In this episode of CannaConversations, Danielle and Amanda get to sit down with Kali Casale, Community Outreach Specialist for GTI (Green Thumb Industries) in Ohio. Kali talks about how she came from a traditional medicine background and transitioned into the medical cannabis industry and how her experience working in oncology gave her the tools and compassion that she brings to her current position doing patient outreach.
In this episode of CannaConversations, Danielle talks to Robert Kowalski – a Veteran of the United States Air Force. Following Robert’s two tours of duty, he found himself combating symptoms of PTSD in a system that was not really equipped to handle that type of diagnosis. He was put on a slew of prescription medications that ultimately created more issues for him. After about 3-6 months in this process, Robert made the decision to take leave from the military and try cannabis as medicine – once he discovered the relief, he made the conscious decision that he couldn’t go back to what the VA hospital wanted him to be doing.
Tiffany had back surgery in 2017 and was put on a bunch of medications; she also suffers from PTSD and depression – which brought on a slew of additional medications – together, all of them left her feeling terrible. In this episode, she shares with us the process she went through to wean herself off of all of these pills with the help of cannabis which helped her regain that quality of life that she had lost while on the pills.
In January 2017, Candy was at a loss. When a family friend sent her some cannabis oil to try from her personal medication that she used in management of her cancer related symptoms, Candy figured why not – at this point, she’d tried everything else. Candy continues on to talk about her journey, from breaking generational beliefs and facing a lack of accessibility, to regaining her quality of life and managing her symptoms…the change in Candy’s face is evident when she begins speaking of the way cannabis has given her her life back.
In 2021, I began working on a project with two of my friends and colleagues, Kelsey and Amanda. Midwest CannaConcierge was born as a collaborative effort to provide hands-on education for patients who are wanting a little more help on their cannabis journey. Together, the three of us host weekly CannaConversations, where we work to bridge the gap between the cannabis industry and the patient’s it serves.
One very unfortunate thing about managing chronic symptoms with cannabis instead of conventional pharmaceuticals – my medicine is not covered by insurance. That means each trip to the dispensary is a pretty significant out of pocket expense – especially for someone on a strict budget! So I do my best to be a little more …