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POT + PREGNANCY

As cannabis becomes more widely discussed, previously taboo topics are getting the attention they deserve. And unsurprisingly, women are at the forefront of these conversations.

Meet Keira Fae Sumimoto, the young woman whose incredible cannabis journey has led her to research the effects of flower when it comes to pregnancy, and post-pregnancy for new mothers.
Keira Fae Sumimoto (right) and Melodie Ling (left) at Van der Pop's SESSION in LA. Photo by Morgan English.
How would you describe yourself and what you’re doing in the cannabis space?
 
I like to try and say educator. There’s not really a word for it because it’s such a new topic to talk about openly. What I advocate is access to the alternative, which is what we’re denied, especially as women. There’s a lot of health issues related to women, and cannabis is a fantastic alternative.

Tell us about your journey with cannabis.
 
I moved to California two years ago from Tokyo. I had lived there for seven years, I was modeling for a couple of years, and I was an English teacher for a few years.
 
When I came here, I became extraordinarily sick. In Japan, I was healthy and I had no issues. I thought it was the food or the culture shock.
 
My lowest weight was about 85 pounds, and I’m 5’6”. I developed asthma, I kept getting pneumonia; I would just pick up any bug that was around. I was losing my hair and my nails.
 
I went to a doctor’s office, and they didn’t know what was wrong. There wasn’t something to diagnose me with. As doctors do, they just gave me medication – pills – and said, this will help with this, and this will help with this. This medication with help with this other medication because it’s very harsh. So at one point, I had around 10 medications, two inhalers and one emergency inhaler on me at all times.
 
Eventually I gave up, in a sense. The pills weren’t working, the inhalers – they were all temporary fixes. They didn’t solve the problem. I was doing that for about two months straight – taking the pills – and I had to use the inhalers daily. I did my last check up, and the doctor put an expiration date on me. He said you know, if you continue like this….
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I=Indica S=Sativa H=Hybrid
Sour Diesel (S) – ideal for migraine relief
 
A strain for feeling focused and having long-lasting energy. It’s mood-boosting and munchie-inducing. Easy does it with this flowerless is more.

A top choice among medical patients who need to want food – who need to be okay with the sight and smell of food. Those who are not okay with dark rooms in the summer. Smoke your sunshine; Sour D burns bright and long.

 
Jack Herer (S) – cerebral buzz, blissful
 
A very popular daytime strain. Great for creativity, known as the “feel good” strain.
 
You feel a tightening around the temples, have a surplus of saliva and experience an absent appetite when nausea strikes. Strike back with Jack Herer, a Dutch pharmaceutical-grade strain. It’s pronounced like “terror”, which should give you confidence that those dreaded waves of sickness are about to meet their match.

 
OG Kush (H) – legendary for stress alleviation
 
With its strong, distinctive aroma, this strain has immediate yet varied effects including pain relief and euphoria. Beware of the dry mouth that comes with this joy.
 
The DNA of this strain is commonly found in West Coast weed, which is what makes it [drum roll] “OG”. With this status comes years of respect as a dependable healer that leaves one with a dependable head high. In short, this strain sets you straight in more ways than one.
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2-2:45pm
CREATING A NICHE: MY CANNABIS JOURNEY

Barinder Rasode, president and CEO of the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education, shares her journey in public service and how
 she came to oversee NICHE, which focuses on providing impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada.

2:45-3:30pm
WEED: WHERE TO START

Van der Pop founder April Pride talks all things green with cannabis experts Irie Selkirk (medical outreach and outreach lead, Tokyo Smoke and Emblem), Ljubica Kostovic (co-founder of the Museum of Cannabis and consultant), and Antuanette Gomez (chapter head, Women Grow). Topics will include methods of consumption and the evolution of conversations about cannabis.
 
3:30-4:15pm
HERBAL MEDICINE: CANNABIS & HEALTH

75% of women use cannabis for health and wellness, including pain management, reducing anxiety and sleep aid. Dr. Biljana Kostovic will discuss her history as a cannabis-advocating medical practitioner, and
will address the bene ts and misconceptions of consuming medical ower.

4:15-5pm
GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK: WEED IN FASHION, BEAUTY & DESIGN

As the weed industry grows, so too will the ability to introduce new opportunities in the elds of design, fashion and beauty. Van der Pop’s head of content, Odessa Paloma Parker, discusses cannabis and creativity with Berkeley Poole (creative director, Tokyo Smoke), Leah Lavergne (founder, High Noon), and Brandi Leifso (founder, Evio Beauty Group, Ltd.).

5:15-6pm
ON A ROLL: WEED’S PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

A graduate of the Yale School of Management, Tahira Rehmatullah is the managing director at Hypur Ventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to investing in legal cannabis businesses. She has been consistently highlighted as a trailblazing woman in weed, and will share her insights about the cannabis industry to date and where its headed.

6-6:45pm
HIGH POTENTIAL: ENTREPRENEURS IN THE CANNABIS SPACE

As the brand strategist and creative director at LEVO Oil Infusion, Olivia Harris is challenged with developing an innovative brand in a rapidly-changing industry, in addition to educating people about cannabis-infused consumables. She’ll discuss her career path towards breaking the grass ceiling.

 
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