Our Founders 2017-04-24T08:20:59+00:00

Nikki Lastreto was born in the right place at the right time to be a flower child in San Francisco in the Sixties. After years of being the Ultimate City Girl, working at The San Francisco Chronicle and KRON-TV, Nikki dropped out and traveled the world, living primarily in India. After several years, she returned to San Francisco and made her way up to the hills of Mendocino County. Now, as founder of Swami Select, she fosters the growth of lab-tested, ethically grown craft cannabis.

Swami Chaitanya, aka “The Swami of Pot” (Rolling Stone Magazine), is a radical classical: he started his life as an East Coast academic and now in his early seventies is a West Coast Cannabis Holy Man. A self-described “original hippie,” Swami moved to San Francisco in 1967. He went on to live in South America, Europe and India for many years, settling eventually in Mendocino County, California, the heart of the Emerald Triangle. Swami is a well-known figure on the music festival scene and offers teachings and discourses on spirituality.