Cannabis with Class: The Emerald Magazine’s 2nd Annual Pot Pairing

Cannabis with Class: The Emerald Magazine’s 2nd Annual Pot Pairing

With heaping bowls of cannabis on every table, you could smell the enthusiasm of the guests in the air almost as strongly as the Loleta cheese and Sunrise Mountain Farms’ Lemon Kush at The Emerald Magazine’s Second Annual Pot Pairing. The pairing went off without a hitch on Saturday, September 10, 2016. With an array of wine, beer, food and of course copious amounts of cannabis. Ladybug Estates in Ferndale, California was the perfect setting for…

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Wine Distributor Dump

Wine Distributor Dump

A good wine list doesn’t have to be long, it just has to be, well, good. It’s a lot to ask for in most towns and cities across the country. Exceptions include world-class wine regions like Sonoma and Napa Valley. Otherwise, most wine lists are “distributor driven.” A distributor is the middle man. Some distributors are small operators who carry a portfolio of small production wines and others work for mega beverage sellers like Young’s…

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(De)Construction: Hempcrete, The Walls Between Us and Its Mass Utilization

(De)Construction: Hempcrete, The Walls Between Us and Its Mass Utilization

In the 1970’s, Hunter S. Thompson was originally sent to Las Vegas to cover the Mint 400 for Sports Illustrated, a less-than-stellar and mildly unimportant stock car race, and instead returned with a novel length screed on the death of the American dream. I, too, have been inspired similarly by the deluge of information that came to light as I attended a hempcrete building workshop in the Trinidad Rancheria, located in Trinidad, California. I thought,…

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Humboldt’s Craft Beverage Highlights

Humboldt’s Craft Beverage Highlights

Humboldt County gets a lot of tourists coming to Northern California this time of year.  Many come to get away from the heat, while many come to get away from general urban madness.  As I like to tell folks who have never visited the area:  “There’s not a lot of people or traffic, and we have loads of free parking.” We also produce loads of hand-crafted wines, hard ciders and micro brews.  The following are…

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The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

“Cannabis is no longer a subculture, it’s pop-culture. It’s an industry worth billions, and as a movement it’s global.” As cannabis normalizes it’s easy to forget about the days when cannabis enthusiasts were outsiders. We’ve come a long way as a culture, movement, and industry. Some, including myself, can’t remember when popular strains didn’t exist. When cannabis was just pot or grass no one knew much about it, let alone how to cultivate it. Weed…

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FLIGHTS ReadyPacks: The World’s First Top-Shelf, Pre-Ground Cannabis

FLIGHTS ReadyPacks: The World’s First Top-Shelf, Pre-Ground Cannabis

“Flights’ is an all-in-one solution. Say goodbye to your grinder, rolling tray and all the things that come along with keeping your own product.”   Discretion and convenience are often afterthoughts in the cannabis industry, but this newly launched company is, well…making it their business. As the world’s first enterprise of its type, Flights fills the industry niche by offering an entirely exclusive product: single-serving, pre-ground, vacuum-sealed ReadyPacks in eco-groovy and unscented containers. The Santa…

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