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A Different King’s Day For Amsterdam

Traditionally, April 27 is King’s Day: one of the most festive days on the Dutch national calendar. If you’ve ever visited Amsterdam on Koningsdag, you’ll remember it as one of the most orange holidays in the known universe. No matter where you looked until last year, our streets, squares, pubs and, yes, coffeeshops too were filled with colourful partygoers. On April 27 2020 though, all that is different. King and country are forced to celebrate indoors.

A Different Shade Of Orange

So how do you celebrate the King’s birthday without going to a party then? Well, that question has been on everybody’s mind lately. Dancing, drinking beer and smoking joints just aren’t the same when you have to stay home. The traditional concerts, flea markets and other open-air events are all cancelled due to the national coronavirus measures. Luckily, the national Oranjebond organisation coordinating King’s Day came up with a few fitting alternatives. Let’s see whether these options leave room for cannabis lovers looking for some King’s Day vibes.

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No Big King’s Day Events This Year…

Indoor Partying

The big plan is simple: don’t go out to party; instead, we’re bringing the party into our homes. The Dutch being who they are, we have several festive puns in place to reframe the occasion. We usually sing ‘Oranje Boven’, which means ‘Orange On Top’. This year, though, the motto is ‘Oranje Binnen’ – ‘Orange Inside’ is the way to go. Where the Royal Family would normally honour one city with a visit each year, we are now planning to use video links and digital platforms to get together instead.

At 10am in the morning, the whole country is invited to sing or play the national anthem ‘Wilhelmus’ (a fitting reference to the King’s name Willem-Alexander) together. The twist is simple. We don’t gather at the local town square, but we’ll be shouting out from our lawn, porch, or balcony. If you’d like to join us and sing along, here’s an English translation of all 27(!!)  verses for you. Different? Most certainly. Still, it leaves plenty of room to wiggle in that royal wake and bake moment if you like, so we can still get the vibe going. Just don’t pass it to the neighbours – have them roll their own this year!

Sharing Is Caring

Once the singing is done, all Dutch nationals are invited to share their alternative King´s Day party tricks online. There´s special online video platforms for uploading your videos, allowing the whole nation to tag along. People can try to raise funds for their initiatives and then donate the proceeds to any good cause they prefer – including themselves. We reckon this may open up a possibility to have your King’s Day cannabis expenses covered by crowdfunding your smoking session, but we’ll leave that up to you…

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Have Yourself A Merry Little King’s Day!

Nationally Connected

We think you’ll get the picture by now: King’s Day 2020 is going to be very different from what we were all expecting. Still, if there’s one thing we can do as usual, it’s sharing our national sense of connectedness. Even if it’s all just digital connections, this leaves plenty of room for Dutch cannabis culture lovers to have a royal good time. At 4pm, we’re all invited to make a toast to our national togetherness and against loneliness. We’re sure the Committee forgot to mention lighting up joints counts, too…

If you’d like to propose a smoky toast of your own, get out on that balcony and light one up for your Orange pals here in Holland! Happy King’s Day all of you!

 

 

 

Moak pancakes and cbd bars for Amsterdam

Caring For Healthcare Heroes With Moak

In these weird weeks when COVID-19 clouds the news and our daily lives, we’re all looking for some silver lining. Well, if you fancy some tasty positive vibes, check this out. We have a cheering Amsterdam initiative to lift your spirit and fuel your smile. The loveable local chefs at Moak Pancakes have got something good on the stove. They’re baking and delivering stacks of free American Pancakes to the healthcare professionals our city depends on right now. SupMedi is a fan, prompting the Amsterdam CBD manufacturers to chip in with a healthy batch of their own CBD Bars.

Moak, CBD And TLC

Moak’s loveable gesture soon snowballed into a huge pancake offensive once health professionals, the media and a small army of volunteers caught on. At first, the doors of the Amsterdam pancake imperium opened up to all the vital staff of the city’s healthcare sector. A quick stopover for a pile of pancakes and back to work was the basic idea. By now, however, hospitals, care facilities and ambulances are so busy dealing with the crisis that takeaway is no longer an option. So what do you do when you feel like splashing your dough around? You guessed it: that’s when you get a full-blown delivery service up and running from scratch! Now, volunteers are racing across town to keep all those hungry medics going. Moak cares for caregivers with pancakes, fruit juices, CBD bars and a healthy dose of Tender Lovin’ Care.

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Nurses Returning The <3

Let Your City’s Heart Show

When you see your hometown make an effort like that, you can’t help but wonder what you can contribute yourself. At SupMedi, they felt the exact same thing. Last week, they were supplying Volksbond Foundation with a van full of food and kombucha drinks for fellow citizens in vulnerable positions. This week, they sent a big fat load of CBD bars over to Moak. A quick healthy dessert to go with the pancakes, or a wholesome snack for halfway through the shift.

That’s how everyone can do something to help. Do you have anything good and tasty to share? Why don’t you join in! Sponsors and a host of volunteers allowed Moak to prolong their action, but they can still use your support. Let them know you’re here to help on Moak’s Instagram or send them a quick email. Every contribution counts, so let your Amsterdam City’s Heart show and tag along!

Proud Of Those Amsterdam Genes

So there you have it: a finger-licking delicious initiative straight from A-Town. We think that’s a great vibe to start the weekend on. Sure, everything is a bit weird, uncertain, and scary as we’re headed for the spring of 2020, but this just goes to show what we’re capable of as long as our Amsterdam genes are still in the right place. Meanwhile, the thank-yous and big-ups from doctors and nurses keep on coming. They’re now being joined by police officers and firefighters as they show their appreciation to the baking badasses at Moak. Here at Amsterdam Genetics, we wholeheartedly agree. This is exactly how we plant the tiny seeds of hope that will allow the city to blossom in the summer up ahead…

Citizens of Amsterdam, stay kind to each other, be safe, and show the world what your Amsterdam Genetics are capable of!

 

 

 

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SupMedi CBD Makers Team Up For Social Entrepreneurship

It feels good to do something positive in times of crisis. All around us, we’ve seen our beloved Amsterdam change in a matter of days. At times, it’s hard to recognise the city where our Amsterdam Genetics were first conceived. Some things never change, though. This week, the Dutch capital’s CBD brand SupMedi got an opportunity to join in on the efforts to protect the health of our most vulnerable fellow citizens. As a company with strong ties to the local community, SupMedi jumped at the chance and teamed up with the Volksbond Foundation.

Hard Times For Amsterdam’s Homeless

Anyone familiar with Amsterdam knows that the city isn’t all cosy bars, high-end coffeeshops and 17th-century architecture. Like all urban areas, we have our share of social inequality and other problems to deal with. Call it Amsterdam’s dark underbelly, call it anything you like; for some of our residents, everyday life is a constant struggle. Now that the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through our streets, homeless people are particularly vulnerable to its consequences. Fortunately, we have organisations working hard to look after these people. As the crisis escalates, however, they need our support more than ever. And that is exactly where socially responsible enterprises like SupMedi come in.

Teaming Up With Volksbond

Earlier this week, the SupMedi management were contacted by the Nieuw-West City District. Local city authorities were racing to link up the city’s entrepreneurs with organisations trying to help our less fortunate fellow citizens through the crisis. True to its West-Amsterdam roots, SupMedi agreed to team up with the Volksbond Foundation. The organisation has been active in the town’s western districts and beyond, looking out for those who call the streets of our capital their home. Sharing that social connection with the neighbourhood was all it took. The newfound partners agreed to team up, and SupMedi staff scrambled to see how they could help out.

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Helping Out The City.

A Big Stack Of Healthy Support

Before long, SupMedi came up with a big stack of healthy support for Volksbond to share out. Pasta, rice, peanut butter, fresh and canned vegetables; even a batch of their own kombucha beverage was added to the pile of goods waiting to be distributed. Of course, it’s not enough to keep all of the city’s homeless people on their feet, but it sure feels nice to chip in with a sizeable donation of wholesome food and drinks. That makes sense: keeping people healthy and balanced is what SupMedi’s CBD business is all about.

 

Returning The Favour

Between all the bad news we get during the coronavirus outbreak, little rays of light like these keep the community going. When the citizens, companies, and organisations in a city like Amsterdam join forces, they add welcome sparks of hope in dark times. We all need a bit of hope and positivity to make it through this situation; those of us without a home even more than most. As we’ve said before, we need to keep looking after each other as a community; whether it’s the cannabis community, the businesses that keep the city employed, or all the people of Amsterdam together. At SupMedi they’re  just glad to be able to return the favour – after all, this city brought them where they are today.

Take good care of yourself and of your neighbours. It will make Amsterdam and cities around the world come out of this pandemic stronger than we were before!