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Cannabis and Drug Testing

Nothing gets my blood boiling faster than someone saying I can’t use CBD because of the drug test at work. I’m not frustrated at the client…it’s the employer and the rules that follow cannabis as a whole. The testing used for cannabis is completely generic and you cannot actually get an accurate reading for how much THC is in your system. It isn’t cannabis they are looking for, however it is just THC.

Full spectrum CBD products carry at least .3% THC, which is the federal legal limit. It can show up on a drug test, if you ingest or used transdermal patches. Typically, topicals will not enter your bloodstream, so they do not hang on in your system the way other products can.

Recently, Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended because of a fail drug test, THC related. It isn’t the first time an Olympic contestant has used cannabis, either. Rules have changed recently it is time for them to change across the board, from employers to sports. People want to medicate without being a zombie or numb. Of course, people will abuse things just look at the opioid crisis, however cannabis isn’t something that can kill you.

STOP TESTING FOR CANNABIS!!

I’m ready for laws to change for our future. People have the right to medicate with plants, if they choose too. It shouldn’t be illegal. Just this week, I’ve had several people refuse a product that could help relax their muscles (topically). They said no I wish but I get drug tested. This shouldn’t be happening! It is a lotion, similar to a Biofreeze, people don’t want to lose their jobs (I totally get) over a lotion. (Again, topicals typically do not break the blood barrier.) I will look back one day and be thankful and humbled things have changed. I’m ready for it to be TODAY!

Reference to how long THC stays in your system.

Stay Blissful,

Chelsea

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Understanding Your Endocannabinoid System

Until the late 1980s, no one even knew what the Endocannabinoid system was. Raphael Mechoulam was the first to study and find many things we now know about cannabis. He discovered the endocannabinoid system with a pig brain, while studying THC. He found that mammals and humans have an entire system in our body, and the function is to balance our body. We have two different receptors working within our body, CB1 and CB2 on this ECS. (To Date 6/2021)

CB1 and CB2

These receptors are found throughout the entire body: brain, lungs, digestive system, organs, tissue, glands and immune cells. CB1 cells are the most studied. These are throughout the brain and spinal system, then scattered through your body in different systems and organs. CB2 receptors are mostly in the immune system, and fights inflammation through out your body.

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD attach to these receptors. The goal is to bring your body to balance – Homeostasis. CBD can not attach to CB1 receptor without the presence of THC. Our bodies produce their own Endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids

Anandamide and 2-AG are endocannabinoids, which means they are within our body. Both of these cannabinoids were discovered in the 90s by Raphael Mechoulam. Anandamide also known as the bliss or joy molecule. It is a mood enhancer that works on your ECS similar how THC works on your ECS. Anandamide can be broken down easily and doesn’t last in your body for very long.

A little later in the 90’s Raphael Mechoulam found another endocannabinoid in our body. 2-AG (2-ArachidonoylGlycerol) is highly present in our central nervous system.

Enzymes

According to the dictionary, enzymes are “substances produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction.” We have one for each of our endocannabinoids; FAAH breaks down the bliss molecule, anandamide and MAGL breaks down 2-ag after they are used.

We need a lot more research on our Endocannabinoid system and all of its functions. However, we are progressing at a decent speed in other countries. Eventually, America will be able to freely study cannabis as a whole and learn more about what it does on our ECS.

Check out other blogs on our ECS – Feeding Your ECS and Endocannabinoid system and Cannabinoids

Stay Blissful,

Chelsea

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Facts Over Stigma – History on Cannabis

cannabis

On my social media platforms, I have dedicated myself to presenting facts over stigma a few times a week. I want to spread my knowledge and normalize cannabis as it once was 80 years ago. As of today, we have legal dispensaries in 33 states that have legalized cannabis either medicinally or recreationally. The history of this plant is extremely important, as is what it can do for our bodies and earth. You can check out a previous blog “Fascinating Truth About Hemp.”

Today, I’m going to drop some history facts over stigma for you. You may know these and you may not. If you have any facts on cannabis not mentioned, please comment below.

History

  • At one point in our history, Cannabis was our PLANET’S number one agriculture crop. It was the primary source for fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense, medicine and essential food source for animals and humans.
  • Hemp was used as legal tender in most of America from 1631-1800s to encourage farmers to grow more. You could even pay your taxes with cannabis for 200 years across America.*
  • Majority of the paper made was made out of hemp, until 1883.
  • Benjamin Franklin started Americas first paper mills with cannabis, in 1750. This allowed Americans to have free colonial press.*
  • In the 1920s, doctors wrote 3 million prescriptions for cannabis. In addition, Cannabis was the 3rd most used over the counter and prescribed medicine.
  • At one point in our history pharmaceutical companies produced cannabis extract medicines. There were NEVER any reports of death and overdoses*
  • They used cannabis on ships, right down to the sailors clothes. Canvas sails, anchor ropes, cargo nets, fishing nets, flags, and shrouds were made from the stalk of the marijuana plant. Along with the ships charts, maps, logs, and bibles were made of hemp paper.*
  • I love this paragraph from this history book about hemp. “Finally, it must be noted that approximately 50% of all chemicals used in American agriculture today are used in cotton growing. Hemp needs no chemicals and has few weed or insect enemies – except for the US government, and DEA”*
  • Art canvas were made of Hemp. Van Gogh, Gainsborough, and Rembrandt were all created on hemp canvas. *
  • “In early 1937, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Walter Treadway told the Cannabis Advisory Subcommittee of the League of Nations that, “It may be taken for a relatively long time without social or emotional breakdown.  Marihuana is habit-forming… in the same sense as… sugar or coffee.” Source: https://ushempmuseum.us/prohibition
  • Four men in 1930s, started their journey destroying this plant. Harry Anslinger, William Randolph Hearst, Andrew Mellon, and Lammot DuPont.

*The Emperor Wears NO Clothes by Jack Herer

I will continue my journey on providing facts over stigma in the future. We are dedicated to making this plant normal, and providing education on how cannabis can benefit our world. (again)

Help me spread the love of this plant with others. Let’s break this stigma together!

Stay Blissful,

Chelsea

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Can I Fail A Drug Test Using CBD?

Cannabis flower

Can you fail a drug test when using CBD products? Yes, it is possible. We get this questions a lot when explaining what hemp and CBD is. The stigma around cannabis is real. Unfortunately, employers do not want any THC in your system. Once removed from the schedule 1 category, (we all know it will be eventually) we hope that employers will stop testing for THC.

The tricky part of the cannabinoid THC, is it is stored in your fat for up to 30-45 days. Depending on how often you use cannabis. Tinctures, flower, and edibles that have even the minimal amount of THC can throw a positive on a drug test. Topicals tend to only reach the first few layers of your skin, which may not make it to your blood stream. Some brands offer a THC free version like Joy Organics. Be aware when using THC free products that it won’t work as good as a full spectrum. The reason for this because when they are striping the THC from the flower, they also remove other cannabinoids and terpenes. Also, CBD and THC work best when they are together.

If you are subject to a drug test, we suggest you do a couple things. Perhaps, speaking to your employer about it help. Show them the bottle and receipt could help your case. We do suggest that you ask before doing in this case. We have heard so many stories of people losing their job due to using CBD products. If you don’t have a relationship with your employer or do not feel comfortable talking about it with them, we suggest that you do not ingest products that have any THC. You may use topicals for localized pain, as it is less likely for you to have THC in your system. We cannot guarantee this by any means because we are not scientist nor have a medical degree. We have done research and networking to better understand cannabis and it’s effects. Be advised you can purchase THC drug test at any dollar tree to test yourself. Everyone’s body is different and holds substances differently. Better safe than sorry.

We are not medical professionals and we do not give medical advice. We want to make sure you are safe in all ways, while using the brands we offer. You can test fail a drug test, if you ingest products that have even the minimal .3% THC.

Stay Blissful,

Chelsea

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My Journey – Tierra Curativa Part 2

Tierra Curativa Sports Rub

October I wrote my first “My Journey- Tierra Curativa,” since then myself and customers have fell in love with Tierra Curativa’s iced sports rub. Why? Let me tell you!

Ice Rub Tierra Curativa

I recently threw my back out while carrying my 50 pound daughter. She had 4 year shots and if you are a parent and have taken your child to their 4 year check up, you know that they are more aware of what is going on. It was awful. After I carried her out of the office, and all the way to the car, I was wore out. That afternoon I was at work, slightly bent over and my lower back locked. It was excruciating pain. I knew right then that was the last time I would carry my daughter.

My steps to fix my lower back were electric stimulation, chiropractic adjustment, and iced rub. I did that for 3 days. After I finished with my chiropractic appointments I would cover my lower back in Tierra Curativa iced sports rub. This helped numb, cool, and relax my lower back. The sports rub helped me move around and get things done, which if I didn’t have any on I couldn’t move. I am very thankful to have had my iced rub that day and the days that followed. I feel like I bounced right back pretty quickly. From excruciating pain to getting back to my normal everyday in less than a week.

Since I have added Tierra Curativa Iced Sports Rub to my inventory I have had rave reviews on how amazing it is. I have sold out 3 different times since adding it in October. I will constantly keep this in stock because of how it has helped me stay moving. As always, a little goes a long way when it comes to topicals, you will not use as much as you think.

Stay Blissful,

Chelsea