Robyn Lawrence


Robyn Griggs Lawrence helped introduce mainstream America to sustainable, healthy lifestyles with Natural Home magazine and introduced readers to the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection with her books The Wabi-Sabi House and Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House. Now she’s educating people about how to safely prepare and imbibe organic, sustainably grown cannabis for health and wellbeing through The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, a collection of advice and recipes from America’s top cannabis chefs, and an online course, The Fundamentals of Cooking with Cannabis.

Featured in national publications including the New York Times, Time, Bloomberg, The Guardian, High Times, Fast Company, Alternet, Huffington Post, Food Republic, and many more, Robyn’s mission is to educate people about how to safely prepare and imbibe organic, sustainably grown cannabis for health and wellbeing. She teaches people how to make cannabis food through workshops and through her popular Green Flower Media course, The Fundamentals of Cooking with Cannabis, and shares healthy cannabis recipes weekly at The Travel Joint. Robyn is writing a history of cannabis cuisine, due out from Rowman & Littlefield in 2018.

As Natural Home editor-in-chief from 1999 until 2010, Lawrence traveled the country meeting people who were passionate about building and living sustainably. Lawrence also has been an editor with Organic Spa, Mountain Living and The Herb Companion magazines and has run successful blogs on Huffington Post, and

A board member for The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas, and an advisory board member for the Healthy House Institute, Lawrence has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Time magazine, USA Today, on CNN and in top-tier newspapers, magazines and TV programs worldwide.

Lawrence, a certified yoga instructor, also co-authored 7 Steps to a Safe, Nurturing Nursery, an e-book, with Dr. Frank Lipman, M.D.

Don’t Let Your Baby Sleep <br/>With Dangerous Chemicals

Don’t Let Your Baby Sleep
With Dangerous Chemicals

Halogenated flame retardants are some of the most dangerous chemicals on the market, yet a peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Science & Technology Journal found that they’re pervasive in products made for babies and toddlers: car seats, breast feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam.

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally <br/>With Onions, Beets and Blueberries

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
With Onions, Beets and Blueberries

When we were kids, in the chemical-intensive 1970s, we thought nothing of using artificial food coloring and those fizzy little dye tablets to give our Easter eggs festive hues. Back then, we didn't know that chemical dyes could cause ADHD, harm development, ignite hyperactivity, compromise immune systems and cause sterility. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention even found links between food coloring and asthma, allergic reactions and lead poisoning, Organic Authority reports. As a grown-up in the enlightened 21st century, I'm not taking the risk. My kids and I are dying eggs using herbs and food -- the way my grandmother did -- and it's a lot more fun than playing with chemicals.

Want To Drastically Reduce Your BPA Risk? <br/>Eat Fresh Food

Want To Drastically Reduce Your BPA Risk?
Eat Fresh Food

BPA levels in families who ate fresh rather than canned or plastic-packaged food for three days dropped by an average of 60 percent, according to a study released in March 2011 by the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute. Bishphenol A (or BPA), which is used to line food cans, has been linked to breast cancer, infertility, early puberty and other health problems.

Balancing Energy-Efficiency <br/>With Our Lust for Electronics?

Balancing Energy-Efficiency
With Our Lust for Electronics?

Most home appliances have become more efficient over the past 30 years, but those gains have been offset by the influx of personal computers, televisions and related devices, according to data released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Over the past three decades, the share of residential electricity used by appliances and electronics in U.S. homes has nearly doubled from 17 percent to 31 percent.

The New “Slow” Movement….Slow Shopping

The New “Slow” Movement….Slow Shopping

I get a little excited every time a new "slow" movement comes along. I thought Slow Food -- linking enjoyment of food to sustainable communities -- was the coolest when it came over from Italy more than a decade ago, and the concept of paying a little more time and attention to our communities, our money and a slew of other daily habits always made sense too me. Whether I'm eating dinner with my family or choosing where my 401K money should go, I'm drawn to the idea that slowing down to consider and savor will lead to more satisfying choices. (Full disclosure: I'm the most deficit-disordered multi-tasker I know.)