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10 Profound Quotes to Ponder

We all need different things to help inspire us on the toughest days. While it can be challenging to work through hard times, there is plenty of inspiration that can help lead you to be more productive.

Uplift yourself with these profound quotes that can help you think in new ways.

 

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” Edgar Allan Poe

 

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.” – William Arthur Ward

 

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.” Rumi

“He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others.” Albert Einstein

 

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”Maya Angelou

 

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”William James

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

 

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”Oprah Winfrey

 

“Limit your always and your nevers.”Amy Poehler

 

Inspire yourself with these profound quotes and follow our blog to discover more wellness tips to help fuel your days.

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How to Design the Perfect Morning Routine

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The idea of the perfect day is nothing new and as many self-help gurus and authors will tell you, it all starts with your morning. You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘Got out of bed on the wrong side today’, so there is some truth to the idea that the morning can help set you up for a good day. However, if mismanaged, it can also set you up for a bad day.

 

If you’re looking to give your routine a facelift, we recommend starting with small changes. Steve Corona, known for his 30-day self-experiments, recommends you build your routine with a number of habits. On his blog, he outlines his method by having readers choose four habits to make up their routine and start them the following day.

 

Corona says to pick four habits from the following list:

  • Wake up at 5AM
  • Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get out of bed
  • Make your bed immediately
  • Do 20 pushups as soon as you get out of bed
  • Eat a protein and fat rich breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up
  • Run a mile every single morning
  • Take your multivitamins everyday
  • Floss after breakfast
  • Do Blue Light Therapy to wake yourself up
  • Take a bath in the morning
  • Take a cold shower in the morning (it sucks but you feel AWESOME after)
  • Write a blog post every single morning
  • Write down 10 ideas
  • Write a journal entry
  • Write 250-1000 words on any topic
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
  • Plan your entire day in 15-60 minute increments
  • Lay out your clothes for the day
  • Dress your absolute best for the day (EVEN if you work from home)

 

From here, you should take these four habits and do them for 30 days straight, no matter what. If you forget or miss a day, do 31 days of the routine instead.

After this experiment, you’ll have a better idea of what your morning needs. Maybe you loved the exercise aspect, but you do your best writing in the afternoon. Pivot the routine so it makes sense for you and what you need out of your day.

 

Developing productive morning habits is easier than you think! For more lifestyle design tips follow our blog.

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COVE™ Guide To Dried Flower Vaporizers

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What is A Dried Flower Vaporizer?

These devices heat up dried cannabis flower to create a vapour from the plant material. During this process the flavours and aromas are extracted, and users can inhale the vapour to enjoy their cannabis. While there are certain types of vaporizers that use cannabis extract in a cartridge, these vaporizers work with dried cannabis flower placed into a chamber.

 

Types of Dried Flower Vaporizers

There are two main types of dried flower vaporizers, portable (e.g.. PAX vaporizers) and desktop (e.g. Volcano vaporizers).

Portable vaporizers  are lightweight and perfect to bring with you on-the-go in your pocket or purse. These typically hold a small amount of dried flower and are best used solo.

Desktop versions are larger in size and generally need to be plugged into a power source. Most people use this type of vaporizer at home as it can hold a larger amount of cannabis. They also tend to be more suitable for longer sessions or sharing.

 

How Do They Work?

Dried flower vaporizers heat up the cannabis buds in the chamber to create the vapour. There are two different methods to do this: conduction and convection.

Conduction uses direct contact to heat the herb inside the chamber. Conduction heated vaporizers usually include an open flame heating plate that combusts the flower into vapour.

On the other hand, convection heating vaporizers use gas or liquid to expedite the movement of heat. The hot air circulates in the chamber each time you take a hit. This method does not combust the plant matter. Convection is considered the optimal option for vaporizing dried flower because it’s less likely than conduction to overheat the chamber.

 

Benefits of Dried Flower Vaporizers

Some of the benefits of dried flower vaporizers include better taste because the flower is being vaporized instead of burned, a weaker smell that makes usage more discreet, and environmental friendliness as the only waste is left over cannabis, which is naturally biodegradable.

 

Tips

Grinding the dried flower will help create a consistent result when heat is applied. Finely ground flower that isn’t too tightly packed will work best.

Try different temperatures based on the strain you’re vaporizing. Do your research to see what the optimal temperature is for the strain you’ll be consuming.

 

Dried flower vaporizers can be a user-friendly way to consume cannabis and help you enjoy the effects of the plant. Check out the COVE™ blog for more great cannabis content.

 

 

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The Interesting History of Jazz & Cannabis

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Until recently, the powers that be have demonized cannabis and persecuted smokers. Not immune to the stigma, musicians of many genres have looked to the plant for inspiration. It’s been a recurring reference in lyrics since long before legalization, leading us to want to learn more about how two seemingly unrelated topics have been intertwined throughout history.

During the 1920s and early 1930s, alcoholic beverage consumption was illegal in the United States. It was then that speakeasies and underground clubs gained popularity. Aside from drinking, something else was happening in these spaces far more special and it was the music.

In the New Orleans red-light district of the time, it was typical to find crowds drinking, smoking joints, and partying through the night to the sounds of a live band. These bands played until the place was empty, sometimes for eight hours straight. Their music of choice was jazz.

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Musicians in cities like Chicago and New York also consumed the substance and it wasn’t long before the genre started to become synonymous with smoking green. The emergence of jazz occurred during the same time cannabis came under scrutiny. In 1923
Iowa, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont placed bans on the substance. State after state made it an illegal drug and by 1933, twenty-nine states had criminalized cannabis.

One of the best-known critics of the time was Harry J. Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who waged a war on cannabis with the help of propaganda film Reefer Madness. Artists were quite vocal in their opposition to his policies, such as Cab Calloway who expressed his love for weed on “Reefer Man.”

Chicago-born jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow became the principal supplier of cannabis to Harlem in the 1930s. His autobiography, Really the Blues, included a long glossary of what cannabis was commonly called during that time including “grass,” “grefa,” “gunga,” “hay,” “hemp,” “muggles,” “muta,” “reefer,” “tea,” and the now popular “weed.” Mezzrow’s popularity grew and it wasn’t uncommon to hear the term “mezzrole” referring to a specific type of joint he rolled.

Legend Louis Armstrong, born and raised in New Orleans, made a name for himself playing at underground clubs. He said this about cannabis and the scene:

“We always looked at pot as a sort of medicine; a cheap drunk and with much better thoughts than one that’s full of liquor… We called ourselves ‘Vipers’, which could be anybody from all walks of life that smoked and respected ‘gage’; that was our cute little name for marijuana.”

In 1930 Armstrong was arrested for smoking cannabis outside the Cotton Club in Culver City, California with his drummer Vic Berton. He spent nine days in the Downtown Los Angeles City Jail and received a six-month suspended sentence. After the stint, he was back to performing and experienced a new camaraderie with fans and fellow Vipers who felt an affinity for the gage.

In 1954 his wife Lucille was also arrested for possession, this time of one cannabis cigarette and two half-smoked stubs. It was widely speculated that the stash belonged to Louis and the incident prompted him to write a lengthy letter to Joe Glaser, his manager, on the topic of cannabis. The letter outlined that he would require special permission to smoke his gage and if this wasn’t possible, he would halt performing music altogether. Eventually, Armstrong admitted he was forced to give it up, despite the perceived benefits.

These stories are just some of the many that show the correlations between jazz and cannabis consumption.

The music genre grew and became popular alongside the progression of cannabis regulation for many years. Musicians were impacted by the plant at a time when cannabis was still misunderstood. Some speculate this was due to cannabis usage that led to the imaginative and experimental music that captivated audiences and is still a hallmark of the jazz sound today.

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Best Virtual Tours To Help Pass The Time

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The cold months are now behind us, but unfortunately, many people are still stuck inside during these uncertain times. To help alleviate some of the restlessness that those who are cooped up are undoubtedly feeling, we’ve compiled some of the best virtual tours to help pass the time.

Nature Tours
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Famous landmarks around the world are doing virtual tours and live streams including the Grand Canyon, Panama Canal, Machu Picchu, Eiffel Tower, and more.

Various aquariums and zoos are also offering exhibits from the comfort of your couch or computer desk.

Museum Tours
the louvre museum

If you can’t bear to see the great outdoors on the other side of your window, perhaps virtual museum tours sound more appealing.

The Louvre, Getty Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and many more galleries have put their exhibits on display via the internet. NASA has also opened up Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center to those looking to learn from home.

As if that wasn’t enough, Google has listed more than 2500 museums you can experience remotely via their Arts & Culture directory.

Celebrity Homes
aerial view of celebrity home

Once you’ve completed your nature and museum tours you can explore where the rich and famous have been spending their time.

Whether you’re looking for décor inspiration, reminiscing about the classic show MTV Cribs, or just being nosey, now is a great time to indulge in the fascination we all have of the homes of our favourite celebrities.

Visit the world of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell, and tennis sensation Maria Sharapova with Architectural Digest’s Open House series or poke around the properties of comedian Dave Chappelle, the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, or country music icon Keith Urban courtesy of virtualglobetrotting.com.

So there you have it, the Best Virtual Tours To Help You Pass The Time. For more relaxing content follow COVE™ on Instagram and make sure to let us know your favourite virtual tour!

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Expand Your Library With These Cannabis Books

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The nuances of cannabis consumption usually get overlooked. There is a lot to discover about this plant and your home library is a great place to start. With this collection of educational books, you can learn more about the plant.


Cannabis: A History

There is a lot to debate surrounding cannabis, but as legalization progresses, its role in modern society continues to grow. Martin Booth examines the history of prohibition in his book, Cannabis: A History.  The book covers the legalization process and its approval across North America.

Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics, Processing, Potency

Michael Stark’s book Marijuana Chemistry provides all the chemical information you need to know about cannabis. It contains facts about all the different variations of THC, along with an in-depth chemistry breakdown of a plant.

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

Written by author Joe Dolce, this book travels across the globe to uncover the past and future of cannabis in different countries. From places like Amsterdam and Israel, Brave New Weed highlights the history, science, and potential economic future of cannabis.

Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties

Higher Etiquette is a book that can guide you through a cannabis-friendly world. While legalization in many cities ends the stigma surrounding consumption, Lizzie Post informs consumers and non-consumers how to navigate social spaces with courtesy.

High Yoga: Enhance Yoga with Cannabis and CBD Treatments for Relaxation, Healing, and Bliss

High Yoga is a guide that will bring out your inner yogi. Yoga instructor, Darrin Zeer’s book leads you through a cannabis-influenced workout with pictures to assist you along the way.

Cooking with Cannabis: Delicious Recipes for Edibles and Everyday Favorites

Cooking with Cannabis is a cookbook that can soothe any appetite. Known as the Martha Stewart of edibles, Laurie Wolf’s book includes many different recipes along with directions on how to make infused oils, butter, and syrups.

Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts-Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines

Ed Rosenthal and David Downs highlight all the newest consumer products in Beyond Buds: Marijuana Extracts. This book outlines many different consumption alternatives from hash to concentrates.

Your Cannabis Consumption Journal: The easy way to keep track of your cannabis consumption

Author and registered nurse, Lolita Korneagay produced this simple and beneficial tool for tracking your consumption. Your Cannabis Consumption Journal is great for logging how much you consume daily and the products you find suitable for you.

Cannabis Trips Travel Book – A Global Guide

Written by authors Bill Weinberg and Ed Rosenthal, this travel guide directs you to all the best events around the world that include cannabis. Cannabis Trips is not only a great read, but it’s also a good travel planning tool.

High Time: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

Editors Andrew Potter and Daniel Weinstock highlight the comprehensive history of legalization in Canada in their book High Time. The book re-tells the history of the Canadian Cannabis Act through a collection of essays from scholars and policymakers.

Broaden your horizons as far as your library can reach. With this selection of books, you might find yourself growing into a true expert. Be sure to follow our blog for more updates and information about this plant and its hidden potential.

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Understanding THC and CBD Actual vs. Potential Levels

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Our journey begins with understanding cannabinoids, a class of chemical compounds found in cannabis that has been reported to have beneficial properties. The two most commonly discussed cannabinoids are THC and CBD.


THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, produces a psychoactive effect (the “high”) when consumed. CBD, or cannabidiol, is non-intoxicating.

 

Our packaging displays both the actual and potential levels of these cannabinoids. Actual refers to the level of these cannabinoids before the dried flower has been activated. Potential refers to the maximum level after the cannabinoids have been activated. THC and CBD occur in small amounts in nature. However, there are naturally occurring compounds which when activated by heating convert into THC and CBD in a process called decarboxylation. Common heating methods include combustion and vaporization.

Combustion/Vaporization

Combustion (for example by smoking) is a popular method for consuming cannabis because it is fast-acting. However, smoking can feel harsher than other options and may mask flavours associated with terpenes (other naturally occurring chemical compounds produced by cannabis). In vaporization, accessories called vaporizers heat cannabis below the point of combustion to transform cannabinoids and terpenes into a vapour that can be inhaled without creating by-products made during combustion.

Percentages

The lower percentage value THC and CBD levels on our packaging indicate the actual levels – the larger THC and CBD levels refer to the potential levels. Health Canada requires all licensed producers to include both the actual THC and CBD levels, as well as the potential levels.[1]  

When determining the strength of the COVETM dried flower that you want, the THC Total or CBD Total is most commonly referenced. Our COVETM oils don’t require any additional heating and are ready for you to explore straight out of the box.

Our goal is to MAKE EACH EXPERIENCE A DISCOVERYTM. The approach we take is honest, uncompromising and not only focused on hand-trimmed, crafted quality cannabis products but also includes providing answers for you along your journey.

For more information, check out covecannabis.ca or follow us on social @covecrafted.

[1] Cannabis Regulations, SOR/18-144, s 124-127

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