[Canniseur: Diving in to the details, it appears all companies listed are also donating money to LGBT-based causes and not just taking the profit off Pride. As an extra bonus, one company, Coolhaus, is actually lesbian owned. We all know plenty of cannabis-based companies still skew towards being led by straight men. It’s nice to see some LGBT-women included.]
June isn’t over yet—check out these cannabis companies who are giving back for Pride Month!
As most of us know, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. Typically, this is the month where large corporations and big businesses decorate with rainbows and glitter…while not actually doing anything to benefit the community. This kind of performative move is particularly painful this year, since the Trump administration revoked a ruling that protected LGBTQ-identified people from discrimination in healthcare. This specifically impacts transgender people, who are already vulnerable to discrimination and abuse.
Those who are part of the LGBTQ community, and those who are allies, know how important it is to support companies and organizations that return that same support. That extends to cannabis companies.
This month, a few cannabis brands are showing their love to the LGBTQ community in meaningful ways—here’s who they are and why we love them:
Last year, the über-popular edibles brand Kiva Confections rolled out a limited edition Pride-themed product in their Camino line of infused gummies. And it was so successful that the company decided to give their Tropical Punch Camino gummy an encore performance this year! Additionally, Kiva Confections partnered up with GLAAD for the rollout and has also made a monetary donation to help the organization combat discrimination and violence.
For the third consecutive year, PLUS is offering a special, limited edition line of THC-infused gummies. PLUS’ Pride Gummies are rainbow sherbet-flavored and contain 5mg of THC per gummy. But better yet, the PLUS Pride line is for a good cause: for each tin sold, the company will donate $1 to the SF Bay Queer Nightlife Fund to help support nightlife workers who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let’s be real: the world is scary right now. But the CBD brand Sunday Scaries has our backs. Just in time for Pride Month, Sunday Scaries reintroduced their popular line of CBD-infused, rainbow-colored candy called Unicorn Jerky! For every pouch of Unicorn Jerky sold, Sunday Scaries donates $1 to The Trevor Project—an organization dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for Queer youth.
Here’s the really cool thing though: Sunday Scaries does this year-round; not just during June.
Kush Queen went all out this year with a line of Pride Season products. They’re offering two different bath bombs, a CBD-infused lubricant, and CBD gummies. For Pride Month 2020, Kush Queen is supporting the non-profit organization Asylum Connect. This organization is dedicated to aiding LGBTQ people seeking asylum by helping them access various services for mental and physical health, translation, education, employment, and more. Kush Queen donated a total of $25,000 to Asylum Connect and is committed to helping them raise awareness on their social media and marketing channels.
Aster Farms, Coolhaus, and Sweet Flower
This year, cannabis brand Aster Farms joined forces with ice cream company Coolhaus and dispensary Sweet Flower to bring us the ultimate Pride treat: a preroll and a pint. Sweet Flower will help deliver Aster Farm’s limited edition Rainbow Chip Preroll (a hybrid of Sunset Sherbert and Mint Chocolate Chip) and a pint of Coolhaus’ dairy-free and plant-based flavor EnjoyMINT For All to customers in Los Angeles.
Aster Farms and Coolhaus are both female-owned; additionally, Coolhaus’ founders are both LGBTQ-identified women in a relationship! All three companies will be matching each $5 purchase with a donation to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Homeless Youth Initiative.
Chloé Harper Gold is a writer and editor for High Times Magazine. When she’s not writing about cannabis or going to class, she likes to attend literary events and analyze the horror and science fiction genres.
[Canniseur: I want one! Or at least to try it anyway. It sounds like it might be even better than a Pax! I started with a wooden vape and thought it was crude. This is not crude at all!]
I remember the first dry herb vape I ever owned. It was a plain, wooden Magic-Flight Launch Box that I purchased with cash from some hole-in-the-wall head shop on St. Marks Place.
It was a great starter vape, especially since I bought it in 2014 and was living in a state without legal cannabis. Now that I’m living in the weed-friendly state of California, my vape options have expanded considerably. I recently had the opportunity to try out XVape’s Aria model. At first glance, it’s a dry-herb vape that heats up your cannabis to the perfect temperature and vibrates to alert you that your herb is ready to be consumed.
But there’s a bit more to the Aria.
The model features an LCD screen that displays the exact temperature of the cannabis while it’s being heated up. It defaults to heating the cannabis to 356º F, but you can adjust the settings to your preference, and also switch to Celsius if you’re so inclined.
The XVape Aria also sets itself apart with its pre-programmed session timers. The default setting is five minutes (meaning you have five minutes to vape), and there’s even a countdown timer that ticks down the seconds until the Aria automatically turns off. But if you need more time to vape and contemplate life, you can change the session time to ten minutes.
But wait, there’s even more: you can also use the Aria to vape concentrates.
I’m fairly straightforward when it comes to my cannabis consumption preferences, so I’ve been sticking with the default settings. I can honestly say that I’ve loved using the Aria. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and has a nice shape and weight that feels good in my hand. Even better, while the functionality is fantastic on its own, the Aria’s sleek look is aesthetically pleasing and comes in four colors.
The Aria comes neatly packaged with a charger, cleaner, concentrate pad, two mouthpieces, alcohol prep wipes, a few cotton swabs, and a user guide.
Ed. Note: Hey, it’s Halloween or Día de Muertos or whatever you call it. Get a little scared while watching your favorite horror films most cannabis infused moments. And there are a lot of moments in these films.
We’re starting our list with the classic that made American’s think twice about encroaching on Indigenous lands (or not). While it’s hard to remember every single minute detail of 1982’s Poltergeist, we can’t forget about one scene in the beginning of the movie: the parents of the Freeling clan, Steven and Diane, share a joint in bed. This scene is particularly of note because of the casual and positive portrayal of pot. These are two normal, middle-class parents who just happen to enjoy smoking weed together while discussing their children. Of course, their lives go completely to shit shortly afterwards, but that’s more to do with the fact that they’re living atop an ancient Native American burial ground than their consumption habits.
The Halloween franchise is arguably one of the most recognizable and beloved in the slasher genre. The plot follows babysitter-turned-Final-Girl Laurie Strode as she defends herself and her young charges from the murderous escaped psychopath Michael Myers. But before she becomes one of the most badass women in slasher film history, she and her friend Annie hotbox the latter’s car with a thick joint. Hey, we all do what we have to do to make babysitting more bearable (Kidding. We’re not advocating getting stoned before going to a babysitting gig).
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
In the 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic and controversial masterpiece Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the main group of young adults, also known as serial killer bait, have just been to Mexico to buy some weed. Although they successfully take it across the border into Texas, their good fortune ends there.
Sleepaway Camp II (1988)
In this sequel to the super problematic slasher Sleepaway Camp, the primary antagonist, Angela, is back as a camp counsellor, and she’s ready to rumble. And by rumble, we mean brutally murder her fellow staff members and campers. After catching twin sisters Jodi and Brooke smoking some ganj, Angela knocks them unconscious and burns them to death, saying “say no to drugs.” She should be a spokesperson for D.A.R.E.
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
We know, we know. The Scary Movie franchise is technically comedy. But there are still some gory and suspenseful parts. Throughout the films, there’s a character, Shorty Meeks, who’s main schtick (and only defining characteristic) is that he’s perpetually stoned. In the second installment of the Scary Movie franchise, Shorty tries to raise and nurture a cannabis plant. But his plans are ruined when an evil spirit possesses the plant and tries to kill Shorty by rolling him in a blunt and smoking him.
If you haven’t seen this film or even heard of it, let me tell you: “bizarre” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Antibirth tells the story of Lou, a young woman with a fondness for every drug under the sun, including weed. Lou, played by the inimitable Natasha Lyonne, begins to display symptoms that seem to indicate pregnancy, despite her insistence that there is no way she’s with child. There are multiple scenes of Lou smoking pot, so we’ll just leave you with the trailer. And the knowledge that Chloë Sevigny is also in this movie. You’re welcome.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
The Cabin in the Woods deliberately plays up and explores various horror movie archetypes, including The Stoner, The Geek, and The Final Girl. In the final scene, the stoner and the final girl share a joint and patiently await their accepted fate.
Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (2013)
One of the first scenes in Hansel and Gretel Get Baked is, appropriately, of two young adults getting baked. Gretel and her boyfriend Ashton smoke some primo pot called Black Forest that Ashton bought from an elderly woman who grows cannabis. After Ashton disappears on his mission to buy more Black Forest, Gretel enlists the help of her brother Hansel to investigate.
That’s right; the highly anticipated reboot-slash-sequel of Halloween shows teenagers getting high. Like the original, weed doesn’t play a huge part in the plot. Rather, it’s just shown to add a sense of realism to the story. Teenagers smoked weed in the 1970s, and they still smoke now. Although, we’re sure that the grass this generation’s teens are smoking is a lot better than what Jamie Lee Curtis had rolled up back in the day.
If you haven’t see Hereditary yet, stop reading immediately and go see it. In the interest of reducing spoilers (even though this film has been out for months), suffice it to say that a main character in Hereditary smokes some weed at a party instead of fulfilling a responsibility he had said that he would. This relatively routine act of teenage transgression unwittingly helps something much more sinister transpire.
This past weekend, we traveled abroad to the Netherlands for this year’s Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. The competition brought attention to dozens of hard-working and inspiring people—growers, innovators, and company owners. Here are the seed companies that are the winners of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup:
1st Place: Gelato 41 by Field Extracts x Connected Canabis
2nd Place: Headbanger by Nature Boyz x Karma Genetics
3rd Place: Sour Power OG by Karma Squad x Flawless Extract
1st Place: Biscotti by Connected Canabis
2nd Place: Rainbow Rider by Karma Squad
3rd Place: Smarties by Kush for Breakfast
1st Place: Wedding Cake by PhenoFinders Seeds
2nd Place: Spumoni by The Plug Seed bank x Alien labs
3rd Place: Gelato 41 by Connected Canabis
1st Place: Gelonade by Connected Canabis
2nd Place: Purple Strawberry Sherbert by PhenoFinders Seeds
3rd Place: Purple Lemon Punch by The Plug Seed Bank
It’s time to dig out your passport and start looking up flights and youth hostels. The official musical lineup for the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup is here.
Friday, July 13th
Kicking off Friday night’s show will be Wish Bone, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone.
Ty Dolla $ign
Ty Dolla $ign, who was most recently featured on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint album, is set to headline the opening night of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup.
Saturday, July 14th
Best known for his hit single “Because I Got High,” Afroman will be opening the show on Saturday night.
This up and coming artist is behind the single “U Guessed It”, over a dozen EPs, and eight mixtapes including “Marty McFly: The Mixtape”.
This Cannabis Cup veteran will be joining us overseas in Amsterdam to headline the show on Saturday night.
Sunday, July 15th
Berner was with us in Michigan earlier this month. We liked him so much, we brought him back to hang with us in Amsterdam.
The Original Wailers
This live performance by The Original Wailers will be a show you won’t want to miss.
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