It was a late Wednesday afternoon. 60 people gathered at Frank Sinatra’s former residence in Woodland Hills to witness Jeff and Serena Baleja commit to each other in marriage. But their wedding was far from a traditional ceremony. After Jeff and Serena kissed to solidify their new union, Jeff reached into his pocket and pulled out two joints. He handed one to his wife and put the other to his lips. The officiator ignited a lighter and the newlyweds leaned in to light their joints. Smoke rolled up from their smiles as they laced fingers and held their hands to the sky.

As legalization spreads, progressive canna-centric weddings are becoming a trend. But throwing a weed wedding isn’t as simple as having flower arrangements adorned with fan leaves and buds. It also requires a lot more than having heaps of cannabis at the reception. Jamie Lee McCormick, the founder of the Flower Daddy floral designs, planned the Baleja’s elegant SoCal wedding, and gave us brilliants tips on what it takes to throw an exquisite elevated wedding. So, if you’re unsure whether you should have a weed wedding or not, we’re here to tell you that you should. Here’s what you need to know to ensure you host an unforgettable celebration of love.

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You Don’t Have to Tell Your Guests It’s a 420 Wedding

Sure, you can announce that you’re hosting a weed wedding on the invitation, but we’re here to assure you that it’s not entirely necessary. It’s 2018 and cannabis is the most accepted it’s ever been. Although it’s still far from conventional—particularly for older generations—cannabis is only going to become more normalized as legalization spreads. McCormick says there’s no obligation to announce you’re having a canna-wedding.

“If [your guests] know you well enough to be at your wedding, they probably already know you’re going to have a weed bar or something,” he says. “For me, it’s letting it be kosher, and just letting [the guests] come.”

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It’s All About Aesthetic

We know not all families are 420-friendly. But even if that’s the case, and you feel more comfortable communicating to your guests that you’re having a green wedding, it still doesn’t need to say “WEED WEDDING” in bold capital letters across the top of the invite. Rather, it could say something along the lines of: “Join us for an elevated celebration of love” and/or mention you’ll have an open-flower bar and/or joint roller at the reception for those who wish to participate.

Weed weddings are all about aesthetic, according to McCormick. And most of the time, people are beside themselves when they experience the class of flower power weddings. If any of your guests show up with a judgmental attitude, chances are they’ll feel differently by the end.

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Host Your Wedding in a Private Home

The reason canna-weddings are still relatively obscure is because of the law—and not just federal law. Even in California where weed is legal, there’s a whole category of regulations for events. And canna-weddings are not included in them, so they’re still considered a grey area. It also doesn’t help that the majority of wedding venues aren’t 420-friendly. Thus, most weed weddings are held in private homes. The Golden State’s laws say people are welcome to indulge in the herb from the comfort of a private residence. So, obviously, the best way to throw a weed wedding is in a home that ideally has a yard big enough to host your guests.

McCormick planned Serena and Jeff’s wedding in a sprawling estate that used to belong to Frank Sinatra. The actual house was used for the caterers, bridesmaids, the families of the bride and groom, etc. The backyard, overlooking the hills of the San Fernando Valley, was where the ceremony and reception took place.

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Choose Your Favorite Vendors

What’s a weed-wedding without lots of product? Make a list of your favorite canna-goods and brands that mesh with the overall vibe of your wedding. For instance, if you have a general theme of elegance, it might be chic to have a vendor there who can offer guests samples of decadent dark chocolate caramels—medicated ones, of course.

But you don’t have to overdo it with the vendors. “I think it’s just a matter of covering your bases,” McCormick says. “You want to have your range of flowers, edibles, and vapes.”

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Edibles Should be Low Dose

Microdosing is a way of life. And, especially at a wedding—or all family gatherings, for that matter—you don’t want (or need) to see your Aunt Susan turning into a stoned zombie. This is particularly important if alcohol is going to be present on your special day. It’s recommended that all edibles at the event are under 20 mg. Personally, we feel the majority should be below 10 mg to keep people from experiencing intense cross-fade. Also, who only wants to eat one gummy bear or cookie? Call us crazy, but we want to eat at least 20. And that can’t happen when edibles are high-dose. So, for the sake of all people who get the munchies, provide low-dose delicious edibles your guests can devour.

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Treat the Plant Like Alcohol and Have an Open Canna-Bar

There’s no concept more beautiful than an open canna-bar, equipped with an abundance of freshly rolled joints, edibles, smoking accessories, and more. This was a hit at Jeff and Serena’s reception. At most weddings, guests either huddle around the buffet, bar, or dance floor. At their wedding, however, everyone—and I mean everyone–was packed around the weed bar. People passed joints, stashed some for later, and shared fire to experience the different strains. Cousins snacked on medicated sour belts while friends ate fruit coated in infused chocolate. Guests had the opportunity to take dabs and sip on infused beverages, too. Although alcohol was available at the wedding, there was a specific emphasis on the weed bar.

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Provide CBD Options for Those Who Don’t Want to Get High

Some people don’t like the feeling of THC. But that doesn’t mean they have to be left out of the fun. At Jeff and Serena’s wedding, McCormick made sure there was a CBD station with someone offering bong hits of CBD distillate. The vendor prepped bowls for guests, while offering education about CBD and assuring them they won’t get stoned

“I wanted the CBD bar for a couple of reasons,” says McCormick. “One was for those who don’t participate in THC, but still want to try something. Also, CBD can help people who get too high, so having a CBD booth there is a good way to educate people about that facet of CBD, like, ‘Hey, if you smoke CBD, it’ll knock your high down, a little bit.’”

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There’s a Blossoming Niche for Cannabis Wedding Planners

If you’re a wedding planner who likes to smoketh the herb, there’s no better time to be in business. As cannabis weddings are slowly becoming a thing, there’s a need for cannabis wedding planners. Legality aside, part of the reason it’s difficult for couples to have a weed wedding is because few wedding planners are open and equipped to do so. Also, planning a wedding in general is stressful and intricate. Throwing weed and vendors into the mix can become a hazy mess if you don’t know what you’re doing. Thus, a new niche for cannabis wedding planners is currently blooming.

McCormick not only has experience creating flower arrangements, he’s also a wiz when it comes to event and wedding planning. He organized Jeff and Serena’s wedding in a little over a month. He was able to execute in such little time, though, because he’s well connected in both the cannabis and wedding spaces. “Usually in wedding world, you start [planning] about year out from your event,” he says. “And for a weed wedding I’d say it’s the same. But I did Jeff and Serena’s in six weeks. There’s really no right or wrong time frame. I think it’s just about whether the wedding planner can do it and get it right.”

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Go to the Cannabis Wedding Expo for Ideas and Contacts

If you’re sold–or even curious– about having a cannabis wedding but don’t know where to start, there’s an annual Cannabis Wedding Expo that’s loaded with vendors, products, and concepts for an elevated matrimony. It’s also a great place to make contacts with professionals, Like McCormick, who can help make your green wedding a reality. There are expos in Vegas, Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

“The Cannabis Wedding Expo is incredible,” says McCormick. “They are such a great group of pioneers. I think the best thing about it is they’re so good at making this progressive wedding-style normal. There were a lot of curious couples at the last one in LA.”

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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. organic hemp seedsTypically 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?

colorado growing operationWe 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 CBD Oil Extractside 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?

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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 thereCannawell.

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. mjna message boardWe 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.

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