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Discover how cannabis can benefit women's health with Dr. Allison Walsh

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Introducing MOHI

PHYTOS, SWADE CANNABIS and O’FALLON BREWERY PARTNER TO LAUNCH THC-INFUSED CRAFT BEER

With mindful drinking and alcohol alternatives on the rise, St Louis – based O’Fallon Brewery and SWADE cannabis is proud to announce the launch of a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused brew, MOHI, that invites consumers to craft their own experience.

In 2019, we started discussions with BeLeaf about the opportunity to create a unique beverage that contained cannabis, commented Jim Gorczyca, President of O’Fallon Brewery. “While just 1% of cannabis is consumed through beverages, only a fraction of that is beer because most cannabis beverages are sodas or seltzers. Only BeLeaf and very few others are taking the time to brew hand crafted beer, remove the alcohol and then infuse it with THC. It’s not easy but it’s worth it.”

MOHI is a non-alcoholic cannabis-infused option – featuring small-batch brewing techniques, craft beer taste, and only 80 calories. Each 12 oz can contains 5 mg of emulsified THC.

“We determined that consumers who like craft beer would also want similar options for non- alcohol beer” says Brian Owens, Head Brewmaster for O’Fallon Brewery. “The O’Fallon process is truly unique – we start with a traditional beer recipe which goes through full fermentation and then we gently remove the alcohol in vacuum under strict temperature controls. We end up with great NA beer that tastes as close to real beer as you can get.”

“Mohi uses natural flavors which give it a refreshing orange citrus and vanilla flavor and contains nano emulsified THC, BeLeaf CSO Stephanie Cernicek says, “this means that the onset occurs quickly and stronger than its traditional counterpart, usually within the first 15 minutes, and gives the patient full control of their experience.”

“We have seen the immediate embrace of THC-infused beverages, and the growing buzz around alcohol alternatives in society as a whole, so we knew the demand for new and better adult beverage options was exploding beyond the cannabis world and O’Fallon Brewery was the perfect place to start.” said BeLeaf Medical CMO Mitch Meyers. “We think the brand will be a favorite and we know that patients are looking for new ways to consume cannabis.”

“We have seen the immediate embrace of THC-infused beverages, and the growing buzz around alcohol alternatives in society as a whole, so we knew the demand for new and better adult beverage options was exploding beyond the cannabis world and O’Fallon Brewery was the perfect place to start.” said BeLeaf Medical CMO Mitch Meyers. “We think the brand will be a favorite and we know that patients are looking for new ways to consume cannabis.”

MOHI will be available beginning August 20th at all SWADE cannabis locations for Missouri medical card patients. For more information, visit our website at www.swadecannabis.com.

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Marriage & Marijuana

It Takes Two

Guest Blog

Kasey Boggs

House of Happy

Last night…

It’s 7:00 PM and I’m standing at our sink filled with dishes. To be honest, not just dinner dishes, but lunch and breakfast as well. I have a clean load in the dishwasher that needs to be unloaded. Shit. I am going to be here a while. I close my eyes and my mind rushes to a million things I’d rather be doing. And it’s not what you expect, for me, it’s not about the glamour. I relish in the small moments, the little things. Those are everything. As I’m scrubbing the dishes, I try my best to fade out background noise that consists of the new Cruella on Disney Plus, and 3 very tired, crabby kids. Because, well, it’s summer, the days are longer and we tire easily from all the magic that this season brings. The sunshine, the pool days, the smell of bar-b-q, fresh cut grass and wild flowers. And then into the night…the flashes of fireflies, the owls talking, the cicadas chirping. Nights gazing at the stars explaining what they are to 3 sets of wandering eyes yearning to learn more about the world. But, not tonight, because, let’s get real, not every night of our lives is Snapchat or Facebook-worthy. That is not reality. Not every day is going to feel like the best day of our lives. Today was messy, and today was really hard. I have no shame in that. This is a big step for me. I always felt admitting it was weak. But now I encourage every parent to take a deep breathe, continue reading, and know that you are not alone. It is hard. All of it. Marriage is hard, being a parent is hard, building a family is hard. But, so cliché, the absolute most beautiful part of life. Because who would we be without these beautiful mini versions of ourselves and the partner we created them with? And for that, we need to be our best selves in order to be the best for those that love and need us.

Now, back to the dishes. See where my mind goes while I’m doing chores? As I’m watching the fireflies flicker through my kitchen window, I’m really feeling the stress from the day. From work, to the kids, our house, the animals, all of it. I’m feeling rushed as the minutes pass on the clock and I just wish I could snap my fingers and have it all done to tuck the kids in and have some time to decompress for the day. As I gaze through my kitchen window wishing today wasn’t so hectic and wanting to be more engaged, I saw the reflection of my husband taking the trash out of the bin behind me. As much as I wanted to grab him, hug him, and give him the slightest bit of hope for the last of our day, I just couldn’t. In the moment I couldn’t even do that for myself. I mentally wanted to, in my mind, but nothing on my body seemed to work. I let my stress get the best of me, and I was letting it win. I was tired from not being able to stop my thoughts from the day and just relax. The day was over, but I wasn’t letting myself actually feel that. All I truly wanted to do was feel close to my husband, but my mind wouldn’t stop and I couldn’t find the off button. How can I possibly be everything? To everyone? And everything? All the time? It is so important to me to never disappoint my family. My thoughts continue, my mind babble runs on. He sees I’m struggling, and, by this point I realize the chaotic, witching hour background noise has settled. The kids have full bellies, are freshly bathed, lotioned and now all cuddled up with their stuffies, drifting asleep to Cruella, because some days, like today, story time, books and nursery rhymes just don’t cut it.

He pushes me into a running hot shower and I strip and jump in. The hot water feels amazing and I don’t want to get out until he comes in to tell me the kids are now in bed. Sound machines on, covers pulled up, all 3 sets of wandering eyes closed and peacefully in dream land. Now, I am feeling the calm, and it’s not just due to the hot water. I dry off, wrap my towel around me and he grabs my hand to lead me somewhere. The front door opens, night sky awaiting, and I’m sitting in a rocking chair under a blanket of stars with a beautiful, pre-rolled joint in my hand. As I inhale, I can taste the earthy citrus terpenes of the Rainmaker by Sinse. This strain is one of my favorite hybrids, because while it relaxes my body and mind, it gives me the right amount of energy to enjoy the rest of my day and engage. I feel the elephant of stress move from my chest, down my arms, and exit through my fingertips. Ahhhhh, deep breathe in, deep breathe out. Is this real life? But, yes! It can be. And it should be. I’m going to sit next to my hot, so very handsome husband, smoke this joint, and let everything else go. Now that my focus is less on stress and more in the moment, I’m going to talk to him about my day, good and bad, and listen to all of his day’s endeavors. We will talk about future goals and dreams and brainstorm all the ways to make it all come true. We will cuddle, kiss, touch and love….all the things. And then I’m going to fall asleep next to him, only to wake up feeling my best self, physically, mentally, and emotionally…..It felt damn good.

Waking up the next day, I play out the prior night in my head and simply smile. I wake up a happy, healthy woman, ready to take on my day as a working mom of 3 kids, 4 dogs, 4 ducks, 2 chickens, 2 leopard geckos, and 4 opossums. BUT most importantly, above all, a wife. Because it takes two. I look forward to the end of the day with my husband and seek comfort in knowing I’m coming home to a person who understands me and supports me in all aspects of life. Marriage thrives on communication. The root of most marital problems and failures is a lack of understanding, but, most importantly, the willingness to do so. We wake up every day and choose our person all over again. Again and again, day after day. If it didn’t take work, it wouldn’t and couldn’t be so great. After 14 years together, we still belly laugh, joke like kids, and fall back in love over and over again. Finding our way through the good times and bad, and what works for us. To be stronger, together. Cannabis is something we bond over, and something special because it’s ours. Parenthood has a way of leaving us with very little privacy and not much time that is solely ours. That makes this time with him bring life to my soul. And it’s all mine….BUT don’t forget, it always takes 2, friends.

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The Entourage Effect – The Benefits of 1:1

Why 1:1 ?

Guest blog by

Jamila Owens-Todd, Naturopathic Doctor
Research & Development Manager at PHYTOS Cannabis

As of late, I speak with more and more patients expressing interest in cannabis. People who would have never considered this as a part of their daily healing. Either a friend or family member has mentioned this as an option for anxiety or spoke of a doctor has suggested for their pain management. These patients are initially apprehensive due to the years long propaganda on the cannabis plant. Many of us drunk the kool-aid. Only to awaken to a rediscovery of its benefits. I have been working with plant medicine for decades, only to consistently ignore cannabis due to its illegality. Now, we are in a new space and we can utilize this plant as it was always intended, as one of nature’s healers.

What I am finding, however, that patients who are considering this for pain, anxiety or neurological healing, all want the benefits without feeling “too high.” I speak with my regular cannabis consumers and even with high tolerance, there is a need for a level of functionality. Consuming too much cannabis means different things to different people. For one patient 5 mg of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can feel overwhelming, while another patient requires 30 mg per day to feel the balance that is needed. What we know is, that the body is receiving a benefit of THC whether you “feel” it or not. Many people do not feel the benefits of Vitamin C, however, we know that it is working to support your immune system. When medicating with THC, in low potencies, it is important to know that it is still healing, if we are feeling the “high.”

When medicating as a daily, herbal remedy, the lower doses of THC, can ignite a healing effect, even if it falls below your normal threshold. I have been supporting regular consumers in their health and we are finding that relief with lower dose cannabis, is not only achieved, but can be optimal. To optimize this healing, the addition of CBD (cannabidiol) will create a synergy(1).

Using a low dose THC with an equal amount of CBD, is called a 1:1 ratio, also known as Chemotype II. When considering THC to CBD ratios, there a Chemotype description based upon the psychoactive cannabinoid THC vs. the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. Other Chemotypes include Chemotype I, which is a high THC to a low CBD ratio. There is also Chemotype III, which has a high CBD to a low THC ratio. This 1:1 ratio (Chemotype II) has been found to be relaxing with less sedation, commonly found with high THC, therefore allowing for more functionality within the day. When medicating with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, you gain the benefit of relaxation, mood support, muscle relaxation, therefore helping with conditions, such fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, cancer support, anxiety balance and many other physical pain imbalances. The key is the ability to function and continue with daily tasks, while medicating.

 

At Swade, we have a wide variety of low dose, 1-to-1, THC and CBD remedies. We pride ourselves on these formulations because of them providing clinical benefits in a consistent and effective manner. Not only has science shown then advantages of medicating with this combination, but patients of all cannabis levels, have reported:

• Reduction in anxiety

• Reduction in chronic pain

• Increased sleep and deeper sleep

• A slowed response to stress and stressful events

• Migraine support and a reduced onset of migraines

• Nervous system conditions have been eliminated, such as tremors, hyperhidrosis and nervous tics.

The key here is to understand that no matter your cannabis experience, we have solutions that are targeted at reducing and potentially, eliminating some of your greatest health concerns. Let’s get you balanced with our balanced formulas!

 JAMILA

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SWADE cannabis hosts block party to open fifth dispensary on Cherokee Street

SWADE cannabis is excited to announce the opening of its fifth dispensary, July 30th in the Cherokee neighborhood of St. Louis City.

“We are pleased to be expanding our footprint in the city of St. Louis, says Tom Muzzey, CEO of BeLeaf Medical, “Cherokee Street is a center of commerce, culture and creativity in St. Louis, with galleries and antiques, music and good eats, and the best festivals and events STL has to offer and they have welcomed us with open arms.”

Working with MIN+ architecture, President Meg Holmes said this about the new location, “This contemporary twist on a dilapidated, empty building on Antique Row created a dialogue between modern and historical. Original transom windows we discovered during demolition inform the facade and provide natural light, while meeting security and privacy requirements. Further, we added a surprising intervention in the context of Antique Row: a diagonal set-back to provide weather protection for customers and a glimpse of the reception. We wanted to respect the surrounding historical context while also making a statement representative of Swade’s unique contemporary aesthetic. This is a great example of bridging old and new developments on Cherokee Street.”

Cherokee Street is cared for by the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District, which works to make the neighborhood and street even more beautiful and dynamic for neighbors and visitors alike.

Along with the Cherokee Street Community Improvement District, SWADE will be hosting a block party on Friday July 30th from 2-8pm. Food trucks, music, medical cannabis vendors, retail and art pop-up vendors and more will be present in the SWADE back parking lot. “The team and I are beyond excited to be moving into the district, and didn’t want to just celebrate our store opening, but rather, why choose this spot,” said Maxwell McAnallen, General Manager of Swade Cannabis Cherokee. “We want to celebrate the rich culture and community of Cherokee and couldn’t think of a better way to do that and to meet our new neighbors.”

SWADE Cherokee Dispensary
Photo By: Aaron Bunse & Min+ Architecture
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Introducing 314Twenty

Launches Local Community Program

 Missouri’s premiere luxury cannabis dispensary, SWADE Cannabis, kicked off 314twenty today to support local businesses. Neighborhood businesses are the heart of the city’s most iconic communities and vibrant cultures, and as a new part of these neighborhoods, SWADE is excited to connect and amplify the work of St. Louisans (of all strains). Each month, SWADE will use their promotional channels to spotlight a local business and offer THEIR customers a discount at SWADE locations.

“In the spirit of giving and on the heels of such a long past year, SWADE is excited to join with other local businesses to elevate the community together. We all love to see the companies we patronize looking for a way to give back to their communities. It feels good to know that the money we spend is being used, in part, to benefit others,” says Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. “For many of us, seeing some kind of local contribution is a requirement before we will become regular patrons of a business. Our dedication to being a good neighbor and supporting community has never been more important than now.”

How it works: Employees of businesses in each of our neighborhoods get an industry discount card for 20% all THC/CBD products. Workers can bring recent proof of employment (badge, business card, paycheck stub) to a SWADE Dispensary and we’ll get them a discount card if they already have a medical card, and if not, will help them get one. Business owners can opt-in to the 314twenty network via QR code or by directly going to the 314twenty landing page to sign up. We will spotlight different partners and during that “spotlighted” time, any patients that bring in a receipt from that local business, we will give 20%** off their purchase (THC/CBD products)—incentivizing the community to support and reinvest back into local businesses. These businesses will display a window cling at their locations to notify the patrons that they are participating. This is a token of SWADE Cannabis’ appreciation to our neighbors for cultivating the culture and soul of the communities we want to be a part of. The goal – simply to be a neighbor to residents, a partner to local businesses and a pillar of the community. 

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7/09 - 7/11

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Peace, Love, Cannabis, & Pride

The history of Pride and Cannabis share a deep overlap when it comes to stigmatization by society. Cannabis users and the LGBTQ+ community have both suffered from discrimination in workplace and social contexts, judgments from family and friends, and false negative stereotypes. In honor of the 51st anniversary of the Pride Parade, also the anniversary date of the Stonewall riots, it is important to reflect and appreciate the progressive movements that have formed the society we live in today.  

Both emerging from the countercultural movement of the late 1960s, Pride activists played a crucial role in the legalization of medical cannabis. During the late 1980s, people sought alternatives to conventional treatment options due to the cost and ineffectiveness of conventional medicine. Proposition P, drafted by Dennis Peron, calls on the CA Medical Association and State of California to implement a medical cannabis program for anyone with HIV/AIDS. Cannabis treatments were proven to help treat nausea, wasting syndrome, and other AIDS symptoms. Peron also created the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the first public dispensary in San Francisco. 

In addition to being historically and culturally significant, Stonewall highlights the necessity for intersectionality among marginalized groups, and for a diverse range of representation.  

Stonewall Inn Neon

Brief History Timeline of Stonewall Movement

Before the 1960s- the LGBTQ+ community was not widely accepted. New York City enacted a law that prohibits solicitation of same-sex relationships. As a result of such neglect, LGBTQ+ individuals gathered in gay bars and clubs where they could express themselves freely and socialize without fear. They became a refuge for those in need. 

1920 – The Stonewall Inn was purchased by the Genovese family, also members of the New York Mafia. It was originally registered as a “straight” bar, however reopened a year later as a gay bar in Greenwich Village, NY. The club was considered a private “bottle bar” which did not require a liquor license, as customers were expected to bring their own. However, the Stonewall Inn had a history of breaking the rules. The Genovese family bribed New York’s Sixth Police Precinct to ignore the activities occurring within the club. The establishment violated multiple health and safety codes including no fire exit, running water behind the bar, dirty toilets, and watered-down drinks. Wealthier club patrons who wanted to hide their sexuality were blackmailed by the New York Mafia. 

1924- The first documented U.S. gay rights organization, The Society for Human Rights (SHR) was founded by Henry Gerber, a German immigrant. 

1925- Police raids forced SHR to disband, but not before they published several issues of their, and first ever, gay-interest newsletter, “Friendship and Freedom”.

1955- San Francisco’s Daughters of Bilitis formed the first lesbian rights organization. 

1966- members of The Mattachine Society (an organization dedicated to gay rights), organized a “sip-in” during which they openly displayed their sexuality in bars, daring staff to turn them away and suing those who did so. 

1966- New York State’s Liquor Authority penalized and shut down establishments that served alcohol to LGBTQ+ individuals. The gathering of homosexuals was deemed “disorderly”. Activist efforts led to the overturn of these regulations, but public displays of affection (holding hands, kissing, indecent dancing, etc.) between individuals of the same sex were still prohibited. 

1969- Stonewall Uprising began on June 28 when New York City police raided the bar armed with a warrant. The raid caused a riot between bar patrons and neighborhood residents due to the aggressive police actions. 13 people were arrested, including employees and patrons violating the state’s gender-appropriate clothing statute. Cross-dressing patrons were taken to the bathroom to be checked for their sexual orientation by female officers.  

  • At one point during the riots, a lesbian woman was hit over the head by an officer as he forced her into his police van. She then shouted for those watching to act, causing a large crowd to throw change, bottles, cobble stones, etc. at the police. Police escaped the streets and barricaded themselves inside the Stonewall Inn for protection. Following repeated breaches of the barricade, the mob tried to set fire to the building. 
  • Five days after the original raid, protests continued in the area, sometimes reaching thousands of people 

1970- On June 28, gay activist groups in New York gathered on Christopher Street to honor the events of the Stonewall riots the previous year. The gathering was originally referred to as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, named after the street on which Stonewall is located. We now refer to his celebration as the Pride Parade, hosted annually in the month of June. 

1973- PFLAG (formerly Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) was formed in support of the LGBTQ+ community. It is the country’s first and largest organization uniting families and supporters of the community. 

1985- The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was formed in protest of the New York Post’s defamatory and sensationalized AIDS coverage. A report deemed homophobic by GLAAD prompted media organizations to cease reporting. 

2016- In recognition of the riot’s impact on gay rights, then-President Obama designated the riot site and surrounding streets as a national monument. 

2021- Swade Cannabis joins counterculture movements to show support to the LGBTQ+ community. Swade Cannabis will donate $1 from each Swade Pride Prepack sold in June to Pride STL. Bring your support to the Grove on Sunday, June 6 to show solidarity with St. Louis’  LGBTQ+ community! 

Pride Parade at SWADE Grove

 

Sources: 

https://www.history.com/topics/gay-rights/the-stonewall-riots 

https://ponderseattle.com/learn/stonewall-and-the-pro-cannabis-movement/  

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Recognized by Architectural Digest

In April 2021, Architectural Digest named SWADE in The Grove as one of the Country’s 12 Most Stylish Dispensaries! Read the article here


“Being the largest SWADE Dispensary to date, special attention was paid to all aspects of the design to highlight The Grove location as our flagship store and hiring local talent from beginning to end, only solidified our goal of creating a destination admired for heavy doses of nostalgia.” Said Tom Muzzey CEO of BeLeaf Medical, “This store is a dedication to the creative, vibrant spirit of St. Louis encapsulating a strong collaboration of local talent.”


A big big thank you to ImprovEyes, Mwanzico, SUPERDOG, M I N+ architecture, Jayvn Solomon, Cissell Mueller, and our Marketing team for making this location possible.

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Enjoy our Recycling Incentive

Bring in a glass jar, pre-roll tube or tin from any brand for 5% off your next purchase. We will either sanitize and reuse the container or ensure it makes it way to the appropriate recycling center.

Learn more in store from any SWADE Specialist.