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Exciting Cannabis-Filled Easter Basket Ideas!

Jordan Webber

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4/20 is not the only holiday you should be anticipating come April. With Lent already in full bloom, the month of April also comes with other holidays that honor the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In observance of this religious celebration, some of your friends might have abstained from taking cannabis and CBD oil as a way to show their reverence and respect for this special time.

If you have friends and family who have temporarily given up this plant for the meantime, finding creative ways to put this back into their lives is only the right thing to do. One of the most thoughtful and ingenious ways you can ignite the spark for this herb is by giving a cannabis-filled gift Easter basket for your friends. Interested in creating a one-of-a-kind basket that caters to everyone’s needs? Find out how through the help of this article.

Weeding Your Way Through Easter

Children have always taken delight in being offered treats, candies, and everything sweet come Easter. As a matter of fact, during this holiday, kids have the privilege of finding Easter eggs and looking for the Easter bunny who is also bearing goodies for them. Most of the time, adults tend to take the back seat and leave the fun to the children.

If you find that your friends have long been deprived of having fun and games, why not give them a piece of what they love on this joyous occasion to remind them of what childhood really is about? Giving them treats which they can enjoy is also a great idea. Apart from providing them with a stash they can use anytime they wish, your friends will certainly appreciate the fact that you have gone through lengths in order to give them the time of their lives.

Take a look at some ideas you might want to incorporate for your weed baskets.

Pure Cannabidiol Goodness for Everyone

For the Beauty Lover

These days, more and more individuals are getting into the groove of skincare. With the Korean glass skin trend and the natural no-makeup look staying on top of everyone’s wish lists, giving your BFFs their favorite skincare items will certainly amp up their pampering game.

Opt for CBD oil products that have benefits for face. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and anti-fungal nature, cannabidiol oil can help fight acne and other impurities. More than this, this miracle worker can readily inject hydration into the skin, allowing it to glow and delay signs of aging with continued use.

One of the best CBD facial serums available on the market is the KHUS KHUS Sen Facial Serum. Formulated with CO2-extracted hemp oil and other organic ingredients, this serum can help keep inflammation at bay. Skin conditions that easily flare up, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema can easily absorb this facial oil. If the price is too steep for your liking, the Jeffrey Hames Botanicals The Glow Serum can be your new best friend. All skin types can use its lightweight formula, even in hot weather.

Aside from facial oils, you can also add a facial mask to help your friends relax after a stressful week. Origins Hello, Calm Relaxing & Hydrating Face mask is formulated with CBD hemp oil made from cold-pressed hemp seeds. This will definitely address signs of dryness and redness. Complete your small yet well-curated gift basket with a bath bomb that will make evening showers and bathtub time a bit more fun. Bella Bomba da Bagno is perfect for weekly self-care routines, especially with its relaxing eucalyptus scent.

For the Cosmetics Enthusiast

Some individuals are just naturally blessed with glowing, blemish-free skin. With this in mind, some of your friends might be better off having some makeup to help elevate their looks and features. Not only can they use this to beautify themselves on special occasions, but your loved ones can also use this for their everyday life.

Whether they are going to the office or having a dinner date, these cosmetic products can help them prepare in style. As an added bonus, cannabis-infused makeup products can help destress users and even clear up the skin. Think of these cosmetics as a 2-in-1 product: skincare and makeup in one.

For loved ones who just adore enhancing their natural-given features, including the Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara is one of the best ways to highlight eyes and lashes. Made with pure cannabidiol oil, this mascara can help thicken lashes with continuous use. Meanwhile, a small pot of Vertly’s CBD infused lip balm will have your recipient glowing for days.

Finish off their beauty routine with a fresh scent that will have anyone envious and curious. Fresh’s Cannabis Santal perfume has a blend of vanilla musk, magnolia, chocolate, and many more, making for a sensual yet refreshing scent that will stay all day long.

For the Sports Fanatic

If sports fans will be coming to your get together, giving them a small token of appreciation is a good way to show your support for their hobbies. While sports enthusiasts may not actually say it out loud, their bodies tend to get sore after an intense gym session or rough game with their buddies.

Men are particularly iffy about using too many products on their bodies, often preferring a quick rinse and go routine. However, a small yet potent dosage of CBD hemp oil allows them to get the relief they need. One of the best way to take CBD oil for pain is through topical or ointment forms.

Giving your best bud CBD Daily’s Soothing Serum can provide them immediate relief. With this, your loved one can rub the pain away and instantly soothe sore muscles. Even your female sports-loving friends will love this item, particularly when they have their shark week or their red days. Since sweating it out at the court or at the gym can leave your buds smelling a little funky, adding Herb Essentls Perfume Oil to their gift basket will certainly be a godsend. Infused with cannabis buds, this handy and portable oil perfume fits even the smallest of pockets.

For the Foodie

Who can ever forget the foodie in every group, right? Most of the time, you and your loved ones might constantly be asking this food enthusiast about their insider scoop on the newest restaurants and hole in the walls in town. If this is the case, giving them cannabis edibles might just help widen their perspectives and food preferences.

Perfectly fitting for Easter festivities, giving your friend with CBD-infused jelly beans might bring them back to their childhood. Rightly so since the Jelly Belly creator, David Klein has now launched an offshoot of his company called Spectrum Confections. Under this, you can choose from 38 different CBD oil-infused flavors. Take your pick from the strawberry cheesecake, toasted marshmallow, pina colada, mango, and many more. Chocolate treats such as the Satori CBD-Rich Salted Caramel Almonds and the Care by Design Cannabis-Infused Dark Chocolate can help satisfy their sweet tooth.

Other CBD edibles that can make your foodie friends happy is giving them food items that they can use in their everyday life, as well as other special occasions. Cannabutter, VCC CBD Me So Honey Straws, and Kikoko Sympa-Tea are only some products they will certainly appreciate. They can use this for their coffee, sweetening up their tea, or even for cooking unique dishes for their loved one. Who knows, you might be invited for dinner sometime soon!

Improved Easter Celebration

If you are keen on having everyone for an Easter get together, make your celebration more fun and exciting by throwing a themed party as well. Play with the symbols of the occasion. Since this holiday only happens once a year, why not get creative with your gathering?

A great way to get everyone in on the fun is by making them wear crazy and unique hats and sombreros ala The Mad Hatter. If you want, you can even make everyone dress up and join you for an Alice in Wonderland celebration. Here, you can hold a tea party that captures the spirit of the day.

Give a new definition to high tea by throwing your own cannabis-themed tea party. Partner up with Kikoko and they can help provide guidelines and a variety of teas you can use for the day. Their teas have a small dosage of THC, containing 3 milligrams of THC and 20 milligrams of CBD. This is a perfect alternative for people wanting to get a bit high but not completely blacked out from the day’s events. They will help you with everything you might ever need, from providing snazzy invitations, tea guidelines, food options, and even props you can use for the day.

Celebrate this holiday with these cool tips and you might just have new traditions of your own. With these nifty recommendations, your BFFs will definitely feel loved and appreciated with the gift baskets they receive.

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Tracing Important Cannabis-Related Facts Throughout History

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Cannabis has a long history, but how far does its story go back to? Considered as a worldwide crop which is the oldest plant in the history of humanity, it is interesting to learn about the key events in the long history of the plant. Read on to find out the most important events in its story:

Hemp in the Ancient Times

If you think that marijuana only emerged in modern times, then think again. The plant has existed for thousands of years now. There were records of it being used in Ancient European, Asian and African civilizations, making it a truly global herb. Check out how it was used in ancient times.

Applications of Cannabis:

  • Spirituality and Religion

Perhaps one of the most primary uses of marijuana during this age is for spirituality and religion. Ancient texts bear witness to the religious purpose of cannabis. The Vedas of ancient India goes as far back as 2,000 BC, mentioning cannabis as one of the five sacred plants. Shinto and Buddhist literature also mentions the herb as an aid for meditation.

  • Healing

Aside from aiding in spiritual rites, cannabis was also used to treat all kinds of medical conditions. The Chinese people have a legendary leader who prescribed cannabis tea for a variety of medical conditions. This includes rheumatism, poor memory and gout.

There were also records of medical use in India, Egypt and Japan, which is implemented to treat cough, anxiety, inflammation and constipation. It was also used as an anesthetic.

As spirituality and healing are closely related in ancient times, it is important to mention that some studies assert that Jesus used hemp oil as an anointing oil to cure the sick. Researchers say that the Scriptures refers to it as keneh-bosem (or kaneh-bosm) in Aramaic.

  • Trade and Industry

In ancient times, the plant was not only consumed but also used for practical and industrial purposes. Hemp is a highly fibrous herb, making it a good crop for textiles, papers, ropes and many other industrial products.

Who Smoked the First Blunt?

This question pops up on every smoker’s mind. In fact, even non-smokers may be curious as to who discovered that this plant can be smoked and consumed. Cannabis legend and High Times editor-in-chief says that our ancestors from Bactria (now part of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) discovered the psychoactive properties of cannabis through burning the plant in caves and shelters. However, it is difficult to determine who exactly smoked the first blunt.

Earliest Evidence of Marijuana Use

Scientists believe that the crop came from Central Asia, which includes the modern-day countries that cover the ancient place that is Bactria. While Hager says that the herb came from what is now known as parts of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, other scientists say that it emerged from what is now called Siberia (the southern part) and Mongolia.

Researchers say that the use of cannabis can be traced back to 12,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest crops in the world. The oldest texts that mention the consumption of the cannabis dates as far back as 4,000 B.C. in China.

However, it is only recently when experts discovered direct evidence of humans consuming marijuana. A 2,500-year-old burial site in Western China was found to have traces of the plant with high contents of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering compound in cannabis. Theories say that it was used for ritualistic burials or for its psychoactive effects.

The Medieval Age and Cannabis

Also called post-classical age, the medieval times was another eventful time for cannabis. With the various imperialistic endeavors during this age, the world saw marijuana’s evolution in the medieval age.

Applications of Cannabis:

  • Alchemy and Herbalism

As a medieval forerunner of chemistry, alchemists experimented with what the plant has to offer. Alchemists (the medieval equivalent of modern-day scientists) used marijuana incense and other extracts from the plant for medicinal purposes. Some historians say that religious hospitals grew hemp for the same reason.

However, herbalist physicians warned people against the excessive use of the plant. These individuals believe that over consumption can lead to infertility and even serious medical conditions.

  • Creativity

A lot of writers and thinkers of the time have consumed marijuana. Even the prolific William Shakespeare was believed to have taken this herb, which may have resulted in his creative writing.

Worldwide Cannabis

The plant arrived at Eastern Africa when Arab traders came to the region in 1,300 BCE. They brought cannabis to treat various illnesses such as malaria, asthma and dysentery. Meanwhile, the Spanish Conquest in 1,500 BCE brought the plant to the Americas. The colonists used their hemp crops for industrial purposes, making ropes and textiles using its fibers.

Wine and ‘Hashish’

During medieval times, the wine was banned in the Middle East. This led the people to turn to hashish, allowing them to get intoxicated without breaking the law.

How the Modern World Perceives Cannabis

Now that we know how the herb was used in the ancient and medieval ages, we now come to our own time: the modern age. While you are familiar with how the public views marijuana today, there are several important events that can influence the future of the plant.

Applications of Cannabis:

With the debate going on regarding the usefulness of the plant, one of the first things you should know is that cannabis is used for:

  • Medical Treatments

Just like in the ancient and medieval ages, this herb is used today as an effective addition to medical treatments. However, it is essential to note that we now have a better understanding of the medicinal effects of the cannabis. We currently have deeper knowledge about the chemical compounds of hemp, especially cannabidiol (CBD), and its effects on the human body thanks to the endocannabinoid system.

With this, we know how and why the plant can reduce, alleviate, treat and prevent various medical conditions of the body. These include cancer, epilepsy, mental disorders, inflammation, pain and brain degeneration diseases, just to name a few.

  • Recreational

In the medieval age, humans used marijuana for leisure. The same is still true today, especially with the legalization of the crop in many parts of the world. Many individuals use the plant for its medicinal properties, but many others enjoy their psychoactive effects thanks to THC.

  • Lifestyle Aid

Aside from recreational usage, the herb is also popular as a lifestyle aid. The group of writers and thinkers called Le Club Des Haschischins (or the Hashish Club) in mid-19th century consumed the plant. While the medieval age has shown how it is well-used as a creativity aid through various works, it is generally used as a lifestyle aid in modern times. Many people now recognize the plant’s potential not only as medical, recreational and creative aid but also as a productivity aid and mood enhancer.

The popularity of CBD has enabled professionals, creatives and scholars the boost in energy, cognition and creativity they need to become more productive. In fact, it has the potential to greatly increase the quality of life of many working individuals.

  • Trade and Industry

The passing of Farm Bill 2018 in the United States signals the return of hemp as an industrial crop. This means that Americans will be able to enjoy hemp-derived products from oils, papers, textiles and many other industrial products.

Aside from this, there are speculations that marijuana can become an energy crop. Researchers are looking into its potential as a biodiesel source, especially as it produces a large amount. Compared to the current energy crop, soybeans, hemp can turn up to 4 times more oil per acre.

War on Drugs

One of the most important cannabis-related events in the globe is its inclusion in the war on drugs. There are drugs wars being waged across the world, aiming to eradicate the use of illicit substances including LSD, cocaine, fentanyl, and unfortunately, marijuana.

The U.S. is one of the countries that are waging these types of war. Since the enactment of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, the country has federally banned the herb. Other countries that are executing the initiative includes Mexico, Bangladesh, the Philippines, China, Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore among others.

Cannabis Legalization

Only 2 countries have nationally legalized the herb for any use: Uruguay and Canada. However, there are a lot more others with favorable medical marijuana laws, including Thailand, Chile and Croatia. In the U.S., 33 states legalized medical marijuana, eleven of which including Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational use. Meanwhile, many parts of the world are looking into legalizing the herb, getting us nearer to worldwide legalization.

Today, cannabis is one of the most widely consumed and beloved natural crops. When combined with the mounting research pertaining to the medical attributes of the plant, even legal recreational use can become possible. With its legalization in some parts and its impending legalization in others, many places across the globe will once again be able to serve its people with the goodness that is marijuana and all its benefits.

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Jamaican Scientist To Recreate Bob Marley’s Lost Marijuana

Daniel King

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Dr. Machel Emanuel, a Jamaican scientist, is planning to revive a rare type of landrace cannabis natively-grown in Jamaica and was smoked by Bob Marley in the 1970s.

According to an article published on Merry Jane, the 35-year-old biologist came from the Caribbean island country of Dominique and moved to Jamaica in 2007 to research on the rare types of cannabis grown in the area.

“In the 50s, 60s, 70s, Jamaica was known for its landrace cultivar which definitely gave Jamaica that international reputation,” Emanuel told the Daily Mail. The plant had grown naturally in the country before it was wiped out by the American War on Drugs in the 1980s. Given the plant’s huge and easy-to-spot structure, Americans were easy to identify and destroy the said type of cannabis. In return, marijuana farmers have no other choice but to abandon its cultivation and look for shorter, easier-to-hide types of plants.

Dr. Emanuel, who specializes in horticulture and the adaptation of plants to climates, also noted that the founding members of the legendary reggae group, the Wailers, namely Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailers, used to smoke the said landrace. He further explained that “the reggae legend’s marijuana,” has a lower level of THC in them, which serves as the plant’s main psychoactive element.

A self-proclaimed cannabis enthusiast himself, the Jamaican biologist decided to recover the lost landrace by reproducing them in his lab. This led him to explore the four corners of the Caribbean in search of the grains of the said plant. He recalled finding a Rasta man who had been detached from the modern civilization in the last 40 years.

‘It was a six hours hike to get to him,’ he said. But from there, he was able to access the rare landrace seed.

The 35-year-old scientist also believes that this venture could lead to a new economic opportunity for Jamaica. “There could be an economic advantage to growing these plants here,” he told The Daily Mail. “[It’s] just like champagne in France.”

In 2015, the use of cannabis was decriminalised in the country and was allowed to be used by those of the Rastafari faith for religious purposes.

“There is a nostalgia value that could be added based on marketing applications,” the scientist went on. “Jamaica’s reputation was basically built on these plants… There could be an economic advantage to growing these plants here. They are more resistant and grow more easily.”

 

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Ray J Invests $5M on Cannabis Business

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American singer, rapper, and songwriter William Raymond Norwood Jr, more popularly known as Ray J, has reportedly invested a whopping 5 million dollars on his marijuana firm. The artist will be launching his own company named William Ray LA.

In a short clip posted on the social media platform Instagram, the star shared his excitement to the public. The caption on the video reads, “Been working on a deal for a year now!! Stayed up for days at a time getting work done! …But it’s about to finally be official this week!” The caption also thanks his hardworking team coming from different states.

About William Ray LA

The California-based marijuana firm plans to sell numerous indica and sativa products. One of the featured products on the website include pre-rolled marijuana called “Ray Jay’s.” Customers can also purchase cannabis strains placed in a glass jar, which the website dubs as “aesthetic.”

According to a report by TMZ, Ray J has gathered some of the best industry names and ganja experts. These specialists reportedly bring something to the table, with individuals delving into growing, branding, and marketing the herb to the public. The singer-performer will also add a personal touch and expertise to the brand, taking on a more hands-on approach to handling the company.

TMZ also notes that the William Ray LA company is bringing its best foot forward, with a fully stocked greenhouse already waiting.

Wider Cannabis Client Reach

In order to gain wider support from the public and have an increased customer reach, Atlanta Black Star reports that the company plans to utilize non-traditional forms of marketing. Ray J’s manager, David Weintraub, states that they will make use of entertainment channels, as well as the media and music industries.

Apart from their line of sativas, indicas, and pre-rolled marijuana, the company is also looking to offer its services to similar businesses looking to grow their network, notes TMZ.

Other Line of Businesses

The artist turned entrepreneur seems to be following his cousin Snoop Dogg’s footsteps.

Revolt TV notes that aside from the marijuana firm, the performer has also invested his hard-earned money in a variety of businesses and industries. Ray J also has a tech company named Raycon Global Inc. which offers wireless audio products.

Likewise, Atlanta Black Star notes that the artist also has a business called Raytroniks. Launched in 2016, Raytroniks offers an electricity-driven scooter e-bike.

 

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