Reconnecting to the Empathy in Cannabis

For centuries, cannabis has been used holistically to treat emotional, physical, and spiritual
ailments. It’s been at the forefront of ceremonies, rituals, gatherings, and smoke “seshes” as a
way to bring people together. There’s a beautiful kind of healing that occurs with cannabis
when we’re able to share stories, feelings, and laughter. The disconnection we’ve experienced
from our community and loved ones this past year, has made that healing seem so distant.
Collectively, we’ve all had to turn inward, which can be daunting, overwhelming, and anxiety
stimulating. This concept is what motivated Melissa to create products specifically designed to
elevate and balance our emotional states. This allows us to embrace the empathetic qualities
cannabis can bring. Out of this compassion for Melissa’s community and self, Sugar House was

Sugar House, based out of Kalamazoo, is a company focusing on quality and elevated
experiences. Founder, Melissa Al-Azzawi, is an industry veteran, who has been working in the
marketing and sales sector until adding this new venture. The current Sugar House product line
consists of disposable vape pens, 510 cartridges, and pre-rolls. The cartridges are very high
end, utilizing live resin grown and processed from their unique 1:1 Equanimity flower. The live
resin captured is full spectrum, containing all of the wonderful terpenes and cannabinoids
needed to produce the entourage effect. This effect leads to a more well rounded and balanced
sensation, where the most healing can occur.

With years of experience learning to understand the likes and needs of the cannabis market, it’s
no surprise that Melissa’s products are designed so well. Rather than using the typical
sativa/indica/hybrid nomenclature that can be confusing and misleading to some, Sugar House
differentiates their products by adding effects.. This gives users the ability to choose how they
would like to feel first and foremost, and then find a product in that category.

Sugar House offers two product lines of cartridges, Equanimity and Elevate. The Equanimity is
their 1:1 cartridge that consists of unique live resin (made from 1:1 flower) and additional CBD
distillate to bring up the CBD concentration. The word equanimity means, “mental calmness,
composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” This blend does exactly
that: smooth, calming, and potent enough to take the edge off. The other option for consumers
looking for a little higher THC would be the Elevate line. This line consists of the unique live
resin (made from 1:1 flower) and reintroduced, cannabis-derived terpenes. Although THC is the
dominant cannabinoid, the roughly 10% CBD concentration, along with other minor
cannabinoids and cannabis terpenes, help to create that smooth elevated high without feeling
overwhelmed, anxious, or paranoid. If cartridges aren’t for you, try one of their pre-rolls! Each
pre-roll pack consists of 4 (.75g) pre-rolled joints made from flower. No trim or shake here folks!
The goal of these products is to elevate your experience, mood, and compassion for yourself
(and others.) Bad pre-rolls have no place here.

Whether you’re sharing these products with a loved one or using these products to enhance
your well-being, let the empathy run through you. Take that energy without you throughout the
day so you may share with others. We all need a little extra sugar right now, let this mission be
the spark.

Written by: Emily K.,
Head of Care Center

At 27 Emily is already a cannabis industry veteran. This hardcore cannabis enthusiast and aficionado is looking to break the negative stigma attached to the industry & show that it is full of compassionate people that are working hard to improve others’ quality of life. Emily is also known as the “Queen of Blunts” by her friends and loves pet weasels.

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