Academy Awards Gift Bags Include Several Cannabis Items This Year

Academy Awards Gift Bags Include Several Cannabis Items This Year

The Oscars, more formally known as the Academy Awards, recognize artistic and technical excellence in films. The ceremony has occurred every year since 1929, and each year is more lavish than the last.

Only those talented enough to be nominated for an Academy Award receive a fabulous goodie bag, known as the “Everyone Wins,” filled with a variety of luxury items that only celebrities would ever receive as gifts.

Keeping up with the times, this year’s bags will include several cannabis items such as edibles, topicals, concentrates, and even a membership to a cannabis social club.

It’s like the character Billy Mack from the movie Love Actually said, “Don’t buy drugs. Become a star, and they give you them for free.”

The gift bags are put together by a Los Angeles marketing company, not by officials of the awards. This year, the marketing agency in charge has described the nominee gift as the “six-figures swag bag” because it contains several high-value items.

“We understand the interest in the ‘wow’ number associated with this now-legendary gift bag, but we prefer to simply celebrate the fun and festive nature of the contents…no matter how big or small,” said the founder of the marketing company responsible for creating the bags.

According to The Independent, the swag bags to be handed out this year at the Oscars will include the following cannabis products:

  • Coda Signature premium cannabis-infused edibles, topicals and concentrates
  • An annual VIP membership to MOTA ― LA’s first cannabis-friendly social club
  • Age Interventionist Renee Lynn’s CBDRxSupreme protocol hemp oil
  • High Beauty High Five Cannabis Facial Moisturizer and High Expectations Cannabis Facial Oil Instytutum skincare products

A few of the noteworthy, non-cannabis items include:

  • A luxury small-ship adventure with International Expeditions (choice of Amazon, Galapagos, Iceland or Costa Rica-Panama voyages)
  • A week-long Greek beachfront escape at Avaton Luxury Villas Resort
  • Mister Poop Emoji Plunger
  • Poolside dinner from Nest Seekers International for nominee and friends prepared by celebrity chef
  • Jarritos-filled Yeti Coolers along with a commitment from Jarritos to donate a pallet of their great-tasting flavored soft drinks to a charitable event of the nominee’s choice
  • Optimum Nutrition Salted Toffee Pretzel Crisp Bars
  • PETA Agent for Animals Spy Pens

This year, the 91st Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theater in downtown Hollywood on Sunday, February 24. It will be televised on ABC and begins at 8 pm ET.

Marijuana And Tobacco Appear In Almost Half Of Popular Music Videos, Study Shows

Marijuana And Tobacco Appear In Almost Half Of Popular Music Videos, Study Shows

Marijuana and tobacco were featured in nearly half of the most popular hip-hop and R&B music videos from 2013 to 2017, new research finds.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine on Monday, takes a critical look at the prevalence of regulated products appearing in hit music videos. The team of researchers found that 40 to 50 percent of the videos reviewed depicted smoking or vaping tobacco or cannabis.

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“While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change—speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities—there’s also a history of showing regulated substances in hip-hop and other popular music,” Kristin Knutzen, lead author of the study, said in a press release.

“These depictions may affect fans’ attitudes toward smoking and increase the likelihood of smoking—particularly among young people.”

For the analysis, researchers examined the Billboard Top 50 charts for R&B and hip-hop from 2013 to 2017. Of the 1,250 songs covered in those charts, 769 had accompanying music videos that were included in the review.

“The proportion of songs with accompanying music videos that contained combustible use, electronic use, or smoke or vapor equaled 44 percent in 2014, 40 percent in 2015, 50 percent in 2016, and 47 percent in 2017. (For a total of 39.5 billion views).”

Besides the significant prevalence of marijuana and tobacco depictions in these videos, researchers also observed that the more views a given music video received, the more likely it was that they featured tobacco or cannabis products.

In other words, people seem to be more likely to watch and share music videos that show marijuana or tobacco consumption.

Forty-two percent of the songs that received 8,700 to 19 million views showed marijuana or tobacco products. For videos that received 112 million to four billion views, though, 50 percent featured these products.

When it comes to tobacco products, one interesting trend is the lack of manufactured cigarettes that appeared in these videos. Only 8 percent of the songs reviewed showed manufactured, as opposed to rolled, cigarettes.

But depictions of brands seem to be on the rise. Brand placement showing combustable (i.e. smokable) cannabis or tobacco products appeared in appeared in 0 percent of the top music videos in 2013, compared to 10 percent in 2017. Depictions of electronic vaping products rose from 25 percent in 2013 to 88 percent in 2017.

The researchers expressed concern with the rise of smoking or vaping depictions in popular videos.

“When young people, especially adolescents, see their favorite artists using tobacco products in music videos, they can begin to view them as normal in hip-hop culture, and they can begin to see themselves using them,” study co-author Samir Soneji said in a press release. “They also could view them as less harmful than they are. That’s a very real public health threat.”

While few studies to date have examined the relationship between the appearance of cannabis products in popular culture and youth consumption habits, the medium has seen renewed interest recently. A study published earlier this year, for example, also showed a dramatic increase in references to marijuana in popular songs.

See the original article published on Marijuana Moment below:

Marijuana And Tobacco Appear In Almost Half Of Popular Music Videos, Study Shows

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