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Bud, Brunch, and Yoga: A Match Made in Cannabis Heaven

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Mason Jar Event Group, the bright minds behind September’s cannabis-infused farm to table harvest dinner prepared by Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and his Blackbelly Market team, are back with another canna-centric event, only this time, it’s less about the “yum” and more about the “om.” They’re producing a special event today, November 8th in Longmont, Colorado, called “Yoga with a View,” a cannabis-friendly yoga retreat designed to clear your mind and inspire your soul. 

I volunteered to act as Leafly’s guinea pig for this event, but before I attempt to twist myself into easy plow pose this weekend, I reached out to the event’s coordinator Kendal Norris and yoga instructor Larissa Ortiz to uncover what exactly I was getting myself into. 

 

Leafly: What made you want to organize this event?

Kendal Norris: At Mason Jar, our goal is to collaborate with active, forward-thinking partners who are bringing normalization to cannabis use. By creating events like this and aligning cannabis with the foodie and Yogi culture, we help foster and unite a mature community who can make educated decisions for their own health and life. This creative community just so happens to choose cannabis to enhance and elevate their experiences with both food and yoga among other activities.

We want to be a conduit in this movement by creating events and bringing this discerning group of individuals together to have fun, enjoy, and push the old images of a cannabis consumer out, inviting a new fresh face of real people to the forefront.

Leafly: What is your goal for this weekend’s Yoga with a View? What would you like the participants to take away from this event? 

KN: Our goal is to bring cannabis out of the closet, to continue and to contribute to the movement of #comingoutgreen. We want to create beautiful environments, a safe experience to celebrate the legal use of cannabis alongside yoga, and a decadent farm-to-table brunch, the perfect Sunday!

I would like our participants to leave feeling inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the farm, full from a wonderful brunch, and fulfilled in their body and spirit.

Leafly: Larissa, how long have you been practicing yoga, and how long have you been a yoga instructor?

Larissa Ortiz: I have been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for 10.

Leafly: What draws you to practice yoga? What inspires you about it?

LO: So many things draw me to practice yoga — it changes depending on where I am in my life. Right now, it is my sanity. With my life so busy and full right now, my practice is the one quiet place I can just get lost in my breath and my body. It is my touchstone. I am inspired by how much my practice has changed and evolved over the years. It really has been such an enormous part of my life, for half of my life, and it has seen me through some of the biggest changes, transitions, hardships, joys, and loves of my life. It really is one of the best relationships that I have ever had,

Leafly: How often do you combine cannabis with your yoga practice? What effects do you experience and how do you think cannabis helps?

LO: To be honest, I don’t have a chance to combine cannabis all that often with my practice, definitely not as much as I would like. Most of my time on my mat is spent teaching, and I don’t ever use cannabis while teaching. But in my own practice, I have definitely combined it and have really enjoyed the effects. It just helps to me to more easily drop into my body and to get fully immersed in my breath in the moment. It really helps to keep me more focused, and I thoroughly enjoy the positive way that it heightens my sensations and awareness.

Leafly: What recommendations or guidance do you have for anyone who’s new to yoga but is interested in practicing it?

LO: Start with a Beginner class or a Level 1. It is so important to start in a class that you will feel supported in. Starting anything new can be intimidating and overwhelming, so just focus on your breath and try to keep in mind that the practice of yoga is a never-ending process. You will never “arrive,” you will never fully “get it” – you will constantly learn, and constantly grow, so to be patient and enjoy the ride.

Leafly: Which strains are your favorite for pairing with cannabis (for either focus, meditation, pain management, etc)?

KN: The White, B4 by Headquarters Cannabis Company, and SynerG by Green Dot Labs Fine Cannabis Extracts all produce incredible, euphoric feelings that lend themselves to the Prana and flow of yoga. Synergy is a 1:1 THC and CBD blend, so if you are experiencing soreness or muscle tightness, this strain is perfect to ease your aches just enough so you can focus on the breath and not the uncomfortableness.

I also love Love’s Oven small bite 5mg Baklava Cookies, or if I am in the mood for something savory, their Rosemary Crackers. These never disappoint and give a heightened, tingly sensation during peak poses, enhancing the expansive feeling that only yoga can bring. I find these products help me stay out of my head and focused on the breath.

Leafly: What recommendations do you have for yoga enthusiasts who may be interested in pairing cannabis with their practice?

KN: Do it! Start at a low dosage and go slow. Check in with your body often and just flow!

Stay tuned for a recap of “Yoga with a View”! Can’t wait until then? Try a yoga and cannabis pairing of your own this weekend, and be sure to keep these 6 best practices in mind before you slip into downward facing dog: 

Yoga, Cannabis, and You: 6 Best Practices for Pairing Yoga with Marijuana

LAST CHANCE! Design the Glass Piece of Your Dreams for a Chance to Have It Created

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This contest is brought to you by Leafly, the world’s cannabis information resource, and Smoke Cartel, an online retailer and head shop made up of a close-knit team of glass lovers dedicated to making sure you get the best possible smoking gear.


Have you ever wished you could design your own glass piece? Here’s your chance! Leafly and Smoke Cartel are teaming up to give you the opportunity to create your own line of smokeable glassware. The winner will receive three prototypes of their design. Better yet, the winning design will be added to the Smoke Cartel online store and available for purchase by you and all your friends!

 

How to Enter

Create your own glass piece using the “Build Your Own Glass” tool below to design and submit your entry. (We’ve included some tips and descriptions below the tool to help guide you.)

 

Contest Details

  • Design submissions close on Monday, November 23rd.
  • Leafly and Smoke Cartel will narrow the designs down to the top 10 finalists who will be announced Wednesday, November 25th.
  • Vote for your favorite design out of the top 10. Voting closes Tuesday, December 1st.
  • The winning design will be announced Thursday, December 3rd.

 

Prizes

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • 3 prototypes of your design
  • A $300 Smoke Cartel Gift Card
  • A Leafly Prize Pack w/strain shirt, sunglasses, stickers, and more

One 2nd Place Winner will receive:

  • A $200 Smoke Cartel Gift Card
  • A Leafly Prize Pack w/strain shirt, sunglasses, stickers, and more

One 3rd Place Winner will receive:

  • A $100 Smoke Cartel Gift Card
  • A Leafly Prize Pack w/strain shirt, sunglasses, stickers, and more

 

Build Your Own Glass Tool

 

Tips & Component Descriptions

Bases and Form

The base of your piece is where you should start, it is the foundation of your creation.

Beaker Base Closed

Beaker Base Closed Top – The bottom of a water pipe that resembles a scientific beaker in shape with a closed top.

Beaker Base Open

Beaker Base Open Top – The bottom of a water pipe that resembles a scientific beaker in shape with an open top.

Straight Tube Closed Top

Straight Tube Closed Top – The bottom of a water pipe that resembles a scientific beaker in shape with a closed top.

Large Extension

Tube Extension Large – A large straight tube extension.

Tube Extension Small

Tube Extension Small – A small straight tube extension.

 

Necks

The neck of your piece is what completes your creation and is the final stage of the smoke getting to your mouth.

Bent Neck Closed

Bent Neck Closed – A closed bent neck is a straight tube neck that has been bent to curl close to your mouth. It’s designed to prevent splashback.

Bent Neck Open

Bent Neck Open – An open bent neck is a straight tube neck and mouthpiece that has is bent to curl close to your mouth. It’s designed to prevent splashback.

Straight Neck Closed

Straight Neck Closed – A straight tube which serves as the mouthpiece with a closed top.

Straight Neck Open

Straight Neck Open – A straight tube which serves as the mouthpiece with an open top.

 

Percs

Percs are the unique devices within your pipe that percolate and diffuse your smoke in water, bringing you a smooth, unique hit with each different perc variant and combination.

Dome Perc

Domed Showerhead Perc – A dome-like enclosure with slits or holes where the dome meets the bottom. These percolators allow for diffusion when the smoke passes through the dome and separates when exiting the holes on the edges.

Frit Disc Perc

Frit Disc Perc – A fritted disc perc is a perc that is made up of fritted glass, which can resemble a single, solid, crystal-like disc of glass that has thousands of microscopic openings to diffuse the water and smoke, which in turn create very small bubbles and a very unique pull.

Honeycomb Perc

Honeycomb Perc – A type of disk perc that looks like a honeycomb. It offers more diffusion than a standard disk perc because of the number of small holes that further divides the smoke that passes through them. The more holes, the better the diffusion. However, if the holes are too small, drag increases.

Inline Perc

Inline Perc – An inline perc is a horizontal tube with gridded slits cut around and under the tube. Inline percs are also often referred to as barrel percs.

Matrix Perc

Matrix Perc – A taller puck-type perc, with many, many tiny holes that make for a bubbly diffusion.

Reti Perc

Reti Slit Perc – A perc that features subtle oppositely running slits which create a unique vortex-type pull of water and smoke.

Showerhead Perc

Showerhead Perc – A vertical tube that flairs out at the bottom, with slits or holes for diffusion.

Sprinkler Perc

Sprinkler Perc – A unique perc featuring a sprinkler-like design that shoots water just like a lawn sprinkler.

Swiss Perc

Swiss Perc – A vertical style percolator seen on a unique style of water pipes that resembles Swiss cheese, with holes made on a large vertical disc-like shape that lets smoke pass around them.

Tree Perc

Tree Perc – A tree perc is comprised of a chamber with multiple internal arms. Arms will either be open-bottomed or closed, usually with slits on the sides. Smaller slits give smaller bubbles, which gives more diffusion. The more arms, the more the smoke is separated, which allows for even more filtration and percolation.

 

Joints

Joints are the part of the piece that connects your bowl, dome, nail, etc. to the rest of your rig.

45 Joint Open

45 Degree Joint Open – An open joint that connects to your rig at a more acute, 45 degree angle.

45 Joint Outline

45 Degree Joint Outline – An outline of a joint that connects to your rig at a more acute, 45 degree angle.

45 Joint

45 Degree Joint – A joint that connects to your rig at a more acute, 45 degree angle.

90 Joint Open

90 Degree Joint Open – An open joint that connects to your rig at a fully upright 90 degree angle.

90 joint Outline

90 Degree Joint Outline – An outline of a joint that connects to your rig at a fully upright 90 degree angle.

90 Joint

90 Degree Joint – A joint that connects to your rig at a fully upright 90 degree angle.

 

Tools and Other

At this stage you can add a personal touch to further customize your very own rig or water pipe by adding ash catchers or logos.

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Ash Catchers – An ash catcher is a removable barrier that adds an extra layer of diffusion to your pipe.

You have 3 types of ash catchers or precoolers to choose from:

  • A double chambered 90 degree ash catcher
  • A 45 degree downstem ash catcher
  • A basic 45 degree bowl ash catcher.

 

Free Draw

This is where you can totally customize your pipe with whatever colors and designs you can come up with!

 


Smoke Cartel™ x Leafly® Design Your Own Glass Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

  1. Eligibility: The Smoke Cartel™ x Leafly® Design Your Own Glass Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are age 21 years and older as of the beginning of the Contest Period. Employees, officers, and directors of Thread Cartel LLC and Leafly Holdings, Inc., and their immediate family members (including spouses, unmarried partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren) of any such employee, officer or director, are not eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.
  2. Agreement to Official Rules: The Contest will be governed by these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, you agree to be fully and unconditionally bound to these Official Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein.
  3. Contest Period: The Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”), November 10, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT, November 22, 2015 (the “Contest Period”). The Contest Period consists of three (3) phases as outlined in the chart below. Entries or votes received after the Contest Period or the applicable end date set forth below shall be disqualified. Administrator’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

 

Start Date/Time

End Date/Time

Contest Submission Phase

November 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT

November 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Finalist Selection Phase (to top 10)

November 24, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. PT

November 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. PT

Finalists Announced

November 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. PT

 

Public Voting Phase

November 25, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. PT

December 1, 2015 11:59 p.m. PT

Winners Announced

December 3, 2015

 

  1. How to Enter:
    1. During the Contest Submission Phase, visit https://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/design-your-own-glass-piece-contest (the “Contest Website”) and follow the instructions to complete an entry registration form and submit your original glass design (“Design”) via the “Build Your Own Glass” tool (each an “Entry” and collectively “Entries”) for use with legal smoking herbs. Each Entry must comply with the Submission Guidelines, below.
    2. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any Entry if Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, either: (1) the Entry cannot feasibly be produced; or (2) the Entry does not abide by these Official Rules or the Submission Guidelines.
    3. Limit one (1) Entry per person per day during the Contest Submission Phase. Any attempt to obtain more than the permissible number of Entries by using multiple/different user accounts or otherwise may void your Entries and/or disqualify you from the Contest. Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods or agents (including, but not limited to, Contest entry services) will void all entries by that entrant.
    4. Entrants must provide a valid email address in the entry registration form. If you choose to participate using your mobile device, message and data rates may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan and participation details.
    5. Once submitted, all Entries, including the Designs, become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned, and may be used by Sponsor for any purpose whatsoever. Entrant specifically acknowledges that Sponsor may manufacture units of Entrant’s Design and may affix Sponsor’s name and/or logos on such Designs for use in a prize or other product.
    6. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HIS/HER ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ACROSS ANY OR ALL OF SPONSOR’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL ASSETS, AT SPONSOR’S DISCRETION. Submission of an Entry grants Sponsor and their respective agents the right to publish, use, adapt, edit, and/or publicly perform and/or modify such Entry in any way, in any and all media, including for use in advertising and marketing, without limitation and without consideration to entrant.
  2. Entry and Design Submission Guidelines: To be eligible for a chance to win, an Entry must meet the following submission guidelines (the “Submission Guidelines”):
    1. Each Entry must not:
      1. violate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other property right;
      2. be, include or promote anything unlawful, harassing, abusive, tortious, derogatory, threatening, harmful, vulgar, defamatory, libelous, pornographic, obscene, offensive, or otherwise objectionable; and
      3. depict a child or other person under age 21 years of age, or otherwise suggest the presence of such person, or include content that might be appealing to persons under 21.
    2. Each Design must:
      1. be originally created by you;
      2. be able to be constructed solely of glass; and
      3. be intended only for and capable of use with legally smoking dry herbs or use with oil.
      4. be no more than 20 inches in height.
  3. Finalist Selection. All eligible Entries received during the Contest Submission Phase will be judged by a panel of six (6) judges selected by Sponsor (the “Judges”). The Judges will evaluate each eligible Entry based on (1) creativity, (2) functionality, and (3) feasibility of production, and select the top ten (10) Entries (each a “Finalist Entry” and collectively the “Finalist Entries”) which will then be submitted to public vote.
  4. Public Voting/Winner Selection. The Finalist Entries will be posted on the Contest Website at the beginning of the Public Voting Phase. Members of the public ages 21 years and older will be invited to vote for the Finalist Entry they believe is best. Limit one (1) vote per person during the Public Voting Phase. Multiple votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. Any attempt by any entrant or voter to obtain more the stated limit by fraudulent or inappropriate means, including without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, by using any automated program, by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods, may void those votes for a Finalist Entry and such Finalist Entry may be disqualified as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The three (3) Finalist Entries that receive the highest number of valid votes during the Public Voting Phase will be deemed the potential contest winners as follows: (a) the Finalist Entry receiving the highest number of valid votes, the potential “Grand Prize Winner”; (b) the Finalist Entry receiving the second highest number of valid votes, the potential “Second Prize Winner”; and (c) the Finalist Entry receiving the third highest number of valid votes, the potential “Third Prize Winner.” In the event of a tie, the applicable winner shall be determined by the Judges, in their sole discretion, from amongst the tied Finalist Entries.
  5. Winner Notification and Prize Acceptance: Potential winners will be notified via email at the email address provided in the Entry registration form on or about December 3, 2015. Potential winners will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (except where prohibited), IRS W-9 form, assignment of copyright, and/or other requested documentation within five (5) days of date of notification. Upon the request of Sponsor, a potential winner shall promptly take such further actions, including execution and delivery of all appropriate instruments of conveyance, as may be necessary to assist Sponsor to prosecute, register, perfect or record its rights in or to any Entry or Design therein. If such documents and/or responses are not returned within the specified time period, a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner may (but is not required to) be selected. If no alternate selection is conducted for a prize, the prize will not be awarded. Neither Administrator nor Sponsor shall have any liability for winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk, email or other security settings or winners’ provision of incorrect or otherwise nonfunctioning contact information. Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to this Contest.
  6. Prizes: Three (3) prizes will be awarded in total, as further detailed below. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for all prizes: US$1,370.00. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at Sponsor’s discretion. Sponsor may substitute any prize at any time for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable.
    1. One (1) Grand Prize consisting of (i) three (3) units of the winning glass Design branded with Sponsor’s name and/or logos; (ii) $300 gift card to www.smokecartel.com; (iii) one (1) Leafly flavor poster; and (iv) one (1) Leafly Gear Pack. Grand Prize ARV: $600.00. A “Leafly Gear Pack” consists of a Leafly t-shirt, Leafly sunglasses, Leafly magnets, and Leafly stickers.
    2. One (1) Second Prize consisting of (i) $200 gift card to www.smokecartel.com; and (ii) one (1) Leafly Gear Pack. Second Prize ARV: $285.
    3. One (1) Third Prize consisting of (i) $100 gift card to www.smokecartel.com; and (ii) one (1) Leafly Gear Pack. Third Prize ARV: $185.
  7. Odds of Winning: Odds of winning depends on number of total eligible Entries received and winners will be selected based on the judging criteria set forth in Paragraph 6 above.
  8. Taxes: Any valuation of the prizes stated above is based on available information provided to Sponsor. The value of a prizes will be taxable to the applicable winner as income. All federal, state and local taxes and any other costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and/or use of any prize are solely the winner’s responsibility. Winner(s) (is/are) solely responsible for reporting and paying all applicable taxes. Winner may be required to provide the Sponsor with valid identification and a signed IRS Form W-9 before any prize will be awarded. United States residents that win $600 or more in prizes will have income reported to them on IRS Form 1099, as required by IRS rules and a copy of said form will be sent to the IRS.
  9. Grant of Rights to Entries: By entering this Contest, entrants grant to Sponsor and their respective/and its designees, successors, licensees and assigns a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, broadcast, edit, modify, create derivative works from, display, and otherwise exploit the Entry, including the Designs (and all rights embodied therein) on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, for any purpose, in any manner (including, without limitation, on website and social media pages of Sponsor or Administrator), including without limitation for commercial, promotional or marketing purposes, without compensation or notification to, or permission from, you. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above-mentioned information or materials. By entering this Contest, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may receive many Entries under this Contest and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under the terms of this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or sponsored by Sponsor, and waive any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by other entrants and/or Sponsor (or their designees) may be similar to entrant’s Entry. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor has not, nor shall have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to entrant’s Entry.
  10. Publicity Release: Acceptance of any prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and their respective designees to use winner’s Entry, name, and/or likeness for advertising and marketing purposes, without additional compensation, in any media, worldwide, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
  11. Releases, Waivers and Limitation of Liability: By participating in the Contest, entrant warrants and represents: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of the Entry, including all rights therein, and that the Entry has not been entered in any previous contests or competitions; (b) entrant has the full and exclusive right, power and authority to submit the Entry and to grant the Sponsor the rights to the Entry, including but not limited to the worldwide copyright; (c) no part of the Entry has been published or distributed; and (d) no rights in the Entry have been previously granted to any person, firm, corporation or other entity. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entry at any time in the event it is determined that the Entry is offensive, inappropriate, not in keeping with Sponsor’s image or if it is determined that the entrant has not otherwise complied with these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, you hereby release Sponsor and Administrator and their respective parent companies, affiliates, and promotional partners, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all legal claims, losses, injuries, demands, damages, and/or causes of actions that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, including without limitation for personal injury, bodily injury, property damage, violation of publicity or privacy, defamation, arising from: (i) your participation in the Contest and submission of an Entry, and your acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) any claims of infringement related to the Sponsor’s or Administrator’s use of an Entry submitted in connection with the Contest; (iii) technical failures of any kind, including without limitation, the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (iv) the unavailability of any transmissions or telephone or internet service; (v) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (vi) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or processing of entries or votes; and (vii) Sponsor’s or Administrator’s use of your Entry, name or likeness. Further, you hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to a prize awarded in connection with the Contest. The releases hereunder are intended to apply to all claims not known or suspected to exist with the intent of waiving the effect of laws requiring the intent to release future unknown claims. If, for any reason, the fairness or integrity of the Contest becomes compromised, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or modify the Contest, and to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or the administration of the Contest. Each entrant further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all liability resulting or arising from entrant’s participation or Entry in the Contest.
  12. Governing Law; Disputes: This promotion is governed by the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to its conflict of laws rules. By entering, entrants and winners hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Seattle, Washington. Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any website related to Sponsor, Administrator or the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, each of Sponsor and Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES THAT: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, (IF ANY), NOT TO EXCEED TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (4) ENTRANT’S REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
  13. Privacy Policy: Entrants’ use of or access to Administrator’s website is subject to Administrator’s Privacy Policy, available at: http://www.leafly.com/company/privacy-policy/. Information submitted with an Entry or attempted Entry is subject to Smoke Cartel’s Privacy Policy, available at https://www.smokecartel.com/pages/privacy-policy. Entrants expressly acknowledge that Administrator will also have access to the information an entrant provides in the “Build Your Own Glass” tool and may use such information for purposes of administering the Contest.
  14. Winner’s List: To request a list of winners: (a) send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Marketing – Smoke Cartel™ x Leafly® Design Your Own Glass Contest Winner’s List, 1920 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle, WA 98201; or (b) email social@leafly.com with Smoke Cartel™ x Leafly® Design Your Own Glass Contest Winner’s List in the subject line.
  15. Sponsor: Thread Cartel LLC, d/b/a Smoke Cartel, 302 West Victory Dr., Savannah, GA 31405 and Leafly Holdings, Inc., 1920 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle, WA 98201 (collectively, the “Sponsor”).
  16. Administrator: Leafly Holdings, Inc. (“Administrator”), 1920 Eastlake Ave E., Seattle, WA 98201.

© 2015 Leafly Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. Leafly® is a registered trademark of Leafly Holdings, Inc.

How Cannabis Can Take Your Sex Life to the Next Level

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When I tell people that I write about sex and cannabis, I get one of two replies: “I’ve never tried that,” or “OMG I have such intensely awesome sex when I’m high!”

I fall into the latter camp. How can you utilize cannabis to make your sex life even more fantastic? Here are four suggestions to try if you’re feeling experimental.

 

1. Create Your Very Own Pleasure Map

World map projected onto hands covering breasts

Cannabis affects bodies differently depending on tolerance, strain, and method of consumption. So once you’re feeling the effects, take time to explore your partner’s entire body. Cannabis can bring nerve endings online in a powerful way, and you won’t know which ones and how they like to be stimulated unless you experiment!

Afterwards, start to reflect on how you’ve felt in different places on different strains: you’ll start to understand more how cannabis is impacting your sex life.

 

2. Show and Tell

Woman on bed

Cannabis is known for its inhibition-reduction effects. If you’ve never masturbated in front of a partner, here’s your chance! Showing your partner how you like to be touched can be a powerful tool for hotter sex. Don’t just demonstrate, explain what it feels like to stimulate these areas — it’s a good precursor to dirty talk and will help you and your partner get comfortable communicating your pleasure preferences.

 

3. Use Cannabis Products Specifically Designed for Your “Zones”

Woman's torso, thighs, and underwear laying on bed

There are not enough words to adequately express to you how much using Foria, the THC-infused coconut oil spray*, has improved my sex life (and let’s be honest–it was pretty fantastic already). THC is a vasodilator (that’s why your eyes get red when you smoke), and dilated capillaries in your erogenous zones means more blood flow and more oxygen to the area, which increases sensation.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. I spoke with Connie, 60, a registered nurse who recently tried Foria for the first time with her boyfriend. “The sensation was much more intense and everything was hyper stimulated. Everything he did felt good — there was no shuffling to find the exact right spot because everything felt like the right spot. It was delightful. The orgasms were much more intense and felt like they lasted for so much longer than they do typically–between 45 to 90 seconds, with higher peaks than without cannabis.”

Currently available in California for MMJ patients and in Colorado for both patients and recreational users, Foria is something that should be on everyone’s nightstand.

 

4. Schedule Your Sexy Time

Woman holding calendar

Since the psychoactive effects of cannabis can last anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours (and longer if you’re using edibles!), schedule a 2-3 hour block where you and your lover both have time to consume and play to your hearts’ content. And if you’re skeptical about scheduling sex, check out this article by sex educator and writer Sarah Nitchkey, appropriately titled “In Defense of Scheduling Sex.”

Your only limit is your imagination. I spoke with adult performer and sex educator Kelsey Obsession, Ph.D, who shared the following:

“I started smoking cannabis after hanging out with my (now) husband. I was pretty new but he’s a big consumer. One of the first times we hung out, he took a hit out of a bong and blew the smoke in my mouth, and it was super hot! Now I think it’s really sexy to watch him smoke.”

Fetishizing cannabis use? Why not? The great part about being an adult is that when it comes to sex and relationships, you make your own rules. Whether that means vaping together before sexy time, sending each other weed porn, or sexting about the great strain you just picked up at your local dispensary, you can co-create an entirely new sexual experience that’s sure to blow your mind.

What are some ways you’ve used cannabis to make your sex life better? Also, be sure to check out our other sex articles, such as Six Ways You Can Enhance Your Intimacy.

Sex and Cannabis: Six Ways You Can Enhance Your Intimacy

*Because Foria is oil-based, it is not compatible with latex condoms or barriers. Make sure you use non-latex barriers made of either nitrile or polyurethane.

Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: 6 Cannabis Recipes to Try This Holiday Season

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The day after Thanksgiving is a sacred time. Uncle Frank and his poorly-constructed political musings have left your house; Cousin Tina and her combined gluten/nut allergies has packed up her clearly marked Tupperware containers; and you’ve got a ton of leftover turkey, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes left in your fridge.

It’s high time for a little relaxation. And what better way to ease into the weekend than with some cannabis-infused Thanksgiving leftovers? Leafly has put together the best Thanksgiving leftover recipes this year, including a partnership with our pals at The Goodship for a spectacular crumble dessert. Check out our recipes for cannabutter and cannaoil to get started, then get cooking with our recipes below!

 

Cannabis-Infused Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Cannabutter-fried stuffing hash with fried eggs drizzled with maple syrup   Cobb salad with cannaoil vinaigrette

Mashed potato croquettes fried in cannabutter   Turkey french dip sandwich with cannabutter-loaded gravy

Snickerdoodle apple crisp   Tincture-infused homemade apple cider

Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: Tincture-Infused Homemade Apple Cider

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Ingredients

4-5 Granny Smith apples

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 tablespoons allspice

1 teaspoon whole clove

1/4 cup light brown sugar

Pinch grated nutmeg

3-4 drops glycerin cannabis tincture*

 

Directions

1. Cut apples into quarters (don’t remove peel or seeds).

2. Put your apples into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover the apples.

3. Add sugar, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

4. Boil on high for one hour. Don’t cover pot. Check frequently.

5. Cover pot and turn down heat and simmer for two hours.

6. Take off heat and let cool.

7. Mash up apples to a pulp.

8. Once cool, pour into strainer over a large bowl. When most of the juice has been strained, put remaining pulp in paper towel or cheese cloth and squeeze over the bowl until no more juice comes out.

9. Add 3-4 drops of tincture and serve.

Serves 3-4

*You may want to adjust the recipe according to the strength of your own cannabis tincture.

Two cups of cannabis-infused apple cider

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Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Goodship Company's Snickerdoodle Apple Crisp

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This recipe is presented in partnership with The Goodship Company and Leafly.

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Ingredients

Snickerdoodle Crumb Topping

3 Goodship Saigon Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Cookies*

1 cup flour

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

⅓ cup unsalted butter, diced into small chunks

Apple Filling

3-4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

⅛ teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon of salt

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place Goodship cookies into a food processor and pulse to create crumbs. If you do not have a food processor, hand chop with a chef knife into 1/8 to 1/4 inch pieces.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the other crumb topping ingredients with the Goodship Snickerdoodle crumbs. Stir with a fork or pastry blender until mixed well. Refrigerate while& you prepare the apple filling.
  4. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla, and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, spices, and salt. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat.
  5. Pour apple mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whip cream or caramel sauce.

 

Notes

To make this recipe ahead of time, make the apple filling, adding a tiny bit more lemon juice so the apples don’t brown. Store the apple filling in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day. Make the crumble topping and put it in a separate Ziplock bag in the fridge. When ready to bake, remove from the fridge and sprinkle the topping on top. Bake as directed.

Serves 6, approximately 5MG THC per person*

*Recommended dosage. You may want to adjust the recipe according to your personal preference.

Two bowls of cannabis-infused snickerdoodle apple crisp a la mode

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Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: Cobb Salad with Cannaoil Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

Dressing

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon cannaoil*

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

Salad

2 cups leftover shredded turkey

2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

1 large avocado

2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes

6 cups of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped

2 cups of watercress, stems removed

 

Directions

  1. First, make the dressing. Mince the garlic using a microplane into a small bowl. Mix thyme, mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar together, then add in the remaining olive oil and cannaoil. Mix until well combined, then set aside.
  2. Mix the lettuces in a large bowl and mix with 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Arrange down the middle of a large serving platter or bowl.
  3. Toss the leftover shredded turkey with 2 tablespoons of dressing. Place on the platter in a separate section to the lettuce.
  4. Add salt and pepper to the chopped eggs and toss with 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Place in a section next to the turkey and lettuce.
  5. Slide the avocado, season, and place in a separate section next to the other ingredients. Do the same with the cherry tomatoes.
  6. Place the blue cheese crumbles in a small section on their own.
  7. Drizzle entire salad with remaining dressing.
  8. Serve, encouraging all guests to get a good cross-portion of ingredients.

Serves 6

*We recommend a dose of a 1/2 tablespoon of cannaoil per person. You may want to adjust the recipe according to the strength of your own cannabutter or cannaoil.

Cobb salad with cannabis-infused vinaigrette

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Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: Cannabutter-Fried Stuffing Hash with Fried Eggs, Drizzled with Maple Syrup

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Ingredients

1 small sweet potato

2 cups leftover stuffing

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons cannabutter*

4 large eggs, fried

2 small cloves of garlic

½ brown onion, finely chopped

Maple syrup

 

Directions

  1. Coarsely grate sweet potato using a box grater.
  2. Heat butter and cannabutter in a medium pan over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic and brown onion, stirring and cooking until translucent.
  4. Add sweet potato and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add leftover stuffing and mix to combine, pressing and frying into a hash until it is golden brown and crisp, approx. 7 minutes.
  6. Flip and continue to cook until the other side is also brown and crispy.
  7. Serve with fried eggs with maple syrup drizzled over the top.

Serves 4

*For our cannabutter recipe, we used 1/4 ounce of cannabis in 3 cups of butter, with a recommended dose of a 1/2 tablespoon per person. You may want to adjust the recipe according to the strength of your own cannabutter or cannaoil.

Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing hash fried in cannabis-infused butter with a fried egg drizzled in maple syrup on top

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Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey French Dip Sandwich with Cannabutter-Loaded Gravy

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Ingredients

Mayonnaise

Dijon mustard

¼ cup leftover cranberry sauce

1 ½ cups of leftover gravy

1 cup leftover stuffing

2 sourdough hoagie rolls

2 cups leftover turkey meat, shredded

1 tablepoon of cannabutter*

4 slices of provolone cheese (optional)

 

Directions

  1. In a small pot, mix 1 cup of gravy with 1 teaspoon of cannabutter over low heat, until all is dissolved and combined.
  2. Slowly add boiling water to gravy until the sauce is thin enough to recreate the consistency of a sandwich dip.
  3. Heat turkey with remaining half cup of gravy in a small pot.
  4. Toast hoagie roll until crispy, then spread mayo, mustard, and cranberry sauce on both sides.
  5. Place turkey and leftover stuffing on roll, as well as cheese if you like. Serve with canna-infused gravy dip.

Serves 2

*For our cannabutter recipe, we used 1/4 ounce of cannabis in 3 cups of butter, with a recommended dose of a 1/2 tablespoon per person. You may want to adjust the recipe according to the strength of your own cannabutter or cannaoil.

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey French dip sandwiches with cannabis-infused gravy

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Infuse Your Thanksgiving Leftovers: Mashed Potato Croquettes Fried in Cannabutter

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Ingredients

2 large egg yolks

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

¼ cup finely chopped green onions

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

½ cup finely-grated cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons cannabutter* (for frying)

4 large eggs

2 cups breadcrumbs

Vegetable oil

 

Directions

  1. Mix egg yolks, mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, green onions, and flour in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Roll into small 1 ½ inch balls, then if possible, chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Beat eggs in a bowl, and place breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  4. Heat vegetable oil and cannabutter in a medium pan to medium-high until oil and butter have combined well and are bubbling.
  5. Dip potato balls in egg, then roll in breadcrumbs until well covered.
  6. Fry in cannabutter and vegetable oil until golden brown, approx. 4 minutes. Rest on paper towels.

Serves 4

*For our cannabutter recipe, we used 1/4 ounce of cannabis in 3 cups of butter, with a recommended dose of a 1/2 tablespoon per person. You may want to adjust the recipe according to the strength of your own cannabutter or cannaoil.

Cannabis-infused fried mashed potato croquettes

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How to Come Out of the Cannabis Closet to Your Parents

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The holidays are upon us once again. When classes are out and the work week breaks into vacation, many of you will be making a pilgrimage back home to parents and family. This time of the year always reminds me of the day I took my first step out of the cannabis closet by telling my parents – my conservative, religious parents – that I used cannabis.

Coming out is a much less scary thing here in the Pacific Northwest, where both medical and recreational cannabis is legal. However, in other areas of the U.S. where attitudes toward marijuana are more closed off, it can feel a lot like you’re turning yourself in. But if you’re living productively and successfully, there’s no better way to change people’s minds about cannabis than by being a living, breathing counter-example of Reefer Madness stereotypes.

In the same way that public demonstrations of support and pride helped fuel the LGBT rights movement, coming out for cannabis also generates momentum as it normalizes and humanizes the issue. If you’re thinking about making that public proclamation to those closest to you, here are a few tips to help it go as smoothly as possible.

 

Step 1: Determine the Appropriate Time and Place

Alarm clock with a cannabis leaf design on it

With sweaty palms, a racing heart, and a beet-red face, I finally unleashed the secret I’d been keeping locked away in an airtight, smell-proof container these last several years. It was a small Thanksgiving dinner with only my parents and siblings, and as full plates of food turned to crumbs, I knew it was now or never.

When you decide to make the move for yourself, consider who will be present and what the general mood will be. For me, that was a holiday dinner with just my immediate family. Spirits were high, bellies were full, and wine glasses were empty. I knew there’d be plenty of time to talk it out, and my siblings were there should I need any their support.

If the spontaneous bomb-drop “We need to talk about something” angle seems unnatural, segue from a relevant conversation. Maybe your state will be voting on a marijuana initiative, or a family member is complaining about a symptom that could be treated with medical cannabis. Whatever your point of entrance may be, just make sure it’s done in a comfortable environment with enough time to discuss.

 

Step 2: Be Prepared for Unexpected Reactions

A question mark with a cannabis flower as the dot

“So I got a job…at a cannabis website.” It was out. I waited for their disappointed reaction with tense muscles, waiting for some kind of verbal slap. But when I looked up, my parents smiled and gave sincere congratulations. When I told them I also used it and had been since I was 21, they were no less supportive and spirited. Okay. Well. That was unexpected.

Your family may surprise you by their reaction, especially if you’re expecting the worst. If you’ve never had a conversation with them about cannabis before, try it out to gauge where their opinions are. Had I done that earlier, I’m sure I would have had no problem coming out from the start.

But what if your parents react negatively?

 

Step 3: Explain the Impact Cannabis Has Had on You Personally

Silhouette man smoking joint at sunset looking out at nature

My parents never demanded an explanation for my cannabis use, but I gave myself a soapbox anyway. I told them it helped with my ongoing medical struggles. It helped my mood. It kept me engaged with hobbies and rekindled my love for the outdoors.

This is the possibly the most important step in coming out of the cannabis closet. If cannabis is bettering your life in some way, testify to that. It may take time for your parents to come around if they still cling to preconceived notions about marijuana, but your example and conviction could be the thing to change their minds.

 

Step 4: Be Educated About Its Health Risks and Benefits

Both of my parents work in medicine but had very little knowledge of why cannabis helped certain conditions or the breadth of therapeutic compounds offered. When my 90-year old grandparents later came to visit, this was about the only angle I could use to get them to understand why I was so passionate about a drug they were taught to hate.

Here’s your chance to make an impact. Be responsive to their challenges and questions. Tell them about emerging cannabinoid research, smoke-free methods of consumption, and how more mainstream medical organizations are coming out in favor of medical marijuana. Balance your knowledge of the benefits with your awareness of the risks, and explain how those risks are often massively overstated by government agencies.

If you’re not sure of where to begin collecting persuasive ammunition, you can gather ideas and materials from Leafly’s Cannabis 101 articles.

 

Step 5: Comply with Cannabis Laws and Regulations

A blonde woman holding the Leafly Cannabis 101 pamphlet

If you’re using cannabis illegally, that may concern the parents. They certainly don’t want to see you get into any trouble, but if you live in a state without legal recreational or medical marijuana, taking a stand is that much more important. How else are you going to inspire change?

If you aren’t comfortable revealing incriminating details, the best thing you can do is to simply state your opinion on the issue. Be educated about the effects legalization has on public health, incarceration rates, underage use, and so on.

For more information on your state’s marijuana laws, refer to our State of the Leaf map.

 

Step 6: Be Understanding of Your Family’s Feelings

A heart made with cannabis flowers

The hardest part about coming out to your parents in support of cannabis is knowing they may disagree with your choice entirely. I was lucky to have understanding parents who align with me on this issue, but unfortunately there are loads of family members out there who will be disappointed, hurt, or worried by your decision.

Ideological differences are always going to exist between generations and individuals, and while it’s important to remain steadfast in your attitude toward cannabis, know that your family may always feel differently. Responding with respect and understanding is the absolute best way for you to close the conversation, but who knows? They may come around once they process what you’ve told them. After all, there’s a reason public opinion toward marijuana is changing so rapidly.

Have you already come out to your parents? Share your experiences, advice, and inspiration in the comments section below. To those of you still biding your time, we wish you the best of luck whenever you feel ready to have “the talk” with your loved ones.

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