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Vanity Fair / May Issue 2018

A Cannabis Craze Takes Over Skin Care

Puff, puff . . . moisturize?

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The healing properties of cannabis have been extolled by different cultures for centuries, but the feel-good plant is becoming increasingly mainstream, in new forms, in both luxury beauty and wellness.

Foria, founded in Venice Beach by Mathew Gerson, initially marketed cannabis oil for enhancing the female sexual experience. The brand’s latest product, Flow, is a C.B.D. vaporizer pen that aims to promote a relaxed state of mind, though the chemical does not induce a high.

Learn more about Foria's new CBD pen here.

PopSugar Reviews Foria Pleasure aka "weed lube"

I Tried "Weed Lube" and Oh My God, Yes

I'm not into smoking weed, but my vagina is all about some THC. Disclaimer: I live in the state of California, where the purchase and use of Foria Pleasure, a "sensual enhancement" product made of cannabis oil and liquid coconut oil meant for your nether regions, is legal. It's basically weed lube, and it's glorious.

The company says that Foria Pleasure "brings the power of ancient plant medicine to your fingertips," and let me tell you — there's certainly something powerful going on here. While technically not a traditional lubricant for all intents and purposes — it's more of a "pre-lubricant" — the topical oil taught me what "mind-blowing" really means — and I will never use the phrase so lightly again. While the application of the spray resulted in arousal almost immediately, the greatest (seriously, greatest) effect it had was on the intensity and length of my orgasm(s). I literally was laughing incredulously the first time I climaxed, and I'm pretty sure things like "what the actual f*ck?" and "holy sh*t is this still happening?" came out of my mouth.

Here's the lowdown (literally) on how Foria works — read on to see if it's for you.

How It Works

The instructions suggest you apply four to eight sprays directly onto the clitoris, inner and outer labia, and inside the vagina, adding that "internal application provides the highest absorption," which I found to be true in my own experiences. Foria works the way it does because the skin of the vulva and vagina are sensitive and highly absorbent. I've experimented with various amounts and haven't found a huge variation in terms of sensation, except that closer to eight sprays with internal application seemed to really do the trick. Really.

Each time I've applied Foria, I've noticed almost immediate effects, but they begin more externally/on the surface and then progress to a deeper, more internal sensation. Because it can take between 15 minutes and an hour to get the full effect of Foria, I suggest applying it, then taking part in lengthy foreplay while enjoying the feeling as it blooms. It is described as a "pre-lubricant" because its purpose is to enhance pleasure, not lubricate the vagina. "Weed lube" is a loose term, mainly because it is applied to, and inside of, the vagina like regular lubricants.

What It Feels Like

My biggest concern about taking Foria was my fear that I would feel high in the traditional sense. I deal with extreme anxiety and have found that smoking or ingesting marijuana (particularly sativa) can cause actual panic attacks. It's something I avoid entirely, because getting stoned isn't worth the risk of inducing my anxiety, something I work tirelessly to keep at bay. Luckily, Foria doesn't work that way, and I didn't feel anxious at all — quite the opposite, actually.

Some reviewers on the site noted their own struggles with pain during sex and difficulties achieving orgasm for years, and they finally found pleasure with Foria. Again, every experience is different, but after using Foria, I am inclined to believe their anecdotes.

One reviewer put it like this: "Fact — you WILL get a little horny and turned on! Fact — you WILL feel stimulation in HD . . . it's the only way to explain it! Fact — you WILL orgasm deeper than you ever have," which pretty much sums up my experience with it. The sensation and sensitivity of all aspects of sex is heightened and, for me, improved.

Each time I've used it, it almost feels like everything goes warm and tingly down there, and when touched, it's actually so sensitive it almost tickles — in a good way, of course. Foria doesn't necessarily bring you to an orgasm faster (although for some, it can, since it can increase arousal), but it's the grand finale where you really feel major the results. Climaxes are deeper and way more intense than anything I've ever experienced. They feel all-consuming! Orgasms also can go on for longer; it can feel like it's going to last forever, and if anything is going to be eternal, I think we can all agree that an orgasm would be our top pick.

Health and Wellness

While the oil hasn't been evaluated by the FDA, the company says that safety and purity is "of paramount importance." "Our cannabis oil is extracted using leading-edge solvent- free pharmaceutical grade processes that provide extracts in their purest possible form," the site says. To ensure the cleanest and safest final product, the company tests Foria at multiple stages; it tests for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbials. The products undergo something called a "hot-fill" bottling process, allowing Foria to produce a "microbial-free product without the use of artificial preservatives," the site says. The bottom line is that Foria is natural, and the product is made up of two very basic components: cannabis oil and coconut oil.

As with any product, you should always use at your own risk and consult your healthcare provider, because plant medicine, like any other kind of medicine, works differently with different bodies.

To be clear, Foria isn't a product designed to get you high the way that smoking or ingesting cannabis would; it is a topical "pre-lubricant" meant to be sprayed, then absorbed. It is not latex-safe and not recommended for use with latex condoms. While I enjoyed all of my experiences, everyone is different, and it may not be for everyone. It is currently only available in states where marijuana is legalized.

Beyond Pleasure

Foria turned me on, it spiced up sex with my partner, and it gave me some of the best orgasms of my life. But it goes beyond that. A sexual enhancement product for women is empowering; it places the focus of pleasure and completion on women and those with vaginas. It's something we can enjoy alone or with a partner, and it is a novelty in that its central purpose is to optimize the female sexual experience. Bottom line? I'll be using it again. And again.

VOGUE on Cannabis, Foria and Endometriosis

Could Cannabis Be the Answer to Endometriosis Pain? Here’s What You Need to Know

Photographed by Eric Boman, Vogue, September 2014

What Lena Dunham sought out earlier this week at a West Hollywood medicinal marijuana dispensary is anyone’s guess. But the visit, a month after she bravely chronicled her decadelong endometriosis battle in Vogue, could be an inadvertent reminder of cannabis’s increasing role in managing the chronic pain her condition causes. Dunham’s inflammatory disease affects one in 10 women worldwide, yet a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan can be frustratingly elusive, prompting women to proactively seek out alternative therapies such as cannabis. To resolve her endometriosis, Dunham was open about undergoing eight failed medical procedures and tried to manage her pain through acupuncture, yoga, and even what she called “a brief yet horrifying foray into vaginal massage.” Last year, she underwent a hysterectomy, and yet, as Dunham writes in her poignant essay, the pain associated with endometriosis can still persist. “I know,” Dunham concedes of her surgery, “that it’s not a guarantee that this pain will disappear.”

In addition to legalization, and as awareness about endometriosis grows, more women are seeking promising new therapies for their pain and the medical community is responding to their call. About 29 states and Washington, D.C. have some state-regulated medical marijuana program and eight states now have recreational marijuana laws, yet the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug. The stamp that ranks it alongside heroin, surpassing the dangers of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, also limits researchers’ abilities to study the drug for medical purposes, meaning peer-reviewed studies are few and far between. Still, the drug’s effect on chronic pain—endometriosis’s most debilitating characteristic—tops the short list. UCSF professor of clinical medicine Dr. Donald Abrams led an influential 2011 study on the pain-reducing effects of cannabinoids, the principle chemical compounds that naturally occur in medical marijuana. His findings confirmed that cannabis can dramatically reduce pain especially when used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, allowing patients to lower their doses of potentially addictive medications such as opioids.

Dr. Perry Solomon, a California-based board-certified anesthesiologist who is also the chief medical officer of HelloMD, one of the cannabis industry’s largest online communities connecting patients with doctors who tailor medical marijuana recommendations to specific conditions, agrees: “About 62 percent of people we work with use cannabis for chronic pain,” he says. “Everyone has a different tolerance and reacts differently, and your access really depends on what state you live in.” In addition to blocking pain signals, cannabis also reduces inflammation, explains Solomon, pointing out that some doctors think it could potentially slow the growth of uterine tissue outside the uterus—the telltale sign of endometriosis. Because the human endocannabinoid system works to maintain homeostasis in the body, communicating between cells and regulating pain sensation, appetite, and mood, these medical experts believe cannabinoids, which act as natural modulators on the system, could be instrumental in returning the uterus to a more normal state. But, as with so many theories in the field, there is no substantial evidence yet to support this. Dunham’s physician, like most, does not prescribe cannabis.

Still, Solomon thinks future cannabis treatments for endometriosis is near, with specific targets on the uterus. “Localized suppositories closer to the uterus show more promise than systematic treatments like vaping,” he says, pointing out that smoking or ingesting tinctures or edibles send cannabinoids on a more roundabout path through the lungs, bloodstream, and gastric acid–lined stomach, respectively. Solomon says this potentially more efficient method—pioneered by such CBD-rich products as Foria Relief and Fairwinds Feminine Relief, both of which are said to ease cramping and pelvic pain and relax muscles—includes THC, the psychoactive part of the plant responsible for its euphoric effects, to increase its overall potency and effectiveness through what experts deem the “entourage effect.” Solomon says patients surprisingly report few psychoactive effects from the suppositories despite relatively high THC levels (each Foria serving contains 60 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of CBD), but acknowledges that generalizations are difficult without more extensive research.

“The golden ring here is to get an end-state product for specific conditions,” Solomon says. “We’ll need to do real evaluations, manufacture consistent products, and test large numbers of people.” Meanwhile, more women continue to seek alternative treatments for endometriosis in medicinal marijuana shops and elsewhere around the country—and as the demand for better options to mitigate the disease’s debilitating pain grows, so too, it stands to reason, may funding for research and new, improved therapies. That kind of power to collectively move the needle on a women’s health issue that touches more than six million individuals in the U.S. alone feels like a movement in the making—one that can be empowering. As Dunham writes in her essay: “I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now.”

Is Cannabis-Infused Lube The Secret To Mind-Blowing Sex? /

March 22, 2018

As marijuana legalization continues to spread across the states, we have started to hear more and more about the many wonders of weed. It’s well known for its medical uses, from easing chronic pain to increasing appetite in cancer patients, and those who smoke it recreationally rave about its calming effect. Furthermore, some studies show smoking weed can give you a literal runner’s high, improving performance and reducing muscle fatigue, while others point to a heightened sex drive. Speaking of which, as it turns out, women are now looking to cannabis lube as the latest sexual enhancer.

Foria Pleasure is an all-natural sensual enhancement oil formulated with cannabidiol, a chemical unique to the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, though, cannabidiol (CBD) does not cause psychoactive effects, meaning you will not get high from applying it to your lady parts—or anywhere on your skin for that matter. CBD oil is chock-full of good-for-your-skin compounds and antioxidants, and when applied topically, it hydrates, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and eases physical aches. But is cannabis lube really the secret to mind-blowing sex?

Photo: Foria Pleasure

According to Foria, cannabis-infused lube promotes relaxation and increases blood flow, creating a potent “therapeutic aphrodisiac.” Unlike the traditional lube your partner would pick up from the drugstore, this is best applied to the genitals 20 to 40 minutes before getting intimate, allowing the effects to set in. From there, it’s shown to promote natural lubrication, reduce pain from vaginal conditions like vulvodynia or vaginismus or from low estrogen levels, and create the relaxation necessary for sexual pleasure. And, yes, for some women, it leads to out-of-this-world orgasms, whether alone or with a partner.

Still, because marijuana remains a Schedule-1 substance, studying cannabis-derived ingredients is difficult. More research is needed to demonstrate efficacy and clear up confusion in the marketplace. However, anecdotally speaking, the evidence is encouraging. Cannabis-infused lube may be just what you need to light up your sex life. As Carrie Borzillo, a sex anthropologist, put it for MG Magazine, “…Every thrust felt magical. The buildup was very powerful, and when the orgasm came it was stronger than ever and rippled through my body from the tips of my toes to my eyelashes.”



There’s a lot of information out there about how marijuana can affect the psychological side of sex, or how if you get high regularly you’re probably having more sex than people who aren’t. But what about how weed can change your sex life on a physical level?

There are a number of conditions that can cause sex, penetrative or otherwise, to be too painful for women to engage in, like vulvodynia or vaginismus. For some women, products like cannabis lube can help even when nothing else can. Ashley Manta, creator of CannaSexual®, claims cannabis oil spray allowed her to have sex without experiencing physical pain.

Manta runs events and educational workshops, and has suggested cannabis products like CBD-containing topical ointments, to help with female pain. Like with many medical applications of marijuana, using it for sexual pleasure does not necessarily mean you get high while doing so. Products that emphasize CBD, as opposed to the better-known psychoactive THC, have pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties that can be harnessed without changes to the user's mental state.

“I'm most excited about THC and CBD infused topicals, because they're the most accessible to novices,” Manta told Newsweek by email. “Foria was the first company I saw marketing its products specifically for genital application, with Pleasure, its THC-infused coconut oil spray for vulvas. The market has now expanded to include a variety of genitally-focused oil based formulations and most recently, a water based (and thus latex friendly) option.”

It's hard to gauge how much scientific support there is for these products since marijuana itself remains a Schedule-1 substance, and so is difficult to study. But anecdotal evidence from their purveyors is encouraging. Manta finds women with a variety of physical conditions and disabilities have success experimenting with combinations of products like topical ointments and lotions, vaporizers, and edibles.

“The expansion of medical cannabis legalization means more opportunities for access and regulation,” Manta wrote to Newsweek. “I want consumers to be able to trust that the products they're putting in their bodies are free of contaminants and have lab test results with a cannabinoid and terpenoid profile breakdown. That kind of data provides the opportunity to mindfully and intentionally experience cannabis, with precise dosing and a clear sense of how to choose the right products for your needs (sexual or otherwise).”

Foria Pleasure, which makes products like cannabis lube, also makes cannabis suppositories. They're sometimes known as "weed tampons," but their purpose is actually to manage the pain associated with menstrual cramps; Manta said they're a "game-changer." Whoopi Goldberg has a line of cannabis-based PMS products, too. Another company, hmbldt, sells vape pens designed for "relief" from pain during sex. And then, of course, you've got your cannabis condoms.

The medical marijuana movement has the potential to revolutionize the sex lives of many women for whom there have been no other options, or at least none that actually worked. Beyond vaginal conditions, marijuana-based products can help people whose sex life has been compromised by any number of things from spinal cord injuries to arthritis.

“Decreased stress and anxiety, improved mood--these are proven effects of cannabis and factors that make sexual connection easier,” Manta continued over email. “Anyone can score an eighth of mystery flower from a dealer, take it home, smoke it, and have sex. My approach is knowing where you want to go, what you're putting in your body, how much to use, and evaluating how effective it was in getting you there.”

This Cannabis Suppository Is Said To Make Anal Sex Better Than Ever
This Cannabis Suppository Is Said To Make Anal Sex Better Than Ever

There’s got to be a better way to receive the benefits of rectal cannabis consumption than sticking an infused ice cube up your anus.

This was the initial thought process when FORIA officials got wind that gay men were freezing their flagship product – FORIA Pleasure, a cannabis-based lubricant – in ice cube trays and using them to increase the comfort and pleasure of anal sex.

“We actually had people from the LGBTQ community reaching out to us ... and explaining how they’d created their own suppositories using FORIA Pleasure,” FORIA communications director Brittany Confer told Civilized.

“We thought: Holy shit. That’s amazing. But there has to be a way to make this into a more enjoyable format. In other words, how could we adjust this a bit so it doesn’t involve sticking an ice cube up your butt?”

Just like, the idea for FORIA Explore was born.

According to a FORIA press release, the cannabis-based rectal suppository is the first of its kind to be “specifically formulated for deeper pleasure during anal play.”

The THC- and CBD-infused suppositories are crafted to “maximize the muscle-relaxing, sensual-enhancing properties of cannabis”, all while promoting “full body relaxation” and “enhanced pleasure during anal play with a clear, engaged mind.”


More importantly, they serve as a “posh alternative” to dangerous substances like amyl nitrite (also known as ‘Poppers’), a popular muscle relaxant used among homosexual men from the 1970s onward. The drug has been known to lead to decreased blood pressure, heightened heart rate and “can more than double one’s chance of HIV infection in receptive anal sex.”

“The only sexual enhancement [drug] specifically for the LGBTQ community before FORIA was poppers... which are terrible, terrible drugs. We thought it would be incredible to come out with an all-natural medicine that could do the same thing,” said Confer.

“The rectal suppository does the exact same thing in a more localized fashion, where you do get the full body relaxation but specific to the rectal region... without any harmful numbing effects.”

Each suppository contains 30 mg of C02-extracted THC and 20 mg of a CBD isolate from USDA organic hemp provided by Colorado Cultivars, in a base of Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, “chosen for its soothing and moisturizing properties.” These compounds are absorbed locally and activate cannabinoid receptors throughout the pelvic region.

Confer presses that cannabis-based rectal suppositories can be used for a lot more than just sexual pleasure, however. She sees these kinds of products only continuing to grow in popularity as more and more people discover the benefits unique to this method of consumption.

“One of the lesser known and significant advantages of cannabis suppositories is that they are two to three times more bioavailable (rate of bodily absorption) than eating or smoking,” reads the press release.

“If you require large doses of cannabis for health reasons, this is the most effective way to deliver medicine into the body.”

Confer said FORIA has plans to develop a range of other kinds of suppositories. 

“Suppositories allow people who are on the fence [about cannabis] to view it as more of a medicinal entity than a recreational one,” said Confer. “I think the suppository format is going to be something that helps people accept cannabis medicine more and more. Hopefully, it will help lead to more legalization across the nation.”

FORIA + Flow Kana

 As harvest season is upon us, the FORIA team is thrilled to announce our partnership with Flow Kana, one of California’s premier cannabis brands. In California, all of FORIA’s products (Pleasure, Relief, Explore) are made from sun-grown, triple-tested cannabis flower sourced from the Flow Kana network of small craft family farms in the Emerald Triangle. This farm-to-facility relationship ensures product purity & responsible environmental practices, so we can all feel good about feeling good with FORIA.

Flow Kana is leading a people-powered movement that unites high-quality craft cannabis farmers so they can compete against “corporate cannabis.” With 53,000 small canna-farmers, California could easily meet the needs of the expanding cannabis market — no need for giant monocrop farms or corporate grow-ops. Flow Kana’s network of small cannabis farms have operated sustainably for years — often for more than a generation — so they’ve perfected permaculture techniques that enhance soil & biodiversity while preserving California’s precious mountain streams & forests.

As the cannabis industry expands and large companies rush to cash in, there’s a very real danger that purity and sustainability will be trampled by greed. Indoor grows consume tremendous amounts of energy & water, and reckless outdoor grows can destroy virgin forest and delicate watersheds while sending pesticides and chemical fertilizers downstream.

That’s why FORIA trusts the Flow Kana network of farms to supply our cannabis ingredients. Each of these small pristine outdoor farms is vetted for purity & sustainability. These farms are all exclusively sungrown and use beyond organic and sustainable cultivation practices utilizing tools like winter rain-catchment to water their crops. The craft farmers of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle have always focused on purity & quality, breeding unique strains optimized for their beneficial effects and exquisite aroma & flavor. In addition to Flow Kana’s lab-testing at intake, FORIA also tests our final product after formulation, ensuring that everything you put in your body is free of solvents and chemical pesticides & fertilizers.

Ultimately, FORIA and Flow Kana view the world holistically. Our bodies and our environment are one system, so we treat Mother Earth with the same respect & care we give to our own precious bodies. This caring intention flows through every choice we make, adding up to a healthier world, inside and out.



Difficult Menstruation Can Now Score You Medical Marijuana In New York

By: Al Olson   |   May 24, 2017 

Photo by martin-dm/Getty Images

Women of New York: It’s time to rejoice. A bill allowing cannabis as a qualifying condition for difficult menstruation and menstrual cramps passed the New York Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday. 

That’s right. If you suffer from dysmenorrhea — painful abdominal cramping during menstruation — you can legally consume marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program.

For many women, cannabis relieves the often debilitating pain. Legend has it that Great Britain’s Queen Victoria suffered from dysmenorrhea and her doctor prescribed cannabis to help her.

Assembly Bill 582, sponsored by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan),  fought for the measure after state lawmakers approved chronic pain and PTSD as qualifying conditions.

“Not only will this improve women’s wellness and productivity during menstruation, but it will also advance New York State in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries,” Rosenthal said before Tuesday’s vote.

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By: Melissa Pierce  |  May 23, 2017

I’d heard there was such a thing as “weed lube,” so my partner and I decided to give it a try.

The first thing I learned about weed lube is this: Don’t let your boyfriend lead. He’ll learn all he can from sites like Reddit, but most of the posts about weed lube he finds will not be written by women. Or he will read the packaging and extrapolate based on his own experiences, which will not be close enough to yours to be relevant. I should have known this already as my first experiences smoking and eating cannabis with his guidance were equally as fraught. He may have more experience with cannabis than I do, but he has zero experience being a woman in her 40s.

What I really should have done was to check in with other women.

From his perspective, Foria Pleasure definitely made sex seem better for me. According to him, I was more vocal and appeared to enjoy everything more exuberantly. But from my perspective, sex with my partner is usually pretty wonderful. Plus this sex had a lot of foreplay as we had to wait nearly an hour for the Foria Pleasurebrand of lubricant to work. So I can’t say for certain that I noticed a big difference from our other sessions where foreplay was plentiful.

He says we need to try again.

I say maybe I just need to go out and have bad sex with and without Foria and get back to him.

He doesn’t get my humor.

I gave the bottle to a friend of mine – let’s call her Anne – who used it solo. She swears using it gave her mind blowing orgasms that lasted and lasted. I was happy for her. Dang if I should have consulted my local girl gang about how to use Foria instead of my boyfriend because it sounds like I missed out on some next level sexy time.

I don’t want you, dear reader, to miss out. So here is the skinny on Foria:

1. Foria isn’t actually a lube.

If you normally use a lubricant, you should probably have a bottle of your favorite handy for actual lubing.

Foria comes in a tiny spray bottle and is meant to be used as a “pre-lube.” It’s about the size and shape of a breath spray.

The effect is supposed to be relaxing while also acting as an aphrodisiac. Each spritz contains about 2.5mg of THC so you don’t need a lot. The website instructs you to use four or five sprays on your clitoris, labia, and vaginal opening. I used five just on my vaginal opening as instructed by my boyfriend. Anne says she uses about eight all over her lady parts because she’s a pro.

2. The effects of Foria Pleasure can take up to an hour to start working.

Don’t feel as if you have to rush into the action after application. Put your feet up, light some candles, think about how you just sprayed your hooha with an aphrodisiac that resembles a bottle of breath spray, laugh uncomfortably then riotously… relax, good things come to those who wait.

3. Foria Pleasure is coconut oil based.

The website cautions that you should not use the product with latex-based toys or condoms because coconut oil degrades latex. If you have waited 40 minutes to one hour for it to work, are already feeling that frisky discoin your underpants, and are also using your regular lubricant, I can’t imagine a few sprays of Foria actually matter that much in terms of latex degradation. But you never know, so safety first.

4. Because Foria Pleasure has THC in it, it’s not available everywhere.

You can only buy Foria at dispensaries in California and Colorado. I hear they are coming out with a THC-free variety of Foria this June so that should be good news for adventurous women everywhere.

Bottom Line: Trying out Foria that one time was really fun for my boyfriend and for me, but since Anne isn’t giving back my bottle of Foria anytime soon, I’ll have to either buy some more next time I’m in a state where it’s sold or make my own.

If you don’t happen to live in California or Colorado and can’t wait for Foria to get to your area, you can always make your own cannabis infused coconut oil. Here is a handy recipe.

Happy Experimenting!


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15 Ways to Add Marijuana to Your Love Life

From 420-friendly dating apps to cannabis-themed professional wedding planning, there's a whole new crop of ways to make marijuana a welcome third wheel in every step of a relationship. For now, options are clustered in the states that have legalized pot, but as legalization spreads, so will your options for adding weed to your love life. Read on for some of our favorites.
APRIL 20, 2017

Don’t miss out on introducing weed to the bedroom: Get your vagina stoned with weed-infused lubes like Foria’s; try Sexxpot, a marijuana strain designed to heighten pleasure; or step up your massage game with BOND, a sensual cannabis oil.

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