A Cut Above - med Denver
Colorado Cool Aid, Garlic Breath, Headband Kush, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
A Cut Above - rec
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Grape OZ, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
A Wellness Center
Blue Sherbert, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Ice Cream Cake, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
BOULDER WELLNESS CENTER LLC
Purple Papaya Punch, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream
CANNACO
Garlic Breath, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, The Sauce
COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC
Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Driver, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH
Cookies N Cream, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
Canna Cabinet
Blue Sherbet, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Miracle Alien Cookies, Pineapple Blast, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
CannaCo II
Cherry Hills, Garlic Breath, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Cherry Peak
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Chronic Therapy - Cortez
Cookies N Cream
Cookies Commerce City
Tart Pops
Cookies Pueblo
Bananaghani, Tart Pops
Dabbington LLC
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
EUFLORA 16th Street
Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Tart Pops
EUFLORA Aspen
Cherry Diesel, Tart Pops
EUFLORA Buckley Rd
Cherry Diesel, Tart Pops
EUFLORA Gun Club Rd
Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Tart Pops
EUFLORA Longmont
Cherry Diesel
Eclipse Cannabis Company
Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Tart Pops
Emerald Fields - Glendale
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Emerald Fields - Manitou
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
GREEN WORLD EXPRESS
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Ice Cream Cake, Purple Papaya Punch, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Golden Meds - Sante Fe
Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Veritas Cookies
Golden Meds Bryant St
Blue Sherbert, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, GG4, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Purple Papaya Punch, Scooby Snax, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Sunset Drive
Golden Meds Colorado Springs
Blue Sherbert, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Strawberries N Cream
Green Cross of Cherry Creek - REC
Cherry Hills, Tart Pops
High Plainz Strains 2
Blue Sherbet, Bobby Boucher, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Higher Grade 38th
Blue Sherbert, Cherry Diesel, Colorado Cool Aid, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
Colorado Cool Aid, Slap N Tickle
Higher Grade REC
Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Karma
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Gas Tanker, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
LA CASA CANNA BIS INC
Purple Papaya Punch, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
LIGHTSHADE - Sheridan
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
LIVE GREEN - SHERIDAN
Bananaghani, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Wookie Fruit
LOVA - Aurora
Cherry Diesel, Sour Diesel, The Sauce
LOVA - Colfax
Cherry Diesel, Slap N Tickle, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, The Sauce
LOVA - Downtown
Cherry Diesel, Slap N Tickle, Sour Rado, The Sauce
LOVA - Edgewater
Cherry Diesel, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, The Sauce
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
MEDICINE MAN - Aurora
Sour Diesel, Sour Rado
MEDICINE MAN - DENVER
Sour Diesel, Sour Rado
Makena
Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Medicine Man Thornton - REC
Bananaghani, Bobby Boucher, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Sour Rado, Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER
Bananaghani
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Sour Diesel, Strawberry Shortcake, Tart Pops
NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Sour Rado, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Cherry Hills, Garlic Breath, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Garlic Breath, Purple Papaya Punch, Slap N Tickle, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Slurricane, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER
Tart Pops, Wookie Fruit
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Cherry Hills, Tart Pops
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Ice Cream Cake, Sour Diesel, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
NATURES MEDICINE SALIDA
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
Native Roots Austin Bluffs MED
Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax, Sunset Drive
Native Roots Colorado
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Native Roots Highlands
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops
Native Roots Littleton MED
Cherry Diesel, Scooby Snax, Sunset Drive
Native Roots Tower
Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Gas Tanker, Ice Cream Cake, Slap N Tickle, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Native Roots Trinidad
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Native Roots Vail MED
Blue Sherbert, Cherry Diesel, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Veritas Cookies
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Veritas Cookies
PIG N' WHISTLE
Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Pig N' Whistle
Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
Primal
Blue Sherbert, Strawberries N Cream
RJJ Academy
Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush
RJJ Edgewater
Cherry Diesel
RJJ Frisco
Blue Sherbert, Headband Kush, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive
RJJ Tower
Blue Sherbert, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive
RJJ Uintah
Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sunset Drive
ROCKY ROAD AURORA
Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Purple Papaya Punch, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, Veritas Cookies
ROCKY ROAD VAIL
Cherry Diesel, The Sauce
ROOTS RX BASALT
Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EAGLE/VAIL
Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Sour Rado, The Sauce
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops, The Sauce
ROOTS RX Leadville
Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Rocky Farms
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Sunset Drive
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Garlic Breath, Grape OZ, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Wookie Fruit
SANTE ALTERNATIVE WELLNESS
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Sunset Drive
SIMPLY PURE
Bananaghani, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Solace Meds - WR
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Solace Meds Broadway
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Solace Meds Colfax
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Hills, Cookies N Cream, Miracle Alien Cookies, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Wookie Fruit
Solace Meds FOCO Medical
Blue Sherbert, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
Standing Akimbo
Garlic Breath, Scooby Snax
Steel City Meds
Blue Sherbert, Cookies N Cream, Sunset Drive
THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
The 404
Cherry Diesel, Garlic Breath, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
The 64 Store
Blue Sherbert, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
The Dispo (REC)
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Bobby Boucher, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Pie, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Sunset Driver, Tart Pops, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wookie Fruit
Third Day Apothecary
Blue Sherbert, Strawberries N Cream
Tumbleweed - Eagle
Sunset Drive
Tumbleweed Carbondale
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Sour Diesel, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Tart Pops
Tumbleweed Edwards
Cookies N Cream, Sunset Drive
Tumbleweed Frisco
Bananaghani, Cherry Hills, Sour Diesel, Strawberry Shortcake, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Twin Peaks - REC
Blue Sherbet, Slap N Tickle, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
VERTS
Garlic Breath, Ice Cream Cake, Slap N Tickle, Sour Rado, Strawberry Flame, Tart Pops
Verts
Colorado Cool Aid, Garlic Breath, Headband Kush, Scooby Snax, Strawberries N Cream
Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal
Slap N Tickle, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Flame, Sunset Drive, Tart Pops
Zengolds - Lyons REC
Cherry Hills, Purple Papaya Punch, The Sauce
5280 Weedery
Blue Sherbert, Cherry Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Headband Kush, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive
A Cut Above - Springs med
Cherry Diesel, Colorado Cool Aid, Garlic Breath, Gas Tanker, Headband Kush, Scooby Snax, Slap N Tickle, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Sunset Drive, Unicorn Poop

April 21, 2021

6 weed products journalist Ricardo Baca can’t live without

Weedmaps News∙ April 20, 2021   12:00 pm PDT | Updated 22 hours ago

Ricardo Baca is a prolific veteran journalist and considered the first modern weed news editor (outside of the old High Times school). He was an editor at The Denver Post where he ran The Cannabist for over three years. Baca's place “at ground zero of the green rush” was the subject of the 2015 documentary Rolling Papers. Today, he's the CEO and founder of Grasslands, a cannabis PR company dedicated to championing journalism while helping cannabis brands tell their stories. 

In the eye of the media storm

For Baca, it's been nothing short of a “tremendous honor” to witness the historic trajectory of cannabis over the last decade so intimately.

The breaking point came in 2014, Baca told Weedmaps, when the unspoken battle still raged between cannabis advocacy media and the mainstream coverage that still parroted outdated narratives from the federal government and the war on drugs. “That's when we saw this tipping point where the work of a lot of our predecessors, people like David Downs and Ed Rosenthal, writers and journalists who had previously done legitimate cannabis journalism from a modern educated perspective, then being able to build upon what they did.”

When Baca came on to the scene in 2013, the understanding was clear that the advocacy media that had kept cannabis coverage afloat up to that point wouldn't cut it as the legal cannabis beat became a reality. “To be able to create real journalism and continue in that vein from those who came before me, and to take it to the next level with the help of a very large community, and to really change how the media covers cannabis, that has been the most tremendous honor to witness that expansion.”

Though Baca admits that his role shifting from advocacy media to mainstream cannabis journalism wasn't something he thought of in the moment, at least, not initially.

“We didn't know what we were doing at the time, we were just trained journalists covering this new beat that was newly legal, and we didn't recognize the weight of that.”

Baca continued, “Then of course, years later, especially after leaving newspapers, I recognized that what my colleagues and I did was really monolithic. David Downs and other people were out there creating legitimate journalism that held the powerful accountable, both the brands and the regulators, both sides of the equation, the prohibitionists and the advocates for legalization. But what we did was we just brought it to a different level, and got so much attention for bringing traditional journalism to an industry that desperately needed it.”

Honoring weed journalism

Having played a major role in changing the national conversation on cannabis, as well as changing the way media reports on cannabis in general, Baca strives to honor his journalism roots by making sure Grasslands follows suit. Grasslands is a cannabis marketing and PR agency with a few tech, healthcare, and government clients as well. 

As Grasslands helps cannabis brands build compelling and meaningful stories through press launches and effective media placements, the company also takes care to document the intricacies of what they're learning in cannabis marketing on a daily basis. For Baca, it's been a thrill ride to transition to his new role while still operating in the cannabis space. 

“We call ourselves a 'journalism-minded agency,' and we do everything we can to help out our partners in the media because we recognize the immense stress that they are under right now with layoffs and furloughs and reduced staffing and so much more.”

Before signing on a client to Grasslands, Baca said the company makes sure they align with their “client criteria,” which includes “recognizing the important contributions to our societies by journalists.” 

“I think that's immensely important if you're working with us,” Baca added, “because we recognize that we don't have a job without the journalists we work with.” 

Grasslands goes to great lengths to make sure journalism remains an essential pillar of their operation. The Grasslands blog features journalist Q&As where the company highlights individual journalists to give brands and others the opportunity to know them and their work. 

“We are super passionate about making sure that the public at large recognizes how journalism contributes to the very fabric of our democracy,” said Baca, “and we would not work with a brand that does not recognize that.” https://ad7a295a53e42666ebd8c5d36c30d944.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

An optimistic future for cannabis

At this point in his career, Baca sees a bright future for cannabis legalization, acceptance, and evolution as a medicine. 

“We know that we have an overwhelming percentage of Americans who support legal cannabis,” Baca said, “and I would argue that we haven't even seen anything yet. Even though this change has been monolithic, in the next decade, we will see a shift that will blow this most recent shift away in terms of acceptance.”

Baca elaborated, “As the stigma decreases and as minds open, more and more people will be opened up to the wellness potential of cannabinoids and terpenes. When you think about the amount of adult Americans who suffer from pain, anxiety, and inflammation, we're talking about a very decided majority.” When this majority feels more comfortable going to cannabis instead of over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, Baca argued, “this will improve our global wellness on a historic level that I think most people in the industry aren't even thinking about right now.”

Six products Ricardo Baca can't live without

Baca first tried weed in his teens, but the experience wasn't what he considers his proper introduction to the power of the plant. “I've never smoked anything successfully, and early unregulated edibles from my friend's kitchen were not an ideal introduction.”

Baca's revelatory cannabis experience came in 2013 in the form of a 10 milligram piece of chocolate. “I cut it up in four pieces to see what 2.5 milligrams of active THC would look and feel like, and holy shit!” Baca said. “Instantly, I woke up the next day and told my wife, 'This is my new preferred substance. I so prefer the experience we had last night to alcohol any day of the week.' I've been a convert ever since.”

Here are six weed products Ricardo Baca can't live without. 

The Puffco Peak

“Obviously this is game changing technology,” Baca said of the Puffco Peak vaporizer. “What [Puffco CEO Roger Volodarsky] and his team have done, they met the market where they were. To normalize the dab blowtorch in an innovative, tech-savvy and aesthetics-conscious way, that was genius.” 

Davinci IQ2 Vaporizer

Davinci is a Grasslands client, and Baca is proud to rep the brand's new and improved dry flower vape

“The Davinci IQ2 is certainly the best flower vaporizer on the market. With most of their competitors, there are significant airflow issues. That's what they directly addressed in this new iteration of the IQ. That airflow is on point, and I also appreciate their advancements toward dosage control. We definitely need to see more dose control in the vaporizer space.”

Veritas Sour Diesel

“It's kind of a cliche, but I've always been a Sour D guy,” said Baca, “and Veritas makes an incredible Sour D. The nose on this [flower] is insane. I Like the elevating strains, the uppers.”Find Veritas products

Grasslands Trio of Trays

Grasslands has designed a delightful trio of rolling trays now on sale at their merch store. “My IQ2 is on one with flower remnants, my keys are on the other one, they've just become a really handy tool for the house and the office.” 

A Marijuana Moment Subscription

“I'm so appreciative of all of the journalists covering the lifestyle side, the business side, and the policy side,” Baca said, “but I think we really need that policy side of reporting, especially people who are looking at what's happening federally, as well as different states and provinces. Tom Angell and his team do great work, and we've been proud supporters for years at different levels.” 

Sugar High Milk Chocolate-Covered Caramels with Sea Salt

“We have been demanding edibles to taste better,” Baca commented, “and I think the market is finally starting to catch up with that consumer demand. These caramels are un-frickin'-believable.” 

Interview by Nic Juarez. Written by Andy Andersen. Featured image courtesy of Grasslands. Graphic by David Lozada/Weedmaps