Recently at Island HQ, we had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Mother Indica, AKA Erin Willis, about all things cannabis. As a holistic nutritionist, mother, and educator, Erin is a strong believer in a botanical-based lifestyle with cannabis at the core. Her positive energy and enthusiasm for the plant is contagious, and she brought so much insight into our conversation about motherhood and cannabis usage.
Read below for more on our conversation with Erin and her perspective when it comes to cannabis normalization—after all, Mother knows best.
Why did you start your company, Mother Indica?
I started because I wanted to connect with other moms who were experiencing postpartum depression and coping with cannabis. What started as an anonymous blog became a mini-community of women and mothers looking to find alternatives to health and wellness.
What kind of advice do you give to people who want to tell their parents (specifically mothers) they use cannabis?
Ah, I have a blog post for this! How to Talk to Mom About Cannabis. My main takeaways are to first educate yourself and set an intention as to why you want to bring this topic up to your parents. What’s the objective? To tell them you consume? That you want them to try for their migraines or depression? Get specific!
What’s your favorite way to consume cannabis and why?
Oh, I’m old school, my favorite way is through water bongs and joints, though I do limit the smoke these days. To me, these ways just feel so much more satiating. Now I add herbal smoothing blends like the ones from Homestead Apothecary.
Keep educating yourself. This is so so important. Get curious, read books, listen to the news updates on legalization and decriminalization.”
What’s the one thing people could do to help destigmatize cannabis?
Keep educating yourself. This is so so important. Get curious, read books, listen to the news updates on legalization and decriminalization. Don’t rely just on blogs and brands to educate you. Unfortunately, they’re not all very solid on reliable information and now is a fragile time to get this kind of stuff right. Knowledge is truly powerful and I believe it’s the best way to dissipate the Reefer Madness propaganda and misinformation.
You’ve tried a variety of Island products, can you tell us about your experience with them?
LOVE the PAX. Just love it. I’m moving away from smoking so this vape has seriously been my hero. I have tried over fifteen types of pens and the PAX is the best while the Island’s Blackberry OG is the dream. I also love, love the minis! As a mama, I don’t love smoking large joints, so the minis are so perfect for me and my lifestyle.
I also love, love the minis! As a mama, I don’t love smoking large joints, so the minis are so perfect for me and my lifestyle.”
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