I was honored to be in the Mercedes-Benz “Mystery Talks by me” at the Palm Park during the SXSW in Austin with Rachel, Tricia, Lisa- Our topic was “Healthy and Hyper-digital: Learning to Make the Most of Leisure Time ” – Please, watch it at the link below!
Economists once speculated that with the growth of technology, humans would have more time on our hands, and with it we’d expand into leisure activities. In fact, the opposite has happened: we’re working now more than ever. It’s hardly surprising: work gives us activities, meaning, purpose and community. But what if there’s more to life? Many feel the urge to take a step back, but it’s easier said than done. So how can we slow down while keeping up? This discussion draws insight from neuroscience, mindfulness and more to offer some answers.
The face of the modern cannabis entrepreneur, Nina Fern
Nina doesn’t want to dwell on the past, nor does she relish the thought of doing anything else but what she’s doing right now. And that would be raising her daughters and establishing her future in print. Well, not really in print, not just yet- but in the virtual space, and what a beautiful space it is! The periodical is called the Highly and it’s a guide to the ‘good, good’… Not just the swag or the ‘so-called’ kind. But the very best. The top of the house. Where you go to find that everything is green and submarine. Well, to paraphrase Pink Floyd is heading in the right direction. At least chronologically anyhow. You see, Nina has a formal finance background and a not-so-formal now. She lives in the now, not the former Nina, the one that she glosses over, the international business star, mom, business-woman, living viscerally while all others sleep. No one is complaining. It brought her here- but that’s about all she wants you to know about the past. The present is what she is proud of and it’s named the Highly. What Nina does is write about processes, people, places, products and emotions- all that are intrinsic, pure and deeply authentic. They involve the finest medical cannabis that money can buy- that is for certain, but they also serve as a metaphor for fabulous health, good living and overall wellness. The wealthy with high-end tastes are aging like all of us- and their individual methods for alleviating ills can be quite revealing. The Highly is the guide to that form of medicating. By our own hand and in the direction that we see fit, using the best ingredients that money can buy. Because, Health is Wealth. And what Nina has founded is a form of brilliance that only comes through utter determination, passion and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Sarah is not your typical cannabis entrepreneur. She is brimming with excitement and wants to share her own personal story of how she got into this business and the way of cannabis- and why now? But first the Viride Geopipe, which is how this article got started in the first place. The Viride Geopipe is made of heavy stoneware and is shaped like a crystal, a geode. Geodes offer good energy and healing, certainly the basis for the healing uses of cannabis, which Sarah is certainly exemplifying in her life. In short, this is a very intellectual individual working in a new market as an entrepreneur. And the Viride Geopipe is the tool that brought me to meet Sarah. I saw it- searched and found… Sarah Remesch, living- right here in NYC!
The pipe that got my attention!
So I asked her if she would like to answer some interesting questions, not the usual ones- certainly unlike any interview she’s ever been asked to do! One that will… quite literally change the world as we know it.
You’d be hard pressed to find an authority figure when it comes to cannabis cocktails. But Warren Bobrow, the author of Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics, doesn’t think that’s because the combination is a bad idea. He should know — he literally wrote the book on the subject. He’s a strong believer in a good cannabis cocktail. It’s just that everyone else (other than a few brave bar owners) is too scared to tackle the subject.
“I don’t think anyone has had the nerve to do it, nor have they found a publisher to take that type of risk,” Bobrow tells me over the phone, chuckling. “This is not a big lucrative project. I wish it was, but there’s so much preconceived stuff about it.”
My first experience with the romantic taste of Amaro came in Rome, when I was traveling in Italy with my parents. They would pull my sister and me out of school for a month or more at a time to see many of the European countries. My parents liked the best things that life had to offer — and rather than stick us on an impersonal tour bus, they would immerse us in local food, wine and museums.
Marijuasana Found Stacey Mulvey: Stacey Mulvey loves teaching movement, viewing it as a spectrum of energy–from yin to yang and everything in between. Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mulvey left the Mormon church at 21 in protest over its discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community, women, and minorities. Overweight and unhappy, she began practicing and teaching mindful movement in Callanetics after having an epiphany about mortality and taking control of her own quality of life. Eventually, Mulvey discovered that cannabis helps her concentrate and enhances her motivation. Upon moving to Colorado, she began teaching pole dancing at Boulder Spirals while training directly under second-generation Pilates instructors and founders of the internationally renowned Pilates Center of Boulder, the world’s foremost teacher training school for classical Pilates instructors. Mulvey continued her studies at Naropa University in yoga, painting, and psychology. After completing her coursework honing her skills in mindful and meditative practices, Mulvey launched Marijuasana where she now travels the U.S. and internationally teaching all-inclusive classes fusing the wonders of cannabis with yoga, flow, and mindfulness meditation. http://www.marijuasana.com
“My favorite one is the Vietnamese specialty, Nur’ó’c Mía—Iced, Medicated Vietnamese Sugarcane Juice. The MagicalButter Machine comes in handy for the cannabis-infused condensed milk. Plus, the high fat of the condensed milk infuses like a dream. And, I use coconut water ice in the mix, so when the ice starts to melt, the complexity and flavor balance of the cocktail courses through your body with glee. It’s refreshing and lovely but never drink more than one per hour. They creep up on you quickly. Add an ounce or two of non-caramel colored rum when using a more sedative strain for a trip down the lazy river.”
Travel just about two hours by airplane- due West from the New York/Metropolitan region, and be prepared to find great ice! (As shown above) And much, much more! There is a craft spirits, culinary and craft cocktail revolution- ‘not so quietly’ reinventing itself in Columbus, Ohio. The finest culinary and alcoholic ingredients in the land are no longer only being only shipped to the big cities to the north and on both sides of this ‘fly-over’ city. Local cooks and mixologists are raising the bar on what is delicious- and what has not been discovered yet by the rest of the country. New money and massive amounts of raw, entrepreneurial creativity is gushing into this former rust-belt town. Each passing day is creating great pressure on existing bar and restaurant businesses- to ‘raise the bar’ and to do it really quickly or be left behind by changing tastes. There are gleaming new restaurants, distilleries, micro-breweries and craft cocktail bars all over town- some of them carved into former bank building lobbies, as if the employees of the bank just got up at the end of the day and their places were immediately replaced, not by investments, but by toothsome food and drink.
The Mezzrole, a Manhattan-style cocktail made with cannabis-infused vermouth, is one of 75 recipes contained in Warren Bobrow’s new book, Cannabis Cocktails. (Photo: Glenn Scott Photography.)
“What’s in the bottle is not what’s on the label,” says Warren Bobrow, handing me a small apothecary jar of amber-colored fluid. Inside is a top-shelf rum, he says, infused with high-grade marijuana — specifically, a strong indica-dominant hybrid known as Granddaddy Purple.
As laws prohibiting the use of marijuana wane, new ways of enjoying the herb emerge.
Currently 23 states and Washington DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana; in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, it is legal to purchase marijuana for recreational use. Many more states are introducing bills that will govern some form of legalized marijuana in the near future. And with that legalization, we are embarking upon a world of possibilities when it comes to marijuana… and cocktails.
In Oregon (where the prohibition officially ended in July of 2015) business is booming. “There’re more cannabis shops than coffee shops. It exploded. It’s everywhere,” remarks David Shenaut, Bar Director of Portland’s Raven & Rose. He paints a picture of an Oregon where the local papers are publishing guides on pairing beer with your various varietals of pot.
“Like flavor pairings, to enjoy side by side. We’re talking about a new classification of cicerone or sommelier. It’s like a sommelier of marijuana.”