Lisette Barajas on Healing Herself By way of Henna and Marijuana


Cannabis encourages us to express our vulnerabilities. For these of us, who, via trauma and discomfort, have hidden from ourselves and the planet, the plant has encouraged us to dive deep into ourselves and heal the discomfort that we’ve run from most of our lives. When Lisette Barajas, superior recognized as Mehndi420 on Instagram, initially began smoking in 2009, she didn’t know that the plant would support her heal from childhood sexual assault and enable her space to find out her passion for art therapy via henna.

“Unfortunately, I was sexually molested by my neighbor when I was five-years-old,” Barajas shared with Higher Occasions. “That expertise designed a lot of shame and confusion.”

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When she was younger, Barajas attended therapy but it was to address the domestic violence challenges she was experiencing at dwelling. “I by no means addressed the molestation since my brain designed a defense mechanism recognized as childhood amnesia,” she stated.  

In 2009 though operating on acquiring her Bachelor of Arts in Social Function from California State University, Los Angeles, Baraja’s started to use cannabis recreationally. About this time she was also taking a sociology course, which forced her to accept that her molestation was true. 

“Although I began employing cannabis recreationally, it transcended into anything extra than that. By way of cannabis, I have been in a position to cope with and approach childhood trauma.” she stated. “Smoking helped me deal with some of the feelings and triggers that come with operating via abuse. I decided to develop into a social worker and now [I’m] transitioning into [art] therapy since of my lived expertise.”

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It wasn’t till 2018 when cannabis became legal in California that Barajas started to take her henna hobby seriously and style cannabis motifs.  

“I have often doodled and loved to draw on myself. Henna permitted me to do just that minus the toxic chemical compounds of a [marker]. I initially started by producing my personal paste, then I practiced components, then [I] created my personal style style. My style is exceptional [because] I use the cannabis leaf as a motif and that is not widespread in the henna neighborhood,” stated Barajas. “I started to apply henna styles with paint onto my private smoking accessories. I began with a lighter, then a bubbler, and now I’m performing bongs.” 

She hopes that her perform will support break the stigma of the plant and usher in extra feminine power into an business that is heavily dominated by guys. The cannabis business is a boys club, and artists like Barajas want to shift the aesthetic to one particular that celebrates the feminine power of the plant and the ladies who also indulge in marijuana’s goodness. 

“The [cannabis] business is heavily dominated by guys. Due to this, a lot of smoking accessories are not incredibly attractive, some even appear like penises. I want to smoke out of a piece that is fairly and that tends to make me really feel very good. Most pipes and bongs are just for function, and I want function and aesthetic,” she shared with Higher Occasions

Scrolling via her Instagram you will see her feminine styles grace the curves of bongs and ladies.  “I want to feminize the cannabis business and make it extra female-friendly. No matter if that be via designing bongs or performing lingerie-style henna on influencers. I want to bring out the creativity that cannabis inspires in ladies,” she wrote more than e-mail. 

By way of her partnership with cannabis, Barajas has develop into conscious of herself in so several strategies. Her henna styles exemplify so substantially. She makes use of the classic henna art type on cannabis accessories to illustrate how, if we all continue to search, we can uncover numerous strategies to discover our vulnerabilities and heal our pains.

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Cannabis has helped me cope with the triggers that come with abuse. It has helped me loosen up and reflect on my trauma, as a result assisting me connect with other folks with comparable expertise,” shares Barajas. “Combining cannabis and henna to practice mindful meditation via art therapy has helped me heal and I want to share that with other folks.”

She is preparing to go back and get her masters in Art Therapy, and she plans to incorporate all types of cannabis and plant medicine into her her future perform. At the moment, she is operating on collaborations with MAV Glass and Functional China.


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