I can’t stress this enough. If you want to be successful in the cannabis industry you must be an advocate. After all, you want to enter an industry that is federally illegal and inaccessible to underrepresented demographics. Such as minorities.
Meet Roz McCarthy, founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana! She’s an uplifting advocate, business consultant, and marketing/development company owner. She founded The Genesis Group in 2013 and has since helped companies like Dept of Veterans Affairs, AT&T, and Edward D. Jones reach their successes with diversity planning, branding strategies, and project management.
Don’t let me bore you, this woman is packed full of energy and inspiration. Listen below!!
Roz, you are truly a force to be reckoned with. And happy 2 years to M4MM!! If you are serious about being an activist for the inclusion of people of color in the industry, make sure you joing Minorities for Medical Marijuana! Super dab for Roz!
Here’s a quick video celebrating their 2 year anniversary!
So remember my post about hemp-derived CBD and cannabis-derived CBD? Good, because it’s time to talk more about hemp, which sometimes gets confused with ruderalis. When first learning about cannabis, I knew this was the “other” type of plant besides indica and sativa. But I’ll be honest, I could not have cared less about a cannabis plant that doesn’t get you high. I guess you could say I was rude to ruderalis.
Don’t knock me for my ignorance! This type of cannabis plant is low in THC, but not in importance!
Hemp is grown for industrial cultivation, and is used for hundreds of uses including shoes, insulation, and pet food. Ruderalis is used to create unique hybrids with current indica or sativa strains. It also helps cannabis plants with auto-flowering, meaning the blossoming of the beautiful buds we know as marijuana. That’s the general difference, but definitely not the only one.
This quick video will fill in any ruderalis info I’m sure I will miss lol.
Ruderalis comes from the term ruderal, referring to plant species that grow despite their human-influenced environment, or Mother Nature switching things up as far as weather or soil. Where other plants die, ruderal lives. In cannabis, this is king, because indica and sativa strains can’t survive on just any ol’ watering or light schedule. Matter of fact, ruderalis is rumored to be the descendant of an indica strain that didn’t die during harsh climates which creates short growing season for most crops.
Is ruderalis sometimes used to grow hemp? Absolutely! And that’s another difference between the two. Hemp cultivated for consumable products gets a potent CBD boost from ruderalis.
Ruderalis strains can be found for sale for consumption, but rarely. Cannabis strain breeders can count on the genes of ruderalis to help their strains flower when the light schedule, for instance, isn’t exactly on point. This baby is gonna bloom regardless honey! *z snap*
Let’s show more love to ruderalis. For cannabis, it’s the rose that grew from concrete! Stay educated blogees!
High and Happy Women in Cannabis Wednesday blogees!
My hope is that the highlighting of these remarkable women in the cannabis industry weekly will encourage and inspire others to think outside the box when it comes to careers. What a privilege that week after week, I’m discovering another #WCW that is tackling unique and necessary areas of the industry, like waste management. Blogees, meet Laura Mz. Limitless Turner, founder and owner of Cannabis Waste Management!
I was blown away by how much there is to know about cannabis waste policies and the need for recycling. The last thing that most people even think about when starting their business or organization is the trash! Recycling cannabis products and waste is a crucial initiative every cannabis business should consider.
Additionally, she’s a blogger, writer, actress, and marketer, whew! This lady is doing the most, and we are here for it!
Listen below to learn more about Laura’s journey, and some GREAT waste management tips for any future cannabusiness owners out there!
A wife of 25 years and mother of three adult children and two Siberian huskies, Laura has been soil deep in to organics since before 2005. When she moved to GA, calling around to find the local weed man was not an option, so she learned to grow her own.
Rapid weight gain due to pregnancy, caused her to have her gallbladder removed in 1997, negatively impacting her digestive system.The only way she could eat or prevent the cramping, pain, and nausea was with cannabis. This intensified her organic journey to better health.
Taking control of her food, she began growing as much on her own as possible, which soon turned into a mission to create her own organic compost. Problem was, she wanted to be able to grow year round. This meant finding a composting solution that wouldn’t take moths of turning and curing before it was usable. This led to her discovery of anaerobic fermentation and the birth of her mission to help CalRecycle divert 75% of all food and green waste away from landfills. This, she felt, was her way of doing something positive for the community and to give back to the environment.
Over the years, Laura has ran the retail department of a major vape company, Got Vape, while creating her own internationally known vape brand, F5 Cottons. She has always wanted to grow cannabis on a larger scale, but felt her organic skills and talents were needed elsewhere. This led to the creation of CWR SoCal, where their mission is to help further close the loop of sustainability, by using the by-products of composted cannabis waste to grow food for low and no income families.
High and Happy Women in Cannabis Wednesday blogees!
They say beauty is only skin deep, well this week’s #WCW is taking it below the surface, into cannabis!
Meet Iyana Edouard, creator of Kush & Cute hemp and CBD-infused skin care products! She is blowing the industry over with her unique product line, plus her advocacy! Being a medical cannabis patient herself, she noticed there was little to no presence of Black women in the industry.
After graduating from college, she moved to California and began working for an online head shop and wholesale shop. She performed digital media and social networking services while learning more about cannabis.
While making some homemade bath scrub, the idea light bulb lit up! She saw a void in both the skin care and cannabis industries for hemp products for sensitive skin. There she started creating hemp and CBD-infused body scrubs, oils, and bath bombs. And boom, in August 2016, Kush & Cute handmade body care was created. At only 23 years old, this woman is a cannabis industry powerhouse!
As all of the Clear As Smoke #WCW features, Iyana is huge on advocacy. Her social media is a hub of cannabis history and information. Now why would someone in skin care need to post facts about pot? BECAUSE CANNABIS EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYONE!!
Make sure you check our her page, Kush And Cute , and follow her on Instagram @kushandcute!
Let’s inhale and exhale a huge THANK YOU to lady Iyana, and make sure to shop her products. They are legal for everyone and beneficial, to say the least!
It’s a beautiful day in Chicago, and where there’s sun, there’s flowers! Let’s stop and smell one of their terpenes, linalool!
The same terpenes found in cannabis are found in many other plants. Nothing is different with linalool, which gives off a fresh, lavender scent but also has a spicy hint. This terpene is found in over 200 plants beside cannabis. Matter of fact, you probably have consumed a couple of grams within the past year alone, with or without cannabis!
It’s also found in bergamot, rosewood, coriander, peanut stem and leaves, rose, and jasmine. In cannabis, linalool is found mostly in indica-dominant strains. Soaps, lotions, deoderants, and shampoos often get their floral scents from linalool extract.
Linalool has been shown to reduce pain and swelling. It’s antifungal properties are most present when applied topically, killing candida growth (causes yeast infractions and the oral infection thrush) and fungal cells.
Linalool can also be consumed by diffused inhalation, which is a very popular method for people suffering from anxiety or insomnia. While it’s a calmimg terpene, linalool is also strong enough to kill anthrax spores. AND in the past couple of years, studies are finding it may have the properties to reverse Alzheimer’s disease!
Terpenes, plant’s little superheroes, are the compounds found in scented oils that are secreted. Ancient and modern medicine use herbs, plants, and essential oils for healing different diseases and symptoms. Terpenes gives each plant its healing and scent-identifying properties. Click HERE for more info on terpenes!
So, when seeking cannabis strains with linalool, just follow your nose! Popular strains heavy with this terpene include Grand Daddy Purp, Kosher Kush,and of course, Lavender, or most purple strains. How lovely!
This week has been tumultuous in the news, from ABC cancelling shows, Hawaii still evacuating residents in fear of lava, and bad CBD making over 50 people sick in Utah. So, nothing wrong with some good news, right? Let’s kick off June the right way!
Congratulations is truly in order to Southern University! The Louisiana historically Black University will be the first HBCU to have a medical marijuana research program. Representation for people of color in cannabis is growing, and getting into colleges and universities is a huge step.
Many HBCU’s suffer from lack of funding and resources. Others have ran into obstacles in administration or student retention. I have a feeling if more schools followed in Southern’s footsteps, these hurdles can be overcame!
I went to Fisk University, also an HBCU, in Nashville, TN. Although I was introduced to cannabis in high school, it was at Fisk where I met students from all over the world, and learned about marijuana from a whole new perspective. Heck, I didn’t even know what a strain was! Lol the first strain I consumed while actually knowing the name was white widow. Then I had no idea it was an evenly balanced hybrid of both heavy indica and heavy sativa that aids greatly in stress and depression. No wonder I was looking for some white widow in the daytime with a flashlight…
ANYWHOO, the Southern University Agricultural and Extension center will join forces with Louisiana State University to research and cultivate medical cannabis on both campuses. With LA being a medical state, this will make more green than just pot for Southern. Advanced Biometrics, a Louisiana-based medical-cannabis quality product company, is contracting the program. The research center will receive $6 million and the school itself gets $1 million for each renewed contract. Let’s go Southern!
I always need a reason to visit New Orleans, now Baton Rouge too? Who’s coming with me??
Enjoy your weekend blogees!
Hey, and if you’re in Chicago tomorrow, there’s a couple of great events you should attend, check below!
How goes it? Today, I wanted to introduce a unique addition to the extraordinary list of Clear As Smoke Women in Cannabis Wednesday!
Meet Chirlane McCray, creator of ThriveNYC which is the most comprehensive mental health plan in the history of this nation! She’s also the First Lady of New York City! She has an extensive background in public service, philanthropy, and advocacy for immigration, mental health, and now cannabis!
“Well first of all, from working with Thrive, it’s made me much more sensitive to issues of addiction and substance misuse, but also the criminalization of marijuana makes it really hard for those who are addicted… the fact that people get locked up for it, it also makes it more complicated,” McCray told The Observer in a phone interview.
From what I’ve read, she is concerned with the public health aspect of cannabis, including making sure it isn’t misused and wrongly exposed to children. Furthermore, she recognizes the economic boosting potential cannabis carries. Here’s the real tea. Her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, was not really feeling cannabis at first. Not saying he was against it, but on 4/20 last month, NY Daily News reported the mayor wasn’t fully convinced that New York should be legalized. Plus, last week CNN reported that he ordered NYC police to not arrest people caught smoking marijuana. Nice move Bill, very nice move! I’m not saying his lovely wife was the reason, but I’m also not saying she wasn’t lol.
Lady McCray doesn’t have the same all-inclusive views on legalization as many citizens hoping for legalization. Although she admitted to smoking pot in high school, she agrees the legal limit for recreational consumption should be 25. She also feels any drug can be a gateway substance to stronger drugs. But she also recognizes the disparity of cannabis arrests among minorities and the drastic change needed in opioid addiction.
And for me, that’s enough to lovingly and admirably welcome Lady McCray into the Clear As Smoke #WCW family! And to learn more about ThriveNYC, check the links below!
Close your eyes and imagine a thick, woody forest after a rain fall. The sun is shining through the pines and you take a deep breath.
Wait don’t close your eyes, how are you going to read this? Sheesh. Long story short, you are imagining the smell that the a pinene terpene gives pine needles. It also found in parsley, orange peels, and basil!
Remember that terpenes are the fragrant oils secreted in the trichomes of cannabis? Of course you do! But for your friends who don’t know, wink wink, here’s some brush up material: Click here
Helps counter short-term memory loss often caused by THC
Helps improve airflow to lungs
But wait, what is (a) pinene? It’s one of the two types of pinene. Alpha, or a, pinene smells like pine needles or rosemary (so good on zucchini mmm). Beta, or b pinene smells like parsley, dill, hops, or basil. I’m getting hungry.
Pinene is one of the most regularly appearing terpenes in cannabis. And that’s a good thing. Cannabis can be identified by smell instead of having to know the chemical compound. There’s plenty of strains in indica, sativa, and hybrids with pinene!
Pinene has been found to help relieve those suffering from asthma, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, and cancer. AND, it helps to give a sort of balance to the potency of THC, which is very beneficial in preventing feelings like anxiety and paranoia.
Power to the pine! Get to know more about this powerful, earthy smelling terpenes via the links below!
Ready for a blazing holiday battle? Lick the bbq sauce off your fingers and let’s learn about some CBD!!
In the medical corner, we have cannabis derived CBD. In the recreational corner, we have hemp derived CBD. Let’s get ready to rumbllllllle!!
First off, this match is brought to you by cannabidiol, aka CBD, which is a cannabinoid that has NO psychoactive effects! Let’s get it on!
Not legal in all 50 states
Legal in all 50 states
Contains enough THC to be considered psychoactive. AKA a buzz.
Has less than 0.03% THC; not considered psychoactive. NO BUZZ BRUH.
Illegal to transport across state lines
Legal to transport across state lines
Extracted from sativa cannabis and indica cannabis plant
Extracted from ruderalis cannabis (industrial hemp)
Contains all cannabinoids
Contains only the cannabinoid CBD
Contains medical benefits from all cannabinoids
Contains benefits found in CBD only
Can only be purchased in legal states or by medical patients that are 18 and older
Can be purchased by anyone 18 years and older
Found in flower, topicals, edibles, and concentrates
Found in flower, topicals, edibles, and concentrates
Plants grow to be 4-6 ft tall, on average
Plants grow to be be 10-15 ft tall, on average.
Not safe for pets
Safe for pets
Ok I don’t really know who won lol this wasn’t really a boxing match. Work with me people.
One thing is for sure, while cannabis-derived CBD is healing patients, hemp-derived CBD gives people everywhere a chance to experience some of the healing properties of cannabis. The expansion and demand for hemp-derived cannabis sends a strong message to state governments everywhere. Whether legal or not, the people want cannabis! Legalize it!
We’ll talk more about ruderalis later. In the meantime, comment below if you have ever tried hemp-derived or cannabis dervied CBD products!
Seeking some great legal CBD products? When in Chicago, check out Tiffany Reynolds, a Clear As Smoke #WCW.
It’s Wednesday. You know what it is. Let’s get to it. I’m too geeked!
I try to get you the best and only the best, and this week I promise I delivered! Today Clear As Smoke welcomes Zairilla Bacon, celebrity cannachef and a Chicago native!
Known as the “Bacon Bitch,” Zairilla is quickly becoming one of the biggest celeb chefs, as her cuisine is becoming known as some of the most delicious in the cannabis industry! We had a great conversation, listen below!
In case you haven’t YET seen her appearance on Viceland’s “Most Expensive” hosted by 2 Chainz, here’s a peek!
Like many of us, Zairilla comes from a family that disapproved her cannabis use. While still in Chicago she successfully founded and ran her own catering company, Zairee Lee and Company. But she knew to get into.cannabis, she had to head to a legal state, so Nevada it was!
Beggining as a cannabis dispensary delivery woman, she began experimenting with infused edibles like desserts and treats in her spare time. After careful experimentation with her own recipes, she developed her own cannaoils and cannabutters to use in her unique dishes.
In 2015, she started Z Bacon, high quality medicated cuisine ranging from barbeque tp seafood, and everything in between! Gourmet presentation with her “can’t taste the cannabis” expertise is her signature combination!
She’s also an advocate. Noticing how CBD heals people safely, she reflected on how cannabis could have helped extend her now deceased grandmother’s life. That inspires her to educate others on infusion and healing with cannabis. Dope!
Now her Viceland video has gained over 10 million views, making it the HIGHEST raged episode in the “Most Expensive” series.
Some of her celeb clients I can name include Method Man, Redman. Mike Tyson, and Paul Wall!
Taking a trip to Las Vegas? Find out how to get some Z goodness!
Don’t forget to check her mixtape too! What doesn’t this woman do?
Find Zairilla on her website www.Zbacon.com, her menu http://www.zsmenu.com, IG @zairillabacon, her YouTube, Facebook, Twitter @zairillabacon, and keep a lookout for her face on television and some big events coming up! Z, I hope you had as much fun as I did getting to know you. Blogees, light one up for another #WCW, thanks Zairilla Bacon!