White Fox Medicinals produces strain specific topicals and tinctures that blends CBD and THC with other healing herbs. Reaching into the heart of alchemy, their approach to cannabis and wellness is through preventative medicine and overall health and vitality. Scarlet Ravin is the maven behind the spirit-driven medicine company. We caught up with her ahead of their new product launch party to talk cultivation, holistic healing and Ayurvedic extraction.
Cannabis Aficionado: When did you get the idea for White Fox Medicinals? When did you start that journey?
Scarlet Ravin: I started White Fox Medicinals about maybe ten years ago, twelve years ago, as a holistic health practice. It was called White Fox Holistic and the White Fox is a shapeshifter to me so it’s able to be hidden or seen and as a medicine person then I can shapeshift into what my client needs as medicine that day. So I saw that as that symbolism.
When I moved into cultivating cannabis I transferred that into my topicals and tinctures that I was making for my clients. Which was the birth of White Fox Medicinals, the first cannabis topical tincture line for White Fox.
When you say that it started as a holistic medicine company…?
Oh, holistic health practice. I’m a certified CMT, certified in Shiatzu, acupressure, yoga teacher, Kundalini teacher and I would facilitate massages, but they were also more spirit driven. Physical touch, yes. Psychic stuff too, also, was present. And then tuning into people and making specific herbal remedies for them and then blending that into an oil and then applying that oil during their treatment and then making custom tinctures for their internal situation.
When I found the profound, incredible ability that cannabis has to touch on the mental and spiritual levels where other herbs focus more on the physical. So, when I started adding cannabis I saw a change happen in my clients a lot quicker and a lot more profound than without the cannabis herb inside.
So it was sort of by accident?
Yeah, it was definitely an experiment. I had a couple of patients that were using me consistently and I had always been using herbs and the ones that were open to cannabis. I offered that to them and they received it. Their transformations happened in a completely different manner with their mind being affected and their spirits being affected, having the issues that they’re facing turn around so much more quickly.
And then when the cannabis laws went into legal then I knew I needed another way to pay my income other than growing because that was going to be a null and void option due to legalities. So I created a brand and started promoting the brand to enter into the legal market.
You’re going to come out on the legal market. It seems like you have an expanded idea of these lines, like, there’s more coming, more Ayurvedic formulas. What’s next for White Fox Medicinals?
There’s an amazing famous artist that I’m collaborating with right now who advocates for plant spirit awareness and honoring plants in that realm — him and his wife. I am working directly with Jason Edwards currently and I’m telling him what I want in this blend — all the herbs are to be from India directly and native and my awareness is mostly around native herb in this area. He’s helping me formulate a blend specifically for creativity and mind stamina. So there will be a nice piece of artwork that you can hold in your vape battery and then the formulation will be to boost and enhance creativity with the packaging being designed by him as well. So there will be a really cool artistic pen coming out that’s going to blow peoples’ minds for sure.
That’s awesome. When do you think that’s going to happen?
I think we will have the design prepared and the formulations prepared by end of March which is probably looking at June/July launch into the market.
When you launch your products where are you going to be available initially?
Every dispensary in California! Haha! I don’t know. So my work right now is to gain those preorders.
In general, are you going to be all over California?
I’m working closely to get into MenMen. I’d like to license the brand in New York. I’d like to have it be a national thing and follow the MenMen trail of Las Vegas. So I’m working with a PR guy for that. We’re definitely going to start in the hub. San Francisco will get hit pretty hard. Los Angeles will get hit pretty hard and then we’ll slowly expand out. This area for sure, the Sonoma County area, they’ll all be carrying the product lines.
We have a big launch party [planned]. White Fox is working with Jason [Edwards] has an ancient Ayurvedic extraction facility in India and he’s got a, his business platform is that he goes into these really desolate locations in India where people don’t have jobs or food or money and he gives them the herbs to grow for him and then they grow that and then he pays them to buy that back and extracts them. The formulations for these specific effects in the new vape pen line are directly from ancient Ayruvedic traditions.
I purchase that organic, CO2-extracted oil from him, I bring it back here and add CBD and THC, and then that’s what birthed the vape line which is going to be released on the market at the end of November. And then we’re going to have a White Fox Medicinals launch into legal celebration November 18th at the Great Northern in San Francisco and we’re going to screen a music video that we built as a marketing campaign for the vape line.
The vape lines are for dreams. So, you can smoke the dream pen before bed or actually any time in the day. It will relax you because the THC-to-CBD ratio is for relaxation. And then the herbs, once you fall asleep, the herbs will give you multiple dreams and you’ll be able to remember them when you wake which has been something that people speak to with cannabis, when smoking cannabis before bed is that they don’t dream anymore. So this was the remedy to be able to maintain that insight from those realms, still satiate yourself with the cannabis spirit and then have that come into your waking life
And then we have two sex pens, one formulated for men specifically, enhance stamina, increase sexual desire and increase sensitivity, both for men and women. Sidecar Tommy who’s a friend – he’s the drummer and producer of beats antique – he wrote a song called White Fox and we filmed a music video to it smoking the pens, and we showed you our dream world and our sexy nightlife world and we’re showing that for the first time at that party.
I’m interested in this nexus point between the spiritual and the medicine and the way that you talk about this word medicine that is not the normal Western way of using the word ‘medicine’. I want to know where that comes from and what, for you, that nexus point really is, besides the fact that you saw it in other people and were able to practice it. What is your personal experience and what are you trying to share?
My goal, my end goal for this life is to be the medicine. So, me showing up in a room is that vibrational medicine that people need to change their life or to have a healing shift. That is my goal. What I see when I say medicine – and I’m talking about the cannabis topical tincture line or the vape line – to me, those are external tools that can bring us to those points in awareness where we see deeper layers of ourselves. We can release past traumas, we can step into our greater power. Through utilizing that practice over and over again, going deeper and deeper and deeper into our own layers the more know ourselves truly and enter into love, truly, and enter into happy thoughts truly then we are the medicine ourselves. Our actions are benefiting in healing the planet.
I honor and love all of these external processes of “let’s heal the planet, let’s clean the ocean”. Yeah, let’s all do that but I believe it starts inside of our own bodies. If you’re truly in love with yourself, and you truly know yourself and know your heart and your soul, you’re not going to litter. You’re not going to not recycle. You’re going to treat the planet with respect because you treat yourself with respect. To me, that’s the healing of absolutely everything in this world, is that we all strive to become medicine.
Working with cannabis and the spirit of cannabis to me, her inside and all the different perspectives she shares with me has led me deeper into knowing myself and deeper into feeling that greater pull to be the medicine myself. I feel that all kinds of external herbal spirits have that ability. Psilocybin, Ibogaine, and Iboga, ayahuasca and peyote – they all have these psychoactive remedies that go into our brain and will actually change thought patterns.
My understanding of life and reality is that our thought patterns are the trajectory of our external life and what we’re seeing and living. So the core seed of how to change your life is in your mind. If we’re having perpetual negative thoughts we’re in a depressed, sad state. If we’re having perpetual happy positive thoughts, we’re in a happy, elated, high spiritual vibration state. It’s rewriting those click-click-click, over and over monkey mind thoughts stopping the negative thoughts because you’re starting to understand how powerful you are. You’re starting to understand nothing external can touch you. You can be whatever you want to be at any moment.
Once you have that realization in your awareness, it’s in your awareness and it’s you. And then you live from that space. That awareness can come from reading a book, it can come from smoking a joint with a friend by the ocean where you get an insight into what that feels like – then you can anchor that insight into your system and it’s a part of you. That’s it, that’s the shift, that’s the healing: you just became a deeper sense of the medicine.
For me, it’s a daily practice of honoring cannabis because I’ve definitely been initiated by her where I’ve over-used her for numbing out and used her to be away from myself.
There are two ways to approach it. We can say we’re using this medicine to go deeper into ourselves. But to get to that space where we are obtaining the insight and the awareness, it’s how we enter into working with the medicine: why are we smoking it today, why are we eating an edible today? Are we numbing out? Then be conscious and aware and real with yourself. I choose to numb out today – that’s OK. It’s here for that, it’s not a negative thing if you’re aware of it.
But if you’re in an unconscious cycle of using and using, then you’re abusing the spirit of the medicine and that’s when she’ll have a backlash in your life. That’s when you’ll have over-eating, that’s when you’ll have laziness, that’s when you’ll have a foggy mind and you’ll get these things because that’s how you’re showing up. She’s going to be that mirror of how you’re showing up to her. If you show up aware and awake and asking for insight and you’re truly honoring her.
Not only that, you’re showing up how you want to be treated I’m guessing in your heart of hearts, you want people to show up in your life where they honor you, they’re not just taking from you. They’re seeing you for your own greatness, they’re not just asking you to do things for them. There’s an energy exchange with everything.
Talk about how the expression of art integrates with that medicine and why music and art are such an important part of this brand for you and why that expression matters.
My packaging is coded with animal symbolism. To me, the powers of the animals that I’m working with are powerful portals into different vibrational places. When I’m sitting with the spirit of the owl it’s a very powerful, poignant, deep psychic spirit that can go in and grab stuff and take it away.
As humans, we have pain, we have ailments we have these things going on that we don’t necessarily like. If we focus on what we don’t like we’re amplifying that. If we focus on the medicine we’re bringing that in. For me, animals came in because I was trying to learn how to – if I have an ailment that’s hurting me and I want to heal that, I didn’t understand how to not focus on that.
Having a spirit animal come in and me focusing on that vibration and knowing that that is coming into my system to cleanse or bring me awareness around that, I’m able to go through the process of sitting with what’s going on and then have a new vibration come in and have that be the shift. They became these portals to me where I could sit in what I wasn’t comfortable with and then feel like I was being supported by spirit.
As a child, I had a really intense father and kind of a mentally absent mom and I was very sensitive. They didn’t understand my sensitivities. When I was a child, sounds physically hurt my body. If something was too loud or a voice or certain tones, I had a lot of physical pain in my head and my body and that was hard to relate to parents. They were like, “Stop being so sensitive, shut up! Stop crying.” So I turned to nature and animals. I had a horse, I connected with my horse. I started talking to the animals. The animals would share love and compassion with me and held space for me, so that when it became time for me to do packaging and thinking about how I wanted to present this to the world my greatest teachers and space holders were animals, my whole life. They always hold this really pure cosmic intuitive knowledge to me that’s so untainted in any facet that it like a fail-proof portal.
Each package will have that on there to resonate with you and for you to sit with while you’re looking at it – sit with the medicine. I give you a presentation of what that animal means to me and why I put it on the package but for me, it’s totally up to creative interpretation. Sit with that animal spirit, sit with that vibration of what that means to you. Close your eyes and then feel what your body feels like when you’re being held by them and you’ll know. You’ll create a knowing that that’s a real thing. Just because you can’t see the animal in front of you with your eyes the symbol is enough, it’s an imprint.
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The way I move through the company is by setting a goal and then following my heart. The connection with Sidecar Tommy was that. Siobhan Danger Darwish is a good friend of mine. She invited me to a festival. I had never been to a festival. I was going through a lot of emotional trauma at the time and so a weekend with a girlfriend felt like an amazing idea. I went to the Enchanted Forest festival. Her guide Sidecar Tommy was the headliner and so we got to go backstage before they went on. I met him and I felt who he was and I felt what he was doing with his music and it was totally in alignment with our message. He is here to create a new world with his music and to free peoples’ spirits with the beats. I feel that when I listen to his albums.
Ideas? I don’t know where they’re coming from, I call them Universe. Universe is shooting me an idea and the universe says, “Here’s your collaboration for the vape line”, and so I just asked him, “Hey, you want to sit with me, you want to make a song with me for White Fox Medicinals, for the vape line?” At that point, I didn’t know it was going to be a music video but that was the first step. I went down to his recording studio in Oakland, and we sit and started formulating the song and I started getting visions of how we’re going to use the song.
I didn’t even have the foresight when I initiated the song creation but when I started thinking about how we could use the song I started seeing it would be a portal for people to be able to see our world: how are we using the pens, what does it feel like, what does it look like, what happens to you? Music and vibrations from tunes can go in and take you from any state into another state. I know people feel it. They have their upbeat mix and then they have their calm-down mix.
Vibrations – we’re all energy. Music is focused energy. Effect-driven energy. The vape pens are effect-driven energy. We’re amplifying that.
With White Fox Medicinals, you’re taking the essence of the ancient tradition of true medicine, defining it as a spirit and a state being rather than a thing, like, you take or a thing that you do even. It’s a thing that you be. And then you stack all of the layers of what that is all together and it’s really cohesive and thought out.
Yeah. I want to create multiple pathways for people to get to that place within themselves.
White Fox Medicinals is available online.
Kate Hudson Gets High for the Holidaze In Cannabis Cocktail Commercial
Kate Hudson stars in an ad for Cann beverages—the first time an A-lister has been the face of a weed brand in a mainstream commercial.
Cann, a California-based cannabis-infused beverage firm, has partnered up with actress Kate Hudson and her King St. Vodka brand for the holiday season. To coincide with the debut of their special bundle offering – Cann Unspiked and King St. Vodka, the trio just opened a holiday-themed campaign.
Hudson, an actor, producer, and investor in the THC-laced brand Cann, starring in a film that breaks new ground by including the popular “social tonic” as the main element in a joyful adult beverage. Hudson’s own brand, King St. Vodka, provides the alcohol in this cranberry sage-flavored cocktail. In the video, Hudson is joined by party guests Baron Davis, former NBA All-Star-turned-TNT commentator, and Darren Criss, Emmy-winning actor and singer.
Hudson and Davis play an unusual couple preparing for a sophisticated house party in the ad, which could be the first time a Hollywood A-lister has stepped up as the face of a cannabis brand in a mainstream commercial. In fact, the two have been friends for a long time and are both financial backers of Cann, as is Criss, who met Hudson on the set of Glee.
Hannah Lux Davis, known for her work with Ariana Grande, Doja Cat, Kacey Musgraves, and others, directed the star-studded holiday campaign and features music from Criss’ latest Christmas album.
According to Cann’s founder Luke Anderson, the goal of the collaborations and campaign is to show that cannabis has become mainstream enough that a celebrity like Hudson is happy to use and promote it.
“We’re equating cannabis with alcohol because at these 2-milligram levels it’s as mild as a light beer or a glass of wine,” Anderson told Adweek. “We’re saying they deserve to be on equal footing. And people have been DIY-ing this for a long time anyway.”
VIBES X Kaya Herb House Collab Launches in Jamaica
Vibes, the rolling paper brand co-founded by entrepreneur and rapper Berner in collaboration with Gnln, announces a collaboration with the Kaya Herb House for the holidays. Featuring lifestyle goods and premium rolling papers, VIBES x Kaya Herb House furthers both brands’ missions to create the ultimate experience for connoisseurs.
VIBES x Kaya Herb House marks the first common project between the two brands, which have a shared goal of educating consumers on a premium smoking experience and creating meaningful experiences around the cannabis lifestyle.
The Kaya Herb House franchise was founded in Jamaica by “Bali” Vaswani, who had established Marley’s Estate coffee brand in the United States. VIBES x Kaya will be available at the Herb House in Kingston, Jamaica, which features the first medicinal Ganja herb house in the Caribbean and offers locally grown herbs and straight-from-the-farm extracts line as well as a taste of world-renowned cuisine and juices at the cafe and pizza restaurant.
“This marks another milestone for the VIBES brand. We are thrilled to partner with such an industry legend, together introducing an authentic experience to Jamaica and bringing attention to the history of the industry in the Caribbean,” says Vanessa Vanjari, Brand Manager of Vibes.
The collaboration features rolling papers, apparel, and accessories for the global wellness traveller, including co-branded hemp king size skinny booklets, tee shirts, and a pizza cutter. The slogan “Build a Vibe” is stamped on the VIBES x Kaya rolling papers, a play on both a popular Jamaican catchphrase and VIBES’ signature “Catch a Vibe.”
Each piece in the collection contains a retro graphic style of a plane that pays homage to the history of cannabis in the Caribbean when smugglers flew cannabis for the black market over the coasts of Jamaica and Florida. Smuggler planes would drop packages into the water, gaining the name “Square Grouper.”
VIBES x Kaya is a month-long collaboration that launches on December 17, 2021 at the Kaya Herb House in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative to Provide Support for NorCal Cultivators
Our community of heritage, small-batch craft cannabis cultivators in Northern California is facing an existential crisis resulting from a combination of taxation, licensing, and market conditions. Many of the small farms that built and fueled the cannabis industry are currently facing extinction by the current cannabis pricing collapse compounded by overbearing regulations. To support those in crisis, Tim Blake and the Emerald Cup organizers have created a dedicated Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative, offering a rally and much-needed support through upcoming events at the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball and the 18th Annual Emerald Cup Awards.
For over 17 years, the Emerald Cup has stood as a celebration of excellence. Founder Tim Blake has come to be recognized as a guardian of the ever-changing cannabis industry. At the upcoming Emerald Cup Harvest Ball on December 11-12 Blake has pledged support to the heart of their community, providing twenty-seven qualified small farm exhibitors with a pro-bono presence at the Harvest Ball.
“Burdensome and complicated regulations, over-taxation, and lack of access to market are destroying the small farmers who have pioneered and led the industry with innovation and quality,“ said Blake. “Small growers face challenges like prohibitively expensive permitting, legal fees, and rising taxes encouraging many of them to remain on the unregulated or “Traditional” market. Perhaps worst of all, most of these small growers are also located in the legendary Emerald Triangle region of Northern California, an area continually devastated by ongoing wildfires.”
Selected applicants will have the ability to present their products to attendees with premium placement on the market floor, a reduced concession arrangement, and heightened promotion to drive attendees to seek and support these small farms during the event and beyond. With the vision of lifting up and amplifying these small farms in the global marketplace, The Emerald Cup envisions this program as the first immediate step to support the community of the Emerald Triangle to prevent its disappearance.
The Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative will be led by a council of community leaders, including Michael Katz of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, Genine Coleman of Origins Council, Chris Anderson of Redwood Roots Distribution, Nicholas Smilgys of Mendocino Cannabis Distribution, and Traci Pellar of the Mendocino Producers Guild, will launch at the Harvest Ball Craft Cannabis Marketplace and will continue at the Spring 2022 event in Southern California.
As with any important initiative, the first challenge facing the Emerald Cup organization is determining selection criteria. With literally thousands of small farms and businesses struggling in the California cannabis market, and the organization’s sincere desire to help each and every one, this is an incredibly difficult task. To structure this effort, Emerald Cup evaluated license distribution among Northern California’s heritage cannabis-producing counties with active ordinances. An independent body, the Council has allocated a proportional number of possible participants to each county.
This first event of the Harvest Ball will support four operators each from Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties, three each from Nevada and Sonoma Counties, and two each from Lake, Calaveras and Santa Cruz counties. An additional three slots will be made available for approved Social Equity Operators as defined by the requirements of these areas.
Participants that meet the criteria will be selected at random by lottery from all approved applicants from a given county. All applications are due by Saturday, November 13, 2021. Participants will be notified and announced on November 15, 2021. Each selected applicant will be able to offer up to three product SKUs for sale at the specially created Harvest Ball Craft Cannabis Marketplace during the event.
“Proposition 64 promised that no farms larger than one acre would be permitted to open until 2023, allowing smaller farms time to get organized. In 2017, Governor Brown opened up large-scale farming, and smaller farmers didn’t have time to react,” said Blake.
“Our goal is to do what we can to assist these remaining farmers who poured their love — not to mention finances — into their product, only to have the market landscape suddenly change. We support the Origins Council and other community organizations working to advocate for sensible policy change. We recognize that getting rid of cultivation taxes and streamlining the regulatory process at the county, state, and even national level is imperative to the survival of our small growers. We’d also like to see the retail component augmented, growing from 1,500 certified dispensaries to the 10,000 or so that are needed to provide an accessible, legal market.”
An industry rally and press conference will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball to raise industry, government, community, and media awareness of the crisis. Smaller sessions on the topic will happen during both the Harvest Ball and the ECAs. The sessions will include an open, solution-focused discussion on the issues affecting the market, with a focus on best practices and regulatory limitations.
On an individual level, qualified small farms and growers selected for the Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative will be offered premium vending locations at the Harvest Ball. The Initiative will also run for new participants at the Springtime Emerald Cup Awards in Los Angeles. All participants will enjoy a reduced concession rate at both events.
“With the tremendous support of the Council of the Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative, we are offering small farmers an exclusive vending program and platform so they can make more money at the show,” says Emerald Cup associate producer Taylor Blake.
“We know that we can’t solve all of our community’s problems with one initiative, but we are committed to putting our resources into evolving this program and working to improve access to the market for all small cannabis farmers.”
Growers must meet several criteria to qualify for the program:
- Hold a current and valid cannabis cultivation license for the state of California
- Have a maximum farm size of 10,000 square feet
- Practice sustainable farming
- Participate in third-party certification programs such as OCal, Sun + Earth Certification, Clean Green Certification, Regennabis, Envirocann, etc.
Any parties interested in applying or finding out more about the Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative should visit: www.FORMofURL.com
For additional information on the Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative and the Harvest Ball Craft Cannabis Marketplace, please email: Michael Katz at email@example.com.
The Emerald Cup Small Farms Initiative application will open Monday, November 8, 2021. The submission process will close for all farms on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 11:59 PM PDT. All participants of the 2021 Harvest Ball Small Farms Initiative will be selected by lottery and alerted by Monday, November 15, 2021.