For members of the cannabis industry, one of the most frustrating parts of the job is dealing with lingering stigmas around cannabis use.
"People assume that I’m always high and that I must smoke an insane amount of cannabis. This is not the case," Jenny Wakeandbake - an ambassador for the cannabis brand NugTools - told Civilized.
After becoming a MMJ patient to help mitigate symptoms of anxiety, Jenny created the Youtube channel called “Jenny WakeandBake,” where she shares her day to day life as a twentysomething MMJ patient in Massachusetts and gives others a place to hang when they may not have a friend to sesh alongside.
But that doesn't mean she does nothing but puff the day away.
"Some days I smoke every hour and other days I maybe pack a bowl once," she said. "Some weeks, I’m rolling in the dank cheese and other weeks I may not have smoked in a day or two as I sit in traffic on my hour long drive to the dispensary, wondering why I don't just have a magical weed wishing well in my backyard."
Jenny added that she used to be upset when people judged her for smoking up - even though she uses cannabis medicinally - but now she refuses to let that get her down.
"At the end of the day, I do what I can to explain the truth around these ignorant stigmas, but some people are just thick-headed and I will not allow that to keep me awake at night," Wakeandbake explained. "I have long gotten over the heartache of dealing with people who have common misunderstandings about cannabis and medical marijuana patients. I used to get upset and a little angry. However, I quickly realized that everyone is different. How they see things is going to be different, too.
"It took my mom seeing me on my bad days over and over again to appreciate and understand that cannabis was the number one factor to my good days. I guess another good example would be my recreational cannabis consuming acquaintances— yes, we’re all here for this wonderful plant, but the way we view, treat, and consume it is different. Some think smoking cannabis equals not dealing with the problem, being lazy, or getting rowdy on a Friday night. But, not for me and not for 99 percent of the cannabis consumers I have met in the past year. For us, it’s about maintaining a stable and comfortable headspace and overall being in life."
How can we de-stigmatize cannabis?
We need to keep doing as we are doing. We need to keep showing people that we are productive, caring, and successful people. It's important to keep educating the public and be open and honest about our cannabis use.
How did you get into the cannabis industry?
I created an Instagram account when I was living in Colorado to post my cannabis-inspired photos and quickly saw a home for myself as a creative. I started finding like-minded people with a passion for this plant and I felt that fire inside myself, along with feeling incredibly lost as a photographer. I put two and two together...and two years later, here I am, Jenny Wakeandbake sharing my story with others to let them know they are not alone and creating content that sheds a different light on the cannabis industry.
What's your current job in the industry?
I am a photographer and content creator. I give products personality.
What is the most powerful benefit of medical marijuana, in your opinion?
I am going to lump all the amazing things cannabis does into the following sentence, or else I could answer this question forever. The most powerful benefit of MMJ is that it gives us the relief and ability to be ourselves again, to feel normal and connected and I think that is something we should be able to comfortably experience.
What’s your favorite strain?
Oh, this is a tough question. Most of my friends and social media followers would quickly tell you it is Arcata Trainwreck. However, I’m going to go with Agent Orange. It’s a productive uplifting strain that, although it’s not a part of my daily consumption, it’s a strain with effects and a nose I will never forget.