The pop-culture sphere may still be buzzing about last year’s films in the buildup to award season, but stoners are already looking forward to the next batch of entertaining movies they get to see in theaters. From action-packed thrillers to stoner comedies, 2019 looks like it will be stacked full of enjoyable titles for moviegoers with all kinds of taste. Pause your Netflix and come learn about these 10 movies you should check out during the first half of the year!
1. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – February 8, 2019
The Lego Movie and its various spinoffs are some of of the funniest, most creative kids films to come out recently. With stars Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks being joined by Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, The Lego Movie 2 looks like it will be just as hilarious and thought-provoking as the original. Set five years after The Lego Movie, everyone’s favorite legos have to defend themselves from an invading force of Duplo Bricks who want to destroy all life in the the Lego Universe.
At this point, if Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s names are associated with a project, it should make you run to the theater. The duo, who directed the first film and produced the Golden Globe-winning Into The Spider-Verse, returned to write the screenplay for the sequel, so hopefully this film will be just as entertaining as everything else they touch.
2. Alita: Battle Angel – February 14, 2019
Based on Yukito Kishiro’s classic manga, Alita: Battle Angel follows a robot desperately trying to piece her past together. No, Alita (Rosa Salazar) doesn’t have long-term memory loss from smoking too much; she’s brain damaged and left in critical condition after an apocalyptic event. In her amnesiac state the only thing she remembers is a legendary martial arts form known as Panzer Kunst, knowledge that leads her on a dangerous path of self-discovery where she’s forced to take on deadly droids to gather information about her former life as an assassin.
In development since 2000, Alita is one of James Cameron’s passion projects. Not only did he write the screenplay, he was originally set to direct it before work on Avatar made it too difficult. Fortunately Robert Rodriguez, the zany director behind films like Spy Kids and Machete, stepped in to take over after helping Cameron condense the script, so the project is still in capable hands.
3. Isn’t It Romantic– February 14, 2019
I’m not gonna lie, romantic comedies aren’t normally my thing, but Isn’t It Romantic looks like a clever, enjoyable twist on the genre. Set in New York City, the film follows Natalie (Rebel Wilson), someone who is fed up with “love” after she gets a concussion and magically wakes up inside the cheery world of a rom-com. Aware of all the changes in her life, especially the random appearance of a gay best friend and an upgraded apartment, Natalie has to navigate all the tropes and cliches as she tries to find real love in this phony world in order to return to her old life. Also starring Priyanka Chopra, Adam Devine, and Liam Hemsworth, Isn’t It Romantic looks like it will be a tongue-in-cheek hit that will have no problem stretching the limits of its PG-13 rating.
4. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral – March 1, 2019
Tyler Perry may have just played General Colin Powell in Adam McKay’s Vice, but the Hollywood icon is returning to what he’s best known for in 2019: the Madea series. Written and directed by and starring Perry in multiple roles, A Madea Family Funeral follows an extended reunion that quickly goes downhill as everyone has to relocate to rural Georgia in order to plan an unexpected funeral. Don’t let the serious premise fool you though; with Madea leading the planning, the movie will be packed full of humorous, attitude-filled moments. Rumored to be the last film in the franchise, anyone who likes Perry’s unique sense of wit and heart should see what words of wisdom Madea has in store for her family and all of us as we head into the new year.
5. Us – March 15, 2019
Hot off the tails of his Oscar-winning directorial debut Get Out, comedian-turned-horror auteur Jordan Peele is back with Us, another haunting psychological thriller. A beach vacation with friends turns deadly for the Wilson family as a mysterious group of deranged doppelgängers arrive on their driveway at the end of the night and immediately start to terrorize the group. While Get Out utilized racism to establish its creepy tone, Us is set to examine the idea that we are our own worst enemy. The cast is stacked with great performers like Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke in the lead roles, but I’m most excited to see Tim Heidecker step away from his Adult Swim personas and stretch his dramatic chops.
6. The Beach Bum – March 22, 2019
No, this isn’t a movie about a disgraced member of The Beach Boys, but it does feature Matthew McConaughey smoking a lot of weed on the beach so it’s still worth checking out. McConaughey plays Moonbag, a pot-loving poet who wanders through life with a smile—and has no problem asking the guy at the liquor store if they sell acid. With Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, and Zac Efron rounding out the cast of this stoner comedy, The Beach Bum may turn out to be one of 2019’s sleeper hits.
Directed by Harmony Korine, the twisted genius behind Kids, Gummo, and Spring Breakers, odds are the humor will eventually reveal a dark, gripping story. Don’t let that harsh your mellow though, because the movie looks like it will be one hell of a ride. Honestly though, as long as McConaughey says “alright, alright, alright,” I’ll be happy.
7. Shazam! – April 5, 2019
With so many superhero movies released in the last few years and dozens more in the pipeline, it can be hard for a new franchise to distinguish itself from the pack. Shazam!, the story about a young boy named Billy Batson who transforms into a superhero after meeting an ancient wizard, looks set to be DC’s most entertaining and comedic film yet. An origin story with a fresh twist, the audience will finally get to see a superhero who’s just as confused about his situation as we are. With Zachary Levi in the lead, Shazam! looks like a fun take on the genre that will be packed full of entertaining action sequences and funny fish-out-of-water antics as Billy Batson adjusts to having an adult-sized body and figures out how to control his powers for the first time.
8. Avengers: Endgame – April 26, 2019
“What do you mean half of all life in the universe was wiped away in the last one?”
Watching a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe without seeing the previous one is usually fine. Sure, there may be a few ancillary details you don’t understand, but odds are you’ll enjoy the story and the sight of your favorite superheroes kicking butt on the big screen. Well, Avengers: Endgame is certainly not one of those movies.
Directed by the Russo brothers, Endgame is the culmination of everything Marvel Studios has been building towards since they released Iron Man in 2007. At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, half of all life, including many fan-favorite heroes, disappeared after Thanos collected the Infinity Stones and snapped his fingers (comic books are a riot, people). Now it falls to the remaining Avengers to save the universe in what will likely be an action-packed, emotional conclusion that changes the MCU forever.
9. John Wick 3: Parabellum – May 17, 2019
John Wick is likely the most successful and enjoyable new action franchise to emerge from Hollywood in quite a while. Starring Keanu Reeves as the notorious, dog-loving hitman John Wick, nicknamed “the Baba Yaga” (after the folkloric Slavic witch), this new film sees the esteemed killer on the run with a $14 million price on his head. Wick seemingly stands alone as he tries to clear his name and survive the assassin packed streets of New York City. Chad Stahelski, a stuntman turned filmmaker who worked with Reeves on The Matrix and directed the last two movies, is back behind the camera for Wick’s third outing, meaning the action will be as expertly choreographed, bloody and tense as ever.
10. Rocketman – May 31, 2019
“And I’m gonna be highhhhhh, as a kite by then.”
Make way, everybody. The Tiny Dancer, Sir Elton John himself, is finally getting the biopic treatment after the film was originally announced all the way back in 2012. Starring Taron Egerton, best known for his role in the Kingsman franchise, as the bespectacled pianist, Rocketman follows the singer from his early days at the Royal Academy of Music all the way up to his iconic rockstar status.
Here’s a fun-fact for all you movie nerds out there. Director Dexter Fletcher, who previously worked with Egerton in Eddie the Eagle, actually took over directorial duties from Bryan Singer on the Golden Globe-winning Bohemian Rhapsody. Fletcher didn’t receive any credits for his work on the film, but if you enjoyed that musical biopic odds are you’ll like this one too!
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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.
2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?
The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.
5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?
We feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.
6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?
Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.
7. What is the best method of use?
For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.
8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?
There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.
9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?
Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative side effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.
10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?
As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.
When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.
The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.
For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.
THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?
Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.
13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?
No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.
We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor there, Cannawell.
14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?
Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†
Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.
15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?
We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. We also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.
16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?
CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.
Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.