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Connecting with Cannabis

“Never stop learning about the one you love, this life is a long journey and you choose to spend it with your person. Your love changes over the course of your journey. When you explore, you learn and you grow. When you do this together, your love grows with you.”

It’s February! The month of love. After all the homework and racing around like superheroes to get everything done, we don’t leave much time for romance and intimacy with our partners, do we?

No matter how much we prioritize, sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. The best thing I have learned is that date nights do not have to be extravagant or even planned out. The secret to a great date is to do something different than normal. Gain a new perspective. Learn new things about each other with renewed creativity. Create intimacy and connection – get flirty. 

Connecting over cannabis can enhance your time together whether your romance is new or you’re in a long term relationship. When influenced by cannabis, your  conversations can become stronger and more rooted in the present.  This will allow you to explore what you already know and discover some new depths with each other. Your love changes over the course of your journey. When you explore, you learn and you grow. When you do this together, your love grows with you.

Whether you are a first timer, someone who hasn’t partaken in a while, or an everyday smoker, there are many great ways to connect with cannabis. Below I am going to explain different products I would recommend for a variety of people to enhance their date night and further bond with their partner.

For my first timers: 

There’s no need to be nervous if you have not tried cannabis before! Zoet Cannabis Gummies and the Amend 1:10 Tincture are two great options to start. These products are easy to administer in low doses so you’re less likely to encounter averse effects. Both of these products are low in THC and combined with CBD, creating a beautiful balance to soothe the body and enliven the mind.

Zoet’s mood-boosting gummies have a delicious berry taste that leave you with a clear mind and relaxed body. Wait at least two hours between servings as edible cannabis may take 30 minutes up to two hours to take effect. 

The Amend 1:10 tincture has a much quicker onset time of about 20 minutes because it is placed under the tongue.  You will start to feel calming effects and a relaxed body – perfect for cuddling and connection.

For my peeps returning to cannabis after being out of the game: 

Feeling rusty? A lot has changed over the last few years in the cannabis industry and there are so many new products and strains! Don’t feel overwhelmed, I got you.

Try a vape pen or a pre-roll pack. There are many great vape products out there, like the Pineapple Upside Down Wedding Cake Disposable Vape by Sinse Cannabis. What I love most about this pen is that you don’t have worry about charging it or pushing buttons, and you can throw it away when you are finished. The ease and convenience of this product makes it hassle free and easy. 

Our pre-roll packs are perfect for someone who wants to try different strains and explore what works best for them. The packs come in different quantities and offer a vast selection of strains.  The Lemon Heads pre-roll delivers an amazing taste with invigorating mental stimulation. It promotes creativity and is great to use for a variety of different activities from going to see a movie to going on an afternoon hike. 

If variety is the spice of life – cannabis provides endless avenues for you and your lover to explore.

For the daily doser:

You’ve been around the block, so I’ll just cut to the chase. If you haven’t already tried the Caramel Apple Gelato Popcorn Buds, you are missing out. I absolutely love the kick of energy this strain gives me. Whether its day or night, it gives me the right boost I need to be present and engage whole heartedly in whatever I am doing.

Remember how I said a date doesn’t have to be glamorous to be a great time? Isnt’ there is something about being pulled into your partner after a hectic day and feeling cherished and understood that feeds your soul? 

Cannabis can help us stay in touch with these feelings. Remember the important things are often those we can’t put a price on like time, effort, and  love. Discover how cannabis can help you reconnect and stay connected to the most important things in life.

Your intimacy is only as strong as your effort. Life is short so be open-minded. Date your lover. Never stop listening and learning, and don’t settle for less than your love deserves.
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3 Ways Cannabis Can Support Your Fitness Regimen

With the new year here, ‘tis the season for resolutions and craving real change. If you are thinking about getting back in shape, or just simply want a new way to spice up your current fitness regimen, I hope this article brings you a new and fresh perspective on how to better balance all areas of your health to find your best self. – Kasey

1. Appetite

I think the biggest struggle for most moms everywhere is the time to just simply eat. We are always “snacking” quickly on whatever is in reach because we usually have a whiny, small army waiting for theirs, and, we all know they are not patient. When we do get the luxury of attempting to eat a meal, it is usually cold by the time we are able to sit down and eat it. Food becomes more of a survival need and we easily forget what our favorite dish is or what we used to crave. Food is a major component to happiness and balance. After all, it is the fuel that keeps our bodies going, and, without enough of it, we simply fail. While we can’t change how busy we are and all the things we juggle, we can change our outlook on food and create a better, healthier relationship with it. Cannabis increases your appetite. When dosed at the right times, your body can relax enough to recognize your hunger and encourage your body to communicate the things it is lacking and needing more of. It can also make that plate of food that has gotten cold while waiting for you to cut up 3 other human’s plates taste just a little more appealing. When we are adding more activity to our schedules, we are using more of our body’s energy and in return burning more calories. The biggest misunderstanding is that if we eat less, we weigh less and wont acquire as much fat. This couldn’t be more false. If we eat good food, frequently throughout our day, ideally every 3 hours, we train our bodies to use our stored body fat as a source of energy. Our bodies will burn our fat, instead of our muscle tissue. 

There is so much false information out there mainly targeted to busy moms who don’t have a lot of extra time to learn or read more about what they are wanting to change. The media shoves the newest fad diets and binge exercising down our throats to shed those extra pounds we are carrying. There is no quick fix to most things in life, so why would we think the shape and presentation of our bodies is any different? There is no quick fix, your health and fitness should be based off consistency and balance. You shouldn’t be doing more of one than the other because everything is as important, which is why it creates overall balance in your health. Using cannabis to increase your appetite will help you feel stronger throughout your day, giving you more energy to push through, and also support you during your workouts without getting burnt out too fast or crash after. Food is our biggest medicine. What we put into our body is what our cells are reproducing off of. Always remember, you are what you eat.

 

“Cannabis is a very popular recreational drug that has a variety of medicinal uses, including increasing your appetite to reducing nausea and anxiety. The increase in appetite is probably one of the most common effects. The cannabinoid compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds to and activates cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1), which causes an increase in eating pleasure, food palatability, and ghrelin regulation (the hormone that controls digestion).” -Samantha Thompson

 

2. Mind Muscle Connection

One of the biggest misunderstandings is that weed makes you lazy. I am a firm believer that cannabis enhances your moods and the way to determine or control that is through the different strains and types. No strain can please everyone alone. Everyone is different and therefore will require a strain that agrees with them. If you are naturally a couch potato and your favorite thing to do is to cuddle up and watch movies, it wouldn’t be recommended that you consume an Indica before working out. There are many athletes out there using cannabis as a part of their regimen. I have been an athlete my whole life. Soccer was my sport of choice up until college, after that, weightlifting. My love for the gym grew year by year and I started training for bodybuilding competitions. I competed in 4 competitions total before starting my family and having kids. While I still lift and train from time to time, my love for the sport has never died. 

Cannabis helped me grow as an athlete. It gave me more focus on the movements while I was lifting and calmed my thoughts to allow my mind and muscle connection. The mind is such a powerful being of its own, it controls the entire body. I have always been a believer that most things in life are mind over matter. If your mind is strong, the body cannot fail you. In order to lift to my best ability, I had to get my mind right. The results were rewarding, I was proud of where I placed in each of my classes. It was an exhilarating time of life for me, to see my body change as I had envisioned it. I learned so much about myself as a person, as a woman. How much I could endure, how far I could push myself mentally and physically. Cannabis opened up my perspective in life, to do more, to be more. This was one of the most valuable lessons on my journey. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, there are many benefits to marijuana. Cardio can get boring and redundant, we have all been there. Hopping on a treadmill for 40 minutes doesn’t always sound thrilling. Changing your mind with cannabis not only gets you there, it encourages you to stay there, in the moment, focused and determined to get it done.

 

“It is known that each muscle fiber has more than one connection to the network of synaptic cells that govern muscle contractions. The more frequently you are able to use a particular muscle fiber, the stronger the connections between that fiber and your brain become. You either use it and strengthen it, or lose it. THC has been shown in multiple studies to substantially affect the way our brain can focus on and respond to the environment. THC encourages a type of rapid readjustment of attention that can allow you to focus on one part of a movement fluidly into another, staying focused during repetitive exercise movements without losing focus.” -Samantha Thompson

 

3. Recovery

Muscle soreness is a real thing, and let’s be honest, sometimes it can feel like you have the flu if you push it real hard. I used to suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness and the muscle stiffness would last up to 4 days. It would discourage me for my next work out and my motivation was diminishing. Hot baths, increased water intake, stretching and massages just weren’t cutting it. At night, my legs would be so restless I wasn’t sleeping adequately and overall just felt like a mess. You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or even a competitor to experience this. Getting back into the gym can feel rough, and working out a body that isn’t used to it can feel rough. Cannabis can aid in any type of recovery from physical fitness. It relaxes your muscles in a way your mind can’t always achieve and therefore helps them properly heal. It promotes real sleep by settling your mind and body, allowing you to heal properly. If we do not allow ourselves to rest and heal, we put more stress on our immune and nervous systems, raising our cortisol levels which increases illness and injuries. This breaks our bodies down in a dangerous way. If we do not take care of ourselves, we aren’t any good to anyone.

 

“There is a ton of literature about the efficacy of cannabis’ analgesic properties, effectively reducing pain and inflammation. It also helps making delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) less miserable, helping you get back into the gym faster. Cannabis is also a natural vasodilator, enlarging your veins and causing more blood flow, which will help aid in muscle relaxation and faster recovery.” -Samantha Thompson

 

 

When we are giving our bodies everything it needs to work to its fullest potential, we feel our best. When we feel our best, we become better friends, employees, daughters, moms, wives, etc. This is the true definition of healthy balance.

 

 

 

Samantha Thompson

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Masters of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist

NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist

NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist

Mental Health Specialist, Drug Addiction, Centerpointe Hospital

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Swade Lights up the Delmar Loop

Swade Cannabis Lights up the Delmar Loop

Swade Cannabis has opened its flagship dispensary in the eclectic Delmar Loop and is now celebrating the lighting of another (soon-to-be) iconic sign on the legendary city side of Delmar. Swade has had a supportive arm in Joe Edwards, whose creative vision, risktaking, and leadership have helped transform The Delmar Loop into one of the most vibrant restaurant, shopping, arts & entertainment districts in the United States. Joe owns the abandoned church that Swade calls home. “The cultural heart of St. Louis is the music industry and Delmar is one of the most iconic entertainment districts in the country, commented Kevin Riggs, President at Swade. “Everything we have done to make this dispensary inviting came from Joe Edwards’ visionary lead. We knew that we wanted to be in the center of the exhilarating music, art and cultural scene that The Delmar Loop provides and couldn’t be more appreciative of Joe’s support and guidance. We are simply here to compliment the area and bring as much to the neighborhood as they have already brought to us and know that this signage will be one more recognizable image on this already spectacular block.” Swade commissioned David Hutson with Neon Time LLC to design this masterpiece. “The new Delmar SWADE neon sign is a real one-of-kind,” says Hutson. “It is destined, I think, to become a neighborhood icon that brightly represents the top-notch operation that is SWADE and pays homage to the flavor of the streetscape in this vibrant district.” 

Each Swade location holds a bit of history, and Swade Delmar is no exception. Cissell Mueller Construction, Inc (CMCI) worked as the General Contractor for both the building remodel and the tenant finish. This structure is an old abandoned brick Church with years-old fire damage from sheltering the communities homeless, and water damage from rain after decades of being uninhabited. Principal architect Meg Holmes, of MIN+ Architecture and Aaron Bunse, excitedly jumped in after Swade leased the space, and together, they adapted the project into a destination retail experience. With all historic restorations, there are many State and Federal standards that a project must meet to ensure preservation of a building’s heritage. CMCI closely collaborated with Kiku Obata, the architects for the Joe Edwards and the church, and MIN+ Architecture, to highlight key historical features while evolving the function and design into a modern St. Louis destination once historical approval was received. The historical component of the design and construction of this project was what truly made it stand out from its sister Swade projects. Some of these features include: innovative brass lighting, waterjet cut brass signage, branded brass floor inlay and an artistic interpretation of an original terrazzo floor medallion as an overhead, illuminated, stained glass print.

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Let’s Talk About Weed Baby

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BY KASEY BOGGS

I spent the last week of summer in the most special place I’ve ever known. Laughing until my belly hurt with childhood friends, laying under the stars, reminiscing of all the moments we shared here. Watching the magic of the Lodge through the eyes of my children…. inherently instilled through the generations. Listening to the splashes in the water, their endless giggles. Skinny dipping until the wee hours of the morning. Going to sleep with wrinkled fingers and toes night after night. And as always, the river healed me. In more ways than I knew I needed.

Black River Lodge, my favorite person from there says, “A place to rest your weary soul”. A place so special, very few ever have words to describe it. Something so much more than a place. We wait a whole year until the next time we pack up the car, round the bend, cross the bridge and finally feel what we have all been missing the past 365 days. A place where our great grandfathers and grandmothers splashed in the river as kids, collected tadpoles, floated the rapids, sang songs around the campfire, slept under the stars and grew together, year after year. The Lodge is a place for firsts. Your first crush, your first sip of alcohol, your first kiss, your first time jumping in the water under the moonlight naked. The kind of experiences you will remember for a lifetime. And as time moves, some of those generations pass on without ever truly fading. Their spirits illuminate around you. They are in the smells from the campfire, the giggles of the children experiencing the magic for the first time, the sound of rapids rushing across the majestic rocks. It’s their spot you always remembering them sitting in at the dining hall for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. They have never truly left us. As all good things must come to an end, the next is born to start the tradition all over again.

While many of our stories have the same bones, we all wrote them differently throughout our time at the river and the years in between. Even though I have grown into adulthood, the lodge still makes me feel like a child again. A week to be born again, to live again in the memories that never end. Every year we are apart makes us closer, we yearn for the laughter, the love we share, the days where time has no meaning. Our children following in our footsteps, becoming our mini-me’s of the Lodge. Starting the beautiful cycle again just as our ancestors had envisioned. As a little girl I dreamed of my future, where I would go, and who I would be. I would build dams in the river to create little pools of water where I could build my tadpole families. I would name them and quickly narrate their life stories and who they were. I would picture growing up, getting married, and having a family of my own someday to share all of this with. To see it all again so innocently through their eyes. I would lay under a blanket of stars on the bridge late at night and watch shooting stars with my closest friends. We talked about where we would live, who we would marry, what our future children’s names would be.

I have always been an open person, and I am known best for wearing my heart on my sleeve. I don’t hide any part of myself from the people that love me. This year, at 33, there was a first for me. I was open about medicating with cannabis. I was confident in sharing that part of me with family and friends who asked me about it. Over the past year they have seen me on social media and the Swade site telling my story and putting myself out there in a way I have never done before, in a way they had never seen before. I expected it to come up but not as much as it did. At our last Swade event, “Marriage, Margaritas, and Mary Jane”, a person in the audience asked me a simple question. “How do you talk to your friends about cannabis?” My gut response was to lead by action, own your why, and stay confident in your beliefs. I felt like I had let this listener down. I was let down. Not because it was wrong or inaccurate, but because it was so surface. It felt empty. Later that night, I began to reminisce on how and when cannabis came up at Black River Lodge. It was never because I was talking about it. It was on their terms when they felt comfortable or curious. I’ve learned that actions really do speak louder than words. I love it when people challenge me, “Wait, you smoke weed? But you’re a mom!”, “You smoke pot and get all that done?”, “I don’t have any energy to work out, I can’t believe you get high and exercise.” Lead by example. This is the only true way to break stereotypes and eliminate people’s outdated assumptions.

At the beginning of the week, there were a lot of great questions that sparked awesome conversation. It was casual and it was really starting to get fun sharing this part of myself so openly. The week was amazing, every day filled with sunshine, the beautiful water of the Black River, good music, beer and endless fun. The days were for the kids, we splashed, collected rocks and crawdads, floated, enjoying every second of the day with zero worries. Time moves slow at the river, it’s most precious gift. After the bell rings for dinner, we gather to eat and head off for the tractor ride. I get to share with my kids the memory of a man that created this tradition, a very special soul, Casey Jones. Me, his namesake. Through the passed down stories you can see the spark in their eyes and feel that timeless nostalgia running through your veins. Every night there is an activity in the lodge that brings everyone together for more laughter and moments that will last a lifetime. We have talent show night, weenie roast night, bingo night, dance night, race night….and the list goes on. When they end, all the parents carry their very tired, nearly sleeping children off to bed and the evening becomes theirs. The night sky opens, and the lodge becomes different. We become kids again, exploring, flirting, singing, dancing, feeling the same way you used to feel playing truth or dare under the bridge. The magic comes rushing back, the ecstasy of your youth. After everyone went to sleep, my husband and I would walk through the lodge and down to the river at its quietest time. Keeping each other accountable to our pact of skinny dipping every night. We swam and kissed, shivering and giggling under the same stars I dreamed under as a little girl. I think that little girl would be proud of me. We walked back to the cabin, wrapped in towels to go to sleep, only to wake up and get to do it all over again.

Most of my friends thought we were crazy, staying up so late and having to get up the next day to hustle with the kids. There is no secret in my game, I am a canna-mom. Medicating with cannabis gives me the ability to fight stress, worries, migraines, body aches, and enables me to properly relax in my down time. Settling my mind and body to sleep was always a struggle for me, and now that my sleep is adequate, I feel like a new me. A better me. I chose to bring the disposable Sinse vapes. I kept it simple and brought 2 strains I know work best for me. My favorite day time pen is the Sinse Blue Dream. It is a sativa which gave me a lot of energy during the day and a clear head to balance all of the festivities and hustle with the kids. I also used it before the evening’s event. After the kids went down for the night, I then loved the Sinse Cherry Pie vape. Being a hybrid, it was the perfect amount of relaxation but enhanced my desire to stay up and enjoy the evening. When traveling with kids and family, convenience is my top priority. This sparked a lot of peoples’ interests. For younger people, they loved the idea of no smoke. As for the older piers, they were intrigued. Growing up in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s all they ever knew was smoking joints. It was thrilling to sit around the campfire and get asked questions from this generation. It brought out a different perspective and acceptance. And in the end, they educated me as well. Never did I picture this as a kid. This opportunity was meaningful and yet another memory that will stay with me.

Even though you have known all these people your whole life, you really haven’t learned everything there is. Life is ever changing, and we never stay the same. I was blessed to share new things about myself because it helped me grow personally. In exchange I helped others see things from a different perspective that broke the mold of what some would refer to as a “stoner” or “pothead”. The stigma is dying, folks. Buckle up and enjoy your ride.

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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

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Kasey Boggs

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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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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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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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Introducing House Of Happy’s Kasey Boggs

Hi, I’m Kasey…I live in New Melle with my husband and big crazy family. I am a mom to 3 beautiful kids, 4 dogs, 2 ducks, and 2 chickens. My main motivator in life is my family and the outdoorsy lifestyle we indulge in. On most days you will find us biking, hiking, or swimming in our creek. I grew up in Wildwood, MO, and after graduating college from UMSL decided to follow my heart and move out to the country where I could further my passion for rescuing animals and wildlife. I started my family and never looked back.

 

I have a background in media marketing, branding, advertising and sales. I have always pursued and maintained jobs that allow creativity. I tend to gravitate towards challenging situations that require brainstorming and collecting different perspectives to find a solution. I left the pharmaceutical world in 2016 to raise my children and most importantly to find myself. I knew this career wasn’t for me anymore and it was time to find out what was. I now work as a marketing director for House of Pain Gyms and Apparel. I have always lived a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. After college, I got a little more serious with it and competed in 4 bodybuilding shows in the figure category. This job allows me to support and encourage this lifestyle for a variety of others and provide an environment with the resources to do so. After leaving pharmaceuticals I promised myself that my next journey would be something I believe in and brings me happiness.

 

When I was asked to join the SWADE team I was ecstatic. Cannabis is something that has been a part of my lifestyle for more than a decade and has given me more confidence as a working mother and wife. I have always wanted to share my perspective and own personal experience with other women that are struggling or simply want to learn more about it. With all of the negative stigmatism it is hard to find the right space to tap into this controversial subject. My goal is to open up conversations, educate, and most importantly, help. I want to lift others up so they can be their best self. Cannabis is holistic medicine that can benefit a whole range of health issues physically, emotionally, and mentally. It is nothing more and nothing less. It is a natural way to medicate yourself, bypassing all of the lab-made chemicals that often get pushed on you.

 

My goal here is to unite our community and bring down the walls of judgement and shame. I want to eliminate stereotypes that discourage people from medicating with cannabis. I want women to feel empowered to be who they are without feelings of guilt caused by societal norms. When people see me, or are reading along, I want them to feel understood, seen and safe. You are not alone!