An Interview with the Founders of Quim Rock, a Cannabis-Infused Lubricant

Quim Rock in Hand

by April Flores
Photos by Jennifer Skogg of MJ Lifestyle

What gave you the inspiration to create Quim Rock? How long did it take to develop the exact formula? Was the research you did during this time fun?

Quim Rock all started with two women and their vaginas. After years of dealing with persistent vaginal health issues on our own - yeast infections, bladder infections, difficulty climaxing, low libido, allergic reactions to commercial lube - we collaborated to share our learnings and develop a formula that works for us: happier vaginas and better sex through the naturals powers of cannabis and the antiseptic properties of tea tree oil.

The development of our current formula was a process that realistically took years - testing batch after batch on ourselves and any willing guinea pigs (jk only humans with vaginas, we are #crueltyfree) to make sure we were using the right amount of cannabis and tea tree to create the perfect blend of enhancement and wellness.  

 

Rachel Washtien and Cyo Nystrom

Who are the creators of Quim Rock? Do you have a cannabis, health, or sexuality background?

The ladies behind Quim Rock are Cyo Nystrom and Rachel Washtien. Cyo was raised in an incredibly sex-positive household.  The language of boundary setting was introduced early and monogamy, as a social construct, was constantly being challenged by her single mom, Dr. Rebecca Nystrom. 

Dr. Nystrom founded a new genre of Chiropractic and built a holistic wellness center in Marin County. From a young age, Cyo was taught the importance of listening to your own body and trusting your own gut.  However, after becoming sexually active, she suffered from an awful cycle of UTIs to yeast infections that lasted for nearly a decade. Despite her groovy upbringing, the feelings of shame that came with these health issues colored her early sexual experiences and drove her to begin creating her own vaginal health products.  

Rachel grew up in the Bay Area, forming strong relationships with nature, and open relationships with the most important women in her life from a young age. Always interested in the ins and outs of running her own business, Rachel explored a myriad of career paths, determined to find something she felt motivated by and passionate about. As a woman, and proud vagina holder, the current political climate around vaginal health and rights appeared to be undeniably worth fighting for, and the opportunity to get involved could not be passed up.  

In 2016, Cyo and Rachel joined forces to bring the amazing products of Quim Rock to vaginas all over California, combining their shared personal experience and professional history to launch the vagina-focused brand of their dreams.

 

Where does the name Quim Rock come from? What does it mean?

Quim is an Old English derogatory word for vagina. We loved the idea of using a word that has historically been taboo, as a big part of our brand mission is to end the shame so often associated with vaginal health through product creation and conversation. Quim Rock is a place of self-care and self-love, a place where people can be intentional about the attention they're paying to their needs and to their bodies, and join in conversation and community. As a company that aims to break the taboos associated with sex, cannabis and vaginal health, the name Quim Rock feels like a central part of our brand.

 

Vaginal health is not something we usually find in conjunction with intimate products. Why was vaginal health important to you when creating it?

Quim Rock's mission is to create products that enhance pleasure and foster sustainable practices of self-care. Vulvas are the most absorbent part of our bodies and yet many of the products targeted towards this essential organ are actually doing more harm than good (bleached tampons, glycerin-based personal lubricants, douches, etc). We believe that good sex starts with a healthy vagina and great communication.

For far too long, people have carried their yonic health issues or sexual struggles alone and with shame. In creating products that not only support vaginal health but enhance sensual pleasure, we aim to ignite dialogue, decrease shame, and close the orgasm gap!

 

Quim Rock Pump Lubricant

How is Quim Rock is a vaginal health supplement? What are the healing properties of the ingredients used? 

Aside from the amazing aphrodisiac properties of cannabis, our Intimate Oil incorporates just the right amount of tea tree, mother nature's anti-fungal and antiseptic. Tea tree is amazing for preventing UTI's and yeast infections for folks with vaginas, balancing the ph in the vagina and bringing everything back to stasis. Rather than being just for sex, our Intimate Oil has been created with a daily self-care ritual in mind.

 

Quim Rock is a "self-care line for humans with vaginas." We love the inclusive language used on your website. Can you tell us more about why inclusivity is important for your company and brand?

We know that not everyone who has a vagina identifies as a woman, and not everyone who identifies as a woman has a vagina.  Our products and brand focus on vaginal health and wellness. Making sure that all people, dealing with the amazing benefits and stress of having a vagina, feel like our product is relatable is of the utmost importance to us.

 

What has been the most exciting, fulfilling, or surprising feedback you have received? Have any of your customers found other uses for Quim Rock?

One of the most exciting parts of starting Quim Rock has been the feedback we've gotten from people whose lives have been changed by our Intimate Oil. We get emails and notes from people of all ages, with issues from low libido, to vaginal dryness, to vaginismus, whose lives have literally been changed by our products. It's so cool to know that what we're doing is really have a positive impact and makes the ups and downs of the cannabis industry (which we all know can be stressful at times) so worth it.

Aside from the more technical benefits of our products, our customers have found the intentionality behind our products to be one of their most powerful benefits.  By taking time to be intentional about sex and vaginal care, Quim Rock users are giving themselves the opportunity to be in their own bodies, exploring, feeling and playing in ways they haven't before.

 

For people wanting to try Quim Rock, where can it be purchased? 

Our Intimate Oil can be purchased through a variety of dispensaries and delivery services throughout California. Our website is the best resource for finding our products, as they're availability will only continue to grow. Coming soon to the rest of the U.S.! Stay tuned ;)

 

What does the future hold for Quim Rock?

In the next year alone, we plan to launch at least 5 new products, all cannabis-infused vaginal health products that focus on wellness. All the products will be completely new in the industry, and we're really excited to see our visions come to life. In the long-term, we plan to continue our mission to destigmatize vaginal health and wellness through product creation and conversation.

Rachel and Cyo Smiling