News flash! Poplar and CBD are for men too! We are beyond excited to share our next WTF is Wellness profile - and yes, you guessed it - we are chatting with a dude! But, not just any man, the amazing, kind, and multi-talented Carlos Quirarte, known by most as the co-owner of The Smile. Over coffee and snacks at The Smile on Bond Street we chatted all things weed.
Name: Carlos Quirarte
Profession: Hospitality / Director of Cultures @shinola
NYC Neighborhood you currently call home: East Village
Originally from: The Mission in San Francisco
City or Country - Country
Ski Vacation or Beach Vacation - BEACH AGAIN!
CBD or THC - Both!
Question: Ok, let’s start with the basics - WTF does wellness mean to you? Hint: We love one word answers to this :)
Question: You have been very vocal about using weed. So let's dive in - tell us about your relationship with cannabis - both CBD and THC.
Answer: Yes - when we first started getting press around The Smile - we had an interview and I shared that I love to smoke a joint to relax. And I thought Matt, my business partner, was going to loose his mind. Even my friends perpetuate the stigma and it’s so crazy!!!! On the one hand, everybody is finally talking about using cannabis but it is still so taboo. And it’s nonsense - because we all know the war on drugs is all about money, but we will not get into that. Point is, I am honest in every setting that I use cannabis - but some people are shady about it and answer differently depending on who they are talking too... sometimes they are pro and sometimes not. And that’s what I find the craziest.
Running/exercise then changed from pure vanity to - a requirement. I remember when I first started dating my wife Anna - and she said, "you eat really unhealthy". It didn't matter than I was running - I was having steak for snack. I would tell the guys in the back - "Fire up a steak!" Anna said I want you to get a check up. I was like - Why? And she said, I want to be with you for a long time... and then it sunk in. Health and wellness wasn't just for me anymore. I don't want to be like my mom - she was not in the best shape. And I am an older dad - I am hoping when June is a teen she wants to hang with me and I want to be able to hang.
I also notice my state of mind is better when I work out - of course. When I am in NY, I run 5 days a week and do jiu jitsu down the block a couple days a week. It is crazy how important it has become to me. Every aspect of my life is better when I'm working out.
Question: So, do you ever think of cannabis as part of your wellness?
Answer: Yes - I need to give my mind a break. I drink coffee all day - I am wired. And weed helps me take a break.
I also really like to use weed before I interact with people. Like I guess how some people need a drink to come out of their shell. I consult with 2 brands, and I was talking to one of the owners, and he asked, "How often do you eat edibles?" and I said, "once or twice a week plus before meetings". And he was like - "What???? You are stoned in meetings. Which ones?" I tell him which of course and his response is "Holy shit - you were good in that meeting!" One kiva chocolate covered blueberry. I know when it will hit me, that night I sleep like a baby, and there is no hangover.
One time, Alex Williams from the NYTimes was writing an article on Shinola and all the management was together for a day of meetings. At what I thought was the end of the day, I ate an edible. Then, he asked for a quote. I told him my edible is super kicked in but we went for it anyway :) And he ended up closing out the article with my quote where I compared Shinola to the Home Team everyone should root for.
Question: Ok, last question. 3 favorite Poplar CBD products?
Answer: Anything for sleep or pain!!!!
I guess I’m showing my age?!?! 43.