Like many cannabis startup companies, Papa & Barkley began as a healing venture. Adam Grossman infused cannabis with coconut oil in his kitchen and created a balm to help alleviate his father‘s (Papa) debilitating pain. Thanks in some part to this natural concoction that became the genesis for their Releaf balm, Grossman’s father eventually began walking again. He left hospice care and went on to live for another two years. Barkley is the name of their family dog. This loyal pit bull may have been Grossman’s dog officially but it chose his father. According to Tiana Arriaga, director of cannabis procurement for Papa & Barkley, adding Barkley to the company’s name symbolized the unconditional love and support they hope to capture in the products they make. “Papa & Barkely is a legacy to one’s father while also unlocking cannabis to as many people as possible to relieve pain.” In addition to their signature balm, their Releaf line includes THC and CBD body oils, soaks, tinctures, capsules, and patches while their Essentials line features hemp-derived CBD balm, capsules, and drops. For those who prefer smokable products, their Papa Select Line offers six star hash or live rosin made via ice extraction using fresh frozen plants. named Papa & Barkley one of the 50 best companies to work for in cannabis. Employees start way over the minimum wage with great pay increases and a company-matched 401k program. All hands meetings every month gather all employees together for a giant conference call, and an open door policy encourages everyone to offer their feedback. Monthly company events and charity events are integral to company culture too. As one sign of their community involvement, they took over one of the largest buildings in Eureka that was a community blight and renovated it into a sustainable building replete with LED fixtures. At present, Papa & Berkeley’s full line of products are in about 92 percent of California dispensaries with their CBD products available both online as well as in select stores like Saks Fifth Avenue. In Arrianga’s estimation, this inclusion points to the fact Saks is featuring quality CBD products and not just focusing on selling the most expensive CBD offerings. “Our products are not as expensive as other products. And we also have more THC and CBD cannabinoids per milligram than many other companies.” As cannabis legalization spreads across the country, Arriaga hopes for a full blown Papa & Barkely experience available in all 50 states. “This accomplishment would not be just for us but to help all the family farms in this area.” You can shop Papa & Barkley products on Miss Grass.