A riana is a true native California girl. Having spent her entire life between the Sierra foothills and Humboldt County refining her studies in both traditional Western and alternative medicines, Ariana holds a lifetime of experience that can challenge any other leader in the cannabis industry. She aims to employ this knowledge as a means to further that which she has dedicated her life to creating a platform of sustainability that prioritizes people over conglomerates and health over profits. Ariana holds a vested interest in the political landscape of the region and is driven by her longtime roots with the California cannabis community.
Ariana holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Nutrition and Sports Injury and is on track for her doctorate in Sports Medicine. As a practicing therapist for the last 20 years, she has established specializations in degeneration, chronic pain, and rehabilitation. In addition to her formal education, Ariana is certified in both Eastern and Western herbal medicine from the North West School for Botanical Studies in Arcata, CA.
Living in Humboldt County for nearly two decades, Ariana became personally dedicated to learning the craft of cannabis cultivation after witnessing the variety of its uses, many of which aligned perfectly with her life’s passion of proliferating wellness. By applying a scientific approach to understanding cannabis, Ariana was ultimately able to marry her physical health and wellness protocols with the healing power of this wonderful plant, thereby incorporating real-world application for the use of cannabis in everyday medicinal treatments.
As founder of CannaGirl and co-founder of Gold Mountain Distribution, she offers quality products, education, and solutions through conscientious business practices with a home-grown focus on community. Her daily interactions have led her to participate in events including CannaCon, Indo Expo, Cannabis cups and many business and industry-specific summits. This has allowed her to collaborate with a number of industry leaders, which only further inspires her to help build up our industry at every level. Ariana is a founding board member on the California Growers Association, member of Cannabis Distributors Association, an educator at Oaksterdam University and first course instructor through Green Flower Media.