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Cannabis Consciousness

Cannabis has had a horrible PR Agent for centuries. For as long as the cannabis plant has been used recreationally as well as for healing purposes, there has always been some force larger than itself that has deemed cannabis unsafe and unsavory. For centuries, all over the world, cannabis has been used for healing modalities, hemp used to make ropes, clothing and paper materials. When it comes to medicine, cannabis has been used to treat an array of diseases and ailments that had a reach as great as China, India, Egypt, Greece, Netherlands, and several Middle Eastern Countries.

Cannabis Consciousness is a term that came to me during an evening of one of my favorite new explorations of the healing modalities of this plant: Bend + Blaze. I sat down and rolled out my yoga mat and began stretching and moving while take moments in between child’s pose to light up a joint, relax, really feel the music, actually be conscious of my breath through the flow of ever movement and asana. For once I felt the openness and freedom from yoga and stretching, but also felt aligned, grounded, present. In that moment – although as trivial as it may sound to an experienced yogi – I truly understood the power this plant has, and the medicine it is able to provide not only on a mental and physical level, but within our spirit bodies and consciousness.

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Working with Cannabis for Healing

Cannabis is a complex plant with over 400 chemical compounds of which more than 80+ of them are cannabinoid compounds. There are several studies over the past three years alone that have shown the healing properties of the cannabis plant. For many who understand the basic concept of disease, thanks to science we know that most chronic diseases are formed in extremely “acidic” and “inflammatory” environments. Both CBD and THC have been studied with results showing decrease in inflammation after consumption. Although there have been many tests and studies that have shown the healing properties of the cannabis plant, the two major cannabinoids (CBD and THC) were discovered just over fifty years ago. In 1963, the second cannabinoid that was isolated and studied was CBD.

Just like we have an Endocrine System which is a chemical messenger system consisting of hormones within the body, we also have an Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System is basically cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside our bodies. In 1992, the Endocannabinoid System was discovered by Raphael Mechoulam as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus. In Scientific terms, this is a fairly new system that has been tested and studied.

Cannabis has been shown for hundreds of years to aid in healing on all dimensions of the self from the mental, emotional, and spiritual / soul levels. Currently, there are many studies being done to find the healing properties and ailments cannabis provides.


Treatment Possibilities

Many believe that medical cannabis or medical marijuana has the ability to cure and control several different diseases such as cancer. Researchers found that marijuana could slow down Alzheimer’s disease and it could also help people with diabetes. Here are a few possible treatments that cannabis provides.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Neurological, neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric illnesses
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Arthritis
  • HIV
  • Bone Deficiencies
  • Acute AND Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Auto-Immune Diseases
  • PTSD


Everlasting Words

Currently, the divide on cannabis seems to be the same divide we have for different political parties or whether eating a high carb high fat diet is better than a vegan, plant based diet is better for you. When speaking about Cannabis Consciousness, I always urge people to look beyond the criminalizing and fear-based opinions that are projected in the media and government. Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science communicator in astronomy and other forms of natural sciences. in 1969, he wrote in his essay, “Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds”.

This statement holds so true. When we use cannabis consciously, ethically, responsibly, and honor the plant for its divine wisdom and medicine it has to offer, everything begins to shift. I want to emphasize, for me and my own personal experience and use for cannabis medically, it has worked on so many levels for me. However, I walked into this journey working with this medicine with an open heart and open mind. For those who work with this plant for it’s healing properties and medicine- this is what Cannabis Consciousness is about. It’s for all my brothers and sisters who are looking to plants as their medicine and allies. By returning back to our ancestral roots, we look for healing solutions rather than covering wounds with temporary, pharmaceutical bandages. May you be well. May you heal. May you find peace and joy in the process and with this medicine.


Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.

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Seasons of Our Life

WTF, how is it already March? I seriously felt like there was a glitch in my system when I opened my phone this morning to see it was actually March 1st. Are we seriously almost ready to bring in Spring?? I feel like New Years Eve just passed… One thing I have been saying over and over lately is how we are cyclical beings- meaning we are not linear. It’s important when trying to create a life of balance and harmony to live with the seasons and see how they correlate with different “seasons” in our life.


Seasons of the Year

Many of us understand the principles of the yearly cycles and seasons; we have Spring (March – May 31st), Summer (June – August 31st), Fall (September – November 31st), and Winter (December – February 28th). As the seasons change, certain flowers begin to bloom, different vegetables and fruits thrive, the weather changes. Mother nature has mastered the ebb and flow of our seasonal cycles. All of these changes in nature mark the passing of the calendar year. No matter where you live in the world, attributes of the seasons may vary by location, but there are still broad definitions that many can relate to.


Seasons of Our Life


This is something I mention often in The Activated Living Podcast. When I mention the seasons of our lives, I am focusing on two things here: Your own personal development and where you currently are at in that particular point in your life, and the 4 major life cycles that we experiences with our time on Earth. Understanding how I grew with life’s changes and cycles was a huge eye-opener for me in terms of how I express myself in this reality. Change in life is inevitable, just like the seasons and change in weather. Some of the big questions I asked myself were, “How do I usually deal with change?” “Do I typically find myself resisting change, or embracing it?” Each season in our lives brings forth valuable information and lessons that we learn about ourselves on a core level.


The Season of Spring

Planting Seeds, Seeking Knowledge, Forming New Habits

The season of Spring is built upon a foundation of new habits and skills, the quest for gaining new insights and knowledge, and a deeper level of understanding ourselves and those around us. In the spring, seeds take root and vegetation begins to grow. Spring is a fantastic time to capitalize on dynamic thinking, learning opportunities, empowering new habits and collaborations. The energy that is coming forward with Spring typically invites excitement, anticipation, deep levels of self-understanding and purpose. In a sense, you could say this is a time when you may be resurrecting and revitalizing parts of your inner psyche, healing emotional wounds, and moving forward with a big project. Take a moment to consider previous “Spring Seasons” in your life and how it transformed your personality, habits, and life.


The Season of Summer

Inspiration, Passion, Desires, Relaxing, Celebration

Summer isn’t just about pool-days, tanning, and sipping on delicious superfood-smoothies, but it’s also a time for self-reward, relaxation, celebration, and personal fulfillment. This in turn typically inspires deeper understanding of our consciousness, boosts of confidence, and inspires passion. The season of Summer in your life is where everything you have been working toward during spring is now part of your life experience and reality. All of the new habits, developed skills, knowledge acquired, and all that hard work you put into achieving your goals has paid off. For those who are creatives and entrepreneurs, it may seem like this day will never come. But once the season of Summer comes- it’s time to start basking in the glory of everything you have created and accomplished.


The Season of Fall

Hesitation, Lack of Actions, Comfort Zone

Our life cycles come and go as the seasons do, however many empaths may feel a stronger connection to their “Fall/ Autumn Season”. As the days get shorter and darker, so does the energies that a “Fall Season” may have on our life’s path and journey. Some energy that tends to be very prevalent during the fall season is pessimism, hesitation, lack of action, second-guessing, un-realistic thinking, and becoming more of a prisoner to our comfort zones. The Fall Season usually brings forth problems, mistakes and difficult life transitions. It often unearths feelings and hurried emotions of disappointment, stress and frustration. For those experiencing their Saturn Return- it may seem like you’re in a never ending cycle of Fall and Winter. But trust me- there is always a light at the end of a dark road. Consider how your Fall Seasons have shaped and transformed your personality and built your character. What valuable lessons have you learned from the fall seasons of your life?


The Season of Winter

Fear, Guilt, Grief, Emotional Unrest, Hibernation, Planning

Winter. A time for reflection and hibernation. During the fall and winter  times is when trees send their roots deeper into the soil, regenerating for the spring to come forth. The winter seasons is usually the toughest for many people. Questions arise such as, “Why is this happening to me?”, “Why am I feeling so tired?” “Am I depressed?” “When is this all going to be over??”.
Typically when we ask these questions there tends to be painful lessons attached to them. It’s difficult. It can be painful. Feelings of regret, fear, grief, and emotional unrest may come to the surface during this Winter Season. These feelings and experiences are here to shape us and adapt to understanding these are transformational times in our lives where we transition from one way or thinking or expressing ourselves into another. You are in a significant transition period of your life. Deep self-reflection and planning is exactly what you need to get your life back on track. It’s time now to think realistically and thoughtfully about the foundations you must build to move your life forward.


Key Points to Remember

We’re ALL cyclical beings. We may not experience these cycles in any chronological order. But I guarantee you, we all experience every cycle in some form or capacity during our time here on Earth. Over the course of a lifetime it may seem like you experience more Winter than Summer, or vice versa. And that’s perfectly ok. We all have individual lessons and karma we bring into this lifetime to manage, sort through, and hopefully raise above (that’s the goal, isn’t it?). The seasons of our life change abruptly and learning how to successfully navigate these oceans may take a lifetime to master. Hopefully these insights can ease you through whichever season you’re experiencing in your life.

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Versatile Blogger Award

What a great Monday it’s been so far! I woke up from a beautiful night of pampering myself and listening to the rain. I had some notifications this morning that I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the amazing and sweet Chevy from Chevy Takes the Mic. Super gracias chica! Over the past year I have taken a more serious step into writing about subjects that not only are important to me, but also look at several different modalities of health, holist living, and wellness. In that same light, I have been engaging with other bloggers on twitter, instagram and other social media handles. The diversity and talent I’ve see from so many bloggers who look at blogging as their career or even part time bloggers who write just to write- it’s challenged me to dig deep and create great content along all my social media platforms. I’m constantly inspired!


7 Facts About Me

I have written personal testimonies about my experience from leaving an abusive relationship, as well as my personal experience running health and wellness retreats in Mexico, however I’ve never written any “About Me” posts. So whether you have been watching the evolution of Activated Living blog space or you’re new to my little corner of the internet, Welcome! Sit back. Get comfy. And here are 7 random facts about me.

  1. I speak 5 languages; English, Spanish (conversational), Turkish (Conversational), Russian (Beginning), and learning Italian
  2. I’ve studied several forms of dance from jazz, tap, ballet (intermediate), african dance, hip hop, modern and contemporary over the span of 20 years
  3. I started The Activated Living Podcast where I discuss several modalities of health + Wellness
  4. In 2016 I was diagnosed with several different auto-immune diseases and I took my health into my own hands looking to create a holistic way for healing- however I was experiencing symptoms since I was 8-9 years old
  5. I dropped out of Art School for a fantastic opportunity in Los Angeles as a Photo Studio Manager for the entertainment and music industry
  6. I’m NOT vegan (yet), but I live a plant-based lifestyle with small occasions when I enjoy fresh caught fish or free range chicken (and I’m definitely not dogmatic about mine or anyone else’s food choices)
  7. I have traveled to 16 different countries in my lifetime so far


Versatile Blogger Award Nominees

  1. Life As Diana – http://www.lifeasdiana.com/
  2. The Balanced Blonde – https://www.thebalancedblonde.com
  3. Another Station, Another Mile – https://anotherstationanothermile.com
  4. Jade Marie – http://jademarie.co.uk
  5. The Cozy Stylist – https://cozystylist.com
  6. Sarah Eliza – http://www.saraheliza.co.uk/
  7. Cub Kit – https://cubkit.co.uk/
  8. Sugi Says – https://sugisays.com
  9. Joy Celau Official – http://www.joycelauofficial.com
  10. Forever the Wanderer – http://www.foreverthewanderer.ie
  11. Kabuki Rune – http://kabukirune.com/
  12. Soph Hearts –https://sophhearts.com
  13. Charlotte Nichole – http://charlotte-nichole.com/
  14. Luxury Blush – https://luxuryblush.co.uk
  15. Mischievous Words by Marta – https://mischievouswordsbymartaazra.wordpress.com


Versatile Blogger Award Rules

1. Say thank you to the person that nominated you.
2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
3. List seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominated 15 other bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. 


xoxox
Amanda