LOURDES: Delicate and Sweet, Just Like Its Namesake

 

Test results: THC%: 26.08 | CBD%: .09 | CBG: .14 | CW Analytical

Green and amber, with splashes of lavender—picture-perfect buds. Soft and fuzzy outside, medium, firm inside, with a fragrance of strong pine, grape and lavender. A delightful taste of cream and sweet floral notes. Lourdes had me stationary, released tension, addressed body pain while inspiring creativity, got me to finish administrative tasks and drift off into much-desired sleep.

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A SWEET LITTLE LIFT: Raspberry Rose Lychee Mellows

THC: 5mg per piece | 12 pieces per box | CW Analytical

Raspberry Rose Lychee Mellows are light, airy, perfectly-textured gourmet marshmallows. A stark contrast to the typical high-dose edibles on the market, these have only 5mg of THC per piece, and are made specifically for consumers who want to get a nice light high, not a ride to the moon. When I bit into the mellow it had just the right amount of resistance, similar to mochi ball ice cream. The fresh raspberries and pureed lychee are a lovely combination, and the light rose syrup adds an extra dose of luxury. It tasted exotic, yet familiar.

The lower dose of this edible had me feeling social and relaxed, which would make them perfect for sharing, or for the more novice consumer. With their light pink color and uplifting qualities, these would also make a great gift this Mother’s Day for anyone who needs a little time to mellow out.

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FRENCH MINI SWEET: Tea Time Travel Treats

90mg per box | 10mg per serving | CW Analytical

Madame Munchie established themselves in 2014 with award-winning, artisanal cannabis macaroons. Kim Geraghty, who grew up in France and acquired a love for French pastries, cur- rently shares her passion with the cannabis community in the form of health conscious, quality edibles. They’ve grown farm-to-table, fresh cannabis for 40 years at the family farm of her partner, Ashley Martino. Madame Munchie’s gluten-free, food-grade ingredients are organically and sustainably grown. Their newest variety packs of Mini Madeleines are inspired by French novelist Marcel Proust. Mini Madeleines resemble tiny, seashell-shaped sponge cakes: delicious, mildly sweet, moist and buttery. So unforgettable, we can relate to Proust’s claims that food is capable of taking him on a journey back in time. With the help of sun-grown hybrid cannabis, one can also enjoy these treats à la carte or with tea, as intended. Recommended pairings: Traditional with Chai, Chocolate Chip with mint, and Lemon Poppy Seed with chamomile.

Calming

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THE LEGION OF BLOOM FARMS: How Five Friends Grew into a Legion

The Legion of Bloom began with five friends from Florida. Their shared love of growing has blossomed into one of the most exciting companies cultivating cannabis today. The friends have 15 years of experience growing together, first perfecting their skills on the East Coast before moving to Northern California. The growers formally created the Legion of Bloom a year ago, and it now spans nearly twenty farms across Northern California.

Regarding their next steps, Russell Weisman, General Director of the Legion of Bloom, remarked, “We are creating a state-of-the-art, campus-style cultivation and manufacturing facility that will support our growing Legion family, without compromising our mission.” This mission is to deliver top-quality cannabis products, while respecting local communities and ecological systems.

The Legion of Bloom is much more than a cooperative of growers—they also recognize their responsibility to give back. The group is dedicated to philanthropy in their local communities, working closely with charity organizations like the Weed for Warriors Project.

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HAPPYDAY FARMS: Homestead Cannabis

HappyDay Farms is located on a sunny slope in Northern Mendocino County. Mindful that they are stewards of the land, Amber and Casey O’Neill only farm two of the 20 acres that has been in the family for generations. The O’Neills hope to be an example of twenty-first century farmers—which looks similar to a nineteenth century farmer. The couple lives off grid, use rainwater for irrigation, save their seeds and plant their crops outside in compost-enriched soil.

“America is a country founded on small farms, you had your cash crop and your personal crops. We believe the farm should be able to produce as much as it can for itself. Monocrop cannabis is just as dangerous as monocrop wheat or soy.”

At the farm food and medicine is grown together. Vegetables and other perennials that attract beneficial insects surround tall cannabis plants. Interplanting also prevents the cannabis from being densely planted together, which brings light and air to the plants while minimizing mold, pests and root rot. “…some of the biggest and most beautiful food comes out of our cannabis beds,” says Casey.

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Caliva: Cannabis Grown, Tested and Sold Under One Roof

The People and the Place 

A palm tree and a giant green cross distinguish the large warehouse from its neighbors in the industrial core of San Jose. Needless to say, it’s hard to miss Caliva. As you walk into the waiting room you could easily be walking into a trendy spa. Clean lines, hanging plants, natural materials, and bright open spaces set a tone of laid-back sophistication. The dispensary has a long counter that can fit up to 6 budtenders during the busy lunch and post work rush making the dispensary luxuriously spacious.

The interior at CalivaBelieve it or not, the building is over 100,000 square feet. While it may seem a bit overboard for a dispensary, Caliva is not just a dispensary. Taking locally sourced flowers to the next level, they grow a large portion of their cannabis in-house. Marketing Manager Ashley Erickson beams “We have control over every stage of the process from seed to sale.” Caliva aims to grow 70 percent of their own flowers. By growing their bud in-house, Caliva can better respond to customer preferences such as the popular CBD strain Charlotte’s Web. In addition to CBD-rich strains, Caliva plans to offer limited edition heritage strains. Having a lab onsite, they can test flowers for potency, mold and terpenes at any stage of the growth cycle. This is a seriously unique advantage for the growers.

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