Himalaya released a vaporizer line of ultra-potent Live Sauce whisking together oil rich in terpenes. I tried Kosher Dawg, which is a gassy yet sweet-tart citrus-pine driven cultivar. Although balancing, given more time to settle into my system, it became a sedating experience. I could envision myself taking a nap on top of a mountain after a long climb. Compare that to working a long shift, after all that’s how a weekday can feel! As I closed my eyes, Kosher Dawg helped me envision a picturesque view from my house.
Founded in 2015 in Sacramento by three friends inspired by the Asian Himalayan mountain range where cannabis originated, Himalaya named their brand after the region and aims to “Go Higher” in everything they do. Going higher means committing to producing cannabis concentrates capturing the essence of original flowers. Their cartridges remain true to the plant. They donate a portion of every sale to protect the endangered Snow Leopard and other Himalayan wildlife.
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Ashleigh Castro is a New York seed grown in the California sunshine. A photographer by nature, she developed while capturing peace rallies in San Francisco and snapping shots of musicians. She started at DOPE taking photos for DOPE Magazine as it launched in Northern California in 2015. Aesthetically, her favorite medium to shoot in is film such as 35mm and medium format. Since she studied journalism, she put her DOPEn to the paper and started writing stories about healing family through cannabis, sustainably sourced edibles and consciously created local products. Having developed obscure food allergies caused by histamine intolerance, she applies cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation and the anxieties surrounding food intolerance. Now managing the NorCal office as well as the area’s content, you can find her on the scene with the DOPE squad or roller skating in the Bay Area’s scenic spots. Her greatest joy working at DOPE is being able to help found a Dream Team of talent and style.