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.

July 2017

Word of the Day: Flavonoids

By | 2017-07-18T15:30:48+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Swami Says|

When it comes to talking about cannabis, it’s a little like Pee Wee's Playhouse: “Today’s magic word is…..Flavonoids!!” I have been hearing this word for a while now. It’s a fascinating subject because flavonoids, like terpenes, contribute to the healthful nature of cannabis just as they do in all plants. Flavonoids give vegetables, fruits and [...]

To Talk of Cannabis: An Evolution of Language

By | 2017-07-11T15:07:27+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Swami Says|

Over the last 50 years, thanks to scientific achievements made in the field of cannabis research, the language we use to discuss our favorite plant has undergone a revealing transformation. In the '60s and '70s, my generation referred to it as grass, pot, weed, herb, sinsemillia, and, of course, marijuana. When it came to strain [...]

What the Fourth?

By | 2017-07-04T13:44:14+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Swami Says|

This year, 2017, it is especially significant to assess the meaning of July Fourth and the reason for celebrating it: The Declaration of Independence. I have written briefly on this before and I just read a very good blog in Prohibtd referencing Supreme Court Decisions and opinions on the most important phrase of the entire [...]

June 2017

And So It Goes

By | 2017-06-07T10:11:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Swami Says|

Well, we finally got the battery out of the tractor by cutting the bolt on the cable and the bolts on the metal plate holding it in. Then on the way back from the City, I bought a new battery at the John Deere Store in Santa Rosa. After the new battery was installed with [...]

May 2017

Life On The Farm

By | 2017-05-30T12:46:37+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Swami Says|

The other day a visitor asked, “Swami, describe a typical day at Ganja Ma Gardens?”  I kind of chuckled to myself and replied, “There is no typical day!”   I did say that I started every day sitting in meditation for about a half an hour. Then I have blueberry granola with fruit and non-dairy [...]

Cannabis of the People, by the People, for the People

By | 2017-05-17T13:37:36+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Swami Says|

I am of the firm opinion that cannabis fulfills the three most important rights of the United States founding mission statement, The Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's medical prowess is everyday reaffirmed, The right to ingest cannabis is a fundamental liberty: the freedom to choose to grow one's own [...]

April 2017

Three Phases of Reality

By | 2017-04-26T15:21:37+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Swami Says|

Every week there are encounters that seem to define our era, yet the contrasts are noteworthy. Tuesday morning was spent in the dentist's chair and the afternoon was hardly less painful. This was the feeling at the Willits Senior Center during a workshop organized by the Mendocino Agriculture Commission.   There were presentations by the [...]

Not Just another Meeting

By | 2017-04-22T12:12:49+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Swami Says|

The white sign in front of the unassuming house on Main Street, the former home of the Willits Environmental Group, announced an upcoming event about Regenerative Agriculture and Cannabis. Seeing this as I drove by had piqued my interest. Shortly thereafter, in front of our local health food store, I met Pat Higgins,  Managing Director [...]

A Week in the Life

By | 2017-04-11T16:06:08+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Swami Says|

What an amazing week it was. Here's a taste of what a few days with Swami, off-ranch, are like.   On Tuesday Nikki and I live-streamed the Board of Supervisors meeting to see the vote on the Mendocino Cannabis ordinance. In this historic, though rather anti-climactic moment—what with only three “yes” votes—the future changed for [...]