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.
Let’s talk Treatment
Children and cannabis don’t seem like an ideal pairing for many folks. I appreciate why. When individuals under the age of 25 consume cannabis it can affect memory and brain development, so just the very topic of children and cannabis can be a conflict. As a mother and cannabis entrepreneur, I have been transparent with my children about the industry I am in, the medicine I work with, and how consumption of that medicine before their developing brains are ready can affect their health. Cannabis has about as much excitement in our house as Benadryl.
Last week my daughters asked if they could attend the monthly Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association’s Market Trends in Marijuana panel. We were serving Unicorn Poop (a dessert ice cream truck) and they wanted the opportunity to see their mother leading from the podium. So, they came with nanny in tow- just in case things got out of hand. They enjoyed the Unicorn Poop ice cream, but what surprised even their own mother was just how interested they were in the conversation. Later that evening, as I tucked them into bed, they asked questions about branding and brand development, but were mostly moved by the stories of cancer patients using cannabis to conquer cancer.
As a parent it can be uncomfortable to have conversations about topics that make you uncomfortable. However, it is important to have those uncomfortable conversations in the safety of your own home. No matter how you feel about cannabis, communicating with your children about what cannabis is will help them to grow into adults who can make their own decisions about cannabis. Access resources like NORML and Leafly to have constructive conversations that educate your children.
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?