Higher Profile: Kukuni’s Willy Christie, Musician and Breeder

Higher Profile: Kukuni’s Willy Christie, Musician and Breeder
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Los Angeles-based musician and cannabis farmer/hybridizer Willy Christie has spent the past five years hybridizing his own proprietary cultivars. His mindfulness and innate insight can’t be helped, as he was raised by his mother—a legally deaf music teacher—and his father—a legally blind tennis instructor. Mindfulness was not taught, it was emulated. Christie said he took a deep dive into psychedelics more than 10 years ago, going through what’s now referred to as “ego death,” in an effort to discover bliss and find unity with God. He used them as a tool to find meaning in this life and get beneath the human subconscious that can hinder our growth and development. As a child, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD) and clinical depression, stating his depression was mostly based on poor decisions and life situations he put himself in. Prescribed Adderall and antidepressants as a child, he realized he was self-medicating with cannabis in college. He dropping out early, leaving cannabis behind in the wake, then added psychedelics in an attempt to shake off the depression. He was tripping regularly on either psilocybin mushrooms or acid once or twice a month. This, he said caused him to stop going out and socializing, with his fantasy life taking over. “I’d go through a kind of cosmic consciousness, then I’d sober up and have to go to work the next day,” he laughed. “I realized these stages I was going through on the psychedelics were already there in my mind. I didn’t have to keep tripping or going through it to move forward. It was the difference between using the experience to open a door or actually walking and working through it.” With the difference between trying and doing firmly understood, Christie felt he didn’t have to continue using psychedelics.…

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