Key takeaways.

  • Cannabis destinations for city lovers?

    Check out the coffeeshops of Amsterdam or Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark for an urban cannabis holiday.

  • Cannabis destinations for nature lovers?

    Check out Colorado, USA for some weed and mountains!

OK, so 2020 wasn’t exactly the best year for travel. We mostly saw other countries on the news, and too long in lockdown has caused most of us to associate countries with COVID statistics. But we’re optimistic 2021 is going to be better. This might even be the year that we can pack our backpacks and head overseas. And if it’s not, there’s always 2022, right?

In any case, cheers to dreaming up the next holiday destination. We’re all going to need it. We’ve put together a list of cannabis-friendly holiday destinations that you can look forward to post-COVID. You might be surprised what you find in this list!

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Coffeeshops for days.

A collage art of a woman on a bicycle in amsterdam carrying cannabis plants.

What Amsterdam does really well that Canada and the USA don’t do is the coffeeshop thing. Whereas it’s commonplace in Canada to walk into a dispensary, get your weed, and head home, it’s less of a thing in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, the normal thing to do is walk into a coffeeshop, have a joint, and get on with your day.

Coffeeshop culture makes Amsterdam a very chill, cannabis-friendly destination. Not all coffeeshops are created equal though. Some of them still retain the dingy feel of the days they just opened, while others have embraced modern culture and technology. 

Amsterdam is also a really beautiful city, lined with canals and some of the most striking architecture in Europe. So after a joint in the coffeeshop, there’s nothing better to do than walk around with a coffee, enjoying the view and meeting the locals.

Cannabis isn’t legal in Amsterdam. It’s tolerated under the Dutch Tolerance Policy. The Dutch government tolerates the use of soft drugs, and so coffeeshops can legally sell cannabis in small amounts. You can’t go in and get a month’s supply, but you can buy up to 5 grams. It should be consumed on the premises, and can’t be taken home or used in public, although this isn’t strictly enforced. It’s also meant for locals only, but this isn’t strictly enforced either.

2. Colorado, USA; Weed and mountains.

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Colorado, USA is one of the freest places in the world when it comes to cannabis. With a fully legalised, recreational model, anybody over the age of 21 can acquire all matter of cannabis goods. Flowers, edibles, vapables and topicals are on the table. Cannabis spas. Cannabis farms. You can pretty much enjoy an entirely cannabis themed holiday in Colorado.

If you’re more of a weed-n-chill kind of person, Colorado boasts some of the most beautiful, epic mountains in the USA. The views are breathtaking, pretty much anywhere you are. It’s the perfect place to consume cannabis and go hiking, or forest bathing

It’s legal to buy and use cannabis in Colorado, although it’s prohibited from use in a public place. It’s also prohibited to use cannabis and drive, so plan your road trip accordingly if that’s on the agenda.

3. Phnom Penh, Cambodia; for happy pizzas.

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OK — this is a somewhat cannabis-friendly holiday destination. It’s not actually legal to buy or consume cannabis in Cambodia, but the law is enforced… opportunistically, you could say. Cannabis grows a lot in Cambodia and can be purchased pretty cheap. In the world of Cambodian tourism, said cannabis is used to make happy pizzas, which can be readily bought from many happy pizza restaurants in Phnom Penh.

So it’s a grey area, but these restaurants legally operate and tourists and locals alike enjoy the cannabis-topped pizzas. Be mindful — these pizzas can pack a punch, so before you order a second, give it at least an hour to kick in.

Don’t wander around the Cambodian capital searching for cannabis though. It is illegal, and if you engage with it outside of legal places, you might find yourself in a lot of trouble!

4. Copenhagen, Denmark; Freetown Christiania.

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If you’ve never heard of Freetown Christiania, it’s a free territory right in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark. The town was formed as an anarchic enclave in the 70s with squatters declaring it the freetown of Christiania, not subject to Danish laws. This was respected for a long time, although there’s intolerance from the Danish police in recent years.

Cannabis is sold freely in Christiania on Pusher St. Dealers are lined up with all of their offerings out in the open. There’s cannabis buds, hash, and sometimes edibles. 

Christiania isn’t just a cannabis hub. It’s its own town. There’s a cafe and a bar, there are shops and crafts to enjoy, and people live in Christiania. It’s aesthetically beautiful, lined with trees and decorated with art. And it’s a great place in Denmark to chill out, have a joint, and enjoy a beverage. 

Copenhagen itself is also a very cool city and worth adding to the list of post-COVID holiday destinations.

5. Las Vegas, USA; Party on… and on and on.

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Because how could we not? Some of us are going to want one thing when holidays become possible: a party. And nobody can deny you that. Yes, Nevada is one of the states where cannabis is legal for all adults over 21. It’s also one of the entertainment capitals of the USA. It’s not just casinos, it’s shows upon shows. 

Cannabis dispensaries and even cannabis bars are all over Las Vegas. When you’re finished tasting the local delicacies, you can wander out to a Cirque de Soleil show, a broadway musical, or even a magic show. Some of the world’s most eccentric performers and entertainers make their way to Las Vegas — so it’s nothing short of a party.

If this list doesn’t get your travelling self salivating, we don’t know what will. Even though life is on the quiet side right now, it won’t stay that way forever. We hope this list gets you excited for travel in the future. There’s no better time to start planning than a cold winter spent in lockdown!

What destinations are on your post-COVID holiday bucket list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Key takeaways.

  • How do you form healthy habits?

    Researchers have found that on average, it takes 66 days for a habit to be formed. When habits are tied to long term goals, they’re also more achievable. And finally, we can use cues to solidify healthy habits such as rewarding when that behaviour is carried out, or promising to carry it out every time you do something (such as have breakfast).

  • What are some healthy habits to form in the new year?

    Develop healthier food habits like eating breakfast, healthier exercise habits and healthier sleep habits.

  • What’s a motto for 2021?

    Eat. Move. Sleep. Repeat.

Take a deep breath and welcome yourself into 2021. Hey — there’s no guarantees that 2021 isn’t going to be full of challenges just like 2020. In fact, it’s almost a given. Every year has its trials and tribulations. It’s time to grow out of the “next year will be better” by some stroke of chance. It won’t be. Next year (i.e. this year) is only better when you get better.

If the new year reminds us of anything, it’s that we can start afresh whenever we want. The new year always feels like a perfect opportunity to start forming healthy habits. And it is. Healthy habits make our lives better, not because challenging things stop happening to us, but because we’re well equipped to deal with those challenges. When our bodies and minds are healthy and clear, the challenges that come with life are easier to navigate and we can come out of them in one piece.

In this article, we’re talking all about some of the healthy habits worth starting off this year with and the best ways to integrate those habits into your daily life and routine.

Happy new year, happy new you!

How do we form healthy habits?

They say that humans are creatures of habit. We can use those to our favour or detriment, depending on who we are and what our habit is. For example, if you’re in the habit of waking up every morning and smoking a cigarette, you’re not doing yourself any favours. But if you wake up with the habit of putting your running shoes on and exercising, that’s a very healthy habit.

In one UK study, researchers found that it took, on average, 66 days for a behaviour to become a habit. It varied anywhere from 18 to 254 days, depending on the complexity of the behaviour. Naturally, the more complex the behaviour, the longer it typically took for a person to feel automatic doing it.

In another study, researchers concluded that those who were able to link their habits with their long-term goals were more likely to choose effortless strategies, i.e., good habits. This is imperative when it comes to forming good habits — tie them in with your long term goals. At the end of the day, habits take time to form, and so it’s more conducive to align them with what you want for your future. Interestingly, in this study just mentioned, researchers found that self-control capacity didn’t necessarily have any impact on habit formation. So it’s not necessarily about discipline, but about repetition.

Finally, in a consulting psychology review, the author, Berkman, points out that habit formation works best when it is preceded by very specific cues and repeatedly rewarded. For example, doing something every time that you finish eating (something that happens multiple times a day and is a specific cue), and then rewarding yourself for completing that task. Keep this in mind when you’re deciding how you’re going to incorporate those new habits into your life.

Healthy food habits.

A collage image of apples, fruits, and female faces.

Food is typically the biggest thing standing between people and their health. And forming healthy food habits is arguably the hardest because food hits us where it hurts the most — culture. But again, it’s all about habit formation, and you can do it with food too. Here are three healthy food habits worth creating in 2021.

1. Eat breakfast.

It’s one of those things you’ve been told since a child but still don’t do (or at least, a lot of us don’t do it). If you’re not in the habit of eating breakfast, 2021 is a good year to start. According to a study in Nutrients, those who consume breakfast are less likely to consume large amounts of sugars, while those who skip breakfast are more likely to consume higher saturated fat and less fibre. 

With a lot of us working from home at the moment, there’s also more time that can be used for preparing breakfast. If you’re still short of time cooking breakfast, get in the habit of cooking a little more at dinner (such as extra rice or extra quinoa) and using that food for breakfast. Otherwise, put some oats on to soak overnight or boil your eggs at night. It’s safe to eat left over foods if they are refrigerated overnight.

2. Less red meat, more vegetables.

Did you know that excessive red meat consumption is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease? This is because animal fat sources are typically saturated fat sources, while vegetarian fat sources contain unsaturated fat. And saturated fat is also the one most associated with cardiovascular disease. Animal sources of food also contain more cholesterol. 

Eating meat is important for health and wellbeing. But even the American Institute for Cancer Research recommends consuming no more than 3 servings of red meat per week. Good alternatives during meal time to promote satiety are mushrooms, legumes, and textured soy protein.

3. Eat colourful food.

A good habit to get into is incorporating colours into your food. Aim for at least three colours when you’re preparing food. Colours actually represent different pharmacologically active compounds in food. For example, darker vegetables (purple sweet potatoes, beetroots) are full of antioxidants. Orange vegetables (carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato) are full of carotenoids. By making your plate colourful, you’re diversifying the compounds that get into your body.

You can easily turn a green salad into a rainbow salad by adding yellow capsicum, red onions, tomatoes, carrots, squash, or beetroots. The same goes for your veggie fry-ups and your breakfasts. The more colours the better, but if you can get three colours in, you’re already covering a wide range of different nutrients.

Healthy exercise habits.

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The human body was built for… wait for it… moving! There are actually fluids in your body that don’t move if you don’t, so if you want to support the healthy movement of lymph (and blood), you have to get your body moving. 

Exercise can be hard because people are time poor. Remember earlier in this article when we talked about specific cues and reward? Exercise is a great place to implement those habit-forming tools. For example, you can tell yourself that everyday, when you come home from work, you’ll spend 45 minutes walking outdoors. When you complete your exercise, you can reward yourself with a delicious dinner, a bath, or anything else that you enjoy that is also conducive to your health.

You can also use the habit forming techniques we mentioned to incorporate exercise into your life in more incidental ways. For example, you can start riding your bike to work and reward yourself with a hot coffee on arrival. You can also walk from your house to the train station instead of driving there, and again you can reward yourself with something that is still aligned with your goals. 

As little as 30 minutes of daily high-intensity exercise puts you in better health status than those who do no exercise. Remember, it doesn’t have to be at the gym. It can be on your way to or from work. It can be in the quietude of your home in the mornings before breakfast. It can be in the evenings with your headphones on in the woods. It can be wherever you feel most comfortable exerting yourself. If you like exercising by dancing to loud music, do that too!

Healthy sleep habits.

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Getting a solid, 7-8 hours sleep per night puts you in a lower risk for developing diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and depression. On top of this, inadequate sleep is associated with lower immune function, increased physical pain, and impaired performance. Getting a good night’s sleep every night is the single best habit you can form in your short time on earth.

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is what people say when they don’t know how to take care of themselves. The reality is that you’ll be dead a lot sooner if you don’t give your body a chance to rest. Rest is when your immunity gets to work and when your body gets healed. Rest is when we get the REM experience which is fundamental to the feeling of wakefulness and alertness. Rest is just as integral to performance as activity.

Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Humans are not nocturnal. That’s to say — their physical processes are much less active at night, so sleeping at night is conducive to health. Ideally, we would rise when the sun does, but that can get pretty late in Canada. So scrap that rule. Aim to sleep between 10pm and 12am, and aim to rise between 6am and 8am. From 7-9 also happens to be the prime time of the digestive system, which is a perfect time for breakfast (and also why healthy people poop first thing in the morning).

Eat. Move. Sleep. Repeat.

This really sums it up. Health isn’t complicated. It’s a lifestyle. Health is made up of lots of small, healthy habits. And it really all comes down to food, movement, and sleep. Forming healthy habits in these areas of your life are the foundation for whatever other health quirks you want to implement. The point is — you’ll never really feel healthy until you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping well. So if it’s healthy habits you’re going to form this year, let it be getting a good diet into your body, getting a good exercise routine and enjoying the restful part of the day.

What habits do you plan to implement in your new year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments.

Key takeaways.

  • Why is it important to take extra care in winter and during isolation?

    The pandemic has forced many into some form of lockdown, and to protect mental and emotional health, it’s really important to take care and be kind to oneself.

  • What are the easiest ways to be kind to yourself?

    Eat well – but eat a lot! Lots of vegetables and fruits are recommended for good nutrition. Drink lots of herbal tea to keep your soul chill, and exercise outside for at least 15 minutes a day.

  • What’s our number 1 tip for self care?

    Take lots of baths — and cannabis helps!

How many times in 2020 have you heard the cliché, it’s been a year like no other? 

As cheesy as it is, it’s been exactly like that. Every person has had their trials and tribulations, every country has had its wars and natural disasters over the last few decades, but there has been nothing like this. Nothing so global, nothing that hit home on so many levels. Do you ever remember, in your lifetime, being so affected by something that people on the other side of the world are also so affected by? Everybody in the whole world’s day to day existence has changed because of COVID, so yeah, it’s been a year like no other.

Now, dear Canadians, we’re heading into a cold winter. Lots of us are in some form of lockdown. Things are a little bit cold, gloomy, and isolating. The festive season will soon be over and it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself during these isolating times.

We have some tips for you to take care during winter and lockdown. It’s really important to maintain your physical and mental health as best you can, as it’s increasingly difficult to emerge from a crisis if you let yourself go with bad habits.

Here are habits worth keeping that are easy to keep, and that keep you in touch with the importance of self care.

Eat lots. But eat well.

A collage of a salmon and a cake to represent healthy eating.

Humans are a lot like their surroundings. In cold, freezing winters, bears hibernate. Lots of creatures go into hibernation. They eat copious amounts of food before they hibernate so they don’t have to come out to eat. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with eating lots of food during the winter. But make sure you eat well.

It’s tempting to reach for alcohol and sweets when it gets colder, but excessive consumption of these foods creates a weak, dull, atonic digestion. That leads to poor assimilation of foods and nutrients and leads to energy depletion and boredom.

Eat lots of vegetables, beans and eat lean meats at least once a week. Excessive consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, is also associated with health risks. Keeping red meat to a minimum of once a week and enjoying fish and chicken in between minimises the development of lots of chronic health problems.

Enjoy warming, spicy herbs such as turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and cumin. Winter is a great time to get creative with Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. These herbs don’t just help our bodies stay warm and our blood circulating, but they help keep our digestion functioning well.

Whole grains such as oats, wheat, brown or black rice, and quinoa promote good digestion and provide a low GI source of energy. They’re perfect breakfast foods in the winter! Plus, whole grains contain a whole host of nutrition in the outer parts of the grain.

Drink tea.

A collage art of a woman with a teapot on her head.

Tea is man’s most comforting beverage and his best way to take medicine. Herbal tea is all together a source of nutrition, a comfort factor, a medicine, and a ritual. In the winter, things move slower. You perhaps don’t need as much coffee as you drink during the spring and summer. Enjoy a black tea in the morning or a chai instead of coffee.

Make a batch of chai tea you can use throughout winter. Include in it black tea (or a non-caffeinated alternative like roasted dandelion), and warming spices like cloves, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom. These herbs keep your blood moving throughout the winter, help you digest your food well in times when you’re not as physically active, and they taste delicious. Black tea is rich with antioxidants that the body needs for stress adaptation and damage control.

Drink with milk or a non-dairy alternative. Milk is one of the most complete food sources on this planet. If you digest it well, add it to your tea for added nutrition, taste, and texture. Otherwise, any nut milk tastes great too!

Keep your body moving.

Did you know there are fluids in your body (like lymph) that don’t actually have a pump. Blood has a heart to pump it around. You can lie flat on your body and blood will keep moving. But serous fluids like lymph don’t have the luxury of the pump, so what moves it around? You do — by exercising your body.

Lymph is one of the fluids that carries toxins away to the places they can be excreted, it moves infected fluids to nodes so that the immune system can deal with it, and helps the body absorb fats through the digestive system. As you breathe and move your body, lymph is transported around. And moving lymph is healthy lymph!

Getting motivated for exercise isn’t easy when it’s really cold outside. So make a space for yourself inside that you can do exercise. Use your body to do weight training such as push ups, sit ups, and yoga poses. You can train in flexibility in your living room, too. You don’t need any equipment other than a yoga mat to do these exercises.

If you leave near a swimming pool or a gym, that’s an added bonus. Swimming in a heated pool is a great form of cardiovascular training that is appropriate in the winter. If it’s available, a spa and a sauna are a perfect addition to a self-care gym and swimming session.

Walk outside for at least 15 minutes per day.

A collage art of a moth sitting on the earth in the middle of a forest. There are butterflies around too.

Ain’t no cholesterol getting transformed into vitamin D while you’re sitting in the office or on the couch. You have to get outside for at least 15 minutes a day. Biology aside, outdoor activity is a known antidepressant. The closer you are to a forest, an ocean, or a greenspace, the better.

Walking in nature is proven to better oxygenate your body and brain and encourage feelings of wellness, joy and peace. If all you do is walk to the local park and smoke a joint or walk around the block, it’s better than not getting any sunlight or outdoor activity. If you can make it out to the woods at least once a week, all the better for your physical and mental health.

Take baths… and cannabis helps.

All of these simple tips for maintaining yourself can be wrapped up in a simple term: self-care. Within that, there’s indulgent self-care like taking baths with your favourite cannabis vape or CBD hot chocolate

Remember, once a week, you should indulge in what you love the most. If it’s hanging out with your animals in front of a movie, do it. If it’s reading a book all day long, do it. If it’s putting on Alan Watts, grabbing your vape, and chilling in the bath for 2 hours, do that too. 

Don’t get too caught up in the stressors of the current state of the world. You can always make time to pause and breathe and dedicate time to staying sane and happy. Your best chance at emerging from the COVID crisis and an isolating winter as your best version is through TLC, self-care and cannabis helps.

Let us know how you’re taking care of yourself this silly season. Drop your advice in the comments below.

Key takeaways.

  • What are some games you can play to get romantic with your partner?

    Try a cannabis cooking class, Jenga with a twist, a cannabis-fuelled nature hike, bath time with Alan Watts, or puff-puff paint!

  • Our best strains to match?

    From the pantry; Do-Si-Do’s, Love Dawg, Jet Fuel, and Lindsay Lohan Hybrid Hash are all recommended for sex and arousal.

There is no time like the present to pause and take a minute to appreciate what’s important. After a year like 2020, we’re realizing that togetherness is literally the most important thing in our lives. We learned that if we can’t be together with our friends, families, and lovers, then everything else seems to lose its value.

So we think the weekends are a perfect opportunity to pair romantic activities with your lover with good quality cannabis. Some of us are separated from our loved ones because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so if you’re lucky enough to be right next to them, there’s never been a better time to remind them how much you love them.

And really — is there a better way to express that than to share some weed and do something romantic?

Here are our best 5 romantic activities to do with your partner this holiday season and the best strains to match them.

1. Cannabis cooking classes.

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OK — so maybe coronavirus has gotten in the way of all those fun cannabis cooking classes around BC (yes, they exist). But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do some cannabis cooking education with YouTube. There are plenty of online cannabis cooking classes you can take with your lover that don’t require you to leave the house at all. 

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the Cannabis Training University’s 14-lesson cannabis cooking class. It covers cannabis for different dietary requirements, how to make tincture and cannabutter, and how to use all of the different forms of cannabis in cooking (tincture, hash, kief, and buds).

Of course we recommend getting a little high with your partner before attending a cannabis cooking class because that makes it all the more fun. If you can’t attend a cannabis cooking class, you can simply do some romantic cooking with your partner. 

Pair Do-Si-Do’s with a cannabis cooking adventure. This strain starts off as a cognitive and physical delight, getting you geared up for some adventurous kitchen time. It tapers down into full blown munchies and the need to be horizontal. The perfect way to spend an evening with the lover! 

2. Romantic Jenga with a twist.

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Game night is always a fun activity to do with your partner while high. But how can you make it a little more romantic — a little more of a segway into a beautiful experience to share? Well, Jenga with a twist is a great way. 

Start by giving your partner half the Jenga blocks while you keep the other half. You both need a marker. On each of the blocks, write down an instruction for whoever pulls out that block. Let the instructions be romantic and something that will help you learn something about your lover. If you need some inspiration, here are a few to try:

  • Tell me about your most embarrassing moment
  • Write a 15 word poem about why you love me
  • Step away from the Jenga. Spend 5 minutes hugging.
  • Roll another joint
  • Keep this block as a coupon for 3 minutes of eye gazing

Let your imagination take you away. It’s all about using the blocks to draw more romanticism and excitement out of your partner. Now simply stack the Jenga blocks as per usual and play as normal, except that when you pull out a block you’re obliged to follow the instructions on that block.

Pair Love Dawg with a romantic Jenga night. This hybrid is the perfect social strain to get you in the mood for talking, getting deep and meaningful, getting the giggles, and feeling romantically connected to your partner. Use it as a way to get to know your partner consciously and to explore all the reasons you love being with them.

3. A cannabis-fuelled nature hike.

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The coronavirus restrictions make it hard to get out there and socialise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy a good old nature hike. The most amazing conversations often happen during a long walk. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous hike (or it can be if that’s what you’re into doing together). What’s more important is being outdoors, breathing in the fresh air, and engaging in some deep and meaningful conversations with your partner.

It’s amazing how the conversation can flow when the body is moving — often much better than when the body is stationary. Plus, the smells and feels of nature inspire the best things in us like compassion, joy, and love.

It’s also really important for everybody’s mental health right now to get outdoors. Yes, Canada is cold this time of year, but getting outdoors is a great way to stay sane and grounded during these confusing times.

Pair with a Jet Fuel vape cartridge. This strain gives you all the energy you need to get your body moving and helps to keep the body warm during the colder months. Using this strain can get you both motivated to do some exercise together, and the cerebral effects can stimulate some pretty amazing conversation.

4. Bath time with Alan Watts.

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Even though this would be a perfectly appropriate thing to do alone, it’s even better in a couple. Self-care is even more effective when you do it with someone you love and when you’re always encouraging each other to engage in self-care activities. This cannabis activity that you can do with your partner is exactly how it sounds — it’s taking a bath while listening to Alan Watts.

For those who don’t know, Alan Watts has one of the most soothing voices in the world. He’s also full of philosophical wisdom. For all intents and purposes, listening to Alan Watts is an experience in expansion. And why not share that with your partner?

Bath time with Alan Watts can inspire some profound conversation about the meaning of life and relationships or it can simply serve as a perfect relaxation tool for a stressful period. We often think of sharing activities with our partners and lovers, but sharing relaxation is something special

Enjoy your bath with a Winter Bliss Bath Bloom and a CBD Marshmallow Hot Chocolate. This is all about profound relaxation. While the aromas of the Bath Bloom warm your insides, the CBD Hot Chocolate warms your soul. Add Alan Watts to the mix and the experience is pure heaven.

5. Puff, puff, paint — but naked.

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Puff, puff, paint is an increasingly popular activity around the Americas. There might not be any puff, puff, paint activities going on in your area right now (maybe one day, when COVID is over), but you can still play puff, puff, paint at home. 

You just need some crafting materials, whether it’s paint, pencils, or charcoal, a piece of paper and some good cannabis. To make this a little more intimate, you and your lover can paint or draw each other naked. Remember — it’s not about making a masterpiece. It’s about really seeing your partner and getting a chance to see yourself through your lover’s eyes.

Puff, puff and pass the joint between each other while someone paints. Then swap and let the other one paint. Cannabis can help you settle into being seen and to feel a little more comfortable with that. This exercise can really build confidence in the relationship and in each other, and gives each person in the relationship a chance to be vulnerable in a safe space.

Pair with Lindsay Lohan Hybrid Hash. This stimulating strain comes on strong, so start with small doses. The physical and cerebral relaxation that accompanies the Lindsay Lohan strain is perfect for settling in, feeling a little more comfortable, and feeling a lot more open to the experience of puff, puff, paint! And who knows what painting each other naked could lead to…

We hope you’re finding ways to stay engaged, connected, and social during these bizarre times. Remember to take care of yourselves and your partners, and remember to dedicate some loving time to your partner. 

What are some of your favourite activities to do high with your partner (especially during social-distancing times)? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Key takeaways.

  • Our top picks for nature documentaries to watch stoned?

    Human Planet, My Octopus Teacher and Africa.

  • And the best strains to pair with them?

    Check out our Indica Raspberry ZZZ Bombs, Grape God Indica, and Strawberry Diesel Hybrid.

Did you love watching our list of conspiracy theory documentaries to watch stoned? Well, if that got your brain jazzed, we’re going to get your eyes and your heart jazzed with this list. Nature documentaries take your mind and heart to that soft, inspirational place — and they’re visually exciting, too.

For the lovers of colour, animals, climate, and plants — this list of nature documentaries is for you. The days are getting colder so get your vape and your remote control ready. This is going to be a fun week!

1. Human Planet.

If you love learning about the different ways that humans connect with their environments and their animal neighbours, this 8-part docuseries will melt your heart. Human Planet highlights how resourceful and adaptable the human species is, and how lives differ so very much from one geographical location to the next.

Throughout the series, you see people develop complex and mutually beneficial relationships with animals and the environment. Human Planet is a celebration of man’s relationship with nature and his adaptability to the many different environments that nature provides.

Pairs with Indica Blue Raspberry ZZZ Bomb from the pantry.

The Indica Blue Raspberry ZZZ Bombs are a delicious way to feel zen. There’s not much to do but relax and let your heart follow the journey through Human Planet. A jelly bomb or two, a mug of hot chocolate, and binge watching this documentary series is an evening well spent.

Get Indica Blue Raspberry ZZZ Bombs at the pantry here.

2. My Octopus Teacher.

My Octopus Teacher follows the bizarre and inspiring journey of a filmmaker, and his relationship with the ocean and a special ocean creature he encounters. The film starts with the maker’s backstory — a man who as a child had a deep relationship with the South African kelp forest. When his life turns upside down, his only option is to get back in the water. There he meets his octopus.

Visually, the documentary is a sight for stoned eyes. Moving underwater images of kelp forests and marine life are breathtaking. The story is just as inspirational as the visuals are — it’s a good one to get into those feel good vibes.

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Grape God — starts in your head and moves down into your body, before leaving you ready for bed. Sounds like the perfect strain to enjoy before watching something and falling asleep, right? That’s because it is. The gentle euphoria that starts in the head is the perfect place to start My Octopus Teacher with. Thank us later.

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3. Africa.

If you only ever watch one David Attenborough documentary in your life, let it be Africa. It might be getting a bit old (2013), but it’s still probably one of the most awe-inspiring nature documentary series ever made. This seven part series really does let you connect with just how wild the African continent is.

Each episode is a journey through another place, its deserts or savannahs, its volcanoes and its rainforests. As you move through the series, you start to get an idea of the diversity of natural environments in Africa.

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It’s hard to tell whether Strawberry Diesel is going to get you super focused and energized or super lazy — but either way, the euphoric high that comes with it is perfect for a nature documentary. Africa really keeps you on the edge of your seat, and so does Strawberry Diesel. Perfect for an afternoon spent in with the lover or the furry companion.

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4. The Coconut Revolution.

Okay — this documentary is one part nature and one part history, but we just couldn’t leave it off the list. If you want to feel inspired about the potential of the human race, you must watch this documentary.

This documentary was made in 2001, and is about the plight of the indigenous people of Bougainville to protect their native land during the civil war. Throughout the film, you see how the indigenous people used coconuts to fight back against the Papuan army.

A feat of both human and nature, especially when they’re working together, this is the kind of documentary that makes your heart jump out of your chest. If it’s one of those grey days outside where the whether looks sad and you need a natural mood booster, it’s definitely time for some cannabis and The Coconut Revolution.

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The Coconut Revolution is all about catching feel good vibes, and Banana Kush helps along the way. Plus, it’s on the same tropical, fruity theme! Banana Kush is perfect for an inspirational documentary before bed. It comes down into a super relaxed, euphoric state that makes sleep come easy.

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5. Dynasties.

To top off our list, we have a documentary dedicated to animals. Dynasties follows the stories of some of the world’s most endangered species and how they got there. Like a good animal documentary, it follows the animals’ personal stories as you watch families and groups fight to save the future of their species.

Dynasties is beautiful to watch but also touches a soft spot. It shows how delicate the world really is and how some of its most beautiful inhabitants are at risk of disappearing forever. Dynasties might leave you a little teary eyed, but your heart will be full of nothing but love for the world’s amazing animal species.

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OG Kush seems to melt the mind into the kind of trance that’s perfect for getting stuck into a good flick. It’s relaxing and lazy, and is perfectly accompanied by a warm beverage and a nature documentary like Dynasties. Enjoy as an evening vape-and-watch or a lazy afternoon.

We hope you enjoyed this list of nature documentaries to enjoy next to some of Canada’s finest cannabis products. Which ones did you watch? Are any of your favourites on the list? Any we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Key takeaways.

  • What risks do consumers face in the wellness industry?

    Because lots of health and wellness products are unregulated, consumers face misleading health claims by certain manufacturers. The essential oils industry is a great example, where incorrect use can actually be very dangerous.

  • How can consumers safely navigate the cannabis industry?

    Ask the dispensary or the store you’re buying from some questions about the origins of the product — where they were made, how the plants were grown, and whether products have been independently tested.

  • How else can customers of the wellness industry support themselves?

    Don’t be afraid to consult the appropriate professionals. For example, if you’re unsure how to use essential oils you can consult a professional aromatherapist, or you can meet with a cannabis friendly doctor to discuss cannabis treatment options and receive product recommendations.

You’re at your friend Gina’s house. It quickly turned from a nice, afternoon brunch into a full-blown Tupperware party only it’s not Tupperware — it’s essential oils. And she’s not just telling you how nice they smell in lotions, but she’s telling you they cure cancer and rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and stuff. And she’s not just trying to sell them to you, but she’s trying to get you onboard to sell them, too. So you politely break the news to Gina that she’s been wooed by some kind of essential oil pyramid scheme.

Everyone has one friend who went there. Into the strange world of multi-level marketing that also taps into the human being’s most sensitive spot — their health. Netflix’s new series, Unwell, touches on this dark side of the wellness industry. Netflix’s Goop, released earlier in the year (with Gwenyth Paltrow) explored the same kind of topic but from more of a curious perspective. Unwell, on the other hand, is more about what happens when things don’t go as the wellness company told you they would.

The first episode of Unwell is all about essential oils. Without going into too much detail, Netflix covers it from a lot of different angles. In one story, a woman has great success getting her autistic daughter to sleep better after seeing an aromatherapist and choosing some essential oils for smelling and inhalation. In another story, a young family becomes very wealthy selling courses on essential oils and incorporating them into everyday life. And in another story, a woman uses essential oils as they were advertised to her, develops a horrible rash all over her body, and actually ends up becoming allergic to them from excessive use.

If anything, in Unwell, Netflix errs on the side of caution. We’re not going to blabber on too much about essential oils, but on the underlying message of the show. What in the wellness industry keeps us well, and what makes us unwell? We all know there’s good research on the therapeutic uses of essential oils, but how can there be people out there advocating their use in a way that would be harmful? As consumers, who do we trust and how do we keep ourselves from getting swept up in the world of wellness marketing?

The wellness industry is an industry.

An aromatherapist drops essential oils onto her wrist.

Before we throw our hands up in the air and beg to know, how could they do this to us, we have to remember something. Industry is industry. We can talk about the difference between life saving drugs and the pharmaceutical industry. We can talk about the difference between oil and the oil industry. And just the same, we can talk about the difference between wellness products and the wellness industry.

For example, essential oils have been used therapeutically for millennia, long before DoTerra and Young Living were around. The aromatic properties of plants have been captured and used as sleep inducers, to calm anxiety, to manage pain, and even to deal with psychological disorders or bad juju.

As Netflix points out in Unwell, there’s a lot of discrepancies between what Young Living and their representatives tell you to do with essential oils and what an aromatherapist might tell you to do with the exact same product. The aromatherapist who appears on the first episode of Unwell says she never recommends the internal consumption of essential oils. 

Those who represent Young Living and other essential oil brands are not typically qualified to give medical advice about how to use essential oils. And because of the structure of a multilevel marketing company like Young Living, it’s not really in their best interest to disclose some of the potential safety concerns of using essential oils. On the other hand, medical professionals like aromatherapists don’t represent the essential oil companies themselves, but represent their own medical practise. It’s almost always in their best interest to disclose safety information to their patients. 

In unregulated industries, the onus is on the consumer.

Like we just pointed out, there’s nothing wrong with essential oils. When used correctly, they are safe and can improve and enhance health. But if you use essential oils the wrong way, you confront toxicity issues. Every single therapeutic in the world has side effects, even plant therapy. So it’s important to know those before you use any wellness product. It’s equally as important to know what you’re using it for.

Essential oils are not regulated by any specific world or national authority. Health Canada doesn’t regulate the sale of essential oils, and this is typically because they’re not considered to be therapeutic. Essential oils are usually only regulated when used in food or pharmaceutical products. But outside of that, anybody can buy essential oils off the shelf.

Without this kind of oversight, the onus is entirely on the consumer to make safe decisions about what they consume. This is a good thing too, because the government shouldn’t regulate every single aspect of our lives. But where does that leave consumers? How should consumers know how and when to consume a wellness product?

Cannabis and CBD — knowing how to navigate the cannabis industry

Two hands pass each other a cannabis joint.

Surprise surprise, it happens in cannabis too. It’s because wherever there’s an inch and a human, the human will magically transform that inch into a mile. If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you advocate CBD and cannabis use. We obviously advocate it, too. But the way some individuals or companies leverage off the spread of misinformation about cannabis actually undermines the breakthrough scientific research going in about cannabis in the world.

Does cannabis have the potential to dramatically alter someone’s quality of life or treat a range of medical conditions? Absolutely! At the same time, touting cannabis as a way to cure everything is just another way to capitalise on a portion of the population that is insecure about their health.

In taking it to the next level, there are even cannabis product manufacturers that manufacture a sub-par or contaminated product and sell it as the real deal. These low-quality products are sold with the same premise of therapy that other high-quality products are sold.

You absolutely should be skeptical when shopping for cannabis products. There are a lot of questions you should ask a product manufacturer or stockist to know the quality of your product. This includes asking about ingredients, the source of the cannabis, and any analytical documents that show cannabinoid content and the presence of contaminants.

Discrediting alternative wellness practices is part of the problem

Part of the problem of ongoing misinformation in the wellness industry is that many wellness practices are discredited entirely as being ineffective. Take essential oils, for example, which by the medical industry in general, are discredited as not having much therapeutic potential. This attitude also leans people into the idea that they are also not powerful. Which couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to essential oils.

The same is also true of herbal medicine. There are many stories of botched self-medicating with herbs. They come as a result of some general consensus that because they are herbs, they are all safe and have minimal impact on the body. It’s simply not true.

If alternative wellness practices were treated with the same integrity and respect as modern medicine, we likely wouldn’t be in this dilemma with the wellness industry. We often don’t recognise simple herbal extracts like essential oils as having extremely powerful pharmacological actions because they are never presented to us that way. They are presented as gentle gifts from nature — take as much as you want! In fact, they are potently antimicrobial, and can even disrupt the microbial balance of skin if used excessively or undiluted.

But pharmaceutical drugs are treated just the opposite. They are considered so powerful, you have to qualify with certain pathophysiology to take it. That’s not to say essential oils should be regulated the same way, but some credit given to their power, and therefore, their potential to do harm if not used correctly. This can be extended to any product that can be used with the intention of producing a therapeutic or pharmacological effect in the body.

Learn about what you’re taking and consult the appropriate professional

A bottle of cannabis oil with a dropper and cannabis leaf

Maybe you’re sitting on the couch scrolling through channels and you see an ad for a multivitamin. The way they’re talking about, it looks like something you should take. Before pouring your trust into a television commercial, you can do a little research yourself about the active ingredients and whether they are useful for you. You can also easily find safety information about many wellness products and how to use them without danger.

You might even consider seeing a nutritionist to see if you really need to take any vitamins. You can consult an aromatherapist before consuming essential oils, or ask for more guidance on how you can use them in your life. Go see a cannabis-friendly doctor if you want a professional opinion on how cannabis might be able to help you with your affliction.

Yes, the onus is on you, which is not something humans are used to when it comes to their health. Humans are accustomed to being told what to do about their health by a doctor, which in most circumstances, is okay, because the medical industry is heavily regulated. But in the world of herbal medicine and aromatherapy, there is no such regulation. Which means doing your own research and consulting a professional you trust are imperative to you getting the best experience out of your wellness products — and without getting ripped off. 

The moral of the story is: treat herbs and essential oils and other wellness products like they are powerful medical agents. Treat them as if they will have a dramatic impact on your body. Wouldn’t you do a bit of research and enquiry about anything that would have a dramatic impact on your body?

Key takeaways.

  • Does cannabis help or hinder body building?

    There is a consensus that cannabis use is associated with transient increases in testosterone levels, which might help body builders. However, depending on the person, it might not help with mental agility and concentration.

  • How can cannabis be used for relaxation and recovery?

    Cannabis has anti-inflammatory effects that might be helpful post-workout to speed up recovery and reduce pain and inflammation.

  • What else should you keep in mind?

    Know yourself and your personal reactions to cannabis. If cannabis gets you excited to be active and focus your mind, you can use it before workout. If it makes you lazy and relaxed, maybe it’s better to use after workouts.

Everybody knows and remembers the infamous video of Arnold Schwarznegger smoking a joint with a bucket of fried chicken to celebrate his 1975 Mr. Olympia title. A lot of things came out of that video — like the knowledge that the particular fried chicken Schwarznegger ate during that video was some of the best he ever had in his life. Oh, and of course, the big kerfuffle about whether or not cannabis was conducive to bodybuilding or muscle sports in general. 

A lot of different rumours have made their way around since then. First, there’s the whole cannabis and sperm count thing, which a lot of people thought also meant that cannabis also lowers testosterone (myth). Then CBD birthed itself into the cannabis industry and things changed again in the relationship between cannabis and muscle sports.

It’s probably not as simple as “cannabis is bad for your beef” or “cannabis is good for your guns”. It’s never that simple — especially when cannabis is the subject at hand. In the absence of good (or any) scientific research about cannabis and muscles, how do we go about this? 

Well, there are a few ways. Let’s have a look at them.

Cannabis maybe increases serum testosterone levels?

Contrary to the belief that cannabis lowers sperm count because of lowered testosterone (it seems to have some other mechanism), there’s some evidence that testosterone levels might be higher in regular cannabis users (both men and women).

There were a handful of studies conducted in the 80s and 90s on this topic but then was abandoned until the last few years. The overall consensus is that higher testosterone levels are associated with recent cannabis use. But there’s no understanding of how long this effect lasts.  There’s no evidence that the increase in testosterone has a cumulative effect.

So far in the scientific understanding, testosterone doesn’t seem to be a very big player in the conversation about body-building and cannabis.

Mental focus and agility.

Focused woman lifting heavy weights at the gym

This is where things get… a little more complex. Cannabis affects different people differently. For some, the effect of a rich sativa strain gets the mind focused and agile. For others, cannabis turns the mind into an imaginative playground which has all the stability of soup. 

Some people might not feel comfortable with their ability to lift extremely heavy, and therefore dangerous, weights while they’re high. That impaired motor control effect. Others might feel that cannabis gives them the focus and stamina they need to do the job perfectly.

With all this subjectivity in the cannabis experience, body-builders should be thinking about their own minds, bodies, and their own typical reactions to cannabinoids. It’s probably important to think about dosage too (for an in-depth guide on dosage, check out our dosage chart). A 10 mg hit of THC might put you in the zone, but any more than that could push you over the edge into the who-needs-training zone. For safety, as well as your own physical performance, it’s really important to consider these things on a personal level. 

If you’re the kind of person who melts into a ball of jelly after using cannabis, that doesn’t mean cannabis can’t help your workout. You would just be introducing it at different parts of your day.

Relaxation and recovery.

An exhausted man rests after lifting heavy weights

This is where cannabis really seems to shine when it comes to bodybuilding — or any kind of professional athleticism in general. Athletes are understanding more than ever that rest is equally as important as training. And without rest, good training just doesn’t happen.

If training has been particularly difficult or caused pain or inflammation, cannabis can help. Topical and orally consumed cannabis can both help to reduce pain and inflammation, and essentially assist the body in its winding down process.

Those who like to use cannabis recreationally might find a lot of joy in smoking cannabis before doing some night time stretching to rejuvenate the body and the muscles. And for others, cannabis might be the ticket to a good sleep, opening up the door for good training tomorrow.

When it comes to bodybuilding, CBD is different to THC.

CBD doesn’t come with any of the cognitive effects of THC, which for bodybuilders, means it’s very different. For example, unless you take a very big dose of CBD, it’s not likely to impair your motor control or your memory. 

Most importantly, in 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of banned substances. It’s therefore recognized that it doesn’t have an effect on your physical performance, but it might have a positive effect on your mental performance.

At lower doses, CBD is somewhat stimulating, may improve mental focus, and is unlikely to hinder your physical performance at all. Some athletes use CBD before training as a way to prime the muscles and avoid inflammatory responses to training. It also provides pain relief in the event of injuries or sore muscles.

Some professional athletes use CBD before game day as a way to level out the mind, reduce any anxiety or fear, and get on with the competition. There’s no reason why bodybuilders and muscle junkies shouldn’t take advantage of what CBD has to offer in terms of attitude, mental performance, and overall wellbeing.

Never one size fits all.

The moral of the story is that there’s unlikely to be a rule book on how to use cannabis successfully in bodybuilding in the near future. But as we mentioned, there are at least some things you should very clearly think about. Like whether or not cannabis makes your mind wander or brings it back into focus, or whether you typically get lazy or excited after using cannabis.

When you find your sweet spot and it’s working, roll with it! And then share with us in the comments how you use cannabis for bodybuilding! We’d love to hear from you. 

Key takeaways.

  • What do we know about cannabis use during pregnancy?

    There is some evidence to support lower birth weight as a risk for babies born to cannabis-using mothers. However, in the science the different was very small. In older research, it was found that white women who used cannabis during pregnancy were more likely to have babies with lower birth weight than black women using cannabis.

  • Why do we know so little about cannabis use and pregnancy?

    According to one study, pregnant women were two times to screen positive to a drug test than than they indicate in self-reporting. So aside from prohibition, social consequences and stigma stand in the way of honest research. Ultimately, women have to report that they’re using cannabis and that’s a hurdle for researchers.

  • What other factors are involved?

    Socio-economics might play a role, too. Think about the different socio-economic groups that use cannabis and how they might differ between the USA and Jamaica, for example. In the USA, a cannabis user is less likely to have high educational attainments. In Jamaica, a woman who smokes cannabis is more likely to have a tighter circle.

Pregnancy is a sensitive time — not only does mum have extra needs while she’s turning gametes into a human, but there’s the little human to think about. In the world of medicine and pharmaceuticals, there’s an entire scheduling category for pregnancy. It means that one of the ways pharmacists categorise drugs is by how they affect pregnant women. Because it’s serious, sensitive, and there’s a wee-little life at stake. So what about cannabis use during pregnancy? 

Cannabis, until now, doesn’t have a schedule with respect to pregnancy. Science has confirmed that the active compound in cannabis, THC, can move through the placental barrier and into the fetal bloodstream. But the evidence for what happens after that, or later on in the child’s development, is limited. For that reason, cannabis remains a no-no during pregnancy — but not because we know it’s harmful. It’s more because we don’t know that it’s not harmful.

That doesn’t mean that cannabis use during pregnancy is altogether uncommon. You’d be surprised how many women use cannabis during pregnancy for a variety of different reasons.

In this article, we’re going through some of the known dangers and known benefits of using cannabis during pregnancy, as well as some of the reasons that make this topic a hard one to research. Let’s check it out.

Why is cannabis use during pregnancy so understudied?

A pair of hands touch a pregnant belly.

One of the first things that pharmaceutical companies typically have to do before releasing a medicine is assess its usefulness or caution during pregnancy. The medical industry acknowledges that pregnancy is a particularly sensitive time for both mum and baby, and not all medicines are conducive to a healthy pregnancy.

Why does cannabis lack this research?

To begin with, the body of scholarly cannabis research as a whole would have been much richer if we hadn’t abstained from cannabis research during prohibition. The second reason is that, since prohibition, cannabis was scheduled among the most dangerous drugs on the planet. The general consensus was that cannabis wasn’t good for anybody, ever.

Finally, collecting data about cannabis use during pregnancy, even now, is difficult because of the stigma associated with cannabis. For example, in this Californian study, researchers found that pregnant women were twice as likely to screen positive for marijuana during a drug test than they indicated in self-reporting. It’s obvious that there is some fear associated with revealing to your doctor that you use cannabis, especially if pregnant. In some parts of the world, screening positive to a drug test during pregnancy warrants a child abuse charge.

So it’s really important to talk about these limitations in research, which boil down to three main points.

For one, we never bothered to do such research in the past, although cannabis was used to assist child labour. Secondly, before we knew anything about cannabis, we labelled it as dangerous, and never fully acknowledged its therapeutic potential. And thirdly, the stigma surrounding it is still so strong, even in the legalization era, that some pregnant women are still too terrified to report cannabis use to their doctors. 

These are essentially the reasons why we can’t say with any certainty whether cannabis is dangerous to an unborn baby. And that’s a big problem – especially since there are still so many soon-to-be-mothers out there using it. 

What the science says.

One animal study that took place in 2012 investigated the effects of cannabis use in very early pregnancy. They found that it only took very slight changes in endocannabinoid levels to affect embryonic development. Activation or inhibition of endocannabinoid signalling at the CB1 receptor in pregnant mice altered the rate at which new placental cells formed and migrated. Scientists haven’t replicated these results in humans. However, because of the similarities between the endocannabinoid systems of mice and humans, researchers concluded that cannabis use during early pregnancy could negatively affect embryonic development.

In another study conducted at the Christchurch School of Medicine, researchers took to studying women well into pregnancy. The researchers made an association between cannabis use during pregnancy and a detectably lower birth weight. Overall, babies of cannabis-using mothers weighed in, on average, 90g less than the babies of non-cannabis-using mothers. They considered this a statistically insignificant result. 

It’s worth comparing the Christchurch study to another one conducted in 1986. In the 1986 study, researchers found that white women who used cannabis regularly during pregnancy were more likely to have children with a lower birth weight than black women who used cannabis regularly during pregnancy. 

And lastly, in a study that compared alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis use during pregnancy, researchers found no association between cannabis use and symptoms of psychosis in offspring.

How culture and socio-economics plays into the research 

Jamaican man and woman in cultural clothing

The aforementioned 1986 study is particularly interesting, because it shows a difference between races. Now, after cannabis legalization, we can definitely see a difference in the way that different races use cannabis. 

Another interesting study took place in 1989 by Dreher, and is often cited in relation to cannabis use during pregnancy. It was conducted on Jamaican women, many of whom smoked cannabis regularly. In fact, in Jamaica, it is common to smoke cannabis among members of the community as a way to strengthen bonds and connections.

Interestingly, researchers found that children of cannabis-smoking mothers displayed cries that were shorter in duration, they were more hoarse, and had a more variable frequency. It is thought that cries with these characteristics present in children who were exposed to perinatal risk, and they often express developmental disorders. 

However, the study observed this in cannabis-smoking mothers. If cannabis was delivered in a tea or otherwise, newborns expressed normal cries.

Dreher then went on to investigate further into the later development of children of cannabis-smoking mothers in Jamaica. Exposed neonates showed no significant birth weight differences compared to non-exposed neonates. When the infants were assessed for neonatal behaviour, there was initially no difference between the exposed and non-exposed. However, 30 days later, when assessed again, exposed infants’ scores were significantly higher on reflex and autonomic stability than their non-exposed counterparts. They were found to be less irritable and more social.

It’s important to realise the different cultural perspectives about cannabis use around the world, and how they manifest in different socio-economic situations. For example, in Jamaica, a  woman who smokes cannabis is more likely to have a tighter social circle, and is less likely to be socially or economically challenged.  However, in the USA, cannabis use is linked with lower educational achievements and a higher dependence on social welfare.

We can therefore consider the different socio-economic factors that play into the research results. According to the data presented, Jamaican cannabis-smoking mothers are more likely to come from higher socio-economic demographics. American cannabis-smoking mothers are more likely to come from lower socio-economic demographics. This might help to explain some of the variation in results, and how other factors play in.

Cannabis use during labour and midwifery

Needless to say, cannabis isn’t typically prescribed during child-labour. However, there is a lot of historical evidence that shows it was once used successfully during child-labour. Ethan Russo alludes to this kind of cannabis use in his book, Cannabis Treatments in Obstetrics and Gynaecology: A Historical Review.

It was also commonplace before prohibition for cannabis tincture to be stocked on shelves. It was most commonly prescribed for menstrual pain, morning sickness, and child-labour. 

How to make a real-life decision about your real-life baby

An urban woman holding her child on an urban, cobblestone street.

Okay – the jury is well and truly out. There are a few more studies out there, but they generally represent the same mixed bag of results. So it seems it’s really not that easy to measure the effects of cannabinoids on an infant. We do know that the endocannabinoid system is part and parcel of the fetal developmental process, and given that, cannabinoids must alter that function, even if only very slightly. 

So how do you make a decision?

The evidence suggests that there is only a really small likelihood your child will suffer if you ingest cannabis from time to time to deal with morning sickness or anxiety. However, that’s still just a suggestion. Plus, does having more make it worse? We don’t know.

It’s really important to weigh up the evidence, even if there’s not much of it. What are you using cannabis for, and how does that ailment stack up against the potential dangers? This is how you have to stack up the evidence.

Finally — you must talk to your doctor. A cannabis-friendly doctor should be able to guide you through those choices so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your baby. Don’t be shy to have conversations with experts and professionals. And if in doubt, cannabis can always wait until after childbirth.

Today’s article is a guest post by the extraordinary Carly-Rae Cooke from Ordinarily Honest cannabis advocate, blogger, and modern yogi.

Carly-Rae Cooke: An Honest + Elevated Day in the Life. | Living | My Supply Co.

So here we are — at home isolating, living out this 2020 pandemic life. While I know that we’re all experiencing it a little differently, I thought I’d share a glimpse into one of my days + how I’ve been using cannabis to elevate my days + ease into my nights.

8:30am ish — I scream at Alexa to turn on some tunes.

Roll out of bed, boil water, roll back into bed. Once the water boils, I make my coffee + turn on the news. I’m trying to avoid a lot of the COVID chatter, but I like to keep tabs on what’s going on — a few mins of morning news seems to be working for me, so far. I scroll through IG, put a story post up + scroll through FB — let’s see what’s going on in the social world.

10am — My tummy starts to rumble — it’s smoothie time. I make a berry smoothie w/ vanilla protein powder + mix in some 3:1 indica CBD drops. These drops are ideal for easing into my a few hours of adulting — they bring a sense of relaxation + no head high.

10:10am — Adulting = emails, scheduling + meetings!

I’ve got a few exciting projects in the works, so I send some emails, add some things to my calendar (so many giveaways!) + wrap it all up with a Zoom meeting!

11:11am — I don’t consider myself a super spiritual human, but

I see 11:11 all the time. And, when I do I feel this weird sense of calm. Sometimes I make a wish, sometimes I just close my eyes + sit in the calm for a bit. Whatever it is, I dig it + offer up this moment of calm for you to share whenever you need it.

1pm — I decide to decarb some cannabis,

to have it ready to go for my attempt at making cannabis oil later on in the week. I was surprised how simple it was! I used this recipe from Leafly!

Carly-Rae Cooke: An Honest + Elevated Day in the Life. | Living | My Supply Co.

2:30pm — Time to get creative!

I feel a bit of a lull coming on + decide it’s time for another coffee. This time — a sativa cara—melt coffee. Don’t knock it till you try it.

Each candy is 10mg — I cut one in 1/2, cause I’m not looking to get too lifted, just needing a creative kick start.

With the cara—melt mixed in, the coffee has a slight cannabis taste + all the sugary caramel goodness! I dive into making playlists + shooting some yoga content. I like to work on playlists while I do yoga, to see how the songs vibe with the movements.

Carly-Rae Cooke: An Honest + Elevated Day in the Life. | Living | My Supply Co.

3pm — I realize I haven’t really eaten yet + throw some leftover rice in the microwave.

I give up on the idea of having a shower today.

4pm — Family Facetimes + check—ins.

My mom screens my call, but Gram answers while pouring herself a happy hour glass of wine. We chat, my gramps pops on, and Gram shows me her garden. Then I dive back into creating.

5:30pm — I decide that I’ve done enough creating for the day,

so I begin putting my apartment back together. I leave my bed in the living room for some chill TV time later on (I don’t have a couch + yoga mats aren’t that comfy).

6:45pm — I spend some time cruising Pinterest,

brainstorming for blog posts + jotting down any ideas that come to mind. Tunes on.

Carly-Rae Cooke: An Honest + Elevated Day in the Life. | Living | My Supply Co.

8pm — Bath time!

If I could, I would spend all my time in the bath — it’s like a big, warm, wet, hug (OK, not the best visual — but, if you aren’t a bath person, I urge you to give it a try). I crank the hot water + add in some CBD bath salts. While the water is running, I roll a joint for later + enjoy a 10mg THC fuzzy peach. With the candles lit, music on, and my tried + true “guacamole + rice cracker dinner in the tub” — I am ready to chill. I start to feel the fuzzy peach buzz after about 40mins or so.

taking a bath

9pm — I climb into bed + pop on an episode of Shameless.

9:45pm — Feeling way ready for some sleep.

I grab the lavender indica joint I rolled earlier. This strain was a suggestion, for sleeping, from the team at My Supply. I absolutely love the taste of the lavender cannabis + it brings the perfect balance of body/head high, easing away any muscle cramps or tension. I take a few pulls + wander to my mat for some random, slow, stretching + moving.

Carly-Rae Cooke: An Honest + Elevated Day in the Life. | Living | My Supply Co.

10:05pm — Bed time.

I fill up my water jug, finish up my lavender joint + tuck myself in. Right before my head hits the pillow, I take a few drops of the indica 3:1 oil that I used earlier in the day — I find the drops really help to keep me zzzz—ing all through the night.

And that’s a wrap! I’ve been using cannabis for just under 2 years now — initially, I was scared of the “high” but slowly, with education + support, I’ve been able to work it into my day to day + am thriving on a high note. If you’re curious about the cannabis products that I use or how I’ve integrated time into my life — leave a comment or send me a note!

This featured post has been written and shared by courtesy of Carly-Rae Cooke, founder of Ordinarily Honest and a 200hr registered yoga teacher based in Vancouver, BC. She founded Ordinarily Honest to offer a refreshing and down-to-earth approach to yoga; steering away from spirituality and keeping the focus on movement and breath. All classes are cannabis-friendly and offer the perfect space (virtually, for now) to relax and decompress. They also feature carefully crafted playlists to enhance the experience.  Check out her Daily Dose online classes, live stream class schedule (classes regularly include cannabis brand pop-ups and samples) and learn more about the inspiration behind Ordinarily Honest.

Key takeaways.

  • What kinds of things can you make with CBD isolate?

    Virtually anything. You can make CBD lip balm, treats for your dog, CBD-infused honey, gummy bears, or even pain ointment.

  • What else will you need to do DIY with CBD?

    Check out the rest of this article for recipes and instructions for the wonderful DIY projects we just mentioned.

CBD isolate made its way into the cannabis market with somewhat of an… anticlimax. Originally, CBD isolate (and THC isolate) paved the way for highly accurate pharmaceutical cannabis formulations. For example, cannabinoid isolates make it possible for companies like GW Pharmaceuticals to manufacture products like Sativex. Essentially, it allows for very exact formulations and cannabinoid ratios.

But dispensaries also stock CBD isolate, and there are a lot of people who have no idea how to use it. It doesn’t really make taking CBD any easier — you’d need to have a really sensitive kitchen scale to measure out doses of CBD isolate. Most kitchen scales can precision measure a minimum of 100 mg.

While CBD isolate doesn’t necessarily make it easy to dose straight out of the container, it is a perfect base ingredient for making DIY CBD products. It’s also much more versatile than using ready-made CBD oils as it gives you complete freedom when it comes to the concentration of your homemade product.

So — basically — yes, there are 101 things you can do with CBD isolate. Naturally, there isn’t enough word-space in this article to cover them all. But here are 5 fun DIY CBD products you can make with CBD isolate.

1. CBD-infused lip balm

Lips painted with coloured lip balm, and golden teeth.

Whether you get sore, dry, and cracked lips, or whether you just want something indulgent to use throughout Spring and Summer, this all-natural CBD-infused lip balm should get your lips smacking.

Aside from being way cheaper to make than to buy in stores, you can also make this lip balm in batches — which means you can give them away as gifts. 

This is the kind of lip balm that goes into cute little containers that you use with your finger. It’s harder to find the stick type (unless you buy them wholesale). It’s much easier to find little lip balm containers in home stores, cosmetic stores, or even the pharmacy.

This recipe makes roughly 15 tiny lip balm containers.

What you’ll need to make CBD-infused lip balm:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 10 – 15 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 500 mg CBD isolate (this is half a 1000 mg container)
  • Lip balm containers
  • A pipette

The method:

  1. Create a double boiler by putting a small saucepan or pyrex measuring glass inside another small saucepan half-filled with water.
  2. Melt the beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter in the double boiler until it’s all turned to liquid.
  3. Remove your oil/wax mix from the saucepan and continue stirring it while it cools down a little. 
  4. Once your mix has cooled slightly, but is still liquid, add your CBD isolate. Continue mixing until it is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the essential oil of your choice. Mix in well.
  6. Using the pipette, fill your little lip balm jars. Allow to cool with the lid off, at room temperature.

Now, to add a little spruce to your jars, you can design a cute label. You can even write the ingredients. Then distribute lovingly to your friends and family.

2. CBD-infused honey

A jar of homemade CBD honey

This is one of the coolest and easiest recipes in the world. If you love to put a teaspoon of honey in your tea or spread it on toast, CBD-infused honey is the easiest way to get a daily dose.

Did we mention that it’s really easy?

It’s so easy that if you want to add some complexities, it’s still easy. For example, you can add rose petals or lavender to this honey to give it an extra level of artistry. 

For plain CBD-infused honey

To make CBD-infused honey, create a double boiler. As the honey warms and melts, add your chosen amount of CBD isolate and mix until it is completely dissolved. Then put your honey back in the jar and let it cool!

For extra artistic CBD-infused honey

If you want to add lavender or rose petals, use the following method:

  1. Add one jar of honey to a double boiler.
  2. When it melts, add 2 – 4 tablespoons of your chosen flower (or half of each).
  3. Allow to simmer on low heat in the double boiler for up to 2 hours.
  4. Strain your mixture and press the flowers to release all of the honey.
  5. While your mixture is still hot, add your desired amount of CBD isolate and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  6. Allow your honey to cool. 

3. CBD-infused dog treats

A bowl filled with CBD-infused dog treats.

If it wasn’t already fun enough making CBD-infused treats for humans, it will be extra fun making them for your furry companion.

Remember — animals are much more sensitive to CBD than humans, given their tiny bodies and high-functioning endocannabinoid systems. So measurements and dosing are really important for this recipe.

To make things easier, you should first dissolve your CBD isolate in coconut oil. Here’s the method:

  1. Measure 8 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil until it is a liquid.
  3. Add 1 gram of CBD isolate to your melted coconut oil and stir until it is completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and store your CBD-infused coconut oil in a clean, sterilized container.

Now – for making the dog treats, you’re only going to need 1 tablespoon of your CBD-infused coconut oil. That means each batch of dog treats contains ⅛ gram of CBD (or 125 mg). This recipe makes a total of 15 treats. Each one contains 8mg of CBD.

What you’ll need to make CBD-infused dog treats

  • 1 tablespoon CBD-infused coconut oil (that you prepared earlier)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

The method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160℃ (325 ℉).
  2. Put your oats in a food processer and pulse until it has a light, powdery texture. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the mashed banana, peanut butter, and CBD-infused coconut oil.
  4. Stir in your oat flour and knead until you have a soft dough. 
  5. Lightly dust a surface with flour and using your hands, make a ¼ inch thick circle with your dough
  6. Using a 2 inch cookie cutter, cut your dough into 15, 2 inch treats.
  7. Put on a tray and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden.

Every time your furry companion needs a little bit of extra support, you can gift them with one of your homemade CBD-infused dog treats.

4. CBD-infused gummy bears

A bowl of homemade gummy bears.

Everybody wants to learn to make a CBD-infused treat that isn’t brownies, right? And again, this recipe only requires half a gram of CBD isolate, so you’ll still have half a gram left for other DIY endeavours. 

CBD-infused gummy bears are a fun way to get CBD into your body, and of course, they’re heaps of fun to make. You have complete freedom over your flavour and colour choices. And of course, you’ll also have the ultimate say when it comes to the CBD dose.

This recipe makes a total of 50 gummies, each with 10 mg CBD isolate. You can scale this up or down, depending on how powerful you want them to be. To calculate a suitable CBD dose, you simply have to divide the total amount of CBD isolate used in the recipe by 50. If you decide to use 1000 mg CBD isolate, each gummy will contain 20 mg. If you decide to use 2000 mg CBD isolate, you’ll end up with gummies that each contain 40 mg CBD. If you decide to use 250 mg CBD isolate, each gummy will contain 5 mg of CBD.

What you’ll need to make CBD-infused gummy bears

  • 500 mg CBD isolate (using the method above, you can choose any amount)
  • A gummy bear mold
  • ½ cup pureed fruit of your choice
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 8 teaspoons unflavoured gelatin
  • A pipette

The method:

  1. If you haven’t done it already, puree the fruit you wish to use in a food processor or with an immersion blender until it’s completely smooth.
  2. Pour water into a small saucepan and place it on the stove without heat. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the water and set aside for 2 minutes. Do not mix, stir, or apply heat.
  3. After 2 minutes, start stirring the gelatin mixture. It will be very thick at this stage. Turn the stove on to low-medium heat.
  4. Continue stirring until the mixture has become liquefied.
  5. Pour liquefied gelatin mixture into your pureed fruit and mix well.
  6. Add CBD isolate and continue mixing until everything is well integrated.
  7. Working fast, use a pipette to fill your gummy molds.
  8. Place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes

Don’t forget that the total number of gummies you yield divided by the amount of CBD isolate you used is your dose per gummy. Enjoy the taste of home-made, CBD goodness.

5. CBD-infused pain ointment

A jar of herbal ointment arranged with flowers.

Of all the cool things you can do with CBD isolate, this recipe is the most elaborate. This recipe doesn’t just rely on CBD as the analgesic component of this pain ointment. It also includes ginger essential oil and St John’s Wort infused oil — which are all easy enough to acquire online. 

Ideally, this CBD-infused pain ointment would be used to treat neuralgia-style pain. Whether it’s neck, back, sciatic, or even arthritis-related, this pain ointment may relieve symptoms and provide some relief.

This recipe makes one 125-150 mL jar of ointment. 

What you’ll need to make CBD pain ointment:

  • 500 mg CBD isolate (half 1 gram container)
  • 28 g beeswax
  • 115 g St John’s Wort-infused oil
  • 10 – 20 drops ginger essential oil (depending on the potency and heat you want to achieve)

The method:

  1. In a double boiler, melt your beeswax until it is a liquid.
  2. Add the St John’s Wort-infused oil into your melted beeswax and stir until it is completely mixed.
  3. Add CBD isolate and stir until it is completely integrated.
  4. Remove your mixture from the double boiler and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Once the mixture has cooled but is still a liquid, add ginger essential oil. Stir until combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into jars.

You can apply this salve to any part of the body experiencing nerve pain. Because this is a salve, it isn’t suitable to use on burns or open wounds. It should just be used on healthy skin, where the pain is nerve or muscle related.

If CBD isolate didn’t seem like a useful thing to have in your medicine cabinet before, we bet that now it does. With 1 gram of CBD isolate, you can make multiple different CBD products that would otherwise have cost an arm and a leg to purchase separately. On top of that, you can become an aficionado at making some of your own herbal medicines at home. 

We hope you enjoyed making some of these CBD isolate products. Which did you like the best, and what other products have you made with CBD isolate? Let us know in the comments!