Self-proclaimed Perfectionist Calms Her Inner Critic With Floral Arrangements and Dosist

“So, uh, can I try?” I ask hesitantly, and more than once, during my stay at the Calm for Mom event co-hosted by cannabis-meets-wellness company Dosist and flower delivery darlings Matilda’s Bloombox, including the beautiful boxes florals with organization instructions are meant to put the blackest of thumbs at ease.

I feel the same apprehension looking at the range of pre-dosed cannabis pens as the boxes of beautiful flowers in front of me, unsure of the protocol for the two of them and equally afraid of ruining everything. I’m an unfortunate combination of a rare cannabis user (and flower arranger) and a debilitating perfectionist, which leads to a fun kind of paralysis when I come across a situation that I might fail at.

If the flower arrangement annoys you, try a dose of Calm.(Photograph by Caitlin Hannan)

I had already managed to fail several times: at the parallel parking in front of Harvest on Geary, the location of the Saturday afternoon event, and showing myself properly dressed, as my post-workout clothes didn’t necessarily blend in with the chic jumpsuits and plaid shirts I discovered in the back- equally elegant room of the dispensary. Needless to say, I was stressed out.

But the beauty of the changing dispensary and cannabis scene is that it has gone from what I remember as an approach almost exclusive of those unfamiliar with marijuana, to one where newbies and longtime users are. welcome; the goal doesn’t always have to be high, and cannabis is quickly emerging as the darling of the wellness scene.

What first struck me during the Calm for Mom event was the location. As someone who can count the number of times they have been to a dispensary on the one hand, I largely equate the experience with feeling stupid, doing things wrong and panicking when ordering. when I finally get to the first row (see failure above). Harvest on Geary exceeded my expectations. The interior is open and airy, with beautifully packaged and displayed products, knowledgeable staff eager to answer questions, and an overall sense of Zen that immediately put me at ease.

I saw Dose‘s vape thought in a dispensary or two in the past, and I’ve always been drawn to the chic packaging – hey, I’m a fan of good design – and general ethics, so I headed for it. ‘dedicated display, where I was able to chat with a Dosist representative about the brand and the benefits. Okay wait, I used edibles (and to be honest I wake up super groggy and sometimes a little still high) when there was a whole brand dedicated to providing the benefits of medicine based on it. cannabis in a controlled manner? Well I did it wrong, but this time I don’t feel like a failure.

Emily and Matt Boschetto, founders of our Bloombox Matilda.(Photograph by Caitlin Hannan)

Instead, I feel elated. While I timed Dosist on the Instagram feeds of a few wellness influencers, I’ve managed to miss the brand’s experience since its debut almost three years ago. And with a controlled dose of 2.25 milligrams in each of the brand’s six formulas, Dosist’s approach to cannabis is more in line with my feelings towards this product – let’s use it for targeted therapy rather than for a blast. Even better in my mind? Dosist is strain independent which means I don’t have to try to remember if I like indica or sativa or a hybrid (that might as well be the Pythagorean Theorem) when ordering.

Feeling empowered, I return to Harvest on Geary’s lounge – where you can soak up cannabis on the spot – but I’m immediately overwhelmed: there are beautiful flowers (not the cannabis kind, but freshly picked beauties), beautiful people. , nicely packaged products, and me: smelly Lycra and all. Even the decor seems to mock me, with powder-blue tufted sofas fitted with fur pillows and lit by chandeliers. My doubt is excessive: did I fail in presenting myself?

Luckily, Dosist’s chief wellness concierge, Sophie Stimola, is here to help me get comfortable with a sample of Calm, which has the highest concentration of CBD, at 1:10 of THC versus CBD. “Can I, uh, try?” I ask, with some trepidation. Even here I am afraid of failure because I have never used a vape pen. Fortunately, Stimola produces a mouth plug (used for hygiene in sampling situations) and tells me how to experiment with Dosist. Just inhale, and the minimalist packaging will emit an understated buzz when your dose is over. I’m shamelessly thrilled with the whole process and how I managed not to look like a total idiot while spitting out a smoke-induced cough.

Calm’s soothing cannabinoids do the trick and manage to calm my self-critical brain. Suddenly I emboldened myself with another request. “Can I, uh, try?” »I approach shyly Mathilde’s Bloombox founder Emily Boschetto. She welcomes me wholeheartedly to the arranging table, where they have arranged “Galini” boxes – which translate to peace, quiet and peaceful serenity in ancient Greek – to pair with Dosist’s Calm formula. Personalized Bloombox contains botanical sources of therapeutic terpenes that inspire calm, from myrcene found in bay leaf (great for anxiety and pain relief) to beta-caryophyllene reducing anxiety and inflammation in the body. rosemary.

I can’t tell if these are the botanical properties in my arrangement or the 1:10 CBD THC in Calm, but I’m instantly comfortable with the arrangement. All my fear of failure around the day’s event has dissipated, and I don’t even consider it a sign of my own failures when Boschetto comes to my arrangement to help me place flowers for the most aesthetic configuration. I a m calm. Whether it’s the calm Dosist, the welcoming surroundings of Harvest on Geary, or the essential oils and therapeutic terpenes from Matilda’s Bloombox, I don’t question it. Peace of mind is hard to come by these days, and if there’s anything to calm the voice that’s so eager to scream to fail! when i try something new i won’t ask too many questions. –Kristen haney

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Rosalie M. Dehner