The Bud Sisters

The Bud Sisters

Dr. Joyce Centofanti and Pearl Moon of “The Bud Sister’s™ met in 1981 while both were studying ceramics and performance art at the University of Montana in Missoula. Pearl, who refers to herself as “the older sister,” is a native of Montana. She said she taught her “younger sister from Southern California,” Joyce, about herbal remedies and living a holistic life. “No matter where we were in our lives, we always found time to spend together,” Dr. Centofanti…

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Cancer & Cannabis: Chemical Culprits (Part I)

Cancer & Cannabis: Chemical Culprits (Part I)

The spider web-like mass found in my right breast the summer of 2012 had me thinking about my mom, the farm she was raised on, DDT, Rachel Carson, and Cannabis – in that order.   I saw the configuration while proactively peeking over the shoulder of both the mammogram and ultra-sound technician. While waiting for the biopsy I decided to do some research and easily found an image of a nearly identical mass on the…

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Care By Design

Care By Design

  A humid beach breeze, a scent of sunscreen, the blazing sun scorches the sidewalk, Arcata’s Humboldt Patient Resource Center (HPRC) is an oasis for medical patients, providing herbal therapies for members with ailments like migraines, seizures, epilepsy, and cancer.   Patients with severe and life threatening diseases do not necessarily have the start smoking or experimenting with edibles. Fortunately, there is yet another alternative for pain management. With one spray from Care by Design,…

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Humboldt Heritage Farms

Humboldt Heritage Farms

Humboldt Medicine Series  After suffering through a diagnosis of Lupus in 1996 Humboldt Heritage Farms principal, “Jane,” began medicating for symptoms on the advice of then California physician Dr. Todd Mikuriya by vaporizing dried Cannabis flowers, then making infused medibles (medical edibles) and tea to ingest. She eventually healed her body, keeping her off what can be a long list of pharmaceuticals, through what is known as a damaging and progressive, multi-symptom illness with no…

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Book Review: Smoke Signals

Book Review: Smoke Signals

Emerald Book Review: Smoke Signals By Molly Cate, Cannabis Columnist Welcome to our new cannabis book column! With so many states (and the District of Columbia) passing medical marijuana laws, decriminalizing or even legalizing the stuff, we thought to provide some guidance and information about this rapidly changing social scene. So, check in here each month for reviews, information on advocacy and counter-advocacy groups and even culinary tips. Yes, cooking with cannabis. In fact, it can…

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My Journey: A Life Gone To Pot

My Journey: A Life Gone To Pot

My Journey: A Life Gone To Pot – Sharon Letts – I grew up in the 60’s and came of age in the 70’s on the beach in Southern California. Drugs were no stranger to the cultural environment, with drinking being the social norm of the day. At times our home was one big cocktail party, but thankfully, alcohol wasn’t a draw for me. Nor was tobacco at 13, mushrooms at 15, acid and assorted…

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Kind Solutions

Kind Solutions

Kind Solutions Northern Humboldt’s Medical Marijuana Delivery Collective by Janet Riddle On a seemingly very long and dry  Tuesday afternoon, I decided to place my very first 215 delivery order from Kind Solutions delivery service. The easiest way to describe ordering from Kind Solutions is that it’s similar to ordering a pizza: Call, give an address, and place an order with a $40 minimum and legal 215 prescription. I have to admit, after my first…

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Emerald Experience

Emerald Experience

Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area Wild ocean on one side, old-growth forest on the other -Jennifer Savage- Adventure Columnist  Image courtesy of Ocean Conservancy California has no shortage of amazing coastal places to visit. One quick way to narrow your options is to check out any of the state’s marine protected areas – the same characteristics that make these sites worth protecting also make them stand out as fantastic locations to explore. Much like our…

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Gala Events and Weddings: Beauty, Meaning, and Inspiration

Gala Events and Weddings: Beauty, Meaning, and Inspiration

Gala Events and Weddings: Beauty, Meaning, and Inspiration Alegria Sita’s path to professional party and event planner began in junior high school. The event? A senior citizen’s ball, complete with a brass band and swing dancing. “As really young teens we put together this epic event,” she says. “There were no senior citizens sitting.” Thus began a lifelong journey that has seen Alegria start her own business, Gala Events and Weddings, and become a local…

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The Mad River Flows

The Mad River Flows

The Mad River Flows   By Dave Feral     California is in the midst of probably one of the worst droughts in recorded history.  Ground water sources in the central valley have been depleted so much that the ground has sunk as much as 1 foot below original grade.  Due to the lack of water weight on the Sierra Mountains, those ranges have risen by almost an inch in the past 18 months.  While…

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