Press play on these sounds for Spring and let’s bring the balance to support our immunity, care for our communities and prepare for the inevitable growth that comes with this seasonal shift.
On a powerful path of recalibration, transformation and necessary isolation leading up to the official start of Spring on March 19th, the vernal equinox is a time synonymous with balance in the Northern Hemisphere as well as cleaning up and clearing out. It represents (almost) equal day and (almost) equal night, symbolizing equal dark and equal light. It is the transitional time from the death of winter into fertile grounds of growth. Just as the Spring Equinox brings a balance to our external environments, our internal systems are naturally seeking a homeostasis as well.
The current events with Corona Virus have most of us isolating and reaching to our pharmacopoeia to cope. Seeking to boost resilience of the complex web of biological systems, research is finding new ways that cannabis helps to bring equilibrium to organisms. For our bodies to function optimally there is a multidimensional balancing act happening at all times between immune cells, tissues and organs. As winter teaches us, death is not separate from growth but a necessary part of the process. Killing off cells is actually a crucial element of a healthy functioning immune system. It’s our body’s natural mechanism for “Spring Cleaning.”
Cannabis can assist in keeping this delicate balance between growth and death within our bodies healthy. Cannabis has proven that it supports chemical balance and immunity. More research is also beginning to find the adaptive and dynamic nature of cannabinoids as bidirectional immunomodulators. What this means is that cannabis is a dynamic medicine in that it is immunosuppressive when there is hyper-immune response, which explains the relief experienced by medical cannabis users with autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation, but otherwise it can regulate and correct the immune system to bring equilibrium. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and immune system are also intimately woven. When plant cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are introduced to our systems our health is influenced in different ways as it interacts with the ECS and then communicates to the immune system.
Aside from the immune system, cannabis can be a huge help in relieving anxiety during stressful times bringing calm and peace of mind. In a world that is full of extremes, it’s extremely important that we help to support and regulate our systems to find their natural balance. Having access to a variety of terpene types, strains and blends, we are in a privileged time to utilize cannabis as a helpful and healthy resource for bringing the balance of mind, body and spirit. Experimenting with different ratios of CBD and THC to see which combination brings the best balance for your bio-chemistry is very important as each body is made up of its own unique blend of chemicals. A flowering time to find what works best for your individual body to bring the balance.
Balancing Breath Ritual:
Lung health and immune health is our best bet for resiliency right now. This short breathing exercise is super easy and suggested to do each morning and each evening for 3-5 minutes with eyes closed to encourage lung health and healthy immune responses during this generative time.
BOX BREATHE INSTRUCTIONS:
- Find a comfortable and quiet seat in a chair or cross-legged on the ground
- Feeling grounded with feet on the floor if in a chair and letting the knees drop below the hips if seated cross-legged on the ground.
- Spine straight; tail bone rooting into your seat. Chin parallel to the floor; Give our lungs room to expand and contract.
- Inhale 4 seconds; hold in 4 seconds; exhale 4 seconds; hold out 4 seconds. Continue…
Thinking outside the box with Box Breathe we are passing on the puff, puff, pass mentality. With sufficient evidence that intentional deep breathing can actually calm and regulate the autonomic nervous system (ANS) we can intentionally regulate involuntary/automatic body functions (such as temperature) via the breath. It can lower blood pressure and provides a quick and lasting calm. The slow suspension of the breath allows CO2 to build up in the blood. With the increase of CO2 in the blood, the cardio-inhibitory response of the vagus nerve is enhanced when you exhale and this stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system. Breathing in this way produces a calm and relaxed mood in the mind and body.
Social distancing in a technologically interconnected society doesn’t seem so bad for some but it is a huge change for many. We have the ability to show our love for our communities from a healthy distance by sharing the TSO: Balanced playlist with friends and family, Facetiming friends/family for a group Box Breathe session, gifting someone who might need a stress-relief one of the TSO Sonoma products (and have it safely delivered to their door by Sava), continuing to support local businesses, musicians and artists where and when you can, checking-in with those you know have been economically affected, checking in with those that are immunocompromised and unable to leave their homes, checking in and supporting yourself, asking for help if you need it. If you are reading this now, all of this can be done from the safety of your own home without sharing germs. Transformation is upon us. Let us welcome the change and bloom into balance together!
TSO Sonoma Whole Flower Sticks
ACDC 16:1 (CBD:THC)
This CBD dominant strain offers a calming, balanced clarity. Be present.
TSO Sonoma Flower Sticks have .17 grams of flower each, and pair exclusively with the Omura Series 1 device. Sticks are single use, 100% biodegradable, and made from rainforest safe paper. 12 sticks per pack.
For use with the Omura Vaporizer