‘Tis better to give than to receive. But ’tis even better when you live in a state where marijuana is legal and you can pick up some cannabis-themed gifts to spread holiday joy.
Yes, after another year of significant progress on marijuana reform, it’s finally time to celebrate the holidaze. And to mark the occasion, Marijuana Moment put together a gift guide featuring cannabis (or cannabis-adjacent) products that can be tucked under the tree for all kinds of enthusiasts.
Some of the ideas below were crowdsourced, while others are personal favorites.
This reporter and Marijuana Moment did not receive payment or any other form of remuneration for including any product, though in some cases press samples were accepted.
1. Kikoko cannabis-infused tea set, $28.
I attended a Kikoko “high tea” event at a Los Angeles dispensary earlier this year and, at first, really didn’t think the product would be for me. But I walked away with some samples, steeped a packet of their Tranquili-Tea blend—which contains just 3mg of THC and 5mg of CBN—and it did the trick. Despite the low THC, it put me in the right headspace to fall asleep. Added perk: it tasted great. All four of the company’s infused tea blends—for sleep, arousal, mood elevation and pain—are available in a ready-to-go gift box for the holidays.
2. VETCBD, $40-$70.
Pets can suffer from many of the same ails that lead humans to seek out medical cannabis, and they have cannabinioid receptors that respond to components of marijuana, too.
Medical marijuana is helping pets too. pic.twitter.com/HOihB7VIUK
— ATTN: (@attn) February 21, 2017
VETCBD is a 20:1 CBD:THC tincture formulated by veterinarians, and while you can read through the many glowing testimonials online, you can also take my word for it. I’ve been incorporating VETCBD into my elderly German Shepherd’s diet for almost two years, and it visibly helps her manage pain from arthritis and enhances her mobility in general. For now, VETCBD is only available in California.
This was one of the first suggestions I received and, while it’s not quite something you can wrap up and tie a bow around, it deserves top placement. While those of us in a growing number of states now enjoy the freedom of a legal cannabis market, prohibition dealt a long-term blow to millions of Americans caught up in prohibitionist prosecution. Here are a few organizations working to get automatic expungements included in drug policies, or helping to facilitate expungement applications, that you can donate to in order to help spread freedom: the Equity First Alliance, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Code for America, and the Drug Policy Alliance.
Separately, if you happen to be a governor reading this, you can always give the gift of pardons and commutations to people needlessly punished for marijuana or other drugs with a simple stroke of your pen…
4. Pro-reform advocacy t-shirts, $25.
Show your support for marijuana reform by sporting t-shirts from national advocacy groups on the forefront of the effort to change laws, like the Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and NORML.
5. Bloom Drop, $50
For people who aren’t exactly pros at dabbing but still enjoy a nice concentrate from time to time, Bloom makes it easy with its “Drop” product line. Each dropper contains 560mg of THC and 240mg of terpenes and other cannabinoids. Simply pull off the cap and push down on the syringe for a smooth and consistent stream of viscous cannabis oil. The dropper can also be used to give joint or edibles an extra kick.
6. Books! $8-$15.
When I put out a call for marijuana gift ideas, I got a lot of book recommendations. Though I haven’t gotten around to reading all of these, my sources know what they’re talking about and I added a few of them to my own wish list this year.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (as recommended to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker)
7. My Bud Vase, $79-$350.
My Bud Vase sells a variety of artisanal bongs to choose from. I really like this one, called “Coyōté.” The ceramic bong “features a sand textured covering and a matte painted full bodied base” and also “comes with the succulent topper and the bottle-brush style faux flower poker.” Fancy!
8. Nail Crown, $25.
This recommendation comes from cannabis influencer Coral Reefer, who definitely knows a thing or two about dabbing and how to simplify the process. The Nail Crown is made of silicon and can be used to “grab and store hot metal, glass or quartz” and also serves as a storage unit for sticky tools and concentrates. The company behind the product, Cruz Culture, also says the Nail Crown can be used as a tripod for a cell phone—which could be great for people who like to post videos of themselves getting stoned.
9. Lord Bryon’s Smoker’s Candle, $11.
There are plenty of stoner hacks out there to help keep a room smelling fresh after a good toke, but this odor-eliminating candle is a lot more simple and effective than blowing smoke through a tube with a sheet of fabric softener attached to the end.
10. Classic BIC pack, $12.
Full disclosure: I am the person who accidentally pockets lighters after a sesh. So this year, I’m paying it forward and gifting this 12-pack of BICs.
12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hemp pen, $17.76.
Finally, celebrate the pending legalization of industrial hemp with your very own hemp pen. Now, I can’t say definitively that this pen is the same one that McConnell used to mark the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes his hemp legalization provision, but it looks pretty similar.
Making it official with my hemp pen!🖋️ Proud to have served as conferee on #FarmBill & to fight for #Kentucky priorities. With today's signature, my provision to legalize industrial #hemp is 1 step closer to reality. Looking forward to voting YES on this bill & sending to @POTUS pic.twitter.com/8ypwBebXy7
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 10, 2018
You be the judge.
Marijuana Moment does not provide legal or medical advice and is not responsible for any consequences associated with the purchase, use or gifting of any product mentioned above.
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SXSW Wants You To Submit Marijuana Panel Ideas For 2020 Event
South by Southwest (SXSW) is soliciting ideas for marijuana-related panels to be featured at next year’s festival.
The Austin-based conference—which celebrates music, film, art and innovation at annual events—promoted its “Cannabusiness Track” in a tweet on Friday.
The 2020 marijuana track will involve panels that explore the “technological, cultural, financial, legal and political ecosystems that are defining the cannabis-focused enterprises of both today and tomorrow,” according to a description.
The Cannabusiness Track will discuss the technological, cultural, financial, legal, and political ecosystems that are defining the #cannabis enterprises of today and tomorrow.
Are you a part of the cannabis industry? Propose your session idea today!https://t.co/3ytdTAC2mw
— SXSW (@sxsw) July 12, 2019
It “presents insights for professionals experienced in this rapidly-evolving industry, as well as introductions for newcomers who are just starting to enter this space.”
Have a concept for a panel that’d be a good fit for the program? There are only a few days left before Friday’s deadline to submit ideas through SXSW’s online tool. The festival will take place March 16-22, 2020.
Marijuana has become a mainstay at the Texas conference, with this year’s SXSW showcasing more than 20 cannabis events—with panels covering everything from female entrepreneurship in the marijuana industry to the state of cannabis politics in the Lone Star state.
Social justice advocates protested a SXSW keynote speech delivered by former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who declined to act on reform while serving as a congressional leader but has since joined the board of one of the world’s largest cannabis companies.
The activists argued that legalization and restorative justice must go hand-in-hand, and Boehner represented a profit-driven “Big Marijuana” industry that’s antithetical to that goal.
SXSW included an advisory on its new Cannabusiness Track submission page, noting that “cannabis and related laws vary.”
“Programming in this track is designed to inform attendees about this fast-changing industry, and does not promote the use or sale of illegal drugs,” SXSW wrote.
Tom Hanks Denies Fake Quote Promoting CBD Company
Actor Tom Hanks wants you to know that he is not, in fact, feeling like a new person after using a CBD product from a California-based cannabis company.
In a tweet posted on Wednesday morning, Hanks denied a quote attributed to him that described advances in the CBD industry as “remarkable” and stating that he was “feeling like a new me” after using a cannabidiol product from a company called Cali Naturals.
FRAUD! INTERNET FAKE! Just so you know. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/UkZiLaVgDl
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 10, 2019
“FRAUD! INTERNET FAKE! Just so you know,” the star of films such as Forrest Gump and Cast Away wrote, sharing a photo of the false quote.
For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Hanks has been featured in several dubious articles in recent years casting him as a champion of the non-intoxicating cannabis compound.
In another quote with questionable sourcing, Hanks reportedly said in 2017 that he was “fed up of taking various pills” and first tried using CBD to “soothe my anxiety.”
"Immediately alleviated 90% of my pain" – Tom Hanks#CBD #CBDoil #Hemp #hempoil #organic #nongmo #healing #painrelief #anxiety #musclespasm #seizures #nausea #insomnia #PTSD #inflammation #depression #skincaretips pic.twitter.com/KADZl1iHCl
— The CBD Hub (@TheCBDhub) December 4, 2018
While it’s not clear if the Cali Naturals cited in the new misattributed quote is the similarly named California Naturals CBD, a representative of that company told Marijuana Moment in an email that the development is part of a pattern they’ve experienced and that they did not know the origins of the Hanks hoax.
Someone “has been using our company name to falsely gain customers, maybe to scam them,” Erin Janson said. “We have received many emails from unsuspecting people saying that they purchased CBD from us and were charged for orders they did not want, or signed up for a monthly CBD club after they got a free trial.”
“We are just a small family business trying to make it in the CBD world,” Janson said. “We hope this does not tarnish our name or products.”
In any case, Hanks cleared the air with his all-caps Twitter statement. He might have been flying high as an astronaut in the 1995 film Apollo 13, but he’s certainly not the spokesperson for cannabis that some would have you believe.
Several Grateful Dead Members Call On Fans To Support Marijuana Reform
Three founding members of The Grateful Dead and a member of the spinoff group Dead & Company used part of their Independence Day to promote marijuana reform.
Songwriter and guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, who are now part of Dead & Company, each called on their social media followers to get involved with the Cannabis Voter Project, which “aims to educate Americans about about how voting can impact cannabis policy.” Dead & Company bassist Oteik Burbridge also used his platform to promote the organization.
Fans were encouraged to text “CANNA VOTER” to 40649, which prompts them with questions about federal cannabis reform and automatically generates messages to their congressional representatives. The musicians are also inviting supporters to visit a Cannabis Voter Project booth at one of Dead & Company’s shows in Colorado.
No better way to celebrate #IndependenceDay than telling elected leaders what you believe in. If you happen to consider yourself a "Cannabis Voter," text CANNA VOTER to 40649 or visit @Cannabis_Voter Project on #ParticipationRow at our Colorado shows. pic.twitter.com/EvNypwEglO
— Bob Weir (@BobWeir) July 4, 2019
The @Cannabis_Voter Project from @HeadCountOrg will be at the @deadandcompany Boulder shows. To know what it’s all about, text CANNA VOTER to 40649 and tell your elected officials that you’re a Cannabis Voter. pic.twitter.com/13apsRyHFK
— Mickey Hart (@mickeyhart) July 5, 2019
HeadCount, a non-profit organization that partners with musicians to register voters and operates Cannabis Voter Project, has been working with Dead & Company—and the band’s upcoming Colorado shows will put the focus on marijuana reform.
— Dead & Company (@deadandcompany) July 3, 2019
“No better way to celebrate #IndependenceDay than telling elected leaders what you believe in,” Weir wrote. “If you happen to consider yourself a ‘Cannabis Voter,’ text CANNA VOTER to 40649 or visit [Cannabis Voter Project] on #ParticipationRow at our Colorado shows.”
“I’ve smoked a lot of weed. And I vote,” Kreutzmann said. “If you‘re like me you should visit @HeadCountOrg’s @Cannabis_Voter Project booth on Participation Row in Boulder this weekend!”
I’ve smoked a lot of weed. And I vote. If you‘re like me you should visit @HeadCountOrg’s @Cannabis_Voter Project booth on #ParticipationRow in Boulder this weekend! #wavethatflag #deadandcompany pic.twitter.com/khsmcghbID
— Bill Kreutzmann (@BKreutzmann) July 4, 2019
The partnership makes sense given The Grateful Dead’s close association to the counterculture scene and cannabis across the span of several decades. Hart also owns a marijuana company that sells small joints in shops throughout Northern California.
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Any Cannabis Voters out there? Text CANNA VOTER to 40649 or visit @HeadCountOrg's @Cannabis_Voter Project on #ParticipationRow at our Folsom Field shows. #WaveThatFlag @headCountOrg #oteilfromegypt Pic #2 is reposted from @chrisrock I’ve always had mixed feelings about this holiday being part Black and part Native American. #noapologies #taxationwithoutrepresentationishereagain #oteilsegyptiankush @groundswellcolorado #happy4th!
Musicians are increasingly speaking out about cannabis politics. Last month, for example, Killer Mike discussed why rap artists deserve more credit for advancing marijuana legalization. And Rolling Stones’s Mick Jagger gave the governor of Illinois a shoutout at a Chicago concert on the day he signed a cannabis legalization bill.
This piece was updated to note that additional The Grateful Dead and Dead & Company members posted on social media about Cannabis Voter Project.
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