Soooo we decided to start a podcast. If you’re signed up for the Queen’s Club you got the newsletter about it already. It debuted on Mother’s Day and you can catch the first episode here ! In it we talked a little about why we started the business altogether; but here, Queens, we shall discuss why we started the podcast !
TRANSPARENCY ON THE PODCAST
We are human. We do super duper human things. For some reason, when people enter the business world, they get cardboard stiff and feel like they have to be ‘on’ all of the time. We want to destroy that myth. We are business owners. We are mothers. We are professional. And we are weed enjoyers. We do a damn good job at ALL of it. We think you can relate to that.
We also have a goal to bring together like-minded people. As we mentioned in the other blog, this industry is completely DOMINATED by men. We just want other 420 friendly moms and women in weed to be comfortable have more people and things they can relate to.
INFORMATION ON THE PODCAST
We share a wealth of information on the podcast for people who are entering the industry. Also for people who are just being introduced to marijuana as medicine. Bre is a medical budtender and has so much to say about the topic that we believe a lot of people could benefit from.
This is all something new for us. Just a few years ago we were both deeply immersed in the dental field. It’s amazing to be able to leave little bread crumbs around to look at later and see how far we’ve come.
If there’s anything specific that you guys want to hear about definitely let us know ! And don’t forget to subscribe.
Queen Mothers ! It’s almost your day ! In 7 days it’s going to be Mother’s Day. So right now we’re going to talk about something a little taboo: How much marijuana helps with motherhood. I used to have a friend who said her dream life was to have 2 children back to back so that in 5 years when they’re at school she can sit around at home in nothing but heels and an apron, cook and get wine drunk while singing loudly. Pretty much, weed mom is the new wine mom.
First Of All…
When it’s dosed properly, tbh, weed relaxes most people most of the time. The issue is usually figuring out what the proper dose is. But the right form of weed and with some good intention goes a long way. Marijuana can be used in Sativa form to make you more creative and energized. An Indica can help you wind down and get a good night’s sleep as well as ward off anxiety.
What This Means For The Kids
If you’re a mom, you already KNOW the level of tired that comes with motherhood. Imagine being able to enjoy one vegan, gluten-free, delicious chocolate chip cookie then suddenly having the energy in 20 minutes to go jump on the trampoline with the kids. Or maybe it’s a rainy day; imagine hitting your vape twice in the bathroom to come out and have the best arts and crafts idea of the century !
Or maybe it’s a day that your kids, for whatever reason, are being so loud and crazy that you feel like the Tasmanian devil came over to visit. Frustration at its finest, right ? Now imagine grabbing a prerolled blunt, taking a quick puff and magically having the patience to not scream at or swing at those little ankle biters.
Additionally, there are moms with real mental health or physical health issues that weed relieves.
Weed Is Medicine, Mom
I think we’ve mentioned it before, but weed is not just an illicit drug (super lame term for it, hate it) but it’s medicine too. Disorders and diseases aside, even just for pain relief. Medical and recreational marijuana both can be used more like ibuprofen or Tylenol. Grind something up for a bowl ot brew the stems in tea to help with any back pain you acquired while letting the children use you as a jungle gym.
If you have anxious or depressive disorders especially, weed is prescribed for these things. Close your eyes and envision not having to excuse yourself during a school play to have a panic attack. Imagine taking a sip of infused juice being able to control your self-talk a little better so that you don’t spew out negativity in front of them.
A Weed Mom Story
We have a friend that doesn’t have to imagine this life. She lives it. She was a SPAZZ ! Rightfully so. She suffers from PTSD and bipolar. During an anxiety attack, it’s so hard to stay calm or engaged with the kids. It’s way too easy to snap on them or disappear a little too long. When severe depressive episodes hit, getting out of bed isn’t even an option. Too often the trauma she endured before crowded all of the creativity out of her mind, so playing pretend wasn’t going well either.
Several years ago, however, her psychiatrist unofficially suggested she maybe try weed and just see how it goes. Almost unbelievably it took care of all the above mentioned issues. Weed improved the quality of her life. It made her a better mom. It can do that for you too. And that’s nothing to be ashamed about !
Mom Day Gift !
By the way, friends ! We have egift cards now, definitely order one for your mom to show her you appreciate her.
Our favorite holiday is just two days away ! Yes Queens (and Kings) we’re talking about 420. So it’s only right that we write this while pregaming very early for it. Anywho, do you know how this holiday even came about ? Unlikely, so grab your glass blunt tip and your beautifully packed preroll, and relax while you get this fabulous history lesson.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t first cover a few of the myths and legends. This holiday is a lot like when someone in a crowd starts running so everyone else starts running but nobody really knows why. We don’t have a clue what we’re running for but it seems like the best idea. Most of us have no clue why we smoke extra spiffy on April 20th but it seems like the right thing to do because they’re doing it. But maybe you’ve heard a few reasons why along the way.
Adolf and La Policia
Some say that it’s Adolf Hitler’s birthday so he must’ve been a pothead. It doesn’t really explain the reason we celebrate on that day because he was such an awful guy. But it’s one of the conspiracies out there. Others say 420 is a police code for ‘marijuana smoking in progress’. In order to stick it to the man, we smoke big on that day because there’s no way they can stop all of us (take a puff for the homies they did catch).
There’s also an obscure connection between 420 and a Bob Dylan song called Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 because apparently, 12 times 35 equals 420. A super reach but we’re here for it because Bob Dylan was the G.O.A.T. in his genre. Sadly, none of these rumors are true. Depends on who you are, the truth is either more or less sexy.
420 ‘POSSIBLE’ TRUTH
Like with most things in history, we don’t actually effing know. However, we present to you, the most credible story. Back in 1971 five California students used to meet each other each day at 4:20 pm for a celebratory weed smoking sesh. It was always at a campus statue at San Rafael High School at that specific time because it’s when the after-school programs were all finished. With nearly everyone gone, they were least likely to get caught. Instead of being obvious idiots, to ask each other if they were down that day they’d say “420 ?”
Founding Father Reddix
One of those student participants’ names was Dave Reddix. He spoke with TIME magazine in 2017 and said, “We got tired of the Friday-night football scene with all of the jocks. We were the guys sitting under the stands smoking a doobie, wondering what we were doing there.” So he and four other friends meet at 4:20pm, get blitzed then go out on adventures.
Now get this, Reddix ends up getting a gig with the bassist from the Grateful Dead years later. By the tail end of 1990 some DeadHeads in Oakland were passing out flyers inviting people to come and get high with them at 4:20 on 4/20. It really stuck like glue from there !
420 IS MEDICINE
Although these kids just wanted to have adventurous times with their friends, popularizing this term really helped to destigmatize the activity. That’s so extremely important because there are so many people who benefit from it medicinally but are afraid to be judged by their peers.
Medical marijuana can help with all types of serious ailments. Anecdotal sources are filled with claims that it’s cured them from diseases even, although it’s not clinically proven. Clinical tests have however showed that it helps the symptoms of diseases like AIDS, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia and PTSD etc
In a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, researchers gave people with MS either an oral extract of marijuana or a placebo for 12 weeks. The researchers found that people in the marijuana group experienced almost twice as much relief from muscle stiffness.
A large 2011 study involved 572 people with MS who took either oral marijuana extract or a placebo. The authors concluded that marijuana extract is an effective treatment for spasticity in people with MS. Spasticity is the continuous contraction of certain muscles, and it is a common symptom of MS.
In 2014, a systematic review found strong evidence to support the use of marijuana-based treatments for MS-related muscle problems.
A 2012 trial looked at the effect of smoking marijuana on the symptoms of MS. The researchers found that smoking marijuana led to more pain reduction than a placebo.
In another 2012 study, people with MS who took oral marijuana extract had a more significant reduction in pain than those who received a placebo.
KNOW YOUR STRAINS
420, or weed, aka marijuana, gives you slightly different affects based on which strain you choose. We’ll dive into the details more in other blogs. What’s maybe the most important is knowing the difference between Indica and Sativa.
Indica Vs Sativa
Indica will have you “in da couch”. It’s a body high, which makes it especially excellent for pain relief. That euphoric stuck feeling you get from an Indica is also what makes it excellent for people with insomnia. Additionally, Indicas are most associated with the munchies so it really helps people who have a loss of appetite or wish to gain weight for whatever reason.
Sativas give you more of a cerebral high. They’re also known to boost your energy and leave you feeling more creative. This is what makes it excellent for patients who have mental disorders, like depression, instead of physical ones.
LET’S TALK !
Let us commence in a royal conversation ! How do you celebrate 420 each year ? Let us know in the comments !
March is National Women’s History Month ! As the coolest women-led business you know, it’s only right that our first blog ever be in March and about amazing women doing amazing things in the cannabis industry.
BEYONCE SAID WE RUN THE WORLD
We’re not exactly as cool as Auntie Yonce but when she said she ain’t never seen a glass ceiling in her whole life, WE FELT THAT. Throughout the last 5 years, both medical and recreational marijuana has slowly been legalized in states across the country. Despite men still thinking it’s their world, women have had a huge impact with nearly 37% taking executive levels in the industry. Some may say we still have a long way for equality in this arena but it looks to me like we’re already more than halfway there !
WOMEN’S HISTORY IN BIZ
Here’s a wild realization; Only since October 25, 1988 were women federally allowed to own a business. We have come a long way in the last 30 years. As of 2018, according to American Express, women hold a solid 40% stake in all business endeavors. Still, we can’t ignore the fact that as of 2020, men are taking over Fortune 500 companies as CEOs at a 13 to 1 ratio. This is pretty much the pattern we see in the cannabis industry too. The higher up you go in rank, the fewer women you see. Reminds me of that Jay Z lyric in Murder to Excellence, just replace Blacks with women.
WOMEN’S HISTORY IN CANNABIS
One organization that really stands out as a monster in this area is Haus of Jane. This company focuses on supporting and empowering women led businesses in the cannabis industry when the government and other private industries won’t. They lead WEIC (Women Empowered In Cannabis) which is a sort of support group for said women. They focus on the shared experience as a community of ironing sharpening iron. This way women can pull together their expertise and leverage each others resources while searching for the cash schmoney they need.
It’s More Than Just Selling Weed
Let’s also talk about the beautiful Mary Pryor of Cannaclusive. It’s an agency with the goal of erasing the stigma associating Black people who use cannabis merely as drug users. One initiative was a stock photo project to normalize images of Black people using weed while going about their normal healthy lives.
In one interview Pryor said, “We were tired of going to events and being asked why we were there and how we found out about it. It’s almost like the industry became a white, male paradise with no consideration for the people [who] have been damaged by it, and full of microaggressions.” One way she’s helping fight back is by keeping and publishing a database of over 550 cannabis related businesses in what are considered underrepresented communities.
But We Do Sell Weed Too
Last but not least we MUST talk about Royal Highness because royal recognize royal. Kevyah and Kiyah King opened this high-end dispensary boutique in 2019 down in Palm Springs. It’s in the El Paseo district surrounded by other luxe stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Aveda etc. They even offer expert consulting so that you can curate your high.
We’re making history in this arena every day. Even here at Stoned Queen, we’re focusing on giving women, men and our non-binary friends a luxury cannabis experience while balling on a budget. We’re helping destigmatize that image, that negative connotation that weed smoking is only for low lives. We’re making history in our own way.
Stay Royal, Queens
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