Confession time: I didn’t attend my first Pride till I was 20 years old, way back in ye olde 2011. I had already been (mostly) out for two years and both my hometown and college town had Pride festivities. But I was, in ways I could not quite articulate then, afraid. But with THC rolling through my system, I made it out to celebrate.
Cannabis, for queer people, can be a big deal. It’s long been part of the ways we care for ourselves, as evidenced by the way AIDS patients helped jumpstart the movement for legal medical cannabis in America. It’s how we relax with trusted friends. A way we unwind from the internal and external struggles that can sometimes make just existing feel like a chore.
As a community, we have trillions in spending power . So why not, this month (and every month,) use that power to support the brands and businesses of our people?
Last year, we covered eight incredible LGBTQIA+ cannabis companies, and now we’re back with six more companies who demonstrate not only the diverse and innovative ways cannabis can be enjoyed, but the queer excellence within the cannabis community.
Founded in 2016 by queer co-founders Karina Primelles and partner Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, Xula Herbs is a Latinx- and Black-owned hemp company based in Mexico City. Through a wide range of phenomenal CBD products, their mission is to “to dignify, amplify, and revive menopausal bodies, trans bodies, differently-abled bodies, nonbinary bodies, and all bodies left out of our society’s gaze.”
For Karina Primelles, their work in cannabis speaks to the core freedom of queerness.
“I see my queerness as a process of becoming, of finding greater freedom by being able to express myself authentically while letting go of societal norms and fear of judgement. Part of the medicine of cannabis is that it allows me to break from certain thinking patterns and expand the ways in which I relate to myself and others. In this way, I see cannabis as part of this journey of showing me and helping my process of becoming.”
Xula’s unique products like their ah! blend for calm + clarity and their solo hemp relief blend featuring full spectrum CBD and CBG, are derived from certified organic hemp grown on their farm in Southern Oregon, giving Xula the power to ensure top quality every step of the way.
Xula’s dedication to intersectional queer community goes beyond the product-level. Through their marketing efforts, Xula aims to “amplify and provide genuine visibility and representation to our communities.” On the distribution side, they’ve also created a network of very intentional relationships with vendors, including Latinx, BIPOC, queer, and women-led businesses.
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