3 Surprising Ways Marijuana Makes Your Intimate Relationships Better

It’s that time of year again — it’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some people love this holiday, others dread it.

Regardless of your feelings about our annual celebration of the sappiest, lovey, hallmark-y holiday — it’s a great time to reflect on your relationships with others, your love life, or absence thereof.

And part of that reflection should include a key tool for your intimate relationships.

That’s right — we are talking about marijuana. You might be surprised how marijuana can work to make your intimate relationships better.

And if you are single and wondering why bother reading — don’t X out of this page just yet. This applies to you as well — because all of these reasons make you a great catch!

Here are three surprising (maybe not surprising for some of you) ways that marijuana makes your intimate relationships better.

1. Marijuana can help relieve stress and tension in a relationship

Handling your stress and your partner’s stress is a real challenge in any relationship. And if we ignore this stress, well, it can create serious problems. And guess what — your favorite herb can actually work as a tool for you and your partner to de-escalate stress and tension.

According to relationship gurus, stress should be taken seriously, not just swept underneath the rug.

When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to create distance, disagreements and disconnection. But by supplying a steady supply of support for your partner when he or she is stressed, not only can you help prevent your relationship from becoming strained, you can create a new level of intimacy that actually brings you both closer together.

You and your partner can channel that stress into something positive when you sit down, calm down, and talk about your problems and differences together. And marijuana can be a great way to achieve that.

No, we aren’t saying that marijuana automatically solves problems, but we are saying it can be used as a tool, an outlet, for approaching stress.

According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, an appropriate dose (small — you aren’t getting blitzed here) of marijuana has positive effects for relieving symptoms of stress.

We found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effects.

When we are stressed out with our partners, we make rash decisions and give into negative emotions. Don’t let that stress build up! Have a sesh, relax, and then communicate with one another. You might be surprised how well it works.And besides, if you do get high, you’ll probably just want to hug it out anyways.

2. Marijuana can lead to more activities and shared experiences with one another

This may seem obvious to some, but for others, here’s your wakeup call: activities and shared experiences are the building blocks of any positive romantic relationship.

And guess what? Marijuana can be great at inducing you and your partner to open up and try new things together!

According to relationship experts, shared activities and experiences are critical to maintaining interest after the easy honeymoon phases of our relationships.

…shared activities may not be something you would do on your own (these activities do not necessarily trigger a personal interest), but in the process of engaging in these activities together, the shared experience becomes the priority. These can be silly or creative or intellectual activities–there should be few limits placed on what you try.

Just remember that the togetherness is what’s paramount.

Did you read that last part? “These [experiences] can be silly or creative or intellectual…” Can you think of any other tool or substance that is better at promoting your inner silliness and creativity? Yeah… we’ll just stop there. Go smoke and get silly or creative together — and build that togetherness.

3. Marijuana can benefit your sex life

Speaking of activities… marijuana can really boost one in particular. We are talking about doing the dirty. Knocking boots. Makin’ whoopee. You get the idea.

And that’s an important part of any intimate relationship. And marijuana has ways of enhancing that department.

First, marijuana users have more sex in general. A 2016 population-based study found that people who regularly use marijuana reported significantly higher amounts of sexual frequency.

“A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups.”

A second study published last year by International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health the found that:

…the majority of marijuana users before sex reported a better overall sexual experience, an increase in sex drive, a more pleasurable orgasm and a decrease in pain. There was no correlation between sexual difficulties and MUBS.

There are more studies that confirm increased sexual frequency and pleasure all over the internet. But what’s the actual cause?

According to Green State:

Your body’s natural endocannabinoid system is key in regulating things like pleasure, pain, relaxation, and homeostasis. When it is activated by the cannabinoids in cannabis, it can leave users feeling relaxed with increased pleasure and decreased pain.

This can lead to increased arousal and even make sex even more enjoyable. Cannabinoids, those magical compounds found within cannabis, have a variety of effects that can boost our moods and minds. When we are happier, we are also more prone to being arousal. You can do the math. Cannabis can be great for your bedroom boom. So get smokin’ and get busy!

Elevating Your Intimate Relationships

Marijuana can play a positive role in your relationships. Whether its stress-relief, being more open to new ideas, communication, having more shared experiences, or even more sex — the benefits are numerous.

It’s not going to solve all of your problems — but responsible marijuana use can be a great tool or outlet for your relationships this year! And if you’re single — stay strong my friend.

These traits will make your future relationship(s) that much better!

What do you think? Does marijuana play a positive role in your intimate relationships? Let us know in the comments section!

5 Strains For Crushing Your 2018 Workout Resolutions

Getting physically fit and healthy is by far the most popular New Years resolution that Americans make every year — more popular than improving finances, relationships, and even quitting smoking.

Like most things in life, saying you want to do something and actually doing it are two completely different things. Unfortunately, many of us tend to fall short of our resolutions long before the year is even finished.

The good news about getting fit and healthy is that once you get into the routine, you probably won’t want to stop. Sometimes all we need to accomplish this is the right mood to get energized and active.

Do you see where this is going? Yeah, we are going straight to Weedville.

Marijuana has an unfair reputation for restricting people to the couch, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many strains that will give you the clarity of mind and boost of positive energy that will make you want to move your body and break a sweat.

Here are five strains that are great for crushing your 2018 workout resolutions!




The first strain on our list may surprise you. XJ-13 is a hybrid with strong sativa effects: a mental buzz, clear-headed concentration, social and physical energy, and the urge to move your body to some music!

XJ-13 will have you breaking a sweat…and a big giddy smile of happiness. A perfect way to start any workout routine.

Silver Haze

Silver Haze is a sativa that will leave you feeling a strong mental sharpness that will give you laser focus for accomplishing your workout. For people who are cautious about the anxiety-inducing effects of stronger sativas, this one is for you.

Silver Haze gives you the brain boost of sativas without the anxious-hyper feeling. Use this one for a low-intensity workout, such as a jog or a yoga session. Silver Haze could also be great for a warmup!

Dab Face makes an excellent concentrate of Silver Haze.


Harlequin is another sativa that is great for people who want the head high of a sativa without feeling too overwhelmed. She is known to have a lower THC percentage, which can be great for people who may want more focus for their motor coordination during their workout.

This strain is also special for higher-than-normal CBD amount, which can be great for fighting pain and muscle fatigue. That would also make this strain a good option for a post-workout session.

Harlequin will make you feel clear-headed and light on your feet, making it a great addition to any workout.

Train Wreck

Don’t let the name fool you, this strain isn’t going to cause you to crash. Quite the opposite —  Train Wreck is a powerful sativa-dominant hybrid that delivers heavy euphoric vibes and a social energy.

This strain is good for your fitness routine because it will make you feel happy and motivated to take on your goals, one step at a time. It isn’t too overpowering, leaving you enough mental control to go about your day and be productive. It smells delicious too.

Durban Poison

Named after some city you’ve probably never been to, Durban Poison is a powerful sativa strain that will have you uplifted, alert, and ready to do anything.

Do you remember how we mentioned other strains not being too overpowering? Yeah, well this one can be that type of guy. Durban Poison will pick you up and make you go do things. This strain is not one for sitting down — it’s for being up and moving your body.

Which makes Durban Poison one of the best workout strains there is. Spark up this baby and throw on your workout playlist and you’ll do whatever you wanted to do and more.

Working out on a higher level

Sticking to your fitness goals doesn’t have to be a chore. With the right motivation and mindset, you will be eager to jump into a workout and have fun doing so. Each of these strains is great for activating your mind and body!

Whether it’s an easygoing hybrid like XJ-13 or a sativa powerhouse like Durban Poison — each one will give you a boost of energy, mental clarity, and a big smile to wear on your face all day.

What about you? Do you have a favorite strain for breaking a sweat?




Domino Effect? Marijuana Bills Already Filed In 6 States for 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a big year for marijuana legalization efforts. With California now joining Oregon, Washington, and Colorado — the momentum has already begun to spread to other states. So far, six additional states already have marijuana proposals on the table for 2018, with more to come.

These newer proposals are significant in that they are being made by lawmakers themselves, rather than popular voter ballots like in California. Although voter-led ballot initiatives have been successful in some states, others require lawmakers to make such proposals.

And lawmakers are beginning to listen.

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Lawmakers are listening to voters — and proposing  popular marijuana legislation themselves

All of the current eight states with legalized marijuana achieved legalization through voter-led ballot initiatives. This trend has forced lawmakers to come to terms with the growing popularity of marijuana legalization. Many states do not offer voter-led ballot initiatives.

In these states, lawmakers themselves are beginning to step up and propose marijuana legislation themselves. Lawmakers from states like Vermont, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are recognizing the rising tide toward marijuana legalization and have proposed new marijuana laws for 2018.

Support for marijuana legalization is growing across the board

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Eight different states (including California) have already passed legalization laws as of 2018. And more are already on the way for the new year. State lawmakers are no longer waiting for voters to jumpstart legalization proposals — they are doing it themselves.

Rather than acting as a political football that lawmakers want to avoid, legalization is becoming an opportunity for senators and lawmakers to deliver meaningful policy that voters want.

And that policy is greater access to marijuana, not less. According to Marijuana Majority, over 60% of Americans nationwide support legalization of marijuana. Most of the country has already made up its mind.

Now it’s time for state lawmakers to do their part.

What about you? Do you think that marijuana legalization has become an irreversible trend for other states to follow?

Patients with Access to Medical Marijuana Use Fewer Opioids and Other Dangerous Prescriptions

The creeping opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency by the Trump administration in October this year. The announcement highlighted what many had watched spiral out of control over a decade. A nation-wide addiction epidemic to prescription and illicit drugs.

As authorities and policymakers scramble for answers to the crisis, a potential remedy may lay in plain sight: medical marijuana.

A recent study reveals that patients with access to medical marijuana significantly reduced their use of prescription drugs, with some giving up prescription drugs altogether.

A Crisis Spinning Out of Control

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According to statistics, drug overdose deaths have tripled and in many places since 1999.

America’s dangerous addiction to prescription drugs is no secret.

For many patients struggling with this addiction, there’s a familiar yet tragic story. Opioids,  prescribed drugs, and treatments become so powerful and habit-forming that they end up consuming the patient. These patients then enter a vicious cycle of dependency.

This dependency also leads to people making their own, more dangerous synthetic drugs.


According to reports by the Center for Disease Control,

The U.S. opioid epidemic is continuing. Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999–2014. In 2014, among 47,055 drug overdose deaths, 61% involved an opioid. From 2014 to 2015, the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl, increased by 72.2%, and heroin death rates increased by 20.6%.

Rates of death involving heroin and synthetic opioids other than methadone increased across all demographic groups. The climbing toll of opioids and other dangerous prescription drugs have wrecked entire communities. Proposed solutions to the crisis by government authorities and policymakers are likely too little, too late.

However, there may be a silver lining here.

The crisis has shed light on alternatives to prescription drugs.

Studies continue to show that medical marijuana has led to patients living happier and healthier lives, free from costly and addictive prescription drugs.


Medical marijuana to the rescue?

One of the most recent studies on the effects of medical marijuana was revealed that patients with access to medical marijuana use fewer opioids and other dangerous prescriptions.

The study involved two groups of patients suffering from chronic pain in New Mexico. Of these groups, 83 patients had access to a medical marijuana program, and 42 without access to medical marijuana.

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After a 24-month period, the 83 patients who had access to medical marijuana ended up reducing their use of prescription drugs. 38 of the patients stopping the use of prescriptions altogether.

The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, reads:

By the 10-month mark of being enrolled in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP), patients with chronic back pain, arthritis, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, and other chronic musculoskeletal conditions significantly reduced their prescription drug use. Over a third of the patients enrolled in the MCP stopped using prescription drugs altogether, compared to only two percent of the non-enrolled participants.

Patients with access to medical marijuana used fewer opioids, with some quitting altogether. Now let that sink in.

Not only did most of the patients cut down on their prescription drugs, but also a third of them ended up quitting altogether.


The results of this study show that it isn’t unreasonable to look to medical marijuana as part of the solution to the opioids crisis. Access to medical marijuana could be a life-saver for those dependent on opioids.

If access to medical marijuana can help over a third of 125 patients in New Mexico, then one could believe that it has potential in helping a third of all opioid dependents nationwide, too.

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Hopefully, studies like this one will continue to show that medical marijuana is a solution to America’s real drug problem: opioids and prescription drugs.

What about you? Do you think that access to medical marijuana can help fight the opioid crisis? Let us know in the comments below.


Prohibition Ends: What to Expect from California’s Recreational Marijuana Legalization


California’s marijuana economy will mushroom to a massive $7 billion as new laws and regulations take effect

‘Prohibition Ends At Last! — Bartender’s Poised for Drinkers’ Rush’ reads the historic headline that fronted the cover of every newspaper on the morning of December 5th, 1933. More than just a headline, it marked the end of the dry era and the beginning of a new, less sober, one.

We are fast approaching another watershed moment like the one in December 1933. The world’s largest cannabis economy is on the cusp of going fully legal. January 1st is the landmark day that California’s Prop 64 goes into full effect — the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Like the end of prohibition, the dramatic shift in policy is bound to generate excitement, questions, and concerns about what this means for consumers and the industry. And this time, budtenders, not bartenders, are poised for a big rush.

Here’s an overview what you can expect in 2018.


Recreational Marijuana Will Make California’s Cannabis Industry Worth $7 billion in 2018

The state’s emerging legal cannabis industry will explode in 2018. The total marijuana market in California is projected to reach $7 billion dollars, with the state expecting to collect $1 billion in taxes.

California’s medical marijuana market is larger than the markets of Colorado, Washington, and Oregon combined. Recreational cannabis will drive California’s marijuana industry even higher (pun intended).

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According to a report in Forbes, experts project total marijuana sales in North America to soar to $10 billion this year. The billion-dollar industry will create growth in another area: jobs.

Much like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon before it, California will likely go on a hiring binge to keep up with the new demand. Not only businesses and dispensaries, new state positions will also need to be filled to regulate and monitor the new legalized economy.

As of January last year, there were only 11 full-time workers that worked at California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control. A staff of 11 people is unlikely to manage and regulate a $7 billion dollar industry in a state with a population of 40 million people. We’re going to need more jobs. Lots of jobs.


California Marijuana Legalization Will Bring New Taxes

California’s burgeoning marijuana industry will also introduce new taxes and regulations (surprise!). Taxes are projected to be high, with California expected to generate up to $1 billion dollars in marijuana tax revenue in 2018 alone.

There will be taxes on growers, retailers, and consumers alike — and when combined these taxes can reach as high as 45% for some parts of the state. Consumers will have to pay both state and local taxes.

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Higher taxes mean that prices on recreational marijuana are likely to be higher to account for those costs. Some analysts predict that the black market for marijuana will be given new life due to these costs.

Regulations on Edibles, Quality Control, and Security

Starting January 1st, consumers and business owners alike will be subject to new regulations. The Bureau of Cannabis Control set regulations for quality control, security, and certain types of marijuana edibles.

Edibles will face strict new regulations, some of which pose a real challenge to edibles-based businesses. For example, edibles sold at dispensaries can no longer exceed a THC content of 100 milligrams.

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These same edibles must also be divided into separate servings, with each serving not exceeding 10 milligrams in THC content. Edibles that look like animals, humans, or fruit will also be banned outright. Goodbye, weed gummy bears.

Edibles will not be the only part of the dispensary that will face new regulation. Dispensaries and marijuana storefronts will be required to have a 24-hour security camera surveillance system. They also will have to close their doors at 10 PM.

Growers and farmers will also be under new regulations. The Bureau of Cannabis Control will introduce new testing procedures for unwanted toxins and mold. The specifics of these regulations are not yet clearly defined, but they will play an important part in ensuring consumers are protected from unsafe cannabis products.


The Beginning of a New (Legalized) Marijuana Era

The dramatic shift in policy will breed a lot of excitement and concern with the future trajectory of the cannabis industry. For now, you can expect an already booming marijuana industry to explode to new heights.

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A multi-billion dollar industry being brought into the legal framework will also introduce a collection of regulations and taxes. These new rules can create new costs for consumers and businesses. There is also concern that new regulations will favor big cannabis over smaller, local marijuana businesses.

Concerns aside, January 1st is poised to become a landmark day for the cannabis world. It’s the exciting beginning of a new legal landscape for California cannabis consumers and businesses alike. We’re sad to see weed gummy bears losing their jobs, but there’s hope that the legalized industry will create many more in the future.