High lovely people? Flying high today, or mellow movin? Either way, I’ve got special treat to accommodate your hump day. Today’s special guest for this week’s Women in Cannabis Wednesday is Tiffany Reynolds, founder and owner of Soul and Wellness MMJ services and education center! I met her at a cannabis mixer, and she has been a wealth of knowledge and resources for me ever since.
The woman puts the busy in the term busy body! She was on her way to a dispensary and took the time to call in to Clear As Smoke. I hope you all are able to gain some gems from my lovely friend!
Soul and Wellness provides a wide array of services to get you approved for your medical marijuana card (MMC). They also offer monthly educational seminars. To accommodate individuals who do not qualify for a MMC, they have an ample variety of CBD products.
The place is lit. It’s a warm, inviting environment and I encourage everyone to stop by if you can. Check out the website: Soul And Wellness
Contact: 312-937-3333 2007 S. Blue Island, Chicago, IL 60608
Oh, she mentioned a few people and organizations you should know about. Click on each to find out more. You’ll be happy you did and you know it.
Cannabis industry. I hope when you read that you no longer think of just stoners making money legally. But don’t count that out lol, stoners and non-stoners are making great strides in both medical and recreational marijuana. Dispensaries have evolved from window-less,-top-secret like facilities to bright and inviting centers for patients and non-patients alike. So today, I’m passing this #WCW joint to Wanda James, founder of the first Black dispensary in Colorado. Yes, she’s like, a big deal.
Wanda James is the CEO of Simply Pure dispensary in Denver, CO, and the first Black woman (with her husband) to own a medical marijuana dispensary. Simply Pure, founded in 2010, is now a medical and recreational cannabis dispensary plus an edibles company. James is also the managing partner at the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a marketing and consulting firm that specializes in regulation and political outreach.
Visiting this awesome dispensary was one of the highlights of my many trips to Denver, CO. It was also an eye opener. I took notice of the neighborhood where Simply Pure was nestled. Highlands, once a neighborhood for the working class and lower-income families, was now in the process of a grand gentrified transition. I met minorities and white people who experienced displacement due to the increase of rent. It was awesome to see not only a woman, but a woman of color, open a business in an area that can serve both the current residents and those with higher incomes moving in.
Oh the situation is sad…like, Sally Struthers infomercial sad. BUT, because gentrification is inevitable in many major cities in America, it’s important that the business that move in to make the area look more appealing to the “higher-ups” still benefit and serve the current residents. Simply pure provides alternative medicine and accessories to the community, not to mention job opportunities!
Oh, this woman’s greatness doesn’t start nor end with Simply Pure. James graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986 then served in the United States Navy. She was the political campaign manager appointed to work on President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Task Force, which was a strong blueprint for legalizing recreational marijuana. Her and her husband, Scott Durrah, were successful Los Angeles and Denver restaurant owner until their passion’s call was too loud to ignore.
Queen James, this smoke’s for you. Thank you for opening another door in the cannabis industry for US. When the underrepresented are given equal opportunities, we all benefit!
Smoking cannabis is like microwaving a meal instead of reheating it on the stove or in the oven. You want it fast, and you want it hot. But it isn’t always as good as the other options. Well, think of hitting a joint the same way. No, NOTHING wrong with smoking cannabis but man oh man, the many faces Mary Jane wears!
Tinctures, oils, edibles, even topical creams are ways to experience the healing and elevating effects of cannabis. So, what does all these different methods do? Why take cannabis if you can’t smoke it? Because, like cannabis, smoking isn’t for everyone.
Let’s get one thing straight: smoking is NOT good for the lungs. Nothing has scientifically linked smoking marijuana to lung cancer, and it’s been proven to be safer than smoking cigarettes. But smoke is smoke and it can build tar and carcinogens in the lungs. But the heat from smoking cannabis activates the THC quickly, giving the smoker an instant high.
Vaporizing is a great alternative to smoking, because you’re inhaling the vapor of cannabis that has been heated, not burned, to the right temperature.
Vaporizors come in large, box looking machines all the way down to personal pens. You can vaporize the actual buds or highly concentrated cannabis oil. Just like any other medical cannabis product, you can choose the amount of THC and/CBD for your desired high or relief.
Here’s a great slideshow on about 8 types of vaporizors. Some are common, some aren’t:
High and Happy #WCW! Here at Clear As Smoke, WCW stands for #WomeninCannabisWednesday. Whatever crush you have is totally for your own hashtag, although these women are certainly ones to adore!
This week I’m featuring the women of the Illinois Women in Cannabis, some of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the 2nd Annual IWC Summer Social. Perfect weather, patio setting, vendors, employers, and investors all brought together by women seeking to empower both women and men in the cannabis industry! For more information on this great organization, please visit their website:
Along with the individuals I met, the sponsors were among the vendors who were ready and willing to answer questions and exchange contact information. NETWORKING.
That’s right, if you are trying to enter the cannabis industry, it isn’t a piece of cake. But this FREE event was pure sugar. I will be featuring the businesses and individuals I met in posts to come. Some great places to start are websites like Eventbrite, joining cannabis-centered event pages on Facebook and Instagram, and getting involved with local and national organizations who are truly passionate about the legalization, regulation, and education of cannabis.
Like I said, I’m no professional or expert. Yet 😉
Pictured from left: Kiana Hughes and Fenesha Hubbard of Two Dope Chicks Cannabis Sensitivity Training, and myself. (Found out Fenesha went to my elementary school!)
Pictured from left: Fenesha, myself, and my friend Tracy Fox (who I ran into that night after not seeing her since second grade…becauseshe ALSO went to my elementary school LOL!!)
So without revealing my age, I’ll avoid the “back in my day” banter when it comes to how the cannabis culture used to be. But rest assured, when I started using marijuana, it was illegal EVERYWHERE and wasn’t recognized in any form as medicine.
But up until that point, I was 100% ANTI-marijuana. I was a poster child for the D.A.R.E. program, straight up.
I recall being staunch in my stance that weed was a drug, as terrible as cocaine or heroine, and made people dumber. Even though I had plenty of friends who were already dabbling in drugs and alcohol, I was steadfast. I was going to go to college, be drug free, and save the world from all drugs everywhere. Yup, that was me.
I experienced deep, long periods of depression while in junior high and high school. Finally, my curiosity gave in. I didn’t really want to get into drinking, because I hate vomit lol. I was going to counseling, but it wasn’t filling that empty void. So, one day I picked up my 20 lb blue Nokia brick cell phone and texted my friend:
Me: You got some dro? I’m tryna smoke.
Him: Stop playin.
Me: I’m serious, I got money.
Him: WOW, ok. You sure you want DRO?
ME: Yea, that’s what you smoke, right? Dro? Yea, get me that.
Him: Ok, see you in 20.
Just like that. Now please understand I knew NOTHING about smoking marijuana, or the fact that dro (short for hydro, which describes any type of weed grown hydroponically instead of in soil. Isn’t that funny? People thought that the WAY cannabis was grown described the actual TYPE of cannabis it was. Carrying on…) was a much stronger type of marijuana than that known as “Reggie”, or regular marijuana and “Mid-Grade,” which was one step above but still not knock you down, stoner strong.
Loooooong story short, he picks me up, we smoke, I feel NOTHING. We decide to drive to the park. I still feel no effect.
For like 45 minutes.
Then, I look out the window, and the car was flying above the expressway, which was no longer an expressway, but a checkerboard and the cars were being played like an actual game of checkers. Put that in your pipe and smoke it lol. I was TRIPPING. I look over at my friend and I tell him, “Yo, I’m feeling it.” He replies, “Good.” From that point on, I was a stoner, but would take another decade for me to truly have pride in that. Yes, pride.
I jumped head first into the culture. Lol I had a guilty conscious, if you will. I knocked marijuana for so long, and here I am enjoying it! Wanting to learn more about it! And boy, did I. From arrests to actual dealing, protesting and experimentation I became more than just a “pothead.” Cannabis became my mission, I just had no freaking clue what that mission was yet.
Marijuana made me happy, hungry, sometimes sleepy, and really, REALLY creative. It took me on adventures I couldn’t even describe. Or maybe I just can’t remember lol. Had some great recipes develop during those times, mmm…foooood…..sorry. Back to the story.
Then, in 2014, I visited Denver, CO. I visited California before and knew it was the American mecca of cannabis. But I was able to see Denver in the early stages. I met dispensary owners, I attended events, tasted edibles, and basked in the excitement of a newly legalized state. It was then I knew Illinois had a long way to go, and the need for legalization was necessary far beyond people wanting to get high. People were using cannabis ointments for skin and muscle pain, oils and tinctures for seizures or insomnia, tablets for the side effects of chemotherapy; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The state of Colorado saw shooting increases in cannabis tax revenue, job opportunities, and more healthcare resources.
Once all the haze from my joint cleared, I saw my idea light bulb illuminate. Illinois not only has to legalize marijuana recreationally and medically, but they have to educate their residents on this plant. People have a right to know about all opportunities afforded to them as citizens, and cannabis is a grand one.
You don’t have to light up to be up on this, people. And I’m here to help. Until then, it’s 4:20 somewhere, and I don’t want to be late 😉
Have an elevated Sunday, folks.
“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics… dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend.”―Louis Armstrong