The lack of understanding around hemp strikes many parallels to the lack of apprehending the feminine. Hemp, like women, is very modestly understood; holding many mysteries under its surface. Hemp’s dominant cannabinoid CBD is sometimes seen as lesser than the predominant cannabinoid THC from marijuana, yet I believe within hemp is the key to health and preventing disease.. THC has many medicinal benefits, and we need the trace THC in our hemp products for them to be truly therapeutic but, outside of specific treatments/ailments, in terms of general physical health, mental health, and disease prevention? I’ll take hemp every time. New DNA tests are showing that typically the body actually needs CBD at a much higher ratio than THC. https://greenwaydna.com/ (30 or even 60:1)
Throughout my years learning about the endocannabinoid system I have come to understand just how connected we are to mother nature and her/our soil. The body has more cannabinoid receptors than any other type of receptors. It’s actually cannabinoid receptors that attach the sperm to the wall of the uterus (to make life). Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system are the basis of our immune system, this is why breast milk is abudent with endocannabinoids, cannabinoids endogenously made by the body. Beyond that, the CB2 receptors, which CBD works with, are what control the levels of inflammation in the body, turning them down if they are too high and up if they are too low. Because inflammation is the root cause of most of the deadly diseases of modern life such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, CBD might be a pretty important medicine for the current day? You see CBD helps with stress/inflammation of both the physical and mental nature and this is extremely relevant to the modern world where we are constantly put on fight of flight mode; much more than at any other time in history. Modern conveniences are wonderful and it’s wonderful to live in a world where we can be anything we want. But so many of us, from every walk of life, get so lost chasing that “whatever we want” that we lose ourselves. During evolution, when we lived in tribes and small communities, we couldn’t chase such big dreams, but we could chase attainable goals, such as the tribal musician, cook, hunter, storyteller, etc., and we were respected as such. That’s just not the way the world is, and it’s draining on our physical and mental health.
Stress on both the body and the mind results in inflammation, it’s the cannabinoid receptors responsibility to turn that inflammation down, and it’s up to our endocannabinoids, or cannabinoids produced organically by the body, to activate those receptors to keep us cellularly balanced. But what if there is so much stress that the system becomes depleted of cannabinoids? This is where CBD comes in. Many of us have run out of our endogenously produced cannabinoid through constantly needing to control stress at a cellular level. CBD can help us to resupply our endocannabinoid system and retain our cellular homeostasis. What I am trying to say is that nature has produced one of the most vital and healing medicines out of her womb: hemp.
Back to the ladies,
Throughout the time Botanicam has existed we have noticed that women’s issues have low levels of research and public conversation, which is why our new Woman’s Section of the site is, Just for Her, is so important to us. And the products we have for it/how they help is what we are going to get into right now.
To the Ladies with Endometriosis,
We have an herbal remedy to support you, and there is a reason I am addressing you first. There are so many of you, 10 – 20% of the female population, yet I had never heard any mention of this disease in my everyday, public discord, ever. And ya know, it takes an average of 7 years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis, because of this lack of discussion and awareness around this condition. To read more about cannabinoids and endometriosis check out my blog: Endometriosis
To the Ladies who want to prevent STIs and a disrupted vaginal microbiome,
Another place very under researched, yet extremely important to women’s health is the bacteria inside of the vagina. We know that a disrupted vaginal microbiome is typical around the beginning and end of our cycles, and that a disrupted vaginal microbiome leaves us susceptible to a plethora of vaginal infections and issues! Therefore, inserting at the beginning and end of a cycle will support your vaginal microbiome, while preventing cramping: 2 birds, 1 stone! To learn more check out my blog, The Vaginal Microbiome
For my ladies with cramping whether that is from your monthly cycle, getting an IUD placed, etc.,
I actually used our relief suppositories when I got my second copper IUD put in and I am not exaggerating when I say I had zero pain. It was wild, I remember the first time I had it put in I was bed ridden for days. This time around, I was expecting the worst, as I was not only getting it put in, but I was also getting the previous one taken out in one foul swoop. But it turned out not to be foul at all!
I also use the suppositories religiously for my monthly cycle. The best is to try to insert before the cramps begin, as it’s always easier to stop something before it begins rather than when it is underway. Additionally, topicals (salves/balms/etc) work wonders, are less expensive, and you can use them on the go! To learn more about cbd and your monthly cycle check out my blog, Periods: Mother Nature to Soothe Mother Nature
For my ladies who want to have some fun,
This can be helpful in so many ways. Whether you have a condition that makes sex painful/unmanagable, you want to try something new (did someone say anal? – go back to the suppositories above!) or you just want to have some extra fun! You have soo many cannabinoid receptors on your labia and cliterous (and men have the cannabinoid receptors on their erectile tissues as well – so everyone is happy). For more information I have written a couple of blogs for these subjects, you can check them out here: Find your unique Orgasm & CBD for Sexual Dysfunction? Or checkout our whiteboard video for CBD and Orgasms: Here
In terms of these specific products. Moon Mother’s Intimacy Oil is a lubricant that is first, very potent, and second, formulated to balance the vaginal pH level to maintain a healthy vaginal microbiome. The Foria Lubricant is a huge bottle of potent CBD and MCT Oil lube; safe for edible consumption. The Ananda Bliss is also a lube, but it has peppermint, so it is for those who like a bit more sting and spice. Finally, Foria’s Awaken is an arousal oil designed for ladies, which you apply by rubbing into the folds of your skin and then wait 10 minutes to feel some extra titillation.
Finally for those looking for some extra CBD Goodness,
Lulu is an amazing chocolatier getting the highest quality, fair-trade cacao and mixing it with low-glycemic coconut sugar making the chocolate bar low sugar, and sticking with CBD’s principles of health and wellness.
Formulated with arnica, Moon Mother Hemp’s Bath Salts are amazing, but get some extra salts to put in with them, as they are really, really potent at 500mgs per jar. These have amazing bioavailability, due to the pores opening up and the CBD’s ability to then sink into the bloodstream alongside the salt’s minerals. Inesscents also make wonderful bath salts that will leave your skin glowing.
Hemp has been underrated because it doesn’t boast itself or speak as loudly as marijuana. Not that I am mad at weed for doing so, it’s in its nature. Just as the yang, the masculine, mars (action), will correspond with its nature and it’s extroverted, phallic signature. The yin, the feminine, venus (attraction), will correspond with introversion, it’s yonic signature and, in our society, is seen as weaker. Yet, this could not be farther from the truth – water beats fire every time. Our world still has yet to grasp what feminity is all about. Culture has yet to do a true investigation into what the feminine is and what power it holds. As Jung and many alchemists concluded, alchemy begins with darkness, blackness. Women create life in the dark nothingness of the womb; they are the true alchemists. This is why women have been the medicine women, the doctors, and the folk healers who made the herbal remedies throughout time. It’s time we reconnect to the earth and our intuitive healing natures.
The power of hemp has been suppressed just like the power of women. In our homes we cannot perform science experiments to see what chemicals are inside the hemp plant (there are over 500, including virtually every vitamin!), but we can intuitively come to understand how it works in our bodies. We all have a specific endocannabinoid system, therefore the research doesn’t always speak for the individual. It’s time to take our power back and discover these things for ourselves. How do things feel to and in your body? What is being a woman to you? What is femininity to you? It’s time to stop with the answers other people have for us and get back to nature; our nature. What is earth and what is water? What is the shadow and what is the moon? And how can we embrace that?
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An Article By Evie Louise
Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.