I Went to Weed Heaven!
The Ghetto Princess/Light Worker/Weedista Goes to a Trade Show!
Last week, this Weedista went to weed heaven! My client, Cannabis Karma, an event planning and consulting company very into all things Cannabis related, took me to the Champ’s Trade Show in Orlando Florida, March 11–13. and WOW! Was this ever an education in “premium counterculture” and so many things related to weed!
At the show, I was vibrating in a fourth dimensional reality. There were just so many synchronicities man! This was a Celestine Prophecy sort of adventure; and I was doing my light work of vibrating higher!
But, real talk, I am also a ghetto princess. And I need that persona to navigate this 3D murder death kill reality that I have to inhabit every single time I am working one of my civil rights cases, or whenever I am dealing with 3D concept of money.
Wherever there is money, you will find that 3D grime; and at this trade show there was a lot of MONEY. Hand over fist MONEY. A few times as the show, I had to bring out my inner ghetto princess. I can go there cause trust I ain’t no punk bitch.
And also, I LIKE WEED. So much so that I call myself the Weedista, whenever I write about weed.
So listen up fellow weed lovers, I’m gonna give you the 411, on the latest and greatest stuff happening in the weed industry, like a good Weedista!
The Sponsors of the Champ’sTrade Show
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect of this trade show. I was just going along for the ride with my client, Cannabis Karma. I thought it would be an auditorium full of pipes and weed paraphernalia which would be too complex for me to understand. Me, with my ghetto princess self, I keep it simple with a little cute glass pipe.
I don’t do the bongs; I don’t do the wrappers. And while I am fascinated by the concept of vaporizers and Dabs, remember that I’m just an old school ghetto princess and a lil glass pipe works for me.
Yes there are A LOT of new fancy contraptions! They are so complicated. I would have no idea how to work them, even if I did drop a few hundred on one of them. But, of you are interested, the vendors will show you how to work their fancy equipment that comes in fancy cases with gas masks and Oh! It all can be a bit much. All you need, is a lil glass pipe.
What I did not expect to see (that I actually did see) was actual weed! Yes! There was actual flowers and buds at the show! It seemed, in all respects, like the real deal weed! You know, the kind that is illegal in many states?
THERE WAS WEED at the trade show! (Because of the Delta 8 loophole.)
There were also many weed infused products, and this is where I got an education, which as a lawyer, was really helpful. I know so much now about the legality and the illegality of various forms of weed. Let me say this. DELTA 8 — WHEW- WHEE! I love that Delta 8! To me, DELTA 8 is the latest and greatest in weed technology! And it is supposedly, allegedly, perfectly legal!
There is also Kratom. Kratom comes from a plant native to Indonesia, but it is not Cannabis. It’s an entirely different plant all together. It is all the new rage in head shop circles. But lemme hold off on that, I’ll get to that in a second. Let me just get into the setup of the actual Champ’s trade show.
This is a show for head/vape shops, all over the country, if not the world. There were over one hundred vendors (100 vendors!) who were selling wholesale products like glassware, Delta 8 gummies, Delta 8 flowers, Delta 8 vape oils, Kratom powder, Kratom capsules, as well as other sorts of fun stuff that that owners of heads shops would need or want to purchase. The Cannabis Karma CEO, for example , was absolutely delighted with a gum ball machine filled with flavored blunt wrappers.
There was an entire row devoted to “glass ware.” There was even a section of the show dedicated to “Glass Games.” I don’t know what they are, as I didn’t play them. As for all of the purveyors of weed and weed related products, they fall into about three basic types.
The Deep into the Earth Alternative Health Types
The deep into the earth, environmental, have a belief in cannabis as an alternative health remedy. I like this type! They have integrity and they know their ish. More importantly, they were willing to share what they know with me, which is more than I can say about the other two types; the hot boys and the dealers.
The Hot Boys and Their 80K Bongs
The hot boys are “Boys Just Wanna Have Fun” types. This thing ain’t to deep for them. They like weed and weed related products cause they like to get high…like they really, like to get high! So much so, that they had to make their way into the industry. One of these types, I think out of LA, was talking about how he routinely sells 1K to 5k bongs (to the very spoiled kids of multi-millionaires).
He was explainint to someone else at the show, that a true weed aficionado will spend up to 80K on a bong.
Yeah, you heard me. EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS! On a BONG! The ghetto princess in me is like: “ mfers! Ain’t that much bong in the world! 80K???”
So, I walked up to the 80k-a-bong-having head shop guy, (cause I had been ear hustling, I happened to be in the vicinity when he started conversing about his inventory of80K bongs) and I was like:
“Can I see a picture of the 80k bong? Cause I am so curious! What does an 80K bong look like?”
He was like:
And he showed me something which was all Dale Chihuly looking.
He replied, “this one was done by a famous LA glass artist.” So I responded, “Like Dale Chihuly?” And he was all like, “Why yes!”
I like Dale Chihuly and all. I do. But would I pay 80K for a bong designed by him? I mean, eighty thousand dollars…is a really nice car, and/or an okay house in a depressed economic area. This dude is selling BONGS for 80K! It just, it blows my ghetto princess mind.
Who can afford such things? Hip-hoppers, I guess. The few black folks I saw out the show were hip-hop affiliated, walking around in things like Gucci leisure suits. You know how the hip-hoppers do.
Last up we have the money makers. These are my least favorite weed product wholesalers. They got that whole drug dealer, predatory vibe going on. Their customer service SUCKS. I am gonna put them on blast, as only a ghetto princess can, with their misappropriating the hip-hop culture asses, having young women walking around on stilts with their boobies out. I wasn’t impressed, with any of these dealer types, or their brands or the shows they put on. Whatever.
The Diversity and Inclusion (or lack thereof) in the Industry
First I want to say this is a heavily, heavily male dominated industry. I am a civil rights attorney with 30 years experience navigating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and based upon the way an industry LOOKS, I can tell what kind of shenanigans it is up to.
Male dominated industries have their problems for shizzle, fo sho. Industries lacking in racial and ethnic diversity? Well, I don’t even wanna go there today, cause I’m vibing too high. But just off of the way the industry LOOKS, I can tell you right now, a lot of people in it are on that same old BULL SHIT.
There were probably over a thousand people at this show, and yet, with that said, I could probably, count on my hands and feet the women at the show. I feel like I talked to all of them. And they were, by far, some of the most knowledgeable and educated people at the trade show. The big money booths, that had the high-profile marketing gear, had these women dressed as boy toys. Lit Culture, Bolt CBD. Swag, Smoke Nation…had their women workers, dressed to entice; but I was mildly offended.
I felt so sorry for those women strutting around the booths on those floors of endless concrete, in high heels and tights, with their tits all pushed up and out, being forced to cater to, I’m sure, obnoxious men in the masses.
I mean come on. This game is so old. Yes. I get it. The Ghetto Princess gets it. Sex sells…and if you wanna sell your frickin product you put some young girl who looks like pure sex, and nothing else, front and center to sell it. I get it.
But to me, a jaded as hell ghetto princess, this is just trite and annoying. I would like to see more women in positions of power in the industry, not as propped up boy toys. I am just saying.
As for the men, they are mostly all white. Some of them are cool, cause they are those deep into the earth white guys. I got no beef with them. Like, they want to do the right thing, and heal the earth, and blah, bah, blah. They are cool with me.
There were a few Trumpsters there, though. You know they type. They have very little tolerance for anything that isn’t also male and white. When they see me they act as if they are offended by my very existence. Yeah, I ran into a few of those at that show. I was like whatever dude! I’m here! I’m queer (to them), get used to it!
Finally, the last group of men (that were there in droves and were rude, rude, RUDE) were Asians of some kind. They were primarily selling the Kratom which grows (I was told at the show) like a weed (no pun intended) in Indonesia.
So okay Indonesians, you got a product that Americans want. I get it. You are feeling yourselves, like the dealers do. BUT do you have to be so damn rude about it? I mean some of these people were seriously RUDE. They act like they are doing you a favor, by even coming to the damn trade show! They act like your plebian, idiot buying-Kratom American ass’s very existence is an afront to them. (And…it might be. I know a lot of people around the world, do not like America or Americans. I get that. A Ghetto Princess knows some ish).
But yet and still, if they do want us to buy their Kratom, (and they do, oh yes indeed. They are pushing it, ike the dealers do. And trust, a ghetto princess knows a thing or two (or ten) about those pushy dealers) they shouldn’t be so RUDE. I’m just saying, a little friendly customer service would only help their cause. But most of those Kratom dealers WAS NASTY! Just NASTY!
The Stars of the Trade Show, Delta 8 and Kratom — It’s all Legal!
So, I get to the show, knowing virtually nothing of CBD products. Virtually nothing! I know that CBD stores have suddenly popped up all over Richmond, Virginia. I also know that these stores sell what looks like weed. But it’s not weed, or it is, but not the illegal kind. What they are selling is industrial hemp. The Farm Bill of 2018, legalized certain type of cannabis. It has a very low THC count. And this is why you see CBD shops selling what looks like straight up weed. Check it out:
In December of 2018, the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. It removed hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis), from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Congress made Delta 9 legal in 2018. (Kinda, sort of). Delta 8 is somehow related to Delta 9…I am not sure how, but this article here sort of explains it.
In talking to people this is what I learned: Delta 8 starts out as a Delta 9 plant (legal). Then it is modified somehow. (I am not sure how.) This modification affects how the plant grows. It grows with a low THC count, BUT the other ish in that plant will still get your body, very, very high! The Delta 8 that I experienced was absolutely amazing at, relieving chronic pain. The Delta 8 plant is specially grown. Once mature the buds can be sold and the oil can be taken from it. This oil is infused into all sorts of things; and all of this is apparently quite legal! (Actually, it’s all kind of iffy cause it’s all very new. But so far this is technically legal! We shall see what legislators do with Delta 8!)
My experiences with Delta 8 have been quite blissful! I am like this ish is too good to be true! I love, love love, that Delta 8!
What is Kratom?
Okay, so after the Delta 8, the other star of the show was Kratom. Kratom is also a plant, but not a cannabis plant. From what I can tell, the plant gets dried out and ground into a powder, that is called Kratom. That powder is put into stuff, and that stuff is supposedly allegedly one level down from heroin. No seriously, Kratom is apparently a substitute for heroin. It is used in place of heroin, to get people off of it. Down side? It is, much like heroin, highly addictive.
I was given Kratom samples…and honestly? It didn’t do anything for me. I was given “Kratom Coffee” which apparently is all the rage. It wakes some people up like 10 Monster or Red Bull drinks. It did nothing for me, other than what coffee regularly does. I am not a big fan of Kratom. But then again, I don’t do heroin so…I don’t know. It’s not for me. It might be for you though. But I’d advise anyone messing with the Kratom (or the Delta 8 for that matter) to be very careful. This stuff is far to new for anyone to know what it really does in the long run.
Delta 8 Products that I absolutely Adore!
Not all hemp or kratom wholesalers are created equal. Some of them (the into the earth environmental types) tend to know their ish. Shout out to Andy at Delta 8 Pro out of Colorado. Over lunch (we were eating at the bar at the Gaylord Palms restaurant Wreckers), he gave me quite the education on the problems in the industry, and in particular problems with Kratom. The cool kids (the ones into the earth) have really developed great products. You shouldn’t mess with anyone BUT THEM. Do your research! Some of these wholesalers ARE GRIMEY.
The Pain Relief Salves
My second shout out goes to Shane, of The Helping Friendly Hemp Company. He gave me The Helping Friendly Salve to sample and he said to me, “You’re gonna love this.”
OH. MY. GAWD! DID I EVER!!!!
This salve is the BOMB! Immediate and amazing pain relief for the sore things on you! (Of which, due to my treacherous Big Pharma cancer treatment, which I wrote about earlier I have more than a few.) My wrists, my knees, my back, my right arm pit (due to my mastectomy), my head, it all aches at various levels at various times. I get these god-awful migraines. Guess what happened to me the very first day of the trade show? My body was like Migraine time!
Well, thank God , I ran into Dana Ricketts, who is with Illuminent, Superior CBD Innovation. Because of a topical pain-roller she gave me, infused with organic hemp oil, I was able to get through the day without crawling up into a ball, and wanting to die, like I typically do. I mean these migraines hit hard! And I didn’t feel great, but I typically cannot function when one hits.
But due to the Illuminent topical roller, I could. Dana gave me a few other samples, sleep drops, which I do utilize, (besides being a cancer survivor, I am also mildly bi-polar, and sleep is a huge issue with me. Sometimes my brain simply will not turn off.)
My Big Pharma go to for sleep assistance is Ambien. Ambien will knock you the hell out, and on Ambien, I usually sleep like the dead. But Ambien is not without its problems. It is addictive, for one. And if you use it too much, you will wake up in the middle of the night doing weird, weird, things. You will not remember this the next day.
And so, to avoid this, I use Ambien sparingly. But I must get that sleep. Without sleep, I will become manic. No one, (especially me) wants me to go manic. It’s not a fun experience for anyone. (Well, it is at first, but inevitably, it takes a turn for the worst.) I use many things to help with my sleep problem.
Dana gave me a lot of insight into the industry. She has been in it for some time, and she is in it for the right reasons. (She is one of the handful of women in the industry; and like I said, most of the women in the industry are on the up and up, and in it for the right reasons, it seems to me.)
I’ll circle around back to the things Dana told me in another post. That one is going to be about the shadiness of the industry.
Those Dang Delta 8 Edibles! YUMMY!
Let’s move onto the CBD Farmhouse’s Delta 8 Moonrocks and the Chronic Candy Store.
Okay so first off, just let me say, I don’t think it’s fair to put weed in candy. It’s not fair. What are you trying to do to people exactly? I mean those edibles they get me every time! I start off just munching away… thinking they are food…then an hour or so later…THE HIGH HITS! (And if you, let’s say, ate a lot of those weed cookies…well…girl!
Anyway, there were a few edible booths. Shout out to Dennisse Anyana at Chronic Candy — who was giving out delicious lollipops and teas, at the Chronic Candy booth. At Canna Elite and Heavenly Candies there was an assortment of delectable candy treats worth getting high for! You have to be careful with the edibles though. It impacts the body differently.
What is a really big thing in the CBD industry is the gummies. Just CBD brought a literal truckload of gummies to pass out…and of course I took a pack every time I passed by the booth. They have regular gummies and vegan gummies, for those who do not want to consume the animals. At the Just CBD booth, I found the reps were very knowledgeable (and also diverse, as a Civil Rights attorney I do pay attention to such things) about their products and the CBD industry in general.
For example, one of the reps explained to me if you are trying to use gummies for chronic pain relief, you need at least 1000 mg. So that explains why most CBD gummies I have bought in Richmond, Virginia CBD stores do not do a damn thing for me. Most CBD gummies that I have purchased are about 10 a piece. This tends to be just very expensive candy and nothing more.
But if you want to feel good, like really, really good, you need some Delta 8 edibles! OMG! CBD Farmhouse was one of the very first vendors that spoke to me, and they were going on and on about their special brand of Delta 8 (cause remember Delta 8 has to be made.) Either the cannabis plant Delta 9 is tampered with to make Delta 8, OR they just make it straight out in a lab. That is a questionable procedure. For more on that, read this article here.
But my first Delta 8 experience was with the Delta 8 edible chocolate moon rocks. Shout out to Mike and Nick of CBD Farmhouse, who gave me the CBD Farmhouse spiel and samples. I don’t know how to describe this candy…it takes like maybe a rice crispy covered in chocolate? But the feel. OMG the feel of Delta 8! It’s like your body gets SKY HIGH! All the chronic pain (if you have it, due to surgery, or arthritis, or whatever) IS GONE. Gone, baby GONE! And your body actually starts to feel GOOD! You feel so damn good on that Delta 8 high!
And your mind? It’s still the same. You can function the same as your every would in what I call 3D. You can sit and type out whatever work you need to do on your laptop. You are not MIND HIGH…cause with some of those Indica/Sativa Hybrids with the THC in it, and certainly with the THC edibles…you mind is free to roam about the country, no make that the world, no make that the universe!
When I am high on a THC indica/sativa strain, my mind and my thoughts, ARE HUGE and TIMELESS and not made for this world…so ain’t no lawyering (as my brother would say) going on when I’m high! As a result, I rarely get high…some weekends, but mainly when I am in unbearable pain, I blaze up.
But those Delta 8 CBD Farmhouse moon rocks had me feeling so, so damn good the first night of the trade show! And the trade show was hard on the body, we’re talking endless walking on rows upon rows of hard concrete.
MED ROOTS HAS THE BEST DELTA 8 GUMMIES!
But I saved the best Delta 8 Gummy for last, Regina repping for Med Roots OMG! OMG! OMG!
Regina gave me some Delta 8 watermelon gummies, that after about an hour, I FELT LIKE MY ENTIRE BODY WAS HAVING AN ORGASM!!!!
Let me say that again:
I FELT LIKE MY ENTIRE BODY WAS HAVING AN ORGASM!!!!
These gummies are absolutely PRICELESS!!! PRICELESS! PRICELESS!
So anyway, I was talking to her about the whole Delta * craze, and she was like, our Delta * products are flying off the shelves! But she doesn’t think the craze is going to last, because the nefarious powers that be are working on illegalizing (is this even a word- clearly I should know being a lawyer and all) Delta 8 as I write this.
WHY WON’T THEY JUST LEAVE THIS PLANT AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE IT ALONE?!?!?!?!?!
God forbid we all have full body orgasms! Never that! The world just might become a better place, with people feeling that good! Can’t have that! They want it so people have “bad days” and go on killing sprees! EVIL. That’s all I am going to say about that.
Anyway, as you can see, I had quite the time (and got quite the education) at the Champs Trade Show.
I’ll be back to throw shade on the Industry bad guys. (Oh Trust! A Ghetto Princess got some mo things to say!)
Shout out to Still Smoking, a head shop Memphis, black owned and hip-hop affiliated, owner Lambert schooled me on all things Kratom! He was on the phone (I do so ear hustle) talking about, “Yeah, book the Migos, book them for that studio time!” I was like the Migos! What! Don’t they kick it with Cardi B? (Or not. I’m old yall. Too old to keep up with Cardi B and the Migos.) But I do like to say:
I’m a BOSS! You a worker BEETCH!
Until next time,