About Swami

Swami Chaitanya, aka “The Swami of Pot” (Rolling Stone Magazine), is a radical classical: he started his life as an East Coast academic and now in his early seventies is a West Coast Cannabis Holy Man. A self-described “original hippie,” Swami moved to San Francisco in 1967. He went on to live in South America, Europe and India for many years, settling eventually in Mendocino County, California, the heart of the Emerald Triangle. Swami is a well-known figure on the music festival scene and offers teachings and discourses on spirituality.

January 2018

Living Soil & Regenerative Agriculture on Hash Church 2.0 with Dragonfly Earth Medicine and More

By | 2018-01-19T15:28:25+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Swami Says|

This Sunday Nikki and I went to church. Most Hindu Yogis don’t usually go to church, but this was different: this was Hash Church 2.0, Soil Edition. Amazing, informative, stimulating. It was a thrill and an honor to be part of such a stellar group. We’d heard about Hash Church for quite awhile but had [...]

The Value of Terroir and Appellations

By | 2018-01-11T13:47:01+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Swami Says|

It has been reported that there is a movement afoot to claim appellations for Mendocino County Cannabis. The rumor is almost correct! It really is much bigger than just one county, it concerns all cannabis producing regions of California and ultimately the whole country, as cannabis becomes legal throughout the United States. The movement is [...]

Rebirth of the Light

By | 2018-01-04T18:19:20+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Swami Says|

This year, I tuned deeply into the meaning of the winter solstice. While consulting the Farmer’s Almanac, something dawned on me: from December 22 to December 24, the length of night remains the same. After all, in Latin, “solstice” literally means “sun stands still.” These are the longest nights. Obviously, civilizations have reveled in this [...]

December 2017

It’s Good To Be Home: A Time to Pause, Reflect, Prepare and Plan

By | 2017-12-19T15:15:40+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Swami Says|

Returning home to Ganja Ma Gardens after nine days swirling about the Emerald Cup's whirlpool of cannabis celebration and industry work feels, quite simply, amazing. A bit weary from life on the road, even run-of-the-mill chores mend my mind, body and spirit. Swami and Hank - Real farmin'! Work that gets my hands [...]

The Emerald Cup: Bigger and Better Than Ever

By | 2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Swami Says|

The fourteenth annual Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa was so exhilarating, it's impossible to sum up in a few words. As someone who’s participated deeply in The Cup since it was founded in 2003, I felt this year’s event went above-and-beyond thanks to many improvements in the “little details,” those [...]

November 2017

From a Smoke Filled Room—It’s Emerald Cup 2017 Judging Time!

By | 2017-12-03T11:07:18+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Swami Says|

I know our articles typically post on Tuesdays, and it's now just past midnight on Thursday, but we here at Swami Select have been busy. Nikki and I just finished testing our 15th joint since noon. You know what that means: Emerald Cup 2017 flower competition judging has begun. Tim Blake, Emerald Cup Founder On [...]

It’s About The Regs

By | 2017-11-21T17:46:44+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Swami Says|

I’ve almost made it through a first quick reading of the proposed regulations for Cannabis just issued by the various State Departments in charge of Us. It is 278 pages from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health. If you thought your County Ordinances [...]

Saving the Goose Who Lays the Golden Buds: An Excerpt of Swami Chaitanya’s Letter to Mendocino County’s Board of Supervisors

By | 2017-11-14T16:45:05+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Swami Says|

Logo Credit ~ Toke of the Town Saving the Goose Who Lays the Golden Buds: An Excerpt of Swami Chaitanya's Letter to Mendocino County's Board of Supervisors Dear Chairman McCowen and Board of Supervisors, Thank you for listening to me over these years. If I can bend your ear one more time, I’d appreciate it. [...]

Water Rights

By | 2017-11-07T13:15:29+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Swami Says|

One of the many wild box turtles that also call our land home, as photographed by Milos Vlaski. California’s Water Resource Control Board (SWB) finally released its proposed regulations for small-scale (“craft”) cannabis farms. The new rules specifically prohibit commercial cannabis cultivators from using spring water or in-stream pond water to irrigate crops. Since Swami [...]