Ashleigh Castro

Ashleigh Castro is a New York seed grown in the California sunshine. A photographer by nature, she developed while capturing peace rallies in San Francisco and snapping shots of musicians. She started at DOPE taking photos for DOPE Magazine as it launched in Northern California in 2015. Aesthetically, her favorite medium to shoot in is film such as 35mm and medium format. Since she studied journalism, she put her DOPEn to the paper and started writing stories about healing family through cannabis, sustainably sourced edibles and consciously created local products. Having developed obscure food allergies caused by histamine intolerance, she applies cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation and the anxieties surrounding food intolerance. Now managing the NorCal office as well as the area’s content, you can find her on the scene with the DOPE squad or roller skating in the Bay Area’s scenic spots. Her greatest joy working at DOPE is being able to help found a Dream Team of talent and style.

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Purple Punch: Intoxicating Fruit That’s Not Forbidden

Purple Punch Live Resin Budder by Beezle Extracts X Spirit Ridge Medicinals An evening dessert dab of Beezle Extracts’ Purple…

Vegan Chocolate Crumble: Experience the Wholesome Wonder Bar

Vegan Chocolate Crumble Bar by Cosmos Edibles Readers, prepare for take–off! Belgian dark chocolate meets fig, flax seed, dried currant,…

Vapor Room: Returning to the Harmonious Heart of the City

Vapor Room – San Francisco, CA When I walked into Vapor Room on a vibrant Saturday, the January 19 Women’s…

Gris de Joint: Smooth, Succulent Rosé Especial

Rosé Especial by FloraCal Farms Fruity, sweet, yet bold — I popped open a joint of Rosé Especial to uplift…

Urban Pharm: Where the Fun Times Roll

Urban Pharm – San Francisco, CA Entering Urban Pharm feels like hopping into a steampunk time machine; edgy design can…

Northern Berry: Relaxing, Hashy Blueberry Favorite

Northern Berry by Full Moon Farms A visit to Full Moon Farms during fall harvest led to a discovery: Northern…

Aster Farms: Hedging Their Bets — the Right Way

Aster Farms – Anderson Valley, CA Founded in 2016 with intentions of being fully compliant and legal, Aster Farms was…

Hop Cannon: Lagunitas and CannaCraft Reimagine Happy Hour

Hop Cannon by AbsoluteXtracts CannaCraft and Lagunitas Brewing, neighbors in Sonoma county, share culture, manufacturing practices and a vision fusing hop…

Medithrive: One of the Bay’s First Cannabis Clubs

Medithrive – San Francisco, CA “I believe this location is the second or third cannabis dispensary ever opened,” says Misha…

Wedding Cake: Say “I Do” to State Flower Cannabis

Wedding Cake by State Flower Cannabis Sweet, vanilla-frosted, citrus-infused, fresh-baked Wedding Cake by State Flower Cannabis is an exquisite treat.…