Many of the early followers of Oov Lifestyle know that I’m a doula and am actually still practicing to this day. My roots are deep in the new-mommy/birth community here in the Bay Area, from forming Marin’s first “alternative” mother’s group to having a seat on the board of advisors for our first free-standing birth center. Being the birth junkie that I am, I was immediately drawn to Keira Fae.
She was fiercely pregnant at the time and radiant as ever. But what struck me more was her fearlessness to be a public cannabis activist at the very ripe moment of pregnancy. I absolutely adore a fellow boss babe that puts herself on the line to drive her message home.
She has since given birth to an adorable baby girl and continues the good fight now as a new postpartum mama. I would confidently refer any of my clients to her website or social media accounts for more information about cannabis in pregnancy and in the postpartum period. Check out her resources below!
Oov: What did you do before you got involved in the cannabis industry?
Keira: I moved to America in 2014 after spending 7 years in Tokyo, Japan. There I modeled and for the last couple years taught English. When I moved to California, I started a gluten free baking wholesale company and sold gluten-free baked goods to cafes/restaurants in Orange county.
Oov: How did you get into cannabis? Where did it all start?
Keira: Late 2014, I feel ill and was taking up to 10 prescribed medications along with three inhalers that I had to have on me at all times. Once the doctors put an expiration date on me, I made the choice to try other alternatives. My husband gave me a 2:1 (Cannatonic) joint telling me that he heard cannabis helps with a variety of ailments and perhaps could help relieve my symptoms. After smoking the whole joint myself, I slowly but steadily regained my health. A joint a day kept the doctor and the pharmaceutical drugs away.
My husband’s friend got a job at Weedmaps shortly after and I brought in some of my gluten free mini donuts infused with the cannatonic strain. Weedmaps loved the donuts and wanted to have me host a cooking show, where I taught patients how to infuse and make delicious edibles!
Oov: What would you say has been the most difficult aspect of being in this industry? What are some roadblocks?
Keira: Everyone is learning as they go. It’s a tough industry to stay in and remain focused. I frequently forget this industry is somewhat illegal. I would say the outdated laws and regulations would be the biggest roadblock. Also, the lack of education on the cannabis plant really stunts growth and makes it difficult to branch out to other ventures.
Oov: What motivates you to be a leader in your niche?
Keira: The need. I advocate the potential use of cannabis as an alternative medicine while pregnant or breastfeeding. I feel like I am in a place where I can focus on streamlining the information and answering questions women have on the topic. There aren’t many sources to go to and most women are scared to even consider an alternative in fear of legal repercussions or Child Protective Services involvement. I wish to create a safe, reliable (to some extent), and educational resource for women to utilize during a very life changing, vulnerable, and precious point in their lives.
Also working with other ‘Canna-Mama’ organizations, for example, Kelley U. Bruce – Executive Director of CannaMommy.org, she is a powerhouse and makes it her mission to provide women with education, alternatives, and support. I am also working with Kaycee Lei Cuesta, founder of The Cannavist Mom. She advocates for a mother’s right to choose cannabis both recreationally as well as medically, including but not limited to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Oov: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to break into the industry?
Keira: Don’t. Haha! No, if you want to be in the cannabis industry my advice is you can’t do it alone. Even if you have been in the industry for a few years prior, we have reached the point where you have to collaborate and merge with other businesses in order to survive. Know your strengths and see who’s looking. There are numerous opportunities for partnerships and collaborations. Now is the time to work together if we are going to survive the years to come.
Oov: If you are a parent, how do talk to your kids about cannabis? If not, was there a “coming out of the cannabis closet” moment for you?
Keira: To answer the first question, I think about this constantly! I am a mom-to-be (6 more weeks to go) and I believe in open communication and really explaining what cannabis is with a non-biased approach. With that, I feel my child can make her own decisions.
For the second question, I am an orphan and so the term ‘coming out’ doesn’t apply to me. I had some friends that didn’t understand why I smoked and were confused why I choose cannabis over pharmaceuticals. I explained my reasons and let them do what felt most comfortable. I didn’t experience any push back and even if I did, I knew what I was doing and I was happy, wasn’t hurting anyone, and got my health back. To me, that is all that matters. Cannabis is as normal to me as eating vegetables. With proper education, and if applied correctly, cannabis really is just like any other herb or vegetable. #normalization
Oov: Tell us about your first experience with cannabis.
Keira: My very first experience was when I was 18 years old in Portland, OR. I was walking home from OHSU hospital. My friend just overdosed on heroin. I stayed with him when they cut off his life support and until his last moments. I was completely frozen over, couldn’t feel, think, or see. I somehow did manage to make it home and sat in front of the couch. My roommate came home and he could tell something was wrong. He made me dinner, played my favorite movie ‘Lord of the Rings’, and rolled me a joint. I smoked, ate my dinner, and watched the twin towers. Cannabis relaxed me and helped me deal with my feelings. I opened up and was able to process my emotions.
I moved to Tokyo, Japan 2 weeks after my friend’s death. I sold all my belongings, packed a suitcase and bought a one-way ticket.
Oov: Favorite strain/product on the market right now and why? (Other than your own)
I love Kind Water as well! It is 9.5 pH, CBD infused with three added terpenes (Alpha-Pinene, Limonene, and Linalool)
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