Warren Bobrow, the Cocktail Whisperer, is the multi-published author of six books. Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today, Whiskey Cocktails: Rediscovered Classics and Contemporary Craft Drinks, Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails: Restorative Vintage Cocktails, Mocktails & Elixirs, Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks & Buzz-Worthy Libations and his celebrated, 2017 release, The Craft Cocktail Compendium. He also has an edition of Apothecary Cocktails translated into French for the European market. Bobrow led a panel on Cannabis Cocktails for Park Street University at the Berlin Bar Convent in Germany. Bobrow attended the B2B event named:Hall of Flowers in Santa Rosa, California in 2019. He currently makes his living in the Cannabis Industry having in prior years supported craft spirits focusing on craft Bourbon and unmanipulated rum. Warren has been a rum judge for the Rum XP and the Ministry of Rum having first tasted rum off of Anegada in the BVI- in the early 1980’s.
The main basis for Green Bodhi has been my ability to teach others to cultivate cannabis as good or better than myself. Proving consistency, hard work, some altruistic intention and of course luck, you can be successful at whatever you put your mind to with that equation. Creating genetics and standard operating procedures that most aware and driven operator can slide right into, well at least if they have love for the plant. We’ve also been quite active in Oregon’s rule making and regulation process, sitting on two Rules Advisory Committees, the expert panels created to guide DOJ, OHA and OLCC through the legalization process. We’ve also teamed up with Hendrikus organics over the last few years, creating an organic soil line that’s basically a plant and go, probiotic live substrate. We’ve also tailored a dry amendment line with Hendrikus, and all-in-one dry, plus a couple other variations for veg and flower. Our “Dynamic Organics” line should be on market by fall. This, along with our relationship with EST Tech LED, we’re offering the community organic options and standards that outperform conventional salt based growing methods.
JB: “I” always seem to by my own greatest obstacle. Self centeredness or ego, seems to be the crux of any of my difficult situations in life. Really not sure about removing them totally, but step by step, piece by piece, thought by thought, intensely doing my best in every breath. Continue being diligent on the path, forgiving my inabilities and lack of accomplishments spiritually, all with the hopes I can someday be continually helpful to those around me.
JB: Not really sure if I discovered the plant or it discovered me truly. My very first experience with the plant was in Lincoln Nebraska, I was 6. A few houses down, there were these plants in the neighbors backyard peeking above the fence. They were calling me it felt, in a way I still feel quite strongly with the plants. So, like any mischievous boy would do, I got my friend, we went back, jumped the fence, ripped the plants out of the ground and brought them back to my house. There we put the plants in this little blue plastic swimming pool, filled it with water and started stomped around in it, my earliest hash making sesh lmao. Needless to say, when my military dad came out and saw us, he lost it! Don’t really remember the aftermath much, lots yelling and swearing lmao haha
WB: When was the first time you smoked? Who were you with?
JB: Dharma practice and study, teaching my son to be a warrior for truth and of course working with plants. Creating new and progressive genetics, advancing the operating procedures related to cannabis through organics and mindfulness practices. Continue training high level operators “intentional horticulture” and the techniques to bring this power plant to its potential. And, hopefully bringing anyone that experiences our medicine a little piece of mind in these turbulent and trying times.
WB: What obstacles do you face?? How do you anticipate removing them?
JB: I still remember it quite clearly, it was in Eugene, 1985. My friends dad had a patch of herb growing in his backyard, in my memory, it was the entire back yard, but I’m sure it was only a portion. What’s funny is he was drying some in a shed next to the patch, but we didn’t know that was the goods, so we grabbed some fresh live plant instead. Took it back to my house and speed dried it on my roof in the sun. While that was going down, I thought to go grab some bamboo to make a pipe. Cut the bamboo, leaving the segmented ends, drilled holes in both ends, and bam, my first pipe, Darwin style! The flash dried green leaf, plus the green bamboo makeshift pipe, was still the harshest hit of smoke in my life. Not sure if it worked or it was placebo or just risky excitement, but me and my homie cruised the neighborhood laughingly asses off through the evening.
WB: Please tell me about your company?
Not really sure if I discovered the plant or it discovered me truly. My very first experience with the plant was in Lincoln Nebraska, I was 6. A few houses down, there were these plants in the neighbors backyard peeking above the fence.
We thought it would be a good way to give back to His Holiness Monastery for all that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has done for the human condition. Everyone that buys, sells, or consumes the medicines derived from this collaboration is then in turn entangled into that karmic field of merits.
It’s easy to boil intention down to human not machine, handmade not mass produced, but there’s more to it than that. There’s soul in something that has true intention. For the recipient there’s a connection back to the maker.
ON DRYING AND CURING CANNABIS
It’s hard to hide from yourself if you’re high. When you observe all of yourself, it’s easier to be honest about who you are, instead of whoever you want to pretend you think you are.
JB: I like cannabis after it’s dried five to seven days. From that point for the next two weeks its consumption is at its best. Cured weed sounds like old weed to me. I’m not going to the farmer’s market and saying, ‘got any cured strawberries that are two months old?’
I first met John during a seed excursion.
OUTDOOR, GREENHOUSE OR INDOOR?
Here are some excerpts from our conversation.
With John Bayes, Green Bodhi