High Buy: Saavy Naturals—Food for Your Skin

This post is sponsored by Saavy Naturals.

Saavy Naturals Inc. (TMXN) offers a complete artisanal skincare line of handcrafted soaps, shampoos, conditioners and body scrubs that are literally good enough to eat. Formulated with the finest available food-grade ingredients, this vegan-, gluten-, soy-, GMO- and cruelty-free product line was inspired by a lifetime of California culinary experience, from husband and wife co-founders Hugo and Debra Saavedra.

Born from their mission to nourish abundant healthy lifestyles, Saavy’s luxurious products contain none of the common chemicals found in most soaps and shampoos, but all of the attention to detail expected from handcrafted small-batch production. From the artist-inspired individually hand wrapped soaps, to the intoxicating scents of Tahitian Vanilla and Bulgarian Rose oils, the quality of craftsmanship and consideration is deserving of the brand’s name.

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Pot Matters: Deadly Drug Policies

The death rate for young Americans has increased by 8 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to a recent analysis by the Washington Post—and the driving force behind this increase is the current opioid epidemic.

From the Post: “Since the beginning of this decade, death rates have risen among people between the ages of 25 and 44 in virtually every racial and ethnic group and almost all states, according to a Washington Post analysis. The death rate among African Americans is up 4 percent, Hispanics 7 percent, whites 12 percent and Native Americans 18 percent. The rate for Asian Americans also has increased, but at a level that is not statistically significant.”

The Post looked at mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  For context, the 10 leading causes of death in 2015 were heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide. These account for 74.2 percent of all deaths in the United States.

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Ice Cube to Produce Film about Dock Ellis: MLB’s Acid Tripping Pitcher

We have written about people doing extraordinary things while tripping on acid and about LSD helping with certain disorders, but frankly, baseball great Dock Ellis takes the cake.

Forty-seven years ago this week, one of the most important moments in baseball history was made when the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher took to the mound and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres—while tripping on acid.

Reporters at the game, who learned of Ellis’s feat 10 years later, said they couldn’t believe it.

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Casualties of War: How Prohibition Affects Education

The devastating impact of the War on Drugs extends to higher education, as students caught with pot face losing out on federal financial aid and often, consequently, on an education. Drug offenses are the only crimes that must be reported on federal student-aid applications, and that’s unlikely to change under a new administration laden with drug warriors.

Christy Billett could be the poster child for exposing the enduring perniciousness of the Drug War’s attack on American college students. Her story also stands as a stark warning about what many students may face under the Trump administration with an Education Department headed by Betsy DeVos and a Justice Department led by Jeff Sessions.

Back in 2000, Billett—then a working-class young woman of 18—was a few courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at DuBois Business College in rural Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where she was enrolled in a program that would have made her a medical-transcription administrator. But she found herself entrapped in a sting by a friend’s father, a man with cancer who had asked his son to find him a source of marijuana to ease his pain. Billett, who had some pot and occasionally sold some, offered to sell him two ounces, but it turned out he was setting her up. While closing the deal, Billett was arrested and, without an attorney, agreed to make a statement to police. She subsequently hired a lawyer who managed to get the court to change her plea to “no contest,” but the damage was done. A convicted drug felon under Pennsylvania law, when Billett filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January 2001 to cover her final semester’s tuition, she discovered that she was permanently banned from receiving any federal tuition grants or student loans.

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Toasted Tweets | June 14, 2017

Stoned stock? No, I’m not talking about infused chicken soup, though that sounds good as heck! I’m talking about investing in marijuana. It’s one thing to spend money on weed—it’s another thing to put your money into weed. Your mom might even approve, depending on the kind of mom you have. Here are tweets by some people who have invested, are considering investing, are behind the pot and pot products you might invest in, and are hoping to see some high dividends. If you make any money investing in the pot-stalk market, don’t forget to send a little green my way. By the way, what pot stocks should weedy-minded folk invest in? Tweet your thoughts to @jessicadelfino.

I get more calls about investing in pot & #bitcoin than stocks now & days. I don’t know what that is saying. Maybe start a pot bitcoin etf?

— Ross Gerber (@GerberKawasaki) May 25, 2017

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The Future of Cannatech: 3 Dank Innovations to Bet On

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.

This piece was co-created by Michelle Janikian and Catherine Goldberg.  

Technology and cannabis go together like cookies and milk. Or, since I’m writing this from LA, like Girl Scout Cookies and Soylent.

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Radical Rant: Feds Move to Increase Opiate Deaths & Accidental Child Overdoses

How does one explain the tortured logic of a malevolent Slingblade Hobbit?

I’m talking about the Attorney General of the United States (for now) and demented love child of Forrest Gump and a Keebler Elf, the doubly-traitor-named Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III.

JeffBo is a walking, talking 1980s-Just-Say-No relic, as if we grew him from clones of Nancy Reagan’s DNA found in some fossilized tree sap in Lafayette Park. This guy sees a latent heroin addict in every pot smoker and has used that debunked gateway drug talking point repeatedly.

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Stoner Sex: Dating Dealers, MMJ Facts, Painful Anal & Water-Based Lubes

Dear Hyapatia,

My boyfriend sells weed, and I realize that means our place is always busy. We are never alone. That sucks. I need to have some space from all these people and some private time with my man, you know? He says he understands, but nothing has changed. There has to be a better way. We really need some quiet time alone to reconnect. What can I do to make him see that I am at the end of my rope? I mean it. I am ready to leave. I still love him, but I can’t put up with all this. I feel like my home is being invaded. I never get any space unless I go hide in the bedroom. I am not comfortable in my own home. Should I just give up and move out? — Amanda

Dear Amanda,

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Cinema Stoner: The Mummy & Bubba Kush Indica

Being a stoner is like Memento. You’re always trying to remember what you just fucking did.

In my case, a handful of Bubba Kush nugs submerged my experience of watching Tom Cruise in the reboot of The Mummy. This flavorful indica is simply one of the best strains I’ve smoked. I also completely forgot I saw The Mummy until I woke two days later in a damp sweat, my weed-steeped room smelling like Willie Nelson’s hair.

Without tattoos to guide my remembrance of this clearly forgettable Mummy retread, I sifted through my chicken-scratch notes. “When no one is talking,” I apparently wrote, “the movie is quite good.”

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High Buy: Rokin Nitro Pen

This post is sponsored by Rokin Vapes.

The sleek new Rokin Nitro is a quality vape pen for concentrates. With three temperature settings and a dual quartz rod atomizer, the Nitro delivers smooth, clean hits. The pen contains no plastics, fibers or glue—so pure concentrate vapor is the only thing you’re inhaling.

The all-metal Nitro has a 10-second auto shut-off feature, preventing overheating and making it super-efficient. The pen’s deep glass chamber is easy to load (the kit comes with a handy dab tool) and can hold a large amount of concentrate, making for consistently satisfying pulls. And a smart, one-button design makes it easy to use—just click it five times to turn on or off, and three times to toggle between temperature settings: green (low), blue (medium) or red (high).

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