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22 4 days ago / Caledon, Ontario

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Women Bought Twice As Much Cannabis in 2018 Than The Year Before

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3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many have called 2018 the Year of the Woman. And the cannabis industry was no exception. According to a new report by Eaze, an online market place and technology platform for legal cannabis, the number of women buying cannabis in California doubled in 2018 from the year before.

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JADEO Women's Health 6 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women In Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 4 - Connor Christine

This week we caught up with JADEO Co-Founder Connor Christine to learn more about her journey to starting up one of the leading online platforms for cannabis networking and education in the new legalized world. She shared with us how the idea for JADEO came to be and how she incorporated cannabis into her self-care.

Tell us how you first became interested in the cannabis industry?

It’s actually kinda funny how I got involved in the cannabis industry. I never thought that I’d end up here. I sort of began as just a recreational user and didn’t even know the difference between indica and sativa. Then, when Michael ( Co-Founder and CEO of JADEO) started acting as a consultant in the industry, my questions began to build up. It was through those questions that we started to notice there were a lot of gaps in the industry; primarily around education, networking, and marketing. Our wheels started turning, and we started thinking of different ways we could help improve these gaps. The more we talked, the more we discovered what was missing in the cannabis space, leading us to create a unique opportunity for what is now JADEO.

What gave you the push to start JADEO?

Well, at that time we attended a Lift&Co conference in Toronto. We noticed how all these brands, small and large - were limited to getting the word out about their brand at trade shows. As you know, conferences are very expensive. When we're thinking particularly about the smaller brands, we wondered how on earth could they afford a conference? These smaller brands are using up their annual budget at one conference! We wanted to create an equal opportunity to service small and large brands by essentially creating an online platform that can act as a conference 365 days a year.

How do you like running a startup?

Since working within the cannabis industry, I have a newfound love for Mondays. I am not a Monday person or a morning person, but since working in this industry I love it all. I love my job, I love my team, and I love the community that we’ve created. It’s an online space where people can come to feel safe asking questions, can trust the information they’re getting and feel comfortable sharing their knowledge. We cover all topics around education, wellness, the law, and much more all while giving business a trustworthy space to advertise - which is rare at this time in this industry.

How do you feel being showcased for our Women in Cannabis Wednesday?

As a young entrepreneur, I’m all about empowering women. Over the years that we’ve been developing JADEO, there have been so many wonderful women around me, and when I see how hard they’re working it’s so inspiring. When my team recently brought forth the theme for #wcw as a feature on our platform, I was thrilled. I felt it was a great way to showcase all these powerful, hard working women. In fact, one of my favourite quotes that fits well into this industry is: “let’s root for each other and watch each other grow.” That’s how I feel about being a woman in cannabis.

How do you maintain self-care working in an uncertain startup environment?

So far this journey has been amazing! We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs as young entrepreneurs, but I think it’s super important to always see the good in a situation. I always try to think “what is this teaching me?” instead of “why is this happening to me?” Mindset is so important, and when you have a team, it’s an important part of leading a team.

To help with that mindset, I like to fill up my pax with Blue Dream. I also always love to take a bath, and it’s my favourite way to end my workday. Life is busy, so it’s hard to find a routine - but that’s why PAX and a bath is a daily self-care ritual I honor.

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  • From Kenneth Joaquin

    Fantastic! Way to go Connor.

  • From Janelle Simone

    One of the most amazing women in cannabis I'm happy to know!

  • From Michael Joseph

    Well said, Connor! We at JADEO are all so very proud of you!

  • From 22

    Excellent and great to see how and why you entered the industry... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • From Connor Christine

    Thank you Everyone! I am so blessed xoxo

  • From DRogerson

    You go girl! Thank you for being an inspiration to women everywhere.

JADEO Women's Health 1 week ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women In Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 3 - Melissa L'Heureux-Haché

We caught up with traveling hemp self-care guru Melissa L’Heureux-Hache to find out more about what it was like to found a company with her partner, how she stays glowing, and how she uses her product line while she’s on the go.

Tell us about your brand and how you got started

Our company is the Great Canadian Hemp Company. I started the company with my partner Edan in 2016, to create a brand that was socially and environmentally conscious, and to raise awareness about hemp in Canada. We felt it was important to dispel misconceptions about hemp - it’s gotten a bad rep over the years because of its association with cannabis (and this was before legalization!). We also love that it grows right here in the country we call home.

We chose the name because we wanted people to know that hemp was the base of all of our products, although it has made it difficult for us to advertise online. Most social media platforms are American, and they aren’t as hip to hemp as we are in Canada! So we’ve had to get our boots on the ground and meet our customers in person - which we love! We have exhibited at wellness shows, green living shows, yoga expos, and of course hemp and cannabis shows. It’s been wonderful to meet people face to face and connect with a public who may not be familiar with cannabis, but are willing to learn about it in a wellness oriented atmosphere. It’s been part of an effort to break the stereotypes about cannabis culture, in favour of promoting natural, plant-based care.

Where are you based? Are the shows you do primarily in Canada?

We’re currently splitting our time between Ottawa and Toronto, but we do shows all across Canada! We’ve even done events in the US, Denmark and the U.K. By traveling so much with our business, we’ve been able to get an idea of how people perceive hemp abroad, and develop a sense of what the market is like elsewhere.

How do you feel about working with your partner?

Well, we met, fell in love and started the company together pretty much immediately! We had a concept in mind, bootstrapped it with our own savings, and are now both able to work it full time. I’m really lucky that I have a partner in this adventure that I can lean on, and who fully understands how crazy this industry can be!

Besides your love for hemp body care, how do your values align?

We are both environmentalists, and really let that show through our company initiatives. For instance, we started a program called Seed The 6ix, where we plant 6 seeds in Canada for every product we sell. We also have a recycling initiative to encourage our customers to do good by our packaging, and we donate to different charities every month. We think it’s important to stick to our core values as we build this business - for ourselves, and for our customers.

All that travel must wear you out. Tell us about how you maintain your self-care rituals while jet setting!

Since I’m always in a different country or time-zone, my self-care ritual is not so much a routine - it’s more like good habits that I practice through this unpredictable flow that is my life. Having a big water bottle is a must - hydrating is key for healthy skin. Plus, almost all of our products are less than 100 ML so I take my full care routine on the plane with me in my carry on! My go-to product for a flight is our Healing Balm - it’s unscented, so it’s perfect for public spaces, and can be used for dry hands, chapped lips, or pretty much anywhere that needs a little moisture! It doesn’t have any CBD in it yet, but hopefully we’ll be able to talk about exciting new developments soon. Cannabis infused topicals is definitely the industry we’re gearing up for.

What about when you’re not jet-setting off to a trade show?

The first thing that comes to mind when we’re home is how much we love using our bath salts to unwind from a long day. We also love taking 10 minutes to do a clay mask together. If you check out our website, there's a whole write up on how to use it, but also how important it is to practice mindful self-care. It makes our skin look great, but we also have so much fun and always have a good laugh when we end up looking like cliché, green-faced spa goers.

Can you use any of your products in the bedroom? How do you see this incorporated into self-care?

We have a phenomenal hemp body oil that can be used for massage, an aromatherapeutic bath, or touching extra sensitive spots - perfect for fun in the bedroom. Whether you want to use the body oil on your own or with your partner, taking the time to give yourself pleasure is important. Maybe it’s just me, but conventional lubes are unappealing - they don’t have a natural texture and most are based with synthetic chemicals that I don’t want on my body, let alone in my body. I eat a plant-based diet and don’t like consuming foods with synthetics, so chemical-filled lubes are out for me. The last thing I’d want would be to taste synthetic blueberry cheesecake while making love with my partner!

What are your thoughts about cannabis and sex?

I definitely think there’s a big place for cannabis in the bedroom. It can be new and exciting, can increase sensitivity and awareness, and can really help you feel present in the moment. A lot of people have anxieties that might affect their ability to enjoy sex, whether it’s self-confidence or being with a new partner, and cannabis can help them relax and reach orgasm that much easier. At the end of the day, it’s all about pleasure, and being present in that moment with your body and your partner.

How can JADEO readers DIY a lube with THC while waiting for the regulatory framework to open up on cannabis topicals?

Although infused topicals aren’t regulated quite yet, you can absolutely DIY your own. To do so, you can purchase either CBD or THC oil from a Licenced Producer and mix it in to your favourite, body-safe lube (or body oil of choice!). Alternately, you can make your own from scratch by infusing coconut oil with dry flower cannabis over the period of a week or so, or google how to infuse the oil using a slow cooker. There are plenty of resources online, so do what feels best - although using a strain you already know works with your body and your preferences is always a good start.


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  • From Janelle Simone

    I'm loving these features. It's great to see other women amazing women in the industry and getting some insight on how they got here, and how they live life.

    • From Kenneth Joaquin

      Agreed! It's probably the best thing I've seen since following the cannabis industry. There are so many female leaders and it's refreshing to see! Can't wait to see what comes next for Melissa and GCHC.

JADEO Women's Health 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


Sex and Cannabis: an Explosive Mingling?

This month we open up the conversation with JADEO readers around the role cannabis plays in the bedroom since it’s no longer taboo to talk about cannabis and it’s far-reaching uses - we wanted to know more about how to incorporate it into playful and intimate aspects of self-care.

As Canada and 10 legal states open up the marketplace, we’re seeing a wave of cannapreneurs on Instagram - one of whom, Ashley Manta, is a sex educator teaching couples “exciting new ways to combine cannabis and sex. “It’s not just about getting high and having sex,” she explains in a video on her Instagram account @cannasexual where she is the self-proclaimed High Priestess of Pleasure. The brand name cannasexual is a word the entrepreneur created to “describe anyone who mindfully and deliberately combines sex and cannabis to deepen intimacy and enhance pleasure. Her brand services are based on the preface that cannabis can be used to promote intimacy, and acknowledges that cannabinoid infused products can enhance sensation or ease discomfort without making a person high. The sexpert offers one on one coaching, as referred to in the “Stoned Sex” episode of “Slutever” you may have caught on VICELAND TV.

Another female in the cannabis space, Ashley Siebert, acknowledges the use of cannabis and sex in her Little Book of Cannabis, where she does a deep dive into the common historical use of the plant as an aphrodisiac. She explains: “Cannabis was used in conjunction with sex in India in about 700 CE. Its use for both tantric sex and yoga arose out of what researcher Dr. Michael Aldrich calls ‘an explosive mingling’ of different elements of Shaivite Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.” While in recent years the drug may have had a negative stigma associated with its prohibition, “the tradition of drug yoga is an ancient and honourable one in India, developed to its fullest extent in tantric practice. Her book uncovers how marijuana fits into Hindu folk medicine: “The Tantras transform Hindu sexual practices into a means of meditational yoga. Cannabis use served not as a ‘disinhibiting agent,’ in this culture, but as an awareness booster that was essential to tantric ceremonies.”

Putting the plant’s use into such a context can help us build an appreciation for the medicinal use in lovemaking. Fast forward to Canada post-legalization in 2019 and we are going to see more and more products come to market which promotes the use of cannabis in sex, which is an often overlooked area of self-care, vital to deepening connection in our lives.

An emerging brand in the cannabis space you may have caught in person at Lift + Co is HighOnLove; a product line of sensual oils and body paint with pharmaceutical-grade cannabis oil. As we wait on the regulatory framework to shift in favour of legal THC topicals, HighOnLove has kept their products in the legal space by using only hempseed oil. The line boasts promises to bring heightened style and intimacy for the discerning woman who knows what she wants in the bedroom.

Creator Angela Mustone told The Her(b) Life how her “products will take you somewhere totally new, believe me!” She goes on to explain: “they’re blended with extremely high-quality natural ingredients so they’re great for all skin types. Using cannabis in oils in this way brings added stimulation, pain reduction and increased blood flow for extra pleasure.”

While we can’t wait to try all the forthcoming topicals in the bedroom, for now, we vape and wait. Have any experiences making your own bedroom friendly topicals? Write to our team (hello@jadeo.co) to share your insights for our next sex and cannabis feature.

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JADEO Women's Health 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women In Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 2 - Josée Duranleau

Topicals in Canada have been a hot topic in recent months, as regulatory guidelines have heavily restricted the legal marketplace and kept out products many consumers have already discovered and loved. This week JADEO features a budding cannabis female entrepreneur who is cautiously positioning her brand, Folia Essentials, to become a legal enterprise once creams and other body products become permissible in the cannabis space.

Meet Francophone Torontonian, Josée Duranleau, whose story begins when her 83 year old mother, Jacqueline, suffered a back injury. After trying every holistic treatment imaginable, nothing was helping Jacqueline relieve her pain. After months of watching her mother in agony, Josée remembered reading an article about a cannabis pain relief cream and thought it would be worth a try. They discovered that the cannabis pain relief cream provided Jacqueline almost immediate relief. With such success, the other ladies at Jacqueline’s senior’s residence wanted to try it too. It was a huge hit! This moved Josée to begin her research journey into the benefits of cannabis and inspired her to create her own product line to introduce others to the near-miraculous healing powers of cannabis.

As the clock slowly ticks for topical cannabis products to become legal, Josée is busy strengthening her expertise with a recently developed medicinal cannabis course through Fanshawe College and studying herbalism through an online course. Her goal is to partner with a company that holds a processing license and exudes the same values, shares the same goals, and wants to offer a chemical free, pesticide-free product.

Until the Folia product line can come to market, we were curious about the role that cannabis and her infused creams play in her everyday life and asked her to share with JADEO.

You came out to the world with Folia Essentials last summer at Lift + Co - very ahead of your time. Why?

I did it for brand awareness and to meet people in the industry. I was able to build an email list, and meet the public face to face as Folia. Now as I wait for regulations to change, I continue to share my news and knowledge with people interested in my products.

How do you stay connected as a solopreneur who technically can't startup yet?

I have been going to many networking events, other conferences, educational talks, I have met a lot of great people in the industry. Last year I was awarded a female founder scholarship by 48 North for the Leaf Forward cannabis start-up bootcamp. I’ve created a pitch deck and am in talks with several licensed producers to find the best fit for Folia.

Let’s talk about your topicals. What have you developed and why?

I use all of my products, except the beard oil! Everything started with the pain cream, then the more I studied and researched, the more I was just blown away. Every time I read something, it was another miraculous benefit I discovered. That’s why I developed the other products. The creation of each one came from a need I recognized for myself or others in my life. Aging skin, broken skin, dry skin, all those types of issues can be helped with cannabis. All of my products have higher THC than CBD because that’s what I’ve discovered so far to work.

Tell us about how they play into your beauty regime.

Basically, when I get up in the morning I have 500ml of water - right off the bat. Then I’ll have my breakfast and take my shower. My skin care routine begins by washing my face, then I use my eye serum around my eyes and also around the lips because I have lines there too. I apply the face cream and my body lotion.

At bedtime, it’s basically the morning regime again - but on my hands, I use my skin salve at night. Especially in winter, I get such dry skin around my nails. I use it to highly moisturize my hands.

How does cannabis play a role in other aspects of your self-care?

My self-care is really through diet, since I’ve had various autoimmune and health issues that I pretty much heal through diet and all natural medicines. Years ago I found that my joints, my hands, my hips were killing me and especially my lower back. I switched my office chair, my mattress, you name it! I began taking doctor prescribed CBD and removed grains and sugar from my diet. It’s worked wonders. I have a cannabis clinic that I go to at St.Clair and Yonge in Toronto. They take a pee sample, take my blood pressure, ask me how I’m doing. With the cannabis I use from my doctor’s prescription I have found tremendous relief of many symptoms.

What was your relationship to cannabis before using it medicinally?

I’m not a recreational user, so doing this now - it makes me laugh. I never thought I would be “that person” using cannabis, but after trying everything under the sun that’s natural, this is one of the only things that really works for me.

What other symptoms has it helped?

I suffer from insomnia and often have a difficult time shutting off my mind. I worry. I was doing meditation, which was helping but at night I found it very difficult to “shut the mind.”

Although I have CBD for daytime which helps with pain and anxiety, at night I would take a THC oil, but I found that I didn’t do well ingesting the medicine. It made me very tired the next day, but I also don’t think it was the right strain for me because it made me a little anxious. Instead, I use a vaporizer and take 2 puffs from an Indica, then sleep like a baby.

You say before CBD you were a huge worrier. How has the cannabis helped you maintain a positive mindset?

CBD I use for daytime. I’m currently using the yellow oil from Spectrum, containing 20% CBD and 1%THC. I’ve been using it for 2.5 years. I find when I use it, especially when I’m anxious or overwhelmed it really helps to calm me down. And, the sleep to me is a gift.

How do you determine the “right strain”?

The medical cannabis clinic I go to has been very helpful in recommending the right strains for my needs. When the THC oil they had suggested for sleep was not working, they helped me switch to an Indica dominant dried flower, which I also purchased from Spectrum, Bedica by Bedrocan. Unfortunately, the brand and strain are no longer available in Canada so I checked out the OCS site out of curiosity for the very first time to see what they had. I looked for the level of THC - some were very high. I looked at each strains’ terpene profile then researched them more online before making a choice. Royal High is the brand I purchased. The strain I chose is 12% THC, we’ll see how it goes! I recognized that I prefer a lower THC strain, anything above 14% turns my mind on, making it too active at bedtime.

What are you working on now?

I have just infused a new oil! I used Blue Dream, which has a higher THC content than CBD. I am going to get it tested to know more about the cannabinoids. I pay $250 to find out the profile.

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I’m also beginning my cannabis course at Fanshawe College, so between that, networking at events, studying herbalism, giving educational talks, connecting with LPs and running my PR business, I keep very busy, believe me!

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JADEO Women's Health 1 month ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 1 - Laura Chodola

Laura Chodola, Westside mom and serial entrepreneur; Tealish Fine Teas, JOYN Botanicals

As we’ve welcomed the new year, the team at JADEO has been putting our self-care into greater focus and wanted to get support from women in cannabis who seem to have it all going on. We lined up some Q&As with some cool women in cannabis as inspiration to lead balanced, career-driven lives.

With this renewed sense of interest in our overall well being, we asked a top Torontonian entrepreneur and mom to give us insight into how she maintains a healthy routine while running a company, or two. We caught up with her at her westside tea boutique in Roncesvalles, which acts as a flagship for her tea and wellness lifestyle brand, Tealish. You might recognize the iconic tea brand from large and small gift retailers across Canada, or their flagship shop which was born on Queen Street West and migrated to the charming west side neighbourhood of Roncesvalles in recent years.

Laura shared her personal tips in self-care mastery and gave us insight into what it’s like to be taking a leap into the cannabis space after 14 years in the tea biz, with her founding partner and husband, Michael Rachmel.

Before we dive into your juicy self-care tips, can you give our readers a little background on what made you want to start a tea business and a give us quick glimpse into the journey that brought you to now?

My husband Mike and I started Tealish many years ago, and have always had an interest in food, drinks, and natural products. We were known as trailblazers in the tea industry, starting Tealish on Walnut Street in 2005, which was Toronto’s first modern tea shop. We’ve since grown our business to serve many retailers, restaurants, and cafes across Canada and have expanded our product offering from tea to many other wellness products that we feel fit seamlessly into a lifestyle that our brand promotes.

You’ve recently founded a Biotech Company called JOYN Botanicals that sounds a bit ahead of its time. Can you tell us more about it?

We are big believers in herbal medicine, essential oils, homeopathy, and all around holistic lifestyles, and are passionate about educating customers regarding herbal therapeutics. My love for health, healing, and hydration has lead the way for many of the teas and products we’ve developed since we began Tealish 13 years ago. Because we saw such an excellent fit between tea and cannabis as part of that wellness lifestyle, we set out to create a way to blend cannabis into tea in a seamless and elegant way.

This idea led to us found our startup, JOYN botanicals, where we have created technology that turns cannabis oils into a water-soluble powder. While we aren’t currently making cannabis tea, we are gearing up to partner with or serve licensed producers, as the law permits. By developing an edibles technology, we are able to pursue opportunities in the industry that will enable us to produce teas with the benefits of cannabinoids for the Canadian market. Both Mike and I are very excited about the possibilities that lay ahead with Joyn.

What is the inspiration behind the name?

The name JOYN came from both the word Joy and Join. The purpose of our technology is to join water and cannabis together seamlessly, resulting in more choice for consumers when it comes to healthy cannabis beverage options. We believe herbal medicine and cannabis experiences can be joyful, so it all kind of came together organically from there.

What made you so enthusiastic about developing a brand with this form of consuming cannabis?

We were very excited to develop this technology because it is completely unique, and has massive potential to elevate and simplify the cannabis beverage market. Ultimately, it's all about the consumer and giving more choice to consume cannabis in ways beyond smoking and vaping. Many of the cannabis beverages we have tried in US markets are not good at all, and it was our goal to change that!


Self-care Rituals

Let’s look at your life in a day. How do you fuel yourself to get out the door with stamina while getting two kids fed and ready for school?

To begin my day I practice detox principles with a cup of hot water with lemon to hydrate while I come to life. Next, I like to sip a strong bulletproof coffee while I prep the kids’ breakfasts and get lunches organized. This is also when, on days when I have that perfect amount of ‘extra time,’ I make my morning superfood smoothie. I love getting experimental with combinations that I read about on goop, well + good, or WuHaus. One of my most perfected smoothie recipes includes mango, coconut milk, some spinach, matcha, and our CBD powder. The polyphenols from the tea give me a cheery boost of steady energy while the CBD fights inflammation, relaxes me just a titch and keeps my nervous system in check.

When do you workout?

Usually, after I drop the kids off, I do some cardio or go to yoga class. A current fave is Breathe Studio in the Junction. It’s in this little pocket of the day when I feel I can best make time, and getting in fitness always helps the rest of my day go more smoothly. I am usually sipping tea from a travel water bottle, and love trying out new brands. Because I design and create product lines for Tealish, I always love trying designs from other companies to see what works best in my own lifestyle, so I can curate for our customers with total confidence.

You’ve arrived at the office. What key elements have you chosen to create an inspiring workspace?

I start by saying good morning to the team as I arrive at the shop, where our office and design studio lives nestled at the back. I try to be mindful of creating a positive work environment with the energy I bring with me to support and encourage the staff I lead. I’ll chat with everyone for a few minutes as I fill up a large glass of water and perhaps prepare a cup of daily detox tea to bring to my desk. I always have a few beverages going. (laughs) Some tease me for always having 3 different drinks on the go throughout the day, but I see hydration as a super important element of wellbeing. Next, I prepare some essential oils in the diffuser, turn on some chill/focus music, and open up my laptop to jump into the workday.

It smells great in here and your office is adorable; the art, the furnishings, the big windows.

Thank you! I love surrounding myself with beautiful things and plants, so the office aesthetic has been designed with these sensibilities. I think it’s important to have a lot of natural light and that everywhere you glance is another thing you enjoy the sight of!

It can be hard to focus even in the best of spaces. What products do you incorporate to get you in the zone at work?

I really feel that essential oils help to keep the momentum up, which is why after being so into them for years we began blending our own. Today I am diffusing AM detox - which is a blend of energizing and inspiring citrus fruits. It has a subtle smell that uplifts and motivates me.

Tell us about your lunch… UberEats or somewhere in Roncesvalles? What’s on your plate?

Hmmm… that’s tough since it changes all the time! For the most part, I try to bring some kind of fun salad for lunch which I will have prepared at home. One of my current favourites would be a salad with arugula, chicken, feta, toasted almonds, avocado, and broccoli… truly as many greens as possible with some kind of citrus vinaigrette. On days when I haven’t prepared a lunch, I love ordering Bolt Fresh bar using UberEats or the Simple Kitchen on Roncy is a favourite.

As the hours go on, how do you get through the afternoon slump? How do you keep the ideas flowing and not get fatigued?

I often have a matcha latte in the afternoon, our shop offers soy, almond, and dairy milk and is famous for great matcha drinks. Making sure to stay very hydrated all day also helps me through my afternoon workflow. If I get hungry between lunch and dinner I often will snack on a handful of almonds. I also stay energized by working at a standing desk. If I need to, I’ll get up and do some stretching, or go outside for a breath of fresh air.

Midday I always like to chat with a friend or meet up for a quick catch up somewhere in Roncy. My girlfriends are super important to me and we like to check in and see how the day is going. I often find that a quick chat will invigorate me for the rest of the day.

The workday is over and you’re back at home. Is there any special magic to your evening routine?

Our weeknights actually vary a lot. Often evenings I am out for kids activities or join friends, so typically there will be only a couple of chill nights while the rest of the week, evenings are pretty busy. I cherish the evenings I am home to unwind with tea and a good book.

After the kids are to bed, I definitely need some unwind time, and since I’m really excited about the concept of microdosing, I’ll often incorporate that into my evening wellness ritual. I don’t need a lot, so I will add a microdose of our cannabis powder to a cup of tea that I just brewed (PM Detox or Lemon Meringue are favourites), and take it easy for a little while before bed.

What kinds of things do you like to do while you sip your evening tea?

I love to read, so usually, I will read a few chapters of one of the books I have going, and then indulge in a Netflix show.

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    Love this!

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So many women diagnosed with endometriosis suffer in silence every day. Great news hearing that Strainprint has gotten the go-ahead to undertake a medical study on the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment for the condition.

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JADEO Women's Health 6 days ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women In Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 4 - Connor Christine

This week we caught up with JADEO Co-Founder Connor Christine to learn more about her journey to starting up one of the leading online platforms for cannabis networking and education in the new legalized world. She shared with us how the idea for JADEO came to be and how she incorporated cannabis into her self-care.

Tell us how you first became interested in the cannabis industry?

It’s actually kinda funny how I got involved in the cannabis industry. I never thought that I’d end up here. I sort of began as just a recreational user and didn’t even know the difference between indica and sativa. Then, when Michael ( Co-Founder and CEO of JADEO) started acting as a consultant in the industry, my questions began to build up. It was through those questions that we started to notice there were a lot of gaps in the industry; primarily around education, networking, and marketing. Our wheels started turning, and we started thinking of different ways we could help improve these gaps. The more we talked, the more we discovered what was missing in the cannabis space, leading us to create a unique opportunity for what is now JADEO.

What gave you the push to start JADEO?

Well, at that time we attended a Lift&Co conference in Toronto. We noticed how all these brands, small and large - were limited to getting the word out about their brand at trade shows. As you know, conferences are very expensive. When we're thinking particularly about the smaller brands, we wondered how on earth could they afford a conference? These smaller brands are using up their annual budget at one conference! We wanted to create an equal opportunity to service small and large brands by essentially creating an online platform that can act as a conference 365 days a year.

How do you like running a startup?

Since working within the cannabis industry, I have a newfound love for Mondays. I am not a Monday person or a morning person, but since working in this industry I love it all. I love my job, I love my team, and I love the community that we’ve created. It’s an online space where people can come to feel safe asking questions, can trust the information they’re getting and feel comfortable sharing their knowledge. We cover all topics around education, wellness, the law, and much more all while giving business a trustworthy space to advertise - which is rare at this time in this industry.

How do you feel being showcased for our Women in Cannabis Wednesday?

As a young entrepreneur, I’m all about empowering women. Over the years that we’ve been developing JADEO, there have been so many wonderful women around me, and when I see how hard they’re working it’s so inspiring. When my team recently brought forth the theme for #wcw as a feature on our platform, I was thrilled. I felt it was a great way to showcase all these powerful, hard working women. In fact, one of my favourite quotes that fits well into this industry is: “let’s root for each other and watch each other grow.” That’s how I feel about being a woman in cannabis.

How do you maintain self-care working in an uncertain startup environment?

So far this journey has been amazing! We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs as young entrepreneurs, but I think it’s super important to always see the good in a situation. I always try to think “what is this teaching me?” instead of “why is this happening to me?” Mindset is so important, and when you have a team, it’s an important part of leading a team.

To help with that mindset, I like to fill up my pax with Blue Dream. I also always love to take a bath, and it’s my favourite way to end my workday. Life is busy, so it’s hard to find a routine - but that’s why PAX and a bath is a daily self-care ritual I honor.

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  • From Kenneth Joaquin

    Fantastic! Way to go Connor.

  • From Janelle Simone

    One of the most amazing women in cannabis I'm happy to know!

  • From Michael Joseph

    Well said, Connor! We at JADEO are all so very proud of you!

  • From 22

    Excellent and great to see how and why you entered the industry... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • From Connor Christine

    Thank you Everyone! I am so blessed xoxo

  • From DRogerson

    You go girl! Thank you for being an inspiration to women everywhere.

JADEO Women's Health 1 week ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women In Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 3 - Melissa L'Heureux-Haché

We caught up with traveling hemp self-care guru Melissa L’Heureux-Hache to find out more about what it was like to found a company with her partner, how she stays glowing, and how she uses her product line while she’s on the go.

Tell us about your brand and how you got started

Our company is the Great Canadian Hemp Company. I started the company with my partner Edan in 2016, to create a brand that was socially and environmentally conscious, and to raise awareness about hemp in Canada. We felt it was important to dispel misconceptions about hemp - it’s gotten a bad rep over the years because of its association with cannabis (and this was before legalization!). We also love that it grows right here in the country we call home.

We chose the name because we wanted people to know that hemp was the base of all of our products, although it has made it difficult for us to advertise online. Most social media platforms are American, and they aren’t as hip to hemp as we are in Canada! So we’ve had to get our boots on the ground and meet our customers in person - which we love! We have exhibited at wellness shows, green living shows, yoga expos, and of course hemp and cannabis shows. It’s been wonderful to meet people face to face and connect with a public who may not be familiar with cannabis, but are willing to learn about it in a wellness oriented atmosphere. It’s been part of an effort to break the stereotypes about cannabis culture, in favour of promoting natural, plant-based care.

Where are you based? Are the shows you do primarily in Canada?

We’re currently splitting our time between Ottawa and Toronto, but we do shows all across Canada! We’ve even done events in the US, Denmark and the U.K. By traveling so much with our business, we’ve been able to get an idea of how people perceive hemp abroad, and develop a sense of what the market is like elsewhere.

How do you feel about working with your partner?

Well, we met, fell in love and started the company together pretty much immediately! We had a concept in mind, bootstrapped it with our own savings, and are now both able to work it full time. I’m really lucky that I have a partner in this adventure that I can lean on, and who fully understands how crazy this industry can be!

Besides your love for hemp body care, how do your values align?

We are both environmentalists, and really let that show through our company initiatives. For instance, we started a program called Seed The 6ix, where we plant 6 seeds in Canada for every product we sell. We also have a recycling initiative to encourage our customers to do good by our packaging, and we donate to different charities every month. We think it’s important to stick to our core values as we build this business - for ourselves, and for our customers.

All that travel must wear you out. Tell us about how you maintain your self-care rituals while jet setting!

Since I’m always in a different country or time-zone, my self-care ritual is not so much a routine - it’s more like good habits that I practice through this unpredictable flow that is my life. Having a big water bottle is a must - hydrating is key for healthy skin. Plus, almost all of our products are less than 100 ML so I take my full care routine on the plane with me in my carry on! My go-to product for a flight is our Healing Balm - it’s unscented, so it’s perfect for public spaces, and can be used for dry hands, chapped lips, or pretty much anywhere that needs a little moisture! It doesn’t have any CBD in it yet, but hopefully we’ll be able to talk about exciting new developments soon. Cannabis infused topicals is definitely the industry we’re gearing up for.

What about when you’re not jet-setting off to a trade show?

The first thing that comes to mind when we’re home is how much we love using our bath salts to unwind from a long day. We also love taking 10 minutes to do a clay mask together. If you check out our website, there's a whole write up on how to use it, but also how important it is to practice mindful self-care. It makes our skin look great, but we also have so much fun and always have a good laugh when we end up looking like cliché, green-faced spa goers.

Can you use any of your products in the bedroom? How do you see this incorporated into self-care?

We have a phenomenal hemp body oil that can be used for massage, an aromatherapeutic bath, or touching extra sensitive spots - perfect for fun in the bedroom. Whether you want to use the body oil on your own or with your partner, taking the time to give yourself pleasure is important. Maybe it’s just me, but conventional lubes are unappealing - they don’t have a natural texture and most are based with synthetic chemicals that I don’t want on my body, let alone in my body. I eat a plant-based diet and don’t like consuming foods with synthetics, so chemical-filled lubes are out for me. The last thing I’d want would be to taste synthetic blueberry cheesecake while making love with my partner!

What are your thoughts about cannabis and sex?

I definitely think there’s a big place for cannabis in the bedroom. It can be new and exciting, can increase sensitivity and awareness, and can really help you feel present in the moment. A lot of people have anxieties that might affect their ability to enjoy sex, whether it’s self-confidence or being with a new partner, and cannabis can help them relax and reach orgasm that much easier. At the end of the day, it’s all about pleasure, and being present in that moment with your body and your partner.

How can JADEO readers DIY a lube with THC while waiting for the regulatory framework to open up on cannabis topicals?

Although infused topicals aren’t regulated quite yet, you can absolutely DIY your own. To do so, you can purchase either CBD or THC oil from a Licenced Producer and mix it in to your favourite, body-safe lube (or body oil of choice!). Alternately, you can make your own from scratch by infusing coconut oil with dry flower cannabis over the period of a week or so, or google how to infuse the oil using a slow cooker. There are plenty of resources online, so do what feels best - although using a strain you already know works with your body and your preferences is always a good start.


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#WeAreJADEO

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  • From Janelle Simone

    I'm loving these features. It's great to see other women amazing women in the industry and getting some insight on how they got here, and how they live life.

    • From Kenneth Joaquin

      Agreed! It's probably the best thing I've seen since following the cannabis industry. There are so many female leaders and it's refreshing to see! Can't wait to see what comes next for Melissa and GCHC.

JADEO Women's Health 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


Sex and Cannabis: an Explosive Mingling?

This month we open up the conversation with JADEO readers around the role cannabis plays in the bedroom since it’s no longer taboo to talk about cannabis and it’s far-reaching uses - we wanted to know more about how to incorporate it into playful and intimate aspects of self-care.

As Canada and 10 legal states open up the marketplace, we’re seeing a wave of cannapreneurs on Instagram - one of whom, Ashley Manta, is a sex educator teaching couples “exciting new ways to combine cannabis and sex. “It’s not just about getting high and having sex,” she explains in a video on her Instagram account @cannasexual where she is the self-proclaimed High Priestess of Pleasure. The brand name cannasexual is a word the entrepreneur created to “describe anyone who mindfully and deliberately combines sex and cannabis to deepen intimacy and enhance pleasure. Her brand services are based on the preface that cannabis can be used to promote intimacy, and acknowledges that cannabinoid infused products can enhance sensation or ease discomfort without making a person high. The sexpert offers one on one coaching, as referred to in the “Stoned Sex” episode of “Slutever” you may have caught on VICELAND TV.

Another female in the cannabis space, Ashley Siebert, acknowledges the use of cannabis and sex in her Little Book of Cannabis, where she does a deep dive into the common historical use of the plant as an aphrodisiac. She explains: “Cannabis was used in conjunction with sex in India in about 700 CE. Its use for both tantric sex and yoga arose out of what researcher Dr. Michael Aldrich calls ‘an explosive mingling’ of different elements of Shaivite Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.” While in recent years the drug may have had a negative stigma associated with its prohibition, “the tradition of drug yoga is an ancient and honourable one in India, developed to its fullest extent in tantric practice. Her book uncovers how marijuana fits into Hindu folk medicine: “The Tantras transform Hindu sexual practices into a means of meditational yoga. Cannabis use served not as a ‘disinhibiting agent,’ in this culture, but as an awareness booster that was essential to tantric ceremonies.”

Putting the plant’s use into such a context can help us build an appreciation for the medicinal use in lovemaking. Fast forward to Canada post-legalization in 2019 and we are going to see more and more products come to market which promotes the use of cannabis in sex, which is an often overlooked area of self-care, vital to deepening connection in our lives.

An emerging brand in the cannabis space you may have caught in person at Lift + Co is HighOnLove; a product line of sensual oils and body paint with pharmaceutical-grade cannabis oil. As we wait on the regulatory framework to shift in favour of legal THC topicals, HighOnLove has kept their products in the legal space by using only hempseed oil. The line boasts promises to bring heightened style and intimacy for the discerning woman who knows what she wants in the bedroom.

Creator Angela Mustone told The Her(b) Life how her “products will take you somewhere totally new, believe me!” She goes on to explain: “they’re blended with extremely high-quality natural ingredients so they’re great for all skin types. Using cannabis in oils in this way brings added stimulation, pain reduction and increased blood flow for extra pleasure.”

While we can’t wait to try all the forthcoming topicals in the bedroom, for now, we vape and wait. Have any experiences making your own bedroom friendly topicals? Write to our team (hello@jadeo.co) to share your insights for our next sex and cannabis feature.

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JADEO Women's Health 2 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women In Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 2 - Josée Duranleau

Topicals in Canada have been a hot topic in recent months, as regulatory guidelines have heavily restricted the legal marketplace and kept out products many consumers have already discovered and loved. This week JADEO features a budding cannabis female entrepreneur who is cautiously positioning her brand, Folia Essentials, to become a legal enterprise once creams and other body products become permissible in the cannabis space.

Meet Francophone Torontonian, Josée Duranleau, whose story begins when her 83 year old mother, Jacqueline, suffered a back injury. After trying every holistic treatment imaginable, nothing was helping Jacqueline relieve her pain. After months of watching her mother in agony, Josée remembered reading an article about a cannabis pain relief cream and thought it would be worth a try. They discovered that the cannabis pain relief cream provided Jacqueline almost immediate relief. With such success, the other ladies at Jacqueline’s senior’s residence wanted to try it too. It was a huge hit! This moved Josée to begin her research journey into the benefits of cannabis and inspired her to create her own product line to introduce others to the near-miraculous healing powers of cannabis.

As the clock slowly ticks for topical cannabis products to become legal, Josée is busy strengthening her expertise with a recently developed medicinal cannabis course through Fanshawe College and studying herbalism through an online course. Her goal is to partner with a company that holds a processing license and exudes the same values, shares the same goals, and wants to offer a chemical free, pesticide-free product.

Until the Folia product line can come to market, we were curious about the role that cannabis and her infused creams play in her everyday life and asked her to share with JADEO.

You came out to the world with Folia Essentials last summer at Lift + Co - very ahead of your time. Why?

I did it for brand awareness and to meet people in the industry. I was able to build an email list, and meet the public face to face as Folia. Now as I wait for regulations to change, I continue to share my news and knowledge with people interested in my products.

How do you stay connected as a solopreneur who technically can't startup yet?

I have been going to many networking events, other conferences, educational talks, I have met a lot of great people in the industry. Last year I was awarded a female founder scholarship by 48 North for the Leaf Forward cannabis start-up bootcamp. I’ve created a pitch deck and am in talks with several licensed producers to find the best fit for Folia.

Let’s talk about your topicals. What have you developed and why?

I use all of my products, except the beard oil! Everything started with the pain cream, then the more I studied and researched, the more I was just blown away. Every time I read something, it was another miraculous benefit I discovered. That’s why I developed the other products. The creation of each one came from a need I recognized for myself or others in my life. Aging skin, broken skin, dry skin, all those types of issues can be helped with cannabis. All of my products have higher THC than CBD because that’s what I’ve discovered so far to work.

Tell us about how they play into your beauty regime.

Basically, when I get up in the morning I have 500ml of water - right off the bat. Then I’ll have my breakfast and take my shower. My skin care routine begins by washing my face, then I use my eye serum around my eyes and also around the lips because I have lines there too. I apply the face cream and my body lotion.

At bedtime, it’s basically the morning regime again - but on my hands, I use my skin salve at night. Especially in winter, I get such dry skin around my nails. I use it to highly moisturize my hands.

How does cannabis play a role in other aspects of your self-care?

My self-care is really through diet, since I’ve had various autoimmune and health issues that I pretty much heal through diet and all natural medicines. Years ago I found that my joints, my hands, my hips were killing me and especially my lower back. I switched my office chair, my mattress, you name it! I began taking doctor prescribed CBD and removed grains and sugar from my diet. It’s worked wonders. I have a cannabis clinic that I go to at St.Clair and Yonge in Toronto. They take a pee sample, take my blood pressure, ask me how I’m doing. With the cannabis I use from my doctor’s prescription I have found tremendous relief of many symptoms.

What was your relationship to cannabis before using it medicinally?

I’m not a recreational user, so doing this now - it makes me laugh. I never thought I would be “that person” using cannabis, but after trying everything under the sun that’s natural, this is one of the only things that really works for me.

What other symptoms has it helped?

I suffer from insomnia and often have a difficult time shutting off my mind. I worry. I was doing meditation, which was helping but at night I found it very difficult to “shut the mind.”

Although I have CBD for daytime which helps with pain and anxiety, at night I would take a THC oil, but I found that I didn’t do well ingesting the medicine. It made me very tired the next day, but I also don’t think it was the right strain for me because it made me a little anxious. Instead, I use a vaporizer and take 2 puffs from an Indica, then sleep like a baby.

You say before CBD you were a huge worrier. How has the cannabis helped you maintain a positive mindset?

CBD I use for daytime. I’m currently using the yellow oil from Spectrum, containing 20% CBD and 1%THC. I’ve been using it for 2.5 years. I find when I use it, especially when I’m anxious or overwhelmed it really helps to calm me down. And, the sleep to me is a gift.

How do you determine the “right strain”?

The medical cannabis clinic I go to has been very helpful in recommending the right strains for my needs. When the THC oil they had suggested for sleep was not working, they helped me switch to an Indica dominant dried flower, which I also purchased from Spectrum, Bedica by Bedrocan. Unfortunately, the brand and strain are no longer available in Canada so I checked out the OCS site out of curiosity for the very first time to see what they had. I looked for the level of THC - some were very high. I looked at each strains’ terpene profile then researched them more online before making a choice. Royal High is the brand I purchased. The strain I chose is 12% THC, we’ll see how it goes! I recognized that I prefer a lower THC strain, anything above 14% turns my mind on, making it too active at bedtime.

What are you working on now?

I have just infused a new oil! I used Blue Dream, which has a higher THC content than CBD. I am going to get it tested to know more about the cannabinoids. I pay $250 to find out the profile.

Blue Dream Infused Cannabis Oil

I’m also beginning my cannabis course at Fanshawe College, so between that, networking at events, studying herbalism, giving educational talks, connecting with LPs and running my PR business, I keep very busy, believe me!

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JADEO Women's Health 1 month ago / Toronto, Ontario


Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 1 - Laura Chodola

Laura Chodola, Westside mom and serial entrepreneur; Tealish Fine Teas, JOYN Botanicals

As we’ve welcomed the new year, the team at JADEO has been putting our self-care into greater focus and wanted to get support from women in cannabis who seem to have it all going on. We lined up some Q&As with some cool women in cannabis as inspiration to lead balanced, career-driven lives.

With this renewed sense of interest in our overall well being, we asked a top Torontonian entrepreneur and mom to give us insight into how she maintains a healthy routine while running a company, or two. We caught up with her at her westside tea boutique in Roncesvalles, which acts as a flagship for her tea and wellness lifestyle brand, Tealish. You might recognize the iconic tea brand from large and small gift retailers across Canada, or their flagship shop which was born on Queen Street West and migrated to the charming west side neighbourhood of Roncesvalles in recent years.

Laura shared her personal tips in self-care mastery and gave us insight into what it’s like to be taking a leap into the cannabis space after 14 years in the tea biz, with her founding partner and husband, Michael Rachmel.

Before we dive into your juicy self-care tips, can you give our readers a little background on what made you want to start a tea business and a give us quick glimpse into the journey that brought you to now?

My husband Mike and I started Tealish many years ago, and have always had an interest in food, drinks, and natural products. We were known as trailblazers in the tea industry, starting Tealish on Walnut Street in 2005, which was Toronto’s first modern tea shop. We’ve since grown our business to serve many retailers, restaurants, and cafes across Canada and have expanded our product offering from tea to many other wellness products that we feel fit seamlessly into a lifestyle that our brand promotes.

You’ve recently founded a Biotech Company called JOYN Botanicals that sounds a bit ahead of its time. Can you tell us more about it?

We are big believers in herbal medicine, essential oils, homeopathy, and all around holistic lifestyles, and are passionate about educating customers regarding herbal therapeutics. My love for health, healing, and hydration has lead the way for many of the teas and products we’ve developed since we began Tealish 13 years ago. Because we saw such an excellent fit between tea and cannabis as part of that wellness lifestyle, we set out to create a way to blend cannabis into tea in a seamless and elegant way.

This idea led to us found our startup, JOYN botanicals, where we have created technology that turns cannabis oils into a water-soluble powder. While we aren’t currently making cannabis tea, we are gearing up to partner with or serve licensed producers, as the law permits. By developing an edibles technology, we are able to pursue opportunities in the industry that will enable us to produce teas with the benefits of cannabinoids for the Canadian market. Both Mike and I are very excited about the possibilities that lay ahead with Joyn.

What is the inspiration behind the name?

The name JOYN came from both the word Joy and Join. The purpose of our technology is to join water and cannabis together seamlessly, resulting in more choice for consumers when it comes to healthy cannabis beverage options. We believe herbal medicine and cannabis experiences can be joyful, so it all kind of came together organically from there.

What made you so enthusiastic about developing a brand with this form of consuming cannabis?

We were very excited to develop this technology because it is completely unique, and has massive potential to elevate and simplify the cannabis beverage market. Ultimately, it's all about the consumer and giving more choice to consume cannabis in ways beyond smoking and vaping. Many of the cannabis beverages we have tried in US markets are not good at all, and it was our goal to change that!


Self-care Rituals

Let’s look at your life in a day. How do you fuel yourself to get out the door with stamina while getting two kids fed and ready for school?

To begin my day I practice detox principles with a cup of hot water with lemon to hydrate while I come to life. Next, I like to sip a strong bulletproof coffee while I prep the kids’ breakfasts and get lunches organized. This is also when, on days when I have that perfect amount of ‘extra time,’ I make my morning superfood smoothie. I love getting experimental with combinations that I read about on goop, well + good, or WuHaus. One of my most perfected smoothie recipes includes mango, coconut milk, some spinach, matcha, and our CBD powder. The polyphenols from the tea give me a cheery boost of steady energy while the CBD fights inflammation, relaxes me just a titch and keeps my nervous system in check.

When do you workout?

Usually, after I drop the kids off, I do some cardio or go to yoga class. A current fave is Breathe Studio in the Junction. It’s in this little pocket of the day when I feel I can best make time, and getting in fitness always helps the rest of my day go more smoothly. I am usually sipping tea from a travel water bottle, and love trying out new brands. Because I design and create product lines for Tealish, I always love trying designs from other companies to see what works best in my own lifestyle, so I can curate for our customers with total confidence.

You’ve arrived at the office. What key elements have you chosen to create an inspiring workspace?

I start by saying good morning to the team as I arrive at the shop, where our office and design studio lives nestled at the back. I try to be mindful of creating a positive work environment with the energy I bring with me to support and encourage the staff I lead. I’ll chat with everyone for a few minutes as I fill up a large glass of water and perhaps prepare a cup of daily detox tea to bring to my desk. I always have a few beverages going. (laughs) Some tease me for always having 3 different drinks on the go throughout the day, but I see hydration as a super important element of wellbeing. Next, I prepare some essential oils in the diffuser, turn on some chill/focus music, and open up my laptop to jump into the workday.

It smells great in here and your office is adorable; the art, the furnishings, the big windows.

Thank you! I love surrounding myself with beautiful things and plants, so the office aesthetic has been designed with these sensibilities. I think it’s important to have a lot of natural light and that everywhere you glance is another thing you enjoy the sight of!

It can be hard to focus even in the best of spaces. What products do you incorporate to get you in the zone at work?

I really feel that essential oils help to keep the momentum up, which is why after being so into them for years we began blending our own. Today I am diffusing AM detox - which is a blend of energizing and inspiring citrus fruits. It has a subtle smell that uplifts and motivates me.

Tell us about your lunch… UberEats or somewhere in Roncesvalles? What’s on your plate?

Hmmm… that’s tough since it changes all the time! For the most part, I try to bring some kind of fun salad for lunch which I will have prepared at home. One of my current favourites would be a salad with arugula, chicken, feta, toasted almonds, avocado, and broccoli… truly as many greens as possible with some kind of citrus vinaigrette. On days when I haven’t prepared a lunch, I love ordering Bolt Fresh bar using UberEats or the Simple Kitchen on Roncy is a favourite.

As the hours go on, how do you get through the afternoon slump? How do you keep the ideas flowing and not get fatigued?

I often have a matcha latte in the afternoon, our shop offers soy, almond, and dairy milk and is famous for great matcha drinks. Making sure to stay very hydrated all day also helps me through my afternoon workflow. If I get hungry between lunch and dinner I often will snack on a handful of almonds. I also stay energized by working at a standing desk. If I need to, I’ll get up and do some stretching, or go outside for a breath of fresh air.

Midday I always like to chat with a friend or meet up for a quick catch up somewhere in Roncy. My girlfriends are super important to me and we like to check in and see how the day is going. I often find that a quick chat will invigorate me for the rest of the day.

The workday is over and you’re back at home. Is there any special magic to your evening routine?

Our weeknights actually vary a lot. Often evenings I am out for kids activities or join friends, so typically there will be only a couple of chill nights while the rest of the week, evenings are pretty busy. I cherish the evenings I am home to unwind with tea and a good book.

After the kids are to bed, I definitely need some unwind time, and since I’m really excited about the concept of microdosing, I’ll often incorporate that into my evening wellness ritual. I don’t need a lot, so I will add a microdose of our cannabis powder to a cup of tea that I just brewed (PM Detox or Lemon Meringue are favourites), and take it easy for a little while before bed.

What kinds of things do you like to do while you sip your evening tea?

I love to read, so usually, I will read a few chapters of one of the books I have going, and then indulge in a Netflix show.

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JADEO Women's Health 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


[VIDEO] Stress Response and Hormones: A Doctor's Perspective on Cannabis and Women's Health

Are you feeling stressed? How is your body handling your stress hormones?

Seventy-three percent of all working adults between the ages of 20 to 64 reported some level of stress. So what makes someone more or less susceptible to the negative effects of stress? Watch this insightful video where Dr. Nasha Winters explains the role cannabis medicine can play, particularly on women’s health.

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If you liked this, you should check out JADEO's article on The Top 4 Reasons Women Are Turning to Cannabis for PMS.

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JADEO makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability with respect to any content contained within the video.

JADEO urges you to consult with a qualified physician for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment plans with respect to your medical condition(s) and/or wellness goals.

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JADEO Women's Health 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


[VIDEO] Is CBD A Viable Option to Manage Your Severe Pain After A Hysterectomy? Hear Carrie's Personal Story.

How are you dealing with your post-surgical pain?

In the short time between January and March of 2018, there were at least 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada. Can cannabis be an effective alternative for treating post surgical pain? Hear Carrie's story to find out if using CBD as an alternative to opioids helped her manage her pain after a radical hysterectomy.

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If you liked this, you should check out JADEO's article on The Top 4 Reasons Women Are Turning to Cannabis for PMS.


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JADEO urges you to consult with a qualified physician for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment plans with respect to your medical condition(s) and/or wellness goals.

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JADEO Women's Health 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Top 4 Reasons Women Are Turning to Cannabis for PMS

According to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the average woman will have around 450 periods in her lifetime. For some women, that number can be a frightening prospect, because their time of the month can bring on daunting and undesirable physical and/or emotional symptoms. 

Debilitating cramps, irritability, migraine headaches, bloating, and a myriad of other symptoms plague millions of women during the years of their reproductive cycles. Some even find themselves curled up in the fetal position for the first day or two of their periods, unable to function due to the pain. 

Throughout history, cannabis has been used for many of it's medical properties, which includes it's use for inflammation, excess water build up, stress, anxiety, depression and pain. Dr. Julie Holland, a US-based psychiatrist states that cannabis may be particularly adept in the treatment of menstrual maladies with anecdotal reports galore from women using this natural plant alternative. From Queen Victoria's cannabis prescriptions to Whoopi Goldberg's new medical cannabis line, Whoopi & Maya, more and more women are combating PMS symptoms with cannabis.

1. Aches and Pains

In the week or so leading up to their period, some women experience swollen and tender breasts as well as body aches, specifically in their abdomen and lower back. Swollen and tender breasts can make wearing a bra or tight fitting clothing quite uncomfortable, and muscle aches and pains can leave some women bed-ridden. 

While not yet proven by researchers, there are historical accounts of cannabis ointments being used to relieve monthly breast pain early as the 11th century. CBD, a cannabinoid present in medical cannabis, relaxes muscles, possesses anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an antioxidant without the psychoactive components of the cannabinoid THC, although both can help alleviate PMS symptoms. Speak to your doctor regarding common forms and dosages of CBD-containing medical solutions such as topical creams, edibles, tinctures, oils and even bath salts.

2. Menstrual Cramps

Severe menstrual cramps can literally stop a woman in her tracks, making it impossible to do anything but lie in the bed affecting her work, social activities and even family obligations and many women think there is little they can do to stop it. Various over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, a mix of contraceptives and/or other hormones are commonly used as treatment for PMS. 

That being said, women also use natural remedies such as massages, heat pads and warm baths, and natural medical cannabis treatments are gaining popularity with more studies showing the powerful plant's medicinal effectiveness for pain reduction. Even women with endometriosis can find some relief from pain using cannabinoids found in cannabis, but it is essential to consult your physician for optimal methods and dosage. 

Methods range from oral consumption of edibles and oils to transdermal patches and vaginal delivery. The latter is available in the form of a suppository or tampon and delivers the medicine directly to the pain point, without any psychoactive effects. Cannabis can also help relieve symptoms that follow cramping, which may include dizziness, nausea, digestive issues and bowel irritations.

3. Headache Relief

Hormonal changes, or more specifically, a drop in estrogen in the days before menstruation begins is often attributed to a throbbing migraine type headache.

 According to researchers, four out of every ten women experience migraines and over half of them say they are associated with their menstrual cycle. Cannabis is the migraine headache treatment of choice for many of these women, as it has been for countless other headache sufferers. 

In fact, according to study reported in Forbes, active cannabis compounds were more effective at reducing the number of migraine attacks than prescription medication and reduced migraine pain by 43.5%, all with fewer side effects. While both CBD and THC have shown positive effects on migraines, CBD products are considered less controversial and safer treatment options as they lack the psychoactive effects felt with THC.

4. Stress

Stress can cause agitation, tension and general feelings of uneasiness. It's most likely to strike in the two weeks leading up to the first day of a woman's period, worsening as the day gets closer. 

Feeling on edge and anxious makes it difficult to function normally, and makes enjoying life nearly impossible. While medical cannabis use has been associated with relaxing the mind and body for some, others experience heightened paranoia and increased anxiety. 

Elevated paranoia and anxiety is attributed to the amount of THC, which is known to trigger the area of the brain responsible for fear, as well as is most commonly associated with Sativa strains due to it's racy cerebral effects. Medical cannabis strains with low or even no THC and high CBD content are often perceived as calming anxiety relievers with highly beneficial medicinal properties. 

2015 study in Neurotherapeutics revealed CBD's efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviours, which could be a promising treatment option for multiple anxiety disorders. Relaxing the mind and the body helps anxiety sufferers let the moment pass so they can move on in life without worry or fear.

Women have been using cannabis to treat their monthly menstrual symptoms throughout history. More recently with recreational legalization upcoming in Canada, more companies are producing medical cannabis alternatives for women who suffer from PMS symptoms. Considering the plant is well-known for its anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and mood enhancing abilities, this comes as no surprise.

Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning any type of wellness treatment. 

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Stay informed. Stay healthy. 

#WeAreJadeo

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