We chat with Nina of The Highly about wellness and cannabis this week. Inspired by her travels, The Highly features a cannabis travelogue that focuses "on quality, trust, knowledge, technique, consistency, taste, smell, effectiveness, and that something special strain."
How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I’m a mom, entrepreneur, and woman on a mission to keep this current cannabis movement headed in the right direction.
How has Cannabis influenced or affected your life?
It gave me my life back. At 38, I started having bouts with pain and migraines after I took a fall. The frustration of not being able to conquer it, made the pain much worse. Cannabis, for me, calms the nervous system. It lets me get back to being me, and then all health-related issues fall into place.
What did you do before you got involved in the cannabis industry?
In 2011 I retired from my career in finance because I was beginning to fear for my health. The pains I was experiencing since my fall two years prior, was slowly becoming worse. I worked long hours in foreign markets, and while I loved it, I knew I needed the time back to give my best effort into fixing things. Little did I know, after retirement, things would from mildly bad to horrific. Years later, when this “new type of cannabis, i.e., organic and in different applications” was the catalyst to returning to my healthy life, I started researching, investing and uncovering this incredible cannabis movement that was beginning to take place.
What inspired you or how did you start The Highly?
It was travel. Traveling is very difficult if you are susceptible to aches and pains: the lugging of the luggage, the plane, the hotel bed, the jet lag. When I was looking for a resource upon landing, they were either too many fluffed up reviews, or I found myself on a very inconvenient “stoner excursion”. That’s when the lightbulb went off to create “A Guide to the Good Good.” Land, Uber, here’s the one or two places you need to find the best stuff, and you can move on with your holiday.
What does wellness mean to you?
It means balance. It’s the sweet spot between discipline and fun. And knowing where you can live your healthiest and happiest life without feeling rigid or guilty about it.
What is your self-care routine? Do you incorporate cannabis into your routine and how?
I switch things up depending on how I feel each day — transcendental meditation, journaling, Feldenkrais, yoga, and internet breaks are all part of my routine. I blend cannabis into it, as needed. If I’m feeling tension in my body, I’ll take an edible and use topicals. Cannabis face oils are a staple in my beauty routine. I also enjoy a smoke before calling it a night to unwind and reflect.
What is your favorite way to use Cannabis? Do you have a favorite strain and why?
For me, flower is still queen, and I’ll use a vape to smoke it. I don’t have a favorite strain. Indicas and hybrids agree with me the most.
Tell us about your first experience with cannabis.
I was a 13-year-old High School freshman at a keg party in a park. I remember the feeling of being so out of it. It wasn’t enjoyable. We walked to a diner after the party. I can still remember tasting the food in a new way.
What advice can you give someone who wants to come out of the Cannabis closet to their friends and family (children, spouse, extended family)?
Just own it and people will understand. If you come out wishy-washy, you will be criticized.
How has cannabis changed or added value to your daily life?
Since I began using it in this new way, I feel healthier, happier, and very much like me.
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