A Conscious Celebration of Earth Day 2020

Finding Productivity Indoors and Outdoors via Uplifting Cannabis Formulation Lively

We’ve spent enough time inside our houses to know where the wayward dust collects, which closets need reorganizing and what paint is screaming for a little touch-up. 

Between this new season of growth and the stay-at-home orders keeping us homebound, there is literally no better time to begin your annual spring cleaning ritual.  

While we typically categorize cleaning as a chore, let’s add some uplifting cannabis to the mix and make it something of a celebration—a gift to our future selves, who will appreciate our thoughtful foresight. And I’m here to tell you that LucidMood’s Lively vape pen can be your best helper for the daunting but rewarding expedition that is spring cleaning. And I should know, as I’m the scientist who created this energetic cannabis formulation of cannabinoids and terpenes specifically engineered to fuel vigorous activities like hiking … and also spring cleaning. 

Although Lively was originally envisioned to inspire outdoor activities, this can easily translate to productive seshes in the great indoors. After all, cannabis is extremely versatile, and finding that perfect high can make all sorts of activities more enjoyable. 

Before diving into Lively, it may be useful to hear that many of us associate spring cleaning (and other large projects) with stress—so please know that you are not alone if you are experiencing similar feelings. 

Your brain is not a huge fan of digging into large projects, because these activities take up a lot of energy and attention, two resources your brain values highly. It turns out you can trick your brain a little bit by breaking the large task into smaller subtasks—and of course by getting high with the help of an uplifting cannabis formulation.  

Because those first steps of beginning your spring cleaning projects are usually the most difficult to take, let Lively’s 2:1 THC:CBD ratio act as your foundation. Take that first hit from Lively and notice how the CBD takes the edge off that stress. (Check out my prior post, CBD and Stress: What Does the Science Say?, to learn why cannabidiol works this way.) Sure enough, this 2:1 ratio was specially created to help you experience the perfect amount of euphoria while still accomplishing your goals.

Sounds ideal for spring cleaning to me.

Now throw on your favorite record and let the music work alongside that higher THC content, all while the CBD keeps you more level and alert. 

All that said, the cannabinoids are only one part of this proprietary LucidMood formulation. 

Limonene and valencene are the primary motivators within the Lively formula. Both terpenes can be found in orange peels, and when combined, they provide a strong sense of alertness and motivation. Sometimes these compounds work so well that people report feeling restless after inhaling them—at least when they are stuck in a boring research environment. 

This may explain why sativas, which are commonly high in limonene and valencene, can leave some consumers feeling racy or paranoid, and this is exactly why we recommend Lively for those active moments in your life. 

And because we recognize that plans don’t always go perfectly, we balanced out these alerting terpenes with CBD and Geraniol. 

We’ve already talked about CBD, so now let’s tackle Geraniol. This terpene is one of my favorites, and for good reason. Geraniol hits very smooth, tastes and smells like sweet roses, and serves as a mentally relaxing ingredient. Although there are some extremely technical papers researching the effects of Geraniol on different cells and neurons, one simplified study found that inhalation of Rosa Damascena oil (very high in Geraniol) actually relieved women’s anxiety during the first stage of labor

Fortunately, you are just trying to clean your house.

That said, April 22, 2020 also marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! And so after you’ve tidied up your living space, celebrate Earth Day 2020 by treating yourself to some fresh air and using your Lively pen the way it was originally intended. Find a nearby trail or pedestrian-dedicated area, stretch out and take in the beautiful spring air—which is wildly different from the winter air we were previously living with, given the spike in pollen count associated with this blooming season. 

Remember to follow your city and state’s rules for social distancing and out-of-home activities, but I think you’ll agree that a little outdoor time is necessary after a blissed-out spring cleaning sesh.

So whether you are doing a quick dust and vacuum, reorganizing all of your cupboards or diving into a full interior design rework, LucidMood’s Lively has you covered. Enjoy that perfect balance of euphoria and alertness—with that safety net of calmness—and make the most of your new staycation orders with this energetic cannabis blend.  

Feature photo: Volha Flaxico via Unsplash

LoDo Wellness Dispensary - LucidMood's Budtender of the Month Amber Sullivan

Meet Amber Sullivan, LucidMood’s Budtender of the Month for April 2020

This interview is part of a special Q&A series where we talk to budtenders—who are some of the most fascinating and informative people in our industry—about the weird questions they get, what daily life on the cannabis front lines is like, and what they appreciate most about cannabis.

Name: Amber Sullivan

Dispensary: LoDo Wellness Center in Denver, Colorado

Currently, LoDo Wellness has made a very difficult, but responsible decision to shut its doors while COVID-19 causes ripples through society. Keep an eye on their website for updates on reopening – 

What year did you start working in the cannabis industry?
2018. I had been working in the beer industry and wanted a change.

Who are your favorite customers at the dispensary?
We get many seniors coming in who are seeking to ease their physical pain and improve personal wellness and quality of life, and I really enjoy working with them. Their generation often has had extremely negative views about cannabis, but just being able to talk to them one-on-one can completely shift their view. Personal connections make it possible for us to break down those negative stereotypes they were given. 

Groups like bachelorette parties are also some of my favorites. There’s usually a newbie, or at least one person who is super nervous because they had a bad experience with cannabis in the past, and I’m able to talk to them about CBD and different approaches to consuming. Those are the customers who often come back super excited because they gave it another try and actually had a great time! People are hungry for education and guidance, and one of the best parts of my job is being able to offer that to them.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give your fellow budtenders?
Really listen to people. I personally prefer indicas but they don’t work for everyone. Everyone has a vastly different experience with cannabis. When you treat people as individuals and find out about their past experiences, you can help prevent unwanted side effects much more effectively.

Because our location is so close to Denver’s Union Station—a major transportation hub downtown—I’d say around 60% of our clientele are tourists. Many of them don’t live in legal states and often this is their first time in a dispensary.  I could give these customers a ton of information, but I try to follow the advice of the awesome astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (I’m paraphrasing): Even if you know a lot, you can’t overwhelm people with information. That’s counterproductive.

What’s the craziest question about cannabis you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
A woman came in with a huge stack of paperwork from her doctor as well as all of her medications. She wanted something that could help her skin, and she pulled up her shirt to reveal a really intense rash on her torso. She told us she wanted to avoid steroid injections, which her doctor had told her were the best way to treat the rash.

While I know what products could potentially help her, if a doctor is saying injections are the way to relieve her condition, I don’t want to contradict a medical doctor. Yes, cannabis topicals can help with many skin problems, but we are not dermatologists, and these products are not a magic bullet for every chronic condition. Sometimes finding answers for people is difficult, especially when there isn’t a clear-cut yes or no.

What’s the biggest misconception about cannabis you’d like to fix?
That people who consume suffer from a lack of ambition. Thankfully that myth is collapsing as the cannabis industry expands. 

People use this plant for productivity. Cannabis consumers tailor their consumption based on their experience and what they want to do with their time. I use cannabis in different ways, but one of them is that it helps me write for hours at a time. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing on the couch, but that’s only a small part of the cannabis picture!

What’s the most challenging part of your day?
Right now, as we deal with COVID-19, work can be challenging and definitely is more stressful. I’m just trying to take it day by day. We are providing a valuable service to people, and a service to the state with the tax revenue we provide—we just want to be safe and hope we have the support and understanding of both our customers and the regulators. 

What does consuming cannabis do for you?
I consume cannabis to help me write, storyboard and come up with ideas. I also use it to sleep, and to calm down in social situations; CBD in particular is really helpful for me personally. When I take it I feel like it actually helps me to be my own true self and not front.

If I had to choose one word to describe how cannabis makes me feel, it would be “even.” I feel a lot of things, and sometimes I go strongly in one direction or another. Cannabis helps me find that middle ground where I can feel all of my emotions and yet stay balanced.

Which LucidMood product do you use, and why?

I like Lullaby because I use it to help me get to sleep. Normally I need quite a bit of cannabis to be fully relaxed, but with this pen I take a few puffs and I’m out! 

“If I were a LucidMood pen, I would be….”
I want to be Luminous but I’m actually Luscious. I enjoy the hedonistic feeling that the Luscious pen gives me. It makes me want to cook a giant meal for one, find the softest blankets possible and just soak in and enjoy all of life’s sensory pleasures.

Do you see product manufactures reaching out to educate budtenders?
We need more outreach for education. People come in and are told to ask for a product, or they reach for a product they want—without necessarily knowing what that product is or what it will do for them. Budtenders are a great source of the actual questions people need answers to, because we are plugged in on a daily basis to the consumer who’s telling us how they want to feel.

There are so many new products as well as so many people who are new to cannabis, and we need to communicate with consumers about what’s available, the possible side effects and how individuals can react quite differently to the same products.

CBD and Stress: What Science Says

CBD and Stress: What Does the Science Say?

Are you feeling more on edge lately with so much uncertainty in our daily lives? I sure am. That’s why I’m so glad I also have cannabis in my daily life, and CBD in particular.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is often recommended for easing stress and boosting mental relaxation—but it’s also promoted as a pain reliever, sleep aid and skincare ingredient, sold at grocery stores and gas stations, and even infused into pillowcases and sports bras. No wonder people are confused. Which claims are real and which ones are hype? 

Research on CBD and Stress

As a neuroscientist, I seek out data-based evidence. So I’d preface any statements about CBD and stress relief by saying—as any responsible person in this field would—that findings are promising but we need more data from large-scale, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Decades of prohibition prevented researchers from doing more in-depth study of cannabinoids, and I’m thankful we’re starting to make more headway.

In recent years, credible studies on CBD have resulted in some encouraging discoveries, and I’d like to share a few with you:

  1. A 2019 study of 72 adults published in the Permanente Journal examined whether CBD had an effect on anxiety and sleep in a three-month period. An overwhelming majority of participants’ anxiety scores decreased within the first month. And they remained at decreased levels for the duration of the study. (A majority of participants reported that they slept better too in the first month. Results fluctuated over time, however.) 
  1. Another 2019 study published in Frontiers of Psychology examined 37 teenagers with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Each participant received 300 milligrams of CBD oil or a placebo every day for one month. The participants’ anxiety scores in the non-control group dropped significantly, while the scores of those in the placebo group remained unchanged.
  1. A 2015 literature review published in Neurotherapeutics assessed findings from 49 primary preclinical, clinical, or epidemiological studies, and found that “evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders.”
  1. A 2011 study published in Neuropsychopharmacology examined the effects of CBD in 24 subjects diagnosed with Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (GSAD). All 24 were asked to speak in front of a group. Researchers found that “CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.” 

CBD and THC: They Work Better Together

Beyond it’s calming abilities, CBD is associated with many other benefits. One benefit is that cannabis consumers report fewer of the unpleasant side effects associated with THC when CBD is present. 

Almost everyone who has tried cannabis has had an unpleasant experience at some point, one that usually involves jitters, paranoia, or a racing mind. These studies and others indicate that CBD could counteract some of those unwanted effects. I would argue that such a reduction does strengthen the argument for CBD’s ability to boost mental relaxation and clarity.

At LucidMood we’ve designed a variety of formulations so that consumers can find a THC:CBD ratio that works best for them. 

Of course, everyone’s experience with cannabis is different—but as head of R&D, I take very seriously the idea that our customers are looking to us for reliable results and consistent experiences. Who wants the stress of not knowing how cannabis is going to affect you when you’re looking to unwind after an intense day

There is no universally recommended dosage for CBD yet. I always advise new consumers to start low and increase dosage gradually. Cannabis tolerance is highly variable, so if, for example, you’re trying a LucidMood vape pen, start with one to two 2-3 second inhalations, wait about 10 minutes to feel the onset of effects, then go from there. 

Helping People Have a Better Day 

At LucidMood, we are big believers in the many cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis and their ability to help people have a better day. That’s why we got into this crazy business in the first place. In uncertain times, we could all use a little support to help us be more centered, more relaxed.  

So, could CBD help you cope with stress? My TL;DR answer: The best way to figure that out is to try it.

Learn more about LucidMood’s unique formulations here.