Posts Tagged ‘medicalcannabis’

So I’m a huge fan of podcasts. My absolute favorite is Joe Rogan. He sometimes has some awesome people on that really have some good advice on life. Joe also has some awesome habits he does, that are super inspirational. One thing he talks about often is float pods, and the benefits he has seen both physical and mental using the float pod.

But what is a float pod or sensory deprivation tank? It is a private space where you can experience freedom from your senses. The pods provide a light and sound free environment. They are filled with 10 inches of water and approximately 900 lbs of dissolved Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

Being a fan, and always looking for things to help my mental illnesses, I had to try a float session. I found a great little spa about 20 minutes from my house and assigned the wife to sign me up for a float session. She agreed to this assignment so she could get a spray tan. Win – win. The goal of my float session was to shut my brain up for a while, let my body chill, medicate heavily and listen for the universe.

Fist thing I did was medicate heavily with some of my favorite Indica strains, Hell’s OG. This is great strain for relaxing your body and providing mental clarity. Fortunately I am a medical cannabis patient and have access to some amazing medicine. So, without hesitation I heavily medicated myself right before leaving for the session, intent on having an amazing experienced, floating weightlessly, deprived of all my senses.

We arrived promptly at noon for my float session appointment. The lovely attendant took my information and after some minor paperwork I was whisked to the back to take a shower. Alone. The lovely attendant wasn’t a part of the pre-shower session. The shower is necessary to prevent people from putting their crummy naked bodies in the pod. Yes, naked. You are naked when you float.

I showered up, dawned the bath robe and bathing cap provided, which by the way looks easy to put on, but, I assure you was a pain in the dick. I know I’m a moron, but putting a swim cap on should of been easier than it was. Anywho, showered, robed and capped, I rang the attendant who guided me to the float pod room. For a few moments she went over the basics, how to get in the pod, how to shut the lid, light and music adjustment as well as a floatation device incase I felt I might drown in the murky depths of 10 inches of salt water.

Out she went, I dropped my robe and in I went. The top closes on hydraulics, there is no way to get locked in and I in no way felt claustrophobic, there is a lot of head space to sit up inside the pod and move around. Side note: as she began her instructions on light and music in the pod, the Hell’s OG really kicked in and I spaced out on how to run the lighting situation inside the pod.

First I just wanted to get comfy with the feeling of floating. I laid out straight as a board and just…floated. The light was on inside the pod, its dimly lit, but not a blazing light. Fuck. I need to figure out how to turn out the light. Did she push the button or turn the button? It’s just a button, shaped like a marshmallow simply labeled, LIGHT. Reluctantly, I pushed the button and…..boom, lights out.

Now I can get down to business. Pitch black, dead silent other than my fat ass and jelly belly splashing around in the salty water as I position myself for maximum float comfort.

Depriving yourself of the external chatter is a peculiar experience to say the least. The effect on your physical body, to be horizontal, with no sensation beneath you relaxed my muscles like nothing I’ve experienced before. Much different than a massage. Nothing is touching them other than water. How much time I floated reposing my body is hard to say, it was good, keeping my mind focused on just physical peace kept dumb chatter form ruining the experience. For the time being.

Eventually my mind chatter got the best of me and I started running dumb shit through my brain. I recognized this happy horse shit and decided to fuck with the lights, and restart the process. The bulb for the pod is set up at water level, not directly above you. The trippy thing about the light was you could create a mini light show across the top of the dome as you float. These fuckers know people are getting medicated and floating. There’s no way this light show is in here for any other purpose. Bravo.


I decided on a symphony of green lights dancing like streamers in the wind. Back down I went, focusing again on relaxing my body. What happened next was an unexpected surprise say the least.

Eyes closed, I could still sense the green of the lights, it was almost like a hallucinatory experience, not only did I see the greens, but shapes, and other colors began to frolic in my vision. I feel like a cheerio floating aimlessly in the ocean as the Aurora Borealis dazzles my mind over head.

The light show went on for I don’t know how long. The only bummer was the pod fits a guy who is six foot two, but eventually, you do end up floating into the side of the pod, either with you head, or feet, at least this was the case for me. The hour flew by. When the time is up the pod has a jet stream that slowly bursts water into the pod to let you know times up.

Out I go, stood up to dry off, and felt as though I dropped 200 mg of edibles. Nice. Since you just floated in all that salt water, you need to shower. AGAIN. It’s necessary and worth it. I finished up, and met my lovely, tanner bride in the lobby. Twenty minutes later we arrived at our abode and it hit me. My body was rested, restored, at peace, chill, on a level that my poor grammar skills don’t allow me to convey here.

My zen experience with peace and relaxation lasted all the way to the next day and in the evening. Peace and love poured through me. I was one with the force, the force was with me. There is no doubt I want to try this experience again, while highly medicated. Did I have a visual experience based on the medication? I doubt it. Maybe? The only way to find out is try again. And try again I will. In all honesty, if you are not claustrophobic, and want to experiment with different experiences to enhance your mind and body, try floating.



I’ve been depressed for a while now. Many years in fact. I’m pretty sure it has to do with all the bad decisions I made in life. (Thats a whole load of other posts.) Additionally, two years ago my parents died suddenly within six months of each other. Being an only child when your parents die sucks too. It sucks all the balls.

But, if it were not for these terrible choices and unfortunate deaths I wouldn’t be here, writing to you.

I never thought I was “depressed” thats something that happens to other people. However, after some time reflecting on my person and talking to loved ones, it was pretty clear I was depressed. I spent a lot of time in bed, and felt guilty when I did. Like I should have been doing something more productive. When I am not in bed, all want to do is take a nap. Either way I was not able to be productive in any way shape or form.

I felt lost, there was no direction in my life. No physical obstacles, no mental ones either. I was drifting through life in a rut. You need a challenge in life, mental and physical. Positive challenges to help you become a better person.

I needed to do something. One thing I began to study was medical cannabis and depression. Can weed really help you over come depression. Yes. And no. I thoroughly believe cannabis can help you with depression, but it needs to be a tool in your arsenal to help you over come this disease.

The first thing I did was research strains for depression. The website Leafly, is an amazing resource to find strains for depression. The second thing I did was research cannabis terpenes. This lead me to find that limonene is an essential terpene found in some cannabis strains to help fight depression.

The next thing, find strains high in this terpene, then see if my local dispensary carries these strains. Whew. It was some work but well worth it. I found an experimented with some strains and found the following strains to be the best for me.

Durban Poison. My number one go to strain. This flower kept me uplifted, euphoric and energized. I get super productive with this strain and its perfect for daytime use.

Super Silver Haze This little darling is great for a nice head buzz. Another strain for great euphoria and being ultra productive,

Golden Goat. The goat is great for high energy and motivation.

Grapefruit Durban. I use this in a c02 cart and love it. My absolute favorite for all day use.

Those are my go to strains right now, obviously I love to experiment with different strains and see what works best. I tend to lean towards anything citrusy and skunks. Lemon strains seem to be another hit for getting that edge over depression and anxiety so many people need. If you have depression, and access to medical cannabis, try these strains. I you have depression and have some killer strains that worked for you, comment with them please! Good luck, be nice to a stranger today.

For the past 6 most I have been banging away on this Terrapin Station Terra Pod vape system.  This slick little black device had me suspect at first.  I figured the patients of PA’s medical marijuana program would be hoodwinked into buying a system that has limited options, is poor quality and most likely very expensive.

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Fortunately, Terrapin came through and has put out a great product.  When purchasing a vape I want some longevity in use.  It seems like some strains I inhale within 2 days.  Others, can make it 5 days or more with me.  Now, I am lucky where my day job allows me free reign on my medication schedule.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  As I’m sure many of you know, some days require more medication than others.  And on those days, the traditional carts can burn up quick.

To my shock and surprise, I seem to get some great longevity with these pods.  Maybe its all mental, but I seem to need less hits with the pod than traditional carts.  This works well for me, when its time to medicate, I want to medicate.

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Now, on to the flavor.  Terrapin has the “Crystal Double’ option with the pods, which adds a burst of tasty flavor profiles, and really makes the euphoria with certain strains pretty intense.  Intense is my favorite.  It seems like Terrapin is limited to a handful of flavors, all very good, but I definitely want to see some new flavors added to the rotation.

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The pod is sleek, great for being discreet and fits easily and comfortably in your pocket. Its pretty durable as well.  Ive dropped my pod several times on all sorts of surfaces.  Sidewalk outside, blacktop, deck, kitchen floor, the list goes on and on.  I have a few pods now, and my original still works perfectly.  The battery life is pretty long.  I seem to be able to pull a solid 2 days worth of heat hitting before I seem to notice its time for a charge.

Bottom line, this pod is worth every penny.  I can only imagine Terrapin will be pumping out more flavors to add to their menu, and the price point is spot on.  If you haven’t done so already, invest in this pod system and enjoy!