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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SPLIFF Film Festival: Reefer Rules the Screen

Film and cannabis lovers will gather May 3-4 for SPLIFF Film Festival at the Victoria Theatre, the oldest theatre house…

West Cliff Wellness: Keeping it Local in Santa Cruz

West Cliff Wellness – Santa Cruz, CA Welcome to Santa Cruz! This legendary town is a beacon for the cannabis…

Blackberry Fire: Comforting, Pain-Relieving Sweetness

Blackberry Fire by Native Seed Cannabis Co. X Healing Herb Farms When I opened the N2-packed eighth of Blackberry Fire…

Aloha Humboldt: Paradise in the Emerald Triangle

Aloha Humboldt – Emerald Triangle, CA Linsey and Ryan Jones founded Aloha Humboldt after growing in the Arcata area since…

Hammer Head OG: A Creative, Appetite-Inducing Experience

Hammer Head OG by Legion of Bloom X Ridgetop Botanicals I smoked a bowl of Hammer Head OG and suddenly…

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…