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Weed-Themed Shows and How These Change People’s Perspectives

Daniel King

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Cannabis Themed Shows

In the past, numerous television programs around the globe depicted stoners in a bad light. Apart from bumming around their apartments all day, these weed-loving individuals are most likely considered lazy. As a matter of fact, most shows and films on the big screen portray these stoner as people who love to snack every minute of every day.

Those who are not familiar with the herb have the tendency to believe these misconceptions. After all, people who are only watching from afar have no firsthand experience with weed or even CBD oil. Aside from using the CBD oil for pain management, these also provide immediate relief in other ways.

With the increasing drive towards legalization of weed in the United States as well as in other parts of the world, it cannot be denied that television played a big role in changing people’s perception toward this herb. While there are still people who would gladly close their eyes to the wealth of benefits being brought on by this plant, there are more and more individuals who are discovering the capabilities of weed. Thanks to the magic of cinema and the pull of television, cannabis and CBD products are given more exposure than ever before.

Here’s a closer look at the shows that successfully paved the way for more eye-opening programs.

Cannabis-Themed Entertainment

  • The New Normal

While not technically a television program, A New Normal makes use of big film stars and even more buzz-worthy directors to further its cause. MedMen, an LA-based cannabis company, invited Spike Jonze to direct its latest commercial campaign, with Grey’s Anatomy star, Jesse Williams, in the main role.

The MedMen advertisement aims to show its target market the varying perceptions surrounding the use of cannabis, from the past to the present. To get a firmer grasp on the issues surrounding legalization of the plant, as well as getting another perspective on the use of hemp, make sure not to miss out on this commercial.

  • Cooking on High

If you are into cooking cannabis-infused dishes and want to see contestants and judges getting baked on a show, Cooking on High might be the right one for you.

With so many questions surrounding the legality of this television program, watching this for yourself might satisfy the fire of curiosity in you. To answer the question that’s on your mind, yes, Cooking on High is legal since its filmed and produced in a state where the plant is legalized as well.

This program provides various challenges for chefs. Aside from watching chefs infused various food types and edibles, there are food experts and marijuana specialists who educate chefs and viewers about what they are cooking with. If you want reality TV that’s a tad different from other cooking programs, this is the one for you.

  • Workaholics

Workaholics is probably one of the first programs on the small screen that predominantly feature the use of weed. As a matter of fact, it seems that key characters in the series tend to use cannabis on an everyday basis. It follows the journey of the characters settling into adulthood and towards their corporate life, yet still maintaining habits and activities that greatly remind them of their college days.

If you want a nostalgic walk in the park, make sure not to miss out on this series. More than following the characters daily lives, let this show provide you with a sense of rawness and comedy you certainly need.

  • High Maintenance

If you want something new each episode, you’re in for a treat when watching High Maintenance. This follows the adventures of The Guy, a dealer who personally delivers his goods to customers. Through these episodes, you will get a glimpse of the daily lives and routines of people availing cannabis. Weaved with masterful storytelling and exciting approaches to each episode, you will surely be hooked.

Cannabis Living: How to Live Like the Characters on the Show

With the legalization of cannabis very much underway in select states in the country, living like your favorite series characters certainly isn’t far from the picture. In fact, you can do so right in your very home!

Apart from the usual bong nights with your friends, why not spice up your get-togethers with something more creative? Cooking a meal that’s infused with CBD hemp oil, using CBD oil vape, and even using beauty products can do a world of wonders. If you are itching to see what it’s like to live in these characters’ shoes, below are some ways you can try:

  • Host a Cookoff

To live like a chef, you have got to try your hand at cooking. And not just any kind of cooking for that matter. During this cookoff with your friends and loved ones, why not live it up like Cooking on High? Here, you can ask participants to share their favorite dish and infuse it with some drops of cannabidiol oil.

Steaks with a CBD oil-infused chimichurri sauce on the side works well for huge gatherings. Your guests might also like servings of lasagne and even sweet endings such as brownies and gummies. During your cookoff, take this time to invite those of legal age to participate. Who knows, they might just come up with exciting creations everyone will love!

  • Try a Variety of Cannabis Strains and Products

Tired of the usual herbs you’ve been smoking? You may want to eat your goods instead. You can easily make edibles infused with cannabidiol or even buy some off the internet.

If you want something totally novel, why not get your hands on new cannabis strains and varieties available on the market? If you don’t know, Netflix has co-created marijuana strains that are based on some of their most successful shows. These include hybrids named Poussey Riot from Orange is the new Black, Banana Stand Kush from Arrested Development, and Baka Bile from the Santa Clarita Diet.

According to The Guardian, shows that provide humor and comedy tend to use indica strains, while Netflix programs that feature a dramatic side tend to use sativa strains.

  • Have a Spa Date

Want to have a spa date without the outrageous fees? You can do so right in your own home with the use of hemp-based products. There are tons of cleansers, exfoliators, and even serums that can help you look and feel your best.

Should you want to go the DIY route instead, you can simply get a few drops of hemp oil CBD and mix these with your choice of serum. Or, if you would rather do without the mixing and all the fuss on your blissful weekend retreat, you can just slather one oil on top of the other. Just make sure that the oil has been absorbed prior to putting another layer on your skin.

After your mini spa retreat, you will definitely come out glowing and hydrated than ever before. As these products contain anti-inflammatory properties, you will have the chance to soothe your skin and treat it with the luxury it deserves. If you want to go the extra mile, CBD oil for anxiety and CBD oil for pain management are just some of the items you can add in your arsenal.

  • Incorporate Hemp Use in Your Daily Life

Your hemp use does not have to stop with a cookoff or having a spa date at home. Not only can you use these cannabis products on a daily basis, but you can also incorporate these into your daily routine.

For one, simply cleansing and washing your face with a hemp-based cleanser such as Krave Beauty can already do a lot for your skin. If you don’t have the time to prepare cannabis-infused dishes on the daily, just a few drops of your handy CBD extract will do the trick.

How These Shows Provide Another Perspective

All of these programs demonstrate the importance of cannabis in everyday life. Besides battling anxiety and dealing with the external and internal pressures that people experience, this plant also provides pain relief in more ways than one. By presenting weed into scenes and storylines as casually as food and alcohol, these television programs are seeking to alter the perception of viewers. Rather than portraying these as harmful substances that are only fit for bums and lazy individuals, the use of pot has now been shown as a normal part of life.

Sure, there are still stoners who tend to bumble and snack every so often, there are more refreshing and true-to-life depictions and characters that people nowadays can greatly identify with. From working-class individuals, upper-middle class, socialites to professional chefs, it cannot be denied that there is a wide range of people from varying types of backgrounds who are into using cannabis.

Give yourself a break and put these television shows on queue. In no time, you’ll find yourself seeing their perspectives and how pot plays a central role in their lives. Who knows, you might find out that your story resonates well with the characters you see on screen.

 

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American Eagle Outfitters to sell CBD-based Products this Year

Stacey Wellington

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American Eagle to Sell CBD Products

Teen clothing and accessories retailer American Eagle Outfitters is set to sell cannabidiol-infused products later this year through a partnership with the THC and CBD product lines company Green Growth Brands Inc.

In a press released published on Thursday, Green Growth Brands revealed it will be exclusively developing and supplying American Eagle with CBD-infused personal-care products. This includes lotions, muscle balms, and other beauty products. The release also announced that the products will be sold at nearly 500 American Eagle stores starting October.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with American Eagle, a leader in the specialty retail space,” expressed Peter Horvath, the CEO of Green Growth Brands. “GGB provided the expertise necessary to develop the product formulations and packaging to create a really special line of products.”

The recent partnership had officially marked American Eagle to be the third major wholesale partner of Green Growth Brands Inc. to date. Just a month ago, Abercrombie & Fitch, also a leading teen clothing and accessories retailer and a rival of American Eagle, signed the same deal with GGB. This enables Abercrombie to sell different CBD-infused products in more than 160 of its more than 250 stores. Earlier this year, footwear and accessories retailer DSW also sealed an agreement with GGB.

Last December, President Trump signed into law the farm bill, which included a provision legalizing hemp. This has led to the visible and fast boom of the CBD industry. In fact, various beauty line giants, such as LVMH’s Sephora and ULTA Beauty Inc. have already immersed in the market for cannabis-based personal care products.

Aside from these, luxury department store chain Barney’s, along with other retailers, such as GNC, Rite Aid, and Vitamin Shoppe, has also entered the cannabis market, selling different CBD products in some of their stores across the states.

“American Eagle’s image is about positive messaging and wellness, so it’s not shocking that they would have CBD-infused products,” said Jessica Ramirez, Jane Hali & Associates analyst.

“The products complement their brand and customers,” she added.

Just this year, American Eagle has experienced a 14% drop in their shares due to an unsatisfactory profit forecast in March.

On the other hand, cannabis company Green Growth Brands Inc. continues to expand its reach with its recent acquisition and partnership deal with the U.S. cannabis company Moxie.

“As a ‘360 degree’ cannabis company, we expect to bring an expertise to each segment of the combined business: cannabis dispensaries, vertically-integrated and wholesale CBD, and wholesale cannabis consumer products,” CEO Horvath said in a separate release.

 

References:

https://hightimes.com/news/american-eagle-becomes-latest-major-retailer-sell-cbd-infused-products/

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/american-eagle-start-selling-cannabis-based-products-year-n1028661

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/07/11/cbd-sold-american-eagle-outfitters-rival-abercrombie-fitch/1701658001/

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/11/american-eagle-to-sell-green-growth-brands-cbd-products-in-500-stores.html

 

 

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Demetrix Gains $50m in Series A Funding, Aims to Brew Cannabis

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Demetrix Funds to Brew Cannabis

Demetrix Inc. recently announced its successful foray into the Series A funding round. Following this, the company garnered $50 million, which the business states will be used for researching and producing synthetic cannabinoids in the market.

The Series A funding round was led by Tuatara Capital, a New York-based investment group, together with Horizon Ventures, a Hong Kong-based firm. Based on the press release by the cannabis firm, Horizon Ventures also participated in the Series Seed round, contributing $11 million to the business.

Shaping the Future

Demetrix’s press release revealed that the global market for cannabinoids are slated to reach $100 billion comes 2029. Alongside the boom of this industry, Demetrix intends to “help the world benefit from nature’s rarest ingredients.”

Besides brewing, the startup is also looking to isolate the cannabinoids. The firm also looks to expand the business and commercialize its products in the future. With more than 100 cannabinoids being explored by the California-based startup, it believes that it can cater to different consumer product companies, including the pharmaceutical and supplement sector.

To achieve their goals, the California-based company reportedly intends to use baker’s yeast to yield a larger volume of cannabinoids. Through the company’s “industry-leading fermentation technology that accelerates the production of cannabinoid,” it hopes to shape the future of the field.

Continued Show of Support

Both Tuatara Capital and Horizon Ventures released statements revealing their promising futures by working with the cannabis firm. In the press release, Tuatara Capital partner, Marc Riiska shares that they believe Demetrix has what it takes to “consistently produce high purity, single cannabinoids in a process that easily scales to meet demands.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Zhang of Horizon Ventures state that “Demetrix is uniquely positioned to bring these compounds to market in a cost-efficient way.”

Industry Background

Demetrix chief executive officer Jeff Ubersax is planning to use technologies surrounding yeast genetics and biochemistry and applying this to cannabis. Although the business employs the same method of brewing beer, the fermentation process using the marijuana plant will produce synthetic cannabinoids instead.

While the company’s approach to making a larger volume of cannabinoids sounds promising, Tech Crunch notes the startup “has a long way to go before it becomes competitive with extracts from the marijuana plant.”

As of writing, the company has successfully raised a total of $61 million.

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Hawaii is the 16th to Decriminalized Cannabis in the US

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Hawaii Decriminalize Cannabis

The state of Hawaii recently announced that it no longer considers possession of small amounts of cannabis a criminal offense. The decriminalization makes Hawaii the 16th in the United States’ jurisdiction to do so.

Hawaii is recognized as the first state to legalize medical marijuana back in 2000. Governor David Ige clarified that the state is not yet ready to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Moreover, Ige “declined to sign” the law that decriminalized possession in small amounts.

However, the law will be implemented on January 11, 2020, despite the lack of the governor’s signature. This occurred because Ige failed to make his move before the deadline to veto the legislation.

With this bill in place, individuals who carry small amounts of marijuana will not be charged with a misdemeanor. The law states that individuals with “3 grams or less of weed” will be fined $130. No jail time applies for such instances.

In the past, a misdemeanor charge in Hawaii warrants up to 30 days in prison. A penalty of $1000 in fines also applied.

According to the governor of Hawaii, there are aspects of the legislation which “[he does not] like.” Ige also did not place the law on the list of laws he is deliberating for a veto.

In a news conference, the governor said that he did consider the decriminalization legislation. However, he expressed disapproval of the lack of stipulations regarding substance abuse treatments for younger individuals.

Ige remarked that while Hawaii continues to study issues encountered by other states with legal recreational marijuana, legalizing the recreational use is not yet on the agenda. He also emphasized that governors of other states “acknowledge significant problems with those measures.”

Meanwhile, eleven states (including Washington, D.C.) have laws that legalized recreational cannabis. In the latest development, Illinois is the first state to have a recreational marijuana legalization law that was signed by the state’s government. The state also allowed residents to appeal their convictions.

All other laws for recreational marijuana were made possible by ballot initiatives.

The governor’s legislation history regarding cannabis includes two vetoes for marijuana bills, which the legislature passed. He also shot down a law intended to legalize the transportation of medical marijuana from one island to another. He also prevented the passing of another law which intended to create a licensing process for industrial hemp.

 

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