History

How We Came To Be

Ah and her family July 2013

Ah and her family July 2013

In 1994, newly pregnant Ah Warner knew that life would never be the same after she walked into the Fremont Hemp Company, realizing the possibilities for creation and production were limitless. 1995 saw the birth of her daughter, Darienne Zoa, along with an overly ambitious catalogue of hemp products she called Cannabis Creations, which included candles, stationary, hand-dyed yarns, fabrics, handcrafted pillows, and even a line of hempseed goodies called Incredible Edibles. Meanwhile, she rolled up her sleeves and began researching the therapeutic benefits of blending hempseed oil with healing botanicals and essential oils. As her first potion, Ah made a Lavender and Tangerine Massage oil, still prominent in the now Cannabis Basics line-up. That same year, Ah put together a team of mentors, (Sandi and Mary from Brookside Soap and Lisa from Full Moon Rising), to help with the expansion of her line of health and beauty aids.

June 1996: Vending Seattle Pride Festival, Volunteer Park

June 1996: Vending Seattle Pride Festival, Volunteer Park

1996: Daughter Darienne in handmade hemp canvas dress and booties

1996: Daughter Darienne in handmade hemp

1997: Cannabis Creations first official photoshoot, roof top of the Pyramid Brewery, Seattle

1997: Cannabis Creations first official photoshoot, roof top of the Pyramid Brewery, Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the following years, Cannabis Creations Body continued to gain momentum, winning industry awards and features in major publications such as Vogue Magazine. With the support of alternative retail stores and mail-order catalogues, her fledgling company experienced organic growth.

Although moderately successful, Ah found that sourcing pure ingredients for her products became difficult and risky. The therapeutic advantages of cannabis-derived topicals, were overshadowed by the lack of education and an immature market. With a growing family, Ah realized that the risks were too great. In 2005, after ten years of producing natural hemp body care, she reluctantly suspended production, took several part-time jobs and vowed to continue to be a proponent of the cannabis plant and its culture.

Ah’s entrepreneurial spirit was rekindled when a friend asked her to help open a medical marijuana access point near her home in Seattle, Washington. Warner jumped back into her kitchen lab and began to reformulate and redesign her original formulas, focusing on the healing fundamentals of the pure and natural marijuana flower. Happily, Cannabis Creations Body officially reopened. Two years later, with market research under her belt, Ah rebranded as Cannabis Basics with a new look and feel.

Since 2012 Ah has been pretty busy. She’s been honored as Dope Magazine’s Patient of the Month for her advocacy work on behalf of the Cannabis plant and has also received a special Cannabis Women’s Alliance Award for her focus and dedication to the women in Washington’s Cannabis Industry. She’s the Founder and Executive Director of International Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids Producer’s Alliance (ICHABAPA). Ah is also a guiding member of both NORML Women of Washington and Cannabis Women’s Alliance. And, just for fun, she is the Founder of Women of Weed.

Ah with new Cannabis Basics branding

Ah with new Cannabis Basics branding

Ah and Miles in front of the Washington state capitol building in Olympia

2015: Ah and son, Miles, lobbying in Olympia at the Washington state capitol.

Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Ah

July 2013: Ah meets with Marijuana and CHABA champion, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In early 2015, Ah co-authored legislation that defines Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (CHABA) and allows them to be sold in any mainstream retail store in the state of Washington. This law (RCW 69.50.575) was, and continues to be the first-of-its-kind in the country and was enacted on July1st, 2015. Due to this new law, Cannabis Basics’ CHABA line is currently sold in over 80 spas, health food stores, boutiques and more. CHABA products are also now legally used in the scope of practice by Washington state licensed massage practitioners. In addition to reimagining the way health and beauty aids are made and sold, this law broke another barrier. It was the first removal of anything “cannabis” out of any state’s Controlled Substances Act (CSA). To date, no other state has passed similar CHABA legislation.

Also in 2015 the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) issued Cannabis Basics the first ever trademark registration for a brand logo with both the cannabis leaf and the word “cannabis” that actually protects a product with cannabis in it.

Throughout this long journey, integrity has always been paramount. Cannabis Basics’ award-winning topical therapies are still handcrafted and small-batch produced with the highest quality ingredients.