We’ve got another 20 of the chillest smoke session songs out there for you this Sunday. This week features aftertheparty, Berner, Blackbear, Brother Kamau, and more! From mellow to good/uplifting vibes, this is some good music to smoke to!
We’ve got another playlist for you this week. Some smooth rap, RnB, and more. These chill rap songs to smoke to are perfect for a lazy Sunday. Artists include Kweku Collins, Emi, Caleborate, and Reo Cragun. Mellow out with the best smoking rap songs of the week right here! Follow us on Soundcloud for more, including exclusive playlists like artists of the week. Look for features of other genres coming soon, too.
In this infographic, we’ll show you how marijuana and working out go hand in hand.
Marijuana and Metabolism
A 2016 study found that marijuana users were less likely to be obese.
Medical Marijuana Replaces Pain Killers Perfectly
Cannabis is safer than vicodin and better at relieving inflammation than ibuprofen.
Cannabis and Pre-Gym Jitters
Marijuana helps reduce gym-related anxiety and works well with repetitive tasks involved in working out.
Chill smoking music for your weekend! Rap and RnB this week.
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It’s almost been one year since recreational marijuana sales began in California. From the perspective of this medical patient and consumer, it’s not going well. First, as a medical patient, I am still beholden to the full price and the full amount of recreational cannabis taxation, which you’ll see shortly is out of control. Cannabis as a medicine is privileged in California.
Cannabis and CBD Edibles Are Through The Roof
We need regulations on the regulations. Edibles can’t come in more than packs of 100 mg, dosed out into 10 mg pieces. I was taking 30 mg three times a day when the regulations hit. Now? I can’t get the dosage I need. 100 mg is the same price 300 mg used to be. The CBD:THC 1:1 edibles that were getting anxious me through the day? No way. Those were my mood stabilizer and my anti-anxiety. Now I’m moody and anxious and way too into my bongs (snaps all day! Literally. All. Day.).
And that’s just my problem? The farmers, businesses, and even the average consumer? They have their own problems. Even my aunt has her own problems. She has been trying for literally decades to get a dispensary license. It’s virtually impossible in even the most liberal cities in the bay, and legalization has just made city councils even more resistant and even more quick to enact laws banning them.
The Marijuana Black Market Is Thriving, Still
This infographic will show that the black market is only strengthened by California’s so-far-failed attempt at legalization. One of the driving forces behind legalization is to end the black market, as was the case with the repeal of alcohol prohibition. The black market is the only logical place to go in California. Check out this graphic to see why, all info from The New York Times.
Chill smoking music is a must on the weekend. Were going to be coming out with weekly playlists on Sunday for you to chill out to on the chillest day of the week, and to keep your week feeling those weekend vibes with “relaxing stoner music” (it’s a popular google search). This Sunday we went for the RnB feeling, not the RnB genre. There’s some mellow beats, melodic hip hop, a little but of uplifting and a little bit of trippy, all underscored by what we love about RnB.
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Those of us who like beaker bottoms love beaker bottoms. So finding the right one is important, especially with how many there are out there, both name-brand and hand-blown. I’ve had a Biohazard, a Roor, and a few hand-blown pieces of absolute art that ranged from perfect to pathetic when it came to actually smoking, so believe me when I tell you that this piece from Buzz (stylized Buzs with a backwards Z usually) is closer to perfect.
The most striking thing is how thick and heavy the glass is. It’ll actually take a bit of upper arm strength to lift, so mmj pain relief patients and elder patients may want to think twice before purchasing, depending on your ailments. But the thickness and heaviness speaks to durability and quality. This and the way it is shaped make it pretty easy to keep clean with salt and isopropyl alcohol, even for those of us who may not be religious about it.
These Buzzes come about 12 inches tall, and are clear with a colored bottom and lip. Personally, I prefer my glass clear because I smoke quite a bit daily (and I add tobacco, between you and me) and I like to know how dirty it is. But a little bit of color is a nice touch, if you’re into aesthetics. The downstem even seamlessly blends into the piece, adding to the subtle artistry. This Buzz comes with a 14mm high-quality bowl and 10mm thick glass, weighing in at over 2 pounds.
The smoking experience is smooth as can be. I’d rate it 10/10, as good as a Roor. I credit it to the unique semi-rounded design and the overall height and width, as well as the quality of the glass. Best of all? These come in at well under $100.
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Producer and DJ Shaw Quentin has grown up in the bay area, in Alameda, since moving from Ukraine at five years old. A critical part of the bay area rave scene for years, he was a resident at San Francisco club Ruby Skye during the height of its popularity for three years, he’s been the guest DJ on Diamond Blu record label owner and prominent deep house producer Gabriel Blu’s House of Blu, and he’s no stranger to gracing larger stages at music festivals.
Quentin makes deep, groovy, and tech-inspired beats. His take on electronic music is not just unique--it is, all at once, classic and innovative. Each of his productions takes you back to a time before dance music had to be too radio friendly, while still feeling thoroughly “2018.” With funky dark motifs, an infusion of groove, thumping drumbeats, and just enough bass, Quentin takes classic electronic genres and brings them into the 21st century.
Quentin’s love of music, specifically dance and electronic music, started at a very young age, and he is quick “to give credit to my mom for that. She had me when she was 19 so she was always going out dancing and clubbing. She would have mixtapes and cds … and I would hear dance music in the car.” Second to his mom, he credits the friends he grew up with, and the advent of Limewire: “We had so much access to music from everywhere and we discovered Sandstorm one day.” In case you need context, Sandstorm is the definitive dance anthem of the 2000s.
From Sandstorm, he moved to Basshunter and Benny Benassi (like many of us), “then started to get more serious and found David Guetta.” After his introduction, Quentin found Fedde Le Grand and from there his interest in tech and deep house began to flourish. Quentin notes, “Through Fedde I discovered [Mark Knight’s] Toolroom Records. That opened the gates to the more techno and deep house kind of stuff. I caught that wave right before EDM became a thing.”
What does Shaw Quentin think of the “EDM” explosion of radio friendly pseudo-house tracks? While he holds no ill will toward EDM or EDM DJs, Quentin reluctantly admits, “I like the more underground stuff because there’s more creativity. … EDM can be exhausting.” He elaborates, “You can be creative with EDM, but it’s easy to be cookie-cutter. … I like to use running as a metaphor. EDM is like doing sprints, it breaks down and you sprint again. Deep house and techno you’re jogging and it’s very consistent.”
With his first turntables given to him by his supportive mom in his sophomore year of high school, Quentin soon began DJing house parties and other small events. In just a couple short years, by the time he was 18, Quentin found himself with his first real DJing job: resident at Ruby Skye. “It was a promoter job that turned into a residency,” says the DJ, who remembers the experience mostly fondly, “I got to open for a lot of cool people, I got to meet a lot of cool people.” But he does conclude that, “Month after month of hearing EDM every Thursday and Friday … made me want to explore underground more.”
Quentin goes on to add that, “my favorite producer is Hot Since ‘82,” and he brings that up to make the point that Hot Since ‘82, “found this really nice balance between underground and mainstream. It’s a nice little balance that I’m trying to shoot for with my music.” It’s a balance this writer and once-raver agrees that he has gotten adept at achieving.
Quentin has played Northern Nights music festival in Humboldt, famous venues in San Diego, L.A., and Vegas, and even provided direct support for Above & Beyond at Avila Beach. That was his favorite set he played because, “the crowd was really into it. … The Above & Beyond crowd is really open-minded. I vibe with them really well and it was a fun set.”
Experiences playing festivals have “gone a long way” for the 23-year old talent. One phenomenon in particular comes to mind for him, “It’s always cool when you’re walking around a festival and someone goes, ‘hey aren’t you Shaw Quentin? I saw your set earlier, it was dope.’” He says that does a lot for him, noting humbly that getting recognized does a lot to reaffirm “someone who’s not very famous.”
Shaw Quentin has a lot going on in his young adulthood. The aspiring musician graduated prestigious Ex’pression College in Emeryville and now works for Swell Music + Sound, among several other side hustles. In all he does, Shaw Quentin makes sure to keep himself close to his passion of music, and his work at Swell is no exception: “I’m like direct support for the lead producer. So anything from sound design, mixing, recording, even composition and scoring, licensing music,” falls under his job description.
With a bright professional career ahead of him, Quentin is keeping up his decade-long career as a DJ (he started playing around with writing music in eighth grade with FL Studio) because nothing else fulfills him in the same way. He points out, “It’s the only thing that makes me happy. It’s not the only thing, but … being in the DJ booth and making people dance, you can’t replace it. That’s my happy place.” For those reasons, Quentin admits he, “loves making music,” but likes DJing slightly better than producing. He drives the point home: “Music is what keeps me going.”
He adds that things have changed since he started. When he was trying to show everyone Deadmau5 before “EDM” became a term, Quentin says, “no one was interested. Then … everyone started getting into EDM.” Now, Quentin has seen a huge shift in what it takes to get his stuff out there: “It’s so saturated you can’t just post a song on Soundcloud anymore. There’s a lot more that goes into it.”
Currently, Quentin is working on his master plan for the year, but he knows he wants to double down on his DJ career. Lately he’s asking himself, “How do I get there? That’s what I’m studying and trying to figure out.” Quentin adds that San Francisco native Kaskade is a big inspiration for that. While he wouldn’t give too much away, he is excited that in collaboration with a Dali-esque London graphic designer, he intends to release his first music video this year. Quentin’s general outline goes something like this: “get locally big, and then big on the west coast, then take over the world.” All it takes is one listen to see why that is more likely than not to come to fruition.
THC may be going recreational, but we haven't forgotten that it is, very importantly, medicinal. As cannabis is making it's way to the mainstream, another component of the cannabis plant, CBD (cannabidiol), is gaining fame for it's medicinal uses as well.
The idea that THC and CBD can work together is also pretty new. Described as "Whole Plant Medicine", the concept is that using the entire plant can double or triple the benefits. In this graphic, we'll explore the unique medicinal properties of CBD and THC, and how different ratios can lead to different mental health, and even physical health, benefits. We'll also talk about which methods of consumption may be right for you.