summertime. If you’re hanging out on the patio with friends at home or sipping drinks at the poolside, give them a little boost of THC by adding in a few drops from a tincture. This Releaf tincture from Papa and Barkley can help soothe any stress or anxious thoughts and help to create a calming, relaxed state of mind. 

If you are headed to an outing and experiencing a bit of social anxiety, this could also help to go a long way! Tinctures are also great for microdosing, so you can keep that same level head the whole time you are out and about. 

A display of cannabis nuggets and tinctures

6.) STIIZY’s Push Pop

Summer is the perfect time for a push pop – and no, this time we aren’t talking about a beloved childhood ice cream treat. This flower from STIIZY is bursting with flavor, potency, and purity, meaning that you are getting the best quality product and more bang for your buck. It is pre-packed so you are good to go! Roll up into a blunt or pack into a pipe and share with your friends around a bonfire while out camping.

7.) Cannabis Quencher Iced Tea Lemonade

Is there anything more iconic to the summer season than iced tea and lemonade? It goes hand in hand with long days, hot weather, and precious time spent making fond memories with loved ones. Now is the best time to elevate that experience and give it a cannabis twist with Cannabis Quencher’s Iced Tea Lemonade. Grab this delicious beverage to help cool you down and give you the boost you need.

8.) Kiva Confections’ Gummies

Looking to spice up your summer? Then you won’t want to miss out on Kiva Confections’ Pineapple Habanero gummies. Delicious, juicy pineapple meets a peppery kick of habanero to create the perfect product to give you a daytime lift you deserve. Not only that, but these gummies are also gluten free, dairy free, and contain 5 mg of THC per gummy. These will make the perfect companion to a day trip out to the desert.

9.) Georgia Pie Pre Rolls

You don’t have to make a trip down south to enjoy a piece of Georgia Pie. Much like the origin of the name suggests, these pre rolls from Cookies are also great for sharing. With the convenience of a pre roll, this product will be so easy to take with on the go. Plus you can’t beat the peach cobbler flavor with hints of mint and citrus. This product is the perfect choice for boosting your mood and getting you in the summer spirit.

10.) Paradox’s Live Rosin Budder

Are you a fan of bananas? Then it’s high time to pick up Paradox’s Live Rosin Budder. With a THC content of 63.62%, this hybrid strain is sure to become your next favorite rosin budder product. Dab it or add it to a bowl of your favorite cannabis flower for an extra boost to your high!

Marijuana Delivery Services Port Hueneme

Did you find something that you really want to try? As much as we love to see our customers in store, you can skip the line and have your order brought right to your door! Place an order online and get it delivered on the same day. Depending on the time the order is placed and where you live, some deliveries can even be made in under an hour! Now that’s fast.

If you already plan on being out and about, opt for curbside pick up! One of our helpful staff members would be happy to bring your order right out to your car and get you on your way in no time. 

4 Ways That You Can Make Cannabis a Part of Your Daily Wellness Routine

A young woman doing a yoga pose out on a patio

A young woman doing a yoga pose out on a patioWeed and wellness are two things that go hand in hand and frankly, are just better together. In fact, one of the primary reasons that cannabis is growing in popularity as well as making leaps and bounds in being legalized is due to the many curative properties it is capable of. Wellness is on the forefront of everyone’s mind, especially thanks to the very stressful last two years we have encountered following the pandemic.

If getting healthier and focusing on wellbeing is one of your personal goals that you have set, then we have some information you will want to check out! As one of the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana, we want to ensure that you get to feeling your best and utilize cannabis in a way that elevates you to be your best self.

1.) Add Cannabis for a Morning Boost

The first thing that you should note is that cannabis is not one size fits all. While it is often depicted in the media as a way to couch lock and chill out, that isn’t the only type of high you can get from cannabis. There are a huge range of products available on the market, including those that can give you a boost to start your day. Just like any concept in wellness, staying consistent is imperative.

Have you ever tried a tincture before? If not, know that they are very easy to use. Cannabis tinctures make an impactful addition to any beverage, including your morning cup of tea or coffee. Prior to taking it, however, make sure you consider your plans for the day. If you have a lot to accomplish at work or around the house, we suggest opting for a tincture that is more CBD heavy as opposed to THC heavy. This will help you to stay focused as well as cut out anxiety and stress.

2.) Elevate Your Daily Workout 

If working out is a part of your daily wellness routine, cannabis can actually give you a leg up with that, too! Whether you need it before, during, or after, there is a way that cannabis can elevate your workout. Depending on what sort of workout you do, however, determines what cannabis product we recommend.

Yoga and Stretching

A yoga mat, comfy clothes, and a quiet space aren’t the only items we recommend that you bring along with you when you practice yoga. Actually, prior to settling down for your allotted yoga session, we suggest you try taking a few hits from an Indicia vape. The vape will be easier on our lungs than a traditional joint while still providing you with a sense of relaxation and an improved mood.

Cardio and Weightlifting

Headed to the gym to do a more rigorous workout? If cardio and weightlifting are on your agenda, this would be an excellent time to try out something that is CBD based or perhaps even a product with a higher Sativa content. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, you will be able to workout longer and have a better recovery experience.

Rest and Recovery

Speaking of recovery, there are also other cannabis products that can assist with this process! One example of this is Care by Design’s Joint and Muscle Cream that has a 1:1 CBD and THC ratio. That, along with the curative properties of shea butter, aloe vera, and other soothing botanicals will surely aid in your recovery and have you bouncing back quicker than ever before. If that’s not up your alley, there are also other choices such as bath bombs, gummies, and ointments.

CBD oil and stones in a wellness spa setting

3.) Heighten Your Massage Experience

Massages featuring CBD oils are currently trending in the wellness market. This is for a good reason! CBD can actually amplify the effects of a massage, heightening the overall experience and increasing recovery.

Unfortunately though, many people see booking a massage as only a luxury reserved for vacations or special occasions, such as a birthday or anniversary. However, getting a routine massage has a multitude of benefits, including helping with anxiety, headaches, and even some digestive issues. It is important to note that you don’t have to book a professional massage to get the benefits – you just need to buy the right products!

When visiting one of the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana, be sure to grab a container of cannabis-infused extra virgin coconut oil. Not only is it wonderful for soothing sore or stiff joints and muscles, but it can also be used to treat skin concerns of all kinds. We know this oil will be your next go-to wellness favorite.

4.) Relax and Meditate

While we talked about yoga above, that is not the only time people can meditate. Actually, meditation and yoga usually are thought of synonymously, however, they do not have to be. Meditation can be any time you set aside throughout the day to reflect, manage your emotions, and become more mindful of the things around you.

If you are new to the concept of meditation, cannabis can be a helpful way to get you started, as it can get you to feel a sense of euphoria and an overall full body high. After all, one of the easiest ways to begin your meditation and mindfulness journey is by becoming aware of your own body and doing a body scan. Take note of any sensations you are feeling. Are your feet heavy? Does your head feel light? Are you cold or hot? While it might seem simple, these are effective ways to measure your mindfulness and eventually segue into more advanced practices.

Shop From The Earth

If you are ready to make cannabis a part of your daily wellness routine, then it’s time to come into one of the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana. Our friendly and knowledgeable From The Earth employees are ready to assist you by answering any questions that you may have as well as find the products that are right for you and your needs. Wellness is for everyone, and cannabis can be a great way to help you get on track and meet your wellness goals.

National Mental Health Month: How Cannabis Can Help with Anxiety and Stress

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

Did you know that 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety each and every year? That accounts for almost 20% of the entire population of the United States. This is a very steep number and a harrowing statistic, all things considered. May is National Mental Health Awareness month which means it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression

We have all felt a little anxious from time to time, such as right before giving a big presentation at school or work, or prior to an important job interview. These feelings are normal. However, for many people, this sense of anxiety can be constant, following them around from day to day tasks. Anxiety can be persistent, even impacting one’s ability to function even when faced with typical activities such as grocery shopping or going out to dinner with friends.

If this sounds like you, there is actually an all-natural solution that could help: cannabis. Our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme has compiled some helpful information to give you some more insight on just how cannabis can ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress, helping you to live a more care-free and happier life. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Growing Legalization and Popularity


Over the past ten or so years, the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products has made some serious headway. While it isn’t quite legalized on a federal level yet, a wide array of states have approved cannabis for medical use. (Some for even recreational use, too!) 

A huge factor in this growing popularity as well as legality is due to many people using cannabis as an alternative aid for many health issues. Seizures, appetite disorders, joint pain, headaches, and yes, even mental health issues like anxiety and stress are just a few of the ailments that are on the list. 

It also helps that smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy cannabis anymore, either. Some people say that smoking is uncomfortable or even painful for them, and that’s okay! Great products like edibles, gummies, tinctures, lotions, creams, bath bombs and more are all available on the market today, helping people to partake in cannabis in a way the suits them best. At our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, you will find hundreds of great brands and products to choose from. 

 

Looking at the Research


If there is one thing we want you to know, it’s this: it’s okay to seek help for your anxiety. There is no shame in that at all! Whether it be through therapy, working out, traditional medication, or using cannabis products, or any combination of the mentioned, there is no right or wrong answer. As long as it works for you, that is what matters.

If you’ve never considered cannabis, however, we do want to provide you with some helpful information first! While many claim that it helps them handle their anxious feelings better, it’s important to take a look at the research. In one study, researchers were able to conclude that inhaling cannabis actually helped for the short term, having a positive impact on participants’ anxiety, depression, and stress levels. 

According to their findings, the study found that the combination of low THC and high CBD were best for stress, while on the other hand, high THC and low CBD were more effective on anxiety and depression. It is vital to note, however, that the study didn’t find any conclusive evidence that smoking cannabis helped with these issues in the long term. 

As with many areas of cannabis research, studies are still ongoing. Thanks to the rising popularity and headway made in widespread legalization, hopefully soon more evidence of cannabis’ medicinal capabilities will be found. 

A woman holds up a piece of CBD candy

The Best Cannabis Products for You


If you want to start trying cannabis as a means to help manage your stress and anxiety, come on down to our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme! If you happen to live in a state where a medical card is necessary to use cannabis products, schedule an appointment with your doctor. For many states, stress, anxiety, and depression are all common reasons to qualify for a card.

The first time you step into a cannabis dispensary might feel a little overwhelming. There are a lot of products to choose from and it might even come across as a bit intimidating. However, you have no reason to worry! Our helpful staff is there to act as a guide and answer any questions that you may have. Though if you want to feel more prepared before you step in the door, there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand.

 

What kind of relief do you want?

Prior to making a purchase, you will need to answer this question. When smoking or vaping cannabis, relief is usually fast-acting and the impact usually comes on almost instantly. If you are wanting a delayed relief, then that is when choosing edibles or tinctures would be the better fit. This is also a great option if you are wanting to be better prepared for something like a stressful social engagement, as it has none of the cannabis smell and all of the relief.

 

What is your cannabis sensitivity like?

If you have a high sensitivity to cannabis, or have never tried cannabis before, make sure to opt for products with a lower THC content. This will make sure you get the best experience possible and avoid any unwanted side effects. Content can vary from product to product, so be sure to read the labels. 

 

Do you have any questions?

If there is something you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask! There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially where your mental health is concerned. When talking to one of our budtenders, feel free to have questions prepared in advance or ask them as they come up in conversation. We want to help you feel as comfortable as possible around cannabis products while getting you the relief that you deserve!

6 Key Questions You Probably Never Thought to Ask About Edibles

Three chocolate chip cookies infused with cannabis

Three chocolate chip cookies infused with cannabis

If you are new to the world of cannabis or have been looking at getting started with cannabis products, there is a lot of information out there. Thanks to the continued legalization and stigmatization of cannabis, more and more products are making their way onto the market. And while this is a very good thing, it can certainly bring about a lot of questions.

Odds are good that you have heard of edibles. Not only are they widely popular, but just about every Hollywood comedy movie for the past 15 years has featured hijinx that follows accidentally eating a batch of ‘special’ brownies. While this certainly draws laughs, edibles are so much more than that! 

So before you place your weed online delivery in Santa Ana, we want to take the time to ask (and answer!) six key questions you need to know about edibles.

 

1.) What are edibles?

Edibles are so much more than ‘pot brownies’. To put in simple terms, an edible is any food or drink that has been infused with THC or CBD. They can exist in many different forms, including gummies, baked goods, drinks, candy, and more! Typically, there are four main types of edibles.

  • Sativa-only
  • Indica-only
  • Hybrid (a combination of Sativa and Indica)
  • Pure CBD

Which one is right for you is totally up to what your wants and needs are. There is no right or wrong answer, so long as you are fully satisfied with the product. Just like with any product you buy, remember that you often get what you pay for. You want to make sure you’re buying good, quality edible products made with the best ingredients as well as the most effective strains of THC or CBD.

 

2.) How exactly do edibles work?

Edibles, in slang terminology, ‘hits different’. The high or bodily effects you experience tend to be different than that which you might encounter when smoking or vaping cannabis. This is due to the way that the THC is processed through the bloodstream. When you smoke or vape, it instantly hits your bloodstream, making you feel the effects right away. When you ingest edibles, the process takes much longer. This is due to the fact that it has to metabolize through your liver and digestive system. 

 

3.) How long does it take for edibles to kick in?

Because of the lengthier metabolization process mentioned above, you won’t feel the effects of the edibles right away. Typically, it can take about 30 minutes or more to begin to feel the high. Due to this reason, many cannabis newbies make the rookie mistake of eating another edible in hopes to speed the process along. This can result in leaving you feeling too high or possibly even a bit nauseous. Patience is a virtue, and that especially applies to edibles!

A cannabis chocolate bar on a plate

4.) How do I go about dosing edibles?

Again, it is important that you don’t rush into edibles! Take the time to figure out what really works best for you. Below, we have a few tips that can help you to better understand dosing. 

Microdose

If you are anxious at all about getting started with edibles, it is best you try your hand at microdosing first. Typically, you would start out trying 1-5 mg of THC per serving. At this rate, it will be easier to pace yourself and avoid any kind of overeating. Microdosing isn’t just for beginners, though! It can actually be an effective way to tackle stressful situations, such as tiring work days and family obligations you would much prefer to skip.

Medium Dose

If you’re looking for a type of high that toes the line between productivity and recreation, then you will want to shoot for a medium dose. Normally, this entails about 5-10 mg of THC and will leave you comfortably stoned for some time. This is a great choice if you’re looking to elevate your experience at a concert or while going out with friends. You won’t be couch locked, but you’re sure to have a good time!

Macrodose

Ready to sit on the couch and vibe like a useless potato for three or four hours? If so, then you need to macrodose. This means you will want to consume 10 mg or more of THC. We do not recommend this for beginners or someone just trying edibles for the first time. Leave this option for the pros. But if it’s something you might be interested in, remember to work your way up to this point!

 

5.) Is there a difference between Sativa and Indica edibles?

Just like when you’re smoking cannabis, Sativa and Indica tend to follow the same rules when it edibles. If you’re after a ‘head high’ that creates a more energetic and uplifting type of feeling, you will want to opt for edibles made with a Sativa strain. On the other hand, if you are after a more relaxed, ‘body high’ that can help you unwind and even sleep better, then you will want to choose edibles made with an Indica strain. Edibles made with a hybrid strain can create different effects, so be sure to read the label and ask questions when you’re visiting our store.

 

6.) What types of edibles can I purchase?

If you are to place a weed online delivery in Santa Ana, your options are basically limitless. Here at our cannabis dispensary, we feature a huge wealth of products. Drinks, gummies, candy, baked goods, chocolate bars – you name it, and you can pick it up at our store. Edibles are a great alternative to smoking or vaping, because you can get high and enjoy a delicious treat at the same time!

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Do you have more questions about edibles? No problem! Stop by one of our locations and let us help you answer any questions that you may have. Our highly trained staff want to make sure that you’re getting the best experience possible and leaving with the right products for you. Let our team here at From The Earth get you set up with everything you need!

Is There a Connection Between Cannabis and Dopamine? Taking a Closer Look

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A young woman smokes a cannabis jointFor the past several years, research has taken place to explore dopamine and its connection to cannabis. This includes examining how different cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, have an impact on dopamine levels. As it turns out, both have an influence, just in different ways. Here at our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, we want to explore some of the research and take a closer look. 

What is dopamine?

Before we get into how cannabis influences dopamine, it’s important to learn what exactly dopamine is. While you might have learned in your introductory psychology class that it’s a neurotransmitter in the brain, it also does so much more!

Defining Neurotransmitters

Inside of our brain, there is a system that transmits messages and signals between cells. When this occurs, electric charges release chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are responsible for triggering a huge array of functions and feelings, such as sensations (pain, pleasure, itchiness, etc.) to instructions on how and when to blink, breathe, and even move our extremities. Each of these neurotransmitters has a unique function to perform. For example, adrenaline triggers your fight or flight response and serotonin works to regulate your mood. 

Neurotransmitters and Dopamine 

Dopamine is perhaps one of the most misrepresented neurotransmitters thanks to media and other sensationalism. While it is often deemed as the ‘pleasure neurotransmitter’ or the ‘feel good chemical’, it is actually much more complex than that.

Dopamine is just a piece to a broader puzzle. In fact, the way that it influences pleasure in the brain happens more indirectly than it does directly. Have you ever heard the term ‘motivational salience’? Dopamine influences this concept, meaning that it helps stimulate one’s motivation. In turn, this piques one’s curiosity, desire, and drive, typically prompting them to do things that brought them pleasure in the past. This puts them on a reward seeking loop, meaning that they are more inclined to repeat actions that made them feel good previously. 

Because of the way it works, the reward system that dopamine creates is a large part of what keeps us alive and well. Think about it – when you’re hungry, you get a reward for eating. Not just the sensation of feeling full, but typically the taste and enjoyment of eating good food as well. That is just one example, but there are many, many more!

The Endocannabinoid System

As far as scientific discoveries go, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a relatively new one. Dating back to only 1992, this biological system hasn’t had a lot of research yet, though more and more happens each day. Currently, the research shows that the ECS plays a role in maintaining and regulating various functions throughout the body. This includes influencing the release of virtually all neurotransmitters, heavily impacting things such as appetite, immune response, sleep, memory, mood, and so much more.

A close up shot of a cannabis plant

Cannabinoids and the ECS

Cannabis is chalk full of cannabinoids (as the name suggests!), including THC, CBD, CBN, and more. In fact, there are over a hundred different endocannabinoid receptors in the body! Depending on which cannabinoid you choose impacts how it affects the body and the health benefits that come with it. THC is best known for having psychoactive effects on the brain, while CBD does not. Both do affect dopamine levels, though they do so in different ways. 

THC and Dopamine

THC is actually very similar in shape to anandamide, which is a naturally occurring endocannabinoid that helps to fine tune nerve communication. This means that THC can bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors just like the endogenous anandamide might. In other words, this barrs anademide from binding instead, blocking off parts of the nervous system, keeping them from functioning as normal. Researchers believe that this is part of the reason that THC creates psychoactive effects. 

Because THC binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain, it has influence over different areas such as mood, memory, concentration, sensation, and even time perception. One study has shown that consuming THC causes a short-term spike in dopamine levels in the brain. This activates the brain’s reward system. This is another indication that consuming THC causes euphoria. 

What makes all of this extremely interesting is one vital fact: dopamine neurons do not have cannabinoid receptors. However, there is another receptor that does – GABA – so it is believed that THC may impact dopamine indirectly by altering GABA levels. 

CBD and Dopamine

Canabidnoil, or better known as CBD, has many modulating effects on both the brain and the body. It is best known for its ability to help decrease inflammation, relieve pain, provide neuroprotection, and assist with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression

Due to its shape, CBD cannot bind with the C1 and C2 receptors of the brain like THC does. It would be like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. So instead of binding to the receptors, CBD influences and communicates with the neurons in a more indirect way. 

Across various studies, CBD has been shown to help regulate the dopamine present in the brain – whether by increasing or decreasing it accordingly. Parkinson’s Disease and depression are two illnesses that are directly linked to an extreme deficit of dopamine. Psychosis is a disorder linked to having too much dopamine. Due to this, it remains on the frontier for possibly curing Parkinson’s and acting as a more affordable way to treat mental health disorders without any of the prescription drugs that have many harmful side effects.

The Takeaway

Due to the newness of cannabis research, more conclusive evidence will need to be drawn around the connection between cannabis and dopamine. However, much promising headway has already been made, especially in regards to THC and CBD both. Only time will tell, but with the groundwork that has already been laid, we are sure to see more concrete evidence.

If you’re ready to try THC or CBD products for yourself, pop into our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme. Our helpful staff is available to help you find the best cannabis products for your needs. From flower to gummies to tinctures and more, our From The Earth shop has it all!

The Different Ways to Enjoy THC Products and the Various Highs They Produce

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A woman smoking weed while out on a hikeOne of the best things about cannabis is that it isn’t one size fits all. Thanks to the wide variety of products legalized and available on the market today, cannabis enthusiasts of all experience levels can find something to enjoy, from the newbie to the seasoned pro. If you’re on the hunt for something new to purchase the next time out visit our weed dispensary in Santa Ana, you will want to check out this list!

High THC – The Best of the Best for Experiences Smokers


PROTAB 100 Indica

The first up on our list is a cannabis tablet brought to you by PROTAB. This is perfect for someone who has an extremely high THC tolerance, as it contains 100 mg of THC. It takes about 30-90 minutes to work and is the perfect choice for settling into sleep or just having a relaxing self-care day. However, they do come scored in case you want to split one in half and have a lesser dose.

Legend OG – Almora

If you like rosin, then you need to check out this great product from Almora. To create this rosin, high quality cannabis buds are flash-frozen and bathed in ice water to gently separate trichome heads. This allows it to deliver incredible terpene profiles and powerful cannabinoids for the truest expression of the flower. Any cannabis pro needs to try this for a heavy state of relaxation.

THC Dominant Products


3:1 THC:CBN Cloudberry – Sleep

Are you ready to get the best sleep of your life? For experienced cannabis enthusiasts, it can be difficult to find the right product to help put your mind at rest. We are pleased to tell you that this 3:1 THC:CBN from Cloudberry brings about the perfect combination of drowsiness and, just as the name suggests, capable of putting your head in the clouds. Add this cartridge to your shopping list the next time you visit our weed dispensary in Santa Ana.

Nighttime Berry Lime + CBN (100mg)

Rest easy at night with just a single capful of this mocktail from Cannabis Quencher. Infused with both THC and CBN, this great product promotes sleep as well as helps with pain relief and inflammation. Plus, this mocktail also comes with all natural herbs, such as valerian root, lemon balm, and glycerine. Vegan friendly and with no artificial sweeteners, you can enjoy this drink guilt free!

THC & CBD 1:1 – A Blend for Everyone

Breez Mints – 1:1 Relief 

These aren’t your standard mints off the shelf near the checkout of the grocery store. No, these are designed for one primary purpose: pain relief. With 50 tablets in a pack and the perfect blend of 1:1 CBD and THC, adding this flavorless tablet to your wellness routine is sure to bring about comfort and relief. Simply enjoy it with a glass of water.

WYLD Gummies – Pear Flavor

Are you on the hunt for something that is both delicious and comes with restorative benefits? If so, you will want to grab these delicious and fruity gummies from WYLD. Thanks to the effects from CBG, you can experience an appetite boost and pain relief, as well as a sense of euphoria. The 1:1 CBG and THC ratio provides a balanced high.

A group of colorful cannabis gummies

CBD/Other Cannabinoid Dominant – A Mild High & Full Spectrum Experience


Care By Design – Soft Gel Capsules

Created with more experienced users in mind, these soft gel capsules are perfect for all-day relief or as a way to unwind after a long day. The 4:1 ratio features mostly CBD with one part THC. This means that you will only receive mild psychoactive effects, depending on your tolerance. However, you can rest assured that you will receive a full spectrum of pain relief.

Care By Design – Mixed Berry Gummies

If you’re wanting something with a little of everything, then these mixed berry gummies are for you! The 18:1 ratio features a perfectly crafted blend of high quality CBD as well as minor cannabinoids such as THCa and CBDa. Add in one part THC and it helps amplify the effects of everything else with little to no psychoactivity.


Topical THC – All the Relief Without the High


Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

Sore and aching joints? Muscles in need of some relief following a grueling workout? Either way, you will want to pick up a jar of this incredible balm by Papa & Barkley. This 3:1 ratio is great for getting the healing benefits without any of the high. Made with whole plant ingredients and essential oils, it’s perfect for rubbing into knees, elbows, your back – anywhere you feel discomfort.

CAD’s Mini Cream

Last but certainly not least is Carter’s Aromatherapy Designs’ mini cream. This product is great for healing dry or cracked skin as well as bringing relief to minor aches and pains. Apart from its formulated ratio of THC and CBD, this cream also features the curative properties of green tea hydrosol, coconut oil, shea butter, lavender, vanilla, and more! While it might be ‘mini’, it sure packs a lot of healing into one tiny jar.

Weed Dispensary in Santa Ana


Are you ready to shop all of these great products (and then some)? Head over to our
weed dispensary in Santa Ana to add any of these to your cart. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff would also be glad to assist you in finding anything else you might need as well as answer any questions you might have

In a hurry? Don’t sweat it! We are also proud to offer both curbside pick up as well as delivery. For a limited time, you can now get free delivery at our California locations. And yes, that is same day delivery, meaning you won’t have to wait to get the cannabis items you love brought right to your doorstep. 

Whether you are new to the realm of cannabis or are a seasoned vet, we hope you have discovered something off of this list that you can consider your new favorite! 

How CBD Can Help to Enhance an Athlete’s Performance

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A female athlete gets ready for an early morning runFor many athletes, it can be a struggle to find something all-natural to help improve their performance. After all, it has to adhere to anti-doping laws as well as be safe to consume. So outside of herbs and supplements, what does this leave? Our answer: CBD.

Cannabidnoil, or better known as CBD, has grown in popularity over the last few years among athletes across all different sports. This is thanks to the many all-natural healing qualities of CBD, including its ability to help ease pain, provide better rest at night, and recoup sore muscles. And that’s only scratching the surface!

Keep reading to learn more about how CBD can provide a safe, all-natural alternative to athletes as well as a little more information about our cannabis delivery in Santa Ana!

What is CBD?

First, let’s take a closer look at CBD. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s okay to have some questions! CBD is actually an oil that is extracted from a cannabis plant. It is one of over 100+ different types of cannabinoids present in a cannabis plant. These cannabinoids are harvested from the leaves and buds before being extracted and separated. 

After extraction is done, CBD actually turns into a colorless, crystalline structure. When at room temperature, CBD is at its purest form. Both hemp and cannabis can be a good source of CBD. However, the CBD derived from cannabis tends to be more potent than when it is pulled from hemp. 

Benefits for Athletes

So what health benefits can CBD provide for athletes? Based on recent research, there are quite a few!

1.) Reduces Pain and Inflammation

If there is one thing that is true, athletes are no strangers to pain and inflammation. No matter the sport, workouts can certainly take their toll. In a recent 2020 study, one of the main findings showed that CBD could help to alleviate the pain and inflammation that inevitably comes from tissue damage and neuropathic pain. This is an excellent finding, especially for any sort of endurance athletes, such as long distance runners or swimmers. 

2.) Improves Gastrointestinal Health

In the same aforementioned study, there were also some findings about gastrointestinal health. While some people might not think of the gastrointestinal tract when it comes to athletes, it can certainly be a real concern. This is due in part to the fact that athletes who push themselves through rigorous training regularly can actually reduce their oxygen and nutrient intake. 

Athletes who suffer from GI stress might find themselves suffering from nausea, vomiting, and the inability to properly absorb nutrients. However, CBD could possibly help to restore the damaged tissues as well the permeability of the intestine. Try a bit of CBD tincture in an herbal tea and see how it helps!

3.) Improves Bone Health

Drinking milk loaded with calcium isn’t the only way to improve bone health! In the same aforementioned study, researchers took a closer look at how CBD also impacts our bones and skeletal system. From their findings, they were able to conclude that CBD could in fact work to help heal fractures and support the overall quality of bone density and disposition. This is great news, as a broken bone can certainly cause a major setback. 

CBD products laid out on a table

4.) Reduces Stress and Anxiety

If you have ever prepped for a big game or championship competition, you know how nerve racking it can be. The anxiety can certainly shift your focus and distract you from being adequately prepared. This can have a huge, negative impact on your performance – after all, sports are just as much a mental game as a physical one. 

There is actually a lot of research out there about how CBD can help combat anxiety and relieve stress. The less tense and anxious you feel, the better focused your mind will become. You will be able to rest better as well as pay attention to the things that really matter. Stress can certainly be draining and decrease our situational awareness. 

5.) Rest and Relaxation

Perhaps one of the biggest negative factors is the lack of sleep or restlessness that can befall athletes. It can be difficult to get proper rest for several reasons, including anxiety or simply the inability to get your body to calm down after experiencing so many endorphins. If you have difficulty sleeping the night before, or even after, a competition, try turning to CBD for help. This can get you back on track for your sleep schedule. After all, it can be difficult to compete when you’re plain exhausted!

6.) Alleviates Joint Pain

Exercise is good for our bodies, yes, but it can certainly take a toll on our joints. Recovery is a key part of athletic performance, as this is what allows us to recoup and heal before going out again. If you find that you suffer from joint pain after a game or workout, CBD can help. Opt for a topical lotion or cream, or even add some CBD essential oils to a good soaking bath. This can be an all-natural alternative to pain medications that are often prescribed by doctors.

Wrap Up

If you are an athlete, you don’t have to suffer through the pain, anxiety, or restlessness that can often be associated with playing sports. While the toll it takes on your body is bound to happen, CBD can be a great way to recover. After all, the goal is to stay in the game as long as you can! The key is to find a healthy, safe method of treatment that doesn’t violate doping laws. 

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Do you have more questions about CBD? Stop into one of our local From The Earth locations and speak to one of our friendly staff members. They would be happy to help you find the right products you need. Gummies, creams, oils, tinctures, chocolates – no matter what, we are sure to have in stock! 

Or if you know what you need, go for our cannabis delivery in Santa Ana! This is a great way to get your favorite products right to your home. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you wobble to answer the door post leg day! 

Interested in Making a Gravity Bong? Here’s What You Should Know

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A young woman smoking a bongWhat is a gravity bong?

If you’ve just paid a visit to our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana and made a few purchases, and you are looking for a way to amp up your cannabis experience, a gravity bong might be a good option. If you’ve never heard of a gravity bong, or sometimes called a ‘geeb’ for short, know that it can be used to get a powerful high. Some might find it too intense as beginners, however, so it is important to know your limits going in.

A gravity bong, by definition, is a bong that works by submerging a bottle or chamber topped with a bowl of weed into a larger bottle or container of water. Then, the bowl is lit and the bottle slowly draws out, filling the chamber with smoke. From there, the smoker will unscrew the lid, put their mouth on the opening, and gravity works to fill their lungs with weed smoke.

If this is your first attempt, keep some water close by just in case the first sensation is too much!

 

Does a gravity bong affect the type of high?

Yes, it does. This is definitely a more intense smoking experience than a typical bong or joint. Normally, gravity bongs are larger than regular bongs, so even one hit has a greater amount of smoke. Not to mention that by taking smoke directly into the lungs creates a much faster, more intense high. 

 

Are they worth the effort to make or buy?

If you are a newbie to cannabis or have a low tolerance, a gravity bong isn’t something that you should worry about. It might be too much to take on. However, for the more experienced cannabis smoker, this could be an easy way to amplify your high. Making a gravity bong can be a quick and fun DIY project. Or, if you’re not the type of person who enjoys crafts, check to see if our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana has one in stock.

 

What kind of container should the bong be made from?

Many people use plastic bottles when making a gravity bong, however, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. Have you ever tried to take a drink from a water bottle after leaving it in a hot car? Odds are good that it tasted off. This is because chemicals were released into the water when the plastic was heated. The same concept applies when using a plastic gravity bong. Go for glass or silicone if you can, but if you have to use a plastic bottle, be aware of the risks or change in taste.

Ground cannabis ready to go into a bong or roll.

Build Your Bong

Now that you have a little background information on a gravity bong, it’s time for you to make one! We are going to outline the basic things you need to get started as well as provide some step by step instructions. While it might seem intimidating at first, it should only take about ten minutes to put together.

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with a cap (any size, but 16-20 oz work best)
  • Bucket or 2-liter sized soda bottle
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife, Exacto knife, or a boxcutter
  • Poking device
  • At least 1 gram of your favorite cannabis strain

 

Step 1: Cut your bottles

Use your knife or box cutter to cut off the bottom third of the small bottle. Use this as a guide: the larger the chamber (aka the less of the bottle you cut off), the more smoke it can hold and the bigger the high you will have. 

Then, cut off the top of the 2-liter bottle. Skip this part if you are using a bucket.

 

Step 2: Form the bowl

Take the lid from the smaller bottle and poke a hole in it. It should be about the diameter of your pinky, as this is what you will draw air out of. From there, wrap the cap in aluminum foil and shape it so that it can hold your weed. Remember, you will need to screw the lid back on, so be sure to make the divot at the top of the cap. The deeper it is, the better it will hold it all.

Without ripping the foil, use a sharp poking tool to make about 3-5 holes for proper ventilation. If you want to avoid using foil, borrow a glass or metal bowl from a different bong. 

 

Step 3: Prep your bong

Take your larger container (your 2-liter bottle or your bucket) and fill it with water, leaving about 2” on the top. Load your bowl with weed, but don’t screw it on yet.

 

Step 4: Submerge the smaller bottle

Submerge the smaller bottle into the larger basin, but make sure the top doesn’t get wet! The last thing you want is soaked weed. Then, carefully screw the lid on. 

 

Step 5: Fill the chamber

Light the cannabis and slowly pull the small bottle up. It should be filling with smoke. Stop when the small bottle reaches about ½” from the water, leaving the very bottom still submerged. 

If for some reason the bottle isn’t filling, make sure that the cap is screwed on securely and that there aren’t any holes in the bottle.

 

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now all that’s left to do is take a hit and enjoy! Do this by unscrewing the cap and putting your mouth up to opening of the bottle. Gently push the smaller bottle back down, re-submerging it into the water. As water enters the bottle, it will force the smoke into your lungs. The smoke should be cool after being filtered from the water, but it should yield a powerful high.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about cannabis or how to make a gravity bong, feel free to stop by our greenleaf dispensary in Santa Ana or any of our other From The Earth locations. Our staff is there to help and make sure that you have the best experience possible! Education is key to enjoying cannabis. 

Weed and Warmer Weather: 10 Great Cannabis Products You Need This Spring Break

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Young women smoking cannabis on spring breakAt long last, it is time to shake those winter blues and prepare for warmer weather! With spring break going on for many across the country, now is the perfect opportunity to grab your best friends and your favorite cannabis products and just relax. 

Our greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme has some suggestions for what to purchase before you go out and hit the beach, the slopes, the skatepark, or whatever venue you find perfect for your spring break festivities. After the stress and craziness of the past several years, it is long overdue that we make the most of our chances for rest and relaxation. 

Keep reading to learn more about the ten cannabis products you need to amplify your spring break! 

 

1.) STIIZY’S Sour Strawberry

If you want to pick up some gummies that are bursting with tropical flavor as well as THC, be sure to add STIIZY’s Sour Strawberry to your cart! These edibles are fast-acting, delicious, and contain 30 mg of THC per piece. If strawberry isn’t your favorite flavor, no worries! They also are available in Blue Raspberry Blast, Caribbean Breeze, and Sour Apple. Because the container is small, it is super easy to toss into your backpack and take with you wherever you go.

 

2.) AbosluteXtracts’s Jack Herer

Are you a vape enthusiast? If so, then you absolutely cannot skip out on this next product! AbosluteXtracts raises the bar – and hopefully your spring break – with their new full-spectrum cartridge. This sativa-dominant, citrus flavored cannabis oil is the perfect choice for when you want to stimulate the mind, get active, and hang out with friends. You are sure to feel a fantastic combination of chill and uplifted, which is the perfect mindset to have when heading into a laid back week!

 

3.) C.A.D.’s Original Green Cream

For those who have planned a sunny and active week of vacation, you might not want to forget to pack C.A.D.’s Original Green Cream. Whether you are hiking on your favorite trails or hitting the beach for some fun in the sun, this potent cream makes the perfect addition to your activities. Great for alleviating pain and soothing discomfort, apply this product to sore muscles, light sun burns, or stiff joints.

 

4.) Almora’s Papaya Punch x Hindu Kush

Pre-rolls are undoubtedly one of the most convenient ways to get high with a group of friends! This particular product from Almora features five masterfully rolled pre-rolls and combines the synergistic forces of Papaya Punch and Hindu Kush. Because these are both Indica strains, the goal for this product is to experience a relaxing, blissful high. If you want to just vibe with friends and have a low-key break binging your favorite series on TV, then this is the best choice for you! As a bonus, the flavor is unmatched, giving you the taste of spring with a fruity, sweet blend.

 

5.) Care By Design’s CBD Drops

For those that are seeking a little relief as they tackle tasks around the house, such as the dreaded annual spring cleaning, then our staff here at the greenleaf dispensary in Port Hueneme highly recommend this product. Care By Design’s tinctures are perfect for putting a few drops under the tongue or mixing into your favorite herbal tea. It can help you find peace of mind during stressful situations, helping you to keep a cool head morning, noon, and night.

 

6.) Alien Lab’s Area 4

You don’t have to embark on an extraterrestrial hunt or UFO spotting trip to experience something out of this world! In fact, all you need to do is add Alien Lab’s Area 41 to your cart. This limited edition flower comes with the perfect combination of cerebral and body effects. Boasting lemon, citrus, fruit, and woody flavors, you know you’re in for a delicious treat. Smoke with friends around a campfire or while playing cards at the cabin – regardless of what you are up to, you’re sure to enjoy this strain. 

A young man smokes weed while out on a hike

 

7.) CQ’s Zero Tropical Mango

Nothing is as refreshing as a cold drink on a warm day. Don’t reach for something run of the mill this spring break, though! Instead, grab CQ’s Zero Tropical Mango. This zero sugar, zero calorie beverage comes with the great flavors of mango and is loaded with a 100 mg of THC. Dose out for mocktails or take sips throughout the day to keep a steady high.

 

8.) Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter

Not every spring break has to be about catching thrills or being constantly on the movie! It is meant to be about taking time for yourself and doing the things that make you happy. If you enjoy cooking and baking, we highly suggest purchasing a tub of Heavenly Sweet’s Cannabutter. It will be a sure fire way to enhance anything you whip up, giving it the added bonus of THC.

 

9.) Flav’s Peach Rings

You can’t go wrong with this classic candy! Flavored peach rings were a staple of many individual’s childhoods, and now you can enjoy this fan favorite with an adult spin. Flav’s Peach Rings are loaded with 10 mg of THC and CBD per piece. Just remember to pace yourself when trying a new edible to make sure you don’t over do it!

 

10.) OM Edible’s Lavender Body Oil

When spending all that time out in the sun, don’t forget to pack along OM Edible’s Body Oil! Our skin is our body’s largest organ and it has a tough job of protecting us from the elements. Sun, wind, salt water – these can all take their toll. After you have come inside for the evening, whether it be after a day of surfing, hiking, or floating around your hotel’s pool, apply this oil to your skin to experience its restorative qualities. Or, you can even add it to your bath water for an extra relaxing dip in the tub!

 

Place Your Order Today!

So, what are you waiting for? Amp up your spring break by picking up one (or several!) of these great products! If you don’t have the time to stop by in person, don’t sweat it. Opt instead for our extremely convenient same day delivery service or choose to swing by and do curb-side pick up

4 Essential Things That Women Need to Know About Weed’s Impact on Wellness

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A close up of a woman lighting up a jointFemale cannabis users are on the rise. In fact, Gen Z women are among the fastest growing consumers of legal weed according to a report from NBC News. Not only that, but Forbes reports that women are responsible for 70-80% of the consumer power in today’s economy. This means that more and more of the female population is responsible for how their household spends money, and they’re using that power to purchase cannabis. They are turning to cannabis not only for recreational use, but for treatment for health concerns as well. 

Many are probably familiar with some of the common medical uses for cannabis, such as:

  • Helping with general pain and anxiety
  • Assisting in getting a better night’s sleep
  • Helping people relax or unwind after a stressful workday

But what about women’s health specifically?

It is typical for women’s health to take a backburner among health topics or in various medical circles, many glossing over issues such as menstrual pain, postpartum depression, and even sexual health. Cannabis can actually be quite helpful in these areas, and our cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana wants to take some time to give these a closer look. 

Keep reading to learn the four essential things that women should know about weed’s impact on wellness. 

 

1.) Cannabis can help with postpartum depression.


Each year in the United States, nearly 600,000 women suffer from a condition called postpartum depression. While some brush it off as the ‘baby blues’, it is certainly not as cute as that moniker makes it sound. In fact, it is actually a debilitating condition that is often overlooked and under-diagnosed by physicians all across the country. Symptoms can include extreme sadness, depression, anxiety, anger, outbursts, and even difficulty sleeping and eating following the birth of a child. This not only affects the health and well-being of the mother, but can put a child in danger as well, especially if left untreated. 

Thankfully, cannabis can actually help alleviate some of these symptoms. Whether you go for THC or CBD, there are products out there that can aid new mothers with getting better rest at night, boosting their appetite, and even working to reduce anxiety and depression levels. From gummies to tinctures to flower, there are options out there that will work best for you. Of course, it is important that you have a conversation with your doctor about your postpartum depression and using cannabis as a treatment. 

2.) Cannabis can help alleviate menstrual cramps.


For many women, menstrual cramps can be on the severe end of things, causing such tremendous pain that they have to call out of school or work, having a negative influence over their lives, just like any other illness or condition. For those with conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or endometriosis, this can worsen the pain and symptoms exponentially. While coping through these symptoms typically looks like curling up with a heating pad, taking pain meds, and nursing a mug of our favorite comfort drink, we have another solution: cannabis.

Studies have shown that THC contains almost twenty times the anti-inflammatory properties of your average over the counter Aspirin. As an added bonus, cannabis doesn’t come with the unwanted gastrointestinal side effects like those that are found with Aspirin. Again, even if you’re not a fan of smoking cannabis, there are great products out there that you can try. We highly recommend Carter’s Apothecary Designs’ mimosa cream for something that not only smells great, but helps to relieve pain.   

If that isn’t quite up your alley, try mixing a tincture in with your favorite tea. One of our favorites to mention is Care By Design’s sublingual drops. You can put a few drops under your tongue or mix in with a hot beverage, your choice. Either way, you are sure to help alleviate some of the symptoms of PMS.

 

3.) Cannabis acts as a natural aphrodisiac. 

Toss out the oysters and pomegranate juice and make way for a natural aphrodisiac you will really enjoy: cannabis. There are hundreds of articles that exist out there regarding the connections between cannabis and better sex, but only recently did the Journal of Sexual Medicine find some interesting data that we want to share. One of the stand out statistics that it produced said that cannabis consumers, on average, have about 20% more sex than those who don’t partake. That is a significant difference!

While there are probably several factors behind this, we know that a lot of can be contributed to the fact that when you are in better spirits and have more confidence, the more eager you are to engage in sexual activity. Cannabis can serve as a wonderful, all-natural alternative to women who want to be more sexually active but find that they lack the drive. 

This could be an especially useful fact for women who are trying to conceive, as it can be a very stressful time. When the body and mind are under pressure, it can yield negative results instead of positive ones.

A woman's hand holding up a joint in front of a cannabis field

4.) Women get high quicker than men.

According to a study conducted by the University of Washington, women have a higher sensitivity to cannabis than men. They found that when testing THC on rats, the female rats had a lower tolerance to the psychoactive effects when compared to their male counterparts. This is great news, as typically, this means women need smaller doses and can make their favorite cannabis products last even longer. Of course, there are other factors to tolerance, such as height, weight, and years of experience with cannabis products.


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If you are ready to feel better, it’s time to stop into our cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana and find out how cannabis can help. Talk to one of our female budtenders and see what their recommendations or favorite products are. We are here to assist you in finding the best products to fit your needs!

For those of you who know what you want already, you are always welcome to shop online and opt for either curbside pickup or same-day delivery. We understand if you’re experiencing cramps and don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home: let us do the heavy lifting and bring your order out to your car or right to your door!

The Sweetest Cannabis Products to Give for Valentine’s Day

A heart-shaped cookie with a cannabis leaf

A heart-shaped cookie with a cannabis leafAre you looking to raise your gift-giving game this Valentine’s Day? Skip out on the last-minute flowers, drug store candy, or overpriced jewelry and hand your sweetheart something we know they will really love: cannabis. If you are not sure what they like or where to begin, don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry (well, maybe just the latter)! Check out our list of recommended products below.

As an added bonus, these options are all available for cannabis delivery in Port Hueneme. Meaning that if you are slammed at work and can’t get out and about or just need someone to take one more task off of your growing list, you can count on one of our team members to help you out!

STIIZY’s Nano-Enhanced Triangle Gummies

If you are wanting to give your cannabis-enthused partner something that really packs a punch, we suggest adding STIIZY’s triangle gummies to your cart. These are brand new to the STIIZY lineup and feature a fast-acting nanomolecular-enhanced live resin, meaning that you will experience a high quite quickly. While we recommend the Sour Strawberry flavor in the light of the holiday, these are also available in Sour Apple, Caribbean Breeze, Blue Raspberry Blast.

Jeeter’s Infused Pre-roll

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, which is notoriously the most stressful day of the week. If you are looking for a great way to end the day, we highly recommend Jeeter’s infused pre-roll. Because it is already rolled for you, all you have to do is sit back with your significant other, put on a favorite movie, light up your joint, and spend some quality time together. The Strawberry Shortcake flavor is also delicious and sure to set the mood!

OM’s Rose Body Oil

Few things are as romantic as a nice massage. However, this Valentine’s Day, don’t just bust out the supermarket brand baby oil. Give them a gift they will really love: OM’s Rose Body Oil. This Rose Geranium oil not only smells amazing, but features the health benefits of both essential oils and CBD. If you’re not one for giving massages, you can also add this to a hot bubble bath for them and hand over a glass of champagne, a combination that is sure to earn you a few brownie points!

Kiva Confections’ Chocolate

Perhaps other than a dozen red long stem roses, there is nothing more iconic to Valentine’s Day than chocolate. There are so many different types of chocolates available on the market, too, meaning that no matter where your tastes lie, you are sure to find something that you enjoy. Kiva Confections offers up a variety of flavors, including a smooth and creamy milk chocolate. Or, you can opt for a richer, fuller dark chocolate flavor instead. If you really want to mix things up, try Peppermint Bark instead! Regardless of which one you choose, or if you grab all three, we know that you are giving your loved one a real treat as opposed to a box of chocolates off the grocery store end cap that sort of tastes like they’re filled with toothpaste. 

Heart chocolates and a nugget of cannabis

Almora’s Wedding Cake

You don’t need to run off to the chapel and get married this Valentine’s Day to enjoy a bite of wedding cake! If your significant other enjoys vaping, give them something really sweet with Almora’s Wedding Cake live resin vape cartridge. This product is artfully crafted, featuring 100% live resin that is never refined, meaning that you get the best flavor as well as the best high. At first, you will feel a bit energetic and creative before sinking into a relaxing and calming high. 

Care By Design’s Tinctures

Does your partner enjoy a good cup of tea? Are they someone who scours the spice merchant or tea shops on the quest for the best leaves or are always looking for new ways to enhance their tea-drinking experience? They could even be on the same level as the Queen of England or Levi Ackerman and still appreciate Care By Design’s Tinctures. While they can be used sublingually, a few drops of this tincture will undoubtedly complement their favorite hot beverage, and it would surely beat giving another novelty mug! As an added bonus, these drops are infused with THC and CBD, and are meant to bring about bodily relief and calm the mind. 

White Walker OG

Give a different kind of flower this V-Day with White Walker OG. Yes, this option is still cupid-approved, as it is an excellent choice for the partner who loves to smoke. Rather than wrapping the stems in butcher paper like you might a bouquet, put a little of this in your bong, pipe, or favorite hemp paper rolls for a high that is meant to be euphoric as well as relaxing. If your significant other has struggled with anxiety, sleeplessness, or chronic pain, they are sure to thank you for this treat!

Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm

If your significant other enjoys working out, running, or lifting weights, they probably experience the occasional body aches and soreness. This can put a real damper on their training! This holiday, give them something that will really help take their competition to the next level by focusing on recovery. This balm works hard to minimize inflammation and soothe aches and pains by using a specially crafted blend of essential oils and CBD. A thoughtful gift like Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm will put a smile on their face and earn you kudos from your partner! 

Cannabis Delivery Port Hueneme

While any of these products are sure to make your sweetheart swoon, don’t feel like you have to rush to our store to do some shopping. If you already know what you need, you can opt for curbside pick up or even same day delivery, bringing your favorite cannabis goodies right to your door.  (Which is sort of like Cupid, only we promise we’ll be wearing pants!) So even if you are in need of these last minute this Valentine’s Day, we here at From The Earth have you covered!

Cannabis and Black History Month: Taking a Closer Look at the Roots of Cannabis

A logo for Black History Month

A logo for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, meaning that is the perfect time to examine how cannabis and Black Americans are tied to one another. Black Americans have helped shape the landscape of cannabis in the United States, though unfortunately, this does include a storied history of racism and injustice. Here at our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, we want to take a moment to look at the history of cannabis, and acknowledge just how Black Americans have helped to legalize and destigmatize cannabis usage as a whole. 

 

A Brief Background on Cannabis

While the origins of harvesting cannabis date back to as early as 500 B.C. in Central Asia, it eventually made its way through South Asia, then to India, and onto the Arab nations. This is the reason that some of the terms for cannabis are actually Sanskrit words, including ‘ganja’. 

From there, thanks to the vast trading system, cannabis made its way to various parts of Africa some time during the 13th century. During the 1800s, the British used indentured servants from India and took them to the Caribbean to work on the sugar and rubber plantations located there on the islands. Some of these servants brought cannabis with them.

What resulted was a blending of Indian and Jamaican cultures with cannabis being introduced to the Black, Jamaican field workers. It was in 1833 when Britain declared that slavery was illegal, effectively outlawing it and freeing the Indian slaves that were on the islands. These individuals left the plantations and moved into various parts of Jamaica and Barbados, settling in and making lives, which in turn, made cannabis increase in popularity as it became introduced to more people.

So how did cannabis wind up in the United States? Sailors, immigrants, and trade merchants from the Caribbean brought cannabis with them to the ports. From there, Black and Brown communities began partaking in cannabis recreationally. However, the United States was hardly a stranger to cannabis in the first place, as many Black Americans during that time period had grandparents who worked on hemp plantations. 

To this day, Jamaica and cannabis are still thought of together quite frequently, especially when looking at pop culture icon Bob Marley as well as other famous island musicians. 

 

The War on Drugs

Under Richard Nixon’s presidency, the United States was subjected to a campaign best known as the ‘War on Drugs’. While this campaign, which began in 1971, is often seen as the culprit behind the criminalization of cannabis, the issues truly began with Henry J. Anslinger. In 1930, the end of prohibition, there was the formation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and with it, the first commissioner, Anslinger.

At the time Anslinger was brought into office, heroin and cocaine were already outlawed, leading to only one viable option to criminalize: cannabis. Despite the fact that prior to his term, he had gone on record to state the idea of cannabis making people ‘mad’ or violent was absurd, he still kept after criminalizing cannabis. This led to him attacking jazz music and cannabis, both of which were rooted in Black culture.

Jump ahead to the 1970s when Nixon was in office. Thanks to his administration, there is a huge disparity between how Black people and people of color get treated and persecuted when faced with drug charges compared to those who are white. These effects are still felt to this very day. In fact, according to a study conducted by UCLA, Black people are nearly four times as likely to get arrested for a cannabis-related crime than compared to white people. 

The presidency of Ronald Reagan also played a role in this storied history as well and included his Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Not only did this further criminalize cannabis, but it also created something called mandatory sentencing laws. This meant that even for a petty, non-violent crime, such as marijuana possession, the person convicted would have to spend a minimum of five years in prison – a punishment that hardly fit the crime. Because of this, private prisons filled up with mostly Black men, and has cost the United States taxpayers a whopping $2.5 trillion.

 

A Brighter Future

While cannabis and the treatment of Black Americans have come a long way in recent years, there is still so much ground to make up. The legalization of cannabis has brought some amazing changes, including actually decreasing crime rates. In fact, violent crime in California has fallen by 15%. That means a lot to us personally, especially here at our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, CA. 

It is high time to right the wrongs and injustices carried out by the war on drugs, and no, we aren’t just referring to Nixon’s campaign. Those efforts were clearly rooted in racism and meant as a way to monetize the maltreatment of Black Americans. To begin with, anyone who is currently serving a sentence due to a non-violent, drug-related crime should be freed and have their records expunged. To still be serving time for something that is no longer illegal, and never should have been in the first place, is the antithesis of justice. 

Not only that, but reparations should be made to Black and Brown communities all across America for the injustices that have been served. Social and equity programs need to be implemented to help those who were wrongfully prosecuted recover and reintegrate. Education remains at the forefront of change, though, and will make us hopeful for the future. By funding the education of cannabis for the new generation, we will help to unlearn the falsehoods enacted over the last four hundred years. 

Until the current cannabis industry sees these types of changes, we will not be able to truly move forward. So this February, not only think about the Black Americans who have suffered due to wanting to freely enjoy cannabis, but do what you can to be a part of the change. Vote, advocate, donate: when we all come together, then we will truly pave the way for a brighter future. 

The Top 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Cannabis

CBD and medical cannabis products

CBD and medical cannabis products

For many centuries, cannabis has been used for its medicinal qualities. Dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, as well as parts of the Middle East, the benefits of cannabis have been well-documented. During this time period, it was often used to help with the pain of toothaches and earaches. In fact, some Roman women of elite status even used it to alleviate their labor pains during childbirth. 

In the modern era, you have probably heard of cannabis being used to help cancer patients undergoing chemo to help with depression as well as boost their appetite. Or maybe, you have caught wind about how it aids those who suffer from glaucoma. The U.S. Food and Drug administration has even, in recent years, approved the use of plant-based pharmaceuticals that include cannabis.

Before popping into one the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana, you should know about some of the health benefits that cannabis has! Keep reading to learn more. 

 

1.) Get Better Rest at Night

 

Discovering what the endocannabinoid system is capable of was perhaps one of the biggest breakthroughs for cannabis in the past 30 years. It was found that this system is directly responsible for maintaining the body’s endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating the processing of various hormones necessary for functioning effectively. And yes, this includes the hormone that makes sure that you get enough sleep at night!

If you are under a lot of stress and find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night, or unable to actually get a decent amount of sleep, try purchasing products that contain phytocannabinoids. This typically includes both THC and CBD.

 

2.) Manage Chronic Pain

 

Cannabis doesn’t just help you relax – it actually warrants a closer look. Have you ever heard of the endocannabinoid called ‘anandamide’? While it is always naturally present in the body, cannabis actually reacts chemically to the anandamide, which increases the amount in our blood stream. In turn, that allows us to feel less pain. 

So if you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, such arthritis, migraines, back pain, or perhaps another pain issue, recommend that they stop in one of the best medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana and speak to a staff member about a product that could potentially help. This is also a great option for those who want to stay away from prescription painkillers. 

 

3.) Reduce Anxiety

 

Did you know that roughly 40 million American adults suffer from some sort of anxiety? Not only that, but it can be a symptom of many other types of disorders as well. If you have ever dealt with anxiety, you know just how debilitating it can be. However, thankfully, there is a solution in cannabis. 

If you are wanting to use cannabis as a viable option to help with anxiety, it is important to start off with small dosages and also look in the realm of CBD as opposed to THC. For some folks, getting too high of a dose of THC can make them paranoid or anxious, and this would clearly be counterproductive. 

 

4.) Help with Inflammation 

 

Inflammation is a culprit behind many medical issues, including joint pain, headaches, sclerosis, and even acne. Cannabis can help with this because it is actually also an anti-inflammatory, though for this, it is highly recommended to use something topical rather than a product you ingest. In fact, cannabis may even be helpful due to the positive effect it has on the body’s natural neuropathways.

Something that could really help is a CBD topical gel or lotion, such as this cream from Carter’s Aromatherapy Designs. Not only does it contain CBD, but it also has many other all-natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, shea butter, and lavender essential oil. 

A container of CBD cream

 

5.) Seizure Control

 

If you have spent much time on the internet, you have probably seen videos circulating around that depict a child with seizures receiving treatment from cannabis oil drops or another similar CBD product. Typically, in a matter of minutes, the child’s seizures are dramatically reduced or have stopped completely. Thanks to clear-cut evidence such as this, among other research, the FDA has recently approved the plant-based version of CBD as a method to treat seizures in both children and adults. 

 

6.) Improves the Immune System

 

In the light of the ongoing COVID pandemic, if there is one thing we all have learned, it’s the value of our immune systems. We want to remain as healthy as possible in order to fight illness, disease, and infection. Scientists have looked closely at the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the human brain as well as the immune system. Through this, they discovered that it is actually quite possible that cannabis can help the body retain homeostasis, which in turn, allows us to stay healthy and well.

 

7.) Managing PTSD

 

It is no secret that living with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, can be a lifelong and often difficult thing to handle. Those who have PTSD tend to suffer from episodes that include flashbacks to their trauma, intrusive memories or nightmares, and even an intense amount of anxiety. This can wreak havoc on a person mentally, emotionally, and even physically. 

In one study conducted in 2014, researchers actually found that CBD helped those with PTSD manage some of their symptoms, including to ease their anxiety and allow them to get better rest at night. If you or someone you love have a hard time managing PTS and its symptoms, stop in to talk to one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff members about a good starter product.

 

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While this is just a few of the health benefits listed, there is actually more to be had with scientists and researchers making new discoveries every single day. There is a reason that cannabis was accepted and approved medically on a wide-scale spectrum first, and that’s because the evidence is clearly there.

Here at From The Earth, we want you to lead your healthiest life – it’s what you deserve! That is why we have stocked our shelves with the highest quality products possible as well as trained our staff to be available to educate and answer any questions you might have. Cannabis has something to offer everyone, and isn’t it high time you felt your best? 

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