Laganja Estranja, also known as Jay Jackson, is a multi-talented performer. She is a classically trained dancer who has performed her original work at the Kennedy Center, and she has choreographed for mega-stars like Miley Cyrus. While people might recognize Laganja from her appearances on the competition shows RuPaul’s Drag Race and So You Think You Can Dance, she is also a vocal and passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights and the benefits of cannabis. In the world of professional dancing, injuries and muscular strain is common, and many performers deal with chronic pain. Laganja often dances in stilettos and thigh-high boots, and her signature move is the dip (sometimes referred to as a death drop). “As someone who’s always on the go with a million jobs throughout my day, I need a medicine that’s going to keep me active… I am putting myself through a lot of physical pain with drag, with the tucking, super gluing earrings to my ears, the nails, so again, the cannabis helps to alleviate some of the pain.”Laganja Estranja — Medicating For Success – Cannabis News and Culture Magazine – The Emerald Media (theemeraldmagazine.com) Laganja used cannabis for the first time when she was 18, after a dance injury left her in pain. She credits it for not only managing her pain but also improving her sleep, appetite, and mental health. “I really believe that because my first introduction to the plant was as medicine, as a way to be a better creator, that I had a different lens to the plant.” “I was extremely depressed and almost lost my life, and cannabis pulled me out of that hole. I found this plant to really save me from many situations.”Laganja Estranja — Medicating For Success – Cannabis News and Culture Magazine – The Emerald Media (theemeraldmagazine.com) The use of CBD products allowed Laganja to keep up a hectic schedule of dance performances, drag shows, and appearances on cannabis-themed cooking shows like Bong Appetit and Chopped 420. Though she has her favorite products and is a self-described “sativa girl,” she utilizes a wide range of CBD products, including facial cream, rosin, and CBD rubs. “I’ve noticed that, for me, the intake of CBD is crucial to my daily regimen, and I routinely use a vape pen to deliver the compound into my system throughout the day. In the past I’ve used standard medication for emotional issues, with little positive results. For me, CBD works well as a daily preventive and control for depression, anxiety, and mood stabilization.”Daily Dose: A Day in the Life of Jay Jackson, aka: Laganja Estranja – Vegas Cannabis Magazine Laganja plans to continue using her platform and celebrity to educate fans and the public at large about cannabis. She is encouraged by the progress in recent years but acknowledges there is much more work to be done. “I think we’re finally getting to that point of ‘Age of Aquarius’ where we’re gonna accept everyone for who they are, and hopefully a lot more people will start medicating, and everyone will be a lot nicer and happier. At least that’s the world I dream of.”Talking “gay weed” with drag queen activist Laganja Estranja – CannCentral Readers, we want to hear from you! Do you use CBD products for chronic pain management or other physical and mental health relief? Also, who do you want us to profile next? Leave a comment below, and once again, we want to wish our readers a very happy and safe Pride Month!