Veronica Castillo is a freelance writer who heals with cannabis, and focuses on cannabis in her work. Veronica lives on the road, traveling cross country.
What sets you apart in the cannabis industry?
I am a part of a village that is educating and informing. I think the only thing I do differently is travel all around in exploration of the plant that we love, well that and I am going to live on hemp farms in April in honor of Cannabis because it’s the only time that it will be 420 all month long.
What life changes occurred when you entered the cannabis industry?
I have a Basilar Migraine diagnoses which is migraine with vertigo. After 5 prescriptions, I turned to Cannabis and never turned back, never will.
What about the cannabis industry and community do you love?
That! The village, the community, the support. We can be so completely different but we are all in the same room for the same reason, Cannabis.
Do you have any frustrations, hopes, fears as cannabis changes?
I cannot stand that there are people sitting in jail while others are out here making a killing from legalization. I cannot stand that there are not more black-owned businesses in Cannabis due to ridiculous laws keeping the most impacted community out of commercial Cannabis. I cannot stand to see states like Georgia still stuck in 1721 about Cannabis and Hemp. I cannot stand that our government has not legalized Cannabis for medicine and continues to refer to itself as the greatest in the world.
What were some of your challenges getting started in cannabis?
My social anxiety and the love I have for my shell. I am introverted and socially anxious so, I was in my own way a bit.
Where would you like to see yourself in the cannabis industry 3 years from now?
I would love to take my travel, in the exploration of Cannabis- abroad. In my wildest dream- I have a tiny hemp house community, where we grow our own fruits, veggies, and cannabis. We all contribute and share resources.
What does the future of cannabis look like to you?
Legalization that allows people to grow their own! Expunged records, fair chances, people of color with multiple seats at the table, and a government that wants their people to have access to healing.
How do you plan to make a positive difference in the cannabis industry?
By being the voice that many don’t have. By continuing to be light, spread love, and walk in the purpose that Cannabis gave me, no matter who loves it, or hates it, or tries to silence me, like the bots behind IG and FB.
What makes you proud or gratified to be a part of the “legal” cannabis industry?
The places and the people that this beautiful plant has led me to. The support from the community, the strength this community endures, and the voice it gave me.
Do you consume cannabis? If so, how do you prefer to consume?
All day! I am a Sativa lover. Give me anything lemon and haze and I am a happy woman. My preferred method is flower, rolled in a joint and/or cannagar. My favorite way to consume CBD is via oil tincture and RSO.
What’s your favorite strain/cannabis product/etc?
This is hard! All lemons. All haze’s. Lemon and Hazes combined: Lemon Kush, Lemon Haze, Ghost Train Haze, Lemon Sour Diesel, Son of Jack Haze. But I also love KGB (Sound Cannabis), Black Girl Magic OG (Herb of Life Cultivation), and a strain that I can no longer find and it makes me so sad, Urban Delusion.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or your business?
I am honoring Cannabis the full month of April 2020. I will be living and existing in nature, where the plant grows and thrives to heal us all. I will be living on hemp farms, Fern Valley Farms and The Botanical Joint farm who have graciously sponsored my stay. Along with 11 other Cannabis/Hemp businesses who support my journey and tribute. I could not pull this off without them (Vital Leaf, A Boring Life, Wyld CBD, MyCureAll, The Brothers Apothecary, Sky High PEO, CanMar Recruitment, Mahlon Haze, Ashwagandha Portland, Nusanar, and Higher Level Healthcare)!
Veronica’s journey can be followed on Instagram: @vee_traveling_veg_canna_writer