Fascinating Photos of Cannabis-Harvesting Nuns on a Healing Mission

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They wear a nun’s habit and robes, but the Sisters of the Valley are not affiliated with organized religion. “We are anarchist Sisters, self-proclaimed like Saint Scholastica, the first Catholic Sister after whom all the orders patterned themselves,” writes Christine Meeusen on Booooooom. Theirs is a spiritual quest to make the “medicine” they cultivate in California’s Central Valley, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid known as CBD, believed to have healing properties. The sisters sell CBD oil, salves, and tinctures — all made according to moon cycles. Photography duo Shaughn and John (aka Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois), who have documented an African-American rodeo and LA lowriders, heard about the sisters on a local news story. They emailed for several weeks before visiting to photograph them at work.

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission

Photos by Shaughn and John, published with permission