Two women with a strong interest in the healing powers of marijuana have fascinated the country by ordaining themselves as nuns, starting their own order and creating a business that offer marijuana based healing products.
Sister Darcy and Sister Kate are a perfectly matched pair, down to their matching nun habits and affinity for advocating for cannabis. The ladies have created a line of topical salves, tinctures, and oils made from hemp, a type of cannabis plant that contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
They argue that the therapeutic effects of cannabis can heal a variety of ailments including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
“No matter what we read about cannabis in the last 20 years, we didn’t listen to it,” Sister Kate told Tech Insider. “Because we knew we were dealing with a healing plant. We knew, intuitively, without having the science [to back us], that it was being demonized.”
The pair, along with their entire order, called Sisters of The Valley, which is located in California, are working to create a more acceptable reputation for their products. Sister Kate told Tech Insider that she believes only women can transform the image of cannabis into a well-respected treatment which is why their organization is a women only group.
“[Women] are born with a natural gift for healing. It’s something we carry with us somewhere tucked right near the vagina,” she said. “That is innate. It’s empowered. It’s a wisdom we know.”
Although their sisterhood can only be joined by women, men do support the cause in a variety of ways.
“We make all the decisions. We have all the authority,” Sister Kate said over the noise of two college-aged kids banging pots and pans in the kitchen. “All of the men support that concept.”