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Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric CBD Tonic

This article was originally published by the editorial team at GetSava.com.

Based on the Ayurvedic recipe for “Golden Milk”, this tea combines turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, honey, and CBD to provide relief from inflammation, arthritis, sore muscles, hangover, and a range of other maladies.

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Turmeric has long been used in South Asia for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

On the Japanese island of Okinawa – where the population has one of the longest average lifespans – turmeric tea is a staple of daily life. In India, turmeric was first used in food and was then discovered to have a range of medicinal benefits – antiseptic, anti-inflammatory detoxifying.

It has also been shown to prevent and reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s,[1] and is currently being studied for its anti-cancer effects.

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Curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that makes it yellow and gives it spice, is what science attributes many of its healing properties. In order for your body to absorb the curcumin, it is paired with both a fat and with black pepper.

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Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, has been shown to increase the bioavailability of otherwise hard to absorb curcumin by 2000%.[2] Without the piperine, curcumin is metabolized in the liver and intestinal wall. When I make this tonic, I either add in or leave out black pepper based on how I feel.

If I want my liver and intestinal wall to receive the benefits – maybe after a large rich meal or one too many glasses of wine – I leave the pepper out.

If I want relief from joint or muscle pain or want my entire body to reap the effects, I add pepper in. Fat also assist with absorption,[3] hence coconut oil which has its own host of benefits.

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Ginger, another powerful root with a big reputation, has been shown time and time again to have strong anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects of pharmaceuticals[4] as well as anti-oxidative and anti-cancer effects.[5], It has also long been used to soothe the digestive system.

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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is an important medicinal cannabinoid that produces no “high.” CBD relieves pain and anxiety, and research has shown it to have antibacterial, anti-convulsive, anti-carcinogenic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ischemic, antispasmodic, antipsychotic, anti-insomnia and neuroprotection properties.

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Mix all of this together with a spoonful of honey and you have a delicious health tonic that can be used for specific ailments or as an everyday preventative medicine.

Ingredients

  • ½ to 1 inch of turmeric root (or a tsp of turmeric powder)
  • ½ to 1 inch of ginger root
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup of your favorite milk (almond or hemp is delicious!)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Sprinkle of black pepper
  • Drops of high CBD tincture

How-To

Warm the milk. Add all other ingredients to a blender. Combine in your favorite mug and enjoy!

Alternately, all ingredients can be blended together cool and served over ice.

This can be made in a larger batch and store in your refrigerator for several days or you can combine all ingredients, aside from milk and water, into a paste that you keep for up to a week adding to hot water and milk when you want a cup. Adjust the honey, pepper, ginger, and turmeric depending on your flavor preferences – whether you like things spicy or sweet – and drink to good health.

High CBD Tinctures

All of these high CBD tinctures are currently available from GetSava.com.

  • 20:1 High CBD Tincture by Treatwell

    350_42c9729346d04e3c63b4bce64869bd4f4e7e5ed9_fitThis extremely high quality tincture is made from top shelf flowers only to provide the widest spectrum of useful cannabinoids and terpenes possible. This tincture is non-psychoactive and targets neurological issues. Patients have found this tincture useful for anxiety, migraines, cerebral palsy, depression, menstrual cramps, muscle soreness, epilepsy, mild arthritis, parkinson’s and restless leg syndrome.

  • 3:1 Recover Tincture by Moxie Meds

    350_8c8efec2b45adff638a11a5d6458505ac93632d9_fitRecover 4:1 Tincture minimizes stress and tension, levels out emotional swings, and reduces inflammation all with little to no psychoactivity. Formulated for women by women, Moxie Med tinctures combine MCT oil and full cannabis plant extract to provide the best possible medications for menstrual cramps, hormone-related stress, menopausal symptoms, and other reproductive concerns.

  • 3:1 CBD Tincture by TreatWell

    450_fbe2bda6df8cbe6086b0633de88ee2c4b285bf61_fitThis extremely high quality tincture is made from top shelf flowers only to provide the widest spectrum of useful cannabinoids and terpenes possible. This tincture is low to non-psychoactive and targets auto-immune conditions. Patients have found this tincture useful for IBS, crohn’s disease/colitis, mild inflammation and pain relief, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.

References

[1] Mishra S, and Palanivelu K. The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer’s disease: An overview. Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2008 Jan-Mar; 11(1): 13–19. DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.40220

[2] Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS. Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998 May;64(4):353-6.

[3] Sahdeo P, Tyagi AK, Aggarwal BB. Recent Developments in Delivery, Bioavailability, Absorption and Metabolism of Curcumin: the Golden Pigment from Golden Spice. Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Jan; 46(1): 2–18. DOI: 10.4143/crt.2014.46.1.2

[4] Grzanna R, Lindmark L, Frondoza CG. Ginger–an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions. J Med Food. 2005 Summer;8(2):125-32.

[5] Mashhadi NS, Ghiasvand, R, Gholamreza A, Hariri M, Darvishi, and Mofid MR. Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity: Review of Current Evidence. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr; 4(Suppl 1): S36–S42.

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The Ultimate Cannabis Reading List: 8 Books for a Solid Cannabis Education

Quality information is helping to drive the cannabis movement forward. However, cannabis literature is often overlooked due to the massive amounts of articles and resources online. This needs to change, because some of the most useful information available to the cannabis community and industry is ink printed on paper.

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The following eight books cover a broad spectrum of the literature that is available today. The authors are some of the most renowned and respected individuals in the cannabis space, and their expertise can help everyone better understand cannabis culture, history, and science.

The Big Book of Buds by Ed Rosenthal (Series)

One of the most well-known cannabis books series is Ed Rosenthal’s The Big Book of Buds (2001). There are currently four volumes with additional manuscripts being prepared for publication as you read this article.

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The Big Book of Buds is an incredible look at the diversity of cannabis varietals, including growing characteristics and insights into the general chemotypical qualities one can expect from their cannabis strains.

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Rosenthal is a cannabis pioneer and has served as a cultivator, an author, and an activist for several decades. He is currently an extremely popular speaker and presenter at cannabis industry events across the country.

The Cannabible by Jason King (Series)

The Cannabible (2001) is another series of books that showers the cannabis plant with love. The author, Jason King, was disappointed by the lack of cannabis varieties being presented to the mainstream enthusiast. The Cannabible series contains three volumes, all packed with photos of strains and their parent genetics.

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An interesting note is that both The Big Book of Buds and The Cannabible have evolved as better cannabis information was made available to the public. While many readers have pointed out discrepancies in the earlier volumes of both series, the information has been the backbone of cannabis genetics since the early 2000s.

Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes

Jorge Cervantes, author of Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible, is an incredibly respected cannabis expert. Cervantes has traveled around the world, learning about cannabis strains firsthand from diverse groups of people, and has since recombined all of the techniques to master the art of cannabis cultivation.

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Cervantes has long been a staple in the cannabis competition community as well, and his explanations of evaluating cannabis have been viewed across the web hundreds of thousands of times. Marijuana Horticulture covers everything from grow room setups to fertilizer use, disease and pest prevention as well as hash making.

The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer

Jack Herer is probably one of the most famous figures from the early days of cannabis. Sensi Seeds has even dedicated a strain to his prolific work for cannabis.

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Herer first published The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy in 1985, and over ten editions have been re-released since that time.

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The book is one of the oldest and most quoted manuscripts associated with modern cannabis in America. Herer does a fantastic job of documenting the historical uses of cannabis and how they have shaped our evolving society.

Thai Stick by Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter are certainly qualified to write about the international cannabis trade in the 1970s; they lived it. Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade is the thrilling and often hilarious account of their adventures traversing the cannabis economies from Bangkok to the Hindu Kush mountains.

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Thai Stick does a wonderful job of entertaining readers while simultaneously providing an in-depth look at how landrace strains found their way to California. Genetic strains from places like Thailand, Colombia, and Afghanistan have shaped the thousands of modern cannabis strains available today.

The Cannabis Health Index by Uwe Blesching, PhD

The Cannabis Health Index by Uwe Blesching, PhD, is one of the most comprehensive reviews of clinical cannabis studies available anywhere. Blesching is currently a contributing PhD author for Cannabis Reports, and has amassed hundreds of additional studies for the medical database on our site (which is currently listing 590 studies for 135 conditions between 1971 and 2016).

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Blesching reviews each study as it relates to a particular condition, disease or symptom. Individually, studies are assigned a CHI value that averages the type of study with the key findings to produce a user-friendly reference for the value of evidence provided by the study.

Blesching also includes valuable information that addresses healing beyond just cannabis. Mind-body medicine, holistic attitudes, and nutritional examinations of spices are also included.

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As Blesching loves to say: “Cannabis is not a silver bullet. In order to heal, you need to consciously address all of the things that may have contributed to your getting sick in the first place.”

Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany by Robert C. Clarke and Mark Merlin

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Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany sets a true baseline for cannabis education. Robert C. Clarke and Mark D. Merlin address many of the discrepancies that plague cannabis information today, including but not limited to:

  • Historical Uses of Cannabis
  • The Migration of Cannabis
  • The Cannabis Origin Story
  • Early Cultivation and Selective Breeding
  • Cultural Diffusions of Cannabis
  • Ethnobotanical History and Modern Context
  • Modern Cultivation and Hybridization
  • The Classical and Molecular Taxonomy of Cannabis
  • The Overall Impact of Cannabis and Humanity

Clarke and Merlin back up each of their statements with authoritative references in what is one of the first complete accounts of where cannabis came from and how it got to where it is today.

Handbook of Cannabis, Edited by Roger Pertwee

Handbook of Cannabis is a very serious scientific text. Along with contributing authors Ethan Russo, Marnie Duncan, and Wayne Hall, editor Roger Pertwee addresses cannabinoid science and applications in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, metabolism, and beyond.

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This handbook (read: textbook) is a phenomenal reference guide for any individual or organization that wants to back up their reasons for participating in the cannabis industry. It is certainly not an easy read, but the information combining therapeutic targets and sought-after effects is worth the time for anyone devoted to medical cannabis.

More Cannabis Literature Available

These eight texts provide cultivators, doctors, educators, and enthusiasts with valuable cannabis information, but they are certainly not the only examples. If you would like some guidance exploring a specific type of cannabis genre, be it cultivation techniques, legal history, or endocannabinoid science, the Cannabis Reports team is happy to help.

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2015 Holiday Cannabis Gift Ideas: Smoke Reports Reviews Great Cannabis Hardware

This holiday season, Smoke Reports had the opportunity to review some of the magnificent cannabis gifts available for your family and friends. We met with the founders of two cannabis hardware companies and dissected the devices they have created for cannabis consumers.

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Skip the Ugly Sweater and Grab Some Cannabis Technology (sweater source)

Cannabis technology hopes to be the foundation of a legitimate cannabis industry. Some of the most substantial improvements for cannabis have been created directly by folks within the community of patients and consumers who want to be a part of something bigger.

Smoke Reports does not yet list accessories for consuming cannabis, yet our readers deserve a look into the incredible advancements happening with cannabis-focused hardware. Even if you have completed your holiday shopping, you should still check out the awesome brands featured below.

Cool Cannabis Accessories for Measured Consumption

For a long time, the word “paraphernalia” was the legislative term restricting the positive advancements of cannabis hardware. Tech companies such as VapeXhale and Blunt Ventures LLC have released products that re-capture how effective cannabis hardware can be if we respect the need for truly medical dosing with exact measurements.

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The Smoke Reports team loves imagining the possibilities when complimentary companies aligned in their philosophies can envision better cannabis tools for patients and consumers.

In this feature, we will take a look at two brands creating hardware accessories for cannabis patients that may seem familiar, but are actually being propelled by a mission that has not yet been accomplished:

Help the patient know exactly how much cannabis they are consuming.

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The Grale from Blunt Ventures

On the outside, The Grale from Blunt Ventures is exactly what it sounds like: a grinder mixed with a scale. Yet once you start playing around with this product, you can begin to appreciate the inventor’s dream to create more than just a novelty smoking accessory. Check out the short video below:

Josh, the inventor behind the Grale, has designed a product that could help both patients and recreational consumers measure their consumption rates. Josh knew about the positive effects that cannabis could provide himself and his loved ones, yet there was still something haphazard about the way medical patients were being asked to consume cannabis.

“If you look at alcohol consumption, unless someone is having an especially bad day, they are not typically drinking from the bottle. Alcohol is widely consumed via shot glasses, beer bottles, pint mugs; the consumer understands the level of inebriation that results from that amount.

Relating this back to cannabis, there is no such apparatus to properly gauge the level of inebriation desired.”

-Josh, Founder of Blunt Ventures and The Grale

The Grale is the first version of what we here at Smoke Reports expect to be a long line of consumption measurement tools from Josh and the Blunt Ventures team. We need to begin creating solutions for consumers, and medical patients especially, to be able to monitor their consumption patterns, and understand their personal reactions to different amounts of cannabis.

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The Grale intentionally fuses the practicality of accurate measurement with some fun customization to give users that little something extra to appreciate. The Grale has 2 cap colors and 7 grinder teeth colors to choose from, and they also offer limited edition Grales customized by New York street artist collective URNY. Design your Grale set-up at www.bluntventures.com.

The EVO from VapeXhale

Vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular among cannabis patients who want immediate relief without the health side effects of smoking flowers or concentrates. Seibo started VapeXhale after being unable to find a vaporizer that met his needs as a father, a patient, and also a businessperson.

Having seen the other vaporizer products being marketed to cannabis users, he decided to fill a gap in the vaporizer market with a product that promoted good health, physical activity, and of course, cannabis consumption. Check out the EVO in action in the video below:

One of the biggest challenges in the vaporizer market is the saturation of different products. There are disposable cartridges, single-use pens, hand-held flower vaporizers (PAX), desktop vaporizers (like the Volcano from Storz & Bickel), custom dab rigs, and more.

During the research and development phase, Seibo realized that out of all of these vaporizers, none of the brands had a message that went beyond the act of vaporizing. Health benefits were being ignored, and individual companies were being built to appeal to a small demographic of cannabis users.

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The EVO from VapeXhale Shows Off Proactive Cannabis

VapeXhale wanted to push those boundaries by providing information and resources about the benefits not just of vaporizing, but of incorporating responsible cannabis into daily activities. The cannabis community is seeing more and more brands push away the lazy stoner stereotype, and products like the EVO will help illuminate the diversity within the cannabis community.

The EVO is designed to vaporize flowers and extracts, giving it a lot of appeal as one of the top units in terms of versatility. Pick one up this holiday season at www.vapexhale.com.

The Future of Accurate Cannabis Consumption

Companies like VapeXhale and Blunt Ventures are building better hardware options for cannabis patients. Vaporizers, grinders, scales, and other cannabis accessories are not new to the cannabis community, yet in recent years, innovation for cannabis hardware seemed to have fallen off as a priority.

As cannabis moves into a more positive social role, hardware technologies like the EVO and the Grale will help guide inexperienced users as they become comfortable with cannabis consumption.

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Smoke Reports appreciates companies that create a product and immediately start eyeing improvements for their customers. Blunt Ventures, VapeXhale, and many other hardware companies have the opportunity to demystify the dangers of cannabis by offering responsible consumption methods.

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If you would like to hear about more cool cannabis hardware, reach out to us in the comment section below, or send us a message. For the most up to date info on Smoke Reports, follow us on Twitter @smokereports or like us on our Facebook page.

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