GROW YOUR OWN WAY: The 420 Countdown

 
 

As the countdown to 420 begins, we choose to celebrate those who march to beat of their own drum within the cannabis community. We even have a phrase for this, Grow Your Own Way. Over the next 20 days, we will highlight 20 different innovative creators within this circle. Some are established pillars you should already be familiar with, while others are just beginning to blossom into something wonderful. Each of these hand-selected people/businesses are beyond inspirational forces who help pave the way to a better world. 


DAY 1: MEADOW: is the Amazon of cannabis. “At Meadow, we build software to power California cannabis. For patients, we power on-demand delivery from local dispensaries to your door with getmeadow.com. For dispensaries, we power POS, inventory, analytics, ordering, delivery, and compliance with Meadow Platform, an all-in-one software suite for cannabis retailers. Together with our partners and the community, we aim to power a new era of cannabis in California.” Says David Hua, CEO & Co-Founder of Meadow. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 2: VIOLA EXTRACTS: Al Harrington is a former NBA player who started a medical marijuana company named after his grandma called Viola Extracts. Viola is a Denver based cannabis extraction company dedicated to providing elite shatter, wax and live resins to the medical industry. Specializing in BHO (Butane Hash Oil) and with an expertise in whole plant extraction, Viola delivers the purest concentrates for an elevated experience. “We are always working on new products as we study the cutting edge of innovation going on in the medical cannabis industry. We work with quality dispensaries to provide patients with clean, effective concentrates. Viola retains close relationships with our dispensaries to ensure that they are using sustainable growing techniques to bring out the best qualities of the plant to make the best possible medicine for the patients.” Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 3: FLOW KANA: is a California-based, small batch cannabis brand powered by craft farmers. Find them in select dispensaries or shop online if you are in their on-demand delivery area. Here they describe what makes them different from other brands “We pride ourselves on being the first sustainable, sun-grown cannabis brand to represent two of California's most special micro-climates and their small farmer ecosystems. We partner with, and give scale to, premier artisan farmers who focus on small batch, boutique strains. Our products are available throughout the Golden State. We've developed close-knit relationships with heritage farmers who have grown cannabis sustainably in small batches for generations. Using only organic methods, these stewards of the land have spent their lives balancing a unique and harmonious relationship between the farm, the genetics and the terroir. The result is an unparalleled product for qualified customers that simply cannot be found anywhere else.” Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 4: THE GLASS TRIBE: is a small team of American glass artists in Virginia Beach who pride themselves on using the finest techniques available. With quality materials and detailed craftsmanship, they are able to provide customers with a durable, long lasting, and well made products that will serve well for countless years. One of The Glass Tribe’s artists, Sean Lorince produced some of the very first Vapexhale HydraTubes and we couldn’t be more stoked to announce a brand new collaboration coming your way. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting glass release in the upcoming weeks. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 5: MORGAN FREEMAN: is not only one of the finest actors of his generation, but he’s also becoming a voice of reason in the legalization of cannabis. The 80-year-old actor has spoken about his use of weed in the past, and continues to do so, seeing the benefits of it’s legalization. Like so many Americans, Freeman uses cannabis for pain relief, which is why he speaks out. He is both an inspiration and wonderful example of a well respected, A-list celebrity using their fame for the greater good. We can only hope he will inspire other similar voices to join him In fighting this good fight. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 6: BLUNT BROZ: are two trans bros, two medical cards, two puffs, two hearts, two mouths, two opinions and one mission. Made up of two best friends, Jamie and Niko are innovators in the #Trannabis space, being queer trans masculine pioneers striving to both educate the LGB(T)Q+ community on the healing properties of cannabis, as well as eradicate the stigmas related to marijuana. As patients themselves, everything they do is driven by their empathy and desire to help other patients who may not otherwise be helped by society at large. Utilizing The WeedTube and various social media platforms, as well as industry events, Blunt Broz spread their message by creating and posting informative videos, promoting their 25+ sponsors, participating in #Trannabism, and engaging with followers from all walks of life. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 7: WEEDBAR LA: Cat Goldberg has a finger in several cannabis pies. Her most recent endeavor includes unique, high end events that are cannabis centric via @weedbarla. Today she tells us about the Elevated Shabbat. “I created Elevated Shabbat because I wanted to throw a party that I would want to go to. I combined my favorite things: Judaism, noshing, and cannabis. Plus, I don't drink, so I wanted fun events that would be alcohol-free, which are always hard to find. I had no idea it would resonate with other people as much as it has. Cannabis allows us to be more open and present in the moment, and it promotes sharing stories, laughs, and community-- so it fits in perfectly with everything I love about carrying forward Jewish traditions in new ways.”

DAY 8: CLUBM: has changed the monthly subscription box game. They started a club that ships a monthly assortment of premium cannabis-infused products all over California. An exclusive channel that allows consumers to try out the ever-changing variety of the very best cannabis-infused products in the privacy of their own homes. Last Holiday season they came out with five super exclusive $24K ClubM treasure chests which made some headlines and they were even featured on Viceland’s “Most Expensivest” with 2 Chainz. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 9: GRASSFED: is the premier creator & producer of cannabis-themed events in California.
The mission is to help de-stigmatize cannabis by offering sophisticated ways to enjoy its medical and recreational properties with like minded individuals. Grassfed is pioneering mindful cannabis consumption through the use of its signature vape bar and smoke-free events. They explain their vision like this “We believe that cannabis is first and foremost a healing plant and an antioxidant, but also that it should be treated similarly to wine and food due to its many distinct aromas and flavors, along with the wide variety of strains available in today's market. We also believe that food, cannabis and music each have their own unique ways of connecting people - so why not combine all 3 elements into one amazing experience!” Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 10: BUDZNBEARDZ:  is NOT your average social media influencer. Here he describes how he got his start and what sets him apart from the pack: “I’m a law graduate who has stumbled into cannabis blogging unintentionally, but excitedly. About a year ago I moved from Mississippi to California to be closer to my brother who was having multiple extensive surgeries without any family on this coast. I felt like a kid in a cannabis candy store coming from an illegal state to a legal one and wanted somewhere to show pictures of the cool cannabis products I was coming across, which is how I started my Instagram account: Budznbeardz. Now I am able to be a support figure for so many without ever leaving my home by being active on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, and Periscope. Every day I create media and a positive space online for people who just need someone to talk to or smoke with. Sure, there are a few of us that document our lives online, but there are not a lot of minorities in the cannabis blogging/influencer space and I feel like it's so important that everyone is represented.” Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 11: GANJA GURU YOGA: is an innovative yoga experience cultivating a synergistic relationship between mind, body, spirit, and cannabis. While they do not claim to have discovered the combination of cannabis and yoga, they act as responsible stewards, bringing historic practices to the current cannabis community. At Ganja Guru Yoga, individuals of all backgrounds, broad experiences, and varying skill levels come together to engage in an exploratory practice of yoga. With the optional use of cannabis, Ganja Guru Yoga inspires participants to enjoy a contemporary elevated experience. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 12: KUSH KARDS:  Are THE cannabis greeting cards and official stoner way to say hey. “Innovation derives from being unique and creating something new within an industry. I created a product, the first Cannabis Greeting Card, KushKards, where you strike a match and light the joint you attach. When gifting cannabis was not an option, I saw the opportunity to create a niche market providing the option to give a gift with a lift. Bringing creativity to a "plain jane" market has only encouraged other ancillary companies to think outside the box about new products in an oversaturated market of consumer goods.” Says Founder & CEO, Lauren Miele. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 13: BREAK THE STIGMA FITNESS: Jennessa Lea overcame a world of near-impossible obstacles with cannabis, fitness, and nutrition which led her to open ‘Break The Stigma Fitness’- the first cannabis-friendly fitness facility offering HIIT, kickboxing, and yoga. “By providing a space for individuals to learn about and partake in cannabis therapy exercise we are breaking the stigma that cannabis users are lazy and unhealthy by bringing the conversation to the forefront. Can cannabis be used as a supplement and positively enhance your fitness routine? The answer is YES and we are very honored to be contributing force and a living example that this is true!” Jennessa says. You can read more about Jennessa’s inspiring story here. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 14: THE BUBBLEMAN: Marcus “ Bubbleman “ Richardson has been an entrepreneur and a hemp activist since 1993. His fields of experience span from industrial hemp cultivation to cannabis macro photography and advanced medical cannabis extraction methods. His groundbreaking invention, known as Bubble Bags, gently extract the glandular trichome heads of the cannabis plant, which contains the highest concentration of THC. Vapexhale has also teamed up with him to bring you the ultimate concentrate experience with their Bubbleman deluxe Kit. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 15: MISS MARQUEZ: Miss Marquez is the Artistic Director and Co-producer of Marijuana Madness. She describes the show’s unique experience in her own words: “Marijuana Madness is a Live Jazz and Burlesque show that tells the true tale of Cannabis Prohibition and those Jazz Musicians who were targeted by it. With Recreational Cannabis being legalized in California in 2018, I decided it was the perfect time to debut the show. Legalization not only made it easier to incorporate a Cannabis tasting experience but also because I wanted to share the history of Cannabis Prohibition and I thought Burlesque would be the perfect platform. Marijuana Madness is the first show of it's kind, pioneering a new type of Cannabis event with a mix of burlesque performances, live jazz & vaudeville-inspired narrative theatre.” Their next top-shelf cannabis experience is on April 26th in Santa Monica. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 16: GIAMPIERO PAGNINI: Giampiero had a life altering motorcycle accident at age 16 which left him paralyzed. Through the use of cannabis (and the Vapexhale EVO) Giampiero has increased his lung capacity and found an effective way to manage his pain. This revelation has also has boosted the creativity for his many artistic endeavors. Now he educates the world about the many ways cannabis has enriched his life through this art. He is a photographer, videographer & painter but has recently become a small business owner as well. His company, Weed Gadget aims to bring unique cannabis accessories to the European market (and beyond) with artistic glass, clothing, tools, treats and more. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 17: GREEN FLOWER MEDIA: Green Flower Media is killing the Cannabis Stigma through proper education. They provide an all-access pass to cannabis knowledge you can trust. "With the 500+ experts on our platform, Green Flower's mission is to improve the quality of millions of people's lives through cannabis by educating them about the incredible value of this remarkable plant" says CEO, Max Simon. Vapexhale and Green Flower have been collaborating since 2016 and share a passion for advancing awareness of the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 18: GANJA GODDESS GETAWAY: a California based retreat glorifying both women & cannabis. Co-founder, Mama Sailene describes it this way “For the past 23 years, I’ve proudly and specifically provided gainful and meaningful employment opportunities for women. Ganja Goddess Getaway continues to build upon this tradition. With the normalization and destigmatization of cannabis, we are able to bring women from all walks of life into a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental, and joyous environment where we celebrate, empower, and enrich our lives. As a woman and cannabis advocate, it feels like we are rewriting history, which is both humbling and unbelievably exciting.” The next getaway takes place in the Bay area over the weekend of 420. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 19: THE 420 GAMES:  a series of athletic events advocating the responsible use of cannabis & working toward de-stigmatizing those who use it in a positive manor. Unique athletic lifestyle events taking place in cities such as Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco & Pittsburgh, were established to show that cannabis users are not lazy and unmotivated. The 420 games works hard to break down the stereotypes that were built up during the cannabis prohibition era. The Los Angeles 420 games are currently taking place this weekend at the Santa Monica Pier in California. Click the photos to learn more...

DAY 20: LOOPR: Denver, Colorado’s premiere mobile cannabis lounge. Hop from hotspot to hotspot aboard the ultimate cannabis green line. Loopr offers the opportunity to consume cannabis any way you choose (including the Vapexhale EVO) in an ultra-comfortable multimedia environment with curated music videos and laser light shows stimulating the senses. All the while taking riders to great establishments around the city that offer special discounts to LOOPR customers.

"Loopr brings responsible cannabis usage and party bus antics together to be the premier cannabis lounge in Denver. A one of a "kind" experience!" Says Hal Taback, owner & cofounder of Loopr. "Being a longtime consumer of cannabis was always a hindrance to touring and traveling. I missed some cool vacations because I didn't want to risk not being able to medicate. Loopr allows visitors to see all of Denver from museums to dispensaries without sacrificing the lifestyle. Loopr takes you from points A to C,B,D!" Hal states. Click the photos to learn more...