The Importance of Intentionality in Cannabis – Episode #004 Kenan Hester – Critical Source

An amazing episode that covers a dynamic range of topics. Tune in to hear what similarities there are between the cannabis industry and the wine industry and how looking at these similarities can garner best practices as well as a unique look into the future of cannabis. We talk about the extraction process, what goes into making a high quality oil, from start to finish. The conversation is rounded out with a focus on what values are important to hold front of mind while moving forward in the development of the legal weed industry, from growing practices all the way to honoring the ancestors who have gotten us here. Kalapooya Fire has created a scholarship to support Native American youth interested in the sciences. Additionally, Critical Source will be partnering with Native American owned businesses to offer all of their standard operating procedures free of charge.

We also get into the benefits of cannabis on a spiritual, medical, and even subconscious level and why intentionality is so damn important when dealing with this plant.

Tune in as we go deep into conversation around all of these themes and more!

About Critical Source

Critical Source is a lab focused on small-batch, farm-focused CO2-extracted cannabis concentrates. Their mission is to raise awareness to the original history and culture that inspired the Oregon Cannabis Industry’s focus on eco-stewardship, sustainability, and earth-kind farming & production. Their goal is to share each of their farm partner’s stories and to educate consumers by helping them connect in a more meaningful manner with the Source of their cannabis.

They aim to educate about the differences between cultivation methods and growing styles as well as the effects that geography and climate have on the expression we see from cannabis flowers and extracts that we consume. Through their products, they tell the story of each farm that they work with in their own words.

Critical Source is also a huge advocate for medical cannabis. Their secondary brand, Myriad Nectars (referenced in the Hash It Out episode with Eugenius), provides a free half-gram cartridge to OMMP card holders every two weeks. Additionally, they make the product accessible at an extremely low price relative to the market at just $15 retail.

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About Kalapooya Fire

Kalapooya Fire is a line of CO2 extracted vape pens who draws its inspiration from the geography where they source and process Cannabis and from the original history and culture of sustainability that goes back hundreds of years in this land. The Kalapuya People once stretched from Hood River to the Coast, all throughout the Willamette Valley, to the west of the Cascades, and down to the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.

At one time, this Native tribe was one of America’s largest, with many small villages spread across the Valley. The Kalapuya were known as the original sustainable, eco-steward culture of the Americas, and as hunters, fisherman and managers of the land, they espoused many unique, sustainable practices.

The Kalapuya were the original Oregonians. They used fire as a tool to manage the ecology by lighting controlled burns throughout the grasslands of the Willamette Valley. These intentional fires helped manage invasive plant species, reduce pest insect populations that decimated village crops, and helped make the hunts easier by herding deer and elk populations.

The primary use for these fires, was to help proliferate the Camus bulb which grows wild in this region. Burning the grasslands changed the soil chemistry such that this bulb would sprout and mature after the fires. Upon harvest, the Kalapuya People would process these bulbs into Camas cakes which they used extensively among their villages as a food subsistence item and a bartering currency.

In more modern times, Cannabis has come to be known by many names, one of which is “the Fire!” The modern Cannabis industry in Oregon is known for its focus on organic farming methods, sustainability, permaculture, and earth-conscious production standards and practices. We recognize that this culture would not have been possible if it were not for the rich history that the Kalapuya People brought to this geography, long before modern Cannabis farming.

Kalapooya Fire seeks to honor and educate about the original history and culture that has inspired the modern Cannabis industry in this great land that we call home.

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About the podcast

Hash It Out is here as a resource for consumers who take an interest in the future of the cannabis industry. We are currently at a crossroads where it is more important than ever to make informed decisions about which companies to support with our hard earned dollars. In a landscape where quality is no longer a distinguishing factor, how do we as consumers decided who’s products to buy? Hash It Out is a series of conversations that dig into the bigger questions around how a business is effecting the future of cannabis, what values they model, and why they do what they do.

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