Summer is finally here, and we’re ready for some R&R at Kush Queen. Nobody deserves a break more than you, lover, even if your bank account might say the opposite.

So whether you're jetting off to a magical city abroad or spending these hot summer days at your local watering hole, Kush Queen has the perfect infused add-ons to make this hot and sticky season worthwhile. BONUS POINT: These KQ items won't break the bank either!

Kush Queen CEO takes a dip in the pool

For Getting the Vacay Started

Kush Queen's Gummies Rx Elevated CBD + Delta 8 THC Chews are THE best way to start your holiday (think Cameron Diaz circa 2012). Available in a variety of delicious fruit flavors, including Strawberry, Lemon, and Juicy Watermelon, Kush Queen's cannabinoid-infused gummies are a discreet and delectable treat, no doubt.

Handcrafted in small batches, our "Elevated" Gummies Rx options are made with a full-spectrum hemp extract and contain 10mg CBD + 10mg Delta 8 THC per gummy. They are part of our extra strength ratio series, so we recommend consuming one gummy to start, especially if you're a canna-newb.

Expect a lifted chill with a full-body buzz and one hell of a good time when ingested; just remember to stay hydrated, babes!

Model lounging with Gummies Rx Elevated CBD + Delta 8 THC Chews
Model lounging with Gummies Rx Elevated CBD + Delta 8 THC Chews

For an Infused After-Sun Skincare Routine

Your skin goes through a lot this season, basking in the Sun and its glory. We get it; we’re right there with you. But it's also time we start taking extra care of our body's largest organ... Skin, meet heaven.

After a long day on the sand, it's time to bring on the bubbles with Kush Queen's infused body wash! SOAKED is the world's first psychoactive body wash that delivers a potent dose of transdermal Delta 8 THC.

SOAKED features our advanced nanotechnology formula, which shrinks THC molecules to a size smaller than your pores…so you get high through your skin. But if you'd rather skip the psychoactive part, we also offer a CBD-only SOAKED experience. Either way, your skin receives a dose of anti-inflammatory properties with each fragrant scrub.

Kush Queen's infused body wash SOAKED

 

Now it's time to moisturize. After your infused shower, your skin will be ecstatic about this next step. Seriously, we're already excited for you! Once you're ready, we recommend indulging in Kush Queen's Melt CBD relief lotion. And we mean indulge.

We've combined cooling menthol, warming capsicum, and camphor oil for a cooling/warming sensation. Once applied, you should experience a tingling feeling taking over while your skin thanks you for this gift. Topped off with a complex blend of essential oils engineered explicitly for relief, Melt effectively eases muscle tension and helps reduce redness.

Kush Queen's Melt CBD relief lotion

For Those Pre-Boarding Jitters and Post-Vacay Blues

Ok, so maybe you're not necessarily getting on a flight; either way, vacation endings are bitter-sweet. Sure, you get to see your fur baby again, but no one's ever looking forward to playing catch up with an inbox full of emails. Don't worry; Kush Queen has a solution to those post-vacay blues.

Meet Bare+, your favorite daily wellness supplement delivering smooth energy and motivation to keep you functioning when you'd rather be sipping on a margarita. Our CBD:THCv tincture is excellent for mental focus and reducing stress, and it doesn't give consumers the munchies! Yes, you read that correctly. No munchies.

Now, if you're looking for a tincture that will act as a multivitamin post-travel, you should check out our Bare+ CBDa:CBGa formula. Packed with whole-plant goodness like phytocannabinoids and terpenes, this fabulous tincture delivers high potency cannabinoids directly to your body, providing an antiviral and antimicrobial effect.

Kush Queen's CBD:THCv tincture, Bare+
Kush Queen Bare+ CBD:THCv tincture

However you decide to spend your Summer, Kush Queen has top-tier cannabinoid products for elevating the season's carefree vibes. From tinctures to edibles and everything in between, we have the perfect travel companions for the modern-day stoner.

Shop these Summer Essentials and show us how you travel like Kush Royalty!

If you are an OG Kush Queen, you might already know that some of the inspiration behind this brand came from a vape sold by The Crystal Cult, Olivia’s first business. That vape was called "Kush Queen"

Kush Queen is Selling Vapes Now? How Did We Get Here??

Not everyone knows this, but we actually sold vape pens for years, long before #vapegate! So, you could say we know a thing or two about them. It's how we got our namesake Kush Queen after all. 

The Crystal Cult (Olivia's first business) focused on crystallizing accessories, specifically vape batteries and sunglasses, and creating a community where female cannabis consumers felt seen. This community grew to be one of the largest online communities for women who smoke. 

Olivia Alexander holding a vape from The Crystal Cut

 

The number one question from our customers then was if Kush Queen would create its own cartridges? Keep in mind this was in 2015, a pre-farm bill reality, so selling a cannabinoid vape online was sadly not an option. Although we did (for a short time) make vape cartridges in the medical market, expanding this product line never came to fruition.  

Fast forward a couple of years, and Kush Queen is born out of The Crystal Cult. Over the last seven years, we have perfected honoring the plant in its highest form, no matter the delivery method. When our product development team began discussing vapes, we knew they had to be of superior quality.

More than that, as cannabis lovers ourselves, the overall sentiment is there aren't any vapes we really feel comfortable buying and enjoying. 

The Crystal Cult Pride Vape Pen

Introducing Kush Queen Live Resin Vapes

Our live resin vapes are a full circle moment! Here is what you need to know about them.

Not All Vapes Are Created Equally

Cartridges and vapes can get a bad wrap. Depending on its ingredients, extraction process, and most importantly, cannabinoid profile, vapes aren’t always super focused on quality. 

Of course, when we set out to bring a cartridge to the KQ community, a high-quality product that honors the flower in its highest form was most important to our crew. We knew our Kush Queen vapes had to be made with live resin and diamond sauce.

Our live resin diamond sauce is a connoisseur-grade extract of trichomes from fresh, frozen, and strain-specific cannabis flower. By sourcing the cannabis concentrates from freshly frozen whole cannabis plants instead of cured/dried material, more of the original terpenes stay preserved in the final extract. 

The result is a super clean concentrate full of flavor-forward terpenes and a cannabinoid profile closer to that in the original strain. Our current strain offerings include Sour Space Candy and Sour Suver Haze

Kush Queen Sour Space Candy Live Resin Vape
Kush Queen Sour Suver Haze Live Resin Vape

Natural Occurring Flavor is The Shining Star of Live Resin

Kush Queen live resin vapes are delicious, smooth, and the perfect balance of an uplifting and heady buzz. Once you taste the flavor of KQ’s magical terpene-rich sauce, you won’t want anything else. 

Why is flavor such a big factor in live resin?  

Time to get technical! We love live resin because it is more flavorful and “terpy” than other concentrates. In preserving trichomes and terpenes, this type of concentrate retains the flavor profile of the original plant. Preserving trichomes also keeps cannabinoids intact - this translates into you tasting more of the plant and getting more of the whole profile of smell, taste, and beneficial effects. 

Model smoking Kush Queen Live Resin Vape

Your Battery and Voltage Setting Matter

Heat is a big factor when vaping live resin, which means your battery of choice is important. Vape cartridge batteries come in two main forms: one that offers different heat or voltage settings and one that is pre-programmed with a set voltage setting. 

We recommend choosing a battery that gives you the option to change the heat or voltage setting for a more accurate and even "burn". 

Olivia Alexander and friend enjoy Kush Queen's Live Resin Vapes

 

Pro Tip: When vaping Kush Queen’s Live Resin Cartridges, the optimal setting for your battery is between 2.8 - 3.2 volts.

Generally speaking, vaping at lower temperatures offers more flavor-forward vapor draws, but will have a milder intensity and may require more puffs to get the desired level of intake. 

Higher voltages will typically deliver large vapor plumes but may sacrifice flavor as the terpenes inside carts are more sensitive to heat exposure. 

When you are looking for a cannabinoid vape, be sure to understand what it’s made with and the care put into each cartridge. Ask your budtender about the brand, too. Doxxing cannabis companies should be as common as asking about THC percentages. 

At Kush Queen, live resin is the only option! Our new Live Resin Vapes delivers a flavorful, smooth, "terpy", and delicious experience you can enjoy discreetly and on the go.

Treat yourself this Summer with Kush Queen's NEW Full-Spectrum Live Resin Vapes!

Written by Arian Roman

As 2022 marches on, we can observe tangible changes in the celebration of Black History Month, Pride Month, and (now) Juneteenth. 

What Does Juneteenth Represent?

On June 19, 1866, a year after the emancipation announcement, freedmen and women in Texas formed the first annual  "Jubilee Day". Early celebrations of this holiday were primarily used as political rallies to give voting information to newly freed African Americans. 

In 2016, at the age of 90, Opal Lee, the "grandmother of Juneteenth", walked from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington D.C. to petition for federal holiday status. Juneteenth finally became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Juneteenth is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day became one in 1986. Juneteenth is a day of celebration and remembrance that although slavery has ended, there is still so much work to be done in the United States.

Opal Lee, 94, and hundreds of others walk towards downtown Fort Worth from Evans Avenue Plaza during the first national Juneteenth holiday on June 19, 2021
Opal Lee, 94, and hundreds of others walk towards downtown Fort Worth from Evans Avenue Plaza during the first national Juneteenth holiday on June 19, 2021. (Photo by AMANDA McCOY via Star Telegram)

Opal Lee with President Biden and VP Kamala Harris

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Opal Lee (2nd L), the activist known as the grandmother of Juneteenth, with US President Joe Biden before signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, in the East Room of the White House, June 17, 2021, in Washington. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Cannabis History and Black History Are Closely Tied Together 

Enslaved laborers work on hemp farm. Source: John Winston Coleman Jr. via the University of Kentucky.

“Black history is cannabis history. Black history is the United States history. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all permanently interlaced. So when we celebrate hemp legalization or pop fireworks on July 4th, we also need to acknowledge in the same breath that Black people’s literal blood, sweat, and tears are behind those celebrations.”

– DM Blunted

 

American cannabis is deeply intertwined with Black history and our nation’s troubled legacy of institutionalized racism. In fact, in the United States, cannabis was originally cultivated by enslaved people. Born in Kentucky, the American hemp industry flourished because of the forced labor of West Africans in which they grew the hemp seeds carried by their Virginian slave-masters. Kentucky became the biggest producer of American hemp and home to one of the largest populations of enslaved people. Things remained this way for almost a century until the Civil War forced a decline in demand.

Cannabis Businesses Have a Unique Role in the Celebration of this Holiday

We must not forget that black and brown folks sit behind bars in cities and states where recreational and medical cannabis prohibition continues. Even in Colorado, where adult use is legal and cannabis consumption is equal across racial demographics, Black people face much higher arrest rates than white people. Although cannabis arrests are down, there is a distinct and unsettling racial disparity. 

With legal cannabis programs in place, the public eye is finally addressing the cannabis-related inequalities and injustices in communities of color. These discussions range from equity programs that include business incubation, technical assistance, and distribution of new business licenses to no-charge expungements for cannabis-related arrests. 

Graph of racial disparities in cannabis arrests (2018)
(Image by SHAYANNE GAL/Business Insider)

Juneteenth is an example of a holiday that only Black businesses should rightfully commoditize. For some African Americans, Juneteenth is synonymous with financial liberation. The legalization of cannabis and the creation of social equity programs do not equal reparations for slavery by any means. But these equity programs can level out the playing field and start transforming the lives of descendants of enslaved people, ultimately helping them build generational wealth.  

Juneteenth in the 21st Century Faces Predatory Capitalists

From Walmart’s tone-deaf “Juneteenth” flavored ice cream to aisles filled with companies' cringe-worthy attempts to capitalize on historically-excluded populations, we have sadly reached a point in history where cultural movements are quickly manipulated for profit. 

Walmart's Exploitative Marketing
(Photo by LAINE DOSS via MIAMI NEW TIMES)

Social media platforms, targeted ads, and fast-moving corporations seeking to capitalize on messaging that will give them a competitive advantage rather than serve the collective. Cannabis industry stakeholders, for example, should focus on ending the stigma and unfair targeting African Americans face daily concerning marijuana charges. 

How You Can Get Involved

Supporting Black cannabis brands is the bare minimum non-Black consumers can do, especially since this demographic is routinely imprisoned and arrested at 3x the rate for this plant

The fact that this industry was built on the backs of African Americans, much like the rest of the United States, and yet Black cannabis brands continue to struggle is unacceptable. As an industry and a community, we can do better. We need to support one another, especially during this grueling socio-economic time.

Check out Cannaclusive's "Accountability List" for more information on how cannabis brands are showing up, and the ones making a difference in the space. 

At the start of my career in cannabis, long before I founded Kush Queen, I learned about the path to legalization in California and the shared history of the LGBTQIA+ community with cannabis.

From that moment on, I made it my mission to honor the Queer activists who came before us, the true OGs we can thank for providing us with safe access to this plant.

At Kush Queen, Pride is Honoring a Shared History

In the 1980s, Queer community leaders in San Fransisco ushered in the beginnings of legal cannabis as they worked to ease health and wellness struggles around the AIDS epidemic. Their real-life needs brought legitimacy to the medical cannabis conversation. Pictures of my Queer community heroes hang in my office; Cleve Jones, Dennis Peron, and Mary Jane Rathburn look over me as I run Kush Queen.

Brownie Mary, wearing one of her signature buttons. SCOTT SOMMERDORF / SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE / POLARIS

Brownie Mary, wearing one of her signature buttons. SCOTT SOMMERDORF / SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE / POLARIS

Also on my wall of heroes is Marsha P. Johnson, another great reminder of gay liberation and how we got here today. Her beautiful smile beams back at me as I write this

For those not familiar with her story, Johnson was a trans activist, self-identified drag queen, and a true survivor living in New York City. She was also one of the first protesters at the Stonewall riots in 1969. Many recall Johnson having thrown the first brick outside of the club, but the truth is no one really agrees on who or what started it (was it a brick? a bottle? or city cobblestone?). 

Marsha P. Johnson Poster by MICAH BAZANT
Marsha P. Johnson Poster by MICAH BAZANT

Nonetheless, everyone does agree that Johnson and fellow trans activist Sylvia Rivera played a massive part in the spontaneous protest against a police raid in those early morning hours. This act of social uprising is often viewed as the first Pride celebration, sparking a series of events that would change the LGBTQIA+ community forever. 

Pride is Revolutionary and Non-Conforming

Pride (as we know it today) is all about Queer celebration and love, but its roots are steeped in the journey of equal rights, visibility, and the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people. It was never about rainbow-tinted capitalism, fleeting social media icons, and albeit, even super fun parades. Pride is about Queer liberation. 

"Stonewall was, at its core, about people reclaiming their narratives from a society that told them they were sick or pitiful or didn’t even exist," writes Shane O’Neill, a journalist for the New York Times. 

A 1970 photo of Marsha P. Johnson handing out flyers in support of Gay Students at NYU is seen here courtesy of the New York Public Library's "1969: The Year of Gay Liberation" exhibit.  Diana Davies/NYPL/Handout via Reuters, FILE
A 1970 photo of Marsha P. Johnson handing out flyers in support of Gay Students at NYU is seen here courtesy of the New York Public Library's "1969: The Year of Gay Liberation" exhibit. Diana Davies/NYPL/Handout via Reuters, FILE

After Stonewall, a new generation of gay activists emerged and organized, creating resources like the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). These events and grassroots organizations focused on Queer individuals gaining access to equal rights as citizens while also helping the community find dignity, acceptance, and a sense of belonging within society. STAR, for example, provided housing and support to homeless LGBT youth and sex workers in New York City.

Pride is About Community and Peers Supporting Peers

For everyone at Kush Queen, Pride is about more than just a seasonal festivity, it’s about taking a stand, increasing visibility, and supporting our Queer communities all year round. 

This year Kush Queen is donating 20% of proceeds from our Pride Collection to The Social Impact Center, founded by beloved Queer cannabis hero Felicia Carbajal, as well as to the Trans Latina Coalition, a local Los Angeles community-led, and founded organization.

Kush Queen 2022 Pride Collection

Our Pride Collection for 2022 features a Delta 8 THC water-based and latex-safe infused lube and 1:1 Delta 8 THC and CBD Trans Flag-inspired bath bomb in honor of our trans brothers and sisters.

Kush Queen Pride Collection 2022

Queer Liberation is Still Needed

Currently, countless pieces of appalling legislation are moving through state governments as an attempt to target the rights of trans people, attack trans youth, and reverse decades-worth of progress. 

According to the advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign, over 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were proposed in 2022 alone.

Sam Ames, the director of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project recently explained to CBS news "research has shown that as many as 85% of trans youth say that they are watching these debates over their identity play out,". Ames continues "the direct results of these bills when they pass are to take away things that we know are correlated with increased mental health and decreased suicide risk: sports team participation, seeing yourself represented in a classroom, being accepted by your parents and your healthcare professionals. These are all associated with significantly lower odds of attempting suicide." 

It feels like Queer liberation is more important than ever, especially with such blatantly coordinated attacks against people who identify as such. 

Pride is Personal

Inclusivity and visibility are part of Kush Queen’s DNA. From the all-gender restroom to the Queer individuals who appear in our content and work behind the scenes, Kush Queen's identity as a brand is unapologetically gay.

Kush Queen CEO Olivia Alexander protesting
Pride inspired Crystal Cult vape

 

As I get choked up thinking about my own experiences and identity, I can’t help but think about what a personal intimate experience celebrating Pride is for me. As a human, I self-identify not only as the CEO of this company but as a Queer woman surrounded by countless other Queer people in my life. People who are my family, friends, and frankly, my inspirations. I think of my parents raising a Queer son in South Louisiana and not once did anything but accept him for who he was. 

Since its inception, Kush Queen has celebrated Pride (year-round) and has raised well over $40,000 for Queer organizations, something I'm incredibly proud of.

Shop the 2022 Pride Collection and join our community for community support.

Hi, it's Olivia Alexander here, founder of Kush Queen. I pretty much live and breathe our brand. But when I'm not at HQ working, I'm usually on the interwebs, and lately, I have been doing a ton of podcasting.

I really enjoy podcasting because it allows for long-form content, and let's be real, I love to talk. Naturally, conversations around cannabis, being a female CEO in the space, and my other personal interests, like psychedelics, all came up. I wanted to share some of my latest interviews with you for your listening pleasure, and hey, maybe you'll fall in love with one of these podcasts and binge some episodes (like I have done many times).

 

Kendalls World | Mindset | Spirituality | Travel

I sat down with Kendall Furman, content creator and social media influencer dedicated to exploring travel, wellness, and more on Kendall's World.

In my episode of Kendall's World, we chat about all the healing benefits this plant offers. Furman isn't as experienced with cannabis, and she can't seem to find the right type of high, so I obviously dive into the complexity and uniqueness of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). I also teach her about endogenous cannabinoids and the myths surrounding cannabis.

Furman is an engaging host and even has video episodes on her Spotify. Her favorite new Kush Queen product is our CBG-infused Diamond Hands Gummies (which she's been raving about on her IG stories). Thanks, boo!

 

From Pot To Popular

Rosie Mattio is an acclaimed and accomplished woman in cannabis. Mattio is the founder of Mattio Communications, a powerhouse cannabis PR agency based in New York City. In addition to lifestyle and cannabis, the firm is also interested in working with brands from another emerging market, psychedelics.

On this industry-focused podcast, From Pot to Popular, we discuss what it's like to be a woman in cannabis, why representation in this industry matters, and why small businesses really, really matter (especially in cannabis).

While you're at it, check out this amazing byline by Mattio, on "Why 2022 will be a defining year for women in cannabis".  

 

That Budtender Podcast

Finally, I stopped by That Budtender Podcast for some serious girl talk and Seth Rogan slander. Hosted by cannabis journalist and Kush Queen ally, Bianca Blanche, listening to just one episode will have you craving a full sesh with the ex-budtender.

As a former budtender myself, fun fact: we actually got our start at the same dispensary but different years, Blanche and I give a well-deserved nod to the OG days of cannabis. Trust us, a lot has changed since then.

On my episode of That Budtender Podcast, we're getting a little stoney and speaking from the heart. We go over why I hate celebrity-driven cannabis brands, my experience consuming entheogen plants for my mental health, and dealing with the anti-cannabis tyrants at Instagram and TikTok.

There’s truly such an endless world available of podcasts and conversations. From Thirdwave to The True Beauty Brooklyn Podcast, I have over 16 hours of content on this playlist. I also have a bunch of exciting interviews coming up, so make sure to check them out. Not so much for me, but for the incredible women behind these amazing podcasts, especially if you're interested in learning more about women entrepreneurship, wellness, cannabis, and other psychedelics.

Follow us at Kush Queen for more interviews and brand updates!!

At Kush Queen, when it comes to the perception of cannabis, our POV has always been the same — it’s a plant. Oh, and that it’s a plant with numerous wellness benefits that can help people of any age treat everyday ailments like aching muscles, nervous energy, and sleep issues. 

If you are reading this article, you probably fall into one of three categories: you are either Gen Z, a millennial, or a Mom who was curious enough to get the tea on what the kids are doing. 

The Kush Queen team is a family affair

It's 2022, and parents want to know what we're thinking about cannabis and wellness. A lot of us have been using cannabis since high school, but have we all broached the subject with our Mom? Not exactly. But Mom is cool and curious, so it’s up to us to educate her and give her the power of using cannabinoids.

Let’s Break Down This Conversation Into 4 Focus Areas

Planning this conversion around wellness, science, policy, and history makes it easy to bring up, state the facts, and make it about helping them feel better. After all, that's what we want, right!?

Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Rest assured that you are coming from a place of education once you share the information in this post, and if they don’t want to see the greener side of things, then that’s ok too! 

Just let them know you’ll continue to say, "you’d probably feel better with a little Mary Jane"! 

Model momma enjoys Kush Queen's CBD Chews

 

Start Low and Slow, Finding Wellness In The Middle Ground

Yes, we apply the same concept of taking edibles with how to talk to parents about cannabis. Most of their understanding of cannabis breaks down into 2 categories - using “pot” to get so stoned you're out doing crazy things with some dude in a dorm room (insert devil emoji) or it pertains to medical cannabis for cancer patients. 

In today’s modern cannabis market, we have the warm, welcoming middle ground of using cannabis as a daily wellness tool. 

Model holds Kush Queen's GummiesRX CBD Chews Collection 

Now, you can choose from a range of effects and delivery methods that are accessible to just about anyone. Just thinking about the Kush Queen product line, we have CBD bath bombsDelta-8 THC infused gummiesrelief lotions, and vegan-friendly skincare products. That’s a far cry from ripping hits from a giant bong!

Kush Queen products use the benefits of cannabis in a way that helps people of any demographic access this plant without having to fit into either the stoner character or be in need of serious medical level attention. 

Model holding KINGDM Cosmetics FOTO BLUR Primer

 

Times Have Changed And Our Favorite Plant Has Real Support

The modern-day cannabis industry has come a long way from some guys making weed brownies in their apartment with no dosage guidelines or buying a dime bag with no knowledge of what you were smoking. We’ve all been there, and thankfully, we aren’t any longer!

Kush Queen Premium Hemp Collection

We know legal cannabis has a ton of downsides, LIKE A TON, but a few of the good things to come from it include testing and the use of technology to understand the benefits of individual cannabinoids, strain-specific qualities, and ratio products that have come from standardization processes.

Plus, we're starting to see more research around using cannabis to treat specific issues by isolating individual cannabinoids to highlight their benefits and unique properties. 

An array of Kush Queen CBD 200mg Bath Bombs

Although CBD and hemp industries are not regulated by any government body, you can find quality products from companies that focus on transparency like Kush Queen, which self-governs using the same guidelines as legal markets. 

Blow Mom’s Mind, Introduce Her To THCv

Through the power of scientific research, over 140 different cannabinoids have been identified — that’s way more than just THC and CBD. 

One, in particular, is THCv, an exciting minor cannabinoid that has known benefits of boosting energy levels, curbing the appetite, and increasing focus. That’s right Mom, no munchies, no spacing out! (This is the part where you give Mom a bottle of Kush Queen Bare+ THCv and CBD tincture and challenge them to a 30-day experience effects test.)

Model momma consumes Kush Queen Bare+ CBD:THCv TinctureKush Queen Bare+ CBD:THCv Tincture

Policy and History, Where Did These Negative Opinions Form?

Why do parents generally have a negative opinion of cannabis? Reefer Madness. 
Reefer Madness poster courtesy of Retro AdArchives / Alamy Stock Photo
"Reefer Madness" poster courtesy of Retro AdArchives / Alamy Stock Photo

Our friends over at Jane Street perfectly sum up this crucial part of your conversation

"In the early 20th century, reefer madness was used to demonize the cannabis plant and its perceived users — mainly African Americans and Latin Americans. Prohibition was due in large part to institutional racism. Then in the 1960s, Nixon used prohibition to criminalize his major political enemies: African Americans and peaceniks." 

The article also quotes Nixon's domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman saying "We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did." The leaders of our nation, folks. Sadly, not much has changed. 

To this day black individuals are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than white people, even though studies show equal rates of cannabis consumption between both demographics. Again, it's an evil agenda and system based on racism.  

Prepackaged eighths of Kush Queen premium hemp flower and prerolls pre-sesh

Ultimately, only you know if/when there is a right time to talk to your Mom about incorporating cannabis into her lifestyle. If you choose to swipe right on getting Mom elevated, honesty and authenticity are your best friends. Share the healing truth about this miraculous plant, and be open about your own personal relationship with it.

Sending flowers to all the canna-mommas! Happy Mother's Day <3

Follow us for more cannabis info you can bring home to Mom!

We can’t deny our favorite time of year is here! The KQ team LOVES celebrating 420, plant-based wellness, and shining light on all the different ways to share in the holiday! 

If you're reading this, you’ve probably celebrated 420 before or at the very least know the typical stoner activities on this much anticipated holiday, such as 7-gram blunts, gas masks, and ridiculously potent edibles. However, if you're feeling disconnected from the 420s of your past, don't worry because Kush Queen's here to expand the experience from its usual bro-ish vibe to create mind and body connections for genuine self-exploration. 

KQ Hemp Flower Trio

Welcome to thoughtful cannabis consumption—don't get it twisted though, we can still smoke you under the table ;)

Having control of your experience and tapping into cannabinoids with intention is a whole new way of experiencing cannabis. Our 420 gift guide this year centers on Kush Queen's five targeted effects: Orgasmic, Chill, Lifted, Well, and Rest. 

Gifts For An Orgasmic 420 Experience

Perfect For Lovers, Reconnecting, Self-Exploration

Did you know that cannabis is an aphrodisiac? These molecules help set the mood and increase blood flow to the area for heightened pleasure and electrifying sensations. Forget getting stoned and dealing with the munchies this year, instead hit up a sneaky link and have a transformative evening! 

Here’s what you’ll need Infused CBD Massage Oil, Kush Queen’s legendary CBD lube, Love CBD Bath Bomb, and for an extra treat, our Love Potion No. 9 Cannabinoid Elixir.

Now turn off your phone and get ready for a mind and body connection like no other... Shop the 'Orgasmic' collection.

Model smoking KQ premium hemp pre-roll
Orgasmic KQ CBD lube sits on top of model

420 Gifts That Will Chill You The Eff Out

Perfect For Stressed-Out Friends, Your Mom, Playing Hooky

You’ve been stressed lately and need to decompress in a major way. The 'relax' effect delivers chill vibes perfect for decompressing on 420. And if you've never experienced our Soke and Toke, now is the perfect time! 

Grab these KQ favorites Relax CBD Bath Bomb, a Bare 500mg CBD tincture, the Kush Queen Pre-Roll Trio, and our amazing Melt CBD Relief Lotion.

These chill products are some of our favorites to gift to friends and family; and they're usually accompanied by a little note saying “It’s 2022, a little weed won’t hurt ;P!”. Shop the 'Relax' collection. 

Model using Melt, KQ's infused CBD pain relieving lotionModel uses Relax bath bomb by Kush Queen

Gifts To Get You Lifted On 420

Perfect For Stoner Friends, Exploring The Plant, Psychoactive Effects

Let's be real the best part of 420 is blasting off into a place where rules and responsibilities don't exist. Luckily, we’ve captured that feeling of the sun washing over you and worries drifting away with our Delta 8 THC products. 

Here's what you'll need Delta 8 Soaked Shower Gel, our uplifting Delta 8 GummiesRX, any of the Delta 8 THC Bath Bombs, and KQ's premium indoor hemp flower and pre-rolls.

Word to the wise, these products are psychoactive and will produce a euphoric buzz when consumed, so we suggest enjoying these in nature like on a beautiful hike or at the beach. Shop the 'Lifted' collection.

Model smokes a Kush Queen hemp pre-roll

Model lounges with KQ GummiesRx

420 Gifts That'll Have You Feeling Well

Perfect For A Wellness Reboot, Ppl w/ Allergies, Your Gramps

After the last two years, feeling well just hits different. With your health and well-being in mind, our CBD-infused products are designed to aid in this very important glow-up. 

Grab these KQ favorites Melt lotion, Kush Queen's top-selling Relieve bath bomb, our Gummies Rx Original, and the Bare+ CBDa and CBGa tincture

Just like that feeling, these cannabinoids are here to power you from the inside out. Seriously, who doesn't wanna feel good? Shop the 'Feel Well' collection.

Model uses Bare+ CBDa CBGa TinctureCEO Olivia Alexander getting lifted

 

Gifts To Help You Rest This 420

Perfect For Night Owls, Deep Rest, Meditation

Wanna skip the party and head straight to bed? Try these KQ products for intense relaxation and tranquility. The calming essential oils paired with minor cannabinoid CBN create a quick on-set of sleepiness that lasts throughout the night. 

Here's what you'll need Our nighttime CBN Gummies and the wonderfully sedative Sleep Bath Bomb. It's as simple as that. 

Unwind with this nighttime and morning combination of relaxing cannabinoids that'll have you feeling rested but ready to take on anything. Shop the 'Rest' collection. 

Model soaks in a relaxing Kush Queen CBD infused bath

Kush Queen Sleep CBD Bath Bomb floats in bath

 

It’s now your time to indulge in all your feelings with our ‘420 Find Your Feeling Sale’—Celebrate this 420 with Kush Queen by taking 50% Off all our products site-wide this 4/20!!! 

We can’t get enough of the Kush Queen #SoakandToke and believe it or not, there is a method to the canna-madness. 

In case you missed it in our previous post, a Kush Queen 'Soak and Toke' combines dual delivery methods of consumption to help achieve an ideal effect. We're all about using cannabis to find our feelings this season. 

Model smokes Kush Queen hemp flower

 

Many people chop cannabis up to just getting high, but when you really know the plant, you can actually create different types of experiences. Gone are the days when you simply feel stoned.

Luckily, Kush Queen's new hemp CBD and Delta 8 flower pair perfectly with our customer's favorite award-winning cannabis and CBD-infused bath bombs and topicals. 

Lemon Octane CBD and Soaked Shower Gel


Kush Queen's Prepackaged Eighth of Lemon Octane CBD Flower

 

Pair the Lemon Octane CBD with our citrus shower gel Soaked; it's a spring-inspired combo that will uplift your body and mind. This strain's terpenes and fruity profile will give you a burst of energy. Our Lemon Octane CBD is a strain made from Lemon Snow CBG and Bubba Kush 66 and is high in CBG, the mother of all cannabinoids

Kush Queen's Soaked CBD Shower Gel

 

Think of this as the quintessential Sativa pairing, perfect for mornings or a mid-afternoon pick me up. Enjoy it in a pre-roll or pack it in a bowl with our pre-packed eighths. You’ll feel an elevated mood because of all the citrus terpenes and deep body chill. Use our Soaked shower gel as a bubble bath or shower gel. 'Shower joint' is now the new shower beer

 

Sour Space Candy and 1:1 Relax Bath Bomb

Kush Queen Sour Space Candy CBD + ∆8 Pre-Roll

 

This particular pairing is for those in search of the ultimate high. Sour Space Candy (SSC for short) is a Delta 8 strain, meaning it will definitely get you elevated. The origin of SSC is rooted in the genetics of Sour Tsunami, one of the first cultivars bred for high CBD. 

Kush Queen Relax 1:1 CBD & Delta 8 THC Bath Bomb

 

This hybrid strain has a delicious terpene profile that we've paired with our Relax 1:1 bath bomb infused with Delta 8 and CBD. If you really want to melt away, finish with a foot massage using our Kush Queen CBD-infused pain relief lotion Melt

Hawaiian Haze and CBD Awaken Bath Bomb


Model holds a Kush Queen Hawaiian Haze CBD + ∆8 Pre-Roll

 

Now, if you're looking for a pick-me-up or need to get rid of a nasty hangover, this pairing will lift your spirits way, way up. 

Our Hawaiian Haze Delta 8 and our CBD Awaken bath bomb is a delightful pairing of sweet terpenes and energizing essential oils that will leave you with the cerebral buzz you need to take on your day. 

Kush Queen Awaken CBD Bath Bomb

 

Feel like you're being transported to a remote island while your Awaken bath bomb softly fizzes in the background. 

While the genetics of Hawaiian Haze remains a mystery, cannabis folklore says it was created using mineral-rich volcanic soil in Aloha State, Hawaii. We suggest putting on some Riri or The Beach Boys while you soak, and you can thank us later. 

Kush Queen's Complete Mini Collection of Bath bombs

 

When it comes to cannabis, it's all about finding what works best for you. And that can mean using multiple delivery methods for the best possible outcome. Basically, the more the merrier when it's time for cannabis and self-care.

Follow us for more blissed-out pairings and latest Kush Queen products.

We’re taking it back to the early 2000s.

Imagine it’s 2005 and #livingyourbestlife is hardcore trending. Now, drop the outdated narratives of those times, and focus on ushering in good feelings and finding repeatable vibes. Our priorities have shifted since the early 2000s; it's no longer about leaning in and girl bossing all day but about feeling rested, well, relaxed, orgasmic, and lifted.

Model smokes Kush Queen premium hemp flower

This year, Kush Queen's 420 collection "Find Your Feeling" encourages the discovery of new sensations and balance through cannabis. 

 

To make this path to self-discovery even easier, we’ve outlined our five signature effects and the cannabinoid products to ignite your body and mind.

This month, Kush Queen invites you to sit in your feelings... just don't steep for too long.

 

Feel Rested

Nothing (and we mean nothing) sets you up for success more than a before-bed routine that further allows for deep rest.

 

Wind down from the day with an evening release by soaking in a Kush Queen Sleep CBD Bath Bomb and then popping one of our Gummies Rx Sleep as you crawl into bed. Wait 30 minutes or so, and HOLY SHIT, welcome to your cannabinoid cocoon. 

 

Next thing you know, the sun is slowly waking you up, and good feelings follow. Suddenly, you’re feeling SO ALIVE. You meditate, hydrate, caffeinate, and take your daily dose of plant medicine. Watch the fuck out because nothing can stop you, not even yourself. 

Featured Cannabinoids: CBD, CBN, CBGa, CBDa, Delta 8 THC

Shop the Relaxed Collection.

 

Feel Recovered and Well

"Ahhhh, the transformation of doing something good for your body and mind is so empowering." 

Nourishing your body never felt so good! Just like that feeling, these cannabinoids are here to power you from the inside out. Created to boost the endocannabinoid system, and reduce inflammation and tension, these powerhouse cannabinoid molecules will help you recover fast and feel well.  

 

Pro-tip: combine delivery methods to double your cannabinoid exposure - think tincture, then topical.  

Featured Cannabinoids: THCv, CBGa CBDa, Delta 8 THC, CBD

Shop the Recovered and Well Collection.

 

Feel Totally Relaxed

You know that post-massage crazy hair, blissed-out feeling you get once the massage is over and the therapist says “Ok, we’re done, take your time getting up”? Well, that’s the state of ecstasy we are recreating with these cannabinoids. Its post-massage feelings, minus the price tag! 

Perfect for self-care Sunday, a hectic weekday spa night, or just chilling solo on a cloudy afternoon.

These tools are ultimate mood boosters, bliss makers, and helpful ways to keep things within on the up and up. 

Featured Cannabinoids: CBG, CBD, Delta 8 THC

Shop the Totally Relaxed Collection.

 

Feel Orgasmic

 

These cannabinoids were made to keep you in the present moment... you know, so you can connect DEEPLY. Find your perfect feeling before, during, and after OR all 3 (we don’t judge).

 

Designed to amplify the mind and body connection, lower nervous energy, and ignite the senses, Kush Queen's sexual wellness products will have you feeling orgasmic from head to toe.

 

Great for solo time and partner play - mix things up with some cannabinoid connectivity.

Featured Cannabinoids: CBD, Delta 8 THC

Shop the Orgasmic Collection.  

 

Feel Lifted

 

We’ve captured that warmth of the sun washing over you, worries drifting away, feeling the most chill you have in a long time. *Pinky swears*

 

Add in a layer of cannabinoids, and somehow your friends seem a little funnier; you feel a little lighter too. Think full-body buzz, minus the paranoia that can creep in with other molecules.

Perfect for hikes, replacing your evening cocktail, and sharing with friends.

Featured Cannabinoids: CBD, Delta 8 THC

Shop the Lifted Collection

Models smoke Kush Queen cannabis flower

 

You say I'm "in my feelings" like it's a bad thing... 

At Kush Queen, we encourage you to live fully, and that includes relishing in all the vibrant sensations that come with this life. Expand your senses this year by trying all of our wonderful 420 collection items. 

Follow us for more cannabis knowledge and more feelings ofc ;)

 

 

Quickly following the creation of our award-winning CBD bath bombs, the Kush Queen Soak & Toke was born thanks to some innovative team members at headquarters. 

At Kush Queen, we don’t just spend our time perfecting our handmade cannabinoid products; we also perfect their use in our own daily lives. This dynamic relationship with our CBD and THC products allows our team to create wellness offerings that can extend a deeper connection between our consumers and this plant. You might call this R & D; we call it our favorite part of the job! You might also be asking yourself, what is "soaking and toking"? And is it even for you?

Kush Queen Olivia Alexander enjoys a cannabis Soak and Toke

Take it from the experts, a relaxing combo of Kush Queen's ultra-premium, indoor-grown hemp flower, and infused bath bombs is an opulent example of self-care at its finest. But before we dive into the experience of a Soak & Toke, do you know where the term "toke" comes from? 

 

A Touch of 'Toke' History

Enter Alice B. Toklas. An American writer of the early 20th century, Toklas openly shared a recipe for hashish brownies in her memoir-style recipe book. That notorious recipe solidified Toklas in cannabis history and gave us the shorthand for toke

Model reads "The Essential Guide to Cannabis for Women: How to Buy, Use, and Enjoy Cannabis for Recreation and Wellness" by Olivia Alexander

Learn more about Alice B.Toklas and other amazing women in cannabis history from Olivia Alexander’s new book, The Essential Guide To Cannabis for Women. 

 

To Soak & Toke? Or Not to Soak & Toke? It's Really Not Even a Question... 

There's a myriad of reasons to smoke cannabis in a cannabis bath, aside from being luxurious af. Ultimately, your skin is your biggest organ, and you want to tend to it accordingly. The cannabis bath bomb is a full-body topical experience that has you fully covered (literally)

Kush Queen cannabinoid-infused bath bombs allow you to feel the entourage effect, a medley of healing properties from cannabinoids and terpenes working together. Plus, soaking in hot water allows your pores to open up and absorb the cannabis compounds and essential oils profoundly, creating a lush full-body experience.

But here's the thing, the cannabinoids in our bath bombs don't cross the blood-brain barrier because due to the molecule size - they are too big. Unlike our topical cannabinoid products labeled transdermal, which will cross the blood-brain barrier and have the possibility of delivering more mind than body effects. 

 

How to Bathe like Weed Royalty

Maybe you're looking to take your bath effects even higher. That's where another delivery system comes in. Sure, you could pop a gummy, but most edibles take longer to hit than your bath will take. By smoking a pre-roll while you soak, you get an instant delivery of cannabinoids, which is why smoking is often the most beloved and popular way of cannabis consumption. 

Kush Queen cannabis products for Soak & Toke

A soak and toke is an incredibly simple yet impactful ritual with cannabis. Let’s look into this deep mind and body practice that could elevate your next moment of self-care. 

The first step to a proper Kush Queen 'Soak & Toke' is choosing one of our handmade bath bombs to use. Our bath bombs include: Relax, Relive, Sleep, Love, Awaken, Black Magic, and Immunity

Draw your bath and add any additions you like, such as a bubble bath (make sure the scent pairs with the bath bomb), crystals, music, candlelight, or even a beverage. 

Kush Queen Sleep CBD bath bomb fizzing

Start smoking once submerged in the tub. Our newly released Kush Queen hemp flower is the perfect pairing with your Kush Queen infused-bath bomb. Kush Queen's cultivar options include Lemon Octane, Pink Panther, Hawaiian Haze, and Sour Space Candy, for a range of complex tasting notes and effects.

Soak for 40 minutes and light up between 10 to 15 minutes in your bath. 

 

Extra Tips from the Experts at Kush Queen

Kush Queen CEO Olivia Alexander enjoys the new line of ultra premium hemp flower in a Kush Queen bath

The key to a successful soak and toke is preparation. 

  1. Make sure you remove the bath bomb seal with scissors while your water runs. 
  2. Always check the temperature while you're waiting for your bath to fill. No one likes a tub that's too hot or too cold. 
  3. Prepare your cannabis beforehand. There's nothing worse than a soggy nug or wasted pre-roll. 
  4. Keep a small hand towel nearby, a lighter, and an ashtray (no one wants to soak in ash).
  5. If you're toking on a Kush Queen pre-roll, make sure to keep it in the glass container until you're ready. 
  6. Combine other modalities like crystals, music, or starlight to finish off the perfect vibration.

Combining both a topical and oral delivery method is a way to take your bath deeper and your mind higher. We encourage you to experiment with the different infused-bath bomb and flower options available to create your own favorite pairings. 

Learn more about our bath bombs and how you can experience your own Kush Queen Soak & Toke!