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      Women of Cannabis: Maha Haq is a powerhouse in Cannabis education

      Haq is a powerhouse in cannabis education. She is President and founder of Cannaclub University, a web of student alliances for those students who seek to concentrate on cannabis science, and aim to enter the cannabis space post-graduation, launching Cannaclub University at her alma mater of UCLA, the organization which now spans the country. She also works at an ISO accredited cannabis testing lab, CannaSafe Analytics. Haq is a champion for women and POC in the space, as well as a keynote speaker on cannabis education.

      Being an immigrant child with strict parents made this journey difficult for Maha. When she was caught smoking at age 17, is when her career in Cannabis education began and her mom was her first candidate. Her mom is a clinical researcher at a cannabis hospital and was truly impressed by the benefits of Cannabis. She even took up the chance to present it to her colleagues and their patients. “I founded Cannaclub in an effort to combine career interests with my academic studies. While attending college, I managed operations at vertically integrated medical dispensaries for three years. I later joined a cannabis consulting firm based in Denver where I developed legal cannabis businesses in numerous states and six countries” she said when asked about how her story began.

      Her advice for budding Cannabis entrepreneurs goes like this “work to realize how powerful you can be in the cannabis industry. We have a unique chance to mold a massive new market. Opportunities are everywhere, from business development and policymaking to healthcare solutions and scientific research. Anyone can become a pioneer in this space. Engage and participate with your community — doing so will promote advocacy, education, and transparency. Study the past, impact the present, and plan for the future.”

      She has also worked towards changing the sexist ambience at dispensaries where women are made to wear revealing clothes while being a budtender. She says this is an obstacle for herself and many women in the industry. “Although I am no longer experiencing the same pressures as I did before, there is still an unfavorable behavior and perspective towards women in the cannabis space” she said.

      As someone who is half Indian and Pakistani, her road to success was not smooth but she has persisted to become an inspiration for all women across the globe. With new research and education acceptance is sure to follow!

       

      Women of Cannabis: Melissa Etheridge believes in Cannabis

      Cannabis has and continues to help innumerable people around the world and yet it remains in a legal grey area when it should be used in mainstream medicine. Many have been pushing for its legalization and these are the ones who truly understand its potent healing properties. One such celebrity who has benefitted greatly from marijuana is Melissa Etheridge. Melissa Etheridge is Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter, LGBTQ activist and CBD advocate. Her love for Cannabis grew from 2004 onwards, when she was diagnosed with cancer.

      She began to discover the world of CBD and continued using CBD products in all forms to manage gastrointestinal issues that have arisen since beating cancer. She has also launched her own Cannabis farm called Etheridge farms in order to spread awareness and help cannabis reach more people. “I realized 12 years ago when I went through breast cancer and used cannabis to relieve the collateral damage of the crazy chemo that I was on, that cannabis really needed to be taken seriously as a medicine as it was 70 years ago. It was on all of our pharmacy shelves 70 years ago. It's just a shame that Prohibition has kept it from people who could really use it as medicine.” She said in reference to what she thinks about Cannabis. She adds “before my cancer I was a very, very light cannabis user. Just socially. I never sought it out, I never bought it anywhere. I would smoke if somebody had it. Then when I went through cancer and used it as medicine that's when I said, "This is medicine. I understand this is medicine." I researched it as medicine. I looked up that cannabis has a long history. You find it in biblical times, you find it everywhere. It's been around forever.”

      And she’s bang on! Cannabis has been around for centuries in India and has been mentioned as a medicine in multiple instances in the Vedas as well. Why have we forgotten about its benefits? Or does society just not want to remember? If you are someone who is inspired by Melissa’s story and want to start your journey with Cannabis, start now. Use code WMN10 till the end of June to receive 10% off on your purchase.