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You’re probably familiar with the common cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), as well as some of their benefits, like calming nerves, relieving pain, and minimizing irritation throughout your body. 

And you most likely know that some cannabinoids come from plants (phytocannabinoids) and others are produced within our bodies (endogenous cannabinoids).

But chances are that you haven’t heard much about CBG (cannabigerol), a non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid closely related to THC and CBD. Today, we are going to take a deep drive into CBG to learn how it helps regulate your internal systems.

Like it’s better-known cannabinoid cousins, CBG helps: to relieve pain, puffiness and has antibacterial properties. CBG also works to boost the body’s internal production of the endocannabinoid, anandamide (AEA), naturally. 

 

What is CBG? See the breakdown of the cannabinoid molecule.

What is CBG?

  • CBG is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, found in hemp and cannabis. It’s precursor, CBGA (cannabigerolic acid), or the compound from which it originates, is the same precursor from which CBD and THC originate. CBGA is converted to CBG at an earlier stage in the plant’s growth cycle than THC and CBD, and is found in very low percentages, which is what classifies CBG as a minor cannabinoid.

I get a lot out of my CBD and THC supplements...why should I add CBG to the mix?

  • The Entourage Effect proposes that cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids which occur naturally as components of the cannabis plant are more effective when used together. This is what whole-plant wellness is all about. Stripping away or isolating one cannabinoid from the rest of the plant can hinder cannabinoids from reaching their full healing potential.
  • Chances are that you’re already taking a small amount of CBG if you regularly consume full or broad-spectrum cannabis or hemp supplements, like bäre Daily Wellness Tincture. Since CBG is a minor cannabinoid, you’re getting a minimal amount of it from your supplement, which is why Kush Queen developed Gummies Rx BlissWith a 1:1 ratio of CBD and CBG in support of whole-plant wellness and increasing cannabinoid exposure this combo offers a euphoric feeling.

    What are the benefits of incorporating CBG into my daily wellness routine?

    • CBG boosts the body’s production of the endocannabinoid anandamide, which is known as “the bliss molecule.” Ananda means “bliss, joy, and delight” in Sanskrit. Taking CBG as a daily supplement is a natural way to elevate your mood. CBG is ideal for daytime use or as a stepping stone for someone who wants the euphoric experience of cannabis without getting high.
    • CBG is neuroprotective and has antidepressant properties that support healthy brain function and mental health naturally. 
    Gummies Rx Bliss contains CBG and CBD cannabinoids.

      Why did Kush Queen combine CBG with CBD in Gummies Rx Bliss?

      • Product development at Kush Queen starts with innovation and effectiveness. We are all familiar with the benefits of CBD and wanted to offer our community a new way to incorporate whole-plant wellness into their lives. Isolating CBG from the plant would counter the intelligence of the entourage effect, however when we combine the forces of major and minor cannabinoids health and wellness benefits that you can feel are the result.

      Conclusion

      Incorporating the benefits of minor cannabinoids into your wellness routine is just one of the ways we work to elevate you daily. 

      Try Gummies Rx Bliss and feel the CBG difference for yourself!

       

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      This is a call for doing the highest good with what you have. 

      This is a call for self-care and community care.

      This is a call for action.

      This is a call for trust. 

      Pride season 2020 is as close as we are going to get to reliving Stonewall. Our communities are calling out for solidarity and the leaders of every activist movement since then believe that we have everything we need to continue their transformative work. 

      We cannot let our communities fight alone. Kush Queen believes that communities hold the power for dismantling inequalities. We’ve experienced this progress first hand. 

      Join us in the shared movement of creating equality.     

      Kush Queen's Pride Edition CBD Bath Bomb in packaging, being bit by a model.

      Why Does Kush Queen Celebrate Pride?

      The Kush Queen brand essence We Are Our Community is our guide post, our ultimate truth if we are being vulnerable. Kush Queen started with listening to our community and recognizing the lack of representation in cannabis. Our brand promise ethos starts with we will always treat all individuals with care and respect and promise to use our passion for cannabis to help shape normalization and usage for everyone.

      As Pride season kicks off, it's time to celebrate the shared history of cannabis and the LGBTQIA+ community and remember how the path to legalization started. It's time to do the work our brand promise beautifully lays out. 

      In most states, Cannabis is being considered an essential during widespread pandemic closures. We know the beginning of the progress we experience today was started by marginalized LGBTQIA+ communities. 

      1980s LGBTQIA+ activist and change leaders’ fight for liberation and the HIV/AIDS movement led to what we know as modern cannabis legalization. We would not have this progress without the work of these overlooked communities’ organizing and grass-roots efforts. These communities understood the power of coming together for the collective good to increase equality for suffering individuals.

      By celebrating Pride, it’s our hope to honor the activists’ spirit and keep their passion for cannabis access alive, shape normalization and reverse inequalities.

      Kush Queen's Full Spectrum CBD Gummies with KQ's CMO.

      How Does Kush Queen Celebrate Pride?    

      Self-Care and Community Care

      We can all get wrapped up in fighting for rights, gaining representation, or simply become exhausted from having to explain ourselves that we often forget to practice self-care and community care. 

      Not because we don’t want it or know that we need to take care of ourselves, but because it's sometimes a radical act. 

      Saying no to the extra email or endless social scrolling so you can take a before bed soak and sit with your feelings or pushing yourself through the “I don’t want to” self talk to get that workout in because you know giving your mind a rest is necessary is not always easy. 

      To us “self-care is self-preservation,” and when we are called to be in “brave spaces rather than safe spaces,” taking care is a must. 

      Audre’s Lorde’s thoughts on self-care remind us that these acts are not indulgent but radical when applying them to daily life. And also reminds us to rely on our communities for support. We cannot do this work alone.

      In turn, community care becomes a functioning part of filling our cups and helping fulfill others as well. We thrive when self-care and community care become fully functional.

      Kush Queen's Pride 2020 Community Partner

      Asylum Connect logo

      We believe in, understand and trust the power of community. Our concept of community led us to Asylum Connect our 2020 community partner. 

      Asylum Connect is the first and only digital resource for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and other persecuted LGBTQ+ people. Asylum Connect connects people with affirming communities that can help with essential needs including: medical, mental health, housing, transportation, translation, educational and employment services.

      Everyday, Asylum Connect, a community-led non-profit uses digital spaces to facilitate the safe navigation of people fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

      Kush Queen's Pride Glitter CBD Bath Bomb being held close to the camera.

      How does Kush Queen support our Pride community partner?

      This year, we decided to take a different approach on how we support our community partners. 

      As a cannabis company, we’ve been turned away and asked not to make public statements about supporting organizations. This “hi, we’ll take your money but don’t promote it” attitude influenced us to stop our support at donations. Even though over the past three years we have donated $30,000.00 between TransLife Line, Born This Way Foundation, Be You TiFul Foundation, and Operation Beagle Freedom; simply donating money is not enough.   

      Kush Queen is committing $25K in cash and in kind donations during the course of the rest of 2020 to our partner. In addition to monetary donations, we will be using our platform to promote Asylum Connect on our social media, email marketing and websites. 

      With a community of over 264,000 people, amplifying Asylum Connect’s mission, goals and active campaigns will be a focus point of Kush Queen's Pride messaging throughout this year.

      An Invitation To Conscious Capitalism

      We believe in the power of elevating humanity through business. When you purchase Pride products from Kush Queen you are empowering positive change for LGBTQIA+ community through Asylum Connect.

      Our north star in conscious capitalism is to serve, align and integrate the interests of our community. Join us on this journey of evolving capitalism into a form of good. 

      Happy Pride to all communities! Kush Queen using this time to honor the shared history of cannabis and standing against social injustice. 

      Meet The 2020 Pride Collection 

      Your Pride 2020 moment is here in activism, glitter, and CBD! 

      Pride Szn Relax Glitter CBD Bath Bomb, 100mg CBD

      Pride Szn BIG LUBE ENERGY, 250mg CBD

      Pride Szn Gummies Rx, 750mg Full Spectrum

      Conclusion

      Inspired by the shared history of LGBTQ+ and cannabis movements, Kush Queen’s 2020 Pride Collection combines the power of self-care and community care.

      Shop the collection and support Asylum Connect's goal in helping LGBTQ+ asylum seekers get connected to a community that can help them.

       

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      The recent murder of George Floyd and the countless Black lives that have been taken before his have left us heartbroken, angry, and frustrated. In the cannabis industry, we know all too well of the injustices faced by Black communities and legal weed, imprisonment, and cultural appropriation. 

      This is a time to stand up, speak up, and demand changes for justice.   

      Two years ago, Freeway Ricky and our CEO Olivia Alexander had a conversation about race, social justice, and cannabis that is as relevant today as it was in 2018. Ricky shares advice for young people, thoughts on accountability, and the power of a unified community.

      You can listen to the interview here, hosted by High Times Podcast Network. Fast forward to 9:09, that’s when the interview starts. 

      Thank you Freeway, you gave us hope then and you give us hope now.  

      Kush Queen Stands Behind, Supports and Amplifies Black Lives

      Money doesn’t talk, it screams. We’ve donated to the following organizations and individual campaigns and encourage you to do what you can. 

      Minnesota Freedom Fund - The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

      New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund - A revolving community bail fund and advocacy campaign with the goal of making New Orleans a safer, more equitable place to live, by redesigning the role money plays in the criminal justice system.

      AWARE LA via BLM LA - The Black Lives Matter Global Network is comprised of 40 chapters around the globe bound together to be a vision for Black freedom, unwavering commitment to liberation work.

      Reclaim The Block - Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. 

      Radical Self Care

      “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

      The Audre Lorde Project shares "in moments of grief, crisis, or trauma, and in the time before and after, we need each other to survive and thrive. We are obliged to lift up, honor, and hold space for our self-determination, to fight for our lives, and to remind each other of our worth and that none of us are disposable." Read that again and again.

      Breaking Isolation: Self Care and Community Care Tools For Our People digs into creating a wellness plan and implementing a community based support system. 

      Remember self care is whatever every you need it to be. A walk, a social media break, grounding your racing mind in breath work, exercise - anything that gives you a sense of calming is self care. 

      Like Freeway Ricky Said Education Is Power

      Here are resources you can use to educate yourself and others. 

      Join Girl Trek’s Black History Bootcamp

      George Floyd Was Murdered. We Must Not Be Silent - Here’s How To Help

      10 Books About Race Non-Black People Should Be Reading Right Now

      Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

      Conscious Capitalism In Support of BYP100

      When you spend your dollars with Kush Queen know that we stand against racism, we stand for inclusion and are calling for people to speak up and act against racial injustices.

      Our platform employs Black people, People of Color, and LGTBQIA+ folxs and creates inclusive storylines that further health and wellness accessibility for all.   

      We believe in the intersection of self-care supporting social change. Every purchase of our Black Magic CBD Bath Bomb, 25mg will donate 5 dollars to Black Youth Project 100 during the month of June.

      Black Youth Project 100 is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

      Conclusion

      Black Lives Matter.

      Donate (volunteerism or money). Stand Behind. Listen. Support. Amplify. 

      Take time to take radically care of yourself. 

       

      Last month I wrote a piece about coping with loss from the Covid-19 pandemic and was moved by how many people found it relatable. When I dove into my grief journey in late 2017 learning about how varying the experience of loss can be and how many factors impact the way that grief is expressed--or repressed--helped me the most. 

      It’s been about two months since we were all undeniably impacted by the wrath of the ‘Rona, either physically, economically, mentally, or some combination of the three. To help you move through the next phase of this pandemic, we’ll explore compounding loss and cumulative grief, which is impacting a majority of folx right now. 

      Global Pandemic Phase One

      To help us understand compounding loss, let’s first review what we’ve been dealing with.

      The onslaught of news and social media about this novel virus became prominent in early 2020. Warnings of contagion, diminished supplies, and government shutdowns flooded our feeds. By Friday March 13th, you couldn’t buy a roll of toilet paper or walk into a grocery store without confronting masked and gloved shoppers frantically buying up ALL THE FOOD. 

      Then governments began shutting down businesses, schools, and parks left and right, putting people out of work, children out of school, and essential workers on the frontlines of stores, hospitals, warehouses, and delivery trucks. 

      Terms like quarantine, self-isolation, shelter-in-place, safer-at-home, and flattening the curve became part of everyday language in what felt like the blink of an eye. This new normal was just the beginning of a series of changes resulting in widespread loss with no end in sight.

      CBD Tincture shown up close.

      Compounding Losses of Pandemic Proportions

      To paint a clear picture of compounding loss, we can look to 3 distinct scenarios.

      The owner of a boutique salon was forced to close and is now out of work, applying for SBA loans and trying to understand PPP benefits, fielding employee phone calls, and adjusting to being home. All. Day. Long. They have no control over their livelihoods and no idea when that will change. 

      An essential worker, although grateful for their job, is on the frontlines of a frustrated, scared, and confused public and is stressed beyond measure. Back at home, they are forced to avoid contact with the other members of their household for fear of exposing them to the virus, which they may or may not have come in contact with during the duration of their shift. 

      A worried caregiver must remain diligently involved with doctors and nurses to stay informed on their loved ones' condition, as they've contracted the virus. The caregiver cannot be by their loved one’s side due to the high-risk environment in the hospital. Adjusting to suddenly working from home and homeschooling their child, they’re thrust into further devastation at the influx of news stories depicting racism and violence at the hands of law enforcement. 

      Each person described above is facing compounding loss. Before they’ve had a chance to process and integrate the first loss, a second one hits like a ton of bricks, then a third, then a fourth.

      Some losses are secondary to a major loss, like losing your job and also losing the relationships and community you had with your coworkers, your routine, and the identity you’d built around your job. The weight of what’s been lost will burden these folx, until they grieve.

      Unhealed Wounds Accumulate

      Aside from compounding loss, another factor faced by many in this time of global crisis is cumulative grief. Cumulative grief is grief from the past that was either repressed or avoided that surfaces when a new loss occurs. 

      I faced this when a friend of mine passed away unexpectedly 4 years ago. Having not dealt with the loss of my parents, the loss of my friend compounded with the grief I buried, which I continued avoiding.

      A year and a half later, it became clear that I managed the cumulative loss with workaholism masquerading as passion. Not surprisingly, imposter syndrome and being on edge became secondary symptoms of my repressed emotions.

      While in crisis, the natural reaction may be to avoid difficult feelings with numbing strategies, avoidance, and repression. Getting in tune with your feelings and having some understanding of grief, whether it be from experience, an article, or a book, helps normalize the experience and dulls the pain in some circumstances.

      With this in mind, can you identify times of loss that resulted in cumulative grief or compounded grief in your life? What about secondary losses? For a lot of us, right now might be one of those times? 

      You may not want to go down the rabbit hole of emotions at this very moment, but if you’re still reading this blog, then a part of you must resonate with this message.

      It’s been my experience that viewing those emotions through the lens of grief normalizes the suffering that is already happening. Addressing grief doesn’t result in more pain or a heavier burden, on the contrary, it alchemizes it into something we can carry with us as an integral part of who we are. 

      CBD Shower Gel bubbles.

      Toolbox for Working Through Grief

      As with any healing journey, it’s important to have tools at your disposal to help you through the rough patches, but especially grief because there can be many unexpected feelings that arise. 

      Here are a few tools that I have readily available for diving into grief and other difficult feelings.

      Journaling

      For matters of an emotional nature, I often write in a journal or notebook with pen and paper. I sometimes type, but physically writing feels like a more concrete expression to me. Usually I just let my mind dictate what’s written, other times I muse on a prompt. 

      Here are a few journaling prompts for starting a grief journey:

      • Write the story of your loss--be as specific as you want
      • Create a timeline of events leading up to the loss or post-loss that got you to the point you’re at now
      • How the loss has changed you
      • What you’re missing
      • A letter to who or what you lost
      • A letter to your grief

      Exercise

      I view exercise as a tool for my mental health as much or even more so than my physical health. Sustained moderate exercise for 30 minutes or more is known to increase your body’s production of endocannabinoids, which reduces stress levels and pain, and can boost mood and heighten senses. 

      Movement helps to get you out of your head and into your body, which is essential when processing difficult memories. My favorite forms of exercise usually involve the breath, like:

      • Running - Moderate jogging for 30 minutes is all it takes to boost your endocannabinoid system
      • Pilates - Mix and match these videos from ShapeShift Pilates
      • Yoga - I’m a longtime fan of Yoga with Adriene! Especially her Yoga for Runners playlist
      • Functional strength training - Build strength and confidence to carry on after a challenging day

      Cannabis Wellness

      Cannabis was the first tool I turned to when I was grieving long before I knew cannabis could be a tool for healing and long before I realized I was holding on to grief. While the plant has great potential for healing, it’s not entirely benign and should be used mindfully and with reverence.

      • Smoking - This was the first way I consumed cannabis and is still my favorite. When diving into difficult feelings and smoking potent THC, pay attention to your paranoia levels, and stop smoking if it’s triggering you. CBD can help balance the psychoactive effects of cannabis, so keep a CBD tincture handy, switch to high-CBD strains, or choose a new delivery method.
      • Edibles - Again, be extra cautious and mindful of how you feel when consuming. Opt for CBD + minor cannabinoid gummies that can help you sleep or lift your spirits without a high.
      • General Self-Care - Cannabis taught me how to take moments out of the day to connect with myself. A soothing warm bath with a CBD bath bomb, a mini self-massage with a transdermal topical before bed, and a tension relieving orgasm with cannabis-infused lube are all doused with self-love when you incorporate them with intention. 

      Conclusion

      None of us know how long this global pandemic will last or what the results of it will be in the end. For now all we can do is take it day-by-day and equip ourselves for whatever comes next by focusing on our health, wellbeing, and relationships.

      Let us know how this blog helped you move through grief in the time of Covid-19! You can reach out to me directly at Angela at kqueenco.com! 

       

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      CBD Bath Bombs are a great way to unwind, relax, and get a nourishing dose of CBD. I’m sure you can agree that soaking in a CBD bath sounds nice, but how do CBD bath bombs work? 

      Here is the answer:

      CBD bath bombs create a full-body topical experience for your largest organ to soak in and absorb the CBD. 

      Skin, your body’s largest organ, makes up about 16% of your body mass and is a powerful tool for absorbing cannabinoids and balancing your endocannabinoid system. As you soak in the tub, your body absorbs the essential oils and the CBD, like a sponge. A CBD bath bomb is a full-body topical application that allows for unparalleled all-over relief. These powerful molecules work together with your endocannabinoid system creating a synergistic effect that relaxes your entire body.

      Beautiful Relax CBD Bath Bomb radiating its soft blue color.

      A Full Body CBD Bath Bomb Experience

      When you factor in the warm water, soaking with a CBD bath bomb causes our body temperature to increase and blood vessels to dilate. This improves circulation, pumping more nutrients and oxygen throughout our bodies while displacing toxins in areas of weaker flow.    

      Soaking the entire body in CBD is so different from a localized application or any oral delivery method. The full-body application is why CBD bath bombs create a relaxing effect for so many people. 

      Think of it this way: After a long day, if you wash your hands, your hands will be clean and will feel nice. But the rest of your body will still feel gritty. However, if you were to take a nice hot shower, your whole body would feel refreshed. 

      The same is true for soaking your whole body in CBD. You feel the overall effect of your body absorbing the CBD, which delivers head to toe relaxation. 

      What Are CBD Bath Bombs Good For? 

      • Creating the most relaxing bath. If you already like taking baths, a CBD bath bomb is a must-try.  
      • Easing into bed after a long day. Our Sleep 100mg CBD bath bomb will transport your body from the high function demands of the day straight into a slumber party for one. 
      • Giving your body a break after an unmanageable event. Our bodies hold stress and over time, these stressors can present in a variety of ways. CBD bath bombs can deliver the relief you’ve been craving. 
      • Taking the edge off after a stressful situation. Sometimes a long soak and a little me time coupled with a high dose CBD bath bomb are as good as a therapy session. 
      • Recovery from long workouts. To reduce swelling and release muscle tension, you’ll want to give this Kush Queen CBD bath bomb blend a try. 
      CBD Bath Bombs dissolving a bright blur and green color.

      Choosing the Right Dose For Your CBD Bath Bomb

      Most high-quality CBD Bath Bombs will offer different doses of CBD to let you choose the strength. Our original 7 blends of Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs come in 3 doses: 25mg, 100mg, and 200mg of CBD. The right dose for you will depend on what’s going on with your body and mind at the time. 

      We recommend choosing the 25mg CBD Bath Bomb if you:

      • Have never tried a CBD bath bomb.
      • Want to get your day started with a CBD bath.
      • Already take a high daily dose of CBD.  

      We recommend choosing the 100mg CBD Bath Bomb if you:

      • Have trouble getting to sleep.
      • Had an extra hard workout. 
      • Like using CBD daily and want to up your dose. 
      • You didn’t feel the body high from the 25mg CBD Bath Bomb. 
      • Indulging in a self-care day. 

      We recommend choosing the 200mg CBD Bath Bomb if you are:

      • Trying to take the edge off and induce relaxation. 
      • Working to fight off an infection. 
      • Recovering from an injury or trauma.
      • Detoxing or rebooting your body.

      Conclusion

      CBD bath bombs offer an overlooked but superior delivery method for a full body application of CBD. Give one of our CBD Bath Bombs a try today! 

      The top 3 customer favorites are Relieve, Relax, and Sleep

       

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      As a makeup artist, I’ve learned the perfect *lewk* starts way before a drop of actual makeup goes on my skin. Growing up with acne and even worse, having cystic adult acne has made me prioritize my skincare routine. Here’s my simple-ish routine to keep my skin glowing head to toe.

      CBD Skin Care For Your Body

      Cleanse

      For my body care, I start in the shower with Kush Queen’s Soaked CBD shower gel almost every day. Not only does the amazing citrus-y scent wake me up but it cleanses my skin without drying it out and keeps me smelling FRESH. I’m honestly addicted to the scent and find myself missing it when I’m forced to use another cleanser!

      You might be thinking CBD in a shower gel, how does that work? Before I got into using CBD in my daily routines, I never understood why CBD made sense in skincare either.

      Here's the science: your skin is your largest organ and provides the largest surface area for cannabinoid exposure. In Soaked for example, Kush Queen's transdermal CBD particles travel through the lather onto your skin and fully absorb directly into your bloodstream creating the most bioavailable CBD experience.

      Exfoliate

      About once a week, I incorporate Kush Queen’s Renew CBD scrub into my body care routine. The dry scrub formula is a unique texture and I love it because it effectively exfoliates my skin without being too harsh. I think of Renew as more of a skin polisher since it removes dead skin and leaves me feeling super smooth. Again, the scent is really what hooked me. The lavender smell is intoxicating and makes me feel like a goddess post-shower.

      Moisturize

      Another after shower ritual I have is lathering up with the Kush Queen x A&O CBD body lotion. Especially now that it’s heating up in SoCal and my skin is getting a bit more sun, I need to make sure it stays hydrated. This creamy body lotion gets the job done and the CBD helps relax me from the outside in.

      Kush Queen's Soaked Shower Gel basking in the sunshine!

      CBD Skincare For Your Face

      Moving on to my mug, every morning and night, I also use Soaked CBD shower gel as a cleanser (makeup on or not). However, what follows after cleansing is a bit different depending on whether it’s morning or night!

      A.M. - Let’s Get Fresh and Protect

      Spoiler alert - this is the most involved. For daytime, post-cleansing, I will let my skin dry and then use a toner. Lately I’ve been feeling The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. It provides mild exfoliation and helps your skin’s natural radiance pop. Directly after toning, I press in KQ’s Defynt serum all over my face which is a great “all-purpose” serum for all skin types that helps with retaining moisture and smoothing fine lines. I follow up with Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Moisturizer which is a perfectly light jelly-textured treatment that smells amazing and feels even better. 

      For sun protection, I layer on Dermalogica’s Invisible Physical Defense SPF which leaves your skin protected, smooth, and without any weird residue other SPF’s are known for. 

      Finally, my last step is using KINGDM’s Foto Blur CBD Primer which not only tames redness but leaves my pores blurred and smooths my skin. Kingdm also creates a perfect base for my makeup if I choose to wear any that day.

      The Kush Queen CBD Skincare trifecta of Defynt, Renew and Kingdm

      P.M. - Let's Hydrate

      Nighttime can be a bit more involved and my routine depends on the day and how my skin is feeling at that moment! I start again cleansing with Soaked to remove any makeup or dirt from the day. I then follow up by toning and using my Defynt serum. Every other day I use my custom Curology treatment cream to control acne and follow that with a heavier moisturizer or night mask. 

      Two of my nighttime favorites are Pacifica Beauty’s Wake Up Beautiful Mask and Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon gel-cream. 

      Conclusion

      I add CBD to my skincare routine because it helps with puffiness, reduces redness, and has known anti-bacterial benefits all of which help my underlying issues. Turns out, I like it so much I now choose skincare products that have CBD as an ingredient. 

      Skincare routines are always going to be extremely personal so I urge you to sample different products and see what works best for you. Give CBD Skincare are try, my everyday must haves are Soaked CBD Shower Gel, Defynt CBD Skin Serum and Kingdm CBD Primer

       

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      This is a sappy love post to all moms and what being a mom means to us. Throughout our lives we’ve known all different types of moms; every one of them does life, loves, parents, celebrates, and relaxes in their way. Our ode to moms highlight some of our favorite moms, don’t worry we won’t drop any names. 

      Moms We Love At Kush Queen

      You already know our mom is our favorite mom, but we got love for a lot of moms. By no means is this an extensive list of moms, think of these moms as the neighborhood moms, the characters that gave us our start.

      The Stoner Mom

      Some would argue the stoner mom is the most lit and the most chill. But what she needs to be appreciated for is her level-headed advice, owning her self-care and snacks. We all know moms who smoke and we know the stigma they face from society. Shonitria Anthony created Blunt Blowin Mama to address that exact notion. She says it best with “weed was my form of self-care before I became a mom, and that hasn't changed one bit now that I am a mom.” You can read more from Shonitria in Why Moms Should Smoke Weed.

      If you know a mom who smokes or pours CBD oil on everything, give her some empowerment this Mother’s Day by letting her know you stand with her form of self-care

      Flower vase, mama bear coffee mug and Kush Queen CBD Bath Bomb sitting on a wooden bath tray.

      First Time Moms 

      New moms have our heart. There is nothing like growing a human inside of you, truly there is nothing like it. The first months after giving birth, moms have a lot going on mentally, physically, and emotionally. We want to tell first-time moms three things 1) Don’t be too hard on yourself! Is your baby loved? Are you doing the best you can? Then you are doing perfect! 2) You are still you. Yeah, a lot has changed over the last few months but you will feel like yourself again. 3) Get support! This might be the most important one. The phrase “it takes a village” really hits home once your little one is running around. 

      Let’s hold space for first time or moms that have recently given birth. Check-in with them by sending a little care package that asks how they are doing. Trust me when I say it will mean the world!

      Your Mom/Friend

      As you get older, a beautiful thing can happen when your relationship with your mom morphs into a friendship. It's hard to imagine that moms still want to be friends considering all of the $hit we put them through during high-school and college but then again, a mom’s love is like no other. My mom has become one of my closest confidants but don’t get it twisted, she still steps in with “the look” when needed. I would say our relationship is two parts mom, 1 part friend. 

      Take a look at the relationship between you and your mother. Is it more of the perfect duo or guide/philosopher? 

      Regardless of where you and your mom fall on the friendship spectrum, letting her know that you appreciate her support and unwarranted fashion advice. Moms of grown-ups (ish) love dedicated time. Set up something low key and fun this Mother’s Day to let mom know you care. 

      Dear Mom you were right card shown with a CBD Bath Bomb and gift bag.

      Moms That Are No Longer With Us

      Appreciation holidays can be the worst if you’ve lost a parent. It’s an awkward feeling that traps you somewhere between reminiscing and wishing more than anything that they were still here. Our love song to moms that have passed on is Louis Tomlinson’s Two of Us, he captures the sentiments of a lost love perfectly. 

      There is no right way to deal with loss on days when it's front and center. Give yourself space to hold feelings that you might typically push down. Honor what’s lost and what was had if you can. 

      The Moms Who Step In

      If you’re lucky, then you’ve known the special mom-types who come to our rescue throughout life, gracing us with nurturing energy and taking us under their wing. It’s like they have an overflow of maternal love to give and can’t help but act as the mama bear each of us needs sometimes. 

      There’s the work-mom who shows you the ropes around the office and makes you feel supported. Then there’s the aunt or godmother who treated you like her own and could always tell when something was up with you, even when you didn’t. And there’s the friend’s mom who’s everyone’s mom—she embraces all of her kids' friends like they’re her own because she knows the value of chosen family.

      Each of these moms holds a special place in our lives and deserve to be celebrated on Mother’s Day, so send them some love and let them know what they mean to you. 

      Conclusion

      No matter what your relationship looks like with your mom, hold space for it this Mother’s Day. There is no such thing as the perfect mom, just appreciation for the moms in our life.

      Check out our top picks for gifting mom self-careCBD beauty, or a daily dose to take the edge off.   

       

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      You’ve heard about CBD Gummies and decided to give them a try, 20 minutes later this is the third post you have open and still you aren’t sure what’s going to help. Just like any wellness product, choosing the right CBD gummy is personal and can take a little research to ensure you are getting a quality gummy. 

      This post is going to share 3 benefits you need to know about CBD gummies and help you narrow down your options based on how you feel.

      CBD Gummies - What You Need to Know 

      By now, you know what CBD Gummies are supposed to do. Here are 3 benefits that gummies offer outside of helping with everyday symptoms like nervous energy, muscle aches, and overall wellness. 

      1. THE easiest delivery method. CBD gummies are a quick, simple way to take your daily CBD. Time and location do not matter with this delivery method. Gummies can easily be added to a work travel bag to help deal with any unexpected events and are also small enough to fit perfectly in your everyday purse. 
      2. No guess dosing. High-quality CBD gummies should list the total mg/bottle and the total mg/gummy on the bottle and/or packaging. When choosing a CBD gummy make sure to understand how much CBD or other cannabis molecules you are ingesting with each piece. Ultimately, this will help you determine what the best dose is for your body and needs.   
      3. Taste. When you get into higher doses, the natural hemp oil taste can be a factor that turns some people away. CBD Gummies with delicious, natural flavoring can turn your daily dose into a gourmet chew that you look forward to as a daily treat!

      How to find your “Happy Dose” 

      If you’re new to CBD Gummies or getting ready to try a new dose or different cannabis molecules like CBG or CBN, we recommend starting with 1 gummy at a time! We know it may seem small, but every 15 minutes you can check in with yourself to see if you have reached your desired level of relief. If you feel an additional dose will get you closer to your desired level of relief, take 1 more gummy, and continue to monitor how you feel. 

      It’s important to note that what might be your “happy dose” in one scenario may differ from others. For example, taking 2 gummies in the morning and only 1 before bed may be just what you need. 

      Once you’ve found the perfect dose, write it down so you can enjoy the perfect amount of CBD Gummies to bring you relief when you need it most! 

      Kush Queen CBD Gummies Rx 750mg shown in it's bottle with a pink and orange background.

      Kush Queen CBD Gummies: Which One Is Right For You?

      For Newbies and Taking the Edge Off

      What Should I Use?

      Reach for a bottle of 375mg Gummies RX if you are new to taking CBD daily or want to curb nerves during the day without feeling groggy.

      When Should I Take CBD Gummies?

      To support your endocannabinoid system, we recommend using our 375mg Gummies RX in the morning to kickstart your day. With 12.5mg CBD in each piece, this dose is also ideal for users seeking relief at any point of their day with a flavorful pick me up.  

      If you have never tried CBD Gummies, check out this first timer’s experience with Kush Queen CBD Gummies Rx. This review walks you through the first 4 days of using CBD gummies from a perspective that deals with motivation, walking up in the night, and being annoyed at work. 

      For Mood and Energy

      What Should I Use?

      Looking for a daytime boost with a side of CBD and CBG? Our new Gummies RX Bliss is made with CBG and makes you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to conquer anything. 

      When Should I Take These CBG & CBD Gummies?

      Referred to as the “Mother” of all cannabinoids, CBG is thought to help regulate mood thanks to its ability to boost anandamide, the body’s native “bliss” molecule. This blue raspberry gummy with 15mg CBG and 15mg CBD has been reported to welcome an uplifting or positive boost in mood.

      Kush Queen CBG Gummies Rx Bliss shown in it's teal blue bottle against a pink background.

      For Muscle Relief

      What Should I Use?

      For aches that won’t go away or active muscle recovery, the 750mg Gummies RX is ideal for a higher dose of CBD that will relax and relieve.

      When Should I Take These CBD Gummies?

      At 25mg CBD per piece, these gummies are great to enjoy in the morning for a blanket of relief and relaxation all over your body. For those active bodies, this is a great gummy to take before or after a workout to support muscle recovery and decrease your downtime so you can stay in motion. 

      For Getting To Sleep and Staying Asleep

      What Should I Use?

      Sleep doesn’t come easy for all of us, and for those who struggle with getting to a state where they can count sheep, the Sleep Gummies RX is a must!

      When Should I Take These CBN & CBD Gummies?

      Partnered with another new minor cannabinoid, Gummies RX Sleep combines the power of 15mg CBN and 15mg CBD ideal to consume 30-60 minutes before bedtime! Thanks to CBN, these gummies are perfect for those seeking sedating and sleep-inducing effects without feeling groggy in the morning. 

      Kush Queen's CBD Gummies Rx Sleep shown in its dark blue bottle against a pink background.

      Conclusion

      Kush Queen CBD Gummies are as diverse as our customers to offer a wide range of relief. We love this discrete and effective ingestible because now there are more options to choose the happy dose and cannabinoid best for you! 

      There is so much beauty in cannabinoids found in cannabis, you can count on Kush Queen to deliver a high-quality CBD gummy you can trust. 

       

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      We are serious bathers. Long before Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs, we were first fans of long luxurious baths, bath bombs, mineral soaks, and bubble baths. To us, bathing is an under-appreciated art form with tons of benefits that most people don’t know. 

      Now for the inspo story. We had an obsession with Lush bath bombs before developing Kush Queen CBD bath bombs. Let’s give credit where credit is due! 

      A lot of research went into the development of Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs. 

      Bath bombs were first invented in 1989 when product inventor and Lush co-founder Mo Constantine was inspired by the fast-fizzing action of Alka Seltzer. She achieved that fizzy base renown throughout tubs worldwide with a simple combination of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid. Point blank, the fizzy nature of Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs would not exist if it weren’t for Lush Co-founder Mo. Thanks, Mo!

      Awaken, Citrus and Relax CBD Bath Bombs laying on a red and teal silk scarfs.

      What’s the difference between Lush Bath Bombs and CBD Bath Bombs?

      There are 4 main differences between Kush Queen CBD bath bombs and regular bath bombs. 

      The Relaxation Effect

      Lush uses the power of color, glitter, and creativity to deliver relaxation to your bathtub. Sure, Kush Queen bath bombs are beautiful, but they are more than just aesthetics and a good smell. Our CBD Bath Bombs focus on intelligent design through the entourage effect. When essential oils and cannabis are combined, your body can feel the benefits of CBD and targeted effects deeper thus creating an entourage effect.

      Color/Glitter

      Admittedly we avoid anything too fun like crazy color burst or glitter because of our roots in cannabis. We never want to make a product that would attract children. We carefully choose our colors and type of color for two reasons. No 1, our CBD bath bombs will never stain your tub and No 2, we include color therapy in our product design to engage and soothe your senses. 

      The Work Ratio

      The other reason we avoid glitter or more “fun” additions is the related cleanup work afterward. A Kush Queen CBD infused bath is all about relaxing into the targeted effect of your choice, we don’t want to create work for you as a by-product. You just melted into your tub and feel like you got a full body massage from our CBD bath bomb, at this point most customers don’t mind that we intentionally skip the fun. 

      Cannabis-Infused

      While soaking, you absorb the cannabinoids and feel the interaction between the molecules and your endocannabinoid system. This biochemical reaction is the biggest difference between a Kush Queen CBD bath bomb and a non-infused bath bomb.

      Your skin is your largest organ and a powerful tool for absorbing cannabinoids and balancing your endocannabinoid system. As you soak in the tub, your body absorbs the essential oils and the CBD like a sponge creating a full-body topical application that allows for unparalleled all-over relief.

      That’s not to say we don’t combine our CBD bath bombs with a fun non-infused bath bomb. We love Crystal Bar Soap, Lush, and Da Bombs F-Bomb bath bombs too as a compliment to the deeper experience and feeling delivered by CBD or cannabis oil. 

      Kush Queen Awaken and Citrus CBD Bath Bombs shown with the main ingredient, cannabis.

      Conclusion

      If you come across a bath bomb that stops you in your tracks, chances are we’ve tried it! The bath lover in us will always be working to improve every aspect of our CBD Bath Bombs based on our product intention goals: 1) Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs must be fizzy and dissolve quickly, 2) Our color will not stain your tub, 3) Soaking in a Kush Queen Bath Bomb will deliver deep relaxation through your endocannabinoid system while you experience the benefits of cannabinoids. 

      Try the customer favorite, Relieve CBD Bath Bomb available in 25mg, 100mg, and 200mg.

       

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      Live events, festivals, and in-person social gatherings have been canceled for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean that 4/20/2020 has gone up in smoke. It just means that you’ll have to get creative about how you celebrate the holiday, and we’re here to help! 

      It’s a bummer that we can’t make the trek to San Francisco for the annual smoke out and that sharing a joint with friends is a no-go this year. Take a minute to honor how you’re feeling and decide what direction you want to take your 420 in. You still have time to make 4/20/2020 an epic day, after all, this will be a 420 we’ll all remember for years to come.  

      20 Ideas for making 4/20 Plans During Quarantine Times 

      A Whole-Plant Holiday

      If you don’t want to inhale smoke for health reasons, think of other ways you can incorporate the plant into your holiday. 420 isn’t just about smoking, vaping, or even getting high, it’s about celebrating cannabis and all of its components. 

      Here are some alternatives to smoking up:

      1. Edibles - An excellent alternative to smoking and still a classic delivery method are edibles. These can be made at home by first using flower to make cannabutter or infusing with a tincture. Just be careful and follow The Golden Rules of Edibles: Start low, go slow. You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less (this is mainly for THC or otherwise psychoactive edibles).
      2. Gummies - A no-hassle option that doesn’t run the risk of getting you too high but will keep your mood lifted is Kush Queen Bliss Rx Gummies with 15 mg CBD + 15mg CBG per piece. Also available in CBD for daily wellness, and CBD:CBN for sleep.
      3. Tinctures - Can be taken orally or added to food or drinks. Try Bare CBD Wellness Tincture in potency ranging from 500mg CBD to 5000mg CBD. The only ingredients are olive oil and full-spectrum hemp extract, so choose your adventure when infusing. 
      4. Transdermal Topicals - Soak in or rub on your cannabis this 420. The Kush Queen X Alice + Olivia Self-Care Collection has a transdermal CBD bubble bath and CBD body lotion that’ll get into your system through your skin. Drop the A+O 200mg CBD bath bomb in the tub and add a little bubble bath for a custom full-body topical 4/20 bath.
      5. Dry Pull - This is where you “puff” on a joint without lighting it to get a taste for the terpene profile. We’ve seen this done at infused dinners where the food and cannabis pairings were based on complementary scent and taste. If you have a few strains on hand, think about pairing their flavor profiles with some of your favorite snacks and try to determine if the flavors enhance one another. 

      Celebrate 420 Your Way

      Celebrating the day indoors by yourself doesn’t have to be boring. Take a few minutes to plan some entertaining activities and add a festive spin into the mix. If your job is essential and you find yourself overworked, carve out a little time to do something soothing for yourself. Either way, make sure to do things that make you feel good and keep your vibes high!

      Pick your favorite way to consume the plant and check out these fun ways to partake in 4/2020 by yourself but in high spirits:

      1. Grind Up Some Self-Care + Roll It Up with a Sprinkle of Self-Indulgence - Our 4/2020 gift guide walks you through a super lit spa day with an ultra-potent 1000mg CBD Bath Bomb, our Renew CBD Sugar Scrub, and Defynt CBD Face Serum. Serve yourself a mocktail or tea infused with tincture to top it off. 
      2. Laughter is the Best Medicine - Watch a classic stoner comedy or stream your favorite comedian’s stand up special. 
      3. Repurpose Something - Make cute masks using fabric you already own and online tutorials. They make great gifts and are required in some public places. 
      4. Get Crafty - Transform that boring T-shirt into a one of a kind piece with a tie-dye kit. You can even use bleach that you have at home if you don’t have time for a kit.
      5. Expand Your Mind - Dive into that cannabis content you’ve been curious about. Whether it’s a documentary on weed culture, a book by a cannabis pioneer, or your favorite brand’s blog (oh, hey there!), take some time to educate yourself about the plant.

      Bäre CBD Tincture shown with cannabis nuggs.

      Let’s Get Silly

      What else do you do when you and your friends can’t go anywhere and your original 4/20 plans are busted? Put on your favorite weed swag and gather ‘round for a virtual sesh via Zoom or other video conferencing app. 

      Take this time to have a much needed moment of play and enjoy the people who love weed as much as you do from afar. Play games that help you connect while sharing your mutual love of cannabis. 

      Here are some ideas to get your virtual sesh started:

      1. Take a Zelfie - Whip up a mocktail or roll up a joint and use the grid feature on Zoom to virtually pass or cheers the person in the square next to you and take a screenshot to commemorate your virtual gathering. Don’t forget you can dry pull if you want to partake without combustion.
      2. Stoned Storytime - Tell your friends the story about the first time you got high, your weed favorite story, or a funny story about smoking with someone in your chat.  
      3. Show + Tell Stash Edition - Show off your stash. To add an element of friendly competition, vote for whose is the dankest.
      4. Baked Baker Competition - Have each person bake an item chosen from Pinterest and show it off à la Nailed It (can be infused or not). 
      5. Guessing Game - Get a jar and place an indeterminate amount of weed or joints or gummies in it and ask everyone in your chat to guess how much/how many pieces are in the jar. 

      Stay Connected whilst Social Distancing

      If you’re bummed out about the state of the world and no amount of weed can help, try doing something for someone else or connecting with others in a meaningful way.

      1. Send Bae some cannabis via a delivery service if available, in your area. Order your love a special cannabis gift box as you would on Valentine’s Day and delight their quarantined little heart. 
      2. We’re still sending care packages to Frontline Fighters, like medical workers, grocery store staff, budtenders, postal workers/delivery drivers, anyone whose job places them in potential danger. Nominate someone and tell us why they need a Kush Queen care package, it’ll be a much-needed gift for them and a huge vibe booster for you.
      3. If you’re feeling isolated, go through your contacts and send everyone you know who loves weed a “Happy 420” message. It’ll spark dialogue with others and remind you that you aren’t the only one stuck inside or otherwise not having the day you envisioned. 
      4. Put something helpful into the world by sharing a good blog post, article, or meme with someone or on social media. It can be an original that you create or something you came across that helped boost your morale.
      5. Donate to a shelter, food bank, or person you know who needs it if you have the means. If you can’t spare any cash, see how you can support a cause by calling a public official’s office, writing a letter, or volunteering your time. 

      Kush Queen CEO Olivia Alexander celebrating 420.

      The Bright Side of History

      4/20 has come a long way. What began as an unofficial holiday for the stigmatized who smoked cannabis, has transformed into an international day of reverence for the liberation of the plant. 

      We still have a long way to go, but if we look to the past for guidance--regarding both cannabis and the current state of our world--we can create a more unified and accessible future for the collective. 

      Enter Kush Queen's 420 Cash Giveaway

      To celebrate this once in a lifetime event with our Kush Queen family so we're gifting EIGHT lucky people something special - $420 OF COLD HARD CASH!

      During this unpredictable time, we want to celebrate by giving back to those who inspire us and support us daily. Enter yourself or nominate a friend.

      Contest is open through 4/20/2020 at midnight.

      Remember: it's crucial we all stay safe and practice social distancing to flatten the curve, do your part and be mindful when choosing how to celebrate the epic 04/20/2020!

      Stay safe, be well, and have the best 4/20/2020! Share how you’re celebrating and tag us on Instagram @kushqueenshop