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

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

Global Pandemic Phase One

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

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

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

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

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Compounding Losses of Pandemic Proportions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unhealed Wounds Accumulate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Toolbox for Working Through Grief

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

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

Journaling

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

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

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

Exercise

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

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

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

Cannabis Wellness

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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

CBD Skin Care For Your Body

Cleanse

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

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

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

Exfoliate

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

Moisturize

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

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

CBD Skincare For Your Face

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

A.M. - Let’s Get Fresh and Protect

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

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

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

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

P.M. - Let's Hydrate

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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

Moms We Love At Kush Queen

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

The Stoner Mom

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

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

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

First Time Moms 

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

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

Your Mom/Friend

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

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

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

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Moms That Are No Longer With Us

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

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

The Moms Who Step In

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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

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

CBD Gummies - What You Need to Know 

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

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

How to find your “Happy Dose” 

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

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

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

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

For Newbies and Taking the Edge Off

What Should I Use?

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

When Should I Take CBD Gummies?

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

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

For Mood and Energy

What Should I Use?

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

When Should I Take These CBG & CBD Gummies?

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

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

For Muscle Relief

What Should I Use?

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

When Should I Take These CBD Gummies?

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

For Getting To Sleep and Staying Asleep

What Should I Use?

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

When Should I Take These CBN & CBD Gummies?

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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The Kush Queen family is deeply saddened by the untimely loss of Charlotte Figi. Her legacy has impacted cannabis medicine forever, and without a doubt, has saved many lives. We send our sincerest condolences to the Figi family and Charlotte’s loved ones.

This blog is dedicated to Charlotte.

Have you checked in with how you’re feeling? 

If you’re anything like me, your answer can change from moment to moment. Everything is up in the air and there’s no end in sight. Nothing feels normal anymore.

And no matter who you are or where you land on the privilege spectrum, we’ve all experienced a great deal of change and loss in a very short time.

I think we can all agree on that. 

As a cannabis company, Kush Queen is grateful to be considered an essential business, and personally, I know I am tremendously privileged to have a job that allows me to WFH. Given my good fortune and experience in dealing with my own grief, I knew it was time to draw from my past and help where I can. 

To help our community cope with what’s happening, we’ll be exploring the various types of loss, how grief shows up, and what you can do to heal and move forward in spite of Covid-19.

What We’ve Lost - Coping with Covid-19

We’re experiencing multiple forms of loss and grief, both personally and collectively. Just in the last month, we’ve lost:

  • Our sense of safety, security, and abundance
  • The ability to manage our health, especially those with existing health conditions
  • Loved ones diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Faith in our government and health care systems (if you had any to begin with)
  • Jobs, businesses, livelihoods, routines
  • Physical human connection
  • Freedom to mobilize, gather and celebrate or mourn with our communities in person

The list goes on and on. All we can do is comply with safety measures and do our best to take care of ourselves and our families. One way to do the latter is by taking the time to understand what we’re experiencing.

Charlotte Figi, walks with Mom on a sunny day.

Types of Loss and Grief

Did you know that there are over 40 types of grief/loss? We often think of death when we hear the word grief, but many other life events can cause us to grieve.

You might already be going through one or more of these types of loss:

  • Collective Grief - when a large group of people grieve the same event or person
  • Ambiguous Loss - things like loss of future, loss of abilities, or loss of something intangible (think invisible illness, financial loss, cancelled plans, loss of opportunity)
  • Anticipatory Loss - knowing a loss is coming, but not knowing when 
  • Disenfranchised Loss - when your loss isn’t validated or carries a stigma; loss of older population, loss of detained or incarcerated loved ones (loss can be caused by the incarceration or detainment), loss due to overdose or suicide 
  • Cumulative Grief and Secondary Loss - when a new loss triggers grief from a past experience, or an additional loss stemming from a primary loss (the death of a partner leading to the loss of social connections that they maintained)

You can see how our current state of sheltering-in-place, being quarantined or isolated, confronting existential dread, and facing shortages of essentials and medical supplies can create multiple levels of loss that we may not even be aware of or think to acknowledge as grief when starting to cope with Covid-19. 

How Grief Shows Up

Grief doesn’t always show up the way we might expect it to. We can thank our culture of emotion avoidance for our lack of understanding grief and loss and how they affect us. Grief, especially of the unresolved or unacknowledged variety, affects how we behave, how we feel emotionally, and how our bodies work. 

Grief Is A Holistic Experience

On the behavioral level, major loss can trigger low energy and extended periods of stagnation and boredom. It may also appear as junk food bingeing, seeking relief from substances, or unhelpful addictive behaviors, further causing us to feel lethargic, apathetic, and numb. 

Emotionally, sadness isn’t the only way feelings of grief show up. Left unexamined, grief may trigger anger, fear, hopelessness, and overwhelm. As you can see, it can be very easy to overlook grief as an underlying cause of these feelings if we don’t explore what may be triggering them to begin with.

Facing loss and anticipating it can make us feel anxious and stressed, which can lead to restlessness and trouble sleeping. These states of distress are physiological responses, meaning the body reacts to what is happening in the mind. 

How to Shift Into Healing

It’s important to acknowledge that no two people grieve the same, nor does grief show up the same way for the same person every time they experience it. Take it from someone who lost both parents to illness by the age of 23.

Furthermore, not all remedies will help everyone, but there are a number of ways to switch out of melancholy and into hope. 

Move It to Lose It

If you’re stuck in a low vibe state, the easiest way to shift that is to get up and move! 

  • Take a walk in your neighborhood (with protective gear, as recommended by your local authorities)
  • Find a yoga or workout video online to boost your endorphin and endocannabinoid production 
  • Do some jumping jacks, accept a push-up challenge, or dance to your favorite DJ (many are playing live sets from their living rooms or remote locations to pass the time--DJs get bored, too!)

Quarantine, but Make it Mindful

Doing something mindful can help pull you out of a negative spiral.

  • Breathe. Take deep breaths and try directing your breath to your belly to avoid short shallow breaths, which can cause the physiological responses you’re trying to avoid.
  • Try orienting yourself to your surroundings if breathing doesn’t work or is labored due to illness. 
    • Observe the items that occupy the space you’re in
    • Pick a feature to notice about them, like their colors (the blue towel, the rose gold frame, the yellow lampshade)
    • Do this for at least 5 items 
    • Check in with yourself to see how you’re feeling 
  • Explore the world of guided meditations online. YouTube has plenty, like this one by Ram Dass or you can use an app like Calm or Headspace. Do it in the bath with our 200mg Relax bath bomb to elevate your mediation with mood boosting essential oils and a full body dose of CBD
  • Kush Queen Gummies Rx can help boost your mood and ward off worry. Bliss is a 1:1 ratio of 15mg CBD and 15mg CBG for energy and euphoria or the original CBD Gummies Rx to curb anxiety. 

Let It Out then Let It Go

Getting thoughts and feelings onto paper makes them concrete and easier to examine. Even speaking them can make them less daunting.

  • Write your thoughts into a journal. If you can’t express yourself in words, make it a piece of art. Anything goes as long as it’s helpful to your state of mind
  • Pen a letter to yourself, either in your present state or a younger/older version of yourself or someone else entirely
  • Text our KQ Hawtline (anonymously) at 213-298-9111 to get anything you need off your chest. Feel free to vent, crack a joke, complain about your quarantine partner, or mourn a loss. We’re here to hear you out. 
  • Phone a friend. Or host a Zoom chat with family. When you do, be sure to share how you feel. The most surprising thing about all of this is how much we’re all feeling similar emotions. Trust me on this one.

Charlotte Figi sits with her namesake strain.

Giving IS Receiving when Grieving

Another way to shift your vibe away from loss or an impending sense of dread is by shifting your attention to others. 

  • Give thanks those giving their all by nominating a Frontline Hero for a Kush Queen care package. It’s the least we can do to help the people we all rely on.
  • Be helpful to your community--share your resources with your neighbors, help them shop for groceries, or simply share tips on navigating the pandemic. This is a time to come together. 
  • Send some love to someone who’s struggling and get a gift from us for being so thoughtful with our Gift One Get One bath bomb sale.

Conclusion

We've only begun to scrape the surface of understanding grief, but I hope it helps put things into perspective for you. Want more blogs on this topic? Text the Hawtline at 213-298-9111 and let us know!

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Our first goal in product design is delivering relief to all backgrounds and ages, but we appreciate providing versatility as well. Our Soaked Transdermal CBD Shower Gel is one of our most versatile products because, INSIDE the shower, it's a solid CBD body wash, shampoo and face wash! But have you ever wondered what happens when this fan-favorite ventures OUTSIDE the shower? 

We’re about to turn this shower fave into a household fave! Today, we’re going over four ways you can effectively capitalize on the nanotechnology and natural ingredients found in Soaked. 

1 - SOOTHING CBD HAND WASH

A simple but overlooked aspect of using Soaked in the shower, is the fact that our hands are exposed to the goodness of the transdermal CBD while applying it, even while holding our loofah. When you take Soaked out of the shower to use as a hand wash, you can still experience the uplifting and energizing citrus essential oils, while washing your hands with a gentle lather and getting an immune-boosting dose of CBD. 

Ideal For Users Who…

  • experience pain or stiffness in their fingers, hands and/or wrists
  • have dry and/or sensitive hands
  • use their hands for repetitive or strenuous daily tasks

Best Delivery Method: Wet hands with water. Apply a quarter-sized amount of Soaked to hands, then properly wash for 45 seconds to experience the mood-enhancing scent and CBD that brings an instant joint and muscle relief. 

Soaked CBD Shower Gel next to a sink being used as a hand wash.

2 - PRE & POST-SUN COOLING GEL

As a Southern California based company, we love to have our fair share of fun in the sun! One of the amazing attributes of our CBD shower gel is the soothing aloe leaf juice. Aloe vera is known for being a natural remedy for sunburns, and with the help of CBD nanoparticles, Soaked quickly turns into a cooling sunburn relief gel. 

Ideal For Users Who…

  • are actively experiencing a mild sunburn, with no broken skin
  • work outdoors and experience skin irritation from direct sunlight
  • are preparing to be outside for extended periods of time

Best Delivery Method: Generously apply Soaked to dry, unbroken skin covering all areas that are burned or exposed to sun and allow the gel to absorb as  you would an aloe vera juice application. The nano-CBD and other natural ingredients soothe your skin and decrease irritation.

3 - LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

Thanks to the natural ingredients in Soaked CBD Shower Gel, not only does it smell great, but it's also great for our beautiful scalps and luscious locks. With oils from rosehip, jojoba, and sunflowers, Soaked can be used to decrease scalp irritation, strengthen and lengthen locks, while keeping them hydrated and moisturized.

Ideal For Users Who…

  • love to keep their hair fresh in between wash days
  • experience scalp dryness, sensitivity, or irritation in between washes
  • are active and want to DIY hair refreshing spray to take on the go

Best Delivery Method: In a small spray bottle, add 2-3 pumps of Soaked, fill with water and give it a good shake! If it feels right, you can also add a dollop of your favorite traditional or leave-in conditioner too. When needed spray your DIY leave-in conditioner into your hair, ensuring you spray directly on your roots to hydrate, encourage growth and decrease irritation. 

Woman massaging her lower body with Soaked CBD Shower Gel.

4 - CALF, ANKLE & FOOT RELIEF

No one is ever mad at a quality hack for self-care! That’s why, it’s always fun to share the benefits you can experience in your calves, ankles and feet without a tub! Our feet have large pores on the bottom that aid with absorbing the CBD nanoparticles found in Soaked that allow users to experience instant relief and relaxation. When using Soaked out of the shower, the magic still happens once the potent formula touches your skin! 

Ideal For Users Who…

  • do not have access to a full-body or foot tub
  • are actively on their feet daily and desire relief
  • experience foot pain, discomfort or sensitivity

Best Delivery Method: Start by sitting in a comfortable space and generously apply Soaked to your calves, ankles, and feet. Allow the product to sit for 5 minutes as it diminishes tension and stress from your joints and muscles before wiping off any remaining product with a warm washcloth. Pat the area dry and enjoy while your legs float in relief. 

Conclusion

At the end of the day, we all love to curl up with our favorite CBD products and chill! But we want to challenge you to think outside of the box and discover new ways you can enjoy and use your favorite Kush Queen CBD products! 

Have a product hack or new use to share with us? Send it anonymously to the KQ HAWTLINE to tell us all about it at 213-298-9111.

 

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Have you been waiting for 4/20/2020 for as long as we have? The hype, the excitement and now for the creativity! 

Pandemic aside, 4/2020 is still going to be the most epic 4/20 of all time. We’re here to remind you there is nothing wrong with creating a little joy in uncertain times. Focus on the silver lining, you can celebrate every day all month long, plus most of us won’t have to take off work on 4/20 to celebrate now. Ayyeee!

Kush Queen is celebrating all month long and you are 100% invited. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list, to get all the deals. Our team is making sure 4/2020 is going to be as EPIC as it should be! 

The Ultimate 420 CBD Gift Guide Is Here

Consider The Ultimate 420 CBD Gift Guide your compass to gifting cannabis to everyone in your circle, even folx who’ve never experimented with cannabinoids before. Which brings up a point, if you ask us, celebrating 420 includes all cannabis molecules from THC to CBD, CBG, CBN and all the other 100+ ways you can enjoy the plant. Permission granted to smoke a blunt, soak in a CBD Bath Bomb, turn 4/20 into the most ridiculous day of CBD self-care - it's your day, you make the rules.   

The Ultimate Kush Queen CBD 420 Gift Guide - Gifts For You

For You

Relieve 1000mg CBD Bath Bomb, Renew CBD Sugar Scrub, Defynt CBD Skin Serum

CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and incorporating it into a treat yourself moment doubles as a great way to celebrate 420 while also getting an immune boost. 

Good self-care is a survival mechanism. Up your wellness game and draw from the tools we’ve relied on to help get us through mentally and physically stressful times, cannabinoids.

Roll up a joint and drop our Relieve 1,000mg CBD bath bomb into hot bath water to make this is a special 420 bath. This ultra-potent bath bomb is made with broad-spectrum cannabis and essential oils targeted for major relief. This bath bomb is NO JOKE, so keep a glass of lemon-cucumber water nearby to stay hydrated.

Kick it up a notch and turn your 420 Bath into a 420 Spa Day with a full-body exfoliation using our Renew Lavender Sugar Scrub. jojoba oil, vitamin E, rosehips, and our transdermal nano-CBD entice the senses and gently buff your skin, leaving it nourished and smooth.

Don’t forget your face! Loaded with vitamins, transdermal CBD, and hyaluronic acid, Defynt CBD Skin Serum delivers a #CoronaGloUp moment. Defynt diminishes the appearance of pores, calms redness, and hydrates the deep layers of your skin to reveal your natural beauty from within. 

The Ultimate Kush Queen 420 Gift Guide For Your BFF

For Your BFF

The Complete Mini Collection, Renew CBD Sugar Scrub, Melt CBD Relief Lotion, 100mg CBD Bath Bomb in Relive, Relax or Sleep

Who misses in-person time with their BFF? You, me and everybody else!

Send your BFF some love for 420 with a fun DIY CBD pedicure set up or a high dose CBD Bath Bomb. 

Here is what you’ll need for the DIY CBD pedicure: The Complete Mini CollectionRenew CBD Sugar Scrub and Melt CBD Relief Lotion. Go all in, grab one for yourself, and have a 420 Cannacure date with your bestie via Zoom.

Have a bestie like me, who isn’t into the nail game? You can never go wrong with a high dose CBD Bath Bomb. ReliveRelax and Sleep 100mg CBD Bath Bombs are our go-to gifts. 

The Ultimate 420 Gift Guide For Doggos

For Furbabies

Lavender Woof Queen or Peppermint Woof Queen CBD Bath Bomb

We are 85% sure your furbaby is thinking, “Karen, why are you still at my house all day, every day?!” 

Don’t just treat yourself with CBD, treat your furbaby. Your furry friend has an endocannabinoid system too and absorbs the same benefits from cannabinoids. Woof Queen CBD bath bombs are perfect for at-home baths in social isolation. Wash your furbaby down then fill the tub with either a Lavender Woof Queen or Peppermint Woof Queen bath bomb. Own a lorg? Double the dose for your bigger furbabies. 

Looking for something to share with the fam? Bare CBD tincture is great for humans and animals. Give yourself a dropper and dose your dog on a treatO.  

The Ultimate 420 Gift Guide For Parents

For Your Parents

CBG Gummies RX Chews, CBN Gummies RX Chews 

Many of us are worried about our parents and our grandparents right now. It’s the absolute perfect time to get them into the cannabis plant. Picture this, you on Zoom coming out as a cannabis user to your parents, LOL! But for real it's 4/2020, it’s time to come out as a cannabis user and help destigmatize the stoner stereotype. 

Use 420 as a way to open the door to a conversation about cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system that lives within all of us and how everyone can benefit from cannabis wellness. Talk about the benefits of taking CBD, CBG, and CBN and gift them some immune-boosting molecules. 

Our new molecules in Gummies Rx are tasty, approachable and something parents can easily get into. The CBG Gummies RX Chews will help with virus anxiety and the CBN Gummies RX Chews will whisk them to a solid night’s sleep. 

The Ultimate 420 CBD Gift Guide For Your Siblings

For Your Brother and Sister

Kingdm Foto Blur, Soaked CBD Shower Gel

Getting a little happy can go a long way, especially for family members that are having to practice social distancing. 

Surprise your sister with Kingdm Foto Blur and a note encouraging her to try something new, slay a look, get dressed for a Facetime with you. 

For brothers, we always recommend Soaked CBD Shower Gel. It’s a no-brainer way to say you are thinking about them without trying to force a gift that might not get used. No matter what phase of life your brother is in, dad of 3, in college or turning 50, trying a CBD Shower Gel to help ease muscles and chill will be something you two can talk about.

The Ultimate 420 Kush Queen Gift Guide For Couple's

For Ya Lover

Intimate CBD Lubricant, The CBD Love Kit

If you are in social isolation with or without your Zaddy, our Kush Queen Intimate CBD lubricant will surely turn up the heat. Orgasms can help boost your mood and release the chemical DHEA, which helps balance your immune system, promotes bone health, and assists in repairing tissue. So get one for you and one for them and get creative. 

Or go full monty with the CBD Love Kit. The kit will take your 420 night to a whole other level. The kit includes a Love Bath Bomb, Sensual Massage Oil, and Intimate Lubricant. Two things to note about the kit: 1) this is CBD for the d, the b and the v, 2) full body levitation is possible. 

After much testing, we recommend starting with the bath bomb, followed by the sensual massage oil and finally the CBD lube. 

The Ultimate Kush Queen Gift Guide For Care Packages

For Someone In Need

25mg Relax CBD Bath Bomb, bäre CBD Tincture, Melt CBD Relief Lotion 

Show someone you love them with a little care package. These products won’t break the bank and are a cute AF way to say you are thinking of them during social isolation. Our team is always happy to include a note in your order, just include your text in the order note section during checkout. 

For a self-care moment, send a 25mg Relax CBD Bath Bomb or a 2 oz. Renew CBD Sugar Scrub.

Helping someone take the edge can be a life-saver these days, bare CBD Tincture can do that and much more. We like to think of bare as a vitamin and take it daily to reduce inflammation and ease nerves.  

Melt CBD Relief Lotion delivers a woosah moment to any aches and pains across the body. Our topical relief lotion is named most appropriately as it melts away muscle tension.

Conclusion 

At the end of the day, 4/2020 is going to be everything we make it and we plan to make it epic. This year, we’ll have to get creative, plan ahead and give ourselves permission to have a joyful day. 

If you need personal recommendations, text the HQ Hawtline at 213-298-9111. Also, be sure to subscribe to our email list to get the latest deals, flash sales and giveaways.   

 

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Before meeting Olivia, the Kush Queen, I had never used CBD and I had never really used any other cannabinoids. I was never opposed to trying CBD but you could say I was indifferent and didn’t see how it would benefit me. Olivia and I connected via the gram on 4/20 of all dates after I posted a photo of my dog in some socks with weed leaves on them. Naturally, we started talking and a few days later, the mother of all Kush Queen care packages showed up at my door.

Fast forward to now, CBD is incorporated into my daily routine and not to be dramatic but I'm a better person because of it. 

5 ways Kush Queen products have transformed my self-care and overall wellness. 

Kush Queen Melt CBD Relief Lotion shown in its packaging laying on a green silk.

5) Daily CBD use has reduced my chronic pain 

If you would have told me 10 years ago that wearing a heavy backpack every day would cause severe neck and back pain I would’ve made different decisions. Rewind to only a year ago, I was popping more than the average amount of Ibuprofen daily and still not finding proper relief. Now I use a cocktail of Kush Queen products to naturally relieve my pain. 

This combo has been more effective than NSAIDs ever were. I most frequently use MELT Relief Lotion directly on my neck and shoulders for almost instant relief and preventively, I ingest a few drops of higher-dose bare CBD Tincture in the morning and at night. At the end of an extra-long day or when I wake up with a crick in my neck, I rely on a 100 or 200mg Relieve CBD Bath Bomb. 

4. A better sex life, foreal though

Coincidentally enough, I walked into a dispensary a couple of months before I met Olivia specifically looking for THC lube I had heard some women rave about on a podcast. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a cannabis-infused lube but it piqued my interest (duh) and I had to find out what the hype was about. That dispensary wound up not having it in stock and I forgot about my lube hunt until that KQ care package arrived. 

Let me tell you, friends, whether you’re single and ready to mingle or in an ultra committed relationship, cannabis-infused lube does make a fiery difference during sexy time. If you’re as lucky as me you’ll experience intensified sensation and all-around more fun experience, I promise.

Red silk gloves holding a bottle of Kush Queen Personal Lube.

3. Shorter recovery from intense workouts

Between my daily dose of Kush Queen’s bare CBD tincture and the occasional Relieve bath, I’ve been able to recover from intense workouts a lot quicker than usual. With regular Crossfit style workouts, I take pre and post workout recovery pretty seriously with stretching, nutrition and now CBD. Inflammation and soreness are noticeably down after incorporating daily CBD use. 

2. Better sleep

Perhaps the biggest difference CBD and now CBN has made in my life is when it comes to the quality of sleep I get. For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve had issues falling asleep and staying asleep. If you’re one of those people who falls asleep within 5 minutes and wakes up refreshed as ever, I envy you!!

If you’re one of those people who can relate to my sleep struggles, I know how frustrating it can be to feel like your brain never just takes a break. I’ve never been a fan of prescription sleeping pills and even with smoking weed before bed, there was always a chance I’d wake up groggy.

That’s why my preferred medley of cannabinoids for sleep is GummiesRX Sleep CBN:CBD gummies + a few drops from my bare CBD Tincture. This combo has seriously been a game-changer for me. 

Kush Queen Bare CBD Tincture sitting on orange and pink boxes alongside cannabis plant leaves and nuggs.

1. Reduced anxiety, which surprised me

I’ll admit that anxiety has never been at the forefront of things I felt I needed to deal with. Honestly, I accidentally stumbled upon CBD helping the anxiety I didn’t even know I had one day.

One of the first times I used my bare tincture for a headache, I also attended a very hectic convention. I had a mini epiphany during that time and realized I felt different. I was calm and much more at peace with where I was. I wasn’t stressed like I normally might be in a loud, packed atmosphere. I continued to experiment with success in large crowds, loud venues, and in certain social situations.

Throughout the last year on my cannabinoid journey, I’ve been able to minimize the anxiety I feel by properly preparing before one of these situations that I know might trigger me. 

Conclusion

Cannabinoids have provided me relief, remedied pain, and even enhanced my life in ways I didn’t even think about before. My eyes have been opened into this world and I hope from my experiences, you’re also inspired to try new ways to thrive. 

Here are the Kush Queen CBD products I use on a daily basis:

With the COVID-19 pandemic, I contemplated if we should even celebrate 4/20 at all. It’s a strange time and the rate at which the world is changing we never know what tomorrow will bring. What would have been a month-long celebration has turned into telling the Kush Queen story; one of fear, courage, commitment, and the plant we can't imagine living without. 

This post will continue to be updated, if this is your first time here, start at the top :) see you at the bottom. 

The Power of Being Seen

The greatest lesson I’ve learned along the journey of Kush Queen is the priceless value of being seen. This plant has allowed me to be seen and to pass it on and see others. When you experience the act of seeing others, you cannot lose. Since cannabis is an emerging industry people are worried about compliance, funding, and marketing their product. All of those things are important, but importantly are the people who use the product. 

Other than the 18-35 year old white male stoner, most people’s cannabis experience has been invisible, not unlike their narrative. At Kush Queen, we see all types of people with differing beliefs and life paths seeing themselves and that’s what we’re here for. 

Joy Brunson modeling for Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs, shown in a tub full of bath bombs.

Part 1

Cannabis Is Vital

A few weeks ago, California deemed cannabis as essential and I could not imagine getting through this pandemic without cannabis, it's more than essential to me it's vital.

I have been self-isolating for weeks now, our team has been working via Zoom with our WFH team. A few of our brave employees continue to help ship orders and keep our products on the shelves of California dispensaries. Our small team has maintained and made me extremely proud on all fronts. They have continued to care for each other, the products, and our customers despite living in a crisis. They have shown something that I believe we all need to have right now, something that I believe my purpose led me to discover in myself through Kush Queen: courage. 

Kush Queen Cannabis Was Born

It’s not every day that people start companies with $0 and pipe dreams, yet that's how it all started. From our family kitchen and garage, we developed our first CBD products. At the time, our business was called The Crystal Cult where we made Swarovski crystal vape pens. Even though we experienced early success, something was missing. We wanted to create a more accessible wellness-focused products and share our family’s passion for cannabis. 

Our namesake, Kush Queen was born from a community favorite vape - The Kush Queen and our unwavering commitment to our community has never changed. You guide us.

The first sold batch of Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs.

The Flagship - Cannabis Bath Bombs

At this time, I had been working in the cannabis industry for a while and didn’t see many topical cannabis products that spoke to me. Weird textures, dense oils, the wellness element was missing and I kept thinking, where is the intersection of Lush-like quality and cannabis. 

That thought track led to what you experience today with Kush Queen Bath Bombs. Since day one, my mom and I worked and reworked the blends and processes until they were high-quality and potent. And like any good mother-daughter team, my mom would not allow me to take credit for the formulations of our flagship product, cannabis-infused bath bombs. I can admit it, she did all the heavy lifting.

The two most important elements we wanted to use in our formulas were high-quality ingredients and the entourage effect. Those two qualities will always be found in Kush Queen Bath Bombs.

One Part Fear, Three Parts Courage

It’s one thing to make something that you love and a completely different experience to sell it. I will never forget the first few sales because they were truly unnerving and exhilarating.

From the products to the marketing I was constantly making a creative statement and putting my view of what I thought cannabis could be for people out there. Naysayers? I’ve heard it all from I’m ruining my life to I’m going to hell BUT I believed deep down in my soul and heart that what I had to say mattered. That a cannabis brand from my perspective would be a vital part of the movement towards legalization, the social acceptance of cannabis globally, and hopefully eventually the end of the war on drugs. 

Over the years, we’ve faced every type of shut down from selling CBD online to violating Instagram’s TOS policies and legal weed. Another hill would be climbed, all would be well and then POOF, at any given moment we would be shut down. 

With every bit of growth, my gratitude was frequently met with fear, because you never really knew if it all would come crashing down.   

We have weathered many storms personally and professionally from bank account shutdowns to my mom’s unexpected brain surgery. Through it, all Kush Queen has kept me going and I’ve always continued to get up despite feeling like quitting many times. 

Brene Brown sums it up well in Daring Greatly, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” It wasn’t until recently that I realized what the journey of Kush Queen has taught me. Now I know it's courage. 

Join us in our ode to the journey and honoring what keeps us going during this epic month of 4/2020. Follow Kush Queen Shop and Kush Queen Co for weekly giveaways, LOLs and deets.

Part 2

Evolution and Innovation 

As the popularity of our cannabis infused bath bombs grew, so did our team and capabilities. During this time, Michael Sawyer, my fiancé and business partner, was working behind the scenes to create a scalable process for making cannabis oil water soluble and transdermal. 

This technology would eventually fuel the development of our nano topical products

Let’s take it back to 2017. Michael is passionate about infusing beverages of all kinds and understood the limitations to cannabis oil. After all, we are talking about actual oil. Even just 2 years ago, drinks on the market in California were dosed with THC and CBD oil which resulted in the cannabinoids floating on top of the liquid, pretty gross.  

Delivery Methods Are Key

More than the strange oil element, edibles were not a choice for a lot of people. You see, when you eat cannabis oil your body processes it through the stomach and liver. For the average person this process takes at least an hour, which often results in people being unable to get their dose right or consistent. Moreover, your liver converts the THC to 11-hydroxy-THC, which scientifically is a completely different, more potent molecule. 

At this point Michael has been in the lab non-stop. When he finally achieved his nano particle water soluble cannabis technology we knew Kush Queen would have more effective topicals and more freedom in formulas. 

I had long wondered why every cannabis infused topical was either a salve or oil. It was because the science tech didn’t exist and cannabis oil needed a carrier. With Michael’s nano technology, for Kush Queen that was no longer an issue.

The First Test - Getting High In The Shower

One night I was struggling to sleep and having lung problems at the same time so I couldn’t smoke. Michael was up to the challenge of trying to help me and dosed some nano THC into our body wash. I jumped in the shower and lathered up with excitement as I am always ecstatic to be his guinea pig. 

As I lifted my head up from drying off my lower body, I felt it hit. I was high...from a shower gel. You cannot imagine my excitement as I walked in the bedroom baked like a fresh cookie. Red eyes and giggly, Michael was ecstatic - it really worked. 15 minutes later, I was asleep. 

Development began on Kush Queen Topicals

The next day we started working on what would be our cannabis infused nano topicals: Soaked Shower Gel, Melt Relief Lotion, and Kush Queen Lubricant. 

I had been using cannabis topicals for about 10+ years at this point and knew all the things I disliked: coconut oil in everything, people selling infused oil as a lube, salve blends that didn’t work on my pain. And most importantly the fact that so many of these products were not actually delivering the cannabis directly into my bloodstream. 

We knew the ingredients had to be clean and we wanted to use doses that could really transform your daily bathroom experience. 

Soaked CBD Shower Gel was the first to be born. A lightweight, clean body wash with a transdermal dose of CBD. Scented with citrus, parbean, phthalate, and free of any harmful ingredients. 

Melt CBD Pain Lotion was the second of the Kush Queen nano topicals family, an instant hit because of its organic icy hot feel. Melt doesn’t just take the pain away, it helps it stay away. 

Kush Queen Lubricant was a response to the most popular cannabis lubricant on the market being coconut oil based and not an actual lubricant. That lube took 1 hour plus to work and was not latex safe (ew). Creating an inclusive lube for the v, the b, and the p, that was latex free, toy-safe and made with the most sensitive skin in mind was our goal. Fast forward 2 years and KQ Lube is now our number 2 best selling product.

Sometimes You’re A Little Early

At this point, our excitement around launching Kush Queen topicals is high. We go to market and realize the topicals category is a joke to the cannabis industry. Looking back on the experience, 2 things came into play here. It was 2017, the wellness element and importance of delivery methods in cannabis was nowhere near what it is today and second, most people that had tried topicals had the same unsatisfying experiences we had.

 That’s when the Kush Queen promise was created. Given we had an uphill battle to convince people that our topicals really worked and were better for your body, we wanted to be transparent and educate our community on why and how our topicals were effective. On all product packaging and product pages, we inform the community about our nano tech and how Kush Queen ensures all of our products have the best delivery method possible for quick absorption.   

 When it comes down to it, we understand and take the responsibility of being innovative in the cannabis industry. 

You can rely on the Kush Queen promise - All products are handmade in the USA, we never test on animals, we always disclose the full ingredients list and type of cannabis, we will continue to seek innovation in all aspects of our company, and most important to us, we are committed to using our platform and voice for the highest good. 

Part 3

Over the last 4 weeks, Kush Queen has grown in ways we could have never imagined when starting this company. Within weeks of reaching our fourth birthday, we are exactly where we want to be, sharing our vision of daily wellness with our community. 

Given the times, living with this new shared perspective for a little over a month really got us reflecting, tuning in and connecting with Kush Queens everywhere. Part 3 of our story shares the lessons we’ve learned along the way. 

You, Our Community Shares Our Vision

Kush Queen started with a vision to create a space for all types of people in cannabis, in particular, those who didn’t feel like they had a place. Over the last 4 years, we’ve grown into a community of over 22,000 with a shared view of using cannabis in everyday wellness.    

The Kush Queen Promise

Mid-last year, we committed to bringing the Kush Queen promise to life in every aspect of our company. With each promise, we want you to know that we are real people on the other side of the products that we love so so much. 

  1. Handmade in the USA. All of our products are handmade in our Southern California facility. Our small team has production down to a science. Through the recent pandemic events, we’ve never been more proud of seeing the Kush Queen team work together, take care of one another and go the extra mile for customers. 
  2. Never test on animals. We think doggos should be running things anyway. Animals reign supreme at KQ HQ. 
  3. Transparency. We hope you can feel this when you choose our products. You knowing exactly what’s in each Kush Queen product is very important to us. We’ve also started sharing more behind the scenes of Kush Queen. We are a small womxn-owned, family-run company. Your support truly means the world to us. 
  4. Innovation. To us, that means relentless innovation with cannabis molecules. If you read Parts 1 and 2, you know that each of our product lines delivers some type of innovation from the delivery method to nano CBD. Constant improvement is our love language. 
  5. Social Responsibility. If innovation is our love language, social responsibility is our soapbox. We will never spot fighting for and supporting those facing inequalities. Kush Queen is committed to using our platform and our voice for the highest good. You will always be seen, represented and given space. 

What’s Next?

Innovation is leading us to the next chapter of Kush Queen, just like it always does. We are beyond excited to launch Kindgm THC Primer next week in California. Following the primer launch will be expanding Kingdm with an infused foundation. 

Last month, we delivered our first minor cannabinoid focused products with the expansion of Gummies Rx Bliss and Sleep. Look forward to more minor cannabinoid products. Our team was in the lab, as recently as last night testing new blends for effectiveness, potency and exploring benefits.

While a lot has changed since we first started, it's you and this amazing community of wellness-minded people that keep us going. 

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy throughout these challenging times. 

We love you! - Team KQ

  

 

Take Advantage of CBD Bath Bombs, Sans Tub

Being at home right now has us exploring all the ways we can use CBD Bath Bombs. If you live in New York or Los Angeles, chances are you only have a shower or a less than desirable tub situation. We’ve been there and we’re on a mission extend the #seriousbathersclub to baths of all sorts. 

Let’s walk through how to use our CBD Bath Bombs to unwind after a long day - WITHOUT A BATHTUB! 

The essential bathtub-less CBD Bath Bomb soak.

The Setup - You’ll Need 4 Things

Chances are you already have the needed items! 

  1. A Kush Queen CBD Bath Bomb. Take advantage of Shield for Immunity’s full body immune boosting properties or if you are soaking before bed, try a 200mg Sleep Bath Bomb to ease into a totally relaxed state.
  2. A Reusable Storage Bin. This can be any container you can comfortably soak your feet in. Try reusable storage bins from previous moves and turn them into foot tubs! These are perfect because you can soak up to your calves for more targeted lower body relief. 
  3. Three Bath Towels. 2 for proactive measures to make clean up easy and keep water off the floor and 1 for post-soak dry off.
  4. Water. Depending on the size of your bin and water source, think through how you are going to safely fill up the bin. We’ve had plenty of LOL moments not being able to carry the heavy, water-filled bin from the sink to our chosen soak spot. Take a sec and think this step through.

To kick this CBD Bath Bomb soak into a full blown self-care moment, grab a scrub and finishing lotion to seal everything up. You will not regret trying Renew CBD Sugar Scrub and Melt CBD Relief Lotion. These two in addition to the CBD Bath Bomb increase your total CBD intake and have different targeted effects.

Couple doing a CBD Bath Bomb foot soak in reusable bins.

The Essential Bathtub-less CBD Bath Bomb Soak

Location, Location, Location - Choose A Chill Spot

Before anything can get rolling, choose a soak spot that you find relaxing. Some ideas are looking out your favorite window, near a plant nook or in the living room with Netflix queued up. With your soak spot picked, lay down towels on the floor to make easy work of cleaning up. Don’t forget your dry-off towel.

Just Add Water

Similar to a full-body bath, start with a warm water base! Gauge the weight of your bin once it’s been filled with water, then choose if you want to fill up in your tub or use a pitcher to avoid the heavy transport part. 

Have old injuries? A taller soaking bin can be a great tool if you have past injuries, hardware from surgery or general inflammation. After a long day, this CBD bath bomb foot soak will deliver relief to these areas.

Add Your CBD Bath Bomb

Drop your CBD Bath Bomb into the bin and let it fully dissolve. Use this time to get the rest of your essentials; a book, headphones, snacks!

Depending on the dose of your bath bomb, you might want to break the cbd bath bomb up. Unwrap your cbd bath bomb from the shrink wrap and put it back into the holographic bag or use a close-able small bag. Use the back of a brush or a countertop to break your bath bomb apart. When it’s evenly divided you can toss it into your foot soak.

Soak Your Stress Away

For 20 to 30 minutes, your only to-do is soaking and breathing! It’s so nice to allow your mind to just...be without the noise! Give yourself grace, space, and freedom. Ask yourself what do you need in this moment or the moment you’re done with your bath bomb at least! 

The Finishing Touches

The cherry on top of a good foot soak is an exfoliation and lotion to seal in the goodness. Renew CBD Sugar Scrub delivers a soothing skin buff with less redness and irritation than we’ve experienced with others. 

To wrap everything up, do a self-massage from your calves to your toes with Melt Relief Lotion. Ahhhhh, now sit a minute and let the relief sink in. 

Olivia Alexander taking in the wonderful aroma of Kush Queen Bath Bombs.

The Benefits of Kush Queen CBD Self-Care

Aromatherapy

The essential oils in Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs have the power to transport you to a different time. Even if scents are not your love language, the targeted effects of the unique blends create a full body experience that spans from your body’s biggest organ, the skin to the emotion related sense, smell. 

Dedicated Time

The essential bathtub-less soak gives you the freedom to make what you want out of your soak time. Soak solo or invite someone to soak with you and this turns into a spa-like environment where time pauses. 

Full Body Relief

While hunkering down at home, 30 mins of dedicated time to do nothing but soak can change your mindset and boost your mood. From head to toe, you can feel stress and tension melt away. Give yourself permission to turn your brain off when soaking, unplug and enjoy the now of soaking in a warm CBD foot bath. 

Conclusion

Give a non-traditional CBD bath bomb soak a try! Shop our favorite blends: 100mg Relieve CBD Bath Bomb, 200mg Sleep CBD Bath Bomb, and Shield For Immunity

If you are ready for the full-monty version, grab a Renew Sugar Scrub and Melt CBD Lotion! The cooling effect of Melt delivers the finishing touch that will leave you looking forward to your next soak!

 

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