Article by Sarah Ratchford, Growth Op
Andrea Dobbs wasn’t much of a cannabis consumer until her late 40s, when she started experiencing symptoms of perimenopause like depression, sleep issues, and loss of libido. Before legalization, the Vancouverite visited a dispensary to try cannabis edibles. She remembers those early experiences to be lacking: Stores were poorly lit. There were unsealed jars of cannabis, filled with products with what she laughingly calls “a robust terpene experience” — and the almost always male staff didn’t know much about how she might use cannabis to ease her symptoms.
“At that time, people didn’t invest in their spaces because they didn’t feel they were long-term,” she says. Since learning about cannabis as an overall health aid herself, she opened Village Bloomery with her partner in life and business Jeremy Jacob. In January, they completed the store’s transition to the regulated, legal market in January. She makes it a point to be open with other women about health issues like the ones she experienced, and spends time helping educate customers on what cannabis might be able to do for them.