Hempfest Cannabis expo Hamilton 2019 Review
We attended the Hempfest Cannabis expo Hamilton 2019
Cannabis events in Toronto have included Hempfest last year, Feedstock (Cannabis Living Expo), Lift, and OCannbiz There were many vendors that we have met at other events who offered great services and products. This year at Hempfest they had a wide variety of speakers The talks were very well attended by the audience attending the event. Especially for the beginners series which talked about the difference between strains and what they did. We will keep the negative to the very end, and we hope the event will take this as constructive advice.
The Limin coconut Caribbean cuisine at Hempfest Cannabis Expo Hamilton
No show would be the same without Reena Rampersad and her husband. The aroma coming from their booth was hypnotic. Everyone was drawn to the spicy flavours. Reena also offers a catering service called High Society. I can see a lot of people requesting her service for their weddings as more people are looking of ways to incorporate Cannabis in positive ways for their family events. Personally when I attend events, it is difficult to find healthy food, or even vegan. But Reena had it all on the menu and she kept our bellies full for two days. Check her out on Facebook
U-Bud.ca at Hempfest Cannabis Expo
I dropped by to see Andria and David Kurth at the U-Bud Cannabis Services booth, who came up with a brilliant idea. They put a pretty wicked grow kit together for first time growers, grow tent, filter, soil..and even donated seeds. They will come to your house and put up the tent, set everything up including your pots with soil and seed. And they will follow up throughout the grow. From a “One kit Wonder” to “The Big Kahuna” they will put all your worries aside AND they even offer a cropping service for your 4 plants. So no more sticky fingers. Great to see entrepreneurs finding ways to make it easy for everyone to grow their first 4 legal plants this year.
Grow Legally – Medical Cannabis Authorizations
I have seen Grow Legally at several different events, but never had the chance to interview them. They are one of the more respected companies who will walk you through the process of getting a prescription for Medical Cannabis AND a medical cannabis prescription so you can send to Health Canada so you can grow your own. This is a family business who takes great care in guiding people through a somewhat stressful process. Compared to other companies, like the Cannabis Clinic, it appears this company offers much more to patients. I spoke to one patient of the Cannabis Clinic at the event who was referred to this clinic by her doctor. She has painful Scoliosis. The Cannabis Clinic would not prescribe Cannabis to her unless she was on opiates and wanted to use Cannabis to get off the drugs. She explained that she wanted to use Cannabis as she was scared of the potential addictions to opioids. and they refused her??
They offer a prescription to grow for medical patients for 25 up to 100 plants which many medical patients need if they are growing and making edibles, oils, bath bombs and pain cream. If you chose to buy from a Licensed producer they offer compassion pricing for those with a disability or limited income.
Rapid Stack Grow Pot System
Another great innovation for growers, the “Rapid Stack Grow Pot system“. A stacking grow pot system that is hard to describe, so I am including a video. It helps with the back ache that you get from continually transplanting into bigger pots. Check them out. Great to see new products like this that help people like me who are getting older and hate transplanting days.
See what the plants look like in a couple of weeks, a very strong root structure.
Crop King Seeds – sponsor of Hempfest Cannabis Expo
Crop King has a large display as they were the official sponsors of the event. A great variety of seeds were available and the booth was busy all day. Dan (originally from the UK) was very knowledgeable as well as the lady who was also helping with sales. I love that Crop King has a guarantee with their seeds. They are a 12 year old company, so by no means new. They are at most of the big events held across Canada and they are based in Vancouver. We bought a lot of seeds from their booth as we were a lot more confident in this company than another one that was at this event.
Native Seed Co
Last year, we bought hundreds of dollars of seeds from a company called Native Seeds. We were pretty excited to grow some new strains, but what a shock we got. There were so many seeds that did not germinate we were furious. As medical patients, it is costly to buy seeds, soil and how many months you have to tend to your garden to get your medicine. BUT the most frustrating part was actually finding a phone number for the Native Seed company, an email, or some way to contact them regarding the bad seeds. My friend and I approached the booth this year with our complaints and said there is no way of getting a hold of the owner. They gave us a tiny piece of paper to contact him. We have sent an email and will look forward to receiving an email.
Do NOT buy from a company who does not supply their information on their website or at their booth, or offer a germination guarantee.
The Coast 2 Coast booth was fun. For anyone who finds it difficult to roll a joint, you need what they sell. They make it so easy, especially for those who have a disability, or may have arthritis in their hands. But for whatever reason, the products are great and good stocking stuffers. Pre rolled paper tips, rice paper and ready to fill joints. We bought two round boxes that make it very easy to make a joint. Check out their website, they had a great video at the event but I found this one. The product we bought is called easy fill
I went to this event to find a portable vape device among other things. I love to review new products as well as ones that I know I will use. I saw this vaporiser at another event, but didn’t really see any reviews so I ended up buying a Canadian built vaporiser that you plug in that is like the volcano. The friend that I was travelling with had won a Utillian 420 last year so I thought I would check out the 180Smoke booth to see what they have. I was impressed with their Great customer service, great price. So you can bet I bought it and tried it on Saturday night and it worked great, very easy to use, re chargeable (I carry a super charger for my phone) So if you can’t smoke a joint, a vaporiser is the best choice and the Utillian 420 is my choice
We had fun at this booth. Tamara Lilien is a Consultant, Educator and Sommelier. Get PAID to smoke WEED?? Did you read the article? Tamara has a nose for Cannabis like a wine sommelier. It was a joy to talk to her and learn about how your Cannabis is judged. Bad storage, environmental contaminants, trimmed improperly, cut down too soon. Loved looking at a variety of strains under the magnifier and seeing the amazing qualities of Cannabis. We learned about trichomes and terpenes. We also brought some of our own home grown samples and got some positive feedback. Never store your Cannabis in a bag. Keep it in a glass jar. All the trichomes will rub off in a bag and it is such a waste. Just look at this image. There is so much to learn from someone like Tamara.
Now for the negative feedback. Last year at Hempfest Toronto I won a great gift bag with a variety of products in it. This year they decided not to offer bags which was disappointing. They offered ballots to meet Cheech and Chong at an event instead. Also, we had complained about a vendor called Native Seeds last year. They were at the event this year and they gave us contact information for this company but they are still not responding. Crop King on the other hand was amazing and treated us very well. Also we paid for a B 2 B weekend pass. We asked vendors if they knew about the pass and what the benefits were and they did not know. Several offered free samples of their products and in return I told them I would write about them on this blog. There was an after party which was just tables with some of the vendors sitting around but not a good mixer. Whereas at the Weedstock (Cannabis Living) event in Toronto, after the event they laid out food, offered one free complimentary drink and there was entertainment. I do not think we will invest in a B2B ticket again as there were no benefits at all. We hoped to see a lot more vendors who would be selling a variety of growing equipment, fertilisers etc. and growing demonstrations being as this is the first year for everyone to be able to grow 4 plants.
Cannabis event in Windsor
How many people would LOVE to see a local event like they have in Toronto and Hamilton? We would love to hear from you as there is someone who is interested in bringing it here.
We call ourselves Indica and Sativa and we love visiting your booth and promoting you. Just ask Sungrowers Growing Supply company. They had to send for another truck load with more products as they sold out. Crop King Seeds we had the pleasure of talking to, bought seeds and then continued to walk around promoting them for two days. Crop King was also given a great marketing idea. I told them to get a big screen showing all the photos of people who have sent in their testimonials about their seeds. Have a contest, and ask them to stand in front of their plants or just the photo of the plant and what city they were grown in. Get bragging rights for your city as the best grower of Purple Kush, or Black Indica. Great way to see what your seeds will turn out like. Coast to Coast loved when we stopped by and encouraged people to buy. We both have a crazy sense of humour and know how to drive people to your product. See you at the next event.