from Living Well Magazine February 2019
by Living.Well Magazine
A Woman's Guide to Cannabis: Using Marijuana to Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better–and Get High Like a Lady By Nikki Furrer
A woman’s handbook to demystifying the world of weed, whether it’s being used for pain relief, a moment of calm, or a fit of giggles.
Women of all ages are using cannabis to feel and look better. For rookies and experienced marijuana users alike, this lively, information-filled book is just the supportive guide you need to find the right dose to relieve anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and mitigate the onset of dementia and other signs of aging. Plus boost moods, ease aches, even lose weight, and get restful sleep. And a dose just for fun? Well, that works, too!
Here’s how to navigate the typical dispensary, with its overwhelming options of concentrates, edibles, vape pens, and tinctures. Understand the amazing health-giving compounds found in cannabis—THC, CBD, terpenes, and more—and how to use topicals to reduce pain and give your skin a healthy glow. There’s even advice on how not to get high but still reap all the amazing health benefits.
Plus over twenty recipes, from edibles like Classic Pot Brownies and Netflix and Chill Caramels to self-care products like Radiant Glow Serum and Happy Body Bar.
We also get amazing benefits when we apply cannabis directly to the skin. Cannabis-infused creams, lotions, and oils have powerful antiaging benefits in addition to relieving serious skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Healthy skin needs antioxidants; vitamins A, C, and E; and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Cannabis is loaded with all of them. Marijuana is anti-inflammatory and antifungal, and clinical research has shown that antioxidants in marijuana support lipid production, which regulates the oil in skin and controls acne and dry patches. The skin, hair follicles, sweat glands, and sebaceous glands have receptors for cannabinoids and terpenes to lock into and work their magic. Creams and lotions won’t get us high (because the THC absorbed by the skin does not enter the bloodstream), but they will give us the best skin we’ve ever had. Dispensaries now have small selections of cannabis-infused creams, but these creams are formulated for pain, not great skin. Someday soon, cannabis producers and beauty experts will get together and create fabulous moisturizers and eye creams for various skin types in pretty packaging that we just pick up at the dispensary, but until that day, we have to make our own.
Just a few short years ago, dispensaries offered marijuana flower and poorly made marijuana-infused candy. That was pretty much it. But now, we can buy transdermal patches, mouth sprays, and suppositories in dispensaries. Cannabis medicine makers are constantly developing new products, and they’re focused on making medicine that not only gets us high, but also makes us feel better. Remember that a psychoactive high depends on the amount of THC in a single dose, but the high also depends on how we consume that THC. We can eat, smoke, vape, or rub into our skin 10 milligrams of THC, but the effects and the highs will be different for each. Smoking 10 milligrams of THC gets us really high. Eating 10 milligrams is a mild high, and 10 milligrams of hand cream won’t get us high at all.
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