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Organically grown grass + goods in Olympia, WA

Happy 4/20!

Happy 4/20 Ravens!

To celebrate this year, we threw together an old favorite with a dope twist. Take a look below for our super easy, super shareable, cannabis-infused puppy chow!

**Listen, I know half of you are shaking your head and insisting these are called “muddy buddies”. I hear you, and I respect you, but you are wrong. #teampuppychow

 

Happy Holidaze! xo

MAGIC Puppy Chow

  • cups Chex type cereal (we used Barbara’s )
  • cup chocolate chips — shake it up here, dark chocolate is tops
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Magic — you can add more here to accommodate the number of 10mg THC servings you would like to fit in for the group.
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 1  1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter is a microwavable-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments until you can stir the mixture to a smooth consistency. You can also do this over low heat on a stovetop, just be sure to stir consistently so your chocolate doesn’t burn!
  2. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and salt.
  3. Add the cereal to your peanut butter/chocolate mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
  4. Pour into a 2-gallon, resealable plastic bag (or a paper bag, if you’re old school midwest like that) and add the powdered sugar. Shake until well coated. Spread onto a lined baking sheet (or onto plates, or just back into the bowl. It’s 4/20, be chill about it) and allow to cool.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. J/K! There won’t be any left to store, who are you kidding?

Pure Cannabis Concentrate gets a fresh new look

Surprise! More newness hits this week with the launch of our streamlined new look for Pure Cannabis Concentrate. The superfluous packaging components have been trimmed down to a sleek single strain card, but we’ve included more information than ever. In addition to our cannabinoid potency and terpene profiles, you’ll now find a brief description of what you can expect from your strain or blend experience. We want to make your time in the shops productive and informative, and we hope this helps do just that! Plus, they sure do make pretty gifts…

What do you think of the new look? Let us know, we love to hear from you!PCC NEW 03-02

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NEW Raven Glass for your Raven Grass

More fresh drops this week, with brand-new packaging hitting the shelves at The Novel Tree (Bellevue) and Sativa Sisters (Spokane Valley)!

We’ve heard your feedback on love for glass loud and clear, and are proud to introduce the glass jars in our signature sea-glass-green to hold our 1/8th oz and 1/4 oz quantities. Jars, lids, and labels are all proudly made in the USA.

They are beautiful to give as gifts, or to accent you own space, and we hope you find ways to incorporate them into your lives long after the grass is gone 

Welcome Frida

Meet Frida. She’s our brand new, Raven-bred cross of our powerful CBD strain ACDC + DJ Short’s indica-hybrid Whitaker Blues. She’s got the dense, sticky-sweet juicy bud structure of her indica lineage, but with over 12% CBD to boot.

She’s a complex and enchanting strain that provides relief for mind and body while fueling inspiration, sensuality, appetite, and meditation. She’s named in celebration of one of our heroes, known to some as The Heroine of Pain, as a reminder to continue to reach for the magic, the beauty, the strength, and the love in life.

We reached out to incredible and inspiring graphic artist and creator Meghan Murphy to create the new strain imagery, and are so proud to display her powerful vision of Frida’s strength and spirit 

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First Annual Raven Employees Only Coloring Contest!

Whew, that’s a mouthful. In between tending to our sweet green ladies, harvesting organic buds, and putting together packages of all of our goodies, our team has been busy this past week competing in our in-house coloring contest!

The idea of adults diving back into coloring as a hobby of choice has been gaining quite a bit of traction lately, with studies pointing to its help in relieving stress and anxiety. After talking with a friend in NYC who had just wrapped an adult coloring book project of his own, appropriately titled The Stoner’s Coloring Book, I started thinking about how we could incorporate all of these coloring-produced good vibes into Raven. Sure, I wanted to get my hands on some of those groovy images to splash some color on, but I wanted our team to reap the benefits as well! Thus was born The First Annual Raven Employees Only Coloring Contest. After obtaining a hot-off-the-presses copy, we set to work.

The rules were pretty simple, and that was that there really weren’t any formal rules. Any medium, any format, any alteration of your chosen image was allowed. Err, I should clarify. No one actually got to choose their images. Each employee was tasked with choosing a picture from the coloring book to assign to one of their team mates. They were given till the end of the work week to complete them, when the entries would then be photographed and sent to a panel of mystery judges across the country.

Our esteemed judges weighed in, each voted for their top three favorites, and decided on a winner. Who’s the lucky entry, and what did they win? Well, our team doesn’t find out until next Friday, so we don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone on here! Check back in next week for the results, but in the meantime, check out these amazing entries and let us know which are your favorites!

Interested in learning more about the cool effects coloring can have on you? Check out some of the articles below:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/big-in-france/386249/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/health/adult-coloring-books-popularity-mental-health/

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Tahini Date Shake x Coconut Magic = Tahini Date M A G I C

If you haven’t yet tried the wonder that is a tahini date shake, you are in for a treat (literally). Add in some cannabis-infused Coconut Magic to the mix? Beyond amazing.

Tahini has been getting called out as “the new kale!” everywhere from Epicurious to The New York Times, and with good reason. The nutrient dense sesame seed paste lends its creamy depth to both sweet and savory dishes alike. Tahini has been much loved throughout the Middle East, Israel, Greece, Turkey, the Balkans, and into eastern Europe. Never tried it? Now’s your chance! If you’re still wary, sub almond butter in this smoothie, and start with Danielle Oron’s Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies first. But, let me just say, you’ll be missing out.

You guys already know all of the amazing things Coconut Magic offers, but adding it to a raw nutritious smoothie is really upping the game. Here’s a little reminder of just how groovy coconut oil can be from The Chalkboard:

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT: Classified as a “functional food,” coconut oil provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil contains anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, making it excellent for immune system stimulation. It can help our body’s defense against both viruses and bacteria, as well as yeast, fungus and Candida. Coconut oil also has the ability to affect hormones, and has also been shown to stimulate the thyroid while balancing blood sugar. As a result, it increases metabolism – meaning the simple act of increasing your dietary fat intake via coconut oil can help you to reach your weight goals.

We like making ours with either Jack Herer Coconut Magic for an energy boosting wide-eyed day brightener, or CBD Blend Coconut Magic for a therapeutic, relaxing, rejuvenating dessert. Read on for the recipe!

 

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[serves 1]

  • 1 T Coconut Magic
  • 1 frozen banana (sliced)
  • 1/4 c. tahini (or more, to taste)
  • 1-2 dates, pitted
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • 1 c. coconut water (hemp milk is also brilliant here)
  • big pinch vanilla powder
  • regular pinch cinnamon

Throw this all in your blender with 2 ice cubes, blend till uniform, and enjoy! Top with more cinnamon or vanilla powder as desired.

A 4/20 Gift from us to you!

Hi team! It’s been awhile since we posted, and we hope you all have been doing well and enjoying this beautiful spring we’ve been having. We wanted to be sure to let you know about a couple of 4/20 specials we’ll be running this year, as well as gift you with a rad little 4/20 activity from us to you.

First off, we’ll be offering lower pricing on all of our Raven Grass, all month long! For all retailers ordering this month, all sizes are right around 30% off our typical pricing. Be sure to check in with your favorite shop to see if they’ve taken advantage. As of today, Dockside Shoreline, Sativa Sisters, Green Lady, and NEW Green Lady West all have their lower-priced deliveries in, and The Novel Tree will have theirs by the end of this week! Also be sure to check out The Green Lady for some incredible 4/20 month pricing on 2 grams of Amnesia Haze.

Amnesia Haze is a new strain from us, and you may not see her again! She’s a 13-week (very long) flowering super sativa. Think Laughing Buddha, but even more cerebrally stimulating. I call her our beatnik bud, for the heady, vibratory buzz that makes you feel like you’re riding shotgun with Sal Paradise and rap rap rapping through life’s rambles and rolls. We created a special edition artwork for her label, one that really reflects her far out vibes, and we hope you dig it!

Which brings us to… your freebie! We’ve attached the full, Amnesia Haze-inspired original artwork for your download. Those adult coloring books we’ve all seen are no joke, they’re a way fun 420 activity, and we hope you enjoy blasting this far out scene with colors as much as we’re going to! Just right click the image to open in a new window, and print till your heart is content. Be sure to set your paper to landscape to maximize the print area! 

 

XO

Raven

What We Talk about When We Talk about “Top Shelf” Cannabis, PART ONE

Terms like “Top Shelf” get thrown around quite a bit in the cannabis world, and we thought it was about time we talked about the fact that every brand and every retail shop has their own meaning for those qualifiers. We think it’s important that you, as a cannabis consumer, understand that and are able to form your own set of priorities when it comes to the products your purchase, rather than letting the shop or the grower do so for you.

Is high THC your jam?

Rare or hard to grow cultivations?

Pesticide-free herb?

Not sure at all, and would like a little guidance? We feel you. We decided the best way to tackle this conversation would be to lay out a few common quality-based categories and let you know where we stand on them. Whether or not you share our priorities, we figured this would be a great starting point for our customers, and recreational cannabis customers as a whole, to start thinking about what really goes into the products they choose. So with that, let’s dive in!

We decided to start with everyone’s favorite hot topic, TESTING RESULTS

Whether your priority is a THC content inching close to 30%, a healthy dose of CBD, or a specific terpene you keep an eye out for, we all look at testing results as a mark of quality. How can we not? With state mandated numbers clearly marked on each package, it’s often the easiest way to compare Option A with Option B. When we talk about testing results, even though they are coming from state-licensed laboratories, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Those results are only truly, honestly, 100% indicative of the sample that was sent to the lab. For most growers, sending a sample means submitting a pretty damn good looking bud, and hoping for the best. While we all like to think that we only produce THE BEST buds in every harvest, the truth is that quality and potency vary from bud to bud, from plant to plant, even within the same harvest of the same strain. Is that variance a lot? We can’t be entirely sure, though we’ve read that the variance for THC percentage can be as much as 12% between a bud harvested from the top of the plant versus the bottom. These are natural, living plants we’re talking about after all! When you’re looking at numbers, keep in mind that you’re looking at the results given to one very small sampling from up to 5 pounds of product.

  2. You know how I said above that “for most growers” getting good results means submitting a good looking sample and hoping it reflects good results? Well, while that’s true for most growers, please be aware that there are others that are altering these samples before sending them. Whether that means rolling them in kief to boost potency, or something similar, customers do need to know that this is real and it is happening. While it’s easily reduced to heresay and gossip, we’ve had these practices confirmed by multiple testing labs we’ve worked with, and we take their existence very seriously. We’re not broadcasting this to convince you to buy Raven, but as a broader encouragement to talk to your retailer about the brands you buy. Ask questions of your shops in order to build trust in their decisions regarding which brands they carry.

  3. Speaking of testing labs, did you know that the same sample, ground up and sent to three different labs can bring you three different sets of results? It’s very true. Some of the variance stems from honest differences in their approach to testing standards and practices based on the guidelines put forth by the state. Then, there is the talk of the dishonest differences. It’s pretty widely known within the growing community that testing with certain labs will gain you higher potency numbers. Are we going to come out and accuse certain labs of falsely inflating test results? No, there are plenty of people pointing those fingers already, and we’re sure there will be more public conversations to come. What we want you to understand is that honest or not, there are discrepancies in testing results from lab to lab. If numbers are truly important to you, especially THC content, then get to know your labs. Each shop is required to provide you with testing information for the strains they carry. If high numbers are your thing, do a bit of research online and be sure that the labs that are providing those high results are reporting low-testing numbers as well.

  4. We love terpenes. We love learning about them and we love sharing that information with you all. We’ve been having our product tested for terpene content since our first harvest and reporting those results to you. We believe that those results are really helpful when it comes to choosing a strain that’s right for you, once you learn how the various terpenes effect your experience. Certain terpenes are known to enhance (Myrcene) or calm (β-Caryophyllene) the psychoactive effects of THC, and will most certainly effect your experience! We’ve learned as we’ve tried various testing labs in the state that terpene information is not a priority for many growers, and thus not a priority for many labs. While there are quite a few that claim to test for them, we have gotten some INSANE results from labs who aren’t as up to date on their terpene testing procedures. Lesson learned, if those terpene numbers look crazy (like, above 10% total terpenes for flower), they are likely not accurate.

Though we may sound like Fox Mulder with his “trust no one” refrain, we’re actually encouraging you to do the opposite.

Get to know your bud-tenders, and help them know what’s important to you when it comes to your cannabis experience. High THC numbers don’t necessarily mean a more intense experience, which may seem counterintuitive, but bear with us. There are numerous cannabinoids and terpenes that make up the chemical constituents of each cannabis strain, and all of those in combination is what produces the effect when their consumed. This “entourage effect” will effect everyone’s body chemistry differently. When we do strain testing internally, we’ve found that members of the team will have incredibly different responses to the same strains.

Speak to your bud-tenders and find someone who shares your strain preferences to align you with someone who has a similar reaction to your own. If you don’t have a lot of previous cannabis experience, just explain what you would like your experience to be like (social, creative, relaxing, insomnia aid, etc) and start trying!

We hope this proves helpful in your strain selection experience. If you’re interested in learning more about the diverse effects cannabinoids and terpenes have on the body, check out The Leaf Online’s excellent terpene and cannabinoid profile series. We’ll cover them later on the blog as well. Next week, we’re tackling more top shelf issues– what it really means to both grow pesticide free cannabis and to smoke it.

XO

One, Two, Three New Retailers!

Happy Friday, Ravens!

We’re thrilled to announce THREE new locations for you to find our Raven Grass + Goods! Add these to your bookmarks for your new favorite neighborhood haunt or roadtrip stop, and let us know what you think.

Each shop has gone out of their way to embrace our passion for not only excellent product, but also integrity and responsibility in the way we choose to operate our business. We’d love to use this little blog post as a way to give them a deserving round of applause for caring about more than just their bottom line at the end of the day.

Good Vibes all around!

 

C & C SHOP-01We’re super stoked to partner with C&C Shop as they strive to bring more to the Bellingham market than just high-volume low-priced merchandise! They’re out to show that Bellingham cares about what goes into their cannabis, and educate their customers about the stories behind it. We hope you’ll help us and them support responsible growing, responsible business, and high quality cannabis with more to it than just a THC percentage on a package. Their team is well-versed on our cannabis, concentrates, and Coconut Magic, and we can’t wait for you to stop in!

You can find them at 794 Kentucky St Bellingham WA 98225



BUDS SOS-01We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with the good folks at Buds SOS ! Their enthusiasm for great product translates through to your experience– from a top notch selection to warm, engaging, and helpful interactions, we strongly recommend you pay them a visit on your next trip north! We could go on at length about our love and appreciation for their values, but we think they say it best: Buds SOS stands as the realization of how to effect positive environmental and social change all while offering the best cannabis and cannabis-infused products at consistently reasonable prices. As lifelong champions for the environment, social freedoms and liberties, the owners of Buds SOS opened its doors with the intent of offering a safe and comfortable space for all people to learn and enjoy the bountiful gifts that this wonderful plant has to offer us and our planet. 
We have partnered with local growers, processors and artists, as well as businesses throughout Washington state, to deliver into your hands only the finest products with an emphasis on quality, consistency, environmental and social responsibility, all at a price that anyone can afford.”

Find them at 6061 Portal Way Ferndale, WA 98248 

 

 

GANJA GODDESS-01We’re proud to be featured on the discerning shelves at the Ganja Goddess ! Their buying team is after only the very best, and have made us feel incredibly welcome to be a part of their lineup and to embrace our passion for socially and environmentally run cannabis businesses. We’re very excited to be able to provide Seattle with a beautiful selection of our cannabis, Pure Cannabis Concentrate, and Coconut Magic through such a kick-ass woman-owned business!

Show them some love at 3207 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 

Be Mine, Valentine 

You all may have noticed that here at Raven, we love a holiday    To us, it’s a great chance to take a moment from the routine of your “regular” days and do something special– either for yourself or for others. There are plenty of people who have given up on holidays all together, bummed about the mass commercialization, and how the intention and meaning have been replaced with the expectation to BUY SOMETHING in order to celebrate. We really want to use Raven as a small way to get people back in the spirit of celebration- no matter which holiday it happens to be or the meaning you infuse it with!

So, we celebrate! Valentine’s Day is a holiday we choose to use to celebrate love and the way it makes us feel, and we wanted to find a few ways to share that with you.

First, we’re offering limited edition variety packs at a few of our favorite retailers. These will be 1/8th oz packages, but you’ll get a chance to try 1.2 grams each of our Afghan No. 1 (indica), Jack Herer (super sativa-hybrid), and Stephen Hawking (hybrid)! These are three of our favorites, and we hope you love them too! Each strain will feature special edition artwork to get you in the spirit, and the whole trio of bags will come sealed within an incredibly festive Raven helium balloon. These will be priced exactly the same as our regular 1/8th oz packages– we’re not doing this to make a buck on the holiday, but rather to put some special gift options out there and hopefully help you bring a smile to someone special’s face. Boycotting V-day and banding together for Galentine’s Day with the girls? Bringing a banging trio of Raven Grass beats a plain bottle of wine any day! Trust me on that one. Plus, when’s the last time you played with a helium balloon as an adult?

We’re having a lot of fun with these, and we hope you do too. You’ll be able to find them starting first thing in the morning on Sunday, 2/14 at The Novel Tree (Bellevue), Ruckus (Capital Hill/Seattle), and Elevation (Shelton/Olympia). Each shop will only have 20 available, so don’t wait too long to grab yours!

Not able to get to one of those locations? Bummed that I just gave a speech about non-commercial holiday celebration and then plugged a product for sale? I feel you, and we’re not done!

We’ve put together a little love playlist to get you in the mood. You can check it out for free and stream it over on our Spotify page HERE. Even if you spend Sunday just cleaning your house, you can still feel the love!

We’ve also made up some truly cheesy Valentines, in an homage to one of our favorite parts of the holiday: the elementary school card exchange. Just click on each image below to open it in a new window, and print a 4″x4″ gift you can pass out to all of your pals! Or, copy one into an email and send some Valentine’s vibes to a far away bud.

We truly hope you all have a love-filled Valentine’s Day this year and take the time to share the love with those around you 

 

XO Raven

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