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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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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!

 

COCONUT MAGIK-01

[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

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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New Harvest for February!

Hi there Ravens 

We’ve got a brand new harvest ready to hit shelves, and we wanted you to be the first to know! Take a look below for current photos of each strain, and check back to find out which shops will be stocking what. Be sure to call your retailer first for the most accurate information regarding product sizes and availability 

Click on each photo to take a closer look!

 

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A balanced hybrid, bred from landrace Afghani indica and the legendary Big Sur Holy, she’s one of our favorite mood-lifting stress relievers.

 

 

 

 

 

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An indica-hybrid with a super relaxing high, she’s got a scent so close to real blueberries it’ll make you crazy! You can find her at Sativa Sisters (Shelton Valley)

 

 

 

 

 

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This balanced hybrid has a creative, euphoric kick that makes her one of our favorite muses.  You can find her at Elevation (Shelton/Olympia)

 

 

 

 

 

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This classic, energy-infused sativa hails from Durban, South Africa. She’s a classic for a reason; she brings a clear, jitter-free stimulation that not many sativas can match!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dutch Haze

This Raven-signature was bred from Dutch Treat and Super Silver Haze. She has a super bright high with a punchy, fruity flavor to match.

 

 

 

 

Maui Wowie

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Our uplifting throwback from 1979 brings a bit of sunshine anywhere she goes. We love how she manages to brighten your mood and relax your body, really encompassing that Maui mood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Montana classic is a Raven-signature strain with the perfect balance of head and body high and a herbaceous flavor you can’t mistake. She’s looking especially frosty this harvest!

 

 

 

 

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She’s an out-of-this-world potent hybrid with a super-stoney high. Find her this harvest exclusively at Sativa Sisters (Spokane Valley).