Review: Treat Yourself Vegan Tartlettes

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We love featuring high quality, well-vetted THC or CBD products, but we especially like featuring women-owned companies, Treat Yourself! Here’s what one of our product reviewers, Carrie, has to say about their vegan tartlettes. 

I was one of “those kids” who didn’t get to eat sugared cereal, corn chips, or toaster pastries. When I discovered those foods in my teenage years, I was delighted at all the naughty options.

Since then, I’ve laid off the Pop Tarts. But now, along comes an alternative: Treat Yourself Mini Pop Tartlettes.

Each product comes in a beautiful package that leads with: “Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Refined Sugar Free.” Each package is hand-tied with delicate rope and looks like something a crafter like me would come up with. I loved handling the packaging and untying the bow to uncover my healthy, cannabis-rich tartlettes!

I tried two variations:

Cherry Almond – 13 mg CBD:5 mg THC

Strawberry Rose – 10 mg CBD:10 mg THC

These tarlettes have no preservatives in them, so it’s advisable to keep them fresh by storing them in the freezer. I let my pastries come to room temperature before eating them, but I think in a dash I could have had them frozen like Thin Mints. At room temperature, the texture was a bit chewy, so I tried warming the next one up. Perfection!

I was excited to find the tartlettes were healthier and better tasting than typical toaster pastries, and the effects of the products themselves hadn’t even kicked in yet! The fruit in the middle rivaled anything I could get at a San Francisco Farmer’s Market.

Treat Yourself’s label on their tartlettes revealed more:

“A healthy twist on an old classic, we’ve created a chia seed dough and filled it with goodness. Great for menstrual cramps, relaxation and inflammation.”

Finally, a product made by women for women – without stereotypical pink or purple packaging!

While I’m beyond needing products for menstrual cramps (Hallelujah), I did use the product for lower back cramping. I found that about an hour after eating my pastry, my back muscles started to disengage and my body relaxed. Given how painful my menstrual cramps used to be, I could imagine how this product would address that kind of cramping as well.

I am looking forward to trying their other nutrient-packed products including their PALEO coconut banana bread (40 mg CBD:15 mg THC) and their topical whipped body butter (a jasmine-vanilla blend).

Editor’s Note: So are we!

Learn more about the founders of Treat Yourself, Inc. on Her Canna Life.

OUR REVIEWER: Carrie Rice is a nonprofit consultant living out her hippie dreams in San Francisco. In addition to her passion for bringing cannabis health education to women, she has a passion for bringing empathy to nonprofit management.

Arcane Revelry Sumptuous Cannabis Event

Regardless of your level of experience with cannabis, there are events in legal states where you can sample and consume. Meg Worden, one of our writers and the organizer for Ellementa Portland, recently went to the event Arcane Revelry (featured photo is founder Crystal Feldman). Here’s what Meg found…

I was delighted to be invited to cover the Arcane Revelry event in Portland, Oregon. Founded by Crystal Feldman, Diana Eberlein and Benjamin Ariff, the event site states its mission is “to bring together community members, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators, and forward thinkers that all share a love of cannabis culture and high-spirited social engagement.”

The invitation promised a four-course farm-to-table meal, speakers, a good cause, and the consumption of gorgeous, fully-organic, cannabis flowers. The event took place in a funky downtown warehouse used for filming the Portlandia series, a warehouse aptly called “Studio 13.” I was all in.

There are still laws that limit public consumption in Oregon, so these events remain invitation-only. You can get added to the invitation list at their website. This event was BYOB, so I stopped at the Whole Foods Market for a cold bottle of Rosé for the table before heading across the street to a wide green door, already open.

A huge cannabis leaf and flower bouquet made it obvious I was in the right place.

I walked into a crowd of adults, far more hotelier than hot-box, already gathering around a foyer full of medicated and unmedicated products geared towards a happier, healthier lifestyle. As is usually the case in events like these, there were smiles all around.

Fresh cut bouquets of flowers and cherry tomatoes from Willow Bar Farm sat next to sweet and savory snacks from women-owned Lucky Rabbit Snacks — OMG, the Curry Miso Matcha snacks were so good — next to High Desert Pure Craft Co2 Concentrates, and unbelievably divine medicated honey brands Hive Honey (honey sticks), and Lift. The largest table featured the event’s cannabis partner Cannassentials Organic Cannabis Farm. Clear glass jars were available showcasing their different strains of cannabis flowers to open and sample with either a pipe or bong.

I sampled a beautiful, crystallized sativa while chatting with the farmers enthusiastically shared the successes of this fully-natural farm in Eugene, Oregon.

In the main studio, eight banquet tables were set with white linens, gorgeous herbal and floral cannabis bouquets. There was a fresh leaf placed over every menu card and etched silver trays that held little bowls of cannabis flowers, a glass pipe, a lighter, and a couple of pre-rolled joints. On the side of the room, Chef Chris Bailey plated golden piles of Lucky Rabbit Snacks’ kimchi underneath a suspension bridge where DJ Kevin Davis spun down tempo beats in a slick of green light.

At the head of the room, several lounge chairs and a modern leather sofa framed a table with more jars full of cannabis and an LED-lit ice sculpture, fully carved and outfitted as a pipe, which, naturally, held the attention of a small group of revelers. The air was gently perfumed with the sweet and pungent smell of cannabis smoke, one of the most relaxing smells on earth. Right up there with line-dried sheets for me.

I felt myself drifting into a bit of a haze, a feeling of contentedness, of connection.

Connection. This is important.

Gatherings like the Arcane Revelry dinners, with a focus on cannabis as a medicinal plant with multitudes of healing properties versus the aspect of intoxication, are facilitating these very powerful opportunities and conversations. I get all goose bumped and grateful to be a part of it.

Crystal took the mic and welcomed everyone to dinner by introducing the farm, the chef, and giving us the strain names of the flowers on our table’s little trays: Orange Haze, Sour Diesel, and Purple Oregon Gorilla. I lit one of the Sour Diesel pre-rolled joints and passed it to the woman to my right, one of the delightful owners and organic vegetable growers from Cannassentials.

Like a dream, the smoke moved through my body, relaxing my muscles, settling into me with a bright serenity. The colors got a little brighter, the music a little more nuanced, more in harmony with my own body rhythms, and the faces around me more friendly. I imagine if you had a Kirlian camera, I would have looked like a sparkler.

Watermelon Jicama kimchi was followed by red fruit gazpacho with cucumber toast, fresh ricotta, and Oregon olive oil served on stylish, yet sustainable plates made of from palm fronds. Deep reds and greens were delivered in fresh organic glory, carefully flavored to enhance the ripe produce, adding a surprising twist.

Later, when I was able to speak to Chef Chris, he said he most enjoys creating foods that provoke while nourishing. I’d say that was definitely my experience, and judging from the satisfied faces and empty plates on the tables, I wasn’t alone.

As a professional holistic health coach, the pleasure and power of plant-based meals that uplift and embody the vibrancy of unprocessed eating are a salient part of a vibrant system. The ancient Hippocrates quote comes to mind. “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”

The farm family at the table commented between bites on the different elements that they had grown and delivered to the dinner, a luxurious loop of farm-to-table food and farmer-to-folks conversation. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to listen to the passion these people have for the planet and sustainable growth culture while eating my next luscious course of summer vegetable ceviche, apricot leche de tigre with radish sprouts. Oh my God, you guys.

Between courses, I reconnected with Crystal and Diana at the ice bong to check-in. Their enthusiasm for their event is evident, but so is the passion they have for the deeper mission of Arcane Revelry, a mission to return people to each other, to a more harmonious state of wellness by gathering together over powerful food, medicine, music, and ideas. I was wildly inspired as Diana packed the bowl of the ice pipe.

Smoking out of ice feels so smooth and cool, almost as if it’s not smoke at all, just pure flavor. Earlier, at the table, the farmers had been trying to explain cannabis tasting to me. I’m not yet familiar with the components, but what I tried tasted really good, bright and fully noted with fruit and spice flavors. More importantly, to me anyway, I was extremely relaxed and engaged as the organization’s sponsors and stakeholders took the stage.

Arcane Revelry partners with, and raises funds for, the Cannabis Certification Council. According to their website, the CCC is a non-profit standard-holding body that offers a national third-party certification program and seal. The organization’s mission is to promote organic cultivation methods, empower fair labor practices, and provide consumer education and choice in the cannabis industry.

Earth Law spoke about the scope of current cannabis law, and the Cannassentials farmers filled us in on their boss-level organic methods and full scope closed loop farm future. They are making an effort to produce everything they use, which is an impressive feat in a modern world, especially in cannabis, where the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and energy-sucking grow houses is prevalent.

The last two courses were chickpea panisse, sautéed greens, aquafaba remoulade with roasted garlic, and then a dessert of boozy stone fruit (SO boozy!), white chocolate crémeux, and cake crumbles. The focus on plant-based nutrition for an event like this feels so in alignment with the magic of cannabis. There is such a need to de-stigmatize, decolonize, and return cannabis to its role as herbal food and medicine, so when paired in this way, we get to have a kinesthetic experience of that connection.

We all know that cannabis and food have a long love affair. The prevailing narrative that the only food that pairs with weed is pizza and candy isn’t the whole story.

The effects of cannabis elevate the mind and help us recognize and remember what is so fantastic about our inclusion in the natural world. Eating things that are healthy for body, soul, and planet becomes that much more enjoyable, craveable even.

As dinner came to an end, people got up from tables to mingle, to reconnect with some of the sponsors and vendors to thank them, to learn, and to exchange information before drifting back out of the wide studio doors. As I gathered my things, including three of the table bouquets (there’s an art project coming with those fantastic leaves), I knew I’d been part of something special, something safe and hopeful, something that is even bigger than this one organization or event. Something nothing less than a revolution, a movement towards an elevated definition of being whole, healthy, and fully realized humans on a fertile, thriving planet.

Review: The Green Cacao Company Chocolate Bars

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We love featuring high quality, well-vetted THC or CBD products, but we especially like featuring women-owned companies, like this one! Here’s what one of our product reviewers, Carrie, has to say about The Green Cacao Company’s products.

When I think of cannabis edibles, the last thing I’m thinking about is the taste. Sure, I don’t like products that taste like bong water, but that’s about it. While medical cannabis can be good and helpful, most edibles candy bars are full of junk. For me, it’s a matter of taking an edible for the effects, not for the overall health factor of the product.

When I got the opportunity to try all four raw and superfood rich chocolate medical cannabis bars from The Green Cacao Company, I hoped they would be decent-tasting as well as provide positive effects.

The Green Cacao Company offers four products to choose from:

  1. Sativa 15 mg THC per section
  2. Indica 15 mg THC per section
  3. CBD Rich10 mg CBD and 10 mg THC per section
  4. CBD Xtra Rich 15 mg CBD and 1.1 mg THC per section

I was thrilled to read on their discreetly packaged products that each product contained “organic & raw ingredients” and “botanical super foods” with “no agave, cane, dairy, gluten.” The products also have a low glucose indicator. The attractive brown cardboard packages are simple,  well-designed and recyclable. Inside, the four doses are stored in a compostable cellulose packaging with a small instruction sheet that describes each variety.

I’ve never had raw chocolate, so I was excited to find out how it differs in quality and taste from standard cannabis candy bar chocolate – or even a Snickers bar.

According to Green Cacao, raw chocolate maintains its molecular and chemical structures which maintains its wellness properties.

Unlike a typical Snickers, Green Cacao’s chocolates contain super food ingredients in each bar in addition to the raw cacao such as chicory prebiotics and raw maca. Instead of conventional sugar or “franken-sweeters,” the bars are sweetened with only goji berry and xylitol. For the record, xylitol is a LowGI (low glycemic index) sweetener sourced from USA-grown, GMO-free Birch trees. Ultimately, the bars are nutrient-dense food, not candy.

In terms of the cannabis and its effects, The Green Cacao Company only uses whole plant cannabis, grown organically outdoors. Each formulation has different effects. The sativa and indica strains are THC only, while the other products are a balance of CBD and THC.

For relief from depression and for increased focus, I found the sativa product to be ideal. For keeping anxiety and stress in check and dealing with insomnia, the indica was the winner. And for chronic back pain relief, the CBD/THC hybrids were perfect.

For myself, I find that the 1:1 CBD:THC ratio in the CBD Rich chocolates is ideal for pain. If you are worried about the psychotropic effects of THC, I would suggest the CBD Xtra Rich, which is almost exclusively CBD.

Overall, I enjoyed this product! It was rich and creamy with a deeper flavor, like coffee. I also enjoyed the texture. Plus, a little bit went a long way!

For more information, visit http://thegreencacaocompany.com/.

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Photo credit: Matt Jepson

OUR REVIEWER: Carrie Rice is a nonprofit consultant living out her hippie dreams in San Francisco. In addition to her passion for bringing cannabis health education to women, she has a passion for bringing empathy to nonprofit management.

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The Ins and Outs of Weed Lube

I’d heard there was such a thing as “weed lube,” so my partner and I decided to give it a try.

The first thing I learned about weed lube is this: Don’t let your boyfriend lead. He’ll learn all he can from sites like Reddit, but most of the posts about weed lube he finds will not be written by women. Or he will read the packaging and extrapolate based on his own experiences, which will not be close enough to yours to be relevant. I should have known this already as my first experiences smoking and eating cannabis with his guidance were equally as fraught. He may have more experience with cannabis than I do, but he has zero experience being a woman in her 40s.

What I really should have done was to check in with other women.

From his perspective, Foria Pleasure definitely made sex seem better for me. According to him, I was more vocal and appeared to enjoy everything more exuberantly. But from my perspective, sex with my partner is usually pretty wonderful. Plus this sex had a lot of foreplay as we had to wait nearly an hour for the Foria Pleasure brand of lubricant to work. So I can’t say for certain that I noticed a big difference from our other sessions where foreplay was plentiful.

He says we need to try again.

I say maybe I just need to go out and have bad sex with and without Foria and get back to him.

He doesn’t get my humor.

I gave the bottle to a friend of mine – let’s call her Anne – who used it solo. She swears using it gave her mind blowing orgasms that lasted and lasted. I was happy for her. Dang if I should have consulted my local girl gang about how to use Foria instead of my boyfriend because it sounds like I missed out on some next level sexy time.

I don’t want you, dear reader, to miss out. So here is the skinny on Foria:

1. Foria isn’t actually a lube.

If you normally use a lubricant, you should probably have a bottle of your favorite handy for actual lubing.

Foria comes in a tiny spray bottle and is meant to be used as a “pre-lube.” It’s about the size and shape of a breath spray.

The effect is supposed to be relaxing while also acting as an aphrodisiac. Each spritz contains about 2.5mg of THC so you don’t need a lot. The website instructs you to use four or five sprays on your clitoris, labia, and vaginal opening. I used five just on my vaginal opening as instructed by my boyfriend. Anne says she uses about eight all over her lady parts because she’s a pro.

2. The effects of Foria Pleasure can take up to an hour to start working.

Don’t feel as if you have to rush into the action after application. Put your feet up, light some candles, think about how you just sprayed your hooha with an aphrodisiac that resembles a bottle of breath spray, laugh uncomfortably then riotously… relax, good things come to those who wait.

3. Foria Pleasure is coconut oil based.

The website cautions that you should not use the product with latex-based toys or condoms because coconut oil degrades latex. If you have waited 40 minutes to one hour for it to work, are already feeling that frisky disco in your underpants, and are also using your regular lubricant, I can’t imagine a few sprays of Foria actually matter that much in terms of latex degradation. But you never know, so safety first.

4. Because Foria Pleasure has THC in it, it’s not available everywhere.

You can only buy Foria at dispensaries in California and Colorado. I hear they are coming out with a THC-free variety of Foria this June so that should be good news for adventurous women everywhere.

Bottom Line: Trying out Foria that one time was really fun for my boyfriend and for me, but since Anne isn’t giving back my bottle of Foria anytime soon, I’ll have to either buy some more next time I’m in a state where it’s sold or make my own.

If you don’t happen to live in California or Colorado and can’t wait for Foria to get to your area, you can always make your own cannabis infused coconut oil. Here is a handy recipe.

Happy Experimenting!

XOXO
Melissa

Review: Cannary Pouch by Cedar & Finch

Cannabis style isn’t all about tie-dye and hemp textiles.

From art glass pipes to designer bags built to carry supplies, cannabis users are finding it easier than ever to express their personal style aesthetic through products that are as practical as they are attractive.

The Customer

Anna Stepp, who seeks out accessories that are as beautiful as they are useful, found her match in the Cannary Pouch by Cedar & Finch.

Tell us a little bit about how you use cannabis.

I use cannabis for medicinal use only, really. I’ve had insomnia and depression for many years. I didn’t use at all then. I was in the military. PTSD and anxiety (led to) my need for medicinal cannabis.

I’ve tried using doctor prescribed anti-anxiety meds and ended up overdosing on them and/or being totally non-productive. Cannabis helps me stay calm enough and focused enough to work either at my computer or in the house.

I was an RN prior to all this happening and have only been able to work intermittently since then.

What kinds of products do you like? What are you looking for beyond just a stylish design?

Discretion and beauty are the things that draw me to products. I don’t want … someone … to point at me and say, “That’s what a stoner looks like.” I had bought a DimeBag brand container, but didn’t find it fit in with my idea of beautiful and discreet.

I have four pipes — two glass ones by Michael Stanley and my Cedar and Finch pipe. I also have a Michael Stanley dab rig. I love his pipes not only because they are truly beautiful, one-of-a-kind art pieces but the functionality is awesome, great draw with a decent size carb to clear out old smoke. I love the colors, the shapes of his glasswork. I know there are other artists out there just as good, but I’m a bit stuck at the moment. I’ve only smoked for two years, and I tend to stay with what works for me.

What drew you to the Cedar & Finch pouch?

I’ve been looking at different pouches for some time. I tried a DimeBag but I didn’t like the look, although function was great. I happened to see an ad for Cedar and Finch, liked the scrolled bag, and bought it on a whim.

The pipe and the bag are well made and fit into my purse. I love to spend money on good quality products. The price point of the pouch was actually lower than I expected, especially after I received the pouch. The quality is high as is the pipe quality.

I took a big leap of faith with Cedar and Finch and am happy I did. It is my favorite when I’m on the go.

What’s next on your wish list?

I’m looking forward to vacationing in Colorado at some point soon.

The Cannary Pouch Combo – $159

Overall size of pouch: 6.25″ x 5.5″ x 1″

Main pocket (approx.): 5.5″ x 3.5″ x 1″

Top pocket: 5.5″ x 1.5″ x 1″

Zippered opening: 4.5″

Lid’l Pipe: 4.5″ x 1″ x 1.25″

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Review: Kiva Blueberry Bites

Carrie is our cannabis reviewer. She is a nonprofit consultant living out her hippie dreams in San Francisco. In addition to her passion for bringing cannabis health education to women, she has a passion for bringing empathy to nonprofit management.

I am not new to edibles. As far back as my early 1990’s grunge college days, I remember stumbling upon pot brownies or cookies (once even a bright green Rice Krispie treat) at a party and eating them without any idea what the dosage was or what the effect would be. Each experience left me either too high or had no effect at all. I mostly stuck with smoking cannabis.

And then along came medical marijuana, and I no longer had to guess at what and how much I was taking of a given product. Here’s my review of Kiva Blueberry Bites.

Kiva Confections is a California based not-for-profit collective. They claim to make the highest quality medical marijuana products from all natural ingredients combined with cannabis. They are very serious about consistent THC potency and lab-test every batch to ensure it.

I was immediately drawn to Kiva’s beautiful packaging for these truly delicious chocolates.

Kiva Bites are the latest addition to the Terra Bite line from Kiva. Although I’ve enjoyed many of Kiva’s other edibles, the Bites stand out because they come in such small and easily measurable doses.

The Bites come in the kind of tin you’d buy fine chocolates in for a dinner host gift. The container is very discreet – almost too discreet for those of you who might have children around. The packaging is definitely not child-resistent – it really does look like high-end candy – so be careful to keep out of reach of children!

Each container includes 24 five-milligram Bites.

Once I popped open the tin, I found a bunch of adorable individual chocolate balls inside.

When I started consuming the Bites, I started with one. Half a Bite for someone new to edibles should be enough. I ate mine on an empty stomach, and it took about an hour to take effect. The Bite itself is a tasty chocolate, without the cannabis aftertaste of most edible products. The chocolate is a bit waxier than a premium dark bar, but deeper in flavor than a grocery store bar. The dried blueberry inside is plump and substantive.

I experienced both physical and mental effects from the Bite.

My body relaxed, and my shoulders lowered. My various aches and pains – including from fibroids – subsided. My mind was stimulated a bit, but not with any sense of anxiety or paranoia but rather a creative and uplifting effect.

Now, if I eat them first thing in the morning, by the time I sit down to work or interact with clients, I feel focused and calm. I would say the effect lasts for up to four hours. If I want to stay in approximately the same state over a longer period of time, I eat another one – again, on an empty stomach – after about three and a half hours for a full day of uplifted productivity.

Overall, I would recommend Kiva Blueberry Bites, especially to women who are seeking a gentle entré into edibles. I haven’t been able to find another chocolate as delicious and so easy to dose!

Review: Erbanna Stylish Stash Bags

We first found out about Erbanna on Twitter and immediately flipped over their stylish, odor-controlled stash bags in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures.

Erbanna bags bust the stereotype of the grungy stoner stash bag while not breaking the bank. Here’s a little more about these lovely – and useful – accessories.

The Entrepreneur

Founder and CEO Ann Shuch says she designs products “to bring women into the new cannabis age on their own terms.”

“My carry cases bring a sophisticated, yet still spirited design to the new age of this industry by recognizing women with a beautiful, practical, feel good product that they’ve been waiting for.”

The Customer

MJ.,  a firm administrator at an accounting firm in Bloomfield, Connecticut, owns several Erbanna bags. Here’s what she had to say about her collection of Erbanna bags.

What is your connection to cannabis?

Recreational use to relax at the end of a long day.

How did you learn about Erbanna bags?

I heard about the bags from my cousin.

What first drew you to your favorite bag?

I have two favorite bags – and I have them in several different designs. My favorites are the Mindy and the Chrissy.

I was drawn to the Chrissy because I generally carry a pretty large purse, and the Chrissy is small enough for me to throw into my regular purse.

I was drawn to the Mindy because it, too, can be dropped into my bigger bag, but it’s also perfect on its own as a clutch for a night out.

How does that bag fit into your life and lifestyle?

The bags fit into my lifestyle in many ways. First, they’re cute and stylish and literally just look like I’m carrying cute little purses.

Second, I am a very “straight-laced,” Type-A person. The bags “hide” what’s in them both by look, because they’re so different than what most people carry for this purpose, and because they control odor amazingly well.

Favorite feature?

I think my favorite feature is the bag’s ability to hide odor. No one needs to know what I’m carrying!

What’s in YOUR Erbanna bag?

A lighter. A little jar filled with something that you’d be able to smell across the room if it wasn’t in an Erbanna bag! Some lip gloss. Eye drops. Mascara. Gum. And if I’m carrying the Mindy and no other purse, you may even find my car key thrown in there!

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Review: Legion of Bloom “The Monarch”

Carrie is our cannabis reviewer. She is a nonprofit consultant living out her hippie dreams in San Francisco. In addition to her passion for bringing cannabis health education to women, she has a passion for bringing empathy to nonprofit management.

I smoked plenty of cannabis back in my younger days, but as I grew up, I decided inhaling any kind of smoke was less than ideal.

Like many of you, I sometimes want the instantaneous effects of cannabis without the worries of inhaling carcinogens from smoking. I found myself attracted to vaping which involves warming, but not actually burning, cannabis. Unfortunately, my favorite vaping systems were way out of my price range and definitely not portable.

Over time, vape products became much cheaper, and I discovered disposable pen cartridges featuring cannabis concentrates instead of dried cannabis flower. Disposable vape pens became a reasonably priced and convenient alternative to smoking for me. I started looking for products that worked for me and recently found The Monarch by Legion of Bloom.

The Monarch vape pen has beautiful packaging, a high THC potency, and the ability to consume discreetly literally in the middle of a crowd and have no one notice. I’ve tested this myself in Union Square in San Francisco! Because of the high THC level, most users can take one or two inhalations and get immediate results. Each inhalation of the pen is smooth and easy even for my novice friends.

The flavor of each breath is like warm dried herbs, a pleasant grassy profile.

For me, a straight Sativa product can make me too anxious, and a straight Indica product doesn’t help much. The Cherry AK47 Hybrid cartridge (a strain crossing both Sativa and Indica) is the best fit. The product instantly perks me up, clears my crowded brain, and allows me to focus on whatever task is at hand. Even when I’m caring for or interacting with loved ones – including children – I find that I am able to be significantly less stressed with just a few hits from this pen and function well.

Like me, you may wonder if inhaling concentrate is harmful. Many products on the market are made with chemicals I can’t pronounce, so I leave those alone. Luckily, there are a few fine products on the market that are transparent about their product ingredients.

Here’s how Legion of Bloom describes The Monarch:

The AWARD WINNING Monarch offers a triple-refined, solvent-free cannabis oil blended with our single source all natural cannabis derived terpenes, CDTs… The Monarch features a glass cartridge with dual coils for a better tasting and healthier experience… The Monarch battery has three temperatures, low, medium, and high as well as a 10 second pre-heat option which allows the oil to heat up in advance for larger puffs. This unique offering boasts THC potency from 75-80%.

If you’re looking for a quick, discrete, and efficient vape product, The Monarch with Cherry AK47 Hybrid cartridge by Legion of Bloom is a great choice.

Current Available Strains:

Cherry AK, Exodus Cheese, Kashmere Kush, Sour Diesel, J1

Basic Functions:

Turn On/Off: Press button 5 times
Pre-heat function: Press button 2 times
Temperature change: Press button 3 times

Green = Low
Blue = Medium
Red = High

Review: The Lady G Stash Bag by AnnaBis

Gone are the days of plastic baggies for our weed. Our cannabis deserves better.

We’ve been on the lookout for beautiful and practical bags for stash. Many of them can even double as a everyday purses.

Here’s what Pamela N. Epstein, Esq., LL.M from Greenwise Consulting says about the Lady G from AnnaBis.

What do you do?

I am a cannabis entrepreneur and, more specifically, a cannabis attorney and consultant. I founded Green Wise Consulting, serving clients in both California and Arizona. I am also Of Counsel with the Hoban Law Group.

What is your connection to cannabis?

My connection with cannabis is deeply personal. I have suffered from debilitating migraines for most of my life; resulting in multiple trips to the hospital. My migraines intensified during law school. As a result, I was on numerous pharma medications.

The side effect of one of the prescribed medications was the “slowing of my cognitive process” which was a very educated way of saying the medication would make me dumber. My stock and trade as a lawyer was my mind. I  seriously contemplated leaving the legal profession and going on disability.

Then, like a miracle, I found a progressive neurologist in California who suggested I try cannabinoid therapy. For me, it was an indescribable gift. I went from 15 migraines a day or more in a month to, at most, three to five and now sometimes even zero.

Then I was confronted by a situation that fueled me to fight for reasonable cannabis regulation today: I moved to Arizona prior to the build-out of their medical marijuana program. I was going to be committing a felony by taking my medication across state lines. I started using my legal training for others and myself in my cannabis community.

You can say cannabis gave both professional and personal meaning and support in my life.

Pamela (right) and friend with Lady G bags

How did you learn about AnnaBis bags?

I was always on the look out for a way to carry my medication and keep my private life private. I was introduce to AnnaBis bags by a colleague of mine who saw Jeanine (the founder) at the Vegas Marijuana Business Conference two years ago.

My colleague called and said, “Pam, I found a bag made for you!”

She said that they were fashionable and functional for the cannabis fashionista. I went on the website and was immediately hooked!

I corresponded with Jeanine over email – she handles all customer inquires personally – and the rest is history.

My AnnaBis bag is staple I simply could not live without.

What first drew you to the Lady G bag?

I live for a music festival and a free-spirited, 70s fashion moment! The Lady G bag embodies that spirit. It has rich desert colors and a funky modern twist — think Coachella as purse! It can transition from a cross body to waist bag – the ultimate for when you need your hands free to dance to the music or pass a joint. I knew the moment I laid eyes on the Lady G it would safely store all my essentials for some rocking adventures!

How does the Lady G fit into your life?

It has functionality and a personality. You can dress it up or down; wear it across your body or around your waist. I get tons of compliments. Its a bag I’m proud to carry. And added bonus: it keeps my cannabis consumption private, giving me the chance to proudly share my secret when I want.

Favorite feature?

My favorite feature is the multiple smell proof stash pockets. I never cease to be amazed at how powerful the smell proof technology is!

What’s in YOUR Lady G bag?

I can fit all of this in my Lady G believe it or not!

  1. My Pax
  2. Pax Era
  3. Kiva Petra Mints (love to microdose!)
  4. Wallet with my patient recommendation
  5. Keys (car & house)
  6. Gum
  7. AnnaBis container with medication
  8. CBD/THC infused lip balm
  9. Dog treats for my lil’ pup Mojo
  10. Business cards
  11. Sunglasses

What’s YOUR favorite stash bag?