Shwa Laytart

A California native, Joshua "Shwa" Laytart has been working in the Natural Products Industry for almost twenty years and a cannabis grower and indulger for almost thirty. He was the first employee at Guayaki tea company and then went on to work for 12 years at INDIGENOUS, an organic and fair trade fashion designer. Shwa has also worked as a landscaper, manicurist, masseur, candy maker, chef and ran with the circus. He is currently the Co-Founder and President of the cannabis company, Giggle Therapeutics, alongside his Co-Founder and CEO wife Sugar, who is a DOPE photographer, as well. His love for activism, art, altered states, comedy, cannabis and cuisine can be found threaded throughout his writings. He considers himself more of a storyteller, than a writer and can spin a tale for hours with the right combination of substances.

Author's Articles


ShowGrow: The Future of Southwest Dispensaries

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mmhmm’s Debut Album

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Mel Frank the Godfather of Growers

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Concentrate Reviews

Tropical Thunder!

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The Original Goddess Dressing

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Green Desert Jewels: High CBD from Palm Springs Safe Access

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Amanda Reiman is Our Wonder Woman

She's counseled our souls, helped heal our wounds, guided us toward safety and stood up to protect and defend us.…

Have a Safe Trip: The Zendo Project Guides Festivalgoers Through Bad Drug Experiences

The Zendo Project is a peer-to-peer support group that looks to bring harm reduction to festivals and events where psychedelic…

John Waters Makes Trouble Sound Good: Speaking Volumes On His First Record

John Waters is the unequivocal American Artist of the 21st Century. His style and personality is part Little Richard, part…

Channeling JeffThe420Chef: The Cannabis Cooking Channel Fires Up

Jeff Danzer AKA The420Chef has a new cannabis channel that makes cooking with cannabis simple, fun and delicious, plus, he's…