Suns out, bums out, it’s time to spark it up in honor of the heat. We’ve made it past Eclipse season and now we get to celebrate. Summertime sadness WHOMST? We’ve officially departed from the emotive world of watery Cancer season and now we’re in the luxurious and loud vortex of Leo season. Represented by the glyph of the lion, there’s nothing quiet about this season or the height of summer it rules over. It’s said that you will always know a Leo is a Leo. This is partially because this is a sign and season that doesn’t skimp on presentation; drama and theatrics are the name of the game. Leo’s love to be the center of attention, and they love to be adored. Who doesn’t! This is also why you’ll know a Leo is a Leo; they’ll always tell you.
In Cancer season, your heart was the star of the show. In Leo season, YOU are the star of the show. If Cancer season was for CBD and chilling, Leo season is for lighting it up and living it up! A fixed fire sign, Leo season hits us in the height of summer, halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. A time of intense fervor and passion, this is when we can step firmly into our power, own it and be adored for it.
While I love smoking on the couch with some Netflix as much as the next stoner, this is a reminder that summer and Leo season specifically are a time to party. To have fun! To celebrate all that we’ve cultivated since the beginning of the year! To get the most of Leo Season I talked to astrologer and tarot reader The Tarot Lady, Theresa Reed, author of Tarot For Troubled Times, The Tarot Coloring Book and the forthcoming Astrology For Real Life.
Since we just finished up eclipse season—with eclipses representing major moments of transformation and endings leading to new beginnings—I wanted to ask Theresa about what the stars have in store for us this summer. Thankfully, we get a spicy beginning to August after the New Moon, and some solace when Mercury, the planet of communication stations direct, streamlining our lives and our highs.
With the Leo New Moon we have an opportunity to reflect on the joy of summer, and all we’ve worked hard to achieve. And more than anything, we can take time to enjoy it.
“The New Moon in Leo arrives on July 31st, the same day that Mercury is direct. Mark this day on your calendar and set intentions around creativity, self-expression, and fame. How big do you want to be? Leo doesn’t play small and you don’t have to either,” Theresa explains. “There is nothing wrong with wanting a first-class life. Remember: fortune favors the bold. Don’t be afraid to ask the Universe for what you want on this day!”
Stage fright be damned, you deserve to be recognized for your hard work, and you deserve to bask in abundance! Leo season is a time to be lavish and luxurious, when your desires shall be catered to you on a golden platter. Cannabis, thankfully, can aid you on this journey to owning your fullest and most potent sense of self, by helping you find your center and gain the confidence to ask for what you want. Whether you’re looking for rituals to help with this, movies to watch to inspire your #drama, or stones to get stoned with, read on for a stoner’s guide to Leo season.
Method of Cannabis Consumption: Anything with Fire
Like fire itself, Leo season requires intention. There’s a dedication and loyalty here that ask us to be present- or else. You don’t play with fire unless you’re ready to get burned. In the case of us who are cannabis connoisseurs, we can connect to the moody and sensual energy of Leo season by smoking. Whether you pick a joint, bowl, bong, blunt, or dab is up to you. My only suggestion? Work with fire. Literally! Don’t be afraid to use some hemp wick and really admire the flame.
Before you begin to smoke, take a moment to ground, breathing into your body and finding a sense of peace as you find a steady inhale and exhale. You may wish to set an intention for your smoke session, whether that’s to connect to more to your passions, to honor Leo season by living boldly, to be present or something else entirely.
When you’re ready, light up what you’ll be smoking, taking time to witness the flame and flower interact. As you inhale, visualize or feel warm, golden light filling your lungs, as you exhale, this warm healing energy fills your physical and energetic body, cleansing it. When you’re finished, say thank you to yourself, the element of fire, and the flower itself.
What to Smoke: Chamomile or Damiana
Leo Season is a chance for us to shine as our fullest, brightest selves. This can be a frightening process of molting and becoming, as we reveal a new version of who we are. If this process of being truly seen is something that you have to get used to, you may wish to smoke a CBD-heavy strain, or use a tincture or vape with 1:1 CBD to THC to help you relax and open up to the possibility of seeing yourself from a new angle.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling obsessed or consumed with how others see you, you may wish to try a similar 1:1 CBD-heavy strain as well.
“Leo energy can be dramatic and when it goes into that direction, we can lose our objectivity. Cannabis can help us to calm down and get introspective. When we operate from that perspective, we can make brave but mindful decisions. That’s always the key to a magical life,” Theresa says.
If you’re already feeling calm, however, you may want to add some herbs like chamomile and damiana into your joint, bowl, bong, or blunt. Chamomile is an herb ruled by the sun that is associated with vibrancy, healing, confidence, and warmth. Chamomile is a relaxing and bright herb that can bring a sense of joy and ease to a high. Damiana is an aphrodisiac and an herb that can draw in and enhance sexual energy. This herb can help us tap into the erotic energy of Leo season, where we want to be seen, touched, heard, admired and lusted over.
Grind up some chamomile and/ or damiana with your cannabis as you thank the plant for its help. This combination, alongside some ganja, will have you feeling relaxed and assured in your presence. Let your aura draw people and opportunities to you; the king of the jungle rushes for no peasant!
What to Watch: Moulin Rouge, Showgirls, Hairspray, Pose, Almost Famous, Bohemian Rhapsody
Leo season is the perfect time to go out with your best foot forward; the bigger the hair and redder the lips the better. But, it’s also a perfect time to get baked out of your mind and watch a musical with all the fit and flair you’ve been longing for. Dualities—we all contain them.
My picks this season feature saturated color pallets, plenty of sex, and the unyielding desire to chase ones dreams. You can’t take down a lion without a fight! This is the season to wear your fiercest gold jewelry and sit on the couch with your babes, lighting it up to your favorite drama that inspires you to live a little more loudly and a little more daringly.
What Stone to Get Stoned With: Fire Agate
Fire agate is balanced with lunar and solar properties, which means this is a great stone to work with during the Leo New Moon on July 31st and the Aquarius New Moon on August 15th. This stone is activating while also helping us to let go so we have more room in our life to bring in, to tend to the pyres of our inner and outer world. A stone of earth and fire, Fire Agate can help us tap into the expansive and commanding qualities of Leo season without getting absorbed in ego.
The stone of the hero’s journey, fire agate can help us keep ourselves rooted and inspired, even in moments of intense transformation. If you have this stone, hold it in your hand while you smoke or meditate to foster your purpose and passion. If you don’t have this crystal, you can meditate on a photo of it or keep a photo as your phone background to channel its intensity.
What to Listen to: Lizzo, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, ABBA
There’s an infinite amount of good dance music, but anything that makes you want to stay up until 4am shaking what your mama gave you is absolutely invited to be on your Leo Playlist. My picks are all of the shining women above and Sweden’s greatest contribution to America: ABBA.
Eat your edible, smoke your j, dab your dab, and then put on something shiny, cheetah print or leather and go out and dance. Theresa’s suggestions for this season all have the same vibe too: “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera, “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, “Wonder Woman” by Lion Babe, and “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps.
You can’t expect to be seen if you’re not out on the town, and there’s nothing that Leo wants less than to be ignored. Hit up your favorite gay club or your trustee rooftop bar to make sure you’re look and attitude don’t go unnoticed. Don’t forget to take photos so the Internet knows how good you look too.
Ritual: Burn it Up
Fire is a potent tool for release, and with Mercury stationed retrograde on July 31st (when all things communication and travel straighten out after a few weeks of misdirection), there can be quite a lot that we are ready to release. Ritually burning something is an easy and potent way to do this.
Before you begin your ritual, take a moment to set up the space. Turn your phone off, put on some ambient music, let partners or roomies know not to disturb you. Find somewhere safe you can burn paper, either in a pot of water over the stove, or outside in a fire safe bowl. You can of course, work with cannabis as an addition to your ritual. You can ask for the plant spirit to help you let go of what you no longer need, to bless the ritual, or to aid you in finding compassion for yourself and others in this situation. When you’re ready to begin the ritual, light up, grab a pen and paper and get ready to burn some shit up.
“Take a minute to think about what has held you back from expressing yourself fully. Did someone make you feel ashamed for who you are? Have you ever been told to “not outshine” a sibling or classmate? Was there ever a situation where you were made to feel small or scared? Journal about these experiences. Then burn that paper. Let all of those old situations and limiting beliefs go,” suggests Theresa. ”When we release those thoughts and old stories, we make room for the big life that Leo loves so much.”
When you’re done burning this paper up, you can flush it down the toilet, throw it out or cast the ashes to the wind. Take a moment to breathe into your body and thank the cannabis and yourself for the ritual.
What to Wear for Leo Season
This is no time to play it subtle, darling. Leo yearns for the spotlight, for the attention their glamour will finally get them. Think silk robes and joints in long gold holders, magenta blouses in silks unbuttoned to show lace or a bare chest. Nothing screams summer like an animal print, and monochrome looks coordinated with gold jewelry are sure to kill it.
If you feel like you’re wearing something that’s “too much,” then you should definitely wear it. Go big or go home, muchacho. Don’t be afraid to live it up as the sun smiles and shines on us at the height of his (literal) season.
“In tarot the Sun card is full of joy, optimism, and abundance. Leo is ruled by the Sun. Let the focus of these few weeks be on joyful activities and positivity. Look at the sunny side of life – and think big!” Theresa suggests.
No matter how you celebrate this season, may it inspire you to live up as your fullest, shiniest and most vibrant self.
You can keep up with The Tarot Lady on her Instagram, and check out her books as well. Here’s to the most being stoned in style, all season long. So it is!
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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.
2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?
The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.
5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?
We feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.
6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?
Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.
7. What is the best method of use?
For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.
8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?
There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.
9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?
Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative side effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.
10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?
As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.
When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.
The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.
For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.
THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?
Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.
13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?
No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.
We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor there, Cannawell.
14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?
Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†
Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.
15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?
We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. We also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.
16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?
CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.
Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.