Category: Lifestyles

story pitch: Sideways by the Sea: Wine and Weed Flood Lompoc, California’s Formerly Sober Flower Seed Capital

Pitch for story to publish December 2019

By Ed Murrieta

LOMPOC, Calif. — Founded in 1888 as a temperance colony, this bucolic bedroom community of 40,000 people, two federal penitentiaries and a U.S. Air Force missile launch base three hours north of Los Angeles is an oasis of agriculture, viticulture and tourism popularized by a Hollywood movie about wine and is the most cannabis-friendly city in Santa Barbara County, the home to the second-largest concentration of cannabis cultivation licenses in America after world-famous Humboldt. 

In and around Lompoc — rhymes with somm toke — grapes and cannabis flood the terra, from the gracefully transversing hills on the Pacific-kissed central coast where vineyards of pinot noir and hoop houses of primo pot grow side by side to the quaint downtown streets where half a dozen cannabis stores and Santa Barbara County’s first consumption lounge have opened this year near a cluster of more than 20 wineries and tasting rooms branded The Lompoc Wine Ghetto. 

Can these two intoxicating crops and lifestyles indulgences coexist and revive a local economy wilted by a global flower market and scuttled space shuttles? 

While cannabis cultivation odors are causing a stink elsewhere on the West Coast’s wine-and-weed landscape — in Oregon, a federal judge recently ruled a grape grower may sue a cannabis grower for allegedly tainting and devaluing its crops — Santa Barbara County cannabis farmers are working with farmers of grapes, flowers and vegetables to be good ag neighbors while attracting and serving overlapping clientele with discretionary incomes and tastes for local products and unique experiences. 

Neighborly aroma-remediation efforts in Santa Barbara County include growing cannabis strains that smell more like fruit and less like skunk; freezing freshly harvested flowers so they don’t emit aromas that occur during traditional drying processes; and, like vintners do with grapes, adding value and creating artisanal products that showcase local crops — in this case, live resin cannabis oil concentrates, premium pot’s equivalent of fine wine.

Three cannabis stores opened in Lompoc before the first cannabis store opened in Santa Barbara, the county’s seat and largest city. Meanwhile, eight more cannabis stores are licensed and on the way in Lompoc, along with more consumption lounges that will offer buy-and-try retailing vs. wine rooms’ try-and-buy tastings.  

Restaurants have opened. 

Food trucks have arrived. 

Lompoc’s mayor wants to create a cannabis district with a Wine Ghetto presence.

A summertime event is taking root to celebrate local agriculture, from sweet pea seeds to alyssum and delphinium flowers to broccoli and berries to grapes and cannabis. 

This former flower seed capital of the world that was founded on an anti-intoxication ethos awaits its “Sideways” cannabis moment, a tokable toast that’ll heighten the stature of Santa Barbara County weed like the buddy-movie oeno ode elevated Santa Barbara County wine 15 years ago. 

story pitch: Ex-Restaurant Critic/Current Cannabis Journalist Reviews Cannabis Restaurant

The world’s first licensed and legal restaurant serving both food and cannabis is open. As a former restaurant critic and current cannabis journalist, I’m uniquely qualified to review it. Here’s my preview:

By Ed Murrieta

The world’s first restaurant selling and serving food and cannabis is open for business. 

Good luck snagging a reservation. 

Lowell Cafe opened in West Hollywood Sept. 24, serving farm-to-fork cuisine and premium California-grown cannabis in a full-service restaurant, retail and lounge environment featuring sommeliers on hand to advise diners on food and cannabis pairings and table-side rollers to ensure the joints you smoke are prepared as well the food you eat.  

A quick caveat about Lowell Cafe’s food: Chef Andrea Drummer’s contemporary California menu contains no cannabis but is loaded flavors that complement and pair with herbal, fruit and earthy flavors in the flower. 

Lowell Cafe also downplays edibles, offering them for sale while advising customers that edibles are best enjoyed by experienced consumers who can tolerate their delayed and potent effects. 

Lowell Cafe emphasizes the enjoyment of cannabis with meals the way people enjoy wine and beer with meals and allows smoking and vaping throughout the restaurant and bar, which serves only non-alcoholic beverages. 

Sommeliers work the dining areas helping, diners choose the best flowers and concentrates to enjoy with Drummer’s fried chicken sandwich, peaches and burrata or sweet potato beignets.

Not only can adults purchase and consume cannabis while also purchasing and consuming food and beverages, diners and smokers can make reservations through Resy, a leading online booking service that handles reservations for top restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC. 

Lowell Cafe’s reservations were booked through October within four hours of initial availability on Sept. 1. 

But you can get in. Bar seating and some dining tables are available for walk-in customers.

Lowell Cafe is open 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. Last call for cannabis sales is 9:50 p.m. 

Customers who want to smoke or vape after 9:50 p.m. have two options: make  reservations and pre-order cannabis, or bring your own and pay a $20 “tokeage” fee.

Non-smokers, rejoice: While smoking and vaping are allowed thought Lowell Cafe, one patio is reserved for non-smokers.

Lowell Cafe is not the first restaurant open to the public to pair cuisine and cannabis. The Green House Kitchen operated in Amsterdam circa 2015-2016 but under Dutch law could not sell cannabis (BYO was OK) and only allowed vaping, not smoking. 

Lowell Cafe opened under a pilot program by the City of West Hollywood. Like all new restaurants — and like cannabis businesses in particular — Lowell Cafe experienced pre-opening regulatory hassles. 

One kink Lowell Cafe smoothed out actually allows it to serve both food and cannabis.

Customers will receive one check for food and beverages and one check for cannabis. 

The only sign of this point-of-sales system work-around may actually be the most mind-blowing of all for cannabis consumers: 

You pay for your cannabis after you consume it. 

Lowell Cafe

1201 North La Brea West Hollywood
(323) 975-7676
www.LowellCafe.com

West Hollywood Abuzz: American Amsterdam in Southern California

WeHo Radically Mainstreams Cannabis Consumption with Lounges and Restaurants

City Leaders Envision Buzzy Entertainment Enclave Popular with Locals and Tourists Becoming the State’s Legal Cannabis Destination

By Ed Murrieta

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Viewed from Google maps, this buzzy enclave fits in the urban heart of Southern California like a jagged-edged puzzle piece abutting three other famous cities: Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Viewed, smelled and tasted from street-level, West Hollywood fits your imaginary movie images of American Amsterdam.

Nearby Venice may have been up for the part with its picturesque canals and picaresque dispensaries, but West Hollywood, historically friendly to vice and alternative lifestyles, earns today’s leading role in mainstreaming cannabis culture and commerce.

Comprising just 1.8 square miles of Los Angeles County land, West Hollywood is home to 34,000 people and 40 approved cannabis business licenses, from delivery services to dispensaries to lounges to the world’s first licensed and regulated restaurant serving food and cannabis. West Hollywood estimates weed tourism will bring in about $6 million in tax revenue annually.

“We think this will drive more hotel nights in the city, that it will drive more people to come into the city, to go to our restaurants and bars, and patronize our other businesses,” West Hollywood’s weed czar John Leonard said.

Lowell Cafe recently opened, serving non-infused cuisine and menus of cannabis flowers, joints and extracts. Other cannabis restaurants in the works include Budberry, a garden cafe with a koi pond that’s scheduled to open on Valentine’s Day,and Aeon Botanika, a 7,000-square-foot wellness-shop / superfoods cafe / cannabis boutique / Moroccan-themed cannabis tea lounge / cannabis-enhanced acupuncture spa that is scheduled to open in the spring.


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Float on Cannabis, Land on a Dope Wellness Deal

Friendly Farms and Capitol Floats Collaborate on Your Mind, Body and Beyond


 

By Ed Murrieta

Just like today’s cannabis is more sophisticated than it was 40 years ago, today’s floatation spas are a far cry from your grandparents’ 1970’s sensory-deprivation tanks.

Back then, you lifted heavy doors on metal chambers the size of small industrial generators and climbed in, shutting yourself inside without light or sound or any stimulation except the sounds of your heartbeat, breathing and any voices in your head, floating face-up in a foot of water and half a ton of salt as warm as the temperature of your blood.

That’s the “sensory-deprivation” scenario that freaked out a lot of people in 1978 after they read Paddy Chayefsky’s novel “Altered States” or subsequently watched the movie version a couple of years later in which William Hurt played a psychiatric researcher who transforms into a beastly creature while floating in dark silence under the influence of mind-altering LSD. 

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Today, floatation tanks are spas. At Capitol Floats, “tanks” are tubs shrouded in moody lights, fronted by tiled showers, set with fluffy towels and comfy robes. Enjoy cups of tea and kombucha. Hang out in a lounge-like environment.

Floating alone with only your inner dialogues will not trigger “Altered States” but will, in fact, relax your body, relieve your mind and expand your awareness — just like cannabis can. 

Those shared therapeutic benefits of floating and cannabis is one reason Friendly Farms is collaborating with Capitol Floats on a new Inspired By deal. Beyond that, we share the same community and business values and many of the same customers. 

Capitol Floats and Friendly Farms are offering a special for cannabis and float enthusiasts or anyone interested in a wellness deal: Capitol Floats’ Trifecta Inspired By Friendly Farms, treatments in a floatation tub, infrared sauna and Somadome music meditation pod — a $125 value we’re offering for just $99. 

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Purchase Capitol Floats’ Trifecta Inspired By Friendly Farms and enjoy exclusive savings on Friendly Farms’ products at a nearby cannabis store. 

Meet Friendly Farms at Capitol Floats on Sept. 6 and learn more about floating and Friendly Farms’s True Full Spectrum Liquid Live™ artisanal cannabis extracts, which, like Capitol Floats, benefit your mind, body and beyond. 

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Capitol Floats Inspired By Friendly Farms Trifecta Wellness Deal 

  • Float in relaxing and rejuvenating in zero-gravity silence and darkness inside a sleek, personal-sized tub; 
  • Melt away stress and detox in an infrared heat sauna; 
  • Meditate in a color-and-music-therapy Somadome pod. 

Experience all three Capitol Floats wellness therapies — a $125 value — for just $99.

Capitol Floats’ Trifecta Inspired By Friendly Farms is now available for a limited time at Capitol Floats, 3513 Broadway, Sacramento.  Book your Capitol Floats Trifecta Inspired By Friendly Farms experience. 

 

Smell, Taste and Feel Why Cannabis and Tea Inspired By Friendly Farms Are the Perfect Pairing

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“Tea is definitely my choice of beverage while consuming cannabis,” says Classy Hippie’s certified tea sommelier Leo Hickman.

By Ed Murrieta 

Cannabis and coffee.

Yes, it rolls off your tongue. But the classic combination also dries out your tongue, mouth and body.

Conversely, tea hydrates. 

Also, the aromas, flavors and effects of tea complement the aromas, flavors and effects of cannabis. Furthermore, the aromas, flavors and effects of cannabis complement the aromas, flavors and effects of tea. 

“Tea is definitely my choice of beverage while consuming cannabis,” said Leo Hickman, a certified tea sommelier who owns Sacramento’s Classy Hippie Tea Co., where he’s crafted a menu of cannabis-friendly artisanal teas inspired by Friendly Farms’ artisanal cannabis extracts.

Tea contains many of the same terpenes that make up the bouquet of essential oils that give plants, fruits, and herbs from cannabis to lavender to lemons to lemongrass their unique aromas and flavors plus therapeutic benefits including pain relief and anti-inflammation; mood, appetite, sleep and sexual enhancement; and even cancer-fighting properties. 

Coffee also contains terpenes but tea, as a blend of botanicals, contains more.

And since tea has historically been used as a code-word for cannabis, tea is a perfect pairing with cannabis.

From a geeky perspective, tea contains catechins, antioxidant compounds that enhance the endocannabinoid system by binding to cannabinoid receptors in human bodies’ central nervous systems.  The potent catechin antioxidant Epigallocatechin gallate is abundant in green tea.

As part of Friendly Farms’ local business Inspired By program,  Hickman crafted a menu of green, black and herbal teas that pair with Friendly Farms’ True Full Spectrum Liquid Live™ artisanal cannabis extracts. You may purchase and enjoy Friendly Farms and Classy Hippie’s Tea Trios — three green, three black and three herbal teas — by the cup in tore at Classy Hippie Tea Co. or you can buy Classy Hippie’s loose leaf tea online, both for a limited time starting Sept. 1.  Buy Classy Hippie’s Inspired By Friendly Farms green, black and herbal teas and enjoy exclusive savings on Friendly Farms’ products at a nearby cannabis store.

GREEN TEA

Beautiful People
Strawberry & Orange Tea

Nirvana
Goji Berry, Blueberry & Pomegranate Tea

Gen Mai Cha
Japanese Green Tea with Brown Rice

 

BLACK TEA

Sweet Mystique
Ginger, Orange & Peach Tea

Milky Oolong
Vanilla Bean & Oolong Tea

Fireflies @ Night
Lavender & Lychee Tea

 

HERBAL TEA

Abeula’s Love
Hibiscus, Lemon & Lemongrass Herbal Tea

Latin Nights
Orange Peel & Pepper Rooibos Tea

Vanilla Horchata
Cinnamon, Almond & Vanilla Bean Rooibos Tea

Watch this video and find out why Hickman says, “Tea is definitely my choice of beverage while consuming cannabis.”

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FIND CLASSY HIPPIE: Classy Hippie Tea Co.: 3226 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 235-3243.

FOLLOW CLASSY HIPPIE: @ClassyHippieTeaCo Instagram and @ClassyHippieTea Twitter.

Vape Me Out to the Ballgame

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San Francisco Cannabis Lounges and the Giants Fit Friendly Farms Like a Glove 

BY ED MURRIETA

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants return on April 5. For baseball fans, the team’s home opener is cause for celebration. For cannabis fans, it’s cause for consumption.

You can’t smoke, vape, dab or legally eat cannabis at the newly christened Oracle Park, but you can consume pre-game  pot at nine San Francisco cannabis lounges — most of which are located within easy Uber, Lyft or public transportation distance from the South of Market stadium.

Here’s my batting-and-vaping order for San Francisco cannabis lounges and San Francisco Giants home games. Several lounges stock Friendly Farms’ award-winning artisanal cannabis extracts

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Urban Pharm
122 10th St.
Steampunky Urban Pharm is the closest lounge to Oracle Park and fills the lead-off spot with a staffed dab bar featuring Friendly Farms’ award-winning live-resin extracts. Find Friendly Farms’ vape pens and dab sauces at Urban Pharm.

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Vapor Room
79 9th St.
Small and appealing, Vapor Room recently returned from the disabled list. Find Friendly Farms’ vape pens and dab sauces at Vapor Room. Enjoy Friendly Farms’ artisanal live-resin extracts in tiny window-front lounge.

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Barbary Coast
925 Mission St.
The city’s most decadent full-service lounge, Barbary Coast begins the meat of the order. Blood-red banquettes and big-screen TVs beat bleacher seats and a monster scoreboard.

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Moe Greens
1276 Market St.
Moe Greens cleans ups as San Francisco’s newest full-service lounge and its most classy, classic and professional — like Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry in one spiffy uniform.

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SPARC
1256 Mission St.
SPARC offers a little of everything throughout the day: Volcano vaping, staffed dab bar and full-flame toking after 4:20 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Find Friendly Farms’ award-winning artisanal live-resin extracts at SPARC.

6.
Harvest on Geary
4811 Geary Blvd.
Intimate and upscale, Harvest on Geary’s earth-and-sea-toned lounge is newly opened to the public after a run at private membership.    

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Harvest Off Mission
30 29th St.
Intimate and upscale, Harvest Off Mission’s earth-and-sea-toned lounge is newly opened to the public after a run at private membership.    

8.
Bloom Room
471 Jessie St.
Enjoy use of Volcano vaporizers and the work of local artists in a small space.

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ReLeaf Herbal
1284 Mission St.
ReLeaf is the city’s Candlestick Park of cannabis lounges — a spare, outdated but serviceable throwback to San Francisco’s scruffier days.



Friendly Farms Inspires Local Food Specials and Community

Sacramento’s award-winning artisanal cannabis extracts producer partners with like-minded local businesses to create specials “Inspired by Friendly Farms” and promote a sense of community.

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BY ED MURRIETA

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5, 2019 — Friendly Farms, the Farm-to-Fork Capital’s award-winning producer of farm-to-vape cannabis extracts, is partnering with Sacramento food businesses to promote menu specials inspired its food-friendly live-resin sauces, an artisanal style of extracts that captures plants’ full spectrum of flavorful and intoxicating terpenes.

For the month of  March, Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan and Backbone Cafe are featuring “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials highlighting exotic fruit, spice and confectionery flavors of Friendly Farms’ decadent and indulgent Dessert Collection designer cannabis vape oil and sauce extracts.

  • Backbone Cafe, the organic downtown restaurant that appeals to vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, stirred up Forbidden Sunset, a luscious banana-berry-pineapple-citrus-coconut milk elixir spiked with ginger, turmeric, beet powder, cayenne pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt inspired by Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Sunset extract. Backbone Cafe’s Forbidden Sunset Smoothies are $9.50 each.
  • Sacramento’s Cheesecake Queen Cayla Jordan created Creamy’s Creme Brulee Cheesecake, inspired by Friendly Farms’ Creme Brulee strain. Bite-sized vanilla cheesecakes topped with torched sugar are $3.25 each or six for $18. Options include graham cracker crust and gluten-free crustless. Purchase at Creamy’s downtown food cart or order online at caylajordan.com.

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Unlike the 100-percent pure cannabis extracts that inspired Creamy’s Creme Brulee Cheesecake and Backbone Cafe’s Forbidden Sunset Smoothie, “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials contain no cannabis.

“I personally do not consume cannabis but many of my customers do,” said Creamy’s Cayla Jordan. “I’m often asked if Creamy’s are ‘edibles.’ They’re not, but if you care about high-quality ingredients prepared with care, Creamy’s are made for the munchies after vaping Friendly Farms’ Dessert Collection.”

Creamy’s Creme Brulee Cheesecake and Backbone Cafe’s Forbidden Sunset Smoothie are the first two “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials. “Inspired by Friendly Farms” specials will expand in the coming months with other Sacramento food businesses that share Friendly Farms’ community and business values.

“Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Sunset extract instantly inspired our Forbidden Sunset Smoothie,” said Tomas Woolston, a member of the family that owns Backbone Cafe. “Tropical fruit, uplifting spice and earthy funk appeal to cannabis and culinary senses.”

Said Darrin Gatto, Friendly Farms’ CEO: It’s really exciting to work with companies outside of the cannabis industry. Our goal, really, is to introduce Friendly Farms’ customers to local business we love and build relationships with those businesses.”


friendly-farms-new-logoAbout Friendly Farms

Based in Sacramento, Friendly Farms is an artisan producer of award-winning True Full-Spectrum live-resin cannabis extracts containing all-natural flavors, aromas and effects of sought-after designer strains. Friendly Farms’ vape cartridges and sauces are available in state-licensed retail stores and via delivery services in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Friendly Farms vapes retail for $50 per half-gram in convenient, lead-free cartridges enjoyable on the go or on the couch. Friendly Farms donates $1 from every gram sold to non-profit organizations combating homelessness. Friendly Farms’ whole-plant extraction process powers collaborations with noted growers Sherbinski and Connected Cannabis. In non-cannabis collaborations, Friendly Farms sponsored the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl

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About Friendly Farms Dessert Collection

Friendly Farms’ Dessert Collection is a new limited-edition line of designer cannabis strains deliciously curated to evoke decadent indulgence. Dessert Collection strains include Forbidden Fruit, Creme Brulee, Forbidden Brulee, Raspberry Creme Brulee, Vanilla Sherbert, Raspberry Sherbert, Raspberry Kush, Ogre Berry and Headband.


creamys-logoAbout Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan

As Sacramento’s self-taught Cheesecake Queen and Instagram influencer who launched her own Internet baking show, Cayla Jordan got her sweet start in business while in high school selling caramel corn for $1 a bag. Today, after operating a pop-up store at Roseville’s Westfield Galleria, Cayla sells her Creamy’s cheesecakes, cookie/cheesecake sandwiches and cheesecake-filled donuts from a custom-made mobile bakery cart in downtown Sacramento.

Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan
12th and R Streets, Sacramento
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Backbone Cafe is casual counter-service cafe with a Burning Man vibe in downtown Sacramento serving organic foods that appeal to all diets — vegan, vegetarian, meat-eating omnivore and gluten-free. From breakfast to bone broth to smoothies to dinner, Backbone Cafe’s menu is a tour de force of human fuel for maximum performance, featuring vegetables sourced from small organic farms and meats from grass-fed, free-range ranches.

Backbone Cafe
729 J St., Sacramento, (916) 970-5545
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If You’re Going to San Francisco, Be Sure to Vape Friendly Farms

Enjoy Friendly Farms’ True Full-Spectrum extracts in San Francisco cannabis lounges — and save 20% on Friendly Farms’ vape cartridges and sauces every Saturday near Union Square. By Ed Murrieta

Vapor Room

Recently re-opened in a new location after the feds shut down the dispensary/lounge in 2012, Vapor Room carries Friendly Farms’  vape cartridges and sauces immediately south of Market Street, a short walk from major entertainment, civic and cultural venues. Vapor Room offers a brighter, airier but more intimate lounge environment in its new location than it did in the Lower Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Vapor Room’s new lounge area is fronted by a large storefront window  facing 9th Street, shining a light on the goings on within: adults responsibly consuming cannabis in a comfortable social setting. From inside, vapers and smokers can watch the city pass by. Vapor Room specializes in sun-grown cannabis and operates bodega style. Wander the store. Grab what you’re going to buy — say, a Friendly Farms’ vape cartridge or sauce — and pay at the counter.  Vapor Room is vape-only from opening until 4:20 p.m., upon which time smoking is allowed until closing.

The Vapor Room
79 9th St.
415-621-2100
vaporroom.com


Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast’s exposed brick walls, stained-glass chandeliers, flocked-velvet wallpaper and lipstick-red leather banquettes evoke classic San Francisco restaurants and bordellos where young Mark Twain or a modern-day tech titan might drop by to get high, not far from premium hotels and shopping. That gentle sucking sound beneath your seat? That’s part of Barbary Coast’s smoke-scrubbing ventilation systems that keep the room and your clothes from stinking. Barbary Coast carries Friendly Farms’ vape cartridges and sauces, the latter of which you can dab using Barbary Coast’s quartz-glass rigs and electronic nails.

Barbary Coast
952 Mission St.
415-243-4400
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Urban Pharm


Enjoy all forms of consumption — smoking, vaping, dabbing — in an intimate space accented with furnishings you’d swear were reclaimed from a Burning Man theme camp. Urban Pharm vibes steampunk: moody lighting, caged entry, reclaimed wood and cut metal accents throughout. Urban Pharm carries Friendly Farms’ vapes and sauces.  Forgot your dab rig? Borrow one from Urban Pharms.

Urban Pharm
122 10th St.
415-872-9488
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SPARC

Bring your own dab rig to consume Friendly Farms’ sauces purchased from SPARC or stick to Friendly Farms’ vape pens purchased from SPARC, half retail boutique, half sleek wooden-bench-and-table lounge.

SPARC
1256 Mission St.
415-252-7727
sparcsf.org


Moe Greens 

Moe Greens is the newest, largest and most ambitious cannabis lounge in a city that’s pioneered public cannabis consumption in America. Located on Market Street near major culture and entertainment venues, Twitter, Uber, City Hall and BART, Moe Greens is like three cannabis lounges in one: one lounge for vaping, one lounge for dabbing and one lounge for smoking. Designed in gleaming blonde woods, emerald leatherette, starburst chandeliers and golden accents against raw brick, Moe Greens vibes the best of old-school and modern-day San Francisco. Although no food is served (you can BYO within reason), Moe Greens is the most restaurant-like cannabis lounge. Coming soon: Reserve tables., order at tables, pay at tables. State-of-the-art tools and dab rigs are available for customer use.  Moe Greens doesn’t  yet stock Friendly Farms; until then, I recommend Moe Greens’ house-brand Gelato flower at $8 per gram.

Moe Greens
1276 Market St.
415-762-4255
moegreens.com


 No Lounge But 20% Savings

Pure 710SF  is not a lounge. If you visit the store near Union Square on Saturdays , you can save 20 percent on Friendly Farms’ award-winning True Full-Spectrum live-resin cannabis extracts.

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Pure 710SF
49 Kearny St.
415-654-5275
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Magnolia Wellness

Across the bay in Oakland, Friendly Farms’ sauces are served at $4 per dab  in Magnolia’s dab bar and lounge, along with other premium cannabis concentrates. Recent Friendly Farms’ strains include SFOG and Clementine.

Magnolia Wellness
161 Adeline St., Oakland
510-628-2119
MagnoliaOakland.org

Friendly Farms Gives Back in Mainstream Style

Artisan cannabis extract maker sponsors charitable Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl and helps raise more than $1,000 for homeless services

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2019 — The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl capped a big year of giving for Friendly Farms, the award-winning makers of True Full-Spectrum artisan cannabis extracts. Throughout 2018,  Friendly Farms gave back by raising funds at cannabis events for people in need. The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl on Dec. 23 marked the company’s first sponsorship of a mainstream community event in Sacramento.  

Charitable people wearing their best ugly sweaters beautified Sacramento’s  re-styled entertainment district for a good cause the night before Christmas Eve, raising funds for homeless services in an event presented by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and HOF Media LLC.

The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl offered food and beverage specials at a dozen cafes, restaurants and bars from the K Street Mall through the Downtown Commons to the Old Sacramento Waterfront.  

Friendly Farms helped raise more than $1,000 for Sacramento Self Help Housing through $1 pre-event wristband sales and $5 on-site sales of wristbands that entitled wearers to discounts at participating businesses. Funds will assist local people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless find and retain stable and affordable housing.

“Every dollar from wristband sales went directly to help people in need,” said Darrin Gatto, Friendly Farms’ chief executive officer. “The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl aligns with one of  our top company values: giving back to the community.”

Previously in 2018, Friendly Farms raised funds for homeless and youth services at High Times Central Valley Cannabis Cup at Cal Expo in Sacramento in May and at The Emerald Cup at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in December.

“Friendly Farms’ community cares about our high-quality, all-natural whole-plant extracts and cares about the larger community everybody belongs to,’ Gatto said.

ABOUT FRIENDLY FARMS

Affirmed by collaborations with leading designer cannabis cultivators Alien Labs, Connected Cannabis and Sherbinski, Friendly Farms’ true full-spectrum cannabis extracts stand out in a competitive market full of heat-separated distillates and pressure-separated CO2 concentrates.

Crafted from cannabis cultivated in the Emerald Triangle, Santa Barbara County and other premium growing regions in California, Friendly Farms’ true full-spectrum extracts preserve native terpenes and cannabinoids of premium plants at sub-zero temperatures, ensuring natural flavors, aromas and effects are retained.

Six Friendly Farms strains placed in the top 10 of competitive categories at the prestigious Emerald Cup on Dec. 16, including its Forbidden Fruit, which won 2nd Place in the live-resin vape pen competition. Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Brulee, Headband and Raspberry Kush placed 5th, 7th and 9th, respectively, in that category. Friendly Farms’ Headband and Citrus Sap placed 8th and 9th, respectively, in the sauce category.

Friendly Farms’ Emerald Cup accolades follow three first place victories at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Sacramento.

“Friendly Farms’ liquid-live vape cartridges and sauces are 100-percent cannabis and contain no distillate or any added terpenes,” Friendly Farms Chief Innovation Officer Charles Smith said. “We start with the best whole plants and finish with the best whole-plant extracts. We craft flavorful, aromatic and potent true full-spectrum cannabis extracts.”

Friendly Farms’ award-winning true full-spectrum live-resin vape pens and sauces are sold in cannabis stores and via delivery services in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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Wear Your Ugly Sweaters to Eat, Drink and End Homelessness with Friendly Farms

Friendly Farms, the Community-Minded True Full-Spectrum Cannabis Extract Artisan, Sponsors The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl in Downtown Sacramento on Dec. 23.

By Ed Murrieta

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ugly sweaters are beautiful when you wear them for good causes.

That’s why Friendly Farms is proudly donning its ugliest sweater this week while doing another beautiful community deed: sponsoring The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl in downtown Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 23.

All ticket sales benefit Sacramento Self Help Housing, which assists local people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless find and retain stable and affordable housing.

“Giving back is a big part of Friendly Farms’ company culture,” said Darrin Gatto, CEO of the innovative artisan cannabis extracts maker that donates portions of its its sales to charitable causes. “We value our community.”

Presented by Friendly Farms in partnership with Sacramento’s Downtown Partnership, events producer HOF and Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl features food, drinks, music and holiday activities from the winter ice rink at 7th and K streets, through the brand-new Downtown Commons to the Old Sacramento Waterfront.

Purchase wristbands for $1. You’ll receive discounts at more than a dozen participating businesses and venues.

You’ll also get some cool swag from Friendly Farms, the award-winning artisan producer of true full-spectrum cannabis extracts that deliver flavors, aromas and effects connoisseurs and new consumers desire from convenient, on-the-go live-resin vape pens and dabble sauces crafted from designer cannabis strains.

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No Distillates, All-Natural Terpenes

Affirmed by collaborations with leading designer cannabis cultivators Alien Labs, Connected Cannabis and Sherbinski, Friendly Farms’ true full-spectrum cannabis extracts stand out in a competitive market full of heat-separated distillates and pressure-separated CO2 concentrates.

Crafted from cannabis cultivated in the Emerald Triangle, Santa Barbara County and other premium growing regions in California, Friendly Farms’ true full-spectrum extracts preserve native terpenes and cannabinoids of premium plants at sub-zero temperatures, ensuring natural flavors, aromas and effects are retained.

Six Friendly Farms strains placed in the top 10 of competitive categories at the prestigious Emerald Cup on Dec. 16, including its Forbidden Fruit, which won 2nd Place in the live-resin vape pen competition. Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Brulee, Headband and Raspberry Kush placed 5th, 7th and 9th, respectively, in that category. Friendly Farms’ Headband and Citrus Sap placed 8th and 9th, respectively, in the sauce category.

Friendly Farms‘ Emerald Cup accolades follow three first place victories at the High Times Cannabis Cup in Sacramento.

Friendly Farms’ liquid-live vape cartridges and sauces are 100-percent cannabis and contain no distillate or any added terpenes,” Friendly Farms Chief Innovation Officer Charles Smith said. “We start with the best whole plants and finish with the best whole-plant extracts. We craft flavorful, aromatic and potent true full-spectrum cannabis extracts.”

Find Friendly Farms on Weedmaps and ask for award-winning true full-spectrum live-resin vape pens and sauces at your favorite cannabis stores in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Friendly Farms and Local Foods

While you can’t consume Friendly Farms’ full-spectrum extracts during The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl Sunday, I recommend consuming Friendly Farms’ vape pens and dab sauces for pre-func and after-party pleasures.

In between, here are my recommendations for eating, drinking and more during The Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl. Please note, any suggested pairings are inspired by Friendly Farms’ menu and participating businesses’ menus. If only the twain could meet.

Creamy’sCheesecake and raspberry are a classic combination. Now imagine Cayla Jordan’s creamy mini cheesecakes drenched in Friendly Farms’ bright and fruity Raspberry Kush. Dig coffee and cannabis? Wrap your mouth around Friendly Farms’ Headband and Jordan’s favorite coffee cheesecake.

Vampire PenguinNothing’s forbidden at this daring dessert parlor except perhaps consuming and pairing Friendly Farms’ Forbidden Fruit with almost everything on Vampire Penguin’s shaved snow ice dessert menu, from Halo-Halo to Mexican Candy.

Burger LoungeThe beef’s grass-fed, a natural complement to the sun-grown goodness captured in all of Friendly Farms‘ true full-spectrum cannabis extracts.

Sauced. The name refers to the condiments that accompany smoked meats not the Friendly Farms‘ dab sauces that would stoke your appetite for ribs, brisket and pulled pork.

Punch Bowl Social. Sip non-alcoholic craft cocktails —Jalapeño Cucumber Limeade, Cilantro Fizz, Spiced Cranberry Soda — and imagine you could pair them with,Friendly Farms‘ Forbidden Fruit or Raspberry Kush vape-pen strains. 

The Pizza Press. You’re not stoned. The DoCo pizza joint has a vintage newspaper printing vibe. I’ll vape to that.

Pizza RockGourmet pizza deserves gourmet cannabis. Any Friendly Farms true full-spectrum live-resin vape pen or dabble sauce would do. 

Tiger. Small plates — from peanuts to pickles to oysters to riblettes — are the culinary equivalent of quick pen-pen hits to get you through the night.

Coin Op. Classic video and pinball games are the perfect apres-vaping activity.

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Dedicated to Giving

Friendly Farms contributes to services fighting homelessness through its community Give Back Program. Friendly Farms donates $1 from every gram sold to charity programs in Sacramento, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. All proceeds from $1 dabs and vape-pen tastings at the High Times Cannabis Cup and The Emerald Cup were donated to services combating homelessness.

“With the support of our customers and retail partners,” Friendly Farms CEO Gatto said, “our community Give Back Program helps us help people facing the biggest social issues plaguing California: homelessness and the lack of youth support in our communities. We’re fortunate to be able to give back.”

Join Friendly Farms in Your Ugly Sweaters,
Raise Money for Anti-Homelessnes Services

WHAT: The  Ugly Sweater Christmas Crawl
WHEN: Dec. 23, 6 p.m.-midnight
WHERE: Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink at 7th and K streets Sacramento to Downtown Commons to Old Sacramento Waterfront
HOW MUCH: $1 for wristband + purchases you make
WHY: Wristband sales combat homelessness  
WHAT ELSE: Sponsored by Friendly Farms

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Ed Murrieta is a paid marketing, media and culinary consultant to Friendly Farms. 

Weed Weekend: San Francisco

Legal cannabis is best enjoyed in social lounges, with gourmet food and in the hands of five-star hotel spa masseuses.

BY ED MURRIETA

SAN FRANCISCO — Like Amsterdam, this lusty city-state boasts picaresque history, edgy authenticity, mind-blowing art and Instagrammable sights,  and among inclined travelers is a cannabis bucket-list destination. From Barbary Coast Bohemians to Beat generation poets and the Sixties’ Summer of Love to today’s legalized renaissance, cannabis has enshrouded San Francisco in intoxicating fog, a heady come-hither whether you wear flowers in your hair or Kate Spades on your feet. Once, tourists scored baggies of pot from hygiene-challenged ragamuffins on hippie-haven Haight Street; modern visitors marvel at the commercialization and wide-spread availability of California’s top agricultural product now that it’s taxed and regulated by the state and innovated by artisans and entrepreneurs. So dive into world-class cannabis retailing; decadent social-consumption lounges; gourmet meals and five-star hotel spa massages incorporating the plant; and local craft beer and cocktails spiked with cannabis extracts, toasting San Francisco’s gay and high history.

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