My current state
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The Hall of Flowers, held twice per year in Santa Rosa, California acted as my muse bringing together the best and the brightest to my trained palate. But don’t take it from me directly, you simply must travel to California yourself and take the journey. As I found covering the craft spirits business and writing six books on the topic, there are different levels of good. A couple weeks ago I led a panel at the Berlin Bar Convent for Park Street University on Cannabis Cocktails. The consensus at the end of the panel was encouraging. High quality craft spirits manufacturers are genuinely intrigued by the combination of their excellent craft spirits and the addition of hemp based CBD. Unfortunately here in the USA, even the mere reference to THC is much more oblique. Through marketing, anything can be invented. Just look at the worm in Mezcal. If you ate one of these things please contact me. And if you drink rum based on the color of the liquid in that expensive bottle, you’ve been hoodwinked again. Most of what you pay extra for has been caramel colored. Oh gosh, why would they do that? Because there are no rules in rum! Rhum? Well that’s another story for another day. They have rules, but you are confused. I’m positive. No need for that in cannabis.
Outdoor and indoor grown cannabis in California has a massive responsibility to the cannabis smoking billionaire. Ok, I’ll make it easy for you, millionaire. These are the people who have more money than time. You know it’s true when you go to a dispensary and there are customers who spend more than you make in a month on delicious things. Since we are talking about high end cannabis instead of bottles of Barrell Bourbon you have to understand that the same energy that drives people to want the best bourbon in the world, also want the best cannabis they can find.
I’m not telling you that this list is the best. It just happens to be the ones that I’ve reached to for inspiration. To write my thoughts, to share those with the world, that is the true gift of an author. You can agree, or disagree. That’s ok. What I reach to for inspiration may not be to your taste. Just like Burgundy might not please your wine palate. I got that having sold and written about organic and Biodynamic wines. What I seek to do is raise the bar. That old bartending term which means, do better. I want to create a consciousness that is less sweet and more intellectual. The market demands it. My palate demands it too.
While in Berlin I smoked a few joints with my new friend Lucas. He had some amazing cannabis from Spain. When we split hairs over the best I’ve ever smoked, Spain is definitely on that list. Maybe it was being in Berlin while everyone else I know was back in the United States at work. Who knows what that really means. But cannabis is the driving force of my creativity. That is something that I do know.
A list of who and what is inspiring me, right now.
Casa Humboldt. With the rolling power failures plaguing California, it’s nice to know that Casa Humboldt is completely off the grid. Her Charlie Girl bemuses and beguiles in a way that shows me that the best is not necessarily grown in a plastic pot, surrounded by LED’s.
Brotherly Love Cannabis: Not Shown– I only had a joint left: Brotherly Love Cannabis from Humboldt. Biodynamic. juicy. Earth, pine, lemonade. Shaved cedar. The best people growing the best cannabis. ‘Nuff said.
Canndescent: Also not shown, because I smoked it, sorry. What do you get when you get indoor-grown, lovingly tended cannabis and you sell it to a crowd more accustomed to Hermes, than WalMart? You get the experience of 100% whole flower and effects over confusion.
Wonderbrett- I’ve never been so intrigued. Teach me more weedhopper. You have a student for life.
Josh D.- I hope you continue to make your parents proud of your success and your appreciation for the very best. You are certainly an artist in not so small ways.
Flow Kana: The finest outdoor grown cannabis, lovingly tended by passionate growers and artists alike. Small farms do grow better cannabis that speak a language not yet translated, but well on the way through consciousness. Like fine wine, cannabis needs to be propagated without added water (dry farming), cannabis also needs to be revealed as something just as pertinent as the finest organic/Biodynamic wines. The market demands the very best!
Stone Road: I found my stash of Stone Road prerolls yesterday. What joy it is to share these with those lucky enough to ask when. Grown organically with love means something to me. 1g. Sour Patch Infused With Biscotti Hash? Say the words Connecticut. Sure you can.
Highrize: Is it a play on words? Why to these tiny, .35 of a gram, hash and good old California cannabis and ice water hash have to do with anything really? That is strictly inside your own head my friend. Highly recommended because I wrote this little conundrum finely twisted on one.
Higgs: I think Miami Beach or Palm Springs every time that I reach for a Higgs pre-rolled joint. And not to be overtly marketing geared, their slim shape and jet black filter, etched with the word, Higgs in script does not go unnoticed. It reminds me of a mid-1970’s Benson and Hedges 100 cigarette. Very slim, very elegant. Right? You’ve got to see their old ads. Talent!
Island: They downplay the obvious cannabis elements on Island Mini’s. Sure they say cannabis, right on the front of the cleverly designed box. 100% Natural Cannabis, good show! But inside, they are perfectly formed little bundles of friendship. Just enjoy because there is enough for two, or three in a pinch. That little tangle of happiness pushes the pen of creativity.
Old Pal: When I was growing up in New Jersey, my late father smoked a Dunhill Pipe. No one thought about what damage a pipe could do to your body, but the overall gist of the memory was the folded leather pouch of pipe tobacco that held his cavendish tobacco. The design of Old Pal is reminiscent of this journey into my memories. On the outside the package of Old Pal reads, ready to roll. On the inside is found, attached to the lip of the pouch, a package of custom made glued rolling papers. They are good and thick, for beginners like myself. I really need more practice, but I’ve been saying that for over forty-five years! Old Pal is pre-ground to a perfect grind. There are even a couple of really nice nugs inside the pre-ground package, nice touch! (I noticed) as if to show that not all of it was ground up. And a half-ounce? I weighed it. It’s more. Also a nice touch. Thank you.
Sunrise Mountain: When you achieve something in life that is so different from the original path, that is called success. Thank you for inspiring me to raise the bar. I’m better now because of your inspiration on my behalf.
Brother David’s. Every time I wash my hands with Dr. Bronner’s, I’m called to task for a simple reason, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. From the first time I discovered this magical cleaning potion while a student at Emerson College, to the present day whenever natural and effervescent cleanliness is concerned, Dr. Bronner as a product, is a deeply spiritual inspiration. David Bronner is no exception to the rule of product inspiration. His Pineapple Punch, lovingly grown by Elysian Fields in Mendocino County is a moment into personal brilliance and rampant intellectualism. I’m a lucky person to be able to say that I’ve enjoyed these flowers and in turn they unlocked my doors of perception and intrigue found deep within myself.
That’s a Stay Maitri pipe that I’ve been enjoying for a couple years now. Great stuff. And all is being rolled on a StashTray.