A Journal of Cannabis and Culture

It's Time to Take the Mask Off

It's Time to Take the Mask Off

Most people spend the month of October concocting elaborate, clever costumes. Some even begin planning their disguises months ahead of time. But this year instead of celebrating the act of putting on a mask, we asked our followers to take their masks off by sharing how cannabis has impacted their life for the better. As part of our invitation to help us destigmatize cannabis use, we featured the stories of five advocates from very different backgrounds—including MedMen’s own VP of Creative, Morgan Thomas. The positive response was overwhelming. There’s still time to help us further our mission—share your story on Instagram and tag #MedMen #MyCannabisStory

It's Time to Take the Mask Off

To me, cannabis isn’t about getting high (okay, well maybe sometimes). I’ve suffered from anxiety and a few other mental illness issues for many years. I’ve been and am currently on the “med management” roller coaster. I’ve learned so much about myself on this journey, and one thing I’ve learned that to me is the most important: I found my medicine. The medicine that works. Together, THC and CBD have created a healthy and happy internal environment where I can thrive and grow. I’ve hidden my love for this incredible plant for a long time. That’s why I recently turned to being as open about it as possible. Because on my social media, I portray myself, and I want you to know me as I am. It’s time to lay down arms and federally legalize. There are so many out there who don’t have the luxury I do to get their medicine legally. This is something I will fight for with my life if I have to.

It's Time to Take the Mask Off

I grew up as a “straight edge” kid - contrary to what you might think, I never drank alcohol as a teenager and never smoked anything. Working in the film/TV/music/entertainment industry comes with a lot of anxiety and stress that I don’t do well with. When I was working at a trailer house on Hollywood Blvd, a friend offered to take me to get my medical card down the street at a secret holistic doctor. For the next few years, I would quietly visit dispensaries, always feeling half like a criminal buying topicals and tinctures behind their bullet proof doors in order to tame my anxiety. It wasn’t until I went to MedMen that I didn’t feel like I was committing a crime. I spent the last few days seeing where the company is going, and I’m excited that we all don’t have to feel like we’re doing something wrong just because we wanna try to feel better (and their T-shirt’s are CUTE AF) Anxiety is such a rampant thing that people don’t always know how to deal with - I know because I have Tasmanian devil level anxiety. For anyone who’s ever thought about wanting to try cannabis or CBD for any reason, I urge you to find a MedMen in your state - it’s as easy as going to a department store to buy new jeans. No bullet proof doors. No armed guards. No scary shit.

It's Time to Take the Mask Off

From pop culture to pot culture, I design beautiful smoking vessels for a living through my brand, My Bud Vase. As a female CEO in the cannabis space, my goal is to create a cultural shift in at-home consumption by normalizing the cannabis consumption lifestyle one artisan "My Bud Vase" at a time. My Bud Vase is making smoking beautiful.

Each handcrafted statement piece represents a commitment by the user to moving cannabis culture forward. Prior to changing the paradigm of paraphernalia, I spent 30+ years working as a creative powerhouse for clients such as; ESPN, the U.S. Olympics, Disney, and DreamWorks. Now, I get to converge my love of design, pop culture, and cannabis with my hand-selected vases. My pieces, like my consumers, have a life and story of their own.

It's Time to Take the Mask Off

Three weeks ago I had my brain surgery to remove a small a small tumor. (The 3rd picture is where they cut a whole in my head and put some plates and screws. Last picture is from yesterday). The surgery went well, and now 3 weeks later it’s like nothing even happened, thanks to #CBD & #THC. Because of #Cannabis I was able to get off the 9 different prescription pills and pain pills I was prescribed within 4 days after surgery. I was able to play basketball and do everyday things with no pain, by the end of the first week. By the second week, I was back hiking and was able to have the staples removed. Now, it’s like #brainsurgery never even happened, all thanks to #medicalmarijuana.

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