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Leaf Nation Contributors take us on a journey through the vast and amazing world of Tannins and Terpenes this month — revealing how these essential chemicals lend flavor and scent profiles to alcohol and Cannabis — and more.

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Editor’s Note Thanks for picking up this bubbly new issue of the Leaf! WHEN WE FIRST began pairing Cannabis with wine in 2012, our goal was to enlighten the growing MMJ movement to the idea that there are as many unique and beautiful strains as there are varieties and styles of wine. This pairing concept has proven wildly popular and led to our Tannins & Terpenes events, as well as this annual issue of the magazine where we pair delicious beverages with tasty Cannabis offerings for the ultimate adult tasting experience.

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As we’ve grown used to Cannabis as a normal part of life, I find that people love to pair Cannabis with food, wine and their favorite activities. Cannabis adds to experiences, and with legalization comes normalization – allowing us to celebrate our freedom and share our tasting styles with our community and on social THERE’S NOTHING media. The result has been an explosion in how people are WRONG WITH consuming Cannabis, and being open about how the plant fits RESPONSIBLY into their lives and lifestyles. It’s even leading some to drink ENJOYING A less, as after work wine time becomes a date with the bong.

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PAIRING IT WITH Here at the Leaf we are firm believers that Cannabis is safer SOME FORM OF than alcohol. We feel strongly that when a substance that CANNABIS. harms people is sold, one should also have access to a plant that does the opposite. America has an alcohol problem, built on a consumption culture that gives reason to celebrate any success or failure with a drink. I’ve had to shake out of that mindset myself, and found freedom in choosing Cannabis in times of need and joy. It’s a lot more fun to get baked, and there’s no hangover! All that said, there’s nothing wrong with responsibly enjoying a drink and pairing it with some form of Cannabis – and the neuroprotectant benefits, along with other healthful properties, can mean that the THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are actually beneficial for your body when drinking. And if you don’t like alcohol, no worries! Check out our boozefree pairings to see what tasty strains our team paired with kombucha and tea, and try exploring on your own! I’ve been enjoying the limoncello La Croix sparkling water with a citrusy dab of Breathwork that gets me going, and keeps me highdrated for whatever adventure comes next. Happy pairings, and thanks for reading and sharing the Leaf!

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ew Orleans is ending penalties for people found with small amounts of Cannabis. The law takes effect September 15, reports The Lens. The City Council passed several agenda items to end marijuana penalties, reports the Associated Press. City officials said their goal is to increase community trust of police. Another aim is to allow New Orleans police to focus on reducing violent crime in the city. Those who get a summons pertaining to simple possession are immediately forgiven with no additional action necessary by the accused, the officer, or the court. No court appearance and no police report are needed. Smoking weed in public will remain prohibited. But instead of the cops issuing a drug summons, it will be a ticket in violation of the Smoke-Free Air Act – which is not a drug charge. CA SUPREME COURT: INMATES CAN’T POSSESS WEED

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nmates in California prisons can’t legally possess Cannabis under legalization, the State Supreme Court ruled August 12. The ruling overturns a lower court finding that prisoners could have weed as long as they didn’t consume it, reports The Associated Press. The justices said the 2019 appeals court ruling allowing prisoners to have an ounce of weed went against common sense. The high court sided with the California attorney general – finding legalization, approved by voters, did not apply to prisoners. “It seems implausible” that the voters intended to allow marijuana in prisons, Associate Justice Joshua Groban wrote for the majority. If voters had so intended, “we would expect them to have been more explicit,” Groban wrote.

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additional qualifying conditions – cancer and PTSD – were added in August to Texas’ limited medical marijuana program.

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he percentage of U.S. adults who admit they have tried marijuana has gone up to 49%, according to the latest numbers from Gallup’s most recent Consumption Habits Poll. That’s the, well, highest number Gallup has measured to date. Just over 50 years ago, only 4% said they had tried the herb. But that percentage surpassed 20% in 1977, 30% in 1985, and 40% in 2015. The sharpest rise in reported usage occurred during the 1970s, when the percentage increased from 4% to 22%. A much smaller proportion of U.S. adults, 12%, say they “currently smoke marijuana.” The percentage of current Cannabis smokers has been steady in recent years. It varies between 11% and 13% after increasing from the 7% Gallup initially measured in 2013. LEGALIZATION

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ississippi legislative negotiators are working on a medical marijuana program to replace the one canceled by the State Supreme Court. And they now say they’re close to a deal. According to the lawmakers, that could prompt a special legislative session as early as this month, reports Mississippi Today. “I believe we have basically most of the major issues resolved,” said GOP Sen. Kevin Blackwell, the Southaven Republican who’s leading the Senate’s medical marijuana work. “We’re very, very close.” Blackwell said. “I would be surprised if there were not a special session soon, but that’s not my call,” said Brandon Rep. Lee Yancey. “I think at some point soon we will be ready to say to the governor that we have something we can work with.” Mississippi lawmakers, by popular demand, are trying to reach a deal on a medical marijuana program because the State Supreme Court shot down the one overwhelmingly passed by voters last year. The State Supreme Court ruled in May that the medical marijuana initiative and the entire ballot initiative process was invalid. Interestingly, the Court left previous ballot initiatives intact – even those passed under the same process. Gov. Tate Reeves has sole authority to call lawmakers into a special session. He has said he would do so for a medical marijuana bill – but he refuses to do so before the House and Senate have general agreement, to avoid a long, drawn out session.

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edical marijuana was legalized on Cherokee land in Western North Carolina back in May. And now the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has announced it will actually sell the herb to non-tribe members. The move comes after six years of debate among the tribe, reports The One Feather. The Cherokee maintain a sovereign nation in Western North Carolina known as the Qualla Boundary, reports the Winston-Salem Journal. The move establishes the first location in North Carolina where medical marijuana is both legal and for sale, reports WFMY News 2. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council approved an ordinance on August 5 to legalize the cultivation, sale and usage of medical marijuana on the Qualla Boundary. The boundary is about 45 miles west of Asheville. The Cherokee haven’t announced a timeline for their medical Cannabis program – when cultivation will begin or when marijuana will become available for purchase, reports The Charlotte Observer.

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ohnny is a confident connoisseur, who doesn’t mince words when he says that “Cannabis saved his life.” Starting out as a recreational user and then moving toward a medicinal approach, he has immersed himself in Cannabis knowledge and culture. He is a wealth of information and loyal to his patients, always sensitive to their needs. Be sure to ask for him when stopping by True Wellness in Laurel for a high-class dispensary experience. WHERE DOES THE NICKNAME JOHNNY JOESTAR COME FROM? There’s actually an anime called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and the main characters are all ‘Joestars.’ So, I like anime and made myself a Joestar. My favorite anime so far would be Hunter x Hunter, Seven Deadly Sins, and One Punch Man is hilarious. YOU’RE FROM NORTH CAROLINA – WHAT WAS THE CANNABIS CULTURE LIKE OVER THERE? I wasn’t really a part of the Cannabis culture there. I moved from there when I was 16, so most of the time I had seen it around older adults. As far as quality goes, our quality of Cannabis shits on theirs. Amongst the adults there was Cannabis use, but since it was a big no-no down there, the culture was not very good surrounding it.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PASSION FOR HIKING. For me, it was being outside a lot as a kid, having a way to de-stress and cut the world off in a way – just getting out and connecting with nature and getting a good workout. Nothing like smoking a joint on a mountain, man. Some of my favorite hiking spots in Maryland are Great Falls and Billy Goat Trail. My favorite hike of all time is Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES? I mainly play Destiny 2 – I’m not too big into shooters, but I love Destiny. I play a lot of sports games, a lot of MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arena) and RPGs (role playing games). I’m playing on Xbox right now, but I’m trying to convert to PC. One of my friends paid $1,100 for the new Xbox Series X and I’d rather wait. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING A BUDTENDER? One of my favorite things is the interaction with patients. Patients come in – some have pain, some have anxiety and things like that – and I love being able to help them get past that. My favorite is when they come in a day or a week later and tell me that what I suggested really helped them.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE CONSISTENTLY IN YOUR HEADSTASH? I try to always keep around some Peanut Butter Breath flower. Also some concentrates, I prefer sativa concentrates and when I see some good terps I go for it. For some reason lately, I’ve been smoking a lot of terpinolene heavy strains, due to the fact that it leaves me relaxed but still able to function. Also, I need to keep topicals around to combat the joint pain after long hikes.

HOW DOES BEING A CONNOISSEUR HELP YOU OUT WHEN BUDTENDING? Everyone is always looking for ‘that shit’ for lack of better words, like THAT product. The premium stuff is usually along the lines of what connoisseurs are looking for, so being able to know good products and explain the potential effects helps out a lot. Who best to get advice from than me? HOW HAS CANNABIS HELPED YOU PERSONALLY? My quality of life is much better since I started using Cannabis. Before 2016, we would just smoke to get high and have fun. Around 2016 I had a really serious bout with depression and anxiety, and began to use it medically. Learning my regimen was a big part of the process, which is kind of a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio. Also, actually learning about the medicine and what ways it can be utilized for different things, has helped to treat my anxiety.

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human resources. “I was taking classes, watching YouTube videos to improve my hobbies, and trying to stay away from social media. During that time, I found myself comparing myself to others because I was unable to exercise and gaining weight.” Allergens to a variety of painkillers made it more difficult to treat inflammation. In the absence of pain relief, Kropkowski turned her recreational use of Cannabis into a medical trial, receiving approval from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. She found comfort in a mix of THC and CBD, by way of vape, edibles and topical treatment. “I like to mix them together, so I can feel the full impact of the medicine,” she said. Kropkowski’s educational curiosity quickly expanded to the plant – as did her appreciation of the local dispensary, Kannavis. As her recovery stretched into the fall, it became evident that a return to long days standing as a cosmetologist, her occupation for the previous six years, wasn’t optimal. That winter, Kropkowski made her foray into the Cannabis industry, serving as a budtender at the Frederick-based dispensary. “They literally were the best part of my day,” she said. “It wasn’t like going to a regular pharmacy. I felt a lot more comfortable and I felt better when I left. I wanted to keep having that good feeling and give it to others [as well].” The following summer, she put her education to use, joining Grassroots as a sales and marketing coordinator. A year and a half in Taneytown opened up doors to become a brand ambassador for Curio Wellness, representing the Lutherville-based operation across the state. “In a two-week span, I put over 1,100 miles on my mini-SUV,” said Kropkowski, who manages relationships with 36 dispensaries in the state of Maryland. “I call it the Bermuda Triangle of Maryland. I go from Allegany [County] to Aberdeen to Silver Spring.” To accommodate for long days on her tailbone, Kropkowski needs a thickly-padded pillow to absorb the bumps of the road – and the surgical complications have left her with inflammation that she treats with a daily regimen of Cannabis. She has refrained from kayaking, biking and skiing, frightened that a fall would impact her ability to work. But Kropkowski has undoubtedly found a home at Curio, attributing a smooth on-boarding process to the assistance of field marketing manager Deanna Reed and team leader Karen Pumphrey. After two-and-a-half years in the industry, she’s grateful to have found like-minded people that share the common goal of helping others. “Everything happens for a reason,” she said. “Although the experience was traumatizing, I grew from it, especially once I found this industry. Here, I got a lot of support. It’s nice to be able to bond with other people who have been through similar instances and used Cannabis to improve their health.” Educating people in regards to the plant is an opportunity Kropkowski cherishes. “When I was in high school, Westminster High School was called Heroin High,” said the South Carroll graduate. “There are a lot of people there who are addicted to opiates as well. One of the reasons I love this industry is when I’m speaking to someone at a pop-up event, there’s always one person every time who comes up to me and says, ‘Your products got me off morphine’ or ‘I used heavy prescription drugs for 30 years because of a car accident, and now I only use your chews.’” “It feels good to know we’re improving lives instead of destroying them.”

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MORGAN KROPKOWSKI has become an expert at quarantining. Prior to a worldwide pandemic restricting travel, Kropkowski spent much of 2018 confined to her room following a botched surgical procedure on her tailbone. The Maryland native underwent an emergency operation to remove a pilonidal cyst that threatened to rupture at the base of her spine. Recovery time for such an operation normally takes three to five weeks, but due to an oversized incision, the wound on her back took six months to close. “I couldn’t really stand up or go down stairs; anything I did with my legs would irritate [the wound],” the 27-year-old recalled. “It was a four-inch incision that was in an awkward spot. I just had to lay down and heal.” Summer passed in a slow slog, forcing the adventurous collegian to skip summer break. With outdoor excursions out of the picture, she chose to expedite her education at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

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FULL SPECTRUM COMPASSIONATE COACHING Motherhood has changed Lizy Maratea in ways she never imagined. After giving birth to a seven-pound, sixounce blessing named Francesca in 2013, the New Jersey native embarked on a reformative path to heal festering wounds from a dark past. Lizy’s childhood was rife with assault – trauma that later manifested itself in a variety of ailments, including a rare condition in which she became allergic to water. “You can imagine how inconvenient that would be,” said the 36-year-old, adding that assaults of a physical, mental and sexual nature also contributed to longstanding chronic pain.

and they weren’t getting that. Doctors are well educated, but learning about terpenes and cannabinoids is not exactly their wheelhouse. With Cannabis, it’s not as simple as take two of these and call me in the morning.” Having taken a deep-dive into her own psyche, Lizy learned firsthand that the path to good health was not a linear one, but an upand-down voyage that demanded discipline and self-care. Cannabis, she said, is just a piece of a larger puzzle. “After about three years of really, really hard work, I was able to give myself the same love and compassion that I could give to my siblings, my husband and my child,” she said. “That shift changed everything in my life.” In just two and a half years of tutelage, Lizy fter a strenuous pregnancy, Lizy was dehas expanded her personal practice into her termined to spend less time on her own own business: Full Spectrum Compassionate health and more time on Frankie, whose Coaching. She currently serves 14 clients, innamesake arrives from her grandfather. cluding a pair of soon-to-be mothers. She offers “Your sense of mortality really shifts when a three-tiered approach to life coaching – eight, you’re responsible for another human life,” said 12 or 16 weeks. Lizy, whose family has been residing on the East“I have a couple folks that come to me strictly ern Shore of Maryland for the past six years. “I for Cannabis, but it varies,” she said. “We try to wasn’t going to let [Frankie] come into this world set up goals and have the clients make realistic and learn the same dysfunctional ways without plans for themselves. The goal is to navigate tending to those wounds first.” their lives without having their wounded selves Lizy underwent intensive therapy, unearthing the controlling the experience.” underlying reasons for why she broke out in hives Eight weeks, Lizy says, is the amount of time when trying to enjoy the pleasantries of a warm needed to solidify a good habit. Sometimes, shower. the answer is as simplistic as reminding them Long-standing PTSD was the diagnosis. to do self-care. For others, she will guide them “I sat down with my counselor and she told me through Zoom-based mindfulness practices. it was a trauma response,” Lizy said of the allerEach case is patient-specific, leaving her spendgen known to scientists as idiopathic aquagenic ing hours researching on behalf of a client’s urticaria. “Medical professionals individual needs. will stop taking people seriously “The goal is to navigate “As hard as I bust when they have fibromyalgia, my ass for them, they their lives without and this is similar. There was need to work even nothing the doctors could see harder,” she said. “In having their wounded on the surface, so they threw my practice, I hold selves controlling their hands up in the air.” them accountable to the experience.” Mindfulness, yoga and Canthe efforts they want to nabis became the pathway to put in.” better health for Lizy. She fine-tuned a daily rouWhen it all comes together, seeing the results tine, while fastening her focus on her next step: is better than a paycheck. life coaching. The path to self-improvement led “Watching these lives transform before me is her to the doorstep of Natural Wellness Academy beyond description,” she said. – a Tampa Bay-based holistic health school that As the movement for federal legalization offers a variety of educational formats in person continues to pick up steam, Lizy believes she and online. Lizy entered into a one-year program, is placing herself on the front line of modern completing her certificate with a specialty in CanCannabis treatment. nabis and mindfulness teaching in 2019. “The world is more awake to the needs of “I had been working for Positive Energy those suffering,” she said. “When it is federally [dispensary] for a while,” she said. “Some of the legal, the days of doctors writing the quick preolder folks really needed someone to guide them scription, that is going to be obsolete. There will through the stigma and around the dosages, be a need for Cannabis coaches like myself on

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how to self sustain your [wellness practice].” She hints at Frankie taking over or playing a part in the family business. “She loves the smell of Mommy’s medicine,” Lizy laughed. Smiles are easier these days and multiply at a faster rate than ever before. “[Motherhood] has changed my perception of the world and what healing is,” she said. “I was beating myself up regularly and took a lot of my own abuse for a long time. To heal [for my daughter], I had to take the pretty bandaids off. I wanted her to know autonomy, I had denied myself that autonomy for a long time.” “I encourage everyone to be kinder and gentler to themselves,” she concluded. “When bad thoughts enter your mind don’t shake your fist. Be patient with yourself. To grow is not complicated, but it is difficult. Fortunately, as human beings, we can all do difficult things.”

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DEADBAND #7 LIVE RESIN CAKE BADDER Evermore Cannabis Company is back at it again with this premium example of Concentrate of the Month, Deadband #7. As we continue to comb Maryland dispensaries for the highest quality products we can find, Evermore consistently finds itself in our crosshairs.

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IN THIS CASE, we revisit their live resin cake badder line – famously extravagant and flavorful top shelf badders, made in house from either their most successful cultivars, or from their newer breeding projects. Golden, silky and creamy are the visual hallmarks of a top shelf badder, and the Deadband #7 is just that – engulfing the room with aromatic vigor and olfactory fortitude, as well as captivating the visual senses. As visually stunning as it is aromatically satisfying, the Deadband #7 promised to be a connoisseur experience long before I ever set oil to quartz. Deadband #7 is Evermore’s seventh phenotype cut of the illustrious Headband x Skunk #1 cross from Dominion Seed Company. This fragrant and delicately golden, creamy dollop of Cannabis excellence truly warms the heart and tranquilizes the rest of your anatomy with its workhorse of a terpene profile. Heavy on the myrcene, this dab is tempered by a delicious array of limonene, caryophyllene and linalool, which help spin this dab into the heavier side of the effect spectrum. Myrcene, caryophyllene and linalool is my favorite sedative terpene combination, but having the brightness of the limonene prevents a total couch fog – evening out into the perfectly mellow effect that I truly adore. The aroma has an effervescent earthy and piney overtone that is underscored by light, funky, fruity notes. One of the things that makes the Skunk #1 a special genetic to work with and what ultimately gave it its name, is the strain’s unique ability to uptake and store higher concentrations of sulphur. It’s those sulfur deposits that give out the true skunky odor that old heads crave, but sometimes rubs the newer Cannabis consumer the wrong way. This Deadband doesn’t retain the skunky funk, but the forest-y, earthy funk is absolutely present and accounted for. Behind that are layers of berry fruits that are hard to discern at first, but really shine on the exhale of your first low temp dab with cherry-esque flavors. The Deadband #7 is a heady hit, perfect for old and new heads alike. I stress the importance of a low temp dab if you choose to give this badder a try, as there are layers of nuance to explore that you don’t want to accidentally burn away. Remember the connoisseur mantra for dabbing: You gotta waste it to taste it!

The aroma has an effervescent earthy and piney overtone that is underscored by light, funky, fruity notes.

T E S T R E S U LT S 77.5% thca 7.3% total terps 2.81% myrcene 1.63% limonene .73% caryophyllene .66% linalool .24% pinene

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T E S N E U K SHORTCA S

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THIS MONTH’S FEATURED FLOWER HAILS FROM GRASSROOTS CANNABIS AND HAS BEEN A CROWD FAVORITE FOR SEVERAL HARVEST CYCLES.

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GRASSROOTS CANNABIS “THE AROMA OVERTAKES THE ROOM AND THE FRUITY, SWEET AND CREAMY NOTES TANTALIZE THE MIND.”

Sunset Shortcake has found its way into the hearts and minds of many of Maryland’s patients by being one of the fruitier and more pungent highs on the market, boasting a heavy 1:1 ratio of myrcene to caryophyllene that dominates the profile. The nugs are absolutely beautiful, littered with trichomes and dotted with deep royal purples. Enthrallment with the bud deepens as the aroma overtakes the room and the fruity, sweet and creamy notes tantalize the mind. The scent is so effervescently tropical that one expects an uplifting effect, but there’s more to the Sunset Shortcake story than such stereotypes. In this case, the Sunset Shortcake does indeed smell like a delicious bouquet of strawberry, mango and lichen, all drenched in honey and blended together with a sweet yogurt that produces a luscious scent any Cannabis user would enjoy. The flavor evolves with each passing puff, revealing deeper earthy notes on the exhale with the faintest echo of fruity monoterps. An absolutely exquisite sensory experience, it’s no wonder that the Maryland community has adored this cultivar for months and months. The high itself is a bit of a creeper. As I mentioned, the uplifting and tropical scents are so prevalent that one really spends the first couple tokes savoring the flavor and experience of the initial puffs, ultimately not paying close enough attention to the cumulative effects of each toke. Soon, my entire body was fully sedated but not couchlocked, and my mind was stoned and slowed in the most pleasant kind of way. By TESTING the end of the 24% THC .69% myrcene joint, I was still .63% caryophyllene deciphering the .15% humulene flavors without realizing that I had slipped into a heavy-lidded, stoner’s paradise. The aroma and flavor of Cannabis are some of the most amazing aspects of the plant and indeed represent a large portion of what makes a particular product higher or lower quality. The Sunset Shortcake by Grassroots Cannabis is an exquisite example of the stunning characteristics Cannabis is capable of, and if you haven’t experienced it in all its glory, it’s high time you did.

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TERPENES 101

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Mild, but earthy and sweet, this terpene is found in hops, thyme, and mango. Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in Cannabis. As a monoterpene, its simplistic molecular structure is a precursor to an array of more complex aromatic compounds.

MYRCENE

Floral and fruity, Geraniol is found in geraniums, roses, and coriander. Honeybees actually produce geraniolcontaining pheromones to mark hive entrances and nectar bearing flowers.

GERANIOL

Signature strain: OG Kush

Gentle, woody and floral, Linalool is found in lavender, birch and chamomile. Linalool has been studied many times in the medical community, producing a wide array of promising results (particularly when it comes to neurological health).

LINALOOL

Citrusy and bright, Limonene can be found in nature in oranges, lemons, and caraway. Limonene’s solvent qualities make it a popular compound for use in industrial cleaning agents.

LIMONENE

Signature strain: Amnesia Haze

Camphorous, minty and green, Eucalyptol can be found in eucalyptus, bay leaves, and cardamom. Eucalyptol exhibits cooling properties, and as such, is a common additive in products like mouthwash and cough syrup.

EUCALYPTOL

Signature strain: Harlequin

Signature strain: Sour Diesel

Fresh and forest like, Pinene is found in pine, sage, and rosemary. α-Pinene is the most commonly found terpene in nature, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and bronchodilatory effects.

PINENE

Signature strain: Super Silver Haze

Signature strain: Romulan

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Woody with a complex cleaner-like profile, Terpinolene is found in tea tree, lilacs, and fir. This floral and herbal terpene is known for its antioxidant properties and is found in relatively small amounts in numerous strains.

TERPINOLENE

Vegetal and woody with a subtle spice, Humulene can be found in hops, ginseng, and balsam fir. Humulene is largely responsible for the “hoppy” aroma of beer, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.

HUMULENE

Signature strain: Durban Poison

Woody and sweet with floral notes, Ocimene is found in basil, bergamot, and orchids. This elusive terpene often constitutes only a small portion of a cultivar’s profile, and is often used in the perfume industry for its herbaceous aromatic profile.

Spicy and peppery, Caryophyllene is found in pepper, cloves, and oregano. β-Caryophyllene was one of the first Cannabis-based compounds outside of THC, CBN, and CBG shown to interact directly with our endocannabinoid system.

CARYOPHYLLENE

Signature strain: Stardawg

OCIMENE

Signature strain: Girl Scout Cookies

T E R P E N E S are a class of hydrocarbons that occur naturally in plants and animals. They are produced in nature for a range of reasons, from attracting pollinators to deterring danger. Terpenoids are the oxygenated derivatives of terpenes – although the terms often get used interchangeably. Together these compounds provide a vast range of smells, flavors and effects. Their history with humanity dates back to our very beginnings, from fragrances to flavoring. But to the modern-day consumer, terpenes represent the very variety that we crave from Cannabis.

Signature strain: Pink Lemonade

They are, after all, largely responsible for what makes your favorite cultivar your favorite! Before diving into some of the more common Cannabis terpenes, it’s important to note a few facts. Much like in nature, each plant will encounter an array of conditions during its life that (inevitably) alter outcomes. This can range from genetic sourcing to production practices, unplanned circumstances and everything in between. So, while we hope you’ll find a promising start here today, we encourage you to continue exploring the nuances of these exciting compounds on your own.

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Oregon favorite, Wild Roots Spirits have been a staple in our home bar since launch. With a base of fresh Pacific Northwestern fruit and premium spirits, it’s always a home run if you’re mixing it up with lemonade – or just topping off with a splash of soda. It was Cannabis Nation’s Blue Magoo live resin that encouraged this stoney highball. After taking a small dab, we remarked on how flavorful and reminiscent of those old-school nostalgic blue candy flavors this Blue Magoo was. It was like a blue raspberry Jolly Rancher had been turned into concentrate form, and better yet, it included all of the giggly and spacey effects one would hope for. Magic Seltzer’s tonic is much less quinine forward than we had expected, which is great because instead of that sharp puckering taste we get from some tonics, this had a light herbal flavor that complemented the marionberry in the Wild Roots perfectly. We’ve always had success combining real fruit flavors with exaggerated profiles, and this is a shining example. You get those bright blue candy notes alongside real complex fruit flavor, and end up with something that is better than these flavors in isolation. At 50mg of THC, I decided to let the seltzer do all of the heavy lifting in this cocktail. I used the Wild Roots marionberry vodka as a way to add a note of color and flavor – less than a quarter ounce in each serving. As Magic Number uses live resin in their sodas, this is already a very potent potable. This approach allows you to modulate your own dosage, adding as much spirit as you’d like and topping the remaining off with soda for a beautifully refreshing cocktail. Keep a few cans on hand to reward yourself for yard work well done, or for some spontaneous entertaining when friends pop over unannounced. Our highly recommended suggestion? Pair this Blue Magoo live resin with a pitcher of cocktails – just don’t be surprised if your guests never want to leave.


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CHARM CITY MEADWORKS SWEET BLOSSOM EVERMORE SUNSET SHERBET FLOWER & LIVE RESIN CAKE BADDER

TA N N I N S A semi-sweet barrel aged honey wine that is produced locally in Baltimore City, this Sweet Blossom mead is a refreshingly perfect addition to a late summer day. While mead may fall into a lesser-known category of alcoholic beverages, the team at Charm City Meadworks is dedicated to changing that – believing that this brew deserves to stand alongside the staples of beer, wine and cider. If you’ve never tried mead and you’re a fan of a light and dry drinking experience, then look no further than the offerings at Charm City Meadworks – with 10-plus varieties and shipment to 39 states, you just might find your new favorite beverage. TERPENES Notes of sweetness and jet fuel are battling it out on the nose of this strain. The sweetness is reminiscent of cookies, cakes, pies or even candy. A slight citrusy waft lies underneath these tantalizing aromas, and the visually stunning, beautiful deep purple and light green buds are surrounded by shiny trichomes and bright orange pistils. Flower that looks this high quality gets me really excited about rolling a fat joint and lighting up. In my experience, this strain has proven to be a cerebral heavy hitter, leaving me in a noticeable state of euphoria.

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SWEET BLOSSOM 12% ABV SUNSET SHERBET FLOWER 26.99% TOTAL CANNABINOIDS 3.118% TOTAL TERPENES LIVE RESIN CAKE BADDER 83.78% TOTAL CANNABINOIDS 12.54% TOTAL TERPENES evermorecompany.com | @evermorebrands charmcitymeadworks.com | @charmcitymead

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T H E PA I R I N G When smoking the flower, and even stronger when smoking the concentrate, sweet cake-like flavors shine through. A slight hint of limonene can also be expected, which accompanies the taste of baked goods nicely. The sweet and floral flavors of the mead blend perfectly with the similar taste of the flower and badder. After a few puffs, my anxiety lessened significantly, while simultaneously putting me in a great mood to be around friends and family. A night out with a few glasses of Sweet Blossom and a fat joint or dab of Sunset Sherbet – this is a match made in heaven.

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TERPENES Sugary-sweet flavors reminiscent of Trix strawberry banana yogurt combined with bubble gum set our mouth to watering with a flavor profile that’s good enough to eat. The Strawnana bred by Serious Genetics is a cross of Strawberry Bubblegum x Crocket's Banana Kush, bringing the best of both parent genetics out in this terpy, perfectly grown and processed combination by AKO Farms. The flower is dense and frosty and practically oozes a strawberry bubblegum wave of flavor, melting into an earthy-banana-Kush that pops when a bud is broken open – coating fingers in sticky trichomes that are definitely lick worthy. The golden, crystally sugar wax sharpens the Kush-y banana notes with a bright and complex flavor profile begging to be dabbed. The only hard decision is choosing which to consume first!

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FLOWER 24.37% THC SUGAR WAX 79.10% THC 3.98% TERPENES alaskanbeer.com akofarms.com

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T H E PA I R I N G The sweetest treat for Cannabis lovers is experiencing strain specific flower and concentrate in the same pairing. Comparing the flavors and effects can be hard work, which is why a tasty beverage is so important. We began our sesh by preparing a low temperature dab, our freshly opened seltzer ready to soothe any coughing, and inhaled a syrupy, Strawnana-Kush vapor that kissed our lungs and blessed our mind and body with a smiley, relaxing buzz. Several big tokes later, we turned to the Sitka Spruce Tips brewed seltzer – quenching thirst with easy sips that accentuate the sweetness of the dab with a slightly hazy, sweet and sour tropical flavor that is finished with a perfect Spruce Tip kiss. Freshly baked and drink in hand, we turned to our loaded pipe – savoring a slow and clean smoking flower that delivers a heavier indica high, glueing our body to the porch in a heavy bliss. The flower burns with a scintillating earthy-fruity-bubblegum smoke that is washed down wondrously with sips of seltzer, completing a euphoric and satisfying pairing worthy of celebrating the end of summer.

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We love Alaskan Brewing Co. so much we’ve put them on the cover twice, and this fresh new pairing features a unique, 49th state style approach to a delicious seltzer. Seltzer beers are the fastest growing segment in the alcohol industry, and we’re embracing the refreshing nature of bubbly water infused with a light, easy drinking buzz. While there are many generic (and bad tasting) flavored big beer versions, this bright and piney Alaskan offering enticed our taste buds and was worthy of a cover pairing. First sips tickle the palate with a lightly fruity and sweet tingle that is finished with a slightly sour, piney freshness that lingers brightly. Both invigorating and delicious, we enjoyed the full lineup of Alaskan Brewing Co. seltzers!


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TA N N I N S Celebrating the year that the Mayflower first sailed onto the rocky shores of New England, this traditional India Pale Ale features a cornucopia of exotic and tropical hop varieties for a hazy and fruity combination that’s true to the centuries-old style of beer brewing. Produced locally on Cape Ann in Massachusetts since 1991, Ipswich Ale is celebrating three decades of pioneering craft beer on Boston’s North Shore by creating a variety of full-bodied brews with robust mouthfeel and bold flavors. TERPENES Bred by Professor P of Dynasty Genetics, Moose and Lobsta is a sativa-dominant cross between Kali Snapple and Oregon Huckleberry 2014. The dense flowers are covered with tons of crystals and grind up into a nice consistency for rolling a joint or packing a bowl. Upon opening the jar, a cheesy and fruity scent permeates the room – and the flavor when smoked echoes that sweetness, with hints of lemon and pine on the exhale. The buzz is immediate, pleasant and alert; I felt coherent yet creative and my lower back muscles relaxed quickly, reducing pain and relieving stress. The high lasted longer than most – more than two hours – and resulted in a substantial increase in creativity, and especially, appetite.

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T H E PA I R I N G These two samples seem made for each other. Both the tannins of the Pale Ale and the terpenes of the Moose and Lobsta flowers feature strong notes of citrus and ripe fruits, particularly lemon, apricot and pineapple. The sweetness of the beer and weed contrasts particularly well with the briny oyster liquor of a freshly-shucked bivalve. This is the ideal combination for a smoky seafood feast by the shore, with plenty of fresh shellfish such as clams, mussels, shrimp and of course, lobster. So before it gets too cold out, get some friends and family together for a relaxing campfire on the beach with some fat joints of Moose and Lobsta, paired with a couple of frosty pints of Ipswich Ale.

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rasse has released their new line of potent pre-rolls, called Biri. Packed in compact tins that stand out from typical Cannabis products, we knew we had to get our hands on a pack. It certainly didn’t hurt that they were infused with solventless hash. BIRI was created to be the sort of joint you might find at a pharmacy or drug shop in India – compact and powerful with the vibe of a convenience item. Slide the tin open and you’ll find carefully packed joints, stuffed into dependable Futurola papers with a twisted tip. The joints are nicely stuffed and you can see the ice hash infusion running tip to tail through the thin papers. Easily lit, a light herbal flavor carries through the joint, earthy and slightly floral. Once the hash begins to melt, the joint takes on a rich cherry flavor – even leaving a lingering sweet aroma in the living room. To complement the earthy and herbal profile, we split a Brew Dr. Tranquil Ginger Kombucha and toasted to our genius pairing. The spicy and effervescent ginger cuts through the acidic sourness of the kombucha and rounds out those herbal flavors of the pre-roll. Turmeric grounds the entire combo with an earthy base that supports the rest of the profile. The hash scent and flavor on top of everything completes the package and reminds us why we paired these two in the first place. After sharing one of the half-gram joints, we settled into an effect that was nearly psychedelic – energetic but grounded, without coming close to being racy or our anxiety spiking. The joint burned evenly to the end and our eyes were considerably more relaxed when we stubbed out the last of it. There’s no doubt we’ll be knocking glasses to this combo again as the patio season winds down.

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Summer is winding down, and increasingly, Alaskans are feeling the urge to cuddle up with a comfortable blanket and warm drink. After spending the last three months fishing, hiking, biking and camping, it’s safe to say that we’re more than a little tired and maybe even a bit banged up. So, when picking a pairing for this month, we decided to slow things down and focus on a relaxing combo of Alaska Botanicals Herbs and Teas’ Seldovia Bay Blueberry Tea and Frontier CBD’s Sour CBD Gummies. This full-bodied, robust tea features wild blueberries gathered locally from Seldovia. Once picked, the berries are set to cure in a blend of natural herbs like lavender, lemon thyme, chicory and red leaf clover. The tea is then infused with fragrant wild-picked fireweed and a pinch of stevia for added sweetness. The result is a delicious, caffeine-free cup of tea that perfectly steeps within three to five minutes. To get the most out of your self-care routine, try pairing your cup of tea with a few of Frontier CBD’s Sour CBD Gummies in blue raspberry. The sweetness of the tea cuts through the sourness of the gummies and intensifies the fruity flavor of both products. Highly potent, Frontier CBD’s products are the perfect way to enjoy the pain and mood regulation effects of Cannabis without consuming any THC. Said to adjust the endocannabinoid system, which in turn regulates eating, sleeping, inflammation, cognitive function and overall relaxation, CBD is a natural way to show your body some love. Frontier CBD’s gummies also come in a wide variety of flavors and potencies, so you can find the exact right product for your individual needs. REVIEW & PHOTO BY O’HARA SHIPE @SHIPESHOTS


PURE BEAUTY TERRY T X GELATO 33

TERPENES Pure Beauty is a female and minority owned, sustainability minded indoor cultivator, which is an incredibly rare combination of words to find in a single sentence. Utilizing water captured from the air, LED lighting, a zero-runoff system in the grow and 99% plastic-free packaging, the team at Pure Beauty is going above and beyond to create high end indoor flower, without the impact to the environment. This impressive 2:1 CBD dominant Terry T x Gelato 33 strain delivers gorgeous, chunky purple buds with a noticeable frostiness to them. Each nug is finely manicured, the clear result of a professional hand-trim. The herb emits the classic cherry cough drop aroma typically associated with high CBD strains, but is also intertwined with the Gelato’s sweet, creamy, doughiness that brings just a hint of fuel and funky fruit to it as well. I rolled up a joint using OCB’s Slim Organic Hemp papers and sparked it up. The resulting smoke was lightweight and easy on the lungs, bringing forth sweet and herbal flavors and a soothing, mellowing vibe.

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BioSpectrum CBD prides itself on being a family-owned and operated company. Each product is handcrafted with love and utilizes the most trustworthy ingredients imaginable. Their unflavored broad-spectrum hemp oil carries other phytocannabinoids that further help your body’s endocannabinoid system. Overall, this can relieve day-to-day stress and anxiety, as well as support sleep and recovery. Be sure to check out their game-changing nasal spray, revitalizing roll-on and hemp prerolled doobies.

Cold-pressed juices have many health benefits, as it retains more antioxidants, minerals, enzymes and vitamins than regular juice. Overall, this makes it a healthier option than traditional juicing methods. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Press Juicery offers a plethora of excellent tasting, high-quality products such as smoothies, wellbeing shots – and even plant-based treats. Utilizing premium ingredients, it’s no wonder that this sustainable brand has taken the world by storm with their farm-to-bottle beverages.

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PRESSED JUICERY GREEN 3 GREENS WITH GINGER pressed.com @pressedjuicery

Combining a dropper or two of BioSpectrum’s unflavored CBD oil with Pressed Juicery’s Greens 3 is an excellent way to start your day and fill your body with the good stuff. Cannabidiol and ginger work together synergistically to provide a boatload of anti-inflammatory properties. As this CBD oil doesn’t have a taste, you can enjoy the eight different fruits and vegetables without any plantlike flavor from hemp. Not too sweet or too earthy, Green 3 is a perfectly balanced beverage for anyone interested in drinking close to the daily recommended amount of vegetables. After downing the entire bottle, notes of honey crisp apples, fresh celery and Meyer lemons had my palate singing songs of joy.

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T H E PA I R I N G In my experience, balance is the key to happiness and success – and this mantra can be applied to essentially all elements of life. Matching the significant dose of caffeine with the relaxing power of high end CBD flower makes this pairing greater than the sum of its parts. This highly unique barrel-aged Modern Times coffee provides an energetic kick-in-the-pants that will get you going, while the gorgeous Pure Beauty flower rounds out the edges and tapers your acceleration to get-shit-done-land, where you’re bound to end up after consuming this delicious duo.

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MODERN TIMES BOURBON BARREL AGED ETHIOPIA WARQA COFFEE

TA N N I N S Modern Times is a brewery and coffee roastery with California locations in San Diego and Oakland, as well as a spot in Portland, Oregon. While they’re known for their outrageous barrel-aged stouts, the crew at MT has applied this same aging method to their coffee to bring more complexity and depth to their small-batch beans. This Ethiopia Warqa coffee boasts huge aromas of woody oranges, coupled with a hint of herbal spiciness and a touch of bourbon and caramel, even in whole bean form. Once ground, the spirit profile becomes the star of the show while the orange liqueur, sandalwood and Werther’s Original notes take a back seat. I brewed my cup with filtered water and used the paper-free Pure Over brand pour over system to obtain the best, most unadulterated flavor possible. On the palate, the coffee is smooth and full-flavored, offering exquisite tastes of milk chocolate, orange rind and bourbon, wrapped up and delivered via an elegant and silky mouthfeel.


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I F Y O U M U S T D O S O M E T H I N G , try to do something you love. If you can craft a calling out of multiple passions, even better. As the creative mind behind The Herb Somm, a lifestyle brand and blog focused on treating Cannabis as a highend ingredient worthy of culinary exploration, Jamie Evans has done just that, by blending a rich career in wine with a zeal for terpene-rich weed. We connected with Evans to talk about the journey that led her to a career in Cannabis, her books and her new project, Herbacée – a line of Cannabis-infused sparkling wines inspired by French tradition, set to launch this fall.

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“It’s about thinking about Cannabis as a gourmet ingredient, rather than just something that can get you high.” -Jamie Evans, The Herb Somm


A CULINARY ADVENTURE It all started over dinner. Well, dinners. Plural. Evans began hosting infused culinary experiences, blending her knowledge of hosting wine events with the pairing potential of Cannabis. “It’s about thinking about Cannabis as a gourmet ingredient, rather than just something that can get you high,” she said. Evans worked with chefs to build four-course meals paired with wine and Cannabis, with

A C U LT I VAT E D C A L L I N G In wine, a sommelier is a certified specialist in wine and wine pairing. It’s an intensely difficult designation to achieve, and a skilled sommelier can elevate an experience from the ordinary to the transcendent. It’s this concept of meticulously considered pairing, curation and creation that Evans hopes to achieve with The Herb Somm. Her first book, “Cannabis Drinks,” was published in April 2021, and explores the world of infused cocktails, made both with and without alcohol. Evans is thrilled by the concept of low-dose infused beverages that can be shared and experienced the way people have traditionally enjoyed alcohol. That’s why in addition to her books and events, she’s preparing to launch Herbacée – her own line of sparkling non-alcoholic infused wines, blended in the traditions of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Provence and of course, Champagne. “Wine country is weed country, and weed country is wine country,” Evans said. “What grows together, goes together.” THEHERBSOMM.COM | @THEHERBSOMM

Try it at home Recipe from “Cannabis Drinks” by Jamie Evans

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riginating in London in the 1980s, the Bramble traditionally incorporates dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, crème de mûre (a blackberry liquor), and crushed ice. As an old classic, here’s a fun and refreshing Cannabis- infused blackberry ginger Bramble you can try at home. Rather than using blackberry liqueur, try adding fresh blackberries, then muddle with your ingredients including cannabis-infused ginger simple syrup. Add a splash of ginger beer and an optional dash of bitters for an extra kick of flavor!

Ingredients:

Equipment:

1/3 cup (43 g) fresh blackberries

Shaker tin

1 ¼ ounces (37.5 ml) fresh squeezed lemon juice

Muddler

3/4 ounce (22 ml) dry gin

Old-fashioned glass

3/4 ounce (22 ml) Cannabis-Infused Ginger Simple

Hawthorne strainer

Syrup (find the recipe in the book)

Fine-mesh strainer

Cracked ice Ginger beer Dash of Angostura bitters Blackberry and a lemon twist, for garnish Preparation: In a shaker tin, muddle the blackberries with the lemon juice until the berries release their juices. Add the gin and infused simple syrup, then add ice and shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Fill an old-fashioned glass with fresh crushed ice. Place

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Target Dose: 12 mg CBD | 3 mg THC per drink (using Cannabis-Infused Ginger Simple Syrup, find the recipe in the book) or your preferred dose (using commercially made CBD or THC tincture of your choice).

a Hawthorne strainer on the top of the shaker tin,

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Editor’s Note: When mixing Cannabis and hemp products with alcohol, it’s best to proceed with caution and stick to the low side of the dosage range, which is reflected in the recipes found in the cocktail section of Cannabis Drinks. Above all, start low and go slow. See more of Jamie’s cocktail recipes at LeafMagazines.com.

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As with so many people, Evans wound her own unexpected path to the Cannabis world. Evans, a Certified Specialist in Wine with a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture with a concentration in Wine Business, spent much of her career on the track you’d expect from someone with the degree – working with companies such as Kendall-Jackson, and Folio Fine Wine Partners from industry heavyweight Michael Mondavi. After the better part of a decade, she came to find that it was difficult to rise in the ranks of the established corporate culture. In 2017, she started turning her view to the blossoming Cannabis industry. “I really started noticing that Cannabis was becoming such a point of conversation around the Bay Area,” she said. “Especially around the culinary world and Cannabis.” Evans had some experience with Cannabis, going back to when she was studying the intricacies of wine in college. “I would come back from my sensory evaluation classes and smell different Cannabis, and I would think, ‘There are a lot of similarities in the way these things smell,’” she said. “I have always been drawn to the way that Cannabis smells.” In 2017, Evans had been using Cannabis and CBD tinctures to battle trauma-induced insomnia resulting from witnessing a horrible car accident, and had tremendous respect for the healing power of the plant. She decided to attend a Women in Weed conference in the Bay Area, and after seeing so many female entrepreneurs who’d built their futures in Cannabis, she realized she’d found her calling.

each pairing inspired by terpene profiles. She would have glasses filled with terpenes, so attendees could pinpoint specific characteristics and leave with a more well-rounded knowledge of the intricacies of the plant. “Once they make that memory association with a certain smell, then it’s easy to pick it out,” Evans said. “It’s just about training your nose on the different terpenes … I really wanted to bring this concept of pairing, and incorporating Cannabis and food, into a meal. It was just so cool, because about 10 percent of these people who would come to these dinners would come without any Cannabis experience.” Many attendees who did have Cannabis experience had limited experience – think of that person who ate a super-potent pot brownie in college and never tried it again. With her lower-dose, experience-based meals, Evans was on a mission to unlock the potential of the plant for those people.

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FOR ANY PLANT ENTHUSIAST, it’s a particularly romantic truth that the United States’ historic home of Cannabis cultivation also happens to be coterminous with its dominant wine-producing region. For fans of intoxicating substances, it’s downright exciting, not to mention convenient. And, for history and geography buffs, the fact that American weed and wine country not only significantly overlap with one another, but also got their starts in Northern California, is more than just a coincidence – it’s a testament to the special land both industries call home, as well as the industriousness and foresight of the people who brought them both to life.

The Perfect Pairing Cannabis growers and wineries embrace their common ground

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a perfect world, weed and wine are obvious bedfellows. They are both delicious and make people feel good. They come from the earth. And, for those who dare to think a little bit more about what they are putting into their bodies and why, both products evoke a legacy of taste and enjoyment that transcends just getting drunk or high – a lifestyle, some might say. Unfortunately, the relationship between legal weed and wine hasn’t always been friendly up until now. In Sonoma, Napa and Santa Barbara counties, fierce wars are being waged between Cannabis cultivators and wine producers, the latter of whom argue that Cannabis cultivation damages their agriculture and sullies the upscale reputation of the wine industry. They’re also not keen on the smell, which they say lessens their quality of operations, especially as tourism is concerned. On their side are wealthy proprietors, who don’t want to live next door to a weed farm, legal or not. Those battles are currently being litigated in the public sphere via local governments and court cases. But there are brighter spots: In late 2020, a law was passed in California, State Bill 67, which allows the California Department of Food and Agriculture to begin administering an appellations program. It will determine geographic boundaries for Cannabis producing regions, the way such designations exist in wine. Many people in the wine world were instrumental in helping Cannabis industry folks put that program, which is still in its

Stephanie Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery in the Napa Valley, helped found the Napa Valley Cannabis Association. Photo by Devin Cruz.

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Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley. Photo courtesy Sunstone Winery.

infancy, together. They believe that strengthening an appellations system in one industry leads to an overall strengthening in the concept of geographically centered agriculture, which is ideal from both a farming and a marketing standpoint. Some winemakers are taking it a step further, either by fully advocating for Cannabis cultivation in their wine-producing proverbial backyards, or by getting into weed growing themselves. Teddy Cabugos, who owns Sunstone Winery in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley, is doing both. In a notable judgment, his winery applied for a land use permit to grow Cannabis at the vineyard’s estate, which would mean grapes intended for winemaking and weed are grown on the same property. Sunstone Winery Owner Teddy Cabugos This is strictly at their Santa Barbara County property. Photo courtesy Sunstone Winery.

verboten just about everywhere else, especially in California. After a lot of back and forth with local governments and agencies, as well as his well-heeled wine cultivating neighbors, Cabugos was able to reach an agreement. In May 2021, Sunstone was approved for the permit to plant up to six and a half acres. It’s the first time such a permit has been granted in Santa Barbara County and it represents a significant step in pairing wine with weed, pun fully intended. “Sunstone is in a neighborhood with very wealthy people, most of whom don’t want Cannabis,” he says. “I had to work against seven appellates, very high-profile people, and for a year I had to work with them to dwindle down my project to something ‘respectful,’” adding that he understands he’s the newcomer to the neighborhood – having bought the property in 2019, though he’s a fourth generation Santa Barbara resident. He respects that not everyone was initially on board with his plans to grow weed, and thus was willing to compromise. Cabugos says he and his wife bought the property with Cannabis cultivation in mind from the start. “I think the wine industry missed a huge opportunity in Santa Barbara County for filing for their permits, because they have the most beautiful properties,” he says. “They already have brand names. They already have the public coming onto their proper-


most vineyards and certainly so from any tourist attractions. Nearby in Sonoma County, storied winemaker Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery is quietly growing legal weed at his GlenTucky Farm while making award-winning, certified organic and biodynamic wines at his estate winery. Apart from championing Cannabis cultivation in wine country, Benziger was also involved in the creation of California’s appellations law, which requires sungrown buds and prioritizes organic and biodynamic farming – his specialty and, in the opinion of the law’s architects, the only way to ensure land and geography has its rightful place in cultivation, and the marketing of weed that comes from a specific area. To Benziger, the link between growing weed and grapes for wine is an obvious one. They’re both just plants, after all, and those who Sunstone Winery Owner Teddy Cabugos says he and his wife bought the property care for one crop or another, ulwith Cannabis cultivation in mind from the start. timately, are stewards of the land. That it falls on the same territory, for the environment, nor is it good from an ecoonly means more care in his view. nomic standpoint,” she says of the dominant cash “When we were creating appellations, we looked to crop for the region, which is obviously grapes. France and their A.O.C. system,” Benziger says of the “Especially with these fires we have been expeFrench system for creating geographic boundaries for riencing, nobody wants just one crop. The other winemaking, which includes best practices for farming piece is with marketing – Napa produces only four and land management. “The French model for appelpercent of the wine made in the state of Califorlations takes a lot into consideration. It takes everything nia. But it generates over a third of the value of from the environment, to the soil, farming techniques, California’s wine industry, monetarily speaking. the mindset of the grower and the politics of the area So, it’s really the top of the pyramid when looking ties to buy their goods. That can catapult their entry … it’s all part of creating the best product possible. at quality and quantity, because it’s the premium into Cannabis,” he says, recognizing the value of Cannabis is a very expressive plant, so are grapes,” he end of the market, right? Price, quality, and a small an established brand – something many legal Cansays, indicating the level of care exhibited by Cannaamount,” she explains. nabis brands are sorely lacking due to prohibition. bis cultivators as they move further into winemaking To Honig, the wine industry is so focused on the Cabugos is not alone in thinking the wine industerritory. high-end older consumers, which keep the industry has severely missed the mark. Stephanie Honig Like with the planned cultivation in Napa, Benziger try afloat for now from both a retail and tourism of the Napa Valley estate Honig Vineyard & Winery is required to grow on a separate parcel of land that in perspective. But they have a “Millennial and Gen is not interested in cultivating Cannabis, but she no way touches the wine part of his business, whethZ problem” that she thinks Cannabis can help, is steadfast in fighting for cultivators’ rights to do er literally or figuratively speaking. Down in Santa saying that no longer are people wanting “just” so in Napa County, advocating for it in public and Barbara County, Cabugos at Sunstone will have to do a wine vacation. They are going to want to mix it private and helping to found the Napa Valley Canno such thing, thanks to his land use ordinance which with Cannabis, distillery visits and brewery stops, nabis Association. Currently, Cannabis cultivation is allows him to grow weed in full view of his grapes, and in addition to world-class farm-centric banned in the county. vice versa. cuisine and beautiful views. The association is largely responsible for keeping Cabugos, who is about to hire an estate Honig’s idea is that, ideally, Cannathe issue of cultivation at the county’s forefront, sunstonewinery.com grower for his new Cannabis venture, is bis cultivators in Napa would mimic which has been no small task in the Covid era, also in possession of a somewhat hard to honigwine.com the wine model with weed. “If we can seeing as many of these ballot initiatives and ordicome by dispensary permit. He owns an offbenziger.com even grow one or two percent of the nances require in-person signature gathering. So, site manufacturing and processing center Cannabis that is grown in the state with the Napa an official county ordinance is currently tabled until as well. Ideally, he would like for the dispensary – and name, then we are really touching on that luxury it’s safer and more possible to move it forward, eventually a consumption area – to be on site at the market,” she says, noting that would-be growers Covid-willing. In the meantime, Honig says that she estate property. Both of those are not currently possible, have asked for only 100 acres out of the entire and her team are more focused on education until so he said that the worst-case scenario is he holds onto county. For context, grape growing takes up about the next time they can vote on it. They are shootthe license for as long as that takes, and will utilize his 850,000 acres. She also notes they have made ing for 2024 to ensure as high of voter turnout as local dispensary connections to sell whatever weed he serious concessions in the process to get even this possible, which they don’t think is likely for a 2022 grows. far, as Cannabis cultivation would be set back far election. Either way, Sunstone Winery’s first Cannabis seeds from the main artery of the valley along the Silver“There are a few reasons why I’m a believer in will be planted next spring. It remains to be seen what, ado Trail. Instead, Cannabis cultivation would take [Cannabis cultivation] in this county,” Honig says. exactly, grows from that – but planting seeds is always place in the agricultural watershed, far away from “Everybody knows that a monoculture is not good the first step.

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Michael Kennedy

Weather Undergound leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn with their lawyer Michael Kennedy (right) turning themselves in to authorities after 11 years in hiding.

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A profile of the late, great activist attorney Michael Kennedy.

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, The Yippies, The Weather Underground, High Times … all these iconic counterculture institutions had one thing in common: When they needed legal help, they all turned to the same man – radical civil rights lawyer Michael Kennedy. EARLY LIFE AND CAREER Michael John Kennedy was born in Spokane, Washington in 1937 – the same year as marijuana prohibition. After graduating from Berkeley in 1959, he got his law degree from the Hastings College of Law in 1962. A year later, he was drafted into the Army, where he was frequently disciplined for his anti-war rhetoric. After leaving the service, Kennedy moved to New York in 1967 to work as a staff counsel at the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, where he immediately began making a name for himself by taking on some of the most controversial civil rights cases in the country – such as defending labor leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and conscientious objectors of the Vietnam War. MARIJUANA & THE MILITARY In the first-ever marijuana-related case in U.S. military history, Kennedy represented Private Bruce “Gypsy” Peterson – a soldier at Fort Hood who’d been busted for pos-

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Michael and wife Eleanora in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, after returning from their time on the run from the FBI. session. Peterson – who’d been publishing an underground anti-war newspaper called Fatigue Press – was targeted with a harassment campaign by the MPs, who began planting dime bags in his locker. Peterson was arrested thrice in one month (each time for minuscule amounts of pot) and sentenced to eight years of hard labor at Leavenworth. After appealing his case, Kennedy got the conviction overturned, and Peterson was exonerated and released after 13 months.


“That’s the role of a radical lawyer—to make the courtroom a site for resistance, and there was really nobody better at that than Michael Kennedy.” – Bill Ayers, Weather Underground

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THE CHICAGO EIGHT After moving to San Francisco in 1969, Michael and his wife Eleanora developed relationships with Yippie founders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. Hoffman and Rubin – along with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) founder Rennie Davis and five other activists – had been indicted in the famous “Chicago Eight” conspiracy case. Kennedy – who’d represented Davis when he was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities ComNot long after Randall was arrested in December 1972, the Kennemittee in December 1968 – joined their dys rented a house in Laguna to operate from while working the case. pre-trial legal team. But when he and Unbeknownst to them, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs three other lawyers abruptly withdrew procured another arrest warrant for Randall on a passport violation … from the case, judge Julius J. Hoffman and on the evening of March 9, 1973, they followed Randall to Kennecited them all for contempt and arrested dy’s house to re-arrest him. Michael slammed the door in their faces and Kennedy, sparking a firestorm from the cursed at them as they dragged Randall away. As a result, he was hit with legal community. The National Lawyers 42 counts of obstruction of justice (all of which were later dismissed). Guild (NLG) and American Civil LiberKennedy got Randall released on bail again the next day, after which he ties Union mobilized a swarm of lawyers Kennedy with a few of the Chicago Eight. too went on the lam. FROM “RADICAL LOVE” to descend on the courthouse – pressuring the judge to drop the charges. HIGH TIMES The most consequential of Kennedy’s clients, however, was undoubtTHE WEATHER UNDERGROUND edly High Times founder Tom Forcade. Kennedy first met Forcade in San Kennedy also represented the Francisco in 1973, when Forcade handed him a bag full of cash to retain Weather Underground, aka the his services in a pending grand jury investigation for marijuana smuggling. Weathermen – a militant and conWhen he launched the magazine the following year, he appointed Kennetroversial offshoot of the SDS that dy the company’s official legal counsel. used pipe bombs to blow up dozens By all accounts, Forcade was a troubled genius … and in November of banks and government buildings 1978, his inner demons got the best of him when he took his own life. In (including the Capital Building and a private memorial held atop the World Trade Center (the highest place in the Pentagon) as a means to achieve the world at the time), Kennedy – along with Forcade’s other close friends their political goal of ending the – smoked joints containing some of his ashes in tribute to him. Vietnam War. The Kennedys became To ensure that High Times would continue, Forcade had established close with two of the group’s leaders, Weathermen FBI a trust that was to be managed by a board of directors, which Kennedy Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, wanted poster. chaired. When the trust was dissolved in 2000, some long-time employees At the High Times 40th and – according to Eleanora – they received shares in the company as Forcade had intended, but the Kennedys aniversary party (2014). “helped the Weathermen in any way we could, legal or illegal.” and Forcade’s family retained controlling interests. Over the years, accuAfter finding themselves on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list in sations have been made by former HT employees that Kennedy had assumed control of the 1970, Ayers and Dohrn went into hiding, where they remained company illegitimately, but according to former associate publisher Rick Cusick—who’s done for over a decade. To avoid being subpoenaed, the Kennedys extensive research on the subject—none of those allegations were ever substantiated. ended up having to flee the country for 18 months as well. In Kennedy served as High Times’ protector and patriarch for nearly three decades, until he died 1980, when Ayers and Dohrn finally decided to turn themselves on January 25, 2016, after a battle with cancer. He was 78 years old. in, it was Kennedy who negotiated their surrender and managed to get them off without any jail time.

TIMOTHY LEARY One of the crimes for which the Weathermen were best known was breaking Timothy Leary out of prison. Leary had been arrested in December 1968 for possession of two joints, and in March 1970 was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Kennedy filed an appeal, but it was rejected … so the Brotherhood of Eternal Love paid the Weathermen approximately $20,000 to bust Leary out and sneak him out of the country. Which, on September 13, 1970, they did … but in 1973, Leary was apprehended in Kabul and extradited back to the U.S. In an attempt to reduce his sentence, Leary snitched on his associates – even testifying to a grand jury that Michael had masterminded the whole plot (an accusation which Kennedy denied). Kennedy faced possible disbarment and prison, but the FBI was unable to corroborate Leary’s accusations and the charges were ultimately dropped. THE BROTHERHOOD OF ETERNAL LOVE Another counterculture group Kennedy worked closely with was hippie drug syndicate, the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. When the Brotherhood’s leader Michael Randall and chemist Nick Sands were indicted on multiple counts of drug smuggling and manufacturing, it was Kennedy who represented them.

RADICAL REMEMBRANCE This past June, a new film paying tribute to this steadKennedy served fast defender of underdogs and the First Amendment as High Times’ was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by William Kirkley – the man behind the Brotherhood of protector and Eternal Love documentary “Orange Sunshine” – “Radical patriarch for Love” is a short documentary about the Kennedys’ life, nearly three love and legacy. The film highlights their incredible double lives: representing and fraternizing with high society decades. elites, while simultaneously using their status and privilege to aid the nation’s most radical activists – a lifestyle philosophy summed up in a 1991 New York Magazine article about Kennedy as “Think left, live right.” Michael Kennedy was unquestionably a complicated, even contradictory man: a military officer who hated authority; a Communist sympathizer who enjoyed great wealth; someone who devoted his life to the law yet was always eager to subvert it … but one thing he remained unwavering about was his commitment to fighting for individual liberty. In the final interview with Kirkley before his death, an emotional Kennedy confessed: “I’ve lived a phenomenal life, and what I loved about it most was that I was never afraid – not once. Because if we don’t rebel, if we don’t stand up, no one will.”

For more about Michael Kennedy, listen to Episode #14 of our podcast at worldofcannabis.museum/cannthropology. Story and photos originally published on worldofcannabis.museum and reprinted with permission.

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he United States is really big. So, it makes sense that different regions will have different ways of doing things. And where some systems will function one way in a particular city or state, in another they may not. Areas of transportation are a great representation of this. And pedestrianism is no exception. For instance, if you step one foot into a crosswalk on a busy street in Baltimore or New York, the chances of losing that foot to a speeding vehicle is exceptional. Yet in Seattle, a bumper leaning one inch over the white paint will most likely result in a shameful, passive aggressive eye laser launched that is purposefully directed with great negative emotion, strictly intended to vilify you with expulsion to the depths of Black Hole Hell for eternity. This is no exaggeration. For a certain personality type, a crosswalk is a place to make a statement. And in cities like Seattle and Portland, that statement is “even though I am addicted to modern conveniences like everyone else, I will never admit it. Therefore, when I decide to champion my birthright as an American citizen and take dominion of the street with my formidable legs to carry me across, do not stand in my way with your impure machine – or you will witness the silent wrath of my glacial stare. And you will continue on your salacious path with the deep regret of understanding that you knowingly disrespected an utter stranger, who only wanted to exercise their right to free expression.” I don’t get it. And I’ve never really understood why a Chihuahua will attempt to intimidate a German Shepherd either, but so be it. I do get that elderly people should be treated with patience and dignity when the time comes around. I mean, they’ve earned it for chrissake, if for no other reason than having successfully dodged every dangerously moving vehicle since birth. And thank goodness Washington and Oregon are fueled with amazing legal Cannabis shops. Otherwise, there would be fewer good reasons to walk across the street.

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