Cannabis 101 @North

Two women in a kitchen examining a bowl of cannabis
February 21, 2024 - 6:30pm-7:30pm (ended)

Wondering About Weed Founders Kaisha-Dyan McMillan and Penny Barthel visit the North Branch to host Cannabis 101: a thoughtful educational discussion exploring cannabis as a plant, a medicine, and a Federal Schedule 1 drug.

After California voters legalized adult-use in 2016, Penny and Kaisha each began their own exploration into the newly legal landscape, but kept coming across a blend of heavy science and stoner mystique that didn’t align with who they were: cannacurious grown-ups simply trying to understand the plant and its potential benefits. Inspired to bridge this gap in education with experiences free from judgment and rich in community, Wondering About Weed came into bloom in 2019. Through fun, interactive Bay Area-based classes on everything from home cultivation to gummy-making and more, Wondering About Weed is on a mission to empower people to explore cannabis for their wellness needs.

In this highly engaging workshop Kaisha and Penny will demystify what cannabis is, how it went from legal to illegal and back again, and key basics to know when considering it for your own therapeutic needs.

About the Founders:
• Copywriter and journalist Kaisha-Dyan McMillan (Instagram: @ahsiak) has specialized in the cannabis industry since 2016. Kaisha has written content for multiple cannabis brands and her work has been published in the East Bay Express, The Bold Italic, and Leafly. She currently serves as Senior Content Manager for cannabis cultivation platform AROYA and moderator of the weekly cultivation podcast, Office Hours.

Penny Barthel (Instagram: @smallgardencannabis) is an author, educator, certified cannabis horticulturist and trained nutritionist. Her motto "cannabis belongs in the garden" finds fullness in her book The Cannabis Gardener.  Penny's work has been published in Grow Magazine, and she is hitting the road in 2024 to teach a series of classes on the joys of growing cannabis in the garden.

Follow their journey at and on Instagram @wonderingaboutweed.

Penny will offer copies of The Cannabis Gardener for sale at the event.

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