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CBD, Cannabinoids and other info on Cannabis Pt. 2

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CBD in detail

CBD (cannabidial) is one of the least active of the cannabinoids, yet can have dramatic effects on improving ones health. It is a phytocannabinoid and exists in the Cannabis plant in levels of up to 40% of plant extract. It has shown increasing benefits for people suffering from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that plagues people from birth and then continues to get worse. It does so by blocking certain receptors in the brain which scientists are currently trying to pinpoint. It does so without giving off a psychoactive effect like most drugs including other cannabinoids. It has also shown to have anti psychotic effects in patients who suffer from psychosis. It has also shown great benefit in calming the effects of other cannabinoids allowing them to work better as medicine.  CBD is also not water soluble similar to other components of the plant a solvent such as pentane or hexane can be used to extract it in pure forms for conducting lab studies. It has also been shown that CBD can be converted into THC when placed under acidic conditions. CBD at room temperature is a clear crystal with no smell and very little to no flavor. When heated to the point of removing the carbolic acid it can turn into a clear liquid or when exposed oxygen it turns to a reddish hue.

This is an image showing the plants biosynthesis of CBD and THC

Taura, F., Sirikantaramas, S., Shoyama, Y., Yoshikai, K., Shoyama, Y., Morimoto, S. (2007). "Cannabidiolic-acid synthase, the chemotype-determining enzyme in the fiber-type Cannabis sativa". FEBS Letters 581 (16): 2929–2934. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2007.05.043

Taura, F., Sirikantaramas, S., Shoyama, Y., Yoshikai, K., Shoyama, Y., Morimoto, S. (2007). “Cannabidiolic-acid synthase, the chemotype-determining enzyme in the fiber-type Cannabis sativa”. FEBS Letters 581 (16): 2929–2934. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2007.05.043 (wikipedia)

 

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Julz Lynn – Califari Soul Skater

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Julz Lynn is the quintessential Califari Soul Skater and we were excited to spend a day with her poolside… Of course this pool was empty and fully occupied by Julz and a posse of skater bros.  Julz has been accused of skating like a guy before because she has an aggressive take no prisoners approach to dropping into pools and riding along with the best of them! This was a typical day in the life of Cali Pool Skating!

Besides being a great skater and Freestyler, Julz is also a cannabis lover and spiritual seeker!  She also has some deep creative visions, which were quite apparent when you hear her describe the new deck she designed:

I was in the parking lot of the skate park thinking about a lot of different things. I started meditating and this vision came to mind of smoke around a full moon and the smoke turned to green. There were crows circling around the full moon. A pin up girl with tattoos and a lock around her neck, I had seen Steve Alba wear a similar one actually. She had a white tiger coming out of her, teeth showing fierce with aggression. The white tiger slashed my name across the tail and flames then exploded behind tiger’s strong arm. I was thinking black and white between the pin up girl and the tiger because of the balance/ yin n yang they have. The white tiger and crows are also my spirit totem animals. The outsides have the Red Green Gold color patterns in the smoke and ad dimension in the background. I drew up a rough draft in a sketch book I had and brought it into the office at Pink Widow Distribution. I put my drawings and visions together into words and the artist Kenny McB took what I had to create something. I took a little bit and only a couple corrections and finally we had the graphic in digital form to have boards made. It is very exciting to have a pro model with Silly Girl Skateboards because not many females have their own board model and it is the first professional model board Silly Girl has put out.

If you want to hear more from Julz check of this dynamic interview that can be enjoyed here:  Julz Full Interview

Please enjoy and share!

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Cannabis for Spiritual Purposes

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The “Church of Califari” believes that using Cannabis for Spiritual Purposes is just as important as using Cannabis for Medicinal Reasons!

“Legalize It!” -Peter Tosh

Naturally, Califari believes all states should make Cannabis legal for Medicinal and Spiritual purposes!  Califari believes Cannabis should be a legal sacrament for spiritual uses for its members 21 and over just as Red Wine is used as a sacrament in the Christian Church.

Prior to the USA’s forty year prohibition, Cannabis has been used in a entheogenic context in India since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000BCE. There are several references in Greek mythology to a powerful drug that eliminated anguish and sorrow. Herodotus wrote about early ceremonial practices by the Scythians, thought to have occurred from the 5th to 2nd century BCE. Itinerant Hindu saints have used it in India for centuries. [1]

In modern culture the spiritual use of cannabis has been spread by the disciples of the Rastafari movement, who use use cannabis as a part of their worshiping of their King, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and as an aid to meditation.

Now it is time for the next wave of Spiritual Cannabis Achievers to restate how Cannabis and Spirituality compliment each other just like Peanut Butter & Jelly!

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Collective Dreams

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The Imagination is the goal of history, I see culture is an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.  – Terence McKenna

This idea of realizing our collective dreams seems more and more viable everyday. Technology is making leaps and bounds for communication and our electronic campfire keeps us more and more connected! Here at Califari, we take those words of wisdom seriously by putting our imagination to work daily! It seems the collective dreams are coming true in the world of cannabis! This was quite evident at the recent and thriving So Cal Cannabis Cup, where hundreds of entrepreneurs set up shop for the masses of Cannabis fans in the South lands!  We checked it out and it blew our mind! More reports on that coming soon but in the mean time – dreams do come true if you feed them! [wdi_feed id=”1″]

Fireside view of Califari Locking Heirloom Stash box in Walnut and Maple

Heirloom Locking Stash Box!

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Califari Stashbox

The ultimate high class locking stash box!

Califari Stash Box

The ultimate high class locking stash box

The Ultimate Stash Box!
If you love fine craftsmanship and fine cannabis, we now have Califari branded heirloom locking stash boxes available! These boxes were designed for the High Roller, who likes to roll their smoke and keep it safely locked away in style! When we say its a Califari branded box, we literally mean branded, as in heat branded iron on wood! Califari worked with expert craftsman Mike True to create these boxes, which started with burning the Califari King Rasta Bear logo into hard wood!

These hand made boxes were built with lift out trays that make an ideal rolling surface. There is something about rolling Cannabis on top of a piece of fancy wood that makes everything feel just right in life. If you are a committed roller, its time to do yourself a favor and get a sexy stash box, where you can centralize your goods and keep them under a lock and key! Attention stoney parents: Do your family a favor and lock up your goods! The Cannabis world is growing up and you should too with a mature person’s fancy heirloom locking stash box!

The Ultimate Heirloom Locking Stash Box

Shifting Attitudes

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“It will indeed be a marvel if members of organized religion begin to shift their attitudes to this drug. But, the more you think about it, it shouldn’t surprise. We may well be under-estimating the cultural impact of widespread and legal marijuana use. The human mind is a beautiful thing. And when it unfolds a little, a little more may be possible for the enrichment of our lives.” – Andrew Sullivan

Sacrament in Rastafarianism

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“There is a reason the plant has, throughout the aeons of human history, been related to religion and spirituality. There’s a reason that it’s a sacrament in Rastafarianism. Countless people testify to spiritual insights, intellectual breakthroughs and emotional healing through use of the plant.” – Andrew Sullivan

Deeper Appreciation

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“For many, it works on the human brain very differently than alcohol. For some, it allows for calmer thought, or a heightened aesthetic sense, or just relief from the ordeal of consciousness that speaks to the soul more deeply than many other drugs, barring, of course, other psychotropic, like psilocybin or Ketamine. Of course, this is not a substitute for prayer, or meditation, or doctrine. But it can jog people toward a deeper appreciation of the world, its beauty and its goodness. It acts as a cultural check on the frantic, over-sharing, constantly-updating, overwhelmed life so many of us now share. It has a religious and spiritual aspect that cannot be denied – even as it has been smothered by Cheech and Chong and Seth Rogen (peace be upon him).” – Andrew Sullivan