Category: Lifestyle

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.

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.

Camping Season Is Here, Stock Up on Grön Chocolate at Kind Leaf

I remember when I first moved to Oregon back in 2004, marveling at a map, back when people still used actual printed-on-paper maps, of Oregon, making the pledge that I would visit every state and national park in the beautiful Beaver State. I still have a ways to go, but I’ve been blessed with several epic camping trips. Of course, no camping trip is complete without a campfire and s’mores. And if you and your fellow campers are adults who enjoy cannabis, be sure to stock up with Grön Chocolate at Kind Leaf for an elevating adult treat.

As Bon Appetit noted, Grön has a variety of options and some CBD only treats for those that don’t partake in THC:

Grön Chocolates offers a selection of chocolate bars, bites, and bits available in CBD-dominant or 1:1 (THC:CBD) options. Their nine chocolate bars include a mix of offerings ranging from dark chocolate and sea salt to milk chocolate with peanut butter and pretzels, as well as bits and bites for those seeking a single serving treat. Also, they have a CBD only line consisting of chocolate bars, CBC skin care products, tinctures, and bite-size creations that can be sampled at their Portland based CBD Café, purchased from select grocery stores, or ordered online.

When you support Kind Leaf and Grön, you aren’t just getting great products, you are supporting small craft businesses. Both Kind Leaf and Grön are real-deal Oregon businesses that the cannabis community say that they want to support over big corporations. Now is your chance to put your money where your mouth is by putting delicious THC and/or CBD-infused chocolate in your mouth. It is a win-win-win. You can even order online via Leafly and utilize the curbside window. Enjoy!

It’s Official, Major League Baseball No Longer Considers Cannabis a “Drug of Abuse”

A few days ago, it was reported that Major League Baseball would stop punishing minor league ball players for cannabis use, treating cannabis like alcohol. It was expected that this change would reach the big leagues sooner than later, and it just took a couple of days as MLB has made the dramatic change official. This is a major step in the right direction as baseball is “as American as apple pie” and this move will impact the National Football League and other sports, further mainstreaming cannabis in our culture.

ESPN reports: 

Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.

Opioids are classified as a drug of abuse under the joint big league program, which began in late 2002 and until now has limited testing to performance-enhancing substances and banned stimulants.

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“It is our collective hope that this agreement will help raise public awareness on the risks and dangers of opioid medications,” deputy baseball commissioner Dan Halem said.

The opioid addiction and overdose epidemic is severely impacting families across the United States, and it is good to see baseball taking the issue seriously and making some common sense changes to its drug policy. The road towards achieving true equality for the cannabis community and implementing a sane drug policy is a long one, but it is great to celebrate victories like this today, wherever they occur in our societal landscape. Step by step, person by person, sports league by sports league, common sense is on the march!

LaRain Miller of Kind Leaf wins National Budtender Award

Las VegasThe first annual Budtender Awards took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. The Budtender Awards team developed 9 unique award categories referred to as the OG Awards.

Each category hosted five finalists. These five individuals were selected from over 700 international nominees! Finalists were announced August 30th on High Times’ 420 Live Instagram show.

These Award Winners were chosen by industry experts & members of the Budtender Awards team based upon a variety of factors such as votes earned, participation and social media blasts. The winners were announced at the Award Show on October 12th, 2019 at Light Nightclub.

LaRain Miller accepting her award from “Modest Jones” & “Wolfie”

LaRain Miller of Kind Leaf Pendleton won the first ever National Budtender Awards trophy for the “Dazed & Infused” category.

According to the Budtender Awards, “This Budtender is the Martha Stewart, or Emeril of Edibles. Their sophistication and superior knowledge ranging from infusing pastries & sweets to drinks to oils & butters, gives them the skills to recommend the perfect product for every user. Who knows, maybe they’ll be the next Michelin star cannabis Chef. “

BUDTENDER

| ˈbudˌtendər |

An award winning budtender is a person who recreates and redefines the public perception of someone who works in a dispensary or store where medical or recreational cannabis is sold. Helping provide a perspective that these knowledgeable individuals are not just “Drug Dealers.”

Cannabis Flower at Kind Leaf in Pendleton, Oregon

Increasingly, this subculture is evolving into a group of educated professionals who have developed their unique blend of personality, style, fashion, and most importantly, their recommendations to an constantly growing and changing variety of cannabis offerings. Budtenders are educators, advisors, sales professionals and often a trusted resource or friend to their customers.

Kind Leaf Budtender weighing out Cannabis for a customer

Without Budtenders, Cannabis brands do not succeed, the customers are left unaware of what makes each product and brand different from the one resting next to it on the shelf. Budtenders are one of the most important factors in public relations between communities, dispensaries and the cannabis industry as a whole.

The 2019 Budtender Awards honored these individuals, promoted their efforts and acknowledged their influence on the industry, and in the communities they serve.

Congratulations to LaRain Miller, Kind Leaf for bringing home an award, for yourself, your team, your community and Oregon!

#BeKind

Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588
http://www.kindleafpendleton.com

Kind Leaf Founder Selected to Judge Oregon High Times Cannabis Cup

High Times has announced that the world famous cannabis competition will be taking place in Portland, Oregon. This competition has been billed as “different” than Cannabis Cups of the past.

The Oregon High Times Cannabis Cup will be uniquely different than historical Cannabis Cups society has grown to love. Stepping away from the standard two or three-day festival, the Oregon Cannabis Cup will primarily focus on the fiery competition between licensed cannabis brands and farms in the state of Oregon, culminating in a one-day Awards Show – showcasing the beauty of Oregon skill and the craft produced within the state.

“The choice to have a smaller event was a conscious one. With the Oregon Cannabis Cup, High Times aims to celebrate the growers, processors, and businesses that make the Oregon cannabis scene great. High Times is excited to spotlight the hardworking people in the Beaver State and crown the best of the best in Oregon’s legal cannabis market.” High Times-

High Times Cannabis Cup Trophies

The event is slated to take place on Saturday October 26 in Portland’s North Warehouse, from 3pm to 6pm. The awards show takes place at 4:20pm. In the tradition of all High Times Cannabis Cups, there will be live music, vendors, and more. High Times has announced a select amount of VIP tickets are now available to purchase on CannabisCup.com!

Cannabis Cup judges have been selected by High Times staff from across the State of Oregon. Judges are deeply involved in the Cannabis industry, from Farmers, Processors, to Dispensary Owners and other Industry Professionals.

Kind Leaf in Pendleton, Oregon

Kind Leaf Pendleton founder, Brandon Krenzler (@Cannadad) has been chosen to participate in the competition as an esteemed judge. Kind Leaf houses Oregon’s largest selection of Cannabis products to choose from- providing a very expansive collection of quality and craft strains cultivated by Oregon’s best farms.

Stay tuned to find out which Oregon companies will win Oregon’s first High Times Cannabis Cup.

#BeKind

Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588

Kind Leaf Pendleton Offers Leafly Pickup

Kind Leaf Pendleton

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve and blossom, so too has convenience of choosing the best method of consumption for each individual. The selection of cannabis brands and products to complement a consumer’s lifestyle has also grown exponentially.

Oftentimes, however, this convenience of choice and the large selection as some dispensaries leads to long wait times at, especially when everyone has the local shop after work or stocking up leading into the weekend. These peaks rushes are particularly bothersome for locals who are shopping their favorite location, and know what they want.

Selecting, purchasing, and enjoying the flower or cannabis product you chose should be a convenient and rewarding process from start to finish. Fortunately, more dispensaries are offering the ability to build your order online and pick it up in-store from an updated menu. This means letting you bypass the line so you can get in and out quickly and on with your day.

Kind Leaf Pendleton has partnered with Leafly and now offers Leafly Pickup, a convenient new service where consumers and medical marijuana patients can reserve their order online for free in-store pickup.

Simply visit the Kind Leaf Leafly menu, fill your cart with the products you love and place your order. A staff member will notify you when your order is ready for pick up. Staff will notify if substitutions or modifications need to be made. Enjoy ordering from the largest menu in the state of Oregon.

Be sure to leave a review on Leafly when you’re all done to let us know how we did!

Kind Leaf.

-Order with Leafly Pickup Now-

Kind Leaf Budtenders Nominated for Awards

2019 Budtender Awards, Las Vegas, Nevada

LaRain Miller and Matt Brandhagen have moved on to the finalist stage of the 2019 Budtender Awards– hosted at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 11-12.

The Budtender Awards team created 9 Award categories which are referred to as the OG Awards. There are 5 finalists in each category. There were over 700 nominees! Finalists were announced August 30th on High Times’ 420 Live Instagram show.

Brandhagen, Resource Coordinator for Kind Leaf Pendleton has been nominated for the “Medallion Award.”

“I love working with cannabis because it provides so many options to help someone no matter what they may be dealing with. Customers come and put their faith in you to provide them with something to make their day better. When they come back to you happier than ever and they are thankful- That is what makes me happy.”
Matt Brandhagen
Kind Leaf Pendleton

Miller, Manager of Kind Leaf Pendleton has been nominated for the “Dazed and Infused award.”

“The joy I find in my job is out of this world. When I first started at Kind Leaf, I thought ‘Cool, I’m selling weed.’ As I started my journey I found this is more than just Weed, this is a plant that I can truly stand behind. From that moement on, I have just grown in the cannabis culture . Every day is something new, and my heart is filled with joy.”
LaRain Miller
Kind Leaf Pendleton

At Kind Leaf, our team feels honored that in total 5 Kind Leaf staff members were nominated for awards, and two made it to finals. This is such a cool moment for our shop and our community, as these two will be headed to Las Vegas this fall to represent Kind Leaf and Pendleton, Oregon!

#BeKind
Vote Today!

Vote here:  https://budtenderawards.com/nominate/

~Kind Leaf