AKA: Mother’s Little Helpers-by the Rolling Stonesis in the Public Domain. The BEST gifts for Moms. That’s the gift list that I want to put together. Just returning from the Hall of Flowers, I was privy to some of the finest cannabis flowers in the world, shown to me in all forms, from vaporizers (The Ghost comes to mind), to the ever cleverly designed Puffco Peak, there was something for everyone at The Hall of Flowers. Perhaps the greatest element of this B2B event was the opportunity to openly consume our cannabis, without fear of arrest. That stigma alone is my motivating force behind the use of vape pens. They are non antagonistic. They don’t shout: I’m smoking a joint. They are designed for pleasure, some with added terpenes for taste and aromatics, still others are the exemplification of class and comfort against your lips. I was charmed by so many, but I only have room for eleven, so here goes. Moms Little Helper indeed.
Canndescent Rechargeable Vape Pen Luxury COURTESY OF CANNADESCENT
1st Lady Of The West Coast Is The First Black Woman To Have Her Own Exclusive Strain Line #Flotwckush was created 2016, #DecemberNightsOg created 2018, #BlackGirlMagicOg created 2017. DAWNIELLE WASHINGTON
After writing a couple articles about the legal cannabis business in San Francisco, I was contacted by 1st Lady Of The West Coast. She is (for obvious reasons) not disclosing her name. But that should not preclude me from touting her Old School successes. She had the guts to contact me, that in itself is amazing. I respect her need for privacy and even I don’t know her first, nor her last name. Nor would I ask twice, it’s just not done. ‘Nuff said. So when I was given this honor to tell her story, there wasn’t any hesitation. I needed to do right by the universe, the cannabis family would be proud. And 1st Lady Of The West Coast would have fulfilled her goals. And what would that be? Being the fantastic person she is. I’m honored to be her friend. Thank you for allowing me the honor.
A couple weeks ago I received two small packages of pre-rolls that were unlike anything that I have seen or better yet, smoked prior. The packages were extremely well designed with sleek artwork and utterly mesmerizing color schemes. My childhood spent partially in Miami Beach at my family’s estate (Shangri-La) on Hibiscus Island, was filled with this cheery color array. The boxes scream to me Classical Art Deco, and the Higgs Lifestyle Cannabis experience comes with a twist. That twist would be the perfectly hand stuffed and tiny cannabis cigarettes contained within!
I never thought that less would truly exemplify more, but I have been wrong before about micro-dosing cannabis. Traditionally on this 4/20 day, it has special meaning to many, but in my case it is especially profound because I’ve chosen to go the less is more route. As many folks will rise before the dawn for their first foray into the experience of the day, others slept through the first class, like myself. I never should schedule an early class, just not a good idea. Maybe if I had packs of OLO Sublingual strips on hand I could fine tune my day.
California Cannabis cultivars possess a intriguing quality that changes from place to place. In the language of wine this aromatic descriptor is called Terroir. Quite literally, Terroir means, the taste (or smell) of the specific place. It’s very esoteric language, but it shouldn’t be overwhelming to the lay person. The same holds true for cannabis. There is in my opinion, there are striking differences between growing regions in the propagation of cannabis. The flavors differ wildly from place to place! This is especially true when the strains are grown under their own specific California-radiance of the sun. In the absence of the natural sun, there are the terpenes. These are naturally occurring scents that are added to cannabis oils and concentrates. What terpenes are in the language of the nerds, (I’m definitely one of those) are the scents that define different varieties of cannabis. Perhaps you’ll remember that I’ve discussed this topic prior at some length and here is a refresher on the topic. Terpenes are those scented-things that we recognize in cannabis. Sometimes they smell like pine. Other times they are citrus in their overall demeanor. And then there are the cultivars that smell like your neighbor’s male cat has been roaming around. I want to smoke those! There are more terpenes in cannabis than in wine! I’ve learned to detect many hundreds of nuances in cannabis, some of them exciting and intellectually stimulating. The mysterious umami ones are amalgamations of many scents. As a saucier and a mixologist, (sort of like a chef and a bartender, only deeper) I’ve learned to detect scents and further myself into the experience of the flavors and the buzz. There are many strains of cannabis to taste and evaluate. It’s what I do! Hey, I could be studying butterflies!
Why Frank White? King of New York? I couldn’t resist the idea of writing an interview with CJ Wallace, who wouldn’t want to? Then I realized there is always a back-story. This one is particularly intriguing. I’m honored to let the words flow, only as I know best. And that is by letting my interviewees enjoy themselves. This gentleman clearly embraces the format. Cheers!
Q.Ladraa and Christian Audigier founder of Ed Hardy COURTESY: Q. LADRAA
This was the pitch:
Thank you for passing along your email address over Instagram. I would like to convey my appreciation for your work. Last year I read your article about Xiaolin Cannagars and I was really impressed with your opinions and findings. I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to El Blunto. The work of our artisans is marked by an outpouring of skill and pride. The result is El Blunto a cannabis cigar that defines the luxury smoking experience, one worthy of your finest moments. El Blunto is made out of the highest-quality cannabis and is wrapped in hemp and contains zero tobacco. It also includes a high end glass filter tip. We are fortunate enough to be listed at over 50 dispensaries and are very excited about a successful launch in Los Angeles. We are a State and Los Angeles city licensed micro-business. I would love for you to try our product and perhaps you are interested in writing about us. In any case I remain a fan of your work and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
SAVA founders Andrea Brooks and Amanda Denz favor suppliers who employ sustainable practices in growing, manufacturing and packaging, and actively support the LGBTQ+ community and advocate for animal wellfare JENNIFER SKOG LIFESTYLE CANNABIS PHOTOGRAPHER
I love SAVA’s concept— curated cannabis. It means something to me to learn from others. I don’t know everything, far from. So, when I discovered the “curated” approach that SAVA takes, they certainly got my attention. Instead of picking out two from column A and one from column B, SAVA CMO Amanda Denz and CEO Andrea Brooks want to do the best they can with their online marketplace and delivery service that offers high-quality, cannabis topicals, tinctures, edibles, concentrates and flowers. How do they do this? By helping others plot a course through the sometimes confusing harbor of cannabis products and providing a new approach with education and discretion instead of a confusing dispensary experience.