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Coca-Cola’s CBD-Infused Beverage

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Many businesses these days are looking to dip their toes into the cannabis industry.  Companies, both small and big, see the major potential the cannabis industry has for its audience.  Cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the nation and businesses are giving it a chance.  As more states legalize recreational use, more and more businesses are jumping in on the bandwagon to cash in on their rewards.

As a matter of fact, some major corporations are starting to look towards cannabis as a means of a unique strategy for their business.  One such big corporation, Coca-Cola, is dabbling with the idea of producing…cannabis-infused drinks.

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Coca-Cola is in talks with Aurora Cannabis (based in Vancouver, Canada) about producing cannabis-infused drinks for their audience.  Their strategy is to produce drinks infused with CBD in order to relieve pain, rather than infuse them with THC.  The infamous beverage company has been watching the cannabis drink market very closely these days.

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This news comes as Canada prepares to legalize cannabis within their country, following US states that are legalizing for recreational use.  Canada has been adapting the ways paved through legal states in America.  The special partnership between Coca-Cola and Aurora would mark the first entry of a major manufacturer of non-alcoholic drinks into the market.

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It is quite a PR miracle to see a major beverage company like Coca-Cola diving into the cannabis industry.  Not only is the industry paving the way for cannabis businesses, but also for other businesses as well.  Even though not much as been said about what the new drink will be, this is still a major step in the right direction for both companies.  Coca-Cola sees the benefit the cannabis industry has on its audience, so it only makes sense for them to work with Aurora Cannabis to push a unique drink.

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In the end, Coca-Cola is one of many major corporations that will become 4/20 friendly in the near future.  As the cannabis industry continues to take off, other companies will utilize cannabis into their own business plans as well.

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Be on the lookout for a new CBD-infused drink by Coca-Cola, coming to a dispensary near you.


Final Thoughts for This Week 9/15

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This week has been a week of changes, particularly within certain subcultures.  Paradise announced their final events for the weekend while Elon Musk consumed a blunt with Joe Rogan during an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.  And speaking of cannabis, NYC opened up their first CBD-infused restaurant in Queens called Adriaen Block.

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One culture is losing its significance in Boston while another is only expanding even further.  The gay community may have lost their treasured nightclub in Cambridge, yet many other bars are still open for business.  Even with this tragic PR nightmare, medical dispensaries are still popping up all around the city.  But even with the 4/20-themed cultural shift happening, will it ever fill that hole within their rainbow-themed hearts?

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We must not simply pass the buck towards gay dating apps like Grindr or Scruff for the tragic demise of Paradise.  That thought process only simplifies the problem with a somewhat obvious solution.  There is MORE happening with these PR stories if you read it well enough.  In the midst of gentrification, we are seeing various subcultures clashing among each other to cater with their niche audiences.  Paradise serves the gay community (and others of the LGBTQ society) while medical/recreational dispensaries conduct business with various cannabis consumers within Massachusetts.

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Rather than subcultures trampling over each other, they should learn to work WITH each other.  Cannabis and gay-themed businesses could work exponentially well in the right light.  A cannabis company could plan an edible-themed pop up at a gay bar or nightclub.  In the meanwhile, LGBTQ-themed dispensaries could really stand out from their competition.  The creative possibilities become endless once the roadblocks are taken away.

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It will be sad to see Paradise closing its doors this weekend after seven years.  All we can do is hope that something even better comes along the horizon.  Who knows, maybe the cannabis industry could hold the key answer for creating more gay-themed businesses around the city.

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With that, we’ll see what other surprises are in store for both the LGBTQ and cannabis community.  If these two powerful subcultures work together, a lot of amazing businesses will be popping up around Boston as well as the state of Massachusetts.

Adriaen Block – A CBD-infused Dining Experience

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When it comes to fine dining, you can’t look any further than New York City.  New York City offers some of the most exclusive eateries within its neighborhoods.  With ideas like Indian fusion or a ramen noodle place catered specifically to introverts, New York City provides some of the most unique dining experiences imaginable.

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With cannabis laws being more relaxed in the Big Apple, more opportunities are presented for chefs all across the city.  As a matter of fact, chefs have already been creating artistic dishes that contain THC.  These special dishes are being made underground and out of the public eye.  But one restaurant in the Queens neighborhood mix their food and drinks with…CBD.

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Adriaen Block is known as the first CBD bar and restaurant in New York City.  Every option available, both drinks and food, contain CBD oil as one of their ingredients.  You can find Adriane Block in Astoria, within the Queens neighborhood.


Their starter boards include charcuterie, sliced cheese, and Vinetta.  Choose from one of their classics like fried calamari or hand-cut steak tartare.  They even come with juicy burgers such as The Block Burger.  This burger comes with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, nueske’s bacon, and AB CBD sauce.  You can get your burger with truffle fries or with other side entrees such as French fries, potato gratin, couscous, cream of spinach, and AB CBD sauce.

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Other main entrees include the certified Angus Hanger Steak and Faroe Island Wild Salmon.  Their desert menu features Crêpes, Key Lime Pie, and Molten Chocolate Cake (all of which can be topped off with some CBD whipped cream!).

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While dining on those delicious CBD-infused entrees, you can wash them down with one of these tasty CBD cocktails.  You can choose from eight CBD cocktails from boozy (alcohol) or zero-proof (non-alcohol) side.  The rolled fashion on the boozy side features aperol, pineau des charentes, and angostura bitters.  On the other side is the Kombucha Garden, which comes with passion fruit kombucha, seedlip garden, and mint.  This is instance where you can choose what kind of CBD experience you want, whether with or without alcohol.

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All of these delicious foods and cocktails, with every order mixed with CBD oil.  It was a creative idea being passed around in the underground, but now its finally being made in the public eye.  Just the positive buzz we need generated for the cannabis industry.  This is the kind of PR miracle that will propel this industry further around America.

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First it was Adriaen Block to introduce an entire restaurant incorporating their service with CBD.  Now’s the time for cannabis’s popular cannabinoids to come out into the spotlight and into the kitchen.  Why stop with one restaurant when we can segment the concept with other types of food.  We have the opportunity to infringe this idea food types such as Italian, Irish, Mexican, Chinese, French, Swedish, German, and many others.

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Its creative restaurants like Adriaen Block that will open up this window of opportunity for restauranteurs alike.  New York City sets high standards in their fine dining experience, so incorporating cannabinoids like THC or CBD will only push them even further.  Not only that, but other cities will incorporate that product strategy into their own business as well.  Who knows, maybe Los Angeles will create CBD-infused taco dishes or Boston may serve CBD clam chowder (which would make for a FANTASTIC Boston-themed cannabis dish!).

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For now, let’s celebrate the release of NYC’s first CBD restaurant and bar Adriaen Block. It’s like they always say – bong appétit!

The Last Dance at Paradise

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Various historic places around Massachusetts have closed down this summer.  First it was Porthole Pub on the Lynnway (which was RIGHT next to my building), next it was the Spuds on Lincoln Avenue in Saugus, and Bianchi’s on Revere Beach served their last pizza last week.  This truly is the summer of change for many people.

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One recent announcement was a plan in the making, but is still causing shockwaves among the LBGTQ community in Boston.  Paradise, Boston’s historic gay nightclub on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, will be closing their doors this month.  The final show will be held on Saturday September 15th, which was announced through their Facebook page a week ago.

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This truly comes as a shock for many patrons of Paradise.  So what exactly is to blame for this tragic occasion?  Some place the blame on the growing popularity of gay dating apps, such as Grindr or Scruff.  Word was going around that the land was becoming too expensive, what with Boston becoming increasingly gentrified each year.  What’s interesting is that this plan was in the works before Grindr even became popular in Boston.

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The closing of Paradise poses as a PR nightmare that will hurt Boston and its LGBTQ community in the long run.  Massachusetts was the first to legalize gay marriage back in 2004, yet there are very few businesses catered to the gay community.  Within the Boston neighborhood alone, there are nine gay bars/nightclubs and zero bathhouses (the nearest gay bathhouse is the Megaplex in Providence, RI). Paradise is one of four nightclubs here in Boston and that number is soon to dwindle even lower.  What’s even more perplexing is that these businesses are spread so far out from each other.

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All this just means that Boston will rank even lower than many cities in terms of LGBTQ-friendliness. Other major cities, including Portland and New York City, scored much higher than Boston over the years.  Even though states like Washington State and California took a bit longer to legalize gay marriage, they are still thriving more than Boston.

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At this point, we can’t place all the blame on Grindr for closing down Paradise.  Gay dating apps were sure to appear on the app market either way.  And yet, cities like New York City still have any gay businesses (including bathhouses!) open for the public.

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We could plunge deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, but one thing remains true – Paradise nightclub will be closing in Boston.  It’s a shame to see such a thriving gay nightclub close its doors after many years.  Who knows what specialty business will be hurt next by the gentrification of Boston.

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In the meantime, check out Paradise one last time for the final dance on Saturday September 15th and be sure to say goodbye on Sunday September 16th.

Bong Spirit Vodka

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There are always new cannabis products being created every day.  Whether it be a new strain or smoking accessory, these products help shape the cannabis industry to what it is today.  Due to conflict of interest, cannabis is rarely mixed in with alcoholic products.

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Alcohol is one of the biggest competitions among the cannabis industry.  Even as cannabis continues to become more legal nationwide, cannabis prohibition ideas are still being fueled by alcohol companies each day.  That being said, alcohol use has been decreasing since cannabis laws have become more relaxed here in the United States.

But even with this ironic conflict of interest (cannabis and hops ARE related, FYI!), companies are creating innovative ways where cannabis and alcohol come together.  One such company, Bong Spirit Vodka, created a bottle that resembles, well… a bong.

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That’s right people – a bong-shaped vodka is here.  Bong Spirit Vodka created this bong-shaped Vodka, with the liquid filling up to the neck.  Once you are done drinking through the vodka, you can use it as a bong to consume cannabis with.  The top section is the mouthpiece where you inhale the smoke and the bong slider is attached onto the front of the bottle.

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Bong Spirit Vodka originated in The Netherlands and was introduced back in 2005.  The spirit is made from the finest Dutch grain, being distilled six times and filtered four times.  It has won numerous awards, even two gold awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 2009 as well as 2010.

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This is a really innovative product idea.  It markets the product as both an alcoholic drink and as a bong to consume cannabis with.  You get the both of two industries in this unique product marketing tactic.  Bong Spirit Vodka is one of those amazing instances where cannabis and alcohol CAN come together in peace.

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Companies like Bong Spirit Vodka are thinking outside the box in terms of product marketing.  They are reaching audiences of both the alcohol and the cannabis industry.  This is the kind of innovation that will drive their business even further.

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Who knows what kind of alcohol-cannabis fusion will be released on the market.  As cannabis legalization reaches further out into the nation, the need for creative cannabis products become more essential than ever.