The Beauty Industry

The Beauty Industry

The Multi-Billion Dollar Personal Health And Beauty Industry Meets Cannabis   Cannabis infused health and beauty products are growing in demand with positive cannabis reform laws taking place across the U.S., Canada and around the world. In fact, the global demand for organic personal care products is predicted to grow into a $13 billion dollar industry by 2018, per a report from Transparency Market Research. In 2012, the organic beauty and personal care products market…

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POT FICTION

POT FICTION

Forever Flowers Gets Fresh with the Cannabis Community   Forever Flowers is a film project created and directed by Erin Granat, a Nor Cal transplant living in Los Angeles. The movie portrays pot and the public in a realistic light, a standalone from the token stoner comedies or hard hitting crime dramas. Blending elements of Virtual Reality (VR) and old-school storytelling, Forever Flowers offers a look into family, community, and dealing with legal weed, with the…

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Emerald Scientific

Emerald Scientific

Emerald Scientific is re-approaching the science of cannabis and helping to set standards along the way. The multi-faceted company is the first and only of its type. The California-based business was founded “to bring specific products to the market that no one else has,” said Emerald Scientific’s Director, Ken Snoke. Snoke, who has more than 25 years combined experience in the biotechnology industry as a scientist and researcher, turned his sights to organic farming. While…

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Emerald Trade Alliance

Emerald Trade Alliance

Based in Eugene, Oregon, the Emerald Trade Alliance is a good example of what may be in store for the California cannabis industry now that voters in the Golden State have passed Proposition 64. Although currently serving mostly the Central Oregon region, this progressive and unique group offers membership to an eclectic group of canna-preneurs. The group counts among its members professionals who are engaged in cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, retail sales, and quality…

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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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The Marijuana Business Conference – A look into the Future of the Industry

The Marijuana Business Conference – A look into the Future of the Industry

The 2016 election was a big shaker, a rumbler felt throughout the world. Cannabis victories across the nation were somewhat shadowed by the presidential contest. But cannabis won big, with residents of California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine voting to legalize recreational cannabis and residents of Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota approving various medicinal cannabis initiatives. This is no limits cannabis; the pot is huge, the stakes are high, and we’re all just going to…

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Glassblowing for a Global Audience

Glassblowing for a Global Audience

From Seattle to Singapore, Dale Chihuly’s magnificent art has graced public buildings, outdoor spaces and botanical gardens around the world. Endlessly innovative, jaw-droppingly beautiful, weird, and often trippy, Chihuly’s work has redefined glass as an artist’s medium that expresses abstract forms and often looks almost alive. Even postcards of his work have a WOW factor. One in particular showcases loads of his Seaform pieces lining the bottom of a pool with a woman serenely floating…

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Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis

Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis

The road twists and turns, winding through a forest of ancient redwoods. We climb out of the forest and ascend switchbacks, eventually cresting atop a golden hill. The landscape opens up and we see the majestic King Range in the distance. Turn left here. Then it’s down a dirt road, up a dirt driveway and into a different world. Gate’s open, we’ve arrived. It’s a clear October day at the Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis Company’s…

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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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RAMZ Glass: Another Fine Product from Southern Humboldt

RAMZ Glass: Another Fine Product from Southern Humboldt

Valuable nuggets aren’t the only similarity between California’s gold and green rushes. Both endeavors brought flocks of people to the northern hills in search of riches. The allure of change and ability to craft brought craftsman to the region. David Rivera, founder of RAMZ Glass, is one of those crafters. He has been creating handmade glass pieces for 16 years. As a Bay Area native who’s lived in Humboldt for 23 years, Rivera considers himself…

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