Medicinal and recreational weed is catching on hard in America these days. Pretty soon, the entire country will be covered in green.
If you’re living in a state that’s already legalized the herb, you may be thinking of new ways you can enjoy marijuana.
Well, why not try some weed tea? We see it as a pretty legit way to get the high you want, and it’s really simple and easy to make.
Read on to learn how to turn your next hot drink into a delightful cannabis experience.
How the Ancients Did It
You didn’t think cannabis tea was just now a thing, right?
This beautiful greenery has been around for millennia, pleasing the people in every way that it does for us today.
This is especially true of its use in India and China, where the drink was well known for its calming and spiritual effects, as well as medicinal capabilities.
They were very fond of mixing weed with their tea to create a warm, mildly psychoactive drink that they would even give to their kids to calm them down (talk about a lucky bunch of youngsters).
To this day, weed-induced tea is still the official drink of the Holi Festival of Colors each spring. Jamaicans have also had their fair share of the tea, making good use of it’s healing properties.
Seems like the only person missing is you. Time to get you caught up.
How to Make Weed Tea for Yourself
The great thing about marijuana tea is that after you learn the basics, there are a ton of different combinations you can make for good tea and a good high.
That being said, you have to learn these basics to get anything at all, or else you’ll end up with some really bad tea.
The two most popular ways to make cannabis tea is using stems and using flowers. Why not try them both and see which one works for you?
Using the Stems
Right now you’re probably saying, “Use the stems? You’ve gotta be joking.”
We’re totally not joking.
Stems are usually not your go-to when you think about getting high, but there’s a lot more to these stems than you think.
To keep things simple, the smaller the stem, the more cannabinoids, which means the more psychoactive effects you’ll feel from it.
All in all, cannabis tea made from stems is a lot milder than tea made from flowers, making it perfect for those who are sensitive to THC (or who just don’t want a weed-induced trip to the stars).
If you choose to make marijuana tea with this method, you can basically just whip it up the way you would any other basic cup of tea.
First, you’ll need to heat up a pot of water for your weed (a pot for your pot… get it?) while getting the other materials (like sugar and creamer) ready by placing them in your cup.
Make sure to crush up the stems finely or put them through a blender before adding them to the hot water. Stir the pot for 5 to 7 minutes so all the flavoring can get into the water.
After that, place a filter over the cup and pour the hot water into it. The filter should catch the stems, leaving only tasty weed water in the cup.
Grab a spoon, stir it up with a dash of honey (if you’re into that sort of stuff) and Voila! You now have a perfectly good cup of cannabis tea.
Using the Flowers
If you’re looking for the next level of high, then you should definitely go for the buds.
Using flowers is definitely more potent than using stems, but there’s a little problem that you need to take care off first.
Cannabis is naturally made up of a compound called THCA. As long as it’s in this form, you won’t be getting that ultimate psychoactive effect you’re craving.
That doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with a low-grade high. All you need to do is decarboxylate the weed.
Let’s take a walk through the details, shall we?
For those who don’t know, decarboxylation is when you take the non-intoxicating compound THCA and turn it into THC, which is much more potent and psychoactive.
This process is natural when you smoke or vape weed, so there’s no effort needed on behalf of the user.
Edibles are almost as easy: all you need to do is drop the cannabis in with some oil or butter before you heat it up, giving you the THC you crave.
When it comes to drinks, however, it’s a whole different story. You can’t smoke the weed down to THC (obviously) and water alone isn’t enough to break it down.
The best way to do this while keeping the integrity of the weed is to mix it with butter or some other type of oil-based ingredient to help break the cannabis down (about 1/2 teaspoon should be fine).
Because this can be a time-consuming process, the best way to do this is to have a premade batch of cannabis butter ready for when you need to whip of some tea in the future.
Since you’re most likely starting from scratch, take some ground up buds and mix them with the butter.
Take a tea bag, cut the top and empty out the contents, and place the weed butter in the bag. You just need something to hold and filter the butter, and tea bags are about the cheapest and best way to do it (coffee filters work too).
After the water gets to a decent temperature (don’t let it reach boiling point) place the bag into the water and let it simmer for about half an hour, then remove the bag and place the water into your cup.
Add some honey or sugar for extra flavor, and you’ve got yourself the best tea in town. Why not share with your friends?
All the Ways to Get Your Best High (Legally)
Weed tea is a pretty great way to get high, but trust us, there’s a lot more where that came from.
We know all the best ways for you to get high – legally, of course. There are a number of ways on how to get the most out of your legal cannabis, as well as fun facts on Kava, Kratom, and ways you can get high without the plant.
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Kava? Kratom? What’s the difference? Is there a difference? Does one affect you more than the other? If it does, how so?
There are so many questions and maybe even confusion in this argument over these two natural remedies. We are going to dispell rumors you may have heard and present the facts on each.
We know a lot about this stuff but only you can make the decision on what is right for you and your requirements. Read on to find out which supplement wins the kava vs. kratom debate and if either will suit your needs and fit your lifestyle.
What is Kava?
Kava is actually short for kava kava and is a remedy made from the roots of plants found on islands in the Pacific Ocean. The people native to these islands have used kava for hundreds of years in religious and medicinal practices.
It is generally consumed as a non-alcoholic beverage. But don’t let it fool you just because it is non-alcoholic. This drink is actually psychoactive and causes most people to feel more focused yet relaxed.
With heavy or overuse of the root, it is possible to develop a skin rash known as kava dermopathy or kanikani if you’re in Fiji. It is reversible when usage stops, but until then, there is a possibility of scaly skin.
Conversely, kava can be used therapeutically in the treatment of addiction. Some studies have shown that using it in this way actually reduces or eliminates cravings.
What is Kratom?
Kratom comes from a tropical tree that grows in Southeast Asia. It is known by a few other names including Biak, ketum, and Thom.
There are two compounds in kratom that interact with the opioid receptors in the brain similarly to actual narcotics. These two compounds are 7-a-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine.
Because these compounds interact with receptors similarly to the way compounds in narcotics would, you reap comparable benefits. However, with reward comes risk, so there is a chance for some less-than-pleasant side effects.
It should also be noted that in smaller doses, instead of sedation, people using this remedy have reported stimulant-like effects.
Some people use the supplement by chewing leaves, brewing a tea, or by ingesting a pill/capsule. You can also smoke it or consume it in an edible like you might other substances.
A small number of people that use this supplement report increased sweating, which leads to body odor and other malodorous problems. These odor issues are mainly in the form of chronic bad breath and offensive-smelling urine.
Luckily that oddball side effect is nothing compared to the fact that it has been shown to aid in keeping blood sugar stable. Because it reduces pain, it helps control stress eating.
Now that you know a bit about kava and kratom, you’re probably wondering what their similarities are. We’ve put together the list of similarities based on the benefits/drawbacks as well as the feeling you’d get by using either of these products.
Kratom and kava both are known to be painkillers and help treat withdrawal symptoms from other drugs. It has been noted that they are a great treatment for depression and anxiety.
It is always exciting to find a natural medicine that helps with the epidemic of addiction. Each of these has been noticed in the mental health world for the possibility of treating addiction. They both work a bit differently in the brain but the function is quite similar in that cravings are more or less ended.
Unfortunately, these supplements have a few disadvantages too. Neither is to be taken with other medications and it is unknown what dosage will affect the liver, and both can affect the stomach to varying degrees.
Generally speaking, in low doses, kratom and kava act as a stimulant. However in larger doses, they act as a sedative similar to a benzodiazepine or pain reliever; helping with sleep, stress, anxiety, and pain.
If you read the above, you might be thinking, “great, they’re pretty much the same.” While the similarities are definitely apparent, there are a few heavy differences.
Kratom actually does have addictive properties. It CAN help with addiction and aids in withdrawals. Do you remember those compounds mentioned? Those play a huge role in the addictive properties.
This means if you use kratom to come off of opioids, there is a chance you’ll deal with similar symptoms if you choose to stop taking the supplement. Not to lessen the seriousness of this problem, but remember that millions of people are addicted to nicotine and caffeine.
This clearly means that kava is not addictive and when people start and stop taking the supplement they have no annoying withdrawal symptoms.
The other huge difference is in the legality of it in the US. If you follow the news, you may have seen that the DEA is attempting to regulate or ban kratom. This hasn’t happened yet but is always a possibility.
It really depends on what side of the world you live though. In certain countries, one is banned but not the other, and in different countries the opposite is true.
Kava vs. Kratom: Who Wins?
At face value, in the kava vs. kratom debate, it may seem like for all intents and purposes, they’re the same. Both work similarly and treat many of the same ailments.
However, the two big differences listed will likely be your deciding factors. If you’ve got a history of addiction, you may want to avoid kratom because of the problems it could cause.
The legality of each will probably come into play in the coming years but one may be banned before the other.
The decision is ultimately up to you, but most people lean strongly one way or another for all types of reasons. Of course, you should never forget that there are other natural ways to get high, including exercise and meditation.
No matter what you choose or why, do it safely. Don’t drive, be honest with your doctor, and don’t let it become your number one priority. If you are interested in other natural supplements, check out other legal ways to get high.
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It’s no secret that there are a ton of health benefits to smoking marijuana.
However, we also know that, even though amazing progress has been made when it comes to legalizing marijuana, there’s still a long way to go.
You don’t want any anxiety about potential legal consequences to ruin your high.
So, what’s the solution?
Well, you need to look for safe and legal alternatives to marijuana.
One of our favorites is the blue lotus flower.
But what exactly is this plant, and what kinds of feelings should you expect to experience when you give it a try?
That’s what this post is all about. Keep on reading to learn how to get elevated without worrying about putting your reputation in jeopardy.
The History of the Blue Lotus Flower
You might be surprised to find that the blue lotus flower contains potent powers that society has been putting to use for thousands of years.
The flower, also known as the Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile, was especially beloved by the ancient Egyptians. It was often used by high priests who wanted to find a way to commune with the gods, and to experience spirituality on a completely different plane.
This is because the blue Lotus flower was thought by ancient Egyptians to be the very plant that gave birth to the first ever Sun God. Before the arrival of the plant, they believed that the world was covered in water and had no sunlight.
Once the flower bloomed, the Sun God was born, and all life extended from it.
In fact, you can even see the flower included in many ancient paintings and referenced in hieroglyphics that are thousands of years old.
Even today, the flower is seen by many as a symbol of rebirth and life — and smoking it certainly reinforces all those magical feelings and expectations.
The Science Behind the Lotus Flower
So, how does the blue lotus flower provide you with a high that’s safe, legal, and offers you some serious euphoria?
The secret is in the psychoactive substance these lotus flowers contain. Known as Apomorphine, which works to directly stimulate the dopamine receptors in your brain.
In fact, it’s even been used to help patients with Parkinson’s and other diseases rebalance their central nervous system.
Just like cannabis does, Apomorphine makes a direct connection with the natural endocannabinoids that are already present in your body. It stimulates your body’s production of these endocannabinoids, meaning that you’ll be able to feel more relaxed, fall asleep, and enjoy the “feel-good” effects faster and longer than ever.
How to Enjoy it
So, now that you know a little bit about the history and the science behind the blue lotus flower, it’s time to cover some of the most effective ways to enjoy it!
One of the most popular ways to try it is to brew it as a part of a tea. You can crush up the leaves and put it in a teabag, and let it brew for about five to ten minutes.
Then, drink it down with your favorite tea time snacks.
Depending on where you live, you may also be able to find the lotus flower in the form of an extract. This means you can just squeeze a few drops in a glass of water. Be aware, however, that it will be especially potent in extract form.
So, if taking it this way, use less than you normally would — and consider taking the rest of the day off.
You can also crush the flower and smoke it, or even put it in your vape pen.
What Feelings to Expect
As with any kind of a natural high, doing your research before you try it and knowing exactly what you should expect will help to keep you safe.
So, what should you look forward to when it comes to the effects of the blue lotus flower?
Though, as you’ve likely guessed, the effects will vary slightly depending on your body chemistry, you can generally expect to feel a few things across the board.
Many people report feeling unusually relaxed and less tense/nervous. However, they also claimed that they didn’t feel overly sedated or hazy. This means that the flower is likely an excellent way to combat anxiety and still be able to go about your day in a typical fashion.
Others say that, especially when they enjoyed the flower before falling asleep, they experienced vivid dreams. (This is another reason why the flower was so valued by ancient cultures, many of whom believed that their gods would send them a message in their dreams.)
The flower is also famous because most users report that it can quite easily be combined with alcohol to enhance the effect. This makes it an awesome and totally safe option for those who are looking to get a little bit cross-faded.
Best of all?
Those who tried out the flower state that they didn’t experience any kind of a “hangover” or come-down effect in the hours after taking the flower. In general, most users say that the flower produces a high that lasts from anywhere between 3-5 hours.
It also takes effect fairly quickly, so you won’t have to wait long to get those awesome feelings!
Want to Give the Blue Lotus Flower a Try?
We hope that this post has encouraged you to pursue a safe, natural high that won’t put your health at risk.
No matter what kind of experience you’re after, the truth is that there are all kinds of remarkable legal ways to get high — the blue lotus flower is only one of them.
Looking to take your next party to a more psychedelic level? Want to find ways to manage your pain, your stress levels, or even your depression?
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As people find creative, interesting, or legal ways to get high, now around 18 million people practice meditation. Meditation is a way to relax your mind and your body while also remaining healthy by avoiding adding anything harmful to your body.
If you’re looking for a natural high, meditation is a powerful and cost-free way to get high without hindering your ability to operate heavy machinery.
Meditation has been shown to be able to increase circulation while lowering your heart rate. For people with anxiety, this is a great way to learn to manage your symptoms.
By learning small, quick, and easy to implement meditation techniques, you can reach a higher place more easily each time.
Where drugs can require a higher dosage every time you want to get high, meditation is different. If you want to see how meditation can give you a natural high, follow these 4 tips.
1. Don’t Count Your Breaths
If you start out by counting your breaths, you won’t be able to truly let go of your feelings and dive deeply into the places that get you high. Numbers create a framework that you can’t escape from. There’s a simple linear dimension that makes it hard for your mind to diverge from.
When you start to count your breaths, you set a limit for yourself. If you avoid counting, you’ll be able to go longer than you could have imagined. While you’re inside of your breathing rhythm, you can start to get high by exploring your mind.
That basic rhythm of breathing allows you the opportunity to start to separate your mind from your body. Your physical body is a vessel for the power of your mind. When you trip out, it’s your mind that’s doing it more than the rest of your body.
Get into that state with a simple breathing rhythm. Speak a simple two-syllable mantra if you need to. It can be nonsense, but it will be your mantra that no one else will use. Let that be the key to unlock what’s in your mind.
2. Let Your Mind Go There
The hardest thing for most people to do when they’re meditating is to let their mind go to the strange and dark places it might want to. If you never truly explore those places, you’ll never know what’s there. There could be unexamined issues with friends, family, or from childhood.
What’s exciting is when you push your mind over the edge with meditation. Pushing your mind to its limit will allow you to see the kinds of things that you hide from your self and others. We all create mythologies about ourselves.
Meditation is when we get to hold up a mirror.
This natural high could take you places you never knew existed. There could be strange and unfamiliar associations you never thought you would make. There could be people in your life who you haven’t spoken to but need to.
You never know what kinds of things will come up. There could be projects you’ve let sit around because you couldn’t finish them. Your meditation could be the key to unlocking the door that’s been keeping you from getting to the latest revelation in your own work.
3. Ambient Music Can Help
If you’re struggling with being able to get to that higher place, look for some music. It will take several tries but once you find the perfect mood music, meditation will be easier for you.
Find something that has no clear rhythm and that has a kind of flat dynamic. This can be classical, jazz, or even electronic music.
There’s lots of classical music that has a simple and open kind of structure. Everything from Debussy to Phillip Glass could be potential music for your meditation. Music itself can give you a natural high if it hits you at the right moment.
Jazz is good because the song structures are so long and they have so much improvisation involved. Jazz is a very open medium that you can toss your own feelings into and get lost inside of.
Electronic music has many genres like minimalist techno and trance that are specifically made to be in the background.
Find what works for you and let it aid your high.
4. You Can Revisit Something
When you get high on drugs, it’s hard to remember what happened last time. With meditation, you can remember what happened and go back to that idea you were working on. Getting your natural high on through meditation can be the special place where you work out certain kinds of problems.
If you’re an artist or writer, you can build a big long narrative through your meditation practice. If you’re an engineer, you could dive into that problem you were dealing with all of last week.
Because you’re not really intoxicated, you’re able to recall every moment of this particular high. While you’re deep in the zone, you’ll be able to explore wild and unreasonable solutions to problems and be able to understand why they do or don’t work.
Your meditation practice can be like a sketchpad for your mind. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, stuck, or confused by something, don’t run away from it. Take a break, meditate and see what you can come up with.
Get A Natural High With Meditation
The idea that you could get a natural high without drugs might make you feel skeptical. The truth is, meditation practices are thousands of years old and have worked wonders for people throughout the centuries. Trust in your mind’s ability to provide entertainment and insight.
If you’re interested in finding out some more legal ways to get high, check out our blog for more ways to explore meditation or other alternatives.
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The legal cannabis market is expanding due to new medical discoveries and successful tax legislation. With that comes a wave of consumers who are either brand new to smoking or haven’t smoked for a very long time.
You may have heard phrases like, “Don’t bogart the joint!” or “Puff, puff, pass!” But do you know what they mean?
And how about all that smoke session lingo? How are you supposed to know what to do when someone tells you that you’re parked in the grass or that the bowl is cherried?
While the terminology may vary from location to location, there are some core principals behind every polite smoke session.
Read on to learn what you need to know to ensure you have the etiquette necessary to blaze with Snoop himself with ease, were that blessing ever to be bestowed on you.
First, Don’t Talk While it’s Your Rotation
When you are sitting in a smoker’s circle, you will most likely be passing around a joint or a blunt. If this is the case, that means that it will be constantly burning until the end of the smoke session.
Usually, rotations are about three or four people. That means that for about three-quarters of the smoke session, you won’t be in possession of the joint. During that time you can speak freely and emphatically.
But during the other quarter, you will be responsible for the amount of joint burned while you were holding it.
If you are smoking with someone and start talking with the joint in your hand, then they are watching smoke that could have been in their lungs be wasted.
Of course, trying not to talk is very difficult for some people and getting stoned doesn’t usually make it any better. But, try to be aware as much as possible.
If you are with a group of people and they think you are committing this particular infraction, they might say something to you like, “You’re parked in the grass.” to be polite.
Second, Two Hits Only
Two of the most famous smoker’s lingo phrases came from the principal of how often you should pass a joint in a rotation.
The first is, “Puff, puff, pass”. This is the basic rule for smoking with any group. When you are handed the joint, you are allowed to hit it twice before passing it to the next person.
Side note: When you pass, you should, “Pass the dutchie on the left-hand side.” While you may have thought that was just song lyrics, it’s actually used as a general rule in most smoking circles.
The second principle is, “Don’t bogart that joint!” Bogarting refers to taking more than your share of hits or keeping the joint to yourself for too long.
Even if it’s your weed that is being smoked, you should never take more than two hits at a time in a group of more than two people. It’s a courtesy and if you want people to smoke you out in the future, you should observe it.
If there are just two people smoking, then you may decide to just hit it as many times as you both want.
Most people don’t have the tolerance to go hit for hit on an entire joint with just one other person so there will be plenty to go around and it can be more relaxing to pass less often.
Third, Pay Attention to the Cherry
If you are smoking out of a bong or bowl with other people, then you have different concerns than when smoking a joint.
Once you have hit a bowl a couple times, you will start to notice a bright red glow at the center of the bowl. Many people refer to this as the cherry.
Ideally, when you hit a bowl, you wouldn’t want it to ever get cherried. The only time it is ever good is when you have a lot of people in your rotation that can take hits really quickly.
Once weed becomes cherried, it burns much more quickly and starts igniting everything around it. Most people in a smoking circle can’t move fast enough to make cherrying a bowl worth it.
If someone hands you a bowl that is cherried, you can try to tap it with the butt end of a lighter a couple times to stamp out some of the impact your hit will have on the rest of the bowl.
Forth, Corner the Bowl During the Smoke Session
You need to go into lighting a bowl with the mindset that you want to burn as little marijuana as possible. While some people are tempted to ‘torch’ a bowl and get a big hit, it’s generally very bad etiquette.
This is because there are trichomes that cover the very outside of the marijuana that is very psychoactive. When you torch the bowl, you are burning up that outer coating all at once and not leaving any for anyone else.
Instead, you should place the lighter as if you were going to light the side of the bowl and then just burn a small corner. This will maintain green in the bowl until the end so every hit has some good taste to it.
Last, Don’t Blow Into a Bong or Bubbler
This happens more often than most would think. Bongs and bubblers both have water in them and if you blow into it, the water will have to come out the holes in the opposite direction.
This would either be the carb (the small hole on the side of the bowl) or the bowl itself, which is even worse. Soaking a bowl or spreading bong water everywhere would be a bad way to spend your session.
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Now that you have learned the proper etiquette for a smoke session, you can feel comfortable with whoever asks you to light up.
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