Cannabis Culture: Our 4/20 Celebration

Cannabis Culture: Our 4/20 Celebration

Papa & Barkley 420 celebrations embodied cannabis culture as we celebrated the plant.

Members of the Papa & Barkley team participating in our 4/20 office games

4/20 Celebrations at Papa & Barkley

Here at Papa & Barkley we believe that cannabis has the power to impact and change people’s lives. Every April 20th people around the world have the chance to celebrate the plant and its amazing medicinal effects. In line with that global tradition, our company celebrated by launching a wellness campaign, partnering with Bayked Music Festival, and putting on a series of games at our offices.

CPO Guy Rocourt partaking in cannabis culture 420 celebration.

Co-Founder and Chief Products Officer, Guy Rocourt participating in our 4/20 Celebration games

Let the Games Begin!

Here at Papa & Barkley we work hard to change people’s lives by unlocking the power of cannabis, but we also know the value of taking time to celebrate the plant. Our 4/20 office celebrations consisted of playing games like ‘giant Jenga,’ ‘collect the trichomes,’ and ‘how you roll.’

Each game was 4/20 themed and our team was present in full force to play along and enjoy the celebrations. Among the best moments of our 4/20 celebration was the ‘how you roll’ game. The game consisted of pairing members of our team with someone who was designated to wrap them with toilet paper and cap them with an orange wig as fast as possible.

Winners of the game cheering after an intense and grueling competition.

Bayked Music Festival

Papa & Barkley exhibited at Bayked Music Festival in honor of 420.

We had the opportunity to attend and partner with the Bayked Music Festival in San Diego

The Bayked Music Festival in San Diego was an interactive day time festival featuring live music from Gramatik, Brasstracks and more. The event took place at the Embarcadero Marina Park, which provided the perfect background for guests to enjoy cocktails, snack on a variety of food options and get educated by California’s top cannabis vendors. Other event highlights included live art demonstrations, photo ops, interactive games, local retail boutiques, and the Urbn Leaf Feel Good Lounge.

Bayked Music Festival is an event that takes place every year in honor of 420.

Our Trade Marketing Director Vat with brand ambassadors at the Bayked Music Festival. Vat had the opportunity to interact with event attendees and other people wanting to learn more about Papa & Barkley and our products.

Welcome to the Big Apple

Papa & Barkley partnered with Stretch*d yoga studio in New York City to offer a CBD strech session every Wednesday during April.

Papa & Barkley partnered with Stretch*d yoga studio in New York City to offer a CBD strech session every Wednesday during April.

30 Days of Wellness

Papa & Barkley launched a campaign, 30 Days of Wellness during the month of April to help our customers focus on increasing their health and wellness every day. Along with our campaign, we partnered with several companies in New York to focus people on wellness by participating in events around the city.

In honor of 420 Papa & Barkley partnered with Lululemon to provide free CBD massages.

Partnership With Lululemon

Every Wednesday during April we partnered with Lululemon Columbus Circle, in New York, to offer free CBD massages. Participants were able to sample our CBD products during a massage, compliments of Papa & Barkley.


Part of our 30 Days of Wellness campaign was to create a challenge to focus on health and wellness every day. Customers who used our hashtag on their social media posts entered for free giveaways sponsored by Papa & Barkley.  Want to see all of the amazing posts? Visit your Instagram and search for #PBWellness or click the link to see all posts from last month’s campaign.

Partnership With Strech*d NY


Papa & Barkley had the priviledge to partner with Stretch*d studio in New York City to offer customers a CBD stretch session every Wednesday during April. Customers who participated had the opportunity to sample CBD during the stretching sessions, compliments of Papa & Barkley.

Papa & Barkley had the priviledge to partner with Stretch*d studio in New York City.

Happy 4/20!

We believe that Cannabis has the power to improve people’s live, and it is our mission to educate, and provide the best in class cannabis products towards that goal. 4/20 may have many different meanings to different people, but here at Papa & Barkley April 20th is a time to celebrate the plant and bring health and wellness to the forefront of the conversation. We celebrated by launching a wellness campaign that lasted all month, celebrating in our offices with games, and by attending the Bayked Music Festival. Overall, we had a great 4/20.

How did you celebrate 4/20? Let us know in the comments!

Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival

Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival

Papa & Barkley exhibited at the Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival in Monterray, CA.

Papa & Barkley exhibited at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA.

The Sea Otter Classic: A Cycling Festival Like No Other

Papa & Barkley set up a Releaf Station at the Sea Otter Classic cycling festival. The Sea Otter Classic is a cycling festival that takes place in Monterey, California every year. From its inception in 1991, the Sea Otter Classic is one of the premier cycling festivals in the United States. Co-founded by Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph, the event hosts over 9,600 athletes and 72,500 fans. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and is now universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival. Professional and amateur athletes participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions, attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.

Releaf Station

Most of cycling’s racing disciplines were represented including mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom, and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Also offered are a number of non-competitive recreational events for riders of all ages. The Expo held hundreds of vendors, a food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and activities for children.

During our time at the Sea Otter Classic we set up a Releaf station to help athletes and cyclists with their athletic recovery by sampling our Releaf products. Athletes had the opportunity for massages with CBD, samples of our tincture as well as our balm, and a tent to catch some shade from the hard rays of the sun.

Papa & Barkley's Releaf station at the Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival in Monterey, CA.
An athlete trying Papa & Barkley Releaf products for Sports Recovery

CBD For Sports Recovery

Our Releaf station was the perfect place for cyclists to sample and experience the benefits of CBD for recovery. CBD has the ability to speed workout recovery. Research has confirmed that CBD suppresses inflammation, swelling, and soreness while potentially protecting muscle cells for growth. CBD can also enhance performance by CBD’s intriguing ability to decrease anxiety without creating any subjective high or alteration in thinking. Laboratory research with humans confirms that CBD decreases anxiety, even in tough situations. Many athletes emphasize that CBD helps them approach big contests without fretting, while their minds remain sharp for strategy and split-second decisions.

Everyone can use CBD safely and effectively; from the daily walker, to the occasional runner, to the true weekend warrior, to the pro-athlete. Sports leagues are starting to consider cannabis because cannabidiol (CBD), one of the prevalent cannabinoids in cannabis, can help athletic performance, as well as recovery from training.

We had a great time experiencing the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey this year. Our Releaf station was a hit among exhibitors, attendees, and athletes alike.

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Cannabis for Seniors: Bud & Bloom Senior Bus Tour

Cannabis for Seniors: Bud & Bloom Senior Bus Tour

Papa & Barkley was proud to partner with Bud and Bloom dispensary this month to provide local seniors with a cannabis bus tour.

By Cyrus Sepahbodi

Senior Bus Tour: Bud & Bloom Dispensary

Seniors and retirees in Santa Ana had the opportunity to take a free shuttle to Bud and Bloom dispensary to learn about how cannabis can help with chronic pain in March. Seniors from Laguna Woods Village, a senior living community in southern California, took a cannabis bus tour from the facility to the dispensary where they had the opportunity to learn about cannabis and take part in a community building event. Papa & Barkley gave a lecture and taught participants about the benefits of CBD and whole plant infusions for pain management.

Seniors then had the chance to take part in chair yoga and browse the products while learning more from Bud and Bloom staff. Part of Papa & Barkley’s mission to empower individuals by educating consumers on the benefits of cannabis is community outreach. Seniors are the fastest growing segment of consumers moving towards cannabis as a treatment option for pain.

Pain Management for Seniors

Cannabis has become a popular alternative to traditional pain management treatment options among the baby-boomer generation and seniors. In fact, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, cannabis use as a treatment method to chronic pain increase nearly 58% in the last decade. As the green rush sweeps the nation, more seniors are choosing cannabis for their pain management needs.

Cannabis, and cannabinoids, are becoming more recognizable in our society as a method for treating pain. One case study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sites that adults with chronic pain and patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.

Yet pain and pain management are a growing concern among Americans age 65 and older. A recent study from the NIH found that more than half (53%) of older adults surveyed reported having consistent pain in the last month. Nearly three-quarters reported having pain in more than 1 location that decreased physical capacity.

CBD & THC for Pain Management

CBD & THC has become a mainstream option for treatment of pain in the United States and all over the world. Both CBD & THC contain properties that are linked to pain relief anti-inflammation with high therapeutic potential. Recently, basic science research has revealed the Endocannabinoid system, thereby furthering the need for clinical research. There has been an explosion of evidence, studies, and patient testimonials about the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Take for example the Entourage Effect, and how cannabis interacts with our Endocannabinoid system to create a holistic form of healing that targets pain in our bodies.

Seniors and retirees can turn to cannabis, specifically CBD and THC, as a great alternative to opioids for treating pain and managing chronic ailments. Take for instance our Releaf or Essentials line of products, which provide highly potent and all-natural cannabinoids. 

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Cannabis Can Help With Pain Management

If you are living with chronic pain or need daily pain management, perhaps consider trying one of Papa & Barkley’s cannabis products. Our Releaf line features all natural, whole plant infusions that can help with pain relief.

Papa & Barkley at Perilous Plunge 2019

Papa & Barkley at Perilous Plunge 2019

What is better than community fundraising for children? Wearing costumes and plunging into the frigid waters of Humboldt Bay while raising money for a great cause.

18th Annual Perilous Plunge


What is the Perilous Plunge?  The Plunge is the annual fundraiser for the Redwood Discovery Museum. Plungers jump into Humboldt Bay dressed up in wacky costumes to the sound of the Marching Lumberjacks and cheers of the crowd. Plungers are rewarded for their bravery with a hot tub, Bloody Mary’s, and a warm lunch.

Leading up to the event, each plunger collects pledges from ‘sponsors’ who will gladly pay to watch them jump into the Bay. All funds raised directly benefit the Redwood Discovery Museum programs. This year will be the 18th annual community wide event.

Redwood Discovery Museum

Giving back to the local community is an important part of Papa & Barkley’s mission. In alignment with that we formed a NorCal team to help with fundraising for the Redwood Discovery Museum.  

A little more info about the Discovery Museum: 

The Discovery Museum is a non-profit children’s museum that offers interactive exhibits and thematic programs. Discovery Museum exhibits and programs promote hands-on, open-ended discovery in the areas of science, art, culture, technology, and healthy living. Our goal is to help youth expand their horizons and prepare for the future by fostering a passion for exploration and learning.

Papa & Barkley’s Perilous Plunge Team

This year, for the first time ever, we participated in the Perilous Plunge. Our NorCal team was formed by team captain Nick Hamaker with a mission to raise $1500 for the cause. After reaching out and collecting pledges,  our team was able to raise over $2780 in donations for the Discovery Museum! 

You may be asking yourselves, why jump into a freezing bay? Because the Discovery Museum’s mission is to promote hands-on learning and exploration for their region’s youth. The Redwood Discovery Museum is an outdoor education facility, a teacher resource, a field trip destination, and so much more. Their programs serve over 14,000 children annually.

Papa & Barkley Giving Back

“Wes, our new head of Research & Development, dressed up as Bigfoot and the rest of us were banana slugs. Eureka is known for both. Everyone dressed up jumped into the freezing Bay and the rest of our team cheered them on. Everyone met at the corner of F street and 4th Street and then paraded down to the Bay. Boris and Guy both participated. Boris’s family was there to cheer him on.”

Founded by caring for the ones we love, we are a team of scientists, caregivers, and advocates who are committed to producing safe and reliable products from the whole plant that improve the quality of life of those in need.

We’re also committed to giving back to our local communities. The Discovery Museum, which is just a few blocks away from our NorCal headquarters, is an extremely important cause in our eyes because it promotes exploration and research, which we’re all about at P&B.

Breaking Barriers at the Abilities Expo Los Angeles

Breaking Barriers at the Abilities Expo Los Angeles

“People from all walks of life use cannabis. From soccer moms to Rastas to seniors to rappers to lawyers to kids with epilepsy.”

-Kimberly Dillon, CMO Papa & Barkley


The Green Rush may be in full swing in ten states and legalized medicinally or decriminalized in another twenty five but the stigma that surrounds Cannabis is still alive and strong. One of the missions of Papa & Barkley is to educate the general public as to the amazing properties of the cannabis plant and its efficacy as a viable form of medicine. We had the opportunity to educate, be inspired, and interact with amazing groups of people at the Abilities Expo Los Angeles that took place February 21-23 at the LA Convention Center.

Breaking the Cannabis Stigma

Papa & Barkley had the opportunity to attend the Abilities Expo this year to share our products and education about the healing properties of Cannabis. We were not only humbled by the individuals in attendance but were thrilled that attendees were so interested in learning about Cannabis and the products that we make.

About the Abilities Expo

Abilities Expo is about bringing necessary products and services together under one roof for the community of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, and healthcare professionals. It’s about introducing opportunities that can enrich your life …especially ones that you never knew were out there.”

Papa & Barkley at the Abilities Expo

Our very own Brand Ambassador Lorie Hirsch was in attendance and this is what she had to say about the event: “Of all the events that I have attended in my career the Abilities Expo was among the most humbling without a doubt. The people were very interested in learning more about the medicine and were eager to try samples.”

Cannabis & Hemp Education

At Papa & Barkley part of our mission is not only to educate but community outreach. Attending the Abilities Expo was an incredible treat for our team and we thank everyone who came over to our booth and were interested in our products and the power that Cannabis can have in their lives.

Papa & Barkley makes products to heal everyone and we meet people where they are. And if you need healing or relief and you’re too afraid to seek out cannabis we come to you. We offer help and guidance, so you can find the product that’s right for you, ask us questions, and feel comfortable using our medicine. That’s what we were doing a few weekends ago at Abilities Expo. We’re not just brand; we’re a helping hand.

About Papa & Barkley

Founded by caring for the ones we love, we are a team of scientists, caregivers, and advocates who are committed to producing safe and reliable products from the whole plant. Our products are 100% solvent free and are offered in ratios of CBD and THC for a variety of conditions.

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Empowering Women & Sharing the Power of Cannabis

Empowering Women & Sharing the Power of Cannabis

Papa & Barkley have teamed up with 10th Planet Women’s Self Defense for a training series entitled “I Am My Sister’s Keeper”

Empowering Women

Papa & Barkley and 10th Planet Women’s Self Defense are joining forces for a series of events centered around self defense, self care and selfless service.

Join us for “I Am My Sister’s Keeper,” a three part event series hosted at 10th Planet Pasadena.

About 10th Planet Women’s Self Defense:

​​10PWSD is a self defense program based on the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system of grappling taught by women with over a decade of martial arts experience for other women. Our workshops are empowering, fun and practical. No experience needed.

Self Care Powered by Papa & Barkley

Each event will include an hour of self defense training followed by an hour of assembling care packages for the women at Elizabeth House Pasadena, a temporary home for at-risk single mothers and pregnant women. During that hour you’ll take a break from caring for others to care for yourself by enjoying a complimentary massage infused with Papa & Barkley’s CBD body oil.

Don’t Miss Out!

Members of Papa & Barkley’s team attended the first session on Feb. 17th. There are only two dates left and tickets sell fast. Here are the remaining dates available:

  • March 24
  • April 14

The sessions last from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Each class is $30 and includes self-defense training along with a complimentary massage infused with our CBD body oil.

Want to Attend?

Buy your tickets at or


10th Planet Pasadena

2333 N Lake Ave

Altadena CA 91001

Papa & Barkley will be provide supplies for the care packages, but please feel free to bring other donations as well.

About Papa & Barkley

Founded by caring for the ones we love, we are a team of scientists, caregivers, and advocates who are committed to producing safe and reliable products from the whole plant. Our products are 100% solvent free and are offered in ratios of CBD and THC for a variety of conditions.

THC & Topicals