Who’s our favorite ganja-smoking mom? Jessie Gill! A cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice, Jessie reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate after suffering a spinal injury. These days, Jessie spends her time educating the world about cannabis while challenging the stigma against marijuana use on her site, The Marijuana Mommy.
While attending Marijuana Business Conference (MJBizCon) in Vegas back in November, MAGNETIC caught wind of Jessie’s cannabis infused collaboration with Chef Joey for MagicalButter. Alongside fellow cannabis industry professionals Jake Browne and Elise McRoberts, Jessie and Joey cooked cannabis infused dijon and pistachio crusted lamb lollipops, sautéed asparagus atop gruyere and rosemary smashed potatoes, fresh herb salad tossed in fresh squeezed lemon vinaigrette with blistered tomatoes and then finished it off with a cabernet balsamic and cherry reduction. Yum.
Inspired by her passion for the plant, we asked Jessie to curate this week’s Weedsday Playlist. So, get baked and turn up the volume!
"Society Hook" by Shayfer James
Weed wasn’t my first love. I met my first love at summer camp in eighth grade. He used to serenade me beneath the stars on Lake Champlain. Like many early life romances, we ventured off on different paths before the end of high school. Now, Shayfer James is an indie artist charming women everywhere with his new song, “Society Hook.” With it, he shares this message: “Celebrating all the powerful, badass women in this crazy, beautiful messed up world of ours.”
“The Road” by Kanchan Daniel & The Beards
I love weed. Unfortunately, not everyone understands my passion for the plant. Especially, over here on the East coast where legalization is moving at a snail’s speed. The average resident isn’t exposed to enough cannabis information. It’s still taboo. Then there’s me, excitedly ranting about my site MarijuanaMommy.com. Most people respond as closet advocates, but occasionally I feel the silent judgement pouring from a gape-mouthed stare. That’s when I turn on this blues band from Mumbai and I listen to Kanchan Daniel sing, “As I walk down the street / Many faces staring at me / Oh I don't care / I'll do my thing / And if the clouds break apart / Smash a heavy hammer on my heart / Oh it won't be fair / but I'll just take what the new day brings.”
“Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root
This song makes me think of smoking weed in my Jeep Wrangler when I was 21. There were only two problems when I bought that car on eBay. One, the Jeep was five hours away in Boston and I was in New Jersey. Two, the Wrangler was a stick shift and I had no idea how to drive it. Undeterred by the challenges, I printed stick-shift driving instructions from EHow and hopped a bus to Boston. It was a choppy and looong drive home, but by the time I was in Jersey, I knew how to drive stick. That Wrangler was the best smoking car. With the windows off, it was remarkably easy to air out. It was an excellent buy, too, because six or seven years later I sold it for more than I paid.
“Dualist Inquiry” by Isoterra
Life sucks sometimes. My motto is to smile and go forward, but keeping that mindset when the world feels like it’s falling apart isn’t always easy. This song makes me feel like I’m living in a romantic comedy. I listen to Isoterra and things look a little brighter.
AJ Block and Didge Project at TEDxBrooklyn
Cannabis deepens my connection to the divine. It quiets my day-to-day anxieties and lets me settle into my soul. It’s become a huge part of my spiritual practice. It elevates my mantra meditation which has had a profound impact on my life. Meditation and marijuana help me manage chronic pain from a spinal injury.
These guys are pretty obscure. My son and I saw them perform on New Year’s Eve and I loved the experience. It’s the kind of music that can soothe during chaos.