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Barbie Cyr – From Medical Patient to Budtender

“The doctors did not want me to use Cannabis... but once I had my medical card, they had to accept it."

Barbie grew up in Essex, and as her mother became disabled when she was 13 years old, she found herself juggling roles as both a student and a caretaker. Seeing her mother in pain throughout her life – and then seeing her life change because of Cannabis – was incredible to witness and inspired Barbie to make a change as well. Before long, they became patients together and began to visit the shop Barbie now works in today – Green Goods in Baltimore.

What was the reason you tried Cannabis?
I struggle with anxiety, and have had a hair-pulling disorder since I was 10 years old. Basically, when you get stressed out you pull your hair out – and I struggled with that for a very long time. I saw using Cannabis was an escape from that mentally, and with street Cannabis, you could not hone in on the effects you desire.

Did Cannabis help you with your weight-loss journey?
Yes! I was working a sedentary job and it was so boring staring at the same four walls and people every day. Physically, I was limited to certain things like not being able to stand for long periods of time. I decided I wanted to take control of my life and began exploring options with weight-loss surgeries. I had a gastric sleeve that caused me nothing but problems and then after they did a bypass, I have seen incredible success and results. The doctors did not want me to use Cannabis before or after my surgery, but once I had my medical card, they had to accept it. Now I like to say I’m running circles around my old self. 

Does anyone in your family use Cannabis, other than your mom?
When I got into the program as a patient, my grandmother still called it ‘dope’ – which really got under my skin. I said right then and there I would end the stigma for her. Now she is a patient – she uses topicals and edibles mostly. She is so funny, we have come into the dispensary with a specific list and then I look over and she is ordering a dozen other things. My stepdad was completely against it as well – he used to dump street Cannabis down the toilet. Now he is using edibles and vapes and I couldn’t be happier about it.

What are some of your hobbies?
I love to do makeup – that’s one of my favorite things. Being in a different body for most of my life, makeup was something that was one-size-fits-all … I didn’t have to worry if it wasn’t going to fit me or come in my size. Cannabis has always been a hobby of mine of course. I have also been dabbling in photography and it’s exciting to learn new things as I go.

Did you vote ‘Yes’ on Question 4, and why?
Absolutely yes. I want to see where Maryland’s program can go – I’ve been seeing it change a little more year after year and going towards adult use. I’m excited to see what’s next for dispensary life … me and the patients all have a lot of questions. I know it will be taxed, but hopefully it will go towards roads and many other things we need in this community.

Photos by @errlywyatt

About Wyatt Early

Wyatt is a Maryland native, stoner by nature, obsessor of hash rosin. After getting his start in the printing industry with a family company, he took on the role as state director for Maryland Leaf, and frequently contributes to the magazine with photos and articles.

This article was originally published in the December 2022 issue of Maryland Leaf.

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