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R&B songstress Toni Braxton talks about her multifaceted career in entertainment, suffering from lupus and how topical hemp products have improved her quality of life.






Tis the Season CULTURE ’s complete Holiday Gift Guide is chock-full of gifts that are sure to impress all the cannabis aficionados on your holiday shopping list.




12 Letter from the Editor news 14 By the Numbers 16 News Nuggets 17 Local News 18 Legal Corner reviews 20 Company Highlights 26 Strain, Edible & Concentrate Reviews in every issue 40 À La Carte 42 Growing Culture



Online Exclusive! d Recreational Cannabis Legislation Expected in Illinois d Infuse Your Hanukkah Celebrations with Cannabis












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‘Tis the Season


heerful and festive cards arriving in the mail, shopping for the hottest deals, warm cinnamon rolls in the morning and spiked eggnog in the evening—there are endless signs that the holiday season is upon us. When it comes to holiday shopping, the experience wouldn’t be complete without small bells ringing outside of grocery stores, as volunteers accept donations for mainstream charities. As we get ready to wrap up the year, there is also no denying our cannabis culture’s



focus on giving back to the communities we live in. While we support the sentiment, altruism shouldn’t be limited to the holiday season alone. Year-round, our friends and neighbors are facing economical hardships, from not being able to feed their families to unemployment, low incomes and homelessness. Don’t limit your charitable actions to just the month of December—give back through donations and volunteer work year-round. And if you’d like to witness inspiring examples of how to act every day and month of the year, you need

not look further than the cannabis industry. Countless dispensaries, cannabis companies and entrepreneurs have adopted a culture of altruism into the identity and mission of their brands. While we can assume the desire to do this stems from compassion and dedication to helping others, it’s clear that these charitable actions also help dismantle the negative stigma that cannabis companies often face in mainstream society. It’s essential that as consumers we continue to support companies in the cannabis industry that elevate our identity and work to improve their surrounding communities. Be inspired and find ways to support those in the industry who are so dedicated to giving back to their communities throughout the year. In this issue of CULTURE, you can rest assured that you’ll find everything you need to elevate your holiday celebrations. From our annual Holiday Gift Guide to infused and shareable dessert recipes, we’ve packed these pages with loads of holiday cheer. Let’s continue to demonstrate through our actions the world in which we hope to live in. Happy holidays from the CULTURE family to you and yours. c Cheers!




The amount of money, in thousands of dollars, that a Spokane-based cannabis business owner spent on repealing a ban on recreational cannabis sales in Ontario, Oregon: (Source: Idaho Statesman)


The updated number of registered medical cannabis patients in Oregon, which has decreased since 2017: (Source: The Seattle Times)

The estimated amount of money, in thousands of dollars, that a former Washington-based drug dealer claims he made annually in illegal cannabis sales prior to recreational cannabis legalization:  (Source: KIMA)


The number of epileptic syndromes that the new FDA-approved cannabis medicine Epidiolex can be used to legally treat: (Source: CNN)



The number of Oregon cities that voted to lift existing bans on recreational cannabis in November: (Source: Herald and News)


The estimated number of patients who registered for Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program since it began accepting applicants in 2018: (Source: Philadelphia Magazine)


The percentage of Americans who said that they believe that cannabis should be legal: (Source: Gallup)


The estimated number of Americans who live in states that passed pro-cannabis legislation on Nov. 6: (Source: Yahoo! Finance)


The Gong Show

WHEN: Thurs, Dec. 13 WHERE: Laughs Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WEBSITE:

Looking for a little variety to mix things up? The Gong Show puts a spin on the conventional contest show, with various forms of entertainment competing in one single event. Hosted by The Cannabis Alliance, The Gong Show is a fundraiser that showcases competing acts from local talent—ranging from comedy to dancing, singing and magic acts. Competitors include Michael Claude, JoeyQ, The Blistering Pigeon and Louie Foxx The One-Man Side 14


Show, and all acts are involved in one way or another with the cannabis community. Of course, a competition is nothing without the right set of judges. Individuals like Paulie FourDub, Jonah Tacoma, Professor Jake, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and the Phat Panda mascot will turn this event into one you’ll never forget. Best of all, event proceeds go towards important work that The Cannabis Alliance accomplishes in the industry.





LCB to Improve Cannabis Testing Requirements In October, an organization hired by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), called Patients United, released the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s lab test results on cannabis from recreational stores. The tests, which contained data from March 2017 to July 2018, indicated that 43 percent of samples contained either banned pesticides or illegal amounts of legal pesticides, with some of the tests showing cannabis containing over 90 times the allowable limit of pesticides. Up until now, pesticide testing was not a requirement unless a complaint was made, but the LCB

is looking to make it mandatory along with a few other testing requirements. “Yes, we opened the [Preproposal Statement of Inquiry] CR-101, which is the notice of intent to make rules. Requiring testing for pesticides will be part of that rule making,” said Brian Smith, the LCB communications director. In addition to mandatory pesticide testing, the new rules propose mandatory potency testing, heavy metal testing and several other testing-related rule updates.

MJ Freeway Still Working on Seed-to-Sale Issues Washington cannabis businesses continue to struggle with the industry’s traceability software, Leaf Data Systems. After MJ Freeway released Leaf Data Systems with some critical issues, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) gave the company until Nov. 6 to fix the glitches, but it has yet to deliver an improved product. Jeannette Horton, vice president of Global Marketing & Communications for MJ Freeway, told CULTURE that the software is working, and it’s just a matter of fixing a few glitches. “There have been numerous enhancements and improvements to 16


the Washington Leaf Data Systems platform over the last year to bring licensees and regulators a better system for the growing Washington cannabis market,” Horton said. The LCB contracted a third-party firm, Garner Consulting, to issue a report on the persistent issues between the two parties, which found both parties liable. Hopefully the new year will bring a resolution to these issues, and cannabis businesses will have access to a fully-functioning traceability software system.

New York Health Department Releases Medical Cannabis Report The New York State Health Department issued its latest two-year report on the state’s medical cannabis program on Nov. 14. The report outlines recommendations including allowing doctors to prescribe cannabis at their discretion and allowing doctors who can prescribe controlled substances to become registered providers. It also recommends initiating a pilot study to explore insurance coverage for medical cannabis. “New York’s Medical Marijuana Program has grown quickly since its launch almost three years ago,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “Nearly 81,000 certified patients and more than 2,000 registered practitioners are now participating in the program. The recommendations in the two-year report are part of the continuous work to improve the quality of this program to help New Yorkers who are suffering from serious and debilitating conditions.” The report also recommends making amendments to promote research and allowing thirdparty contractors to work as security officers.




W a s h i n g t o n ’ s f i r s t r e c r e at i o n a l c a n n a b i s research facility to begin studies By Emily Manke


ashington State continues to break ground when it comes to legal cannabis. There are several cannabis-related license types available in Washington, including those for producers, processors, retailers and transporters. Thanks to legislation that has passed, now cannabis researchers are eligible for licenses as well. Until now, no one has applied for a cannabis research license. Recently, research facility Verda Bio applied, and their facility has been approved for licensing. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) released a statement on Nov. 19, shortly following the license approval. “This is an important milestone for Washington’s marijuana industry,” LCB Director Rick Garza said about the occasion. “We’re hopeful that the research will assist policy makers as we grapple with this emerging industry.” Jessica Tonani, CEO of Verda Bio, explained to CULTURE why the research company chose to make the foray into cannabis. “I have a medical condition, which led me to explore medical cannabis roughly a decade ago.” Tonani wrote via email. “I have a biotech background and quickly realized that cannabis had medical utility, but the medical cannabis system was not always easy for a medical patient or their physicians to navigate. I realized it was an area that could be improved upon with research and was able to convince my co-founders to jump on board.” In addition to Tonani’s medical history, she and her colleagues see cannabis’ potential as a tool for various purposes. “Cannabis contains a treasure trove of molecules that deserve to be researched for medical, wellness and recreational uses,” Tonani said. Passion alone did not drive Verda Bio to successful licensing. Persistence has also paid off, as the journey to legally researching

cannabis was an arduous one. “When legalization of recreational marijuana occurred in Washington, we founded Verda Bio with the goal of performing research on cannabis,” Tonani stated. “Unfortunately, recreational legalization did not mean research in the state was legal. It took several years and three separate pieces of legislation to enable a legal research system in Washington post recreational legalization. Thankfully, lawmakers and regulators have been supportive of the effort to create the system.” LCB Communications Director Brian Smith pointed to Senate Bill 6177 as an important piece of legislation allowing cannabis research. A summary of the bill explains, “With the loss of the Life Science Discovery Fund as the [LCB] partner in conducting the scientific reviews of potential marijuana research licensees, the law allows the LCB to partner with another third-party entity to conduct the scientific review of applicants.” The Life Science Discovery Fund (LSDF) supported research in the life sciences improving competitiveness, improving health, improving economic vitality and more. The Washington State Legislature ended their funding for LSDF in 2015. The timeline for the rollout is coming up, and Tonani thinks they’ll begin research by the end of 2018. The facility has been approved, and researchers are just waiting for a few minor details to get worked out in order to begin conducting research. Apparently one of those minor details is paying the licensing fee. According to Smith, “We have not yet licensed Verda Bio, because they haven’t yet paid their fee.” Once fully licensed, Verda Bio has a clear plan on the types of cannabis research it will conduct. “The first year of research will focus on plant biology and establishing a breeding program to enable us to create rare cannabinoids that are not as common as THC,” Tonani explained. “For example, we are interested in cannabinoids such as THCV, CBDV and CBG, all of which are generally only found in low quantities in cannabis plants. Once we are able to breed plants that create high quantities of these cannabinoids we can carry them forward in future health and wellness research.” Once the facility is in operation, it will be one-of-a-kind. Washington is once again paving the way for legal cannabis. As the final details are squared away and research begins, perhaps Seattle will be home to some exciting new cannabis discoveries. c

Kottonmouth Kings Placentia, California’s own Kottonmouth Kings is a group that is arguably obsessed with cannabis, blending hip-hop, punk and psychedelic music, and mentioning cannabis in the majority of its songs. Because of the band’s devotion to cannabis, Kottonmouth Kings’ Daddy X was the second person to ever grace the cover of CULTURE Magazine back in 2009. Kottonmouth Kings’ first EP in 1998 was titled Stoners Reeking Havoc—and the hiphop group hasn’t really changed course one bit over the last 20-some years. After a hiatus, Kottonmouth Kings reformed in 2018 and announced the album Kingdom Come, which was released on April 20. The group’s latest compilation The Harvest was released on Nov. 10. Come see the group that has inspired various strains such as KMK Kush or King’s Blend over the years. WHEN: Sat, Dec. 15 WHERE: El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle WEBSITE: elcorazonseattle. com





Tough Love LCB prioritizes enforcement against the diversion of cannabis By Alison Malsbury


n early November, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) issued a notice to stakeholders that it had issued two emergency cannabis license suspensions to a producer and processor licensee located in Port Angeles, Washington. These suspensions are a drastic measure, effective for 180 days, indicating the degree of seriousness the LCB attaches to such violations. During the suspension period, the LCB will seek permanent revocation of the licenses. According to the LCB, “On September 20, 2018, an employee of North Coast Concentrates was pulled over by Lower Elwha Police, during the course of the traffic stop officers found 112 grams of traceable marijuana concentrates, three large jars and a large tote bin of untraced dried marijuana flower. The products were not manifested in the state traceability system. Subsequent investigation by LCB officers revealed that the untraced product


had been removed from the licensees grow operation and that the traced concentrates were returned from a marijuana retailer in Tacoma several weeks earlier. Seized text messages from the employee’s cellphone indicated that the licensee was aware of both the diversion and the selling of product on the black market. While executing the suspension orders, officers seized 556 pounds of marijuana flower product, 24 pounds of marijuana oil and 204 plants from both locations.” Washington State is taking this matter very seriously, as the allowance of product diversion by licensed operators could open the state’s licensing regime up to federal scrutiny and enforcement. License cancellation is only invoked in the most extreme circumstances, and emergency suspensions are an extraordinary exercise of the state’s power— only one emergency suspension was issued in 2017, and six have been issued so far in 2018.


Washington’s regulated cannabis industry is a completely closed system, in that commercial cannabis activity can only be conducted among and between licensees. Pursuant to WAC 314-55083(4), cannabis licensees must track all cannabis from seed-to-sale in order to prevent diversion and promote public safety. Any theft of cannabis or cannabis product must also be entered into the traceability system. The state rules break penalties for employees and cannabis licensees down into five categories (WAC 314-55-515): (a) Group One—Public safety violations (b) Group Two— Regulatory violations (c) Group Three— License violations (d) Group Four— Nonretail violations involving the manufacture, supply, processing, and/ or distribution of marijuana by nonretail licensees and prohibited practices between nonretail licensees and retail licensees (e) Group Five— Violations involving the transportation freight of marijuana The rules explicitly state that an aggravating circumstance for any of these types of violations includes “Engaging in criminal activities, including money laundering, organized crime, fraud, firearms, and diversion

of marijuana.” In these instances, not only can the state issue an emergency license suspension and pursue permanent license cancellation, but the employees or other individuals involved can be subject to criminal prosecution. One of the express purposes of Washington’s legislation to legalize and regulate adult-use and medical cannabis was to undermine and eventually eliminate the black market. Any tolerance for diversion of cannabis not only runs counter to this goal, but opens the state up to federal scrutiny. In the 2013 Cole Memo (which was rescinded by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year, but still serves as useful guidance regarding federal enforcement priorities against state-run cannabis programs), then-Attorney General James Cole laid out the federal government’s enforcement priorities in targeting state cannabis programs. Those priorities dealt with diversion of cannabis across state lines and to states where cannabis is not legal, involvement of cartels and other criminal organizations, and access to cannabis by children. These are the federal government’s priorities, and if states fail to implement regulatory regimes robust enough to prevent such activity, they could invite federal scrutiny. It is critical that licensees have protocols in place to prevent employee theft and to prevent the diversion of cannabis, as these types of violations, particularly where an owner is complicit, can lead to license cancellation and possible criminal prosecution. c




company highlight

Sluice Box 2103 Harrison Ave., Ste. 2335, Olympia (360) 951-5461 How would you describe your company? [We’re] a company that finds solutions in the cannabis industry. Creating industrial equipment that provides efficiency and reliability for commercial cannabis companies. What is your specialty? Our specialty is knowing clients’ needs and solving them. What do you offer clients that others don’t? We have all food grade equipment, cleaning tools, custom made dividers for efficiency and additional cartridges that increase production, without the extra cost. How and why did your company start up? We knew there had to be a more efficient way of rolling joints. [We wanted] to build a machine that would deliver every single time, without failing, especially when you need it the most. That

was our number one goal and manufacturing it with the right kind of materials, while making it affordable. What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to enter the world of cannabis business? The only way we can get better is to have an open mind and search for better ways to improve. Help others!

What are the goals and vision moving forward, for your company? Where do you see your company in five years? To have the most reliable machine in the industry, keep improving, listen to our clients and keep cost down to help our clients be efficient. We have more products that will be introduced in 2019 and 2020. What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry? To help this industry thrive, improve on efficiency and recognize supply and demand. c






company highlight

Top Shelf How would you describe your company? We have a small, high performance team, under 33 people. We take pride in the high quality and consistency of our product, it’s just good business. We’ve been in business over seven years and are still going strong! What is your specialty? Client relations. We care about our customers. What do you offer clients that others don’t? We offer 100 percent pesticidetested product, hand-filled per order in patented packaging. How and why did your company start up? My son was autistic and needed over $30,000 of therapy per 22


19705 60th Ave. NE, Arlington (425) 495-4305 Interviewed: TJ

year. I heard about medical marijuana and started growing in my backyard greenhouse. Then, I switched to indoor and started selling to dispensaries. I’m always striving for quality. With the changing landscape of medical and recreational cannabis, what do you see as the biggest challenges to your progress as a company? The biggest challenge is the overproduction of cannabis in Washington State. Any advantages? I’d have to say, experience. We’ve been through business trauma and have overcome each challenge, to come out even stronger. What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to

enter the world of cannabis business? Follow their passion! What are the goals and vision moving forward, for your company? [Our vision is] that [our] products are readily available in Washington State and the nation. Where do you see your company in five years? Expanding throughout the U.S. and the world. What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry? I hope to provide the highest quality products to as many “Top Shelfers” as possible. Legal cannabis is helping cities, states and soon countries to overcome the social issues of today. c




strain, edible & concentrate

The Juicy Anisette by GaGa Edibles While there is nothing wrong with a sweet treat every now and again, it does seem that the vast majority of cannabis treats are on the high-end of the sweet spectrum. And while black licorice isn’t exactly savory, it is definitely a more complementary flavor to cannabis than your typical confection. Not to mention, the black licorice lovers of the world are an underserved market. So the CULTURE team was delighted to sample The Juicy Anisette by GaGa Edibles. As always, this edible was expertly crafted from texture and flavor to consistency. The 10mg dosage is perfect, whether you want to eat just one, have half for lightweights or munch on a few for those with more advanced tolerance. Meet your needs with The Juicy Anisette by GaGa Edibles.

Available wherever: GaGa Edibles products are carried.

Ha Long Bay by Green Haven

Available at: Green Collar Cannabis in Tacoma.

Just like the breathtaking destination this flower is named after, Ha Long Bay will take you on a one-of-a-kind journey, and it is a sight to behold. This sativa-dominant hybrid forms some impressively dense, triangular-shaped buds. The sugar leaves vary in color from lime green to dark green, all the way to a deep violet on the tips of some leaves. Dark orange hairs contrast this color palette to create a truly unique and colorful flower. The scent brings the best of both worlds for cannabis lovers—earthy, pungent, sweet and fruity, it has something for everyone and provides a nice balance. After sampling this flower using a water pipe and vaporizer, the CULTURE team noted that the flavor and scent matched in notes and intensity. The effect of the flower was perfect for a sativa— joyful, energizing and euphoric. Ha Long Bay is the perfect companion for your holiday crafting projects. GET YOUR CLICKS


Black Cherry Soda Hydrocarbon Concentrate by Mammoth Labs Looking for stocking stuffers or Hanukkah gifts for the cannabis connoisseur in your life? Grab some of this Black Cherry Soda Hydrocarbon Concentrate by Mammoth Labs, and you’ll be sure to lift their holiday spirits right on up. Throw in some chocolate covered cherry cherries while you’re at it, because not only will they pair well with this tasty wax, but they’re also a delicious holiday treat. In addition to having an impeccable texture and terpene profile that will make even the pickiest flavor snobs swoon, this extract tests at a mind-blowing 80 percent THC. Talk about a one-hitter quitter! Novice extract consumers will want to be careful with this concentrate, and if you’re sharing your vape pen with random relatives and friends over the holidays, as one is prone to do, be sure to forewarn them that this is some powerful stuff.



Available wherever: Mammoth Labs products are carried.

Available wherever: Harmony Farms product are carried.

24k Gold by Harmony Farms If you can’t afford jewelry for your loved ones this holiday season, get them the next best thing, the 24k Gold by Harmony Farms. This bright and fragrant flower is sure to brighten any cannabis lover’s holidays. This indica-dominant hybrid was expertly cultivated, which is evident as soon as you unscrew the lid and inhale the strain’s sweet, citrus scent. This flower’s lovely lemon flavor will pair well with lemon bars, which tend to be a staple at celebrations this time of year. And if you bring some 24k Gold to a holiday celebration, you’ll be as popular as the lemon bar bringer. Not only does it have a fantastic fragrance, but the CULTURE team also noticed, after sampling it in a water pipe, that this 24k Gold is delicious tasting, and the effects are stunning. Relaxing, blissful, and with an undercurrent of bright energy, this is the perfect social flower for the season.


Available wherever: Pura Vida Cannabis Co. products are carried.

Crystal Coma by Pura Vida Cannabis Co. Crystal Coma is an appropriate name for this glorious flower. Before even opening the jar, it’s easy to see this is a special flower. The perfectly formed, large, fluffy buds are so loaded with crystals that, from a distance, they almost look white. Once the flower is up close and personal, you’ll notice the fragrance is a wonderful blend of pungent earth and citrus. After sampling this flower using a vaporizer and water pipe, the CULTURE team found the flower to have a forward pungent flavor with more of a sweet citrus finish. Crystal Coma is a sativa-dominant strain, but it didn’t behave like one. This strain produced happy effects and was uplifting, but it’s known for its deep, trance-like properties. This flower did just that, making it perfect for holiday celebrations.







By Kiara Manns

With a decorated career and involvement in just about every corner of the entertainment industry, legendary singer Toni Braxton is more than just an R&B icon. Through years of success and dedication to her craft, Braxton has become a household name. From her solo music career to producing and starring in a hit reality TV show series, Braxton Family Values, the multitalented Braxton has nearly done it all. She first stepped into the scene with her four sisters as the musical group, The Braxtons, during the 1980s. Soon after, her first selftitled album debuted in 1993, which featured the hit song “Another Sad Love Song.” The album alone led to three Grammy Award wins, and Toni Braxton became one of the top female artists in R&B. Braxton’s next studio album Secrets was even more commercially successful and generated the chart-topping hits “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “Un-Break My Heart.” Currently, she has released eight studio albums, achieved a total of seven Grammy Award wins, 11 Grammy Award nominations, sold 67 million records, mothered two boys, produced two reality series and tapped into a successful career of acting and producing. She’s also the recipient of five Billboard Music Awards, an

Echo Award, a NAACP Image Award and several Soul Train Music Awards. Only a few years ago, in 2010, did Braxton publicly share her diagnosis of an autoimmune disease, systemic lupus erythematosus. As an autoimmune disease, lupus causes the immune system to attack healthy tissues and can affect any part of the body. The disease can also cause unwanted butterfly rashes to appear on the skin. Pain and inflammation are often side effects of the disease, but Braxton refused to let these challenging symptoms stand in her way. Braxton took her diagnosis story to the world in hopes of bringing a sense of community and connection for those who have also been diagnosed with lupus. She encourages others to not let their diagnosis halt their ambitions and hopes to lead by example. By committing to a healthy lifestyle and using all-natural health and beauty products, she continues to maintain her own plans for her performance career and future projects. Braxton is now taking on a new role as the brand ambassador for Uncle Bud’s Hemp, a company that specializes in “natural hemp-infused products for pain relief, skin care and personal care.” Uncle Bud’s Hemp prides itself in incorporating natural hemp oil, which is rich in fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that help to promote healthy skin and slow cell damage. It’s a brand that Braxton can personally stand behind. CULTURE caught up with Braxton to receive insight into her career thus far and to learn how hemp products have aided in providing her a lifestyle that is healthy, safe and fulfilling.



You have been involved in reality TV show Braxton Family Values not just on-screen, but behind the scenes as executive producer. What is it like producing a reality show that centers on your own family? I am enjoying being the executive producer on both Braxton Family Values and my recent movie roles. I like the control of making decisions that has a positive impact on my acting. You were also a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in its seventh season. How was that experience? It was really exhausting. At the time, I didn’t want the world to know that I was living with lupus. I committed to Dancing with the Stars to show that I was healthy and strong. You’ve been in the entertainment industry as both a solo recording artist and you’ve worked in various projects with your family. How have those endeavours impacted your life today? Family is first and foremost, of course. Professionally, music is my first love, and I have enjoyed the opportunities I have had to act both in movies and on Broadway.


OCT. 7, Toni Michelle Braxton is born to Minister Michael Braxton and his wife Evelyn in Severn, Maryland.


Braxton grows up in a strict religious household, but she finds her true passion while singing with her younger sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar at their father’s church.


JUNE 30, Braxton’s breakthrough moment arrives. Anita Baker is unable to sing for the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang, and Braxton is asked to fill in. The soundtrack attracts a lot of attention with several hit singles.


Not only do you have a big family, but you all have collaborated together from singing with your sisters to filming reality TV. What are the benefits of working with your family members? We love each other. If feelings are running high, you know at the end of the day, you are family, and you have to settle your differences.



Tell us about your upcoming role in the Lifetime movie, Every Day is Christmas. It was fun to be the bad guy as a female Scrooge. I enjoyed doing a woman’s take on that wonderful holiday parable.


Braxton and her younger sisters form The Braxtons. The group releases its first single “The Good Life,” and singer, songwriter and producer Babyface is impressed by what he hears. Babyface quickly signs Braxton to LaFace Records.

JULY 13, Braxton’s eponymous debut album is released and becomes an enormous hit, eventually selling over eight million albums and reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart.


MARCH 1, “Another Sad Love Song” earns her Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance awards at The Grammy Awards.

How has life changed for you since you were diagnosed with lupus? Being open about my condition has been empowering, and it lets others who may be suffering know that they aren’t alone and that they don’t have to give up their dream. I don’t let the disease stop me. I help manage my symptoms by using safe, natural pain-relief products like Uncle Bud’s, along with other healthy lifestyle alterations.

You’ll also be on tour at the start of the New Year. What can fans expect from this upcoming tour? I love my fans, and I will be doing all of my hits. It’s no secret with your extensive resume that you enjoy working in so many aspects of the entertainment industry. From singing and acting to producing, is there a favorite form of entertaining you have among them? I enjoy them all; music was my start, so that will always remain my favorite. How do you feel about being referred to as a diva? It is an honor to be a celebrated female singer. Many doors are open to me, because of that description. You’re a mother of two teenage boys; what are some of the lessons you hope to instill in your sons? I want them to be honest, kind, honorable and hardworking young men.


MARCH 1, Braxton earns a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 37th Grammy Awards for “Breathe Again.”


APRIL 25, The Heat, Braxton’s studio album, is released.



FEB. 28, Braxton is nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.

JUNE 18, Braxton’s second solo album Secrets is released and is also massively successful. “Un-Break My Heart” becomes her most successful single to date, followed by “You Make Me High.”


FEB. 21, Braxton wins a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance with “He Wasn’t Man Enough” and is nominated for another Grammy Award.


FEB. 27 Braxton collects another two Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She is also nominated for two additional Grammy Awards.


OCT. 23, Snowflakes, Braxton’s first holiday album is released.

NOV. 19, Braxton’s studio album More Than a Woman is released.



What is something about overcoming the symptoms of lupus that you would like others to know? Never stop living your life. Take control of your body, and carefully work yourself through life’s hurdles. It can be done. When were hemp-based products first introduced to you as a treatment option for lupus? I was first introduced to the power of hemp through Uncle Bud’s products. I am hooked. For those who are considering using hempinfused topical products, what’s something you’d like to share about how it helps you? That there are some misconceptions surrounding hemp versus CBD products, and many mistakenly use the terms interchangeably. Hemp seed oil is an all-natural oil that contains no psychoactive properties


SEPT. 27, Libra, named after Braxton’s Zodiac sign, is released as her latest studio album. Braxton takes a short hiatus from the studio.

relief products, making them an essential part of an everyday routine for me, as I have long suffered from the painful and debilitating effects of lupus.

and is legal in the United States. Uncle Bud’s Hemp Pain Relief & Skin Care products do not contain any CBD. The industry can help dispel the conceptions by continuing to educate the consumer, and Uncle Bud’s will continue to be a source of information with the launch of their efficacious products, packaging and website. What types of treatment options did you try before resorting to hemp topical products? Rest, clean living, staying out of the sun.




The company shares that it provides a natural remedy for various conditions; why is it important to you to work with a company that utilizes natural ingredients in its products? Having had to make healthy alterations to my lifestyle, this hemp-healthy brand specializes in pain

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? You are strong, and you can meet the challenges that life throws your way. c


MAY 4, Braxton releases her studio album Pulse, and shortly afterwards, she decides to focus on other parts of her career.

MAY 14, Braxton releases her memoir Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir published by HarperCollins.

Why did you choose to partner with Uncle Bud’s over another brand or treatment option? I believe in the product, and it really works for me. I wanted to share that experience with others.

What is your favorite Uncle Bud’s product? Why? It is hard to pick just one. But right now, I am loving the Uncle Bud’s Topical Pain Reliever as it works super-fast, penetrates deep and relieves aches and pains better than any other over-the-counter product I have tried. All you need is a small dab. A close second is the Massage and Body Oil. It adds a touch of pampering to pain relief.

APRIL 11, The reality television series Braxton Family Values debuts on WE tv, and it receives three times the ratings of typical WE tv series.

2015 FEB. 8, Love, Marriage & Divorce wins a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.


FEB. 4, Braxton releases her collaborative album Love, Marriage & Divorce with Babyface.

OCT. 30, The Braxtons release a holiday album Braxton Family Christmas, in which all five of her sisters participate.


MARCH 23, Sex & Cigarettes, Braxton’s most recent studio album is released.




gifts for the cannabis lovers in your life

BABA G’S DIY SOUR CANDY KIT Choose your own adventure with Baba G’s DIY Sour Candy Kit! With this kit you can easily create edibles crafted to your potency preference. Add your favorite concentrate and in 60 minutes or less you’ll have 64 delicious sour gummy candies. Use the kit again and again with refill packs! Multiple flavors are available. MORE INFORMATION:

WILLIE’S RESERVE™ MULTIPACK TIN HIGH FIVE PACK Willie’s Reserve™ High Five Pack contains five whole-flower half-gram joints. The only thing better than a beautifully rolled joint is having enough to go around! So, whether it’s a festival weekend or a night with the band, you’re prepared to share the legendary stash. PRICE: $30 MORE INFORMATION:



UNCLE BUD’S HEMP PRODUCTS Each good-for-you Uncle Bud’s Hemp product is formulated with pure organic hemp oil and is safe for men and women of all ages. Uncle Bud’s Hemp pain relief, skin care and personal care products utilize vitamins and antioxidant-rich hemp oil—a natural remedy to relieve arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain and other aches and skin conditions that affect millions of people worldwide! Products can be found at Walmart and GNC stores nationwide or at

CBX ESSENTIALS INTENSIVE SALVE Based on the awardwinning CBx Sciences line, CBx Essentials products contain all the benefits, with zero THC, so they can be shipped to anyone, nationwide. The new product line includes CBx Sciences’ Intensive Salve, the first product to introduce CBG to Colorado—and now the first CBG product available nationwide. Use promo “CULTURE15” for 15 percent off through Dec. 31, 2018.

PRICE: Prices range from $2.50 - $13.97 MORE INFORMATION:

EYCE SPOON The patented Eyce Spoon pipe has been one of the most popular cannabis products for two years running. Why is this pipe so popular? Because it’s durability that rips. Eyce’s Spoon pipe is an all-in-one smoker’s arsenal, complete with a removable inlaid glass bowl, hideaway poker tool, hidden stash compartment and an unbreakable platinum cured silicone body that is protected by Eyce’s Lifetime Warranty. What more could you ask for under $20? Use code “CULTURE10” for 10 percent off when you buy two pipes or more at Offer expires Dec. 31, 2018. (Patent US D825,101)

PRICE: $25 for 2 ounces MORE INFORMATION:


RYOT ® SIFTER BOXES RYOT® Sifter Boxes are known for their quality and being constructed of the highest quality woods. Their monofilament screen and seamless glass base tray make them the perfect option for collecting the finest kief and storing your herbs. Not only are these stylish and sleek, the RYOT® Sifter Box makes for a timeless addition to anyone’s collection. PRICE: $36 and up MORE INFORMATION:



Kannastör ® GR8TR ® V2 JAR BODY The Kannastör ® GR8TR® V2 stands out above all other grinders, and this one has it all! The immediate standout features are the interchangeable Vape and Standard Easy Change Grinder plates for a variance of grinding options. Plus it has an Easy Change Sifting Screen, bonus storage options and all the variations of modularity that one could ever hope for. On top of that, the Kannastör ® GR8TR® V2 comes in three amazing colors, comes with a lifetime warranty and is made from food grade hardened aluminum. Rest assured you’re getting quality, as it was rated number one by HuffPost and High Times in 2017! PRICE: $89 MORE INFORMATION:

THE AXE HAT BY CHIEFTON SUPPLY CO. This six-panel snapback is made from the highest quality hemp and organic cotton. Attention to detail makes this hat stand out from the rest. The game changer with this piece is the small tab on the right side panel appropriately called the “Joint Caddy.” No more sweaty broken joints will be tucked behind your ear. Check out for a great selection of hemp apparel and accessories. MORE INFORMATION:

TROPIC TWIST GUMMIES Give the holidays a tropical twist this year. These fruity, delicious, indica-dominant gummies are guaranteed to relax your mind and whisk you away from wintry nights to sunny Caribbean shores. Fully infused, handmade Tropic Twist Gummies are easy to share with friends— and like all Dixie Edibles, they’re triple lab tested for consistency and quality. Tropic Twist Gummies are available only where Dixie Elixirs products are sold. MORE INFORMATION:

NEST CAM We all have friends and family members who are impossible to shop for—after all, they have already bought themselves every little thing they could possibly want. Why not surprise them this year with something they didn’t know they needed? Give your loved ones the gifts of peace of mind and security this holiday season with the Nest Cam. With various models, you can give them peace of mind with an indoor Nest Cam for watching over pets, or gift them with an outdoor Nest Cam for added security. PRICE: Starting at $199 MORE INFORMATION:





MINDSET Hybrid Vape Cartridge Discover the most consistent, best-tasting, highest potency vape cartridges currently on the market. 500mg MINDSET Hybrid Vape Cartridges are available with oil made from premium hybrid strains. During the CO2 extraction process, terpenes are removed at low temperatures to preserve taste, consistency and profile. The MINDSET Hybrid Vape Cartridge is available only where Dixie Elixirs products are sold. MORE INFORMATION:

TOKER POKER ® Your stocking stuffer search ends here! Finally, your poker, tamper, hemp wick and lighter are in one, tidy place. This soulfully designed smoking tool has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Artist Editions are certain to be the hit of the season—as unique as they are useful. Use promo code “CULTURE25” at the checkout for 25 percent discount online at (offer expires Dec. 31, 2018). PRICE: $7.95 and up MORE INFORMATION:

GENIUS MINI With the Genius Mini’s incredible Genius Taster attachment, you can dab on-the-go and still experience all the benefits that the technology offers for flower. A waterless rig maximizes taste and allows the full flavor profile to be experienced. Other features include the Genius Mini’s Waterless Dimple Technology that cools and filters smoke and leads to less waste. It’s also amazingly efficient and virtually indestructible.

SYNERGY Relief Balm Infused with THC and CBD in a 1:1 ratio, SYNERGY Relief Balm delivers harmonious health benefits—so you can work hard and recover faster. Consumers report that its powerful anti-inflammatory properties are great for treating chronic and localized pain and can assist with neuropathic conditions. Added bonus: The balm is absorbed through the skin, so it doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects. SYNERGY Relief Balm is available only where Dixie Elixirs products are sold. MORE INFORMATION:






the Season of sharing

G i v e t h e g i f t o f d e l i c i o u s f l av o r w i t h r e c i p e s f o r s h a r e a b l e s w e e t t r e at s standing underneath the mistletoe or sitting beside a warm fireplace—and treats like these are best made to share with your loved ones. Here are just a few seasonal recipes that are perfect for sharing with others. As with all cannabisinfused recipes, be sure to keep the THC potency low so that everyone can enjoy their treats comfortably and safely.

By Laurie Wolf Nobody would argue if December’s unofficial slogan was the “Season of Sweets.” It is hard to deny that this month is the best time of year to enjoy a variety of comforting and tantalizing desserts. Of course, add a bit of cannabis into the mix and you’ve got the perfect treat to eat while

R u s t i c A p p l e Ta r t In late fall, when apples are still crisp and crunchy, all this tart needs is some cannabutter, apples, a bit of sweetener and a squeeze of lemon. And of course ice cream is always nice touch. We recommend serving it with rum raisin or cinnamon bun flavored ice cream.



1 9-inch store-bought pie crust, or your favorite recipe

1. Heat oven to 340° F.

3 tablespoons cannabutter, melted 2 apples, cored, peeled and sliced 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon lemon juice


2. Place the pie crust on your work surface. Brush the surface with the cannabutter. 3. In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the maple syrup and lemon juice. 4. Place the apples on the crust. Fold the outer edge of the dough around the apples. Bake until the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.


Photos by Bruce Wolf



Instructions: MAKES

1. Heat oven to 340° F.


P u l l-a pa r t P e c a n Cinnamon Sugar Tree This easy recipe is a morning treat or perfect for an infused afternoon tea. Go for it—you won’t be sorry. Don’t get carried away when eating this tasty sweet treat, because moderation is key.

Ingredients: 1 can refrigerated pizza dough 3 tablespoons cannabutter, melted 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans, toasted 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup icing or frosting

1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar Candy for garnish 1 flat-bottomed ice cream cone, cut to form the base of the tree 1/2 cup melted chocolate

2. Place the pizza dough on your work surface. Gently stretch dough to 10 x 15 inches. Brush with the cannabutter. Cut into 36 squares. 3. In a small bowl combine the pecans, brown sugar, optional chocolate chips and cinnamon. 4. Place a heaping tablespoon of the mixture in the center of each square and pinch tightly to close. Be sure that all seams are pressed tightly. 5. Place the balls on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet. Make a holiday tree form and keep the seams on the bottom of the pan.

6. Bake at 340° F until golden brown, about 15-17 minutes. 7. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and decorate with icing or frosting and candies. 8. Heat the melted chocolate on top of a double boiler. Stir and remove from heat before fully melted; it will melt off the remaining heat. Coat the bottom of the cone in the chocolate, holding it inside the top of the cone. Place on parchment to set. 9. Dip the cut part of the cone in the remaining chocolate and place on the bottom of the tree. It will set and stick in a minute or two.






he Oakland garden is now ripe and is being harvested. As expected, the buds were ripe on Nov. 1. However, there was a delay in preparing for it, and the crew is playing catch-up. Every cultivator eventually learns that plants don’t wait. No matter what your intentions, plants develop somewhat mechanistically; input determines outcome, including timing. The buds’ ripening is a case in point. The light extension regime, interrupting the dark cycle by passing high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps through the field several times a night, ended on Sept. 1. By that time, there was a long enough dark period each night to switch the plants to flowering from vegetative growth. At that point, it was time to start preparing space

to accommodate the plants that would be harvested. However, steps were taken only close to ripening and have delayed harvest. The buds ripened on Nov. 1, 60 days later, as expected. However, it was only a week after that the first drying lines were set up. Then harvest began. On Nov. 19, about 40 percent of the field had been harvested. We have been lucky as other parts of California suffered through fires, but our farm has not been affected. Through October and early November, California days featured clear bright sunshine with highs in the 70s and UV light ratings as high as five. These are the steps in the harvest process are: 1. The plants were trellised using netting. It started with one layer of netting, which the plant branches were woven into. Then, when the plants grew larger and had more branches, netting was wrapped over each side, so that there were three nets holding the plants in place. The outer nets had to be removed in order to clip the plants. At first, crew members cut it using small clippers. Later an electric mini hedge-trimmer was used to cut and remove the netting.

Mature plant is trellised so it has a width of less than 12 inches.

Close-up of bud. All but a few rows were OG Kush.

Plants drying off from the dip.

Craft paper is placed in between layers of dried plants to help with airflow.

Plastic being removed so plants can be cut.

The drying rack is full.

2. Using a limb cutter at first, then later a small chainsaw, the plants were cut down and placed on small garden wagons. 3. The wagons were pulled to the processing area. 4. In the processing area, the plants were dipped in one percent hydrogen peroxide solution and then hung on racks to dry outdoors. This prevents them from molding as they dry out. 5. The plants were cut into top and bottom sections and hung to dry. 6. The space was outfitted with a room dryer to keep the space warm enough for the plants to dry quickly. Fans were placed all around the drying area to support air circulation. 7. The plants dried in about a week and were placed in a separate area to cure at 55 percent humidity for another two weeks. 8. After the plants dry, they will be sorted into “A” buds, smalls and concentrate material. c

Plant being dunked in a one percent hydrogen peroxide solution to protect against mold and bacteria.

Remaining plants in the field.

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Culture Magazine Washington December 2018  
Culture Magazine Washington December 2018