Written and photographed by Kimberly Harris.
La Mota celebrates women in weed every day because the CEO Rosa Cazares supports a female dynamic within the cannabis industry by helping women grow within her company. Cazare believes femme represention is important for women to know that there is space for them within the industry. La Mota is growing quickly in Oregon with sixteen current locations and seven more on the way.
La Mota budtenders Spencer Duke, Anastasia Langford and Jeremy Mitchell walk us through how they see the companies role in representing women within the cannabis industry. The budtenders also share different ways that they use cannabis for personal care and enjoyment.
How does La Mota support a female dynamic within the cannabis industry?
Spencer: Rosa can be given credit for that. She always hires wonderful women who are knowledgeable. Girls are rocking it just as much as guys are in this industry. Our district manager is a female, I work with two other women and we are in the middle of hiring another lady.
Anastasia: I’m treated equally here because all that matters is what people bring to the table. Females are making moves in the industry by taking charge. At first I thought the industry was male-dominated, but a lot more females are becoming established within the industry.
Jeremy: The female presents here is definitely comforting to me. I feel like a woman’s presence can bring a more sane and nurturing environment. I don’t think there’s a stipulation of what gender identity is working and growing – just as long as they’re growing good weed.
What do you think about the feminine image that La Mota represents?
Spencer: I feel like there are so many women who use the products that if there were only males representing it might not make females feel comfortable enough to come in – we are out here too. Women are learning, growing, teaching and medicating within the industry.
Anastasia: La Mota celebrates women’s place within the industry. There needs to be more female representation because it’s not just guys that smoke.
Jeremy: The public might view dispensaries as a male-dominated industry but we work in a pretty diverse community. Women could be more self-conscious to come into a dispensary so having a female owner and more women working for our company could encourage more women to open up to us and feel comfortable shopping here.
How can cannabis help with menstrual pain?
Spencer: Cannabis is amazing for pain – I personally use a CBD bath bomb religiously because the CBD is helpful for my menstrual cramps. I swear if I would die if I didn’t have those sometimes.
Anastasia:I have customers who come in specifically for CBD when they’re cramping. Personally, I stick with the higher doses of CBD when I’m menstruating. It helps with my cramps and puts a little pep in my step because my period can make me feel sluggish.
Jeremy: I can understand how cannabis helps because it alleviates stress and could take some of the pain off. I’d recommend an Indica strain to help.
What’s a way you consume cannabis besides smoking?
Spencer: I like topicals because the effect can ease the tension in my neck. I have a traumatic brain injury so I have a headache 24/7 and using my cannabis-infused lotion gives me relief. There are so many medicinal uses for cannabis. I have something with cannabis in it for everything.
Anastasia: I really dig infusions. I like that there can be just about anything infused with cannabis. There are ways to make a fully medicated meal like barbeque, burgers and fries. I have a friend in California who does medicated meals on wheels and he brings medicated meals to customers.
Jeremy: Drinking it – my favorite drink is one with Adabinol, which is a syrup infused with cannabis. They use a live resin base and the high is a forceful kick.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?
Spencer: Blunts, I dab oil down the middle and put a pinch of flower on top of every blunt I roll. I’m a social smoker so I love rolling up a couple and passing them around.
Anastasia: I like concentrates. I really like the crumble, the diamonds and crystals that we have here at La Mota. My favorite way to dab is out of a banger and a rig.
Jeremy: I like to do a trifecta, which is drinking Ababinol, smoking flower and taking a dab because it gives me a nice buzz. My tolerance is so high that I have to do all three if I really want a good experience.