A trip to Pappy & Harriet's to see the band Gram Rabbit was Barbie's first visit to the desert. From then, she would travel back and forth for a number of years between the desert and a corporate job in Orange County - that's a long ride for the love of the desert.
After a medical diagnosis in 2008, Barbie Sommars sought alternative methods of healing and pain management and came to cannabis. She's moved from patient to activist to educator on her journey and was instrumental in forming the Orange County Chapter of Women Grow and produces cannabis-infused Moonlit Movable Feasts through her High Dining club a division of Mary Jane University. Barbie also founded Faerie Jane, a cannabis lifestyle brand, celebrating cannabis awareness and activism through the art of adornment.
In this episode, Barbie helps the uninitiated understand a bit about hemp and marijuana, the differences between the two and the biological reasons it's helping so many people with or without ailments. She also shares a bit about some of the products she promotes and the jewel-like blown-glass pieces she offers as an homage to the underground glass makers - the full story on that is in a film called Degenerate Art.
Photo credit for Barbie's photo: @sumakoartist