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Budtender of the Month: Luana Nelson-Davis

Connecting Cannabis with eating healthier has improved my life.

Photo by Mike Ricker

Her passion is traveling around and experiencing new cultures and customs, with over 30 countries on six different continents stamped onto her passport. She’s into beading, hiking, and getting into the great outdoors and exploring national parks with lots of unique wildlife. Most importantly, though, she loves including her children in her environmental activism and teaching them about the value of nature. Follow Luana on Instagram – @_sweetums_1980_.

Do you prefer flower or concentrates?
I’m more of a flower person. There’s so much to learn every day, so I’ve gotten a lot more interested in ingredients and such. So, I’m more into edibles. I really like to cook and when I combined my cooking with Cannabis, it created a whole new world for me. Connecting Cannabis with eating healthier has improved my life.

What are some of your dishes that you infuse?
I’m always looking to infuse anything, it’s like a lifestyle hobby for me. I’ll infuse spaghetti, grilled cheese sandwiches, sauces for meals – you name it. I got into being more experimental in the kitchen once I took a class from Mary J. White. It made me really inquisitive. My favorite recipe out of her book are olive poppers. I made those so many times at home that I got everyone hooked on them. I love making infused butter, too – so I’ll make brownies and chocolate chip cookies, but my favorite is peanut butter.

I’m salivating. Did you grow up with Cannabis in your household?
Yes, I noticed that my parents used Cannabis when I was younger – not openly so much, but it was around. My dad used to grow. He had a garden and he would invite me to come with him to tend to it, but I didn’t really know what the plants were when I was much younger. He passed away in 2018.

Do you think your dad would be proud of your career choice?
Yes, I think about him quite often. He used to play bingo a lot in the building next to Joint Rivers. I think he’d be proud of me. I feel like he’s watching over me. 

If you could make dinner for him, what dish would it be?
Enchiladas. It was his favorite.

Photos by @rickerdj

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.

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