12 Best CBD Prerolls to Order Online

I have something to get off my chest. It’s a bit hard to admit it but I don’t always enjoy smoking weed. 

Sure I enjoy the act of smoking, but sometimes I just don’t want to be high. 

Sometimes I don't want to spend the afternoon terrified there’s a whole skeleton inside of me, or become irrationally fixated on the idea of a sushi burrito, or stare at my dog for let's face it, way too long. 

Sometimes, I just want to relax. 

I still enjoy smoking though, that's always nice. 

Luckily, there’s a product that is exactly what I need sometimes: CBD Prerolls.

What Are CBD Prerolls?

CBD prerolls are individually packaged smokables made from hemp flowers. Unlike marijuana, CBD hemp flower is non-psychoactive and does not doesn't contain THC – so if you're looking to get a strong TH high, I suggest you browse marijuana products on bud.com.

That being said, CBD can have a calm, relaxing effect that is quite pleasant.

The hemp plant has many uses and there are thousands of CBD products, but today let's stick with prerolls.

CBD prerolls are an excellent choice for people who:

  • Savor the taste of quality cannabis
  • Enjoy social smoking but are looking for a healthy tobacco alternative. 
  • Appreciate the effects and benefits of smoking CBD
  • Just want to relax without getting high as a kite. 

These products were selected based on taste, quality and our team’s experience enjoying these premium CBD products.

All of these products are FDA approved and totally legal in the United States.

Let’s dive in. 

1. Daydreamer All-Natural Hemp Prerolls 7 Pack

Grin with confidence when you try these fantastic Daydreamer CBD Prerolls from Lucy’s Prerolls. Bold flavor meets top-shelf cannabis in these perfectly balanced hemp cigarettes. 

Lucy’s are made with proprietary technology adopted from top players in the cannabis industry. They’ve sourced their CBD hemp flower from some of the most delicious and aromatic strains in California achieving a flavor profile on par with the best cannabis you can find.  

Unlike some brands, Lucy’s CBD flower isn't sprayed with additives. 

In fact, even the paper they’re wrapped in is 100% natural, biodegradable hemp paper. They also lab-test all their CBD oil to ensure a high-quality product with a unique blend of terpenes.

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 2. Premium PRPL Fruity Hemp Cigarettes Pack 

Treat meets Treatment in these deliciously fruity PRPL hemp CBD prerolls from LVL. If you’re looking for something with that fruity, kush type taste, these prerolls are for you. Grape fuses with hints of mango and strawberry yielding a tropical flavor profile that can’t be beaten.

These are also loaded with CBD so you’ll get to enjoy all the benefits and effects that come with smoking high-quality, all-natural hemp flowers. Whether you’re here for the taste, the effects, or a bit of both, these are the perfect balance of flavor and quality.

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3. 1914 Kentucky Blue Sky Straights CBD Pre-Roll Pack 

I’m a big fan of the Sativa-hybrid marijuana strain Blue Dream, so when I learned that Bhang based the terpene profile of these hemp prerolls on Blue Dream I had to try them. I was not disappointed – you can’t miss the taste of Blue Dream. 

I was also very impressed by the quality of the roll. 

This is not your standard cone-shaped preroll often found at B-rate dispensaries. In terms of tightness, these look and feel exactly like traditional straight cigarettes. They even smoke a lot like a tobacco cigarette, the difference is these CBD hemp pre rolls are 100% tobacco-free. 

If you’re looking to stock up these are also available by the carton. 

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4.  Menthol CBD Prerolls from Pure American Hemp 

Looking for the familiar taste of Menthol? Avoiding tobacco? These menthol-flavored CBD prerolls are just the ticket. For the price of a pack of cigarettes, you get 20 all-natural CBD prerolls in the form of King Sized 100mm cigarettes. 

It can be tricky when making a crossover product but Pure American Hemp did a great job here. These prerolls are professionally manufactured to be uniform and tight. All of the hemp flowers are organically grown and hand-selected from US family farms.

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5. Mota GDP Straights CBD Prerolls from Bhang

Talk about Bhang for your buck. 

If you’re a cannabis connoisseur you most likely know what GDP stands for: Grand Daddy Purple. 

GDP is one of the classic, long-standing favorites across the board. The distinctive berry flavor instantly brings back great memories.

While these prerolls are THC and tobacco-free the delicious taste of Grand Daddy Purp is unmistakable. A wave of nostalgia washed over me when I first tried these. 10/10. 

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6. Emerald Full-Spectrum CBD Prerolls from Toast CBD Products

Hats off to Toast for going above and beyond to deliver a super high-quality product. 

Toast Emerald CBD Prerolls are made from Full-Spectrum CBD hemp flowers. Toast Emerald is triple-tested above standards and contains an Entourage Effect of cannabinoids including CBD, CBG, and CBC giving the consumer a truly unique and full-body experience.

In terms of a balance between taste and quality you can’t get much better than this. I found myself feeling pleasant and relaxed after smoking these delightful CBD prerolls. 

You can purchase Toast Emerald CBD Pre rolls in a package that comes with two, five or ten prerolls. 

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7. Premium GRN Piney CBD Pre-Roll Pack

I grew up in the Sierra Mountains and pine is one of my favorite smells. The GRN Piney CBD Prerolls certainly keep me happy. 

These CBD-rich Prerolls have a unique earthy flavor that I absolutely love. Each time I try a different hemp cigarette from LVL I notice something else about them that I really like. 

I was really impressed with the quality of the filters on these GRN Pineys. These are clearly professionally manufactured hemp filters as the smoking experience was smooth and mellow but full of rich pine flavor. 

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8. Premium ORNG Citrus CBD Preroll Pack

Reward yourself with these smooth yet zesty citrus-flavored pre-rolled CBD cigarettes from LVL. Like the two other flavors from LVL on this list, the ORG citrus flavor is exquisite. There is honestly nothing about this preroll I didn’t enjoy.

LVL CBD hemp joints are made exclusively with premium California smokable hemp flower, bred for unique terpene profiles. You get the benefits of CBD as well as dozens of other naturally occurring cannabinoids. 

After smoking this citrus CBD preroll I felt calm, yet also surprisingly energized. This is a great option for social smokers and flavor fans alike. 

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9. Premium CBD Preroll Multi-Pack GRN, PRPL, ORNG  

Variety is the spice of life. Get all 3 varieties of CBD flower prerolls from LVL hemp and compare for yourself. Perfect for experienced CBD smokers and amateurs alike, there’s something for everyone in this awesome multipack. 

This multi-pack contains:

  • GRN Piney- Pine cones, pine branches, and earthy
  • ORNG Citrus – Citrus, lemon, orange, and lime
  • PRPL Fruity – Grape, strawberry, and mango

All LVL CBD prerolls are guaranteed THC below 0.3% for legal hemp sales. Whether you’re in it for the effects, the flavor, or just want to enjoy the benefits of CBD, you won't be disappointed with this selection of top-shelf CBD prerolls. 

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10. ERB Durban Menthol Straights Hemp Pre-Roll Pack

For a taste that’s fresh as Springtime try these ERB Durban Menthol Straight CBD Prerolls

Made from 100% American grown hemp flower buds, these are convenient and ready to smoke. The hemp flower is loaded with high-quality CBD oil. 

A natural alternative to traditional cigarettes, each straight contains 25+ mg of CBD. These are a great option for social smokers or those interested in the calming effects of CBD. 

Interested in stocking up ? No problem, ERB Durban Menthols are also available by the carton. 

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11. Filtered Pre-Roll – Kingsize Pack

I really appreciate knowing that the products I buy are supporting really people in local communities right here in America. 1606 Original Hemp Pre-rolled Cigarettes are made with all-natural CBD hemp flowers that are hand-selected and organically grown by small family farms in Oregon. 

I’m not saying you can literally taste the love in these but you can certainly taste the quality. 

Packs even have a batch-specific QR code that can be scanned to quickly access the third-party lab test results. 

I really appreciate the mixture of traditional farming methods paired with scientific product testing in these prerolls. If you want to support small farmers and  get a quality, tested product that tastes great, these are for you. 

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12. Straight Prerolls – Original

Keep it simple with these original prerolls from Pure American Hemp. Bold flavor wrapped in all natural hemp paper makes a perfect hemp cigarette. Last but certainly not least on this list these prerolls are the perfect flavor blend of all-natural pure hemp, with subtle hints of rich ness full of robust possibility. It’s hard to go wrong with these 100% nicotine and tobacco free CBD prerolls.  

Each pack contains 20 All-Natural King Size 100mm CBD Prerolls. These are perfect for social smoking, or anxiety relief. 

They taste great, they look great, and they smoke great. Last but certainly not least, I highly recommend this product. 

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A New Kind of CBD Preroll

Whether you’re a CBD conesouire or just starting out, there’s something for you out there. In just the last few years there have been enormous improvements in both taste and quality of consumable hemp. 

Today’s CBD pre rolls are high-quality, lab- tested products that have undergone extensive iterative improvements. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised at the quality of these CBD prerolls. There’s truly never been a better time try smoking CBD cannabis.

If you’re interested in CBD products other than smokables you have no shortage of options.  Check out our selection of CBD edibles, CBD topicals , or CBD tinctures and sprays


Dixie Elixir Review

When medicating with cannabis, having an inconspicuous and easy choice is always attractive, especially when that product is delicious. While a newer concept, adding cannabis to drinks is a trend that is quickly becoming popular. Convenience and efficacy are what many of these enhanced liquids and beverages boast, so it makes sense that this form of edible is gaining traction.

Dixie Elixirs are an easy and pleasant way to medicate, by offering THC-infused drinks in a variety of flavors. The bottle is a small and sleek design, holding 8.5 ounces of 100 MG of THC-infused liquid in a container that easily tucks away in the fridge. On the back of the bottle, the intensity level (this product rates 12 out of 20) is shown.  As is the amount of time it will take for the product to activate (30 minutes). As an added benefit, the bottle cap is designed to measure out 15 ML of the liquid, making it easier to control portions. It is recommended that you rinse out the cap after use to avoid sticky overspill, but otherwise, the bottle is very convenient.

I tried the Half tea and Half lemonade and Fruit Punch flavors. The Half and Half works well as a shot of sorts, or as a booster to a non-infused iced tea or lemonade. I found myself mixing the fruit punch with black cold brew coffee or just drinking it alone with a splash of ice water. Both flavors work well as a mid-afternoon way to lift your spirits.  And give your body a break from any aches or pains.

The Half and Half also lists black tea as an ingredient, making it a nice compliment to the afternoon.   It doesn’t make you zone out.  For nighttime, I found that the Fruit Punch offered more of a body relaxation, and I was able to fall asleep easier. Another benefit of this elixir was that it ignited my appetite, which is important for someone who has Crohn’s Disease, as I do.

Not only is the ingredient list simple and short, the product has no artificial flavors or colors, and no high-fructose corn syrup. The taste alone is pleasant, and even better when mixed with a favorite beverage. It has high potency without inebriation, if you use the cap measuring cup and take it slow.  As with any edible form of cannabis, it is best to tailor dosage to your needs.  Also be aware each product can affect you in a different way.

Dixie uses special technology that allows for quick uptake, or a fast reaction to the liquid, which I can attest to as a benefit. While it did take the full 30 minutes, it was a slow progression, felt mostly in the body. There was never a moment of hesitation or concern that I took too much.  The dosing works well to relieve my symptoms without making me feel high.

I would continue to use this elixir in all the flavors and recommend it as a convenient and fun way to medicate.

 

Diana-Ashley Krach is a freelance writer, journalist, and content creator whose work can be found on Everyday FeminismRavishly, and Playboy. She is the co-host and creator of Your Highness Podcast and founder of Good Vibes Marketing Agency. You can find her on Twitter or on her website


testing out cbd gel capsules

Friday

12pm Unboxed Care By Design’s 18:1 ratio CBD:THC capsules. Today is a wfh day (for freelancing and editing). So, while I’m looking forward to potentially relaxing effects, I’m hoping I can also get shit done (like editing, writing, handing out resumes, and building a dresser).

I read the instructions, which say “effects should be noticeable in 15-90 minutes.” Uh, that’s a big range and hoping the .55 mg of THC will not be super noticeable as I’m prone to anxiety (and even sometimes panic attacks) from THC. The package doesn’t include any info about how long the effects will last, but a quick internet search says 6-8 hours for gel caps.

12:20 I take one.

12:23 Get a little nervous remembering my long, long love/fear relationship with being stoned. I used to smoke weed a lot in high school until it started making me paranoid. The paranoia slowly became the most prominent feature of being high, so I stopped smoking. Once weed became recreationally legal in CA, I started experimenting a leeeetle bit with edibles and pre-rolls. TLDR: very mixed results ranging from near panic attack to pleasantly giggling to myself while reading Mindy Kaling’s hysterical memoir. Cannabis became basically my druggie Russian roulette game.

12:40 The random smell of garbage startles me. I start to wonder if cannabis can create weird sensory experiences like that but decide it’s probably nothing. I do feel a little sleepy and perhaps hazy, but at this point it could definitely all be in my head. I did take it on an empty stomach, so maybe that makes the effects take hold more quickly.

12:50 I am noticeably relaxed. I realize how foreign a feeling this has been for me lately, or even perhaps in general in my life. These days I’m balancing a day job as a server with freelance writing work, so if I’m not in a hectic bar/restaurant environment, ever-vigilant about serving drinks and waiting tables, I’m often feeling down on myself for not being productive enough with my writing. But now, I feel relaxed and mostly clearheaded.

I search the internet to see if 10mg of CBD is a high dose. I find this calculator, and figure out that for my weight, a mild dose is 12mg, and a medium 15. I know from extensive experience that I am particularly sensitive to any kind of medication or drug, so if I had done my homework and checked beforehand, I would have chosen this exact dose. Thank you, universe.

1:30 Finished working on a cover letter. I feel like I did a fantastic job and was fully present and focused while working on it.

I feel hungry (not like munchies hungry, just normal hungry.) This is a pleasant surprise because honestly for me most of the time I know I need to eat, but don’t actually feel like I want to taste and savor the food. I remember that—like a rockstar—I cooked food last night for dinner aaaand saved some for today for lunch. I eat yummy ravioli.

2:15 Feel pretty… normal. Definitely a bit more relaxed than usual, but just kinda good.

I walk outside to drop of my resume at a bar I’m courting. Being outside on the street feels a little funny and I stop myself from collecting old giveaway furniture on the sidewalk that I don’t need.

When I drop off my resume, I suddenly get a little anxious and nervous, even though I don’t need this job and all I have to do is say “hi” to a manager there. I stumble through the drop off and move on to visit some friends.

My friends have a newborn and a toddler so their house’s chaos envelopes me. A twenty-minute brief visit and logistics check-in turns into three hours. I feel a little antsy while I’m there knowing that I want to move on, but I also want to support my friends and figure out our logistics together.

I cancel my social plans for the evening to compensate and spend the rest of the night putting together the dresser then hanging out with friends. All feels pretty normal.

 

The next day, Saturday:

12:00 pm I take one gel capsule.

Feel nothing.

1:45 I take a second. By my calculations, two gel capsules should contain 1.1mg of THC, which is still an incredibly small dose. (For reference, 2.5-5mg of THC is often considered a microdose.)

4:20 (not kidding) An intense sleepiness descends, giving way to a stoned feeling. My heart drops as I realize I made the typical newbie mistake of “I don’t feel anything. Let’s take more drugs.” Also, wtf, this took way more than 90 minutes to kick in.

Stoned feeling continues (and sorry, this is where I stop keeping track of time or making notes). I realize I have two hours until an OK Cupid friend date with a new person. I don’t even want to be around my super BFFs when I am stoned. Over the next hour, two of my BFFs call for separate reasons, and I muddle my way through logistical conversations. I remember while on the phone with one of them that there is an antidote! I read about it in another bud.com magazine piece. It’s black peppercorns, which supposedly calm you down when you have gotten “too high.” My friend balks but I find an article, which suggests that even a whiff of peppercorn smell can bring you down, but you can also chew on a few corns for a stronger effect. I find a few peppercorns in our spice cabinet and chew them. The spiciness and paranoia combine to make me wonder if the burning spicy sensation could actually cause my throat to close and for me to stop breathing. I calm myself down, eat a few more and find that the peppercorns do not work. I decide to go for a run to help ease my anxiety.

The run is super lovely and it’s nice to be able to just focus on moving my body without having to interact with anyone. I decide that if anyone tries to talk to me, I’ll just pretend I don't see them to avoid interacting. But even though the run feels good, afterwards I still feel stoned and a little anxious.

My roommates advise me not to start out meeting this new person by explaining that I took too much THC and now feel super stoned and I’m sorry. Instead, I try to act normal and am super grateful he drives us to a brewery and feel it out for a good half hour before I explain my day. Luckily, he’s super nonplussed and we have a pretty normal hangout aside from the fact that my memory is a little splotchy afterwards, maybe the result of mixing cbd, thc, and alcohol.  Ready for breakfast and weed delivery.

After writing all this, I realize I made one ~*deadly*~ mistake. I wanted to *feel something* from the CBD. But the real blessing of CBD is not to feel anything in particular, but a reprieve from anxiety, stress, or pain.

TLDR: One pill of Care By Design's 18:1 formula is a nice, smallish CBD dose. Two capsules is maybe too much for sensitive people like me unless you don’t mind being stoned. The gel capsule format is convenient, but it also means you can’t split the capsules in half. As always, YMMV.

 

Rainbow Heartface discovered the pleasures of cannabis at age 14, the dangers of cannabis at age 18, and re-discovered its pleasures at age 35. She will likely go back and forth between these two phases forever. 

 

 

 

 

 


5 Things to Know About California’s Cheapest Weed

Cannabis legalization brings a multitude of benefits states that decides to reform their laws. One such benefit is a considerable drop in price. There has been a lot of recent discussion around California's cheapest cannabis.

California is just recently emerging from their Black Market era, which carried prices as high as $60-80 for an ⅛ of an ounce. The market is now finally seeing lower prices than ever before.

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The passage of Proposition 64’s legalization of adult recreational use has dropped prices immensely. This is because both affordable and high-end brands are now grown under strict regulations.

Those regulations allow companies to sell cannabis at ultra-competitive prices with hardly any dip in quality. In fact, some of the finest economy brands can be found in dispensaries and online weed delivery services, ranging anywhere from $12 to $25 for an ⅛.

All California cannabis products must pass quality checks put in place by California regulations. This means cannabis users looking for cheaper alternatives should should be excited about this regulation.

Here’s 5 things you should know about purchasing California's cheapest cannabis.

Cheaper cannabis is still quality cannabis

Despite the affordable price points, all cannabis products have to pass the same rigorous standards required from California’s regulations. In fact, the Loyal Flower brand offers well-known strains testing over 20 percent THC, at an affordable price of $22.99.

Good cheap weed

Cannabis cultivation can get a bit overwhelming with myriad designer strains releasing constantly. The folks at Old Pal, however, want to match their affordability with a straight-forward menu of three varieties -- Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid -- all of which come at a steal of $15 per ⅛. Old Pal is the top selling cannabis flower brand in California.

Indoor 'smalls' are great cheap weed

Pot smokers always love huge, dank nugs, but when it comes down to it, popcorn nugs are just as effective. The brand Farmer’s Market provides a line of strains exclusively using 'Smalls', or 'B buds' which provides high-quality cannabis at a reasonable price starting at $25 per ⅛, by reducing the bag appeal of fat colas.

Mericanna, the cheapest pre-rolls in California

One product that cant even be found cheaper in the black market is the Mericanna pre-rolls. Lab tested, sun grown and greenhouse flower for between $3-$4 per preroll. A half gram indica, sativa, or hybrid prerolls that absolutely does the trick.

You can get cheap weed delivery

Getting a good price on brand-name cannabis is now just as easy as entering your local recreational shop. But if that doesn’t work, legal pot consumers can always search bud.com for exceptional deals.


Pot In Pans: A History Of Eating Cannabis

In Pot in Pans: A History of Eating Cannabis, by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, the history of cannabis is viewed from a different lens: how different cultures incorporate cannabis into food recipes throughout time, dating back to cave men. The use of cannabis in food, not just as nourishment but to improve the quality of life, is a common theme throughout the book.

Women in Tashkent, Uzbekistan would make a sweet mixture with cannabis and egg whites to enhance mood, and to keep babies from crying during circumcision. In the Middle Ages, as the book points out, cannabis was an active ingredient found in kitchens throughout Europe. One of those incidents is the “health drink of cannabis nectar,” found in papal historian Bartolomeo Platina’s (the first Vatican librarian) cookbook, and it’s a basic cannabis extraction.

While the book does investigate how cannabis is incorporated into cuisine throughout history, it more specifically traces the origins of the pot brownie. Popular culture has long held onto misconceptions surrounding the pot brownie and very few people know about the story behind it.

This book weaves tales of cannabis use in art with political drug wars, all while keeping food at the forefront. Most importantly, though, Pot in Pans teaches people about the unknown history of the intersection of cannabis and cuisine. The book explore the way people consume cannabis throughout history and weaves in stories of how academics and creatives used the plant for productivity.

Furthermore, Pot in Pans explores details most people don’t consider when baking infused cuisine: the origin of the word cannabis, the beginning of the sativa and indica label, and the complicated science behind identifying where the plants exist throughout history. Readers of this book will have a deeper appreciation of the plant and will better understand the complex past of cannabis.

After writing her book title The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook in 2015, Robyn Griggs Lawrence saw a lack of solidly researched academic books about cannabis and food.

“I think for all of us in the cannabis industry, education is—or should be—a crucial part of our mission. My dream is that this book finds a place in college courses around the world, so students can learn why they’ve been deprived of knowledge about a plant that delivers so much—and put their minds to making the most of it in years to come, “Lawrence tells bud.com.

Lawrence says that in her research, she found that the use of Majoon (a hashish-based confection) dates to the 11th century. Being the genesis for the pot brownie, Majoon was prepared in a variety of ways, depending on the culture and time. For example, Indian Majoon is a sweet confection, while the Islamic preparation is basically straight hashish. In addition to a deep dive into the true background of the pot brownie, Lawrence respects the many ways cannabis has enhanced food over time by offering recipes. Because of Pot in Pans, new incorporations of ancient cannabis traditions are possible.

“Humans have found many ingenious ways to incorporate cannabis into their cuisine for thousands of years, and the time-tested cookery techniques and recipes they’ve passed along to us—nearly lost because of prohibition—are delicious and often very potent.”

 

Diana-Ashley Krach is a freelance writer, journalist, and content creator whose work can be found on Everyday Feminism, Ravishly, and Playboy. She is the co-host and creator of Your Highness Podcast and founder of Good Vibes Marketing Agency. You can find her on Twitter or on her website


the feminist weed farmer

The [cannabis] industry is completely market-driven and overwhelmingly dominated by capitalist, straight, white, cis men. I love my straight white brothers, but I do not think it is fair that they have come to control this industry, especially because of the disproportionate incarceration of black and brown people for cultivating and selling pot throughout the span of the war on drugs.

–Madrone Stewart, in the introduction to The Feminist Weed Farmer

Whether you've personally felt it or not, many women, people of color, differently-abled, queer, and non-binary folks, and folks with other disenfranchised identities face more stigma and negative consequences in the cannabis world. Madrone Stewart has an idea that might help: more feminist weed farmers. In her book, The Feminist Weed Farmer, Madrone shares hard-earned knowledge gained from years of growing cannabis.

"After three years of working for nearly a dozen cannabis farms and doing everything from cooking for the crew to managing,” Madrone explained by email, “I was able to buy my own land and start my own farm. It all happened relatively quickly and I credit this to the strong and persistent encouragement of a friend of mine who owned his own cannabis farm. He knew how financially and psychologically empowering it would for me to have my own place and he believed that I could be successful. So by year four, I was putting everything I had learned into practice. In the subsequent few years I not only developed confidence in my cultivation skills, I was also able to evolve my intentions."

The Feminist Weed Farmer is a full-length adaptation of a cultivation guide the Humbolt grower first wrote for "friends who were going to help my farm but had never done it before," published by Microcosm in 2018. "I encouraged them to read Jorge Cervantes and Ed Rosenthal,”  she says, "but the vibe of those books feels like a mismatch for what we were trying to cultivate. So I wrote something for them which is heavily infused with my principles and my style of growing." What style would that be? Diversity. Inclusion. Empowerment. Support. "My friends are queer guys,” she says, “and I am a biracial cis woman. For the book I needed to make it more explicit that this guide was written to encourage all people to grow, especially those of us who might not have considered growing because people who we identify with don't grow."

In the introduction, Madrone explains, "I believe that in order to consume cannabis with integrity, we must derive our plant medicine from ethically responsible sources. The current cannabis market, which is a blend of black market dealers and corporate-controlled dispensaries, is completely market-driven and is not in line with feminist, environmentalist, or social justice values."

In the process of breaking down how to grow your own "mindful medicine”—including details on picking seeds, planting, and dealing with the soil, pests, and weather—Madrone emphasizes the importance of rebuilding confidence in marginalized growers and communities. Not to mention the joy and healing that cannabis can bring.

While in graduate school studying to become a psychedelic-assisted clinical psychologist, Madrone wants to destigmatize the use of cannabis and psychoactives as tools for personal health and wellness. "The [Feminist Weed Farmer] explicitly normalizes walking to the beat of your own drum," she says. "Even where growing is legal, there is a residual stigma against it, so it requires an inner-strength that empowers you to do this thing that some people around you might resist. I hope this book empowers all people to grow a few plants for their personal enjoyment. I also hope that this book contributes to the diversification of cultivators."

And if you can't grow your own, how do you support your local cannabis community? Madrone has a very simple place to start: "Say encouraging things!" she suggests. "Think encouraging thoughts! I would never have bought my farm if it were not for the constant nudging by a straight, white, cis male pot-growing friend of mine. Without his constant expression of his faith that I could run a pot farm, I would have continued to strictly inhabit traditionally-female roles within the industry, which are the lowest paid and most insecure."

She's not wrong. As of 2017, less than 20% of cannabis business across the country were owned or run by people of color and less than 30% by women. In an industry that has long left out marginalized groups, it's more important than ever for women and people of color to grow their own cannabis when possible.

"It is about showing love for the canna-women in your life," Madrone says, "by telling them that you believe in them and that you will support them if they ever need it."

 

Cyn Marts is an east-coast Boricua living on the west coast, searching for her own path through life’s bullshit. She spends her time practicing self-care, devouring pop culture, and working as a publicist and editor in Portland, Oregon. She writes a cannabis lifestyle zine series called Ganja Bruja and posts about it on her Instagram.


the weed-trimming graphic novel

One Tray at a Time, a new graphic novel by the artist writing as Charlotte Burnam recounts the misadventures of a young woman who spent ten years as a weed trimmer and harvest coordinator on black market farms in Northern California. Drawn with clean lines and peppered with characters such as the hippy couple, “Mandusa” and “Sprinkle Galaxy” who promise to work poorly for a high wage, the graphic novel paints a humorous picture of life on the farms from the perspective of Burnam herself—a Chicago-born, hardworking child of Italian immigrants, whose background in no way prepared her for what she experienced in the Emerald Triangle.

Photo by Xochitl Segura of Charlotte Burnham's One Tray at a Time.

Charlotte Burnam is the pen name of the artist, who includes photos from the grow industry, hand-written grocery lists, journal entries, and other mixed media to flesh out the narrative. Though massive cultural gaps existed between her and the hippies she met on the farms, she ultimately left the industry with a certain affection for the lifestyle, and for the people in it. Burnam spoke with bud.com about her graphic novel and about her insider-outsider perspective on the cannabis industry.

How’s the launch of your graphic novel?

I’ve been having loads of fun with the novel, showing it to people and hearing them laugh. I invited a lot of farmers that I’ve worked with to the book launch.

Everyone has been saying, “That’s so true, that’s hilarious.” I thought some of the people (portrayed) in the book would be upset about it, but they weren’t. They were like, “You nailed it.”

What was the process of writing this graphic novel?

I’ve always been artistic, where I tape things into my journal—bus tickets, articles, doodles, all kinds of stuff like that. I brought new journals to fill up when I moved from Chicago to California in 2008 to work as a trimmer.

It was culture shock for me on the farms—everything was so different—and at that time in northern California there wasn’t good cell phone reception and I didn’t have social media or even a computer. No way to talk to my friends back in Chicago about what I was witnessing. So, this was how I got it down—all the crazy things I was seeing and living.

Photo of Charlotte Burnham by Xochitl Segura.

After working in the industry for about ten years, I realized that my job was becoming obsolete, and my owner was selling the property, so I had to make a plan. I started writing the book and finished it in about five months. It was fast, yes, but I had all the characters and stories in my journal already.

I drew my character specifically for the book, and so I had to face my own issues, like, “What do I look like? How am I representing myself?” I had never drawn myself before because I had always been in my journal doodling about what was going on around me.

Were the über-hippy characters in your book exaggerated?

Everything in the book happened. Like we would hire a caretaker and after a few days he would say, “Oh, I don’t have a driver’s license.” And I was like, “What?! That’s an essential part of the job!”

In Chicago, I worked at a bank for six years. You could be whoever you wanted to be at home, but at work—people came in, and maybe they had the sniffles and you’d be like, “Hey are you OK?” And they’d say, “Sure.”

But in California, if someone had the sniffles and you’d ask if they were OK, they would respond with, “Mercury’s in a really bad place right now, but I feel an overwhelming sense of belonging.”

How do you talk to someone you’re working with about their celestial place in this world? I just wasn’t used to how personal it was.

In the book, you show some of the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Can you talk more about that?

Women in the industry have to prove themselves so much more than men. I had to work harder, know more, show up earlier, be the last one to leave the site. If you’re a girl, people will think you’re just sleeping with someone, or you’re just good looking, and that’s why you have this opportunity. And I had to say, “No, I’ve been doing this a long time. I know what I’m doing.”

Once the industry started becoming more mainstream, men were like, “You can work my booth at the conventions.” When I had more experience than them, more knowledge than them, more money than them,they reduced me to the role of being a model because they just needed a pretty face to sell product. I was like, “Are you kidding me? I taught you how to make hash.”

What were the conditions like for you and other workers in the black market?

Work conditions are farm conditions. You’re working in the rain. The roads aren’t regulated, stuff like that. Farms can also be a dangerous place for women because if there is a sexual assault or rape, you can’t report it.

A lot of farms had outdoor showers, so if you were uncomfortable being nude in public—like let’s say that you were some Italian, Catholic immigrant child coming from Chicago to California—and you wanted to take a shower, you would know that seven dudes were about to see you naked. Also, men get up and pee right in front of you.

I was always in fear of being groped, touched, spoken to inappropriately. It happened a lot and there’s no one to talk to about it, no HR department to complain to.

Can you talk more about the theme of not belonging that pops up often in the book?

My parents are Italian immigrants, and they taught me to work really hard. It was important to them that I get a job and a mortgage and a car payment and a marriage and a child. And my friends started having children early, and I always—for some reason—didn’t want to have children. And I think that, right off the bat, for any woman to feel that way is radical.

With immigrant parents who didn’t speak English at home, I didn’t fit in with my friends growing up, either. I was eating different foods, doing different things. When I was with my friends, getting high or getting drunk, or whatever, I would also be in my journals drawing.

In 2008, when my boyfriend at the time asked me if I wanted to move to California, I said, “Yes! Let’s go!” But when I got there, I was like oh my god, what have I done? Go back!

In northern California, I didn’t look like anyone, I didn’t dress like anyone. I felt totally out of my element.

I was also inspired. I saw women who didn’t have children, who ran their own stores, owned art galleries. And I thought, wow.

But right off the bat, no one liked me. I didn’t like Burning Man. I was definitely an outsider in the hippy, weed-growing world.

I think it was my Chicago attitude, mixed with the artsy and creative side, mixed with my fiery female side. It scared a lot of people away from me. I would have a lot of women, especially in northern California, tell me to calm down, to be quiet.

But, not fitting in all those years has also inspired me. In the face of being alone, it made me say to myself, “You can do this, you got this.”

When did you realize that things were changing in the cannabis industry? 

In ‘09 or ’10, I started getting concerned about how fast the laws were changing. I witnessed dispensaries opening, being raided, closing, opening again.

I knew right then that it was going to be like alcohol. Weed wasn’t going away, and people were willing to spend money on it. The government was going to sniff that out, find a way to regulate it, control it in a way that was more beneficial to them.

And I knew that when California went recreational, that would be the end of the road. I knew I couldn’t compete with big business. Just like with alcohol (at the end of prohibition), the bootleggers’ work dissipated. And that was going to happen to me.

Photo of Charlotte Burnham by Xochitl Segura.

What do you think about the state of the industry today?

A lot of my friends are dwindling out of farming because of the price of permitting. The price of weed is also dropping dramatically. You can’t compete with the big dogs, because now it’s about quantity—just producing as much weed as possible.

I am proud that social media is bringing women together more. Organizations like Women Grow, Tokeativity, Grow Sisters, and safe spaces for women to get high.

I’m hoping that the safe spaces for women moves across the country, because it shouldn’t just be about fixing our dreadlocks and doing yoga and getting high. Where’s the stuff for my girls working 60 hours a week in Chicago? There are moms working their asses off just to get food on the table and they need to be able to relax and medicate in a safe space, too.

All photos by Xochitl Segura.

 

 

Danielle Simone Brand is a writer and a yoga teacher. Her articles and essays about cannabis, parenting, or spirituality (and sometimes all three) appear across the web. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.

 

 


is the show disjointed more than just stoner stereotypes?

Disjointed, the 20-episode Netflix show co-written by Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, is a comedy full of contradictions. It’s genuinely entertaining in some moments, asinine in others. The actors do a wonderful job—except when they don’t. And the joke writing is patchy. Still, I highly recommend watching it.

The show takes place in a fictional Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary, where Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates), proprietor, aging Jewish hippie and cannabis activist, presides over a cast of young budtenders. At the beginning of the show her son Travis (Aaron Moten) has recently returned from “the dark side” as Ruth describes it, aka business school. With full recreational sales on the way in the state of California, Travis hopes to modernize the operation and create an online presence via YouTube videos like, “Strain ‘O the Day.” Travis’ desire to align the business with more corporate values versus Ruth’s attachment to the good old days when weed was synonymous with rebellion provides most of the conflict in the first several episodes.

There are plenty of strange contradictions embedded in Disjointed. The word “fuck” punctuates much of the dialogue, but it’s accompanied by a cheesy laugh track that trails every joke. The show takes place almost exclusively inside the dispensary, Ruth’s Alternative Caring, and its set appears straight out of a 90s sitcom (with a lot more weed). Yet short animations are periodically sprinkled in, transporting the viewer out of the sitcom and into the interior life of a character. This adds depth and nuance to a show that could otherwise become too repetitive. Social media also plays a big role in the narrative, offering a meta view of the characters and their place of work.

Disjointed traffics in a number of annoying stereotypes. There’s Dank and Dabby, played by Chris Redd of Saturday Night Live, and Betsy Sodaro. Yes, they’re occasionally really funny, and they’re just about the dumbest, crassest stoners you’ve ever seen on TV. The very fact that they’re stereotypes is called out on the show. But they continue to act as extreme stereotypes, albeit ones that occasionally surprise you (such as when they announce that they make close to six figures each on their YouTube channel described as a show, “by stoners, for stoners, by stoners”).

Other stereotypes include Pete, a millennial super hippy who grew up on a commune in Humboldt and grows the best bud. At one point he asks another budtender, a Chinese American character named Jenny, “Are your parents OK with you working here? Because most of mine are.” Jenny’s parents are, of course, very not OK with her smoking weed and working as a budtender. That is, they wouldn’t be OK with it—if in fact they knew. Jenny has them believing that she hasn’t dropped out of medical school and keeps up the charade by comically faking cadaver dissections while on the phone with her mom.

Even Ruth herself is somewhat of a stereotype with her long gray hair, flowy purple dresses, and desire to “stick it to the man.” Still, Kathy Bates is a strong actor who brings depth and nuance to the role, even when delivering the one-liners on which the show heavily depends. She pulls off a combination of empathy and apathy, bossiness and the ability to empower her employees and patients. She is both a warm mother goddess figure, and a childish complainer. In other words, a real person. The character adds gravitas to a show that could otherwise feel too frivolous.

Perhaps the most compelling character arc features the security guard, Carter (Tone Bell), who suffers from PTSD as a result of his time in the U.S. army in Iraq. His slow path to healing is helped along by his coworkers in the dispensary, and—of course—weed. The show does a good job illustrating how cannabis can be about medicine, and it can also be about fun. It’s used by people who need it for serious symptoms, and people who just want to get high. Or those who use it for a little of both.

In my view, the show does an OK job with representation. The core cast has gender parity—three women and three men. Of the ten most frequently-seen characters, three are black men and one is an Asian woman. It would feel more right to see a black woman in a recurring role, in addition to a Latinx character. The lack of any non-binary, trans, or even gay or lesbian main characters seems like an oversight for a show whose audience is, presumably at least, socially progressive.

Even with all its problems, I found myself laughing more than eye-rolling while watching Disjointed. It dips into powerful emotions and loss enough of the time to make it feel emotionally resonant, while still throwing the one-liners and ludicrous situations of a comedy. Just like those Cheers fans who compared their real-life bars to the fictional one, I found myself watching Disjointed and wishing I could patronize a dispensary like Ruth’s Alternative Caring. It’s a warm place with a boutique vibe filled with chatty and personable folks. It’s interesting and well-attended, but not too busy. Comfy couches in the middle of the space invite people to sit, talk, and medicate if they want. It feels dreamy, and as Tina Fey says in 30 Rock, “I want to go to there.”

Netflix has cancelled Disjointed, but its 20-episode run continues to stream. It’s easy to enjoy and will almost certainly make you laugh. Or get high. Probably both.

 

Danielle Simone Brand is a mother of two, a die-hard idealist, and a breaker of conventions. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from American University and has worked as a staff writer, an academic editor, and a researcher on issues of international conflict resolution.


the stoner babes coloring book

“Babe” means many things to many people. To me, it signifies femme strength, yet to some, the word is sexualized, deflated, and negatively stigmatized. Regardless, “babe” challenges notions of femininity. It’s a playful term that even subverts versions of old-school feminism.

And the word, “stoner”? Even with recent efforts towards legalization, culturally, it’s still one of those loaded, messy, complicated words. Thousands of Americans— especially people of color—are incarcerated for nonviolent charges of marijuana possession. Let’s be real, 4:20 ain’t no celebration yet. And, to further complicate the usage of the term, “stoner,” many still associate those “in the industry” with Phish Heads. Nag champa. Legions of dull, white men.

So, when I cracked the spine of “The Stoner Babes Coloring Book” I had no idea that I was in for a read about resistance. Some sass with that grass, from the mouths of babes.

In “The Stoner Babes Coloring Book,” Portland, Oregon author and illustrator Katie Guinn asked women and non-binary people the simple, yet thought-provoking question: What does empowerment mean to you?

“Babes”— they responded. Guinn listened. And drew...

Because Guinn is a multidisciplinary creative, she was uniquely prepared to execute her project. As a writer, visual artist, fashion designer, and educator, Guinn is on-the-pulse and in good company with some seriously righteous babes. She explains the roots of her inspiration: “I created the idea of ‘Stoner Babes’ as a group of women. I imagined all the women I knew who are bad-ass babes who make shit happen in the world and also partake in the transcendental qualities of marijuana.”

Artist Katie Guinn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

What once was a small vision grew. In 2016, Portland indie giant Microcosm Publishing accepted her proposal for an adult coloring book based on her “Stoner Babes” vision. Suddenly Guinn had a full-blown project on her hands.

In selecting the participants of “The Stoner Babes Coloring Book,” Guinn explained that “It was important to me to be as diverse as possible to represent all the babes I could convince to participate. I knew I wanted to keep it women- or female-identifying, and gender non-conforming or fluid.”

Guinn utilized social media, “I asked many people I already knew and went deep into searching for people on instagram using hashtags like, #stonerbabe (there weren't many people using this then) #womenstoners #melaninstoners #ganjababe and others… I spread the word to as many humans as possible.”

And, on the page? It is a thrill to color beyond “the lines” so fluidly! Guinn’s babes are multidimensional. Pleasingly, gender expressions vary and are celebrated alongside different ethnicities and body types.

Guinn worked mostly from source photos she took herself in creating the drawings. Participants from far away also sent her images, which she manipulated. “Some of them I had to mix and mash together, study their bodies to make them in a different pose that made more sense than what they sent me. I've studied drawing people's likenesses since I can remember, so it's really easy for me to transfer what I see to the page.” The skill in Guinn’s artistry is apparent in these mash-ups. Wild stars emanate from a woman’s hair like brazen, bold thoughts.

Art-making is visceral and spiritual for Guinn. “I must tell a story and get it out of my body,” she says. This imperative is obvious in her work. The collection is excellent, and while a simple coloring book— white paper, line art— it’s vivid. The art moves across the page in psychedelic swells. Definitions take it further, and everyone defines it differently. Babes tempt the eye. It’s intimate. Empowerment, in those stars.

Coloring this book is a meditation and exploration in multitudes that also asks: ‘How many ways must we say free? And, how may we empower others to heal the wounds that must be addressed in order to achieve this freedom?’

Collected visions found in “The Stoner Babes Coloring Book” are a product of creativity. And creativity, after all— is a product of thought.

Katie Guinn thrives in possibility. In the state of process, of progress. She is, after all, an Aquarius—motivated by many directions, including family and motherhood. Still, she focuses on the larger picture. “Being hungry for justice, equality, and equity motivates me,” Guinn says, and it is easy to see evidence of her applied beliefs.

Motivation, for Guinn: “It comes in waves. Some days I'm not motivated at all, but I remind myself that I'm extremely lucky to have this gift, and therefore, have a duty to attempt to make the world a more beautiful place in all the ways I’m capable of. I'm constantly working on growth and evolution because I want my art to say something… I have a deep passion to be heard and help others feel heard.” Passion is something that she nurtures. And, The Babes are bodacious.

Am I a Stoner Babe?

Well, maybe I was a convert from the start, as anyone who chases the zeitgeist like Katie pulls me right in, like a moth to a flame. And, after coloring her book? Yes. I proudly call myself a stoner babe. Totally, 100%.

 

Julia Laxer lives for the stories and writes in the afternoons from a messy desk in a rose-lit room in Portland, Oregon. She is obsessed with rose and oud perfumes, Lana Del Rey, and wants to eat all the peaches. She uses performance art and spiritual practice to explore archetype and ritual, and writes poems, essays, erotica, and memoir.


my first time microdosing on cannabis

I used to think “microdosing” meant taking a single hit of a joint and then putting it in a plastic bag. So when I heard of Stokes Mint Micros, I wondered if it might fit the microdose-shaped hole in my heart. The container looks more like a film canister than a pill bottle and the mints themselves look like the missing link between Tic-tacs and Altoids.

They’re dosed at 5 milligrams THC per mint with twenty mints per bottle and they cost $14. One of the benefits of micro dosing is you regulate your high to stay functional throughout your day. But I tried my new minty friends on a Saturday night to see how many mints it took for me to go from functional to not functional.

I convinced my partner, Jake, to join the experiment, and we took our first mint at 8 pm, right after dinner. I should note that at the time, Jake and I were on a nutritional cleanse during which we were eating like hunter gatherers. We couldn’t have sugar or booze, or smoke anything, so you can imagine how geared up we were to try some sugar-free cannabis mints.

Test 1: How did it taste? Good. It was a traditional minty mint, as in not Wintergreen or Spearmint or any other poser mint. It found the faintest cannabis aftertaste, but Jake couldn’t detect it at all.

Test 2: Did the mint actually freshen our breath? We breathed into each other’s faces to check. We’d eaten a garlic-veggie thing for dinner and the mint masked the garlic smell entirely.

Test 3: Dosage: Different for each of us. Test 3 took place over the course of the entire night.

After we took our mints, we walked a mile to the movie theater near our house to see The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro’s new movie. On the walk, I didn’t feel high the way I do after smoking a joint, but I did begin to notice things. This was about twenty minutes in. We passed a building whose purpose I’d been puzzling over for years. I cupped my hands over the glass to peer into the window. I could see bunk beds in each room. And by staring through the glass doors at a bulletin board in the foyer, I deduced that it was a college dorm.

“You’re high,” Jake said.

“Am I?” I didn’t feel high, I just really wanted to figure out what went on in that building. The tingly body high I almost always get when smoking weed wasn’t there, just a fun curiosity.

“Yup,” he said. We’ve been together for four years, so by now Jake knows what high me looks like.

By the time we got to the movie theater I’d been laughing at the same joke for five minutes and Jake hadn’t felt anything. We both took another mint as the trailers rolled at 8:45 pm (45 minutes after the first mint). Many edibles take longer to work but the mints’ packaging claimed they worked quickly.

Here I will pause to say that The Shape of Water is a lovely film. Whether I have the microdose or Guillermo Del Toro to thank, I don’t know, but I was riveted. The movie was colorful and dazzling and dealt with important themes like love and trust and identity.

I felt the corners of my mouth creep up and stay up the way they normally do when I smoke sativas (The Stokes Micros are made with sativa), I yelled at the screen like it was a horror movie, and I cheered at the end (which I will not spoil for you).

“What did you think?” I asked Jake as we left.

“It was alright,” he said.

“What?! Just alright?” I couldn’t believe he was saying this about what was now my favorite movie.

“I could tell you liked it,” he said. “But I think I could have used another mint.”

Looking back on our night, I would recommend Stokes Mint Micros to anyone interested in controlling their high carefully. It took about twenty minutes for me to notice the first cannabis in my system, and Jake didn’t feel anything until he was two mints in. He reported a tingling sensation that eased into a gentle body high. Meanwhile, I was blazed on two mints.

I’d recommend getting to know what dosage is right for you by starting small and ramping up. If you’re extra sensitive, try starting with half a mint and seeing how that goes before you take more. If you’re less sensitive start with one, wait 45 minutes and if you haven’t felt anything, try another. You can simply rinse and repeat until you’re just the right amount of high and, of course, minty fresh.

 

Viola Selby is a writer and Journalist living in Oakland, CA. She left the rolling green hills of Asheville North Carolina, for the slightly less green hills of Northern California. But it was only here, in the Sunshine State, that she found exactly the kind of green she was looking for.