The High Life: The History of Hemp

The High Life: The History of Hemp

Happy anniversary, Emerald Magazine! This publication has produced so many interesting and informative stories in the last four years. Cheers to many more. If memory serves, the Emerald did a feature story on me in the inaugural issue back in my comedy days. We were babies back then. Memories… To honor the magazine’s birthday, I thought we could take a different walk down memory lane and learn about the various ways cannabis has been used…

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Pot Talk: Sunrise Mountain Farms

Pot Talk: Sunrise Mountain Farms

“Males happen. And yes, those pollinations were unintentional, but Dave from Sunrise Mountain Farms, in Humboldt County, California, calls them “happy accidents” because he appreciates what came out of those crosses.” The all-female patch of Triple Berry cannabis plants grew in the garden. The plants were just doing their thing, reaching for the sun, doing what plants do. The berry-tastic strain was something they got from a friend, someone local. And everything was groovy until…

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The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

“Cannabis is no longer a subculture, it’s pop-culture. It’s an industry worth billions, and as a movement it’s global.” As cannabis normalizes it’s easy to forget about the days when cannabis enthusiasts were outsiders. We’ve come a long way as a culture, movement, and industry. Some, including myself, can’t remember when popular strains didn’t exist. When cannabis was just pot or grass no one knew much about it, let alone how to cultivate it. Weed…

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Go Forth, Go Cannabis

Go Forth, Go Cannabis

“And even after all the appointments with qualified healthcare professionals, alternative practitioners, biopsies, blood work and negative feedback, I took a breath and settled into my own inner guidance. I began to find a renewed love for the spiritual side of cannabis.” Each of us have some use for the plant, whether it’s juicing, consuming, ingesting, smoking, growing or producing this medicine of the gods. We are so blessed to be living in a community…

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Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Humboldt is one of the few counties in California on course to complete a “Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance” by the March 1, 2016 state deadline. Most cities and counties are “just saying no” and voting for a cannabis moratorium, which means they will default the state guidelines. Politics is like sausage. Enjoy the final product, just never ask how it’s made. Somewhere between the will of the majority of those elected, public comment, planning…

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Cannabis & Pain: Soothing A Soft Society

Cannabis & Pain: Soothing A Soft Society

Knee surgery last fall had me thinking about pain, true tolerance, and why so many Americans are bent on being anesthetized. In a June 2011 report titled “Relieving Pain in America” the Institute of Medicine states 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of pain at a cost of $635 billion a year. As ABC News reported on January 30, 2012, 80 percent of the world’s pain meds are consumed in the good old U.S….

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Pot Talk: Healing Harvest Farms

Pot Talk: Healing Harvest Farms

Healing Harvest Farms (HHF) medical cannabis dispensary is located along Highway 101 in lush and beautiful northern Mendocino County, California. This “community collective” dispensary was founded by Tim Blake, a long-time cannabis farmer and the man who started the Emerald Cup — a NorCal cannabis competition that culminates in a two-day mega-fair every December. HHF offers organic sun grown cannabis at reasonable rates. Some of the medicinal cannabis is grown by collective members; some by…

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High Life: Work That Kush Off

High Life: Work That Kush Off

By now I’m sure you’ve gathered that this month we are talking about sustenance. Grub. Goulash. Nourishment. Fare. Cuisine. Slop. FOOD! And since it’s a socially accepted fact that cannabis encourages grocery intake, and with my job being to heighten your sexual experiences, I thought I would give you a few fun, helpful ways to burn off that holiday kush. I, with the help of a very attractive, physically fit gentleman, have compiled a list…

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Status Quo Grow

Status Quo Grow

The California state legislature stirred things up recently when they passed four cannabis bills, consequently signed into law by our governor. This sent local jurisdictions (county and city) planning commissions on a fast track to complete local cannabis laws by the March 1, 2016 deadline for permits, inspections, zoning for indoor and outdoor grows, allowed plant count, water use plans, TINs (tax identification numbers), dispensaries sales, otherwise “the state would be the sole licensing authority…

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WHAT’S YOUR CANNABIZ

WHAT’S YOUR CANNABIZ

It’s a simple question. What’s your cannabis business plan? If you don’t have one, that should be your first clue that you probably won’t survive the coming California cannabis legalization. If you’re still going off the old model of growing as much cannabis as you can, where ever you can, and selling it across state lines, your days are numbered. A recent study showed the number of consumers using cannabis has increased from 1 in…

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