The Kristen of 8 years back would be absolutely horrified to hear what I’m doing now. Growing up, I did everything I could to be a “good kid.” I got good grades, never talked in class, and spent my free time in youth group and on mission trips. Never did I touch drugs or alcohol all throughout high school; I remember hurriedly leaving a party once when I found out there were illicit substances present.
After trying it and realizing just how wrong I had been, I noticed that it offered unparalleled relief for my chronic upper back pain, migraines, and anxiety and that it was helping me take better care of myself — something I have always struggled with. Cannabis became an integral part of my self-care routine, and I found that I was eating healthier, exercising more, and sleeping better than ever before. Cannabis brought me out of my anxious head long enough to pay attention to what my body was craving, and it gave me the strength to both listen and respond to its needs.
It was about a year later when I heard the story of Charlotte Figi, a little girl whose some 300 grand mal seizures per week were being subdued with CBD oil. By the end of reading this article, I found myself completely distraught over the public’s backlash against her parents for giving her a “drug.” Now, I was a nerd and done the research; I fully understood that this child’s parents weren’t getting her “high” — but coming from the background I do, I also understood the public’s concerns. It was at that point that I became passionate about helping change the way people perceive this plant.
I entered the cannabis industry as a graphic designer back in 2014 and began doing freelance work for cannabis startups all over the world. The more I traveled to legal states and learned about the healing potential of this plant, the more I wanted to find a way to talk about it in my home, a small-town in conservative, prohibition Missouri. At the time, there really wasn’t a resource that I felt comfortable sending my grandmother or neighbor down the street to that wasn’t going to make seem like a “stoner” or incriminate me in some way — so that’s when I created Hempsley.
Hempsley is a Wellness Guidance company that specializes in visual communication and experience design for natural wellness education. We create educational content and print materials, host hands-on Wellness Workshops, and do in-depth product reviews of nationally accessible products. My ultimate goal with Hempsley is to help normalize cannabis as just another wellness tool and make the information more approachable to those being introduced to the concept of cannabis being medicine for the very first time.
There are lots of people out there that have heard great things about CBD but have a lot of confusion over the legalities, how to consume it, and whether or not it’s safe. We break things down in a way that anyone can understand, and most importantly, in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the reader. This is great for both the new consumer as well as cannabis enthusiasts who want to learn how to share this information with people in their lives — no matter how conservative they may be. Because we only talk about nationally accessible hemp products alongside other natural wellness tools such as essential oils, herbs, and nutrition, you can feel comfortable sharing this content with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers in your life.
Our mission is to empower you with knowledge so that you can begin taking better care of yourself and your loved ones. We consistently publish new educational articles, reviews, and recipes on our website and social platforms, but we also offer printed materials for those that want to physically hand this information to someone in their life who could use it. A few of our articles offer free print-ready files at the bottom, and we have high-quality printed brochures and flyers available in our shop alongside some informational artwork and versatile herbal blends. We’ll also be launching our new app in August that will be full of mini e-books introducing a variety of topics such as the endocannabinoid system, terpenes, and more so that you can have this information right at your fingertips to learn from and share!!
As much as my personal quality of life has increased since discovering cannabis, I know that there are so many other patients out there whose lives literally depend on having safe access to this medicine. My hope is that Hempsley can help de-stigmatize this plant so that patients aren’t shamed for their medicine and so that those who are suffering can be educated about all the natural wellness tools that are available to them — cannabis and otherwise.