Khadisha Thornhill (aka MsWeedWiki) is founder and CEO of the Afro Cannada Budsistas, an online space created and dedicated to the normalization of cannabis use for Black women in Canada. Using her skills developed during 3 years of helping to grow another significant online community for Black moms, the Afro Cannada Budsistas has now grown to over 850 members and an Instagram following of over 3000 followers and growing. In addition to promoting theme days and education about cannabis use, Khadisha also runs a virtual chat on Zoom called the Budsistas Mental Health Check-in for Black women across North America to share cannabis online while discussing their wins and their losses trying to manage mental health in an overwhelmingly triggering outside environment. Our ongoing mental health peer support group was featured in a recent report commissioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada as a much-needed community resource for Black women needing information and support regarding cannabis and their mental health. [Amplifying Black Experiences in Cannabis & Mental Health]
Outside of the Facebook group’s intimate online space, the Afro Cannada Budisistas have their own website www.afrocannadabudsistas.com where they promote blogposts, educational videos on how to use cannabis accessories and Khadisha’s own special baby: the MsWeedWiki SPEAKS Podcast, which features interviews chronicling the cannabis journey, passions and endeavours of amazing individuals in the North American cannabis space. We’ve also launched a monthly newsletter and our brand new Budsistas Boutique so please visit our website and make sure to subscribe!
In addition, Khadisha is an active board member of EduCanNation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a strong standard of cannabis education for medical patients and recreational users at large having completed the Cannabis Industry Specialization program at Durham College and will be looking at further ways to combine her 20+ years of insurance claims litigation experience to assist businesses in developing alternative dispute resolutions for the cannabis space. Khadisha is also passionately committed to advocating for better medical cannabis coverage for patients across Canada by working on finding real solutions to eliminating the barrier of access to cannabis medication created by Canadian extended health benefits providers and property casualty insurance carriers.