THE STASHIE STORY
I was born in Jamaica in 1975; the same year Peter Tosh recorded Legalize It. Although ganja is a massive part of Jamaican culture, the plant didn’t really touch my life in a significant way. My parents never used it and, although I never turned down the joints passed around at parties, I was never really into it – it made me sleep.
Fast forward to my 40s… two kids, self-employed and sleepless. I tried the yoga, the meditation, the sleep apps. Nothing worked. I was suffering so terribly with insomnia that I was drinking a bottle of wine a night just to fall asleep. That wine was becoming a problem. I was in an endless cycle of using it to fall asleep, but waking up at 3am still unable to sleep and with the added bonus of symptoms of peri menopause – night sweats. I was grumpy, irritable and spiralling.
"I was suffering so terribly with insomnia that I was drinking a bottle of wine a night just to fall asleep."
A friend suggested I use cannabis to sleep, and it was as if a light bulb went off…it used to make me sleep at parties. And so began my journey.
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t go to the doctor unless a limb is falling off, so getting a prescription seemed too onerous and too drastic, in my mind anyway. And besides, the idea that my doctor might say no and prescribe sleeping pills made it even less appealing. For a while I relied on friends to give me weed, and then I checked out a dispensary called 1066 in my hometown, Toronto.
"Anyone who’s suffered with insomnia or sleep deprivation can relate to just how much sleep affects every facet of your life."
That dispensary changed my life. That sounds dramatic, right? Changed my life? Ok, well the existence of that dispensary changed my life. The people who worked there changed my life. The fact that it was illegal seems wrong on a multitude of levels, especially in the face of legalization in Canada. But that’s another story (and I'm not suggesting that people should break the law).
The staff at 1066 guided me on a journey…recommending strains…explaining the lingo…listening and answering my endless stream of questions. I could sleep again. My night sweats had vanished.
"A mystical, powerful, magical plant, (and a bunch of people who understood and believed in it) changed my life."
Anyone who’s suffered with insomnia or sleep deprivation can relate to just how much sleep affects every facet of your life. A mystical, powerful, magical plant, (and a bunch of people who understood and believed in it) changed my life.
The experience of experimenting with cannabis is where the idea for Stashie came from. A nasty by-product of the industry is all the little plastic bags cannabis comes in. I was using sticky notes, tape and shipping labels to keep track of my strains and label my jars. At one point I had 16 strains I was trying, and 16 plastic bags with scribbled handwriting. So annoying!
"The experience of experimenting with cannabis is where the idea for Stashie came from."
It was unbelievable to me that no one had developed a consumer-focused, cannabis-specific label that was beautiful and practical. No one…until now.
Wherever your cannabis journey takes you, I hope that it’s ultimately to good places. And I hope you think the labels I’ve created are as useful and beautiful as the plant itself.
- Michelle, Founder of Stashie