Nothing beats being in the flow of a kickass workout. Whether your feet are pounding the pavement, your arms pumping while lifting kettlebells, or your glutes firing while swimming across a pool, a great workout session will leave you feeling fantastic.
The problem for many, though, is finding the motivation to get started. When the moment comes to tie on your running shoes, waves of excuses can quell the best of intentions to get moving.
But for some people, weed may be the answer to overcoming workout apathy and enjoying exercise. While there’s long been an assumption that cannabis users are less likely to work out thanks to stereotypes of sedentary stoners, there’s growing evidence that cannabis users have a positive relationship with exercise.
The Amazon-owned live streaming platform just banned one of its most popular broadcasters. His presumed crime: Vibing out on an edible.
The war on weed across social media platforms took another absurd turn on Thursday when popular live-streaming platform Twitch banned one of its most subscribed streamers, Kai Cenat, for seemingly breaking its community guidelines. Twitch bans are usually temporary, but some are permanent, and even short bans can have a huge impact on the streamer’s account.
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The company has not officially confirmed the reason for Cenat’s suspension, but fans and Cenat himself believe a January 24 stream of Cenat trying his first THC-infused edible triggered the ban. This is kind of a big deal: The Bronx native became Twitch’s breakout star of 2022, garnering millions of views and hosting celebrity appearances from stars like Lil Baby and Ice Spice— all from the comfort of his home.
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Twitch’s policy clearly states that the “dangerous consumption of alcohol or other substances that lead to being incapacitated” is forbidden under the platform’s “self-destructive behavior” protocols. Here are some clips of Cenat’s edible adventure, which included ordering too many snacks and falling asleep on camera.
We need to unpack a few things.
First, we object to the idea that getting slumped on an edible in the safety of your own home is self-destructive. For many consumers, drifting into a luxurious deep (and very safe) sleep is the point of taking an edible.
Second, can somebody please connect my guy with an experienced budtender? At the very least, Cenat could use some tips from Leafly’s how-to-dose-edibles guide. How many times do we have to say it: Start low, go slow. Try a gummy. Don’t eat the whole bag.
In a since-deleted Tuesday tweet, Cenat did announce that he would be trying his first edible on an upcoming stream. You can see for yourself how that turned out. Two days later, Cenat addressed the ban in a January 26 tweet, showing little concern about how the penalty would impact his quest to gain more subscribers. The ban postponed a “subathon” Cenat had planned, where streamers try to gain new subscribers over the course of marathon-long streaming sessions.
For now, it’s unclear how long Cenat’s ban will last, but Leafly will continue to update this story with the latest.
Although cannabis is now medically legal in most states and recreationally legal in 21 states, social media platforms have shifting, ambiguous policies regarding the substance. For example, Facebook and Instagram often suspend the accounts of legal companies. TikTok tightly restricts cannabis content. Meanwhile, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn have taken steps to provide safe methods for the cannabis community and industry to interact and grow.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, knowing the right places to go out is a must. The difference between a good club and a bad one is the difference between an enjoyable night and a night to forget. That is why you need a succinct list that can do the work for you. London is teeming with electric nightlife opportunities and, if you know where to go, you may well have the best evening of your life.
In this article we’re going to go list the 5 best clubs in London and explain just why they’ve made this list. As a Londoner, I myself have gone to each and every one of these and can vouch for their excellence. So, without further ado, welcome to the capital of England.
Whilst there are many cities in the world with incredible nightlife – Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Ibiza to name a few – London holds its own in the competition. This city is known for having some of the best nightlife in the world for several reasons. One of the main reasons is the city’s diversity. There are over 300 different languages spoken every day, with 1 out of every 3 Londoners being born abroad.
The city is a melting pot of cultures, which means that there is a wide variety of clubs and bars to choose from, each with its own unique atmosphere and music. Every type of musical genre is covered, and every demographic is catered for. However you identify – sexuality, gender, race or age – there should be something for you in London. This brings us to our next point.
Another reason for London’s incredible nightlife is the city’s large population. With a population of over 8 million people, there is always a high demand. This has led to the development of a thriving club and bar scene, with new venues opening up all the time. This also attracts some of the best DJ’s and musicians in London to these locations, such as Berlin techno artists.
London is also known for its strict licensing laws, which require clubs and bars to close at a certain time. This has led to the development of late-night clubs that are open until the early hours of the morning, catering to those who want to party all night long. So, let’s bring back the energy of the 90s rave scene and find out the best clubs in London in 2023 to party at.
London: 5 Best Clubs
Whether you’re someone who wants something chill or something hard, London caters to all. Maybe you like pop music, jazz, cuban, or even just the repetitive sounds of techno, anything is possible in the big city. There are countless clubs and bars to choose from, making it difficult to narrow down the best options. I have done my fair share of clubbing over the years and I’ve had nights to remember and nights to forget. But are the 5 clubs in London that will surely create a memorable evening.
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1 – Fabric
It is hard to speak about London nightlife without mentioning Fabric. This place has closed and reopened many times but, as it stands, this iconic spot has its doors wide open. Located in the heart of London, Fabric is a club that is known for its electronic dance music (EDM) scene. The club has a winding design, with corridors seeming to lead to nowhere. But actually, this is to avoid having any corners to hide and do drugs behind – they are very strict on this in Fabric. Although, of course, everyone still does it.
There are three main rooms, each with its own unique sound system and atmosphere. The main room is known for its techno and house music, while the second room features drum and bass and the third room is known for its grime and hip-hop. Fabric also has a mezzanine level where you can take a break from dancing and get a drink.
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The club is open until 6am on Friday and Saturday nights, making it the perfect place to party all night long. For me, Fabric was a coming of age place, somewhere that you had to go to in order to truly become a young adult. The night was magical – a pinger, some hard EDM and a lot of hugs with my friends – it was one I knew I’d never forget. Whilst Fabric is intense, it’s a place you need to go at least once in your life.
2 – Fold
If you’re looking for relentless, meditative techno all night and all day then Fold is the place for you. You’ll go into a trance that you may never wake up from. Located in hipster East London, Fold is hosted in an old warehouse on the river. It isn’t the nicest looking building, but if you’re used to the Berlin techno scene then you’ll feel right at home. There’s the usual Fold events, which happen on weekend evenings, and then there’s UnFold, which is a day event on a Sunday.
This is for those who want to keep going. This club is full of tech-heads, many people wearing crazy outfits and chokers. As I said previously, it’s the usual techno aesthetic that you may see at the Berghain in Berlin. When I first went to Fold I was a little skeptical, unsure if I could realistically listen to repetitive techno all night long. But one of the best DJs in Berlin was playing – Patrick Mason – and his performance was something of legend. The music lulled me to another world – I will never forget that night. Since then, I’ve loved Fold and everything it stands for.
3 – XOYO
If you’re looking for something a little more colorful and vibrant, XOYO may be the perfect place for you. This club is less specific, and plays a vast range of music, making it open to anyone and everyone. XOYO is located in the heart of Shoreditch and is known for its eclectic mix of music. The club has two rooms, one featuring house and techno music and the other featuring live performances from up-and-coming artists. XOYO is open until 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, making it a great place to go if you want to party but don’t want to stay out all night. It’s also right next to Old Street, making it a very easy place to access. Shoreditch is full of bars and fun things to do too, so you can easily have pre drinks before heading to OXYO.
4 – Dalston Jazz Bar
If you’re looking for something a little more quaint, small and intimate, then the legendary Dalston Jazz Bar is ideal. Situated in another hipster spot in East London, this place is a delicious restaurant in the day, and a live Jazz venue in the evening. The tables get moved away, the kitchens close, the musicians come out, and the cocktails get made. If you’ve never seen live Jazz music in London then there aren’t many better places than this. In addition, the dancing is incredible. Whilst this place is a lot smaller and less known than the others, it deserves its place on this list. It has more soul and character than perhaps all of the others combined. You must go.
5 – Printworks
Opening in 2017, Printworks is the best up and coming venue in London right now. Located in the former printing press building in Canada Water, Printworks is a club that is known for its immersive and innovative events. The club has five main rooms, each featuring a different genre of music. The main room is known for its techno and house music, while the second room features drum and bass, and the third room is known for its grime and hip-hop.
The fourth and fifth rooms are used for special events and live performances. Printworks is open until 6am on Friday and Saturday nights, so definitely caters for those who like long nights. The most eye-catching thing about this venue is the main room. It’s a massive hallway, several stories high, that sort of looks like a prison. Printworks is also attracting some of the best DJs in the world. If you’re wanting to lose yourself then this is the place.
It’s not easy to choose but, overall, these five clubs are some of the best places to party in London. There is something for everyone on this list. If you are planning a night out in London, be sure to check out one of these clubs for an unforgettable party experience. Over the years, I definitely had many in these spots.
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Finding authentic sources of cannabis history online can be like finding a lighter when you need it most… Painfully difficult. Thankfully, one YouTuber is preserving weed history one post at a time.
For previous generations, books like Jack Herer’s Emperor Wears No Clothes or Dr. Lester Grinspoon’s Marihuana Reconsidered were the rare sources to learn about the history and science of the cannabis plant. For the modern era, Luc Carlin, founder of High Design, is informing a new generation of plant lovers with his cannabis docuseries High Design and LMC YouTube channel.
Launched in 2019, Carlin now has more than 2,000,000 views on his High Design series, which features documentaries about weed powerhouses like Cookies and Compound Genetics. Carlin’s mission is to provide education on the history of cannabis culture and the business strategies behind the most well-known legacy-to-legal brands in the culture today.
The Washington state native’s successful execution of that goal has taken him around the world as his audience continues to grow to new heights, including recently to New York City and Colombia.
Here’s how this Seattle native blew up by digging into the hidden gems and underground trends that define today’s legal industry.
Seeds of High Design were planted during the pandemic
Just before the pandemic set in, Carlin had started making “breakdowns” of videos that analyzed “different marketing strategies, different businesses, events, and news,” he told Leafly.
“I worked in Seattle’s medical dispensaries when I was in high school. It was the Wild West Days in Seattle. It was like what’s happening in New York right now, and I was very fortunate to be able to participate in all that,” Carlin added. As the industry grew, he saw a need for education that was both thorough, and true to cannabis culture’s roots.
Taking the game to a new level
According to Carlin, some of the best performing episodes of his YouTube series were based on Leafly’s features on Runtz’ Yung LB, GUMBO’s Luka Brazi, and the legendary Branson. “We need more real game spread in weed which is why I love what Leafly is doing with their 28 Grams of Game series,” Carlin says in one of his videos.
Likewise, the Leafly team has sourced High Design’s research and coverage to help inform readers about the industry’s underground phenomenons, including Berner, Jungle Boys, and Backpack Boyz.
The smooth cadence and soothing nature of Carlin’s voice also seems to retain viewers’ attention. Today, YouTube subscribers continue to binge his rich archive of weed history videos that are suitable for both experts and novices.
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Carlin, who is three years deep into his High Design journey, has grown increasingly fascinated with branding. In 2015, the creator observed Washington’s medical market evolve as brands struggled to compete with more established weed companies in the market. Carlin became convinced that a strong personal brand could stand tall against Goliath competitors in a saturated market.
“I had a lot of friends in the Washington medical market who lost everything because of legalization. They just did not have the money to transfer over to the adult-use side once it took off, or deal with all the slotting fees at dispensaries.”
In 2018, Carlin took his passion for creative storytelling to his Director of Marketing role at CannaGenesis, a I-502 Tier 3 cannabis producer-processor in Washington before branching off to launch High Design independently. As Carlin built his channel, he resolved to upload three videos per day, a strategy which ultimately helped him complete nearly 1,000 videos by the end of that year.
Deep in the weeds
Not many canna-journalists can boast 16 hours worth of interviews with industry leaders like Jungle Boys co-founder Ivan and others who break down what it took to take their brands from legacy to legal. These insights gleaned directly from the people who influenced cannabis culture before legalization are important for those venturing into the business of regulated dispensaries. High Design’s videos also preserve and distill history for the next generation of operators.
Carlin told Leafly, “Now, I use my LMC YouTube channel to help educate people in those situations—people who operate in the legacy market that are trying to figure out a way to succeed against multi-billion dollar corporations.”
In an industry that has been illegal for decades, Carlin feels that it’s his responsibility to shine a light on the true origins of operators, information that has typically only been provided on a need-to-know basis by those deeply involved in the community.
Staying true to the culture
High Design also goes the extra mile to search for the most accurate accounts of cannabis of history, with Carlin revising and re-uploading videos to clear up any disputed facts. In creating a feature on Branson, NYC’s most famous legacy player, Carlin learned the significance of what can happen when you get the story wrong. After Carlin initially posted the Branson docuseries episode, he got an outpouring of feedback, some good, some critical.
Instead of lashing back in defense, Carlin took the constructive criticism and remade the video. This time, he got the chance to interview Branson himself after his children contacted Carlin directly.
The overwhelming results prove that a more accurate version of Branson’s story makes a stronger impact. More recent comments on the video show gratitude instead of criticism.
From Carlin’s perspective, “There are probably hundreds of thousands of people from NY who have tried Branson’s weed and experienced the story I am telling. You want to tell those stories where a large number of people were a part of that moment in history.”
With millions of eyes and ears tuning into the LMC YouTube channel, Carlin holds the cards for the future of cannabis media. Truth is, the streets have always set the trends. No matter how much legalization continues to ramp up across the nation, legacy brands like Branson’s remain rooted in the hearts and minds of the cannabis community.
“If you’re trying to win in this game, you have to be really, really educated on cannabis. You have to be really, really smart. And you need to have quick resolve with information. The best way to do that is to analyze people, to observe them. The ones that are doing well. And see how you can learn from them and add to your own arsenal of tactics and strategies to succeed. So my guiding light really is to help the little guy win by providing information.”
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