Opioid abuse is now the leading cause of accidental deaths among Americans, even more than car deaths (#2) and gun deaths (#3).
We know that in states that legalized medical cannabis the opioid overdoses decreased by 25%. In that same article, it discusses Jeff Session's astonishment that the opioid crisis could be solved with medical cannabis because he mentioned that it's ludicrous to think that trading one harmful and addictive drug for another that is only slightly less dangerous is not a good solution. He may not realize that it is physiologically impossible to fatally overdose on cannabis? That’s right, there is no physiological way that you can fatally overdose on weed. “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
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As school starts, kids will be learning a lot and asking even more questions when they come home. If you live in a medical, recreational or even a prohibition state, are you ready to talk to your kids about cannabis? What about pharmaceuticals and prescriptions? Do they know how dangerous they can be? Do they know that opioid over-doses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the US (yup, even more than car or gun accidents)?
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Please tell us about yourself, your business, and what motivates you?
I’m Guillermo Hartley and I own and run a non-profit education and support group for cancer patients at the Saint Fernandez Cancer Center in Ohio. We hold weekly meetings and educational classes. We work with corporate sponsors to get donated products that help make subtle improvements in our lives, which is important when much of your time is spent in at doctor’s offices. Which is how we got involved with STASHLOGIX.
Please tell us about yourself, your business, and what motivated you to get involved in the industry?
First, it is not an industry, it is a cause. You can quote me on that! :) My name is Heather Jackson, I am the CEO of the Realm of Caring Foundation and cannabis took over my life (sounds like I am at a 12 step program) after it saved my then 9-year-old son Zaki, who has a rare catastrophic form of childhood epilepsy. He transitioned from hospice to health. After his seizures remitted and he made huge strides in his development I wanted to dedicate my life to helping others who were in the same situation that my family was in. I co-founded a nonprofit called the Realm of Caring in 2012, and we received our 501(c)3 status in 2013. I may have come into cannabis by force, but it is my greatest honor to now spend my time helping others.
Accessing a safe medicine that has great potential to improve your quality of life is a basic human right. There should not be a stigma associated with that.