MAR Y JANE ON THE RO C K S WRITER / BLAZE ROBINSON
T’S A TYPICAL THURSDAY morning commute with fog and steady traffic heading to Silicon Valley. As we drive south from San Jose, the skies clear and the sun comes out, a good omen for our trip to Castle Rock State Park. Once there, we meet Robbie V., who makes cannabis-infused protein bars with his company Native Seed, and Robert Quesada, a clonetender at the Oakland Harborside Health Center. The duo met through Instagram and they quickly bonded over their love of cannabis, bouldering, and living in the Bay Area. Together they are Climbers4Cannabis, a group of activists that seeks to educate and draw attention to the medicinal use of cannabis in the climbing community and for athletes everywhere. On the rock wall, Robert is able to show what heights a toking athlete can reach. Through his Instagram, he can connect to like-minded followers around the state and the world. “I can’t wait until there are no international borders to cannabis,” he said. “I can go medicate and educate anywhere and help people find their medicine.” Robbie and Robert’s primary form of climbing is bouldering, the simplest form of rock climbing. It needs no gear: only a willing body and mind. Robbie and Robert come equipped with some climbing aids: a chalk bag for sweaty hands, a Rasta-colored crash pad, a travel dab case, and climbing shoes (although Robert will later complete a climb in his flip flops, truly showing how little gear is needed). We start the morning off with a dab of Harborside’s Gold Drop Chernobyl at the base of their first bouldering opportunity. Robert says that he uses cannabis while bouldering to boost his creativity and to help reduce muscle inflammation after a rigorous climb. He prefers “encouraging” strains such as Jack, Tangie, and Haze.
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