When you first hear the word “nuns”, you usually associate that word with images of pious women in equally severe back-and-white habits. Or maybe stern faces watching you in the middle of some mischief. Okay, maybe even “Sister Act”.
But Cannabis? Now you can.
The Sisters of The Valley are a non-religious order committed to growing marijuana to create medicinal tinctures and salves. With their farm based in Merced County, California, these “nuns” toil ceaselessly with utmost cheer amid the thriving stalks of five-fingered greens.
When Darcy Johnson and Christine Meeusen, known as Sister Darcy and Sister Kate, respectively, are asked whether they are real nuns or not, Sister Kate chuckles. “When people say, ‘Well, they’re not real nuns,’ my answer is there are no nuns. They’re going extinct in this country,” Sister Kate told Tech Insider. “If you look up what makes up a sister, there are five elements. … We live together, we wear the same clothes, we take a vow of obedience to the moon cycles, we take a vow of chastity (which we don’t think requires celibacy), and a vow of ecology, which is a vow to do no harm while you’re making your medicine.”
“We spend no time on bended knee, but when we make our medicine it’s a prayerful environment,” Sister Kate explained further.
They say that the marijuana they grow is free of THC, the substance that gives a high when consumed. The salves and tinctures are made with cannabidiol (CBD), which is an active ingredient in cannabis, which they assure can bring relief from migraine, tooth ache, diaper rash, skin infections, and many other ailments. The Sister of the Valley line aims to provide pain relief, healing, and calm to customers.
However, ban from the city council looming overhead threatens their healing work. “Yes! It’s frustrating to me that there are these people with negative attitudes about something that is truly God’s gift,” Sister Darcy says.
Watch The sisters of The Valley create their medicine in the video below:
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