Van der Pop

Suncliff

Vandy

Vandy visited Chris at Suncliff's facilities inside Vela to get answers to some of our burning questions.

When most people see Suncliff, one of the first observations is the four classifications. Similar to Van der Pop, Suncliff thought it was best to simplify the cannabis experience without sacrificing education and gained knowledge.

First off, how did the four classifications come to be?

"We were really looking at our brand and this idea of transparency on people understanding what it is that they’re consuming and getting away from the stigma that cannabis usually has associated with it. So part of that is putting in certain structures that help people bridge the gap of, you know, is cannabis for me? And one of those ways we did that, especially for new users, is by putting each of our products into one of four categories."

"From a consumer perspective, it gives them insight off the bat of the kind of experience that they’re going to get. A lot of people’s bad experiences with cannabis are rooted in either dosing too much or in consuming something that had an effect that was different from what they expected it to be…but with a little bit of knowledge and some intent, you can set yourself up for success in 99 out of 100 occasions. On our end, too, it gives us a theme and structure that we can use for a lot of our products, so when we have a really heavy indica we don’t just sell it as an indica strain we can sell it as ‘calm.’ It’s good for night time, hanging out and going to bed. Whereas if you smoke a sativa right before you go to bed you’re probably not going to have the best time. It really just feeds into that piece of a mature and sophisticated cannabis brand for the mature and sophisticated cannabis consumer."

How did you classify energetic vs. creative?

"Creative is definitely a trickier one. It really comes down to a lot of the terpene content and THC content as well as the info that we’ve gotten from the community around us. Some strains are notoriously more creative, but I think if we had the perfect solution for creativity we would've made a billion dollars by now."

What can you tell me about your pesticide-free efforts in regards to growing and extracting?

"As anyone in the cannabis growing side of things would know, there is no way to grow cannabis without some form of pest, so obviously pest management is important. In our brand, we avoid things that are considered pesticides. We use only organic approved pest management, which is different than a pesticide which is generally something that’s more chemical in nature and doesn’t come from a naturally occuring source. So we use things like neem oil and chrysanthemum oil which are all approved by organic standards. Since cannabis is not federally recognized and the USDA will not classify cannabis as organic, we are working on getting our Clean Green certification. Clean Green has their own guidelines with organic approved pest management that you would see used in any other organic industry and we just use them in cannabis following the same guidelines."

 PHOTO BY SEAN AIRHART

PHOTO BY SEAN AIRHART

I see you've upgraded your Suncliff Sips cartridges. Why did you decide to do that?

"We’re a company that really prides itself on its quality, on its transparency, on its approachability for a more mature cannabis enthusiast. Anyone in our lab can attest to the fact that we put an insane amount of work into creating our oil. We were putting them in these cartridges that did their job, but weren’t a good enough of a presentation piece for the quality of oil that was going into them. With the surge of cannabis industry, the innovation that is going on has honestly been unprecedented at the rate at which it’s advancing. For us, it only made sense to provide a more appropriate vehicle for our product, something that does convey that quality…the glass and the metal. It’s wickless, which is going to make them more reliable in the utility perspective as well, since wicks are notoriously fickle as far as their ability to clog and fault. With the ceramic heating system and new design, I think we finally found the appropriate delivery system for the quality that is going into them."

 PHOTO BY SEAN AIRHART

PHOTO BY SEAN AIRHART

Why did you decide to pursue a CBD line?

"There are a lot of motivations. As the market becomes more mature, we see a lot of different types of cannabis users emerge…as well as pretty big legacy from the medical world where we obviously have our roots in. CBD is where most [med] companies in some form got their start. That being said, we are a newer company, we weren’t in medical. A lot of us came from that world, I know I did. And we want to be able to provide products that are meeting everyone’s needs and not everyone is chasing the highest THC. I know personally I had an injury and a surgery and a lot of stuff and I have moved away from higher THC strains and almost exclusively smoke CBD. At the end of the day, a lot of it had to do with meeting the needs of the market and understanding that there are different consumers that have very different needs…as well as just growing some really, really good CBD cannabis that also made really, really good CBD oil."

 PHOTO BY SEAN AIRHART

PHOTO BY SEAN AIRHART

Any Suncliff words to live by?

"Cannabis can and should be for everyone."

How do you embody that at Suncliff?

"In a lot of our marketing, we’ve taken the stance towards that sophisticated and mature user, which is previously something that wasn’t being addressed by the underground market (or wasn’t very prominent). Also, I think just operating internally with the sense of professionalism that we’re trying to communicate externally has been a big part of what we’re doing. At the end of the day, there’s just a bunch of really good, smart, hard-working people behind our brand and I’m thankful that I get to work with the team that I do."

MOTHER MAY I?

April Pride

After reading WeedWeek's report about Richard Branson recommending all parents smoke with their kids, we asked our followers on Instagram to share their stories of passing the pipe, blunt, bong, apple, etc. with their parents or their kids! Below are the stories shared by our followers - and fans of Vandy. 

“One special memory and my cousin’s favorite story to tell is the time after another cousin’s wedding reception when my dad pulled out one of his famous joints by the hotel pool and we and our uncles passed it around. They told hilarious stories from growing up and explained family traumas and relationship dynamics. We’re all very close but the family is so rarely together."   -Anonymous  

“My youngest son waited until his 21st b-day to smoke a bowl with his mom. Actually I walked in the room when he was taking a hit, & he got the worst guilty look on his face, LOL! I said son, I’ve known for years! 😂” 
                                                     -Anonymous

 

“I had always been a pretty uptight, goody-two-shoes kid even as an adult. Both of my parents were surely not, so they were always amazed/amused by this. When recreational use became legal in Oregon, my dad told me he would bring me some herb after I expressed interest in trying it. So he’s over at my place for dinner, we’re all smoking, and I made a joke about Trailer Park Boys. He laughs and tells me the weed we’re smoking was grown by my distant cousin in his trailer, in the trailer park that he manages. Did not know my family had such refined roots. 😂”   -Anonymous

“On April 4:20 of this year my dad’s best friend’s daughter got married at his house and he was walking around smoking cones and his personal pipe trying to get everyone high, but a lot of the people were prudes and got mad at the guy (Jake*). Jake tried many times to pass it to my dad, so he eventually got me really high and then my dad just walked up and grabbed the pipe. But he hasn’t  smoked in like 40 years so it was f^cking awesome that he remembered how to hit the bowl with a carb! But not only did he  hit it, it  was  a 1.8g bowl and it was greens and he kashed the whole thing in one go. And then I don’t really remember much, but like my dad got super blazed and kept trying to pass me a bowl full of ashes and he thought that sh^t was funny.”                                                                                                                                                  -Anonymous

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“About 6 months before the Washington state legalization, my mom had surgery, how has phantom pain. So when it became legal she started smoking for pain. I got severe anxiety I smoke for. My dad smokes for fun, but it’s brought my family together.”  -Anonymous


Have a good story of smoking with your parents or your kids? Send them our way! 

Block Party: Cloud Room VVIP

April Pride
                           MadLibs. Block Party Style. 

                          MadLibs. Block Party Style. 

                        Secret Ingredient of PARTY Pinners?                      Bondi Farms Super Silver Lemon Haze 

                       Secret Ingredient of PARTY Pinners?
                     Bondi Farms Super Silver Lemon Haze 

                Iska Daaf in a Cloud Room Private Performance

               Iska Daaf in a Cloud Room Private Performance

                                Van der Pop PARTY Pinners

                               Van der Pop PARTY Pinners

                        The Goodship Swag. All Aboard!

                       The Goodship Swag. All Aboard!

                     We opened the Van der Pop vault!

                    We opened the Van der Pop vault!

       What's in your tube of lip balm? 

      What's in your tube of lip balm? 

 Drink of the weekend? The Van der Pop!

Drink of the weekend? The Van der Pop!

                      P E A C E

                     P E A C E

                                                                            CREAM FOR MY WHOLE TEAM

                                                                           CREAM FOR MY WHOLE TEAM

       Thunderpussy. And if you think their name is awesome...

      Thunderpussy. And if you think their name is awesome...

                     Smoke Break.  Management Mandated.

                    Smoke Break. Management Mandated.

                      Odesza Saturday Night Main Stage

                     Odesza Saturday Night Main Stage

So where exactly does the talent go after tearing up the stage? At this year's Capitol Hill Block Party it was the Cloud Room, which hosted the Main Stage VIP (or VVIP) Lounge. Van der Pop and The Goodship were tapped to ensure all left with fond memories of Seattle, a REC legal state. Van der Pop in turn tapped Bondi Farms to supply its infamous Super Silver Lemon Haze, which was promptly rolled by hand into pinner joints. Enclosed in an empty black chapstick tube and labeled Van der Pop PARTY, a great time was had by all. A big thanks to Liz, Jen and Maggie of the Cloud Room; Jody, Eileen, Will and Tim of The Goodship; Grace Kelly of Bondi Farms; and a HUGE thanks to Bess Byers for taking over the Van der Pop Snapchat as well as capturing the fun of the three-day event including incredible private performances by Iska Dhaaf and Thunderpussy. The weekend flew by in a *blur,* but we can't wait until next year!

All photo credit goes to Bess Byers.

Miron Glass

April Pride

So, you ask, what exactly is Miron glass? Violet-colored, food-safe glass containers used for storage and created by a Swiss scientist after 14 years of research.  The use of violet-colored glass to preserve materials dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used to store seeds, healing products and other essentials. Those same uses persist today  - storage of herbs, seeds and dried plant matter as well as live fruits and vegetables. It can also be used to store products for the pharmaceutical and beauty industries.

The super secret magic of Miron glass is its effect on water. Making it the perfect water bottle and is a favorite among bohemians and festival goers. The glass actually charges the water, making it more potent. Many believe that storing water in these violet glass bottles can increase the energy of the water - thus having energizing effects on people.

The color that differentiates Miron glass from its clear, amber or green counterparts offers benefits beyond beauty. Beyond beauty there’s science. Biophotonics to be specific. The word biophotonics comes from the greek words bios or life and phos, which means light. Biophotonics is an emerging area of scientific research that uses light and other forms of radiant energy to understand the effects light has on food and medicine. Scientists are researching the effects of light on organisms at the cellular level with regards to degradation.

Here are some examples of how light can affect tomatoes and chives as viewed on the Miron glass website:

As you can see, the type of glass can determine how quickly plant (read: bud, flower, weed, cannabis) materials will degrade.

Miron glass is essentially a light filter - violet light filter - that protects your stash from degrading rapidly. While the violet glass blocks out harmful UV rays, it allows non-harmful violet rays, non-visible UV-A rays and far-infrared light to penetrate, thus, nurturing the contents of the jar or bottle and slowing the decay process, which, in turn, protects contents from mold and bacteria growth. Put simply: Sunlight encourages plants to grow even after they are cut and dried. The Miron factor makes this simple statement a half-truth by highlighting the small yet crucial difference: The right sunlight encourages plants to mature not degrade. 

Imagine your favorite sunglasses. Now imagine the lenses are violet. My work is done here.

To find your next favorite stash jar, click below.

Stash Jars

April Pride

Gone are the days of using plastic sandwich bags and baby jars as stash jars for fine cannabis flower.  As the marijuana accessories industry matures, better weed containers there will be! But there are inherent environmental factors that inform the best way to store weed. So if you want to know how to store weed, here are some options for you.

Cannabis can lose potency if too much air or sunlight reaches its tasty trichomes.  One study from the 1970’s claims exposure to light was the single most damaging factor when storing cannabis. They found that over time, light reduced the cannabinoids (think: the effects) in the study samples.

Like light, air can reduce weed’s potency by drying it out. Conversely, if you live in a humid environment, moist air can cause your weed to mold. Mold in walls is bad for your lungs.  Mold in weed is bad for your lungs. Naturally.  Keeping cannabis between 59% and 65% relative humidity should be just right. 

Aside from air and light, let’s talk about plastic.  A study concluded that most plastic products release estrogenic chemicals onto the product they are holding.  That means your weed actually contains synthetic hormones from the plastic bag. You are smoking plastic chemicals! Not to mention the environmental effects of plastic.

Some people swear by using plastic to vacuum seal the weed in an airtight packet. If you must, vacuum sealing can be a great option and some even claim that their herb can last 1-2 years if properly vacuum sealed. It will still let in light, so it’s best to keep it in a cool, dark place. It’s also possible to vacuum seal jars - it just takes a few more tools and the research to know how to do it right.

So we should leave plastic and light drenched containers behind- unless you prefer non-psychoactive, plastic leeched cannabis. Let’s look at our options. We pay more for good weed, so why do we leave it in a baggie? With a plethora of storage options specifically related to cannabis, we no longer have any excuses. It’s still not quite acceptable to roll around bursting with the fragrance of a big bud.  We want to be discreet. So, smell proof, or smell-resistant containers are ideal.

We want lightproof, smell proof, airtight weed jars! Impossible, you say? Actually, nope. Glass is the new plastic and thankfully we have plenty of options for glass storage. Storing your weed in airtight glass jars will keep it fresher, longer. It will also keep the flavor of the product as the temperature changes. On the downside, clear glass will let light in - thus degrading the quality of your herb.

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The best option? Violet-colored (not amber) glass weed storage jars. See the comparison of herb storage above. This isn’t a new concept - colored glass jars have been used for centuries, most notably by ancient Egyptians. In fact, viable seeds have been discovered inside these jars at ancient burial sites. The violet color only allows the three non-harmful violet-colored UV rays to penetrate. That’s the kind of glass you want to roll with. Second best option to dark violet glass is metal - preferably titanium. Titanium won’t change the flavor of the product when the temperature changes.

With temperature variation in mind, remember heat rises and as such store your stash in a place that is not elevated. If you keep your weed containers in an elevated place. Perhaps the highest cabinet in the kitchen above the microwave. Hmm? The quality of your cannabis will be compromised. And we all have that friend that swears by storing their weed in the freezer or refrigerator to preserve it until the end of time. Do not do this! DO NOT. When frozen, the trichomes are more susceptible to breaking off of the buds. This will result in less potent weed. The trick time and again is to strive for consistent temperature to, ultimately, keep our trichomes intact. 

Ready to up your weed storage game? You totally are! Move forward confidently with these words to guide you: dark, dry, cool. 

 

 

Van der Party

April Pride

OUR VODKA Party was a huge success! Booze, tunes and buzz. The best way to kick off Seattle's warm weather. Ready for the perfect summer session? Grab yourself some ZootDrops and make yourself a cannabis cocktail. Low cal, tasty, and refreshing! Need some inspiration? You can find our breakdown for the happiest week right here. (Psst...Wednesday is our favorite!) 

SUPER THANKS TO OUR/VODKA SEATTLE, RACHEL'S GINGER BEER AND ZOOTS FOR MAKING THIS PARTY HAPPEN! 

Marijuana Mixology

April Pride

It's summer and that means cocktails. But this summer, we propose that you hold the liquor and add the Zoots! Seattle-based Zoots tapped several cannabis-friendly, well, friends to create drinks with its cannabis-infused ZootDrops. Van der Pop Founder April Pride included. A week of living clean and high is detailed below. 

 

 

TUESDAY: Yesterday, you took care of your house. Today, take care of your body. Replace the Lemon ZootDrops with Mandarin Lime to give you that stimulating sativa kick, find your FOCUS and then go to the gym. Or go for a hike. All natural sugars in this low cal drink will keep you up and keep you healthy.

MONDAY: Start your week off right. CLEAN your body, then CLEAN your house. The Mandarin Lime ZootDrops will give you just the kick you need to reach energetic nirvana. The ginger root will get your stomach and metabolism off on the right foot while the red beet boosts your immune system with vitamin-C, fiber and potassium. The perfect way to get lifted and stay there. After all, an apple a day...

 

WEDNESDAY: Impromptu Backyard Barbeque! Go fortified with an essential PARTY elixir for that perfect buzz. The easiest drink to make on this list. Your choice of ginger beer will do, but we prefer Seattle-local Rachel's Ginger Beer in Blood Orange. It brings out just the right flavors to give Yippee Ki-yay its rightful name. Add a shot of your favorite spirit and it is ON. (Note that mixing alcohol and cannabis tinctures create different experiences for each person. If you're a beginner, only mix in 1 shot and add the typical 10mg of drops. 10mg = 2 capfuls = one serving. Then wait an hour before you add more.)

 
 

 

THURSDAY: FORGET the night before? Had a little too much fun? After all, drinking alcohol just borrows happiness from the next day... But who needs a morning coffee when you've got a Bloody Mary with some Jane on the side. Activate your day with this herbal alternative.

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY: RELAX. You, presumably, got a lot of work done this week. Time to take a break. Refresh yourself with a chilled tea and let the soothing effects of the Lemon ZootDrops' chamomile wash over you. Your mind will stay clear while you embrace your body buzz. Bottoms up.

 

 

 

FRIDAY: Take a TRIP down memory lane for the ultimate flashback. Remember drinking lemonade on a hot summer day as a kid? This is the upgraded version. Whether you add a spirit or not, this is a great way to celebrate the last day of the work week! Again, watch out for mixing alcohol with ZootDrops!

 

 

 

SUNDAY NIGHT: Get a good night's SLEEP before the start of next week. Lavender is great for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. If you're nervous for Monday, this is the perfect drink for you. Oh, and any digestive issues or bloating that you may have after all those late night munchies on Saturday night? Yeah...lavender helps with that, too. Sip. Sip. Win.  

Stick with this schedule...and you'll be in for the best week ever. Cheers to summer!

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