In 2011, my family doctor who had been treating me since childhood, prescribed me medical marijuana to treat chronic nausea and lack of appetite. 🙏🏻 Cannabis has been medicinally legal in Michigan since 2009 but still, I was the second person to receive a signature from this doctor. Recognizing that the countless pharmaceuticals that were tested on me, regularly left me in such worse condition than I began, we saw that natural relief was the only answer. 💚 My doctor honestly and firmly told me that he didn’t know enough about this plant to help guide me; that I would have to be my own advocate and learn how to consume responsibly. I took this instruction to heart and “dispensary hopped” with pen & notebook in hand in hopes I could ask and absorb everything I needed to know. 🙈 Though I learned tiny bits, like names of strains and basic terminology like “cannabinoids , THC & CBD” I severely struggled for the first 3 years of legal consumption; I simply didn’t have the right QUESTIONS to ask!! 💕 I attribute this struggle to my “hiding in the closet” for so long before recognizing there was a community of BRILLIANT cannabis consumers to connect with digitally. In 2014, I had only been on Instagram for a year or so & on January 31st, many guiding forces in my universe led me to the creation of a new account “HappyTokes”. I aimed to connect with a vast audience of people I saw who were ‘happily medicating’. Before long, HappyTokes became a nickname; eventually HappyTokes became a way for me to express my ideal self and hold myself accountable to my physical, mental and spiritual growth. 🌱 I’ve been so blessed to reflect off of this screen and the thousands of friends I’ve made like a magic mirror; it’s humbled me, filled me with inspiration and rooted me in strength and courage to simply be me! ✨ .
🤓 If you have yet to do so, I encourage you to peek at my original blog posts about my family’s acceptance of cannabis and my outline for how to talk to your loved ones about cannabis. 🌈 I’ve been interviewed by various sites such as @hightimesmagazine, @marijuanadotcom, @merryjane, @massroots, @budtenderslife, @pushmag, & more; 🔎MENU BAR (link in bio)! 😊❤️