Welcome to the “Cool Cannabis Careers” series. In it, I feature people who’ve built successful professions and big followings focusing on fun, interesting niches of the cannabis industry. In this edition, I’m featuring Rachel Wolfson, weed comedian and host of the podcast “Chronic Relief.”
When I first heard about Rachel getting into cannabis comedy, I instantly wondered: How does someone with a judge for a mother, a district attorney for a father, and a prosecutor for a sister, a.k.a. someone living in a “giant Law & Order episode,” get into this business?
A Long History With Meds
As it turns out, Rachel’s history with cannabis started when she was five years old, and diagnosed with ADHD, she says. At the time, she was prescribed Adderall and Ritalin to treat it.
At age 12, Rachel was given another diagnosis: bipolarity.
This meant she now had to also take Lithium to treat her condition.
“For as long as I could remember, the pills never made me feel right. I was supposed to be taking something to make me feel better but it only made me feel worse. By the time I was in my mid 20’s, anytime someone would mention an antidepressant, anti psychotic, or an anti-anxiety med, my response was ‘Oh yea, I’ve taken that!’”
By the time Rachel got to college, she was fed up of pharma drugs. This is when she started smoking cannabis. “I immediately remember liking the way it made me feel, but I also felt some shame behind it …