Three Common Weeds that Heal

Three Common Weeds that Heal

In your backyard. In the cracks of the sidewalk. In untended fields. Weeds find their way into every nook and cranny, sometimes traveling across the globe to spread their progeny. But cannabis isn’t the only weed with healing properties. Here are three common weeds whose benefits extend far beyond the compost bin. Dandelion These bright yellow flowers seem to thrive in impossible places, and though you might consider them pesky garden intruders, they have more…

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Cannabis Cleaning Process

Cannabis Cleaning Process

The most important thing to do before you begin to cook with cannabis is to clean your herb before it is infused into oil, butter, or directly into any of your food. Just as you need to clean your fruits and vegetables before you eat them to remove surface contaminants, you need to to clean your cannabis.  Here’s how:   What You’ll Need: Distilled water Tea strainer Medium/large-sized pot Bowl filled with ice water French…

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Blackberry Basil Canna-Shrub

Blackberry Basil Canna-Shrub

Everything old becomes vogue again, especially when it’s as stylish and vibrant as a homemade shrub. What’s a shrub? A simple name for a blend of fruit juice and vinegar, a shrub is etymologically rooted to the Arabic word “sharāb,” meaning, “to drink.” Popular in 17th century England, shrubs were often served in pubs with brandy or rum. Across the Atlantic, colonial Americans used shrubs as a simple method to preserve fruit; the vinegar content…

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HumYum Cannabis Caramels

HumYum Cannabis Caramels

When Elkiya Mendes’s aunt called her to request a batch of caramels, the Humboldt County pastry chef gave it her best effort. At the time, she considered herself more of a chocolate person, but Mendes was surprisingly taken with the rich, yet elegant, sea salt caramels she perfected. The gluten-free caramels also suited Mendes’s personal food philosophy; she discovered she had a gluten allergy nearly ten years ago while working the night shift at a…

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Aging Into the Industry

Aging Into the Industry

A Look into Why Seniors are Leading Cannabis into the Future Seniors are at the forefront of the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry.   Those ages 50 and above are among the largest growing demographic in the industry — yet, stigma and lack of access prevent many from seeking holistic approaches to healthcare.   Senior outreach programs have become prevalent in the 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana in the U.S. In Washington state for…

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Are You a Viper?

Are You a Viper?

Jazz- Soaked Cannabis Slang from the 20s and 30s “Everything will seem so funny. Darkest days will seem so sunny. That feeling will arrive when you smoke that killin’ jive.” — Cats and the Fiddles’ Killin’ Jive   Viper, tea, reefer, gage, nickel, weeds, roach, muggles. These terms from the 1920s and 30s confirm that cannabis users have a long history of inventive names for their favorite pastime. Makes sense if you need to be…

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PEACE WITH THE PRINCESS OF POT

PEACE WITH THE PRINCESS OF POT

Cannabis activists have, and still do, make all the difference. But, to be an activist isn’t easy. Many have lost everything, and some never recover. Still, so many people support this plant. They share knowledge and information not for their own personal gain, but instead, to help others. People from all walks of life have found a purpose in the plant — they are driven by compassion — and together, create a like-minded culture, a…

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The Buds and the Bees

The Buds and the Bees

Cannabis Honey at Home Earlier this year a friend asked me if I would like to join her for a Saturday mead tasting in Southeast Portland. The party — celebrating recently opened Mead Market, the city’s only mead bottle shop and an entirely bee-centric store — was easy to agree to, but not just because the alcohol and dandy snacks would be free. Horticulture is my favorite.   The tastings blew our socks off. We…

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A “Likkle” Piece of Paradise

A “Likkle” Piece of Paradise

Insights into Jamaica’s Cannabis Friendly Events and Culture   By: Melody Hayhurst For many people, thoughts of Jamaica and ganja go hand-in-hand. As cannabis is a deeply ingrained and often visible part of both Jamaican and Rastafarian cultures, ganja smoking tourists have been drawn to the island for decades. Its vibrant music and culture, beautiful beaches, lush forests and rivers, delectable cuisine, friendly locals, make Jamaica a true tropical paradise. From swanky all-inclusives to Bud…

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Pot Talk: Hendrx Farms

Pot Talk: Hendrx Farms

Innovation and community are two words that describe Hendrx Farms. The company, which operates out of McKinleyville and Bridgeville, California is committed to strong and healthy clones of both classic and fresh strains.   Growing up together since childhood in Humboldt County, the team has grown to become a natural extension of that friendship and community. According to Daniel Hendricks, the farm’s CFO, and Hendrx’s president, Jake, growing clones like Grand Daddy Purple and Cali…

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