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Munchie Brunch & Learn Event

 SWADE Cannabis and BeLeaf Life’s Oils are teaming up with the Mellow Mushroom in Cottleville, Missouri to provide an educational event for people who are curious about Missouri Medical Marijuana. SWADE’s Product Specialist’s and Elevate Holistic’s Team will be there to educate and answer any questions that arise around this plant-based alternative.

The Munchie Brunch is happening Sunday December 6, 2020 at 11:00am at the Mellow Mushroom, Cottleville location. The menu will feature a special CBD infused beverage and guests will learn the fundamentals of cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant while enjoying delicious, elevated Mellow Mushroom pizza. Reservations are required for this complimentary event and tickets will sell out quickly.

This event is perfect for individuals who have their Missouri Medical Marijuana Patient card or those seeking to find out more information about qualifying conditions, how to begin the application process, and the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant. This Q&A session is designed to teach and review the 123’s and ABC’s of THC & CBD. “We know there is a lot of interest around medical marijuana including the differences between CBD and THC” says Jack Haddox, General Manager of SWADE Dispensaries, “People have questions and we are here to provide answers within our community.”

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Cannabinoids: A Key to Chemical Compounds

A key to chemical compounds

CANNABINOIDS

Cannabinoids react with receptors in the body to encourage a healthy balance known as homeostasis. These chemical compounds are produced naturally by the body as well as from plants such as cannabis.

Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by the body and act like a bridge connecting mind and body.

Phyto cannabinoids are molecules produced by plants and interact similarly within the body.

Cannabis produces several types of cannabinoid acids that are activated (decarboxylated) usually by heat and oxygen converting them to the well-known cannabinoid’s like THC and CBD. Each cannabinoid when combined with different terpenes can trigger different therapeutic effects in the body known as the “Entourage Effect,” and they are what make specific strains of cannabis unique.

The key cannabinoids found in cannabis (along with their associate properties)  include:

Raw

CBDA Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory
CBGA
Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory
THCA
Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic

Heated

THC Analgesic, Antibacterial, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Appetite Stimulant, Neuroprotectivity
CBD Analgesic, Anti-Anxiety, Antibacterial, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Convulsive, Antidepressant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Insomnia, Antipscyhotic, Antispasmodic
CBG Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Cancer, Antidepressant, Anti-fungal, Bone Stimulant
CBC Analgesic, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Cancer, Antidepressant, Anti-fungal, Anti-Inflammatory

Aged

CBN Analgesic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-Convulsive, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Insomnia

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Get to Know Your ECS

Get to know your

ECS

Illustrated human figure

THE
ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM

( en·​do·​can·​na·​bi·​noid )

The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which assists with regulating activities such as immune response, inflammation, sleep and wake cycles, and mood and anxiety response. Endocannabinoids and phyto cannabinoids are chemicals that trigger the cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2.

CB1 Receptors

receptors are primarily located in brain cells and the nervous system.

CB2 Receptors

are found in the immune system and other tissue throughout the body.

Cannabis interacts with the ECS by helping the mind and body to maintain appropriate cannabinoid levels and support good health through homeostasis.

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Stop and Smell The Terpenes

Stop and Smell the

TERPENES

Cannabis flower is packed with terpenes; small scent molecules that give each strain of cannabis different benefits.

Take note of what terpene profiles you prefer to determine the medicinal products best fit for your needs.

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Our Swade Dispensary Opening Date Announced

(October 28, 2020) St. Louis, MO: Swade Cannabis’ first location in St Peters will open November 6, 2020 to Missouri medical card holders. 

“While it has taken longer to open SWADE than originally anticipated, we have focused all controllable efforts on delivering an exceptional experience and providing patients with the highest quality of medical marijuana” said Mitch Meyers, CEO of Beleaf Medical. “Being one of the first to have medical cannabis for the patients of Missouri is an incredible honor.”

SWADE medical dispensary employeesSwade intends to sell every form of medical cannabis produced in the state.  They have supply contracts with other Missouri producers to make sure every variety of product will be available.  “Eventually you will find flower, concentrates, edibles, beverages, topicals, and other medical forms of product at our locations as soon as they are available,” comments Jack Haddox, General Manager of Swade dispensaries, “However at opening we will be limited in product options and each medical card holder can purchase ¼ oz of flower per day for the first couple weeks, until more product is available.”

In the first few months, supply is limited as plants were just beginning to be harvested in September.  Therefore in the management of patients expectations and Swade’s desire for the patient’s experience to be as seamless and positive as possible, it is strongly suggested that anyone interested in visiting this location click here to learn more about our policies and procedures, especially around COVID-19.  We will be accepting cash and debit cards as well. Online ordering IS available and is encouraged especially for at-risk or immune sensitive patients.

 “Our team is extremely honored and prepared to serve the Missouri cannabis community with the highest level of service.  We have 12 years of experience in medical cannabis in states like Colorado, California, Michigan and Illinois” states Kevin Riggs, President. “We have both Physicians and a Pharmacist on our Advisory Board should patients need additional consultation.  Swade Managers have spent years working with patients advising on the benefits of medical cannabis usage.  We are excited about the number of jobs we are creating and the ability to bring diversity to our organization mirroring our patient base.”

Beleaf Medical made all five of their applications in the greater St. Louis area where they are headquartered, as they intend to be present in each of the five locations.  In addition to St Peters, there will be locations on Cherokee, Delmar and The Grove in St. Louis and a location in Ellisville. These will be open in the 4th quarter of this year and early next 2021. The Swade brand will offer consistency throughout each location so patients know what to expect when they arrive no matter which location is convenient for them.

ABOUT SWADE: Swade is Missouri’s premiere luxury cannabis company created to restore and enliven mind, body, and spirit. SWADE takes a holistic approach to cannabis, creating a premium experience from our elevated dispensaries to the lasting sensory impression of our products. SWADE offers an inviting atmosphere, informative approach and a love for precision in premium cannabis.  Photos available upon request.

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SWADE Medical Dispensary COVID-19 Guidelines

At SWADE the safety of our patients and staff is a top priority, so we are taking precautionary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means we are doing business a little differently when we are ready to open. This list will provide you guidance on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to protect yourself and others.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Keep a safe distance especially around individuals who are sick. Practice social distancing of at least 6 ft – approximately two arms lengths – away from others when out in public.  

Wear a mask when around others and inside our dispensaries. Masks will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect those around you in case you are infected. 

Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow – not in your hands. Wash your hands immediately. 

Stay home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms and call your doctor for medical advice. 

See the CDC guidance for more information for those at higher risk. 

Please note that this list is not all inclusive. Consult with a medical provider if you are having severe or concerning symptoms. Call 911 if you’re having a medical emergency and note if you have or think you might have COVID-19.

Find additional COVID-19 resources here.

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Blunt Talk

Published in STL Magazine September 2020 stlmag.com

By: Amanda Woytus

Mitch Meyers of BeLead Medical

It was the cannabis that caught the cabbie’s attention. A couple of years ago, Mitch Myers was in the back of a cab, on her cell phone when she noticed a young driver eavesdropping. Meyers, who worked in marketing for Anheuser Busch and created Spuds Mackenzie, is now CEO of belief medical, the first medical marijuana company to begin operations in Missouri. There in the cab, she ended her call and started fielding questions from the driver. “When I started explaining to him all the legal issues, the financial issues, the ‘You can’t do this,’ ‘You can’t do that,’ I just watched his shoulder slump,” she remembers. “He said, ‘Oh you mean only rich white guys can participate in this.’ I felt horrible.” Meyers believes that the votes of 1.6 million Missourians who approved the 2018 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana are indicative of the support BeLeaf will receive from St. Louisans. Now companies —hers included— must address racial equity.

 

ON HOW SHE PLANS TO ADDRESS HISTORICAL RACIAL DISPARITY AND MARIJUANA ARRESTS
Illinois and California have put into place social equity licenses. If someone had a drug conviction five years ago, they would be permitted to apply for a license, and, in fact, their application will be prioritized. Missouri was not willing to go there with social equity licenses, but I’m going to suggest that that’s the future. Now, we have made it a priority to try to recruit people, but it’s hard. If you had a felony conviction within the last seven years, the law just doesn’t permit you to work in the industry. 

 

ON HOW THE DISPENSARIE’S WILL OPERATE IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC: 
Because the state has a tracking system, every time there’s a purchase, we have to see an ID and medical marijuana card. If you get a card, you are only permitted to purchase 4 ounces a month. With COVID-19, we’ll have more people who want delivery and will have people who want to preorder online. People can come to the curb—it’ll be like a carhop service.

 

ONE POSSIBLE ADVANTAGE OF BEING A WOMAN IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY: 
I think people listen to me more than they would a man. They think, she’s a mom, she’s a wife, she has taken care of people, versus a man who they think maybe is in the business to make money. We started an organization called MIZ BIZ to bring women into the space, not only to give them jobs, but also to help them understand how to be an owner. We’d like to create a fund to help black women get into ownership positions. I got a call from a woman in Philadelphia who applied for three dispensary licenses. A bunch of attorneys asked her in a friend to be listed on a license application, he is women are considered minorities Ann you get points for having minorities on your application. They sat with these men for a couple of meetings and basically said, “Screw that, we’re going to do this on our own.”

Citation: Amanda Woytus, “Blunt Talk”, St. Louis Magazine, Vol 26, Issue 9, Sept 2020

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The Difference Between Sativa, Indica and Hybrid

As a newcomer to cannabis medicine, it can feel a little daunting to try to decode the language on a typical cannabis menu. Luckily, SWADE’s emphasis on cannabis education is here to help—whether you speak with one of our in-store experts or follow along with us here, on the blog. 

The best place to start when considering what type of cannabis will suit your purposes is with the strain basics. There are more than a thousand strains of cannabis that have been bred over the last several decades—these are bred to purify and strengthen particular strains, but they can also be bred to enhance specific characteristics, such as potency, terpene profiles (more on that later), the plant’s yields, and other elements.

Modern cannabis is usually denoted as being either an “Indica”, “Sativa”, or a hybrid of the two. Armed with just these few terms, you’ll be much more able to determine which strain is right for you—no matter where you’re shopping. 

Here’s a quick overview of the common differences between these varieties, and what to expect when you partake. 

 

INDICA

Chances are you won’t be asked to identify an Indica by the plant, but nonetheless it’s helpful to know that the Indica plant itself is short and bushy with short, wide leaves. Indica tends to smell more musky, earthy, and skunky than its Sativa counterpart—something that’s often reflected in the names of the individual strains. 

When consumed, Indicas usually result in a “body high”—that is, a feeling of physical relaxation. An Indica can have effects such as stimulating the appetite, aiding in sleep, and relieving pain. In general, Indicas are recommended for nighttime use, since they can have a sedating effect (sometimes called a “couch-lock”, which is just what it sounds like—a feeling of not wanting to move from the couch). 

Indicas are often beneficial for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer, and they offer some relief for pain and inflammation, making them a favorite of anyone with chronic pain. 

SATIVA

By contrast, the Sativa plant is tall and slim with long, thin leaves. The Sativa plant takes longer to grow than an Indica plant, and yields less medicine. It tends to smell sweet, fruity, or spicy because of its terpene profile. This too is often reflected in its name—so you can reasonably expect a strain named “Mandarin Cookies” for instance, to be Sativa-dominant. 

When consumed, Sativas yield more of a “head high”.  This type of high promotes alertness, uplifting and euphoric feelings, creativity, and increased energy. (Some users even call this “cleaning weed” because of how productive it makes them.) Sativa is better for the daytime, as it can help keep you going throughout the day.

Sativa strains tend to be beneficial for users with psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

HYBRID

Hybrids are, in many ways, the best of both worlds. They are unique strains that are bred from two parent plants of different types to create a hybrid that possesses many or most of the beneficial medical properties of both its parents. 

Breeders can “cross” any two strains they desire in an effort to create a new strain that delivers the best possible medical efficacy. Sometimes strains are created particularly for diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy, based on the needs and desires of patients with those conditions. 

Since many diseases have side effects like depression, anxiety and insomnia, patients can use hybrids in an attempt to address both the core condition and the daily symptoms. The blending of both physical and mental benefits makes it easy for users to hand-pick strains that may be tailor-made for the type of daily effects they are experiencing.

 

The best way to explore new strains

While expert opinions and insights from our strain guides are a great place to start, everyone is different, which means that no two experiences with a particular strain will be the same. That’s why the best way to determine your favorite strain is to keep a journal or notebook detailing your experiences. There are always new strains to try, so even a less-than-ideal experience is a valuable way to learn more about the world of medical cannabis and what works best for you. Try to be open and curious about each new experience, and see what you can learn as you work toward finding your new favorite strain!

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Meet our Cultivation Partner, SINSE

A St. Louis based medical marijuana company is the first in the state to begin operations today. BeLeaf Medical’s Sinse cultivation facility in St. Louis County is the first grow operation given the okay to operate by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services after passing all required inspections. BeLeaf Medical has been awarded 3 cultivation licenses, 2 manufacturing licenses and 5 dispensary licenses all in the greater St. Louis area. 

 

“We are privileged to be the first to bring this medicine to the people of Missouri” said Kevin Riggs, BeLeaf Medical President. After winning the licenses in late December and January, BeLeaf has been finalizing the first phase of the cultivation operation with the intent of being operational as soon as possible. The cultivation operation will work under the brand name of Sinse. Sinse is shorthand for Sinsemilla (meaning without seed) or the highly potent flower of the cannabis plant.” 

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has created a process to bring all the licensed entities onboard in accordance with licensing requirements established by the State of Missouri. “While achieving licenses to bring the long awaited medicine to Missourians was the initial and difficult first step for Sinse, finally receiving commencement after rigorous review and inspection of our operations along with the expertise and capabilities from DHSS, was equally gratifying and a testament to the commitment of the BeLeaf/Sinse Team of Associates” said Riggs.

“We are thrilled to begin growing the strains that we know will bring meaningful relief to the medical patients in the state” commented John Curtis, BeLeaf Medical COO. “We plan to have wholesale product for sale in Missouri by 4th quarter this year” Curtis said. Sinse plans to sell bulk and packaged flower to dispensaries. It will also sell pre-packaged flowers in 1/4 and 1/8th jars as well as pre-rolls. 

ABOUT SINSE
SINSE believes that cannabis is for everyone—and we’ve made it our mission to bring consistency, quality, and clarity to the industry. Backed by 12+ years of cultivation 

experience and deep roots in the cannabis community, SINSE offers tried-and-tested formulas to help unlock a healthier mind-body connection, enhance and elevate the everyday, and re-establish a relationship with this age-old health aid. For more information please visit us at www.sinsecannabis.com Interviews and photos available upon request.