We had the good fortune of connecting with Raymond Ibrahimian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Raymond, what is the most important factor behind your success?
We attribute our success in our cannabis business to our extensive knowledge of growing quality and consistent products. We have always believed our branding is an intricate part of our achievement to stand out amongst a huge marketplace. We have worked for years to craft sought-after strains to offer our clientele. We are so grateful for the repeat clients we’ve had for many years as they enjoy and trust the flavor, taste, and experience of our cannabis crops. We’ve grown exponentially in the past few years and we feel a lot not only has to do with a superior product, but our brand architecture is sleek and sophisticated and yet offers an affordable fair pricing for our superior product.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We absolutely love what we do. It all began when I had cancer. Prior to that I had been an athlete and I never even tried marijuana. It just wasn’t in alignment with the discipline of my athletic life at that time. But then I was hit hard with cancer and had to receive aggressive chemotherapy and radiation and nothing helped the side effects or awful, constant nausea. From researching and talking to others I decided to give medical marijuana a try and it changed my life. Not only in the physical sense of healing ease the treatments I was receiving, but I was so overwhelmed that this natural weed could aid so much in healing. I became passionate about legalization and getting this to people that really needed it. Through time and years of research learning about growing and various strains and how say an Indica created one type of effect and Sativa another was fascinating. There is so much science behind this in terms of how it effects our brains and bodies and understood why so many people indulge in it and have for so many years because of the relaxing mental and physical sensations one experiences. From anxiety to support through cancer treatments I thought this is a business I want to cultivate. To come to a marketplace with personal experience of how medicinal it can be and at the same time creating products fully for enjoyment alone. Has it been easy? Hell no. I began when cannabis wasn’t legal and taught myself the laws in place to distribute to medical dispensaries. So much red tape and bureaucracy. Even though it’s legal now, it’s opened up the floodgates of products and if you only knew the legal infrastructures in place to even be able to produce, package, and manufacture product for sale. It’s intense from the track and trace program, to the seed to sale, to the tagging restrictions, dealing with banks that often times don’t want to deal with you because of the connotation that still exists because it’s cannabis, to the exorbitant taxes. There are so many layers involved with running a successful cannabis brand and it can kick your ass at times as it’s a ceaseless amount of work, but I know the healing and enjoyment it offers to others so it’s all worth it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have buddies come into LA we really get out and play. I’ll take them to the mountain to going quadding, then a grab a steak and lobster at Monty’s in Woodland Hills. We may head to the beach for some camping. Just love to get out in beautiful sunny California, maybe have a waterfall hike in Malibu and grab a beer by the beach. You can’t go wrong with exploring the adventures in Cali. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our shoutout would have to be to us as the creators and cultivators of company. The us is a husband and wife team from the days when we were struggling to create a name in the cannabis industry before legalization within medical dispensaries to now, since legalization is here and how we are ever growing and changing while retaining consistency and quality of product being able to stand out in a saturated market. The amount of work — seven days a week it takes to tend to our grows, the factory line of printing, placing products in packaging, and distribution is not for the faint of heart. I think many people see cannabis companies as this good time work, but the truth is it’s relentless in terms of maintenance and expansion.

Website: https://topanganative.com/

Instagram: @topanganative_cannabis

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