Sana Canna: Alivia Body Oil & Hempseed Oil Tincture

When we look for brands and products to feature, we’re searching for something unique: a product and company that’s practical, passionate, and designed with you in mind. That’s why when we came across Sana Canna, we had to reach out. Sana Canna is a lifestyle brand that arose during a time within it’s creator’s own life that begged for the products she created. Silvana has had a passion for alternative healing practices since her late teens. From that passion came Sana Canna — a holistic, completely vegan, perfectly simple, apothecary-based brand that uses CBD, amongst other botanicals and oils, to promote mind, body, and spirit wellness. Two products in particular that have gotten a lot of attention, are their CBD & hempseed oil tinctures, as well as their Alivia body oil…

 

Sana Canna: Healing your Body, Inside and Out

 

CBD & Hempseed Oil Tincture

If you’re familiar with CBD tinctures at all, you know there are plenty of variations out there. The most common issue that people run into, or at least should run into, is sourcing quality CBD tincture. When it comes to finding a quality tincture, you want the ingredients to be simple, pure, and ethically sourced. 

Sana Canna

CBD & Hempseed Tincture

That is exactly what has made the CBD & Hempseed Oil tincture such a breakout hit for Sana Canna. It’s simple in all senses of the word— the ingredient list is short, the product is handmade, and the CBD concentrate faces testing both independently, and in house. When I look for a new CBD oil, safety and ethicality of products are my number one concern. Thankfully, this product checks all of those boxes. 

What can I use it for? 

Because this tincture is safe to use both internally, and externally, there are a number of applications. Internally? If you ingest it, the oil can help ease ‘an array of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments”, as well as provide a relaxing and calming effect quite immediately. Externally, these tinctures can treat skin issues, such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne. Personally, I’ve always used CBD oil with a ‘put that sh*t’ sentiment. Headache? CBD oil. Cramps? CBD oil. Fatigue? Restlessness? Yep… you guessed it. Think of CBD as a more reliable, safer, holistic over-the-counter pain reliever. 

Alivia Body Oil

Sana Canna’s second breakout product? The Alivia body oil, a topical product. This product is primarily for pain, muscle soreness, and inflammation, and let me just say— it’s nothing short of a work of art. When I asked Silvana what makes this product so popular amongst her other options, she simply said, “it’s popular because it works!” it’s an all-natural pain reliever, with ingredients from Sana Canna’s own little medicinal garden. In short, it works quickly, effectively, and it smells (and looks) amazing. All in all, it’s a product that we got behind quickly. 

What makes their plants and ingredients more reliable than some others?
Sana Canna

Alivia Body Oil

If you’ve read any of our other product features, you know that plant sourcing is always a begging question for us. When I asked about the plants, and what the main priority was in sourcing them,

Silvana said that the goal is: ‘organic, local, and preferably grown by us.” As for the CBD concentrate that they use for certain products?  That comes from either Colorado or the UK. They have their products go through independent lab testing for quality, and then they test the products again themselves. You can even check out those results for yourself, here.

The best products, and brands, arise from a personal need…

And that’s just what Sana Canna is and was to Silvana Zamara. After a difficult time in her own life, a friend recommended Cannabis to help ease the severe insomnia and PTSD she was struggling with. Quickly, she found the relief, and sleep, she needed to face those issues head on. At this time, she added cannabis to her own toolkit for facing issues within her own body and mind. Then, with time and development, she brought her beautiful version of this medicine to the rest of us, via Sana Canna.

 

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  • Link to Alivia Body Oil can be found here. 
  • Link to Hempseed & CBD Tincture options can be found here. 

Charred Corn Salad with CBD and Cotija Cheese

When it comes to a good cookout side dish, you want light, fresh, delicious, and easy to eat. So, we have a new, great option to add to the mix. We’ve put together an infused, crowd-friendly charred corn salad with CBD and Cotija chesse. It’s non-psychoactive infusion makes it friendly to all of your adult guests, and it gives it just that earthy, relaxing bite that’s perfect for an afternoon in the pool. 

Charred Corn Salad with CBD and Cotija Cheese

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 Fresno chile, sliced 
  • Handful of cilantro 
  • 1 shallot, sliced 
  • 3 ears of corn, husked 
  • 4 tbsp CBD-infused extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

    1. First, in a bowl, combine shallot, chile, and lime juice.
    2. Second, heat your grill to medium heat.
    3. Third, take one half of the grill and place the corn directly onto the grate. Let the corn blacken slightly and then flip it until you have a slight char on all sides and then pull off and let cool.
    4. Then, as the corn is cooling, put a cast iron onto the grate.
    5. When the corn is cool, chop it off in planks.
    6. Once the cast iron is hot, add your oil, shallot, chile, and lime juice combination. Slightly sauté it and then pull from heat and add corn back to the mix. 
    7. Now, transfer to a bowl and let cool
    8. Then, add in cheese, cilantro, and your remaining oil. 
    9. Finally, give it a taste, and add salt and pepper to taste. 

Now, you have a delicious, easy, refreshing side dish to take to your next cookout. This charred corn salad can be modified in any way you’d like. Add flavors, ingredients, and take away as you please. There are plenty of options, depending on what taste you would prefer. Next time? Add some avocado! 

FDA Legalizes First Marijuana-Based Medicine: Hope for Epilepsy and Seizure Sufferers

While nation-wide recreational cannabis is a goal of ours, medical cannabis is at the forefront of the fight. There are people who need this medicine and who live a better life through this medicine. People who suffer from seizures and epilepsy, are at the center of that necessity. And up until the end of last month, it was largely inaccessible. But then, news broke of a potentially life-changing move by the FDA. The U.S., and FDA, have approved the first marijuana-based medicine for epilepsy and seizure treatment. The medicine is specific, and only caters to a small grouping of people. But, it’s a sign of progress within our government, and hopefully, a foreboding of what’s to come… 

FDA Legalizes First Marijuana-Based Medicine: Hope for Epilepsy and Seizure Sufferers

The medicine is Epidiolex, and it aims to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. The treatment is targeted towards children and adults with ‘hard-to-treat’ seizures in those with epilepsy. Not to mention, it’s the first of it’s kind to acknowledge, and benefit from, medical CBD. 

Before, they FDA was experimenting with synthetic versions of cannabis to try and treat a number of different ailments. However, before and still, cannabis faces alienation from the FDA because of it’s reputation, and an age-old war on drugs. 

Doctors are largely supportive 

When it comes to children suffering from epilepsy and seizures, parents and doctors often scramble, hoping to find that miracle in a bottle to help these children. For many, that came in the form of, largely illegal, CBD and medical cannabis. So, there has been an overarching support from doctors when it comes to adding this medicine to their pharmacopeia. 

Parents are relieved 

One mother in particulate discussed her battle with CBS news. She discusses her thirteen year old daughter, who has suffered from qualifying seizures since she was a few months old. She discussed relocating her family to a legal state in search of treatment. Then, when Epidiolex was hosting a trial, they decided to give it a shot. The trial proved successful for their family. The mother attests to the fact that her daughter was able to better concentrate, and suffered from fewer severe seizures. This is one story amongst many, and we understand that. However, we see an overarching relief from parents of children who suffer greatly from, what could be, much more easily treated by legal cannabis. 

What does this mean for the future of medical cannabis nationwide? 

As of right now, the nagging question is: what becomes of medical cannabis now? It’s taken decades for the FDA to make this huge move, but hopefully, it’s only the beginning. While CBD is a miracle medicine; it’s a miracle medicine for more than just one grouping of people. Not to mention, there are still some seizure and epilepsy sufferers who won’t respond well to CBD, but would to THC. Hearing the news that the FDA has legalized the first marijuana-based medicine is huge. But, it only makes us question more and more when we, as a nation, will take the plunge. But, for now, we’ll take the victory and watch for the next big move!

Canadian Cannabis: Bill C-45 Legalizes Country-Wide

We talked about it earlier this year— the legalization of Canadian cannabis. It seemed likely, without a doubt even. But we know how pot prohibition goes— things are not always as they seem. But this time by? It actually happened. On June 19th, Trudeau kept a promise to legalize cannabis for Canada. Their goal? To ‘protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime’. 

Canadian Cannabis: Bill C-45 Legalizes Country-Wide Canadian Cannabis 

The bill first came about in the middle of last year, and from the start, it seemed that most people were on board. The focus? The children. They say it’s been too easy for kids to gain access to black market cannabis, and the criminals reap the benefit of it. So, what better way to cut off that access than to choke the black market out? 

What does the bill cover? 

After the bill faces formal approval, adults— 18 and up, will be able to have up to 30 grams of legal marijuana with them at any point in time. They will be able to grow up to four household plants, and cook with it as they please. In short, they pretty much legalized full personal use and access for every adult. But when it comes to purchasing, retailers will be regulated much like the dispensaries we’re familiar with. Meaning, it will be sold in a separate dwelling, specified for pot only. 

Impaired driving laws 

With the acceptance of personal use, also comes the implication of driving impaired. one measure they focused on was adding penalties for impaired driving. They are introducing roadside oral fluid screenings, and are measuring impairment by nanograms. The lowest, being a fine. The second, would be a ‘hybrid offense’. The third, a combination of cannabis and alcohol, a hybrid offense as well, but more severe. Those hybrid offenses mostly mean jail time, and fines. 

A huge move for Canada 

They’re ready for the financial gains, but are also approaching legalization with children in mind. By implementing many of the same regulations as they have on tobacco products, they hope to discourage youth. If this will work? Still up for debate, as now— many kids will not have to work as hard to obtain weed. But, with this change, is a new chance to see what works for them and what doesn’t. Canadian cannabis markets will undoubtedly boom, but will it help the children as they hope? For that part, we stay tuned…

Summer Sativa Pasta Bowl

when it comes to recipes for the summer, we typically want something light, easy, and guilt-free for our summer bodies. So, we’ve been focusing in on just that— plus a little cannabis. So, for our next claim to fame, we’ve put together a little light and easy summer sativa pasta bowl. We’ve crafted this one with regular wheat pasta. But, we also suggest swapping out those traditional noodles with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles for a healthier twist. But, when it comes to cannabis, I’d stick to sativa. That way, you’re ready to hit the outdoors— instead of taking a nap on the couch.

Summer Sativa Pasta Bowl

Ingredients: 

For pasta: 
  • 1 box of wheat pasta, the shredded meat from one spaghetti squash, or two zucchini’s spiraled
  • 1 cup rainbow blend cherry tomatoes, cut into halves 
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, ripped into your choice of size 
  • 1 avocado, cut into small strips
  • 1 corn cob, charred and stripped 
  • watermelon radish, sliced thin 
  • cilantro to taste 
  • farmer’s cheese, feta, or goat— depending on taste
For dressing: 
  • 1/4 cup sativa-infused olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 shallot, chopped small
  • 1 spoonful of dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp local honey or a pinch of sugar— you pick
  • pinch salt and black pepper

Directions: 

  1. For the dressing, combine all ingredients— besides salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. When the consistency is smooth, give it a taste and add salt and pepper according to taste.
  2. This summer sativa pasta bowl is best served slightly chilled— this is why it works best with raw zucchini noodles. If you go that route, spiralize them, salt them, put in an ice bath, drain, and then press the noddles to release as much moisture as possible. Otherwise, just cook your noodles and set them aside in a large bowl. 
  3. Add tomatoes, corn, watermelon radish, basil, cheese, and toss. When they are combined well, top with the dressing you made and combine again. Then add in cilantro, stir again. Then, top with avocado.

 

Now, you’ll have a lose little pasta salad that you can pack in the cooler for the pool. It’s easy, it’s light, and it’ll give you the perfect buzz to float your day away. As always, we encourage you to play with the recipe. Every recipe should serve as a jumping off point for your creativity— unless your baking… that’s like chemistry.