THC Championship Awards - 5 Year Anniversary Celebration!Read More
The THC Championship is celebrating our competition this December with THE Industry Holiday Party and will be held at City Hall! This year is our Funkin’ 5th Year Anniversary, and we are going all out for all of our readers, our competitors, judges and sponsors. We have some amazing music in store for the evening starting with the reggae beats by PNUCKLE, then we’re funking up the night with RUDY LOVE and BACKBONE. Our awards will be given out at 7:45PM.
Please note that we will be hosting a camera crew at our event. A part of the “The Love Story” is being shot for the documentary of Rudy Love.
We are looking forward to partying with YOU!
MetLo RoofTop will be hosting the VIP section of our celebration!!
Get your tickets HERE!
Please note - no consumption on City Hall premises
Cannabis Trees and the Holiday BluesRead More
by Chanel Wing
One of the most magical things about a cannabis plant is its crystals. They glisten and shine like little diamonds, like snowflakes, like lights on a Christmas tree. Cannabis plants are decorated with their own Christmas ornaments provided by Mother Nature. It is a beautiful thing to behold.
Winter is coming again. The nights grow longer and the holidays are near. I always thought myself lucky to be born one week before Christmas Day. This time of year was layered with celebration for me as a child. I definitely fall into the category of a spoiled millennial. Although, I consider myself to be in the first wave of millennials for whom the ground is more solid.
My life has been anything but ideal. To say my life is not what I expected is an understatement, but in so many ways, it is better than what I expected too. It falls into the category of, “You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.” Our generation cares a lot about what we want, but when it comes to what we need, we aren’t quite as intrigued.
Yet, in my life, it is when I embraced circumstances that I didn’t “want” that I ended up gaining more than I ever expected. On the contrary, when I’ve gotten things I’ve wanted in life I’ve never left satisfied. As sure as you are that your thirst will be quenched once you achieve some goal or obtain some possession, it’s never quite enough. The pull of wanting catches you, and you are again lost in a downward spiral of craving. Never is this maddening cycle more evident than around the holidays.
We are inundated with decorations, commercials, overindulgence and excess. We’re encouraged to want more, to eat more and to drink more. This is a short version of what we refer to as “the holidays.” Ultimately, we end up needing a holiday from the holidays.
There is a lot of emphasis on consuming and receiving. Frequent questions in the month of December fall along the lines of, “What do you want for Christmas?” “Hey, what did you get for Christmas?”
What can we get and how much can we consume pretty much sums up the holiday season. This is our chosen method for celebrating the end of the year on this often-troubling planet. We kiss the year goodbye by indulging in our worst habits. It’s a time of year when it is more evident than ever that our way of life is missing the mark when it comes to true joy and happiness.
Despite my joy as a child in receiving gifts and eating lavishly, as an adult, I’ve been a victim of the holiday blues. Year after year, I struggle to walk away from Christmas feeling a real sense of joy. Each year I ask, “What went wrong?” I wonder how I spent another Christmas day stuck in disappointment. Maybe it’s because I have yet to realize and accept the fact that Christmas is not about my happiness, it’s about other people’s happiness. It’s not about what gift I did or didn’t get, it’s about what I give to others and not just on Christmas day, but every day.
It seems that many of us have neglected the spirit of giving. What if the emphasis was truly on what we can do for someone else? A celebration of love to end the year could be giving back to others. This may sound cliché, but it seems rare that we truly give to others without an expectation of something in return. Giving back isn't buying them socks, perfume, gadgets, slippers or toys, but by giving them you, your undying love and presence, your ear, your words, your truth, your helping hand, your advice, your acceptance and your admiration. My hope is that we come closer to our true selves, closer to our heart centers, closer to a place of giving rather than receiving and a place of giving without any expectation that it will be returned. That is unconditional love and that’s what Christmas is about.
An iconic image of the Christmas season is a decorated Christmas tree. Trees have a lot to teach us about selflessness. For trees, life is not about wanting increasingly or me, me, me. Life for trees is about giving. They have no ego. They live a life of unity, interconnectedness and sacrifice.
One of the most important trees in my life is cannabis. The cannabis plant exemplifies the spirit of giving more than any plant. The ways in which this plant gives back are numerous. One single plant may reach hundreds of people. The power, sacrifice and ability of these plants to bring healing energy to human beings is unprecedented. Its merits are becoming an undeniable fact to the majority of the population. With all the division in this country this year one thing is clear, cannabis is turning the map green. This magical plant offers so many people the opportunity for healing, for softening, for understanding and connecting.
We can’t always get what we want; sometimes your family can’t afford the newest iPhone or Beats headphones. However, sometimes we get what we need, and what we need now in our country is healing, understanding and above all unconditional love. Unconditional love can only flow from our heart centers. Christmas trees and cannabis silently remind us to stay centered and love unconditionally. That is the greatest gift you can give to those around you.
Cannabis reminds us “it’s not about you, it’s about giving love and service to the people that surround you and the planet you live on.” The plants whisper, “everything will be ok, the undying thread of love is ever present.” They ease my fears. “Be merry,” they sing, for there is so much to be grateful for, so much ahead of us that will shock and inspire us. I’m so glad they are along for the ride. May we all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
TORCH GERRL CREW NECK!Read More
reviewed by Lindsay Quinn
WARNING: you will receive attention while wearing this item. The sweatshirt itself is comfortable, breathable, not too heavy, and made with 100% Cotton. The over-sized fit goes perfectly with a pair of jeans or over some black leggings. The screen-print is the eye-catcher – after wearing the pullover home on a walk from the office, many people would drop the “hang-loose” gesture or verbally inform me that they partake in the dab-centric culture. If you don’t mind the fellow dabber or two paying compliments, then this is a fall must-have for every dabbing gal. mmjco.com
Ganja Goddess GetawayRead More
by Raelina Krikston
In the sleepy coastal town of Pescadero, CA, tourists drive up and down the shore to watch sea lions basking on the nearby rocks. The wind whips around and licks your face with a wet, salty kiss like an excited puppy. Follow the road into town and through the hills, and you will come across the forested getaway, Venture Retreat Center, where the first Ganja Goddess Retreat is being held.
This was the scene before us as my friend and I arrived to the Ganja Goddess Retreat, a women-only event centered around the spiritual uses and benefits of cannabis.
We had the opportunity to attend the event, and in the morning after interview Deidra Bagdasarian — founder of the Ganja Goddess Getaway, about how she hopes to change the perception of cannabis in the public through women’s empowerment and education. Although this is the first year of the event, Deidra is no stranger to cannabis, she is the founder of Bliss Edibles and has been an instructor at Oaksterdam University before she created MYM Events, the parent company to Ganja Goddess Getaway.
THC Mag: First off, thank you for holding an event that has such a strong, empowering energy to it. How did you develop the idea for the Ganja Goddess Getaway?
Deidra Bagdasarian: My husband and I have owned Bliss Edibles and Extracts since 2009; then, we had a baby. When I was on maternity leave, away from the bakery, away from the day-to-day, I felt disconnected from my community and I was trying to figure out how to be a mother to a baby girl. I wanted to show her what women are, and really be the best version of myself. So I started thinking about what I really wanted, something I hadn’t thought about since starting Bliss Edibles, and Ganja Goddess turned out to be what I really wanted.
As I started, magic started happening and I realized that this is what a lot of people want. Women don’t really have a place in the cannabis community. When I went to go find the women in the female cannabis community to tell about this, they weren’t there. There’s a women’s cannabis business network, but I’m not trying to help you start businesses, I’m not trying to teach you to grow weed. I want to normalize cannabis for our culture through women smoking it. The only way that women are going to normalize it is if they understand everything that can be done with the plant. I want to create something that focuses on the creative and spiritual uses of cannabis because no one is having that conversation.
THC Mag: Ganja Goddess is just the beginning, what are your plans for other events under your parent company MYM (Maximize Your Medicine)?
Deidra: We want to create a series of events that all celebrate the same part of cannabis. Something that celebrates the personal use of the plant to make yourself a better person.
Maximize Your Medicine will be the next conference that we put on, we want it to be the “TED Talks of Weed”. We want to really create a space where we can have conversations about cannabis that don’t have to do with growing and selling, but rather using it and making yourself better through using cannabis. People are consuming it, but they’re doing it in their closets or their bathrooms. Let’s talk about how we can use this as a culture to make our culture better.
We started the event company in January of this year. Everyone that we’ve contacted has met us with overwhelming support. The community has been ridiculously positive. I’ve never done anything and gotten this kind of response from it. It’s really exciting.
I’d like to do one event in the same location every year, and more in different locations, but one of the central focuses for MYM events is to spread this information to the places that don’t already have it. We want to go into non-medical states and hold “Goddess Getaways” where we discuss it, we don’t use it, but we have those conversations. If we are going to be a “TED Talk” kind of arena, then those are the places that really need to be included in these discussions. There are people who are using cannabis all over the country, obviously, but the places that aren’t medical have no support. No one is going in there and trying to talk about cannabis, unless they’re talking about legalization. We’re not political, we’re not a business, we’re just trying to talk to the people who are hiding in their bathrooms, because that’s who we were. We were in Arizona hiding from our kids… and buying from sketchy dealers. That’s ridiculous. We want to spread the word and change the perception. Our focus is on women too, the saying goes, ‘if you educate a man, you educate a man alone, educate a women and you educate the family.’
THC Mag: How do you see your future events bringing in more of these “family education” elements? How does this conversation continue?
Deidra: We’ve talked about having parent/Mom’s Retreats, so we can talk about what it is to be a cannabis mom in the prohibition era. I hope it spreads into the family in the sense that it is normalized and children don’t feel like it’s a “Say No to Drugs” thing. I wish parents weren’t ashamed to recreate or take their medicine in front of their children. We’re willing to drink a beer in front of our kids all the time, why aren’t we willing to smoke in front of them? We say it’s safer, so let’s show them. We’re all so shameful about it. I hear all the time ‘Oh, but my kids don’t know I smoke…’ That’s a conversation we’re trying to spark. Let’s talk about those things because it will be perceived by our children however we present it. We have to overcome a lot to re-normalize cannabis in our culture. We have this very bizarre relationship with the plant because of prohibition, but that is not what man has been doing with cannabis for the last 10,000 years.
THC Mag: Considering how cannabis and cannabis use has been affected by being pushed underground, what are your plans to reconnect with the shamanistic uses of cannabis? Are there specific communities that you’re looking to connect with?
Deidra: I’m always looking to find like-minded cannabis users for spiritual purposes. I know that much of the new age community is using cannabis for myriad reasons, but I don’t know that they’re necessarily teaching that cannabis is a tool in the ‘spiritual tool-chest’ of connecting with the divine. I feel like our organization is a thought leader in this regard, and we look forward to connecting with everyone who has a similar message.
These ideas are bigger than any single platform or organization. Education is always the calling card of change, and we are one of the teachers in this movement to restore entheogen use to Western spiritual traditions.
Another thing I’ve just recently started doing is reaching out to Christian women’s organizations to advocate for cannabis. This may be a baby step, but it’s in the right direction. If we can normalize cannabis as legitimate medicine, we can then evolve into the enormous potential of cannabis as medicine that heals your spirit.
THC Mag: We heard you’ve got more than just events in the works, would you like to tell us about some of the other projects you’ve been working on?
Deidra: I’m almost done with my first book, “No One is Afraid of a Cupcake: How Cannabis Edibles Could Change the World.” It’s about how I discovered cannabis and how I’ve seen all those people that have rejected cannabis, accept edibles. I’ve gotten lots of people that say ‘I would never try cannabis,’ — to try edibles. I hope to gain a voice with this book alongside what I teach. Oaksterdam is a voice, but it’s a voice to the community, it’s preaching to the choir, I’d really like to talk outside of the choir.
I feel that as a person who doesn’t have stereotypical ‘stoner look’ I’m a little more relatable. I come from Christian, fundamentalist, conservative America. Heck, I registered as a Republican when I was 18, so I get that mentality; and my family is still there. I want to talk to those people. I want this to have a mainstream voice.
To learn more about the event, visit ganjagoddessgetaway.com
Joe P. GlassRead More
by Samuel Farley, Twitter and Instagram @THC_Samuel
Cannabis has permeated American culture in many ways. Music, movies and other forms of media have embraced cannabis in some form. Glass artists, and the pieces of functional artwork they create, are a large part of that culture. Joe Peters is an example of a glass artist who showcases a wide spectrum of artistic talent and expertise via glasswork. He’s also found a unique way to get his work into the hands of influential musicians who support cannabis culture.
Joe began painting in high school and dabbled in pottery in college. His interest in pipes began when he was 18 and saw functional glass in a head shop for the first time. Around age 20, he began taking lessons, learning how to make wine goblets and glasses, and started to learn flame working, or glass blowing with a torch. About two months after his first class, he quit his part time job to make pendants in his parents’ garage. Although he loved pipes, his mom wouldn’t allow him to make cannabis paraphernalia in their garage, so he first had to pursue the more formal side of nonfunctional glass blowing. According to Joe, she was so adamant about him not making bongs in the garage that she would go in with hot tweezers and break any pipe she found him making. While his parents were stern, they allowed him to continue blowing glass, but only nonfunctional artwork.
He began going to small events, such as farmers markets, to sell his work. Initially inspired by aquatic life from a love of scuba diving, it only took five years before he was going to prestigious glass art shows, completing installations for children’s hospitals in different cities across the country and being commissioned for private work. The nonfunctional glass artwork took him far in the high-end glass craft circuit, until around 2008 when the market crashed. In 2009, he was worried that the next generation wouldn’t appreciate the artistic medium as much and began questioning his ability to make a living as a glassblower. After seeing the work of artists like Banjo, he decided to make the shift to creating functional art. By then, he had his own studio space and could comfortably start honing his functional glass craft. “It’s where I always wanted to be,” said Joe, “But it was a really good path, because if I had started off making pipes, I would be a different glass blower than I am now. I wouldn’t have all of the years of taking classes in Italy and learning to blow soft glass and all of those experiences contribute to the artistic techniques that I incorporate into my work now.”
While in Portland, Oregon in 2015, he got front row tickets to see country music and cannabis legend Willie Nelson, and decided to make him a pipe. Joe’s original plan was simply to get the pipe to him after the show. However, through a random series of events, manifestation, mutual friends and a little luck, Willie Nelson was able to see the piece beforehand, and Joe was able to give it to him personally.
Joe’s work has infiltrated the world of hip-hop as well. In early 2016, rapper Action Bronson purchased a collaboration piece from Joe, continuing to solidify the place of high-end functional glass
artwork within music culture. Joe’s work was recently featured at the 2016 Big Industry show in Denver, and it can also be seen on his Instagram @JoePGlass and will also be on display at the Heaterz Glass Show later this year on December 9th and 10th at the Space Gallery in Denver.
14 mm Swiss Honeycomb Tube in Pink Slyme by Purr GlassRead More
Our friends over at Purr Glass have done it again. This piece is sick! It comes in three colors, Pink Slyme, Dichro Black, and Slyme. It bears a reinforced stemless design and is approximately nine inches tall with a matrix perc. Not only does this piece look cool, but it is so smooth to smoke out of. This has quickly become a highly favored tube at our house. It will be your favorite too, or your lady’s favorite, or your best homie’s favorite. Any cannabis consumer will love this Swiss Honeycomb Tube. Find at www.purrsmoking.com.
Featured Artist: Brian Scott HamptonRead More
by Caroline Hayes
One of my many jobs at THC Mag is to find an artist every month to feature, which is so fun for me as an art-lover to discover new talent. A couple months back I was browsing Instagram and discovered Brian Scott Hampton, which led me to the Threyda collective, which led me to Peter Westermann who was last month’s featured artist (thank you Instagram). Brian (and Peter) showed a great deal of enthusiasm to be featured in THC Mag and was thoughtful in his answers, which is so appreciated. His style has a very soothing yet powerful look to it, like the universe is trying to communicate a message to you through his artwork.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Brian Scott Hampton and I create for a living, mostly as a studio artist.
Are you a Colorado native?
No, I was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Blooming Odyssey What mediums do you use to create your pieces?
I use acrylic paint and spray paint mostly, but nothing is off limits.
What’s the longest you’ve ever spent on one piece?
I prefer to finish work quicker, so probably a few months at most.
Can you tell us a bit about your artist process? How do you get in the groove and what keeps you motivated?
My process involves a lot of letting go, and letting exciting things outside of myself happen. I prefer to focus on expression and spontaneity, rather than perfection and technique. Good music always helps me get in the groove, along with a potent indica. I generally get a good amount of motivation from observing inspiring aspects of the world we live in. Inspiration is all around us.
Professionally speaking, what are your goals?
I prefer to focus on what I feel adds to the sustainability of this creative journey, and goals are always evolving as we evolve. So at the moment, one of my largest goals is to simply be an influence.
Depth Charge Last month, I featured Peter Westermann. What is your perspective or thoughts on the Threyda artist collective here in Denver?
I’ve felt as though Denver literally pulled Threyda here, along with myself. The look and feel of the group seems perfectly suited to the city of Denver, and we are reminded of that quite frequently.
What artist, if any, do you identify most with?
The answer to that question depends on which part of my creative persona is dominant that day.
What do you think is the most inspiring place in Denver?
Well, as a visual artist I would say the RiNo district. It’s tough to top all the creative scenery there.
Where can interested buyers find your work to purchase?
Threyda.com would be the first place to look. I also sell work through social media.
Brian Scott Hampton in the studio Please tell us anything else you would like us to know about you, life, your career, etc.
Remember to explore, experiment, and be free.
Thank you for your time Brian. May your artistry bring you great things.
Heppermint Lip Balm by Clover's HempRead More
reviewed by Hazy Cakes
Clover’s Hemppermint Lip Balm is made with natural and organic ingredients. The list is minimal and includes shea butter, hemp oil and beeswax. The delightful mint scent/flavor is produced through a blend of peppermint and spearmint essential oils. Your lips feel smooth and moisturized after application and it lasts for a very long time. All of Clover’s products are free of artificial fragrances, dyes, sulfates, parabens, and unnatural preservatives. Get yours at www.clovershemp.com.
Beautifying Hemp Facial Cream by The Wonder SeedRead More
reviewed by Hazy Cakes
If you are a like us and are always looking for the perfect face cream to make your life complete, we may have found it! The Wonder Seed produces several quality products to make you look and feel more youthful and beautiful. This facial cream is free of all the things that you don’t want in a beauty product; no parabens, sulfates, gluten, artificial colors or fragrances. It is made with all natural ingredients and is 100 percent vegan and cruelty free.
The water lotus scent is derived from essential oils and is refreshing, not overpowering. After using this product your skin feels highly moisturized without feeling greasy. It soaks in completely, leaving nothing behind but soft supple skin. With regular continued use it can improve the texture of your skin over time. Check it out at www.thewonderseed.com.