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Sneaking in Silence-Ep 4 with Whitney Beatty

Sneaking in Silence-Ep 4 with Whitney Beatty

Inspired by a lack of stylish, safe cannabis storage systems and a disdain for storing medicine in a shoebox, Apothecarry Brands CEO Whitney Beatty is a successful entertainment industry executive turned cannabis storage designer that’s spearheading her quickly growing start-ups first financial raise.

After meeting so many like-minded cannabis users, who lamented about a lack of good storage system, worried about securing buds away from kids and pets and who were tired of searching around for their stash to discover it dried out from plastic baggies and non-airtight dispensary jars, Apothecarry was born. The brand seeks to redefining the image of cannabis users who take pride and pleasure in their stash, while filling a hole in the marijuana paraphernalia market for everyone from the attorneys who tokes after their high powered workday, to the “stiletto stoners” who are hosting ladies night, to the seniors using medication for health benefits and everyone in between who demands the best in all things.

Their initial offering, the Apothecarry Case, is a sleek and sexy storage and humidity system designed to safely keep cannabis at its freshest, most optimum quality while providing luxury tools and humidity control for the discriminating connoisseur. Her company Apothecarry was in the first cohort of Canopy San Diego cannabis business accelerator, and won the best pitch award at the Arcview Group’s 2017 LA investor summit.

Sneaking in Silence-Ep3 with Felicia Carbajal

Felicia fights because she has to. And despite the fact that no one wants to talk about the hard stuff.

Felicia is a chicana, LGBTQ, cannabis patient, a patient advocate, cannabis educator, activist, and community organizer. While holding such positions as patient access director, collective operations manager, patient liaison/community engagement coordinator she realized the need for more accountability for the medicine with education being the key. Having worked with countless California patients, caregivers, dispensaries and cannabis industry investors to find the best methods to ensure patients get knowledgeable information, quality medicine, and that compassion remains in California Compassionate Use Act. In 2013 she was honored by being named one of The Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 LGBT leaders for her work in Cannabis. Felicia recently joined Dr. Brandie Cross at Smart Pharm Research Group as a partner.

Sneaking in Silence-Ep3 with Felicia Carbajal
Sneaking in Silence-Ep2 with Adam Vine

Sneaking in Silence-Ep2 with Adam Vine

Adam followed a moral calling toward helping those who have been harmed by the war on drugs. The perfect inspiration for a show about collective action.

Adam Vine co-founded Cage-Free Cannabis to repair harms of the War on Drugs and advocate for an equitable cannabis industry. This project emerges from a career spent at the intersection of social justice, media, and politics. Since launching Cage-Free Cannabis, Adam has provided cannabis policy recommendations to the City and the County of Los Angeles, as well as to a statewide cannabis policy roundtable. The Cage-Free project has so far supported re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated women, youth organizing in Central American immigrant communities, and expungement, job, and resource fairs.

Adam also edits At The Intersection, a weekly newsletter about the collisions between culture, race, and politics. He has a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Sneaking in Silence-Ep2 with Jasai Madden

For our opening episode, God asks Jasai to move aside so he can talk with us. Listen well!

Jasai is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, author of The New FastGirls and mindfulness facilitator; which means she teaches people how to be with what is, exactly as it is, with clarity, grace, and compassion. 

Primarily using tools of refraining including fasting, silence, and stillness, Jasai seeks to illuminate the truth that being deeply connected to the present moment is the only true and lasting freedom available to us all, always. 

She has recently added the art and practice of waistbead wearing to her toolkit which provides women with the opportunity to reconnect to their center and rediscover their own endless reservoir of beauty, power, balance, and Being.

Sneaking in Silence-Ep2 with Jasai Madden
A Humbling Plant

A Humbling Plant

Another day, another lesson…

My skin has been acting up for quite some time now. I figured out the other day that it’s been at least a year since the extreme flare ups began. They became progressively worse in the last 6 months and terribly debilitating in the last 2.

I keep my head up and I work hard, but I’ve really been in a lot of pain lately. Some days, it’s hard to get out of bed because I’ve gotten little to no sleep the night before from scratching. And most days, my skin has a constant stinging sensation, so every position, sitting or standing is uncomfortable. I’ve tried everything… diet changes, including elimination, topical trials, steroids!! Yes, I even tried pharmaceuticals. Every natural remedy you can think of, including various herbs and vitamins, but nothing has worked! And y’all know I tried everything #cannabis related.

Well here’s the kicker. And the reason this image is so powerful… Two days ago, I figured out what’s been causing my extreme dermatitis. You’ll never guess! The irony is too great.

The very Plant that has taken all of my muscular skeletal pain away, given me the ability to walk again, and opened my mind beyond realms imagined, is also the culprit for my recent skin challenges. Yes! Can you believe it? Since I’ve been in such regular contact with the raw plant material and I already suffer from atopic dermatitis (#eczema), I’m more susceptible to irritation from the #trichomes in the cannabis plant. MIND BLOWN!!

It turns out this is a pretty common thing, minor irritation and itchiness after interacting with the raw material. Trimmers can testify to this. But my situation, like everything else in my life, is #exceptional. Go figure!


What I’ve learned…

  1. When you are suffering, it is only temporary and always seek to free yourself from such suffering
  2. It pays to have smart friends because it is they who will propel you to think of all the possibilities and help you come to new understandings through your collective knowledge.
  3. When you give any one thing too much power, it can defeat you. Maintain your own personal strength.
  4. Journaling matters. By taking a survey of your daily routine and acknowledging the changes along the way, you can more easily pinpoint what catalysts have lead you to where you are now. Makes changing directions a lot easier too.
  5. Be willing to rethink your social constructs. Everything is impermanent and there are many ways to see one thing. Be humble about all that you “think” you know.

So why this image? Well, this tattoo has always been a reminder for me to be present in the moment. The OM symbol in the center of a lotus speaks volumes to my soul. As a practicing Buddhist, I try to meditate daily, and if I forget and look down, I take a moment right then.

And now… I can barely see my beautifully stained armwork because this damaged skin prevails. But today that ends! It’s been 2 days since my discovery and the double edged sword this dilemma presents only makes me more loyal to my mission to educate others on this miracle plant. I’ve already changed some habits and the itching has significantly decreased. Give thanks! Now it’s time for me to delve further into this segment of my work. I want to gain greater understanding of the effects of trichomes on the skin and I definitely want to be able to benefit from topical cannabis so I have to find a way while continuing to teach.The journey never ends. And self treatment with cannabis is an ever evolving process.

I am committed to achieving healthy skin again. I believe it will heal quickly. Now that I’m empowered with this new knowledge. And when it does, I’ll check back in with my armwork. Might be time to add some color and details.

Tattoo artists. Hit me up!

Work a lot of Jobs, Learn a lot of Stuff

A large part of my #success can be attributed to the fact that I’ve had many, many #jobs. Not all of them pleasant or fun, but every one, a learning experience.

Take Notes

Yesterday, when giving my #makeup #traincase a much needed deep cleaning, I began to reflect on this reality. Why? You ask… Because my first job at 16 years old was in sales at Nordstrom. Back when they hired folks that young. Haha! I learned the importance of attention to detail and catering to your clients. They taught me well. Within a year I moved into cosmetics with Estee Lauder and I got the bug! The bug that teaches you how to make more money by taking good note of your surroundings.

So if you’ve ever worked for #Nordstrom, you know you can always go back if you left in good standing. Well I did that… Several times over the years. The last time was during my early years as a High School teacher. Yes, that was one of my many jobs. I taught Geometry and Pre-Calculus… can you believe that?! Anyway, the last time I returned to Nordies, I worked for MAC Cosmetics. It was so much fun! After teaching each day, I would hurry to the nearby mall for my evening-close shift. I worked with brilliant make-up artists, sales leaders, consummate professionals and of course, event those “catty” and competitive folks who could sometimes make your work hours miserable. Everyone is there for you to learn from.

Be Grateful for the Details


While cleaning my train-case and wiping each individual eyeshadow by hand, I began to feel a tremendous amount of gratitude in my heart. As I separated my items for recycling (because the “Back to MAC” program gives you a free lipstick, lip gloss or eyeshadow for every 6 empty containers) 🙂, I thought about all the gifts I have received over the years. You see, true learning begins with gratitude.


My professional experiences over the years have been varied. I’ve worked in retail, corporate, non profit and education… all to thoroughly prepare me for what I am doing now. Becoming an entrepreneur was both the easiest and toughest decision of my life. While it meant having the freedom to truly pursue my dreams, it also meant that I was going to responsible for securing my own steady income. Becoming a Cannapreneur took a tremendous amount of courage and commitment to a cause so much larger than myself. So how have I done it and been successful?

I pay close attention at every opportunity, to learn from those doing what I want to be doing.

Knowledge SpeaksMy Daily Practices on the path toward success: 

  • I try to listen more than I speak.
    • Sounds funny because if you know me, you know I talk quite a bit. But over the years, I’ve learned to be quiet with someone else wants to speak. Not only does it make for a more pleasant conversation, but it most certainly makes for a more productive one. 
  • I always read, read, read the entire article.
    • Whether it’s about the current state of the nation, a blog post or a book. Read the whole thing from start to finish. Nowadays, everyone wants to read the headline and call themselves an expert.
  • I write things down so I can remember them.
    • Throughout the day, I’m sparked by inspiration. But I’m also really busy living my multi-passionate lifestyle so it’s impossible for me to remember everything. I carry a small journal or 3 and I write everything down. If you’re not as old school as I am, that’s okay. Use the Notes feature in your phone… just do it! 
  • I #givethanks for the good and the bad.
    • It’s human nature to want to avoid all negative experiences and/or blame others for that reality. But the fact is, without those not-so-positive days, we wouldn’t have appreciation for the awesome days. Take the good with the bad, listen and learn. Then commit to change. 



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