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HOLIDAY CHEER FROM HIGH-END TO DIY, GIVE GREEN THIS SEASON

YEAR IN REVIEW

Ups and downs for cannabis in 2020

TOY DRIVE SURVIVES

Local glassmaker makes season bright

DO NO HARM

Studies focus on negative aspects


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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 12

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Kathleen Coleman DIRECTOR OF SALES

Dan Fritts

MANAGING EDITOR

Joe Butler

HEALTH & CULTURE EDITOR

Theresa Tanner

ART DIRECTOR, MARKETING

Anne Potter

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Soprych

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A good wrap-up of a crazy year for cannabis industry Why better branding should appear on everyone’s 2021 wish lists By Joe Butler

EVERCANNABIS EDITOR

Fat and happy is a great way to end the year. Any year, for that matter, but this year especially. Chaos reigned in 2020, changing everything from how we greet each other to how we choose our leaders. We’ve learned to identify people by their eyes because we can’t see their nose or mouth or facial hair anymore due to their cool masks, gaiters or shields. Watching movies or TV shows from the “Before Times” now can make one feel a bit uncomfortable with all the touching and close quarter crowding and, ugh, physical interactions going on. Sweaty high-five! Families are stretched thin, facing furloughs and layoffs, technical difficulties as kids and parents attempt to learn/ work from home, and social isolation.

So what’s the fat and happy part again? That sounded pretty good, especially as we move into hibernation season. It’s actually a paraphrase of the rejection some our Evercannabis salespeople have heard from cannabis clients. Last year at this time, we heard a lot of, “Ugh, no, sorry, things are too tight right now. The industry is having a tough time, and 2020 is going to be worse. No can do.” Today we’re hearing the opposite – the industry is having a great year so it’s now just as easy for them to say “No thanks, we’re good” when asked about advertising. We’re happy to hear the industry is thriving, since we know it has been tough. But we also will be happy to give all sorts of smart reasons why you should continue, or consider starting, advertising – brand building and awareness is always a fine idea whether you’re hanging on or essential. We like to point out soft

drinks for comparison – Coke and Pepsi have never stopped advertising over 100 years, no matter if sales are up or down. Even though their tastes are sort of similar, they each spend zillions putting distribution deals together as well as convincing consumers to choose them first. Five or so years into Washington’s legal cannabis market, there’s still a lot of market share to be grabbed and some companies are working to poise themselves as the product or shop of choice. Could it be you? Maybe. But people still have to be reminded about you, which isn’t easy to do when there are so many other distractions and competing brands out there. Or if you think things are fine, then keep doing nothing while your competitors keep hustling. Who knows what’s in store for 2021? We certainly didn’t expect 2020 to be like this. But we encourage all of our friends in the industry to look for ways to show customers that they not only made it through 2020 bigger and better, but have great plans for what’s ahead.

EVERCANNABIS CONTRIBUTORS Linda Ball is a freelance journalist based in Washington State. In her 18 years as a journalist she has covered a wide variety of topics including environmental issues, city hall, arts and entertainment, education, human interest stories and now the rapidly-changing cannabis industry. Joe Butler is a longtime marketing writer and editor at The Spokesman-Review. He’s an enthusiast of Star Wars, commemorative spoon collecting, and the Oxford comma. Chelsea Cebara is a medicallycertified cannabis consultant and product developer. She teaches and speaks nationally on the intersection of cannabis with sexuality, relationships, and culture. Follow her on Twitter @ ChelseaCebara.

Rob Mejia is president of the cannabis education company Our Community Harvest and Adjunct Cannabis Professor at Stockton University. He lives in New Jersey and enjoys tennis, cooking and home repair. Kate A. Miner has a degree

in visual anthropology, and has worked in marketing and advertising for many years. She writes, takes photos and teaches yoga.

Rick Misterly is a Washington

resident whose interest in cannabis dates back to the 1960s and has taken him around the world. He’s the cannabis and hashish curator for Green Barn Farms in Addy and writes the “Rick’s World of Hashish” blog.

John Nelson is a longtime journalist, having worked at major news operations in Spokane, Memphis and Seattle. He now works as a freelance journalist, writing about outdoors recreation, marijuana and recreational vehicles. Theresa Tanner is the Health & Culture editor of EVERCANNABIS. Born and raised in Spokane, she enjoys good food and drink, pop culture podcasts, and relaxing at the lake. Seagrin von Ranson is a freelance writer/photographer and Eastern Washington Sales Executive for HannaH Industries. An avid hiker and cannabis enthusiast, she can be found wandering a trail near you. Dan Webster is a former Spokesman-Review staff writer who is a community producer for Spokane Public Radio and a blogger for Spokane7.com.


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DECEMBER TABLE OF CONTENTS

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15

16

SWEET TREAT

17

HINDSIGHT IS 2020

Looking back on the year in cannabis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

BRANDO’S TOY DRIVE

Glassmakers spread holiday cheer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

REIGN MAN GETS GREEN

Sonics superstar opens cannabis store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

WRAP IT UP

Gift ideas for pot lovers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

RESONANT BOTANICALS

CBD-rich products ease pain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

TERPENES AND TREES

Hiking Liberty Lake Loop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

STUDYING CANNABIS STUDIES

Most research focus on harm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

WHAT IS CANNABIGEROL?

Another element of cannabis to explore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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NO PAIN GAIN

Cannabis use doesn’t lead to hyperalgesia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

TO BE BLUNT

Creative ideas for new consumers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

STRAIN REVIEW

Sunset Sherbet by Blue Roots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Evercannabis, The Spokesman-Review and the Cowles Company don’t promote or endorse the use of cannabis products. We acknowledge that marijuana products remain illegal under federal laws. If adults age 21 or older choose to purchase or use them, we encourage them to consume sensibly and at their own risk in legal jurisdictions, in accordance with state and local laws. Some cannabis products have intoxicating effects and may be habit-forming. Consumption of marijuana also may be associated with health risks and impaired concentration, coordination, and judgment. Keep away from children. To learn more, visit the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board at www.liq.wa.gov.


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Cannabis a brighter spot during a tumultuous year 2021 may see more changes at federal level By Joe Butler

EVERCANNABIS WRITER

The year 2020 could be called the year of mixed blessings. It saw plenty of fear and uncertainty as COVID-19 ran rampant. It saw anger over lockdowns. It saw new rules governing where people can go and what they can wear on their faces. And unfortunately, it saw too many deaths. At the same time, 2020 also has worked out well for the cannabis industry, especially in Washington. Along with liquor stores, cannabis businesses were declared essential in the spring by Gov. Jay Inslee as lockdowns began. Besides providing employment for thousands, these shops and growers likely contributed to adults having easy legal access to items to help get them through the tough times. It also contributed to a nice bottom line for many businesses. While there’s hope that 2021 will bring things “back to normal,” at least from a public health perspective, many hope this economic boost will be the newer norm. The end of a year and the start of another is a fine opportunity to look back as well as forward to interesting topics that played a role in 2020 and will likely continue in 2021 at a state and a national level. More members. The Green Rush is still running strong, and Election Day brought even more states into the “legal cannabis” community: Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota. South Dakota is also the first state to approve medical and recreational at

once; in the past, votes on medical marijuana have come first, to test the waters, in a way. Now, 1 in 3 states have some cannabis program in place or under development. There are now 15 states that allow both adult-use and medical marijuana, while an additional 22 states have legalized medical only. This balance won’t change in 2021, although citizens in other states that were unsuccessful in their initiatives have vowed to return in 2022, including Idaho and Missouri. More funds. Cannabis appears to still be gaining momentum in terms of financial impact to businesses as well as states. For instance, Washington has seen record sales and record taxes paid to the state. According to 502data.com, February tax numbers were a respectable $35.1 million, jumping to $42.6 million in March and a record $47.9 million for May. The states that recently added or expanded their access also expect to gain plenty for their respective coffers. More collaboration/celebrity involvement. It didn’t come as a surprise to many that pot-friendly stars came out early to support cannabis and perhaps attach their name to a brand or strain. That’s why Willie’s Reserve, from one of America’s most outspoken cannabis fans, Willie Nelson, has been around for nearly five years, not to mention brands from Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong. This year saw either new strains or involvement from big names, like Jay-Z, who released his own cannabis line called Monogram, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who invested in Cann, a Canadian cannabis-infused beverage company. Athletes are also are getting into the fun, including former basketball player Shawn Kemp, who opened a

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dave Singletary, a legalizing recreational and medicinal cannabis advocate, waits for state lawmakers to lobby their support of cannabis legalization Jan. 10, 2018, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Medical marijuana was approved by Mississippi voters in the November 2020 election. store in downtown Seattle, and soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who promotes her twin sister’s CBD company Mendi. More CBD. Even in the “legal” states, only those 21 and older can buy cannabis products and you may need. But CBD allows anyone, in any state, to get some of the benefits of cannabis without THC, the compound that causes physical and mental changes and is responsible for cannabis-based restrictions. CBD products are now showing up in food, herbal supplements, oil, lotion and more, and not just at specialty or health stores. States are trying to create safety rules for these because CBD products fall somewhere between health products and food products. In 2021, expect to see

more clarification from government agencies like the FDA. Policy shifts. Cannabis advocates were proud of several bills making it to Congress. Although none made it out of the Senate, incredible progress has been made. This includes modifications to banking laws. Although the predicted shift in balance of both houses didn’t happen, advocates hope that some of the shifts may work out in their favor. NORML, one of the more organized voices, has maintained that cannabis reform should be thought of as a bipartisan effort that more people are in favor of. A new presidential administration may be more inclined to push for improvements in legalization. Social equity. Although

cannabis has been legal for more than five years in some states, minority ownership remains low. Sometimes obstacles are financial such as the high bar to start a business and acquire licenses. Sometimes it’s legal, such as past convictions. Various efforts are taking place to change this imbalance. Washington is looking into offering unused smaller-tier grower licenses to underrepresented groups. The Liquor and Cannabis Board also has a committee that has been studying the topic, as well as the Washington State Legislative Task Force on Social Equity in Cannabis. This latter group began meeting at the end of October and includes 18 members from different government and cannabis communities.


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Each December, Brandon Welk’s glass studio transforms into a place to store gifts for needy members of our community. LINDA BALL FOR EVERCANNABIS

Brando’s Toy Drive is a go in its 8th year Glassblowing community shows generosity By Linda Ball

EVERCANNABIS CORRESPONDENT

In this otherwise strange year, one thing is for certain: Brandon Welk – Brando to his friends – will not let COVID-19 or anything else get in the way of his annual Christmas Toy Drive for needy families. Welk is a glassblower/artist with a studio in Spokane. The toy drive has always been an online event, so the pandemic really hasn’t affected his efforts. People who need help making Christmas a reality for their kids know how to reach out to him on Facebook. What makes his different from other toy drives is that he identifies the fam-

ilies, finds out what they need or want, and does the shopping, so the kids get items they actually want or need. “It’s so much fun to go shopping with $10,000 in cash,” Welk said. “Everyone asks what we’re doing.” He said he once received a $4,000 donation, wired directly into his bank account. For incentive and extra fun, people who donate cash or toys for the fund are entered into contests to win glass pieces donated by various local glassblowers. This year he might do some videos of some of the prizes, which can be very See BRANDO’S, 9

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NEWS & BUSINESS

Shawn Kemp brings Sonics nostalgia to store opening

Seattle cannabis shop plans to help social equity By John Nelson

EVERCANNABIS CORRESPONDENT

The grand opening of Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis in late October in Seattle had a distinct ’90s-era Seattle SuperSonics vibe. Live and in person, you had the Reign Man himself, along with former teammate Gary Payton, a.k.a., The Glove, joined by hundreds of weed-smoking Sonics fans, who had come to celebrate the new business not far from where the two former NBA stars once played. The budtenders wore No. 40 Kemp Sonics jerseys amid artwork and photos of Reign Man and The Glove hanging on the handsome brick walls of the showroom, a 4,000-square-foot space that immediately makes it one of the biggest retail stores in the state. The location, near First Avenue and Denny Way, is near Seattle Center, something that isn’t lost on Kemp. “I hope the Sonics come back here,” Kemp said to the assembled media during the grand opening, noting that Climate Pledge Arena (home of the new NHL franchise Seattle Kraken) is being refurbished and could one day host another NBA team. “We’re going to be right down the street. That makes me smile,” Kemp added. Shortly after those remarks, The Glove made his entrance, embracing Kemp and spending a few moments talking with his former teammate as they walked around the store. The two are still clearly close friends. “I came out here to support my boy,” Payton said as he and Kemp cut the green ribbon

officially opening the store. Over the next few weeks, Payton joined Kemp for several additional personal appearances to help promote the shop. Kemp is returning the favor, stocking the high-end strain “Gary Payton Cookies,” an indica-heavy flower that Payton started marketing last year. “Of course, I’m going to help my friend promote his product,” Kemp said. Kemp’s new shop is just the start of what could be several stores in the Puget Sound area, said Ramsey Hamide, one of his partners in the endeavor. Hamide and others involved in Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis are also owners of Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, the state’s top-selling cannabis retailer. “The branding we’re going to have with Shawn is going to be huge,” said Hamide, noting that Main Street Marijuana’s retail know-how would help make the Kemp partnership a success. “We are going to have the best selection and lowest prices, hands-down,” Hamide said. And coming soon, Hamide said, is a new product specific to the store. “He’s going to have his own Reign Man strain,” Hamide said. During his opening remarks, Kemp said his cannabis store can offer a needed service for the community by promoting responsible medical and recreational use. His involvement makes the store the first Black-owned dispensary in Washington, and he’s proud that his store is offering good wages to people of all ethnic backgrounds. “If you go into any of these

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Owner Shawn Kemp addresses media at the grand opening of his cannabis retailer in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood on Oct. 30. pot shops around town, you very rarely see any of us Blacks working in those shops,” he said. “You come to my shop and you’ll see a mixed ratio of people.” On the shelves, you’ll see a variety of Western Washington producers, and a few notable products from the eastside. Spokane’s Phat Panda, grown by GrowOp Farms, for instance, is well represented. If you check out Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis, located at 3035 1st Ave., don’t miss the building’s 30-by-80-foot mural, painted by artist Jeff Jacobson (known as Weirdo), featuring Kemp, Payton and even Michael Jordan, back in their prime.

Shawn Kemp greets former teammate Gary Payton at the opening event.


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NEWS & BUSINESS UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 4

MJBizCon. Traditionally in Las Vegas, this year, the world’s largest annual cannabis conference is now virtual. Event includes sessions, online vendors, networking opportunities and more. mjbizconference.com

Dec. 10

The Cannabis Alliance, Seattle. Monthly meeting of growers, retailers and other supporters of Washington’s cannabis system. The Alliance is also

scheduling virtual happy hours for social interaction for members each Tuesday at 5 p.m., and occasional virtual “Office Hours” to meet the staff. thecannabisalliance.us

Dec. 15-17

Winter Emerge Virtual Cannabis Conference. This online event brings together more than 30 speakers. Event includes the ability to create a digital avatar to attend a virtual job fair, discuss current trends and get to know representatives from more

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pricey. Welk will also ask glass collectors he knows to donate, because he serves 200 to 300 kids every Christmas. He has a warm way about him which comes naturally. Some of the kids he gets gifts for have lived through horrendous circumstances, he said, and he feels that if there is a need, and he can do something about it, he will. “I have debilitating empathy for people,” he said. “I’m a magnet for people in need.” He said some developmentally disabled people just come to him and start talking to him. Maybe he got this empathy from one of his grandmothers, who had an adult family home at her own residence. He lived with her for a while, and calls her his “first best friend.” In fact, he said he was a pretty lucky in the grandma department because at one time, due to divorce, new marriages, etc., he had eight grandmothers. Once he gets his list of families in need together, he goes shopping. The toys are brought back to his glass studio where everything is sorted out and put into bags. Welk said if someone requests something super expensive, for example a gaming system, he puts out his feelers for a gently used one or someone who is willing to buy one and donate it. Putting all the bags together is when he needs the most help, but along with the other glassblowers, they usually have things under control. One story that stands out was a request from a family in Sandpoint, Idaho, on Christmas Eve. Welk personally drove there in a snowstorm to deliver a bike. Is he Santa Claus? No! But he’s OK being called Brando Claus, and has even created a glass Brando Claus ornament. If you buy one, you will be entered into future drawings for glass.

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The limited-edition Brando Claus Christmas ornament. As much as Welk enjoys putting on the toy drive, it is time consuming; plus, he has a family of his own, and a business to run. He said he’d like to do the drive for two more years after this year, reaching a total of 10 years. Then he’d love to pass it on to someone else. But if no one else steps forward, he will most likely keep going. Fellow glassblowers Royal Stumph and Steve Beer also get involved each year by hosting a holiday movie night/toy drive at the Garland Theater, where a donation or toy is the entrance fee. Unfortunately, the Garland remains closed out of precaution amid rising COVID-19 cases this fall. As of now, Stumph said they plan to have drop boxes for toys at various locations, such as glass studios and The Smoke Shop downtown. If you would like to contribute to Brando’s Toy Drive, you can send financial donations to his PayPal account at brandonwelk@gmail.com, or drop new toys off at his studio at 5324 E. Desmet Ave., in Spokane.

than 50 businesses and other cannabis influencers.  emergecanna.com   If you know of any cannabis industry related events that you would like to see listed in upcoming issues, please email the information to evercannabis@spokesman.com. Due to health concerns, some events may be canceled, postponed or moved online. Please check with event organizers to verify prior to attending.


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GIVING GREEN

Spokane, Wash. / Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The Green Jay Flameless Lighter

Ceramic Bongs from Summerland

welcometosummer.land These premium, handmade ceramic bongs and pipes are made in small batches, streamlined and gorgeous. For those who are tired of traditional glass, these bongs make a statement in any home. Using only lead-free, food-safe glazes and ceramics, and high-grade silicone grommets, you are ensured a clean hit every time.

Illadelph Glass

illadelphglass.com Illadelph Glass was formed in 2002 with the emphasis on creating a high-end line of functional borosilicate glass art. It uses a unique mix of scientific glass blowing and individual artistic imagination to continually re-invent the boundaries of functional glass art. With an always expanding product line, Illadelph covers a wide spectrum of functional and contemporary work.

Burlmade Tamper Tools

The Green Jay Flameless Lighter

www.green-jay.com/pre-roll-lighter# Hiking off trail, camping, or world traveling? No worries. The Green Jay windproof lighter is the combustion-free solution to light pre-rolls anywhere. These re-chargeable lighters come in gorgeous colors and with classy minimalistic designs.

By Kate A. Miner

EVERCANNABIS CORRESPONDENT

This year, with cannabis consumption legal – either medically or recreationally – in 33 U.S. states and five more states voting for some form of legalization in the recent election, there’s a good chance your holiday list will include at least one canna-thusiast. Sure, you could stick with the classic sweater or bottle of wine, but why not get creative? To that end, we’ve put together gift ideas for all your pot-loving friends and family, and we’ve also included a special section for DIY folks, plus those on your list who may have a penchant for collecting paraphernalia.

STOCKING STUFFERS MouthPeace & Filter Roll

mooselabs.us While there are many reported health claims related to cannabis, the fact is combusted cannabis results in contaminants, tars and resins entering a person’s body. To help, Moose Labs MouthPeace Filters use triple-layer activated carbon filtering to clean your smoke. Filters are attached by a colorful, silicone mouthpiece (get it?) that attaches to most bongs or pipes, and the new MouthPeace Mini works with joints, blunts, e-cigs, and vapes.

FLKR LYTR Spinners

flkrlytr.com Created to dispel the relationship between cigarettes and lighters, FLKR LYTR Spinners give you something fun to do when you’re bored. This fun and fidget-y take on the lighter case is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who loves lighting up.

Burlmade Tamper Tools

burlmade.com/products/pokes-grain Tiny, but classy! For your perfectionist friend who likes to pack down the end of their joint, or is perfecting the art of cone rolling. Made from burl wood and brass, these elegant tamping tools come in a pack of

FOR SERIOUS CONNOISSEURS Daily High Club

dailyhighclub.com/ For those in your life who take their cannabis straight up and serious, why not get them the gift that keeps giving? Gift them a monthly Daily High Club subscription that delivers a “box of badass smoking supplies.” This fun website has gift ideas galore that can be purchased individually, and 3-monthly subscription boxes starting at $1, up to $29. Get all your shopping done in a matter of minutes!

The Dip Device

dipdevices.com/ These vape pens/torchless dab straws are multi-functional, sleek, and feature a battery that connects magnetically to continuously evolving attachments. You can also ‘give back’ with your purchase. Depending on what color you choose, 1% of your purchase is donated to causes like racial justice, marine and land conservation, food insecurity, blood donation activism and drug reform. They come in a deluxe box, and all the components click and change like a Hasbro Transformer.

DabTabs

www.dabtabs.com/ DabTabs offer a clean and convenient way to vaporize cannabis concentrates and extracts while retaining the full flavor of the plant without combustion. Dabs are in tiny little pods called “dablets,” which are designed to work with the DabTab batteries, making it even easier for consumers to utilize the DabTabs specific measured dosing.

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Ardent FX Portable Decarboxylator Infusion Device

ardentcannabis.com/product/nova-fx/ If you have a loved one who is all about homemade edibles, this all-in-one Easy Bake portable cannabis kitchen device by Ardent is a must. It’s an all-in-one activation, infusion, melting, and baking appliance that requires no prior cannabis, cooking, or baking experience. You can decarboxylate, extract, infuse, melt, and bake all in one appliance. Suitable for smaller kitchen spaces (you won’t need an oven, double boiler, or slow cooker). Grab some recipes from our resident cannabis cooking guru, Mary J. White, and start baking!

DIY UPCYCLE GIFT IDEAS

The cannabis industry is getting creative with their packaging, from lovely jars to cool graphics. Until everything is made from hemp and is 100% compostable, you can upcycle empty containers to make fun gifts for your loved ones. Just make sure containers are cleaned and completely free of any remaining product.

three and attach easily to keychains for safe keeping. Burlmade also offers beautiful stash boxes at a slightly higher price point.

PLENTY OF CANNABIS CHOICES FOR HOLIDAY CHEER

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Glass jars

The Cannabolish Odor Removing Set

www.cannabolish.com/store/pc/Cannabis-Odor-Removing-Set-5p4.htm The Cannabolish collection removes smoke odors without toxic chemicals or fake fragrances. Made with safe, natural ingredients, a 3-piece set with a candle, travel-size spray and home spray is a perfect present for the cannabis smoker who doesn’t want the world to know they smoke.

The 420 Weed Game

brotatogames.com/product/420/ This card game designed for groups and full of fun weed references is intended for use while players are consuming. Everyone takes a turn playing an action or question card, and the person who you play your card on must perform the action/answer the question or refuse it. As one reviewer described it, “Just imagine Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg playing truth or dare.”

HIGH-END PARAPHERNALIA AND LUXURY ITEMS Stonedware Pipes

stonedwarecompany.com These little works of art fit in your palm and look great next to your windowsill succulent garden. With items edged in 22k gold, this Portland, Ore., company is checking all the boxes. If you know someone who is a collector of smaller, less traditional cannabis creations, shop this collection for something new and innovative.

Make candles or plant a mini succulent garden. Fill with herbs, tea blends or make a spice rub. Make mini survival kits with tinder and matches for your next camping trip. Fill with stickers or miniature toys for stocking stuffers. Paint to decorate on-the-go ash trays. Fill with bite-sized homemade edibles.

Joint tubes

Pre-rolled joints are often sold in cardboard, plastic, or glass tubes. Take advantage of airtight design and fill with cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans or candies. If it is a glass tube, fill the bottom with sand, insert a miniature tree, seal with a cork and tie with ribbon to make decorative ornaments. Create hanging flower vases, tiny kaleidoscopes (find how-tos on Pinterest), pan flutes or a cool Steampunk chandelier.

Tincture bottles/droppers

Cleaned bottles can be made into tiny vases or jewelry. You could also trade the dropper top for a roller or sprayer to store essential oils blends. For some festive decor, fit the smaller bottles over a set of string lights to create mini lanterns. Fill bottles with ink and top with a mini cork; when gifted with a quill pen and parchment, your niece or nephew will be ready to pack their trunk for Hogwarts.


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GIVING GREEN

Spokane, Wash. / Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The Green Jay Flameless Lighter

Ceramic Bongs from Summerland

welcometosummer.land These premium, handmade ceramic bongs and pipes are made in small batches, streamlined and gorgeous. For those who are tired of traditional glass, these bongs make a statement in any home. Using only lead-free, food-safe glazes and ceramics, and high-grade silicone grommets, you are ensured a clean hit every time.

Illadelph Glass

illadelphglass.com Illadelph Glass was formed in 2002 with the emphasis on creating a high-end line of functional borosilicate glass art. It uses a unique mix of scientific glass blowing and individual artistic imagination to continually re-invent the boundaries of functional glass art. With an always expanding product line, Illadelph covers a wide spectrum of functional and contemporary work.

Burlmade Tamper Tools

The Green Jay Flameless Lighter

www.green-jay.com/pre-roll-lighter# Hiking off trail, camping, or world traveling? No worries. The Green Jay windproof lighter is the combustion-free solution to light pre-rolls anywhere. These re-chargeable lighters come in gorgeous colors and with classy minimalistic designs.

By Kate A. Miner

EVERCANNABIS CORRESPONDENT

This year, with cannabis consumption legal – either medically or recreationally – in 33 U.S. states and five more states voting for some form of legalization in the recent election, there’s a good chance your holiday list will include at least one canna-thusiast. Sure, you could stick with the classic sweater or bottle of wine, but why not get creative? To that end, we’ve put together gift ideas for all your pot-loving friends and family, and we’ve also included a special section for DIY folks, plus those on your list who may have a penchant for collecting paraphernalia.

STOCKING STUFFERS MouthPeace & Filter Roll

mooselabs.us While there are many reported health claims related to cannabis, the fact is combusted cannabis results in contaminants, tars and resins entering a person’s body. To help, Moose Labs MouthPeace Filters use triple-layer activated carbon filtering to clean your smoke. Filters are attached by a colorful, silicone mouthpiece (get it?) that attaches to most bongs or pipes, and the new MouthPeace Mini works with joints, blunts, e-cigs, and vapes.

FLKR LYTR Spinners

flkrlytr.com Created to dispel the relationship between cigarettes and lighters, FLKR LYTR Spinners give you something fun to do when you’re bored. This fun and fidget-y take on the lighter case is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who loves lighting up.

Burlmade Tamper Tools

burlmade.com/products/pokes-grain Tiny, but classy! For your perfectionist friend who likes to pack down the end of their joint, or is perfecting the art of cone rolling. Made from burl wood and brass, these elegant tamping tools come in a pack of

FOR SERIOUS CONNOISSEURS Daily High Club

dailyhighclub.com/ For those in your life who take their cannabis straight up and serious, why not get them the gift that keeps giving? Gift them a monthly Daily High Club subscription that delivers a “box of badass smoking supplies.” This fun website has gift ideas galore that can be purchased individually, and 3-monthly subscription boxes starting at $1, up to $29. Get all your shopping done in a matter of minutes!

The Dip Device

dipdevices.com/ These vape pens/torchless dab straws are multi-functional, sleek, and feature a battery that connects magnetically to continuously evolving attachments. You can also ‘give back’ with your purchase. Depending on what color you choose, 1% of your purchase is donated to causes like racial justice, marine and land conservation, food insecurity, blood donation activism and drug reform. They come in a deluxe box, and all the components click and change like a Hasbro Transformer.

DabTabs

www.dabtabs.com/ DabTabs offer a clean and convenient way to vaporize cannabis concentrates and extracts while retaining the full flavor of the plant without combustion. Dabs are in tiny little pods called “dablets,” which are designed to work with the DabTab batteries, making it even easier for consumers to utilize the DabTabs specific measured dosing.

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Ardent FX Portable Decarboxylator Infusion Device

ardentcannabis.com/product/nova-fx/ If you have a loved one who is all about homemade edibles, this all-in-one Easy Bake portable cannabis kitchen device by Ardent is a must. It’s an all-in-one activation, infusion, melting, and baking appliance that requires no prior cannabis, cooking, or baking experience. You can decarboxylate, extract, infuse, melt, and bake all in one appliance. Suitable for smaller kitchen spaces (you won’t need an oven, double boiler, or slow cooker). Grab some recipes from our resident cannabis cooking guru, Mary J. White, and start baking!

DIY UPCYCLE GIFT IDEAS

The cannabis industry is getting creative with their packaging, from lovely jars to cool graphics. Until everything is made from hemp and is 100% compostable, you can upcycle empty containers to make fun gifts for your loved ones. Just make sure containers are cleaned and completely free of any remaining product.

three and attach easily to keychains for safe keeping. Burlmade also offers beautiful stash boxes at a slightly higher price point.

PLENTY OF CANNABIS CHOICES FOR HOLIDAY CHEER

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Glass jars

The Cannabolish Odor Removing Set

www.cannabolish.com/store/pc/Cannabis-Odor-Removing-Set-5p4.htm The Cannabolish collection removes smoke odors without toxic chemicals or fake fragrances. Made with safe, natural ingredients, a 3-piece set with a candle, travel-size spray and home spray is a perfect present for the cannabis smoker who doesn’t want the world to know they smoke.

The 420 Weed Game

brotatogames.com/product/420/ This card game designed for groups and full of fun weed references is intended for use while players are consuming. Everyone takes a turn playing an action or question card, and the person who you play your card on must perform the action/answer the question or refuse it. As one reviewer described it, “Just imagine Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg playing truth or dare.”

HIGH-END PARAPHERNALIA AND LUXURY ITEMS Stonedware Pipes

stonedwarecompany.com These little works of art fit in your palm and look great next to your windowsill succulent garden. With items edged in 22k gold, this Portland, Ore., company is checking all the boxes. If you know someone who is a collector of smaller, less traditional cannabis creations, shop this collection for something new and innovative.

Make candles or plant a mini succulent garden. Fill with herbs, tea blends or make a spice rub. Make mini survival kits with tinder and matches for your next camping trip. Fill with stickers or miniature toys for stocking stuffers. Paint to decorate on-the-go ash trays. Fill with bite-sized homemade edibles.

Joint tubes

Pre-rolled joints are often sold in cardboard, plastic, or glass tubes. Take advantage of airtight design and fill with cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans or candies. If it is a glass tube, fill the bottom with sand, insert a miniature tree, seal with a cork and tie with ribbon to make decorative ornaments. Create hanging flower vases, tiny kaleidoscopes (find how-tos on Pinterest), pan flutes or a cool Steampunk chandelier.

Tincture bottles/droppers

Cleaned bottles can be made into tiny vases or jewelry. You could also trade the dropper top for a roller or sprayer to store essential oils blends. For some festive decor, fit the smaller bottles over a set of string lights to create mini lanterns. Fill bottles with ink and top with a mini cork; when gifted with a quill pen and parchment, your niece or nephew will be ready to pack their trunk for Hogwarts.


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NEWS & BUSINESS

Resonant Botanicals provides pain relief Family and science inspired creation of CBD-rich products By Kate A. Miner

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Resonant Botanicals, located on Whidbey Island, was founded with love and a passion for using the best plant and organic ingredients available in order to promote pain relief, including hemp oil extract high in CBD. Owner and founder Michael Yocco started Resonant Botanicals over three years ago and today products are available online and have been shipped to the U.S., Canada and 27 countries. He has a degree in biochemistry from Akron University in Ohio, and previously worked in the skincare industry for over 18 years. But this wasn’t his motivation for starting Resonant. His paternal grandmother and great-grandmother were herbalists, so he grew up with their natural remedies along with a genuine fascination for how the body works. He studied biochemistry and earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University. Other family members also were influential. “I developed these products for my mother and daughter. They were formulated in love and science,” Yocco said. His passion for providing pain relief began about five years ago during a trip to visit his mother. Five years ago during a visit to his mother’s, he heard her crying one night because of her rheumatoid arthritis. The deep agonizing pain kept her awake all night. Yocco was determined to help. Yocco started experimenting. He learned about CBD 10 years ago while working in customer service for a skin care company. He eventually joined the Hemp Industry Association and served on its cannabinoid committee, which performed testing for topical efficacy and made recommendations to the DEA. He also continued to research formulas to help his mom get a good night’s sleep. Her arthritis was in the hips, so he needed to find something that would go deep into the acetabulum, or hip socket. His first successful product was Painless (which he still sells) as a reasonably priced all-natural pain reliever “to ease stiff, aching joints and chronic pain. Yocco later developed Painless-X, available at a slightly higher price point, which is said to be, “superior to anything else on the market for relieving chronic pain.” His mother was later diagnosed with

neuropathy in her feet. Yocco created Neuro-Soothe, developed to create lasting, effective relief from symptoms associated with neuropathy, fibromyalgia and dystonia. His newest product, Royal, combines these products, and contains 1,000mg of CBD hemp oil extract. Although CBD is a key ingredient in the Resonant Botanical line, it’s important to note that these self-care products are backed by some serious science. Using CBD as an activator, Yocco has discovered a way to simulate metabolic pathways that create effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. “We strive to create products that deliver lasting results, and we produce our line of products in small batches so that we can ensure the quality and authenticity,” he said. “We love sharing our knowledge about ingredients so that our customers can feel confident in their purchases, which is why all our products have a 100% money back guarantee.” Yucco said our bodies contain an arachidonic acid pathway. Arachidonic acid is the chemical messenger first released by muscles during weight training, controlling the core physiological response to exercise. Whenever you have tissue injury, inflammation is involved in healing the wound. CBD gives you a boost, creating a ‘healing pathway.’ Then there’s the endocannabinoid system, a biological system composed of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. Our body’s cannabinoid system includes CB1 and CB2 receptors,

and CB2 is stimulated by CBD. CBD is a partial agonist, a chemical that binds to a receptor and activates the receptor to produce a biological response. Additional compounds that act as full agonists for CB2, such as Copaiba Balsam, an essential oil from South America, are used by Resonant Botanicals to enhance and influence. “I believe one of the key factors to the success of Resonant Botanicals has been an awareness that CBD is an important part of our formulation,” Yocco said. “Combining it with the proper supporting cast of ingredients maximizes the efficacy of our products.” CBD is not listed as an ingredient in Resonant Botanicals products because CBD is, in part, federally regulated, but they do contain hemp oil extract, which has an unspecified amount of CBD. Plus, Yocco sees hemp oil as a powerful extract that interacts with certain cells in your body. It helps calm the nerves, and relieves stress, anxiety, neuropathy, and tremors. It also helps the body to lower inflammation and relieves pain, making it a great alternative to common pain relief methods. “I have always been open to incorporate methods from different disciplines,” he said. “In addition to the amazing healing powers of hemp, our products employ elements of western herbalism, Chinese herbalism, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture as well as healing frequencies.” To learn more, visit www.ResonantBotanicals.com.


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CANNABIS BRIEFS

Multistate arrest includes 27 Washington homes SEATTLE – Several law enforcement agencies in Western Washington were involved in a series of raids of homes that were believed to be part of a multistate black market cannabis network. Authorities said 27 search warrants were issued for homes in the Seattle area, including Renton, Kent, Maple Valley, Federal Way and SeaTac. Each home was found to have a variety of marijuana plants and processed marijuana plus a variety of documenta-

tion which investigators said establishes that they were part of a network of illegal growers. Tony Galetti, inspector in charge with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said an investigation showed that marijuana was illegally grown in these homes, then mailed to people in nine states. Some participants in this venture bought more homes and more growing supplies. “This is a particularly egregious ring,” he said. “You’re talking about over the

course of this investigation there are probably tens of millions of dollars or products that have been shipped to multiple states. They could sell product for $1,000 a pound here, but $3,000 a pound in an East Coast state.” Six people were indicted and 11 were indicted as part of the operation. More arrests were expected.

prevention measures. Voters ended up affirming the leadership of the Labour Party and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. However, some were angered that Ardern didn’t take a public position on the marijuana measure or the euthanasia measure, leading up to the election. After voting ended, she said she had voted for both referendums, but wanted to leave the decision to New Zealanders. Supporters of the marijuana measure had hoped approval would reduce the power of gangs and improve life for native Maori. Cannabis is currently legal in Canada, Georgia, South Africa and Uruguay.

MOLALLA – Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department deputies on overnight patrol recently encountered four men walking along Highway 211 who were wearing dark clothing, covered in mud, and loaded down with green leafy plants. Molalla is located roughly halfway between Salem and Portland. They were seen carrying duffel bags and wearing backpacks that appeared to be full of plants. Some were observed with leaves coming out of their coat pockets. One man was seen throwing a bag off to the side of the road when officers approached. After confronted by deputies and officers from Molalla, the men said they came from a marijuana farm nearby. The owner was contacted and said the farm was actually a legal hemp farm, and his product was used for oil and other CBD materials. It also wouldn’t have the THC effect that the suspects likely hoped, or the high financial value either. However, the farmer owner told officers that the roughly 80 pounds of hemp they found was valued at $2,500, so the four men were taken to jail and charged with first-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespass. Interviews with the suspects revealed that they all live in the Portland area. They said a friend told them about a great marijuana farm, and they took a bus from Portland to look into it.

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New Zealand votes down national pot plan WELLINGTON – Voters in New Zealand rejected a national referendum that would have made recreational cannabis legal. In late October, 53 percent voters voted “no” compared to 46 percent in favor of the initiative. Critics and proponents both said the measure was surprisingly close. Some supporters say more attention may have been given to other items on the ballot, including indicating approval or disapproval for euthanasia. This passed 65 percent in favor to 34 against. The election was also an opportunity for voters to decide whether to continue with current leadership or choose a different party, which received strong public interest due to the country’s tough COVID-19

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CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Terpenes and Trees

Explore the wonder of winter on the Liberty Lake Loop By Seagrin van Ranson

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Fall carries more gold in its pocket than any other season. – Jim Bishop Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds found within all plants and are highly concentrated in the cannabis plant. Each strain has a unique terpene profile that acts in synergy with cannabinoids within the plant, such as THC and CBD, to shape the varying effects of your high and your overall consumption experience. Together, we’ll harness the potent power of terpenes and cannabinoids to enhance the magic of your outdoor endeavors. With that in mind, let’s explore the Liberty Lake Loop! The main trailhead is located just south of the campground in the marshy area of the park. Keep an eye out for very industrious beavers who have diligently worked to reverse human degradation of the wetlands. The dams built by these assiduous creatures raise the local water table, increasing the water accessible to plants, thereby expanding the size of the riparian system to provide more food for both animals and aquatic life. These natural allies are responsible for restoring a diverse wildlife habitat as well as improving Liberty Lake and the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer, so hats off to these crafty critters. Taking the trail clockwise from the trailhead, you’ll traverse through wetlands into a lush forest with a staggering variety of coniferous and deciduous trees (watch for deer, elk, moose, black bear, cougar, hawk, osprey and eagle), across the creek and up to one of the only old growth cedar groves in the Spokane area. From here, the trail switchbacks up to a lookout of Liberty Lake and Mt. Spokane to the north. Continue your trek along the ridge and through the forest until you reach the waterfall, which is at its peak mid-spring. It’s a great spot to take a breather before tackling the next portion of the trail, which climbs through the old growth cedar forest alongside the upper falls. It will take your breath away, both literally and figuratively. You’ll cross the creek one last time before reaching the Boy Scout cabin at the top of the loop. There’s no

viewpoint from the cabin, but what it lacks in a view, it makes up for in character. It’s also an ideal spot to stretch, snack, wet your whistle, or hold a safety meeting. When you’re ready to resume your hike, continue to follow the descent clockwise down the west side of the loop known as the Edith Hansen Riding Trail. It begins as a gradual descent but becomes more intense as it drops back down to the valley floor. You’ll make a sharp turn to the right, which re-routes you around the beaver habitat before crossing back over the creek to rejoin the valley trail a half mile from the trailhead.

Activity Strain Recommendation: Orangeade (Tangie x Purple Punch)

Orangeade is a citrusy ride with complex herbal and grape undertones. It provides an immediate mood boost with an incredible giddy cerebral high that gives way to a calm and relaxed body high. The perfect strain for an outdoor adventure, it will undoubtedly enhance your explorative endeavors. Terpenes found in this strain are pinene (anti-inflammatory, provides energetic focus), limonene (elevates mood, boosts energy, heightens senses) caryophyllene (enhances focus and mood), myrcene (calming stress relief ) and bisabolol (anti-nociceptive, which reduces the perception of pain by reducing inflammation).

Recovery Strain Recommendation: Blueberry (Afghani x Thai x Purple Thai)

Blueberry is a potent strain with heavy sedative effects that will bring therapeutic relief and a zen-like calm. With ample doses of myrcene, it will aid in your SEAGRIN VON RANSON/FOR EVERCANNABIS recovery by easing you into a tranquil state, both mentally and physically. An exemplary strain for recuperation, you’ll be ready for Liberty Lake Loop Trail your next adventure in no time. Where: 3707 S. Zephyr Road, Liberty Lake Terpenes found in this strain are myrcene (calmLeashed dogs: Allowed ing stress relief ), caryophyllene (enhances focus and Length: 8.5 miles roundtrip mood), isopulegol (anti-inflammatory, anti-viral) and Elevation gain: 1,374 ft. (highest point: 3,120 ft.) linalool (calming stress relief ). And that’s magic, baby. Lace up, light up and exDifficulty rating: Moderately difficult plore this urban escape.


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HEALTH & SCIENCE “Federal legalization would allow (more) dollars to flow into research.” Kevin Oliver Executive director of WANORML

Research looks at harm, not benefits By Dan Webster

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One of the most confounding aspects about the federal government’s ongoing war on drugs is the continued classification of cannabis among what are known as Schedule 1 drugs. That means that cannabis – which is now legal either for medical or recreational use in some 36 states – is considered by federal authorities to be roughly as harmful as heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, Quaalude and peyote. While there are various reasons cited for this policy, it’s no secret that federal monies devoted to cannabis research have had one main aim: to show the plant’s harmful effects. This was made clear in an analysis, published in August, showing that of the more than $1.5 billion spent by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on cannabis research between the years 2000 and 2018, roughly half was “spent on understanding the potential harms of the recreational drug.” According to a story published in Science, a magazine published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the analysis revealed that the U.S. contributed more than $1 billion of the research funds. And some of the experts quoted in the story emphasized that the resulting federal policy is likely reflective of a conservative political stance. One of those experts is Daniel Mallinson, a cannabis policy researcher at Pennsylvania State University. Pointing to the “fact that most of the cannabis money is going to drug abuse and probably to cannabis use disorder versus medical purposes,” Mallinson told Science that the “government’s budget is a political statement about what we value as a society.”

The analysis in question is based on work done by Jim Hudson, a medical research consultant who surveyed 3,269 grants from 50 funding groups as diverse as the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Canada’s Arthritis Society. The result reveals a type of medical Catch-22: Cannabis research funding is restricted because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, and it continues to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug because research is lacking. “It’s difficult to break that (cycle),” Mallinson told Science. Such an analysis isn’t news to Kevin Oliver. As executive director of WANORML, Washington

state’s affiliate of the cannabis lobbying group NORML, Oliver is well aware of what he describes as the “long history of law-enforcement agencies … in regard to lobbying efforts to maintain a prohibited status.” In addition to the “asset seizures” from which the law-enforcement agencies profit, Oliver says the “prohibitionist vales and mores … are prevalent in conservative members of Congress that maintain the federal schedule status quo.” In 2016, the U.S. Drug and Enforcement Administration rejected efforts to reclassify marijuana, stating, “(T)here is no substantial evidence that

marijuana should be removed from Schedule 1.” Despite federal statements to the contrary, Oliver stresses that much research exists to refute this position. According to NORML, a 2017 review of more than 10,000 recent studies by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, indicated that ” ‘conclusive or substantial evidence’ exists in support of the clinical use of cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain and other conditions.” Those conditions include everything from Alzheimer’s disease to Tourette syndrome, not to mention epilepsy,

post-traumatic stress disorder and migraine headaches. Oliver cites the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which reports that 535 studies are currently being conducted on cannabis across the nation. “Federal legalization,” he said, “would allow (more) dollars to flow into research.” And that might ultimately make the difference. After all, more research means more knowledge. It follows then that more knowledge, one can only hope, will result in better decisions regarding both the existing, and still undiscovered, ties between cannabis and health.


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CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Is CBG the new CBD Cannabigerol is harder to harvest for its medical uses By Rob Mejia

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For the past few years, it seemed like everyone has been talking about CBD, or cannabidiol, which is a non-intoxicating element in the cannabis plant that has many medical applications. Medical conditions that respond well to CBD include epilepsy, anxiety, depression, muscle aches, migraines and sleeplessness. CBD may be consumed in many ways including smoking, vaping, applying via a topical lotion or salve, taken orally as a tincture or lozenge, in a nasal spray or transdermal patch, and as an edible. Many consumers feel comfortable taking CBD because it does not get them high and can replace a number of over-the-counter medications with limited side effects. Now, it looks like we may start talking about CBG – or cannabigerol – in a similar manner. Cannabigerolic acid (CBGa) is the precursor to all other cannabinoids. This means that when a plant is young, it develops CBG that will then turn into THC, CBD, CBC, and many other cannabinoids. Usually, trace amounts of CBG will remain in most plants. Both CBG and CBD are non-intoxicating and provide medical benefits. In terms of research, there have been more CBD than CBG studies. And while CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system indirectly, CBG apparently interacts directly with cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. But what has many consumers excited are studies showing that CBG rapidly reduces inflammation, another study showed reduced growth rates of cancer cells in rats and overall, it has a relaxing effect. One of the biggest challenges facing CBG research-

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Goodekind founders Kayla Croft and Flip Croft-Caderoe. ers and cannabis companies that want to create CBG products is the minor amount of CBG present in the plant. While some cultivators have been able to develop high-potency CBD strains that may contain 20% CBD, CBG strains in the past have normally only had 1 to 2 % CBG. This means the amount of plant material needed to create products is immense. It does help to harvest early in the plant’s life to get more CBG, but again, these amounts are usually modest. One company that entered the CBG arena in 2018 is Goodekind. Goodekind is run by Flip CroftCaderoe, a Filipino marketing executive and his sister-in-law Kayla Croft, a former nurse and music executive. This unlikely duo set out to create a company that would create hemp-based wellness prod-

ucts and would, as Croft-Caderoe says, “give back to the cannabis world.” In addition to a line of CBD topicals and tincture, Goodekind offers CBG topical isolate lotion and smokable flower that boasts an impressive amount of CBG at 14% CBGa. One factor that drove Goodekind’s interest in CBG was Croft’s personal use, which helped her heal a skin issue and proved to be a calming product she could use during the day. In addition to offering an innovative line of CBD and CBG products, Goodekind is committed to sourcing their products from women and minority-owned companies. They also give one-eighth of their profits to human rights causes. Now they are partnering with Dig Deep, a program designed to secure clean drinking water for all Americans with an ongoing project for the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Croft and Croft-Caderoe see this as a way to advocate for long lasting, sustainable change. To read more about Dig Deep’s mission, please visit www.digdeep.org. Not to rest on their laurels, as Goodekind looks to the future they have plans to introduce Delta8 vapes (Delta8 is a “new” cannabinoid and shares characteristics of both THC and CBD) and CBG pre-rolls. With a cutting-edge collection of CBD and CBG products, a commitment to minority and woman-owned companies and a willingness to partner with human rights organizations, Goodekind lives up to their company name being both good at what they do and being kind while doing it.


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HEALTH & SCIENCE

Study finds long-term cannabis use doesn’t boost pain sensitivity By Theresa Tanner

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A study published in the August 2020 issue of Clinical Journal of Pain found that long-term cannabis use does not increase sensitivity to pain. Conducted in the University of British Columbia Okanagan psychology department, the study explored differences in measures of pain intensity and tolerance. The authors hypothesized that people who frequently use cannabis would demonstrate great pain sensitivity. “Recent years have seen an increase in the adoption of cannabinoid medicines, which have demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of chronic pain,” said lead researcher and doctoral student Michelle St. Pierre. “However, the extent to which frequent cannabis use influences sensitivity to acute pain has not been systematically examined.” Study participants – volunteers who either used cannabis more than three times a week or didn’t use cannabis at all – were subjected to a cold-pressor task test, where they submerged a hand and forearm in icy water for a sustained amount of time. Cannabis users and nonusers did not exhibit differences on measures of pain tolerance, indicating that frequent cannabis use is not asso-

ciated with hyperalgesia – a condition where a person develops an increased sensitivity to pain. “There is a different effect from opioid users; sustained use of opioids can make people more reactive to pain. We wanted to determine if there was a similar trend for people who use cannabis frequently,” said St. Pierre. In managing chronic pain with opiods, there is a risk of addiction, overdose and opioid-induced hyperalgesia. A patient with hyperalgesia might increase their opioid dosage to manage the pain, further increasing the risk of addiction. “These findings are particularly relevant in light of recent reports of opioid overprescribing and high rates of pain in the population, as it suggests that cannabis may not carry the same risk of hyperalgesia as opioids,” said St. Pierre. “This study should come as good news to patients who are already using cannabis to treat pain,” said co-author Zach Walsh, who leads the UBC Therapeutic Recreational and Problematic Substance Use Lab. “Increases in pain sensitivity with opioids can really complicate an already tough situation; given increasing uptake of cannabis-based pain medications it’s a relief that we didn’t identify a similar pattern with cannabinoids.”

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TO BE BLUNT

Couples can get closer with cannabis By Chelsea Cebara

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Hey Blunt, My parents have gotten into smoking weed together and it’s ADORABLE. I want to get them something for Christmas to celebrate their new hobby. Any suggestions? They’re in their mid-60s and before this only smoked in college. – Love, Baby of Boomers You are correct: This is charming as hell. Congrats to your folks for picking up cannabis together! Way back when I was a budtender, we saw plenty of your parents’ demographic: people who hadn’t touched the plant since deep in the Prohibition era, whose concept of weed is dry buds of indeterminate genetics, laden with seeds and pesticides. Imagine their first trip to a rec shop 40 years after that! Based on my experience with this type of consumer, I’m going to make some assumptions: your parents probably enjoy lower-THC smokables, and they probably buy pre-rolls or share a pipe. If that’s true, you will want to introduce them to the wonder of the dry flower vaporizer. Preferred by medical cannabis professionals and aficionados alike, these vaporizers heat the flower rather than combusting it, preserving terpenes and making for a smoother, gentler inhale. Whole flower is still driving the market and this will allow your parents to access the widest variety of strains. These vaporizers are available at many price points, but personally I’m fond of the Magic Flight; it’s affordable, easy to use, and full of hippie design appeal. If they want to get fancier, there are accessories for water filtration and concentrates available too. Of course, you’ll want to bundle it up with a sampler of a few grams of high-quality flower. Not just any flower, mind you. You need weed with a story. Consider an original landrace strain such as Hindu Kush, the heirloom tomato of cannabis. Or

maybe G-13, which, unlike most the apocryphal strain origins stories out there, probably actually was smuggled out of the Ole’ Miss research lab in the ‘70s. Or choose something with a particularly impactful color or flavor: Ellensburg’s Puffin Farms grows a dark and terpy Tangerine that’s a hit with your parents’ demographic. I’m now imagining them curled up together on the couch laughing and connecting over cannabis, and honestly it’s the sort of wholesomeness I needed today. Thanks for that. Dear Blunt,  I want to make some infused treats for the holidays, something more impressive than brownies. Got any ideas? – Love, Sweet Tooth You know it! Brash, herbaceous and musky, cannabis can be a challenge to the palate. Most product developers and home cooks treat the flavor as an annoyance, something to be overcome. But the way they cover it up reminds me of bathroom air fresheners – as in, we all know what went on here and attempting to mask it only makes it more noticeable. Instead, I treat cannabis as a flavor to be embraced and complemented rather than combated. Some flavors that pair well without competing are citrus, smoke, warming spices and coconut. I also tend to make my edibles super weak, because I want people to be able to have more than one! Below is one of my go-to recipes for an elegant infused treat:

White Chocolate LemonGRASS Truffles

¼ cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste (available in the herb section of most grocery stores) 2 cups high-quality white chocolate, chopped finely 20 grams infused cannabutter About a cup of finely shredded unsweetened coconut for rolling Pour the cream into your smallest saucepan and add the lemongrass paste. Heat until just below boiling,

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A Magic Fight vaporizer is great for heating, rather than combusting, cannabis flower. then cover and turn off the heat. When the side of the pan is cool enough to touch, pour the cream through a fine strainer into a glass bowl to remove the lemongrass solids.  Add white chocolate and cannabutter to the bowl. Stir, then place in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each zap, until smooth. Let cool slightly, then cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm.  Using a cookie scoop or small spoon, scoop out about a tablespoon of the ganache, roll it smooth between your hands, then roll it in the coconut. Present in a festive and well-labeled manner. Happy holidays!

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White Chocolate LemonGRASS Truffles feature flavors that complement the specific taste of cannabis.


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STRAIN OF THE MONTH

Sunset Sherbet By Rick Misterly

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If you are over 40, there is a good chance that you recall a time when nearly all of our waking hours weren’t taken up by some type of electronic device. If a remnant of that memory remains, it might seem like a time of more imagination and reflection when “turning on” had nothing to do with pressing a button. Occasionally people have asked if I would consider reviewing other forms of cannabis in this space. That idea had never crossed my mind, but after some thought I would say probably not. Unless you are doing a true dry sift hash, many essential components are lost in the extraction process. Some processors will add terpenes after the extraction, but this is still not the original article. “Strain of the Month”

in my mind means highlighting the flower of a particular cultivar to reveal the essence of the entire plant. Pretty basic, and, whether in a joint or a pipe, simple. Whether we recreate or contemplate, our senses are what make the experience what it is. One would hope that our sense of smell, sight, hearing, taste and touch are engaged at all times but with the help of THC and other cannabinoids in the flower, these faculties can be opened further. Beyond these senses, think of cannabis as food for our sixth sense/imagination. This month’s strain is Sunset Sherbet from Blue Roots, which offers up fine characteristics for firing those senses – a good serving will help you imagine new realities. With the intention of actually tuning out the static, focusing on true relaxation and tuning into the moment, our appreciation of the plant and the heightening of our senses becomes clear. Grow manager Mike Davis lends his expert opinion with a glimpse of what we might expect from this month’s subject: “For me personally, Sunset Sherbet has the full package, starting with the beautiful coloration of the flowers. The smell has a mild yet wonderful fragrance and its sweet almost creamy flavors are followed with a relaxing euphoric effect that puts it in my top 10.” Appearance: Looks aren’t every-

Sunset Sherbert

Grown by: Blue Roots Cannabis Company, Airway Heights THC: 25.4% CBD: 0.00% Indica: 85% Sativa: 15% Hybrid: Girl Scout Cookies x Pink Panties Dominant Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Humulene, Limonene

thing, but can be good places to start. I am first taken in by the packaging that complements the contents and provides a clear view, a tight seal and a reusable container. My specimen was a single cone shaped gram chunk. In full flower, the plant is a deep purple. After trimming, a few purple sugar leaves remain interspersed with olive greens and thick tufts of reddish, golden pistillate flowers. Trichomes were a thick forest, clear towers with mushroom domes reaching for the heights. Aroma: Nothing hits hard on the nose because the initial aromas are of light, sweet herbal and floral scents. Soon you also experience a mild citrus behind the herbs and flowers. I appreciate the list of terpenes provided on the label. If you are looking for health benefits, Sunset Sherbet might be able to help alleviate pain and inflammation as well as give a more positive outlook. Humulene, the second terpene listed, is also known as alpha Caryophyllene, so you may be getting a double shot from the benefits of that terpene. Effects: A quick body high bringing on a lightness and relaxation. Bright mental uptick comes next and although sitting/ lying around feels good, in a short time you should be able to jump to any task if called for. Familiar, non-technical activities should be fine. It could have been the colorful October day, but visuals seemed extremely crisp and multidimensional. Even with all the senses highly engaged this strain kept things on a calm, even note with no anxiety or other negative distractions. Enjoy Sunset Sherbet and expect a lot of power packed into the flower with a good strong high lasting nearly 3 hours with a gentle comedown. Oh and don’t forget: Mix and mingle, but stay spaced out.


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