What’s in Your Stash? Philip Andrews, Founder & CEO of Tree Trunk Studio


Philip Andrews’ like of woodworking is a household tradition, passed down by way of generations from his grandfather, Gerry Oorthuis, who migrated by boat to Canada from the Netherlands with his wife and daughter in 1956.

“My grandfather was introduced to fine woodworking from his brother, Henk – a renowned violin and harp maker,” he shared. “When my grandfather immigrated to Canada he opened a woodworking shop of his personal – exactly where I discovered. He constructed furnishings and custom cabinetry till he passed away at the age of 80.”

These days, Andrews is nevertheless operating in the similar shop his grandfather constructed, with a new shingle and concentrate as Tree Trunk, with Gerry’s son, Uncle Tom, beside him. His uncle, he mentioned, is the correct master woodworker and hyperlink among the generations. 

Philip Andrews operating in his family’s studio (left) Philip’s Uncle Tom (ideal)/ Courtesy of Philip Andrews

Developing up in Canada with a Dutch mother, Andrews mentioned cannabis was under no circumstances portrayed in a unfavorable light.

“My mother smoked cannabis in the 1960s and 70s, and nevertheless sometimes smokes at 73,” he shared. “On the day Canada legalized she went with a pal to attend the significant public celebration, and smoked a joint at midnight in the crowd.”

Andrews’ initially practical experience with cannabis was in higher college, when he smoked with some mates.

“It was in the middle of the afternoon – we smoked in a vehicle, then went and laid about in the park, laughing,” he continued. “Cannabis use, for me, is each health-related and recreational, based on the predicament. I endure from migraines and use cannabis for discomfort relief, as nicely as a creativity enhancer through my style course of action.”

A Childhood of Discomfort

As a kid Andrews remembers becoming in intense discomfort, crying, and throwing-up from migraines.

According to Healthline.com migraines are a neurological situation causing many symptoms, characterized by intense, debilitating headaches. Symptoms may well incorporate nausea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound. 

A paper published in the National Institute of Health’s web-site in April of 2017 states, “currently there is not adequate proof from clinical trials, there are enough anecdotal and preliminary final results, as nicely as plausible neurobiological mechanisms, to warrant effectively developed clinical trials.” 

A fast search on YouTube brought up a number of testimonies of achievement in applying cannabis for migraines, with Dr. Shivang Joshi of the Dent Neurologic Institute providing a presentation on each enable with migraines and cluster headaches, yet another debilitating neurologically-primarily based disorder. 

Dosing is a important challenge in any cannabis protocol, and Dr. Joshi discusses decreasing pharmaceuticals, especially opiate dependency, even though growing cannabis tincture dosing gradually, with realistic expectations. He states that it can take up to two weeks of constant use to notice good effects with CBD alone but that entire plant, with the psychoactive compound of THC, can alleviate discomfort right away. Transitioning from pharmaceuticals, he says, is a slower course of action due to withdrawal symptoms from the pharmaceuticals.

“I microdose applying a vape pen to hold the migraines at bay,” Andrews explained. “If it is actual terrible, I’ll only take an more than-the-counter remedy with cannabis. I do not like tablets or prescription drugs.”

Courtesy of Philip Andrews

Trees, Trunks &amp Trays

His personal stash box comes from his woodworking shop, beneath the Tree Trunk brand, which involves rolling trays, storage trunks, and other accessories in the performs.

“The To-Go tray is constantly element of my stash for the reason that it is smaller and transportable,” he explained. “I use all of our trays, but appreciate the tiny a single for on the go.”

His line of trays and trunks that lock are out there at Greater Requirements in New York’s famed Chelsea Market place and is also in collaborations with MedMen, with pieces out there at places all through California.

“I like applying the flower vape from Pax, for the reason that you can truly taste the cannabis and its flavor profile,” he mentioned. “Pax also tends to make the greatest cartridge on the market place, in my opinion – the ERA – which is a pen and pod method, tends to make consumption and micro-dosing quite quick. When I want to appreciate concentrates, I turn to my Puffco Pro two. I’m not a significant concentrate individual, but the pen is remarkable.”

The ashtray is a classic from the Lowell Herb Co., gifted to him from the firm immediately after commissioning Tree Trunk to make a custom storage trunk for their solutions. 

Courtesy of Philip Andrews

The lighter featured on his tray is from MedMen, in homage to its collaboration the other lighter is Tree Trunk swag. The grinder was bought in The Bull Dog coffee shop on a trip to Amsterdam a couple of years back, and is a sentimental private favourite.

“Some persons gather refrigerator magnets or coffee mugs on vacations, I brought dwelling a grinder,” he laughed. “I like the coffee shops in Amsterdam and The Bull Dog is a favourite due to its history.”

The glass spoon pipe is produced by Illadelph, a higher-finish glass firm established in 2002, identified in shops all through the U.S. 

“Using a pipe is a single of my preferred strategies of smoking cannabis, and Illadelph tends to make a single of the nicest spoons, in my opinion,” he added. “I really feel the similar way about papers, and RAW is yet another go-to. For fancy joints I use Shine 24K. I also like Elevate’s Colfax Dugout, and have been a substantial fan of theirs considering the fact that its inception.”

Shine papers are produced out of 24 karat gold, and are the Champagne glass of the cannabis sector the go-to for particular celebrations. According to its web-site, the gold burns gradually and superior, leaving gold in the ashes. But, they warn (with a smile), you can not take the ashes to the pawn shop for money.

Lastly, the flower of the day on his tray depends on exactly where his function requires him. Although in California, his favourite cultivar comes from Cru Cannabis, a craft flower from Santa Cruz, California. It is stored in UV airtight jars for storing flower, referred to as Tree Trunk Flower Pots.

“I’m fortunate adequate to be in a position to partake in lots of sorts of cultivars from lots of regions, due to my travel for function. I smoke for pleasure, but I also smoke for discomfort – so, fantastic flower is vital to me,” he surmised. “That’s truly what this is all about – the plant. Great flower tends to make any stash appear superior. It is synergistic and tribal.”


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