The Oakland Toke

The Oakland Toke

Puff, Pass, Paint   Visitors to Oakland are always enthralled by supreme sunsets, sports culture, and now the emerging cannabis scene. Those residing in Oakland are equally impressed with the passage of Measure Z, which is the city’s alternative to the War on Drugs. Since Measure Z places adult cannabis use as the lowest police priority, functions like Puff, Pass, Paint are allowed to exist.   Puff, Pass, Paint is a two-hour, cannabis infused art…

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Herbal Allies – Passionflower

Herbal Allies – Passionflower

Passionflower climbs on curling, delicate vines: its intricate purple, yellow, pink, and white blossoms draw the eye magnetically with bright stamen and spaceship-like tendrils that invoke the celestial. While this flower takes its name from the crucifixion of Christ, it finds spiritual symbolism in many cultures, and its medicinal traditions date back thousands of years. Native American tribes such as the Algonquin and the Cherokee used passionflower to treat a variety of ailments, including anxiety….

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Canna I Have S’more?

Canna I Have S’more?

As July heats up, everyone’s making plans to pack the camper and get outside. At the beach or in the woods, cooking up gourmet camp fare is half the fun. A beloved and foolproof classic, you can’t go wrong with toasty and sweet, soft and crunchy s’mores. For a grown-up, canna-friendly twist, bring a box of beautiful Mellows, from San Francisco’s own gourmet, medicinal marshmallow company. A 12-pack of assorted gourmet flavors lets everyone create…

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2017 National Cannabis Industry Association Summit & Expo

2017 National Cannabis Industry Association Summit & Expo

The Cannabis industry’s occupation rainbow was displayed in its full spectrum on June 12-14 at  the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. As the organization’s largest meeting yet, 4,500 people gathered at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Medical experts, attorneys, technology and software specialists, and public policy advocates were only a sliver of the array. From seed to sale to recycling soil, and making it legal at every step, the heart…

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Infuzions

Infuzions

Moving Cannabis Into The Home Take a step inside Jenny Rhae’s home and you’ll immediately smell the delightful aroma of lavender. Sit down to dinner, and you may enjoy a meal cooked in avocado oil,  paired with a refreshing, tall glass of lemon tea.  Afterwards, you may sample a couple drops of coconut oil lotion from the restroom and forget what dry hands felt like. The only difference between an evening at Rhae’s home and…

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GOLD LUX

GOLD LUX

Slay, Dragoness. Blaze Together. With names like these, Kimmy Cosmetics’ hemp and 24K gold lipsticks and lip balms offer luxury with an edge. Hand laid gold flakes and a unique blend of ingredients combine to set this lip line apart. Essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus enhance healing properties and add a fresh aroma that other lipsticks lack. It’s vegan, it’s hemp, it’s gold — rub your lips with cannabis and activate a glimmering, golden…

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Ruminations on Forbidden Vegetation

Ruminations on Forbidden Vegetation

Pro-herbal supplement voices often claim that the marketplace has a bias in favor of Big Pharma while being less open to herbal medicines.   The late, great, social commentator and humorist, Bill Hicks, once said of cannabis prohibition, “…but how can you make nature against the law?…Isn’t that kind of …unnatural?” The same innocently logical thought has occurred to many of us drug-law reformers. It’s cold comfort to remember that many other members of the…

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Incorporating Cannabis into Healing Blends

Incorporating Cannabis into Healing Blends

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Herbalists have long been aware of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. For much of history, many medicine gardens contained a cannabis plant where it was used for tinctures, salves and smoke. Modern herbalists tend to view cannabis as an important one, but by no means the only powerful plant in the arsenal of medicinal herbs.   Mary…

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