Take Waking and Baking to the Next Level with Waffleye

Billy Owczarski has been diagnosed with cancer three times in his life and, like many, turned to cannabis as an aid to deal with the cruel side effects of chemotherapy.

In 2017, when Owczarski was battling Hodgkin lymphoma, he spent a lot of time at home since the chemo made it impossible for him to go to work.

Looking back at that time, Owczarski recalls having little to no appetite. Opting for a joint instead of a snack, Owczarski got high and let his thoughts wander. He arrived at an opportunity to bring cannabis, food and fun together in the form of a cannabis leaf-shaped waffle maker. And he called it the Waffleye.

When Life Hands You Lemons

That classic “pot brownie” in that classic square Pyrex pan is quite tired after all these years and often associated with a negative stoner stereotype. The Waffleye is an effort to move past stereotypical cannabis edibles.

“I wanted it to be something arbitrary, not associated with anything too specific like ‘weed waffle,” or anything like that,” Owczarski said about the company name. “It is a play on the all-seeing eye, it is a play on being full, it is a play on a new way of seeing waffles.”

Billy and Alex Owczarski

Owczarski and his wife/business partner Alex Owczarski did a lot of the work needed to bring Waffleye to fruition during a three-week hospital stay while Billy received his bone marrow transplant.  

“It was rough. I remember working on building the website and bouncing ideas off of Billy when I could,” Alex recalled. “It was a decent way to pass the time, and the exciting thought of creating a business together definitely helped keep the mood light during such a bleak time.”

Thankfully, after the draining chemotherapy sessions and long hospital visits, Billy was able to beat cancer.

Since the Billy’s treatment was such an integral part of Waffleye’s inception, the couple decided to give back by donating a portion of all sales to City of Hope Cancer Treatment and Research Center.

Waffleye became a bright spot in an extremely difficult time for the Owczarskis, and their company slogan suits this perfectly: “When life hands you lemons, make waffles.”

Mom & Pop Waffles

Being a small husband-and-wife-owned business, Waffleye inserts a familial tone into their brand through the recipes on their website and social media.

“Our mascot is Grandma, who is inspired by our own grandma,” Alex said. “She cooks breakfast every Sunday for our family and always uses a Waffleye waffle maker.”

There is Instagram evidence of this on Waffleye’s account, featuring a video of Alex’s grandmother at home using the Waffleye to make a waffle cake with her 92-year-old grandfather.

According to their site, the recipes are written by Grandma and always include things that she or Grandpa have actually said.

From pizza waffles to waffled donuts, there are lots of unique recipes to use with the Waffleye. And the accompanying step-by-step photos will make you want to reach out and grab your screen.

Waffleye’s family-oriented brand, paired with a creative way to express a love of cannabis, shows that cannabis normalization has come a long way and the company is cognizant of this fact.

“As a small business, we are passionate about what we do,” the Owczarskis state on their website. “We truly hope to provide fun and interesting recipes, to make you laugh, and to help change the narrative about cannabis.”

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CBD & Women’s Health

While cannabidiol (CBD) has its place in helping a variety of different people, it may have a unique benefit for women. Here are some ways that women may use CBD for everyday health.

Skincare

While women have an arsenal of beauty products to keep the skin looking younger, they may want to consider cosmetic products infused with CBD. The cannabinoid has been linked to clearer skin and a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as CBD is a potent antioxidant, which may be able to combat free radicals associated with accelerated skin aging. [1] By neutralizing free radicals, CBD may help to slow the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

CBD may also be able to help reduce the appearance of redness of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also promote clearer skin and minimize breakouts thanks to its ability to reduce the amount of sebum produced in the sebaceous glands. Excessive sebum can clog pores and cause acne flare ups, an issue that could be minimized through the use of CBD. [2]

Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS is different for everyone but it tends to come with a slew of common symptoms, such as bloating, mood swings, tender breasts, poor sleep, and menstrual cramps. While there are medications available that specifically target these symptoms, CBD (especially if accompanied by tetrahydrocannabinol, THC) may be effective in alleviating some of them. For starters, the cannabinoid’s ability to reduce pain may prove to be effective at relieving the discomfort associated with cramping and associated discomfort. [3, 4]

CBD may also regulate moderate mood and soothe anxiety or irritability that may come with PMS. Studies have shown that CBD can help induce relaxation and sleep, especially if you are having trouble sleeping due to headaches or pain. [4]

Menopause

Reproductive health changes with age and, along with it, comes hot flashes and night sweats which are classically associated with menopause. Not only can instant breakouts of sweat be uncomfortable but they can also significantly interrupt sleep and daily routines. Some women may take antidepressants to help alleviate hot flashes since these symptoms are based on neurochemistry. But CBD may also be able to help in this department because of its effect on serotonin levels in the brain. [5]

CBD may help supplement current treatments already in use, or may be effective enough all on its own. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking CBD to alleviate specific issues you may be suffering from, especially if you’re already taking medications.

Women’s health is complex and there is so much we don’t know. However, since cannabinoid receptors are highly expressed in female reproductive organs, such as the uterus, it is very likely that we will learn the best ways to use cannabinoids to mange daily health and to treat unique health conditions. [6]

Image source: https://pixabay.com/photos/woman-pretty-girl-hair-beautiful-837156/

References

  1. Atalay S, et al. Antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol. Antioxidants (Basel). 2019;9(1):21.
  2. Oláh A, et al. Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes.
    J Clin Invest. 2014;124(9):3713-3724.
  3. Russo EB. Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008;4(1):245-259.
  4. Cavner JP et al. Is CBD a viable option for menstrual symptoms? Online Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 2019;2(5):1-3.
  5. De Gregorio D, et al. Cannabidiol modulates serotonergic transmission and reverses both allodynia and anxiety-like behavior in a model of neuropathic pain. Pain. 2019;160(1):136-150.
  6. Bouaziz J, et al. The clinical significance of endocannabinoids in endometriosis pain management. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. 2017;2(1):72-80.

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Uruguay cannabis company ships 50 kilograms dried flower to Switzerland via Germany

Cannabis Uruguay Ltda. (UCAN), a cannabis cultivator and processor in Montevideo, has exported its first shipment of dried flowers to Switzerland via Germany. The company’s 50-kilogram shipment of dried cannabis flower landed in Frankfurt on Saturday and arrived in Zurich on Sunday, Jorge Jover, an agronomist who works at UCAN, told Hemp Industry Daily. The […]

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