Welcome to Fall

Welcome to Fall.  As we reflect on our times, we grieve how Covid-19 has stolen 2020, and fear what is yet to come.  Wildfires, floods, and pandemic economics leave us vulnerable and shaken. Politics grow uglier by the day, and the options seem daunting – yet we must each cast a deeply considered vote;   https://vote.norml.org/    NORML will keep you […]

Industry Changes & Mind Your Dosing!

Happy August, and it is hot! Please stay calm, cool and hydrated. Speaking of things getting hot, there is heat in the cannabis industry as state regulators continue to adjust the flow of this market. Beginning July 1st, all cannabis products must be tested for purity and potency. New packaging rules allow only 100 milligrams […]

Are there interactions with CBD?

Will cannabis affect your other medications? Every prescriber of medicines (your doctor or nurse practitioner) needs to check interactions between the RX you are given. Computers usually do this for them, and decisions are made to minimize risks. Cannabis is now included in RX software for clinicians; (Cannabis + RX). Drugs can interact with each […]

Value in Healthcare

Happy August – it’s the mid-point of Summer, and insurance carriers are calculating premium increases for Fall rate actions.  Will COVID raise or lower premiums?  Kaiser reporting released a preview showing 2.4% average increases, though carriers are saving millions on lower spending due to canceled elective procedures and shuttered doctor offices.  20 years in insurance still has me studying […]

The Lesser Cannabinoids – there’s more than CBD & THC!

Cannabinoids are fatty acid proteins that affect your body in a myriad of ways. Our ECS or endocannabinoid systems keep us balanced at the cellular level without us even knowing it. Endocannabinoids that our body makes are mimicked and supported by phytocannabinoids –from the cannabis sativa plant. Yes, you are hard wired to supplement with […]

Let Freedom Ring

Hello Friends, I hope your independence holiday was filled with joy and relaxation! On this day, I am reminded about the many freedoms we have and also don’t have. As I think about freedoms, one really stands out to me; our freedom to choose medicinal cannabis versus pharmaceuticals. Every week at least one client tells […]

Happy July & Let Freedom Ring!

This July I treasure any sense of freedom I have. Liberty is challenged everywhere I look. As COVID-19 disrupts our sense of normalcy, self-care and self-direction become more important.  Systems are stretched to capacity, and traditional thinking is questioned.  Freedom over our body allows each of us to choose what kind of medicine we want, and how […]

High Anxiety

Happy June, and I send my thoughts and prayers to our struggling world.  Deep inequities, pain, anger, uncertainty, and trauma plague us all.  Anxiety is high as we ache for our safety, health, security, and freedom.  Unchecked anxiety leads to mental and physical changes that negatively alter our biology and reduce our quality of life.  Negative thoughts disturb […]

The Science Behind Cannabis-Assisted Opioid Reduction

We would like to announce the addition of Ruth Hill, RN, BSN, CHPN to the Holistic Caring Team! Ruth is in Palm Springs / Coachella Valley and will contribute a career in oncology, palliative care, and psychiatric nursing. She also enjoys writing so we will all benefit from her insights in our regular column in […]

The risks and benefits of cannabis for heart health

Do you know the risks and benefits of cannabis for heart health?  Dr. Muthiah Vaduganathan, a cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston authored a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology last week. Medications used to treat cardiovascular disease, including statins and blood thinners are broken down by the same liver […]