Awards season is coming to a close this weekend with Hollywood's biggest night: the Oscars.
For us mere mortals, that means oohing and ahhing at all the glamorous red carpet looks and seeing if our favorite films and actors won. While only a select few get to take home a glistening gold statue, all the nominees in the acting and directing categories get to walk away with one of the most enviable packages on earth: the Oscars swag bag.
Sometimes referred to as the “Everyone Wins Gift Bag,” the Oscars swag bag is intended to be a consolation prize for the nominees who didn't win (although it's distributed through a third party and not affiliated with the Academy). The 2020 lineup is looking even more grandiose than last year's, with items including an Antarctic cruise, bullet-resistant doors, and Botox treatments (Stars: They're just like us!).
Like last year, the bag has a gift from the luxury edibles brand Coda Signature. This year the brand is providing a “Cannabis-Infused Chocolate Culinary Experience worth $10,000,” which seems appropriately glamorous and very L.A. But the world of weed has a ton of products that would appeal to filmmakers and actors, alike. Ahead, I've rounded up my own carefully curated selection of cannabis treats available in the Los Angeles area for my own version of the Oscar swag bag.
Caliva — Dogwalkers Pre Rolls
If it's good enough for Jay-Z, it's good enough for the rest of us. That's right, HOV himself is the chief brand strategist for this L.A.-based brand, which produces a wide array of flower, edibles, topicals, vapes, and pre-rolls. The latter category is where Caliva shines, with expertly packaged joints that are generously rolled with top-shelf flower. This particular container almost looks like a mint tin, so you can carry it around safely and inconspicuously.
La Familia — Churro Rice Krispies 100 milligrams
Churro. Rice. Krispies. Need I say more? Coated in the essential churro seasonings of cinnamon and brown sugar, these delectable treats double as your daily dose and your after-dinner dessert. As a bonus, there's little to no detectable “weed flavor,” so you can munch on these without feeling like you're chomping on some raw flower.
Relief by Dosist — Dose Pen 200
Calling all fitness enthusiasts and gym rats: This one's for you. If your last sweat session left you with some serious soreness and all-over aches (or maybe you just got up off the couch too fast), this little device could offer the relief you crave. With its 2:1 ratio of THC to CBD, this recyclable vape pen touts dose precision as one of its main selling points — through its streamlined, aesthetically pleasing design is certainly noteworthy too. Similar pens are available in other “moods,” including bliss, sleep, calm, arouse, and passion.
Papa & Barkley — Releaf Balm 3:1 CBD:THC 600 milligrams
Topicals are a dime a dozen these days, with every other company claiming to have concocted the most magical formula known to man. But often, these balms can be hit or miss depending on a variety of factors like dose, scent, and texture. Fortunately, this offering from Papa & Barkley is dependably good. Regular users rave about its ability to help with severe muscle pain and migraines, as well as its soothing fragrance and not-super-sticky consistency.
Alkhemist — The Overnighter Shirt in Natural
Garment makers have been using hemp as a material for decades. But the real challenge has been helping hemp shed its only-for-hippies reputation and turning it into something with broader commercial appeal. Enter Alkhemist, an L.A.-based clothing line that weaves hemp into some of the most luxe pieces of apparel currently on the market. This oversized shirt has that borrowed-from-the-boys feel without looking sloppy, and it can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Versatility for the win!
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