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Can You Really Smoke Chocolate … I mean Cacao?

Cacao can be used in an herbal bath, herbal smoking blend, tea and aromatherapy dry blend.

Who would have thought that every corner of a civilized modern metropolitan society, a Coffee Shop would exist offering Hot Chocolate .. that is because Cacao along with its cousin the Coffee bean, has been used by Meso-Americans for millenniums … before any Jesus Christ.

Before we can even truly discuss smoking Cacao, we must make clear the difference between Cacao and Cocoa.

Cacao, which is what we are talking about, is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars.

Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. It has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes and even used as a high trade commodity.

The smoking of Cacao is not new to modern commerce. It has been used as a cigarette addictive in the current tobacco industry.

Even though it is labeled as a “characterizing flavor” by the current tobacco industry, studies show that Cocoa plays a role in altering sensory perceptions. And the reason for this is the Anandamide, a endogenous cannabinoid whose Sanskrit inspired name means bliss or joy.

Yes, Cacao has CANNAbinoids … the same that CANNAbis has.

So back as to why smoke Cacao. Simliar to Cannabis, Cacao provides the same kind of cannabinoid of their own – anandamide – which binds to the same receptors as THC in the brain, and mimics the pleasant feelings that cannabinoids catalyze.

Endogenous cannabinoids, like anandamide, act as keys to a network of receptors within us and have the potential to unlock some impressive properties. They help our bodies regulate a number of functions ranging from appetite, sleep, mood regulation, neuro-protection, and immune function.

So just like tobacco has been snorted, aka Snuff / Rape, so is snorting cacao. Your nasal mucosa is very vascular and things are absorbed very readily through it.

Also explains the rise of Cacao ceremonies, especially by non-indigenous individuals.

Nevertheless, the Meso-Americans have been using Cacao bean and the Coffee bean along with Cannabis buds/leaves and tobacco leaves in many religious/spiritual ceremonies due to its potent spiritual and now medicinally proven properties.

So back to, can you smoke Chocolate? As long as its pure cacao.

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Plants for Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is more than just going to the Dentist

In this video, I speak about how dental hygiene keeps your head cavity free of bacteria and viruses. The openings in our heads, ear, eyes, nose and mouth is where bacteria and viruses enter. Other than cleaning your hands and avoid touching your face . there are also techniques like:

  • 👅 Tongue scraping
  • 🌿 DIY toothpaste and mouthwash with essential oils
  • 💨 Herbal Face Steams

The best antibacterial herbs to use are:

  • 🌿 eucalyptus 
  • 🌿 peppermint
  • 🌿 neem
  • 🌿 rosemary
  • 🌿 cloves (use sparingly, this one is 🌶)

All techniques and plants used by our indigenous ancestors in keeping a balance with the micro-organism kingdoms. 

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Plantain the Bug Bite Plant

Plantain can be used as an herbal smoking blend, for an herbal bath, tea and aromatherapy dry blend.

The best anti inflammatory & anti microbial “weeed” to soothe an itchy bug bite.

Plantain , no not Platano, is an herb (considered a weed) that is found all up/down the America’s … even Central Park. Recommend researching it to know how to identify it and choose the plant that is far from roads/parking lots.

In this video, I show how to use Plantain by simply chewing a piece of the leaf and applying the poultice to the bite to decrease the inflammation plus suck out any venom.

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Finding Medicine Everywhere

Different sizes of Spruces Image by Vivian Faith Prescott

The spruce tips of early spring

In this video, I speak about the spruce tips, bright green evergreen tips growing in the spring. Filled with very high levels of vitamin c, potassium and magnesium, you can simply eat it them or make a tea for coughs/respiratory issues. The spruce tree for the Hopi are medicine people that turned into trees, once again showing how beautiful the plants are here to take care of us.

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Manzanilla 🌼 Am Emotional Processor

Hand holding chamomile organic herbal smokable herb

Chamomile (manzanilla) is here to help us process emotions so we can navigate life safely.

There are currently so many reason to have our emotions tied in knots. And emotions are processed by our stomach. So in this video, I speak about how babies to adults, chamomile has helped during times of great transitioning.

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Skullcap 🌿 The stop-stressing plant

Hand holding skullcap organic herbal smokable herb

2020 is forever the year everything changes and the hardest part is we don’t know what’s gonna happen next.

If you’re like me, you might be overthinking all the possibilities and this can cause serious burnout in our bodies.

In this video, I speak about Skullcap, a plants that helps decrease the physical repercussions of stressing out. We need daily mental resets to be able navigate these dense & transitional times and the plants are here to take care of us.

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Queen Ann’s Lace 🌿 Nature’s Contraceptive

Queen Anns Lace Wild Carrot Seed Natural Birth Control Contraceptive

With the overload of pharmaceutical products, it’s nice to learn about natural contraceptives like Queen Ann’s Lace aka Wild Carrot Seed

In this video, I speak about a great herbalist Robin Rose Bennet, who did a study that shows the effectiveness of Daucus carota, Wild Carrot Seed, a natural contraceptive that has been used for more than 2000 years.. The results were 9 out of the 160 women became pregnant.

For me personally, I see it helps keep the wall of the uterus slippery so an egg can not implant itself. This method of birth control has been the most effective for me but nevertheless I do recommend doing your own studies and highly listening to your own body.

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Cannabis is Legal in NY… Now What?

Is Cannabis Weed Marijuana legal in NY Brooklyn Queens Bronx?

New York becomes the 15th state to legalize Cannabis with the NEW Cannabis Legalization Bill – the 2021 MRTA

Across the country, individuals who are Black are nearly four times more likely than individuals who are White to be arrested for marijuana possession, “despite data showing equal use among races”. Growing up in NYC, there is no doubt Cannabis prohibition has resulted in disproportionate criminalization of POC people. Finally, the department of health for NY published an impact report that further elaborates the impact Cannabis has had on race.

In a recent zoom conference by Cornell University and the NY Department of Agricultural, they tried to breakdown the upcoming rules/laws regarding Hemp and now Cannabis. Feel free to watch the videos for yourself in the here, but to save you time, here are the top three things I took away were:

  • They (the government) is still trying to figure out how to control Mother Nature. THC is a compound found in variations in the Cannabis plant. Delta 9 is the compound that is currently being regulated to say if a plant is illegal or not. But now, they recently “discovered” 30+ more THC compounds that will regulated the legality
  • NYC District Attorney offices will stop prosecuting low level offenses and automatically expunged  “some” charges but you still have to pay any of the guilty fines. Find more info here.
  • The newly and still being created OCM (Office of Cannabis Managment) needs its own sitcom on Comedy Central, not kidding.

The ink is yet to be dry on “rules” that are yet to be written. As of 2Q21 in NY You Can:

  • Smoke, Vape, Eat Cannabis if you are over 21
  • Legally smoke in places that tobacco smoke is allowed, for example side walks, streets, roofs, parked cars
  • Carry up to 3 oz. of flower

But you Can Not:

  • Smoke and Drive
  • Smoke in Public Housing areas
  • Grow the Cannabis plant until 18 months after recreational adult use is in place at dispensaries

How about Medical MJ?

The good news is you can now receive a Medical MJ card for anxiety and insomnia and the even better news is that flower will be available by the summer.

How about Businesses?

For business in NY you can not Sell or Buy Hemp or Cannabis unless you have any of at the following licenses that will be in effect in 2023:

  • Processor
  • Manufacturer
  • Retail

By 2022, this will directly affect retail stores from boutiques to gas stations as well as current Hemp growers and Hemp product makers. Nevertheless, The Office of Cannabis management, who say they have a commitment to social justice, are promising:

  • 50% of licenses to Women and POC businesses
  • Taxes collected from the sale of Cannabis to be redirected toward schools, drug treatment initiatives, and community organizations in areas adversely affected by drug enforcement.

In Conclusion

The conclusion is that there still is no conclusion. The rules are still being written, changing and reinterperted … more to come. But the following video sums up my emotions:

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Rose of Jericho, the Resurrection plant

New Moon Manifestation Intention Ritual with Rose of Jeriicho

Plant magic + New Moon = Powerful Intentions

Every month you have a chance to work with New Moon energy, a perfect time to use ALL your tools to set intentions. A plant I love to use in my new moon rituals is Rose of Jericho, it literally “resurrects” when u give it water. Energetically perfect for setting seeds of intention, additionally you can use candles and crystals to amplify your intention. A great book to read to understand how to “work with magic” is Psychomagic by Alejandro Jodorowsky 🧠 It shows how we truly create our own reality and with help from all the elements around us, celestial to earthly, we can really shift our mindset in manifesting what we want.

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Oregano 🌿 Keeps the Boogie Monsters Away

Herbal Medicinal Tea Oregano for Runny Nose

With its anti-bacterial, anti-viral & anti-inflammatory benefits, Oregano can be used for more than just pizza.

This herb grew abundantly in my parents backyard . And it’s been helping me & my family blast thru soar throats, stuffy nose & straight up anxiety. As an all day tea and even in my epson salt filled bath, this herb is warming up my core as well as allowing the boogies to melt away. Remember to get extra rest and hydration, especially during solar flare ups & eclipse seasons.

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Yerba Buena & How Plants Speak to Us🍃

Hand holding spearmint organic herbal smokable herb

Que viva la Yerba Buena. A plant that has been used by many Central, South and Caribbean grandmothers.

Not only is it amazing expectorant, it is also a great digestive- no wonder it was called “The Good Herb”.

During this global pandemic, the research I did directed me to use Spearmint, on a daily. Only to find her in my parents backyard growing wild, confirming my intuition to use her. It is said by abuelas that plants will show up/follow us when we need them. Grateful for plant intelligence

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Cleansing your Home with Herbs 🌿

Saging medicinal smokes to cleanse airborne diseasex

If your feeling cabin fever ❄️ cleansing (aka smudging/saging) your home with herbs is a great way to clean and clear the air.

Clinical studies have already proven plants like:
🌿 Sage
🌿 Palo Santo
🌿 Cedar
🌿 Pine
Disinfect 94% of airborne bacteria. And in a time that we are all home due to the weather and COVID, its good to refresh the air.

In this video, I share my home herbal cleansing techniques, taught to me by elders, abuellas and many moon sisters. It’s a great time to align cleansing your home with the new moon in Aquarius since it is also the New Chinese Lunar Year of the Ox.