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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:03 PM

Thanks for pictorial contributions from Eloquent Solution, Gray Wolf and courtesy of Skunk Pharm, DebhasGrn, TurfScience, Lucky_Cat, Teddy's Head, Jangel, Lydia, Tokecrazy, Kittypup, Cobra427, Somedude and anyone else I have failed to attribute thanks to...please call out if I've missed your name { B) forgotten sommat?..why? muhahahaa }

For uniformity on this thread I shall use the term 'balm' or 'rootbalm' ...though in all correctness it could be a soap, salve, balm, cream, paste, poultice or some other topical preparation.




Topical Wikki...a good primer!



My first cannabis root balm...

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made from canola oil, cannabis roots, stems and about a bucket of dried crumbly leaf with some bee's wax to thicken it.

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Cannabis has many medicinal uses...and many different preparations can be made from it

...a fermented hemp salve using Vaseline.

...kannabis massage bars using bees wax, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and Ethanol tincture (saturated)

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...Holy Anointing Oil using hemp-oil, olive oil, essential oils and other things.

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Soaps, salves, balms, creams, pastes, poultice's...

any way one can think of of apply the essential ingredients

of cannabis and other substances to the body.

There's a whole world of known information to be rediscovered by the people! :study:



The information of the masses,

by the masses,

and for the masses must be adapted and used by the masses

to keep the information alive.

We are just relearning to do th@

in a very homespun way.



These types of medicines are not just a right we should have,

they are also a responsibility we should shoulder,

to make them and take care of ourselves with them,

to wean ourselves away from not just reliance on big pharma,

but DEPENDENCE on big pharma.




When it comes to cannabis there are essentially 2 types of cannabis topical


...one is based on the hemp-oil of the plant [not the hemp-SEED oil]

...one is based on the roots alkaloids and other compounds







So...wh@ IS a topical?...

A topical is a loose term referring in this case to topically applied oils, pastes, and other concoctions to impart some benefit.

Some times the topical is applied cool, sometimes warm, sometimes warm or hot...each have their uses and circumstances.

There is a whole field of research to be gone into with this...go as deep or as far as you need/want, then stop and concentrate on making your balm/oil/topical...you can always research further and do more later, but getting started is the first step.

You will find with research the products you will want to use...from base carrier oils to additive specialty oils, essential oils, herbs, spices and more!

There will be a range of thickening agents th@ may be used to make your balms and ointments...from bee's wax, to oils and butters.

There will be different methods for you to make these also...depending on needs, availability and skill level.

Tailoring your product to yours or others needs is an integral part of producing

your own topicals.

Don't think on it as a chore or something to be overcome, but rather as an opportunity

to get the topical equivalent of a tailor made, custom fitted suit :D muhahhaha!

So...you might need to consider sunflower oil if making for someone with peanut allergies

adding Vitamin E oil for someone with frail or thin or damaged skin

teatree oil for balms used to treat cuts and abrasions

lavender and rosemary oil for grandma's special balm :D hehehe

there are so many possibilities.

Once again you have to consider the basics

Start there and dive in!

Make sommat and see!

It will only make you wanna try sommat new,

sommat different, next time.

:wise: heheheh

Make yourself fully aware of wh@ you need to avoid or include for your specific needs or those of whom the balm will be for.

Remember, we are making it ourselves...it is our duty to make sure it is made well, of the correct substances and catered to the needs of it's recipient.

The thing about Free Choice...

the one th@ confounds many people...

is th@ when you have free choice you have to deal with A LOT of choices to begin with...

until YOU can whittle those choices down to your needs

and it is so for every avenue of free choice you take.


In making the choice to make cannabis balms you are once again making a leap into the knowledgebase of a whole 'nother doctrine...


An entirely new field of study from cannabis growing and use!

It delves into aromatherapy, alternative medicines...though really it was there first, so modern medicine is the real alternative medicine... yay.gif hehehe


It delves into perfumery...the elicitation by scent of moods....feelings...memories.


It delves into folklore, old texts and historical references, medical texts... and it also touches a little on practical chemistry :D hehehe


It is SURE to be overwhelming @ first...

So here are a few guidelines to help steer you right...






carrier oils [including hempseed oil]

They are the main oil...make up usually 85%-95% or more of a balm, oils can be chosen based on absorb-ability or effect or situation.

The most basic balm is roots [of many diff type of plant] heated in oil...a thickening agent is optional.

Some examples.

coconut oil

cocoa butter

shea butter

Olive oil

Hempseed oil

essential oil additives [including hemp oil]

These are the bare essences th@ can make a balm special...some are water soluble, some are oil soluble, some are alcohol soluble.

Some Examples. Lavender Oil...an old staple, is great for burns and skin problems...and is relaxing to boot :) hehehe it is water soluble.

HempOil, extracted from buds/flowers, leaves and even stems, of the cannabis plant, it is oil and alcohol soluble.

Water soluble essential oils should only ever be mixed into carrier oil AFTER any heating has been done on the oil

...have the oil too hot and the essential oil will evaporate.

herbal, root and spice additives [including cannabis or hemp root]

Things like myrrh resin, cinnamon bark, cannabis or other herb roots, leaves and shoots.

Some must be 'cooked' in the oil [roots]...some mixed into hot oil as it cools, [myrrh?] some are best thrown in as the oil is cooling and @ 'warm' stage..[mint leaves etc...]






++ carrier oils have a low viscosity...and the best ones have the smallest of triglycerides..there are long chain triglycerides, medium chain triglycerides and short chain triglycerides...coconut oil is often used as a medium because it is made up of both medium and short chain triglycerides...

note: there is mention in starks mjchemistry about diff root alkaloid %'s of diff strains and/or diff latitudes... ++







Cleaning and Preparing Roots


Cleaning the roots can be a done by shaking as much soil as possible off the roots if they are dry, but if the soil is still moist some effort will be needed....


Sitting the roots in a bucket or tub with water and agitating the soil out works...as does using the pressure of water from a hose...


The small wispy roots will break some as the soil is cleared...these can be collected and given a cleaning rinse later...

I use a colander to put them in to clean further...it does not matter if there is some soil/perlite etc still in the roots...get as much as you can out...the rest will come out during the 'cooking' process and not really effect the balm.

If possible, chop the roots a bit whilst they are still turgid with water after harvest...they get tougher as they dry out some...


I have used both fresh roots and dried roots and can notice little difference in the quality of the final balm...have even used roots up to 2 yrs old! :D hehehe


One can use a small hand-rake or fork to scrape the soil away

...I like to leave the rootball to dry about 70%-80% before attempting to remove the roots as this makes the removal of the soil a little easier

...it is dryer and less prone to clumping...the rootball can be given a good pounding on concrete to break up the soil/root structure to allow you to spread it out a bit more to dry...


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Root 'Cooking' Process

| oil temperature chart...mins and max

soil roots, hydro roots...both are good!

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Prepare the cleaned roots

...this can be as simple as tearing small hunks of dried fishbone-like hairy roots to chopping or mashing them

...chopping the largest pieces up and putting through the blender with half a cup of water or more to help chop it up

...the same for fishbone roots

...some water in the blender will help it chop and blend finely

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I place tied bundles of thicker dried roots and stems in the oil also

...keeping the tied with cooking string means they can be cooked, removed and drained and replaced with fresh root material

Slowcooker method

...I keep the water topped up all the time...except towards the end when I let it get to to about 60/40 oil/water ratio.

Do NOT let the oil burn if @ all possible...it can quite literally fry the roots.

...with my slowcooker, this is how I do it...I bring it to a simmer on the high setting...then immediately upon noticing it beginning to simmer I flip it to the LOW setting and leave it a few days

...topping up perhaps 4 times a day or more with water to above 50% or more...sometimes 200% more water than oil

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Ricecooker method

I have not done this with a ricecooker yet, but the method is similar I would imagine to the slowcooker method.

I will expand on this when I get some feedback from those who have done so

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Stovetop Double Boiler method

This method I have done before

...it is a lot more time consuming than the auto electric devices, but works very well.

One has 2 pots, one sitting on top of the other

...water is gently simmering in the lower pot and the root/oil/water mix is placed in the topmost pot.

One must tweak the heat on the stovetop to get the water to a gentle simmer

...and also keep checking it to top it up as it evaporates.

I pour boiling water from the kettle to top up the lower pot so as to keep the heating constant, as the water will not have to reboil if you had used cold water.

Stovetop Coffeepot method

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Keep it down to a very gentle simmer...and top off often....good for when you have small quantities of roots

...I have used it both with and without the coffee holder and funnel...for small quantities, the coffee holder and funnel work great!

...the water/oil mix keeps going up from below and falling through the roots...the roots are kept separate from the oil

...much easier to separate the oil/water then! :D hehehe

BE AWARE..boiling hot water and boiling hot oil WILL BURN badly!

...do not overfill the coffeepot..keep the actual oil content about 100-150 mls total for a 6 cup limit pot!

KEEP THE LID ON at all times the pot is on the stovetop...and for some time after removal from stove

...remove lid with hand protection, @ arms length with face facing AWAY from the pot... just to be sure!

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BE AWARE the pot with oil in it WILL retain an insane amount of heat...give it time to cool...on a wooden chopping board if not left on the stovetop to cool.

Oven method

I have not tried this yes...anyone with experience please speak up!

:D hehehe

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Safety Warnings Protocols and Precautions

Readup on oilburns...immediate treatment...follow up treatment!

Here are some Links #1 #2 #3 #4

Beeswax should only be melted in an approved electric wax melter, crock pot, microwave oven, or double boiler.

Do Not melt Beeswax in a pan on a stove under direct heat.

Beeswax is flammable and will start a fire if the wax comes in direct contact with a flame!!!

BE AWARE..boiling hot water and boiling hot oil WILL BURN badly!...do not overfill!

KEEP THE LID ON at all times the pot is on the stovetop...and for some time after removal from stove

...remove lid with hand protection, @ arms length with face facing AWAY from the pot... just to be sure!

BE AWARE the pot with oil in it WILL retain an insane amount of heat...give it time to cool...on a wooden chopping board if not left on the stovetop to cool.






Balm Making process

One heats the roots with either straight oil or an oil/water mix.

The oil/water method is easiest to maintain a lower heat with, IMO.

The ratio's @ this point are speculation...

I lean towards 2.5-1 oil/root ratio.

Th@ is 2.5 X the amount of oil as the roots.

Time heating the roots/oil.

Once again, @ this point it is speculation, some do a 4-8 hr cook and some cook for 3 days...

I prefer the 2-3 day method, but then I am somewh@ lazy and this suits me :Cookie:

equipment needed

Storage container for your completed balm...dark glass jars/bottles are good, or old oil of elan jars, cream jars or other opaque containers.

A turkey baster is useful if one is using an oil th@ is liquid @ lower temps, to remove the oil from the water, if one does not freeze it.

Cooking apparatus....mentioned above :D


A press of some kind is useful to remove the last of the oil from the plant matter, though simple draining it in a colander will also suffice.

lard press, fruit press, wine press, home made press

... crockpot, slowcooker, ricecooker, pressurecooker, doubleboiler bain-marie setup

... methods of straining...collanders, scoops, mesh, netting

... kitchen string, tongs, containers [jars, tins, bowls, bottles], molds...

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storage of balm

Oils should be stored in dark containers in a cool area...shelf life of the balm will be optimized if it is in a dark or opaque container, stored in a med to low temp environment.

The type of oils used will also determine shelf life...

Here are a few links th@ may help.

link #1

link #2

link #3

link #4




adding essential oils ...get the temp below 80*C/176*F as above this the heat deteriorates volatiles in the oils[link]





carrier oils pharmaceutical grade coconut oil

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Cooking Grade coconut oil
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Wikki has this to say on Carrier oils...a little dry but quite factual and straightforward...

go to the page and check out the small list there...




Now...some info on carrier oils from the aromatherapy side of the equation



Carrier oils play a far more significant role in aromatherapy than many people realise, and in comparison to the essential oils some people feel they are of little importance. To believe this would be a mistake though, because they offer a wealth of health-giving benefits of their own. They contain vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, and many of them soften and improve the condition of the skin. Some of them are also highly effective in treating irritated, sensitive conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as helping to reduce wrinkles and scar tissue. And in case you hadn't already done the mathematics; carrier oils make up 98% of a typical aromatherapy treatment. Think about it. Technically classed as 'fixed' oils because they do not evaporate, carrier oils are also known as base oils and vegetable oils. They are largely derived from nuts and seeds, although there are a few exceptions to this generalization. For example, coconut oil is extracted by a special process from the white flesh which is known as 'copra', and jojoba oil is extracted from a leathery-leaved shrub and is actually a liquid wax rather than an oil.

[link]





If you are concerned about the possibility of nut-allergy reactions then Sunflower is a perfect body oil since it is extracted from seeds, and the same applies to Grapeseed[link]

Go out and google these oils and decide which you want to use



Research essential oils descriptions of real and non essential oils and warning on not using scented oils

warnings on possible health and body reactions on essential oils



Some People will have reactions to some components of balms...


One GPeep here has a reaction to aloe vera gel...others have mentioned sensitivity to certain things also.

Make yourself fully aware of wh@ you need to avoid or include for your specific needs or those of whom the balm will be for.

Remember, we are making it ourselves...it is our duty to make sure it is made well, of the correct substances and catered to the needs of it's recipient.

Some have reactions to peanuts [sunflower oil is good in this instance I have read...HOWEVER I have also read of people allergic to nuts developing an allergy to sunflower oil...more research is needed!]

Some people will have reactions to mints and menthols in the balm...others to emu oil and additives of such like...

Some essential oils come with a warning not to go out in direct sunlight as it will increase sun burning

Be aware of these limitations.






Herb/spice/resin additions myrrh, cinnamon bark, mint leaves etc...can be added to balms also





Soon to come!!!

Alkaloids in the Roots
| How alkaloids effect the human body

| Extraction process roots...to water...through to the oil






Use of Cannabis root in the past

| Recipes and methods rather than focused on a timeline

| Outline ways to replicate them




Pictures section! fart.gif






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pharmaceutical grade coconut oil...

$30 for 500ml

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This one was grown DWC in a 20 Ltr bucket



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Remember, take care when using hot substances!!

And may your balm be wonderful!!!

MUHhahahaaaa! :D

muA


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Posted 01 November 2011 - 02:30 PM

This will grow as I add to it, refine it and define the process better! :D hehehe... :D



Comments, suggestions, observation and knowledge are all encouraged!..If my info is wrong, correct me!..if I am unclear, ask!...this will be an evolving post..and with YOUR help, gentle GPeeps, it might become a resource, paying it forward to help those who come after... :woohoo:




All those who contribute something th@ is included in the above post will be acknowledged...so if you've made a balm with myrrh and have some experience and practical knowledge to share, please do!..likewise if yo have experience with waxes, oils and such... :) muhahaha am looking more for written contributions rather than links or cut an paste if possible..






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Posted 06 November 2011 - 07:09 PM

this is a great tutorial. the pictures under "more root pics" kinda look like mushroom stems, ahhaha.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:41 PM

most definitely a very informative post, looks like work but i bet the end result puts a smile on one's face. For that it would be worth it to me.This was well done, kudos to you mediuse for your hard work and sharing this among the masses.... peace
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:41 PM

Thank you so very much for putting this together for the masses. It will make more sense to me once I get to see what I have to work with after the harvest.
I was confused on adding stems and such.. thought the balm was just using the roots and the stems & leaves were used for the oil. Will keep educating myself as the time comes closer.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 04:26 PM

the stems and leaf are optional, but they DO help, PWB... muA
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 07:48 PM

Yes, there is a lot of cbn and cbd's in the stems and stalks Poet, higher than in the leaves or roots...check under medibles for info on that by sushi cat...interesting stuff! He uses just those for adding to all his dietary oil....and it helps his pain.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:07 AM

This is a cut and paste job on coconut oil....I've done a lot of reading and this is about the most complete description I have found for it's uses....though there are no references, I have come across almost all of the claims out there on the net....and find little to counter them, though ya hafta search for data to back up the claims....but, hey!....this has been used for hundreds of years....says sommat for it, eh? :D muhhahaha

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Why Coconut Oil is a Super Food

Following are some of the known health enhancing effects of coconut oil. These amazing facts make coconut oil a super food.

General health
• It provides a quick boost of energy and endurance, and for this reason, it is used by athletes, sports people, bodybuilders and fitness experts all over the world.
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• Relieves fatigue and boosts energy levels.

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Digestive Health
• Expels or kills parasites and worms from the stomach.
• Improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients.
• It is easy to digest. Unlike other oils, it doesn’t put heavy load of digestion on the stomach.
• Provides relief in gallbladder disease.
• Improves the health of liver, a vital organ of detoxification.
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Blood Sugar control and cardiovascular health
• Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose, which makes it ideal for Diabetics.
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Healthy teeth and bones
• Supports the development of strong bones and teeth by improving calcium and magnesium absorption in the body.
• Improves oral health by preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Skin, hair and beauty
• Its regular use and consumption makes you look and feel younger.
• When applied topically, it protects the skin from infection.
• Improves the natural chemical balance of the skin and complexion.
• Softens skin and prevents dryness and flaking.
• Prevents wrinkles, age spots and sagging of skin.
• Reduces symptoms associated with skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
• Helps in maintaining healthy-looking hair.
• When used as hair oil, it controls dandruff.

Miscellaneous health benefits
• Helps in reducing epileptic seizures.
• Protects the brain and improves cognition in those with low blood sugar.
• Protects against bladder infections and kidney disease.
• Relieves pain, burning sensation and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
• Reduces inflammation.
• Helps in repair and healing of body tissue.

Other benefits
• It is lower in calories than all other fats & oils.
• Has a long shelf life because it is highly resistant to rancidity.
• It is the healthiest cooking oil, unlike vegetable oils; it doesn’t get oxidized when heated at normal cooking temperatures.

Why does coconut oil give so many health benefits?

To answer this question, we need to get a little technical and understand the basic composition of coconut oil. First let’s understand the difference between an Oil and Fat. All oils are also fats. Fats are solid at room temperature, while oils are liquid. All fats are composed of various fatty acids, which are individual fat molecules. There are three families of fatty acids: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Different fatty acids have different effects on the body. Therefore, the benefits offered by particular oil would depend on its fatty acid composition. Following table shows fatty acid composition of various oils and fats:
  • Fat Saturated Monounsaturated Polyunsaturated
  • Coconut Oil - 91% - 6% - 3%
  • Palm Kernel Oil - 84% - 14% - 2%
  • Butter - 66% - 30% - 4%
  • Palm Oil - 50% - 40% - 10%
  • Cottonseed Oil - 29% - 18% - 53%
  • Rice Bran Oil -18% - 42% - 38%
  • Peanut Oil -21% - 46% - 33%
  • Olive Oil -16% - 73% - 11%
  • Sesame Oil -15% - 41% - 43%
  • Soybean Oil -15% - 23% - 62%
  • Corn Oil -14% - 27% - 59%
  • Sunflower seed Oil-12% - 19% - 69%
  • Safflower seed Oil-8% -13% - 79%
  • Flaxseed Oil - 9% - 17% - 74%
  • Canola Oil - 6% - 65% - 29%
From above table, you can see that Coconut oil is the most saturated oil (91%). As we shall see in the following sections that the high saturated fat content of coconut oil is responsible for its many health benefits.

There are several members in each of the above three families of fatty acids. All fats contain one or more members from these three families. Chemically, a fatty acid is a molecule consisting of a chain of carbon atoms with varying number of hydrogen atoms attached to them. The length of carbon chain indicates the size of the fat molecule and determines the chemical properties of fatty acids and their effects on health. It also determines how the fat is digested and metabolized in the body.

The length of the carbon chain can vary from 2 carbons to a maximum of 26 carbons. Fatty acids with carbon chain length 2 to 6 are called short chain fatty acids (SCFA). Those with length 8 to 12 are called medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), while those with length from 14 and above are called long chain fatty acids (LCFA). The SCFA and MCFA, due to their smaller molecules, get digested easily and produce quick energy. LCFA require complex breakdown and digestion in the stomach, which is why most fats are considered heavy food.
The monounsaturated fatty acids are LCFA with carbon chain lengths from 14 to 24. The polyunsaturated fatty acids are also LCFA with lengths from 18 to 22.

Saturated fatty acids are different. They can be SCFA, MCFA or LCFA. Scientists have found that saturated fatty acids provide wide ranging and amazing health benefits.

Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) such as Butyric and Caproic are rare in nature. They are found in small amounts in butter and also in vinegar. The medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) such as Caprylic, Capric & Lauric are also not very common. MCFA are found mostly in tropical oils and in small amounts in butter. The long chain fatty acids are by far the most abundant in nature and found in large amounts in most oils.

It is the short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that posses the most amazing health promoting properties. The presence of large amounts of MCFA (64%) in Coconut oil imparts it with numerous healing properties. Palm kernel oil is quite similar to coconut oil in its composition (58% MCFA) and healing properties. It is different from palm oil. Palm kernel oil is obtained from the nuts of the palm fruit, whereas, palm oil is obtained from the flesh of the fruit of palm tree. Palm oil doesn’t contain any MCFA.

In the following sections, amazing health promoting properties of MCFA are described in short. When people consume coconut oil, they get all the health benefits of MCFA. In addition to MCFA, coconut oil contains antioxidants and other nutrients which are highly beneficial to our health.

Easy Digestion and Quick Energy
For many decades, scientists have known that MCFA in coconut oil are easily digested and absorbed in the body. MCFA molecules are smaller as compared to LCFA; therefore, they require less metabolic energy and digestive enzymes to breakdown. They quickly get digested and absorbed in the body, providing a quick boost of energy.

LCFA and cholesterol require complex enzymatic breakdown in the stomach, after which they are converted into lipoproteins for distribution throughout the body. When body needs energy, under right conditions, these lipoproteins will be broken apart and converted into energy. In contrast, MCFA are straight absorbed into the liver and burned into energy, similar to carbohydrates. MCFA also permeate our cells easily and without the need of any enzymes, provide the cell with quick energy. Thus, MCFA are a very efficient source of energy for our body.

Due to their easy digestion and efficient energy production, MCFA are widely used in health care centers around the world to feed babies, critically sick people, the elderly and those with impaired digestion.

MCT oils for the sick and elderly
Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oils are extensively used in nutrition for sports people and in intravenous (IV) formulas in hospitals. MCT oils are 100% medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), usually extracted from coconut oil or palm kernel oil. When emulsion containing MCT oil are administered intravenously to critically ill patients, MCT oil is rapidly hydrolysed and oxidised to fatty acids and ketones which can be readily utilized as source energy in the body.

Preparations containing MCT have been widely used in Europe for therapeutic purposes. Intravenous MCT preparations have been used clinically in patients with suppressed immune system, critical illness, liver and pulmonary disease and in premature infants. MCFA reduces liver fat deposition and helps in the recovery from liver disease, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis and various stomach related illnesses. People who drink alcohol and consume a diet high in LCFA (through the consumption of soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oils, etc.) tend to suffer from a fatty liver. A study done on rats way back in 1967 found that replacing LCFA in diet with MCFA has a protecting effect on the liver. MCFA significantly reduces the capacity of alcohol to produce fatty liver.

Elderly people, due to their impaired digestion, tend to suffer from protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) in which their serum albumin concentration becomes low. PEM is associated with impaired activity, a high prevalence of infections, increased risk of developing pressure sores, reduced mental capacity and increased mortality rate. Adding MCFA to the diet improves the serum albumin levels and nitrogen balance, which improves the general health and prevents PEM. It also improves the absorption of vitamins and minerals, which is highly needed by those suffering from impaired digestion. MCFA are also immune boosting, which is another reason why they are essential for sick people.

Coconut oil contains all three MCFA: Caprylic, Capric & Lauric acid. MCT oil is typically made up of only two MCFA: Caprylic & Capric acid. It usually contains no Lauric acid, which is probably the most important MCFA. Besides containing the whole spectrum of MCFA, coconut oil also contains other nutrients, including anti-oxidants, making it a superior source of nutrition as compared to MCT oils. It is the reason why coconut oil is expensive than MCT oils.

Because the MCFA are easy to digest, provide quick energy and help in healing, they are considered essential nutrients for sick and elderly people. This makes coconut oil an ideal food for such people.

MCFA in mother’s milk and baby food
Mother’s milk contains all the nutrients needed for the healthy growth and development of the child. It is a perfect food for babies. It has been found that breastfed children are healthier than those who are not. Such children develop robust health and they grow to be more intelligent. Capric & Lauric acid are the two MCFAs that are also present in the breast milk in varying amounts. The amount of these MCFAs varies based on the geographic location and diet of the mother. However, like coconut oil, Lauric acid is still the major MCFA in mother’s milk.

The nature has been very wise in putting MCFA in mother’s milk. They are easy to digest and absorb in a yet to develop digestive system of the baby. The MCFA are antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and immune system boosting, which gives robust health to the baby.

Fat is a very important component of mother’s milk. In fact, 50 to 60% of calories in mother’s milk come from its fat content. The amount of fat in mother’s milk can vary much as 500% depending on her diet and lifestyle. On the low end, it can contain 1.8% fat and on the high end, it can contain 8.9% fat. The average breast milk has 3.8% fat. For the developing infant, higher content of fat in mother’s milk is more desirable. The high fat in mother’s milk supplies enough energy so that all of the protein from the milk can be used for the infant’s development. This way, high fat has a sparing effect on the protein in the milk.

Recognising the importance of MCFA in promoting robust health for the infants, manufacturers of baby formulas have been adding either coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and in some cases MCT oil, to their formula products aimed at babies. MCT oils, which typically lack Lauric acid, are added because they are cheaper than coconut oil which is nutritionally far superior. Addition of coconut oil to an infant’s feed improves the absorption of calcium and magnesium, thus helping in building strong bones and teeth.

Coconut oil for the mother and the baby
Women who eat a high-carbohydrate and low fat diets have lower milk fat levels. Women who are malnourished also have lower levels of fat in their milk. Out of the total fat in mother’s milk, the MCFA amounts from 2% to as much as 20%. Diabetic mothers tend to have very low levels of MCFA in their milk. Adding coconut oil to the diet of lactating mothers can raise the levels of Lauric and Capric acid to about 20 percent, which is highly beneficial to the baby.

Whether a mother is able to nurse her baby or not, a daily massage with coconut oil is ideal for the baby. The coconut oil is readily absorbed by the infant’s skin, providing much needed energy and a boost to the immune system of the baby, which protects it from many illnesses. Coconut oil thus helps in the healthy development of a child and should be considered an essential part of the daily regimen of the child.

MCFA in sports to boost energy and endurance
Due to their ability to produce quick energy and stimulate metabolism, athletes have been using MCT oils to enhance exercise and athletic performance. It is very well known that during a high intensity or long duration exercise, glycogen from the muscles is used by the body as a source of energy. This leads to a depletion of glycogen which is body’s emergency source of energy. Sustained availability of energy over long period is the main factor behind increased endurance.

A study done on cyclists found that ingestion of MCT before exercise spared their muscle glycogen during high-intensity exercise. Since MCT oils provide a source of energy, they help the body in conserving glycogen stores for later use, thus helping to increase the endurance of athletes. For this reason, MCFA are added to many sports drinks and energy food bars in the form of MCT oil.

For most people, adding coconut oil to their daily diet helps in improving energy and endurance levels over time. Consuming coconut oil single time before a competition will not produce any significant effect. Many people have personally told me the performance and endurance enhancing effect of coconut oil on them. Massaging with coconut oil, however, seems to produce an immediate positive effect. On many occasions, my sister has told me that whenever she massaged her two sons with coconut oil, they were more active, energetic and played for long hours.

MCFA and Ketones, fuel and protection for the body
Our body uses four primary sources of fuels: glucose, protein, free fatty acids (FFA) and ketones. FFA are released in the bloodstream by the breakdown of fat in the liver. Ketones (ketone bodies) are produced as by-products when fats are broken down into FFA. Free fatty acids (FFA) can be used as a fuel by most tissues in the body. However, not all organs can use it as a fuel. The brain and nervous system cannot use FFA for fuel, however, they can use ketones and glucose.

There are 3 types of ketone bodies: acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone. Under normal conditions, ketones are present in the bloodstream in small amounts. When the body shifts into fat burning mode and produces FFA and ketones as primary source of fuels, it is in a state of ketosis. During ketosis, the concentration of ketones in the blood can easily double, triple or increases even more. A ketogenic diet is one which induces ketosis. A low carbohydrate and high fat diet is a conventional ketogenic diet. However, MCFA found in coconut oil have been found to induce ketosis. It can increase the amount of ketones in bloodstream by many folds. In rats, MCFA metabolism increases the number of ketones in the blood plasma by 18 fold in 1 hour after feeding of MCT. These ketone bodies are readily used as fuel by the body. Therefore, addition of coconut oil to the diet makes it a ketogenic diet which stimulates the body to burn fat and produce ketones for energy.

For many decades, the ketogenic diet has been used widely and safely in various therapies, sports and body building. Research has shown that chronic consumption of MCFA improves physical performance by inducing ketosis. Body builders commonly use MCT oils to induce ketosis to burn fat, spare protein to build muscles and boost their performance. There is research indicating that ketones are the preferred fuel for the heart and many tissues. Ketogenic diet has been found to have a protective effect on the heart.

The brain normally runs on glucose. But, when there isn’t enough glucose in the system, brain readily uses ketones for fuel. Emerging scientific research shows that ketogenic diet protects the brain by offering robust protection against a multitude of acute and chronic neurological diseases. Ketogenic diet using MCT oils has been used successfully for many years in the treatment of epilepsy.

Coconut Oil is an antioxidant
Our body is constantly under attack from free radicals. A free radical is a highly unstable and powerful molecule that has lost an electron. Free radicals quickly attack and steal an electron from a stable neighboring molecule, making it unstable and destructive. This chain has a destructive effect on the body. It damages the cells. More attack by free radicals leads to more damage and degeneration in the body. It can cause damage, dysfunction and eventual failure in various parts of the body such as joints, liver, kidneys, heart, brain, intestines, etc.
Numerous scientific studies have found that free radicals are involved in causing many degenerative diseases and are a major factor in aging. More exposure to free radicals creates more health problems. Free radicals are produced at a low rate as part of the normal metabolism in the body. High intensity exercise has been found to create large number of free radicals. Pollutants that enter our body through air, water and food generate free radicals. Certain ingredients in processed foods create free radicals in the body. Toxic accumulation in the body contributes significantly to this process as well. Eating foods consisting of rancid oils produces large number of free radicals. Cigarette smoke creates free radicals in the lungs.

It is not possible to avoid free radical formation in the body, however, one can limit them through preventive measures against the above mentioned causes. A highly effective approach against the free radicals is to neutralize them, making them ineffective and harmless with the use of antioxidants. Antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, Beta-carotene, Zinc, Selenium, etc. protect us from free radicals. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, however, most people don’t consume enough of them to get any significant benefits.

Researchers have found that coconut oil has an antioxidant effect on the body due to its content of phenolic compounds and vitamin E. Due to its high saturation, coconut oil stays in good condition when exposed heat, light or oxygen. Unlike polyunsaturated oils, it doesn’t go rancid and thus prevent the formation of free radicals. In the previous section, I discussed the fact that consumption of coconut oil causes ketosis which increases the amount of ketones by many folds in the body. Acetoacetate is one such ketone which has been found to act as an antioxidant and improve the heart function. Latest research is showing that ketone Acetoacetate along with another ketone beta-hydroxybutyrate, works as an antioxidant in protecting the brain. Considering the widespread antioxidant activity produced by the consumption of coconut oil, no wonder why people enjoy so many health benefits once they include coconut oil in their daily regime.

A study done in Malaysia found Virgin coconut oil to be a superior antioxidant as compared to regular coconut oil made from dried coconut, also known as copra. Another study done by University of Kerala has found similar results confirming that virgin coconut oil has superior antioxidant properties.

3 Reasons Merit VCO Virgin Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Weight

(NaturalNews) Sorting through fact and fiction when it comes to weight loss is a tough order, especially when fad diets spring to life and wither away all in the same season. Many claims have been made about coconut oil and weight loss, but a number of whole food enthusiasts know this one is the real deal. And that's because coconut oil is more than a weight loss aid: it's a well-documented health food. Take it from experts like Dr. Bruce Fife and Dr. Mary Enig, both of whom speak volumes about the merits of coconut oil, when they vouch for its credibility. Coconut oil really can help you lost weight, and here's three reasons why:

#1 Get a Metabolism Boost

Coconut oil is one of the most abundant sources of medium-chain fatty acids, and these nifty little triglycerides can work wonders for a sluggish metabolism. In a study that looked at the effect of medium-chain fatty acids on metabolism, it was found that these fats could increase the metabolic rate by up to 48 percent and for up to 24 hours. If your metabolism has been damaged by dieting or stress, a daily dose of coconut oil can do wonders for getting it back on the right track.

#2 Balance Your Blood Sugar

The profound effect coconut oil seems to have on the metabolism extends to insulin function as well. This may be because coconut oil can supply the body with energy similar to blood glucose, but without having a negative impact on blood sugar and insulin levels. Including coconut oil before or during a meal also lowers the glycemic impact of what you're eating, which prevents those dreaded blood sugar highs and lows.

#3 Cure Candida and Yeast Overgrowth

The beneficial fatty acids in coconut oil do more than speed up a lagging metabolism. Lauric acid and caprylic acid in coconut oil also protect against one of the hidden causes behind weight gain: candida and yeast. When an overgrowth of candida is present, weight loss can be almost impossible. Candida causes symptoms like fatigue, poor concentration, recurring infections related to yeast, excessive sinus infections, and much more. But the side effect that really hinders weight loss is cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. This is because yeast feeds off sugar (carbohydrates break down into sugar once in the body), so it causes cravings in order to support its own life.

Taking coconut oil to counteract yeast overgrowth is highly effective, but it should be done with care. Coconut oil is such a powerful remedy for candida that it can cause strong symptoms of headaches, chills, and foggy thinking as the yeast dies off. This can be reduced by slowly incorporating coconut oil into your diet, starting with as little as one teaspoon daily.

More Than Just a Fad

Coconut oil didn't spring to life in the last few years, although it may seem that way. The truth is that coconut has been a healing superfood for centuries in tropical cultures. These people value coconut and its derivatives for their tremendous medicinal power - and they are remarkably healthy as a result. Even in Western society, coconut oil found widely popular uses until the middle of the 20th century, when coconut oil's reputation took a bashing from researchers who examined the health impact of hydrogenated coconut oil - basically the evil twin of the real thing. But thanks to experts who are willing to give a genuine look into coconut oil's benefits, we now can be assured that this oil is a bonafide health food.

Tips for Taking Virgin Coconut Oil:

- Don't settle for the cheap brands found next to shortening on grocery store shelves. Much of this coconut oil is hydrogenated, which negates all of its benefits. In addition, this is commercially-processed coconut oil that has been stripped of its natural properties. The best type of coconut oil is the extra-virgin unrefined variety, which will retain its light aroma and taste in addition to its amazing health benefits.

- Even if you don't suspect candida, it's still wise to introduce coconut oil into your diet slowly. The body can react strangely when it's unfamiliar with such a nutritious food. Start with about one teaspoon once per day, and gradually increase to at least three tablespoons daily. This amount will help you reap the maximum benefits from this incredible tropical superfood.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:35 AM

Ta, Teddy.... seems I tripleposted hehehe....hadda do wee bit O editin :P hehehehe Will add more add more as I get time...ANYONE...please feel free to post stuff ya think is relevant, this thread is here for all! :D h hehehe muA
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:04 AM

Just mixed up my first batch of balm using the roots, stocks & branches from 12 plants; plus 14 grams of dry ice kief just because. iconchef.gif Got it in the fridge now to cool, then I will separate into two batches & reheat on the stove top add my fresh apple & cherry blossoms for aroma. One for each batch. Then on to my most needy of friends it will go. smileyheart.gif
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:48 AM

WONDERFUL zoot! :D hehehe any leaf matter you have will also contribute, though leaf tends to add more of a greenish tint to the final product, it adds a lot of cbd's and cbn's as well as some thc. those blossoms sound divine :D hehehe gotta remember to try some apricot and nectarine blossoms.... :D heck I got orange, mandarin grapefruit and lemons if those blossoms can be added :D hehehe Hope the balm serves you well :) muA
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:11 AM

those blossoms sound divine :D hehehe gotta remember to try some apricot and nectarine blossoms.... :D heck I got orange, mandarin grapefruit and lemons if those blossoms can be added :D hehehe

Hope the balm serves you well :)
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I ended up with only the cherry because it smelt so good. Maybe next time will be apple, although I could extract the essence from these now & then just add later as needed. shrugsmiley.gif



wtg Zoot :wise:

that's gonna be a corker :fly:



Health and happiness


I sure hope so teddy, but the jury is still out (my parents) on this one. flyingsmiley.gif
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:08 AM

hmm...parents...might be better to tell em a wee leprechaun leprican.gif gave ya the magic balm than try to appease parents :D muhahahaha muA
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:30 AM

hmm...parents...might be better to tell em a wee leprechaun leprican.gif gave ya the magic balm than try to appease parents :D muhahahaha
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I am lucky enough to have open and understanding parents. smhug.gif

After a week of use my mother has reported that her skin tabs on the chest are gone with no marks & it feels like someone removed 10lbs of weight from her neck. She has 4 fused disks in her neck. My father has also reported positive results with the swelling in his ankles & feet. He has neuropathy in his feet making it hard to walk or stand, but now he is getting up and around. I had to tell them both to go easy and not over do it. Parents, got to teach them everything.. :D

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:37 AM

WONDERFUL to hear zoot! :woohoo: hehehe

cannot remeber IF I have mentionend it in relation to this, but there IS a commercial product on the market called hemp eaze ...it has hemproot in it as long as other goodies... :D hehehe and good thing is ya can put those goodies into ya own balms :D hehehe...in the herbal medicinechest of EARTh there are many beneficial things one can make balms from or with...this is knowhow th@ we have LOST is our rush to embrace technology...

oh, and zoot?...check out desi's thread on consuming rootbalm...this might also help you father some...
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

Thanks for the info medi.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:30 AM

chewiegif Bump! :D muA
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:14 AM

Great thread medi. When you add the fruit tree blossoms for fragrance, how exactly is that done?
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

in the past I have just steeped the fresh blossoms in warmed [NOT hot!] oil. muA
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:52 AM

okay, what do you think about using the roots of wild hemp? about the only thing that grows in this damned hot weather lol
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:24 AM

I say go for it,I started a thread last year about this very thing.If it works just think how much healing balm could be made for almost nothing.You would be able to pay it forward big time not to mention that you would have an almost unlimited supply of healing balm for yourself.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:23 AM

Cheebs, I have often speculated onsite about trying wild hemp, industrial hemp and/or ditchweed for healing qualities...I believe the roots will contain much the same alkaloids, though perhaps in differing mixes and concentrations...and I believe seeing if cbd's can be obtained from wild hemp/ditchweed/industrial hemp, it would still be healing, eh? so if ya gotta chance, PLEASE DO grab some and try, eh?...same with the leaves/stems/flowers...grab some, see if there are trichs on the plants....see wh@ an iso wash gets ya....then try soaking a long time and seeing the result. If one can make healing products from ditchweed... :D muhahahaa...I can see camping weekends in the future of a few ppl! :D heeheee find a place, strike camp, spend the w/e collecting and making/soaking an alcohol mash of hemp/ditchweed....whilst simmering rootbalm....then straining it, dumping the matter and carting some 5 gal buckets of infused alcohol home to settle and evap :P heeeheeee oh, and bonghi? :D hehehe here :passit: pass it left eh? muA
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:50 AM

I say go for it,I started a thread last year about this very thing.If it works just think how much healing balm could be made for almost nothing.You would be able to pay it forward big time not to mention that you would have an almost unlimited supply of healing balm for yourself.

Cheebs, I have often speculated onsite about trying wild hemp, industrial hemp and/or ditchweed for healing qualities...I believe the roots will contain much the same alkaloids, though perhaps in differing mixes and concentrations...and I believe seeing if cbd's can be obtained from wild hemp/ditchweed/industrial hemp, it would still be healing, eh?


so if ya gotta chance, PLEASE DO grab some and try, eh?...same with the leaves/stems/flowers...grab some, see if there are trichs on the plants....see wh@ an iso wash gets ya....then try soaking a long time and seeing the result.

If one can make healing products from ditchweed... :D muhahahaa...I can see camping weekends in the future of a few ppl! :D heeheee
find a place, strike camp, spend the w/e collecting and making/soaking an alcohol mash of hemp/ditchweed....whilst simmering rootbalm....then straining it, dumping the matter and carting some 5 gal buckets of infused alcohol home to settle and evap :P heeeheeee
oh, and bonghi? :D hehehe here :passit: pass it left eh?

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Good idea about making camp medi, that is the only thing I am worried about, harvesting and transporting the wild hemp.
The good sheriff would still have a ball throwing my ass in the slammer no matter how shitty the weed was.

As I remember, there weren't a lot of trichomes on the buds of years in the past, but considering the plants are 6 or 7 feet tall should be plenty of goods in there to make it worth while.
Now I just need a plan to grab it out of the wild and bring it home. That means pulling it of the banks of hills with roads right below and farm fields right beyond bordered by forest
I am thinking a long midnight walk in the woods would be the best way
Lots of weed in a car makes me anxious just thinking about it; although, so do black bears and cougars lol
Still some thinking to be done I guess headscratch.gif
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:46 AM

Why can't ditchweed grow on my hillside instead of ragweed and burning nettles. :angry: lol So close, yet so far away. Might be a better idea to just grab a seedy bud from one of the plants and plant the seeds in a less conspicous place. Still have about 3 months growing weather. The wheels in my head be turning. Still might take that long walk in the woods lol, gotta find somebody to go with me for support and to help carry the load.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:35 AM

I came across this site and range of products...a brief read and I think it's cannabinoids rather than cannabis root but the healing properties are there so might be worth a looksee.

http://www.docgreens.org/

DOC GREEN'S Therapeutic Healing Cream -
Potent Cannabis Medicine Right Where You Need It!
People around the world have been healing and relieving pain with the cannabis plant for millennia. A common preparation of cannabis was to extract the medicinal elements of the cannabis by soaking the plants flowers in oil or other substances to dissolve the medicinal compounds into the oil. These cannabis extracts were then applied to the skin (topical application) where the medicinal cannabinoids would enter the skin and body tissues, binging the medicine directly to the area of the body that was in need of healing and pain relief from injury, tension, inflammation muscle strain, bruising, or and other ailments.

Modern scientific researchers have discovered that cannabis interacts with a network of pain regulatory receptors that can be found all over the body, called "CB2" receptors. (see Mechoulam's article on CBD and Doc Green's science page)

Cannabinols, the medicinal molecules produced by the cannabis plant, have been found to bind with the CB2 receptors in the body, activating the body's own systems for reducing inflammation and pain.


Cannabinoids - the medicinal
molecules found in Cannabis

Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream combines the medicinal properties of select strains of cannabis into deep penetrating shea butter lotion that quickly and effectively delivers the medicinal cannabinols to injured and painful areas of the body, providing relief within seconds, and lasting for hours. Quick absorption into the skin and tissues means you can re-apply as needed or to increase dosage.


Doc Green's uses Fair Trade Shea
Butter in all its products
As the medicinal cannabis is absorbed and remains substantially in local body tissues, the Healing Cream does not cause the same psychoactive "high" one feels after smoking or ingesting marijuana/cannabis. Preliminary tests have shown that even heavy usage of doc green's cream did not show up in urine-analysis screens for cannabis. However Doc Green's cannot guarantee undetectable amounts of THC in blood or urine samples after use.

Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream has a light and pleasant scent of Vanilla or Lavender (from essential oils) and is now also available in "Unscented". The cream absorbs quickly into the skin, and does not leave an oily residue on the skin that stains clothes.

One application of Doc Green's when in pain, or every few hours, is usually sufficient. Higher dosages can be achieved by rubbing additional applications to the same location, as the cream absorbs quickly. Many people report great benefits from applying the cream before bed and first thing in the morning.

Doc Greens Therapeutic Healing Cream gets cannabis medicine to your muscles and aches, while keeping your head clear. Most patients who use the cream do not report of any psychoactive effects from its use. Since people differ in their sensitivity to cannabis and cannabis products, it is recommended to start out rubbing a small finger-tip amount of cream directly into sore, painful, or tight areas, and then observe the effects of the cannabis over the next several minutes.Doc Green's Healing Collective urges caution and does not make any representations that driving or operate heavy machinery are appropriate activities for patients who recently applied Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream. As with all cannabis medicines, test the effects of the cream in a safe environment where you can observe its results in your body. Most people feel no psychoactive effects whatsoever, and are able to conduct regular daily activities without hindrance (and without pain!).

Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream has not been evaluated by the FDA, and therefore, DGHC cannot make, and therefore does not make any claim that Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream can by used to diagnose or treat any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor regarding your use of cannabis and its potential combination with any drugs that you may be taking. As with all medicines, keep Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream out of the reach of children and pets.

- Safe and Effective / Non-Toxic / Non-Addictive / Cannabis Pain and Inflammation Relief -

That's Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream,
A revolution in pain relief! TM


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