Kristen Williams is one of the creators of an inspiring eBook called Coming Clean with Cannabis — she is a lifestyle designer / experience creator, intern at Women Grow and all around lovely person dedicated to cannabis education and healthy, happy living! In high school Kristen remembered, believed and supported everything she had learned in drug education workshops. Now she is speaking up so others know cannabis can be part of a healthy, full and well-lived life. I highly recommend reading more about Kristen on her beautifully designed website: KristenWilliamsDesigns.com.
You can read Coming Clean with Cannabis and take the challenge here: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1000/0656/files/CannabisCleanse-Desktop.pdf?12320297198725474267
Interested in contributing to the next edition of Coming Clean with Cannabis? I am and we all can here: http://www.kristenwilliamsdesigns.com/contribute
I had the honor of interviewing Kristen — check out our chat below!
OG: So, what have you been up to lately?
Alongside work for Canna Curious Club, The Stoner’s Cookbook, and other odds and ends, I’ve been working on putting together a game plan for releasing the second edition of Coming Clean with Cannabis. After getting such great responses from the eBook, we’ve decided to put the second edition in print – which is proving to be a much bigger challenge than just an eBook!
OG: General inspirations for how you live your life?
A couple years back, I started practicing Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine each morning. At the end of the 10-minute routine, there was a lengthy three-part mantra, my favorite part of which was, “I love myself unconditionally, and I will live fearlessly.” I try to always remember that when I’m having moments of doubt or anxiety.
OG: How much time per day do you spend on cannabis related activities?
Most everything I do revolves around cannabis; I have very few clients outside of the industry. So about 8-10 hours of my days are normally spent designing, researching, or talking cannabis. I can’t complain.
OG: Any advice for someone who would like to do something cannabis related for a living?
I would say that to really succeed in the cannabis industry, you need to love cannabis. It’s not always an easy industry to be in; people can be quick to judge, and the ever-changing laws don’t make anything simple. But if you really love it, do it, do it now, and don’t stop.
OG: Favorite strains?
My absolute favorite strain is Ambulance. It’s a CBD-rich strain with about a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD, and I’ve found that it can wipe out my anxiety while also keeping me coherent. It’s wonderful for when I’ve got knots in my stomach but have loads of work to do.
OG: How do you feel about edibles?
I find that edibles can hit me differently depending on the situation, so I am always leery of using them any time that I know I will need to be alert. However, I am very interested in using the raw plant in food as I would any vegetable; once cannabis is legalized in my state, I want to have my own plants to use in juices, salads, sandwiches, and more.
OG: I suspect we will continue to learn about the importance of terpenes. What is the most surprising thing you have learned about them?
I was fascinated to learn that your nose can detect what terpenes your body needs – and it can differ from day to day! Some terpenes help relieve stress while others promote focus, etc., so if you especially like the smell of a particular strain one day, it’s likely that your body is craving the effects of its terpenes.
OG: What do you think would happen if an elderly woman fed a tray of hash brownies to a pack of squirrels?
As long as the brownies don’t have so much sugar that they make the squirrels sick, they would probably think the woman was God and bring her all the nuts within a two-mile radius.
OG: Is there an idiom or saying that you mumble to yourself when faced with negativity?
When I’m really upset about something, I usually repeat “It’s all going to be ok” while I give myself a hard hug until I calm down.
OG: How much coffee is too much coffee?
I believe we all have our own “too much” when it comes to coffee, and all things really. For me, too much is even a drop on an empty stomach, and around two cups on a full. I used to use it as fuel for all-nighters in college until I realized that it was completely ruining my stomach and actually making me feel sick as I tried to work endless hours.
OG: What song comes to mind when you think about cannabis?
All of Odesza’s songs comes to mind, I absolutely love feeling their music resonate through my body when I’m high! Being high already puts me in a state of connectedness with the universe and myself, and the energy in their music takes me into another world where those feelings are intensified.
OG: What do you think the secrets to happiness are?
I think the ultimate secret to happiness is unconditionally loving yourself. Often our biggest regrets come from the things we didn’t do in life, and when you truly love yourself as you are, you don’t have to be afraid to take those risks.
OG: When do you think humans should be really brave?
Humans should always be brave when their soul calls on them to do so. It could be big or small, once a year or once a day. But when you know in your heart (or for me, my gut) that you need to do something, you need to be brave enough to go for it.
OG: How important are beauty, money and fashion?
That’s tough…society forces us to place some kind of importance on those things (you have to be worried about money at least a little or you won’t have a place to live), but when it comes down to it, I don’t think beauty, money and fashion have any real importance in the scheme of life. There will never be someone that is unanimously loved or hated by everyone on the planet, no matter how much money they have or how perfectly shaped their boobs are. So I believe that the most important thing is to learn to be happy with exactly who you are.
OG: What advice would you give to your 19-year-old self?
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t be afraid to let go of people who drain your energy.
- Don’t be afraid to fail because, inevitably, you will and it’s ok.
OG: How do you feel about cats and in your opinion, how many cats are too many cats, for one human to live with?
I am actually incredibly allergic to cats. I used to absolutely love them when I was little, but then a kitten gave me fleas at a bonfire once and my relationship with cats dissolved from there. So for me, even just one cat is too many to live with, but I would say that in general four is plenty. That goes for dogs and kids, too.
OG: Where should stoners visit in your city?
I live in Columbia, Missouri and there are tons of fun little random shops downtown to wander through and explore when you’re high. One of my favorite places is an awesome little movie theater called Rag Tag that shows Independent films. Instead of chairs, you sit on old sofas and oversized arm chairs, and there’s an amazing little bakery, Uprise, attached where you can buy out-of-this-world sandwiches, pastries, and Italian sodas from. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience.
OG: What do you want in return for dedicating your life to cannabis?
I want to see the world become a safer and more enlightened place. We have been brainwashed into being fearful of cannabis, and that fear sparks so much unnecessary hatred, judgment, and violence. While cannabis itself may not be able to change the world, I believe the acceptance of it can.
OG: What’s next for you?
After the the second edition of Coming Clean with Cannabis, I have many more books planned! I’ve always had a passion for learning, and have found that books are the perfect way to share all the amazing things I learn with others.
Thank you so much for your time Kristen — I hope all the positive energy you put into the world continues to find its way back to you!
You can find Kristen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on her beautiful website, KristenWilliamsDesigns.com.