Anxiety Reducing Workouts

By: Ben Mervis

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As a person who is alive and woke in 2019, I find that there are far more natural triggers for anxiety than there are for endorphins. This might also explain why we’re also a generation that’s honing the skills and therapies for self-care – which is great because we all know things aren’t going to be easier for today’s children.  

I don’t mind admitting this, but Elle Woods inspired me in many ways; if I work hard there’s almost nothing I can’t do (what, like it’s hard?), the bend and snap will always work if you’re trying to get a man’s attention, and exercise is a great way to naturally create mood-enhancing endorphins.

Admittedly, the title of this piece is misleading – this is not a step by step guide of exercises to practice when you’re feeling anxious. Rather some reminders that helped me find my own footing in the fitness world, which in turn has really been a great tool in my handling of stressful times.

It’s also worth noting that there are some really strong connections between exercise and CBD. Yes, a CBD topical (or ingestible) can help with pain relief and recovery – but CBD can also help make your workout more impactful. By reducing inflammation ahead of exercise, our bodies are better able to circulate blood carrying nutrients, energy, and endorphins.

**Medical disclaimer** by no means am I an expert here. These tips are based on my lived experience, and advice that I’ve gotten from fit friends like Aaron Marcotte over the years.

1. It’s all about the timing

We’re all usually trying to fit more into a day than we should – and I’ll speak for myself when I say that being overscheduled can cause some serious anxiety. So when I’m fitting in a workout, I make sure to know how long I can commit to it. I recommend that anyone who is not already on a regular workout routine, give this a moment of planning and save yourself some stress. Make sure to include time for warming up, exercise, cooling down/stretching, showering and refueling.

I give myself 2-hours from the minute I walk out my door, to when I finish my post-shower protein shake. This is usually 5:30 am – 7:30 am, but that’s just what works for me. There was a time where I’d fit the whole shebang into a 1-hour lunch break… but I found myself skipping my stretches, straining my muscles, and generally feeling more anxious than before I left the office.

2. Practice mindful breathing – your body can’t do anything if you’re not breathing.

This is something I often forgot when I first started lifting, but I really learned the importance of breathing through yoga and spinning classes. I found it incredibly helpful to have a coach/teacher reminding me to breathe, and actually connecting my movements to my breath and the beats. It’s become a form of active meditation for me.

3. Stimuli

From the get-go, I began working out with headphones in, and something full-blast. Whether I was listening to music, podcasts, or something else… it felt like a given that I should be plugged in during a workout.

It was only about a year ago that I realized the audio inputs can be distracting, and even anxiety-inducing in and of themselves. What’s coming on next? Why don’t I have better playlists? Am I dancing and lip syncing without even realizing it? Is the cute guy on the treadmill next to me interested in chatting?

I’ve worked on understanding when I’m already overstimulated, and I make those days no-headphone days.

4. Stretching and recovery

The number one way to reduce anxiety through exercise, in my experience – is a good stretch at the beginning and end of my workout. I find so much peace in reconnecting with my breath, and taking a moment to appreciate my body for the work it’s just done. This is another opportunity to work some CBD into your routine; I recommend a CBD tincture like Bare or one of Kush Queen’s CBD nano topical such as Soaked. In these cases, the CBD should help to fight post-workout inflammation, and keep your blood flowing and feeding your body’s recovery.

So the next time you feel a wave of anxiety coming, or anticipate an anxious day/week/month – make sure to set aside some time for exercise – but don’t let it add to your stressors. Even a walk around the block should be enough to get your blood and endorphins flowing, you’ve just gotta give it a chance.


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Tie Dye Your Way to Pride

By: Maria Spiridigliozzi

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Let me be totally honest, large crowds sometimes freak me out. Loud sudden noises, and even loud sustained noises, sometimes freak me out. Waiting for many hours in a large crowd, sometimes freaks me out. What I’m saying is, my anxiety disorder and the typical Pride parades and parties are not a good match.

I like to celebrate pride in other ways. Some things that are fun are supporting LGBTQIA+ artists, seeing a concert (Hi Mitski!), going to an event (QueerFest in Silverlake is a chill alternative to the Pride parades in West Hollywood). What always makes me feel connected to the community is outwardly showing my pride through my craft projects.

How to Tie Dye Your Way to Pride

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  • Pick your shirt!

    • This can be any type of white or light (the closer to white the better) colored shirt. Above are the shirts I used today.

    • A great way to show your pride before even touching any dye is to pick up some Pride swag from your local shops. Check out any LGBTQIA+ owned businesses in your area. If that’s not an option, some of the big stores have a line of Pride clothing that is A+ (Saturday School, Ralph Lauren will even put your name on this sweatshirt, Madewell, H&M)

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  • Prep your area!

    • There aren’t many things you need to tie-dye. If you’ve got a tarp or giant plastic sheet ala Twin Peaks then you can lay them down inside and have this party in your bathroom or living room. I don’t have such things so I cut up a trash bag and used that to cover my coffee table. Who says luxury isn’t possible on a budget?

    • It’s also a good idea to use gloves when working with tie-dye. Dye is right there in the name, so if you don’t use gloves expect some colorful fingers for a day or two.

    • Rubber bands make for the best hold, they just snap right into place. If you want to tie your shirt with string grab a buddy to help hold the shirt while you tie around it.

    • Scissors are optional. I used them to cut up one of the shirts as it was GIANT and as you can see it makes a much better tank top.

    • Prepping your shirt

      • The dye adheres better to wet fabric, so you’ll want to give your shirt a lil’ bath before you start. Once it’s nice and damp ring out any excess water. See here.

  • Start your design!

    • Designs in tie-dye shirts are all based on the tie part. So however you twist your shirt will dictate how the colors show up. I’m partial to the crumple method and the traditional spiral, but you can find so many others online.

  • For the spiral (see above)– pinch up where you want the center of the spiral. On this shirt, I went just above center and to one side so it kind of sprays across the chest. If you’re going to crop, take into consideration where the crop will be. Sometimes it helps to cut the shirts beforehand so you know exactly what you’re working with. But honestly, go with your gut on this one. As you can see I cut this so it’s a tank top.

  • Once you’re satisfied start rubberbanding around. I used 4 rubber bands to really hold it in place.

  • Crumple method (see above) is exactly what it sounds like, you crumble. This one runs the risk of coming out either all one color or very muddy if you use a lot of the dye. The basic method is, lay the shirt flat and start crumpling it up until it’s as crumpled as you like. The more wrinkles the more interesting the design.

  • Then start rubberbanding. It helps to keep them in a sort of spiderweb formation.

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  • Get to dying!

    • Literally, this is where you lay down on the floor and wait for the imminent cold hands of death to grab you. Just kidding! It’s time to cover these shirts in fabric dye. As you can see some of my containers are already full and some aren’t. This is only because I’ve already used this tie dye set before. The dye will last a good while once you’ve mixed it.

    • To mix your dye simply add a little tap water to the bottle then shake. Once you’re pretty sure the dye is incorporated fill the bottle to just below the top and shake again to really mix that dye.

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  • Now is the really fun part, where you take dye to fabric. This time, as I’m making shirts to wear for Pride, I was inspired by Kush Queen’s Rainbow CBD Bath Bomb (which comes in the Relax blend).

  • You will see there are these great lines of distinct color in the bath bomb and I wanted to mimic that on the shirt.

  • The other shirt takes inspiration from my personal sexual identity as pansexual. In case you’re unfamiliar it means I’m attracted to people across the gender spectrum and when choosing a partner am interested in people across the gender spectrum.

    • Pride is the perfect time to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community as well as bear your (literal) flag.

  • Once the top layer is completely covered in dye, flip it over and cover the back side. Here’s an example of my pansexual shirt top and bottom covered in dye.

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  • Let it rest!

    • Yeah, there’s an exclamation point there, because now is when you wrap these puppies in some plastic and let them marinate. It’s the perfect time to pop that CBD Bath Bomb in the tub and relax for an hour (or two).

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  • The dye needs to really set into the fabric so you can leave these as short as two hours or as long as a week depending on your dye.

  • Most dyes suggest up to 24 hours. The longer you let it marinate the easier it will be to rinse the dye out and the more vibrant the dye will be once it is washed out.

  • Unravel and rinse!

    • As you can see my shirts came out pretty damned good! Very excited to rock these around Pride all month long.

    • Once you unravel you can either rinse them in the bathtub by hand or put them in the washing machine on a delicates cycle.

      • Truthfully, this is the part I messed up on. I tried hand rinsing before switching to the washing machine and then my boyfriend accidentally included them in a load of normal clothes, so they’re extra faded now.

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  • Drying!

    • If you can line drying then I would highly recommend that. You don’t want a ton of heat involved in drying. If you don’t want to/can’t line dry, then you can use a normal dryer on low.

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Now all thats left to do is get out there and show off your hard work! Tie-dye your way to your own Pride!


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The Women and the Queer History Behind Pot Brownies

By: DM Blunted

Illustration by @ dmblunted

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Pot brownies are one of the most, if not the most, notorious edibles known to stoner culture. The use of edibles in religion and for pleasure has been around for centuries. What is less known is that it wasn’t a popularized recipe until a queer woman in the 1950s published a recipe for “Hashish Fudge,” and just like that, the iconic stoner treat had its start in the United States. But it wasn’t until the 1980s, with the help of an LGBTQ+ ally, that the pot brownie as we know it was engraved into pot culture and our hearts.  

When Alice B. Toklas moved to Paris at the age of 29 from San Francisco, five months after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, I doubt she imagined she was going to find her life partner the day after she arrived. But she did when she met Gertrude Stein, an American writer, and art collector also living in Paris (yes, that Gertrude Stein). They lived together hosting expat writers and avant-garde artists in their home for almost four decades. While Stein wrote, Toklas acted as her muse and confidant. So much so that Stein wrote a book in 1933 titled “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,” which ended up becoming her bestselling book. They remained a tight unit until Stein’s passing in 1946. When she died, she left a large portion of her estate and many high-value Picassos to Toklas. But like many queer partnerships before the protection of federal laws, Toklas’s and Stein’s union wasn’t recognized legally. Which made it a cakewalk for Gertrude’s family to swoop in like a kettle of vultures and take those valuable pieces from Alice’s home while she was on vacation.

Alice B. Toklas Illustration by @ dmblunted

Alice B. Toklas Illustration by @dmblunted

This forced Alice to ask friends for money and scramble for new streams of revenue. And that’s how we got, “The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook,” filled with memories and recipes from friends. One of those recipes, a Moroccan inspired “Hashish Fudge” came from her close friend Brion Gysin. After the obvious shock and backlash, Harper’s, the publisher, pulled the recipe from the US print, but the media and the public weren’t done with hashish fudge. The pot brownie prototype frenzy quickly propelled the cookbook to bestselling heights and even immortalized Toklas’s last name in pot culture. Ever wonder where the term “toke” came from? Look no further than Alice B. Toklas. Even though there is no evidence that Toklas used this recipe, it doesn’t take away her place in cannabis history.

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40 years after Alice B. Toklas hit cookbook was published, Mary Jane Rathbun (yes, that’s her real name) was working in a San Francisco IHOP, perfecting her pot brownie recipe in her free-time. Rathbun soon began selling her “magically delicious” brownies on the streets of San Fransico’s gay district, Castro – quickly gaining her notoriety in the city. A few years into her sales and Rathbun began to notice the health benefits of her cannabis-infused pastries for her chronically ill customers. Mind you this was during a time when the United States government had waged a war against its LGBTQ+ community by not speaking out on the HIV/AIDS epidemic that was devastating the community. With Nixon going out of his way to ignore the issue, it was left to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to take care of one another. And that’s where “Brownie” Mary Rathbun came in. Soon after she realized how her brownies could help the ailing, she started showing up at her local AIDS and cancer wards, brownies and fresh pots of coffee in hand. And even though she had retired from her job at IHOP, she used her $612 Social Security check to supply the sick with edible medicine. But just like with anything good in life, the police caught wind of Rathbun’s charitable deeds and wanted to put an end to it.

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Mary Jane Rathbun Illustration by @dmblunted

So in 1981 Rathbun’s public-housing apartment was raided, where police found 18 pounds of high-grade cannabis, 35 pounds of margarine (which Mary would let the public know it was butter and not margarine), 50 pounds of flour and sugar, 22 dozen eggs and 21,000 sq ft of plastic wrap. At the age of 57, Mary Jane Rathbun was arrested for the first time. Rathbun received national news and the mercy of the judge in charge of her case and was let off with 500 hours of community service. Many of those hours she spent at gay thrift stores, soup kitchens and a hospice center called the Shanti Project. Ten years after her arrest and Rathbun was still selling brownies but was even more involved as an advocate and an ally to the cannabis and LGBTQ+ community. In 1991, her work with gay cannabis advocate Dennis Peron, came into fruition when Prop P was passed with 80% of the San Franciscan vote, Which made it the first MMJ law in the United States. A year later and Peron and Rathbun opened the first public dispensary in the nation, The Cannabis Buyers Club.

The pot brownies history is as deep and rich as it’s flavor, and it’s important that we acknowledge the reasons of who and why we’re able to enjoy this infused delight. Because behind every one of these stories lies the LGBTQ+ community. Toklas didn’t just publish a best selling cookbook she also founded the United States first LGBT Democratic Club. Rathbun dedicated her life to aiding the LGBTQ+ community in San Francisco up until her passing in 1999. These women used their lives to uplift the LGBTQ+ community, so shouldn’t it be innate for the cannabis community and industry to do the same?  

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Illustration by @dmblunted

Right now, as you read this,  LGBTQ+ rights are being slowly and painfully stripped away. Our black trans sisters are being murdered in the streets with no justice. And in 2016 58% of all Black folks diagnosed with HIV were either gay or bi men. Being an ally doesn’t just stop at rainbows and Pride, there are 365 days out of the year where you should continue to think about our community. It goes beyond gender or sexual identity, it’s about privilege and using yours to help others with it. Do.Your.Part.


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What does it Mean to be Seen?

By: Tiffany Whitmore

Before I sat down to write this post in long form, I outlined the post with the title of “The Feeling of Pride.” When I got settled in my writing spot and started reflecting on the sections, I found myself lost in thought of what the feeling of pride is for me.

I asked myself what the feeling of pride is multiple times to get to the real answer. It was a pivotal moment and my answer was surprising and to be honest liberating.

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The Phases of Pride

As a member of the elder millennial LBGTQIA+ community, I’ve gone through the pride lifecycle. We can all appreciate the shy early stages of our youth to the bold, rainbow-everything college years and finally settling into our authentic “this is who I am everyday” self.  

Each one of the stages taught me so much. In the beginning, self-discovery and exploration ruled my identity as a sense of pride was still developing. Fast forward a few years to the opposite end of the spectrum where everything about me was pride oriented from my “alternative lifestyle” haircut, rainbow flag armband (give me a break it was the mid-2000s), and living an out life was something fundamental to who I was at the time.

Now that I’ve gotten older, thankfully, my sense of self-expression has evolved and so has my sense of pride. So when I asked myself what the feeling of pride is, I tried to dig deep into answering how my sense of pride aligns with the core of who I am.

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To Be Seen Is My Feeling of Pride

When I got to the core of my answer, I realized that for me to truly feel a sense of pride is for my complete self to be seen. What does that mean?

Experiencing the significance of my existence in the smallest of ways gives me the most genuine sense of pride. As a member of a community that is continuously being marginalized, the feeling of significance is powerful. I’ve come to realize that significance for me is a two-fold idea of being given the space to be seen and someone seeing you for exactly who you are.

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Kush Queen Sees Me

When I first laid eyes on this year’s Kush Queen Pride Collection, I felt excited and drawn to the collection, and these are products I already use daily – so what’s the difference?

I felt seen. Olivia and the entire Kush Queen team create space for the LGBTQIA+ community. The pride bäre, pride bath bomb, and pride ignite are the physical representation of that significance. It’s not just new packaging for a month; it’s the feeling that someone believes you and your community are significant enough to acknowledge, celebrate, and speak out on topics that you face every day.

DM Blunted summed it up in their post DM Goes to LA, “to be embraced by Oliva and to be told that I’m family, is a constant reminder that I don’t need to alter my morals or stances to be successful or wanted.”

The feeling to be seen is something that everyone benefits from. That equal energy exchange is the ultimate glow up. Kush Queen and the Kush Queen Pride Collection sees us, let’s celebrate that together.

Pride is a Year Long Celebration, Not Just a Month Long Thing

Use the month of June to be intentional in your representation, educate yourself on the shared history of the LGBTQIA+ communities and cannabis, be seen in your community. And always remember to make events inclusive to everyone in the community.

Here are a few Pride month activities I’ve participated in over the last few years:

•    Donate gently used clothing and housewares to a local LGBTQIA+ support organizations

•    Go to Pride events

•    Read about LGBTQIA history or a life like Billy Jack Gaither.

Enjoy the month of June and don’t forget there is a whole team of people at Kush Queen that see you!


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10 Cannabis Memes for the Kush Queen in all of us

By: WolfieMemes

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@Wolfiememes is our favorite millennial memer and loyal Kush Queen supporter. So she stopped by to drop some cannabis memes featuring some of your favorite MOODS and Kush Queen products like our Sleep bath bomb and our Ignite lubricant . Relatable AF.

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1. Weed Lube

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2. Summer Mood

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3. When You’re A Kush Queen

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4. All day, Every day

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5. Soul Mates

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6. Dry Vibes

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7. High Maintenance

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8. Munchies

9. Work Mood

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10. Post Sleep Bath Bomb

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Kush Queen’s Wellness Toolbox: CBD & Intentional Breathing

By: Angela Viesti

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We take our first breath when we’re born. We take our last breath when we die. And in between we have breathtaking moments and moments of breathlessness.

We hold our breath when we’re underwater or detect a foul smell. Moms-to-be in Lamaze class prepare for childbirth–the final descent before baby’s first breath. We use breathing as a remedy to calm down in times of high stress, panic, or anger. Cardio workouts demand that you marry the relationship between breath and movement. You may deepen or shallow your inhale/exhale as an automatic response to pain or tension.

It’s a vital physiological function that happens involuntarily most of the time. What makes breathing such a powerful tool for connecting us to ourselves is that we have the ability to control its rhythm and pace to optimize our mental state and physical performance.

Connecting to your breath is vital when:

  • You’re experiencing pain

  • You’re stressed out (travelling, traffic, relentless workday, etc.)

  • Your heart rate is up

  • You’re frustrated or angry

  • Anxiety strikes

Intentional breathing helps regulate the body’s response to stressors in our environment…and so does CBD. There are a number of ways to pair breath with CBD products that trigger an entourage effect of benefits.

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CBD & Breath for Your Mind

Short, shallow breathing enhances anxiety and stress, while deep, intentional breathing can relieve them. Certain activities demand that we connect to our breath, taking the burden of “remembering to breathe” off our plates. Because the body operates as a whole, eliminating stress and anxiety holistically is more effective than treating individual symptoms. By incorporating breath, CBD, and movement into our routines we can eliminate and prevent stress and anxiety.

Try these activities that connect you to your breath

  • Yoga – To deepen your presence during practice, take a Kush Queen RX CBD Gummy about 30 minutes before you begin. The calming effects of the CBD will serve you whether you’re holding Warrior II longer than usual or you’re sinking into a deep Sleeping Pigeon. Remember to tap into your breath when you feel challenged.

  • Pilates – The Joseph Pilates method of exercise emphasizes the combination of breath with movement to deepen stretches and allow for greater mobility. Pilates awakens muscles that are otherwise dormant, so rub a dose of Melt CBD Pain Relief Lotion on your neck, shoulders, and low back to loosen up for this workout.

  • Meditation – If mental chatter stops you from meditating, focus on your breath and notice how it can help you get out of your head. Breath in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and exhale for 4 seconds. Repeat for 3 cycles and as needed.

  • Cardio (running, biking, dancing, etc.) – Without proper breathing, cardio will leave you panting and exhausted in a matter of seconds. Find your rhythm and pace and match your breath to your movement.

  • Hiking, Beaching, and Being (Outdoors) – If you can get outdoors to connect to your breath–DO IT! Fresh air in natural environment is excellent for your mind, body, spirit, and lungs. The ocean is a great tool for syncing our breath with a natural rhythm

  • Fresh Air Indoors – Create a green space inside with indoor houseplants that produce fresh oxygen and give your home a calm vibe. Check out our very own Ben Mervis’ Insta story, Plant Father if you need some inspo. You could even grow your own weed to bring plant life indoors!

There’s no one right way to take CBD, so experiment with a blend of topicals, ingestibles, and smokables to find the combination that you prefer for each activity. Check out our Understanding CBD blog for tips on how to find your “sweet spot”.

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CBD & Breath for Pain

Physical pain impacts everyone throughout life. Pain happens as a result of injury and illness. It can be acute or chronic. Isolated or systemic. No matter how we end up with it, pain hurts.

Acute pain is the body’s normal response to injury or biological changes within (think sports injury or menstrual cramps). As normal as it may be, it’s still pain and it still hurts. Chronic pain is often accompanied by systemic inflammation, which contributes to a number of serious conditions if left unaddressed.

Improper breathing can contribute to and even cause pain by creating a tightening of the muscles, causing them to pull and strain. But breathing can also be a most effective tool for easing pain and that effectiveness is amplified by the presence of CBD and other botanicals.

To treat pain and inflammation, take a sublingual dose of Bare CBD Tincture and while holding the oil under your tongue, inhale deeply through the nose and exhale completely through the nose. Do this for about a minute before swallowing the oil. Continue breathing deeply and direct your breath to the area you’re experiencing the pain; exhale completely through the mouth. Repeat twice times per day or as needed to relieve sporadic pain.

To go deeper into relaxation and pain relief, bathe in a tub of warm water and a Kush Queen Relieve CBD Bath Bomb. Continue breathing intentionally as you soak in the bath.

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CBD & Breath for Your Body

Another way to connect to yourself using breathwork and CBD is through pleasure and exploration. This can be done alone or with a consenting partner. Orgasms are known to release a euphoric cocktail of hormones that leave us feeling relaxed and happy. CBD lube heightens sensitivity and increases circulation when applied to the genitals, which will speed up the arousal process. Deepen those orgasms and you deepen all the sensations that come with it..

Enter a mild meditative state by breathing slowly, focusing on where your breath travels in your body. After a few complete cycles, start to direct your breath and awareness to your sacral chakra (think womb/pelvis/sexual organs). When you feel relaxed and in your body, apply a pump of Kush Queen’s Ignite CBD lube to yourself or your partner. The effects of Ignite can be felt within seconds of application, so be ready!

CBD lube stimulates the sensitive tissues in and near sexual organs, bringing a greater level of sensation and awareness to the targeted area. Painful intercourse or arousal are minimized as the CBD acts to relax increase blood flow and release tension.

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Wellness Toolbox

Maintaining wellness is all about having tools at your disposal to call on when you need extra support. Your breath is one that you almost always have access to and with practice it can become your sharpest instrument in achieving homeostasis.


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Introducing The 2019 Pride Collection

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Celebrating the shared history of cannabis progress, and the LGBTQ+communities, Kush Queen presents our limited edition 2019 Pride Collection. The Pride CBD bath bomb with 25mg CBD, Pride Ignite Water Based CBD Lubricant, and our 1000mg Bare CBD Tincture.

Our access to cannabis would not exist without the incredible men and women who fought for Proposition 215. Because of them, California would adopt its first medical cannabis legislation in 1996, opening the doors for AIDS patients and many others to gain access to plant medicine.

As a womxn-owned company, Kush Queen is dedicated to honoring the shared history of the LGBTQ+ communities and cannabis. We are committed to the pursuit of equality and fostering a more accepting world not just during pride season, but all year long.

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20% of all pride collection sales will directly benefit Trans Lifeline; a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to critical needs with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.Celebrating the shared history of cannabis progress, and the LGBTQ+communities, Kush Queen presents our limited edition 2019 Pride Collection. Our access to cannabis would not exist without the incredible men and women who fought for Proposition 215. Because of them, California would adopt its first medical cannabis legislation in 1996, opening the doors for AIDS patients and many others to gain access to plant medicine.

Check back all summer long for amazing pride content!


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How CBD Products are Made

By: Olivia Alexander

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It’s been a long journey since we formulated our first bath bomb and CBD has exploded on a national level. Some that use Kush Queen products have experience with the plant, others have never even tried a CBD product before. The two most important things at Kush Queen are the products and the people that use them. Being transparent is a part of that commitment, so I wanted to break down the entire process from soil to the time it arrives to your door. As the CEO of Kush Queen, I use our products daily. Its the daily exposure to cannabinoids that helps me achieve homeostasis in my body. Every ingredient is important to me because I use the products every single day.

At Kush Queen, we make the products, but long before we compound our bath bombs and lotions our CBD has to be grown and extracted. The life of hemp begins with a seed. We source our hemp from Oregon, where the soil is rich with nutrients and the climate allows a full growing season. Some hemp in other parts of the country is grown on land where tobacco was previously grown (and sprayed with endless pesticides). The health of the soil, nutrients, and climate all matter. Once the seeds are planted, the plants then grow and flower, the entire process takes around six months (generally planting in late spring and harvesting in the fall). The way a farmer cares for its plants is important. Genetically modified nutrients and pesticides could be introduced to the plant if the farmer does not carefully follow natural or organic practices. Once the plant is fully grown, its time to harvest it.

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Once the hemp is harvested, it’s what we call ‘bio mass’. This is the part of the process where the hemp is extracted from the physical plant. There are a number of ways you can remove the desired active molecules from the harvested plant, which is known as extraction. Alcohol, CO2, butane, even just water or heat and pressure are known methods used in cannabis extraction. We only use hemp extract that has been processed to the point where it is absolutely free of any residual solvents or is extracted through solvent-free methods.

Once the oil is extracted it goes through a process called chromatography. This process separates the oil into different phases that contain different concentrations of molecules in order to create different types of finished extracts.

Here’s a gallery of the hemp processing:

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Once the hemp is processed into either finished oil or CBD isolate, it arrives at our Kush Queen facility. This is where it becomes the magical ingredient in our products. Some of our products contain CBD in its oil form while others are converted to our patent-pending water-based form. We use this water-based CBD because it allows it penetrate through the dermis of the skin and we don’t have to depend only on oil-based formulations. This way the CBD absorbs right into your bloodstream, so the bioavailability of the CBD is greatly improved.

Our team creates each product by hand, carefully weighing out each amount of CBD for our batch, so your products are accurately dosed. We combine it with other ingredients that we source with the same care as we do our CBD. Our production team compounds each product in our facilities, not just with care to the forumulas, but with the shared passion of the products that we all love and use daily.

Most of our products take, on average, 3-5 days to make; including compounding, drying, filling, labeling, packaging, lab testing, and quality control. At any given time, I will personally pull samples off the line and use them. I am looking for the same fizz in the bath bomb from our original batches of 12. I’ll use Melt to soothe my aches after a long day to make sure it is consistent in appearance, texture, and scent.

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Then our team ships them to your door or to one of our 750+ retail partners for you to enjoy. I hope this blog has given you some insight to how much work goes into your Kush Queen CBD products. Our brand is a labor of love and every product is a part of our journey and yours.


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4 Essentials to planning the perfect Roadtrip – The Long Haul

By: Ben Mervis

I had bought tickets for Ariana Grande’s Sweetener tour when they first came out. My most diehard Ari fans live outside of San Jose, so we agreed that I would book the $75 roundtrip flight, and they would buy me dinner before the show.

It was supposed to be a nice 3-day getaway… and then our team decided to bring Kush Queen to Hall of Flowers in Santa Rosa… and then I had the opportunity to meet with a couple of our coolest NorCal dispensary partners… during the week after the tradeshow and concert.

I love getting out of LA and seeing other parts of California, and I knew I’d get to spend time with some of my favorite people during this trip, but my 3-day getaway quickly evolved into a 12-day working road trip with an Ariana Grande concert in the middle of it.

Whether I’m traveling for work, for pleasure, in-state or across the country; there are a few things I find absolutely essential to my comfort and happiness.

  1. Knowing where I’m going to spend the night

  2. Understanding the boundaries of my hosts regarding when/where/how I’ll use cannabis

  3. Planning to stay hydrated with minimal single-use plastic waste

  4. Comfort with constant carb consumption

I’m usually planning these things for 3-5 days of travel, maybe a whole week at most… but this 12-day trip would include 6 places to lay my head and 3 very different activities. Fortunately, my planning paid off and resulted in a GREAT trip – so here are just a few more details about how I prepare for traveling.

1. I’m not the type of person who can just “wing it” when it comes to sleep.

I’ve always been a firm believer in getting enough sleep, which is hard when one of my best friends is a classic “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” ‘type’ of person. I was recently affirmed on this via a Goop podcast (minute 18:30) where Emily Gagoski explained how even just one night of bad sleep – nevermind sustained lack of sleep – has the same effect on our bodies as being drunk.

6hrs/night or fewer for 2-weeks, and the typical person will be as impared as someone with .1% blood alcohol level.

So when planning a trip, I have no shame in asking my potential hosts questions about their home (if I’ve never been) – temperature, animals, linens – I can prepare for each if I know what I’m preparing for. The same can be said for cannabis restrictions, which brings me to…

2. I smoke so openly and privately at home, and sometimes forget what a luxury that is.

If you’re paying attention you know my favorite way to enjoy flower (high-CBD hemp flower, or cannabis) is by smoking it through a bong. And to be honest, I brought a bong with me on this trip because I knew we’d have some privacy at our AirBnB in Santa Rosa. But between hotels, friends’ city apartments, and a high fire risk mountainside, there had to be other solutions.

This is where a few things came in handy:

  1. Bare CBD Tincture

  2. High-potency vaporizer cartridge

  3. CBD Edibles (including Gummy RX and Big Pete’s Treats)

  4. THC Edibles (another shout out to Big Pete’s!)

3. Just like sleep, hydration is crucial to our health.

But I was also raised by parents who own a recycling-based company, so my hydration comes with a sincere effort to reduce the number of single-use plastics. If that doesn’t immediately resonate with you, I suggest reading/watching something that will tell you far more than I can.

To stay on topic though, here are a few of my tricky tricks for doing this while traveling. I bring:

  1. My reusable Starbucks-style cold cup, with metal for ease of consumption while driving

  2. One extra large insulated bottle for keeping a backstock of cold water

  3. A small mason jar with powdered electrolytes to help keep my energy and hydration up

  4. An extra metal straw, and cleaning tool

4.And lastly, as your resident #CarbInfluencer, I’m here to remind you that carbs are fuel; don’t let your body or your car run on empty!

My final advice is that once you open your heart and your stomach to carbs, there can sometimes be an overwhelming number of choices to make. Have no shame in adding some bakeries and restaurants to your “travel” bookmarks on Yelp or Google Maps. Some of my favorites on this trip included:

  1. this insane handmade French pastry with goat cheese from ALTA in Monterey

  2. every single pasta at Locanda in San Francisco

  3. orange + chocolate chip scone at Batter Bakery in San Francisco

  4. Classics: Whole Foods pizza and cookies – you can find a Whole Foods ANYWHERE and there are always reliable choices


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The Best I Ever Had: My First CBD Pedicure

By JS Brunson

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You the best I ever had, best I ever had

Best I ever had, best I ever had

-Drake

While the great musical poet Aubrey “Drake” Graham might have been thinking about more salacious body experiences in his 2009 hit song, these lyrics ring true about the best, and I mean the best pedicure I have ever had. Created as a collaboration with Kush Queen CBD products and executed by the fabulous technicians at Bellacures, I have been transformed from a feet loathing novice to a pedicure advocate!

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me back up and give you the whole picture. I’m a little ashamed to say that I am not a girlie girl. I’ve always wanted to be the woman that got her hair done, nails done, everything did, but I wasn’t. I was more of the wait until my toes get so bad that my boyfriend puts money in my hands and begs me to get a pedicure… type girl. To be real, I just didn’t like them. Growing up we’d always go to the super sketchy salons where the turnover rate was quicker than a Lady Gaga outfit change at the Met Gala!

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I am also very ticklish and I have developed a somewhat irrational fear of accidentally kicking my technician in the face. Also, I wouldn’t consider my feet to be the prettiest part of my body and adorning my toenails with polish never really made sense to me.

Luckily my guy didn’t have to wait until my annual clipping session because the Kush Queen fairy goddesses sent me on a quest to try out their CBD infused Cannicure at Bellacures. Honestly, the name alone was more than reason enough to try it out. I had the option of getting a manicure or pedicure, and well I figured I’d go ahead and test my skepticism and get the pedicure. This is the part where my life changed forever.

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I got to the salon and was immediately transported to a leafy hanging plant tropical heaven. While I checked in I was handed my first of many goodies. A Kush Queen CBD infused chocolate heart candy. I popped the candy in my mouth and took a deep breath as the CBD did its magical thing. After that, I was escorted to my seat and met my technician, Tan. She raved at the popularity of the Canni-cure and told me that a lot of athletes visit her because the CBD products are good for muscle relaxation.

My next surprise came in the form of the Kush Queen Relieve CBD Bath bomb. It was added to my hot water and instantly started to turn my foot soak into an essential oil paradise! Wow, let’s just say you don’t realize how much work your feet do for you every day until you give them the tender loving care they deserve. I felt so calm and present, ready for whatever came next.

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Tan began to scrub my feet using the Kush Queen Renew Sugar Scrub. Infused with the stress-reducing scent of lavender and the moisture restoring properties of shea butter, the scrub left my feet and legs so smooth.

As if it could get any better, Tan used one of my favorite products next. Kush Queen’s Melt CBD Lotion. (Pause so that I can shed a thug tear, please. Thank you.) As she was massaging my aching calves with the cooling menthol and warming capsicum and camphor oil infused Melt, I took my best “Waiting to Exhale” breath and thanked the universe for the moment I was experiencing. Yea…it was that deep.

At this point, I was completely sold on the Canni-cure.

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I thanked Tan for her amazing service and tiptoed my freshly painted toes and cheery self out of Bellacures and into the world. Silly as it may sound, I felt so restored after my Canni-cure. In a society where women are expected to do everything and be every woman, it’s hard to remember that you have to carve a little happiness out for yourself. Taking the time to get over my feet phobia and be treated like the CBD princess I’ve always known I was, gave me the nudge I needed to add this into my monthly routine. I can’t speak for Drake and Adonis’s mother, but Kush Queen and spa days are a match made in heaven.


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