I recently had the pleasure of sharing my story with the This is Jane Project. Find it here: https://www.thisisjaneproject.com/post/how-trauma-informed-cannabis-consumption-led-me-to-my-hip-life
This is Jane has a few different creation stories. The concept came after discussing childhood sexual trauma during a photo shoot for Cannabis for Breakfast, a blog and wellness platform Shannon Groomes, Founder started after realizing the healing benefits of medicating with cannabis.
So why “Jane”?
The name, This is Jane, came after describing the project to two other women in the cannabis space back in 2018.
Shannon shared about the power and healing she was able to harness after that experience. She knew that if women had a space to discuss the trauma they’ve experienced, or are experiencing; one that allowed for the safe and conscious consumption of medicinal cannabis and surrounded by other women—that there would certainly be magic to document.
This is Jane Project was born when Shannon realized just how powerful that documentation process could be in the normalization and de(stigmatization) of trauma-informed cannabis consumption.
What is it all about?
What about womxn’s trauma?
Why is it still too taboo to discuss:
- racial and ethnic trauma
- poverty experienced by women
- intimate-partner violence
Survivors of trauma depend on social acceptance and the support of the communities they occupy. Telling our stories, through a variety of mediums, they plan to destigmatize conversations around that trauma, healing, and medicating with cannabis.
A note from This is Jane
We are a safe space for any self-identified woman to courageously bring voice to topics otherwise left unmentioned. This multimedia project includes intimate, donation based events, a nationwide black and white photo-activism campaign and ultimately, a feature documentary production telling our stories.
So we tell our stories not only in homage to our personal and collective healing via plant medicine, BUT also to end the stigma around discussing the horrific things that happen to womxn all over this world every day and how survivors can relearn to navigate life with the help of cannabis.
Because that’s what we’re talking about here: consuming cannabis as an alternative to, or in collaboration with, other healing interventions aimed at helping one confront, overcome, and heal trauma.
The sexual-assault survivor. The daughter of a narcissist. The first-generation Mexican American coexisting between two vastly different worlds, cultures, and identities.
It’s all trauma and we’re here to create and document radically honest conversations around those traumas.
All of them.
We don’t rank traumas at #thisisjaneproject; rather we create + document safe spaces for womxn to have these necessary and healing conversations.
Our doors are open to any woman who’s struggling.
Are you looking for a point of healing and interested in what they are doing?
Have you experienced trauma and tried to manage it yourself?
Maybe you’re not 100% clear that what you’ve experienced is trauma.
Events happening soon in: Portland, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Santa Monica, & more…
Interested in how you can be a part of the community or hosting an event in your city?
A lifelong storyteller, Shannon believes that when we tell our stories, even the dark ones, we use storytelling as a form of activism. Based in the LA area, Shannon is a writer, activist, and founder of #thisisjaneproject
This is Jane Project is founded by Shannon DeGrooms, Bri Smith, & Dr. Michele Ross