Intersected: Nomi

Intersected is…

A project that explores the intersectionality of women in cannabis. We see the world through a unique lens, one shaped by our identity which affects our opportunities, experiences, and growth. The focus for Dopeafide for Women's History Month was to explore different lenses by photographing 12 women in Portland, Oregon and collected writings based on their personal experiences. We prompted our participants to tell their stories and bring an item that empowered them. We are honored to share their stories with you today.

Photo by Dopeafide 2020

Today we highlight Nomin Terbish, owner and creator of NomsterNailz, entrepreneur and cannabusiness woman.


Consider what cannabis meant to you ten years ago and how it affected your life then vs. today. What does your day to day life look like now? Is cannabis a consistent part of it? Is it not? How does your gender, race, class, and age affect your cannabis use and the opportunities you are presented in the industry? What do you hope for you future.

Nomi Terbish:

When I moved to the US from Central Asia little over 10 years ago, I had little to no knowledge of what cannabis was, because it is considered as a hard drug and illegal so it is a taboo even to speak about it. After spending half of my life in the US, my curiosity led me into exploring its benefits and I'm honored to have it now become part of my daily routine life. In result, I now own a cosmeceutical business based on the cannabis culture.

As a first generation to experience cannabis, it's really challenging for me to explain my family about what I do for a living. I believe it is a privilege to experience and use cannabis. I wish there is more education and advocacy programs to teach more on the the source and right facts about the cannabis in Asian countries.

Photo by Dopeafide 2020

Follow Nomi on Instagram at @nomsternailz

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