We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Kershberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, how do you think about risk?
Researchers have made incredible strides in treating Alzheimer’s with THC, epilepsy with CBD, post-traumatic stress disorder with psilocybin, and so much more. The cannabis and CBD space may seem oversaturated from the metropolitan bubbles, but in reality, there’s a long road to accurately educating the public on a national level, just ask Uncle Mike in South Carolina.
At the Flower Pot, we believe in the curative power of plants — for everyone. And as the founder, I have to be loud about it, especially now.
The Flower Pot challenges the status quo to change the landscape of modern care. Medical breakthroughs using plant compounds drive us to dedicate the mission of our business to the future of plant remedies as a whole.
Blending the scientific and the sacred, I prioritize plant-based products for health, relief, nourishment, beauty, pleasure and happiness. Plain ol’ joy, too. I aim to create a safe and reliable space to explore and experiment with therapeutic botanicals, despite federal prohibition. Someday, I plan to offer THC, psilocybin, and other plant-based wellness products to our community.
I’m here, a part of the collective whole, to drive the revolution in plant medicine in every way I can. I know what’s right. All plants, together in the entourage. I take risks to help plant remedies reach previously excluded demographics. And I’ve successfully been able to provide plant power to many women in their 40’s and 50’s, opening new doors for non-prescription healing.
Despite cultural shifts, people remain confused about cannabis and CBD. The industry is rampant with junky, low-quality CBD products available at gas stations and other retailers. Consumers need a trusted, educational space for thoughtfully-presented, transparent information. Research is queen. That’s where TFP comes in.
TLDR; I’d risk it all to get the plant remedies to the people who need them the most.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Flower Pot was entirely built by women. My nature-based shop is a carefully cultivated selection of effective, luxurious offerings made by a community of women healers, herbalists, entrepreneurs, and educators revolutionizing plant medicine.
I aim to bring the top healing and self-care remedies to everyone. I’ve been able to proudly embrace one derivative in particular — cannabidiol (CBD )— for its calming and pain-relieving properties. CBD is a miracle, in that it can help you sleep, soothe your nerves, and even calm your pets.
When I stock a product, I believe in it completely and I know that its creators do as well. The majority of our offerings are centered around the needs of women and people with uteruses, made by healers who expertly blend ancient folk remedies with modern science. I seek out and select brands leading the charge to make the industry more transparent, environmentally friendly, equitable, and most of all – move with integrity.
Our collective of brands de-stigmatizes health issues and builds community around nature-based solutions to sex, PMS, period pain, hormonal imbalances and more. And in delivering these remedies, I make sure the traditions, origins and individuals behind the product are respected and recognized. More than just a serum, salve or suppository, my offerings bring people closer to feeling comfortable in their bodies, while helping to stimulate businesses with shared passion, heart and ethics.
The Flower Pot proudly prioritizes products from female entrepreneurs, but our existence is not without challenges. Every day, I balance the business in an unstable market, front-loading inventory and wearing many many hats. Even the ability to process a payment is an ongoing constant struggle as CBD is still banned in a handful of states, but we refuse to give up. Though we collaborate with dozens of creatives and consultants, it’s still a single woman running the entire venture.
In truth, we’re very much a startup. I believe fellow female founders in the movement have to be relentless about uplifting each other, and I’m always looking for new ways to provide mutual aid and support. Last year, it was tough to be stuck behind the monitor. I’m excited for the dissemination of the vaccine, so I can re-connect with our community as I embrace the herb internationally.
In 2021, I’m onboarding new brands in a nod to all plant modalities from around the world. No matter what, we’re always learning together, healing together.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’re early risers, so our first stop would absolutely be an iced coffee at Go Get ‘Em Tiger in Larchmont. We’d have a slow morning walk and talk, before heading to Silverlake Reservoir with the doggos. After we’re good and caffeinated, we could hit The Huntington – Gardens in Pasadena for a sunny taste of culture amongst the plants.
Our next stop would be a local brunch at Mediterranian-inspired Kismet for a healthy, high-quality meal.
If someone was looking for a fancy fulfilling jaunt, we’d have dinner at Hollywood classic Musso + Franks. Always selecting martinis and a medium-rare steak, for a quintessential LA experience. An evening visit to Sweet Flower would give my guests a cannabis dispensary experience with a massive quality selection. Currently obsessed with all WYLD gummies, vegan mega flavor range and consistently dosed, to wind up or down.
We’d groove to some live tunes at the Troubadour (dream show, LA locals Warpaint) or get a ticket to a big-time band at Wiltern before having a special, saucy nightcap in DTLA at Cana — the members-only rum bar for some salsa dancing – damn to be among sweaty humans these days – we lust.
Plus, we always recommend enjoying a femme-focused fitness class at The Wall with Lacey Stone.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’d like to highlight Ariel Clark, a cannabis lawyer pioneering industry-wide change with her firm Clark Howell. Next, we’re proud to work with Kimberly Dillon, who is a vibrant CBD guru and long-time mentor. She founded FRIGG, a Black-owned beauty brand infusing personal care with plant powers.
When it comes to healers, Lyndsey Romero is a life-changing acupuncturist blending the most effective ancient modalities for everything from fertility to anxiety to chronic pain. Alexandria Cadiz is an architectural + interior design goddess creating beautiful species at Studio Cadiz (I can only hope she will one day design my dream home), and my long time confidant and creative bestie Ashley Carucci is a writer, journalist and photographer, whose work intends to champion human rights, LGBTQIA rights and accessibility to plant medicine.
All images by: Ashley Carucci https://www.instagram.com/ashleycarucci/