When I heard that Raven Grass's garden was located in our state's capital, I was super excited to make a day out of it! It was an easy drive on I-5 and the land going into Olympia is filled with beautiful parks, old rustic towns and plenty of dispensaries to buy cannabis from.
Olympia is home to a one of a kind coffee shop called Green Lady; they sell an assortment of glass and all forms of 100% CBD products. If you ask, they will even put CBD in your beverage from the coffee bar! I love incorporating CBD into my food because it combats my daily anxiety. Our cannabis community is doing great things and our knowledge will only expand because companies like Green Lady, Raven Grass and Heylo are making it accessible and championing its benefits.
Arriving at Raven Grass, we’re greeted by Micah, the owner and one of the main growers on site. He kindly hosted us for our tour and gave us some background on Raven. With roots in medical cannabis, they’ve expanded their range and believe in good vibes all around. Raven Grass is famous for their CBD strains such as ACDC, Frida, and Gilda and other popular THC strains such as Blueberry Trainwreck, Silver Tip and Granddaddy Purple. Micah told us that they have been growing the same GDP since the beginning.
With lots of love from his team and constant natural air flow, these plants will grow nice and full under LED lights. To add nutrients to the plant, Micah has formulated a compost tea that he mixes into each batch of soil. Raven Grass is a zero-waste facility, and by reusing the soil Micah can add the tea to pack it with nutrients again. I recently toured Heylo and they told me that Raven Grass buys the runoff water from Heylo's extraction to put in the compost tea! How amazing is that? By working together and utilizing the materials they have available, they create amazing results!
Micah told us about his research and knowledge with traditional growing methods as well as the benefits of the natural terpenes present in the cannabis plant. Micah has taken a couple of growing methods from around the world and combined them to create his own system. Raven Grass is a large cannabis grow operation that produces a harvest every week and then on top of that, they have a complete extraction lab. Their extractions are slowly processed through CO2 which allows a clean, dark caramel-looking oil to be produced. Micah explained that this extraction method allows the oil to be partially activated and he considers it a full-spectrum oil which makes it ideal for consumers who would rather cook with it or eat it straight.
I told Micah about my ever-growing collection of CBD recipes and he excitedly made suggestions. Top of the list was Zen Blend because it has no taste or smell which makes it easy to put in anything. I can't wait to use more Raven Grass products in my cooking and my smoking adventures. I love that I can go on these tours and learn about what I'm smoking. I can confidently tell my guests about plants I've seen growing and why I feel comfortable smoking cannabis grown on these farms. Raven Grass has helped define my standards high for clean, green operations and I can’t wait to see them grow more amazing strains.
Special thanks to Micah and the team at Raven Grass!