Today we’d like to introduce you to Bianca Blanche.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bianca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my career in cannabis five years ago. I’d moved from NYC to LA and started working as a budtender for a dispensary in West Hollywood – it was quite the change of pace from my previous job in the bridal industry. My curiosity and desire to learn more about cannabis stemmed from my personal relationship with the plant. Although I grew up in the times of “D.A.R.E.” I was never fully convinced that cannabis was this horrible substance that might ruin my life. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t!! If anything, cannabis has been a catalyst for my soul’s growth. It’s been a powerful tool for self-love and a great source of creativity. Not to mention cannabis has introduced me to a community of like-minded individuals; a lot of whom are my favorite people on Earth. It’s also taught me a great deal about life, including the horrifying reality of our judicial system and our country’s desperate need for prison + criminal justice reforms. The reality is cannabis justice is racial justice. Affluent individuals, mainly white men, shouldn’t be allowed to benefit from it while others, specifically people of color, sit in jail cells for the exact same thing. It’s wildly hypocritical.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m not sure if anything worth pursuing and fighting for is ever “smooth”. Life is meant to be bumpy. That’s how a lot of us learn. I definitely faced criticism from a few family members and friends due to my career choice. But they’ve all come around since then. I think the more people educate themselves, the better. Especially about the history of cannabis because it’s so rich. I’ve taken the time to do my research and this knowledge has been a cornerstone to changing other’s perceptions.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Aside from budtending and being a healer, I consider myself a storyteller and a lover of stories. My favorite thing is being a space (and sometimes a channel) for others to express themselves. But just to be clear, I didn’t go to school for Journalism. I originally began journaling during a difficult time in my life and this outlet for processing my emotions just sorta grew from there. Basically, I fell into writing, fell in love with it and decided to fake it until I made it…which I’m technically still working on. My experience as a budtender naturally lent itself to my growth as a cannabis journalist and I’ve had the opportunity to write for several cannabis platforms ever since.
Currently, I’m taking voice over classes (which I love) and hope to create a demo someday soon. It’s a lot of fun and I think it’s a skill I might be able to blend with my cannabis experience.
I just enjoy trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone. I’m also in the process of developing a children’s book about self-love which is inspired by my own childhood experience with fat-shaming and bullying.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Okay, so this might sound crazy but I’m the type of person who takes blind leaps of faith. Like, I’m a firm believer in following your heart and doing what makes you happy. Life is way too short to live it for other people. Plus, it’s not fun that way. It’s so important to take chances, believe in yourself and follow your own blueprint. Even when things don’t end up how you pictured, you can find gratitude for the experience itself.
- Website: https://www.biancablanche.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestonedjournalist/
Photos by Amarika Chavez