Connecting to Your Higher Self
Cannabis is an important herb in our house and we’re fortunate to have a program in our state that allows for medical marijuana. For those who are looking for more information below are links for the Department of Health website as well as links for their applications.
So I hosted a family reunion this weekend. It seems I would only see that side of my family at funerals or an occasional bump in at one of our favorite restaurants. I have fond memories of my childhood around the holidays and the last time I can remember a holiday with my family was well over 20 years ago. Needless to say, it was time for a get together!
One of my favorite memories is visiting my grandmas house for Christmas and looking for our personal ornaments. Over the years we each had our own and it was exciting finding them year after year. I even remember licking them to taste the salt.
This year I decided to bring back the tradition of salt dough ornaments. A special memento for our reunion, bringing old and new together.
1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2(+/-) cupish warm water
Bake in 250 degree oven for two hours.
Here’s the original link Salt Dough Ornaments
My first batch came out a bit dry, you can see the cracks in the picture above. The second batch was much better after adding a bit more water for smoothness. I knew I would be painting mine so smooth was good.
I’m glad I made two batches since I only had a few left overs and much more inspiration to finish them off later. Poor planning left us without ribbon to hang and I chose not to shellac them but we had a great time anyway.
Members of the family were able to take the ones I made and those provided inspiration for their masterpieces in return.
All-in-all it was a huge success and I loved seeing the creative genius of my little cousins. Hopefully they’ll continue to pass the tradition on and they’ll be able to tell their families where it came from. I’m grateful for my family’s participation and their help in letting me relive a bit of childhood. My grandparents would be amazed at how big our family has grown.
This has taught me that tradition is important and if I want it, I need to create it. My goal is to at least do salt ornaments as gifts from now on. They’re so versatile and any occasion works. What tradition you would bring back from your childhood? Tell me about your favorite holiday memory.
Oh, if you’re wondering how medical marijuana relates, I was medicated during the planning process, the creative process, the actual reunion, and writing this. Sativas work well for my energy and creativity and Indica works for my pain. I try to focus on the benefits of the medicine and if I medicate and dose accordingly then it helps me complete my to-do list for the day.
So partake in your favorite medicine blend an don’t forget to tell me what tradition you would bring back from your past.
From my family to yours, have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
There’s nothing quite like taking your first hit of a new strain from a clean apparatus. True flavors can be appreciated and not tainted with old resin and ash. Check out our dirty glass below, before I cleaned them.
All you need is some salt and 91% alcohol. I like to use my super long pincers and a magic eraser. It helps to get those tough to reach and hard to clean areas.
Pour in some salt and alcohol – and shake! Be careful if you have fragile pieces with necks or fine details, we don’t want those to break.
Instead of pouring it down the sink, we reuse ours by saving it in a plastic tub after use. Once it’s empty, make sure you rinse well. Salt can hide in small areas and the alcohol can be tasted if not rinsed thoroughly.
You’ve now got shiny clean glass! Sit back and admire the beauty of your piece.
My most gratifying piece to clean… I seriously thought it was made black. Nope, clear glass with blue and yellow.
Enjoy the full flavor of your medicine by spending a few minutes to clean your pieces once in awhile, it’s worth it. Residual ash and resin can build up tainting your first inhale of fresh medicine.
So do yourself a flavor and clean your glass, then show me your before and after pictures!
I need one.
And the struggle is real. I can’t remember when I last took one but it was a long time ago. Now I need a serious one, for several reasons. I don’t get high anymore, at least not like I used to. My lungs and throat could use it. It’s expensive. Anything I smoke puts me to sleep, anything. Edibles, sleep. Vape, sleep. I should be caught up on my sleep but I feel exhausted all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I sleep damn good at night but it’s never enough and I don’t remember my dreams anymore. And that’s a pisser. Which is my main reason for wanting a tolerance break.
Before weed I loved falling asleep at night because I looked forward to what dreams would show up. They were so vivid and telling but the downside was that I would get bouts of insomnia. Now I sleep all night, but I can’t remember my dreams. Unfortunately, I don’t know if I can balance this one. Smoking has become such a part of my life that it’s hard to just not smoke. Thomas needs it for his pain and so his consumption is way up there. He could use a tolerance break as well but for him it’s much harder. The pain gets unbearable. For me, it’s not so bad and I can go longer periods of time without cannabis.
But let’s be honest; while we’re smoking our medicine for the aches and pains, there’s also a social aspect to it. I love sitting in the bathtub with my hubby, sharing a joint and 4 bowls, listening to music and talking about the day. Sitting around with my family laughing our asses off about whatever is always fun. Our house is probably very different than most in that we have two adult kids living with us and a third that comes over and hangs. They’re all over 21 and each have their own lives but we spend a lot of time together and the majority involves smoking, drinking, and just having fun.
It’s hard to participate in things like that when I’m the one person not partaking and the natural habit is to puff, puff, pass; I usually give in to the offer. So here I am, getting ready to load another bowl and contemplating another tolerance break. They say I should get rid of all the weed in the house before I quit. Another justification for lighting up. Maybe I should just go camping for two weeks alone. Or, maybe I should just slow down and plan a little better. Tolerance breaks are still needed and I don’t see cannabis leaving anytime soon, I suppose I’ll have to figure out a way to do both. Probably cutting back is a good start.
It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes before my dreams start making an appearance once I actually commit to a break. I’m certain I’ll be writing those down as they come.
As it turns out, the cannabis industry wasn’t as easy as I thought…
In 2017 Canna Connect became an approved NM DOH courier for the cannabis program. Setting out to help the patients with our delivery business and partnering with Fruit of the Earth Organics in Santa Fe, we were able to get our courier license in March. Let’s just say, Universe decided the courier business was not to be ours.
Because of federal law, cannabis banking issues, and NM DOH regulations for couriers, we never really got the business going. More importantly, events in 2017 set us on a different path and our vision for Canna Connect changed over the year. We were ahead of our time, (un)fortunately it just wasn’t the right time. A delivery program is still much needed and thankfully, local dispensaries are starting to make that happen but last year afforded me the opportunity to see the industry up close and I‘ve decided step away and take a different approach.
How’s that for impact?
Although 2017 seemed to be the year from hell for a lot of people, I just look at it as a course correction. I’m still passionate about cannabis and access for all patients but I felt like I wasn’t making enough of an impact. I can stay at home baking keif cookies, crocheting beanies, and supporting my family while educating other patients through my own experiences. And to be honest, that seems a hell of a lot more fun and helpful than trying to run a business that the government doesn’t support and tries to shut down. Plus I can reach so many more people this way!
With that being said, while I’m not delivering cannabis any more, I am delivering a whole new cannabis experience. My goal is to educate and advocate. I have a special affinity for seniors and I will do what I can in my community to help them. Seems appropriate since I’m an old soul and I like to do crafty stuff. You’ll be seeing a lot of Canna Crafts, especially since it’s winter right now and I’m on a mission to make my home a summer retreat this year.
I’m thankful for everyone who helped Canna Connect get started as a courier service and I’m looking forward to seeing their businesses grow. It’s just time we got out of the fast lane.
So here we go. Today I’m celebrating my birthday with a re-birth of sorts.
Welcome, where life happens on weed and it’s so enjoyable!
When I met Ellen I had already been following her Facebook page and watching her help clients for a while. I wanted to see if what I did would help her do what she does. It took us awhile to finally connect and when we did we had a great time getting to know each other. Sitting at the local coffee and chocolate house we talked about what she was needing in her life and how a mala could help. The main request was clarity. She wanted to use Abalone and likes blues and greens.
Amazonite is the majority of the stones along with Aventurine sprinkled in the mix. Amazonite is a good luck stone that echoes the color of the Amazon river. A stone of clarity it works with the Heart and Throat chakras to truthfully communicate our hearts desires. Amazonite helps create opportunities of being in the right place at the right time and prosperity. Add “The Luckiest Stone” to the mix and opportunities abound. Aventurine quiets roving thoughts and is a reaffirming stone during times of change aiding in clarity. Also working with the Heart chakra, Aventurine encourages us to…. Speculate to accumulate.
While Ellen was able to go through some of my personal mala’s she gravitated towards the Aquamarine, which is natural since she has a fondness for the ocean. As a connection stone to the sea it’s conducive to revelations and accelerates intellectual reasoning and is used by prophets, shamans, healers, and mystics.
Onyx beads are used as markers to harnesses the power of cleansing and releasing negative energy so that thoughts can be interpreted more clearly. A great stone for protection and overcoming hesitancy with strong intuition.
One of the other stones Ellen was attracted to was Pietersite. One of my personal favorites, it is often called the Tempest Stone and is considered to hold the “Key to the Heavens”. I was able to find just the right shade of blue to compliment the greens and use it as a the Guru bead. Comprised of Hawk’s Eye, Tiger’s Eye, and Jasper in Quartz; Pietersite is an amazing stone to use for inner guidance, wisdom and making the right choices. It helps open us up to new thoughts and ideas as well as being more observant. The yellow and browns in Tiger’s Eye works with the lower chakras while the blue in the Hawk’s Eye works with the Throat and Third Eye chakras. Pietersite creates a clearing and cleansing of energy fields and is great for aligning all chakra’s. As the Guru bead, it’s an extremely powerful bead that enhances the other beads intentions through it’s own Quartz powers and student/teacher relationship. Perfect for shamanic journeying and seeing the big picture over time.
The tassel always represents the lotus flower and reminds us that without mud there would be no lotus while white symbolizes new birth and new beginnings with a clean slate. Adding Abalone adds natural shielding with tranquility and confidence while a higher perspective allows us to view situations with understanding. The mother-of-pearl that lines the abalone shell, in tandem with the shell itself, are said to activate intuitive qualities like clarity in regards to situations.
Using all the stones in the mala and harnessing their natural powers can aid in the clarity desired. Depending on how often you use/handle your mala, you may want to sage, cleanse, and charge accordingly. To learn more about each stone please visit some of my favorite websites below.
|Peace & Love
Amazonite – Stone of Courage and Truth used to communicate true thoughts. A stone of prosperity it assists one in being in the right place at the right time for new opportunities. Increase in clarity and self-esteem.
Aventurine – Thought to be the luckiest of all crystals. Aligns conditions so that opportunity is inevitable. Works with the Heart chakra and brings joy and a zest for life. Reinforces decisiveness and helps with geopathic stress. Balances emotions bringing inner harmony.
Aquamarine – Calming, connection to the sea, conducive to revelations, a stone of shamans. Works with the Throat chakra. Accelerates intellectual reasoning. Travel crystal, especially near or around water or over long distance. Useful through transition and change. Empowerment. Ani-aging effects and useful in baths along with salts.
Onyx – A powerful warrior stone it helps stop negative thought patterns. Free’s one from self-doubt and is a marvelous stone for wise decision-making and amplifying intuitive gifts. Keen senses and sharp instincts. Great for energy retention when a boost is needed to keep up physically. Helps block and transmute negative energy from others by releasing it back to Universe as a more positive vibration. Happiness and good fortune are around the corner.
Pietersite – Capable of tapping in to Akashic records. Master skills of teaching and speaking. Grounds the physical energy centers to etheric realms. Holds the “Key to the Heavens”.