Archive for April, 2015

An Evening With Dr. Ethan Russo: The Terpene AfterBuzz

VIMEA meetup 4/15/15

VIMEA meetup 4/15/15

On Tuesday I took a little adventure on a ferry over to Vashon Island for the monthly Vashon Island Marijuana Industry Alliance (VIMEA) Meetup. It was the second one that I have been to and it did not disappoint.

The first time I went to one of their Meetups was last month and it was there that I initially met Dr. Ethan Russo and learned that he would be speaking this month. I immediately put that event into my schedule.

Meeting Dr. Ethan Russo

TwiceBakedinWA with Dr. Ethan Russo

In case you don’t know, Dr. Ethan Russo is a world renowned cannabis researcher, neurologist, and author. He spent an hour talking to a very packed house about terpenes and the entourage effect. I was sitting on the floor in the very front with my notebook and pen taking down the points that didn’t go over my head.

I’ll share two of my takeaways:

1) When it comes to taking CBD, more is better.

2) Terpenes are best taken through the skin or inhaled from the air.

After the event there was an inhaling celebration of another kind by the 135 attendees outside as one would expect from a devoted cannabis community.

Check out the after buzz with myself and Virginia from PhytaLab here:

I have a whole new respect for the cannabis medicine that I take daily from this evening. Thank you to VIMEA for putting it on and to Dr. Russo for so graciously sharing your knowledge.


Having ‘High Tea’ With A US Virgin Island Senator

This week I had the pleasure of attending Green Lion Farms in the Sodo district of Seattle for “High Tea,” a special event put on to welcome and celebrate a visit from the US Virgin Island Senator Terrance “Positive” Nelson and his delegation.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event but Washington’s cannabis business industry surprised me and came out in force to welcome this special group. There was live music, a few speakers, fancy little sandwiches, fresh cannabis leaf centerpieces, and a steady flow of tea.

I talked to almost everybody from the traveling party and what struck me the most from all of them was being reminded what it was like to live outside of the cannabis bubble I seem to be dwelling in. Here in Washington I am experiencing the normalization of cannabis while in the Virgin Islands it is still a taboo subject.

Just a few short years ago it was a taboo subject in my social world too. However, now that I openly use it medicinally and have a job that involves the marijuana industry, it is no longer allowed to be au untouchable subject.

I’m grateful to be part of this ever-expanding bubble where cannabis is normal and a regular topic for conversation.