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Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Posted by Emma Baron on

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Song of the Week - Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Tammy Terrell and Marvin Gaye

Songwriter Nick Ashford was born in a tiny town in South Carolina with a population of less than 300. The lyrics for this song came to him when he first moved to New York. As he walked along the grand boulevards and tall towers, he was determined not to let the city intimidate him. Crank this tune up and get out your notebook, it's time for some goal setting.
The Long Form - Rise, Shine, and Back to the Grind?

We've always maintained that September feels much more like the new year than January. September is when you've got the guts to go for glory. You're all charged up after your hot girl / boy summer, full of mojo and moxie. The weather is just right for finding renewed dedication to the task at hand - not so hot that you just wanna lie by the water, not so cold that you just want to snuggle up next to the fireplace.  Whether you're back to school yourself, or you're the parent or grandparent of a pupil, there's always something to learn in September. It's the perfect time for new goals, from personal wellness to continuing education.

In the personal wellness department, personally, we've been starting to think a little harder about our cannabis consumption choices. Yes, options have been out there for awhile, but with the upcoming expansion of products on the market come December, we thought it might be time to explore the alternatives a bit further. We'll take the occasional edible, and don't have anything against vaping,  but our go-to method of consumption is usually a joint. 

We recognize that combustion is the least healthy method of cannabis consumption. It was a nice treat that eventually became a habit. We're not going to get into the details of the science and health factors around smoking cannabis, it's just that personally, it doesn't feel as good as it used to. There's a guilt factor. There's also an excess mucus factor - The ugly truth and the major motivator to change. We own a quality vaporizer, so really there's no excuse to choose a healthier option more often. Goal #1.

Outside of inhalation, we're starting to look forward to all the new edible products that will be on shelves. Thus far, we've been fairly reluctant eaters of cannabis. The Milkweed team thoroughly enjoys cooking, so it's not the challenge of pairing flavours with cannabis, it's more that the effects can be unpredictable. Part of this is due to our personal in-experience of course, so ultimately, you've got to start somewhere. In the interest of improving our healthy consumption of cannabis, we're going to consciously consume edibles a few times in the next few months and record our experiences in a serious and dedicated way. When all those edibles turn up in December, just in time for holiday parties, we'll know what kind of dose to take depending on what kind of night we want to have. Goal #2. 

If you're looking to get back to the books as well as back to the grind, your educational goals may now include cannabis too. While it's illegal to consume on school grounds, there are many cannabis courses sprouting up across Canadian campuses. Mount Royal University is offering courses in Calgary around marketing, facility management, production and cannabis entrepreneurship; McGill will be launching cannabis production and QA programs under their continuing professional education department;  Kwantalen Polytechnic University has the longest running cannabis program in Canada with career development courses similar to Mount Royal; and for some real field experience, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS has partnered with a licensed producer to offer students co-op placements in the growing facility, along with cannabis research opportunities.

Whatever your goals are for the start of the new season, we hope you Krush them. 

The News

Maybe you've got fame-related weed goals? Lucky for you, yesterday Forbes declared that 'cannabis artist' is one of the newest, coolest cannabis careers. Meet one of the world's first self-declared cannabis artists - You're sure to find inspiration from Laganja Estranja, a drag queen, musician, and choreographer who got their start on Ru Paul's Drag Race. From art bongs to cannabis performance art, it's exciting to see artists advancing the conversation around cannabis on increasingly large platforms. 
The Social Calendar
We loved seeing all the cute little back-to-school faces, but honestly, we're a little more excited for all the homegrown harvest photos in a couple weeks. We want to see your crop! Proof or it never happened.

- Emma & Carol
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