Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Women of Timber Cannabis Co.

It’s Women’s History Month, and we want to showcase the women of Timber Cannabis Co! 

March is Women’s History Month in the US, the annual celebration of women’s achievements and their essential role in history – in the United States and globally. 

Women’s History Month (and International Women’s Day) is the perfect opportunity to bring awareness to women’s outstanding work inside the cannabis industry. We’re proud to have a team of strong women at Timber’s helm, so we decided to ask some of them for their thoughts on women’s role in our industry and why cannabis is beneficial for women. 

Keep reading to learn what they said. 

Kristen

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

I started working in non-profits and helping our community, and I had an interest in cannabis and how beneficial it can be for people. 

I knew the industry was coming to Muskegon and also knew I wanted to get involved somehow. When I learned Timber is guided by a desire to give back and helping their community, I had to reach out – it was the perfect blend of everything I was looking to do. There was no looking back!

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

Cannabis helps me manage my anxiety – it’s a relaxant.  As I’ve aged, I’ve noticed more stress. I can utilize cannabis as a natural alternative to potentially harmful prescription medicine.

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

It’s great for female customers to have another woman provide guidance when they’re searching for products. I know what it’s like to be a woman because I am a woman, which means I have more insight into the best products for our female customers. 

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I would like to see cannabis become less taboo and something people feel they can be open about. It is a beautiful product, and we shouldn’t have to feel stigmatized by our consumption. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

I think it is terrific to highlight women’s achievements and show others there is nothing women cannot do! 

Julie

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

Scott (my husband and Co-founder) and I have been dreaming about our retail cannabis (pot) stores since college! Legalization allowed us to make our dreams a reality! 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

I don’t consume cannabis daily, but when I do, I’ll usually reach for a THC muscle freeze for my achy neck and lower back. I also love to microdose on weekends and smoke at concerts!

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

I’m proud to be amongst the few in this space. A women’s perspective has caused us to evaluate everything from brand, image, retail experience, and products we purchase.

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I want to see women embrace cannabis and learn more. 

Women feel better when they are informed and educated, and the more we educate, the more comfortable women are with regular consumption. 

I see Moms on weekends laughing with friends and waking up hangover-free so they can head to the field or competition with the kids and feel great. 

I see fewer prescription pills for anxiety, stress, depression, and general aches. 

Cannabis is nature’s medicine, and our new growing processes help women consumers take charge of how they want to feel!

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women are often behind the scenes, and we see that being honored this month. 

I’m proud of the women who take charge! We get shit done, even with a baby on our hip or working from a car. A women’s perspective should touch every industry!

Is there anything else you’d like to say? 

Women in cannabis bring new perspectives and ways of thinking to this male-dominated industry (and that’s something we’re actively trying to change). Our presence will help evolve the field and usher in a new cannabis consumer face with new products. We’ll also help to destigmatize our favorite plant.

Katie

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

My cannabis journey was about business opportunities. We began exploring the industry years ago, but the hurdles to market seemed too high. 

When Michigan came online, we had a unique opportunity to get in early and grow a business where we already are. It’s such a unique industry and a great place to continue to learn as a lawyer and businesswoman (my two primary roles). 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

I’m not a regular cannabis consumer, but I am a huge fan of CBD’s medicinal uses. I regularly use CBD products for muscle and physiological healing, and I’m continually researching THC to find products that help with sleep and stress management! 

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

The cannabis industry is considerably more diverse than many other sectors. We welcome different backgrounds and personalities. I love that a significant amount of our leadership team is female, and as such, we are highly representative of our customer base!

Making cannabis approachable, even to suburban moms like me, is something we strive for as a company! 

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I want to see the cannabis industry continue to grow and mature. Federal legalization will assist with banking and other business needs. It’ll also make the sector more reputable, creating employment pathways for highly skilled individuals, which will make this incredible plant more accessible to our customers, employees, and communities. 

I also want to make sure the industry remains conscious of health and safety. As a mother, I always think about what my kids might be exposed to in the world. I want the industry to protect consumers and ensure that cannabis products are safe and effective! 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

I love celebrating all women’s success, not only during Women’s History Month but also throughout the year! 

There’s value in taking time to focus on the positive impact women have made in the past – and the present. Knowledge is empowering, and empowered women empower women!  

Is there anything else you’d like to say? 

To the ladies who may be hesitant to explore cannabis either due to societal stigma or fear, please come into our store. We will help you answer your questions in a no-pressure environment.  

I have learned so much from our team at Timber! 

Brandy

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

I’m thriving daily because of my journey to the cannabis industry. Today, I have the opportunity to learn, share knowledge, and be surrounded by people with similar interests. 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

Cannabis provides relief in ways prescribed medication can’t. I’d prefer consuming cannabis to combat a headache than take a pill. It balances my mood and sustains my energy. 

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

Being a woman in the cannabis industry means I can help other women venturing into this space. 

I can bring women into the fold and show them there’s more to cannabis than smoking. The thought of getting high can scare many people away, but this plant has so much more to offer. 

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I would like to see the cliché of women and smoking gone, and I’d like cannabis to be more socially acceptable. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month means celebrating and honoring women. 

Sasha

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

I’ve smoked recreationally for several years, and an industry friend felt I’d make a great fit and had something to offer, so I set my sights on finding a way in! 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day?

Cannabis helps with everything from menstrual pain to shoulder soreness and everyday stress. And it means a lot that I can introduce other women to the positive benefits of this plant. 

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

With more women in the industry, we can chip away at the stigma resulting from decades of prohibition. 

It also means more women can experience the benefits of cannabis, like managing day-to-day tasks and daily stressors with ease. 

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go?

I would like to see more women enter the cannabis industry professionally. And I also want more women to understand the many wellness benefits of cannabis and feel comfortable openly discussing their consumption. 

I also dream of a world where parents encourage their children to take-up cannabis industry careers! 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month is a time for us to be recognized and celebrated. Not just for being women, but for the work we do every day. Women have so much to offer!

Bri

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

My journey to the cannabis industry has been challenging, but the rewards made my struggles worthwhile. 

Today, I can legally sell cannabis for a living and help people with their trials and tribulations along the way. 

I went from self-medicating for anxiety to helping medicate my family for their aches and pains, and now I can help people all across my community. It’s a fulfilling experience. 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

As a woman, cannabis helps me ease the pain “that time of the month” sometimes brings.

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

As a woman in the industry, I can ensure our voices are heard. Masculine men trust me with their cannabis experience – that’s a breath of fresh air in this society!

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I want to see the widespread acceptance of cannabis. There are so many negative opinions out there, and I would love for Timber Cannabis to be a part of changing the narrative. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month means appreciating and paying homage to all the women before us who made sacrifices and refused to let their voices go unheard so that the women of this generation can stand up and be proud to be women.

Kaleigh

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

My journey started with my mom. She’s got a grocery list of health issues, and I’d read about how helpful cannabis can be, so I asked her to give it a try for pain relief. Cannabis has helped her tremendously! My mom is the reason I got into the business. 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

I smoke daily to wind down and occasionally use a topical for cramps. 

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

I’ve found a lot of encouragement in multiple aspects as a woman in the cannabis industry  – customers trust our opinions. 

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I would love to see cannabis federally legalized! It would open a new world for the industry. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

The power of a strong-willed woman is unbreakable. ????????

Stephanie

Can you describe your journey to the cannabis industry? 

Working in the cannabis industry was never my goal. And honestly, I wasn’t a regular consumer. I’m an accountant and spent years working in a conventional career space. 

But I read the story of a young adult suffering from seizures who found relief in cannabis. That’s when I started to view this industry as something more than a party favor. 

There is so much more to the industry than just getting high. Don’t get me wrong, that’s fun, but cannabis opens a world of healing for those suffering from a laundry list of ailments. 

As a woman, how does cannabis help you every day? 

As a long-time sufferer of anxiety and sleeplessness, cannabis has helped me eliminate traditional medicines like Paxil. I’ve been prescribed Paxil for as long as I can remember, and through ongoing therapy and cannabis microdosing, I stopped the drug in 2015. 

What does it mean to be a woman in the cannabis industry?

I am beyond grateful to be a part of building Michigan’s cannabis industry. An opportunity like this only comes along once in a generation. 

I want this to be bigger and better than I think it could be, and the only way to do that is to empower others to create togetherness. 

Women can mold the market on all levels. Opportunities exist around every corner for anyone who has the drive, so come on, ladies, let’s band together and run this space! 

“Who run the world…girls”- Beyoncé 

From a woman’s perspective, where do you want to see our industry go? 

I want our industry to bring together people of all walks of life, belief systems, values, and life paths. 

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month is about remembering and celebrating all the women who have paved the way for me. It is also a stiff reminder that there is so much more to fight for and that we still have many obstacles to overcome.

Who are you honoring this Women’s History Month? We want to know – drop by and tell us!