Tweedle Farms: “Therapy” Review – 10 Terpenes

Tweedle Farms is at it again with a new strain from a sister farm of theirs in Oregon. They call these girls, “Therapy.”

Lab Results

Therapy has 10 terpenes, compare that to TF’s famous Suzy Q strain which only has 7 terpenes. Just like Suzy Q, Therapy is absolutely packed with myrcene (that rich, earthy taste) and caryophyllene (that spice).

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The 3 other terpenes that you can find in Therapy (compared to Suzy Q) are:

Bisabolol – also found in chamomile and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Linalool – while only in trace amounts in this batch, this terpene is becoming increasingly researched and has numerous health benefits. Among those are its anti-anxiety and anti-epileptic properties, which is exactly what I use hemp for.

Ocimene – sweet and herby, this terp helps plants defend themselves in the wild and can also be an anti-inflammatory.

Delivery – 10/10

 

Tweedle Farms has heard the community and they responded. No more sketchy packaging methods. No obvious return addresses. Not only is it delivered in a heat-sealed mylar bag, but it also vacuum-sealed as well. No scent is going to reek from this stealthy package. Best delivery for flower on the market.

Appearance – 7/10

 

Therapy comes in dense nuggets and they are beautiful. I definitely recommend grinding this strain because it can get sticky if you only use your fingers. Closer inspection reveals some very nice crystalline trichomes. It isn’t quite trimmed to perfection, but I don’t really mind because the bud is so dense anyways. Doesn’t quite get that bright green tint that Suzy Q gets, but overall, a quality looking strain.

Smell – 8/10

For 10 terpenes, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it all seemed to make sense when I finally cracked open the bag. There are so many aromas happening. They all blend together into a herb-berry smoothie, although the myrcene and the caryophyllene cut through. If I could describe it, it would be a spicy blueberry. The spice is extremely sharp at the end of a big sniff. Seriously, if you want some aromatherapy — stick your nose in the bag and you’ll get a kick out of it.

Taste – 8/10

Combustion – Fresh earthy taste with traces of mixed herbs, and with a little bit of kick at the end. Actually a lot of kick at the end. There is definitely a spicy aftertaste, which is probably from the caryophyllene. You can easily mistake this spiciness for being a hard hit, but if you think about it a little, you’ll realize that it’s actually the taste of the bud.

Vapor Test

388 Fahrenheit – Definitely cleaner than combustion, and that caryophyllene is really kicking. This stuff is actually spicy.

430 Fahrenheit – Actually tastes a little hoppy at this temperature, and that caryophyllene is still kicking. Make this stuff into a sauce or something. I seriously need a glass of water after this session.

Effects – 9/10

In low-medium quantities, Therapy is already super sedating. I personally see myself using this strain at the end of the day. It can get a little couch-locky if you aren’t careful and you want to get stuff done on your two feet. From a medical standpoint, I think the anti-anxiety is a little less effective for me compared to Suzy or even Otto. I’m not entirely sure why. I’m also in the process of moving and changing jobs so that could be a big reason too.

Overall – 8.7/10 

Quick aside: Because this stuff is so high on myrcene, it will actually synergize very well with THC. I believe that’s where the myth comes from that says if you eat a mango before smoking, your high will be more intense (because mangoes have a bunch of myrcene as well). If THC is your digg, I recommend doing THC:Therapy on a 1:1 ratio and seeing how much more amplified the psychoactive effects become.

The delivery was phenomenal this go-around. Tweedle Farms has really turned its PR around for the better. The double-sealed packaging and quick delivery are unbeatable.

All in all, Therapy is a great CBD strain. I definitely recommend trying it if you are bored of the same old cherry wine strains that have been flooding the market. It tests high for both myrcene and caryophyllene, but I believe the 8 other terpenes amplify the rich, spiciness factor in this strain as well. TF’s Otto strain actually tests for higher caryophyllene, but for some reason, the spice cuts through in Therapy much more. My only qualm is that I wish the anti-anxiety effects were a little more immediate.  In the future, I’d love to see TF try and make a strain that tests high for linalool to counter this. Regardless, this strain does a fine job at taking the edge off after a long day — it feels great to kick back on the couch and get a good Therapy session in.

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A Natural Anxiety Cure: 3 Ways to Make CBD More Effective For You

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If you are reading this, you have likely done a fair amount of research on CBD and its effects, but for the uninitiated, studies show that CBD may be an effective cure against anxiety. For me, CBD has had the following effects:

  • I have drastically reduced my anxiety (after years of taking SSRIs and suffering all the side-effects)
  • I have gone from consuming 8 prescriptions to 2 (and only as a buffer for controlling my epilepsy).
  • I am more productive.
  • I no longer have suicidal thoughts.
  • I stopped taking ibuprofen for pain relief.
  • I no longer want to sleep as much as I used to.

This little green plant has been an integral part of my journey. If it wasn’t for hemp, my kidneys and liver would still be working on overdrive to process all those pills. I found that CBD was the safe, all-natural medicine that I needed to break the cycle. That’s why I started this blog–it’s my own way of spreading the good word.

But it didn’t always work for me. It took some trial and error on my part, and if you have yet to add CBD into your daily routine, then you will likely go through a similar process. Maybe you have used CBD, but you are finding that it isn’t the cure-all you expected it to be. If you suffer from any sort of physical pain, anxiety, or depression, take a look at these three tips that will help make CBD more effective for you:

1. Change up how you are consuming CBD

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Whether that means trying a new brand of oil, or trying an entire new method of consuming hemp — you need to get your body to respond to the CBD. I first started using CBD in the form of CBD hemp oil tinctures that I bought at my local organic grocery store. Since then, I have tried every form of CBD consumption possible (well, not rectally…), and I found that consuming both orally and sublingually is the least effective method for me. This comes as no surprise as there appears to be a drop-off of bioavailability in CBD when consumed orally — about 6% of what you consume by mouth will effectively enter the bloodstream. Compare this to a study that found that inhaling CBD garnered a mean bioavailability of 31%. That being said, CBD effects will change depending on how you consume it.

2. Build-up the amount of CBD in your bloodstream

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When I first started on anti-anxiety medications, it took me months to feel any better. Multiple systems in my body had to adjust to the chemical change taking place (in this case, increased serotonin. Dosing CBD isn’t nearly as painstaking–and in my experience, the benefits come much faster–but there is going to be an incubation period, especially if you are treating anxiety or depression. If you are treating for body aches and pains, I would definitely suggest consuming CBD in its highest bioavailable form, which is through inhalation. I have yet to meet a person who feels zero effects after smoking/vaping CBD. That being said, CBD works best in conjunction with other cannabinoids (yes, including THC for some folks). The best way to get other cannabinoids is to smoke or vaporize real flower from the cannabis plant. You can ship this stuff straight to your door, thanks to Tweedle Farms (subscribe to email list for a limited time 10% discount), or find flower at your local headshop, even if you are in an illegal or semi-legal cannabis state (due to the 2014 Farmer’s Bill, industrial hemp is technically legal to sell).  

To that, I say find your ratio. I try and consume CBD in a variety of ways. You know your body best. I like to start my day off with some CBD tea before work, or a quick dab of a CBD isolate or full-spectrum slab (these have less CBD, but are more complete with natural hemp terpenes).

Some people like to to use an ejuice vape. The ELF by Honey Stick is my go-to stealth vaporizer for now. Good battery life, great for the morning commute to work, and you can add whatever ejuice you want. It’s also nice for a little quick relief when you’re on the go and can’t make a batch of tea or load up your rig. I recently brought my ELF vaporizer to a two-day ultimate frisbee tournament, and we made it all the way to the finals game, and I did not take a single painkiller. I’ve been playing the sport for five years and I have never not taken at least one ibuprofen for my achilles tendinitis. For me, that’s huge. By the end of the weekend, a couple of my teammates were even asking for some stealth hits.

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If you have some money, you could also pursue The Phantom Squeeze Box, which also does wax and concentrates. It’s a great option if you don’t want to fire up a rig with a torch, and if you prefer to not use ejuice, but still need to a dose of CBD on the go.

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Mix it up. Find your ratio. For me, I keep an even ratio of 1:1 (1 part flower, 1 part isolate/concentrate).

3. Take care of your body

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Probably more important than taking care of your endocannabinoid system is taking care of your body as a whole. Eat better. Eat less processed foods and eat more whole foods. Drink more water. I repeat: drink more water. Water keeps your body oiled up and ready to process vitamins, nutrients, and all those sweet cannabinoids.

That being said, CBD is only a part of the puzzle. If you want to fight anxiety, depression, and other ailments, exercise is key. Do something you physically love doing. I play ultimate, bike to work, rock climb, practice yoga, and I like to think I lift weights. There is no high like a post-workout high. Use your body–you can do it!

Self-care should be a part of everyone’s routine. Just like cooking, taking medicine, and doing chores, self-care should be practiced–even if you don’t feel like doing it.

Deep breathing and meditation. Try it. 5 minutes of quiet, self-reflection. Some CBD will help calm the nerves too!

(If you’ve never meditated before, /r/meditation is always a good place to start.)

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