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Washington State’s Pro-Cannabis MMA Fighter

Talon wraps up his hands with extra padding on his knuckles for added protection.

When someone pictures a cannabis user, for the majority there’s imagery of Cheech and Chong that comes to mind. As more people learn beyond the ‘high’ of the cannabis plant, the future is looking a lot different. The opposite, even. Cannabis user’s include billionaires, football players, senior citizens and all walks of life that have discovered THC and CBD benefits.

Talon Hammons, age 26, ended 2018 undefeated in his first year of professional mixed martial arts fighting. He is entering 2019 with a 4-0 record, a hunger to continue his streak, and a special appreciation for cannabis (specifically talking about CBD benefits). Talon trains with West Coast Fight Team in Auburn, WA not too far from where he grew up in Puyallup. At 145 lb’s, Talon fights in the featherweight class.

He began in amateur fights at age 20, his first match as a professional fighter was in December of 2017. He was matched up against Brandon Cromartie. Talon took the win by technical knockout three minutes and 23 seconds into the first round. When asked if he thought he would come out of his first year undefeated his response was a definite “yes”. Beneath the polite, well-spoken surface, it’s clear Talon is driven to keep the wins coming.

Cagesport 54: Hammons vs. Bagdasaryan

The West Coast Fight Team Gym in Auburn, WA is Talon’s training home.

I asked Talon how he felt after his most recent fight against Tigran Bagdasaryan for Cagesport 54 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, “it didn’t feel good, I pick apart fights.” Talon continued more in depth, “[in] that fight, I had made two or three mistakes I felt were kind of beneath me. I could have put myself in danger.” Talon won by verbal tapout in the second round, but says those couple mistakes dampened the feeling of victory when he was announced the winner. “I have a high standard for what I consider an appropriate victory.”

Cagesport 54 left him exiting the Emerald Queen Casino with a fracture in his foot and a tear in his bicep. It isn’t just the fights that lead to harm, though. “Actually, training has a higher rate of injury.” And that is where Talon’s relationship with cannabis comes in. It’s all about the CBD benefits particularly when it comes to recovery for his body and peace for his mind.

How Contact Athletes Harness CBD Benefits

Talon doesn’t smoke and it’s not the THC that he’s interested in, but rather CBD that makes all the difference. “For me, I get lower back pain that comes from muscles being too tight and it’s really helped with that.” Talon has used CBD vapes for quick relief as well as topicals that help with localized pain due to constantly pushing his body to go harder and do better. “CBD helps me sleep, which I’m always missing out on between having to work and having to train to fight.” Fighting professionally means that recovery is a top priority and thanks to cannabis, CBD benefits are able to help with that in more than one way. “It gives me an improved quality of life, it’s worth the money for me to invest in especially when I’m constantly battering myself over a period of months getting ready for a fight.”

Cannabis in MMA Fighting

Talon poses with three of the belts he earned during his six years as an amateur fighter before going pro.

Joe Rogan once said that the majority of MMA fighters smoke cannabis. I had to ask whether or not Talon thought that was accurate. “I think the majority of people smoke cannabis.” He said, putting emphasis on the mainstream ground that weed has gained in recent years. “In MMA it might be more popular than in the general public because we deal with a lot of pain on a regular basis. Cannabis helps with that, whether it’s [high THC] weed or CBD. It helps with the physical breakdown on your body, and the mental teardown of constantly training”. A vape that is high in CBD is Talon’s choice go-to, but he also mentioned he’s currently using Relief Super CBD tincture from Ceres he picked up at Evergreen Market. “Super CBD really helps with turning my mind off which is difficult after training.”

Long Term CBD Benefits for Fighters and Athletes

When Talon thinks about his future there is a concern that comes along with his profession. “I’m afraid of my brain not working when I’m older after taking so many blows to the head”. He’s no stranger to a mind fading with age, and that the injuries he’s had in the cage can’t help. “I’m not super concerned about my knees or wrists or anything, but I need my brain to be there for my wife and my future kids”. Talon will be marrying his fiance this coming May.

When asked about the value marijuana use could have in sports, he cited lack of research as a pitfall when it comes to understanding how many CBD benefits there are. “Because of the stigma and because of the law for a long time, we haven’t been able to get the science and research done regarding what people are already finding. How it helps with inflammation, with injuries to the brain, and damage to the body”. After using it himself and finding success, Talon is a believer in CBD benefits from cannabis.

“It gives me an improved quality of life, it’s worth the money for me to invest in especially when I’m constantly battering myself over a period of months getting ready for a fight.”

The Gameplan for 2019

Cagesport has been a great fighting experience for Talon and he will continue fighting at Emerald Queen Casino again. “We’ll likely stay in the Tacoma area for one or two more fights. My team and management are always looking for bigger and better contracts with larger promotions. I can’t say what the future holds”. Whereas in 2018 Talon totaled four fights, in 2019 he’s planning to do three, but for a very good reason. “I’m getting married in 2019, plan to fight three times, and hopefully stay undefeated”. When asked if the small decrease in fights was to make sure he wasn’t beat up for the wedding pictures, he laughed and confirmed that it is.

“As far as my career goes I don’t like to say anything too specific. I’ll be trying to make as much noise as possible.”

As part of our mission in changing the stoner stereotype and stigma around people who use cannabis, the Evergreen Market is now a proud sponsor of Talon Hammons. To check out pictures from his fights and to stay informed on Talon’s next fights follow him on instagram @talon_rex or facebook, facebook.com/TalontRexHammons.

Written by: Nikki Marangon

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Aurum Farms – Lemon G

Location: Lyman, WA

Grow Method/Medium: Soil

Taste: Light, Citrus, Diesel

Aroma: Citrus, Chem, Pine Sol

Mood: Giggly, Content, Social

First Impression

The smell on this bud from Aurum Farms was He-Man: Defender of the Universe STRONG. The lemon-chemical-gassy aroma from it was so pungent that it almost didn’t even smell like weed. Especially after grinding the tight and compact nugs up, my whole living room smelled like a freshly cleaned bathroom. Borderline intimidating to the nose, the flavor however was on the light side– far from the Hulk smash that I was anticipating. The brightness of the lemon comes through, but right alongside it is an almost intrusive chem finish. As a seasoned smoker, I enjoyed the more in-your-face experience, but I could see a newer smoker not having the same reaction. Must like lemon if you pick up the Lemon G from Aurum Farms.

The high was nice, but honestly kind of overshadowed by the atomic aroma. I didn’t feel sedated at all, but wouldn’t say I was eager to jump up and do something. Lemon G put me in a nice middle ground, excellent for throwing a podcast on to get lost in. I recently was turned on to The Last Podcast on the Left which is hosted by three comedians and explores conspiracy theories, serial killers, and true crimes. I turned on part one of three about Richard Kuklinski (who if you aren’t familiar was a real, real bad dude). I immediately was sucked into his story and the jokes the hosts tossed out amidst discussing his upbringing and what led to his crimes. The high of the Lemon G stuck around for a good while, but that didn’t stop me from packing myself another bowl. Aurum Farms turned it up to 11 with this one.

10 Minutes From First Hit

There was a never a significant body high that came; instead the soft giggly buzz which historically trails off relatively quickly for me stuck around. It strengthened and weakened in waves, but didn’t go away for quite some time. Instead, it paired perfectly with my choice of entertainment and ensured that the story of Richard Kuklinski kept my full attention. I’m not surprised that this bud was a good fit for me, everything I’ve tried from Aurum Farms has been a solid choice so I wasn’t expecting anything less.

Final Verdict

I will absolutely be buying Lemon G from Aurum Farms again. I will be upfront in saying that this might not be a strain suitable for all tastes, but if you enjoy some super smelly weed this might be a homerun. This and any other strains from Aurum Farms are worth checking out if you’re a heavyweight cannabis smoker.

Written by: Nikki Marangon

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It’s official! The Evergreen Market is now offering health coverage to their retail store employees. Cannabis employee health insurance has been offered to salaried and corporate employees, however, The Evergreen Market will be one of the first to offer employee health insurance to it’s budtenders. Certainly, this is a huge step on the road to commoditizing cannabis. As the industry itself becomes more normalized, employee health insurance options are an incredible symbol of how far we’ve come in a marginalized work space.

Why is cannabis health insurance exciting?

To be a budtender has, in recent years, meant overcoming a stigma. It has meant hurdling obstacles that other industries do not have to jump. However, being a cannabis employee and proudly proclaiming that yes, your employer does offer employee health insurance shows our communities that it is a legitimate industry and worthy of the growth it will continue to experience. Most small businesses are unable to offer employee health care. With this push in the cannabis industry, we are no longer a “small business”. We are no longer a marginalized industry or a stigmatized one. As a result, cannabis as a career is beginning to be seen and attended to by the communities we serve in a way that emphasizes our growth and benefit.

What have we overcome?

Cannabis employee health insurance is not something those of us from the medical days ever thought possible. Through perseverance and maintaining a culture of health, wellness, and community outreach the Evergreen Market will be one of the first cannabis employers to set the tone for the whole industry when it comes to Washington State and employee health care. The more business owners in cannabis that offer employee health insurance, the farther along the road to commoditization we’ll be. Cannabis can create a higher quality of life for anyone. A higher quality of life for its employees is a must in order to build up this industry.

 

Coverage for retail employees will begin on January 1st of 2019.

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