3 Tea Inspired Bath Bombs to Elevate your Self-Care Routine

By: Megan Lyn Farley

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I am most definitely a coffee person, but I do love me a good cup of tea. I take mine with milk and honey served up in my favorite Alice in Wonderland mug. It is an experience for me and has become part of my self-care routine. Drinking tea has so many benefits for our health and wellbeing, and every type of tea offers a little something special for you and your body to enjoy. You can sip for energy, sip for stress relief, sip for a good night’s sleep and even for your skin and organ health. That is a lot of benefits! So when I heard that Kush Queen launched a CBD Tea-Inspired Bath Bomb Collection, my heart fluttered. I can bathe in my tea too? Yes, Please! 

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But wait? Do I want to bathe in tea? Does it have any benefits as a topical or is it just for fun? These were some of the questions swimming through my mind, so I, of course, decided to do a little research. What did I learn? Bathing in your tea… highly recommended. Many of the properties in tea leaves also have amazing benefits for your skin and wellness. When paired with the already beneficial ingredients that make up a Kush Queen bath bomb – Like High-Quality CBD, Epsom Salt, Baking soda, and essential oils – the benefits are only increased! 

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So what are these benefits I speak of? I will get to that, but first I want to chat about Dry Brushing. If you have not heard of Dry Brushing, it is definitely something worth looking into. It is the simple act of using a natural fiber brush, preferably with a long handle, to massage the skin without moisture. Starting at your feet you will gently rub your skin clockwise in a circular motion, slowly working your way upward. Not only is this process relaxing, but it is a great way to prepare your body to receive maximum benefits from your bath time. It exfoliates the skin, increases blood flow, stimulates the lymph nodes, detoxes the body, and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite. Your skin will feel fresh and new before you submerge yourself into that tub sized cup of tea. Such a great way to take your self-care to the next level. 

Now back to those beautiful Kush Queen Tea Collection Bath Bomb Benefits! 

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MATCHA CBD BATH BOMB

Matcha Tea actually contains chlorophyll which is a wonderful detoxifier and has been known to remove harmful toxins from the body as well as fight free radicals. Matcha may also assist in decreasing your body’s sebum production. This can help to treat and prevent body acne and may even add a layer of protection from harmful UV rays. 

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EARLY GREY CBD BATH BOMB

Earl Grey Tea contains Vitamins B1, B2, E and H, all known for their abilities to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. You will also find Antioxidants in this tea which will keep your skin healthy and hydrated while fighting those pesky free radicals. 

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CHAI TEA CBD BATH BOMB

Chai Tea is my favorite tea, and not just because I’m basic! The cinnamon and Clove in your Chai tea (and Bath Bombs) can help to improve blood circulation which will reduce swelling and puffiness and give you a nice glowy complexion. This tea is also ultra-hydrating and may assist in reducing the signs of aging skin! 

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PRO TIPS: 

  • Pour yourself a cup of tea to enjoy while you soak. Your skin will receive all those amazing benefits from the inside out. (And you can feel really fancy while you do it). 
  • A Spice Girls playlist may also enhance these benefits by filling you up with joy and empowerment vibes. 
  • For those of you who prefer not to soak in the tub surrounded by loose tea, which I personally LOVE, that does not mean you can’t enjoy these Classy AF Bath Bombs! Grab yourself a large organza drawstring bag, place the bath bomb inside it, and add to your tub. You will get all the Bath Bomb goodness, but the bag will hold onto the tea leaves for you. Like a Tea Bag for your tub. 

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I hope that you found some helpful self-love inspiration here, and are excited to start your own tea inspired skin-care routine. However you choose to incorporate tea, your body will thank you for all those tasty benefits!


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Kush Queen Goes to Beauty Con 2019

This month Kush Queen headed to Beauty Con for the first time, and it was a beautiful success! We had an amazing time and are so happy to finally be Debuting our Kingdm Cosmetics line and sharing all that REAL CBD BEAUTY has to offer!

Are you ready to add CBD to your beauty routine? Check out the very first product from our Kingdm Cosmetics line, Foto Blur CBD Primer . It is officially LIVE on our website and we are so excited for you to try it!

If you missed out on Beauty Con this year, here is a little sneak peak into what went down.

THE VIBE

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THE PRODUCTS

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THE PEOPLE

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THE DEBUT OF KINGDM COSMETICS

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The Kingdm Foto Blur 250 mg CBD Primer uses Kush Queen’s exclusive patent-pending Amplifi™ nanotechnology, a process that creates CBD molecules as small as 25nm in size, which is 2,000 times smaller than pores, allowing the product to fully absorb so that the high levels of CBD can work deep into the skin. The unique formulation gives the primer a silky, serum-like texture that is super spreadable and lightweight, blurring pores and creating a smooth, perfected canvas for makeup application. Our formula doesn’t dry during wear, so your skin stays moisturized throughout the day. Use it before your makeup, but after skincare. KINGDM helps reduce redness, prevents breakouts, and leaves your skin velvety soft. We hope you’ll try it, we know you’ll love it! This is only the beginning!


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Rainbow Roasted Veggies with CBD Garlic Butter

By: Kate Marley

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June is always such a wonderful month—warmer weather, summer barbecues, and celebrating Pride month. When Pride rolls around, everything seems to be covered in rainbows, and it always makes me happy to see people celebrating who they are. Plus, many companies, including Kush Queen, rainbow-fy their products and actually donate portions of people’s purchases to LGBTQ+ organizations such as TransLifeline. It’s just such a wonderful way to spread love and joy.

Parades and celebrations often take us outdoors, and what better way to enjoy hot-weather foods and ice-cold beverages than at a barbecue with your dearest friends? I had to give up my grill when I moved from a house to an apartment, so I’ve been trying to find delicious indoor options that anyone with an oven can make. This week, I’ve settled on a recipe that’s super easy but crazy-delicious, and will hopefully remind you of all the summery, rainbow-filled joy that June brings.

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This week’s Rainbow Roasted Veggie recipe with garlic-herb butter uses Kush Queen bäre Daily Wellness CBD oil, but you can also use this homemade CBD cannabutter instead. I recommend adding the oil or cannabutter to the garlic-herb portion of the recipe, which will ensure maximum potency of CBD, rather than roasting the veggies with the oil.

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I chose red bell pepper, carrot, yellow crookneck squash, broccoli, and red cabbage to make my veggie rainbow, but there’s so much colorful produce to choose from! I considered adding a few more kinds of vegetables, like kabocha squash and green beans, but I ran out of space on my baking sheet. Also, make sure the veggies are chopped to be similar sizes to ensure even roasting.

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Toss your veggies in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil. If you’re interested in a hint of barbecue grill flavor, add a few dashes of liquid smoke to your oil. I love the mesquite wood flavor, though, admittedly, liquid smoke just isn’t quite the same as a classic charcoal grill. Spread them out on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Squash and peppers will cook faster than broccoli and carrots, so check in on your oven periodically to make sure nothing’s too blackened. I, however, enjoy a little crispiness to my roasted veggies, so a few burnt edges make me happy.

How simple was that? But wait, we’re not done yet! Time for the best part:

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Garlic butter! I could coat everything in garlic butter and I’d be the happiest camper. I melted 1 tbsp. unsalted butter with a spoonful of minced garlic, dried parsley, and a pinch of salt and pepper. After mixing, I added two droppers of Kush Queen CBD oil. If you prefer, you can melt CBD cannabutter into the butter mixture instead of the oil, and the flavor won’t be overwhelming when combined with the garlicky deliciousness.

This recipe makes approximately two servings, so if you’re serving a crowd, feel free to double and triple the ingredients. Make sure you spread the veggies out onto multiple baking sheets, or even roast one sheet at a time if your oven temperature is inconsistent. Piling too many vegetables on top of each other will cause uneven cooking and it’s awkward when a third of your food is burned and the other two-thirds are mushy.

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Toss the veggies with the garlic butter, and you’re good to go! I’ve made this recipe three times since I initially wrote this, that’s how much I love it. Rainbows, veggies, summer vibes, and Kush Queen? Please and thank you.

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How this CBD Anti-Serum helped me ease into my 30s

By: JS Brunson

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As a still relatively young millennial, I have some thoughts on the state of womanhood. For as much progress as we’ve made in being seen as independent and free-thinking humans; like letting our arm hair grow out and not smiling in every damn photo, there still seem to be more products than ever promising us that by using it we’ll somehow feel freer. Unfortunately, I hadn’t had much luck in finding that ideal product, until now. And I’ll tell you early on, that that product is Kush Queen’s Defynt CBD Anti Serum

Made with 100mg CBD, this serum is like applying a 60-minute meditation session directly to your face. Talk about a #lifehack, am I right! But let me back up a little bit and explain why you need this serum in your life. 

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I recently turned the big 3-0. If I’m being honest I was terrified. I had so many assumptions about what being thirty would mean. Wasn’t I supposed to have it all together by thirty? The perfect guy, the perfect job, a house with multiple rooms, a cute dog and an Instagram worthy proposal on the way? Well, I do have a great boyfriend, but the rest are just ideas that have gotten as far as my Pinterest boards. I spent the last month of being twenty-nine stressing out! I was depressed about where I thought I should be and then upset with myself for not checking my privilege and getting down in the first place. Oh, it was a vicious cycle. 

As I’m sure you know stress plays a very big part in how our skin reacts. I don’t say this to be annoying, but I’ve always had pretty good skin. Thank my long-ago African ancestors for that, but during that time my stress was causing some irritation on my skin. I was so dry my lips began to crack, I had the darkest under-eye circles, and generally looked consistently exhausted. 

I knew I needed to make a change. I needed to treat my skin better. That’s when I decided to try out the Defynt Anti-Serum. Now, I’m not a product junky by nature, I still use the same Origins face wash that I first discovered in high school. Hey, if it isn’t broke why fix it right? So needless to say I was a bit skeptical that this new product would do much for me now. 

I got up the next morning ready to try out the serum. I washed my face (using my Origins thank you very much), toned with Dr. Thayers witch hazel and applied a dime-sized amount of the Defynt Serum to my face. Within a few moments, I could instantly see my puffy eyes calm down. It was like my face opened up and smiled after months of neglect. 

What I didn’t expect was how calming the CBD made me feel. I woke up with a slight headache and after applying the serum my headache cleared up and I felt like I could actually get my day started on a positive note. I made sure to apply a light moisturizing sunscreen after the serum to lock in all the goodness.

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I’ve been using the Defynt Anti-Serum for a month now and not only has the overall puffiness of my skin gone down, but I’m less grumpy in the morning. Added bonus according to my boyfriend! 

So hey, maybe I don’t have it all figured out. But now that I’m safely and deeply into my 30th year of life, I’ve realized that adulthood is what you make it. There are no rules, there are no standards. I live my life to make me happy, and that now includes taking good care of my skin. 


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Ignite CBD Lube: Heighten Your Pleasure

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 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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2 Simple DIY Bäre CBD Face Masks

By: DM Blunted

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 oil! 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! 

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! 

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Honey Oat Mask

Oats aren’t just high in fiber and good for cholesterol, they’re also super nourishing to our skin! Enriched with healthy fats and natural cleansers (saponins), oats give pores a gentle deep cleanse while leaving skin gently hydrated. Plus it’s great for anyone who has skin with high pH levels (dry and itchy skin) because oatmeal can help stabilize them. Raw honey is also a dear friend to the skin, hair, and nails – a natural exfoliant and moisturizer it leaves skin soft and glowy. But ya know, beware of any allergies you may have – especially if you’re allergic to bees, pollen, and celery! I really enjoyed this mask because it was so cooling on my skin! Unlike masks that dry tight, this oat mask softly molded to my face. 

  • 2 tablespoons of oats
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 full dropper of Bare CBD oil
  • Enough water to make a spreadable paste 

Grind your oats! After grinding your oats, combine all ingredients and mix. Apply and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Admire that skin!

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ACV Clay Mask

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 ways to manage your diabetes, as well as ways to help with acne. 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 dirt trapped within. 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 oil
  • Enough ACV 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. 

So sit back, kick your feet up and let these simple masks do the work for you! 


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Empowering the Solar Plexus

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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Summer Salads with CBD Dressing

By: Kate Marley

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When you think of summer foods, what comes to mind? Grilled foods, crisp tropical fruits, ice cream?

For me, when hot weather rolls around, I get intense cravings for salads. Cold, crunchy, healthy salads that make you feel fresh and light. There’s something always so delightful about raw veggies in the summertime. However, I also know that salads can get boring sometimes, especially if you eat them all the time. 

Today, I’m going to share three amazing vinaigrette/oil-based recipes made with Kush Queen CBD oil, and show you what types of salads I used them for.

Chimichurri for Steak Salad

Chimichurri is a raw, parsley-based sauce originally from Argentina. It’s overwhelmingly fresh and sharp and works so well when paired with red meat, citrus, and salt. And it’s actually pretty easy to make, as long as you have access to a blender! 

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I just tossed all of my ingredients, minus the CBD oil, in a small blender, and pulsed until it reached a nicely chopped, semi-emulsified consistency. You may have to add more olive oil as you go. I also definitely added a little too much garlic the first time around, which hits you right in the face when it’s raw. But hey, it’ll definitely keep you healthy.

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I added two full droppers of CBD after my other ingredients were blended.

I used my chimichurri to top a giant steak salad, packed with raw vegetables and even an elote-style corn salad. My sauce was thick and potent and made every bite delicious.

Easy Lemon Vinaigrette for Greek Salad

This vinaigrette is the simplest of the three because there’s no blender involved, and honestly, you don’t even have to pre-mix the ingredients if you’re feeling bold. 

It’s just olive oil, CBD oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. That’s really it! It’s the perfect base vinaigrette to add to, with ingredients like cayenne pepper, cilantro, etc. I kept it to the basics for this batch but don’t be afraid to experiment.

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I used my lemon vinaigrette for a fresh and summery Greek salad. Crunchy cucumber, peppery onion, sweet tomato, and salty feta are all it takes to toss together something delicious. I also recommend adding avocado or olives for an extra kick. Well, now I know what I’m making for dinner later.

Raspberry-Orange-Poppy Vinaigrette for Peach and Goat Cheese Salad

I absolutely love fruit-heavy vinaigrettes. They add sweetness and tartness with more depth than lemon juice alone. This pretty-in-pink dressing gets its flavors from orange juice, orange zest, and fresh raspberries. The poppy seeds are optional if they’re not your jam, but they’re mostly tasteless and you get the added benefit of fiber and vitamins. 

I throw my fruits, juice and half of the olive oil in the blender first, leaving out the CBD and poppy seeds.

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Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove all the raspberry seeds. It doesn’t add a very nice texture if you leave them in, in my opinion.

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Add the remaining olive oil, the CBD oil, and the poppy seeds and whisk well. Sometimes raspberries and oranges end up on the tart or sour side. If you find your dressing is a bit more mouth-puckering than you’d like, it’s super easy to add a little bit of honey or sugar until you’re happy with the sweetness. And that’s it! 

I used my vinaigrette for a fruity, vibrant salad. I topped peppery arugula with fresh peach, tangy goat cheese, and red onion. I made a decently large batch of dressing, and it’s great for different types of salads—try it with grilled chicken or even seasoned tofu, if you’re vegetarian!

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Rainbow Summer Rolls with CBD Peanut Sauce

By: Kate Marley

Okay, I might still be on a rainbow kick. I’m not at all sorry, though, rainbows are delightful. This week, I’m back with another rainbow veggie recipe, but this time, we’re keeping the veggies raw and bright. It’s always so hot in July, and there’s nothing I’d like more than to continue my fresh, cold, crunchy food trend. 

And whether it’s July or December, salad weather or soup weather, I’m honestly always craving Vietnamese and Thai food. I moved away from my favorite Thai restaurant in February and my life just hasn’t been the same since. I miss it every Friday. My typical Thai orders involve satay chicken and spicy curry, but no meal is complete without summer rolls. They’re addicting even though they’re so simple, and making them at home is not as hard as it seems. Plus, summer rolls are often served with peanut sauce, and I could bathe in that stuff (Kush Queen hasn’t approved a  peanut sauce-scented bath bomb yet, so I guess I’ll stick to the Citrus and Matcha bath bombs for now). But this peanut sauce is twice as dope because it’s got a healthy dose of CBD oil. Who knew you could make peanut sauce even better. 

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Summer rolls are actually Vietnamese, but have become popular in Thai restaurants as well. They are different than spring rolls—it’s summer name was a seasonal play on spring rolls—primarily because they are not fried, and are usually a little bit bigger, but sometimes the terms are interchanged. Though I love a crispy spring roll, I prefer the refreshing chill from a summer roll. They’re often made with shrimp, but are also made with chicken, tofu, and just veggies on their own. It’s an all-around wonderful and versatile meal that’s easy to make too much of.

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The most time-consuming part of this recipe is cutting up your rainbow veggies. I recommend julienne-style so you get an easier mouthful but also because it’s easier to roll. It always takes me forever but it’s worth it, I promise. In this recipe, I’ve also added a hint of sweetness with a few slices of strawberry and mango in my rolls. Once that’s done, everything else is smooth-sailing. Usually.

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While you’re cutting your vegetables up, bring a pot of water to a boil. When the water is bubbling, add your vermicelli rice noodles and stir. Be mindful, because these noodles are very thin and do not take as long to cook as traditional noodles, it’s easy to forget about them. But if they’re overcooked, they’ll turn to mush in your hands and won’t make nicely-shaped rolls.

Prepare an ice bath for the noodles (ice baths are simply ice and water in a bowl that will shock your hot foods and immediately stop the cooking process). When your noodles are ready, strain them and toss them in the ice bath. When the noodles have cooled, I like to drain them and sprinkle a bit of rice vinegar and salt on them. I do the same thing when I make sushi rice, and I like the flavor it adds to the rolls.

Next, we’ll make the peanut sauce. I like to do this prior to assembling the summer rolls, because I find that summer rolls will do one of two things the longer they sit: they either get too soft and sticky and tear easily, or they get stiff and chewy.

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The peanut sauce is so quick that you can throw it together in the microwave. You could also heat it on the stove, but I’m all about shortcuts. Combine all the ingredients except the Bare CBD oil in a small bowl, and microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Depending on your honey and peanut butter, sometimes it can come to a boil quickly. I love crunchy peanut butter and think it adds a nice additional texture to the sauce, but creamy peanut butter works great, too. When the sauce is hot and the peanut butter melts with a quick stir, add the CBD oil. If you cook the sauce too long and it becomes thick, I find adding a little extra water at a time smoothes the sauce out and makes it much easier for dipping.

Lastly, let’s assemble!

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Prepare a hot water bath in a wide bowl. It needs to be a higher temperature than lukewarm, but needs to be comfortable to the touch. Take one sheet of rice paper wrapper at a time, and submerge the sheet in the water. After a couple of seconds, place the wrapper on a cutting board or smooth surface. I like to dangle a very small bit of the wrapper from the edge of the cutting board to make it easier to grab.

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Layer your ingredients. I usually start with noodles first but there’s no hard and fast rule. If you add a decorative top, like I’ve done with my fruit, place them slightly above the rest of the ingredients. It will help separate them with a wrapper layer and they’ll stay clean and pretty.

When I roll, I start from the bottom and follow the same rules as burrito-wrapping. Bring the bottom over your primary ingredients, and pull in slightly to tighten the wrapper around. Then, fold the left and right sides over. Lastly, continue to roll the rest of wrapper up, pulling inward to yourself with just enough pressure to keep everything tight.

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You can cut your rolls in half, or in quarters, if you’d like. I really enjoy keeping them whole because I lose less filling when I dip them in the peanut sauce. However you’d like to plate them, I hope you enjoy them. I know I could eat them every day and never get bored. So, continue enjoying the rainbow this summer and save yourself a few bucks on delivery!

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CBD Topicals: The Gateway to Healing

By: Angela Viesti

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CBD topicals are the gateway to healing. At least in my opinion.

I say this because as a cannabis advocate, I’ve seen people squirm at the idea of smoking a joint or eating an edible, usually because of an unpleasant past experiences. But the reaction to topicals is quite different.

When I came out about my cannabis consumption and career path to my family a few years ago, an older, somewhat conservative family member gleefully informed me that their friend had given them a homemade topical, which they kept stored in their refrigerator. I’ve since introduced a number of seniors to cannabis and CBD products, usually starting with topicals and exploring other forms of cannabis from there. Many of them go on to introduce their friends and family to CBD. It’s truly a pleasure to see people go from being skeptics to becoming advocates by way of their own healing journeys.  

Now that CBD has taken the health and wellness space by storm, I’m constantly being approached by clients who are curious about CBD and open to trying topicals. There are a few reasons why topicals are so popular and I’ll explore them with you here.

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Traditional Topical Use

Like tinctures, cannabis and hemp-based topicals were among the early medicinal applications of cannabinoids, long before prohibition and the War on Drugs. Cultures from around the globe, beginning in parts of Asia, extracted the essence of cannabis and made medicines. The anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties of cannabinoids provide localized relief for hours with a relatively short onset.

Today, we see an influx of CBD topicals turning up everywhere, from the local drugstore to the local farmers market.

Topicals appeal to the mass market for a number of reasons:

  • They’re discreet

  • They’re versatile

  • They’re effective

  • They’re non-toxic

  • And they’re non-intoxicating (most of them, at least!)

While topicals can be made at home by simply soaking plant material in fat or alcohol, a number of products now exist that marry traditional plant medicine with modern science and technology for better, more effective outcomes. Let’s explore them here.

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A Modern Take on Topical Pain Relief

Some of the most common uses of topicals are for relieving localized pain, muscle soreness, cramps, and spasms, as well as treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and chronic dry skin. Cannabinoids like CBD already work wonders to relieve these symptoms, so adding other carefully selected ingredients amplifies their effectiveness.

Take Melt Pain Relief Lotion: Nano-emulsified CBD is blended into an aloe-based topical that absorbs quickly into the affected area, tackling inflammation and pain, while soothing and conditioning skin, locking in moisture. Essential oils like peppermint, menthol, capsaicin, and camphor relax the surrounding muscles and provide lasting relief. I have clients with severe arthritis who swear by Melt, noting that its non-greasy formula makes it great for everyday use. Whether you’re easing tension from a stressful day or a tough workout, or you’re battling pain from debilitating menstrual symptoms, Melt is an all-in-one remedy to keep handy.

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Outside the Box Topicals

As mentioned above, applying CBD to the skin can improve its condition and relieve symptoms from chronic skin issues. It’s also effective in improving the appearance of skin and diminishing scars from acne and sun damage.

Bacteria, inflammation, excess oil, and hormones can cause acne flare-ups well beyond our teenage years. Of course, what you’re putting into your body plays a huge role in your skin’s appearance, but you can also support healthy skin from the outside. CBD is now found in beauty products and skincare-targeted topicals, like the Anti-Serum by Defynt.

A blend of antioxidant-rich CBD, anti-aging vitamins and minerals, and organic plant extracts work together to protect the skin from free-radicals and reverse signs of aging and sun damage.

Taking this outside-the-box approach to topicals a step further is the rise of CBD and cannabis-infused intimate products, commonly referred to as weed lube or CBD lube, although not all products in this category are actually lubricants. CBD increases blood flow and when applied to the genitalia, can cause greater sensitivity and arousal without the use of hormones. The presence of cannabinoids in a lubricant can help to bring about a sense of relaxation and ease tension.

Kush Queen’s Ignite CBD Lube is made with nano-emulsified CBD and non-toxic, latex- and toy-safe ingredients–and it’s actually a lubricant. Ignite can be used for solo exploration, is safe for use with toys, and is ideal for intimate moments with a partner or partners. Just be ready, though, because Ignite’s onset happens in a matter of seconds!

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The CBD Self-Care Takeover

Self-care is all the rage right now and CBD is its perfect companion. Millennials aren’t adopting the all-work-no-play lifestyles that generations before us lived. Finding balance is about working toward our goals and taking better care of our bodies and minds. Cannabis has been a longtime staple in my self-care toolbox, ages before I called it “self-care”. What used to be lighting a joint for mental relief has expanded to include yoga, meditation, self-massage, and CBD-infused baths and showers.

Quieting the constant mental noise is essential to self-healing. But it can also be extremely challenging when stress is high and personal time is low. Before meditating or practicing yoga, or whenever I’m in need of a quick pick-me-up, I’ll take a drop of Melt and massage it into the bottoms of my feet and my shoulders. The cooling sensation brings me back into my body and the self-massage gives me something to focus my attention on.

If I had a really hard day and need to get out of my head, I’ll draw a bath and throw in a Kush Queen Citrus Bath Bomb for a blend of invigorating scents and a relaxed vibe. There’s nothing else that can soothe my body and mind so completely and so quickly. Taking a CBD-infused bath is a form of meditation. It’s a break from my phone, an act of self-love, a moment to connect with myself without interruption. And like all topicals, it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized.

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Topicals: Elevating You Daily

Now that you know what kinds of topicals are out there, share the knowledge! You may inspire a closeted cannabis advocate to come out.


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