Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you’re having a relaxing and fulfilling break and soaking up some quality time with family members.
We’re certainly thankful for the last six months of serving up new GreenState stories for you. Looking back on our soft launch on April 20 and the journey since then, we’re humbled by the talented lifestyle writers we’ve managed to get into GreenState and the phenomenal work they’ve done. That includes award-winning food writer Laurie Wolf — who’s given us everything you need to get started as a canna-chef. And our cultivation writer Kevin Oliver, who’s equipped newcomers for growing their own this season and into the winter.
We’re thankful for our elite photographers who’ve taken readers behind the locked gates of California’s leading brands like Harborside Farms, Kiva Confections, Jetty Extracts and Butterbrand. And we’re especially humbled by your feedback on our explainer articles, which include our local law lookup tool and how to buy quality cannabis this harvest season.
People are telling us that we have something exciting and new here that contributes to journalism and society as a whole. We’re thankful to be just getting started. Thanks for giving us a shot and for coming back again and again, and for sharing us with your friends on social media. Thank you to every team member making this change real. — David Downs
WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT
So-called ‘Green’ Friday deals at dispensaries and online cannabis accessory retailers. For example, the MedMen chain of California stores takes 20% off everything. Check your favorites store’s social media accounts for last-minute deal announcements.
MONEY | POWER | FAME
Anthony Bourdain visited Seattle for his show Parts Unknown, sampled a joint on-air and reflected on his relationship with cannabis. You can watch an online video from a farm and see Tony’s guide to rolling your own joint.
Budweiser’s former marketing chief joined the legal cannabis industry, which he believes is the next big thing since craft beer; via Bloomberg.
The New York Stock Exchange will soon get its first marijuana-related fund in its history; via VICE.
FASHION | ART | DESIGN
The hoteliers behind The Standard announced a multi-faceted deal with hot Los Angeles edibles brand Lord Jones that could include a dispensary in The Standard, Hollywood’s lobby as soon as 2018.
Quartzy joins us in predicting beauty products will be shaken up by cannabinoids: “CBD is becoming the next “it” ingredient incorporated into buzzy new products that hydrate skin, relieve swollen spots, and reduce under-eye bags.”
While most record stores have gone extinct, the rugged Amoeba Records has survived for 20 years by switching to a diet of vinyl and medical cannabis recommendations; via The Chronicle.
Actor Woody Harrelson told Real Time host Bill Maher that he had to smoke a joint to get through a dinner with Donald Trump.
WELLNESS | HEALTH
Cannabis use is associated with better odds of surviving a trip to the hospital for heart failure, a new study published in the journal, Circulation, reports. “This study provides important opportunity to explore the preventive mechanism of cannabis on atrial fibrillation and its therapeutic potential in heart failure patients.”
PICKS OF THE WEEK
STRAIN: Celebrate the new season of crops with The Natural Cannabis Company’s harvest box, showcasing Northern California’s finest artisanal strains or concentrates. . . . EDIBLE: Anyone looking for a healthy THC-infused snack should try a pack of sweet and savory almonds from Zendo Edibles. Available in Honey Sea Salt or Honey Cocoa. . . . TOPICAL: Soothe your aches and pains throughout the chilly fall weather with 3:1 CBD nectar balm from Prana Medicinals, which just took 3rd place in best topical at a recent High Times Medical Cannabis Cup.
Yesterday's Best of the Harvest celebration had an incredible turnout. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us and pick up their boxes! Still haven't picked up the best gift of the season? Come to any #NaturalCannabis location for a 28 Gram Flower or Concentrate box for you and your friends or, as a special treat, grab the incredible collector's edition Elite Eighths box! #farmersfirst #mmj #cannabis #harvest #californiagrown #marijuana #ganja #maryjane #dabs #concentrates #dab #norcal #sonomacounty #local #bayarea #stoner #stonernation #instaweed #weedstagram #420 #710 #cannabiscommunity
CBD Gummies saved a PopSugar editor during her long, exhausting and over-stimulating social trip to see family. Your mileage may vary.
FOOD | TRAVEL
Following our cannabis-friendly AirBnB guide — The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports on South Lake Tahoe’s first ‘bud and breakfast’: “Where you can smoke is an issue, even medical marijuana. So I think this place offers a service that people like,” says operator Daniel Zuhlke.
Denver-based growers Seed & Smith opened a new indoor cultivation center complete with public tours not unlike craft breweries; via Mashable.
California regulators released long-awaited rules for its multi-billion dollar medical and adult use cannabis sectors. GreenState runs down the top 10 consumer highlights and lowlights of the new regime.
A group of English TV personalities “overdosed” on infused ice cream while touring America’s legal states; via Metro UK.
Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America — A comprehensive history of American legalization. . . . 40 Best Brownie Recipes: The Essential Brownie Collection — Medicate these at your discretion.
WATCH | LISTEN
Coco — Pixar’s latest visits the land of the dead and contains a surprise ending that’ll leave you full of feelings.
Kedi documents the hundreds of thousands of stray Turkish cats that have become part of Istanbul’s community by providing companionship to anyone in need.
Bjork has found her way back to the light with with new LP Post.
@thetraveljoint — visually representing cannabis travel and leisure.
@popcultivate — Food Network chef and owner of the Cannabis Supper Club in Los Angeles, Chris Yang.
Best wishes for a relaxing, thankfulness-filled long weekend, david downs + oscar pascual