Cannabis + Design: An Evening of Community
At our first cannabis panel event, co-hosted with CANOPY at Jackson Square, we brought together thoughtful canna-brands and consumers for a wonderful night full of discovery, insight and conversation. The event started with a brand showcase, which included samples by our favorite brands. We also had the pleasure of hearing leading local canna-brands share their experiences and thoughts on how design is benefiting and necessary in the industry. CANOPY provided such an wonderful setting for these creative minds to com...Jennifer Chapin, co-founder of Kikoko Tea, shared with us how the brand started, and one of the secrets to their success — authenticity. “When we started Kikoko, we put a stake in the ground for women. At the time, most cannabis products were developed for and marketed to men —they were high dose, and there were no packaging designs that were distinctly feminine and fresh. This lit our fire. We knew that we wanted to create a low dose product that addressed women’s needs, we wanted our packaging designs to capt...We learned from panelist Johnny Deim of Humboldt Brothers his view on how the cannabis industry is embracing design, “For years, the cannabis industry was its own biggest enemy in the branding sector. I think its a product of how illegitimate the space has been, but now that it’s mainstream, I’m excited we could be open and put some amazing players in the space.” Humboldt Brothers is unique in their focus to help as many people as possible with the highest quality plant-based medicines and through the most sustainabl...Tasty chocolates were provided by Défoncé Chocolatier. This team of veteran artisans uses sun-grown, single-origin cannabis and delicious chocolate ingredients to craft beautiful infused chocolate bars. At our event they also shared a new creation of milk and dark chocolate covered treats. Other samples included low-dose tablinguals by our friends at Level Blends. We love the portability, discreteness, and endless customization opportunities their products offer. Focused on effect, Level gives consumers the power to ...Albert da Cunha of Dovana Delights shared his upcoming line of CBD and THC caramels, as well as his experience breaking into the cannabis space. “ Making non-medicated caramels started as a hobby, and something fun to do with my daughter. But going to market with our cannabis-infused caramels we wanted to enter the market at a much higher level. In order to really differentiate it from others, we worked with Noise 13 Design, and they brought Dovana into a high end market space It’s helped get through a lot of doors...We also love the ladies behind curated brands like TSO Sonoma and Simple Jane. TSO Sonoma provides organically sun-grown flower and vape pens, and they also create experiences. They bring the Wine Country tasting events of good food, wine, and now cannabis to the community through their Elevated Event Series. We also got to see and take home one of Simple Jane’s newest offerings, a CBD infused massage oils and body balms. These are great for pre and post workout—even when that workout is sex. Pleasure is key for Sim...Still in development mode, Murmmr is a consumer products company bringing exceptional, social, cannabis experiences to market. With a fresh perspective of the cannabis consumer, co-founder Ericka Olson shared her thoughts on how storytelling helps build their brand, “We’ve working with a marketing agency but I also think the product will speak for itself in a way, and oftentimes you need to rely on that—the design of the product, the functionality and the beauty.” We’re excited to try out their first products Summer ...Nicole Skibola, one half of Cosmic View, shared with us just how hands on she is with her brand. While her mother, Christine, works primarily on building the formulas that make their products great, Nicole, an accomplished artist, focuses on giving Cosmic View their visual edge. “It was important for me to be very close to my brand since it comes from such a personal place. I hold on to it very tightly.” We trust them to consistently deliver high quality, effective products and can’t wait to read Nicole’s new book ...
An Experience with Mindfulness and Cannabis
The first time I did yoga, I was 20. I never tried meditation until I was 27. And ‘mindfulness’ has never been part of my vocabulary. Up until a few years ago I never put much stock into self-care, choosing instead to organize my days into a series of to-dos — always focused on checking off my list instead of facing my stress. But when I heard about Cannabis + Mindfulness, an event organized by TSO Events of Sonoma, I was intrigued. Could I really use cannabis to bring calm and focus to my life — and how could I do i...
Cannabis: The First Female-Dominated Industry
The cannabis industry is the Wild West, and if you believe what the press is saying, women seem to be dominating it completely. From activism in politics to R&D and scientific testing to exquisite creations in the kitchen, women are taking the industry by storm and breaking America’s ‘Boy’s Club’ mold. In fact, whereas female executives are grossly underrepresented everywhere else, women make up roughly 36 percent of the leaders in the cannabis industry, including 63% of high-level positions. (Forbes)
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