12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE EIGHTH DAY

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

      WE GIVE YOU…ASHWAGANDHA

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      A psychoactive wonder herb, Ashwagandha sharpens awareness, stimulates the immune system, nourishes the libido, and helps you let go of your inhibitions.

      Also known as “Indian ginseng,” it’s derived from the root of a small shrub (Withania somnifera) native to India that sports yellow-green flowers, orange-red berries, and a strong musky scent (its name actually means “horse smell” in Sanskrit). Ayurvedic healers have known about Ashwagandha’s powers for more than 3,000 years; the ancient Sanskrit texts Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita describe its use for sharpening thought, increasing strength, awakening the libido, enhancing sexual performance, ramping up sperm production, and stoking the appetite.

      Modern scientists are working hard to understand its healing effects; ashwagandha is the subject of more than a thousand articles in the medical literature that explore the benefits of active compounds including alkaloids, steroidal lactones, saponins, and withanolides. Ashwagandha improves memory and executive function in adults with mild cognitive impairment and helps athletes build muscle strength.

      We’ve found it’s a great addition to our Love products, as research has shown that Ashwagandha acts as a powerful stimulant for the libido in women, boosting arousal, heightening lubrication, producing more orgasms, and yielding greater overall sexual satisfaction among women with a history of sexual dysfunction. Men treated with Ashwagandha for eight weeks reported heightened sexual wellbeing and greater overall vigor as well, making this a herb for all genders.

      On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
      On the second day we gave you Damiana.
      On the third day we gave you Caffeine.
      On the fourth day we gave you Theobromine.
      On the fifth day we gave you Galangal.
      On the sixth day we gave you Muira Puama and Catuaba.
      On the seventh day we gave you Corydalis.
      After what we’re bringing on the ninth day, you’ll be ready to kiss the blues goodbye.

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      12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE SIXTH DAY

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

      WE GIVE YOU…MUIRA PUAMA AND CATUABA

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      Behold the wonders of the Amazon rainforest. Taken together, these two herbs are known to rival the “little blue pills” that many men have come to rely on. Even better, Muira Puama and Catuaba work their erotic powers on any gender by increasing blood flow to the pelvic area, aiding erections as well as sensation and orgasms for all.

      Long prized as an aphrodisiac and neuromuscular tonic by the peoples of the Rio Negro area in the Amazon rainforest, Muira Puama primes the pump for sexual desire, arousal, and pleasure. Derived from the bark and root of a fragrant flowering shrub native to the region, Muira Puama has been the subject of intense international interest in the last 20 years, with more than 100 articles in the scientific literature. How it works is not completely understood, but several studies claim promising results for arousal, libido, and sexual activity in men and women.

      Another traditional Amazon folk medicine derived from tree bark, Catuaba is revered as a powerful aphrodisiac by the Tupi people and the word Catuaba means “that which gives strength to the Indian” in the Tupi language Guarani. Recent studies indicate that catuaba raises energy levels, reduces fatigue, and acts as an antidepressant. It also promotes relaxation and shows strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

      Catuaba’s powerful energy modulator can invigorate users but also, paradoxically, relax them, particularly in a sexual context. We use these herbs in harmony in our Love product, helping you reach the ideal balance between chill and stimulated. You’re welcome!

      On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
      On the second day we gave you Damiana.
      On the third day we gave you Caffeine.
      On the fourth day we gave you Theobromine.
      On the fifth day we gave you Galangal.
      What are we giving you for the seventh day? Something to improve the most essential part of your night.

      12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE FIFTH DAY

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

      WE GIVE YOU…GALANGAL

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      Wake up and feel the energy.

      Galangal raises alertness, promotes vitality, and sparks arousal. A relative of ginger, the root of the galangal plant (Alpinia galanga) has been highly sought for thousands of years for its invigorating, fiery essence with the oldest reports of medicinal use coming from way back in ancient China and Java.

      Its name likely derives from the Chinese gao liang jiang, meaning good ginger high—and we know how that feels. You’re likely familiar with its pungent aroma and sweet, fiery taste as a distinctive part of Thai cuisine. But you may not know that galangal oil contains dozens of psychoactive compounds and is used in ayurvedic medicine both to ease pain and stimulate arousal. Scientists are now confirming that galangal provides a jolt of energy that lasts for up to five hours, stimulating dopamine and blood flow, which enhances alertness, sharpens attention, and even impedes the caffeine crash. Remarkably, this unique energy surge doesn’t increase heart rate or blood pressure and doesn’t drop off suddenly like other stimulants. Other studies have found that it amps up sperm production, and can even repel mosquitos!

      On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
      On the second day we gave you Damiana.
      On the third day we gave you Caffeine.
      On the fourth day we gave you Theobromine.
      What’s coming for the sixth day? Something to get you in the mood.

      12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE FOURTH DAY

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

      WE GIVE YOU…THEOBROMINE

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      Call it caffeine’s mellow cousin. Theobromine is a natural stimulant found in tea leaves, kola nuts, and – perhaps most significantly – the fruit of the cacao tree, which also gives us chocolate. Chocolate held deep significance in Mesoamerican cultures, such as the Maya and the Aztecs, who considered it a gift from Quetzacoatl, the god of wisdom, and brewed it as a hot drink (Xocolātl) for energy and arousal. Theobromine, which stems from the scientific name of the cacao tree, actually means “food of the gods” in Greek.

      Theobromine was first identified in 1841, but scientists long failed to recognize its significance, in part because they focused on its more muscular relative, caffeine. Thanks to recent research, we now know that Theobromine is a key ingredient in dark chocolate and is believed to be one of the compounds that contributes to chocolate’s health effects. It’s an effective heart stimulant and vasodilator, lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow to the brain and body, so you can function at a higher intensity. Structurally similar to caffeine, Theobromine has a longer half-life than its cousin, and a smoother and more sinuous energy curve, without the undesirable jittery side effects – in fact, they make a great combo as Theobromine prevents the unpleasant caffeine crash when they’re used in tandem. Talk about a gift from the gods—we love it so much, we’ve included it in four of our six experiences.

      On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
      On the second day we gave you Damiana.
      On the third day we gave you Caffeine.
      For the fifth day, we’re bringing you a spicy energy surge.

      12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE THIRD DAY

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

      WE GIVE YOU…CAFFEINE

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      Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world. But how much do you really know about it? Did you know that the coffee plant evolved an extraordinarily complex biochemical process to synthesize caffeine in order to manipulate bees and other pollinators? It’s true—insects get a little buzz from the nectar of the coffee flower, and come back often, efficiently pollinating the plants.

      Many drinks containing caffeine have been outlawed at one time or another: King Charles II of England attempted to ban coffeehouses in 1676 and federal authorities seized barrels of Coca-Cola in 1911 claiming that caffeine was “injurious to health.”

      As most of us know intimately, caffeine boasts remarkable properties as a stimulant. It combats drowsiness, speeds up reaction time, boosts alertness, and enhances concentration. It also amps up athletic performance, fortifies muscular strength, and prolongs endurance. Yet dosage is critical – too much caffeine can produce tremors, anxiety, and sleeplessness. And we all know the caffeine crash, which is exactly why at 1906, we combine caffeine with theobromine to make an infallible “energy stack.”

      Caffeine has been the subject of intense research, with more than 35,000 articles in the scientific literature investigating its role in everything from neuroprotection to use in cosmetics, and it shows no sign of slowing down yet.

      On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
      On the second day we gave you Damiana.
      What’s coming for the fourth day? It’s also known as “the food of the gods.”

      12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE SECOND DAY

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

      WE GIVE YOU…DAMIANA

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      A playful lovemaker with a bewitching psychoactive profile, Damiana is a hardy desert plant (Turnera diffusa) that produces small, aromatic flowers with an intense yellow hue. Native to the Americas, Damiana has long been employed in folk medicine, particularly among the Guaycura people of Baja, California, who prized it for kickstarting libido.

      Damiana is the key ingredient in the Mexican liqueur of the same name (traditionally given at weddings) and was often included in patent medicines of the 19th century. This should come as no surprise – Damiana extract contains scores of active compounds, including at least 22 flavonoids and terpenoids. Scientists have confirmed its extraordinary ability to awaken sexual desire (one study is titled “Turnera diffusa Wild (Turneraceae) recovers sexual behavior in sexually exhausted males”!). In recent years, researchers have explored its potential to stimulate neuroprotection as well. It’s clear that we are only beginning to unlock Damiana’s many secrets, but we encourage you to try it for yourself.

      On the first day we gave you L-theanine.

      What’s coming for the third day? How about something that offers a much-needed energy boost?

      12 DAYS OF PLANT MEDICINE: ON THE FIRST DAY

      At 1906, we embrace gifts that keep on giving. Our products feature carefully sourced and calibrated doses of THC and CBD – nature’s dynamic duo. But what really makes 1906 products stand out is the addition of extra magic from Mother Nature’s medicine bag.

      In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering “12 Days of Plant Medicine,” so you can get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that create our incredible experiences. (If you had your heart set on a partridge in a pear tree, you’ve got to listen to this.)

      WE GIVE YOU…L-THEANINE

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      Chinese legend claims that mythical Emperor Shennong discovered tea when a gust of wind blew a stray leaf into a pot of boiling water. Whatever the origin story, it’s true that for almost 5,000 years the tea tree (Camellia sinensis) has been cultivated for its restorative and healing properties.

      Scientists first identified the amino acid L-theanine as a key ingredient of tea in 1949, but didn’t begin to explore its remarkable nootropic properties until about 20 years ago. Since then, researchers have found that L-theanine leads to making fewer mistakes, and improves attention and reaction times; combined with caffeine, it also sharpens your focus. But that’s only half the story. Incredibly, studies also suggest that L-theanine can boost overall sleep satisfaction by helping you relax before bedtime, fall asleep more easily, and sleep more deeply.

      L-theanine got a wave of publicity a couple years back after Taylor Swift told Elle Magazine that she takes it to combat stress and anxiety. Here at 1906, we’re diehard fans of L-theanine based on its unique ability to help you step it up or slow it down. So you can feel smarter, stay calmer, and sleep better. We have a feeling Shennong would be chill with that.

      Check back tomorrow to learn what you’re getting on the second day…here’s a hint, it’s made for love.

      LIVING IN ILLINOIS? TRY DROPS!

      The friendly dispensaries below have two promo codes for sample pouches, so Illinois consumers can try Drops for a great price. This is the first time we’ve ever offered this sample-size program!

      Use code TRY1906 for two pouches for the price of one, or put in BUY1906 for a sample with purchase of any 1906 experience tin. Good through March 2021. Enjoy!

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      HI ILLINOIS!

      1906 began in Colorado with a clear mission: to restore cannabis as widespread, accessible, life-changing medicine. From the beginning, we aimed to share the promise, power, and possibility of our plant-powered tool kit for true health and wellness with as many people as possible.

      Earlier this year, 1906 expanded into Oklahoma where we’ve been thrilled by the response to our innovative, convenient, and discrete form factor, 1906 Drops. These swallowable pills, free of calories, gluten, and allergens, target specific life needs (Midnight for better sleep, Chill to soothe anxiety, Bliss to improve mood, Genius for enhanced focus, Go to boost energy and Love to raise libido).

      “The incredibly positive response in Oklahoma – a booming but extremely different cannabis marketplace than Colorado – has only strengthened our commitment to make this essential medicine available in additional states,” says 1906 founder and CEO Peter Barsoom, “I’m so excited to bring 1906 products to Illinois.”

      In 2020, its first year of full legalization, the total Illinois market could reach $1 billion in total sales. Over the first 11 months of this year, the medical cannabis sales topped $331 million, compared to around $250 million for all of 2019.

      Medical patient registration continues to grow as well. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, medical patient registration has so far jumped more than 48 percent since last January, to a total of nearly 146,000.

      The ongoing global pandemic has proven that cannabis is essential medicine for millions of patients and consumers around the country. People are looking for alternatives to alcohol and pharma to help manage daily life and we see more of them choosing a healthier alternative to smokables. Consumers also appreciate that the 1906 product family boasts the fastest onset time for edibles; the benefits take effect within 20 minutes.

      According to a Harris Poll conducted in October, adults are increasingly preferring cannabis over alcohol, with 45 percent saying they have reduced or replaced their alcohol consumption with cannabis. The top three reasons: to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax, and to help them sleep. Parents of young children were even more likely to consume cannabis for primary medical uses.

      Where’s 1906 headed next? Stay tuned for more expansion news in early 2021!

      CELEBRATE CANNABIS LEGALIZATION!

      It’s taken decades of tireless effort by advocates for cannabis reform, but on Friday, Dec. 4, the U.S. House of Representatives took a massive leap toward ending the failed and misguided war on drugs and normalizing cannabis by voting 278 to 164 for the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, federally legalizing marijuana.

      Congressional Cannabis Caucus Co-chair Barbara Lee (D-CA) called the MORE Act “an important racial justice measure” and “the product of years of work by so many activists and advocates and young people—and it’s long overdue. It’s time to end these unjust laws which have shattered the lives of so many young people of color.”

      In addition to decriminalizing cannabis, the MORE Act builds a pathway for expunging previous nonviolent federal cannabis convictions and allows for small business association funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses.

      While few expect the Senate to promptly take up this historic legislation (Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill), the vote, the first time either chamber of Congress has voted on the issue, represents a dramatic victory for cannabis reform.

      During the debate, numerous lawmakers acknowledged the reality that citizens around the country have moved faster on this issue than the federal government. Longtime supporter of cannabis legalization Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), said, “This is an opportunity for the federal government to get in step with what has happened in states across the country,” adding, “People in five very different states reaffirmed the strong bipartisan support to reform the failed cannabis prohibition.”

      In fact, it’s hard to find another issue with so much consensus. In the 2020 election, voters in five states, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, New Jersey and Mississippi, which collectively represent the range of red to blue America, supported pro-cannabis initiatives by large margins. Additionally, Oregon voters approved decriminalization of small amounts of all illegal drugs, and they joined voters in Washington, D.C., in allowing for psilocybin to be used legally.

      Over just the past decade, adult-use cannabis has become legal in 15 states and Washington, D.C, and medical cannabis legal in 36 states. By 2021, a full 70 percent of the country’s citizens will have legal access, and about one-third of citizens won’t need a medical card.

      A Gallup poll released Nov. 9 reported that a whopping 68 percent of Americans support cannabis legalization. That’s more than the number of Americans who think human activity contributes to climate change.

      These shifts in public and governmental opinion are being mirrored worldwide. The Dec. 4 approval of the MORE Act came three days after the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis from the list of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a giant leap forward for international drug reform that will open up a massive opportunity to expand research into cannabis for medical use.

      While there is still plenty of work to do to get cannabis fully legalized (we’re looking at you Georgia Senators election!), take a moment to feel the Bliss that comes with getting some truly great and monumental news.

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