Sara Payan

Why Cannabis Education Could Create Better Policy (for Rolling Stone)

Educated policymakers can create policy that enables safe access, social justice and viable opportunities for industry success. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Rolling Stone editors or publishers. Recently, I moderated a “Patient and Consumer Education Strategies” panel. My colleagues and I shared how we have built loyal consumer bases by …

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Weedsday Playlist: Cannabis Educator Sara Payan Shares 5 Songs for Your Next Smoke Sesh

Sara Payan is a nationally recognized and award-winning cannabis educator, speaker, public policy advocate and writer. She is the Public Education Officer for The Apothecarium in San Francisco, a member of the San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee and was vice-chair of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. With over 14,000 hours of hands-on experiential medical cannabis patient research, …

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Achieving True Social Equity Requires Changing the Cannabis Culture

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It’s no secret the cannabis industry is off-balance when it comes to people of color and business ownership. In 2017, an estimated 12 percent of cannabis businesses were Black-, Latin-, or Asian-owned, and the percentage hasn’t increased much since then. A legalized market has created massive career and entrepreneurial opportunities, but less than a third of the thirty-six states where …

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Cannabis Journaling — An Exercise For Experimentation And Grounding

There are many resources that speak to the various effects of the different products and types of cannabis. This information reflects how the majority of us respond to its components. What we need to figure out is how it affects us as an individual. Our bodies all vary in our response to cannabis. I like to say that we are …

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How to Understand CBD Lingo

“Knowing the difference between broad spectrum, full spectrum and isolate — as well as CBD oil and hempseed oil — can help you choose the products that are right for you.” It wasn’t too long ago that if you asked somebody what CBD was, they would look at you with a puzzled expression on their face. Today, CBD is on …

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