An article contributed by founder Kristen Williams about how Hempsley came to be.
The first time I pulled out my blow torch to do a dab, my mom was a bit concerned.I knew what she was thinking: Had she really sent her bright, high school Valedictorian daughter off to college only for her to fall prey to party drugs? But being the supportive, loving mom she is, she managed to look past the torch and listen to what I had to say about this new medicine I had discovered for myself.
Summer's winding to a close, but Mason Jar Event Group keeps filling up the cannabis calendar. On August 31, it hosted Hemp & Seed, a special dinner at the Blue Circle Research Farm in Laporte. Chef Melissa Harrison of Seasonal Montana created the dishes that were paired with select cannabis strains from Organic Alternative and live music by the Good Kind. All photos by Jacqueline Collins
So, you can smoke it, eat it, vape it, and wear it, but have you ever thought to soak your body in weed? If you’ve had one of those long, stressful days, taking a hot, weedy bath can be just the thing to help you unwind and snag some all-important “me time.” But you don’t need to go rushing to your nearest dispensary to get the real deal. All you need for a DIY spa experience is some salt, coconut oil, lavender, and weed.
I am a lifestyle designer and educator determined to help end cannabis prohibition. I’ve been working in the cannabis industry for over three years as a graphic designer, focused on providing a professional and credible face to the incredible companies I work with. This work inspired me to launch my own cannabis brand called Hempsley, a wellness guidance company focused on educating people in conservative prohibition states about the benefits of holistic approaches to health, including cannabinoid therapies that are available in their area.
Kristen Williams is a Columbia native who graduated from Truman State University. During her time in Kirksville, she headed to Colorado to do an internship with that state's emerging cannabis industry. On a recent episode of Thinking out Loud, Williams was profiled about her work as a designer and as an advocate for responsible cannabis use.
Hempsley’s founder, Kristen Williams, first became passionate about cannabis education back in 2013 when she saw a video about Charlotte Figi, a young girl whose some 300 grand mal seizures per week were being subdued with CBD oil. She found herself in distraught over the public's backlash on Charlotte's parents for treating her with cannabis, and wanted to help people understand how this plant works within the body to bring relief — and that using it didn't necessarily mean getting "high."
Since then, Kristen has been on a mission to help educate the general public about their endocannabinoid system and how various cannabinoid therapies can benefit people with all types of conditions. Over the past three years, she has collected experiences with yoga, Ayurveda, energy medicine, meditation, floating, massage therapy, nutrition, fitness, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and more — all while exploring how cannabis can best enhance her self-care journey. Now, she wants to share what she's learned to help others make informed decisions while developing a personalized wellness routine that they enjoy.