Homegrown Self Care

Homegrown Self Care

Cannabis culture is burgeoning across all markets so rapidly that one finds themselves unable to keep up with the constant innovations. Like so much glitter thrown into the air of the free market, boutique cannabis products seem to be absolutely everywhere — shining in new and different ways depending on the light. The uses of high CBD and low THC products have so much applicability that it would seem most business have only recently begun…

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Do Your Beard A Favor

Do Your Beard A Favor

Men. Listen. If you love your beard so much, it will take work to maintain properly.   It’s like anything else that requires discipline. You go to the gym to maintain your physique. You call your loved ones, and socialize to maintain relationships. You feed your pets so they stay healthy, and lovingly greet you when you return home. So, how is it that your beard goes by the wayside when it comes to routine…

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Quality Control

Quality Control

Northern Emeralds and the Next Era                   Several decades ago, Hunter S. Thompson penned the phrase, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro,” as a highlight of what the uncertain and perilous times ahead would demand of its citizens. Several weeks ago I scheduled an interview with one of the heads of Northern Emeralds, Cody Stross, to discuss the company’s process in cannabis cultivation via…

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Artisan Glassblowing with Good Glass Humboldt

Artisan Glassblowing with Good Glass Humboldt

A new piece of glass isn’t just the mere acquisition of a new piece to smoke from, it is, without sounding poetic, inviting a new sidekick into your life. It’s a beautiful tool that will be with you for as long as you are able to keep it safe. It will go with you on road trips, to events, and in some cases, it’ll even take on a character unto itself. One of the first…

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(De)Construction: Hempcrete, The Walls Between Us and Its Mass Utilization

(De)Construction: Hempcrete, The Walls Between Us and Its Mass Utilization

In the 1970’s, Hunter S. Thompson was originally sent to Las Vegas to cover the Mint 400 for Sports Illustrated, a less-than-stellar and mildly unimportant stock car race, and instead returned with a novel length screed on the death of the American dream. I, too, have been inspired similarly by the deluge of information that came to light as I attended a hempcrete building workshop in the Trinidad Rancheria, located in Trinidad, California. I thought,…

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Around the Campfire

Around the Campfire

Writers for the Emerald Magazine are occasionally sent out on missions to complete assignments based off firsthand experience from one of our editors. Occasionally, we (in this case, I) may do a cold call to a potential interviewee, in this case, it was to Campfire Cannabis based out of Portland, Oregon — my home turf. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how our neighbors to the north are setting the example for the inevitable legalized landscape that…

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Cannabis Crackles: Drugs Declare War on War on Drugs

Cannabis Crackles: Drugs Declare War on War on Drugs

The year 2015 was an astonishingly successful year for cannabis advocates across the nation. From legalization and well regulated sales in Oregon and Washington to the report of Congress ending the federal prohibition on medical cannabis, it can be stated plainly that if the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs was to declare a victor, last year the sound victory was on the side of drugs. The government didn’t foresee that the drugs they finally legalized…

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Philosophy of Passion

Philosophy of Passion

Talking Trees Farms As many of you know, here at the Emerald Magazine we often provide our readers with profiles of local, independent businesses in the burgeoning cannabis industry. At times, the highfalutin tone can distract from the core truth of the people we interview. That being: these businesses, though still fringe and shrouded in lingering paranoia, are normal. That’s right. Normal. Yes, cannabis is still illegal for a little while longer. Yes, it has…

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Emerald in the Rough

Emerald in the Rough

It’s late autumn and the market is saturated. The initial push from various grow operations, both legal and otherwise, have passed their peaks and the season is winding down…for some. Others in the legal medicinal wing of our counties operational proceedings are only just beginning their next wave of products to continue serving their customer base. Legitimacy and coming into the light of commonality by way of consistently quality products for patients seeking alternative and…

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The Stonely Planet

The Stonely Planet

The Emerald’s Humor Guide to Trimmigrant Culture Trimmigrants are an interesting and diverse crew who flock here to take part in autumn bounty, lending their own agricultural stylist techniques to a grow operation near you. Whereas once it was damn near exotic to have an Oregonian helping tend the fields, so to speak, now you’re in a burgeoning international hub. So, in ambivalent honor of the first person who spilled the proverbial beans that lead to…

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