Following the Spirit

Following the Spirit

Crack open a bottle of Pink Boost Goddess and the scent wanders into a field of mint and unripe strawberries. Terpinolene, a terpene found in Jack and Haze strains, provides hints of orange peel along with woody floral aromas from the terpene Osimene. For Katie Jean, this particular type of cannabis remains a guiding light.Gene has been growing his Pink Boost his Goddess on his farm for the past seven years emerald spirit botanicals and appreciate the insight it provides.

“What I’ve found is that it helps me go through these kinds of tricky and challenging places in my life and gives me a bigger perspective from which I can find solutions,” she said. “It’s unique to me that this drug provides that and from a place that’s fun.”

A former preschool teacher from Mendocino County, Jean was called by her inner spirit guide to work with the cannabis plant. By following her “soul path” and listening to her insights gained beyond her everyday consciousness, she initially started cultivating cannabis, which is high in the cannabinoid CBD. After using a variety of cultivars (Dancing Sun, Equinox, Crystal Hope, Harmony Rose) to achieve a balanced 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, she has her own unique medicinal properties. I was looking for cannabinoids and came across THCV.

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THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, has shown promise in animal studies for its ability to reduce appetite and speed up metabolism. It means that there is a gender.

“THCV has been shown to restore insulin sensitivity in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity, [reduce] Controls obesity by regulating metabolic processes,” 2020 study cannabis research journal read.

addition the study It has also been shown that THCV has neuroprotective properties and may be a promising treatment for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Unlike THC, which gives you the “high” associated with cannabis, 2015 study Journal of Psychopharmacology indicate that the psychoactive effects of THCV are much more muted.

“We were dealing with CBD, so it didn’t necessarily have to do with getting high like THC did, but [THCV] It brings a gift that cannabis would otherwise have to offer,” says Gene’s son and business partner Joseph Haggard. “I think what cannabis brings to people is that it makes a nuanced difference to the cannabis experience. ”

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Cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system to help our bodies achieve homeostasis or balance. I believe it is.

“If you look at the endocannabinoid system, the body’s system of balance, it’s responsible for homeostasis,” Haggard explains. “So if you’re going to feed that endocannabinoid system, that’s what we’re doing with cannabis, and it’s essentially complementing that system. That’s kind of our intuition.”

Goddess upbringing

Pink Boost Goddess is a cross of Black Garlic, Boost and Unknown Goddess. The cultivar was created by Linda Lu and brought to Gene as a seed by her friend.The first plant Gene grew had only small amounts of THCV, but over the years she found that the plant have been bred to show higher proportions of cannabinoids.

With her plants now expressing as much as 11% THCV, Pink Boost Goddess is recognized for its unique attributes. 2021 She won 1st place in the 3rd party certified sungrown category of the Emerald Cup and won her Highest THCV Content Award and Regeneration Farm Award that year. In 2022, Pink Boost Her Goddess once again won the Emerald Cup’s Sungrow Her category and was awarded a Gold Her ribbon at the California State Fair Her Cannabis Awards’ Unique Her category.

Pink Boost Goddess is a medium-sized plant with long branches that Gene describes as “dancing arms” with flexibility and quality of movement. The leaves are relatively narrow, the buds have magenta and pink pistils, and he is usually ready for harvest eight weeks after flowering.

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Harvest Day Pink Boost Goddess / Photo by Joseph Haggard

“Of course it’s really good medicine for a lot of people, but for me it’s like a special gift, a special medicine,” Gene says of his long-term relationship with the variety and how many years the plant has been growing. She speaks of her belief in giving back to her over the years. of love and support.

Founded in 2015, Emerald Spirit Botanicals Farm is located in the Noyo River Basin near Willits, where Gene lives with his son, wife Catherine, and Gene’s other son, River. The areas of the farm where male plants are kept are called both “Vision Quest Gardens” and “Origins”.

“It’s in a natural soil forest. It’s more shady. [The male plants] Do not receive too much water, care, etc. They’re much more wild,” Gene explains. “In that place, you’re more connected to the Earth without interfering. It’s like when you go out on a vision quest, you’re more connected to those raw elements.”

For Gene, keeping the males in this wild environment means that they tune into the rhythms of nature and “receive gifts from the future, come down into the future, or receive the gifts they need to go into the future.” It’s a method.”

“Drugs are evolving on Earth,” she says.

In keeping with our respect for the medicinal properties of the plant, the farm’s cannabis and other crops are grown in regenerative farming practices that work in harmony with natural systems and to improve the environment.

“I definitely feel cannabis is a drug and needs to be respected, and I want to be honored for it. It’s an honor when you can be in a natural environment.It’s,” says Jean.

Garden Bliss/Photo by Joseph Haggard

For Haggard, growing outdoors is about “harmonizing with the rhythms of the larger cosmos that create the seasons.” He says that growing male plants the way they are done on the farm allows them to develop the resilience and vitality of wild plants. This is an important attribute to bring to seed lots for future plantings.

“There is this belief that the more closely you work with a plant, the more consciousness there is within it, and that plant will get to know you over time,” he refined the Pink Boost goddess. “And because you care for the plant, when you grow and reproduce and work on it, the plant energetically takes care of you.” I would like to

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This story was published in the October 2022 issue of high times magazine.

Chris M.
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