Let’s talk about Pain Relief with Cannabis for Women
Join Ellementa and their monthly educational series for women to learn about cannabis in the SF East Bay.
Special discount this month: Seniors 65+ tickets are 50% off!
This month, they dive into the topic of pain. With a focus on how cannabis can help women with painful menstrual cycles, menopausal/post-menopausal discomfort, chronic age-related pain, neuropathic pain and post-athletic recovery pain.
With an abundance of CBD and low dose THC products available in CA, come listen & learn how to get started with using cannabis for your health and wellness, rather than intoxication.
Ellementa meets monthly to bring women together with experts and brands to learn about cannabis for health, wellness, self-care and caregiving. This is a non-consumption, educational event for women/female-identified exclusively. We create welcoming spaces where women can come together to speak openly about cannabis.
Address to be provided upon RSVP. This event is happening in Walnut Creek.
Didi Davis, CEO of Sweet ReLeaf, will introduce you to their deeply soothing creams that deliver effective relief from inflammation, chronic pain, post-surgery pain, cramps, arthritis, cramps, shingles – you name it! These non-psychoactive body butters are great for first time cannabis consumers.
Erin Gore, CEO of Garden Society,will highlight their low dose, luscious, milk chocolate cannabis-infused Bliss Blossom edibles, designed to achieve pain-free living with very few psychoactive side effects.
Tiffany Kelly, Cofounder of Marygold Delivery, will share with you some of her customer's testimonials related to pain, and tell you how you can get high quality cannabis products delivered discretely to your doorstep in Contra Costa County. (Please check your local city ordinance to see if cannabis delivery is an option where you live.)
Together, we’ll discuss the various methods of consumption available and how cannabis infused topicals, low dose THC and CBD (the non-intoxicating compound in the hemp and cannabis plant) can help ease pain. Local medical professional resources will be provided for those who want the help of a compassionate health care provider before experimenting with cannabis.
Set in the beautiful garden of our host, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Laura Halpin, you won’t want to miss this premier SF East Bay gathering!
Address to be provided upon RSVP. This event is happening in Walnut Creek.
Laura Halpin is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and health hand-holder, she works with clients to get to the roots of their symptoms, and guides them on the most practical, least restrictive path back to vibrant health. Laura’s mission is to help her clients reconnect with the brilliance of their bodies and the healing power of food. Her approach is simple: no one way of eating is right for everyone; diets weaken the relationship with the body; eating healthfully can be satisfying and fun; mindfulness ushers in healing; community and kindness are essential.
This Gathering's discussion will be led by, Ellementa East Bay Gathering Leader Laurie Light.
Laurie Light, Cofounder of Octavia Wellness, a senior-focused cannabis business, and SF Bay Area Lead for Ellementa. Laurie is a brand ambassador for local, women-owned cannabis businesses and can help you make cannabis product selections, as well as give dosing suggestions and help you learn about the various methods of consumption. She works as a one-on-one consultant with baby boomers, seniors and “canna-curious” adult women of all ages. Laurie is working hard to manifest her dream of owing a medical and adult-use, community-centered cannabis retail store in Contra Costa County with her husband.
Marygold Delivery Service - Purveyors of fine herbs and medicines.
Strictly Topical makes the Sweet ReLeaf brand of cannabis topicals known throughout CA as a potent pain releaf cream that is non-psychoactive.
Garden Society is proud to introduce artisan, low dose cannabis confections. We are driven by an insatiable desire to discover and indulge our senses, while helping to inspire you to live a balanced life.
Venue… A Private Location provided upon registration.
ABOUT ELLEMENTA GATHERINGS:
Ellementa Gatherings are non-consumption events. Ellementa does not condone consumption of cannabis on the premises of Gatherings. Everyone attending this event or other Ellementa events confirm they are 21 years of age or over and fully responsible for their own actions. If consumption does take place at the event or any product is obtained at the event that is consumed after, attendees consume at their own risk and fully indemnify Ellementa, Inc. and its stakeholders from any responsibility.
The following recipe was originally published on The Herb Somm.
Looking for extra flavor? Try adding fresh chopped garden herbs, honey, or fresh fruit to the CannaButter after it has been filtered. Blend in extra ingredients by using a whisk, mixer, or food processor. After the mixture has been blended, scoop onto parchment paper to wrap or empty into an airtight container to seal. If you use parchment paper, place into a Ziploc bag and put into the freezer to harden.
In his latest book, How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan writes of his own consciousness-expanding experiments with psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin, and he makes the case for why shaking up the brain’s old habits could be therapeutic for people facing addiction, depression, or death.
On the difference between recreational and therapeutic use of psychedelics.
Michael Pollan: There’s a real distinction between the typical recreational use of psychedelics and the way they are now being used in a therapeutic context. It is a guided trip. You’re not alone. You’re in a room, you’re stretched out on a bed or a couch, you’re listening to a very carefully curated playlist that’s meant to structure or support the experience. You’re prepared by your guide, who’s telling you what to expect. During the session, they’re there with you to take care of your body so you can let your mind wander. And then after the experience, they help you integrate it. The stories [that you have] are very vivid but you don’t necessarily understand it. And they help you bring insight from the experience and apply it to the conduct of your life, much as any psychotherapist would do.
On the science of psychedelics.
Robin Carhart-Harris: Psychedelics seem to work on a particular kind of serotonin receptor. There’s at least 14 of these different receptors, and they each tune the brain in a different way. Serotonin comes in as the common key, but these receptors are like different locks if you will.
There’s one particular one—the 2A subtype—which seems to be key in how psychedelics work, because if you block it, then people won’t have a psychedelic experience. It’s a really nice grounding finding in the science of psychedelics. Despite all the sort of mystical stuff that can be conjured up by these compounds [and suchlike], we can trace it all back to a particular molecule in our brains in a particular protein.
On the effects of psychedelics on brain activity.
Michael Pollan: Many scientists assumed that when you give a psychedelic to the brain it would lead to an explosion of activity, much like the fireworks people report. But in fact when Robin [Carhart-Harris] imaged the brain of people who were tripping on psilocybin, he found this surprising finding that activity in this one particular network called the default mode network went down. And this is a network that’s critically involved in really our concept of self. It’s where we go to mindwander, time travel takes place there—thinking about the future and the past—self reflection, worry, and theory of mind, the ability to impute mental states to others.
On new areas of the brain communicating.
Robin Carhart-Harris: As the brain develops and we develop and mature, our thinking becomes more sophisticated, more specialized, more analytical. And all the systems start to parcellate off and specialize. What happens on psychedelics is that there’s a kind of de-specialization in a way, and the brain sort of operates in this more sort of rudimentary, freer, more hyper-associative and plastic kind of way.
Ira Flatow: And the point is made that that’s sort of reversing us into a childlike state, where children are more receptive to new information, and maybe that’s why when you’re on psychedelics you’re [looking at the world] with new eyes.
Robin Carhart-Harris: And you’re exceptionally vulnerable like a child, and you’re exceptionally sensitive to your environment in your context. Children are great learners.
On how to conduct reliable research.
Robin Carhart-Harris: There’s no perfect solution. The effects of psychedelics are so obvious. When you are given a high enough dose of a psychedelic you very quickly realize that’s what you’ve been given. So you can’t give a standard placebo because you know that you haven’t had anything.
You could try what we call an active placebo, another psychoactive drug that changes consciousness, but not in the same way as a psychedelic. You could try lower doses of psychedelics so the people have the expectation that they’re going to get a psychedelic, but that serves as a control.
One thing to add is that you know the placebo effect and expectancy might actually be part of what these drugs work on anyway, in terms of enhancing psychological expectations. So, in the context of therapeutic work it might be part of the treatment model.
Michael Pollan: These drugs are so strange in many ways that they’re hard to fit into the paradigms we have for doing science and for doing therapy. For example, it isn’t just the molecule that is the therapeutic agent here; it’s the experience people have under the influence of the molecule, and that experience is shaped by lots of other factors including the therapist, the trust and the therapist, the room that they’re in, the expectations they bring to the session. So it’s messy, but in a very exciting way I think.
On using psychedelics to treat depression and addiction.
Michael Pollan: Basically, what seems to happen on a high dose is ego dissolution—your sense of self vanishes, or at least is softened in profound ways. And you realize that one of the things your ego is doing is patrolling the borders of self and other, of you and other people, you and nature, and erecting these walls. And that when those walls come down, incredible things happen in the mind.
For one thing, you do have this flood of information from the world that comes in that you might not have been aware of… Also, your ego defends you against unconscious material, and all sorts of things emerge from your unconscious and your memory. There’s also a wonderful or terrifying—depending on whether you surrender to it or fight it—sense of merging with an entity larger than yourself, whether it is nature [or] other people. And when these gates open, what rushes in very often is a sensation of love and connectedness. And a lot of the problem if you’re depressed or [addicted] is your connections to the world and other people have been frayed. And those connections are re-established.
Even though it is only temporarily the case, these are memories you bring forward into your life. I talked to one patient that Robin [Carhart-Harris] treated, an American living in London who had been depressed continually since 1991. [The depression] lifted for a month, and even though the depression came back she now had this destination. This objective that there is this other consciousness and it’s worth working to get there.
We haven't been doing our best. There I said it. This regulated environment is complicated and being set up by people who are not interested in patient care, they are interested in taxing this. That being said we are 100% committed to you our patients. I know that it might not seem like that right now, but we are. We are members of Cal Growers, National Cannabis Industry Association and sit on the board of directors of the Bay Area Delivery Alliance. These lobbying groups are working with the state actively to change the financial aspects of these new regulations that directly effect medical cannabis consumers. The effects of which can be seen last week in Berkeley cutting the cannabis tax in half.
Prop 64 was a broken piece of legislation from the start, it was rushed to the ballot in front of the MCRSA (Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act) to be on an election ballot because the authors and elected officials saw this as their opportunity to get this passed by the voters of California.
MCRSA was the proposition that the industry had come together as a group to put together that honored the existing infrastructure that has been in place for over 20 years. It was cognizant of the enormous medical cannabis consumer base that needed this MEDICINE. It was thoughtful of the vast amount of businesses across the state that had risked their freedom to provide that medicine.
Prop 64 provided nothing but a way to take a piece of the pie. We failed you, the consumer. Our Industry, our elected officials and now us as a business. But we aren't finished fighting this fight. We are in this together.
If you have comments or concerns you'd like to voice to the management at Marygold Delivery please email email@example.com. I will do my best to return all emails with 24-48 hours, if you include your phone number I will be returning calls throughout the week.
JANUARY 5, 2018
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RESCINDS COLE MEMO: HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice’s move to rescind the “Cole Memo” and two additional memos related to marijuana enforcement policy. These memos, issued in 2013 and 2014, have helped to clarify the Department’s response to state-legal cannabis activity.
This is disturbing news for the cannabis industry and the majority of U.S. voters who support legal cannabis. However, the rescinding of this memo does not necessarily mean that any major change in enforcement policy is on the horizon. This has been, and still will be, a matter of prosecutorial discretion.
The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) team in D.C. is working tirelessly to ensure that the administration and the Department of Justice uphold President Trump’s campaign promise to not interfere with state-legal cannabis programs by making sure they understand that regulated cannabis is successfully undercutting the criminal market, while funding important state programs.
At this time, it’s critical the cannabis industry unify to amplify that message so it’s crystal clear. It’s also imperative that Congress take action to align federal legislation with the majority of states, which now allow some form of legal cannabis.
One pressing issue before Congress is Senator Leahy’s appropriations amendment which would prevent the DOJ from using resources to undermine state medical cannabis laws. (The Senate’s version of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the House.)
Feinstein, Dianne - (D - CA)
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Harris, Kamala D. - (D - CA)
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Urge them to include the Leahy Amendment in the upcoming Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
Talking points to help guide your call are:
NCIA’s official statement in response to today’s Department of Justice announcement.