Just last year I had the pleasure of meeting Ah Warner, CEO and Founder of Cannabis Basics. Kris had already known her for some time, but I had just joined the Cascadia Hemp Co. team and was still learning the ins and outs of the hemp industry. Ah organized a fundraiser at her home to support the famous Seattle Hempfest. I already knew her products were great and that her Remedy Stick was by far our best seller. What I didn’t know until much later was how pivotal her role in the industrial hemp community was. As an entrepreneur and pioneer Ah has been a trailblazer for the hemp and cannabis industry for over 20 years, and to show our appreciation we wanted to share her story. Below is the history of Cannabis Basics and Ah’s entrepreneurial journey into the Seattle hemp industry.
Ah’s Cannabis Basics Journey
In 1994, newly pregnant Ah Warner knew that life would never be the same after she walked into the Fremont Hemp Company, realizing the possibilities for creation and production were limitless. 1995 saw the birth of her daughter, Darienne Zoa, along with an overly ambitious catalogue of hemp products she called Cannabis Creations, which included candles, stationary, hand-dyed yarns, fabrics, handcrafted pillows, and even a line of hempseed goodies called Incredible Edibles. Meanwhile, she rolled up her sleeves and began researching the therapeutic benefits of blending hempseed oil with healing botanicals and essential oils. As her first potion, Ah made a Lavender and Tangerine Love Yourself Massage oil, still prominent in the now Cannabis Basics line-up. That same year, Ah put together a team of mentors, (Sandi and Mary from Brookside Soap and Lisa from Full Moon Rising), to help with the expansion of her hemp body care line. Over the following years, Cannabis Creations Body continued to gain momentum, winning industry awards and features in major publications such as Vogue Magazine. With the support of alternative retail stores and mail-order catalogues, her fledgling company experienced organic growth.
Life gets involved
Although moderately successful, Ah found that sourcing pure ingredients for her products became difficult and risky. The therapeutic advantages of cannabis-derived topicals, were overshadowed by the lack of education and an immature market. With a growing family, Ah realized that the risks were too great. In 2005, after ten years of producing natural hemp body care, she reluctantly suspended production, took several part-time jobs and vowed to continue to be a proponent of the cannabis plant and its culture.
The Right Time
Ah’s entrepreneurial spirit was rekindled when a friend asked her to help open a medical marijuana access point near her home in Seattle, Washington. Warner jumped back into her kitchen lab and began to reformulate and redesign her original formulas, focusing on the healing fundamentals of the pure and natural marijuana flower. Happily, Cannabis Creations Body officially reopened. Two years later, with market research under her belt, Ah rebranded as Cannabis Basics with a new look and feel.
Since 2012 Ah has been pretty busy. She’s been honored as Dope Magazine’s Patient of the Month for her advocacy work on behalf of the Cannabis plant and has also received a special Cannabis Women’s Alliance Award for her focus and dedication to the women in Washington’s Cannabis Industry. She’s the Founder and Executive Director of International Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids Producer’s Alliance (ICHABAPA). Ah is also a guiding member of both NORML Women of Washington and Cannabis Women’s Alliance. And just for fun, in May of that same year, she founded the Federally Trade-Mark-protected, private social-club Women of Weed.
Growth for Ah’s Leadership, Cannabis Basics and CHABA
In early 2015, Ah co-authored legislation that defines Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (CHABA) and allows them to be sold in any mainstream retail store in the state of Washington. This law (RCW 69.50.575) was, and continues to be the first-of-its-kind in the country and was enacted on July 1st, 2015. Due to this new law, Cannabis Basics’ CHABA line is currently sold in almost 200 spas, health food stores, boutiques and more. CHABA products are also now legally used in the scope of practice by Washington state licensed massage practitioners. In addition to reimagining the way health and beauty aids are made and sold, this law broke another barrier. It was the first removal of anything “cannabis” out of any state’s Controlled Substances Act (CSA). To date, no other state has passed similar CHABA legislation.
Cannabis Basics is Legit
In 2015 the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) issued Cannabis Basics the first ever trademark registration for a brand logo with both the cannabis leaf and the word “cannabis” that actually protects a product with cannabis in it. As far as we are concerned this makes Ah the true OG of the cannabis topicals industry. But she didn’t stop there. Due to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and the de-scheduling of Industrial hemp as well as hemp-derived CBD, we removed the THC and rebranded so we could legally market our topicals to a national audience. Throughout this long journey, integrity has always been paramount. Hemp Basics and the award-winning Cannabis Basics line of topical applications are still handcrafted and small-batch produced with the highest quality ingredients.
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