About Nikki

Nikki Lastreto was born in the right place at the right time to be a flower child in San Francisco in the Sixties. After years of being the Ultimate City Girl, working at The San Francisco Chronicle and KRON-TV, Nikki dropped out and traveled the world, living primarily in India. After several years, she returned to San Francisco and made her way up to the hills of Mendocino County. Now, as founder of Swami Select, she fosters the growth of lab-tested, ethically grown craft cannabis.

June 2017

Being Offline

By | 2017-06-27T10:25:13+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Notes from Nikki|

Being Offline Imagine life without the internet. It is almost impossible in these days of everyone always being online and connected. Imagine a world with no cell phone towers dotting the planet. A place where connectivity happens through word of mouth and actually writing with pen on paper. Or stranger yet, sending a message by [...]

Crossing into Humboldt via Bell Springs Road

By | 2017-06-20T19:13:13+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Notes from Nikki|

Hmm, let me take a deep hit of this Swami joint and ponder the assignment: describe the field trip we took last Saturday afternoon. Mind blowing? Yes, for sure. Absolutely beautiful, absolutely! A big reality sandwich? Oh yeah. The difference between Mendocino and Humboldt Counties is HUGE! Winding up Bell Springs Road into the heart [...]

May 2017

Haiku from Ukiah: A Palindromic Reflection

By | 2017-05-30T12:40:42+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Notes from Nikki|

The word is backwards Life is upside downish All straight roads are curved   Waiting to fingerprint At Ukiah Sheriff's Office This is so strange   Department of Ag Please accept our permit app Let cannabis grow!   Sacred Cannabis We love you and are grateful For your many gifts   We are determined To [...]

Ode to Spring

By | 2017-05-02T23:21:38+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Notes from Nikki|

Ode to Spring A Poem by Nikki Lastreto   Sitting here smoking a fatty with Swami the shadows grow long on a sunny spring day Winter, once again departed   What a joy to watch the wildflowers grow swaths of brilliant colors across the emerald green and with each dawn the birds do wake me [...]

March 2017

WATCH: Using Cannabis to Manage Pain & Inflammation

By | 2017-03-28T11:22:32+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Notes from Nikki|

Surgery of any kind can be a scary thing. Something’s gone wrong with the body and the doctors are telling you the only way to fix this is by cutting you open. Sometimes surgeries are successful, sometimes they’re not – and recovery is almost always painful.   To help you manage the pain, most doctors [...]

January 2017

December 2016

Happy Holidaze

By | 2016-12-27T12:14:37+00:00 December 26th, 2016|Notes from Nikki|

Happy Boxing Day, first day of Kwanzaa and third day of Chanukah. Hopefully you had a joyous Pancha Ganapati and Christmas yesterday. Clearly, this has always been a time of year to celebrate. The nights are short and so candles are lit and music is made and any reason to celebrate is a good one. [...]

November 2016