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Green Day’s Mike Dirnt Joins Cannabis Industry with Goldenseed

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Bassist legend and Green Day co-founder Mike Dirnt announced on Jan. 9 his partnership with Goldenseed—a lifestyle cannabis and hemp brand based out of Santa Cruz, California, and the investment opportunities with the brand.

Using sustainable farming practices, Goldenseed produces flowers, clones and extracts that are 100 percent naturally grown. According to a press release, Goldenseed is the first private U.S. cannabis cultivator to be qualified by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to sell stock to the general public. Goldenseed is selling up to $10 million of common stock with a price of $10 per share. Interested parties can invest online now to get a piece of the action.

“We’re thrilled that Mike is part of the Goldenseed community. It’s an exciting time for us and the industry overall,” said Scott Goldie, CEO and founder of Goldenseed. “Our brand has developed a strong affinity among consumers, while also assembling a diverse group of advisors over the last few years. Mike’s creative vision has already proven invaluable to our brand and we look forward to continuing this work as we celebrate his role as a key member of our family.”

Green Day’s name—to no one’s surprise—was “absolutely” about cannabis. In 1990, the band added Tré Cool as drummer and changed its name from Sweet Children to Green Day. The group was named after the experience of smoking cannabis and listening to records.

Dirnt recently attended a Goldenseed investor event and toured the company’s climate-controlled storage facility. Dirnt (pictured) was surrounded by tens of thousands of pounds of hemp hung from 30-foot walls. Dirnt took the time to tell CULTURE about his role as ambassador and investor with Goldenseed and where it may take him.

“I use CBD for stress and to help me relax for sleep. I use balm with CBD and THC in it for joint pains from playing bass for years. I can be rather high-strung, and it’s got a real calming effect on me.”

 

Goldenseed took home awards at High Times Cannabis Cup and Hempcon. What sets Goldenseed’s flower apart?

We start with the dirt. We have a one-acre worm farm that is growing rapidly. The smell, the flavor and the entourage effect all come from growing in the dirt under the sun. The flavor is amazing when nature does what it does naturally. And that’s how Goldenseed grows their plants, naturally—the way nature intended. I really love what we’re doing farming-wise; we’re not wasting millions of dollars a year on electricity, we’re using what nature intended us to use, which are soil, water, sun and worms. The proof is in the plant, and we really are making damn good weed.

What kind of Goldenseed products should we look out for?

We have eighth jars of flower and our award-winning pre-rolls with a terpene-infused tip on shelves right now. Soon we’re launching a great CBD balm along with tinctures. We have a “joint” venture with hemp cigarettes coming also.

Tell us about the potential at the 20-acre farm in Santa Cruz.

We have a massive amount of greenhouse space where we can grow things the right way, and tap the potential of what this amazing NorCal climate is allowing us to grow!

What led you to invest in the cannabis industry?

I got involved with Goldenseed on an invitation to look at the farm with a friend of mine, and after having made a few trips to check out their incredible facilities, I asked my wife if she was okay with us investing. She was absolutely all for it, because when she was battling breast cancer, cannabis was a tremendous help during her chemotherapy treatments. To this day, it helps with her body aches and pains and the residual effects of a lot of drugs that went into her system.

Do you use cannabis for any medical purposes such as stress or insomnia? 

I use CBD for stress and to help me relax for sleep. I use balm with CBD and THC in it for joint pains from playing bass for years. I can be rather high-strung, and it’s got a real calming effect on me.

“When we turned in our first album on Lookout Records, our bonus was an ounce of weed. What’s really funny is you can tell on some of our second record that we were really, really stoned. In fact, the beginning of the song ‘Green Day’ on our first album, you can hear us taking a bong hit recorded in the intro of the song.”

Was the name Green Day ever about smoking cannabis? We’ve heard rumors.

Yeah, the name Green Day comes from the title of a song on our first full length album about smoking pot in our friend’s room and basically having a stoney psychedelic experience while listening to records.

You co-wrote some of the classics including “Emenius Sleepus.” Do you get sick of performing those songs after all these years?

Being a musician, writing songs is only half of it. Performing songs is the other half. In order to get the full effect of a song, you perform it, and you feel the energy come back to you from the crowd, and it makes the song go full circle. On stage, I get teared up all the time, because I see the looks on people’s faces and what these songs mean to them.

You launched your career performing with bands like Operation Ivy and The Offspring. Was cannabis ever a constant presence in the early days at 924 Gilman?

When we turned in our first album on Lookout Records, our bonus was an ounce of weed. What’s really funny is you can tell on some of our second record that we were really, really stoned. In fact, the beginning of the song “Green Day” on our first album, you can hear us taking a bong hit recorded in the intro of the song. 

Tell us about your involvement with The Frustrators.

The Frustrators has been a side band of mine for about 20 years. When I’m not playing with the biggest band in the world, I like to play with the smallest.

Green Day broke records in terms of underground record sales with albums like Kerplunk. Did you suspect early on that the band couldn’t be contained or limited to the independent record world?

I’ve always felt like these songs were the most important thing I would ever do. We’ve always tried to create timeless songs, but it wasn’t until after our second album that I realized how special and rare what we had created was! 

 

 

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Two Studies on Cannabis and Heart Disease Reveal New Findings

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Two new studies shed light on the effects that cannabis can have on patients with heart disease.

Presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, which is an annual conference that has since gone digital due to COVID-19, two new studies are helping to fill in the unknown gaps regarding how cannabis may affect those who suffer from heart disease. Some findings were negative, such as increased risk of stroke or bleeding after surgical procedures. However, the studies revealed that those who use cannabis were also less likely to encounter issues with sudden kidney failure as well.

“Marijuana is becoming more accessible, and patients should be aware of the increased risk after [angioplasty],” said Dr. Sang Gune Yoo, an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan and lead author of one of the studies. “While these are risks to be aware of, they shouldn’t deter patients from obtaining this lifesaving procedure.” Yoo and his team examined information on 113,477 Michigan patients, 3,970 of which said that they consumed cannabis. Researchers paired nearly 3,903 cannabis consumers with non-users to find a pattern regarding which group experienced more bleeding and strokes. Ultimately, results showed that 5.2 percent of cannabis consumers experienced bleeding, and 0.3 percent experienced a stroke (non-users were reported at 3.4 percent bleeding and 0.1 percent strokes, respectively).

The other study analyzed national data from patients who went through artery-cleaning procedures following a heart attack. Researchers found that cannabis consumers had an increased chance of subsequent heart attacks over those who don’t consume cannabis (7.2 percent versus 4.5 percent). However, they also discovered that risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol were significantly lower in cannabis consumers. “I have spent the last 25 years studying the effects of marijuana and THC [the psychoactive component in cannabis], and I think the Yoo study raises some important questions, especially since we’ve seen more and more reports of cardiovascular events occurring in the context of marijuana,” said professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza. “This is an interesting paper.”

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High Times Relaunches Online Store

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If you’re reading this, you know who HIgh Times is. The four-and-a-half decade old cannabis flagbearer—the O.G.. From the front lines to the boardroom, High Times has led the charge for not only legalization, but for the de-stigmatization of Cannabis across the globe. We’ve been fighting for our right to research, our right to heal, and our right to consume, for ourselves and for evangelists all over the world longer than many of our team have even been alive. It’s been a long road to get here, and we’ve had some dark times, but the future is brighter than ever now.

As you’ve likely heard, the United States has now legalized recreational cannabis consumption across 15 states, with an additional 20 states having legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. While we’re still facing federal bans, don’t yet have interstate commerce, and though we haven’t quite cracked cannabis banking yet, it’s important to remember that we’ve come a long, long way.

As you also may have heard, this new future has provided some exciting new opportunities for our brand. We’re in the process of going public, we now own several cannabis dispensaries, and we have launched a delivery service in California that is quickly picking up steam. As we near our 5th decade of existence, we’re moving into a time when the oldest brand in Cannabis can FINALLY sell weed. It’s really quite amazing. 

However, that’s not the only news we’ve got up our sleeves.

On November 20 we’ll be adding another new addition to our site; a reimagined and redesigned shop for all our loyal fans. This shop aims to be your solution for three main needs:

First off, we are pleased to introduce our new CBD line. Sure you’ve seen a million of these types of products flood the market since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, but rest assured, there was a reason we took our time with our formulations. The result is nothing short of spectacular, and what will surely be the LAST product you’ll need to try out—because this actually works. We are excited to bring to you the BEST CBD products on the market, hard stop. From flavors you will love, to effects you won’t only feel, but that will last, and all from the brand that you’ve trusted to provide you with the best in the space for over 46 years.

High Times new CBD line

Next up is our reimagined and plushed-out new merchandise line. Featuring iconography that’s been with us since the early days, tour posters from some of our most memorable events, and even the face of our founder—the original Zippy—Thomas Forçade, it’s never been easier (or more comfortable) to rock your favorite brand. In fact, when we say comfortable, we’re not just talking free slippers at the hotel, we mean full-blown head in the clouds, hugging strangers type comfort—not your typical run-of-the-mill steeze. From marshmallow-feeling hoodies to buttery soft T’s, we’re about to make your wardrobe as loud as your smoke.

Finally, we’re not ignorant enough to believe we can do everything, so we called in some of our favorites to help round out this new site. As the voice of the counterculture, we’ve tried it all, and we know that not all products are created equal, especially when it requires risking your buds. We’re not about to let any of our friends get taken for a ride, so we’ve recruited the best the industry has to offer—from top of the line infusion machines, to unique and handmade pipes, to an actual machine that will pack your cones for you for all the lazybones out there. Some of it is handmade, lots of it is made here in the USA, but all of it is guaranteed to take your sesh to the next level no matter where you happen to be.

Top of the line products are also featured on the High Times Store.

It’s been a long road friends, but we’re not slowing down. Now stop reading and let us bless you with the best! All of our selections are all available NOW at our totally revamped and redesigned counterculture destination: hightimes.com/shop

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Strain of the Week: Gifted OG

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This week, everyone is gearing up for Thanksgiving—and by gearing up, we mean people are sighing in relief that they finally have a valid excuse to skip a family gathering. No unwarranted talk about election stances, jokes about not having kids or being married, and certainly no scoffing at cannabis consumption. This year was far from spectacular, but in this one instance, it’s a gift. This week’s Strain of the Week is a feature on Gifted OG, the perfect stay-at-home accompaniment for upcoming holiday festivities.

CULTURE reviewers really played with this “gift” pun, stating that it’s probably one of the best gifts they’ve received in a long time. The lineage of Gifted OG is unknown, but there are certain telltale signs of its origin. The orange-haired and dense nug resembles a classic OG Kush strain. OG Kush strains are commonly praised for their ability to produce cerebral body effects, and tend to exude a lemony, kushy aroma. Gifted OG hasn’t inherited the lemon scents, but it does smell of kush, earthy pine and a slight hint of black pepper—one whiff of this and you’ll be enveloped by images of a tranquil terpene forest.

Gifted OG has plenty of potency to go around, with a slowly creeping body effect that relaxes muscles and brings on feelings of peace amidst this chaotic world. However, reviewers reported a surprise in their consumption adventures—Gifted OG had a little sativa-esque kick that allowed them to get up and move around. That kind of motivation is most welcome, as it’s necessary to get a little bit of exercise while celebrating the holidays social-distance style—especially if you’re going to be couchlocked over the long weekend because you were lucky enough to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X or S earlier this m

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