How to Build a Cannabis Greenhouse in Your Backyard

June 11, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Leafly

You’ve been thinking about growing cannabis but the idea of growing indoors, without the sun, seems absurd. On the other hand, you’re pretty sure the unpredictability of Mother Nature will give you an ulcer. You also have nosy neighbors who might gasp at the sight and smell of cannabis. What to do? A greenhouse might be the solution. Greenhouse agriculture is an effective way to produce high quality, high yield cannabis with a minimal carbon footprint. When properly cured, greenhouse cannabis can last more than a year. see more

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How to Avoid Pesticides When Consuming Cannabis 

Jun 10, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Previously Published in Civilized

Despite its hippie associations and "all-natural" branding, the cannabis industry has been using pesticides for decades. Legal cannabis was supposed to bring pesticides to safe levels but that doesn't necessarily mean consumers will be safe from the negative effects of pesticides — especially since state inspection programs aren't fool-proof, and there is little research on how inhaling pesticides, clinging onto marijuana bud, affect your health. see more

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May 2, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost Writer) | Eco Cannabis

The rumor that more older people are using cannabis is true. That’s according to a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence in 2018 that suggests increasing numbers of middle-aged and older adults are using cannabis. Based on data gathered in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2015 and 2016, researchers found that about 9 percent of U.S. adults between ages 50 and 64 used marijuana in the previous year and 3 percent of people over 65 used the drug in that same time period. see more

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April 19, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost writer) | Have a Heart

As more states legalize, one highly-charged subject is whether cannabis use among teens will increase. One theory goes that legalization will make cannabis more available to teens and, therefore, more likely to be consumed — especially when it comes in the form of edibles like candies and baked goods. But in fact, in Colorado, the first state to have passed legalization, teen cannabis use has not increased. see more


April 18, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Her(b) Life

Aliza Sherman, an entrepreneur, internet pioneer and feminist community builder, has started many new ventures in her life. Her latest venture, founded with Ashley Kingsley and Melissa Pierce, is a startup called Ellementa — a cannabis wellness network and resource. read more

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April 11, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost Writer) | Clear Choice

Initiative 502 legalized marijuana use for adults in Washington state, but there are still restrictions to be aware of, especially work-related regulations. Consuming in the privacy of your home is legal, but using cannabis at work is another story. see more

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February 26, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost Writer) | Foottraffik

Dispensary email marketing is a great tool for sharing your blog posts, dispensary events, and more. A quality dispensary newsletter can help you inform your audience and drive them to your website, which will hopefully lead to a sale. You should already be collecting emails with your loyalty program—and if you aren’t, it’s time to start! see more

MMCC Celebrates 1 Year, Plus Medical Cannabis Changes You Need to Know

February 19, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost writer) | Remedy Columbia

The Maryland medical cannabis program has grown in leaps and bounds since its start on December 1, 2017. At that time, less than 18,000 patients were registered and only eight dispensaries were open. The Maryland market now counts nearly 52,000 patients going to 71 dispensaries. read more

The Value of a Self Service Dispensary Kiosk

February 19, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost writer) |

Waiting in line is always aggravating, but even more so if you’re a medical patient experiencing pain or are on a tight schedule. One solution that has been tried in many industries—from banks to fast food to grocery stores—is automatic kiosks. read more

What is the Truth About CBD?

January 29, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost writer) | Have A Heart

Cannabidiol (CBD)—a cannabinoid in the cannabis plant— has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. In some states, you can even find it on the shelves of health food stores, in cafes and yoga studios, even in bars with promises of health and well being. The truth about CBD is that scientific evidence hasn’t yet caught up to anecdotal evidence and stories. read more

Have a Heart Opens Newest Cannabis Dispensary in Davenport, Iowa

December 3, 2018 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost writer) | Have A Heart

Have a Heart dispensary is now helping patients in Iowa manage their conditions. read more

Massachusetts’ Adult-Use Dispensaries Sold Over $4.8 Million in 2 Weeks

January 17, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost writer) |

The first five days of Massachusetts legalization of recreational cannabis still went beyond what many industry analysts anticipated. Between only two licensed dispensaries statewide, customers purchased more than $4.8 million worth of cannabis products. Here are a few ways dispensaries can educate East Coast consumers about the wonderful world of cannabis. read more

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How to become an Iowa Medical Cannabis patient

January 11, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD (Ghost Writer) | Have A Heart

Iowa is now allowing limited medicinal uses of cannabidiol at five dispensaries. Medical marijuana has been legal in Iowa since 2014, but this is the first time stores are opening up. This post gives a step-by-step guide for how to do that and promotes one of those dispensaries—Have a Heart in Davenport, Iowa. read more

Review of Ganja Yoga Class

Review of Ganja Yoga Class


September 17, 2018 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | The Her(b) Life

I recently went to Candlelight Ganja Flow—a hatha yoga class that incorporates cannabis. There are few ganja yoga classes in Boston so I had to check it out. The combination of yoga and cannabis seems like a no-brainer, even to a novice cannabis consumer like me. I know from experience that both can bring us more into the present and produce deep relaxation. That was exactly my experience. read more