Often we describe our weed in simple terms: good or bad. We’ll say its gas, fire, loud, exotic, trash, mid, reggie, weak etc. But what is it exactly? Do we know the name? Do we know what type of strain it is? Do we know how it makes us feel? Do we know how we like to experience it? These are all super important questions to have answers to regardless of what kind of frequenter of cannabis you are. …

Are you making time to be outside? I know that may sound a bit bold during these times but it really is important. I’m not talking about running errands, essential work, or non-essential activities ( minding my business, but be safe out here). I’m referring to time outdoors spent in nature, studies show this can improve our overall wellbeing. With social distancing and quarantine, options are limited, but not eliminated. Like many of us, this year has caused me to become hyper-aware of my health: physically, mentally, emotionally. …

Whether or not you already consume cannabis, viewing the plant as a medicinal resource is crucial in understanding it’s many benefits. For centuries the cannabis plant has been utilized as a healing herb all over the world. Both history and studies explain consumption being linked to relief from chronic pain, increasing appetite, enhancing creativity, relieving nausea, improving mood, and helping insomnia to name a few. Simply put, it’s medicine.

Both medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries and services in legal states have remained open throughout the pandemic due to being deemed essential. Cannabis consumption use has increased greatly since the beginning…

The seasons changing, a relentless global pandemic, political unrest, and the oppression of Black and Brown people- is a guaranteed recipe for stress, specifically chronic stress. Chronic stress is stress that lasts for an extended period of time, typically spanning weeks or months. With so much taking place around us, our bodies are absorbing everything. Unfortunately, more stress means weaker immune system functioning and weaker functioning means being more susceptible to health issues or sickness.

Possible stressors at this time:

* Going into winter means limited sunlight each day and temperature drops. It is a more dull and gloomy time…

So as of September 11th, 2020 Netflix added one of our nostalgic girly favorites- Girlfriends. The early 2000’s series recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary showcasing the everyday lives of four unique Black women navigating adulthood, romance, friendship, and everything in between. Everyone was eager to dive back into the series many of us indulged in way before we could fully understand and resonate with. We are rewatching- now in our 20’s and beyond, with a chance to fully digest the content and messaging. Twitter especially has been buzzing with commentary, critiques, and revelations. A common theme I’ve noticed throughout these…

Recently I’ve been reading ‘All About Love’ by Bell Hooks, a recent addition to my paperback collection. Having heard how moving and insightful it had been for others I figured it was time to give it a read. To read literature written by a Black woman with the intent to have transparent and intellectual conversations about love has been beautiful. I’m still reading and digesting and reflecting on her work.

Remember, care is a dimension of love, but simply giving care does not mean we are loving.

All About Love, Bell Hooks

She begins the volume by emphasizing that love…

“So, how much longer?” “Are you even looking?” “Don’t you think it’s time to settle down?” said everyone

There are far better questions to ask women other than those that tie her worth to another person.’So how much longer?’ ‘Are you looking?’ ‘Don’t you think its time to settle down?’ These are often viewed as harmless, even exciting, questions to many. I don’t believe they are asked with malicious intent but let’s pause a minute to break down how the questioning can be harmful.

If you’re a woman, it’s likely you’ve been bombarded with questions about marriage. Between family members…

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Between a global pandemic, politics, and the new normal- its been hectic. It’s been a lot for everyone in differing ways. For the most part we are subject to stay in our homes day to day. For many this looks like increased engagement via technology. We’re reimagining community via socials, entertainment, and how we communicate.

We’re locked in. We’re seeking ways be social despite the physical limitations that are currently in place throughout society for everyone.

In this connectedness we’ve created, there is a tiredness, a draining feeling, that has come with it. Maybe it’s just me but I’ve been…

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Let’s circle back to the state of the country again. The times we’re living through have sparked conversation and action about buying and supporting Black in efforts to ignite socioeconomic revolution. This spark has led to our community pushing the envelope a bit further. Respective industries are being called out boldly on socials for posting black squares or releasing statements in solidarity whilst upholding business practices that do not reflect true allyship.

Various companies have been exposed over the last two months for having hypocritical practices and/or lacking diversity; the cannabis industry was not exempt. Seeing light shed on inequities…

Amidst the state of the world responding to the injustices of Black people, I can’t help but notice a surge of collaboration. The climate has launched us into a new space of union. Black folks are coming together to organize, support one another, and share information for social change — for equity. But we haven’t stopped at humanity and politics; we have brought this momentum into our personal lives. This spike in collaboration and support throughout our community has been one of the best things to be birthed in this chaotic and uncertain time. We are supporting our own businesses…

Dashayna Brown

LA based. 23 years around the sun. Advocate of women. Storytelling is my thing. Finding the words to paint the intersectionality of my experience in this world.

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