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CO | QA with The Cannabis Maven

Apr 07, 2017 03:30PM ● By Stephanie Wilson

Photo by Danielle Webster

The afternoon tea tradition originated in British high society in the 1800s, when a duchess and her well-to-do friends began gathering in the early afternoon to sip hot beverages and dine on fancy finger foods while lounging in low armchairs. Some historical references even dub the ritual “low tea,” according to NPR.

In modern-day Colorado, afternoon tea has now been elevated to mile-high standards. Susan Squibb, also known as the Cannabis Maven, founded Mother’s High Tea in 2011 to bring people together to celebrate women and mothers in the cannabis industry. The elegant annual tradition is a quintessential afternoon tea experience, complete with finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, delicate china, a sophisticated setting, a well-heeled crowd, and even an elaborate hat or two. The 5th annual Mother’s High Tea is taking place next month on May 12 at the McNichols Building. You still have time to get a ticket and find a fancy hat of your own.

Susan took a break from event planning to share her thoughts on life in Colorado.

Name // Susan Squibb
Age // 42
Occupation // Cannabis Maven, Mother’s High Tea Director, and freelance marijuana writer
Neighborhood // Denver
Originally from // Springfield, IL
Coloradan since // 1996
Motto // If you can dream it, you can do it!
Hero // Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Anita Roddick of The Body Shop, Ben & Jerry

Reading // Bust magazine, “Revolution” issue + Cannabis Cocktails Mocktails and Tonics + It’s Just Lunch Guide to Dating
Binging // Sitting for long periods of time in my new desk chair and working
Loving // Prince’s song catalog now on Spotify
If you didn’t live in Colorado, you’d … // be somewhere else

Neighborhood // Stapleton
Coffee Shop // Quince Essential Coffee off Colfax
Restaurant // The Cherry Tomato
Brunch Spot // Four Friends
Edible // Stillwater Tea and Coda Signature Truffles are my new favorites. Julie’s Natural Edibles, Incredibles, and Sweetgrass Kitchen make high quality edibles
Topical // The Root of It All Ointment at MiNDFUL, Mary’s Medicinals Muscle Freeze, and ioVia transdermal cream at Groundswell
Strain/Concentrate // My homegrown Pineapple Express or Sour Tangerine
Dessert // Chocolate Mousse Tort at Cherry Tomato
Salon /Spa // Corey Sutton Inc. in Boulder, Fauna Salon in Denver, R Luxury Nails in Cherry Creek
Boutique/Shopping // Plum Consignment and SOL
Hiking Trail // Eldorado Canyon trails
Park // Central Park
Ski Resort // Eldora Nordic Center
Local Getaway // Red Rocks
Workout /Gym // Denver Rec Centers
Go-To Place to Take Guests // Red Rocks
Your Happy Place // Red Rocks!

Q // Who first introduced you to cannabis? How old were you?
A // When I was 18, my boyfriend was a stoner.

Q // Did your parents find out?
A // Yes, my Mom found out eventually.

Q //
Whatcha call it? Cannabis, marijuana, pot, weed, devil’s lettuce …
A // Cannabis, ganja, pot, marijuana.

Q // What was the first Denver dispensary you visited? What did you buy?
A // I don’t remember my first dispensary visit, but I was at 3D Cannabis Center for the first official
recreational sale on January 1, 2014. That experience was a highlight of my life! I had the owner, Toni Fox, sign my pre-roll package. I also bought a Dixie Elixir.

Q // What’s your favorite way to elevate?
A // I like topicals. I am fascinated by all the new non-intoxicating cannabinoid therapeutic products. Flower is my go-to favorite. I like my Pax vaporizer from Healthy Headie Lifestyles for a healthier consumption option to smoking.

Q // How’s it make you feel?
A // Relaxed and comfortable.

Q // Munchie style: are you more of a savory or a sweet snacker?
A // I gotta thing for sweetness.

Q // What’s your favorite thing to do after using cannabis?
A // Dancing and enjoying a live show, hiking or cross country skiing, wandering around an art museum.

Q // What’s on your playlist?
A // I have a Mother’s High Tea playlist with 80+ empowering songs by women. I love the jazz and
specialty programming on KUVO. Lately, I listen to Prince, Leonard Cohen, and Trombone Shorty.

Q // Can you roll a joint?
A // Busted! I’m a horrible joint roller. I need a rolling machine, when I do.

Q // Got any advice for anyone new to cannabis?
A // Be in a comfortable place, have healthy snacks at the ready, and for God’s sake don’t eat more
than a 10 mg edible at one sitting!