Happy New Year, Welcome 2019!
How did you celebrate?
My New Year’s Eve became a spontaneous adventure of meeting new friends and learning more mindfulness. It was the most serendipitous moment, my partner and I found ourselves invited to the first Cannabis Healing Ceremony.
The night was a ceremonious awakening, a soul and body cleanse, an intention-setting session, an evening of love and creating for my 2019.
Antonina Love, founder of Green God’s Wellness, infuses cannabis, yin yoga and mindfulness meditation, to curate intimate gatherings that transcend the typical yoga class.
Antonina illuminates the healing powers of herbs, “it [cannabis] is radical permission to be yourself.” Green God’s Wellness is more than a mobile, herbal yoga studio, it’s a cannabis community with positive intention. Look out for The Cypher, a new yoga community for mindful meet ups and monthly global herbal ceremonies.
The evening marked the first official Cannabis Healing Ceremony, but Antonina has been pairing cannabis and yoga at spiritual events for over a year in Southern California. Her new community, The Cypher will promote monthly ceremonies, wherever Antonina is residing.
The evening was dedicated to healing and setting positive intentions for the New Year. The night was an eclectic mix of mingling, relaxing, & minding our breath. No drunkenness, just endless self love and co-creating with other human beings in the cannabis community.
The venue, Radha Yoga LA is nestled between two alleyways. A step inside and after a short walk up white stairs, you realize the facade hides a unique space. The studio was long and skinny, but full of raw creative energy.
Antonina meet me on my mat, she welcomed me with hugs, a sage blessing and a dosing of CBD oil, from Prime My Body. It tasted like citrus under my tongue and helped prep my body for stretching.
Monique Gray, from Canna Calm LA , co-hosted the elevated event and rolled epic joints. She introduced herself and handed me a stick of Palo Santo, a wood burnt for creative abundance and spiritual healing.
Monique is an experienced massage therapists with her own line of CBD lotions. She taught the group three key acupressure points, for optimal self massage. To add to the self massage session, alongside the mats sat CBD lotion, from TOPIKAL. The smooth cream provided targeted relief and smelled heavenly when rubbed in the skin. Every aspect of the evening felt organic in flow, the group sat talking for at least a few hours.
Antonina understands healing can take time, thus the ceremony reflected that process. We honored ourselves with a commitment of six hours. Throughout the evening, we had the opportunity to write down anything that flowed to us, intentions for the New Year or negative emotions that needed to be released for our souls. There were no judgments, everything and everyone was welcome.
After light yin yoga and a powerful shavasana, the group ended the evening with another smoke session. Everyone felt extremely bonded, we created a true connection within our community of Southern California.
This year, I am building my tribe, I want more positive energy in my life. Events like these spark creativity in my soul and have me craving new spaces for personal connection with cannabis. I want to talk to more people about weed and develop more mindful cannabis practices for my own whole body wellness.
Let us create what we desire in 2019. I want a tribe of cannabis friends, people who are woke, ready to be alive and happy in 2019.
What do you want to create this year?
It can be anything,
-Sofia Deva; The Weed Writer
Sofia | The Weed Writer
Elevated events allow us to find our place and thrive. I’m proud to be a part of the cannabis community. Ecstatic energy is felt deeply in groups of high minded humans and it’s contagious. I love connecting with people and smoking cannabis.
Recently, my partner and I attended an Elevated Yoga event. Hosted by Ganja Chica & La Casita Bonita. The dream, a baked airbnb, welcome to La Casita Bonita, San Diego’s premier bud & breakfast.
The evening was a mix of mingling, yoga & delicious food. I was pleased with the vegetarian array. I was also very happy to see such a vibrant mix of people from the cannabis community. The space felt judgment free. An amazing cannabis event attracting a mindful crowd, not just yogis, but people who care about cannabis and togetherness.
Anna of @yog-anna enchanted the audience, she taught us to grow peace in our garden. The slow 60 minute flow brought me to a place of utter inner stillness.
I felt pretty blessed mid practice, when the samples from Munchie24 hit me at that perfect moment. About mid way through my flow, I was feeling more baked and bendy than ever.
I left the event feeling warm inside, extra stretched, & super baked. Let’s have more gatherings. Thanks Elevated Yoga for elevating the community vibes.
-Sofia | The Weed Writer
Art making is my favorite form of procrastination, I’ve been painting lately. And I’ve come to realize, maybe procrastinating isn’t that bad, what if it fuels the creative juices? I think every subject could stand to include a little creativity. I’m grateful for my selection of artsy humanitarian courses this semester. Each course incorporates the arts in some form. Classes are great, but they’re keeping me busy. It’s a good busy, but I miss being actively involved in the cannabis community.
I want to experiment with a few new ideas for Written With Herb.
Lately, social media has put a sour taste in my mouth, I think real human connection is powerful and it makes everyone feel good. I want to meet more people in the streets and share flower. So, let’s breakdown the digital walls and get together. Take herb to beach and sesh in the park. Let’s have a barbecue, we’ll bring bongs instead of beer. Know any spaces for casual smoking and gathering with rad folks? I want to see your faces and shake your hands, let’s split a joint my friends.
Let’s hang out,
Sofia, The Weed Writer
Avocados in their own right are pretty amazing, but eating avocados (on toast), while you’re toasty, is next level tasty. Not all strains induce hungry for the ultimate snack, but purple punch sure does it for me. What strains have you gravitating towards the kitchen?
Today I opted for avocados, strawberries and chocolate; weird, I know, but I’m trying to move away from the concept of ‘munchies’ as just being junk. Most people hear the term munchies and still think, ‘stoner stereotype,’ binge eating chips on the couch, for me the munchies are much more. Smoking herb helps me sustain my appetite, also phrased, I like getting the munchies, before I chow down.
On that health note, listening to my body has been my main ‘self’ mission, so what makes me feel good, is what I try to snack on. Lots of veggies and fruits, but also pasta, goods mac n’ cheese, with a crumble crispy top.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying avocado toast at restaurants, just for fun. Few places prepare it better than I do, on well done sourdough bread, with extra pepper. But I did try a caprese style avo toast, that was amazing.
Eating healthy has been challenging since school started, so easy recipes are my favorite & I can most definitely replicate this one at home. Look how yummy this looks, it tasted pretty good too!
We all love potato chips, but when it comes to healthier munching, what makes you feel really good? Share your recipes and favorite baked dishes in the comments. My favorite recipe posted below gets an Instagram story shout out, so get creative & challenge the taste buds.
Excited to try your recipes,
-Sofia, The Weed Writer
Calling all seekers of sensational experiences, have you tried combining yoga, cannabis, & consciousness yet? Anyone can get baked and go to a yoga class, but an elevated yoga workshop is a lot more than your basic yoga class. Shoot The Moon Yoga Workshop presents an uplifting yoga and meditation practice that introduces you to a like minded community, while sampling local cannabis strains. The LA based workshop is lead by two lovely yogis, Ivette & Phoebe, two Anusara teachers and great friends.
The first session I attended this year was utterly mind blowing, my body felt great, but so did my heart, it was one of my happiest nights. I left the private loft with a glowing aura of love & positive energy. And after not practicing yoga for over a year, walking into my first workshop was a little scary, but I instantly relaxed into the Mary Jane style practice. You will too. 😉 Being the note taker I am, below are the notes and words that stuck out for me during the evening and each individual practice. Phoebe lead us in the first of two 45-minute sessions.
Phoebe’s practice – OK, notice a moment of the journey. She kept reminding us of how ‘destination’ driven we all are as human beings. I loved that we were taking the time to slow down and recognize how fast we all go. Phoebe went on to guide us through poses, slowly and deliberately. The Anusara style held us in one pose longer, allowing us time to free the mind. She asked us to tune into a portion of the music or an element of the room, not on the next pose. “You don’t know how long I’ll hold you in this pose so be comfortable with the journey.” Finding comfort in the unknown and sometimes the uncomfortable, I felt inspired. Phoebe brilliantly brought to light the overlooked parts, the moments we need to pay more attention to, our journey in this world.
Smoke Break: After the first practice ends Ivette reminds all the students to indulge in the samplings from Bloom Field Flower Company. Three strains were on display, including an Indica, Hybrid, & Sativa. There was no pressure to consume, but everyone loved the offerings.
Ivette’s Practice – She actively demanded that we stay presently in the moment. Her energy was powerful, I’ve never experienced anything like that before and I loved it. The intensity Ivette brought to her practice echoed through the room, energizing the experience. Her theme genuinely touched my soul, when she declared, ‘We all have a heart & we all have breath.’ The focus or intention of Ivette’s practice honed in on the two things we all have in common, not skin color, or if you smoke pot or not, but our hearts & our breath. I felt so safe in the space created inside the artsy yoga loft, the evening was more than a class, it was a night of bonding and bending and loving our bodies.
The next workshop is on December 30th, with an option to wake, bake, & stretch at 10 am or join the night owls at 6 pm. Everyone goes home with a goodie bag & delicious food is always served. I recommend attending with an open heart & mind, be ready to mingle & you will feel as new as 2018!
The Weed Writer
My hippy, farm owning mom smokes pot. She enjoys a good wake and bake just as much as I do. People of all different ages, walks of life, & geographical locations smoke marijuana. But still a stigma surrounds cannabis users. Through education and sharing my stories, I want to cultivate a space that knocks down the walls surrounding weed and the people who choose to medicate. You smoke weed, I smoke weed, Obama smokes weed, let’s start appreciating and supporting one another.
And for those who choose to abstain, I respect you too, but I think everyone could use some more education about herb. My friend Franky* told me her mom is considering medical marijuana. Surprising me, since her traditional mother has always been opposed to the devil’s lettuce… However, since being diagnosed with a painful medical condition, her mom has changed her tune about pot. In order to completely understand how marijuana feels, in my opinion, you need to try it. Thinking back to my first time, trying weed was scary. Hindsight 20/20, try it with an open mind and a couch close by. Medicating can make life with crippling pain or anxiety a little bit better. Everyone should be able to feel safe enough to try smoking herb. Some tried & true advice, start with a little puff and go from there. Nothing bad is going happen to you and if you feel scared, just take a deep breath and maybe a nap. Cannabis helps heal, so go find a safe space, a good friend and lit up.
Or don’t, but please stop giving me weird looks in the grocery store, yes, I get baked in the parking lot before shopping, get over it. xo.
Sofia D. Long
The Weed Writer
Southern California is paradise to many different types of people, surfers, business women, and stoners alike. I feel privileged living in such a beautiful place, I can smoke the dankest bud, by the prettiest ocean and relax at a slow pace. Living in Encinitas, I’m almost convinced everyone smokes pot, it’s a beach community, but there’s also this elusive ganja vibe here.
When I say ganja vibe, I’m referencing a feeling. There seems to be a sense of acceptance and appreciation for the plant here, less aversion, and more openness to smoking publicly. Anywhere I go in Encinitas I catch glimpses of cannabis users. On the Coast Highway I’ve watched a motorcyclist pack a pipe at a stop light and a couple pass a pre-roll on a sunset walk. And at Moonlight Beach, a bonfire isn’t complete without the faint scent of herb cascading through the salty air. People are chill in Encinitas, that’s the best way I can describe it. A stoner’s paradise might as well be Swami’s beach, but at the same time the environment doesn’t stop being family friendly or home to several impromptu acro-yoga sessions, everyday. People boldly enjoy their herb in Encinitas, is your city stoned?
I’m working my way around North County, then beyond, if you want me to visit your city for a local sesh contact me!
Go smoke outside today!
-Sofia, The Weed Writer
“Connected to the present moment, my mind becomes unhindered & I can take a deep breath, effortlessly.” -SDL
That’s how I feel after I allow cannabis to help me manage my anxiety. Smoking weed is an act of self care, a means to soothe worry and help me eat a full meal. My name is Sofia and I smoke weed. Curating exceptional cannabis products, showcasing the healing effects of marijuana and breaking down the stigmas surrounding stoners is my current aspiration. This is my space to start more positive conversations about the cannabis community, while putting a creative spin on smoking pot and going to college.
The Written with Herb journey began in a hotel room, not too far from the Santa Monica pier. My friends and I drove up to Santa Monica for a ganja girls weekend. We stopped by a few dispensaries, I found a bottle of G Farma Labs Pink Lemonade to fuel my evening. The entire night I could feel an idea brewing, my creativity was abundantly flowing. Back at the hotel room I snatched the complimentary paper pad and started writing notes with a fiery passion. The entire drive back to San Diego I gabbed to my girlfriends about blog ideas and how I want to bring an educated community of positively medicated people together. This platform is a space to record my cannabis journey, educate the modern consumer and showcase the products I personally use and support. Join me in my journey to medicate mindfully, while enhancing the whole world with the power of weed.
Stay lifted my friends,
-Sofia, The Weed Writer