Today we’d like to introduce you to Colette, Zoe and Mackenzie Berube.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
We are three sisters from the East Coast looking to break the stigma and prove you can be a productive person in society while also using cannabis. We all live together in Los Angeles and work together at The Higher Path in Sherman Oaks. We have started a personal blog of cannabis on Instagram called Sist3rdope – we wish to promote healthy use and habits with cannabis and prove you can be a functional person in society who also loves cannabis! Education is a huge part of our dreams and goals, especially since we use cannabis for mental health, women issues and recreationally. We thrive working together and when it comes to research, we really make sure when we are testing a product we understand why people would want it (or not want it). Whether it is for health or for fun, we think it’s important for people to feel empowered by their cannabis use because we believe this plant is truly magic AND the future. It has so many more benefits then cons. Although we are currently budtenders, we are looking to expand our knowledge and share our love with many more people, whether through our Instagram or elsewhere.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
We feel we are in the beginning stages of our journey and there are a lots of ups and downs. Currently, we are living in the same place and working together – we love each other, but it’s a lot. Mackenzie (youngest) just moved to Los Angeles in August of 2020. We had been dreaming of working together and supporting each other our whole lives so we took the chance! We drove across country from Massachusetts to California and that in itself was a struggle. Believe us, it was fun, but we drove 3000 miles in 4 days! Our struggles mainly come from family-related issues and us trying to grow together as adults even though we grew up many years apart. Essentially, we as sisters are meeting each other for the first time in a while, learning to live and work together while also creating a cannabis brand as women. We love each other so much and just want to succeed as a family and show that women can be as knowledgeable as men are in the industry.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
All three of us are budtenders at The Higher Path in Sherman Oaks. Our specialty begins with cannabis edibles due to our high tolerances, but we also love smoking flowers and dabbing occasionally. Each of us takes classes monthly at work, focusing on different elements of the cannabis industry each time (whether science-related or selling). What sets us apart from a lot of budtenders is our willingness to try. We are not scared to try anything cannabis-related – tincture, flower, chocolate, pill – you name it, we’ve tried it. We find it very hard to sell if we do not personally know how it makes us feel. We are also grateful that our bodies are so accepting of thc, cbd, thca, cbda, etc. Not only this, but we hope to share our experiences with those through our Instagram and podcast – maybe even reaching those in states where it’s not quite legal yet, to educate about cannabis, whether thats talking about the health benefits of it or discussing the incarcerations of black men and women in the U.S. where so many white people (including us) walk around free, promoting it outwardly. Nothing about cannabis is truly worth celebrating until EVERY single person in prison for non-violent cannabis crimes are freed.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Being authentic and honest has gotten us this far, and that will always be our first advice. Just be honest. Being anyone but yourself creates issues and it’s hard to keep up with. Every single idea about the company and cannabis that we have had we have brought to The Higher Path, or anyone else influential, and began working on it. Life is far too short and we as sisters have decided, especially with the tragedy of COVID-19 occurring, it is now or never. Reach out to as many people as you can because that is how you get connections. If you do not ask then you will never get an answer, and if you are passionate then people WILL believe in you!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: sist3rdope
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