Growing Great Cannabis – #007 Erika Winters of Everbloom Consulting and Mike McGowan, Master Grower

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In the latest episode of Hash It Out, I sit down with two very experienced growers – Erika Winters of Everbloom Consulting and Mike McGowan (a.k.a. Karmicheal) of King’s Cannabis. This is not, however, an episode to learn how to grow Cannabis. Rather, we take a deep dive into the different philosophies and cultivation practices that exist in the industry to empower consumers to be able to make informed decisions around who they want to support and ultimately, what they want to put into their body.

Additionally, this episode is a peak into the business behind growing weed and the direction that business is heading.

 

Some of the topics we cover:

  • How biodynamic gestures can indicate effect or type of “high” you may experience
  • How and why to get picky about your weed – keep it healthy, keep it green
  • Some canna-science, like why touching poo makes us happy
  • How not to get green washed – what certifications are worth their weight
  • The soul of the growing industry
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Organic Pesticides – they are still pesticides! Organic doesn’t mean risk free

Before you get into it, I want prime the listener with a quote that Karmichael insisted I use to frame the conversation (and for good reason).

“There seems to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second is by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third is by agriculture, the only honest way; wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground in a kind of continual miracle.” – Benjamin Franklin

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.

Further resources

Follow Erika on Instagram!

Get at Mike McGowan on Insta!

The CBD Episode – #006 Anna Symonds – East Fork Cultivars

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This episode is all about CBD. We are going to dive deep into the science behind this seemingly miracle molecule – what it can help alleviate and dosing recommendations. I catch up with Anna Symonds of East Fork Cultivars to ask way too many questions as she patiently answers each one, meticulously.

Our topics include:

  • In the first 15 minutes we cover A brief overview of East Fork Cultivars including their origin story, growing practices, vision, mission, and product offering
  • What CBD has been reported to aid – Sleeplessness, inflammation, pain, OCD, PTSD, anorexia, anxiety, depression – the list goes on
  • The difference between CBD and THC – specifically for sleep
  • Overview of the endocannabinoid system
  • S. Government’s patent on CBD for its neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anticonvulsive properties – and the implication of said patent
  • Guidelines for those new to CBD
    • Dosage amount
    • Difference between consumption methods
    • How CBD interacts with the body
    • Principles of self-titration
  • Why edibles can feel unpredictable
  • Supporting CBD with complimentary supplements and proper diet
  • What to look for in a CBD product including what questions to ask about sourcing and processing practices (i.e. the importance of consuming domestic production)
  • What is Epidialex, what just happened that has it in the news, and what implications
  • The difference between schedule 1, 2, and 3 substances

About East Fork Cultivars

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MISSION

Develop and preserve sustainable, sun-grown farming methods to produce high-quality, genetically diverse, CBD-rich cannabis with a resolute commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

BELIEFS

At East Fork, they are more than growers — they are cultivators. EFC looks beyond their plants and works to create a brand that expounds on ideas and cultivates an educated community.

They are devoted to the development and preservation of sun-grown cannabis and believe that sustainable farming methods produce superior holistic medicine. EFC’s desire to provide Oregonians with a superior plant-based medicine drives their selection of cultivars, or cannabis strains, that are high in CBD.

They believe that CBD-rich cultivars have the power to heal and bring relief to those in need. Rooted in a commitment to environmental and social responsibility, EFC take great pride in the processes and practices implemented on their farm.

ORIGIN STORY

Starting out, Nathan and Aaron Howard had one goal in mind: grow a superior plant-based medicine to help relieve their oldest brother and his range of medical conditions. It was witnessing the positive effects of CBD-rich cultivars that drove their desire to expand, so they could provide all Oregonians with the same access to medicine — and in turn to purchase the East Fork Ranch.

GROW PHILOSOPHY

The small town of Takilma is located in Southern Oregon, between the pristine waters of the East Fork of the Illinois River and the Siskiyou Wilderness — the heart of one of the world’s best environments for sun-grown cannabis.

There, on the small family farm, is where all their cannabis is organically grown. As an OLCC-licensed and Clean Green Certified farm, EFC creates a balanced and healthy ecosystem by caring for the soil, the water, the air and the surrounding ecology.

EFC strives to have a positive impact on the environment in which they live and grow, the people in the community and the people who rely on their products.

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.

Further resources

Connect with Anna on Insta

Find out more about East Fork Cultivars

Pushing The Boudaries of Normalization – Episode #005 Alex Berger – Magic Number

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In this episode of Hash It Out join me as I talk to Alex Berger, co-founder and brewer for Magic Number. Magic Number is a craft cannabis infused beverage company based in Bend, OR. In this episode we discuss their origin story, product offering, sourcing and processing practices, and the cannabis industry’s effect on adjacent industries. Additionally, we delve into the following topics:

  • Edibles as a consumption method, their benefits, and the difference in effect vs. smoking or vaping cannabis
  • Micro vs. Macro dosing with cannabis edibles
  • The future potential of cannabis in a society where people seem to always be looking for a way to alter their state of mind – whether that be caffeine and exercise or other more illicit substances – cannabis can be a healthy alternative that helps address stress, anxiety and depression
  • Taking healthcare into our own hands with increasing accessibility of cannabis and how this is poised to revolutionize health care in America
  • What business owners and consumers can be doing to influence the growth of the cannabis industry in a positive direction (spoiler: it starts with normalization and de-villainization)
  • The mindset shift normalization of cannabis is effecting – as we start to question this cultural zeitgeist, we become more likely to question what other misinformation our government has perpetuated – what else do we need to question?
  • Normalization is being shouldered at the retail level as the consumer facing arm of the industry, but how can producers and processors begin to lighten the load?

 

About Magic Number

Magic Number Ginger Beer and Cold-Brewed Coffees are insanely delicious, craft brewed, cannabis-infused beverages for spirited individuals everywhere.  Their non-alcoholic beverages are available in 3 doses (3mg, 10mg, and 25mg THC) so you can tailor your experience to the occasion.

Their craft brewed beverages are made from scratch with love in Bend, Oregon.  They juice the organic Peruvian ginger themselves and use fresh locally roasted Guatemalan coffee beans.  Magic Number beverages are all natural, made with cane sugar (no corn syrup here), and don’t contain any preservatives.  Their beverages also make delicious mixers with recipes only limited by your imagination. What’s your Magic Number?

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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.

Further resources

Check out Magic Number’s website

Get social with Magic Number

Find them at Terpene Station Eugene

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.

Further resources

Where to find Kalapooya Fire

More about Critical Source

Unlocking the potential of a Budtender – Episode #003 with Brent Bradley of Green Health

This is an episode filled with hope for the future. What is the untapped potential of a Budtender? What can customers expect, or even demand, from the service they receive? How are Budtenders influencing the culture of the cannabis industry? What responsibilities do they have when it comes to making meaningful change? How do Budtenders effect the stigma around cannabis? How can they contribute to the fight for racial equality? What questions should they be asking themselves to effectively check their white privilege in an excessively white industry? Why is a Budtender not “just a Budtender”? What advice can be shared with first time consumers? What advice can be shared with newer Budtenders?

Tune in as we explore answers to all the above questions and much more.

About Brent Bradley

On a brisk November evening in 1988, a secret government-funded coalition convened at an undisclosed summit base somewhere in the Rockies. Comprised of scientists, government officials (and some say extraterrestrial ambassadors), this coalition came together for the sole purpose of creating the perfect weed smoking soldier. Using advanced DNA sequencing technology, attributes like lung capacity, terpene detection and munchie preparation skills were heightened beyond levels achievable without the aide of science. With the help of a surrogate mother recruited from rural Kansas, 9 months later Trent Tradley was born. Once of legal adult age, the young soldier’s skills were further honed through years of Jason Bourne-like training and synthetic supplementation in a mission later known as “Operation Lotus”. In early 2017, Tradley managed to remove his GPS monitor and went AWOL from Operation Lotus, and is now assumed to be posing as a budtender in the Pacific Northwest under an unknown (but likely unoriginal) alias.

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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.

Further resources

Minority Cannabis Business Association’s website

Check out Green Health!

Connect with Brent on Instagram