In Humboldt and the Emerald Triangle, cannabis has always been called ‘medicine.’ Back-to-the-landers grew cannabis to sustain themselves and their community outside the confines of a system that they found unfulfilling. Today, people still seek is a safe way to change their lifestyle, to use more natural products, to live meaningful lives. Whether it’s a pleasant buzz, non-psychoactive pain relief or better sleep, cannabis can play a role, especially organic sungrown cannabis from Humboldt County skillfully crafted for medicinal benefits.
The first thing is to look for full-spectrum, or whole plant. But what does that even mean? Basically, you want the benefit of all the diverse parts of the plant. And why? Because the cannabis plant has over 500 compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids…) and these work best in synergy to release their therapeutic effect.
Here are some award-winning favorites. They’re all made by women in Northern California who source cannabis from Humboldt.
PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT THE HIGH: Sweet Releaf “Comfort” body butter Sweet Releaf was founded by a mother-daughter team to help a loved one who needed effective localized pain relief without getting high. “We are small, women-owned, legacy and and we make a medicinal product. We believe in plant medicine,” explains founder Susanna Frohman. “We knew we needed to go high THC for the pain relief, but not psychoactive. We rely on the symbiotic effect of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids.”
Their Comfort body butter made with sungrown organic cannabis has a whipped cream-like consistency but does not enter the bloodstream because it is not made with a carrier oil. It is crafted to deeply soothe through a formulation of aloe vera, organic coconut, shea, cocoa butter and more. Apply over the area, and wait 8-10 minutes to feel the effect. Reapply as needed.
Sweet Releaf was awarded Best Cannabis Health & Wellness Product 2018 by Emerald Magazine.
“It’s about cannabis health and wellness,” says Gillian Levy, founder of Humboldt Apothecary which makes a line of tinctures. Tinctures, or liquid herbal extracts, are fast-growing in popularity. They are placed directly beneath the tongue, or mixed with food or teas, and they’re designed for quick absorption.
“We combine cannabis with other herbs to support resilience in the body.” Humboldt Apothecary is based in Humboldt County and Gillian has the amazing benefit of immediate connection with local farmers. They often go to see the farms and the practices before the plants are harvested. “We want to connect with the live plant on the ground,” explains Gillian. Customers report that their formulations are particularly helpful to mitigate chronic conditions. In choosing the cannabis for their formulations, Humboldt Apothecary likes to focus on the terpene profile. If you are looking for restful sleep, try Deep Sleep.
Start with 1/3 dropper full and notice the effects over several days. Gradually adjust dosage as needed.
Christine Skibola and her daughter Nicole launched Cosmic View in 2017 to provide relief for inflammatory conditions. As a Professor of Epidemiology and an Endowed Chair of Oncology, Christine had studied the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health. She grew increasingly interested in plant medicine. “The mechanisms behind cannabis affect our biology,” she explains. Their products are made using estate organic cold-pressed olive oil infused with sungrown cannabis and other herbs. Cosmic View sources cannabis only from organic small farms in Humboldt and Trinity counties. “We want to tell all the farmers that we are passionate, we want to see farmers thrive. Hang in there!” says Christine.
Their Skin Salvation is a doctor-formulated CBD and THC topical blend that contains medicinal plant infusions to soothe and speed the healing time of skin damage from psoriasis, eczema and other autoimmune skin conditions. Gently apply as needed. “Women are underserved in the cannabis industry,” she notes. “We focus on women. We want to give people the tools they need to have some control over their life. ”
RESTORE BALANCE: Om “Bath Salts”
“We seek the natural restorative power of plant medicine,” says Maya Elisabeth, founder of Om Edibles: “We are 100% passion driven.” Developing plant medicine since 2008, Om Edibles got the first manufacturing permit in California with the passing of Prop 64 in 2016. Their products have racked multiple awards from High Times, est of the Bay, Choice, and the Emerald Cup. They source sungrown organic cannabis from farmers who love and enjoy cannabis themselves.
Beyond their chocolates, gummies and tinctures, Om Edibles also makes a line of Bath Salts for self-care, manufactured in house, by hand, like all their products. The antioxidant properties of cannabis can help protect women from environmental toxins and aging. In a bath soak, the naked body is constantly absorbing through the colon, making bath salts exponentially effective.
For Maya, “It’s about respecting the herbs. Cannabis loves to entourage with more than just itself. The supporting ingredients are really important. They can help shape experiences.”