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Budtender Christopher Ward

"I’m a firm believer in all plant medicine."

Family always comes first for this happily married South Carolina native. With two kids at home and one on the way, he cherishes his free days to explore healing through plant medicine. Always busy at home, he still manages an annual escape from the grind to the desert for Burning Man.

You work at one of the most reputable retail shops in the state of California, so we know you love Cannabis. Do you also use psychedelics as medicine?

Yes, I’m a firm believer in all plant medicine, and I’m not into prescription medicine, per se. Having grown up in a poor environment, being half-Black/half-white in South Carolina, it was a crazy road to get to where I am today. I have a lot of trauma and pain both mentally and physically – so, I microdose on psilocybin regularly. I actually had some with my eggs this morning. And then I like to do a big reset every six months or so – get away from the city to take myself out of where I am to put me where I want to be.

Budtender Christopher Ward

How do you quantify the term medicine when using plants?

I see all the drugs my mother is prescribed by doctors and I don’t think it heals her, so I don’t accept that as medicine. Plants that come from the earth are what I find beneficial. I used to have an opiate problem and Cannabis and mushrooms have helped me get off of those to get well. Earth-based medicines allow me to be productive. 

Can you recall one breakthrough that was important for you?

Yeah. I remember I used to work at a place called Liberty Bell Temple, a Rastafarian shop in Hollywood. I was in a bad place in life (starts crying). One of my good friends whom I’d taken mushrooms with who knew I was having a hard time in life gave me some medicine at a festival and it became a big turning point for me. My work situation wasn’t very good at the time, and I quit the next day and started making some positive changes. 

Your Instagram is @mar_bobly. Does that mean you’re a big Bob Marley fan?

Big one, my friend. I named my first kid Marley!


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About Mike Ricker

The first time Ricker smoked weed was at a Santana concert at the age of 12. He then followed in his footsteps as an award-winning radio personality who became notorious for offering a stage for bong toking listeners in 9 different markets over 20 years. In 2016, the Cannabis industry came calling and the rest is history.

This article was originally published in the August 2023 issue of California Leaf.

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