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Enjoy Your Weekend Right with Great Deals from Kind Leaf

We live in stressful times. Too stressful. I could list off the numerous calamities facing all of us in 2020, but we’re all aware of such unpleasant things no need to rehash them all in every blog. However, there are still plenty of things to celebrate, including the immense beauty of Oregon and the lovely thing known as the weekend. If you are one of the lucky ones with weekends off, or even if you have to work on the weekends, you should venture into Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique to peruse the best selection around and to take advantage of some amazing deals.

You can still enjoy 15% off of cannabis flower including Sunset Sherbert, Strawberry Fields, Blue City Diesel, and White Sumo strains. If tasty edibles are what you seek, enjoy 15% off of Fully Baked Edibles and Wana Assorted Flavor Gummies, while enjoying 30% off of Blaze Single Dark Chocolate Blood Orange, Gron Fire Mega Pearl. Highland Provisions Live and Cured Resin Cartridges are 15% off as well. If extracts are your thing, enjoy 15% off of Decibel Farms Live Rosin and Wicked Kind Extracts or get a whopping 30% price reduction when purchasing Oregrown Ancient OG Caviar and Diamonds. Gud Gardens prerolls are 15% off while Shadowbox Farms Preroll 3-packs are a buck off right now.

As always, there is a 5% discount available for utilizing the pick-up window and discounts for veterans, seniors, and all Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients. Check out the entire amazing menu on Leafly and easily place an order online for pickup.

Whether You Watched the First Presidential Debate Or Not, You Deserve These Deals

It’s cliche to complain about 2020, but those complaint’s are simply true. We have lost too much and have been deprived of too much joy this year. It’s no wonder that Oregon cannabis sales have hit all-time highs, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Throw a contentious presidential election on top of everything else going on in the world, it is understandable that you will want to utilize cannabis for recreation or medicine during such stressful times. Fortunately, Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique has your cannabis flower and products covered, with some amazing deals to boot.

This week, enjoy 15% off of High Llama, Blue City Diesel, Coyote Koffee, and ICE flower and a whopping 30% off of Critical Mass. If edibles are your thing, then enjoy 15% off of Mr. Moxey’s Mints, Wana Blueberry Sativa, and 30% off of High 5 Elixir, Highland Provisions Gummies (Tropical & Citrus), Majik Cookie 2 packs. Winberry vape cartridges are 15% off this week while Happy Cabbage Rosin extracts are reduced 30%. Siskiyou Sungrown prerolls are 15% off as well or stock up on Yerba Buena Corazon and White Label Preroll Sled Dog .8 gram while they are 30% off.

Always check out Leafly for Kind Leaf’s menu and weekly deals and conveniently order online. There are discounts available for utilizing the pick-up window and for seniors, veterans, and Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients. While this year is a tough one for so many of us and this election season seems to be going on forever, you can always count on Kind Leaf for friendly, knowledgeable service and the best selection in Oregon.

Belushi Farm’s Captain Jack’s Carts Now at Kind Leaf

Captain Jack is an old-school cannabis cultivating legend. He has inspired comedians at Saturday Night Live, helping Dan Aykroyd provide the world with laughs with famous skits like the Coneheads. If you are in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon, you can find Captain Jack’s cartridges only at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Captain Jack himself had this to say on Instagram: “If you want to travel 🚲✈️⛵️🚗 to Pendleton Oregon you can get an early taste of my historic Gulzar Afghanica!!!”
Fellow cannabis legend Steve DeAngelo replied: “Go now if u can. If I was anywhere close to Kind Leaf in Pendleton I’d be blazing my way there at top velocity. Captain Jack is the real deal and I can’t wait to taste that Gulzar!”

Belushi Farms provides some background on the iconic guerilla grower:

Jack spent the summers of 1971 and ‘72 making trips to a remote village in the Northeast region of Afghanistan, outside of Mazar-i-Sharif, past the Hindu Kush mountain range. There, he slowly endeared himself to the village elders by working alongside them in the fields, growing and harvesting a magical plant called Gulzar Afghanica, or “Garden of Afghanica.”

By the close of the second summer, Jack had gained the respect of the elders and they honored him with a handkerchief full of special seeds, knowing he was spiritually connected to this precious varietal.

Captain Jack quickly set out to grow his own Gulzar Afghanica.

From Mashable:

DAN AYKROYD: Captain Jack brought that original strain from Afghanistan, and it kept you up, you know. You could fly an F-16 on it, or judge a murder trial. It was just beautiful, stimulating Indica that he brought back. Sometimes the hallways would smell, the very pungent smell of it. It was just what we needed to stay at it through 3, 4, 5 in the morning.Captain Jack brought that original strain from Afghanistan, and it kept you up, you know. You could fly an F-16 on it, or judge a murder trial. It was just beautiful, stimulating Indica that he brought back. Sometimes the hallways would smell, the very pungent smell of it. It was just what we needed to stay at it through 3, 4, 5 in the morning.

JIM BELUSHI: Those hallways were filled with it. That’s why they called it “the smell of SNL.” I mean, where do you think the Coneheads and stuff like that came from?

Come into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis dispensary and get inspired by the legendary Captain Jack, or from another product from the retailer with the best selection in Oregon. You can order online via Leafly and be sure to check out this week’s deals and remember discounts are available for OMMP patients, seniors, veterans, and just for utilizing Kind Leaf’s pick-up window. 

Snag Empower Oil at Kind Leaf for Your Aches and Pains

I love hiking, kayaking, and camping. My only regret is that I wish that I had taken up the activities earlier in life. Now that I’m into my 40s, I have some serious aches and pains after these activities, not to mention that I do the patented “old man groan” just about every time I stand up and have to make a comment about my trick knee or my lower back pain.

If you are like me, do yourself a favor and pick up some Empower Oil at Kind Leaf before and after your next outdoorsy adventure. Both Kind Leaf and Empower are locally owned businesses and are true Oregon cannabis success stories that should be celebrated by our cannabis community. It takes a lot to survive the over-regulated cannabis industry and compete against big corporations, but these two craft companies have done it.

The Fresh Toast featured Empower’s healing products and gave some insight into its founder and CEO, Trista Okel, who I happened to have the pleasure of meeting about 15 years ago, through Oregon activist circles:

Trista Okel came up with the acronym EMPOWER (End Marijuana Prohibition Organize Women Enact Reform) in 2004 while sitting in a DC jail. She joined a dozen other volunteers from Americans for Safe Access who sat in front of the office of then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. They came to the nation’s capital with the names of thousands of doctors who recommended medical cannabis for their patients. Despite this evidence, they were unable to talk with Thompson about why cannabis is still listed as a schedule 1 drug, a classification that means according to the Federal government, cannabis has no medicinal benefit whatsoever.

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Among the conditions where one can find relief by using this nontoxic herbal pain reliever include inflammation, skin trauma (psoriasis, eczema, acne, age spots), joint pain, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. This instructions for using oil are incredible simple. “Put it where it hurts. Rub it in. Repeat.” This oil has a pleasant aroma that helps elevate one’s mood and provides aromatherapy support. Regular application of this oil can alleviate the symptoms caused by these conditions without the side effects and chemical smell found in chemical based sports creams.

Also, Empower Oil works well in helping to heal muscle and joint pain due to an injury, as well as shortening the recovery time post-injury. By applying oil frequently at the beginning, the body absorbs the cannabinoids. So over time, users can reduce their need for cannabis oil, though one cannot use this topical too frequently. As the oil is applied to the skin, it does not enter the blood stream, and as such, those who use cannabis infused topicals will not test positive on a drug test.

I am so proud of Trista and wholeheartedly endorse her products and urge everyone that cares about small businesses to support Empower and Kind Leaf. It is extremely rewarding to be able to support good people doing good business, by picking up Empower products at Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, you are doing just that.

Scientists Discover Two New Cannabis Cannabinoids

There are many reasons why I love working in cannabis advocacy field, starting with keeping people from arrests, helping patients, and assisting small businesses create jobs and generate revenue. One aspect of cannabis that has brought me a lot of joy is the fact that you are continually learning new things about cannabis, even after studying the issue for a couple of decades or more. In fact, we are continually learning more and a potentially huge scientific development was just announced when researchers reported that they have discovered two brand new cannabinoids, as IFLScience reported:

At the turn of the new year, a team of Italian scientists announced the discovery of two new cannabinoids found in marijuana. Although exactly what the compounds do and how they affect the human body largely remain a mystery, the researchers say their findings add to our understanding of the “controversial plant” and highlights just how much remains to be discovered.

Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP) has roughly the same structure as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main compound in marijuana responsible for its psychoactive properties – but is reportedly 30 times more potent than the well-known compound. In a pharmacological test, THCP “induced hypomotility, analgesia, catalepsy and decreased rectal temperature,” suggesting it has a THC-like effect on the body. However, it is not yet clear whether THCP is psychoactive or if it produces the same “stoned” effects as THC, although it appears to be more active than THC at lower doses administered to mice.

The researchers also isolated and identified cannabidiphorol (CBDP), which is linked to CBD (an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, and “antagonist of THC negative effects”).

From the study, published at www.nature.com:

Up to now, almost 150 phytocannabinoids have been detected in cannabis plant7,41,42, though most of them have neither been isolated nor characterized. The well-known CBD and Δ9-THC have been extensively characterized and proved to possess interesting pharmacological profiles43,44,45,46,47, thus the attention towards the biological activity of their known homologs like CBDV and Δ9-THCV has recently grown as evidenced by the increasing number of publications per year appearing on Scopus. Other homologs like those belonging to the orcinoid series are scarcely investigated likely due to their very low amount in the plant that makes their isolation very challenging. In recent years, the agricultural genetics research has made great progresses on the selection of rare strains that produce high amounts of CBDV, CBG and Δ9-THCV48,49,50, thus it would not be surprising to see in the near future cannabis varieties rich in other minor phytocannabinoids. This genetic selection would enable the production of extracts rich in a specific phytocannabinoid with a characteristic pharmacological profile. For this reason, it is important to carry out a comprehensive chemical profiling of a medicinal cannabis variety and a thorough investigation of the pharmacological activity of minor and less known phytocannabinoids.

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Ongoing studies are devoted to the investigation of the pharmacological activity of CBDP and to expand that of Δ9-THCP. It is known that CBD binds with poor affinity to both CB1 and CB2 receptors55. Therefore, the evaluation of the cannabimimetic activity of CBDP does not appear to be a high priority, although science can hold great surprises. Our current work is rather focused on testing its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-epileptic activity, which are typical of CBD46.

It is exciting to know that scientists continue to unlock mysteries of the cannabis plant. We can only hope, and I certainly expect, that increased knowledge about the truth about cannabis will end the failed and harmful war on cannabis that has been waged against the cannabis community for far too long. Thank you, scientists, keep on discovering and we’ll keep on sharing the truth person by person, until we are equal and free.

Oregon Bans Vitamin E Acetate From Cannabis Vape Cartridges

Last week I wrote a couple of blogs about cannabis vape cartridges, including whether Oregon should follow Michigan’s lead and ban vitamin E acetate from the market after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) named the substance as the most likely culprit behind over 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses nationwide. On Friday, state regulators announced the ban on the ingredient. OPB reported on the decision by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission:

Based on the CDC’s findings, the OLCC has determined that vitamin E acetate is an “adulterant,” or an ingredient which is “foreign, inferior, poisonous or deleterious.”

This action by the commission supports the public health finding. The ingredient would still be allowed in non-inhaled products such as lotions and edibles.

“We’re making it clear that to protect consumer health we will vigorously scrutinize what goes into marijuana products sold in Oregon’s legal marketplace,” Steve Marks, OLCC executive director, said in a news release. “The commission is taking steps with our regulatory partners to put in place additional consumer safeguards.”

Erin Purchase, Director of Operations of Kind Leaf and a member of Oregon’s new formed Vaping Public Health Workgroup, stated, “I am happy to see that the OLCC has taken the first steps in ensuring consumer safety by banning Vitamin E Acetate. I hope that our state regulators take additional steps by requiring additives to be labeled on the packages. Perhaps with further studies and clarifications the importance of transparent labeling will be revealed.”

Personally, I applaud this decision of the OLCC and am proud of Kind Leaf and other good actors in the Oregon market that have been proactive and are working towards more safety precautions and labeling transparency. The ability to adapt to new information with new industry norms and regulations is just one of the examples why legalization is a much better policy than prohibition. It’s possible that the cannabis industry will need to adapt again as the CDC continues to study the vaping issue to determine if any other factors besides vitamin E acetate are involved, as The Washington Post reports:

Investigators are also trying to find out what other toxins might be flowing into people’s lungs as they vape. Federal health officials have said the outbreak may have more than one cause.

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“We’ll be looking to see if we get anything unusual,” (the CDC’s Jim) Pirkle said. Most of the sick patients vaped multiple products, including those containing THC. “It could be that only one of the products causes disease and the others did not. But we don’t know which one, so we still have to analyze all of them.”

 

Scientists hope to have “a good chunk” of results within about six weeks, he said.

Stay tuned as we keep you posted on the latest science, regulations, and industry decisions impacting consumer safety. Here is the OLCC’s full announcement on the banning of vitamin E acetate from cannabis vape cartridges:

November 22, 2019

OLCC Affirms Authority to Prohibit Marijuana Adulterants

Ban Vitamin E Acetate from Marijuana Vaping Products

Portland, OR —  At its monthly meeting on November 21, 2019, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission affirmed the OLCC’s existing authority to ban adulterants, such as Vitamin E acetate, from inclusion in marijuana products.  The Commission also approved eight marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Public health investigators with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified Vitamin E acetate as a potential culprit in the national vaping respiratory illness outbreak.  Forty-two people, including two in Oregon, have died from the illness.  More than 2,100 individuals have been afflicted with the lung injury, including 18 Oregonians.

Previously the OLCC had not expressly allowed or banned Vitamin E acetate from being mixed into marijuana vaping products.  Ingredients for marijuana products are already screened as part of the OLCC’s packaging and labeling pre-approval process.  The Commission’s action supports both the public health finding and the agency’s ability to ban Vitamin E acetate.

“We’re making it clear that to protect consumer health we will vigorously scrutinize what goes into marijuana products sold in Oregon’s legal marketplace,” said Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director.  “The Commission is taking steps with our regulatory partners to put in place additional consumer safeguards.  Just this week we discussed with the legislature establishing a state-run reference lab so that regulators can test marijuana products in an effort to better protect consumers.”

Under Oregon law, the OLCC can prohibit recreational marijuana licensees from selling a marijuana item that contains “injurious or adulterated” ingredients. See ORS 475B.232(2) for reference.

Under existing OLCC administrative rules “adulterated” is defined to mean in part “a foreign, inferior, poisonous or deleterious ingredient or substance that renders the marijuana item injurious to health.  See OAR 845-025-1015(2) for reference.  Based upon the CDC finding, the OLCC has determined that Vitamin E acetate is an adulterant.

Vitamin E acetate may continue to be included in non-inhaled marijuana products, such as lotions and edibles, so long as its introduction into those products meets all other OLCC requirements.

Kind Leaf Wins LeafLink’s Best Purchase Variety Award

LeafLink today released its second-annual LeafLink List, honoring the standout cannabis brands, products, and retailers on its business-to-business (b2b) e-commerce marketplace, which processes over $1.4 billion per year in wholesale cannabis orders. Kind Leaf Pendleton, Eastern Oregon’s favorite craft boutique, was announced as the winner in the “Best Purchase Variety” category.

Best Purchase Variety highlighted retailers who purchased the greatest variety of unique products available compared to total products purchased in the state. Kind Leaf, with the largest cannabis selection in the great state of Oregon, is now getting national attention for the variety of high-quality products on its shelves. This award follows on the heels of two Kind Leaf budtenders nominated for awards at the 2019 Budtender Awards, with LaRain Miller taking home the Dazed and Infused Award for her knowledge of edibles and terpenes.

LeafLink, which is live in 24 territories across North America, created LeafLink List by analyzing wholesale cannabis orders between over 1,300 industry brands and more than 4,000 retailers from January 1st, 2019 to September 30th, 2019.

We’re excited to continue the tradition of recognizing some of the incredible brands and retailers who are a part of the LeafLink community,” said Ryan G. Smith, LeafLink CEO & Co-Founder. “LeafLink List is not only a celebration of amazing cannabis businesses, but also of the ways in which they are helping push the industry forward as a whole.

“We are so pleased to win LeafLink’s Best Purchase Variety Award because we pride ourselves on meeting the demands and needs of patients and consumers. We understand the variety of preferences and price points that our community deserves,” stated Brandon Krenzler, Kind Leaf’s CEO and Founder. “This acknowledgement only further motivates us to be the best craft cannabis boutique retailer that we can possibly be.”

Adults over the age of 21 can visit Kind Leaf and see the best selection in the state of Oregon, and possibly in the entire United States, at 1733 SW Court Ave, in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon. Check out Leafly for daily deals and remember that patients always receive an additional 15% off.

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Spread the Word: Medical Marijuana Patients Get an Additional 15% Off at Kind Leaf

When searching for local cannabis retailers to support, I love to find mom-and-pops and locally-owned stores like Kind Leaf in Pendleton. When you find that the retail outlet also supports medical cannabis patients, then that is an amazing bonus. If you know of any medical marijuana patient anywhere close to Pendleton, Oregon, you should definitely direct them to Kind Leaf, where they will receive an additional 15% off all cannabis products.

Sales Ending Today (November 14th, hurry, Kind Leaf is open until 10pm)

Dab Society Mac Dragon & Hash Fruit Live Resin Sale

Take an extra 30% off Dab Society Hash Fruit & Mac Dragon Live Resin while supplies last! Limit 5 Grams Per Customer

Shadow Box 3 Pack Preroll Sale

WOW! Shadow Box Pink Cooks & Night Walker 3 packs of prerolls are now 30% off! Limit 28 Grams Per Customer

Magic Drop Sale

Take 20% off Magic Drops today! Limit 16 OZ Per Customer

Willamette Valley Alchemy Sah-Moas & The Bizz Sale

Take an extra 25% off WVA Sah-Moas & The Bizz shatter while supplies last! Limit 5 Grams Per Customer

Mule Sugar Blow Out Sale
Take 40% off Mule Infused sugar!
24K Sale!
Take 25% off 24K! A relaxing indica hybrid that’s sure to rock you to sleep. $27 an eighth
Sales Ending on November 17th 
Cookies & Kind Leaf Apparel Sale!
We have a huge selection of Cookies apparel now 30% off and Kind Leaf apparel at 40% off! Hoodies galore! Just in time for the holiday gift season! Hurry, supplies won’t last long!
Vitonic Infused Drink Sale

Take $3.50 off Vitonic Infused drinks all week long! (Limit 16 OZ Per Customer)

With Thanksgiving around the corner and upcoming holiday parties and shopping coming before you know it, stock up this Holiday season at Kind Leaf, an Oregonian-owned mom-and-pop shop that helps its local economy and community. Shop local and #BeKind, good people.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Tours Grön Cannabis Confections

The Oregon cannabis industry has created thousands of jobs and generated millions of dollars for the state, including more than $100 million brought in from tax revenue last year alone. Great progress has been made, but much more still needs to be done, so it was great to see Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tour Grön Cannabis Confections, an Oregon-based company that makes both THC and CBD infused chocolates. (Kind Leaf carries Grön, so come on in and get your holiday season started right.)

From the great reporting over at Marijuana Moment:

The senator has long championed both the marijuana and hemp markets and has continued to advocate for regulations that promote growth in those sectors. For example, prior to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) release of an interim final rule for hemp last week, he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote a letter to the department urging them to expeditiously implement regulations.

When it comes to firms like Grön, “what we have are companies that want to use hemp as a supplement or additive,” Wyden told Portland Business Journal, referring to the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop regulations for hemp-derived CBD to be used in supplements and food products.

“Mitch McConnell and I have been trying to get the FDA to speed up its timetable. They originally wrote five years or something,” he said. “We need the federal government with respect to the kind of companies that I’ve just been at, to lay out an official policy of enforcement discretion.”

While it is relative, I and other Oregon political activists may quibble a bit in stating that Senator Wyden “has long championed both the marijuana and hemp markets,” he has certainly come around to the right side of history and has become a strong leader for important federal reforms. Wyden has joined his fellow Oregonian in leading the bipartisan effort to allow cannabis businesses access to banking services.

We all need to do our part in helping the cannabis industry succeed, including shopping at local mom and pops. Ensuring that we elect officials that genuinely care about our growing industry and are working to implement important reforms is a crucial element in ensuring that cannabis entrepreneurs, including mom-and-pop shops like Kind Leaf, can survive and thrive in this competitive market.

Support Small Cannabis Businesses this Holiday Season

It is that time of the year to start thinking about holiday shopping, whether it is purchasing presents or preparing for holiday gatherings. Yes, it may be easy to purchase things off of Amazon*, but I urge everyone, including myself, to consider supporting local small businesses as much as possible. In fact, let’s always do our best to support our local communities with our hard-earned dollars year-round, and that goes for the Oregon cannabis community as well. Let’s support remaining mom-and-pop shops like Kind Leaf. By supporting businesses like Kind Leaf, and encouraging friends and families to do the same, you are an economic stimulus for your own local community.

Unfortunately, cannabis legalization has proven to be extremely tough on small businesses. Truthfully, no matter what, the cannabis industry will continue to be difficult for mom-and-pops forever, just as it is in virtually every industry, but the situation is exacerbated by federal prohibition which hinders the ability to access financial services or make a living wage by forcing an exorbitant tax on marijuana retailers. While we must continue to do our part by supporting elected officials that fight for common sense federal reforms, we can have an immediate impact on the lives of Oregonians by ensuring that we support Oregonian-owned retail stores.

Mom-and-pops like Kind Leaf can thrive, as Kind Leaf is proof of that, providing the largest selection of cannabis products in the state, but they need our support. Let’s financially help locally-owned shops instead of sending profits out of state, or out of the country. Oftentimes, these big, corporate interests are fighting for policies that hurt smaller businesses and the freedom of the cannabis community. We’ve seen well-financed companies push their own agenda in Oregon, and in other states, big business interests have even lobbied to prohibit home cultivation. Let’s have the holiday shopping season serve as a reminder to help out our Oregon mom-and-pops, but we should also make it a resolution to support our local community shops year-round.

Sock It to Me Kind Leaf
Kind Leaf has more than just cannabis! Just in time for winter – Portland, Oregon based Sock it to Me socks are in! We have a wide variety of designs to choose from- accent any outfit your heart desires

 

*I am as guilty as anyone about using Amazon, so I just deleted my Amazon Prime account in hopes of practicing what I’m preaching.