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Canna-accommodation: First of its kind service to offer cannabis-focused travel experiences

A new Canadian site, Hibnb offers an alternative to Airbnb for cannabis consumers looking to travel with trouble

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It can be a dilemma when you are away as to how to consume cannabis – hotel accommodation can be strict – but a new service, HiBnb aims to change all of that.

Canada-based HiBnb, a new online booking marketplace for cannabis-focused accommodations, excursions and activities, aims to help consumers find places and events that are open to them consuming.

The service works much the same as Air BnB in that guests can book cannabis-friendly vacations, events, ventures and experiences online. It also offers the chance to become a host, allowing consumers to enjoy cannabis in a safe space while travelling.

The Canadian company says it is the first of its kind and is not affiliated with Air BnB.

So far, the accommodation is only open to Canada but this may change in the future to other legal locations.

An example of one of the canna-events was an invite to Art in the Park in Toronto where guests could explore their creativity with cannabis companies while painting and networking. They also offer a high tea yoga event where guests can learn to incorporate cannabis into their spiritual and healing practices.

So far, prices for accommodation are set around CAN$75 upwards for one night.

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It is also possible to book an ‘infused dining experience’ which can be hosted in your own home. A cannabis chef can create a dinner with a difference catered to your tastes. Oh, and they will do the washing up too. Other experiences include comedy, yoga, classes and massage.

In a press release, Elizabeth Becker, the founder of Hibnb accommodation said: “Cannabis became legal in Canada and aside from purchasing at a legal store, nothing else really changed, there weren’t any solutions for Canadians looking to enjoy these newly legal products and integrate them in their social and travels plans in the same way they can with alcoholic beverages.”

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“HiBnb was created for the people who want to enjoy in social settings, when they are travelling, and doing things they love, all while feeling comfortable and leaving the stigma behind.”

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95% of patients with rare skin condition report improvements with cannabis topicals

Epidermolysis Bullosa causes severe blistering which can become infected after any trauma or friction.

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A new study of a rare skin condition has revealed that different preparations of cannabinoids could have benefits for patients with painful Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is the name of a group of rare inherited skin disorders that can cause the skin to become fragile.

It is thought to be caused by a gene mutation that makes the skin more fragile and any trauma or friction can cause painful blisters on the skin. There is currently no cure but treatment aims to prevent infection and reduce symptoms.

The study from the Netherlands and the United States analysed EB patients on five different continents who reported using cannabis preparations as a treatment for their rare skin condition.

The data is published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. The patients reported using topical cannabinoid products in addition to inhaling cannabis flowers. They also consumed cannabis-infused edibles.

Patients were given a survey on their skin condition that focused on monitoring effects including perceived EB symptom changes, medication use, and side effects. 

Skin condition results

Results recorded that 95 percent said the topicals improved their overall skin condition symptoms with 94 percent stating their pain levels were decreased.

A further 91 percent said they had less itching and 81 reported wound healing was improved. Most of the participants at 79 percent said they had decreased their medication for their skin condition. The only side effect with a notable significance was dry mouth at 44 percent.

The authors noted that cannabis improved patient’s “perception of pain, pruritus, wound-healing, and well-being … and reduced concomitant medication use.”

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They wrote that: “Future prospective controlled clinical studies are warranted to elucidate the potential role of CBMs (cannabis-based medicines) in EB treatment.”

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Pro-skateboarder owned performance brand, Just Live to launch CBD sparkling water

A professional skateboarder and multiple X Games gold medalist Paul Rodriguez co-founded the brand with NBA, motocross and pro-soccer players.

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Just Live an athlete owned performance CBD brand has partnered with wellness company, Vertical Wellness and canafarma to release a line of sparkling water.

A professional skateboarder and multiple X Games gold medalist Paul Rodriguez co-founded the brand with professional soccer player and World Cup winner, Alex Morgan. They were joined by NBA Championship winner Klay Thompson and motocross competitor Travis Pastrana.

The CBD infused sparkling waters will include flavours such as meyer lemon, cranberry raspberry, lime with mint, clementine, mixed berry and grapefruit. Each drink will contain 25 mg of CBD and are THC and alcohol-free. The launch in late 2021 will focus on six different U.S. markets, with national expansion estimated for 2022.

Smoke Wallin, the CEO of Vertical Wellness said: “There’s no brand out there with this kind of athletic support. I couldn’t be more excited to be introducing Just Live CBD Sparkling Waters with our national distributors to our major retailers and hospitality partners in select markets.”

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Professional skateboarder injury recovery

All of the athletes involved in Just Live have their own CBD experience. Motocross, soccer, basketball and skateboarding can cause a range of injuries especially as an athlete’s career progresses.

Skateboarding in particular can cause high impact blows to the body. While it can cause cuts or scrapes, the most common skateboarding injuries are fractures, especially the wrists. Paul Rodriguez has won countless major professional skateboarding events such as the 2014 X-Games where he took gold in the street event. His first major injury occurred while skating a stair set where his right leg went the opposite way from his body leaving him with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), torn right and left meniscus and a tear in his MCL.

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Following surgery, he chose to replace opioids with CBD before incorporating it into his daily routine as well as professional skateboarding training.

Co-founder Alex Morgan is known for being one of the youngest members of the U.S Women’s National Soccer Team. She won a Gold Olympic Medal against Japan in the Summer Games in 2012 and co-captained the U.S team to victory in the FIFA World Cup 2019.

In a statement on the Just Live site, she says she uses CBD to unwind and also to help with shoulder pain. “I have a convincing experience when I sprained my shoulder and had a match 3 days later. I’ve used CBD on muscle aches and pains ever since. I also have a hard time winding down after a game, and have found that I am able to go to sleep earlier after a game and feel more rested when I have a CBD capsule or tincture following the match.”

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Cannabis and alcohol: What effects does CBD have when mixed with alcohol?

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