Mind Expansion through natural healing herbs can be used to help the immune system and bring a sense of creativity to the mind, body & spirit. Incorporating natural herbs that have been used for many centuries around the world will expand understanding that medicine is all around us. We need to step away from the chemical made creations and look to Mother Earth for healing the body naturally. Aside from consuming fruits, vegetables, and liquids that help the body, you can also look to herbs and plants such as (Mullein, Raspberry Leaf, Passion Flower, Uva Ursi, Chamomile, Peppermint and Licorice Root) that can be used to help heal the body. When mixing the herbs together you are letting the natural healing of the ingredients to purify the body. The mind opens up and you see your mood just cooling down and letting the flow takeover.
Smoking cannabis has been around for thousands of years. Archeologists recently found a 2,700 year old marijuana stash. The active ingredient in cannabis was a chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or (THC). Ingesting or smoking (THC) has a wide range of effects, from the psychoactive ‘get high’ to the physiological relief of pain and swelling. It also acts as a stimulant and depressant. Deciding which strain is best for you connects with how the body reacts to it and how the brain expands from it. There are many different strains to help relieve many symptoms as well as bringing a relaxation vibration into the body.
The recipe below has the mix of Damiana, Mugwort, Lavender and Lion’s Tail combined with the best cannabis “Jesus O.G.” (Combination of Hell’s O.G. and Jack The Ripper) to get the full experience of expanding the mind and body with what is naturally given to us. I have asked a long time and dear friend of mine, someone who truly knows about the natural herbs, organic healing and cannabis world, Krystal Xiques, if she would like to experiment with the ingredients and see happens when you combine natural herbs, plants and cannabis together for the perfect mind expansion experience.
Krystal Xiques is a reiki master healer and cannabis member consultant at a well-known San Francisco dispensary and she has been working within the cannabis industry since 2008. She has been interested in expansion of the spirit and the mind for as long as she could remember growing up and is currently experimenting with taking Shamanic workshops to work further at bringing herbal folk healing with cannabis. She experiments on herself combining meditative practice with other mind expansion substances.
Choosing Your Cannabis: This was an important step to get right for me, as every strain has it’s own ‘personality’ in terms of the types of feelings and sensations every plant will uniquely stimulate within an individual. So I chose a strain called ‘Jesus O.G’ with a very pronounced sweet citrus flavor and the result of crossing the two plants : ‘Hell’s O.G.’ and ‘Jack the Ripper’ . This cut of the strain was classified as a sativa flower. Sativas have effects that are more localized in the head, but with this strain’s influence of Hell’s OG , you also have the benefits of a light total body relaxation and euphoria, while Jack the Ripper is known to inspire happiness, energy, and focus.
I chose ‘Jesus O.G’ because it’s a sativa I’ve loved in the past for the sublime happiness it gave me. Rikyrah’s recipe puts a focus on open-ness of the mind for creativity and communing with self, as well as a light sensual and relaxed euphoria throughout the body (with Damiana as a base- you have a great kundalini stimulant – and sexual energy is the energy of creation) – so Jesus O.G seemed like the perfect magical component of this recipe to synergistically bond with the benefits of the other herbs.
Preparation: I love creating sacred space for work like this, so I lit sage around myself and my room before putting the recipe together. I also set myself up with a couple activities I wanted to focus on to really put the ‘mind expansion’ aspect of this blend to work. I had a mandala coloring book, coloring pencils, music, and a journal at my disposal. I measured everything by teaspoons (still in accordance with Rikyrah’s proportions) and ground each ingredient separately, then mixed together and rolled it up into a joint.
Smell & Flavor : After grinding, the blend had a caramel sweetness with a slight effervescence of spice. The taste when smoking it was lighter than the smell: I had hints of sweet lavender and grassiness at the end of my exhale, accompanied by a subtle soothing and refreshing feel in my chest (from the lavender most likely).
Smoking : Smooth and pleasant. I only found it to have a mild burn at the back of the throat, otherwise it was really enjoyable to smoke, like a great cup of tea; full of flavor and clean overall.
Effects : 3/4 of the way into my joint, a shift in perception took place, and I noticed the ‘expanded’ spacey feel throughout my mind, but I still had a sense of clarity. I began to feel a slight relaxation throughout my body as well. About 15 minutes later, I really felt the euphoria settling in and my body felt floaty all over, it felt really good to move. That’s when I threw on my headphones and got to coloring! Music, colors, and video were definitely enhanced. Colors/visuals were engaging, and it gradually became an all encompassing stimulating, sensual euphoria. I had an ease of mind without pervasive thought and a much happier disposition.
I progressively felt elevated, and hyper-focused in an all too familiar psychedelic type of way. Coloring was serious business and inspiration along with motivation were flowing in at this point (about 30 minutes in). My body had a sense of energy, at times with ‘the butterflies’ .
Duration of Effects : About 1 hr and 30 minutes
Overall : I had an incredibly enjoyable, uplifted yet serene feel. Although the peak effects for me were within the first 30-45 minutes, the calm focus at the back of the mind was completely consistent here. I would definitely call this something like a ‘Dancing Goddess’ blend, it was inspiring with a sense of fascination, but it puts you in connection with your body too making it a mild aphrodisiac.
Krystal expands her knowledge and love for understanding the importance of working to living a healthy and peaceful life by experiencing all that there is to learn and know about ingredients from the planet and Mother Earth. She is someone who is filled with growth and strives to achieve the best using what was given to us naturally and holistically. She is involved in the music and art world as much as the environment world. She currently lives in San Francisco where is continuing to expand her life and through her passion and appreciating that which is all around us. Thank you Krystal for sharing this experience with us!
MAKE YOUR OWN MIX:
(make sure to separate the herbs before mixing)
CHOOSE YOUR BASE (Something that is smooth, has body and burns well).
-Damiana, Mullein, Raspberry Leaf.
CHOOSE YOUR MODIFIER (2nd largest quantity in your mix after the base. They enhance the effect of your base. Choose 2 – 4 modifiers to add to your base).
-Blue Lotus, Passion Flower, Wild Dagga, Uva Ursi, Mugwort, Hops, California Poppy,
Lobella and Marigold.
ADD A FLAVOUR TWIST (Be in a smaller amount as they have a stronger taste and will finish off your blend with a unique flavour).
-Peppermint, Spearmint, Lavender, Sage, Thyme, Clove (crushed or grounded), Licorice
Root (crushed or grounded) and Stevia.
PUT IT TOGETHER (Pick out any stems / put it together in this ratio).
-3 parts Base herbs (3 handfuls of base).
-2 parts Modifiers.
-1/2 to 1 part Flavor Twist.
-Add Cannabis (that connects to mind expansion).
Herbs We Chose:
Damiana (BASE): (Tumeracea family / Passion Flower) Parts used – dried leaf
They have a nice herbaceous unique flavor and strong relaxing effect. They help with calming, uplifting and expanding creativity. They are native to the Southeast Texas, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and Brazil lands. The herb invites the mind to relax and go with the flow. Helps those that are too “in their head”. The leaves are used to ‘relieve’ excess mental activity and nervous debility.
Mugwort (1st MODIFIER): (Daisy family)
Native to Asia and Europe and are used for herbal practices. Mugwort is used to treat stomach and intestinal problems such as (colic, gas and diarrhea). It is also used to ease headaches, nosebleeds, chills, fever, nerve problems and insomnia. It is claimed to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Mugwort has an affinity for the female reproductive system and is used as a uterine stimulant that can bring on delayed menstruation and help restore a woman’s natural monthly cycle. It is an excellent digestive stimulant and is effective taken before or after heavy meals to alleviate gas and bloating. Mugwort is often used as one of the main ingredients in sleep pillows and it said to bring the dreamer more lucid dreams. It is a mild sedative and useful in calming frayed nerves and easing stress. Mixing Mugwort and Vinegar is also an excellent treatment for sciatica or muscles stiffness. Burning mugwort in moxibustion heart therapy is one of the oldest forms of Chinese traditional medicine and is used to stimulate the flow of Qi and maintain general health.
**If you are someone with allergies to fruits such as (peaches and apples); vegetables such as (celery and carrots), sunflowers, and several other plants should avoid it. **Not for long term use and avoid large doses.
Lion’s Tail (2nd MODIFIER): known as Wild Dagga & Leonotis Leonurus: (Mint family /
Wild Dagga is also known as “Wild Cannabis” and is native to Southern and Eastern Africa. Wild Dagga flowers (lion’s tail) and leaves were smoked by the Hottentot tribe of Southern Africa. It was widely used in many different treatments, in traditional African medicine, also used in case of a snake bite and as a charm to keep snakes away. It’s effects are calming and relaxing. It has the feeling of euphoria when taken. Wild Dagga also helps with high blood pressure, jaundice, hemorrhoids, dysentery, fever, headaches, influenza, asthma, and coughs. Leaves are smoked to help treat epilepsy and partial paralysis. It enhances mood, slight giddiness, increased color perception and mental clarity. Wild Dagga can also be brewed into a tea and consumed to experience the plants relaxing and soothing effects.
Lavendula (FLAVOR TWIST) common name Lavender: (Mint family / Lamiaceae)
25 to 30 species of Lavender belong to the mint family, Lamiaceae. This medicinal herb is used typically to treat fungal infections, wounds, eczema, varicose ulcers, sunburned skin and acne. It is useful for many symptoms associated with menstruation and other female related ailments. Due to its anti-spasmodic effect it may relieve menstrual cramps and it could be useful in relieving headaches and exhaustion as well as improving mood. It is also thought to stimulate the blood flow to pelvic area and uterus.
The name lavender comes from the Latin word Lavare, which means “to wash”, and refers to it’s long time use in the bath water to soothe and calm as well as ease muscle pain. Lavender is a valuable herbal treatment of insomnia. It also may slow the activity of the nervous system and therefore promote relaxation, improve sleep quality and bring about emotional balance.
Jesus O.G. (CANNABIS): Combo of “Hell’s O.G. and Jack The Ripper”
Jack The Ripper (JTR) male- is a Sativa- Dominant hybrid. It also has a high concentration of tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). It is 80% Sativa / 20% Indica. THC 18% – 19%. It also helps being energy, happiness, relaxation, uplifting the mood and being euphoric. It relieves symptoms for appetite loss, depression, fatigue, nausea, pain and stress. It’s has a earthy, lemon and tangy taste to it.
Once you have your mix and you are ready to combine the ingredients together, make sure to go by the ratio that is given. I would love to hear your experiences with trying these mixes. Which combo did you decide? Why did you decide to choose the mixture that you did. How did it make you feel? What was the experience of the expansion of the mind?
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