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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?