Merry Yule Witches!
Yule is definitely a favourite of the Sabbats, and not just because it is also my birthday. Since I was a wee lil’ witch the holiday season was kinda big deal in my home. We would decorate the house, put up a fresh tree and go all out on the food including baking homemade cookies and laying on the eggnog. As an adult, I love the joyful chaos of visiting loved ones, giving gifts and celebrating a year gone by. I also love the quiet, cozy and introspective aspects that come with the turning of the wheel.
A winter solstice filled with celebration and reflection. Being surrounded by loved ones and taking time alone to contemplate our inner darkness. Enjoying the bounties of the year, but also looking to the future. It is a perfect culmination of the year’s duality and a shining beacon in the dark of winter.
I wanted to compliment the duality of Yule in a cannabis strain and after some careful meditation (and smoking) I satisfyingly settled on Nebula. Nebula, sometimes called Starcloud, is a hybrid strain known for it’s sweet honey flavour and capability to affect both body and mind. It can leave some users feeling energized and focused while others may find this strain meditative and calming. The main effect is a feeling of euphoria, which is a wonderful representative of this festive time of year. Plus, just like Santa’s eyes it comes with a twinkle, but instead of mischievous joy Nebula’s twinkle comes from its abundance of THC trichomes.
So whether you are spending a cozy night on the couch or spreading some Yule Tidings with your fellow witches, burn one down with your Yule log this winter and let us know your thoughts in the blog comments below!
- MYRCENE: The most abundant terpene in cannabis, which is where it’s mostly found in nature. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, sedative, antimutagenic. Also found in mango, thyme, citrus, lemongrass, and hops.
- A/B PINENE: one of the most common cannabis terpenes, which carries a distinct pine-scented bouquet. Also found in pine trees, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley.
- B-CARYOPHYLLENE: A terpene that is present in many herbs and spices, including black pepper, basil, and oregano. The amazing molecular structure of caryophyllene allows it to easily bind to CB2 receptors primarily located within our peripheral endocannabinoid system. Because of this, it comes with a host of potential medical benefits. Also found in cinnamon leaves, Thai basils, cloves, and black pepper.
- HUMULENE: The same terpene that gives hoppy beers their unique taste and smell, humulene is both earthy and spicy. Besides hops, this terpene can be found in a large variety of plants and has been used in holistic medicinal practices. Also found in basil, common sage, and cloves.
Scent/Flavour: Honey-like, pine flavor with hints of vanilla.