BPG’s Wellness Guide for 2019

February 7th, 2019

For most of us, achieving better health is a New Year’s resolution in 2019 (and, let’s be honest, has been almost every year).

Wellness is a journey that requires balancing the physical, emotional, and spiritual facets of your life. It can be challenging, but we believe in you, and we’re here to help!

Making small changes to your daily regimen allows you to work towards your goals, one step at a time, without feeling overwhelmed.

Each week, introduce one new adjustment and focus on accomplishing it every day. If it’s a task, assign a time when you will complete it. Ultimately, you will transform each task into a habit.

If you miss a day or make a mistake, don’t worry. Change takes time, and wellness is not rigid, it’s fluid. Thank yourself for making the commitment to your health and make a promise that you will do better tomorrow.

Meditating in the morning, joining a group fitness class, adding more vegetables to your diet, or drinking eight cups of water per day are a just few adjustments you can make towards a more balanced lifestyle.

Aligning Your Endocannabinoid System

Incorporating cannabis into your routine can help align your mind and body with your new, balanced lifestyle. This is because of your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is ultimately responsible for homeostasis in the body.

Your ECS is the reason that compounds found in cannabis, like THC and CBD, have so many therapeutic benefits, particularly when treating chronic pain.

CBD, the non-psychoactive compound, may be used to combat inflammation, mood swings, insomnia and anxiety, while THC increases appetite, relieves spasms and nausea, and is an antioxidant and muscle relaxant.

Over 100 other cannabinoids provide their own unique benefits including THCA, CBDA, CBN, and CBG; terpenes and flavonoids found in the plant also play a role in balancing your ECS.

Furthermore, we know that cannabis is safe. Overconsumption does not result in fatality, and cannabis is not physically addictive like other pharmaceuticals. In California, all products sold through licensed retailers are tested for quality and potency to assure you’re putting the best into your body.

With the passing of legalization, an abundance of healthy cannabis products are now available to consumers. Low-dose, high-CBD, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and organic options await.

This guide highlights products that can help you meditate mindfully and achieve your wellness goals for 2019. Can you do it? Yes you CAN(nabis)!



The key to recovery and relaxation.

Topicals are an excellent introductory product if you do not regularly consume cannabis because they provide relief without psychoactivity.

Not only are topicals great for your skin’s health, they may help treat burns, sports injuries, muscle pain, eczema, psoriasis and arthritis.

Cannabis-infused creams, oils, and balms treat pain locally. Once applied, cannabinoids in topicals bind with the receptors in your skin, providing near-instant relief to a specific area of the body.

Care By Design’s Pain Cream is perfectly balanced with a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio. This soothing balm uses full spectrum cannabinoids, natural ingredients, and a unique blend of essential oils for effective absorption and soothing relief.

Simply apply as needed and put aching muscles to ease after physical activity, when joints are inflamed, or during a therapeutic massage.



Incorporate full-spectrum cannabinoid therapy into your daily routine.

Using a cannabis tincture in the morning can help your endocannabinoid system maintain homeostasis throughout the day.

Tinctures come in a variety of cannabinoid ratios with an easy-to-measure dropper, which makes dosing a breeze. We like Chemistry tinctures because they deliver a thoughtful mix of CBD, CBDA and THC to help smooth out life’s edges and bring a touch of calmness to your day.

The light taste is pleasantly palatable, so it’s no surprise that this West Oakland brand took 3rd place at last year’s High Times World Cup.

Tinctures are an excellent addition to your daily wellness regimen. Simply add 1-2 drops to your oatmeal or morning beverage to begin your day with balance. We recommend this persimmon smoothie bowl.


Vape Pens

Inhale instant relief from insomnia, pain and inflammation.

Cannabinol, or CBN, offers a unique profile of effects and benefits that have scientific researchers searching for further investigation.

Thus far, CBN’s studied benefits include: pain relief, anti-insomnia, growth of bone cells, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsive, and appetite stimulant. Most notably, CBN produces a sedative effect that aids in sleep.

A majority of cannabis flowers contain very little CBN–initially. As THC is exposed to oxygen over time, it converts to CBN. So aged, poorly stored cannabis is likely to have higher levels of CBN than fresh flower in an airtight container.

Thankfully, you don’t have to wait a month for your flowers to dry out in order to gain the therapeutic benefits of this cannabinoid.

Mary’s Medicinals’ Vape Kit offers a 1:1 balance of CBN and CBD. With inhalation being the quickest form of cannabinoid delivery, you have access to concentrated relief from both powerful compounds.



Gain a restful sleep and boost post-workout recovery.

Rightfully named Green State’s Best Healthful Edible, Nature Valley has nothing on Atlas Edibles’ gourmet granola clusters.

Oats, nuts, fruits, turmeric, and other all natural ingredients provide a guilt-free vehicle for increasing your endocannabinoid health.

With Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica formulas, each flavor offers a unique effect. The Mexican Chocolate Pepitas or the Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed bites are perfect for unwinding after a long day and gaining a full night’s rest.

Atlas’ new line of drink mixes are designed for stress relief, recovery, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Refreshing flavors include Lemongrass and Ginger, Pomegranate Green Tea, and Raspberry and Hibiscus.

Reduce inflammation and boost your mood after a workout by adding a mix to your water bottle.

Outside of their nutritious benefits, we love our Berkeley neighbor for their support of local artists. Each beautiful package was designed by a different Bay Area artist with their own exceptional style.


THCA Powders

Therapeutic benefits without a buzz.

Although it shares some letters with THC, THCA does not share its famed psychoactive properties. THCA is a parent of THC, found in raw and live cannabis plants.

THCA, in its raw form, holds tremendous therapeutic value. Similar to CBD, it is an anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective, antiemetic, and has anti-proliferative properties, among other qualities.

Anecdotally, patients have indicated it helps with insomnia, pain, muscle spasms and even Alzheimer’s.

When smoked, THCA decarboxylates into Δ9-THC and creates a powerful “high.” But as a raw powder, it can be ingested orally to experience its medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effects.

Mix Guild Extracts’ THCA powder with your favorite food or beverage and enjoy the benefits, it’s that simple! We recommend blending into one of these 21 delicious smoothies for an added balance of nutrients from fruits and vegetables.



A low-dose, organic herbal solution for sleep, anxiety, pain, inflammation, and everyday wellness.

Integrating natural herbs and spices with cannabis, Kikoko teas provide a plethora of healthful benefits.

With 20mg CBD and 2mg THC, Sympa-Tea is formulated to ease aches and pains while relieving stress and anxiety.

The formula includes ginger to alleviate nausea, turmeric to reduce inflammation, black pepper to ease muscle strain, and licorice root to balances adrenals. Treat yourself to a cup when anxiety levels rise, or before your daily meditation.

Positivi-Tea, Sensuali-Tea, and Tranquili-Tea also provide their own nourishing benefits and distinct herbal blends. Each sachet is only 4 calories, one of the lowest across available edibles.

Visit Kikoko.com for fun recipe ideas and a guide to hosting your very own high-tea party with other!


Sparkling Waters

A healthy alternative to alcohol.

Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!

Lagunitas and AbsoluteXtracts teamed up to design these hop-forward sparkling waters infused with sungrown cannabis.

This IPA-inspired beverage has zero alcohol, zero calories, and zero carbs. With 5-10mg of CBD and THC, this bubbly beverage is the perfect replacement for a couple of beers or glasses of wine.

An article published last year in the journal Clinical Psychology Review revealed that using cannabis may help people with alcohol or opioid dependencies fight their addictions. So if you’re looking to give up another vice, cannabis can be an effective, safe replacement.

Crack open a cold one and enjoy an evening with your friends, your loved ones, or your pets.


Need extra motivation? We compiled a list of the best hikes in Berkeley, so you can get up and get moving towards your wellness goals for 2019.

As always, please consume responsibly. Ages 21 and over only.

Want to know more about these products? One of our experienced consultants is ready to assist you every day from 9am-9pm. Call us at 510-540-6013 ext. 3, or send an email to express@mybpg.com.


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