"QVI CEO and Founder Annie Holman said, 'We are thrilled to be the go-to co-manufacturer for so many women led cannabis brands. Firstly, women led cannabis businesses represent a major segment of the industry and are extremely valuable to us as we grow our business. And secondly, they are essential participants and leaders in creating a healthy and thriving industry across the state. Additionally, women are the drivers behind some of the best brands on the market. Sisters unite!'
The women-led QVI client brands include Green Bee Botanicals, Sonder, Professor Snook Bad Mommy, House of Saka, Potli, and Laurie & Mary Jane." ... read more
"Guests casually strolled the grounds, sipped infused beverages, and chatted with hostesses and other attendees in anticipation of the start of the tea. When 4:20 finally arrived, guests took their places at the elegantly set tables, each neatly adorned with cannabis flowers, decorative ceramic pipes, and a variety of tempting edible and topical cannabis products. It’s High Tea Time" ... read more
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Botanical art by @flwrpstl
"My biggest focus these days, when I’m not creating lotions and potions, is what to do to heal our planet and the people, and plants, and animals on it. I think about it a lot and I know we humans are going to have to get creative to make it work.
I realized at some point that I was never going to do a good job of healing others until I healed myself, though. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve learned how to let go of feeling overwhelmed by paying more attention to the present moment. All we really ever have is just this moment, after all. Even the past and the future are only really experienced by us right now, in the present. It’s kind of interesting to think about it that way, isn’t it?" ... read more
Best THC Beauty Product Winner: BRIGHTENING EYE CREAM, Green Bee Botanicals
"On Friday May 21st, the 6th WEEDCon Cup awards took place in Los Angeles, CA awarding for excellence in cannabis products for Best Flower, Concentrate, Extract, Edible, Beverage, Tincture, Topical, Best Product and Best Dispensary. The WEEDCon Cup is 15lbs of cut crystal with sterling silver handles and was awarded at WEEDCon on the Green a two day B2B education expo and charity golf tournament featuring music with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. ... read more
Green Bee Botanicals Skincare & Healing Topicals
"Led by childhood friends, Bridget May and Kim Howard, San Francisco-based Green Bee Botanicals makes award-winning, small-batch, luxurious skincare and topicals with nature’s most healing plant: cannabis. Even people intimately familiar with cannabis ask why anyone would put weed on their face.
'The cannabis plant is packed with skin-loving antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins, and minerals. The phytocannabinoids in cannabis do what no other skincare ingredients do: bind with receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system to keep skin healthy and balanced,' explains Green Bee founder Bridget May, a botanist and former analytical chemist."... read more
"Give the gift of healthy, glowing skin to mom with one or both of Green Bee Botanicals’ cannabis-infused face serums. Both of Green Bee’s face oils — Renewing Serum and Perfecting Serum — balance skin, lighten dark spots, reduce the appearance of fine lines, boost collagen, and protect against pollution. That’s because they contain antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory powerhouses THC, CBD, and supporting cannabinoids CBG, CBC, and CBDv, as well as vitamins C and E, carefully selected active botanicals, and terpene-rich essential oils for the full entourage effect." ... read more
Cosmetic Topicals Winner: RENEWING SERUM, Green Bee Botanicals
"The pandemic did not stop the “Academy Awards of Cannabis” known as The Emerald Cup from celebrating excellence in the sungrown cannabis world and awarding the “best-in-class” in their community." ... read more
Cosmetic Topicals Winner: RENEWING SERUM, Green Bee Botanicals
"The Emerald Cup Festival and Awards was broadcasted live on Social Club TV (www.thesocialclub.TV) – and is available on April 20, 2021 for on-demand viewing on the world’s only cannabis TV network – making 2021’s celebration the most attended in the event’s 17-year history." ... read more
"Exercise. I try to get some exercise everyday. Preferably outside where I can feel the air and see the sun and sky. This connection with my body changes my mind for the better.
Meditation and visualization. I meditate for at least five minutes a day and also sometimes do some creative visualization. I visualize a beautiful space, a garden or a forest that makes me feel safe. Or if I’m having a particular issue in my business or personal life I visualize it working out with the best outcome for everyone involved." ... read more
Best Serum Winner: Green Bee Botanicals Perfecting Serum
"Green Bee Botanicals came out on top with their vitamin and CBD-infused Perfecting Serum that works for all skin types. Balance your skin tone and fight blemishes with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory CBD, while Vitamins C and E soothe and protect." ... read more
"Cannabis Skincare by Green Bee Botanicals encourages users to “heal skin from within.”
Green Bee Botanicals is 100% vegan, lab certified, and free of parabens, formaldehyde, and phthalates.
They carefully select natural, organic ingredients that can help the skin repair itself. Their serums, creams, and oils offer “the medicinal and health benefits of cannabis and other plants… for bright, healthy skin." ... read more
“Green Bee Botanicals, a San Francisco-based indie cannabis beauty startup, has won a clean beauty award in the best serum category. In an international competition known as the 2020 Dirty Thinker’s Choice Awards that involved other well-known brands like Whole Foods, Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Ulta, the company beat them and took the top position." ... read more
“More proof that full-spectrum cannabis skincare is the next big thing. California’s Green Bee Botanicals won ‘Best Serum’ for its CBD-rich Perfecting Serum in the 2020 Dirty Thinkers’ Choice Awards, an international competition that includes conventional brands sold at Sephora, Bloomingdales and Whole Foods."... read more
“According to BDSA, during the week leading up to Christmas, daily sales of cannabis topicals, such as skincare and pain salves, jumped 43% compared to the three weeks prior. Cannabis beverages see a similar jump in sales at this time, up 45% the week of December 18–24 in 2019.
The reason is simple: Cannabis topicals, such as the Green Bee Botanicals skincare pictured above, make great gifts, and beverages are festive, traditionally social ways to celebrate. (Be it on a Zoom call or at Nana’s house, beverages are also a discreet and sessionable way to partake.)"... read more
“Move over Goop and Saint Jane; there’s a new breed of brands taking the clean beauty movement to the next level, and the reason may surprise you. The secret is the most controversial plant in America: cannabis—as in marijuana, not hemp—which is legal in some form in most states but still illegal at the federal level. Cannabis is held to stricter standards of ‘clean’ than organic food in most states, particularly California. Not to be confused with CBD hemp products, THC-containing cannabis products — even those that won’t get you high, including topical skincare like Green Bee Botanicals'—must pass multiple rigorous tests per batch." .... read more
“So I went on a quest to find some fun ways to bring Mom that love while staying in place.My first discovery is the special Mother’s Day Box from Lucky Box Club. This opportunity is available for customers in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area only. For $199, it includes goodies from Garden Society, Kikoko, House of Saka, Om, Mellows, Green Bee Botanicals with Lolo & Wedding Cake flower. If you are outside Northern California you can purchase the CBD Mother’s Day box featuring Bath Soak, Infused Massage Oil, CBD Gummies & CBD infused Bath Bomb for $109".... read more
"Support each other. Connect with women who want to start a cannabis business or already own one. Share reliable sources; introduce them to your contacts; if they ask for advice, give it; become a mentor; connect regularly; share your experience, especially the pitfalls. Follow each other on social media, give each other public and private kudos. Celebrate and rally each other. Invest in companies owned by women and people of color, whether as a consumer or investor. Research companies online and through your network to see who owns and manages them, how diverse their board is."...read more
“MJ Lifestyle’s Jen Skog curated an unparalleled experience where all needs were taken care of and women could feel safe, provided for, and unjudged for enjoying cannabis freely. By bringing together trusted brands like the aforementioned plus women-owned Sava, TSO Sonoma, and Green Bee Botanicals, we were able to feel at ease and full trust to let ourselves go deeper."... read more
THC in skincare
“There’s a lot of talk about the ‘entourage effect’ of full-spectrum cannabis, as opposed to using cannabis compounds in isolation, such as CBD. We prefer to call it the ‘ensemble effect’ because each compound is important and enhances the therapeutic effects of the others,” says Howard. “Whole-plant cannabis is more like a philharmonic orchestra than a pop star surrounded by her entourage. With cannabis (as with most plants), the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.” ... read more
For the folks who don’t want to get high
"It’s such a great time to be a low-high or no-high cannabinoid fan. . . . Also, shout-out to the Bay Area women elevating California topicals. Marin County’s Cosmic View took gold for their athletic balm. But don’t sleep on silver or bronze—Green Bee’s Brightening Eye Cream, or Om’s Love Balm, respectively.
This product promises “clean, full-spectrum cannabis skincare for beautiful skin.” Does it live up to that promise? One woman finds out.
As someone who struggles with acne, I am always on the hunt for a moisturizing product that will help combat the acne and help with the healing process while also supporting aging skin. I finally found a product that addresses all three things. Sounds like an impossible find, doesn’t it?Green Bee Botanicals’ cannabis-infused Perfecting Serum (available in California) with CBD, vitamins C and E, clary sage, tea tree oil, and other botanicals – plus 5 mg of THC – blended into the soothing light oil base addresses all of my needs..." read more
Q: What is your advice for women in the cannabis industry? A: "COOPERATE: First of all, we need to lift each other up! This industry is still pretty new and we have the best chance at weathering the changes and flourishing if we band together, share resources, cross-promote, encourage, and celebrate each other. I’ve discovered over the last four years of building, learning, and networking that women-owned businesses generally kick ass. I have met so many like-minded businesswomen, and when we collaborate, we are unstoppable, powerful, and wildly successful. Special shout-outs to..." read more
The eye area is so delicate—you never want anything too rich, oily, or perfumey, and it’s important for a product to be easily absorbed. Green Bee's Brightening Eye Cream has a dreamy creamy texture—Bridget tells me it was formulated with more water so it wouldn’t be oily. It also features plant-derived squalane (from organic olive oil) to help boost moisture—our bodies recognize this compound and absorb it quickly because we produce our own (known as squalene). Sadly, as we age, we produce less squalene, which forms a protective barrier and helps keep our skin moist, so the eye area is a... read more
Why is cannabis skincare's newest hero? One word: antioxidants.It's common knowledge now that cannabis topicals are awesome pain relievers—a good cannabis balm can alleviate muscle and joint pain caused by injuries and soothe the aches of daily living. But did you know that topical application of cannabis can also help keep your skin looking young and healthy?... read more
"In 2018, Lizzie Post, great-great granddaughter of Emily Post, reached out to interview me for her book Higher Etiquette. While I didn’t know who Emily Post was when Lizzie first called, once I googled her, I was highly honored to contribute to such a ground breaking book..." read more
Understand the real topical benefits of THC and CBD, so you don't overpay for hemp and cannabis-infused skincare products. Don't miss Potcast 84 if you're considering expensive CBD products from a multi-level marketing company. Explore the show notes at casuallybaked.com for shopping tips to get the most bang for your buck no matter if you're buying hemp-based CBD or cannabis-infused products.... read more
The high-CBD healing facial serum stands out because it was formulated by a botanist and chemist. “Our serum is very high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, including some of the very strongest: cannabidiol (CBD) and THC,” Green Bee founder Bridget May wrote in an email. The serum’s full spectrum of cannabinoids, like other antioxidants, helps heal the skin, fight free radicals and prevent premature aging, she said. It includes organic jojoba, hazelnut and argan oils, plus essential oils of blue tansy, orange, basil and myrrh. “We chose the essential oils not only for their skin-healing qualities but also for their aromatherapy effect.” You only need a few drops.... read more
The cannabis plant has a plethora of applications that don’t involve getting high. The two best-known compounds in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain-relieving effects. When applied topically, THC and CBD bind to receptors in the skin without entering the bloodstream or the brain, which means that they don’t produce the typical psychotropic effects.... read more
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