Cannabis use has changed and enhanced lives while also changing the way we purchase our products. This is a product that many people purchase for others, hating to spend that amount on themselves. As a college dropout I experienced many lows and highs, eventually taking prescription SSRIs and weening off them. I had experienced several ailments including PTSD and abdominal migraine that led me to take a prescription and finally several herbs including cannabis. Cannabis as many of us know is a female plant that is resilient to many conditions. We can’t talk about the health of the plant without the health of the soil, just like we can’t separate the mind from the body. Cannabis transcends belief, language, and gender.
I took an online herbalism course led by Rosalee de la Forêt the year before and although it didn’t make me an herbalist, it changed the way I viewed individual plants and the intelligence they share with us. One of the major points Rosalee expressed is how it’s easy to put herbs into boxes. “This herb is good for that (insert ailment).” While looking at the long list of medical claims that cannabis has I can only imagine what I will learn in the UVM Cannabis Science and Medicine course this April. I am excited for not only the medical and alternative medicine books to be rewritten, but the history (herstory) books as well. I work for Elmore Mountain Therapeutics (@emtcbd). Both the company and the plant has pushed me to my limits with what I thought possible- from attending Cannabis in the Capitol to helping promote the premiere of Mary Janes: The Women of Weed in Burlington, VT. My cousin directed Primer and Upstream Color and years later I’d never guess that I would somehow be involved with the way cannabis and women are portrayed in the film and wellness industry. The idea is to start with self care so that we might treat others the same and be the best possible version of ourselves. There’s a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Photo credit: Katy Kent (last photo)