Is Luxury Weed the New Status Symbol?

Is Luxury Weed the New Status Symbol?

[Canniseur: High end weed and its accoutrements is all about quality and stepping up your cannabis experience. Sure weed quality is important, but so is the feeling of holding a well balanced vape pen. Or, using an artist created bong. Yes, not everyone can afford luxury, but it is these kinds of products that help normalize cannabis.]

$950 sculptural water pipes at Barneys, cannabis packed in cut crystal decanters, and vape pens designed with executives in mind—is stoner culture as we knew it over forever?

When Adrian Sedlin got a call from his brother-in-law Randy Patten in 2015 to ask if Sedlin would buy him a building to grow weed in, Sedlin wasn’t immediately on board. Before retiring three years earlier at age 42, Sedlin had a career taking over relatively early-stage companies to reposition their strategy, grow them and exit. Most recently, he’d turned around an online crime-mapping company called CrimeReports, which Motorola then bought. Patten had been a cannabis cultivator for 20 years.

But as a retiree Sedlin had time on his hands and saw how the legalization of cannabis was rapidly creating a new industry for the plant in Colorado. After a few months of research, he co-founded his California-based cannabis company, Canndescent, later that year. (Patten, a co-founder, was involved in the company’s day-to-day operations for two years, and remains a significant shareholder.) “My view was that I was going to have gorgeous cannabis in cut crystal decanters, and that we were going to reposition the whole thing and make it approachable,” he says. Instead of enigmatic strain names like Super Silver Haze, Juicy Fruit and Chernobyl, Canndescent’s flower comes in five self-explanatory “effects:” Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect and Charge. Each comes in a pretty, color-coded jar (Calm, for example, is deep blue, and Charge comes with a pink label), packaged in the brand’s “signature orange box,” not unlike a certain fashion house’s enamel bracelets and silk scarves.

While Sedlin doesn’t want Canndescent to look like a knockoff, he hopes customers will associate the branding with familiar luxury names. “People look at our use of orange and maybe see a little Hermès, or maybe our color treatment makes them think of what Tiffany does,” says Sedlin. “You look at our font treatment, maybe it has a little Chanel. Our logo, maybe a little Tory Burch.”

PIPE UP At Barneys, shoppers can buy a handmade crystal water pipe by the glass artist Caleb Siemon for $950. PHOTO: COURTESY OF BARNEYS

FRUIT BOWL The offerings at Edie Parker Flower include an array of glass pipes shaped like fruit, retailing for $95-$115. PHOTO: COURTESY OF EDIE PARKER

Canndescent is just one company that sees the potential in rebranding weed for a new set of users. Elevated design and the embrace of the industry by high-profile names means it’s straying further away from the stoner stereotype of yore. Yes, your mom talks openly about using CBD oil, and stocking up on edibles during a trip to L.A. is as easy as replacing a forgotten toothbrush—but now cannabis is going truly upscale and the upscale world is loving it back.

In March, Barneys New York debuted a luxury concept shop dedicated to cannabis in its Beverly Hills flagship, called The High End, where shoppers can buy a bulbous handmade crystal water pipe inspired by clouds, a chrome-plated ashtray inlaid with zebu horn and a malachite leaf necklace adorned with diamonds. The handbag brand Edie Parker just launched a line of cannabis accessories called Flower; offerings include hand-blown glass pipes shaped like a bundle of grapes or a juicy strawberry—fruit bowls, if you will—and a red-and white-striped tabletop lighter inspired by vintage varieties. Jonathan Adler recently collaborated with the smoking boutique Higher Standards on a line of ceramic ashtrays and boxes. “I’m a complete ascetic now, but in my deprived childhood and adolescence, when I went to a head shop I would have to find pot accessories that were kind of like pewter goblins or rainbow-colored blown glass—tragedies,” says Adler. “From a business standpoint, it’s interesting to have a brand new category of product.”

As weed becomes increasingly legal across the U.S., cannabis data company New Frontier Data predicts the legalized market will grow to $25 billion by 2025. In the last decade, it’s become recreationally legal in 10 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and remains illegal in just twelve. The remaining 28 states have legalized it for medicinal purposes or decriminalized it, or both. Compare that to the 1990s, when five states and D.C. had passed medical marijuana laws, or the aughts, when that number had risen to thirteen. Creating a luxury market for a substance that users are still being arrested for possessing can be complex, but many companies are betting on full legalization.

HIGH DESIGN Stonewared founder Ariel Zimman designed her line of ceramic pipes to look good in users’ homes. PHOTO: COURTESY OF STONEDWARE

Design “is helping propel the industry forward,” says Ariel Zimman, founder of Portland, Oregon-based company Stonedware. When Zimman started bringing her geometric ceramic pipes to sell to stores, she says, men who worked at head shops would tell her they were too small to hold enough weed. She’s found a largely female audience for her pipes—which are shaped like large gemstones with faceted sides in an array of sizes and porcelain finishes with names like “Minted” and “Blushing”—users who want to have a few hits from a pipe that looks cool on their table or bookshelf. “People are using cannabis in ways aside from, let’s get high and party,” she says. “It’s not counter-culture anymore.”

Gunner Winston, the CEO of dosist, a company that sells a vape pen designed to give users control over their dose, says his typical consumer doesn’t have time to get high. “They’re an executive and mother of two,” he says. “They’re traveling the world. [They’re] dealing with some type of challenge, whether it’s sleep, whether they’re anxious, whether it’s pain. Oftentimes, people are told to go right to prescription drugs on a doctor’s recommendation, but what I’ve been inspired is the ability to find natural solutions to certain ailments.”

LORD KNOWS Lord Jones, the CBD company known for its gourmet gumdrops, will soon offer a complementary line of THC products. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LORD JONES

Robert Rosenheck, the co-founder of Lord Jones, says the most important element behind the company’s design is to reposition cannabis as a health and wellness offering. He and his wife Cindy Capobianco, Lord Jones co-founder, originally launched their business as a medical marijuna company before moving into the high-end CBD products they’re known for. (CBD is derived from the cannabis plant but doesn’t get users high; it’s marketed for its claimed pain management and calming effects.) Now they’re gearing up to relaunch a THC line (the part of the plant that does induce a high), which will include the world’s first cannabis boutique inside a hotel, at the Standard West Hollywood.

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal as Is Luxury Weed the New Status Symbol?

What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian

What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian

[Canniseur: Eve Lentz’s stash box makes for interesting story telling. Do you have a stash box? What’s in yours?]

What does this activist like to have on hand?

Cannabis and hemp activist Eve Lentz has a long history in the movement that has encompassed every part of her life.

A member of the core group of the Seattle Hempfest since 1997, for the past 21 years she’s worked the festival’s history booth. The event is one of the largest hemp and cannabis events in the world, stretching along two and a half miles along Seattle’s Puget Sound each summer, with more than 100,000 attendees each year during the three-day event.

Lentz was also part of the staff for the 1996 High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, along with fellow activist Gideon Israel, and famed author and activist Stephen Gaskin and his wife, Ina Mae Gaskin – who led the movement to legalize midwifery in the U.S.

Her list of friends is a who’s who in the cannabis and hemp activism space, and includes helping with start-ups of and memberships in historic groups, such as the November Coalition (with Nora Callahan), Grammas for Ganja ( with Jeanne Black, aka: Magic), Women of Weed, and NORML Women of Washington. Lentz was also on the committee that drafted the Washington State Initiative I-692, making the state legal for cannabis as medicine in 1998.

Courtesy of Eve Lentz

You might say Lentz has been a groupie for hemp and cannabis for decades, including a close friendship with the late Jack Herer, author of the groundbreaking, whistle-blowing book, The Emperor Wears no Clothes.

Herer gave Lentz his second book to edit, Mushroom Canon – The most high plant secrets of the Gods and Explorations revealing the end of the world as you know it. The edits are pending, but according to Lentz, Herer felt the book was more important than his first work.

Lentz spends a lot of time on her bed, with sentimental mementos and reading material spread out like a quilt of the history of hemp and cannabis, with the ghosts of the movement all around her.

“In my stash box is a blue glass jar with Jack’s Girl bud,” she shared. “That cultivar and Jack’s Dragon Girl were both hybridized and named for me by my sister, Allison Bigelow. Both cultivars are available via vape pen cartridges and Pax pods by Heylo at Uncle Ike’s rec store in Seattle.”

Bigelow was the owner of the Washington Hemp Company, and the Washington Hemp Mercantile in the late 1990s, with Lentz by her side. Together, the sisters went on to be sales representatives for the Ecolution Hemp Company, founded by Stephen DeAngelo of Harborside and Eric Steenstra of Vote Hemp. Steenstra designed the Bob Marley hemp line, after Ziggy Marley purchased a pair of hemp jeans from the shop.

“The syringe is filled with cannabis oil – or what we call Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO,” she explained. “I got to know Rick, talking to him many times on Jack’s phone. The oil has saved my life more than once, and I eat a little bit every day.”

In 2010 Lentz was dealing with a thyroid goiter that was wrapped around her trachea, voice box and esophagus, invading her chest wall on both sides; with a salivary gland blocked. She developed thrush as a side effect of antibiotics, and couldn’t swallow to eat or hold food down.

“I was virtually bedridden until a friend offered a gram a day of cannabis oil,” she shared. “In just three months the size of the goiter was reduced tremendously, making it easier to have it removed – with less complications. After the first few days of eating the oil I had no pain and could swallow soups and eat light meals. Needless to say, I made a full recovery.”

Eve Lentz

The mirror in her stash box was given to her by friend Ric Smith, reflecting their friendship. The clear glass pipe was designed by another friend and fellow cannabis and hemp activist, Don Skakie. Lentz said the barrel bowl design maximizes the flow of cooling smoke. The roach clip with pink hearts was made by Kanti Selig, life partner of Seattle Hempfest Director and founder, Vivian McPeak.

“My friend, Michelle Saye, is all about the roots of beneficial plants,” she added. “The tin holds ground hemp root capsules. I eat one a day – Michelle says they are great for circulation.”

Seattle Hempfest fodder abounds via papers, lighters, and a dabber, alongside some Uncle Ike’s rolling papers.

The stash box itself was made for her by Washington State woodworker, Myron Connery of Mr. Kiefbox in 2012. The picture of Jack Herer in her box is called “roach art,” and was created out of roach papers by Washington State artist Cliff Maynard. The picture depicts Herer smoking a joint at 4:20. Both O’Conner and Maynard burned their signatures inside the box lid.

Also a photographer, Lentz said she took a photo of a farmer plowing the first legal hemp crop in Nelson, B.C., Canada. The image has since been put on posters and calendars, and one of her sister’s Reefer Magnets in 1998.

“Cannabis makes me happy,” she mused. “Yes, it’s also saved my life, but my stash is also a reflection of my life. This plant has helped so many, including me, and I’m grateful to be a part of the history of cannabis and hemp – a history and story that’s still happening now. But, I’m forever grateful to have all these kindred spirits from the movement in my life – living and past.”

What’s in Your Stash? Eve Lentz, Seattle Hempfest Historian was posted on High Times.

How Many Dispensaries Are In Denver, Colorado?

How Many Dispensaries Are In Denver, Colorado?

[Canniseur: The statistic about the number of Starbucks and McDonald’s is specious at best. A more relevant statistic would be how many liquor outlets compared to cannabis retail shops are in Denver. The answer is easy. There are far more liquor stores than cannabis retail stores. There are over 1000 liquor outlets and about 350 cannabis outlets.]

More than Starbucks and McDonalds Combined

If you’re not from Denver, you probably have a few preconceived notions of our state’s Cannabis scene. You’ve probably got a lot of questions, too, like ‘Just how many dispensaries are in Denver?’ or ‘What do visitors need to shop at one?’

When it comes to Denver Pot Shops, there’s something here for everyone — if you know where to look. But you don’t want your 420-friendly vacation to become a string of uncomfortable and intimidating situations by showing up unprepared.

Read up on these fun facts about how many dispensaries in Denver and Colorado, and you’ll know as much as most locals do about dispensaries in the Centennial State. How many dispensaries are in Colorado? Well, let’s just say that the state is awash in weed.

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One of the more common taglines I’ve heard is that there are more dispensaries in Denver than there are Starbucks Coffee locations. I didn’t believe this at first – but it’s actually true. If you don’t believe me, here’s the list. The numbers on how many dispensaries in Denver break down like this:

Total Number of Dispensaries in Denver: 364

Rec dispensaries (licensed as “retail marijuana stores”) = 169

Medical dispensaries (licensed as “medical marijuana centers”) = 195

Total Number of Starbucks and McDonalds: 111

Starbucks locations = 80

McDonalds locations = 31

The McDonalds store count caught me off guard, as I expected the number to be closer to 50. Perhaps this goes to show that Denver pot smokers perhaps opt in favor of weed and exercise more so than weed and junk food. In that department, Colorado offers more than enough health-minded things to do while high.

how many dispensaries in Denver

How many grow facilities in Denver: 589

If you’ve noticed the number of recreational dispensaries in Denver is high, that’s because we see them. Less visible but even more abundant are grow facilities. Mostly under wraps in retrofitted warehouses on the north side of town. they’re hidden from view, but your nose may let you know if one is near.

Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturing (aka MIPS, aka where edibles and concentrates are made) = 97

Medical grow facility licenses = 369

Recreational grow facilities licenses = 220

How many dispensaries in Colorado chart


Zooming out, the state of Colorado has issued over 2500 marijuana licenses since legalization took hold in 2014. These stats include businesses that aren’t dispensaries, such as production facilities and grows, putting the actual number of recreational dispensaries at 518 as of February 1, 2018, according to the MED. There are 503 medical dispensaries as of the same date.

Jaw-dropping stats, I know. Not to sound like an infomercial spokesman, but wait there’s more! Across the state, the number of dispensaries – both med and rec combined – is about three times (you read that right: THREE TIMES!) that of the number of Starbucks Coffee locations (weighing in with 322 total in the state). For a little more perspective, there are FIVE TIMES more recreational dispensaries than Walmart locations across the state.

This is due in part to the fact that Starbucks is all but absent from many small towns where there are one or more dispensaries. Mountain towns offer another bolster. While Starbucks is present in some, dispensaries are far more common. Take Durango, for example – the downtown core has two Starbucks but seven dispensaries.

Take a moment to let this sink in.

And another moment, if necessary. It seems crazy – it’s easier to find a bag of (legal) weed in Denver than a Grande low-fat latte. How many dispensaries are in Denver is a stat that changes month to month as stores close and new ones open, but the industry shows no signs of slowing down.

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Which cities in Colorado sell recreational cannabis?

Alright, you’ve got the background on how many dispensaries in Colorado.  Now, let’s move on to where to find them.

If you’re flying into Denver from out-of-state, you’re in luck.

Most of the dispensaries are located right in the Denver area, so you can fly in and pick up right there!  Plus, business owners have established a variety of dispensaries in the Mile High City, which makes it the go-to location for recreational and medical users alike.

Many of the ski towns also provide recreational sales in addition to medical marijuana dispensaries, but other places (like Grand Junction) tend to be limited in their selection and may only offer medical sales.  How many dispensaries are in Denver or Colorado isn’t as pertinent as where you are in the state, as the majority of shops are in the Denver area and along the I-25 and I-70 corridors.

how many dispensaries in Colorado

Across the Denver metro area, each county has its own laws on allowing rec sales. While the ability to legally possess marijuana is statewide, certain towns don’t allow retail sales. Lakewood, for instance, offers multiple medical marijuana dispensaries but no retail sales. Here is a list of cities that allow retail marijuana sales. Notably missing is Colorado Springs – the state’s second-largest city, known for its Christian megachurches and Air Force base – which bans recreational cannabis sales altogether.

Although each dispensary is set up a bit differently, you’ll typically enter the shops in these locations and see someone behind a glass window or at a designated desk. Show your ID and enter the room where budtenders will give you information about the different strains and products, and help you select the perfect one.

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This article was originally published in 420 Tours

Wise Women Wax Witty Words On Weed

Wise Women Wax Witty Words On Weed

[Canniseur: Women’s voices need to be heard. It’s our hope the white, males of our world catch on to this fact. If you’re looking for good cannabis quotes, you’ll find them here. And, if you want to add your quote, you’ll find the link at the bottom of this article.]

Some words of wisdom about our girl Mary Jane.

If you were to Google “What do people think about pot” or “weed quotes” or something similar, you’d get dozens if not hundreds of well-worded sentences by many, many men—Ivy League-educated gentlemen; intelligent men; political men; men of all shapes, sizes and colors (but let’s face it, mostly white), celebrity men, even scholarly men, most of them, men of means.

It’s not that quotes by intelligent women are completely missing from the cannabis dialog, but the selection is certainly thin.

Celebrity Voices, As Always, Are Present

A couple handfuls of female celeb weed wisdom typed into neat memes is out there, by the likes of Martha Stewart (“Of course I know how to roll a joint”), Sarah Silverman (“I’d have to be honest, I have contempt for pretty much every drug other than pot”), Jennifer Aniston (“I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it”), even prim old Sarah Palin has a weed quote floating around out there (“I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say I never inhaled”).

Celebrity quotes bring in higher views, which certainly has its’ effects on what words are front and center in cyberspace.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to dig up the words of female scholars, doctors and quotes by highly intelligent cannabis users in a Google search–just yet.

In an attempt to strike a balance of the plethora of white dudes ever willing to share their insights (and mightily documented as having done so), High Times reached out to intelligent women to get a round up of some interesting quotes on cannabis to add to the list for the next time you’re blitzed out on some ripe sativa buds and wondering, “What do women with high IQ’s have to say about me getting stoned?”

The Mensan’s Musings On Marijuana

D.V., a 32 year old member of Denver Mensa and a graduate student with a 4.0 GPA uses cannabis frequently. She was a cannabis advocate and voted to legalize in Colorado in 2014, yet, she has a few concerns about the outcome of her hard work.

“Unfortunately, the extreme regulation around the plant has made cannabis very expensive, both recreationally and medicinally,” D.V. explained.

She also felt some disappointment that though cannabis is increasingly legal, people are still serving jail sentences for having used and sold it.

“My best hope was for prior convicted felons to be released–a process that has not been as fast or thorough as I’d like.”

Furthermore, she is disturbed about the waste created via legalization.

“There is a ridiculous amount of containers, stickers, bags and sleeves that come with cannabis products,” she lamented. This is a topic that High Times covered in October 2018.

As a person who highly values her intellect, D.V. feels that deciding to use cannabis recreationally might be worth the wait.

“I am a firm proponent that people should not use cannabis until around age 25 or so, when adult brains are more developed,” she explained.

However, she also believes that some of the rhetoric associated with the idea that weed kills brain cells might simply fear-mongering and hype.

“A few years ago, I was scared my marijuana use was making me stupid, since that’s what our media portrays. As I’d always been quite smart, this terrified me. Around that time, I took the Mensa Admissions Test, and got in! I tested into the 99th percentile.”

So, maybe if you want to be like D.V., use more cannabis?

“I know I’m not the only smart person who smokes weed,” she chided.

D.V. shared an interesting observation when she drew an association between the stigma of cannabis and it’s unique odor.

“I think a lot of the stigma of marijuana comes from the fact that it has a distinct smell, both as a plant and when being smoked,” she said. “Because law enforcement can sniff it out in the air or in pee, it seems as though they are inappropriately eager to identify cannabis consumption.”

And finally, D.V. imparted a witty observation.  

“Our bodies have natural THC receptors. THC can stay in the body fat, hair and et cetera for months,” she shared. “Perhaps it should be considered a critical “vitamin” and non-cannabis users could be considered “THC-deficient.”

The Doctor’s Thoughts On Dank Nugs

Chris Wells, a 46 year old researcher, Ph.D. and Cannabis user credits cannabis for helping her to come off of prescription drugs.

“I’ve used edible marijuana products since they were legalized here in Colorado,” Chris explained, “and they have allowed me to come off of psychiatric medication that I took for many years.”

It’s always extra interesting to hear a doctor eschew western medicine to opt instead for a plant-based solution.

The Editor’s Eloquent Enlightenment

Tiffany Pace, a Nevada-based 47-year-old editor, Mensan and Facebook admin for a group of Mensans who are interested in marijuana says she only started using cannabis a few years ago when back pain kept her from being able to sleep for more than a handful of hours at a time. Cannabis helped her greatly; so much so, that she began to enjoy long stretches of sleep, and her back pain went away.

She believes that cannabis legalization is long overdue. “I think it will have immeasurable benefits to people who are suffering–not just those in physical pain, but those with Crohn’s disease, MS, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, and the list goes on,” Tiffany explained.

She is also excited about what may come from federally funded research.

“New uses and treatments as well as isolation of specific compounds that are effective in treatments may make marijuana as medicine even more target specific to certain diseases and disorders,” says Tiffany.

As you go about your days and nights, perusing Quora, Twitter and various search engines for what women of high intellect have to say about cannabis, understand that there may be some cause for disappointment with what is uncovered.

However, take some solace in that as cannabis grows ever more legal across the United States, that will change.

Sisters Speak On Sativa

In addition to the wise words above, a few additional snippets unearthed by women of note included the following, which can (and should) be added to all lady-based tear-sheets of cannabis quotes. Here, we shared some of our favorites:

“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.” – Joycelyn Elders, MD / Pediatrician, Public Health Administrator

“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.” – American Nurses Association

“We need to legalize now so both patients and consumers can share in the gifts of cannabis.” – Diane Fornbacher / NORML Board Member

“You know what I’m really tired of is people getting arrested for the possession of marijuana. It’s just a plant. It makes no sense.” – Madeline Martinez, proprietor of America’s first ever Cannabis Cafe

“We think of cannabis as a drug, in accordance with international opinions. This means that even consuming small amounts can lead to very severe dependence. With alcohol or cigarettes however, sensibly limited consumption does not bear the risk of immediate addictiveness as this is the case with cannabis according to our opinion. With alcohol there surely is an element of a tradition. However, enjoyed in moderation, as supplement to a meal for example, alcohol is not something that causes immediate dependence. Still, there is a great need for prevention and information in this matter.” – Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor

Homer, I am getting really worried you are going overboard with this. We are out of clothespins, there are half-eaten cupcakes all around the house, and the curtains smell like doob.” – Marge Simpson, The Simpsons

What Say You About Weed?

If we missed a great quote or if you happen to be a women with something intelligent to say about indica (or any other cannabis strain), add to this form, and share the link with wise weed-informed women friends.

Because, have you gotten the recent memo? What women say matters now, so let’s jot it all down in the herb annals while we can.

Wise Women Wax Witty Words On Weed was posted on High Times.

House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

[Canniseur: Every cannabis beverage I’ve tried thus far, has tasted terrible. The women who are running this company are bold and this is an untapped market. I’ll have to taste this the next time I get to California. And it’s women run. If it tastes good, it’ll be a success. If not…]

Infused beverages are a growing trend in the cannabis industry. According to the food and drink consultancy group Zenith Global, sales of cannabis-infused beverages are expected to reach $1.4 billion by the year 2024.

While most companies, like Lagunitas or Constellation Brands, are focused on dominating the cannabis beer market, a smaller group of brands are aiming at filling the demand for cannabis wine. One such company is House of Saka.

Formed by women for women, House of Saka is a brand dedicated to the development of luxury-infused relaxation, beauty & wellness products for sophisticated cannabis consumers around the world. Last month the company officially debuted its line of luxury infused beverages, dubbed Saka Infusions, at an exclusive launch party in Napa Valley, California.

Serendipitously taking place during the rise of the Pink Moon, House of Saka premiered its pink cannabis beverages inspired by Rosé wines before an audience of top executives from throughout the wine industry, beer industry, and cannabis industry. The event was organized by Nicki Wolfe, one of the wine country’s most premier event planners.

“Boldness and innovation is the key to the new cannabis game, so when House of Saka Founder Cynthia Salarizadeh approached me, I said, I’m in, as long as I can make it unique, special, and focused on the guest experience,” said Wolfe. “We wanted House of Saka’s launch to exemplify all that is special about wine country.”

Called High Fete: The Most Luxurious Evening in Cannabis, the event lived up to its name; featuring extravagant décor and a sumptuous selection of appetizers, beverages, and a full-course meal that featured vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Interspersed throughout the venue were samples of Saka, allowing the guests to try the infused beverage for the first time.

As the four-hour event came to a close, House of Saka founders Cynthia Salarizadeh and Tracey Mason were on hand to thank their guests and reaffirm their brand’s mission.

“The concept for the House of Saka was to build the perfect luxury brand owned and operated by the most powerful and influential businesswomen across cannabis and wine, and we are confident that we have achieved this,” said Salarizadeh.


“From that start, we envisioned House of Saka to set the bar for female-centric, infused-luxury products in both the cannabis and CBD space,” added Mason. “Brands like House of Saka are the future of the industry and a platform from which we hope to inspire female entrepreneurs and draw women toward the extraordinary plant that is cannabis.”


Original Post: Green Market Report: House of Saka High Fête: The First Luxury Cannabis Beverage Launches With Extravagant Event Nestled in the Hills of Napa Valley

Jeopardy Contestants Are Getting Tested On Their Marijuana And LSD Knowledge

Jeopardy Contestants Are Getting Tested On Their Marijuana And LSD Knowledge

[Canniseur: Can you hear the Jeopardy theme music now?! With the rise of sports gambler contestant James Holzhauer, Jeopardy has become a national obsession. The only surprising thing about this is, Jeopardy has rarely, if ever, done a category about wine, beer, or whiskey. Cannabis is definitely becoming normalized.]

In another sign of the times, contestants on the wholesome, long-running game show Jeopardy have been challenged to answer questions about drugs like marijuana and LSD on at least three occasions in the past several weeks.

And, shocker: professional sports gambler James Holzhauer, who’s on the second-longest winning streak in the game’s history, got all three questions right.

Host Alex Trebek asked contestants on April 9 to name the “bitter buds” used for flavoring that are part of the cannabaceae family alongside marijuana. The first contestant to hit the buzzer guessed it was hemp. (His answer was initially deemed incorrect but he was later given credit by the show’s judges because the non-psychoactive cannabis cousin is indeed used to flavor some beers.)

Holzhauer swooped in with the more obvious answer, hops. Researchers recently discovered that millions of years ago, marijuana and hops were genetically much closer—more like sisters than cousins—but they evolved to become more genetically distinct.

On April 22, Trebek said “Bubba Kush” on national television.

“On Jan. 1, 2014 in Denver, 1/8 ounce of Bubba Kush was the USA’s first legal sale of this for recreational purchases,” the host said.

Again, Holzhauer was on it and quickly answered “marijuana” for a cool $800.

But Holzhauer’s drug knowledge isn’t limited to cannabis. One of the $2,000 challenges on a recent episode was to identify the first part of the name of a “well-known hallucinogen” that ends “acid diethylamide.” The contestant said “lysergic,” as in LSD.

While Trebek has a reputation as the family friendly face of one of the country’s longest-running game shows, he and the show’s producers are clearly not shy about incorporating drug questions into the show.

And The A.V. Club recently revealed that while Jeopardy bans contestants from wagering certain naughty sums like $69 and $666, as well as numbers associated with white supremacist groups, it’s totally fine to bet $420.

Trebek, in fact, has some personal experience with marijuana, albeit during an accidental encounter. In the 1970s, Trebek visited a friend in California to have dinner and let his chocolate craving get the best of him. Seeing a plate of brownies, he dove head first and unknowingly consumed half a dozen hash-infused treats in one sitting.

“I love brownies—I’m a chocoholic—and I didn’t realize that they were hash brownies,” he told The Daily Beast in 2017. “And… whoa. That threw me for a loop.”

“The dinner party was on a Friday, and I was not able to leave that house until Sunday afternoon,” Trebek said. “I spent the next day and a half in bed. It was not a good trip, and I have not done any of that stuff since!”

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Moosehead Breweries and Sproutly to develop cannabis-infused beverages

Moosehead Breweries and Sproutly to develop cannabis-infused beverages

[Canniseur: Why am I not surprised that yet another brewer is jumping into the cannabis infused beverage market? I’m not. Moosehead is still going to have a problem though. Cannabis extracts taste horrible. And despite all sorts of research in cannabis legal places to make a beverage that gets you high and tastes good, nobody has bee successful. But there is hope. Many of the terpenes in cannabis are also found in hops. Terpenes aren’t Cannabinoids, but they are a huge component of the taste and aroma of cannabis. There’s even a brewery in Michigan that makes an ale once a year called “Smells Like a Safety Metting”. So there’s hope.

VANCOUVER — Moosehead Breweries Ltd. is the latest beverage company to form a joint venture to enter the cannabis-infused beverage market in Canada once it is legalized.

An affiliate of the independent brewer, OCC Holdings Inc., is partnering with Sproutly Canada Inc. to develop, produce and market non-alcoholic beverages using Sproutly’s naturally-produced water soluble cannabinoids.

The companies say its beverages would be able to deliver the effects of cannabis in as early as five minutes and could last up to 90 minutes, providing an experience similar to smoking the drug.

Moosehead is Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery with 152 years of experience and infrastructure that the companies say will allow the joint venture to more quickly get its cannabis-infused beverages to market.

The companies add that Sproutly’s cultivation facility and processing licence will advance formulation work that’s already been completed to date.

Health Canada has said the final rules about edibles must be brought into force no later than Oct. 17, a year after recreational cannabis use was legalized.

“After careful analysis of the cannabis industry and the cannabis beverage opportunity in Canada, we believe that Moosehead and Sproutly together are well positioned to become a significant player in the category,” stated Matthew Oland, a Moosehead senior executive, who will head the 50-50 joint venture as chief executive officer.

The Canadian Press

Original Article: Puff Puff Post: Moosehead Breweries and Sproutly to develop cannabis-infused beverages

Mr Sherbinski: Creating a Cannabis Status Symbol Favored by Tastemakers

Mr Sherbinski: Creating a Cannabis Status Symbol Favored by Tastemakers

[Canniseur: Mario Guzman gets it. Quality wins, as well as being ethical wins. He’s in the long game and doing quite well. The Sherbinski brand is synonymous with quality and good business practices. Read on and learn more for his perspective on growing and selling cannabis.]

A luxury label embraced by the Hollywood A-list, celebrated by rappers and bootlegged incessantly, Mario Guzman and his cannabis lifestyle brand Sherbinskis is undoubtedly the Louis Vuitton of commercial cannabis brands. It’s also on the short list of still-relevant adult use brands with uninterrupted roots in California’s self-regulated 215 market.

Brand founder and namesake, Mario “Mr. Sherbinski” Guzman has been a cultivator since the late ’90s and was a regular supplier for San Francisco’s legendary Vapor Room in the early ‘00s — the golden age of Prop 215 cannabis in California. Nobody had heard the name Sherbinski yet, and the notion of a cannabis brand was still an abstraction back then.

AffGoo ice water hash washed from Sherbinskis bud by the man himself was a menu staple at the Vapor Room, and a crucial part of my daily routine in those days: For years, the best part of waking up was smoking a bowl of chocolate-black bubble hash with a cup of tar-black coffee on the rickety fire escape overlooking the intersection of Oak and Fillmore Streets.

My eyes refocus to 2019 and I catch myself staring dreamily out the storefront window of a greasy spoon breakfast joint in East Oakland, clutching a white ceramic cup of hot black coffee at a rickety two-top table by the door. I’m waiting for Guzman — he’s a few minutes late, I’m a few minutes early — and draining my third cup of coffee, the caffeine from the first two cups already waltzing wildly with the cannabinoids from my morning dab. I’m eagerly eavesdropping on a couple arguing a few tables down when he blows through the swinging doors like a wild west sheriff, radiating the casual swagger of resident DJ at that nightclub you aren’t cool enough to even stand in line for.

Despite a powerful too cool for school aura, Sherbinski also exudes a sincere humility that falls just short of self-deprecation when he speaks about the success of his work, particularly the way his Gelato phenotypes became a touchstone and status symbol for rappers and other tastemakers with a taste for top shelf shit.

To hear him tell it, Gelato is just one of those special strains that inspires fanatical devotion in some people, and through a convergence of geography, personal connections and work ethic, some of those people are top-selling music artists and fashion influencers.

“It just took a lot of work and white-glove service when it came to providing our products,” Guzman told me. “I never had to give a lot of product away, I was just in the right place; in the Bay a lot of musicians come through here and we’d get the call when they were in the studio and we’d be there,” he said. “It was always really natural and organic; when artists are in the studio and naturally enjoying the product they’re smoking it’s gonna organically end up in the songs.”

Although he’s entering a new stage of his career, he’s come to truly appreciate the experience of watching Gelato grow into a household name.

“For me, it was the songs. You hear one on the radio and one song becomes five and then ten becomes twenty and now it’s pretty common to hear it — just a few weeks ago Travis Scott and Future came out with a song talking about Gelato in there,” he said. “It’s nice to feel like Gelato it’s cemented into our culture and I embrace it.”

Coming across truly humble is uncommon enough for any successful businessperson, but particularly unusual given the dizzying heights of tangible success he’s reached in an industry where even the illusion of achievement is often enough to elicit flashy self-celebration. But through our whole conversation, he seems to regard his career as a beautiful blur of serendipity, largely propelled by his desire to promote cannabis access and education in the early days of San Francisco’s golden age of cannabis.

“I stuck my neck out way before people were doing it and said, hey, I’m a grower,” he said. “[But] when you have people come to you and say, your product helped me with my ailment — these flowers are my favorite, they help with my PTSD — how can you not be humbled by that? How can you not want to do that?”

With Prop 215 as we knew it all but a hazy memory now, Guzman sits at the nexus of a hectic whirlwind familiar to anyone who’s spent any time around entrepreneurs; the persistent beeping and buzzing of his cell phone provides a steady backdrop to our conversation, and he is undoubtedly ‘in demand,’ but his personal energy is almost meditative, like he’s floating above it all, soaking it in and easing gently into what’s shaping into a lucrative second act.


PHOTO | Sherbinksi

A Different Breed

Part of what sets Sherbinski apart from most other growers and breeders I’ve spoken to is his laissez-faire approach to phenotype selection. Where most breeders are hunting a single white whale, he’s curating a menagerie of sensations and flavors — variations on a shared theme — like the four first-gen Gelato phenos that made the final cut; Acaiberry Gelato (49), Mochi Gelato (47), Bacio Gelato (41) and Gello Gelato.

“The Gelato has gotten so famous, and what I did — which I didn’t see a lot of people do before — I didn’t just pick the best pheno; I was like ‘no, all these phenos are awesome and they all do different things,’” he said. “It’s not that different from two models having kids — each kid is probably going to be fire, so how do you pick out of that? That’s kind of how I look at selection.”

That inclusive approach to pheno hunting is still a central thrust of Sherbinski’s latest genetic quest, but these days he has more space to work with and more data to draw on when making selections.

“In my newest breeding project, I dialed down to a final bloom room of about 100 plants, then dialed that down to like 30 and ran all that for a full terpene and potency profile — the way I’m breeding now is all based on that,” he said. “I can just be like, ‘that’s so frosty and has big nugs and tastes good, I want that,’ and then it’s pulling 16 percent [THC] consistently. Sometimes something isn’t looking that good, but it’s testing 27 percent first-round test, or there’s some terpene in there that’s just like oh my god.”

Gelato is about to go global through Guzman’s collaboration with Dinafem, a seed bank based in Barcelona, Spain, that’s partnered with him to release first-generation Gelato seeds to more than 50 countries. The Sherbinski legacy has deep roots in San Francisco’s Sunset District but he’s making moves wherever he sees a smart one. It’s a philosophy that’s spreading his work worldwide, but it’s also led him just a few hours north, to the world-famous Emerald Triangle, where his partners at the Humboldt Seed Organization are based.

Because, in addition to releasing females from the first generation of Gelato phenos, he’s going to be producing new generations using HSO genetics, a process that’s already produced promising results. At press time, I haven’t yet tried the next generation of official Gelato crosses but given the wide scope of the pheno hunt that produced them — roughly 3,000 seeds — and the prestigious lineage of the new genetic material used, I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to taste the new flavors.

“I took a Mandlebrot OG clone that HSO provided and that male went back to all of my original genetics, and I selected about five new phenos from a roughly 3,000-seed pheno hunt,” he said, adding that he’s never used so many precise metrics to select winners. “I boiled it down to about 40 keepers out of the new generation and tested them all for terpene profile and potency, then took portraits to look at the bag appeal… it’s the first time I’ve used all those data points to select.”

The HSO collaboration is truly exciting for Guzman, who sees it as a way to share his genetics so people can actually grow from them, albeit on a release schedule that allows him the first crack at his own work.

“All the other people who have used Gelato, that’s either a bag seed or cuts I never really used, like the 33 and the 45, which were basically just throwaways for me,” he said. “I’ve never done any projects with anyone — they might have bag seed: It was either stolen or a bag seed.”

In addition to people bootlegging his genetics through stray seeds and stolen cuts, there’s also the time-honored cannabis industry tradition of tacking a trendy prefix and/or suffix on some last years, as in ‘sherb’ or ‘lato,’ as in Orangelato, Tangelato, Sherbtane, SherbWreck or, of course, Sherblato — they’re all fugazi; Sherbinski didn’t collab on any of them, despite numerous false claims to the contrary.

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Original Post: Cannabis Aficionado: Mr Sherbinski: Creating a Cannabis Status Symbol Favored by Tastemakers

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