Staff Report

Santa Ynez Valley residents are welcome at a two-hour introductory class in Lompoc on the new legal opportunities for adults to use home-grown cannabis for medical and recreational purposes.

The class will be led by Lompoc resident Dulcie Sinn, Ph.D., founder of the Cha Cha Cooking Club. A session on May 6 will be repeated on June 3, both from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Anderson Recreation Center, 125 W. Walnut Ave. in Lompoc. Cost is $20 per person, and the class size is limited to 20.

 “My classes will be a safe place to come and ask any questions about gardening, edibles and topicals. Learn about online and community resources,” Sinn said. In addition, the class will provide information and language “to talk with children and teens” about cannabis, practical advice for visiting a dispensary, and recipes for inexpensive healing salves.

“My focus will be all about home cooking — about teaching consumers how to use cannabis for healing and fun,” she noted. “If you can grow tomatoes, you can grow cannabis.”

The class will include information on history and laws, myths and science, purchasing and planting, growing and harvesting, cooking and infusing, and jobs and other economic opportunities in the cannabis industry.

In previous workshops and classes, Sinn has focused on boosting families’ health via her acronym FLOSSY: “Fresh Local Organic Sustainable Simple & Yummy” foods.

She has spent 10 years researching how topical and home-cooked edible forms of cannabis have offered gentle relief from chronic pain and sleeplessness, and for caretakers addressing end-of-life issues.

 For more information, email, call 805-451-3414, go to or follow @chachacookingclub on Instagram.