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Our Practical Approach to Making A Difference In Todays World

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This is how we’re bringing a positive image to the Cannabis Culture

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Plowing through the Plastic Pollution Problem

“With enough plastic on the Oceans surface to circle the Earth 425 times, or enough to go to the moon and back twice” [1], there’s no questioning a need to spend more time cleaning up our beaches, coastlines, and wildlife habitats. “The North Pacific represents nearly one third of the plastic pollution in all the oceans — with 92% coming from micro-plastics floating around [1].”

That means we’re at the center of the plastic pollution problem— boy, how’s that for a tongue twister? ‘Plastic pollution problem’…twister or not it’s a real concern we believe should be considered more.

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Sunday evening we joined a small group of volunteers on the Northern California coast, Stinson Beach, CA to spend a few quality hours outside walking around picking up waste along the coastline. It was a quiet evening, we arrived to overcast skies which left the beach fairly empty, but not long after beginning the clouds dissipated into a beautiful sunset.

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Why not volunteer?

  • A). It’s part of our home and like most we appreciate a clean environment.
  • B). We believe if something should be done we might as well be the ones to do it. If we turn a blind eye, by virtue how can we hope to expect others to clean up while we’re not? We believe the best way to hope for change, is to embody the behaviors we hope to see amongst our peers — like treating one another and our environment with respect — being nice without hoping to get anything in return. Kindness for kindness sake.
  • C). Cannabis is more than it’s negative stigmas. We stand as a family amongst a community — actively participating in community meetings, outreach events, and in bolstering a positive image around the culture. By putting ourselves in the front of the public eye we get a chance to positively improve peoples perception of Marijuana users and what we stand for. It’s a grassroots philosophy but in the unstable environment we live in simple concepts and basic fundamental truths are a great tool to keep the ball moving forward in a positive direction.

Basic Principles Leave a Lasting Impact

When I was a boy my dad taught me to always leave our surrounding better than we found it. I took that to heart every time we went camping and needed to pack up before leaving — my siblings and I would grab a trash bag and scour the campsite until we left it cleaner than we found it. It’s a really simple principle that can have a tremendous impact over time.

The other night as we gathered to clean only a few people showed up. At first it seemed disheartening because we were hoping for a larger turn out but when I really stopped to think about it there wasn’t anything to be disappointed about. One of our contributing members was Nicole Klemaswith NPK Yoga — who in her own right is helping break negative stereotypes by offering Cannabis+Wellness yoga classes in San Rafael, CA, once a week.

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A little goes a long way

We cleaned for a few hours and each picked up a decent amount of trash. Even if we’d just picked up one piece of plastic each it would have been better than none. When considering plastic waste and pollution it’s important to note that its going to remain sitting there poisoning our environment until its removed. Every little bit helps.

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The best part of the experience outside the actual cleanup was the acknowledgement we received from other people on the beach. It mean’t people noticed, and by noticing now they might decide to do something similar in the future. It’s that kind of forward momentum that gets us excited. Todays world is full of unrest — thats no surprise, so when we’re able to do simple things that have a lasting impact on our community thats where we want to be found — for us business is more than a transaction; it’s about finding ways to serve our community — and for us it’s by cleaning up the home we love so much.

We’re aiming make this type of event a regular occurrence in Marin County. We’d like to do service projects once or twice a month. We want to keep it simple while also making it fun —we’re considering grabbing a trash bag and meeting for hikes, cleaning up as we go kind of thing. Making a difference and finding ways to give back doesn’t have to be complicated. We’d love to hear about some of the ways you give back?

Call to Action:

Tag the nicest person you know and explain why on our #NiceGuysMovement community on Instagram.

References:

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Cannabis+Mindfulness Yoga: A New Way To Wellness In Marin County

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Now Entering The Yogic Consumer

Say Good-bye to the couch lock stoner.

The turning of the new year unlocked the door to more than just recreational cannabis, it also gave birth to new and open-minded ideas surrounding wellness and our general relationship to the plant. 

Cannabis has been around for a long time. ‘The Science of Marijuana’ says “Bhang seems to have been popular with the Indian people from the beginning of history. In ancient Indian texts bhang is referred to in the Science of Charms — written between 2000 and 1400 B.C. — as one of the “five kingdoms of herbs…which release us from anxiety.” 

“Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. The Chinese compendium of herbal medicines, the Pen T’sao Kang Mu, first published around 2800 B.C., recommended cannabis for treatment of constipation, gout, malaria, rheumatism, and menstrual problems.” [1]

We recently partnered with Nicole Klemas of NPK Yoga for privately held “bring your own cannabis” yoga classes. She’s paving the way to a new form of wellness in Marin County. Part of our moral fabric at Nice Guys is to help shine a brighter light on the otherwise dark perceptions surrounding Cannabis stigma.

When asked why she liked to use Cannabis in her yoga classes she said:

“The combination of cannabis and yoga is ancient. Indian mythology includes a story about the god Shiva consuming the leaves of the cannabis plant to refresh his mind and body. There is evidence of the use of cannabis in India as far back as 1000 BC, and the plant is still celebrated in medicinal, ceremonial, and spiritual use there today.
Beyond that long history within yogic tradition, my personal reasons are practical. I came to yoga seeking a way to manage both mental and physical pain: I have struggled with anxiety and depression since my teenage years, and I’m also living with chronic arthritis in my hip that I developed after years of competing in marathons and duathlons in my 20s. 
Yoga gives me the tools to help address these conditions. So does cannabis. I’m actually pretty sensitive to cannabis, and I generally don’t react well when I consume large amounts. When my husband and I moved to California 2 years ago I was excited to explore my medical cannabis options because there was such a wide range of products with clear labeling and specific dosages (nothing like the random baggies I used to score back in NJ!), and there was great education available. 
I already knew I preferred plant medicine to pharmacological options, and I was stoked when I learned about CBD and micro-dosing — I found that both helped support my mental and physical wellness while allowing me to control how much psycho-activity (head high) I experienced. 
My everyday cannabis routine includes a low-psychoactivity CBD-rich tincture to help with my arthritis inflammation and overall endocannabinoid system balance, and a low-dose indica edible or vape for restful sleep. When I need more mental or physical support, I add a cannabis product specific to my needs at the time. Cannabis helps me practice yoga in the first place by controlling inflammation in my body. It enhances my practice by helping me quiet and focus my mind. And it’s fun to share a little smoke socially in the spirit of friendship and community!”
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Her practice aligns with our mission:

We believe life is a gift and should be lived well. We use Cannabis to help grow deeper within and without. Using Cannabis to take a hike, ride a bike, or practice yoga should be an adult choice. We enjoy cannabis to be creative and to help us escape the stronghold of our mind to perceive life a little differently for awhile. Helping us grow in open mindedness and through a self-reflective experience. Cannabis helps in more ways than one. We are athletes, business owners, parents, girls and guys, and active community members. It’s part of our mission to help de-stigmatize the negative and potentially damaging stigmas plaguing the environment. 

When we learned about Nicole’s practice merging a few of our favorite activities we were excited to see what it was all about. Operating in the industry is a challenge and a lot of people are still against the plant in general. We thought there’d be backlash due to years of conditioning from propaganda and fear driven campaigns that aren’t going to go away over night. 

Her biggest challenges have been:

“My biggest challenge thus far actually came before the classes started: it was very difficult to find a 420-friendly space to hold the classes in. I contacted many yoga studios and other rental spaces; the owners were intrigued, but ultimately not comfortable renting to me. I’m very grateful for the support of the owners of my current space. Although it’s an unconventional room for yoga, it’s been a great base to get the idea rolling. Response to the classes have been great, and each one has sold out thus far — I’m going to need a bigger space soon! These are the first classes of this type offered in Marin county, so as we build a strong, positive presence and keep working toward destigmatization, I hope that more businesses will be willing to work with cannabis-positive gatherings like these.”

When asked what her vision for Cannabis+Mindfulness Yoga was she said: 

“I’m passionate about offering cannabis+mindfulness yoga gatherings because I want to give people a space to learn about the healing properties of both cannabis and yoga, and because it always brings together people with great energy! These classes allow for informal, low-pressure education and conversation about cannabis use before we all enjoy a super-chill, deeply grounding yoga practice
While everyone is welcome to enjoy their own cannabis products during the social time before the start of class, students do not need to consume to take part. They can simply come to enjoy the yoga and get their cannabis questions answered in a setting that’s warm and welcoming. People can feel uncomfortable about visiting dispensaries; because we do not sell cannabis at the classes they won’t feel pressured to make a purchase, but they will leave with information about how to legally access cannabis from local businesses and what sort of products might be right for them. 
Because my professional background is in medical education, I’m very passionate about empowering people to learn how to support their own optimal health. As a larger mission, I feel it’s important to lend my voice to the destigmatization efforts. Stereotypes about cannabis users are damaging in so many ways, especially because they can prevent people from exploring what might be powerful medicine for them. 
I look forward to working with Nice Guys Delivery to help show the world that cannabis users are fit, healthy, productive, contributing members of the community!”

Our opinion of the experience:

There have been two classes so far and like she said they’ve sold out. I’ve personally been to them both and really enjoyed the experience. I’ve found Cannabis to be useful in my own meditative practices, so when I learned I could combine yoga and weed for a deeper, more grounding experience I was thrilled. 

Our job in the partnership is to be present to help provide any information people might have regarding the industry and how they can benefit from Cannabis at large. We offer insight into products and help people understand where the industry is headed from our perspective. 

We are active in the community and want people to see the brighter side of the Cannabis culture. There’s more to it than simply slapping a label on something foreign and unknown — explore, try something new and be adventurous. Maybe Cannabis inspired yoga could be for you.

One underlying reason I’ve enjoyed the practice is because of the social benefits it creates from coming together with total strangers. Both classes brought new faces in and when you’re smoking weed together you tend to bond to some degree or another. I think there’s tremendous value in putting yourself in places to meet new people. 

Many bring their own Cannabis but also tend to share. We consume a half hour before class and then are guided on an hour or so long journey through our mind and body via our breath and intention. The yoga class is relaxed and at your own pace. 

I didn’t have a yoga mat the first class so I used my towel and found no real challenges in doing so. I do recommend bringing a mat though — it makes for a more comfortable and meditative experience. I had a mat for the second class which made it much nicer. The location is in a cozy boutique in San Rafael where they allow us to smoke and enjoy cannabis at our own leisure prior to class. 

I mostly liked how a group of random strangers were able to come together and enjoy an incredibly relaxing experience. I think that alone creates incredible value that shouldn’t be ignored. I look forward to attending more classes and seeing how the practice progresses over time.

If you’d like more information on NPK Yoga click here. 

Our Upcoming Clean-up Day

  • The service project is located at Stinson Beach, CA Sunday March 18, 2018 from 5–7pm. After the clean-up work is done, stretch out with yoga on the beach lead by Nicole Klemas of NPK Yoga. You don’t need any yoga experience to join us, just a beach towel, blanket, or yoga mat.

Sources

  1. “The Science of Marijuana”

Mom's Who Micro-dose Marijuana

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Can you believe she's consuming cannabis while watching her kids?

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Can Micro-dosing substitute as a healthier option than alcohol and pharmaceuticals?

You’re a parent familiar with stressful feelings. You love your kids but damn, sometimes all you want is a break. It’s not even noon and you’d like to pour yourself a glass of wine but fear becoming dependent on the substance, and instead pop a valium.

The idea of taking a pill sounds better. “Everyone does it” — you think. But after taking the drug you put little thought into the mechanisms behind the medicine, and what its doing to your body rarely crosses your mind. Soon you feel better and can go on about your parenting; albeit a little drugged.

The problem with valium is that it comes with some pretty nasty side effects. “It can increase thoughts of suicide, cause respiratory depression, dizziness, drowsiness, and is also known to be habit forming. It’s definitely not a substance that can be mixed with alcohol and taking more than your prescribed dose can be deadly.” [1]

We all know what alcohol does to your wellbeing — what if there was a safer, more natural alternative to living a quality life without putting yourself or your loved ones at risk.

People have found success micro-dosing, which is the technique of taking a “sub-therapeutic” (low) dose of medicine unlikely to produce full body effects, but is high enough to receive a cellular response.

Micro-dosing is viewed more like a daily supplement. It’s usually around 2.5–5mg of THC so it’s a low enough dose to calm your nerves, quiet the pain of a headache, and help remove non-productive thoughts from your mind so you can focus on things that really matter — like playing with your toddler before a nap or entertaining guests after a long week.

Our favorite way to micro-dose comes from the company Kiva Confections and their Petra Mints products which are 100mg in total but are broken into individual mints each equaling only 2.5mg of THC. The way to successfully use this product is to start with 1 and work your way up to your desired dosage.

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Just the right amount

Consuming 1 mint will not get you high but it can have tremendous benefits on your wellbeing. There’s no need to fear getting stoned or feeling a psychoactive stimulus because it’s a sub-therapeutic dose; however, if you eat too many it’s possible you could exceed the therapeutic window and find yourself in an uncomfortably high experience.

We’ve also found micro-dosing to be perfect for beginners looking to try cannabis for the first time, or for an individual looking for a light mood enhancement. It doesn’t matter who you are: a mom at home caring for the kids or a business executive running meetings all day — consuming a small dose of THC can help and enhance both of you to perform throughout the day.

There’s no need to feel guilty regarding your wellbeing and the products you use to find a greater sense of purpose. The days of the couch lock stoner are hopefully behind us — cannabis is proving to be far more beneficial than mass media and propaganda have taught us over the last 80 years.

If you’re curious about learning more for yourself I recommend becoming a member of Green Flower Media. Once you’re an insider you’ll have access to an entire vault of free content, educating yourself can be one of the best things you do for yourself going forward.

I’d also recommend taking a moment to check out Oov Lifestyle for some excellent content on women and cannabis. Ozzie Villa is making waves in the industry as an advocate and cannabis entrepreneur — she was recently a guest on “The Doctor’s” tv show where they discussed the topic “Moms that Micro-dose for health benefits.” Click Here for the full episode!

https://medium.com/@danthevanman/moms-who-micro-dose-marijuana-e31b4d7e8392

Ending Cannabis Stigma through Promoting an Adventurous Lifestyle

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There’s a lot to be gained from stepping away from our busy lives to get outside and enjoy nature in it’s rawest form. We live in Marin County, CA where Mt. Tamalpais is home to some of the prettiest views in the entire Pacific Northwest — possibly even the world.

With plenty of options to enjoy ranging from hiking, biking, cross training, horseback riding, or even a simple drive up iconic Pacific Coastal Highway One. We are huge advocates of dusting off the boots to destress from the fast paced lifestyle most of us live throughout the week.

As parents, business executives, outdoor enthusiasts, and mostly Type-A personalities we find it important to put ourselves first every now and again— we take a break from what we’re doing and dive into our passions for awhile. We believe if we fail to love ourselves or fail to care for ourselves it has the potential to create greater chaos down the road.

In addition to advocating a nicer life through living a more active lifestyle rooted in our passions, we deliver wellness to your doorstep — in the form of Cannabis. There are few things we’ve found and enjoy more than consuming the right amount of Cannabis with the intent of stepping outdoors to release the inner child inside us all — it’s no surprise kids know how to get the most enjoyment out of life.

So we try to follow suit. There’s no need to complicate it.

Cannabis helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies. It helps us live in the moment; appreciating ourselves, our surrounding, and the people who matter most to us.

It helps us live with a greater sense of gratitude; leading to better relationships, improved physical health, a more stable mindset, less aggression, quality sleep, higher self-esteem, and significant recovery in overcoming trauma.

As cannabis continues to spread it’s reach through legalization across the states it’s important to educate people along the way. We’ve encountered a huge percentage of people who still feel shamed or discomfortable when the subject of cannabis surfaces.

Cannabis stigma and cannabis shame are real issues we see everyday. Together we can help educate one another through speaking up and asking questions. We use cannabis to help bring us back to center —we’d love to know why you consume?

Is it more recreationally? Are you using it to alleviate a health-symptom? Maybe you’re still sitting with mixed feelings and are unsure whether cannabis is meant for you?

If you’re sitting on the fence I’d like to remind you how you can still receive the benefits from the plant without getting high. There’s a huge concern among beginners who fear to start their use because they have anxiety and don’t want it exacerbated.

I hear your concern and am excited to tell you there are options that won’t involve you getting high. I’ll save it for a future post but feel free to get familiar with CBD — Cannabidiol.

Are you curious about cannabis? Would you like to have a general education surrounding the plant, the industry, and how to use it to live a better life?

 

https://medium.com/@danthevanman/ending-cannabis-stigma-through-promoting-an-adventurous-lifestyle-f2154f7fb527

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Nice Guys are self-advocates, people of purpose and intention who are: parents, community members, business executives, employees, athletes, creatives, and genuine human beings. We seek out our greatest potentials while daring to live active, adventurously, and well - we believe adversity breeds opportunity, community is family, and health as natural.