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CBD Lion: Top Shelf & Transparent CBD Products Made With Pride

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In an era where CBD products are growing in popularity, CBD Lion has risen to the top of many lists. And it’s easy to see why. CBD Lion was founded by Erik Lundgren, Andrew Stepniak and Katie Nauert. Lundgren and Stepniak came from a background in medical and recreational cannabis, which inspired them to create a high-quality product that could substitute CBD for nicotine in vaporizers. Instead of rushing to market with their formula, Lundgren and Stepniak took their time, and spent months developing a product that is as tasty as it is effective. Now, less than two years after its founding, the company is easy to spot at trade shows (hint: it is the booth with the extra-long ‘dab’ lines to sample their 10 different flavors of CBD shatter). CBD Lion products have amassed multiple awards, including “Best Edible” at CBD Expo West, and “Best Vape” at CBD Expo Midwest. In 2018, MSNBC ranked them as one of the “Top Five CBD Companies” and Buzzfeed says they are one of 2019’s “top booming CBD brands to watch out for.” The brand is gaining recognition for its terpene-infused CBD products, such as tinctures and vapes. The expanding inventory currently features disposable vape pens, cartridges, shatters, lotions, gummies, and tinctures. The company also offers its own line of tinctures for pets.

Pride in Their Products

The CBD Lion team.

All of CBD Lion’s products contain CBD that is derived from hemp grown organically in the U.S. and no THC. Plus, each of the company’s products are independently lab tested by a third party, with the results posted online for customers to access. The company has created a QR code standard, which means each product comes with a code that can be scanned for direct product test results. Next, Lundgren and Stepniak had to find a way to flavor their oils. They were not satisfied with generic vape flavoring methods, so they chose to flavor the product using specific terpene profiles. The ensuing recipe boosts exceptional flavor while also introducing the entourage effect to the CBD to better aide in the desired effect. As a result, they create a vape experience previously unseen in the cannabis space. They have since built upon their specially crafted vape products with a shatter concentrate consisting of just CBD and terpenes. The shatter is currently available in 10 flavors, including Blueberry, Cherry Pie, Ghost Train Haze, Jack Herer, Watermelon OG and more. With their inventory of high-quality products, CBD Lion needed a way to effectively showcase their products. While Lundgren and Stepniak were working on creating the products, Lundgren’s sister, Nauert, also a co-founder was simultaneously designing the logo and brand. Nauert quickly became known as the brand architect; she designs every single piece from the prideful logo to the educational pamphlets and all product packaging. It was equally important to the team to have great products with strong branding that would easily be recognized. Customer feedback is an important part of the company design as well. One look at the company’s reviews and it’s easy to see why CBD Lion has gained notoriety among new and veteran users. Not only are customers continually impressed with the efficiency of their products — a main reason nearly 90 percent of them have a “five-star” rating — CBD is accountable to their consumer base. CBD Lion recently announced their plans to take their company public by merging with Acquired Sales Corp. (OTC Pink: AQSP) and changing the name to CBD LION CORP.

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Ricky Williams Flips the Script with new Highsman Brand

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Once scrutinized by sports pundits and fans alike for using cannabis, Ricky Williams, is flipping the script with Highsman — his new cannabis lifestyle brand line of personally curated products.

Created to empower professional and everyday athletes as well as sports enthusiasts alike, Highsman offers premium quality cannabis as well as a collection of apparel and accessories designed to compliment an active lifestyle on and off the field. 

“It is time we change the way we talk about cannabis,” says Williams. “Highsman is about an appreciation for greatness. There is a passionate and dedicated team behind the brand, and together we want to help all people inspire greatness in themselves.” 

Initially offered as pre-packaged eighths, three cultivars have been curated by Williams to compliment moments in the day. Pre-Game is a sativa for an energized boost; Half-Time is a hybrid for focused awareness; and the Post-Game Indica offers a relaxed mood. A line of pre-rolls is currently in development.

Williams brings a deep knowledge of herbs, sports and wellness to the brand. He studied the origins of cannabis in the foothills of the Himalayas and spent years learning about the healing properties of the plant. He credits smoking cannabis as a way of overcoming the challenges associated with being a professional athlete, from social anxiety to physical injuries. 

“Highsman is at the intersection of sports and cannabis and was created for fans and aficionados of both.” says Eric Hammond, CEO. “Years in the making, Highsman launches at a tipping point where sports and cannabis collide, and we are excited to continue to break boundaries between the two.” 

A supporting collection of sports-inspired streetwear varsity jackets and baseball tees and must-have smoking accoutrements — rolling trays, pelican cases, water bottles — are also available. that compliments the Highsman lifestyle.

Highsman cannabis is available at select retailers in California and Oregon and online

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Stevie Van Zandt Launches Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary, Grown By Iconic Cultivator Chemdog

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STEVIE VAN ZANDT

Stevie Van Zandt is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Silvio Dante of The Sopranos, a New York Times best selling author and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — and he’s adding cannabis to his iconic credentials. Van Zandt is getting into the weed game with his eponymous line of pre-rolls under the name Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary. 

The pre-rolls contain high-CBD, low-THC craft cannabis grown by Smash Hits cannabis — Canna Provisions proprietary craft cannabis flower. Van Zandt is certainly in good hands as the Director of Cultivation of Canna Provisions is non-other than legendary grower Chemdog.

Meg Sanders, Canna Provisions CEO, said, “Little Steven wanted to be sure to have an approachable, low-THC and high-CBD cannabis that is less about the recreational high, and more for people seeking the benefits of cannabis and cannabinoids like high-CBD cannabis on the body and mind.”

Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary Pre-Rolls | PHOTO CREDIT

According to the website, “this cannabis is meant to provide a powerful feeling of well being and enriching your endocannabinoid system with high-CBD and low-THC flower, so it’s less of a stoned-high and more a full body balancing effect with uplifting pep.”

Like so many others, the pandemic gave the guitar hero and a wake up call on the importance of personal well-being, promting him to create his Underground Apothecary, which offers a range of holistic teas, lollipops, candles and now pre-rolls.

“I have always demanded the very best from myself and of everyone around me, and my new wellness brand Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary is no different,” says Van Zandt. “Products like Smash Hits cannabis are like my other partners for the Apothecary – the best I can find in the world. So enjoy, be well, and stay focused on the only part of our destinies we totally control – what we choose to put in our bodies.”

“We need to help spread cannabis education, destigmatization, and stop unjust criminalization for a plant that not only does a lot of good, but has proven during COVID to be almost as essential as art to people’s well being and quality of life,” says Van Zandt.

To that end, ten percent of all profits from Van Zandt’s Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary will be given to the National Organization for Marijuana Legalization (NORML).

Canna Provisions, home of Little Steven’s Underground Apothecary | PHOTO CREDIT

Available exclusively at Canna Provisions dispensaries in Lee and Holyoake, Massachusetts.

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Stuff & Puff Berner’s New Cali Pre-Roll

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PHOTO | VIBES

Cannabis mogul Berner has dropped the latest must-have pre-roll paper from his premium rolling paper brand, Vibes. A fresh alternative to the traditional cone, The Cali is a cylindrical pre-roll tube that’s been designed for optimum airflow for the optimal smoking experience.

In a press release, the Bay Area rapper says that he’s been rolling for over 20 years, and that over that time, he was constantly told by friends that they would smoke joints over blunts if they could roll them. So he partnered with Greenlane to develop this innovative alternative.

PHOTO: Vibes

“As passionate smokers, and connoisseurs, we are gonna continue to focus on quality papers and products that consumers are missing, such as The Cali,” said Berner in a press release.

“All you have to do is stuff and puff with The Cali.”

The Cali is dedicated to those of us who like a big-smoke experience. We found the papers to burn very evenly and smoothly. They are also easy to extinguish and relight,  and even burn evenly in areas where I packed it too tightly or too loose (deliberately, before y’all start commenting). 

Plus, The Cali pre-rolls are massive, so make sure you have plenty of herb on hand for your next session to fully enjoy the experience either with your homies or when you’re chilling alone.

The Cali Collection | PHOTO: Vibes

The Cali is offered in three sizes — one, two, and three gram — across all four signature Vibes paper collections: Ultra Thin, Rice, Hemp, and Organic Hemp

Look for Vibes papers at your local retailer nationwide.

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