Black-Owned Food Businesses We Love in Berkeley and the Bay Area

February 23rd, 2021

All month at BPG we’ve been celebrating our favorite Black-owned cannabis brands, raising funds for Black-owned and benefitting non-profits, and buying employee meals from Black-owned restaurants.

But Black culture and communities can be honored for longer than the month of February.  Where and how you choose to spend your money makes a difference, and you can make simple choices that make an impact.

We all have to eat, especially after we hit the blunt, bowl, or bong! Below is BPG’s list of our absolute favorite food items from Black-owned restaurants in the Bay Area.

And yes, we sampled them all and we promise you’ll love every single bite.

Grab a coffee, a cupcake, or a bite to-go from one of these restaurants, and pair it with a joint from Lobo or Loud Brands to double-down on support for Black businesses.

 

Alchemy Collective Cafe & Roaster

Alchemy Coffee & Roaster
Black, Queer, and Trans worker-owned cafe and coffee roaster.

Our Berkeley neighbor’s structure and operations are democratically run, with all collective members having an equal voice. We love this unique cafe and coffee shop’s vision for freeing themselves from the extractive, exploitative grasp of capitalism in order to gain personal and financial sovereignty.

Their coffee is as unique and delicious as their thirst for change. We recommend trying a Gibralta or Peppermint Herbal Tea accompanied with some Mariposa Pastries.

Click here to order for pick-up.

 

Barcote

BARCOTE ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT
A hidden jewel in the middle of the city.

As a young girl, Mulu Reda began her love and passion for cooking in the town she was born and raised in, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

After moving to America with her family, Reda spent most of her time at the local Ethiopian Medhalam Church where she prepared meals for the priest and congregation. This passion for serving people led Mulu to take a risk and open Barcote.

Twenty-four years later, her restaurant stands off Telegraph Ave in Berkeley. Our favorite Ethiopian dishes are Doro Wot, Barcote’s Kitfo, and Buticha.

Click here to order pick up or delivery.

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The Best Cannabis Gifts for Your Valentine

February 11th, 2021
Valentine's Day Sales at Berkeley Patients Group

This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of ganja without breaking the bank. Enjoy 25% off our favorite flowers, chocolates, massage oils, and diamonds from now through February 14th!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you’re probably wondering what to give your lover, your friend, your mom, or yourself.

Cannabis has a wide array of benefits, such as helping you achieve a deeper sleep, boosting your mood, and reducing inflammation.

In addition to increasing feelings of sensuality and improving mood, using cannabis can lessen pain and anxiety, helping you center yourself in the moment and relax.

So rethink those roses and give the gift of cannabis instead! We put together a guide to help you win your Valentine’s heart, whoever that may be.

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Buy Black Cannabis + Build Black Communities with Kingmakers of Oakland and Supernova Women

February 1st, 2021

During Black History Month, Berkeley Patients Group honors the past, acknowledges the present, and builds for the future.

Below are ways you can join BPG in our efforts to realize an equitable existence.

 

Buy Black Cannabis

Shop these brands at BPG to support Black-owned cannabis businesses.

Esensia Flower

Marley Lovell Co-Founder of Esensia Black Equity Cannabis Brand
Images: instagram.com/onelovell, instagram.com/vaporroomnow

Co-founded and run by Marley Lovell, Esensia gardens produces high-quality sun-grown cannabis, cultivated with care and consistency. With a focus on proprietary genetics developed over years of meticulous breeding and selection in Mendocino, their strains have taken first place in several cannabis cups.

Click here to shop Esensia at BPG.

 

Lobo Cannagars

Eduardo Whittington, Co-Founder and owner of Lobo Cannagars

Images: instagram.com/eduardoistheman

Co-founded by Eduardo Whittington, these presidential pre-rolls consist of top-shelf organic flower infused with premium distillate, then rolled in a hemp CBD wrap and finished with a glass tip.

Click here to shop Lobo at BPG.

 

Loud Brands

Terrence Taylor, Founder of Loud Brands Pre-Rolls

Images: instagram.com/terrenceltaylor_

True to his roots, Loud Brands founder Terrence Taylor fashioned each full-flower preroll to represent its respective city by selecting the strain that local cannabis communities love the most.

Click here to shop Loud Brands at BPG.

 

Oakland Extracts

Terryn Buxton, Founder of Oakland Extracts Black Equity Cannabis

Images: instagram.com/Oaklandextracts

Oakland Extracts, founded and run by Terryn Buxton, is a premium cannabis extract company devoted to formulating fine quality hand-crafted medicinal quality extracts. Their slogan “Terps from the Town” is very fitting, as they experiment with a variety of local strains to create their extractions.

Click here to shop Oakland Extracts at BPG.

 

Buy Cannabis that Gives Back to Black Communities

All month at BPG, sales from supporting cannabis brands’ products will directly benefit Kingmakers of Oakland and Supernova Women, two of our non-profit partners in our $1 Million For Good initiative.

When you purchase the products below, 50% of the sale will be donated, equally, to Kingmakers and Supernova, benefitting our local Black communities.

Supporting sponsor’s products include:

Amplified Pre-Rolls, Atlas Granola Bites, Buddies Cartridges, Cann Social Tonics, Humboldt Farms Eighths, and Rosin Infused Pre-Rolls, Loud Brands Pre-Rolls, Marley Natural Pre-Rolls, Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Patches, Papa & Barkley Topicals, and Wyld Gummies.

Click here to shop BPG’s Supporting Black Excellence category of products.

 

Support Kingmakers of Oakland – Uplifting Black Youth and Young Men

Led by Chris Chatmon, Baayan Bakari and Jerome Gourdine, Kingmakers believes that all Black males are brilliant, beautiful, and possess innate greatness. With a focus on the education system, Kingmakers supports educators to engage, encourage and empower the next generation of leaders and changemakers.

Watch their documentary, Kings in the Making:

Kingmakers of Oakland Documentary

You can also listen to their albums, Kings in the Making and Revolution Remix on Spotify or Apple, featuring BPG’s very own delivery team member, Amari Chatmon!

You can support Kingmakers of Oakland by shopping the above brands at BPG in Februrary, adding a donation to your order, or directly on their website at kingmakersofoakland.org.

Donations will help fund their team of interns, college preparedness programs, and upcoming events.

 

Support Supernova Women – Uplifting Women of Color in Cannabis

Led by Amber Senter, Whitney Beatty, Raeven Duckett, Isamarie Perez, Caroline Phillips, Hope Wiseman, and other leading ladies in cannabis, Supernova Women empowers women of color to become self-sufficient shareholders in the evolving cannabis economy.

They foster community empowerment through holistic education, skills acquisition, and advocating for constituents at the local, state, and national levels.

Supernova Women

Most recently, Supernova Women was selected by the city of Oakland to be one of the first organizations to recruit, train, and facilitate the employment of workers via the Workforce Development Grant Program.

You can support Supernova Women by shopping the above brands at BPG in Februrary, adding a donation to your order, or directly on their website at supernovawomen.com.

Shelter-In-Peace: Free Resources to Relax the Mind

January 22nd, 2021

Some of us feel it’s important to stay “productive” during self-quarantine, some of us don’t, and that’s ok.

We’re here to remind you that your mental health matters, and to be kind to yourself during these tough times.

Thanks to modern technology and global connectivity, there are a wide variety of free resources to keep our body and mind active and nourished.

From classes to coloring books, we have a few ideas on how to uplift your mental health during self-isolation. Of course, cannabis complements all of them 🙂

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Easy Cannabis Mocktails for Dry January and Beyond

January 8th, 2021

The easiest way to replace alcohol with cannabis is to create an infused mocktail. We’ve selected our favorite recipes for beginners and novices, making it easier to get through this Dry January, reduce alcohol consumption or give it up completely.

 

Raspberry Rhubarb Palmer

Made with raspberries, tea, rhubarb syrup, and homemade CBD-infused lemonade, this refreshing non-alcoholic drink will delight your palate with its sweet, yet tart flavors.

All you’ll need is fresh lemons, simple syrup, and 8:1 CBD-Rich Sublingual DropsCannabis cocktail recipe here.

 

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