Higher Etiquette: Cannabis Culture

with Lizzie Post 🌱

I was in the third grade when my mom gave us three weeks of etiquette lessons from the famous Emily Post books. Lucky for us, Lizzie Post, the great-great granddaughter of Emily has kept the legacy alive with the Emily Post Institute on all topics from business, lifestyle, to weddings, and now cannabis with the latest book, Higher Etiquette.

We sat on a NYC rooftop, chatting about the world and where we are in it. How etiquette in general seems to be lost with unsaid rules, assumed tones and lots of innuendo across all platforms. With cannabis culture rising, we head back into real life and embrace a practice that’s all about honest communication. When I sit with Lizzie, I can’t help to feel how some talents are just in the DNA. With the perfect diction as I imagine Emily Post possessed, Lizzie is the modern version of etiquette, both refined and down to earth. Higher Etiquette is comprehensive and easy to understand. It’s a must on the shelves for every cannabis connoisseur as well as the new perfect gift. We sit and eat pizza, talk cannabis, and you heard it here first, Lizzie Post knows how to drop an f-bomb, or two, or ten :)))))

Higher Etiquette

Excerpt: The Principles of Cannabis Etiquette - Respect, Generosity, Gratitude and Sharing.

Respect

Respect is deeply rooted in the cannabis community. There’s respect for the plant itself, respect for the individual consumption preferences, as well as respect for identity, style, and language choices. There is respect for the culture as it has been, as well as for where it’s headed. 

Generosity

The generosity of the cannabis community comes from a collective understanding of how much cannabis helps people and how much it is enjoyed. More often than not, a person will choose to share the last of what they have - or at least share a hit or two - knowing what it can be like to go without. 

Gratitude 

The cannabis community feels gratitude toward both the plant itself and the freedom to engage with it. When asked from an etiquette standpoint about the right thing to do, most recommended accepting the gift and thanking the giver even if they didn’t like it — the importance is placed on honoring the act of generosity.

Sharing

For the past century, cannabis has been shared and consumed in “secret.” As legalization has taken place, cannabis lovers have been coming out of the canna-closet and sharing their methods, knowledge and experience. It’s a true cannabis renaissance! As we discover ways to absorb cannabis into the greater folds of American life, collectively we will establish good etiquette and identify the beneficial manners that will shape the higher etiquette of cannabis culture.

On the importance of sharing

Lizzie Post:

It's how the cannabis community came to be. Ever since the first person chose to take this plant that they loved and say, “Hey, there's this thing that I love or that I'm enjoying or that I used or that I ate or that I smelled, you should smell it too.” That's where it begins.

Is the etiquette to buy extra with sharing in mind?

I like to think that people should be responsible for choosing their own generosity and what they're capable of being generous with. Being willing to extend to someone else or offer it as a courtesy - that to me is a beautiful tradition to uphold.

Respect. Are we respecting the plant if companies are putting it in ice cream?

I think you could argue that one both ways. I think you could say it's respectful to utilize it and celebrate it in every way possible. I think of the things like luxurious body lotions, all of it can be healing, so in some ways, that is respectful. But when it comes to the idea of using ice creams and gummies and things like that, I think of it a little more in the celebratory section of it, if I want to put the positive spin on it.

Where it wouldn’t feel respectful is if you were being greedy with it. And the way we choose to waste it would be another place I would see disrespect. I like when companies are doing something with all the plant matter that's not being cut up and used as flower. I think that's a way to show respect to the plant, to really utilize all of it because all of it can be utilized.

Excerpt: Discretion is still the better part of valor

Choosing privacy or discretion is not the same as hiding in shame. Just because you can legally toke up doesn’t mean you want to or have to share that with everyone in your life.

Best practices with social media?

So we have the capability to post anything, anytime. Respect comes from a place of recognizing that we could, and choosing to ask first. That's what I love about etiquette, it says we have a new capability and we have a responsibility to each other as a society to figure out how to be respectful with this new capability.

I have seen many cannabis dinners or events where people say “Are we all okay with being tagged? Is there someone who doesn't want to be mentioned.” And I love that because it's about giving people options and recognizing that there could be a preference.

We know that companies when they're hiring, look up people's social media accounts to see who they are and what they're up to and what kind of social media behavior they have. So given that we could be judged, in circumstances that are really issues of viability for us — your job is a really key portion of your life — it’s important to be responsible and be respectful of that. It's definitely advice that we use elsewhere in the etiquette world as well, not just with cannabis.

Excerpt: No Matter What.

The spirit of cannabis culture remains true to the principles of respect, generosity, and gratitude. These have been a the heart of cannabis culture since cannabis was first shared, and they will always remain, as will the celebration and exploration of the plant that brings so much good to the lives of many.

I have yet to be able to read it out loud [at a book signing] without starting to choke up and cry. It gets me each time. We’re talking about freedom. Being allowed to participate openly with relief from shame. The more we are allowed to be who we are and have it be ok - that’s empowering people. It’s an important thing right now.

What should we call this? Cannabis, marijuana, weed, flower?

We shouldn't have just one word, we should have many, many words. Cannabis is a word I default to but by no means is it the only word. I do think that in the media, scientific and medical arenas, and in our legislation, that this is a word we should turn to for it.

Words like marijuana, it's a beautiful word, and it's a word that can offend some people. It doesn't mean it's a bad word, it's a word from Hispanic cultures, so it should never be demonized. However, we need to be aware of its history because for some it’s offensive.

We're in a world of a lot of opinions. I had no idea that the word marijuana could be offensive to some and that it could be linked to racism. So it was really illuminating for me to learn that [in my research]. I also talked to people who love the word. I definitely had people in marketing departments telling me “you must use the word because it is the most searched word when it comes to cannabis.” So it's not about policing any kind of language, it's just about making people aware that certain words might not land well with everyone.

Where I’m from, dope is still used all the time. But it’s not a comfortable word for all, and doesn’t always make people think of cannabis when it’s used.

On “no pinching”

You shouldn't ask someone for their medical marijuana because it's their medicine, and it's actually prescribed to them just the same way you really shouldn't be asking them for their prescription pills either. And you don't ask them about their medical decisions. 

Just a note that pinching goes beyond this though. It's something that happens all the time among those who live together. It can be tempting when your roommate has a large stash and you have none to just take a pinch from their jar. But it's not polite. Instead ask ahead of time if pinching is okay or refrain from doing it until you can ask.

On passing etiquette

When it comes to joints, the classic puff, puff pass, two hits and pass it along is typical. It seems to be a comfortable standard for a lot of people. I think it's a good default to go to. 

When it comes to bowls [pipes] - it’s often one puff and then pass.

Blunt [Blunts are when cannabis is rolled into a cigar (tobacco leaf) wrap] smokers have told me three puffs and then pass.

Random scenario

Hanging with a bunch of new cannabis lovers and the joint is zigzagging all over the place. Clearly they haven’t read Higher Etiquette. Should we feel a responsibility that we have to respect the culture and share the traditions? It feels very puff puff pass police.

I may say, “Hey guys lets keep it moving around the circle” and nudge it in that direction. If its free form it may be really nice to break form once and while. You could say, “Where’s this going next?” as a good way to be polite about it. It takes the pressure off someone who keeps getting skipped in a zigzag format from having to speak up and say “hey can I get the joint?” But I also hate categorizing cannabis to just being that classic circle session. You know what I mean? Because it's so classic.

Haha, no. There are no puff, puff, pass police.

How do well-intentioned germaphobes get past the sharing and passing? I have this ‘friend’ 🙄

If you’re a germaphobe I would smoke personals. However, in that zone you end up quasi violating the sharing aspect of the community. I would suggest you bring some to share and contribute even if you don’t smoke the exact joint, bowl, or vape pen with others. I would light a joint for myself and send one around as well (offer the communal one up first and then light your own). You could say, “Sorry guys, I'm a germaphobe. Here you go. I came prepared for you.”

Awkward…

What’s the etiquette on keeping saliva at bay?

This is a tough one! On the polite side it starts with being aware of yourself. If you have a particularly wet whistle be mindful of tucking your lips in a bit when you hit a joint, blunt or vape pen or of wiping or burning the end of a bowl before you pass it to the next person.

😳 breathe…

Perfect, numero uno hostess gift (Higher Etiquette, obvi) and what else? Flower?

Anything cannabis related! I don’t vape a lot of oils but I still love getting vape pens and cartridges as gifts because I know I can use them in a pinch or offer them to my guests when they come over. Whenever possible go with a gift that matches the receiver’s preferences. If you don’t know them, get something you love - that’s keeping in kind with cannabis sharing and generosity for sure!

Favorite strain?

I really do love things that are in both the Durban Poison and the Jack Herer families. Tangie is also one of my favorites - your gift of tangie crossed seeds to me that one time was like a dream come true! I really like citrusy (limonene) and pinene dominant strains. 

There is a strain from one grower in California called African Queen, and it is one of my all time favorite strains. There's something about that strain that it gets you jazzed enough that you're in a really good social space, but it's also relaxing. So it's like, I want to talk with people, I want to engage with people, I have the energy to do those things, but I'm not amped up. To me, it's the perfect sociable party strain. 

I happen to like potencies that are like between 15 and 20 for weed that I want to smoke really regularly. I like higher potencies if I want to use it to go to bed or something like that.

What does cannabis do for you?

I love it in general! I like the act of smoking a joint. There’s something about that that fits with me. A lot of the times, it allows me a bit of space to process things. Or it can energize and focus me and get me to work. Or it encourages me to sleep. I guess I really like the variety of use I can get out of it. No matter what, I feel glad that I’m doing it and I feel connected to it. Everytime for me, it’s an “I like this.” kind of thing.

Cannabis is…

an amazing plant for so many reasons.

Stay tuned…as I go road trippin’ with Lizzie this fall! 💙 Nina

You can buy Higher Etiquette at Amazon or wherever books are sold!

“Reprinted with permission from Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties by Lizzie Post, copyright© 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.”

Illustration credit: Sam Kalda © 2019

“If I’m here and you’re here, and we are aware of everybody else out there, does that mean that everybody else is aware that we’re here?”

Stoner Epiphanies, anonymous

The Last Prisoner Project

with Steve DeAngelo

“Imagine being in a cell, looking out and seeing people build intergenerational wealth for doing exactly the same thing you’re locked up for. We will not rest and we will not stop until the last cannabis prisoner is set free.” — Steve DeAngelo, aka ‘Father of Cannabis’

Steve DeAngelo ​has​ ​long​ ​been​ ​one​ ​of​ the — if not — THE ​most tenacious​ ​voices​ ​fiercely​ ​advocating​ ​on​ ​behalf​ ​of​ ​the​ ​flower​ and the​ ​people​ ​it​ ​can​ ​help​ ​heal.

The activist, author, and entrepreneur has 40 plus years in the cannabis trenches and was dubbed ‘Father of the Cannabis Industry’ by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for good reason. Steve has co-founded ArcView Investment Group, Steep Hill Laboratory, and most notably Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Harborside, a vertically integrated California cannabis company now trading publicly on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol HBOR. Harborside Health Center, is an iconic dispensary chain that originated in Oakland, CA. Steve’s latest undertaking is Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to repairing the past and continuing harms of the criminalization of cannabis.

Despite the legal cannabis industry (predictably) taking off, there are more arrests for cannabis possession per year than for all violent crimes combined. Minorities —especially black and brown people — are disproportionately subject to cannabis-related law enforcement. And this is after cannabis-law reforms.

There are currently over 40,000 incarcerated people in the US who have endured months or years of incarceration —not to mention the permanent blight on their records. Many affected individuals lack the knowledge or financial resources to seek relief through clemency and/or expungement. Goals centered on social and economic justice and equity for those convicted of cannabis-related crimes tend to clash with entrenched stakeholders’ agendas. For instance, efforts to legalize recreational cannabis use in New York and New Jersey stalled in the spring, in part over disagreements about expungement provisions. New York eventually signed a bill earlier this summer. The forces behind the Last Prisoner Project are intent on making sure that black and brown individuals and communities receive their equitable share of the benefits of the legal cannabis industry and bringing about the day when every last cannabis prisoner on the planet is released, welcomed home and supported.


In conversation, the​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​that​ ​strikes​ ​you​ ​about​ Steve ​is​ ​a​ ​kindness​ that ​comes through ​his​ ​eyes and accompanies​ ​a​ ​rich, confident​ ​voice​ ​and​ ​larger-​than​-life​ ​presence.​ ​He carries himself with an ​ease​ ​that​ ​brings​ ​to​ ​mind​ ​his​ book, The Cannabis Manifesto,​ ​which​ ​reads​ ​like​ ​the​ ​distilled insights​ ​of​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​has​ ​put​ ​himself​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lived​ ​experiences​ ​of​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​array​ ​of​ ​people.

On Last Prisoner Project

Steve DeAngelo:

Trying to unroll something as deeply entrenched in America as racism requires a big push.

Those of us fortunate enough to find success and build wealth in the cannabis industry have an opportunity to make sure that every single cannabis prisoner is released and supported through the process of rebuilding their lives by providing support for clemency, expungement and re-entry programs that provide training and resources to help those released to rebuild their lives and be supported by their communities.

We want to get every single cannabis prisoner out of their cells and back home to their families.

First impression of cannabis

I grew up in a civil rights house. I was five years old at Martin Luther King's march in Washington, making sandwiches for the marchers, and saw it being used at the demonstrations. I saw it as an anti-war thing.

On becoming an activist

There was the first time I was harassed by cops for being involved with cannabis. That stung. I didn't like the feeling of fear. I didn't like the way they tried to humiliate me. It made me angry. I grew up in one of the few integrated parts of Washington, D.C. and went to a school that had Hispanic kids, black kids and white kids in more or less equal proportion, and we all hung out together. It was really evident that the brown kids and the black kids who smoked cannabis were getting arrested at a higher rate than any of us white kids were. 

Then there was this moment I saw a picture of Allen Ginsberg, who was kind of a hero of mine, in a photograph standing in an overcoat looking quite miserable with a sign around his neck that said “Pot is Fun.” Right? This was my first inkling of cannabis activism, that you could actually start challenging the preconceptions and the stigma.

First introduction to cannabis use

When I was 13 at a friend's house, we shared a joint. I felt nothing. On my way home, I walked through a park that was a thoroughfare and started noticing things that I never noticed before. I can smell this richness and this life that's in there. I feel the sun on the back of my neck and I look up. I see that same sun filtering through the leaves on the trees. I can hear the crunch of dried leaves under my feet. I feel sweat begin to come up on the back of my neck, and I hear a stream gurgling in the distance. I have this moment of transcendence where I felt, in a really intimate way, connected to the web of life. I didn't recognize it then, but looking back, I recognize it as the first genuine spiritual moment in my life. It was like, “Wow. I'm connected to all of these things, and they're connected to me, and they're all connected to each other.” I came out of that knowing that cannabis was this very special thing and that it was going to be a part of my life.

On the state of the industry

We’re seeing a kind of unfortunate trend in the cannabis industry toward professionalization putting the legacy farmer out of business. A lot of the folks who are having a difficult time finding their way in the legal cannabis industry are the people who sacrificed the most to bring it about. They're also the people who have the deepest affinity for, love for, and understanding of the cannabis plant.

Mother Nature has this beautiful check on the cannabis industry. If we get too far out of hand, whether through pharmaceutical companies or profit-making cannabis companies, people will do what they've been doing for decades. They will take these little seeds that Mother Nature has given us, and they will put those seeds in the ground.

Describe being high

It’s a different feeling for different people. There are certain truths about this plant you can’t lose sight of, and one of them is that it's a psychedelic substance. One of the factors that comes into play with any psychedelic substance is something known as set and setting. Set refers to your mindset. What's going on? Where are you? What are your circumstances? Your set and setting will have a profound effect on the way cannabis works for you. That's something that everybody will have to tune in to. I think cannabis has these really special lessons to teach us, and you won't learn all of the lessons in one encounter, and not everybody learns the same lessons. But it teaches us these things that, if we take them seriously, can be really powerful. Like the thing that happened with me when I first tried cannabis: I started appreciating nature. It doesn't matter whether I'm ingesting cannabis or not. I've had that experience. I've learned that lesson. I think cannabis can teach a whole range of lessons about creativity and about patience and playfulness and honesty and intimacy.

On personal cannabis use                    

Taming the addictive parts of my personality is the most important contribution. My mother's family was composed of seven siblings and she was the only one who didn't die of alcohol-related causes before 60. I realized after a few years of some pretty horrifying experiences that I was headed for the fate that my uncles and aunts had experienced, and cannabis was there for me when I decided to stop drinking alcohol. It saved my life and allowed me to be a productive, functioning human being. It has made me gentler. I'm a person who has a lot of passion and energy, and when I decide on something, it's very difficult for me to accept no for an answer. That's a good quality to have in an activist, but it's also something that needs to be tempered from time to time. Cannabis helps me temper that energy and what can turn into uncomfortable aggression if it doesn't find its right balance. 

I think cannabis has been helpful in my relationships with people who are unlike me. I think it has allowed me to put myself in somebody else's shoes. It makes me more generous.

I find that smoking cannabis tends to relax me more than I want while at work, so [I use] edible cannabis while I'm working and dabbed cannabis when I'm not.  Edible cannabis energizes me, and takes away my aches and pains. It doesn't diminish my focus or my drive. When I smoke cannabis, it's much more relaxing for me. My drive decreases, I become more relaxed and it opens my mind to different things.

On wellness

Most of my healthcare is outside the traditional Western system. We have great health insurance at Harborside, and I typically get all of those scientific tests, and they don't tell me anything that I don’t already know, and they aren't able to do anything to make me feel better than I already do. There's this whole school of medicine called ‘compassion medicine.’ When you are kind to somebody—not just empathetic, but when you take some type of action to assist another human being in a selfless way—it gives you measurable health benefits. Those health benefits are equal in magnitude to the benefits of being at your right body mass and exercising regularly.

On living a life in the middle of controversy

I stay happy with cannabis. I'm blessed to be surrounded by people who take care of me, appreciate me and love me. I have been with my partner Yoli for more than 15 years. I never had kids of my own because I was afraid that maybe I'd be in prison or something and couldn't take care of them. Yoli has two daughters, each of whom have two daughters. I'm surrounded by these very strong and beautiful women who are powerful carriers of light force. And the people that I work with--it's such a joy to work with people who are so talented and so dedicated. Of all the things that you can do and be in this world, I can’t think of anything groovier than to be the carrier of a flower that brings people joy and happiness and heals their diseases.

More information can be found at www.lastprisonerproject.org, @lastprisonerproject on Twitter or text FREEDOM to 24365.

The Highly Recommended: The Cannabis Manifesto, by Steve DeAngelo

There should be self-sanitizing doorknobs!

Stoner Epiphanies, anonymous

The Best in Portland

OUR LIST 🌱

Timeline

2015: Oregon legalizes recreational marijuana.

2017: Serra Dispensary leads the way in the luxury dispensary market.

2018: Massive industry pains. An oversupply of product has prices plummeting and over 100 farms closing.

2019: Portland owns the edible scene.


The Scene

Just like they did with craft beer, Portland has leapfrogged its sister states and owns the edible market — by far. The cannabis selection is still surprisingly small, perhaps limited by Portland’s trademark rainy weather conditions. Still, there’s a sense of true community and transparency that is unparalleled to any other cannabis city in the US and abroad.


Where To Go

  1. Farma - Serious cannabis boutique, often touted ‘The best dispensary’ in the US. Ask for Ben. He knows what's up and will take good care of you.

  2. Serra Downtown - AKA The Bergdorf of Weed

  3. Serra Belmont - An airy boutique

  4. Oregon’s Finest - Located in the hip Pearl District. Big selection.


What to Get


Flower

1. HIGH NOON (Indoor Flower)

High Noon Cultivation is an organic indoor flower farm, founded in 2014 by grower Tyson Lewis.

“Since committing to organic living soil beds, each harvest has produced better flower and greater harvests,” — Matt, High Noon

Why it’s good: High Noon grows Indoor in Organic Living Soil, and rely on natural pest control such as beneficial nematodes to regulate non-desirable pestilence. All of the soil amendments that High Noon uses are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) certified, which means all their materials and sustainably sourced and produced. The resulting cultivars are some of the most beautiful, terpene rich flower available on the West Coast. Each batch of flower goes through an extensive curing rotation, and is expertly hand-trimmed by a small team of dedicated trimmers. We suggest Shave Ice for a happy go lucky balanced experience or Mendo UV for those looking for deeper relaxation and pain relief.

2. PILOT FARM (Outdoor Flower)

Pilot was founded in 2016 by brothers Christopher and Matthew Dolinar, or ‘Dole’ and ‘Matt’ for those in the know.  Their team brings combined decades of organic produce and cannabis growing experience to their 80 acre farm.

Why it’s good: Pilot Farm capture what we consider to be the spirit of the Oregon cannabis industry:  embrace the sun (when it’s here), and let the plant speak for itself.

Their Clean Green Certified farm is nestled on a hillside in Ashland, Oregon, and produces high quality, approachable sungrown flower.  They embrace the minimalist approach cannabis, and let the nutrient rich soil of the region do the work for them.

Pilot’s farmers only grow from seed, which ensures that each growing season will produce the most unique, genetically hardy crop possible.  Think wine vintages: same general experience, with subtly different notes that indicate seasonal variables.

Pilot largely breed their own genetics, so you can expect a personal experience with each bowl.

Note: Be sure to check their website for availability.  Each cultivar is listed and described with beautiful experience focused detail.  It’s also just stupidly well composed; modern design with just enough “far out man” to acknowledge counter culture roots.

3. GNOME GROWN (Greenhouse flower)

Gnome Grown grower  (say that five times fast) Dan Macallister has one of the most passionate voices that the Oregon cannabis industry has to offer.  He and his partner Leah have combined decades of growing and agricultural biodiversity experience under their belts, and each day of it shines through with their cannabis.

Why it’s good: The Gnome Grown farm employs some of the most cutting edge greenhouse growing technology while embracing a wide variety of traditional organic growing practices.  The soil that they grow in is largely fed by nutrients and ferments grown on their farm, and their water is supplied by an idyllic lazy creek that runs through the back end of their property. 

The flowers smokes clean, and is never harsh; a point of pride for Dan.  Their team of trimmers do a great job of manicuring, but leave a little of the plants personality on each bud. Each strain that Gnome Grown produces is an elevated version of it’s genetic lineage.

What to try: For consumers looking for an invigorating or highly social experience, their Durban Poison or Last Laugh can’t be beat.  For those looking for a more relaxing but functional experience, the Banana Punch or Zkittelz are simply sublime.


CBD

1. EAST FORK CULTIVARS (Outdoor Flower)

Anyone who’s anyone in Portland’s cannabis scene, knows that East Fork Cultivars is behind most of the high-end CBD brands in Oregon. Brothers Nathan and Aaron Howard started East Fork Cultivars in 2016 with the intention of growing superior cannabis to help their older brother cope with his medical condition. When they saw how effective their products were, they decided to grow for all Oregonians. Their business partner, Mason Walker, completes the trifecta and has become the heart of the operation.

The cannabis trade has the opportunity to be a better industry. The best way to get there is for everyone to have higher expectations of businesses and business owners. — Nathan Howard, Founder East Fork Cultivars

Why It’s Good: East Fork’s Farm is Clean Green Certified, another way of saying ‘organic’. Organically sungrown grown in a small town of Taklima, an informal artist colony located four miles from the California border. They recently added a hemp farm for CBD without the high. Big news: this hemp farm is USDA Organic. A very rare stamp in the cannabis space. EF offers CBD-rich, CBD-dominant, and THC-dominant flowers. Joints come in unbleached rice paper (our preference).

Mason and the East Fork team are also the minds behind a free educational program called CBD Certified aimed at helping dispensaries and budtenders round out their scientific knowledge to guide customers on a CBD experience. Thanks, team!

Their website is digestible and includes lab results, potency, terpene profiles, and fun notes on each particular strain.

Pro tip: We mix the CBD-rich flower in with our other flower for an added bit of protection from inflammation while smoking.


Vapeables

1. EVOLVD

Founder Marley set out to make a cannabis product he would want to consume himself. Luckily for us, he reverse-engineered it.

Why It’s Good: We describe these live resin vapes, as the "Scotch of Cannabis" - staying true to the plant with their Artisn(TM) technique. This heavy, special live resin is as pure as you can get and results in a full experience that the entire plant in all its glory has to offer. In a beautiful move that echoes the wine industry, EVOLVD lists each product’s origins on the inside of the box: sun-grown or indoor, the cultivator, the harvest year and season. Hat-tip to Marley for full transparency. Clean Green Certified. Tailored extraction methods to each strain. Heavy and special occasion. The cartridge is glass and stainless steel with a ceramic coil.

Note: We recommend pairing with the EVOLVD medical-grade stainless steel atomizer to avoid unnecessary harshness on the throat.


Edibles

1.LEIF GOODS

Husband/Wife team, Carrie and Joe, give us a foodie’s dream by making cannabis feel gourmet.

"We use a form of cannabis oil called Full Extract Cannabis Oil, which is an ethanol-based, extraction that maintains the presence of both major and minor cannabinoids, and is completely purged of all solvents during the course of extraction process. Because of its full spectrum of cannabinoids, FECO provides a more balanced set of sensations, as well as the beneficial entourage effect for the user, whether through edible or topical use. " — Carrie Solomon, Co-Founder of Leif Goods/Greater Goods

Why It’s Good: It’s impossible to forget Leif with their memorable flavors and vibrant packaging — all while giving us the gift of products that are high in CBD and great for treating inflammation. Derived from sun-grown cannabis from Siskiyou Sungrown. Made with FEC (a concentrated form of cannabis oil known to have medical benefits). Non-GMO and fair trade with no chemicals or additives.

We have a particular obsession with the balanced CBD:THC 1:1 Mint Hibiscus bar


2.PEAK EXTRACTS

In 2014 Peak Extracts co-founders Katie Stem and Kate Black started their company with an empathetic mission in mind: provide consistent custom-tailored experiences based on uncompromising quality and integrity.

Why it’s good: In our opinion, one thing really sets Peak apart from most other edible manufacturers in the Oregon market: All of their edibles are strain specific, and use their proprietary Terp-Lock™ extraction process that retains the character and effects of the original strain from which they are extracted. In fact, Peak Extracts are one of the only manufacturers in Oregon that make their own extractions for products.

All of their chocolate is sustainably sourced, and melts in the mouth in such a luscious, velvety way.

As an added bonus, all of their chocolate is vegan/gluten/nut free.

What Sets Them Apart: Woman owned, women lead company with nearly a decade of experience in the cannabis industry. Strain-specific edibles for a consistent, predictable experience. Clearly labeled, color-coded packaging for a breeze of a shopping experience

Peak works with some of the most respected farms in Oregon, including Yerba Buena and East Fork Cultivars.


3. SERRA

Serra was originally founded in 2015 as a design-forward alternative to the standard stoner stylings of many of the dispensaries in Portland.  Their stores offer a carefully curated variety of cannabis products as well as cannabis focused home goods hosted in delicately but expertly crafted display cases; their entire stylistic ethos personifies their namesake, which is Italian for “greenhouse”.

 Why it’s good: In 2016 they introduced their collaboration with Woodblock chocolate, widely known as one cities premiere chocolate makers.  These edibles are astoundingly delicious.  The simplicity of ingredients allows the chocolate to speak for itself and let me tell you, this cocoa contains multitudes.

Serra has also expanded in to more niche aspects of the edible market with the recent launch of their caramels and gumdrops.  

The gumdrops are made with real fruit puree and no refined sugars, which is a welcome change in an industry rife with corn syrup and artificial flavorings.  They come in a wide range of THC/CBD ratios, and with flavor combinations like spicy passionfruit, strawberry basil, and tart cherry, it seems nearly impossible to make a wrong decision.

Truly though, the real standout are the caramels.  Serra’s confectionary team have continued their partnership with Woodblock, while also incorporating Portland legend such as Jacobsen’s Salt and Stumptown Roasters to make some of the tastiest treats I’ve had in the Oregon cannabis market.

 All of their products very clearly direct customers to necessary cannabinoid ratio and dosing information without feeling overbearing or cheekily hand holding.


4. GRON CHOCOLATE

The meteoric rise of Gron chocolates is impressive, to say the least.  Since their establishment in 2014, their name has become nigh-ubiquitous to the Oregon cannabis industry.  In our opinion, this is duly deserved.

Christine Smith started Gron with the intention of creating a craft-focused response to the not-yet-cohesive edible market that existed in the pre-recreational industry that existed at the time. 

Why it’s good: Conscious consumers have plenty of reason to celebrate, as all of their chocolate is fair trade certified, and all ingredients are locally sourced, organically produced and really damn delicious.

Gron’s chocolatiering horizons have broadened considerably in recent years.  You can expect to see edibles ranging from white chocolate blueberries to peanut toffee dark chocolate bars, and everything in between. 

Christine and Co. offer a huge variety of cannibinoid ratios with their chocolates, so consumers of all tolerances should have no fear of finding a product that is right for them. They have also devised a way to derive CBD from tree bark and lichen, which we find to be particularly fascinating, and yet another new horizon for the cannabis industry to chase.

Note:  For those with an enthusiasm for CBD, Gron recently opened up an all CBD café.


Tinctures

1. LUMINOUS BOTANICALS

Founders Sally and Devan’s inspiration was sparked after Devan began fiddling with cannabis recipes to heal after a back injury.

Why Its Good: Luminous is mastering things differently with a new approach to ratios of long and medium chain triglycerides. Meaning: the path of absorption goes through the lymphatic system vs. going through the liver. The end result is a higher absorption rate of cannabinoids and a very smooth, long-lasting effect with an equally subtle exit. To top off a superior product, Luminous impresses us with their values of “support the world you want to live in”  by offering this formula as an honest 3-in-1 tincture, topical and sensual. Our wallet thanks you, Luminous! Sun-grown organic CBD flower from East Fork Cultivars. THC sourced from Green Source Gardens - Clean Green Certified. Blended with essential oils. Mild taste and long-lasting. Earth is our favorite.

For topical use, THC is effective for localized muscle and joint soreness. We have a few massage therapists here in Portland that use Sky blend in their massage practices, diluting it by 10 for full body work, and using it full strength on problem areas. A massage with Sky blend is REALLY powerful. It doesn’t make you feel high, but it makes you feel incredibly relaxed. CBD can be useful topically for treating inflammatory conditions of the skin, or mild skin injuries like sunburn or scrapes and bruises. Meadow provides some of the pain relieving qualities of THC plus the anti inflammatory effects of CBD. I use Meadow as aftershave on my face - the THC reduces any burning feeling, and the CBD reduces redness.

— Devan, Founder of Luminous Botanicals 


Topicals

1.PHYSIC BALM

This line is made by the team behind Leif Goods. Yep, they did it again.

Why Its Good: These THC and CBD plant-based vegan balms come in two scents, Wood and Field, and boast the highest potency in Portland. If you’re new to using cannabis-infused topicals, rest assured that this high-performing balm won’t make you high. Derived from sun-grown cannabis from Siskyou Sungrown, combined with arnica and essential oils. Great for aches, pains, and tension. Amazing on dry skin, eczema and mild irritations.

2.EMPOWER BATH SALTS

Empower creator, Trista, discovered her calling after a dustup with the anti-cannabis aspect of the legal system: she was arrested for possessing three young cannabis plants. Trista was acquitted by a jury, but the experience lit the fuse of her work in anti-prohibition activism and the creation of the Empower line.

Why Its Good: Derived from organic sun-grown cannabis at Yerba Buena Farms. High-quality ingredient list: pharmaceutical-grade epsom, pink Himalayan salt, and ethically sourced Dead Sea salts, essential oils. Non-psychoactive.

Our favorite part: This product supports a creator-activist pushing for cannabis law reform.


Sensuals

1. DEW BY LUMINOUS BOTANICALS

Founders Sally and Devan of Luminous (above) nailed it 🤣 again with a product specific to sensuals.

Why its good: Cannabis lube is essential for cannabis lovers. Why? Because sometimes cannabis dries eyes, mouths and yoni’s. So basically, this should always be around, just in case. The consistency is light, the taste is just a hint weedy. We appreciate the slight weedy taste mixed with sex, as opposed to the weedy taste, mixed with sex, mixed with cover up scents! The High THC Blend is used to accelerate arousal and enhance feeling. Balanced THC/CBD blend eases discomfort and delays climax. Takes 15 minutes to kick in and not compatable with latex condoms.

We find The Comfort Blend to be a staple in the medicine cabinet for deliciously sore days. 💋

DEW is wonderful for oral sex. It smells and tastes delicious, and because it’s made with only organic, food-grade ingredients you don’t have to worry about getting it in your mouth, making it easy to move fluidly between oral and penetrative sex. Of course anytime you ingest cannabis oil there is a chance that you’ll catch a buzz, so caution should be used. 

Devan, Founder of Dew


Crossing state lines with cannabis is a federal offense. Please don’t call us from jail 🤦🏻‍♀️


Master List

Go - Farma, Serra Downtown, Serra Belmont, Oregons Finest

Get - High Noon, Pilot Farms, East Fork Cultivars, Leif Goods, Gron Chocolate, Serra, Luminous Botanicals, Empower Bodycare, Physic, Peak, Dew by Luminous

Eat - Irving Street Kitchen Chef Sarah Schafer has a flair for combining sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavor profiles that cater perfectly to a high palate.


“I thought I was thriving. I had no clue I was breaking.”

-Stoner epiphanies

Sister, Grow Your Own

Quality, Affordable Healthcare for All 💪

On New Years Eve, I showed up at my friend’s house armed with the ‘Rolex of Weed’ from San Francisco. Instead we shared my friend’s Lisa’s cannabis, grown on a NYC rooftop. It blew my ‘Rolex’ away. I've been obsessed with the grow-your-own movement ever since.

Awed, inspired, and curious, I decided to track down an energetic OG grow-your-own practitioner--with a Humboldt County pedigree to boot. 🖤 Nina


MEET SIOBHAN DARWISH: PIONEER OF THE GROW-YOUR-OWN MOVEMENT.

Siobhan Darwish: Launching the Sister, Grow Your Own summer project was born from a deep-rooted passion to keep cannabis in the hands of the people as a basic human right and to reinstate independence. Learning to cultivate your own food and herbs is the most powerful tool we have as humans.

Most states allow for the cultivation of between four and six plants. By growing your own, you will know exactly what is in your cannabis, save money, and avoid packaging waste. 

GROWING UP IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY

SD: I was born into the legacy cannabis market through my father, who passed down the family trade. In 2015, I decided to leave the black legacy market and find a safer, less stressful life by going legal. In 2016, I became the first permit holder to legally cultivate cannabis in the state of California. I believed my legacy had been fulfilled, cannabis would be accessible for all, and Humboldt’s economy would boom. I was wrong. 

PROP 64 AND SMALL FARMERS

SD: Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, was a 2016 voter initiative to legalize cannabis in California. Prop 64 was voted in and things looked positive for our community. It was a five-year ‘head start’ for the industry. Then with no reason Prop 64 was drastically changed. The acreage cap being torn off it was an obvious death for small farms. [Ed.: The removal of the acreage limit that passed with the original version of California’s Proposition 64 was seen by many as an opening for the development and expansion of corporate, factory-farming-style cannabis cultivation.]

With the sudden change, large companies were now able to stack licenses, meaning corporate growers would be on the road to monopolization. This struck the community of the Emerald Triangle hard and our economy is still struggling. 

The next three years would end up being far more rigorous and stressful than any year in the black legacy market. Legalization brought massive overreach from certain governing bodies, massive regulations, and flaming hoops to jump through while being gouged on taxes. 

By 2019, I furloughed our cultivation license due to uncertainty in California's regulating structure. Stepping out of the rush and watching the slaughter of small family farms has ignited a fire in my soul that will never dim. Watching cannabis become commoditized, the quality in product drop, and loss of an entire culture of people has set my heart ablaze to stand up against industrialized cannabis.

ON CANNABIS CULTURE

SD: The best part about the current cannabis culture is that we are all sharing and communicating now. A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders! We can talk about who we are and what we stand for. It is liberating to no longer hide. 

HOW DO WE GROW OUR OWN? I HAVE ZERO SKILLS AND NEED IT TO BE EASY.

SD: First, become educated on your local and state cultivation regulations. Once you are informed of all the stipulations, it is as simple as growing a tomato. It is a weed. Experiment and play.

HOW MUCH LIGHT DO I NEED?

SD: Twelve hours of light a day. If you can use the sunlight it’s free and will always be the most sustainable method.  Outdoor full sun is my favorite. However, all cannabis is good as long as it is clean. [Ed.: Check out the Grow Sisters’ video on vegetative states and considerations of light.]

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FROM START TO FINISH?

SD: Four to five months.

HOW LONG WILL THE CANNABIS STAY FRESH? 

SD: Depends on how you store it. I like to take half of my harvested crop and vacuum-seal it while I make cococanna out of the other half. Cococanna is cannabis-infused coconut oil that I drink in my tea at night so I can sleep.

ADVICE TO FELLOW START-UPS?

SD: Everyone just slow the fuck down.

There’s a lot of fluff in the industry. As we watch that fade away, authenticity stays and we’ll see who’s still standing then. 

HOW HAS CANNABIS HELPED YOU THE MOST?

SD: Above all cannabis has helped me to sleep. Many stressed nights have been eased by cannabis and I am forever grateful.

FAVORITE TIME TO BE HIGH

SD: My favorite time of day to get high is in the afternoon as I am shutting down the farm for the night. Saying good night to all the creatures and plants. 

WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOUR LEARNED THIS YEAR?

SD: Shaped in a black market mindset then breaching into a legal obliging business is a degree that no one can buy. Knowledge must be lived and experienced first hand.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU AND LEARN HOW TO GROW OUR OWN?

https://www.instagram.com/grow.sisters/

The Grow Sisters Youtube Channel

thegrowsisters.com


Reading: Politico - How legal weed is killing America's most famous marijuana farmers.


“They’re not phobias. They’re boundaries.”

- Stoner Epiphanies, Anonymous

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