Cannabis Patient Care - August 2021


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Page 4 of 39 august 2021 | cannabis patient care 5 contents c a n n a b i s patient c a r e ® | a u g u s t 2 0 2 1 | v o l 2 • n o 2 DEPA RTM ENTS 04 EDITORI A L A DV ISORY BOA RD 06 FROM THE EDITOR on the cover: sewcream / 18 ■ A DVOC AC Y FOCUS 30 The State of Cannabis in Kentucky: A Story of Cannabis, Epilepsy, and Advocacy A LIS S A M A RR A P ODI C.J. Carter, Kentucky State Director of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, shares the details about his lifelong relationship with cannabis, how it helps his epilepsy, being a cannabis advocate in the Bluegrass state, and his work around cannabis education and legalization. ■ C A REG I V ER FOCUS 34 Medical Cannabis and Caregiver Rights in Hawaii M A DELINE COLLI At a young age, Jari Sugano's daughter, MJ, was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. Standard pharmaceuticals didn't help in alleviating her daughter's seizures. Here, Sugano talks about how medical cannabis has helped MJ and the importance of the caregiver role. ■ FE AT URE 36 Holistic Health Alternatives Offer Patients Other Treatment Plans M A DELINE COLLI Pepper Hernandez, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, board-certif ied holistic health practitioner, PhD in transpersonal psycholog y, and the CEO and founder of the Cannabis Holistic Institute, shares her experiences as a medical cannabis patient turned educator. ■ DOC TOR FOCUS 08 Do No Harm—The Work of Medical Cannabis to Treat Epilepsy: How One Physician Found a New Treatment that Works and Upholds the Oath She Took DAV ID HODE S Dr. Bonni Goldstein discusses her observations about how cannabis can "move the brain forward," explaining how she has seen it help some of her worst seizure disorder patients who had severe developmental delays begin to advance developmentally while using cannabis medicine. ■ C A REG I V ER FOCUS 12 Charlotte Figi: Patient, Advocate, Trailblazer, and Much More MEG A N L'HEUREUX In this interview, Charlotte Figi's story is told through the eyes of her father, Matt Figi, and the enduring legacy she has left on the world. ■ PATIENT FOCUS 18 Two Stories of Lives Lived by Keeping Epilepsy at Bay DAV ID HODE S T wo medical cannabis patients—Vanessa Jones and Deborah McCauley—share their stories about choosing cannabis for epilepsy treatment. ■ NUR SE FOCUS 22 Cannabis Becomes One Nurse's Tool to Treat Epilepsy Disorders M A DELINE COLLI Nurse Janna Champagne shares her passion for educating patients, her peers, and more. ■ RE SE A RCH FOCUS 26 A Brief Overview of the History, Efficacy, and Safety of Cannabis for Epilepsy RU T H FISHER An overview of the history regarding medical cannabis as a treatment option for epileptic disorders.

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