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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Celebrate!

Celebrate!

The Emerald Triangle Shares A New Cannabis Product: Education       Humboldt County is pulling back the Redwood Curtain to share two of their signature exports: clean, organic cannabis and generations-deep knowledge about the plant. And this one is all about the ladies. Celebrate is a cannabis conference focused on the women farmers, product makers, business owners, industry leaders, medical experts, patients, and recreational consumers.   Men are absolutely welcome to attend. While topics…

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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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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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Hops and Cannabis, Close Cousins

Hops and Cannabis, Close Cousins

No other plant is as closely related to cannabis as hops. The two are the only economically important members of the botanical family — called the cannabaceae — which contain 270 aromatic species in all (Encyclopaedia Britannica). While cannabis has been bred for a wide variety of uses, from low THC hemp to the dankest green bud, the hop plant has had a more focused career as a main ingredient in brewing. It’s used for…

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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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Panacea for All

Panacea for All

One Woman’s Goal to Give Back to the Aging and LGBTQ Communities Written by Art Cosgrove Panacea is an elegant and cozy dispensary which sits on a busy stretch of Sandy Street in Northeast Portland. Owned and managed by Melissa Egan, Panacea has been in operation since the start of Oregon’s legal cannabis boom two years ago. As a former industry outsider, Egan said her aim is to turn the dispensary into a new model…

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Casa Bello

Casa Bello

A Victorian Bed and Breakfast in the Heart of Santa Rosa   Convenience, comfort and charm come together at Casa Bello, a 19th century, Victorian-style bed and breakfast located in downtown Santa Rosa. The home is nestled at the entrance of the city’s historic Cherry Street neighborhood. The majestic structure was built in the 1870s, and is made from redwoods grown in Northern Sonoma County. A blue exterior, red door, and picket fence give it…

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High St. Teas

High St. Teas

Humboldt Medicine   Victoria England’s British roots have crept into her new brand, High St. Teas, inspired by her longtime home in Humboldt and its beloved cash crop. Born in England, and raised in Mill Valley, California, it is was not until 1994 that she arrived in Humboldt County to attend Humboldt State University. By 2006, she felt that in order to stay in the region, she would have to start her own business. Thus…

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Farm Fresh Healing

Farm Fresh Healing

Pain, Cancer and Cannabis: A Love Story   Brandon Collier learned how to farm cannabis when he was just 15 years old. As a third generation farmer, he has cultivated cannabis for two decades in Bend, Oregon. When Collier was 13, he was hit by a car. The accident damaged several disks, which are now fused together. He has suffered from chronic pain ever since. “I consider myself fortunate to grow up within such a…

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