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How CBD Helps Your Overall Wellbeing

When it comes to our health and wellbeing, most of us try to do what we can to avoid issues. However, sometimes you need to do more than this – you need to be proactive and take steps to protect and maintain good health and wellbeing rather than waiting for problems to arise. The good news is that there are products, including natural solutions, that can help you to do this, and this includes the wide range of CBD products on the market these days.

More and more people have been turning to CBD products over recent years, and this is because they have proven so effective in so many ways. You can choose from all sorts of products, and they can help with all sorts of things. For instance, you can get CBD drops for anxiety or CBD gummies for sleep, to name but a few. By choosing the right product for your needs, you can improve your health and wellbeing in a variety of ways, some of which we will look at in this article.

Some of the Benefits

There are numerous benefits that come with using these products, and they can make a huge positive difference in terms of overall wellbeing. Some of the ways in which they can help are:

You Get Proper Rest

One of the key things that can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing is the amount and quality of sleep that you get. Some people struggle to get enough proper sleep, and their live quality suffers in many ways as a result. By boosting serotonin levels, CBD can help to ensure you get proper sleep on a regular basis. In addition to this, it can help you to relax more, and this means you are less likely to struggle when it comes to switching off and unwinding. This is also important when it comes to your overall health and wellbeing.

Anxiety Is Reduced

Another way in which CBD can help to improve your overall wellbeing is by reducing the symptoms of anxiety and helping you to manage this condition. When you suffer from anxiety, it can affect all aspects of your life and wellbeing, so you should take action sooner rather than later. CBD has proven extremely effective in tackling anxiety symptoms, and this is why many people use CBD products to help them with their anxiety.

Mood Is Improved

Many people experience a low mood now and again, and some suffer more than others. If low moods affect your life, you do not just have to learn to live with it. Instead, you can turn to CBD, which helps to lift your mood by boosting serotonin levels. Again, this is something that will improve your mood and have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing and life quality, so it can make a significant difference to you.

These are some of the ways in which CBD can help to improve your overall wellbeing as well as your life quality. 

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CBG vs CBD

There is no doubt about the fact that CBD is indeed the trendiest and commonly used compound of the cannabis plant. However, are you well aware of the differences between the two most popular cannabis plant extracts: CBD and CBG? Primarily, CBG is a precursor of CBD that contains the same compounds but performs different functions. Today, a lot of individuals have begun to show a keen interest in CBG products due to its vast health benefits. 

In the beginning, researchers assumed that both compounds have the same characteristics. However, with time, they observed significant differences between them and hence it is important to understand what these are before you decide to choose either one for consumption.

Here’s a general description of CBG vs CBD for your convenience:

What is CBG?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the cannabinoids present in the hemp and flower of the cannabis plant. It is initially seen to be present as a chemical precursor called CBG acid (CBGA) that breaks down into CBDA and THCA. These two compounds then convert into CBD and THC. CBG is present in the hemp of the plant during the blooming phase of the growth.

Moreover, the analgesic properties of CBG overlap the THC analgesic properties without any negative impact. In addition, it works with CB1 and CB2 to cope with inflammation, anxiety, pain, and heat sensitivity. Also, CBG has strong stress and pain-relieving properties which make it more preferable than the other compounds.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most common, and the earliest compound found in higher concentrations in the hemp and flower of the cannabis plant. It is known to cause positive mental, and non-psychoactive impact on the human body. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, and pain-relieving properties which also makes it a great choice for treating epilepsy in children. 

According to research, it is safer than the other weeds.  As a matter of fact, its medicinal properties work in curing and treating multiple diseases and health concerns. Furthermore, combining CBD with THC results in boosting the medicinal effects of the weed. Nevertheless, CBD mainly acts on the endocannabidiol system through several pathways. 

Major Differences between CBG and CBD

As mentioned above, multiple dissimilarities exist between CBG and CBD. Let’s discuss the top three differences below:

  1. Molecular Structure 

The molecular structure of both CBG and CBD is completely different from each other. The number and arrangement of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen atoms vary in both compounds, thus, constituting different receptors to bind with. This in turn also impacts the bioavailability of cannabinoids and solubility in water of both compounds accordingly.

  1. Pharmacology

CBG acts as an antagonist on the 5-HT1A receptor, causing the anti-emetic effects of CBD. However, CBD serves as an agonist to work against nausea through its affinity for the 5-HT1A receptor. Hence, this shows that both compounds perform the same function but in different ways. 

  1. Hunger Simulation

The presence of CBG in the human body stimulates a person to consume more food than normal. Whereas, CBD causes no change in the appetite of anyone who consumes it. In fact, in some cases, the food intake is reduced in the users.

Benefits of CBG and CBD

All in all, the therapeutic benefits of CBD vs CBG are summed up as per below as below:

  • Both compounds contain a non-psychoactive effect on the user. Be sure to check the legal vaping age in your country.
  • CBD is used for treating chronic pain conditions, neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune conditions, and other psychiatric disorders.
  • CBG is used for providing antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties to the user. 
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Movies That Made Bongs Popular

Are you interested in the different cannabis consumption methods, particularly the bong and want to know why they became popular? Do you want to know which movies popularized the bong and why? 

Bongs have been used by people all around the world for centuries, and while they may seem like simple devices, there is a lot that goes into creating a great bong smoking experience. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be made from a variety of materials. As Molino Glass states, modern bongs are mainly made of high-quality glass, are durable, and easy to use.

In the early 20th century, movies were seen as a form of escape from reality. In this world, anything was possible, and it was not uncommon for characters to smoke marijuana or other substances in their free time. Movies such as The Big Lebowski have been credited with popularizing bongs due to a scene where a character pulls out a bong and smokes weed while bowling. 

Many other films have also contributed to the popularity of smoking cannabis through water pipes by adding them into scenes that would likely never show the use of drugs otherwise. Here are some of the movies that made bongs popular.

Extract (2009)

Extract is a 2009 film starring big names such as Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis, and Ben Affleck to name a few. The film is about the owner of a factory that produces flavor extracts. It seems as though in his life he could have everything that he wants, but as the film goes on, we see that this is not the case. 

In this film, we see that the lead character is very stressed and doesn’t know what to do. His friend encourages him to take a hit of a Bong to relieve the pressure and it all goes downhill from there. In this bong scene, Joel, the lead, takes a hit of a massive bong, after eventually being convinced that it would be a good idea. However, he knows from the beginning that it is not the best idea.

Drugs & Other Love (2016)

The next movie on our list of stoner movies that made bongs popular is Drugs & Other Love. This 2016 film sounds similar to that of the 2010 film Love and Other drugs but it is just a play on the words. The premise of this film is that an elder brother tries to keep his brother on drugs while he attempts to pursue a woman. 

The film is not very popular but stars actors such as Scott Parkin, Noah Applebaum, and Julia Griswold. In this film, we see a lot of drugs and dope throughout, as the love interest is a drug dealer, and the main character is trying to win her heart.

Jackie Brown (1997)

Made in 1997, Jackie Brown is a film about a flight attendant who is caught smuggling money onto a flight and has to choose between helping the cops or keeping quiet and going to jail. This is one of the lesser-known Tarantino films and is supposedly a follow-up to the ever-popular Pulp Fiction.

In this film, the lead character lays around all day smoking pot and enjoying herself by relaxing. The scene in question is one where she is questioned about her lifestyle choices and ambition to which she replies “not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV.”

Everybody Wants Some (2016)

The next stoner film on our list of films that made bongs popular is Everybody Wants Some which is a film that was recently released in 2016. This film is about a college athlete who moves into a communal house with his teammates. This film follows their ups and downs of growing up on their own, unsupervised. 

This film stars actors such as Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, and Zoey Deutch. A signature moment of this film is when the lead character is sitting in a room with the other boys, he successfully manages to take one of the most impressive bong rips without so much as flinching or even coughing. 

True Romance (1993)

Last but not least we have the 1993 film True Romance. This film stars actors such as Patricia Arquette, Christian Slater, and Gary Oldman. In short, this film is about a nerd who loves comic books and a prostitute who falls in love. The prostitute tells her pimp about this and proceeds to kill him. 

On the way out he grabs a bag thinking it was clothing, but it ends up being cocaine. The premise of the film is that they go home to sell the cocaine when they reach California. This film is full of drugs and some of the most important scenes contain bongs. 

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Current Trending Cannabis Consumption Methods

Cannabis has been consumed on earth for centuries and can be traced back to ancient civilizations. In recent years we have seen more and more legalization of cannabis which has prompted an increase in the different methods of consumption. There are many reasons for this development including the variety and versatility in the effects that come from consuming cannabis as well as people’s desire to achieve relief from certain health ailments without any side effects such as feeling sleepy or feeling lethargic. Everyone prefers a different consumption method and each method has a different experience. This blog aims to provide a brief overview of some of the most popular consumption methods available today.

Vape cartridges    

A popular consumption method would be using vape cartridges which are small handheld glass cartridges that come pre-filled with a gram or half a gram of cannabis oil, and can easily be found online at sites such as Canna Cabana. This consumption device looks like a pen and they are battery-powered. The battery powers an atomizer in the cartridge that will heat the oil which causes the chemical components to become activated. The next step is to inhale the vape smoke which will deliver the cannabis effects. This device is easy to use, portable and the dose is controlled.

Pre-rolled joints

Smoking pre-rolled joints is an inhalation method of consumption that is the most traditional and widely used consumption method. It involved your dry herbs, rolling paper, and a filter that you roll together to form a handheld joint. To smoke a joint, you have to light the end of the joint with a flame while the end with the filter is in your mouth. While you are lighting the joint, you must inhale at the same time to get the herb to start burning and once you have an even burn, you can start smoking. The main reason why this consumption method is so widely popular is that it is convenient and you can feel the effects almost instantly. This is also a very social consumption method and it is common for a group of people to gather together and share a single joint.

Dry herb vaporizer

Dry herb vaporizers are another inhalation method of consumption that has risen in popularity over recent years. A vaporizer is a handheld, battery-powered device that has a mouthpiece, a chamber, and a battery. Some vaporizers will also have a LED screen that allows you to check the battery power as well as adjust the temperature that you want to heat your herb. To use a dry herb vaporizer, you fill your chamber with a small amount of dry herb, turn on the device, select your desired temperature, inhale, exhale and repeat until the session is over. This device produces vapor which is healthier than inhalation methods that produce smoke. Dry herb vaporizers are also convenient, portable, and discreet because they produce no smell and little smoke. Besides these benefits, vaping is popular because heating the herb produces more flavor, and the vapor produces more potency.

Tinctures

Tinctures are dry herbs that have been dissolved in alcohol or vinegar to form a concentrate. They come in a small bottle with a dropper and to consume tinctures, you fill the dropper and place 3-4 drops underneath your tongue and then swallow after a few minutes. This is consuming sublingually. You can expect to feel the effects after a few minutes and those effects will be more potent. This method is a healthier method of consumption as no combustion is involved making it ideal for medical marijuana users. Tinctures are also convenient and discreet which adds to the appeal.

Edibles

Edibles are one of the most popular and widely used consumption methods after joints and they are any food or drink that contains cannabis. This can be anything from candy to cake to beer. When you consume edibles, they work their way into your system via your digestive system and liver which can take upward of 2 hours before you feel any effects; however, once the effects are felt, you can expect to be under the influence for at least 12 hours. Edibles are a healthy consumption method and they are extremely potent. People love edibles because the effects last longer than other consumption methods and on top of that, edibles are delicious.

Reducing Side Effects from Cannabis with a Smartphone App

Have you ever experienced side effects from cannabis? Common cannabis side effects include paranoia, dizziness, red eyes, cottonmouth, and more. In this article, we will discuss side effects from cannabis and explore how you can use the Jointly app to mitigate or eliminate them.

Purposefully Consume Cannabis to Eliminate Side Effects

Weed is about more than getting high. For example, have you ever used cannabis to help you sleep at night? What about to stimulate your appetite?

The cannabis plant produces a variety of compounds that you can help you achieve your wellness goals. Whether you want to sleep better, eat more, replace other substances, melt into your couch at the end of a long day, or energize and uplift your mind, there is a cannabis product that is perfect for that goal. And the Jointly app can help you find it.

Jointly is a new cannabis wellness app that helps people discover purposeful cannabis consumption so they can achieve their wellness goals with cannabis and CBD. On the Jointly app, you can find new cannabis products, rate products based on how well they helped you achieve your goals, and track and optimize your cannabis consumption so that you can enjoy your ideal experience every time.

To enjoy your ideal experience every time, you need to figure out how to eliminate or mitigate adverse side effects from cannabis.

How the Jointly App Improves Your Cannabis Experience

Have you ever noticed that the same cannabis product can produce different effects (or side effects) from one day to the next? Or that a weed strain that consistently stimulates your mind has a sedating effect on your friend? How is it possible that the same product has such varied effects?

Cannabis experts believe that there are at least 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience. These factors include your dose, your hydration level, how much sleep you got the night before, whether you are alone or with friends, whether you are using cannabis in the morning or at night, and more.

When you track your cannabis consumption on the Jointly app, you can report on these 15 factors to determine how each factor impacts your experience. Over time, the Jointly app will use your reports to make suggestions that will help you get more consistent results and eliminate adverse side effects from cannabis.

Common Side Effects of Weed

Marijuana side effects include:

Click for a deep dive into each side effect, the science of what causes this side effect, and special tips on how to eliminate it or mitigate it.

How Does the Jointly App Help You Eliminate Marijuana Side Effects?

Cannabis can help you sleep better, eat more, relax after a long day at work, stimulate and uplift your mind, enhance your creativity and focus, and reduce mild daily stress. Purposeful cannabis consumption is a highly effective wellness tool that can help people improve their health and wellbeing.

However, some people might experience adverse side effects when using cannabis to achieve their wellness goals. The Jointly app can help you mitigate these side effects by teaching you how to turn the dials on the 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience.

For example, perhaps you will notice that when you consume cannabis after a night of poor sleep, you are more likely to experience anxiety and paranoia from weed. Or you may find that when you exercise before, during, or after consuming cannabis, you don’t experience any disorientation or coordination issues from weed.

Does Smoking Weed Have Side Effects? Do Edibles Have Side Effects?

Most marijuana side effects are caused by THC. So, any cannabis product that contains THC may cause these side effects.

However, different weed ingestion methods have different pharmacokinetics, meaning that different ingestion methods can produce distinct effects and side effects, and even objective measures like levels of THC in the blood.

When you eat an edible, you digest it. As a result, the THC goes through first-pass metabolism in your liver, where it is converted into a more potent compound: 11-OH-THC. This metabolite has greater and longer-lasting psychoactive effects, which may cause you to experience greater or longer lasting side effects.

In short, different ingestion methods may produce different side effects, but any product with THC has the potential to cause adverse side effects for some individuals. You should choose the ingestion method that is best suited for your wellness goals.

Does CBD Have Side Effects?

While the side effects of CBD are much milder than marijuana side effects, there are still some potential side effects to watch out for. Some people have reported experiencing gastrointestinal distress, dry mouth, reduced appetite, drowsiness, and fatigue after using CBD.

How to Mitigate Side Effects from Cannabis

Here are some general suggestions on how to mitigate side effects from cannabis, and then we will explore some specific suggestions about how to fix cottonmouth.

Try a new product

Different cannabis products will contain different chemical compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes, which may exert distinct effects. Use Jointly’s Product Finder to discover new top-rated products.

Try a new ingestion method

Additionally, the way you ingest a product will change how it affects you. Smoking a joint of cannabis flower may produce slightly different effects from vaporizing it, although both ingestion methods involve heating cannabis and inhaling the active compounds.

Each ingestion method has its own advantages and may produce different effects or side effects. To learn how different weed ingestion methods produce different effects, read our article The Best Way to Take Cannabis for Wellness Purposes.

Add in a companion food

Did you know that weed companion foods can enhance your cannabis experience in different ways? Mangoes, dark chocolate, green tea, and thyme are all weed companion foods. Chemical compounds in these foods may alter your cannabis experience, and potentially mitigate adverse side effects like drowsiness.

To learn about these foods and how to add them into your cannabis wellness routine, check out our article Do These Foods Get You Higher?

Find your minimum effective dose

Most adverse side effects from cannabis are caused by ingesting too high of a dose of THC. While you cannot die from ingesting too much cannabis, a THC overdose is a real risk. The single most effective way to mitigate side effects is to microdose and titrate up your dose until you find the minimum effective dose of cannabis to get the effect you want.

Turn the dials on 15 factors

According to cannabis experts, there are at least 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience and play a major role in whether a cannabis product is giving you the feeling you want, or producing adverse side effects like cottonmouth. These 15 factors include your dose, the time of day you ingest, how much sleep you got the night before, and more.

The Jointly app lets you to track the 15 factors that can impact your cannabis experience. As you optimize how you consume cannabis, your favorite cannabis products will perform better for you.

Get Started on Your Cannabis Wellness Journey

Jointly is a new cannabis wellness app that helps people discover purposeful cannabis consumption so they can achieve their wellness goals with cannabis and CBD. On the Jointly app, you can find new cannabis products, rate products based on how well they helped you achieve your goals, and track and optimize your cannabis consumption so that you can enjoy your ideal experience every time.

Download the Jointly app on the App Store or the Google Play Store to get started on your cannabis wellness journey today.

 

 

 

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Honest Marijuana’s Inside Look at Weed Candy

What’s Sweet AND Gives You a Satisfying High? Weed Candy!

Cannabis consumption is entering the mainstream these days, as legalization spreads across the country. While there are all the traditional methods of getting high: smoking a joint, using a bong, and so on, new consumers have fueled the development of new ways of enjoying weed.

Why? For the simple reason that a lot of people don’t want to smoke. Whether because they don’t like the taste, or the stigma associated with the idea of inhaling smoke, there are plenty of people who look for alternative ways to consume marijuana and the most typical method is edibles. While the earliest versions of these were largely focused on pot brownies and cookies, cannabis-infused edibles come in so many more varieties: drinks, pills, snacks, spreads, and even candies.

Without Inhaling, Weed Candy Hits the Spot

As already mentioned, weed candy is a great alternative for those who can’t smoke or don’t want to smoke. And there are serious medical reasons why smoking might be off the table. For example, people with preexisting lung conditions or who use supplemental oxygen can still get the benefits of marijuana, without the risk of explosion!

Other medical conditions, including gastrointestinal issues from eating disorders, digestive disorders, and nausea due to chemotherapy can find relief from their symptoms by directly ingesting the low doses of cannabidiol (CBD) found in high-CBD/low-THC cannabis candy. Adding to these reasons is the simple fact that discretion can be very important to people. By choosing edibles, like candy, you can get the relaxing high without smoke, smell, or coughing. 

Plus there is the added bonus that by getting your cannabis via candy, the effects last for quite a bit longer compared to smoking. This is because the candy, and the cannabis it contains, must first be digested. So, by smoking a joint, the process of getting high is much faster, as the THC moves directly from lungs to bloodstream without being digested, it’s just not an option for everyone. 

What Kind of Weed Candy is Available?

Variety is the spice of life, and consuming cannabis candy is no exception. Weed candy takes many forms. The most popular are lozenges (like Jolly Ranchers), lollipops (food on a stick is always better), and gum.

The type of candy you choose will depend on your situation. For office workers, class attendees, and those concerned about appearances, the lozenge is the most discreet. At other times, a nice lollipop or piece of gum can really liven up a slow afternoon.

Advances in Weed Tech Applied to Candy. Advances in cannabis technology have yielded some pretty amazing options, but few reach the level of nanoencapsulated THC. Too much of a mouthful for you? Just call it Nanobidiol for short.

Nanobidiol is made using a cutting-edge process that minimizes each THC molecule and then surrounds it with a special membrane that gives the THC some unique qualities. Nanobidiol is not only smaller than regular THC, but it’s also more water-soluble. This decrease in size and increase in water solubility makes the THC more bioavailable. That means you’ll feel the high in 2-10 minutes, which is 6 times faster than other weed candy on the market that takes up to an hour to start working! 

How Weed Candy Works

The impacts of weed candy on your system can be thought of in terms of speed and duration. Smoking your marijuana is like a drag race: Its effects are felt almost immediately, but they’re over just as quickly. Cannabis candy is like a NASCAR race: The experience, though still great, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to get going. In addition, the effects of marijuana candy tend to last quite a bit longer (from 2-6 hours) because the cannabidiol is slowly digested in the stomach. 

Is Weed Candy for You?

The benefits of weed candy are wide-ranging. Individuals suffering from both acute and chronic disorders can find relief inside a marijuana candy. Everything from chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, to nausea, muscle inflammation, nervous system disorders, and muscle spasms can benefit from the way marijuana candy is processed into the body. Individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s Disease are especially benefited by marijuana candy and other edibles. This is because Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Marijuana candy can deliver cannabinoids directly to the site of the disorder and provide much-needed relief.

As With Any Cannabis Product, Quality Counts

Quality is always a concern when it comes to marijuana. Whether you get your fix by smoking or ingesting, you should at least verify the quality of the product you’re consuming. With weed candy, it’s important to keep a few simple things in mind:

Currently, there is no regulatory agency in place for marijuana candy. What this means is that there is no way to ensure the same commercial food-prep standards that apply elsewhere.This can mean that trace amounts of allergens (gluten, nuts, pet dander, lactose) can find their way into the marijuana candy. For people allergic to these things, it’s worth really investigating your sources, or even learning how to bake your own edibles. 

Similarly, there is no way to determine the quality of the cannabis used in the cannabis candy. Because the cannabis is hidden in the mix, it’s very easy for candy companies to dispose of lesser quality marijuana that can’t be sold for smoking. Buying from a reputable source is key. It’s not always possible, but purchasing a marijuana candy that has been lab-tested for potency and contaminants is preferable. The local dispensary that you’ve frequented for a number of years is a good place to start. If they don’t already sell marijuana candy, they might be able to find a reputable supplier.

Never Tried Weed Candy? 

If you’ve never tried weed candy before, we suggest that you purchase a piece or two from a trusted source and see what you think. If you like the taste and the effects it produces, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for in future purchases. As with every other method of cannabis consumption, the important thing is that you enjoy the ride. 

Quality Candy is Made with Quality Weed

Weed candy can come from any one of the more than 700 existing strains and be of any quality. The best weed candy, however, comes from high-quality, organic buds. 

With a good quality organic strain, you’ll need less candy to experience the same effects. In other words, a little will go a long way. You may have to pay a bit more for weed candy made from a high-quality extract, but you’ll be much happier with how you feel when you use it. So don’t settle for an inferior weed candy. Get some made from the best buds on the planet and experience cannabis and candy the way it was meant to be.

About Anthony Franciosi and Honest Marijuana Company

Anthony Franciosi also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana Co. – an all natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado. The company is a pioneer in the industry, using Earth-friendly recyclable tin cans with pure nitrogen to ensure only the highest level of integrity and quality, launching Honest Blunts, the first organic hemp-wrapped, machine-rolled cannabis blunts as well as inventing the patented Nanobidiol Technology, which reduces non-water-soluble substances like cannabinoids into a nano-size so they can be added to candy, transdermal patches, topical lotions, and other cannabis products for the cleanest, most efficient, and most discreet form of cannabis consumption.

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Astro Hippie

Electro-funk star, multi-instrumentalist, producer and life-long stoner GRiZ, today announced the launch of two premium cannabis lines – the THC focused, Astro Hippie, debuting in Michigan, and the nationally available CBD brand, Telescope.

Astro Hippie is a window into the stoner culture of yesteryear, a top-shelf, tantalizingly potent series of flower strains geared towards experimenters and tokers who want to explore life in maximum color; who want to listen to music that tickles their ears and blows their minds; who want to road trip in a beat up van and crank mixtapes. It’s a love letter to the weed culture GRiZ grew up in, and a deliberate rebuttal to the pristine, faceless, private equity brands that are sprouting up post-legalization.

Growing up in Southfield, Michigan, Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ, has been getting blazed long before his music career took off, and he remains an outspoken advocate for cannabis, even as he’s risen from playing small clubs to selling out amphitheaters. Growing up selling pot while waiting tables, he’s known the cannabis industry for decades, and previously dropped a bud collab, GRiZ Kush, back in 2017. That experience taught him a lot, and since then he’s been working to create his own lines that pair his values with exceptional products and an embrace of the DIY stoner culture he has been immersed in for years.

Stalking growers, cultivators and fellow lifers, GRiZ developed Astro Hippie with Pure Options, a long-time cultivator in Michigan. With funky out of this world flavor profiles in mind, Astro-Hippie will be available in three different strains G Funk, Mr. B OG, and Tie Dye Medusa, all tested to guarantee maximum THC levels for lift-off. Inclusivity and energy are key to GRiZ’s mission, and he focused on solely working with partners who have decades’ long roots in cannabis culture like himself.

Astro Hippie will debut in Michigan, where it all started for GRiZ, an homage to his home state, where every year he produces the annual 12 Days of GRiZMAS series, which has raised over $200k for charity in the last two years alone.

As his knowledge of the marijuana plant has grown, so has GRiZ’s understanding and appreciation of its medicinal benefits, which led to the CBD line, Telescope, a range of products which aims to bring wellness into focus. GRiZ is a huge proponent of using cannabis for pain relief, and with Telescope he’s created an exceptionally high quality CBD range that allows users of all types to smoke and benefit from the plant without having to blast off.

Telescope’s CBD hemp flower is offered in three delectable flavors, the sativa dominant hybrid Astronaut Ice Cream, that features complex sweet cherries notes with a strong essence of lime and skunky pine; and the indica dominant hybrid Milky Way, a potent mixture of lavender, cinnamon and orange. Cosmic Candy, the pre-rolled pack offerings, blends flavorsome notes of black pepper and perfectly ripened fruits.

The gourmet gummies are offered in a 10:1 CBD:THC recipe with hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, giving users a euphoric experience delivered with precision. The gummies will initially launch in two bright flavors of Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Sunset Sorbet, with additional flavors added seasonally.

The 1000mg Vibe Check tincture is on the leading edge of CBD tinctures in the marketplace in that it features cannabis derived terpenes. These terpenes not only give it a unique and incredible flavor profile but also help bring out the positive effects of the cannabinoids in a process known as the entourage effect. It is a defined spectrum tincture that includes CBD, CBG, CBC, and THC.

Five Works of Art and Literature Inspired by Marijuana 

Art and literature can transform the world and help us to see things in a different way. There are so many different types that you can choose to work with and all of them add some beauty to the world. When it comes to marijuana and psychedelic drugs, there are some great works of art and literature that are inspired by this plant, allowing us to open up and learn more about it. Some of the best works of art and literature inspired by marijuana include:

Super Plant

This work of art can help open your eyes to this beautiful plant and see it under new eyes. While many people assume that marijuana is all bad, evil even, seeing such a beautiful work of art will be able to help you see more about it and all the delicate and natural beauty that comes with it. 

Marijuana: It’s Just a Plant

This is a work of literature that will help you to explore marijuana and other psychedelic plants in a new light. While this may not be the first thing that parents will reach for when reading a story to their kids at night, it will make it a point that millions of people use pot each day so it is not such a novel idea compared to what we think. This is a reliable source to introduce the idea of marijuana to your kids, where the parents can help them to learn something new, rather than hoping they get it from the news or other sources. 

Bong Hit Station

This is an absurd video that was released in 2013 and can provide all the details that someone new to the world of marijuana would be able to use when they want to get stoned. Sometimes the steps will seem a bit complex and like they do not need to be so bad, but that is part of the humor that many will enjoy with this video. 

California Artist

This simple stone sculpture is almost a type of self-portrait for Robert Arneson. He felt that, as an artist that worked in California, he had to deal with a lot of unfair characterizations that he was not that fond of. With that in mind, he created this sculpture, complete with a hippie look and a pot plant growing with it. 

Bongolier

Created by Bentley Meeker, Bongolier is a light installation that is meant to mix the high and low culture all in one. It is basically a light display that has chandeliers made out of glass bongs that he repurposed for this sculpture. There are also other sculptures that are there to help juxtapose some of the different sources of light that are in there. Some are going to be kind of shady and others are there to show the full spectrum to give something unique. 

The Shifting Perception of Marijuana and Other Psychedelics

The approval of marijuana and psychedelics has been a shifting change in many countries over the years. While there are still a lot of individuals and even governments that are not jumping on board, there is more acceptance for this than there was in the past. With more art and literature being inspired by marijuana each day, we are sure to see this become more widely seen in the future. 

Seeing the Beauty of Marijuana

While there are still some people who worry that marijuana and other similar drugs are all bad and will ruin society, there is so much beauty and joy that comes with this plant and many different benefits that come with it. Thanks to the introduction of many different types of art and literature, more people throughout the world will be able to see some of this beauty too. 

Three Things Movies Get Wrong About Marijuana

Movies are a great way to escape reality and get lost in the lives of characters that we love, and the fact that so many people have been exposed to cannabis through movies has led to an increase in demand for cannabis products which means there are more options available than ever before. Some of your favorite movies portray cannabis consumption using various methods, with joints and water pipes being used most often. Both joints and water pipes are iconic symbols of cannabis culture. In movies, water pipes can be seen as a prop used for smoking, and there are plenty of examples that show how much Hollywood loves these devices. If you love a good water pipe too, you can go to Daily High Club’s website, where you’ll find a great selection of shapes and designs. Today there are a variety of different water pipes you can use and each has its own unique benefits.

But have you ever wondered how accurate movies are when it comes to their representation of marijuana? Do you feel like you have learned all you know about marijuana by watching movies?

Stoner movies can be classified as a separate genre. You can’t expect them to be artsy, but they’re always funny and entertaining. Whether it’s Pineapple Express or Up in Smoke, these films show cannabis consumption as a non-threatening activity.

Unfortunately, these films also manage to get some crucial facts about cannabis wrong. There are so many different myths about cannabis, and hardly any of them are true. If you want to know more about these myths, here are 3 things movies get wrong about marijuana.

Cannabis users are lazy and unemployed

One of the biggest stereotypes that cannabis users face is that they are lazy and unemployed. This is all down to how movies have portrayed stoners in film and how they come across to the audience. While this is what is seen in these movies, most of the time this actually isn’t the case.

The stoner stereotype makes it look like stoners are slow. However, marijuana is known as a depressant which means it slows down the nervous system and brain function. This does not mean that people are lazy or dumb. In fact, this kind of nervous system depressant can be really beneficial to people, especially those who are struggling with anxiety.

This kind of slow down brain function means that people can be more present and appreciate being in the moment. It aids in concentration and even allows for people to see another perspective on issues.

Although this stereotype does ring true about a few people at times, it Is not the case across the board and should not be portrayed this way in movies, as it does give this misconception.

Cannabis users hallucinate

Moving on to the next point, another common misconception about marijuana that is portrayed in movies, is that it makes people hallucinate. Hallucinations are commonly associated with illegal drugs and the idea of stoners. However, marijuana is not one of those drugs that contribute to hallucinations. Movies tend to make it seem like when someone gets high, their whole world goes askew.

While some strains of marijuana are stronger than others, and some contain a higher percentage of THC than others, marijuana doesn’t affect what you see and you won’t get hallucinations from it. Hallucinations are typically caused by different illegal drugs such as magic mushrooms and LSD.

Filmmakers create this idea of how marijuana affects people because it’s what people typically associate with marijuana users. People who have never consumed marijuana will not know this.

Cannabis users can’t get addicted

One thing that a lot of stoner movies seem to get wrong is that they say cannabis users can’t be addicted to weed. This is so far from the truth in reality. Marijuana gives your brain a temporary state of relaxation and boosts its serotonin chemically. Over time if you have continually given your brain this boost, it will become used to it and begin to expect the THC so that you can function as per normal.

This means that marijuana is very addictive. It’s not addictive in the way that you might crave it, but it is addictive in the way that you might experience some withdrawal symptoms that will bring you right back to having a joint.

On the bright side, all of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms are uite manageable and easy to handle, so if you do find yourself addicted, it’s not the end of the world. These side effects include things like restlessness, nausea, irritability, insomnia, and more. You would have a much harder time if you were trying to quit smoking cigarettes or if you were addicted to a much harsher drug.

As one starts to learn more and more about marijuana, even if you don’t consume it yourself, it is very clear to see that movies are just portraying this stereotype to please the audience. There are so many facts that are left out which leave so many questions.

Trends within the cannabis industry 

There is so much happening in the cannabis industry and so many things that attract attention. Cannabis is starting to be legalized across many parts of the world after being an illegal substance for a very long time. The stigma that surrounded cannabis is slowly starting to fade as well and society, in general, is beginning to embrace this herb. Medical marijuana is also something that is starting to become very popular in society and this has contributed towards the growth of the cannabis industry and today about 158.8 million people use marijuana around the world. There are some trends within the cannabis industry that have resulted in the evolution of the industry, such as the sale of dry herb vaporizers at online stores like MagicVaporizers, and these trends, which will be discussed in this article, are fuelling the popularity of marijuana. 

Rise of CBD 

CBD, which is one of the main active ingredients in the cannabis plant, has become increasingly popular. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects, instead, it provides users with many health benefits. Researchers and medical professionals are intrigued by CBD and new information about the chemical is constantly being released. A few of the health benefits of CBD include:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Anxiety relief
  • Anti-depressant 
  • Induces sleep 
  • Increases appetite

It is legal to buy CBD products in the United States and many other places around the world making CBD legal. There are many benefits that you get from CBD including the many health benefits without the psychoactive high. 

Cannabis tourism 

Ask anyone 50 or even 20 years ago and they would tell you that they would never predict that cannabis tourism would become a trend in society. Cannabis tourism allows individuals to embark on tours while consuming cannabis. The tours provide people with the opportunity to enjoy leisure time while enjoying a nice high and they are very popular. An example of cannabis tourism is the Tweed Visitor Centre located in Smiths Falls where you can take a tour of real grow rooms and you can even watch them make chocolate edibles. You can attend a cannabis café, a tour, a festival, or even take a ride on a tour bus while smoking a lovely strain. The fact that this is even a thing shows just how much society is embracing cannabis and how popular it is. These tours are great for the cannabis industry as well as for the economy.

Edibles and beverages

Edibles and beverages are consumables that are infused with cannabis. During the cooking or brewing process, cannabis is added and this allows it to infuse into the product so that when it is consumed, you feel the effects of the substance. This is one of the easiest ways to consume cannabis and people love it because the high is more potent and it lasts much longer than when you consume through other methods such as smoking for example. The benefit of consuming marijuana this way is the reduced health risk and you can infuse any edible or beverage with cannabis including ice cream, brownies, tea, and beer.

Topicals 

Topicals are another popular cannabis trend and it is when lotions, creams, oils, or balms are infused with cannabis. To consume this way, you simply apply the topical onto your skin and wait for the effects. People consume cannabis this way because it does not produce a psychoactive high and when topicals are applied to your muscles or joints, it relieves pain and stiffness. This method of consumption is very popular amongst athletes. An example of a topical is CBD-infused coconut oil that you can apply to your skin.

Terp sauce 

Terp sauce is not widely known however it is trending within the cannabis industry. It is a marijuana extract that consists of more than 50% terpenes which is a very fragrant oil that is found in different plants, including the cannabis plant and terpenes are responsible for the plant smell and unique taste. Terp sauce also contains cannabinoids as well as other compounds. You can consume terp sauce by dabbing it or simply adding it to your vaporizer, bong, pipe, or joint. People consume marijuana this way because it is very potent and the benefits are that it is good for relaxation and mood elevation.