How I became a conscious consumer of cannabis:
Hi, I’m Natasha AKA The Healthy Hashhead, and I’ve been using cannabis for 30 years. My cannabis use looks very different today, a change that was catalyzed by my decision to stop drinking alcohol in 2014. Then I joined a gym and got obsessed with weight lifting because it alleviated the symptoms of my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.)
IBS stole years of my life. I spent most of my 30s in bed and/or in pain. In 2017, I started writing for the cannabis industry, learned how to grow and make my own canna-butter. I started making edibles, homemade cookies using whole food ingredients and canna-butter. This changed my life, as the cookies got rid of the worst of my IBS symptoms, fatigue and belly bloat.
Feeling renewed and stronger than ever, I started experimenting with different diets and training more, lifting heavier. This turned out to be bad, as I wasn’t eating enough to fuel my workouts, causing serious disruptions to my hormones. I went into early menopause and had a nervous breakdown in 2019. That’s when I decided to study nutrition. Over the next few years, I learned how to use cannabis to boost my wellbeing. I call this conscious consumption of cannabis.
Today, I’m a qualified sports nutritionist with 20 years experience as a freelance copywriter. I’m also a fiction writer and poet, and have a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. In the last five years, I’ve written copy for CBD manufacturers, hemp cultivators and cannabis media. My articles have appeared in Cannabis Business Times, Merry Jane, Ministry of Hemp and Sensi Seeds.
Today, I run a page on Facebook where I connect with stoners all around the world. I’m committed to breaking stoner stigma through unique content that connects with canna-audiences.
A current project is a collection of poetry called Infinite Jade put to an original soundtrack of Deep House by a music producer friend of mine. Our goal is to perform this work at cannabis-friendly venues all over the world. Here’s a sample for your listening pleasure. Listen with headphones.
This is just one of a number of unique projects I’m developing to change the narrative around cannabis use as well as deepen our understanding and connection to this ancient and sacred plant. Today, I’m committed to spreading the message of conscious consumption.