About Our Team


Who is
Nature & Bloom?

Our team consists of cannabis advocates with years of experience with the plant, including a board-certified doctor specializing in the use of cannabinoids serving as an advisor.

Meet Our Team

Rachel Rowe is a freelance writer who specializes in cannabis, travel, and food writing.

Native to Northern California and an MMJ patient, she appreciates the potential cannabis has to positively impact local economies and improve quality of life. She is an advocate for cannabis education so that people around the world can see the benefits as well.

Rachel spends her free time hosting family dinner parties and getting outside.

Jennifer Jenka is an ex cannabis concierge turned writer from Canada, having previously worked in a medical dispensary in Canada’s Maritimes region.

Jennifer has twins and two miniature pinschers named Odin and Freyja. When she’s not writing about cannabis, you’ll likely find her reading a fantasy novel.

Jessica Winter is a freelance writer with extensive experience in the cannabis industry, having managed Oakland’s first dispensary for over five years.
Jessica earned a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley before embarking on her writing career. A Bay Area native, you can find Jessica traversing Lake Merritt with her husband and Maltese named Kitty in her leisure time.

Tom Gatch is a well-published author, columnist, and blogger who has been an active advocate for Cannabis legalization since the late 1960s. 
He is a seasoned journalist who covers a wide spectrum of Cannabis-related topics focusing on various flower strains, hashish, tinctures, extracts, oils, wax and shatter, as well as current indoor and outdoor cultivation techniques.

Tom lives in the Golden State of California, and if he’s not writing about cannabis, he’s probably busy tending to his personal grow!

Milena (MJ) comes from a family of generational herbalists. Ganja is central to her mission to keep spreading knowledge about the incredible wisdom of the ancient cannabis plant through her love for writing.

You can find her dancing in her spare time or working on creating her own organic herbal blends.

Ahmed first came across CBD on a work trip to Seattle over 5 years ago. Originally a speculative buy to help him sleep, it’s changed the way he thinks about cannabis.

In his spare time, you can find him traveling to the far corners of the world and hunting for coffee.

Andrea has used cannabis on and off for the last seven years. Experimenting with different cannabinoid profiles and, as of recent, shifting away from high THC strains towards more a balanced profile.

As a marketing manager, Andrea heads up connecting with other blogs in the space and improving organic site visibility.

Outside of her day gig, you’ll probably find her reading or running outdoors.

Dr. Abraham Benavides, a distinguished alum of George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, serves as a global cannabis consultant.

Passionate about social justice, mental health, and the destigmatization of cannabis, Abraham (Abe) recently relocated to Costa Rica following a battle with Long COVID.

Alongside his wife and pug, Bruschetta, he enjoys exploring the outdoors and continues to advocate for mental health and cannabis acceptance.

Abe is also a cannabis coach and consultant for the GW Center for Medicine along with Veriheal and has been published in the Complementary Therapies In Medicine Journal.

As of 2020, Abe has been contributing his expertise in medical review and editing to Nature and Bloom.

Dr Shane Jackson is a UK-based medical doctor who has been qualified for over 10 years. With previous experience in trauma and orthopedics.

Shane acts as an advisor to Nature & Bloom, ensuring the site content is accurate and backed by research where relevant.