Presented by Cassandra Purdy
Cassandra Purdy is local chef and cannabis expert who has a degree in Anthropology from Vassar College and another in Tibetan Studies. She has always been interested in sacred plants and ethnobotany, pursuing her education in these subjects through shamanism, travel, workshops with masters and research. Since 2000 she has worked for Mama Editions, a French publishing company specializing in these topics and has translated many important works and contributed to and edited many others including the bestseller “Mr. Nice ”. She translated activist/writer Michka Seeliger-Chatelain's seminal “Medical Cannabis” and “Healing with Cannabis” into English, as well as (for another publisher) “Homegrown Harvest.” She worked at her first High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam in 1995 and has been a judge at many since, both for flower and edibles categories. In the intervening 23 years she has attended hundreds of trade shows, conventions and conferences all over the world in the cannabis space. She has also made almost a dozen trips to India starting in 1994 with a deep interest in the continent’s relationship with psychoactive plants and in particular the traditional uses of cannabis as sacrament and medicine.
Since 2014 she has been working in the new world of legal and medical marijuana consulting on edibles and creating product-lines for companies in CT and Oregon, drawing on her more than 25 years of experience collaborating with this powerful plant ally. Recently she has been developing CBD products in VT, working on refining her skill at tincture and salve-making. She presently works for Dank Fung Extracts which develops high-end vaporizers and for Rosin Tech the cutting edge company for live-resin presses and solvent-less extraction. Cassandra feels that the corporate take-over of the cannabis industry needs to be counterbalanced with open-source sharing of ancient plant knowledge that belongs to no one and everyone. As her friend Michka wrote, “Free access to plants is a birthright of all living creatures.”
Sometimes learning about healing herbs can be overwhelming. There are so many plants to meet and learn about! Even in one cup of tea there can be a beautiful synergy of a dozen different herbs, flowers, roots and more!
Here at Twin Star we like to think of plants as friends, allies, & partners. Much like new friends, it is much easier and magical getting to know each Plant Partner one by one. Join us in this new monthly event at Twin Star Herbal Education as we take the time to meet one plant ally at a time. We will discuss botany, parts used, actions, energies, traditional uses, essences, remedies and more! There will be visual and tangible examples of the herb, along with various different remedies made with the herb to taste, smell and feel. Each month you will go home with informational handouts, herbal remedy recipes and some dried herb to experiment with!
This is a great opportunity for anyone who is brand new to the healing herbal world wanting to learn about healing plants and perfect for the budding herbalist to dive deeper in relationship with our herbal allies.