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Reflecting on Women's Health Month...

Motherhood is beautiful. But somedays the weekly grocery haul feels like a vacation because I’ve got a whole hour to myself. And while I wouldn’t trade a single moment for the world, even on the most trying of days, I would be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes burn out. How can it be so natural and easy to take care of all those around me, but go into dummy mode when it comes time to take care of myself?  

Making time for yourself and your health is vital to feeling like your best, which in return, is vital to being the mother and partner you want to be. We need to make ourselves a priority and make time to take care of ourselves. Whether it be shopping, going to a movie, or meeting with friends for dinner, whatever your cup of tea is, indulge and take a big sip. You deserve it. 

I often hear women discussing different care treatment plans for anxiety and depression that they hoped would help but instead gave them side effects that were impacting their relationships and physical well-being. Low libido, low appetite, and zero motivation are the most common symptoms they confided in me.  

Cannabis is an alternative way to manage symptoms that is sadly overlooked and undermined because of the stigmas in the world of motherhood. The more moms we have learning and educating other moms, the more normal this natural alternative is going to become. I used to feel silenced, especially by groups of other mothers, by judgement. Meanwhile copious alcohol consumption, and the hang- overs that go with it, is socially acceptable because alcohol is legal.  

So, I started speaking out. I started sharing why and how I use medical marijuana and people started listening. Establishing better daily habits creates a healthier mindset and I use cannabis to help me with the two issues I struggle with most. 

Eating enough food and getting the right nutrition is essential to how we feel. I naturally have a low appetite and when I am not intaking enough food, I become lethargic, which tanks my motivation. I use cannabis to increase my appetite. It helps me achieve that hungry feeling and allows me to recognize my cravings. I now know what I like and enjoy what I eat instead of just grabbing something quickly for convenience. The better food I eat, the better I feel, the more I want to do. With three very active kids, I need to be energized and my best self to keep up with them.  

Another key to my well-being is sleep. A good night’s sleep can dictate our overall health. Balancing my job, family, animals, and home sometimes makes it hard to shut off my thoughts at night. I felt like my mind was racing trying to remember if I put the uniform in the dryer, and did my youngest brush her teeth? Did I send my boss those numbers he requested yesterday? And reassuring myself we will be able to make it from tumbling to soccer in the 15-minute time frame we will have the next day. It never stops. Sleep is too precious to lie in bed for three hours before I could shut my mind down. Medicating with cannabis before bed allows my mind to calm and gives my body a sense of peace. I now look forward to lying in bed and feeling relaxed mentally and physically before drifting to sleep. My legs aren’t restless, and I am not tossing and turning the whole night. The adequacy of sleep has completely changed how I wake up in the morning and my sustainability throughout my next day. Sometimes it’s the little things that need to be changed and once they are you realize how big of an impact they have. Start with the small and simple to achieve the bigger picture.  

There are many ways to medicate with cannabis. Most commonly used are flower, edibles, concentrates, lotions, and tinctures. Most recently available at all Swade locations is something very new to the cannabis market. During Women’s Health Month SWADE successfully launched the first ever, Cannabis Suppositories with THC by Amend. This product acts much like a tincture in that it is absorbed by the mucosal membranes in the body. The THC is not processed through the liver resulting in zero intoxicating effects. Patients will start to feel relief within 30 minutes to an hour after insertion. SWADE dispensaries work diligently to cater to the needs of women of all kinds. Speak with a SWADE Cannabis Specialist to learn more about this product and its health benefits for women.

- Kasey Boggs

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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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SWADE Cannabis Debuts Flagship Dispensary in The Grove

Local Flair and Stunning Contemporary Design

SWADE cannabis, a St. Louis-based medical marijuana dispensary, announced the grand opening of its third location on April 16, 2021, a gem etched on the bustling street of Manchester Avenue in The Grove. The long-vacant location has since undergone extensive renovations resulting in a 7,500 square foot storefront which includes contemporary fabrication and finishes plus state-of-the-art systems and security.

“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.”

MIN+ Architecture was hired when the SWADE partners saw this once-empty warehouse as a prime opportunity to create a statement space. The design team embraced the industrial character of the building shell by exposing the steel roof framing and portions of the interior masonry. New steel beams were installed to maintain the expansive ceiling height and to allow natural light deep into the space. Two new custom cantilevered canopies highlight the new entry and exit.

While the majority of the brick and block front façade was maintained, it was critical to the SWADE Team to find a way to activate this solid wall and contribute to the lively commercial streetscape on Manchester. A local street artist, Jayvn Soloman, was tapped to design and install a custom mural. He was tasked with artistically interpreting the SWADE Brand and creating a colorful destination that would stand-out amongst other notable murals throughout the neighborhood and the results are phenomenal.

“In keeping with the eclectic and colorful vibes of the neighborhood, The Grove location boasts numerous artistic collaborations including a branded luminous ceiling print by Dave Bour at SuperDog Content, custom designed vinyl graphics by Donald J Fedorko at ImprovEyes, a colorful floral wall installation by the SWADE marketing team, interior benches made from reclaimed Douglas fir by local furniture designer, Jermain Todd with Mwanzico and open space for showcasing a rotation of local artists’ work.” Meg Holmes, Principal at MIN+ Architecture said, “all of which adds up to a unique, must-see space for reasons beyond just medical marijuana.”

Cissell Mueller Construction Inc. focused their efforts on making the building structurally sound and bringing it up to current codes as MIN+ focused their efforts on the design and finishes. The other dispensaries have earthy tones and finishes, while the Grove has much more color, light and movement. Cissell Mueller and MIN+ always wanted to maintain the building’s history.

“During demolition, we got a glimpse into the buildings history when we discovered a hidden whiskey barrel that could be accessed by removing a few bricks to draw the whiskey out. It was exciting to find this piece of history, possibly hidden during the Prohibition era, and to envision the evolution into a modern dispensary.” Said Morgan Stearn, Project Administrator for Cissell Mueller. Another special feature at the Grove location is the rear indoor parking and overhead door access at the front and rear of the building. The rear parking allows for more security and storage while the front overhead door allows SWADE to open up to the outside for community events.

“Legalized, medical marijuana sales along with thriving, plant-based medical marijuana use, is proving to be a strong economic force,” says Kevin Riggs, Co-founder at BeLeaf Medical. “We are thrilled to continue to grow and expand our operations into Downtown St. Louis

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SWADE Announces Collaboration with Arch Apparel

New cannabis inspired merchandise to premiere 4/3

Swade Cannabis is pleased to announce a partnership with Arch Apparel, unveiling a line of cannabis inspired t-shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories designed in the clothing retailer’s signature modern style now available for purchase.

“Swade and Arch Apparel both celebrate St. Louis, so we’ve teamed up to offer unique merchandise to honor the cannabis industry and our fabulous city,” said Jack Haddox, Directory of Dispensary Operations. “We find that bringing St. Louis inspired merchandise to our dispensaries help St. Louisans express their love of the Lou and cannabis by supporting local.”

“Arch Apparel is excited to collaborate with SWADE on our new collection of wearables and accessories,” said Aaron Park, Owner and CEO of Arch Apparel. “SWADE continues to be at the forefront of bringing high quality, medical cannabis to our community. We’re thrilled to be working with such a strong, industry leader.”

The new collection includes sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, rolling trays, glass joint tubes, herbal grinders, and smell proof locking bags for safety all with a Midwestern twist. The designs are a perfect marriage between Arch Apparel’s iconic STL look paired with cannabis to help bring awareness to plant-based medicine and open up the conversation about Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Program.

 

All merchandise is exclusively available for purchase at Arch Apparel stores, or if you are a medical card holder, at SWADE Dispensary locations. On April 3, 2021 from 11:00am- 2:00pm Arch Apparel and SWADE are hosting an event to kick off the new collection at Arch Apparel’s flagship store, located at 2335 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63144. Come and learn all about medical cannabis, how to get your Missouri Medical Marijuana Patient card, and enter for a chance to win a gift basket compliments of SWADE Dispensaries.