Know Your Farmer: TokN

With TokN CBD Tea and Hemp flower, your farmer IS the brand. Shawn and Ashley grow and farm hemp in Corvallis, Oregon, and have been in the industry since the beginning. They sell dried flower and also turn their beautiful, sun-drenched, high CBD hemp into TokN tea- one of Grassed.Roots’ favorite ways to turn your daily CBD supplement into a delicious self-care ritual (we like to add honey and almond milk).

What they say about their passion and company:

TOKN is inspired by a love for the outdoors and connection to the beauty around us. From farm fresh CBD flower to uniquely crafted CBD tea blends TOKN prides themselves with providing clean, potent whole plant hemp products at an affordable price. 

Ashley and Shawn were raised in Santa Cruz, California where they grew a love for organic farming and interest in sustainable business practices. TOKN CBD is their realization of a vision to bring, high quality whole plant CBD products from the farm to their community and beyond. 

TOKN’s 15 acre CBD hemp farm is nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Their goal from the beginning has been to redefine what CBD hemp is a how it can be used. Far from only fit for industrial oil extraction, this plant has so much to offer in its whole form.

Our potent CBD flowers are cultivated with care from seed to sale- producing aromatic, therapeutically effective cannabis and hemp. Oregon’s optimal growing climate, stringent testing standards, and rich heritage of cannabis cultivation results in some of the best CBD hemp available. TOKN offers only premium small batch greenhouse, outdoor hemp flower and full spectrum products grown at our small farm in the Willamette Valley. 

Meet the Brands: Crappy’s Feel Better

Crappy’s is changing the game when it comes to tincture dominance (meaning they’ve effectively ended it ; )). Their CBD capsules are game changers and the founders behind the brand are on the dictionary page for “good people” .

Meet the nerds we all want to be friend’s with:

“So, it all started when a group of chemists sat down together in Conifer, Colorado, and wondered just how cool life would be if people didn’t have to feel Crappy. Then BOOM. Crappy’s was born—a line of go-to CBD products with one mission: to make you Feel Better.”

“Life’s too short to feel Crappy. That’s why a few nerds got together to create a line of relief products for a variety of on-the-go lifestyle ailments.

Our products are formulated with CBD, CBG, CBN, and terpene blends with one goal: to make you Feel Better.

“Big whoop! There’s a bunch of you CBD people out there!”, ya say? Well, you’re right. But Crappy’s was founded by a bunch of chemists where everything is based on nerd-like principles like, ya know, real science.

Remember, nerds always do their homework, and these products are nothing less than the biggest study session in hemp science. It’s the science that is, and has always been, there to help us out when we go a little too hard…and for the times when we wish we could go a little harder.

We bring the Feel Goods – effective, on-the-go, just-the-right-dose hemp products that are made to do just what you need them to, so you can get back to doing you.”

Crappy's Scientists

Getting you CBD your body can actually use

“Our “AH-HA!” moment: the amount of CBD in a tincture, gummy and other ingestible products all absorb about the same percentage of CBD, which is actually pretty darn low! So, we put our scientists’ brains together to create products with the perfect amount of CBD that your body actually uses.

That’s what makes our products different. Our nerdy technology and proprietary formulations work to give you the optimal amount CBD, CBG, and CBN, combined with our terpene blends, all packaged into a small chewable tablet!”

All copy and images copyright of Vital Leaf (TM) and taken from vitalleaf.com

Meet the Brands: Vital Leaf

Vital Leaf is leading the industry when it comes to their Plant-Forward approach, and exemplifies the gold standard quality that Grassed.Roots demands of its brands. We (and everyone else) love their chocolates, their mission and the community they’ve created.

Vital Leaf™ is a way of life.

We are driven by a purpose to infuse the healing potential of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract into products you will enjoy. We use a Plant Forward Approach to craft each formula with careful consideration. By choosing organic, plant-based, fair trade, regenerative, and ethically-sourced ingredients, we can ensure you get the highest quality hemp oil in the most enjoyable ways possible–all while protecting the environment, regenerating the earth’s resources, and promoting healthier ecosystems.

Plant Forward CBD™ is both an approach and a commitment made by Vital Leaf

We take a Plant Forward CBD™ approach when formulating all Vital Leaf products, which means we consciously select, source, and pair specific ingredients with the infusion of CBD to maximize both the beneficial properties of the plant and user enjoyment. This means that the plant medicine is what truly shines and any additional ingredients only complement the CBD. Our products remain free of processed/refined/white sugars, high-glycemic sweeteners, artificial colorings and flavorings, common allergens, pesticides, preservatives, and any ingredient that would hinder the plant’s medicinal properties or the user’s enjoyment and accessibility. Now that’s a Dose of Vitality!


Meet the Vital Leaf founder, Christina Sasser. As an artisan chef, super foodie, and wellness educator, Christina finds her greatest connection to the earth and community through food.

For her, Vital Leaf is a culmination of her passions for nutritional healing, food activism, flavor, love, and intentional living.

All copy and images copyright of Vital Leaf (TM) and taken from vitalleaf.com

Know Your Farmer: Tricolla Farms

Tricolla Farms

Tricolla Farms is truly a family affair with TONIC founder Brittany Carbone partnering with her husband Eric to manage their 10 acre farm located in upstate NY.  What we love about Tricolla Farms is the ethos that surrounds it-never compromising quality for quantity- which is making it an outpost of CBD ethics among the growing white noise of the “green rush”.

Attention is given to cultivating with ethical practices such as harvesting whole plants and de-stemming/drying by hand maintaining the integrity of each plant harvested resulting in higher quality flower for customers!

Industrial techniques that have become common in “Big Hemp” compromise minor cannabinoid and terpene content for the sake of CBD %. It is a matter of quantity over quality. Harvesting whole plants, hang drying and de-stemming by hand is not the easy way to do it, but we do believe it is the better way.

“Growing higher quality flower and handling it with care throughout the entire process results in more efficient extractions (grow less, yield more) and lends itself to a more sustainable, intentional hemp industry.”

-Erik Carbone, Lead Grow

Tricolla Farms

Meet the Brands: TONIC

This month, Grassed.Roots is bringing you a double powerhouse in our brand partner TONIC.  This brand upholds the quality standards that define the Grassed.Roots movement and was born, in the brand owner’s own words, of necessity. 

Founder Brittany Carbone sought a solution for her depression & anxiety that could reduce stress while boosting her mood…hence TONIC was created.  Brittany cleverly combined ashwagandha root (one of our favorite herbs by the way) with CBD to come up with a remedy she could use during the day with great results rendered during her self-study.  It also was very important for Brittany’s TONIC brand to maintain quality cultivation practices which leads us to Tricolla Farms, TONIC’s very own family-owned hemp farm….

“The results were lifechanging and that’s when I knew I had to share this with the world. That’s how the O.G. got its name – it was the original blend that started it all”

Brittany carbone

Read more about Brittany’s journey and the amazing products it led her to create:

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Grassed Roots Vetted Box- Review of Quim- Happy Clam CBD Oil

Product Review by Grassed.Roots featured blog writer Veronica Castillo

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I received the dopest box from Grassed Roots, a monthly subscription service, founded by 3 women, that provides subscribers with themed boxes of 5+ deluxe CBD samples. My box was amazing and loaded with quality CBD sample products from popular brands in CBD: Quim, Vital Leaf, Bloom Farms, and more. Quim is the product being reviewed below and I can’t wait to share!

Before the review, here’s a little about Quim. Co-founded by Cyo Nystrom and Rachel Washtien, Quim is a brand that is on a mission to create products that deepen the connection you have with your own body, and empower you to care for it in a way that makes sense for you. Featured in Gossamer, The Guardian, Weedmaps, and more- Quim is here to make “quims” happier and help with better sex through the natural powers of plant medicine.

We are not reinventing the wheel here—people (and often women) have been healing each other through plant-based care for millennia. Our formulas are inspired by centuries of folk medicine and, with you, we hope to create a space for people with vaginas to share their experiences and promote shameless self-care. By reconnecting with our own bodily intuition, we can fully tap into our power as the “#1 expert” on living in our own bodies.”

My Review of the Happy Clam Everyday Oil

Photo: its.quim.com

The Happy Clam Everyday Oil by Quim is good for anytime of the day and/or night and designed for proactive health. Priced at $48 for 1 ounce of oil, 50 mg total, carrying 1-5 mg-2 mg per serving- this oil did not disappoint.

The ingredients are amazing and combined with the power of CBD: apricot oil, hazelnut oil, sweet almond oil, MCT oil, calendula, olive oil, damiana, tea tree oil, and violet- it’s no wonder I love it!

The directions read: apply 3-5 pumps after bathing, before bed, after sex, when PMSing or menstruating, postpartum, or anytime your quim is in need of some tender loving care.

I applied in the mornings and at night. Talk about moisturization and a calming sensation never before felt by my Quim- I felt like “what have I been doing all this time?”; the feeling is not quite like a yoni steam- but in the same vicinity. Definite care for the Quim.

The oil leans on the thicker side making it really easy to apply, and had a nice scent from the other plants and oils in the bottle. It’s like the website says: “it literally is eye cream for your vagina and it should be a part of everyone’s routine!

I agree and recommend!

Should I Buy That Tincture Everyone Recommends?

You’ve seen them online. Those cannabis products everyone raves about. But before you hit the “order” button, do your research. Here’s what you should look for.

*This piece was originally published on TheFreshToast.com and is re-published here with the permission of the author.

When purchasing anything at all, what works for you is what you should buy. Regarding cannabis, the tincture that everyone recommends is a good place to start your research. The THC/ CBD oil tincture that you decide to purchase should resonate with you and your needs.

Selecting and buying an oil tincture depends on many factors; are you looking for:

  • THC or CBD?
  • 1:1 ratio or different ratio?
  • Terpene enriched or not?
  • With flavor or without?
  • How many milligrams per dose?
  • Does the extraction method matter?
  • Do added ingredients matter?

Once you have answered these types of questions, the selection for the best starts. A good place to start are those tinctures that everyone recommends. Those are a good starting point for your search.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

THC Tincture VS CBD Tincture

Generally, if shopping online, the CBD options will be CBD from hemp. THC in amounts more than 0.3%, are not allowed to be sold online because of legality. Hemp CBD is legal if THC is tested and is less than 0.3%.


If you are looking for a THC tincture, even the best CBD tincture may not be good for you if it’s specifically THC you’re after. THC and CBD are both great but are very different from each other. If you are in a legal cannabis state and looking for THC, you’ll find the best oil tincture selection at a cannabis dispensary.

The same is true for someone who wants a CBD tincture. If someone is shopping for THC free CBD, a full spectrum product will not be best. What’s best may be a broad-spectrum and/or isolate CBD tincture.

Cannabis Ratio’s

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RELATED: A Beginner’s Guide to CBD

Cannabis ratios for oil tinctures look like: 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, and so on. These ratios generally tell how much CBD to THC is in the product. Here are examples of ratios you may find on oil tinctures:

1:1 — a balanced half and half of CBD and THC. Still psychoactive.

4:1 — More CBD than THC and considered a middle/mid. Less psychoactive.

8:1 — High CBD, low THC and considered the ratio for wanting virtually no high.

Someone may recommend a 1:1 product; however, if you want zero THC, that 1:1 will not be a good choice for you.

Cannabis Spectrums

Generally, tinctures are available in different spectrums when CBD is the focus: full, broad, isolate, and nano. These spectrums determine the range of cannabinoids in the tincture:

Full Spectrum: will contain all of the compounds that the plant carries: the terpenes, essential oils, and cannabinoids- including THC.

Broad Spectrum: the “in between” option of isolate and full spectrums- Broad spectrum will have most of the plant’s compounds but in this spectrum, THC is removed.

Isolate: known as the purest form it extracts a single compound and “isolates it” from the others. Isolate removes all other compounds leaving just the CBD cannabinoid.

Nano: the water-soluble option- meaning, it dissolves in water.

Terpene Enriched Oil Tinctures

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Terpenes are the oil compounds responsible for the fragrance of the cannabis plant (and many other plants) as well as the flavors, effects, and colors. There are over 20,000 terpenes in existence. The cannabis plant produces about 100 of them.

Terpenes are important because they contribute to the impact that each cannabinoid has on our bodies. Knowing about the terpene profile within the cannabis oil tincture is an important consideration.

Here are a few popular terpenes and their said effects:

  • Myrcene: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic, sedative, anti-mutagenic
  • Limonene: elevated mood, stress relief, anti-fungal, antibacterial
  • Linalool: pain reducer, anti-microbial, reduces anxiety, and lowers depression
  • Humulene: fights tumors, helps terminate cancer cells, antibacterial, anti-fungal

Oil Tinctures with Added Ingredients

Some cannabis oil tinctures are flavored, contain essential oils, and have added carrier agents. CBD in tincture is less potent than CBD oil. This is generally because of the other ingredients being added to enhance the flavor. Some of those ingredients include: herbs, sweeteners, vitamins, and carrier agent like MCT or coconut oil.

So, you see, the cannabis oil tincture that everyone buys may or may not work for you. Those brands/companies may be great places to start your research; however, there are many considerations and those vary by person. You should buy the cannabis oil tincture that is best for you and your needs.

-Veronica Castillo

A Beginner’s Guide To CBD

Many have never explored and/or encountered cannabis, and since hemp is now legal, a CBD beginner’s guide is necessary! 

*This piece was originally published on TheFreshToast.com and is re-published here with permission from the auther.

Picture it: the hemp and CBD aisle at your local health shop. Likely, there’s a bit of hemp here, CBD over there — hemp and CBD everywhere! There are hundreds of products to choose from in just about every form, such as topicals, tinctures, bath salt, face cream, soap, detergent, and so much more. Now for the fun part — selecting the best product for your needs. 

What seems like a CBD craze could just be an awakening; people waking up to the truth about cannabis. Besides healing, there are many benefits that the plant offers. Many have never explored and/or encountered cannabis, and since hemp is now legal, a CBD beginner’s guide is necessary! 

My goal is to provide an overview that will make it easier for beginners to shop. Understanding CBD, hemp, forms, methods, and legality will make shopping for CBD easier. My hope is that by the end of this beginner’s guide to CBD, newcomers to the compound will feel confident when shopping and reading information.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

The Difference Between Cannabis Hemp and Cannabis Marijuana

Hemp and marijuana are, taxonomically speaking, the same plant. They’re basically just different names for the same genus (cannabis) and species. What makes hemp hemp, and marijuana marijuana is THC.

THC makes the difference and this difference is made at the breeding stage according to Kush.com, which explains:

“Each of these unique goals require a specific species of cannabis bred for that goal. For example, almost all industrial hemp seeds produce very litttle THC. If extracting THC for recreation is your goal, it is going to be almost impossible to do this with industrial hemp seeds. Vice versa some THC dense strains of cannabis produce shorter & thinner stalks. This means that they would not be sought after for harvest hemp biomass fibre.”

Generally, cannabis-hemp flower is high in CBD and 0.3% or less THC.

The Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil

Hemp oil and CBD oil could be different, therefore, understanding what something labeled “hemp” means, and understanding what something labeled “CBD” means, is important.

CBD is found and is extracted from the leaves, bud/flowers, and stalks of the cannabis-hemp plant. Hemp, when discussed in oil, gummy, and extract, is generally extracted from the hemp seed, and seeds do not contain cannabinoids. When something is labeled “hemp oil”, you want to make sure that if you’re looking for CBD, that there is in fact CBD in the product. The label “hemp” doesn’t automatically mean “CBD”.

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The Legal Status of CBD in the United States

The Farm Bill that was passed in 2018, removed hemp from the DEA’s Schedule I list of drugs. When this happened, hemp was reclassified as a ““agricultural commodity.” With this reclassification, CBD from hemp became legal. Important to note- CBD from hemp is legal. CBD from marijuana remains illegal.

Something else to note: this reclassification did not make it legal for anyone to grow hemp at home. Industrial hemp became legal and that means, licenses and business registrations are needed before a single seed is planted. Though- if in a legal Cannabis state, it may be legal in your state- to grow hemp at home. Definitely check state law before planting a seed. 

CBD Forms/Consumption Methods

There are multiple forms of consuming hemp-CBD:

Flower: smoking, dry herb vaping, and juicing.

RSO (Rick Simpson oil): allowing the oil to dissolve/swallowing, or adding it to a piece of food like a cracker or bread.

Oil tincture: usually through a dropper, place the oil under the tongue and hold for 60–90 seconds then swallow.

Edible: gummies, chocolate bars, beverages, etc.

Concentrate: vape pen, dab, infused bowl, and infused joint.

Topical: application to skin.

Each method has an effect a little different than the other.

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Labels, Certificates of Analysis, and QR Codes

  • A good CBD label is informative provides information like:
  • The amount of CBD per bottle/package
  • Total CBD servings per bottle/package
  • The amount of CBD per dose
  • If the CBD is full spectrum, isolate, or broad spectrum (this is really important because a full spectrum CBD product will have very low levels of THC, whereas an isolate product is THC free)
  • Ingredients in the product

Your CBD product purchase should come with a certificate of analysis or a QR code. A certificate of analysis is a document from the testing facility and should: 

  • Be from a laboratory that conducted the testing
  • Tell the various cannabinoids found in the product
  • The amount (usually percentages) of each cannabinoid per bottle/package and per serving.
  • The terpenes found in the product/terpene analysis

Not all states require companies to provide a certificate of analysis. Instead, the use of QR codes is enforced. A QR code is a machine-readable optical label that provides important information about the product that it is attached to.

The QR code is usually on the product package. When scanning that code with a smart phone, you a redirected to a webpage with the product’s information:

  • Ingredients used
  • The certificate of analysis with all testing info
  • The third-party lab that tested the product

This quick overview is like a pre-requisite, an introduction to the very basis of CBD. This guide for beginners of CBD is a shopping tool, not a medical tool or guide. The goal is to help make the shopping experience and conversations with retailers a little easier by guiding you through the basics.

Featured Blog Writer: Meet the world’s best traveling vegan cannabis writer!

Grassed.Roots is ECSTATIC to be partnering with Veronica Castillo for our blog and Education Initiative. Verconica- called “One of the cannabis industry’s leading writers” and “a powerful woman in Cannabis destined to make history” stands for everything Grassed.Roots does: changing the stigma around plant medicine, opening new doorways to health and having fun doing it!

Check out her website HERE and keep coming back to the Grassed.Roots blog to get her fresh view on CBD, cannabis and why it should matter to you.

Meet Veronica

I’m a girl from the south with a dream to explore. A lover of nature, travel, Cannabis and plant-based health. I research, educate, inform, and inspire people to think outside of society’s “normal”. 

I’m a resident of the road, on a mission to remove stigmas surrounding Cannabis, educate at least one person a day on the power of plant medicine and diet, and inform my readers about what’s coming, what’s happening, and what impacts them in the plant medicine space: new products, vegan brands, minorities in Cannabis and veganism, and so much more. 

As a Cannabis Writer-Journalist, I contribute to various Cannabis/Psychedelic industry publications (digital and print) and industry blogs. I am excited to be partnering with Grassed.Roots on our combined mission to build an inclusive industry.

I’ll be traveling through multiple continents and countries in exploration of Cannabis, hemp and other plant-based medicines. 

Stay tuned for more on: travel, minorities in Cannabis and psychedelics, black lives matter, veganism, all things Cannabis, and the sort of real-talk about plant medicine you likely won’t find anywhere else.

Visit her blog HERE to get the best of modern cannabis journalism

How to CBD

CBD: The Breakdown!

Here at Grassed.Roots we donʼt want you to hop on this herbal trend just because itʼs popular. Itʼs important to know what youʼre putting in your endocannabinoid system, how and why. We hope to cover some of those concerns here!

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What is CBD?

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the Cannabid sativa plant, which is also known as marijuana or hemp, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm.

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CBD Myth debunked:

There is some misinformation floating around as to whether or not CBD is psychoactive. It IS psychoactive by definition because it can be mood-altering and has moderating effects on various receptors.

However, it is nonintoxicating and WILL NOT leave you feeling sedated or “high”. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, it helps to promote homeostasis in the body and may help give your system the boost it needs in order to continue functioning properly.

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What is an Endocannabinoid System?

What is an Endocannabinoid System?

The Endogenous Cannabinoid System named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.

Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. The main function of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain bodily homeostasis.

Ask for a Lab Report!

It is imperative to buy thirdparty-tested CBD for quality assurance. Cannabidiol is not regulated by FDA so itʼs important to see the test results so that you can verify the accuracy of each companies label.

CBD Dosing: How To

Dosing is dependent on a large variation of factors. Itʼs important to note that no one has the same genetic makeup and will experience products differently. Itʼs also important to read the labels of each product for dosing information specific to that product.

For example, an edible product may have the same amount of cbd as a tincture product, but since they metabolize in your body indifferent ways they may give you different results. As a good rule of thumb always start small and work your way up!

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Talk to your Doc!

Please remember to consultwith your medical doctor before using CBD. Cannabidiol may affect how other drugs you are taking work, potentially causing serious side effects.

Meet the Brands: QUIM

QUIM is a brand we cannot get enough of! They are revolutionizing how we think about personal care, how we think about our bodies, and how CBD can work wonders on, yup, vaginas.

What they say about their amazing mission and products:


Historically, products created for vaginal health and sexual wellness have not been designed to take sustainable, proactive, self-care into account.

We can all agree that lube is a godsend, but the most widely available are glycerin-based and (because bacteria/fungus feed on the sugar in glycerin) can lead to UTIs. The antibiotics you have to take for your UTI wipe out all the “good bacteria” with the bad, leaving you at heightened risk of getting a yeast infection. Over the counter medication is relatively accessible and effective, but those suppositories will leave your vag drier than the Sahara, sending you right back to the lube that got you here in the first place. Woof.

The cycle is not working. We deserve more.
This is where Quim was born.

Our mission at Quim is to create products that deepen the connection you have with your own body, and empower you to care for it in a way that makes sense for you.

After years of dealing with persistent vaginal health issues on our own—yeast infections, bladder infections, difficulty climaxing, low libido, allergic reactions to commercial lube—we came together to share what we’ve learned and to bring you formulas that work for us. Happier quims and better sex through the natural powers of plant medicine.

We are not reinventing the wheel here—people (and often women) have been healing each other through plant-based care for millennia. Our formulas are inspired by centuries of folk medicine and, with you, we hope to create a space for people with vaginas to share their experiences and promote shameless self-care. By reconnecting with our own bodily intuition, we can fully tap into our power as the “#1 expert” on living in our own bodies.

“Because it’s high time we start treating our quims with the same TLC as our diligently serumed / SPF’d / charcoal-masked faces.” – Cyo & Rachel