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Introducing House Of Happy’s Kasey Boggs

Hi, I’m Kasey…I live in New Melle with my husband and big crazy family. I am a mom to 3 beautiful kids, 4 dogs, 2 ducks, and 2 chickens. My main motivator in life is my family and the outdoorsy lifestyle we indulge in. On most days you will find us biking, hiking, or swimming in our creek. I grew up in Wildwood, MO, and after graduating college from UMSL decided to follow my heart and move out to the country where I could further my passion for rescuing animals and wildlife. I started my family and never looked back.

 

I have a background in media marketing, branding, advertising and sales. I have always pursued and maintained jobs that allow creativity. I tend to gravitate towards challenging situations that require brainstorming and collecting different perspectives to find a solution. I left the pharmaceutical world in 2016 to raise my children and most importantly to find myself. I knew this career wasn’t for me anymore and it was time to find out what was. I now work as a marketing director for House of Pain Gyms and Apparel. I have always lived a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. After college, I got a little more serious with it and competed in 4 bodybuilding shows in the figure category. This job allows me to support and encourage this lifestyle for a variety of others and provide an environment with the resources to do so. After leaving pharmaceuticals I promised myself that my next journey would be something I believe in and brings me happiness.

 

When I was asked to join the SWADE team I was ecstatic. Cannabis is something that has been a part of my lifestyle for more than a decade and has given me more confidence as a working mother and wife. I have always wanted to share my perspective and own personal experience with other women that are struggling or simply want to learn more about it. With all of the negative stigmatism it is hard to find the right space to tap into this controversial subject. My goal is to open up conversations, educate, and most importantly, help. I want to lift others up so they can be their best self. Cannabis is holistic medicine that can benefit a whole range of health issues physically, emotionally, and mentally. It is nothing more and nothing less. It is a natural way to medicate yourself, bypassing all of the lab-made chemicals that often get pushed on you.

 

My goal here is to unite our community and bring down the walls of judgement and shame. I want to eliminate stereotypes that discourage people from medicating with cannabis. I want women to feel empowered to be who they are without feelings of guilt caused by societal norms. When people see me, or are reading along, I want them to feel understood, seen and safe. You are not alone!

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BeLeaf Medical Hosts Cannabis Career Fair

Job-seekers in the St. Louis and surrounding region that want to work in the emerging legal cannabis industry can head to a career fair hosted by BeLeaf Medical, the largest vertically integrated cannabis company in the state, on March 13, 2021 from 10am – 5pm at Swade Dispensary located in the Grove at 4108 Manchester Avenue, St Louis, 63110. Over the next three years, it is anticipated that the cannabis industry will grow to $20 billion, creating job opportunities in various divisions such as cultivation, manufacturing, dispensaries and more.

BeLeaf Medical CEO Tom Muzzey said: “This is a solid way for hundreds and hundreds of job seekers to take their first step toward a new career in the medical cannabis industry. This industry specific career fair will represent a shift in the way people view the medical cannabis industry. We’re chipping away at the negative social stigma that exists around marijuana by helping great job candidates find a great company to work for,” said Muzzey. “We are looking for the best and the brightest and have been very successful with our hires so far. We need to fill critical positions now to meet the upcoming demand,” Muzzey commented.

Prospective hires are encouraged to read more about openings and fill out applications here prior to attending the job fair. Candidates are invited to learn more about the BeLeaf team, industry employment and the opportunities in Missouri for people of color, women, veterans, disabled people and other diverse groups to apply. Individuals interested in a position can fill out applications on-site and speak with leadership from Cultivation, Manufacturing, Dispensary, and Corporate to learn more about the positions currently open and coming soon.

SWADE medical dispensary employeesBeLeaf Medical Brands are doing all that they can to bring diversity to the Missouri cannabis industry. “It is incumbent on us to focus on inclusivity in our workforce hiring.” said Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. BeLeaf employees continually define cannabis industry standards for excellence. Every member of the team from Cultivation Technician to Dispensary Product Specialist has an important role in ensuring BeLeaf is a trusted brand with exceptional products. From seed-to-sale BeLeaf is changing the way cannabis is cultivated, produced and sold in the state of Missouri.

ABOUT BELEAF MEDICAL: BeLeaf Medical Company is a leader in the medical cannabis industry in the state of Missouri. With our years of experience in several states, we are able to deliver the best cannabis flower and manufactured products to market. We have curated the highest quality genetics of popular flower strains. Our cultivation facilities utilize high-tech proven methods to grow the highest quality medical cultivars. BeLeaf Medical products are specifically formulated with medical conditions in mind. To ensure a consistent high quality product we employ strict Good Manufacturing Practices. BeLeaf Medical Dispensaries offer a wide variety of products and a knowledgeable staff to help customers find the best solutions.

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Ellisville Dispenary Opening Date Announced

Swade Medical Dispensary will open its first West St. Louis County location in Ellisville on March 10, 2021 to Missouri medical card holders.

“We are focused on delivering an exceptional experience and will provide patients with the highest quality of medical marijuana in the state,” said Tom Muzzey, CEO of Beleaf Medical. “Patients deserve easy, convenient access to the life-changing medicines that improve their lives and we are honored to be able to provide this with medical cannabis.”

Swade has already opened the first of 5 dispensaries in the area and intends to carry a large variety of medical cannabis produced in the state. They have carefully curated a selection of items from the state’s most renowned cannabis companies, hand-picked to enhance the experience from start to finish. “Our dispensary is tailored to create an atmosphere that is open and inviting with a premium experience. We want you to feel comfortable in our dispensary and will help you find the perfect product and strain to meet your needs,” commented Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. “You will find flower, edibles, beverages and other medical forms of product at our locations as soon as they are available.”

In the management of patient’s 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 go to the website swadecannabis.com to learn more about our policies and procedures, especially around COVID-19. SWADE will be accepting cash and debit cards as well. Online ordering IS available and is encouraged especially for at-risk or immune sensitive patients. These products will be held at the dispensary for pick-up.

In addition to St Peters and Ellisville, there will be locations on Cherokee, Delmar and The Grove, all opening soon. 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.

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SWADE CANNABIS PARTNERS WITH LAST PRISONER PROJECT

January 26, 2021 (St. Louis, MO) Swade Cannabis is honored to be the first in Missouri to partner with the Last Prisoner Project and the Roll It Up for Justice Program. LPP is a team of cannabis industry leaders, criminal and social justice advocates, policy and education experts, and influencers in social justice and drug policy reform that are committed to freeing every last prisoner of the unjust war on drugs, starting with 40,000 people in prison for cannabis offenses legal in most states.

As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the LPP will work to rework the past and halt continuing with the harms of these unjust laws and policies, striving to ensure that every last victimless cannabis prisoner walks free.

The Roll It Up For Justice Program, specifically, is a nationwide campaign encouraging cannabis business to give customers the opportunity to donate to Last Prisoner Project at check out. Small change can make a big impact, and every cent raised through the program gets us closer to the day when every last cannabis prisoner is set free.

“Swade recognizes the responsibility to assist in helping to end the inequality and injustice that persists in the cannabis arena,” said Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. “Last Prisoner Project has made incredible progress towards its mission and Swade is proud to contribute to such a committed advocacy group that is facilitating such a meaningful change.”

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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!