Friday, Day I: Rain Impala (By Mary Carreon)
Desert Daze fills a disproportionately large gap in the cosmic world of music festivals. Instead of catering to the mainstream appeal of EDM-heavy dance parties, Desert Daze aligns with an ethos dating back to an era post-Summer of Love but pre-new wave. It’s a festival time-warp back to a period when fringed leather, psychedelic exploration, Les Pauls, and drum solos were inherent details of the culture. And that’s how it felt at Desert Daze a couple weekends ago.
Despite the long wait to get into the festival, day one started out like any other: Attendees were wild, rocking out, and full of drunken vigor. But no one knew what nature had in store. By 4 p.m., clouds rolled in over the lake, reflecting an ominous gray color that illuminated the festival grounds. Still, nothing seemed too out of the ordinary—despite Apple weather predicting rain. But who cares? A little sky water don’t hurt nobody.
By 7 p.m., the rain made her grand entrance. And let it be known that she didn’t stop anyone from having a good time, especially during Jarvis Cocker’s set. It wasn’t pouring, but no amount of rain could’ve stopped the crowd that gathered for the legendary frontman’s witty banter and soul-jiving performance. His ‘60s shag-cut, matching sienna suit and thick, black rimmed glasses charmed attendees into enduring the weather as if it weren’t raining; as if it were a warm summer night in 1979.
Toward the middle of Cocker’s set, he hopped off the stage and waltzed about in the barrier, interacting with rock star-struck fans. He proceeded to school attendees in a quick philosophy lesson, in which he addressed the crowd asking us what we’re fearful of.
One squirrelly eyed woman answered his question by nervously exclaiming “YOU” into his microphone. The next man Cocker asked replied “failure;” to which Cocker gave an impassioned speech about the cyclical nature of fearing failure, and it being the reason one can’t start anything meaningful in life at all.
We walked away from the set self-inquisitive about fear– and pumped-as-hell that Cocker performed a few Pulp B-sides. At this point, lightning bolts struck from the heavens behind the mountains across the lake. Warpaint killed their 60-minute set in the stormy conditions, intertwining new songs with jams from Exquisite Corpse and The Fool.
The rain came down harder, and the mushrooms began to reveal their tribal designs—just in time for Tame Impala. Everyone’s leather jackets were soaked. But in the name of rock and roll, it didn’t matter. The lightning beyond the mountains began shifting over the lake. The lights went down and the first notes of the synth filled the air with audible moon-beams. Tame Impala opened with “Let It Happen” which transitioned into “The Less I Know the Better” off Currents. Canons of confetti shot into the crowd, as everyone began to melt away into the ether of modern-day psychedelic rock.
Everything seemed great. But as the confetti settled on the wet ground, frontman Kevin Parker stopped and said: “We have to stop. We’ve been told to leave the stage. We don’t know what’s happening.”
Lightning flashed above us and lit up the sky as if the sun peeked out. A festival executive grabbed the mic and told everyone to seek shelter. “Do not run,” he said. “Walk. Do not go inside your tent. Do not stand near a tree. If you’re having a medical emergency, please go to the medic tent.”
And just like that Tame Impala evaporated into the night, zapped away from Desert Daze and teleported back to Australia, where the weather was peachy and 80 degrees.
We went to our car and played InnerSpeaker and Lonerism back to back. The patter of rain was incessant as the lightning flashes triggered the crackling sound of thunder that was a three mile count away. The Tame Impala depression sank deep. But at least we were seeking shelter from bad weather, and not a psychotic active shooter.
Saturday, Day II: The Day We Discovered Rolling (By Chloé Gold)
I woke up on Saturday morning in the backseat of my co-workers car—dry, warm, and happy. I had opted to sleep there instead of my tent, which had been set up under a tree; the odds of being struck by lightening are relatively low, but, you know, Murphy’s Law. Plus, it was freezing.
But the festival felt extra fresh after the rain. Everything about that morning was beautiful. Because the festival hadn’t picked up yet, people moved slowly and actually took the time to talk to each other, which feels like a lost art sometimes. But human-to-human interaction is not dead, and Desert Daze proved that.
In fact, an aspect that separates this the festival from the rest is the way it nurtures slowly fading elements of our culture—in-person communication being one of them. The other is literature. The best place in the festival to buy coffee was at a vendor whose coffee booth was also a popup bookstore by Stories Books and Cafe—an independent LA-based shop. They offered book recommendations made by the musicians performing at the festival. The award for best book suggestion goes to Jarvis Cocker for endorsing the American Constitution; because America needs to revisit the fundamentals.
Complex, trippy art that could fill an exhibit on Jupiter dotted the grounds. And the longer you stared at them, the more extraterrestrial they became. LSD day-trippers slurping Otter Pops sat underneath glittering ornaments hanging inside dome structures. They sat in circles, like an ad hoc support group that aided first time trippers through their psychedelic adventures. A cone-shaped shelter with naked Barbies, dismembered Ken figurines, and baby dolls tied to multi-colored, thread-woven walls provided shelter for attendees.
The sky in Lake Perris—or anywhere, really—is dim compared to Joshua Tree’s Milky Way painted atmosphere. But there’s something about absorbing the energy of a eerily still, serene lake in the night while the chaos of a festival is spinning around you. There’s also the prehistoric vibrations of the lake and the silhouette of the mountains in the distance; it was enough to guide my mushroom-laced mind to Lovecraftian thoughts of Loch Ness lore.
During this period of reflection it occurred to us that the ‘60s and ‘70s were a balance of darkness and light—despite the glamorization of those decades. That time personified the theory of yin and yang: the yang being war, hate, and the political strife that plagued the era; and the former representing the yin—the mind-melting, potent music that unified the masses.
Music functioned as a crutch to society. It was one of the few outlets people had that made those times a bit less bleak. Music transcended the racism, inequality, and overall hate of the era. And that’s basically what Desert Daze gives to us. It creates a space where gender, political party, education, biases, and societal problems evaporate in the name of music. Perhaps it’s because the energy of the festival vibrates too high for such low-vibe frequencies to exist. Or perhaps it’s because music is a higher power.
Sure, it’s arguable that all music festivals act as a crutch for us. But Desert Daze—more than any other fest—feels so much like the golden-era of music, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the parallels of style, genres, art, substances, and external political chaos we’re currently enduring as a nation.
Our musings about cryptids and the fact the society needs a festival like Desert Daze were cut short by two girls scream-laughing and rolling around in tandem in the sand directly in front of us. I never understood why the slang for being high on MDMA was called “rolling”—until that moment.
“How sandy are you guys?” a tall man with a bun yelled to them.
“Soooo sandy!” One of them answered, as she wiped off her chest and posterior before dissolving into another raging fit of giggles.
Despite the hiccups, Desert Daze is the festival that provides rock and roll lovers a glimmer of hope. Hope for a community of like-minded people; hope for a place to transcend the political bullshit infiltrating our lives from every angle; and hope for an environment that gives the art of music—real music—a chance to live and thrive. And because of that, Desert Daze’s transformation from a boutique festival into a large-scale event will be undoubtedly successful.
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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.