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Kate Miller    

Kate Miller

BY MEADOWLARK MONAGHAN

HI KATE! HOW ARE YOU? HOW'S YOUR QUARANTINE BEEN GOING? 

It’s been a cocktail of emotions. At times, quarantine life has got me feeling immense gratitude – for my health, for my loved ones’ health and happiness, for our business in an industry that was deemed essential in most legal cannabis states during this pandemic. And other times, quarantine life has me feeling extremely anxious – of the unknown nature of how this will impact so many people’s lives, our economy, and what our new normal will look like on the other end of this.

OKAY, I'M EXCITED TO TALK TO YOU TODAY SO LET'S GET STARTED. TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU CAME TO START MISS GRASS. 

I worked at a cannabis dispensary while attending college, and the seed was planted back then, in 2008, when I bought the URL. At the time, there was really no brand that authentically represented conscious consumption. A decade later cannabis legalization began to sweep the nation, and Miss Grass and it’s mission of making cannabis accessible felt more needed than ever before.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO START BY ASKING, WHAT ARE WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF CANNABIS? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT CHANGE IN LEGISLATURE AROUND CANNABIS DRUG CRIMES?

Be a conscious consumer. Vote. Sign petitions. Support organizations doing the work for criminal justice reform, social equity, legalization. Miss Grass is involved with an organization called Cannabis Voter Project which is a great resource for tracking candidates’ cannabis policies on both a local and federal level, and also offers a super easy voter registration platform.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN CANNABIS PRODUCTS INFLUENCE YOUR LIFE?

Wow. Cannabis was one of those things that, looking back at my life, was somewhat always there. My brother got kicked out of highschool for weed. I worked at a medical cannabis dispensary while attending college. It was then that I started integrating cannabis into my own life more consciously – as a catalyst for creativity and mindfulness, as a medicine to ease my psoriasis, as a social connector to so many of the incredible people in my life. All of which are still the reasons I consume this plant today. 

 

NOW, SIMILAR TO MENTAL HEALTH, CANNABIS PRODUCTS STILL FACE HEAVY STIGMA. IT SEEMS A LOT OF THE TIMES THAT FOLKS TEND TO BE AFRAID OF WHAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD ASPECT ABOUT CANNABIS?

The topic of cannabis and mental health have some similarities. To suffer with mental health issues or to use cannabis has historically been stigmatized and viewed as a weakness and character flaw. 

A lot of people’s perception of this plant is still fueled by the manufactured stigma that was placed on it during the War on Drugs. So it’s not something that many people are even interested in exploring. And similar to mental health, I think to get the full benefit of cannabis, one must be willing to explore it with an open-mind. If you approach anything with preconceived expectations, that will impact your experience.

There are so many components to cannabis. And a myriad of reasons why people consume this plant. It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. It takes time to get good at weed – to know your right dose, your preferred method of consumption, the right product for your desired result. Approaching this plant consciously and with intention will help people get the most of their experience.

I LOVE THAT YOUR MISSION IS TO HELP PEOPLE GET "GOOD AT WEED". FOR ANYONE THAT'S NEVER EXPLORED CBD OR CANNABIS PRODUCTS, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE THINGS PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW TO START GETTING BETTER AT WEED?

Be a conscious consumer. That means:

  • Vote with your dollar – support brands that align with your values and support BIPOC companies (BIPOC have been impacted the most from the War on Drugs.)
  • Shop from trusted sources, and when it comes to hemp-derived CBD (the kind you can buy outside of a legal dispensary), make sure the product is third-party lab tested. Unfortunately (hemp-derived aka the federally legal) CBD isn’t that regulated yet,which means that the CBD tincture you can buy from your local bodega may be completely bogus. So, shop from trusted sources or do the due diligence yourself by asking for the product’s lab results. 
  • Start low, go slow. When it comes to CBD or THC, we recommend this so you can figure out the right dose for you. 

Everything we sell on Miss Grass is vetted and tested and we do a lot of research on both the products we sell and on the content we share. We really want to take the confusion out of the process of shopping for CBD and just using cannabis in general.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CANNABIS AS A FACILITATOR FOR EMOTIONAL HEALING?

Cannabis is an incredible tool for self-realization, healing, and growth. I believe cannabis enhances what’s going on inside – which may frighten some. But in order to heal from emotional trauma, you must feel it and process it, so you can release it. Cannabis can be such a powerful aid in that process.

TO GET A TAD MORE SPECIFIC, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CBD FOR ANXIETY? I'VE HAD MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH IT AND IT'S BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR AS AN OPTION. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

CBD for stress relief is one of the main reasons people consume CBD. There are some interesting studies that suggest CBD works well for PTSD because it helps rework neural pathways that help minimize painful or scary memories and the fear responses they can trigger—and we can basically think of anxiety as a fear response. As far as treating more everyday stressors, a lot of people report they’ve felt more calm thanks to microdosing CBD with a vape pen or taking a daily CBD tincture.

IS THERE ANYONE WHO SHOULD NOT BE USING CBD OR CANNABIS PRODUCTS?

People who are using other medications or have serious medical conditions, should consult with their physicians to make sure they don’t interact negatively with each other. 

WHAT WORK STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?

Research—the more research that’s done, the better. With more research, comes more acceptance of this plant as a medicine, and will inform how and why people consume cannabis. Making us all more conscious consumers.

BEYOND CBD/CANNABIS, WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES OR ROUTINES DO YOU HAVE FOR COPING OR SELF CARE?

Reduce screen time at night. I try for at least 30 minutes prior to bed. I also do yoga – I think it’s key to move my body daily. 

THIS MONTH, WE'RE CHATTING ABOUT COMMUNICATION. WHAT'S A LESSON ABOUT COMMUNICATION YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR LIFE?

Be transparent and honest. Not always the easiest approach, but always is right in the long run.  

HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION WHEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR BRAND AND SOME OF THE STIGMAS OF CANNABIS?

I’ve found it’s so important to embrace vulnerability as a founder. Our current capitalist culture teaches us to lead with the ego and extreme confidence. But I’ve found that when I’m fully honest and vulnerable about where we’re at as a company, the challenges we’re facing and so on, it’s met with collaborative compassion. Better and more real business relationships have been formed with this approach. 

As it relates to cannabis stigmas, I’ve found it’s important to live openly about my cannabis use and, rather than promote cannabis consumption to others, equip people with education on this plant so they can make their own decisions.

AND LASTLY, WHAT ARE YOU FEELING OPTIMISTIC ABOUT?

As much as 2020 has been a tough year for so many of us. I am optimistic that this year is forcing good and sustained change. Bringing about equality, and showing the importance of slowing down and self-care. When we’re fully compassionate with ourselves, we can be more compassionate towards others.

SPEED ROUND

FAVORITE QUARANTINE ACTIVITY

Nightly joint

FAVORITE RECENT BOOK OR PODCAST

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

LAST MEAL YOU COOKED AT HOME

Tacos!

ADMIT A GUILTY PLEASURE

Ice cream!

LAST THING YOU SAID YES TO

Going on a run with my sister. Reminder that I'm out of shape when it comes to cardio!

LAST THING YOU SAID NO TO 

Going on a run the next day. Learned my lesson.