Lagunitas’ New Cannabis-Infused Beer

Lagunitas’ New Cannabis-Infused Beer

One of California’s most popular breweries — Lagunitas Brewing Company — has officially crossed over into the cannabis industry. The brewers at Lagunitas, based in Santa Rosa, partnered with Cannacraft’s AbsoluteXtracts to create both a beer and a vape pen that bring flavors from hops and cannabis together to create whole new experiences. Why terpenes? SuperCritical Ale is brewed with cannabis terpenes extracted from Girl Scout Cookies and Blue Dream varietals. These terpenes contribute to…

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Lessons in Herbal Remedies

Lessons in Herbal Remedies

In Redcrest, California, the view of the sky is wide open in nearly all directions; a hard sight to find in the Emerald Triangle. As one of the flatter areas of Humboldt County, this distinctive microclimate is ideal for farmland in a county known for its mountainous roads and sloping hills. On a late August day, the sun gently rose above Chrystal Ortiz’s farm as she prepared for an afternoon of medicine making.   Chrystal…

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Cannabis Can be a Mood Stabilizer, but Does it Affect Serotonin Levels?

Cannabis Can be a Mood Stabilizer, but Does it Affect Serotonin Levels?

Cannabis and serotonin have distinct effects on the body, and mapping out what these substances are may be helpful in understanding “self-medication.” Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter which acts as a natural mood stabilizer. When these neurotransmitters become imbalanced, they have been correlated with depression. To help regulate the neurotransmitters, some take certain antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, better known as SSRIs. Our bodies synthesize serotonin from tryptophan, an amino acid found in…

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Mellow Morning Pumpkin Spice Granola

Mellow Morning Pumpkin Spice Granola

The comforting scents and colors of autumn encourage us to slow down and enjoy the sweeter things in life. A medicinal bowl of morning granola is perfect for taking the caffeine edge off your morning. Though corporate America has taken the pumpkin spice craze to new levels with pumpkin spice deodorant and pumpkin cheesecake frappuccinos hitting the market, this granola is a simple, healthy assemblage of real food. Top with almond milk or yogurt, and…

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MEND: Life at the Seams

MEND: Life at the Seams

Humboldt’s Living History Podcast The hills of Humboldt are shifting. As prohibition ends and an era of cannabis regulation begins, the community adapts to a new paradigm and to new neighbors. Stories of families in the Emerald Triangle have been locked away behind closed lips and an aversion to written records (by necessity), allowing the narrative of greed and environmental destruction to dominate much of the conversation for decades.   What are the real stories…

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Alpenglow Farms

Alpenglow Farms

“Plants will talk to you. Start looking at the signs. It’s like when you go to the beach. You show up, and you’re facing the sun. Before you know it, you’re looking away from the sun. Then, you’re covering yourself from the sun, and finally walking away, retreating. Plants do the same thing.” Craig Johnson’s words filter through the phone and echo in the sun. I commit them to memory. My house plants are dying,…

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Talking Mota on the Streets of Mexico

Talking Mota on the Streets of Mexico

“The Mexican government’s shift to tolerance, rather than persecution, for cannabis and other drugs has left the people of Mexico confused…”   “I think it’s about time Mexico legalizes, because many people need it… Education is necessary, as many people still do not know about all the good properties of this plant. Education needs to come first, then I believe it will be legalized here.” – Ramon Fernandez of Mazatlan, Mexico   Sinaloa, Mexico is…

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Hakuna Supply

Hakuna Supply

Sit down. Roll it. Light up. Sometimes rolling a joint is not all that easy, especially for first-timers. Having created countless crooked, uneven, and otherwise unsmokable ones, I was surprised at the quality of my handiwork after twisting up a couple of doobies with Hakuna Supply’s gear. After a few rounds in the gunmetal grinder, my favorite, potent buds turned to fluffy, ready-to-roll herb. The wooden rolling trays are beautifully stained and skillfully finished, smooth…

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In a Time When Flowers are Finally Legal, Cannabis Clothes Could Be the New Contraband

In a Time When Flowers are Finally Legal, Cannabis Clothes Could Be the New Contraband

  The morning sun shone gold upon the meadows and hillsides of River Txai Farm. Echoes of small engine airplanes and ravens cawed overhead. Bugs hummed the summer buzz, flitting through the legal cannabis gardens. After major infrastructure remodels, hours of city hall and community meetings, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in permitting fees, this farm was a model of compliancy. California state legislators just need one more thing from small cannabis farmers… the…

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Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Wonderfully simple and elegant, this appetizer pairs well with friends and a glass of rosé. Make the best of late season strawberries and Humboldt County’s world-famous goat cheese. Leftover bruschetta is lovely on top of mixed greens.   Ingredients: 1 rustic baguette, sliced 4 ounces Humboldt Fog or a soft goat cheese 1 cup diced strawberries  1 tablespoon canna-olive oil  2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar  1/4 cup basil leaves, thinly sliced Freshly ground black pepper  …

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