Love and Marij

WINTER- Mason Jar Events Seasonal Pairing Dinner

WINTER | Mason Jar Events Seasonal Pairing Dinner

DATE |  

TIME | 5pm – 10pm

LOCATION| Colorado

TICKET COST | Invitation Only

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EVENT DESCRIPTION

Celebrate the changing seasons and the bounty of fall as Mason Jar Event Group crafts an evening of lux cannabis culture, dining, music and the finest offerings of the Colorado High Life.


CANNABIS WEDDING EXPO

CANNABIS WEDDING EXPO

DATE |  Sunday, February 19, 2017

TIME | 11am -4pm

LOCATION | The Falls Event Center – 8199 Southpark Ct Littleton, CO 80120

TICKET COST | $10 in Advance – $15 at the Door

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EVENT DESCRIPTION

The Cannabis Wedding Expo is a place for couples to meet face to face with traditional and nontraditional vendors in the cannabis wedding scene and learn how to incorporate cannabis into their perfect day! Attendees will be able to sample tasty (non-infused) bites, purchase gifts and favors, order custom clothing, watch live-glass blowing and so much more!

21+

The sale of cannabis at the Expo is strictly prohibited.

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Civilized.Life

Normalizing Cannabis Weddings, One Canna-Bar At A Time

You shouldn’t have to sneak out of a loved one’s wedding – or even your own, for that matter – to smoke a joint.

This is the decree of Love and Marij, a cannabis wedding and special events planning/advocacy group spearheaded by Stamford, Connecticut’s Niki McDonald.

The online platform, launched in July 2015, serves both as a listing service/inspiration board for prospective brides and grooms in legalized states who are looking to incorporate cannabis into their ceremonies, and as a network that advocates for the rights of said brides and grooms.

“While Love and Marij… lists the world’s first cannabis-friendly wedding vendors, most wedding vendors still fear working with cannabis, which makes it difficult for newly engaged couples to plan a wedding with cannabis,” McDonald told Civilized.

“At this moment in time, because cannabis is still federally illegal, a lot of wedding vendors… and a lot of people [in general] just don’t understand the laws or are afraid of the laws, which are ever-changing.”

Enter Love and Marij. Every day, the group works with wedding industry leaders – be they hoteliers, limo drivers, venue operators and everything in between – to educate them about the various ways cannabis can legally and responsibly be incorporated into upscale events of all kinds.

From bud bouquets and cannabis corsages to ganja gift-bags and ceremonial smokes, the ways marijuana can be married with a wedding if you can find an accommodating vendor are endless (as demonstrated on Love and Marij’s homepage, which offers a range of examples of ‘upscale imagery’ provided by cannabis-loving newlyweds).

The canna-bar is the biggest challenge

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But the most desirable (and often most challenging) way to incorporate cannabis into your ceremony, according to McDonald, is with a ‘canna-bar’, which serves up a range of strains to guests. The trouble with canna-bars is that in most states, you cannot serve cannabis at a location that has a liquor license. McDonald says there are always “creative workarounds” to issues like this, like the Loopr bus in Denver, which doubles as cannabis-friendly transportation to your venue and a place to recreate with cannabis outside of your venue.

Desire for cannabis-friendly event planning has always existed, surmises McDonald. Now that legalization measures are sweeping the nation, these demands are being legitimized for the first time – and the growing pains are palpable.

“The demand for cannabis weddings has always been there… brides and grooms may not bring it to the forefront of their wedding to actually serve it, but tons have a quick hit to help calm their nerves before they go down the aisle, or they sneak out to recreate,” said McDonald.

This gap in services is something McDonald first picked up on while she was still working in television production in 2014. After being sent by MSNBC to cover marijuana legalization in Colorado, she saw first-hand the lack of understanding around the potential for ‘sophisticated’ cannabis use – and the lack of access to professionals who could help facilitate it.

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“Whenever I would tell my friends back home that cannabis could be upscale, there was no frame of reference. They couldn’t picture that,” said McDonald. “I also noticed that a bunch of people I knew who were getting married wanted to have cannabis at their weddings and couldn’t figure out how to do it legally… I saw where the market needed help and figured this was the perfect cause for me to start fighting.”

While there’s still a long way to go in terms of the acceptability of cannabis-infused weddings and events, McDonald believes a societal shift of sorts is undeniably underway.

“More and more people – especially in states where it’s legal – are looking to include cannabis in one way, shape or form [in their weddings] and there are more and more service providers coming forward saying they’ll do it,” said McDonald, adding that “a comfort level is starting to emerge.”

She hopes this movement will be further burgeoned by Love and Marij’s upcoming release of a state-by-state educational infographic, which will detail for vendors (or a DIY couple) how they can legally work with cannabis for a wedding. The graphic is set to be released by early November, “for the start of engagement season.”

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“We’ve figured out all the loopholes so that anyone who wants to do this, in whatever capacity they want, can do it… These infographics will give a lot of people who are sort of on the fence about [cannabis weddings] the power to go full throttle,” said McDonald. “From there, I think it will just be a matter of seeing people do it, and [hopefully] it will just become normal.”

Banner image: loveandmarji.com / Ali. V Photography


MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS - 2017 BEST CANNABAR CONTEST

WE ARE LOOKING FOR 10 MEDIA SPONSORS

WHAT WE ASK: 

  • Share our official contest announcement (est Nov 15, 2016 – start of peak engagement season)
  • Share our official voting page (est Jan 16, 2017 – start of peak wedding planning season)

 

WHAT YOU GET:

  • BRAND YOURSELF WITH AN AWARD!  Your media outlet will get to choose a digital award that speaks to the ideals of your readers.
  • Brand Exposure to thousands of wedding vendors looking to learn more about cannabis.
  • Your Branded Award with your chosen winners will remain live on LoveandMarij.com for one year; bringing continuing notoriety to your brand.

Ex:  Classy Magazine’s “Classiest Cannabar Award” or  Wow Magazine’s “Most Polarizing Cannabar”

AWARD DETAILS & GUIDELINES:

1. TODAY – CREATE YOUR AWARD

AWARD ELEMENTS: Choose the title of your award,  qualifications of what you’re looking for in a cannabar and submit a digital image to serve as your branded trophy icon.  You may also share additional stats about your following so that wedding vendors and cannabis companies that are targeting your demographic can go after your award!

SUBIT YOUR AWARD ELEMENTS TO LOVE AND MARIJ:  LoveandMarij.com will list your award, qualifications and icon on the Best Cannabar Contest official contest entry page so that cannabis companies and wedding vendors can go after designing a cannabar worthy of your award!

 

2. JAN 2017 – SHARE THE CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

At the start of peak engagement season, Love and Marij will share our official cannabar contest announcement – please release this announcement with your following.  Tease your following with what they can do to win your award!

 

3. FEB 2017 – SHARE THE OFFICIAL CONTEST PAGE

Love and Marij will share the official cannabar contest page – a listing all of the photo submissions.  Share this page with your following and encourage them to vote for their favorite cannabar! 

 

4. FEB  2017 – CHOOSE YOUR AWARD WINNER

Tell Love and Marij which cannabar team design wins your award.

 

5. FEB 2017 – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Love and Marij will keep the winners of your award along with your award branding live on our 2017 contest page for one year!

 

Award Titles are first come, first served.  Final award images and criteria must meet the approval guidelines of Love and Marij.

7 SPOTS AVAILABLE!  JOIN:

BECOME A MEDIA PARTNER

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LICENSED CANNABIS COMPANY REGISTRATION

OUR MEDIA SPONSORS

BEST CANNABAR CONTEST TIMELINE*:

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  First 50 companies will be granted entry!

Dec 20th, 2016 | OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES & TEAMS RELEASED

Jan 11, 2017 | DEADLINE TO SUBMIT CANNABAR PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS

Mon Jan 16, 2017 – Sun Jan 22, 2017 | VOTING SHARED BY LOVE & MARIJ & MEDIA SPONSORS

Feb 1st, 2017 | CONTEST WINERS ANNOUNCED

*Dates Subject to Change

 

 

REGISTRATION & COST

LICENSED CANNABIS MANUFACTURERS:

 

$500 | CONTEST ENTRY

FREE ENTRY | With purchase of 2017 FEATURED DISPENSARY LISTING

 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRANCE FEE?

  • 1 YEAR LISTING ON LOVE AND MARIJ (Jan 1, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017)

Once payment is received, Love and Marij will build a brand page for you on LoveandMarij.com/dispensaries OR LoveandMarij.com/edibles where newly engaged couples looking to stock their cannabars can find you and your wedding friendly products and services.  Love and Marij will connect newly engaged couples to your listing through advertising at wedding expos & mainstream wedding planning resources.

 

  • FREE 2016 LISTING ON LOVE AND MARIJ (Date Paid – Dec 31, 2016)

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO LOCAL CANNABIS FRIENDLY WEDDING VENDORS

Love and Marij will connect you with the closest cannabis friendly wedding vendors and event planners to get them comfortable with recommending your products and services to their clients.

 

HOW YOUR CONTEST ENTRY FEE WILL SPARK THE CANNABIS WEDDING REVOLUTION:

Love and Marij will be using the proceeds of the contest to spark the following attention:

EDUCATION:

  • CANNABIS WEDDING INFOGRAPHIC: Love and Marij will releasing a state by state infographic that educates newly engaged couples and wedding vendors on how to legally and responsibly incorporate cannabis into weddings.  (Advertising space on the infographic available to 5 companies/state.)
  • EDUCATIONAL ARTICLES: Love and Marij will be funding the creation of “weed wediquette” educational articles; informing wedding guests and event planners on best practice for embracing cannabis at upscale events.

 

MARKETING:

  • BRIDAL EXPOS: Love and Marij will be be targeting newly engaged couples by marketing our educational infographics in the goodybags of multiple wedding expos in states where cannabis is legal.
  • PRINT & ONLINE ADS: Love and Marij will continue to disrupt the wedding industry with upscale cannabis imagery with online and print advertising in mainstream bridal magazines as and strategic cannabis .

Weed Wediquette Articles

Why You Should Have a Cannabar at your Wedding, Even if You Don’t Smoke

Cannabis is becoming the new champagne! Even if you don't smoke, consider serving cannabis at your wedding!

Guest Guide to Your First Weed Wedding

7 Tips to on How Navigate Your First Weed Wedding

Budgeting the Wedding Canna-Bar vs. Alcohol Bar

How to calculate the cost of alcohol vs cannabis for an upscale event.

How to Tell Your Family You’re Having a Weed Wedding

If reefer is an important part of your romance and you don't want to closet your legal right to celebrate with cannabis, here's what to do!

BEST CANNABIS STRAINS TO SERVE AT YOUR WEDDING

What strains should you serve at your wedding? Cannabist Pot Critic Jake Browne and Whaxy Chief Editor Marie Veksler share their top recommendations.


Cannabis Consumers Have Better Sex

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

Cannabis Consumers Have Better Sex

By The LA Lady – Jun 2, 2016

Cannabis users are almost guaranteed multiple orgasms, according to a new survey.

An annual study conducted by Match.com surveyed over 5000 singles, regardless of whether or not they’re members of the site. The 2016 data looked at people’s attitudes towards cannabis and how it affects their personal relationships and dating life.

“Match is exploring at a new type of relationship – the one between singles and weed,” the company says. “For the first time, a dating company is looking at marijuana and the role it plays with singles and dating.”

Insights from the study include:

Cannabis users have more orgasms: Singles who have smoked marijuana were 109 percent more likely to have experienced multiple orgasms. Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for millennia, so it’s not surprising that couples who use cannabis are having better sex.

Cannabis users have an active single life: They were 58 percent more likely to have gone on a date in the past year, 44 percent more likely to be looking for a committed relationship, and 15 percent more likely to already have a partner.

Cannabis users are more likely to hook up: A cannabis enthusiast is 30 percent more likely to make out at the end of the night. There are cannabis products that can enhance arousal, not to mention strains of cannabis that enhance physical sensations. And since cannabis users are having multiple orgasms, they’re actively seeking out sexual activities.

Other insights from the study focus on cannabis as a factor in choosing a partner:

Cannabis users are picky: Cannabis users “are pickier about the type of person they date. They’re less likely to date someone who is unemployed, lives at home with their parents, is a virgin, and is messier than they are,” according to the survey.

Cannabis users are educated: Singles in support of ending cannabis prohibition are 65 percent more likely to have graduate degrees, employment and a healthy lifestyle.

Cannabis use is generational: Generation X was a product of the “Just Say No” campaign and it apparently worked. Both Baby Boomers and Millenials are more comfortable with marijuana, which indicates age is less of a factor.

Cannabis users are more likely to vote for Bernie Sanders: 76 percent more likely, in fact.

Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs are more of a turn off than cannabis: When looking at habits, singles indicated that illegal drug use was the number one turn-off (90 percent) along with alcohol (78 percent) and tobacco (75 percent). Regular cannabis use came in at 70 percent, with gun ownership following at 34 percent.

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Canna-Banana Pancake Recipe

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

Canna-Banana Pancake Recipe

By Kailey Sawyer – Nov 12, 2015

Piping hot and golden brown, with crispy edges… you can never go wrong when pancakes are involved. Try this cannabis-infused version of the classic banana pancake and submit yourself to breakfast bliss.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed (pro tip: place them in a storage bag and squeeze until mashed)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup cannabis milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat a frying pan or griddle on medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, cannabis milk, water and oil. Mix well.
  4. Pour the banana mixture into the bowl containing the dry ingredients, gently stirring. Batter should appear somewhat lumpy.
  5. Lightly grease the pan or griddle with oil and slowly pour batter according to size preference.
  6. Flip the pancakes as soon as bubbles surface.
  7. Heat pancakes for another minute, flipping to warm both sides thoroughly.

ENJOY!

Serving suggestions: Top these canna-banana pancakes with fresh sliced bananas, your favorite nuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of warm maple syrup or honey.

Try another INCREDIBLE Recipe:

Use the link below to download the free Whaxy Cannabis Cooking Calculator App on your Android phone to figure out the perfect dose every time!

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Best Cannabis Strains for Sex

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

Best Cannabis Strains for Sex

By The LA Lady – Jun 21, 2016

A substance that can relax muscles, ease anxiety and enhance your mood seems like the perfect aperitif for some fun time in the bedroom. Cannabis can increase your sensitivity to touch, get your nerves under control and create a feeling of euphoria that adds to the already-heightened experience of sex. And with the diversity of strains, you can customize your intimacy, depending on what you’re trying to achieve (besides the obvious).

It’s important to note that your favorite edible or a heavy concentrate might not be the best bet for a sexual experience unless you are fully aware of how it will affect you. So instead of ill-advised experimentation, here are some basic tips before incorporating cannabis into sexy time:

  • Don’t consume too much. Unsurprisingly, the more stoned you get, the less some are able to function. A study by the American Academy of Neurology explains as much, so go easy and practice moderation when using cannabis to enhance sex.
  • Prepare (and protect) yourself. Any substance that can lower your inhibition can also lead to high-risk behavior. Protect yourself from STD’s by having protection readily available.
  • Do a trial run. At least make sure you have an idea of how you’ll react when trying a new strain or delivery method, especially if you plan on using it with a new partner. Paranoia and dizziness are not ingredients for great sex.
  • Dryness. Ladies: Marijuana can occasionally cause dryness in the mucous membranes, which includes your vagina. If you’ve tried a strain you like but have never used it during sex, you might want to have some lube close by. You, and your partner, will be thankful.

With these guidelines in mind and the knowledge that one strain of cannabis may affect every person differently, here are some of our favorite cannabis strains for sex:

For Wild Nights

Silver Haze: This fast-acting sativa will come on strong and stay that way. If you have plans to experiment in the bedroom, this might help you overcome your insecurities with its playful qualities that may give you the giggles.

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Trainwreck: As the name suggests, this is a sativa-dominant hybrid that packs a punch, and will bring with it inspiration and focus very quickly. It eventually tapers off into a soothing body high and euphoria that will keep you in the mood.

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XJ-13: If you’re looking for a sativa experience without overstimulation, XJ-13 will keep you energized and focused without the anxiousness that can sometimes accompany a strong sativa. It’s a good strain to try if you want to sample a sativa and also like a body-tingling high.

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For Balanced Experiences

Chemdawg: This balanced hybrid can have strong, immediate effects, but you’ll come out of it with reduced anxiety and relaxation. If you’re nervous about your performance, this is a great strain to try.

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Blue Dream: While this strain can be considered sativa-dominant, users can experience both the clear-headed effects as well as a body high. If you like the cerebral effects of sativas and the body high of an indica, blue dream is a great way to experience both in one night.

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Bruce Banner: With both an uplifting mind experience and skin that is extra sensitive to touch, this hybrid comes on quickly with some serious stress relief. While it can produce a balanced experience, it’s a strong strain that may not be ideal for cannabis novices.

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For Sweet, Sweet Love Making

G13: This indica strain was allegedly created in a government research facility trying to grow powerful strains of cannabis. Indeed, it produces significant body effects that are great for getting touchy-feely, but with clear-headed effects that will keep you in the present.

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Skywalker OG: Although this strain is a considered a hybrid, it has both the strong body effects and the mind-altering qualities of a classic indica. The effects are gradual and it may take a few minutes to experience them. If you’d like to get lost in the stars with your partner, this strain is for you.

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Grand Daddy Purple: This potent California indica produces a psychoactive high that’s common among West Coast indicas. Users can expect feelings of happiness and euphoria with a significant body buzz that heightens sense of touch. Consider this strain if you’re looking for a shared experience of intimacy with your partner that borders on psychedelic.

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Enjoy!

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Guide for First Time Cannabis Consumers

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

Guide for First Time Cannabis Consumers

By Gooey Rabinski – Dec 1, 2015

Cannabis legalization has been sweeping the nation. Lifestyle consumers in four states and the District of Columbia can now, without fear of legal retribution, possess and smoke cannabis. Those who were resolved to purchase the herb in a black market, under prohibition, have been doing so for decades. For others, however, who refused to break the rules by buying from black market dealers, legalization provides a new and legitimate environment for safety purchasing and using high-quality, laboratory tested cannabis and related products.

The two major emerging groups of people legally smoking and vaporizing cannabis are the middle aged and seniors; large numbers of those between 45-85 years of age are experimenting with cannabis. Seniors are often stereotyped as using cannabis as more of a medical therapy to treat a variety of diseases and ailments. However, many middle aged and senior consumers do so for recreational purposes and lifestyle enhancement. This naturally involves the management of anxiety and stress, which any medical professional will agree helps to prevent disease and improve health — a major concern of anyone over 40.

Legality Crushes Cannabis Stigma

Regardless of whether motivated by lifestyle enhancement, self-medication, preventative therapy, or simple curiosity, non-traditional cannabis consumers are emerging in large numbers and infusing billions of dollars into newly legal markets, whether as tourists or residents who are regulars at their local dispensary. Also, legal environments encourage friends, family, and co-workers to share cannabis with one another, acting as agents-of-change and influencers with colleagues and peers who might not be bold enough to voluntarily walk into a dispensary or pack their own bowl.

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Full legalization is also helping to remove the stigma from cannabis use that was built by decades of Reefer Madness-style propaganda. Many seniors and patients won’t consider cannabis if it is illegal, even in states that offer robust medical programs. However, following recreational legalization and the slow dissolve of decades-old cannabis stereotypes and misperceptions, many conservative citizens and seniors are becoming more open to the idea of using the herb.

For example, during a conversation with a cannabis business owner in Washington State, the author learned of the entrepreneur’s conservative neighbor, a man in his 60s who had been prescribed Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) by his physician for pain management. Unfortunately, this use of Vicodin led to an overdose — along with the obvious panic that befell him and his worried wife. Later, the businessman smelled cannabis from his conservative neighbor’s house. He learned that the overdose scare had prompted this pain patient to discontinue using opiates, replacing them with cannabis.

Basics for Beginners

There are some basic rules for those who have never consumed cannabis. It must be stressed that everyone is different; cannabis will affect everyone differently. The same sample of a particular strain may put one person to sleep while energizing another. Also, some may get very high, while others feel relatively little psychoactive effect after having consumed a similar portion of the same strain. Something called receptor expression means that the number and density of CB1 and CB2 receptors scattered throughout the brain, central nervous system (CNS), and immune system varies between people.

Thus, one person could, theoretically, have twice as many CB1 receptors as another. Because this receptor binds with the THC molecule (the two exhibit something called a high binding affinity), those with a brain or CNS that features greater expression (larger numbers) of CB1 receptors may result in a perception of more potent cannabis and increased euphoria. Also, the endocannabinoid system produces its own cannabinoids, like anandamide, that regulate the cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis. Differences in the endocannabinoid system from one person to another may result in sometimes dramatic differences in individual efficacy.

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First Time or First Time in Years Guideline

First-time or novice users can avoid undesired side effects of cannabis such as paranoia, couchlock, excessive appetite, and confusion by following some basic rules.

  • First, users shouldn’t ingest edibles for their first cannabis experience. The unpredictability and sometimes amplified potency of cannabis edibles makes them a poor candidate for first timers. Click here to learn more about why edibles are so unpredictable and often extremely potent.
  • Second, cannabis newbies shouldn’t indulge in concentrates like BHO, CO2 oil, rosin, or live resin for their first few experiments with marijuana. First-time consumers should stick to smoking or vaping flowers, and only experiment with more exotic extracts and concentrates after gaining more experience.
  • Third, newbies should ask their budtender for high-quality, mid-potency cannabis. Stick to strains that are tested at 10-15 percent THC — or whatever one’s budtender recommends — for the first few sessions.
  • Fourth, choose a comfortable, relaxing, familiar environment for the first few smoking or vaping sessions. First-time consumers should reflect on their mood, energy level, and general comfort, ensuring that no undue stress or interruptions will taint their entry into the world of cannabis.
  • Fifth, those who dislike smoking or find that they experience excessive coughing should use a vaporizer. Also, only cannabis flowers that have been properly dried (to remove the chlorophyll) and cured should be consumed. Curing is critical for a smooth smoking experience and maximum aroma and flavor. Those who preach the 1970s black market cliche “If you don’t cough, you don’t get off” discount the improvements of well-cured cannabis, displaying the ignorance exhibited by many in prohibitionist states and black markets.

Set and Setting

The effects of cannabis depend on many different factors, including one’s metabolism at the particular time and their overall health, as well as the quality of their sleep. But these are all characteristics of the consumer herself. What about one’s environment? Called set and setting, this is a pivotal factor in how one experiences the psychoactive effect of cannabis and whether it is ultimately a pleasant or regrettable experience.

It is recommended that first-time consumers situate themselves in a familiar, comfortable environment, such as a favorite room or on a sofa at home. Often, cannabis newbies indulge in public settings, such as a downtown club in a remote city or a wedding reception in another state. While this may be a convenient time of celebration where cannabis is purposefully made available, it may not be optimal for an opening session for someone with no experience.

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Those in legal states should consult a trained, qualified budtender at a reputable dispensary or retail outlet and follow their advice. Customers shouldn’t be shy and need to clearly and honestly inform their budtender of the effects they are seeking. Often, years of experience and thousands of customers enables a budtender to provide sound advice and an obvious first-hand familiarity with all of the strains sold at his or her particular dispensary. Part of a budtender’s job is being intimately familiar with the varieties and products available at their location and the effects that they have on a wide variety of patients and customers.

What Effect?

Those in legal states, where safe access to cannabis flowers and products is available, enjoy a luxury that almost no one on the black market experiences: The ability to choose between sativa or indica and a selection of strains, many with detailed laboratory reports indicating the exact percentages of major cannabinoids and terpenes, including tests for pesticides and other contaminants.

Those pursuing an energizing, cerebral high should seek out sativa strains, while people who want to deal with pain and gain the ultimate in relaxation should consider an indica (also great for the millions of American who suffer insomnia). Indica strains sometimes deliver the infamous couchlock and intense munchies (good for those undergoing chemotherapy who experience nausea and appetite loss). Recreational consumers, especially those with busy lifestyles and family responsibilities, often prefer hybrid strains that deliver more sativa characteristics than indica.

The benefits of hybrids of all varieties include helping prevent the paranoia and confusion that can result from a potent sativa — while avoiding the couchlock and sedative effects of strong indicas. Hybrids, often bred from indica and sativa strains, theoretically offer the best of both of their genetic parents, buffering many of the polarizing side effects experienced with their sativa-dom or indica-dom cousins.

Employ the Edibles Mantra

Experienced cannabis smokers and vapers know that, when it comes to edibles, the rule is start low, go slow. For one’s first few times smoking or vaporizing cannabis, the same advice should be observed. Cannabis smoke or vapor first enters a user’s lungs, where it is delivered to the heart, which pumps it directly to the brain. The time from initial toke to perceived onset is about 2.5 minutes. Thus, patients and lifestyle users can conveniently smoke a small sample of mid-potency cannabis and wait a few minutes to gauge the effect.

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If, after a few minutes, a first-time user feels little or nothing, they can easily and quickly smoke or vape more — avoiding the risk of getting too high or experiencing negative side effects. This process is called titration and is simply dosing one’s medicine or euphoriant in an effort to dial it in to achieve the desired effect — but not to overdo it and get spun out. If this happens, click here to learn how to mitigate a high that has gone off the tracks with simple household items like black pepper and oranges.

Those blessed with safe, legal access to cannabis medicine and related products should celebrate by visiting their local dispensary and having a detailed consultation with a senior budtender to ensure that the most appropriate cannabis medicine or recreational flowers are purchased and used properly. If the few basic rules provided in this article are followed, users should enjoy their first cannabis experience. Hopefully it will be filled with wonder and relaxation and be the first of thousands of healthy smoking or vaping sessions, helping people of all ages enjoy more content, productive lifestyles while decreasing their use of alcohol and prescription opiates.


Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Beauty Products

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Beauty Products

By Sophie Saint Thomas – Apr 19, 2016

As cannabis legalization creeps forward, consumers are enjoying a use for the plant that defies unkempt stoner stereotypes: cannabis beauty products.

“Weed, because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties is great for the skin,” says Aspen-based medical marijuana doctor Wendy Zaharko, M.D., noting the importance of endocannabinoid system homeostasis. Even mainstream medical professionals are touting appearance-enhancing abilities (and no, we don’t mean a weed version of beer goggles).

“Cannabis is an antioxidant; it can help slow down the damage to skin cells from oxidation by free radicals, which prevents aging,”

says New York City-based dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Michele S. Green, MD.

“It is rich in supplements for healthy skin such as potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc which is beneficial for skin rashes, acne, and many other skin conditions.”

To achieve these benefits, companies are adding cannabis to traditional topical beauty products such as salves, lotions, and hair and skin oils.

Molly Peckler of Highly Devoted, cannabis-friendly date coaching, swears by hemp products to treat her breakouts. “I started suffering from hormonal acne right around the time I turned 30, and I came across the Hemp Blemish Salve from Uncle Harry’s Natural Products. Unlike other acne treatments I had tried; the hemp salve didn’t irritate my skin or dry me out too much. Now when I feel a pimple coming on, I reach for the hemp salve rather than the salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide,” says Peckler.

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Like Uncle Harry’s Natural Products, most of these beauty products are currently typically created out of hemp, marijuana’s more industrial sister in the cannabis species. The Body Shop has a reasonably-priced hemp body care line, as does Marley Natural. Moon Rore, who makes hair oil, body butter, and lip treatments, differentiates itself by opting for CBD oil from hemp extract. (Moon Rore also charges each of their items with crystals, for an extra magical kick). “I noticed that there are a lot of hemp oils in everything, but there’s not a lot of people utilizing the CBD oil,” says Moon Rore founder Maggie Murphy.

If beauty manufacturers want their product to be available nationwide, they are forced to opt for hemp products rather than whole plant cannabis. While cannabidiol (CBD) is found in hemp, as Project CBD reports, hemp oils contain far less cannabidiol than cannabis, and lack medicinal terpenes and crucial secondary cannabinoids like THC, CBN and CGB. It is CBD that is responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects, an important role in skin care, and an effect that works better if cannabinoids and terpenoids are working together, due to the entourage effect.

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Some skin care companies, such as Cannabis Basics, create both cannabis and hemp-only lines, so a hemp version of their product is available for purchase everywhere, but those in legal states can still enjoy the beauty benefits of whole plant cannabis. For those in such states, another wonderful cannabis-based beauty brands is Kush Creams.

Even the real-deal cannabis oil products are non-psychoactive when used on your body, as they bind to the CB2 receptors needed to produce the therapeutic effects but do not enter the bloodstream, and CB2 receptors are mostly located outside of the brain and central nervous system. As much of legalization opponents’ cannabis fears stem from the high produced by the THC in cannabis, non-psychoactive beauty products could fight stigma as well as pimples.

“When you take the high out of the equation, but the medicinal and therapeutic benefits are still strong, cannabis changes from an illicit drug to a medicine. That’s how you change hearts and minds in the general public. Once you’ve personally experienced the positive effects, you’ll be more comfortable talking about it with the people in your life,”

agrees Peckler.

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Romantic Getaways: How I Bought Cannabis in Europe

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

True Story: How I Bought Cannabis in Europe

By Julene Hoff – Aug 19, 2016

I was in the ladies room when I found the cannabis vapor pen at the bottom of my bag. This was not an ideal time for such a revelation; I was in Stockholm’s international terminal, which meant I’d unwittingly snuck it through customs twice so far.

To be fair, this particular brand’s vapor pen looks more like an e-cig than a cannabis product. (The all-caps “MENTHOL” label affixed to the tube probably didn’t hurt either.) There wasn’t much to be done upon discovery except check to see how much was left. I held it up to the light: almost empty. No problem – I’d just finish it off before my next flight in a few hours. I retreated into the nearest bathroom stall and proceeded to get quite high, bundling my scarf, coat, and sweater to create a makeshift sploof to diffuse the vapor. Needless to say, this wasn’t quite how I’d envisioned my first foray into international marijuana consumption.

When I stumbled across half-price tickets to Europe on an airline that still checks the first bag free, I couldn’t supply my payment information fast enough. Having listened to a lot of people wax poetic about the benefits of international travel, I know it’s one thing to talk about and quite another to actually take the plunge. Two weeks abroad would give me plenty of time to jump between museums and enjoy the local flavor, from what I could tell.

how to buy weed in europeJulene Hoff’s view right before she found the cannabis vapor pen in her bag in Stockholm Arlanda Airport. (Photo provided by Julene Hoff.)

Before traveling, I did the requisite Googling to assure myself that I wasn’t entering any weed-free zones. The wisdom of strangers did not disappoint: my first stop, Barcelona, is fast transforming Spain into the “Holland of the South’ – and I could hardly fancy myself a 420 enthusiast without sampling the city’s cannabis club scene, right? While the city sounded marijuana-friendly in a low-key way, similar to Seattle, the finer details of procurement posed a bit of a problem – namely, my lack of Spanish identification. The clubs that would allow me to join with a foreign passport, provided I supplied a Spanish address, had a much steeper membership fee than any of the highly recommended clubs listed on the internet. Not that I had a Spanish address, but I knew it was just a wink-nudge to jot down something residential (not your hotel) that the club won’t ever send mail to. I figured I stood a good chance of figuring it out upon arrival—there had to be some app that would help me sort things out.

Once in Barça, a generic weed app confirmed my suspicions about the cost versus quality of the fare in foreigner-friendly clubs; anywhere known for the quality of their product requires Spanish identification to become a member. Finding a local sympathetic to my plight proved difficult—bro ex-pats are apparently as cool overseas as they are on their home turf. The only offers of assistance had less to do with purchasing a few grams than with me coming over to their flat; I wouldn’t trade being a conventionally attractive woman for anything in the world, but these overtures grow tiresome. Had none of these men seen Bob Saget’s cameo in Half Baked? Considering the abundance of easily acquired flower back home, I couldn’t convince myself to jump through hoops to get it while on the road. If nothing came up, I’d just hold out until getting stateside.

A week later in Prague, after my travel companion noted that I’d been “rather grumpy” in a way he could “handle exactly one more day of,” I decided to give it another go. Back to the internet, which offered up the following options: buy from the dealers in large city squares (not advised), asking your bartender (iffy, might get you kicked out or overbilled), or email one of the handful of people positing themselves as Prague pot blogs. The last option probably sounds sketchy—and it was—but that’s never kept me from following advice found online before.

how to buy weed in eruopeJulene Hoff’s view after she finished the cannabis vapor pen in the bathroom at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport. (Photo provided by Julene Hoff.)

The first email I sent yielded the name of a bar I could get to via public transit and the confirmation that the barman would be “helpful,” though there was no mention of the price. A swift visit to Google revealed this to be one of two bars commonly suggested to travelers trying to pickup; it also revealed that the bathrooms were known to be gross, the bartender might be an asshole, and that there was probably a host of junkies just waiting to steal my purse.

One German visitor had this to say of The Club:

“Very bad drinks at very high prices. The only reason that they have so many recommendations is cause they sell Marihuana illegally. You always have to expect a raid (happened several times). If you don’t want to experience Czech jails, just don’t go there… AVOID.”

I admit the last line made me raise an eyebrow, but reviews of the only listed alternative suggested I would be purchasing from the same variety of sketchy characters in the bathroom – and that’s a line I’m just not willing to cross.

Email number two connected me with a service that delivered only to hotel rooms or apartments and required a good deal of information prior to scheduling a drop-off time. Three grams would run me 900CZK (or $37) surprisingly close to what I would pay in Denver, so this seemed the most logical option. Except the same friend that complained about my mood, a known excessive when it comes to alcohol and cocaine, was dismayed by the mentioned of a delivery drug deal. Considering I asked permission instead of begging forgiveness after, it was a tough point to argue. Besides, “I went to Prague and had my weed delivered” does not make for a particularly interesting anecdote.

how to buy weed in europeHer view from the St. Charles Bridge in Prague. (Photo provided by Julene Hoff.)

Left with one (possibly) viable option, I opted to head out at 10pm on a Wednesday for the bar mentioned in that first email. It took a few convenience stores before I found one selling transit tickets. The bar was in Žižkov, a neighborhood known for parties and bars filled with locals and ex-pats alike. The most difficult part of getting there was finding a corner store selling transit tickets, honestly. I took the subway several stops and found the bar without problem — this is the era of mobile GPS, after all. (Not to mention reasonably consistent and affordable service from Project Fi.)

Following the email’s instructions, I knocked at the door and waited to be buzzed in. After taking a seat at the bar and ordering a beer, I took some time to case the joint. The first thing I noticed was an abundance of people under the age of 23 at the tables surrounding me. The second was that the fog filling the room had a 3:1 ratio of cigarette smoke to weed. The scent of herb was faint by comparison. Granted, there is a lot of tobacco being smoked in Czech Republic in general; everyone smokes at the bar, in restaurants, and abundantly throughout the streets. Czech Republic is also, much like the rest of Europe, a big fan of the spliff. (I am not.)

The barmaid was indeed friendly when I asked if she happened to know where I could buy weed, encouraging me to see and smell before purchase as she handed me a nondescript dimebag. The weed was plush with good color, red hairs and a light frosting of trichomes. I’m sure that could’ve crystallized into something even more audacious, but this weed was still a week or two shy of being appropriately cured and dried. But let’s be real: it’s not like I hauled my cookies across town to say “no” upon finding the verdant grail, even if it could’ve used another week or two to cure. I paid 500 CRK (or $20) for two grams – only slightly more than if I’d gone delivery, sans delivery fee and the tip no dispatcher ever mentions. She was also quick to sell me packs of oddly sized Prague-branded papers and filters, a swank-looking set of local goods in gold foil packaging. The bartender loaned me her grinder and I set about rolling myself a proper Yank joint of the all-green variety. I’m sure you can imagine how cool I felt borrowing some guy at the bar’s lighter to light and re-light that damn damp thing.

Most conversations I overheard were in English, and I struck up several as I sat there: about drum and bass with the Eastern-block hot bartender who claimed she was 40; a Yank that took advantage of dual citizenship to move to Canada after George W. got his second term – the only one I’ve ever heard of; and two Italian guys that managed to annoy everyone by loudly asking after the weed’s quality, and the bartender when one asked “for the pot” without buying a drink first.

At this point I was pretty high on that foreign supply, hadn’t eaten in 10 hours, and was battling it out with the growing awareness of my dry eyes and smoke-hazed contacts. I became very wrapped up in dealing with this, but heard enough to know that the language barrier was not doing the Italian guys any favors. I can’t remember if they even got their weed, but I do remember being self-conscious about the awkward amount of time I spent rubbing my eyes. I wasted another hour bullshitting with the aforementioned characters before the bar closed and kicked everyone out. I made it back to the apartment by tram without incident, the micro-stash lasted the final few days, and I was pleasantly surprised by my significantly lower tolerance upon returning home. This marked a successful trip and initial foray into international pot tourism, though in the future I’ll stick to finding my hookup after landing. Store-bought pot may be more convenient, but there’s something to be said for the entertainment value of a digitally-assisted cheeba chase.

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Learn How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil in 55 Seconds

This article originally appeared on Whaxy.com

Learn How to Make Cannabis Coconut Oil in 55 Seconds

By Marie Veksler – Mar 30, 2016

Watch this video to learn how to make cannabis infused coconut oil in less than 60 seconds.

After you watch the video, read below to learn why coconut oil is the ideal lipid for cannabis infusions. The use the step-by-step recipe to make this cannabis infused coconut oil at home.

Why Coconut Oil?

You can use any oil or even butter; however, we recommend coconut oil as it is more easily digested relative to other fats.

Why Soy Lecithin?

The addition of soy lecithin is optional; however, we recommend it because it helps your body absorb the THC present in your oil.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ oz (7 grams) of cannabis buds or 1 oz (28 grams) of trim
  • 2/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp of Soy Lecithin (optional, can also substitute for sunflower lecithin in place of soy)
  • 1 Cheesecloth

Yield: This will produce approximately ½ cup of cannabis coconut oil, which is the amount called for in many edible recipes.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 220° Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Grind up the cannabis buds or trim and spread evenly on cookie sheet lined with foil.
  4. Bake in oven for one hour. This is known as decarboxylation and will convert the THC in your cannabis to its psychoactive form. If you desire a more sedative edible, leave in the oven for another 30+ minutes, which will begin converting the THC to CBN.
  5. Place the cannabis, soy lecithin, and coconut oil in a crock-pot set on low. Stir, cover, and let sit for at least 3 hours. Note: coconut oil remains solid at room temperature – to turn it into a liquid for measuring, place the oil in the oven while the cannabis decarboxylates.
  6. Let the oil cool in the crock pot with the lid on – this will take some time as most slow cookers are well insulated. Once warm (not hot) to the touch, strain the cannabis from the coconut oil using a folded cheesecloth.

Substitute your cannabis infused coconut oil in place of butter or oil in any recipe. Unused cannabis coconut oil can be covered in an airtight and stored in a cool, dark place for up to 30 days. It can remain fresh longer if stored in the freezer.

Add a tablespoon of this cannabis coconut oil to your morning coffee in place of creamer or use it in one of these INCREDIBLE Recipes:

Use the link below to download the free Whaxy Cannabis Cooking Calculator App on your Android phone to figure out the perfect dose every time!

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Cannabis Singles Speakeasy | Los Angeles | Wed Sept 21st | 7pm

Cannabis Singles Speakeasy | Los Angeles | Wed Sept 21st | 7pm


Hosted by: Highly Devoted

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2016

WHERE: The Green Street Agency | 5514 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA

TIME: 7PM -10:30PM

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About the Event:

Finding love isn’t easy (especially in Los Angeles) and it’s even more complicated when cannabis is part of your life. When you find out someone new is cannabis friendly, there’s an instant bond, camaraderie, and a feeling of comfort. We’re capitalizing on that connection, and creating the type of event that Cannabis Friendly Singles have been waiting for.

At the Inaugural Singles Speakeasy, use cannabis to quickly connect with other commitment-minded Singles, all while enjoying a breathtaking rooftop setting with the freedom for valid medicinal cannabis card holders to recreate with cannabis in comfort.


Why Cannabis?

The Singles Speakeasy is a cannabis friendly dating workshop and singles mixer hosted by Life Coach and Dating Expert, Molly Peckler, of Highly Devoted Coaching.

Molly will kick off the night by leading a brief, yet powerful workshop so you can make the most of your time at the event, and learn lessons that can be applied in any social situation long after the evening ends. Get into the right frame of mind and gain the tools to confidently connect with others, and quickly analyze whether or not someone would be a compatible partner.

After the workshop, let Molly help you form connections over Cannabis Friendly ice-breakers, and put the new tools you’ve gained to work. We’ll culminate the evening with a more relaxed after-party vibe, and hopefully several new connections will have sparked before the night is over.

Molly Peckler, Host of the Singles Speakeasy and Founder of Highly Devoted

Throughout the evening guests will enjoy tasty snacks by The Herbal Chef as well as many other surprises. All guests must have active California medical cannabis recommendations. Presto Doctor will be on hand to answer your medicinal cannabis questions and consult with any guests who may be looking to see if they qualify for a medicinal cannabis recommendation. At the end of the evening, all guests will receive gift-bags stuffed with love from some of our favorite California cannabis companies.


Who:

We are searching for 10 men and 10 women in Los Angeles, who are currently single and searching for a committed relationship. They are looking to share their passion for cannabis with their partner.

Age: 27 – 43

Orientation: Heterosexual

*This is only our first event, and we plan on hosting future Singles Speakeasy events for other ages and sexual orientations. Please leave your information in the form below so we can keep you posted on future events.

Our goal is to curate the ideal guest list, making it as easy as possible for our guests to spark deep connections.

Request your invitation by September 16th, and receive a coupon code for $50 off the $150 ticket price for selected guests.

Do you know of someone who would be a good fit for this event? Share this page with them, or email Molly, and send them the link below!

Are you interested in taking part in this groundbreaking event? Request an invitation by filling out the information below, and you’ll be notified of your invitation status by September 19th.

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 MOLLY PECKLER and HIGHLY DEVOTED


Molly Peckler, Founder and Head Coach of Highly Devoted Coaching, is the world’s first cannabis friendly Life Coach and Dating Expert. Molly founded Highly Devoted in 2015, and she dedicates her practice to cannabis consumers around the world who defy the stoner stigma. She specializes in helping clients build lasting confidence by implementing logical strategies for achieving their goals. Molly is proficient in developing custom online and offline dating strategies specifically meant to identify an ideal cannabis friendly partner. Molly is based in Venice, CA, and works with clients around the world via Skype or FaceTime.

Molly is a proud cannabis enthusiast, and she is well versed in the medical benefits of cannabis, as well as its ability to enhance lives and relationships. She is happily married to a fellow cannabis consumer, and her relationship with her husband inspires her to help others find the happiness, confidence and love she gets to experience every day. Molly is dedicated to shattering outdated cannabis stereotypes, and she is passionate about legalizing cannabis throughout the United States and beyond.


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ANON Magazine

Love and Marij: Combining Cannabis With Class

by ANON MAGAZINE

We recently interviewed Aleecia Head from Love and Marij, the world’s first website devoted to helping partners identify weed-friendly vendors for their wedding! Their goal is to break beyond stereotypes and provide tips and ideas on hosting cannabis events. Find out more about the origins of Love and Marij, some of the challenges they face, and why working for Love and Marij has been such a fulfilling experience.

ANON: First of all, what is Love and Marij, and how did it get started?

Aleecia: Love and Marij started about a year ago after CEO, Niki McDonald, finished filming MSNBC’s docu-series, “Pot Barons of Colorado”. As director and producer of the series, she was immersed in the beginning of the cannabis industry and saw an opportunity. When none of her friends back home could imagine upscale cannabis use, she wanted to create a vehicle to help showcase upscale cannabis events and help newly engaged couples easily connected wedding vendors who would happily honor their requests to incorporate cannabis into their wedding day. We hope that this sparks a conversation and eventually a revolution to erase outdated negative stigmas.

 

ANON: What services does Love and Marij offer?

Aleecia: Love and Marij is a website that lists cannabis friendly wedding vendors, dispensaries offering discounts to newly engaged couples and cannabis wedding planning advice. We also list upscale cannabis products great for wedding parties and date ideas and write about how cannabis can be used to enhance your relationship.

 

ANON: What is the greatest misconception people have about cannabis and cannabis products?

Aleecia: A lot of people doubt the medicinal properties of cannabis or don’t realize that cannabis can energize you or help give you confidence to get on the dance floor.  Ironically, most regular cannabis consumers don’t internally identify with the cartoonish rasta stereotypes and smoky marijuana leaves.  They’d rather have sophisticated and elevated products because that’s how they view themselves. Thankfully, more cannabis companies and brands are moving towards elegance and subtly.

 

ANON: How popular are weed-friendly weddings currently? Do you think this trend in event planning is on the rise?

Aleecia: Cannabis consumption events, like seasonal dinners and yoga events, are gaining popularity. It’s a good opportunity for multiple companies to support each other through experiential marketing and it helps normalize the act of smoking. We have a lot of inquires from couples who are interested in weed friendly weddings and I think this wedding season we’ll see a lot more! The largest problem in expanding cannabis events is lack of clarity in consumption laws. Love and Marij is working to bring clarity to how to legally incorporate cannabis into your upscale event with an infographic we plan to release in September.

ANON: What are your top three favorite cannabis wedding products at the moment?
Aleecia: That’s so hard! There are lots of great products out there but my top three would have to be Lucid Moods terpene enhancers, Weed Wipes organic cleaning products and Stashlogix’s hemp carry case! The best part about these companies is that they’re small business here in Colorado and even put on parties.

ANON: How do the families of the bride and groom usually react to the idea of this type of wedding?

Aleecia: Since a lot of people have family still in prohibition states, it can be difficult. But since the general public has become more accepting of medicinal marijuana it’s getting easier. Coming out of the cannacloset can be hard, especially for people who find themselves in leadership positions or who have no support system, since it’s still a federally illegal substance. The hardest part is starting the conversation. If you try to educate them about cannabis first then you may be surprised when they start asking you questions or become interested. Years of propaganda have made older generations nervous about cannabis, its effects and it’s hard to overwrite programmed fear. So be gentle, but honest, with your family if you want to have a cannabar at your wedding or if you just want to let your loved ones know you smoke.  We have articles about how to talk to your family about cannabis on our website as well as a myriad of helpful hints online from reputable sources if you need a good place to start.

ANON: What is the most challenging aspect of planning a cannabis-friendly event?

Aleecia: Finding a venue that is in compliance with the law has to be one of the biggest challenges. When people hear anything related to cannabis, weed or pot they immediately shut them down. They think of Reefer Madness happening on their land and they’ll be responsible for the first death by The Devil’s Lettuce. But once venues host a cannabis consumption event, a wedding or a private dinner, they notice that they’re more tame than most alcoholic events and the host is invited back. The number of places who have said yes to hosting cannabis events, even in the last year, has grown and I expect it to keep growing as more people start to better understand the law.

ANON: Has anyone ever attempted a cannabis-friendly wedding in a state where it isn’t legalized yet?

Aleecia: Legal or not, cannabis exists at most weddings!  Niki, our CEO, still lives in a state where cannabis is outlawed but witnessed a groom hand out pre-rolled joints in Altoid boxes to select wedding guests.  That’s when the party really started!  We get stories all the time about pre-legalization wedding trail blazers, but they prefer to keep their stories quiet. Hopefully soon couples won’t have to hide their love for cannabis or each other.

ANON: What drew you in and made you want to work with Love and Marij?

Aleecia: I came to Colorado wanting to do cannabis events about a year ago, when most people were still hesitant about consumption parties. When I first heard about the Cannabis Wedding Expo, I thought – Cannabis and Weddings?! Genius! I knew immediately I wanted the company I worked for, at the time, to be a part of it. When the time was right a few months later, I applied as an event coordinator and got a call two days later from Niki! The intent behind what Love and Marij does is exactly what I believed in and still do. Our main purpose is to normalize cannabis consumption and revolutionize the stoner stigma through elegant, elevated events and content. When Niki told me that, I was hooked and have been ever since! I get to do exactly what I came down to Colorado to do because I made connections, wasn’t afraid to be honest with what I wanted and met incredible people who have similar visions of the future.

ANON: What is something you would tell people who are skeptical about the idea of hosting a cannabis-friendly event?

Aleecia: Most people who host cannabis friendly events are skeptical because they’re unsure of the law. They vary state to state so contacting a lawyer, if you’re having a larger event, is usually the best idea. Soon, Love and Marij will offer resources on the legality of having a cannabis event in different states. But other than that, there’s nothing to worry about. Bring your own weed is the standard but if you want to make your guests feel extra fancy, hire a knowledge budtender to better educate and help with dosing. Guests who are high tend to be a bit more agreeable than their drunken counterparts and if the smoke itself is a concern then designate an area where consumption is okay.

ANON: What are some benefits of hosting this type of event?

Aleecia: Guests who are high tend to be a bit more agreeable than their drunken counterparts and there’s usually less tears or drama. You get to try everyone’s best shit and argue about who the real master grower is. Any food that you have will be the best food ever and at the end of the night everyone will remember, even if hazily, what happened instead of totally blacking out.

ANON: What’s the average cost for a weed wedding? Can you host this type of event on a tight/small budget?

Aleecia: Cannabis can absolutely be a cheaper alternative to alcohol! 1 oz of top shelf legal cannabis typically retails from $100-$175 and can comfortably serve 14-20 guests depending on how much they’d like to toke.  Smoking can help cut down on the amount of alcohol your guests drink.  $10/guest is a fair amount to budget for those interested in cannabis at weddings whereas alcohol can wind up costing $15-$30 for the average guest.  We are working on listing dispensaries that are giving discounts and incentives to wedding goers that want to buy cannabis for their wedding.

ANON: In your opinion, what’s the biggest difference between a typical wedding and a marijuana-friendly wedding?
Aleecia: Bringing cannabis to the forefront of your wedding by having a cannabar in addition to an open bar helps to unify the wedding experience.  Instead of needing to excuse themselves from the festivities, your guests who smoke can feel free to let loose and be themselves and that vibe is contagious! The legal cannabar draws interest from people you’d never expect.  A little bit of CBD might be just the thing grandma needs to take away her joint pain and get her out on the dance floor!
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Cannazaar

WHEN:  Sunday June 10th | 12 Noon – 6pm

WHERE:  Cluster Studios | 3881 Steele St | Denver, CO 80205

ADMISSION:  FREE GENERAL ADMISSION | $50 Painting Class | $100 VIP

MUST BE 21+ TO ATTEND

Eclectic, Mysterious and Theatrical!  Join us for Cannazaar’s first summer series!  An outdoor, daytime bazaar-style event with amazing people and vibes!!  Hosting a variety of entertainment, local vendors, unique food trucks, yard games, art installations, designated buses, and crowd-pleaser performers!  Cannazaar has something for ALL to enjoy and indulge. Each Cannazaar event has been designed to offer something special and different for each Sunday.

*A portion of all proceeds will go to a cannabis-accepting charity, Denver NORML.  We have also chosen to assist with the Orlando Relief Fund in honor of the recent tragdies in Florida.  Our hearts go out to the victim’s families.

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Maggie & Mikey - Suwannee Hula Wedding - Oct 30, 2015

Knowing how well the live music scene pairs with cannabis, this daring bride took a took a truly unique approach to host her wedding at one of the countries biggest and best music festivals!

Mikey & Maggie had always shared a love for dancing to their favorite band; The String Cheese Incident, and had traveled all over the country from music festival to music festival to see them play.   At Electric Forest 2014, Mikey surprised Maggie with a proposal as she sat down with some of their ‘cheese family’ who were keeping it hush the entire weekend.  Mikey’s plan had went off without a hitch.

The cannabis plant had a major part in the couple planning their new life together.  Excited by what legalization had to offer, the couple decided to uproot from their Tennessee roots to start a new life in Colorado.   One month before the wedding, Mikey made the 1500 mile move to start cultivating and managing an industrial Hemp grow while Maggie got started on envisioning her own organic cannabis product line.  Their October destination wedding doubled as the couples going away party.

Simple, sweet, and extremely unique, Maggie sent out custom made laminate invites with custom all access wristbands to match! “

That Friday morning arrived and the sun rose through the Spanish moss of the tall trees surrounding the Suwannee River. This was the 3rd year Maggie & Mikey had attended the Halloween weekend spectacular and it felt extra special that they got to kick off the festival with their wedding!

Everyone gathered at the campsite on a beautiful Friday afternoon in Live Oak, Florida. Guests headed into the Canna Camper to recreate with the plant that was paving the way for the move.  When they started a procession to the banks of the Suwannee River with their entire wedding party, it felt like a new beginning.

As they exchanged their vows and said I do, the official celebration had begun!

Everyone headed back to camp to dress up and get ready to dance the night away. Maggie wore a beautifully handcrafted set of white Maleficent inspired horns with her dress throughout the night while occasionally strapping up her baby carrier to wear her 7 month old daughter Aurora who ironically slept through most of the festivities.

The night concluded with perusing the festival grounds in her dress with her new husband and companions sitting by the beautiful Spirit Lake. This wedding was truly a celebration that lasted an entire weekend, with surprisingly minimal planning and an easy go with the flow vibe, it is no wonder this wedding was such a hit! Settled into Colorado, Mikey and Maggie are continuing their growing relationship with Cannabis. Maggie is now the CEO of Moon Rore Organics, an organic skincare line of CBD products & Partnerships Chair for Love&Marij, encouraging and educating couples on how they can legally incorporate Cannabis into their events.


Puff and Pose

WHEN:  Saturday June 25th | 3pm

WHERE: 16582 Gothard Street Suite M, Huntington Beach, California 92647

ADMISSION:  $25   Note: This is a Cash Only Event

Cannabliss Yoga in collaboration with Betty Khronic are proud to bring you: Puff & Pose.  You’ll be able to Medicate and Meditate inside Cannabliss’ budding yoga studio in Huntington Beach.

The admission fee is $25 to attend, and in return, you’ll receive 1 hour of Yoga Practice, a 15 minute Meditation Circle, and a Canna-Gift bag filled with MMJ products valued over $100. There will also be a raffle priced at $3 per entry for a Cannabis Gift Box worth $500!

15% of all proceeds from Puff & Pose will benefit the Military Veteran’s organization “Grow for Vets” https://www.growforvets.org/

Medical Marijuana Recommendations will be required for entry into Puff & Pose so please have your doctor’s recommendation and state driver’s license/ID card ready at check-in.

An RSVP will also be required for entry into the Yoga Studio. Please send your RSVP with each name in your party to Ann Marie at Cannablissyoga@gmail.com by Monday, June 20th.

 

 

Only 50 spots are available for Puff & Pose so get in those RSVPs to Ann Marie as soon as you can ? Betty and I hope to see you in Huntington Beach!


Cannabis Cooking with Aunt Sandy

WHEN: July 16th | 10am-2pm

WHERE: Oaksterdam Univeristy | 1734 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

 

Join Oaksterdam University & Aunt Sandy this July 16th, 2016 to learn how to make a delicious cannabis infused meal! See Aunt Sandy prepare her World Famous 10x Butter!

The first hour of class will be an introductory Legal 101 course: An important introduction to the legal issues surrounding medical cannabis and the cannabis industry. Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption for adults and medical patients.

 

Prices
Alumni Early Bird Discount (ends July 9th) $75
Non-Alumni Early Bird Discount (ends July 9th) $100
Alumni $95
Non-Alumni $125

 

Aunt Sandy’s Medical Marijuana Cookbook
www.medmarijuanacookbook.com/

Medical edibles have come a long way since the infamous pot brownies that were consumed with crunchy, awful-tasting leaves and stems.

Aunt Sandy’s Medical Marijuana Cookbook is a collection of recipes by cooking instructor, Sandy Moriarty, who is a professor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland Ca.

Oaksterdam University has pioneered training for jobs in the booming marijuana industry. The cookbook is retro in design and content, reminiscent of classic Betty Crocker-type comfort foods.Some of Sandy’s favorites include mac and cheese, spicy buffalo wings, and scalloped potatoes.

The book visually demonstrates and reveals the process for creating Sandy’s 10x Cannabutter. It includes 40 easy-to-prepare, delicious dishes from her signature dessert, Blue Sky Lemon Bars, to the Dizzy Bird Turkey with Stuffing for a festive holiday dinner. The book updates some of the classics with low-calorie, vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free options. Each individual’s potency level is different. The author teaches how potency can be adjusted by the amount of plant material used in the butter, oil or tincture. The American Medical Association has now recognized the medical value of marijuana and the federal government has provided medical marijuana to selected medical patients for many years.

Aunt Sandy’s passion for comfort style food, therapeutic cooking, and her perfected infusion processes have led her to become Oaksterdam University’s Cooking Instructor. Her class is about learning, improving, and refining the different forms of cannabis infusions while cooking and exploring delicious home-made recipes. Learn creative cannabis infusion methods and how to start creating your own! Upon completion of this course, students will be ready to prepare their own cannabis infused meals, treats, and drinks! *Food samples for demonstration and educational purposes only


Canna Catwalk

WHEN:  Aug 22, 2016

WHERE:  Seawell Grand Ballroom | Denver, CO

Unique event that can be described as a fusion benefit. Live music plays while models walk the catwalk, displaying Cannabis Product lines. This event is jam packed with entertainment, product lines you may not be familiar with and ample networking opportunities. This event will also include a party bus outside for anyone who would like to utilize its facility.

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SUMMER: Mason Jar Seasonal Pairing Dinner

WHERE:  Longmont, CO

Celebrate the season with SUMMER, as we return to an amazing outdoor venue to highlight the foods of the most bountiful time of year, mixing in the most lux, carefully paired strains from this year’s hosts.

These are private events. To request an invitation, please message us on Facebook HERE.

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Ganjasana in the Garden

WHEN: Sunday June 26, 2016 | 9:00am to Noon in the

WHERE: Rooftop garden at Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake St, Denver, CO, 80202

This is an experience unlike any other! Come center your cannabis chakra at Ganjasana in the Garden. Learn tools for plant communication as you deepen connection with the earth and your greatest self on the scenic city rooftop! Profits from your admission supports the Committee for Responsible Use Denver which will legalize cannabis clubs and special events where adults 21 or over can consume marijuana in partnership with NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. Enjoy refreshments and a cannabis friendly environment.

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Vail Daily

As cannabis becomes more mainstream, couples start incorporating it in weddings


Article by Heather Jarvis

Over the past few years, Rachael Carlevale has had a secret fantasy for her wedding day. With a degree in plant medicine and a relationship with cannabis, she dreamt of adding a little extra green to her bouquet, along with cannabis plant centerpieces that guests could pick off and smoke.

It used to be what she thought of as a joke, but in August, her nontraditional wedding fantasies will come true. Budtenders will be on hand to give advice about strains, her bouquet will be sprinkled with the sticky flower, and a tipi will give guests an area to indulge.

As marijuana slowly starts to become more accepted socially, cannabis weddings in Colorado are on the rise. Rather than having small groups of guests break away from the wedding to smoke in secret, couples that partake can now bring it to the forefront, giving guests the opportunity to partake with their friends and relatives while sharing in their big day.

For Carlevale and her future husband, Mathieu Davenport, however, it’s a whole lot more than simply enjoying the recreational use of the plant.

A HEALING TOOL

Five years ago, the Evergreen resident was fighting for her life after a uterine tumor landed her in the hospital. At only 23, she balked at the doctors’ recommendation to give her an emergency hysterectomy, instead turning to alternative therapies to combat the illness.

The now 28-year-old credits cannabis plant medicine as having a prominent role in her healing process, and continues to incorporate CBD oil into her regimen to keep the tumor from again becoming inflamed, along with using edibles to help ease the pain she feels during her menstrual cycle.

“I was very, very sick at the time,” Carlevale said. “I had to be fed by IVs, I was in the hospital, I was on bed rest. I was barely alive. So now I’m completely thriving and living life to the fullest.”

When the couple first started using cannabis as part of Carlevale’s treatment, they found that marijuana growers were using pesticides and fungicides that actually caused cancer, as well as using cancer-causing agents to extract CBD oil. Carlevale’s illness sparked Davenport to begin cultivating regenerative cannabis grown using the no-till method.

“He was able to create medicine that was very clean and safe,” Carlevale said. “And we were able to shrink my tumor over 20 millimeters.”

Davenport, 31, is now a certified permaculturist and runs his own consulting business to help others grow using these principles.

Their story is why the couple was chosen as winners of a cannabis wedding contest offered by loveandmarij.com, a website that assists those looking for cannabis-friendly services and providers for their wedding. The website offers suggestions on outlets for lodging, venues, florists, catering, photographers, DJs limos and more in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, with hints of Alaska coming soon.

After seven years together, Carlevale and Davenport will have their cannabis wedding on Aug. 27 at a private estate in Steamboat Springs, with the assistance of loveandmarij.com and other cannabis-friendly service providers that were part of the contest.

“We are really honored to be selected for this wedding contest, and we really want to help to shift the way people are viewing and utilizing cannabis,” Carlevale said.

HELP WITH THE PLANNING

When couples plan for their special day, careful thought is put into every detail — food, drinks, decor — and the same planning needs to be done with a cannabis wedding.

Navigating the legalities and hiring 420-friendly companies can be as daunting when added to all of the other wedding tasks, especially for couples from out of state who may not be as familiar with Colorado laws.

That’s where Philip Wolf and Elizabeth “Ebs” Waldmann come into the plan.

Wolf is the founder of Cultivating Spirits, a Summit County company that jumped into luxury cannabis tours soon after legalization. A former grow consultant, Wolf took his knowledge of the marijuana industry and combined it with his experience in event planning for TV and radio to create Cultivating Spirits, and wading into the world of cannabis weddings presented another opportunity for growth.

“At Cultivating Spirits, we offer sophisticated tours and events, and weddings kind of fit into that sophisticated event,” Wolf said. “We have the experience in the cannabis industry to guide people through the legalities, but also show them how to do it in a fun way — how to bring it up to their parents and their grandparents, how to incorporate as little or as much of cannabis as they want to into their event.”

At the end of last summer, Wolf approached wedding planners Waldmann and Johnna Patton, owners of Breckenridge-based Distinctive Mountain Events, with the idea of combining their services for cannabis weddings. Wolf provides the expertise in how to incorporate marijuana, with the wedding planners there to provide the more traditional planning services. Both companies will be assisting in Carlevale and Davenport’s Aug. 27 wedding.

“I don’t necessarily know weddings,” Wolf said. “I don’t want to sit in front of a bride and tell them how to plan wedding — even though I know how to plan events and I think I have good ideas. But weddings are a very special day, and Ebs and Johnna are the best at what they do up here in the mountains.

“So I wanted to approach them first to see if they wanted to work with us and take on that aspect, so we can come at it with what I think is the best cannabis expert and the best wedding experts. We come as a package, and we can create a magical day for somebody.”

Two summers ago, Waldmann and Patton were hired as wedding planners for a cannabis-friendly wedding at a private ranch north of Silverthorne. The San Francisco couple had two budtenders manning the cannabis bar and offered a separate tent for guests to smoke.

“It was done so well,” Waldmann said. “I think every wedding you run into unexpected problems — we wouldn’t have a job if there weren’t unexpected problems — but as far as the cannabis side, it went really well.”

Waldmann said the guests were all very accepting of the openness of cannabis consumption, and they didn’t run into any problems with it being a part of the day.

After the California couple hired Distinctive Mountain Events, Waldmann and Patton realized the potential opportunity of getting into this type of industry, but they weren’t quite sure how to proceed.

“I think the cannabis industry is so cutting edge, we wanted to be a part of it,” Waldmann said.

But the owners were also worried about how other people would perceive the business if they decided to advertise.

“That’s kind of where the partnering came into play,” she said. “Johnna and I had discussed doing something like this, but we debated on how to advertise it, and reach out to those brides, because in our business, the mom and dad still pay for the wedding. We didn’t know if that would deter them from hiring us, even if they didn’t want to have cannabis. So when Philip approached us, it was just a natural fit.”

IT’S THE SMALL THINGS

Offering cannabis at a wedding does take some logistical planning. Wolf said the first thing he discusses with the couple is how much they want to incorporate cannabis into the wedding. There are many things that go into a cannabis wedding that couples don’t necessarily think of: logistics like how to consume the cannabis, being the liaison between the dispensaries and walking them through the legalities.

After that, he said, is finding out more information about the families — how relatives are going to feel about it and how to make sure everyone is comfortable with the way it is incorporated.

Then it comes down to choosing services. Cultivating Spirits will assist couples in picking the right cannabis strains and other cannabis products. Like deciding on the right cake, couples can do pre-wedding cannabis sampling, and Wolf can help suggest proper strain usage. The company can also assist with a bud bar, bringing in knowledgeable budtenders to assist guests, or provide cannabis and food pairings or infused foods to any events.

As for the wedding planners, Waldmann said she makes sure that the vendors they are working with are cannabis friendly, even if it is just something as simple as making sure the hairdresser is fine with the bride smoking in the same room. Then they assist with the normal wedding logistics, aligning the packages they offer with Cultivating Spirits to the ones they offer for traditional weddings.

“As far as planning goes, it really doesn’t change,” she said. “It’s still a wedding at the end of the day.”

To be legal, the wedding has to be a private event on private property, and there can’t be a charge for any of the cannabis served. As with alcohol, transportation and age verification also come into play, making sure everyone who partakes is 21 and has a way to get back to wherever they are staying without driving if they have been consuming, Wolf said.

Cultivating Spirits does not provide the marijuana but can be the liaison with the purchase. This is particularly helpful for out-of-staters who may not be familiar with dispensaries in the High Country.

“A lot of times it might not be a complicated situation, but it’s the little things that people don’t think about,” Wolf said. “There are so many small things, especially when you are planning a wedding, and the more you can alleviate those, the better.”

CANNABIS WEDDING EXPO

Wolf and Cannabis Concierge Events owner Bec Koop teamed up to throw a marijuana-centered wedding expo in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District in mid-January. The Cannabis Wedding Expo showcased 420-friendly vendors, along with special cannabis-themed offerings, such as Koop’s cannabis-infused wedding bouquets, floral arrangements and boutonnieres from her company Buds & Blossoms.

Koop had been rejected from traditional wedding expos, which is one of the reasons why she wanted to create her own. The expo, which sold out all of its vendor spots, was a testament to the rising popularity of the industry.

“It’s something that’s growing,” Wolf said. “People don’t know necessarily that they can incorporate cannabis into their wedding. It’s still too taboo for them. We have one wedding that we are doing this summer, but I think every year it’s going to grow and grow and grow. From doing the Cannabis Wedding Expo as well, you can tell that with companies. They are doing a handful of them, but they’ve grown from doing one last year to doing three or four this year.”

Wolf said the expo was a great way to bring companies, the press and the community of Denver together in one spot to focus on a budding industry.

“That was exposure … that put it on the map like hey, this is really legit.”

Wolf said the sky is the limit when it comes to ideas for a marijuana wedding, from cannabis massages, to live art, to cannabis educational handouts for guests.

“To me, it’s all about choices, and by the services that we are doing, we are providing people with that choice,” Wolf said. “If they want to utilize that choice, they can, but they don’t have to, and that’s what’s great about America is that we do have these choices. … It’s another option, and it’s great to have options in life.”

Carlevale believes that her wedding will be an educational experience for her guests, as well.

“I’m hoping they will all have a positive experience and a fun time,” she said. “I’m definitely expecting people to get a big educational experience out of this, as well as have a great time.”

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Highly Devoted

Weddings and Cannabis Form the Perfect Union Thanks to Love and Marij

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By: Molly Peckler

When I think back to my wedding day five years ago, one of my favorite memories was the epic smoke sesh my new husband and I hosted after the reception. 15 or 20 of our closest friends piled into our suite and we proceeded to pass around multiple joints and bowls while laughing, bonding and reminiscing about the day.

I felt like such a rebel sitting on the floor of the presidential suite at a huge hotel in Chicago, smoking a joint in my big ass wedding dress. The moment was bittersweet, because it would have been so much more special to share that experience with all of my guests during the reception. In 2011, it had to take place behind closed doors. No one bats an eye at a shit-faced drunk, but the idea of a happy stoner at a wedding was too much for most people to handle.

When I launched Highly Devoted last summer, I hadn’t even heard of the term “weed wedding.” Through sheer luck, I was introduced to Niki McDonald of Love and Marij, and she blew my mind with tales of gorgeous high end weddings featuring bud bars, passed edibles and cannabis infused flower arrangements. I decided at that moment that if my husband and I ever decided to renew our vows, it would most certainly be a weed wedding.

Planning a weed wedding is very complicated due to the fact that cannabis is still federally illegal. Love and Marij is a weed wedding and cannabis event guide, and it helps to take the guesswork out of planning. It’s the ultimate resource for planning a high end weed wedding, and Love and Marij about to launch a brand new website with expanded services.

Learn about how to plan a weed wedding or cannabis event at www.LoveandMarij.com

Learn how to plan a weed wedding or cannabis event at www.LoveandMarij.com

In advance of the relaunch next week, I caught up with Niki to learn more about weed weddings and her experience as an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry.

Highly Devoted: How did you come up with the idea for Love and Marij? What goals would you like to achieve with your business?

Niki McDonald: The passion for Love and Marij was born out of a desire to speed up legalization by producing upscale and sophisticated images of cannabis use. In April of 2014, I moved out to Colorado to produce a cannabis docuseries for MSNBC.  When I tried to explain the “high end” cannabis parties I was so lucky to experience, NOBODY back home could wrap their mind around the concept.  Having spent the last twelve years in media, I knew I was charged to create a media outlet that would SHOW everyone the concept of sophisticated cannabis use and what better way to shock the world than showing upscale cannabis use at weddings!  Society readily accepts a loud and clumsy drunk but shuns the stigma of a silent and smiling stoner. That’s the issue I set out to change!

On my hunt for cannabis wedding imagery, I got in touch will all of the couples I read about in mainstream media that were planning weed weddings and learned that they plan for weed never came to fruition because their venues turned down the request. Couples that don’t drink served open bars for their guests but had to sneak out of their own wedding to recreate. That’s really when the fire really started with me.

Unclear state laws (and the federal government’s lack of support) makes many vendors not want to roll the dice on integrating cannabis into their current business practices.  The cannabis wedding movement was in need of MAJOR help, so I set out to work with the state cannabis boards and state police to create educational resources that will soon be made available to all wedding vendors in legal states!  The goal of Love and Marij is to be the ultimate destination for canna-couples to find wedding vendors that support their legal right to include cannabis on their special day!

Why do you think cannabis is such a great fit for weddings?

I love alcohol just as much as any NYC socialite, but when it comes to having class at upscale events; cannabis most certainly takes the cake.  Contrary to the stoner stereotype, there are many uplifting cannabis strains that can give you zest and energize you to hit the dance floor.  Unlike alcohol which can make your guests impulsive; saying things they may later regret, not remembering portions of the evening and possibly getting overly frisky after open bar, cannabis can allow your guests to be in the moment; taking in the beauty of the centerpieces and the magnitude of the day around them.  I for one feel great about the conversations I have with people after recreating with cannabis.  I wish I could say the same about alcohol!

Were you able to incorporate weed into your own wedding? If not, how have you enjoyed cannabis at other weddings you’ve attended?

My wedding took place in New Jersey back in 2013.  Yes, New Jersey, where cannabis was highly illegal.  I had a few sips of champagne while getting ready in the morning, but my nerves were so high in anticipation of “the moment” that I could barely eat or drink.  After talking with many brides that took a hit of cannabis before they walked down the aisle, I definitely wish I had done so as well!  I was beyond excited to be getting married but I hated the pressure of having SO MANY eyes on me.  Cannabis would have been the perfect tool to help me focus on the moment and drown out the voice in my head wondering if I looked ridiculous or not!

A groom showcases his bud boutonniere and vape.

A groom showcases his bud boutonniere and vape.

Guests at my wedding definitely snuck off to recreate with cannabis just as I have occasionally done at other weddings.  I used to think that sneaking away was part of the whole cannabis experience but having lived both sides of the coin, parties are SO much better when you can legally recreate with anyone you’d like at any time you’d like.  I want every bride, groom and wedding guest to experience that freedom should they want it!

Your background is in television production, and you were the showrunner for one of my favorite cannabis docu-series – “Pot Barons of Colorado”.  How did that experience affect your view of the cannabis industry?

Thanks Molly!  I’m so touched that you loved the series!  Pot Barons forever changed my stance on cannabis.  I’ve always been a “go-getter” and while cannabis speaks to the creative in me, growing up, I never wanted to do anything that would hold me back from getting a job.  I loved hanging out with my friends while they were high; it’s much easier to be sober around a group of high people than drunk people, but I couldn’t bring myself to smoke.  After realizing that the entertainment industry really doesn’t care if you’ve tried cannabis, I loosened up a little bit!  I was always in favor of legalization because I knew that it was a harmless plant and that most things we eat and drink on a daily basis are processed and way worse for you than cannabis but I had no idea HOW DIFFERENT legal cannabis is from the illegal market.

I didn’t believe medicinal cannabis was real until I met countless cancer survivors and other severely ill mothers, children and people from all walks of life who shared their stories about how awful their life on prescription drugs were until someone in their life begged them to try cannabis.  The cannabis industry is so tightly regulated in legal states that it’s safer to be in a dispensary than it is a supermarket!  Unlike your dealer’s basement, every plant on the market gets an RFID tag and is tracked by the government from seed to sale.  In Colorado, all cannabis transportation is manifested so the government knows when it’s going to the lab and when you go to a dispensary to get cannabis from a budtender, it’s given to you in childproof packaging with lab results specific to the actual plant on your container so you not only know what strain you’re getting, but the cannabinoid ratios as well!  I was a cheerleader and gymnast and have a lot of residual shoulder damage so strains with higher CBN counts typically take away my shoulder pain.

Were you interested in entering the cannabis industry before “Pot Barons”, or was that your first introduction into the world of legal cannabis?

Pot Barons was definitely my entry into the cannabis industry.  I was the president of my high school SADD club for two years so this endeavor is definitely a huge shock for many people in my life but it’s something that I believe in.  Now I’m making up for lost time!

You recently held a contest giving away a free weed wedding in Colorado. What are the most unique ways to utilize cannabis in a wedding?

You can light up in your limo, put buds in your bouquet, hotbox your hotel, serve a bud bar along with your open bar and create ganja gift bags!  If you click through the vendors section of our website, you’ll see the earlier adapters to the movement who are all willing to create endless new possibilities for you!

What is your best piece of advice for people who are interested in becoming cannabis entrepreneurs?

The cannabis industry is still federally illegal and state laws change RAPIDLY.  If you’re going to get in, you have to truly LOVE what you and believe in your message.  EDUCATE YOURSELF on the legal market and learn to solve a problem.  Accept the fact that not everyone will be 100% behind you right now, but if you’re doing something that you truly believe in, the industry will welcome you with open arms!

Learn more at Love and Marij, and sign up for our email list for updates about L&M’s new website and expanded services. Title image courtesy of Ali V Photography

Source: http://highlydevotedcoaching.com/weddings-and-cannabis-form-the-perfect-union-thanks-to-love-and-marij/


TheKnot.com

3 Weed-Friendly Wedding Planners Tell Us All About Planning Cannabis-Infused Nuptials

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By: Ivy Jacobson

It's true: Because of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, some 4/20-loving couples are now looking for ways to include weed in their wedding day—from bud bouquets to special edibles at the reception. And while we don't expect it to become as popular as, say, the signature drink at cocktail hour, the weed-friendly wedding planners and experts we talked to gave us reason to believe that we can expect to see more of it over the coming years.

Name and Company: Niki McDonald, LoveandMarij.com, based in Colorado

Sound Bite: I'm a New York City native who came into the cannabis industry by moving out to Colorado to direct and produce MSNBC's Pot Barons of Colorado. After spending eight months on the ground in Colorado learning the ins and outs of the legal cannabis industry, I created Love and Marij to shatter outdated stereotypes and show how legal cannabis can pair with class at upscale events.

How long have you been in the wedding industry? Wedding planning: 2012; cannabis wedding planning: 2014

What are some different ways you've incorporated weed into weddings? In legal states, the sky's the limit! You can light up in your limo, put buds in your bouquet, serve a signature strain, hotbox your hotel, serve a bud bar with your open bar, give ganja gift bags and beyond.

Have there been any challenges finding weed-friendly vendors to participate in weddings? While cannabis remains federally illegal, and with state laws constantly in flux, many wedding vendors have a desire to integrate cannabis into their day, but don't want to assume unnecessary risk. Other vendors want to service their cannabis clients but feel as if the taboo of marijuana will paint them in an unfavorable light with their non-cannabis clients.

Love and Marij is working to marry the cannabis industry with the wedding industry. In states where recreational cannabis is legal, we're working with state cannabis regulators and the state police to bring clarity to cannabis laws, allowing more vendors to comfortably exercise their legal right to work with cannabis.

Though efforts like the Cannabis Wedding Giveaway and the world's first Cannabis Wedding Expo, which was held last January in Denver, our mission is to unite the brave pioneers of the cannabis wedding movement and create to prove to the world that cannabis can coexist with class.

Who are some of your favorite weed-friendly vendors? The Cultivating Spirits experience is my personal favorite bachelor/bachelorette or rehearsal dinner experience. It's not about "getting high"—it's paring a small hit of specific cannabis strains to bring out the flavor of food, wine and craft beer. The Herbal Chef trained under Southern California's top chefs in Michelin-star restaurants and has prepared some of the most incredible infused meals I've had to date. And Cannabis Concierge Events is an expert cannabis event planner who can make your wildest cannabis dreams come true. If getting a buzz isn't your thing, there are hundreds of ways to use the cannabis plant for medicinal wedding day befits from CBD (Cibaderm Cannabidiol) based skin care products to transdermal patches that can take away the pain of high heels or dress slacks.

What's been your favorite weed wedding feature? Our favorite cannabis wedding innovation has been the concept of a cannabis wedding registry service at legal cannabis dispensaries. My favorite part of planning my own wedding was the upscale treatment large department stores give you when you're signing up for your registry and I wanted to replicate that luxe treatment in dispensaries. Through Love and Marij's cannabis registry service, you can make an appointment with a dispensary's top budtender to help you select your signature strain. We've started the process in Colorado and are about to extend the service into other states

What are your favorite fun edibles to create at the reception? In lieu of champagne, I love the idea of a sparking cannabis toast with Dixie Elixirs. Companies like Sweet Grass Kitchen and Julie's Natural Edibles offer low-dose strain specific edibles so guests can achieve an intended feeling. If you're a chocolate lover, s'mores made with Incredibles chocolate makes for the perfect nightcap!

For anyone looking to serve up edibles as an alternative to smoking at their wedding, we highly recommend hiring a budtender for the evening to properly administer dosing. For guests that are new to edibles, the most common mistake is having too much, too soon. To guarantee a good time, our recommended milligram dosage is 3 to 5 mg of THC for a first-time consumer. For many tipsy people with a sweet tooth, it's hard to practice self control. Since it can take up to two hours to fully feel the effects of an edible, a budtender will help your guests avoid the common mistake of thinking they're ready for seconds before they truly are.

While homemade edibles can make for a sweet personal touch, save your baking for home. For a large group of guests, our advice is to stick with licensed edibles manufactures that print their lab results on their products. This will better regulate the potency of what your guests are getting.

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Global News Canada

Marijuana and marriage: Colorado couple blazing trail with weed weddings

By Patricia Kozicka

Matt Davenport and Rachael Carlevale consider themselves to be pioneers in the budding (pardon the pun) business of weed weddings.

When the Colorado couple ties the knot in August, marijuana will play a major role in their big day. The two felt it’d only be fitting since they credit it for saving Carlevale’s life.

The 28-year-old used her fiance’s homegrown supply after being diagnosed with a uterine tumor. She believes it helped shrink her tumour 22 millimetres.

So one of Davenport’s cannabis plants will be right up there with them at the altar — as well as in the 31-year-old’s boutonniere and his bride’s bouquet.

The two will also have a special teepee designated specifically for pot smoking, and a couple marijuana-infused desserts. (They’ll be clearly marked so “nobody will accidentally eat a cannabis brownie.”)

Even the invites will be made of hemp.

Their three-course rehearsal dinner will feature cannabis-food pairings, which Carlevale thinks will be a great way to ease her family into the whole thing.

She admits her parents were a little surprised when she first told them about her cannabis wedding plans.

“It’s all new to them. My family lives in a state where cannabis laws are still very grey,” the 28-year-old said.

She ran her wedding plans by her parents after beating out 11 couples for a giveaway at the world’s first cannabis wedding expo, put on this past January by Love and Marij.

It took some convincing, but the Carlevales approved.

“Cannabis saved our lives and inspired our relationship to blossom, from soil to seed to flower,” the couple wrote in the winning contest entry.

The package they scored will cover the weed-related expenses and venue, which many find to be the priciest part of a wedding budget.

Other couples who’ve incorporated weed into their weddings have “budtenders,” serving up different strains of Ganja to guests.

“People are accustomed to alcohol. That’s so normal to have at weddings. But it doesn’t always bring people together,” said Carlevale.

“Cannabis brings a sense of peace.”

It’s just a matter of time before the taboo surrounding weed is broken, she believes.

Right now, those who smoke marijuana at weddings often do so in secret.

“All I could think about whenever I snuck off to smoke weed at someone’s wedding was whatever I was missing out on or that I feel like I’m doing something wrong,” said Love and Marij CEO Niki McDonald.

By putting it out in the open, she argues, that stigma (along with people’s paranoia) can go away, allowing them to fully enjoy the moment.

“It can be a very reflective, and a very social tool for a lot of people,” McDonald said.

“If cannabis is used before a ceremony, I feel people take in that ceremony, take in the meaning of the words. It becomes more poetic.”

When marijuana is officially legalized in Canada (the feds set a date of next spring to introduce legislation), expect weed weddings to also crop up north of the border.

If you choose to partake in the trend, though, you may want to avoid getting too buzzed. Especially if you’re in the wedding party or are the bride or groom.

Global News asked a lawyer if there are any legality concerns if a couple signs their marriage papers under the influence.

He said you’d “have to be so out of it, you didn’t know what you were doing,” which might be tough to prove when you’ve planned your weed wedding months in advance.

Read full story here:  http://globalnews.ca/news/2650626/marijuana-and-marriage-colorado-couple-blazing-trail-with-weed-weddings/


Culture Magazine

by Sheryll Alexander

Cannabis at weddings is a fascinating trend in personal expression and enjoyment, and it’s about to become a booming industry. From creating full on “weed bars” with everything from budtenders pairing strains to each meal’s course, to cannabis flower buds showing up in the bride’s bouquet, the cannabis wedding is definitely an innovative emerging lifestyle trend.

Of course, ground zero for the cannabis wedding biz is Colorado, but Washington and Oregon are fast becoming canna-wedding innovators.

In reality, couples have been exploring cannabis clandestinely at their weddings for decades. Today, however, legalization is marrying cannabis to the business of getting married.

Digital entrepreneur and documentary filmmaker Niki Usbay McDonald saw the trend starting, years ago, and decided to get busy. She created a website catering to couples who are seeking cannabis providers, consultants and services for their upcoming nuptials. So, she created and branded LoveandMarij.com.

At Love and Marij, canna-loving couples can explore wedding vendors who understand their needs when it comes to venues, hotels, florists, photographers, DJs, limos and much more. McDonald says she has helped couples source everything they would need for a bud bar.

“The wedding industry is a $300 billion business and—right now—cannabis accounts for zero. We are looking to change that.”

For example, her Love and Marij biz has helped a Colorado couple outfit a “cigar and herb bar.” Or, how about the Seattle couple who met in a dispensary and had cannabis added to their bouquets and other gifted items because their venue would not allow smoking onsite? One Oregon couple even set up a secret cannabar in the middle of a magical forest for their toking guests.

Love and Marij is also a place for wedding guests. Here, family and friends can shop for cannabis-themed wedding items such as gold-foiled rolling papers, hemp bath bombs, mini “hitters,” gold-covered lighters, a sophisticated line of evening bags and accessories to hide your stash in style and a customizable wedding party thank you gift called “pot pockets,” which is an embossed three-joint carrier that extinguishes a lit doobie when the case is closed.

However, McDonald is marching confidently towards the entrepreneurial altar with her Love and Marij Cannabis Wedding Registry. Eventually, 21-and-older guests will be able to purchase a couple’s favorite strain as a wedding gift or as part of the wedding party puffing ritual. For now, however, this world’s first cannabis wedding registry is signing up dispensaries who want to sell to weddings and other offshoot parties.

What does this canna entrepreneur see in her crystal ballroom for the future of cannabis weddings five years or even a decade from now? “The wedding industry is a $300 billion business and–right now–cannabis accounts for zero,” explains McDonald. “We are looking to change that.”

And she’s not just stopping at a website. McDonald is helping the ignorant media, by holding marketing mixers and even a Cannabis Wedding Expo to educate companies on how to provide wedding- and media-friendly marketing materials to couples, journalists, editors and even venture capitalists.

“We want to show the world cannabis really does pair with classy weddings,” she says. For example, McDonald says “mainstream” engaged couples get preferential treatment all along the wedding route from buying the engagement ring to picking out the menu, hotel and cake, among many other “perks” and discounts couples are offered before they sign a contract.

Plus, these cannabis experts are also on hand to craft cannabis experiences for all wedding events such as the engagement party, the bridal shower and the bachelor and bachelorette parties.

As for now, McDonald says—at least in legal states—those who are planning weddings may want to consider creating a supportive space for toking guests.

“At every wedding, the smokers always miss out because they are not incorporated into the scene,” she says. “It’s time we all celebrated together.”

McDonald says she foresees these “weed weddings” as just the beginning. “I think the next level is cannabis food and wine pairings.” In fact, she is working with cannabiz Cultivating Spirits to craft a “food-and-cannabis tasting experience for venues and dispensaries.”

The future certainly seems bright for “weed wedding” providers as five more states potentially go legal in 2016, including the California goldmine. McDonald of Love and Marij calls it a “revolution” and “the turnaround.” Only time will tell if this marketing niche will work well in this groundbreaking, new canna-weddings world.

Source: http://ireadculture.com/canna-wedding-wond...

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Author : HUFFPOST BRAZIL

January 21, 2016

Casamentos 4h20: noivos e noivas dos EUA começam a incluir maconha nas festas

HuffPost Brasil

Publicado: 21/01/2016 14:40 BRST Atualizado: 21/01/2016 14:42 BRST

Hora do casamento? 4h20, claro.

A indústria cada vez mais poderosa da maconha está ampliando cada vez mais seus horizontes. E se até mesmo celebridades já começaram a fazer endossos para linhas específicas de sementes e plantas, o que seria dos casamentos?

Festa, convidados, lembranças, buquês, roupas, adereços... A lista de tudo que a Love and Marij faz é enorme. Rola até "bar" específico no produto. É chegar, pedir e consumir.

Tudo isso no Colorado, estado que legalizou o uso recreativo e medicinal e já fatura milhões de dólares em impostos.

No último domingo (17) foi a vez da Cannabis Wedding Expo, a primeira feira de exposições temática do combo maconha + casamentos. A variedade, como você pode imaginar, foi enorme.

Expositores, produtores, fornecedores e produtos desenhados para o consumo da erva - bongs personalizados, cachimbo ou seda -

. A Love and Marij ainda presta assessoria para fotografia e alimentação. Até aqui, esse tipo de celebração só é possível em quatro estados: Alaska, Colorado, Washington e Oregon, todos ao lado Oeste do país.

Os casamentos canábicos foram muito bem exploradas nesta reportagem do The New York Times. Se quiser se aprofundar mais, dê uma olhadinha.


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Posted: 21/01/2016 14:40 GMT Updated: 21/01/2016 14:42 GMT

Wedding time? 4:20 a.m., of course.

The increasingly powerful marijuana industry is increasingly expanding their horizons. And if even celebrities have started to make endorsements for specific lines of seeds and plants, which would be of weddings?

Party, guests, souvenirs, bouquets, clothes, props ... The list of all the Love and Marij does is huge. Scroll to "bar" in specific product. You get to ask and consume.

All this in Colorado, a state that legalized recreational and medicinal use and have invoice millions of dollars in taxes.

Last Sunday (17) was the turn of Cannabis Wedding Expo, the first fair of thematic exhibitions of marijuana weddings + combo. The variety, as you can imagine, it was huge.

Exhibitors, producers, suppliers, and products designed for the herb consumption - custom bongs, pipes or silk -. The Love and Marij also provides advice to photography and food. So far, this kind of celebration is possible only in four states: Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon, all to the west side of the country.

The cannabis marriages were very well explored in this report in The New York Times. If you want to go deeper, take a peek.
Source: http://www.brasilpost.com.br/2016/01/21/ca...

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Author: Rachel Cruz

January 20, 2016

Gives new meaning to being "high on love."

By Rachel Cruz | Jan 20, 2016 03:13 AM EST

Weed, or marijuana, is beautifully set in this groom's boutonniere as part of a cannabis wedding. (Photo : Twitter Photo Section)

Colorado held the very first Cannabis Wedding Expo at the Denver's Point Gallery Sunday to showcase vendors who can provide brides and grooms their very own weed wedding.

Seen at the event were various wedding products like cannabis-inspired foods and drinks, flowers, wedding favors and decorations. However, it was also a great way for marijuana-loving couples to come up with creative ideas for planning their ceremony properly, according to Fox Denver.

"I think the way that's it's presented is still so elegant and yet it still has that edgy feel of being on the edge of prohibition," said Shelby Barsh, a woman planning her own wedding who has been looking for different options.

Colorado made marijuana legal in 2012, but there are laws covering its sale, purchase, possession and use, per the local government's official web portal. Vendors at the expo were also there to guide brides and grooms on how to do a proper weed wedding without going against the law, including considering which guests to invite and where to have the celebration. The event was off-limits to those under 21 and no cannabis was sold on the premises, according to Daily Mail.

"Cannabis can be incorporated into events and weddings in classy, modern and sophisticated ways. It doesn't have to be totally in your face. It can be on a discreet level - or it can be loud and proud around your love of the bud," said Bec Koop, a wedding florist who helped organize the event, according to The Cannabist. "So let's be honest - it's always been there, it's been a part of almost every party and event scene, so why not incorporate it? The expo is really an opportunity to showcase this new trend that's not going away."

Online wedding event guide Love and Marij sponsored the event, according to San Francisco Gate. On its website is a growing list of couples who have had a cannabis-themed wedding and there are also tips and leads for brides and grooms.

Source: http://www.hngn.com/articles/171308/201601...

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Nice Day for a Weed Wedding: We Went to Colorado's First Cannabis Wedding ExpoVO

by Gabby Bess

LOVE AND DRUGS

JAN 19, 2016

Now that pot is legal in Colorado, ganjapreneurs have set their sights on the wedding industry. At the state's inaugural Cannabis Wedding Expo, we saw vendors showing off weed catering businesses, hotbox ready limos, and heart-shaped joint holders.

When I stepped off the plane I was completely disoriented. Feeling a bit like Dorothy in Emerald City, or Alice through the looking glass, I wasn't in New York anymore. I was in Colorado, on Mountain Standard Time, and for the remainder of my weekend trip I would never quite remember whether that meant I was two hours ahead or behind. There was snow on the ground and the sky was pale and sunny as I waited for a car outside the Denver International Airport; it wasn't cold, but it looked like it should be. I was jet-lagged, sleepy, and slightly confused, but luckily all the locals already had me sorted out: If I wasn't here for the Steelers vs. Broncos game, it could only be for one thing: legal weed.

After taking my bags and offering me a bottle of water to counteract my burgeoning altitude sickness, my Uber driver promptly hit all the talking points about his hometown: the recent influx of millennials (emphasized, I thought, as if he was saying "aliens") and the tech industry, gentrification, the projected billions of dollars cannabis will bring in for the state and the millions it already has. Last year, he said, Colorado made more money from taxing marijuana than they originally knew what to do with. I asked him, jokingly, if he was also employed by Denver's tourism bureau, and then I asked what he thought about all the change. He said he felt positive about it, not least because of the ease with which he could now stock up on vape pen cartridges.

Since Colorado legalized the drug under Amendment 64 in 2012, anyone over the age of 21 can purchase weed like groceries without getting arrested, fined, or a second glance—and, so far, the federal government has pretty much left the state alone. This might just sound like a long-overdue policy that makes sense and is perhaps inevitable for the rest of the United States, but to see it and experience it, practically, for the first time felt like an alternate universe. No longer a clandestine operation for the denizens of Colorado, or an excuse to incarcerate people of color, weed was everywhere: My unofficial tour guide and I passed an obvious weed dispensary, which he said outnumbered Starbucks locations in the state, every few feet. He pointed out the manufacturing plants along the highway that were now being used as growhouses. By the end of my ride, I saw more puns on weed-related words than I thought were possible. I had a feeling that this was my Mecca.

Indeed, Colorado is for stoners, though that's not the state's official slogan just yet. Anything you could conceivably think to do, here you can do it with weed, and there's a lot of money to be made from it. If you want to rent a vacation house, Bud and Breakfast is Colorado's 420-friendly version of Airbnb. If you want to go out, there are cannabis bars that substitute the plant for alcohol. And if you want to get married in the state, why not have a weed wedding?

"Why not?" was general sentiment behind Denver's inaugural Cannabis Wedding Expo on Sunday, where vendors on both sides of the aisle came together for the first time to start a dialogue about what cannabis can do for brides- and grooms-to-be, as well as for the wedding industry itself. As I walked up to the local art gallery where the event was held, I was greeted by a white stretch limo that had promotional water bottles lined up on the roof. I poked my head in. "What's this for?" I asked the driver. He explained that he was one of the vendors at the expo, and he was offering his limo service to wedding parties. "So... if I wanted to rent this limo for my wedding I could hotbox it, legally?" He nodded and smiled, "You sure can."

Read More: Why More Women Are Having Sex on Drugs

Inside the expo, spanning the gallery's three floors that were soundtracked with pulsing music, 25 other vendors were also hoping to get the word out about their weed-friendly services, which ranged from cannabis bouquets to "budtenders" like Andrew Mieure. "This is my first networking event," said Mieure, the founder of Top Shelf Budtending. He's dressed as he would be when he's behind the cannabar, in a crisp button-down with suspenders and a bow tie. Mieure only started his company a few months ago, but since the weed wedding industry is still so new and emerging, he said, there's not much competition. "There's not a lot of companies that are doing this yet," he said. "If you need bud at your wedding or party, we bring all of the accessories and expertise. At the wedding, we would rope the area off, make sure everyone who entered was 21, and give everyone a wristband prior to consuming."

 

The Top Shelf Budtending booth

In Colorado, marijuana is tracked using radio frequency identification (or RFID tags) that follows each bud from the grower to the dispensary. Every step along the way requires a specific license that's regulated by the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division. That means that third-party businesses like Mieure's can't legally sell weed along with their budtending services. The bride and groom, or any client, have to buy and supply the weed, or they have the option of shopping with Mieure's expertise at a dispensary. "I'm basically a consultant," he explained. "I'm telling people what strains would be best, making sure people are consuming responsibly, and ensuring that they're having a good time. I'm not actually selling any [cannabis]. The client is basically providing the bud for their guests; under Amendment 64, anyone over the age of 21 and older can give up to one ounce of bud to someone else over 21. That's the only way we can get away with this," he said.

While clients generally look to weed as an alternative to alcohol, they don't have to choose between the two. "Alcohol is [legally] allowed to be served alongside cannabis, but I wouldn't recommend mixing the two," Mieure said. "I think, personally, weed is a safer alternative to alcohol, and it costs about the same as an open bar. A little bit of weed goes a long way." A budtender's job is also to make sure the guests don't get uncontrollably high. "We keep guests to a 20 MG limit for edibles, and a one- or two-joint limit on the bud itself."

If you want to get more creative with cannabis consumption on your wedding night, LA-based Christopher Sayegh, who goes by the name the Herbal Chef, was also at the expo. "I do cannabis-infused fine dining," he told me. "So that means multi-course meals that are individually dosed [with THC]. The dosage is completely customizable to everyone at the table because you want to be able to enjoy the whole meal without getting too high." For the stoner who is also a discerning foodie, Sayeg sources local ingredients and often bases dishes on what he's just foraged or hunted. He's worked with clients who have their medical cards in California and is looking to expand into Colorado's recreational space; he's booked to cater two weddings in the state this September. "People still aren't used to eating savory edibles," Sayegh explained. "They're more used to the sweet stuff. At these dinners my clients are usually trying this stuff for the first time. One time I went dove hunting and used the doves for a dinner. I served them on wooden plates that I carved from tree trunks and made a turmeric hash to represent the earthiness of where [the doves] died. Then I smoked [them] using the hay that was all around the area [where they] died. Then I made a cannabis-infused dove sauce."

Read More: How Marketers Are Capitalizing on Pot's New Lady Demographic

Surprisingly, this wasn't the craziest dish he's made. "I made a Caprese salad for desert," he said, adding that he comes up with his best flavor combinations while stoned. "I am absolutely in love with cannabis. I love the culture. Everyone is friendly, and there's this great sense of community. Plus, who doesn't like to get high and eat food?"

Exactly.

The event was heavily populated with members of the weed industry, but there were, of course, civilian couples genuinely looking for wedding inspiration. One couple I spoke to had an all-weed-everything wedding in the works. The bride planned to have a custom-made wedding gown made from an abstracted pattern of the weed strain she and her husband grow, Cherry Kush. Her wedding colors are purple and gold, like the THC crystals on the strain, and they said pictures of the strain would also be hung at the reception as artwork. "We just want to have a fun wedding that represents who we are," the bride said.

For those who might want a more subtle look, Janay Andrews (or Janay A), a wedding dress designer from Kansas City who had a booth at the expo, makes custom wedding dresses out of hemp that can be indistinguishable from a traditional gown, though she was just commissioned to make a dress incorporating a bodice of beaded weed leaves. Andrews isn't married, nor does she have immediate plans to be. When I asked her if she would ever consider a cannabis wedding, she responded: "I want to have a mushroom wedding!"

Opening up the wedding industry to 420-friendly vendors and clients was one of the primary motivations for the event, the founders of the expo, Bec Koop (of Colorado's first cannabis florist Buds & Blossoms) and Philip Wolf (of the cannabis tour companyCultivating Spirits), explained. Koop, who creates bouquets and "budtonniéres" using cannabis plants, was rejected from traditional expos, so she decided to start her own. "As people start to see cannabis as a normal part of daily life, it just makes sense to also have it at your wedding," Wolf said. "The wedding industry is a a multi-billion-dollar industry, and as more states opt for legalization, cannabis will play a big role in it."

The expo was BYOC (bring your own cannabis), complete with a smoking lounge, so by the end of the day, the event felt more like a wedding itself than a convention. More stoned than I've ever been in my entire life, I almost forgot that the main reason for the event was commerce; it was hard not to have a good time when everyone in attendance was liberally sharing joints, vapes, and anything else smokeable or edible. Maybe that was the point, I thought, as I stared at a melting ice sculpture that was laser-etched with cannabis leaves: Almost everything—weddings and wedding expos included—is better with weed.