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Best Stress Relief, Relaxation, and Meditation Blogs (we made the list!)

Primal Therapeutics is excited and proud to have made this list for best stress relief and relaxation blogs! We hope to encourage everyone that comes into contact with us how to relax. Many thanks to the author, Sara Lopez!

“Top Stress Relief, Relaxation & Meditation Blogs”

“Being a Psychologist and an avid reader of content related to stress relief, meditation and the like, I browsed for such blogs and discovered various sites. After a thorough research, I found some of the sites that one cannot resist lingering on.

So, if you are looking for some mental tranquility through help and guidance, you are definitely at the right spot. Here is a detailed list of the “Best Stress Relief, Relaxation and Meditation Blogs” that have got it all covered for you. So, read it through and thank me later!”
– Sara Lopez

To read all of the blogs recommended click here.

What is 4/20?

What is 420? The Meaning Behind the Marijuana Celebration Day

Written By Travis

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The story of how 420 became the popular marijuana smoking day is intertwined with many myths, stories, and truths. For just about anyone who smokes marijuana on a regular basis, 420 is a sacred date and time of day. Ask a smoker about the origin of 420 however, and the origin can be as cloudy as the haze surrounding their heads. Ask a dozen stoners where the term 420 originated, and you get a dozen stories that have some basis in truth but are all over the place.

The truth about how 420 originated comes right from the kids who thought of the term. These five high schoolers developed a way to communicate secretly about weed long before it was as popular as it has become today. This is the true story of the beginnings of 420 and national weed day.

What’s 420 and Where Did It Originally Come From?

There are people around the world who are convinced that the term 420 was a California police code for “marijuana smoking in progress”. Then there are those who swear that Bob Marley died on 420 and this weed celebration day is a tribute to the legend himself. The story of 420 dates back to the early 1970’s in San Rafael, California. A group of stoners in high school called themselves the Waldos because they would get stoned after school behind a huge wall near the school property.

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Now where the story gets hazy for many is that they think the Waldos would meet at exactly 4:20 each afternoon to get high. According to those in the group who went on the recall what actually happened, they group members would whisper 420-Louis to one another as code they wanted to schedule a meeting or a time to smoke. Eventually, they would go on to drop the Louis part and the 420 would basically signify anything related to marijuana. So they could easily tell one another where they wanted to 420, or what time they were going to 420, and no one in school would be any the wiser.

How Did 420 Spread From a High School to the World?

The term 420 would have only been something this small group of stoners shared, but it took the help of a popular band to give the term global recognition. When the Grateful Dead decided to set up camp in Marin County, a few miles from the high school where the Waldos gathered, it was a chance meeting that would explode the popularity of the term 420. The Waldo’s would hang outside where the Dead were rehearsing, smoking week and getting stoned, and eventually roadies would hang and get high with the Waldo’s too. The roadies and the Waldo’s would hang, get high, and listen to the Dead rehearse every day.

So from the mouths of the Waldo’s, to the ears of the roadies, the term 420 eventually made it to the bearded men in members of the Grateful Dead. The term 420 just stuck, and it was spread to concert goers around the world until it became what it is today. The Dead would use the term so frequently at the shows that the weed culture just took to it. Each year the Dead toured, the read of 420 would find a new audience. Once High Times magazine picked up the term when they wrote a story on the Grateful Dead, it was permanently a part of the weed culture. To honor the Waldo’s, and celebrate the freedom of smoking weed, on every April 20th, stoners party by throwing some incredible celebrations.

The Annual Marijuana Celebration Day

Each year, the day of celebration on April 20th gets bigger and more global attention. While some people love gathering and telling tales of the latest strains they have developed, others take a more casual approach. One of the growing trends is pampering yourself with a cannabis massage, a way to honor the marijuana celebration in your own little way. Similar to a regular full body massage, the masseur uses salves and oils packed with CBD and THC goodness, providing a therapeutic massage that has numerous medical benefits.

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As 420 fast approaches, now is the time to plan how you are going to spend that day honoring everything marijuana. While there will certainly be major rallies in Washington, Colorado, and even Washington DC, rallies of smaller size are popping up in just about every state as more efforts are made to push for the legalization of marijuana in more states.

9 Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Topicals

9 Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Topicals

By: Rachel Garland

You’ve probably heard that cannabis topicals are great for your skin, but did you know they could also treat burns, alleviate arthritis, and take therapeutic massages to a whole other level?

And this barely scratches the surface.

Because cannabis topicals are non-psychoactive, they are a versatile way for you to take advantage of those cannabinoids.

Available as lotions, balms, sprays and oils – cannabis-infused skin products are quickly becoming more than a beauty staple. Indeed, these powerful antidotes offer numerous healing properties.

In celebration of Green Flower’s new online course with expert Jordan Person – Cannabis & Massage – (debuting on February 23 in a free live-stream), check out these 9 surprising benefits of cannabis topicals.

#1) Provides Localized Pain Management

If you’re suffering from back or knee pain, for example, cannabis topicals could help.

Cannabis-infused creams or oils are great for treating pain in a specific area of the body.

Better yet, they are also fast-acting. Once applied, the cannabinoids in topicals bind with the CB2 receptors in your skin, providing quick relief.

Topical cannabis infusions act on a peripheral basis, which means they do not enter the bloodstream. This translates to zero psychoactivity. So you can apply them liberally without the potential side effects of too much THC.

For full-body aches and pains, we suggest cannabis-infused bath salts – or a cannabis massage (see #9).

#2) Enhances Sexual Pleasure

Women and men of the world rejoice, cannabis topicals are making their way into the bedroom. Companies such as FORIA have developed cannabis-infused oils and lubricants designed to enhance sexual pleasure.

Cannabis is a well-known aphrodisiac, particularly for women. In fact, references of cannabis for sexual pleasure date back over 2000 years ago in India where cannabis was incorporated into tantric sex practices.

Today, we’re re-discovering this powerful ancient arouser.

#3) Treats Mild Skin Irritations

Did you know you could be applying cannabis topically for bug bites, scratches, and other skin abrasions? Cannabis-infused creams and salves are ideal because they offer localized pain relief while reducing swelling.

The right cannabis topical can also contain potent antibacterial properties.

However, apply with caution. Not all cannabis topicals are created equally. Always be sure to check the ingredient list first. Certain additives could potentially exacerbate your symptoms.

#4) Alleviates Symptoms of Psoriasis

Sufferers of psoriasis know just how painful the condition can be. Characterized by an excess buildup of skin cells, psoriasis causes itchy, painful red patches on the skin.

Psoriasis can be embarrassing and more important uncomfortable. For many psoriasis patients, the options are limited. After all, there is currently no known cure for the condition.

Cannabis, however, is proving to be a powerful treatment option. A study in 2007 revealed that cannabinoids inhibited the buildup of dead skin cells – a direct cause of psoriasis.

Although few formal studies exist on the relationship between psoriasis and cannabis, there is no shortage of anecdotal evidence.

While more research is needed, the positive impact of cannabis infusions for psoriasis is clear.

#5) Keeps Skin Youthful

Want great looking skin for years to come? Then it’s time to consider incorporating cannabis into your beauty regimen. Applying cannabis-infused balms, oils, and lotions can do wonders for your skin.

Essentially, cannabis applied topically prevents your skin from aging. This can be explained in part by the fact that cannabis happens to be a powerful antioxidant.

Antioxidants are shown to speed up the healing process and prevent tissue damage caused by the environment. One study found that Cannabidiol (CBD) is a more potent antioxidant than Vitamins C or E. So not only does cannabis keep your skin looking more youthful, it also keeps it healthier.

#6) Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis  

It’s estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis. While this condition is often associated with the elderly, over a quarter of a million children in the United States are also affected.

Symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, and inflammation in the joints. Because arthritic pain is primarily cause by inflammation, cannabis topicals are a potent remedy.

A study in the journal Rheumatology revealed how cannabis helps fight inflammation. The study found that in patients suffering from arthritis, CB2 receptors in the joint tissues were present at an abnormally high rate. Cannabis helps to fight inflammation by activating these receptors. Sure, the need for more research is evident, and yet the current findings are no less astounding.

#7) Heals Burns Faster

Burns are one of the most painful types of injury someone can experience and can take weeks or even months to heal depending on the severity.

A lot of the pain associated with burns is due to inflammation. Cannabis helps soothe inflammation while also reducing pain.

A well-made topical can also help the burn heal faster. And again, we want more research on this. Until then, the anecdotal reports are impressive.

#8) Fights Bacterial Skin Infections

Did you know cannabinoids contain anti-bacterial properties? From boils, cellulitis, impetigo, to even folliculitis – cannabis can provide relief for numerous bacterial skin infections.

And unlike other antibiotics, using cannabis does not lead to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, even leading some researchers to call cannabis the antibiotic of the future.

Great example: a study in 2008 revealed cannabis could help stop MRSA – a bacterial infection that often develops out of antibiotic resistance.

The researchers concluded:

“All five major cannabinoids tested (cannabidiol, cannabichromene, cannabigerol, tetrahydrocannabinol, and cannabinol) showed potent activity against a variety of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains of current clinical relevance.”

While the researchers did not study the specific implications of cannabis-infused salves, lotions, and oils in relation to antibiotic resilience, the message was clear. Cannabis contains powerful and game-changing antibacterial qualities.

#9) Cannabis Topicals Are GREAT for Therapeutic Massages

Could a cannabis-infused massage oil be superior to any other type of massage product? The current science seems to suggest as much when you consider the therapeutic advantage of targeting those CB2 receptors in the skin, reducing any inflammation or pain.

This can be great for conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, neuropathy, and much more.

We’ve even got anecdotal reports from massage therapists who notice a big difference in how cannabis topicals help keep their own inflammation levels in check after giving a massage.

But if cannabis topicals are so great for massage, how do you choose the right topical? What ingredients do you look for? What do you need to know if you’re a massage therapist, nurse, or any other type of healing practitioner?

If you want to learn more about the therapeutic power around using cannabis topicals, you can check out Green Flower’s new online course with nurse and massage therapist Jordan Person, “Cannabis and Massage: Everything You Need to Know” (debuting on February 23 in a free live-stream).

Jordan Person is also executive director of Denver NORML.

Cannabis Wedding Expo

Primal Therapeutics is excited to take part in the second ever Cannabis Wedding Expo. We will be providing complimentary chair massage and we will also have all of our Primal Therapeutics body care products available as well.

This years event takes place on February 19th, 2017 in Littleton, Colorado at the Falls Event Center. With marijuana medically or recreationally available in over half of our country the ability to incorporate cannabis into your big day is easier than ever. The Cannabis Wedding Expo will have 70 unique vendors, live music, free food tastings, view glass blowing demonstrations, and there will be prizes and raffles as well. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door.

Primal Therapeutics has participated in several wedding celebrations already and there are unique ways someone can incorporate cannabis infused massage therapy into weddings.

  1.  Pamper the bride and groom
  2. Say thank you to mom and dad for everything
  3. Pamper the entire bridal party on your wedding day
  4. The very best gift for your attendants
  5. De-stress the week of the wedding
  6. Great gift for anyone that makes your big day special

Stop by our booth and receive your complimentary chair massage and learn all about how to incorporate cannabis infused massage into your big day!

Welcome Jessica!

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We have a new team member here at Primal Therapeutics! Please join us in welcoming Jessica Johnson.  She has a healing touch and knows exactly how to find those painful problem areas.

 Jessica’s love of the healing arts started when she was a small child in Her father’s chiropractor office. There you could find her hidden away in the empty massage therapist room. She spent all her time in that room lying on the massage table and looking at as many massage books as she could. By the ripe age of 9 she had already started building her personal clientele list, her fellow classmates would line up and wait for a shoulder rub from her during story time. Since then, her love for massage has only grown.
 Taking all the knowledge of the body she could from her father, she finally went on to Denver School Of Massage Therapy and after a year of night classes; she fulfilled her childhood dream of being a licensed  massage therapist. Finally turning her passion into a career. Again, her love for the healing only grew.  She continues to learn as much as she can about the body’s healing secrets.
Jessica says, “joining the Primal Therapeutics team was a complete game changer for her.” She has worked with many injuries while working at a chiropractic office; but she never experienced the body instantly reacting so positively to a simple remedy. Mixing her healing touch and the cannabis infused oil, the bodies she has worked on have shown amazing results, she was astonished and immediately intrigued in the amazing healing properties of the cannabis massage oil.

 

If you are interested in experiencing Jessica’s healing touch please don’t delay, treat yourself today. Book Jessica HERE.

One Busy Lady!

Our founder is also the executive director of Denver NORML. Since January of this year Jordan has been splitting her time between cannabis infused massage therapy and leading a city wide ballot initiative. There have been days when her time has been split directly in half and she has worn both hats willingly.

The months Jordan has dedicated to the cause of legalizing private marijuana clubs and special event permits have taught her many lessons. She intends to carry those lessons into her business and use the knowledge she has gained to better Primal Therapeutics as a whole.

On August 15th the dedicated group of volunteers Jordan has been leading turned in 149 petition packets and just under 8,000 signatures in hopes to be qualified for the November 2016 ballot.  As of this publication Denver NORML is currently waiting to find out if they qualified.

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Announcement

We continue to receive emails and phone calls from massage therapists across the country asking if we are going to be offering any training classes for our style of cannabis infused massage therapy. I am excited to announce it is now in the works. We hope to offer an online course as well as a seminar style lecture in early 2017. We thank you all for your continued support of Primal Therapeutics.

Primal Care on Etsy

Being believers in plant medicine and herbal solutions for health and wellness our search for the very best product line was a journey that began many years ago.  Our founder Jordan grew up with incredibly sensitive skin and numerous allergies making it difficult for her to use most products found in drugstores.  As she became an adult she quickly discovered the products that worked best for her were found in natural food stores and contained the fewest ingredients possible. At the start of Primal Therapeutics the search began for the best product for our patients. Jordan had the idea in mind that she would only use products on her patients that she herself could use on her skin. After continuing to suffer with severe allergies throughout her life, she felt if the product was good for her sensitive skin then it would also be good for her patients.

The results of this research, after hundreds of patients seen,  has become a personal mission and a passion for creation.  We have been very busy at Primal Therapeutics taking the products we have been making for ourselves and our loved ones and making them available for anyone who wants them. Thanks to the popular sight Etsy, the home of homemade, we have opened our shop.

We will carry four Primal Care products and we will offer seasonal options throughout the year. Each product is made to order allowing you to personalize your primal experience.  You can choose the scent and size to whatever your custom requirements may be.  Made with all natural and organic ingredients and free of chemicals and dyes,  these products are excellent for people with sensitive skin and allergies. Our custom oil blend and proprietary herb blend are healing and soothing and sure to please the senses.

We hope you like our new line of products and if you have any questions or special order requests, please don’t hesitate to message us and let us know. We look forward to taking care of your body care needs the primal way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you curious if cannabis infused massage therapy is right for you? Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cannabis infused massage therapy. If the answers you seek are not listed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Q- Will I fail a drug test after a cannabis infused massage?
  • A. No, to date no one has failed a drug test from the topical absorption of cannabis.
  • Q- How is marijuana actually a part of the treatment?
  • A- The lotions, salves and oils we use are infused with organic cannabis. The topicals all contain the cannabinoids THC, CBD, and CBN for the most therapeutics effects.
  • Q-Will I get high?
  • A-No, there are no psychoactive effects from the use of topicals. Patients do report a deeper induced sense of relaxation then what is felt with standard massage therapy.
  • Q- Will cannabis infused massage help my pain, arthritis or other condition?
  • A- Yes, we have had incredible success with many types of diseases and disorders. Pain is one of the many symptoms we have seen relieved. If there is a specific condition you are concerned about please don’t hesitate to contact us.