Safe Use of Plant Medicine is Key
High There! 👋
I’m Emily Desjardins, creator of Plant Medicine Mama. It’s so nice to meet you!
I started my first website ‘Marijuana Mama 420’ in 2019, shortly after legalization in Canada. I started it in the hopes of teaching people how to grow their own cannabis at home. As my website grew, so did I. I expanded my horizons and wanted to include more about microdosing psilocybin mushrooms & all natural DIY recipes on my website. I wanted to change the name because I wasn’t just writing about cannabis exclusively anymore. Plus, it may improve my reach on social media because of the way they’ve been treating cannabis accounts in recent years.
Plant Medicine Mama’s goal is to help break the stigma around parents using plant medicines for their mental health and general wellness. My mission is to educate others on safe use of plant medicines as well as how to grow your own medicine. I try to offer enough information about safe use of plant medicines so that people can make their own informed decision about whether or not it would be beneficial for them. People should know that there are other options available to help with their mental health besides traditional medicine.
But, people should consider their doctors recommendations as well. If your doctor suggests a medication for depression, anxiety, or ADD/ADHD, for example, take time to consider that the benefits could outweigh the potential side effects. I’m not a doctor or medical professional, nor do I claim to be. I simply want to talk about my personal experiences using plant medicines for my mental health in hopes of helping someone else too. I also understand that cannabis, CBD and microdosing psilocybin are not for everyone and not beneficial for everyone either.
Holistic Approach to Health & Wellness
Taking a holistic approach to your health means looking at your health in all its aspects: Physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual. When you approach your health in a way that considers all aspects of your health, you can utilize many different methods to support your health. Trying to make sure that you’re healthy in all aspects of your health is helpful because it is all connected. For example, taking care of your physical health is also beneficial for your emotional, intellectual & mental health.
My Healing Journey
I have been using cannabis for my mental health and migraines for a total of 10 years. After having my son in 2017, a combination of loss of self and continued sleep deprivation had me searching for something to deal with my depression and lack of energy. This lead me to begin microdosing psilocybin in November of 2020. I had great success microdosing psilocybin mushrooms for my mental health and the month long regimen had long lasting effects (roughly 1 year).
I have been dealing with depression since my teens. I have been through my fair share of trauma. I was sexually assaulted, in a volatile & abusive relationship and addicted to ecstacy, all before the age of 18. This lead to depression that I started treating with cannabis. It worked great for a long time, that is, until my son was born. The extra stress of being a new mom, the new responsibilities and no time for myself caused my depression to get worse.
It can be very difficult to cope with the feelings of not feeling like yourself anymore. Pair that with fact that my son didn’t sleep more than about 3-4 hours until he was about 3 years old. I struggled with only feeling like a mom & a wife, but not Emily. I couldn’t even bring myself to do the things that I normally loved doing. I started experimenting with using a combination of cannabis, microdosing psilocybin and CBD. Luckily, I was able to get relief when I used them in combination.
Growing My Own Medicine
I’ve been growing my own cannabis since legalization in Canada in October 2018. When growing my cannabis, I try to mimic nature whenever possible. This starts with using organic supersoil or living soil. I mainly use organic dry amendments for nutrients for my plants. I also use many D.I.Y. nutrient recipes made with simple ingredients from home that you likely have already. I collect and use rain water for my plants, as well. I offer all the base information needed to start growing your own organic cannabis on this website.
I believe that people should have the ability to grow their own medicine. I understand that not all people can grow cannabis in their current situation, but I think everyone should know how to grow their own. It creates a whole new appreciation for the cannabis plant. Following a plant from seed to harvest is a truly magical experience. The amount of stress these plants can take and still make it to harvest is astonishing. Not to mention, that gardening is a therapeutic activity.
All Natural Hair & Skin Care
Last year, I started my journey of trying to reduce the toxic load in my body. I started slowly but eventually, I had replaced all my skin care & hair care products in my house with my own homemade, all natural skin care & hair care products. I wanted to share my recipes so that others can enjoy these all natural products too.