There’s nothing in this massive universe like smoking a bowl and melting into the couch with a captivating game at your fingertips. The holidays just passed, which means millions of people have new games they’re battling through to conquer. The only problem is that once the game’s over, you need a new one to fill its spot. Luckily, there are some new games coming this year that look wild, surreal, and challenging enough to make every type of stoned gamer stoked to be alive.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Rejoice, friends, for Kingdom Hearts III is finally here. Sora, Riku, and King Mickey are back as they try to thwart Master Xenohart and his goons’ attempts to reshape the world by kickstarting a new Keyblade War. Slash through an army of dark creatures and villains with your own keyblade as you discover the Guardians of Light and repel the evil forces at work.
Team up with classic characters like Goofy and Donald as you traverse a series of locations from various Disney movies and Final Fantasy games. Part of this franchise’s charm comes from the different tones and mini-games associated with each locale, and this iteration will be the first to include places like San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6 and Arendelle from Frozen. The series features some pretty complex, convoluted lore, but this new title, the first to be playable on non-Sony consoles, looks enjoyable and accessible enough for both new and old fans to walk away with a smile.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One Jan. 29, 2019.
Have you ever just felt like a discouraged ape in a cage, constantly prodded along and watched as you try to enjoy your life? Well, then Ape Out may just be the escapist, ultra-violent experience you’ve been waiting for—you know, to insert some metaphorical control back into your life.
Take control of a hulking primate on the loose as he punches his way through a series of complex, colorful levels. With a bird’s eye view of the map, it’s up to you to help this misunderstood gorilla find freedom. Grab hold of guards and use them as human shields—even taking control of their weapons—as you dodge bullets and navigate the various, beautifully designed locations. With some beautiful sound design to boot, this game is likely going to be one of 2019’s indie hits.
Available on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC Feb. 7, 2019.
The Sinking City
H.P. Lovecraft’s influence can be felt in series’ like Bioshock, but his work has never been fully explored in video games. Enter The Sinking City, an adventure-horror game with a detective twist that sees the player investigate a mysterious flood that’s left the city’s residents mad. Set in the 1920’s in a fictional Massachusetts town, the game balances the glitz and glamour of the jazz age with a dark story that sees players uncover secrets with big consequences for the town and its citizens. The flood is damaging enough on its own, but the encroaching water also brought something much scarier into town: a series of monsters torn straight out of Lovecraft’s literary worlds.
Developed by Frogwares, a company best known for their Sherlock Holmes games, they’ve undeniably kicked up their mechanics a notch for this dark world. An open world game, The Sinking City forces players to explore every nook and cranny and talk to everyone in order to solve the mystery. With no map markers or instructions to follow, players will have to use their own intuition to move the story along and free the town from its mysterious new presence.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC March 21, 2019.
Super Smash Bros.
Franchises like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter may be older, but Super Smash Bros. is the undisputed king of fighting games. Ultimate, the franchise’s first release for the Nintendo Switch, is just as fun and action-packed as its predecessors. Thanks to the Switch’s capabilities, you can now play with seven friends, meaning you can get the whole squad stoned and spend the day playing tournament after tournament.
With 74 characters (everyone from the franchises’ past returns except Waluigi for some reason…) and dozens of arenas to choose from, there are countless options for experimentation. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a bit more hardcore, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most fun games available right now. Like the previous games, there is a story mode that is packed full of Nintendo references and interesting team-ups, but as always, the best thing to do is just zone out and jump straight into the versus mode to test your skill.
Currently available on Nintendo Switch.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
There are so many amazing Star Wars games out there, but the truth is fans of the franchise haven’t been treated to an enjoyable title in quite a while. Fallen Order, a story set between Episodes III and IV, looks like a chance for the franchise to return to its video game glory. Even though details are sparse, the fact that it is directed by Stig Asmussen, the lead on God of War III, the game will likely feature an epic, character-driven plot.
Take control of a young padawan as the Jedi are on the run and being hunted by the Empire. With characters from various comics and television shows rumored to appear, this game looks like it’s steeped in the franchise’s lore as it tells a new, dark story. With hype around multiplayer-only games still building, fans of adventure driven single player games can rest easy knowing that Fallen Order will forgo online matchmaking for a unique solo experience.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in Q4 2019.
At the Gate
Few strategy games live up to the intensity of Civilization V, so when lead designer John Shafer first announced At The Gates through Kickstarter in 2013 it immediately became a must watch for fans of the genre. It’s up to the player to build a new thriving Kingdom in the shadow of the now crumbling Roman Empire and take power for themselves. As your lands expand and you conquer more territory, it’s up to you to harvest more resources and figure out how to keep your economy and military thriving in order to outlast the other kingdoms vying for dominance.
If the game sounds like too much of a headache after smoking a bowl, just pretend you’re Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen plotting to take out Cersei Lannister in the lead up to the Game of Thrones return. For anyone interested in indie game development, Shafer posted an extremely personal blog post that describes the burnout and emotional toil involved in the seven-year process.
Available on Windows, OS X, Linux and iOS Jan. 23, 2019.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Yeah, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out in October of 2018, but the story mode has so much damn content odds are most people still haven’t finished it. A masterpiece in nearly every sense of the word, RDR2, a prequel to the 2011 original, is one of the most thought-provoking, entertaining games we’ve played in a while. Arthur Morgan, the game’s central protagonist, is stuck between his outlaw ways and the slow encroachment of civilization, giving players a front-row seat to a changing world and a dying way of life. The controls can be a bit finicky at times, but the enjoyable, blood-soaked missions and the sharp dialogue delivered by some of the best voice actors in the industry more than make up for it.
Even if you already defeated the story, the game’s online mode is finally heating up. With the ability to create your own character and let him loose in a seine of online missions and versus modes, Red Dead Redemption 2 is setting itself up to be a major game for the rest of the year.
Currently available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
With so many fighting games on the market, it can be hard for specific titles to stand out. Jump Force, a 3D brawler packed full of everyone’s favorite Shonen Jump characters created to celebrate the publication’s 50th anniversary, will have no problem cutting through the noise.
As the villain Kane, designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, sets his sights on reshaping the world in his image, it falls to heroes like Naruto and Luffy to take him down. The story mode will see players control characters from franchises like One Piece and My Hero Academia as they all fight to defend their home from the new evil menace. A 3-on-3 fighting game, manga fans can rejoice in the fact that Yugi Moto and Goku will be in the same game, meaning they can finally answer the important question and determine who has the bigger hair once and for all.
Available on Playstation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC Feb. 15.
Originally announced when the Xbox One was brand spanking new back in 2014 at E3, Crackdown 3 may just be one of the most delayed games in recent memory. Originally set for a 2016 release (and then 2017, and then 2018), the game has been pushed back multiple times due to staff reshuffling and technical challenges. No matter, Crackdown 3 is finally here and it looks freaking glorious.
Like the first two games, players control an elite officer who is tasked with dismantling the criminal organizations that are controlling the city of New Providence. It’s up to you to destroy the bases, halt their operations and take out the gang leaders as part of your mission to rescue the city. The series has a dynamic combat style that sees players shoot, punch, or run over gang members all across the city. With a massive world at your fingertips, the possibilities for mayhem are truly endless, considering you can drive every car you see and even knock over major buildings. If bloody action isn’t enough for you, the series is also known for its deadpan humor, which will lend itself beautifully to a stoned Sunday afternoon gaming the day away in your sweats—and munching on cereal.
Available on Xbox One Feb. 15, 2019.
Bus Simulator 18
Driving while stoned is a big no-no, but playing Bus Simulator after taking a hit is of the most thrilling activities to dive into. Jump behind the wheel of a public bus and master various routes around the city. Packed with miles worth of urban and rural roads, Bus Simulator 18 is an incredibly realistic experience that has players drive around to pick-up and drop off riders all while sticking to a tight schedule.
My pops is actually a Metro bus driver, so playing this game is the closest I’ll ever come to understanding what his day-to-day entails. Sure, it’s a superficial understanding. But these simulators really do give players a new perspective and appreciation of some of the world’s most stressful and under-appreciated jobs. If you like this, we recommend checking out one of the big rig or subway simulators to expand your understanding of modern transportation.
Currently available on Steam and will be on Playstation 4 and Xbox One this year
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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.