We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlin Flynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaitlin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Being involved in cannabis always carries a risk- judgement of others, potential legal issues, loss of friends. But there’s also a lot of upside. Through risking taking a stand as a cannabis advocate I’ve found a new community and more confident in myself and my opinions and values. I think starting The Pot Moms Podcast when I did was really the universe telling me that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and create something that would allow others to have a comfort zone around the subject. I remember my mom specifically being worried about it because some employers might not consider me for a job after hearing my thoughts on weed. A moment of clarity, I responded with, “Why would I want to work for a company that doesn’t trust me to make the best decisions for my own health and well-being?” I’ve been to numerous corporate funded events where alcohol is present, yet a choice I make in my free time would be looked down upon. It’s time for people to understand that different isn’t scary, it’s just different. There is a lot to be learned about cannabis and how it interacts with the body. By legalizing it, we can secure funding for research to be done on how it impacts our bodies. By talking about it, I hope to have listeners better understand the plant, and that my kids won’t have to deal with the stigma if they choose to consume cannabis.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
After deciding to start the podcast, I had to learn how to create, record, edit, market, and distribute a podcast. I dove right into the internet and found out what an RSS feed was. As for learning to edit, it was a passion and a pain. I finally learned some efficiencies by creating a template of sorts and got better at creating an easy flow. The reason I love doing the podcast, in addition to the awesome people I’ve met, has been the laughs along the way. It’s a reminder that it’s ok to laugh and looking stupid doesn’t mean anything if you don’t let it. Just be yourself and learn about cannabis along the way. Ha.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Walking in the canals in Venice. I love how different it is from the beach a few blocks away. Have lunch at Butcher’s Daughter and then walk to the MadMen down the street. Then head down Abbott Kinney for some window shopping before munching out on healthy junk food from Erehwon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a shout out to Lo, from the cannabis brand Heylo. She was one of the first people in the industry that I connected with and I was immediately in awe of her- and not because she could easily say the word “cannibidiol”. She knew them make up of the plant, how it reacts in different situations and honestly probably more than I ever WILL know about cannabis. And she always takes time to talk about it. Her delivery is so digestible. She’s a part of the future of cannabis! I also have to give a shout out to Blunt Blazin’ Mama Shonitria, and the ladies at Pot Smoking Moms Podcast for being fellow early adapters and for having great content!
Grace Murray at @heydudegraphics