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opportunity to share these magazines with our readers across three states. I started the Leaf as a project to propel me into law school, but it has transformed into a career and a lifestyle that has brought me intense joy and pride in the plant, and in the magazine’s ability to connect to people and change perceptions about a plant we all think we know. O u r f i r s t i s s u e was a 16-page newsprint production of 10,000
copies, and we haven’t slowed down since. Literally and figuratively, because producing these magazines takes a ton of work! I am extremely grateful to the team, especially Daniel Berman, who has been taking our beautiful photos and laying out the magazine for all these years. The team behind the Leaf works really hard to put together all this beautiful content with a strong, independent message, and I am humbled and amazed each month by what we get to publish! T o d a y ’ s p o t i n d u s t r y is a lot different than it was two years ago, let alone where my journey with it began in 2010.
The regulations, growth and volatility of legal pot have brought tremendous change to the weed world, but the Leaf has been able to carry on through the changes, documenting and sharing a view from the inside of the best our industry has to offer. After all these years I am just as excited for the future as I was in 2010, and confident that national and global change is coming that will benefit humanity when it comes to Cannabis and Hemp. The plant provides food, fuel, medicine and recreation and I feel good knowing that the world is becoming a better place, at least in that one area. As always, thanks for reading the Leaf, and helping support our vision of a free publication that serves the industry, patients, connoisseurs and new users alike with truth, great pot reviews and interesting stories. ~Wes Abney
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I AM JUST AS EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE AS I WAS IN 2010, AND CONFIDENT THAT NATIONALLY AND GLOBALLY CHANGE IS COMING THAT WILL BENEFIT HUMANITY... JUNE 2017 FACEBOOK.COM/NWLEAF /11
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Medical Marijuana Could Take a Bite Out Of Pharmaceutical Sales Medical marijuana could take a significant bite out of the pharmaceutical industry if adopted in all 50 states, according to a new study. In its latest study, From Prescription to Recommendation: How Cannabis Could Disrupt the Pharmaceutical Industry, the analysts at New Frontier Data have found that if medical Cannabis were legalized nationally, pharmaceutical expenditures on the top nine conditions commonly treated by medical Cannabis could fall an estimated $18.5 billion between 2017 and 2019. “The United States constitutes 35 percent of the global pharmaceutical market, the largest market in the world, and a major driver of the U.S. economy,” said Giadha Aguirre De Carter, CEO and founder of New Frontier Data. “It is one of many industries that will be impacted by the growth of the legal
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medical Cannabis. Based on a 2016 Health Affairs study, which found an 11 percent reduction in drug prescriptions in medical Cannabis states, analysts estimated what the total reduction would be if medical Cannabis were fully legal nationwide. By applying that decrease to the total amount of Cannabis market and we are already starting to see money spent in the U.S. on treatments for these that trend in legal medical states where use of key conditions, it is estimated that Cannabis and prescription drugs is down by 11 percent. related products can replace $4.4 billion to $4.9 “If Cannabis were to be adopted nationally, billion per year of current spending on existing we would begin to see a trend treatments. “IF CANNABIS WERE TO BE of patients turning to medical “Looking at these numbers, ADOPTED NATIONALLY, WE Cannabis as a substitute or it would appear that medical WOULD BEGIN TO SEE A TREND complement to pharmaceuticals,” OF PATIENTS TURNING TO Cannabis would be a drop MEDICAL CANNABIS AS A Aguirre De Carcer said. in the bucket when it comes SUBSTITUTE OR COMPLEMENT New Frontier Data’s analysts to impacting the total TO PHARMACEUTICALS.” looked at chronic pain, postpharmaceutical industry,” traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep disorders, Aguirre De Carcer said. “However, when you start anxiety, nerve pain, chemotherapy induced nausea to break down the numbers by specific sectors of the and vomiting (CINV), Tourette syndrome, industry, like chronic pain or symptoms associated glaucoma and seizures/epilepsy, nine of the with chemotherapy, which are very lucrative conditions designated by the National Academies markets for pharmaceutical companies, you will of Science as being most effectively treated by certainly see Cannabis have a major impact.”
TRUMP BUDGET PROPOSES MORE MONEY FOR DEA, ESCALATES WAR ON DRUGS Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget, released on some sort of feeble sign of hope. And now, that’s Tuesday, proposes to boost funding for the gone, too. “Trump’s budget puts law enforcement ahead Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement. It also proposes dramatic cuts of treatment and public health at a time when to Medicaid. Medicaid has extended access to there is broad political consensus that drugs opioid treatment for millions of people impacted should be treated as a health issue,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs with by the crisis of addiction and overdoses. Trump’s budget also cuts funds to the the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “This budget Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services represents a major step backward in the fight to end the opioid crisis. Administration (SAMHSA), the “THROWING “Nearly five decades of a war on federal agency chiefly responsible MONEY AT DRUG drugs has shown that throwing for administering federal treatment ENFORCEMENT grants. In a press release, the FAILS TO REDUCE money at drug law enforcement Office of National Drug Control NEITHER SUPPLY fails to reduce neither supply NOR DEMAND nor demand for drugs and only Policy (ONDCP) highlighted that FOR DRUGS.” makes drug-related problems the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposes $15.6 billion for law worse,” Collins said. “Trump’s budget is the enforcement and interdiction but only $12.1 latest confirmation that this White House is engaging in a reckless escalation of the billion for treatment and prevention. The budget released on May 23 also confirmed war on drugs, a losing proposition that is that the White House has dropped plans to cut intensely unpopular with the public, and a tremendous waste of tax dollars that will the ONDCP’s budget by nearly 95 percent. The few remaining Cannabis activists who needlessly drive up mass incarceration and were still clueless enough to remain faithful to put at risk the lives of people who struggle their big orange hero had seized upon this as with addiction.”
I THINK YOU STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT A LOT OF ASPECTS OF MARIJUANA USE. IS IT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE NEGATIVE TO THE HEALTH OF OUR PLAYERS? —ROGER GOODELL, NFL Commissioner, on marijuana use in the NFL as he rejected the idea of reversing the league’s Cannabis ban.
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Billion dollars could be lost annually by the United States’ pharmaceutacil industry due to medical marijuana sales if Cannabis is legalized nationally, according to a new study by New Frontier Data. Million dollars were raised by startup Hound Labs to begin clinical trials for its portable marijuana breathalyzer.
Million dollars in marijuana sales were made in Colorado in March, setting a new record in the state and marking the tenth consecutive month over $100 million.
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Smoke Some Weed Pot-hating Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said marijuana is only “slightly less awful” that heroin. Music legend Willie Nelson has responded by saying that Jeff Sessions needs to smoke some weed. “I wonder if he’s tried both of them,” Nelson, said to Rolling Stone. “I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth!” Nelson markets his own brand of marijuana, Willie’s Reserve, in legal states. He often speaks glowingly of his personal experiences with weed. Willie was asked if there’s any downside to smoking pot. “I haven’t run into any yet,” he said. “I guess if you go somewhere where it’s illegal, that’s a pretty good downside.” Nelson has been busted several times for weed. Nelson’s 61st album, God’s Problem Child, was released last month. It features the song “Still Not Dead,” which humorously addresses the numerous “Willie’s gone” rumors which have swept across social media lately.
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY SEEKING CANNABIS VOLUNTEERS FOR BREATHALYZER STUDY If you’re at least 21, live in Pullman, Washington up with a way to conduct the study without ever and willing to smoke pot for a breathalyzer study, actually handling marijuana themselves, according this gig may be for you. Researchers at Washington to Graham Abbott at Ganjapreneur. State University are looking for volunteers. Seems they understandably don’t want to endanger Under Washington state law, a 5 nanogram- the University’s federal funding. Marijuana is still per-milliliter active THC limit was included considered a Schedule I controlled substance under in the marijuana legalization law approved by federal law, just as dangerous as heroin and LSD. voters in 2012. If you have more than 5 ng/ml The volunteers will be paid $30 an hour for the of active THC in your bloodstream, you can be first hour, and $10 for each additional hour of successfully prosecuted for “driving under the participation in the breathalyzer study. influence,” whether you are impaired or not. As part of the study, participants will also be There’s currently no good way to encouraged to partake in a standard STATE OFFICIALS ARE measure THC blood content, other sobriety test conducted by local law DESPERATE FOR AN than drawing blood. State officials ACCURATE enforcement. That part of the study MARIJUANA are, therefore, desperate for an is optional, though. BREATHALYZER TEST AND AS PART OF A accurate marijuana breathalyzer test. The researchers involved \$1 MILLION STUDY, And as part of a broader $1 million are WSU Professor Emeritus WSU IS HAPPY study, Washington State University Nicholas Lovrich, doctoral TO HELP THEM OUT is happy to help them out. candidate Peyton Nosbusch and Participants will start with a blood test and city council member Nathan Weller, according mouth swab as part of preliminary testing, reports to Louis Babcock at Inquisitr. Lovrich first KIRO 7. Volunteers will then buy Cannabis (of began developing and researching a Cannabis their choice!) from a Washington state-licensed breathalyzer back in 2010. retail marijuana store. They’ll smoke it privately at The professor’s inspiration for creating a their own home. marijuana breathalyzer came when he noticed that Once the volunteers are nice and high, they are arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol supposed to call researchers, and a taxi. Taxi cabs were declining, but arrests for driving under the will pick up the volunteers at their homes and bring influence of Cannabis and “drugs” were on the rise. them to a hospital to complete breathalyzer testing. The fact that most experienced Cannabis users The reason for the elaborate planning — rather aren’t impaired at all at 5 ng/ml, the Washington than just, you know, smoking weed on the WSU state limit, seems to have fallen between the cracks campus — is because researchers had to come of public policy.
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Jared is a renowned Cannabis advocate who has given away thousands of “Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol” shirts to people from all over the world, spreading the message that he lives by. A longtime medical Cannabis advocate, Jared has worked in several medical collectives and today is a budtender at one of the busiest pot stores in Seattle, Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, where he blends his mix of knowledge and humor to help connect consumers to the best pot for their personal needs.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE CANNABIS? It was a long time ago, I was in middle school, and the first time I tried it I didn’t really feel anything. But by the second or third time I felt it, like travelling to another world inside my mind, it felt really good, happy, I laughed at everything. In 2013 I really realized that I was using Cannabis medicinally, and while Washington State has never recognized ADHD or anxiety for Cannabis, they did recently add PTSD which applies for me, and I do have my current medical card for chronic pain.
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I made my first shirt at the end of 2010, I think the best part about it is because a lot of people are afraid to be an activist or don’t realize that activism is important, on the rare occasion that someone does it’s a little reward. When people get the shirt, they wear it around town because they think it makes them look cool, when in actuality they are being an activist. The message is simple, it’s quick, it’s true and it’s a way of coming out of the Cannabis closet without having to be a Cannabis consumer. You don’t have to consume to be a legalization activist. If everyone see’s the message it changes public perception, and law is supposed to follow public perception, and hopefully through that influence we can make changes to our laws.
WHAT YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO CONSUME CANNABIS AND DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE STRAINS? I really like Jack’s Girl by Spectrum, the old Team Plum from medical days, all their strains are great. Jack Herer preferred indica and Jack’s Girl is a nice indica, lab report says 23 percent THC and it has some CBG. I prefer bong hits! I like the folks at Artizen, they rock Safer shirts at their grow, I also always enjoy Solstice. I like the FECO from Ethos and Craft Elixirs and others.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BUDTENDING? Being able to educate people as much as I can. Washington law prohibits recreational budtenders from talking about medicinal properties, so we get creative and talk about relaxation and stimulate creativity and different things that people can interpret. My coworkers grab me when there are particularly hard questions, and a lot of people have questions and a lot comes back to the law, and I try to educate people as much as possible.
HOW DO YOU TRY AND HELP CUSTOMERS FIND THE RIGHT PRODUCTS AS A BUDTENDER? I’ve served 170 people in an eight-hour period and it can feel rushed. Sometimes people have some good questions and they want to have an important conversation and some customers want to go fast. I like to put all the options out and talk price, laboratory report, the importance of all Cannabinoids and terpenes, and people make their decision. I really enjoy connecting people with the Cannabis they’re looking for.
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he first thing that caught my attention State University to complete her Ph.D. of Veterwas Elisabeth’s cerebral brilliance. inary Medicine in 2005. Her journey with CanMy good friend David introduced us, nabis all began at vet school during Carlson’s first and we both immediately hit it off with anatomy test. our love of animals and all things green. After find“I remember going to class for the exam, sitting ing out Elisabeth was a bonafide Oregon Medical down and the next thing I know, I wake up in Marijuana Patient (OMMP), much a hospital bed. I suffered a harder to come by these days, I knew I massive seizure.” YOU WANT SOMETHING THAT had to share her moving story. She was diagnosed with “I’ve been open to Cannabis since Psychogenic Non-EpileptiWORKS REALLY WELL AND college - I am an intellectual-born DOESN’T INTERFERE WITH YOUR form Seizures (PNES). stoner,” Carlson laughs. epileptic seizures DAY-TO-DAY LIFE. I FOUND THAT areMost “I went to class at Cornell on the caused by light trigWITH CANNABIS. topic of ecstasy. I found out that most gers, but Carlson’s seizures drugs are toxic because nitrogen is are triggered by personpresent in its molecular makeup. Back al, life-threatening levels before the internet, there wasn’t a lot of of stress, lack of sleep and research on Cannabis except for a few things that low caloric intake. When Carlson experiencdated back into the 1950s,” she said. es extreme amounts of stress, her physical body “However, I did find Cannabis has zero nitrogen pays the price. After Carlson’s seizure during a present, which is why is has little to no toxicity. vet anatomy exam, she resisted the anti-epileptic Once I read that, I tried Cannabis with my boymedication and the seizures started to get worse. friend, now husband, and loved it, but never seriFinally, after a severe seizure that lasted more ously used it medicinally back then.” than three days, Carlson’s father begged her to do Carlson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from something about her health. This lead to six years Cornell University in 1996, and went to Ohio of relying on high-level anticonvulsants.
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“I was on Trileptal and if I wasn’t insured, it would cost me over $300 a bottle,” Carlson said. Once she began using the medication regularly, the seizures eventually subsided. Carlson naturally tapered off her meds once her health stabilized. After finding out she was pregnant in 2008, with her doctor’s approval, she successfully weaned herself off of all prescribed anticonvulsants. “I was seizure-free from 2008 all the way until last summer. I lost the job that brought me to Portland, my lease was up on my apartment and we didn’t know where we were going to go. All of the stress added up so quickly, I experienced a seizure July 8, 2016. I am a roving Veterinarian and I had a seizure during a house call. Unfortunately, I did not stay there to call my husband or an ambulance. I experienced my second seizure while driving on Highway 26 trying to get to the hospital. I am lucky to be alive,” Carlson said. Three days after the episode, she applied for her OMMP card. Carlson knew from the get-go she didn’t want to go back on harsh anticonvulsants again. As of last fall, Carlson started using highCBD strains of Cannabis to keep stress levels low and her chances of going into a seizure minimal. “I have a huge emphasis on CBD. I use CBD in all forms, edible, flower, concentrate, topical, when I feel a seizure coming on. I try to intake as much CBD as possible to stabilize myself. I loved using the CBD patches, back when dispensaries carried them. I have trouble with the sleep-wake transition, and the patch stabilizes me into my morning routine,” Carlson said. Carlson believes she’s had the best success as a medical patient in Oregon because everything was regulated and organized through the state. Test labs existed and you actually knew what you were smoking – which is important as a patient treating specific medical conditions such as PNES. “I am less successful at treating myself without a medical card. It’s more like ‘flowers for fun’ back when all you had was the unregulated market,” Carlson said. “I can maintain my quality of life with Cannabis. I can’t do that on pills. No matter what kind of health issues you are dealing with, when it comes to treatment options, you want something that works really well and doesn’t interfere with your day-to-day life. I found that with Cannabis. I have been seizure-free since my incident last summer, Carlson said beaming with pride. It was awe-inspiring to hear Carlson’s story of healing and perseverance through Cannabis. Thank you for sharing your story with our readers!
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Highlighting amazing Cannabis pioneers who helped pave the way to greater herbal acceptance.
HOW THE ROCK HERO LEARNED TO LOVE CANNABIS
Even if you’re just remotely familiar with Willie Nelson you proba-
NELSON SAID THAT PROPAGANDA PREVENTED HIM FROM CONSUMING THE PLANT IN HIS YOUNGER YEARS
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bly already know he’s a Cannabis advocate and consumer. There’s also no denying that Willie Nelson is a musical genius. He started writing songs in his hometown of Abbott, Texas at age 7 – and joined his first band at 10 years old. Throughout his career, he’s won almost every accolade imaginable – from Grammy awards to Kennedy Center honors. He’s a revolutionary country artist that helped define and create the outlaw sounds of the 1960s and 1970s and straddled multiple genres from jazz to classical music. Strangely enough, Nelson was a bit of a late-comer to Cannabis. In his recent memoir “It’s a Long Story,” Nelson said that propaganda prevented him from consuming the plant in his younger years. “I was a hick from Abbott. I’d seen ‘Reefer Madness,’ and I was a little worried that a little pot might get me crazy. Wasn’t I crazy enough?” It wasn’t until the early 70s when Nelson was in his late thirties that he started to embrace the “hippy lifestyle” and smoke with more frequency. While Cannabis didn’t change his sound all that much, it changed his attitude, and his audience significantly. “I liked that [the kids] had courage to look and act any damn way they pleased,” he writes. “The new world represented by the Grateful Dead or the Jefferson Airplane was new only in appearance. [It] appealed to me because it was bold and creative and said to the world, ‘To hell with what you think. I’ll dress any way I please.’ ” These new revelations led to Nelson’s most critically-acclaimed and popular period of his career. In 1975, he recorded his seminal “Red Headed Stranger” which would set the stage for his most successful recordings and stage appearances to come. Always one to speak his mind, Willie Nelson never shied away from the spotlight: “My love affair with pot became a long-term marriage,” he writes. “It was, by far, the smoothest of all my marriages. As I moved closer to the Woodstock Nation, as I bore witness to their music-loving, life-loving, peace-loving ways, I saw the key role played by pot. Pot was a communal experience,” he writes. “Weed calmed me. Liquor made me reckless. Weed made me careful.” From smoking on top of the White House roof during the Carter administration, to sharing a joint with Snoop Dogg, Toby Keith or Dave Matthews or acting in “Half Baked” smoking a joint with Dave Chappelle – Willie Nelson has become one of the most high-profile Cannabis advocates in popular culture today.
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I am still trying to sort my thoughts on this weekend... After attending a bunch for events over the last 7 years we wanted to do one where everyone involved felt good when they left. From our artist participants to our generous ticket buyers. From the staff who all killed it to the folks who trusted us with their one of a kind property.... I think we did it. I won’t tag anyone because there is no way I could tag everyone who helped make it the gathering it was. I will say that I truly appreciate you all. I got so many REAL heart to heart hugs that I will never forget... In the end we hosted 200+ people from around the nation. We shared meals, we shared cabins. We shared a little pain when our new friends car shattered on the floor. We all shared in the joy after he worked all night long to build an all new car before the race. On Saturday night we dusted off track and ran the cars for the glory. Kenny Hashmouf and previous champ Badger Glass squared up for the final run of the day. With a 3 second run. Kenny took the win over some of the biggest names in the glass game. He was my pick from the the start... After the races we all bellied up for a hot lasagna dinner and the auction. In 2 hours we raised nearly $22k for the kids camp and our partners at the Evergreen State Project. It would have been worth all the hard work if we only got to enjoy each other... Walking away with the large donations is just icing on the cake. I can’t thank all 200+ of you enough for the joy I felt at the end of the night. You all gave me something I can’t buy. The pride I have for our community has filled my heart.
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REVIEW by NORTHWEST LEAF STAFF | PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN @BERMANPHOTOS
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of consumer on the shelf. A nice selection of $25 eighths from companies such as Kush Valley and Cheap Thrills, with great values and strains flavors like Thin Mint and Black Cherry Soda. There’s also a solid selection of $10 to $15 grams from producers like Phat Panda, Fine Detail Greenway, Rogue Raven, Moani Naturals and more. With a tasty selection of pre-rolls too, everything you could need for flower is here and at competitive prices.
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with again solid pricing and options for all needs. The first thing we noticed was RSO/Full Extract Cannabis Oil, a highly medicinal product, starting at $30 a gram. For dabbers, BHO grams start at just $20, though we recommend looking at the $30 and up shelf. We saw a lot of cartridges, distillate, keif, CO2 and Cannabis caviars, all rounding out a quality selection with a ton of great brands and strains to sample.
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STRAIN OF THE MONTH By WES ABNEY | PHOTOS by @BERMANPHOTOS
xplore the universe and the healing effects of CBD with our strain of the month from the Star Leaf movie franchise! Star Leaf is a Cannabis culture cult classic filmed in the Pacific Northwest that blends a fun mix of science fiction, humor and some real truth about Cannabis as medicine. In the movie, a group of friends seek out an extraterrestrial strain of Cannabis called Star Leaf that has spiritual, magical and medicinal qualities. The movie is a ton of fun and filled with good education and a solid message of Cannabis as medicine, and the perfect amount of laughs. While the characters in the movie did make contact with the Star Leaf, our experience with the CB Damsel was a little more grounded. The brand is focusing on finding Cannabis that delivers in looks, flavor and medicinal effects, and we found all three with this strain. The buds are tight and dense, coated in a light stickiness and a light frosty layer of trichomes.Â Packing these tasty nuggets into a bowl delivers a sweet and mellow smoke that has almost no cough and a pleasant sweet exhale. The sweet smoke leads with a note of citrus and lime, with an earthy-skunkiness that rounds out the finish. The effects are mellow but uplifting, with a warmth that spreads out from the lungs and eases through the body in waves of relaxation. For those looking for a low-psychoactive strain this CB Damsel is perfect, leaving the mind clear and washing away stress and anxiety while delivering therapeutic effects for pain, inflammation and a host of other benefits. CBD is known for helping treat dozens of different ailments and this flower is a perfect way to get beneficial Cannabinoids into the body, with a sweet smoke that makes this strain a standout.
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ince starting Northwest Leaf in 2010, both my life and the magazine have gone on a tremendous journey documenting the growing Cannabis industry in all its various forms. I can truly say that I feel extremely blessed for the opportunity, and could not have done so without the support of our readers and advertisers. The readers of the Leaf are what have always driven me to push harder and continue to create unique and interesting content. Years ago, one of my favorite things to do was sit incognito in dispensaries and watch patients read the magazine, to see what pages they liked, and how they interacted with our content. I meet people weekly to this day from all walks of life who come forward to tell me that they have been reading the magazine for years, that it is meant something in their lives, and that the information has been beneficial to their understanding of Cannabis. Knowledge is power, and the best way we have to gain that power is through the sharing of good information. The Cannabis industry is set to be one of the most valuable on the planet, with a potential market value of hundreds of billions of dollars annually. This makes Interviewing Tommy Chong in 2015 real information all the more valuable, and that is what we want to deliver with the Leaf. It’s why we don’t sell our content or do advertorial “pay for play” stories, and why I personally approve the content that ends up in the magazine. For me, it’s simple. If it isn’t quality, and it isn’t real, we won’t cover it. The Leaf magazines are all 100 percent advertising supported, with nearly 3,000,000 copies printed since 2010. This entire process is dependent on our advertisers and supporters, and this is something that I definitely want to emphasize. When companies choose to market their products, services or dispensary in the Leaf, they are supporting our cause of independent Cannabis journalism as well as getting a great value for their brand and marketing, and this partnership is what has allowed the magazine to be so successful. It’s incredible to know that we are beloved and supported for our message as much as our reach and readership. Over the last several years we have seen the pot industry shift away from medical toward recreational Cannabis, and Washington specifically has left patients behind in a twisted system that is driven only by tax revenue. We must not forget the sick and dying who use this plant as a medicine, to heal, and that is what brought the industry forward enough to create legalization in the first place. We must honor our heritage and the true purpose of the plant, which is to heal and provide relief, and pleasure, and it should be a simple freedom that we all enjoy. After seven years it might be surprising to some that I feel like things are only just beginning for the Leaf, and the pot industry and our nation as a whole. The majority of Americans can still go to jail for possessing a plant, and until that changes our mission remains fundamental. We want to educate people about the plant, enlighten them to the myriad medicinal benefits, and preach the simple truth that Marijuana is Safer than Alcohol. This should be our goal as a community, not just us here at the magazine. Because each time you educate or share truth about the plant, the impact of those words resonates throughout our society. So as always, thanks for reading the Leaf, for sharing it with friends and family, coworkers and those needing enlightenment. It has been my pleasure and honor to share the magazines with you, and I hope to continue doing so for many years to come.
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INGREDIENTS 1-1/4 lb asparagus, rinsed, tough stems removed, cut in 1-inch pieces 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock 2 tablespoons butter 4 teaspoons canna-butter 1 and 1/2 cup sliced leeks 1 clove garlic, chopped 1/2 cup half-and-half 1/2 cup oil Lemon rind Salt and white pepper to taste
with frizzled leeks
a medium saucepot over medium heat, combine the asparagus and the stock and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a skillet, heat the butters over
medium/low heat. Add 1 cup leeks and the garlic and sautĂŠ until the leeks are tender, about 7-9 minutes.
3. Add the leeks and butter to the saucepot along with the half-and-half and cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes.
4. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the oil. When hot, add the remaining leeks and cook until golden brown and crisp, 2-3 minutes. Place on a clean dish towel or paper towel to drain the grease.
5. Carefully transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender and puree until desired consistency is reached.
6. Return the soup to the pot and heat to serving temperature. Serve garnished with the lemon rind and frizzled leeks.
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A hint of canna-butter works well with the crispy leeks and lemon.
1. Pulverize the freeze-dried fruit into fruit dust with a blender or food processor.
2. After pulverizing each
fruit, place in three separate large bowls. In each bowl toss in three cups of puffed rice cereal. Toss to coat w/ fruit. 3. Over medium/low heat melt butters and slowly add in the mini marshmallows. Divide the marshmallow mixture between the three bowls of fruit dust.
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1.2 oz. freeze-dried strawberries 1.2 oz. freeze-dried blueberries 1.2 oz. freeze-dried mangos 9 cups puffed rice cereal 9 tablespoon unsalted butter 3-4 tablespoons canna-butter 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
SHRIMP THAI SALAD 1. Combine the lime juice, fish sauce,
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1/2 cup fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce 1 small onion, peeled and chopped 1 Serrano chili, seeded and chopped 2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 teaspoons canna-oil 1 lb shrimp, peeled and cooked 2 papayas, peeled and sliced 2 whole carrots, shredded Fresh mint Cilantro Peanuts
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t’s been said that you need to have a gimmick to move product. If that’s really the case, then the authors of this book are sitting pretty. I’ve read a lot of books about Cannabis, but this is the first “scratch and sniff ” one I’ve ever seen. It’s a great concept. The execution, however, proves to be a little tricky. Those beautifully delicate terpenes that we all love so much, which provide so much of the pleasure of a Cannabis high, are extraordinarily difficult to reproduce. That’s probably why, on a chart of 12 marijuana strains, only three have actual scratch-and-sniff panels. For the curious, the three scratch-and-sniff strains are Sour Diesel (not even close), OG Kush (a little better), and Blueberry Kush (closest of the three to the actual weed terpenes). We are presumably left to wonder about the scent of other strains represented on the chart, including such chart-toppers as Green Crack, GS Cookies, Bubba Kush,
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Jack Herer, Trainwreck and Skywalker OG. Well, ny, factoids and social and racial justice themes at least here in Washington, there’s always the 502 to delight the Cannabis curious and connoisseur store down the street. But since they can’t crack alike. Just don’t expect to be able to easily direct open a bag, and most shops don’t have any accomany of your friends to a particular page — there modations for smelling the product aren’t any page numbers. There are Ann Pickard’s pre-purchase, you will probably have 22 pages. illustrations add to part with some cash to find out. The Scratch & Sniff Book of immeasurable The other scratch-and-sniff panels Weed breaks down the impact of charm and more the ongoing legalization battle, notin the book—which has very thick pages, presumably to hold the scents than a few smiles. ing the overwhelming evidence of better—are undoubtedly amusing, marijuana’s benefits beyond its imbut certainly unnecessary. They’re portant role as a buzzkill buffer. Despite medical for things like “Cotton candy, bedata and years of research to back it up, Cannacause it’s as close to cotton mouth as bis remains a Schedule I substance in the U.S., we could get,” in the “You on Weed” alongside heroin and LSD, considered more chapter, and “Musk, because sex,” in dangerous than Schedule II drugs like cocaine the “Sexy Time” chapter. and methamphetamine. Happily, scratch-and-sniff isn’t Ann Pickard’s illustrations add immeasurable the only attraction of the book. charm and more than a few smiles to the little The authors prepared a brief jourvolume. ney through weed’s past, present The authors are donating 10 percent of their and possible future. Included in profits from the book to DrugPolicy.org to furthe few pages is a treasure trove of ther the fight for the legalization and decriminalweed-related culture, history, botaization of Cannabis.
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COMPANIES CHANGING THE MINERAL BASED NUTRIENT GAME
y and large there are very few mineral-based with the Cannabis gardener in mind. Featuring the ABC’s of nunutrient companies that have come to market trient, Elite offers a single “A” and “B” base formula used from rein the past several years offering anything generative phase through bloom. The “C” comes in the form of BY NORTHWEST LEAF new to the dizzying number of existing and a balanced root tonic safe to run in Recirculating Deep Water SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR established nutrient lines—with rare excepCulture and effective from vegetative through near end of bloom. DR. SCANDERSON tion. It’s into this exception that I would like They also include a “D” formula, comprised of a powerful late to dive for month’s Growtech. term bloom stimulant that packs on weight and size during the The ever-expanding Cannabis industry, it appears, has birthed a few last three to four weeks of bloom. innovative companies that have genuinely changed the game. As a water Unlike most manufacturers I’ve become accustomed to, the “D” formugrower, I’ve always taken great caution in what I add to my medium and have la is recommended by the manufacturer’s nutrient at the lighter end of the become accustomed to a stripped down, bare bones version of most manufacdosage range. A bit more research into their website reveals a robust blog that turer’s recommendations for their nutrient application schedule. As a result, I’ve follows the producers of Elite along some the R&D process as well as the always found the best formulas to tout simplicity as a priority. Few formulas, few growth of the company. Very accessible for assistance with their nutrient line, bottles and fewer products always produced more results for me in all forms of I achieved improved results using some of the information from the website hydroponic growing systems. The nutrient industry, it appears, is starting to priin combination with some quick online exchanges with their team. Elite also oritize the same. Four companies in particular have formulated and released new has a mycorrhizae product, effective in a high mineral environment they call nutrient lines that are noteworthy in my experience with them. the Root Ignitor that can be run from vegetative stage through mid-bloom. Thankfully, the permaculture and regenerative farming practices movement has spread mighty wings of knowledge throughout the Cannabis farming community, allowing those indoor gardeners deeply committed to organic greenstonenutrients.com cultivation methods an elevated platform to operate from. The impact of that knowledge has made the plethora of “all organic” nutrient lines all but obsolete. Another new brand out of California, Greenstone Nutrient provides a bit Newer nutrient formulas seemed to have responded to the trend more of the “traditional” approach to nutrient formulation. and began more specifically producing formulas for hydroponic, Greenstone still adds simplicity to the ethos and openly makes mineral based feeding systems instead of an “all in one, feeds any recommendations to omit certain formulas based on the memedium” marketing. Each of the companies reviewed are geared diums and methods you employ. The more extensive product for and perform well in several forms of hydroponic mediums, choice allows a greater variety of medium to be successfully safely, cleanly and reliably. fertilized with their line. Combined with a foliar spray that promotes health and vigor for rapidly growing plants, it has Greenstone has firmly held its place. Again, using one “A” and “B” base from vegetative through bloom, simplicity pervades elitegardenwholesale.com/collections/nutrients with one “A” and “B” specifically formulated for hydroponics Featuring a simple, easy to understand approach to feeding, and one for soil and coco application. Still very effective when Elite Nutrient is a well formulated, extensively tested line made using the bare essential formula in rockwool Greenstone is an
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THE EVER-EXPANDING CANNABIS INDUSTRY HAS BIRTHED A FEW INNOVATIVE COMPANIES THAT HAVE GENUINELY CHANGED THE MINERAL BASED NUTRIENT GAME
effective system and a wonderful alternative to anyone familiar with General Hydroponics’ two-part formula now that GH is owned by the demon of all human existence, Monsanto. Of particular note are two powders Greenstone makes: Foundation, a well-designed endomycorrhizae product devoid of any ecto which cannot colonize Cannabis roots in a mineral-dense environment as well as Aquafish, powder hydrolyzed fish which is loaded with nitrogen and greens up a plant like almost no other product I’ve used, equaled perhaps only by nitrozyme.
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Brought to you by the industry leaders in RDWC systems Cultured Solution runs especially well in RDWC due to its ultra clean, low to no suspension formulas. These features carry over well into other hydroponic mediums. Super simple, Cultured Solutions created a complete A+B Veg as well as an A+B Bloom formula that needs little else. Using nothing but “A” and “B”, depending on vegetative stage or bloom stage and you’ll get great results. The root product is designed specifically for RDWC sterile systems and should only be applied to sterile feeding environments. Since properly balanced microbiologicals are more effective than sterile mediums in just about every other medium scenario, many gardeners will not need to use this product. For those looking to push production further, Cultured Solutions makes a flower boosting formula as well. As someone who tested one of their earlier released nutrient lines, I can tell you from personal experience they listened to feedback from their customers, made adjustment and I’m happy to report, improved their bloom booster formula. In this case, they broke the formula up to account for their already very complete “A” and “B” base bloom as well and the manufacturer’s recommendations for nitrogen application through the flowering schedule. Again, all formulas are concentrated, designed with the hydroponic gardener in mind and run super clean.
Grab your socks and pull. I have found my allaround recommendation for hydroponic gardeners of any medium and any skill level. Read the website name and it’s not hard to figure out what this company is about. It’s about creating the easiest to use formula ever created for Cannabis farmers that
performs outrageously well. You can hear the other nutrient companies just shitting their pants with the advent of a formula like Veg+Bloom. Not only is this nutrient powerful and effective at creating high yields of boutique quality Cannabis but it is inexpensive when compared to any of the other more heavily marketed nutrients available. As a powder, you don’t pay anyone for water and mixing labor, they keep the costs down by providing their formula as a dry powder only. Further, this company saw a need to fill, and stepped up by creating a specific formula of even higher concentration made for those using automated nutrient dosing technology. Their schedule and application recommendations are easy enough to memorize. They offer three products you can apply to medium and a foliar spray. A base that you use in every stage of growth, the whole shebang. I ran a full round with nothing but the base product and was deeply satisfied with the results so when they say it’s complete, they mean it. The base formula can be purchased in a hard and soft water formula to suite the mixture as well as a hydroponic or “dirty” formula, depending on what medium you choose. The bloom booster is called Shine. While using it isn’t imperative to a successful grow, when used during the bloom phase it adds an unmistakable improved layer of frost to your flowers and plumps up yields by double digit percentages; given the simplicity and low cost of their base, I recommend investing some of your savings into Shine, the products kills. Veg+Bloom makes two other products. A foliar spray called Push, which I didn’t use but have heard reports from respected farmers that I should have. My foliar testing was not in a place that provided a space for a new formula at the time that I was running Veg+Bloom. I have since started using it, and while I haven’t completed the test, I can tell you that it appears to be replacing several other products thus far. Lastly, they make a mycorrhizae product called Life, which is designed to run in salt-based nutrient environments and is very effective when using container medium. Again, I cannot speak with a high degree of intelligence of the efficacy of the product having skipped its application, however, I can’t imag-
ine a company that produces so few products, three of which are of the highest performance standards I’ve come across that don’t follow suit with the fourth one. A consistent feature you’ll see with all four of these companies is extensive customer research. Lots of Cannabis farmers have used and reported achieving outstanding results using these nutrient lines. Their strong product support and priority to create a quality product, instead of funding a massive advertising budgets, allows for a higher quality, more consistent, more dependable, more affordable nutrient that supports like-minded human beings. High standards create high hopes for a new age, ushered in by innovators such as those reviewed in this article. Keeping the needs of the users in mind instead of the need of the shareholders provides for an easier to use, more effective product for Cannabis gardeners. As with any new product, I always recommend testing a small number of plants with any new technique or tip to learn how the information fits into your skill set, style and environment; these products are worth the investment to learn. They may suit your particulars to an even higher degree and elevate your game to the next level, or they could maintain your already stellar results but drop your total production costs, both favorable outcomes. Either way, you’ll likely walk away a better gardener from trying them out. If you have specific questions on nutrient applications with these products, don’t hesitate to contact me at DrScanderson@protonmail. com and as always, HAPPY GARDENING!
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WHY ATTEND RADEXPO? Most retail and dispensary owners don’t bother attending today’s cannabis trade shows for a variety of reasons: Admission prices are too high; many vendors are targeting cultivators; the public are allowed in; they lack focus; the same speakers talk about the same tired subjects at every event, etc.
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GNOME GROWN ORGANICS
Once enough sunlight fills the canopy, the lights automatically switch off to reduce energy consumption and give the plant the natural sunlight it loves.
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nome Grown Organics is a beyond organic OLCC licensed farm located in beautiful Canby, 0regon. When I say beyond organic, I mean it lightly and heavily. Lightly in the sense that, no Cannabis crop yet can be considered officially “organic” as it remains a Schedule I drug under federal regulations, and heavily in the sense that this farm’s regenerative farming techniques coupled with their plant and fruit ferment feedings, produce a product that far surpasses the “organic” standards set by the USDA. The Gnome Grown team utilizes a state of the art Gro Tech Systems light deprivation greenhouse that is automated to the plant’s every need. Once enough sunlight fills the canopy, the lights automatically switch off to reduce energy consumption, and give the plant the natural sunlight that it loves. Beneath the thinned canopy lies multiple layers of active, live soil, that contain nutrients, inoculates, beneficial fungi, predatory mites and cover crop that are essential to creating a biodynamic soil system. When the Leaf team visited, the Gnome crew had just thinned the ladies that were entering week three of flower. The regenerative soil system allows for the stripped leaves to be left on top so they can decompose in the coming weeks and become a vital part of the soils nutrient inputs. Gnome Grown utilizes an IPM program using beneficial bugs and bacteria to keep unwanted pests at bay. Predatory mites are constantly on the prowl throughout the greenhouse thanks to the regenerative soil that allows for their existence. Each plant is hung to dry in a humidor room for multiple weeks before they are placed in the curing room. Gnome Grown Organics flower is available at various OLCC retail locations around the state as the team gets ready to open two dispensaries in Oregon City this June.
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FIRE OG KUSH
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BAG APPEAL & SMOKE REPORT The flowers have
tightly organized calyxs, exploding from a center of what appears to be an opaque white fuzz. The overall color appears bright green and blonde with welcomed breaks of deep orange crevices on a consequence of the vast array of trichome heads. As stacked as each flower is, it breaks apart perfectly sending out a potent rush of deep Kush and acrid lemon Pine-Sol cleaner. The familiar and riveting scents of piney Kush with notes of cedar and a deep lemon reach into the mouth, jerking fiercely as a thick rush of potent smoke escapes through the throat. My chest cavity explodes and a bucket of Murphy’s Oil spills out of my mouth as I exhale immediately complimented by a devastating head rush.
HOW IT GROWS A bit of a slow starter
and is a lighter feeder in veg you can expect extreme aversion to change in environment. Early, steady low stress training will assist in creating a structure from which one can form a somewhat feasible indoor plant. Once transitioned to bloom, she can stretch 300 percent or more growing largely spaced internodes that need all but constant training to structure any sort of a productive canopy. She likes nitrogen and calcium through weeks two and three of flower but still is sensitive to high-nutrient concentrations thriving with lower levels. Within about 70 days she will produce medium sized spear shaped nuggets, comprised of tightly stacked calyxs deeply encrusted with resin. This plant prioritizes resin production, smell, taste and potency over structure and yield and with its unruly, often precarious growth pattern and nutrient sensitivities make her suited best for intermediate and advanced gardeners.
The familiar and riveting scents of piney Kush with notes of cedar and a deep lemon reach into the mouth. LINEAGE
The original legend by way of Humboldt county, the Fire OG Kush cutting needs little introduction. A clone-only strain descendant from Chemdawg is often imitated, but seldom replicated.
GENETICS FIRE OG CLONE ONLY FLOWER TIME
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Precarious growth pattern and nutrient sensitivities make her suited best for intermediate and advanced gardeners. EFFECTS
the instant head high is followed by the
deep relaxation that OG Kush is known for. As my eyelids take a familiar “sunset” position I can feel my perky, clear, Kushed up, symptom-free state emerge. Special thanks to those that have cultivated and preserved this special plant for so long and bringing them to my garden.