Humboldt Magic Makers, Ep. 5
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DR. PEPPER HERNANDEZ

Meet our May Magic Maker, Dr Pepper Hernandez, a naturopath, nutritionist, and Cannabis therapist who has been living in Humboldt for over six years. We visited with Dr. Hernandez in her warm and colorful office and learned more about her dynamic practice.

 

What is your medium/practice?

I am a naturopath, nutritionist, and Cannabis therapist, and have a spiritual practice of Kundalini.

 
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I love

 

catering to this community.

 

How long have you had your practice?

I have been offering my private practice for 5 years this last October.

 

 

How has the culture of Humboldt influenced your work? 

I love catering to this community with the open mindedness, creativity, and ambitious frontier for Cannabis.

 

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It calms

and relaxes me and lets my work flow through.

 

How has the natural landscape of Humboldt influenced your work? 

It has opened me up to my passion for exploring.

 

 

What inspires you?

The ocean, music, kundalini, love, flowers, my dog Riley, and the lovely people of Humboldt.

 

What are your favorite Cannabis products and how do you use them?

CBD products, mostly tinctures.

How does Cannabis affect your creative process?

It calms and relaxes me and lets my work flow through.

 

To learn more about Dr. Pepper Hernandez, check out her website or follow her on Instagram!

 

Zach Rubin
Humboldt Magic Makers, Ep. 4
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PURE LIFE FARM

Meet our April Magic Maker, Pure Life Farm. Based in Arcata, CA, this small family farm produces some of the most delicious honey we have ever tasted. Read on to learn more about Husband and wife Maria and Josh and their farming and beekeeping practices.

 

How long have you lived in Humboldt?

Maria has lived in Humboldt County for 15 years, and Josh was born and raised here.

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It's always

encouraging to see other businesses using other hive by-products to make their own, creating a very beautiful sense of sustainable community.

 

How long have you been farming and beekeeping?

We started our small farm thirteen years ago, when we began selling fruits and vegetables. We have been beekeeping for six years.

 

 

How has the culture of Humboldt influenced your work? 

For the most part, we have noticed a lot of support for local products and farms. Its always encouraging to see other businesses using other hive by-products to make their own, creating a very beautiful sense of sustainable community.

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Humboldt has

a lot of natural beauty that inspires us to work outdoors, and bees are the artists of those landscapes.

 

How has the natural landscape of Humboldt influenced your work? 

Humboldt has a lot of natural beauty that inspires us to work outdoors, and bees are the artists of those landscapes.

 

 

How do you use Cannabis?

A glass of CBD infused water every day for tendonitis. 

 

How has the cannabis industry in Humboldt County affected/contributed to your career as an artist/creative?

The cannabis business has contributed with support to our local products and also by giving people like us affordable options to feel better. 

To learn more about Pure Life Farm, follow their Instagram!

Zach Rubin
Humboldt Magic Makers, Ep. 3
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JOHNATHON DESOTO

A LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY, JOHNATHON DESOTO IS BEST KNOWN FOR CREATING GEOMETRICALLY BASED ART PANELS AND MIXED MEDIA PIECES THAT ARE CONCERNED WITH THE POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF THE CURRENT DAY. HE USES RECLAIMED WOOD, PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING, COMMON CONSTRUCTION AND HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS.

 

What is your medium /practice, how long have you been in Humboldt, and how long have you been making your work?

I use reclaimed wood to create hardline, geometrically based abstractions and I am a local to Humboldt County, so all 32 years. I have been creating wood based works for 6 years.

 

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Cannabis

helps me to be a little more relaxed, a little more grounded.

How has the natural landscape of Humboldt influenced your work?

Although I do not draw direct inspiration from the landscape of Humboldt, it contributes to my well being, and influences me in more fundamental and abstract ways. I enjoy the fact that I can taste the salt in the air, or see the sea from my back porch. It's wonderful to turn in the opposite direction and see the the hills and the trees. It’s reinvigorating to be able to drive a short distance in the summer and swim in one of our six rivers. Humboldt County's landscape has always allowed me to become more grounded when my head starts spinning, and thus serves as a sort of heavy woven blanket when I need it.

 

What are your favorite Cannabis products and how/when do you use them?

I love using vape pens for their ease of use, and their ability to save my lungs from inhaling smoke. I work around a lot of sawdust in my work and my greatest health challenge is keeping dust at bay. The fact that I’m not introducing one more, potentially hazardous substance into my lungs, is reassuring. I have had issues sleeping well. I have tried a whole host of different natural and synthetic sleep aids in the past. Some of them work for a while, but then my body adjusts or they work but leave me with a terrible hangover the next morning. I have found that vaping Cannabis has allowed me to increase my sleep cycle from 3-4 hours a night to 5-7 hours a night.

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I can  

take deeper breaths throughout the day

How do they affect your creative process?

My issues usually have to do with a lack of time, rather than a lack of ideas. Sometimes I have far too many complex ideas and directions that I want to pursue. So, it’s really important for me to be able to bring energy to my work and focus. So, being able to sleep well and allow my body to subconsciously process the meaningful thoughts, experiences and feelings affects my process in ways that are both tangible and intangible.

How does Cannabis enhance your overall well-being?

Over all, it helps me to be a little more relaxed, a little more grounded. I can take deeper breaths throughout the day.

 

Check out Johnathon's website, and instagram

Zach Rubin