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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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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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BeLeaf Medical Hosts Cannabis Career Fair

Job-seekers in the St. Louis and surrounding region that want to work in the emerging legal cannabis industry can head to a career fair hosted by BeLeaf Medical, the largest vertically integrated cannabis company in the state, on March 13, 2021 from 10am – 5pm at Swade Dispensary located in the Grove at 4108 Manchester Avenue, St Louis, 63110. Over the next three years, it is anticipated that the cannabis industry will grow to $20 billion, creating job opportunities in various divisions such as cultivation, manufacturing, dispensaries and more.

BeLeaf Medical CEO Tom Muzzey said: “This is a solid way for hundreds and hundreds of job seekers to take their first step toward a new career in the medical cannabis industry. This industry specific career fair will represent a shift in the way people view the medical cannabis industry. We’re chipping away at the negative social stigma that exists around marijuana by helping great job candidates find a great company to work for,” said Muzzey. “We are looking for the best and the brightest and have been very successful with our hires so far. We need to fill critical positions now to meet the upcoming demand,” Muzzey commented.

Prospective hires are encouraged to read more about openings and fill out applications here prior to attending the job fair. Candidates are invited to learn more about the BeLeaf team, industry employment and the opportunities in Missouri for people of color, women, veterans, disabled people and other diverse groups to apply. Individuals interested in a position can fill out applications on-site and speak with leadership from Cultivation, Manufacturing, Dispensary, and Corporate to learn more about the positions currently open and coming soon.

SWADE medical dispensary employeesBeLeaf Medical Brands are doing all that they can to bring diversity to the Missouri cannabis industry. “It is incumbent on us to focus on inclusivity in our workforce hiring.” said Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. BeLeaf employees continually define cannabis industry standards for excellence. Every member of the team from Cultivation Technician to Dispensary Product Specialist has an important role in ensuring BeLeaf is a trusted brand with exceptional products. From seed-to-sale BeLeaf is changing the way cannabis is cultivated, produced and sold in the state of Missouri.

ABOUT BELEAF MEDICAL: BeLeaf Medical Company is a leader in the medical cannabis industry in the state of Missouri. With our years of experience in several states, we are able to deliver the best cannabis flower and manufactured products to market. We have curated the highest quality genetics of popular flower strains. Our cultivation facilities utilize high-tech proven methods to grow the highest quality medical cultivars. BeLeaf Medical products are specifically formulated with medical conditions in mind. To ensure a consistent high quality product we employ strict Good Manufacturing Practices. BeLeaf Medical Dispensaries offer a wide variety of products and a knowledgeable staff to help customers find the best solutions.

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The Difference Between Sativa, Indica and Hybrid

As a newcomer to cannabis medicine, it can feel a little daunting to try to decode the language on a typical cannabis menu. Luckily, SWADE’s emphasis on cannabis education is here to help—whether you speak with one of our in-store experts or follow along with us here, on the blog. 

The best place to start when considering what type of cannabis will suit your purposes is with the strain basics. There are more than a thousand strains of cannabis that have been bred over the last several decades—these are bred to purify and strengthen particular strains, but they can also be bred to enhance specific characteristics, such as potency, terpene profiles (more on that later), the plant’s yields, and other elements.

Modern cannabis is usually denoted as being either an “Indica”, “Sativa”, or a hybrid of the two. Armed with just these few terms, you’ll be much more able to determine which strain is right for you—no matter where you’re shopping. 

Here’s a quick overview of the common differences between these varieties, and what to expect when you partake. 

 

INDICA

Chances are you won’t be asked to identify an Indica by the plant, but nonetheless it’s helpful to know that the Indica plant itself is short and bushy with short, wide leaves. Indica tends to smell more musky, earthy, and skunky than its Sativa counterpart—something that’s often reflected in the names of the individual strains. 

When consumed, Indicas usually result in a “body high”—that is, a feeling of physical relaxation. An Indica can have effects such as stimulating the appetite, aiding in sleep, and relieving pain. In general, Indicas are recommended for nighttime use, since they can have a sedating effect (sometimes called a “couch-lock”, which is just what it sounds like—a feeling of not wanting to move from the couch). 

Indicas are often beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer, and they offer some relief for pain and inflammation, making them a favorite of anyone with chronic pain. 

SATIVA

By contrast, the Sativa plant is tall and slim with long, thin leaves. The Sativa plant takes longer to grow than an Indica plant, and yields less medicine. It tends to smell sweet, fruity, or spicy because of its terpene profile. This too is often reflected in its name—so you can reasonably expect a strain named “Mandarin Cookies” for instance, to be Sativa-dominant. 

When consumed, Sativas yield more of a “head high”.  This type of high promotes alertness, uplifting and euphoric feelings, creativity, and increased energy. (Some users even call this “cleaning weed” because of how productive it makes them.) Sativa is better for the daytime, as it can help keep you going throughout the day.

Sativa strains tend to be beneficial for users with psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

HYBRID

Hybrids are, in many ways, the best of both worlds. They are unique strains that are bred from two parent plants of different types to create a hybrid that possesses many or most of the beneficial medical properties of both its parents. 

Breeders can “cross” any two strains they desire in an effort to create a new strain that delivers the best possible medical efficacy. Sometimes strains are created particularly for diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy, based on the needs and desires of patients with those conditions. 

Since many diseases have side effects like depression, anxiety and insomnia, patients can use hybrids in an attempt to address both the core condition and the daily symptoms. The blending of both physical and mental benefits makes it easy for users to hand-pick strains that may be tailor-made for the type of daily effects they are experiencing.

 

The best way to explore new strains

While expert opinions and insights from our strain guides are a great place to start, everyone is different, which means that no two experiences with a particular strain will be the same. That’s why the best way to determine your favorite strain is to keep a journal or notebook detailing your experiences. There are always new strains to try, so even a less-than-ideal experience is a valuable way to learn more about the world of medical cannabis and what works best for you. Try to be open and curious about each new experience, and see what you can learn as you work toward finding your new favorite strain!