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My Experience with Cannabis: A Journey of Exploration and Self-Discovery + Cannabis Circle Guide

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Author: Danielle Catherine


This blog is to complement our upcoming FREE event 'Cannabis Circle' - Jump to consumption guidelines


Cannabis has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but my relationship with it has evolved over time. As a teen, I viewed cannabis as a recreational drug that was meant to be consumed with alcohol and used to numb myself. I didn't consume all the time, but I had been found a few times wasted in a field.


However, my experience with cannabis changed DRAMATICALLY, when I left the army after serving for 12 years, I started to explore what a conscious relationship with cannabis could look like.


At that point, I had not been around anyone who consumed cannabis for a long time, and I had preconceived notions about what it meant to use cannabis. However, I decided to explore it more mindfully, in more of a ceremonial setting, and that's when I discovered how much it had to show me.


My journey with cannabis has been intense as I started to be with EVERYTHING that had been hiding with, but over time it softened and soothed me. I began to see it as a tool for self-exploration and self-discovery.


As I continued to explore cannabis, I discovered that it was not the numbing agent I had once believed it to be. Instead, it allowed me to tap into my creativity and experience the world in a more playful way.


Recently, I had the opportunity to record an episode with Danielle Simone Brand, the author of Weed Mom and a passionate advocate for cannabis as an allie, check it out here.


Now I have something exciting to share..... We're hosting a CANNABIS CIRCLE and we would love to INVITE YOU to this FREE event

We're gathering Friday 17th March 10am-11:30am PST (Use this to convert time)

About the Event & Guidelines

Are you looking for a unique way to relax, connect with other women, and explore the benefits of cannabis?


If so, we invite you to join us for our upcoming Cannabis Circle with Danielle Simone Brand and Danielle Catherine


To ensure you have the best experience, we have put together some guidelines for consumption and a brief introduction to our guides.

Meet your guides


Danielle Simone Brand is a freelance writer and author of the book "Weed Mom: The Canna-Curious Woman's Guide to Healthier Relaxation, Happier Parenting, and Chilling TF Out." She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Vice, and Scary Mommy. Danielle has also worked as a yoga teacher and trainer and a researcher on international conflict resolution issues. She lives with her family and a barky terrier in the Northwest.

Danielle Catherine is a qualified nurse, dedicated doula, holistic therapist, and mother to Auraya, who is almost two years old. She leads online and in-person women's circles and she love's conscious movement, cacao, and ice swimming.


Consumption


If you choose to consume cannabis for the purpose of this women's circle, please ensure that you're in a safe environment and that any children in your care are being supervised by another adult. Cannabis affects everyone differently, so the mantra "start low and go slow" is always applicable when it comes to mind-altering substances. Your body is your best guide, so listen to her.

For those who don't have access to safe THC-containing products or are parenting without backup support, CBD is a non-intoxicating alternative that can decrease anxiety, pain, and inflammation. If using edibles, tinctures, or capsules, look for a high-quality, full-spectrum product and start with 10mg-30mg of a tincture or edible. For those who choose edibles, consume your portion about 60 minutes prior to the circle, and take about an equal amount of CBD at the same time.

If you're experienced with THC, you may want to consume more than 5mg, but please choose your dose mindfully. Tinctures are taken the same way as edibles, but effects are usually felt within 20-30 minutes.

Inhalation is another option, and Danielle Simone Brand's personal preference is cannabis flower in the form of smoking or using a dry herb vaporizer. Choose good quality cannabis flower that's ideally below 24% THC, and don't consume before the circle. The effects of inhalation are nearly instantaneous, so Danielle will lead a conscious consumption ritual in which we can mindfully consume in community.

Explore more with Danielle Simone Brand's book 'Weed Mom'


"Weed Mom" is an essential guide for women interested in learning more about cannabis and how to naturally relax, de-stress, and be a better partner and parent. This book is packed with friendly and practical advice, including the basics of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, microdosing to boost mood and stay productive, how to talk about cannabis with kids, partners, and friends, the harms of cannabis prohibition, using cannabis to enhance your sex life, and much more. Whether you're new to the weed game or have experience using cannabis products, this book has something for you.

Sending love,

Danielle Simone Brand & Danielle Catherine


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