As we all continue to make the most of our shelter-in-place and working from home lifestyle and adjust to our current living conditions, many have and some are finding their homes to be a creative and a safe haven so we ask several photographers and creatives to share what their homes look like and how they are adapting to this way of living.
Let’s begin by talking about your first introduction to cannabis and what led you to fall in love with the plant?
I was introduced to cannabis in my freshman year of high school, and used it to ween myself off of my ADHD medication. The first time I consumed I immediately knew it was going to be a huge part of my life. It was never a “social” thing for me; I knew that this plant was the answer to so many of the world’s problems, and that I was going to be an advocate for it.
Why do you use cannabis now?
I have a lot of medical conditions for which I use cannabis, including Kienbick’s disease, scoliosis, and debilitating menstrual periods. It treats my pain like nothing else in the world! I also use it for relaxation, anxiety relief, really for just about anything!
What are your favorite strains and why?
There are so many wonderful strains out there it’s hard to narrow it down! I would definitely go for Golden Goat or Lemon G for daytime – I love those delicious Limonene terpenes! They provide a clear-headed high that’s perfect for my morning routine. Tropicanna Cookies is my any-time-of-day strain. Not only does it taste incredible, it also gives a mellow, happy high that flows with whatever you’re doing. A good Kush or OG gets me nice and stoney at the end of the day! I like to smoke these right before dinner for the perfect munchies fix.
What are your favorite products at the moment?
I have been really loving Verde Natural Dispensary for flower! It’s been hard to find consistently good flower, but I think the fact that they use living soil makes a huge difference in the end product. Dablogic and Apothecary Extracts are my go-tos for concentrate and cartridges. For edibles I’d have to go with Coda and Robhots, their products are so delicious and give a consistent experience every time. One of my BIGGEST loyalty factors is making a consistent product!
What do you do for a living?
Well, isn’t that the golden question! Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t believe in having one stream of revenue, and always have my hand in 50 projects. I do everything from brand collaborations and partnerships to contract work and consulting. I represent many wonderful brands, both in and outside of the cannabis space. I’m the Marketing Director for Irie Weddings & Events (mobile cannabis bar experiences), and am also getting into real estate! Basically, anything you need!
What do you love about your job?
I love that I get to help educate those who aren’t familiar with cannabis. So many people have a bad experience due to lack of, or poor information and then never want to try cannabis again. Being able to host events/host cannabis bars at events makes it so that more people get to enjoy cannabis for the first time the right way!
In your experience, what have been some challenges you faced in your position?
Oh man, there’s a new challenge every day! Being in the cannabis space means you are always dealing with new rules and challenges. One of the best personality traits to have in this industry is the ability to think on your feet! You always need a backup plan.
Currently, we’re facing the global pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19, which has definitely affected the cannabis industry. Has this affected you and what do you think will happen to the industry for the foreseeable future?
I do a lot in the event space so I have definitely been affected! Large events are going to be the last thing to go back to normal. This ties in my answer to the previous question – you always need a backup plan and learn how to PIVOT! I’m hoping that things will progress, that we will be able to have events again while making sure every aspect now has a heightened focus on sanitization and sustainability.
What state are you in and how are things currently as a result to COVID-19?
I currently live in Denver, Colorado. For anyone who doesn’t know, Colorado is a HUGE event state. Between legal cannabis, major event centers, and sports arenas, Colorado has always been a hub for large events. it’s been very quiet around here with everything being shut down. I will say one silver lining has been no traffic!
What are some things you are doing to stay productive while we’re in quarantine?
Cleaning and re-organizing everything! It’s been great to have the extra time to focus on projects that have been put off, create new budgets and plan for the future.
If there was one strain or product left on earth for you to try, what would it be?
It’s hard to think of a strain or product I HAVEN’T tried! I will say this – I’ve never been to Amsterdam. One of my goals is to travel there and smoke their strains! Same goes for Hawaii.