This article originally appeared on VICE Germany.
Most people Brigitte Biesel’s age use their mini scales to weigh letters, but the 80-year-old bought hers to measure weed. “Recently, I saw one similar to mine on Bares für Rares [the German equivalent of Antiques Roadshow],” she tells me excitedly. As she’s chatting, she’s also trying to concentrate on grinding the cannabis buds onto her delicate silver scale.
Today is baking day at Biesel’s terraced house in Köpenick, Germany, a picturesque district in Berlin. “I think it’s safe to say that I’m the first person to bake this specific variety of cookies here,” she says, laughing.
Biesel loves to bake. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, she made vanilla rolls, cinnamon stars, and other treats for her extended family and friends. But her baking today isn’t about anyone else. I’m here to help her prepare her “medication,” as she likes to