Treat Yourself

Cannabis Wedding Ceremonies

Imagine these lavish ceremonies with a dash of Cannabis.

Check out these 12 ideas of how you can incorporate cannabis into your wedding ceremony!

Share these ideas with your wedding party today!

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Cannasexual Valentine's Day Love

Just when you sigh that exasperated sigh of relief that the holidays are over, New Year’s arrives and suddenly the store shelves are stocked with Valentine’s Day decor.  Another unavoidable “Hallmark holiday” has arrived, but whether you’re single or with a special someone, today is a wonderful day to treat yourself by indulging in some TLC with CBD (or THC if it’s legal)! 

Cannabis is an excellent tool in bridging the gap between you, your personal and sexual health, and your partner(s).  At Love and Marij, we believe in the holy trinity of mind, body, and cannabis, and that’s what our 2020 V-day is all about. 

We caught up with Ashley Manta, award-winning sex educator and entrepreneur of the brand CannaSexual to explore some tips for successfully correlating sex and cannabis to enhance your Valentine’s day. 



Whether alone or with someone you trust.  “It’s important to tailor your cannabis consumption to the specific needs of your body and mind on any given day,” she reminds us. 



Cannabis does not always have to be consumed via inhalation in order to reap its benefits. When asked if she could settle on one strain as a prelude to intercourse for the rest of her life, she’s unable to pick just one because her needs vary.  Manta says she tailors her route of consumption and strain depending on her desired effects, sharing that some days she reaches for a 1:1 CBD to THC cultivar to help relax her, while other days she relies only on CBD topicals like Foria. No matter what you’re smoking on, before you cut to the chase, “communicate your needs to your partner,” Manta states. 



The value of reading as a means to enhancing one’s sex life is often overlooked. Just like many things in life you sometimes need to read the guidebook before you roll your sleeves up. Manta suggests from the plethora of pleasure-mastery books, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life” by Dr. Emily Nagoski, is at the top of her list to accompany a joint. “It’s phenomenal,” Manta confirms, and “a must read for anyone who has a vulva or loves someone with a vulva,” she insists. Reader’s seeking tips for improving their own pleasure or for their partner can improve their knowledge of extensive topics like arousal, desire, being turned on and how our brains process all of these stimulants. 



Decided upon staying in with some edibles and Netflix to treat yourself?  Manta suggests two must-see documentaries that explore opposite sides of the spectrum of cannabis’ reputation. “Grass is Greener” on Netflix, takes a cultural approach and shows the perspective of cannabis as a disruptor within communities of color and how folks have been targeted. “Weed the People” may be a more positive V-day flick with its perspective on the medicinal cannabis industry through testimonies by patients. 


No matter how you decide to incorporate cannabis into your Valentine’s day agenda this year, remember to always dose safely and practice safe sex.   


Happy Valentine’s Day!

16 Relaxing Ways to Relieve Stress with Cannabis

Stress, burnout and fatigue are all common end of year feelings. With Donald Trump stepping into office, many people already feel the need to work harder to fight for their beliefs.

The big catch 22 is that hard work leads to burnout.  So how do you break the cycle? This new year, resolve to work SMARTER, not harder.  Working smarter starts with MINDSET.  According to Psychology Today,  “how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you’re experiencing.”

So how do you alter your mindset and re-define how you perceive stress? Cannabis, with low doses of THC, can help!

This holiday season, we asked Flour Child, a California based medicinal cannabis collective to share some relaxation tips  on how to de-stress and re-program your mindset using their CBD & THC infused products.

Try breaking free from your current troubles by re-thinking your problem solving strategies during or after some of these stress reliving suggestions:


1. Trade massages with someone you love using our CBD-rich Relief Balm.

2. Soak your achy feet in an epsom salt bath with a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender is very soothing.) Slather your feet with Relief Balm and put some soft socks on before bed. Your feet will feel like clouds the next morning.

3. Soothe dry winter skin & scalp. Gently massage Relief Balm into your scalp and down to the ends of your hair. Wrap your hair in a scarf and leave it on overnight. Wash your hair as usual. Do this as often as needed.

4. Use Relief Balm anywhere you have tightness or soreness before or after working out. We especially love to use it before & after yoga. It helps you stretch more effectively and less painfully!

5. Invite your BFF or Sweetie to an EPIC SPA DAY by treating yourselves to all of these ideas!


1. Make a really awesome toast (or grilled cheese) with our jam. Nothing beats the winter blues like a spoonful of summer.

2. “Doses & Mimosas”: stir a spoonful of jam into a sparkling beverage of your choice for a “dosed mimosa” spritzer.

3. Fold fresh fruit into the jam for a quick compote to top your pancakes, french toast, yogurt or oats. DIY fruit & yogurt cups for the week if you’re feeling ambitious. Leave a little room for granola or muesli, if that’s your jam.

4. Add a spoonful of jam to your morning smoothie.

5. Go out to your favorite café & BYO Jam to dollop onto your croissant.

6. Make a cheese plate for two, using your favorite Flour Child Seasonal Jam, nuts, fresh or dried fruit, and crackers or bread.

7. Set up a DIY Toast/Tartine Bar for a bridal party brunch–butters, cheeses, fruits, spreads & jams! Super easy, everyone can build their own, very Instagram-friendly.


1. Cook a little into your morning oats, or use it as a crunchy topping.

2. Mix Granola with a few handfuls of your favorite dried fruits and nuts to make your own “happy trails mix.” Go on a hike and snack responsibly.

3. Mix a few hand-fulls with chopped nuts, warm spices and honey to stuff baked apples. Serve warm, preferably, with a spoonful of crème fraîche or ice cream.

4. Make it into a spicy, savory condiment for topping salads or making next-level avocado toast. Sauté thinly sliced shallots and garlic (black garlic is especially good in this if you can get it) in olive oil until fragrant. Add any combination of mustard seeds, coriander, fennel, cumin, and chiles and toast. Add Flour Child Granola and toss together. Season with salt and smoked paprika. Store with oil; eat on literally everything.

Cannabis and Crystals

Crystals and Cannabis

Crystals have been used to bring us happiness, healing and prosperity for thousands of years.

Here are 12 ways you can bring this ancient healing energy into your life.

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Treat Yourself: Moon Rore Organics

Maggie Murphy founded Moon Rore Organics in honor of her children after turning both to crystals and natural skin products to promote healing within her two children. The Usui Reiki healer and ecologically conscious mother combines intentional crystal energy with all natural products in sustainable containers in made to order cannabis infused beauty products.

For many years Moon Rore founder Maggie Murphy studied as a Usui Reiki healer who continually worked with healing crystal energies. Her first born son Achilles had serious issues sleeping and when they walked into a new age store he immediately picked up the insomnia relieving stone Howlite. The mother saw improvement in her son’s sleeping habits that very night and decided to further her studies of crystal energies. During the birth of the second child Murphy’s midwife had a severe allergy to fragrance oriented chemicals which caused the young mother to look more deeply into what exactly is in all of the products we put onto our skin. Once her daughter Rory was born she noticed that she had exceptionally sensitive skin, breaking out even from common brand name baby lotion.

The young mother started crafting body butters and lotions that would work for her sensitive skinned child and organically started combining these trusted recipes with the crystal healing shown to her after watching the sleeping struggles of her other young son. That is where the company and even the name came from, Moon for Achilles and Rore for her youngest Rory. The current Moon Rore Organics line contains body butter, body oil, and makeup remover but they take custom orders making this company fabulous for any cannabis bride looking for the perfect bridesmaids gifts and even bachelorette party favors.

Maggie let us know more about her in depth knowledge of crystals in a recent interview about topical cannabis products for headaches. For that article she specifically mentioned Lapis Lazuli, a gorgeous blue stone, as useful those that suffer from migraines and cites that it can also be helpful for chronic insomniacs.

For headaches the Reiki healer and crystal enthusiast mentions champagne aura quartz as ideal to relieve sinus or injury based headaches and amethyst for tension headaches. There is also a crystal called Shungite which is dark and ominous in color with a gold metallic sheen, this is a known cure all and a must have for any collector with interest in manifestation. Moon Rore Organics harnesses these healing crystal energies within their natural, chemical free products to provide exceptional body butters, makeup removers, and ritual oils.

Because of this infusion of crystals with the products and the harmful environmental impact of plastics Moon Rore Organics uses glass containers and packaging. Using all glass packaging also ensures less chance of a reaction from those of us with sensitive skin. Maggie is also invested in preserving the environment for future generations and moves through every motion of her life with an intention of working with natural resources rather than depleting them. When we asked her about sustainable packaging and manufacturing Murphy told us, “Intention based living is a major key in my daily routine and I feel using the sustainable packaging just fit and felt right.” This is one of the reasons that we’re head over heels for Moon Rore Organics, because they add to the community rather than taking from it.

There are tons of natural ways to heal aside from cannabis and one of our favorite parts of adult-use recreational cannabis laws is that we can now combine them to receive synergistic healing much like the cannabis crystal healing products offered at the Moon Rore Organics Etsy store.

What are your favorite modes of natural healing? Do you have crystals at home? Tell us everything in the comments!

Make Your Own: DIY Cannabis Meditation Candle

The use of aromatherapy dates back centuries to monasteries and temples across the globe so it’s no surprise that the scented candle industry continues to thrive. Aside from the aromatherapy connection to scented candles they can also have some other benefits. Candlelight most closely resembles sunlight in the way that it makes the shadows and angles in the room more gentle. As a result of the pleasing light we are able to focus better and find a deeper concentration than before igniting the flame.

A candle will nourish the environment and can even alter a surly mood and with the right aromas added in. Certain fragrances promote various emotions and trains of thought so intentionally scenting candles can be an empowering experience. Cannabis is an aroma that can help someone reach deeper meditative thought and promotes relaxation even in the most stressful environment. Many religious cultures used cannabis as incense before it was discovered as a psychoactive inhalant and cannabis scented incense can even be found in almost every head shop. Just in time for holiday season we are excited to break down how to make our own cannabis scented soy candle.

You Will Need:

  • 1 lb. Soy Candle Wax
  • Hemp Wick
  • 14 oz. Mason Jar
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 Piece Card Stock
  • A Double Boiler
  • Food Thermometer
  • Oven Mitts
  • 1 oz. Hemp Seed Oil

Step 1: Use the double boiler (a glass bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water also works) to melt the candle wax on medium-low heat. While watching the wax take the hot glue gun and adhere the wick to the very center of the bottom of the glass jar. Be sure to measure an excess of hemp wick to be trimmed later.


Step 2: While still keeping an eye on the melting wax cut the cardstock to be larger than the jar but with about ⅕ of the card removed to reveal a pouring area in the top of the candle. Cut a hole in the middle of the card stock to suspend the hemp wick completely perpendicular to the bottom of the jar. This prepares the candle receptacle for pouring.


Step 3: Once all of the wax is melted let it cool to 120-140°F before adding 1 oz. of hemp seed oil. This is also the time to add coloring for anyone interested. To speed up the cooling process pour the wax into a room temperature glass container.


Step 4: Pour the wax into the jar leaving about 1 cm of space from the top of the jar to the wax. Allow to cool completely and trim the wick to ½’’.

Feel free to decorate the jar and give out as gifts this holiday season, a welcome gift, or even for bridesmaids gifts. Cannabis scented candles can help make a yoga practice go that much deeper, enhance a meditation practice, help us release stress after a super long day, and even help a masseuse get out more tension. Hemp oil is available and legal across the country just as long as it remains lower than a specific percentage of THC (the psychoactive compound in the plant). It should be easy to find in almost any state and if not, online. Have you ever used incense or candles to enhance a specific mood?

"Night Before" Fiance Gift Ideas for the Canna-Couple

The most memorable part of any wedding is the love that’s shared between the celebrated couple. One of our favorite ways that couples shower each other for their special day is with their Night Before fiance gifts. These gifts don’t have to be anything big, just little trinkets and treasures that remind a special someone just how special they are.

While cannabis is a very casual, mellow herb that entices the makeup free hippy in all of us at one time or another; a wedding is a classy affair. That is why there are companies emerging all over the nation that cater to the more elegant cannabis consumer, whether they are medical or recreational smokers. These in vogue gifts combine wedded bliss with canna-bliss flawlessly making them perfect for any fiance the night before the big weed wedding.

Shine 24K Gold Rolling Papers

Started in Prague, Shine is a company that aims to take over the world and with their luxurious product we won’t be surprised if they succeed. Each 24K gold rolling paper is crafted with the finest edible gold. Shine combines this edible gold with a hemp blend base so it still burns extra smoothly, make sure to buy the 12-pack so our honey’s can share. This is the perfect gift for both sides of any canna-couple so that they can roll one up with their bridesmaids and groomsmen while they prepare for the big reveal.

AnnaBis Melissa Clutch

As the best selling bag from the first ever cannabis fashion brand AnnaBis, the Melissa clutch and wristlet are a must have for every lady stoner. Any cannabis bride would be absolutely tickled to open up their brand new Melissa wristlet. Not only is it super cute it is the perfect accessory to help a bride carry her cannabis, tools, and phone from her bridal suite to photos and onto the reception. The smell proof bag can also carry two medicine containers, eye drops, mints, a pipe, a vape, a lighter, and our phone; handy and adorable. Keep an eye out for new styles from AnnaBis for the 2016 Holiday season.

KushCards Interactive Stationary

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a heartfelt, hand written message from a lover. KushCards has taken the time honored tradition of greeting cards and taken it one step higher. Each of their customizable cards contains a little space to put a pre-roll; the perfect thing to lull a nervous bride or groom to sleep the night before the wedding. These cards are perfect for a Night Before gift for any fiance but that’s not all the NYC based company can do. KushCards can also create menus, invitations, and any event stationery that a cannabis wedding might need.

MaryJane Wedding Gift Box

The MaryJane gift box is an all inclusive gift option for either the bride or groom the night before. This cannabis themed wedding gift box includes two beautifully etched wine glasses, romantic hemp oil massage candles, etched glass bowls and paperweights, a clear heart nug jug, and an opal celebration pipe all packaged in a white satin lined box. Build the anticipation for the wedding night with this myriad of romantic gifts with a marijuana spin.

These are just a few weed wedding gifts suitable for a cannabis couple the night before their big day. We are specifically in love with the AnnaBis bags and Shine 24 Karat rolling papers, what is your favorite? Do you have any canna-brands that you just love to gift? Let us know in the comments.

AnnaBis Handbags: Stylish Ways to Store Your Stash

AnnaBis is a company started by women for women as the first luxury fashion brand for sophisticated female cannabis consumers. Love and Marij talked to their founder to learn a little bit more about the synthesis of fashion and function that is AnnaBis style since they’re reaching their first anniversary in just one month. Founder and CEO Jeanine Moss didn’t only let us in on the mission over at AnnaBis, she also gave us her expert recommendations pairing on sleek purses for any occasion.

For the ten years that I have had a medical card I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for various containers and zippered bags to repurpose as a place to store my cannabis. Whether the bag is squish resistant or smell proof; it generally serves some sort of purpose. Moss is a medical cannabis patient but still felt like a criminal when carrying her buds, “We have careers, families, own our homes, are role models – and here we are hiding our cannabis in tea tins and giveaway cosmetic bags.  And I was one of them!” And now AnnaBis handbags are ideal for a date night out, a girls lunch, and even your own special wedding day because they are elegant, discreet, and seriously cute. 

What Moss has given the sleek stoner is a place to store their cannabis that doesn’t scream “This is my stash!” like a plastic baggy or tea tin did to her when being pulled out of a Gucci bag. Jeanine Moss used her background in product development combined with her experience with women of sartorially saturated New York City to birth the genius idea of fashion forward, smell-proof handbags. As Moss tells it, “I realized that grown women were acting like teenagers sneaking around and pulling baggies out of their Louis Vuitton purses!  It just didn’t seem right.” Once Jeanine Moss realized that she wasn’t alone in the struggle she decided it was time to change the game.

What is AnnaBis?

AnnaBis is on a mission to keep stylish lady stoners feeling classy, organized, and free to be confident while holding their medical or recreational cannabis. They currently carry four styles of handbags including the ‘Chelsea’ slouchy cross body bag and ‘Melissa’ leather and vegan clutches in bold, bright colors and prints.  The ultimate girl boss even gave us a sneak peek at some Holiday styles and colors that will be released in a couple of weeks and all we can say is … yes. The best selling bag this year was the Melissa wristlet and clutch, and this season AnnaBis will release a slightly bigger bag with an external phone pocket so there’s more space in there for cannabis and gear. Moss and her team named the genius hybrid Maya and she told us, “She is going to fly off the shelves because she also comes in amazing colors like purple python and rose gold foil.” which are both perfect colors for a wedding!

When planning out the first AnnaBis bags Moss uses her massive experience in the consumer goods industry to pinpoint exactly what the modern female cannabis smoker wanted in a handbag. “In the beginning I was only going to create purse accessories … But women kept saying, “Also give me a handbag with the Aroma-Loc technology built in to go out at night.”  So that’s why we started making crossbody…(bags).” This is a sentiment that Moss and the whole team at AnnaBis carry with them as they move forward, when we ask them for it they will make it. Each of their handbags and vape cases use Aroma-Bloc™ Technology which is at a very basic level a special combination of materials to contain the smell rather than soak it into the bag’s lining. When creating new styles, Moss assures us that AnnaBis always takes what the women of the cannabis world tell them into account. From the organization and smell proofing, to the leathers, cloths, and styles; AnnaBis wants every woman of cannabis to adorn themselves with AnnaBis.

While acquiring all of this valuable research for their new Holiday line, the team found that women of cannabis wanted to know more about what was going on in legal cities, and AnnaBisGreenGuides were born. The company has created visitor guides for three exciting cannabis friendly cities (Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) that will expand into a larger series as time goes on. They’re truly helping women enjoy the healing herb on the go! Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk handbags.

Which AnnaBis Bag is Right For Me?

Every AnnaBis handbag and vape case features secreted away, smell proof pockets catering to every lady cannabis connoisseur, but how do we figure out which one is right for us? AnnaBis has made that easy by including a guide to choosing which bag is best on their webpage. The guide lets us in on how much storage is available in each bag and what type of pockets are hidden away inside. When we asked Jeanine about her preferences for specific events she filled us in on the little benefits of each creation. Jeanine informed us that the new colors and prints are to die for so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for new releases. “Snake print leather, black buff python, purple buff python, navy and black quilted leather, red lizard print, rose gold and pewter foil – whether you’re a boho, rocker, glam or classic – you’ll find something fantastic for your fashion and function.”

Date Night

When it comes to going out with that special someone for dinner or a fun cannabis event Moss says, “I love the Chelsea Crossbody for a date night because she’s elegant but discreet.” The phone is easily accessible in the external sleeve and you can fit almost anything you need in there. This bag is so ideal, everything that we may need on a date has a special pocket and the zippered airtight cannabis chamber is below the main compartment so there won’t be any smell cross mojination. Seriously, everything you could want, Jeanine says that she can stuff “my keys, small wallet, two pairs of glasses, lipstick, eye drops, hand cream, lighter – and there’s still room”. She also likes this bag for a date because there is tons of room in the cannabis compartment as well, so there will definitely be some herb to share.

Girls Lunch

During the Day Moss says her go-to bag is the Kirsten Crossbody (a new holiday style!) which she cites as the best small bag you can have since it’s big enough for everything short of a computer. It is a purse that gives us freedom to turn our long lunch into a cocktail because it translates so easily from day to night. The handbag also features a “faux lining flap” covering the Aroma-Bloc™ sealed compartment so as Moss says, “Someone can literally look inside your bag and not see the compartment where you store your medicine.  Lots of people like to take it to sporting events, concerts … for that reason.” Plus, it’s big enough to store a stash that will smoke out all your girls before lunch to make that conversation extra silly.

For the Wedding

Whether you’re in the bridal party, just going as a guest, or it’s your very own special day; an AnnaBis Whoopie Vape Case or Melissa Clutch are the perfect thing to carry while getting ready or while we’re at the event itself. The smell proof luxury clutches fit into totes and larger handbags or work great on their own. We’re also so excited for the Holiday 2016 line to hit the store because the rose gold and pewter foil are going to be excellent for any bride’s color scheme.

Where do you store your stash? I have a makeup bag that I use when I’m travelling but otherwise I’ve reserved an area at the bar in our dining room for our shared cannabis, glass, etc. Which AnnaBis bag is your favorite? Do you have any color or pattern recommendations? Let us know in the comments!

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Elements for the Ultimate Lady Stoner's Stash Bag

These are some crucial elements to any stash bag with a just a little bit of extra flavor.

Pass this along to your canna-BFF today!

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Drink More Water, Less Stress

The human body is made up of anywhere from 50-75% water, with the average person ranging usually sitting somewhere between 50-65% made of water. Dehydration happens when our water intake isn’t equal to our water output, and since our bodies use water for so many important jobs dehydration can completely stop our productivity. It has been said that the average person works through about 2-3 liters of water per day, which measures out to about 8 glasses. This statistic is where the recommended water intake comes from but for some of the more superficial benefits more than that would be ideal.

Aside from making us feel balanced and prepared for our day having an adequate amount of water also has these primordial effects on basic health.

When our bodies have enough water they use it to:

  • Regulate internal body temperature.
  • Building block of cells.
  • Metabolize carbohydrates and proteins, aid in digesting and swallowing food.
  • Lubricate joints.
  • Acts as a shock absorber by insulating the brain, organs spinal cord and fetus (if there’s one in there).
  • Flush waste and toxins from the body.

These crucial functions in the body make water essential to life, but it can have some superficial benefits as well. These beauty and psychological benefits include making skin more clear and lustrous and helping to control calorie intake by replacing more highly caloric beverages. One of the most relevant benefits of getting enough water in our systems daily is the connection between stress and water intake. There is a well documented connection between dehydration and stress that causes many scientists to concur that the stress that a water deficit can have on our organs translates to higher stress levels all around. Director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance Amanda Carlson, RD stated that “being just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels. Cortisol is one of those stress hormones… When you don’t give your body the fluids it needs, you’re putting stress on it, and it’s going to respond to that.”

With at least 75% of the citizens in the United States not drinking enough water, we have to ask ourselves what the culprit might be. Many Americans turn to caffeinated beverages, sodas and sports drinks when they’re feeling thirsty. The issue with this response to the body’s call for more water is that these popular thirst quenchers will only further dehydrate us due to the toxic additions of caffeine, sugar and some other harmful chemicals. To get the right amount of water daily we’ve just got to ovary up and drink the clear stuff. Some people say that they absolutely ‘hate the taste of water’, for them I’d suggest adding fresh fruits and/or vegetables to your water to add a bit of flavor. Some good places to start are mint strawberry water or lemon cucumber water, just be sure not to leave the fresh foods in water for too long because the flavor will turn sour eventually. Similarly, fruits and vegetables are made up of a lot of water, so adding more of these colorful little buggers to our diet can help us keep our water levels balanced.

Cannabis and Water Intake

With common occurrences like cotton mouth in the marijuana community it’s obvious that having water around while medicating is a good idea. Even more crucial than drinking water and smoking is drinking water while eating edibles. In order to give us those beloved effects edibles are using our body’s nutrients, which can make us feel tired and stressed. Have a bottle of water and a nutritious snack nearby in case things begin to make a turn for the worst.


Personally, to ensure that I get enough water I keep my Nalgene water bottle nearby at all times. I am to drink four full bottles per day but usually get somewhere around two or three. Do you have any tips for getting enough water? What is your favorite fruit water recipe? We’d love to hear in the comments below.

How To: Using Topical Cannabis to Break Any Headache

In my years immersed in the cannabis industry my most favorite products to recommend are still topicals. Topical cannabis products include bath bombs and salts, lotions, salves and balms; essentially anything that we can rub onto our skin. There are topical cannabis brands all around the nation because CBD only products are federally legal, but each brand offers their own spin on the pain relieving balms, salves and lotions.

Doc Green’s is a topical company based out of Berkeley and serving medical dispensaries in the California Bay Area and have been in operation for about seven years. Over in Colorado Dixie Elixirs is responsible for putting out a pretty legendary drinkable and edible line along with their healing topicals, the goal for Dixie is to be “the future of cannabis” which is apparent by their branding alone. On a completely opposite playing field Maggie Murphy, owner and founder of Moon Rore Organics utilizes age old traditions of herbology and crystal magic to infuse special order topicals with super charged healing powers.

Each of these topical brands has a slightly different mission but they all have one thing in common; they want to help people understand the immense powers of cannabis in the realm of topical healing

How Do Topicals Work?

Ramona Rubin, avid adventure seeker and co-founder of Doc Greens out of the California Bay Area eloquently informed us that, “Topicals work because we have cannabinoid receptors on lots of different cell types. So there’s CB1 and CB2 receptors … and the cannabinoids as well as endocannabinoids that are our body’s own endogenous neurotransmitter signal” Topical cannabis doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier to the CB1 receptors located there which is why it has no “high” or psychoactive effects involved with application. What topicals can do is interrupt pain signals and break up the inflammation that is causing the pain. These fantastic qualities make topicals a top choice for anyone dealing with chronic pain that can’t be mentally altered while adulting.

Topicals and Headaches

There are various types of headaches that can plague us and they can strike at any time of the day. People suffer from chronic headaches of all kinds and in this post we explored how to relieve or even prevent stress & tension headaches as well as migraines with cannabis topicals.

Stress & Tension Headaches

Personally, I get horrific tension headaches that start at the base of my skull right where it meets my neck. On these days I will always put copious amounts of cannabis topical balm onto my neck and shoulders than plop on the foam roller for what is probably too long. Joe Hodas, PR guru at Dixie Brands and lover of all things Colorado, told us that Dixie has gotten quite a bit of positive feedback regarding their Relaxing Bath Soak in relieving stress and tension headaches since they offer all around topical pain relief, but he was sure to add, “sometimes for women it can actually have a psychoactive effect versus men, just to be cognizant of that compared to other topicals.”

Adding on to that wisdom Rubin let us in on where to apply cannabis topicals to get rid of stress headaches, “On the neck and even on the scalp … try to just get the cream onto the fingertips and then get the fingertips through the hair so that you can just rub it into your scalp as close to the (pain emanating from the) headache as you possibly can.” Maggie Murphy also recommends applying the cannabis lotion to the temples along with CBD strains or even “a heavy Indica loaded in a Pax or other type of vaporizers. The effects are faster than if eaten through an edible.”

Chronic Migraines

While tension headaches are horrible in their own right, migraines tend to be more intense, more painful and just downright worse to deal with. Almost all people that suffer from migraines are aware of the signs that the storm is coming, and if cannabis is used right at these warnings then sometimes we can stop the migraine from even coming on. Dixie Brands edible line includes Synergy mints with a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio that is ideal for headaches and pain. If it is already too late, then topicals should be the go-to and sometimes it takes multiple applications.

In an attempt to beat a migraine with topicals use the same technique Ramona Rubin mentioned above, rubbing the topical directly through the hair into the scalp, except repeat the process three times every 5-10 minutes. Expert advice from Rubin lets us in on how to “chase” a headache when the pain seems to evade our efforts. She stated, “it will take three applications to remove a headache. It’s not because it doesn’t work the first time, it’s because it works so well the first time.” The cannabis topical expert continued that after the first application “the headache runs and the area where you applied the pressure feels better, but everything around there now becomes the focal point of the headache.”

The reason that a migraine can run away from us is because the topical will relax the tissues and blood vessels where our headache is located and improves the circulation of the affected area but the relief causes the areas just outside of the healing reach of the cannabinoids hyper aware of that same constriction. Three healthy doses of balm or lotions applied directly to the scalp where the headache is giving us trouble will really get rid of a headache that has staying power.

Aside from helping to cure a painful headache, topicals can also help with arthritis, muscle and joint pain, cramps, minor burns & sunburns and as Rubin so adorably put it “all the stingy, bitey, waspy things”. They’re a valuable investment to have in the medicine cabinet or first aid kit and I personally don’t go camping or rock climbing without them. Check out these amazing brands for more information about the specific herbs and energies that are infused in their lotions for even more added healing.

Inspirations from Rebecca Campbell with a Guided Meditation

This month Rebecca Campbell released her second book entitled Rise Sister Rise which works as a manual on how to unpack the wisdom from within ourselves. With this book, Campbell hopes to awaken the power that women have stifled as they climb up higher and higher in our patriarchal society. As she says in her Rise Sister Rise Youtube video, “It’s time to awaken a new era of sisterhood on the planet. One where we draw our worth from deep within instead of looking to the outside world to decide it for us… The only way to heal the world around us is if we first heal ourselves.” One of the reasons that Campbell’s books, videos, meditations and workshops are so popular is because she can so easily take ancient concepts and make them relatable to almost anyone from any generation. This is what makes Rebecca Campbell so special, her voice resonates across society despite age, race or creed.

Above all else Campbell is a lightworker, which has inspired the content of her first book Light is the New Black. This book is a “down to earth relatable mix of one girl’s journey, channeled messages from the universe, really practical tools and also metaphysical marketing in this new digital age.” She takes her experience from her own awakening combined with the work experience she accrued at a top digital marketing firm. The motivational author reached her 30th birthday and her entire life began crashing down. Her long term relationship ended, her best friend died very suddenly and her job ceased being fulfilling seemingly overnight. In this time of turmoil she became awake to the light that existed within her; this light gave her the power to overcome this trauma and her goal is to help other women awaken to this same fabulous concept. If we can all become our true selves in light then, as Campbell believes, we can also create more valuable and positive relationships with those around us.

Releasing Inner Light

This concept of light work takes a deep understanding both of the facets of what we consider self and a deconstruction of the ego that often disguises itself as such. It is much easier to do the work that Campbell is talking about after regularly practicing meditation. If we’re brand new to meditation then a guided meditation is definitely the way to go. Guided meditations can come in many forms and they are generally audio files or directions given by an elder. I decided to share a meditation today that was shared with me by a powerful elder Randy David Jeffers who has since passed on.
Randy and his partner Patrick F. Ferry owned and operated a shop called The Sword & The Rose right in the nestled away Cole Valley district of San Francisco city. It was in this little shop nestled in the back of the garden that Jeffers shared with me a meditation that helped me understand how to begin opening myself to reveal my inner light. This goddess meditation utilizes the chakra system which advances in rainbow order so the Root Chakra is red, Sacral Chakra is yellow, following rainbow colors all the way up to the Crown Chakra which is purple. Chakras are meant to be circular (wheel) gateways for Kundalini energy which is essentially the light energy of the Earth. I’m including this meditation because it is a fabulous way to first begin opening ourselves up to the subtle feminine energies of the Earth that fuel a lightworker. Read more about meditations and light work at Rebecca Campbell’s website if this post speaks to you or if you’ve felt these energies 

Guided Goddess Meditation

Find a quiet space outside where the wind blowing through the trees is the most prominent sound there is to hear, if inside is the only option it’s fine but try to find a place outdoors as it’s a more effective way to stimulate the energies of the Earth. Sit down in the grass and get into a comfortable cross-legged position, it’s important that the Root Chakra (located right at the perineum) is touching the ground. Place the hands gently on the legs and let them guide themselves into a mudra of their choosing, if this is all new to us then just place the thumb and forefinger together ever so gently.

Without too much force let the top and bottom eyelids meet in the middle and start to become aware of any warm or tingly sensations in the hands or arms. Try to harness that warmth in the Root Chakra and feel it spinning (Chakra means wheel) clockwise, feel more energy moving up from the Earth and spinning the Root Chakra even more strongly and with more ‘light’. Once this rotation feels solid, continue with each chakra and white light (I like to use a sparkly white light but to each their own). Once we reach the Crown Chakra and feel that energy moving we launch all of that beautiful Chakra charged light up to the goddess. She rains that back down upon the Earth, charging the world with it. This is a clearing and inspirational meditation and I’d love if you tried it. It has helped me find my voice, visualize my life path and just clear out any bad energy I’ve soaked up on my life journey.

Practicing meditations like this paired with cannabis can be powerful if we are knowledgeable about our dose and the clarity of our minds. For some people cannabis can make our thoughts wander but for others it can be a powerful tool in quieting the mind. Meditation will help us open up more deeply to Rebecca Campbell’s invitation to take hold of our light magic. The inspirational speaker and author offers guidance and life coaching for those that feel they need more help than articles and videos. Her new book should help more women than ever believe in themselves enough to bring even more light to our constantly dimming society.
Do you use cannabis in a meditation practice? I like to smoke a really heavy Indica while sitting in my meditation space, it helps me to quiet my mind. What is your favorite way to meditate? We can’t wait to hear about it in the comments.

Why We Should All Treat Ourselves to Cannabis Baths

In the midst of a busy, hustle and bustle work week, it is highly recommended that we stop and take some time for ourselves. Hot baths have been used therapeutically for centuries as they can help to keep pain at bay, increase joint mobility, reduce the problems with any skin issues and inspire a soothing peaceful mind. Many artisanal beauty companies have begun to use cannabis in their products because of the wonderful way it can relax the mind. Cannabis bath bombs, fizzes, teas, and salts have all hit the market and they’re one of the most effective ways to treat ourselves using the plant.
To gain more insight on the relaxing combination of healing cannabis and calming warm baths we asked one of the baddest ladies in cannabis her opinion on the matter. Laura Rivero is the Operations Manager at Yerba Buena Farms, one of the first eight legal cannabis farms in Oregon. Before her time in PDX Rivero started various canna-ventures in Flagstaff, Arizona that remain widely successful to this day. Her insight into the business is only trumped by her knowledgeable approach to accessing the medicinal powers of the plant. She takes a cannabis bath twice a month and pairs it with a nice big pre-roll. Rivero prefers to use Empower Therapeutic Soaking Salts because “they seem to be most effective for sore muscle relief” but she also loves bombs “because they contain lipids that moisturize and soften the skin”.

What Does Cannabis Add to Bathtime?

A hot, relaxing bath can help to insulate our minds from the realities at work, school or home that are just downright stressing us out. Adding cannabis to this age-old ritual only enhances the therapeutic effects of a good long soak. Cannabis baths don’t have any psychoactive effects, for that we’ve got to ingest or inhale it somehow, they simply help us gain access to the anti-inflammatory aspects of therapeutic cannabis. Laura explains that cannabis baths work in the same respect that cannabis topicals work, however, “cannabis baths cover more surface area and can offer more bodily relief and relaxation overall. CB-2 receptors are responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis, so baths can aid with complexion and relieve skin irritations.”
Taking a warm bath can be a beneficial way to save space for stress relief and relaxation so adding aromatherapy qualities from the herbal combinations in the bath salts or bombs will only deepens that release. Cannabis bath products are generally made with an intentional combination of herbs that are intended to balance chakras, have certain planetary aspects and are even enhanced with crystal energies. As Laura Rivero points out “Between the warmth of the bath itself, the added aromatherapy that most bath salts contain, and the cannabinoids, I experience a palpable mellowing that is perfect for my self-care therapy.” Cannabis baths are the most fabulous way to take advantage of recreational cannabis for self-care so maybe it’s time to treat yourself buds!

The Best of Cannabis Bath Bombs, Fizz, Salts and Tea

Moon Rore Organics This eco-conscious company crafts beauty products that are made with ancient healing remedies in mind. Moon Rore combines the healing powers of herbs and crystals to achieve the optimal vibrational healing frequency. They will also take custom orders to infuse their product line with THC or CBD for legal states. Moon Rore Organics currently carry bath bombs & fizzes, facial serums and body oils.  
Empower Body Care Acquire all Non-GMO, non-toxic and hypoallergenic products from Empower, an Oregon-based company. They currently sell CBD only products in their online shop and are available for retail sale in many Oregon dispensaries. Trista Okel from Empower let us know that all body care products are made with attention to detail, “The salt combination we use (Epsom, Dead Sea, and Pink Himalayan salts) has therapeutic benefits as well, which works synergistically to help relieve sore muscles and offer pain relief.”

Have you ever taken a cannabis bath? DO you make your own cannabis bath bombs? Let us know in the comments! I personally love to add herbs to my bath and create my own bath teas at home depending on the current planetary aspects and my own psychological needs.

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California made history back in 1996 by recognizing the medicinal value of cannabis.

Twenty years later, Love and Marij partnered up with Highly Devoted Coaching to recognize cannabis as a healthy part of your love life with the world’s first Cannabis Friendly Single’s Speakeasy.

The mission of the inaugural Singles Speakeasy, hosted by Highly Devoted’s Molly Peckler, was to bring like minded singles together over the common bond of cannabis.

When looking for a partner, we tend to look for someone who has similar values and perspectives. Cannabis consumers are no different. Even though you may know you’re more than your cannabis use, it can be hard to bring up smoking on the first date, no matter your age.

Joints, a romantic rooftop setting and decadent bites, by The Herbal Chef, fostered an atmosphere that allowed new relationships to form.

Terpene bowls were placed on every table to accent the cannabis and food flavors. Presto Doctor checked registered California medicinal patients looking for love into the event and stayed on hand to answer questions about safe cannabis consumption.

Not only were some sparks kindled, the Speakeasy provided a space for singles to truly relax and foster new friendships with likeminded single socialites. The curated event brought together not only folks from the cannabis industry but also models, writers, and educators. The Green St. Agency’s outdoor art installation ignited conversations that lasted long after the night was over.

Molly briefly spoke about cultivating confidence with cannabis and how to find a partner whose values align with your own. Soon after, joints were shared to elevate conversations to a new height.

The evening culminated with extraordinary gift bags and multiple groups of couples leaving together to continue partying together on a Wednesday evening.

With the help of our like-minded sponsors, the Speakeasy brought together a high class cannabis consumption and re-defined the image of what a “stoner single” looks like in the 21st century.

Interested in bringing cannabis into your love life?

Get ready for romance cannabis by trying one of these California products on your next date.


To Whom It May : These individual chocolates aim to be as unique as their consumer. Minimalistic packaging accentuates crisp flavors of the chocolate while leaving out any hash flavor. The beautiful box would be a great first date gift along with your choice of flowers.



Sacred Epsom Salt and Cannabis Massage Oil: Combine Sacred into a luxurious couples bath lit with candles, add in your favorite strain and you have a cozy at home spa date. Spice things up after with Sacred‘s massage oil!

I had my first full night’s sleep after relaxing into a bath of this. My skin came out feeling so soft and subtle afterwards, perfect for pairing with a massage oil.




Deviant Dabs : Compact dabs? Dabs in a compact?! Man, while California may be behind on the legalization front (for now) they are really slaying it in the design game. If your looking for a gift for your makeup & dab loving girlfriend, look no further. We know a few beauty gurus who would agree that dabs and makeup are the perfect combo! Just watch how thick you lay on the winged tip cat eye.



Foria : Oh, I love Foria. Never have I found a lubricant that is so relaxing and stimulating. Helps ease any tension or pain during sex or to just enhance pleasure for both parties. Be prepared to want to keep going longer than expected.

We have not met a single soul who can not help but sing high praises for Foria! The opaque bottle is discreet enough to leave out on your bedside without anyone knowing how much fun you’ve been having. It is the perfect addition to your single life as well as a staple in love life.




Moonmans Mistress : I never thought I’d be so excited for a healthy edible! The best part about them is that they taste so delicious you wouldn’t expect them to be good for you. When you open the box up, it’s full of information and fun.

If you’re looking for that nostalgia factor, here you go. Not only is their name and packaging so catchy, they carry some of the cleanest edibles you can find. Reminding you of those fresh baked cookies with a little extra magic.




Swerve Confections: Get these bad boys delivered right to your doorstep from the talented people at Swerve. These bars are packed with Cacao, a known aphrodisiac promoting feelings of bliss. Alongside it is Cacao’s noted love child, Maca, which is known as “nature’s viagra.” Best for a day time romp followed by coffee on the veranda.

I ate one or two of these a day while in California. I wish I could eat one every day! The high is constant and invigoratingly focused without causing too much anxiety or paranoia. Perfect for anyone looking to walk for miles along the beach or explore treasures that California has to offer.





Kurvana: The classic flavor of the hybrid Girl Scout Cookies can be used all day. A stimulating cerebral strain with a relaxing body high for a flawless transition from daytime to dusk and beyond. You’ll feel as hazy as the sorbet sunset over the ocean.

Disposable and portable, vaporizers are perfect for beginners who are interested in dabbing or for anyone looking for a mellow alternative to any flame. Sativa strains can sometimes be too jittery while a heavy Indica can put you in the couch. Hybrids are ideal for dates as it gives both parties a comfortable middle ground.




Warm & Crispy: If you have been wanting to try out one of our chefs at home cannabis recipes for your date night in, try this medicated coconut oil which has a slow and gradual digestion that makes for an uplifted experience with less anxiety.




Sailene: One of Molly Peckler’s favorite pre-rolls!

Joints are a cornerstone social and communal activity for smokers. The circle created by passing a joint is inclusive and brings together people. Have a joint rolling night where you and your partner can compete in who can make the best looking jay. Winner gets greens for a designated amount of time. And the loser? We’ll leave that up to you.



Pura Vida Granola: With 100 retailers in 8 cities over California, it is not hard to find this superfood packed essential. Wake your bae up with some pancakes sprinkled with this granola after a night filled with Foria fun! Throw it in some yogurt after a partnered workout and see gains in more than just your relationship.




Mind Tricks: These edibles are widely raved about and for great reasons. Every bite is excellent. Cleverly named Mind Tricks these infused toffee bites can trick you into wanting to eat the whole bag. Just share them with date, take a walk and see what unfolds.



Kush Queen: You really can never have to many atomizers. The Crystal Cult has some sleek and sexy pieces that scream Queen! Grab these in different colors for your girl tribe to let everyone know who’s squad is on fleek.




Bhang Chocolates: Surprise your honey with some after dinner dark chocolate. With professional chocolatiers making non medicated goodies for retailers like Whole Foods, you can bet these chocolates are a perfect gift for any Cacao & Cannabis lover.

Bhang offers a variety of flavors, from milk chocolate with pretzel to dark chocolate and an equally varying dosage choices. I found happily helping myself to seconds of the pretzel chocolate bar; even though I’m not typically a fan of milk chocolate!  From high CBD to 200mg THC, you can find a Bhang perfect for any occasion.





’96 Extracts: If your belle of the ball would rather have dabs than diamonds, treat her to ’96 Extracts.  My initial thought when I saw the package was, ‘This looks like Chanel’ or something that diamonds would arrive in.



Highland Pantry: These low dose CBD and THC edibles are truly out of this world! Spread it on gluten free toast and add bananas for a sandwich fit for The King. If you’re really looking to build a great canna-sandwitch gift basket, we recommend their entire highly elevated Vegan line to surprise your royal other.


ClubM : If you’re a medical card patient in California, you should subscribe to this elegantly curated monthly subscription box. Browse through their previous boxes to purchase or sign up to be surprised with delightful cannabis goodies delivered to your door.

If you’re thinking about incorporating Cannabis into your love life – schedule a free consultation with Molly or request a speakeasy in your city!


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Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Beauty Products

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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.

Sophie Saint Thomas

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