RISE Mag catches up with Ryan Rocca to find out what’s changed in a year, what’s come to fruition for RISE brands, and what the future has in store for our industry.
Here’s how we’re setting our brands apart from the rest in this rapidly growing market.
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Our brands are garnering serious buzz! Life Bloom Organics and Karezza have been showing up in the news, thanks to their plant-based supplements harnessing the power of hemp extract and traditional botanicals. See what people are saying:
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All eyes are currently on Canada as the country prepares to legalize recreational cannabis on October 17, becoming only the second country in the world after Uruguay to do so. But which countries will follow suit? Where are the marijuana hotspots around the world? Tag along as we criss-cross the globe.
Think you know edibles? Save that weed gummy for a rainy day, because the current trend in cannabis-infused food is high-end and experimental. THC and CBD is popping up in everything from curated multi-course gourmet meals (vitello tonnato with THC, anyone?), to olive oil, to activated ganache-filled chocolate cubes.
Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, CBD is the latest buzz-worthy ingredient in beauty and skincare products and regimens. From Milk Makeup’s cannabinoid-infused mascara and brow gel, to Evio Beauty Group’s recent announcement of a strategic partnership with Aurora Cannabis, weed is ready to take over prime shelf space in the beauty world.
Why has cannabis been demonized when humans have been consuming it for thousands of years? In 1936, the release of a little film called Reefer Madness caused the clutching of pearls across North America, which led to decades of anti-weed propaganda, stigmas about cannabis use, and the devastating “War on Drugs” in the 1970s.
Writer’s block? Artist’s block? Creatively clogged? Cannabis is beloved for its ability to help people tap into new ways of thinking.
Why does Hollywood keep painting cannabis consumers with the same broad “dumb stoner” brush, while most people who enjoy the plant are anything but? It seems like it’s high time for the film and tv industry to get a marijuana makeover, and change tired on-screen stereotypes.
Karezza’s exclusive pop-up at 99 High Tide Collective on July 20 was a chance for consumers to check out game-changing cannabis-based products for sexual health and wellness. During the party, we talked to RISE Life Science USA general manager Ryan Rocca on the future of the industry, what consumers are looking for, and why California is an incredible market for marijuana.
Ahead of Karezza’s exclusive showcase at 99 High Tide Collective on July 20, we talked to the dispensary’s general manager about the changing landscape of cannabis, and about its deep, authentic roots in California.
Cannabis just got a lil’ bit sexier. It was science-meets-sexy at Malibu dispensary 99 High Tide Collective on July 20, where our friends from Karezza showed off their botanical CBD products for sexual health and wellness. We’ll be sharing our favorite moments from the evening, especially insights from all of the great new friends we met.
Medicinal cannabis is a treatment path taken by thousands. And many wouldn’t have the same access to MMJ without the dedicated, inspiring efforts of Dennis Peron, Mary Jane Rathbun, the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, and more, and their fight to help a queer community devastated by the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s.
Repeat after us: Thou shall be a big fan of tops (i.e. our new nickname for topicals). It’s time to rub, rub, rub it in, and try the world of cannabis-infused lotions, balms, oils, and more. Topicals are great for pain relief, inflammation, and overall wellness, and can help you feel as good as new, so you can pursue life as an actual top…or bottom. You do you!
The Cannabiz is booming, and the spotlight (unfortunately) tends to shine mostly on white, cisgendered people. The parallels, however, between the LGBTQ+ and cannabis communities are historically strong, so queer folks in the business are reclaiming space and making a name for themselves.
“It was a very political event, and it was also an event that was about the community,” says LGBTQ2S+ bookseller, storyteller, spoken-word artist, writer, and lecturer Jeffrey Canton, about Toronto’s Pride in the 1980s.
Pride festivals and parades all over the world feature one prominent, universal symbol: The Rainbow Flag. The original, created in 1978 by San Francisco-based queer artist Gilbert Baker, started with 8 colors — all chosen with specific meanings.
Ahead of Pride Toronto, we got a little curious: What are Pride celebrations like around the world? The very political origins of Pride are familiar to many, but we wanted to know how the LGBTQ+ community abroad took Pride and made it unique to their city or country.
Despite a rainy start, there was nothing that could dampen the spirits of the crowd at #PrideTO. Every year, people from all over the world come to Toronto to celebrate love, acceptance, and so much more. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to just a few of the thousands of folks lining Yonge Street, and celebrating at the adjoining street festival.
Bust out your noisemakers, and get ready to puff-puff-pass, because Canada’s 90-year cannabis prohibition is O-V-E-R. At least it will be on October 17, 2018 — the date PM Justin Trudeau announced as the official start date to the country’s legal, adult-use recreational market, after the Senate passed Bill C-45 (known commonly as The Cannabis Act), on June 19.
Were you out at #LAPride? We sure were! If you couldn’t make it — or just want to relive the fun — stay tuned as we share some of our favorite moments.
DYK? In 1979, the LA Pride parade relocated from Los Angeles to West Hollywood. In 1984, WeHo became an official city and established a majority-gay city council — becoming America’s first gay municipality.
This weekend we’re in Toronto for O’ Cannabiz Conference & Expo where patients, physicians, licensed producers (LPs), industry professionals and the general public descend to gather, learn and network on all things cannabis.
On May 24-27, Lift&Co hosted one of Canada’s largest cannabis conferences. With more than 180,000 sq. ft. of floor space and 260 vendors, the event attracts 18,000 people.
Interest in cannabis is at an all-time high, but not all cannabis companies are created equal. Regulations and consumer demand are pushing cannabusinesses to produce consistent and high-quality products that are safe and effective.
We’re at Lift & Co. Expo this weekend, and it didn’t take long for us to make some new friends, learn a lot about where the cannabis industry is headed, and reaffirmed our faith in just how amazing this industry is.
THC, CBD … WTF? If you’re heading to Lift & Co. Expo in Toronto, and need a refresher (or a whole breakdown) of some of the most common cannabis industry vocabulary, you’ve come to the right place.
Women are throttling toward the “green” ceiling at lightning speed, making waves in the cannabis industry as entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, scientists, growers, designers, advocates, consultants — and the list goes on and on. Head to Lift & Co. Expo in Toronto (May 25-27) and you’ll meet many of the Women of Weed that are taking up space in this booming industry.
You’ve had a tough workout. You’ve pushed limits. What are you going to turn to for recovery and pain management? The latest buzz is for CBD, with its antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Many even say that with enough research, it could become an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Advocates for cannabis-fueled sexytimes shout it from the rooftops: The plant can help you shake inhibitions, get out of your head, and maintain a connection like never before. Find the right strain for you, your partner, and your sexual style, and expect the sparks to fly.
Attitudes on cannabis have taken a radical shift in recent years, with everyday people overwhelmingly supporting legalization, and even consuming marijuana themselves. Attitudes towards cannabis have changed dramatically to the point where you can get cannabis online.
The world’s most famous domestic queen can roast a perfect turkey, design a beautiful flower arrangement, and as it turns out, sculpt a topiary Statue of Liberty from a sativa plant and be BFFs with Snoop Dogg. Could the cannabis industry be Martha Stewart’s next frontier?
Weed for wellness can be your new favorite self-care step. Once you get past the myth that cannabis will render you completely couch-bound, you’ll find the plant can take your favorite relaxation activity to new heights.
Thanks to decades of negative connotations, cannabis use still carries a pesky, lingering stigma. More and more, however, successful users (and straight-up science) are speaking up and winning out over stereotypes.
n this issue of RISE Mag, we’re getting down — and up — with all things sex and cannabis. Read our cover story to find out why this oh-so-pleasurable combo can make your sex life even better.