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MJBA Women’s Alliance “Power To Lead”: Powerful Women Leading By Example

The women, the power, the love.

The women, the power, the love.

This past week I attended ‘The Power To Lead’ hosted by the MJBA Women’s Alliance at the Red Lion in Bellevue, WA.  This was my first MJBA Woman’s Alliance event that I have been able to make and I was not disappointed.

After being warmly welcomed by Morgan, MJBA’s leading woman, the owner of Washington Bud Company, Shawn Denae, got on stage as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.  We were graced with Shawn’s vibrant energy that took us on a journey through her personal stories of being in the cannabis industry while showering us with tidbits of inspiration and wisdom. She began by giving us an invaluable networking tip for the evening: “Be present with the people you are with and be curious about each other.”  At that point we all turned our mobile devices off and fully came into the room.

Next to speak was AC Braddock, CEO of Eden Labs.  I love being around this woman. As she stood on stage explaining that her company has grown by 400% she also authentically expressed how stressful it is to be the leader of a business that is growing so rapidly and how vital it is to lead with calmness. While this real live yogi stood there with beauty and grace, she told the room “You don’t know what you are capable of until you do it. So, do something- lead, follow, or get out of the way.” She also brought attention to the instant calm that she experienced when she entered the room that night regardless of the very stressful day she’d had.  I know the calm she is referring to. It’s like plugging yourself in for a recharge by just showing up and being present with a room of powerful, confident women who are leaders in their lives. Most women I talked to that night also told me that they had had a very challenging day and week but this night was exactly what they needed.

Shawn Denae came back on stage and said something that hit it all home: “Leadership is sweeping the floors when the floors need to be swept. It is vital to lead by example.” That simple concept felt like the common thread from everybody who spoke.

When Giana Lampreda of WAM Oil got on stage she gave her experience in the cannabis industry that many in the room could relate to…being surrounded by mostly men all day long and having to play a leadership role among men. Her advice was invaluable: “Let go of your ego to understand the insecurities of the people you are working with and you’ll discover a new way of doing things.” From a woman who has fought cancer with cannabis and daily is helping others fight for healthy lives, I couldn’t help but sit there in awe of how thankful I was to have known her power and for every single hug I have ever received from her.

After a ten minute break Diane Fornbacher, the publisher of Ladybud magazine, got on stage. Now, she is the reason I had been excited to be there in the first place. I’ve been a fan of her magazine, Ladybud, and the way that her eloquent use of words even just on social media sparks my imagination. At that point I couldn’t focus on taking pictures or anything else but absorbing every morsel she was about to spit out.

“Cannabis is the gateway to revealing ourselves to one another and the world.”

“The living death of a poet is not being able to express yourself.”

“What are we doing with our time as this person?”

“Who would I be if I gave up? Fuck That. “

It was a wonderful thing to meet her and to see into her eyes. What a beautiful soul.

Next, Anne VanLaneSeal of NWMJ Law for the cannabis industry got on stage and reminded us to be passionate and deliberate on how we conduct ourselves in business. She also reminded us to lead by example and realize how important what we are doing is in this country right now. “Have big dreams and do not fear the challenges.” Thank you for saying those words. 

Last, but not least was Debbi Whitlock. This beautiful woman of sunshine got on stage and shared her heartwarming experience with cannabis topicals. She reminded us that our health is our capital and to care for ourselves.

At one point she asked the room to raise their hands if they feel like they had found their calling. Looking around the room almost every single hand was up in the air…including mine. It was a powerful moment worth pausing for. “Don’t stop before the magic happens.”

I’ve been in a lot of rooms with only women in them. While most women will be nurturing, welcoming, and loving toward each other this group was different. These are a different breed of women, if you will. They know what they want, they know how to stand in their power, and they are confident in what they do regardless of the challenges that come with speaking up for what you believe in.

To be surrounded by that energy is invaluable. Thank you MJBA Women’s Alliance for providing a space for me to be inspired by others of my breed.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Mom, My Brain Requires Cannabis

My Brain on Cannabis

This is a heavy topic filled with things that I don’t like to share. I write on because I know somebody else out there is dealing with this too and I want you to know that you are not alone. 

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve blogged here, which is not my style. I’m usually here every week.

Well, to be honest I’ve just not been into this lately.  It’s not that I have nothing to say or topics to write about, its that my brain has literally not been itself. The gray matter has been in a severe low forcing me to deal with life without fully being there for me. While I can say that it is functioning better today than it was yesterday, managing a brain that requires extra attention can be exhausting.

My brain has had to deal with migraines since I was 9 years old. Thankfully they are not everyday and I have been able to prevent them from happening very often with lifestyle and cannabis but reading studies that show a correlation between a number of horrible ailments like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s for people who get migraines sits heavy with me. That’s not a future I can accept.

My brain has had to deal with depression since I was young too. I’ll never forget the first time that I had suicidal thoughts at age 13 and then also thinking at the same time how strange that thought was since I love life. While I’ve found ways to manage depression it is still something that my brain is afflicted with from time to time. I take dark feelings seriously because I am fully aware of what being in a depressed state is doing for my future older brain.

My brain has also been sending my nervous system jacked up messages since I was a child. My musculoskeletal system is the perfect example of this. It developed with severe scoliosis, muscle spasms, and since a tender age I have actively worked on creating and maintaining balance and ease when I walk and move. Since childhood I have also had to deal with a feeling that is like my skin is crawling if I have to sit still for too long. It’s not painful per se, but it is so uncomfortable that pain is be easier to deal with.

In my world, cannabis is used as a tool to help me manage the chronic conditions of my brain. Regularly taking it raw has made a noticeable difference in the frequency of my migraines, depressions, and muscle spasms, like they become a distant memory. Inhaling cannabis calms my nervous system down and lifts me above depressions that my brain may be experiencing in the moment. Cannabis topicals ease and stop the muscle spasms and eases the funky nerve stuff.

The quest to take care of my very special brain requires listening without judgement to the messages it sends me and loving it with healthy food, positive stimulation, meditation to practice calm, and cannabis.

If you have a special brain too, may you find peace today.

-TwiceBakedinWA

 

 

Cannabis Cured My Anxiety Attack

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I had an anxiety attack this morning while making breakfast. It wasn’t about my impending day or the act of making breakfast but rather an intense internal negative feeling that came over my entire body. I started to shake, my heart started to race, and my breathing became shallow and tight. I may have dry heaved. Totally not normal. It is rare for me to get a full blown anxiety attack but this served as a reminder that I have a special brain and it requires daily attention.

I don’t like to say this out loud, but I am a fairly anxious person. I am plagued with a daily low level anxiety due to physiological stress that my body is under from a neuromuscular disorder. This little body of mine has been dealing with that type of constant stress since before I was even a teenager. I manage to keep a calm, cool, positive exterior but if you spend enough time with me you will be exposed to moments where the anxiety that dwells within my body escapes in various forms. It never feels pretty.

Right about now, I would like to interject that I hate writing about this. I hate letting you in on this part of me because it feels so negative and dark and I just don’t tell people this stuff. I much prefer spreading light but I know that somebody else out there is living with this most bizarre thing too and could benefit from feeling that they are not alone.

I am grateful to be aware of how special my brain is. I am very aware that it likes to send jacked up messages to my body all day long and tell it to do things a normal body is not supposed to do. It is very stressful on a level that is hard to explain to somebody who has never gone through it. I take this type of stress seriously because I know that it is the silent killer that would put me to my grave long before my spinal disorder ever could. This condition of mine benefits from cannabis because it calms down my inside self, allowing for a feeling of normal to exist.

How do I use cannabis for anxiety? Multiple ways…

First, let me say if you are eating or inhaling it specifically to manage anxiety, what strain you choose can be a big deal. Everybody reacts differently to different strains but for some people certain strains may actually increase feelings of anxiety. I personally  cannot recall any strain ever giving me anxiety but I’ve seen it in other people.

Delivery method makes a difference in how it works too. In the moment, I inhale. Within minutes, mental and often physical anxiety is relieved. For several hours of relief, a CBD or sativa dominant hybrid strain might be put into my food. If I have 20 minutes, I will take a medicated bath or apply a topical all over. When I have access to it, I will take raw cannabis daily which noticeably keeps my body in a generally calmer state.

Cannabis allows me to stay on track with the other powerful methods I use to manage anxiety and stress. Meditation, movement, nutrition, laughing enough, and getting sleep is key to dominating this chronic condition. If I don’t get enough of all of those, after a short time, you guessed it,  the internal anxiety grows and escapes.

If you medicate to relieve anxiety, may you never feel bad or ashamed for doing so. Stress is a killer, literally.

And…To all the people who look out for me and aid in my mission to live calmly, thank you.

-TwiceBakedinWA

The Cannabis Farmer’s Market With Healthy Habits

Sonshine Organics

Every Saturday, Sonshine Organics in Olympia, WA holds a medicinal cannabis farmer’s market. I dig this place. When you walk into the door you see a wall of fitness equipment behind the cannabis farmers who are there with various strains and medicines that they provide.

The vibe here is very different from other cannabis markets that I have been to. From the feeling of family, to the on-site chiropractor, and the free raw cannabis juice for market goers it becomes clear why the energy here is so uplifted. They are focused on health and bringing their own journey’s as patients to the community as a means to help themselves and others heal.

Within the market there is a medicating lounge and live music where patients can find the moral support to deal with their health conditions and heal together.

Beyond being a cannabis market they passionately recommend 7 doctors to everybody:  Sunshine, Air, Rest, Water, Exercise, Diet, and Cannabis. I love that.

Next weekend they are hosting Hempseed 2014. Hempseed is an annual alternative health and hemp education event that is open to the public and will include special performances by the very patients that Sonshine Organics serves, their cancer-surviving children.

Thank you, Sonshine Organics for being such powerful ambassadors for health, wellness, community, and cannabis.

 

Visiting Farmer Tom’s Organic Cannabis and Vegetable Farm

Farmer Toms's cannabis garden

For the past year, every time I have talked to Farmer Tom he has invited me down to visit his farm in Vancouver, Washington. This week I finally made the drive, and am I ever glad I did.

What used to be an old nursery in the country has become the spot that Farmer Tom and his wife call home. It is also the location that he grows food to feed multiple families and cannabis to afford the costs of operating such a farm.

When we got to his property, Farmer Tom took us on a walking tour of the cannabis and vegetable gardens and shared with us his methods for growing organically and sustainably. It was a delight to be able to see so many different varieties of cannabis and vegetables and experience what they look like as they grow.

I was impressed with the simplicity and calm of his operation. From just a few minutes of walking through the garden with Farmer Tom I was able to learn much from his decades of experience about how cannabis grows and a way of growing that I had never seen in person before.

I appreciate what Farmer Tom is doing with his farm. He is growing natural, organic medicine in the form of cannabis and vegetables and he is branding himself to swim in the world of marijuana business to save his farm from financial hardship so he will be able to continue feeding others and helping sick people.

Lately, he has also partnered with Kush Tours and opened up his farm to the public who can now come down to the farm and see it for themselves. The tour walks you through the whole farm and is about 90 minutes long.

Thank you Farmer Tom and your lovely wife for hospitably welcoming us, showing us what is possible with organic gardening, and sending us home with a cooler of delicious vegetables.

 

TwiceBaked Adventures with The Squares

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I have to admit, in most circles, I often appear as a ‘square’. By ‘square’ I mean that I don’t look like the stereotypical stoner associated with marijuana use. The majority of my close friends, including The Boy, don’t use cannabis. However, since immersing myself into the cannabis culture I now have another social circle who is all about cannabis and I find my square looking world and the cannabis culture colliding more frequently.

Today was a prime example. I am hosting a lunch with my cannabis smoking friends, eating cannabis delectables, in a house that wreaks like cannabis. Just as the lunch is winding down a ‘square’ long-time professional aquaintance walks up to my front door with his teenage son. Now, this is a person who shows up randomly about once a year when he is in the neighborhood and today happened to be that day this year. As far as I know he would have no idea about why my house would be smelling like marijuana in the middle of the day or why I am having a cannabis luncheon. I met them outside so as to avoid exposing the child to such horrors and quite honestly to avoid having that conversation right then and there. Collision averted.

I guess this kind of stuff happens a lot when you juggle multiple social circles. Some of my clients don’t know or have only recently learned about this side of my life. I like to feel out the depth of cannabis conversation they might be ready for by recommending that they add hemp to their meals. I’m always surprised how many people shrug back at the idea of eating hemp because they are afraid it will make them high or put THC in their system and risk their livelihood. These are educated squares too. In the end they all eventually eat the hemp. 

I totally consider finding those moments where people see cannabis in a positive light for the first time as an amusing adventure. The key is not to cram it down their throat but be discreet and open to showing them how much it benefits you.

 

 

Raw Cannabis Flower and Hemp Pesto

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I enjoy the taste of raw cannabis. It has a bold, spicy flavor that pairs well with other foods and herbs to enhance and add nutritive value to a good meal. While, at this time, I generally only eat raw cannabis leaves, every once in a while I am lucky enough to gain access to fresh edible cannabis flowers.

If you are eating the raw buds, it is suggested they be at the state where the trichomes are fully present and appear cloudy, not yet amber. Raw buds have a high concentration of cannabinoids in their acid form (ie, THCA) and when eaten fresh, with no heat applied, provide you many health benefits without the psychoactive action of THC.

Raw Cannabis Flower and Hemp Pesto

1C Basil

1C Parsley

3/4C Fresh, raw Cannabis buds (or fresh leaves)

1/4C hemp hearts

1/4C walnuts

3 cloves garlic

3T Lemon juice

1/3C hemp seed oil

salt and pepper

1)Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until desired smoothness. If needed, add more lemon juice and/or hemp seed oil to thin the mixture out.

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This little pesto paired as well with steak and cooked vegetables as it did with a fresh garden salad. Cannabis pesto on everything!

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-TwiceBaked

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