Gray skies. Thick, smoky air. A diffused, orange sun. These are becoming the telltale signs of summer on the west coast. Southern Oregon was hit especially hard last summer by the Chetco Bar Fire which burned approximately 190,000 acres in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. After the most expensive fire season on record in 2017, Oregon is having catastrophic fire damage once again in 2018, and this summer it came early.
“Think it over, think it under.” —Winnie-the-Pooh
After almost a year as compliance specialist at Shadowbox Farms, I’ve gone to OLCC meetings, read updates and interpreted rules. I wanted share a few key concepts that have become important to me, both on a personal and professional level.
In cannabis, we often talk about the “entourage effect” to explain the whole picture of a plant’s makeup. It’s a simple idea to explain a very complex chemical process. Basically, when we talk about the “entourage effect,” it refers to the idea that the whole plant has more to offer than the sum of its isolated parts (such as THC) offer on their own.
Being a parent who also happens to be a cannabis consumer can be tricky or even risky in some places. Although 30 states allow some form of legal cannabis, there is still a great deal of misinformation and stigma associated with the plant, especially for parents. We know that many people already use it as a medicine. In fact, the FDA just approved the first cannabis-based medication designed to treat two rare and severe types of epilepsy. And although a 2017 Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans support federal legalization, we are often up against the deadbeat “stoner” stereotype. As a parent, how do you tackle this conversation with your children? As an adult child, how do you help educate your parents and grandparents, some of whom came up in the era of “Reefer Madness”?
The Roots of Cannabis
The cannabis industry is rife with competing theories on the right way to grow the best plants. This year has been a learning opportunity for everyone on the farm. At Shadowbox Farms, our knowledge trickles down from Wayne Becker, our Director of Horticulture. Wayne is a Fulbright scholar and brings decades of experience from the agricultural industry. With this series, we hope to “dig in” to what craft cannabis looks like at each level of the process. In this blog post, we’ll focus on what we grow our plants in.
It was a no-brainer. Shadowbox Farms wanted to support an amazing community event that promoted advocacy, education and normalization. When the opportunity arose to partner with the Pride Northwest organization as a sponsor for its Portland Pride Waterfront Festival, Shadowbox Farms leapt at chance (and high-fived a ton). We were excited because we realized that we share a similar mission of advocacy and inclusivity. In essence, Shadowbox Farms + Portland Pride Festival = the perfect pairing. Let’s explore that.
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