EFC Fower

This episode is all about CBD. We are going to dive deep into the science behind this seemingly miracle molecule – what it can help alleviate and dosing recommendations. I catch up with Anna Symonds of East Fork Cultivars to ask way too many questions as she patiently answers each one, meticulously.

Our topics include:

  • In the first 15 minutes we cover A brief overview of East Fork Cultivars including their origin story, growing practices, vision, mission, and product offering
  • What CBD has been reported to aid – Sleeplessness, inflammation, pain, OCD, PTSD, anorexia, anxiety, depression – the list goes on
  • The difference between CBD and THC – specifically for sleep
  • Overview of the endocannabinoid system
  • S. Government’s patent on CBD for its neuroprotective, antioxidant, and anticonvulsive properties – and the implication of said patent
  • Guidelines for those new to CBD
    • Dosage amount
    • Difference between consumption methods
    • How CBD interacts with the body
    • Principles of self-titration
  • Why edibles can feel unpredictable
  • Supporting CBD with complimentary supplements and proper diet
  • What to look for in a CBD product including what questions to ask about sourcing and processing practices (i.e. the importance of consuming domestic production)
  • What is Epidialex, what just happened that has it in the news, and what implications
  • The difference between schedule 1, 2, and 3 substances

About East Fork Cultivars



Develop and preserve sustainable, sun-grown farming methods to produce high-quality, genetically diverse, CBD-rich cannabis with a resolute commitment to environmental and social responsibility.


At East Fork, they are more than growers — they are cultivators. EFC looks beyond their plants and works to create a brand that expounds on ideas and cultivates an educated community.

They are devoted to the development and preservation of sun-grown cannabis and believe that sustainable farming methods produce superior holistic medicine. EFC’s desire to provide Oregonians with a superior plant-based medicine drives their selection of cultivars, or cannabis strains, that are high in CBD.

They believe that CBD-rich cultivars have the power to heal and bring relief to those in need. Rooted in a commitment to environmental and social responsibility, EFC take great pride in the processes and practices implemented on their farm.


Starting out, Nathan and Aaron Howard had one goal in mind: grow a superior plant-based medicine to help relieve their oldest brother and his range of medical conditions. It was witnessing the positive effects of CBD-rich cultivars that drove their desire to expand, so they could provide all Oregonians with the same access to medicine — and in turn to purchase the East Fork Ranch.


The small town of Takilma is located in Southern Oregon, between the pristine waters of the East Fork of the Illinois River and the Siskiyou Wilderness — the heart of one of the world’s best environments for sun-grown cannabis.

There, on the small family farm, is where all their cannabis is organically grown. As an OLCC-licensed and Clean Green Certified farm, EFC creates a balanced and healthy ecosystem by caring for the soil, the water, the air and the surrounding ecology.

EFC strives to have a positive impact on the environment in which they live and grow, the people in the community and the people who rely on their products.

About the podcast

Hash It Out is here as a resource for consumers who take an interest in the future of the cannabis industry. We are currently at a crossroads where it is more important than ever to make informed decisions about which companies to support with our hard earned dollars. In a landscape where quality is no longer a distinguishing factor, how do we as consumers decided who’s products to buy? Hash It Out is a series of conversations that dig into the bigger questions around how a business is effecting the future of cannabis, what values they model, and why they do what they do.

Further resources

Connect with Anna on Insta

Find out more about East Fork Cultivars

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