10 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Do you have a mama who works really hard and deserves to relax this Mother’s Day? With the holiday coming up this Sunday, I’ve made up a list of some great, unique gift ideas for all the super special moms out there! The ideas may seem more geared towards the ‘cannamom’ but they are not limited to those who use cannabis at all. Some of the listed gift ideas can help your everyday mother gain the relaxing, healing benefits of cannabis without any of the main psychoactive chemical THC, which causes the feeling of being ‘high’.

1. Infused Tea
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Who doesn’t enjoy a good cuppa? CBD infused teas, such as Budderweeds’ caffeine-free Eucalyptus and Mint tea, are great gift ideas for any mother who need a little extra help relaxing or getting to sleep at night. It comes with five 20mg CBD tea bags, each tea bag making two servings of tea for a total of 10 cups! CBD is one of the many different cannabis compounds found in the plant that has very important medical benefits such as relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety and insomnia. CBD is non-psychoactive, therefore having no negative side-effects such as feeling ‘high’ and lethargic; perfect for any tea-drinking mom.

2. Infused Bath Bombs

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Women have long since found one of the best places to unwind and find peace was while having a nice long, hot soak in the tub. Infused bath bombs like THC-infused @cannabombs and CBD infused Bath Bombs make great gifts for the mother-figure in your life, whether she enjoys cannabis or not. Why settle for Lush when you can get your mother a bath bomb that offers the relaxation she deserves!

3. Terpene CandlesWhite-Widow-Kush-CandlesWhat pairs great with a bath? Candles! They set the relaxing tone to a quiet, peaceful and unwinding soak. Kush Candles produces soy-wax and hemp seed-oil candles that are infused with organic terpenes. The above pictured White Widow candle offers both linalool, known most for it’s anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects, and myrcene, known most for it’s pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects. Each candle represents a different strain, with different scents and terpenes to go with them! This is the ultimate gift pairing with an infused bath bomb, allowing mom to have the best spa day right at home!

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Do you have a mother who suffers from pain, inflammation, anxiety, tremors or any of these other ailments or symptoms? Tinctures are one of the best ways for anyone to medicate themselves, whether a cannabis user or not. Both CBD and THC tinctures are available from companies such as Discreetly Baked, which offer the ease of medicating by just dropping the tincture under the tongue. If you think your mother would love this, than don’t miss out on Budderweed’s Mother’s Day CBD sale, where you can scoop a 500mg CBD Discreetly Baked tincture for 30% off!

5. CBD Isolate

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Another great gift idea for any mom who may experience pain, anxiety, inflammation or any of the other symptoms and ailments that CBD helps with, is CBD isolate. Discreetly Baked offers 1 gram CBD isolate sourced from 100% organic non-GMO hemp, meaning its extracted from the male cannabis plant, containing no psychoactive chemicals whatsoever. The isolate can be put into food, drinks, added your mom’s favourite skin care products and even can be dabbed or added to a joint! If your mom isn’t a fan of tea, doesn’t feel comfortable taking a tincture or just has particular tastes, than this is for her. CBD isolate gives her the freedom to add CBD to any of her own favourite products without having to try something new!

6. Smoking Apparatuses

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If your mother enjoys smoking cannabis, then a beautiful smoking apparatus is a great gift idea to brighten up her daily smoke! My Bud Vase offers a gorgeous and unique spin on the bong, the above vase “Harmony” just an example of some of the beautiful pieces they have to offer. Crystal Pipes are also a very chic, hip and new thing right now and would be a great gift for any mother who has a more spiritual side. Gemstone pipes come in many different types of stone, from Rose Quartz to Labradorite; each stone holds different ‘energies’ and properties, so you can find a stone that best represents your mother to make this gift extra special!

7. Beauty Products

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With the use of CBD in women’s lives becoming more and more mainstream, we have begun to see even beauty products utilizing its benefits! KANA lavender sleep mask is one of such products, bringing together CBD and many other essential oils for a natural, luxurious product fit for any mother you want to spoil this Mother’s Day! Herb Essntls offers a wonderful sativa-seed oil based moisturizer, with no THC or CBD, for the everyday mother who may be wary of using CBD products.

8. Jewelry

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Many women enjoy dressing up in super chic jewelry, but this jewelry is a little different. If your mother enjoys a joint more than anything like mine does, the above golden triangle roach clip necklace would make the absolute perfect gift. With both beauty and function in mind, another perfect gift for the joint loving or smoking mother would be this smoke ring, allowing her to relax and light up in style!

9. Candy

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Who doesn’t like candy? For the hard working mom, retailers such as Budderweeds offer numerous edible candy options at different dosages so that it’s easy finding the perfect candy for mom. They offer microdosed candy such as the pictured sour cubes which contain 5mg THC per candy. For those with mothers who do not want the psychoactive effects of THC, they offer delicious CBD only candy as well, such as their CBD maple syrup leafs which only contain 10mg CBD per candy.

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What is a gift without a great card? For the cannamom, a Kush Kard is a must. With places to put buds, joints and blunts on these canna-cute cards, they are sure to make any toking momma’s day!

Hopefully this list has helped give you some great ideas for gifts to get for all the wonderful mother’s and mother figures in your lives whether they enjoy cannabis or not! Treat her right this year and give her something from the list to pamper herself with and I’m sure she will be thanking you!

Happy Mother’s Day 2018!

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Do you have a mama who works really hard and deserves to relax this Mother’s Day? With the holiday coming up this Sunday, I’ve made up a list of some great, unique gift ideas for all the super special moms out there! The ideas may seem more geared towards the ‘cannamom’ but they are not... Continue Reading →

Women & Weed

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Women and cannabis have gone hand in hand since some of the earliest civilizations. In some of the first hunter-gatherer settlements, women utilized cannabis, as well as other gathered herbs to heal. In ancient Sumer and Mesopotamia, the healing goddess Inanna, also known as Ishtar, had cannabis burnt by her cult following as an incense during worship. Ancient Egyptian women utilized cannabis in many ways such as making cannabis infused honey or by burning cannabis on hot bricks and inhaling the smoke, for all sorts of ailments such as depression and childbirth pain. In both the old and new testaments, it was written that Queen Sheba brought over to King Solomon many spices, one of which was called ‘kaneh-bosm’, translating from Hebrew to mean hemp aromatic, which we now know to be cannabis. The historical ties between women and cannabis is long and plentiful; even British monarch Queen Victoria had taken a cannabis tincture prescribed by her physician in 1890 for her menstrual cramps.

With women having such a rich and vast history utilizing cannabis, it is slightly surprising to see that cannabis industry, alike other sectors, is male-dominated. Although men outnumber women, that doesn’t make any less of the women in the cannabis industry who have made huge impacts towards the future of cannabis. One of those notable women is Alaska Cannabis Club founder Charlo Greene, whomost should know of because of her bad-ass live television announcement, “I’m Charlo “Fuck it, I quit” Greene, and I’m credited with the legalization of marijuana in Alaska.” (Best quit story ever!) Jane West, founder of Women Grow, a for-profit entity that connects, educates and empowers women who are interested in becoming apart of the cannabis industry and Cheryl Shuman, cannabis entrepreneur, investor and founder of Kush magazine, are just a two of so many other notable women who have made an impact in the overall future cannabis industry.

hilaryBack at home here in Canada, though we may see less industry impact from women like Cheryl Shuman and Jane West, we have our own Canadian women who have made some incredible contributions in advocacy for the rights of medical marijuana patients. One of pioneers who has long been fighting for cannabis patient’s rights is Hilary Black. Her contribution began in 1997, when Hilary founded Canada’s very first medical cannabis dispensary, the ‘BC Compassion Club Society’. Her reason for starting the compassion club was her vision of “… helping people suffering from a wide range of illnesses to gain access to clean, affordable, high-quality cannabis in a safe and supportive environment.” In 2013 Hilary was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Canadian society through her continued advocacy for medical marijuana patients and their right to access safe, quality and affordable medicine.

Another important woman in the Canadian cannabis industry is Jamie Shaw. Her first introduction to the industry was as a patient when she saw her physician about anxiety, and was referred to visit a compassion club to try medical marijuana. After trying cannabis and experiencing it’s benefits, she left her job to become a full-time patient advocate. Shaw has spent two decades advocating for Canadian cannabis patients, her most widely known contribution being her testimony in the Allard v. Health Canada trial, where plaintiffs set out to prove that the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) broke Canada’s Charter rights by forcing them to buy only from government licensed producers without allowing patients their right to grow their own medical marijuana if they so chose to. Ultimately the judge ruled that the MMPR indeed broke Canada’s Charter rights; a victory for all Canadian cannabis patients right to access safe, quality, affordable medication.

dobbsPatient, advocate, entrepreneur and chairwoman of Women Grow, Andrea Dobbs journey into the Canadian cannabis industry also began also while seeking medical relief. She was at the time perimenopausal, and decided to try cannabis as a solution to the many symptoms she was experiencing such as sore breasts, extreme itchiness and low libido. A very less than ideal first dispensary visit eventually inspired Andrea to co-found, The Village, a dispensary tailored to the needs of patients with more sensitive health care needs and those who may be more hesitant about trying cannabis. She wanted The Village to be a safe place for people who need help figuring out what will be effective for their specific symptoms, and those who need introductions and education on cannabis. Andrea prefers to focus more on non-inhalation cannabis treatments, such as microdosed edibles, infused bath bombs and bath salts.

Canadian trailblazers Hilary Black, Jamie Shaw and Andrea Dobbs are also just a few women in our industry who have made a difference. Doing research for this piece has inspired me on a personal level; I had no idea so many women I had never bothered to learn of have been building their own cannabis businesses, growing, advocating, researching; teaching, learning, healing and empowering… I truly had a difficult time deciding who to write about, and implore you to take some spare time and look up the many contributions women have made in the cannabis industry over the years! Though the female presence in the cannabis sector is the minority, I believe there is a very bright future for women looking to be apart of the future cannabis industry.

This industry holds a potential for both females (and those who are non-binary) that other industries haven’t; since the cannabis industry is just a seedling in terms of establishment, for the first time in history there will be an industry where decades of stigma, barriers and glass ceilings don’t exist. With this fresh, blossoming, modern industry, everyone should have an equal chance to climb the corporate ladder if they are willing to work for it. As long as there is women with interest and passion in being apart of the cannabis industry, I believe over time we will see so many more influential women like Hilary Black, Jamie Shaw and Andrea Dobbs, who will help shape the future of the marijuana industry.

If you are interested in and passionate about cannabis, don’t dream it and do it! Educate yourself continuously (we never stop learning!), dedicate yourself to whatever goals you have in mind, be passionate and have a positive outlook; it is only when we don’t try that we fail!

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Women and cannabis have gone hand in hand since some of the earliest civilizations.

Earth Day 2018

Yesterday— April 22nd, was Earth Day; a day that has been observed since 1970, when on that day 20 million Americans took to the streets from coast-to-coast to rally for a healthy, sustainable environment. The founder of Earth Day and the coordinator of these rallies was Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator whom had witnessed the environmental damage that was caused by the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he hoped he could use their unity and energy to also raise public awareness on air and water pollution. Nelson reached out to the media, letting them know he was planning a ‘national teach in on the environment’, then building up a nation-wide staff to speak and promote his teach-ins.

5a4d12e4a9da350001b3d4a7_dotearthdaynyt-blog480So many different walks of life rallied together across the United States, and as these individuals stood together they realized they all had a common goal and common values. Many different environmental groups fighting specific problems such as oil spills and factory pollution realized they were all fighting for a common goal. As a result of the national teach-in, by the end of 1970 the United States Environmental Protection Agency had been founded and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts were passed. Earth Day remembers and celebrates the beginning of the environmental movement.

Jump forward to 2018; though we all have the ability to live more eco-friendly lifestyles with the advances in technology and the knowledge now available to us, many of us have very busy lives and may feel as if there is just no time to make any changes, or may be overwhelmed by the idea of change all-together. No matter what the excuse is, there are always small steps we can all take to be more environmentally conscious with very low effort, even when it comes to the cannabis industry! Every change we make to live sustainable lifestyles, no matter how small, effects our carbon footprint and helps keep the Earth a greener, healthier place for us all to live.

Plastic waste floating in a canal in Amsterdam, The NetherlandsOne of our hugest issues environmentally is plastic pollution. Plastic is not biodegradable and lasts hundreds to thousands of years, breaking down yes— but into smaller, micro-plastic pieces, carrying and absorbing toxins, polluting and harming entire ecosystems and the animals within it. Plastic pollution especially threatens marine life and ecosystems, with over 70 million pounds of plastic currently polluting our ocean’s largest currents. Marine life consume the plastics and micro-plastics that contain toxins such as petroleum, DDT and flame retardants, and in turn down the chain we are effected as we consume these animals or use them for products.

A simple step to take to be more environmentally conscious is to replace your household plastic products with sustainable alternatives! Silicone is a great replacement for common plastic household items like straws, storage containers and ice cube trays as it is biodegradable! Plastic straws, something we use at most restaurants, bars, coffee shops and fast-food chains, take up to 500 years to break down. Imagine how many straws just you have used in your lifetime that will still be around, ever-so-slowly breaking down and polluting our planet after you are long gone. Make a simple change and buy sustainable straws, and encourage your local businesses to switch to using non-plastic alternatives! Just the refusal to use plastic straws makes a huge environmental impact!

Some more steps you can take everyday to make an environmental impact include: walking or biking to work instead of taking transportation when possible, recycling any and all products you can, buying local and in-season products, growing your own food when possible, consuming less meat and diary products, minimizing waste by making a compost pile, checking that your appliances are all energy efficient and unplugping any unused appliances, using eco-friendly household products, taking shorter showers, washing full loads of laundry (using cold water when you can), hanging dry clothes when possible, unsubscribing to snail mail and switching to electronic statements, using reusable bags, buying products without unnecessary packaging and switching to sustainable energy sources (solar, wind) when possible.

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Most of those steps you’ve probably heard of at one point or another, I know I have. Though this past Earth Day inspired me to learn about it’s origins and to read into how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, as I read I wondered what I could do as a cannabis patient and consumer to reduce my carbon footprint further. One major thing that first came to mind is the lighting and energy that is used when cannabis is grown indoors; to make more conscious cannabis purchasing decisions, buy outdoor/greenhouse grown when possible or indoor grows that use LED lighting, which is much more energy efficient. Packaging wise, buy from companies using sustainable packaging such as silicone and glass containers. If your favourite company uses plastic packaging, message them and suggest to them making the switch to more a more eco-friendly option!

There are so many more steps other than mentioned that you can take to live a better lifestyle for yourself and for our planet, and I hope by reading you’ve been inspired to do further research and to do your part (even if slowly) and change your lifestyle to reduce your carbon footprint. Begin by buying a silicone or glass straw to take around to use instead of using plastic straws, it will make a giant difference! Just look at the next straw you see and remember, it will be around for 500 years. Wake up with intent each day to live a more sustainable lifestyle, make even the smallest effort each day to practice that and in turn the Earth will continue to give back and care for us as it always has for a bit longer.

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Yesterday— April 22nd, was Earth Day; a day that has been observed since 1970, when on that day 20 million Americans took to the streets from coast-to-coast to rally for a healthy, sustainable environment. The founder of Earth Day and the coordinator of these rallies was Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator whom had witnessed the... Continue Reading →

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