Marijuana & Rasta 5 clarifications

Discovering Rasta

Rasta is about so much more than Marijuana. Due to the fact that it changed my life a few years ago. On the other hand, my hair and ethnic history remain. As a matter of fact, I have never had dreads. But I eat a slightly modified Ital diet. Specifically, the diet has, even more, protein via some dairy and some meat. Lastly, I read the bible and pray. My daily ritual doesn’t include psychoactive cannabis.

5. The colors don’t symbolize marijuana.

Ethiopia is presently the inspiration for the colors. But colors symbolizing marijuana aren’t. However, they do symbolize money. In case you forgot Google stoner clothing. Of course, physical stores sell the same items. Meanwhile, Rasta remains victims of this awful stereotype.

4. Stoned 24/7

Although it is illegal they are smoking like chimneys. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this practice is forbidden. Rasta do not treat the plant in the same way. Instead, they treat it like a sacrament. Without a doubt, they are often sober.

3. How Rasta pray with marijuana.

First and foremost Rasta can pray sober But the plant is spiritual for us. In fact, it is more than a plant. Especially because it changes the bible reading experience. For example, it triggers deep discussions. These reasoning sessions are particularly important to Rasta.

2. That isn’t a get out of jail free card

Stoners traditionally love weed. But some stoners go the extra mile. These stoners claim they are exempt for spiritual reasons. Rasta is not a gang, therefore, you can’t claim it. Furthermore, Jamacia is the only country that allows religious Ganga use. However in other countries many risk jail time.

1. Rastafari isn’t a marijuana religion.

To begin with, Rastafari isn’t a religion. Furthermore, the religion wouldn’t focus on the plant. But the plant does play a role in Rastafari. Besides, if it did nothing would change. The stigma would still remain alive.


Interview with Dan from Hemp Foods Australia

Sam Goldman: What prompted your initial interest in graphic design?
Dan: My Dad bought me a Commodore 64 computer when I was in elementary school. I loved using it to make school projects look professional.

When I became interested in business there was always a need for something to be designed. I didn’t have enough money to hire a professional so I sacrificed a lot of sleep and recreation time to teach myself how to do it.

Sam: How has the graphic design industry changed since you started?
Dan: The internet has meant that people from all over the planet can get work doing graphic design online. At the same time the computer software and hardware has improved in leaps and bounds. As a result, the best in the industry are creating better designs than were possible 20 years ago.

Sam: Do you have a preferred operating system/ design software combo?
Dan: I started out using Windows and Corel Draw. When Apple brought out the Macbook Air I decided to get one and at the same time purchased a suite of Adobe products. I taught myself how to use the Adobe software using the video tutorials on That computer and software were so good I’m still using them 7 years later.

Sam: What is the most surprising request you have received from a client?
Dan: No surprises so far.

Sam: Is it easier or harder to make a theme that is also mobile friendly?
Dan: I think its easier. You’re a bit less constrained to fixed sizes for text and image so you get to be a bit more creative.

Sam: How many hours were spent designing the Sativa Skincare theme?
Dan: That depends on what you count as being part of the “theme” but at least 20 hours would be a good estimate.

Sam: The theme feels very earthy. Do the colors have a deeper meaning?
Dan: Yes, it turns out that the color that is most noticeable to human eyes is a green color that is exactly 555 nanometers. If there were a bunch of different colors painted on a wall, the green color is the one you would find yourself focussing on. Israeli scientists extracted the green pigments from Hemp leaves and found that the color was exactly 555 nanometres. So what better color to use for a Hemp cosmetics range – the one God wanted us to be interested in.

Sam: Your inclusion of a subtle newsletter sign up button is innovative. Why did you choose this unorthodox option?
Dan: Actually I saw it done on another website and thought it was a good idea.

Sam: Any plans to make the theme available as a template?
Dan: No plans.

Sam: Can you please list how people can find you online?
Dan: I’m not available for hire as a graphic designer, I only do design work for Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol. I recommend anyone wanting to find a good designer to have a look on sites like or

Cannabis Education is Biased

Education reform is going to happen.

The American education system is a mess. Betsy DeVos has solutions and so does your neighbor. Many of these bold ideas could work. But they would take years to successfully implement. Not mention all of the red tape. One easy solution is to take small steps. Changing cannabis education is the first step.

Cannabis information contains facts.

Schools are demonizing cannabis. They’re teaching with opinions instead of facts. Some students discover the truth later on. Others help keep the lies alive. It’s time to end this dangerous cycle. Ending it will improve the American education system.

American schools have a lot of strengths. They also have a lot of weaknesses. The current cannabis curriculum sticks out. Opinionated beliefs serve as its backbone. Teachers can hate cannabis if they want. But they should teach with facts.

Cannabis education is out of date.

There is factual information about every plant. Teachers know the difference between opinions and facts. However, the government also has a say. A fair compromise will make everyone happy. Schools should continue to teach what the government wants. If and only if they present factual information. The government might not want like cannabis. But that doesn’t mean students shouldn’t be taught the truth.

We live in the age of the internet. Students have the world at their fingertips. Google has made fact based subjects irrelevant. States should eliminate their schools if they plan on teaching with opinions. Curriculums are designed to sidestep this point.

The American education system is out of date. There is widespread support for reform. Creating the form isn’t that tedious. All the government has to do is modernize the curriculum. This would be beneficial for teachers and students. One of the benefits would be increased transparency.

Cannabis groups prey on the youth.

Many cannabis groups currently exist.The groups are infamous for seeking influence.They shouldn’t have an influence on American education. Giving them the steering wheel hurts the youth.

Cannabis groups want the support of the youth. The younger the children the better. Once someone reaches a certain age they are hard to manipulate. Cannabis groups know they have little time. So the groups alter the required educational curriculum.

Cannabis groups influence the government. But there are other equally influential groups.Parents have a very powerful voice. They also possess the ability to demand change. It’s time for parents to demand a change to the curriculum. Biased cannabis curriculum information isn’t helpful.

For example, it changes the way one views the world. One thinks the plant is good or bad if they’re taught so. In other words, education can shape minds. The mind of a child is a very powerful gift. Furthermore, the mind will always benefit from learning actual facts.

Let all students learn.

The Information taught in schools is supposed to be factual. Cannabis information isn’t supposed to be different. However, it is traditionally treated differently. Most students have to memorize information. It can’t hurt to add in facts about cannabis. After all the purpose of education is to educate. Cannabis education reform wouldn’t benefit interest groups. It would benefit current and future students.

Angry students still sing Pink Floyd. It is important to realize why. The youth are the customers. Angry customers can and will create change. It’s important to realize how true this is. Particularly if you’re a cannabis group.

Not Your Typical Lotion

Colorado is known for legal cannabis innovation. Multiple companies possessing this talent occupy the state. Some are more eye-catching than others. Elixinol isn’t run by Willy Wonka. But their products are very Wonka-like.


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CBD Rescue Balm isn’t your garden variety balm. Everything about it is very unique. It starts with its simplistic yet catchy packaging. A packaging that features a list of natural ingredients. Exploring the product further reveals something even more exciting. It competes in the American cannabis industry.

Millions of Americans are unaware that CBD affects them. You can’t tell that a product contains CBD. Since it isn’t psychoactive its users are also able to blend in. The ability to legally sell CBD products in the US is a game changer. Many American grocery stores sell at least one hemp product. A CBD lotion alternative takes it one step further.

Cannabis products are traditionally a better alternative. The CBD rescue balm product is no different. Don’t take my word for it. Compare its ingredients to the harmful ingredients that can be found in traditional lotions.The natural ingredients mentioned earlier give CBD Rescue Balm an edge. Traditional lotions biggest rival is also much healthier for your skin.

Lotion users experience benefits. The products do an excellent job of keeping your body moisturized. Dry skin is gross and it can become bloody. A beauty blog post mention, even more, benefits. Rescue Balm users enjoy the benefits of lotion and the benefits of CBD. In order to learn more about the brand behind this innovation please continue reading.

Chris Husong’s marketing skills have helped turn Elixinol into a global brand. The entrepreneur is also a co-founder of ClubM. Originally I was only going to interview Chris. When I found out the whole team was participating I was thrilled. Every member of the Elixinol team is extremely fascinating and talented. You can check out our interview below.

Sam Goldman: What is the origin of the name Elixinol?

The Elixinol team: The foundation of Elixinol is “Elixir” and “ol” being the common suffix used for chemical derivatives.

Sam: How many different Elixinol products have been created?

Elixinol: We’ve learned so much from our customers. Since 2013, we’ve created over 20 products, not all of which are available now or in every country, but our product research is a core part of our company, we want to product to be the best available and delivered in innovative ways that help our customers.

Sam: In 3 words can you please describe what Industrial Hemp means to you?

Elixinol: Healthy. Change. Possibilities.

Sam: Is CBD Jeff Sessions proof?

By all current legal standards, yes.

Sam: Which team members were involved in creating Rescue Balm?

Elixinol: Like all of our products, Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, is a reflection of our team’s collective and deep understanding of hemp’s possibilities as well as the needs of our customers. Team members involved have a wide range of backgrounds that help inform our products.

Dan Schulz, Product Formulation Specialist: A published research scientist, Dan is always looking for ways to increase CBD absorption and delivery to the body.

Paul Benhaim, Founder, and CEO: Paul’s deep connections within the hemp industry help us deliver the highest quality hemp to our customers.

Gabriel Ettenson, CEO: As a former physical therapist who has long worked with natural products, Gabriel’s insight into how CBD affects customers is pivotal in creating product customers need.

Sam: Why is your traditional balm alternative better?

Elixinol: Elixinol’s Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, has higher quality ingredients including hemp CBD and was formulated to include not just healthy ingredients for the body, but functional ingredients that improve the body’s ability to absorb those ingredients.

Sam: Will consumers ever see Rescue Balm on store shelves?

Elixinol: Customers can purchase Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, through health stores in the US right now and through medical professionals including chiropractors, physical therapists, and doctors in addition to our website:

Sam: How has the CBD industry changed since you first became involved?

Elixinol: It’s an exciting to be in the CBD industry and we see growing demand, globally, and more acceptance and understanding of the power of the hemp plant and CBD’s qualities as a product.

Sam: When you promote Rescue Balm who is your target audience?

Elixinol: Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, is a great product for anyone who wants the benefit of CBD absorbed through the skin. As importantly, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice to support the nervous and muscular systems, joints and skin as well. Plus, Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, has so many skin friendly ingredients like Virgin Ucuuba Butter, Andiroba Oil it also promotes a healthy, youthful skin appearance. Users of Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, include everyone who appreciates the targeted application like athletes and joint and muscle pain sufferers. Some Rescue Balm, soon to be renamed Elixinol Hemp Balm, customers are simply CBD users who prefer the delivery benefits of a balm with skin benefits.

Where can people find Elixinol and Rescue Balm online/ social media?


MMJ is Missing from the Workplace

Legitimate employed Medical Marijuana patients are still being fired. This troubling news is due to the way employed patients are treated. Employers aren’t required to treat legal MMJ patients fairly. However, they’re required to treat patients using legal prescription drugs fairly. This lack of equality shouldn’t exist. The unfairness begins with a workplace drug test.

4.6% of Americans are looking for new employment. A drug test may present an obstacle during the process. Legal prescription drug patients don’t have this worry. Even if they take Adderall. Which according to the DEA is a scheduled two drug. Legal MMJ patients should have the same protection.

All legally scheduled drugs are worse than Marijuana. Users of the drugs can still fail workplace drug tests. Marijuana users are treated the same way. If a legal prescription drug user fails a test they’re safe. Legal MMJ patients should experience the same outcome.

In America, Marijuana is still a scheduled one drug. However, multiple states have created their own laws. 28 states and DC have legalized it for medical use. You probably employ/work with legal prescription drug users. You should employ legal MMJ patients. The key word is legal.

Anyone can claim that their Marijuana is prescribed. It’s the perfect excuse for any employee. The problem with is that it makes MMJ patients look bad. Not every patient is a liar that wants to get stoned. There are fully functional, and responsibly employed patients. The MMJ prescribed to these patients should be protected. A benefit that legal prescription drugs prescribed to employees have.

Employers can’t fire someone for responsibly consuming their prescribed drugs. In other words, the employee is 100% protected. If the employer did fire them legal issues would occur. A protection that not every MMJ patients has.The protection extends into various aspect of work life.

An employ can consume their prescribed meds at work. This legal practice allows the employee to remain functional. Employed MMJ patients should have the same right. Not every employee wants their patients lighting up. Luckily there are multiple smoke-free ways to consume MMJ.

Smokable marijuana isn’t the only form of MMJ. All though many people prefer this form. If a MMJ patient needs to get high on the job make a compromise. Ask them to consume a non-smokable form of MMJ instead. This fair compromise will be mutually beneficial in the long run.

Unmedicated employees disrupt the work environment. Have you ever worked with someone with a headache? If he or she didn’t have Tylenol they were probably miserable. Have you ever worked with someone suffering from extreme chronic pain? Chances are they were even more miserable. If you didn’t notice them chances are they were into much pain to work.

Medical conditions are no fun. These conditions can make employees miserable. Some conditions don’t benefit from Western medicine. MMJ can often treat these conditions. Yes, most Western medicine isn’t psychoactive. However unlike cannabis it often has scary side effects. The TV commercials aren’t a joke. So please stop discriminating against MMJ patients in the workplace.

Sam’s Cannabis Thoughts

The legal American Marijuana industry is Trump administration proof.

Rolling back the current system would be a disaster. The Republican Party already has enough to worry about. State marijuana laws are the least of his concerns. Pro-marijuana has repeatedly demonstrated their ability to outspend critics. Imagine how much they could raise to defend the industry. Don’t worry fellow advocates legal marijuana is here to stay.

Will Home Depot ever openly embrace home cultivation ?

Home Depot already sells items that can be used to grow weed. Will they ever embrace legal home cultivation? That’s the multi-million dollar question. Companies that make products for the legal prescription drug industry have embraced it. Home Depot can and should do the same.


Humanity has been using hemp for thousands of years. You can do the same. Some countries ban recreationally growing it. However buying and owning hemp products is 100% legal. The misconception that it isn’t is widespread. This notion has hurt cannabis sober cousin.Double check your local hemp laws just in case they’re obscure.


Weed traditionally smells really good. It normally makes the user calm. If you have ever encountered a stoner you know what I’m talking about. My experiences riding public transportation with stoners has been pleasant. Riding with sober riders is always a gamble.

Does D.A.R.E preach against marijuana in states that have legalized it ?

Are students located in states with legal marijuana subjected to anti-marijuana rhetoric ? One would think they would be. Most likely in hopes of manipulating the clueless youth. The good news is that it trains the participants to spot bs. A skill they can use for the rest of their life.

Footbag Follows Marijuana

Anti-marijuana groups should fear millennials. The generation loves marijuana and technology. Every year their influence grows. Dumb critics continue to fight them. Smart companies have begun targeting them. There are multiple ways to execute the later. Promoting marijuana via footbag is the best move.

Footbag follows marijuana

According to a 2016 pew research center survey “Millennials – those ages 18 to 35 in 2016 – are more than twice as likely to support legalization of marijuana as they were in 2006”.

In 2020 All millennials will be able to vote. A milestone for the generation. Unfortunately, the same generation struggles with health problems. Obesity is arguably the most devastating example. Marijuana is capable of conquering this and other health problems. But it will require the involvement of footbag.

You don’t have to be stoned to play footbag. But people under the influence of marijuana are known for playing it. The game can be played individually or with a group of people. Popular exercises rituals such as yoga have transcended time. Footbag is capable of following a similar trajectory. It’s also capable of promoting marijuana.

The stereotypical stoner has dreads and lays on the beach all day. Marijuana isn’t capable of making someone lazy. There are users that exercise daily. Promoting this fact will change the public perception. Footbag is the perfect vehicle to promote it. The promotion will benefit exercise and marijuana companies.

This will finally make millennials exercise

Some of my previous paragraphs have labeled Millennials a major target for a reason. They should be in the crosshairs of every fitness company. Some popular companies have already begun hunting. Nintendo, YouTube, and the UFC are a few examples. Various footbag companies should match their participation level. Unlike other fitness companies footbag also promotes marijuana.

Pokemon Go went viral for one reason. Millennials began going outside. The generation had become infamous for doing the opposite. The brief change was nice. However, it didn’t create long-term results. A shift in a generational mentality is the solution. Marijuana is the best way to create the shift.


Many millennials love marijuana. They view it the way their parents view alcohol. In their eyes smoking a few joints is socially acceptable. Ala the previous generation drinking a few beers. Many millennials also don’t embrace their parents exercise habits. Fitness companies and marijuana companies could change this. Footbag manufacturers can kill two birds with one stone.

The footbag industry is in a position to make a dent. A dent that that will go down in history. Only a few things are in their way. Name recognition is the most glaring weakness. Many non-participants know it as a hacky sack. Quality control is another major issue. I experienced this problem first hand.

My first footbag was and is terrible. It is filled with some sort of beads. This makes it super heavy. It also created a painful impact every time it hit my feet. Some participants might enjoy this type of bag. I could barely do any tricks with it. A year ago I purchased a blue Crushed Panne Mr. Sandbag footbag. Unlike the other bag, it’s soft and light. Both options promote the marijuana culture.

I can’t kick the habit

I have never consumed marijuana. This is 100% due to Minnesota’s marijuana laws. I’m referring to the medical and recreational laws.These laws prevented me from playing footbag for a few years. But they didn’t stop me from loving the marijuana culture. Thanks to CBD I picked it back up a few weeks ago.

I have fallen in love with footbag. The small moments of growth justify the consistent mistakes. Footbag has helped me become more mentally and physically fit. Cannabis has allowed me to play. Millions of marijuana-loving millennials could have the same experience.

Interview with Paul Benhaim


Sam Goldman: You’re a genius who has permanently revolutionized the hemp industry. Can you please describe your rise to prominence ?

Paul Benhaim: Just patience and focus. I love the hemp plant and all that it offers me personally, my family, friends, community, country and in fact the whole global society.

Sam: You have published hemp books and started hemp companies. Which one has been more rewarding and why ?

Paul: That depends on what you define as success; for me success is when you try something, learn and move forward – so all those projects, and more were successful in my eyes. Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol are both production companies that exist today; and the 9 books I have written are also still available at

Sam: Not The Cooking Show demonstrated the importance of food education. This need still exists. Do you have any plans to revisit it ?

Paul: Not at this time – I am focusing on building larger production facilities to ensure higher quality hemp products reach more people. When I feel there is little I can do to help this process, then maybe I will revist the production of more educational videos. Though my preference for education these days is to create living actual models – so I have a biodynamic food production farm coming very soon…

Sam: How does the future of American hemp affect the global hemp industry ?

The future is unknown, so we will see. I am taking part in sharing the knowledge. I have acquired an American hemp company called Elixinol. The company is located in Boulder, Colorado.

Sam: Can you please describe a typical day on a hemp farm ?

Paul: My typical day is spent in an office, or a hotel room some place on this wonderful planet. I do visit hemp farms regularly of course – where most of the work is in planting, feeding or harvesting. The rest of the time you just watch it grow…

Sam: For those that don’t know what’s Marijuana’s relationship with hemp ?

Paul: They are one and the same plant – cannabis sativa is the true latin name – marijuana is usually just the name for the high THC (psychoactive ingredient) in cannabis; hemp is usually the term for industrial hemp or low THC

Sam: Why should people incorporate hemp into they’re everyday lives ?

Paul: There are so many reasons… for food, fuel, fiber, medicine, paper and much more. I recommend watching this presentation to learn more:

Sam: According to your Linkedin profile your the CEO of Exlional. Can you please tell more about Exlional.

Paul: We manufacture the highest whole plant extracts of industrial hemp into high CBD hemp oil raw materials and then produce various products from this.

Sam: In 10 years you will be ________ ?

Paul: Living on an organic hemp farm and production facility with fellow hempsters developing products in our laboratory whilst traveling the world sharing the benefits of hemp.

Sam: Where can people find you and your innovative products online ?

1) Presentation on Hemp

2) Presentation on CBD

3) Latest 2016 science presentation on CBD


Marijuana may be legal for every 21 year old

Marijuana can be legal on private property

It is illegal to consume recreational marijuana at home. Only a few states make an exception. The exception excludes everyone younger than 21. President Trump could legalize this exception in every state. This rule already exists in America. Local alcohol consumers have benefited from it since the 80’s.

Trump could make them even more comparable

President Reagan was behind the US drinking age increase. He did this by pressuring the states. President Trump could do something similar. All he would have to do is substitute alcohol with marijuana. Many people have already compared the two legal industries. It’s time for Trump to make the next step.

Legal recreational marijuana is like alcohol. Or so they say. This bold claim is kind of true. Both industries are similar. The most obvious similarity is the age requirement. Trump should make them even more similar. Increasing the similarities won’t be difficult. All he has to do is legalize recreational marijuana throughout the country.

He should ignore everyone else

Trump is the most brand-oriented president ever. The president only has two years. During the absence of the democrats he can do a lot. Some decisions will have a bigger impact than others. Legalizing recreational marijuana throughout America is one potential decision. The controversial decision should be on the top of the list.

Republican politicians have a long to-do list. Pro-marijuana laws might not be on the list. Sheldon Adelson will have a say in if they make the list. The wealthy republican king maker hates marijuana. Trump should ignore him and pull a Ronald Regan.

People still argue that recreational marijuana is dangerous. The same people support legal alcohol consumption. Evidently, this argument is contradicting. You can hate pot and you can like alcohol. But you can’t deny that adults 21 and older should be allowed to choose. To choose to responsibly consume alcohol or recreational marijuana. They can also responsibly choose to stay sober.

Marijuana is profitable and it will help Trumps legacy

Trump doesn’t consume alcohol or marijuana. But he is aware that both industries make tons of money. Why else would he launch a vodka company ? Trump has the power to legalize the later industry throughout the country. The multi billion dollar question is will he use his influence to do so ?

President Trump will have a lot of influence and power. The great presidents in American history have conquered our countries obstacles. For example Lincoln outlawed slavery. The prohibition of recreational marijuana is one of the current obstacles. Legal recreational marijuana consumption is becoming accepted in America. Trump could and should expedite the elimination of this obstacle. `

Recreational marijuana is slowly becoming accepted. The acceptance resembles an Olympic relay race. Legal recreational marijuana is slowly catching up to the critics. Trump could eliminate this race. A move that would affect the whole planet. It would also affect Trumps personal and presidential legacy. All three affected parties would be affected positively.

How do you top becoming the first nonpolitician president since Hebert Hoover ? You legalize recreational marijuana throughout the country. This move would rewrite this history books. The success of Trumps presidency isn’t dependent on legalization. But legalization will permanently change his legacy.

Three ways you can use hemp in your everyday life

3. Consuming food and beverage items made from hemp.

There are tons of amazing food and beverage items made from hemp. These items often taste better than their non-hemp counterparts.  Affordable hemp food and beverage items can be found online and at many grocery stores. Your mind body and soul will thank you for adding daily hemp items to your routine.

2.Wearing extremely comfortable and durable clothing made from hemp

Owning clothes is fun until the clothing begins to fall apart and wear out. Hemp made items will encounter this problem later down the road. Think of them as a good long term investment. If your favorite clothing brand doesn’t make items from hemp ask them to start.

1. Writing or doodling on a notepad made from hemp paper.

Hemp paper is a cheaper and more eco-friendly alternative. You can use the paper the same way you use traditional paper. The paper is also much more durable. In the United States, it can be very difficult to locate hemp paper. If you stumble across some or if you locate some online you should use it daily.