On the second Thursday of every month our team proudly hosts the Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association’s Market Trends in Marijuana to educate, inspire, and connect our community. February’s Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association’s (LVMMA) monthly mixer was all about ‘Loving Your Cannabis Community.’ The fun filled night was held at our North Las Vegas headquarters. Normally, our LVMMA events take place at Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah, and serve as an educational evening; including an expert panel and a Q&A portion. However, this month we decided to focus on the people and not the products incorporated in the cannabis community.
This week, I embarked on one of the most exciting journeys thus far – diving head-first into a brand new opportunity of a lifetime. I was acquainted with Krista Whitley and her blessing of unicorns through a dear collegiate friend and magic happened. The glitter-bomb within me was ignited, and I finally found my home.
Monday, I was introduced to my coworkers: an exciting team of inspired, enthusiastic individuals all with the collective ideals of spreading positivity, love, and self-improvement. From the moment that I walked in through the doorway, every fiber of my being felt like I belonged. Not only did I intrinsically feel that way, but my environment facilitated it. I was met with a smile and chipper attitude from every member of my team. Each person I interacted with had genuine support for me, it almost felt unreal.
In previous jobs, I have always felt some sort of unsettling feeling to some degree. Surprisingly, although my previous amount of experience in the field of marketing has been limited, I felt the most comfortable and invigorated compared to past places of employment. I sensed that my creative team wanted me to succeed, knowing my success is all of our success. It was made very evident to me from the start that this is a place for me to become the best version of myself that I can be.
Within the first week, I learned skills and was able to apply concepts I have never tried. I participated in my first professional networking event in the cannabis community. I was able to partake in an advertisement campaign. I avidly read books that involved business – something I never thought I would do in my free time. I am growing. SocialMediaUnicorn is growing. Now, we want to facilitate YOUR growth… come ride the rainbow.
The Social Media Unicorns sat down with Whoopi Goldberg for lunch at Echo & Rig to celebrate the star’s 62nd birthday, talk cannabis, and why she loves the fabulous city of Las Vegas. And boy, was it magical!
The lunch kicked off with our very own CEO, Krista Whitley interviewing The View personality, Whoopi, who got candid about the cannabis industry.
Whoopi founded Whoopi and Maya, a medical cannabis brand that focuses on relieving the pain associated with menstrual cramps, which is pretty boss. She spoke about the need for this kind of medicine, as well as how half of the world’s population can benefit from it (and even more because she has re-branded the same product for men, too!).
She also dropped some knowledge on the group of cannabis industry professionals in the room, by reminding them that they should have patience when explaining the advantages of cannabis. Often times, naysayers simply do not understand and are from a time when cannabis was deemed bad.
The superstar also recanted stories about her time in the neon-lit city of Las Vegas and remarked how the city has always been good to her. She was later surprised with a gorgeous (uninfused!) cake made by the edibles company Glacé, as the crowd sang and presented her with another surprise! Unicorn Polly Weinstein, gifted Whoopi a gold-plated pot leaf necklace that was custom-made just for her.
“I AM 62 YEARS OLD TODAY!” screamed Whoopi, “You have to celebrate every birthday for your loved ones who didn’t get the chance to!”
Whoopi posed for pictures with excited industry fans while laughing and joking with lunch guests as if they were all old friends. She was incredibly gracious while answering questions and enjoying her time at lunch before heading out to perform later that evening.
Are you curious about where your weed comes from? Who is growing this cannabis? What is their experience cultivating my medicine from seed? It has always intrigued me, but it never occurred to me to talk to my master grower father until I got into the cannabis industry. My dad, Duane Cattanach, owns Eagle Green Farm, a Southern Oregon craft cannabis grow. I had way too many questions to include in this post, but here are some of the questions I asked my dad!
What is growing cannabis like?
A lot of work! A serious challenge, constant changes.
Why is it hard to grow weed?
Nature controls the rules and keeping up with the state’s regulations is hard. You can’t control nature and regulations are constantly changing.
Soil vs. Hydroponics— what do you think is better?
Soil! It’s natural! I don’t use any chemicals to make it do what it does naturally, but I have never grown in hydroponics, I am a sun and soil kind of guy. I try and keep it as simple as I can.
What are the greatest challenges of an outdoor grow?
The weather constantly changing. Hot, rainy, plants get cold in the ground and sometimes their growth is stunted. Sometimes you have to start over if they are stunted too bad. Temperature is a big challenge, but it’s a double edged sword because it is a great climate for weed, yet you cannot control it.
How do you avoid pests/mold outdoors?
We use all natural products. Right now we are using an oil that combines cinnamon, thyme, and a couple other natural oils.
I thought that you could use some chemicals on weed and it won’t affect when you smoke it?
What’s your advice to consumer’s buying weed?
Use it in proper proportions, abuse with any substance is not good. Too much of anything is not good. I think the concentrates are way too over the top.
Thank you to Eagle Green Farm and my father for letting me take my Unicorn friend Blessings for a photo shoot and showing me your amazing plants! CANNOT WAIT FOR CROPTOBER!
Let’s start with a little background.
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1. My bong was never dirty!
2. It’s super convenient
3. You can choose your own adventure in terms of oil
As I get older and grow further as a cannabis professional I find myself cringing at words like “pothead” or “burnout” because it paints this picture of lazy good for nothings smoking copious amounts of bong bowls on their couch. Being a “stoner” is about more than just being a cannabis consumer it’s about integrating cannabis into your routine as a way of bettering your overall quality of life.
In over 4 years of interacting with patients and consumers I find a majority of toking enthusiasts would describe themselves as a “functional stoner” because simply put cannabis allows them to function better. That could mean cannabis facilitates the anxiety relief they need to get through a challenging presentation. It could mean treating their chronic headaches that used to keep them bedridden they’re now able to go about the tasks they need to accomplish. Not only do I find most herb lovers use cannabis to alleviate symptoms but also to fuel their ambitious goals in life. I’ve met teachers, doctors, lawyers, former police officers, social workers, CEOs, professional athletes – the list could go on endlessly because my point is the “functional stoners” are all around us.
The “stoner” usually has a full-time job, engages with their family, and strives to educate on cannabis rather than to proselytize. Sure, on the other end of the spectrum you might have an overindulgent consumer that isn’t productive aka the “pothead”. It’s a critical time be a “stoner” and not a “pothead” because this will be the image of cannabis future generations will be exposed to.
5 Ways Cannabis Changed My Life
1. Cannabis improved my grades.
It was never my intention to get high before doing homework. But one day I forgot to do a discussion post and had already indulged in my nightly toke, so I had to write it high since it was due that hour. It was the first discussion post that scored 100%! I thought this could not be a coincidence. Cannabis got me an A! I realized it was not hard to do my homework high, it was actually easier! It killed my writing anxiety and replaced it with curiosity and enjoyment. I stopped procrastinating. If I was high, I was working on something. Cannabis inspired me to figure out what I could achieve.
2. Cannabis made me more creative in school and at home.
I became interested in classes I never thought I would like before. Philosophy class was truly inspiring. I never liked English, but somehow I enjoyed reading and writing about the often lame required subject. I found that I wanted to express myself with art, something I had not liked since elementary school. Cannabis enabled me to fill my room with hand painted canvases.
3. Cannabis helps me connect with myself and others.
I’ve never wanted to spend more time with myself than when I started smoking cannabis. When I started spending more time with myself, I found it easier to be around others as well. I have more patience and more understanding for people. Cannabis helps me honor my time with myself and with others. It slows time down and makes me appreciate the time we have here.
4. Cannabis makes boring life chores fun.
No one likes washing the dishes or doing laundry, but I smoke and enjoy myself while doing all my chores. It makes me curious like a kid again. Cannabis keeps me present and helps me focus. I am more productive at home and cannabis gives me the desire to live life more efficiently.
5. Cannabis gave me a career.
I studied psychology and social work in college so I knew I always wanted to help people. Cannabis became a passion of mine throughout college, but I never thought I would make a career of it. After I graduated University and I found out a lot of jobs drug test their potential employees. I would never pass a drug test and I refused to give up my cannabis. Soon I was exclusively applying to jobs in the cannabis industry. Getting involved in the industry has inspired me tremendously, I never thought I would love working so much. I work with cannabis brands and talk about cannabis all day. It is a dream come true that I get to help connect people with cannabis daily.
I believe everyone is a patient of the earth and this is our medicine. Cannabis changed my life, has it changed yours?