Updated: Mar 17
Hear how Shannon's story ignited the flame that created #thisisjaneproject, a Nationwide Photo-Activism Campaign Advocating for Trauma-Informed Consumption.
This is Jane has a few different creation stories. The concept came after discussing childhood sexual trauma during a photo shoot for Cannabis for Breakfast, a blog and wellness platform I started after realizing the healing benefits of medicating with cannabis myself.
The name, This is Jane, came after describing the project to two other womxn in the cannabis space back in 2018.
I shared about the power and healing I was able to harness after that experience. I knew that if women had a space to discuss the trauma they’ve experienced, or are experiencing; one that allowed for the safe and conscious consumption of medicinal cannabis and surrounded by other women—that there’d certainly be magic to document.
This is Jane Project was born when I realized just how powerful that documentation process could be in the normalization and de(stigmatization) of trauma-informed cannabis consumption.
We talk about the veteran returning home from war. We can digest their trauma. What about womxn's trauma? Why is it still too taboo to discuss rape, sexual-assault, racial and ethnic trauma, poverty experienced by women, and intimate-partner violence?
Survivors of trauma depend on social acceptance and the support of the communities they occupy. Telling our stories, through a variety of mediums, we plan to destigmatize conversations around that trauma, healing, and medicating with cannabis.
We are a safe space for any self-identified woman to courageously bring voice to topics otherwise left unmentioned. This multimedia project includes intimate, donation based events, a nationwide black and white photo-activism campaign, TRAUMATIZED event series/open mic, and ultimately, a feature documentary production telling our stories.
So we tell our stories not only in homage to our personal and collective healing via plant medicine, BUT also to end the stigma around discussing the horrific things that happen to womxn all over this world every day and how survivors can relearn to navigate life with the help of cannabis.
Because that’s what we’re talking about here: consuming cannabis as an alternative to, or in collaboration with, other healing interventions aimed at helping one confront, overcome, and heal trauma.
The sexual-assault survivor. The daughter of a narcissist. The first-generation Mexican American coexisting between two vastly different worlds, cultures, and identities.
It’s all trauma and we’re here to create and document radically honest conversations around those traumas. All of them.
Live in poverty? Trauma.
Incest survivor in Alabama forced to carry an unwanted fetus? Trauma.
The BIPOC person daily navigating a world that ranks their identity as different, less than, or the other. Trauma.
We don’t rank traumas at #thisisjaneproject; rather we create + document safe spaces for womxn to have these necessary and healing conversations.
Are you looking for a point of healing and interested in what we’re doing?
Have you experienced trauma and tried to manage it yourself?
Maybe you're not 100% clear that what you've experienced is trauma.
Our doors are open to any womyn who's struggling.
All are welcome here.
Check out our pre-launch video created by Jane , aka Bri Smith, whose voice you'll hear throughout and who's helped get this project off the ground. It was meant to be practice, but it was just too well representative of the process in launching this project, despite the obstacles, to do anything else scripted.