WASHINGTON: It’s a chilly fall morning in Seattle, and so in need of warm sustenance I go ahead and order a large coffee and a bear claw and settled down in a corner table at Uptown Espresso to await the arrival of Ah Warner.
Founder and CEO of Cannabis Basics, Ah is at the center of the Women of Weed movement here in Seattle, and a part of the vibrant topicals scene in the Puget Sound that includes Gig Harbor-based Kush Creams, Sequim’s Sativa Valley, and Seattle’s Vita Verde.
Warner is no stranger to the sativa scene. She has been involved in one way or another with the Hemp and Cannabis scene since the nineties. Way ahead of her time, it seems the world —and the marketplace – are now ready for a line of fertile hempseed and premium cannabis-infused botanical topical treatments (“please don’t call them lotions”).
Ah unpacks her bag and shows me the Cannabis Basics line , a wide selection of healing products that includes: Sole’s Desire Repair Cream, Satin Skin, XXXBody Rescue Balm, Naked Lip Butter, The Remedy Pain Stick, and introducing Ink 20/20 – a relief stick for recent tattoo recipients.
Winner of the Hemp Times 1999 Bioneer award for “Outstanding Achievement in Body Care,” Ah also is a Washington sales representative for Dixie Botanicals and Wicked Wick, and a member of the NORML Women’s Alliance.
And if that weren’t enough, Ah co-founded Women of Weed with her business partner, Shawn DeNae Eddy, six months ago. Their mission statement: “To Build a Safe Community for Like Minded Women to Support and Nurture Our Individual Goals.”
The WOW meeting I attended last week was packed wall-to-wall with professional business women from every cannabis category —packaging, retail, products, legal, testing, media, medibles, real estate, networking and sharing tales from the front lines. The Women of Weed are force to be reckoned.
You can catch Ah Warner next month, speaking at the 2nd Annual Marijuana Business Conference and Expo on the topic of Ancillary products in the burgeoning 502 marketplace.
Original Reporting by Morgan/MJNN