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Best weed lubes of Valentine’s Day ’23 and beyond



When it comes to cannabis and sex, Leafly nation, the puns write themselves. But it’s no joke—cannabis helps us explore our sexuality and enhance our intimacy with those we love, from both the inside and out. Stay with us now: this year, your valentine deserves flowers, chocolate, and cannabis-infused lube. Cannabis topicals rake in not even 1% of industry sales, but a little THC in your intimate oil or water-based serum makes the slip and slide way easier. And steamier.

Leafly’s own Nick Jikomes, PhD, tells us that cannabis acts as a vasodilator when inhaled, ingested, or applied topically. In the form of a lube, this means increasing blood flow to the area it’s applied to topically and engaging with endocannabinoid receptors.

“In terms of neural effects, THC has a kind of ‘sensitizing’ effect on sensory neurons. This is why tastes, smells, sounds, etc., can feel enhanced after THC consumption. There’s no reason to think why this wouldn’t also apply to the somatosensory system, [where] the sense of touch becomes more sensitive.”

It seems like every CBD company has hopped on the lube train at a time where intimacy is at an all-time low, but THC is by far the biggest bedroom player. So Leafly nation, whether you have a horizontal itinerary planned or want to elevate your solo play, here are the best THC lubricants from sea to shining sea.


Kush Queen lube

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Kush Queen founder Olivia Alexander, like the rest of us, was drawn to Foria’s intimate THC oil when it hit dispensary shelves years ago. But there were two problems: It wasn’t condom safe, and she’s allergic to coconut oil. Her water-based, nano emulsion lubricant absorbs quickly into your erogenous zone of choice, and won’t compromise any physical birth control methods. You don’t even need to use it for sex. One returning client allegedly applies it before big corporate business meetings to activate her “big purr energy.” I mean, do you!

“I’ve never had a product that has had such a crazy wide audience, from women who are postpartum, couples who use it for intercourse, people who use it for solo play, porn stars, soccer moms,” she tells Leafly. “Being Southern, I was raised fairly prudish, and then I started using it myself and I’m like, ‘oh, that’s what it does!’”


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Her Highness Pleasure Oil

(Courtesy Her Highness)

The research, if you care to read it, indicates that women by and large orgasm less from sex than men, but they also benefit from cannabis more than men. The Her Highness pleasure oil isn’t a lube per se (and definitely not latex-safe), but more of a stimulating massage oil for your erogenous zones. If you have a coconut allergy, this oil uses olive oil as a base with botanical extracts and a dash of essential oils that enhance sensitivity and, by extension, the big “O.”

OM Love Balm

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This might be the only lube-ish product on this list that you can also put on your face! OM’s Love Balm, a 2019 Emerald Cup topical winner, is thicker than the other options on this list due to its shea butter base, (so it’s not latex-friendly) but it’s also a lot stronger, with over 400 mg THC and 100 mg CBD. It’s fragrance-free so it suits any, ahem, orifice you want; OM also has a suppository recipe on their website if you’re feeling adventurous.

Quim THC oil or water-based lube

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“It was like my vagina had no rules!”

Quim reviewer

No beating around the bush with Quim—I mean, what else could these products be for? Their line of pelvic-centric products in both THC and CBD formulas can be used for general wellness as well as making sure all “clams” are happy and horny. For THC shoppers, their Night Moves oil or Oh Yes! aloe-based serum contains 350 mg and 200 mg respectively, as well as some botanical aphrodisiacs like damiana. One reviewer, Sarah, was happy to announce, in all caps, that: “It was like my vagina had no rules!”

Quim cofounder Rachel Washtien tells us via email that while Quim’s ethos isn’t “reinventing the wheel,” plant medicine can be used to treat, among other things, “yeast infections, bladder infections, difficulty climaxing, low libido, allergic reactions to commercial lube.” It also works well with sex toys, per one blogger who used it with both her partner and vibrator.  

Lavinia’s oh.hi lubricant

(Courtesy Lavinia)

Would you buy weed lube made by a former almost-nun? I mean, both cannabis lovers and those who take the cloth believe in a higher power. Founder Katie Enright created Lavinia to close the orgasm gap and make sexuality education fun. The oh.hi lubricant uses a silicone base (so it’s condom-safe, but no silicone toys) rather than water or oil, and uses the dynamic duo of THC and CBD so you can have a dynamic duo of your own. Enright says the silicone base comes with a 15-30 minute onset, but it also lasts far longer than its competitors.

“For me, personally, it takes the pressure off. This product literally increases blood flow so I know I’m gonna have a great orgasm, so I don’t even have to think about it. We’re in the world of sex, which is super taboo, and we’re in the world of cannabis, which is also really taboo. My hope is our company and our product makes it really approachable and really fun.”


Luminous botanicals DEW oil 

Dew you want to see stars on V-Day? Luminous Botanicals invites you to spritz your bits with one of their two sensual cannabis oils, available in the high-THC “Pleasure” or balanced THC:CBD “Comfort.” If you deal with pain during penetrative sex, opt for “Comfort”; if you feel ready to rumble and tumble, “Pleasure” should work just fine. These both use an almond oil base, with no fragrance and Sun+Earth Certified cannabis.


Velvet Swing 

(Courtesy Velvet Swing)

Who knows more about sex than a professional dominatrix? Mistress Matisse can recall, in the legacy market days, friends making cannabis lube with coconut oil on the stove. So, when Washington legalized adult-use cannabis, she put her 20 years of experience into Velvet Swing, a “liquid foreplay” water-based lubricant with both THC and CBD. Oil-based lubes can disrupt our internal environments, and definitely thwart safe sex by degrading latex, so this one is a safe, but not a boring, bet.     


Evergreen Organix Intimate Massage Oil

(Courtesy Evergreen)

Frankly, we were shocked Nevada isn’t brimming with cannabis sex and intimacy products. This intimate massage oil is pretty basic—100 mg of THC in a tiny dropper bottle of coconut oil, but they encourage you to get creative. You can slap it on there, or add it to a bath, lotion or intimate product of your choice to make sure that massage has a happy ending.


Betty’s Essentials Love Potion

(Courtesy Betty’s)

The more cannabinoids the merrier, no? This Love Potion has all the major players: THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN in a coconut oil base with no fragrance, so it’s both safe for topical use and edible, should you feel compelled. While THC will do most of the heavy lifting to enhance sensation and dilate blood vessels, CBD, CBN, and CBG all have anti-inflammatory properties that help you loosen up and manage any pain or soreness.


THC Living Suppository

Lube doesn’t necessarily have to be liquid to set the proverbial stage. If you deal with pelvic pain or just want to experiment with a new way to administer cannabis, THC Living kindly asks you to shove their suppositories where the sun doesn’t shine.

See also: Stony Yoni lubricant. 

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Pairist damiana-infused pre-rolls 

(Courtesy The Pairist)

 Sharing a joint with your loved one is, in fact, a form of foreplay. Pairist combines cannabis strains with different herbs with storied use in plant medicine. The hybrid combines Gelatti with damiana, a natural aphrodisiac, to inspire passion. 

If you feel like you need a little bedroom helper, you can harness plant medicine without a prescription. 1906 formulates edibles by effects that blend cannabinoids with botanicals from around the world. The “Love” line includes tablets, chocolate drops and coffee beans made with THC, CBD, ashwagandha, damiana, and something described as the “Viagra of the Amazon.” 

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US Cannabis Legalization in the 2024 Election – Cannabis | Weed | Marijuana




US cannabis legalization in the 2024 election? Will Joe Biden and the Democrats make cannabis reform a significant part of their re-election platform?

With the potential rescheduling of cannabis from Schedule I to III, pot stocks have risen. Investors are hopeful that banking reform may pass Congress. Voters are anticipating the end of cannabis prohibition.

But how much of this is hype versus reality? How likely is it that cannabis legalization will be a 2024 U.S. election issue? 

For answers, CLN spoke with three experts in the field. Nawan Butt, Portfolio Manager at Purpose Investments, Leah Heise, Founder and CEO of Gemini Twin Consulting, and Lex Corwin, Founder and CEO of Stone Road Farms.

U.S. Cannabis Legalization in the 2024 Election

U.S. Cannabis Legalization in the 2024 Election

Neither Trump nor Biden is particularly pro-cannabis, says Leah Heise. However, cannabis is a “bipartisan issue that needs to move forward. But I don’t think that the presidential election will do much in terms of changing the trajectory of this industry.”

Leah sees more significant progress in Congress with the eventual passing of the SAFE Act. While before, cannabis reform was an “afterthought,” Leah finds it “heartening to have an executive branch and the legislative branch really engaging on the cannabis conversation.” 

But ultimately, the lack of access to capital markets and banking is causing the industry’s current woes. Someone “putting a stamp of approval” on the federal cannabis file is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Still, Leah is skeptical that the 2024 election will be a catalyst.

Rescheduling cannabis to Schedule III is the current achievable goal. Whether that results in cross-border trade and an import/export market remains to be seen. But, according to Leah, that’s what needs to happen. 

“We could be a world leader in exporting [cannabis] products,” says Leah. “But we’re completely cut off, we can’t even even move products in California to the East Coast.”

Democrats Need to Own the Issue

Democrats Need to Own the Issue

Nawan Butt is also skeptical that the U.S. 2024 election will result in cannabis legalization outright. Like Leah, he sees more action from the SAFE Act and potential rescheduling.

The big event isn’t the 2024 election, says Nawan, but whether the DEA’s response is positive or negative for rescheduling cannabis. “The DEA is supposed to respond in 90 days,” says Nawan. “So hopefully that will give investors another boost in sentiment and whether this is happening or not.”

That said, “It’s going to be very important for the Democrats to own this going into 2024,” says Nawan. 

Rescheduling cannabis has got legislators interested in passing the SAFE Act. Nawan says that would help the Democrats “own” the cannabis legalization issue.

Passing banking reform will bring interim relief for thousands of cannabis operators nationwide. “If Democrats can make this a 2024 election issue, we think that would be fairly interesting.”

Of course, Democrats promised all kinds of cannabis reform last time. Vice-president Kamala Harris was a sponsor of the MORE Act.

U.S. Cannabis Legalization in the 2024 Election

“It’s a double-edged sword,” says Nawan. “On the positive side, they can do the same playbook they used in 2020, try and get investors to jump on the cannabis train for the Democrats. Alternatively,” Nawan adds, the inaction of the last four years “could dissuade some of the voters that this is not happening.”

Nawan says the Democrats must be cautious in rescheduling cannabis and passing the SAFE Act. He says if the U.S. reschedules cannabis and passes banking reform before 2024, the Democrats “can sort of own the issue but [then], they don’t have any carrot to dangle in front of their perspective voters.”

What About Small Businesses?

Lex Corwin sees cannabis being a big part of the 2024 election.

Lex Corwin sees cannabis being a big part of the 2024 election. “It’s too big a business for it not to be,” he says. 

Lex points to the number of cannabis businesses earning hundreds of millions, even billions, in revenue. “These are big businesses and they’re going to start to have the lobbying power that a lot of traditional industries enjoy.”

Cannabis legalization is inevitable; it’s just a question of who can make it to the finish line. Federal legalization or rescheduling may trigger a massive inflow of capital.

While this “basically helps our chances of being able to compete with some of these larger operators,” it’s a double-edged sword. Removing barriers means “some of these massive billion-dollar cannabis companies,” will be able to move into less mature markets. 

Also, some states don’t have the climate for cannabis cultivation. Lex mentions that New York’s indoor cultivators will never be able to compete with outdoor trees in California.

“It’s a huge worry,” he says. “But you know, ultimately, our strategy is to just get into as many states as possible.” While interstate commerce has pros and cons, Lex sees it as “an absolute game-changer.”

 “Our costs of production in California are a fraction of what other operators in virtually every other market pay,” he says.

That said, “We’re going to see smaller cannabis biotech firms get gobbled up by big pharma.” Lex says it’s already happening. While rescheduling cannabis offers tax breaks, it makes pharma research and development more accessible. 

U.S. Cannabis Legalization in the 2024 Election

Overall, however, Lex is optimistic about the future of the U.S. cannabis market and the potential for legalization. As are Leah and Nawan.

While cannabis legalization in the U.S. 2024 election may or may not be front and center, it’s likely that, when Americans cast a ballot in November of next year, cannabis may already be a Schedule III drug that banks aren’t afraid to touch. 


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How to have a Hollyweed weekend on Sunset Blvd.




Five years into legalization, we wanted to see how to have fun as a stoner on Sunset Strip. Surprise—you totally can.

Ride along with Leafly senior editor David Downs as he picks the top stores, flowers, growers, eats, and activities on Sunset Blvd.


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Visitors, download the Leafly app to line up a delivery to your hotel when you land.

Urbn Leaf runs deals on deliveries to tourists at their hotel.

Pineapple Express is the first social equity retailer on Sunset Blvd.

LAPCG is a 20 year-old dispensary and part of the soul of West Hollywood.

—Indispensible on any trip to Hollywood—a visit to the cavernous Amoeba Records, and a late-night drunken In-N-Out run.

We didn’t even get to the weed lounges, or do any decent bar-hopping and clubbing this trip. There’s always more to do in Hollywoo. See you out there!


Video: Hollywood stars score at Urbn Leaf—1st shop on the Sunset Strip

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The Reason People Are Buying Black Market Weed




Legal marijuana is becoming more and more accessible. Still, in countries like the U.S. and Canada, where there are legal markets in place, black market marijuana sales remain consistent. According to a new survey, the #1 reason people are still buying black market weed is price. It is crushing California and other states should see it is a big warning.

The survey, conducted between 2019-2020 and published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, polled 12,000 cannabis users in Canada and the U.S. and found that price outranked convenience, which is the second main reason people continue to opt for illegal weed.

A 2016 referendum legalized recreational use in California. A goal to eliminate illegal sellers, regulate the substance for safety, and raise tax for the state. The first dispensaries opened in 2018. But the licensed stores have not dented the size of the black market, which has remained steady at around $8 billion a year, according to Tom Adams of Global Go Analytics. The legal business is struggling. In 2022, sanctioned cannabis sales fell 8.2 percent to $5.3 billion.

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According to the study:

In both years, the most commonly reported barriers to legal purchasing were price (Canada: 35%–36%; United States: 27%) and inconvenience (Canada: 17%–20%; U.S.: 16%–18%). In 2020 versus 2019, several factors were less commonly reported as barriers in Canada, including inconvenience and location of legal sources. Certain barriers increased in the United States, including slow delivery and requiring a credit card.

In the United States, black market cannabis sales are one of the principal wild cards in establishing a functioning legal cannabis market. States like California, which were the first to establish legal markets, have allowed the two markets to coexist, something that cannabis workers have called extremely unfair.

Alex Brough is the co-founder of Keneh Ventures, a private equity fund that invests in businesses ancillary to the legal marijuana trade. In an interview with Times Union, he compared a legal dispensary owner who ‘does everything above-book’ to a bootlegger selling cheap, untested weed.

“You don’t know any better, you’re not an industry expert, and you go to California, and you go to get an [eighth-ounce] of chronic at this place for $60, and at this place across the street, they’re selling it for $30,” he explained. “If you’re at all budget-minded, you’re going for the $30.”

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States in the U.S. that are establishing new cannabis markets can use previous states as guideposts, allowing for more controlled transitions and accurate predictions of how their legal market would work. Still, cannabis black market sales have existed for decades, with businesses having built relationships with shoppers. Creating a new legal market will take time to build and to earn the trust of new shoppers.

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