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Vancouver.

 

Although you can purchase cannabis today through most dispensaries, Canada is officially making it fully legal October 17, 2018. Not arduously, state by state, like the U.S., but in one broad federal brushstroke. Not only will Canada be able to ship nationwide, but they are also priming their engines for international distribution (minus the U.S., sadly). It’s really a heck of a time to be alive up there. Oh Canada!

Despite our Canadian optimism, our motto for the scene is, “don’t get too attached.” In advance of legalization, the market is in flux, with brands and dispensaries expected to close and new ones cropping up just as quickly. The scene is surprisingly heavy on the hemp (meh) and buying flower is a messy mix of black market and legal. The overall clinical vibe makes us realize, we do in fact, appreciate some cannabis culture (minus the rachetness, please).

Regardless, what started off as disappointment, has turned to admiration. Though very few products we loved, the diamonds in the rough we found were logical, and creative. The founders are low-key and connected to their craft in an interesting and profound way that is unique to them and this British Columbian city.

 Stay tuned..this list promises to be fast revolving door.

 

Where to Go

 

Village Bloomery

Located in the vibrant village of Granville Island, nestled in the corner of a courtyard, is the charming Village Bloomery. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to deal with owner Andrea Dobbs —the unicorn, that somehow enables even the most reserved to talk anything and everything that ails them. Like their unicorn lead, the entire staff at The Village Bloomery is friendly, helpful, and noticeably happy.

The product selection is uniquely  curated — you can easily lose yourself to aimless wandering and label-reading. A nice feature? The pre-roll station that preps some of Vancouver’s finest flower. On your way out, it’s conveniently located near The Public Market, a buzzing area brimming with high quality noshes, handmade gifts, and tugboat ferries. 

Granville Island

 (778) 379-6008

www.villagebloomery.com

what to get

Flowers

A Note on flowers: The flower scene is, well, grey (in more than the literal sense). Vancouver dispensaries tend to carry a mix of products from both legal and black markets. Some products are labeled, some not. Some lab tested, some not. We recommend heading to Village Bloomery where they can intelligently walk you through the brands and their origins. There’s also a great collection of sungrown and organic varieties to choose from.

Edibles

A Note on Edibles: Cannabis confections (a.k.a. candies and cookies) are currently illegal in Vancouver. This leads us to an array of honey, tea, and olive oil-type products to work around it.

 

Farm and Florist does the job marrying cannabis and gourmet food. Each of their products uses only locally sourced organic ingredients such as olive oil, maple syrup, honey, and coconut oil infused with THC Distillate. The containing THC distillate comes from ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) growers and processors.

The four owners, one of whom is the executive chef, are longtime advocates in the holistic healing benefits of the cannabis plant—hence their refreshing approach to nutrition and the maintenance of the integrity of the food’s flavors.

The founders suggest keeping their oils away from high heat (no frying), rather, opting for baking and drizzling. Our favorite is the honey which tastes like — well, incredible honey.

Why it’s good:

  • THC distillate derived from ACMPR growers and processors

  • High-quality craft cannabis

  • Organic, local ingredients

  • Healthy, minimal ingredients (just two)

  • Integrity of the taste left intact

  • Blends seamlessly into your day-to-day culinary practices

  • Great for drizzling, baking, or straight from the spoon

Note: Check out Farm and Florist's Elevating Dining series to see how to incorporate the products into a gourmet meal.

Topicals

 

Cannalife Botanicals' Rejuvenating Face Oil

Don’t let the plain packaging fool you. There’s magic behind this brand. Founder Cara, pin-up girl, burlesque dancer and shamanista began this chapter when she created a cannabis salve to heal her tendonitis.

Working with the potent alchemy of rosehip, evening primrose, neroli and frankincense (a combination known for their healing powers), Cannalife Botanical products are made in a sacred space, mixed with the synergy of the moon as they give thanks to the plant and the oil’s other ingredients.

Experience just the right amount of aromatherapy as you apply, and it dissipates at just the right time. This artisan face oil is a great addition to the evening routine whether you have pimples or wrinkles. 

Why it's good:

  • Cannabis derived from small-batch, premium lab-tested Canadian artisan producers.

  • Contains both THC and CBD

  • Combination of rosehip, evening primrose, neroli and frankincense: a blend known for its antifungal, antibacterial properties

  • Cost effective: a little goes a long way

  • Nourishes, balances, renews tired skin

  • Lightweight and absorbs quickly

  • Just the right amount of aromatherapy

We use it at the end of the nighttime ritual and also as a face massage when TMJ  creeps in.

Stay tuned: Cannalife Botanicals is working on a natural sunscreen, anti-aging body oil and deodorant next.


 

Founder, Jill, started off eight years a traditional topicals maker, when a friend asked her to make the "special kind" to treat her tumors. From there, Bliss Botanicals  was born.

Happy Sak, a  product marketed for men’s “saks,” is also a multi-stick intended for any type chafing. Think truckers, overalls, runners, cyclists, nipple chafing, eczema, psoriasis to name a few.

Why it's good:

  • Derived from organic indoor cannabis

  • Comes in a roll-on (no messy hands)

  • Shea butter base comes from a women’s collective in Ghana

  • Fair trade ingredients

  • Sustainable packaging

  • Mild scent

  • Super hydrating

  • Good for the “undercarriage,” nipple chafing, eczema, psoriasis, truck drivers, cyclists, and anyone who experiences irritating friction

Note: Great gift for our guy friends.

Sensuals

 

Cannalife Botanical Pleasure Oil

Activate your pleasure zone and enhance your orgasm.

Founder, burlesque dancer and shamanista Cara does it again with her pleasure oil—created in a sacred space — for our sacred place, working with the synergy of the moon and old age aphrodisiac formulas.

The legendary healing combination of myrrh, frankincense —  combined with cannabis are the trifecta of synergistic herbs for muscle relaxation, pleasure zone activation, orgasm enhancement — as well its as antibacterial, antifungal, and aphrodisiac properties.

Why it's good:

  • Cannabis derived from small-batch, premium lab-tested Canadian artisan producers.

  • Solvent- free

  • Coconut oil base

  • Non-GMO

  • Relaxes the muscles

  • Made with myrrh and frankincense and cannabis, a combination for antibacterial, antifungal, and aphrodisiac properties

  • Mild with just the right amount of scent

Note: Not for use with latex condoms or toys

Pets

 

Miss Envy's Bully Bites

Finding a cannabis-based dog treat that checks all the key healthy and feel-good boxes can be a challenge if you are looking for a healing alternative or just a healthy treat for your best pal.

The Miss Envy team puts their love for dogs front and center in their approach to their Bully Bites. They go a step beyond most brands’ claims by making sure that their ingredients are certified organic and fair trade.

Why it's good:

  • Derived from organic Canadian Hemp

  • All organic ingredients

  • Fair trade

  • GMO, gluten, grain,  and soy free

  • No artificial colors, flavors, additives or preservatives.