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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Magic in the Emerald City

Magic in the Emerald City

Chef Ricky Flikenger, former head pastry chef of the upscale Trophy Cupcakes, left the corporate world to become one of the top cannabis cooking chefs around. He shares his knowledge in weekly classes at his Capitol Hill, Seattle apartment, teaching eager students how to transform the kief they purchase from nearby recreational shops into gourmet creations and with known potency. When he was invited by Whaxy.com to head their Danksgiving Potluck last November, Chef Ricky…

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Stoney Sauce

Stoney Sauce

When Chef Nugs started Stoney Sauce five months ago he never imagined his flavors would hit the roof. “I was a fine dining chef in Hollywood for seven years,” Nugs said. “I was in the military for a while before that and with that comes body pain. I started cooking with cannabis for my own pain relief and was taking the condiments with me wherever I’d go.” That’s when Stoney Sauce was born. “My friend…

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JeffThe420Chef

JeffThe420Chef

Cannabis Tech and the Culinary Artistry of  Jeff the 420 Chef The days of locking yourself in your room for two days after trying a special cookie may just be at an end. JeffThe420Chef has been crushing the culinary cannabis world for years and now he is bringing you the holy grail of cooking calculations: how much herb to add to your cannabis confections, or anything else you feel like eating with a side of…

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Craft Elixirs

Craft Elixirs

WASHINGTON STATE What do you get when you cross Chicago’s sophisticated post-speakeasy vintage cocktail culture with Seattle’s embrace of experimental gastronomy and recreational cannabis? A wonderous line of syrups and elixirs fit for both craft cocktails and pancakes. You get Craft Elixirs, a small startup in the charming Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Jamie Hoffman came to THC-based elixirs through a twisting path. After graduating in 1995 from Northwestern University with a major in Communications and…

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Loft Tea

Loft Tea

Loft Tea Modern Wellness Living in Brooklyn, there are some common sentiments you often hear. Usually, it’s the observation that Brooklyn is changing rapidly, in terms of population growth and development. The most exciting part of living in Brooklyn is observing new businesses popping up constantly. That’s why it was a pleasant surprise to learn about Loft Tea, a modern wellness company based in Williamsburg that boasts “specialty teas, organic flowers, wild herbs and cannabinoid…

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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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Alchemy by Dark Heart

Alchemy by Dark Heart

When the holy holiday of April 20th, 2015 passed, a clone nursery in Sacramento called Dark Heart launched their first line of botanical vape pens infused with cannabis. The line is called Alchemy, and it lights up a new direction for vaping. Alchemy by Dark Heart’s leading lady Bradny Petricka says, “This pen is different from a lot of those offered to patients in that it combines cannabis oil and botanical extracts to enhance your…

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Portland Extracts

Portland Extracts

    The Hipster of Concentrates  When Oregon became the fourth state to legalize recreational cannabis it opened the door for businesses like Portland Extracts to provide customers with top shelf shatter, dabs, and live resin, a type of BHO (Butane Hash Oil). The law also allowed them to provide extraction services to others in the community. According to their website, “There are no membership or door fees charged to our patients. We strive to…

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Trimmigration

Trimmigration

Photography by Sharon Letts It was as if the local cafe has been lifted out of Garberville and transported to Rome or Paris. Italian is the language at a table of eight with their large backpacks piled in a corner. Nearby, a young couple converse in French, and several other tables are populated with Spanish-speaking travelers. I exchange bemused looks with some other locals. We are definitely outnumbered, but we’ve come to expect surreal experiences…

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