When I was first introduced to Kush Queen, I thought they were just going to be my new favorite bath bomb company! Only because I had NO idea I was hitting the CBD topicals motherload at Kush Queen! 

As a former college athlete, I’m very familiar with topical products to aid sore muscles and aches after game day! So when I had the opportunity to share the light, effective Melt CBD Lotion with my family, I didn’t hesitate! Today, I’m going to walk you through the various ways my family uses Melt CBD Lotion to get everyday relief from aches and pains.

VINCENT - Retired USMC Veteran

Sharing Melt with my father was a true bonding experience, especially when he got jealous that I found Kush Queen first, lol! As a sufferer of a neck injury from his time in the Marine Corps, along with osteoarthritis in both knees and hands, my father has added Melt to his daily shower routine and confidently boasts about being a “Kush Queen!”

HOW DAD USES MELT: every morning after taking a shower my father applies Melt to both of his knees, shoulders & wrists. When working with a nurse aid a few times a week, he also receives a neck, shoulder, and foot massage where his aid will kindly apply Melt as the final step after helping my father stretch and massage his muscles!

Melt CBD lotion by Kush Queen

STEPHANIE - Art Studio Director & Entrepreneur

My partner, Stephanie, had no choice but to become a part of the Kush Queen family when we started dating! Working as an artist and art teacher, she has added Melt not only to her wellness routine, but also her business routine to relieve tension she experiences when painting with students, and on her works of art. 

HOW STEPH USES MELT: after class during the weekdays, my partner will massage Melt into the palm of her hand and wrist to soothe tension and stress from using various art tools. Using a tennis ball or softball on a table, she will then apply pressure to different parts of the palm of her hand that we can’t massage deeply with our hands alone.

LYNN - Registered Nurse & USN Veteran

Growing up, I always bonded with my aunt over our love of sports and social personalities! On top of being an athlete, she also served in the Navy and uses CBD products today on old injuries and recovered surgery locations. Melt supports my aunt by day when spending long hours on her feet as a registered nurse to geriatric Veterans on the frontline. 

HOW MY AUNT USES MELT: after showering in the morning, my aunt uses Melt as a preventative pain relief treatment on her neck, shoulder, and ankles to give her a boost. At the end of her long days, she likes to apply Melt to her feet, ankles, and calves to melt away tension built up from standing while caring for patients! She always remarks on how Melt really does melt away her daily tension.

Melt CBD lotion by Kush Queen

VERITA - KQ Customer Service & Entrepreneur

In 2017, I started to use Melt as a non-negotiable post-recovery tool while I started to dive into powerlifting because it helped me fight pain & inflammation after working out. This allowed my recovery time to shorten and made consecutive workouts more bearable in the early weeks because I didn’t lose range of motion from stiff muscles. 

HOW I USE MELT: I religiously shower with Soaked Transdermal Shower Gel every morning and follow up with Melt as a spot treatment on my neck, lower back, and right ankle which I had surgery on from a softball injury when I was younger. Throughout my day, I reach for Melt as needed to subside any soreness, tension, or inflammation I experience while sitting at my desk. Goodbye neck and lower back soreness from working on a computer all day!

CONCLUSION

In the beginning, did I think a CBD lotion would make such an impact on the people in my life? No way! I’m always impressed by the versatility and effectiveness this lotion has from older generations to younger active people! I have also found this product has been easiest for me to introduce CBD newcomers to a daily wellness product. 

Running low on your CBD Topicals? Stock up this week using code SINKIN to save 30% OFF any of our topicals. They are perfect gifts, travel toiletries and a great add to your routine as you make your way outside!  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, spring hits and so does our favorite holiday: 420. Yes, we are still living in a panini, but there’s no better time to have a cannabis-infused experience. 

Whether you're looking to celebrate with some CBD self-care, try new effects from minor cannabinoids or create a sexy experience for your partner, there are endless ways to celebrate the cannabis plant. 

For some, 4/20 will always have its classic appeal and meaning, for others it's an intimate celebration of self and community, or maybe it’s your first time. Cannabis itself is a plant that has so many broad applications and reasons why people come to it. So, just like the plant, the Kush Queen team believes you can celebrate 4/20 in whatever way you like. Cannabis is not about products, but effects and experiences. 

This year, we put together a guide to help you explore, celebrate and build a cannabinoid-infused wellness experiences. 

Super Chill 

It's 4/20 and you're not looking for your average chill, nor do you want to be bothered by anyone. We’re talking kickin it at home with the lights down low, turning up some vibey music, ordering in and night capping with a candle-lit bath! You could do what you’ve always done for 4/20 but where’s the fun in that?! Meet your new favorite effect: lifted chill.

That's where the Delta 8 molecule comes in, it’s what you call lifted chill. Our 1:1 CBD and Delta 8 Gummies and Bath Bombs are for those looking for an extra-strength effect experience. You may feel a little elevated after using Delta 8, just remember Delta 8 is not like CBD, which is non-psychoactive. 

For Super Chill Vibes, Grab:

 

Kush Queen Gummies Rx Sleep

 

Newbies 

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a newbie, we all are at some point. Our advice for beginning your cannabinoid journey: 

  • Start low and go slow, no need to jump into taking a high dose 
  • Make note of how different molecules and delivery methods make you feel

We recommend our 25mg CBD bath bombs, the 500mg dose of Bare CBD Tincture, or the 375mg Gummies RX. All of these handmade CBD products are the perfect starting point for integrating cannabinoid wellness into your daily routine. If you are still not sure where to start, here is a guide to help with choosing Kush Queen products. 

If you’ve never tried cannabinoids, start with:

Keep in mind, if you are experiencing symptoms of a condition, you may want to start at a higher dose of CBD or explore minor cannabinoids. 

Unplug In Nature

Unplugging in nature, aka forest bathing is our team’s favorite! Did you know shinrin-yoku or forest bathing has ancient roots? The term “forest bathing” was coined in Japan, where nature and therapy have close ties. The idea of “park prescriptions” in urban areas first started in Asia and caught on worldwide. 

At Kush Queen, we love to combine forest bathing with a little cannabinoid therapy. 

First, prep your skin for a day outdoors with Foto Blur to lock in moisture and Foto Set to keep your tinted SPF in place. Pop a Gummies Rx Bliss CBG: CBD gummy or a Gummies Rx Elevated Lemon for a mood boost, while nature takes you the rest of the way. Add a walking meditation or bring a little snack to customize your forest bath.

The perfect pairs for a day outdoors:

Kush Queen CBD and Delta 8 Gummies

Self-Care Celebration

As the self-care queens, you know some of us are spending 4/20 with a full day focused on ourselves! Join us and spend 4/20 with a full day of CBD self-care. 

Here is how we imagine the day will go:

Start with a 100mg Relieve CBD bath bomb and soak for at least 30 minutes. We like to go full monty for these tub moments with a playlist and candles to match our mood. 

Once you're out of the tub, it’s time for your CBD facial. Gently, scrub your face and neck with Renew CBD Scrub, rinse and pat dry, Finish up by applying Defynt CBD Skin Serum. Defynt’s skin-nourishing ingredients will instantly soak in and give you a glowing effect. Now look in the mirror and repeat, ‘You a baddie and you know it!’ 

For some body TLC, take our Melt CBD pain relief lotion and massage it on your feet, neck, and any other areas that ache. 

Finish off your day of self-care with a Gummies Rx Bliss for a daytime mood boost or Gummies Rx Sleep if you are heading to bed.

Trust us, you’ll be glowing and feel like you're floating!

Sexy Times 

Did you know that cannabis is a known aphrodisiac? There’s so much to unpack when it comes to cannabis and sex, but the important thing is we think you’ll like it!

The perfect curation for those looking to celebrate 4/20 with a little sexy time includes: 

You are guaranteed to have a morning or night you’ll remember. Maybe it's just you, maybe you and two or three partners––either way, these products are targeted for a passionate experience.  

Kush Queen Water-based CBD Lube

Afternoon BFF Sesh

It’s a pretty standard practice to get together with friends to celebrate 4/20. Since we are still in the pandemic, this year might be a Zoom sesh but it’s still going to happen! Our favs for seshing with friends are Gummies Rx! You’ll be equal parts relaxed and chill. 

Gummies Rx pick’s for BFF hangs: 

Conclusion

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Remember, 4/20 is a fun day to celebrate the cannabis plant, permission granted to smoke, soak in a CBD Bath Bomb, or turn 4/20 into the most amazing day of CBD self-care. It's your day, you make the rules!

For almost a year now we have been dedicated to minor cannabinoid innovation at Kush Queen. Like us, you may have fallen in love with the benefits of using different cannabis molecules like CBN, CBG, and Delta 8 recently 

We are excited to announce our team has been testing a new molecule, soon to be a new favorite, THCV. Of the 140+ cannabis molecules, THCV has some surprising and really exciting potential benefits.

Spoiler alert, THCV’s effects and benefits are unique and the opposite of typical THC/stoner effects! 

Have you heard of THCV? Let’s cover the basics!

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin is a molecule predominantly found in sativa dominant strains. Like it’s name suggests THCV is similar to THC in molecular structure and psychoactive properties at high doses. But most importantly at lower doses, THCV provides a variety of pronounced and altogether different effects.

Users of THCV describe the effects as:

  • Euphoric
  • Uplifting
  • Energetic
  • Motivating/Focus Inducing 
  • Appetite Suppressing

Those who have used THCV have reported stress relief and a reduction in anxiety and panic attacks. THCV has been recommended in the treatment of PTSD. Additionally, THCV is known as a neuroprotective, so it’s ideal for neurological conditions, which we’ll dig into a little later. 

Unlike THC, THCV works to suppress the appetite, so it is not recommended for those with eating disorders or people looking for an appetite stimulator. 

Sure, that all sounds amazing, but what about science? Everything we do at KQ has to be rooted in scientific evidence, and surprisingly, there is actually medical research when it comes to THCV. 

Not All THCV is created equally

Just like CBD and Delta 8 THC are having their moment in the spotlight, you'll be seeing THCV products popping up on the internet. One major thing to note is there are different types of THCV, delta 8 THCV and delta 9 THCV. 

The research and exciting benefits specifically point to delta 9 THCV not delta 8 THCV. When it comes to choosing a product that is going to deliver actual benefits and the effects described above, delta 9 THCV needs to be used. 

So when you are shopping for THCV products, it's important to read and understand the lab tests. 

You’ll be looking for 2 things when reading THCV product lab tests:

  • The type of THCV. The medical research Kush Queen is referencing specifically mentions the use of, effects, and benefits of delta 9 THCV.  
  • The amount of THCV. With any product, you want to make sure you are getting the molecule as advertised, not a watered down product or a product with high amounts of THCA. Look at the total mgs of THCV used compared to the total mg of the product. 

So what does the research say?

Let’s unpack the research on THCV

It’s not often we get much medical research on a cannabis molecule, so it’s very exciting to see delta 9 THCV already having a number of notable studies. 

The first 2 studies are both from the British Journal of Pharmacology. These studies are exploring THCV’s impact on responses related to inflammation and neuropathic pain.

Inflammation and Pain

The first study explores the symptom-reliving neuroprotective effects of delta 9THCV in animal models of Parkinson's disease. The study implicated and concluded, given its antioxidant properties and its ability to activate CB2 but to block CB1 receptors, Δ9‐THCV has a promising pharmacological profile for delaying disease progression in Parkinson’s and also for ameliorating parkinsonian symptoms.” 

The second study, also on mice explored THCV’s pain and inflammatory relieving powers. The conclusion states, “THCV has therapeutic potential both as an anti‐inflammatory agent and for the relief of inflammatory, or indeed, neuropathic pain.”

Appetite Suppressant and Weight Loss

The next notable study tackled THCV and obesity. Researchers explored how THCV could be a possible treatment for obesity and diabetes. THCV is often associated with appetite- suppressing qualities. In his new book The African Roots of Marijuana, cannabis researcher and scholar, Chris S. Duvall repeatedly refers to THC as an “ appetite suppressant” with the capability of contributing to weight management and weight loss. 

Going back to the beginning when we were budtenders, this was always the reason cannabis users were trying to find “ high THCV” strains. Citizen science has taught us about THCV’s powerful ability to suppress the appetite instead of stimulating it like THC. 

Now we are seeing research to support the effects and benefits of THCV.

Conclusion

Of course we have some incredible new THCV creations coming soon! Stay tuned and get ready for another incredible Kush Queen product. 

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It’s that time of year when we reflect back on the last 12 months and set new intentions for the future. The typical health-wealth-zealth goals will naturally come up for a lot of folks, but after a year like 2020, there’s no doubt that wellness, self-care, and stress relief will take a front seat. As a cannabis wellness brand, Kush Queen has a variety of products across multiple categories and various doses that can be shipped to your door so you can have that self-care moment without leaving your home.

You might be thinking, “I love that there’s a Kush Queen product for everyone but with so many to choose from, where do I start??” 

Rest assured, we’ve got your back when it comes to finding the right fit for your unique needs. We created a choose-your-own-adventure guide to help you find exactly what you need to stay elevated daily, year-round. We’ll walk you through how to determine your needs, choose a product, and find your ideal dose. We recommend getting a journal or notepad out to get the most out of this guide.


Identify Your Needs

Before you go down the rabbit hole of CBD wellness products, the first thing you should do is some inner research on what needs you’d like CBD to help you with. Going into a wellness journey should be done with intention and mindfulness. Remember that there is no magic pill and any product you use is just one of many possible tools you have at your disposal. 

Start with determining where you are now--is this your first time trying hemp for wellness? Are you looking to compliment other wellness tools you’ve had luck with? Is your current go-to becoming less effective?  Are you curious but also a bit anxious about using cannabinoids in your daily routine? 

Use the need levels below to find your starting point:

  • Light - beginner, starting a wellness journey, newbie to CBD, Boomer; previous unpleasant experience with cannabis
  • Moderate - some experience with CBD & cannabis; looking to broaden wellness tools; moderate pain, insomnia, mood, recovery needs
  • High - well versed with different cannabinoids, high degree of pain, insomnia, mood, recovery needs; lower doses have been ineffective
  • Extra strength - recovering from recent injury/surgery, chronic pain/illness, severe pain, insomnia, mood, recovery needs, well versed with different cannabinoids in high doses and various ingestion methods

Now that you know what level your needs are at, let’s start thinking about what form your wellness tools will take.

 

Choose a Delivery Method

We make cannabis wellness inclusive by infusing everyday products with top quality hemp extract and intelligently designing them around the entourage effect. 

You might need full body topical relief after strenuous workouts and targeted localized effects for intimacy. Maybe you’re making CBD skin care part of your routine, or looking to boost your endocannabinoid system for daily wellness. Use the chart below to find the products that can deliver the effects you need

  • Topical
    • Bath bomb
    • Topicals
    • Cosmetics
  • Ingestible
    • Gummy
    • Tincture

You probably have more than one product type that seems to be a good fit--that’s a great thing! Now let’s figure out the dose that’s right for you.

Determine your dose

Most of our products come in a range of doses. Even if the dose options are limited, there are ways to enhance or decrease your dose by combining products or using less than a full dose. 

Here are some products we recommend based on a range of doses:

  • Low - 10-25mg CBD - mini bath bombs, 25mg bath bombs, 375mg gummies, up to full dropper of 500mg bare (start low go slow!); all topicals- 1-2 pumps
  • Medium - 25-100mg CBD - 25mg-100mg bath bombs; 750mg gummies, bliss & sleep rx gummies; full dropper 1000mg bare; all topicals 2-4 pumps 
  • High - 100-250mg CBD - 100mg-200mg bath bombs, delta 8 bath bombs; up to full dropper of 2500mg bare; 2ea any Rx gummy; topicals as needed
  • Extra - 250-1000mg CBD + other cannabinoids - delta 8 bath bombs; 1000mg relieve bath bomb; 5000mg bare; combination of high dose, delta 8 bath bombs; topicals as needed

Mix and match to get the desired outcome

  • Keep a journal of methods and doses to find the most effective 
  • Make note of the combinations that suit your needs
  • Try taking your dose at different times
  • Start low, go slow--you can always take more but you can’t take less!

Conclusion

As you continue on your cannabis wellness journey, revisit this guide from time to time to see how your needs have changed. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out about new products and special offers from Kush Queen!

If I had a gram for every time some well-meaning person ecstatically approached me about the latest celebrity cannabis or CBD brand, I’d have pounds for days. In fact, I’d probably be Kush Queen’s supplier rather than a member of the team. 

Much of the media’s focus on cannabis has thankfully shifted away from the propaganda and PSAs of years past. Unfortunately it still misses the mark by elevating celebrity-backed companies and organizations whose marketing campaigns promote justice and advocacy, while their execution of those intentions demonstrates questionable tactics.

Kush Queen’s values have always centered around representation, inclusion, and justice. As Black History Month comes to a close, we are holding space to acknowledge and uplift the Black leaders in cannabis who are creating real change, every day, in their communities and across the globe. 

Which they’ve been doing all along.

Supernova Women, Bay Area, CA

Web: https://www.supernovawomen.com/

IG: https://www.instagram.com/supernovawomen/

Supernova Women

 

Founded by and created for women of color in the cannabis industry, Oakland-based nonprofit organization, Supernova Women has been fighting for social equity since 2015. Offering educational workshops on licensing, business development, and advocacy to women of color in cannabis, Supernova fosters important conversations through networking and events while taking action at the legislative level in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Their charitable project, Cannabis Equity Relief Fund, distributes grants and resources to cannabis businesses owned by women and people of color. 

The Hood Incubator, Oakland, CA

Web: https://www.hoodincubator.org/ 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/hoodincubator/

The Hood Incubator

Demanding a seat at the table and empowering Black community members to become cannabis industry stakeholders is The Hood Incubator’s love language. They launched the first ever cannabis business accelerator for people of color in Oakland, CA in 2016, resulting in 30+ Black-owned cannabis businesses to date--impressive AF. 

They are currently building the Cannabis Justice Policy Platform for a Spring 2021 launch. Fill out their Cannabis Justice Survey.

National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance (NDICA), Los Angeles, CA

IG: https://www.instagram.com/thendica18/ 

Web: https://www.thendica.org/ 

NDICA.ord

 

LA based nonprofit, NDICA, has been bridging the gap between the harms of the War on Drugs (WoD) and the new opportunities born in the era of legal cannabis. Hosting everything from educational workshops to expungement clinics, and vocational training to social equity programs, NDICA was the first cannabis organization to be awarded a grant funded by cannabis tax revenue from the state of California, and deservedly so. 

In partnership with LARRP (Los Angeles Regional Reentry Program, NDICA continues to pay it forward by funding grants for people exiting the carceral system.

National Expungement Week, National

IG: https://www.instagram.com/expungementweek/

Web: https://nationalexpungementweek.org/ 

National Expungment Week

 

What began in 2018 as a weeklong, multi-city effort to host expungement clinics providing free legal aid to formerly incarcerated individuals has grown into a national, year long resource for communities impacted by the WoD. While NEW is not a cannabis organization, it is aligned with and widely supported by cannabis brands and grassroots organizations, including Kush Queen and our community partners at The Social Impact Center. 

Get involved! Help NEW bring legal services to a community in need.

Social Equity Owners & Workers Association (SEOWA), Los Angeles, CA

IG: https://www.instagram.com/_seowa_/ 

Web: https://www.seowa.org/ 

SEOWA

 

Comprised of social equity applicants in the world’s largest, and most corrupt legal market, SEOWA was formed to address the systemic flaws in LA’s cannabis licensing process that disproportionately impacts Black cannabis industry stakeholders. While the organization is young, its members have been on the frontlines of the battle to secure licenses for years. 

Many applicants have been funneling resources into not-yet-approved-to-open businesses to meet the requirements for the highly coveted social equity licenses, only to discover that the game is rigged. Well, SEOWA sued, and the city opened up 100 more licenses last year. 

Conclusion

As you move through the rest of 2021, don’t forget that celebrating Black history should never be confined to a month. 

Take your activism farther this year. Channel your energy into supporting Black-led grassroots organizations. Donate funds if you have the means. Volunteer your time if you don’t. Do both if you can. 

Black history is being written NOW.


In Solidarity,


Team Kush Queen 

A beautiful thing about hemp and cannabis is that it doesn’t only elevate our life daily, but it is a medicine that allows us to connect with ourselves, others, and most importantly our higher self! Today, we’re highlighting FIVE Black Healers that weave spirituality, self-care & empowerment into everything they do!

Whether you’re harnessing your inner witch or shedding generational trauma, these healers add their unique touch to the word of spiritual healing through several modalities. 

JESSYKA WINSTON OF HAUS OF HOODOO

 

JESSYKA WINSTON OF HAUS OF HOODOO

 

This Vodou Priestess based in New Orleans, LA owns an apothecary & botánica that provides conjure fixed candles, ritual baths, oils, and spiritual consultations. Through intuitively curative products and video lessons, Jessyka has built virtual & physical spaces for her community to learn the true history and impact the practice of Vodou & Hoodoo can have.


What We Love MOST from Jessyka: Conjure Fixed Candles

Website: https://hausofhoodoo.com/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/hausofhoodoo

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCbodFzqtzDbIe60MeAOp32g


BERNARD VELASQUEZ OF @AUTHENTICBERNS

BERNARD VELASQUEZ OF @AUTHENTICBERNS

 

“I said to myself, ‘Self!’ My self said, ‘Sis?’” Sound familiar? If you’ve ever caught a short video clip by this TikTok creator, you may be familiar with his powerful ability to affirm, uplift & empower you, even on the darkest of days. Bernard shakes not only confidence out of you in 60 seconds or less, but also amplifies your voice & power to seek out what is truly in your highest good. 


What We Love MOST from Bernard: I Love You, But That’s Not IT Video

Website: https://beacons.page/authenticberns

Instagram: https://instagram.com/authenticberns

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMedRw42f/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCiWxlNCd-MVi9-KeBR3z0JQ


LIZZY JEFF OF ZEN & KUSH

LIZZY JEFF OF ZEN & KUSH

Do you like your rap music to feel mystical, sensual, and high powered? Then meet Lizzy Jeff, the #RapPriestess, also known as the Westcoast Wave Goddess. This modern-day Medicine Woman empowers her community through plant medicine, creative expression & restorative justice. Her powerful event series known as Zen & Kush offers alternative ways for people to come together for healing that embraces masculine and feminine energies while connecting you deeper to your spiritual roots. 


What We Love MOST from Lizzy: Goddess Code by Lizzy Jeff

Website: https://lizzyjeff.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lizzyjeff 

Bandcamp: https://lizzyjeff.bandcamp.com/


KING SOON OF ORUN

KING SOON OF ORUN

We know this year we’re all trying to get that bag! That’s why we’re a fan of King Soon who writes catchy mantras that can be implemented daily to support you with calling in protection, strength, and abundance cause...“ching ching ching goes the money tree!” This TikTok creator takes pride in his online community and creates content replying to his community frequently to open safe space and conversation for healing. 


What We Love MOST from King Soon: Money Curse Breaker Mantra

Website: https://www.kingsoonoforun.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kingsoonoforun

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMedLmF3N/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCqxhp6i9epbhZ_Bhi__jp_Q


IMANI COHEN OF @THEHOODHEALER

IMANI COHEN OF @THEHOODHEALER

But like...what’s your star sign? If you don’t already know, do a quick Google search before checking out Imani Cohen, a.k.a. The Hood Healer, for daily doses of astrological guidance, witty humor & a community that keeps it real! This psychic clairvoyant empowers her community to not only get acquainted with their intuition, but she also teaches her community how to trust their intuition and that it’s only leading them to safety, abundance, and growth!


What We Love MOST from The Hood Healer: Choose an Ocean View Video

Instagram: https://instagram.com/thehoodhealer

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hoodhealer

Conclusion

Be sure to follow your soon-to-be new favorite spiritual guides on social media to tap into their communities to learn, heal, connect with like-minded souls. At Kush Queen, we believe our story, is your story and that’s why we are honored and thrilled to continue sharing Black creatives, advocates, and entrepreneurs that inspire us daily!

Join us on the Kush Queen Instagram page for a LIVE Community Chat on Friday, February 12th at 4p PST to meet Shonitria of Blunt Blowin’ Mama, led by Verita, our very own community support lead.

 

Black History Month in 2021 hits differently. In the midst of a pandemic affecting Black people disproportionately, off the heels of this past summer’s civil rights movement, and with white supremacy conversations finally being had in mainstream America it seems like everyone everywhere is reacting to it all. 

And sure, I understand why everyone is reacting, but we need action to follow. To not have any action at this point or understanding is not an option.

Somehow, many people were blind to the atrocious suffering of Black people in America. So many people were ignorant to the statistics and systematic racism that many of us have seen or experienced first hand. There was no excuse for fostering oppression before, but now the zeitgeist of American culture has seemingly caught up with it and thankfully our younger generations are becoming the majority. 

As we welcome Black History Month, our biggest task is that despite race or gender you do not act out of reaction but pure love and appreciation for Black people and culture. 

Kush Queen CBD Black History Month, Arian Roman

Growing Up With Injustice, Racism, and Beautiful Black Culture

Our family is from the deep south. We’re talking south Louisiana, the heart of cancer alley, and a place that knows racism and white supremacy all too well. We saw the injustice Black people face every day growing up in the deep south living alongside Black communities. 

So while many people are just waking up to the deep-seated racism that lives in America, experiencing it is something that gives you a completely different perspective. 

The other side of our experience growing up in the south is that we also got the privilege to know, feel, and explore Black culture. So much of our history and culture in Louisiana from food to music exists because of brilliant Black men and women. 

Our experience truly built an overwhelming love for Black people and an empathy for understanding their experience in America.  

Black History Month 2021: The Black Family, Representation, Inclusion, and Diversity   

Ya’ll know education and history are two of our love languages, let’s get into it. 

The theme of Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity, chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

The month and timing of Black History Month are significant and intentional. The Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson, “chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, a famed abolitionist who escaped from slavery, and President Abraham Lincoln, who formally abolished slavery," shares writer N’dea Yancy Bragg.

N'dea goes on to say, "he recognized that the American education system offered very little information about the accomplishments of African Americans and founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History." 

Woodson believed it was essential for young African Americans to understand and be proud of their heritage.

We like to think that it’s essential for ALL Americans to understand Black heritage. 

If you’ve never celebrated Black History Month, N’dea Yancy Bragg shares basic and historical information on who created Black history month, why it was created, and how to celebrate in her recent USA Today article. 

Kush Queen CBD Black History Month, Verita

Our Call To Action, Act Out of Love and Empathy

It is our greatest hope at Kush Queen, that the world would act not from a place of reaction, but of deep love for Black people.

The truth is that when you educate yourself beyond our white supremacist revisionist history on the brilliance of Black people past and present you can see so much of our culture is from Black people. 

We can never understand the struggle of being Black in America, and we must dismantle white supremacy and protect Black lives because it is the right thing to do. 

If you can step outside your comfort zone, dive deep into Black history, know real Black people, and educate yourself on the truth of their experience you too will find that big love to drive you to want to change the world for Black people. 

Join us for Black History month as we highlight our team, creators, and activists that will take us on a journey of love, understanding, and action!  

We will be hosting weekly Instagram Live’s, posting educational and action-oriented blogs. Follow @kushqueenshop on Instagram!

It's a new year and we’re ushering in a new experience approach to our CBD gift guide. We want to create space for you to be your best self, whoever that is. A big part of that is connecting you with the experiences we create within our products. 

A few things to remember, our ingredients will always be high quality, the products will have that handmade goodness feel, and our visuals will be on point but the real chef’s kiss moment are the targeted effects. 

This year our love story to you is our focus and dedication to your wellness and experiences with Kush Queen. 

The Love Experience: Valentine's Day CBD Gift Guide

Sure, Valentine's Day is a corporate created holiday, but love is not. Love is universal, unconditional, and built into the fabric of human existence. 

Love fuels our passion for making great CBD products and the energy behind the scenes at Kush Queen. 

We are a family first, built on unconditional love and Kush Queen is an extension of that love. This year we hope you celebrate with love and wellness!  

Everything Starts With Self-Love 

Turn your self-care routine into a self-love ritual. Taking bare CBD Tincture daily and bathing weekly is a perfect way to turn your self-care into a self-love ritual. Putting your daily wellness first and carving out time to feed your endocannabinoid system is just as important as brushing your teeth. Set your intentions and fall in love with you.

Kush Queen Extra Strength CBD and Delta 8 THC Bath Bombs

Kush Queen Products For Self Love and Connection

Bare CBD Tincture
CBD Bath Bombs
1:1 CBD and Delta 8 THC Extra Strength Series

Angie, our resident self-love queen, shared this reminder on listening guided wellness and self-love. “To me, wellness means being attuned to the signals my body and emotions are sending me at all times. It means being able to pause and be with those signals long enough to interpret what they’re asking. Being well means knowing when I can meet my own needs and also recognizing when getting support is the need.”

Moving deeper into self-love starts with listening to ourselves and taking what we need without judgment. 

Some days, you may need a lift, while some days may call for a deeply relaxing soak. When a mood boost is in need, try our 1:1 extra strength Delta 8 THC series. Pop a Delta 8 gummy or enjoy a Delta 8 1:1 THC bath bomb with our latest releases. 

Remember that you are always enough. You matter. And the entire Kush Queen family is supporting your self-love journey. 

A Whole Lotta Lovin', Partner Experiences

If you're lucky enough to have a partner or partners on Valentine's Day, it’s time to get close, like let’s vibe on a deep sensual level close. Our carefully crafted partner experience fosters connecting the mind and body while our range of cannabinoids brings about a sense of openness that is perfect for partner play.

Vibe check, 1-2-1-2, let’s get into it. You will need a bathtub to create this entire experience, but if you don’t have one, simply sub the tub for a luxe foot soak. This routine is good for any time of the day, so you do you on v-day! 

Kush Queen CBD Massage Oil, Love CBD Bath Bomb, CBD Lube

Kush Queen Products For Partner Experiences

The CBD Love Kit 
Love CBD Bath Bomb, 200mg
Infused CBD Massage Oil
CBD Lube

We recommend starting with a soak in our Love CBD Bath Bomb, 200mg. The sensual aromatherapy and CBD will relax the body and open the heart and mind.

Next up, bring in the power of touch by using our Infused Massage Oil to slowly warm up the action.

When the time feels right, grab your Kush Queen CBD lube and let the moment take you both away. 

Holly, a KQ customer dropped a lube review that just feels like it belongs here. Her experience prompted these strict directions, “Buy it. Use it. You’re wasting precious time. Put this liquid sex gold in your cart and check out now.” OK, HOLLY!

But for real, when you have the opportunity to bask in love (or lust) with another kind soul, soak it up. We’ll be here to add a little sensual spice to the mix!     

Friends, Family, and Community Love, We Are Living A Shared Experience 

Living in the panny has given us a new sense of gratitude for our friends and family. Maybe yours is a chosen family or a work family, but platonic love is equally as important as the romantic kind. 

A little “pick me up” gift can go a long way when someone is feeling weary. These picks are perfect to send someone a little happy that also heals.

Kush Queen Products Perfect For Friends and Family

Shield Immunity CBD Bath Bomb 100mg
Gummies Rx Sleep, CBD, and CBN Gummies
Gummies Rx Bliss, CBD and CBG Gummies
Pride Collection

Within our shared experience, we believe that self-care leads to community care. 

The Kush Queen ethos We Are Our Community is our guidepost, our ultimate truth if we are being vulnerable. Join our movement of taking care of yourself and building energy to take care of your community. Our 2020 Pride collection is still live and is a great wellness tool to gift and also make an impact in a community we care so much about. 

Kush Queen Gummies Rx Bliss CBG Gummies

Conclusion

We’ll always be those hopeless romantics that love, love! This Valentine’s Day, we hope you get to share one of the best parts of our collective human experience, love. 

Shop our Valentine's Day Sale from 1/28/21 - 2/3/21 and save 30% with code: LOVEU

xoxox 


-The Kush Queen Team

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. MLK

As Martin Luther King Jr.'s day arrives, it feels far more necessary than ever to honor him. His words and legacy of service hit with a different brevity after the past year and few weeks of 2021. 

And we don't mean honoring his work with an Instagram tile quote, we mean, to honor him with action. Sara Aridi’s weekend article in the New York Times reminds us that Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday "dedicated to a day of service when Americans are encouraged to heed Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words: “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”  

If 2020 taught us anything it's that we are far from achieving equality, and the recent attacks on our capital show the deep division in America today. 

The truth is Dr. King’s dream is only available to a select few. Every single day black and minority people and communities live in a reality that white people do not know. All of us are being called to become everyday activists. Every moment is an opportunity to change the world around us for the better. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote

Self-Care and Community Care Lead To Service

Dr. King and activists that are walking in his steps root their work in the idea that America can live up to its highest ideals. For that idea to be realized, it’s going to take all of us working together. 

Community Care has been a critical part of the Kush Queen ethos since the beginning, now we need you, as a part of our community to get involved.

Our philosophy is simple, if you take care of yourself and are functioning well, you can then take care of others in your community. Just like our philosophy with cannabis self-care and our belief in daily cannabis use to feed your endocannabinoid system, we believe in regular community care. 

Activism and self-care should be done as a part of our regular life and not a reaction to sickness or a negative news event. In all times, but especially in challenging times, you must foster great love and action for yourself and your community.  

Educate Yourself and Take Action

The experience of being anything other than white in America is a different experience than the mainstream expectation and those are the hard facts all people need to acknowledge. In our world, understanding and empathy start with education, especially with experiences outside of your own. 

In honor of Dr. King, check out some of his lesser-known work, explore black culture, art, and history. 

“As we look forward with hope and optimism to a new administration, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the inheritors of Dr. King’s legacy, the activists who are continuing his never-finished struggle and carrying his dream forward.” 

Our pals at Ben and Jerry’s, who are always doing good work put together this list of 10 Activist Continuing MLK’s Work and it’s spot on. Join us in getting to know some of the leaders of today’s fight for fairness, justice, and freedom.

Honor with Action and Operate from Love 

Turn MLK Day into a day “on” for your community. Service helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

AmeriCorps has an easy to use tool for finding volunteer opportunities in communities across the US. Use their Find a Volunteer Opportunity search to find an opportunity in your community! Or, on the MLK Day of Service, find an organization you care about and pledge to serve all year long.

The Kush Queen team supports organizations like BYP 100, Social Impact Center, National Expungement Week, Asylum Connect

Conclusion

The last few years have shown us that when we work together we can make positive changes in areas like racial and social equity, LGBTQIA rights, worker rights, and voter oppression; Dr. King would be proud of that community action!

Join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s life work and take action in holding America to its highest ideals. Happy Martin Luther King Day!   

If you’re lucky enough to dodge the common skin issues most of us face in the winter months, I envy you. However, if you’re like me and have struggled with dry, tight, inflamed, and even flakey skin, keep reading. 

3 CBD Skincare Tips To Keep Your Skin Nourished and Glowing

My winter skincare routine has changed over the years, especially since I’ve moved from climate to climate. I grew up on the east coast and lived in NYC for many years, moved to inland Los Angeles, and now live right by the beach. 

With all that change, I’ve had to adapt my routine. As a makeup artist, I’ve noticed that changing up skincare routines based on seasons or moving to a new area isn't something my clients always think about. Whether you’re moving or the weather is just getting colder or dryer where you live, your skincare routine might need a makeover. 

Here are a few steps in my current winter routine to help you jazz up yours. 

1. Moisturize right when you get out of the shower

When your skin is exposed to the steam from your shower, your pores open and stay open for a few minutes after you get out. This is when your skin can best accept products like serums and moisturizers. 

Right after lightly patting my face dry, I use 3-4 pumps of Kush Queen’s Defynt CBD Skin Serum all over my face and neck. The combination of hyaluronic acid, CBD, and other vitamins help me retain moisture and keep my redness in check daily. I wait about a minute for the serum to sink into my skin and follow up with a cream moisturizer that is a bit thicker texture than what I might use in the summer months. 

Kush Queen Defynt CBD Skin Serum

2. Use a CBD mask 1-2x a week

My favorite mask in the winter months is a homemade one. I always stay stocked with Kush Queen’s bäre CBD tincture to ingest but you can also use it in combination with a few other natural ingredients for a moisture-rich face mask! 

What you’ll need: 

Start by mashing half of the ripe avocado in a bowl, add about 5-10 drops of bare CBD Tincture, and drop in a teaspoon of Manuka honey. Mix this up and layer it on your face for a good 15 minutes. It may not look pretty but your skin will be thanking you afterward.

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that will help calm your dry irritated skin and it’s no secret that avocado’s fatty acids will provide some heavy-duty moisture. The combo of CBD and Manuka honey's antibacterial and antimicrobial properties deliver 2x the plant-based benefits to help acne and flaking skin heal faster.

CBD Skincare Mask Winter Edition featuring CBD tincture, Avocado, Honey

3. Don’t forget about your body skincare!

My face isn’t the only part of my body that suffers from dry skin in the winter months. I try to keep the rest of my skin moisturized (especially my arms and legs) so I don’t turn into a scaly snake.

While I’m in the shower, I use Kush Queen’s Renew CBD Sugar Scrub to exfoliate my body. I love this scrub because not only does it smell heavenly, the combination of CBD and Jojoba oil polishes my skin and keeps it moisturized, unlike some other scrubs that can dry you out. Along with the sugar base, dead skin is removed and your skin will feel fresher than ever when you get out of the shower.

I follow this up by using my Kush Queen x Alice & Olivia CBD Body Lotion all over to lock in that moisture. Again, like your face, the lotion is more effective if you use it when your pores are open fresh out of the shower!

Kush Queen Renew CBD Sugar Scrub

Conclusion

I hope some of these tips help keep your skin in tip-top condition during the winter months. It’s important to listen to your skin; if something that has worked in the past isn’t any longer, it may be time to switch it up. Remember CBD is your skincare friend. 

Stay glowing, queens!

 

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