10 Day #SELFCARE Challenge

Join Humboldt Harvest and Love Life CBD for 10 days of #SELFCARE

What day is it? What month is it? We understand the stress that so many of us are feeling during this moment in time of uncertainty with many unknowns. Right now it is especially important to remember to be gentle on ourselves. It is in the spirit of being kind to oneself, that Humboldt Harvest and our sister company Love Life CBD have teamed up to challenge you to 10 days of #SELFCARE. We will be posting self-care inspiration every day, May 20th-29th, on Instagram @humboldtharvest and @lovelifeCBD. Each day’s challenge is meant to be inspiring and fun, we invite you to challenge your friends and family. We have posted all 10 days of the challenge here, realizing you may want to plan ahead for the next day’s challenge, see what you’re getting into, or maybe you want to participate but don’t have Instagram. We are very excited to see how you make each day’s challenge unique to you.

Invitation to Join Humboldt Harvest and Love Life CBD's 10 Day Self Care Challenge

SELF CARE CHALLENGE GIVEAWAY! Enter to win a Love Life CBD gift set valued at $98

Entering to win is easy: 

#1- Follow @lovelifecbd and @humboldtharvest

#2- Participate in one or more days of our 10-day #selfcare challenge. 

#3- Post a photo or video of your interpretation of any of the days of the challenge on your IG with the hashtag #HHLLselfcare

#4- Tag @lovelifecbd and @humboldtharvest

You can enter up to 10 times, once for every day of the challenge. This challenge is about inspiring self-care, we realize you may not be able to participate in the day’s activity on the same day we post, that’s ok, you have up to June 9th to get all your posts in for the contest. We will be drawing the winner on June 10th. The winner will receive a Love Life CBD Ylang Ylang and Lavender CBD lotion and a CBD Calm Tincture, you must have a US shipping address to win.

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Sale ends May 31st

50% OFF Love Life Ylang Ylang & Lavender CBD Lotion with the purchase of any CBD Tincture at Love Life CBD. Use coupon code: SELFCARE

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Athletes and Cannabis: A Mini Blog Series

Danielle: Reaching New Heights

 

In a place buffered by mountains, ocean, and redwood forests, Humboldt County caters to athletes of all kinds. As part of this mini blog series, we decided that we wanted to talk to strong women in our area who mesh cannabis and athleticism. The first strong woman who we had the pleasure of chatting with was Danielle.

Danielle is a climber, dancer, performer, and all-around-badass chick. When we sat down together at Far North Climbing Gym in Arcata, California, Danielle was eager to tell us about her latest activities, experiences as an athlete, and wisdom for living.

She shared: “I like to do a lot of things. I kind of consider myself a little bit like an octopus where I have, you know, all my tentacles going all at once. Sometimes I take breaks from one tentacle and focus on another one, but I always make my way back.”

About Danielle

Danielle grew up on a dance company, dancing 40 hours a week and then traveling on the weekends to compete. Looking back on that time, she realized that she was on a full-blown athletic training program without even realizing it. These days she rock climbs, teaches pole dancing, focuses on music production and performance, and teaches at a preschool. She mixes dance, martial arts training, and her climbing in all that she does. She also uses cannabis.

We asked Danielle about the forms of cannabis that she uses, to which she replied: “Everything. I love that plant so much. It’s awesome.”

For many people the integration of cannabis with athletic performance might seem counterintuitive, but Danielle shared tremendous insight on the topic.

“Take rock climbing for example,” she offered. “When I would go to the climbing gym without using cannabis, before I discovered it as a useful tool in that way, I feel like I just worked myself really hard and just got really frustrated with myself a lot. I was just being kind of mean to myself in the way that I was learning. After I discovered how to use it before going in [to the gym], I’m now a lot more patient with myself and remember that I’m doing this for fun, and to make my body feel good… and not hurt it and demean it. So, that’s how it really helped me.”

Training

Many times physical athleticism is the primary focus of a training regiment, but Danielle spoke at length about the mental benefits she receives from cannabis and how taking care of your mental space is as important as training physically. In fact, through her experiences, mental exploration has allowed further insight into her physical condition. Utilizing meditation and cannabis has allowed Danielle to acutely tune in to her body’s needs.

“I feel like I can really zoom into my body a lot more clearly than I used to. And I think a lot of that has to do with how I do a lot of vipassana meditation or I apply that into my meditation. And, that’s all about body scans. When I give myself cannabis, then I can just zoom in and as I’m doing those body scans it’s easier for me to find out where there’s tension or misalignments and be able to figure out how to fix it.”

Stereotypes

Stereotypes of cannabis paint it as a substance that impairs brain functions, but Danielle described using it as a means to heighten her awareness. She countered, “Cannabis is an amazing tool when it comes to meditation. And sure, we can definitely get into that close state of mind without cannabis, but sometimes it also helps you skip a few steps. It’s like, alright, I know how to do that and fight off all of those thoughts, or I can just take a little hit and then see where it takes me.”climbing danielle

Danielle’s experience with cannabis has helped her as an athlete and performer. Despite her personal success, many people remain wary of cannabis as a tool. No matter what way you experiment with cannabis, Danielle recommends “starting out with some really good guidance. Make sure when you’re going to experiment with it that you’re around people that make you feel safe, so you can explore safely.”

When we asked her if anything has surprised her about her journey with cannabis, Danielle replied:

“It surprised me how good of a person I’m capable of being. I honestly don’t know if I would have been able to tap into that without cannabis–in all honesty. It helped me chill out, because I used to be really hard on myself about everything. That plant gave me the opportunity to chill and listen to myself. And, to see that, hey, I am a good person.”

As a piece of parting wisdom she stated, “Remind yourself that everything is good, everything is chill. Remind yourself of that whether you’re stoned or not stoned.”

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Clark and Even More

Holiday Herbs: Cannabis Politics Around the Holidays

The holidays are a time for meals, festivities, and gatherings of family and friends. These times which inspire conversations around the turkey or menorah (or however you choose to celebrate the winter holidays) are also notorious for bringing together different views and politics.

For those who use cannabis products for medicinal purposes, perhaps this choice doesn’t quite fit at the table with the mashed potatoes and the gravy. For those of us with leanings towards the leafy green medicine, the stigmatization of cannabis can be a hard topic to digest. So, here’s our outlet: Let’s talk about politics – cannabis politics.

 

Cannabis politics…is cannabis really still political?

With different states taking new positions on cannabis use and its subsequent regulation, medicinal products are still broadly discussed. While using Tylenol or Advil might not seem like a political move, the preference of cannabis and hemp derived products over pharmaceuticals is still subject to strong political and social beliefs.

Though some communities or regions of the United States might experience cannabis use as regularly and freely as alcohol consumption, the days of cannabis prohibition are still very much reflected in the lives of cannabis consumers, medicinal or otherwise.

So, while the politics of cannabis might seem more mainstream than previous years, the debate can still mean challenging terrain for the medicinal user in different social settings.

 

How does this stigma affect medicinal patients?

For those who use cannabis medicinally, one of the hardest things might be the secretiveness and the seclusion surrounding your medicine. This guilt and even shame, of pursuing a medicine that doesn’t fit with the family’s traditions, can be a challenge.

While there might not be any easy way to navigate this, perhaps family time is actually the perfect space for feeling proud of the medicine you use and the way your life has been affected.

Most of the stigmas surrounding cannabis are based on historical fanaticism that has long been disproven. However, the same arguments continue to be recycled year after year. Finding out what concerns people have about cannabis might create inroads for productive conversation. You never know when someone might start coming around to cannabis.

So, maybe 2018 is the year to start talking politics – cannabis politics. At the very least, you can take comfort in the fact that many people are struggling with the same awkward conversations!

 

How can you identify a cannabis sympathizer?

Anyone can be a cannabis sympathizer and respect the benefits of medicinal products. Here’s a funny story: My conservative mother, who is also interested in herbal remedies (you know, lemon balm and St. John’s wort) found herself in need of some alternative healing solutions. A quick search for herbal stores online provided her with a list of businesses in her area. (You can see where this is going.) She headed to the first one on her list and bumbled into the small establishment. As she entered the shop, she quickly noticed that this wasn’t like any herbal store she had ever been in. She was immediately embarrassed – it was a dispensary!

What a trip for a conservative mom! But, to her credit, she did conclude her story with a statement about how she has observed cannabis products helping people with serious cancers and ailments. When she spoke of cannabis helping people, it was my turn to be shocked. I couldn’t be hearing this from my mom!

 

Pass the cannabis, I mean the candy canes!

Cannabis might be a challenging topic to breach with your conservative relative across the dinner table, but the use of cannabis products does still challenge people’s opinions and beliefs.

The political nature of the plant has not been discarded with recreational legalization in a select number of states, nor with medicinal provisions for patients. But, things are changing. Perhaps you found yourself recommending cannabis products to a friend or relative this holiday season. Or, maybe you had a relative reach out to you about your experience with CBD solutions. Respecting each other’s beliefs about cannabis might mean treading lightly around the topic, if you get there at all.

From my family’s dinner table, it seems that my mom’s experience in a dispensary might be one small step toward normalizing the presence of medicinal cannabis in our community. Maybe next year she will be educating others about its effects – who knows?

However your family celebrates and medicates, the personal journeys we are on with cannabis will continue into the new year. Take strength in the fact that many of us are having awkward conversations about cannabis, but inevitably cannabis heals!

 

Happy holidays!



Nicola Walters is a freelance writer and website developer for Humboldt Harvest. She spends her time hiking, climbing, and teaching, and as an advocate for cannabis education.