Inner Peace Out
How wellness professionals find their daily moment of chill
Inner Peace Out
Inner Peace Out
How wellness professionals find their daily moment of chill
Using edibles to relax on the daily
We were thrilled to host our second SESSION in LA during Canna Curious Club's getaway weekend in August. From a braid bar + nail art station to Kiskanu's smokable herbs workshop + a sink full of Sprig, this SESSION was one for the books. 40 rad women coming together to enjoy the power of the flower. A huge thank you to Canna Curious Club, This Cannabis Life, hmbldt, Sprig, Kiskanu, Mondo, Nails by Mimi, and La Vie Salon for your help in creating such a stellar afternoon. Get an exclusive sneak peek at Van der Pop's SESSION experience right here.
You still have a chance to win a SESSION THYSELF prize pack to recreate your own SESSION at home. From vaporizers and oil infusers to stash bags and high style accessories, this is your chance to seriously upgrade your stash. Enter here by midnight, September 19th.
Ever peeked into the stash of a dispensary owner? Much like Mary Poppins' magic bag, it's full of magic and wonder. Heidi, owner of Moss Crossing in Oregon, takes us through her stash and how it has evolved over the years. It's no wonder Moss Crossing is considered the friendliest joint in town. You can never have too much of something good.
Meet the dads of Tokyo Smoke, which includes Lorne Gertner who along with co-founding the company with his son is recognized as a "founding father" of modern Canadian cannabis (read federally legal MED to patients currently and REC for all next summer!). For Father's Day, we pried into the stashes of a dad of four grown children (Lorne), a dad to a pair of pre-school kids (Joel) and a super new dad (Geoff). Mother isn't the only one who needs a little helper.
Olivia Harris, the Chief Creative Officer at LEVO Oil, takes us through her stash, which is why we've convened today. True. But what you should truly take note of is what Olivia is cooking up (cannot let a good bad pun go unsaid) - LEVO's countertop infuser. This is her contribution to making our stash dreams come true. Think great looking espresso machines that infuse oil with cannabis compounds for homemade edibles.
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Greetings! Which will not be followed by an introduction. To get to the point, I'm April and I founded Van der Pop officially last year but, unofficially, the research started this time 2 years ago. So it's fitting that my Stash Check falls on the heels of a solo trip to Amsterdam. Hoping you find a thing or two in my own stash to inspire your next session. xXx April
Check. Check. 1-2-1-2. Jenn Lauder, Co-founder of Splimm, the world's first newsletter dedicated to pot and parenting. Dedicated to creating a community for families whose lives have been enhanced by cannabis, Jenn doubled down on her dedication by moving from Maryland to REC-friendly Oregon. Her stash has certainly evolved. As has her expertise on edibles, thoughts on flower vs. concentrates, and tips for cannabis-consuming parents.
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Meet Laurel, Vela Cannabis' Creative Director.
Laurel uses cannabis as creative fuel for her work and her hobbies. Now meet her stash.
A stash that includes dry flower and oil - to vaporize, roll, smoke or eat. The latter requires a bit of time in the kitchen. Or - as Laurel is wise to - a simple purchase of Seattle best edible brand, The Goodship!
Vandy is dandy at the thought of getting an exclusive peek into the stash of America's first cannabis style writer, Katie Shapiro. From The Cannabist to her own documentary featuring the story of The Cannabist's Ricardo Baca's contribution to pot journalism, Katie has made her mark on this industry. Check out her mountaintop paradise. Perfect for finding clouds.
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."
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."
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."
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."
"Every morning the light comes out of the dark and so does my stash. Check 1-2-1-2." Katy Villa of Native Seed Creations has been a great resource for health + wellness + cannabis. Here is a look at her smoking rituals + medicine cabinet + pro tips.
Jenny was meant to move into the cannabis space from Day 1. And that's exactly what she did. Flying from city to city, you can find her spreading the good word of the green. Sometimes on NPR. Yes, that NPR. We caught up with her between her travels and took a peek at her home-base stash in Portland, Oregon.
Cannabis isn't all about hitting a bong and sitting in a haze of smoke. In fact, cannabis can benefit your body, your health and overall well-being whether you smoke it, vape it, rub it or ingest it. We checked in with Jen Lampe from Deep Cell to see how she uses cannabis to unwind smoke-free.
From running her own PR consulting business to conquering the "Green Space" with Bondi Farms, Grace has to be ready to go at all hours of the day. And her stash is always ready to give her a spark of creativity or that perfect way to unwind. Check out the pieces that make her stash work like she does.
For our third Stash Check, we asked one of our favorite CCC contributors, Kristen Williams, to share what's inside her stash. Kristen is a talented designer using her skills to show the world how cannabis can enhance a healthy and balanced life.
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! 😂”
“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
“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!