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Original Date Posted: October 12th, 2017
"Who the hell starts a magazine?!" I ask my sister.
Annoyed she responds, "Ugh, a lot of people!!"
After hearing her response Im instantly brought back to every moment where I wanted to give up because something was either too hard or I wasn't good enough. Like a broken record, he would say
"YOU ARE UNLIKE ANYONE ELSE.
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO
AND YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EVERYTHING."
Since I was a young girl these mantras have been present in my mind. However as an adult, the stakes seem so much higher, and self doubt can get the best of me.
As a mother with two little ones starting off school and team sports and learning about the world, I've become familiar with my childhood once again. It somehow becomes so clear how significant being a positive voice in your child's mind is.
Every time I doubted myself, whether is be on the soccer field or a school presentation or boys teasing me, I always had my dad on the sidelines cheering me on and my mom there to hold my hand. As a kid you are so consumed with yourself and the things happening around you, you dont understand the sacrifices your parents have made for you and you certainly don't appreciate it until many years later.
As I embark on this new adventure - launching a Womens Cannabis Lifestyle Magazine - Im terrified. But I also know that I am capable and I am unique and I can do anything I put my mind to. And if this little awkward girl with NO rhythm can make the cheer-leading squad then this strong educated woman sure as hell can create a magazine!
We've got our hearts pounding with our newest passion project, MJ Lifestyle Magazine, created by determined women who believe in elevating the feminine voice in Cannabis and Culture. Follow along in the journey with me, Ill be sharing our steps along the way and would love to have you along for the ride!
By Whitney Miller
Since I’d never been to a cannabis infused yoga class before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I arrived to the private residence where class was to be held. Upon entering, Marijuasana founder Stacey Mulvey immediately made me feel welcome, as she did with everyone else who arrived. She offered us tea, CBD oil from Bluebird Botanicals, and passed around a joint, earning the title Hostess of the Year in my mind. The treats were generously shared, but classes are BYO (bring your own). I packed a few things with concentrates to share, setting up in between Stacey’s rolling tray and the beautiful mandala beads she had for sale.
Stacey’s service expands, profoundly, on what a lot of us have experienced at home—doing yoga to compliment a good sesh. However, Marijuasana takes us out of the bedroom and into a communal environment with classes that focus on mindful movement incorporating cannabis consumption and encouraging a deeper connection with the self. For attendees, it’s an incredibly warm, welcoming environment. As a safe space for stoners, Marijuasana is bringing the cannabis community even closer together, drawing in people of all types. It was through her own yoga practice that Stacey became aware of the connection between her mind, body, and cannabis—and as a trained instructor, she teaches just that, providing aid in the fight to normalize the use of marijuana.
Classes are designed to allow for plenty of social time, so we seshed, drank CBD infused tea, and chatted prior to taking our mats. Once we began, the lights dimmed softly and the warm sound of uplifting music filled the room. Stacey’s soothing voice would suffice to gently rock one to sleep, if not for the rejuvenating yoga flow that kept us moving, occasionally on our toes. Throughout the routine transitioning through positions, Stacey shared timely reminders on how to stay present tucked with tidbits on how the cannabis was simultaneously, synergistically benefiting our bodies. Something about Stacey and Marijuasana makes it easy to absorb her passion, it shines through her every token of support shared throughout the class. Incredibly, I found the combination of yoga and cannabis really can strengthen one’s focus on moving mindfully, both in yoga and life—the key mission of Mulvey’s Marijuasana.
The class took a break midway to enjoy more tea and share another joint. By the end of my first Marijuasana class, my body and mind felt truly connected. Stacey’s teaching style and the atmosphere she created made it a one of a kind experience. The Marijuasana routine is tailored to accommodate all skill levels, whether it’s someone’s first time or they’ve been practicing for years, you will be challenged without feeling intimidation. I highly recommend signing up for a class when one is available near you. It’s a great opportunity for your personal wellness, and to connect with others who have a similar interest. I enjoyed my experience so much, I just had to learn more about her journey and the creation of Marijuasana.
When did you draw the connection between consuming cannabis and mindful movement?
I had a wonderful experience after being educated about CBD oil at the Denver High Times Cannabis Cup in 2013. At the Cup, I had broken a two year period of abstinence from cannabis. What better time and place, right? About this same time I was wrapping up a rigorous training program to become a Pilates teacher. The program demanded that I learn certain skills in my body that I simply wasn’t getting. Bottom line: I wasn’t very good. There was an exhibitor booth for a brand that carried CBD oil and I was intrigued with CBD, so I asked my local dispensary to start carrying it, which they did. Then one night I was doing my normal practice, but this time I took huge doses of flower and this CBD oil.
I’m on my living room floor doing some stretching when I get this overwhelming sense of...all I can say is, it felt like I had an actual ownership of my body. Like, I not only could truly sense my muscles, my bones, and all the tissue in between; but they were mine. I had complete dominion over everything and it was all apart of me. I felt control. It was the happiest and most sincere form of power that I’ve felt, and I’ll never forget it. After that, everything clicked. I could do things in my program that I just wasn’t getting before. The body has its own innate intelligence, most of the time that intelligence is difficult to verbalize because it doesn’t translate unless it’s in you. You can describe it to another, and give them tips on how to find it, but it’s not there until they find it for themselves. Cannabis and CBD boosted my body’s IQ and helped me find the connections I just wasn’t making before. After that experience, I realized how cannabis is this incredible aid to mindful movement and I became a devotee.
So this is where Marijuasana was born...
The inspiration came from this experience and then wanting to help others learn about cannabis and mindful movement and how it may benefit their body and mind. Beyond that, CBD was so crucial in my own discovery. I also want to educate as many people as I can that this is somethings that’s available, legal and non-intoxicating. My hope is that if I can educate people about CBD and other cannabinoids that perhaps the stigma towards THC based cannabis will soften. For those with the narrow minded view that hemp and cannabis are deleterious, I’m hopeful that the route for changing that perspective will be via their bodies.
When did you first start practicing yoga?
I first started practicing yoga about 15 years ago. My practice then expanded to include, and at various times focus on, other forms of mindful movement like Callanetics, pole dance and Pilates. Really though, it’s all yoga.
"My goal for attendees is to find something novel. At minimum, it could be a tidbit about marijuana and the fact that it is good for you, or a new person in their community that shares an enthusiasm for weed. At best, it is a new way of feeling or understanding their own body, because that translates to a new understanding of themselves."
Everyone will have their own personal experience, but what are your primary goals for those who attend Marijuasana?
My goal for attendees is to find something novel. At minimum, it could be a tidbit about marijuana and the fact that it is good for you, or a new person in their community that shares an enthusiasm for weed. At best, it is a new way of feeling or understanding their own body, because that translates to a new understanding of themselves.
What does your family think of it all? Has your success with Marijuasana influenced their views?
I have two sisters and a brother, and they are my biggest supporters and fans, but I wouldn’t say my parents accept me. However, there are signs of tolerance. My entire extended family is Mormon, and I find that mostly they ignore me. I can assume they aren’t claiming to be related to me in any of their communities despite the fact Marijuasana has become so popular. Little by little, some of my cousins have started to hint they may not be as scandalized. I had a cousin email me and joke that the next time there is a family reunion, I should bring the brownies.
Coming from a Mormon family, what gave you the courage to strike out on your own? Has there been backlash from the conservative community you grew up in?
I don’t know if it was courage so much as a need to prove myself wrong. I had the benefit of working in cannabis in a communications role with another company, and that’s when I saw an opportunity for “contemplative cannabis” as I call it. There were two competing voices, the fearful voice that said everyone would hate me and that I’d be a failure, and one that said, do it, and fuck the haters. And as it turns out, the message that’s based in fear is usually the one that’s full of shit.
It's no surprise that classes are selling out, how are you meeting the growing demand?
Indeed, I must. A Marijuasana teacher training program is in development, as well as events in Las Vegas, Denver, Portland, Seattle, Anchorage, Boston, New York and DC. I used to teach pole dance, so something to be on the lookout for: 420-friendly lap dance lessons. Ladies only, of course.
About Stacey Mulvey / Stacey Mulvey loves teaching movement, viewing it as a spectrum of energy--from yin to yang and everything in between. She began practicing and teaching mindful movement in Callanetics after having an epiphany about mortality and taking control of her own quality of life. Eventually, Mulvey discovered that cannabis helped her concentrate and enhanced her motivation. Mulvey studied at Naropa University in yoga, painting, and psychology. After completing her coursework honing her skills in mindful and meditative practices, Mulvey launched Marijuasana and dedicates her life to the coalition of cannabis and yoga.
About Marijuasana / Marijuasana is a pop up yoga event series, offering hemp and cannabis infused yoga classes in Denver, D.C., Boston, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and more. Movement integrated with cannabis evokes a unique sensory experience. Classes are warm and social, with grounded and expressive yoga for all levels. To learn more, visit http://www.marijuasana.com.
About Marijuasana Online / You can wait for Marijuasana, the popular cannabis-infused yoga event, to visit your city or you can become a Marijuasana Online member, which gives you access to exclusive wellness videos lead by Marijuasana founder, Stacey Mulvey. This way, you can join her inspired, and lifted, mindful movement practice in the comfort of your own home. https://www.marijuasana.com/yoga-videos/
About the Author / Whitney Miller is a professional photographer, coffee addict, nature lover and cannabis enthusiast with a passion for words. Having grown up in a conservative community on the East Coast, she wishes to use her B.A. in English from Eastern Mennonite University to spread light and love. Originally from Virginia, Whitney currently resides in Denver, CO.
Photography courtesy of Marijuasana
Has it always been your dream to design dispensaries?
In hindsight, the path was always leading to this career. But girl, it would have been nice to know that I was truly on the right path during the 1,473,901 moments along the way that felt like I was LOST AS FUCK.
Looking back, I have definitely always had an inclination for architecture, design, and presentation. I have always felt a very strong connection to the built environment around me, and I have always been someone who cares about what those around me feel-- I think this helps make me the designer that I am.
I remember being 3 years old and asking to drive past the mansions in any town we ever went to.
I remember when I was 5, we were selling our house in Gering, Nebraska to move to Fairmont, MN. Our house, like everyone’s house in the 80’s, was covered in wallpaper. I loved our wallpaper so much that I made my mom make a bound book of samples of every pattern of wallpaper in our house so I could cherish it forever (this relic still lives at my parent’s house).
I remember when my 2nd grade teacher told our class that she and her husband were building a house. I designed the whole thing for them, drew it, and presented it to our class.
In almost every job I have had-- whether it was working in a local coffee shop in high school, or catering swanky events at a private country club throughout college-- I was always finding myself handling the primping and polishing of our products and displays.
I guess becoming a designer is really not all that huge of a surprise.
The thing is, I didn’t see many designers growing up, and quite frankly, didn’t know that it was a career path. I could never articulate what is was that I wanted to do, and no wonder, because my true calling in life as a dispensary designer didn’t exist before me. I believe that our souls know things that our conscious selves don’t. My career is my proof for that.
It sounds like your eye for design has been there all along on some level. At what point did cannabis come into your life? Given your name, were you welcomed into the world with the sparking of a blunt?"
The weed part-- well, that was also a path that makes total sense now but was not something I knew I was venturing down until I was already half way down it.
I tried cannabis for the first time my senior year of high school, but it wasn’t until I got to college that I started seeing it as more than a way to party. I started using it as a life supplement more than a “drug.” I would use it before working out. I remember the first time I used it to help me focus and study for a final exam. The older I got, the more I was incorporating it into my day to help me think and experience things in an enlightened, deeper manner.
"Then there are those moments where the universe takes over and while you may not know it at the time, everything is about to fall into place."
2007: The job I took after college the year before (being a sales rep for high-end wood windows-- a job I thought would at least get me into the world of mansions that my young self always admired) moved me to Palm Springs, CA to manage a new sales territory. I researched California’s medical marijuana program more than I did my sales territory in advance of my move. I got my medical marijuana card as soon as I received my CA ID and visited my first dispensary ever in June of 2007. I was immediately unimpressed. This was the coolest thing I had ever walked into a store to buy, yet the first dispensary experience I had was one of the most uncomfortable experiences of my life. That certainly didn’t deter me from the product though.
2009: The recession and a few poor decisions on my part led to my “being let go” from my window shlepping job, and blessed me with the opportunity to head to the beach and enroll in interior design school. I was fired on February 9th around 10am. I was moved in to the guest room of my best friend’s house in Orange County by 3pm that day. I started interior design school in Newport Beach 6 weeks later.
2010: The new dispensary I started going to offered me a budtending job. I graciously declined the offer at first, being as I had a full time job (a random job in debt settlement, but a job nonetheless). I walked into the office the next day and found out that our office was closing down in 30 days. Luckily, they hadn’t filled that budtending position in the 18 hours that had passed. I started two weeks later. I was a budtender at that Orange County dispensary the rest of my time in design school, and then some.
2011: About a year into it, my boss wanted to give our shop a facelift and let me “practice” my design skills on our dispensary.
I went with dark brown paint on the walls, light wood flooring, black cases, and a custom feature wall behind our budtending area. I brought in my white Ikea pedestal dining table from my apartment and that became the World’s first candy store-like edibles display, I swear to God. (Ironically, 6 years later, I just repurchased that table for my studio!) I had all of our employees bring in one of their baby pictures, which we framed and displayed in our receptionist’s office to give our store a homey, personal feel.
Our patients absolutely loved it. It was so rewarding to see people feel good when they were in a place that I designed. It wasn’t just that they liked the way it looked. It was seeing the fact that they felt really good in our shop. Isn’t that what this is all about—helping people feel good, feel their best? Our patients needed a reason to feel good, whether they were struggling with AIDS or just having a stressful day. Hell, all of us—employees too—needed a reason to feel good about our daily lives. This place I helped give an identity to was able to do that.
That sense of purpose is something I never want to be without. I think it really is my purpose, at least in this phase of life, to help people understand us cannabis users differently. To legitimize us. To accept us. After all, we are all cannabinoid users. Some of us just need to supplement what our bodies naturally provide.
"That sense of purpose is something I never want to be without. I think it really is my purpose, at least in this phase of life, to help people understand us cannabis users differently. To legitimize us. To accept us. After all, we are all cannabinoid users. Some of us just need to supplement what our bodies naturally provide."
You have won numerous awards and accolades for your design projects (congrats!) is there anything you would attribute your success to?
I am pretty sure the equation for my success goes something like:
((unconscious bond to spaces + empathy) + (PASSION x daily THC) / (Midwestern Values + Work Ethic) + financial goals) - desire to conform - need to answer to anyone other than me) ^ fuck making plants illegal
Read: The sum of my unconscious bond to spaces and empathy, added to the product of my passion and “everyday is Highday” mantra, divided by the sum of my Midwestern Values and work ethic plus financial goals—all of that, minus any desire to conform or the need to answer to anyone other than me. Take all of that bad-bitch-ness and put it to the exponential power of a mentality of “fuck making plants illegal” and that is pretty much what has gotten me out of bed to do my thang over the past 5 years.
In non-mathematical terms, I think my unique (aka fucking weird) point of view and the human instinct to express oneself has gotten me places in life. Throughout my whole life I have been a little weird (Insert: childhood photos) so the fact that no one else seemed to be envisioning the dispensary experience in the same level of detail and panache that I always seem to is just more #storyofmylife. Realizing early on that my vision for what buying cannabis should be like is very different from other people’s forced me to either find a way to express my concepts and communicate my value or find another gig.
As a designer, some of the most important ways to communicate one’s ideas is through one’s portfolio of work. From the start, I have been very intentional about building a unique portfolio of work that is both totally different from anything anyone has ever seen before, yet immediately recognizable and understandable. People get it when you show them a better retail space, no matter if it sells cannabis or shoes. I seized every opportunity to design spaces that would take great photos and tell good stories. Luckily, there are a lot of great stories to be told in this industry. I am lucky to have gotten to work with clients who give me the freedom to bring their stories to life in their dispensary.
Did you know migraines are being classified as a women's health issue? More than 70% of American migraine sufferers are women, with women also reporting longer and more frequent migraine attacks. Still migraines remain a bit of a mystery, and most sufferers don't even are diagnosed and under-treated.
Check out how Cannabis can be used to treat migraine headaches and the advantages it has over traditional meds.
What is a Migraine?
The simplest explanation is a severe headache accompanied by nausea and vomiting. However, if we look at the facts, we can see that it’s not so simple at all:
- About 10% of Americans suffer from migraines. This is over 30 million people!
- Migraines are a severely disabling disease and a leading cause of disability.
- There’s no known cure and they are difficult to treat.
- Migraine affects about 28 million women in the U.S.
- 85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.
Cannabis for Migraines
The use of medical cannabis can not only help prevent migraines, but it can also stop migraines that have already begun.
How Does Cannabis Help?
The symptoms of migraines include severe pain and nausea. Marijuana is a powerful pain reliever and it can also help combat vomiting and nausea. Besides its analgesic properties, marijuana has anti-inflammatory qualities that can treat the chronic inflammation known to trigger migraine headaches. Finally, marijuana helps to offset the harmful effects of stress, that can worsen or induce migraines.
Cannabis Benefits for Migraines
- Immediate relief with smoking or vaporizing
- Easy to control dosing
- Few long-term side effects (especially when compared to pharmaceuticals)
- Fewer drug interactions
- Reduced risk of addiction
Cannabis Versus Traditional Medications
While there are some traditional treatments for migraines, there are some things to weigh them against. For example:
- Overdose Risk
- Drug Interactions
- Cardiac Side Effects
- Kidney and Liver Damage
- Risk of Stroke
- Stomach Ulcer and Pain
Cannabis Strains for Migraines
Let’s start this out by saying that every strain will affect everybody differently. We suggest you visit your medical cannabis shop and consult with the budtenders there. That being said, the following strains have been known to help diminish migraine symptoms or stop them altogether:
- Bubba Kush
- Northern Lights
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Sour Diesel
Have you ever used cannabis to treat a migraine? Let us know in the comments!
Original article by Bjorn Wallman published on The Weed Blog