Sexual High: for everybody Part 01 🌱

Sex and Cannabis + Why and What is Cannabis Lubrication: with Devan Anthony, Luminous Botanicals

MIND-BLOWING SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS REQUIRE TRUST, PRESENCE, AND QUITE POSSIBLY, A PUFF

I showed him a part of myself that’s rarely seen. He showed me a part of himself that was met with gratitude and appreciation. We traced the energy pathways until giving and receiving became the same. Our eyes connected as we joined in the center, and our souls became one. God said, “This is who you are when you’re ‘as love’ - sex is part of your well-being.” ❤️

Meet Devan Anthony, co-founder of Oregon’s award-winning brand Luminous Botanicals.

Luminous has been mastering tinctures differently with a new approach to ratios of long and medium-chain triglycerides. Meaning: the path of absorption goes through the lymphatic system vs. going through the liver. The end result is a higher absorption rate of cannabinoids and a very smooth, long-lasting effect with an equally subtle exit. The universal tincture is an honest all-in-one edible, topical, and sensual (our wallets thank you). In 2015, Devan and co-founder Sally introduced DEW — a cannabis lubricant line specifically for sensual pleasure and comfort for everyone.

SEX WITH CANNABIS

Devan Anthony: Sex on cannabis can be primal and potent. It has the power to shed learned cultural behaviors, spark creativity, and lose inhibition. It welcomes spiritual connection and enhances the delights of embodiment. Orgasms on cannabis? It feels like pleasure consumes the world while simultaneously slowing down time.

I, like many of us, spend too much time staring at the constant stream of anxieties on my pocket-streaming machine. When I lay down for sleep, I feel mentally exhausted, my awareness is outside of my body, and I’m not always interested in sex. 

However, after my partner and I share puffs of cannabis, my mind relaxes, and my thoughts settle into the present. I come back into my body, and I feel ripples of warm energy flowing through me. This feeling isn’t inherently sexual, but it is pleasurable, and then…I start thinking about her body lying beside me. Soon, she is irresistible, and I am alive again.

ON CONSUMING THE SAME STRAINS TO GET TO THE SAME PLACE

DA: We should each have some understanding of our personal cannabis preferences before expecting to reach sex-goddess nirvana. What makes you feel playful and talkative might make me feel like I’m soaring into another dimension of reality. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cannabis lube, edible, vape, bowl, dab, joint - they’re all going to affect each of us differently. It takes some experimentation to develop an understanding of what dose is right for each environment, including the bedroom.

Edibles can get you there, however they take time to kick in, so this approach to the cannabis-enhanced bedroom takes a bit more consideration as proper dosing and timing can be a challenge.

A battery-powered flower vaporizer is a great option. Preload the device before you get into bed and then it’s just that easy.

I frequently take Meadow blend of our Universal Cannabis Tonic (a balanced THC/CBD tincture) at bedtime. I’m mostly taking it for deep sleep support and to keep a small amount of cannabinoids circulating in my system for pain relief [Ed.: Devan’s medical cannabis journey began while fiddling with cannabis recipes after experiencing a back injury]. Following, my partner and I tend to use the same product/strain as we share a similar sensitivity to cannabinoids and are in sync in this way.

CANNABIS LUBRICATION. WHY AND WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

DA: Cannabis lubricants with a variety of THC and CBD concentrations can enhance our sex lives in multiple ways.

A high-THC cannabis lubricant can make orgasms feel stronger and more full for people of any gender.

Many women report turning on and being able to orgasm more easily. Women also report heightened pleasure while using THC lube for solo play. 

For anyone that experiences physical pain or discomfort during or after penetrative intercourse (vaginal or anal), a cannabis lubricant with CBD can be life-changing. The CBD helps to release muscle tension and soothe inflamed tissue, making sex enjoyable for people who struggle with health conditions that make sex painful.

Some men find THC lubricant to be too stimulating and have trouble holding back their orgasm. For these men, using a lubricant that is CBD dominant might be a better option, as some find that the CBD can reduce the intensity, making it easier to last longer.

Another use for cannabis lubricant is moon cycle support. We hear astonishingly positive feedback from women that apply our cannabis oils to tampons or menstrual cups to help with menstrual cramping.

For women that are experiencing menopause, hormonal changes can reduce libido and vaginal moistness. Cannabinoid lubricants can be a revelation, reintroducing lubrication and rekindling the sexual spark.

ON TIMING OF APPLICATION

DA: Application of a cannabis lubricant during foreplay with a partner, or solo play is part of the fun. You’ll want to gently massage a small amount of lubricant into your and/or your partner’s most sensitive areas—clitoris, vulva, or the glans of the penis. The cannabinoids will take a few minutes to absorb and take effect. 

WITH ORAL SEX

DA: Oral sex can be delightful when using a cannabis lubricant if the lubricant is edible! An edible lubricant opens up creative options for bedroom play, making it easy to switch back and forth between oral and penetrative sex without worry about getting non-edible lube in your mouth. Of course, any time you are putting THC in your mouth, there is a chance that you’ll catch a buzz.

If your cannabis lubricant is not edible, you’ll need to be careful about sequencing your bedroom play so that you don’t end up ingesting any of it.

ANAL SEX

DA: A cannabis lubricant with both THC and CBD can be beneficial for the anal sex recipient. Receiving anal sex can sometimes be painful, either during sex or afterward. CBD helps muscles to relax to make receiving easier, and the THC helps soothe any irritation or discomfort afterward.

PRECAUTIONS

DA: Most cannabis lubricants are oil-based and, like any oil-based lubricant, will degrade latex condoms. Condoms made from polyurethane, lambskin, and polyisoprene are widely available alternatives to latex that are compatible with oil.

Some people might be sensitive or allergic to a cannabis lubricant (or any lubricant for that matter), and having a reaction on your genitals is an unpleasant way to find out! Test for sensitivity first by applying a small amount to the thin skin on the inside of your elbow. If you experience any redness or irritation, wash off with soap and warm water and discontinue use. 

It is important to acknowledge that cannabis is inebriating. Someone who has taken too much cannabis might feel disoriented and could have difficulty clearly giving or denying their consent to participate in sex or a particular sex act. It’s best to mix sex and cannabis with people that you know and trust and to talk together before getting high about your boundaries in the bedroom.

BIGGEST DEMOGRAPHIC THUS FAR

DA: Women of all ages and sexual orientation and gay men. Straight men, to overgeneralize, seem less interested, though I think they are missing out

ABOUT DEW, THE SENSUAL CANNABIS OIL LINE

DA: We make two edible lubricant blends: Pleasure and Comfort.

Pleasure is our THC dominant blend. Comfort is our balanced THC/CBD blend.

DEW is made with 100% third-party certified organic ingredients, including Sun+Earth Certified cannabis flower, and all ingredients are edible. DEW smells (and tastes) delicious, with just a hint of spice and vanilla. 

We also make a versatile tincture line called Universal Cannabis Tonic that can be used as a precisely dosed edible, topical, or sensual lubricant. The Tonic line has three blends, two of which are identical to DEW’s Pleasure and Comfort blends in cannabinoid potency and efficacy. DEW is more convenient to use in the bedroom, as it comes in a small pump bottle whereas the Tonic comes in a tincture bottle with a dropper, so we generally recommend choosing DEW for bedroom use over the Tonic to avoid spills. One exception is for men that suffer from premature ejaculation. For these men, we recommend the Earth blend of our Universal Cannabis Tonic, which is CBD dominant with just a hint of THC. The CBD reduces sensitivity without numbing. 

FAVORITE CANNABIS RITUAL

DA: I enjoy getting high solo and using cannabis to access a unitive state of mind.

HOW HAS CANNABIS HELPED YOU THE MOST?

DA: Cannabis helped me to develop a personal understanding of spirituality rooted in consciousness and the direct experience of presence. I grew up non-religious, but as a young adult felt disconnected and uninspired. Cannabis showed me what was staring me in the face but that I had been conditioned to not see – that this present moment is what is real and that consciousness is miraculous and worth preserving. Cannabis expanded my sense of self from being focused on just my individual needs to the needs of our species and the living planet. When I shift my consciousness to connect with a larger sense of self, clarity, and insight naturally arise. I reflect on the challenges of my creative life, my interpersonal relationships, my business, and of the world at large, and when I return to my individuated self I feel peaceful and inspired.

CANNABIS IS…

…an ancient human ally that offers us the gifts of reconnection to ourselves, our loved ones, and our living planet

Thank you Devan Anthony 🌱

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Do I care about everything or nothing at all?

— Highly Epiphanies

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Thinking of You, Thinking About it All

Hi, it’s Nina.

COVID-19 has clearly upended the world as we know it. The gravity of the situation is weighing on me, as are the new realities we’re about to face. That said, with a lot more time for reflection, I have been searching for silver linings. And one might quite simply be that living a more fundamental life may allow for more reflection and in the process a deeper level of clarity and purpose. 

Another is simply the opportunity to consider those around you… whether a friend, family member, or a stranger that needs help in these times. With that in mind, I felt the need to reach out to all of you -- to just say hey -- to hear how you’re doing, to get some thoughts or tips from you around how you’re coping or what fears you’re faced with, or maybe how this community might be able to help you in some way…in and outside of cannabis. And speaking of cannabis, please remember to ration. Not just for the obvious reasons. Ration for the sake of your health, strength and wellness.

While we, the cannabis community, know just how important cannabis is for our mental health and well-being, the fact that lawmakers are beginning to recognize dispensaries as ‘essential businesses’ during this time is a major milestone. Our magical medicinal plant is finally getting the recognition and respect she deserves and for the right reasons. A definite silver lining.

I’m going to make the most of this time and live as cannabis lovers often do, without distraction. Relax with my daughters, a college sophomore and high school senior, reacquaint with the kitchen, and create and plan for The Highly at a thoughtful and balanced pace. Not that my editorial calendar was ever a strict thing, obviously.

In the meantime, check out The Highly. This is what the gang and I have in our current stash.

Thank you to the amazing growers, producers, dispensary workers and owners, and activists that pushed through legalization despite the endless hurdles. And now, they risk their lives at the front lines for us. I am honored to be a part of this community. 

That fact that Mother Nature has a hand in this cannabis twist of fate gives me comfort. There are no mistakes. God has a plan. And the cannabis future will soon shine bright as it was always meant to. The conduit to well-being, healing and genuine connection.

I look forward to being alongside you again. Until then, I feel what you feel. We are apart and yet more together today than I believe we have been in years.

Let us all stay strong and find some positives through this daunting time.

See you soon and be well,

Love, Nina 


Seeds.

— Highly Epiphanies

The Wisdom of Weed

With John Bayes, Green Bodhi

Meet John: Grower, Breeder, Buddhist 

If they're growing without intention, motivated by corporate greed, it's garbage. Just buy Frosted Flakes with the fucking tiger on it. Garbage.

I first met John during a seed excursion. 

It's hard to hide from yourself if you're high. Cannabis is awareness. 

He makes me think of the place beyond high. The more elevated state. 

John has been an endless source of cannabis teachings and leaves me with Buddhist wisdom to boot. A man of incredible kindness and great depth, John is not afraid to speak exactly what’s on his mind. I can learn with the luxury of not having to read between the politically correct lines.

Here are some excerpts from our conversation.

Enjoy.  🖤Nina

Above: Green Bodhi strain Silver Surfer


ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INTENTION

John Bayes: If things are grown with the intention to profit and make money solely, then of course it's going to be subpar. This is reality. It's just like having food from your grandmother versus McDonald’s. 

It’s easy to boil intention down to human not machine, handmade not mass produced, but there’s more to it than that. There’s soul in something that has true intention. For the recipient there’s a connection back to the maker.

If I can offer the best of what I can do, meaning my best intention, then when someone consumes my cannabis, they experience the blessing and there’s the revolution and continuum of awareness — because look at the world, it's a dark scene out there.

We are offering a little taste of happiness, peace of mind. The mind that clings to this or that, is illusory because it all starts with ‘I think.’ A mind that starts with ‘I think’ is generally unhappy because it’s a self-centered view.

ON CANNABIS LESSONS

JB: Every cannabis trichome head is a wax covered blessing pill of medicine. Hence, it’s the gateway drug to awareness, where your body and brain can access different levels of continuums. 

Cannabis helped me be aware of all those self-centered perspectives that actually hindered me in my life. I've been able to dissect my ignorances and see where I'm just full of my own self, feeling like a superhero. It's a good tool to deal with your self-centered bullshit. 

It's hard to hide from yourself if you're high. When you observe all of yourself, it's easier to be honest about who you are, instead of whoever you want to pretend you think you are.

With cannabis, you have the opportunity to observe those things and do something about it.

ON CONNECTION

JB: It's like the human condition's kind of fucked right now and people don't know how to deal with it. Everyone's in desire, survival mode, wanting to try to abuse people and use people. It's harsh. It's greed based, right?

But the old-school people, it was heart based. We didn't want it to be a system.

To be able to be aware with an aware counterpart, it's pretty powerful, as well as rare. Two people that are evolved to the level to drive things home versus to the level to get what they want until they aren't getting what they want.

If you're doing compassion for the sake to be known or to get something out of it, it's not compassion. You're doing it for yourself. If you annihilate The Self, then you can actually act intentionally and purely.

ON GROWING

JB: You have to get Your Self out of the way for magic to happen. We can overthink ourselves out of a good thing almost every time. That means we are unenlightened.

To grow cannabis is to recognize its subtlety. Meaning controlling a situation to death with the Selfish Self. There was this little cartoon girl that just had to have everything. She wanted to love her doll so much she strangled the fuck out of it by mothering it to death. That's not love. That's attachment and ignorance.

You must respect what nature offers us. Too often, corporate greed takes the living essence out of nature. That’s happening with cannabis. 

ON DRYING AND CURING CANNABIS

JB: I like cannabis after it's dried five to seven days. From that point for the next two weeks its consumption is at its best. Cured weed sounds like old weed to me. I'm not going to the farmer's market and saying, ‘got any cured strawberries that are two months old?’

ON GREEN BODHI AND BODHI SEED LIMITED EDITION COLLABORATION

JB: I thought this philanthropic collaboration would be a good opportunity for both us to share with the cannabis community something special that matches both of our intentional aspects of reality. Bodhi Seeds aka @plantmoreseeds is someone that’s created many popular and amazing strains, not to mention someone whose character and heart is rarely found these days in cannabis, or any other community.

We thought it would be a good way to give back to His Holiness Monastery for all that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has done for the human conditionEveryone that buys, sells, or consumes the medicines derived from this collaboration is then in turn entangled into that karmic field of merits.

ON FEMALE VS FEMINIZED SEEDS

JB: We don't do feminized because it's not natural. You have to spray chemicals on the plant and make it change and start shooting pollen. We offer 21 seeds per vial so you're going to have plenty of opportunities to find female seeds.

Female seed is natural, feminized seed is not natural. It's definitely not organic.

ON HYBRIDS VS LANDRACES

JB: Landrace core root genetics to work with is crucial. I take them and create amazing hybrids. I blend a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Just like cooking, you can have 20 ingredients but salt is always the core.

Unfortunately, hybridization has been over-hybridized. You need people that are going to know how to breed correctly so that when they bring something to the table, it's unique.

FAVORITE STRAIN

JB: A sativa based hybrid that has a little bit of kushy aspects to it. I like earthy, anise, licorice-y, afghani kind of style base.

OUTDOOR, GREENHOUSE OR INDOOR?

JB: Mixed-light greenhouse would be the best.

HOME GROW FOR REGULAR FOLKS

JB: My seeds, soil and nutrients are as organic as it gets if you're not growing straight in a native soil.

DOES CANNABIS CURE

JB: They've shown THC attacks cancer cells. They don't understand why, but they've shown it does. There's evidence out there. My experience is if all the conditions are right, anything can happen.

PSYCHEDELICS

JB: Our brain has inputted all these conditioned memories and thoughts that keeps you from your potential. You basically delete your files and all the things that are holding you back. You will come to a lot of realization. You have to have a lot of deaths.

THE BIGGEST HEALER THC OR CBD

JB: THC

CANNABIS IS…

JB: A wisdom plant.

Greenbodhi.org @greenbodhi @oregoneliteseeds.com. For Dynamic Blends Soil and Limited Edition Green Bodhi X Bodhi Seeds contact info@greenbodhi.org. Green Bodhi cannabis and hash coming to Oregon early this year. Stay tuned…

Green Bodhi Tenzin Kush #4


Climbed up from the ground floor

There’s the sunrise and a new pen waiting for me

I write quietly, sitting next to God

I can think and everything is slow

I feel love

-Highly Epiphanies, post psilocybin life

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Trip, trippin, tripped

by Nina 🍄

For weeks, I was prancing around this world, a carefree and joyful ballerina under the spell of a wonder drug. I was beyond infatuated with microdosing psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms) - I was in endless love. Then, without warning, I fell into the abyss. Literally. The seemingly deepest well on earth had taken prisoner of the ballerina, and she had no hope of escape. 

It began over the summer. The cannabis routine needed shaking up. (Newsletter No 10). For all of its spiritual goodness and wonders for my mind and emotional well-being, I’m not putting smoke in my lungs for a mediocre experience. Mind you, the thought of cannabis losing its luster was terrifying. Nonetheless, some cutting back was in order. I would think of it as a ‘vacation’. A two-week escape from cannabis that would allow me to have a new experience, and to then return home feeling more appreciative, and fully re-energized to engage with my steady flower again. I couldn’t help but think, How clever, Nina. A vacation.

With that plan firmly in mind, I started going through my metaphoric travel guides. I had never considered psychedelics, but maybe, just maybe, it was the perfect two-week trip :). Like lightning in my mind, I was fixated, and not long after I was doing my research on microdosing psilocybin. The same loose research everyone else was stumbling upon. A couple of books and Ted talks.

My ‘trip’ was booked.

How harmful could microdosing be? I know a bunch of people who swear by it. With cannabis, microdosing is a ‘barely’. This was mistake number one. Underestimating the word ‘microdosing’ when it comes to psilocybin and not considering cumulative effects. Choosing microdosing before understanding what macrodosing is. And mostly, comparing it to cannabis in any way, shape or form.

Oh, this is a nice place.

I took my first dose on Yom Kippur, which seemed like a good day for that extra spiritual connection that didn’t happen. Nor did halos appear or was I hugging trees. I wasn’t high at all. What I experienced had meaning and I liked that. I felt the same calmness that Nina pre-baggage-life had enjoyed. To push things along, I introduced a little cannabis at night to go with a psilocybin pill 2-3x a week. The synergy between the two was balancing. The cannabis and psilocybin combo highlighted my two You’s. Outside looking inside and inside looking outside. And I liked what I saw :). It was fun, funny and quite a conversation piece with my friends. Most of my pals were entertained, some a little worried for sure. The cannabis was suddenly great regardless of strain. This kept me very interested. 

Social Anxiety. I was much more open socially. I was down to go wherever, whenever, which is typically not the case if there’s any type of small talk involved. It was all good and I laughed a lot. Good times.

Right on. I’m gonna enjoy this vacation.

Tension. There was none. I felt so grounded. I was practically skipping and bopping around from place to place. I thought of the two times I suffered from burnout. It took a long time to get my equilibrium steady again. A few months of this would have been heaven for that transition.

Movement. Halfway into a yoga session, when the sweat kicks up, the psilocybin kicks in. My orchestra was playing and the person on the next mat had no idea. Perfect! I was savoring watching my hands come into prayer. I would look at the light in tree pose with a very different gaze. It made me think of the time I had whiplash. This would have been amazing for reducing the frustration of PT. 

Why stay on this vacation for just two weeks? This is too much fun. Life is too good. So clever, Nina.

Physical Reactions That No One Else Could See. It’s quite a therapist, this psilocybin. If you love something, you love it x100 and feel it in your bones. If you don’t, the physical cringe is there. There was no denial with psilocybin. What a compass to how you really feel.

Attachment. The grip on anything and everything was gone. Those threads that keep us attached to stuff. CUT! It had me obsessed about end of life care. Thinking of my mom going through the typical cancer stuff. Overdosing on Fentanyl patches as a standard method of end of life care. Her last weeks were not at all representative of the purist life she led. My mom would have loved this. A few weeks of separating from her kids, her story, any trauma, bills and enjoying the sounds and the atmosphere. Total game changer.

I started thinking of my past like it wasn’t even a part of me. I was indifferent. Not even compassionate. This was the first negative shift. Why was I thinking about past trauma at all? I dropped my story a long time ago. 

Now I’m at the 5-week mark. I don’t like where my thoughts are going. I should have called it quits earlier… or right here. 

Then I lost my appetite in a way I didn’t know was possible. It had me thinking of both ends of eating disorders. This feeling was a whole other ballgame. Then my hair was dry.

More distressing signs appeared, and quickly. I was not looking well, but I still felt good and lovin my yoga class. I wouldn’t put up with so many negative side effects from cannabis, food or even people, which made me start to question the promise that this stuff isn’t addicting. Isn’t anything addictive?

Then the psilocybin stopped losing all of its sparkle. I began to tank. 

My brain just turned off. A thought would get to 60% and stop. I couldn’t piece things together the way I normally did. I didn’t see colors the same way. 

Okay - Need to book a trip home fast. This vacation needs to come to an end, Nina. 

I declared an end to psilocybin and stopped abruptly. Looking back, weaning off may have been a better idea. When managed properly, my ADD brain is a positive brain that thinks in puzzles without any right or wrong pieces. When something catches its attention, it’s laser focused and curious. Turn it off and nothing’s left. I felt dead, flat, removed. Even worse…uninspired. 

It was the absolute worst feeling in the world. And yet, I wasn’t worried. I figured I would be back to normal asap.

Flow Nina. You’ll be home soon.

For two weeks I had sporadic moments being stuck in a haze, doing less than zero. Listening to music and staring at the skyline. It was clear how someone could go from real life, to living in the woods half comatose. My two You’s weren’t friendly either. One was getting jumpy, the other half dead. Why, Why, Why was I fixing something that wasn’t broken? How cumulative is this stuff? I could sense its presence.

There are no flights home. It’s as though a storm has hit my luxury island and all the tourists must stay… trapped in this increasingly horrifying hotel. 

I didn’t want to listen to music anymore. I found myself in the back of Ubers, eyes closed, focused on the sounds of cars and the city. This happened for a few months when I first began my mediation practice. Weird not to have a say in it.

Somehow I knew I was at my worst. I was beginning to worry I’d be messed up forever.

Breathe. Do your best NinaMaybe a new home was in the cards. Trust and surrender.

The next day, I had my first ever hallucination. Oh my, would I love to shrink that one! 🤐 Seconds in, a surprise trap door opened and I fell right through. I was falling backwards, and there was no stopping. No net. No one to hold onto. A free fall into the cold, dark abyss with no turning back. I was in the deepest well on earth with no hope of escape. 

I was filled with compassion for anyone who experiences this. I was transported from a positive life, now deep into a negative one. It was traumatic. Not casual traumatic. Not, a-dog-ran-in-front-of-the-car-and-I-had-to-swerve-to-avoid-it-traumatic. Real deal, real life traumatic. All of this happened while I stared in the mirror, not moving. Decades old flashbacks came. A reckless ADD mind that suffered consequences. My brain, when I didn’t honor its needs. That feeling… oof. Revisiting it was a horror. 

Then all the little voices with their lessons came out to play. One-by-one popping up and taking turns calling out the ways I’ve been putting my mind at risk by following protocols that make zero sense for someone like me. There wasn’t one surprise in there. How was I going to defend, and sort through the laundry list of evidence presented at this hearing?

I was smacked in the face with a major dose of psilocybin tough love as opposed to the endless patience of the cannabis plant. 

Two weeks later, I can still feel the psilocybin although things are turning around now. Music is making a comeback, I’m happy and laughing again, colors and randomness are just beginning to catch my eye, and most interestingly — the curiosity switch is back on with a few slightly shifted perspectives. I’m still deliberating on how to best address all the voices and their compelling assertions. And I’m getting increasingly fascinated with that hallucination. 😍

I shared this experience with some close friends. One simply texted, “if it’s too good to be true…”

Sometimes cliches are useful. This one a good reminder that there are no free rides.  

It’s good to be home. Nina, you’re clever… but not that clever. 

Happy Holidays Everyone,

Nina

Illustration Jenny kroik @jkroik


Dear God, thank you.

Highly Epiphanies 🌱

Hemp Sweet Hemp: Building a Healthier Home with Hempcrete

with Anthony Néron, DuChanvre

Here in U.S., stories that include pot in the walls generally don’t have a positive outcome. That’s not the case if you live in France where people are quite familiar with Hempcrete, and its many benefits.

It didn’t take a lot more than the simple concept of living in a hemp nest to sell me on Hempcrete. As many of us cannabis lovers evolve — the more we crave nature in every aspect of our lives. But the real benefit here: a safer, healthier home. 

I met Anthony Néron, founder of DuChanvre, a family business based in Quebec at the ‘Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference’ in NYC. Anthony combines Hempcrete with a lime plaster finish to create homes that are indestructible and beautiful inside and out. Anthony’s mission: bring art and integrity to construction.

Hempcrete or Hemplime is a bio-composite material made of hemp hurds (shives) mixed with a lime-based binder. Together they yield lightweight, cement-like blocks ideal for insulating walls, and most often paired with wood stud framing. Hempcrete is fitting for most climates as it combines insulation and thermal mass - eight Hempcrete blocks weigh about the same as one of its concrete siblings.

ON WHAT MAKES A HEMPCRETE LIME PLASTER HOME SO UNIQUE

Anthony Néron: Hempcrete is the most durable insulation material available. Lime plaster is the finish that’s applied directly on the hempcrete to create a wall system that can resist fire, humidity, vermin, compression, and even earthquakes, because it’s so fibrous. It’s a great option for people living in California. It's not going to decay, lose color or fade out. It's not going to dust off or peel off.  You do a lime plaster once in your life.

It’s reminiscent of a pre-war home or building built before the 1930’s. Those homes and buildings are considered to be of the highest quality, because during those times, toxic materials did not exist.

Now hemp and lime together is an insulation with high flexibility, and therefore not a load-bearing material.  Not hard like concrete or as strong as stone, but within proper framing it is considered as solid and durable as a stone wall. 

If you punch the wall, you will break your bones. 

Also, Hempcrete and lime plasters are classified as fireproof and can resist heat up to 1,800 degrees. 

Need more convincing? Fireplaces are built with lime. 

ON THE HEALTH BENEFITS

AN: Because these are natural materials (lime and hemp), they are noble materials. They come from nature and are totally balanced. It's already been exposed to the elements. So, the electric charge of the materials is negative. That means it's neutral to the human energy field and doesn't interfere with our electric balance. 

Plastic (traditional insulation) is electrostatic. So, what contains plastic becomes positively charged. When your walls are covered with conventional paint that contains acrylic or synthetic materials, what happens is that your environment becomes electrostatic. It's an environment that the particles would attract each other and likely create more dust.

And if you have hot or cool air that is pushed through a metal conduct, that creates positive electric charge and particles. For sensitive people it can cause problems.

The place where you spend most of your time should be in harmony with your choices and values. 

Why eat organic if you live synthetic? 

 If you want to buy fair trade, then choose a clean environment and surround yourself with natural materials. 

ON HEAT AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

AN: Hempcrete houses are much more efficient. They perform in heat and cold.  That's the purpose of Hempcrete insulation. There’s a thermal reflection factor meaning it reflects temperature — radiating warmth in the winter and cool in the summer.

Hemp has long been used in the building industry as a fiber in the coatings, and plasters, as a reinforcement. But it wasn’t until the 1980’s in France that Hempcrete was created. In many ways, this is a return to artful, quality construction. It's slow building and it's quality building.

ON FINDING PASSION FOR HEMP

AN: Hemp homes were a rustic kind of a design, leaning toward hippie. As soon as I saw it, I needed to know more. My mother was an interior designer, so I am aware of design and I could hear her voice in my head as I was looking at it. She taught me her version of being aware of how things are properly done. To create beauty and precision. I grew up in that and so my immediate reaction was to be a part of the future solution.  

When I was younger, I was very creative, active, moving fast, moving on. I had to feel like I was using my power and my skills. And so, being introduced to the first Hempcrete house in Canada just triggered everything. Through apprenticeship, I learned how to use Hempcrete. 

I learned about plasters from other craftsmen and I blended it with the Hempcrete to create something more complete and beautiful.  If this was going to be a new way to build houses, we needed it to be more standard to fit in the market. It couldn't be too rustic. It had to be unique and precise.

This evolved into my craft.

For myself and my family, our deepest goals are extending our values into our everyday action, whether it’s buying organic, fair trade, consumption. We wanted to extend those values we hold dear to construction and housing.

ON SOURCING HEMP

AN: We source it most of the time from Europe, some from France, some from Belgium, or it could come from Switzerland. But it's mostly coming from France or Belgium. That's where the industry is the biggest.

ON GAINING TRACTION

AN: Well, the good news is that Hempcrete is rapidly growing in popularity and use. The bad news is that options may not be on the forefront or easy to find. You have to look and ask for it. It's a matter of education. These philosophies in construction will become more and more available over time. 

But to me, I'm already living in the future. 

These are houses that are built and last for hundreds of years. If you have a long-term vision, its something to go for. You're not going to have to make over in 30 years from now. It takes a little more time than conventional homes to do, but it lasts much longer.

ON PRICING AND TIMELINES

AN: The budget is 30% higher than conventional homes. So, a little more costly and a little slower because there are drying periods. You have to compare it to houses that are artisan made, and in many ways, our homes are really handmade. Everything is custom. We have custom lime plaster that they're looking for certain colors, certain textures. So, it's different for every client. We are usually finishing a 2,000 square foot house within one year of work. 

In Europe, some lime homes are a thousand years old and still beautiful, still comfortable. We are bringing back tradition in a modern way.

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