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Janelle Simone Women's Health 1 week ago / Scarborough, Ontario

I found this article really interesting. As a mom who uses cannabis, I agree that there is far more judgment around that as a parent than the use of alcohol. Hoping to dispell the myth and show that moms can use cannabis and be responsible parents. https://www.babble.com/body-mind/private-world-mothers-smoke-weed-marijuana/

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Inside the Private World of Mothers Who Smoke Weed

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Editor's Note: This post is not intended as medical advice, and any opinions expressed in this post are the author's own. Always consult a medical professional or physician before treatment of any kind. A few months ago, I mentioned to someone that my husband and I were planning our son's upcoming birthday party at a local chocolate factory.

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


Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 6 - Savina Fierro

This week JADEO caught up with Portland-based cannabis collage artist Savina Fierro (@savinamonet) and got to hear about how she found herself working in this creative niche within the industry.

When did you start working in collage?

Collage was something I started in 2015 while I worked as a receptionist. I did nothing all day... I did absolutely nothing. So, I decided to open up my office’s paint program. I downloaded Gimp, a free version of Photoshop and began cut and pasting and trying out themes. I also tried to do it at home, using paper.

What made you decide on the title “cannabis collage artist?”

It was kind of a title I was given. People would say “she’s a cannabis collage lady!” It was stifling at first, like I could never branch out, but I’ve embraced it.

Can you tell us how cannabis became a central theme in your art?

Cannabis has always been in my life, so it became obvious to throw it into my art. I love to make surreal landscapes, and I’d think woah, (I probably was high one day)... cannabis can be a big tree! I played with that in my collage, and started exploring. Cannabis, after all, is a flower, and a part of nature just as anything else; a tree, a bush. It works. People are familiar with the flower cannabis, but also familiar with the feeling. I try to evoke the feeling in my work.


When did you decide to turn it into a business?

It really has evolved - now I’m a collage artist, graphic designer, and creative director for the cannabis industry. It actually first started back in the Fall of 2016 because I was trying to create a cannabis design agency that would offer other services. I had a partner who saw my collages and thought it would be cool for our social media, back in November 2017. It was supposed to be a catered media company towards the cannabis market, but in January 2017 when the Cole Memo came out in the United States, it stated that anyone associated with cannabis industries are still breaking federal law and will be prosecuted. My partner was spooked enough to want to stop. After my partner decided not to continue, I said - ok this will be a one-woman show. Oregonians are so secure in our little bubble of cannabis legalization that we’re not as afraid of that anymore.

Have companies found you through Instagram?

Oh my goodness, I devote my career to Instagram! When I first started, I got a list of cannabis companies registered with the state - I would go down and call them and see if they needed anything. I didn’t get any clients that way. All of my current clientele has been through word of mouth: “hey I’ve seen this, or so and so told me.”

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on.

I did a project with NuLeaf Portland, they are a capital raising company for people of colour here, looking to get into the cannabis industry. I mostly do commissions for brands, and that’s how I’ve seen my art transform into products for people’s companies. I try to incorporate part of the brand’s personality. You can tell it’s Savina, but it still keeps the essence of the brand.

Are there any other projects you’re particularly fond of?

Another one I’m proud of, which is channeling a different style, is a magazine called Mercatus that’s coming out in June. It started as a collective for entrepreneurs of colour in Portland, with an online directory where people could go for support. It’s grown so much they are putting out their first publication. And they are inclusive of people of colour working in the cannabis industry. That’ what I love about cannabis, it gives us that liberty we all love, in something people are passionate about.

How do you use cannabis in your self-care?

I don’t use cannabis as much as I think I would. I probably smoke a joint or take a dab in the morning, and then not again until the end of the day. I do consume daily because it helps me keep a baseline. I am super neurotic and I get too zoned in, so it helps me return to “normal.”

Have you been approached by any Canadian companies?

I did a commission for a cannabis distributor called The Cannabis Complex for your legalization day. I think that was the only one.

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


Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 5 - Katrina Malmqvist

This week we met with budding cannabis nutritionist Katrina Malmqvist, who is the brains (and beauty) behind Gräs (@grasgoods), for a very special Women in Cannabis feature. Katrina is a high vibing mom whose journey with cannabis began roughly 15 years ago. Here we share her story on becoming a cannabis nutritionist as a mompreneur, how cannabis plays a role in her self-care and how her Instagram @grasgoods is poised to break important ground from the voice of a conscious cannabis advocate.

Q. You say your journey with cannabis began many years ago, can you share some of that story with JADEO readers?

Absolutely. I’ve been a cannabis advocate for as long as I have used the plant and as a young woman, witnessed the profound physical, mental and emotional benefits cannabis had on my terminally ill Father. Throughout my studies in health and exercise sciences and holistic nutrition, I really started to understand the intricacies of the human body and the effects that diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices had on our overall health. I became fascinated with the medicinal qualities of cannabis and how it could help people with specific conditions, in conjunction with other lifestyle interventions. The research at this time was slim but what occurred to me is that cannabis was underutilized and over scrutinized alternative health modality that had so much potential when used appropriately and with conscious intention.

In truly believe that strain, dose and consumption type specific cannabis use, when used in combination with a healthy lifestyle (fitness + nutrition) is where the entourage effect of cannabis is multiplied.

Q. How did you become a cannabis nutritionist?

Fast forward to roughly 4 years ago and my close family friend was going through radiation for breast cancer. I had a few nutrition clients dealing with chronic diseases, and I had just experienced multiple miscarriages. I started to develop and make really healthy edibles for symptom relief. At that time I was making chocolates that were gluten, soy, dairy and refined sugar-free - so no matter what kind of dietary restrictions were present, everyone could enjoy them. I was infusing the edibles with strain-specific cannabis. Even though at that time my cannabis knowledge was minimal, I did as much research as I could to understand the strain used and their general effects on individuals. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I was careful in how I took an integrated approach to knowing their health histories and their goals and chose specific strains accordingly. For example, for one it was for symptom relief from radiation, but other individuals had different goals and needs. That was where I started seeing the amazing effects of it in myself and others.

I had been working in the corporate world in organizational health and wellness for almost a decade at that time, and this little passion project sparked a realization within myself, that I was able to affect change on an individual level with two of my great loves- nutrition and cannabis.

Q. So how did you decide to create Gräs?

Since I am married to a Swede and Swedish is spoken in our household, it was only fitting to give a nod to that. Gräs in Swedish means cannabis, also straight up grass. It also embodies ‘natural’, exactly what my products are.

The backstory to how Gräs was born, as I described, was essentially out of the need in the market for microdosed, healthy edibles. I noticed a common dialogue with a few circles of mine which was that people wanted to introduce or reintroduce cannabis into their lifestyle for the health benefits but weren’t interested in smoking it and some were even hesitant to vape it. Edibles are discreet and tasty but there is also a fear associated with them as so many people have had a ‘bad trip’. I noticed the edibles that were illegally available in the market, were very sugar laden, and full of stabilizers, artificial colours and flavoring not to mention, dosed higher than the average user could handle. Also, for those individuals who were making their edibles as home, they typically had little knowledge on how to properly create the infusions and understand how to dose.

So many people care about the quality of their foods (organic, gluten-free, local, whole etc) on a daily basis, why would they want to ingest an edible that contained unhealthy and possibly harmful ingredients and an undesirable dose? I started the product development process, playing around with infusions, purchasing equipment, learning about dosing, about decarboxylation, and kept testing and testing. It was really important that each product came out the same through various forms of testing.

With the current framework of legalization, I’m not currently selling Gräs, but I have begun an Instagram account to educate and create awareness on cannabis and it’s possible role in a healthy lifestyle. Another reason is to participate in the conversation of breaking down the stigma of Cannabis use. Until legalization occurred, I found it to be hard as a professional who works in health and wellness, and as a mother, to be out in the open about cannabis without fear of judgment. There are such outdated and uneducated mentalities around cannabis use and I am so excited for the shift in this is the coming years.

I don’t want to say that Instagram has helped me “come out of the closet,” exactly, but seeing so many other amazing entrepreneurs, professionals, athletes, and parents starting to open up about their cannabis use has been incredible. People who use cannabis are no less productive than anyone else and in fact, cannabis can skyrocket creativity, productivity and focus when used with a little education and intention.

Q. Tell us why the edibles you developed are known as “fat bombs”?

The reason I developed the fat bombs is that personally, fat is my macronutrient of choice. We as modern day humans are in general not getting the right amount of healthy essential fats and people are still shying away from fat and opting for low-fat foods, which is unfortunate. The decades-old low fat craze is still ingrained in many people’s minds as a way to keep weight down and stay healthy. When in fact healthy saturated fats such as organic grass fed butter and coconut oil, provide us with incredible dietary and health benefits. ‘Fat Bombs’ are not a new creation and are big in the Keto world.

As as a nursing mother, I began to realize that I needed more fats and calories that I was naturally eating to keep my supply up, so I started making fat bombs after my second baby was born. They were delicious, quick fuel providing me with the nutrition I needed, but I started to think - why don’t I infuse these with a microdose? Since cannabinoids are fat soluble, I began infusing cannabis into organic coconut oil, which I found to be the best carrier. What I discovered was what we call the entourage effect; a microdose with full flower infusion of just 3mg was giving such a beautiful, layered effect. It is long lasting and delivers this slow, wonderful elevation that I found really helped me deal with some postpartum anxiety I was experiencing.

As I spoke openly about the everyday stressors of parenting, many of my friends could relate, so I began sharing microdosed fat bombs with friends, family, and neighbours.

Gräs goods kind of caught fire within my own circle fast. I was so intrigued by the response I continued innovating and making batches of different flavour profiles of fat bombs and dropping them off to my network with a list of ingredients, strain type, and suggested use and in exchange wanted to know, ‘how does this help you if at all, what is the effect?’ The verdict was my product was more than just a cannabis edible, it was a nutrition product with benefits. In fact, the fat alone has profound positive effects. Essential fats play a role in hormone and blood sugar regulation, musculoskeletal health, digestive functioning, and the list goes on. This product takes into account the principles of holistic nutrition and whole foods by using the whole cannabis flower and real, organic ingredients. Like the tagline, it’s macronutrients with micro elevation.

Q. How do you incorporate cannabis edibles into self-care?

I like to incorporate microdosed cannabis in everyday life. My life is very active, and a microdose of sativa, for example, is a trusty companion for long hikes, waterfront walks, pre-workout or just cleaning the whole house and loving it versus feeling like it’s a big chore. The way I feel will determine the strain - for example, I’ll choose an Indica fat bomb, do a little yoga, and run a hot bath when I really need to shut my brain off and feel frazzled from the day of toddler meltdowns etc.

What’s really cool is I find that when I have a healthy edible, once the effects come on, I am able to tap into my body’s wisdom better. The choices I proceed to make come from a place where I am so in tune with what my body needs now, it’s undeniable: “I need this green juice,” or “I gotta get down and stretch out my psoas.” I think that is the entourage effect coming from the full flower combined with the high-fat ingredients- an elevated entourage effect of sorts.

I think it’s also important to note, sometimes it’s just not the right time for an edible or cannabis in general, even a microdose. I’m lucky in the fact I live in an amazing and walkable Toronto neighbourhood (Roncesvalles), so I don’t drive often and am on Maternity leave. Obviously, if you are driving the day of, you would never take even a microdosed edible. It’s about responsible and conscious use and I believe that I have a role as a budding influencer in the space to model this.

Q. What will keep you busy in advance of edibles becoming legal in the marketplace?

As a registered holistic nutritionist I am focused on holistic health, and I can see my place as a cannabis edibles startup filling a much-needed niche. A non-combustible, microdosed and healthy nutritional edible free of typical dietary offenders. The way I see it, Gräs is foundationally a nutrition product. Health practices and cannabis shouldn’t be separate and in my mind, the future of cannabis will be integrated into other health modalities. It can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle so well if you’re using the right product and you have a bit of education on this wonderful plant.

I’m busy currently getting a Cannabis Science Education through Sativa Science Club’s six-month certification program and look forward to continue backing Gras with the latest cannabis research.

I think eventually, I’ll be producing the fat bombs in partnership with an LP, but for now, I want to focus on consumer education and product development. I strongly believe people need to learn how to dose accordingly if they are making their own edibles and I plan on starting up a series of workshops on healthy edibles in the near future.

I view myself as a conscious cannabis advocate. It’s not about getting high, it’s about elevating your natural self, connecting with yourself and others on a different level, experiencing relief and gaining a new perspective. That is the beauty of microdosed cannabis edibles and I’m excited to play a leadership role in this fast-growing industry.

Follow Katrina on Instagram to find out when she’ll be offering any upcoming edibles workshops @grasgoods.

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


Cannabis and Sex: A Destigmatized look

In today’s world, when we discuss how cannabis plays a role in the bedroom, it’s not just about “hitting the bong and getting it on.” In fact, there are many different ways to incorporate cannabis into one’s sex life, and many emerging businesses are looking to capitalize on this area of cannabis enhancement. While in Canada the restrictions have held back any forms of edibles or topicals that may enhance sexual arousal or pleasure, there are a plethora of cannabis products on the market today in legal states; namely, sex lubes, and supplements like cannamojo. Cannamojo is touted as the "first male enhancement pill infused with THC on the market that gives users an elated sensation or ‘buzz.’”

Ted Naylon, the 45-year old Rochester based entrepreneur behind the product explains that “the THC is also an aphrodisiac.” While it has not been tested in women, he says that “together with the ‘mojo,’ it boosts both the desire and physical effects the man wants.” One little pill as a pathway to pleasure? Perhaps, but we felt there was more to consider in the canna-sex space than the consumption or application of THCs product to enhance sex, so we looked to sexperts for their say on the matter.

That’s when we discovered Dr. Carlen Cost; a sexologist, relationship psychotherapist, and cannabis educator who has made her voice loud in the cannabis space through Women in Weed events with Vanderpop. In her counseling work and online brand “the Goddess Foundation,” she empowers women to embody an unapologetically passionate lifestyle through intimacy, sexuality, sensuality, self-worth, body-image, and relationships.

This month she explained to the Edmonton Star that “cannabis can help clients with relaxation, pain relief, increasing connection and sensation, and acceptance of sensuality.” By contrast, she said people mixing alcohol with sex are more likely to “perform poorly” or “be challenged in the moment.”

Her Instagram (@carlen.costa) provides coaching-style insights into sexuality that encompasses her holistic approach which can include cannabis. “Release the Orgasm Goal:” she writes, “when we have sex, we can become so wrapped up in “getting there” that we forget to taste all the pleasure that is being served or asking to try something new. If we can share in physical pleasure with someone and sink into how our bodies feel when it is being shared and, eliminate the pressure to cum, we share intimacy, rather than sex.”

So how does cannabis play a specific role in her practice? It comes from a response to the need she’s observed: “When people come to me, they’re looking to figure out ‘How can I connect better with myself, how can I connect better with my partner, how can I relieve some pain, how can I get back into my body and enjoy the experience?’ Cannabis is one of the tools that people are starting to turn to in a variety of different ways,” she says.


Her approach is echoed by Amy Johnson, creator of Nox Shop, an online boutique for sex toys and sexual wellness products based in Montreal. The young entrepreneur was interviewed by 48 North’s Latitude Magazine earlier this month for a special feature on sex and cannabis. She shared how “cannabis can really help a lot of people get out of their head and just relax, which, for a lot of people, is a huge part of enjoying sex. Whether people prefer smoking, taking tinctures, or using an infused lube, it comes down to personal preference.” She also addressed the medicinal aspects of cannabis when she described how “people who have pain associated with sex, or their muscles tighten and don’t allow them to relax, are now able to feel pleasure through sex in a totally different way than before.”

While more articles and public talks on the subject will continue to play an important role in destigmatizing the topic of using cannabis for sex, we wanted to know if there are facts that can back their insights? It turns out there are. Studies have been coming out about general findings on cannabis and sex, with the biggest study to date by Stanford researchers. What they found was that compared to cannabis abstainers, men who used it weekly reported 22% more sex, and for women, it was 34% more. Among those who used cannabis more than once per week, the sexual frequency increased even more.

More recently, an Ipsos poll gathered responses from 1,002 Canadians, including 120 Albertans, between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. The poll found that 75% of cannabis users in Alberta have used weed as part of their sexual experiences. From that group, 88% said it made sex better, 52% said it increased their pleasure and sensations, 48% said they felt a better connection with their partner and themselves, and 33% reported experiencing stronger orgasms.

While the statistics can back what the sexperts say, there is still more to the subject. Seth Prosterman, a San Francisco-based certified sex therapist told Vice in 2017 that “weed isn’t a one-way ticket to pleasure town, but it can help you get there.” Prosterman explained his view: “Pot can give us a glimpse into our sexual potential. Working towards our sexual potential, with our partners, is part of developing a higher capacity for intimacy, passion, and deep connection.” This connection goes beyond what cannabis can offer, as he emphasizes: “While pot can help bring out our most sexy selves, dishibit us, or relax us during sex, I would highly recommend that people learn to be in the moment and deeply feel and connect with their partners without using enhancing drugs.”

How does cannabis play a role in your sex life? JADEO provides readers with a safe place to share and ask questions, so one by one we may break the stigma together.

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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 1 month 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 month 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 1 month 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 ([email protected]) to share your insights for our next sex and cannabis feature.

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JADEO Women's Health 1 month 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 2 months 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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Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 6 - Savina Fierro

This week JADEO caught up with Portland-based cannabis collage artist Savina Fierro (@savinamonet) and got to hear about how she found herself working in this creative niche within the industry.

When did you start working in collage?

Collage was something I started in 2015 while I worked as a receptionist. I did nothing all day... I did absolutely nothing. So, I decided to open up my office’s paint program. I downloaded Gimp, a free version of Photoshop and began cut and pasting and trying out themes. I also tried to do it at home, using paper.

What made you decide on the title “cannabis collage artist?”

It was kind of a title I was given. People would say “she’s a cannabis collage lady!” It was stifling at first, like I could never branch out, but I’ve embraced it.

Can you tell us how cannabis became a central theme in your art?

Cannabis has always been in my life, so it became obvious to throw it into my art. I love to make surreal landscapes, and I’d think woah, (I probably was high one day)... cannabis can be a big tree! I played with that in my collage, and started exploring. Cannabis, after all, is a flower, and a part of nature just as anything else; a tree, a bush. It works. People are familiar with the flower cannabis, but also familiar with the feeling. I try to evoke the feeling in my work.


When did you decide to turn it into a business?

It really has evolved - now I’m a collage artist, graphic designer, and creative director for the cannabis industry. It actually first started back in the Fall of 2016 because I was trying to create a cannabis design agency that would offer other services. I had a partner who saw my collages and thought it would be cool for our social media, back in November 2017. It was supposed to be a catered media company towards the cannabis market, but in January 2017 when the Cole Memo came out in the United States, it stated that anyone associated with cannabis industries are still breaking federal law and will be prosecuted. My partner was spooked enough to want to stop. After my partner decided not to continue, I said - ok this will be a one-woman show. Oregonians are so secure in our little bubble of cannabis legalization that we’re not as afraid of that anymore.

Have companies found you through Instagram?

Oh my goodness, I devote my career to Instagram! When I first started, I got a list of cannabis companies registered with the state - I would go down and call them and see if they needed anything. I didn’t get any clients that way. All of my current clientele has been through word of mouth: “hey I’ve seen this, or so and so told me.”

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on.

I did a project with NuLeaf Portland, they are a capital raising company for people of colour here, looking to get into the cannabis industry. I mostly do commissions for brands, and that’s how I’ve seen my art transform into products for people’s companies. I try to incorporate part of the brand’s personality. You can tell it’s Savina, but it still keeps the essence of the brand.

Are there any other projects you’re particularly fond of?

Another one I’m proud of, which is channeling a different style, is a magazine called Mercatus that’s coming out in June. It started as a collective for entrepreneurs of colour in Portland, with an online directory where people could go for support. It’s grown so much they are putting out their first publication. And they are inclusive of people of colour working in the cannabis industry. That’ what I love about cannabis, it gives us that liberty we all love, in something people are passionate about.

How do you use cannabis in your self-care?

I don’t use cannabis as much as I think I would. I probably smoke a joint or take a dab in the morning, and then not again until the end of the day. I do consume daily because it helps me keep a baseline. I am super neurotic and I get too zoned in, so it helps me return to “normal.”

Have you been approached by any Canadian companies?

I did a commission for a cannabis distributor called The Cannabis Complex for your legalization day. I think that was the only one.

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Women in Cannabis Wednesday: Edition 5 - Katrina Malmqvist

This week we met with budding cannabis nutritionist Katrina Malmqvist, who is the brains (and beauty) behind Gräs (@grasgoods), for a very special Women in Cannabis feature. Katrina is a high vibing mom whose journey with cannabis began roughly 15 years ago. Here we share her story on becoming a cannabis nutritionist as a mompreneur, how cannabis plays a role in her self-care and how her Instagram @grasgoods is poised to break important ground from the voice of a conscious cannabis advocate.

Q. You say your journey with cannabis began many years ago, can you share some of that story with JADEO readers?

Absolutely. I’ve been a cannabis advocate for as long as I have used the plant and as a young woman, witnessed the profound physical, mental and emotional benefits cannabis had on my terminally ill Father. Throughout my studies in health and exercise sciences and holistic nutrition, I really started to understand the intricacies of the human body and the effects that diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices had on our overall health. I became fascinated with the medicinal qualities of cannabis and how it could help people with specific conditions, in conjunction with other lifestyle interventions. The research at this time was slim but what occurred to me is that cannabis was underutilized and over scrutinized alternative health modality that had so much potential when used appropriately and with conscious intention.

In truly believe that strain, dose and consumption type specific cannabis use, when used in combination with a healthy lifestyle (fitness + nutrition) is where the entourage effect of cannabis is multiplied.

Q. How did you become a cannabis nutritionist?

Fast forward to roughly 4 years ago and my close family friend was going through radiation for breast cancer. I had a few nutrition clients dealing with chronic diseases, and I had just experienced multiple miscarriages. I started to develop and make really healthy edibles for symptom relief. At that time I was making chocolates that were gluten, soy, dairy and refined sugar-free - so no matter what kind of dietary restrictions were present, everyone could enjoy them. I was infusing the edibles with strain-specific cannabis. Even though at that time my cannabis knowledge was minimal, I did as much research as I could to understand the strain used and their general effects on individuals. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I was careful in how I took an integrated approach to knowing their health histories and their goals and chose specific strains accordingly. For example, for one it was for symptom relief from radiation, but other individuals had different goals and needs. That was where I started seeing the amazing effects of it in myself and others.

I had been working in the corporate world in organizational health and wellness for almost a decade at that time, and this little passion project sparked a realization within myself, that I was able to affect change on an individual level with two of my great loves- nutrition and cannabis.

Q. So how did you decide to create Gräs?

Since I am married to a Swede and Swedish is spoken in our household, it was only fitting to give a nod to that. Gräs in Swedish means cannabis, also straight up grass. It also embodies ‘natural’, exactly what my products are.

The backstory to how Gräs was born, as I described, was essentially out of the need in the market for microdosed, healthy edibles. I noticed a common dialogue with a few circles of mine which was that people wanted to introduce or reintroduce cannabis into their lifestyle for the health benefits but weren’t interested in smoking it and some were even hesitant to vape it. Edibles are discreet and tasty but there is also a fear associated with them as so many people have had a ‘bad trip’. I noticed the edibles that were illegally available in the market, were very sugar laden, and full of stabilizers, artificial colours and flavoring not to mention, dosed higher than the average user could handle. Also, for those individuals who were making their edibles as home, they typically had little knowledge on how to properly create the infusions and understand how to dose.

So many people care about the quality of their foods (organic, gluten-free, local, whole etc) on a daily basis, why would they want to ingest an edible that contained unhealthy and possibly harmful ingredients and an undesirable dose? I started the product development process, playing around with infusions, purchasing equipment, learning about dosing, about decarboxylation, and kept testing and testing. It was really important that each product came out the same through various forms of testing.

With the current framework of legalization, I’m not currently selling Gräs, but I have begun an Instagram account to educate and create awareness on cannabis and it’s possible role in a healthy lifestyle. Another reason is to participate in the conversation of breaking down the stigma of Cannabis use. Until legalization occurred, I found it to be hard as a professional who works in health and wellness, and as a mother, to be out in the open about cannabis without fear of judgment. There are such outdated and uneducated mentalities around cannabis use and I am so excited for the shift in this is the coming years.

I don’t want to say that Instagram has helped me “come out of the closet,” exactly, but seeing so many other amazing entrepreneurs, professionals, athletes, and parents starting to open up about their cannabis use has been incredible. People who use cannabis are no less productive than anyone else and in fact, cannabis can skyrocket creativity, productivity and focus when used with a little education and intention.

Q. Tell us why the edibles you developed are known as “fat bombs”?

The reason I developed the fat bombs is that personally, fat is my macronutrient of choice. We as modern day humans are in general not getting the right amount of healthy essential fats and people are still shying away from fat and opting for low-fat foods, which is unfortunate. The decades-old low fat craze is still ingrained in many people’s minds as a way to keep weight down and stay healthy. When in fact healthy saturated fats such as organic grass fed butter and coconut oil, provide us with incredible dietary and health benefits. ‘Fat Bombs’ are not a new creation and are big in the Keto world.

As as a nursing mother, I began to realize that I needed more fats and calories that I was naturally eating to keep my supply up, so I started making fat bombs after my second baby was born. They were delicious, quick fuel providing me with the nutrition I needed, but I started to think - why don’t I infuse these with a microdose? Since cannabinoids are fat soluble, I began infusing cannabis into organic coconut oil, which I found to be the best carrier. What I discovered was what we call the entourage effect; a microdose with full flower infusion of just 3mg was giving such a beautiful, layered effect. It is long lasting and delivers this slow, wonderful elevation that I found really helped me deal with some postpartum anxiety I was experiencing.

As I spoke openly about the everyday stressors of parenting, many of my friends could relate, so I began sharing microdosed fat bombs with friends, family, and neighbours.

Gräs goods kind of caught fire within my own circle fast. I was so intrigued by the response I continued innovating and making batches of different flavour profiles of fat bombs and dropping them off to my network with a list of ingredients, strain type, and suggested use and in exchange wanted to know, ‘how does this help you if at all, what is the effect?’ The verdict was my product was more than just a cannabis edible, it was a nutrition product with benefits. In fact, the fat alone has profound positive effects. Essential fats play a role in hormone and blood sugar regulation, musculoskeletal health, digestive functioning, and the list goes on. This product takes into account the principles of holistic nutrition and whole foods by using the whole cannabis flower and real, organic ingredients. Like the tagline, it’s macronutrients with micro elevation.

Q. How do you incorporate cannabis edibles into self-care?

I like to incorporate microdosed cannabis in everyday life. My life is very active, and a microdose of sativa, for example, is a trusty companion for long hikes, waterfront walks, pre-workout or just cleaning the whole house and loving it versus feeling like it’s a big chore. The way I feel will determine the strain - for example, I’ll choose an Indica fat bomb, do a little yoga, and run a hot bath when I really need to shut my brain off and feel frazzled from the day of toddler meltdowns etc.

What’s really cool is I find that when I have a healthy edible, once the effects come on, I am able to tap into my body’s wisdom better. The choices I proceed to make come from a place where I am so in tune with what my body needs now, it’s undeniable: “I need this green juice,” or “I gotta get down and stretch out my psoas.” I think that is the entourage effect coming from the full flower combined with the high-fat ingredients- an elevated entourage effect of sorts.

I think it’s also important to note, sometimes it’s just not the right time for an edible or cannabis in general, even a microdose. I’m lucky in the fact I live in an amazing and walkable Toronto neighbourhood (Roncesvalles), so I don’t drive often and am on Maternity leave. Obviously, if you are driving the day of, you would never take even a microdosed edible. It’s about responsible and conscious use and I believe that I have a role as a budding influencer in the space to model this.

Q. What will keep you busy in advance of edibles becoming legal in the marketplace?

As a registered holistic nutritionist I am focused on holistic health, and I can see my place as a cannabis edibles startup filling a much-needed niche. A non-combustible, microdosed and healthy nutritional edible free of typical dietary offenders. The way I see it, Gräs is foundationally a nutrition product. Health practices and cannabis shouldn’t be separate and in my mind, the future of cannabis will be integrated into other health modalities. It can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle so well if you’re using the right product and you have a bit of education on this wonderful plant.

I’m busy currently getting a Cannabis Science Education through Sativa Science Club’s six-month certification program and look forward to continue backing Gras with the latest cannabis research.

I think eventually, I’ll be producing the fat bombs in partnership with an LP, but for now, I want to focus on consumer education and product development. I strongly believe people need to learn how to dose accordingly if they are making their own edibles and I plan on starting up a series of workshops on healthy edibles in the near future.

I view myself as a conscious cannabis advocate. It’s not about getting high, it’s about elevating your natural self, connecting with yourself and others on a different level, experiencing relief and gaining a new perspective. That is the beauty of microdosed cannabis edibles and I’m excited to play a leadership role in this fast-growing industry.

Follow Katrina on Instagram to find out when she’ll be offering any upcoming edibles workshops @grasgoods.

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


Cannabis and Sex: A Destigmatized look

In today’s world, when we discuss how cannabis plays a role in the bedroom, it’s not just about “hitting the bong and getting it on.” In fact, there are many different ways to incorporate cannabis into one’s sex life, and many emerging businesses are looking to capitalize on this area of cannabis enhancement. While in Canada the restrictions have held back any forms of edibles or topicals that may enhance sexual arousal or pleasure, there are a plethora of cannabis products on the market today in legal states; namely, sex lubes, and supplements like cannamojo. Cannamojo is touted as the "first male enhancement pill infused with THC on the market that gives users an elated sensation or ‘buzz.’”

Ted Naylon, the 45-year old Rochester based entrepreneur behind the product explains that “the THC is also an aphrodisiac.” While it has not been tested in women, he says that “together with the ‘mojo,’ it boosts both the desire and physical effects the man wants.” One little pill as a pathway to pleasure? Perhaps, but we felt there was more to consider in the canna-sex space than the consumption or application of THCs product to enhance sex, so we looked to sexperts for their say on the matter.

That’s when we discovered Dr. Carlen Cost; a sexologist, relationship psychotherapist, and cannabis educator who has made her voice loud in the cannabis space through Women in Weed events with Vanderpop. In her counseling work and online brand “the Goddess Foundation,” she empowers women to embody an unapologetically passionate lifestyle through intimacy, sexuality, sensuality, self-worth, body-image, and relationships.

This month she explained to the Edmonton Star that “cannabis can help clients with relaxation, pain relief, increasing connection and sensation, and acceptance of sensuality.” By contrast, she said people mixing alcohol with sex are more likely to “perform poorly” or “be challenged in the moment.”

Her Instagram (@carlen.costa) provides coaching-style insights into sexuality that encompasses her holistic approach which can include cannabis. “Release the Orgasm Goal:” she writes, “when we have sex, we can become so wrapped up in “getting there” that we forget to taste all the pleasure that is being served or asking to try something new. If we can share in physical pleasure with someone and sink into how our bodies feel when it is being shared and, eliminate the pressure to cum, we share intimacy, rather than sex.”

So how does cannabis play a specific role in her practice? It comes from a response to the need she’s observed: “When people come to me, they’re looking to figure out ‘How can I connect better with myself, how can I connect better with my partner, how can I relieve some pain, how can I get back into my body and enjoy the experience?’ Cannabis is one of the tools that people are starting to turn to in a variety of different ways,” she says.


Her approach is echoed by Amy Johnson, creator of Nox Shop, an online boutique for sex toys and sexual wellness products based in Montreal. The young entrepreneur was interviewed by 48 North’s Latitude Magazine earlier this month for a special feature on sex and cannabis. She shared how “cannabis can really help a lot of people get out of their head and just relax, which, for a lot of people, is a huge part of enjoying sex. Whether people prefer smoking, taking tinctures, or using an infused lube, it comes down to personal preference.” She also addressed the medicinal aspects of cannabis when she described how “people who have pain associated with sex, or their muscles tighten and don’t allow them to relax, are now able to feel pleasure through sex in a totally different way than before.”

While more articles and public talks on the subject will continue to play an important role in destigmatizing the topic of using cannabis for sex, we wanted to know if there are facts that can back their insights? It turns out there are. Studies have been coming out about general findings on cannabis and sex, with the biggest study to date by Stanford researchers. What they found was that compared to cannabis abstainers, men who used it weekly reported 22% more sex, and for women, it was 34% more. Among those who used cannabis more than once per week, the sexual frequency increased even more.

More recently, an Ipsos poll gathered responses from 1,002 Canadians, including 120 Albertans, between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1. The poll found that 75% of cannabis users in Alberta have used weed as part of their sexual experiences. From that group, 88% said it made sex better, 52% said it increased their pleasure and sensations, 48% said they felt a better connection with their partner and themselves, and 33% reported experiencing stronger orgasms.

While the statistics can back what the sexperts say, there is still more to the subject. Seth Prosterman, a San Francisco-based certified sex therapist told Vice in 2017 that “weed isn’t a one-way ticket to pleasure town, but it can help you get there.” Prosterman explained his view: “Pot can give us a glimpse into our sexual potential. Working towards our sexual potential, with our partners, is part of developing a higher capacity for intimacy, passion, and deep connection.” This connection goes beyond what cannabis can offer, as he emphasizes: “While pot can help bring out our most sexy selves, dishibit us, or relax us during sex, I would highly recommend that people learn to be in the moment and deeply feel and connect with their partners without using enhancing drugs.”

How does cannabis play a role in your sex life? JADEO provides readers with a safe place to share and ask questions, so one by one we may break the stigma together.

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JADEO Women's Health 1 month 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 month 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.

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JADEO Women's Health 1 month 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 ([email protected]) to share your insights for our next sex and cannabis feature.

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JADEO Women's Health 1 month 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 2 months 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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[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.

Video provided by 4wholeness.com

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 5 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 Women's Health 5 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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