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Caliva's Sponsoring Bay to Breakers for the Ultimate Runner's High

In an effort to usher in a more modern view of the active cannabis consumer, we’re super pumped to announce we’re an official Bay to Breakers 2019 sponsor!

Caliva is a California company through and through. More than that, being born and headquartered in San Jose, we’re deeply connected to the Bay Area.

That’s why getting to sponsor an iconic San Francisco community event means so much to us. We’re honored to be the first major cannabis sponsor EVER to be part of Bay to Breakers.


Where to Find Us at Bay to Breakers

As we gear up for race day, we'd love you to stop by our booth at Origin Wellness Fair on Friday, May 17th from 11am-7pm or Saturday, May 18 from 9am-5pm!

Booth 110 & 111

Pier 35

1454 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133

Sunday, May 19th: Finish Line Festival!

Find us near the Bay to Breakers finish line at Ocean Beach, between Fulton Street and Lincoln Way. We'll have prizes from the wheel, limited edition Runner's High swag, massages from Acupop, drinks from Zola and more!

We’ve also gathered a team of over 100 employees and Caliva ambassadors that’ll be running or walking the race. If you see a group of folks at Bay to Breakers decked out in Runner’s High outfits having a blast, that’s us! And we’d love to see you there.

Limited Edition Runner’s High Vape Pen

Even if you can’t make the event, we have a special limited edition Runner’s High Vape Pen ($9.99) that’ll make you feel part of the team.

This limited edition Caliva Runner’s High disposable vape pen was designed to be your ultimate running partner. With a high CBD, low THC ratio and citrus flavor, it’s got you covered before and after your next run.

Shop for the limited edition Caliva Runner’s High Vape Pen online or in our San Jose retail location.

Missed out on Runner’s High or want a few more cannabis ideas for your next workout? Keep reading for employee favorites.


3 Cannabis Products Caliva Employees Love for Exercise

A whopping 80% of cannabis users use it before a workout or within a few hours after, for recovery. People who mix weed and workouts exercise actually get 2.5 more hours of exercise a week than people who don’t! Here’s how three Caliva employees up their gym game with cannabis:

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“I take about 10-20mg of a THC capsule 30 minutes before a workout. I find that not only do I work out for longer, but I also concentrate more on my form. I take my time to concentrate on doing each exercise correctly — or hitting every foot placement during a run — and getting the most out of my workout.” - Nate P., Digital Project Manager

Caliva Lavender CBD 3:1 Vape Cartridge

“I love my using my Caliva Lavender CBD 3:1 vape after a run for my post-workout cooldown. I find that it prolongs that relaxed, loose feeling, so I can target muscle groups as I stretch or foam roll that would usually tighten more quickly after a workout.” - Nico M., Sales Operations Manager

Kiva Camino Gummies - 6mg CBD, 2mg THC

“On nights when I have at least 30 minutes to stretch or do yoga, I love to take a low-dose edible, like the Kiva Camino Gummies in Sparkling Pear. The cannabis helps me set aside my to-do list, relax and be in the present. So I feel really mindful of what my body needs, and I take every stretch a little deeper.” - Whitney A., Sr. Content Marketing Manager

Lace Up Those Running Shoes for Bay to Breakers

Now you’re ready to race. Pull up your tube socks, strap on your fanny pack, and grab your Runner’s High vape pen. We’ll see you at the finish line.

5 Moms and Daughters Dish on Sharing a Love for Cannabis

The stats on cannabis are quickly changing, and they reflect what we already knew: The couch-locked stoner stereotypes are on their way out, and thoughtful cannabis use is ramping up among adults of all ages and demographics. Attitudes are changing quickly, too — even among older Americans. In fact, Baby Boomers are the fastest growing group of new cannabis users.

So, do moms and cannabis mix? More and more, it appears that they do. In honor of Mother’s Day, we chatted with five women about their own stories of moms, kids, and cannabis. Here’s what they had to say.

This Grandmother Shares How Views on Cannabis Have Changed From the ‘60s to Today

Beatrice* is a mother and grandmother who told Caliva about how her views on cannabis have changed over the years.

Caliva: Did you use cannabis when you were a teenager in the 1960s?

B: Yes. I started smoking “dope” — which is what we called it then — in high school. I used to cut out with my friends at our Catholic school and go back to class stoned! It was a mellow thing for us, mostly.

But one time I smoked hash and had what I can only describe as an out-of-body experience. That scared me enough that I didn’t try cannabis again for almost thirty years!

Caliva: What reignited your interest?

B: When it started becoming legal in various states, I got curious. I like that you can access more information now about what you’re buying. I prefer edibles — and knowing how much THC is in each serving helps a lot. That way I never take too much!

Caliva: How do you feel when you use cannabis?

B: I feel relaxed and usually kind of giddy. Everything is funny. Food tastes incredible, so that’s a lot of fun. The only thing I don’t like is that I can sometimes forget what I was saying — even in the middle of a sentence!

Caliva: You have an adult daughter who also uses cannabis. Can you tell us about that?

B: Well, you can’t exactly use it and then tell your adult daughter not to use it — especially if you rely on her to get it for you!

Melissa Howland, a Caliva ambassador, with her mother.

Melissa Howland, a Caliva ambassador, with her mother.

Why This Woman’s Mom Went From Uncomfortable With Cannabis to Supportive

Melissa Howland is a fandom influencer and Caliva ambassador living in LA who vapes Gio CBD Lavender 3:1 to help with symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy. She also goes for Caliva’s Daydream vape flavor because, she says, “it helps me feel inspired throughout my day.”

Caliva: Is your mom supportive of your cannabis use?

MH: Back when I was in high school it was really taboo. I remember once my mom had heard on the news that it was 420, and when I came home she was like, “Let me smell you! Did you smoke? Did you use a roach clip?” and I was like, “What is going on?”

Of course, I had smoked weed with my friends earlier that day!

Now my mom is incredibly supportive, though she still doesn’t quite know what to call it. It’s kind of funny to hear her say — if I’m in pain, for example — “Did you smoke your marijuana?” Because she knows how much it helps me.

We’re almost to the point now that she’s willing to try it… there are so many different types and kinds, and there’s something for everybody. She’s learning the differences and we’re starting to have more discussions. She’s got knee pain and I think it would help her.

Caliva: Are you comfortable being high around your mom?

MH: I actually have been high around her, and it’s incredibly comfortable. She knows that it’s a way for me to unwind. It’s just something that can be fun for a nice day at the beach, or for painting and crafting — things like that.

And I don’t like to get too high, anyway. It’s kind of like having a couple of glasses of wine versus getting completely annihilated. I prefer a nice balance where I’m not just giggling at everything, and I’m not stuck on the couch.

Melinda, a Caliva ambassador, with her mother and daughter.

Melinda, a Caliva ambassador, with her mother and daughter.

This CBD-Lover Introduced Her Mom to Cannabis for Relief From Cancer Symptoms

Caliva ambassador Melinda is a 26-year old nurse living in San Jose who primarily uses CBD products. Lotions, vapes, and edibles are the main products she uses. "I’ve tried it all,” she says. Her favorite product today is Plus’ CBD Gummies.

Melinda found cannabis a couple of years ago when she and her brother became curious about vaping and using sublingual drops. But her mom, having grown up with strong religious views and negative feelings about cannabis, was at first unhappy with her kids’ choices. Melinda tells the story of what happened next.

Caliva: What changed your mom’s mind about cannabis?

MT: My mom was diagnosed with stage four uterine cancer, and after a while her pain medications weren’t working anymore. My brother and I kept trying to convince her to at least try drops or edibles… something.

We eventually found that Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and edibles really worked for her. She was more relaxed. She was laughing. She could eat. Even though she was on hospice, I didn’t have to give her any narcotics or pain medication. It was pretty amazing.

Caliva: What’s your advice for talking about cannabis with moms, especially those who could benefit from pain relief?

MT: It’s a lot of playing around, finding the right dose, but I think in the long run it really helps. For my mom, it was a great alternative to pain medication.

Joy Joyner, a Caliva ambassador, with her mother, Linda. Joy is also open about cannabis with her son.

Joy Joyner, a Caliva ambassador, with her mother, Linda. Joy is also open about cannabis with her son.

How Three Generations Came to Enjoy Cannabis in Different Ways

Caliva ambassador Joy Joyner uses cannabis medicinally, though she also enjoys a nice recreational high once in a while. “Caliva's lotion for inflammation is my new go-to for rheumatoid arthritis pain, and the Wyld Gummies are becoming fast favorites,” she said. Joy loves Caliva’s cartridges, and the Beboe Downtime vape helps kick insomnia.

Caliva: Is your mother supportive of your cannabis use?

JJ: Yes. She sees the relief cannabis gives me. I deal with chronic pain from a few different autoimmune diseases, as well as a digestive disorder. Once I started augmenting my traditional treatments with cannabis, my daily function became much better, which she was very happy to see.

Caliva: Has she always been supportive?

JJ: She was a bit nervous about it at first, but open minded. She asked me lots of questions and was receptive. She now sees how beneficial cannabis is to my overall health.

Caliva: Does your mom consume, too?

JJ: She is now an avid user of topicals… and the very occasional edible.

Caliva: Do you consume together?

JJ: The first couple of times she had some "magic chocolate" we consumed together. They were very fun evenings full of giggles and snacks!

Caliva: You’re a mom to a 21-year old son. Can you tell us about your attitude toward cannabis with him?

JJ: I have always been open about my medicinal cannabis use. I felt it was important to normalize it and teach my son how to be safe and responsible around cannabis in general.

When he was in college and having some serious anxiety, he told me he tried a CBD vape to help with sleep on an especially stressful night and was pleased with the results. It was enough to bring his anxiety down so that his usual stress reduction techniques could be more effective. That he felt safe enough to let me know made me happy and opened up more conversations about cannabis and responsible use.

Now in his 20’s, he’s a regular CBD user and has just started venturing into THC usage. I'm impressed with his careful, measured approach. He is researching the different cannabinoids, their effects, products… the whole nine yards!

Caliva: Have you visited a dispensary with any family members?

JJ: I took my son to his first dispensary visit at Caliva last week. I've taken my mom to Caliva, too. Three generations in my family are enjoying cannabis. It’s pretty amazing!

100mg THC 50mg CBD
Caliva Wyld Beboe
$44.99 $15.99 $49.99

This Nurse Is Open About Cannabis With Her Teenagers

Alicia* is a nurse in northern California and a mother of two teenagers. A holistic health enthusiast, she discovered cannabis’ many health benefits a few years ago and began experimenting with juicing, smoking, consuming edibles, and growing her own.

Alicia never tried to keep cannabis a secret from her teens. She showed them her plants and discussed the many uses of cannabis—adding that her kids might one day find some benefit, too. “I told them ‘this is cannabis.’ I didn’t call it pot. I didn’t call it marijuana. I wanted them to hear the truth from me about what it is and what it can do.”

Caliva: What do you want your kids to know about cannabis?

A: Cannabis is the best way to relax and get into your zen spot. It’s a healing herb with the only downside that, if overused, may lessen your motivation to accomplish things. But when used responsibly, it’s sweet and innocent and only has benefits. If I were to choose what my kids enjoyed if they ever wanted to relax, it would be cannabis over anything else.

*Name changed by request

11 Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Cannabis-Loving Mom

There are more parents consuming cannabis than ever. In fact, the majority — 54% — of Americans who use cannabis are parents. And 30% are parents with children younger than 18.

Raising kids is hard work. And stressful. (Sure, sure, among all the rewarding moments.) Parents need to chill out sometimes, too, right? But it goes beyond that.

With legal recreational cannabis in California, moms can use cannabis to cut back on alcohol, soothe anxiety and pain, get some sleep, and make craft days with the kids (or time away from the kiddos) that much more fun.

At Caliva, we also talk to a lot of people interested in sharing the power of cannabis with their older parents, primarily to help them with pain, sleep problems or another medical condition.

So, while you, grown child, might not want to have that convo about cannabis with your mom, Caliva has news for you: Your mom might already shop here.

11 Mom-Approved Cannabis Gifts

Whether you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift (Sunday, May 12) for a Supermom in your life that currently has kids in the house, or you’re an adult child buying a special present for your mother, we’ve gathered a list of 11 products that are Mom-Approved.

We’ve provided plenty of non-psychoactive, discreet, low-dose ideas below that are adored by Caliva’s moms of all ages.

For the Mom with Arthritis or Who’s an Exercise Enthusiast

Caliva pain relief lotion

Caliva Head, Neck + Shoulder Tension Lotion: Maximum Strength

Melt away tension with this powerful all-natural, non-psychoactive formula. THC from California-grown cannabis, combined with the calming effects of organic lavender essential oils will let your mom’s joints and muscles relax, helping bring both stress and pain levels down.

$44.99 | 340mg THC 

Pap and Barkley Releaf Patch

Papa & Barkley Releaf Patch: 1:1

The Releaf Patch's slow-release formula offers 12 hours of consistent relief, activated with more than 30mg of cannabinoids per patch in a variety of THC:CBD ratios. Unlike some other patches that act only as a topical, the cannabinoids in P&B patches are absorbed into the bloodstream to provide body-wide relief.

This is the perfect supplement for an active, wellness-focused lifestyle!

$15.99 | 14.53mg THC and 16.15mg CBD

The Mom Who Believes “Weed Mom” Is the New “Wine Mom”

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Caliva Toasties Classics 5-Pack

These 0.5g low-dose solos are filled with pure cannabis for a simply smooth smoke, every time. With low THC, Toasties are made to be mellow, and their discreet, cigarette-style appearance makes using them without drawing attention easy, too.

$14.99 | ~8% THC

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Utopia Raspberry Macaroons

Healthy cannabis users rejoice! These gluten free, vegan, and tasty macaroons are a healthy dose of loveliness to keep your day a hop, step and a jump above the rest. 10 delicious macaroons with 10mg of THC per piece.

$17.99 | 100mg THC

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Mood33 Joy Sparkling Tonic

Turning frowns upside down! Enjoy this infusion of yerba mate leaves, freshly picked peppermint and dried lemon peel. Just don't forget to share your smiles! What's inside? 10 mg THC. 33 calories per bottle. Also contains Yerba Mate, Peppermint, Lemon Peel, Limonene, B-Caryophyllene, Alpha Pinene. Could possibly result in positivity, happiness and elation.

$7.99 | 10mg THC

The Mom Looking to Unwind


Sunday Goods Effects Disposable Pen: Soothe

Sunday Goods’ Soothe vape pen is designed to calm, relieve and restore. Put the kids to bed, make some tea and draw a bath, because your self-care routine is about to get real.

$49.99 | 37.83% THC 38.46% CBD 

CareByDesign CBD-Rich Tincture

Care By Design 1:1 Tincture 15ml

Fast-acting CBD relief in easy-to-use drops that are great for nighttime use. The 1:1 ratio may be psychoactive for some folks, and may cause sleepiness. To take, you place drops with measured dropper under the tongue. Let drops absorb (rather than swallowing) for quicker effect. Includes organic coconut oil to aid absorption.

$21.99 | 240mg THC and 240mg CBD


The Mom That Values a Discreet, Low-Dose High


LVL Tablingual 5mg: Soothe

Microdosing is becoming popular with everyone — not just moms. But the benefits of having more control over how high you get, plus the quick onset (5 minutes) of these discreet sublingual tabs are perfect for the mom who wants a mild, relaxing high.

$21.99 | 45mg THC in 15 tablets


OLO Sublingual Strips 5mg: Focus

Another great discreet option, these hybrid, 5 mg strips will give you day a happy edge, whether you mom is at work, gardening, or balancing the books.

$29.99 | 60mg THC in 12 strips

The Mom Who Craves a Good Night’s Sleep

Caliva GIO G PEN vape cartridges

Caliva G PEN Gio Pillow Talk Vape Cartridge

This deeply relaxing indica blend will help you unwind your day and hit the hay. Grape and tropical fruit flavors make for the sweetest of dreams. Cartridge is compatible with a G PEN GIO Battery. Not quite ready to dive into Indica blends? Our incredibly soothing CBD Lavender 3:1 might be the blend for you (or your mom).

$34.99 | 70% THC


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Kiva Ginger CBD Chocolate Bar

This delicious CBD chocolate bar mixed with ginger is handcrafted by the Mendocino, CA company. It offers just the right balance of CBD to THC for a calm and relaxing effect, helping you get to sleep and stay asleep, without feeling groggy the next morning. It breaks apart into 20 pieces.

$28.99 | 100mg THC 100mg CBD per bar

Bring Your Mom Into Caliva For A Special Mother’s Day Deal

Did see anything you think the mother in your life will love? Chat with a Caliva wellness consultant in-store or online at for help nailing down the perfect Mom-Approved present.

Visit Caliva in San Jose this Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12, 9AM to 9PM

Bring you mom* or your adult children, and you’ll each receive 20% off your in-store purchases.**

PLUS! Try our new Caliva Pain Relief Lotion for just $1 when you take advantage of our Mother’s Day promotion.

Can’t join us in-store? From May 10 – May 12, when you order a Sunday Goods Effect Pen, you’ll  get a 7-pack of Sunday Goods Pre-rolls for just $1. Visit and use promo code SUNDAYGOODS at checkout.

*Or grandma, aunt, older sister, wife, a woman who’s basically a second-mom to you… you get it.

**Please note: One of the two people shopping must be a first-time Caliva customer. Offer may not be combined with any other promotions, discounts or coupons. Must be redeemed in-person at the Caliva San Jose store. Must be age 21+ to shop at Caliva.

Caliva Is Puff Puff Passing It Forward This 420 for Criminal Justice Reform

We’re donating 4.20% of Sales this 420 to Expunge Old Cannabis Convictions

It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype around 420 — in fact, we’re pretty pumped about our 420 bash this weekend at our San Jose store. 

But at Caliva, we’re also well aware that the road to legalization of cannabis — and subsequent normalization of a plant we’re big fans of — has been a tough one. Too many of our friends, particularly those in marginalized communities, have been and continue to be impacted by prohibition and the historic War on Drugs.

As amazing as it is to live, work and play in a legal state, cannabis is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the feds. 

Here are some grim numbers: In 2017, more than 659,000 people were arrested in the U.S. for cannabis-related crimes. Among all drug violations, 37 percent were for simple cannabis possession.

In other words, hundreds of thousands of Americans are punished every year for dealing with a product we cultivate and sell legally.

That’s why on the unofficial holiday for cannabis enthusiasts, we’re unveiling the Puff Puff Pass It Forward campaign.

On 420, Caliva is donating 4.20% of all wholesale and retail sales to Clear My Record, a Code For America program working hard to clear eligible cannabis records in California.

“We believe it’s our duty as a trusted brand in the cannabis industry to pay respect to those who’ve been hurt the most by prohibition,” said Dennis O’Malley, Caliva CEO. “Clear My Record is a transformative initiative that offers people with cannabis records a second chance to get jobs and housing, and ultimately thrive. We’re proud to contribute to that work.”

We’re also humbled to announce that Ben & Jerry’s and nearly 60 of our dispensary partners are joining in on this effort!

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The Impact of Having an Old Cannabis Charge

Long after paying their debt to society, people with a history of cannabis-related misdemeanors and felonies often find themselves struggling to move on with their lives.

Even the smallest offenses, such as possession, have the potential of turning a person’s life upside down. One recent report found that 8 in 10 Californians with a criminal conviction say they’ve experienced barriers to finding success in their lives. 

Because of past charges — not to mention the persisting stigma associated with cannabis — a person may have trouble finding and keeping a job, securing affordable housing, maintaining custody of their children or even obtaining citizenship. They may also find themselves overwhelmed with debt associated with court fees and penalties.

Recognizing how debilitating the criminal justice system can be, California included a provision in Prop 64 — the law that legalized recreational cannabis — to allow the expungement of cannabis-related misdemeanors and felonies.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. The process to remove criminal charges is complicated, costly and time-consuming.

The Drug Policy Alliance estimates that nearly half a million people were arrested for cannabis-related misdemeanors and felonies between 2006 and 2015.

Yet by March 2018, fewer than 6,000 people had petitioned the courts to clear those records.

Clear My Record Is a Powerful, Do-Gooder of an Algorithm

Because the majority of people who could get their records expunged weren’t investing their valuable time and resources to do so — and who could blame them? — California passed a law last year shifting that responsibility from individuals to district attorneys’ offices.

Enter Clear My Record. Using an algorithm to streamline the record review process, the program automatically determines which convictions can be downgraded or cleared. Technology, FTW!

The first county to use Clear My Record to automatically clear cannabis records was San Francisco: More than 8,100 convictions were expunged, District Attorney George Gascón announced in February. “Using technology, we have been able to proactively bring greater racial equity and fairness to marijuana legalization in California,” the DA said in a statement.

Clear My Record’s goal is to remove 250,000 convictions by the end of 2019.

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Why Cannabis Social and Criminal Justice Work Matters to Us

We believe it’s imperative that companies like ours support social justice efforts to clear old cannabis records — not only in legal states like ours, but nationwide.

This work ensures people’s lived experiences aren’t out of sync with current laws. More importantly, throwing out old convictions is also a step toward social equity, by helping low-income and minority communities recover from punishment for crimes that white people often aren’t punished for.

At Caliva, we recognize the unique position we’re in. In the wake of decades of criminalization, the legal cannabis industry is flourishing, and we’re certainly excited to be a part of that.

With our Puff Puff Pass It Forward campaign, we hope to not only draw attention to the communities that have suffered most from prohibition, but to also contribute to the work to repair those harms.

We think it’s the right thing to do. And it’s more reason to celebrate this 420.


Thank You to Our Partners!

We’re also passing forward the good vibes this 420 with a partnership with the beloved ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s. They’re donating a special surprise to every Caliva customer — in-store and delivery — on 420. They’re also super passionate supporters of cannabis legalization and social justice.

So it’s official in our eyes: There’s no better combo on 420 than Caliva and Ben & Jerry’s. Except for maybe brownie and cookie dough ice cream.

Nearly 60 of our dispensary partners around the state are participating in Puff Puff Pass It Forward, and are also jazzed about the social justice reform element of the campaign.

3 Ways to Celebrate 420 — Plus Its Wild Origin Story

It's all about being stoked to celebrate 420. And, maybe a lil' stoned.

Happy 420! April 20 isn’t just a regular ol’ day to us. 420, an annual holiday also known as Weed Day, is all about celebrating our favorite frosty lady — cannabis.

420 is about rejoicing in cannabis culture, (most likely) getting a little stoned, and sharing the day with good people.

There’s even more reason to spread the happy 420 joy this year. It marks just the second 420 in California since cannabis was legalized. Whether or not you’re in California, with national support for marijuana legalization at an all-time high, this year’s 420 is sure to be bigger than ever.

Learn how Caliva is saying happy 420.

The term 420 (or 4:20, 4/20 or 4-20) is a common euphemism for cannabis use (ahem… getting baked), well-known even to those who don’t partake, and popular long before any legalization took place. It’s a code word that’s not so secret anymore.

But despite it being firmly entrenched in today’s culture, the origin of 420 is a bit… hazier.

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Why is 420 Weed Day?

You’ve probably heard all sorts of rumors about where the term 420 comes from — at least if you’ve ever attended middle school or summer camp, where 420 was hot gossip (amirite?). Probably unsurprisingly, your teenage friends were (mostly) wrong.

A few popular but incorrect speculations on the origins of 420 have included linking it to police radio codes, when police officers apparently said there was a “420 in progress” on calls related to marijuana smoking.

This was debunked, however, when it came to light there’s no such code having to do with marijuana use in California, or anywhere else for that matter.

There’ve also been guesses about whether the Bob Dylan song “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35” is responsible for the term. The song appears to hail the joys of smoking with the lyrics “everyone must get stoned” and because 12+35 happens to equal 42. But this has been discredited by the legend himself, with Dylan stating more than once that he “never has and never will” write a drug song.

Then there’s the far-out theory of 420 being linked to Adolph Hitler’s birthday, which happens to be on April 20. No correlation has ever been found between the two, however, and it appears this might have been a fabrication from the “just say no” generation as a way to associate marijuana smoking with evil things.


The True Origin of 420: Bay Area Roots

The actual story of how 420 came to mean smoking weed — and then led to an unofficial national holiday — is even more intriguing than the rumors.

And, like many of our favorite things, it actually originated in the San Francisco Bay Area — San Rafael to be exact.

Back in the 1970’s, a group of 5 San Rafael teens who called themselves “The Waldos” made 4:20 p.m., that perfect witching hour between school getting out and parents getting home from work, their official time to get high.

Enter secret cannabis plants. And a treasure map.

The Waldos got wind that someone working for the Coast Guard had to give up a plot of marijuana. So after meeting up at 4:20, they’d not only roll a doobie, but would head out to try to find the abandoned plants.

One of the original Waldos had a close connection with The Grateful Dead bassist, and friendship and involvement in concerts and backstage shenanigans helped push the phrase out into the general population.  

Former High Times reporter Steve Bloom wrote that while covering a Grateful Dead concert in the 90’s, he was given a flyer that gave the erroneous explanation of 420 being a police code. He published the flyer in High Times, and eventually one of the Waldos stepped forward to explain where the term really came from.

At that point, High Times, then the holy grail of all things cannabis, officially named the Waldos as the inventors of the expression 420.

It quickly grew into a secret code used by teens around the country and evolved into what’s now an integrated part of pop culture. Even the California Senate bill that established the medical marijuana program was named “Senate Bill 420.”


Have a Happy 420: Where to Celebrate

What was once nothing more than casual slang created by some forward-thinking teens is now an internationally observed counter-culture holiday and this April 20 brings plenty of ways to celebrate.

We checked in with a few of Caliva’s budtenders to see what they had planned.

It’s all about sharing the holiday (and high) with friends

One of our budtenders, John, said he likes to celebrate by hanging out with friends in San Francisco or Santa Cruz. “My favorite thing about 420 is being able to hang out with friends and celebrate cannabis,” he tells us.

Chelsea, also a Caliva budtender, agrees, adding “One of my favorite things about 420 is the communal gatherings with other people who are celebrating. Another is just the cannabis; pure and simple. The beach is my ideal spot for 420 celebrating.”

Head to Hippie Hill for an iconic celebration

One of the Bay’s better known yearly events is San Francisco’s 420 Festival. Taking place in Sharon Meadows (otherwise known as Hippie Hill) in Golden Gate Park, this event has been going on for more than 50 years, and serves as an iconic part of the 420 history of the Bay Area. With the legalization of cannabis, organizers are now able to officially partner with city planners, which allows for food vendors, music and art, as well as safety measures such as fencing and security.


Celebrate cannabis culture at Caliva’s 420 Bash.

We know how to throw a fun-as-hell 420 party, trust us.

Caliva’s the place to be on 420. Let’s break down why:

  • SO many major deals on several products.

  • A DJ spinning music. Dance party encouraged.

  • A food truck, popcorn, coffee, and pastries in case you come hungry.

  • Doug the Surfing Magician, because magic is even more magical on 420.

  • A meet-and-great with our Master Grower Ryan Brantley, for all your cannabis science nerds out there (we see you, and we have a lot in common).

  • An awesome raffle and spin-the-wheel prizes. It’s almost like a mini-cannabis carnival.

  • A special treat with each purchase (delivery too!). Our lips are sealed.

You’re good people who love weed, we’re good people that love weed. Let’s have a kickass 420 together. Plan out your journey to our store. Here’s a map.

Regardless of where the meaning came from, enjoying a happy 420 in the moment is what it’s really all about.

And whether you choose to celebrate 420 by chilling with friends or cruising the party circuit, commemorating not only the culture of cannabis but also our hard-earned right to enjoy it legally make for a holiday worth sharing with people you love.

Your 2019 Guide to 420 Deals & Events at Caliva

Starting Monday, April 15th, we’re counting down the days until 420! Get 15% off different products every day of the week as we work through each cannabis category leading up to the holiday.

Then visit us on 420 as we celebrate with the best deals on the best products — and a big outdoor party. Plus, you can join us in recognizing the communities that were (and are still being) impacted by cannabis prohibition. For 420, we’re donating 4.20% of all 4/20 sales to a nonprofit working hard to clear cannabis records.

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Every Day’s A Deal

Every day this week we’re offering 15% off a different category of cannabis. From pre-rolls and extracts to tinctures and topicals, we’re making sure you’re stocked and ready for 420.

If you’re heading to our San Jose store, we’re also raffling off a goodie bag full of Caliva swagger and Caliva Cash every day at 4:20 PM.

Monday, April 15th | 15% Off Extracts and Pre-Rolls

Get 15% off all extracts and pre-rolls. Shop in-store or order online and save with code 420MONDAY at checkout.

Tuesday, April 16th | 15% Off Vape Cartridges

Shop your favorite vape cartridge brands and get 15% off in-store or online with code 420TUESDAY at checkout.

Wednesday, April 17th | 15% Off Tinctures, Topicals, and Capsules

It’s Wellness Wednesday! You can save 15% off all wellness cannabis products in-store and online by using code 420WEDNESDAY at checkout.

Thursday, April 18th | 15% Off Edibles

Tasty Thursday is getting a little kick this week. Enjoy your edibles at 15% off in-store or online with code 420THURSDAY at checkout.

Friday, April 19th | 15% Off Flower

We couldn’t think of a better way to wrap-up our daily deals than with flower. On Friday, stock-up and save 15% off all flower in-store and online with code 420FRIDAY at checkout.

Saturday, April 20th | 420!

Too many deals and happenings to list here! Take a shortcut to get the low-down on everything that’s happening on 420.

Sunday, April 21st | 15% Off Select CBD

After a full week of deals, we’re topping it off with 15% off select high CBD products.

What’s Happening On 420?

420 is about celebrating our cannabis roots (and leaves, and buds, and… you get it!). In 2019, we’re making sure you’ll not only get the best deals on the best products, but we want you to #GoCaliva while you’re at it.

What does it look like to #GoCaliva this 420? It means you’re observing this holiday by going one step further. You’re sharing it with friends, enjoying some entertainment, and rejoicing in the moment.

This 420, Caliva is taking it one step further by donating 4.20% of all sales on 4/20 to the California nonprofit Code for America in recognition of its project Clear My Record, which is dedicated to giving people a second chance to get jobs and housing by clearing cannabis records.

As a cannabis company in a now legal state, we feel it’s important to recognize the communities that were (and are still being) impacted by cannabis prohibition. Thank you for supporting us this day in our mission to recognize our past to create a happier future. Read more about our Puff Puff Pass It Forward campaign this year on our blog.

Spend More Save More + Up To 50% Off

No matter if you just want a pre-roll or a whole basket of items this 420, you’ll get a special treat and the opportunity to save big.

Spend $50* Get 10% OFF in-store or online with code HAPPY50

Spend $100* Get 15% OFF in-store or online with code HAPPY100

Spend $200* Get 20% OFF in-store or online with code HAPPY200

Spend $300* Get 30% OFF in-store or online with code HAPPY300

Everyone shopping also gets a goodie with any purchase: a Fun Uncle Purple Diesel Pre-Roll for just a penny. And, if you spend $100+, you’ll get a Caliva tote bag.

PLUS! We’ll be offering up to 50% off a variety of flower, vapes, edibles and pre-rolls from District Gummies, Caliva, Bad Apple and Fun Uncle.

Live, Laugh, And Learn On 420

Thinking about dropping in to Caliva’s San Jose store on 420? Please do! We’ll be well-stocked with food and entertainment ALL. DAY. LONG.

Wake-and-bakers will rise-and-shine to coffee and pastries from Academic Coffee and the first 50 people to visit will get a Caliva Puff Puff Pass It Forward t-shirt.

In the afternoon, we’re welcoming Doug the Surfing Magician to wow our crowd while we dine on food from the Waffle Amore food truck.

To close out the day, Ryan Brantley, Caliva’s Master Grower, will be available for a meet-and-greet along with a preview of some of Caliva’s cannabis-derived terpenes.

420 is all about good people coming together to celebrate cannabis, so we hope to see you there!

*All spend is calculated pre-tax.

Microdose This April With Our New Micro Pre-rolls

Are you a fan of microdosing? Well, we’ve got just the thing for you.

In the past, microdosing cannabis was only really possible with a few drops from a tincture, a low-dose edible, or a tiny pull from a vaporizer. But now, Caliva is excited to share something new we’ve developed for the cannabis microdosing community.

Introducing our teeniest, tiniest, nearly microscopic pre-roll. Not only will this petite pre-roll (or 20!) fit perfectly in your pocket, it’s sure to provide a quick pick-me-up in 10 seconds or less. One puff, two puffs, maybe three if you’re lucky... and just like that, you’re finished.

It's our new favorite way to microdose this April.

Just a reminder: It’s April 1st… and you know that means, right? Happy April Fool’s Day! Now, although these teeny tiny pre-rolls may not really exist, we recommend Toasties, our low dose solos (approx. 8% THC), or — for a slightly bigger bite — try our mini pre-rolls, Dogwalkers, (approx. 19% THC).

If you’re interested in other microdosing options, try Petra Moroccan Mints (2.5 MG THC per mint), Kiva Camino Gummies or Kiva Terra Blueberries for 5 MG THC per serving.

Share this video with your friends for a 420-friendly April Fools Day laugh. Then pass the pre-roll.

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Cannabis Gift Guide


Holidays are a pretty big deal here at Caliva. We’re smitten with the idea of showering those closest to us with a little extra love in February. With Valentine’s Day being just a few days away, we’ve created a Cannabis Gift Guide tailored to all the loves of your life. Check out some of our favorite gift ideas:

Because Nothing Says Love like a Massage

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Infused with a subtle scent of citrus, Cannuka’s soothing cream provides a light, refreshing feel. It absorbs quickly, leaving skin soft and silky. Delightfully smooth, our Nourishing Body Cream provides immediate relief and hydrates skin for hours. Gentle enough to use every day for supple, well-nourished skin. The anti-inflammatory benefit of CBD calms skin making it the perfect lotion for massage. Bonus? It’s the perfect lotion for dry winter skin.

Because Gal Pals Are the Best Pals

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We love the Strawberry Divine Gio vape for a night in with girlfriends (helllllllllo Galentine’s Day) This fruit-forward, indica-dominant hybrid has just enough sativa to stir up mischief while you settle back and contemplate your next move.

Because Traditional Picnics Are so 2018

The Grower’s Series by Francis Ford Coppola is a fun gift idea to bring to a party or to give to someone special. This limited edition collection features: three unique 100% organic cannabis flower strains, one gram each, hand-selected to offer distinct and memorable experiences - Sour Diesel, Blue Zkittlez, and Sour Tangie. The collection also includes everything you'd need to enjoy those flowers: a quality pipe, a pack of Raw Hemp Rolling Papers, and a pack of quality wooden matches. And it all comes in a fun and unique "wine bottle" which will look right at home on your wine rack.

Because Romance (Isn’t) Dead

Love Potion #7 is a favorite for both“I tried the aphrodisiac (appropriately named Love Potion #7) and I gotta say, that stuff really works.” This tincture is the perfect relief from stressful feelings and promotes an overall positive mood, healthy libido, and euphoric feelings. Extra bonus? It can also  be used externally for enhanced pleasure.

Because Nothing Says Valentine’s Day like Chocolate

From classic milk chocolate bars (think Kiva’s chocolate) to Satori’s chocolate covered strawberries with an added boost, we have something for everyone. Looking for a delicious microdose for the holiday? We’re loving Somatik Sparks. These organic super berries are covered in exquisitely smooth vegan chocolate that enlightens as you chew. Slowly melt the chocolate in your mouth and experience the magical relaxation of the satisfyingly fruity CBD bite.

Because Traditional Gifts Are so Overrated

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Caliva has curated a collection of 7 high-quality Cupid-friendly products that will bring a loving smile to everyone. These best-sellers all come with a Gift Box should you decide to give rather than receive, and you're aiming Cupid's arrow for the heart of your special Valentine!

How to Choose the Right Edible for Sleep

"New Year, New You," right? For countless people, January marks an exciting opportunity to kickstart their goals and revolutionize their lives. Some of the most common intentions for starting the new year off right include drinking more water, working out, eating healthier, and getting more sleep. Because sleep impacts our mood, mental abilities, energy level, focus, and overall health, it may be the key component to achieving the rest of your goals. According to a recent study, one in four Americans develops insomnia each year. For millions of people, could sleep actually be the one thing holding them back from their achieving their best selves? The good news is, cannabis can help.

Cannabis, in all of its myriad forms, can be a safe, effective aid to help you get the rest you've been missing. Small doses of the right products can help quiet the mind, address pain, mitigate stress, and not only fall asleep, but stay asleep—all with minimal to no side effects. More and more people are coming into dispensaries looking for sleep aids and discovering products that produce sedative effects to help them rest at night. Indica-rich cannabis strains, whether in the form of a pre-roll, vape cartridge, or good ol’ fashioned flower, have been found to be the most effective options to help you quickly fall asleep. However, while the effects of inhaled cannabis are felt within a few minutes time, they only last about ninety minutes, on average.

For many dealing with insomnia, further assistance is needed to stay asleep throughout the night. This is why we suggest adding an infused cannabis edible to your nightly routine.

Edibles are known to take thirty minutes to two hours to take effect. This delayed onset is worth the wait, however, as edibles offer hours of relief compared to inhaled cannabis. The next time you are getting ready for bed, try ingesting a small (5mg THC or less) dose of cannabis edibles, along with a couple puffs of your favorite indica strain. While your body is waiting for the effects of the edible, the flower can help quiet your mind, address any aches, and help you drift off.

One important factor to keep in mind when shopping for an edible is what type of extract it contains because it can greatly affect how long the effects last. If an edible is made with cold water hash, like Blueberry Terra Bites from Kiva, they can generally last in the system anywhere from 4-6 hours (depending on the dose and a few other factors, including your own metabolism and if you have any food in your system). Edibles made with a distillate extract may only last for 3-4 hours, which may not give you the rest you're looking for.

Another factor to consider is what complementary ingredients the edible contains and whether they are specifically formulated to help those looking to improve their sleep. Kiva's Wild Berry Camino gummies contain essential oils like linalool and myrcene, which are known for their sedative effects. These essential oils are called terpenes, and they can be found in fruits, vegetables, and plants. Fascinatingly, it's actually the terpenes in cannabis that give us the calming, energizing, drowsy, or joyful effects that we have come to associate with our favorite strains.

With a new year is upon us we have a brand new opportunity for us to take our health and well-being into our own hands. Instead of relying on addictive pharmaceuticals, legalized cannabis now presents us with a safe alternative option to manage our aches and pains, our stress, and our insomnia. By giving us back our sleep, cannabis' 'lazy' reputation might finally be dispelled as more and more people discover that they have more energy to tackle what really matters to them... no matter what time of year it is.

7 Cannabis Products Women Are Loving

According to a recent study from Cannabis Consumers Coalition, more women than ever are using cannabis. Whether it’s to reduce anxiety, improve their sex lives or just chill out, we’ve seen a huge uptick in women’s wellness purchases in our own store. From bath soaks to balms to vapes, here are some of the products women are loving most.

For the Ultimate Party Host

Caliva Stash Pack

Sometimes you can get exactly what you want in one convenient box. This kit includes everything you need to roll the perfect doobie: an indica Reef Leaf pouch (5g of pre-ground flower), king size rolling papers, white-tipped matches, and a glass crutch. No matter if you’re a grom or guru when it comes to rolling your own, the Reef Leaf Stash Pack is perfect to just grab ‘n’ get rippin’.

20.7% THC | $29.99

For the Discreet Vaper

Eel River Organics Fog Berry

A tried and true varietal, Fog Berry is a standout Indica with heavily relaxing effects.  Predominant tasting notes of floral, earth and clove pair well with the THC potency of 80%. Plus! All Eel River products are dry-farmed on their farm in Humboldt County with using environmentally-friendly practices!
76.89% THC | $30

For the Foodie

Utopia Raspberry Macaroons

Healthy cannabis users rejoice! These gluten free, vegan, and tasty macaroons are a healthy dose of loveliness to keep your day a hop, step and a jump above the rest. 10 delicious macaroons with 10 mg of THC per piece.

$18 | 100mg

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Papa & Barkley Releaf Body Oil

This oil is a perfect solution for pain because it is formulated for minimal friction and maximum cannabinoid exposure. Infused with the Right Ratio, each product contains a 1:3 mixture of CBD: THC. This is the perfect supplement for an active, wellness-focused lifestyle!

This versatile body oil can be used for: massages, localized pain/inflammation reduction or as an “all over” body oil. Apply to the desired area and rub in for 20-30 seconds. Store in a cool to room temperature setting and keep away from direct sunlight.

300mg THC 100mg CBD | $39.99

For the Pleasure-Seeker

Dosist Passion

Enhance your sensuality with Passion by dosist. The THC-dominant formula is balanced with a 8:1 THC to CBD ratio and has limonene, myrcene, and nerolidol.. The formula delivers a euphoric feeling designed to increase your sensuality and heighten your sexual experience; building stronger and more intimate connections.

$100 | 405mg THC 45mg CBD 

For Anyone Looking to Chill Out

Prism Blends Flourish - CBD Preroll

Prism Blend's "Flourish" is made with the Bio Vortex CBD strain. Noted for its restorative, relaxing non-psychoactive properties. Perfect for those looking for the medicinal benefits of cannabis without any mind-altering effects. Their pre-rolls are packaged fresh in organic rice paper and crafted with extra long filters to keep fingers away from the face and cannabis smoke out of the eyes, because Prism cares about their user's experience.

$10 | 2.66% THC 9.23% CBD

For Anyone Looking to Dose on the Down-Low
Petra Eucalyptus Mints

Introducing Petra, the delicious microdose mint that puts you in control. A precise blend of CA grown cannabis, green tea matcha and eucalyptus oil, our refreshing Eucalyptus Petra is perfect for clearing the senses. All Petra flavors are sugar free and contain the natural, plant-derived sweetener xylitol. At 2.5 MG THC per mint, Petra gives you the ability to titrate your dose in precise increments. This accuracy allow you to integrate Petra more easily into your active lifestyle.

100 MG | $24

Our Favorite Gummies of 2018

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Meet Camino Gummies - the latest addition to KIVA's delectable confections family. The name Camino was inspired by the historic El Camino Real, the 600 mile California road that connects some of the most beautiful and inspiring landscapes in the state. Camino's four flavors are designed to transport you to a specific location and put you in a “California State of Mind.”

Each Camino gummy combines modest dose combinations of THC, CBD, and a range of carefully curated terpenes to produce a tailored cannabis experience like no other on the market. Camino was thoughtfully developed over a 2+ year period to ensure a great tasting, high quality edible that delivers the intended effect - every time. 

In order to dial in the desired effects, KIVA sources plant-based terpenes as opposed to cannabis-based terpenes, which are not able to be completely isolated yet. It is these plant-based terpenes that gives KIVA thorough control to create the distinct experience of Camino’s four delicious gummy flavors.

The “Chill” Wild Berry flavor is inspired by the relaxing vibes of California’s stunning Pacific Northwest coast. It pairs calming indica terpenes with notes of wild blackberry and fresh raspberries for a laid-back weekend feel encouraging you to take a break and relax awhile.

“Uplifting” Pineapple Habanero combines energy-stimulating sativa terpenes with ripe pineapple and a touch of heat for the perfect daytime lift. Plan a trip through the Mojave and invigorate your senses with this tangy yet sweet habanero flavor that gets you up and going!

“Social” Sparkling Pear is truly unique, combining an unconventional ratio of 6mg of CBD and 2mg of THC for a subtle, euphoric high without any anxiety. Fruity sparkling flavors transform your day into a lovely visit to California’s unparalleled wine country.

“Balanced” Blenheim Apricot is a flavor that is near and dear to the founders of KIVA. Blenheim Apricots are native to the orchards of what is now known as Silicon Valley.. In the 1980’s a European varietal of apricot was introduced to the farming communities of California and the Blenheim Apricot, despite its fleshier bite and sweeter flavor profile, was nearly made obsolete. KIVA is paying homage to this signature California apricot as a way of honoring the founders' own family members that continue to farm one of the last Blenheim Apricot orchards in Hollister, California. A thoughtful combination of indica and sativa terpenes with notes of Blenheim apricots and a hint of lime offer a functional medicating experience. This balanced gummy centers your mood and brings you back to the apricot orchards that once populated Northern California’s abundant countryside.

All of these low-dose gummies boast a distinctive, pillowy texture and enticing fruit flavor unlike any other cannabis-infused gummy. The hardest decision you make will be selecting the flavor you crave and the effect you most enjoy! Whichever route you decide to travel, let Camino be your guide to a “California State of Mind.”

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The Ultimate Cannabis Dessert

Medicated Cream Puffs with Lemon Verbena featuring Alien OG

The holidays are upon us and with that comes holiday parties, family dinners and more. We worked with Sous Weed to whip up a cannabis infused dessert everyone is sure to love! These medicated cream puffs are lightly infused with Caliva’s Alien OG, an indica-dominant hybrid with an earthy, citrus aroma that pairs nicely with a lemon verbena cream filling. While cream puffs may look challenging, with a little preparation, it’s a great make-ahead recipe for your next holiday party. All you need to do is assemble before serving and add a little dusting of powdered sugar. One bite will take you on a euphoric, out-of-this-world experience!


Medicated Cream Puffs with Lemon Verbena

Makes 24 cream puffs

Strain: Alien OG from Caliva

Dosage: Approximately 10 mg per cream puff


Ingredients for Pâte à Choux:

•  ½ cup unsalted butter

•  ½ cup water

•  ½ cup whole milk

•  Pinch of kosher salt

•  1 tsp cane sugar

•  1 cup all-purpose flour

•  5 large eggs, beaten, save 1 Tbsp

•  Confectioner’s sugar, to finish



Medicated Lemon Verbena Pastry Cream Filling:

•  2 cups whole milk

•  ½ cup cane sugar, divided

•  1 Tbsp dried lemon verbena, in a tea bag

•  4 large egg yolks

•  ¼ cup cornstarch

•  Zest of 2 Meyer lemons

•  Pinch of kosher salt

•  2 Tbsp cannabis-infused butter (using the Sous Weed method)

•  1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Filling Prep:

1.  In a medium saucepan, bring milk, ¼ cup sugar, and lemon verbena tea bag to a light boil over medium-heat.

2.  Meanwhile, in a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, Meyer lemon zest, and salt.

3.  Once the milk mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat to medium-low, and discard the lemon verbena tea bag.

4.  Begin dropping spoonfuls of the egg mixture slowly into the saucepan, whisking constantly so the eggs do not curdle. Cook for another 1-2 minutes while whisking until the mixture thickens.

5.  Once the mixture thickens into a curd-like consistency, immediately remove from heat and stir in cannabis-infused butter and vanilla. Mix until the butter has fully incorporated into the cream. Strain medicated pastry cream through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto surface of cream. Refrigerate to set for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.


Pâte à Choux Prep:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line two baking sheets with silicone or parchment paper.

2.  Melt butter, water, milk, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer then turn the heat to low.

3.  Add flour and stir for 2 minutes until the mixture is fully incorporated and smooth, making sure the bottom of the saucepan does not burn. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

4.  Transfer dough to food processor and add beaten eggs. Save 1 Tbsp of the beaten egg for an egg wash before baking. Pulse until the dough is uniform and shiny. The texture should be thick like cake batter.

5.  Transfer the pastry dough into a piping bag with an 1A tip. You can use immediately or refrigerate for later use.

6.  Sprinkle a little water on each baking sheet for the pastry to rise without drying out.

7.  Pipe 2” mounds approximately 3” apart on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush with egg wash. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350ºF and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

8.  Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Using a knife, poke a small hole each puff to prevent the puffs from getting soggy from steam. Allow to cool completely.

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To Assemble:

1a. Poke a hole in the pastry puff and pipe the medicated filling inside.

1b: Alternative assembly - Cut the pastry puff in half and pipe medicated filling on the bottom piece and add chopped berries. Add the top piece back on.

2. Dust confectioner’s sugar on top to finish. Enjoy!

*Note: The amount of cannabis infused butter specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion. If you’d like to have a lighter dose, substitute the cannabis infused butter with regular butter.

Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky, so the best way to test for potency is to start with one serving and wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

How Many Of These 2018 Emerald Cup Winners Have You Tried?

The Emerald Cup is known to be the Academy Awards for cannabis. Some brands are made at shows like the Emerald Cup and Caliva is lucky enough to carry some of the winners in our online and retail store. Check out the list below to see how many of these brand and products you’ve tried.


Raspberry Macaroons by Utopia

It's no secret, we love the raspberry macarons from Utopia—winners of first place in THC edibles at the Emerald Cup 2018. These sweet, berry cookies each contain 10 mg of THC, so make sure you start low and go slow. Ten cookies per bag. $17.99


Om Edibles Bath Salts

Cannabis Hydrotherapy deserves a category of its own. Medicated baths are not psychoactive, but have a very strong affect on one's body. Amazing for aches, pains, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and dermatological imbalances, these ultra-therapeutic soaking salts are nothing short of a miracle! Om epsom salts are pharmacological grade, Om essential oils are therapeutic grade, and Om Cannabis Flowers are full spectrum and organically grown. An array of aromas are available, each bringing a different aroma-therapeutic benefit. These salts may also be used for hand and foot soaks as well.


Om Edible Gummies

A big congrats to OM Edibles for their CBD Gummi Melange win at the Emerald Cup. We love OM Gummies because they are 100% vegan and 100% delicious. OM has been making superfood edibles since 2008 and we can’t wait to see what they come out with next!


Humboldt Apothecary

One of our favorite tincture companies, Humboldt Apothecary, won both the CBD Tinctures and THC Tinctures category. Our customers love the Sweet Jane THC Tincture for it’s help with appetite stimulation and restful sleep. For new users we recommend starting with a quarter of a dropper under the tongue and increasing from there.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide For The Cannabis Lover

This holiday season is set to be the best yet as the first December with legal recreational cannabis. So, what do you get the canna-fan that has everything? We’ve got you covered with a list of some of our favorites and just-for-holiday specials.

Utopia Strawberry Cough

1. Utopia Strawberry Banana

Strawberry Banana inherits a sweet fruity flavor that earned this hybrid her name. Known for its heavy resin production and high THC content, Strawberry Banana produces happy, peaceful effects that sharpen creativity and sensory awareness.


2. Dosist Holiday Collection

It’s never too early (or late) to give the gift of health & happiness. Introducing Dosist’s holiday collection: limited edition kits created for friends & family.

Reef Leaf stash pack

3. Reef Leaf Stash Pack

Reef Leaf Stash Pack is bringing rolling your own doobies back! The perfect gift for any flower-lover, this kit includes everything you need to roll the perfect doobie: an indica Reef Leaf pouch (5g of pre-ground flower), king size rolling papers, white-tipped matches, and a glass crutch. No matter if you’re a grom or guru when it comes to rolling your own, the Reef Leaf Stash Pack is perfect to just grab ‘n’ get rippin’.


4. Releaf Patch

The Releaf Patch's slow-release formula offers 12 hours of consistent relief, activated with more than 30mg of cannabinoids per patch in a variety of THC:CBD ratios. Unlike some other patches that act only as a topical, the cannabinoids in P&B patches are absorbed into the bloodstream to provide body-wide relief. (1).jpg

5. Kiva Peppermint Bark

Kiva Confections is excited to announce the return of a special, holiday favorite, the Kiva Peppermint Bark. This limited edition 100mg Kiva Bar is made of delicious, infused dark chocolate topped with swirls of white chocolate, completed with a dusting of crushed peppermint candy. This seasonal treat will make the perfect stocking stuffer.

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6. Purple Unicorn

Purple Unicorn from Eel River is an uplifting Indica that has a terpene profile known to balance the mind with both relaxation and motivation. This varietal’s flavor profile consists of sweet plum berry, lavender, and subtle notes of black pepper. The perfect vape for those cozy holiday nights around the fire.


7. Bad Apple Z Cube

Z Cube is an indica hybrid with a surprisingly energetic edge. Yes, you’ll find it relaxing, but think of the effect as more “rested and ready”. Perfect for making small talk with your boss's husband or your annoying in-laws, Z Cube will be everyone's favorite this holiday season. This sweet, tropical blend relaxes the body and readies the mind for a truly revealing journey.

8. PAX Strawberry Cough

Known for its sweet smell of fresh strawberries and an expanding sensation that can make even the most seasoned consumer cough, Strawberry Cough is a potent sativa blend with mysterious genetic origins. The skunky, berry flavors will capture your senses while the cerebral, uplifting effects provide an aura of euphoria that is sure to leave a smile on your face. Strawberry Cough is a great solution for managing social anxieties and to balance yourself in times of elevated stress - AKA the perfect holiday vape.

8 Reasons Why We Love CBD for Pets

Controversial and beneficial – the ongoing debate on the effects of marijuana have always garnered our attention. This has resulted in the plant, considered long ago to be illegal in many countries and territories, to be studied and discussed in so many aspects.

Modern medicine has resorted to many claims, with highlights of the plant being beneficial to man – being able to alleviate pain, help with muscle spasms, epileptic seizures or even cancer. But what about its effects on animals? While studies have been done for the benefit of man, there were just rare instances that studies were done with aims of determining the plant’s benefits to animals.

And so to give chance for the good effects of the plant to take center-stage, here are the 8 known benefits of CBD for pets.

1.    Reduces Anxiety

Humans are known to have a biological system called the endocannabinoid system. It affects sleep, appetite, memory, pain, and all kinds of moods. The same biological system exists in other vertebrates like cats and dogs.

Cats, dogs, and other animals also suffer from stress and anxiety just like us humans. It may be caused by a lot of things but during these times, serotonin levels fluctuate in animals which may cause such moods.

In relation to this, some studies support that the use of CBD for pets helps in managing symptoms of these mental states, including anxiety and phobia.

2.    Boosts a Healthier Immune System

The National Cancer Society states that cannabinoids sort of “trigger” specific organs inside the body to produce medicinal effects; effects that are beneficial to the nervous and immune systems.

Such a process results in a boost to our pet’s fight against illnesses and diseases. Cannabidiol or CBD is known to lower inflammatory cytokines – one of the major factors that play in autoimmunity to pets.

3.    CBD for a Healthier Nervous System

Just like us humans, dogs and cats are also susceptible to diseases and illnesses that come with age. As they age, our pets are also vulnerable to degenerative diseases like brain cell death or osteoarthritis.

Recent studies show that cell death is common in dogs as they age. This is caused by toxins and radicals that are present in the environment. CBD is known to protect your dog’s brain as it ages as it stops NMDAr, AMPA, and Kainate Receptor-Mediated Neurotoxicity.

4.    CBD and Tumor Growth

One of the most groundbreaking discoveries of what cannabis can do to pets is its amazing effect in relation to cancer. CBD is known to contain anti-tumor effects and can stop cancer cells from replicating. It is also known to destroy existing tumor cells.

CBD also has the capacity to stop cancer cells from producing energy, leading to the death of these cells. For pets that are undergoing cancer treatments, CBD can also make the effects of conventional treatment more effective.

5.    Convulsions No More!

Does your pet suffer from seizures? While there are already existing medications that can control seizures in cats and dogs, recent studies have shown CBD to have the capability to control tremors, seizures, spasms, and tics. Studies have also shown that there is an improvement in the overall well-being of pets with epilepsy after taking CBD for about 5 months.

6.    Rids Your Pets of Nausea; Improves Appetite

You may never have had any problems with your pet cat or dog in the past. This is so until one day, your pet just stopped eating altogether. Not eating could be because of a lot of things. It may be because your dog just got tired of all the usual food. Or it could be that the appetite loss, which is a symptom of cat depression, has already paid your cat’s life a visit.

Your pets unable to communicate about how they feel would just look you in the eyes and not eat or erratically behave. It is up to you to realize that something is wrong.

You should know that if your vet recommends CBD, there’s no cause for panic. Studies have shown how CBD can be beneficial in improving the appetite of your pet dog or cat. Research has supported the thought of CBD being the main producer of an antiemetic and an anti-nausea effect.

The same effect has been shown when CBD is given to those pets that suffer from nausea and vomiting due to chronic illnesses.

In such a study, a new method of ingesting lab rats with cannabis vapor has found how the drug can turn on hunger hormones in pets. This rids your pet of the nausea feeling. This can also alter eating behaviors that may seem a problem before the ingestion of CBD.

7.    Pain Reliever and Anti-Inflammatory Effects for Pets

One of the most popularly known benefits of cannabis to humans and pets is that it alleviates pain. It also has anti-inflammatory characteristics that could be beneficial to those who suffer from osteoarthritis and other related illnesses.

Research has it that CBD equates to pain relief and so results in improved mobility in dogs and cats. The better news is that there are no known side effects that go along with ingesting CBD to pets.

8.    Improves Overall Wellbeing

Cannabis is not only used to rid pets of illnesses. It is also ingested for their overall well-being. It is more like a preventive measure and recently has been made part of their regular regimen.

As CBD is known to improve appetite amongst pets, pet owners see fewer problems in getting their furry friends eat. This results in proper nutrition and well-nourished cats and dogs. The nourishment is needed for their overall health.

CBD is also known to promote bowel motility and so toxins are easily flushed out of the system.


While vets still do not have full liberty in prescribing CBD treatment to pets, certain studies have already backed up so many of these claims that cannabis prescriptions are being pushed to the forefront of animal well-being. In California, veterinarians will soon have the ability to prescribe CBD to their clients thanks to the passing of senate bill AB 2215.

Please remember that every animal is different and what works for some may not work for others. Always consult your veterinarian before using CBD on your pet and use trusted brands like Fiori or VetCBD.

Caliva Cannabis Delivery Expands North Into South San Francisco

Caliva is excited to announce our expanded delivery range and new, lower minimums into South San Francisco.

Customers throughout the Bay Area can now enjoy the same, trusted service they receive in our state-of-the-art dispensary online. Caliva’s online store offers the flexibility to either shop for in-store pickup or same-day delivery.

While our previous delivery range focused on the South Bay and lower Peninsula, we can now deliver north to South San Francisco and west to Pacifica. Starting in December 2018, we will also begin piloting deliveries into San Francisco proper.

From the beginning, Caliva’s promise has been to provide customers a superior cannabis buying experience, with a wide selection of products, in-house grown flower, and friendly consultative services. With expanded delivery, that promise hasn’t changed. We will continue to carry a breadth of products in-store and online. And customers can easily chat with a trained wellness consultant (a.k.a. budtender) while shopping online by clicking the blue chat box in the lower right-hand corner of every page online.

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Caliva’s online store includes up to 300 different cannabis products for people to choose from. We understand that in this newly-legal landscape, many customers are trialing new products frequently to discover what strains, patches, vapes, topicals and tinctures work best for their individual needs.

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The best part of our expanded delivery is we can deliver to anyone who is at least 21 years old in a variety of locations: their home, at restaurants, workplaces, nearly everywhere! (We can’t deliver to places where there is a populous of underage persons.)

We’re thrilled to begin offering cannabis delivery to more people, but you can always come in and visit us in San Jose as well!

5 Tips for Microdosing this Holiday Season

Ah, the holidays - the "most wonderful time of the year." Even the most festive of us can't deny that the holidays can also bring a lot of stress. Juggling family get togethers, office parties, and traveling can be downright overwhelming. The good news is that you don't have to go through it alone. A low dose edible can be just the friend you need to get you discreetly through the season. Whether you're a cannabis novice or a seasoned veteran, here's some tips to ensure your holidays are merry and bright.

1. Make sure you are well fed before venturing out to deck the halls. Too many times, we make the mistake of not taking care of our basic needs before going into social settings- and this is especially important once you throw cannabis into the mix. Perhaps you thought that cocktail party was actually a sit-down dinner- or the sit-down dinner your aunt prepared doesn't meet your dietary requirements. Making sure that your stomach is full will help you have an enjoyable experience whether you have chosen to drink alcohol or ingest some cannabis (and we definitely don't recommend mixing both). Skip the hangry phase and make sure you have at least a snack before taking an edible!

2. Start with a low dose. This can be anywhere from 2.5MG of THC (the dose in one of Kiva's vegan Petra Mints) to 5MG of THC (as found in one serving of their Camino Gummies, chocolate Terra Bites and Kiva Bars). It's the dose that makes all the difference. The light dose will allow your body to get the most benefits from the cannabis without any of the uncomfortable side effects that can come with higher doses. Remember- you can always take more with edibles, but you can’t take away.  

3. Listen to your body. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to check in with yourself! Cannabis infused edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect depending on a number of factors- including your height, weight, metabolism, and the last time you've eaten. Two hours after your first dose, take notice of how you are feeling and any feelings of relaxation, happiness and wellness. If you'd like to have a stronger experience, make sure to not exceed the potency of your first dose- and wait another two hours for the effects of both to be felt. Edibles' effects can last up to six hours plus because of how they're digested so start low and go slow.

4. Bring CBD for back up. If you accidentally overconsume, consuming a CBD-rich product can be a great help to mitigate any feeling of overwhelm or anxiety. If CBD isn't accessible, be sure to hydrate and find a quiet room to relax in while the feeling passes.

5. Safety first. Always, always remember to store edibles safely. Cannabis products should aways be kept away from where pets or children might find them.

The holidays come but once a year- and with a little preparation, you can navigate them like a pro thanks to the assistance cannabis provides. With stress and social anxiety at bay, you can feel confident and carefree about accepting any invitation. Plus, who doesn't dream about satisfying their munchies with an actual feast? 

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Pro Tips: Cannabis and Your Workout

The stigma against “lazy stoners” is fading fast. Are you part of the movement?

Today’s consumers are increasingly being revealed as active, athletic folks who are focused on using the plant for its wellness applications. The challenge is to find the right product and dosage to enhance the workout, rather than get in the way.

Why Try It?

At first, using cannabis as part of a workout plan might seem counterintuitive. For years, we have been led to believe that THC causes impairment and is inherently unsafe to use.

We now know that it is relatively safe, and in many cases can offer users a complete enhancement of the overall food and exercise experience.

There are a few key points to consider before trying a workout with cannabis. First, you will want to decide why you are consuming, when you would like to consume it, and what kind of products you will be picking up for the occasion.

Before the Workout

Lots of people use cannabis as their favorite pre-workout. Many claim that it synergizes the mind and body to work together more effectively, and helps them achieve that elusive “runner’s high” that comes with physical activity.

Taking a low dose before a workout can help to melt away stress or anxiety you might have, while getting you “into your body” and ready to focus on the fine movements required for your workout.

Running, yoga, and lifting weights are all popular workouts to try after a vape or edible. Everyone’s tolerance is a little different, but we recommend starting with a dosage of 5 to 10mg THC to avoid any impairment of your motor skills.

Flower is the traditional method of consumption for most, but for a healthy edge without the cough, we lean toward the vape. One of our favorite formulas is Caliva’s Day Dream for the Gio. It provides a clean taste of pine and citrus, along with a boost of THC to get you perfectly in the zone.


Cannabis can have even more amazing benefits for recovery when used after your workout, especially when it comes to CBD.

The known neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it perfect for athletes of all ability levels. It helps to keep your nervous system balanced, reduce swelling, and may even help to heal injuries faster. On the other hand, THC can help relax the muscles, relieve pain quickly, and also help you get that much-needed sleep after your most demanding activities.

Combining THC and CBD in a 1:1 ratio is your best bet for optimal rest and muscle recovery. We recommend our Caliva Lavender vape pod for the Gio. It’s rich in the relaxing terpene linalool, which gives off a smooth herbal lavender flavor, and also provides a balanced ratio of CBD to THC.

Topicals are also great for athletes to have around the house and in the gym bag. Topical creams and balms can provide targeted pain relief, while medicated epsom salt soaks provide full-body relaxation. We love Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm or Releaf 1:3 Body Soak for easing any post-workout aches and pains.

Ready to start your cannabis and fitness journey? Stop by our San Jose location and ask our friendly budtenders about their favorite wellness rituals - or, place an easy delivery order to get Caliva on demand.

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