It’s that time of year again, when we take some time out to celebrate who we are sexually, without embarrassment or shame. And that goes for everyone, gay, straight, or anything in between. Having pride in who we are is a right, not a privilege, regardless of who is next to us in bed. So, this year, let’s take a look at some of the cooler cannabis products out there to celebrate pride month.
What’re the best cannabis products to celebrate Pride month? Any of them! But if you’re specifically looking for a way to feel good without the anxiety of standard THC, then your best Pride purchase might be delta-8 THC. This alternate form of THC leaves users with a clear-headed high and more energy – which is perfect for hitting a parade. Check out our selection of Delta-8 THC deals, and celebrate pride d8 style.
Quite obviously, there was not always a gay pride month to celebrate. The birth of gay pride actually started in a much more violent and angry way than current celebrations would indicate, but certainly not without reason or merit. It should be remembered that America in the 1950’s and 1960’s wasn’t the most gay-friendly of places, and this extended from social issues to legal issues. The idea of standing up for gay rights, started in a small way in the mid-60’s when two different pro-gay rights organizations, Daughters of Bilitis, and Mattachine Society, started demonstrations, including ‘annual reminders’.
These ‘annual reminders’ were picket events held between 1965-1969, which took place in Philadelphia at Independence Hall on July 4th. These demonstrations acted as a reminder of the unfair treatment towards gay people in terms of civil rights protections. In 1968, Frank Kamey, a participant in the annual reminders, and a leader in the gay civil rights movement, started the slogan ‘Gay is Good’ to promote the idea of self-love and self-acceptance for the gay community, and tolerance beyond it. This motto was taken directly from a similar motto and movement meant to inspire equal rights: ‘Black is Beautiful’.
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On June 28, 1969, a riot broke out in New York after police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. This became known later as the Stonewall Riots, or Christopher Street Liberation Day. Rioting and protests went on for a few nights, and all of this led to the idea of promoting gay rights on a larger, more organized, scale. The first idea of a march came in 1969 by four activists who set their sights on New York City. In order to do this, many activist organizations had to be involved, which at that time took a bit more prodding to accomplish. Regardless, it was done, and the 2nd pride parade was held on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, in New York City.
It wasn’t the 1st, because Chicago beat out NYC, holding its first – and the country’s first – pride parade on June 27th, 1970, through the Chicago Gay Liberation Front. More cities joined in the following year, including international cities like London, Paris, and Berlin. Quite obviously, since that time, celebrating gay pride has become an international event, with tons of celebrations, parades, and parties included. In America, the rights finally came through in 2015 when the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.
For anyone paying attention, this only accounted for marriage though. In reality, it is now several years after that legalization went through, and there are still currently no protections in the US against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 2020, the US Supreme Court did make a ruling that sexual orientation and gender identity do qualify as ‘sex’, and therefore are covered in terms of employment discrimination via the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The more comprehensive Equality Act is still sitting in congress. This bill would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to entirely prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity when it comes to the following issues: education, housing, employment, public accommodations, jury duty, federal programs, and credit.
To give an idea of how far back the US is in terms of civil rights, this new addendum would also increase civil rights protections for the black community in the form of prohibiting discrimination in more public places, including transportation, goods and services, and exhibitions. This outright states that the US government is already aware of the still horribly unequal treatment given to the black community in 2021! And this bill has been sitting in congress for two years now with no movement!!!
Much like gay pride, cannabis has a celebration day too, and in a weird way, they kind of go together. We celebrate cannabis on 4/20, which dates back to high school kids getting high, though there are different stories to denote the beginning of the story. Much like with gay pride, these celebrations were smaller, quieter, and more local in the beginning, erupting out into global days of celebration in more recent years. Depending on where you are in the world, there are tons of celebrations – from parades to events to massive sales for products.
Why are the two related? As cannabis gets more of a greenlight, and as we become more aware of methods of oppression that have been used towards black and minority groups, the reality of the beginning of cannabis prohibition has been made more clear, and it’s not a pretty picture. The idea that the color of people’s skin, or country of origin, was used to denigrate and outlaw a useful medicine is unconscionable, and even more so is the idea that this went over with the American public.
It all can even be summed up by this statement made by John Ehrlichman in 1994. Ehrlichman served as the Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under former president Richard Nixon. His statement makes clear how the war on drugs was really being fought, and why anti-drug measures were really being pushed.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
While the gay community wasn’t mentioned in this statement, what should be clear, is that minority groups were taking the hit for this. Drugs were literally illegalized on the backs of marginalized populations, like the black community, Mexicans, or those seeking to improve things like anti-war advocates. And, it was, in fact, the gay community that helped push cannabis legalization in California. As a result of the growing AIDS crises in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the need for medications like cannabis grew, and led to initiatives like Proposition P in San Francisco, which made a demand of the state to allow medical cannabis, (and which passed with 79% of the vote). Cannabis was outlawed based on marginalized communities, and brought back by them as well.
Best cannabis products to celebrate gay pride
In honor of gay pride this year, and the idea of abolishing any racist or hate-fueled laws, let’s take a look at some of the happier ways of celebrating this very important month.
The company ReCreate is pulling out all the stops for Pride Month. The company put out a line of products specifically to celebrate Gay Pride. This includes Pride Gummies, a limited edition mix of fruit flavored gummies that come in packs of 10, with each package containing 100mg of CBD and 100mg of THC. All ingredients used are natural, vegan, and gluten-free, and ReCreate will donate $1 per purchase to One Colorado and Equality California, two LGBTQ activist groups.
ReCreate also has you covered for Pride oriented cannabis drinks with its Pride Beverage. This blueberry-mint-acai sparkling drink is offered for a limited time, and contains 2.5mg of CBD and 2.5mg of THC per serving. This drink works fast to uplift your spirits, and ReCreate will, again, give $1 of each purchase to One Colorado and Equality California. ReCreate was co-founded by Austin Stanley of Charlotte’s Web fame. These products are available in Colorado and California.
Pride doesn’t have to be celebrated directly with cannabis products. The new company Betoken, founded by female entrepreneur Liz Kirby, offers a range of high-quality CBD products to an adult-only clientele. This month, the company is selling customizable bracelets for Pride, complete with up to 10 letters to say whatever the buyer wants. These are fully personalized bracelets in terms of colors and words. The bracelets cost between $14-$16, with every cent going to support Equality Maine.
Another option is Bloom Farms Wellness, and its HIGHLIGHTER® Rainbow Pride Vape Pen Battery. This shiny, metallic, rainbow vape battery was originally produced for Pride in another year, but was so popular, it became a regular item. All throughout the month of June, Bloom Farms Wellness will donate two meals for every battery that is sold. This battery is consistent with most 510-thread cartridges, easy to use, and comes with a quick-use USB charger, with up to 300 puffs per charge. Each battery costs $20.
And then there’s Cann. Cann produces a line of social tonics with micro-dose amounts of cannabis for uplifting the spirit, without the hangover. These bubbly beverages come in flavors like Lemon Lavender, Blood Orange Cardamon, Ginger Lemongrass Hi-Boy, and Cranberry Sage, just to name a few. All beverages contain either 2mg of THC and 4mg of CBD, or 5mg of THC only. In honor of Gay Pride, Cann is offering The Pride Bundle, a limited-edition box of cannabis drink products with a markdown to $75. Each box contains products from Cann, as well as products from other gay-owned cannabis brands. The contents include:
“4 packs of Sonder Space Crystals, which crackle and pop on your tongue for a sparkly head high. Very gentle. 2 4pks of Drew Martin Pre-Roll Variety Pack, low-dose botanical blended pre-rolls. We love a low dose. 2 4pks of Cranberry Sage Cann, your summer go-to microdose bev. A light buzz to keep you cool.”
One of the best things about Pride today, is that it highlights how something like gay rights can go from a point of complete oppression, to near freedom (okay, that’s overly positive for the moment, but you know what I mean). Whether it’s Gay Pride month, Black History month, Women’s History Month, or any other time to celebrate the overall fight for justice of those who have been oppressed, the important thing is to do something to get involved, even if its just buying a product to help support a cause.
I hope you all will go out and take part somehow. Go to a parade, learn some history, give your friend who nervously came out a pat on the back, or simply buy some cannabis products to celebrate Gay Pride month. However you do it, just be proud!
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