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Whether it's Whoopi Goldberg going to market with edibles for PMS, or Melissa Etheridge's infused wine, America's women are winning cannabis legalization.
Ladies are shredding the grass ceiling in cannabis to claim roughly double the representation in weed as they hold in Congress. On Sunday, July 31, they got together to trade notes, edibles, and meet their customers in San Francisco. It was the opposite of your bearded, tatted, bro'ed-out Hempcon.
Several hundred female cannabis CEOs and patients dropped by the free Lady Chatterley's Soiree: Cannabis Curated by Women afternoon event, held in a private cannabis industry space near the Folsom Street Fair grounds in SoMa.
High-grade sensimilla terpenes wafted out the front door. Inside, the furnished warehouse hummed with an intimate by-women for-women product expo of about 20 brands, available for qualified patients.
In the patio, Ganga Yoga from the famous Dee Dussault. The crowd stretched in the afternoon sun, as guests hit CBD vape pens, sipped medicated kombucha, and nibbled pasta and pesto with goat cheese. High-concept LolaLola flowers mingled with super-earthy regional artisan brands like Prema Flora. The event was 80 percent women at its peak.
Female-oriented products are undergoing a Cambrian-era-like evolutionary explosion. Prohibition is fading, and the strict rules of legalization are years away. The free event was designed to stoke interest in products from SF startup Lady Chatterly's Lover, a delivery service that focuses on high-end women's products.
"It's awesome. I love the woman-power in this room," said Jill Amen, CEO of national edibles brand House of Jane, which offered samples of their medicated iced tea.
House of Jane has 20 employees and is in three states. Next up, a line of energy shots: espresso, energy, and berry CBD. Even hotter: House of Jane's Infused Powder—a 4:1 CBD:THC powder "that can make anything an edible. I micro-dose with them," Amen said.
"Women just want to medicate their own way," she said. The powder is sugar-free and fat-free, with a neutral taste and herbaceous finishes.
Patients are evangelists for cannabis products after finding relief from PMS, endometriosis, and other maladies. One woman with an inflammatory bowel disease told Amen, "This is a testament to how it's helped me. I can be here today. Normally, I would be stuck at my house."
CEO Stephen Kerford said legalization ballot initiative Proposition 64 promises to deluge his sector with customers. Women tend to me more cautious and are waiting for full legalization to try cannabis. They make 80 percent of family healthcare decisions. "This is a whole awakening universe," he said.
Swerve edibles are functional, enriching, and fortified with Ayurvedic herbs and cold-water hash. Check out the Buzz Bar (sativa), Snooze Bar (indica) and Snuggle Bites, a balanced hybrid mood enhancer featuring rose and pecan with Ayurvedic herbs (50 mgs THC), "formulated to increase passion," balance hormones, and counter fatigue and low libido.
Several brands from regional distributor Alta met patients direct. Alta Account manager Rebekah Vega said the event is "great for delivery services, where it's harder to connect with patients."
The recent college grad said the event was super-motivating. "There's some incredible women in this industry. I feel blessed."
Evoke offered tiny, ninja vape pens perfect for dates and lunches. They come in black Stealth, red Engage, blue Deep indica, and white Balance+ (high-CBD).
Foria brought their patient-loved line of lube, and medicated suppositories. Huzzah!
Yummi Karma offered brunch-tastic , low-dose chips in sriracha, zesty ranch, and sour cream and onion. Their popcorn comes in butter and salt and white cheese.
And speaking of great women's products, former Harborside Health Center employee Jessica Peters has formed Moxie Meds, a line of tinctures (available in 1:1 and 4:1 CBD:THC) made by women for women. Moxie's magic elixir is made with full plant extract, synergistic MCT oil, and organic beta-caryophyllene, plus neuro-regenerative CBG. // Lady Chatterley's Lover delivers within one hour in San Francisco, noon to 8pm daily; free delivery w/ $65 minimum donation, ladychatterley.net
Attn: Budget Buds Now on Offer
Psst, SoMa's interior-design-award-winning SPARC has a pop-up on Haight Street called Farm Direct. The space is in its nascency, but the doors are open and the deals are profound, including $160 ounces of Cherry AK—that's about half off the normal price. // 473 Haight St. (Lower Haight), farmdirectsf.com
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Contact Cannabis Insider's David Downs with event announcements, tips, notes, and rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bay Area cannabis reporter David Downs is a columnist, editor, and best-selling author. His new title, 'The Medical Marijuana Guidebook' is out now.