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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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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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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.

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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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Holiday survival mode is real, and what’s even more real is holiday survival with the help of CBD bath bombs. As we said in the Kush Queen CBD Gift Guide, this time of year is the most wonderful and the busiest season for many of us. The shopping, the travel, the festivities, the weather – they all converge during the holiday season. Which can send us into a flurry of excitement and overwhelm. If we know anything here at Kush Queen, it’s how to keep calm and carry on with the help of our CBD bath bombs.

Here are our top picks for surviving the holidays with CBD Bath Bombs but first a quick recap of why CBD makes sense this time of year.

The Benefits of using CBD Bath Bombs, Holiday Edition

  1. A Full Body CBD Topical – Your skin is your biggest organ, so by submerging your body fully into the CBD-infused water you are experiencing a full-body topical application. Think relaxed muscles, soothed aches and eased tension across your entire body. 
  2. Immune System Boost – CBD is a known anti-bacterial. The holiday season typically brings more travel and contact with people (read as more exposure to germs). We like to up our CBD daily intake this time of year as a preventative measure to keep our endocannabinoid and immune systems nourished.  
  3. A 20-Minute Recharge – During this time of year, we often put a stronger emphasis on others rather than ourselves. Whether it’s going to every party we are invited to or squeezing in a last-minute gift-getting errand at the end of the day, the holidays are a hectic time. Doing a once a week CBD infused bath can be those 20 minutes you didn’t know how bad you needed. It’s easy to get swept up in the shuffle, here’s a reminder to take some time to let your body relax and your mind rest.

Holiday Survival CBD Bath Bomb Picks 

Kush Queen x Alice + Olivia 200mg CBD Bath Bomb

Stacey Bendet in a bathtub holding a nourishing CBD bath bomb from the Kush Queen X Alice + Olivia Self-Care collection in either hand, next to a stack of boxed bath bombs.

Over the summer, we launched the Kush Queen X alice + olivia Self-Care Collection, which includes our first ever 200mg bath bomb, a 150mg CBD body lotion, and a 150mg CBD bubble bath. Prep for your busy day of travel or your holiday shopping stroll by slathering on the lotion and soak in a high-dose of healing at night by combining the CBD bath bomb with the bubble bath. With the self-care collection, you’ll get all three products so you can choose to keep or gift as you like!  

High Dose CBD Bath Bombs

Kush Queen Relieve Bath Bomb in a tub.

Surviving the holidays with CBD Bath Bombs just got customizable now that you can choose Relieve, Relax, Love, Sleep, Awaken, and Citrus in 25mg, 100mg, and 200mg doses! Depending on your needs, you can choose the dose of CBD that is most appropriate. Mix and match to absorb even more nano CBD into your pores while you indulge in the mood-boosting essential oils, or pick up the full collection to try them all. 

Sippin’ the CBD Tea

Matcha Green Tea CBD Bath Bomb and cup of green tea in the tub.

Nothing is cozier on a chilly winter day than a CBD-infused bath and a hot cup of tea. Whether you’re in an Earl Grey, Matcha Green Tea or Spiced Chai kinda mood, we’ve got a CBD bath bomb to compliment your taste. Made with our nano CBD and actual tea leaves, this trio was made to ease your stress after a long day. The complete Tea Collection makes the perfect gift for the tea-spilling queen in your entourage.

Shield For Immunity

Shield for Immunity CBD Bath Bombs help boost your immune system.

Shield for Immunity was our first higher dose CBD bath bomb that was created for cold and flu season. Inspired by the 15th-century legend of four thieves, we have hand-blended a powerful and aromatic mixture of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, and other natural botanicals believed to provide a shield of protection by supporting and strengthening the body and its immune system. 

Don’t Forget the Fur Babies!

Woof Queen does your pupper a solid relax!

Holidays can be stressful for animals too, not just people. You might bring them along on your road trip or they might be overwhelmed with company and new stimuli in their environment (cue the Christmas tree dripping with ornaments). Soak your pupper in Woof Queen, our CBD bath bomb line created just for our four-legged family members. Made with 10mg nano CBD and essential oils to calm and relieve your doggo after a hectic holiday. 

CBD Bath Bombs Bring More Joy and Less Stress

Let’s commit to making this holiday season less stressful and more joyous by taking care of ourselves while we check things off our to-do lists and our shopping lists. Tell us which one of our CBD bath bombs helped you survive the holidays by tagging us on Instagram at @kushqueen.shop.

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Kush Queen Shop - CBD Post Workout Routine

Last Friday I stepped outside and was instantly met with the first 90 plus degree day of summer. My edges curled back, my thigh gap got sticky and for me, that can only signal one thing. The beginning of golf season! Yes, you heard that right, golf. The sport that has generally been associated with rich old white men, is the sport that this little brown girl has been playing since she was 7. Growing up in the scorching Texas heat, and then playing for four years during college in Georgia, I’ve had my share of long achy nights trying to recover from carrying golf bags for 6 hours each day. I wish I had Kush Queen back then to help me with the stress of playing golf, as well as a CBD post workout routine to help with muscle soreness recovery.

Kush Queen's CBD Post Workout Routine in 3 Easy Steps

3 Steps To My CBD Post Workout Recovery

It never fails that the morning after playing a round of golf I wake up feeling sore all over. The kind of soreness that makes you question why you ever choose to move your body in the first place. My neck is tight, my shoulders burn and my head hurts so badly I feel hungover. That’s when I know it’s time for my CBD post workout routine. Now that I’m an adult I’ve incorporated a routine for getting rid of soreness. This plan also works as a killer self-care routine after a stressful day of work or play!

Kush Queen Shop Bäre 500mg CBD Tincture

Step 1: Add CBD to your morning smoothie

I’m a creature of habit and that extends to my food. I have the same smoothie every morning. I know that might sound monotonous but try it out for yourself, and I think you’ll understand why I’m so crazy about it. 

  • 1 cup of frozen Blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbs of nut butter (I prefer Justin’s Honey Almond Butter)
  • Dash of Cinnamon or to taste
  • 1 tsp honey (or you can soak dates, just make sure they’re pliable before blending)
  • 1-2 Droppers of Kush Queen BARE CBD Tincture
  • 1-1 1/2 cups of oat or nut milk
  • 1 tbs of chia seeds or flax meal (optional)
Kush Queen Shop CBD Smoothie with Bäre CBD Tincture.

Blend until smooth. Not only will the smoothie help to give you nutrients to feed your depleted muscles, but adding CBD will help with the inflammation from your workout and relieve any stress you might have so that you can start your day in a more calm state of mind. Bonus!

Step 2: Take a morning bath. I know, crazy right?

Who says baths are just for the evening? There’s nothing more luxurious to me than taking a hot bath, lighting some candles and putting on a podcast at 10 am on a Saturday. Well, that is until you add in our next step. Since my back is feeling like it’s going to start tweaking, I reach for the Kush Queen CBD bath bomb in RELIEVE. With 25mg of Pure CBD and notes of Organic clove, birch, and rosemary, this bath bomb helps me create the spa of my dreams in the reality of my apartment.  

Kush Queen Shop Relax CBD Bath Bomb, perfect for your CBD post workout recovery!

Step 3: Rub Melt on your aching muscles

After you finish soaking, treat your muscles to the cooling sensation of Kush Queen’s CBD Lotion, Melt. As soon as the Melt touches my skin I can feel my senses relaxing. Spoiler alert, after steps 1-3, my CBD post workout routine has me feeling like putty and so ready to dig into step 4.

Step 4: Stretch!

I’m a big believer in foam rolling. It hurts like hell, but once your muscles are nice and relaxed from your previous pampering, it feels like the perfect cherry on a day full of recovery. Stretching helps to keep your muscles loose and warmed up. It gives me an opportunity to breathe and clear my mind.

Kush Queen Shop's Melt CBD Relief Lotion packed in a gym bag, ready for your cbd post workout recovery.

You don’t have to be a golfer to have a CBD post workout recovery routine. Try this out after your next crazy hard CrossFit or spin class. We ask a lot of our bodies and we need to make sure that we’re pouring love and healing back into it.

By: JS Brunson


Do you have a CBD Post Workout Routine?

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By: Angela Viesti

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CBD lube is having a moment right now, and rightfully so. Known to stimulate arousal and increase the intensity and frequency of orgasms, CBD lube is becoming a bedside staple for self-exploration and deepening intimacy with partners. 

There are a number of intimate products containing CBD online and in retail stores, which makes it hard to know which one to choose. This blog will explore Kush Queen’s Ignite CBD Infused Lubricant in-depth and help you make informed decisions when stepping into the world of CBD lube.

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Oil vs. Water-Based Lube

We are all unique beings with ever-changing needs and desires. The exploration of our sexuality is a personal journey that continuously evolves throughout our entire lives, regardless of age. The products and toys you use during intercourse and masturbation should be taken into account when selecting a CBD lube. 

Do you use latex condoms? What about silicone toys? If the answer to either question was yes, then choose a water-based lube like Kush Queen’s Ignite CBD lube. Oil-based intimacy products can cause silicone toys to breakdown and latex condoms to tear–increasing the risk of STIs and unwanted pregnancies. Certain oils can also throw off the vaginas pH levels and cause yeast infections.

Some oil-based intimacy products aren’t even actual lube. They’re simply infused oils, more like traditional topicals. Ignite uses ingredients commonly found in lubricants, none of which are harmful or toxic. 

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What’s Inside CBD Lube (really) Counts

Each ingredient in Ignite was selected with safety and effectiveness in mind. The formula is free of parabens, glycerin, and petrochemicals and doesn’t stain. Hemp-derived CBD oil is modified using Amplifi Nanotechnology, which converts the CBD molecules into nano-particles that are tiny enough to absorb into the bloodstream through the skin. 

The CBD molecules in oil-based lubricants are larger and absorb much slower, often taking effect 20 minutes or longer after application. Using nano-CBD not only allows the formula to be water-based, but it also allows the onset of Ignite’s effects to happen rapidly, in under a minute for most people. 

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More Pleasure

The effects of Ignite can be likened to feeling “warmed up” almost immediately after applying it to the vagina, clitoris, and/or rectum, even before foreplay or masturbation begins. Cannabis is a vasodilator, which stimulates blood flow when applied to these areas, causing a heightened sensation. The tissues in the vagina and the anal cavity are highly absorbent and highly sensitive. This increased blood flow and sensitivity makes CBD lube the perfect recipe for mind-blowing orgasms and heightened pleasure without the use of hormones. 

Aside from inducing more pleasure, CBD lube is widely used for managing discomfort experienced during intercourse. CBD has relaxing effects that help to ease tension and make sex more enjoyable. Womxn should not be inhibited from experiencing enjoyable sex and intimacy due to health conditions, further adding to the undue burden of the feminine. The Kush Queen brand has always stood for feminism and inclusive values, and Ignite is just one of the many ways the brand elevates the collective while shutting down the patriarchy. 

Take Pride in Your Pleasure

Access to medical cannabis would not have been possible had it not been for the activism of the LGBTQ+ community during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. The cannabis industry is standing on the shoulders of those who lost their loved ones, their health, and their lives at staggering rates. 

To give back to the very community we all have to thank for their sacrifices, Kush Queen is donating 20% of sales from the 2019 Pride Collection to Trans Lifeline, a non-profit organization that provides support to transgendered individuals nationwide. 

You can take pride in supporting a fantastic cause while taking your pleasure into your own hands (or your partner’s!) when you order Ignite CBD Pride Edition while supplies last. 

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Make Pleasure a Priority

Now you have clarity on what CBD lube is and how it can be used to generate more pleasure in your life. Add Ignite to your arsenal of arousal tools and be empowered to make your pleasure a priority!


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Get Your Pre Summer Glo With 2 Amazing DIY CBD Tincture Face Masks

I love the summer. The heat, swimming pools are open, barbecuing yummy foods on the balcony – all of it. But my skin, on the other hand, may say otherwise. For whatever reason, the summer brings out the worst in my combination skin…and I mean the worst. My t-zone area is so greasy but at the same painfully dry – and let’s not mention the breakouts along my temples. 

So being the self-titled “DIY Queen” I am, I mixed up a few masks with the help of Kush Queens Bare CBD Tincture! For the most part, these masks use ingredients that can easily be found around a kitchen and can be switched up depending on what your skin goals are! 

The best hypoallergenic CBD Tincture, bare pictured against a bright green plate charger.

CBD oil, not hemp seed oil – is quickly becoming a staple in the beauty industry. It’s nothing short of a blessing for skin! A 2014 study showed, “CBD oil may help reduce various types of acne thanks to its ability to adjust how the body creates sebum.” Kush Queens, Bare Daily Wellness uses olive oil, which is an amazing anti-ager and reviver of sun damage as well. And because a few drops of olive oil goes a long way, only a small amount of CBD oil is needed to get refreshed skin! 

Women shown with a DIY CBD Tincture hydrating face mask.

The Hydrating Avocado CBD Mask

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 Full dropper of bare CBD tincture
  • 1 teaspoon plain organic yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

    This mask is perfect when your skin needs an extra boost of hydration. Especially if you’ve been spending a lot of time in the sun, the combo of fresh avocado + CBD will do your skin right!

    Avocado is known for its healthy fats and those natural oils can deeply penetrate the skin to soften and nourish, preventing fine lines and texture. The addition of honey contributes to hydrating your skin without leaving it oily or irritated, which is ideal if you have sensitive skin. Finally, yogurt finishes this ultra-hydrating mask with its ability to plump and revitalize dull skin with it’s ingredient lactic acid. Lactic acid provides a gentle exfoliation which contributes to the glowing skin you’re about to have!

    Mash the avocado as much as you can in a bowl then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Apply to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Warning: Your dog may try to lick your face. If you want to up the hydration in this mask, add in an extra dropper of bare.

    Womxn with dreads with a pore cleansing DIY CBD oil face mask.

    ACV Clay Mask with Bäre CBD Tincture

    For those that don’t know the power of raw apple cider vinegar or the “Aztec Clay” mask, you’re about to learn. Raw apple cider vinegar pops in every home remedy, from loc detoxes to keeping with diabetes, as well as acne fighting. It may also help unclog pores and smooth skin texture. The clay mask, which you’ve probably seen every on Instagram and Youtube at some point – lives up the hype!

    I swear I’m such a skeptic about anything, but I bought a jar of it last year around the holidays and I haven’t regretted once. The clay mask will reach down into your pores and rebuke the oil and trapped dirt. It’s also a great hair mask for all hair types. Just be mindful that it does not go down your sink without a fight, a lived and re-lived learned experience. But you can throw into the grass and it will act as a natural fertilizer – it’s the circle of life baybee *Kawhi Leonard voice.* 

    • 2 to 3 tablespoons of Aztec Clay mask
    • 1 full dropper of Bare CBD Tincture
    • Enough apple cider vinegar to have a spreadable paste

    Combine all ingredients in a non-metal bowl and mix with a non-metal spoon.* I like the consistency of a loose toothpaste, if that makes any sense. After getting it to your desired consistency, apply – once again careful not to use metal utensils. (* Bentonite Clay literally absorbs impurities and heavy toxins when applied, so if exposed to metal it will absorb the impurities from that and not from you!) Leave for 10-15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. Yes, this dries very tight. Yes, your skin may be a little red for like 20-ish minutes afterward – but these are all momentary and will only reveal bouncy and refreshed skin. 

    Conclusion

    So sit back, kick your feet up and let these simple CBD face masks do the work for you! Whether you skin needs hydration or deep pore cleansing, these two masks are easy to incorporate into your weekly routine.

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    By: Angela Viesti

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    The solar plexus chakra, also known as the third chakra, is located behind the navel. It’s Sanskrit name, Manipura, means “illustrious gem” and is symbolized by a yellow 10 petaled circle with an upside-down triangle in its center. The last of the physical chakras, the solar plexus is home to our feelings of personal empowerment, control, and abundance. The “gut feeling” we often refer to, when our intuition communicates through our bodies, stems from this chakra. 

    Keeping this chakra in balance is key to feeling a sense of security, self-confidence, and self-assurance. The solar plexus is associated with the fire element and signifies our ability to take action and build momentum in our lives. The phrase “being fired up” is a nod to the sensation of heat in the solar plexus when we feel excitement and enthusiasm. 

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    Imbalances in this area can manifest as lack of control and fear of being overpowered. Perfectionism, people-pleasing, and overactivity/being busy are often signs of a shrunken solar plexus. Obsession with gaining power, controlling behaviors, and an overinflated ego is associated with an enlarged third chakra. 

    Because our chakras operate as a holistic system of energy centers, balancing each one is essential to overall wellbeing. For a refresh on how to balance first and second chakras, check out the blogs on the root and sacral from earlier this year.

    As always, there is no single way to maintain balance in our lives, we can utilize a variety of alternative therapies to reach a homeostatic state. 

    Trust Your Gut

    Based on its location with respect to the body, the stomach and digestive system are associated with this energy center. Issues with weight, gastrointestinal problems, and poor gut health are symptoms of an imbalanced solar plexus. Good nutrition is a tool for optimizing all chakras, especially the third. Foods that enhance the solar plexus are:

    • Citrus fruits (especially lemon)
    • Bananas
    • Pineapple
    • Mango

    Choosing fresh, organic foods when possible and avoiding processed foods, refined sugar, alcohol, nicotine, and animal by-products can help clear a blocked solar plexus.

    Get Fired Up 

    Since the solar plexus is associated with the fire element, building heat in the body through movement increases clarity and balance in this area. Yoga poses, like Boat, Bow, and any Warrior pose, activate this energy center, while restorative poses like Child’s Pose and Corpse, or Savasana, help calm and soothe it. 

    Exercises that work the core, like Pilates and Barre, create fire energy in the solar plexus and strengthen more than just our abs–they increase our sense of self and personal mastery. Other heat building workouts, like High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and kickboxing, help build a sense of empowerment and self-confidence with practice and growth over time. 

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    Scents of Empowerment

    Targeted aromatherapy is a super simple way to bring the solar plexus into balance at home and on the go. Try these essential oils in a diffuser or DIY spray for third chakra healing:

    • Bergamot
    • Rosemary
    • Lemongrass
    • Cedarwood
    • Chamomile 

    If you want to clear your space and balance your energy, add the plant equivalents of the above essential oils to a sage bundle for smudging.

    If you really want to create a vibe, there’s a bath bomb experience for that! Combine the Crystal Cult Manipura bath bomb with Kush Queen’s Citrus bath bomb in hot water for a heat-inducing, sense-awakening soak. Choose a mantra, like “I Can” to meditate on while playing gentle music targeted toward the solar plexus.

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    Crystal Healing

    After your Citrus Chakra bath, you’ll have a pink aventurine to add to your crystal collection. Other stones to help balance the third chakra include:

    • Citrine: Associated with fire element; activates self-confidence; increases mental clarity and courage; acceptance of abundance
    • Green Calcite: Fire & water elements; grounds and focuses energy; promotes healthy gallbladder, liver, pancreas, and intestine; helps adjust to change
    • Gold Tiger’s Eye: Fire element; creates a sense of safety and protection; helps with remembering dreams and mental clarity; release jealousy and build self-confidence; invites blessing and good fortune

    When choosing crystals for healing, finding stones that speak to you is most important. Above all, crystals are tools to help strengthen your intuition and relationship to self.

    Namaslay, Queen!

    A healthy solar plexus is your best ally for slaying it at work and in life. I hope this blog helps you discover your power and build a practice that works in favor of your highest good. Namaste, Queens!


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