Cannabis Coming Out: Jessica Assaf

"I spent the past ten years in the cannabis closet. Though I was always open with my family and friends about my close relationship with the plant, there was always a slight misalignment between my deep-rooted love for cannabis and my long-standing insecurities as a young woman and aspiring entrepreneur. For years I pursued a career in the beauty industry and built myself up as an activist fighting for safer personal care products and stricter formulations protecting our health. When I was accepted to Harvard Business School, I finally felt enough validation to be more open about my relationship with cannabis. I was more confident knowing that I could self-medicate with cannabis every single day and still get my MBA. But during business school I never felt more alone in my connection to cannabis. Social events consisted of drinking free alcohol in fancy clothes, and all I wanted to do was share a joint with friends in my sweatpants. It wasn't until I graduated and moved to Los Angeles in October that I felt at home for the first time in eight years. The minute I arrived back in California, I started meeting likeminded women who are just as passionate about cannabis as I am. And when I met Tahnee Shah, everything clicked. For Tahnee, cannabis was always a medicine. I realized that cannabis was and is a medicine for me, too. Cannabis is my therapist, my best friend feeding me confidence without asking for anything in return, and my platform to share my truth. Here I am, one year later, with a budding business and an electric community of Cannabis Feminists giving me the love and light I have been longing for my whole life. Thank you, cannabis, for showing me how to heal myself so now I can heal the world."

#cannabiscomingout by #cannabisfeminist Jessica Assaf.

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