As we enter the month of December, holiday cheer in full swing, gift buying begins and this year I'm all about finding unique items to give my nears and dears. If you're like me, and live in a state that has legalized cannabis, there are an abundance of products that are geared toward the girls (over 21) and promise to take the gift of giving to a new high. Full disclosure.. we own recreational marijuana stores, so I feel like I know a little bit about what I’m talking about. I’m no expert in the field, and I actually can’t believe I’ve learned as much as I have since Washington state moved to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, but my husband graciously brings samples home for me to “test” and I never say no to a gift. I really didn’t try marijuana much in my younger years, still, my mind is blown away by the advancement in product development since the lid has been lifted off the pot! (no pun intended) I’m particularly happy by the push to satisfy female customers who don’t necessarily want to sit down with a big bong, or who simply don’t like the burning sensation of smoke in their lungs.
In fact, times have changed so much in the last four years that there are entire companies who are targeting the female consumer. The cannabis industry is actually being lauded for how many females are climbing the industry ranks. Abbi Madder who writes for the publication, Herb, states, “Since legal marijuana became a legitimate industry, women have been increasingly making their way to the top. Data from the Pew Research Center found that 36% of leadership positions in the entire industry are held by women compared to the average 22% in other industries in the U.S. The survey by Marijuana Business Daily found that, within the industry, women make up 63% of high-level positions at testing labs and almost 50% of roles at cannabis-infused products and processing companies.”
But this article isn’t about industry statistics. Instead I want to offer you my list of top ten products that appeal to my fellow females! If you live in Washington State, you can put the following items on your Christmas List, or maybe you’ll want to pick up something yourself to help you get through the holiday madness without loosing your cool... you just have to be 21 and live in the Evergreen State for most of these beauties!
1. Bath Bombs by Cannaman Farms
If you’re a fan of Lush products, in particular their bath bombs, I’ve got a one up on you. You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried a bath bomb from Cannaman Farms. I had the great fortune of trying one for the first time last month, and as much as I love my time to relax and soak the achy muscles away, I tend to only last in the water for about 20 minutes max. The evening I tried the Cannaman Bath Bomb, I must have stayed in the bath for close to an hour and the result was amazing. I felt completely relaxed, I felt calm, and I felt rested. The product is infused with THC, but because the product is topical the effects of a normal dose of THC is different. Topical application of cannabinoids, even THC, will not cause psychoactive effects, but will help reduce tension, muscle pain and inflammation, and ladies, it’ll make you feel amazing! Plus, they smell heavenly.
2. Muscle Melt by Green Revolution (Formally Ethos)
I first tried this product because I had back surgery about four years ago and I had residual pain. I tried over the counter pain medicine, went to physical therapists, tried prescription drugs, and nothing worked. I was getting really frustrated, but since we were entering the world of marijuana, we were learning more and more about the healing properties of cannabis and about the pain reducing ability it has. My husband brought me a sample of the Muscle Melt Rub and this is what I have to tell you. The pain went away. I ran my first half marathon six months after trying it and I now I use this product pre and post workouts, runs, or when I feel any type of pain in my back or shoulders. My mother uses it on her arthritic hands, and my girlfriends use it for menstrual cramps. When this orange muscle rub is gently massaged on your skin, you will feel a warming sensation that will soothe your muscles and melt your worries away. All I’m saying is that you can say good-bye to Ben Gay for good and you don’t have to smell like the boy’s locker room to boot.
3. Bath Soak by Sacred Mind and Body
Just like the Cannaman Bath Bomb, after a soak in the tub with Sacred Mind and Body’s Epsom Salt Soak, I felt truly relaxed and rested. Another plus was the soft, clean scent that left me feeling clean and smelling fresh. Every Sacred Mind & Body product has the finest ingredients, the bath soak has Epsom salt, avocado oil, jojoba, lavender oil and quality hybrid cannabis concentrate infused into the mix to produce a really enjoyable experience. Organic ingredients are used whenever possible in the process. The nice thing about this product is that it’s a little less messy than a bath bomb, but with the same result.
4. Personal Lubricant by Sacred Mind and Body
Sacred currently has four different products in their line so far; bath salts, personal massage oil, and personal lubricants in both organic and silicone versions (water based and safe to use with condoms.) Yes, you read right, personal lubricants! Spice up your night with one of these and you’re sure to enhance your experience and senses. The easy to pump bottles make application easy and sanitary. Perhaps sensitivity isn’t an issue or condoms are not required; then step up your evening with the organic oil version of the personal lubricant. This long-lasting formula ensures optimum pleasure, enhanced circulation, and stimulation all while benefiting from the therapeutic addition of cannabis. This can also be well suited for women suffering from menopausal symptoms or suffer from cramps. Seriously, this should be on your Christmas list and you should be jotting this down as you read.
5. Swifts Truffle Chocolates by Green Labs
Chocolate is a wonderful gift to bring to the hostess of one of the many Holiday Parties you may attend. I usually accompany this gift with a bottle of wine, or a special bottle of a spirits. However, now that I can purchase Chocolate Truffles infused with cannabis, I suppose I can ditch the wine and double up on the sweets. Through years of work with cannabis and culinary methods, Swifts has perfected their science and has created chocolates that are smooth, exquisite and have a fine balance between chocolate and infused flavors. What's really special about these chocolate gifts is that they don't have that cannabis taste some of the other brands have. They are each handcrafted and individually wrapped, and each truffle has the recommended and legal dosage allowed by the state. For me, I usually only need to taste about half of a chocolate to give me that relaxed, happy feeling, and one should note that edible products tend to take much longer to take effect. Give yourself at least 30 minutes before you enjoy a second truffle. Don't do a Maureen Dowd. Trust me on this.
6. Swifts Sea Salt Caramels by Green Labs
Just like the Swifts' handcrafted chocolates, this company has taken great care to produce beautiful sea salt caramels. They are buttery, rich, smooth, and, yes, they have infused cannabis. These little treats come individually wrapped with, again, the recommended and legal dosage that the state allows, and you can buy them in multi-packs or just a single caramel. Their website states, "The smooth, creamy texture and sensual crunch of sea salt are hand-crafted in small batches to energize your taste buds as they melt the day away, leaving you deliciously free. This passion for excellence delivers consistent taste and texture, allowing Green Labs to offer the best caramel product on the market. Which is your favorite salt? Himalayan, Fleur de Sel, Hawaiian." We're talking gourmet with a twist, girls!
7. Green Revolution Relief 100 Water Tincture
We now know more and more about the positive effects of cannabis since prohibition has been lifted in more than half of the states in the U.S. Many people, especially women, seek alternatives for pain relief and sleep aids instead of using over the counter medicine, or worse, prescription pills which can have strong side affects or even addictive properties. Cannabidiol,or CBD, is a compound in cannabis that has medicinal effects, but doesn't make people feel "stoned" and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. Green Revolution (formally Ethos) has created several water-based and water-soluble tinctures, so they dissolve instantly into any beverage. Relief 100 Water Tincture can be added to any daily routine without the intoxicating effects of THC. You can make your own Cannabis Cocktail, add it to Tea, Coffee, or Water. The Relief 100 helps relieve everyday aches and pains, and we all know that during the holiday season, our bodies can get pretty achy after all that shopping! Plus the pink packaging just makes me happy.
8. Yippee Ki-Yay ZootDrops by Zoots
The products I've mentioned thus far have relaxing or medicinal effects, but let's face it, there is another side to cannabis products that can create an uplifting and energetic feeling, and that usually comes from the Sativa strain. Many people are still unaware that marijuana is broken up into three different strains; Sative, Indica, and Hybrid. Sativas typically provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects. Indica strains are known for being physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed. Hybrids tend to fall somewhere in between the indica-sativa spectrum, depending on the traits they inherit from their parent strains. It's a science, girls, and the more you read, try, and experiment, the more aware you will become of the vast range of options you have. The ZootDrops is a great way to reach that energetic, creative state we all may need when maneuvering through the mall crowds. You can consider it an alternative to a shot of espresso, but way, way, better! In fact, because it comes in liquid form, you can stir the desired amount into your favorite winter blend coffee, tea, or soda or any beverage and turn the everyday into yippee ki-yay! Need some creative inspiration? Check out ZootDrops Cannabis Infused Cocktail Recipes. It gives a whole new meaning to "spiking the punch"!
9. Wildflower CBD Capsules
On many occasions I suffer from interrupted sleep and bouts of insomnia. This could be a result of hormonal changes I'm currently experiencing, stress, or being a mom (any small noise wakes me, and I know I'm not alone on this one). I've tried different remedies like Advil PM or Nutmeg tablets, and although they help me sleep through the night, I still wake up in the morning feeling groggy. CBD+ Capsules from Wildflower has changed everything for me. I take one before I go to bed and I sleep through the night without any side effects the next morning. Plus, these CBD capsules have no THC, which means they can be purchased online if you're not from a state that has come on board. If you need more information about CBD (Cannabidiol) there is a plethora of info out there. You can check out www.mindbodygreen.com for a pretty extensive description of the benefits of CBD. And just so you're aware, more and more people in the wellness world are turning to CBD for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety effects, and healing properties. Giving the gift of a good nights sleep and low stress levels seems like a no-brainer to me!
10. The Lady G Crossbody Bag by Annabis
To finalize my list of great Cannabis related gifts for her, I want to introduce you to the brand AnnaBis. Founded by Jeanine Moss, this accessories brand mixes fashion with function for women who use cannabis products, but who don't want to carry around their stash in plastic bag and stink up their bags. Jeanine explains that after a girl’s night out that included digging through purses for medicine, lighters, mints and perfume, she knew there had to be a better way. She didn’t feel like a criminal, and she didn’t want to act like one. She and her first business partner searched for a solution, and finding none, knew she had to create one. It was the dawn of the age of AnnaBis. Now after almost three years in business and a move to Southern California, Jeanine has created a line of leather bags that are both stylish and functional. Each piece is created with it's signature Aroma-Bloc Technology and airtight zippers crafted to contain any odor. AnnaBís helps women feel stylish, free and secure, but there’s something deeper. We women personalize all the important aspects of our lives. We have gorgeous wallets for our money and covers for our phone, lovely glasses cases and cosmetic bags. Why don’t we have something beautiful customized for our cannabis? According to The Business of Fashion, Jeanine is on to something big. She has been featured in Marie Claire, The Washington Post, and NBC news to name just a few. Her sophisticated designs and top quality leather are a must for the woman who doesn't like to compromise. And lets face it, anything in snakeskin is a winner for me.
"The Future is Female" is a hashtag and a slogan we've seen a lot this year. This couldn't be more true for the business of Cannabis. Jane West, co-founder of Women Grow, a women-focused association for cannabis entrepreneurs, mentioned that, “Many women use marijuana differently than men. They’re not using it to get high, but for its therapeutic effects. They use it for relaxation, pain management and think of it more as a wellness addition.” Not to mention, women make 80% of the healthcare purchasing decisions in this country, and that could go a long way in the medical marijuana industry as well. So while you're mulling over what to get that fabulous female in your life this holiday season, consider something that will really make her feel good, step out of your box, and go a little non-traditional. After all, mom doesn't need another pair of fluffy socks or a hand towel that says "Worlds Best Mom". I think we're over that.
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Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping... really.. really happy..... everything.