Curious about using CBD as a wellness tool? Today, Verita from our customer service team shares how she went from trying THC in college to using a variety of cannabinoids as part of her daily wellness routine.  

You will learn about: 

  • Verita’s CBD wellness toolkit
  • Why people use a variety of cannabinoids 

Like Most, I Tried Cannabis In College

I was a 22-year-old college student looking for relief between my aches and pains as a former college athlete, alongside mental health aide as I was grieving the loss of my mother when I heard about using cannabis for more than recreation. 

Full disclosure, I was not thrilled about cannabis when I first tried it recreationally. Mainly, because the cannabis I consumed were heavy strains that quickly made me tired and increased my appetite almost too much! 

Today, I enjoy many cannabinoids and balance my cannabis products with quality CBN, CBG, and CBD wellness-focused products. 

How I Slowly Got Into Cannabinoid Wellness

After losing my mother, grief affected my appetite, sleep quality, and social interest, so much so that I was trying different tools to help me work through that period, including cannabis. I decided to medicate at night which translated into getting a quality meal in and making sure my insomnia did not always win!

Then I had the chance to move to Portland, OR after graduation where legal cannabis exists. In Portland, I took my cannabis education to the next level by researching lots of strains and trying different products! 

My process of finding what worked in different environments was simple. I would log my experiences in my phone so when I found a strain or product that I enjoyed, I could keep it in my toolkit consistently. 

Documenting my experiences is how I found my favorite cannabis strain of all time - Dutch Treat! I also experimented with different consumption methods to learn how cannabis affects my body and provides relief - mind, body, and soul! 

Gummies Rx Full Spec 750mg being held by a beautiful model in purple light.

CBD Wellness Gives Me A Variety Of Tools

When I moved to California in 2017, I discovered Kush Queen at a cannabis event. My mind was blown by the thoughtful scientific approach of Kush Queen products. Kush Queen's nanotechnology, the process of shrinking cannabinoids to a size smaller than a pore was something new for me. I was too excited to try the beautifully branded topical products! 

I immediately fell in love with the bath bombs and experienced one of the most memorable nights of sleep ever using a Sleep 1:1 cannabis bath bomb! The Soaked CBD Shower Gel quickly became my favorite product because I appreciated the immediate relief I could experience in my shower and the energizing citrus scent! 

Focused CBD Wellness Tools 

I got to a point where I wanted to begin focusing my energy on taking care of myself in all aspects of health. The main focus was to give my mental health some extra love. 

While I will always love Kush Queen's topical products I got curious and wanted to do a deep dive into Kush Queen ingestibles. For me, this was an easy way to add CBD to my daily wellness regimen. 

Kush Queen Bare CBD tincture is not only my favorite, but many of my family members appreciate the taste and effectiveness this tincture provides as well! Adding CBD tincture to our daily wellness regimen has helped my family and our furry loved ones with sleepless nights, taking the edge off, and body aches. 

My CBD Wellness Toolkit

⟶ For Aches Throughout the Day - Alice & Olivia Lotion

⟶ For a Morning Wakeup Call - Soaked CBD Shower Gel

⟶ For a Mood Boost - Bliss CBG: CBD GummiesRX

⟶ For Post-Workout Soreness - Melt CBD Relief Lotion

⟶ For a Good Night Sleep - Bare CBD Tincture 1000mg

⟶ Favorite Bath Bomb - Relax 1:1 Cannabis Bath Bomb

⟶ Furbaby Go-To - Woof Queen Bath Bombs

Conclusion

Today, I have a consistent hemp CBD wellness regimen that allows me to heal myself using products I trust and love. While I still enjoy cannabis products with THC, my hemp CBD products are a necessity in my overall health routine!

From my daily ingestibles to my handy topicals for aches, I'm grateful to have Kush Queen on my plant medicine journey. 

 

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There’s no better time to incorporate CBD into your daily wellness routine. If the first six months of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to do the hard work of learning what our body and mind need under the MOST trying circumstances. 

In honor of National CBD Day on August 8th, we are digging into why CBD makes sense as part of your wellness routine and sharing our four favorite daily wellness products.

The Wellness Continuum

The Global Health Institute defines wellness as "the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health." Yes, please!

If you think of wellness as a continuum from illness to optimal wellbeing, the concept of applying wellness to daily life is proactive, preventive, and driven by self-responsibility. 

That concept lays the firm foundation for adding CBD into our daily wellness practices - proactive and routine.

How Does CBD Impact Wellness?

CBD has many therapeutic benefits from easing nerves to reducing puffiness throughout the body, all of which can be considered preventative care. 

But CBD and the other 100+ cannabinoids' ability to support your endocannabinoid system (ECS) is its direct connection to wellness and maintaining homeostasis throughout your body. 

Dr. Ashley Jordan Ferira, brings up a great point by asking "remember in Biology class when you learned the 10-12 physiological systems of the human body? Cardiovascular, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, integumentary, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, urinary/excretory. See what’s missing?…the endocannabinoid system.” 

She goes on to perfectly describe your ECS as a “fancy thermostat or master regulator for your body.” “The ECS is critical in achieving homeostasis by regulating a wide variety of physiological processes.” 

When you think about what your ECS regulates, it is most of your body: central and peripheral nervous systems, immune system, and most organs, tissues, and glands spanning critical functions of physiology, behavior, immunology, and metabolism. 

Having your ECS functioning in tip top shape positively affects all body systems.

Supporting Wellness Through Your Endocannabinoid System

When using wellness as a tool to support overall health through your endocannabinoid system, you have different therapeutic levers at your disposal. Here are a few of the most common levers. 

  • Eating a well-balanced diet of whole foods
  • Exercising regularly
  • Stress-reducing activities such as practicing mindfulness and deep breathing
  • Cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC

You can use CBD and other cannabinoids to nourish your endocannabinoid system. When trying to achieve or maintain wellness, keeping your ECS in optimal form is ideal. 

Daily intake of cannabinoids is something you can easily add to your morning or nightly routines to support wellness.

Our Favorite Daily CBD Wellness Tools 

The Classic 

bäre CBD Tincture

A tincture is undeniably the first delivery method people think of when it comes to CBD. 

Our hypoallergenic formula, two ingredient tincture comes in 500mg-5000mg CBD options giving you control over the dose depending on your needs. Each bottle comes with an easy to use dropper and includes a dosing guide.

Tinctures deliver the epitome of CBD as an ingested dose that will feed your endocannabinoid system and assist in creating equilibrium in your body. 

Soaked CBD Shower Gel in water mist and sunshine!

You Have To Do This Anyway

Soaked CBD Shower Gel

If you are low maintenance and do not like adding new steps to your routine, we recommend Soaked CBD shower gel. You have to clean your body at some point, right!?  

Our Soaked CBD shower gel contains transdermal CBD. A few pumps into your loofah or hand will create a rich lather with citrus notes that melt away aches and invigorate the mind. 

Tons of Kush Queens use Soaked as a face wash and even shampoo. Soaked CBD shower gel has so many benefits from soreness to sunburn relief. Don’t forget that your skin is your largest organ and an undervalued tool for daily wellness. 

CBG+CBD Gummies Rx Bliss spilling out of the bottle against a pink background.

The Bliss We Crave

Gummies Rx Bliss CBG+CBD 900mg

Welcome to the world of minor cannabinoids. Meet Gummies RX Bliss, our CBG & CBD gummy. CBG, or cannabigerol, is a non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid that is a precursor to all other cannabinoids.

CBG, often referred to as the “mother” of all cannabinoids, delivers uplifting euphoric feelings. When paired with CBD, expect to be blissed out. Can I get a yes, please?!

Kush Queen's Kingdm Cosmetics CBD Primer shown with its box against a blue background.

The Innovator

KINGDM CBD Primer

Maybe you're an old pro with CBD tinctures and CBD topicals, but have you ever tried CBD cosmetics? 

Our KINGDM Foto Blur CBD primer is a true innovator to the CBD beauty category. With the summer heat cranking up, keep your makeup in place and deliver a dose of CBD at the same time. 

Do you deal with maskne? Pump a dose of KINGDM Foto Blur and spread it on your skin. The CBD and vitamin E formula will work to improve your skin while you wear it! 

Conclusion

It’s time to get your CBD wellness dialed in so your body can be fully nourished through these trying times. Take the time to learn about your endocannabinoid system and build a wellness routine around your everyday needs. 

Shop Kush Queen’s National CBD Day celebration sale and test out the different tools as you work through the rest of this year!

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This year marks the second National CBD Day. Officially launched in 2019 by cbdMD, a CBD company based in North Carolina, this pseudo-holiday has as many critics as supporters. Full disclosure, Kush Queen is participating in this year’s National CBD Day.

Our hot take? We recognize that National CBD Day began as 1 part marketing ploy and 1 part CBD awareness builder. This year is a reclaim moment, we’re here to make National CBD Day our own, and we’re celebrating with some tea, wellness, and sales. 

To kick things off, let’s unpack National CBD Day.

1. Social Justice and The Lack Of It

In 2019 Kush Queen CEO Olivia Alexander shared the tweet, “First, they put millions of people in jail for cannabis. Now, they have a National CBD day. HMMM, ok.” 

If National CBD Day is about spreading awareness of the cannabinoid, we expect brands to bring awareness to all sides of the industry. Especially the disparity between the past and present attitude on legal cannabinoids, lack of diverse representation within the industry, and supporting the greater community. 

You can study up on what CBD and cannabis brands are doing to support the social justice movement on Cannaclusive’s Accountability List

2. The Need for Transparency within the CBD Industry

CBD has been on a meteoric rise to mainstream access. Despite being able to buy CBD everywhere from gas stations to high-end hotels, many people don’t understand how to evaluate what they are putting into their bodies when it comes to cannabinoids.

When buying CBD, always check for COAs (Certificate of Analysis), look for the type of cannabinoids used in products, and understand how the CBD is processed. 

Companies that care about transparency will have information readily available about their lab testing, sourcing, and processing. 

You can find Kush Queen’s lab tests and learn more about the CBD we use at kushqueen.shop.

3. The Truth About The CBD Industry

CBD hit the market as a hot new active ingredient that so many industries could use along with the promise of a natural over-the-counter cure-all and a very loose public connection to cannabis. 

Do brands take advantage of that? 100% 

Are consumers buying products that have no real connection to wellness? Absolutely. 

As a company that sells CBD products, we want you to feel empowered with the facts to make decisions on whole-plant cannabis wellness rather than just blindly following the industry’s lead of adding CBD to everything and labeling it wellness or self-care. 

Kush Queen Awaken CBD Bath Bomb, Defynt CBD Skin Serum, and Gummies RX on a colorful summer backdrop.

Conclusion

Kush Queen is committed to you. The two most important things at Kush Queen are the products and the people that use them.

Transparency, a significant element of the Kush Queen Promise, guides our process in sourcing the hemp CBD utilized in Kush Queen products, our commitment to education, and social responsibility. 

Stay well! Stay educated!

 

You already know that Kush Queen is a whole mood, but did you know that soaking with a nourishing CBD bath bomb is the perfect way to enhance your mood?

Mood is A State Of Mind That You Can Influence

Our mood is a temporary state of mind or feeling and, yes, you can do things to shift your mindset from a negative to a more positive state. 

Often stress and uncertainty cause us to fall out of balance, which can disrupt our mood and ability to function in a positive state. On the flip side, when our state of mind is just right, we do what we can to maintain and enhance it. Small acts like getting enough sleep, eating whole foods, and staying hydrated can have a positive effect on maintaining a positive mood.

Other times there’s a specific mood we want to create, so we draw on our tools and resources to make it happen. 

Mood Check One Two, One Two

When things are hectic, we often forget to check in with ourselves and truly take the time to listen. Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself these questions:

Am I in good spirits? 

Do I sense a meltdown coming on? 

Would peace and quiet time help me? 

Am I craving connection?

What is my body telling me?

Now that you have a better sense of what your mood is like, you can begin the process of narrowing down the right CBD bath bomb to suit your mood needs.

Soaking In A CBD Bath Bomb Can Shift Your Mood

By combining the healing power of CBD with effect-specific essential oil blends, Kush Queen Nourishing CBD Bath Bombs replenish our sense of wellbeing and raise our vibration every time we soak. 

With seven original blends and three dose levels to choose from, we are here to help you find the best CBD bath bomb for your desired mood.

Kush Queen Citrus CBD Bath Bomb featured next to a cut orange.

Choosing the Right CBD Bath Bomb Blend 

All Kush Queen CBD Bath Bombs have targeted essential oil blends for an aromatic bath that creates a grounding, sensory experience. 

Scents like mint and citrus boost the mood and awaken the senses. Lavender and chamomile calm the mind instantly and allow the body to follow. Herbal and floral scents entice you to let go and dissolve stress. 

Let’s Uplift Your Senses

Citrus - Imagine a bowl of lemon, orange, and grapefruit bursting in your tub! Soaking in citrus and CBD is the level of refreshing you need on Saturday morning!

The Tea Collection - Made with real tea and CBD, the tea collection delivers an antioxidant-rich soothing like no other. Available in 3 blends.

Awaken - The peppermint essential oil blooming in your bathtub is glorious for deep breathing rituals.

When Romance Calls

Love - Try the Love blend in your favorite dose or splurge and get The CBD Love Kit that comes with our water-based lube and sensual massage oil to create a whole romantic mood for you and your partner(s).

Alice + Olivia - Relaxing and uplifting, this bath bomb is the perfect way to set the tone for romance. This color-free CBD bath bomb is great for creating space pre-physical touch.

For Daily Deep Chill

Relax - We made this bath bomb for mood enhancement. The Relax blend is also available in our limited edition Pride Glitter Bath Bomb and the witchy Black Magic Bath Bomb.

Sleep - Rest is the best remedy for an overactive mind. Give your body and mind a break tonight. This blend is a weekly mood shifter for Angela, our THC team lead. 

To Raise a Low Vibe

Awaken - A blend of mint and botanicals to help you reconnect to yourself.

Cafe Latte - Like a latte for your spirit! Soak in a Cafe Latte bath bomb while you sip on a nice cup of coffee enhanced with a dose of bare wellness tincture for a double dose of CBD.

Creating A Grounded Mood

Relieve - Ideal for total body relief and rediscovering the body-mind connection. Go big and try the Relieve blend in 1000mg CBD

Shield - 100mg of CBD plus a sense-provoking blend of essential oils that support immunity and lead you home to yourself.

Customer favorite, Relax CBD Bath Bomb being dropped into water.

A CBD Bathing Experience For Every Mood 

Your mood can be shifted by making small changes and practicing self-care through nurturing habits. By cultivating good habits, we show our love and respect for ourselves throughout the day, and these little details can keep us in a good mood all the time. For us, soaking in CBD bath bombs are part of our mood-boosting routine.

Pick your CBD bath bomb dose and grab the whole line up of our signature blends!

The Complete CBD Bath Bomb Collection is available in 25mg100mg, and 200mg and 10mg in The Mini Collection.

 

 Shop our CBD Bath Bombs to lift your mood!

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

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

This is a call for action.

This is a call for trust. 

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

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

Join us in the shared movement of creating equality.     

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

Why Does Kush Queen Celebrate Pride?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Does Kush Queen Celebrate Pride?    

Self-Care and Community Care

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kush Queen's Pride 2020 Community Partner

Asylum Connect logo

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

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

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

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

How does Kush Queen support our Pride community partner?

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

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

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

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

An Invitation To Conscious Capitalism

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

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

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

Meet The 2020 Pride Collection 

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

Pride Szn Relax Glitter CBD Bath Bomb, 100mg CBD

Pride Szn BIG LUBE ENERGY, 250mg CBD

Pride Szn Gummies Rx, 750mg Full Spectrum

Conclusion

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

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

 

Shop Kush Queen's Pride Collection

 

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

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

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

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

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

Kush Queen Stands Behind, Supports and Amplifies Black Lives

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

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

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

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

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

Radical Self Care

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

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

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

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

Like Freeway Ricky Said Education Is Power

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

Join Girl Trek’s Black History Bootcamp

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

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

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

Conscious Capitalism In Support of BYP100

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

Black Lives Matter.

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

Take time to take radically care of yourself. 

 

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

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

Global Pandemic Phase One

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

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

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

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

CBD Tincture shown up close.

Compounding Losses of Pandemic Proportions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unhealed Wounds Accumulate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CBD Shower Gel bubbles.

Toolbox for Working Through Grief

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

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

Journaling

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

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

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

Exercise

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

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

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

Cannabis Wellness

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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

CBD Skin Care For Your Body

Cleanse

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

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

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

Exfoliate

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

Moisturize

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

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

CBD Skincare For Your Face

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

A.M. - Let’s Get Fresh and Protect

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

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

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

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

P.M. - Let's Hydrate

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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

Moms We Love At Kush Queen

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

The Stoner Mom

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

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

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

First Time Moms 

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

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

Your Mom/Friend

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

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

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

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

Moms That Are No Longer With Us

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

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

The Moms Who Step In

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

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

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

CBD Gummies - What You Need to Know 

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

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

How to find your “Happy Dose” 

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

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

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

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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. 

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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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