A former adult film star has traded in her racy occupation in favor of Christ – so her church’s founder can work on incorporating worship and weed.
Brittni De La Mora, formerly known on the stage as Jenna Presley, spent nearly a decade making adult films, but left the industry after struggling with mental health issues and addiction.
De La Mora joined the XXXchurch – a Christian church in California that purports to help individuals stop making and/or consuming pornography – and married church pastor Richard De La Mora in 2016. The couple began to preach together in San Diego.
“I used to be named one of the world’s hottest porn stars,” De La Mora told Barcroft Media. “I tried to quit the porn industry without the help of God, and the reality is I couldn’t do it because God and porn don’t mix.”
Gross is departing to devote more time to website Christian Cannabis, a content platform aimed at Christians who love weed.
“What if Christians were to begin understanding how something like cannabis could be used in beneficial ways to support their lives?” Gross writes on the CC website.
“What if we were to entertain the idea that legality is not the equivalent of licentiousness, and neither must we demonize and condemn every single thing that we don’t quite understand?
"What if – rather than trading our feelings for platitudes and should-bes – we were to begin to better understand them?… That has been, in part, my experience… all from a plant.”
After discovering medical cannabis, Gross was inspired to preach the gospel of the plant to other Christians.
“While the years following my first, less-than-helpful experience were filled with life-giving, cannabis-assisted help that slowly built my confidence in my chosen medicine, existential guilt weighed heavy on my conscience thanks to forty years’ worth of being told that this avenue was off-limits for Christians like me, and I didn’t tell anyone about it until – one day – a more powerful conviction overwhelmed my silence,” writes Gross.
But it’s not all about faith – there is definitely a financial aspect at play, as the website announced last month that it had a “new sister company,” Christian CBD, that would sell cannabis products to believers.
The announcement is the only post on the website’s blog, alongside some dubious testimonials wherein believers shared their use of cannabis to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, one of which warns that "the Holy Spirit will convict us if our use of Cannabis stems from sinful desire.”
Gross also has a page announcing an imminent line of Christian cannabis products for “integrating healing and wellness needs” and a page where true believers can order Christian Cannabis merchandise.
Gross announced his resignation from XXXchurch on its website, but doesn’t seem to be looking back. “Call me crazy,” he says, “but that little green cross pointed my eyes toward the real Cross, and I finally saw it.”